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Summer 2015 Anime Preview!

June 12, 2015

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Well I’ve been pretty awful at the whole updating thing – it’s mostly pure laziness to be honest. But here’s a new season preview, that should count for something given how long they take to put together……right!?

Anyway, Spring has been a pretty mixed season for me, nothing really set my world aflame but there are a handful that I really enjoy. The upcoming Summer season doesn’t really have me hugely excited if I’m completely honest, there are quite a few fanservice shows coming out. There are some decent sequels coming out though, so I’ll start with those for a change!

Sequels / Spin-offs


Durarara!! x2 Ten

Animation Studio: Shuka
Airdate: 4th July 2015
Seiyuu: Miyuki Sawashiro, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Hiroshi Kamiya, Kana Hanazawa
Director: Takahiro Omori (Samurai Flamenco, Natsume Yuujinchou)
Series Composition: Noboru Takagi (Baccano!, Kuroko’s Basketball)

Summary: Continuation of the anime adaptation of Ryohgo Narita’s light novel series.

The story takes place a half year after the first series at Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighbourhood and follows on from the Winter season’s Drrrr!! x2 Shou.

So here we have the second cours of the planned three that make up the second season of Durarara!!  I kinda felt like the production quality of x2 Shou was a bit all over the place, which was disappointing, I’m also weirdly much less invested in the anime series than I thought I’d be.  Which is probably due to the fact I’ve already read the light novels and know the plot twists already – sort of takes the thrill out of things (which is why I abandoned my attempt to blog season 2 midway through writing a post about ep4).  I’m still excited to watch this season though – think there is much more Izaya in this arc (if memory serves) so that always ups my enjoyment of Durarara!!


Dragon Ball Super

Animation Studio: Toei Animation
Airdate: 5th July 2015
Seiyuu: Masako Nozawa
Director: Kimitoshi Chioka
Story: Akira Toriyama

Summary: New TV anime for the long running franchise based on Akira Toriyama’s popular shounen manga series.

The story of the anime is set a few years after the defeat of Majin Buu, when the Earth has become peaceful once again.

Now this is something I am definitely watching!  The first new TV anime for the Dragon Ball franchise in 18 years, and the story is actually coming from the creator himself – yay!  I personally refused to watch Dragon Ball GT, so the show ended with the Buu saga for me (which I’ve been watching again thanks to the currently airing Dragon Ball Kai), so I’m very interested to see what direction the show takes for this sequel.


Gatchaman Crowds Insight

Animation Studio: Tatsunoko Production (Ping Pong, Psycho-Pass 2)
Airdate: 4th July 2015
Seiyuu: Ayumu Murase, Maaya Uchida, Ryota Ohsaka, Daisuke Namikawa, Aya Hirano
Director: Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, Kuchu Buranko)
Series Composition: Toshiya Ono (Suite Precure, Tsuritama)

Summary: This second season season will depict what comes next for Hajime Ichinose (the first season’s lead) and the others. It will also feature the blue NOTE that did not appear in the first season.

Summer of 2015. The incident that occurred in Tachikawa, Tokyo called the “Tachikawa Incident.” It’s been one year since then… CROWDS- the system that turns the mentality of humans into physical form that Berg Katze gave to Rui Ninomiya after extracting his NOTE- has spread among the public as a thing that anyone can use. The man who approved and pushed along this plan was none other than Prime Minister Seitaro Sugayama. However, people who do not think well of CROWDS are now living with anxiety and dissatisfaction. Among this unease, one day, a mysterious organization attacks Sugayama as he was riding in a ministry vessel.

Very excited for this sequel – I loved Gatchaman Crowds, it was one of my favourite series in 2013.  Colourful, stuffed full of interesting ideas and with a fantastic soundtrack – I’m super hyped for watching more.


Junjou Romantica 3

Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Bakumatsu Rock, Sankarea)
Airdate: 8th July 2015
Seiyuu: Takahiro Sakurai, Hikaru Hanada, Hiro Shimono, Kishô Taniyama, Hozumi Gôda
Director: Chiaki Kon (Golden Time, Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi)

Summary: Third season of the anime adaptation of Shungiku Nakamura’s BL manga series.

Misaki is suddenly having some unexpected and odd problems. What started as a need for some college entrance exam tutoring has somehow led him to being romanced by a suave older man who also happens to be his big brother’s best friend. Confused by all of his brand new emotions, Misaki struggles to deal with his suddenly very odd life. And if that wasn’t enough, his suitor, Usami, has plenty of issues of his own. A man-child who decorates his room in giant teddy bears and toys, Usami is a famous novelist who also writes steamy boys’ love novels on the side. When Misaki cracks open one of these books and reads sentences like “Misaki licks every inch of Usami’s hot body”…well, let’s just say that all hell breaks loose.

WHY!?  Why is there more!?  Just WHY!?  This is a terrible show, but I end up watching it anyway because a full length BL series is such a rarity.  I’ll still complain insessiently that I hate these characters though – why can’t good BL manga get an anime adaptation instead of this trash!??


Working!!! (S3)

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Kuroshitsuji, AnoHana)
Airdate: 4th July 2015
Seiyuu: Jun Fukuyama, Kana Asumi, Saki Fujita, Hiroshi Kamiya, Ryou Hirohashi
Director: Yumi Kamakura
Series Composition: Takao Yoshioka (High School DxD, Your Lie In April)

Summary: Third season of the anime adaptation of Karino Takatsu’s manga series.

The story follows high school freshman Sōta Takanashi who works part-time at a restaurant with strange staff members. When he starts his job, he meets the small senpai Popura, the androphobic Mahiru, the cheerful Yachiyo, the stoic chef Satō, the gossip-loving cook Sōma, and the glutinous, lazy manager Kyōko.

Did we really need a third season?  I enjoy Working, but I wasn’t really lusting after more.  It’s a fun show, completely innocuous and with likeable characters (well except for my burning hatred of Mahiru) so I’ll be watching this.


