The summer season is a fickle one. The blistering heat of the blazing sun can be brutal and intense. The cool rain you thought you’d be getting winds up being shrouded in a torrential downpour that makes enjoying the summer heat impossible. For both occasions, you’ll be forced to take shelter somewhere. But while you’re indoors or hunkered down in the shade, why not catch up on the summer anime season?

This is truly a season for sequels, so if you’ve been looking forward to seeing your favorite show return, chances are you’ll definitely find something that you’ve been anticipating in this season’s roster. For light novel adaptations, Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu needs no introduction considering how much hype it has built up since its first season. You can also look forward to new seasons of Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha, Bungou Stray Dogs, and Mononogatari to give you another chance to catch up with some of the newer and more beloved shows from recent years.

Need some peak shonen in your life? The return of BLEACH: Sennen Kessen-hen and two of the best arcs of JUJUTSU KAISEN are guaranteed to feed you well. If you hunger for something funny or romantic, the sequels and spin-offs to Hataraku Maou-sama!!, Masamune-kun no Revenge, Kanojo, Okarishimasu, and Horimiya -piece- may help satiate your appetite.

That’s not to say that new adaptations and originals won’t amaze you. Not when Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead promises to transport you directly into the heat of the action during a zombie rampage. The charming comedy Suki na Ko ga Megane wo Wasureta is a promising school-life anime that you might just fall in love with. If intense mind games are more your speed, then Liar Liar might prove to be the hidden ace up the summer season’s sleeves.

There are many more anime to look out for this summer, so, should you choose to spend your free time this season on catching up on new anime, we’ve got your back in recommending all of the hottest shows during the hottest of seasons in our seasonal anime guide. This is Random Curiosity’s Summer 2023 Preview!


Disclaimer: Considering how substantial a task the Random Curiosity season preview is, we’ve divided it up among our active staff (Choya, FJ Freeman, Gabie, Guardian Enzo, Pancakes, Princess Usagi, and Zephyr) in order to maintain the quality of this preview. We will point out what appeals to us in each series, in the hope it will help you determine if it coincides with your tastes. Our Excitement Levels likewise showcase our visceral gut reactions to what we expect each show to be, so remember to check out the Overall Impressions section at the bottom for a general idea of our seasonal thoughts and opinions.

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 shows being exclusively batch released through Netflix or similar streaming service (refer to the OVA section for mentions on these). Likewise, any shows which have been postponed or currently are not confirmed to premiere 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 sub/dub sources for each series. And if we happened to miss something major, don’t hesitate to poke us! 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.

Above all else, however, many thanks are deserving to you, 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, have the desire to donate to our Patreon and Kofi or simply just lurk the site on occasion, it’s your time, attention, and company which keep us going. Honestly without you we wouldn’t be here writing about anime, so here’s to another fun season of it for us to enjoy together!

Technical Note: The schedule below is ordered by the date and time that the shows premiere. The links 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 example, Friday morning at 1:30AM would become Thursday at 25:30 to indicate that the episode aired late Thursday night. Series being streamed and season carryovers are excluded and series lacking confirmed air times are excluded until further airing info is released.


Level 1 dakedo Unique Skill de Saikyou desu
22:00 TOKYO MX (07/08)

Liar, Liar
22:30 Abema (07/08)

Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen – Ketsubetsu-tan
23:00 TV Aichi (07/08)

Horimiya -piece-
23:30 TOKYO MX (07/01)

Ryza no Atelier: Tokoyami no Joou to Himitsu no Kakurega
24:00 TOKYO MX (07/01)

Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha II
24:30 AT-X (07/08)

25:00 TOKYO MX (07/01)

25:30 TOKYO MX (07/08)

Uchi no Kaisha no Chiisai Senpai no Hanashi
25:30 TV Asahi (07/01)

Jitsu wa Ore, Saikyou deshita?
26:00 ABC (07/01)

Genjitsu no Yohane -SUNSHINE in the MIRROR- | 幻日のヨハネ -SUNSHINE in the MIRROR-
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: June 25th, 2023
Genre: Music Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Abema
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @GJ_yohane

Preview by FJ Freeman

Greetings, fellow RC enthusiasts! Today, I have an enthralling tale to share with all of you, one that will transport us to the breathtaking town of Numazu, where ordinary lives intertwine with extraordinary destinies. Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of “Genjitsu no Yohane: SUNSHINE in the MIRROR,” where reality merges seamlessly with fantasy, captivating our imaginations.

Enter Yohane (Kobayashi Aika), a spirited young girl plagued by the delightful affliction of chuunibyou. As an avid anime watcher, I can’t help but be fascinated by the whimsical delusions that make Yoshiko’s imagination soar. Since her earliest days, Yoshiko has felt a profound sense of disconnection from those around her. In the picturesque streets of Numazu, she has always stood apart, yearning for something more, something beyond the ordinary. As an anime enthusiast myself, I resonate with her desire for grandeur and escapism. With unwavering determination and a heart full of dreams, Yohane embarks on an extraordinary journey that takes her to the very depths of a mysterious realm.

Join us as we embark on this spellbinding adventure, where Yoshiko’s misfit journey ignites our own sense of possibility. Through her courage, resilience, and the unexpected alliances she forges, we learn that sometimes, the most extraordinary miracles emerge from the seemingly ordinary.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: No one yet
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Oooku | 大奥
Oooku: The Inner Chambers Top
Animation: Studio Deen Premiere: June 29th, 2023
Genre: Drama, Historical Airtime (GMT+9): Web streaming
Episodes: 12 Station: Netflix
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)

Preview by Princess Usagi

History has often (though not always) delegated men to the front pages- for starters, see the number of male compared to female presidents/prime ministers and of course, no female shogun. What if that were to be flipped on its head? Yoshinaga Fumi, explores this through Oooku. When Japan becomes afflicted by the Redface Pox during the Edo Era, the majority of men are wiped out, upending traditional gender roles. Men are relegated to delicate creatures of the back room while the women take on the responsibilities of running their homes, cities, and nation in the face of the chronic plague. Female shoguns now at the helm of the country, the most desirable men are hand-picked to join her Inner Chambers as they leave the life they once knew for palace intrigues.

The flipped perspective on history, diving into the humanity, the ambitions, the heart in a re-imagination of the shogunal line of succession gripped me from the moment I first picked up the manga. I was stoked to see it finally get an anime. Studio Deen is a solid studio and no stranger to historical gems such as Rurouni Kenshin and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, amongst other classics. With it being Netflix, the release timing might be weird, but I hope overall, it will get the production it deserves.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Pancakes, Princess Usagi
BanG Dream! It’s MyGO!!!!! | バンドリ!It’s MyGO!!!!!
Animation: Sanzigen Premiere: June 29th, 2023
Genre: Music Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 22:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @bang_dream_mygo

Preview by FJ Freeman

Calling all music enthusiasts! I’m thrilled to share some incredible news with you today. Brace yourselves for the latest addition to the beloved BanG Dream! franchise—an exhilarating anime that promises to strike a chord deep within our souls. Our protagonist, Anon (Tateishi Rin), finds herself amidst a bustling student body, each member already immersed in the enchanting world of bands. Determined to join their harmonious ranks, Anon embarks on a quest to assemble her own musical ensemble. However, there’s a twist in this symphony of events.

Enter Tomori (Youmiya Hina), the peculiar soul known as “Haneoka’s Weirdo.” Unaffiliated with any band, Tomori stands out like a melodic anomaly. Intrigued by Tomori’s enigmatic aura, Anon makes it her mission to connect with her, no matter the obstacles. Little do they know, this fateful encounter will lead them on an extraordinary musical journey, transcending boundaries and igniting their shared passion. Through challenges and hidden talents, Anon and Tomori will uncover the incredible power of music to heal wounds, bridge gaps, and fuel unwavering determination.

BanG Dream!’s latest offering promises an enchanting blend of heartfelt emotions, mesmerizing melodies, and unforgettable characters. Let BanG Dream! guide us through a captivating world where every note carries the weight of dreams, aspirations, and the resounding call of united voices.

Excitement Level: Established Watching This: No one yet
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Horimiya -piece- | ホリミヤ -piece-
Animation: Clover Works Premiere: July 1st, 2023
Genre: Romance, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 23:30
Episodes: 13 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @horimiya_anime

Preview by Enzo

Ishihara Masahi is in charge of the Horimiya adaptation. A great romcom manga adapted by a frontline director should have produced something really special, but ultimately I was quite disappointed by the first season. Ishihara was forced to cut a whole lot in adapting Horimiya in a single cour, which was never going to be ideal. Unfortunately, for me he made a lot of poor decisions about what to eliminate, leaving out most of what makes the manga really special in favor of its most conventional elements. As I put it at the time, it’s like “Ishihara went to a buffet and loaded up on too much dry chicken and stale bread and left the carving station and waffle iron sadly underutilized”.

That brings us to Piece (called “The Missing Pieces” in English), which will be adapting “stories not adapted in the main anime”. So that should be just what the doctor ordered, right? Well, maybe, but not knowing exactly what that means it’s hard to say. There’s certainly plenty of waffles and roast beef waiting to be served up, so in theory this could end up being really good. But it would have been so much better to give the anime two cours in the first place so it could be adapted properly, and even if Piece turns out well that’s still going to annoy me…

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Pancakes, Princess Usagi
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Ryza no Atelier: Tokoyami no Joou to Himitsu no Kakurega | ライザのアトリエ ~常闇の女王と秘密の隠れ家~
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout Top
Animation: Liden Films Premiere: July 1st, 2023
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @Ryza_PR

Preview by Pancakes

From the well-received game of the same name comes the second Atelier anime adaptation in Atelier Ryza. This particular story is centered on Reisalin “Ryza” Stout (Noguchi Yuri), a young and eager girl living on Kurken Island who only has adventure on the mind. Thankfully for Ryza though, the discovery of an abandoned rowboat lets her and close friends Marslink Lent (Terashima Takuma) and Mongarten Tao (Kondou Yui) to venture to the mainland and achieve that desired adventure. Here the trio quickly wind up in trouble with the local wildlife, only to be rescued by the alchemist Empel Vollmer (Nojima Hirofumi) who, thanks to a little prodding, agrees to take them under his wing and teach them what he knows. For Ryza especially such tutelage is a very good thing, because her new alchemical skills will be needed once she starts learning about the truth of her home.

The Atelier franchise is a funny one to look at overall because it’s probably one of the few long-running JRPG franchises without major anime presence. Ys has a few, Dragon Quest got a full remake, and there’s no need to mention the number of Tales adaptations. But Atelier? Outside Escha & Logy no Atelier there’s nada – and some fans likely wouldn’t complain. Besides the relative uncertainty of the staff involved it’s well-known how much game adaptations are mixed bags, and given Escha & Logy itself was not that impressive it’s hard to envision Ryza really breaking the trend. Couple it with a story debatedly more about looks than plot (Ryza’s thighs do be saving lives) and not hard thinking base marketing here is going to dominate over imaginative adaptation as with Priconne. Of course anything is possible, even for game adaptations, but for franchise fans especially I’d recommend keeping any expectations in check until we see what those first few episodes are made of.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
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AYAKA | あやか
Animation: Studio Blanc. Premiere: July 1st, 2023
Genre: Action, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:00
Episodes: 13 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @AYAKA_animePR

Preview by Choya

Yanagi Yukito (Yuuto Uemura) is an orphan who is taken to his birthplace on Ayakajima by one of his father’s eccentric disciples. Ayakajima is a cluster of seven islands where it is rumored to be the home of celestial dragons and the mysterious entities known as “Mitama”. When two other disciples of Yukito’s father join up with them, it becomes all too apparent that there is deep discord amongst them. Their secrets, as it seems, could threaten the harmony that’s been cultivated throughout the islands by the disarray caused by this friction. In the pursuit of truth, Yukito might just be able to uncover the answer.

