As the birds and the bees give way to crushing heatwaves (or the fun of winter for those down under), anime too hasn’t forgotten seasonal change. And oh boy what a change it is. If you don’t like isekai you’re going to start as over 10 different alternate world series are up to the plate this summer, with cutesy slice-of-life in Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life meeting otome romcom sequel Otome Game X while slapstick comedy Meikyuu Black Company pairs up with the political science obsessed Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – and all bow before the eagerly awaited continuation of Tensura and Tensura-like Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu. Rather stay with the real world? Never fear, because we also have the likes of post-secondary romance Bokutachi no Remake, pirate adventure Kaizoku Oujo, the second season of Madoka successor Magia Record, and the onii-sama focused Mahouka spinoff Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei to help quench any thirst. And if that wasn’t enough already, the demonic comedy Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai, the much anticipated fantasy slice-of-life sequel Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S, and new Madhouse original Sonny Boy are here to help keep the palate entertained. It’s a season befitting of these long nights and even longer days and we’re here to tell you all about it! This is RandomC’s Summer 2021 Preview.
As is tradition now our Excitement Levels previously introduced shall again be used. With every anime a cacophony of hype and wholly immune to objective thought (because art), we will embrace the spin and give you our visceral gut reactions to what is likely to transpire. For more information, check out the Overall Impressions section at the bottom, which includes an expanded explanation of each category and a list of all shows by Excitement Level.
Disclaimer: Back in the ancient times of 2012, previews were done by a single writer, Divine. But even in these modern times the RandomC preview is a substantial task, so we’ve divided it up among our active staff (Choya, FJ Freeman, Gabie, Guardian Enzo, Pancakes (that’s me!), Princess Usagi, Miss Simplice, Takaii, Yaseen Hijazi, Zaiden, and Zephyr) in order to maintain the quality of this preview. We will try to point out what appeals to us in each series, in the hope it will help you determine if it coincides with your tastes.
Disclaimer #2: Please note that this list does not reflect all the series airing this coming season. It is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, but omissions have been made for shows that stray from the anime norm, seem to be oriented toward young children, or of late, shows being exclusively batch released through Netflix (refer to the OVA section for mentions on these). Likewise, any shows which have been postponed or currently lack a confirmed air date have also been excluded. Please check out MOON PHASE for complete listings, syoboi for specific air times, and Fansub DB for a list of potential sources for each series. And if we happened to miss something major, don’t hesitate to poke us!
Above all else, however, let me take this chance for a big thank you to the Random Curiosity team for this season’s preview. Life is hectic at the best of times (even while the world is starting to look up!), and if not for the help of our newbies this one definitely would have strained quite a few nerves – so the kudos are plentiful and the thanks persistent, especially for Zaiden and FJ Freeman who tackled plenty of this post’s backend. Also remember if in need of some differing perspectives to check out the LiA Summer preview for a second opinion on many of these shows.
Finally, and as always, many thanks to the entire Random Curiosity community. Whether you read every post or only a handful, whether you’re involved with and/or contribute to our Discord channel, or simply just lurk the site and stop by for the seasonal preview roundup, it’s your time, attention, and company which keep us going. Here’s to another fun season of anime for us to enjoy together!
Technical Note: The chart below is ordered by the date and time that the shows premiere. The links in the schedule will take you to a series’ corresponding entry and the “Top” links on the right will bring you back. You can also use the back/forward buttons in your browser to jump between links you’ve clicked. All times are given in a 24-hour, relative-day format where times are extended to show which day they belong to. For instance, Friday morning at 1:30AM would become Thursday at 25:30 to show that the episode aired late Thursday night. Series lacking confirmed air times are excluded until further airing info is released.
Love Live! Superstar!!
19:00 NHK-E (07/11)
Getter Robo Arc
21:00 AT-X (07/04)
Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.
21:30 AT-X (07/04)
Tian Guan Ci Fu
21:30 Tokyo MX (07/04)
Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid
22:00 Tokyo MX (07/04)
IDOLiSH7: Third BEAT!
22:30 Tokyo MX (07/04)
Deatte 5 Byou de Battle
24:00 Tokyo MX (07/12)
25:30 TV Tokyo (07/05)
26:00 TV Tokyo (07/05)
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (2021 Dai 2 Bu)
23:00 Tokyo MX (07/06)
Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life: Isekai ni Tsukurou Drugstore
22:00 Tokyo MX/BS11 (07/07)
TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION 2
22:30 Tokyo MX (07/07)
Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun.
23:00 AT-X (07/14)
Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
23:00 Tokyo MX (07/07)
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon S
24:00 Tokyo MX (07/07)
22:00 Tokyo MX (07/01)
22:30 Tokyo MX (07/01)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu
23:30 Tokyo MX (07/01)
Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
24:00 Tokyo MX (07/08)
24:30 Tokyo MX (07/15)
Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi
24:55 Fuji TV (07/22)
Night Head 2041
Meikyuu Black Company
22:30 Tokyo MX (07/09)
Vanitas no Karte
24:00 Tokyo MX (07/02)
100-man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatte Iru (2021)
24:30 Tokyo MX (07/02)
Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei Shiteshimatta… X
25:25 MBS/TBS (07/02)
25:55 MBS/TBS (07/02)
Kanojo mo Kanojo
26:25 MBS/TBS (07/02)
Bokutachi no Remake
22:00 Tokyo MX (07/03)
D_Cide Traumerei The Animation
22:30 Tokyo MX (07/10)
Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei
23:30 Tokyo MX (07/03)
24:00 AT-X (07/03)
Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Gaiden 2nd Season
24:00 Tokyo MX (07/31)
Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki
25:30 Tokyo MX (07/03)
25:30 TV Asahi (07/03)
Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai!
26:00 ABC TV (07/31)
* Jump to OVA/Movies.
Bored of her countryside upbringing, Princess Saltorine Aldike, or Sari (Shiraishi Haruka) aspires to go out on a rollicking adventure. But when her kingdom is ambushed by a horde of Oni, she is taken aback by the dangers of the outside world. She is luckily saved by a Kibutsu Mikoto (Touyama Nao), a mysterious traveler who slays Oni with the power of “Peach Eye”. With the Oni threatening to disturb the balance of the magical world, Sari sets out on an adventure to learn more about the world around her and follow the footsteps of the charismatic yet terrifying boy she met that day.
