Nihon Review writes: "Our Spring 2012 First Thoughts article demonstrated how powerful first impressions can be: as long-time commenter Flash Sword Irene pointed out, there was an unusually large number of As and Bs, but a high chance that some of the shows would turn out less worthy of their initial grades. In comparison, this season’s shows seem far less impressive. However, that also means there’s chances for secret sleeper hits to wake and surprise their viewers with a great show! Which ones seem to have potential? Read on to find out!"