Summer 2019 Anime Watch List

A quick(ish) overview of the Summer 2019 Anime shows that I’m watching

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A new season of anime rapidly approaches and unlike the current season (which I wasn’t particularly enthused about but turned out pretty okay) I’m very hyped about most of the new (and some returning) shows that the Summer 2019 Anime Season promises! So let’s get down to business with my watch list!

Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon II (Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka II)

What they say: Second season of Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka.”

What I say: The first season was seriously great but left the overarching story unresolved so I’m glad we’re finally getting a continuation of said story. Plus getting to see more of Hestia makes me a very happy individual!

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou)

What they say: “Seventeen-year-old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku’s wet dream quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?”

What I say: I’m not sold on some aspects of the premise but it’s an isekai (which I love, don’t @ me) and plus the idea of an entire class being ‘isekai’d’ has a lot of promise which will hopefully get explored.

Isekai Cheat Magician

What they say: “Nishimura Taichi and his friend Rin are transported into a fantasy world. While in their previous world, Taichi is a normal person who just has higher than average reflexes, both he and Rin gain high levels of physical and magical ability, and begin their new life as magicians.”

What I say: Another Isekai with some cute girls. Sometimes that’s all you need–or all I need…

 

Fire Force (Enen no Shouboutai)

What they say: “Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment’s notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out. The team is about to get a very unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous “devil’s footprints” (and destroying his shoes in the process). Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?”

What I say: Perhaps not a series I would otherwise be interested in but I don’t know, something about magical fire-fighters seems appealing to me–plus it’s been a while since I’ve watched a good action shonen that’s not about “heroes” fighting “villains” so this might be good?

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? (Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu ka?)

What they say: “Masato thought he was part of a random survey, but when he gets involved in a secret government scheme, he winds up trapped in the game world. Even more surprising—his mother’s there, too!”

What I say: Aside from having an amusing (and very long) title the art/character designs from the source material light novel is done from Pochi Iida, who I love and so there’s at least a part of me hoping the anime adapation is as good-looking (and sexy) as their works!

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2

What they say: “Second season of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san.”

What I say: I was somewhat surprised when this show received a second season announcement–not that isn’t deserving of a continuation–it’s absolutely adorable and occasionally laugh out loud funny. But I wondered how much value there is in watching ‘more of the same’ of a series that stuck pretty close to a formula for much of its first season? But like that’s stopped me from enjoying a second season of a Slice of Life show before… I’ll eat this up and ask for seconds (or thirds in this case)!

Will You Please Like Hentai If It’s Cute? (Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?)

What they say: “Once upon a time, Cinderella left her panties in a boy’s locker…wait, what?! Keiki Kiryu receives a mysterious love letter, that has no name, but includes a pair of white undies. Curious to find this panty-leaving-Cinderella, his investigation leads him to discover that every candidate is…a total pervert! Surrounded by perversion he still has one important question to answer: who’s the perfect fit?”

What I say: I mean the title of the anime and the synopsis seem little to do with each other, but I see the words “hentai” and “panties” and “perversion” and well, I’m there! Also female perverts are the best. #justsayin’

Maou-sama, Retry!

What they say: “Akira Ouno is a regular guy who works at a company that manages an online game. He often plays the game as his character “Maou” (Dark Lord). But one day, when he logs on, he is whisked into the game’s fantasy world as his character. There, he meets a one-legged girl, and begins his adventures alongside her. But as he is a powerful “Dark Lord,” various nations and holy maidens journey to defeat him, and he stirs up trouble everywhere he goes.”

What I say: One of the girls on the poster looks like a blonde version of Rem from ”Re:Zero’–that’s literally the only reason this show caught my attention.

If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Ko no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai.)

What they say: “Dale is a cool, composed, and highly skilled adventurer who’s made quite a name for himself despite his youth. One day on a job deep in the forest, he comes across a little devil girl who’s almost wasted away. Unable to just leave her there to die, Dale takes her home and becomes her adoptive father.”

What I say: Sometimes a premise is just too adorable to pass-up…

Magical Sempai (Tejina-senpai)

What they say: “”I encountered her… a cute, but ‘weird’ sempai!” Magic-loving but stage-fright-addled, this sempai comes with a failure rate of 100%—but you can’t take your eyes off her! The off-color, magical gag manga that’s caused an uproar all over Japan is finally here! Here’s to non-athletic hobbies!”

