Spring 2015 Anime
March 27, 2015 6:18 PM - Subscribe

Many series are winding down this week, and new Spring 2015 anime, as well continuations from previous seasons, are starting up next week. Which are people planning to watch? Which ones would people like to follow on FanFare? What are your first impressions as the first episodes air?
posted by needled (10 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Gintama? Really?

Will I have time to binge-watch the previous 8,382 episodes in order to be caught up before the new series starts?
posted by ardgedee at 6:25 AM on March 29, 2015

It's Gintama┬░, which is different from Gintama', which is different from Gintama.

Well, it's all the same thing, actually. Like this.
posted by needled at 6:48 AM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'll join in with anything, as I have no idea how any of these shows rate or rank against others, and I really enjoyed getting back into current anime with fellow MeFites.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:01 AM on March 30, 2015

The ones I'm planning on watching are The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Seraph of the End, I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying, and Fate/Stay Night. I'm considering Shokugeki no Souma, as I enjoy ridiculous cooking anime, but I hope the ecchi element is not too much of a turn-off.

Hands down best title has to be Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? although the anime itself doesn't look like it's going to be my cup of tea.

Seraph of the End is about humans battling vampires, who showed up around the time humanity was almost wiped out by a devastating virus. Heroic Sawano Hiroyuki soundtrack, humanity in peril storyline, some mystery involving the main characters, could this be Attack on Titan but with vampires?

Either that or Arslan Senki might be suitable for FanFare recaps, if anybody's interested in doing them.

Otherwise I'm wondering if this thread should be a catchall discussion thread for Spring 2015 anime.
posted by needled at 10:17 AM on March 30, 2015

Between "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?" and "A Boring World Where the Concept of 'Dirty Jokes' Does Not Exist" I think it's safe to say that light novel titles have gone too far and they're taking their ridiculous titles into the animated world. Plus, it's really a world where dirty jokes have been outlawed, so they do exist, which is unforgivably dishonest.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:16 PM on March 31, 2015

One of the large light novel publishers has been on a tear recently adapting their light novels into (not very successful) anime, so there will probably continue being anime with ridiculous long titles for some time yet.

To me it feels that light novel adaptations have not been as successful as 4-koma adaptations (e.g. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying). The Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei anime spent so much time on boring exposition, it was like they just transcribed text from the light novels instead of being an anime adaptation. 4-koma tend to show rather than tell, and this seems to translate better to anime.
posted by needled at 9:53 AM on April 1, 2015

Very excited for the second half of Fate (I'll be the one dressed as the Fate Zero Rider at Anime Boston this weekend). I liked GitS:Arise and another two installments sounds good to me. The description of Ninja Slayer doesn't sound too promising but its from Trigger and I loved Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagan so I'll have to give it a chance.

I'm also curious about the Lupin and Digimon sequels, I'll probably check those too.
posted by Peccable at 5:14 PM on April 1, 2015

Okay, first impressions:

I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying - still full of in-jokes for otakus, still cute married couple interactions.

Fate/Stay Night - the episode felt a bit exposition-heavy to me, animation quality remains high, really like the new opening song, I like the ending sequence but am not feeling the Kalafina ending song.

Seraph of the End - some interesting stylistic choices regarding the underground city, I think it was deliberately made to feel like a movie set, contrasting heavily with the depictions of the children. Rather awkward intrusive music in scene with Mikaela, and music didn't feel very Sawano Hiroyuki-ish until the orchestral track for the ending credits. I think Sawano's music oversells the material it accompanies - it works really well for something like Kill La Kill, but becomes problematic for something like Aldnoah.Zero or Guilty Crown, where the music promises so much more than what we end up getting on the screen.

Heroic Legend of Arslan - epic battle scenes, and also nice attention to detail, such as when Arslan initially spots the hawks he winds his cloak around his arm before calling out to them. Solid first episode.

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma - I feel really mixed about this. The cooking and food sequences are fun, and there are some hilarious reactions to tasting the food, but I found the depictions of the female characters bothered me and weren't very funny. It's interesting that I enjoyed Kill La Kill and all the clothing-related shenanigans but I'm finding bits of Food Wars just icky.

Possible dark horse for me this anime season is Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront) - episode 1 left me wanting to find out more about the series universe, and I hope subsequent episodes retain the over-the-top silliness of the fight scenes in ep. 1.
posted by needled at 10:12 AM on April 5, 2015

After watching the second episodes of the various series, Kekkai Sensen became a must-see for me, while I am *this* close to dropping Food Wars.

Kekkai Sensen has my favorite opening and ending sequences of this season's anime. The episode itself really sold me on the show - there was a nice flow to it, and the action sequence was fantastic.

I also liked the opening for Seraph of the End, but I think it overshadowed the episode itself. In contrast, Arslan Senki has a rather generic opening, but the episode was grand in scale and riveting. It really left me wondering what Legend of the Galactic Heroes would look like if it were remade today.

Second week in a row I fell asleep while watching Fate/Stay Night - the series is just not grabbing me the way Fate/Zero did.

I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying was very sweet. I'm now wondering if Food Wars might work better as a 3-minutes per episode anime.
posted by needled at 3:02 PM on April 12, 2015

I don't really do this FanFare thing, but I just have to throw this out there - Wish Upon The Pleiades is the most hilarious car commericial I have ever seen. Magic ignition keys! Alien motor motherships! Brooms that sound like cars! A bishonen frenemy prince! Car logos everywhere! This anime has everything!
posted by maryr at 3:36 PM on May 19, 2015

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