Don’t watch anime seasonally, kids! That said, in case you’re a glutton for punishment like me, here’s some things to check out this summer. As always the pickings are thin, but summer’s played host to some risky and cool anime hits (Mob Psycho 100 and Mawaru Penguindrum among them.)
Welcome to the Ballroom!
Really enjoy the original comic–a shounen series about ballroom dancing, and REALLY INTENSE as you’d expect. I most appreciate its attention to detail re: how each character presents on and off the floor, plus the negotiations between the protagonist and his different partners. The director served as a pinch hitter on Dennou Coil (one of my favorites!!) and Satoshi Kon’s work, so hopefully he’ll be a good fit?
Watch on: Anime Strike
You might not know this, but the guy who directed Mushishi is the biggest fan of superheroes on the face of the planet. In fact, he’s such a big fan of superheroes that he’s working directly (more so than usual??) with Stan Lee on this, an animated series about superheroes. I don’t actually know whether this’ll be any good, but Hiroshi Nagahama’s more than earned the benefit of the doubt. Plus (if news from Sakuracon this year is to be believed) he has OPINIONS about Matt Murdock’s mask design in Netflix’s Daredevil.
Watch on: Crunchyroll
My Hero Academia CONTINUES
My Hero Academia is probably the best new Shounen Jump comic currently running, and the anime version’s an adequate substitute with an excellent soundtrack and moments of greatness. If you’re sick and tired of Secret Empire, watch this show about Child Steve Rogers putting his life on the line to save his friends in Superhero High School. It’s good!
Watch on: Crunchyroll
Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ: By shedding many tears, the reality you face is…
Symphogear is a show about superpowered idols doing things like punching mountain peaks, turning their boots into a sword and dive-kicking the incarnation of evil, and singing elaborate musical numbers about the beauty of beef stroganoff. You probably already know if you are watching this or not!
Watch on: Crunchyroll??? (all the other seasons are on there.)
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Hey, this show aired years ago! Why yes, it did, but it just became available on the online streaming service HIDIVE. This is one of my favorite SF tv shows ever, pitting an arrogant would-be dictator with a hatred for the corrupt ruling class against an exhausted historian-tactician trying to make the best of a failing democracy, on opposite sides of the galaxy. It’s a reminder that anime made back in the 80s can be just as inspiring as stuff aired today.
Watch on: HIDIVE
Anything I’m missing? Let me know in the comments below.