What I say: It may be a shorter anime, but it’s an ecchi so its automatically on the list! Also here’s hoping for some ‘Arrested Development’ style crossover memes since this a series about magicians!

How Many Kilograms Are The Dumbbells You Lift? (Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?)

What they say: “”Hibiki … Are you fat again?”

A friend’s cruel words which cut like a knife into the heart of Hibiki Sakura, a high school girl who loves to eat. Hibiki decided to go on a diet to be absolutely thin by summer vacation, but she cannot keep exercising right alone. That’s when Hibiki found herself before a training gym! Upon joining the gym, Hibiki meets her beautiful and charismatic student council president Akemi Souryuuin and steps into the intense yet enjoyable world of weight-training.”

What I say: Ordinarily something to do with weight training and gym’s world make my eyes glaze over in absolute boredom, but the potential for tanned genki tomboys is sky high with this series and if you’ve been following my ‘Waifu’ lists over the previous seasons you’ll know that’s my “thing” recently. Gimme!

Are You Lost? (Sounan Desu ka?)

What they say: “Because of a plane crash…starting today, we’re spending the springtime of our lives on a desert island!! There’s nothing here, so we have to make everything!! And eat everything!! (Ugh!) Check out our high school girl survival story of courage and knowledge. We’re actually doing pretty well! [Volume One Includes:] How to eat cicadas, how to build traps, a simple allergy test, how to eat hermit crabs, etc.”

What I say: Sadly yet another ecchi relegated to “short” anime format, but beyond the obvious appeal of anime that’s literally entirely a beach episode, there’s something undeniably interesting about desert island/survival stories.

Cop Craft

What they say: “15 years ago, an unknown hyperspace gate opened over the Pacific. Beyond this gate lies Reto Semaani, a strange alternate world where fairies and demons live.

San Teresa City — a city where over two million immigrants live from both worlds. As a result, there are the haves and the have-nots. Here is the world’s newest “city of dreams.” But in the shadow of the chaos, crime is rampant: drugs, prostitution, and weapon trafficking. The detectives who stand up to these heinous crimes are in the San Teresa City Police. When the detective Kei Matoba and the alternate-world knight Tirana — two individuals who differ in gender, personality, and even world of origin — meet, an incident erupts. Two worlds. Two justices. From this, the curtain rises on a buddy police action story!”

What I say: I’ve known about this series for a little while and been hyped about it since I’ve seen the poster–I’m already dubbing it “Cops and Loli’s” even though I’m well aware it’ll be more than just the surface level. Here’s hoping it lives up to its potential!

Maidens Of The Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.)

What they say: “The girls in a high school literature club do a little icebreaker to get to know each other: answering the question, “What’s one thing you want to do before you die?” One of the girls blurts out, “Sex.” Little do they know, the whirlwind unleashed by that word pushes each of these girls, with different backgrounds and personalities, onto their own clumsy, funny, painful, and emotional paths toward adulthood.”

What I say: The premise is at least passingly reminiscent to one of the best comedies of last year ‘Asobi Asobase’ except with a bit more of an adult/serious edge, I know next to nothing about this series beyond the sypnosis and the poster but I’m excited for this one!

Wasteful Days Of High School Girls (Joshikousei no Mudazukai)

What they say: “One day out of boredom, Tanaka decided to give her classmates nicknames based on their quirks. Her friend Sakuchi became “Ota” for her nerdy interests, and her other friend Saginomiya became “Robo” because of her expressionless personality. In retaliation, her friends decided to name Tanaka “Baka.” These are the ridiculous days of three high school friends claiming (or not) the height of their youth.”

What I say: High school girl comedy series, that’s all I need out of anime these days…

Given

What they say: “Ritsuka played guitar but has lost interest in the instrument. One day, he meets Mafuyu, who is holding a broken guitar. Ritsuka unwillingly starts teaching Mafuyu the guitar, but when he hears Mafuyu’s voice, things suddenly begin to change for Ritsuka.”

What I say: I make the irlwaifu watch a lot of ecchi shows so the least I can do is watch a BL once and a while–and at least this one seems kinda interesting (maybe? hopefully!)

Machikado Mazoku

What they say: “Awakening her dormant abilities as a devil one day, Yuuko Yoshida aka Shadow Mistress Yuuko, is entrusted with the mission to defeat the Light clan’s shrine maiden, a magical girl, by her ancestor Lilith. Yuuko meets magical girl Momo Chiyoda through her classmate Anri Sada, and challenges her to a duel, but loses quickly due to her lack of strength.