This looks like a fascinating yet mysterious anime. Although it is an original anime with no source material to pull from, director Nagayama Nobuyoshi has often been linked to quite a number of curious anime. While most of his works tend to be comedy, he has dabbled in material like Runway de Waratte, and tends to be attracted to more experimental shows like Happy Sugar Life, Renai Flops, and
Uramichi Oniisan
. It’s a wide variety, but considering the premise of AYAKA, I’m curious as to what kind of twists and turns it might take. Hopefully, AYAKA will be up to the challenge when it arrives this summer.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Choya
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Uchi no Kaisha no Chiisai Senpai no Hanashi |
Story Of A Small Senior In My Company Top
Animation: Project No.9 Premiere: July 1st, 2023
Genre: Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:30
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Asahi
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @smallsenpai_pr

Preview by Choya

Shinozaki(Tachibana Hina) is a helpless officer worker who is often taken care of and coddled by senior team member, Shiori Katase (Tachibana Hina). Despite Shiori’s small stature, she goes out of her way to make sure that Shinozaki’s work experience is made easier by her guidance. Shinozaki worries that she’s fed up with him and merely helps him out of obligation, but this is far from the truth. She doesn’t want to ask him questions, scold him, or look for answers. In fact, Shiori is smitten by the significantly larger man, hoping that her acts of kindness will be recognized by Shinozaki as confessions of her feelings.

I suppose it’s reductive to say that Uchi no Kaisha no Chiisai Senpai no Hanashi is more appealing to those who want to fulfill the fantasy of being desired by an older woman who looks like a little girl. It will definitely have its fans, and as with a lot of shows about smaller older women, it isn’t as dubious as it seems. For those who want to brave the waters and see the show for what it is as just a romcom, then it shouldn’t be too difficult to give this a fair shake. After all, it’s still a cute, fluffy rom-com where the intent isn’t to get weird with it. In fact, with the way manga readers talk about it, it should prove to be a wholesome slice-of-life story.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Princess Usagi
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Jitsu wa Ore, Saikyou deshita? | 実は俺, 最強でした?
Am I Actually the Strongest? Top
Animation: Staple Entertainment Premiere: July 1st, 2023
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 26:00
Episodes: 12 Station: ABC
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @jitsuoresaikyo

Preview by Choya

Someone needs to refund their scouter, because the parents of Reinhart, or Hart (Murase Ayumu) were unable to see exactly how much magic he had. When a socially reclusive twenty-year-old is reincarnated as a baby, he has the misfortune of learning that his new royal parents left him for dead because they assumed he was powerless. Little does he realize that his powers are actually off the charts, and were unregistrable because of how broken they were. In this fantasy adventure, watch Hart as he navigates demon friendships, royal feuds, assassination plots, secret superhero identities, and a new little sister.

Isekai and fostering persecution complexes go hand-in-hand, and for Jitsu wa Ore, Saikyou deshita?, being victimized as a rejected infant who is secretly the coolest, most overpowered mage on the planet is far from uncharted territory. But if you’re popping into this one, chances are this scratches an itch you’ve been meaning to have scratched for some time. Everyone has their vices, and for fans of isekai, watching a boy spending his second chance at life fighting adversity, surrounded by adoring girls, and being overpowered sounds like it’d be a pleasure cruise to see. If this looks like it’d tickle your fancy, than consider your fancy tickled as Jitsu wa Ore, Saikyou deshita? sweeps into the summer season.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: No one yet
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Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 2nd Season | 無職転生II ~異世界行ったら本気だす~
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2Top
Animation: Studio Bind Premiere: July 2nd, 2023
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @mushokutensei_A

Preview by FJ Freeman

Mushoku Teseni: The one isekai everyone should be looking forward to. Its protagonist, Rudeus Greyrat (Uchiyama Yumi), is an exceptional character who has been given a second chance at life after dying in a tragic accident. As Rudeus begins to explore his new surroundings, he discovers that the world he now inhabits is vastly different from the world he knew in his previous life.

The world-building is one of the highlights of the anime, with its lush environments and intriguing creatures. The animation is also top-notch, with stunning visuals and epic battles. While the overall tone of the anime can be darker at times, it is balanced out with moments of humor, romance, and heart-warming moments. One of the other selling points that could be considered when promoting Mushoku Tensei is its exploration of complex moral issues. The anime delves into topics such as redemption, forgiveness, and the pursuit of personal growth in a world filled with magic and danger. As mentioned above the anime can be dark, however that certainly is something that could be considered award-winning from a writing standpoint. It should not deter someone who is more accustomed to say something like Tensura.

Moreover, the anime includes a wide variety of characters with unique personalities and backgrounds, making it a rich and engaging experience for viewers. The characters’ individual journeys and development are also well-constructed and often serve as sources of fascination and reflection for viewers. Overall, Mushoku Tensei is a captivating anime that appeals to fans of fantasy and adventure alike. Whether you are looking for a thought-provoking journey or a memorable experience, the anime is sure to deliver. And I couldn’t be more excited for its return; I hope RC readers feel alike.

Excitement Level: High Watching This: FJ Freeman, Gabie, Pancakes
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Masamune-kun no Revenge R | 政宗くんのリベンジR
Masamune-kun’s Revenge R Top
Animation: Silver Link Premiere: July 3rd, 2023
Genre: Romance, School-Lifey Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 21:00
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @masamune_tv

Preview by Pancakes

Teenage romance is truly a feast or famine experience. For every tale of drama-dripping success there’s the odd one out the guy (or gal) pulling the short end of the stick, something Makabe Masamune (Hanae Natsuki) knows only too well. A pudgy kid, Masamune got the pleasure of perpetual social torment at the hands of one Adagaki Aki (Ohashi Ayaka), a stupidly rich and equally stunning girl who never wasted a change to humiliate Masamune. Vowing revenge, Masamune enlisted the help of his grandfather to give him a total makeover to achieve it, something after eight years he’s now ready to begin. Setting out to make Aki fall in love with him – and then break her heart at the final moment – Masamune’s plan gets off on the right start, but as with all things love one can never fully account for the whims of the heart…

And yet another romance sequel enters the seasonal picture. Back when it first aired in 2017 Masamune-kun no Revenge was a fairly typical (if inventive) romcom which stuck a revenge-based plot at the centre of the usual harem shenanigans. It was even quite fun for the first half or so, but as seemingly wont for this sort of story wound up retreating into tropes, abandoning its stronger aspects, and otherwise devolving into standard-fare anime romance. It’s not to say it was objectively terrible (*looks at Kanojo Okarishimasu*), but certainly lost the charm which let it start out strong, particularly once that divisive cliffhanger is factored in. While this season will be adapting the latter half of the now finished manga, with some utterly chaotic upcoming developments and an equally head scratching ending to look forward to, rest assured the melodrama will not be far away. There may not be any surprises on the part of Masamune-kun no Revenge R, but it’ll certainly check any summertime boxes you got for tried and true romcom trainwreck shenanigans.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
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Lv1 Maou to One Room Yuusha | Lv1魔王とワンルーム勇者
Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero Top
Animation: Blade, Silver Link Premiere: July 3rd, 2023
Genre: Fantasy, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 21:30
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @lv1room

Preview by Pancakes

It has been nary a decade since Maou (Oozora Naomi), the Demon Lord, was bested in battle by the hero Max (Nakamura Yuuichi). Determined to regain his power and try for world domination once again, Maou decides to enter a slumber to recover his strength. Yet when Maou awakes he finds things aren’t as…tall as they once were. Shrunk down to pint-sized kitten (vs. the expected mountain lion) with only a semblance of his powers, Maou also discovers that Max, his most fearsome enemy, happens to be living the NEET life in a dingy one-room apartment. Not at all the future one Demon Lord had in mind, so Maou decides at a whim to move in with Max and turn his life around. After all, what’s a Demon Lord without a proper hero?

If there’s one thing to say about Lv1 Maou is that it wears its influences proudly. In short it’s pure comedic fantasy: Maou seeks to turn Max’s life around, problems arise, conflict is had, and hilarity ensues. It’s basically the successor to Jashin-chan Dropkick and Jahy-sama, where absurdity and comedy go hand in hand to yield a pretty entertaining package – and considering said package comes with the ultimate gremlin voice actress in Oozora Naomi once again voicing the lead, lots of potential for real humour. As is the case for comedy in general this one won’t be for everyone, but with a decent crew and studio in Silver Link pulling production duty, anyone in need a good laugh or bit of wind down material need look no further than this.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
Mononogatari 2nd Season | もののがたり
Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari 2nd Season Top
Animation: BN Pictures Premiere: July 3rd, 2023
Genre: Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @mononogatari_pr

Preview by Enzo

Mononogatari grew on me as it progressed. It’s nothing brilliant but the tsukumogami-driven premise is quite interesting, and there are some quietly interesting characters in the cast. I can’t say for certain I’d have covered it if it had aired this season, but based on how summer looks from here it should make the cut pretty comfortably.

Another element of Mononogatari that worked for me was that there was a fair amount of growth for the characters and their relationships over the course of the first cour. The protagonist certainly wasn’t especially likable out of the gate, but his experiences changed his outlook – and in the process, his interactions with the rest of the cast. That’s a nice element to fall back on if you want me to watch a second season.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Princess Usagi
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Okashi na Tensei | おかしな転生
Sweet Reincarnation Top
Animation: SynergySP Premiere: July 3rd, 2023
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:30
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Tokyo
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @okashinatensei

Preview by Choya

When a promising pâtissier, pâtisses away, he is given another chance to fulfill his dream of making the world’s greatest pastry as a nine-year-old named Pastry (Murase Ayumu). As it turns out, his new life isn’t all sugar and rainbows as he encounters unfamiliar hardships in a magical world, ranging from including bandits attacking his domain, malicious and eccentric nobles, an unfortunate financial situation, and land so barren that even water is scarce. Armed with his ingenuity, a love for making sweets, and a go-getter attitude, Pastry must overcome a series of ordeals and learn how to fight, utilizing his confectionary knowledge and discovering magic along the way.

While this definitely feels like it might be a hodgepodge of goofy ideas, the atmosphere of this anime feels like it should be enjoyable. It’s clean, crisp artwork looks very polished in high-definition, and it looks to use its pâtissier premise as a passenger for something a little more action-packed. This might sound like a roundabout way of saying that this should only be for those who enjoy watching isekai to pass the time, but if it is your bag, it should prove to be a good time nonetheless. Yes, it is more of a niche kind of show to watch, but it should prove to fill this niche very well when it begins in the summer season.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: No one yet
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Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha |
The Dreaming Boy is a Realist Top
Animation: Axsiz, Studio Gokumi Premiere: July 3rd, 2023
Genre: fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 26:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Abema
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @yumemiru_anime

Preview by Gabie

The Dreaming Boy is a Realist follows the story of Sajou Wataru (Miyase Naoya, omg he’s so bbg hahaha) who is deeply infatuated with his beautiful classmate, Natsukawa Aika (Suzumoto Akiho). A true romantic at heart, Wataru daydreams about the development of their relationship whilst pursuing Aika, until he’s hit in the face by his own pragmatism: is he even worthy to be with someone as remarkable and amazing as Aika?

