Spring 2014 Top 10

Spring was a much easier season to watch in my eyes. Winter had most of its talent in just a few shows compared to this spring where there is a lot of pretty good shows. Luckily or maybe unluckily I based my top 10 off of the series end time and not the beginning so no baby steps or Haikyuu here.

#10 Black Bullet

Black Bullet is an action baseBlack Bulletd show about using super power girls to fight the monsters called “Gastrea”. The show isn’t the best by any means but its a fun ride overall. The story wasn’t the best but worked for the plot setting of the anime. What holds the show back was that this show was only 12 episodes long and not 24 like a lot of other shows this season. As such the pacing is too fast for the series to show you great fun action and character development. Good number of the character get no background on or development throughout the show. Luckily the main duo pair get just enough to keep the story together.

 

 

#9 Isshuukan Friends

Could you be friendsIsshuukan Friends. with someone who forgot you every week? That’s the plot of Week Long Friends, Hase is a boy who tries to be friends with Fujimiya  who loses her memories every week on Sunday night.Went into this show thinking it be a huge tearjerker with good development. I was only mostly right, the show isn’t as tear-jerking as you would think. The best thing the show does is how it shows male friendship overall. Hase and Inoue have one of the most realistic friendship I’ve seen in an anime.

 

 

#8 Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Superpower girls and one lucky boy get all tied up together as they fight an evil company that is making these poor girls as experiments. Brynhildr is what I’d call a dark harem (harem with a dark setting/theme). The harem girls are the stars of the show and really make the show what it is. The story at times is weak and doesn’t fill all the holes at the end but lets you guess to what happens. Overall Brynhildr is an enjoyable fantasy show that will surprise you.

 

 

 

#7 Mushishi Zoku Shou

Mushishi Zoku Shou

Mushishi Zoku Shou is the second season to Mushishi and continues in the same wonderful style as the first. Mushishi is an episodic format anime that tales a story each episode. They can make you happy or bitter at core ideas it shows in the episodes. If you never have seen Mushishi before you could pick right up here and be okay without seeing the first series. The first episode does a good job of telling the viewers what are Mushishi and the role they fill in the world.

Great show to relax and enjoy in 20 minutes at a time.

 

 

#6 Selector Infected

Selector Infected WIXOSSSelector was my dark horse of the season and very happy to know it’s getting a second season. After watching Madoka Magic this week, I think Selector is a lot like it in ways it focuses on character growth. Selector is a high roller coaster with an easy ride up but has a big fall and many twists on the way down. Recommend you check out my past post on this series for information.

 

 

 

#5 Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

Soredemo Sekai wa UtsukushiiSoredemo is a solid romance about a girl who can call on the rain and marries the sun king. Classic opposites attract and make each other even better. Any fan of romance should check this one out as it has wonderful pacing. Only problem I had with the series is that the same song is used to call down the rain every time.

 

 

 

 

#4 Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou

Bokura wa Minna KawaisouBokura wa Minna is the best comedy in my eyes from this spring and even has a great romance in the background of all the laughs. Story is very simple as it’s about a boy’s life living in this Kawai Complex as he goes to high school. Best part of the show are the voice actors and the jokes are timed very well.

 

 

 

 

#3 Love Live 2

Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd SeasonOne of my favorites in the idol genre. Love Live comes back for its second season and builds off its first season wonderfully. This time around the girls get one last shot at Love Live before the 3rd years leave. If you liked the first season then you will be happy that the second is better in terms of music in my eyes and the girls really feel like a family by the end.

Never forget Nico-Ni!

 

 

#2 Sidonia no Kishi

Sidonia no KishiSidonia was the biggest surprise to me of the whole season for me. Never would have thought I’d fall in love with a CGI anime like this. Sidonia setting is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime much like Battlestar Galactica where man is on the run from some type of non-human enemy. Sidonia had a very rough start in my eyes as it was hard to get into the story and the CGI at the same time. After a few episodes though I was hooked onto the story and even the characters. Sidonia may hold the record for making me so mad at a character I even had to pause the episode for a bit.  The best thing about Sidonia is its soundtrack/background music as many of the action scenes you can really feel like you’re in the cockpit of the mech. Very enjoyable series and look forward to the second season.

