Summer 2015 Season Preview

Akagami Working!!! Ushio Laplace
Gangsta Dandelion DRRR Ten Jitsu

My early take on Summer 2015?  With apologies to Marty Feldman, “Could be worse.”

Spring has turned out to be pretty good, though not the breakthrough season anime has been hungrily searching for since 2012.  The top tier mostly held up their end, Kekkai Sensei comfortably exceeded expectations, and there have been a couple of pleasant surprises – though no true sleepers.  Summer, though, is usually the dog days for anime – but on the bright side, at least there’s no new Dog Days this season.

Summer is typically one of the down seasons for anime, along with winter, though there have been exceptions – it was clearly the best season in 2013 (though that’s the only time I’ve ever seen that happen).  There are fewer series to begin with, and they tend to run towards the safe and trendy.  By that standard, this summer looks neither exceptionally strong or awful on paper – it’s an anime summer.  But going based just on instinct rather than hard evidence, my inkling is that it might end up being somewhat better than expected.

What stands out?  The sequels look pretty good, especially another cour of Working (the final one).  Summer tends to be heavily comedy-centric but the genre balance is pretty even this year.  As a positive I’d note that for the second straight season the percentage of manga to LN adaptations (by my count there are only six of the latter) seems pretty high, which is certainly a positive trend – though the quality of manga being chosen for adaptation seems to be slipping.

In addition to Working, the headliner for me isprobably  Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, which continues a welcome comeback for shoujo fantasy.  Ushio to Tora marks an interesting choice for a throwback adaptation out of the blue, with an outstanding staff assembled at MAPPA.  One series generating a lot of buzz in Kangoku Gakuen Prison School, which I have no idea what to make of until I see an episode or two.  There’s not much sci-fi out there – I don’t see a single traditional mecha series (and where is Sunrise?) – which I suppose is a sign that the sci-fi revival boom has largely subsided.

I suspect things are going to clarify themselves pretty quickly this summer – there aren’t that many new series to begin with, and the pool of shows with real potential is a shallow one.  As always, please vote for your most anticipated series in the sidebar poll!

With that, to the previews:

Chaos

Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku – Silver Link
Director: Matsune Masato

Writer: Aikawa Shou, Ukyou Kodachi
Schedule: Premieres Thursday 07/02, 22:30 – Tokyo MX
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: This one is sort of interesting for its unusual genesis if nothing else – it’s an RPG adaptation based on the “role-playing sessions” of five prominent game designers (including Urobuchi Gen, Narita Ryohgo and Nasu Kinoko).  I’m also a fan of Aikawa Shou (Eureka Seven AO, UN-GO), which doesn’t hurt.  Plot-wise Chaos Dragon looks like a pretty vanilla fantasy RPG, with two countries tearing the future apart with their warfare, sorcerers, and the titular dragons.  In a strong spring or fall this likely wouldn’t make the preview, but that’s obviously not what this season is.

 

Classroom

Classroom☆Crisis – Lay-duce
Director:
Nagasaki Kenji
Writer: Maruto Fumiaki
Schedule: Premieres Friday, 07/03, 25:55 – TBS
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: One of a decent-size slate of original series this season, Gundam Build Fighters’ Nagasaki-sensei is at the helm for the little-known studio Lay-duce.  The bigger name here, however, is White Album’s Maruto Fumiaki – though I found his Saekano singularly unimpressive.  On paper this series has potential – it’s supposedly a bittersweet comedy about high-schoolers learning about the world of work, set in the near future.  There’s enough here for me to be at least a little intrigued, though Classroom Crisis falls solidly in the crapshoot category.

 

Eater

God Eater ufotable                      
Director: Hirao Takayuki
Writer: TBA
Schedule:  Premieres Sunday, 07/05, 22:30 – Tokyo MX
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: ufotable offers up another game adaptation, though it’s nice to see them branching out from the “Fate” universe.  It’s another show set in an apocalyptic near future (2071), this time one where mysterious God/Monsters called “Akagami” are decimating humanity.  Well, you just know there’s going to be an organization set up to fight them and that adolescents are going to be the vanguard.  With ufotable it’s pretty much a given that God Eater is going to be pretty – whether it has the substance to stick I have no idea.  There’s no one especially notable in the staff that might offer up clues, so this one is a studio-based shot in the dark.

