Spring is over and we are well into our summer days, but none the less here is a quick overview of the Spring 2014 season and some of the best shows you might have missed.
While Spring 2014 had some very solid anime airing, the season seemed rather bland compared to previous spring seasons throughout the years. Usually it is the time for the biggest hitter to enter along with fall, but the previous Spring Season was filled with almost exclusively average anime. It just makes it even worse than the current Summer Season turns out times better than the Spring Season ever was. This doesn’t mean that the season was completely terrible, but most shows were not good enough to be memorable in any way. We will still show you the best shows of the season, those shows which were all worthy to watch, but sadly there weren’t enough good anime to make a decent Top 5 so we just presented to you the best shows available.
Mushishi Zoku Shou
They existed long before anyone can remember. They are simple and strange in nature, not resembling any other plant or animal in this world. In ancient times, people revered these bizarre creatures and called them “Mushi.”People once again began to believe in the existence of these “Mushi” when they began affecting their lives in inexplicable ways.The one who connects the world of “Mushi” to the world of humans—they were called the “Mushi-shi.”All life exists not to hinder others in this world.They are simply there to live as they were meant to. (Source: MAL)
How is Mushishi Season 2 different from Mushishi as it was in the first season? Honestly, the differences are minimal, but that’s exactly why Mushishi Zoku Shou is here in this list The show gives us the same, episodic, relaxing style, fills it up with symbolism and life stories, and adds the same supernatural touch we all used to love, and still do. All this, and more, make up the reason why this series has been so popular over the years.
If you tend to like, the mysterious, the complex, and most of all the unique, Mushishi and its second season are right up there to be recommended. The show is great, the second season is right along with it, and it fully deserves a spot as one of the best anime shows of Spring 2014.
No Game No Life
The story of No Game, No Life centers around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) hikikomori (shut-in) gamers have spawned urban legends all over the Internet. These two gamers even consider the real world as just another “crappy game.” One day, they are summoned by a boy named “God” to an alternate world. There, God has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where “everything is decided by games”—even national borders. Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races. Will Sora and Shiro, the good-for-nothing brother and sister, become the “Saviors of Humanity” on this alternate world? “Well, let’s start playing.” (Source: MAL)
No Game No Life was definitively the most mainstream show of the season and it doesn’t come without reason. The show is a fantasy-themed anime with a gorgeous universe, which accentuates strongly its focus on games and challenges. No Game No Life’s major strength, and the reason it did so well though is probably because of the great balance between casual fanservice and serious intense action. Every episode had just the right amount of both, a little skin with a brother-sister relationship mixed with a little mind game and a touch of world domination (because we all love world domination). When I first started watching the show, I had doubts that it would remain good because of the fanservice, but No Game No Life never missed the mark and always had just the right amount of everything to make each episode as enjoyable as possible.
I would recommend this show to everyone, it is quite mainstream and easy to like.
Sidonia no Kishi
It’s been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous “seed ships” like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity! (Source: MAL)
As a great fan of sci-fi, I was absolutely pleased with Sidonia no Kishi since it was such an incredible science-fiction story. Known as Knights of Sidonia in English, the anime isn’t for everyone because of the heavy focus on science-fiction and the 3DCG, which might turn some super hipsters away. For those still on board though, Sidonia no Kishi is a very dramatic show mixed with well-written sci-fi and where every episode is filled with development and action. The fast pace combined with the complex interaction between all the characters and the intricate story makes for a really intelligent and exciting show. I would recommend it for everyone who enjoys science-fiction or seinen in general. Also, note that the second season for the show has already been announced too.
Ping Pong The Animation
Makoto 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. (Source: MAL)
If there is one clear winner, one show which climbed over the other ones and became the most memorable and awesome show of the season, it is definitively Ping Pong The Animation. Despite having a rather unique and abstract art style and being centered around ping pong, the show was able to blow everyone’s mind by presenting a most realistic and powerful coming-of-age story. Don’t get fooled by the title or the description of the show; while ping pong is definitively the catalyst and center of the show, you really don’t have to care about the sport one bit to be able to enjoy the anime as a magnificent experience. There is a certain threshold in any anime where the topic of the story doesn’t matter anymore, and you reach a point where the story and characters are so great, and the direction so perfect, that it simply doesn’t matter anymore what the show is about – it will be perfect nonetheless.
At first glance Ping Pong The Animation might seem like something you won’t enjoy; I felt the exact same way when I first started watching the show, but you will eventually enjoy the show, whether you want to or not.
This concludes our Spring 2014 Overview; if you have any questions or if you have any other shows you want to mention which you feel we missed, we invite you to post them in the comments below!