The spring 2017 anime season is coming to a close. However, if you still haven’t had your fill of the spring anime season, it’s not too late to jump in. This just means you can binge watch more shows.
Here we list the 10 anime you should watch before the spring season ends (in no particular order).
Many reviewers are quick to give this anime bad reviews before the actual story even developed. Those who were quick to drop this series are missing out. The show is far from bad. In fact, it just might be one of the best anime this season has to offer.
The main character of Re:Creators, Souta Mizushino, is an aspiring light novel writer. He suddenly gets transported to a scene in an anime and comes back to the real world with the the anime’s heroine, Celestia.
Pretty soon, a bunch of other characters (both heroes/heroines and villains) from different creative works come to life. Meteroa, a magic-wielding librarian, joins up with Souta and Celestia as they try to solve the mystery of the appearances, including the military uniformed princess that is inciting conflict between the different characters.
The story may sound cliche but the characters all have unique personalities and each one has his/her own backstory that makes this anime stand out. They differ on how they feel towards their creators, the writers and the artists, who apparently can impact the character’s state.
Some seek the help of their creators, while others despise them for making their lives horrible. Others simply hate the fact that they were created merely for the purpose of entertainment.
Why should you watch Re:Creators? The story is good and the characters are interesting. The animation is also top notch. The anime will run for 22 episodes so it’s not too late to jump in. You may find the first few episodes a bit slow-paced but keep at it. The plot gets moving in Episode 6.
2. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? (WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? )
First off, that’s quite a lengthy title for an anime so fans of the show just decided to call it Suka-Suka.
The setting for Suka-Suka is some 500 years after the extinction of humans after the appearance of mysterious gigantic beasts. The surviving humanoid races continued civilization in various floating islands, but they still need to deal with the threat of the beast invasions.
Weaponized leprechauns that can wield ancient weapons were created to deal with the beast invasion. The protagonist, Willem, finds himself taking care of these leprechauns who are are ready to die at a moment’s notice. He becomes emotionally-attached to the leprechauns as his past also continues to haunt him.
Why you should watch Suka-Suka? This show has a lot of little girls but no, this is not a moe anime. This actually falls into the drama category. The leprechauns, who are actually cute girls, are ready to die fighting the beasts. In fact, their ultimate attack is to blow themselves up to release massive amounts of energy to kill their enemies.
Willem does not want to accept that these leprechauns are ready to die and he tries to give them a good and happy life. He also tunes their ancient weapons and trains them how to properly use them so that they may all return alive. Chtolly, one of the leprechauns, wants to experience love before she blows herself up fighting the beasts and develops romantic feelings for Willem.
This is show an emotional roller coaster. Each episode will leave an atmosphere that something bad or ominous is about to happen. This just makes you look forward to the next episode.
3. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor)
For the past few years, there has been a steady supply of magic school anime. However, the protagonists of all those anime have one major flaw. They were all boring.
Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor, or simply RokuAka, breaks that formula by giving us a protagonist that is an actual douche, or at least he appears to be.
Hilarity ensues but not without a good story line. Glenn Radars, the main character, becomes a substitute teacher at a top magic school against his will. He has no problems with showing that he does not want to teach and is actually lazy.
He has low magical capacity, but is exceptionally strong in magic combat. Glenn only does things when he knows he will benefit from it in some way. This puts him at odds with the top student, Sistine, who is friends with Rumia (a princess, unbeknownst to every else).
The story is cliche without a doubt. You have the typical tsundere, the cute blond girl, the unbelievably strong protagonist, the socially awkward transfer student, etc. Still, the show does everything else right.
Why watch this anime? You’ll mainly be watching this for the comedy, and maybe for the cute girls. The comedy is gold. Not as good as Konosuba, but it’s still up there. The animation is great and there is no overuse of fan service, or maybe I’m now immune to it.
4. Alice to Zouroku
Sana, (no, not Alice) is a girl who has the power to materialize anything she wants. This power is called “Alice’s Dream.” She escaped from a facility where she is being kept as a test subject.
Due to certain circumstances, she ends up in the care of an old man named Zouroku, a strict disciplinarian. He teaches Sana to not rely on her powers all the time. Sana experiences life outside of the research facility for the first time and she comes to know what having a family means.
Why should you watch Alice to Zouroku? The show is mostly light but there are certain parts that trigger the feels. It’s not a heavy drama per se, but it makes you feel just a little warm inside. You know what I mean. The animation is not the best but it’s not necessarily bad too.
5. Eromanga Sensei
Many people are quick to dismiss this anime because of the development of a romantic relationship between siblings. In this case, though, the step-siblings in question are not actually blood-related.
Now, I don’t know if romantic relationships between step-siblings can be considered incest. It probably falls in a gray area.
For this anime, however, Masamune and Sagiri just became step-siblings when both their parents suddenly died. Masamune, as the older brother, wants to keep the family intact and he does this by pursuing a job as a light novel author. He ends up working with an illustrator known only by the name of Eromanga Sensei, who is known for drawing erotic material.
Through a string of events, he finds out that Eromanga Sensei is his little sister who has locked herself in her room since the passing of their parents. While it is clear that both have romantic feelings for each other, the brother is actually against an incestuous relationship. But the story is more than a sibling romance.
Masamune and Sagiri are still strangers to each other’s company as they have only just met. After all, he is suddenly tasked with the care of his new little sister. This is the journey of two strangers (rather than two siblings) as they deal with their personal and professional hurdles.
Why should you watch Eromanga Sensei? If you can get past the incest theme and the occasional fan service, the show is actually really good. The animation, the voice acting, and the music are all great. Even if the story is somewhat generic, it does have an original side to it and it is still very entertaining with its colorful cast of characters.
