The spring season has officially kicked off. This season has a great lineup and we’re here to review them…at least some of them. So what about the shows we don’t review? We don’t want to neglect them in any way nor do we believe that all of them are terrible.

It’s the third week of the Spring season and the guys and gal of Anime Corps will shed some light into series that we are currently watching. If you’re still deciding whether a show this season is worth your time, how about we give you a bit of our insight.


Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2-sure-me

Airdate: Friday – 01:00 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: Just like season 1, Danna S2 has continued the hilarious life of the newlyweds without missing a beat. Too bad it’s still only 3 minutes though.


Dungeon ni Deai Motomeru no wa Machgaiteru Darou ka?

DanMachi

Airdate: Saturday – 01:00 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: Pretty normal fantasy anime that kinda gives some SAO vibes as well. Of course Hestia is the main attraction, but even after all the hype, I still don’t have a reason to hate her. She’s alright, I’ve got nothing against her. Plus, the hype has pretty much died down anyways.

Deven: Great characters and interesting setting. If only Hestia wasn’t so overhyped and trending all the time it would be even more awesome. Still good.


 Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works

FSN UBW
Airdate: Sunday – 23:59 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Tsuyuki: Holy crap is this amazing. The first half of the show already replaced Fate/Zero amongst my top three favourite anime (I think I’ve said this once before) and it continues to blow my mind with each new episode outclassing every other anime this season in every way shape and form. True masterpiece in the making.

Deven: I can’t wait for so much to happen. Unlimtied Blade Works is my favorite route. All those Shiro x Rin moments and that legendary Lancer trolling.

Andrew: The continuation of Fate/stay night UBW by Ufotable. Saying this much alone could easily sum up my initial impressions and indeed could probably be my final impressions too. This, however is a tad unprofessional me thinks and I at the moment am not as invested in the story currently as I would like to be. This much is really from the fact that I am familiar with the story of the UBW arc so don’t find the twists and turns of the story as thrilling as I might like as well as the fact that my impressions are somewhat victim to my own hype but this much is merely a light coat of dust that can’t really be levelled as criticisms and the show is certainly among the best this season. For me personally it is merely a case that I would prefer to marathon the show once it is out hence giving it the momentum it needs for me to get invested.


Grisaia no Rakuen

Grisaia no Rakuen

Airdate: Sunday – 22:00 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: I wasn’t a fan of the first season (Grisaia no Kajitsu) at all, and after 1 ep it’s still hard to tell if I’ll be watching this till the end. I’ve got no qualms with it so far, but I’ll give it till 3 before I make a final call.


Gunslinger Stratos

Gunslinger Stratos

Airdate: Saturday – 22:30 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: Kinda out there plot and such, but it’s tolerable enough to watch. I was interested when I saw that Urobuchi was involved, but after 3 eps I’m not sure where the butchering will be happening. Oh well.

Mitzuka: Why is it so difficult to make quality material out of online games? The show’s premise is promising, the staff is fantastic, the source material is an amazing game, yet the anime is just…bad. It didn’t even get a 2nd episode for me.


Hello! Kiniro Mosaic

Kinmoza
Airdate: Monday – 23:30 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: Totally up there in my top favorites this season, Kinmosa S2 has continued on from S1 without missing a beat at all. So enjoyable to watch, the characters are great, the new OP is very good too, and the yuri is so very real. I’m gonna really enjoy this one all the way till the end.

Mitzuka: It’s cute. It’s moe. It’s a mistake not to have this fluff in your life!


Hibike! Euphonium

Euphonium
Airdate: Wednesday 00:30 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: FFF, HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: KyoAni is back and continuing to do something amazing. This one holds the top spot for my personal favorite this season and it’s commanding stance will be hard to shake. The story, characters, animation, and music, it’s all top notch and exactly what I expect from one of my favorite studios.

Mitzuka: Tuba-kun! Honestly, this show is the best KyoAni has made since Kyoukai no Kanata. And it has music and fluffiness!

Chris: Euphonium is by far and away the front runner in anime of the season for me.  The visuals are stunning, it’s hilarious, and it’s all about music.  The music one is a big plus for me, especially so since it’s focused around a concert band.  This is the one series this season where I’m constantly clamoring for more.


