So another anime season is almost upon as and like I did last year I’m going to go over which anime I’ll be watching for Summer 2018. And while every show will get a review for the first episode at the very least–whether I continue to review the show week-to-week will be determined by whether I find myself with enough to say about each new episode to justify a review. So let’s take a look at the all the shows I’ll be watching (in order of release).
Island (July 1st 2018)
What they say: “The island of Urashima sits on the ocean far, far away from the mainland. The island is so lush and beautiful that one might mistake it for paradise, but the people there are trapped by a complex past and long-established traditions. Long since abandoned and all but forgotten by the mainland, the people of the island are ready to give up hope. But then, a young man named Setsuna who calls himself a “time traveler” washes up on the island. Setsuna has lost all of his memories except for a certain mission that he must fulfill. On Urashima he meets three girls, Rinne, Karen, and Sara, and begins to work toward changing the island’s future. The story of a young man and the three girls he meets on an island full of mysteries and exclusive customs is about to be unraveled…”
What I say: I love the character designs of the three girls plus the premise and setting seems pretty fresh–I’m looking forward to this a lot!
Hanebado! (July 2nd 2018)
What they say: “The manga’s story begins with Kentarou Tachibana, the badminton coach of Kitakomachi High School’s badminton team. He is worried because the team has so few members that it cannot even enter competitions, but then he spots a student named Ayano Hanesaki easily climbing a large tree on the school grounds, expertly demonstrating excellent motor skills. Tachibana tries to get Ayano to join the badminton team, but finds out that Ayano hates badminton.“
What I say: This is one of two female cast sports anime that’s airing this season and I’m so excited for both of them! We desperately need more sports anime with female casts!
Back Street Girls (July 4th 2018)
What they say: “A group of 3 yakuza failed their boss for the last time. After messing up an important job, the boss gave them 2 choices: honorably commit suicide, or go to Thailand to get a sex reassignment surgery in order to become “female” idols. After a gruesome year training to become idols, they successfully debut, with overwhelming popularity, much to their dismay. This is where their tragedy truly begins.”
What I say: What an absolutely wild and ridiculous premise for a show! This could be either a complete and utter disaster or a comedic masterpiece but either way I can’t wait to watch it unfold!
Miss caretaker of Sunohara-sou (July 5th 2018)
What they say: “Shiina Aki is constantly being treated like a girl due to his feminine looks so he decides to move to Tokyo to attend middle school in an attempt to change himself.
However what awaits him in his new home, Sunohara-sou, is the kind-hearted caretaker, Sunohara Ayaka. Along with the three female members of Aki’s new middle school’s student council, Yukimoto Yuzu, Yamanashi Sumire & Kazami Yuri.
And so begins Aki’s new life in Tokyo living with 4 girls.”
What I say: I’m not completely sold on the premise but it’s a slice of life anime and it’s got a pretty art style and character designs–it doesn’t take much to convince me to watch a show like this!
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord (July 5th 2018)
What they say: “In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Sakamoto Takuma is so powerful that he is lauded as the “Demon Lord” by other players. One day, he is summoned to a world outside his own – but with the same appearance he had in the game! There, he meets two girls who both proclaim themselves to be his Summoner. They perform an Enslavement Ritual to turn him into their Summon… but that’s when Takuma’s passive ability <> activates! Instead, it is the girls who become enslaved! Though Takuma may be the strongest Sorcerer there is, he has no idea how to talk with other people. It is here he makes his choice: to act based on his persona from the game! “Amazing? But of course… I am Diablo, the being known and feared as the Demon Lord!” So begins a tale of adventure with an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!”
What I say: This looks like it could be a lot of fun, I’m a bit of a sucker for an Isekai but the comedic element reminds me of shows like No Game No Life and Konosuba so if it’s anything at all like those show’s it’s bound to be a fun time!
Shichisei no Subaru (July 6th 2018)
What they say: “There was once a legendary party named Subaru in the globally popular MMORPG “Union.” The group was made of elementary school friends. They earned fame in the blink of an eye for their unparalleled abilities in the Sense system at the core of the game. However, there was an incident where a player passed away inside the game. As a result of the death, Union ended service.”