This is a massive season for Cool-kyou Shinja. The author is best known for KyoAni’s comedy staple Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, the fluffy domestic comedy Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken, and Chichi Chichi. But while Kobayashi-san’s next season is one of the Summer’s most hyped anime, Shinja also has Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi and Peach Boy Riverside making its premiere this time around, both of which tapping into Shinja’s flirtation with high-fantasy beyond the real world. In the case of Peach Boy Riverside, it captures an action-heavy magical adventure that acts as interesting, uncharted territory for the author in comparison to the comedies that Shinja’s has excelled at. It’ll be neat to see whether Peach Boy Riverside will turn out to have the same amount of depth as other prominent fantasy anime when it arrives this Summer
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From Sunrise comes the anime adaptation of Scarlet Nexus, Bandai Namco’s newest action role-playing game. The franchise revolves around an alternative timeline where humanity finds a psionic hormone capable of granting superhuman abilities. Coinciding with this discovery are the arrival of monsters called “Others,” which drive humanity to the brink of extinction. The Other Suppression Force (OSF) is formed to combat these enemies, with recruits utilizing their psychokinetic powers to fight off enemies as humanity’s last line of defense. Sumeragi Yuito (Enoki Junya) is one such recruit, joining the OSF following intense training and a desire to follow in the footsteps of a team that saved his life as a child. Joining him is Randall Kasane (Seto Asami), a prodigy who was scouted by the OSF and graduated the top of her class. The two navigate the futuristic city of New Himuka, fighting off the Others while trying to unravel their mysteries.
With some interesting similarities to Astral Chain, Scarlet Nexus arrives as the latest franchise featuring an apocalyptic backdrop filled with mysterious enemies that can only be fought by humans wielding special powers. It’s a pretty standard formula, which unfortunately doesn’t do the series any favors when you also consider how games don’t tend to make smooth transitions to the anime medium. The game’s striking visuals provide a bit of appeal, but it’s unrealistic to expect the same artistic quality and detail to transfer across mediums, and the perspective change from playing as the characters to watching them as viewers will likely detract from the experience as well. The fact that Tales of Vesperia’s lead designer (Anabuki Kenji) was Scarlet Nexus’ game director does provide some hope however, as his focus on character development and interactions played a large part in making Vesperia such a great game. Given how those aspects are some of the few things that can carry well across mediums, his involvement could end up helping the anime’s director (Nishimura Hiroyuki) capture the franchise’s nuances and make this worth watching. I think the best case scenario here is that Scarlet Nexus ends up doing a great job capturing the experience of the game and gets you interested in giving it a shot, but it’s always difficult recommending the anime over playing the game proper if you have the time.
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Ah-a pleasant summer evening in rural Hinamizawa with cicadas clicking, the sounds and smells of a local shrine festival in the distance, and the shouts of happy children playing. Except that for Houjou Satoko (Kanai Mika), Furude Rika (Tamura Yukari), Ryuuguu Rena (Nakahara Mai), and their friends those aren’t shouts of laughter, but screams of terror as they become victims of the village’s curse. They must struggle in a bloody battle against time, fate, and each other to free themselves from the bonds of this curse. Will they successfully become masters of their own future or will they be trapped to see history repeat itself again?
This is the 2nd season of studio Passione’s Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou, which itself was a brand new story story based in the Higurashi universe featured in a visual novel game and numerous anime adaptations. The staffing is consistent with the 1st season directed by Kawaguchi Keiichiro and music by Kawai Kenji (who also did the music for the other Higurashi anime adaptations). The first season started out great, but then took a downward spiral when the plot became driven by Satoko’s childish selfishness. Hopefully for the second season, the story will pick up again and make progress in terms of character development and plot. From the promo video, it appears as if focus will be shifting back onto Rena who was overlooked for most of the previous season. This may be a sign of things moving in a fresher direction, even if she does become another character for Satoko to manipulate.
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A trip to the bookstore is an adventure for any avid reader. To complete the quest for the sought after book, the hero/heroine must first overcome any uncertainties as to whether the said book is available, then undertake the mission to locate the tome, and finally to dodge any obstacles such as shelf-stocking “elves”, stray stools, and long lines. Noé (Hanae Natsuki), the protagonist of Vanitas no Karte, is also on the hunt for a good read-a cursed magic book, the Book of Vanitas. The author, Vanitas, was a vampire whose once in a blue moon birth (quite literally) caused him to be ostracized by vampire society and vowed retribution against vampire-kind. Vanitas’ name and book are passed on to a vampire physician living in Paris in the 1800’s, who crosses paths with Noé on Noé’s book-hunt. Is Noé’s interest in the Book of Vanitas purely academic or will he use the secrets within as he unravels the mysteries behind Dr. Vanitas and his namesake?
I have not read the manga source for this series, however anything having to do with history and vampires always gets my attention. With BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Boku no Hero Academia) being in charge of this anime, I have high hopes for the art design and overall execution of the story. From the promo clips I’ve seen, the music (by Kajiura Yuki, who also did soundtracks for Kimetsu no Yaiba and Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (which is one of my favorite anime soundtracks)) sounds soaringly gorgeous, which is another draw. In terms of writing, Deko Akao will be in charge of the scripts. She also did some of the script writing for Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki Atama no Ue, and Arakawa Under the Bridge– all shows I enjoyed for their engaging storytelling, which bodes well for this series.
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When it comes to the daily routine, Yotsuya Yuusuke (Uemura Yuuto) couldn’t find it worse. A dedicated loner more concerned with games than the future, Yuusuke gets a very rude awakening one day when, in the midst of classroom chores, he and fellow classmates Shindou Iu (Kubota Risa) and Hakokaze Kusue (Waki Azumi) are whisked away to another world by a being called the Game Master. In this world they have a very specific duty: complete various quests to help save the real world, or wind up dead. Not the most appealing of tasks, and while the group successfully works through several quests with the help of one Tokitate Yuka (Koichi Makoto), their discovery of the truth behind this alternate world makes things worse. Yuusuke and friends may be partway through completing the Game Master’s requirements, but the next stage could prove to be more than they can handle.
As far as isekai go, 100-man no Inochi is firmly with the crowd. Although an intriguing twist on the usual shenanigans courtesy of survival game flair and RPG mechanics mashup, 100-man’s first season, whether from rushing/source chopping or lacklustre production, had a hard time making its presence felt. Or in other words, as is increasingly common, a story which arguably works better in its source material than in anime form. The good news though is that this season should be an overall improvement; all cast and crew are carrying over, the series is set to move into some of its more entertaining arcs, and major plot details teased previously are about to assume major importance. While I wouldn’t expect the production values to similarly grow by leaps and bounds, there’s nothing so far to suggest anything too different in comparison to the first cour. Series fans obviously know where they stand already, but if you have a taste for quirky isekai and liked what the first season had on tap, 100-man no Inochi is certainly one to keep a tab on this season.
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Behold! It’s the second season of the darling villainess reincarnates trope. What a feast for us indulgent
This series is based on the Light-Novels by Yamaguchi Satoru and is animated by SILVER LINK. I first started reading the manga out of curiosity when the serialization had been on chapter five. While I usually prefer Manhwa when it comes to the Villainess Reincarnation trope, Hamefura won me over due to its sheer lack of taking itself seriously. I have actually not watched the first season (because apparently I live in a cave), but I’ll definitely catch up to it now that I’ve found out it exists! And I can’t wait to see my sweet tsundere Prince Alan (Suzuki Tatsuhisa) and the lovely Mary (Okasaki Miho) as their animated selves!