Consumed by his self-doubt, Wataru starts distancing himself from Aika, leaving the girl bewildered, wondering if Wataru now dislikes her. Filled with moments of humor and heartache the story explores the struggles of two people as they desperately try to convey their feelings while constantly misinterpreting each other. Join in for a weekly dose of comical mishaps, heartfelt scenes and a rollercoaster ride of emotions as Wataru and Aika attempt to bridge the gap between their hearts. A collaboration between Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ (who also worked together on Shuumatsu no Harem), Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha is based on an ongoing light novel with the same name and it’s the first work of author Okemaru.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: No one yet
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Suki na Ko ga Megane wo Wasureta | 好きな子がめがねを忘れた
The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses Top
Animation: Go Hands Premiere: July 4th, 2023
Genre: Romance, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Princess Usagi

Mie Ai (Wakayama Shion) has a big problem- she forgets her glasses- not just once or twice, but all the time! Her seat neighbor, Komura Kaede (Itou Masahiro) has a big problem- he’s totally crushing on Mie but isn’t sure how to approach her. Luckily for him, Mie needs an extra pair of eyes on the days she forgets her glasses and he just so happens to be the closest one available. You don’t need glasses to see how much more interesting school becomes as these two grow closer.

I am a huge fan of the manga by Fujichika Koume– it’s very funny and Mie and Komura are absolutely cute. Mie is super quirky and Komura is adorably earnest- a winning combination. I was initially pumped about the anime adaptation, until it was announced that GoHands would be doing it, which tempers my expectations- especially with the awful CGI in the first preview. While the visuals are a big deal for me, it won’t absolutely break the show- adaptations like Shinigami Bocchan manage to do a good job telling the story even with eyesore visuals. I’m hoping the same could be true of Megane Wasureta, provided the rest of the production is on point.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Choya, Guardian Enzo, Princess Usagi
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Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyuu wo Samayou | 自動販売機に生まれ変わった俺は迷宮を彷徨う
Reborn as a Vending Machine, Now I Wander the Dungeon Top
Animation: Axsiz, Studio Gokumi Premiere: July 5th, 2023
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 22:00
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

Move over Truck-kun, there’s a new isekai vehicle on the block. Or shall we say box, as one Boxxo (Fukuyama Jun) finds out the usual alternate world way. A literal fanatic for vending machines and their blessed goods, Boxxo gets the best of all worlds by being crushed by a vending machine and sent off to fantasyland. As a vending machine. Sure, being human is tough, but when you’re dealing with the local monster wildlife with only two products on tap, a constant need for coin, and no ability to communicate except through prerecorded phrases, winding up living the dispensary dream isn’t all that easy. Thankfully, however, Boxxor comes across the young girl Lammis (Hondo Kaede) who helps him out and gets him started, ensuring that this isekai adventure will only be moving forward.

There’s only one of two reactions when looking at Reborn as a Vending Machine: laughter, horror, or a lovely combination of the two. Is that actually three things? Damn rights, because this one deserves it. With isekai already undeniably scraping the bottom of the barrel, going from Sword-kun to literal vending machines is a little jarring if predictable outcome, and that’s probably about as good as you can you can say. Reborn as a Vending Machine is incredibly generic, with the usual group adventure shenanigans a la Tensura accompanied by a story whose conflicts are won through typical MC prowess – just via a vending machine versus some god-endowed powers. Outside of meme-worthy hilarity do not expect perfection on the part of this one, particularly given the lack of source material and middling production crew, but if it can execute decently on its ridiculous premise, there’s a good chance of getting some nice (if crazy) alternate world summer fun.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Choya, Pancakes
Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon | わたしの幸せな結婚
My Happy Marriage Top
Animation: Kinema Citrus Premiere: July 5th, 2023
Genre: Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 23:30
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Princess Usagi

Everyone knows the Cinderella drill- a young girl is mistreated by her step mother and step sisters until lo and behold- a prince comes and sweeps her away to his castle for a happy ever after. Saimori Miyo (Ueda Reina) doesn’t just know this- she lives it in circa Meiji-era Japan, reduced to a servile status by her stepmother and sister for lacking psychic talent. The prince in question is the intimidating army captain, Kudou Kiyoka (Ishikawa Kaito). Far nicer than he appears at first, Kiyoka offers Miyo the happy ever after of a lifetime and learns to see herself through his eyes.

The story looks like a by the books romance storyline which has the potential to be a nice addition to the genre or a total tanker. I always need a bit of sweeping historical romance in my life and this certainly fits the bill. However, I do worry about the princely savior complex where the female lead “needs” a man to help her embrace herself-that could quickly turn problematic, depending on how they frame it. I am excited that Kinema Citrus is in charge – they’ve done gorgeous work with series like Made in Abyss and if nothing else, the visuals should be lovely.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Gabie, Princess Usagi
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Undead Girl Murder Farce | アンデッドガール・マーダーファルス
Animation: Lapintrack Premiere: July 5th, 2023
Genre: Mystery Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 24:55
Episodes: 12 Station: Fuji TV
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Princess Usagi

In a Victorian gothic world come alive with vampires, monsters, and killers (oh my!), blood is bound to spill. The game is afoot and a strange detective, Shinuchi Tsugaru (Taku Yashiro), is put on the case after the homicide of a vampire’s spouse. While every detective’s got their signature accessory – Sherlock Holmes has his hat and pipe and Poirot his mustache, this sleuth’s item of choice is rather…unsettling. That’s certainly no bird in that cage- but the head, what is her story and what role will she play – that, my friend, is one of the many mysteries you’ll have to tune in for.

As a huge fan of vampires and the Victorian era, I simply couldn’t let this series preview go unnoticed. With names like Sherlock Holmes, Victor, and Jack the Ripper gracing the character list, the series is going to be leaning heavily into the Victorian gothic vibes, maybe a la Kuroshitsuji, which I’d certainly welcome. No stranger to Kuroshitsuji, having worked on that series previously, Omata Shinichi might be a familiar name to some viewers, as a director for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai and one of my favorites, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. While unfamiliar with the manga source material, based on the above, it looks like it’ll be worth a watch.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Choya, Gabie, Guardian Enzo, Princess Usagi
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JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2 | 呪術廻戦
Animation: MAPPA Premiere: July 6th, 2023
Genre: Action, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 23:56
Episodes: Two cour Station: MBS/TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by FJ Freeman

Welcome to a gripping and hauntingly beautiful tale that will tug at your heartstrings and immerse you in a world where darkness battles darkness. Today, we delve into the mesmerizing world of “Jujutsu Kaisen,” a story that delves deep into the human psyche, exploring themes of hardship, redemption, and the extraordinary lengths we go to protect those we hold dear.

Meet Itadori Yuji (Enoki Jun`ya), a seemingly ordinary high school student with an extraordinary destiny awaiting him. Living a typical life filled with everyday routines, little does Itadori know that the shadows of curses loom menacingly over humanity. Curses are born from the negative emotions that burden us all—hardship, regret, shame—becoming malevolent forces that bring misfortune and even death. What’s more, the only way to vanquish these Curses is through the power of another Curse.

In a fateful encounter, Itadori finds himself facing a life-altering choice when a friend becomes the target of these malevolent entities. To protect his friend, Itadori makes a decision that forever changes his fate—he consumes the finger of the Double-Faced Specter, welcoming the Curse into his own soul. From that moment onward, Itadori becomes a vessel, sharing his body with this enigmatic entity.

Guided by the impenetrable and powerful sorcerer Gojou Satoru (Nakamura Yuuichi), Itadori is thrust into the Tokyo Metropolitan Technical High School of Sorcery. Within the hallowed halls of this institution, a noble battle against the Curses unfolds. Itadori’s journey to exorcise the very darkness that resides within him becomes a test of his resolve, a path that intertwines his own existence with the lives of those he encounters along the way.

The excitement is exceptionally palpable for this season, and expectations are very high. Not a lot of time has passed since the first season and between that time we had an excellent movie to turn us over for those wanting to experience more Jujutsu Kaisen. So how will this second season fare out? Only time will tell – but the outlook is very good indeed.

Excitement Level: High Watching This: Choya, Princess Usagi
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Higeki no Genkyou to Naru Saikyou Gedou Last Boss Joou wa Tami no Tame ni Tsukushimasu. | 悲劇の元凶となる最強外道ラスボス女王は民の為に尽くします.
The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: From Villainess to Savior Top
Animation: OLM Premiere: July 6th, 2023
Genre: Fantasy, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Choya

To a Beam of Light With You is an otome game which features an evil queen named Pride Royal Ivy (Fairouz Ai) whose wicked deeds landed her in final boss territory. Sounds like a compelling character, right? Well, not if you reincarnated as her! Our main heroine, a normal high school student, is reincarnated as an eight-year-old version of Pride and carries the knowledge of her evil transformation. With this in mind, Pride does her best to turn around her poor fortune by vowing to be a kind, benevolent ruler who definitely doesn’t enslave her adopted brother, bind her servants in an eternal contract, and sow despair and destruction across the land. Can she cheat her way into a kinder future with a bevy of love interests, or is she condemned to repeat the same misfortune as her character?

The villainess isekai has emerged as a popular subgenre lately, especially as a girl-friendly alternative to the young male power fantasy that most isekai get lumped into. The uphill battle, however, is distinguishing one villainess anime from the other based on the little differences and intricacies of each. On Higeki no Genkyou to Naru Saikyou Gedou Last Boss Joou wa Tami no Tame ni Tsukushimasu.’s end, it looks like it leans into the darker elements of what a villainess would do. Rather than the villainess being a goofy Bowser type or a comically evil woman who is unceremoniously killed by the heroine, Pride Royal Ivy comes off as purely evil. The bloodstained trailer highlights how much of Pride’s role in the game is to murder and/or subjugate those who defy her rule. It is wishful thinking to see if this will be a lot darker than your standard villainess anime that leans on the video gamey aspects of being trapped in an otome game. But hopefully, it embraces its darkness as it casts a shadow over the summer sun.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Choya, Pancakes
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Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Romantan- (2023) | るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-
Animation: Liden Films Premiere: July 6th, 2023
Genre: Action, Drama Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:55
Episodes: Two cour Station: Fuji TV
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Enzo

Of all the series I’ve previewed over the years, this one may be the most complicated. I love RuroKen, and it had as much to do with making me an animanga fan as any series ever has.

Rurouni Kenshin had an anime of course – two seasons by Gallup, one by Deen. It also got some original OVAs which I liked a lot less than most people, another original OVA decades letter written by Okada Mari which should be put in the nosecone of a rocket and fired into the sun, and a series of highly successful live-action movies. But it’s the series I was primarily concerned with, and that itself it complicated. It did a fantastic job adapting the Kyoto Arc (which for my money may be the greatest arc in shounen manga), but veered off into original (and often mediocre) material in the third season. That left the manga’s final major arc, “Jinchuu” (Revenge) unadapted. And as it’s almost on par with “Kyoto”, that’s always been a festering wound.

