Summer 2016 Anime Preview Guide

Hello everyone! Welcome to Oh no, Anime!'s guide to the Summer 2016 season of anime. We've hit the books pretty hard and done our research so you don't have to! Up above in the video are our HOT TAKES on what the ten most interesting upcoming series are. Maybe they won't be the best, maybe they will, but you can bet they'll be worth keeping an eye on! Down below you'll find short plot synopsis along with our takes on the rest of the shows in Summer 2016. We're also going to do our best to let you know where you can legally watch them in the US.

91days
91days

91Days (original)

Avilio goes into hiding after a mafia dispute ends in the murder of his family. He receives a letter from a mysterious person that makes him want revenge and drives him to return to the Lawless district to infiltrate the Vanetti family to get close to Nero.

Patrick’s Take: Perhaps the season’s greatest question mark. The director has proven he’s ok in a lot of different genres while the man in charge of series composition is coming off a long string of hits. The subject matter and trailer appear interesting enough, but Studio Shuka has yet to prove their competence. I hope this is a good break for them, I love a good period drama.

Marc’s Take: Shuka handled Durarara x2 and I still have pretty severe PTSD from that (hint: I didn’t like it) so consider me severely wary of this. I’m always interested to see a Japanese take on period drama, especially one set in Italy as that is something that anime has both succeeded and miserably failed to take on in the past. I’m intrigued at the very least.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NLxTEFb2pk

Available on: Crunchyroll

active raid
active raid

ACTIVE RAID (sequel)

A sequel series to the first cour from Winter 2016, will continue to follow Unit 8 of the 5th Special Public Security Section’s 3rd Mobile Assault Division (“The Eighth” in short) who don powered armor called “Willware” to counter the rise in crime in their district of Tokyo.

Marc’s Take: If you liked the first cour, it will probably be more of that. From what I can tell the staff from the first season has remained the same with different theme song performers. I dropped this show pretty early in my run of Winter 2016 so suffice to say I will not be picking this up now. If you like tokusatsu shows like Kamen Rider I’d suggest picking this one up if you haven’t already.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRmY926Z_ik

Available on: Crunchyroll

amaama
amaama

Amaama to Inazuma (ENGLISH: Sweetness and Lightning) (manga)

Math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is attempting to raise his single daughter. One of his students Kotori Iida comes in to teach him how to cook. Together the three form a makeshift family.

Patrick’s Take: One of the shows I’m most looking forward to this season. The manga is sickeningly sweet and all signs point to the anime being the same. It looks to be the perfect mix of Barakamon and Usagi Drop… let’s hope they don’t do something similar to the end of Usagi Drop.

Marc’s Take: I’m in just from watching the PV alone. I always look for one show a season to fill my “feel-good” void and this will probably be it for me in Summer. The art design looks incredibly crisp and pleasing to look at, and the subject matter is no doubt cute as all hell so count me in.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRhWDcKv2WE

Available on: Crunchyroll

amanchu
amanchu

Amanchu! (manga)

Amanchu! follows two high school girls with a hobby of diving as they go about their life.

Patrick’s Take: This is the sleeper hit. Aria is renowned for being the pinnacle of the slice of life/iiyashikei genre and with good reason. Amanchu! is looking to do the same with the same staff. If you’re looking for a nice slow show with amazing direction and sublime peacefulness look no further, this is your stop.

Marc’s Take: I always feel like I don’t watch enough slice of life so I will definitely be picking this up. Another show that is gorgeously clean and pleasing to look at based on the PV, not to mention the colors and seaside setting have the potential to make this the perfect summer chill-out show.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asmCEszp0Mc

Available on: Crunchyroll

ange vierge
ange vierge

Ange Vierge (original)

Three separate worlds have collided resulting in “Exceed” powers being awakened in teenaged girls. An isolated academy is built for these “Progress” girls in the middle of the Pacific.

