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Anime of the Year 2015-II Spring - Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka


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1. Shokugeki no Souma Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma 食戟のソーマ  [J.C.Staff] (Finished 24/24)
Tags: Shounen School Gourmet, Ecchi
Souma Yukihira has been cooking alongside his father Jouichirou for as long as he can remember. As a sous chef at his father's restaurant, he has spent years developing his culinary expertise and inventing new dishes to amaze their customers. He aspires to exceed his father's skill and take over the restaurant one day, but he is shocked to learn that Jouichirou is closing up the shop to take a job in New York.
Rather than tagging along with his father, Souma finds himself enrolling at the prestigious Tootsuki Culinary Academy, where only 10 percent of its students end up graduating. The school is famous for its "Shokugeki"—intense cooking competitions between students often used to settle debates and arguments. Jouichirou tells Souma that to surpass him and survive the next three years at Tootsuki and graduate there.
The academy's brutal curriculum and fiercely competitive student body await the young chef, who must learn to navigate the treacherous environment if he wants to stand a chance at realizing his dreams. But is skill alone enough to let him rise to the top?
It was quite a revelation at that time, but today can't rate it over borderline masterpiece.  
Overall Rating: 7/10
 
2. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? [J.C.Staff] (Finished 13/13)
Tags: Action, Adventure, Fantasy 
Life in the bustling city of Orario is never dull, especially for Bell Cranel, a naïve young man who hopes to become the greatest adventurer in the land. After a chance encounter with the lonely goddess, Hestia, his dreams become a little closer to reality. With her support, Bell embarks on a fantastic quest as he ventures deep within the city's monster-filled catacombs, known only as the "Dungeon." Death lurks around every corner in the cavernous depths of this terrifying labyrinth, and a mysterious power moves amidst the shadows.
Even on the surface, survival is a hard-earned privilege. Indeed, nothing is ever certain in a world where gods and humans live and work together, especially when they often struggle to get along. One thing is for sure, though: a myriad of blunders, triumphs and friendships awaits the dauntlessly optimistic protagonist of this herculean tale.
It's a very enjoyable series for me due to great setting and protagonist. It definitely has flaws, though, and Bell Cranel with her relatives are more of an irritation here for me.  
Overall Rating: 8/10
 
3. Owari no Seraph Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign 終わりのセラフ [Wit Studio] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Shounen Military, Vampire Action, Drama, Supernatural
With the appearance of a mysterious virus that kills everyone above the age of 13, mankind becomes enslaved by previously hidden, power-hungry vampires who emerge in order to subjugate society with the promise of protecting the survivors, in exchange for donations of their blood.
Among these survivors are Yuuichirou and Mikaela Hyakuya, two young boys who are taken captive from an orphanage, along with other children whom they consider family. Discontent with being treated like livestock under the vampires' cruel reign, Mikaela hatches a rebellious escape plan that is ultimately doomed to fail. The only survivor to come out on the other side is Yuuichirou, who is found by the Moon Demon Company, a military unit dedicated to exterminating the vampires in Japan.
Many years later, now a member of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, Yuuichirou is determined to take revenge on the creatures that slaughtered his family, but at what cost?
Owari no Seraph is a post-apocalyptic supernatural shounen anime that follows a young man's search for retribution, all the while battling for friendship and loyalty against seemingly impossible odds.
I remember dropping it after couple episodes, because of nauseating protagonist and all this vampire vs humans battle. Finished it now for the Promised Neverland vibes, but can't say it impressed me enough.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
4. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続 [feel.] (Finished 13/13)
Tags: Love Polygon, School Comedy, Romance
With the Volunteer Service Club now firmly established, it is receiving more requests from students in search of solutions to their various issues. However, the club members often struggle to see eye to eye when it comes to their problem-solving ideals. The suggestions that Hachiman Hikigaya recommends frequently clash with those of Yukino Yukinoshita, fracturing the relationships within the club.
Despite their differences, with the trio constantly trying to find common ground, they may soon reach a point where they discover something genuine.
This anime is probably the first one with the new type of protagonist - cynical and energy saving, and for this alone it deserves a masterpieces. Plus, I watched all the seasons which I would not have done without enjoying it. Talks are great, but the concept is not exactly thrilling. Moreover, after three seasons I can't say it's particularly memorable or impactful, so I'll stop at borderline masterpiece.  
Overall Rating: 7/10
 
5. Plastic Memories プラスティック・メモリーズ [Doga Kobo] (Finished 4/13)
Tags: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi 
Eighteen-year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki has failed his college entrance exams, but after pulling some strings, he manages to land a job at the Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation. SAI Corp is responsible for the creation of "Giftias"—highly advanced androids which are almost indiscernible from normal humans. However, unlike humans, Giftias have a maximum lifespan of 81,920 hours, or around nine years and four months. Terminal Service One, the station Tsukasa was assigned to, is responsible for collecting Giftias that have met their expiration date, before they lose their memories and become hostile.
Promptly after joining Terminal Service One, Tsukasa is partnered with a beautiful Giftia named Isla. She is a Terminal Service veteran and considered the best in Giftia retrievals, contrary to her petite figure and placid nature. Time is fleeting though, and Tsukasa must come to terms with his feelings for Isla before her time is up. No matter how much someone desires it, nothing lasts forever.
