A hectic season.
Spring 2015 Anime (PREVIEW)
It’s been a while, everyone! I hope you have all been doing well because this is one hectic season that’s in front of us, and your body needs to be prepared. There are six anime in my first tier, which is rare considering I am more picky with the placements than before (at least when it comes to the top ones). Many of them are returning shows that I greatly enjoyed in the past, so they most likely won’t disappoint me. The others have already aired an episode, so I feel more comfortable putting them there. I know this preview is late, and I apologize. To compensate, I wrote some very short first impressions for some shows that I watched the first episode of. Anyways, let’s get started!
Note: I am only previewing TV Series that I will at least watch the first episode of. I will not preview series that I haven’t watched previous seasons of either. I skipped a lot of series for this preview. For a list of all airing anime in spring 2014, please refer to this list.
Note 2: If a manga version of the source material that is a light novel is available, I’ll read that and simply skim through the light novel briefly for the sake of saving time. I don’t think this is a problem as there are not many differences between the two for the shows I’m previewing. Just a warning to let you know in case you read the light novel.
Within the tier, it starts from what I least anticipate to what I most anticipate. The last (most anticipated) few ones of the tier can sometimes be fairly close to the next tier. Consequently, the first few of each tier can sometimes be close to the previous tier. The tiers are not relative to the anime in each season. This means that there are no fixed number of any tier for any season. It’s possible for there to be no tier ones. The number of tier one and tier two anime are probably good indicators of how good the season looks at a glance.
Tier 4: Least anticipated – Will try it out, but very prone to being dropped.
Tier 3: Moderately anticipated – Looks at least somewhat interesting. Will probably hold out for a few episodes.
Tier 2: Heavily anticipated – At first glance, appears to be above average. Three episode rule at least.
Tier 1: Extremely anticipated – Very promising looking anime that I will most likely watch every episode of.
Tier 4 (Least Anticipated)
Grisaia no Rakuen
No. No. No. Just… no. I didn’t even manage to finish the last few episodes because the adaptation was such a mess. I may have not read the visual novel, but anyone could tell that key parts were skimmed or skipped, and that the anime was rushed. Because I may read the visual novel someday, I’m going to spare myself the spoilers and just read it later. I’d suggest others to do the same. Perhaps the anime may not be as bad without the visual novel as a reference, but if you watch the anime, the story will be completely spoiled to you so you may not enjoy the source material as much. It’s up to you. I just wouldn’t recommend the anime unless you read the visual novel and really want to see it in anime format.
Urawa no Usagi-chan
LOL WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS PREVIEW FOR REAL? Oh great Lord Tatsuya Stu is this some cruel joke to test my faith in this universe? Seriously, that voice-over has me convinced that this is a fucking April fool’s joke. I do have to admit that it was the only thing that stopped me from ignoring it for my preview. So this anime is going to… advertise Urawa City in Japan? I’m not really sure what to think of this. What the heck is this going to be even about? Don’t tell me cute girls are just going to walk around the city and drink fucking tea under the scorching heat with yuri undertones. Well, whatever. I’m sure there won’t be many people checking this out, so I’ll do everyone a favor and at least check out the first episode to see if it’s any good. (Okay, it’s a fucking short. I never cover shorts, so fuck that. And no, it’s not good. It’s pretty fucking bad.)
Houkago no Pleiades
Subaru and Gainax? Uhhhhhhhhh… Subaru? Subaru as in the fucking automobile manufacturer? Either some executive really likes anime, in which case may moe bless his soul, or they thought they can just shove in their corporate wang in some show of cute girls doing cute things because why the fuck not? Yes, why not indeed? I mean, who will ever forget the abundance of Pizza Hut in Code Geass? Well, whatever the case I have no idea if this will be any good or not. The ONA of this show was not exactly rated highly, and the staff hasn’t changed for the new version either. Well, at least you can hear a vroom from the preview? Yay? But at least the person behind the music is solid, and he’s quite underrated too. Let’s just hope Subaru’s got it more together than GM.
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
Alright, if you watched Haruhi and don’t mind an ordinary slice of life with Nagato, who doesn’t have the same personality by the way, as the main character and not Haruhi, then you may want to give this a shot. I will say from watching the first episode that this is show is a typical slice of life anime. It’s not what makes Haruhi, Haruhi. It’s a spin-off, so you shouldn’t expect much from it. Personally, I feel that the slice of life aspects are okay at times, but just awkward at other times. I probably won’t follow this because there are so many other ones to watch this season. If you don’t mind the fact that it’s going to be different from the original, then give it a shot. Otherwise, I think it’s safe to skip it at least for now.