Patrick’s Take: Ange Vierge probably won’t be remembered past its own season. That having been said, neither will a lot of anime. Ange Vierge does have some things going for it. Namely: the battles look cool. Silver Link is no stranger to dynamic cameras and pulling out all the CGI rotoscoping stops for some well-done battles (see: Prisma Illya). The scriptwriter has a ton of experience in every genre imaginable (thrillers to harems to slice of life to, well… Boku no Pico). Despite its stacked character design and voice cast lists I wouldn’t look forward to it being more than a fun weekly distraction.

Marc’s Take: I’ll be honest, I don’t think this show will be very long for my attention. It unfortunately looks like something I would (in a more stacked season) drop after one episode in favor of more meaty content. But, crazier things have happened after a show has started airing so I will give this one a try. Hopefully it surprises me.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TrS0q_FbTE

arslan
arslan

Arslan Senki (sequel/continuation)

The second season of LIDENFILMS’ adaptation of the classic manga of the same name. Takes place in the year 320 in “Pars” (hint: it’s Persia) and follows Prince Arslan and his merry band as they and a loyalist army attempt to take back the sacked Persian capital of Ecbatana from the invading Lusitanians.

Marc’s Take: I was a big fan of this show’s first season, it’s remarkably consistent and competent at telling a tale that is fairly ubiquitous in Japan. The battles are well-directed, the dialogue is flowery and well-written and the characters are all lovable and compelling. The second season only contains 8 episodes so I’m hoping the Ecbatana arc is handled with care and doesn’t feel rushed. The same staff from the first season is returning and Kalafina and Eir Aoi are doing the opening and ending themes, respectively.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMvpMCbP_pQ

bproject
bproject

B-PROJECT (multimedia)

Tsubasa is a new hire in the A&R dept of the major record company Gandala Music, and is assigned as manager of three all-male idol groups under the B-PROJECT banner.

Marc’s Take: I probably won’t be watching this as otome ain’t really my thang, but I’d imagine if you like shows like UtaPri and Prince of Stride, you’d probably like this.

battery
battery

BATTERY (light novel)

The story (adapted from six award winning light novels) follows a despondent pitcher and his catcher’s journey to create a new baseball team.

Patrick’s Take: Battery is a famous book series in Japan having been adapted into a film, radio drama, manga, television series, and now finally an anime, in addition to having won the Noma Prize for Juvenile Literature in 1997 and the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award in 2005. It’s Studio Zero-G’s first time in the driver seat for a TV anime but they’re in extremely capable hands with director Tomomi Mochizuki doubling up as the scriptwriter and tripling up as the series compositor. I think that as long as they play it safe on the production side we’ll have a very nice coming of age baseball story a la Touch or Cross Game. If that’s the case, I will be a big fan.

Marc’s Take: This show has huge shoes to fill being not only another baseball anime in an already populated market but also coming on the tail end of several beloved adaptations in different visual media. The director, Tomomi Mochizuki, having near complete creative control over the project hopefully will lend itself to a cohesiveness of vision and thus make it as good as I hope it will be. I can’t get enough of any type of sports anime so I will be following this show with bated breath.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REbUwf8okg8

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

berserk
berserk

BERSERK (manga)

Guts, also known as the “Black Swordsman”, is pursued by demonic forces as he seeks vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. As he fights with a rage and strength that might strip him of his humanity, Guts cuts his way across a bleak medieval landscape armed only with a grim determination and his massive sword “Dragonslayer”.

Marc’s Take: Possibly one of the most popularly anticipated shows on this list, as Berserk is a classic and beloved manga in every sense of the word, and the Black Swordsman story arc is its definitive tale. Carries the voice cast from the Golden Age films from a couple years back into the new series, with a new director in Shin Itagaki, who has a history as a director, key animator and storyboard artist at GAINAX. Animation studio is Millepensee which has a history with cutesy shows and pretty much no track record for something as monumental as Berserk. The show will be scored by Evangelion alum and all-around legend Shiro Sagisu. I’m going to reserve judgement on this show until I see it, I hope to God that it is at least as competent as the Golden Age films at adapting the Black Swordsman arc, as this is some much-beloved and very sensitive material.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih2-9HwHlpw

Available on: Crunchyroll

boueibu
boueibu

Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! (sequel)

A continuation of the story of the first season, in which teenage boys are transformed into magical boys as they defend the Earth with LOVE!

