Well, well. Another season of anime is slowly approaching us with new exciting content for all those crazy/probably superhuman individuals who possess the ability to keep track on 30+ shows simultaneously while they are airing. Now while I am not one of those super-nerds, I too have my fair share of titles I am heavily anticipating this season.
Like last year, this summer season will mostly satisfy those who enjoy shoujo fluff and pretty boys, so I did not expect to gather the lengthy list I did. But alas, here they are, my top most anticipated anime titles from the summer 2017 season, slot into the following categories:
Most Excited for:
“The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga.”
(Source: Aniplex USA)
I’m actually in the process of writing a long detailed post about all the reasons why I am so pumped for this – and why you, dear readers should be too. The most TLDR version I can give is thus:
- Takes place during the Bakumatsu Period of Japanese history,
- Handsome Men Kicking Ass and Looking Stylish While Doing it,
- It’s produced by ufotable,
- The production is overseen by Nitro+ (whom also were heavily involved with Thunderbolt Fantasy),
- The production staff is overall top notch,
- ED will be by Kalafina,
- Did I mention that it takes place during the Bakumatsu Period?
Ahem. Apologies for the history nerd swoon. Anyway this seems like this anime is gonna be big. Like VERY BIG. Whether it will be a big success or a big failure has yet to be seen, but I am fairly optimistic myself.
Ballroom e Youkoso
“Fujita has drifted through middle school aimlessly, unable to find friends or anything that can hold his attention. Then, one day, he's attacked by a gang and saved by a mysterious man. But this isn't a karate master; it's a ballroom dance instructor! Reluctantly, Fujita takes a few beginner's classes, only to find his inspiration... an entrancing, teenage dance prodigy named Shizuku. It's Fujita's first step into the high-octane world of competitive dance!”
(Source: Kodansha Comics USA)
There seems to be a certain trend in the world of anime unfolding: “guys participating in sports/professions that are considered typically feminine interests played completely straight without a hint of irony or mockery”. Needless to say, I am very okay with this trend.
Last year we had Cheer Danshi! and Yuri on Ice, shows about male cheerleading and male figure skating respectively. The latter became a huge hit, and for good reason too I might add. Now this year we have Ballroom e Youkoso, an anime about competitive ballroom dancing starring a male protagonist! I mean that alone convinced me that I need to give this a shot.
“There was once a Holy Grail War waged by Mages and Heroic Spirits in a town of Fuyuki. However, one Mage took advantage of the chaos of World War II to steal a Holy Grail. Several decades have passed, and the Yggdmillennia family, who took upon the Holy Grail as its symbol, defected from the Mages' Association. Furious, the Association sent forces to deal with the Yggdmillennia, but were defeated. With the Holy Grail system changed, war at an unprecedented scale breaks out.”
(Source: ANN, edited)
Those of you who follow me on other social media platforms are probably aware of this, but I’m quite a big fan of the Fate series and related stuff. So this entry doesn’t require much of an explanation. Still allow me to babble a little bit further.
Fate/Apocrypha can be considered an elsewhere story of sorts to the main series; This time, instead of seven masters duking it out with their magically summoned servants, it’s fourteen masters fighting against each other in two separate teams, color coded with red and black for our convenience. So if seeing a grail war involving the likes of Joan of Arc, Sigfried or Vlad Tepes kicking ass and taking names, this show will be for you.
Shoukoku no Altair
“For generations the Turkiye Devleti and the Balt-Rhein Empire have stood in stern opposition to each other. Then one night, when an imperial minister is found assassinated, the two nations are plunged into a potentially explosive situation. As the generals of Turkiye's council cry for war, Mahmut comes to discover the devious truth behind the assassination. Thus the young pasha's battle for his country, peace, and trust in his fellow man begins!”
This looks to be the summer blockbuster series of the season (well this and katsugeki), with a historical Turkey aesthetic. The story itself is not revolutionary, but it looks to be very fun, I am positively hyped.
The Reflection Wave One
“After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains. How did the Reflection happen? What was the cause of it? With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.”
Stan Lee makes Anime again. Well sort of – he’s not the one making it, but he’s in charge of the story. I remember enjoying Heroman way back (well what little I saw), so this should be fun. Studio DEEN did very well with Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, so I am fairly optimistic.
(Although if this doesn’t have a Stanley Cameo I’m gonna riot)
Made in Abyss
“The "Abyss" is the last unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures roam within, and it is full of precious relics that present humans can't recreate. Those that dare to explore the depths are known as "Cave Raiders." An orphan girl named Rico lives on the rim. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.”
(Source: ANN, edited)
Classic Ghibli aesthetic, a cast of charming characters, a promise of adventure and an underlying air of mystery: What’s not to love? Well apart from the slightly conspicuous CGI.
“There's a resaurant called "Youshoku no Nekoya" (Western Cuisine Cat Restaurant), located on the first basement floor of a building at a corner of a shopping district. While it normally feeds salarymen, there is a secret. Every Saturday, the shop takes a "day off" and is full of special customers. For the office workers, it is a familiar place with familiar dishes, but for Saturday customers, it is nothing but cuisine never imagined.”
(Source: ANN, edited)
Not gonna lie, when I read “Isekai” in the title, I started rolling my eyes hard. But then I actually bothered to read the summary and discovered that this show has a pretty interesting premise.
Silverlink shows have been a hit or miss for me, but who know? Maybe it will be the hit category.
Jikan no Shiaisa: The aesthetic is pretty appealing.
18if: The PV kinda made me curious.
Clione no Akari: Looks to be fascinating.
Aaaand that’s pretty much it: What are you guys the most excited about this summer season? Feel free to let me know in the comments!