Anime sequels! The ones releasing in the Spring 2015 season, to be exact. That’s what this article is all about. The following list serves as a guide, telling you what you need to watch and how much time you need to devote to get caught up. There are numerous shows spanning an array of tastes, so you’ll surely find one that piques your interests.

Test the waters with the Synopsis. Like how it sounds? Check your compatibility as a Prospective Viewer. Want to go for? Laid out for you is everything you need to watch. Does the time to catch up fit in your schedule? Yes? Well what are you waiting for?ss Go watch some anime!

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Global Anticipation does not imply “best show”, it is merely a visual aid that indicates the number of people who have already signed up to watch the show.

If you missed out on the Winter 2015 list, here it is:

Here we go.


Baby Steps 2nd Season

Global Anticipation: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Sports, Romance, Shounen, School.

Baby Step’s Tagline Synopsis: How often in a sports anime does the main character start their journey from scratch? How often do they NOT have super kamehameha-invisibility-mach-speed moves? Well the answer is only Baby Steps! (Except for maybe some others too, but you know, emphasis). We see our hero, Maruo Eiichirou, begin his journey as a simple guy. His only redeeming traits are that he’s smart and has a unique visual prowess. He’s never played any sport, but over the series he fights feverishly, becoming the best there ever was at every sport ever! (Well, every sport that starts with “T” and ends in “ennis”). That was a joke. Actually, Maruo still only has his foot in the door, so he’s nowhere near the best, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the show.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Do you think you have what it takes to handle the supreme legendary-ness of Legendary Steps? Find out next time when you start watching this show because you should. How else would you experience character development that is out of this world as well as simple hints of romantic romance? (Well, I guess you could watch other anime, but you know, sports anime are awesome).

You should try it out if you:
-Like sports anime.
-Want a more realistic sports anime.
-Like sports that start with “T” and end in “ennis”.

Series Progression:
First entry: Baby Steps (25 episodes).
Second entry: Baby Steps 2nd Season (Airing Spring 2015).

Notes:
-Watch all 25 episodes of the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 10 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Diamond no Ace 2
(Ace of the Diamond 2)

Written By: Koda89

Global Anticipation: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Sports, Comedy, Shounen.

Ace of the Diamond’s Tagline Synopsis: Eijun Sawamura is a left-handed pitcher with a unique but erratic throwing motion, making it difficult for both the batter to hit and the catcher to catch. Despite this, he catches the eye of Rei Takashima, the scout for Seidou High School. Seidou is a school with a pedigree for success on the baseball diamond that has been struggling recently, having failed to make the national tournament for six years running. Eijun prepares to turn down the school to stay with his middle school teammates in high school, but during his official visit to Seidou he has a fateful encounter with the team’s star catcher, Kazuya Miyuki.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Ace of the Diamond is the sports genre boiled down to its purest essence. There are no over-the-top powers in any form to be found here. The players can only do what a human body can actually do. While not in real time, the individual games are still drawn out battles of skill versus wit to see which team’s defenses break first. Unlike most sports series, although each team has aces they can’t win the game on their own; these are truly battles between teams. If you are looking to get into the sports anime genre, there are few that are more accessible.

You should try it out if you:
-Like sports anime.
-Like baseball.
-Like series that never end.

Series Progression:
First entry: Diamond no Ace (75 episodes, currently airing).
Special entry: Diamond no Ace OVA(3 episodes, currently airing).
Second entry: Diamond no Ace 2 (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 75 episodes of the first season. If you want more content, watch the OVAs as well, however they are not required.
-Time required to catch up: 29 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Digimon Adventures Tri

NOTE: THIS DIDN’T END UP HAPPENING :(

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen.

Digimon’s Tagline Synopsis: “Digimon! Digital monsters! Digimon are the champions!” Oh yeah, doesn’t that just send shivers through your bones? No? What if I threaten you with my digimon powers? Yes? Good.

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I would assume that everyone knows what Digimon is. However, if you don’t, just know that it was the counterpart to Pokemon, being another show many anime fans loved when they were younger. To be brief, a group of kids fall into the Digiworld where they are met by friendly monsters who end up evolving to fight evil monsters.

