We’re pushing into the later half of the season, but hey, better late than never, right?
Similar to last season, I’ll divide up this season of anime into the series I’m enjoying the most, alright series, and lastly, the series that I dropped. Unfortunately, my dropped list is much bigger than usual, but that’s mainly due to time constraints making me pass up on series I normally would have endured.
Top Spring 2015 Anime Shows
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Even if this is just your typical high school harem/romance series, there’s something about Yamada-kun that really catches my attention. Maybe it’s because they act more like normal high school kids than I’m used to. They nonchalantly kiss each other, and don’t make a huge deal of it. Misunderstandings don’t seem to drag on for long periods of time, and I’m really enjoying watching Shiraishi’s growth as a character. Not to mention, I think it also has the best opening song of the season, Yamada-kun is one of my favorite series to relax to this season!
Grisaia no Rakuen
Honestly, I thought the first season of Grisaia was a bit of a let down. I was expecting something heart tugging, but for the most part I got some crazy over the top drama, that felt like it was only there for shock value. The next two installments of the series have really changed my opinion though.
The first season basically crammed each character’s route into one, continuous storyline, which made it feel like the events did not carry over onto the next arc. This was necessary though since they wanted to adapt the entire series, in which we need the story behind all of the girls.
This season, we focus on Yuuji’s character. He originally came to the academy to save these girls, and help them move forward with their lives. He was basically a superhero who wasn’t phased by anything. After seeing Rakuen though, Yuuji is probably the most damaged person in the series. He had a tragic upbringing in which he was always treated as inferior to his sister, suffered physical and emotional abuse from his caretakers, and lost countless loved ones.
He set out on a mission to save five lives, since he promised his beloved Asako that he would only be allowed to die, if he helped five others live. This helped tie the series together for me. Yuuji wasn’t as strong as he appeared to be, but he seemed to be in a dark place and just wanted everything to end. Now, it’s his turn to be saved. The girls whose lives were touched by him set out to rescue him, like how he rescued them. I wouldn’t mind toning down on the ecchi aspect of the show, but then again this is based off an eroge, so I can’t really complain too much.
Fate Stay Night UBW S2
I share my thoughts on this series on a weekly basis, so read those if you want a more in-depth opinion from me. In brief, it’s gorgeously animated, amazing soundtrack, and has decent character development. The second half is moving a lot quicker than the first season did, as masters and servants begin clashing for the final time.
This season, the club feels a bit more distant to me, but that’s not a bad thing. There is a lot more focus on Hachiman this season, starting to realize that maybe being a loner isn’t what he actually wants. He continues to put himself down, sacrificing his own happiness for others, but this continues to give him the human interactions that he so desired. I’m looking forward to the point where Hachiman will eventually become comfortable around everyone, just like how he interacts with Komachi.
High School DxD BoRN
This season definitely felt like it was all over the place, but it’s still High School DxD. At times, scenes felt like they jumped around too much and way too many characters were being introduced, but I still got what I came here for. Issei continues to grow his harem, and even shows signs of past trauma that he must overcome in the future. The cast continues to grow which fuels Issei to become stronger to match up to these new guys. There’s been quite a bit of character development this season as well. Both Akeno and Koneko had a mini arc dedicated into fleshing out their characters.
Shokugeki no Souma
This kind of feels like Iron Chef, anime edition. We have a culinary school where students compete amongst each other to earn their rank as one of the elite students within the academy. Souma comes from a more laid back style of cooking, by making creative dishes to be served at his family diner. He uses the tricks he learned over the years to have a solution to any cooking challenge that arises. Overall, Shokugeki no Souma is a fun, over the top series which I can’t get enough of. Souma is currently undefeated, which will hopefully change soon before it becomes too repetitive.
Like the first season, not much really happens in terms of romance. All the girls have their moments where it looks like they grow closer to Raku, only for some misunderstanding or coincidence to occur which brings them back to square one. At least the characters actually had some development. We learn more about their pasts and insecurities. I really enjoyed seeing Chitoge’s arc with her mother, and seeing Raku do everything in his power to bring the two together.
A refreshing Shoujo series. For once, the male lead isn’t your typical bad boy, with a soft spot for the girl. Gouda scares away all women with macho appearance, and awkwardness. He has a pure heart though, and truly is one of the nicest characters I’ve ever seen. He lucks out one day by stopping an assailant on the subway, and meets a girl who loves everything about him.
