The Winter 2013 Anime Pt. 3(of 3): The Best of the Best
As with the crap list, the best list is not going to be a long read. This is why the winter TV season isn't really worth your time.
Maoyu Mao Yusha
So here's something different! When you see a female lead character with large breasts, you're either thinking "Yay! This is gonna be pervy!" or "Ew, this is going to be pervy." Both types of people are wrong. "What about the freakishly large breasted Cow Girl?" you may ask? "That," I'd respond, "is just a joke, and I don't think the Cow Girl shows up again, after her 2 seconds on screen." What the show spends most of its time on is a story about a Hero (only called Hero) and a Demon "King" (only called Demon King) who, rather than fulfill their defined destinies, decide to cooperate on another plan.
So we are taken on this journey, and if you know of Spice and Wolf, the comparisons just itch to be made. This is not as amazing as Spice and Wolf though. Maoyu is a beautiful series that introduces us to a smart female lead who looks like she should be part of some harem show, but she isn't treated as one. My quibble with the show is that the romance between the Hero and the Demon is forced on us immediately, rather than having it develop naturally. Even with that ridiculous point in mind, Maoyu is the best show of the Winter season.
# of episodes watched: 4