Summer, the time when youth shines at its brightest. The sun, the beach, no classes, video games and a new seasonal batch of anime to look forward to. This will be Sirus Gaming’s first post about anime so let’s take a look at the upcoming anime for the summer of 2017.

This season has a lot of promise by kicking off with a new entry in the prominent Fate series, Fate/Apocrypha, which is either a prequel or spin-off adaptation. Then we have the sequels with a new game + mode in the moe working in the game industry anime, New Game!!, also another dose of literary and artistic genius with Owarimonogatari 2nd Season, then with the return of some familiar faces from hell and back with Hell Girl and Saiyuuki Reload Blast, and lastly topping off the sequels with some Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ for those with a desire for an action and musical pack whirlwind.

The new ones also show some promise like the conspiracy in the holy city in Vatican Kiseki Chousakan, the high school gambling-centric Kakegurui, and the intriguing Dive!!. This is also season for reinvigoration or in the anime realm, reincarnation would sound better since we get three “isekai” adaptations with a mecha in Knight’s & Magic, a restaurant in Isekai Shokudou, and a smartphone in Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. Also we have a possible sleeper with Reflection since Stan Lee is back in the anime industry. So let’s enjoy this summer to the fullest and not just play video games but also enjoy some anime.

The format for this will be divided into 2 paragraphs and an expectations level. It will start with a personal but brief understanding of its premise and what the writer’s take on it will be going forward as well as stating any point of interest present.

Disclaimers:

Disclaimer 1: Everything written here is the writer’s subjective 1st impressions of each show and does not reflect how they’ll turn out in the end or in how it progresses.

Disclaimer 2: This preview will be done by 2 writers and will point out whatever take they have on each show.

Disclaimer 3: This list does not hold every anime airing this season since we only have picked those that show potential to recommend to the greater audience as well as lacking the manpower to do everything and we stray away from those that look too concentrated on a specific target audience like those for children.

Notes:

The Reflection and Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita’s Wikipedia pages link to the Japanese language since there are no English articles in Wikipedia yet at the time of writing.


Fate/Apocrypha

Official Website: http://fate-apocrypha.com/
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genres: Action, Historical, Supernatural, Drama, Magic, Fantasy
Premiere Date: July 1, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Another entry into the ever popular Fate franchise is Fate/Apocrypha. Set in a parallel world from the original Fate/Stay Night, the series begins after the events of the 3rd Holy Grail War, instead of the 4th and 5th Grail War in Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night respectively. After years of absence in the Holy Grail Wars the Yggdmillenia family of Magi secedes from the Mage’s association and announce that the Grail is in their possession. In response 50 mages are dispatched from the Mage’s Association and all but 1 are killed by a mysterious servant. The last surviving mage activates the Grail’s hidden system which summons 14 servants that starts The Great Holy Grail War. Due to the grand scale of this event, the grail enters the fray and summons its own servant, Ruler, to mediate the conflict between the Black Faction (Yggdmillenia) and the Red Faction (the Mage’s Association).

The Fate franchise is getting even more popular with the new upcoming adaptation and the launch of Fate/Grand Order in the North American continent. We will finally see Ruler which has already made a cameo appearance in Fate/Zero. The Grail War has never been on a scale as grand as this and for those Illya fans, sorry but this isn’t a mahou shoujo spin-off. What’s surprising is that the series is being produced by A-1 Pictures and not Ufotable, who are probably busy with the Heaven’s Feel trilogy. This series will definitely be worth a watch whether or not you’re a fan of the franchise, a nasuverse addict or just want to see Ruler or other historical figures with superpowers in a team battle royale.