6. Attack on Titan Season 2 (Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2)
Many people have already lost hope that we’d ever get Season 2 of Attack on Titan. After 4 grueling years, it finally arrived.
Do I even need to introduce this one? Wall gets broken. Titans get inside. Titans eat humans. One teen with anger management issues sets out on a personal vendetta against all Titans and vows to kill them all. Finds out that he himself is a titan.
The first season was a real major hit. In fact, it is the second most popular anime on MyAnimeList next only to Death Note. If you have not watched the first season, go watch it now.
Why should you watch Attack on Titan Season 2? If you watched the first season, you’ll know exactly why. Season 2 continues the story as more mysteries are revealed. Let’s just say there is more going on in inside the walls compared to the outside.
7. Berserk (2017)
Berserk (2017) is actually the third season of Berserk, which was first released in 1997. Set in the medieval era, the story follows the story of the mercenary named Guts. He previously joined a group of mercenaries called the Band of the Hawk led by the charismatic, intelligent, and handsome Griffith and Casca, the only female soldier in the Band of the Hawk.
Then shit hits the fan. Berserk is as dark as it can get, and the story of Berserk (2016) and Berserk (2017) pick up where the first season left off 20 years ago.
Why should you watch Berserk? The original Berserk is a staple for anime enthusiasts. The dark yet riveting story is not to be missed. Some new characters also join Guts in his journey.
The 2016 and 2017 incarnation of the series leaves much to be desired in terms of animation. The studio mixes a lot of CG in the animation and quite frankly, it’s just done so poorly. If you can overlook the crappy CG animation, then you will certainly enjoy watching this relic. I know I do.
8. As the Moon, So Beautiful (Tsuki ga Kirei)
Tsuki ga Kirei is about young love. Kotarou Azumi and Akane Mizuno are high school students who have just started dating. Azumi is an aspiring novelist, while Mizuno is a member of the school’s track club. Azumi is quiet, shy, and unassertive but can be forward when it counts. Mizuno is also shy and nervous but they somehow got together.
At first, their friends were not aware that they were dating, which resulted in some awkward situations. They deal with the struggles of having a relationship in high school and their looming graduation.
Why watch Tsuki ga Kirei? The premise sounds a bit cliche. “Oh look, another high school romance anime.” But you won’t see any anime tropes here. It’s actually not your typical high school romance anime.
The story progresses somewhat slowly mainly because the main characters are both shy. The story is slow, but this does not hinder the development of the plot. It simply emphasizes the parts when something new develops. It’s like walking at a slow pace then suddenly leaping forward. It’s these moments that keep the viewers hooked.
The anime provides a feel-good, almost serene vibe. There are no unnecessary background noises. I think we can expect some huge drama as it nears the ending, or maybe not. Just a feeling.
9. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend .flat (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat)
This anime is the second season to Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata. If you watched the first season, then you’ve got no excuses to miss out on this. This is a harem anime so expect a lot of fan service. The fan service
The fan service in the second season is actually tame compared to the first season. The second season focuses more on the development of the relationship between the three main characters.
The story revolves around Tomoya Aki, who wants to create the perfect dating sim. He creates a doujin circle and teams up with Megumi Kato, the beautiful girl who becomes the basis for the game’s heroine, Eriri Spencer, a childhood friend and ecchi artist, and Kasumigaoka Utaha, a talented professional author. They also enlist the help of Michiru Hyoudou, Tomoya’s cousin and a band member, to do the game’s music
Why should you watch Saekano? Fanservice aside, Saekano boasts of a great story and the best visuals you can see in modern anime. This is no surprise since the show was produced by Aniplex.
It tells the story of several people gifted in their chosen craft as they try to work together, set aside their differences, and appreciate each other’s worth, to create the perfect video game that they envision. The dialogue between the characters is always something to ponder about: it’s not really deep but it can be thought-provoking.
During dialogues and certain scenes, the camera pans at different angles showing the female characters’ different body parts such as the neck, legs, thighs or cleavage. It’s not something that you see in your typical run-of-the-mill harem anime, and I think this merits some plus for points for the show. Ther’s no clumsy protagonist falling down with his hands or face always landing on the female character’s breasts or crotch.
10. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria (Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side)
Danmachi Sword Oratoria is the second season to Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka. While the first season focused on the story from the viewpoint of Bell Cranel, the series’ main protagonist, and the goddess Hestia, the second season tells the story of Aiz Wallenstein from the same timeline.
Aiz Wallenstein, who has earned the moniker Sword Princess because of her skill with the blade, explores the mysteries of the world of Orario down the depths of the labyrinth that seems to hide a mysterious power. She does bump into Bell a couple of times.
Why watch Sword Oratoria? If you’ve watched the first season, don’t expect to see a lot of Bell and Hestia here. While they do make some appearances, they are not part of the main story in this version. The story interweaves with the first season so it’d be interesting to see how they will tie it up when a third season comes.
You can think of this as a side story that will reveal the Sword Princess’ past. The storytelling and animation are both done well. The music is great, especially, during the battles as it helps create a tragic atmosphere when needed. As for the characters, many of the characters here are sub-par compared to the first incarnation. There is minimal character development other than that of Aiz and Lefiya. Despite this shortcoming, the anime is still a good watch.
If you like anime and were quick to drop some of the shows that we have featured here, you might want to consider giving them another look. And on a quick note, we listed down only the anime intended for adult audiences.
What other anime do you think belongs to this list? Let us know in the comments.