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Cat lovers from all over the world this is your calling! Ore, Tsushima is the promise of a realistic depiction of cats like none other. The plot revolves around “Ojii-chan” (Tanaka Mayumi), an elderly female lady who is mistaken as a man by the cats she takes care of. One fine day, Ojii-chan stumbles upon an audacious cat named Tsushima (Ootsuka Akio) who can talk?! And thus starts the absurd tales of these two characters and their daily interactions.
Created by mangaka Opuunokyodai and animated by Fanworks (Aggretsuko) in partnership with Space Neko Company, the animation style in Ore, Tsushima is unusual to say the least. With its realistic cats and oddly shaped humans, one thing is for sure: as strange as it looks the series has gained enough recognition and support to become an anime with only three published volumes. Trying to create an imaginary avatar of who would read and watch this show in Japan did wonders to make me laugh with myself. It was also impossible not to think about Luffy and All For One (who also plays Blackbeard in One Piece) whilst watching the PVs, what a wonder duo!
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Dating can be a difficult ordeal. Naoya Mukai (Enoki Junya) learns this detail first-hand when he’s successfully lands a date with his childhood friend Saki Saki (Sakura Ayane) after years of unrequited love. His success is short-lived, however, when he receives an abrupt confession from Nagisa Minase (Waki Azumi), a classmate who completely changed herself to be more desirable for him. Naoya tries to turn her down at first, considering that he’s already committed himself to date Saki. But when Naoya is too overwhelmed with guilt to reject Nagisa, he comes up with a solution that he believes wouldn’t betray Saki’s trust in him; Two-Timing! Saki is entirely against the idea but ends up relenting when Naoya and Nagisa make a scene to sell her on the idea of polygamy. With this, the three end up pursuing a non-traditional relationship as Nagisa and Saki have to contend with each other as they both date Naoya.
There are many expectations placed on the viewers of Kanojo mo Kanojo to suspend any disbelief with regards to how ethical a relationship built on two-timing can be. While polygamy and polyamory are still considered normal, the kind of pressure that Naoya places on Saki to allow such a relationship to happen firmly plants Naoya in a less sympathetic light. In fact, it’s hard not to come up with the snap judgment that Naoya is a two-timing scumbag who comes off as a sociopath for making a dramatic, upset, and tearful plea to enter into a relationship where he can have his cake and eat it too. Naoya pulling the sad puppy-eyes routine to appeal to Saki’s empathy for Nagisa comes off as a little twisted. Needless to say that there have been numerous stories about morally unethical people that are classics, so none of this is a knock on Kanojo mo Kanojo. It would just be something to keep into consideration as the anime pulls you (and other audience members) into its grasp in the Summer season.
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From studio feel. comes the adaptation of Kio Nachi’s (AoKana, Grisaia no Kajitsu) light novel, Bokutachi no Remake. Led by director Kobayashi Tomoki (Akame ga Kill!, Utawarerumono), the series focuses on 28-year old game developer Hashiba Kyoya (Itou Masahiro). Following his company’s bankruptcy, Kyoya is forced to return to his hometown, where he rues his life choices and wonders what could have been. The following day, Kyoya suddenly finds himself ten years in the past and gifted with a second opportunity to attend the prestigious Oonaka Arts College instead. Kyoya now finds himself spending time with the same creators he admired—ones he knows will become famous in the future. Will things finally begin to change? Or will things take an unexpected turn?
As a fan of Kio Nachi’s prior works in AoKana and Grisaia no Kajitsu (Yumiko’s Route), his association with Bokurema was what got me interested in the series in the first place. I read most of the first volume as a result, and while it felt like a pretty standard opening, it did get me interested enough to see how things end up. I’ve always been a sucker for second chance success stories, so this series ticks a lot of the right boxes for me. Bokurema doesn’t boast the “first” or “top 5” accolades that other recent adaptations have had—it “only” ranked in the top ten in Takarajimasha’s Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi guidebook in 2018 and 2019—so I expect it to fall under the radar a bit, but this should end up an above average series with the potential to be something more. I’ve heard nothing but good things when it comes to recommendations and it’s worth noting that its themes are likely to strike a chord with many viewers given the protagonist’s age and outlook, making it a series that will become especially memorable for some.
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Less than a year after returning to the anime screen, fan favourite Mahouka is back once more to grace us with magic shenanigans – just not in way you might expect. Spinning off from Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei focuses on the female side of its eponymous Shiba duo, with Miyuki (Hayami Saori) taking the place of big brother Tatsuya (Nakamura Yuuichi) on the main character stage. In Mahouka’s world magic has become commonplace and extensively studied, with magic users attending various schools to hone their skills. Ability is everything in magic, and while her brother Tatsuya, due to poor practical skill, winds up relegated to a low achievement student stream, Miyuki’s beauty, talent, and academic perfection quickly shoots her into school stardom. Everyone of course knows just what her brother (and Mahouka’s world in general) got up to as a result, but Miyuki has her own story to tell, and Yuutousei is here to help show it off.
If there’s one thing to say about Mahouka it’s that its popularity sure is consistent. While one of the more polarizing franchises of late, Mahouka has done remarkably well retaining interest, recently turning a six-year break into a successful Rettousei sequel (and soon-to-be third season) alongside Yuutousei. And rest assured Yuutousei will be everything you know and love (and hate) of Mahouka. For the uninitiated the only important thing to know here is that Yuutousei is Mahouka’s Railgun: this season will largely rehash Rettousei’s first season and feature the same events, but now from Miyuki’s perspective. Don’t expect it to match Railgun in qualitative improvement over its franchise parent (too much onii-sama for any Sisters-esque redemption), however given how rushed Rettousei’s first season was there’s plenty of opportunity to help ameliorate the more noticeable issues. Yuutousei certainly won’t be for everyone, but if you ever wanted to see what Mahouka would be like without Magic Jesus at the wheel, make sure to keep this spinoff on your summer radar.
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Founded in the beginning of the Taishou Era, the exclusive Kouka School of Musical and Theatrical Arts (Kouka Kageki Kōkō) is a renowned academy known to only accept the most distinguished and passionate young ladies into their program. Slightly wary though ambitious, Narata Ai (Hanamori Yumiri) is a former member of an infamous idol group named JPX48 who can’t wait to live as far away from men as possible. Watanabe Sarasa (Senbongi Sayaka), on the other hand, is an exceptionally tall bright-eyed beam of country-side-sunshine who dreams of playing the perfect Oscar-sama (Versailles no Bara) on stage–much to all of her classmates’ annoyance. Kageki Shoujo!! is a story about passion, unique talent, ambition, dreams, hard-work and overcoming obstacles.
Based on the ongoing series by mangaka Saiki Kumiko, this is personally the series that I’m looking forward to the most this summer season. I absolutely adore Sarasa and her Hinata Shoyo vibes and I can’t help but parallel this series with one of one of my favorite shoujo manga of all time: Glass Mask. I love a good shounen, but man, give me a Shoujo series about ambitious passionate young women and I’ll be front row with a popcorn bucket in the blink of an eye. Pine Jam is a relatively young animation studio, but from what I’ve seen of the PVs I think they’ve done a great job with Kageki Shoujo!!