First episodes are all about android harassment. It gets slightly better, but it's still just rom com with average characters.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
6. Kekkai Sensen Blood Blockade Battlefront 血界戦線 [Bones] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: Shounen Super Power, Vampire Action, Fantasy
Supersonic monkeys, vampires, talking fishmen, and all sorts of different supernatural monsters living alongside humans—this has been part of daily life in Hellsalem's Lot, formerly known as New York City, for some time now. When a gateway between Earth and the Beyond opened three years ago, New Yorkers and creatures from the other dimension alike were trapped in an impenetrable bubble and were forced to live together. Libra is a secret organization composed of eccentrics and superhumans, tasked with keeping order in the city and making sure that chaos doesn't spread to the rest of the world.
Pursuing photography as a hobby, Leonardo Watch is living a normal life with his parents and sister. But when he obtains the "All-seeing Eyes of the Gods" at the expense of his sister's eyesight, he goes to Hellsalem's Lot in order to help her by finding answers about the mysterious powers he received. He soon runs into Libra, and when Leo unexpectedly joins their ranks, he gets more than what he bargained for. Kekkai Sensen follows Leo's misadventures in the strangest place on Earth with his equally strange comrades—as the ordinary boy unwittingly sees his life take a turn for the extraordinary.
This is episodic pure nonsense about aliens that behave outside any logical paradigms. But people even like Durara, so enjoy your random mess if you can, I guess.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
7. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Season 2 Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] 2nd シーズン [ufotable] (Finished 1/13)
Tags: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural 
In the midst of the Fifth Holy Grail War, Caster sets her plans into motion, beginning with the capture of Shirou's Servant Saber. With the witch growing ever more powerful, Rin and Archer determine she is a threat that must be dealt with at once. But as the balance of power in the war begins to shift, the Master and Servant find themselves walking separate ways.
Meanwhile, despite losing his Servant and stumbling from injuries, Shirou ignores Rin's warning to abandon the battle royale, forcing his way into the fight against Caster. Determined to show his resolve in his will to fight, Shirou's potential to become a protector of the people is put to the test.
Amidst the bloodshed and chaos, the motivations of each Master and Servant are slowly revealed as they sacrifice everything in order to arise as the victor and claim the Holy Grail.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
8. High School DxD BorN ハイスクールD×D BorN  [TNK] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Harem, Mythology, School Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Ecchi
The Red Dragon Emperor, Issei Hyoudou, and the Occult Research Club are back in action as summer break comes for the students of Kuoh Academy. After their fight with Issei’s sworn enemy, Vali and the Chaos Brigade, it is clear just how inexperienced Rias Gremory's team is. As a result, she and Azazel lead the club on an intense training regime in the Underworld to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead.
While they slowly mature as a team, Issei will once again find himself in intimate situations with the girls of the Occult Research Club. Meanwhile, their adversaries grow stronger and more numerous as they rally their forces. And with the sudden appearance of Loki, the Evil God of Norse Mythology, the stage is set for epic fights and wickedly powerful devils in High School DxD BorN!
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
9. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 山田くんと7人の魔女 [LIDENFILMS] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: Shounen Harem, School Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural
When Ryuu Yamada entered high school, he wanted to turn over a new leaf and lead a productive school life. That is why he chose to attend Suzaku High School, where no one would know of his violent delinquent reputation. However, much to Ryuu's dismay, he is soon bored; now a second year, Ryuu has reverted to his old ways—lazy with abysmal grades and always getting into fights.
One day, back from yet another office visit, Ryuu encounters Urara Shiraishi, a beautiful honors student. A misstep causes them both to tumble down the stairs, ending in an accidental kiss! The pair discover they can switch bodies with a kiss: an ability which will prove to be both convenient and troublesome.
Learning of their new power, Toranosuke Miyamura, a student council officer and the single member of the Supernatural Studies Club, recruits them for the club. Soon joined by Miyabi Itou, an eccentric interested in all things supernatural, the group unearths the legend of the Seven Witches of Suzaku High, seven female students who have obtained different powers activated by a kiss. The Supernatural Studies Club embarks on its first quest: to find the identities of all the witches.
Dropped it before and have no intentions of finishing it now. One of the better harems, but I even don't like characters.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
10. Nisekoi: Nisekoi: False Love ニセコイ [Shaft] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Shounen Harem, School Comedy, Romance
Despite having seemingly quelled the war between their respective gangs, Raku Ichijou and Chitoge Kirisaki still carry on with their fake relationship. Eventually, as Chitoge's perception of Raku slowly changes, she even begins to see him as a little charming.
Chitoge struggles to come to terms with her newfound feelings for Raku, as a new girl joins the slew of Raku's admirers and the competition among those vying for the yakuza heir's attention grows even fiercer. And amidst all this, Raku's search for his first love and the contents of the mysterious sealed locket continues in Nisekoi:, which picks up where the first season left off.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
11. Ore Monogatari!! My Love Story!! 俺物語!! [Madhouse] (Finished 3/24)
Tags: Shoujo Comedy, Romance 
With his muscular build and tall stature, Takeo Gouda is no ordinary high school freshman. However, behind Takeo's intimidating appearance lies a pure heart of gold, and he is considered a hero by his male peers for his courage and chivalry.
