The Spring 2015 season is quickly approaching so it’s about time I do my seasonal preview of what anime I’ll be following.
While the winter season looked promising initially, I have to say it turned out to be less exciting as I had hoped for. While it wasn’t bad by any means, I just found myself being more interested in the many Fall carryovers, and less of the newer series. I’m looking forward to a breath of fresh air since very few shows are carrying over, which means all new anime for my viewing pleasure!
Enough with my rambling though, let’s get into the rundown!
Jikman’s Spring 2015 Anime Preview
Being produced by A-1 Pictures (SAO, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), I’m expecting a well animated series. Going into Denpa Kyoushi, all I really know is that it is a popular manga with similarities to The World God Only Knows. The main lead is an otaku who reaches out his students, helping them overcome their problems and a harem results out of it.
Digimon Adventure tri.
Digimon is probably seen as a kiddy show by many, but it happens to be one of my most anticipated series. Digimon was probably one of my favorite series growing up. I remember buying those tamagotchi like digivices and playing with it for years. One of my favorite aspects of the original Digimon series is how we follow the digidestined from childhood into their teenage years and even shows a glimpse of their adult lives.
Just seeing the key visual, I’m hit with nostalgia and look forward to seeing more stories to fill in the gap between the end of Digimon Adventure 2 and their happily ever after lives. I’m always skeptical when they touch a completed series, but I think this is definitely a must-watch for those who grew up watching Digimon.
Fate Stay Night UBW
If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed that Fate was one of the series I was regularly blogging about. It should come as no surprise that I’ll continue blogging about it with the second cour so stay tuned for that!
Overall, the second half of the series is where the majority of the action will take place. For the most part, no one was really eliminated in the running for the Holy Grail in the first season. There were numerous encounters, but they typically ended in one side retreating. Now that all the introduction and exposure to the universe is taken care of, we can really dive into the real action and more exciting part of the story!
Grisaia no Meikyuu
I was originally hyped for the Grisaia series based on all of the rave reviews for the visual novel. Unfortunately, the anime adaptation was lackluster since they chose to forgo the omnibus format and make it a continuous story. For the most part, I thought a lot of the stories were ridiculous and were mainly so disturbing for shock-value. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the series, I do have to admit the final arc got me intrigued as we finally learn more about Yuuji’s family and set up for future sequels.
A series based off of a game makes me a bit skeptical, but this looks like a stacked series. Gen Urobuchi had some involvement with the original concept, and I’ve always been a huge fan of his work. On top of that, we have A-1 who is known for having some gorgeous animation along with Ayano Mashiro (Fate UBW OP) and Garnidelia doing the music for the series.
My main concern is how the story of the series will flow. Being based on a game, there are a ton of characters and a lot of action that needs to be animated. If this is only a one-cour series, I can see it coming off as rushed and probably lacking character development.
Kiniro Mosaic S2
If you’re into moe shows, this has probably been on your radar. We have a blonde haired girl from Britain reuniting with a friend by moving to Japan. Everything is pretty happy go lucky as you watch these cute girls do cute things… what’s not to like?
High School DxD BorN
If you’re the type of person who can’t seeing any fanservice or ecchi in anime, then this series is not for you. High School DxD surprisingly has an interesting plot (yes plot, not PLOT) which progresses as the series goes on. Sure we have Issei doing perverted things on a regular basis, but with each season, we have moved closer to the day the dragons clash. As silly as it may sound, DxD is probably up there in my most hyped series, on par with Digimon and Fate.
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
A spin-off of the popular Haruhi series. While I wasn’t as captivated as most fans were, I still thought Haruhi was a decent series (with an amazing movie), even if I didn’t follow the Haruhism craze. It’s always nice to see well established series get more adaptations, and I look forward to seeing more of the Haruhi universe.
If you’re going into Nisekoi expecting a well developed romance, you’ll be disappointed. While there was very minor progression in the first season, Nisekoi is still your textbook harem. On the bright side, it has gorgeous animation thanks to SHAFT which sets it apart from other series. Moving forward, I still expect the same antics, misunderstandings and teasing that the first season provided in regards to Raku’s quest to find his childhood love.
I enjoy my a little bit of shoujo in my seasonal anime line ups. Unlike other Shoujos though, it seems like the lead of Ore Monogatari isn’t your typical good looking bad boy who secretly has a soft side to him. Instead we have what appears to be a gentle giant in the spotlight. I think it’s refreshing to have a change of pace and look forward to seeing a romance bloom for this intimidating boy.
Owari no Seraph
This looks like it has potential to be one of the most talked about series of the season. Reading the synopsis, it definitely gives off a similar vibe as Guilty Crown, Black Bullet, and Attack on Titan where humanity has been plagued by a disaster. It’s up to a chosen group of children to save the world. This general concept has been wildly popular in recent years and has been quite successful (minus Black Bullet).
If you needed another reason to watch Seraph of the End, it’s also being produced by WIT studio (Attack on Titan and Rolling Girls) with music being composed by none other than Sawano Hiroyuki. While the manga’s current reviews aren’t the greatest, I have no doubts that this will be an amazing viewing experience based on these factors alone!
Shokugeki no Soma
Another really hyped shounen series for the spring season. Again, I held off on reading the manga because of the anime, but from what I hear it’s a very enthusiastic cooking series. We had Koufuku Graffiti this season to warm us up, but Shokugeki no Soma is here to amaze us with their orgasmic cooking.
It’s been 2 years already since season one aired. OreGairu follows an antisocial Hachiman and his school life as he’s forced to join a volunteer club and interact with his fellow students. I think the main hook of OreGairu is how relatable Hachiman’s character is for many anime fans. Not to perpetuate stereotypes, but a lot of shy people might have the same pessimistic outlook as Hachiman does of the world.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
The last show that I wanted to highlight from the season is Yamada-kun. I haven’t read the manga because once again, I figured I’d wait on the anime. At first glance though, it appears to be similar to Nisekoi, a shounen harem where there is little progression, but with a supernatural twist. Overall, it looks like it will be a fun series which is my main reason for picking it up.
Well there you have my brief thoughts on the spring anime season. There are a couple of other shows on my radar, but I’ll share my thoughts on them once the season begins. You can find a full list of the spring 2015 anime series over on AniChart.
What series are you guys anticipating the most?