Summer Anime 2016: Watchlist

Hello! I’m back from the abyss otherwise known as adulthood. I’m in between jobs again, so hopefully I’ll have some time for blogging for the next month or so.

Starting off the end of the hiatus with the list of anime I’m planning to watch this summer.

NB. All show descriptions are from http://myanimelist.net/

Orange

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One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse. The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.

I’ve already read the first volume of Orange, and the second volume is sitting in my room ready to be devoured in floods of tears. It’s basically a mix between the novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, and the manga Erased. It’s super sweet, but super sad. The first volume made me cry, and I know the anime will do the same. If you love shoujo that isn’t all predatory men and harem, this is one for you to check out.

Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu

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The second season of Arslan Senki.

Looking forward to returning to this world to see if Arslan can win back his kingdom. I’m wondering how far the anime will move the story along – whether they’ll stick to the manga, or give it an anime original ending (I assume the manga is still ongoing). I’m especially interested to see where the romance between Arslan and Ester is going to go. I also want more Daryun – he’s so badass!!

Handa-kun

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Set six years prior to the events of Barakamon, detailing the life of Seishuu Handa as a high school student—and a very interesting life it is. In Handa-kun, Seishuu Handa is admired by his peers as a calligraphy genius and given the utmost respect, but Handa-kun himself is under the mistaken impression that the deference and attention he receives from the other students is actually bullying. Handa just wants to live a quiet life, but hilarity ensues as one character after another challenges his position as the school idol, and somehow comes away as a fan all while Handa is horrified and clueless.

I loved Bakumon, so so much. It was a great slice of life anime. Although I am disappointed this season isn’t going to be set on the island with all the motley crew, I am looking forward to seeing more of Handa, just because he’s such a fun, silly character. The mangaka’s writing is also really funny, so excited to watch what is going to be a lighthearted anime.

Tales of Zestiria the X

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Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the seraphim, spiritual beings not visible to humans. Sorey believes in the folklore that says “long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim” and dreams of unraveling the ancient mystery to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace. One day, Sorey visits the human capital for the very first time. He becomes embroiled in an incident during which he pulls out a holy sword embedded in a rock and ends up becoming a Shepherd, one who casts away calamity from the world. He begins to realize the gravity of his mission, and his dream of coexistence between mankind and the seraphim becomes more intense. And thus, the Shepherd embarks on an amazing journey with his companions.

I am far, far too excited for this anime. I’ve played through nearly all of the Tales of Zestiria game (still haven’t got round to finishing off that final boss battle!) and I really loved the story line. It’s going to make a super anime adaption. Seriously one I would recommend watching. The newest PV gave me shivers! (That song refrain when they showed shots of Lastonbell was just…ugh! So perfect).

Cheer Danshi!!

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The story revolves around the “slightly odd and cute” members of a cheerleading squad at a men’s university.

The housemate and I are watching Haikyuu!! at the moment, which has given us sports anime fever. Cheer Danshi!! looks so cute, and seems like it’s going to deliver on all the most important sports anime points – underdog story, lots of guy “friendships” which are going to make some solid fujoshi shipping material. Yes, I have a feeling this anime is going to satisfying my cravings for sports anime until the third season of Haikyuu!! comes out in October!

Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu

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Sakaguchi is a high school boy and also a “fudanshi” who loves boys-love stories. He hangs out with his friends, a fujoshi named Rumi, his gay friend Yuujirou, fellow fudanshi Daigo, and his “normal” friend Nakamura.

OK, so, I’ve started to gain a guilty pleasure for anime and manga that revolve around fujoshi. It’s such a funny trope, and there is something nice about seeing yourself represented in anime and manga (even if it’s a very shameful part…). I’ve yet to read or watch anything that has a fudanshi in it – I think the problems of being a fudanshi are just as bad as being a fujoshi, if not worse. Yes, another anime I’m excited about watching.

