Out of the shows currently being aired in the Spring 2016 season, I will be watching;
- The Asterisk War: 2nd Season
- Twin Star Exorcists
- High School Fleet
- Tanaka-Kun Is Always Listless
- Flying Witch
- Anne Happy
I enjoyed the first season of The Asterisk War – despite a good number of people I know moaning about it, and I’ve definitely been enjoying the second season so far. I was actually quite happy to SEE a second season so quickly after the first.
Cerberus is still kind of “iffy” for me right now. They have 3 episodes out now, and I find myself thinking “ugh” a few times during each episode. I mean, I like the concept of the show, and I love the character designs, but I think Hiiro (the main character) is killing it for me. To sum him up the way I see him, he’s the guy that thinks he’s tough, but gets his ass kicked by a kitten. Hell, the guy carries a big scary looking scabbard, but the sword inside it is almost small enough to be called a dagger. Anyway, I can see myself dropping this show, but i’ll give it until episode 4 or 5 so I can at least say I gave it a fighting chance.
Twin Star Exorcists seems much more promising to me; I like the character designs, the fight scenes are pretty cool, and the character personalities (although generic) are likable enough. I also really enjoy the concept the story follows and how they have presented it so far.
Kiznaiver has been hyped like crazy by Crunchyroll, and I think it was justified so far. The characters and story are fantastic, and I love the idea of trying to achieve cooperation by having everyone share pain. Not to mention the opening theme is my favourite this season. I am very eager for more of this one.
BAKUON! was something I had originally planned to skip over. Somehow I found myself with some free time though, so I decided to give this, Anne Happy, and Flying Witch a try. BAKUON! combines cute high school girls and motorcycles – it’s even advertised as “Motorcycles+Moe”, and I am glad I gave it a chance. It’s nothing overly special to be honest, but it’s different – which is nice to see – and it’s a good pick-me-up show. Well, it does have Raimu, and she’s basically a female version of The Stig. That’s pretty special.
High School Fleet has been an interesting one so far; it starts off showing you a bunch of cute girls manning ships in a naval fleet, and then throws them into a situation I really wasn’t expecting. People have told me “Girls Und Panzer” was very similar to this show -but with tanks instead of boats, so I might have to give that one a try as well later. This show managed to make me interested enough in the first episode that I was actually eager to see where it would go, and after watching the second episode, that feeling hasn’t gone anywhere yet.
Tanaka-Kun Is Always Listless is one of my favourite “relaxed” anime I’ve watched so far. I try to watch this after any other shows I plan to watch on a given night, because it’s one of those shows that leaves me calm and with a smile on my face. The characters are great so far (I really identify with Tanaka. Being able to just relax and rest would be amazing), the art is pleasant to look at, and the opening theme fits the relaxing pace of the show – as well as being a pretty good song in it’s own right. The humor is great to. It’s good, clean and soft humor that actually has me giving some good and honest laughs.
Flying Witch is something I was iffy about when I first started it, but it wasn’t long into the first episode that I decided I would hop on board the train. This is another relaxed anime, but with a dash of cuteness, a pinch of magic, and a good splash of humor similar to Tanaka-Kun. So far the story has been interesting, and i’m eager to see more of the world of witches. The character design and art style are great for me, and I love seeing an actual functioning family in an anime for a change.
Anne Happy is… Strange. It’s really cutesy (which i’m ok with. I haven’t been getting my daily dose of cuteness since I ran out of “Is The Order A Rabbit” episodes.), and one of the characters is in love with… A construction sign?!? But the weirdness and the situation of the girls are what have kept me watching this one I think. I honestly want to see what the hell is going to happen with these unfortunate kids.
Those are all the simulcasts I plan to be watching this season, but I am still working through Monogatari Second Season, and just finished the second season of Love, Chunibyou & Other Delusions (I would like more now, please) and will probably end up watching at least one other show this season. I will be doing “first impressions” of each of the spring seasonal shows I’m watching once I’ve seen the first 3 episodes, and will hopefully be able to write up a couple reviews of other shows I recently finished in the meanwhile.
Looking forward to seeing how these new shows move forward!