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.

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.