Marc’s Take: Basically more of the same from the first season, it’s a reverse magical girl show with boys instead of girls. If you liked the first season or like really any male idol show, this is probably for you.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zxg8Hs7O0o

Available on: Funimation

cheerdanshi
cheerdanshi

Cheer Danshi!! (novel)

The story follows a group of “slightly odd and cute” male cheerleaders at a university.

Patrick’s Take: It’s hard to get a read on Cheer Danshi!!. On one hand the art, PV, and official description make it scream “gay anime” (which of course is not a problem on its own) but the staff choices seem to be at odds with this. To my knowledge male cheerleaders like we have in the west have not been touched on much in Japanese pop culture, they normally opt to have stories about Ouendan (cheer squads) instead. I think if the show aspires to do more than sale fujoshi-oriented merchandise it could be quite good, only time can tell.

Marc’s Take: In the immortal words of that one Leo Dicaprio character from Django Unchained: First you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention. Will this be something akin to a cheerleading sports anime? Will it be something more, possibly an insight into how a ubiquitous pastime in the United States is treated and performed in Japan? Is it something completely different, perhaps? It’s anyone’s guess until it airs, really. I’m excited to give it a shot no matter what.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbU8KGofA9I

Available on: Funimation

d gray man
d gray man

D.Gray Man HALLOW (continuation)

A continuation to the anime adaptation of the popular manga. Allen Walker is part of an organization and combat Akuma - mechanic weapons made by the Millennium Earl with the suffering souls of the dead.

Patrick’s Take: Sorry folks, never got into D. Gray Man despite its popularity. If this continuation gets the hype train rolling I might go back and finally do so. From what I’ve heard online a lot of fans are disappointed at its brevity (13 episodes confirmed) stating that it won’t get to the next big arc from where the 2006-2008 anime left off.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTS94iHIH5o

Available on: Funimation

danganronpa
danganronpa

Danganronpa 3 (continuation)

An anime original entry into the Danganronpa Series. Intended to be the conclusion of the Hope’s Peak Academy storyline, this anime will be split into two concurrently running arcs: Future Volume and Despair Volume.

Patrick’s Take: I’m ashamed to admit I never finished either of the Danganronpa anime series - but I have played the games all the way through! I’m excited to see why they decided they couldn’t tell this story in a game, and to see how having two concurrent series works.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV37QdQGaZk

Available on: Funimation

DAYS
DAYS

DAYS(manga)

Two unlikely fellows meet in this soccer anime. Tsukushi with no special skills but hot-blooded passion to spare and Jin an standoffish soccer genius. Together they set fire to the high school soccer world.

Patrick’s Take: The big story here is a sports anime by MAPPA. The manga for DAYS flies under the radar (in the states anyway) but if it’s been picked up by Maruyama’s crew there’s more than likely something special to set it apart from other soccer anime.

Marc’s Take: I could not be more excited for this show. MAPPA is one of my favorite of the bigger animation studios out there and have yet to produce a wholly bad show, so I’m highly optimistic about the sort of treatment they will give a soccer anime. The voice cast, music and staff are all very promising and hopefully this will adequately fill the gaping hole Haikyuu has left inside me.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw35GUBeLko

illya
illya

Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya3rei!! (manga)

Picking up where the manga dropped off, the fourth season of the Fate spinoff anime series follows Illya as she finds herself transported to a brand new and confusing world.

Patrick’s Take: I’d be lying if I didn’t admit this is the sequel I’m most looking forward to this season. I’d also be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that. The fact of the matter is Prisma Illya has a bad rap due to its, uh, high pedobait quotient. It’s an unfortunate truth, because if viewers can get past the pedobait - and I can’t blame them if they can’t, the OVAs are too much even for me -  it has some of the more fun stories in the Fate universe and even harder to believe, some of the best looking battles out of all the adapted Fate stories, and that’s saying a lot. The third arc in the manga, 3rei, drops a lot of the slice of life and goes full-tilt into more serious Fate-like stories, and from the PV it looks like Silver Link has subtly changed the style in the show to match that. At the very least, given how story dense the manga is and how each season has only been ten episodes, we’re sure to get a lot less filler this time around.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpaxfpMO3EQ

fudanshi
fudanshi

Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu (manga)

Sakaguchi is a straight high school boy who has a love for boys love comics. He hangs out with his fujoshi friend Rumi, his gay friend Yuujirou, his fellow fudanshi Daigo, and his “normal” friend Nakamura.