What I say: The male protagonist kind of looks like Kazuma from Konosuba (I mentioned it again!), that’s a good enough reason as any to watch an anime, right? No probably not. Either way I’m interested…
Satsuriku no Tenshi (July 6th 2018)
What they say: “13-year old Rachel awakens to find herself trapped in the basement of an abandoned building. Without any memories, or even a clue as to where she could be, she wanders the building, lost and dizzy. In her search, she comes across a man covered in bandages. He introduces himself as Zack and he wields a grim-reaper like sickle.”
What I say: I like the mysterious and vague nature of this show’s premise, I need a good ‘psychological/horror/thriller’ show since so many of the one’s this season looked like garbage.
Harukana Recieve (July 6th 2018)
What they say: “The story centers on Haruka, a girl who has a complex about how she is very tall, and Kanata, who is about to give up beach volleyball because she is too short. With Haruka’s height and Kanata’s experience, the two girls form a pair to play beach volleyball in Okinawa.”
What I say: Beach volleyball you say? Don’t mind if I do! Despite whatever ~complicated~ feelings I have towards sports anime in general this show above all else is my most anticipated anime of Summer 2018!
Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro (July 6th 2018)
What they say: “This is a story of a nerdy bookworm girl on her way to school, and yes, that’s the entire premise, as she’s not getting to school any time soon. Taking her “usual” route to school, it becomes an increasingly unusual adventure, and all the more ridiculous as it carries on. It takes an unpleasant sentiment many can empathize with, the feeling of tardiness, and brings humor to it—making it a hilarious situation to look back upon.”
What I say: “Ridiculous” is my favourite kind of comedy and it says it is in the synopsis so it has to be, right? This show looks like it could be a lot of fun!
The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar (July 8th 2018)
What they say: “Some urban legends are best left untested! Yuuto Suoh gets more than he bargained for when he joins his childhood friend Mitsuki Shimoya in testing out an urban legend. When he uses his phone to take a picture of himself with the local shrine’s divine mirror, he is whisked off into another world – one heavily steeped in the lore of the old Norse myths. Using his knowledge gained from school and from his solar-powered smartphone, he has the chance to bring the Wolf Clan, the same people who cared for him, to prominence, all while earning the adoration of a group of magic-wielding warrior maidens known as the Einherjar.”
What I say: I’m not exactly sure why I want to watch this, it looks pretty generic but I’m currently in the mood for some Isekai + Harem shenanigans so hopefully this show can deliver!
Cells At Work (July 8th 2018)
What they say: “Strep throat! Hay fever! Influenza! The world is a dangerous place for a red blood cell just trying to get her deliveries finished. Fortunately, she’s not alone… She’s got a whole human body’s worth of cells ready to help out! The mysterious white blood cell, the buff and brash killer T cell, the nerdy neuron, even the cute little platelets – everyone’s got to come together if they want to keep you healthy!”
What I say: Another comedy! We’re seemingly spoilt for ~unique~ ones this season! This show kind of reminds me of a “educational” series I watched as a kid about the ~things~ in my body going about their daily lives keeping me healthy. Anyone else remember that?
Asobi Asobase (July 8th 2018)
What they say: “Hanako, an athletically proficient, yet thick-headed student with a weird fashion sense, plays a game with the American transfer student Olivia. However, their vigor irritated their classmate Kasuki who dislikes playing games since she has always been teased by her sister for being bad at them. With a turn of events, it was found out that Hanako is terrible at English. Thus, she asked her foreign classmate Olivia to help her, but Olivia, who is only born and raised in Japan with foreign parents, can’t actually speak English at all! Watch over these three girls’ surreal school-life comedy.”
What I say: “Surreal school-life comedy” Man, you’re just giving me all my favourite buzz-words!
Dropkick On My Devil!! (July 10th 2018)
What they say: “Jashin-chan Dropkick is a violent slapstic comedy about a delusional gothic lolita, Yurine, who summons a demon girl with the tail of a cobra, Jashin-chan.
They’ll have to live together until Yurine finds a way to send Jashin-chan back to hell, or until Jashin-chan kills Yurine.”
What I say: Slapstick comedy can be pretty hit and miss, but I’m willing to give it a go–if only because it’s got an aesthetically pleasing poster and character designs.
Phantoms In The Twilight (July 10th 2018)
What they say: “The story takes place in London, at “Café Forbidden,” a mysterious café that only opens at night. The protagonist is a girl who is in London to study abroad. She meets the handsome men who work this place where the guardians of the boundary between the human and shadow world gather.”
