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And Spring comes with a whole host of new goodies.

YES:

  • Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me – Continuation of the mini series about a mismatched couple muddling through their daily life returns! The original was a very fun and charming series; here’s hoping that continues.
  • Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku – More aptly known as “My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected.” Is about a guy that shares very cynical views of life (similar to myself) and his somewhat romcom life. This sequel is being made by Studio feel instead of Brain’s Base and I’m hoping that doesn’t detract from the atmosphere of the show.
  • Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid – Nanoha returns in this series that takes place 8 years after StrikerS. I’m not a fan of Vivid herself, but Nanoha has always been an interesting magical girl battle anime that I’ve enjoyed immensly.
  • Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka – Also known as “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” is a magical- fantasy-action-harem anime based on a light novel that follows an adventurer in a awesome fantasy setting. There’s a bit more into it as well and luckily the first novel is actually out in English courtesy of Yen Press.
  • VAMPIRE HOLMES – Based on a mobile game combining vampires and One of the Greatest Detectives to live, this show focuses on a character named Holmes who lives in London. Except he doesn’t want anything to do with mystery solving, and makes a living as a private detective even though he doesn’t want to be one. Seems interesting enough.
  • Shokugeki no Souma – Also know more popularly in the West as “Food Wars”, this series focusses on a cook-in-training to be a full-time chef in his own restaurant. The previews and source seem to be hinting at exaggerated reactions to eating food and very detailed food animation which looks delectable.
  • Denpa Kyoushi – Based on a manga involving an otaku teacher that aims to revolutionize high school education.
  • Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End) – In a world ravaged by disease and vampies, humanity fights back. Well it’s a bit oversimplified, but we have Wit Studio (Known for Attack on Titan etc) and Hiroyuki Sawano (Sound for Attack on Titan, Guilty Crown, Gundam Unicorn, Kill la Kill, Aldnoah.Zero, and The Seven Deadly Sins) teaming up for what looks like another epic.
  • High School DxD BorN – 3rd Season to the adventure’s of a harem king, DxD is the gold standard of the magical-fantasy-action-harem ecchi genre and for good reason. The plot is alright and the harem setup is ideal for what fans of the genre want.
  • Gunslinger Stratos – Gen Urobuchi’s next series after Aldnoah.Zero.
    Nuff said.
    “The year is 2115 and Japan is been split into two parallel universes: the outlaw haven known as Frontier S (Stratos), and the totalitarian 17th Far East Imperial City Management District. Caught off guard by a disease that causes humans to rot away and crumble like sand, the world is suddenly thrown into chaos, one made worse by the conflicts between both universes.”
  • Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season – Season 2 of the Fate “remake” epic focussing on the Archer/Rin storyline. I’m not a huge fan of fate/stay night, but ufotable is arguably the best studio out there and I am a fan of the Nasu-verse.
  • Plastic Memories – An original story about a near-future where androids that look exactly like humans have spread around the world. Follows a protagonist that partners up with an android girl to pick up androids that have gone past their service life (it’s hinted that androids past their ‘shelf-life’ become very unstable). This has been paired as a love story throughout the PVs and I’m very interested to see how that develops as human x android relationships is a rather interesting topic to me.
  • Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront) – NYC was destroyed and its place is a city called Jerusalem’s lot, a city with mixtures of supernaturals and humans. With crime rampant, a group of superhumans struggles to keep the balance as other forces conspire to unleash the city on the outside world. The trailer is very reminiscent of 90s anime and feels very fun.
  • Arslan Senki – Anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s (Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon, and Hero Tales) manga adaption of the The Heroic Legend of Arslan novel series original written by Yoshiki Tanaka (Legend of Galactic Heroes). Arslan must gather an army of 300,000 to free his kingdom. I have high hopes for this as none of Arakawa’s or Tanaka’s works have ever been a let down for me.
  • Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku – School where all students must join a cultural club and budgets are distributed by the tried and true method of gladiatorial combat!
  • Hibike! Euphonium (Sound Euphonium) – Kyoto Animation (Suzumiya Haruhi, K-On, Full Metal Panic, Hyouka, Beyond the Boundary, and Amagi Brilliant Park etc) returns for another original series based on girls in a brass band club in high school. Kyo-ani has a history of making great and mostly watchable series, so this has my interest.
  • Triage X – Doctors/Nurses by day; assassins by night. By the creators of High School of the Dead.
  • Houkago no Pleiades – Based on a series that was made back in 2011 by Subaru/Gainax, also known as Wish Upon the Pleiades. This sets to expand more on that, the main thing I know about it is that it’s a Gainax magical girl anime.
  • Punch Line – NoitaminA show for the season. This is an original series following a kid whose spirit has separated from his body.
  • Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyuu Wakusei Sen-eki – Sequel to the original Sidonia anime, which was a CG sci-fi anime. If you found the CG in Ars Nova watchable, this is a definite must for sci-fi fans.
  • Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo – Essential a young shonen unlocks special powers by kissing specific girls (witches). Sounds somewhat underwhelming, but I vastly enjoyed the early parts of the source manga.
  • Ninja Slayer From Animation – Trigger (Kill la Kill) returns to animate a Japanese science fiction novel series, purportedly created by the American authors Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez.
  • Grisaia no Rakuen – Sequel to the highly controversial visual novel based anime. I was actually surprised this was getting a sequel, but the recent success of the Kickstarter probably helped to usher this in.
  • Lupin Sansei – Lupin III returns for a his first full series focussing on himself in a long while.
  • Digimon Adventure tri. – This year marks the 15th anniversary for the Digimon franchise and to celebrate, Toei Animation is releasing a sequel to the original popular series. Sounds like a sound idea, but I will say that the original series does not hold up too well.