Expectations Level: Very High
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Saiyuki Reload Blast

Official Website: http://saiyuki-rb.jp/
Studio: Platinumvision
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, Josei
Premiere Date: July 5, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

The title says it all, it’s really a blast to the past for the fans of old. They’re back and they’re looking better than ever. Saiyuuki is loosely based off of the famous ancient Chinese literature, Journey to the West. If you’re still not familiar one of the characters goes by the name Son Goku, no not the guy who has a Spirit Bomb, the original Son Goku. It’s premise is simple, in the realm of Toungenkyou, humans and youkai (demons) live in peace. Then everything changed when the youkai attacked! It turns out someone is trying to unseal an evil demon lord via forbidden techniques, which causes the youkai to go mad. And of course it’s all going on in the west. The monk Genjou Sanzo must ban with his friends and find the reason for this insanity, while facing off against demons from every angle along the way. Now they have finally arrived in India and must face trials they have not foreseen.

Saiyuuki is pretty much the original bishounen boyband on a roadtrip quest before Prince Noctis and his kingsguard became that. True their car does not aesthetically compare to the regalia but it can also fly (when it transforms to its true form though). The art is so stylish and so fitting with the Josei (for older women) genre. All 4 characters are bada** and pretty as hell that its no wonder this series had so many adaptations like OVAs, movies, TV anime, and musicals. For those who are unfamiliar with the series I suggest watching the previous anime adaptations to understand whats going to go down in this adaptation. Most of the cast is new with some old voices returning. I can only pray this adaptation can live up to its predecessors with its dark ancient Chinese folklore, and old-school action.

Expectations Level: Very High
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Owarimonogatari 2nd Season

Official Website: http://www.monogatari-series.com/owarimonogatari/
Studio: Shaft
Genres: Mystery, Comedy, Supernatural
Premiere Date: August 12, 2017, ???
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Another chapter in the critically acclaimed text heavy Monogatari series. Not much information is shown yet for this anime and there isn’t even a truly set premiere date or airing schedule but without a doubt the fans can’t wait to see some more of this cast of word play masters, head tilters, and supernatural magnets.

Since the 2nd season of 1 part of this huge series lacks any proper information to give out I’ll just do a brief take on the whole series. So one minute the guy’s fighting his blood-related sister in the city on the level of draconic carnage, the next he’s brushing her teeth in an innocent yet couldn’t be more erotic way possible. That’s what can happen in this series. The anime adaptation of the series is certainly like watching a novel with the amount of text there is and its main theme is about the supernatural beings and phenomenons about them and it is definitely not for everyone and for those who are willing to give it a shot, though its action , it will take some getting used to. But once you get used to it, the series is definitely a beautifully crafted literary masterpiece, not to mention its action is rare but epic and artistic. So I would definitely say that for those unfamiliar with the series you will need to watch the other iterations to grasp this new season.

Expectations Level: High
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Kakegurui

Official Website: http://kakegurui-anime.com/
Studio: MAPPA
Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Drama, School, Shounen
Premiere Date: July 1, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

The life of the wealthy seems to be filled with nothing but boredom, since everything is given to them at their whim and they have no need to worry about danger with the security given to them. Hyakkaou Private Academy gives the sons and daughters of those rich bastards a twist though, a curriculum of gambling is their answer. No longer do they need to worry about being smart or athletic, they just need to learn how to read their opponents, play mind games, push the rules to the grey areas, make alliances, and manipulate them to to where they need to be to finally crush them. Gambling is addictive and mad sport, and Yumeko Jabami is the personification of addiction and madness.

Gambling is a dark abyss that only few can crawl out of, like in Kaiji. But what happens when it’s the youths that rule that dark abyss? It seems this will be the most interesting series to watch out for this season. A cast full of sociopaths was not what I was expecting going in to enjoy the summertime fun. It looks like we’ll be in for a ride to see which ones of the lesser evils to root for.

Expectations Level: Very High
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


New Game!!

Official Website: http://newgame-anime.com/
Studio: Doga Kobo
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Premiere Date: July 11, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

New game is about a girl named Suzukaze Aoba, who recently graduated high school and got her dream job of working in the video game industry. She not only gets to do what she’s best at with 3D modeling and graphic designing but her senpai is her very own idol, Yagami Kou, and they’re working on the sequel to her favorite series to boot, Fairies Story. That’s about it for season 1. Now a new game+ mode is happening with her and the cast back in business with more moe in the working of video game development as the girls in the Eagle Jump studio work overtime together for us to watch them do cute things.