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For one Souma Kazuya (Kobayashi Yuusuke), life sucks. A recent university graduate down from the passing of his grandfather, Kazuya is wholly uncertain of his future or what to really do with his life. Until said life decides for him by dumping him a literal world away into the Kingdom of Elfrieden. Kazuya, as he discovers, was summoned by Elfrieden to help its struggling fortunes, but unlike other isekai protagonists was not given any special talents or hidden powers. No, Kazuya was summoned for his mind, and so utilizing years of real-world academic learning concocts a plan to save the kingdom. A plan so great that Elfrieden’s king even abdicates in favour of Kazuya and offers him his daughter’s hand in marriage to get it implemented. Not at all the course that Kazuya expected his future to take, but with a kingdom to save he’ll do what’s needed to help keep the peace.
What’s this, an isekai not immediately about saving the world or using ridiculous abilities? Oh yes, you’ve read right. At its core Genjitsu is largely a genre deviant, putting aside the usual isekai tropes in favour of more niche concepts – in this case, political science and economics. It’s not the first series to do so (Maoyuu Maou Yuusha) or even the first isekai to test the waters (Choyoyu), but it’s arguably the first to go all in. And I mean all in. Name dropping the likes of Machiavelli and Sun Tzu; dealing with the nitty gritty of social systems; tackling politics: it’s all societal system building all the time here. So much so that Kazuma even dispenses with usual power fantasy to better flaunt his pedantic knowledge base. Except for the harem, that’s still firmly derivative. In short expect this to trend more towards the average than legitimate masterpiece, however, there’s room for surprise if the adaptation can reign in the worst excesses of the source material. Genjitsu won’t be breaking any major new ground, but look no further than it if you’re in need of some alternate world variety this season.
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Minato Kiyoumizu (Yuuto Uemura) quit playing water polo following an incident in his 3rd year of junior high which caused him to lose interest in the sport. Now as a high schooler, Minato has decided to try water polo again, joining the school’s team alongside his group of friends. Written by Masafumi Nishida and animated by studio MAPPA, this series is going to be so pleasing to the eyes. The trailer alone is enough to hook you into this series, with gorgeous animations and an aesthetic art style that gives plenty of life to the characters.
I also want to give a special mention to the soundtrack used in the trailer, which is composed by Kana Utanane and gives off a very Haikyuu-like vibe, if you know what I’m talking about. Full of hope and inspiration, the music combined with the smooth visuals and creative use of colors makes RE-MAIN the must-watch Sports anime of the Summer 2021 season. I do not know a damn thing about water polo (except that it’s played in the water), but this is one of those series I just know I’m going to love!
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The fifth installment of the Getto Robo series by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa is finally here, and fans of the series are excited, to say the least! Taking place several years after its prequel Getter Robo Go, the world is now in a state of post-apocalypse, and Hayato Jin (Naoya Uchida), who is now an aged scientist, has completed Saotome’s master project, the Getter Robo Arc. Takuma Nagare (Yuuma Uchida), the son of Ryoma Nagare, is piloting the robot alongside human dinosaur Shou Kamui (Arimaro Mukaino) and Baku Yamagishi (Kazuhiro Sunseki). The story follows the battle between the Getter Robo Arc pilots, who are now allied with the reformed Dinosaur Empire, as they fight against the insectoid Andromeda Flow Country who attack from across space and time.
Brought to you by studio Bee Media, this series is Action Sci-Fi with plenty of big Gundam-like robots for all you Mecha fans out there. I don’t consider myself a fan of Mecha in the slightest, but even I can appreciate the awesome animation job of this upcoming series. The trailer had me yearning for more with its breath-taking fight sequences and the art style and character designs are not too shabby either. If you are looking for a great Mecha series this Summer of 2021, then Getter Robo Arc is my top pick for you!
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“Is there a detective on this plane?” It was that odd question that first led Kimihiko Kimizuka (Nagai Shin) to her. A beautiful girl with silver hair who called herself a detective. Following the incident, Kimizuka found himself embarking on a multi-year adventure as a detective’s assistant. Together they solved mysteries, took down criminal organizations, and saved thousands of lives—until one day, she died. The one who called herself Siesta (Miyashita Saki) met an untimely death and just like that, the journey was over. One year after Siesta’s tragic death however, Kimizuka is suddenly accosted by a stranger who demands his assistance. With an uncanny resemblance to the late detective, he now finds his wish to have a normal high-school life in peril. A light novel adaptation, the series will be produced by studio ENGI and led by Kurihara Manabu, whose previous roles included animation director and key animation for series such as Bleach and the Macross Frontier movie, Sayonara no Tsubasa.
If there’s one thing Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. knows how to do, it’s grab your attention. The title and the synopsis are both eye catchers and I remember going, what the heck does the title even mean when I saw it for the first time. Is the detective’s solving crimes from the dead? Are they going to do a series that just recaps old cases from an already dead detective? It was intriguing to think about, and while I didn’t manage to get a full picture of the series because there were only a handful of translated chapters (some of which were out of order), I only found myself more interested after peeking a bit at the source material. The character interactions were enjoyable, the addition of a bit of fantasy made it different from your standard mystery affair, and the occasional flashback and shift in perspectives made the novel really fun to read through. I’m pretty hyped about this, but there is some concern about studio ENGI’s ability to follow through, as they’ve mostly focused on assisting other studios rather than leading their own productions. The initial PVs look pretty darn nice though.
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Xie Lan (Kamiya Hiroshi) was an exceedingly kind and capable prince beloved by all of his subjects. So it was no surprise that he achieved immortal ascension during his teenage years. However, during his first few years as a god, Xie Lan sees the people in his kingdom dying from drought and a horrific plague. Unable to hold back even though gods are not permitted to defy fate when dealing with mortal matters, he eventually chooses to intervene – a tragic decision because it only makes matters worse and he falls in the process – enduring through humiliating life and death cycles. Scorned by divinity for breaking their edicts and mortals for worsening their situation, despite his best intentions in shouldering the burden of trying to save the people he loved, Xie Lan can only grit his teeth as he endures his third ascension through a cruel world where he is wrongfully ostracised and has lost all the people he ever loved – with his shrines and temples all being destroyed having been labelled a God of Misfortune. Yet he continues to smile even through all his personal tragedies, because he cannot help expressing his good nature or being kind. His first assignment takes him to a mountain village as he tries to solve the case of disappearing brides. But he crosses path with Hua Cheng – the Crimson Rain Sought Flower, one of the Four Great Calamities that the heavenly realms fear. Also named as such because silver butterflies and showers of blood accompany his wake. Yet unbeknownst to Xie Lian, he shares a very long past spanning centuries with Hua Cheng – going back to the time when he was a crown prince widely beloved for his compassion towards common folk.