#1 No Game No Life

No Game No LifeNGNL is an adventure anime that follows a Brother & Sister as they try to save humanity in the game world. The main duo go about winning in the game world through the use of different games since no one can use force or power to take over the world. The games used in the series are overall simple and very easy to understand making it easy to enjoy the show. NGNL came off like it was made for anime with almost no pacing problems and never forgot its story plot to background stories. This is the show that was the highlight of the spring season and shouldn’t be the one you pass over.

Some underrated series from this season you shouldn’t miss!

Well the Nisekoi recap never happened since I mostly forgot about it around my school exams and travels afterwards. Now Nisekoi is over and I’m six episodes behide. Hopefully I can finish it up before the summer season starts in two weeks but more likely not. I may have gotten behide on that show but as impossible as it may sound, I’m caught up on all the 40ish other shows of the spring season. If you been following this spring then you should know all about the top 5 favorites for most people.

I’m going to quickly cover some of the over looked series of the season in my eyes. Most of the series I’m going to cover would fall into the 10-15 range if you were listing this spring season in my opinion.

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I’ll start with the two series that have been green-lighted for a second season in the fall. Selector Infected WIXOSS is a series about a card game which doesn’t do anything with the cards at all. Its focus is on the card players called Selectors and the effect the game has on them and the people around them. Quick plot of the show is that girls play this card game to make their wishes come true but if they lose three times then they lose something in equal value to the wish that would make the wish impossible.

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I want to call the show a slice of horror but that wouldn’t be 100% accurate. First half of Selector is more slice of life with bits of dark themes. Show really starts to shine till episode 8 which opened the doors to the darkness of the show and made it much more interesting.  If you passed over the show in the beginning of the season thinking it was going to be a card game focus anime then I’d say take another look as the details of the game stay in the shadows as the characters stay in the light. (Plus it’s getting a second season so better watching now than last-minute before the fall season)

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Hitsugi no Chaika is the second show that I know is getting another season in the fall. The quick plot to Chaika is that the Princess Chaika running around the countryside with two ex-soldiers looking for her fathers magic body parts so she can bury him in one piece. The show doesn’t do anything new but its a solid action/adventure series. The best thing the show has for it is the how well the lead trio get along and deal with the all the shit that happens in the show. Good series if you’re looking for a slice of action with an interesting plot.

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is a slice of life that I didn’t think I was going to like as much as I am. It’s as pure slice of life as you can think of. Plot is purely Usa(the boy) moves into a boarding house for high school and this is his life since then. Hmm how to put why I like this series so much. Mostly it seems to just come off so natural that its enjoyable. The humor is light and simple that as made me laugh without me even knowing sometimes.

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It does have a love story as one of the main focuses but it’s very pure and simple. For once its only one guy and one girl without other characters butting in or any love triangles which is nice to see. I do agree that the art looks a lot like 5cm per second if you have ever seen it. Overall this isn’t a slide of life to overlook.

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii is a shojo beat adaptation that isn’t for everyone honestly. One its shojo beat and it seems most people don’t like pure romance vs pure action. Second is that the plot is about a teenage girl marrying a young boy which is more accepted as okay vs the opposite.

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Anyways what won me over on the series is that both of the main characters act older than the script age. The sun king that is like 11-13ish  acts more like someone in late teens or early twenties and the Rain princess acts more in the mid twenties than an eighteen year old. As such the way they solve encounters make them feel more natural and in a real relationship compared to something fake or cheap.  If you’re looking for a romance that wastes no time and has deep messages throughout the show then check out Soredemo Sekai.