Aquarion Logos

Animation Studio: Satelight (Nagato Yuki-chan, Macross Frontier)
Airdate: 2nd July 2015
Seiyuu: Ayane Sakura, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Ari Ozawa, Jouji Nakata, Ryoko Shiraishi
Director: Eiichi Sato (Nobunaga the Fool, Slayers Next)

Summary: Third instalment of the Aquarion franchise – celebrates the 10th anniversary of the original series.

Much as I adored Aquarion EVOL, I am really not sure about this latest installment in the Aquarion franchise.  It seems like it is completly stand-alone, so you won’t need to have seen the original show (which I haven’t watched nor plan to) or EVOL (but you really should because it’s a lot of fun).  But yeah, nothing about Logos is really catching my attention – the character designs are meh, the PV looks to be taking itself a bit too seriously and there just isn’t the campy, fun air that attracted me to EVOL.  Will check out the first episode, but I’m not really optimistic about this one.


Non Non Biyori Repeat

Animation Studio: SILVER LINK (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Kokoro Connect)
Airdate: 6th July 2015
Seiyuu: Ayane Sakura, Kana Asumi, Kotori Koiwai, Rie Murakawa
Director: Shinya Kawamo (Kokoro Connect, .hack//GIFT)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Girls und Panzer)

 Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Atto’s rural comedy manga series.

The story takes place in the countryside, where the nearest bookstore is 20 minutes away by bicycle, a certain “Ju_p” magazine comes out on Wednesdays instead of Mondays, and the video rental store is 10 stations away. Hotaru Ichijō transfers from Tokyo to this school and readjusts to the slow life in the country. Her fellow schoolmates are Natsumi, Komari, Renge, and Komari’s big brother Suguru in the third year of middle school.

Not for me thanks – I can’t stomach these shows.


Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX

Animation Studio: Satelight (AKB0048, Log Horizon)
Airdate: 4th July 2015
Seiyuu: Nana Mizuki, Aoi Yūki, Ayahi Takagaki, Ai Kayano, Yōko Hikasa, Yoshino Nanjou
Director: Katsumi Ono (Hataraki Man, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V)

Summary: Third season.

After the frontier incident, everyone who knew the circumstances believed the Noise were gone and the pain they caused was at an end. But a new conflict approached unseen. In the Yokohama Harbor Oosan-bashi Pier, a new pattern is detected that is similar to the Noise. A combat group wielding mysterious technology stands in the way of Hibiki and the others. When she hears of this enemy of unprecedented strength, Tsubasa hurries back home from England. But the Symphogear users see no opening to counterattack are forced into a difficult fight. In this situation of extreme disparity, the battle for the song that will end the world begins.

I couldn’t really get into Symphogear – I gave the first season a fair go, but it just did nothing for me.  But good for you Symphogear fans – a third season!  Who would have thought?


The iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls 2nd Season

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Aldnoah.Zero, Gunslinger Stratos)
Airdate: 17th July 2015
Seiyuu: Ayaka Fukuhara, Ayaka Ohashi, Sayuri Hara, Aya Suzaki, Maaya Uchida
Director: Noriko Takao (Saint Young Men)

Summary: Second season.

A girl aiming to become an idol named Uzuki Shimamura is informed that she has been accepted into the Cinderella Project, a new project that collects girls and polishes them to become idols. After meeting Rin Shibuya, Mio Honda, and the other eleven fellow members of the group, the girls begin their journey at the 346 Pro talent agency, overcoming many trials and hoping to one day stand on the same stage as their senior idols.

NOPE.  No matter how many you churn out I’m still not touching these idol shows.


To LOVE-Ru -Trouble- Darkness 2nd

Animation Studio: Xebec (Argevollen, Maken-ki)
Airdate: 6th July 2015
Seiyuu: Akeno Watanabe, Aki Toyosaki, Misato Fukuen, Yuka Iguchi, Haruka Tomatsu
Director: Atsushi Ootsuki (Kanokon, Ladies Vs Butlers)

Summary: Second season of the anime adaptation of Kentaro Yabuki & Saki Hasemi’s sequel manga series to To-Love-Ru.

The Yūki’s residence is now full of people: in addition to Rito and Mikan Yūki, Lala, her twin sisters Nana and Momo, and Golden Darkness. Momo, who also falls for Rito, actively tries to create a harem for him. Meanwhile, a mysterious red hair girl named Mea Kurosaki enters Sainan High School with a hidden agenda.

The popularity of the To-Love-Ru franchise baffles me.


Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!

Animation Studio: SILVER LINK (Girlfriend BETA, Penguindrum)
Airdate: 24th July 2015
Seiyuu: Mai Kadowaki, Chiwa Saito, Kaori Nazuka, Kana Ueda, Emiri Katō
Director: Shin Oonuma (Watamote) & Masato Jinbo (Kyou no Asuka Shou)
Series Composition: Kenji Inoue (Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu)

Summary: Third season of the magical girl spin-off of Type-Moon’s Fate franchise.

Will adapt the second half of the 2wei manga.

Speaking of things that baffle me……..this spin-off franchise is still going?  Fate fanboys are terrifying.


New TV


Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)

Animation Studio: BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Show By Rock)
Airdate: 6th July 2015
Seiyuu: Saori Hayami, Ryota Ohsaka, Akira Ishida, Jun Fukuyama, Kaori Nazuka
Director: Masahiro Ando (Zetsuen no Tempest, Hanasaku Iroha)
Series Composition: Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Noragami)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Sorata Akiduki’s shoujo manga series.

Shirayuki is a beautiful girl working as a medicine woman with red hair, a colour that is considered very rare. When she is proposed and chased after by the prince of her country, she cuts her hair and runs away, only to meet Zen, the prince of a neighbouring country. Finding respect for the young man, she decides to serve at his side as his court doctor.