Heaven Official’s Blessing is a modern Chinese novel set in a martial fantasy world, where people train themselves physically and spiritually to attain greater heights – potentially even godhood. Due to Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s popularity as a BL writer in Asia, combined with the rise of Chinese animation in the past decade, TV broadcast stations decided to bring the animated adaptations of her works over to Japanese TV. Which is why this show can be classified as anime despite its Chinese origins. Also known for writing Mo Dao Zu Shi, the prevalent themes in Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s novels are gratitude, revenge, and the complexity of relationships. Examining grey morality, her novels showcase a spectrum of the human condition, including the intricacies of underlying beliefs as well as how they can drive a person to action, and the kinds of connections that can be formed and broken under extreme circumstances. If the premise sounds interesting to you, I would highly recommend giving this show a chance – especially if you enjoy mystical fantasy expositions or plenty of dialogue between characters.
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I’ve been reading Ikami Koharu’s manga since its early days (ever since it caught my eye on a bookstore shelf). It’s the story of a young nobleman who’s been cursed by a witch so that anything he touches dies instantly. That’s gotten him banished from the family estate to a detached house, with only a maid named Alice and an old butler named Rob for company. The look and tone are very much European fairy tale mixed with shounen manga – maybe reminiscent of Kuroshitsuji (well, no maybe about it) but not nearly as dark or violent. It has real charm, and I like it a lot.
While no masterpiece, Shinigami Bochan is the safest bet of a generally weak season for me. I would be lying if I said the fact that the adaptation is full CGI doesn’t bother me. This is not a series – unlike Hi Score Girl – which has any artistic reason for that choice. This is cost-cutting, nothing more. While J.C. Staff’s track record with CGI is inconsistent (and that’s charitable) Shinigami Bochan does at least have Yamakawa Yoshiki and most of the HSG team in-charge. I expect the adaptation to be solid from a narrative standpoint for that reason, though the usual caveats about one-cour (presumably) adaptations of ongoing manga apply.
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Takanashi Productions is back, bringing all the boys with them! Remember you hold infinite potential as an idol! All of your dreams can come true! And you can be whoever you want to be, just remember to always stay true to your heart, and never forget who you are! That’s the wholesome vibes I’m expected to receive from this show.
The boys are back, taking center stage in this third season of IDOLiSH 7. Follow all of the lads as they try to become the very best that they can be, so they may bring smiles and happiness to your life. You know them, you love them, you probably already have your favorite, and the one you hate. It’s okay, we all do. Collectively we can scream and fawn over how pretty they are, how hard they work, and how much heart they put into their performance, so that we may enjoy it to the full extent!
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Ever wonder if the actors on children’s tv shows seem way too happy, that surely more than just the life-sized animals must be fake (i.e. their smiles). In the case of Omota Uramichi (Kamiya Hiroshi), you would be correct. Omota is one of the stars of a children’s show and while the job description is teaching inspirational messages that the youngsters should take with them into adulthood, this adult can’t help but exude disillusionment with grown-up life. His snarky attitude barely covered by that fake grin just might make the kids think twice about becoming an adult and start looking for the exit to Never Never Land.
This web manga based show is done by Studio Blanc, which has only done a few other shows- mostly ecchi school-life comedies (Ro-Kyu-Bu!), whereas this is more comedy about grown-up life. The show could go two ways. Either it starts out funny, but they resort to over-used tropes and stick ecchi-esque elements where they don’t belong. Or, they could succeed at branching out with slice of life comedy and provide a relatable, funny show about adults disillusioned with their inner child. There does seem to be a lot of recognizable names in the cast- Kamiya Hiroshi as the MC and Miyano Mamoru, Nakamura Yuuichi, and Sugita Tomokazu among the supporting cast. The contradiction between what adults tell kids life is like versus the life adults lead certainly seems fodder for laughter, as anyone who has been around kids long enough will know-it all just depends on how they execute it.
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Rio (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu) is an orphaned boy living in the slums of a fantastical world. He was taken in by a character who resembles Fagin’s Storyline in Oliver Twist. Moved by his need of revenge over the murder of his mother when he was five years old, this helpless soul falls ill one day only to wake up with memories from a different world and a different life. Amakawa Haruto was his name in this strange dimension, a boy who failed to fulfill the promise of meeting with his childhood sweetheart and died in an accident. Due to his (un)luck he stumbles upon a kidnapping scene where he awakens a great power and saves… The Princess of the Kingdom! Due to his incredible deed, Rio is given a scholarship at the Royal Academy, an exclusive school for the powerful nobility. Seirei Gensouki follows the story of this powerful outcast as he tries to make sense of this life and find the answers he’s looking for.
TMS Entertainment is the studio behind Kitayama Yuri’s Light Novel adaptation. I’ve tried the first four chapters of the manga and if you’re into Isekai, cute girls, hybrids, magic and harem vibes, this show might be just your cup of tea! After watching Mushoku Tensei any Isekai feels subpar
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Yes, thousand times yes! Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken is back with the second cour of its 2nd season. Following the adventures of Rimuru (Miho Okasaki) a reincarnated slime, who is now the leader of a monster nation called Tempest. Since day one Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken has captured me with its heart and the way it maneuvers political and socio-economic situations within its lore and story. Rimuru has certainly become special to me and has grown as one of my favorites.
This time around we should be seeing more of Veldora (Tomoaki Maeno) now finally released from Rimuru’s grasp and discharged into a new body. So, how will things with Velodra affect Tempest as a nation and who is going to become enemies with the community and how will Rimuru deal with them? This and more are coming up in the second season of that slime anime. None the less I’m happy for cannon Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken to make a comeback and delight us once more with its presence.
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It’s been 4 years since the last episode of Tsukipro the Animation’s first season aired. So for fans who first fell in love with the idol groups, it’s been a long wait. This new season will continue to follow the idol bands SOARA, Growth, SolidS, and QUELL on their journey to stardom. The idol groups are produced by the fictional production company, Tsukino Talent Productions which is the link between this storyline and that of Tsukiuta. The Animation, a sister series to this one. Like any idol series, viewers will be treated to a range of music as well as a wide range of characters each with their unique attributes. That said, for those wanting to watch the show, you’ll have to pick your favorite amongst 17 main characters, for whom the voice actors remain unchanged from the previous season that first aired in October 2017. The series will focus primarily on the progression of the bands rather than offering the normal dramatic twists of the slice of life genre.
Weeks before the premiere, the individual theme songs for the opening of the series were made available for online streaming. A great move from the franchise so to speak, as they can attract old and new fans with what’s at the core of the series: music. So for those who want a little sneak preview, there are 4 promotional videos by all four bands (SOARA, Growth, SolidS, and QUELL) to enjoy before the premiere in July. This series is in fact an idol genre anime, so for those of you who are fans of the genre, this one comes recommended. The art style and the character stories are a sell-in, however, from fans who do enjoy the series, the appeal is in the unique style of music emerging from each band. And like the first season, viewers will get to feel connected to each character by immersing themselves in the band members’ lives and behind-the-scenes moments before they hit the stage for that final performance.