Some of the events kind of fall into the same rut where Gouda will do something incredibly outrageous, just to show how awesome he is (like running into a burning building, rescuing cats out of trees).
What I really liked about this series though, is how rational the characters are. We have this lovey dovey couple, but they experience some real human emotions. Yamato was this pure, innocent girl, but she had her own insecurities. She actually wanted more in their relationship, and actually confronted Gouda like a normal person probably should! They continue to progress their relationship slowly, but they do it in a realistic fashion.
Other Spring 2015 Anime Series
The series where one piece of string set off the entire internet… DanMachi certainly is an enjoyable series for me. It’s an adventure/fantasy based show which almost feels like a video game where you watch Bell clear dungeons and level up himself. As he continues to level up, more girls become interested in him and I can only assume a harem will evolve out of this. Definitely a fun series to kick back and relax to, as it appeals to my younger years of playing MMORPGs.
Hello! Kiniro Mosaic
I actually fell pretty behind on this series. I enjoyed the first season of Kiniro Mosaic, just watching these innocent girls go about their daily lives, getting into all sorts of shenanigans. I’m a bit strapped for time nowadays so I haven’t had the chance to sit back and watch the shows, but I definitely plan on finishing the series when I have the time.
Owari no Seraph
I’ve been writing about this on a weekly basis as well which you can check out. I kind of had high hopes for this series, expecting a dark, gritty story that was being produced by WIT studio for incredible animation. Overall, the series feels rather light hearted, despite being set in a post apocalyptic world. The artwork is astounding, but animation and art quality do have occasional dips which can be quite distracting. I’d say the series is enjoyable, but definitely not as attention grabbing as some of the other airing series this season. On the plus side, Shinoa is a fan favorite which does boost the series a bit in my books.
I was pretty impressed with the first episode, it seemed like a heartfelt series with a lot of room for growth. The music and artwork were astounding (as with all KyoAni shows). I haven’t been following the series that closely, and felt a bit of a lull during the midway portion of the show. Things seem to be picking up again though as of the latest episode. Overall, Hibike seems like a kind of series with plenty of room for these characters to mature and find their passion in orchestra music.
I heard nothing but good things about this series (the manga) before the series began. I was kind of expecting something similar to The World God Only Knows, but this was quite a disappointment for me. It has a 90’s or early 2000’s feel to it with the animation and art style. Even with that, the animation quality is really poor at times, making it hard to watch. I also find the main lead to be a bit of an annoyance, constantly repeating his YD speech every episode, and the fact that he always has everything planned out from the start. The comedy just didn’t click with me and the series felt too episodic. What I do enjoy about Denpa Kyoushi though are the opening and ending which I think are insanely catchy, but unfortunately the series didn’t do the same for me.
Dropped Spring 2015 Anime
Not much to say about this series. I originally picked it up since it had the same artist as the man behind High School of the Dead. Not only did Xebec exaggerate their character designs (even though they were already well endowed…) but I just couldn’t get into the story itself.
Nothing against this series. It started off rather well, and even tugged a few of my heart strings. It just didn’t manage to catch my attention, and being pressed for time, I decided to let it go in favor of some other series.
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
I watched the original Haruhi series, and loved the movie. I knew Nagato was only a spin-off, in an alternate timeline, but the characters themselves aren’t the same. The series just feels like every other slice of life. I wanted to watch this solely for the characters, but none of them seem to resemble the characters that I remembered. I may pick this back up whenever I have time, but for now I’d prefer to not watch it.
The first episode just didn’t catch my attention. The animation didn’t blow me away, and I just felt lost the entire time, which tends to happen with game adaptations. I’m sure people who are familiar with the game probably understood what was going on a lot better, but I just didn’t feel like putting in the effort.
I really wanted to watch this series, since it’s simply relaxing comedy to watch. Unfortunately, it didn’t stand out enough to me and I had to drop it to focus on other series.
Well there are my mid (late) season impressions for the Spring 2015 anime season. I have to say Yamada-kun and Grisaia surprised me the most this season with how much I enjoyed it. I also noticed that I dropped far more anime than I’m used to. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I would love to have the time to watch every anime series like I used to again.
Overall, the spring season did not disappoint as I filled up my list with a ton of great series that I really do enjoy. Compared to the winter season where I only had maybe 3 or 4 shows that I really looked forward to on a weekly basis. Anyways, what are your thoughts on the Spring anime season so far?