Summer Anime Season 2016 – Preview, Recommendations, Poll

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Summer is almost here! Neregate just released their Summer Anime Season 2016 chart and so we have done some research to sort out the most promising and awaited anime series for the next three months. Make sure to let us know which are your favorite in the poll below!


91 days

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Release Date: July 8th
Genres: Drama
Studio: Shuka
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The amount of attention 91 Days has gotten is quite surprising considering it’s an original anime. This drama by Studio Shuka (Durarara!!) is a story of “revenge and sorrow” set in the 20th century. The story follows Avolio, a man who joins a mafia family undercover to seek revenge of the killers who killed his family. Just by the looks of it and the general setting some have already compared it to other series like Baccano! and this season’s Joker Game.


Orange

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Release Date: July 6th
Genres:
School, Sci-Fi
Studio
: Telecom Animation Film
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Orange is one of those cases in which an anime gains a lot of popularity ahead of its premiere due to manga readers speaking wonders of it. Aside from its premise, Orange is a special case: the manga has an important male readership, something that is rare to see in shoujo manga. All in all, Orange promises to deliver the romance series of the year.


Mob Psycho 100

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Release Date:
 July 12th
Genres: Action, Comedy, Psychological, School, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Studio: Bones
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Mob Psycho 100 is a webmanga by the creator of One Punch Man. Need I say more? Sure, Mob Psycho 100 might not have the same amount of anticipation and hype as OPM (the competition this year is tough), but it certainly looks like it’s going to be a very interesting series, if only for its artwork and genres. Bonus: It’s directed by the critically acclaimed Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Parade, Kill la Kill, Zankyou no Terror, Attack on Tittan…).


Tales of Zestiria the X

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Release Date:
July 3rd
Genres: Fantasy
Studio: Bones
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This might as well be the sleeper hit of the season. Based on the fantasy game Tales of Zestiria, Tales of Zestiria the X will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise. Regardless of it being a separate story, you can still check out this 2014 special to at least get familiarized with the setting. Whether it ends up being good or not, it’s just one of these cases of “have to at least check it out because of the studio”.


Days

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Release Date:
July 2nd
Genres: Sports, School, Shounen
Studio: MAPPA
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It seems like Days will be the sports anime of the season (unless Battery surprises us all). To give you a reason to be excited about this one, the manga won Kodansha’s Best Shounen Manga of the Year award. If you like soccer, Days is an absolute must-watch!


No, we haven’t forgotten about some of the most hyped series for the summer. It just happens that Summer 2016 could be defined as “the season of second seasons“. That’s why we decided to make a separate section for sequels. Here we go!

Shokugeki no Soma: Ni no Sara

Get your aprons ready! Soma is coming back to make you drool in every episode again (and no, not just because of his good looks). Food Wars is probably the most awaited series of this season (it’s in MAL’s Top 5 Upcoming Anime!). The sequel will be continuing with the Autumn Election arc.

D.Gray-Man Hallow

Just when we thought we would never get a sequel for D.Gray-Man! If you have never watched this series, it’ll probably be a bit hard for you to catch up, but hey, that’s what bingewatching and filler lists are for!

Berserk (2016)

Even more surprising is the fact that we got a sequel for Berserk, especially since, after 18 years (and a pretty poor adaptation), a remake would have made more sense. If you plan to check it out, keep in mind that, despite being a classic, Berserk is not for everyone: it’s best if you’re a manga reader, the story is extremely dark and gory (it includes rape) and the series will actually be made with CGI, which doesn’t appeal everyone.

There’s also the second season of Arslan Senki, a 4-episode mini-series of The Seven Deadly Sins and a prequel of Danganronpa called Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen – Zetsubou-Hen (not to be confused with the other Danganronpa series airing simultaneously and that you should only check out if you have played the games).


Honorable mentions/other anime to keep an eye on:

Handa-kun. Set six 6 years prior to the events of Barakamon, the story follows the life of Seishuu Handa as a high school student.
Amanchu! Ideal for summer! A “refreshing” slice of life series about girls who share a passion for scuba diving. Also very hyped by manga readers.
Taboo-Tattoo will be delivering the martial arts and action for this season (in JCStaff we trust). Also, the character designs look really cool!
Rewrite. An adaptation of the popular visual novel. The anime will follow a “sixth” route left untold in the game, but fear not: you don’t need to have played this game in order to watch this!
Hatsukoi Monster. Your shuojo fix for the season. Judging by the synopsis, the series also guarantees many comedic moments.
Cheer Danshi! This one caught a lot of people’s attention because it’s about cheerleader boys. However, the element that stands out the most is that the setting is a college, which is quite uncommon in anime.


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