So much to watch, so little time
The Spring 2015 season is well under way, and while many highly anticipated shows such as Digimon Tri and Lupin The Third have yet to be given release dates, there are a few shows that stand out this season and have the potential to be something special.
5. Plastic Memories
Set in a future where androids have become common place in many homes, Plastic Memories follows a group of “collectors” whose job involves collecting out-of-date androids and taking away their memories before shutting down the machines for good.
What starts off seeming like a light hearted journey quickly turns into a series with no other motive other than to tug at your heart strings. While it’s still in its early episodes, the question of the definition of humanity and the right to take away what defines a person is clearly bubbling under the surface. There are high hopes for this one.
4. My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!)
When you hear of a romance shoujo anime, it’s normal to picture overly gorgeous men swooning over girls with their boy band charm (Looking at you Amnesia). Thankfully My Love Story breaks these tropes by having the main character be as unconventional as you can get, and restricts the Casanova role to the best friend. By flipping things on their head, the series changes from being a generic love story into a funny and light-hearted story of growing up.
When a lovable giant of a man saves a girl from being harassed on a train, his life changes forever as they begin a hilarious friendship that could soon blossom into something more.
Simple and sweet, it won’t be hard for My Love Story to charm its way into your heart.
3. The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki)
Based on the fantasy novel series by Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka (Creator of Legend of the Galactic Heroes), The Heroic Legend of Arslan tells a grandiose story of warring states in a fictional world and the politics that motivate them. Think of Game of Thrones with less talking and more large-scale battles.
The Persian influence makes the series stand out from other series set in magical worlds (such as Magi), and the intelligent writing makes sure that there’s never a moment where subtle undertones can’t be picked up on.
The first episode is a little rocky, really wanting to emphasise how bad slavery is to the point it’s just outright telling you. But once the series finds its footing it continues to build and evolve into a highly engrossing and thought provoking series.
After two long years the king of comedy returns in Gintama°! Gintoki and the rest of his moronic friends blast back onto the scene with their loveable antics and humour that, even with context, still leaves you dazed and confused.
So far the new series has yet to delve into any dark and action packed story arcs that the series is known for, instead sticking to having episodes dedicated to the weird and whacky self-self referential nonsense that the series is famous for.
While the comedy episodes are as funny as always, and the idea to condense two short episodes into one is a genius idea, it would be nice to get a proper action packed story arc soon. Maybe we can finally return to see what Shinsuke has up to at some point.
Gintama’s always been one of those Marmite “love it or hate it” shows, but it’s something you owe yourself to watch at least a little bit of, if only to see just how stupid anime can get.
1. Blood Blockade Battlefront (Kekkai Sensen)
A giant rift has opened in New York and alien-like creatures have intergraded with society, taking over and re-naming the city Hellsalem’s Lot. Now a secret group known as “Libra” must battle to keep the peace in the wacky and action packed city they call home.
The series follows the group Libra with each of its members having explosive powers controlled with their blood, plus the new recruit Leo who wields the “Eyes of God!” Sound over the top? That’s because it is, and it’s wonderful.
Blood Blockade Battlefront is all about having a good time. The heroes are goofy and eccentric, the antagonists are bombastic and comical, and the whole world bustles with a 1920’s jazzy vibe with chaos around every corner.
Adding to the enjoyment, the Studio Bones production is directed by Rie Matsumoto (director of Kyousou Giga), and she brings her manic directing style to the series with full force. There is never a dull moment in the series, with each scene having weird and unconventional shots that make every scene feel important in its own way, with events playing out in the background to make sure that even if you’re not reading the subtitles you have something entertaining to look at.
So far Blood Blockade Battlefront has been the surprise of season. I’ve found it hard to remember a show I’ve fallen so madly in love with in such a short amount of time. If you only have time to watch one anime this season, make sure it’s this one.
So what do you think? Agree with the list? Think there’s a series that’s far more deserving of recognition this season? Let me know in the comment below!