 

Jitsu

Jitsu wa Watashi wa – TMS
Director: Yamamoto Yasutaka
Writer: Yamashita Kenichi
Schedule: Premieres Monday, 07/06, 25:35 – TV Tokyo
Episodes: TBA

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First Look:  Director Yamamoto-san showed a pretty decent touch with comedy in Servant x Service and Shinryaku!? Ika Musume, and Matsuda Eiji’s manga seems modestly well-regarded.  We’ve certainly had more than our fill of vampire romantic comedies, though.  This one is about a high-schooler whose crush just happens to be a vampire – and he just happens to be a person incapable of lying (conveniently).  Could be incredibly stupid, but I get a very mild sleeper vibe off this one.

 

Laplace

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace  – Lerche
Director: Kishi Seiji
Writer: Uezu Makoto
Schedule: Premieres Thursday, 07/03, 24:55 – Fuji TV
Episodes: 12

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First Look: NoitaminA’s sole effort of the season looks fairly interesting.  It’s a first-time pairing with the Kishi/Uezu team and Lerche, an adaptation (very loose, presumably) of the horror/mystery novels of Edogawa Ranpo, who died in 1965 and was considered the father of Japanese detective fiction.  His main hero, Akechi Kogorou, is a Holmesian figure who’s a mainstay in Japanese culture.

As for the anime, Akechi (played by Sakurai Takahiro, which seems good casting) is apparently a supporting character.  The main cast is the “Boys Detective Club” – a group of middle-schoolers who were something akin to the Baker Street Irregulars in the novels.  I see a good deal of potential here, something worthy of the name “NoitaminA”, but Kishi and Uezu – who I usually quite like – seem like a bit of an odd fit to me.  I have concerns, but this is certainly one of my more anticipated series of the season.

 

DRRR Ten

Durarara!!x2 Ten – Studo Shuka
Director: Omori Takehiro
Writer: Takagi Noboru
Schedule: Premieres Friday, 07/04, 23:30 – Tokyo MX
Episodes: 12

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First Look: Durarara returns for the second of its three-cour revival.  Something of the magic was gone for me with the first – the experience just wasn’t the same as the original, and I was apparently not the only one to feel that way if the greatly-reduced disc sales are to be believed.  I’m not sure what changed – DRRR, me, or anime itself, or indeed a combination of the three – but I still have affection for this series and I hope the second cour recaptures some of the sizzle.

 

Dandelion

Joukamachi no Dandelion – Production IMS
Director: Akitaya Noriaki
Writer: Yoshida Reiko
Schedule: Premieres Wednesday, 207/02, 26:16 – TBS
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: Sleeper picks can be funny things.  I’ve had a strong vibe since the very first preview images that Joukamachi no Dandelion was more than met the eye.  I know nothing of the source material, and the synopsis doesn’t sound especially clever or memorable.  But I can’t shake the feeling that this series could be really good.  The last time I had a similar experience was with Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, and that certainly worked out – though the creator had a much more established track record.

There is an element of “so stupid it must be smart” to the premise.  Nine siblings with superpowers share a house monitored by 200 surveillance cameras – in place because the populace will eventually vote one of the nine to be the next king (replacing their father).  About the only thing I can quantify is that I do like the art and character designs, and in Akitaya (Bakuman) and Yoshida the main staff is experienced and capable.  I’m going to be disappointed to an irrational degree if this turns out to be run-of-the-mill feed corn, and I have no firm reason to believe it won’t – except I do believe.  We shall see…

 

Kikanjou

Aoharu x Kikanjuu – Brains Base
Director: Nakano Hideaki
Writer: Konuta Kenji
Schedule: Premieres Wednesday, 07/02, 25:46 – TBS
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: Two things draw me to Aoharu x Kikanjuu – it sounds agreeably weird, and it’s Brains Base.  I stubbornly love this studio, and I’m hoping they can continue to thrive even after losing many of their top staff (Kyoukai no Rinne is a good sign).  As for the weird part, the series is about a girl posing as a boy who gets drawn into the world of survival games.  OK, that’s not standard issue anime material at the very least.  Could this be terrible?  Oh, hell yes.  But I like weird, and Konuta Kenji’s track record with adaptations is a darn good one.