One element that really confuses things here is that we don’t know exactly what Rurouni Kenshin 2023 will be. It’s been assumed it will be some sort of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood style reboot, and it’s certainly starting at the beginning. But we have no episode count. We don’t even know that it will get to “Jinchuu”, though it would be pretty pointless not to. We don’t know if it will include the “Hokkaido” follow-up series at all. We do know it’s a Lidenfilms series, and they’ve been on quite a roll lately. And the previews look great in a very old-school way. But those are an awful lot of important unanswered questions.

As for the herd of elephants in the room, everyone has to decide for themselves what they should do about that. I wish there was an easy answer to this for me, but there isn’t. On some level, I feel as if I can’t not cover this reboot, because RuroKen is so fundamental to my anime experience. But yes, I am conflicted. There is some line where we separate the artist from the art and judge the latter on its own merits, but that line is arbitrary and I don’t care what anybody says.

Excitement Level: High Watching This: Gabie, Guardian Enzo, Princess Usagi
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Seija Musou: Salaryman, Isekai de Ikinokoru Tame ni Ayumu Michi | 聖者無双 ~サラリーマン, 異世界で生き残るために歩む道~
The Great Cleric Top
Animation: Cloud Hearts, Yokohama Animation Lab Premiere: July 6th, 2023
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 26:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Abema
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Choya

One day, Earth’s God of Destiny lost a bet against Galdardia’s Chief God, and had to hand over ten mediocre souls. Of these mediocre souls is a salaryman who was brutally shot to death before earning a promotion. After being violently gunned down, he was reincarnated as a fifteen-year-old healer named Luciel (Kawashima Reiji) in a country where they hate healers. Luciel hopes to join the adventurers guild to keep him safe, but his training is rough and he’s forced to drink a mysterious beverage named “Substance X” to keep himself formidable. The day-to-day life of a super-masochistic, back-from-the-dead healer begins, with his very survival on the line!

While many isekai that have cropped up either become too goofy for their own good or self-indulgent wish fulfillment, Seija Musou leans into the humor of being truly unwanted in a world of wonderment and magic. Where the rite of passage for Luciel winds up being a lot funnier than the uphill battles that other victimized isekai heroes have gone on. It is wishful thinking that this will be a pleasant surprise compared to the usual fare, but hopefully it harnesses the fun, chaotic feeling of the trailer when it arrives this summer.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Choya
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Sugar Apple Fairy Tale 2nd Cour | シュガーアップル・フェアリーテイル (2023)
Animation: J.C.Staff Premiere: July 7th, 2023
Genre: Fantasy, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 22:30
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

In the Kingdom of Highland there is no greater occupation than that of Silver Sugar Master. A pâtissier without comparison, the Master creates the finest of sugar craft and can only receive their title at the behest of royalty. For one Ann Halford (Nukui Yuka), the daughter of a famous Master, it’s a position she’s always aspired to, so when her mother passes away and the royal family announces a sugar sculpture competition in distant Lewiston bestowing the title on its winner, she sets out to make her dream a reality. Realizing it, however, requires Ann to purchase the foul-mouthed fairy slave Challe (Mizunaka Masaaki) as her bodyguard because the roads aren’t safe, she isn’t the most skillful of fighters, and fairies like Challe are considered appropriate protective fodder. As Ann is about to discover in a world of slaves and masters, claiming her culinary title might be the least of her concerns.

If there’s one thing to say about Sugar Apple Fairy Tale is that it’s a fairly solid shoujo romance. While its first cour was largely unremarkable (shoujo do be like that), it did play up its fantastical setting quite well and paired it with some decent use of its themes of slavery and growing into your own. For all the fluff and simplicity Ann did have challenges at times, with every cliché development at least accompanied by threads to go off and think about. Couple it with JC Staff providing some very fitting art and animation and it did everything it had to do, even if the romance at the heart of the story didn’t quite live up to all expectations. Pretty much don’t expect much changes this season, but if you enjoyed the first or simply have a fancy for some conventional shoujo romance, make sure to keep an eye on Sugar Apple Fairy Tale.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Princess Usagi
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Nanatsu no Maken ga Shihai suru | 七つの魔剣が支配する
Reign of the Seven Spellblades Top
Animation: J.C.Staff Premiere: July 7th, 2023
Genre: Action, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 24:30
Episodes: 13 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

The prestigious school of Kimberly is known only for one thing: training Spellblade casters. A deadly and irreversible form of magic, spellblades are second to none, with their casters effectively nobility given the power they wield. It is this world Oliver Horn (Tamaru Atsushi) seeks to enter as a new Kimberly student, yet all the prestige and promises of glory cannot make up for what greets him within the school grounds. Labyrinths, dangerous monsters, opportunistic enemies: Kimberly has many secrets to reveal, something Oliver will find out the hard way. When it comes to the world of magic, nothing is ever as it seems.

Yes, I know, we already got one battle academy this season – but what about a Harry Potter battle academy? Now that piqued the attention didn’t it? While slightly tongue in cheek, Nanatsuma can indeed be thought of as a Japanese Harry Potter, where mysterious, eager, and somewhat naïve kid stumbles across a wider world of intrigue and deception. Magic here simply serves as the vehicle for drama, action, and character development, where the more lighthearted aspects of say Little Witch Academia get replaced by gritty rationalism. Or in other words, a battle academy emphasizing the battle. The main concern here will be adaptation strategy, as given Nanatsuma is the work of Alderamin’s Uno Bokuto there’s strong potential for infodumps and general source material hatchet job. Plus the involvement of JC Staff isn’t something which invites a lot of confidence. Nevertheless first episodes always tell the tale and the PVs are admittedly looking good, so if you’re in need of a magic flavoured battle academy this season definitely consider giving Nanatsuma a whirl. You never know, it might just wind up surprising.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
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Kanojo, Okarishimasu 3rd Season | 彼女, お借りします (2023)
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 3 Top
Animation: TMS Entertainment Premiere: July 7th, 2023
Genre: Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:23
Episodes: 12 Station: MBS/TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @kanokari_anime

Preview by Pancakes

Freshman Kinoshita Kazuya (Horie Shun) doesn’t have it easy at college. Unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend barely a month into their relationship after asking her to visit the family, Kazuya turns towards a rental girlfriend app to help fill the loveless void – only to get far more than he bargained for in the process. Although Mizuhara Chizuru (Amamiya Sora), Kazuya’s hired date, is perfect on the outside, a negative review he left following some post-date regrets reveals a temperamental personality wholly at odds with initial impressions. And to make matters worse, Kazuya is forced to reveal Chizuru as his “girlfriend” to his family following a medical mishap. It’s not the ideal situation and it leaves Kazuya and Chizuru both in a serious quandary. Unable to tell the truth they must live the lie for Kazuya’s family, all the while dealing with former flings and eager coworkers – and the growing feelings between accompanying the ups and downs.

Alright, be honest, how many thought this one would wind up with three seasons? Not me for one, not when you’re combining the best (worst?) of trashy bottom-tier anime romance with the epitome of romcom tropes in all their gilded glory. Incredible harem chaos? Got that. Ridiculous archetypes with predictable (mostly) developments? Fully on tap. Crazy changes in relationship statuses and love-hate pairings purely for the sake of melodrama? I thought you’d never ask. It might be rude to Kanokari to disparage it so openly, but goddamn does it make it hard not to at times, particularly after the second season one-upped the first in everything which made it so divisive (and admittedly enjoyed by some) to such a degree. In short do not expect any major shakeups or changes, anticipate lots of the same sort of drama, and if you have any aspirations of a proper romance conclusion in the close firmly check those expectations at the door. After all, considering Kanokari’s manga is still ongoing with such a loyal following, a fourth season is definitely not out the question.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Gabie
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AI no Idenshi | AIの遺電子
The Gene of AI Top
Animation: Madhouse Premiere: July 7th, 2023
Genre: Sci-fi Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:53
Episodes: 12 Station: MBS/TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

In the not-too-distant future humanity is no longer entirely human. Over 10% of the population are so-called humanoids, machines endowed with artificial intelligence enough to make them, if not entirely human, human enough to be treated as equals. It is in this brave new world where Dr. Sudou Hikaru (Ootsuka Takeo) practices, helping man and machine both with the ailments arising from daily living. Yet Hikaru’s job isn’t entirely above grade. Moonlighting under the pseudonym Moggadeet, Hikaru takes on risky – and illegal – medical procedures, of which the most recent is rewriting the memory of a humanoid whose husband inadvertently infected her when illegally backing up her memory. It’s a case especially piquing Hikaru’s interest, because could one truly claim to be the same if one’s memory is fully overwritten?

Robots, artificial intelligence, and the pursuit of a universal meaning of existence are a well-trodden field these days, whether you go back to the halcyon days of I, Robot or more modern anime takes in Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song and Plastic Memories. In this regard AI no Idenshi isn’t that particularly unique, with philosophical musings underpinning a thriller-lite setting which leaves lots of room for existential drama and internalized angst. Or if you will, a sci-fi Mushishi with a similar predilection towards largely episodic arcs. Although the PVs and overall character art/design aren’t anything to write home about, with this being a Madhouse production in the hands of a fairly competent crew alongside having quite a bit of source material to work with, it’s one show I wouldn’t write off at face value. Considering the type of story at play, AI no Idenshi is easily one summer show which could pull a dark horse out of its hat.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Pancakes, Princess Usagi
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Dekiru Neko wa Kyou mo Yuuutsu | デキる猫は今日も憂鬱
The Masterful Cat Is Depressed Again Today Top
Animation: Go Hands Premiere: July 7th, 2023
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 26:23
Episodes: 12 Station: MBS/TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
Join the conversation @dekineko_anime

Preview by Choya

Saku (Ishikawa Yui) assumed that it was going to be a breeze to take in a stray cat. Little did she know that she was introducing a new housekeeping life partner into her life! Yukichi (Yasumoto Hiroki) isn’t any ordinary black cat. For instance, he towers over Saku, takes pride in his culinary skills, and always seeks out the best discounts at the supermarket. Even if Saku is lagging, she’s got Yukichi to keep her work/life balance in check as he gladly takes care of her home while she hustles at work.

GoHands is more notorious for their vaseline-slathered animation and daytime lens flare effects, so seeing them jump into a slice-of-life comedy about a giant cat is very amusing. It has its own niche as many cat anime tend to do, but as an owner of a black cat, it is another instance where I’m tempted to give this one a shot by virtue of seeing a massive version of my pet in action. Yes, it will likely be something to merely keep on in the background, but if you’re looking for something fun, fluffy, and low stakes, then Dekiru Neko wa Kyou mo Yuuutsu may appeal to more than just cat people when it arrives for this summer.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Choya
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Level 1 dakedo Unique Skill de Saikyou desu | レベル1だけどユニークスキルで最強です
My Unique Skill Makes Me OP Even at Level 1 Top
Animation: Maho Film Premiere: July 8th, 2023
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 22:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

From the light novel series of the same name comes the next greatest isekai adventure. Or at least you’d think if your name wasn’t Satou Ryouta (Ishikawa Kaito). While getting the chance of a second life after literally working to death for a black company, Ryouta’s alternate world peregrinations hit a major roadblock when he finds out he’s stuck at level one. Permanently. No worries though; for all the lack of innate stat boosting the kid has the fortunate luck of being able to conjure overpowered items on a whim, ensuring his skills are always maxed no matter what. It’s not the most typical of isekai starts, but Ryouta is definitely going to enjoy it for all it’s worth.