Patrick’s Take: Something tells me this show’s take on fudanshi (men who read and enjoy BL/yaoi) is going to be a lot less interesting than Genshiken Nidaime’s. Whereas Genshiken uses it as a lense to view character relationships through, I’d be willing to bet Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu will use it as a cheap repetitive punchline. The only question is how many tsukkomi they can fit in a 5 minute episode.

Available on: Crunchyroll

mononokean
mononokean

Fukigen na Mononokean (manga)

The Morose Mononokean is a man famous for his ability to help wandering youkai depart this world for the next. Ashiya approaches him with a demon on his back - literally - looking for someone to exorcise the demon. Abeno (the Morose Mononokean) will do it, but only if Ashiya pays him back.

Patrick’s Take: None of the plot synopses I read made much sense - but luckily Crunchyroll had my back on the manga. From the first few chapters Mononokean seems to be a more light-hearted youkai-of-the-week series similar to Natsume Yuujincho. The two main characters seem cliche but bounce off of each other quite well. Definitely a show I’ll be keeping an eye on.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKIVR5NhYzg

Available on: Crunchyroll

handa
handa

Handa-kun (manga)

A prequel series to Barakamon set six years prior. It follows the life of Seishuu Handa as a high school student and calligraphy genius, who perceives the constant deference he gets from his fellow students as bullying. He just wants to live a quiet life but one after another, character after character challenge his position as school idol.

Marc’s Take: I liked Barakamon a lot but honestly this prequel series has given me very little to be excited about. The animation studio, voice cast and staff are all different from the original show, and the subject matter is so different from Barakamon that it’s left me wondering why it isn’t just an original show with new characters. Hopefully Handa-kun will stand on its own merits but as of now my hopes aren’t high.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb5fNGloCn0

Available on: Funimation

hatsukoi monster
hatsukoi monster

Hatsukoi Monster (manga)

Follows Nikaido Kaho as she moves into her new high-school dormitory and falls in love with a boy named Kanade. She confesses and they begin dating, only for her to find out that her new-found love is in fifth grade.

Marc’s Take: This is, um...a weird premise to say the least. Adapted by Studio Deen who is on a hot streak right now so that might be this show’s saving grace. I’ll give the first episode a try but man, this one seems really strange.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkTTHj5eGV8

Available on: Funimation

bijutsubu
bijutsubu

Kono Bijutsu-bu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (There’s a Problem with this Art Club!) (manga)

What do you get when you have an art club containing a genius artist that’s only interested in drawing himself a waifu, a ridiculous troublemaker, and a club president who seems to never be awake? A very upset club member who just wants to draw art..

Patrick’s Take: The plot description makes me let out a solid 'meh' but the PV flips it around. I don't know if it's the music, the direction, or the sweet loveable character designs, but something about this show tickles me. I'm actually kind of excited!

Marc’s Take: Certainly not the most original-sounding story to be sure, but like I’ve already said, crazier things have happened than a dumb-sounding story actually having a good adaptation. That being said, I don’t want to assume this show will be mediocre at best, but...

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFMLyjcsH1s

sunshine
sunshine

Love Live! Sunshine!! (original/spinoff)

Uranohoshi Girl’s School faces the same dilemma Otonikizaka Academy did before it: declining student population is forcing the school to close. Second-year student Chika Takami tries to replicate the success of μ's and drum up admission rate by starting a school idol group of her own: Aqours.

Patrick’s Take: To say Sunshine has big shoes to fill is an understatement. Coming hot off the heels of one of the most successful anime franchises of the last decade and one of the best selling of all time, Sunrise is making it hard on themselves by providing almost the same exact plot as the original Love Live anime. Thankfully the nine girls in Aqours are pleeeeenty different from the μ's girls. The staff from the original is largely unchanged and we’ve already seen from the two released MVs that the visuals are up to par if not better. Personally this is the show I’m most anticipating. Following μ's from the time the anime started until their end was fun - I think following Aqours from the absolute beginning will be more fun.

