Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories is poised to steal the hearts of even the most robotic of us if it plays its cards right. So far it’s done just that. The series offers a fresh (and possibly prophetic) glimpse at the ever-narrowing boundary between natural and artificially created life.

Gunslinger Stratos

The first episode of Gunslinger Stratos was a breath of fresh air in an anime season filled with bloated sequels and outright duds. The future-scape is believable, the characters are unique, and the action is in your face until the last second of the pilot.

Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture

Fans of the Ghost in the Shell franchise will be ecstatic to see this light-speed reimagining of the Arise storyline. Written and directly by the same people who made the original four Arise videos, the new anime plunges veterans into the Ghost world with remorseless speed and intensity. For everyone else, there aren’t enough drugs in the world to figure out what’s going on.

Re-Kan!

Re-Kan! markets itself as a comedy, which is wonderful because otherwise we wouldn’t have known that watching a sociopath talk to herself for 24 minutes is supposed to be funny.

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Fate/Stay Night is back from its winter hiatus and looking as gorgeous as ever, but the same problems vexing the first portion of the series are still lingering as we head into the spring season. Everything people love about Unlimited is still present and as vibrant as ever, but the crawling pace and episodically-limited settings seem to be here for the long haul.

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

The plot to Shokugeki no Soma makes it sound like a mundane slice of life with a little bit of Cooking Mama flare, but what’s in store is actually an ultra high-intensity series reminiscent of Hell’s Kitchen. Soma sports absurd, often unintentional comedy that leaves you wondering what the hell you just saw — in the best way.

Battle Spirits Burning Soul

Battle Spirits Burning Soul is the seventh anime series in the Battle Spirits franchise. The show is entirely centered around selling collectible cards to young children and has done a much better job of marketing trinkets than making a quality animation. If you like watching Yugioh’s cousin playing Digimon with cards he made out of glitter and craft paper, this is the series for you.