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Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku – 01

「何故、彼らが奉仕部に来たのか誰も知らない。」 (Naze Karera ga Hōshi bu ni kita no ka Daremoshiranai.)
“Nobody Knows Why They Came to the Service Club.”

Yahari stops for no one; the show keeps chugging through as if it had never stopped. After two years of absence, one of romantic comedy’s most awkward and uneasy works of art has returned for round two. Despite changes in the art, studio, and the budget, the show has kept up well for its first episode, maintaining the same dilemmas and subtleties that drew fans to season one.

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April 6, 2015 at 2:20 am Comments (51)

Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic – 01

「はるがきたっ」 (Haru ga Kitta)
“Spring is Here”

One of my favorite slice-of-lifes finally makes its return today!

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April 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm Comments (27)

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid – 01

「セイクリッド・ハート」 (Seikuriddo Haato)
“Sacred Heart”

This is a Nanoha series through and through, with more characters than you can shake an Intelligent Device at. Not much happened in this premiere other than introductions.

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April 5, 2015 at 5:41 pm Comments (68)

Plastic Memories – 01

「はじめてのパートナー」 (Hajimete no Pātonā)
“The First Partner”

‘So God created man in his own image … male and female he created them.’

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April 5, 2015 at 8:30 am Comments (93)

Owari no Seraph – 01

「血脈のセカイ」 (Kechimyaku no Sekai)
“The World of Blood Legacy”

There were definitely some Shingeki no Kyojin vibes here, mixed with a style similar to Ao no Exorcist. A good combination, if you ask me. Is the next big shonen anime adaptation? Time will tell…

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April 4, 2015 at 6:48 pm Comments (53)

Gunslinger Stratos – 01

「戦端 もう一人の僕」 (Sentan Mohitori no Boku)
“Open Hostilities: My Other Self”

Welcome to Gunslinger Stratos: a world where flashes of potential hide among a multitude of questions and a lackluster introduction.

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April 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm Comments (27)

Shokugeki no Souma – 01

「果てなき荒野」 (Hatenaki Kouya)
“An Endless Wasteland”

Prepare your appetites for a season full of foodporn and foodgasms.

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April 4, 2015 at 11:46 am Comments (85)

Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu – 01

「大切な場所」 (Taisetsu na Basho)
“Precious Place”

Who are these people supposed to be?

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April 4, 2015 at 8:02 am Comments (52)

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka – 01

「冒険者(ベル・クラネル)」 (Bouken-sha (Beru Kuraneru))
“Bell Cranel Adventurer”

Good animation, pacing, and likable characters are juxtaposed by a plot that’s uninspired and, frankly, a little chauvinistic. I’m not sure how I feel about this one on the whole, though I don’t hate it so far … with some caveats.

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April 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm Comments (131)

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me – 01

「思い出うごうご」 (Omoide Ugougo)
“Wriggling Memories”

While it may have been a little slow for a first episode, I’ll give the writers props for not making it so otaku focused as the first season’s was. That and I’m still impressed with how much they managed to pack into a mere 3 minutes.

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April 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm Comments (16)