Normally with these series I’d go into a spiel about the whole isekai zeitgeist – but yeah, synopsis do be telling the entire tale. It’s not even a slight against Level 1 dakedo Unique Skill de Saikyou desu: it’s conventional isekai, it does the whole fantasy flavoured slice of life harem shtick, and does so with the expected (if not unwelcome) lighthearted comedy approach; hard to fault following the leader when it works so well. For all we’ve seen this sort of thing numerous times before there’s always one or two things which keep the overall story entertaining, and with this one relying on items over abilities for its OP MC shenanigans you can at least bet on some small twists to separate it from the crowd. Or, you know, mostly. Level 1 dakedo Unique Skill de Saikyou desu certainly won’t be topping the charts this summer season, but it will easily fit the bill for anyone craving a bit of simple isekai fun this summer season.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
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Liar, Liar | ライアー・ライアー
Animation: Geek Toys Premiere: July 8th, 2023
Genre: Thriller Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 22:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Abema
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Choya

The Mask that we wear in social settings has nothing on the duplicitous nature of Academy Island. When Nature Calls, students must settle every dispute with a “game” where students risk placing their reputations into a Dead Pool for upward mobility and a collection of “star” points. Our main protagonist Hiroto (Nakamura Genta) may look like a Yes Man, but their mind isn’t exactly Spotless. After a Series of Unfortunate Events, their world is suddenly In Living Color as they defeat The Majestic student deemed to be the academy’s strongest empress. But if he wants to remain the Man on the Moon and be Kickass too, he’ll have to live up to his reputation as the pseudo-strongest in the school. Make sure your Cable Guy has your internet set, because you’ll definitely want to have Fun with Hiroto & the girls of Academy Island this summer.

Now that I’ve gotten my goofs out of the way, it’s hard not to root for a ridiculous psychological thriller about risky games. Kakegurui has had its fair share of similar gambling academy anime since it debuted, but Liar, Liar helps to scratch that itch fairly well. Based on the trailer, the anime also seems to lean toward the technological side, so it adds an immersive element to the kind of gambing that the students have to contend with. It looks like it should prove to be a guilty pleasure, if not an overall good time, when it wagers it all on this summer.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Pancakes
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Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen – Ketsubetsu-tan | BLEACH 千年血戦篇-訣別譚-
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War – The Separation Top
Animation: Studio Pierrot Premiere: July 8th, 2023
Genre: Action Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 23:00
Episodes: 13 Station: TV Aichi
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Choya

In the midst of Yhwach’s (Sugou Takayuki) invasion of the Soul Society, Kurosaki Ichigo (Masakazu Morita), the famed substitute Soul Reaper, finds himself in a difficult spot. As his zanpakuto blade, Zangetsu, is shattered, he must confront the truth behind his parents’ lineage to recover Zangetsu in all of its glory. Although he was able to see the light, this brings about further complications as his friend Ishida Uryuu (Sugiyama Noriaki) discovers that his destiny is linked to Yhwach through his Quincy lineage. Will the two come at odds with each other in the Soul Society’s on-going feud between Soul Reapers and Quincies, or will they be the miracle that turns the tides?

Comfort food can be odd. Sometimes, it can be something warm and hearty that feels like you’re right back at home like stews or curries. Other times, it can be unhealthy food that you know is bad for you, but just can’t resist. In a way, Bleach feels like a combination of the two, like any home-cooked meal that’s touched a deep fryer. And nothing gets that point across more than how the anime has handled the Thousand Year Blood War arc. The anime staff had not only given a modern sheen to Bleach’s art, but also fleshed out parts of the story that hadn’t been adapted or included in the manga. The first installment of the final arc felt like a love letter to what Bleach represents as the stylish, rebellious shonen manga that wears its notoriety on its sleeve. And with the news that it will be adapting unseen Bankai, it’s needless to say that I’ll be looking forward to what kinds of additional lore and story will be added to the final arc when it makes its arrival this summer.

Excitement Level: Established Watching This: Choya, Gabie
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Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha II | 魔王学院の不適合者 ~史上最強の魔王の始祖、転生して子孫たちの学校へ通う~ II
The Misfit of Demon King Academy Ⅱ Top
Animation: Silver Link Premiere: July 8th, 2023
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

Editor’s Note: Returning after being placed on hiatus in Winter 2023

Humans, spirits, and even gods themselves: all at some point have succumbed to Anoth (Umehara Yuuichirou), the Demon King of Tyranny. Yet for his conquests there’s just one itch Anoth can quite scratch: boredom. With none capable of giving Anoth what he desires, he chooses to reincarnate in a later age and see what the future holds. And what it holds is very different indeed. Weak demonic descendants, senescent magic; nothing is as Anoth knows, so he thus enrolls in Demon King Academy to correct these faults. Although Anoth’s immeasurable power and unknown status turn him into the academy’s social pariah, fellow students (and newfound friends) Misha (Kusunoki Tomori) and Sasha (Natsuyoshi Yuuko) show him his goal of revitalizing the world isn’t entirely hopeless. And now, after crushing a few enemies and ensconcing himself as the Academy’s up and coming prodigy, Anoth is well on his way to reclaiming his former glory.

Say what you will about power fantasy, but Maou Gakuin shows there’s plenty of juice left to squeeze. This series was a very fun ride back in 2020, owing in part to both its self awareness and willingness to have Anoth set back and let the secondary cast shine. Deadpan comedy? Ridiculous abilities? Lighthearted, tongue in cheek shenanigans? Maou Gakuin featured it all and came out the better for it. The main difference for this sequel, however, is the change in cast; Suzuki Tatsuhisa, courtesy of personal transgressions, is out as Anoth and replaced by Umehara Yuuichirou. This is admittedly not a bad choice (based on the PV), but it will take some getting used to, particularly given how well Tatsuhisa did with Anoth in the more comedic moments. The good news is all other cast and crew are carrying over, so provided Yuuichirou can live up to expectations and this season doesn’t rush through its material too quickly (which, spoiler alert, it’s doing), there should be no derailments for this power fantasy train. Considering how much I liked the first season, I for one really hope so.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
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Temple | てんぷる
Animation: Gekkou Premiere: July 8th, 2023
Genre: Romance, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:30
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Choya

Akemitsu Akegami (Akasaka Masayuki) dreams of living isolated to avoid becoming a filthy pervert like his father. When he falls in love with a young woman, he is left anxiety-ridden about being led astray from his wishes of isolation. He ultimately decides to cut off society altogether to renounce his worldly ways and take on the humble life of a Buddhist monk, but unfortunately for him, he’s hit with a one-two punch. Not only is the temple he chose full of women, but the same young woman he fell in love with is one of the practitioners at the temple! So begins a new rom-com about the temple life of three adorable triplets and two beautiful freeloaders!

For better or worse, this looks like it’ll be more of a throwback anime of sorts. Where it takes after many harem anime concepts from the 90’s through the 2010’s as a young, hapless guy is roped into the temptings arms of alluring women. That’s not to say that it will only be appealing to those who only want the harem experience, especially considering that it was created by the artist of Grand Blue. With this in mind, I can see it leaning on more of the comedic side, pairing its ecchi leanings with a good sense of humor. Hopefully, it retains that kind of spirit when it debuts soon.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Choya
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Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto | ゾン100~ゾンビになるまでにしたい100のこと~
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Top
Animation: Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Premiere: July 9th, 2023
Genre: Action Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 17:00
Episodes: 12 Station: MBS/TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Princess Usagi

Most of us have heard about “them”- the exploitative companies that squeeze everything out of their employees for little in return. Tendou Akira (Umeda Shuuichiro) works for one such corporation and falls into what feels like a 6 foot deep rut. Things unexpectedly liven up for him when the townspeople start turning into zombies and he changes into badass zombie survivor mode.

In anime seasons that run amok with demons and vampires, a zombie show is a unique one to throw in the mix. I have a special fondness for zombies, having grown up with Night of the Living Dead, so I am looking forward to seeing how anime takes on the genre. With Seko Hiroshi on series composition, I’m sure he’ll bring his experience with big action-packed shows like Shingeki no Kyojin, Chainsaw Man and Jujutsu Kaisen to add a punch to the overall dynamic Zom100 will pack. I was also intrigued by the exploitative company angle, seeing as how that is a major issue in anime with companies like MAPPA and many more that have come to light. I’m curious as to how far this series will go in addressing exploitation or if it sticks to surface level stuff.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Choya, Princess Usagi
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Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid 2nd Season | 死神坊ちゃんと黒メイド
The Duke of Death and His Maid Season 2 Top
Animation: J.C.Staff Premiere: July 9th, 2023
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Enzo

In a season of good adaptations from bad studios, we have Shinigami Bochan to Kuro Maid. This is a manga I really like – maybe a hair less than Suki no Ko ga Megane wo Wasureta, but it’s close. And sadly, J.C. Staff can only be called a bad studio these days. They were never a quality engine on the scale of Bones or I.G. but did more than their share of good-to-great, workmanlike adaptations (and the occasional winning original like Ano Natsu de Matteru, probably their prettiest series). Now they’re mostly CGI (as is Shinigami Bochan), and when they do venture into 2-D animation you wish they hadn’t.

Still, the first season of this show was quite decent to this manga reader, in spite of the crap visuals. As they did with Hi Score Girl – with the same director, Yamakawa Yoshiki – J.C. Staff got the narrative of things pretty spot-on. The material to be covered this time is certainly stronger, though if the adaptation is going to cover the rest of the now-completed manga in one cour, some cuts are going to have to be made. All in all this looks like the closest thing to a safe bet on the summer schedule to me, given the uncertainly about Rurouni Kenshin’s episode count and intentions.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Princess Usagi
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Eiyuu Kyoushitsu | 英雄教室
Classroom for Heroes Top
Animation: Actas Premiere: July 9th, 2023
Genre: Action, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

Once upon a time demons ruled the world, until a mythical hero arose to break the yoke and free mankind. Such was this hero’s legacy that Rosewood Academy was founded, an elite school whose sole purpose was to train the next generation of heroes. It is here at Rosewood where Arnest Flaming (Yamada Misuzu) hopes to make her mark. An incredibly skilled girl with a strong sense of duty, Arnest is the academy’s top performer and well-known as the Empress of Flames. The problem? She’s been personally requested to help new transfer student Blade (Kawashima Reiji), a lively carefree kid who is the complete opposite in personality yet the same in power. Not at all the school life Arnest had envisioned, but for the sake of success she’ll find a way to make this situation work.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: yes Eiyuu Kyoushitsu is generic, and oh yes it’s not going to be breaking with tradition. This one is as unfiltered battle academy as you can get, where cookie cutter characters, simplistic magic systems, and enough plot to explain away the harem teasers all come together to form (ideally) an entertaining package. To Eiyuu Kyoushitsu’s credit it doesn’t necessarily flunk this aspect (at least from the parts I’ve read), but anyone expecting another Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry best check such expectations at the door. The good news though is there’s a lot of source material to leverage alongside a half-decent studio in Actas, so provided all the usual fun of chopping, rushing, and overall adaptation curses is avoided there could be some fun to be had. Eiyuu Kyoushitsu won’t be for everyone, but any fantasy fan in need of some quintessential fantasy anime this season need look no further than this.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
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Dark Gathering | ダークギャザリング
Animation: OLM Premiere: July 9th, 2023
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 25:05
Episodes: Two cours Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

As a college freshman young Gentouga Keitarou (Shimazaki Nobunaga) has an interesting yet spooky talent: ghosts love him. In fact ghosts love Keitarou so much that they inflicted an injury upon him that so happened to also catch his friend in the crossfire. It was enough to encourage Keitarou into the NEET lifestyle through which he now seeks to free himself of – though it’s not all that easy. As part of his rehabilitation, childhood friend Houzuki Eiko (Hanazawa Kana) provides Keitarou support and even sets him up as private tutor for her cousin Yayoi (Sasahara Yuu), but Yayoi is also spiritually inclined, and unlike Keitarou wants to seek ghosts out. Enough so in fact that both Yayoi and Eiko wind up dragging the poor guy along on their haunted house tours regardless of opinion and past events. It’s not at all the way Keitarou intended on getting back to society, but one way or another he’ll have to make the opportunity work.

