Spring 2014 Anime Visual guide
Anime Seasons sure do fly by quite fast. Just like last time, instead of just linking the chart and telling you to view it, I’ve decided to make a ‘visual ‘guide’. Simple visual preview(s) of upcoming Spring 2014 TV Series anime. Sit back and enjoy the visual appealing pictures while taking note of what shows you’ll watch this season!
There is a chance more shows may be announced, so keep your eye on this post. I will be updating this post as soon as new anime series are announced!
I am only supplying the brief descriptions of the shows as well as genres and producers. If you wish to view more information about a certain show. Click the title of the show of your choice, it’ll provide everything you need to know!
Akuma no RiddleGenres: Action, School, Yuri Producers: Diomedea
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.
Baby StepsGenres: Romance, School, Shounen, Sports Producers: Studio Pierrot
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
Black BulletGenres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Seinen Producers: Kinema Citrus
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!
Blade and SoulGenres: Fantasy, Game, Martial Arts Producers: Gonzo
An anime adaptation of the Korean MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) Blade and Soul.
Bokura wa Minna KawaisouGenres: Comedy, Romance, School, Slice of Life Producers: Brains Base
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!
Break BladeGenres: Action, Fantasy, Mecha, Shounen, Military Producers: Production I.G, Bandai Visual, Xebec, Lantis
In the continent of Cruzon, an impending war between the Kingdom of Krisna and the nation of Athens is brimming. The people of this land are able to use quartz for whatever purpose they desire. Yet one person, Rygart Arrow, is not. He is an “un-sorcerer,” a person unable to use quartz. But this characteristic will enable him to pilot an ancient Golem, one strong enough to put up a fight against the invading army of Athens.
Captain EarthGenres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi Producers: Bones
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.
Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate-henGenres: Action, Adventure, Demons, Game, Shounen Producers: Dentsu, Sotsu Agency, TMS Entertainment, Bushiroad Inc.
Fourth season of Cardfight!! Vanguard.
Date A Live IIGenres: Comedy, Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen Producers: AIC Plus+, Nippon Columbia
Second season of Date A Live.
Dragon CollectionGenres: Game
No synopsis has been added for this series yet.
Dragon Ball Kai (2014)Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Martial Arts, Shounen, Super Power Producers: Toei Animation
Remastered version of the Majin Buu saga that adheres more to the manga’s story.
Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no RenkinjutsushiGenres: Fantasy Producers: Studio Gokumi
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.
Fairy Tail (2014)Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen Producers: A-1 Pictures, Bridge
The new Fairy Tail anime.
Fuuun Ishin Dai☆ShogunGenres: Action, Historical, Mecha Producers: J.C.Staff, A.C.G.T.
In the late Edo period, Japan had experienced an unprecedented crisis by Kurofune (Black Ships), the ships from foreign countries. But a giant robot called Onigami, which has existed since ancient time, dispelled the Kurofune ships and the exclusion of foreigners was accomplished. The story begins in Japan where Meiji restoration in 1868 didn’t happen. The tagline says, “I can be the greatest man in the world, because I am a virgin!!”
Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yatte Mita.Genres: Comedy, Seinen Producers: Feel
The story is about the life of a high school girl, Nanako, and her senpai, Yukari, who end up becoming the town’s local idols (locodol) upon the request of her uncle.
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life Producers: White Fox
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.
Gokukoku no BrynhildrGenres: Mystery, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Seinen Producers: Arms
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?
Haikyuu!!Genres: Shounen, Sports Producers: Production I.G
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!
A tale of hot-blooded youth and volleyball from the pen of Haruichi Furudate!!
Hero BankGenres: Game, Kids Producers: Sega
Anime adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS money battle role playing game by SEGA.
Hitsugi no ChaikaGenres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen Producers: Bones
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.
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-sanGenres: Comedy, School, Shoujo Ai Producers: DAX Production, Seven, Dream Creation
The story revolves around Nekoyama Suzu, a timid, shy tsundere girl loves dogs, and Inugami Yachiyo, a super masochistic, air-headed, friendly girl who loves cats. One day, after a fateful meeting, the two find themselves attracted to each other. In response to Inugami’s instinctive approaches, Nekoyama is always bashful. Their friend Aki has to work hard to make jabs at some of the situations of the two, and also to stop Inugami from going berserk.
Isshuukan Friends.Genres: School Producers: Brains Base
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.”
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust CrusadersGenres: Action, Adventure, Shounen Producers: David Production, Warner Bros.
In a Japanese jail sits 17-year-old Jotaro Kujo: punk, fighter, delinquent…and possessed by a force beyond his control! Around the world, evil spirits are awakening: “Stands,” monstrous invisible creatures which give their bearers incredible powers. To save his mother’s life, Jotaro must tame his dark forces and travel around the world to Cairo, Egypt, where a hundred-year-old vampire thirsts for the blood of his family. But the road is long, and an army of evil Stand Users wait to kill JoJo and his friends…
Kamigami no AsobiGenres: Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Harem Producers: Brains Base
The story revolves around Kusanagi Yui, who is ordered by Zeus, a god and the headmaster of a school he created, to teach the meaning of love to young and handsome gods. The reason he has for doing this is to cancel the negative effects of the weakening bond between the world of the divine and the world of the humans.
