Black Rock Shooter originated as an animated music video by Supercell. The OVA adaptation features the eponymous character and tells two stories. The first takes place in the normal world, where Mato starts her first day of junior high. There she becomes fast friends with Yomi, although this friendship becomes strained as time goes on. One day, feeling alienated, Yomi mysteriously disappears. The second story takes place in a dark fantasy world, where a young girl does battle against an unnamed nemesis.
As a spinoff of A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun follows the daily life of Mikoto Misaka in Academy City. Being a self contained environment for the study and advancement of espers, life in Academy City is rarely mundane. The excitement picks up as a string of crimes breaks out, all involving espers abusing their powers for whatever reason. Being the roommate of a Judgment member, Mikoto gets drawn into their investigations and peacekeeping activities.
When war breaks out in Europa, the small nation of Gallia is targeted by the East Europa Imperial Alliance for its large reserves of Ragnite. Despite the superior industrial and military capabilities of the Empire, Gallian citizens take up arms to fight off the coming invasion. Welkin Gunther and Alicia Melchiott are two such citizens, whose hometown of Bruhl was an early casualty of the war. As Welkin secures a series of victories for Gallia, the Empire turns to more and more drastic means to defeat him, eventually seeking out the power of a legendary race of superhumans known as the Valkyrur.
Holo and Lawrence continue on their journey, gaining new insights about Holo’s homeland by researching local and collected folk tales. However, not everything they learn is pleasant, and Lawrence must put his own dreams on the line to ensure that their journey does not end in sorrow.
In Academy City, people from all walks of life gather to develop and study esper powers – abilities that seem to defy the laws of physics but still operate on scientifically quantifiable principles. Those who are unable to use esper powers turn to magic, but magicians are strictly prohibited from entering Academy City. This balance is upset when by chance, Toma Kamijo meets the English Church’s most precious magical asset: a girl named Index. Her presence in Academy City attracts other magicians, and Toma has the unlucky duty of having to ensure that the magicians and espers don’t all end up killing each other.
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.
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.
In the future, an ecological disaster wipes out much of humanity. The surviving population rebuilds civilization, but the planet has been parched by the will of a sentient forest. Agito, a boy trying to make a living in Neutral City, discovers a girl one day, Toola, who has been kept in stasis since the days of the past civilization. When she awakes, she finds out that the key to returning the world to how it once was is in her hands.
Kusakabe Sakura is visited one day by a mysterious angel. Some might see this as a blessing, but for Sakura’s life becomes a living hell. Not only is Dokuro lazy and a freeloader, she is also violent and somewhat delusional. Offend her, and she’ll club you to death with her spiked bat Excalibolg. Unfortunately for Sakura, she has a kind heart and will restore him to life each time he meets his grizzly end – only so he can repeat the whole cycle of pain at a later time.
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi tells the twisted, fantastic story of two friends, Sasshi and Arumi, who find themselves jumping between alternate realities. Triggered for unknown reasons, their journey takes them to various zany fantasy worlds that are suspiciously tailored to Sasshi’s nerdy hobbies. All Arumi wants to do, though, is to get back to the real world.