Since then, Yuuko has struggled with her role as a devil and her duel with Momo, and borrowed help from her regularly. However, by a strange coincidence, Yuuko also weakens Momo by taking away her power to cooperate in protecting the peace of Tama city.”

What I say: That’s a lot of plot synopsis for a show not many people know even exists or all that much about it. All I know is the girls are cute as heck and I want me some magical girls! Check and check.

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And that’s my watch list for Summer 2019–though in addition to these titles I’ll be watching the second cours of two continuing shows, those being ‘YU-NO’ and ‘Fruits Basket’. All in all I’m excited to see these shows and hope they live up to their promise! Let me know what shows you’re interested in in the comments below and thanks for reading!


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Spring 2019 Anime Watch List

A quick overview of the Spring 2019 Anime shows that I’m watching

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Just like last season (and the seasons before it) in this post I’ll be talking about the Spring 2019 Anime that i’ll be watching. Unlike previous seasons though I’ve yet to decide whether I’ll be reviewing seasonal anime week-to-week so any sort of announcement with regards to that is still pending. Anyway, on to the Spring 2019 Anime Watch List!

Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world)

What they say: “Takuya Arima is a young student whose father, a historian who has conducted various researches, disappeared recently. During a summer vacation Takuya receives a peculiar package from his missing father, along with a letter containing information about the existence of various parallel worlds. At first Takuya doesn’t take it seriously, but soon he realizes that he possesses a device that allows him to travel to alternate dimensions. Is his father alive, after all? If so, where is he?”

What I say: Straight off the bat this is my most anticipated anime of the season. Why? Oh it’s got nothing to do with the plot, I didn’t even read the synopsis until I pasted it in just now. It’s because it’s based on a visual novel and I’m a sucker for visual novel anime adaptations! No, I haven’t played the VN it’s based on and that’s going to make it all the more fun! Also it’s 26 episodes so it’ll at least have the time to tell the story it wants to.

Han-Gyaku-sei Million Arthur 2nd Season (Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur 2nd Season)

What they say: Based on Square Enix’s massively multi-player online role-playing game.”

What I say: The first season aired last year (2018) and I feel like it was criminally underrated. (Also it didn’t help matters that no English streaming services got the rights to the show but that’s a whole ‘nother story entirely). Regardless, I’m quietly optimistic about the direction this second season seems to be taken given the finale and look forward to seeing all the cute ‘n sexy characters in this show once more!

Fruits Basket: 1st Season

What they say: High school student Tohru Honda begins living alone in a tent after she loses her mother, who was her only remaining family member. However, it turns out that the land she pitches her tent on is part of the distinguished Sohma family estate! When Shigure Sohma sees the value of her housekeeping skills, Tohru ends up living with Yuki Sohma, who is essentially the prince of her school, and Kyo Sohma, who regards Yuki as the enemy. Still, there’s something Tohru doesn’t know yet: the Sohma family has been bound for centuries by a horrible curse…”

What I say: I don’t have the same close, personal attachment that a lot of people have to the original series (never watched it) but I am curious to see what all the hype is about. Plus it’s likely going to have more than one season since they’ve titled it ‘1st Season’ so at least it’s going to be a more complete story than some other romance anime I’ve watched recently.

Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (Ao-chan Can’t Study!)

What they say: “When Ao was in kindergarten, she smiled ear-to-ear as she told her classmates how her father (a bestselling erotic author) chose her name: “A as in apple and O as in orgy!” That day still haunts her ten years later as she studies with a single goal in mind: get into an elite university and achieve independence from her father once and for all. She has no youth to misspend and no time to think about boys … until her classmate, “King Normie” Kijima, approaches her with a shocking confession of love. She tries to lose Kijima, but he just can’t take a hint … and as her mind runs wild with impure thoughts, she realizes her father has totally influenced her!”

What I say: It’s an ecchi with a cute girl on the poster, I’m in! Just a shame it’s only 15 minutes long (that’s what she said).

Hitoribocchi no ○○ Seikatsu (Beyond of Being Alone)

What they say:“Hitori Bocchi suffers from extreme social anxiety, she’s not good at talking to people, takes pretty extreme actions, is surprisingly adept at avoiding people, her legs cramp when she overexerts herself, gets full of herself when alone, will vomit when exposed to extreme tension and often comes up with plans. Now she is entering middle school and her only friend, Yawara Kai, is attending a different school. This leaves Bocchi alone, surrounded by new classmates with whom she must make friends before Kai will talk to her again.”

