Summer is officially here! The sunshine, the ocean, the sand between our toes, the long nights out with friends… and, well, who are we kidding? Lots of time to watch new anime! It’s even better if the series are set in summer, so here are 7 summer-themed anime recommendations! Some are shorter, some are longer. Some are funny, others bittersweet. We have selected a bit of everything for you to choose depending on how you’re feeling!
Ano Natsu de Matteru
Dreaming of summer love? This might be your thing! The series follows the a group of friends who decide to make a movie during their summer holiday. What started off as a little pastime ends up becoming much more as things about the members of the group start getting revealed. It’s a short anime and the ending will certainly leave you satisfied!
What’s more summerish than being a pirate and living adventures in the sea? It was actually summer when I bingewatched One Piece for the first time and honestly I couldn’t have chosen a better time to do so. I even ended up adding some of its summery openings to my geeky playlist! If you ever feel bored or stuck at a point in your life, One Piece‘s refreshing themes of travelling, freedom and living adventures in the sea will most definitely appeal to you.
Non Non Biyori
If you prefeir the countryside over the beach, then look no further. Non Non Biyori is one of the best, most popular and relaxing Slice of Life series to be released in the latest years. These four girls live in a very small town in the countryside where there is only one room with only classroom. This means that all these girls have to study in one same class regardless of their age/course. Forget about the noise and the rush of the big city and relax with these for lovely (and hilarious) girls and their not-so-normal daily lives in a rural area.
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
Best known as AnoHana. If you want a summer-themed anime, but you’d still like to watch something that makes you think (and cry), this anime is a very good choice. AnoHana tells the story of a group of childhood friends who grew up apart after the death of Menma, one the friends. The reappearence of her spirit brings back childhood memories, but also feelings of grief and guilt.
Yet another Comedy/Slice of Life set in the countryside. The main character is quite an unusual one: Handa is a young, handsome and talented calligrapher… and also a narcissist. His father exiles him to the Goto Islands, where he will try to find new inspiration in a rural setting. As it turns out, this place is far from being quiet and relaxing – with kids and neighbors running around everywhere, it’s actually quite hard to concentrate. Will his new surrounding and people change Handa’s arrogant attitude? PS: Handa-kun, a prequel to Barakamon, is going to be airing this summer anime season as well.
Shinryaku! Ika Musume
Ika Musume has come out of her home in the ocean on a quest to punish humanity for polluting her waters. Far from being terrifying, Musume is actually an adorable squid girl, and she’s quickly bullied into working as a waitress in a seafood restaurant by the shore. Will the experiences she has in the human world while having silly adventures and meeting new people change her plans of world domination? If you’re working a part-time job this summer and aiming to change things in your life, this is a cute anime to watch while doing so!
Whether you love swimming or you just want to see some hot boys doing hot things, Free! has the reputation of being one of the most successful sport anime in recent years. Sports might not seem the most appealing thing to do when it’s so hot outside, but swimming in a pool sure sounds like a refreshing idea! Chances are you’ll want to go to your local community pool when watching this anime.
BONUS: This might sound like an odd choice, but if you were planning on watching Suzumiya Haruhi at some point, summer would be a good time to do so. I won’t go into details because it’s quite spoiler-y, but there’s something known as “endless 8” in the anime community and… yeah, you will understand when you get to that part.
This upcoming Summer Anime Season also has a great summer-themed anime in it: Amanchu!