Anime Spring Season 2016: First Impressions

2016 spring anime

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions on the spring anime season that just started~

Anne Happy♪
Length: 12 Episodes • Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life • Studio: Silver Link.

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After the first episode, I was thinking to myself that this could be a fairly entertaining anime for this season, but I wasn’t as enamored with the second episode, and I ended up losing some confidence in this show. It’s not that I think it’s bad, it just feels average at best.

Between this, Bakuon!!, Sansha Sanyou, and Pan de Peace!, I’m left longing for the slice of lifes of yesteryear. After getting new seasons of GochiUsa and KinMoza, I’m slightly disappointed in the offerings this year has presented so far. I’ll probably keep watching this for at least another couple of episodes, but I’m still waiting for a reason to be excited to watch more slice of life shows.

Bakuon!!
Length: 12 Episodes • Genre: Cars, Slice of Life, Sports • Studio: TMS Entertainment

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I’m not exactly in the target audience for this one (crotch rocket enthusiasts who enjoy cute girls doing cute things?), but at least Bakuon!! has something unique to hang its hat on, which is more than some of the other slice of lifes premiering this season can say. The generic lead is present and accounted for, and while the supporting cast brings a little bit more to the show, the overall group is on the mediocre side. I imagine that someone into motorcycles would love this, yet most people would probably find it forgettable. Oh, and there’s not any yuri here.

Bungou Stray Dogs
Length: 12 Episodes • Genre: Mystery, Supernatural • Studio: Bones

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This show uses the unoriginal premise of an organization in which the members all have super powers. Even though it’s been done a million times before, I still kind of like this show. Also, many of the characters are apparently based on (and named after) real-life Japanese authors, but since I don’t know the slightest thing about that, I’ll just state that and move on. The selling point seems to be the colorful characters, and so far, I’m sold. Mamoru Miyano’s performance is particularly noteworthy, and even though he’s not the main character, he steals the show IMO.

It doesn’t seem to be anything extraordinary, and the situations the main trio have been involved in thus far are okay, but not the greatest. I find the three of them entertaining, so I think I’ll continue watching~

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Length: ? • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror • Studio: Wit Studio

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It’s been three years since Shingeki no Kyojin debuted, and it’s great to see that season two is finally here! What? It’s not Shingeki no Kyojin? Well, you could have fooled me. This anime is so similar to SnK that it’s eerie. The two shows share the same studio, several staff members (including director), and a general similarity when it comes to the plot. Still, it’s pretty awesome, even if it feels like an alternate universe SnK. Steampunk + glorified zombies + drama = Badass.

I doubt there will be anything similar to Krista x Ymir in this one, but other than that, this will definitely satiate those who’ve been waiting for season two of SnK to hit.

Kagewani: Shou
Length: ? • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller • Studio: Tomovies

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Last fall, Kagewani premiered and brought with it creepy creatures that could’ve come straight from a kaiju monster movie. Season two looks to be more of the same of what we got previously, but perhaps thanks to how not good the recent season of Yami Shibai was, I’m enjoying this more than I did the first season. That’s still not saying too much, but compared to Yami Shibai, Kagewani is far more entertaining to me.

Kiznaiver
Length: ? • Genre: Sci-Fi • Studio: Trigger

kiznaiver anime
I’m still not sure what to make of this one. The premise is… different, but I’m not really feeling the characters or the overall story thus far. Things have been moving along methodically, but since I’m lukewarm on nearly everything, I can’t say that I’m enjoying this very much. At least Kiznaiver looks great and has those hallmark visuals that Trigger is known for. Maybe my expectations were too high coming in, but I feel that there’s just something missing with this show.

Mayoiga
Length: 12 Episodes • Genre: Drama, Mystery • Studio: Diomedia

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Mayoiga is another Mari Okada special, so of course, all hell is going to break loose. It’s only been three episodes, and sure enough, everyone is already acting crazy. The remaining nine episodes should turn out to be pretty interesting (and probably really weird). The idea of a mysterious lost village is cool, and I imagine there will be all sorts of backstabbing, strange deaths, and other madness going on with the 30 characters (yes, I said 30).

I get a faint Lost vibe while watching this, and since that was one of my favorite shows ever, I’m interested to see where things will go moving forward. I know I’m probably going to be disappointed in how this one turns out, but regardless, I look forward to how over the top this show is going to be.