Oh boy. Hello Urobutcher. Again. Alongside a director that has a not-so-great track record (*COUGH*GUILTYCROWN*COUGH*), and a series composer that hardly has a track record at all. Well, this will be interesting. And by interesting I mean it could turn out spectacularly terribly. Apparently, Japan has split into two parallel universes, the world has been thrown into chaos, the main character gets dragged into the conflict, and other random nonsense. Hopefully, this time Urobutcher will actually do a proper job planning the story to make something decent, because let’s just say his track record in recent seasons hasn’t necessarily been the best. The one thing this show does have going for it are the voice actors. Now that’s a solid list. Just be cautious going into this. I’m not expecting much going into this, and I don’t think anyone should either.
Tier 3 (Moderately anticipated)
WELL, WELL, WELL. THE BEST GIRL WARS RESUME ONCE MORE FOR THOSE PLEBIANS WHO TRY TO FIGHT AGAINST THE ALMIGHTY TRUE WINNER. In all seriousness, if you want to know my more critical thoughts of the series then you can simply refer to my review of the first season. I think I covered what needed to be covered in that review, but I’ll just add that although I have a lot of complaints about the show, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy watching it. Sometimes, it’s best to turn your brain off and enjoy the ride, which is what I recommend everyone to do when watching Nisekoi. Will I watch this second season? Sure, I have breaks throughout my day after working on various things, and seeing some romcom harem shenanigans can be fairly entertaining at times. I’m just not going to expect anything more from this show than that.
From the preview, I have no idea if this guy has an ability to see people’s underwear or if this is the usual kind of fanservice. Regardless, MAPPA is involved, so at least that’s got me interested. Aside from that, there’s nothing too noteworthy staff-wise, so I have absolutely no idea if this original anime is going to be any good. But hey, at least you got Nakagawa Shoko for the opening. I would recommend being skeptical going into this otherwise you may face some bitter disappointment. Originals even with good staff behind it can end up terribly. It’s best to tone your expectations down for this one.
Short first episode impressions: Well, this was certainly a strange show that reminds me of Rolling Girls. It’s over the top, crazy, and nonsensical, but is that a good thing? That depends. It could either be a huge mess with a lack of direction, or it could end up putting a clever story together underneath the over the top aspects. It’s tough to say right now, though I will say that it’s got me interested so I will be following this to see where it goes.
Owari no Seraph
Well, there’s no doubt that the trailer shows that this will be well animated, which I suppose shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise coming from WIT Studio. I did read around a dozen chapters of the manga quite some time ago, and I remember not being particularly impressed. Though, after reading it again, I’m starting to think that I was in a bad mood or something because it certainly isn’t as bad as I remembered it to be. The premise with the humans and vampires at odds with each other as well as the overarching story that the first two chapters set up differentiates Owari no Seraph at least somewhat from the usual shounen supernatural manga. There’s no doubt that it’s still cliché in some respects especially regarding the dramatic moments where it portrays friendship. Even so, other parts of the story has me hoping that this won’t devolve into meaningless shounen fights and will actually hold some thematic significance. I haven’t read that far though so it may end up being some dull, edgy bullshit, which some people seem to think it is.
I know you’re probably all tired of seeing another romcom harem in a highschool setting with an overpowered NEET as the main character, but this show may be interesting enough to check out. While I have read slightly more than a dozen chapters of the manga, the material that I did read has a nice mix of humor and morals that are portrayed compellingly through the main character’s actions. You may find his ridiculous intelligence to be too absurd for you to take seriously, but just keep in mind that it’s a fairly small component of the show when compared to the teaching aspect of it. The main objective of Denpa Kyoushi is to be interesting, and from what I’ve read, I think it’ll deliver just that. The way the teacher inspires the characters and changes them with his uniqueness could give you a few shivers of awesomeness now and then. Even though the staff is nothing too noteworthy, I’d still suggest keeping an eye on this show.
