Hey everyone! Finally found time to preview lots of new anime for the Summer 2015 season, and to think there are STILL shows to be released all this month! But for now, here are 14 of the new shows I will be watching. Why 14? Because it’s my favorite number. Yeah.
Each show I will feature here will include genre tags, a brief summary of the show, and my personal opinion on the pilot. You can find all of these and more on Crunchyroll! This is also not a complete list of everything I’m watching/picking up. Let’s get these first impressions started!
Actually, I am (Mondays at 11:30 PDT)
Asahi Kuromine can’t keep a secret, but he will have to this time, now that he has a crush on the school vampire with green hair, Youko Shiragami. And the other girls in this series are just as nutty! But what lies behind Youko’s secret is more than just being a vampire. She wants to make friends, too.
Liking the character dynamics so far. Looking forward to see how far those two will go.
Non Non Biyori Repeat (Mondays at 12:00 PDT)
The country girls of Non Non Biyori are back! And this time, we will be filling in last year’s adventures with even more enjoyable moments with Hotaru, Komari, Natsumi, and of course, Renge.
Of all the sequels coming out this season, I’ve been anticipating this one the most. Japanese fans’ most popular anime in 2013 has returned!
Million Doll (Tuesdays at 22:45 PDT)
Idol feels? More like blogger feels! And the idol-loving shut-in Suuko will be telling us all about local idols in the best way she can: through blogging!
I’m sure a lot of folks are excited (or disappointed) for the music in this show, but for me, I’m here for Suuko. The idol industry makes it such that idols will come and go, and today’s freshest girls will become yesterday’s news in no time. But for critics like her, she won’t forget where credit is due, for a hobby she enjoys more than just the average fan would! And besides, she sooo gets me!
Himouto! Umaru-chan (Wednesdays at 12:00 PDT)
Umaru Doma may seem like the pretty girl next door type in public, but big brother Taihei knows she’s a pain in the neck! And once she gets home, she turns into a chibi monster who lounges around all day! How the heck does she pull off being good at everything in school, only to be this annoying little brat?
But as much as I will say mean things about Umaru, this is exactly how brothers and sisters are in real life. A lot of anime shows out there like to idealize the sister complex (more on that below), people like me who actually have a little sister know that we annoy each other to no end with all kinds of shenanigans! And yet at the end of the day, we still stand by each other because that’s what family does!
School-Live (Thursdays at 7:00 PDT)
The poster says it all. On the surface, these girls are part of the School Life Club, and they have all kinds of whacky adventures at school. But the reality is, they are actually a small team of survivors in a world ridden by zombies! Seriously… what the Hell just happened?
Not gonna lie. I almost dropped this one right at the pilot episode. But I kept watching after 20 minutes and WHOA! The Hell’s going on here!? Good thing I read enough about these shows before watching them, or I might’ve missed that. But frankly, I’m not at all impressed with the parallel story lines here. We’ll see about that.
Danchigai (Thursdays at 10:30 PDT)
Unlike most guys, Haruki Nakano has been blessed (or cursed) in having four cute sisters, and apparently no parents to look after them. But while they annoy him sometimes, he still enjoys his life.
Yeah. I got nothing. If you like it, that’s cool. I realize that the sister complex is a common theme, but I don’t find it to be worth fetishizing any time soon.
Ushio and Tora (Fridays at 7:30 PDT)
Ushio Aotsuki discovers a demon under his basement who wants to devour him! But having literally made a deal with the demon, Ushio turns into a demon in his own right when he grabs a hold of the legendary spear that bound his new demon pet Tora! Together, these two unlikely partners will thwart evil in all of its forms… or kill each other trying!
This was a nice surprise throwback in the simulcast list. Based on a manga from the ’90s, Ushio and Tora capture that old school anime feel, and there are plenty of slapstick routines as well. And this show’s going to be airing until the end of this year? I’m sold.
Wakaba*Girl (Fridays at 8:40 PDT)
Tags: Comedy, Slice of Life, Animated Short
Wakaba Kohashi is a rich girl who just transferred into a small school. Now that she’s mingling with other high school girls, she hopes to make friends and become a high school student. Goal achieved!
It’s funny. I’ll give it that. But I’m not all that excited about this as I am with other shows out there. At least the characters are a little bonkers? That’s good enough for me. Maybe this will get better. Maybe.