Marc’s Take: Love Live’s popularity is absolutely terrifying, and Sunshine has absolutely massive shoes to fill. Making a sequel is about as difficult as making a sequel to the Godfather, or the original Star Wars trilogy (it’s not like those turned out amazing or anything). I just hope Sunshine is good for the creator's sake, and I look forward to catching up with the original Love Live series before checking this out. The theme of Sunshine seems absolutely perfect for some summer fun.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYQ6poUoIwk

Available on: Funimation

naria girls
naria girls

Mahou Shoujo? Naria☆Girls (original live anime)

Three girls do the only thing they can think of to get famous: turn themselves into a magical girl anime!

Patrick’s Take: I’m honestly not sure if this should even be in the season preview! Following in the footsteps of gdgd fairies, Naria☆Girls is going one step further by being a live anime. You read that right, it’s live recorded and motion captured, then rigged onto MMD characters. It’s an interesting idea, I’ll give them that.

Marc’s Take: Uh holy shit, a live anime? I’m going to be checking this out for sure, mostly because I expect it to be an insane mess.

masou gakuen
masou gakuen

Masou Gakuen HxH (light novel)

Guy has a special power, but other, more scantily clad women, also have the special power, and more of it! Naturally guy goes to a school full of these scantily clad (and full-breasted!) women to help them replenish their special power energy through eroticism.

Patrick’s Take: Every season needs a titty fighting anime. Sometimes they’re Highschool DxD (decent) and sometimes they’re Masou Gakuen HxH (someone give me a spoon to gouge my eyes out with). Hisasi (last season’s Netoge Yome)is doing the designs though, so it’s got that going for it, which is nice.

Marc’s Take: There are titty fighting anime and this is one of them. I watched one once and I think that was all I needed so yeah I probably won’t be checking this out.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUvKVj_dKKU

mob psycho
mob psycho

Mob Psycho 100(manga)

The story of Mob Psycho 100 follows a boy nicknamed Mob for his lack of discernible characteristics (he fits into a mob). He has psychic powers that will explode if his emotional capacity hits 100%, hence the name of the story.

Patrick’s Take: After how good One Punch Man was it’s hard not to be excited for the next collaboration between author One and Studio Bones. While the manga Mob Psycho 100 never got as popular as One Punch Man’s manga the same dry in-your-face humor is still prevalent in just about every panel. Combine that with a no-holds-barred adaptation including Yoshimichi Kameda on character design and Kenji “Motherfucking” Kawai on music and we’re good for another hit.

Marc’s Take: One of the shows I’m most excited for this season. Obviously One Punch Man parallels are there to be made, but hopefully this show will be judged on its own merit and the merit of the incredibly talented staff at Bones. I’m a huge fan of ONE’s work and am very excited to see an anime based more in his original style (as much as I have an erection for Yusuke Murata’s artistic re-interpretation of OPM). The premise is more common that you would expect but so far everything I’ve seen in regards to this show leads me to believe that Bones will be doing what they do best: subverting the norm.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8g3TuKsQHs

Available on: Crunchyroll

alderamin
alderamin

Alderamin on the Sky (light novel)

A lazy womanizer at heart, Ikuta is forced to enroll in the Katvarna Empire’s military officer school. This young soldier eventually grows into a great commander in the war with the neighboring Republic of Kioka.

Patrick’s Take: Here’s the thing with Madhouse adaptations: they’re excellent adaptations but in my opinion have never made a bad IP good or a good IP bad. This anime will largely depend on the strength of its source material. With the weakness of last season’s fantasy anime (Cerberus, Endride) I’m hoping Alderamin pulls out a win, I would gladly get stuck in an epic-style war with crazy strategies and tactics at the front a la Legend of Galactic Heroes.