MAYBE:

  • Re-Kan! – Another show about a girl who can see ghosts and other supernatural phenomena. I’m not too fond of this genre and unless the story stands out; I don’t think it’ll be something I’ll cover. But the series was based on a 4-koma; so I have hope.
  • Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu – Romcom slice-of-life based on the bookish female character from the Suzumiya Haruhi series. This series promises less of the interesting urban fantasy of the original and keeps it strictly urban, the result of which gives me mixed feelings.
  • Kyoukai no RINNE – Takahashi Rumiko, best known in the West for her creation of Inu-Yasha and Ranma 1/2 returns to the anime scene once again with an adaption of another work, this time focussing on a girl that can see ghosts…
  • Baby Steps 2 – Newbie rises up in the Tennis world, part 2.
  • Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture – Previously released as a series of movies from 2013-14, Ghost in the Shell ARISE returns with a six part TV broadcast. This iteration will include the original four movies, adding two more chapters to the end to set up for the recently announced Ghost in the Shell (2015) movie. I’m not a big fan of GitS, but sci-fi shows are always interesting.
  • Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic – Sequel to the original quirky slice-of-life comedy, this is one of those shows I’ll watch when I free extra free time and want a quick chuckle.
  • Ace of Diamond 2nd Season – One of the best baseball animes in recent time returns for a second season.
  • Teekyuu 4 – Tennis girls returns for another comedic season…
  • Takamiya Nasuno Desu! – Teekyuu spinoff featuring the daily life of the airheaded rich girl character.
  • Gintama゚ – New series of Gintama, one of the big shonen juggernauts out there.
  • Ore Monogatari!! – Love story following a not-so-typical male protagonist.
  • Etotama – Cat aimes to be the 13th member of the Chinese zodiac.
  • Nisekoi: – Sequel to the heading-no-where harem show that seems to have taken the manga world by storm in recent years.

And my top picks are…

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Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected)

Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

Arslan Senki

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)

Sound! Euphonium

Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars)

Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End)

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