Anime fans always love April mainly because the Anime aired in April are generally the best of the year. We have tons of great examples, say Code Geass, Valkyria Chronicles, Saki, Eden of the East, K-ON!, Fullmetal Alchemist and so forth. Check out our old post for what Anime had been aired on April last year (April 2009 New Anime Guide, Recommended Anime of April 2009). April is great not only because you can fool anybody you want, but also you can stay calm and enjoy the nice Anime. And for the season this year, I really don’t have much time since most of the Anime are great and worth watching. I hope I have twice the hours per day or I don’t need to sleep any more. Of course, stay awake is painful and we do need to take a rest from these excellent shows below.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! / 会長はメイド様！ (13 episodes)
Too be frankly, the series is a little less than my expectation. The story kind focuses too much on the male and female protagonist and seems exaggerating what she’s capable of, which makes me feel not very reasonable. But it seems to be a common mistake around Shoujo Manga. Apart from this, the plot is fine and I was pretty shocked when one of the little “girl” turned out to be a boy. Hadn’t noticed about “her” identity until the last second. And for some reason unknown, I personally prefer the younger sister Suzuna; kind of fun when conversation starts between the two sisters.
Angel Beats! / エンジェルビーツ (13 episodes)
No doubt Angel Beast! will be the best Anime in this Spring. The overall level seems higher than the rest of the Anime of the season, not doubt a masterpiece of KEY. Also the music sounds great since the first episode and the Single was released at a timely manner. One thing I really don’t consider perfect is the series focuses too much on the unique background, which is though really an outstanding point among all the Anime, it does harm the story from the other side. Too much attention was put in this special part and the story seems to me a little lack of something. Everything else seems fine and it’s worth recommended.
Hakuouki / 薄桜鬼 (13 episodes)
Another Shinsengumi (新選組 or 新撰組) Anime. The idea is though cannot compare with Angel Beast!, the series does do well in character creating and the plot seems somehow more reasonable. Well, you should not check Wikipedia for what happens in the story and you will soon become aware of it as it has already came to it’s fourth episode in which we have noticed about the extraordinary ability of the female protagonist. Anyway, this is a really nice series, especially when you are tired of surrounded by tons of cute girls, try this one and surrounded by handsome somehow violent men this time.
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou / いちばんうしろの大魔王 (12 episodes)
Another nice series backed by its original novel. Quite different from other series of this kind, guess mainly because the male protagonist is powerful. Nice plot with a little “Ecchi” across in the story. It’s the very recommendation to all the healthy men around the community (see the above image for the clue). Somehow 12 episodes seem too short for the series, hoping there would be an second season.
Working!! / ワーキング (13 episodes)
This is a series over my expectation. Several strange people gather around a family restaurant and this series is about the stories among them. The story starts with a Lolicon boy who likes girls only below 12 years old accepted the invitation of doing part-time job in a family restaurant from a girl who looks like a elementary school girl but is actually a 17 years old high school girl. The story is very interesting and worth watching.
K-ON!! / けいおん!! (13 episodes)
Second season of the series. Guess no recommendation is needed since everybody will watch it. Love the look of Yui in the ending theme and was wondering if the nice look will show up in the story. Also, waiting for Mugi’s coming new song for the band. It may not have a third season since the members of the band are all in the third grade of high school. If there’s another season, they will be in college, or forming a professional band, or even Azusa would start to form her band and start a new story around her? Will see.
GIANT KILLING / ジャイアントキリング (13 episodes)
I didn’t write preview of this series and wonder how many people actually watched it. I did and fell in love with the series. Personally I am a soccer lover and especially enjoying play soccer, no matter on real ground or playing Wining Eleven on PlayStation 2. Soccer is the best sports in my opinion. I’ve read tons of soccer related comics and Manga before. They are interesting yet none of them was ever moved to the screen. Giant Killing is a really nice series especially you are a soccer fans. Strongly recommended.
Arakawa Under the Bridge / 荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ (13 episodes)
I personally don’t think too much of Akiyuki Shinbu (新房 昭之)’s work. Started to watch the series mainly because I really like the voicers. And followed by, the series is much better than I have expected, at least compare with the second season of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (さよなら 絶望先生). Will continue to follow the series.
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru / 裏切りは僕の名前を知っている (12 episodes)
I personally don’t really put much attention to Anime like this (BL/Yaoi) but there are something you should know. Read the staff list carefully during the ending theme of the Anime and you will be shocked for a while. You can basically find that you know all the name in the list (well, you have to be able to read Japanese, or visit ANN to check out the list) and that’s the reason I start to follow the series. It turned out, well, as I have expected, not very rich in content but it’s a pleasure to your ears.
HEROMAN (13 episodes)
Have already recommended the series in a early post. Though, fighting with cockroaches is a little old in idea, still, this is a really nice series to follow. Not sure whether it really has 26 episodes. Data via ANN.
Ookiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~ / おおきく振りかぶって ～夏の大会編～ (13 episodes)
Not sure how many of you have followed this series since the first season. I became to know the rules of Baseball due to watching this series. The unique part of the series is that it focus a lot on describing how people think. In another work, the series focus on the detail part. How to hit the baseball, what the strategy is, how team work helps winning the match. It seems to me that most of the time are spent on how to play and how to win instead of some fabulous one man match. In this case, the story is really close to the reality and worthies watching.