 Kekkai Sensen

Kekkai Sensen

Airdate: Sunday – 00:28 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: Vivid
Simulcast: Funimation

Nick: Hard to really say much after ep 1. I wasn’t that into it, but I’ve gotta watch the second ep (that currently sitting around waiting to be watched) before I can form an opinion about this one.


 Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

Nanoha ViVid

Airtime: Friday 22:30 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: FFF
Simulcast: N/A

Mitzuka: It’s the magical girl series I’ve been waiting so long to get animated. For those who are familiar with the prior series, expect what you love about this series. If you’re curious about this show, you can watch it and not miss out too much plot points.


Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku

mikagura Gakuen
Airdate: Tuesday – 02:35 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: caffeine
Simulcast: Funimation

Nick: Wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one but after 2 eps it’s pretty good so far. I also like the fact that Juri Kimura is voicing the main character Eruna in this one, as I really enjoyed her as Miyamori in Shirobako.


Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu

Nagato Yuki
Airdate: Saturday – 01:40 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: caffeine
Simulcast: Funimation

Nick: It’s been forever since we were last in the Haruhi world, and after all the time it’s a great feeling to see these characters again, even if it’s not the same studio. After 3 eps Yuki-chan is going strong and I’m really enjoying it a lot. The plot has yet to really get going, but once it gets rolling I think things will get even better. Still wishing for a Haruhi S3 though.

Tsuyuki: Pretty good so far and following the manga pretty much verbatim even if it’s going a bit quick and slightly out of order. As a huge fan of the manga I can say this show is doing it’s source a beautiful amount of justice.

Deven: It’s a great show. Yuki’s cute and slowly winning over my heart. I’m really enjoying being back in the Haruhi Suzumiya world.

Andrew: Honestly, I had pretty much given up on more seeing more Haruhi and consigned myself to the light novels and manga when I first heard about this, so it was quite the pleasant surprise. Concern did arise from the change in studio though and the new character art didn’t really go very far to dissuade these concerns but I was willing to give it a chance for old time’s sake. I’d glad that I did. The anime thus far is not as good as the original but that much does not mean that I am not enjoying watching it. The main point of contention for me, and I’m sure for a lot of people, is the change in art style. I do find myself missing Kyoto Animations signature style but for the most part but the new art is far from appalling and the softer style does perhaps go well with the less action packed story that we are now following. The only real complaint I have is that Kyon doesn’t seem quite as “tired of it all” as he did in the original –a detail that I personally liked a lot; coming home from a hard day to watch Kyon’s facial expression neatly mirror my own- but this much is not a deal breaker hence this show will be staying on my “watching” list.


Nisekoi:

Nisekoi
Airdate: Friday – 23:30 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crucnhyroll

Nick: Love it or hate it, Nisekoi is back for more harem antics. I’m pretty much expecting this to go about much like S1, with the addition of new characters and events, but that doesn’t mean I won’t have a good time watching this one. So far the hype for it seems a lot less than I was expecting, maybe the Hestia hype derailed the Nisekoi hype before it really got going, but whatever the case I’m still liking the latest installment in this series. #TeamChitoge all the way.

Tsuyuki: Meh… With how much I genuinely enjoyed Nisekoi season one, regardless of how much I bashed it on Twitter, this season so far is just meh and quite frankly a tad bit boring. I suppose maybe I was expecting too much but when it boils all down, what I was expecting from it was the same quality of show that season one was and I personally don’t believe that’s too ridiculous of a standard for a sequel. Nonetheless, we’re still on episode two so SHAFT could very well be saving the better portions until later despite that being very unlike them. Only thing I can say is the chances of it getting a score higher than 9.0 from me when the whole thing concludes has been completely and utterly undermined with these first two episodes to thank.

Andrew: Quite frankly I have fully given up on seeing any kind of satisfying romantic development from this show. This does not mean I have no interest in this show as what it lacks in compelling romance it makes up for in excellent humour and I am pleased to say that this much continues on into season two. Not being up to date with the manga my initial impressions of the second season have been that they are going along the same route as To Love Ru did with To Love Ru Darkness, in that they are introducing/moving focus to the younger part of the cast but so far this much has been fine with me. The introduction of Paula in particular I approve of because it brings more focus to Tsugumi who is my favourite in the cast. As to where it will go from her I don’t care to speculate but as long as it is amusing I will follow along.


