Haruka has been spending the high school days idly. One day, Haruka meets Rin, his old friend at the elementary school, and gets overwhelmed by Rin’s swimming skill. In order to beat Rin, Haruka establishes a swimming club with his friends.
I’m not sure where to start here. This is easily the most anticipated anime of the entire season. Free! is a project that people have been fighting to have produced for a while now. When I say fighting, I mean petitions, seriously, people will do anything for sexy swimming boys. I chose Free! since Uta no Prince-sama will be ending this week, and I’ll need a rebound. I trust this cast a crew with my vulnerable heart: Hiroko Utsumi will direct the series written by Masahiro Yokotani (Devil Is A Part-Timer, Maria Holic) with character design by Futoshi Nishiya (Hyouka.) Free! will be full of fun, friendship, and most definitely, fan service.
A group of 15 elite high school students are gathered at a very special, high class high school. The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, and he explains to them that their graduation hinges around committing a murder.
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Danganronpa is my thriller pick for this season. The plot itself is gruesome, dark and disturbing, but is made light by lovely animation and very recognizable character archetypes. I really really want to believe in this concept and think it can be executed well as an anime, but have my doubts about the character development, which tends to be lacking in these video- game-gone-anime adaptations. We’ll just have to see! Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, Persona 4: The Animation) is heading the production, so that’s reassuring seeing as he has experience with these types of adaptations.
3. Servant x Service
Servant x Service is a story following Lucy Yamagami, an employee of the Health and Welfare Division, at a certain government ward office in Hokkaido prefecture. The slice-of-life comedy follows Lucy’s day-to-day as a newly hired public servant alongside her eccentric colleagues and how they all actively and covertly serve their community every day.
Slice of life and comedy are few and far between this season, with supernatural and fantasy series taking the helm, so I was very excited to come across Servant x Service and declare it my slice of life pick for the summer season! According to a recent partially subbed promo released by Aniplex, we’re in for a cast of very dynamic and well-written characters. You don’t have to worry about any “typical” archetypes here, so if you love original and unpredictable characters, this is the series for you! The cast is voiced by veterans such as Ai Kayano (Say, I Love You, Chihayafuru) Mai Nakahara (Fairy Tail, AKB0048) and Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Uta no Prince-Sama, Free!)
4. Blood Lad
Blood Lad follows Staz, a vampire that is obsessed with the human world, and Fuyumi, a human girl that was killed and turned into a ghost after wandering into the demon world. Staz promises to help Fuyumi regain her humanity by bringing her back to life.
Another very highly anticipated series this season. The Blood Lad manga series has been enjoying great success in both the Japanese and Western market. With a new and refreshing plot, great characters and quirky animation, there’s no reason why this anime shouldn’t be just as big a hit. Unfortunately, there’s nothing more than a few promos to go by at this point, and it hasn’t been picked up for simulcasting yet, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Again, another one I really want to see succeed since the manga is so wonderful. Maya Shigeyuki (Durarara!!) directs this Brains Base supernatural series.
5. Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
After his uncle’s business fails, William Twining, an intelligent young noble, finds himself in a dire financial situation. With no funds for his school tuition, he searches his house until he comes upon the basement. There, he accidentally summons Dantalion, who recognizes William as a descendant of Solomon, and the Elector—the individual that will choose a substitute ruler for when the Emperor of Hell, Lucifer, rests. From that moment on, William’s life is irrevocably interwoven with the supernatural world as other demonic candidates for substitute king vie for his nomination and Heaven attempts to retrieve his soul.
Why is there so little out about this series?! I found it very hard to do any level is appropriate researching with one promo and a 30 second commercial out. However, despite the lack of resources, I’m really looking forward to this series. I’m a sucker for a victorian demon action drama (wow, that’s niche), and the animation is so well executed I can’t even stand it. I’m loving this manga and find the story and characters to be captivating and addicting. So excited to make this my akuma anime of the summer! Please be good!
6. Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyo (Dog and Scissors)
This absurd mystery comedy centers around Kazuhito Harumi, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books. One day, he is killed in the middle of a robbery — and resurrected as a dachshund dog. Unable to read in his new form, the hapless Kazuhito now belongs to Kirihime Natsuno, a sadistic novelist who uses scissors on Kazuhito to abuse him.
This series speaks to my heart so much because it reminds me of The Severing Crime Edge so much. Both, I feel, are misunderstood due to the absurdity of their plots, but are actually dynamic and well-developed stories. Of course, I’m down for just about anything that is deemed “sadistic” and “absurd” which is why InuHasa is my mystery/comedy pick for the summer. Yukio Takahashi will make his full directorial debut while Toshizo Nemoto (Inu x Boku SS) handles series composition. This is gonna be fun.