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.
Not only is it completely acceptable to pick up girls in a Dungeon, but for Bell Cranel it’s as easy as killing a level one monster. Bell’s status as an irresistible ball of kitten-like adorableness manages to avoid leading the series into a mindless train of harem, but just barely.
Battlefront stood out from the crowd within its first few episodes, diving into an interesting world with a diverse set of characters. The world of interdimensional monsters living alongside humans feels natural, the story makes a surprising amount of sense given its randomness, and it’s probably the most beautiful eye-candy of the season.
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.
Aldnoah is a mecha space opera the likes of which the newer generation of anime-watchers has not seen in a great while. However, if you grew up watching after school specials, you’ll probably get a feeling of deja-vu.