April 2014 New Anime Guide

Here comes a new season. Wonder how did you enjoy series of this Winter. We’ve fallen in love with several outstanding stories during the earlier period of the year, and we’ve had fun. Of course, we cannot fail to mention some of their names like Mikakunin de Shinkoukei (未確認で進行形), the one just ended yesterday at 12th episode, Buddy Complex (バディ・コンプレックス) which was scheduled to have a second cour after the final episode next week. And of course some of them are going to continue airing through this Spring like Nisekoi (ニセコイ). If you haven’t watched some of them, maybe it’s about time. Check out our watching guide for new series in this winter.

As for the new spring season, as usual, we have loads of good stories just a week ahead of us and for some of which we have already waited for even a year. The Second season of Date A Live is definitely one of the most expected, but you might also remember Mushishi (蟲師) which recently had its OVA aired at the beginning of the year. Personally I was also expecting the second season of Love Live! which I enjoyed very much. And of course, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (魔法科高校の劣等生) is also one of the widely discussed series of the season. Now let’s jump to the list.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou / 僕らはみんな河合荘

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 4, 2014

Usa, a high-school student aspiring to begin a bachelor lifestyle, moves into a new apartment only to discover that he not only shares a room with a perverted roommate that has an obsession for underaged girls, but also that another girl, Ritsu, a love-at-first-sight, is living in the same building as well!

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Akuma no Riddle / 悪魔のリドル (EP13)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 4, 2014

The story is set at Myoujou Academy, a private girls’ boarding school. The 10th year’s Kurogumi class has 12 assassins with their sights on one target, Haru Ichinose. Tokaku Azuma is a recent transfer student who is also targeting Ichinose, but she gradually develops feelings for Ichinose.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Blade and Soul / ブレイドアンドソウル

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 4, 2014

Alka is an assassin for the Clan of the Sword. She’s on a journey to find the woman Jin Valel, who killed her master Hon. Jin is a demon-like woman who controls the Energy of Chaos and kills without feeling – not unlike how Alka has learned to kill in her work as an assassin. On her journey, Alka encounters three strange women, each great warriors in their own right, and grapples with her slain master’s wish that she leave the life of an assassin behind.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Selector Infected WIXOSS / セレクター infected WIXOSS (EP12)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 4, 2014

WIXOSS is a card game that’s popular with teenagers. Supposedly there exist “Rulig Cards,” female character cards with wills of their own. Special girls can hear the voices of the Ruligs, and those who possess them are called Selectors. These Selectors have card battles in a dimension that other humans cannot access. It’s said that whoever triumphs in these battles will have their wish granted. Ruko Kominato is the latest girl to find a Rulig card. She names hers Tama, and without any further explanation is thrown into her life as a Selector.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Mushishi Zoku Shou / 蟲師 続章

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 5, 2014

“Mushi”: the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply “being.” They are beyond the shackles of the words “good” and “evil.” Mushi can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows.

This is, however, just a vague definition of these entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on Mushi is scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence.

So what are Mushi and why do they exist? This is the question that a “Mushi-shi,” Ginko, ponders constantly. Mushi-shi are those who research Mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world’s hierarchy of life.

Ginko chases rumors of occurrences that could be tied to Mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer.

It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life itself…

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Seikoku no Dragonar / 星刻の竜騎士

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 5, 2014

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughing stock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared.

Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash’s dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What’s worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant.

Ash’s problems with dragon riding have only just begun.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo R / 金田一少年の事件簿R (EP26)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 5, 2014

Kindaichi Hajime may look dumb, but he is one of the smartest you will ever see. He encounters mysteries after mysteries with his good friend, Miyuki, and he swears to solve them in the name of his grandfather, who was a great detective.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Kenzen Robo Daimidaler / 健全ロボ ダイミダラー

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 5, 2014

The comedy centers around a high school boy named Madanbashi Kouichi who has Hi-ERo particles, the power source to operate the robotic weapon Daimidaler.