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The saviour; the chosen one; the hero: whatever title is assigned to the person selected for the most sacred of duties, it’s a title born from necessary and time-honoured circumstance. When the hero is found he (or she) is provided with every assistance, all required material and personnel, and more cheers and prayers than the local monarchy could ever see. Unless you happen to be Misumi Makoto (Hanae Natsuki). Like every other ordinary high schooler, Makoto never envisioned being summoned to an alternate world, but he was, and circumstance identified him as this world’s hero – until his looks threw a wrench into matters. Deemed abhorrent by the world’s goddess, Makoto was stripped of title, banished to the wilderness, and left to die. Perish he would’ve too, if not for his immense powers he acquired in the process. Overpowered and alone, Makoto has no idea what he’ll do now, but keeping on living seems to be a pretty reasonable goal.
I’ll be frank, I’m really looking forward to this one. Although Tsukimichi is about as generic as you can get for an isekai these days (up to and including that premise twist), it comes with a good bit of self-awareness: Makoto is ridiculously strong, everyone quickly learns and appreciates he’s ridiculously strong, and every event follows through from this point with little resistance. It’s pretty much your bread and butter power fantasy, just streamlined and better managed to emphasize entertainment. Or in other words, a new and improved Tensura. While unwise to preemptively play up any great expectations here, given Log Horizon’s Ishihira Shinji is pulling director duty alongside a stacked cast, I would not anticipate this one falling flat on its face. Summer may already be overflowing with isekai, but if there’s any in particular to pay close attention to this season, Tsukimichi is the one.
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Kobayashi’s (Tamura Mutsumi) your average office worker who’s pretty great at her job. Only the corporate grind has actually left her pretty lonely at home. That is until a young lady in a maid outfit named Tooru (Kuwahara Yuuki) insists on entering her life, claiming to be a homeless dragon that Kobayashi had promised to take in during a drunken escapade to some nearby mountain. Although reluctant at first, Kobayashi eventually warms up to presence of this young and eccentric maid dragon – discovering what it’s like to be lovingly welcomed home from a wearisome day of hard work. What’s more, she gets to meet other eccentric dragons disguised as humans along the way – including a kuudere child who Kobayashi essentially adopts, a stoic hard-ass who can’t handle spicy curry and a thicc seductress who toys around with some little boy from a wizard lineage.
Following the cowardly arson attack which tragically took the lives of Kyoto Animation staff, it was very noticeable that the studio took a few steps back from the anime industry – releasing films through the pipeline that had already been prepared prior to the incident but keeping away from seasonal anime production until now. Let’s talk about Ishihara Tatsuya, one of the prolific survivors from this disaster. As one of Kyoto Animation’s long-standing directing veterans who’s presided over the likes of my all time favourite Clannad After Story, Hibike! Euphonium and Chuunibyou, Ishihara picks up the reins from his deceased comrade, Takemoto Yasuhiro – who’d poured so much of his love and soul into the first season of Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon. They’d worked on Haruhi Suzumiya together. They had been dear friends who had known each other across two decades. It’s hard to imagine what these people are going through emotionally. I don’t know what kind of thoughts and feelings are going to come through to us. But I know those that remain will do justice to those have died and carry their memories with pride, honor and respect. Let it be known to the world. You can try to kill people. But it’s almost impossible to kill the idea and the principles that they stood for, as the legacy of fallen KyoAni staff live on through the survivors and new additions to the studio’s lineup in this second season adaptation of Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon.
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When work is all you know, sometimes you gotta work with what you’ve got. Kirio Reiji (Fukushima Jun) comes to learn this when his ordinary life as a corporate lackey is thrown through a tailspin as he’s suddenly transported to another world. With the skills he picked up from his work experience, he was able to create potions in this fantasy universe and make a decent living for himself. Enough so that he could afford to construct his own drug store to supply healing aides to the local warriors, elves, dragons, and other assorted fantasy creatures.
At one point, this wasn’t the only isekai about drug stores we were going to see for Summer 2021. Before the second drug store anime got delayed to October 2021, we would see this anime compete with Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasareta node, Henkyou de Slow Life suru Koto ni Shimashita, an anime about someone who set up a drug store after being disgraced and banished from the hero’s party. But with that show out of the way for now, Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life can be judged by its own merits as a cozy slice-of-life rather than a direct competitor with another drug store isekai. If you are looking for a laid-back yet whimsical adventure, then Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life might give you the right dosage when it fills your prescription this Summer.
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Shiroi Suna no Aquatope tells us about a beautiful encounter between two girls from very different worlds and how their lives cross over. 18-year-old girl Misakino Kukuru (Itou Miku) jubilantly pursues her humble dream of working at the local aquarium, while Miyazawa Fūka (Aida Rikako) runs away to Okinawa following the failure of her idol career. They strike up an unlikely friendship against the face of adversity, as while the aquarium offers Fūka solace from memories she wants to forget and serves as the focal point for Misakino’s future dreams, it has fallen up difficult times and faces the imminent threat of impending closure.
According to MAL News, Shiroi Suna no Aquatope is a P.A. Works original coming of age story which will seek to tell the story of two girls exploring their dreams and reality, loneliness and friends, bonds and conflicts. From the promotional art and trailers, this series immediately reminds me of Nagi no Asukara – the most beautiful seasonal TV anime I have ever seen. In conjunction with P.A. Works positive reputation for producing coming of age stories that carry some of the most depth in the anime industry, my hopes run extremely high for Shiroi Suna no Aquatope going into the summer season. When they’re firing on all cylinders, there’s just something about P.A. Works way of trying to convey their art which is unique to them, possessing a distinct beauty that cannot be described by words. Unfortunately, the studio’s really struggled to consistently produce excellent stories or characters since their hey days. And their visuals can sometimes leave much to be desired. However, the premise itself sounds simple enough and promising. Not to mention I trust Shinohara Toshiya to get the job done – as the person who directed Nagi no Asukara as well as Irozuku. I have no doubts he will impart their beautiful blends of fantasy and realism while breathing life into a cast of relatable and lovable characters.
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All work and no play makes one a dull boy. Well, at least if you’re Ninomiya Kinji (Konishi Katsuyuki). A self-professed layabout without a single shred of work ethic, Kinji’s only goal in life is to literally never work a day in his life. It’s a goal he even gets within reach of courtesy of several shrewd investments – but it’s one rudely upset after the guy winds up transported to another world. Waking up in a labyrinth-esque environment called the Dungeon, Kinji quickly finds himself at the mercy of its owner Leissach Mining Industries who insist on one thing and one thing only: work until you die. Long hours, minimal wages, harsh physical labour: it’s everything Kinji hoped to avoid, but it’s also something he’s not about to tolerate. Through craft and cunning he’ll find a way to climb the Dungeon’s social ladder and get his life of laziness back – one way or another.