Marc’s Take: I’m not particularly fond of medieval anime (they’re a bit overdone if you haven’t noticed) but I’m interested to see where this one goes story-wise. Hopefully it’s more centered around military tactics and political intrigue than anything else, it would certainly be a refreshing take on the genre and very timely for western fans given the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kL47t4Mz-4

Available on: Crunchyroll

new game
new game

NEW GAME! (manga)

Aoba Suzukaze is a fresh graduate who has just been hired as a 3D artist at her favorite game company. NEW GAME! Follows Aoba as she becomes comfortable in her role and interacts with the rest of the game development team.

Patrick’s Take: The NEW GAME! manga is the next in a long line of successful slice of life adaptations from the magazine Manga Time Kirara, and we’re lucky enough to have it be the second one in a row adapted by Dogakobo. I’m a huge fan of the manga and have a good feeling this is going to be the next GochiUsa-sized hit if its popularity on the Japanese internet is any indication.

Marc’s Take: I really like Dogakobo as a studio, I’m just hoping this show is more like Saekano in the “making a video game” genre of slice of life shows (i.e. that it is good).

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8JGXixftYQ

orange
orange

orange (manga)

One day sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a letter supposedly from her 27-year-old self. The letter contains instructions on what to do on that day of school, and it rapidly becomes obvious that the letter is no lie. Naho must decide whether to follow the letter or her gut as drama surrounds her, her friends, and the transfer student Naruse Kakeru.

Patrick’s Take: While I haven’t read more than the first couple of chapters myself, I’ve only heard good things about the orange manga. Assuming the hype is real this is going to be one of those youth romance anime that are able to REALLY pull at the heartstrings joining the likes of Honey and Clover and AnoHana. I’m also excited to hear Kana Hanazawa in the lead role, I feel like it’s been some time since we’ve got to hear her play an emotionally demanding character.

Marc’s Take: I need more romance anime in my life, bad. I don’t want to jump to conclusions based just on the only short PV they’ve released, but this show seems as if it will be one that I will be watching fervently. The character designs they’ve shown are really compelling and the music in the trailer is top-notch even for how little of it you get to hear. The twist presented by the plot synopsis is also intriguing, and Kana Hanazawa in the lead role will always get me to pay attention. Consider orange on my list.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU2mPHp9Btk

Available on: Crunchyroll

qualidelea
qualidelea

QUALIDEA CODE (original)

Humanity is in a prolonged war against an enemy known only as UNKNOWN. Children entered a deep sleep as the invasion began decades ago and have now woken up with supernatural powers to aid in the fight against UNKNOWN.

Patrick’s Take: So this is definitely a light novel anime despite, you know, not being a light novel adaptation. The cast list reveals one main male character with a male sidekick and numerous female characters who I’d be willing to be subscribe to common anime character tropes. All of that having been said it is being created as an original by A-1, and I’d argue they have a hell of a track record for originals. If not, they also have a hell of a track record for making decent shounen LN adaptations. At the very least this show is going to look pretty and sound great. Whether it becomes just another supernatural power anime is just something we’ll have to wait and see.

Marc’s Take: Despite a lot of other things about this show I am highly intrigued at the nature of its story, it sounds like it can go a lot of different ways. How A-1 chooses to implement this story is obviously anyone’s guess before it airs but hopefully it won’t be too full of overused tropes, despite how those can be fun in certain contexts.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro9yNfKO-mw

Available on: Crunchyroll

regalia
regalia

Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars (original)

Sisters Yui and Rena live in the peaceful kingdom of Enastoria. Or it was peaceful until it got attacked by a giant robot, sucking them into a “vortex of destiny”.

Patrick’s Take: This is an interesting property. The website and PV do not give a whole lot of info to go off of, but I’ve been able to glean a few things. The women in the anime (there’s hardly any men announced) are all voiced by idol-seiyuu, meaning either a lot of character songs or, if we’re lucky, a lot of insert songs. This is Infinite’s first time helming a TV anime, but they’re backed by Lantis (which explains the idols nicely, they’re mainly a music label for anime and game music) who have some good experience with original IPs. The most important thing, in my sakuga-opinion, is that all of the mecha shown in the PV are hand drawn! Further research shows that they’re designed by Kenta Suzuki, a man who has a lot of experience doing key animation for Gundam, Diebuster, and Code Geass, and mech design experience on Active Raid and Buddy Complex. All of these things are things that appeal to me greatly, but even with them the PV feels pretty blasé. I hope the be proved wrong.