With the help of Sonan Kyouko from the mysterious Prince Beauty Parlor organization, he stands up against the Penguin Empire that troubles humanity.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Haikyuu!! / ハイキュー!!

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 6, 2014

A chance event triggered Shouyou Hinata’s love for volleyball. His club had no members, but somehow persevered and finally made it into its very first and final regular match of middle school, where it was steamrolled by Tobio Kageyama, a superstar player known as “King of the Court.” Vowing revenge, Hinata applied to the Karasuno High School volleyball club… only to come face-to-face with his hated rival, Kageyama.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Love Live! Second Season / ラブライブ! School idol project 2期

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 4, 2014

Otonokizaka High School stands on the border of three cities: Akihabara—a pop culture mecca that’s evolving by the minute; Kanda—a conservative, cultured city where history and tradition reign supreme; and Jinbo—a quiet area reserved for a more mature, sophisticated population. Amidst this culture clash, the school now faces closure due to the enrollment of fewer and fewer students.

With the school planning to close within three years, nine female students come together with one thing in mind—form a pop idol group to revive the school’s popularity and keep it from shutting down. “In order to protect our beloved school, there’s only one thing we can do… become pop stars!”

Their goal is simple: Become an overnight sensation and use their nationwide media exposure to promote their school and bring in a wave of new students to the ailing area. A simple but solid plan, they figure. Naturally, they’re nervous and wonder if this plan can really succeed, but for better or worse their new journey has begun…

“All we can ask for is just a tiny bit of support from you. We truly believe that with your help, we can change the world around us. We will make our dreams come true!”

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Baby Steps / ベイビーステップ (EP25)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 6, 2014

Maruo Eiitirou (E-Chan), a first year honor student, one day decides he’s unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flyer for the Tennis Club and decides to check it out. He’s instantly captivated by it.

With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, join E-Chan as he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication, and work ethic.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Captain Earth / キャプテン・アース

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 6, 2014

An original mecha anime by the team that made Star Driver.

One night right before summer vacation, Daichi Manatsu, a second-year in high school, sees a weird round rainbow floating in the sky above Seed Island (Shuushi/Tane Island) and ventures there alone. He has seen this rainbow before. With the memories of his father’s mysterious death and an encounter of a mysterious boy and girl, Daiji arrives on the island while the alarm of a building labeled “Earth Engine” is going off. Someone asks him “Are you a captain?” just as robotic intruders from Uranus called “Kiltgang” arrive. The battle around the shining stars is about to begin.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Gokukoku no Brynhildr / 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 6, 2014

When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital.

Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Kurohaneko!

And even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to even be able to predict the future!

How will Murakami’s life change now that he has been saved by this mysterious girl that claims to be a magician?

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei / 魔法科高校の劣等生

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 6, 2014

Magic is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people. Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician.” Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.

This is a story about: Tatsuya, a defective elder brother low achiever. Miyuki, a perfect, flawless younger sister high achiever. After both siblings entered a Magic High School, The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled—.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii / それでも世界は美しい

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 6, 2014

Nike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain…?!

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Isshuukan Friends. / 一週間フレンズ。

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 7, 2014

Kaori Fujimiya is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Deciding that he wants to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori each week, wishing that she would one day call him “a friend.”

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara / 彼女がフラグをおられたら

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 7, 2014

Hatate Sota is a high school boy, who has an ability to visualize “flags” for future events such as “death flag,” “friendship flag,” and “romance flag.” Despite the flag-viewing ability, he avoids making friends with others due to a trauma he experienced in a ship submergence accident. Four beautiful girls get interested in his strange way of living, and they begin to live with him at the school dorm by force.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Black Bullet / ブラック・ブレット

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 8, 2014

A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror.

