Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Kosei was a piano prodigy -- it was forced upon him by his mother who wanted to make him the success she never was. When she suddenly died, he stopped playing -- now he just slogs through his life. But then he gets forced into a double date by his childhood friend, and he meets a girl who plays the violin in a free-spirited way that impresses him.
I'm sure this is going to be a love story -- you see the moment Kosei falls in love with Kaori. The characters are nicely rounded, so you really hope that things work out for them. And it's very nicely animated too!
Ore Twintail ni Narimasu: Souji loves the twintail hairstyle: two ponytails. Then aliens attack, and they steal the 'twintail essence' from girls, so that they never will wear twintails again! A mysterious lady offers Souji an artefact to fight them: using it, he turns into a twintailed girl himself ("Tail Red"), with powerful attacks!
It is completely bizarre. Most series catering to a preference like that are fan-service filled pandering with a wafer-thin plot, but this one manages to pull it off. It's all so weird that you just take it at face value. We were thoroughly entertained -- just don't take it too seriously.
Girlfriend BETA: Kokomi is working hard to get to the prefectural tournaments for rythmic gymnastics. Then an exchange student drops by to chat, and when she leaves, she loses a photograph. Kokomi spends the next few days trying to find her, to return the photo to her.
If that sounds completely un-exciting, then that might be because it is completely un-exciting. You know I'm not averse to a slow-paced bishoujo series, but after this first episode I wondered what the point of the series is going to be. It is executed competently enough, but the complete absence of any kind of friction or conflict and with the girls so far devoid of any real personality, it didn't leave me wishing to see the next episode.
Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie: A girl worked hard to get into a patisserie school on a scholarship. This gets her into a spat with the rich ladies who could pay for the tuition, which in turn earns her a stern look from the school director. There is an iron rule in the school: do not get involved with the teachers! But wouldn't you know: they're all quite handsome!
I wonder why it is that most of the reverse harem anime are set in a vocational school setting... It's a half-length episode, and not much else happens than what I've described. Now, I'm all for series featuring patisserie schools, but this just didn't work for us.
Sanzoku no Musume Ronja: Ronja is the daughter of Mattis, the leader of a band of bandits operating in the forest. They live in a castle with the robbers and her mother. As a baby, everybody dotes on Ronja, and when she is old enough, she is allowed to leave the castle and explore the forest by herself.
Based on the book by Astrid Lindgren, made by Studio Ghibli, with Goro Miyazaki at the helm. It's all CGI, and you can see it in the way the characters move -- but somehow it works out really good in this series. The animation is fluid and dynamic, the backgrounds are lush... It really has that Ghibli touch, with a perfect mix of focus on the characters and adventure. This is certainly one to watch!
And there are some sequel series as well:
Hitsugi no Chaika Avenging Battle: Second season of Hitsugi no Chaika, which seems to pick up right where the first season dropped off.
Psycho Pass 2: Second series of Psycho Pass. We haven't seen the first series yet, so I can't really comment on it.
Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road: Second series of Yowamushi Pedal. The first series was 39 episodes, but this one goes on -- one wonders just how long those sports series can run!