If you’re not a fan of moe or relaxing anime then this show is not catered to you. It’s just cute girls doing some cute work-related (and not work-related) things with a side of yuri for the sharp ones. You’ll get a glimpse of how video games are developed in a very light, sweet and fluffy way. Everyone of the cast is returning which makes season 2 a treat to watch.

Expectations Level: Above Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


DIVE!!

Official Website: http://www.dive-anime.com/
Studio: Zero-G
Genres: Sports, Comedy
Premiere Date: July 7, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Mizuki is a school that has one of the rarest sports clubs I’ve seen, Diving. Before closing down the club gets a new coach and manages to persuade the club’s parent company to let them stay active, which they did. Now here’s the catch, they need to have one of their members be able to participate in next year’s Olympics as part of the Japanese Olympic team.

Talk about hard to please, the t is just too damn high. Although this anime does look promising since it is one of the rare adaptations where the source is from a novel back in 2000-2002. Hopefully we’ll see the drive to become stronger after losing and whether or not this sport has any teamwork. If nothing else this could be a good fanservice for girls like Free! or we can learn some things about diving like Amanchu! So this should be on the to watch list for sports anime junkies since this is probably the only sports anime that has an element of summer, water.

Expectations Level: Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi

Official Website: http://www.jigokushoujo.com/
Studio: Studio DEEN
Genres: Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural
Premiere Date: July 15, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Jigoku Shoujo also known as Hell Girl is back after nearly a decade of silence since 2009 with a 4th season. Hell Girl usually starts out with those poor souls that were tormented enough that they would access a certain website where they can exact revenge on their tormentors at the price of taking a one way trip to hell.

It is a surprise that this aged anime is getting a 4th season which is a feat so rare in the industry nowadays, the only catch is that there’s only 6 episodes. Studio DEEN is doing the anime again and they’re bringing back all the old seiyuu’s with them as well as Takahiro Omori, the director of the 1st 2 Hell Girl adaptations. This is good news for the fans of old and a good time to watch the 3 previous seasons for those who want to know whats up with this eerie looking anime.

Expectations Level: Slightly Above Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Centaur no Nayami

Official Website: http://centaur-anime.com/
Studio: Haoliners Animation
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy, Seinen
Premiere Date: July 9, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Himeno is the sweet and shy girl, she’s a centaur by the way. A world full of supernatural creatures where there diversity goes beyond that of what we humans can ever hope to have or not have. Himeno and her friends try to fit in and just have fun with their high school life, co-existing with all the other races and just living relatively normal lives.

A slice of life monster anime is something you don’t see everyday, even more so since its being produced by the only Chinese owned studio in Japan, Haoliners Animation. Not that its a bad thing, I personally welcome this series but whether or not its a hit or miss we’ll just have to see. There is a lot that this series can possibly offer us, how it approaches the supernatural monster girl aspect of society and its integration to the perceived tone will be the key to how well this series goes. The premise is promising and I’m looking forward to watching how this show turns out.

Expectations Level: Above Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Knight’s & Magic

Official Website: http://knights-magic.com/
Studio: 8bit
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Mecha, School
Premiere Date: July 2, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

So a mecha otaku gets reincarnated into a new world with a new name to boot. Meet Ernesti Echavarria, a boy who now finds himself in a world full of his beloved mecha and magic as an additional content. The Silhouette Knights are mechas than need magic to operate and only pilots approved by the academy can pilot them. So join Ernesti and his pals as they dream to become Knight Runners.

This is probably the isekai version of Broken Blade, a series that also needed magic to pilot the mechas. I just hope that magic is more prominent and flashy here compared to Broken Blade since it was really lackluster in every aspect. This new series does show some promise and might even create mechas that can bend the laws of physics, maybe even more so than Aquarion. Though it shows promise, the whole premise reeks of generic stench. However this might just be the surprise of the season so it is probably worth it to keep your eyes open for this one.

