Spring gave anime fans a bounty of titles to look forward to, featuring series with longer pasts than a huge chunk of the viewerbase. Powerhouses like Ghost in the Shell, the Fate series, and a Haruhi spin-off landed along many lesser-known (but now just as loved) stories. Yet no matter how great they used to be, some veteran series found themselves being overshadowed by the rookies.

Death Parade

The pilot of Death Parade seemed to have it all: love, betrayal, horrible secrets, terrifyingly dark human brutality, the fates of heaven or hell looming before two tortured souls, and…a game of bar room darts?