Recently I’ve discovered a rather shocking lack of patience with recent shoujo shows – I always thought I quite liked shoujo, but apparently that isn’t the case with recent offerings!  However I am quite optimistic about this one, I’ve heard positive things about the manga, the story sounds interesting and it will look good since its Bones.  The staff and cast are also solid, so hopefully this delivers.  I really do want to like this.


Aoharu X Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machine Gun)

Animation Studio: Brain’s Base (Baccano!, Kyoukai no Rinne)
Airdate: July 2015
Seiyuu: Mikako Komatsu, Tomoaki Maeno, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Eri Kitamura
Director: Hideaki Nakano
Series Composition: Kenji Konuta (Ace of the Diamond, Blood Lad)
PV: (Manga PV)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Naoe’s manga series.

Hotaru Tachibana is a girl disguised as a boy. Through strange circumstances she finds herself drawn into the world of survival games by a host, Masamune Matsuoka. The two form a team with ero-manga artist Tohru Yukimura and aim to be the best in Japan.

Well this certainly has an artstyle that I find attractive and the survival game premise has plenty of scope to be interesting.  I’m not too sure if present day Brains Base can really do the manga art justice though – they haven’t really been on their A-game recently visually.  Definitely going to check this out though, could be interesting.


Gakkou Gurashi!

Animation Studio: Lerche (Assassination Classroom, Carnival Phantasm)
Airdate: 9th July 2015
Seiyuu: Inori Minase, M.A.O, Ari Ozawa, Rie Takahashi, Ai Kayano, Emiri Katō, Juri Kimura
Director: Masaomi Ando (White Album 2, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse)
Series Composition: Norimitsu Kaihō (Gunslinger Stratos, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Norimitsu Kaihō & Sadoru Chiba’s manga series.

Four girls decide to stay over at school: the energetic Yuki Takeya, the shovel-loving Rumi, the center of the group Rurii who brings everyone together, and the spacey school adviser Megu. However, through mysterious circumstances, the girls find themselves the final survivors in a zombie attack, and continue to live at the school.

I’m not entirely sure what I make of this.  One one hand it looks like a typical cute girls show that I find dull, but on the other there is this zombie apocalypse setting that could be fascinating.  How both elements gel together will determine if this is worth watching or not.


Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

Animation Studio: Lerche (Danganronpa, Fate/Prototype)
Airdate: 3rd July 2015
Seiyuu: Takahiro Sakurai, Daiki Yamashita, Rie Takahashi
Director: Seiji Kishi (Assassination Classroom, Angel Beats, Hamatora)
Screenplay: Makoto Uezu (Akame ga Kill, Arslan Senki)

Summary: Airing in the Noitamina timeslot. Original series is inspired by the works of the Japanese author Rampo Edogawa, and marks the 50th anniversary of his death.

The story takes place at a certain middle school where several murder cases take place. Kobayashi, a boy who goes to this school, meets genius detective Akechi, who comes to the school to investigate. Kobayashi takes an interest in Akechi and, in spite of his friend Hashiba’s worries, he volunteers to be Akechi’s assistant.

Lerche are busy this season – they have three shows airing, but I think this is the one they’re going to be sinking the most effort into.  I personally haven’t read any of Rampo Edogawa’s works, but he was a well regarded mystery novelist, which is a genre I really enjoy, if this anime nails the required tense atmosphere this could be a great watch.  However I am slightly concerned that it is Seiji Kishi in the directors chair – Kishi is one of those directors who are all over the place in terms of quality; quite often within the same show.  Jarring swings in tone may ruin the immersive atmosphere a mystery show needs to successful draw you in.  But we’ll see how it goes…….I kind of want to get excited about a Noitamina show again.



Animation Studio: P.A. Works (Shirobako, Glasslip)
Airdate: July 2015
Seiyuu: Ayane Sakura, Kouki Uchiyama, Maaya Uchida, Takahiro Mizushima, Momo Asakura
Director: Yoshiyuki Asai (Star Driver (assistant director))
Script: Jun Maeda (Angel Beats, Kanon)

Summary: Original series by Visual Art’s/Key’s Jun Maeda.

Special abilities occur among a small percentage of boys and girls in puberty. Yū Otosaka uses his power without others knowing, and lives a fairly normal, average school life. Before him suddenly appears a girl, Nao Tomori. Due to his meeting with her, the fate of special power-users will be exposed.

You know even if I didn’t know this was a Jun Maeda / PA Works collab I’d still have immediately picked that out from the PV alone.  Although saying that it doesn’t look as achingly beautiful as I’d have expected – normally PA Works shows have the most amazingly beautiful backgrounds, but here they just look decent.  Same for the character designs, there isn’t that same excessive polish I’m used to seeing from PA Works, but the characters definitely look stereotypically Key with those doll-like eyes & hair styles. I’m not really interested in this personally, all Jun Maeda things tend to end up going the same way and I’m really not up for blatant emotional manipulation.


Venus Project -Climax-

Animation Studio: Nomad (Kampfer, Rozen Maiden)
Airdate: 5th July 2015
Seiyuu: Riho Iida, Marika Hayase, Sawako Hata, Ami Himesaki
Director: Takehiro Nakayama (Time Paladin Sakura OVA)
Script: Go Zappa (Myself;Yourself, Nakaimo)

Summary: Multi-media project. Includes a card battle game & web comic. The television series will actually be six anime episodes and six live-action variety episodes, each 30 minutes long.

In a not too distant future, Japan’s data devices and video technology have been progressing to new heights, and people are abuzz about a new form of entertainment — Formula Venus. In Formula Venus or “F-V,” the chosen top idols battle in live performances with their willpower, skills, and all their experience gained.

I’m sort of interested in what the hell the live action episodes are going to look like, maybe they’ll just be cute idols playing card games?  Regardless I won’t be touching this.


Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School)

Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Shokugeki no Soma, Golden Time)
Airdate: 10th July 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Katsuyuki Konishi, Kana Hanazawa, Shizuka Itou
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima (Shirobako, Another, Witch Craft Works)
Series Composition: Michiko Yokote

Summary: Anime adaptation of Akira Hiramoto’s manga series.

Hachimitsu Academy, one of the strictest girls academies in Tokyo, has decided to admit boys into their system. Kiyoshi Fujino is one of these new boys, but he discovers to his shock that he and his four friends—Takehito “Gakuto” Morokuzu, Shingo Wakamoto, Jouji “Joe” Nezu, and Reiji “Andre” Andou—are the only male students among 1,000 girls. Even worse are the draconian laws that are still in place, which punishes even the most minor infractions with a stay in the school’s prison. A series of perverted accidents causes the five boys to be “arrested” and receive an ultimatum: either stay a month in the prison or be expelled.

I don’t know why, but before I watched the PV I thought Prison School was a serious drama series with lots of fanservice…….but it seems its a comedy, which makes a lot more sense now that I actually think about it.  Anyway, this is a very popular manga that people seem to be excited for – not really seeing the appeal personally, those character designs do nothing for me – but I’m willing to give Prison School a fair chance.  Since its a comedy, it has basically the best director going – Mizushima excels at comedy so chances are this will be an entertaining watch.


Jitsu wa Watashi Wa (My Monster Secret)

Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment (Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Yowamushi Pedal)
Airdate: 6th July 2015
Seiyuu: Yū Serizawa, Natsuki Hanae, Aya Uchida, Emi Nitta, Daisuke Hirakawa
Director: Yasutaka Yamamoto (Servant x Service, Valkyria Chronicles)
Series Composition: Kenichi Yamashita (Ishida & Asakura, Ketsuekigata-kun)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Eiji Masuda’s manga series.

Asahi Kuromine has a crush on a cute girl named Yōko Shiragami. Shiragami just happens to be a vampire. Asahi cannot keep a secret, but he is determined to keep Shiragami’s secret anyways.

Looks like Rosario+Vampire except 100% uglier.  Seriously those character designs are hideous.  Definitely not watching.


Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (Everyday Life with Monster Girls)

Animation Studio: Lerche (Re:_Hamatora) & Seven (Ai Mai Mi)
Airdate: July 2015
Seiyuu: Sora Amamiya, Ari Ozawa, Natsuki Aikawa, Haruka Yamazaki, Yu Kobayashi
Director: Tatsuya Yoshihara (Muromi-san, Yatterman Night)
Series Composition & Script: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-to, Kampfer)

Summary: Anime adaptation of OKAYADO’s manga series.

Monsters: they’re real, and they want to date us! Three years ago, the world learned that harpies, centaurs, catgirls, and all manners of fabulous creatures are not merely fiction; they are flesh and blood – not to mention scale, feather, horn, and fang. Thanks to the “Cultural Exchange Between Species Act,” these once-mythical creatures have assimilated into society, or at least, they’re trying. When a hapless human teenager named Kurusu Kimihito is inducted as a “volunteer” into the government exchange program, his world is turned upside down. A snake-like lamia named Miia comes to live with him, and it is Kurusu’s job to take care of her and make sure she integrates into his everyday life. Unfortunately for Kurusu, Miia is undeniably sexy, and the law against interspecies breeding is very strict. Even worse, when a ravishing centaur girl and a flirtatious harpy move in, what’s a full-blooded teenage human with raging hormones to do?!

Ah well here’s the monster girl fanservice show everyone will be more interested in.  Personally I find this weird looking and don’t really understand the appeal since the character designs are pretty grotesque.  But hey, each to their own I suppose.


Gate: Jieitai Kanochi Nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in Another Land)

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Your Lie in April)
Airdate: 3rd July 215
Seiyuu: Hisako Kanemoto, Junichi Suwabe, Nao Tōyama, Risa Taneda
Director: Takahiko Kyōgoku (Love Live!)
Series Composition: Tatsuhiko Urahata (Cardfight Vanguard, Monster)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Takumi Yanai’s light novel series.

A gate appears in Tokyo’s Ginza district sometime in the 21st century. From the gate pours out monsters, knights from middle-age Europe, and other fantasy-like beings, and they kill many of the citizens of Tokyo. This event is known as the Ginza Incident. The government sends a small group of soldiers from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to the alternate world beyond the gate. Led by otaku soldier Yōji, they find that the villages in the world are being attacked by a dragon. An elf girl who is a survivor from the dragon’s rampage joins the group in their travels across the dangerous new world.

I’m immediately put in mind of Outbreak Company, except with more of a serious military slant, which I doubt is a good thing.  It almost looks like they’ve stuck two entirely different shows together – a generic fantasy adventure with a war drama…….I don’t see how this can be a good combination.  Still I am open to being surprised, I ended up enjoying Outbreak Company more than I thought I would, maybe Gate can impress me too?  I am remaining highly sceptical though.


Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku

Animation Studio: SILVER LINK (Yurikuma Arashi) & CONNECT (Strike the Blood)
Airdate: 2nd July 2015
Seiyuu: Marina Inoue, Miyuki Sawashiro, Houchu Ohtsuka, Jouji Nakata, Keiji Fujiwara
Director: Masato Matsune
Series Composition: Shou Aikawa (Fullmetal Alchemist) & Ukyō Kodachi (Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road)

Summary: The project is based on Red Dragon, the “role-playing fiction” story born from the “table talk role-playing game” sessions by a group of prominent anime, game, and art creators – Gen Urobuchi, Kinoko Nasu, Ryohgo Narita, Izuki Kōgyoku, Kiyomune Miwa, Makoto Sanda & Simadoriru. Each participant created a character to guide through six nights of tabletop role-playing game sessions.