Horror series are always a bit of a mixed bag, usually veering into campy B-grade (or B-grade esque) productions, action masquerading as horror, or leveraging the concept for more psychological and philosophical discussions. In this regard Dark Gathering largely falls into the first category, but don’t let that label deceive you. This one is very much a true horror, with its ghosts functioning more as figurative zombies (spoiler alert) and the mechanisms of overcoming them inherently tied to the real world. Do not expect a lot of supernatural abilities or even major action here: battles come down to wits as much as strength and there’s no serious ass pulls to fan the flames. The few chapters of the manga I read were pretty damn impressive (particularly art-wise), and while there’s the usual production concerns colouring opinions, should Dark Gathering do its source material justice in both animation and series composition, this is definitely one horror show to keep firmly on your summer radar.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
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Animation: 8bit Premiere: July 10th, 2023
Genre: Sci-fi Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Osaka
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

In the year 2222 humanity is at its end. Brought to the brink of annihilation a decade prior by the Tears of the New Moon, a calamitous rain birthing deformed monsters, the survivors fled to the underground haven of Amasia, the last human city. Yet for all the protection Amasia offers it’s not the most inviting of experiences. Run and controlled by the AI Magnus, Amasia’s citizens live in perpetual uncertainty over whether the rains above or their own engineering marvels below will be the thing to finally wipe them out. It is this fear partly driving the Drifters, oddball scavengers who venture outside the confines of Amasia. The resources and artifacts recovered by these Drifters may not be much for most, but no one knows just what discovery they make which might help keep humanity surviving.

Before any sci-fi lover gets excited at that synopsis, best to know that Synduality is a game adaptation. And not just any game adaptation: an adaptation to a game yet to be released. Oh yes, it’s one of those series. While admittedly preemptive on the judgement front, it’s very difficult seeing how this won’t be another Scarlet Nexus, where the intent is more to promote and sell the source game over releasing a sharp and coherent story. For one it’s another Bandai Namco mixed media franchise, for another the teaser material hints towards the usual production streamlining. Top it off with the same sort of story that these sorts of series love and it’s not hard seeing what the likely outcome will be. I wouldn’t as far to say Synduality is guaranteed to be a trainwreck, but this is one summer show I would recommend hedging any and all bets on.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: Pancakes
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Ayakashi Triangle | 妖幻三重奏
Ayakashi TriangleTop
Animation: Connect Premiere: July 10th, 2023
Genre: Romance, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Gabie

Editor’s Note: Returning after being placed on hiatus in Winter 2023

Kazamaki Matsuri (Chiba Shouya) and Kanade Suzu (Ichinose Kana) are childhood friends who share in the ability to be able to see, exorcise and interact with ayakashi – or youkai. But somehow, as they enter high school, their relationship starts to deteriorate as their views on ayakashi start to diverge: Matsuri believes they should all be eradicated, while Suzu, who’s also a medium, believes they’re worthy of compassion and love. So far, not an unusual plot line for this genre of anime. The catch? After stumbling upon an inconspicuous looking cat ayakashi (who’s really an overpowered four hundred-year-old spirit), Matsuri gets turned into a girl! Could this be Suzu’s worst nightmare? How is she going to process her romantic feelings towards her childhood best friend now that he’s turned into a voluptuous she-beauty?!

Romcom, ecchi, slice of life-ish, gender bender and a sprinkle of Japanese folklore: Ayakashi Triangle is currently in its 11th tankobon volume while being serialized in Shounen Jump+. Written and illustrated by Yabuki Kentaro, best known for his Black Cat series and for illustrating To Love Ru, this heartwarming romance hits the screen on this winter season to keep you toasty. And considering how its first kick of the can went, I’m willing to bet it’s going to be very interesting in its latter half.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: No one yet
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Helck | ヘルク
Animation: Satelight Premiere: July 11th, 2023
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:29
Episodes: Two cour Station: Nippon TV
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

The Demon King, a being of great power, and also a poor sucker always defeated at the hands of the hero. Yet for the denizens of this particular demon world it’s also an opportunity for the rules stipulate the next king must be chosen through a tournament, one where martial prowess and magical ability are everything. At least they would be, if not for Helck (Konishi Katsuyuki). A seemingly normal happy-go-lucky human hero, Helck easily bests the competition and quickly rises through the tournament ranks, enough so that Red Vamirio (Komatsu Mikako), one of the demon’s overseer “Four Heavenly Kings” seeks to find out what exactly he’s after. The fate of the world is at stake after all, but it’s anyone’s guess if Vamirio can figure out the mystery before Helck takes the title.

Helck is one of those series where it’s hard to believe it’s actually getting an adaptation – and no, not because it’s cookie-cutter bottom of the barrel bad in any way. This one is a fairly old (for the current production committee adaptation strategy) manga, ending back in 2017, but is also one which was a very fun ride. Pretty much take a lighthearted fantasy premise with a nice chunk of comedy, add in some nifty twists and turns, and have it executed very well and you have yourself a story easily hitting above its weight. Although Helck isn’t without its imperfections (most notably a rushed ending) and does keep to fantasy conventions, it’s one of those examples highlighting just how important execution is when it comes to overall strength. With two confirmed cours to work with, a fairly solid crew, and decent cast, I wouldn’t anticipate this one falling off the rails, and with that completed story to adapt, a good chance of avoiding the usual adaptation cliffhanger. Helck may not be the absolute greatest fantasy tale of late, but any genre fan would do well this season to give this one some serious attention.

Excitement Level: Optimistc Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Pancakes
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Bungo Stray Dogs 5 | 文豪ストレイドッグス (第5シーズン)
Animation: Bones Premiere: July 12th, 2023
Genre: Mystery Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Gabie

Still an ongoing publication (as of today with 23 published volumes), Bungo Stray Dogs comes back for its 5th season. At this point, I’m certain most of you know about this anime, but in case you glazed over this one in the past (like me), here’s a breakdown on what’s been happening in the world of Asagiri Kafka and Harukawa Sango:

In a city filled with extraordinary abilities, Atsushi Nakajima (Uemura Yuuto) is a young orphan plagued by misfortune who finds himself caught in a series of bizarre events. After encountering the eccentric members of the Armed Detective Agency, a group of gifted individuals with unique powers, Atsushi, now working alongside Dazai Osamu (Miyano Mamoru), discovers that he possesses an ability tied to a legendary white tiger. With Yokohama as its backdrop, Bungo Stray Dogs is a coming of age story that takes you on a thrilling ride through the dark and mysterious underworld of supernatural detectives. A tale of struggling with your own demons, forging bonds of trust and discovering the true meaning of friendship and loyalty, it comes as no surprise that this series has amassed a dedicated following. And listen, this could be the sign for you to binge the first four seasons!

Excitement Level: Established Watching This: No one yet
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Shiro Seijo to Kuro Bokushi | 白聖女と黒牧師
Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence Top
Animation: Doga Kobo Premiere: July 12th, 2023
Genre: Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Gabie

Meet Lawrence (Ishikawa Kaito, the diligent local pastor who shoulders the responsibility of guiding townsfolk to the church in order to visit the revered “Saint” – a beacon of moral guidance who offers heartfelt advice to her parishioners: Cecilia (Sawada Hime. However, Cecilia’s perpetual drowsiness and penchant for slacking off make her job “very tiresome,” leaving Lawrence to shoulder the church’s responsibilities all on his own. But amidst their contrasting natures, a unique bond begins to blossom. And as the line between affection and admiration blurs for the adoring Saint, what shall she do?! Does Lawrence’s feelings echo hers?

Based on the ongoing manga created and illustrated by Kazutake Hazano, The White Saint and the Black Priest is a delightful and charming tale, with poignant moments and enough levity to make it a comfy watch. Join the beloved Saint Cecilia, whose elegance and wisdom captivate the townspeople during the day, only to transform into a hopelessly scattered soul when the church empties, and Pastor Lawrence as he takes on the challenge of keeping Cecilia together, even if it means enduring her mischievous tests and a lot more than what he signed for.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: No one yet
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Hataraku Maou-sama!! 2nd Season | はたらく魔王さま!!
The Devil is a Part-Timer! 3rd Season Top
Animation: Studio 3Hz Premiere: July 13th, 2023
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 23:30
Episodes: 12 Station: TOKYO MX
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Pancakes

As the demon lord, Satan (Oosaka Ryouta) hasn’t had it easy. Defeated by a hero and vanquished to modern Japan, he must work by the sweat of his brow at the local MgRonald’s disguised as Maou Sadou purely for the sake of basic living. Yet not all is lost: Maou knows a little hard work can go a long way towards dominating his new world, and by coming across and re-recruiting some old companions and close friends lays out the board to make such plans reality. Of course it must mean first overcoming the challenges posed by enemies both new and old, but as Maou has proved time and again, he will do whatever is needed to ensure a future of peace and prosperity is a sure thing.

Oh how the mighty have fallen. When Maou-sama received its sequel almost a decade after first airing, many including yours truly were undeniably thrilled for it. Top-shelf fantasy romcom (and one of the first reverse isekais to boot!) with a nice story and excellent production values: what could possibly go wrong? Yet went wrong the sequel did, effectively shredding everything which made Maou-sama’s first kick of the anime can so much fun. Weird directing decisions, source material chopping, lackadaisical writing: the ubiquitous adaptation curses we all know and love were on full display, intensified by some of the more questionable developments within the season’s adapted arcs. I wouldn’t go as far to say it was a total trash fire, but the sequel certainly left a lot to be desired. Given most of the same crew are returning with Studio 3Hz again at the production helm I wouldn’t go all in on the hype train, but provided this season can do justice to the material now up for adaptation, it might be worthwhile for series fans and the curious watcher both to keep one eye on Maou-sama this summer season.

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: No one yet
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Shiguang Dailiren II | 时光代理人 第二季
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Animation: Haoliners Animation League, LAN Studio Premiere: July 14th, 2023
Genre: Drama, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Web streaming
Episodes: 12 Station: Web release
Information Links: AniDB, MyAnimeList, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (ZH)
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Preview by Guardian Enzo

Shiguang Dailiren II A late entry to the preview – a July start date was just confirmed, with a world premiere at Anime Expo – but a big one. It would certainly be no exaggeration to say that Link Click is by far my favorite donghua (Chinese animation) ever. I was disappointed no one ever subbed the eventual Japanese version of the first season, but the original Chinese cast is very good (something I haven’t always found to be the case for me). This sequel was announced way back in 2021, so it’s been a long wait. But if S1 is anything to go on, it should certainly be worth it.

