With the Spring 2016 anime season wrapping up, I decided to prepare a short list of my most anticipated anime for summer, which starts the first week of July. I’ve narrowed down my list to the four series I’m most excited for. Each item will include a description of the series for non-watchers, links for trailers/more information, and why I’m excited for it. These are not all the anime I will be watching this season but a snip-it of what summer has to offer. I had intended to watch all of D.Gray-man and play the Danganronpa visual novels during the spring in preparation for their new sequels but alas I failed. So, on that note, let’s dive into to what I’m most excited for this summer.
The Most Anticipated
Mob Psycho 100
After the impressive juggernaut One Punch Man was during Fall 2015, it’s hard to understate how big Mob Psycho 100, another work of manga writer ONE, is expected to be this season. Mob Psycho 100 is ONE’s second major series and focuses on a young boy, Kageyama Shigeo (also known as “Mob”), who has incredible psychic abilities. Mob tries to live a normal lifestyle and as a result suppresses his emotions to keep his power in check. Having welled his emotions for too long, his power now threaten to explode within him if he ever becomes emotionally unstable.
If One Punch Man is anything to go off of, then I’m extremely hyped and optimistic about Mob Psycho 100. We’ve seen what ONE is capable of, breaking the mold with his superhero parody, and I’m excited to see what his other work brings to the table. I expect it will be nothing less than over-the-top but I do hope the series takes moments to be serious and dive deep into the emotional struggle of the protagonist. Animated by the notorious studio Bones, the series features a rough artistic style inline with ONE’s “unique” but detailed manga illustrations. The beautiful color palettes, stunning background work, and raw character designs create an incredible looking animation style, which can be seen in the English subbed trailer here. Regardless if you’re an anime lover, such as myself, or a casual viewer of the medium, this is definitely a show to keep an eye on.
Food Wars (Shokugeki no Souma) Season 2
If I had to pick my “true” most anticipated anime of the season it would easily be Food Wars Season 2. Food Wars is one of those oddities that can really only be understood by watching. On the surface, the show can scare some potential viewers away as its marketed, quite literally, as “Food Porn”.
At its core, Shokugeki is a high-stakes culinary show that turns cooking into a ridiculous, suspenseful, and informative spectator sport. The added gimmick of the series is that the food the characters make is so good, it’s orgasmic. Upon tasting some of the delectable dishes, characters enter a nirvana-like state with their clothes tearing off (male and female, it doesn’t discriminate). It’s over-the-top and I love it all the more for it. Food Wars knows how to get you incredibly hyped for “cartoon” cooking while also presenting it in the absolute craziest way. Upfront, it sounds insane but I highly recommend giving season 1 a try (subbed season 1 trailer link). Food Wars has become one of my top 5 favorite anime and I expect season 2 to cement that idea further. Continuing right where season 1 left off in the School Election Arc, we will get to see the most intense cooking battles to date. I cannot wait until we get Food War Season 2 in the coming weeks.
Love Live! Sunshine!!
Love Live! is one of those series I love but have a hard time explaining why. It’s a series that has somehow snuck its way into my heart (and wallet in the way of a poster, two figures, and a special edition bluray of the movie). Love Live! is a Japanese multimedia project that originated with its music and music videos featuring anime representations of its members. Since then, its grown into an anime, Love Live! School Idol Project, consisting of two seasons and a movie, a mobile game, Love Live! School Idol Festival, and now a new anime series, Love Live! Sunshine!!, taking place a few years after the previous series with a brand new cast.
The core of the animated series revolves around a school idol group of nine female members and includes real music produced by the voice actors. The Love Live! story tends to emphasize drama as the characters grow with each other and form unbreakable bonds of friendship.
My only fear with Sunshine!! is that it may end up a rehash of the same formula used in its predecessor as its trailer (found here) seemed very reminiscent of Love Live! Season 1. Regardless, as a fan I’m very excited to this new entry into the series and will be eagerly awaiting episode 1. If you like J-Pop and/or that “moe” anime trash like me, give Love Live! a shot, it’s a pretty solid anime.
Last but not least on my most anticipated list is Handa-kun, a prequel set six years prior to the events of its parent series, Barakamon. Following the main protagonist, Handa, during his high school years, the series seems to be more rooted in comedy rather than “Slice of Life” like Barakamon. The story revolves around Handa who believes his classmates are bullying him when, in reality, they revere him as one of the most popular kids in school. Due to the confusion, Handa takes steps to stop their “bullying” but only ends up making himself more popular. If you haven’t seen Barakamon, its possible this will contain some referential comedy that may fall flat so this may not be an anime for you. That being said, I actually highly recommend you check out Barakamon as it’s an exceptional series and then afterwards you can circle back to Handa-kun. If it’s parent anime is anything to go off of, Handa-kun will be a hilarious anime that you can sit back and relax with.
That wraps it up for my Summer 2016 Most Anticipated list. Keep a look out for my Spring 2016 Wrap-Up and Summer 2016 First Impressions in the coming weeks.
All images were taken from MyAnimeList.com and represent the official promotional artwork of each series.