The spring season is finally approaching its halfway point. Most of the airing series have hit the 6th episode and the others are following closely behind, meaning that those of us who are watching the shows as they air have a fairly decent idea of what’s great and what’s, well, not so great. With close to 30 new series being released every season, I always find it tough to keep on top of it all, which is why I’ve decided to compile a list on what I consider the five most worthwhile shows this season to save you sorting through the trash!
Evidently a victim of its budget, Yuyushiki is clearly running on what was left in the bottom of the piggy bank and yet despite this still manages to deliver an overall great show. Primarily a slice of life, Yuyushiki focuses a lot of its attention on the humorous happenings of three sexually curious girls. The comedy throughout is fairly unique in that it usually takes the form of abrupt and inappropriate questions that in-turn birth equally bizarre answers. All things considered, this odd style of random humor fits the show perfectly and really helps expand out the unique personalities of each character. A must watch if you like a good, chilled, and laid back anime, or if you’re a sucker for yuri shows as a whole.
A hidden gem in the true sense of the word, Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san is my personal favourite of this seasons shows and yet disappointingly remains one of the least watched. The slapstick style of comedy this series relies on works in perfect unison with its unique 90s aesthetic, which really brings the whole show together and defines most of its characteristics. Aside from incredible humor, Muromi-san really has little else to offer in terms of content. whilst some may see this as a negative, I find that the lack of an overarching story actually aids in the humour, since it allows the show to get away with cold-blooded murder in terms of any narratives "do’s and don'ts" and instead forces it to focus on its humour, and its humour alone.
Sinfully bizzah, Hataraku Maou-sama sees the demon lord of a different dimension stranded in modern day Japan. Without magic, the Demon Lord and his subordinate have no way of returning home and as such have to resort to working day jobs in order to pay for their accommodation as they learn of this worlds oddities, hopefully discovering how to set up a portal to their homeland along the way. Interestingly, Hataraku Maou-sama manages to incorporate a fairly substantial storyline into itself in such a way that aids the humour and forces the show to get more and more far-fetched each and every episode. Though the style of humour is - all things considered - fairly generic, its pulled off with such success that despite a lack of originality in some of the gags the show still manages to make you laugh routinely at just about every joke they pull.
Easily the most controversial of the currently airing anime this season, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) really does divide the community in half; leaving one portion to hail it as the greatest anime we’ve seen in years and the other half claiming it to be just another good, but overrated show. Regardless of which of the two halves you might fall into, the fact remains that this is generally a fun watch, and even if the story does nothing for you, the fluent animation should at least be a nice treat for your eyes. The overbearing story accompanying Shingeki no Kyojin is filled with interesting characters, well thought out settings and a pretty encompassing sense of detail to all things relevant - ranging from the history of society right down to the political system in place. When you consider this level of detail mixed in with the powerful underlying theme and top off with an incredible animation budget, it really is no surprise Shingeki no Kyojin managed to reach the popularity that it has, and it will no doubt continue to grow over its 24 episode lifespan.
Following the standard fish-out-of-water style of narration, Suisei no Gargantia sees a human from a celestial colony that separated from earth long ago return to the blue planet after an accident in a failed military mission. In time gone by, earth’s progression has be rewritten various times and now stands as a completely water logged planet, with near enough no connection to what earth is as we know it today. In this new rewritten world, humanity sails the seas on scrap iron ships in huge convoys or communities of boats, salvaging forgotten relics of technology as they go. Whilst stranded, the main character’s primary objective is to find a way to return to his colony, but of course he gets waylaid along the way as he learns and adjusts to the very different culture he now faces.
Suisei no Gargantia’s expansive world and well developed cast of characters is perhaps its greatest asset. A great deal of effort goes into making sure everything makes sense, and as of yet the story has encountered no inconsistencies or plot holes despite having such a vast and in depth universe, a trait that I personally value particularly highly. Aside from this, the general production value of the show as a whole is particularly high and although nothing massively substantial has happened in the plot as of yet, it’s clear to see that Suisei no Gargantia is cooking up something brilliant and I personally cannot wait to see what direction it takes!
So that’s it for what I consider the five must see shows this Spring! If you feel there's another show worthy of a position, drop a comment and tell us what you think, we’d love to hear your opinions!
Hi there! I'm Matt and for a long time now I've been interested in Japanese Culture and Anime. Some of my favorite shows would be Spice and Wolf, Jormungand and Kyoukai no Senjou no Horizon. In my spare time I like to work on my Japanese and practise photography. Catch me on Twitter @Shuckeru.
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