ReLIFE

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The story follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27-year-old jobless man, who fails at every job interview he had after quitting his last company. His life changes after he met Yoake Ryou of the ReLife Research Institute, who offered him a drug that can change his appearance to 17-years-old and to become a subject in an experiment for one year. Thus, he begins his life as a high school student once more.

The premise of this story sounds really interesting – sort of like 17 Again, but because it’s anime it’s going to be a million times better. I’m probably going to watch this and end up wishing that such a drug existed – Kaizaki Arata’s life sort of sounds like mine right now…

Servamp

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The story revolves around a 16-year-old boy (15 at the beginning of the story) named Mahiru Shirota who likes simple things and dislikes difficult things. One day, he picks up a stray black cat he finds in the middle of the road and gives it the name Kuro (which literally translates into “black”). From this moment on, a contract between the servamp Sleepy Ash and Mahiru is formed, and Mahiru is pulled into the Servamp war between the seven deadly Servamps and their eighth sibling Tsubaki.

I wasn’t going to watching this series, but the PV made it look really good. It looks like a good, solid shounen fantasy, battle anime.

Taboo Tattoo

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Seigi, a martial arts trained middle schooler, often feels driven to protect the weaker people around him. One day, he defends a homeless man against some punks, and the man gives him a strange tattoo on his palm in return. The tattoo is a secret weapon produced in the arms race between America and the Serinistan Kingdom. Seigi finds himself in over his head when a powerful girl, using the same secret weapon, violently pursues him in order to retrieve it. His skill at martial arts may not be enough to keep him alive, but will he be able to learn how to trigger the power of his tattoo in time?

I’ve added this tentatively to the list. The concept sounds pretty good, but it’s a completely unknown anime to me. The main reason I added it to the list is that female lead looks pretty awesome.

Amaama to Inazuma

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Kouhei Inuzuka is a teacher who has been caring for his little daughter on his own since his wife’s death. He’s no good at cooking, so he and his daughter Tsumugi have been eating packaged meals from the convenience store. A series of events lead him one evening to a restaurant run by the mother of one of his students, Kotori. Her mother isn’t there, but Kotori does her best to feed them both. It turns out Kotori is often alone since her parents are divorced and her mother is frequently not around. The three of them begin to meet and cook tasty food together.

This anime looks sweet! I’m hoping it’s going to be similar to Usagi Drop. Plus it’s a food anime!! I tried watching Food Wars, but couldn’t stand it because of the fan service. Hopefully this anime will fill the hole in my heart that Food Wars couldn’t fill.

Amanchu!

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Hikari Kohinata is a cheerful 15-year-old girl who lives near the ocean and she spends much of her time diving as a result. On her first day of high school, she meets a teacher who also likes scuba diving. There’s also a 16-year-old classmate, Futaba, who gets dragged along in Hikari’s maelstrom as soon as they meet at school. Most of the manga so far details the relationship between the two girls, which quickly seems to move into romantic two girl friendship-territory.

The housemate and I are working on a manga at the moment that is set in a world that is predominately water. I want to watch this anime mostly for the setting, but also because the story sounds really sweet. Should be another good slice of life anime, that might also fill the hole in my heart that is there from lack of good female sports anime.

Days (TV)

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The series is about two boys named Tsukushi and Jin. Tsukushi is a boy with no special talent or traits while Jin is considered a soccer genius. On one stormy night, Jin meets Tsukushi, and they get dragged into the world of soccer.

I’ve added this tentatively to the list. The PV didn’t particularly wow me, but it’s a sports anime so I’ll give it a shot. I’m also not that fussed on football…but having said that I knew nothing about volleyball until I started watching Haikyuu!!

What anime are you excited about watching in the upcoming Summer 2016 season?

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4 thoughts on “Summer Anime 2016: Watchlist

    1. Will be interesting to see how Berserk is received, esp since it’s been so long since the first season came out! At the moment there seem to be a lot of old anime/manga reboots – like D. Gray-man, Ushio to Tora, and it seems like we might be getting a new Blue Exorcist anime…

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