 

Insight

Gatchaman Crowds Insight – Tatsunoko
Director: Nakamura Kenji
Writer: Oono Toshiya
Schedule: Premieres Saturday, 07/05, 25:55 – Nihon TV
Episodes: 1 Cour

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First Look: I’m not sure I want to live in a world where Nakamura and Oono team up for Tsuritama and Gatchaman Crowds, and Gatchaman is the one that sells more discs and gets a second season.  But that’s exactly the sort of world anime is and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it.  I didn’t hate Crowds (only the main character, one of the worst protagonists in anime history) but it sure disappointed the hell out of me.  There were moments of brilliance – how could there not be, with this team? – and a bravura performance by Miyano Mamoru.  But the show itself was sloppy, ill-conceived and undisciplined both in writing and production.

So why am I back?  It’s Nakamura and Oono – I have no choice.  I hold out some hope that the additional lead time for Insight (it seemed as if Gatchaman was greenlit quite late in the game and never caught up) will allow them to tighten the ship, and get much more out of their premise.  Hajime is never going to get better – that’s a lost cause, but I can live with her if the rest of the series showcases the creators back on-form.

 

Gangsta

Gangsta Manglobe
Director: Murase Shukou
Writer: Inotsumi Shinichi
Schedule: Premieres Tuesday, 07/01, 26:44 – ABC
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: Gangsta is another inhabitant of the top tier for summer, expectations-wise.  Kohske’s manga is widely regarded as excellent (from what I’ve read, I agree), Inotsumi is fresh off writing the Akatsuki no Yona adaptation, and director Murase has quite a substantial resume, including the likes of Ergo Proxy.  As far as Manglobe is concerned they may be commercially cursed, but I quite like a lot of their work – they take chances with edgy material, and Gangsta is no exception.

This is not a soft and fuzzy story.  The focus is on mobsters, prostitutes and crooked cops – and the two protagonists are “Handymen” who take the jobs even the other scum don’t want to dirty their hands with.  But there is balance here, and a well-rounded story to be told – Gangsta is not pure pulp by any means.  Given Manglobe’s track record and that of the top staff, there’s no reason to suspect this won’t be one of the better series of the season.

 

Charlotte

Charlotte – P.A. Works
Director: Asai Yoshiyuki
Writer: Maeda Jun
Schedule: July 2015, Tokyo MX
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: P.A. Works is a bit hit-and-miss with me, though I almost always love what they do visually.  Likewise, I enjoy a lot of Maeda Jun’s work, though by no means all of it.  But their last collaboration (Angel Beats) was hands down my least favorite P.A. Works show ever.  We don’t know too much about the plot of Charlotte except that it’s about the trials and tribulations of esper kids whose powers develop in puberty, and with Maeda involved music is sure to play a central role, but my hope is that it’s less florid and histrionic than Angel Beats (well – it would be impossible not to be).

 

Working!!!

Working!!! – A-1 Pictures
Director: Kamakura Yumi

Writer: Yoshioka Takao
Schedule: Premieres Friday, 07/04, 24:30 – Tokyo MX
Episodes: 1-cour

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First Look: As far as anime goes, it just doesn’t get much more reliable than Working.  The sales are consistent (and very high), the humor endearing, and the overall package one of the best character-driven comedies in anime.  About the only things that change with A-1 Pictures’ flagship comedy are the punctuation and some of the staff.

Now, some five years on from the original adaptation, the Working saga is set to conclude with this third series.  This time we have a new director (though that was the case with Working’!! as well), but I’m honestly not expecting any significant decline in quality.  There are elements of the humor that work less well than others for me – the main romance between Souta and Mahiru being one of them – but the overall ensemble is one of the best in anime comedy, and the writing almost always snappy and smart.