If You’re a Prospective Viewer: This sequel is godsend. We will be re-introduced to the original gang, now at the age of seventeen, and will follow them through whatever is to happen.

The original series is a kids show, but don’t worry, if your body holds at least ounce of love for Shounen, you will like it.

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Even if you don’t want to bother catching up, it will most likely be okay to start the new season blind due to the fact that so many viewers are projected to be watching for the first time.

You should try it out if you:
-Like shounen.
-Like Pokemon.
-Are human.

Series Progression:
First entry: Digimon Adventures (54 episodes).
Special entry: Digimon the Movie.
Second entry: Digimon Adventures 2 (50 episodes).
Special entry: Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon (Movie)
Third entry: Digimon Adventures Tri (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
-You have two options here. (1) Watch everything listed above. (2) Start fresh with Digimon Adventures Tri. Since it’s been so long and presumably there will be a lot of new, younger viewers, I’m sure that the new series will be accommodating. There are tons of Digimon series but I’ve only listed the relevant ones above.
-Time required to catch up for option (1): 43 hours.
-Time required to catch up for option (2): 0 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Netflix.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Season 2

Written By: Rockmandash12

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Genres: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Drama, Thriller.

Fate/stay night’s Tagline Synopsis: Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Season 2 is the continuation of the fall anime of the same name, which was an adaptation of the Visual Novel Fate/stay night’s Unlimited Blade Works route. The story follows Emiya Shirou as he is dragged into a fight-to-the-death tournament called The Fifth Holy Grail War, where people known as masters fight with heroes from throughout history, known as servants, for a chance to get their wishes granted by the Holy Grail.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Expect some of the best animation and fight scenes that are available in anime. It’s absolutely stunning. As for the story, expect a decent amount of exposition, as there’s quite a bit in S1, but S2 should be more story driven than S1, and expect some amazing character development.

You should try it out if you:
-Like well-done animation.
-Want to see some of the best fight scenes in anime.
-Want to experience a great action story.

Series Progression:
Prequel: Fate/Zero (26 episodes).
First entry: Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works S1 (13 episodes, 3 of them an hour long).
Special entry: Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel (Theatrical Movie release, TBA).
Third entry: Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works S2 (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
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What is listed above is just the anime from Ufotable. Disregard other series.
-The Fate series order to watch is pretty intimidating for newcomers, so I’d check out Reddit’s Fate FAQ to figure out where to start.
-To at least catch up, it is required to watch all 13 episodes of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works S1.
-Time required to catch up: 8 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here.
-Check out the Ani-TAY Review.


Gintama°

Written By: thatsmapizza

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi, Parody, Shounen.

Gintama’s Tagline Synopsis: Alien… a word that can be used to describe beings from foreign lands. In the late 1860s aliens invaded Japan, and I’m not talking about Europeans, these aliens were full blown extraterrestrials. Much like non-fiction history, the Japanese put up a strong fight, but in the end lost and adopted much of the culture and technology of their conquers. Although Japan is a much livelier place, it still suffers from the same problem as modern day society, that the people who live in this society have human needs. By mixing this dullness of life with the eccentricities of a high-tech society deeply rooted in tradition and setting it through the lens of clown, you get some of the best comedy in anime/manga to date.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: This series is just comedy gold. I have never experienced such consistently good comedic timing in a single series of fiction. Gintama truly understands how comedy works and uses it in a variety of unique and often insane situations to present a wide range of comedy to the viewer. Even though comedy is subjective to each person, it’s impossible not to find something you enjoy in this series, and what’s even better is that almost every episode is episodic so you can jump into Gintama at any time. If you’re getting into anime for the first time and want something light hearted to watch, I highly recommend Gintama.

You should try it out if you:
-Are new to anime.
-Like comedy.
-Like variety.
-Like Anpan.

Series Progression:
First entry: Gintama (201 episodes).
Second entry: Gintama’ (51 episodes).
Third entry: Gintama’: Enchousen (13 episodes).
Special entries: Two movies and a bunch of specials/OVAs.
Fourth entry: Gintama° (Anpan Spring 2015).