In this world trapped in darkness—

Rentaro, a boy living near Tokyo and member of the “Civil Security”—an organization specializing in fighting against the Gastrea—is used to accomplishing dangerous tasks. His partner is Enju, a precocious young girl. They fight thanks to their peculiar powers until one day, when they receive a special assignment from the government. This top secret mission is to prevent the destruction of Tokyo…

Set in a near future, this thrilling heroic-action story… starts now!

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Mahou Shoujo Taisen / 魔法少女大戦

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 8, 2014

“Mahou Shoujo Taisen” is a project created from a variety show for the Otaku “2.5 Chigen TV” (2.5 Dimension TV). The characters are the mahou shoujo that represents each local town in Japan. The characters that won from the second illustration competitions that were held on pixiv will appear in the anime.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

No Game No Life / ノーゲーム・ノーライフ

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 9, 2014

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.”

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Soul Eater Not! / ソウルイータノット!

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 9, 2014

Soul Eater Not! is a side-story to the main series, focusing on a freshman halberd named Tsugumi Harudori, who befriends two other meisters, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn. All three take part in the NOT (Normally Overcome Target) class at DWMA and learn to control their powers in order to overcome their difficulties to have a normal life, as opposed to the battle-oriented EAT (Especially Advanced Talent) class taken by Maka, Soul, and their companions.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi
/ エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 10, 2014

This world has gone through many Dusks, and is slowly nearing its end. Within this world, in the western reaches of the “Land of Dusk,” there was a nation that prospered thanks to its use of alchemy.

There, in order to survive the eventual arrival of the “Dusk End,” the people devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Rediscovered technology from the past era was gathered in the alchemy research city known as “Central,” where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight.

One of the heroes is a young man who researched alchemy in Central, the other a girl living in a small town on the frontier. This girl’s name is Escha. In the process of using her knowledge of ancient alchemy to help others, she was assigned to the Development Department. The young man’s name is Logy. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, he requested a transfer to this understaffed town to make use of his abilities, and meets Escha when he is assigned to the Development Department as well. The two make a promise to use their alchemy together, and bring success to the Development Department.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? / ご注文はうさぎですか?

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 10, 2014

Cocoa arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that cafe. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino, a tough and soldier-esque girl named Lize, a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo, and the ordinary but dignified Sharo.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Hitsugi no Chaika / 棺姫のチャイカ

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 10, 2014

Toru Acura is a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended. He encounters Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin, and follows her in hopes of finding meaning to his life again. The two travel with Toru’s adopted sister, Akari, the employed member of the group and thus Toru’s source of income.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin / 龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金 (EP11)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 11, 2014

The story centers around the treasure of Nanana, a ghost who was once a beautiful but NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) girl.

A boy named Juugo was disowned by his father and forced to transfer to a high school on the “Special Student Zone,” an artificial island. With only 40,000 yen a month to live on, Juugo chooses a low-rent apartment that happens to be haunted by Nanana. Juugo and members of the school’s adventure club join a “treasure hunt royale” on the island for the Nanana Collection, a treasure that possesses a mysterious power.

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Sidonia no Kishi / シドニアの騎士

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 11, 2014

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!

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Date A Live II / デート・ア・ライブ II (EP10)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 11, 2014

Itsuka Shido is a high school boy. On the last day of the spring holidays, an explosion destroys the town and a girl in armor appears in front of him. Shido’s sister-in-law, Kotori, tells him that the girl is called “Special Disasterous Designated Creature: Spirit”, which causes a timespace quake. Kotori disclosed that she is the commander of the anti-spirit organization Ratatosk and orders him to go out on a date with the spirit girl. Kotori says, “I don’t ask you to beat the spirit. Just let her fall in love with you and save the world.”

April 2014 New Anime Guide

Mekakucity Actors / メカクシティアクターズ (EP11)

Links: Official Website | On Air: April 11, 2014

Shintaro Kisaragi, a HikiNEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years, had been living his life normally until he met a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen when someone anonymously sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene messes with Shintaro’s PC which causes him to go outside for the first time in two years.

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