 

Darkness

To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd – Xebec
Director: Ootsuki Atsushi
Writer: TBA
Schedule: Premieres Sunday, 07/06, 24:00 – BS11
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: Nah, I’m not going to blog it – but yeah, I’ll probably watch.  For what it is, TLR is actually pretty respectable – it’s unapologetically trashy and smutty, about as close as mainstream TV anime gets to hentai without actually crossing over.  I like that it doesn’t pretend to be more than it is, and manages to be somewhat entertaining most of the time.

 

Ushio

Ushio to Tora – MAPPA
Director: Nishimura Satoshi
Writer: Inoue Toshiki
Schedule: Premieres Thursday, 07/03 22:30 – Tokyo MX
Episodes: Three Cour (Winter Hiatus)

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First Look: Here’s another oddball that I’m really looking forward to, an adaptation of a fairly legendary 25 year-old manga by Fujita Kazuhiro.  I tend to like these left field series that make you wonder just what the heck the production committee was thinking, and this one has a pretty interesting staff – mostly big names from the glory days at Madhouse.  The manga has already had a 10-episode OVA that was released while the series was still ongoing.

Story-wise, Ushio to Tora is a fantasy about the son of a Shinto shrine that’s perpetually accompanied by a tiger-like creature he’s forced to free from the seal his ancestor placed on it 500 years earlier.  There is a bit of Inuyasha (which this series predates by six years) in that premise, but the tone here is quite different – it’s definitely a period piece that very much feels like it’s part of another era, and I wonder if it’ll find any sort of audience.

 

Prison School

Kangoku Gakuen: Prison School – J.C. Staff
Director: Mizushima Tsutomu
Writer: Yokote Michiko
Schedule: Premieres Thursday, 07/10, 25:05 – Tokyo MX
Episodes: TBA

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First Look: Of all the new series airing this summer, Prison School has me most at a loss – I have no idea what to make of it.  The premise is so ridiculously offensive that you almost think it has to be a parody of some of the exasperating trends in anime today, but that’s certainly not how it’s universally perceived.  The manga is generally well-regarded for what that’s worth.

That premise – five boys admitted into a prestigious all-girls school only to be systematically tortured and humiliated – is pretty hard to take at face value.  You’re tempted to say Mizushima wouldn’t attach himself to anything really vile, but this is the guy who directed Blood-C.  In short, I’m flummoxed – curious, yes, but mighty apprehensive too. I would expect a call one way or the other to be made pretty quick with this one.

 

Akagami

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime – BONES
Director: Ando Masahiro
Writer: Akao Deko
Schedule: Premieres Sunday, 07/06, 24:00 – Tokyo MX
Episodes: Two Split Cours

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First Look: And then, by contrast, we have maybe the safest bet of the season.  I don’t know how this one got away from Pierrot, but Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is in good hands with BONES and Ando-sensei, who does wonderfully with sweep and scale (his work with Zetsuen no Tempest was exemplary and cinematic). The rest of the staff is excellent as well.  Given that shoujo fantasy has provided some of the best anime of the last few seasons and this series is considered among the best manga in the genre, there’s just not much reason to expect anything but one of the best shows of the season.

The story is a very loose takeoff on Snow White with a distinctly Japanese accent, sporting a very solid romance angle and unusually tight and logical plotting.  There’s a bit of The Princess Bride here, both in premise (a young girl in love with a commoner but pursued by a prince) and in the tenor of the wit.  The only cautionary note, really, is that there’s been no announcement as to series length and the manga is ongoing.  It’s already a pretty decent seller, and it’s hard to say just what the production committee will be looking for here – as usual with shoujo disc sales will likely be tepid, and it may very well be that the adaptation is largely a commercial for the manga.  And that could leave us with a repeat of the Akatsuki no Yona limbo – an anime that stops in the middle of the story, with no firm signs of a continuation.  But as always, the best thing is to enjoy and appreciate whatever we get – this should be one of the best shows of the season.

Will Definitely Blog: Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, Gangsta, Working!!!, Ushio to Tora, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime.  That’s a pretty high number as a percentage of the smallish schedule, but this seems to be a season with a pretty clear divide between the haves and the have-nots.

Sleeper Candidates: Joukamachi no Dandelion (strong), Aoharu x Kikanjuu, Jitsu wa Watashi wa (very mild).

