Spring 2014 Anime Round-Up

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The beauty of spring is how it tries to make up for the cold Winter that we’ve had. Time to find out what series to check out this season!

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Black Bullet

Episodes Seen: 4
Rating: 7.0/10

The world is in chaos brought about by invading lifeforms called Gastrea. Inflicted by  viral strain from these monsters, the Cursed Children have gained powers that rival Gastrea and is humanity’s last hope for survival.

Aside from the occasional action, nothing really stands out from this series other than following the trend of making powerful young girls suffer the cruelty of their fate.

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Captain Earth
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.5/10

A very visually appealing mecha title this season thanks to Bones. The gattai sequence exhibits the studio’s production capabilities alright but I can’t imagine seeing how long it takes to build up the Earth Driver before it could engage the enemy.

6 episodes into this 2-cour series and there is still so much to find out about the world of Captain Earth. The motives and ideals of each group, Globe and Salty Dog, or even the Ark and Interference Factions, have all been laid out on the surface but we were also bombarded by jargon like neoteny, designer children, and Kiltgang. For now, let us sit back and watch how the rest of the story unveils.

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Date a Live II
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.0/10

Itsuka Shidou continues his mission to protect Spirits by sealing their powers through a kiss. The light novel adaptation remains loyal to its source, showing us 3 new Spirits for Shidou to save.

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Gokukoku no Brynhildr
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.0/10

For years, Murukami has looked at the same night sky to prove that aliens exist. This was all he could do for Kuroneko who died saving him in his childhood. By a twist of fate, a transfer students who looks exactly like her appears in his school.

Varying proportions of gore, ecchi and mecha rolled into one make Gokuko no Brynhildr an average series to watch.

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Haikyuu!!
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 8.5/10

An explosive first year duo, an underdog high school team and a national competition to conquer. It is impossible to talk about Haikyuu!! without mentioning Kuroko no Basket. Produced by the same studio, Haikyuu!! has that familiar exciting atmosphere that made Kuroko no Basket an enjoyable series even for those unfamiliar with the sport. The OP and ED themes by Spyair and Nico Touches the Walls respectively are perfect fits for the series and among the best ones this season.

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Isshuukan Friends
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 8.5/10

“Will you be my friend?” Each Monday, these were Hase Yuuki first words to Kaori Fujimiya.

With a gentle and beautiful atmosphere, pure and innocent friendship, and strongly emotional story, Isshuukan Friends successfully tugs the heartstrings with every single episode.

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Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.0/10

Hatate Souta has the ability to see “flags” and topple them, a power given to him in order to discover the truth about the world. On the surface, Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara is a regular harem but the addition of the mystery plot gives it an interestingly refreshing twist.

Kiniro no Corda: Blue Sky
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.0/10

With a new heroine, the Kiniro  no Corda series additionally bring us more music and bishounen.

If not for the competition and the music, Kiniro no Corda could have been dropped from my list. The characters are so flat and boring and the story is pretty predictable too.

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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Episodes Seen: 7
Rating: 8.0/10

Set in a complex world where magic and science combine. Various political issues arise from the very beginning. There is discrimination between “Blooms”or First Course students who earned high written and practical scores in the entrance exam and “Weeds” or the Second Course students who scored lower, particularly in practicals. Outside the school, there is also discrimination between Magicians and Non-Magicians. Mahouka focuses on the Shiba siblings who start their education at the First Magic High School.

7 episodes in and 2 volumes of the light novel have already been covered, a rather good pace for an ongoing title. At this rate, the series could probably cover 3 story arcs. Madhouse also successfully brings to life great battle scenes, more of which we will surely see in the Nine Schools Competition.

M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane
Episodes Seen: 3
Rating: 7.0/10

The Lightless Realm is a different dimension where Corpses and Admonitions were said to have come from. To explore it, select children are brought together and trained.

M3 attempts to be dark and deep but rarely gives clues to heighten interest in the story. A cast of unrelatable characters does not help either.

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No Game No Life
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 8.0/10

NEET siblings Shiro and Sora are the true identity of the game world’s legendary player Blank. When they receive a mysterious email, they are suddenly pulled into the fantasy world of Disboard where games decide everything.

The bright and colorful palette of the series belie the dark past the main characters carry. Seemingly witty execution of games are rather enjoyable but the continuous abuse on a female character can be unnerving to a certain extent. The OP theme is one of my favorites for this season though.

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Selector infected WIXOSS
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 7.0/10

A card game that can grant the wishes of chosen females or “Selectors”. The foreshadowing at the beginning of the series attempts to give Selector a dark and mysterious flavor. However, the story lacks depth to properly bring this image into fruition.

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Sidonia no Kishi
Episodes Seen: 5
Rating: 7.0/10

Humans living in space and fighting alien lifeforms for survival. It sure sounds similar to the Suisei no Gargantia set-up but takes it on from a slightly different angle and atmosphere.

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Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
Episodes Seen: 6
Rating: 8.0/10

What happens when the Sun King meets the Rain Princess?

SoreSekai is a loyal adaptation of its manga counterpart. It might seem like your regular shoujo romance and it actually is. What’s special about it is the dynamics between the two lead characters, King Livi and Princess Nike,  and a script that makes me want to quote their each and every line.

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