In the sparkling era year 3015, the great nations Donatia and Kouran divided the world in a cold war as they fight for supremacy. In the middle of this standoff is island country Nil Kamui, which has lost its independence.

I am fascinated by this.  Not because it sounds good, but simply out of rampant curiosity about what such a collection of talented individuals can come up with!  I don’t really know anything about the Red Dragon RPG game that is being used as a framework (aside from this amusing PV I found on YouTube….which explains nothing), but is sure does sound like an RPG.  Going to check it out, hope it doesn’t disappoint.


God Eater

Animation Studio: ufotable Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai)
Airdate: 5th July 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Sakaguchi, Ryūichi Kijima, Hiroaki Hirata, Kazuya Nakai, Maaya Sakamoto, Sayaka Ohara
Director: Takayuki Hirao (Futakoi Alternative, Gyo)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Bandai Visual’s game.

In the year 2071, the Far East is ruled by angry gods. 20 years ago unknown life forms called “Oracle cells” begin their uncontrolled consumption of all life on Earth. Humanity both fears them and reveres them as “aragami.” They are immune to all weapons and the mankind’s numbers continue to dwindle. The last bastion of hope is the newly developed ““God Arcs” weapons that utilize Oracle cells to fight back. The weapons wielders band together into an elite force dubbed “God Eaters.”

A classic humanity vs monsters set up, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if it is done right.  The PV looks pretty interesting, there’s very stylised look to the animation which is pretty different to other offerings from ufotable – I like it.  If it delivers exciting action sequences and some interesting characters, I think I’ll like this.



Animation Studio: Manglobe (Deadman Wonderland, The World God Only Knows)
Airdate: 1st July 2015
Seiyuu: Junichi Suwabe, Kenjiro Tsuda, Mamiko Noto, Ami Koshimizu, Hiroyuki Yoshino
Director: Koichi Hatsumi (Deadman Wonderland) & Shukou Murase (Ergo Proxy)
Series Composition: Shinichi Inotsume (Hayate no Gotoku, Akatsuki no Yona)
Music: Tsutchie (Samurai Champloo)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kohske’a manga series.

Nick and Worick are two men who take on jobs from both the mafia and the police in the town of Ergastulum, a rotten place filled with mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops.

Sure is gritty – kind of puts me in mind of Black Lagoon, with the corrupt town setting – not a bad thing at all.  Manglobe finally seem to be coming back to producing more grown-up series, which is something I’m excited about.  But yeah, I’m definitely interested in Gangsta, definitely like shows that focus on adult characters and I like the PV with that dubstep soundtrack.  Looking forward to this one.


Ushio to Tora

Animation Studio: MAPPA (Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis, Terror in Resonance, Punchline)
Airdate: 3rd July 2015
Seiyuu: Tasuku Hatanaka, Keiji Fujiwara, Rikiya Koyama, Kiyono Yasuno, Yui Makino
Director: Satoshi Nishimura (Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road, Trigun)
Series Composition: Toshiki Inoue (Death Note, Ninja Scroll, Kamen Rider)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita’s supernatural battle manga series.

Ushio thinks that his father’s talk of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! To save his friends and family from the invading spirits, Ushio is forced to release Tora from his captivity. But will the creature prove to be worse than the curse?

So Mappa are continuing their bid to save anime with a fresh take on an early 90s shounen battle manga?  I could be onboard with this.  They certainly seem to have picked the right staff to handle this show, all have good action series pedigrees, but I can’t really comment much more on the series since there isn’t a PV available yet.  The promo art does look pretty striking though, so I don’t think there will be too much to worry about – definitely checking it out anyway.



Animation Studio: MADHOUSE (Btooom!, Death Parade)
Airdate: July 2015
Seiyuu: Satoshi Hino, Emiri Katō, Manami Numakura, Masayuki Katou, Shigeru Chiba, Yumi Hara
Director: Naoyuki Itou (Digimon Data Squad, One Piece Strong World OVA)
Series Composition & Script: Yukie Sugawara (Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Sword Art Online)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kugane Maruyama’s light novel series.

In the year 2138, virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game is quietly shut down one day. However, one player named Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as “the most powerful wizard.” The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

And it’s another “trapped in a video game” show.  The saving grace here is that we have a main character who chooses to stay in the game and make that world his own – which does make a difference.  I much prefer a protagonist with ambition, especially if that ambition leans to the world domination side – they’re just much more interesting that those protagonists who just want everyone to work together and get along.  I’m interested to see how this series turns out – promo material had caught my attention.


Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers)

Animation Studio: Passione (Haitai Nanafa, Rail Wars!)
Airdate: July 2015
Seiyuu: Sōma Saitō, Aoi Yūki, Yōko Hikasa, Kenichi Suzumura, Kouki Uchiyama, Rina Satou
Director: Takeo Takahashi (Maoyu, So I Can’t Play H?, Spice & Wolf)
Script: Tatsuhiko Urahata (Haganai, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Ishio Yamagata’s fantasy light novel series.

When the Majin awoke from the depths of darkness, the deity of fate chose six heroes and bequeathed them with the power to save the world. Adlet, a boy who proclaims himself the strongest on Earth, was selected among the Rokka no Yūsha (Braves of the Six Flowers), and he goes to the rendezvous point — but seven have gathered there. The heroes suspect that someone among the seven is the enemy, and the initial suspicion falls on Adlet.

So here we have a quite attractive looking fantasy series from the same author as The Book of Bantorra, the anime adaptation of which I really enjoyed, so I’m definitely interested in this series.  The director is a bit hot & cold, but he really seems to do well with solid source material, so I’m not just as worried as I could have been about him.  The studio on the other hand, is a bit more concerning – they’ve only really done Rail Wars! on their own, and that looked like a hot mess.  However the PV doesn’t look at all bad, so maybe Passione will deliver?  Regardless I’m a sucker for these high fantasy shows so I’ll be checking out the first few episodes.


