The best new anime shows this season.

Every year we get a couple of great new shows, sometimes with complete off-the-wall ideas along with our usual continuations of already established anime. And this season has been no different, below I list my five favourite picks from this season (in no particular order), along with some honourable mentions depending on your taste!

DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)

Donít let the name fool you, this is actually a very good show so far. Much like Log Horizon, the absurdly long named Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka - or DanMachi for short - is a role-playing anime. Based off a series of light-novels, the anime by J.C. Staff takes place in the city of Orario which possesses a gigantic labyrinth - attracting adventures from all walks of life.

The story follows one-such adventurer named Bell Cranel and his journey to becoming the best adventurer he can whilst also re-paying a girl who saved his life. Unlike Log Horizon it doesnít introduce too many characters at once or slide into politics - DanMachi is pretty personable and straightforward with some very nice action.

Owari no Seraph (Seraph Of The End)

After the massive success of Attack On Titan - Wit Studio now turn their attention to vampires. Owari no Seraph has an extremely similar setup to the aforementioned anime with a young child seeking revenge on the monsters that killed his family. After a devestating virus is unleashed, killing anyone over the age of thirteen on Earth. The surviving children are put into internment camps and used as livestock by vampires.

One child named Yu attempts a breakout with his makeshift family - resulting in their deaths - with only Yu managing to escape. There he finds a human resistance and vows vengeance upon the vampires. Itís another solid anime from Wit Studio, though not quite near the level of Attack On Titan in either story of animation. But itíll tide us over until the highly anticipated next season of their star show.

Arslan Senki (The Heroic Legend of Arslan)

With a Musou video-game for consoles announced to be already in the works, it seems there are already high hopes for this show. Last year we got Akatsuki No Yona a story about a red-haired princess forced to flee her land in search of allies, and now we have the male version of that show.

Arslan is the prince of the kingdom of Pars - an unrivaled kingdom led by his father king Andragoras. That is until he is betrayed by a close ally, allowing a rival kingdom to take over causing Arslan to flee with his close aide and fierce warrior Daryun. The show shares a lot of similarities to the previously mentioned Akatsuki No Yona, with Arslan having to travel the world gathering various allies to take back his kingdom. The show is also helmed by renowned creator Noriyuki Abe of Bleach fame.

Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars)

Another show by J.C. Staff (they are busy this season!) but this time what feels like an anime version of reality show MasterChef. Soma is a chef at his father's traditional family restaurant, after graduating from high school he has plans to work their full time and surpass his father.

But his father closes the restaurant down and enrolls Soma in a prestigious culinary school with a very low pass rate. This culinary school allows students to decides rivalries with whatís called a ĎShokugekií which is basically a cook-off in front of the student body. Basically the whole show is an excuse to make you hungry, and it will! After every episode youíll think hmm guess I better go make myself something to eat.

Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

The latest anime from studio Bones is quite the disjointed effort, taking place in New York after a portal to another dimension opens up, the city is quarantined and becomes segregated, causing New York it be a mish-mash of all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures living alongside the human populace. The animation as you could expect from Bones is fantastic, but the story is a little all over the place.

But if you are a fan of shows like Kill La Kill you will find a lot to love. Likewise the ambience they are trying to recreate reminds me of something like Durarara!! with the city being its own character - though not quite living up to those lofty heights thus far. The show follows Leonardo as he attempts to navigate this Men In Black-esque mess - eventually joining up with Libra, a kind of secret gang operating within this wacky city.

Honourable Mentions
Punchline! Anime

This is Kotaro Uchikoshiís first foray into anime, best known for games such as Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward. Punchline! is a bit of a mess to begin with, and it isnít until episode 5 or so that you have a clearer understanding of exactly what is going on. To sum it up, time travel. The humour also can be great in moments, even if it does rely heavily on tropes.

Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo Anime
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches)

A school-club show but with a twist - it follows Yamada who is a bit of a delinquent, when he accidentally falls down the stairs into a girl causing them to magically switch bodies whenever their lips touch. They both join the Supernatural Studies Club to learn more about their powers and uncover others like them.

Ore Monogatari!! Anime
Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!)

I have to say Ore Monogatari!! started off brilliantly, the humour of how oblivious Takeo Goda is was great. Unfortunately itís something which quickly loses impact, and I felt it start to stale after a few episodes. But if you are looking for something romantic this Madhouse show might just be for you.

Plastic Memories Anime
Plastic Memories

SAI Corp, is an android manufacturing company that creates the most realistic robots to date. Unfortunately after 81,920 hours any robots start to deteriorate. itís up to Tsukasa and his fellow employees to retrieve these androids for termination. Itís an anime that is more of a slow burn, and not on the level if you are looking for something like Ghost In The Shell or Psycho-Pass.

Gunslinger Stratos Anime
Gunslinger Stratos

An adaption of an arcade game of the same name that pits two alternate version of Earth against one another in battle. Who is doing this and why are something you come to understand over the course of the series. Itís all a little convoluted to say the least, but if you are looking for some more action-oriented anime it might be for you.

What is your favourite anime this season? Let me know in the comments below.


The light-novel series of books DanMachi is based on, have sold over 1.5 million copies to date. A side-story involving Aiz Wallenstein, one of the side characters has also begun its own series.

It's not the first time Arslan Senki has had a video game based on it. In 1993 SEGA released an Arslan Senki strategy-rpg for the Mega-CD (SEGA-CD), it unfortunately never got a western release.

Chef and model Yuki Morisaki collaborates with the manga authors of Shokugeki no Souma to provide recipes.

Dark Horse Comics publish the Kekkai Sensen manga in the west - the whole manga was adapted from a one-shot chapter named Kekkai Senso.

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Posted on 31st May 2015