Spring 2015 Anime Season Preview

5 Apr , 2015,
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Knights of Sidonia - The Battle for Planet Nine

Spring is upon us, and along with the sakura in bloom comes another new anime season. Admittedly, this post is already a little late as several days of the new season has already passed, but hey, better late then never, non?

That being said, I find myself watching less and less anime each new season. Perhaps the biggest reason may be that I am just losing interest in all of the same stereotypical shows with similar plots and character types. Nevertheless, that is not to say that I am not without my picks, and so, here they are.

Some shows that should be mentioned for one reason or another are first presented below. Once again, I am indebted to Random Curiosity’s Spring 2015 Preview as well as hashihime’s Spring 2015 Anime preview posts. I have not seen any series of the new season at the time I write this.

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me – This series, with just 4 minutes per episode, has been a great hit as a comedy series with many, and its second season promises to deliver more of the same. It talks about a normal wife who has to deal with her otaku husband.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid – Popular series Nanoha returns.

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka – Is it wrong to try and pick up girls in a dungeon?” I seriously have no idea. In any case I am not very excited about this one, nor am I watching it. I am just throwing it out here for those interested, because it just might be better than your average harem-like show.

Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu – A spinoff from Suzumiya Haruhi, this one follows Nagato Yuki instead.

Shokugeki no Souma – Fighting with food. I mean, did their mothers never tell them not to play with their-

Kyoukai no RINNE – A high profile work. However it is not listed in my to-watch list, maybe because I decided the director’s lack of experience was a telling factor. I am not too interested in the premise either.

Denpa Kyoushi – Ex-otaku thrust into being a teacher, but he is actually also a genius. This one talks about revolutionizing the education system, but I fear it will only fall behind Ansatsu Kyoushitsu in both grace and style.

High School DxD BorN – The second season of the highly popular ecchi anime, High School DxD. I never got into the first season though.

Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season – I am the bone of my-

SHOW BY ROCK!! – Music rules the world here and it could become something, but I am not interested in the premise.

Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture – As I recall it, the new GitS episodes just pale in comparison to the original, from those who have watched both. I am therefore not bothering with the recaps of the new episodes, which is what this particular season is about.

Gintama゚ – Highly popular series Gintama is back.

Ore Monogatari!! – A romance story that looks like it might be out of the norm.

Houkago no Pleiades – Sorry GAINAX but the first original episode turned me off with its many loopholes and confusing story-telling. Not going to bother with this actual season.

Saint Seiya -Ougon Tamashii soul of gold- – Saint Seiya returns. A lot of returning series nowadays, ain’t it?

*****

Owari no Seraph

Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End)

Mankind has been ravaged by an unknown virus and the remaining survivors are enslaved by a vampiric race that have arisen out of the earth. Two people make a pact to escape the captivity of the vampires, but only one of them escapes and he vows to take revenge. The show has been compared to a possible cross between Ao no Exorcist and Shingeki no Kyojin, and so I am definitely very interested in this series. One of the three series that I am watching this season that has already aired so far, Owari no Seraph boasts a seasoned cast in terms of its seiyuu, and by all looks, will deliver for the season, becoming one of its prime shows.

Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

A new type of android, Giftia, created by the company SA Corp is the most advanced and nearest to being human that has ever been seen. However, due to technical issues, such androids have a service life beyond which they must not exceed. SA Corps thus sets up a service to retrieve Giftia near the end of their service lives. Mizugaki Tsukasa is a new employee at the service, and, together with a Giftia called Isla, sets out to do the retrievals. This is the second show of the three that has already aired this season for me.

I am primarily interested in the premise because it promises a delivery of a different kind of story each episode. There would be tears, joy, and the emotional roller-coaster that comes from such shows that tell many varieties of the way lives can be led in. As for the cast, there is little doubt that Amamiya Sora (Isla) is coming into her own with major roles the last season and this. She is backed by Toyoguchi Megumi, Uesaka Sumire and Yahagi Sayuri, among others.

Kekkai Sensen

Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

A convoluted story-line, but you should expect this if you have already watched Trigun, because it is by the same writer. New York has been eliminated suddenly, and in a new area called Jerusalem’s Lot, demons and humans co-exist in an uneasy peace. A group called Libra acts as the vigilantes, keeping law and order, but all hell may just be breaking loose soon. Our protagonist Leonardo Watch is a journalist trying to unravel the mystery of Jerusalem’s Lot, but getting caught up in all this chaos is definitely not a good thing for him…or is it?

BONES is producing this anime. Just the two names BONES and Trigun alone are good enough to get me hooked. The male cast, aside from Leonardo’s, is superb, with the likes of Koyama Rikiya, Nakai Kazuya, Otsuka Akio to name a few, and Sawashiro Miyuki, alongside a few others, round up the cast. This will likely make for quite a solid show. The show has already aired.

Arslan Senki

Arslan Senki (The Heroic Legend of Arslan)

Arslan is the heir apparent of Pars, but he does not have what it takes to rule. Just 14 years old, he loses his first battle and Pars is burnt to the ground. Arslan must now travel with his companions to establish a new army and confront the tyrant holding his kingdom hostage. A short synopsis that does no justice, I am sure, to the hype surrounding the show, for the author that created this series also created Full Metal Alchemist and Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon). I have also been watching previews of this show largely thanks to it taking over Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins) in the same slot every Sunday (Japan time). Suffice to say that this show certainly has it to be considered a success if the studio pulls it off reasonably well.

The cast is very solid, and honestly, listing them here will do no good when there are so many good ones. I would just say, do watch this if you are even slightly interested in a series that deals with having to take on a royal responsibility of war at a young age, with all the battles and glory and death that come with it.

Hello! Kin-iro Mosaic

Hello! Kin-iro Mosaic

The return of the dangerously moe series, Kin-iro Mosaic (Golden Mosaic). If you are not into cute girls doing their usual things in a slice-of-life show, this series is definitely not for you. I enjoyed the first season, surprisingly, and will definitely continue with this sequel.

Etotama

Etotama

Anime CGI series. The cute and most likely funny of a cat who wants to move into the Chinese Zodiac, she fails a lot at first, but meets a high school boy called Tendo Takeru, and somehow inches closer to her goal. As someone who has liked mythology, this one will be a humorous side show for me in the form of some cute girls, and I always wanted a cat to be in the Chinese Zodiac anyway.

A very solid female cast featuring Ohara Sayaka and Murakawa Rie.

Nisekoi

Nisekoi:

SHAFT returns with its “fake love” comedy featuring the varied cast of season 1. On the first day of a school girl’s transfer to a new school she bumps into a boy who is from the yakuza, though he only wants to live out his life in peace. They end up being bitter enemies, but the joke gets turned on them when the girl is found out to be a mafia…and to avoid a confrontation between both gangs, they have to pretend to be in love!

The first season was better than I expected, and I will continue with this second season. For the record, I am on #TeamChitoge. I support her more than any other female cast, and yes, I know there has been a lot of battling over who is the best girl, but really, I just want to enjoy the show. I am sure if you are in it for the romance and comedy, this one will be for you too, so take a gander already at the first season.

Knights of Sidonia - The Battle for Planet Nine

Knights of Sidonia – The Battle for Planet Nine (Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyuu Wakusei Sen-eki)

Sidonia’s second season finally returns this spring. I have been waiting eagerly for it, and it is not an understatement that it might end up being the show of the season for me. For more details, read my previous review on the show here on NTP.

And that ends my season preview for spring. There are a lot of shows I made honorable mentions of, but am not watching. Perhaps this is a sign. In any case, I hope you enjoy what the new season has to offer. Cheers!