Mahou Shounen DRRR Watshi Hoozuki

OVA/Movie: It’s getting harder and harder to maintain much interest in the OVA segment, unfortunately.  The decline of true fansub groups has largely rendered OVAs and OADs for all but the most popular mainstream titles off-limits for anyone who can’t watch them raw.  But even with that said, this isn’t an especially impressive calendar by any measure.

Mahou × Shounen × Days!!!!! (OAD) – 6/24/2015: Is Mahou Shounen parody becoming a thing?  Hot on the heels of the successful Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! comes this multimedia project that’s starting with a drama CD and short OAD.  There are a few interesting folks involved (novelist Korumono Migiwa is writing) and the premise (five underachieving throne candidates from a magical kingdom are forced to do daily good deeds until they grow up, and if their transformation sequences aren’t synched up they get stuck naked) sounds agreeably silly.

Durarara!!x2 Shou: Watashi no Kokoro wa Nabe Moyou (OAD) – 7/22/2015: DRRR (not content with three cours of regular anime) serves up a special “Episode 4.5”.  It adapts one of Narita Ryohgo’s side stories.

Hoozuki no Reitetsu (OVA) – 8/21/2015: The second OVA from Hoozuki no Reitetsu.  Of course, no one has subbed the first one – and considering it was the sales leader of Winter 2014 in a walk, that’s hard to believe.  I’m baffled, too, that we haven’t seen a S2 announcement for this series – I can only assume it’s coming eventually, but I’m not taking anything for granted.

Taifu Pedal Bakemono

Theatrical: Happily there are some exceedingly interesting big-screen releases to look forward to, as there usually are in the summer.  That includes Hosoda Mamrou’s new film, and the release of one of those is always a milestone event in anime.

Taifuu no Noruda – 6/05/2015: Already released theatrically, this effort from the relatively unknown Studio Colorado boasts impressive visuals and an interesting storyline, middle school drama with a possible fantasy element.  There’s a bit of a Ghibli look to Taifuu no Noruda, not surprising as director Arai Koujirou is a veteran of that studio.  There’s certainly a space in the market for this sort of film in Ghibli’s absence – hopefully it’s up to the challenge.
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Gekijouban Yowamushi Pedal – 8/28/15: While we wait for a third season of the massively popular cycling series, mangaka Watanabe Wataru has penned an original film for release this August. Details are still relatively sketchy, but it’s set after the Inter-High and seems to prominently feature Onoda and Makishima, as well as a new character played by Miyano Mamoru.  Watanabe-sensei and Yowapeda are – like Onoda – proof that sometimes nice guys do finish first.
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Bakemono no Ko – 7/11/15: With the retirement of Miyazaki Hayao and (presumably) Takahata Isao, there’s no bigger name in theatrical anime than Hosoda Mamoru.  His films are both commercially successful and (deservedly) loved by critics, and there’s a reason for that – Hosoda-sensei has massive gifts as a storyteller and a visual artist.  He hasn’t asked for the responsibility of being the face of anime in the post-Ghibli era, but to some extent that mantle may be thrust upon him whether he wants it or not.

As such, when he releases a new film every few years anime fans all over the world watch with rapt attention.  Bakemono no Ko looks like another winner – it’s the story of an orphaned human boy from Shibuya who becomes lost in the bakemono world, and is taken in by beast who’s also a master of martial arts.  The only downside for me is that Hosoda has dispensed with his (and Ghibli’s) usual practice of casting actual children for the main child roles, which could undercut the film’s sense of realism a bit.
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37 comments

  1. N

    Aside from Gatchaman Crowds and Gansta, nothing excite me in Summer. Guess it'll be backlog time, unless there're some suprise hit and sleepers.

    Unlike many Gatchaman Crowds watchers, I never hated Hajime. She, along with Berg, is more like an idea than a character, a reflection of bad and good aspect of the internet culture. For me, the real main character is Rui. About the show, it might be a mess, but it's a brilliant mess from the mind of a genius. Anime that play it too safe(like most shoujo) rarely please me.

  2. c

    I thought there was going to be nothing I wanted to watch this Summer, but I guess there are enough I've five to be excited for.