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?
Length: 12 Episodes • Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School • Studio: Project No.9

netoge no yome wa onnanoko ja nai to omotta
Generally, I like romcoms, but I’m still not sold on this one. I think the characters are bland, and Ako can be pretty annoying, but admittedly, the whole online gaming bit is a enjoyable premise. Since all but one of the four main characters are female, there is the danger of this becoming a harem, and considering how underwhelming this anime has been so far, that would probably make matters even worse. Barring a sudden shift, I can see myself dropping this one in the near future. By then, the novelty likely would have worn off anyway.

Pan de Peace!
Length: ? • Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life • Studio: Asahi Production

pan de peace anime
This short-form slice of life revolves around “bread buddies”, girls whose love for bread has helped them become friends. In the very first episode, yuri finally makes its grand appearance, and the quality of the show magically improves—or at least that’s how I see it. Yet still, the show is very generic, and I probably would have dropped this if there hadn’t been any yuri. The yuri content is enough to keep me watching all the way through, but since it’s only three minutes per episode anyway, why not?

Sakamoto desu ga?
Length: 13 Episodes • Genre: Comedy, School • Studio: Studio Deen

sakamoto desu ga anime
I’ve got to hand it to Sakamoto. The guy is smooth. I might even go as far as to say that he could be called SmoothMaster. No matter the bad situation he finds himself in, Sakamoto always comes out smelling like a rose. That sounds like it would get old pretty fast, but for me at least, I’ve been finding it amusing how he emerges from these situations with style and grace. Thus far, there doesn’t seem to be any real story, so it’ll be interesting to see if this will continue to keep up the entertainment factor. If anyone can do it, it’s Sakamoto~

Sansha Sanyou
Length: ? • Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life • Studio: Doga Kobo

sansha sanyou
Other than Bakuon!!, the other slice of life shows that I’m watching seem nearly the same to me. That said, I think I like this one the most. It definitely helps that charm isn’t in short supply with these girls. Unlike Pan de Peace!, there doesn’t seem to be any actual yuri in this one, but I suppose that people can always ship the girls anyway. Even though it’s only been a couple of episodes, I can see myself taking a liking to this show and enjoying it more and more. Hopefully that’ll be the case.

Space Patrol Luluco
Length: 13 Episodes • Genre: Comedy, School, Space • Studio: Trigger

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If you were to throw Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt and Kill la Kill in a blender, you’ll get this show. It’s from Trigger and director Hiroyuki Imaishi and has all of the characteristics that we’ve come to expect from the two of them. SPL embraces its status as a cheesy, over-the-top comedy, and at only eight minutes per episode, there’s a ton of personality stuffed into this. With a couple of returning seiyuus from Kill la Kill and even an ode to Inferno Cop, this is like a weird fantasy come true for me.

I’m not even sure how I even learned of this anime, but I’m glad that I did. It’s not going to win any sort of award or anything, yet this is more enjoyable to me than most of the other shows from this season.

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22 thoughts on “Anime Spring Season 2016: First Impressions

  1. Pan de Peace! seems interesting, so I’ll propably give it a watch.
    For what it comes to yuri anime, or atleast subtext, I heard that New Game! anime should be coming atleast in Japan this year.
    And I’ll just continue to wait for my Murcielago anime, any day now… aaany day…

    aww

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  2. No Haifuri ? It could be similar to KanColle, girls on water etc. I can already see the possible ships (he he he ;p ), and it looks like it will not only be about cute things. I liked 2 first episodes.

    There is a lot of similar shows, like mentioned in post Anne Happy, Bakuon etc. They’re not super awesome or anything, but i can watch them and smile sometimes, so it’s ok. Probably I like Bakuon the most – It’s a little different from others.

    Kabaneri – good, very good, even if similar to SnK. Not a problem. I like SnK, so will be waiting for new episodes of this. (but yeah, same studio releasing Kabaneri and SnK 2 in the same year ?)

    Bungou Stray Dogs – I saw a lot of people hyped for this and happy after it started, I’m cold. Not gonna drop or anything, but …

    Kiznaiver – I too don’t know what to think about this. Like in Bungou case, a lot of hype (becouse Trigger ?) but not from me.

    Mayoiga – mayby it’s saying too much, but I have some Stephen King vibes. Don’t know how good or bad it gonna be, but for now I am interested.

    Netoge – I’m in. I was one of those characters in my school days xD And I don’t think It will be harem (or I hope it will not).

    Sakamoto – oh Odin, he is so … he is so … Swagamoto !

    And

    Re Zero kara – awesome ! I’m reading manga, so was already excited before season, but now … They’re doing good job with this. It’s really good “Isekai”.

    Boku no Hero Academia – I heard title few times before, but never checked this. Anime started and i have to say, It’s getting better with every episode !

    Flying Witch – I love this and I love Mako =D The best of the relaxing SOLs this season !

