1. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! REN, episodes 7-12 (Good) - It rebounded nicely after a pretty uneventful first half. When this second season was announced I considered it unnecessary because the first season ended in a very high note and was very satisfactory. Thankfully, this second season was not a waste of time because it actually did some nice things. Chuunibyou REN is ultimately my favorite show from this season because of my love of the franchise, and the fact that Winter 2014 was not very strong.
2. Noragami, episodes 7-12 (Good) - This is the only series that premiered in Winter that I looked forward to a new episode each week. I like the premise because it is appealing with its aura of mystery and darkness. The characters were amusing but also had the potential of being more complex and deeper. I am content with what this season of Noragami offered, but I would like to see more anime of it in the near future.
3. Kill la Kill, episodes 19-24 (Very good) - The upward momentum continued, and Kill la Kill ended up being a very satisfying anime. I do not have much else to say other than that I had a blast watching this very entertaining work. Despite not being as strong in terms of story and characterization, I found myself feeling a lot of sympathy for the good guys and rooting for them.
4. Nagi no Asukara, episodes 20-26 (Very good) - The producers took a bit of a roundabout approach to conclude this anime, but I am pleased with how it turned out. This pretty-looking anime started in a very poignant fashion and maintained a very positive momentum all the way to the last third. I thought that Nagi no Asukara had the potential to be an excellent work, but I enjoyed most of it despite losing some momentum towards the end.
5. Strike the Blood, episodes 19-24 (So-so) - I continued to like my clear guilty pleasure of 2013; I dig the cliche set up and its cliche characters. Like I have said before, I never imagined how much I was going to like Strike the Blood. I am giving this series a low rating because it is unoriginal, misogynistic and silly, but it is very re-watchable. I hope it is licensed for a physical release in North America soon.
6. Wake Up, Girls!, episodes 7-12 (Decent) - My other surprise of the season continued to be a pleasant experience. I enjoyed a lot watching seven teen girls struggling to accomplish their dreams and becoming friends. I would not mind seeing another season of Wake Up, Girls!; hopefully the animation would be better. I know this anime is about singing idols, but I found plenty of honesty and freshness in it.
7. Magi, episodes 20-25 (Decent) - Once this series focused on a single arc for more than two episodes, and the action escalated, it improved a lot. Like the first season, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic is frustrating to watch. Frequent weak and uneven episodes continued to hurt what seems like an appealing anime franchise. Although, the last episodes of season two were very strong.
8. Silver Spoon, episodes 7-11 (Decent) - My disappointment of the season improved in the last episodes, but it rarely had the charm, story building and character development present in the first season.
Perhaps another season could fix the things that season two did wrong, but I doubt more Silver Spoon anime will be made.
9. Golden Time, episodes 19-24 (Decent) - This series finally ended, leaving me with the feeling that it could have been better. The premise of Golden Time was interesting from the beginning, but a third or so of series was plagued by unimaginative writing. It is definitely a nice drama and romantic comedy, but it did not leave a memorable impression. I will keep looking for a good romantic dramas/comedies in the world of anime.
10. Samurai Flamenco, episodes 18-22 (So-so) - The chaotic and nonsensical plot in this anime finally ended in this last quarter, and things returned to the relative normalcy of the first quarter of the series. The thing is that it was a little too late to make the inventive, initial premise appealing again. I will remember Samurai Flamenco as an anime series that had a chance to do something really cool, but the creators decided to go nuts and go in a very wrong direction.
11. Ace of Diamond, episodes 20-25 (So-so) - I continued to be dissatisfied with this series because the story and characterization have pretty much stopped developing. This should not be surprising because sports anime are monotonous by nature. I rather see Ace of Diamond end this season, but it is continuing into Spring. I suppose I will keep following this anime and hope that it can recapture some of the positive
qualities the first 12 episodes had.