This year’s April anime lineup is full of aesthetically pleasing and story-driven series, and I’d be doing my birth month a disservice if I didn’t highlight a few of my favorites.
I’ve decided to list four must-see series that I’m obsessed with this month. Each series has a great plot, beautiful pictures and great episodes that will make you excited for the next part.
While several other series are releasing this month, I’ve focused on a handful from the Crunchyroll and Netflix catalogs that have at least two episodes. So, now, in no particular order, my top four picks from the April series are…
“Birdie Wing: The Tale of the Women Golfers”
Currently streaming on Crunchyroll
Current episodes: 3
According to IMDb, Birdie Wing, a coming-of-age story that follows Eve and Aoi Amawashi, two golfers with vastly different backgrounds and playing styles, will shake up the golfing world.
I discovered anime around the same time I started competitive golf almost ten years ago. Since then, anime and golf have remained important parts of my life, oscillating between things I hold dear and passing interests that I keep coming back to. But no matter where they land on my radar, I’ll always find ways to throw them into a conversation.
With that in mind, a golf anime starring a female protagonist warms my heart more than words could ever express. I can sit back and enjoy the tender love and care Bandai Namco Pictures puts into animating golf courses, club swings and ball lanes. I can talk about my favorite sport while watching anime!
I strongly recommend at least watching the pilot. In that first episode I had to get my Callaway clubs and go to the driving range the next morning.
“Spy x Family”
Currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu
Current episodes: 2
IMDb describes “Spy x Family” as a spy on an undercover mission who marries and adopts a child as part of his cover story. His wife and daughter have their own secrets and all three must struggle to keep it all together.
There’s not much I can say about Spy x Family without spoiling too much, but I will say that the characters are each very well written and interesting in their own right. This series has just the right amount of feelgood and action to keep you going.
Tiger & Rabbit Season 2
Currently streaming on Netflix
Current episodes: 10
“Tiger & Bunny,” as portrayed by Netflix, is about a veteran hero named Wild Tiger who is cast as partner rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr. in a world where superheroes have sponsors and are stars of their own reality TV show will. The second season largely picks up after the events of the film Tiger & Bunny: The Rising.
“Tiger & Bunny” is one of those gems I found on Hulu that was wild enough to capture my attention but silly enough to make sure it wasn’t too intense. I initially thought it was dead fandom that would never get a sequel because it was released over a decade ago. However, when I saw that Netflix renewed it for a second season, I dropped everything to watch it again and look forward to the new episodes.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the new season stayed true to the more straightforward art style of the first season. Aside from a slightly lighter color scheme, the new season felt like a smooth transition to the previous one. The story was exciting and made me and my brother guess every episode.
I also liked that the first season was released in 2011, the year of the rabbit, while the second season was released in 2022, the year of the tiger.
“Kaguya-sama: Love is War” Season 3
Currently streaming on Hulu
Current episodes: 3
According to IMDb, “Kaguya-sama: Love is War” or “Love is War” for short is about it Shuchiin Academy two top students, Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, who have made it their mission to be the first to get each other to confess their love.
Love is War’s episodic comedy is easy to watch and come back to again and again, and as this is its third season, there’s a good balance of recurring jokes and new antics to keep you entertained.
Funnily enough, I accidentally started watching Love is War from season two to season one last year and it still made sense because the anime is comedy driven and has some flashbacks to fill in its gaps. I love that this series works as a cohesive storyline, but also can be enjoyed in almost any order due to the structure of the series. My favorite running gag in the series is that one of the protagonists, Shirogane, is terrible at everything but academics and has to go through intense training to be decent enough to save face.
This concludes my list of my top April anime picks. Of course, there are still a few new series to air later this month, and more for the summer. If there is an anime that you think should have been on my list or that you can’t wait to see, feel free to leave comments!