Expectations Level: Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.

Official Website: http://isesuma-anime.jp/
Studio: Production Reed
Genres: Adventure, Harem, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Premiere Date: July 11, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Touya Mochizuki was just your ordinary high school guy. Then God accidentally killed him, so no one is perfect apparently. As an apology he gives him the chance to be reborn in a fantasy world and can pick one item to bring with him on his new lease on life. Touya decided his smartphone would be his Aqua-sama. While he can’t use call anyone or use data he has what fantasy worlds lack, 21st century technology, that can pretty much make you a god, provided you can find an outlet or a solar power bank.

So yeah another Isekai anime joins the mix, eventually “isekai” should become a genre at this rate. It all looks generic in general but fantasy, adventure anime’s are my bread and butter and it’s always fun to see what happens when you bring technology into different era’s or realms that are unfamiliar with it. Since Touya is godlike of course he also gets a harem, atleast they have what KonoSuba doesn’t currently have. So it’s all up to how this anime can deliver and develop its characters.

Expectations Level: Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ

Official Website: http://www.symphogear-axz.com/
Studio: Satelight
Genres: Action, Music, Sci-Fi
Premiere Date: July 2, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipedia

One day, humans found themselves under attack by an alien race called Noise. Powerful to a catastrophic extent they are also invulnerable to the weapons of humanity. The only way to fight them is to use an armor called Symphogear. Hibike Tachibana one day ends up with the Symphogear armor after it’s previous user Kanade Amō sacrifices herself to save her. She joins up with other Symphogear users to battle the Noise and save the earth in this life and death ordeal.

Symphogear is back and is ready to rock the anime scene yet again. For those who want to be entertained in either seeing action or listening to music, Symphogear offers you both. We’ll be able to see some over the top performances by our lovely idols in ways we’d probably not expect. So for those who are interested in watching this, you better get in tune with the 1st thee seasons before tackling this wild blend of music and action.

Expectations Level: High
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


THE REFLECTION WAVE ONE

Official Website: http://thereflection-anime.net/
Studio: Studio DEEN
Genres: Action, Super Power
Premiere Date: July 22, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

The Reflection, an event where people all over the world discovered super powers of their own. Some become fighters for good while most went to the dark side. So their most asked question is just How did the Reflection happen? Mysteries everywhere.

So Stan Lee is in the anime industry again, while that may turn a bunch of heads it seems Lee also recruited Nagahama Hiroshi of the Mushishi anime series into his crew. That will turn even more heads for those who know about Mushishi. It looks like we’ll be seeing superheroes on a global scale with plenty of action and a female protagonist? Looks like Stan Lee is not afraid to go head to head with Boku no Hero Academia, since it is still airing. This will be worth a watch with the intriguing premise and the people behind the concept and direction. One last thing to note is the title, wave one makes it sound like there’ll be more waves/seasons for this series.

Expectations Level: Slightly Above Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Skirt no naka wa kedamono deshita.

Official Website: http://skirt.w-anime.com/
Studio: Magic Bus
Genres: Drama, Romance, Ecchi
Premiere Date: July 3, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Kominami Shizuka is your mild-mannered college student with problems adjusting to life in the big city. Then one day, she meets Kirishima Ryou, another college student, and her senses tingle. Ryou-san projects the image of a cool onee-sama. The two get along well until Ryou-san seduces Shizuka-chan. Who she thought was a lesbian was actually a trap!

Well you don’t see adult traps nowadays so this is certainly one to keep on your radar. This isn’t the Minamoto-kun Monogatari anime we wanted but it should still be given a chance. No information yet whether or not this will have any censored scenes but will definitely make for some good ecchi fantasies. Whether or not this tickles your fancy is entirely subjective so you guys be the judge and dare yourselves to give it a go.