    Akagami no Shirayuki-hime — meh on the manga, but have hopes its transition to anime
    Aoharu x Kikanjuu — weird plot and cross-dressing girls are my weaknesses
    Gangsta — eff yes, Deaf protagonist!!
    God Eater — heard from reliable sources the game's narrative is quite good
    Working!!! — uh, duh

    Might check out the next Gatchaman, which was enjoyable despite its, well, non-characters. Really, the biggest weakness was its characters. For instance, Hajime was interesting into theory but not in execution. And Berg was good only so long as he was on screen. After that? Nothing to think about.

    (All these wonderful movies, tho. (/ _ ; ))

  3. E

    Very informative preview as usual, but not including any of the new LN adaptations? They seem pretty different from the norm this time at least…

  4. I looked at them all one by one, and none of them struck me as all that interesting. Doesn't mean I want watch the premiere. Any one stand out to you?

  5. g

    Maybe Overlord? It's a fantasy (damn, we have many fantasy in summer 2015) LN from Madhouse. And it has nice visuals. Of course, at the end it can be clusterfuck but I'll check it out at least.

  6. E

    Gate and Overlord have good recommendations, premise is a bit generic but enough of a twist to interest me I guess. Rokka no yuusha has a nice pv and interesting mystery premise, and lastly it's kind of a crapshoot but shimoseka has that so bad it's potentially good parody-ish feeling to me…

  7. S

    If done right I imagine "Overlord" could be a blast. We'll see – last time Madhouse adapted an LN it was "No Game No Life" and I was satisfied with it, especially with how they handled the comedy which was pretty spot on. If they can repeat that success colour me interested.

  8. D

    Gate is the one I'm looking forward to. The JSDF invading a fantasy world was well handled in the manga.

  9. s

    To be honest, before reading this preview this Summer struck me as the worst season I ever witnessed, as I had no shows I'd definitely pick up, and nothing that I'd maybe give a chance. After taking a bit of a closer look… it still strikes as the worst since I still don't have anything that I consider must-watch for the season, but at least a few that I'm willing to give the chance. As in, Shirayuki-hime and Ushio to Tora. Gangsta. if I'm bored. Working might be an option, but I'd need to watch the first two seasons first (not that it'd be a problem, seeing how I watched all of Baby Steps within two days a few weeks ago).

    So right now, this mainly strikes me as a season to work on the backlog. Who knows, maybe one of those that I'm giving a chance will surprise me, but I'm not setting my expectations to high.

  10. S

    I am genuinely intrigued by Gangsta, morbidly curious about Chaos Dragon, and hopelessly bound by my fanboyism to watch Dragonball Super. Everything else, I'll just jump on the bandwagon if I hear good things after the first/second impressions.

  11. P

    OH MY GOD! I didn't know that Gangsta is getting an adaptation! I am so happy!

    Aside from that I have to admit that I am also somewhat interested in Kangoku Gakuen… Despite my better judgement as a jaded fan who also considers herself a feminist, I read ALL the manga chapters. It is like watching trains crash. Trains that are filled with the littlest cancer patients, sad puppies, baby pandas, and million boxes of mentos, coke and clowns. The manga is just so wrong and ridiculous that I just can't take it seriously (even if many of its fans seem to). If the anime can capture that, it would be an 'interesting' watch for me.

  12. e

    Oh dear. I'm only mildly interested in Ushio&Tora as far as TV series go.
    – Gangsta: uhm. Must be in the mood for seemingly grim & gory otherwise I'll pass.
    – Snow White-not: not impressed by the manga. Must be in the mood + Bones must work miracles or this'll be another pass. If only they had picked The Ancient Magus' Bride on the other hand…
    Silver lining: it's gonna be Kekkai Sensen (and Aslan?) backlog time for me this season. Yay!

    My Hoozuki OVAs tl where? T_T

    Bring 'em movies on.

  13. H

    "The only cautionary note, really, is that there's been no announcement as to series length and the manga is ongoing." Actually I don't think that's anything to be too worried about, I've read a good chunk of the manga and there's a fairly good stopping place that they could reach in just 13 episodes (hell, it has a bit of a crazy fanbase but I'm part of the minority opinion that the series should have stopped at said point and that it's been spinning it's wheels for too long), I'm actually hoping it's a short one!

