Spring 2016 Mid-Season Anime Highlights

We’ve entered the final month of the Spring 2016 anime season, and we’re going to give you a bit of a preview of what we’re watching and are looking forward to seeing the endings of.

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There will be minor spoilers within, mostly for early episodes in the series.

Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World

At first glance, this show seems like a pretty routine fantasy anime. Boy suddenly finds himself in a fantasy world, meets a beautiful girl, befriends her, and things go from there… until he dies. And finds himself waking up back in town at a vendor who he talked to earlier… who no longer recognizes him.

The show is a very interesting cross between time travel and the ‘normal boy in a fantasy world’ styles of show… and it is, so far anyways, working quite well. The characters are relatively well developed, the scenario is unique and curious, and the implications of what is happening and what we continue to learn about our protagonist’s gift/affliction are vast and fascinating.

The Asterisk War

I was quite fond of Asterisk War’s first season, and was very excited as the second started. And, so far, it has lived up to my expectations. The show’s ability to develop multiple characters despite being a pretty standard harem show continues to impress. I find myself relating more and more to the side characters, and appreciating the writing time devoted to them. I hope this trend continues and their role is more than just filler as the show closes out.

But what I’m enjoying the most from Asterisk War is actually the show’s action. The incredible art style continues to develop, and the combat continues to be strategic and well thought out. Sure, our protagonist is beginning to seem like a deity from a power perspective, but I haven’t really found it to detract from the quality of the action as the show is finding good ways to either push him to his limits or restrict his abilities. I have high hopes for the show’s climactic moments, given the buildup so far.

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High School Fleet

I wasn’t expecting much out of this show, I’ll be honest with you. Especially after the first episode which seemed like our air-headed protagonist was made captain for no apparent reason and then we had a whole crew of teenage girls in school uniforms on a ship together… it sounded like just another fanservice slice of life show to round out the season with. To an extent, that is what it is. But there’s actually a story arc developing that I want to see more of. And that is the big thing that keeps me watching. The show keeps slowly building this overarching storyline, this bit of plot that is just nagging under the surface of this seemingly skin-deep show.

The other part of it is that the characters are actually somewhat interesting. They’re a bit clichéd, but that’s to be expected. But I’m enjoying watching the cast come together and grow as a group, and our protagonist actually shows some interesting layers of depth I didn’t expect from the trope she is. A pleasant surprise, and one that goes a long way towards keeping me engaged… a long way towards making me come back for more.

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