Spring is always a busy season for anime, and this year is no exception. Here are six shows that I hope don’t get lost in the mix.
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (There’s No Cure for My Brother Being Around Me!)
Based on a Chinese webcomic, this comedy micro-series follows the every day lives of Shi Mao and her older brother Shi Fen. Like most siblings, they disagree and fight all the time, but at the end of the day, they still love each other…if only for a few minutes.
Three minutes per episode isn’t much time, but the show is able to pack in a lot, effortlessly slipping into a scene and observing the hilarious interactions between two siblings. I just wish there were more episodes available to watch.
From the creator of My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute comes a new comedy that focuses on high school student Masamune Izumi and his little sister, Sagiri. He, aside from studying, works as a light novel author writing under a fake name in order to support himself and a sister who’s refused to leave her room after the death of their parents a year prior. However, when he learns that she’s the mysterious artist who draws erotic images for his books and she finds out he’s the writer she’s been drawing lewd pictures for, their relationship will never be the same…in a good way…probably.
I’m not going to lie; this is one of my most anticipated shows of the year. I greatly enjoyed the author’s previous work, and I expect to feel the same guilty pleasures from this one.
Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys
Don’t you just hate it when one minute you’re walking down the street on the way to school, and the next, you’re fighting to become the boss of the toughest delinquents in the country? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Hinako Nakayamo. As someone who grew up in an orphanage, she never knew her family, at least until Hikaru, her alleged twin brother, appeared and tricked her into attending said all-boys school in his place. Now, Hinako has to brawl her way to the top and protect her brother’s reputation, all without revealing the fact that she’s a girl. No pressure.
Is Hikaru actually her brother? I don’t know. If not, it places this series’s inclusion on the list in jeopardy, but if so, she’s easily stronger than him, both morally and physically. Either way, we’ll find out together, one seven-minute episode at a time.
Kyojin no Shingeki (Attack on Titan) Season 2
Four(!) years after the smash hit, giant-killing series first appeared on our screens, the second season finally arrives, bringing with it more mystery, more intrigue, and more intense action. Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their childhood friend Armin Arlert continue to fight in humanity’s war against the monstrous man-eaters, and as the truth slowly starts to come out, it might be that mankind’s greatest threat is an even more terrifying foe: itself.
I can’t believe it’s been four years since the first season. Even the Junior High parody series is already two years old. Making us wait that long feels cruel, but it’s here now and all’s right with the world.
Renai Boukun (Love Tyrant)
In our universe, there exist notebooks, wielded by otherworldly beings, that have serious consequences on the fate of a human if his or her name is written within them. These fearsome tomes are known as Death Kiss Notes, and they can make anyone fall in love if the people in question kiss each other. Unfortunately for Aino Seiji, his name was accidentally entered into one of these books by a clueless cupid known as Guri, and if he doesn’t lock lips with someone, the angel of love dies. (What a job!) Ultimately, he helps her out by kissing his dream girl, who actually likes him, too (and then some), but when Guri sees them become a couple, she decides to join the fun and make it a triple, instead. Whoever said love is hell was right!
Beware the morons. Seriously.
Incompetence is sometimes used as a comedic device to create the foundation for a ridiculous situation, and it can be used to great effect. (See: Inspector Clouseau, Maxwell Smart, or Inspector Gadget.). However, it’s a fine line between funny and stupid, and this series occasionally crosses it. Fortunately, those moments are limited to the first few episodes, but it is truly terrifying to think that such an awesome power could be in the hands of a fool.
Wherever Kazuya Kagami goes, his late mother’s white obi goes, too, because it is both a way to remember her and a way for him to feel secure. However, those abstractions become all too real when he’s suddenly attacked at school by a mysterious entity and a beautiful girl clad all in white appears before him, vowing to protect his life. Now he has to fight strange spirits, as well as his own embarrassing feelings, while trying to led some semblance of a normal life. Oh boy!
The show is decent enough, but the sister doesn’t appear often enough. Help me, obi. You’re my only hope.