Spring 2011 Suggested Anime
With every season comes a new influx of anime ranging from good to bad, funny to serious, and tear-jerking to just plain weird. If you’re looking for something to watch, you might be overwhelmed by the 30 titles airing this season. Even when you take out the sequels, there is still a handful of anime to take in. For those of you still undecided on what to follow this season, here is a short list of recommended titles.
People are already praising Hanasaku Iroha as the shining jewel of the season, and for good reason. The anime is about a teenage girl, Ohana, who is forced to live with her grandmother after her mother runs off with her debt-ridden boyfriend. Unfortunately for Ohana, her mother and grandmother are not on good terms, and she is forced to work at her grandmother’s inn immediately upon arrival. To make matters worse, a series of mistakes has turned her roommate into her enemy. Ohana faces life’s obstacles head-on though, never showing her tears to anyone. This Cinderella-like plot of despair and perseverance is supplemented with stunning visuals and excellent voice acting. With these things going for it, it’s hard imagining Hanasaku Iroha flopping in the future.
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
Perhaps overshadowed by Hanasaku Iroha, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (or Ano Hana) is another plot-driven anime with a lot of potential. Jinta is a lazy teenage boy that spends his time playing video games at home, but he has a problem; he can see and talk to the ghost of one of his childhood friends, Menma. The two of them used to play with 4 others, but after Menma’s death, they all drifted apart. Ano Hana is a story of broken friendships and the resolution of one boy to fulfill the wish of a deceased girl.
Lovers of series like Lucky Star and K-ON! will no doubt be looking for another comedic slice-of-life anime to fill in the gap. Nichijou is the perfect series to do the job. It has a rather simplistic animation style in order not to distract from the wacky everyday conversations that the girls have every episode. It’s perfect if you want something funny that you can watch at any point without having to worry about missing little details in the story.
[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
If you are someone who wants action and adventure in your anime, then [C] is a good series to check out. People who are in desperate need of money offer up their remaining life span as collateral in order to take out a loan. In order to pay back a loan and get more money, borrowers need to gamble or battle it out with each other in a world called The Financial District. There, anyone who has taken out a loan can summon beings and use special powers to defeat others and take their cash. The summoned beings have some pretty cool designs and the battle scenes are well-animated. There isn’t any bloodshed shown, so you won’t need to worry about it being too violent either.
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Of course, we can’t forget about anime with cute characters. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko is about a teenager, Makoto, who has to move in with his aunt in the city. When he arrives, however, he finds a futon wrapped around a body and his aunt doesn’t seem to take notice of it at all. After some awkward moments, Makoto finds out that the futon is actually wrapped around his aunt’s daughter, Erio, who believes that she is an alien. Several attempts at convincing Erio to unwrap herself fail before Makoto finally succeeds and discovers a beautiful girl inside with pizza toppings stuck in her hair. This anime manages to be funny by mixing a regular boy with an eccentric aunt and psycho cousin, making it more than just cute characters on the screen.