The Spring season for anime is pretty much closed up and you can bet I have some thoughts on a select few shows that I watched. But lets save that for another article. For now lets focus our attention on the summer anime season and what it has to offer. Or to be more precise, what I plan on watching.
Now I won’t be going over all the shows airing because there is just too many. And if you don’t want to hear my opinion on certain shows and just check em out for yourself you can click the link here to see the whole summer anime season list.
Lets hit the ball rolling with a little guilty pleasure that I am looking forward too. A show that any lesser man would be utterly embarrassed to even confess an interest in. But alas this is probably my most anticipated show this summer anime season, and for very specific and shallow reasons, I’ll admit. Monster Musume or formerly known as Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is a show about a twenty year old boy who is thrust into the monster girl exchange program. These duties entail taking in a Lamia named Miia and help Monster Girls such as her integrate into society. But interspecies breeding has very strict laws and he won’t be able to deny at least getting a little frisky with this half snake half bodacious babe.
Okay now before you jump to conclusions let me assure you I know exactly what this show will most likely be, who it’s pandering too and the amount of artistic value it holds. And in my defense, I just find something super sexy about monster girls. Thats it, I can’t explain it. So I’ll be watching this show mainly for eye candy and raunchy comedy. But who knows, shows with less potential have surprised me before.
Now onto a more tasteful selection is God Eater, a post apocalyptic action show that just by the trailer gives off an Attack on Titan vibe. Since the trailer doesn’t give much away I had to do little digging to find out that it’s based off a psp japanese exclusive game. It takes place where humanity has been driven to near extinction by beings called “oracle cells”. And no modern weaponry is effective against them. That is until humanity develops living weapons infused with “oracle cells” called “god arcs”. The fighting force tasked with using these new weapons to fight back for humanity is dubbed God Eaters.
The animation looks a little weird but sure is crisp, which could surely make some great and fluid action sequences. Also its being handles by ufotable animation studio, and I usually like their stuff. This is a toss-up too I’m afraid, but I’m still expecting big things from this show.
Next is a show that isn’t really my style of genre, but I feel that since we gets so few anime like this I might as well give it a shot. Gansta takes place in the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the “Handymen,” Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.
The art looks great and it appears to be a very gritty kind of show. If I had it my way this would turn into some sort of episodic tale like Cowboy Bebop but I doubt it will follow such a structure. But at the least I can expect to see some serious adult situations with potentially good writing to string it all together. That alone is enough to give this show a chance.
Charolette is probably the show I have the highest expectations for this season, and for good reason. The script is done by Jun Maeda who has had such famous works as Clannad and Angel Beats. He’s pretty much a king when it comes to making you feel deeply for characters, while weaving a compelling tale. The synopsis is somewhat a secret I guess, seeing all I could find is that it’s about a boy with powers who meets a girl, then everything changes. Almost nothing to go on, but by the tone of the trailer alone I can tell this is gonna be a good one. If you only check out one show this season, this should be it.
And to wrap it up, another somewhat guilty pleasure. This one a little more forgiving, maybe. Prison school is a long running manga adaptation about five boys being admitted to an all girls school. But it’s not all sunshine and roses, the school they’re transferring too is Hachimitsu Private Academy a revered and elite all-girls’ boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo. And lets say this experience could be heaven or hell for these new transfer students. Or maybe even a little bit of both. Personally I’ve been reading the manga for a long time and have loved it ever since I picked it up, so this pick is an obvious for me.
So those are my picks for now. Mot likely in a couple of weeks when the season has come in a little bit my list will have changed on what I’m watching. And i’ll be sure to do a follow-up article when that time comes. But for now This is what I plan to watch. And if you want to watch any of these shows, they will be simulcasting with english subtitles on Funimation.com and Crunchyroll.com.