That first season was something I came to late, not being someone who normally watches much donghua. If I had watched it in real-time and made it eligible it would certainly have been in my 2021 top 10, probably top 5 – it was that tremendous (I have it my “Honorable Mention”). This is sci-fi on a par with the best of modern anime – two mismatched friends in their early 20s can effectively time travel using photographs using their perfectly matched superpowers (for lack of a better word). The writing was great, the situations emotionally powerful, and the visuals often surprisingly beautiful. Shiguan Dailiren was one of the best shows of 2021 period, full stop.

The question of whether one should include it in year-end anime “best of” lists is an interesting one. At RC and LiA they’ve always been anime lists, but it’s not like that’s ever codified that (that I remember). I’ve never put a live-action on my list, never a Western cartoon – should we treat Chinese animation any differently? I mean, it’s not anime (some may disagree, but I’m quite comfortable on that point), but it’s as close in many ways as it’s possible to be. None of that would matter if the second season isn’t as superb as the first, but there’s no obvious reason to expect that to be the case.

Excitement Level: Optimistic Watching This: Guardian Enzo
Spy Kyoushitsu 2nd Season | スパイ教室 (2023)
Spy Classroom 2nd Season Top
Animation: Feel Premiere: July 2023
Genre: Action, School-Life, Thriller Airtime (GMT+9): TBD
Episodes: Single cour Station: TBD
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi, Wikipedia (EN), Wikipedia (JP)
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Preview by Gabie

Following its successful winter release, Spy Classroom comes back for its second season! Set in a world where espionage reigns supreme as governments resort to covert operations to protect their interests and prevent catastrophes, the story follows a spirited young girl named Lily (Amamiya Sora) from the Din Republic. Despite her struggles with Academics, Lily’s ambitions of becoming a skilled spy are never deterred, and as an unexpected opportunity arises, she scores a spot in the renowned spy team, Lamplight. Guided by the enigmatic Klaus, the group of girls consisted of Lily, Grete (Itou Miku), Enra (Minase Inori), Thea (Uesaka Sumire), Sibylla (Touyama Nao), Monika (Yuuki Aoi) and Annett (Kusunoki Tomori) embark on mysterious and daring missions.

Adapted from the ongoing Light Novel series written by Takemachi, spanning nine volumes and counting, the show rests on the talented hands of studio Feel. Immerse yourself in the world of spies where alliances are tested, secrets abound and the fate of nations hangs in the balance!

Excitement Level: Average Watching This: No one yet
Spy Kyoushitsu 2nd Season Promotional Videos ▼

Short Series List

Technical Note: Short one-cour series that are being broadcast with irregular duration times (less than 24 minutes per episode) are separated from the main preview to account for the increasing number of short series and allow for ease of viewing for those who have a preference for one type of series over another. While the list should be complete, there are short series that have been announced very close to the start of a season, in which case they may not have made it onto the list. Shorts may or may not have a haikyuu synopsis; Passerby be fickle like that.

Air Date Title
07/07 Hyakushou Kizoku | 百姓貴族
AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi
07/07 Ikimono-san | いきものさん
AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, Syoboi
July Yami Shibai 11 | 闇芝居 11
AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList

OVA / Movie


Technical Note: OVAs are sorted by the date they are released. For series that have multiple episodes coming out over the course of the season, please refer to the Notes column for additional dates. More information on each OVA can be found on their respective websites, including promotional videos in some cases. Movie premiere dates are not included since they don’t mean a whole lot to viewers outside of Japan. For the most up to date North American theatrical release schedule, please visit Fathom Events or Funimation Films. BD/DVD movie releases are included in this list. This list is likely incomplete and will be updated as more titles surface (usually by the next season’s preview). If you notice anything missing or incorrect, please feel free to comment below or send me a quick tweet/DM @ZephyrRC.

Release Date Title Notes
06/07 Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: First Kiss wa Owaranai
Kaguya-sama: Love is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends
かぐや様は告らせたい -ファーストキッスは終わらない-
BD/DVD Release.
BD/DVD Release.
06/28 Kagami no Kojou
Lonely Castle in the Mirror | かがみの孤城
BD/DVD Release.
06/29 Ooku: The Inner Chambers | 大奥
Netflix Release.
06/30 Tenchi Muyou! GXP: Paradise Shidou-hen
天地無用!GXP パラダイス始動編
BD Volume 2 Release.
07/02 Fate/strange Fake: Whispers of Dawn
07/12 Shuumatsu no Walkure II Part 2
Record of Ragnarok II Part 2 | 終末のワルキューレII 後編
07/26 Hanma Baki: Son of Ogre 2nd Season | 範馬刃牙 SON OF OGRE
Netflix Release. Part 1 of 2.
07/27 Azur Lane: Queen’s Orders | アズールレーン Queen’s Orders
BD Release.
Episode 2 of 2.
07/28 Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Movie: Guren no Kizuna-hen
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Movie – Scarlet Bond
劇場版 転生したらスライムだった件 紅蓮の絆編
BD/DVD Release.
07/31 Bastard!!: Ankoku no Hakaishin – Jigoku no Chinkonka-hen
Bastard‼ Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy Season 2
BASTARD!! -暗黒の破壊神- 2
Netflix Release.
08/10 Kyoukai Senki: Kyokkou no Souki | 境界戦機 極鋼ノ装鬼
08/23 Nanatsu no Taizai: Ensa no Edinburgh Part 2
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 2
七つの大罪 怨嗟のエジンバラ 後編
Netflix Release.
08/24 Hanma Baki: Son of Ogre 2nd Season | 範馬刃牙 SON OF OGRE
Netflix Release. Part 2 of 2.
09/02 5-toubun no Hanayome∽
The Quintessential Quintuplets~ | 五等分の花嫁∽
TV Broadcast Release.
09/03 Naruto (2023)
20th Anniversary Special. 4 Episodes.
09/06 Houkago no Breath
Pokémon: Paldean Winds
ONA Episode 1 of 4.
09/07 Gamera: Rebirth
Netflix Release.
09/12 Argonavis AXIA | 劇場版アルゴナビス AXIA
BD/DVD Release.
09/13 Hi no Tori: Eden no Sora
火の鳥 エデンの宙
Disney+ Release.
09/20 Suzume no Tojimari | すずめの戸締まり
Suzume’s Door-Locking
BD/DVD Release.
09/21 Kengan Ashura Season 2 | ケンガンアシュラ
Netflix Release.

Overall Impressions


I do believe in the idea I had earlier in my introduction where I claimed this was THE season for sequels. Often, summer seasons are small buffer periods before all of the year’s best anime comes out in full force for the fall. But many of the upcoming sequels this season are absolutely unimpeachable, whether it be because they continue a hotly anticipated series or capture some of the most pivotal moments in their respective stories.

If you love action, this season will be an outright buffet. If you’re in the mood for love, you’ll also be eating well for the summer. Admittedly, some of the newer adaptations and original anime might be this season’s dark horses considering how they don’t have the It factor that this season’s returning anime have. But that’s not to discredit any of them since it’s always the newer anime that wind up creeping up on you and setting your expectations as ablaze as the summer sun. There’s bound to be an anime this season that resonates with you – and if you need any further reassurance, look no further than our Excitement Levels!

In this time-honored tradition, we provide Excitement Levels to help gauge what degree of anticipation that we and the anime community as a whole might steer towards. Think of it as a way to see which shows on your “hope to watch” list might want to be bumped way up to keep up with what’s trending for this season’s hottest anime. Our Excitement Levels are based on our preliminary examination of each show’s staff, seiyuu, and source material, and we hope that it can prove to be a useful guide in keeping you aboard the most thrilling hype trains and introducing you to some sleeper hits.

As usual, these levels were arrived at by our totally not shady “Excitement Council” of Zephyr, Guardian Enzo, and Pancakes. While we’ve gone to great lengths to consider multiple viewpoints and not get swept away by our own proclivities, these aren’t predictions, and shouldn’t be taken as such. Take these with the appropriate amount of Hylian Rock Salt.

Note: Lists are sorted in alphabetical order.


The Rundown:

High excitement shows are the ones we’re truly pumped about. These are the shows we want to watch the most, and which we think have a good chance of being exemplars of their kind — or at least come close. Shows in this category might be sequels to excellent anime, adaptations of highly regarded source material, projects with stellar pedigrees, or even originals that just light up our minds. They don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to feel like something special. If you consider yourself a casual fan who only gets your toes wet every season, then these are the shows we feel you should most keep an eye on.

Optimistic shows are ones that we’re hopeful will be really good, and which we have good reasons to think they might be. The underpinnings of these are generally strong, with a lot to suggest in each of them, but with one or two elements that give us pause and keep our enthusiasm from boiling over. They still have most of the makings of very strong series, though, and many stellar anime will arise from this category. If you’ve exhausted all the High shows, or want to delve deeper into your favored genres, check out these as well.

Average excitement shows look middle-of-the-road to us. They could be good or they could be bad, but they don’t provide much immediate indication that they’ll be amazing in retrospect. This is often the case with shows that are firmly ensconced in their genres’ tropes, or which overly rely on some of anime’s overused plot devices. It can also apply to shows that seem deeply flawed, with elements that could make them amazing, but with so many potential possibilites that we’re not getting hyped up. However, in many of our experiences these shows still provide a great deal of entertainment, and may turn out a lot better than they appear. Personal taste comes heavily into play, so your mileage will vary.

Limited excitement shows are ones that we simply aren’t all that excited about. They often don’t seem to be striving for much, and choose to focus on more frivolous aspects such as senseless humor and fanservice. Other times they’re doing the same thing we’ve seen a thousand times, with few mitigating signs that they’ll rise above their tropes. That doesn’t mean they’re the bottom of the barrel and shouldn’t get any consideration, but simply that they’re not doing a lot to suggest themselves. Keep in mind what kind of show they are, though, and you might find something you enjoy amid this cohort.

  • Limited Excitement:

Niche shows break away from the norm by being slower-paced, featuring less explored material, being extremely dark/grotesque, or even controversial. In most cases these shows are oriented towards older audiences or those who feel that anime has become far too repetitive and want something different. Shows of this category tend to be highly under-appreciated, but can turn out to be hidden gems for that very reason. Includes some works oriented toward younger audiences.

  • Niche Excitement:

Established shows are any series that has aired for more than 40 episodes or has been previewed three or more times. This can include anything from never-ending shounen and decade-spanning dramas to that quirky comedy that keeps getting renewed season after season. The only commonality is that they’ve aired a lot of episodes, and that they’re the kind of show that most viewers will want to catch up on all the previous content before watching the new. Spin-offs and remakes don’t automatically qualify, since they’re considered new series.


  1. ‘Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha II‘

    No, no, NNOOO!!! I think this is my second most hated Anime.

    I didn’t think Hormiya was getting an S2. I enjoyed the story but didn’t feel it was compelling enough to warrant a continuation.

    “ Ryza no Atelier”
    When will I play the game?

    Rena Sayers
      1. Too many manga and LN adaptations for my taste. I wish the industry would invest in more anime original shows like Edgerunners and Odd Taxi. Whenever I see an adaptation J just see advertisement for the source material.

        Zemo x2
  2. Sequels/Continuations
    Genjitsu no Yohane
    Bang Dream
    Spy Kyoushitsu

    Atelier Ryza
    Dark Gathering
    Uchi no Kaisha no Chiisai Senpai no Hanashi

    Give it an episode
    Shiro Seijo to Kuro Bokushi
    Higeki no Genkyou
    Liar, Liar

  3. Love Live franchise: We have a new fantasy anime starring the Aqours girls!
    Me: Go on, I’m listening…
    Love Live: Ruby plays a tiny fairy.
    Me: You son of a bitch, I’m in!