Expectations Level: Below Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Hajimete no Gal

Official Website: http://hajimete-no-gal.jp/
Studio: Naz
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, School, Shounen
Premiere Date: July 12, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Junichi is just you’re average otaku loser who wants a girlfriend and is insecure around girls. Then one day his friends pranked him into confessing to the gyaru, Yame Yukana. Then the usual things happen.

Fanservice and the typical romantic comedy is clearly prevalent in this show and I’m all for it. How the gyaru and her friends play out will be interesting, and Junichi and his otaku friends will probably end up going along for the high jinks that are sure to ensue. So let’s just not take this anime seriously and enjoy the show for its comedic nature.

Expectations Level: Slightly Below Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Ballroom e Youkoso

Official Website: http://www.ballroom-official.jp/
Studio: Production I.G
Genres: Comedy, Sports, Drama, Romance, School, Shounen
Premiere Date: July 8, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

Music fills the air, bodies move about in a graceful and energetic manner, coordinating with their partners and move in tune to the harmony and chaos. Behold, the summer season presents thee with what is probably the 1st competitive sports dancing anime to have ever existed, Welcome to the Ballroom. A professional dancer named Sengoku meets Tatara, an introverted middle school student, and like fate, rescues him from bullies. After the encounter, Tatara ends up in Sengoku’s dance studio and decides to change his image. Thus begins his journey of competitive ballroom dancing as he sweeps the dance halls with the potential Sengoku saw in him.

Now this was probably long overdue in the sports genre, a dance sport anime. True it may not be what most people would have expected but it is certainly one we have yet to see unless idol dancing counts. There is so much that this adaptation has going for it and will definitely be worth the watch. It is also expected that the quality of animation will be high since its Production I.G handling it, except a new director, Itazu Yoshimi, might be something to consider. The potential is not only in Tatara but also with this anime as a whole.

Expectations Level: High
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun

Official Website: http://kda-anime.com/
Studio: Studio Hibari
Genres: Comedy, Sports, Seinen
Premiere Date: July 2, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeListWikipedia

The story is about Aoyama, a boy who is a soccer prodigy whose skills have made him known throughout the country. Yet the price for such talent can only go so high and silly at the same time. The boy needs his gloves so much that he’d refuse to play properly unless they’re on his precious hands. Pair him up with some a generic guy and interesting girl and you’ve got an adaptation.

So I don’t really know what to expect from this show except that the combination of a physical sport and a germaphobic superstar is an interesting combination. The craziness that is sure to ensue and soccer/football (outside US) lovers would probably be enough to atleast put this on people’s list to check out.

Expectations Level: Below Average
Preview By: Jett Vincent Sia


Koi to Uso

Official Website: http://koiuso-anime.com/
Studio: Liden Films
Genres: Romance, Drama
Premiere Date: July 3, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipidia

As human beings, we often dream of one day being able to find our true partner to grow old with. We are of course talking about love—as in romance. In the world of Koi to Uso, you don’t need to worry yourself with any of that, as the government will find your own marriage partner for you once you reach the sweet age of sixteen…whether you like it or not. A certain young man, by the name of Yukari Nejima, who is about to hit his 16th birthday decides to confess to his long time crush, Misaki Takazaki, who turns out to have liked him back all along. Unfortunately for Yukari, he is assigned to another girl, Lilina Sanada, who isn’t too thrilled to be hooked up with him at all.

In a scenario where your significant other is predetermined by the government, it’s certainly interesting to see what happens to its inhabitants and how they cope with this. At least no one will have to worry about being single. It will definitely be interesting to see how this love triangle develops and the choices our protagonist makes. If you’re a fan of Romance and Drama, this series is certainly one to check out this coming summer, 2017.

Expectation Level: Above Average
Preview By: Jarren Navarrete


Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

Official Website: http://katsugeki-touken.com/
Studio:  Ufotable
Genres:  Action, Fantasy
Premiere Date: July 1, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipidia

The age of samurai is coming to a close as Japan is split between pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. History as we know it is threatened as an army from the future makes its way to the past to change the events as they see fit. To preserve what remains of the real history, two warriors, spirits of the swords brought to life by a sage named Saniwa, rush to Edo to combat this army sent from the distant future.