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Anpan:
-You can start watching Gintama at almost any point in the series. There are some series of episodes that cover one arc, but they typically end after a few episodes.
-The first season of Gintama focuses more on action than comedy, so don’t be put off if the first wave of episodes isn’t to your tastes.
-The two options: (1) watch it ALL, (2) start anew for the new season. Of course, you could even start at some arbitrary point too.
-Time required to catch up for option (1): >100 hours XD.
-Time required to catch up for option (2): 0 hours (choose this one then go back if you like it :P).
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchroll here.
-Anpan Anpan Anpan Anpan Anpan Anpan Anpan Anpan Anpan.
- No Anpan-TAY Review.


Grisaia no Meikyuu
(The Labyrinth of Grisaia)

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Drama, psychological, Romance, Harem.

Grisaia’s Tagline Synopsis: Grisaia is a story that stars a young man with an extraordinary sense of mind. By his own request, he is enrolled in a high school along with five eccentric girls. Each girl has their own outstanding personal problems that they can’t deal with themselves. Our protagonist decides to take on each of these problems in hopes of mentally healing each girl.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: The characters and setting of Grisaia are based off a series of visual novels of the same name. The visual novels are widely acclaimed and thought of as better than the anime in all ways. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy the anime. If you want to get the gist of the story and save a lot of time, the anime may be for you.

You should try it out if you:
-Like psychological anime.
-Want a romance/harem with a twist.

Series Progression:
First entry: The Fruit of Grisaia (13 episodes).
Second entry: The Labyrinth of Grisaia (Airing Spring 2015).
Third entry: The Eden of Grisaia (Airing Fall 2015 most likely).

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Notes:
-Watch all 13 episodes of the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here.
-No Ani-TAY review.


Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic

Global Anticipation: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Cute Girls Doing Cute Things.

Kinmoza’s Tagline Synopsis: Nothing is more blissful than the golden blond hair of a foreign student. After going on a trip to Great Britain and meeting a new, blond haired friend, Shinobu becomes obsessed with golden hair and wishes she could spend her whole life surrounded by it. Luckily, when Shinobu enters high school, the same friend she met in Britain surprises her with the news that she is not only going to the same school as Shinobu, she will also be living with her.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Kinmoza is a nice and upbeat moé slice of life show that anyone familiar with shows like this will love. Comedy and happiness are the name of the game from start to finish in this beautifully drawn anime, all accompanied by a soft musical score.

You should try it out if you:
-Like happiness.
-Are a fan of moé.
-Are just looking to have a good time.

Series Progression:
First entry: Kiniro Mosaic (12 episodes).
Second entry: Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes of the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


High School DxD BorN

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★★

Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Supernatural, Romance, Harem, School, Boobs, Shounen.

High School DxD’s Tagline Synopsis: Once upon a boobs, there was a boobs named boobs. Boobs attended boobs like any ordinary boobs, but unfortunately boobs had become the boobs boobs. On one fateful boobs, boobs was met by a pretty boobs who confessed to boobs. Unfortunately boobs tricked boobs and tried to boobs boobs in the boobs. Luckily boobs boobs was saved by another pretty boobs who happened to be a boobs, but it’s okay because the new boobs made boobs a boobs now too. Oh and there’s also a war going on between demons, angels, and everything in between.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: In all seriousness now, those of you who despise fan service, don’t watch this show. You have been warned. On the contrary, if you like your anime so filled with boobs that it’s literally bursting at the bra line, then this is the show for you. Remember all of the other shows with the sneaky bright lights and negative space? Well this show doesn’t have any. That’s right, no censorship at all, at least for the first two seasons on Funimation. The story is surprisingly good, although, if I’m being honest here, I watched the show two months ago but I seem to be remembering bust sizes more easily than names.

You should try it out if you:
-Like boobs.
-Aren’t discouraged by boobs in anime.
-Like anime boobs and are of age to view this show in your country.

Series Progression:
First entry: High School DxD (12 episodes).
Special entry: High School DxD specials (6 four minute episodes).
Second entry: High School DxD New (12 episodes).
Special entry: High School DxD OVAs (Currently airing, 3 episodes).
Third entry: High School DxD BorN (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes of the first season and all 12 episodes of the second season. If you want more boobs, watch the OVAs as well, however they are not required.
-Time required to catch up: 9.5 hours.
-The first two seasons are available in NA on Funimation here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
(Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid)

Global Anticipation: ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Magical Girl, Action, Comedy, Drama.

