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Anime Spring 2014 Season -- What's Good?

THE VICE PIT. We've watched pretty much every new pilot so you don't have to. Which ones should you watch?

Kino88on May 19, 2014 at 4:19 p.m.
Blade and Soul has been really good, I've seen three episodes and I Have to admit the western vibe has won me over big time, However I'm probably gona drop Brinhildr in the darkness because it's Beginning to feel like a bad harem,
takashichea moderator is online on May 19, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

This season had a lot of action for me compared to last season.

Top Action Shows for this season

  • Chaika - Coffin Princess
  • Black Bullet
  • Blade and Soul
  • Knights of Sidonia
  • The Irregular at a Magical High School - However, it became more wordy due to light novel adaptations getting unnecessary complicated with their jargon.

The first three has some excellent fight scenes if you're looking for action. Check those shows out.

Funny Shows I dig!

I would have love Dai Shogun if it put more emphasis on the comedy and mech action than T & A. It had an awkward animation. I thought the computer was freezing.

I need to catch up Captain Earth. Haikyuu had a strange pilot for sports show. It's the first time you see a team lose so brutally.

Tricky was first coined by Tom during Nisekatatari or Bakemonogatari.

@Kino88:

Brynhildr is a flat harem series for me that constantly mixes horror with fan service as comic relief. It had a unique set up because you never seen love interests who are trying to survive each day. They had to take death suppressants which is in low supply. Plus, I feel they're more like modified humans than witches.

takashichea moderator is online on May 19, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.

You missed these two shows! You need to review them.

  • World is Still Beautiful - It's a romantic comedy show which was based on a Shoujo manga series. It was pretty surprising. I hope anyone checks it out if they love those genre.
  • Nanana's Buried Treasure - It's another comedic show about looking for legendary treasure and a ghost girl's murderer. There is a bit of a mystery element for those who love a good mystery.
hitsusatsu11on May 19, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.

Ive said it before but this season is particularly strong across the board. Previous seasons had one or two excellent shows and the rest were meh. This season its been all about the lesser known shows with no hype for me. Black Bullet is excellent, Akuma no Riddle, Chaika, Brynhildr and Mahouka are all solid and Blade and Soul is great for what it is.

The shows I was hyped for, jojo and DAL 2 are good, but haven't been living up to my expectations. The first season of DAL was far superior, and I prefer the classic stardust crusaders ovas so far.

But thats a solid 8 shows that are keeping me tuned in weekly. Compared to 3 from last season + 2 2013 2nd cours. Im petty happy with this season, only thing that would make it complete is if shaft put out the new gatari on schedule

takashichea moderator is online on May 20, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

@hitsusatsu11:

Thanks for reminding me, Riddle Story of Devil was good, but I wish it can do more than its Monster of the Week (Assassin of the Week) trope. It gets boring. The eyecatches ruin the suspense of the show. I can't enjoy a show when it becomes so predictable. The anime does good by having a female protagonist. It does the anime industry good with more anime representing this trope.

I haven't seen the OVAs for Stardust Crusaders yet. I didn't know they had OVAs. Without spoilers, why do you believe the classics did better than the newer version today?

hitsusatsu11on May 20, 2014 at 3:55 p.m.

@takashichea: idk its still early to tell but it will be hard for the new sdc to top classic dio.

takashichea moderator is online on May 20, 2014 at 6:21 p.m.

Tom Pinchuk:

You should try Knights of Sidonia! However, it's only available on Netflix after it finishes the Japanese broadcast which is 12 episodes from what I heard.

@hitsusatsu11:

Sorry, I tend to jump the gun. Reminds me to watch last week's episode.

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