The first series from the 2017 Summer Anime Season will start coming out in less than a month. We take a look at some of the most anticipated summer series, including originals, adaptations, and sequels.
Set in the 19th century, the setting of Princess Principal certainly gives off Joker Game vibes. This series, however, has middle school girls as the protagonists. This group of girls works as spies, so lots of infiltration, disguises, and chasing scenes are guaranteed. Not much is known about the overall tone of the series, but the PV is quite promising.
Stan Lee creates THE REFLECTION (yes, you read that right) and directed by Nagahama Hiroshi (Mushishi, Guilty Crown). Those two names are enough to make THE REFLECTION one of the most exciting projects from this season. Not much is known yet, but everything from the PV to the genres listed and the synopsis seems to point towards… well, battles with super powers.
Based on a successful manga, Kakeguri is a mystery series with a unique theme: gambling. If you enjoy series with formulas like No Game No Life or Danganronpa in which every episode is a game or a mystery to be solved, you should check this one out. Kakegurui also has an insane female character (think the crazy faces from Tanya), so there’s also room for over the top edginess, and overall badass moments.
Made in Abyss is already being referred to as the dark horse of the season. If you like adventures and exploration, this is an absolute must watch. In the world of Made in Abyss, people are drawn by the Abyss, an enormous cave system. Little is known about the caves, how big they are, or what one could end up finding inside of them. Those brave enough to explore the caves are called Cave Raiders. Don’t let the young characters fool you – manga readers warn that this series can get pretty dark (no pun intended!).
I know. First thoughts when seeing this: Yuri!!! on Ice Dancing Edition. It’s not. Unlike YOI, Ballroom e Youkoso is based on a manga, and it does not have yaoi in it. Still, the theme is quite unusual: ballroom dancing! Production I.G is adapting this one (and the character designs look identical to Haikyuu!!). The PVs also look good, but we’ll have to wait and see if they are able to pull off good dancing animation and make it justice.
Romantic feelings are sacrificed in a future where the government gets to assign people a compatible romantic partner once they turn 16. While this story focuses on one couple, in particular, it would also be interesting if the characters also tackle the decisions by the government and how exactly they benefit society.
As you can probably tell by the genre tags, Shoukoku no Altair is a fantasy-historical series with plenty of adventure, as well as war and strategy themes. What makes this one especially interesting is that the original manga has gotten a lot of praise from readers for both its plot and gorgeous art.
Another release of the giant franchise of the Monagatari series. The second season of Owarimonogatari will only adapt one book, the third one. For this reason, the episode count is unknown. There’s not much more to say – if you enjoy the saga, chances are this is already at the top of your summer watch list!
Next, to Owarimonogatari, Fate/Apocrypha falls under the most expected sequels of the summer. Fans of the Fate series will enjoy a story that is set in a parallel world where the Greater Grail has disappeared from Fuyuki after the Third Holy Grail War.
New Game! was one of the most successful series from last summer, and this year it’s back for the same season! There’s no big storyline here – just a slice of life series about a bunch of cute girls who are video game developers.
Other series worth checking out (3-episode rule)
- Dive!!. There’s nothing more fitting for summer than a series about swimming! This will remind you of Free!, with the main difference being that Dive!! focuses more on well, diving, than on races.
- Vatican Kiseki Chousakan. Anime about Christianity are not that uncommon, but this one includes the Vatican. The premise is also quite interesting: an organization that investigates “claims of miracles” from all over the world.
- Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun. Just another sports series about soccer, except this one, also happens to be a seinen and comedy. Aoyama is not only a soccer genius, but he’s also a clean freak!
- Nana Maru San Batsu. Plenty of game themes this season! This series is about… quizzes! A high school boy is invited to a Quiz Study Group because apparently, the Japanese have study groups for everything!
- Isekai Shokudou. Isekai and cooking in one anime. This series is set in a fantasy restaurant, with every episode being its own story with different (fantasy) customers experiencing human food.