Isekai and comedy are a little like peanut butter and jam. Either are fine by themselves, but the best always seems to result when they’re combined, and in this regard Meikyuu is no exception. Much as with genre mates Konosuba and Shinchou Yuusha comedy is the main driver here, with Kinji’s unscrupulous attitude clashing hard with the even more outrageous (and hilarious) personalities of his fellow workers and antagonistic corporate overseers both. Expect lots of ridiculous setups, even more ridiculous outcomes, and more tongue in cheek isekai trope and work life parody than you can shake a stick at. While Meikyuu’s success will inevitably boil down to one’s taste in humour, given Silver Link is producing alongside the fairly skilled Mieno Hitomi on script duty, I wouldn’t anticipate this one running off the rails all too easily. Meikyuu’s first few episodes will naturally tell the tale, but if you’re in need of some good alternate world laughs this season look no further than this.
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The story is set in Shibuya and centers around Ryuuhei Oda (Youhei Azakami) a pink-haired extroverted protagonist who so casually happens to be very good at kickboxing. One day he is bitten by a strange creature, giving him extrasensory powers, allowing him to peer into a parallel dimension, where the weird interacts with the real.
There’s more, as the anime is described as having a ‘Chutulu like mythos‘. I’m guessing that’s where the Kaiju vibes come in for this show, although not exactly Godzilla-like monsters since they are made from the absurd. Monsters peer into our world, and it’s up to our characters to ‘Form Change’ and beat the sentinels once and for all! This caught my eye at first because of the multimedia project aspect of this scheme. But the anime has also interested me. One can only wish for the series to garner enough popularity for the game to also be considered for an English release. D_Cide Traumerei looks like it’s going to be an interesting ride that I’m personally looking forward to!
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This July, School Idol Project presents its newest series Love Live! Superstar!! This multimedia franchise has a stellar reputation of bringing adorable, entertaining, and enchanting groups of girls together to seize people’s hearts. The trailer, with its soft and polished animation, lends to the high standard and quality of Sunrise’s renowned work (Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, etc.) As with many of their previous series, alongside the characters comes pop idol groups and, this year, fans will be serenaded by none other than up-and-coming idol group “Liella,” which will star in the anime. Their first single “Hajimari wa Kimi no Sora” (The Start Is Your Sky) released in February as a promotional event for the anime’s release.
This new series will kick off with an entirely new scenario. The girls from Love Live! that many have followed fondly through their 3 years of high school have now graduated. School Idol Project maneuvers this empty space nicely and has chosen to introduce viewers to a new school and a cast of characters with new aspirations. At Yuigaoka Girls High School, a newly established high school in Tokyo, we find Keke (Liyuu), Ren (Aoyama Nagisa), Sumire (Payton Naomi), Kanon (Date Sayuri) and Chisato (Misaki Nako). Alongside their fellow cohort, they make up the new students of Yuigaoka High. The characters, much like their predecessors, will each play a distinct role in the development of this new dream team and it’s still to be determined whether or not we’ll be following their journey throughout their entire time at their new high school. One thing you can be sure of is that this summer will be filled with bright sunshiny moments for you and yours to enjoy if you choose to pick up this series.
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Have you ever found puzzles to be too easy and wished for a greater challenge to stimulate those brain cells? Puzzle Master Shiroyanagi Akira (Murase Ayumu) would say “yes” to both questions. He gets the opportunity to reach the next “level” when he and other people are kidnapped and given special powers that they must then use against each other. Will Akira thrive in the chaos, using the combination of his power and skills of logic to find the researchers and beat them at their own game?
In a joint venture, studios SynergySP (Cross Game and Major S4-6) and Vega Entertainment (Kaitou Joker S3-4, Babel Nisei (2001)) adapt Deatte 5-byou de Battle from an ongoing manga. Vega Entertainment hasn’t done anything terribly notable, but SynergySP with their experience in sports anime might be able to capture the suspense and strategy seen in a sports match and successfully apply it to the showdowns in Deatte 5-byou. The directors, Naitou Mea and Arai Nobuyoshi don’t have a long resume of previous shows, but Arai directed one episode of Kakegurui and a few episodes of Yuri!!!On Ice, so they might be able to incorporate into this adaptation some sports and gambling-like edge of your seat thrills-a necessary component to at least get me to return every week for mind-bending battles. It will be interesting to see how Akira with his excitement for intellectual stimulation interacts with the despair of other contestants, who presumably will be less happy than he is at being forced into real life brawler games. This could be a valuable chance for him to learn valuable life-lessons in friendship and teamwork which puzzles alone cannot teach him.
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After a house fire, a young boy named Nagumi Koushi (Yamada Misuzu) is abandoned by his father, leaving him destitute as he wanders the streets. One day, a mysterious older woman finds him lying on the sidewalk and carries him to a women’s college dormitory. Although Koushi is given the opportunity to live in the dorm by becoming the housing’s “Dormitory Mother,” his new job title comes with a catch; he is tasked to oversee the rowdiest dorm on-campus. With its notoriously troublesome residents, Koushi has work cut out for him as he contends with their idiosyncrasies in a workplace that is wild, crazy, and a little bit ecchi.
If you’re familiar with Sunohara-sou no Kanrinin-san, you might have a general idea of what Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun is trying to go for. Mainly, that Koushi’s ordeal is merely a passenger for gratuitous ecchi relating to older women. Morally, this can be a problem considering that Koushi is targeted by these older women to take part in erotic scenarios that a young boy his age should definitely not be experiencing. But the main appeal of shows like this is predominantly the character designs for the older women, and the way that Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun is able to set itself apart is to embrace a brighter, cuter aesthetic. The residents of the women’s dorm are much more vibrant and less intimidating in comparison to the girls of Sunohara-sou, who definitely look far older than the protagonist. Whether the brighter character designs will help make this a fluffier series or if it’ll be as raunchy as its genre suggests will be up to the cards when the Summer season allows Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun through its residence’s dorms.
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Sonny Boy is an original series, and that makes it a lottery ticket. But it’s a lottery ticket that’s probably my most anticipated series of the summer. We don’t get much from Madhouse these days, seemingly, especially an original. A-list director Natsume Shingo is doing double-duty with series composition (relatively rare for him), and noted illustrator Eguchi Hisashi has contributed some extremely engaging character designs.
Basically everything about Sonny Boy – visuals, premise – screams “90’s anime”. Whether you consider that a plus or minus depends on you, but that was my starter anime era so I’m intrigued. A classroom of 36 high school students drifts into another dimension, and the kids find themselves suddenly possessed of paranormal abilities. Since this is original it obviously could be a complete disaster, a masterpiece, or anything in-between. But it’s the only show on the summer schedule that suggests even the potential for greatness to me, and in a threadbare season like this that plunks it in the top spot.