Sidonia no Kishi is a show that I almost dropped in week 2. Mostly because I wasn’t feeling the CGI and the main character yet. I’m glad I stayed around though, the CGI does look very good in a good number of places in the show. Naming the mechas, environment, and lighting. Still have some problems with the characters but its more of a setting and plot issue over the CGI. Plot to Sidonia is simple, last of the human race running from aliens and main character is here to save the day. The story does a good job of seeming very realistic and not very gundam. People die in war and it isn’t pretty, no one is perfect and unkillable.

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The best and worst of Sidonia is the characters. There are many cliche or just plot movers in the show. But at the same time some of those same characters are being out emotions that a good number of series never do. Like there is one character that has made me so angry and mad I really did wish death onto the character. Which I think the last time I felt that was watching linebarrels of iron about a year ago. So I recommend you check out Sidonia no Kishi.

That’s all from me for now. Look forward to more posts in the near future.

Spring Preview Part 2 of 2.

Hitsugi no Chaika

Date: April 10th

Studio: Bones (Noragami)

Genre: Action/ Adventure

MAL / PV

Episodes: 12

Staff: Masui, SoichiMajima, JunjiAnzai, Chika

 

Toru Acura is a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended. He encounters Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin, and follows her in hopes of finding meaning to his life again. The two travel with Toru’s adopted sister, Akari, the employed member of the group and thus Toru’s source of income.

Hmm girl and her coffin gun, even has magic too. Seems a little silly to me, but the story makes me think of the plot of Samurai Champloo with the group of travelers. After taking a moment to look into the director I see that he was behide the storyboards of Samurai Champloo, which is surprising. Don’t have any big hopes for the series, crew doesn’t have that much experience in main roles but I don’t see it as a big problem since Chaika doesn’t look like she’s going to be talking much.

Expectation Level: 5/10

Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun

Date: April 10th

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genres: Action, Mecha

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Episodes: TBA

 

In the late Edo period, Japan had experienced an unprecedented crisis by Kurofune (Black Ships), the ships from foreign countries. But a giant robot called Onigami, which has existed since ancient time, dispelled the Kurofune ships and the exclusion of foreigners was accomplished. The story begins in Japan where Meiji restoration in 1868 didn’t happen. 

Any show that has a tagline that is “I can be the greatest man in the world, because I am a virgin!” is a show worth checking out. Secret harem in the making and should be a good little hearted mecha. Glad we have two mecha series that will balance out the dark side we’ll be getting with the other mechas in the spring.

Expectation Level: 7/10

Escha & Logy no Atelier

Date: April 10th

Studio: Studio Gokumi

Genre: Fantasy

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Episodes: TBA

Staff: Iwasaki, Yoshiaki

 

This world has gone through many Dusks, and is slowly nearing its end. Within this world, in the western reaches of the “Land of Dusk,” there was a nation that prospered thanks to its use of alchemy. There, in order to survive the eventual arrival of the “Dusk End,” the people devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Rediscovered technology from the past era was gathered in the alchemy research city known as “Central,” where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. 
One of the heroes is a young man who researched alchemy in Central, the other a girl living in a small town on the frontier. This girl’s name is Escha. In the process of using her knowledge of ancient alchemy to help others, she was assigned to the Development Department. The young man’s name is Logy. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, he requested a transfer to this understaffed town to make use of his abilities, and meets Escha when he is assigned to the Development Department as well. The two make a promise to use their alchemy together, and bring success to the Development Department.

I am not interested in the plot so this show will get the standard get me hooked in three episodes or dropped. Director is from love hina so I’m a little surprised that the comedy or romance genre not tagged to the series yet.

Expectation Level: 2/10

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?

Date: April 10th

Studio: White Fox

Genre: Comedy/ Slice of Life

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Episodes: TBA

Cocoa arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that cafe. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino, a tough and soldier-esque girl named Lize, a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo, and the ordinary but dignified Sharo.