Marc’s Take: I’m going into this one with absolutely no expectations, so as not to be let down if it turns out to be bad. Hopefully the PV doesn’t give a whole lot away because despite the intriguing staff announcements, it looks fairly unremarkable. Like Patrick said, this show’s biggest selling point is that all of the on-screen mecha are hand-animated in 2D, which is a supreme rarity nowadays.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1v2phIeYsA

Available on: Funimation

relife
relife

ReLIFE (manga)

ReLIFE follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27 year old unemployed man unable to find a new job after quitting his last one. On his last legs he is approached by Yoake Ryou of the ReLIFE Research Institute who offers him a chance to change his appearance to that of a 17-year-old in order to start over from high school once again.

Patrick’s Take: ReLIFE is a super popular manga that started as a webcomic, which normally bodes quite well. However, I’ve tried getting into the story a few times and I think it’s just not for me. I’ll be giving the anime another shot, gotta try everything!

Marc’s Take: The anime’s style looks very mid-2000s, which usually spells bad news for me as to a show’s quality. The premise seems interesting enough and the tone of the PV is quite irreverent, I’m hoping it’s a charming kind of irreverent as opposed to an attempt at irreverence that just comes off as insufferable (something several anime are unfortunately very guilty of).

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZCgXuxMAZY

Available on: Crunchyroll (1 week delay)

rewrite
rewrite

Rewrite (visual novel)

Rewrite is set in the city of Kazamatsuri, overrun by trees and flowers thanks to aforrestation. It’s the opposite of most cities, lending a strange nostalgic feel despite being modern. Tennouji Kotarou is a boy who lives in Kazamatsuri who has the ability to “rewrite” his own body, able to become stronger or faster as he wishes. Using these powers he investigates mysteries along with five girls from his school.

Patrick’s Take: The last Key visual novel adaptation we got was Little Busters which finished in December of 2013. I think I might have finally recovered from that heartbreak so just fuck me right up Key, I’m ready, do your worst! Key-love aside, I’ve purposely avoided playing Rewrite until its inevitable anime adaptation because I felt like I was unfair to the Little Busters adaptation. For those of you not familiar with Key visual novels they are always, without fail, absolutely heart-wrenching. I’m sure Rewrite will be no different.

Marc’s Take: Beside’s all the stuff Patrick stated above about this adaptation, I’m hoping the interesting setting of this show can serve to instill a sense of wonder in the viewer. That’s something that I feel like is sorely needed in anime nowadays, and something that I think Rewrite is most certainly poised to do. Either way, fuck my ass up Key I’m ready to cry like a babby.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj9E2VKauNc

Available on: Crunchyroll

saiki kusou
saiki kusou

Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan (manga)

Saiki Kusou was born with a powerful enough ESP power level that he gained fame and notoriety in Kindergarten for never losing any Rock Paper Scissors match - naturally using his telepathy to ensure victory. Tired of the fame he vowed to never use his powers again, but now in highschool his resolve is starting to fade.

Patrick’s Take: This is apparently a very highly regarded comedy manga, topping quite a few “which summer anime are you most excited for” lists, though once again I have not read it myself. The staff are all part of the old guard, hopefully they will do a good job with what is obviously a well-loved manga.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAbl6zAxTBQ

Available on: Funimation

xechs
xechs

Scared Rider XechS (visual novel)

In this otome game adaptation 17-year-old Akira Asagi must lead six members of the Blue World's combat unit "IS" in combat to defend their world from the creatures of the Red World.

Patrick's Take: I couldn't fit it nicely in the description up above, but in the game the Blue World represents logic while the Red World represents instinct. I have to wonder if this is going to make it a deeper story than "destroy the bad guys from the other world." I also have to wonder aloud if the characterization is going to be better than the last couple of otome game adaptations I've watched, namely Prince of Stride.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XvmztAnsKc

Available on: Funimation

servamp
servamp

SERVAMP (manga)

SERVAMP begins when simple-minded 15-year-old Mahiro Shirota picks up an abandoned black cat. Or what he thought was a black cat. It turns out Kuro (the cat) is actually a being known as a servamp (servant + vampire) and naming Kuro brings Mahiro tumbling into the war between the seven servamp brothers and their eighth sibling Tsubaki.