What I say: The wife needs some trashy-reverse harem shenanigans, I’ll watch to “broaden my horizons” a.k.a make smart-ass comments about how silly this show will no doubt be.
Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight (July 13th 2018)
What they say: “Starlight is a song and dance revue troupe loved throughout the world. Karen and Hikari make a promise with each other when they’re young that one day they’ll stand on that stage together. Time passes, and now the girls are 16 years old. Karen is very enthusiastic about the lessons she takes every day, holding her promise close to her heart. Hikari has transferred schools and is now away from Karen. But the cogs of fate turn, and the two are destined to meet again. The girls and other Stage Girls will compete in a mysterious audition process to gain acceptance into the revue.”
What I say: I ~think~ this is an idol show? And while I’m not usually the biggest fan of the genre I do want to give it a go, so why not with an original series! At the very least hopefully the music is top notch!
High Score Girl (July 14th 2018)
What they say: “The year is 1991 and 6th grader Yaguchi Haruo only has video games to live for. He’s not popular in school and he’s neither handsome, funny, nice nor even friendly. The only thing he has going for him is that he is good at video games. One day at the local arcade, he plays Oono Akira, a fellow classmate but who’s popular, smart, pretty and a rich girl that absolutely destroys him at Street Fighter II. Not only does he lose to her 30 times in a row, he can’t beat her at any game. Haruo can’t seem to shake Akira off as she follows him from arcade to arcade everyday after school and beats him every time. As weird as it sounds, the odd couple begins a strange bond and friendship.”
What I say: I don’t usually bother with romance anime but I like the retro aesthetic, setting and the general concept.
Happy Sugar Life (July 14th 2018)
What they say: “High-schooler Matsuzaka Satou has a reputation for being easy, but one day her lifestyle of sleeping with one boy after another comes to an end. It happens when she meets the child Shio, for whom she is convinced she feels true love for the first time. Satou may seem sweet and innocent, but there is nothing she won’t do to protect their life together, including committing murder. But from where did she acquire the little girl, and how long can their “Happy Sugar Life” together last?”
What I say: This premise sounds pretty damn twisted and controversial–hopefully it ends up the good kind of twisted not the “this is so depressing I want to die” twisted.
Grand Blue (July 14th 2018)
What they say: “A new life begins for Kitahara Iori as he begins his college career near the ocean in Izu city, full of excitement for his new life. He will be moving into his Uncle’s diving store “Grand Blue.” There he finds the beautiful ocean, beautiful women, and men that love diving and alcohol. Will Iori be able to live his dream college life?”
What I say: As if Harukana Recieve wasn’t enough ‘girls in bikinis’ we’ve got this show, which is… I’m not really sure what it is? But the synopsis mentions alcohol so ‘party time!’?
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs (July 14th 2018)
What they say: “Homeless and haunted by ghosts, high schooler Kogarashi thinks his luck has finally turned when he finds Yuragi-sou–a cheap boarding house that was formerly a hot springs inn, now full of super sexy, scantily clad female tenants. If Kogarashi can use his spirit abilities to banish the ghost that haunts the inn, he can even live there rent-free! But when the ghost, a beautiful teenage girl named Yuuna, appears before him, Kogarashi takes pity on her and is suddenly not so sure about the exorcism. Will he help save Yuuna from becoming an evil spirit? And what supernatural secrets do the other boarders hold?”
What I say: As a recent reader of this manga I am very excited about this show! It’s a harem but it’s got a great sense of humour, tremendously well-written characters and even a bit of fighting action too!
Attack on Titan: Season 3 (July 23rd 2018)
What they say: “After recovering Eren and Historia, the recruits are put under the care of Levi. Stuck out in the middle of nowhere, Hange subjects Eren to a series of experiments in an attempt to find out more about his ability. But when their link to the secrets behind the wall is murdered, the squad must move out and find a new refuge. Except, a figure from Levi’s past has his own plans to stop them.”
What I say: Attack on what? Never heard of it…
And there we have it, the 20 shows I’ll at least be attempting to watch throughout the Summer season, I have every intention to keep watching them all the way through because I don’t like dropping anime unless they are either horrendously offensive or mind-numbingly boring–and that’s rare as I generally find something I like about a show to make it worth watching. Either way, expect at the very least first episode reviews of all these shows once they air! Leave a comment below with what shows you’re interested in for the Summer 2018 anime season!
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