Owari no Seraph

Owari no Seraph
Airdate: Saturday – 22:00 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: Vivid
Simulcast: Funimation

Mitzuka: Hiroyuki Sawanao. If that’s not enough, have the best parts of Blue Exorcist and Akame ga Kill and put them in one show. With vampires (Not the sparkly and romantic type)! Oh and yaoi. Sorry, I had to >.<

Chris: Despite it being utterly cliché, I’m enjoying Owari no Seraph.  Sure, it’s basically the bastard child Shingeki no Kyojin, Blood +, and Code Geass, but it’s ridiculous and entertaining for it.  It doesn’t hurt that the series has one of my favorite characters this season in Shinoa.


 Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

Airdate: Sunday- 00:30 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: While I like this one, I’m still hoping it can live up to my expectations I had for it when it first began. Ep 3 faltered greatly and lost a lot of the momentum coming out of ep 2, but hopefully it can be brought back in the coming eps. Also hoping for some feels in this one too, they advertised it, so I wanna see these feels.

Andrew: This is going to be a massive “feels” anime isn’t it? The kind that leaves you with a horrible taste in your mouth and pain in your chest? Well that much is what I get as initial impression and as such watching it feels a little like walking towards the edge of a cliff. That is not to say that this is painfully obvious, the story thus far is doing a good job of juxtaposing Isla’s adorable clumsiness and work place slice of life happenings alongside the grim inevitability of death portrayed though a clean, almost clinical, aesthetic. Ever since Madoka, this kind of show has been quite the common occurrence and quite a few shows that I have watched since fail to capture the same essence of tragedy but I do perhaps feel that Plastic Memories can do a halfway decent job of it. It is all well and good having a big clock saying “Tragedy striking in: X episodes” but it doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t genuinely invested in the characters nor if the “tragedy” is not actually tragic, rather just depressing, but when it comes to this show I see something that could, if done right, genuinely upset me and make me feel horrible. Fun, fun, fun~


Punch Line

Punchline

Airdate: Friday- 00:50 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: Eh, not really liking this one that much. Like I said at some point, I’m literally only wanted to watch it because I liked how epic the poster for it looked. Terrible reason for wanting to watch something and so far I’m finding nothing I like about this one. Had it been more along the lines of Kill la Kill, with all out over the top action and fan service, then I’d have probably enjoyed this more, but right now it’s all style and no substance. Pretty disappointing.


Shokugeki no Soma

Shokugeki no Soma

Airdate: Saturday – 02:25 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: Easily up in my top favorites this season, the term ‘food porn’ has never been so real. Unlike last season’s chill moe eating anime Koufuku Graffiti (which ended up being my top favorite of the season) this time it’s a hilarious ride of furious cooking, erotic eating, and it’s making me hungry once again. I’ll have to bring some food when I sit down for this one.


 Urawa no Usagi-chan

Urawa no Usagi

Airdate: Friday- 01:35 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: Short and sweet.


Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigaitteru

Oregairu
Airdate: Friday- 01:51 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: Commie
Simulcast: Crunchyroll

Nick: Ah I have waited for this for such a long time, and it’s finally here. Seems like 2015 is the year of sequels for 2012/13 anime, but I’m not minding this as they’re all sequels to anime I really enjoyed. Also continuing on form S1, Oregairu S2 brings us right back into the world of teenage drama and Hikki’s dark and cruel way of viewing the world. I honestly do like Hikki, even if his ways dealing with people can be downright brutal, I don’t completely hate that about him. I’m just glad he’s not like everyone MC out there too, he’s not the usual wimp that nearly every other guy seems to be. And I can’t not mention the OP/ED for this one; the OP is by far my top favorite this season. I hate that they changed it in ep 3 (and probably onwards) but the song is so good and I can’t wait to hear the full version. Also, lots of love for the ED too, two of my favorite voice actresses lending their voices for that. Great stuff, I’m going to enjoy this one a lot.


Yamadakun to Nananin no Majo

Yamadakun
Airdate: Sunday 23:30 JST (GMT+9)
Subtitle Group: HorribleSubs
Simulcast: Crunchyroll
Mtizuka: The comedic not-so-slice of life. Honestly, I’m not even sure if this one is a harem or not. Regardless, it reminds me of  D-Frag…..Is this D-Frag with fantasy and more dudes???

Chris: Yamada is my second favorite series this season.  It’s funny, light-hearted, and entertaining.  I don’t have a single complaint with this series so far.  The animation seems nice, the characters are all likeable, and the OP is fantastic.

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