Marc’s Take: Brain’s Base used to be really good at making shows in this specific kind of ethos but they’ve fallen off pretty hard in recent years. The voice cast looks good enough but otherwise, I wouldn’t expect much substance from this.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_zJEoQBi_8

Available on: Funimation

shokugeki
shokugeki

Shokugeki no Soma Ni no Sara (sequel)

The second season of the critically acclaimed shounen cooking show. Follows Soma and a wide cast of characters as they make their way through the next rounds of the Toutsuki High Autumn Election tournament.

Marc’s Take: If you’ve listened to our podcast in the past you will know that I am an absolutely rabid fan of Shokugeki no Soma and have been awaiting this new season with bated breath from the moment the first season ended. Soma and his group of friends, along with every other character on the show is so flawlessly fleshed out and lovable that you can’t possibly resist getting completely sucked in. For a show that is just about cooking, the battles will be more compelling than most other shows this season and the storytelling will always make your emotions soar to such impossible highs and lows that you’ll be questioning your own sanity. If you haven’t seen the first season yet, get on board this hype train because it’s about to leave the station and it isn’t stopping.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftkShI-StTU

Available on: Crunchyroll

taboo
taboo

TABOO TATTOO (manga)

Seigi, a middle school boy well-trained in martial arts has a habit of sticking up for people who can’t stick up for themselves. One day he saves a homeless man from a bunch of delinquents; the man then places a tattoo on Seigi’s hand that gives him a secret power. Very quickly Seigi finds himself in trouble as a violent girl using the same weapon begins to pursue him.

Patrick’s Take: I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for a well thought out battle manga and TABOO TATTOO is just that! The gimmick (tattoos with different catalysts that grant different powers) is fun, the art is great, the panels in the manga flow well in combat; now it’s just up to the anime to do it justice.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzfSLQODed0

Available on: Crunchyroll

zestiria
zestiria

Tales of Zestiria the X (video game)

A continuation of the Tales of Zestiria OVA released ahead of the game, it follows Sorey, the link between humans and the invisible to the naked eye Seraphim as he tries to save the world from great destruction.

Patrick’s Take: Despite how much I was enjoying the PC port of the game I never did find enough time to finish it. Ufotable has taken a much deserved break from their murderous TV anime schedule so I’m sure they’ll be able to make it as pretty as ever. This should be a good fantasy romp.

Marc’s Take: Ufotable (almost) always makes good stuff and definitely always makes it look pretty. The Tales series is very highly regarded on both sides of the Pacific and Ufotable is very good at making fantasy-oriented anime, so I will definitely be checking this out. Everything I’ve seen from Ufo ahead of release has been promising to say the least.

PV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h5iZ_osbJE

Available on: Daisuki, Funimation

mari waka
mari waka

Time Travel Shoujo: Mari Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi (mostly original)

Based on an old educator’s book, this early morning anime follows a young woman as she time travels to important points in time.

Patrick’s Take: Not much at all is available for this show as of now, but it’s a safe bet it’s an educational kid’s show. Interesting to note though is the cast includes all of the current members of the idol/seiyuu group Sphere. If I wind up liking this kid’s show it would not be the first time….

Available on: Funimation

tsukiuta
tsukiuta

TSUKIUTA. THE ANIMATION (drama cd)

In the anime series, the members of Six Gravity and Procellarum are all living in the same dorm building. Hajime Mutsuki and Haru Yayoi, the oldest members of Six Gravity, are first year university students. Each episode of the series will feature a different main character. (Source: MAL)

Marc’s Take: Not a whole lot else is known about this one other than that it is an adaptation of a drama CD by Studio Pierrot, whose works are the very definition of hit or miss. I can’t imagine this will be entirely exciting to anyone who hasn’t already heard the drama CD but anything can happen, I guess.

Available on: Funimation