Short first episode impressions: If you’re wondering why this is lower on the list than I made it sound in the above paragraph, it’s because of the first episode. While it does remain faithful to the manga, which is great, the animation-direction and quality aren’t exactly up to par. I’m not one who cares that much about visual appeal, but when it interferes with the storytelling, I can’t overlook it as much. The anime just doesn’t have as great of an impact when the teacher does something awesome. The best way I can put it without showing the actual footage and comparing it to the manga is that the animations are interfering with the execution. It’s still watchable, but my preferences lie in the manga version, so I’d recommend people to check that out first.
OOOOOHHHHHH BOOOOY. I SURE HOPE THIS SHOW DOESN’T BLOW… TOP. KEK. KyoAni, can you just animate some uncensored bouncing tits or some hentai because holy shit those instruments look fucking insane. I mean, if you’re going to get them to blow a hard, long, thick thing you may as well just go all the way. Anyways, both the director and series composer look pretty damn good, so hopefully we won’t have to watch the show purely for the visuals. Music will of course be very important, and it’s going to be done by someone who has the track record to pull it through. There’s not much else to say really. If you want some eye candy KyoAni goodness plus some moeblob instrument playing action, then give this one a shot. Otherwise, you can safely wait to see the response after a few episodes air.
Short first episode impressions: I will say that the female lead’s characterization was actually a lot more subtle than I thought it’d be, which is a nice change of pace. Aside from that, the backgrounds and visuals are absolutely gorgeous as you’d expect from KyoAni. Everything else is fairly standard so far. Nothing terrible. Nothing great.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
You want lewd kissing? You got lewd kissing. The preview all the way back in 2013 got me reading the manga at least for a good few dozen chapters. It’s only 12 episodes, so it won’t be able to cover much, but at least an anime (with decent budget by the looks of it if they stick to the quality as shown in the PV) is coming out. The manga is… interesting to say the least. I mean, usually romcoms go out of their way to avoid male and female protagonists from even touching each other much less kiss each other. Although I wouldn’t say it’s outstanding, it’s was still an enjoyable read. You know those manga/anime that you just like to read/watch but don’t think it’s anything too special? Yeah, this is one of those titles. The manga is long enough that the characters grow on you, but I’m not sure if this anime will be able to do the same. Whatever the case, if you’re interested in a slice of life romcom with some (lewd) twists, then give this one a shot.
Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka
I didn’t read the light novel, but I read more than a dozen chapters of the manga, and I’m going to tell you that it’s nothing special. It still is the typical action fantasy harem shounen adventure that you’re probably used to seeing. But I suppose if you want to see Kirito-kun kick some ass in more dungeons with his OPness then sure, give it a shot. Just don’t expect much from it aside from the usual.
Short first impressions: The first episode is actually surprisingly enjoyable. Good animations, Kirito-kun is fucking back, and you know how sugoi shit’s going to be soon enough. It’s such a shame that it just has to have the cliche moments that spur on character development. But still, Hestia is Bestia so… on second though there’s more than enough reason to watch this. On a very interesting side note, look at this shit (NSFW). If you don’t want to click the link, basically Japan went crazy over Hestia. (Fan art, cosplayers, etc…) Why? Because of that blue fucking ribbon supporting her tits. And you know what? I honestly didn’t even notice that such a thing even existed until I saw people going crazy over it. Ah, the glorious interwebs. You never know what will get people’s jimmies rustled. Maybe Ribbon-kun will not only be able to support those huge titties. Maybe it’ll support this entire show. Now I’m interested in seeing what the sales are going to be for this.
Tier 2 (Heavily anticipated)
Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyuu Wakusei Sen-eki
Ah yes, Sidonia returns. It was certainly a show I enjoyed watching, though I criticized it in my finale review (spoilers obviously) for being generic overall, and not excelling in any of its generic aspects. I did note at the end of it that this second season could push it beyond those typical boundaries and make it something I wouldn’t find generic. It’s been a while since I’ve read the manga, so I have forgotten if it’ll end up doing just that, but I’ll just trust my judgment in my finale review and say that this season second season should be better than the first. Oh, and if you haven’t watched the first season, I’d suggest giving it a shot if you don’t mind the CGI. It’s a fairly solid sci-fi with good potential that could be realized this second season.