Unfortunately for Takeo, his appearance does not bode well for his love life. As if his looks were not already enough to scare the opposite sex away, Takeo's cool, handsome best friend and constant companion Makoto Sunakawa easily, and unintentionally, steals the hearts of the female students—including every girl Takeo has ever liked.
One day, when Takeo saves cute Rinko Yamato from being molested, he falls in love with her instantly. Unfortunately, he suspects that she might be interested in Sunakawa. Despite his romantic feelings for Yamato continuing to bloom, Takeo decides to act as her cupid, even as he yearns for his own love story.
As far as I see, it does not go beyond the concept - same manly blushes and girly persistence repeat over and over again. Two naïve simpletons is definitely not the kinds of characters I can like.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
12. Gintama° Gintama Season 4 銀魂° [Bandai Namco Pictures] (Finished 51/51)
Tags: Shounen Gag Humor, Historical, Parody, Samurai Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura return as the fun-loving but broke members of the Yorozuya team! Living in an alternate-reality Edo, where swords are prohibited and alien overlords have conquered Japan, they try to thrive on doing whatever work they can get their hands on. However, Shinpachi and Kagura still haven't been paid... Does Gin-chan really spend all that cash playing pachinko?
Meanwhile, when Gintoki drunkenly staggers home one night, an alien spaceship crashes nearby. A fatally injured crew member emerges from the ship and gives Gintoki a strange, clock-shaped device, warning him that it is incredibly powerful and must be safeguarded. Mistaking it for his alarm clock, Gintoki proceeds to smash the device the next morning and suddenly discovers that the world outside his apartment has come to a standstill. With Kagura and Shinpachi at his side, he sets off to get the device fixed; though, as usual, nothing is ever that simple for the Yorozuya team.
Filled with tongue-in-cheek humor and moments of heartfelt emotion, Gintama's fourth season finds Gintoki and his friends facing both their most hilarious misadventures and most dangerous crises yet.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
13. Hibike! Euphonium Sound! Euphonium 響け!ユーフォニアム [Kyoto Animation] (Finished 13/13)
Tags: Music, Performing Arts, School Drama
Now that Kumiko Oumae has enrolled in Kitauji High School, she hopes to forget about her past. Despite her desire for a fresh start, she gets dragged into the school's band club by her new friends—Sapphire Kawashima and Hazuki Katou—and is once again stuck playing the euphonium.
As the band currently stands, they won't be able to participate in the local festival, Sunfest, let alone compete at a national level. The band's new advisor, Noboru Taki, gives them a choice: they can relax and have fun, or practice hard and attempt to get into nationals. Not wanting to repeat her mistakes from middle school, Kumiko is doubtful as to whether they should try for nationals. Amidst the chaos, she learns that her old bandmate, Reina Kousaka (who she had a bitter relationship with) has joined Kitauji's band club. Under the pressure of Noboru's strict training, Kumiko and her bandmates must learn to overcome their struggles and find success together.
I watched it on recommendation from acquaintance before... and I never understood what to like here. It's just musical SOL with teamwork and some cuteness, but it just does not stand out for me.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
14. Grisaia no Rakuen The Eden of Grisaia グリザイアの楽園 [8bit] (Finished 10/10)
Tags: Harem, Psychological Drama, Romance
Grisaia no Rakuen begins right at the end of the previous installment, Grisaia no Meikyuu. Kazami Yuuji is arrested under suspicion for terrorism. A video showing apparently concrete proof that Yuuji committed these acts, and he is held in custody by Ichigaya.
Ichigaya knows full well that Yuuji didn't commit the crimes he has been accused of. But he did fail to assassinate Heath Oslo, who is the leader of the terrorist organization with an extremely devastating weapon in their possession. In fact, Ichigaya have their own plans for Yuuji...
But all may not be lost for Yuuji. The girls of the Mihama Academy are not about to let Yuuji be used for political gain, and neither may the mysterious new figure which appears before them.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
15. Arslan Senki (TV) The Heroic Legend of Arslan アルスラーン戦記 [SANZIGEN, LIDENFILMS] (Finished 8/25)
Tags: Shounen Historical, Military Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
The year is 320. Under the rule of the belligerent King Andragoras III, the Kingdom of Pars is at war with the neighboring empire, Lusitania. Though different from his father in many aspects, Arslan, the young prince, sets out to prove his valor on the battlefield for the very first time. However, when the king is betrayed by one of his most trusted officials, the Parsian army is decimated and the capital city of Ecbatana is sieged. With the army in shambles and the Lusitanians out for his head, Arslan is forced to go on the run. With a respected general by his side, Daryun, Arslan soon sets off on a journey in search of allies that will help him take back his home.
However, the enemies that the prince faces are far from limited to just those occupying his kingdom. Armies of other kingdoms stand ready to conquer Ecbatana. Moreover, the mastermind behind Lusitania's victory, an enigmatic man hiding behind a silver mask, poses a dangerous threat to Arslan and his company as he possesses a secret that could jeopardize Arslan's right to succession.
With the odds stacked against him, Arslan must find the strength and courage to overcome these obstacles, and allies who will help him fight in the journey that will help prepare him for the day he becomes king.
