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Spring has sprung! I don't think the winter anime season was all that great, but we've got big name shows returning, and new shows to dig into. I'm satisfied with what we've gotten, and what's come back. Something of note this season is that Anime Strike, Amazon's exclusive anime channel, has snagged a few good exclusives, forcing yours truly to purchase a subscription. As a cord cutter, I'm still paying way less for my entertainment than cable subscribers. I just hope that I'm not forced to sign up for yet another anime site in the future.

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Returning Favorites

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan S2

There's no way to avoid the return of Attack on Titan, and I don't know why you would want to. Sure, AoT is more driven by its awe-inspiring moments and twists, but there are few who are uninterested in what happens to Eren and the Survey Corps. In the few episodes shown this season, I think my jaw has dropped further down than it did during Season 1. It's so good!

My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia Season 2

The one-two punch of One Punch Man and My Hero Academia stunned me. It was anime's commentary on superheroes, in two distinct styles. That was a lot of awesome to take in. One Punch will come when it comes, but My Hero Academia is back! The students have survived their first super villain attack, but they still have to prove they have what it takes to be superheroes. The first arc has them competing against each other in a super-powered sports festival.

The Eccentric Family

Eccentric Family

I dearly love The Eccentric Family. The first season was a spectacular story of tanuki and tengu who coexist with humans in modern times. I don't think there is one character who I liked less than the others. Each character has a personality and role to play that feels necessary to the world. The new season introduces a new character, and he's a great addition. He is a tanuki, and tanuki are very powerful in this world. I cannot wait for the conflict- and the fun!

Berserk

Berserk S2

The new Berserk series is an incredible example of something deserving of a second chance. I can understand that people gave up on 2016's Berserk simply because they hate 3D CG, didn't like the poor level of animation, or both. The story is still great, and that's why I want to support the new Berserk for as long as possible.

Runners-up

Sakura Quest

Sakura Quest

Adulting is rough. Sometimes you might find yourself taking jobs that you don't fit with. That's part of Sakura Quest's premise. At first, Koharu Yoshino is in this predicament, where she's being rejected for all the jobs she wants to have. Then she, through error, gets hired to be the queen of a town who want to revitalize their tourism economy. I may watch more of this, but it's hard for me to finish a slice of life show if it doesn't have a strong emotional thrust.

It's hard to talk negatively about something you love. Since being first introduced to the world of Fate/Stay Night over a decade ago, I became enthralled by the tale of the Holy Grail War in its anime and adult visual novel

Although last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision is not going to end cosplay, it could negatively affect any costume designers who sell their wares to others. And, if you're dependent on a third-party for your cosplay gear, you're liable to have to pay more in the future.

Before we begin this review, let's make one thing clear: there's no contest regarding who the next Hayao Miyazaki is. The argument in itself is completely moot, as one cannot emulate the exact same style and flow as another. What

Even if you aren't a fan, it's going to be hard to miss My Hero Academia's Season 2 episodes, which will be starting in a couple of weeks.

When it's cold outside, we look to anime to warm our hearts. Has this year's anime succeeded in providing good feelings to anime fans? I think it's been a mixed bag, which is usually the case for winter seasons.

I'll Watch it Eventually

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia has gone from short film to series, but it's a Netflix exclusive overseas. While Japan enjoys the further adventures of three young witches, I'll  have to wait a few months. In the final episode of Space Patrol Luluco, another Studio Trigger joint, the Little Witch series was announced, and it was damn adorable. I hope that the TV show maintains the quality-and cuteness- of the film.

 

Returning Favorites

Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super, being the shounen show that it is, is hard to catch up on, especially if you actually want to watch all the new series. I started from the very beginning, and I really got into it with the Future Trunks arc. It's definitely the high point of the show so far. It feels like the 90s again for me!

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shuinju: Descending Stories

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 2

What can a great show do to top its first excellent season? Nothing, really, but Descending Stories does not lazily coast on the success of its flashback season. I thought that this modern day story would be much lighter hearted, since the focus is on Yotarou, and not on the old master Yakumo. Nope, I'm still crying every episode. Rakugo Shinju still has legs, and I have to watch every episode almost as soon as it comes out. This is an incredibly strong anime.

Ai Mai Mi Surgical Friends

Ai Mai Mi 2

This is the type of anime that even anime fans scratch their head at. It's a short form comedy, and it's entirely bizarre. Go ahead, ask me what it's about...

I DON"T KNOW! Yes, it is about school girls going about their daily life, but it's not a slice-of-life show. Suddenly one of the girls is taken over by a malevolent entity. Someone pisses themselves. One of the girls has a hidden origin where she was really an orphan warrior. There is a talking llama. Why is the new season called Surgical Friends? Again, I have no idea. That title has nothing to do with anything. Just-just go with it.

Ao no Exorcist

Ao no Exorcist - Blue Exorcist Kyoto Arc

New Ao no Exorcist? It took a long time! I did want to see more about this show, and once I had watched a couple episodes, I had felt like I was home again. I rediscovered the worth of Ao no Exorcist, why I got caught up in it the first time around. Ao no Exorcist is like anime's version of Hellboy. It's about a boy with the powers of his father, who also happens to be Satan. Many people lost their lives to the dark lord, and they aren't happy to work with this demon child. In the new season, Rin Okamura is still on unsteady ground with the people he works beside, since they got a grand demonstration of his powers.

I don't know how long it will take me to catch up with this season, but every episode I have seen has been a pleasure.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shufuku wo! (Konosuba)

Konosuba

I've seen many "stuck in a fantasy world" anime in just the last 5 years, but Konosuba has a twist, just like Re: Zero does. Konosuba's twist is that it's a comedy rather than a serious shounen action series. Also, the lead character is somewhat despicable. He is our protagonist, but Kauma's not exactly a hero. Konosuba is absolutely hilarious. I liken it to Seinfeld or It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where these characters act unlike how you expect rational people to behave. On top of that, they have their quirks and shortcomings. It makes for a pleasant watch, especially if you're watching as many serious, heartbreaking shows as I do.

The Runners-up

Gabriel Dropout

Let's be real: if Berserk was ever going to get a video game adaptation, it would have to be in the style of Koei Tecmo's Musou series. Sure enough, Omega Force themselves were tasked to bring Guts's gory story to

In a first for the series, "My Hero Academia" will be shown simultaneously in Japan, U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland. Simulcast and SimulDub episodes for the series, now in its second season, will both be available on FunimationNow.

King Baby Duck gets to push his KonoSuba fandom to a new level, as he showcases the Nendoroid for everyone's favorite douchebag goddess Aqua! Check out KonoSuba:God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! on Crunchyroll!

After a brief hiatus King Baby Duck and his wise-cracking plushies Kokkuri-san & Ginko are back with another Loot Anime box, featuring goodies from Bleach, Gintama, Berserk, and more! Plus our host tries his hands at building the box into