If BONES being the animation studio for this doesn’t pique your interest then Matsumoto Rie being the director should. Why? Because he’s the same director who did Kyousougiga, which was in my top 5 for 2013 (a very competitive year mind you especially anything above number 5). Furthermore, the original creator is Nightow Yasuhiro, who is also the creator for Trigun and Gungrave. The staff makes it difficult for me to not look forward to what Kekkai Sensen has to offer. I have to admit that the preview makes me quite clueless as to what it’ll actually end up offering. Whether it be the character designs or the premise, it seems like a chaotic mess right now, but I don’t mean that in a bad way.
Short first episode impressions: That was a pretty badass first episode. It reminds me a lot of Baccano with its strange urban environment being the setting for its crazy cast of characters. It’s also got the jazzy soundtracks, and great looking fights to top it all off. Looks like this one will be quite fun to watch.
Well, well. It’s Doga Kobo’s first original anime. It’s led by the director, Fujiwara Yoshiyuki, who did shows such as GJ-bu, and Mikakunin. The scenario writer will be Naotaka Hayashi who wrote the visual novel for Steins;Gate, Chaost;Head, and Robotics;Notes. This is the first original that the director is heading, which makes me a bit uneasy, but the writer has plenty of experience and makes up for it. The good news is that the writer is also the original creator, and since he’s created those visual novels in the past, that makes me quite confident of what this show will end up offering. The premise already makes it fairly clear that this will have some serious drama going forward. Androids that look exactly like humans with human-like emotions, and with a service life that, if passed, will mean things are going to get pretty bad? Yeah, you bet there’s going to be themes about life, death, what it means to be human, and whether androids are any different than us when they are so advanced.
Few drama anime end up impressing me since often they lean towards the melodramatic, way-too-much-screaming-and-crying territory while also delivering cliché dialogue and scenarios that make me roll my eyes rather than feel emotional. And here’s where almost everyone says that this will need “good execution.” It seems that far too often we forgo explaining what “execution” really means in favor of simplicity because we all have a gist of what it means. Certainly, it’d be worth an entire post to discuss this because while execution has general rules, depending on the show certain aspects need to be stressed more than others for a show to succeed. To simplify things and to avoid discussing in too much detail, I’ll simply say that this show needs to be able to make viewers feel empathetic towards the characters. It needs to be believable for people to understand the anime on an emotional level whether that be the way the characters react depending on the scenario, or the scenarios themselves. Of course, animation direction, soundtrack, voice acting, and so on will all add to the experience, but I think for a romance drama anime, it will need to find some way to allow viewers to empathize with it. Here’s to hoping that it’ll end up doing just that.
Short first episode impressions: That was not bad. It wasn’t overly melodramatic, and it hit the right spots. However, I am worried about it suffering from Death Parade syndrome. That is, it’s episodic and they’re going to repeat similar scenarios based on one plot point. (In this case, having to retrieve the androids.) Whether it’ll successfully make viewers feel something on an episodic-basis when the novelty of the premise wears off will be a great determinant of how good this anime will end up being. Due to its episodic nature, it may be difficult in the long run for it to really hit those emotional spots because the tear jerking moments will be based on characters we hardly know. It has done a solid job so far though, so I will give it the benefit of the doubt. I think this original is the one that has the greatest potential this season. But of course, because I’m always wary of dramatic shows as most of them don’t make me feel much even though others apparently cried over them, I won’t rank this one too highly. I may be a heartless bastard, but I think that makes me a fairly solid judge for these types of shows.
I have never stopped yearning for a show that would fully capture the large sense of scale that comes with conflicts between kingdoms. Yes, Kingdom is one such title, but I’ve always wanted that sense of scale to be mixed with fantasy elements. Madan no Ou to Vanadis was my hope for seeing that mixture, and we all know how the anime adaptation ended up being. It could have been so much more. Yet, due to how rushed it is and the lack of animation quality among many other things, it ended up being a subpar experience at best. Can Arslan Senki properly capture the large sense of scale? Can it deliver a solid adventure while touching upon concepts such as managing a kingdom? Well, the source material has me hoping at least. The original novel was created by Yoshiki Tanaka who made Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Oh yes, you read that right. Legend of the Galactic Heroes. He started writing Arslan Senki all the way back in 1986. As you probably expected, there have been some large gaps in the books after the first few ones. Nevertheless, it appears that it is still continuing albeit very slowly at least according to the dates offered on this fan translation website.