Classroom Crisis

Animation Studio: Lay-duce (Magi: Adventures of Sinbad, Go! Go! 575)
Airdate: 3rd July 2015
Seiyuu: Ari Ozawa, Showtaro Morikubo, Sora Amamiya, Aya Suzaki, Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Director: Kenji Nagasaki (Gundam Build Fighters, No. 6)
Series Composition: Fumiaki Maruto (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, White Album 2)

Summary: Original series with manga adaptation, novel adaptation and spin-off novel planned.  The “school x work romantic comedy” set in a near-future world, is an adolescent vignette about the troubles and tribulations of high schoolers on salary.

With aims to one day reach out into the stars, humanity has colonized all the planets of the solar system. This story of young high school hopefuls is set in Fourth Tokyo in a Japanese Martian prefecture. Iris Shirasaki is a third year student/aspiring test pilot. Mizuki Sera is her peer/mechanic and Mizuki’s brother Kaito is their homeroom teacher and the young director of the program developing their talents.

Just looks like any other s’life high school show, just set on Mars for some reason.  Might be interesting to see how they blend future tech ideas into the normal high school setting, but otherwise I can’t get excited about this show.


Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (The Instructor of Aerial Combat Wizard Candidates)

Animation Studio: Diomedea (Kancolle, Unlimited Fafnir)
Airdate: 8th July 2015
Seiyuu: Nao Tōyama, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Nozomi Yamamoto, Risa Taneda
Director: Takayuki Inagaki (Rosario+Vampire, Noucome)
Series Composition: Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Argento Soma, Gatekeepers)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Yū Moroboshi’s light novel series.

Humanity was driven off the land by the threat of magical armored insects and now live in aerial floating cities. Its defenses lie in wizards who fight the insects with magic in mid-air. Kanata Age is a young man who lives on the floating wizard academy city of “Misutogan.” He was once celebrated as the “Black Master Swordsman,” the elite ace of the S128 special team. However, he is now despised as the “traitor of the special team.” One day, he is assigned as the instructor of E601, a team that has suffered 10 consecutive defeats. E601 has three girls — Misora Whitale, Lecty Eisenach, and Rico Flamel — with one or two peculiar quirks.

I’ve just tried to read the synopsis again and nope, nothing is sticking in my mind.  This just seems like LN shite by numbers – fantastical setting, magic battles, super special protagonist, loads of hot harmettes for no discernible reason and overly complicated weapon designs.  Get it away from me.


Shimoseka: Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai (A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist)

Animation Studio: J.C. Staff (Little Busters, Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
Airdate: July 2015
Seiyuu: Shizuka Ishigami, Yūsuke Kobayashi, Kenta Miyake, Miyu Matsuki, Saori Goto
Director: Youhei Suzuki (Hentai Prince & Stony Cat, Aki no Kanade)
Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani (Beelzebub, Free!, Mikagura School Suite)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Hirotaka Akagi’s light novel series.

It’s 16 years after the “Law for Public Order and Morals in Healthy Child-Raising” banned coarse language in the country. Tanukichi Okuma enrolls in the country’s leading elite public morals school and is soon invited into the Anti-Societal Organization (SOX) by its founder, Ayame Kajō. As a member blackmailed into joining by Ayame, Tanukichi ends up taking part in obscene acts of terrorism against the talented student council president and his crush Anna.

Apparently JC Staff think that fanservice shows are the future, because this is following on the heels of this season’s Shokugeki no Soma & the aforementioned Prison School.  This has a pretty intriguing out-there premise, but it will be hard to judge how entertaining the series will be at this stage.  It will depend heavily on how good the writing, direction and acting is – so I guess this a wait & see.  I’m not really all that optimistic, but hey I could be proven wrong – it’s been known to happen!


Himouto! Umaru-chan

Animation Studio: Doga Kobo (Engaged to the Unidentified, Mikagura School Suite)
Airdate: 8th July 2015
Seiyuu: Aimi Tanaka, Kenji Nojima, Tetsuya Kakihara, Haruka Shiraishi
Director: Masahiko Ohta (Mitsudomoe, Sabagebu!)
Series Composition: Takashi Aoshima (Minami-ke, Yuruyuri)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Sankaku Head’s manga series.

Umaru is Taihei’s little sister who boasts beautiful looks as well as prowess in both school and sports. However, she has a certain secret. She’s a “Himōto” a little sister who is proper in public but lazy at home.

And here’s our token Imouto show.  I’m sure it will be harmless fun and it has staff with great comedy pedigrees, but I can’t be arsed with this kinda fluff.


Joukamachi no Dandelion

Animation Studio: Production IMS (Gonna be the Twin-Tail, Testament of Sister New Devil)
Airdate: 2nd July 2015
Seiyuu: Ai Kayano, Kana Hanazawa, Kaori Ishihara, Ryohei Kimura, Yuka Aisaka
Director: Noriaki Akitaya (Bakuman, Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Yowamushi Pedal, Girls und Panzer)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Ayumu Kasuga’s 4-koma manga series.

The everyday lives of the nine super-powered siblings of the royal family are monitored by more than 200 surveillance cameras and broadcast nationwide. The people of the nation who are watching the broadcast will have the ability to elect the next monarch. Akane is the third-oldest sister who can manipulate gravity. She is shy and desperately does not want to be caught on camera.

Choosing ruling monarch’s via reality TV – this is the future.  This might be fun enough, but can’t see me watching more than a handful of episodes unless it is surprisingly fun.


Makura no Danshi (Pillow Boys)

Animation Studio: feel. (Oregairu 2) & Assez Finaud Fabric. (Ketsuekigata-kun)
Airdate: July 2015
Seiyuu: Natsuki Hanae
Character Design: Mika Yamamoto (Tiger & Bunny)
Series Composition: Ayumi Sekine (Watamote) & Yuniko Ayana (Orenchi no Furo Jijou)

Summary: The anime promises a “new and novel ‘sleeping side-by-side’ experience entirely in the first-person perspective” to “heal tired hearts.”

