Ah, the anime, the medium that kicks off their summer season and makes me wonder, “When did the spring season end?” A lot of the sets I called myself to follow in the spring have ended and new sets have started. I’m so sorry I’m halfway through the spring series, but there’s a man in the midst of an existential crisis as he sings the alphabet song to a group of star-eyed children in a television show, among other news, and still ongoing, series.
That’s not even all summer has to offer as there are more playoffs on the horizon later this season, but these are six that I think you should keep an eye out for.
Synopsis: Right after winning a national water polo title in third year of middle school, a car accident left Minato Kiyomizu in a coma. Almost a year went by before he woke up, but with no memory of junior high. Now in high school with a fresh start, he leaves the sport behind, but a promise keeps him coming back. However, his new team are weak, and that’s just a sign of more trouble to come.
Where to watch: Funimation
Watch this series if you’re in the mood for: a sports anime with a tragic twist where the main character doesn’t remember the time he spent playing the sport he loved. If you’re like me, you’re used to seeing a sports anime with a champion protagonist, or even a protagonist who isn’t into sports but ends up getting used to it. TO STAY is kind of a combination of the two. Minato is good at water polo at the “winning national championships and being in magazines” level… he just doesn’t remember anything or the friendships he made about it. He’s starting over from scratch and honestly thinks it’s way too difficult, but he can’t deny the disappointed looks on his family’s faces. It’s not just about going back to water polo to recoup the time he wasted, but trying to reestablish the relationship he had with his family to bring back some semblance of normalcy after his coma.
This adds incredible pressure to Minato since he doesn’t just play for fun, he plays to try and put things right (after he stops running away, of course). I expect hard-hitting lessons from not being able to go back to the old days, adjust to life as it is now, and do things for yourself and not the expectations others have. from you.
Life lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
Synopsis: Being an adult is difficult. For 31-year-old Uramichi Omota, this depressing truth hangs over him. On TV, he’s an upbeat exercise instructor for a kids’ show, but sometimes he can’t keep his sardonic comments to himself. Even his colleagues, a pair of mascots and a singing duo, continue to reveal the plight of adulthood on the air. Either way, they’re working on it one day at a time.
Where to watch: Funimation
Watch this series if you’re in the mood for: a series that shamelessly revels in the fact that being an adult sucks. Uramichi doesn’t spice things up, he has a miserable existence but has to try to keep up appearances as he’s working on a TV show where he’s supposed to play the sun and / or rainbows. Think Sesame Street meet this guy:
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– Scott Seiss (@ScottSeiss) June 30, 2021
To add more salt to the salt, Uramichi and his colleagues are skilled in their respective fields. For example, Uramichi is a gymnast, so he really knows how to do the exercises he has to do; he just hadn’t planned on doing it over and over just to make the kids laugh on network TV. We don’t always get what we want in life, and Uramichi is here to make sure these kids know the sad truth about the future.
Sometimes the place you work is a shit, and you smile because you don’t have other perspectives. Now let’s sing the alphabet song!
Vanitas case study
Synopsis: It is the Paris of the 19th century, and the young vampire Noé is looking for the Book of Vanity. Attacked by a vampire gone mad, a human intercedes, saves Noah and heals the sick creature. Commissioning the book and calling himself Vanitas, this doctor tempts Noah with a mad crusade to “cure” the entire race of vampires. Allying with someone who wields arcane powers so easily can be dangerous, but do they have a choice?
Where to watch: Funimation
Watch this series if you’re in the mood for: attractive deliverable men, gorgeous art and vampires. The chemistry between Noah and Vanitas is pure a03 bait, like, the ending theme makes the trope “fall to you in slow motion” with lyrics like “you make me whole”.
I see you, animate.
Tradition in Vanities is interesting too. The stories say he was seen as a bad omen for the rest of the vampires and hunted because of it. This caused him to swear revenge on all the other vampires, however, the Vanitas we meet is human and states that he to save vampires. It turns out that the Vanitas we meet have had the “Blue Moon Vampire” named him and he is determined to “cure” all vampires, as they are currently infected and are transforming into creatures. voracious and dangerous.