That didn’t stop Arakawa Hiromu, the mangaka of Fullmetal Alchemist and Gin no Saji, two titles that I and many others greatly enjoyed, from making a manga adaptation of it. So yes, we have some big names behind the source material of this title, which should hopefully translate into something for the anime adaptation. Both the director and the series composer have a ton of experience, so I think this anime, from an adaptation perspective, will fare fairly well. However, because of Madan no Ou, I have to admit that I have become a lot more wary of adaptations with a large scale. Portraying a great fight scene between two characters is entirely different from portraying a war between nations where thousands of soldiers fight on the battlefield. Whether it’ll be able to properly capture the dense and hectic feeling of combat in such an environment is difficult to say. And this is especially true for LIDEN FILMS and SANZIGEN Animation Studio the latter of which will handle the CGI. However, after reading through the first twenty chapters of the manga, I noticed that there isn’t nearly as large of an emphasis on large scale fights as compared to something like Madan no Ou. Therefore, the CGI is far less worrying. This is more of an adventure type of show rather than one focusing on the macroscopic elements, which is a bit disappointing. Still, there’s nothing wrong with what it offers. My expectations were just slightly skewed after seeing the preview.
First episode impressions: The first episode is as faithful as an adaptation can get. Literally, it is frame by frame exact. I will also add that holy shit the ending is really nice to listen to. I always look forward to Aoi Eir’s songs, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Uverworld will be doing the opening as well. The animations are also quite good. All of this indicate that this will be a solid anime to watch. There are only twenty chapters of the manga out so far, and as you probably notice from the first episode, they are really taking their time which is great for the pacing. It most likely won’t be a rushed mess. Because the original novel is so long, I have hopes that this could end up being something quite good if it ever ends up going beyond the second season. That’s when I expect things will really get rolling and we’ll see more about the macroscopic elements. Regardless, this is not a bad starting point.
Digimon Adventure tri.
After the nightmare that was Sailor Moon: Crystal, something that I ranked as my most anticipated anime back in the summer preview, I know better now than to get my hopes up. But even then, it’s fucking Digimon so I don’t think I can help get my hopes up anyways though I certainly won’t rank it as highly in this preview now. But still, holy fucking shit when Butterfly came on in this fucking preview, that shows absolutely nothing by the way, I couldn’t help but get hyped. The problems is that this preview, and some character designs that have been quite controversial, are the only tangible things we have right now.
There’s no actual footage, which could be their way of building things up for something unexpected, or it could be just unexpectedly horrible. For the sake of my childhood, please do not fuck this shit up. I have my nostalgia goggles on already. Don’t punch my face and break them for the second fucking time. I swear to Tatsuya if next thing we’re going to see a Inuyasha CGI remake… OH LORD TATSUYA PLEASE SHIELD US FROM SUCH HEINOUS THOUGHTS. The director has been involved in such a wide variety of different shows that I don’t even know what to really think. I mean, Date A Live director, Jormungand director, Legend of the Galactic Heroes episode director (lolwtf), School Days director (holyfucknoplease), and much more. The same goes for the series composer. I’m sure they know that their reputation is at stake because it very much is. Let’s just hope they don’t take a huge shit on our childhood memories, and pull a Sailor Moon: Crystal on our asses. May The One True God Tatsuya Stu guide them on their path.
Tier 1 (Extremely anticipated)
If you’re a romcom fan, this is definitely a show you have to watch this season. While Madhouse will no doubt make this anime impressively animated, as the PV shows, Asaka Morio, the director of shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Chihayafuru, and more, will also be leading this to make sure it ends up as a proper adaptation. Add in the fact that the manga is fairly well rated, and that the premise is different from the typical romcom out there with the quirkiness of Gouda Takeo, there’s a lot to look forward to. I’ve probably already read more of the manga than I should have, but what I read only makes me more confident that the anime will end up at least decent. The more I read, the more I like it. The characters and the story… they’re just all so sweet. Well, I won’t say too much more since that’ll be kind of spoiling the fun for you all. Anyways, I’m always looking for a great romcom, so I’ll most certainly be checking this one out.
First episode impressions: I forgot to add that Gouda Takeo is voiced by Eguchi Takuya, who did Hachiman, which is insane because they barely sound alike. Secondly, Yamato is voiced by Han Megumi who did Gon for HxH. What great ranges. This is is the kind of thing that separates the good from the great. The anime also looks to be a solid adaptation. It’s even going to be 24 episodes long, so this will be quite a treat for the next half-year. Great stuff.