There will be 12 “Makura no Danshi” (pillow boys), all with distinctly individual personalities and each catering to viewers who like a certain “type.” The boys all live in the same town underneath a starry sky. Each of the “Makura no Danshi” will star his own weekly episode as they “sleep beside you and whisper.”

SENTIENT DAKIMAKURA!  Yeah I’m totally watching this, it sounds weird as hell!  I think there’s an app where you can have a character talk you to sleep, so this is like a step up from that I suppose.  What a time to be alive.

I imagine this is going to be shorts, because I doubt very much they can stretch out this concept to 25mins.


Million Doll

Animation Studio: Asahi Production (Blue Drop, Himegoto)
Airdate: 6th July 2015
Seiyuu: Aina Kusuda, Aya Uchida, Eriko Matsui, Mayu Iizuka, Miku Itō, Yuichiro Umehara
Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Nyan Koi, Sket Dance)
Script: Momoko Murakami (Muromi-san, Kimi no Iru Machi)

Summary: Anime adaptation of idol otaku Ai’s manga series.

Sūko is an idol-loving hikikomori (shut-in) who has one ability: To make any idol popular through the power of blogging. She puts her sights on the Fukuoka idol Itorio and tries to make her more popular, but she is impeded by the charismatic idol Ryūsan and the underground idol Mariko.

We’re reaching the section of shows I think may be shorts & that I don’t really care about – this is a prime example.  I can’t see this being too interesting unless our main character gets embroiled in some sort of murder mystery or something.


Sore ga Seiyuu! (That’s a Voice Actor!)

Animation Studio: Gonzo (Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, Dog & Scissors)
Airdate: 7th July 2015
Seiyuu: Marika Kōno, Rie Takahashi, Yuki Nagaku, Ami Koshimizu, Kenta Miyake
Director: Hiroshi Ikehata (Ring ni Kakero 1, Robot Girls Z)
Series Composition: Michiko Yokote (Genshiken, Joshiraku, Shirobako)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kenjirou Hata & Masumi Asano’s 4-koma manga series.

The world of voice acting is seen through the eyes of Futaba Ichinose, Ichigo Moesaki, and Rin Kohana, three rookie voice actresses.

So Gonzo still exist.  Kinda sad that a once great studio is now making fluff like this.  I’d imagine this would be great if it followed the story of a character like the struggling seiyuu in Shirobako – but we can’t have nice things like that too often.




Hetalia: The World Twinkle

Animation Studio: Studio DEEN (Hakuouki, Meganebu!)
Airdate: 3rd July 2015
Seiyuu: Daisuke Namikawa, Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroki Yasumoto, Katsuyuki Konishi, Noriaki Sugiyama
Director: Hiroshi Watanabe (The Law of Ueki, Slayers)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Denki-Gai, Magical Warfare)

Summary: Fourth series of the anime adaptation of Hidekaz Himaruya manga series.

Italy, once home of the strongest empire in the world, has changed. This is the story of Italy, now a cowardly pasta-loving fool, and his friends (other personified countries of the world) as they live through strange moments in world history.

So Hetalia is still a thing.  I loved the first two seasons, but then kinda got bored since it got really, really repetitive.  So if you’re not bored of these cute caricatures of countries yet, here’s another season for you – does kind of look a bit prettier than the previous seasons actually.


Bikini Warriors

Animation Studio: feel. (Kiss x Sis) & PRA
Airdate: 7th July 2015
Seiyuu: Ai Kakuma, Chiaki Takahashi, Kana Ueda, Yōko Hikasa
Director: Naoyuki Kuzuya (Bus Gamer, Wild Adapter)
Series Composition & Script: Go Tamai

Summary: The anime adapts Hobby Japan and Megahouse’s fantasy figure line of the same name.

The setting is a an RPG-style world with swords and magic, where adventurers form a party to challenge the demon king’s right to rule. But, the adventurers all have beautiful breasts, enormous breasts, and bikini armor!!

Oh hell no.  Kinda shocked this isn’t by ARMS to be honest.



Animation Studio: Creators in Pack TOKYO (Military!)
Airdate: 9th July 2015
Seiyuu: Atsushi Abe, Mikako Komatsu, Satomi Akesaka, Sayaka Horino, Sora Tokui
Director: Hiroshi Kimura (Recorder & Randsell, Military!)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Kazusa Yoneda’s 4-koma manga series. Will have 12 5min episodes.

Haruki is the only boy of five siblings. He and his level-headed older sister Mutsuki, his difficult younger sister Yayoi, and mischievous twin sisters Uzuki and Satsuki all live together in an apartment complex.

I barely made it through reading the synopsis without falling asleep.  Definitely not for me.

Miss Monochrome – The Animation 2

Animation Studio: SANZIGEN (Arpeggio of Blue Steel) & LIDEN FILMS (Arslan Senki)
Airdate: 3rd July 2015
Seiyuu: Yui Horie, Akemi Kanda, Keiji Fujiwara, Kikuko Inoue
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Zero no Tsukaima, Love Hina)
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-to, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes)

Summary: Second season of the anime based on Yui Horie’s Miss Monochrome vocaloid idol.

The original story follows Miss Monochrome, an android girl that decides she “wants more than ever before!” In order to achieve that desire, she puts her plan into motion to become the hottest idol. Usually the type to run around in circles, Miss Monochrome scrambles to make it in the idol industry.

I didn’t watch the first season, but heard it was surprisingly decent.  I’m still not going to bother with it though.

Okusama ga Seito Kaichou! (My Wife Is the Student Council President!)

