Spring Anime 2016: Shows To Check Out

How do I love Spring? Let me count the ways. One. Two. Three. Four. At least four reasons, and here they are in all of their animated glory:

Big Order

Big Order title

Orders are special powers bestowed upon certain individuals who want to have a wish granted, and ten years ago, one such Order brought forth great destruction upon the world, causing untold havoc and an immeasurable loss of life. Who would wish for such devastation and why? Only one person knows: Eiji Hoshimiya and he was only a boy at the time. Now, forced into action, he’s going to finish the job he started, so let the heavens tremble once more.

I get the feeling somebody watched Code Geass and liked it. I don’t blame them; it was an incredible series, and if this is even a fraction as good as that one, I’ll be a happy viewer, indeed.

Flying Witch

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Flying Witch revolves around the everyday life of Makoto, a young witch-in-training who goes to live with her non-magical relatives in the countryside. In addition to learning more about her craft and improving her powers, she uses the opportunity to introduce her cousins to the customs and practices of witchcraft, while she learns about the simple joys of living from them.

Harry Potter this ain’t. Those interested in serious magical mayhem should look elsewhere because this is a slow-paced, slice-of-life series where the only sparks that fly are from an amateur witch’s misfires. However, if light viewing is what you want, let this show cast its spell on you.

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War) 2nd Season

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Ayato Amagiri’s search for his missing sister continues! And so does the fighting tournament that began at the end of the first season, where the top prize is the granting of any wish. Each academy, backed by powerful political forces, has fierce combatants ready to risk everything to win, but is there a grander, more sinister scheme unfolding at the same time? Hopefully, Ayato and his partner can survive long enough to learn the truth.

Considering that his missing sister was the whole reason he came to the academy in the first place, the lack of attention it was given in the first season was somewhat surprising. However, it looks like the second season will focus on it more along with the larger stakes at play. I just hope she’s not where I think she is.


Hundred title

From the One Guy Among Many Girls story template that brought us Infinite Stratos, Unlimited Fafnir, and Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle in previous seasons comes its latest version: Hundred. When strange life forms called Savages start falling to earth, the only effective weapon against them is the titular Hundred, and those that wield them are known as Slayers. Hayato Kisaragi has the highest known compatibility with a Hundred, but the only reason he wants to become a Slayer is to pay for better care for his hospitalized younger sister. If he happens to save the world while he’s at it, well, that’s just a bonus.

The familiar story template this series uses is one we’ll see again and again, but I’m not complaining. (Not even if it’s another academy city on the water.) The events may be predictable, but as long as a new pair of siblings show up, I’m happy.


Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Pleased

Kodaka Hasegawa smiles while looking at his happy little sister, Kobato

Kodaka Hasegawa and his little sister, Kobato, are both members of the Neighbors Club, where students who have trouble socializing can make friends and have fun.
From the anime series Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Don’t Have Many Friends)

Ojisan to Marshmallow: Thinking About Others

Iori Wakabayashi looks away while little brother Isamu holds up cash

Iori Wakabayashi is always thinking about how to woo her oblivious older coworker, while her little brother Isamu tries (and usually fails) to come up with ways to make her happy.
From the anime series Ojisan to Marshmallow

MM!: To Each Their Own

Shizuka Taro grasps her little brother, Taro

Shizuka Sado is overly infatuated with her little brother, Taro, but he has no interest in her advances because, as a self-proclaimed super masochist, all he cares about is pain/pleasure.
From the anime series MM!

Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru: Dreamscape

Twins Yori Yuuki and Iku Yuuki side-by-side in front of a watercolor starry sky

Yori Yuuki and his younger twin sister, Iku, were always together as children, but now that they’re older, they can’t be like that anymore. Or can they?
From the anime series Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru (I’m in Love with My Little Sister)