While the plot summary in itself sounds ludicrous and over-the-top, the anime is worth checking out for its style alone. The artstyle is reminiscent to that of Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works that aired around 2014 and promises action that is just as fluid as that show. Little is actually revealed about the overall story, but for those who are a fan of anime centered around samurai action such as RurouniKenshin or Sword of the Stranger, then Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu is worth checking out.

Expectation Level: Average
Preview By: Jarren Navarrete


Battle Girl High School: Battle Girl Project

Official Website: http://colopl.co.jp/battlegirl-hs/anime/
Studio: SilverLink
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
Premiere Date: July 2, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipedia

In the distant future, year 2045, the world is facing a new crisis as it is invaded by strange creatures called Irousu who have suddenly appeared. In order to combat this threat, ordinary girls from all around who are known as “Star Guardians” by the masses. There exist a school called Shinjugammine Girls Academy, a place for Star Guardians to hone their skills in preparation to fight the Irousu.

Once a cute free to play game starring kawaii anime schoolgirls, this mobile game took off and got its own anime adaption. It must be quite something to be able to achieve something like that. The show’s cast certainly seems interesting with young girls with their own unique designs and personality reminiscent to that of Love Live. If you’re a fan of the magical girl genre, you’ll definitely find something in this show to enjoy. But as for other anime fans, it doesn’t seem to hold much except for fanservice. If you’re not in it for that, then this may not be something you’d enjoy.

Expectation Level: Slightly Below Average
Preview By: Jarren Navarrete


Made in the Abyss

Official Website: http://miabyss.com/
Studio: Kinema Citrus
Genres: Fantasy, Action, Sci-Fi
Premiere Date: July 7, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipedia

The Abyss, an enormous cave system, is the one mystery the world hasn’t solved. No one in the world knows just how far this cave really is because it’s that massive. The cave itself is filled with mysterious creatures and ancient relics completely unknown to man. Over the generations, there have been adventurers who are curious and brave enough to venture to the deepest parts of the Abyss. They are known as Cave Raiders. In the town just at the edge of the Abyss, an orphan girl named Rico dreams of following her mother’s footsteps and become a Cave Raider. One day, while she was exploring the depths of the Abyss, she finds a young boy who turns out to be a robot.

Despite how the premise may sound, Made in the Abyss is actually quite a dark fantasy. It has some pretty open gore along with unapologetic images of nudity. The premise of two children venturing into a dangerous environment filled with terrifying creatures seems like quite the bold setting. That aside, the anime itself seems like it’s going to be filled with amazing imagery in the scenery when it’s not being dark. It would certainly be interesting to see what the Abyss cave has to offer for its audience.

Expectation Levels: Very High
Preview By: Jarren Navarrete


  Gamers!

Official Website: http://www.gamers-anime.com/
Studio: Pine Jam
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Premiere Date: July 13, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipedia

Being terrible at video games isn’t a big deal, just ask Amano Keita who enjoys playing them regardless despite his inaptitude for them. After all, games are meant to be enjoyed. The real problem for Keita is that he doesn’t have any other friends except for Uehara Tasuku, who seems like his life is all that perfect. In a stroke of luck, Keita is fortunate enough to meet Tendou Karen, the most beautiful girl in school one day who invites him to join a club she is president in. Keita is then thrown into a romantic comedy scenario with other wacky characters.

Gamers by nature are a strange bunch. Despite their preference for the virtual world, they are very much still people who need to socialize with other human beings to keep it fun. The show in itself gives us a taste of the romantic comedy genre centering around people who are fond of playing video games. For people who are fans of high school anime centering around wacky personalities, Gamers is a show that would suit their tastes perfectly.