    1. [i] History has often (though not always) delegated men to the front pages- for starters, see the number of male compared to female presidents/prime ministers and of course, no female shogun. [/i]

      Nu-uh, Hojou Masako, Yodo-Dono (Chacha) along with Hatsu and Oeyo, Nene or Kita no Mandokoro. They are not titularly per se, but their authority complemented or sometimes even superior than the real Seii Taishogun himself.

      If post Heian after Hogen already relegated Emperor into ceremonial and left a figure like Kiyomori or some bakufu as man in charge, who cares the shogun is if some rich daimyo like Nobunaga can order him around? Especially the setting is around Edo, so Meiji Restoration is approaching, that means the authority back to emperor.

  4. Only 3 definite watches for me (and only Seven Spellblades is not a sequel). Fall looks way more appealing now.

    Also, wasn’t Dark Gsathering confirmed for 2 cours?

  5. Looks like a largely meh season. Except I’ll probably end up watching a lot more than I expected to once it gets going. Apparently the restart of Ayakashi Triangle will air less censored than the initial attempt, though, so so it might just be worth guilty-pleasure watching

  6. It has been looong time since I had really NOTHING that picked up my curiosity.
    I will certainly find something to watch, but at first sight the sequels I get are exactly the shows I did skip or drop because they were so godawful (Rent-a-GF…), and fresh shows seem to be nothing well fresh, being basically recycled ideas….

  7. An excellent overview of the new season, as usual. Thanks! I can’t even imagine getting into a new season without the mandatory Random Curiosity’s preview.

    Much to be excited about. I was waiting for Mushoku Tensei since the first season ended, but others caught me by surprise. I knew that there was a Helck anime in the works, but not that it would arrive this season. And I didn’t know there would be a Rurouni Kenshin anime reboot or that The Misfit Demon King would return from hiatus until very recently. Also, AI no Idenshi feels like the kind fo series I’d want to check.

    As for guilty pleasures… I’ll confess, I want to watch at least the first episode of the vending machine isekai. It’s too much of a ridiculous landmark for the genre to pass it up.

  8. Heh, Undead Girl Murder Farce broke the excitement level system… It’s also one I’m for sure watching, plus a wild card pick selected by my sister. Here’s hoping it goes over as well as Ice Guy did back in winter…!

      1. And while I’m grateful it has, I’m now even more disconcerned by the extremely high proportion of average-level series this season. Way to play it safe, guys. 😛

      2. Part of it is this just being a lacklustre season (particularly compared to this one), but a good chunk is also down to Enzo, Zephyr, and I often having different opinions for the excitement levels. We usually take the average of our opinions which causes the preview to naturally be conservative.

        Although I’d still argue outside a few cases most of them are average excitement 😛

  9. Is Zaiden planning to continue blogging Mushoku Tensei Season 2?

    Especially with his familiarity with the source novels, the Season 1 Mushoku Tensei episode posts were a notable highlight of 2021.

    Not to disparage any of the other RC bloggers, but hoping Zaiden can continue with Season 2.

  10. Feels like not many blockbusters or proming hidden gems/potential sleeper hits this season…

    Am I right in thinking Summer is tradionally considered to be a weak season for anime

  11. I’d rather be reading and talking about this season’s anime than spend an unhealthy amount of time on Steam’s fora reading (and explaining) why the new Steam Client update is absolute piece of buggy bloatware s**t. (Yes, I know the “-vgui” command, and thank God for that fix–at least for now.)

    But I’ve digressed enough. Anyway…

    Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 2nd Season – Isekai series are dime a dozen at this point, so narrowing it down to the good, worthwhile series is pretty much necessary. And I know this series is a frontrunner in the “good, worthwhile isekai series” list, so good to see where the story goes from where we last left off (IIRC, Eris leaving Rudeus, putting him in a funk, but later resolving to go on his own journey).
    Genjitsu no Yohane -SUNSHINE in the MIRROR-YoshikoYohane finally living out her chuunibyou fantasies in this…err…fantasy universe spin-off of Love Live! Sunshine? Let’s go! (And episode 1 premiered pretty quick.)
    Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto – I remember this series thanks to Gigguk talking about the manga. Haven’t read it yet, but fell in love with the premise. A young salaryman slaving away for a “black” company suddenly finds himself freed from his restrictive, suffocating, soul-crushing office job in the wake of a zombie apocalypse–and decides to finally live life the way he always wanted to, following his bucket list.
    Temple – Funnily enough, another one of the Trash Taste boys (The Anime Man) talked about this manga. I might take a look at this (along with last season’s Megami no Cafe Terrace) in lieu of the restarted Ayakashi Triangle–even if it’s the uncensored (AT-X?) version now.
    Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Romantan- (2023) – Ah yes, another reboot of a beloved anime/manga series from my formative years as a young weeb. And another beloved series now marred by controversy from its author (just like Harry Potter/The Wizarding World). If it’s more faithful to the manga, the better. That said, wonder if they’ll bring back the old-school BGMs from the old anime series and/or make new remixes of them?

    Obligatory movie/OVA watch:
    Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai Next Sky – OK, I’m still sad about Tomori Kusunoki retiring as Setsuna Yuuki, but at the same time somewhat eager to see Coco Hayashi’s take on the character.
    Azur Lane: Queen’s Orders – Hopefully, there’s no more delays for this two-episode OVA.
    Kyoukai Senki: Kyokkou no Souki – Over on the mecha front of Studio Sunrise… (Yet to complete watching the first season of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, though.)

    Restarts/continuations from Winter 2023 and other sequels (may or may not watch):
    NieR:Automata Ver1.1a – Probably gonna continue watching this.
    Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha Ⅱ – A season-long delay and I seem to have lost the plot completely. *SMH*
    Ayakashi Triangle – So this rebroadcast is apparently the uncensored one? That’s a maybe.
    Hataraku Maou-sama!! 2nd Season – Having a long hiatus between the first season and the second one wasn’t so good for this reverse-isekai series. (What the hell happened?)
    Masamune-kun no Revenge R – Another series that suffered from a long hiatus, to the point that I only remember the basic premise and not what happened in the season finale (plus OVA[s]). At least this isn’t the trashiest rom-com series anymore, with that honor going to…
    Kanojo, Okarishimasu 3rd Season – As much as I wanted to see Ruka deliver that verbal smackdown on Mami Nanami in anime form (back in Season 2?), I’m not sure I’m in the mood anymore for a rom-com that drags a** plot-wise.

    Previous-season leftovers*/Late pickups** for binging:
    Ultraman Final*
    Star Wars: Visions Season 2*
    Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi o Suru*
    Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. 2*
    Oshi no Ko* – I honestly feel that the more I watch this, the more I’ll loathe the entertainment industry (and by extension, VTuber agencies–especially the “black” ones).
    Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Season 2*
    Megami no Cafe Terrace** – Probably in between episodes of Temple.
    Yuusha ga Shinda!** – Hope the comedy is as good as KonoSuba, but that’s probably too much to ask.
    Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu**

    Also not helping with that last list, binging Virtual-san wa Miteiru on a whim as a retrospective look on how far VTubing has come as a source of entertainment (and to have a moment of silence for the VTubers featured in that show who have since graduated–Mirai Akari in particular 07).

    With that done, thanks again for your hard work.

  12. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 2nd Season – If they keep to the story i’m sure it’ll be good.

    Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – (2023) – I am so torn about this. I loved the original series (third season was definitely not the best) but i don’t know if i want another. Saying that i want to actually see the rest adapted so ill see, it will either be amazing or trash given adaptations. Hope it is amazing.

    Helck – One of the few i am really interested in, hope it ends up being above average.

    Horimiya -piece- I don’t know whether this should have gotten another anime (its not a sequel but filling in missing blanks), well its here and horiyama was okay, maybe this will make it better.

    Liar, Liar – I have the first novel sitting around somewhere, maybe this will make me read it.

    Suki na Ko ga Megane wo Wasureta – I’ve heard good things so i’ll give it a try.

    Ayakashi Triangle – Gender Bender is not often handled well, there have been some exceptions to this and i’ll give it a good try but i don’t really have a lot of hope for this one.

    Eiyuu Kyoushitsu – I like my generic fantasy stories.

    Genjitsu no Yohane -SUNSHINE in the MIRROR- Having watched the first 2 episodes already, i’ll watch it, but since i never watched love live sunshine i have no clue who anyone is, which is fine for me, and it has been a pretty decent 2 episodes so far.

    Hataraku Maou-sama!! 2nd Season – 1st season was great, this doesn’t exist past that (expect the books)

    Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyuu wo Samayou – I keep meaning to try the LN but just have always had better things to read, being reincarnated as a vending machine just sounds so stupid to me, but given its been adapted its at least a try for now.

    Jitsu wa Ore, Saikyou deshita? – I’ve read some of this and novel is pretty bad, and i really don’t expect anything from the anime either, like smartphone season 2 i just don’t know how this got an adaption.

    Level 1 dakedo Unique Skill de Saikyou desu – Another novel i’ve read, another how did this get an adaption,

    Kanojo, Okarishimasu 3rd Season – Just why?

    Masamune-kun no Revenge R – Season 1 was average, and i have a really strong feeling its just gonna go downhill. I’ll at least see it into the trash pile if thats where it ends up.

    Nanatsu no Maken ga Shihai suru – The novel is decent, though i suspect the adaption is gonna move real quick, hopefully it does a decent job.

    Ryza no Atelier: Tokoyami no Joou to Himitsu no Kakurega – The game has a pretty weak story, so i guess they have a lot of room to work with and a lot of people really like Ryza.

    Yumemiru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha – I don’t actually mind the novel of this one, its pretty average sure, but it is what happens when someone says no too many times and the other side gives up… but the first episode didn’t really give me hope. It felt like it went like light speed through the material.

    Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha II – I’ll watch it, its okay.

  13. I still miss Zephyr 🙁 Been using RC for over a decade to determine my seasonal watches! Please keep up the good work!

    Here’s what I’ll be following this season:

    Masamune-kun no Revenge R
    Mononogatari 2nd Season (Riven)
    Synduality: Noir (10 July)

    Suki na Ko ga Megane wo Wasureta
    Helck (Riven)

    Bungo Stray Dogs 5 (Adam, Riven)
    Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon (Riven)
    Undead Girl Murder Farce (Riven)
    Shiro Seijo to Kuro Bokushi

    Hataraku Maou-sama!! 2nd Season
    JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2 (Riven)
    Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Dave)

    *Sugar Apple Fairy Tale Part 2
    *Kanojo, Okarishimasu 3rd Season
    AI no Idenshi (Riven)

    Liar Liar (Riven)
    Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen – Ketsubetsu-tan (Adam, Riven)
    *Horimiya: Piece
    Uchi no Kaisha no Chiisai Senpai no Hanashi

    Zom 100: Zombie ni Naru made ni Shitai 100 no Koto (Riven)
    *Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid 2nd Season
    Genjitsu no Yohane: Sunshine in the Mirror
    Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 2nd Season (Riven)
    Dark Gathering (Riven)

    Oooku (Riven) [NETFLIX]

    *Shiguang Dailiren II (14 July)


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