I take back what I said during Winter’s midseason impressions about there not being many anime series this Spring.
I’m keeping up with just about every anime this season and the overall quality so far is more than satisfying.
Angel Beats! – My favorite series this season. It has it all: comedy, drama, action, and tragedy all rendered with superb animation and flanked by lovely OP/ED songs. Every episode gives me things to think about and to theorycraft on with others.
Arakawa Under the Bridge – Despite having some similarities with Bakemonogatari, I just can’t really get into this series. I prefer the supernatural stories over this under the bridge homeless setting. Plus, tsundere is greater than alien. It’s still entertaining enough though.
B Gata H Kei – This series is still the lighthearted comedy romance that I was expecting. It’s definitely fun to watch the perverted but innocent female lead get into troublesome situations.
Giant Killing – I was expecting them to dominate all the way to the top, but reality deems otherwise. The heavy focus on characterization and overcoming obstacles in their way makes this soccer anime one of the most realistic and engaging sports series I have ever seen.
Hakuouki – Shinsengumi Kitan – The animation and battle scenes leave me with no complaints in that area, but the way that the female lead constantly rushes into combat and has to be saved by one of the many bishounens accompanying her is a major turn-off. Why even bring her along on a mission why she has shown no combat ability whatsoever?
Heroman – American superhero anime simply isn’t my thing. I gave the series a chance since Bones was the studio behind it, and it’s okay I guess, but I’m not impressed.
House of Five Leaves – Watching this anime is starting to bore me. The entire series feels slow, and the main character’s meek personality doesn’t help.
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou – It would be nice if they toned down on some of the fan service. Your typical harem series taking place at a magic academy.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – Both the male and female leads are easily likable. I look forward to seeing their (romantic) relationship develop more.
K-ON!! – I didn’t do a first impressions post for this, but K-ON!! requires no introduction. The original cast is still going strong with their tea time antics. Azusa and Mio ftw!
Mayoi Neko Overrun! – There’s so many seemingly filler episodes that I treat the entire series as a filler.
RAINBOW – So many messed up things that they had to go through and put up with. I can’t wait to see them all released and what they end up doing in the future.
Senkou no Night Raid – I feel I was a bit harsh on their Mandarin, and I think now it’s actually great that A-1 Pictures experiments so much with having other languages spoken in their anime. Their ability to craft an immersive setting with beautiful backgrounds is simply astounding.
Working!! – Who could have known that working at a family restaurant is so fun? A prime example of comedic slice of life done right.
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei – His “friend” seriously looks like some type of monster. I can’t help thinking that every time I see him on the screen. Otherwise, the rapid fire narration continues to amuse and delight me. Some of their antics fall on the epic threshold.
Two series that I also watch, which are still continuing from past seasons, are Durarara!! and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. FMA: Brotherhood leaves its predecessor in the dust while Durarara!! is still going strong with an all-out war imminent.
Well, this covers almost everything that I watch on a weekly basis.