Spring 2015 Anime Preview, Part 1: This season won’t make anime relevant again either.

Anime Opinions, Anime Preview, Article, Spring 2015 — By on April 3, 2015 10:21 am

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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Apparently the season is going to air in… like, yesterday, so enjoy the result of fevered, deadline writing.

Part 1: New series, airing this weekend

Part 2: Sequels/shorts

Part 3: New series, airing after this weekend


Shokugeki no Souma

Somageki no Shoku

Animation Production: J.C. Staff

Airing: 4/4

Manga: The scanlations are so awful, I’d just pretend there was no manga.

Light Novel: N/A

I’m hype. puddi and Rekyu tried to dampen my spirits by telling me that no matter how many cute girls there are, it’s still done by J.C. Staff. Well joke’s on you guys; I actually liked Witch Craft Works. The hype remains.



Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka? (Bog Standard Mediocrity)


Animation Production: J.C. Staff

Airing: 4/4

Manga: http://bato.to/read/_/243963/dungeon-ni-deai-wo-motomeru-no-wa-machigatteiru-darou-ka_v1_ch1–hq-_by_dragon-and-griffin-scans

Light Novel: N/A

I suppose it’s worth mentioning that I did read 30 chapters of this piece of shit, trying to see if there was anything salvageable, and came up as empty as a mastectomy patient’s milk sacks.

Of course the MC’s strongest ability is his strength of spirit. Of course every cute girl ends up falling in love with him. And of course every shitbag who thought Log Horizon was enjoyable will praise this as the most original anime to ever come out of Japan since whatever the lowest common denominator on reddit told them was good last season.

Sword Art Online

SAO, when did you get this bad?

I hate Dungeon for representing the worst of the anime fandom and the inevitable success that comes from picking up discarded targets that others hit and claiming them as your own. Nothing in Dungeon is unique, nothing is interesting, and nothing matters about it.

Do yourself and the community a favor and instead of this, pick up something that shows even the most minute amount of ambition this season (if that even exists — if not, watch Shigofumi). Humanity is better than this.



Kyoukai no Rinne

Old School

Animation Production: Brain’s Base (AKA worst production company ever)

Airing: 4/4

Manga: http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/rin-ne-r3620 | Note that this link only has the latest chapters available. But since it’s by Rumiko Takashi, you can be pretty confident she’s just been recycling the same material, volume by volume, so it won’t matter when you pick it up.

Light Novel: N/A

Look, I like nostalgia as much as anyone, but it’s 2015. Nobody cares about Inu-Yasha except for that creepy chick from anime club who’s way into animals. Why the fuck is Japan forcing this on us now?

No, it’s “not Inu-Yasha”, but really it totally is. Maybe watch this if you want to hate the old you even more than you do now.



Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End)

Owari no Seraph

Animation Production: Wit Studio

Airing: 4/4

Manga: http://bato.to/read/_/142374/owari-no-seraph_v1_ch1_by_fallen-syndicate/2

Light Novel: N/A

There are no consequences in Owari no Seraph. While that may work for a slice of life comedy, a series that bills itself as “Attack on Titan but with vampires” is crippled by it. Every risky situation that the protagonists (and even antagonists) are placed in has no meaning. Why should we care about the fates of the characters when it’s clearly established that the worst that will happen in a “grimdark, post-apocalyptic Japan” is that someone may experience a minor inconvenience every now and then?

Each time the manga acts like it’s going to do something interesting, it pulls the “come to your senses!” trick to keep the characters from having to make any real decisions. Three friends go into a dungeon and one irreversibly turns into a demon? Hug it out. Naruto-lite and Sasuke-lite meet on the battlefield in fatal combat? Hug it out. Eren-lite goes Titan mode?

Fuck Owari

Every fucking time.

Owari’s easy to read, and presumably easy to watch, but there’s no point to it. Move on with your life and forget that you ever considered including this in it.



Denpa Kyoushi

Low Budget Low Expectations

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Airing: 4/4

Manga: http://bato.to/read/_/59118/denpa-kyoushi_ch1_by_s2scans/2

Light Novel: N/A

The premise is tantalizing — a genius anime blogger goes back to high school and hits on aspiring seiyuu. Unfortunately, Japan can’t build on that foundation and instead goes the route of “Hey, let’s make this like GTO but with the teacher being an otaku instead.” Super original.

This is Outbreak Company without the execution or soul needed to make something interesting when you look past who it’s trying to pander to. I cannot recommend you watch this, no matter how much you want to (self-)insert into the characters.



Gunslinger Stratos


Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Airing: 4/4

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

Will watch it for Olga. (NSFW)





Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

Animation Production: Doga Kobo

Airing: 4/5

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

This sequel to Plastic Little completely ruins everything the original was going for. From epic sci-fi adventure that was the primary inspiration for the critically acclaimed Legend of the Galactic Heroes to this… moe-filled, tryhard romance bullshit set in fucking hugglesville? No, this is not acceptable. Try again, Japan.



Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

Triple B

Animation Production: BONES

Airing: 4/5

Manga: http://bato.to/read/_/152286/kekkai-sensen-mafuugai-kessha_ch1_by_jammer

Light Novel: N/A

If that art style looks familiar, you’re wrong, but Kekkai Sensen was created by Yasuhiro Nightow, the guy behind Trigun. Now it’s time to ask yourself why you haven’t heard of this series before. Has Japan been desperately trying to keep this secret from you, hiding this epic tale penned by the mastermind behind Trigun, in an attempt to keep us dirty Westerners down? Or perhaps is it the case that Trigun was never even good in the first place, and the only reason you like it is because it’s one of the first animes you saw?

It's the latter, of course.

I think your heart knows the answer.



Arslan Senki


Animation Production: LIDEN FILMS, SANZIGEN Animation Studio

Airing: 4/5

Manga: http://bato.to/read/_/278823/arslan-senki-arakawa-hiromu_v1_ch1_by_sphere-scans

Light Novel: N/A

While you may be thinking “Oh, this is by the chick who did FullMetal Alchemist,” you should really be thinking “Oh, this is by the chick that did the unenjoyable mind-rot known as Hero Tales and Silver Spoon”. Arslan is slow. And for a series that opens up with a large-scale battle that decimates the princely protagonist’s (dad’s) army, slow is not exactly the pace you’re looking for.

Expect Akatasuki no Yona, but more firmly up its own ass and with no means of escaping from this. Avoid, unless you’re boring enough to have actually liked Silver Spoon.



Show By Rock!!

Show by Rock

Animation Production: BONES

Airing: 4/5

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

I don’t care how bad it’s going to be — have you seen how cute those girls are? All in; I’m rearranging my schedule for this.


I take it back.



Next up: Part 2, Sequels/Shorts

Up later: Part 3, The Rest of the New Stuff

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nevaritius says:

Hey the light novel of DanMachi is far better than the manga, it’s also available online so I don’t know what you’re talking about it being N/A . . . ?

It will be interesting to see how it’s adapted, whether it will go the path of the shit mushoku tensei and danmachi manga adaptions or actually follow the LN and stand out .

JustCommenting says:

It was available online. It was deleted since it was licensed by Yen Press.

But putting N/A when series have LN is strange. Maybe adding “licensed” there (also in Owari no Seraph) is better idea.

James says:

I’m boring enough to count Silver Spoon as one of my favorite series ^_^

Cezar says:

>Silver Spoon

I’m done.

NakkiNyan says:

This post really missed everything I was interested in so that should tell you how few shows I am excited over.

Nanoha ViVid

Owari no Seraph
GitS Arise (because I am not expecting much)

Pan says:

>Shokugeki no Soma scans
Huh? Maybe it’s the quality of the translation, I dunno, but I think the ones on Batoto are pretty decent.

segfault says:

I remember when I was reading it a lot of the early chapters had some pretty bad grammar issues. I don’t remember if they actually got better over time or if I just stopped noticing.

I know I watched Hero Tales but I think I hemorrhaged shortly there after as I can’t remember a single thing about it other than immense disappointment. I also gave Silver Spoon a fair shake but simply couldn’t care. At this point I can’t tell if it’s shear boredom or masochism but I’m willing to give Arseland a shot. I have preemptively abandoned all expectations in anticipation.

El Huesudo II says:

Hero Tales is the FMA to Juushin Enbu’s FMA:B if Juushin Enbu had ever gotten a second show done right. Hell, Hero Tales (iirc) ended when Juushin Enbu had only been published halfway.

Also, if I’m boring for liking Silver Spoon then hooray for being boring. Silver Spoon is amazing.

The problem with Arslan isn’t Arakawa, it’s Tanaka Yoshiki. Who is also responsible for Legend of Galactic Heroes (slower than Star Trek TNG) and its spinoff Tytania (who the fuck even bothered watching Tytania?).

El Huesudo II says:

And as for Kekkai Sensen… Come on. Even if your inner child is screaming “IT’S THE SECOND TRIGUN”, Gungrave should be evidence enough that Yasuhiro Nightow is not a good writer by any means.

Pseudonym says:

…but I liked Trigun
*balls up in a corner and cries

El Huesudo II says:

The question is: Would you like it if you watched it for the first time in the present?

And even then, there’s still the giant shadow that is Gungrave.

Anonman says:

I don’t mind to watch old ideas, if they are well or better executed (you cannot go reinventing the wheel every season, right?).
But, none of these old ideas seems to be at least well executed.

Black Shads says:

DanMachi has an oppai loli. That’s original! Right?

KoolKidsK says:

That’s the worst kind of loli.

Anonman says:

Vivid picked up Kekkai Sensen… They are mostly good right? most of their stuff is rated B, 2 As too, (a couple C and a D within a year though).
I’ll give that a try.

Meepmeep says:

Vivid are good. I can’t vouch for Kekkai Sensen.

Kamica says:

For Arslan Senki: Kaito or FedSubs?

Dark_Sage says:

What a choice.

James says:

That bad?

Dark_Sage says:

Well it means I’m obligated to review them, if that answers the question.

Kamica says:

All of my ai, Dark_Sage.

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