What I say: This looks adorable, and weird, and silly and (as I learnt from reading Xenodude’s similarly themed post) it’s by the mangaka of ‘Mitsuboshi Colors’–one of my absolute favourite adorable, weird and silly shows!

Chou Kadou Girl ⅙: Amazing Stranger (Over Drive Girl 1/6: Amazing Stranger)

What they say: “Bouida Haruto, a hardcore otaku with no interest in 3D (real) women, once appreciated figures from afar, accepting that “if you get into them, there’s no turning back.” However, when Nona, a character he loved from an anime called “Girls→Planetary Investigation” had a figure of her released, he ended up purchasing it. And then that night, the figure of Nona somehow came to life, and a couple-like lifestyle between man and toy began.

What I say: Again, a bit annoyed that this is only a 15-minute anime but the premise is intriguing and I’m curious as to what direction this show will take (and how perverted it could get seeing as the love interest is 1/6 the size of the male protagonist).

Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma

What they say: “The romantic comedy manga’s story centers on Nobunaga, a middle school teacher who constantly dreams of a beautiful girl who loves him appearing in front of him. One day, the 14-year-old Kichou, the wife of the real-life Warring States period warlord Oda Nobunaga, appears in front of him, having apparently traveled through time. She mistakes the present-day Nobunaga for the historical Oda Nobunaga, and tries to get him to get her pregnant.”

What I say: Another short ecchi anime, what do they think us perverts have a short attention span or somet…

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (We Never Learn)

What they say: “Yuiga Nariyuki tutors three genius of different subjects in highschool to get a scholarship. Furuhashi Fumino is a genius on literature but horrible in math, Ogata Rizu is a genius on mathematics and science but literature and arts are terrible subjects for her and Takemoto Uruka is a genius in the athletic field but really bad in all the others. Together, they study very hard and want to get better at their worst subjects while Fumino and Ogata wants to go to college and work on these subjects for life.”

What I say: A harem about a tutor huh, seems like someone’s trying to ride in on that ‘Quintessential Quintuplets’ train. I’m watching it because it’s a harem anime–not because it particularly interests me but maybe it’ll be good?

Shoumetsu Toshi (Where I End and You Begin)

What they say: “One day, a city suddenly disappears. Takuya, a professional by-the-contract courier and lone wolf, meets Yuki, the only survivor from the city’s extinction. The two rely on a message from Yuki’s father, who was heard to be missing, and head toward the disappeared city, Lost.

However, unexpected obstacles strike before the pair, with the reality especially shocking for Yuki. Before them are the feelings of those left behind, a mysterious group manipulating in the shadows, and unveiling the hidden conspiracy. Takuya and Yuki, who both were initially strangers, would deepen their bond during the journey and unravel the mystery of the Lost city.”

What I say: While I was staying in Akihabara during February of this year there was a video billboard that was playing anime trailers on the main street that was visible from my hotel. It was mostly playing previous and current season anime advertisements but the one show it was promoting from ~next~ season was this one. I think I’ve seen the trailer for it like fifty times thanks to that video billboard so I feel almost obligated to watch the show now!

Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? (Why the hell are you here, Teacher!?)

What they say: 17-year-old Ichirou Satou is an average teenager who always happens to find himself in perverted situations with his teacher, Kana Kojima. Follow this erotic love comedy about their mishaps throughout their daily lives and how Ichirou and Kana choose to handle them.”

What I say: Dammit, another 15 minute ecchi?! What are you trying to do to me, Japan?! Anyway, blah blah blah I like sexy anime girls and boobs boobs, blah blah blah I can’t wait.

Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine

What they say: “In the game, the player takes the role of an unnamed former little senior league baseball ace who lost his or her baseball career after suffering an unspecified injury. The character moves to his or her grandmother’s hometown and enrolls in the local high school, resolved never to enter the world of baseball again. When the character meets Tsubasa Arihara, he or she is persuaded to be the manager of the school’s baseball team, and to take the team to the high school nationals at Koshien.”

What I say: I do love a good sports anime! Wait, no I don’t–they’re one of my least favourite anime genres–but what I ~do~ love is cute girls and if I have to sit through them playing baseball to get them then that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Batter up!

