(」・ω・)」The short Summer’16 list is here! (／・ω・)／!
[ Amanchu! ] For the first time the world of anime explores scuba diving or has there been some before I know there are a few mangas that explore that, but I vaguely remember a little anime series called Real Drive having some scuba diving elements;however I dropped that after two or three episodes! So anyway Amanchu is coming to us from JC Staff and I did check out the first few chapters of the manga and found it to be quite interesting and hilarious especially whenever we get introduced to Hikari and apparently this series has yuri themes as well? We shall see how that plays out or will Amanchu be like another Yurui Yuri like series? As in the “yuri” bits come off as comical or will it actually turn into a Yuri Bears situation with censored girl on girl action? Personally I don’t think so given that Hikari tends to make really goofy faces whenever she activates her WTF giant head mode or maybe the lead character hooks up with someone else? That is certainly possible…
[ Kono Bijutsubu ni wa mondai ga aru ] For those who follow me on Deviantart, Twitter and Tumblr know I love to draw! From crazy fanart crossovers to creating lots of original characters it’s easily my biggest hobby outside of blogging anime or playing hours of Overwatch, but I have to give credit to Skylion for introducing me to Kono Bijutsubu manga. However, I only managed to read up to the token LOLi Collette’s first appearance and I do remember Subaru always draws 2D girls and doesn’t notice that his childhood friend Mizuki likes him? So yea I sorta expect this series to be more about the laughs and less about the artwork/club activities.
[ Masou Gakuen HxH ] With the likes of such past hits such as Saijaku Muhai no Bahumat and Hundred you would think that would be the last of these flight suit wearing fighting girls vs [insert giant monster here] series we would finally get a break from them right? NOPE NEVER! Now you have prepare Masou Gakuen HxH coming at us which I know is screaming WE’RE TRYING TO BE DxD GUYS even though we all know that is impossible; however HxH is certainly going to try it’s best. So what is this series about? In a nutshell it’s about Kizuna touching girls boobs to gain power! Yep so expect a lot of sunbeams and heavy use of shadows because YAY CENSORSHIP and all that jazz or I suppose you can do what everyone else does and wait a few months for the BD to be released? So I guess if you think the whole idea of one guy touching random girls boobs to gain power being stupid I guess you should skip this one? Because honestly if you plan to watch this expecting some kind of romance, emotional stuff or a deep meaning I would probably laugh at you! Then again DxD kind of has romance thrown in so I guess it’s possible to have the same thing in the world of HxH as well? We shall see…
[ New Game ] Shirobako gave us the abridged guide to making anime and now we’re getting New Game which is about all making video games or are we actually going to see that part? I remember reading the manga a while back or should I say scrolling through the manga because New Game is a 4-koma style series and for the most part it seemed to focus on the various girls goofing around at work. So I honestly wouldn’t hold your breath for this being the video game making equivalent of Shirobaku, but I could be mistaken! Then again I’m all for cute girls doing cute things while doing a random job themed anime.
[ D-Grayman HOLLOW ] 2006-2008 kids rejoice! D-Gray Man is back or do you even care? I am half interested in seeing this old gothic shounen returning and I remember watching all 108 episodes within the span of a few weeks and when I reached that final episode it left me hanging and here it is 8 years later and we’re finally getting the rest? Of course I could have checked out the manga, but my other half feels that D-Grayman kinda missed the revival train of classic shounen with past series like Hunter x Hunter 2011 and Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood back in the day; however I guess the team behind D-Grayman Hollow is trying to revive it otherwise we wouldn’t have this sequel right? So yeah I’m really curious about this series.
[ Mob Psycho 100 ] There’s something exciting about a main character who will explode if his emotional capacity reaches 100% (whatever that means). I’ve seen some hype around the manga for a while now, and it seems to be quite well-liked as a quirky action show. The art alone is telling how this might not be another cookie-cutter shounen battle series. It looks like a flashy, fun series that should be a rather safe bet.
[ Shokugeki no Soma S2 ] I cheated a little. I started reading the manga and ended up catching up, so I know everything that happens this season. Without spoilers, let’s just say the next few episodes are straight-up cooking battles and prep with little to no nonsense in-between. It’s going to be a very strong season of Shokugeki no Soma, as the competition heats up and the chefs have to pull out more and more advanced techniques. The mix of food porn and softcore porn has always been a staple of Shokugeki no Soma, so I’m still excited to see how it all looks with colour. The anime really brings those mouthwatering dishes to life. While I won’t be blogging this one, I’ll certainly be watching (and drooling) every week.
