Well the summer season has arrived. While most would imagine warm sandy beaches with cool wind, and wavy oceans, for me it means my air condition works double time. But still there is plenty to look forward to, like a new anime season. Just like back in the spring, a lot of new titles are coming out for our viewing pleasure. Wish I had the time to watch it all but being a mere mortal (with responsibilities….) I have no choice but to pick a few from a large pile of awesomeness. This time though I involved members of my community to help by selling me their picks and why I should join in. I limit myself to seven. And they are, in no particular order…
Summer picks Vlog:
In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor’s ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible.
Premiers July 7
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Literally meaning “Red Eye Killer” or “Akame Slashes!” Akame ga Kill is based on a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. I’ve been meaning to pick up the manga because I’ve heard some good things about it. Apparently it gets dark and gory so it has been compared to shows like Berserk. Being produced by WHITE FOX, the company behind Stiens;Gate release, some high quality production is expected.
In 1972, a hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon, and humanity began migrating to Mars and settling there. Soon a war breaks out between Earth and Mars, and Martian soldiers begin to descend from the sky, riding steel giants, intent on exterminating humanity.
Premiers July 6
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This will be an original story by Gen Urobuchi and is directed by Ei Aoki, both of whom collaborated on the epic series Fate/Zero which to be honest I couldn’t find any fault in, but that’s just me. The Mecha genre is one of the most popular in Japan and I’m interested in seeing if they will bring anything new to invigorate it.
Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to “reset” her image & life as a new high school student. Because she’s cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn’t get her feeling across to the one boy she has ever liked, Tanaka-kun. Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won’t be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now things can never be the same again. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?
Premiers July 8
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This is based on a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka. While I’ll admit I tend to lean towards action rather than romance stories, I really did enjoy last season’s shojo pick, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii quite a lot. The Ao Haru Ride manga has been very highly praised and there is even a live action movie in the works for it. So I’ll just dive in and see my take on this.
As a punishment for punching a famous Calligrapher, young handsome Calligrapher Handa Seishu is exiled on a small island. As someone who has never lived outside of a city, Handa has to adapt to his new wacky neighbours, like people travelling on a tractor, unwanted visitors who never use the front door, annoying kids using his home as a playground, etc. Can this city guy handle all the crazy hardships? Find out in this wacky island comedy full of innocence and laughter!!!
Premieres July 6
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Based on a manga series written by Satsuki Yoshino. It will be produced by Kinema Citrus, the studio behind Black Bullet. Slice of life is one of those genres I don’t actively chase after, but I will keep an open mind. Toradora was a lot of fun with great heart and comedy. And fish out of water scenarios make for great laughs.
The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious “ghouls” who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.
Premiers July 4
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Based on a manga series by Sui Ishida, serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump since September 2011. This may be my first official foray into the anime horror genre, unless you count High School of the Dead which in my opinion is more Ecchi than scary. Produced by Studio Pierrot, I am confident in the animation quality.
The science fantasy story Tokyo ESP begins with Rinka, an extremely poor high school girl who lives with just her father in modern Tokyo. One day, she is going home from school when she chases a “flying penguin” to the top of New Tokyo Tower — only to have “fish swimming in the air” suddenly appear before her. One of the fish goes through Rinka and gives her extraordinary powers beyond those of normal humans, particularly the ability to slip through solid objects.
Premieres July 12
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Based on a manga series by Hajime Segawa who also wrote Ga-Rei. It began serialization in the April 2010 issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Shōnen Ace magazine. I must confess my original impression based on the synopsis and cover made me think this was a cutesy show but the action I saw in the promotional video was a whole other story. Colour me intrigued!
1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.
That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.
Premiers July 5
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It’s the second season of sword art online!! I’m tempted to just write “Nuff Said” and call it a day. Because really, what else can I say! The first season was superb. One of the best adventure and romance tales I’ve seen in anime. If the second season was just more of that it would be great. But they are taking the characters we met and loved, putting them into a fresh new setting. This makes it awesome. Gone are the swords of Aincrad, no more flying over the fields of Alfheim. This season covers the Phantom Bullet arc of the light novels which takes Kirito and the others into the shooter world Gun Gale Online. Needless to say I cannot wait to see this.
And these are me seven picks from this year’s summer season. It was particularly difficult because there were a lot of very interesting titles this time. So I’ll just leave a link to my honourable mentions here if you’re interested. So to all the Otaku’s reading this, what are you existed about watching this summer. I invite you to browse the anilist and let us know.