I dropped it earlier at some 8th episode, and can't force myself to go beyond that. It could be a lot better, but, alas.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
16. Punch Line パンチライン [MAPPA] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: Super Power, Time Travel Comedy, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Ecchi
After escaping a bus hijacking with the help of masked superhero Strange Juice, Yuuta Iridatsu finds his soul separated from his body and in the care of a perverse cat spirit, Chiranosuke. As a spirit, Yuuta wanders around his residence, the Korai House, aiming to regain his body and observe the other residents: Meika Daihatsu, a genius inventor; Mikatan Narugino, a cheerful idol; Ito Hikiotani, a shut-in NEET; and Rabura Chichibu, a spiritual medium. After catching a glimpse of Narugino's undergarments, Chiranosuke reveals to Yuuta that he becomes exponentially stronger upon seeing panties. However, if he sees another pair while he is still a spirit, his power will cause an asteroid to crash into the earth, ending the world and killing his friends.
Punch Line follows Yuuta as he unravels the mysteries surrounding Korai House, its residents, and a villainous organization attempting to end the world. Will Yuuta be able to save everyone, or will the ever-present threat of panties result in their doom?
There's too much nonsense for me. Nothing here to really invoke interest.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
17. Triage X トリアージX [Xebec] (Finished 3/10)
Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Ecchi 
In a deadly terrorist attack, Arashi Mikami narrowly escapes death but loses everything in the process, including his family and best friend. However, the surgeon that rescues him is far from just an ordinary doctor—he commands a strike team known as Black Label whose task is to exterminate deadly criminals who have fallen too far. Filled with a new determination, Arashi joins the ranks of the vigilante organization.
Black Label's targets are aplenty, as evil scum lurks everywhere—dangerous arms dealers, corrupt politicians, and shady gangsters all find themselves hunted by the extermination team. Although haunted by their dark and sinister past, all of the hunters are highly skilled at slaying their targets. In spite of the perilous lives the members live, Arashi and the gorgeous ladies surrounding him still manage to get caught up in a variety of sultry moments and racy hijinks. Though they face strong opposition, nothing can stop Black Label's objective of cleansing the world of ghastly evil.
Just ecchi action with typical characters.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
18. Denpa Kyoushi Ultimate Otaku Teacher 電波教師 [A-1 Pictures] (Finished 4/24)
Tags: Shounen Otaku Culture, School Comedy, Romance
Junichirou Kagami is a young published physicist, a genius, and a hopeless otaku. At the mercy of YD, a self-diagnosed illness which causes him to only be able to do what he "Yearns to Do," Junichirou foregoes his scientific career to maintain and improve his anime blog. However, when he gets hired as a high school physics teacher; his sister Suzune, no longer willing to tolerate his NEET lifestyle, forces him to take the position.
Despite the fact that Junichirou has no motivation to teach the standard curriculum, he may still have something of value to teach his students outside of academics. With his class in tow, Junichirou embarks on an unlikely journey filled with life lessons such as acceptance of others, how to make lasting friends, and what it means to live a better life by doing what you yearn to do.
It takes the concept of Onizuka and transforms it with otaku protagonist. And main difference is that it's being unrealistic and full of cliché. Individual arcs are probably the main attraction here, but I was not impressed.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
19. Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失 [Satelight] (Finished 16/16)
Tags: Seinen School Comedy, Romance
In a familiar yet different universe, shy bookworm and gamer Yuki Nagato is the president of North High School's Literary Club. Her friends, the overly-cautious Ryouko Asakura and completely average Kyon, are the only other members of the club. Nevertheless, Yuki enjoys the peace and quiet she shares with them, especially when she is with Kyon, whom she has a crush on. Added to the mix are Tsuruya and Mikuru Asahina, two friends with opposite personalities who frequently stop by the Literary Club.
While walking back to her apartment on a cold December day, Yuki is coerced into drawing strange symbols on the ground by a girl supposedly attempting to capture Santa Claus. The girl introduces herself as Haruhi Suzumiya, an eccentric student from the prestigious Kouyouen Academy who is on the hunt for aliens, time travelers, and espers. When Haruhi and her friend Itsuki Koizumi make a sudden appearance in the clubroom, they declare themselves as official members of the Literary Club, with Haruhi taking up residence as the executive president.
With the tranquil days of the Literary Club now behind them, Yuki and her friends get caught up in a series of misadventures under Haruhi's leadership—with each incident bringing Yuki and Kyon closer than ever before.
Only finished it out of respect for the series. Basically, Nagano becomes a dumb lovesick puppy for the majority of the season, and the reason for it given in the end absolutely is not worth the effort. And I'm absolutely not a fan of story being retold again, just from another point of view. Very weak outcome rooting in fanservice concept.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
20. Diamond no Ace: Second Season Ace of Diamond: Second Season ダイヤのA[エース]~Second Season~ [Production I.G, Madhouse] (Finished 1/51)
Tags: Shounen School, Team Sports Sports
After the National Tournament, the Seidou High baseball team moves forward with uncertainty as the Fall season quickly approaches. In an attempt to build a stronger team centered around their new captain, fresh faces join the starting roster for the very first time. Previous losses weigh heavily on the minds of the veteran players as they continue their rigorous training, preparing for what will inevitably be their toughest season yet.
