Recommendations: Spring 2014 Anime

Now that the season is over, time for you to get a fresh impression on the shows you should have been watching last season! Want to catch up on some anime in one or two days instead of following them week by week? Then at least take a look here to know what was worth the watch last season. Beginning as an okay season, Spring 2014 managed to surprise us quite well with some unexpected gems found in places we really didn’t expect.

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Spotlight

58041lPing Pong the Animation

Episodes: 11

SynopsisMakoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who’s been friends with the loud and energetic Yutaka Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They’re both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile’s personality always prevents him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile’s talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.

Wait, what? A show about ping pong, right here in the Spotlight? Moreover, wasn’t the art style for this anime really, really, really crappy? Yup, it was. Sometimes, shows aren’t all about their art and cool concepts *ahem* like Mahouka; a powerful story can bring about just the same fame with just a storyline. Ping Pong the Animation is one of those shows which prove that basing oneself off of art style and summaries don’t necessarily tell you whether the show will be good or bad. The majority claim that this show is the best of the season, and if anything this season needs to be watched absolutely, it is definitely Ping Pong the Animation. Now go and brag to your friends how you enjoyed a show about Ping Pong!

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58903lBokura wa Minna Kawaisou

Episodes: 12

SynopsisThanks to his parents’ job transfer, high school freshman Kazunari Usa finally gets to enjoy living on his own in the Kawai Complex, a boarding house that provides meals for its residents. Ritsu, the senpai he admires, also lives in Kawai Complex, as do a few other “unique” individuals: his masochistic roommate Shirosaki; beautiful, big-breasted Mayumi who has no luck in finding men; and sly, predatory college woman Sayaka. Surrounded by these people, Usa never finds his daily life boring.

Ahh, teenage romance!

At default of being concise, this feeling is exactly what you will feel when watching this show. It makes you smile, laugh, and refreshes the body just as a cool Spring breeze would after a harsh Winter (Trust me; I’m in Canada, I know harsh Winters). Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is that show of the season which you don’t watch for emotional drama, really bad ass action or awesome plot twists. You watch this show to become extremely positive about life, and to realize that all your worries are really just as ridiculous as the show makes them; so why worry? I found myself deeply entertained by this show as I watched it every week; not because the story was completely captivating, although at times the romance definitely caught my eye, but rather because it was pure fun to watch; some sweet, realistic teenage romance to watch in a day, that’s what Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is, and it’s definitely worth the watch for what it does.

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Other Recommendations

1.  Sidonia no Kishi
2. No Game no Life
3. Baby Steps (Ongoing)
4.  Isshuukan Friends
5. Mekakucity Actors

**Thanks to MAL for the summaries and info!**

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