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Now that we’re a couple of weeks into the spring 2015 season of animé, here are our suggestions and opinions on what’s airing for the next few months.

What Animé To Watch In Spring 2015

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? by J.C Staff

Where can I watch it?: Crunchyroll

What is it about?: Set in a fantasy world straight out of the SNES era, Bell Cranel is a beginner adventurer under the leadership of the goddess Hestia, together they hope to raise money and ascend through their world’s hierarchy.

Thoughts so far: Also known as “Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka?“, and fortunately for us all, abbreviated to Danmachi. It’s a cute little show, with a very simple plot thus far. The characters are really likeable and the animation is fairly good. It’s caused quite a stir so far, and it seems to be something to keep an eye on.

What Animé To Watch In Spring 2015

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan by Satelight

Where can I watch it?: Ryu Anime

What is it about?: A side story of fan favourite The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, this series is set in the alternate world from the feature-length film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya and follows the shy Nagato of that world.

Thoughts so far: I love the Haruhi series, but I honestly can’t deny that this show is off to a bit of a slow start. The first few episodes have been a little lacking, but there’s still hope for it. It’s being animated by a different studio from the other series, but it has the potential to reach the greatness of Melancholy.

What Animé To Watch In Spring 2015

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches by Liden Films

Where can I watch it?: Crunchyroll

What is it about?: Ryu Yamada is a bit of a delinquent, he doesn’t get along with his classmates in school and regularly skips class. After an accident falling down the stairs with a star pupil, they find that they’ve switched bodies.

Thoughts so far: Who doesn’t love a good body-swap story? No points for originality but it’s very entertaining and funny, with an art style a little more traditionally manga than the rest of the entries on this list.

What Animé To Watch In Spring 2015

Punch Line by Mappa

Where can I watch it?: Crunchyroll

What is it about?: Upon discovering his spirit has seperated from his body, Yuta Iridasu must find a magic book in order to return to his earthly vessel. Despite this, he has gained strange super human powers that activate upon looking at underwear and allow him to transform into a super hero, but if he becomes too excited, the world will explode.

Thoughts so far: At first glance, this sounded like my cup of tea. I love super hero stories and there are some great moments such as a juice-themed heroine saving a bus full of citizens from a hijacking. However the main premise ended up making me uneasy, the protaganist gains his powers by accidentally seeing underwear, and I just felt sort of out of place. On top of this, the second episode really slowed down and sidelined the whole super hero side of the story. In the end, Punch Line has some good potential if it concentrates more on the action than the weird.

What Animé To Watch In Spring 2015

Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation by A-1 Pictures

Where can I watch it?: Crunchyroll

What is it about?: Based on a popular third person shooter arcade game in Japan, Gunslinger is set in a futuristic Japan plagued by a peculiar illness that reduces people to sand. The main characters are dragged into a plot that puts them against their parallel selves.

Thoughts so far: I wish I could play the arcade game because that looks beautiful, this adaptation however suffers from some poor animation at times which is a shame because stylistically the show is really interesting to look at. The first episode does a good job of setting up intrigue and catching the viewer.

What Animé To Watch In Spring 2015

Seraph of the End by Wit Studio

Where can I watch it?: Ryu Anime

What is it about?: A man-made virus has wiped out all infected over the age of 13, and at the same time vampires have emerged from hiding to enslave the remaining global populace. After a botched escape that leaves his friend dead, former slave Yuichiro dedicates his life to killing vampires and avenging his species.

Thoughts so far: I expected to dislike Seraph of the End going into it, but it’s been a lot better than it sounds on paper so far. The show seems to try a little too hard to impress with it’s graphic action, and the main character has somewhat of an Attack on Titan vibe, which is forgivable given that it’s being animated by the same studio, but it does begin to make it’s own way after the first two episodes. The music is being composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who composed some of the best soundtracks of recent years in shounen anime such as Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill and Guilty Crown.

What Animé To Watch In Spring 2015

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Souma by J.C Staff

Where can I watch it?: Crunchyroll

What is it about?: After his father closes the family restaurant to hone his cooking skills in Europe, Souma enroles into an elite cooking school with the intent to surpass his father.

Thoughts so far: Last season, Koufuku Graffiti was one of my favourites, and here is another show to watch and learn about cooking. When compared to Koufuku, this is definitely more of a shounen take on the food animé genre but it’s certainly off to a strong start, making it another show this series I didn’t expect to enjoy. Give it a go, but don’t watch on an empty stomach.

What Animé To Watch In Spring 2015

Sound! Euphonium by Kyoto Animation

Where can I watch it?: Crunchyroll

What is it about?: Sound! Euphonium follows Kumiko Oumae as she joins the brass band club at her high school.

Thoughts so far: This show will get a lot of it’s viewers simply by being from Kyoto Animation, and will no doubt live its life being compared to fellow high school music club animé K-On!. Sound! Euphonium won’t really make KyoAni any new fans, but will definitely delight those who have enjoyed slice of life drama in the past. Most likely the best place to go for the more laid back kind of entertainment this season.

Is there any Animé we missed coming out this spring? Share suggestions in the comments below.