This week we reach the halfway point for Spring Anime Season 2016 and, as always, we stop and take a look at how all the series are doing. Some series have flopped, while some others have surpassed our expectations.
These are the 5 series we recommend for you to catch up in case you haven’t watched already (no-sequels edition!):
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
We already dedicated an entire article on why you should be watching Re:Zero, even if the key visuals or synopsis doesn’t convince you at first. Re:Zero is clearly the sleeper hit of the season and it shows in its high rating on MAL despite not that many people talking about it (its fandom is pretty much non-existent on Tumblr). Praised for its unpredictability and dark themes, light novel readers promise the series will only keep getting better and better.
If you liked… Steins;Gate, ERASED, Gate: Jietai, Konosuba
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
If you’ve heard of Kabaneri, you have probably also heard that it feels VERY similar to Attack on Titan. It’s really no surprise: it’s an original anime by the same studio as AOT and they pretty much share the same production team as well. However, Kabaneri still offers many new elements that have made it probably the most hyped anime of the season: it has steampunk aesthetics, great action scenes that take place on trains, and badass characters using badass gear.
If you liked... Attack on Titan, Highschool of the Dead, Seraph of the End, Parasyte
My Hero Academia
Without a doubt, the most anticipated anime of the season (and probably one of the most anticipated of the year, period). The manga got a lot of attention because it seemed to fill the void that Naruto had left. Don’t expect anything innovative, though. This is your typical shounen story, but it’s also so well done and the characters are so likable, that it’s impossible not to be entertained with each episode.
If you liked… Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, One Punch Man, Assassination Classroom
Yet another revelation. Made by studio Trigger (the same studio that brought you Kill la Kill) you can easily tell that the creative team put a lot of effort on making Kiznaiver as exciting as possible. From the quirky characters to the amazing opening, everything about this anime is visually appealing. Kiznaiver‘s forte, though, is its characters. Each of them has a unique personality and seeing all of them interact (through pain, no less) is highly entertaining.
If you liked... Kokoro Connect, Nanatsu no Taizai, Danganronpa
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
Let’s be honest here. There’s no real plot, nor super interesting characters in this series. Funnily enough, even though not that many people are talking about it, a lot refer to Sakamoto as the best character of this season. In fact, the series follows a high school boy called Sakamoto who is always super cool, no matter what he does. Everything he does, he does perfectly and he looks fabulous while doing it. The episodes feature Sakamoto being the coolest person on Earth in different sketches that will have you cry tears of laughter because it’s just so ridiculous.
If you liked... Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, Nichijou, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Bungou Stray Dogs
I actually really struggled to decide between BSD and Sakamoto, but I ended up going for the latter to add some genre diversity in the list. Bungou has had many promising moments (mainly from Episode 3) but, so far, the series struggles to balance its comedy with its most darker themes. It’s too soon to call it a “disappointment” because it’s still very entertaining and manga readers promise it gets better (and its opening certainly hints at this too). However, some series that so far leave a lot to be desired are Mayoiga and Big Order, but I will save my initial thoughts for the final reviews.