Spring 2015 Schedule

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Arslan Senki
17:00 MBS (4/5)
Ace of Diamond 2nd Season
18:00 TX (4/6)
Hibike! Euphonium
24:30 MX (4/7)
Gintama゚
18:00 TXN (4/8)
Etotama
23:00 MX (4/9)
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
22:30 MX (4/3)
Kyoukai no RINNE
17:30 NHK (4/4)
Baby Steps 2
17:30 NHK (4/5)
Teekyuu 4
25:05 MX (4/6)
Triage X
25:05 MX (4/8)
Ninja Slayer From Animation
23:00 Niconico (4/16)
Nisekoi:
23:30 MX (4/10)
Denpa Kyoushi
17:30 ytv (4/4)
SHOW BY ROCK!!
22:00 MX (4/5)
Takamiya Nasuno Desu!
25:08 MX (4/6)
Ore Monogatari!!
25:29 ntv (4/8)
Punch Line
24:55 CX (4/9)
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
25:20 AT-X (1/9)
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal
19:00 Niconico (7/5)
Rainy Cocoa
22:27 SUN (4/5)
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku
26:35 TVA (4/6)
Houkago no Pleiades
26:44 ABC (4/8)
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me
25:00 TVS (4/2)
Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka
25:05 MX (4/3)
Owari no Seraph
22:00 MX (4/4)
Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture
22:30 MX (4/5)
Urawa no Usagi-chan
25:35 TVS (4/9)
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
25:40 MX (4/3)
High School DxD BorN
23:00 AT-X (4/4)
Grisaia no Rakuen
23:00 AT-X (4/19)
Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku
25:46 TBS (4/2)
VAMPIRE HOLMES
25:55 tvk (4/3)
Gunslinger Stratos
23:30 MX (4/4)
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
23:30 MX (4/12)
Re-Kan!
26:16 TBS (4/2)
Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyuu Wakusei Sen-eki
25:55 TBS (4/10)
Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season
24:00 MX (4/4)
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic
24:00 AT-X (4/5)
Shokugeki no Souma
26:40 MBS (4/3)
Plastic Memories
24:30 MX (4/4)
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions
25:00 MX (4/4)
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou
25:55 ntv (4/4)
Kuroko no Basuke 3
26:58 MBS (1/10)
Kekkai Sensen
26:58 MBS (4/4)
Saint Seiya -Ougon Tamashii soul of gold-
Web (4/11)
Legend: 0 3 2 3 2
2 1 2 3 Not covering

Now that the spring preview is out, it’s time to give you a first look at the shows we’ll be blogging. This is Random Curiosity’s Spring 2015 blogging schedule.

As always, this is a tentative overview of our plans for the new season. We’ll also be doing introductory posts on many of the shows we’re not covering, so if something catches our eyes, things will be shifted around to accommodate. The schedule will be updated to reflect any changes.

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March 30, 2015 at 11:10 am Comments (79)

Spring 2015 Preview!

I can’t believe a year has already passed since I last wrote a preview introduction. I love spring; not only because it brings us warmer weather, but it’s one of my favorite anime seasons, and it marks the anniversary for a handful of writers here at Random Curiosity. This April we welcome back a ton of sequels to everyone’s favorite series. We have newly announced sequels after last year’s successful prequels (Nisekoi:, Sidonia no Kishi: Dai-kyuu Wakusei Sen-eki), and some series with long-awaited sequels (Digimon Adventure tri., Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku). There’s also a good combination of new (Kekkai Sensen, Shokugeki no Souma) and old (Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season) adaptation favorites. And if none of that tickles your fancy, you still have completely original anime (Plastic Memories) to look forward to. Regardless of what your preferences are, I don’t doubt that you’ll find something that catches your eye this season. After a mediocre winter season, I’m so pumped for spring! Bring on all 46 shows!

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March 27, 2015 at 12:01 am Comments (193)

Monthly Impressions – January 2015

We’re already one month in the new year! I can’t believe how quickly time flies because this winter season has completely escaped me. Crazy! I don’t know about everyone else, but I live up in the North and it’s incredibly cold here so I just want to hibernate all day all the time. Thus, I haven’t been watching too many series this season but the ones I have picked up are definitely some great conversation pieces. Hopefully everyone has found something this winter as well and if there’s an anime that we haven’t talked about already, feel free to mention it in the comments. Maybe it’ll spark others to give it a try too.

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February 5, 2015 at 8:41 am Comments (99)

ISUCA – 01

「邂逅」 (Kaigou)
“Chance Encounter”

So, after hyping the show up both in my mind and on the preview, does the anime adaptation manage to do the series justice? Hint: Sort of, but not really.

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January 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm Comments (34)

THE ROLLING GIRLS – 01

「キング・オブ・ルーキー」 (Kingu Obu Rookii)
“King Of Rookies”

I’m not quite sure what the I just watched but what we got felt like a strange mixture of cool and confusing.

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January 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm Comments (49)

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