Rivals both new and old stand in their path as Seidou once again climbs their way toward the top, one game at a time. Needed now more than ever before, Furuya and Eijun must be determined to pitch with all their skill and strength in order to lead their team to victory. And this time, one of these young pitchers may finally claim that coveted title: "The Ace of Seidou."
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
21. Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine シドニアの騎士 第九惑星戦役 [Polygon Pictures] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Seinen Mecha, Space Action, Sci-Fi
After barely escaping a collision with a gigantic Gauna at the cost of many human lives, Kobayashi—the captain of the spaceship Sidonia—is prompted to change her political paradigm. Once she seizes full power, Kobayashi aims to eradicate the Gaunas from the Lem system where former Sidonians have recently established a colony. Her ambition is justified by two breakthroughs: the development of highly effective, long-range anti-Gauna weapons, and the creation of Tsumugi Shiraui—the first human-Gauna chimera possessing great destructive power.
Facing hostility toward chimeras and her uncertain large-scale military expedition, Kobayashi enlists the help of the new elite pilot Nagate Tanikaze. Due to his personal experiences with Shizuka Hoshijiro and Benisuzume's placenta, Tanikaze soon develops a close bond with Tsumugi. As the final battle against humanity's most formidable opponent approaches, Tanikaze tries to enjoy the last days of peace with his friend Izana Shinatose—all while Kobayashi secretly pursues the development of an experimental weapon that could very well lead to the complete destruction of Sidonia.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
22. Baby Steps 2nd Season ベイビーステップ 第2シリーズ [Pierrot] (Finished 1/25)
Tags: Shounen School Sports
After having decided to play tennis at the professional level, Eiichirou Maruo now needs to convince his parents to support his decision. To do so, he makes a wager: if he cannot win the All-Japan Junior Tennis Tournament, he will give up on his dream. However, he will need to improve his skills quickly if he wants to qualify for the tournament and have any chance of defeating the best players in the country. For this reason, his new coach Ryuuhei Aoi suggests that Eiichirou travel abroad to train at the Florida Tennis Academy.
Baby Steps 2nd Season takes the action to America as Eiichirou begins his two-week training program, getting a taste of what tennis is like outside of Japan. With this exciting experience awaiting him, Eiichirou hopes that his training will get him closer to his goal of becoming a professional player.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
23. Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (TV) Mikagura School Suite ミカグラ学園組曲 [Doga Kobo] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: School, Super Power, Visual Arts Action, Comedy, Girls Love 
To be around cute girls wearing cute clothing is all Eruna Ichinomiya desires. Since Mikagura High School happens to have the cutest uniforms around, she decides to enroll in this prestigious high school known for its cultural clubs.
However, she does not realize that joining a club is mandatory, and representatives from each club must battle for a ranking. Based on these rankings, club members are awarded housing and food. Chasing after Seisa Mikagura, the most beautiful girl in school, Eruna joins the going-home club but finds herself thrust into fighting the next club battle. With the other club representatives wielding unique powers, the competition is sure to be fierce!
Based on the popular song series, Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku follows Eruna as she explores the various clubs in school and assists the members with their troubled lives, all of whom are also vying for the top spot in school.
Feels like modern Utena, but there's so little sense in it all that it's painful to watch for me.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
24. Kyoukai no Rinne RIN-NE 境界のRINNE [Brain's Base] (Finished 1/25)
Tags: Shounen School Comedy, Supernatural
Rinne Rokudou has bigger problems than going to school—namely, helping spirits pass over to the next life. Because of this responsibility, he often finds himself short on money and struggles to buy his necessities: food, clothes, and exorcism tools.
Sakura Mamiya has been able to see ghosts since she was little. She hoped she would outgrow it, but even after starting high school, nothing has changed. To make matters worse, the first time her ever-absent classmate, Rinne, shows up for school, only Sakura can see him. She assumes, as anyone would, that he is a ghost. However, to Sakura's surprise, Rinne proceeds to attend school like normal the next day. Kyoukai no Rinne chronicles Sakura's journey as she learns of Rinne's true nature and the existence of a hidden supernatural world.
Exorcism anime is of miniscule interest to me, same silly as Inuyasha.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
25. Show By Rock!! SHOW BY ROCK!!(ショウ・バイ・ロック!!) [Bones] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Isekai, Music Comedy, Fantasy
The great music adventure in Show by Rock!! begins after Cyan decides to play her favorite rhythm game and suddenly gets sucked in, finding herself in a world called Midi City where music reigns supreme. She learns that anyone who delivers amazing and powerful music also has the ability to control the city. However, not all music is pure. An evil plan is set in motion to engulf the whole Midi City in darkness. Is it too late for Cyan to do something?
Cyan Hijirikawa always regards herself as nothing but an ordinary girl living in a mediocre world. She has great talent and extreme guitar skills, but she also lacks the confidence to take the first step in realizing her dream to play in a band and be a music millionaire! Little did she know that an eminent power resides deep within herself—the power to defeat evil with her magical music!
Join Cyan, Chuchu, Retoree and Moa in a world where music is everything.
