To commemorate our fifth anniversary, we’re reliving our favorite part of forcing ourselves to watch every anime that ever comes out: the surprises. Just about every season a show or two pops up out of nowhere and turns out to be pretty good, and we wanted to give a shout out to a few you might of missed. In today’s post, we’re taking a look at 2014 and 2015.
Last year I was blessed with some great romance shows that made up for just how few had been released, but this year I have to strain to string together more than two or three shows together where romance was the most appealing factor. Still, there were a few really good things to talk about. Snow White remained captivating and adorable all the way to the break, and Yamada-kun’s heartfelt romance almost made up for it’s runaway train of a final stretch. With all that, I’ll try to stick to my niche as much as I can before going off the deep end once the Ero-Kawaii-tier Awards start flying around.
Yamada does whatever it takes to unite the seven witches and makes his wish.
Yamada’s life is falling apart in the aftermath of the Seventh Witch’s power, but he’s determined to do whatever it takes to reverse it. Concerned that he is getting too close to the true secret about the witches, the Student Council starts taking drastic measures to stop him.
The Yamada Rollercoaster Finale continues on as Yamada quickly learns the identity of the last witch. However, it comes with a terrible price.
Maria decides she no longer wants her power and enlists Yamada’s help. He tracks down a so-called “Witch Killer” named Tamaki to remove it, but as always there are demands to be met and Student Council politics to navigate. Before Maria’s power can be removed, Yamada sees a glimpse of a future he is determined to change.
The club finds the Fifth Witch who appears to be using her power to turn other first year students into delinquents. Yamada confronts her, her gang, and even the Student Council President in his search for answers.
Yamada and Miyamura track down the Fourth Witch, a shut-in who hasn’t been to school for some time. She warns them of a potentially major disaster at the school, and using her power the club tries to prevent it.
The smell of hot dogs, the noise of conversation and the breeze from the occasional girder falling from the sky. That’s right, it’s the half time show! The Glorio Rabble have put their heads together to let you know what’s worth your valuable time, in a world where first episodes are high budget and mid-season turns filler if left out in the sun too long.
While the rest of the club enjoys their Summer retreat, Yamada is stuck in remedial classes with a small group of other students. Shiraishi tries to swap bodies and bail him out, but their plan falls apart when they encounter the Third Witch.
Shiraishi considers the evidence and figures out the nature of Yamada’s power. Yamada’s conflict with Odagiri is compounded by his past history with Ushio, his Best Frenemy who has been by her side since school began.
With Yamada’s help, Shiraishi bonds with her friends on a school trip. Things seem to be going well between the two until Yamada gets tangled in Odagiri’s latest plot to improve her standing with the Student Council President.
Ito convinces Yamada and Miyamura to help obtain a club budget from the Student Council. Unfortunately the Student Council President has his own agenda and will only grant their request if they can get Shiraishi to change a major life decision.
Yamada and Shiraishi’s situation gets more complicated when another student legitimately wants to join The Supernatural Research Club. They have no choice but to try and play along, but can they keep their secret with a new member around?
Yamada is a delinquent, Shiraishi is a model student. The two want nothing to do with each other until one day they accidentally tumble down the stairs together and mysteriously switch bodies. Another student catches on to their secret and promises to help if they join the Supernatural Studies Club.
The final part of our guide goes in strong on the nostalgia with new Digimon and Lupin III series, plus we get Trigger’s latest attempt to SAVE ANIME with Ninja Slayer. Meanwhile, I go against my better judgement and remain cautiously optimistic about Punchline and Yamda-kun and the 7 Witches, two comedies that probably won’t be winning any Anime of the Year awards. Maybe I’m just getting worn down by all this new anime? Take a look and decide for yourself.