Nanoha’s Tagline Synopsis: Do you think you’re normal? I mean, everyone thinks they’re a little weird, but has anything happened to you that would be literally unfathomable if someone said it happened to them? What if one day, you came across a telepathic talking ferret that gave you magical girl powers? That would be one hell of story to tell, wouldn’t it? You probably see where this is going, and you’re correct, this is the exact event that changed Takamachi Nanoha’s life forever.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: If you’re looking if a magical girl series, Nanoha is the perfect destination. Nanoha makes it’s name one of the front runners simply by being the funnest in its class. Across the series we see our protagonists mature, grow up, and pass the torch. Loveable characters shine brightly with the perfect hint of moéand innocence. The story doesn’t fear taking a serious turn by adding drama into various situations. There is no harm in picking up this show.

You should try it out if you:
-Like magical girls.
-Like ferrets.

Series Progression:
First entry: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (13 episodes).
Second entry: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s (13 episodes).
Third entry: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS (26 episodes).
Fourth entry: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
-You have two options here: (1) Start fresh on ViVid because it’s a new story that follows Nanoha’s daughter. (2) Watch all episodes of all three previous seasons.
-Time required to catch up for option (1): 0 hours.
-Time required to catch up for option (2): 22 hours.
-The first season is not available on a legal streaming website in NA.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Nisekoi:

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Genres: Comedy, Romance, Shounen, Harem.

Nisekoi’s Tagline Synopsis: When you’re a kid you tend to make some rash decisions. Now what if one of them was swearing your love to a girl by promising to marry her in the future? Ten years later you might not even remember who exactly that girl was! Not surprisingly, this exact situation has happened to our protagonist, and his only memento of this past event is a keyless locket. Stricken with curiosity, he sets out to find the girl from ten years ago with only one fact at his disposal: the girl has the key.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Let the “best girl” games begin! In all my experience of watching anime, I have never seen such a divided audience when it comes to choosing their favourite heroine. Half of the joy of this show is talking amongst anime fans about who is superior. There is no clear front runner(besides Kosaki Onodera), but all of the heroines have strong backings. If you’ve never seen a harem anime before, Nisekoi is the place to start.

You should try it out if you:
-Like harem anime.
-Like rom-coms.
-Onodera is best girl.

Series Progression:
First entry: Nisekoi (20 episodes).
Special entry: Nisekoi OVAs (3 episodes, currently airing).
Second entry: Nisekoi: (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 20 episodes of the first season. If you want more content, watch the OVAs as well, however, they are not required.
-Time required to catch up: 8 hours.
-Stanlick is a backer of Team Onodera all the way.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here.
-Check out the Ani-TAY Review.


Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki
(Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine)

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Action, Seinen.

Knights of Sidonia’s Tagline Synopsis: Imagine being isolated in space. You are alone, drifting off into the abyss. You conjure ways to live no matter how lackluster they are. First you are thirsty. You collect saliva and take it at once to mimic a gulp of water. Next you are hungry. Squeezing your stomach overshadows the apparent emptiness. These methods work for a while, but the truth eventually settles. Death. Extinction. You are going to die. Your conscience will cease to be. Death is in front of you, slowly creeping closer and closer. With any rationality, everyone could guess what happens next.

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Take this scenario and imagine the same journey, but this time with a colony of humans. Sidonia, a spaceship, is home to what could very well be the last of humanity. Only a couple thousand people remain and if that wasn’t enough, beings of mass destruction are at their doorstep.

If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Starting off with the apparent controversial attribute, KoS is 100% CG. What this means to you is rightfully your decision. On the other hand, this epic portrays a solid “dark” story. It is easily comparable to Attack on Titan due to the two sharing dying humanity, but many have claimed that KoS executed this basis where AoT could not. Personally, I found myself comparing this show to Sci-Fi video games like Halo, Dead Space and Mass effect, and I rather enjoyed the feeling emitted by the similarities.

You should try it out if you:
-Like dark stories.
-Are a fan of CG animation.
-Like sci-fi video games.

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Series Progression:
First entry: Knights of Sidonia (12 episodes).
Special entry: Knights of Sidonia Movie.
Second entry: Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine(Airing Spring 2015).

Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes of the first season. The first two episodes of the second season were specially aired back in the fall season, so you can watch those now if you want. The movie is just a shortened recap of the first series.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Netflix.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolutions

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Genres: Shoujo, Harem, Comedy, Romance, School.

UtaPri’s Tagline Synopsis: With all of the pop idols appearing these days seemingly from nowhere, it’s not to hard to imagine a high school that serves as a training ground for the sensations of the future. Saotome Academy is such a home, nursing idols, composers, and lyricists towards their dreams of fame. Nanami Haruka is our lead protagonist. She comes from a past that was not the happiest, and had many hardships that she had to overcome. Now at this amazing school, she idealizes the idea of writing songs for people to enjoy. She finds herself resonating with a group of talented men, but out of ignorance, she starts one of the most emotional reverse-harems to date.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: There is a regular stigma associated around shows like this. “Unless you’re a teen-aged girl, reverse harems/all male casts are unappealing.” I say no, drop this stigma. No matter the setting, no matter the genre, no matter the cast, if a story is well written and the heart and soul of the writer are visible through the adaptation, any story can be worth a shot. This is most definitely the case for Uta no Prince. Even if you think this is out of your scope, it tries its hardest accommodate viewers not used to the genre.

You should try it out if you.
-Like harems/reverse harems.
-Admire pop idols.
-Like in-depth looks at music.

Series Progression
First entry: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% (13 episodes).
Second entry: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% (13 episodes).
Special entry: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%: Shining Star Xmas (1 episode).
Third entry: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolutions (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 13 episodes of the first season and all 13 episodes of the second season. The special is not mandatory.
-Time required to catch up: 11 hours.
-The first seasons are available in NA on Crunchyroll here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku
(My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2)

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Genres: Comedy, Romance, School.

SNAFU’s Tagline Synopsis: Ah, romantic comedies. Certain aspects are almost required to make one whole. There has to be a loving female lead that sees nothing wrong with the male lead. The male lead has to be one of the nicest people who always looks out for others and is respectful to all who meet him. The supporting female lets the female lead take the spotlight and never tries to interfere. The supporting male is someone the male lead can always fall back on and talk to about his troubles, is straightforward, and always gives the right answer. Then there’s SNAFU. Nothing I just said applies to this show, in fact almost the exact opposite can be said for each character. Yet somehow, for all the wrong reasons, this show emits unprecedented beauty.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Starring who was regularly regarded as 2013’s greatest male protagonist, SNAFU knocks some sense into the romance genre one snarky comment at a time. Comedy is driven from the cracks almost every time someone speaks, taking a straight forward stance on the deranged perspective of those who are in love.

You should try it out if you:
-Are a fan of romance anime.
-Are a hater of romance anime.
-Are single.
-Read and enjoyed The Catcher in the Rye.

Series Progression:
First entry: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (13 episodes).
Special entry: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU OVA (1 episode).
Second entry: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 2 (Airing Spring 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 13 episodes of the first season. The OVA is not required, but you should watch it anyways.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here.-Check out the Ani-TAY Review.


Shorts:

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me
(I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying 2)

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen.

Time required to catch up: 39 minutes.

Available in NA here.


Robot Girls Z Plus

Genres: Comedy.

Time required to catch up: 81 minutes.

Available in NA here.


Teekyuu 4

Genres: Comedy, School, Shounen, Sports.

Time required to catch up: 72 minutes.

Available in NA here.


This list was finished on Mar/04/2014. Any sequel announced after this date will not appear here. PriPara 2 & Kaitou Joker 2 have been excluded due to such low viewership rates. Only anime series confirmed to be direct sequels are present (Lupin III 2015 is not a confirmed sequel, though it very well may be). Movie sequels have been excluded. Spin-offs and reboots were also left out (i.e. Saint Seiya & Nagato).

Written and organized by: Stanlick (AKA SeanStan).

Special thanks to Protonstorm for editing.

Special thanks to thatsmapizza for Gintama because there’s no way in hell I’d catch up in time.

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Special thanks to Koda89 for Aceball because that sequel was announced so late that it truly came out of left field (like last Sunday late).

Special thanks to Rockmandash12 for Fate UBW because he is the Fate/lord.

Thanks for reading!