Some kind of musical Sailor Moon, but based on a game and with usage of horrible CGI. Can't watch this nonsense past first episode.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
26. Etotama えとたま(干支魂) [Shirogumi, Encourage Films] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Gag Humor Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Every 60 years, the heavens conduct a sacred ritual called ETM12. This custom involves selecting worthy Eto-musume—celestial beings representing different animals—to become one of the members of the Chinese zodiac, or Eto-shin. However, since the first ETM12 two thousand years ago, the original batch of Eto-shin reigns with no one being able to replace them.
Nyaa-tan is a cat Eto-musume who aspires to become a member of the zodiac in the ongoing ETM12. Fulfilling her ambition requires her to secure 12 seals, one for each Eto-shin. To that end, she must win various types of battles using Sol/Lull—divine energy created by people's positive emotions. This task is not easy however, as her powers as an Eto-musume are far below the abilities of a single Eto-shin. As such, she needs a constant source of energy.
But in a chance encounter, Nyaa-tan meets Takeru Amato, a man who has just transferred to the apartment where she is secretly staying. To Nyaa-tan's delight, Takeru discovers that he gives out high quality Sol/Lull—something that sets him apart from most people. With this, the story of Takeru and Nyaa-tan begins. As Takeru supports Nyaa-tan in her dreams, he meets the Eto-shin and begins to uncover a mysterious past.
More worthless fluff and episodic comedy.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
27. Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic Hello!! KINMOZA! ハロー!!きんいろモザイク [Studio Gokumi] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: CGDCT, School Slice of Life
Although learning different languages continues to be an interest for Shinobu and her friends, the new school year brings unexpected difficulties. Not only is there always something new and different to distract them from their studies, but Alice and Yoko also are having trouble adjusting to being in a different class from Shinobu and Aya.
Meanwhile, Karen isn't getting along at all with her new homeroom teacher, and it doesn't help that the teacher is having trouble figuring out how to make herself seem friendlier to her students as well. Craziness may ensue, but sometimes, all it takes is the right mutual experience to bring everyone together.
While some of those experiences may not be as well-thought-out as others (like when Alice and Aya act like juvenile delinquents to seem more grown up), the gang's new adventures are certain to warm everyone's heart as the fun and friendships keep growing in HELLO!! KINMOZA!
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
28. Gunslinger Stratos The Animation Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ガンスリンガー ストラトス -THE ANIMATION- [A-1 Pictures] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: Action, Sci-Fi
A.D. 2115—the island nation once called Japan is now known as the "17th Far East Imperial City Management District."
The citizens were promised a life of peace in exchange for some of the comfort they were used to having. People believed their lives would never change and tomorrow will be the same as today. No one suspected the impending doom which their society was about to face.
"Degradation"—a rare disease which led to the total disintegration of the human body to a mere pile of sand was slowly but surely spreading throughout the world.
Tohru Kazasumi, an ordinary student becomes embroiled in a multi universal battle between his world and the parallel world of "Frontier S (Stratos)." This meant that Tohru must fight himself from an alternate world.
Their futures collide as their paths cross.
Will both worlds ever find peace?
So sort of isekai with time machine and using time energy to shape guns and save the world... level of craziness is this high. And addition of the fact that it's based on a game puts the last nail in its coffin for me.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
29. Re-Kan! レーカン! [Pierrot Plus] (Finished 1/13)
Tags: School Comedy, Supernatural
Hibiki Amami would be a regular high school girl if it weren't for one thing: a sixth sense that allows her to see ghosts. Rather than being scared, Amami is more interested in befriending and helping the apparitions. This often leads to her human friends witnessing paranormal activity as the ghosts try to help Amami with everyday tasks.
The majority of Amami's friends accept that she has a sixth sense, but Narumi Inoue—a girl who is terrified of the supernatural—refuses to acknowledge that ghosts are real. Though she is scared and stubborn, Inoue goes along with the rest of her friends, who decide to take up Amami's mission of helping ghosts however they can.
Friendship with spirits has become a separate super boring genre after Mushishi. Comedy makes it only slightly more appealing.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
30. Koukaku Kidoutai Arise: Alternative Architecture Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture 攻殻機動隊 ARISE ALTERNATIVE ARCHITECTURE [Production I.G] (Finished 10/10)
Tags: Adult Cast, Detective, Mecha, Psychological Sci-Fi
A TV anime version of Ghost in the Shell: Arise. The first eight episodes are an edited version of the four movies while the last two features a new arc called "Pyrophoric Cult."
The plot involves the "Fire Starter" virus explored previously, and introduces the new character Pyromania. The episode will have ties to the upcoming film.
80% of it is reused and reduced material, the last episodes are a simple story poorly fit for conclusion.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
31. Houkago no Pleiades (TV) 放課後のプレアデス [Gainax] (Finished 2/12)
Tags: Space Action, Sci-Fi 
The sky is the limit in Houkago no Pleiades. With telescope in hand, Subaru is set to go to the observation room of her school in order to get a view of that night's meteor shower. What she least expects is that behind the observatory door was not the starry skies, but a lavish garden, complete with a resplendent fountain and a mysterious young boy with long red hair.
But the garden soon disappeared, as if Subaru was only imagining things. All that remains of that brilliant sight is an odd, bouncing blob creature that leads her to another magical door, occupied by other girls in magical witch-like costumes. Revelations start hitting Subaru one after the other: one of the girls in the room is her childhood friend Aoi, the little blob is actually an alien of a species called the Pleiadians trying to return home, and Subaru has been selected by him to become the newest member of their group!
