The summer season is here to leave an underwhelming spring behind. I’m not gonna say a lot because I have nothing to say. Everything I actually finished was hilarious in all kinds of bad ways and everything that could have been worth a while I didn’t finish because I had no time. But now I do. Sort of. And the summer season looks pretty bad. Not gonna lie, but I still managed to drench out a handful of shows I’m anticipating.
Studio: MAPPA (Zankyo no Terror, Ushio to Tora)
Director: Kounosuke Uda (One Piece, Lovely Complex)
I’m not the biggest sports anime fan. I’m not the biggest soccer fan. I’m a fan of pretty boys. I don’t think this anime will have pretty boys that appeal to me. But you know what this does have? The return of studio MAPPA which could easily have a blank page for a teaser and a few dots as its description, and I would still hype it up to be top-tier of its season.
MAPPA have hit their high notes time and time again since their debut and although some of their shows may not be for me per sé like Ushio to Tora, I still recognize they’re great at what they aim to be, which makes their shows that appeal to me an unforgettable experience like Zankyo no Terror, Garo and Shingeki no Bahamut.
Hopefully this will happen with Days, too. Different from their usual unlikely stories, this seems to be more fujoshi-focused and they should make a commercial hit with this, easily, and serve some fantastic animation while at it. Either way, watch it.
Mob Psycho 100
Studio: BONES (Yall already know. Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran Highschool Host Club, Soul Eater, this season’s Boku no Hero Academia)
Director: Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Parade and helped out with Zankyo no Terror)
More hype that doesn’t come from the show itself, but more from its circumstance and its surroundings. Mob Psycho 100 comes from the same author and shitty artist One, aka creator of One Punch Man. Though I’m just writing this to fill up space because you all already know that.
I know next to nothing about the concept, but it’ll be something different at least, and that ’s enough for me to be interested in it.
Studio: TMS Entertainment (Kamisama Hajimemashita, Detective Conan)
Director: Hiroshi Hamasaki (Steins;Gate, Texhnolyze, Terraformars)
(Mini Spoiler Alert Which Isn’t Really A Spoiler)
When was the last time we got an anime of which the primary focus is depression and suicide is a dark cloud that constantly looms over the story? When was the last time that shoujo anime was even a little complex?
I just deadass read the entire five volume manga in a couple of hours, and I can safely say that if TMS does this with the respect and love it deserves, it’s going to definitely be a surprise, a hit and worthy of a standing ovation. I’ll talk about the manga itself in another post, but for now I want you all to keep an eye out for this one even if the studio have never done anything but bullshit. Judging by the PVs they’re already giving it more love than their other shows. Bonus points if you liked BokuDake. Even more bonus points if you like shoujo.
Studio: Diomedea (Mayoiga, Problem Children Come From Another World, Don’t They?)
Director: Yoshitaka Koyama (Miami Guns, Noramimi)
Nothing revolutionary but entertaining at least. In case you’re unaware, this is the untold and probably woefully typical backstory of Handa from the show Barakamon, and I’m assuming you can watch this without having that Yotsuba look-a-like in mind, or else I don’t know how they think they’re gonna gain viewers otherwise.
I’m lowkey looking forward to this just because it’ll probably be some dumb fun, nothing more. Although the match of studio and director leaves a lot to be desired, there isn’t much more this season to change it for.
Studio: A1 Pictures (Utapri, Sword Art Online)
Director: Eiji Suganuma (Karneval, Kodomo Jikan)
Here is A1s attempt in recreating the majestically campy hit that was Utapri from the beginning. Pretty boys with lots of colours who you’d probably give weird looks at if they were real people walking down your block, pretty boys with questionable relationships between them and, of course, they’re idols. Oh, and our protagonist is so irrelevant she isn’t even in the poster, go figure.
Either way, I know this is going to be horrible, but I just think it’s really funny how A1 is doing this out of all studios after Utapri, which is supposed to get a season four if I remember correctly, anyway. So yeah, skip this.
Studio: Shuka (Durarara)
Director: Hiro Kaburaki (Kimi no Todoke, Tonari no Kaibutsu kun)
I can’t say I’m too happy with anything Shuka has done. Durarara became boring quickly and the aesthetic quality has tanked like it was a damn submarine. 91 Days is the third project of the guy behind Durarara and Baccano though, and I’m always willing to give chances to people who have done well in the past. 91 Days looks much more similar to Baccano, though, and from I have seen it actually seems pretty alright, even if the director has mainly done shoujo shows and this is an original, after all. Either way, I’ll carefully watch over it.
Studio: Zero-G (Watashi no Italian)
Director: Tomomi Mochizuki (Saraiya Goyou, Pupa)
Kind of going back to the first show, Battery is another sports series with boys and friendship aswell as a stellar production. Or at least that’s what it looks like from the PVs, Battery is part of the NoitaminA block, so it’ll probably be something at least a little different.