1. Nagi no Asukara, episodes 14-19 (Very good) - This anime to me is head and shoulders the best show airing this season. The high quality of the visuals and poignant story-telling has continued from the first half. There was an interesting twist that, if executed well, could culminate the story in a very high note. I continue to look forward to watching Nagi no Asukara every week. Every episode is strong, but the truly spectacular are, sadly, not very often. I hope the conclusion to this series is worthy of its visuals and character development.
2. Noragami, episodes 1-6 (Good) - This anime has an interesting premise and likable characters to potentially do something special. In general Noragami has a relaxing/comedic vibe that is entertaining and amusing, but it also has dark undertones. I hope that the second half of the series focuses more on the dark undertones because it should make the story more interesting and potentially go from a good to a very good anime. Also, the main 3 characters seem shallow, but focusing on the dark stuff could give more depth.
3. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren, episodes 1-6 (Decent) - When this second season was announced I was very pessimistic that it could add something worthwhile to the very well done first season. The first episode of this new season calmed my fears because there seemed to be potential to see something special. However, the next 4 episodes, as amusing as they were, did very little to advance the story and develop the characters more. I am not impressed with Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren so far, but I hope it improves.
4. Strike the Blood, episodes 13-18 (So-so) - One of my guilty pleasures of 2013 continues to please me in 2014. There is not much new I can say about this cliche, supernatural story about mythic beings and pretty and submissive girls bickering because of a "perfect guy." I just want to continue enjoying Strike the Blood, and a satisfactory conclusion will be welcomed.
5. Kill la Kill, episodes 13-18 (Very good) - Wow, this anime has really grown on me. At the start of this series the premise seemed too chaotic to make sense. But the creators have focused more on a more concrete story in its second half; the crazy visuals have, thankfully, remained. Things are definitely becoming more interesting in Kill la Kill, and I am very excited to see how it wraps up.
6. Golden Time, episodes 13-18 (Decent) - Much like Strike the Blood, not much has changed in the second part of Golden Time. I am still interested in what the characters do, but the story can get stale at times. I welcome the occasional emotive episode, but I doubt the overall product will end up being anything special.
7. Wake Up, Girls!, episodes 1-6 (Decent) - I have been curious for a while about how the life of "idols" is. Other recent anime series have deal with idols, but, as far as I know, they tend to glamorize this subject.
I was attracted to Wake Up, Girls! because it seems to take a more realistic approach to idols, showing the good and bad things in the life of female teenage entertainers. The story is not spectacular, but I enjoy watching the experiences of 7 charming teens.
8. Silver Spoon Second Season, episodes 1-6 (So-so) - This second season of Silver Spoon is, without a doubt, my biggest disappointment from this anime season. The first season introduced a neat premise and several characters with intriguing lives. I expected season 2 to focus more on character development, but the creators seem more interested in the audience learning more about agricultural studies and ranching. I have little faith that this season will turn in the direction that I want.
9. Samurai Flamenco, episodes 12-17 (So-so) - What can I say about Samurai Flamenco. By the end of the first half this anime had become the Power Rangers. Things continued to be chaotic and full of twists in its second half. One of the very few things that I continue to like is the development of the main characters. It is amusing to see this anime take wild turns, but the subtlety and magic of the very first episodes is pretty much gone.
10. Ace of Diamond, episodes 13-19 (Decent) - This sports anime has become boring and predicable. In the second half of this series story and character development have slowed down too much. I am assuming the source material has a more developed story with deeper characters, but we will most likely not see that in the remaining 5 episodes. Ace of Diamond has not been a bad watch, but this anime will not leave a lasting impression on me.
11. Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, episodes 13-19 (Decent) - Watching this anime continues to be a chore to me. For every good episode we have, we get 2 or 3 mediocre ones. I just want Magi: The Kingdom of Magic to end. It is a shame that the creators have not been able to tap more of the potential that this franchise seems to have. I doubt I will want to see another season if it is made.