Animation Studio: Seven (Recorder & Randsell, Ai Mai Mi)
Airdate: 1st July 2015
Seiyuu: Ayana Taketatsu, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Aoi Fujimoto, Juri Nagatsuma, Minami Tsuda
Director: Hiroyuki Furukawa (Sin Strange+)

Summary: Anime adaptation of Yumi Nakata’s manga series. Will have 10min long episodes.

The “erotic comedy” follows a student council vice-president who is betrothed to the student president Ui Wakana as his wife.

Another one for the instant ‘nope’ pile.  This just sounds awful.



Animation Studio: Nexus (Santa Company)
Airdate: 3rd July 2015
Seiyuu: Ari Ozawa, M.A.O, Mikako Izawa, Rie Murakawa
Director: Seiji Watanabe

Summary: Anime adaptation of Yui Hara’s 4-koma manga series.

Wakaba Kohashi is a “a slightly out-of-tune super” daughter of a well-to-do family. She looks like an elegant rich daughter, but admires the trendy “gyaru” fashion subculture. Her friends are the pure, innocent, fairy-tale-like Moeko, the capricious Mao, and Nao who used to be an athletic type of girl, but now loves the boys-love genre.

Cute, quirky girls, do cute, quirky things!  Can we just not.



And we’re done!  As you can see it’s looking to be a pretty full season – there isn’t any real difference between the number of shows airing in equinox seasons anymore, lately there seems to be a pretty even spread throughout the year. I’m mostly excited for sequels, but there are a few interesting looking new shows to keep an eye on.

As ever all information has been cobbled together from the ever reliable ANN, MAL, Crunchyroll,, Neregate and everyone’s friend – Google.

As ever expect my slew of first impressions in early July.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. A Day Without Me permalink
    June 12, 2015 7:50 pm

    I was interested in Laplace until I saw that its cast is a bunch of middle schoolers. Pass! Doesn’t help that the staff is pretty rotten , either.

    • June 12, 2015 7:52 pm

      Yeah it is a shame it’s middle-schoolers and that staff since the premise could be good…….I’m still trying to remain positive though!

      • June 14, 2015 11:40 pm

        I’m definitely going to give it a shot. I wonder how much inspiration they took from the original stories by Ranpo.

  2. June 12, 2015 8:15 pm

    Ushio to Tora is basically the shonen action cousin to Natsume Yuujinchou. Assuming Mappa does a good job with it (and I don’t see why they wouldn’t because bar noticeable outsourcing in the middle stretches, their shows are good), it seems like something you’d really enjoy. I’m looking forward to it, but judging by the OVAs, it seems like you’d need to go the Madhouse HxH route to draw out the manga’s full potential.

    Gangsta looks to be the most promising of the non-sequel shows given what I read of it. Regarding everything else, I’ll watch the stuff that I feel like I have something to talk about, regardless of personal feelings. It’s the only reason I’m sticking with Plastic Memories after all (most uninspired entry in the emotional manipulation genre I’ve seen in a while). Heehee.

    • June 12, 2015 8:29 pm

      I’m pretty confident I’ll like Ushio to Tora – it does look like my kind of thing, and Mappa have yet to really disappoint me.

      I’m definitely interested in Gangsta – it just looks like classic Manglobe, good to see them back.

      I have no idea how you’ve stuck out Plastic Memories – one episode of that tripe was enough for me.

  3. June 12, 2015 8:41 pm

    Nice list, and as you pointed out in my TSR thread, we’re in agreement on a lot of the series! I missed that bit about Venus Project in my own research, half the series being live action… can’t say I’m curious enough to kick anything out of my current list to make room for it, though. 😛

    • June 12, 2015 9:18 pm

      The fact half of it is live action is the only thing that makes Venus Project stand out a bit……still not watching it though.

      Think this will be a good season to watch some older shows – hoping to make some good progress on LoGH.

  4. Rocco B permalink
    June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

    Beat me to it Cara :P. Was in the process of doing the new line up for summer. Aoharu didn’t understand as to what the hell it was about. God eater, got my reservation on that – despite it being done by Ufotable. Video games to anime are a hit an miss imo. The rest, I’ve got a fair idea as to where they will be in general on my list.

    • June 12, 2015 9:22 pm

      Think I’m slightly distracted by the prettiness of Aoharu x Kikanjuu to care about the weird synopsis at the moment – I’m shallow after all! Game adaptations are always a bit of a redflag, but ufotable are a bit more meticulous in their adaptations than most (hope they don’t replicate the horrendous pacing of UBW though), so I’m cautiously optimistic.

  5. June 12, 2015 10:12 pm

    I never had much expectations of Prison School before I ended up reading the manga version. Turns out that comparing this to the miserable pile that is the Ecchi/genre is much like comparing Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure to the miserable pile that is rest of the Shounen action genre. The ridiculous detailed art coupled with it’s Rube Goldberge-ish approach to crafting elaborate jokes really does a lot for something that could otherwise have been the manga version of American Pie shudders. That said I’m not really all for this adaptation. Art-wise,they tried to copy the manga but it’s just not high enough quality/not detailed enough to really work so it looks like….shit tbh. Plus the manga artist’s signature shading-style is nowhere to be found. And of course censorship will gut the sexual content and undoubtedly the humor too as a result. However talented Mizushima and the voice cast are, there really fighting an uphill battle here because the material is just too hard too pull off in animation. If they do pull things together in a somewhat presentable fashion then I suspect plenty of folks will find a great “guilty pleasure” in this one.

    • June 13, 2015 6:24 pm

      It seems people either really like Prison School or they don’t like it at all. Guess I’ll have to try it out to see for myself.

  6. June 15, 2015 3:53 pm

    As always great season preview Cara! 😀

    I am looking forward to a lot of things for the summer, but my top three would probably be Aquarion Logos, Gakkou Gurashi and Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX

    • June 16, 2015 6:21 pm

      Cheers Fosh!

      Think Summer is going to be my catch up season – get rid of some of this ridiculous backlog I have!

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