The Best of 2014: “Best Spring 2014 Anime”

Hey guys! Samurai here once again, doing our customary look back at the year that was 2014 in the world of anime! Up next, the winter snow has melted to reveal the green grass that is the Spring 2014 season! There were quite a few contenders for this honored title in my book; shows like No Game, No Life, Mushishi: Zoku-Shou, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Inugami-San to Nekoyama-San, and Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin were all top contenders for my otaku love, but these two shows, in my opinion, won my heart in Springtime. More after the break. 

One Week FriendsBest Overall Anime of Spring 2014: Isshuukan Friends [One Week Friends]

At first glance, this show could just be written off as being a fluffy moe high school romantic drama, and admittedly, the character designs lend heavily to that moe feeling. But underneath that is a great story about friendship and love. Long story short, our female lead Kaori, has a bit of a problem. Due to a trauma sustained years ago, she completely loses her memory of any friends she has made through the week. Any interactions or feelings are completely forgotten. To that end, she tends to keep herself isolated and becomes intentionally cold to anyone in her class. However, this does not deter our male lead, Yuuki, who is determined to become Kaori’s friend no matter what whether she likes it or not. This show really touches your heart on many levels, and the characters are just so dawg gone adorable and loveable, you can’t help but root for them, making this one of the best shows in the Spring 2014 season!

 

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel BehaviorRunner Up: Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior)

This show is pretty much a dead tie with One Week Friends. Both are equally good, and Kawai Complex animation is some of the best and brightest I’ve seen in a long time. The story of a boy living in a boarding house with the most eclectic group of people including his high school crush, who is more interested in books than the world around her is an excellent example of what is awesome about romantic comedy anime. The only thing holding this show back from getting the top slot was the fact that some of the humor got a little repetitive. You could see some jokes coming a mile away. But other than that, Kawai Complex still manages to be one of the best of the Spring 2014 season.

 

And there you have it! The top shows of the Spring 2014 Anime Season as I see it! Coming up next, we break out the sunscreen and swim trunks and get into the Best of Summer 2014 Anime Season! Stick around!

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2 thoughts on “The Best of 2014: “Best Spring 2014 Anime”

  1. That’s a good reminder for me to watch Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou. I remember being intrigued by many bloggers discussion of the anime, especially D. M. Dutcher of Cacao, Put Down the Shovel! I’ll have to put it on my to watch list.

    When Isshukan Friends came out, I had been reading or watching too many stories about amnesia, so I declined to watch it. Even now, it does seem like a “fluffy moe high school romantic drama,” which does not interest me at all. Though, I do remember that TWWK of Beneath the Tangles loved the show also.

    1. Kawaisou is a really good show! I highly recommend it. It’s funny but it has a lot of heart.

      And, yeah, One Week Friends is a squishy fluffy high school romantic drama, but it does have some depth beyond it, and I think you’ll find some enjoyment in it.

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