RoboHachi

What they say: “Neo Tokyo, the year G.C. (Galaxy Century) 0051, which marks a half century since first contact was made. Humans have obtained super light-speed navigation technology and formed a commonwealth of planets with aliens. A streak of bad luck is continuing for self-proclaimed freelance reportage writer Robby Yarge, who is around 30 years old. He fails at work, so his contract is cut. His girlfriend leaves him, he nearly dies in a traffic accident, and debt collectors come after him.

One day, a bag snatcher steals Robby’s bag, and a young man helps him. Hatchi Kita, an 18-year-old part-time worker, catches the criminal and returns Robby’s bag. Robby offers him his gratitude and a meal in return. The pair discover they are complete opposites and soon part ways.

However, Hatchi turns up again in Robby’s life as a debt collector. Hatchi explains that it’s his part-time job working for the loan shark Yan. A cat-and-mouse chase begins, and Yan’s Finance president Yan takes his subordinates Aro and Gra along for the ride. Robby manages to elude Hatchi and escape to space while shaking off Yan’s group. Robby thinks of escaping to Isekandar, a distant and legendary planet in the Milky Way that is said to bring happiness to those who go there. Though Robby thought he had escaped to space alone, he discovers Hatchi inside his spaceship. The two decide to travel across the galaxy together in search of Isekandar.”

What I say: Man, that sure is a long plot summary! This is my obligatory “something different from the cute girl stuff I usually watch” pick of the season. I have nothing to say about the show other than, ‘looks interesting’.

One Punch Man 2nd Season

What they say: Saitama is a guy who’s a hero for fun. After saving a child from certain death, he decided to become a hero and trained hard for three years. Though he’s now so strong he can defeat any opponent with a single punch, lately he feels as if, in exchange for overwhelming power, he’s lost something even more important.”

What I say: I had various ~issues~ with the first season of ‘One Punch Man’ (which you can read in my review of it here!) but at its core it was still an entertaining show. And hey, at least it’s better than ‘Mob Psycho 100’!

Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san

What they say: The everyday life of Nakano, a salaryman working for an exploitative company, is suddenly intruded upon by the fox, Senko-san (800-year-old little girl). Whether it be cooking, cleaning, or special service(?)… she’ll heal his exhaustion with her tender “care.”

What I say: “800-year-old little girl” huh? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Seriously though, while the premise is a little on the ‘ick’ side (yes, even for the likes of me!) Senko-san is proper adorable and I need her in my life.

Kenja no Mago

What they say: A young man who had surely died in an accident was reborn in another world as a baby! After that, he was picked up by the patriot hero “Sage” Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin. He was raised as a grandson by Merlin and soaked up Merlin’s teachings earning him some shocking power however, when he became 15 his grandfather Merlin said: “I forgot to teach him common sense”!

An “abnormal” boy’s unconventional other world fantasy life starts here!!”

What I say: ~Obligatory Isekai anime of the season~ But seriously, this seems incredibly generic and ordinary sounding–hoping to be surprised but out of all the show’s I’m watching this show could be dropped quickly unless it has some exceptional anime ladies in it.

Carole & Tuesday

What they say: “Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It’s an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers. There’s a girl. Scrapping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she’s working part time while trying to become a musician. She’s always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole. There’s a girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday. A chance meeting brings them together. They want to sing. They want to make music. Together, they feel like they just might have a chance. The two of them may only create a tiny wave. But that wave will eventually grow into something larger…”

What I say: The premise doesn’t particular interest me but I feel like (aside from ‘Fruits Basket’) this will be the anime that gets a lot of attention so this is me basically watching something because it’ll be talked about and not because of any particular inclination towards its plot, art-style or anything else. Could be amazing or could be a big ‘ol jar of “not for me”… only time will tell!

Kabuki-chou Sherlock

What they say: The East Side of Shinjuku Ward … The neon-lit Kabuki-chou district stretches across the center of this chaotic city. Where light shines, there are also deep shadows. The curtains rise on this night stage where bizarre murders occurred! Is this suspense? No, comedy? An indistinguishable drama is about to begin…”

What I say: *shrugs* I’ll give it a go, I suppose…

 

 

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And that’s my 17 anime I’ll (probably) be watching for Spring 2019! Compared to previous seasons’ this is among the weakest in regards to any kind of overall hype I have for the season but things can change! At the very least there’s more ecchi this season, even if it is all shorter length ones! *shakes fist*

Let me know what shows you are looking forward to the most and/or if you think I’ve missed a show that’s “unmissable”. Thanks for reading!


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