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.

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.