Expectation Levels: Slightly Above Average
Preview By: Jarren Navarrete


 Isekai Shokudou

Official Website: http://isekai-shokudo.com/
Studio: Silver Link
Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy
Premiere Date: July 7, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipedia

Just wander around for a bit and you may find yourself in strange places. You may find something completely out of this world. The restaurant Youkosho no Nekoya is a strange establishment that prides itself in serving western food. It is a perfect place to go to for those looking for a meal that’s both appetizing and affordable. The only thing is, is that Youkosho no Nekoya is always closed on a Saturday. No matter what you do, the door will never open. But there are still rumors going around that the restaurant itself is still open and its staff are still serving to other customers, just not your typical ones.

Not much information is given to us regarding Isekai Shokudou other than the fact that we’re dealing with the supernatural here. The anime itself seems light hearted and offers an interesting perspective of characters straight out of a fantasy RPG into running a restaurant. While it’s unknown what the series is about exactly, there may be more to this than meets the eye. Square Enix is the one responsible for producing the manga, meaning it’s got to be good.

Expectation Levels: High
Preview By: Jarren Navarrete


Vatican Kiseki Chousakan

Official Website: http://kisekichosakan.jp/
Studio: J.C. Staff
Genre: Supernatural
Premiere Date: July 7, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipedia

Miracles often restore the faith of the people. In the Vatican City—Holy Land of the Catholics—there is an organization that conducts extensive investigations on whether or not miracles are actually miracles. This organization is referred to as Assembly of Saints, and the investigators of said miracles are apt called miracle investigators. This story follows to men who are investigators for the Assembly of Saints, Hiraga Josef Kō and Robert Nicholas. They are also prodigies in their field with the latter excelling in cryptanalysis and the latter being a genius scientist. Together, they uncover the mysteries of miracle claims all around.

An anime centered around Christian history may seem more like a documentary than an actual story, but this anime seems to have more in common with mystery anime centering around detectives. The anime seems to pay homage to real life history, as the Vatican really did (and still does) investigate miracles happening all around the globe. If you are fan of detective shows, this anime is worth checking out to see if it’s to your taste.

Expectation Levels: Above Average
Preview By: Jarren Navarrete


Jikan no Shihaisha

Official Website: http://chronosruler.jp/
Studio: Project No. 9
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Action
Premiere Date: July 8, 2017
Information Links: MyAnimeList, Wikipedia

In a world where demons can offer humans a deal to travel back in time and erase any mistake that they made, many are tempted to be able to get a second chance to correct their mistakes from the past providing they form a contract with said time-eating demons. Of course, never make a deal with the devil. As soon as they are done with you, they will erase you from existence. In order to combat this, individual known as Chrono Rulers, people who have the power to manipulate time, are assigned to stop these demons before they make contracts with desperate people. However, it isn’t as simple as one might think. Being able to break the laws of physics and phase through time has a price. Our protagonist, Victor Putin, is unfortunate enough to have made a contract with a demon in turn for his powers. He is running out of time and he needs to hunt down said demon quickly before he is all out. That’s not all, Victor’s memories are also slowly disappearing and his age reversing as the consequences of this contract. Along with his partner Kiri, he needs to fight demons to ensure that no one else makes the same mistake he did.

A high stakes anime is certainly a welcome addition to the fold. The premise is certainly interesting dealing with demons and the likes. We look forward to how our protagonist deals with his current predicament and that he doesn’t have all the time in the world to stop the villains. We expect that tensions will rise as the clock ticks for our protagonist.

Expectation Levels: Very High
Preview By: Jarren Navarrete


Overall Sum of Things :

There are only a few shows that has us really hyped for and they’re mainly sequels. The summer season is supposed to be a refreshing break from the mundane anyway, especially for the younger generations so that could be one indication why we have a lot of new adaptations versus the ones from established series. Still this season has a lot of potential to offer and could runaway with some sleeper hits here and there. It’s definitely a season to watch out for cause literally anything goes in anime.