    Kuma Miko – right after Witch, but I don’t know if it’s sol. Machi and Natsu are cute together (when they’re not fighting).

    Sousei no Onmyouji – interesting shounen

    Assassination Classroom last episodes are very exciting

    Terra Formars II – ughhh … ! They murdered cool graphic style from first season, added stupid jokes etc. etc. but I like story, so … We all suffer sometimes, right ?

    Tanaka-kun – nice, slow, relaxing atmosphere and humor. I like It.

    Sad that no one care about Magi: Sinbad and not subbing this. I like this universe and wanted to watch this ;/

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    • I saw the first episode of Haifuri, but I didn’t exactly love it. Going forward, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it very much, so I ended up dropping it after that one episode. I wasn’t really a fan of any of the girls, even though Mashiro was alright.

      All those slice of life’s do sort of resemble each other a little, but there are probably worse shows that we could be watching, so it’s not that bad.

      Seems like 2016 will give us a lot of kabane/titan killing. That’s fine by me~

      I kind of like that Stephen King comparison. That doesn’t sound too bad.

      I thought about watching a couple of those other shows you mentioned, but I can’t watch everything, so I had to let a few slip through the cracks.

      Not really related, but I saw that trailer/teaser/video of the new Terra Formars live-action movie. Yeah… that looks really terrible. 😀

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  3. Try out Tanaka-kun maybe? Really enjoying that so far, more than Sakamoto really (but Sakamoto’s been pretty great so far).

    If you want a show about cute girls fighting naval battles, give another try with Highschool Fleet. They don’t sweep what happened during the first episode under the rug. Reminds a lot of Arpeggio, just all-female cast.

    I’m with you on Bakuon! It’s really not that interesting. Still, I feel like the episodes have been getting steadily, slowly better. But I’m loving Anne Happy (maybe because I have the “misfortunes” of two of the girls, so I can relate better. Not to their levels, though I’m close to Hibiki’s level (I’ve gotten lost in my own home once, but that was only once!). I am extremely clumsy, so you know, maybe I’m just really like Hibiki? Because I don’t actually get hurt easy, just, I hurt myself all the time. My body’s pretty sturdy though).

    Another vote for Kuma Miko! Show is hilarious xD Warning in that it’s an ecchi show (the manga is too, so no blaming the studio like some have 😦 ). Not like Strike Witches ecchi, but the warning is there.

    Re Zero I am really enjoying so far! Kinda like Japanese Groundhog’s day, but without being stuck to a single day exactly, and MUCH more on the serious scale of things. Felt best girl ❤

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    • I was interested in Tanaka-kun, but it was one of the last ones I decided against watching. If I end up dropping any of these shows, that’s one that might get the call-up. We’ll see how it goes~

      Eh, I’m still not very high on Haifuri. I’ve become jaded—to some extent—by slice of life, but the bigger problem was that I didn’t take a liking to any of the characters from the first episode. I like KanColle, but I don’t really see it as a suitable replacement for that.

      I still haven’t seen the third episode of Bakuon!. Need to get to that. Same for Anne Happy.

      It must be your favorite show then. 😛
      Getting lost in your own house…. 😀

      I saw a couple of pix of the bear and the little girl, and I thought it would kind of be a heartwarming anime…. Guess not. 😀

      I never even considered Re:Zero, but I may try the first episode at some point~

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  4. Same to me. On sol anime that airing this season, I’m more loved Sansha Sanyou. Unhappy’ve too heavy-realiable with that ‘unlucky’ on their character.

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      • The Black-Hearted Chairman?
        yes, she is interesting character. Having this little-mean character on the cute girls show is fresh.

        My complaint is just there’s not much have yuri moment or possibly yuri pair.

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      • Yup. I like all three of the main characters, but she’s my favorite~

        It’s still early so hopefully that will change, but I don’t really think it will. 😦

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  5. You should check out Boku no Hero Academia. Been looking forward to watch the anime since I love the manga, and the anime does not disappoint.

    I’m going to agree with you on the moe slice of life stuff. KinMosa and Gochūmon have spoiled cute anime for me. But at least Anne Happy has some Yuri undertone.

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    • Generally, I’m not the biggest fan of stereotypical shounen. Even though I still don’t know very much about that show, I think it’s something that I would probably stay away from, though having Bones involved does make me a little interested.

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  6. Whoa whoa whoa no Haifuri, Kumamiko, Mahoutsukai Precure, Flying Witch, or even Usakame?
    you can’t afford to miss out Haifuri. (Usakame, Haifuri, Mahoutsukai Precure are the ones with yuri subtext btw)

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