Okawari continues the Minami-ke series, telling no story in particular about the lives of the Minami sisters. Chiaki is irked by the new neighbor Fuyuki, Kana continues her selfish ways while oblivious to Fujioka’s advances, and Haruka is slowly becoming a slave to her sisters.
If you’re reading the second season review without having watched the first Shakugan no Shana for some reason, be aware that there will be first season spoilers.
Starting with the second semester of school, Shakugan no Shana‘s second season picks up with the introduction of Fumina Konoe, a suspicious transfer student who seems utterly helpless. Shana and Yoshida continue their competition for Yuji’s affection. Throughout all the domestic drama, though, Bal Masque is up to something sinister again.
After visiting the small village of Pasroe, the merchant Kraft Lawrence meets the wolf god Holo, who says she wants a ride to her homeland in the north. Holo was once the god of the harvest for the villagers, but they have since come to rely on themselves. Feeling lonely, Holo desired to return to the north but has been unable to leave. Lawrence agrees to take her on, seeing potential value in her wisdom and experience.
Minami-ke is a slice-of-life anime that follows the mundane lives of the three Minami sisters: Chiaki, Kana, and Haruka. It also gives a lot of attention to their classmates in elementary, middle, and high school. Kana is usually the mischievous troublemaker with Chiaki frequently as her target. Haruka is the responsible older sister who everyone idolizes. Due to their large network of friends and acquaintances, the sisters are always assured eventful days.
Lucky Star follows the lives of four friends, Konata, Kagami, Tsukasa, and Miyuki, through high school. Konata is an otaku with unusual tendencies, who is often at odds with the straight-laced and serious Kagami. Tsukasa is well-meaning but a bit dense, and Miyuki is the archetypal meganekko character. Based on Yoshimizu Kagami’s four panel comic series, Lucky Star is told as a series of short stories revolving around the gang and their network of friends and family.
5 Centimeters Per Second consists of 3 short stories, “Oukashou,” “Cosmonaut,” and “5 Centimeters Per Second.” They each show the life of a young man, Tohno Takaki, at different stages as he deals with his feelings for a childhood friend. As time passes, they drift further apart, but Takaki seems unable to move on.
The invention of the DC Mini, a device that allows someone to enter another person’s dreams, was meant to revolutionize psychotherapy. However, just before its review for approval by the government, three prototype units are stolen. Soon after, people begin to randomly go insane, and it is suspected that whoever stole the DC Minis is using it to attack the victims’ psyches. Three of the original developers of the device begin an investigation to find the stolen units, assisted in the dream world by the agent “Paprika.”
Since antiquity, flesh eating monsters who can take human form, known as Shokujinki, have preyed on people. A dedicated group of swordsmen, the Kifuuken, have made it their mission to hunt them. In modern times, the Kifuuken have lost much of their power and influence but the heir apparent, Toshihiko Momota, continues the fight. One day he meets a beautiful woman, Yuka, by chance. Toshihiko can’t help but to love her, even after he finds out Yuka is a flesh eater. The two run away, leaving the Kifuuken in disarray with Shokujinki attacks on the rise.
Makoto, Kousuke, and Chiaki are three inseparable friends who are about to get out of school for the summer. On one unlucky day, Makoto trips and falls on a strange walnut-shaped object. On her way home, she finds that the brakes on her bike have failed, sending her right into the path of an oncoming train. But just before the moment of impact, she wakes up to see that it’s suddenly a few seconds before her impending doom. Eventually, Makoto realizes that she has somehow gained the ability to travel through time to the past. This opens up a new world of possibilities and opportunities for her, blissfully unaware of the consequences it has on the people around her.
Kyon thought he was going to have a normal, uneventful high school life. Then he meets Haruhi, who claims she has no interest in ordinary people. She chooses him on a whim to be her partner in creating the SOS Brigade, her own after-school club to search out everything mysterious and wondrous in the world. They are joined by three peculiar people: the taciturn Yuki, the shy Mikuru, and the gregarious Koizumi. Although Haruhi never seems to acknowledge the strange events happening all around her, Kyon is let in on the secret, and discovers that he plays a pivotal role in the preservation of the world.
Roughly every generation, a secret war rages, with the prize being the possession of the Holy Grail. The Grail has the power to grant any wish, and so is highly sought after by a select group of people with magical powers (Masters) and their Servants, who are heroic spirits summoned from a timeless dimension. Emiya Shirou finds himself as the reluctant master of the Servant known as Saber, who has incredible power but is held back by Shirou’s lack of skill. His schoolmate, Tohsaka Rin, becomes his uneasy ally and guide, since her family consists of capable sorcerers. Together, they search for a way to conclude the Holy Grail war without having to take innocent lives.
Yuji Sakai is an ordinary high school student until one day he witnesses a monster attacking the city. Shortly after, he is saved by a girl who calls herself a Flame Haze. Yuji finds out that he was killed that day, and his continued existence is only an artifice. Yuji is a Torch, a stand-in for someone who once existed, but will soon vanish. However, inside him lies a treasure of great power, which attracts the attention of the Denizens of the Crimson World. The Flame Haze, named Shana, decides to stay by Yuji and face the incoming Denizens.