Shokugeki no Souma
ALRIGHT, MOTHERFUCKERS. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOODGASM GOODNESS?! Koufuku was just an appetizer, you bitches. Here comes the main fucking course that will cause pleasant spasms throughout your whole body as you watch tosh’s orgasmic inducing art in anime format… Or so I wish. If I could voice only one concern about this adaptation it’d be whether the anime can really deliver in terms of animations because tosh is, well, tosh. It’s not going to be easy to replicate his superb art style well, which may be especially concerning when a lot of the allure of the manga is because of tosh’s art. The appearance of the food and the orgasmic details as the characters taste the food are all critical components that make the source material as enjoyable as it is.
Now, I don’t want you to take this as me saying that the story and characters are unremarkable. They’re fine. The writer crafts enough interesting scenarios with a decent cast of characters each with their quirks to keep things fresh. There’s a nice sense of progression in the characters, and dammit, it’s interesting reading how they cooked the food even if it may not be exactly the most accurate. (As you can tell, I have no idea what I’m talking about because I can’t cook. Cut me some slack, okay?) If you like watching anime while eating food, then holy shit smack Inaho around, get him to discount those eggs further, scramble those motherfuckers, and eat them while watching this show because those eggs are going to be the best eggs you’re going to taste. And if you don’t watch anime while eating food, then you better prepare those eggs when you start the first episode of this show because you’re not going to be able to handle it otherwise. Well, let’s just hope J.C. Staff will animate this decently. LET THE FOODGASMS BEGIN!
First episode impressions: Holy shit, J.C. Staff is actually doing it. The animation quality is actually really quite good. The cooking, and most importantly the orgasmic moments are over the top like I wanted. Though, it is more awkward in anime format, but fuck it. It’s better for it to go all the way then do a half-assed attempt. Can’t wait to see the rest of the adaptation. Things look great so far.
Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season
Well, this is an awkward one to preview mainly because I didn’t even finish watching the first season. Now before you call the police for my plebness, I will defend myself by saying that I think the experience will be far superior when I marathon the entire show instead of wait week by week for it. Not only was there a season gap which really put me off from following it week to week, but dammit I don’t want to watch orgasmically awesomely animated fight scenes only to be devastated by the prospect of waiting another week to see some more. I just want to binge on dem ufotable animations, okay? Honestly, now that I don’t feel obligated to do episodic reviews anymore and that I’ve marathoned some shows I missed in the past, I once again see how beneficial it can be for my viewing experience when I don’t have to wait a week every episode. Certainly, for slice of life anime like Gochuumon, Non Non Biyori, and other episodic series like Mushishi it can be better to watch it week to week since the experience is more spread throughout. However, for shows like FSN, Parasyte, and other longer shows, it simply feels better, at least to me, to watch the whole thing in a relatively short period of time. The experience is more coalesced which can make you more invested in the show and less likely for you to forget what the heck happened months ago when you watched the first few episodes. So yeah, I’ll be waiting for this season to end and then I’ll watch it in all its ufotable glory.
High School DxD BorN
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSTO! ARE YOU READY FOR SOME OPPAI GOODNESS?! Holy crap, I’m fucking hyped. I don’t know how many of you were watching the second season with me when it aired, but if you did and read my review of the finale (spoilers obviously), then you’d know that I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time. If you haven’t seen DxD ever and think this is just some typical high-school harem fantasy junk that every season has, you need to reconsider that thought. Not only is the grade of fanservice of high quality in DxD due to the strong female cast of oppai goodness, but this actually has a plot outside of its plot. (If you know what I mean.) Oh yes, this series actually has an expansive fantasy setting with a decently crafted story, which are both rare things to see for shows of this kind. You’d be hard pressed trying to find another anime with the same level of fanservice goodness as this that also has a noteworthy story alongside it.
Furthermore, this is one of the very few anime adaptations that actually paces things well. The previous seasons (24 episodes) have only gone through four volumes. Usually, you’d see a much quicker pace of 24 episodes covering seven or eight volumes. This slower pacing is hugely beneficial since it allows the anime to actually flesh out the setting, characters, and smaller plot points that are often skimmed over or omitted entirely in other anime adaptations for light novels. I think this is one of the main reasons why DxD has a much richer world and cast of characters when compared to other similar shows, and I can’t help but be hyped for what this third season has to offer. Get your pants ready because holy shit it’s time for BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSTO!