Now Subaru's dreams of the stars have come true in the wildest way, as she and her friends attempt to gather pieces of the Pleiadian spacecraft engine to return the being to his home. But they're not the only ones after the engine parts, and they have no idea why!
Is this really Gainax... because it's totally mainstream mahou shoujo and pretty bland too.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
32. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid 魔法少女リリカルなのはViVid [A-1 Pictures] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Mahou Shoujo, Martial Arts Action, Adventure
Vivio Takamachi, a Sankt Kaiser royalty of ancient Belka, was previously subjected to mistreatment. Fortunately, she now lives a peaceful life with family and friends while practicing martial arts with her coach, Nove Nakajima. However, Vivio soon becomes the target of the mysterious fighter Heidi E. S. Ingvalt, who demands Nove to reveal the location of the ancient Belkan royals. Refusing to disclose this information, Nove finds herself in a losing battle but Heidi soon falls unconscious. In addition, Nove discovers Heidi's true identity to be a middle school student named Einhald Stratos.
When she regains consciousness, Einhald clarifies that she has no animosity toward ancient Belkan royals. Having inherited the passion to defend and harboring regretful memories of her ancestor, the ancient Belkan ruler Claus Ingvalt, she simply wants to prove that her fighting ability is strong enough to protect others. Intrigued by the girl's situation, Nove arranges for Einhald to meet with Vivio. Although they get off to an unconventional start, Vivio enthusiastically trains with Einhald, assisting her in finding peace of mind while developing a vivid friendship along the way.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
33. Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou てさぐれ!部活もの すぴんおふ プルプルんシャルムと遊ぼう [Yaoyorozu] (Finished 1/12)
Tags: Parody, School Slice of Life
A spin-off of the Tesagure! Bukatsumono series.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
34. Jewelpet Magical Change ジュエルペット マジカルチェンジ [Studio Deen] (Finished 1/39)
Tags: Anthropomorphic, Mahou Shoujo Comedy, Fantasy
The story follows the adventures of rabbit-shaped Jewelpet Ruby, her long-best human friend Airi Kirara and the other Jewelpets on their mission to restore the Jewel Castle, which had fallen from the skies into the middle of the town because of humanity's lack of faith in magic. To restore people's belief in magic, Jewelpets transform into humans to study more about them.
Sequel.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
35. Eikoku Ikka, Nihon wo Taberu Sushi and Beyond 英国一家、日本を食べる [Fanworks] (Finished 2/24)
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Tags: Comedy, Gourmet, Slice of Life 
Based on a book by British travel and dining journalist Michael Booth. Follows Booth, his wife Lissen, and two kids Ansger (6) and Emil (4), on their 100-day trip to Japan as they try a wide variety of Japanese foods. Booth was inspired to make the trip by Shizuo Tsuji's book, Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art.
Too simple Art. Normal gaikokujin cliché with little interest whatsoever.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
36. Ninja Slayer From Animation ニンジャスレイヤー フロムアニメイシヨン [Trigger] (Finished 2/26)
Tags: Action
Ninja... Ninja were... merciless demi-gods, ruling Japan with their karate in the age of ninja tranquillity. But, "some" committed a forbidden form of hara-kiri storing their souls at Kinkaku Temple for future resurrection. Their lost history was falsified and concealed and the truth about these ninja was long forgotten.
Now, in the future where the universalization of cybernetic technology and electronic networks are God, suddenly, sinister ninja souls, resurrected from thousands of years past are unleashed on the dark shadows of Neo-Saitama. Fujikido Kenji, is a salaryman whose wife and child were killed in a ninja turf war. In a brush with his own death, Fujikido is possessed by an enigmatic ninja soul. Fujikido cheats death and becomes Ninja Slayer. A Grim Reaper destined to kill evil ninja, committed to a personal war of vengeance.
Set in the dystopian underworld of Neo-Saitama, Ninja Slayer takes on Soukai Syndicate ninjas in mortal combat.
It wants to look trashy, but I say it's just trash.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
37. Huyao Xiao Hongniang Fox Spirit Matchmaker 狐妖小红娘 [Haoliners Animation League, Garden Culture] (Finished 3/13)
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Tags: Historical Comedy, Romance, Supernatural
True love never dies—even when it is between a human and a near-immortal youkai. Thankfully, fox spirit youkai have discovered a solution which allows a human to be reincarnated, and with the services of a Fox Spirit Matchmaker, eventually recall memories of their past life, so they can begin anew with their beloved youkai.
Enter Bai Yuechu—a powerful human Taoist who desires freedom from the ruling Yi Qi Dao League—and Tushan Susu, a small and innocent fox spirit who dreams of becoming a renowned matchmaker, despite her reputation as a colossal screw-up. After Susu literally falls through the roof and into his life, Yuechu gets dragged into helping her bring together two separated lovers: prince Fan Yun Fei and his reincarnated lover, Li Xueyang. However, not everyone wants them to be reunited, including Xueyang herself. Thrown together by fate, Yuechu and Susu will discover who they truly are... and who they used to be.
First decent Chinese anime in the way that it does not feel out of the flow and has only light Chinese flavor. But calling it interesting would be an overkill.   
