Did you know the term “spring forth” comes from the fact that most flowers blossom as spring comes? Spring is truly the season of flowers, and everything pretty. Imagine the Sakura tree, one of the most famous sights of Japan; they blossom around Spring as well. It can also be associated with happiness or melancholic tones. This is a list dedicated to animes that you can watch as the flowers bloom around you, and take delight in some of the most beautiful stories out there.
10. The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya
A show beloved by many, and for a good reason, and one of the gems that Kyoto Animation (May God have blessing on them after their incident) produced. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is about an eccentric young girl who believes in the supernatural and Kyon, the main character who is led around by her and her whimsical adventures. The story is one to be consumed in small quantities as each episode is another joyous adventure further. Just uhh stray away from the Endless Eight.
But even without that, it has a killer soundtrack, an opening song that many fans dance to like crazy, and an insert song that even I admit is great. While I’m not a big fan of the anime myself, the movie is worth watching in my opinion, being the great work that it is. However, even I can admit as to why so many people adore this work, so check it out, it might end up being your next favorite! #TeamNagatoBestGirlwoo
Most people missed out on the infamous Asuka vs. Rei Ayanami war that consumed the old niche groups of anime. But ever since anime became mainstream and Neon Genesis Evangelion disappeared into the walls of elitists; there weren’t that many “Waifu Wars” as it was dubbed. There was no clash of the archetype to be found, as the fans were usually never divided enough to pick one over the other.
Until Nisekoi, that is.
Nisekoi brought back the Waifu Wars by introducing two best girls that everyone kept fawning over, with other best girls as well. The whole show is light, comedic and a delight to watch, with even doses of fanservice here and there spread out for those who desire it. It fits the mood of spring exactly, as it represents a story of growing up, learning to love with someone you made a promise so long ago, it’s a heartwarming tale…well, after so many episodes of comedy that is. But that’s not a flaw, right?
Nisekoi is available for streaming on DVD/Blu-ray through Amazon.
And here’s another entry in the old realms! Inuyasha is a classic, in my opinion. Being one of the few shows to blend in both Shounen and Shoujo genuinely, maintaining a sense of balance between the two with equal doses of action and romance. It takes a lot from Japanese mythology and delivers an enjoyable and lovely experience. Not to mention, the waifu’s in this one are adorable, and it has some of the best anime OPs, and EDs so check it out!
Oh, and did I tell you the author is the same as that of Ranma, Kyoukai no Rinne, and Urusei Yatsura? All of which are classical gems that many people fawn over, and worth checking out as well.
7. Samurai Champloo
Now you might be wondering, why Samurai Champloo? Well, that’s because I feel like it’s a show that fits with the motif of Spring. Spring represents revival and another chance, and that’s kind of what happens in Samurai Champloo as our main characters progress through the story, growing far wiser, or street-smarter, with each episode. It helps that this series is episodic, which is perfect for this season as you can go at it one at a time. The show is hilarious, and the choreography is almost unmatched, being one of the finest I’ve ever seen. If you’ve watched shows like Cowboy Bebop, you are bound to love this one.
6. Monogatari Second Season
Unpopular opinion, but I’m not a big fan of the SHAFT animation. I think it’s unique and stunning, sure, but it’s a pain to watch most of the time, not to mention that it feels redundant after the initial novelty wears off. With the sole exception of one anime, abusing this animation to perfection and that is the Monogatari Series. It’s as if the SHAFT touch was MADE for this anime. Monogatari Series is an extensive series so consume at will.
Moving on from that, Monogatari Series ends up being one of the “is it smart or dumb” show, as it dives deep into topics and then throws them away like rags, the whole point of the Monogatari Series is to entangle you in its web of unique dialogue. And credit where it’s due, the dialogue is an absolute gem, with the cast doing an excellent job at voicing all the characters. You’re bound to gain a favorite waifu from this series with well-built, trope defying characters.
5. March Comes In Like A Lion
3-Gatsu no Lion is a bit more of a depressing show, right? Wrong! It ends up being one of the most wholesome shows I’ve ever watched. It shows this man who only knows depression and darkness in his life, being introduced into another full of brightness and happiness, delivering one of the most heartwarming series to exist. Indeed, just like spring and the flowers blossoming, you see the heart of the character open up bit by bit as you explore further into his nature and the world he inhabits. Not to mention, it’s on Shogi, a game well-beloved by many Japanese. So check it out, and if nothing else, listen to the OP and warm that fuzzy heart of yours!
4. A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is a wonder. Being another gem that KyoAni produced, it features the tale of a disabled character and a bully, and how they both mature further into life, and what their future holds due to their past decisions. It’s a brilliant story, and I honestly loved every second of it. If not for how maturely it dictates itself while delivering a sound and touching tale, but rather for the fantastic soundtrack that it accompanies. I found myself downloading most of the tracks, and they are pleasant to listen to from time to time.
Being a movie, it’s perfect for just putting on the big screen and watch with your family as you watch a beautiful, touching story. It may get dark at times, but that’s the beauty of this story, in my opinion. It doesn’t shy away from showing the brutality in this world and the prejudice that some of us are entitled to, and how others can be blind to that pain. You see the past and present versions of characters, finding out how they matured in life and gained valuable experience and became better people. Not to mention the main characters progression, evolving from a bully to one of the most relatable characters in anime. It’s a must-watch for anyone!
3. Carole & Tuesday
A show that is currently airing and was airing the previous season (Spring) as well, Carole & Tuesday is a show that, admittedly, I took light of. Before I saw it for myself, I took it for yet another wannabe musical show that tried too hard. Oh boy, one episode in and I was wrong. I think I support these two characters most and they are fictional! Carole and Tuesday (the characters) are amazingly written characters, with touching tales that make you want to support them with every turn.
But the whole point of Carole & Tuesday is the songs. And thankfully it delivers, with really great tracks including the absolute undisputed objective masterpiece that is the Mermaid Sister’s Single. I won’t say anything more. Just google this gem. That’s all.
Carole & Tuesday is available for streaming on Netflix.
2. 5 Centimetres Per Second
What made Koe no Katachi so good, capitalizes itself in 5 Centimetres Per Second. It being a movie with as much heart in it, as it’s animation, which is terrific. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, who outdoes himself with every film as he makes them more and more beautiful, with touching stories. For those who don’t know this is the same man behind Your Name and Garden of Words, both of which are amazing gems in their own right. If you need any more proof of it, google gifs of it. But that’s just the animation. Does the story hold up? Yes! While some may dispute it to being more cliche, the story is excellent and something you’d enjoy if you’re a romance fanatic.
1. Great Teacher Onizuka
I’m a man of the classics, and there is no better classic comedy than Great Teacher Onizuka. To help you understand why this anime is simply a masterpiece, let me put it this way: typically cliches are bad and something that disrupts the flow of anime by being something that appears to be entirely redundant. However, Great Teacher Onizuka openly embraces them and manages to make them look good! That’s right! Cliches! Being good! That’s an achievement on its own right, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg to what Great Teacher Onizuka is capable of procuring.
Comedy is hard to execute, often it comes off as forced and unnecessary but never did I feel that way with Great Teacher Onizuka, as every moment feels authentic with the lovable Onizuka just being himself. With his character of being a former delinquent turned teacher, it’s a nice parallel to the strict teachers of now. Heck, I wish I had a teacher like him. The whole show is a blast and perfects even more if you’re in school as it somehow makes school look fun!
Great Teacher Onizuka is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.