What’s really intriguing is the end of the first episode with Noah. sort of spoil the series? He reveals that his journey with Vanitas begins and that in the future he will kill Vanitas himself. The rest of the series will, presumably, show how we get to this point.
I wonder what is Vanitas’ definition of “healing” when you know right off the bat that the Vanitas of the old stories want revenge on the vampires. Is this cure a good thing? He says he’s going to save vampires, but how is it going to play out?
And when Noah says he “kills” Vanitas, does that mean he’s getting rid of him, or something?
Kageki Shojo !!
Synopsis: The curtain rises on the school of musical and theatrical arts of Kouka. Spotlight on Sarasa Watanabe, a star-eyed 5’10 “college student who dreams of playing Oscar, a male lead. She forges an unlikely friendship with her new roommate, a former idol who now hopes to join the cast. all-female actors of Kouka, together they play the role of a lifetime.
Where to watch: Funimation
Watch this series if you’re in the mood for: an anime focused on the theater, more precisely on the troupes of all-female actors like the Takarazuka Revue. Also, I predict an incredible tribute to The rose of Versailles since this is the play in which the girls participate, our great queen Sarasa is competing for the lead role of Oscar.
I also predict a lot of comments about how women are supposed to act as artists, as Ai (Sarasa’s roommate) is a jaded former idol who decides to go to school because it means not having to. dealing with men (other than teachers). Ai is someone who lost their idol status after daring to call a male fan “scary” for, well, being a creep. But female idols are expected to keep smiling, even if they are uncomfortable, so much so that other students already have a bad image of Ai because of what she has done.
The spotlight isn’t the problem, it’s the expectations that come with it, but Sarasa already feels like someone who will stand firm in her beliefs – expectations are in hell. Sarasa’s optimistic attitude is immediately contagious, and she has no problem challenging the status quo. She stands out (literally) among the girls and she kisses her completely compared to Ai who wants to be left alone. She and Ai are poles apart, but you already have the feeling that Ai is going to learn to love the spotlight again thanks to Sarasa.
My Hero Academia – newcomer bows!
Synopsis: During joint training with Class 1B, Deku unlocked a new quirk from one of the former One For All users. Hoping to hone his newfound abilities, Deku, along with Bakugo and Todoroki, goes on an internship with the number one hero, Endeavor. Meanwhile, problems loom on the horizon, with the “seeds of disaster” planted as the bad guys move on.
Where to watch: Funimation and Crunchyroll
Check out this next arch (s) if you’re in the mood for: VILLAINS!
As a person who read this series every week, those incoming arcs are HUGE for the story as a whole. If you’ve been wondering what the bad guys have been up to since Season 4 (this is the last time we saw the League), now is the time to catch up with the anime. Season 5 started off on a light, almost funny note, actually feeling like a hero academy where the biggest concern was learning how to be a hero. As you can see from this trailer, the bad guys are ready to come in and derail it all, just like the bad guys tend to be.
Tokyo Revengers – new incoming arc!
Synopsis: Now that Draken has been saved, Takemichi returns to the future and is happy to see that Hina is alive… for only a few hours. Draken’s rescue did not save Hina, and Takemichi was forced to watch her die before his eyes in an arguably more brutal way. This made him more determined to save her, which led to a bold statement: Takemichi will go back in time to take control of Toman!
Where to watch: Crispy roll
Check out this next arc if you’re in the mood for: More Takemichi tries to make sense of things and realizes that none of this will be easy. As a person who has read the manga, I can tell you that this next arc (and honestly, all the arcs to come) is great. If you’ve watched the fight with Mobius and wanted to learn more about which members of Toman the camera zoomed in, this upcoming arc is the start. We’re going to dig deeper with Toman, find out what’s going on with the next rival gang (Valhalla), and frankly hook up with a lot more characters.
These are my six choices at the moment! As more series comes out (or I have time to watch what has been released), there will most likely be more anime to discuss. What series are you looking forward to this summer, or heck, what are you finishing spring?
(Photo: Gaku Kuze / Studio Blanc)
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