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Night Head 2041 follows the story of the Kirihara brothers who possess supernatural powers and have escaped the scientific facility in which they were confined. At the same time, another brotherly duo from the National Security Force, the Kuroki brothers, are tasked with tracking them down. Animated by studio Shirogumi and directed by Takamitsu Hirakawa, this series is based on the original 1992 Japanese TV drama series written by George Iida, Night Head. This may not be the first anime adaptation of the series, but it is certainly the most visually stunning based on the released trailer footage.
This series promises a storyline full of mystery, brotherly bonds, and tons of action which are sure to be quite the spectacle. Upon viewing the trailer, I was immediately captivated by the life-like representation of Tokyo city, and while I am not the biggest fan of CGI in anime, I must make an exception for Night Head 2041, which has made me re-evaluate my opinion with its flawless animation. Superstar voice actors Daisuke Ono and Nobunaga Shimazaki are on the scene as the Kirihara brothers, alongside Takahiro Sakurai and Kensho Ono as the Kuroki brothers. Summer 2021 is sure to be a solid season of anime with the introduction of Night Head 2041, a Psychological Sci-Fi Drama that is expected to bring life to a long-lost hidden treasure of a series from the 90s.
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This originally garnered my attention solely for the fact that it’s animated by MAPPA. And they’ve never disappointed me in the action department, so you could say I’m a little bit biased towards the studio.
This looks like a shonen battle anime just from the premise. 800 years ago, there was a giant catastrophe, demons managed to almost take over the world, gods appeared to save humanity, entities called “Idaten” fought against the demons and sealed them away. Now, years later, they live peaceful lives, but the demons are making a comeback about destroying their way of life! Following Hayato (Romi Park) a foul-mouthed deity who fights against several demons and overcomes fearsome challenges!
Battle shonen manga vibes, animated by MAPPA, I’m expecting some high-action sakuga animation here. The art style already looks unique and interesting, with vibrant, flat watercolors and neons.
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A Madoka Magica spin-off series, Magia Record focuses on a new protagonist in Tamaki Iroha (Asakura Momo) and her search for Ui, her missing sister. Iroha’s search takes her to Kamihama City, where strange rumors have become commonplace and an abnormal amount of witches have begun to gather. As she receives a less than welcoming reception from resident magical girl Nanami Yachiyo (Amamiya Sora), the two cross paths with Kaname Madoka (Yuuki Aoi), who has come to the city looking for her friend Homura. Putting aside their differences, the group begins to investigate the many rumors surrounding the city while more magical girls arrive, drawn by the influx of witches and a rumored promise: “Come to Kamihama City, where magical girls can be saved.” The first season focused on the investigation of various rumors around Kamihama City and their link to an organization called the Wings of Magius, which were the focus of the mobile game’s (the source material) first arc. The second season will aim to conclude the arc, detailing the Wings of Magius’ system for “liberating magical girls” while showcasing the struggles of various Kamihama magical girls as they consider whether to accept the system or reject it for an uncertain future.
While I didn’t end up watching the first season myself, the impressions I got from viewers painted Magia Record as a mixed bag that had its moments, but suffered from pacing issues and didn’t come close to its original predecessor. While it was saddening to see that the adaptation didn’t meet the expectations of many, one thing I can say for sure is this: Magia Record’s second season will undoubtedly be an improvement over its first. All the series’ best moments are in the second half of the Magius arc and it was an absolute blast going through that portion of the story while playing the mobile game. The ending in particular gave me chills with its homage to the original while also setting up the beginnings of another arc—one which I’m admittedly still salty about not being able to experience due to the closure of the game’s North American servers. But I digress. If you’ve gone through the first season and are on the fence about the second, don’t be. It gets better from here.
Jahy (Oozora Naomi) used to be revered as the second greatest authority to the Demon Realm. As the Demon King’s aide, she ruled her subjects with an iron fist. But when a magical girl destroys the Demon Realm by shattering the mystic gem in their possession, Jahy is stranded in the human world. With her powers lost and her body shrunken down to a child-like form, she’ll need to gather mystic gems to restore the realm and regain her normal body. The only catch is that she’ll have to adjust to ordinary life on Earth in the process, forcing her to tackle everyday problems she’s never experienced. Although she now has the daunting task of working herself to the bone to pay off rent she can barely afford, Jahy-sama will not be discouraged by the hardships she’ll face along the way as she aims to restore her honor.
You might recognize this cute demon girl from the one manga frame floating around the internet where she slams an empty beer mug as she tearfully claims to have done her best. Much like this heavily-circulated excerpt, Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai! is an eccentric comedy about the relatable foibles of trying to survive in contemporary society. However, there is also the added caveat of involving a girl from the demon realm who has to contend with some of the evils that the people on Earth are forced to put up with on a regular basis. Will she be able to restore her original form and make her way back home, or will she have a harder time contending with the trials of the average workday? Find out when Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai! debuts in the Summer season.
The story follows Fena Houtman, (Seto Asami) an orphan girl who has been raised to know no hope other than becoming property of others, her only fate is to be used and discarded by soldiers from the British Empire.
But she holds power within her and is more than just another powerless orphan. She has a mysterious past that comes knocking at her door one day. She breaks from the chains of oppression and now has a new goal. To find a place where she can truly belong and be herself, and find the mysterious purpose behind a special keyword: ‘Eden’. The adventure of a lifetime ensues as she and her crew of misfits and dubious allies will have as they search for their one true goal!
Kaizoku Oujo might surprise us in unexpected ways because Fena might do things differently and resolve conflicts in her own unique ways. She might hold the cards of empathy. It stands to look interesting as I’m hoping the way things will play out, will be substantially different from the conventional formula. [Adult Swim] is involved in this so expect some high octane action, with some blood and gore galore!
Editor’s Note: Kaizoku Oujo is only set to premiere this season via Crunchyroll and [Adult Swim]. Japanese TV premiere is set for Fall 2021.
|Kaizoku Oujo Promotional Videos ▼|
|07/??||Assault Lily: Fruits | アサルトリリィ ふるーつ
AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Wikipedia
|07/12||Yami Shibai 9 | 闇芝居 9
AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Wikipedia
|05/28||Artiswitch | Artiswitch
AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList
|OVA 3 of 4.|
|06/04||Poketoon (Yume no Tsubomi) | ユメノツボミ
|Episode 1 of 3.|
|06/16||Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train
劇場版 鬼滅の刃 無限列車編
|06/17||Shuumatsu no Walkure | 終末のワルキューレ
|ENG: Record of Ragnarok.
|06/30||Strike the Blood IV | ストライク・ザ・ブラッド IV
|OVA 11 of 12.|
|June 2021||Yoshimaho: Yoshi Yoshi Magic | よしまほ
|08/04||Gintama: The Final | 銀魂 THE FINAL
|08/18||ARIA The CREPUSCOLO
|08/18||Tonikaku Kawaii OVA | トニカクカワイイ OVA
|08/25||Josee, the Tiger and the Fish | ジョゼと虎と魚たち
|09/28||Princess Principal: Crown Handler Chapter 1
プリンセス・プリンシパル Crown Handler
|Chapter 1 of 6.
|10/13||Violet Evergarden Movie