Just as the last of the winter shows featured in the round up is ending, the spring anime season has come out in full force. Last spring’s anime season was great, but this spring is looking to be awesome. A few big names in anime have come back for second seasons, and there is a huge variety of new stuff to go around as well. I picked up a lot of shows this season, and I’m going to try and do my best to include everything I’m watching into the roundup right off the bat. This week’s roundup is the biggest one ever, and there are still a few shows that have yet to air!
This is an unusual, yet very interesting show I have been waiting to watch for a while now. The story is about a boy named Kiri that happens to have an irresistible urge to cut hair. Wait, it gets even stranger from here. When Kiri runs into a girl with “cursed” hair that cannot be cut, one thing leads to another and Kiri discovers he is among a group of people that possess “Killing Goods”, mysterious tools handed down to the descendants of infamous murderers. This is probably going to be one strange trip.
Date a Live is a show that dares to ask the question: what can be done to make the romance comedy genre totally fucking awesome? In Date a Live, powerful beings known as “Spirits” are responsible for a destructive phenomenon known as time-space quakes. There are only two known ways to stop them: fight them off with swarms of cute girls in sexy, high-tech combat gear, or… date them. The first episode was completely ridiculous… and it was ridiculously entertaining.
Mecha anime doesn’t come around very often any more (Outside of the Gundam franchise), but for whatever reason there is a handful of them all in this season. Majestic Prince is perhaps the most basic of them all, as it seems it is only setting out to be a typical “hot-blooded” mecha anime with a light-hearted approach. This show was neither amazing nor disappointing in its first outing, but the mechanical designs and fight scenes alone make it seem like this will be a fun show to watch.
My wish for a second season of Nyarlko has been granted, almost exactly one year later. Everyone’s favorite adorable and perverse abominations have returned for more of the craziness that made them so loveable in the first place; and with an opening theme song that is somehow even catchier that the first one. I’m truly overjoyed to have this show to look forward to each week this season.
What would another season of anime be without at least one comedy that has a concept of pure absurdity? The first several minutes of this show reveal the epic rise and fall of Satan himself before he is banished from a realm of magic to our boring modern world. Now Satan and his personal minion must struggle to survive as low-wage workers until they can gain their powers back and conquer the world. This show is a fine example of anime’s knack for executing off-the-wall ideas into great entertainment, as the first episode completely caught me off guard with how good it was.
Just as I began to miss the large breasted ninja’s of Senran Kagura, here comes some large breasted Samurai to fill the void! This is the sequel to Samurai Girls, and to those not familiar with this series, it is basically about a group of girls with master samurai spirits dwelling within them, and naturally the only way to power them up is by making out with them. This show is pretty much an ecchi harem with action and comedy, and a unique animation/coloring style. If you are expecting a serious samurai drama, you came to the wrong place. If you are expecting hot girls, boobies, and panty-shots, you will be delighted. The best part? This is airing on AT-X, meaning it is completely uncut!
It is nearly time for the big game, and now Riki has been assigned to lead the Little Busters to victory. While this ends this particular story arc, the true secrets of the world have yet to be answered. No worries though, “Little Busters: Refrain” has already been announced. From the preview at the end of this episode, it looks like Key’s special blend of sadness and suffering is waiting for us. At least there is time to stock up on Kleenex.
Muromi-san is a cute and downright hilarious show hidden amongst the bigger shows of the season. It is the story of a boy spending his days fishing until he encounters Muromi, an insane mermaid that decides to hang around him, and eat his fishing bait, each day. Did I mention Muromi is crazy? Each episode is about 12 minutes long, and you will be laughing your ass off the entire time.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.: Episode 1
(My Little Sister Can’t be this Cute 2, AKA: Oreimo 2)
This is the long awaited sequel to Oreimo, a slice of life/comedy about a high-school student named Kyousuke and his younger sister Kirino. On the surface, Kirino is a popular and athletic girl that works as a clothing model. However, Kirino is a master of hiding her powerlevel: in reality, she is obsessed with anime, manga, and sis-con eroge games. The comedy is clearly aimed at those in the know about “otaku” culture, and has a similar vibe to shows like Lucky Star and Comic Party. This picks up right where the last season left off, so hopefully we will get some answers to some of the burning questions last season left us with!
Red Data Girl is another show based off of a novel, and there has been a lot of buzz going on about it. After being pleasantly surprised with how Shinsekai Yori turned out, I decided to give this show a shot as well. It is about a girl named Suzuhara that mysteriously destroys any electronics she uses. There appears to be much more going on than what appears on the surface, and it seems like this is going to be a really interesting story as it develops.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick this show up, until I came across a scathing review on Anime News Network that literally bashed the show for being “too awesome.” (Protip: ANN hates anime, unless a paid advertiser suggests otherwise.) The show takes place in a world where mankind hides behind massive walls, because there are giants outside of those walls that love snacking on humans. This is pretty brutal for TV anime, so I don’t recommend this if you are squeamish.
This is perhaps the most anticipated anime of the entire season, especially since there are some big names behind its writing, design, and production. The first part of this episode shows a massive space battle that was one of the most awesome scenes of its kind; which leads us to the story of how our protagonist, a pilot named Red, becomes stranded on a seemingly primitive world. This show has a lot of hype behind it, so things can go either way, but this first episode was really amazing.