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
38. Mang Huang Ji The Legend of Jade Sword 莽荒纪 [-] (Finished 3/19)
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Tags: Historical, Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Fate had never been kind to Ji Ning. Wracked by illnesses and infirm his entire life on Earth, Ning knew early on that he would die as a teenager. What he didn’t know was that there really was such a thing as life after death, and that the universe was a far larger place than he thought. A lucky twist of fate (one of the few in Ning’s life) meant that Ning was reborn into a world of Immortals and monsters, of Ki Refiners and powerful Fiendgods, a world where Dynasties lasted for millions of years. A world which is both greater and yet also smaller than he ever could imagine. He would have the opportunity to join them, and in this life, Ning swore to himself, he would never let himself be weak again! The Era he was born into was a Desolate one, but Ning would make it his era.
Started rather well as isekai, but went into traditional Chinese trash very soon.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
39. Wo Jiao Bai Xiaofei 我叫白小飞 [Haoliners Animation League] (Finished 1/39)
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Tags: Action, Comedy, Horror
Bai Xiaofei lived a dull, boring life. That all changes when, on his way to find his girlfriend, he meets a mutant with unprecedented power. As an ordinary human being, Xiaofei felt totally out of his depth; there was no way he could defeat powerful enemies and track down the cause of these strange mutations. After giving himself a shot of body enhancer bought online, however, he gradually reaches his potential.
Typical Chinese trash - no exposition, no characters introduction, no coherent story - only silly comedy and action with generally harmful idea of buying some body amplifiers online without any prescription or counsel.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
40. Koukaku Kidoutai: Shin Movie Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie 攻殻機動隊 新劇場版 [Production I.G] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Adult Cast, Detective, Mecha, Psychological Action, Award Winning, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire, Motoko Kusanagi, to investigate.
It's finally moving as a team now, but I don't like designs of Rise, and not only for Kusanagi, and the story is not something special here either.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
41. Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai 百日紅~Miss HOKUSAI~ [Production I.G] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Seinen Historical, Visual Arts  Award Winning, Drama, Supernatural
The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo.
One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.
A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not really interested in.
Third of Tetsuzo's four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father's talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. "We're father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, in a way or another."
Decades later, Europe was going to discover the immense talent of Tetsuzo. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Renoir and van Gogh, Monet and Klimt.
However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all his life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai's daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.
Edo SOL, and a pretty slow and unexciting one.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
42. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 23: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari - Saboten Daisuugeki Crayon Shin-chan: My Moving Story - The Great Cactus Attack! クレヨンしんちゃん オラの引越し物語~サボテン大襲撃~ [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Seinen Action, Adventure, Comedy
Hiroshi was ordered to be the manager of his company's Mexico branch in order to collect the fruit of a new type of cactus that has the sweetest nectar. So, Nohara family packs up and moves to Mexico to live there. They had to bid farewell to their acquaintances and the citizens of Kasukabe with tears. Shinnosuke heard that Mexican young girls are stylish and beautiful and became eager for this journey. On arriving at Mardequellyovaca city in Mexico, a new life full of anxiety, surrounded by unique neighbors awaits them. But Shinnosuke and Nohara family had no idea that flesh-eating killer cactuses are going to attack.
To save the town, the Nohara family and their neighbors work together to fight against "Killer Cactus".
Going in the right direction with this one as there is finally no new silly organization that tries to conquer the world. Still not enough impact for a masterpiece.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
43. Te Gong Mingxing Kung Fu Style 特功明星 [Gorilla Pictures] (Finished 0/1)
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Tags: - 
The plot follows Kung Fu kid Dodo Lee, who dreams of being a star at Oscar Lei's studio but is stuck as a puppeteer in his never satisfied father's show. When Dodo encounters super star Kitty Mo, dream and reality clash and the pair find themselves in a fight between good and evil orchestrated by the power crazed Oscar.
Not translated. Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10

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Houkago no Pleiades - Pretty much standard magical girl series with the sponsor is Subaru car company. At least the opening song is quite good, and rest in peace to the original composer who suddenly dead in 2015.

Hello Kin'iro Mosaic - Second season of Kinmosa with the friendship between each girls getting stronger with additional two characters enter the story, so yeah it's more or less like the first season of it.

Nanoha Vivid - One of two new series for Nanoha, with Vivid here is being successful thanks to the staffs keep what made Nanoha being famous in the first place. For a bit more elaboration, the staff did a bit of experiment with Force by adding male MC, although obviously being the franchise that has female MC easy to say that it's a failure (There's much more when it come to Force's failure, although the chance to male MC is the most notable extreme change).

Grisaia no Rakuen - It adapt the Meikyuu and Rakuen main story quite faithfully, so at least you can watch it if you prefer to treat the game version of those two as fandisc.

Dungeon ni Deai - I only know it because the main heroine Hestia is quite known, and it has dungeon story or something like that.

Shokugeki no Souma - The first season here did try its best to display some Food Porn, so much it become known as the foodgasm. The premise is quite simple, with Souma (The MC) entered the cooking school that has over the top circumstances with he himself is very skilled chef. By the way as the story goes it become more controversial, but that's the story for another time.

That's all for what I can comment in regard of Spring 2015 anime here.

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