  14. w

    I've read a few of chapters of Akagami and it's… okay? Didn't stand out one way or another, but far from bad. I've heard people saying IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR, but it's always tough to trust that sentiment. My biggest complaint is that it comes across as quite band in presentation, so hopefully Bones + Andou will be able to work their magic on it.

    Also have read some of Jitsu Watashi Wa, and I can't say I was interested in it, but it does come across as very earnest and sweet. If you're into it I'd say you could enjoy it quite a lot.

    Swap out Jitsu for ClassroomCrisis, and we've got the same sleeper picks for the season. Very very hopeful for ClassroomCrisis, I think my perception of the Summer season as a whole will depend on whether it ends up good. Joukamachi also has me very curious and hopeful, there's a very appealing oddness to its premise. Same with the Brains Base show. All of these could go either way, but I'll always be hopeful!

    Oh and lest we forget, Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX: Believe in Justice and Hold a Determination to Fist. Can't go wrong with a name like that

  15. g

    So…lets talk Prison School.

    It feels like a Japanese take on a classic american film tradition of high school sexy comedy, in the vein of American Pie or Porkies. It follows five protagonist boys on a quest of sexual awakening at an all girls school. But being japanese…it revolves around a variety of fetish driven awakenings that are different for each one, and all crass as hell.

    I think a lot of people will hate it…with good cause. It is unabashedly perverse like ToLoveRu Darkness, without the good nature'd feel. I didn't enjoy it at first…but things changed. Maybe I changed. I love it now, and read it every week. God help me.

    The mangaka actually has a real interesting prior work – "Me and the Devil Blues" that is really worth trying. Completely different series, and shows that he really knows exactly what he is doing with his current, less ambitious series.

  16. Thanks – that's about the most helpful answer I've seen. The other manga is the Robert Johnson one, right? I've heard good things.

    I'll be honest – it really sounds as if I'm going to hate Prison School. But at least it's different, so I'll certainly give it a try.

  17. e

    It's the same mangaka then? Dang. I liked Me And The Devil Blues – I'm fuzzy on the plot since it has been at least 4 years since I red it but art and mood were pretty up to the subject. Very disappointed at it being cancelled back then -.
    This new work doesn't feel up my alley at all but I'll have to check out the first episode summary at least out of curiosity about the mangaka's destiny if anything.

  18. S

    Mostly looking forward to is Gakkou Gurashi, since the manga is shockingly good at doing what it does. I'm real worried over how the anime could easily fail to transfer the manga over to animation properly, but it could be a serious joy if they manage it properly and probably pretty easily my favorite for the new Summer shows.

    Beyond that, Baby Steps and Arslan are the continuing shows I'm interested in, and as for new shows… Akagami looks good for something Yona-ish, Gate has had some good word of mouth, Durarara will hopefully pick up its own slack from Winter, and then I'm not really sure. Gotta hope some of those few potential shows can live up to some sort of expectations. Particularly when they're not overly high.

  19. e

    i look foward to the new dragon ball season with the characters from movie 14 and 15

  20. G

    One thing I dislike in anime is fan service for no other reason then to add fan service to push DVDs. Many a good series could have stood on its own with the story and characters except they added needless gratuitous fan service and ruined it. Gokukoku no Brynhildr and Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo are both good series in their own ways and yet fan service made a joke of them.

  21. l

    I just can't see Prison School working as an anime. In manga form it's one of the funniest things around and 9/10 times comedy mangas benefit from anime adaptations, one of the best examples being Gintama, but I can't help but feel the exact opposite will be true here. The manga has so much going for it, art, comedic timing and genius paneling. Everything feels meticulously placed and drawn to get the most laughs possible from the reader. The fan service is there simply matter of factly, and I don't see how that will translate in to the anime in any other way than a disaster.The manga as a whole is genius, but any component missing and suddenly it loses its identity and in turning in to an anime it loses some of that identity. The voice cast for the most part is spot on so that should help. Here's to hoping.

  22. e

    enzo are you going to blog dragon ball super?

