With the spring season of anime wrapped up and come to a close, we feel this hole grow inside ourselves as the shows we love to watch each week end. Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel as just around the corner comes the summer season of anime to fill the void. Get ready for the anime summer season 2017, ’cause it’s looking to be a good one.
(For those of you who live in Australia like myself and are confused as to why it’s the summer season not the winter season, that’s because Japan is in the northern hemisphere so it’s based on their seasons.)
Every season comes with a new range of anime for us to enjoy but sometimes it’s hard to pick out the good from the bad. That’s why I’m here to highlight some potential anime for your viewing pleasure. So, without further ado here are my top 5 anime I believe you should keep an eye on.
Let’s kick it off with Koi to Uso. I originally found out about Koi to Uso when I saw its manga earlier in the year. I read a few chapters and found it interesting but never got around to finishing it. I then later heard about its anime adaptation and was excited to see the rest of the story. Koi to Uso is about a ‘what if’ version of our world, where in Japan the government assigns marriage partners to people when they turn sixteen. No longer do people need to struggle to find love anymore, but what happens when young Yukari Nejima, age fifteen, falls in love with a girl only to have a partner chosen for him later. I’m not a big fan of love triangle drama but there was just something about Koi to Uso that really grabbed me. I look forward to seeing how this story plays out. The dramatic tale of love and lies, Koi to Uso, airs July 4th.
The next show on the list is a returning show with its second season, New Game!! (You can tell it’s the second season by the two exclamation marks). New Game!! being made by studio Doga Kobo, is the continuation of the New Game! series about a game making studio that is staffed entirely by women. This is not a serious show at all, New Game!! falls into the “Moe Slice of Life” category of anime and is a comedy in which each episode is just the daily antics of our cast of characters as they go about their lives and make video games. New Game!! doesn’t go in-depth about how a video game company makes games like Shirobako does with the anime industry, however it does use the struggles game creators face as plot devices for the comedy and story. I enjoyed the cute and funny antics of the first season so I will definitely be watching New Game!! season two when it airs July 11th.
The Reflection didn’t seem like much at first to me; an anime by Studio Deen about a world where people suddenly gain superpowers. Other than an interesting art style this didn’t have a whole lot pulling me in, until I looked a bit further. The reason behind the unusual art style and familiar premise, is because beloved grand pappy of comic book superheroes, Stan Lee, is the creator. That’s right, Stan Lee teamed up with director Nagahama Hiroshi and Studio Deen to create this story that blends western and eastern styled superheroes. As of yet we don’t really know what the story will be about but we’ll find out July 22nd when it airs.
When you’re so filthy rich that you’re drowning in money, what is the most important skill to have, athletic prowess or book smarts? That’s right, it’s the skill of being able to make more money, simple. Kakegurui is an anime about teenagers from filthy rich families going to a school specifically for the wealthy. Hyakkaou Private Academy has a very peculiar curriculum, when making money is what’s important, what better school curriculum could there be then one to teach these kids how to make the most amount of money, through gambling. At Hyakkaou the winners live like kings and the losers are put through the wringer. Man, why couldn’t I got to a high school that’s nothing but gambling? Probably because I’d really suck at it. An anime about a school full of gambling teens? What could go wrong, other than the absurdly creepy face the characters pull? Seriously watch the trailer for this, they make some weird and creepy faces when they’re being all narcissistic. Come July 1st lets watch main character Yumeko Jabami show these kids who’s boss. (P.S. This totally isn’t on my list because of Saori Hayami, come on I’m not that obsessed.)
Alright ladies and gentlemen I have saved the best for last so let’s finish this off with a bang. Drum roll please… I present to you from the beloved Fate series, Fate/Apocrypha.
I cannot tell you in words how excited I am for this anime. I have been a long-time fan of the Fate series with the original Fate/Stay Night being one of the first anime I ever watched. Fate/Apocrypha is set in a parallel world to the Fate/Stay Night story, so if you are jumping in fresh there is no issue of not having watched Fate/Stay Night. However, there may be some concepts that you won’t understand or things you just won’t appreciate if you have no prior knowledge of the series. The Fate series has always focused around the Holy Grail Wars, a battle fought to see who could obtain the Holy Grail and have their wish granted. The Grail would appear in Fuyuki city, and would choose seven mages to become masters of powerful servants. The events of Fate/Apocrypha turn out a little differently this time; the Grail mysteriously disappears after the Third Holy Grail War. After many years of silence, the Yggdmillennia, a family of magi openly declares their secession from the Mage’s Association, and that they are in possession of the Grail. The Mage’s Association is not happy with this declaration to try to retrieve the Grail, thus creating the first gang style turf war over the Grail. Instead of there being seven masters and servants fighting in a free-for-all for the Grail, it’s now 7v7 (technically 14v14 but whatever) each side having seven masters and servants fighting for control of the Grail. Since a battle of this scale has never occured before the Grail itself summons its own servant, the holy ruler, to oversee the conflict.
Wow that’s a lot to all take in, but boy am I excited. My only disappointment is that ufotable isn’t the studio making this. Unlike with Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works and Fate/Zero, Fate/Apocrypha is being made by A-1 Pictures. Not a bad studio by any means, in fact they are actually very good, but we have been spoiled by ufotable and their visually stunning creations. Oh well, we leave Fate/Apocrypha in the capable hands of A-1 Pictures. We can wait for when ufotable releases Fate/Stay Night: Heavens Feel. Fate/Apocrypha airs July 2nd, don’t miss it.
Well what do you think, find anything that catches your eye? To round it all up for you we have:
- Koi to Uso, airs July 4th
- New Game!!, airs July 11th
- The Reflection, airs July 22nd
- Kakegurui, airs July 1st
- Fate/Apocrypha, airs July 2nd
All good and different in their own ways, but this is not the be all end all of anime this season; there is plenty more to see. So if you didn’t find what you were looking for here, why not have a look for yourself and see what you can find. Check out livechart for yourself to stay up to date with anime new releases. There is always more anime over the horizon so keep watching and I’ll catch you all next time.