[ Cheer Danshi! ] Brains Base has always been good at adapting series catered to women (Kuragehime, Amnesia, and Natsume Yuujinchou to some extent). Not all of them turn out well, but when they have good source material to work with, they tend to do a great job. That’s why i’m very excited for the concept of MALE CHEERLEADERS!!! Honestly, there’s nothing else that’s needed to win me over.
[ Amaama to Inazuma ] Oh gosh, this one looks adorable. It’s about a math teacher raising his daughter by himself and going on “cooking adventures” with the help of one of his students. I’m a sucker for any anime about cooking, so this one definitely catches my eye. I’m a little wary about the part where his student helps him cook because that might turn into a skeevy relationship. I just hope it stays pure and cute throughout, because Shokugeki no Soma is all the dirty cooking I need in one season.
[ DAYS ] I’m not a big soccer fan, but if there’s anything sports anime have taught me, it’s that any sport can be interesting in an anime-format. It’s just amazing. While Cheer Danshi! Has me excited with the novelty of male cheerleaders, DAYS looks to be a little less exciting with its choices. You’ve got soccer, a loner genius, and a talentless kid with a lot of passion. It’s really no different from anything we’ve seen before, leaving it as position number 5 on my list, but a sports anime by MAPPA should at least be a tad interesting.
[ Danganronpa 3 (Zetsubou-Hen & Mirai-Hen) ] I’m just considering these two halves as one thing, but I’m actually really excited for both anime! Sure, the last Danganronpa anime was… uh… not the best, but both of these anime are original and are for the purpose of expanding the storylines in the games. There’s also hope in how the writers said they wanted to create anime instead of other games since they wanted to do something that would be hard if they followed the same formula as the games, so that (hopefully) means that this won’t have the same issues as the first anime. Anyways, Zetsubou is the prequel to Danganronpa 2 (…which lacks an anime, but seeing how the first one went, it’s probably for the best) and will probably ruin a few big plot twists for that game, but it should be really interesting seeing how things got to where they were. Mirai is equally interesting since I’m excited to find out what happens after the games and how the characters in the first one are carrying on.
[ D. Gray-Man Hallow ] From the promo art, it looks like this should be some sort of a continuation of where the last anime ended. Whether or not they decide to have some kind of a recap to kind of ease people back into the plot is questionable (but probably needed considering how long ago the first one aired), but the uniforms the characters are in definitely seem like the ones from after all of the Noah’s Ark stuff. Apparently the newest chapters of the manga are really good for plot twists (I’m kind of afraid to start getting attached again because Hoshino-sensei had a lot of health issues/ hiatus time), and the story has a pretty big Kanda arc in the future, so I’d love to see those things animated.
[ Love Live! Sunshine!! ] Yep. I’m excited to see this mainly because collecting waifus (and being denied URs) on LLSIF is pretty much my life, and I am always ready for more waifus. On a more serious note, Love Live! has always been a feel-good show to watch, and it should be a cute, relaxing show to watch this season. And if not, there’s new music and the CG models seem to have leveled up from the original Bokura wa Ima days. The unit singles that just came out are pretty great at least.
[ orange ] This seems like an interesting shoujo based on the premise. The heroine Naho gets a message from her future self about her regrets, and so she gets a chance to fix them and stop a transfer student from dying. The “what if I could fix my mistakes?” aspect is always interesting. Seeing how this is slice of life, I’m not expecting Re:Zero type things happening, but instead, it seems like there could be some nice emotional moments, and moments of growth as the heroine tries to figure out why the actions of her future self were ‘wrong’.
[ Sacred Rider XechS ] This was a game I never played, but from my understanding, it’s like a sentai, rock star/ slice of life genre type thing. …Which sounds weird, but also seems like it could be pretty fun if they manage to merge the whole thing into a quirky mix. The whole plot point about the enemy disappearing as soon as the female character Akira appears seems like a fairly good excuse for the majority of the episodes to be just daily life with her and whatever guy of the week she’s bonding with at least (and also a good excuse for the guys to decide to start a band, I guess).
[ Orange ] When I finished reading Koe no Katachi (which I actually am looking forward to as a movie from Kyoto Animation, who wouldn’t be?), I was looking for some similar stories and one of the big recommendations was Orange. But as I was about to go read it, I heard that it was going to be adapted to an anime this summer. So I didn’t read it, because I think it’s always better to see the video first. But I’m looking forward to seeing this show because it seems to at least glance past a lot of things I like.