Comedy slice of life about Rabbits? Could be an interesting slice of life from White Fox. Guessing most people will not check this out so that draws me to it. I hope that it is better than Soniani.

Expectation Level: 4/10

Ping Pong: The Animation

Date: April 11th

Studio: Aniplex

Genre: Sports

MAL

Episodes: 11

 

Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who’s been friends with the loud and energetic Yukata Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They’re both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile’s personality always enables him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile’s talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.

Out of all the sport series that start this spring, I’m least excited about Ping pong. Mostly because of the animation style they have chosen to use. It is different but I know I’m going to get tired of watching it.

Expectation Level: 4/10

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin

Date: April 11th

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Supernatural

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Episodes:11

Staff: Kamei, KantaHanazawa, KanaOno, Yuuki

The story centers around the treasure of Nanana, a ghost who was once a beautiful but NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) girl. 
A boy named Juugo was disowned by his father and forced to transfer to a high school on the “Special Student Zone,” an artificial island. With only 40,000 yen a month to live on, Juugo chooses a low-rent apartment that happens to be haunted by Nanana. Juugo and members of the school’s adventure club join a “treasure hunt royale” on the island for the Nanana Collection, a treasure that possesses a mysterious power.

Story seems good to me, different but not confusing to follow. Main reason I’m going to watch the series is because of the cast. Two of my favorite actors (Ono, Yuuki & Hanazawa, Kana) is a huge plus for me.

Expectation Level: 8/10

Date A Live 2

Date: April 12th

Studio: AIC Plus

Genre: Comedy, Mecha, Romance

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Episodes: 10

Second Season of Date A Live.

Date A live was one of those shows that I watched the first two episodes then put it on hold. Mostly because it was so far out there, I’ll have to finish the first season before I can fairly look at the second season.

Expectation Level: 0/10 (Not watching)

Sidonia no Kishi

Date: April 11th

Studio: Polygon Pictures

Genre: Mecha, Action, Fantasy

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Episodes: TBA

It’s been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous “seed ships” like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity!

Sidonia could be the dark mecha I’ve been waiting for these past few years. Story is a little weak and is too straightforward. I’ll be happy if it focuses on background and depth on one theme compared to Valvrave which was a mile long and an inch deep.

Expectation Level: 7/10

Mekaku City Actors

Date: April 13th

Studio: Shaft (Nisekoi)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

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Episodes: 11

Shintaro Kisaragi, a HikiNEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years, had been living his life normally until he met a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen when someone anonymously sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene messes with Shintaro’s PC which causes him to go outside for the first time in two years. For once, I am happy that Shaft is animating this series. They will bring an interesting twist to the story and make it more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. Plus Comedy/Romance is what I think of for shaft series.

Expectation Level: 5/10

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane

Date: April 22nd

Studio: Satelight

Genre: Mecha, Action

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Episodes: TBA

There is distorted, deep blackness everywhere. That place, in which blackness swallowed everything and took away everything, has become known as the Avidya Zone. Strange beings assume the very form of the despair and chaos of humanity. They are known by this name: Imashime.
An expedition surveys the Avidya Zone which consumes human spirits. So, in the intricate intersection between the present in impending crisis and the destiny of the past … can eight boys and girls, assembled to confront the Imashime, find the bright future that lies before the Avidya Zone?

Can’t wait for M3 to start! I am highly looking forward to this mecha over all the others. Junichi Sato and Mari Okada working together are gold in my eyes. Never know what twists are going to be in the story when Mari is in control of the script. May’n doing the opening song is a nice touch too.

Expectation Level: 10/10

Hanamonogatari

Date: May 31st

Studio: Shaft

Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance

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Episodes: 5

Sixth part in the Monogatari series line.

Haven’t seen most of the monogatari series so I won’t be watching this.

Expectation Level: 0/10 (Not Watching)