The ten Spring series we watched to the end and two Winter carryovers all conspired to create a very entertaining season with an eclectic mix of genres and a handful of real gems. Here’s how everything shook out in the end…in, er…refreshing mixological terms!
1. Nazo no Kanojo X (3.923) – The Mysterious Girlfriend
1 part each strange, horny girl with an unusually natural voice and normal, horny guy. Pour in mixing glass with a whimsical soundtrack, retro 80s character design, and liberal amount of saliva. Stir well, garnish with hundreds of lemons.
2. Sakamichi no Apollon (3.917) – Moanin’
1 part each rich egghead pianist, poor delinquent drummer, cute earnest girl, pretty adventurous girl, and depressed trumpeter. Combine and shake well to the stylings of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
3. Hyouka (3.818) – The Sherlock Toddy
1 part each lackadaisical guy, walking encyclopedia, loud fiery girl, and rich inquisitive girl. Slowly combine so the ingredients start bouncing ideas off one another.
Garnish with whiskey bonbons.
4. Jormungand (3.792) – The Koko Loco
Combine 10 different kinds of whoopass in a large pitcher, shoot it with lots of guns, set it on fire, and chase with a car bomb.
5. Natsuiro Kiseki (3.750) – The Endless Summer (non-alcoholic)
4 parts high school girls yearning to stick togther, muddle a few wishes on a big rock, top with club soda and a scoop of ice cream. Repeat.
6. Aquarion Evol (3.692) – The Machine Angel
Mix everything, ever, for thousands of years. Doesn’t matter what. Just MIX. MEEEEEEKUUUUUUSUUUUU!
7. Moretsu Pirates (3.538) – Bodacious Grog
1 part each high school, waitressing, piracy, and space. Shake faster than light with lots and lots of characters. Serve beside pot-au-feu.
8. Eureka Seven AO (3.500) – The I.F.O.
3 parts gifted teenage pilots, 1 part multinational peacekeeping organization, a dash of sloth. Lightly garnish with Truth.
9. Sankarea (3.346) – Zombie Romance
Use pre-mixed resurrection potion to revive one dead cat and one dead girl. Mix with fresh hydrangea leaves and serve chilled, avoiding direct sunlight.
10. Accel World (3.250) – The Brain Buster
1 part each stunted fatty, handsome best friend, black snow princess, a midget firecracker, and plenty of digital mumbo-jumbo. Serve online.
11. Medaka Box (3.208) – The Suggestion Box
1 part omnipotent busty student council president, 3 parts capable minions. Serve straight up in a box. Garnish with sweets.