Kanojo ga Flag wo OraretaraGenres: Comedy, Romance, School, Harem Producers: Hoods Entertainment, The Klock Worx
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.
Kenzen Robo DaimidalerGenres: Comedy, Ecchi, Mecha, Seinen Producers: TNK
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.
KeroroGenres: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Shounen Producers: Sunrise
Second TV (flash animated) series of Keroro Gunsou.
Kiniro no Corda: Blue SkyGenres: Music, School, Shoujo Producers: Koei, TYO Animations
No synopsis has been added for this series yet.
Lady JewelpetGenres: Kids Producers: TV Tokyo
The story centers around Monona, a girl who attended the wedding ceremony of her big brother whom she adores. However, she is whisked away by a cute rabbit-shaped Jewelpet Ruby, and before she knew it, she is in a Jewelpalace where potential candidates to become a Lady have gathered. “Momona was selected by Ruby as the best female Ladyjewel candidate for the Queen of Jewelland!?”
Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd SeasonGenres: Music, School, Slice of Life Producers: Sunrise
The 2nd Season of the Love Live! School Idol Project TV anime.
Mahou Shoujo TaisenGenres: Magic Producers: Gainax
“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.
Mahouka Koukou no RettouseiGenres: Magic, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Supernatural Producers: Madhouse, Aniplex
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—.
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Genres: Action, Kids, Super Power Producers: Toei Animation
The story will revolve around how the Avengers—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk together with the help of Spider-Man and a group of teens—will harness their respective fighting skills and superhuman powers to foil Loki’s scheme to take over the world. Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers will target boys in the 6-12 age group.
Majin BoneGenres: Game Producers: Toei Animation
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san toGenres: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Slice of Life, Seinen Producers: Zexcs
A life description about the mangaka Aito Yuuki and his assistant Ashisu Sahoto. Aito doesn’t understand the feelings of the characters in his stories so he asks Ashisu to help him. Ashisu would do anything for the work—she will even let him touch her breast so he will know how it feels like?! The Habit?! The Pervert?! Can we understand them? That’s the comedy of a mangaka life.
Mekakucity ActorsGenres: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural Producers: Aniplex, Shaft
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.
Mushishi Zoku ShouGenres: Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural Producers: Artland, Aniplex
Second season of Mushishi.
No Game No LifeGenres: Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Supernatural Producers: Madhouse, Media Factory
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.”
Nandaka VelonicaGenres: Comedy, Fantasy, Kids Producers: NHK Enterprises, Cyclone Graphics inc
The children’s anime revolves around Velonica, a high-handed and ultra-selfish little alien girl on the Galaxy Network, who begins to cause havoc on Earth. After a “fated encounter” with an Earthling boy, Velonica wavers between a possible budding romance with the boy and her dedication to the arts.
Ping Pong The AnimationGenres: Sports, Seinen Producers: Aniplex, Tatsunoko Productions
Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who’s been friends with the loud and energetic Yukata 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 enables him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile’s talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.
Puchimas!!: Petit Petit iDOLM@STERGenres: Comedy, Music, Slice of Life Producers: Gathering
From the popular game “THE IDOLM@STER“, comes a petit spinoff cute and soothing 4-koma! The setting is the same 765 Production from the games.
Pretty Rhythm: All Star SelectionGenres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Seinen
New Pretty Rhythm Series.
Ryuugajou Nanana no MaizoukinGenres: Comedy, Romance, Supernatural Producers: A-1 Pictures
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.
Selector Infected WIXOSSGenres: Game, Psychological Producers: J.C.Staff, Warner Bros.
Hope, desire, greed.
Girls with each of these feelings in their hearts are being swallowed into the vortex of a dangerous game…
Seikoku no DragonarGenres: Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, School Producers: Media Factory
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.
Soredemo Sekai wa UtsukushiiGenres: Shoujo Producers: Studio Pierrot
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…?!
Sidonia no KishiGenres: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Seinen Producers: Starchild Records, Polygon Pictures
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!
Soul Eater Not!Genres: Action, Comedy, Supernatural Producers: Bones
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.
Sudden DeathGenres: Comedy, School, Slice of Life Producers: Gainax
The story revolves around Koume who enters a private high school. She hears from her friend Sasuga that if she enters the tea ceremony club, she can eat snacks. They bring along their classmates Mikaeru and Momiji to join the club with her. The president of the club is 11th grader Ayame.
WashimoGenres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Music, Romance, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Thriller, Seinen Producers: Studio Deen
No synopsis has been added for this series yet.
Yama no Susume 2nd SeasonGenres: Slice of Life Producers: Earth Star Entertainment
Second season of Yama no Susume.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-VGenres: Action, Fantasy, Game, Shounen Producers: TV Tokyo
The 5th Yu-Gi-Oh! series with an original storyline.
Quite a decent handful of shows for the next season. I hope you’ll be able to find a few new shows worth picking up. So my question is, what are you going to watch next season?