First episode impressions: Literally the first second of the first episode shows glorious oppai. That’s the DxD I know.
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic
HELLLLL YESSS IT’S TIME FOR SOME DESU DESU DESU DESU. If you did not smile while watching that video then you need to just stop. Like, stop. You need to watch the first season and worship Karen and her almighty desuness some more. In all seriousness, if you think I’m just a weeb NEET son of a bitch who likes all that kawaii bullshit, I’m going to have to ask you to stop calling it kawaii bullshit because this shit is amazing. After watching hundreds of anime, I naturally shifted towards looking forward to seeing what slice of life shows the next season has to offer because they tend to be fairly dependable sources of entertainment. We had Gochuumon, and Non Non Biyori, which are both getting another season as well. Kiniro Mosaic will be starting things off, and I’m pumped. There are quite a few things that make anime different from other mediums, but one of the most significant things is that no other medium has these types of slice of life shows. I’ve always found it difficult to explain exactly why these shows are so enjoyable since on the surface, they seem simple. Almost too simple. But underneath that simplicity is a mesh of intricacies involving voice acting, character chemistry, scenario quirks, and many other factors that make these kinds of shows unique. It’s so nice to sit back, relax, grab a bit of food, and enjoy a heartwarming episode that erodes your worries away. With the staff exactly the same as before, this season will almost certainly be just as enjoyable as the previous. Let the moeblob desu goodness begin.
First episode impressions: Love it. Heartwarming first episode, and is it just me or is it even funnier than it was last season? Now I am looking forward to the second season of both Gochuumon and Non Non Biyori even more.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku
AWWWWW YEEEEEAAAAHHHH. IT’S TIME FOR HACHIMAN AND MORE COMMENTARY THAT’S TOO REAL TO HANDLE. I followed the first season week to week without expecting much at all until near the halfway point where things really started to be different from the typical high-school romcom. Not that it wasn’t to begin with, but just that the true heart of the show became more apparent after a few episodes passed. If you haven’t watched the first season, I’d highly suggest you do. Hachiman is definitely not the typical male protagonist in these kinds of shows, which leads to the show taking a more cynical perspective that you don’t see often.
More importantly, those perspectives are understandable, and relatable even. Whether it be through monologues, character interactions, or plot points, this anime manages to put a more realistic, and different take on the high-school romcom genre. Most people weren’t the super-popular type of guy that anime tend to portray so often. I’m sure everyone’s had moments in high-school that they would want to do differently if they could have. We were all young, inexperienced, and awkward at one point, but those were perhaps necessary steps to growing up. And while the focus isn’t on Hachiman being cringe-worthily socially awkward, he brings forth some insightful commentary that we may have thought at one point and/or can refer to one way or another.
Some criticize how Hachiman handles situations to be unrealistic because it would be social suicide, but I think it brings the show a unique charm that separates it from the typical romcom. It focuses on psychological aspects. It tackles situations we have seen in other high-school anime with a different take. It feels genuine. It’s… different. Different in a good way. Different in an interesting way. One of the only major things that the first season lacked was animation quality. Now that it’s been improved greatly, I’m even more excited to see what this season will offer. Will this second season be just as good as the first? Let’s hope so.
Spring 2015 Anime Roundup
What a busy season indeed. I’m mostly just pleased with the fact that shows like Kiniro Mosaic, OreGairu, High School DxD are coming back, and that some other ones I was really skeptical of turned out better than I thought they would. The One True God Tatsuya Stu aside, for He is too almighty to be compared to, this spring appears to be better than last spring on average. If you’re looking for truly spectacular shows that have a ton of potential, this season probably won’t cut it for you. However, if you’re looking to jump into a bunch of shows and have a solid time, this season is fantastic. You have at least more than seven to eight shows that will at least be worthwhile to watch, and still some more depending on your preferences. More than anything, I’m very glad that more and more anime are getting continuations since I know what to expect from them. Quite a few shows have already aired, and so far, this season is meeting my overall expectations. Hopefully, the rest of the shows that haven’t aired and future episodes will hold up as well.