GATE (Fridays at 10:00 PDT)
And if I may, tag Drama, too. Life’s not easy for adult otaku Youji Itami, especially when a group of dragons, ogres, and a whole army attack Ginza one summer day, and on his way to a convention, too! Now that he’s a Second Lieutenant in the Special Defense Forces, he’s leading his squad into uncharted territory where only the best otakus will survive. But will this new world be just as threatening as they imagine?
I know what you’re thinking: this sounds like another anime a couple years ago about a shut-in’s take on educating a fantasy world in the realm of Cool Japan (which someday I will get to reviewing on this blog), but there’s something else going on here. GATE is rightfully considered a military drama, and not gonna lie, the funeral scene in the pilot episode made me a little angry, too. But let’s not forget: our main character is an otaku who’s only leading us for the sake of his hobby. We can’t take him too seriously, right?
Wooser’s Hand-to-Mouth Life: Phantasmagoric Arc (Fridays at 11:50 PDT)
Mamoru Miyano (ahem… I mean, Wooser) is back for a third season! And with plenty more adventures and anime references to come, Wooser is not done trolling the world with his flappy ears and a nose that is often mistaken for a mouth!
I regret having not simulcasted the first two seasons, but I did manage to catch up for this one. Time to laugh all over again for one of anime’s most bizarre characters, and Mamoru Miyano’s pivotal role as a voice actor! Sorry, dude. You will always be Wooser to me.
Classroom Crisis (Fridays at 12:30 PDT)
This futuristic anime takes us to the Japanese Martian colony, where people have thrived for about 70 years or so. But while we are sitting in a classroom of the future, the new transfer student Nagisa Kiryuu has a different idea for A-TEC, the school and company that runs the colony’s technology! Will things change under his new direction as the future CEO?
I’m actually excited for this one. The nice thing about anime originals is that we don’t know what to expect because the manga or novel for it is being printed alongside production or on a later date, and therefore none of us know what to expect out of it. It’s innovative and forward-looking so far. And if anything else, I have high hopes for the teacher for once. Teachers often play a mentor role in anime and manga, as they do in real life, but how often will they get a chance to take part in the adventure and follow their dreams? I can’t say never (because they have in the past), but it isn’t that often! Great show so far.
Aoharu x Machinegun (Fridays at 22:00 PDT)
Like survival games? Well that’s what Hotaru Tachibana and the “pretty boy” host Masamune Matsuoka play in their spare time. And even though they play with toy guns, they will take them seriously against other survival game teams! And before you can say “yaoi doujinshi,” Hotaru is a girl! (Okay, now you can say “yaoi doujinshi”)
I swear I saw something like this last summer, but that was a shoujo series about cute girls, playing survival games! Now we get a shounen series about pretty boys playing survival games? Seems legit. This one’s going to be fun.
Charlotte (Saturdays at 10:00 PDT)
Yuu Otosaka has the ability to become any person he thinks about for 5 seconds. Doing so has helped him succeed as a high school student so far, but soon enough, he finds others like him. Now transferring to a school that’s totally not taken from X-Men (heh), he learns that having supernatural abilities aren’t all they’re cracked up to be after all.
Of all the shows I’m featuring here, I anticipated this one the most. Imperfection is a huge theme from the git-go, and I’m sure Yuu will soon find out that his own power has more weaknesses in it than just a 5-second time limit. While he can be anyone he wants to be for 5 seconds, he has never known the feelings of others deep inside their souls. Can he discover those soon enough?
Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers (Saturdays at 12:30 PDT)
Legends tell of demons and saints, and the inevitable threat that someday, the demons of old will return to destroy humanity once and for all. But when that time comes, prophecy tells of six brave heroes who will rise above them and deliver justice to those demons once again! One such hero is Adlet Mayer, the so-called “strongest man in the world.” Can he and the rest of the six braves save humanity in the dark times to come?
This is Crunchyroll’s most anticipated new summer title. And rightfully so. The animation is beautiful, and I’m liking the indigenous-American cultural influence in the setting, too. Are these the heroes we’ve been looking for for this summer? Only time will tell.
Highlight reviews for the season, as always, will come at the end of the season. Look forward to them!