[ Amanchu! ] I saw a PV for this show, and absolutely love the art style. I love that JC Staff have carried a lot of the long and liney art style into the anime, and find the look at least initially very intriguing. Plus when you bring in Junichi Satou, you know that the show is going to be quality. Having finished Tamayura (such a sad thing to say), maybe this will be another wonderful feeling to move on to.
[ Masou Gakuen HxH ] That definition of insanity being doing the same thing over and over expecting different results comes to mind. But while the usual result of teenage harem shows and bouncy boobs is less than the best, I think there is always the hope that something will be done a little differently. It’s possible, even if the chance is remote. And when it’s usually the little mistakes that make these shows be annoying, it would be possible to not make those mistakes. I don’t know if I’m insane to hope that things like “Wax-on, Wax-off” boob groping will be minimized (seriously guys, don’t do that! Nobody does that!) but the fact that harem ecchi shows I have liked have existed will keep me watching these new ones.
[ Love Live! Sunshine!! ] Love Live! Sunshine!! – Using up all of the exclamation points, it’s an entirely different series using the Love Live! name. I’ll admit to being a little cynical about this. It’s essentially a completely new series, with a different director, different scriptwriter, and different characters, but trying to capitalize on a look and feel of a tremendously successful series. I think that as a viewer, you have to go into it the same way, that it’s completely new. Don’t look for old characters, relationships, even character slots. There’s no “new Umi” or “new Nico” or “new Honoka”. That might be the hardest thing about this series, being able to separate it from the previous story entirely. But I’ll give it a try.
[ Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei ] As if there was any doubt that I would miss this production. Once was good, twice was great, but Herz! was the charm. 3rei promises to be even more charming. There were many fans that felt quite left out in terms of Fate style action the last installment. Well, tough cookies I say. I think Silver Link would be mad to mess up the formula they’ve now spent three years and counting perfecting; that beautiful mix of mad loli madness, their improved and much preferred style of Fate esoterica, and magical girl antics along with a complete lack of endless monologuing is choice! That’s the show I’m waiting for. But, since I’ve been spoiled with the manga, I already know this one is going to be pretty huge in terms of all the backstory. All the hints of the past three seasons brought to light! It’s such a large story, I’m willing to bet right now that this will be a split show same as 2wei. That hardly bothers me any longer, because as I said, Silver Link is in fantastic form with this franchise. See me here for the weekly fix!
[ Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars ] Goodness. Something Something Something Past Days, Repeat the Somethings Fantasy Kingdom, OMG OMG OMG Mecha Attacks! One can assume that it get’s real after all that..with cute loliesque characters designed by Sora no Method’s QP; flapper. It’s an original property, so I can’t really go off of much, can I? Other than design nothing really stands out. I’m hoping it’s not another Comet Lucifer repeat in terms of characterization and story, but we’ll see if Actas can capture that Garupan magic in a fantasy mech series!
[ Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! ] He may give me credit, but I think Fosh introduced me to this one soon after he got me into Gakkou Gurashi. It’s a smashing good manga with a very charming, light hearted sort of “will he notice her feelings, can she spell them out clearly” sort of vibe. Both leads are very clueless, but neither one of them are spiteful or mean. Goodness Club Prez and Collette will bring the crazy business that is for sure. Studio feel. is a fantastic fit for this one, and the PV really sells that fact. It’s very much like it came to life off of the page. I’m looking forward to the smiles this one brings.
[ Amaama to Inazuma ] Speaking of smiles, we’ve got another adorable one added to the list. Looks like a lot of my fellow bloggers are interested in seeing this one. I’ve only sampled a couple of chapter of the manga, but darn it’s good. Very well paced, with a recipe in each chapter for all the home cooks out there! Of course, the little girl, Tsmugi, steals the show. But I’m also looking forward to Kotori as voiced by fan-favorite, Saori Hayami. If you liked Barakamon or Usagi Drop you’ll love this.
[ Qualidea Code ] Well never let it be said that I’m not drawn to some repetitive stuff. It seems that my tank can run low when it comes to the need to see shows like 35 Shoutai, Blade Dance, AbsoDuo, etc. And this one looks so much like those. But I’ll wait til it comes out before I say any more. Goodness, I’m like a moth to flame! I mean, it’s either this or Ange Vierge, and that one at least has Hanazawa as a loli angel so It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that I’ll cover one of these things. Or it could be that Time Travel Girl one….
[ Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu ] Come on guys, you knew better than to think that I would be missing out on this! After a bit of a break, we are finally back in the land of Pars and Crown Prince Arslan’s fight to regain his kingdom back from zealous invaders. Arslan was one of the first series that I covered here on Metanorn and he and I go way back. I am so excited for this new series and seeing the continued saga from where it ended last year. There is only one small, teeny-tiny problem, and that’s that for some reason, they have relegated this story to have only 8 episodes….eight episodes, really? Not even a full cour? The first season was 2 cour, 26 episodes of greatness and now we’ve been cut down to only 8 episodes?! Well, if that isn’t just annoying. It doesn’t decrease my excitement one iota, but it does give me pause to wonder.
[ 91 Days ] I was burned this last season by the last historical period anime that I decided to take a chance on. However, I really can’t help myself, I love history and find period anime, especially of ones that take place in America, intriguing to me. This original series from Studio Shuka, takes place in a fictional American town during Prohibition era, where the mafia and gangsters reign and the law is nowhere to be seen. This is a story dealing with revenge, and it doesn’t seem to be played up for laughs or for action, so I’m going to go with tragedy. A man who has nothing to lose is getting vengeance for the murder of his family is nothing new, and yet, I’m willing to see where they are going to go with it.
[ Tales of Zestiria the X ] I have honestly not even heard of the “Tales” series until now. I have no idea of anything that goes on in the games, having never been an avid game player (or really any sort of video game player) in the first place. However, I do have a lot of experience in animation, and one of the biggest anime names in that area as of recently, is studio ufotable of Fate/Stay Night and God Eater fame. They’ve actually been in the business of doing Tales adaptations before, including Tales of Symphonia, and even a Tales of Zestiria special from a couple of years ago. I have actually seen a few episode of Tales of the Abyss from some years back, though I never knew it was connected to this series at the time. And now that I have a better understanding, I’m going to guess that the Tales series is a lot like Final Fantasy, which I’m a lot more familiar with. Anyway, other than the name, the animation, the amazing soundtrack, and the fact that this is going to be an action fantasy, I really don’t much else in regards to this series. And yet, for all the reasons that I just listed, it’s worth a try.
[ Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin ] In the case of the most anticipated series of the season, Arslan, my favorite character in it happens to be Narsus. In one of my favorite series of all time, Code Geass, my favorite character is Lelouch. In one of my favorite TV series on TV, Sherlock, my favorite character is, well–Sherlock. So, what do all of these characters have in common? It’s that they tend to solve their problems and fight their battles not with simply brawn and bravado, but rather with their minds, using their profound intellects to win of tactics and strategy both on and off the battlefield. Alderamin of the Sky, is a series about a fantasy world at war, and tells the story of a bunch of military kids from the upper echelon of society that are following in their parents footsteps. All that is, except one. Ikta would like nothing better than to simply be lazy and charm women. The only problem with that is…is that he happens to be born with the mind of an expert strategist and tactician, and that brain is going to drag his unwilling self into some tight and very interesting situations. Based on a light novel and put forth by studio Madhouse, I’m going to be very interested in what kind of story this underdog of a series is able to pull off.
[ TABOO TATTOO ] A lot of action, yelling, fighting, lights, and superpowers are going to be expected here. We have a boy whose good a martial arts but a little dumb in the head, meets a girl who is all buttkicking all the time, who happens to be after him because of a strange symbol he received a stranger whose life he saved. The tattoo of course gives him amazing powers, but it also paints a giant bullseye on his chest. Yeah…it’s pretty standard stuff here. However, I like superpowers and I like action, and I’m interested in where they take this series.
Possibly Blogging: Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu // Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin // Tales of Zestiria X // 91 Days
[ Amaama to Inazuma ] The premise of a single father trying to cook up something good for his young daughter has the potential to make for a very cute and heartwarming show. And it doesn’t hurt that the artwork looks fluffy and colorful. Plus, they even managed to snag Rina Endou (Hina from Barakamon) to play yet another little girl! It truly impresses me to hear such talent from someone so young, and I’m looking forward to her performance in this upcoming anime.
[ ReLife ] This is about a 27 year old man who escapes from the reality of his unsuccessful life and attends high school again as a 17 year old thanks to some mysterious drugs. I’m rather curious as to whether he can manage to blend in with the kids despite a 10 year age gap. But whether or not he succeeds, we can be sure that the company behind the drugs is up to something shady at the main character’s expense.
[ Orange ] A time travel story of sorts, we have a girl who receives a letter allegedly written by her future self. Its contents warn her of the mistakes she will make, especially regarding the new transfer student. There are a number of ways such a setup can unfold, depending on the amount of drama the author is hoping to create, which is what makes this kind of story so fun. Will our heroine’s actions be futile, with the letter becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy? Or will she be able to avoid the regrets foretold?