  23. f

    it's dragon ball, don't think there are much to blog in it, but i have good expectation about it because toriyama-sensei will be involved

  24. e

    this dragon ball super will be diffrent and it seems to be original since they show lord beerus and weis which means we will see the outher gods that was not in the movie

  25. S

    Yeah but anyway there's hardly going to be anything to say rather than "oh that was cool!". It's mostly a Dragonball fan thing. I have thought about blogging it as I do belong to that category (and I have collaborated occasionally with a nerd stuff blog). But I don't really see Enzo doing it, I don't think he ever was big on DB and even if he was… there's just not going to be much to say rather than recapping the episode and speculating what will happen next.

  26. e

    do you think it was good idea to bring lord beerus into the show since he from the movie. i think it was not so good since he not kind of plot character becouse he from the movie

  27. i

    I need to catch up with the Working!! series if I want to watch Working!!!, but the third season is a must-watch for me.

    ufotable's and P.A. Works' series are usually a treat to watch for the animation alone so God Eater and Charlotte are other series I look forward to watching.

    Gangsta and Kangoku Gakuen: Prison School are not the usual types of series I watch but both premises sound interesting. I am curious to see what will happen.

    Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is definitely something I will watch. Enough said.

    Thank you for the post, Enzo!

  28. M

    I have no doubts that Working!! and Akagami no Shirayuki-hime are going to as excellent as I want them to be. I'm doubly thankful about the latter because there's is a shoujo-fantasy-anime-shaped hole in my life (left by AnY). And I'm quite excited for Gangsta. as well. And I'll probably keep watching DRRR. As for the rest, nothing else really pops out… But I agree, it could definitely be worse. And new Hosoda Mamoru film!!!

  29. R

    AKAGAMI NO SHIRAYUKIHIME *SCREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMS*

    MY FAVORITE SHOUJO.

    I'M GOING TO DIE BEFORE SUMMER GET HERE

    Although the more recent chapters have been a lot less exciting, it's still one of my all time favorite fantasy shoujo series. I adore Shirayuki and Zen and all of the supporting cast as well. I do like that it's not heavy on romance (ironically given the genre) in the beginning.

  30. T

    I have to agree with the assessment of Akagami no Shirayuki-hime its OK, but not super exciting. But this is where I am hoping like Kyoukai no Rinne the story will be better told in anime form than in manga format so who knows maybe the series will motivate me to pick up the story again (I haven't read it since the mid 50s chapters)

    I have no doubt I will be watching Working!! I need comedy in my life and gangsta looks great!!! I don't have a lot of time to watch stuff these days, but Arslan Senki is the only show i am consistently watching.

    Also I'm surprised you didn't mention one punch man.

  31. g

    One punch man is awesome, but I think that's coming this fall rather than summer…

  32. Z

    Ushio to Tora
    Gangster

    Gatchaman Crowds hell no!

  33. S

    The only new Japanese series I will definitely be watching this summer are Durarara, Gangsta, and the Death Note live-action show. Really looking forward to Death Note, especially with the recent announcement of Crunchyroll streaming the series. I hope it doesn't suck.

    Besides that, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime and God Eater look interesting. I think I'll wait till they end and marathon them though.

    As for movies, I really want to see Bakemono no Ko, but probably won't be able to watch it until next year most likely.

  34. E

    The link here from the site navigation doesn't work…

  35. Thanks, fixed.

  36. l

    Only these few interest me for now:

    1. Gangsta
    2. Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakeri
    3. Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
    4. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
    5. Ushio to Tora (2015)
    6. Classroom ☆ Crisis

    The rest will depend on watching the first few episodes to decide whether to watch more.

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    I'm most disappointed that the final season of Working! (I believe the manga ended around New Years) is only getting 1 cour; It's been almost 4 years since the last series and, as you note, both of the previous seasons sold well. Given that there are new characters that will be introduced and romantic relationships to resolve, is it too much to ask that they give us 2 cour for a series that if done well will sell big?

    Also, although I realize they are not your cup of tea, I am looking forward to the new seasons of Non Non Biyori and Yuru Yuri.

    Thank you for the preview.

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