We’re a bit over the half way mark for the spring anime season. I thought that it’s about time to give my rundown of the spring series that I’m currently watching. I’ll be splitting this up into two parts since I’m following 19 new series from the spring season. The season has had a few surprises and let downs so far, but I’d say its an overall improvement to the previous season. Anyways, lets get on to my impressions!
Akuma no Riddle
This reminds me a lot like Danganronpa. We have a class/school where the main purpose is to kill someone (although they specifically target Haru in Akuma no Riddle). The series isn’t bad but it’s also not the most engaging series either. The series feels kind of episodic since each week we have a different assassin target Haru and fail. We’ll also get some character development for the featured assassin before they’re killed off as well. I just find it hard to understand Haru’s character. On one hand, she’s highly optimistic and innocent as a result of what she’s gone through. However, one can only be so trusting towards “strangers” (especially when you know they all want you dead!). Overall, I’d say its pretty entertaining, but doesn’t stand out too much.
I was really looking forward to Black Bullet after seeing the visuals and previews. I have to say that it has an interesting premise, but lacks in the execution. The directing of the series can be all over the place at times. For instance, we’ll have some moments where they’ll conveniently explain a concept (intended for the audience) to a character who would be aware of it. The pacing can also be an issue at times too. The first 4 episodes were jumping all over the place with their scene transitions. The series had quite a few strong scenes (at least in my opinion) that had a great deal of emotional impact for me. However, with the poor pacing and transitions, a lot of the effect is lost since we don’t have time to process it.
Overall though, I’d say Black Bullet is a great series that the majority of anime viewers could probably get into. It’s a pretty standard shounen with some interesting and potentially darker elements to it. I won’t go too much further into the series but you can check out my weekly write ups if you’d like to see more of my thoughts on the show.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
I was expecting something else when I went into this series (something along the lines of Sakurasou maybe). However, the series shaped up to be more of a pure slice of life show. There doesn’t seem to be any real continuation in stories. The series overall relies on a lot of gag humour. With that said, I do still enjoy the series. Kawaisou is one of those series where you can just sit back and shut off your brain while watching it. It has a lively cast where each character brings a unique element to their residence. They all have their own little quirks, but in the end they’re like a family and enjoy each others’ company in their sweet little home. In addition, Kawaisou has some of the most stunning visuals of any series I’ve seen.
I can’t really say too much about this since I’m kind of lost/not really following the story. The visuals and music are pretty decent but I find it hard to get into the story. It just seems like another one of your typical teenage boy controlling a mecha series. I found myself enjoying the slice of life/romcom aspects of the show a lot more than the mechas fighting.
Date a Live II
At first, I was a bit disinterested in this series despite liking the first season. I really grew to like the girls Shido conquered in the first season. The second season kind of focused a bit more on the organizations targeting the spirits. This resulted in more screen time for these new characters/antagonists that I didn’t really care too much about (where is Kurumi???). Date a Live has been going back to it’s roots in the last few episodes though. It’s been more focused on Shido encountering spirits and trying to seal them as we learn more about their personalities. This season is rather short so I’m not expecting too much development with the story on this one though.
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?
Not much to say about this show, one of your typical cute girls doing cute things shows. Even though nothing really happens, these shows manage to still have a certain charm to it which drags me in. I guess it’s just relaxing to watch these characters go about their daily lives and interact with each other.
Gokukoku no Brynhildr
I’ve been holding off on writing about this series mainly because I caught up on the scanslated manga (couldn’t help it after a few cliff hangers). I found it difficult to post my thoughts on this series since I’ve been influenced by the source material already. While it seems like your typical high school romantic comedy or harem, Brynhildr does have a much darker aspect to it. The entire situation is pretty messed up. These young girls were taken in by this organization and experimented on. We don’t really know what their motives are, but we do know that these girls lived under horrible conditions. It’s a shame that this series is only slated for one cour since there are so many questions that need to be answered. It’s definitely peaked my interest but there isn’t enough time to really get into the story.
This just seems like your typical shounen sports series. Hinata is your typical shounen lead who’s hot headed and passionate in pursuing his dreams. His “rival”, Kageyama, is well respected, talented, and pretty stubborn. I’m not really a fan of sports anime. The two of them clashed in the past but now they have to work together. Things are rough at first but they slowly grow to like each other as they play together. The over exaggeration of the sports kind of turns me off from the whole idea. Overall, it’s not really my cup of tea, but it’s not a bad series if you’re into this genre.
Hitsugi no Chaika
This is another series that I haven’t been playing close attention to. I honestly don’t really know whats going on (or how this series got so popular even!) but it does have it’s moments. The fighting scenes in the series are pretty well done and Chaika’s character is adorable (gotta love the way she talks). I’ll probably have to re-watch some of the episodes prior to the second season, but for now, that’s my impression on the series.
One of my favourite series from the spring season. The characters are just so young and innocent at this point. They all have their own issues but they’re able to grow together. Kaori is insecure and afraid to get to know others at first. Yuuki has good intentions but he has a hard time expressing himself to others. Yuuki is able to help Kaori make some progress regarding her condition (where she can’t remember her friends after a week) by taking her out of her comfort zone and out of her shell. While Kaori’s condition is just a convenient plot point, I’m actually impressed that they’ve been progressing the story and developing her character. They’ve actually how she’s been inflicted with the condition and that she’s been able to make progress in her memories. Overall, it’s an enjoyable, relaxing show. There isn’t too much over the top drama and most things tend to get resolved rather quickly.
That’s the first half of my mid season impressions. You can continue see the rest of my Spring 2014 mid season impressions here.