So, it’s summer and for each of us that means very different things: For some of us it’s the summer beaches, for some it’s going on a hike with your friends and for some of us (me) it’s time to sit back and watch some anime and play some games. Some good shows have come out this year so here are 6 recommendations of what you should be watching during your summer.
Disclaimer: Sorry if your favourite show this year wasn’t on the list, this is mostly my personal opinion.
6 Anonymous Noise
Anonymous Noise was a show that I didn’t expect to like and even now I’m still a bit conflicted on why I do. To sum up what this show’s about, it’s basically a music club love triangle drama about a girl who needs to learn what rejection is. Despite screaming about how silly some of the characters were, I ended up enjoying the show. It was funny and humorous at times and the music the show presents was actually alright. It’s at the back of my list for a reason but if you’re wanting to enjoy some teenage drama or laugh at some teenage drama, this might be something worth picking up. It’s available on Crunchyroll.
5 Sakura Quest – Ongoing
Sakura Quest is a show that just makes me feel good. Imagine finding a job in acting and then when you get there finding out it’s a permanent roll in basically being the tourism boards personal pet. Well that happens to Yoshino, but after a brief period of trying to run as fast as she can, Yoshino begins working hard for the people of the small town of Manoyama. The anime is still ongoing and is looking to rap up around September. The side characters in the show are all particularly interesting with different personalities that play off well with each other giving you a comedy that you actually end up appreciating. The anime is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation Now.
4 Tales of Zestiria the X – 2 (and 1)
I don’t have a single friend whom isn’t somehow aware of my obsession with the Tales series. Since playing Tales of Versperia back in 2010 I have been solidly addicted to Bandai Namco’s massive game series. Tales of Zestiria the X is an anime retelling the events of the 2015 game Tales of Zestiria for Steam and PS4. Now this anime was actually fantastic because the game was largely divisive. The games story in my opinion fell flat in a lot of places, certain characters were so under appreciated by the writing team that it became a meme for about 4 months after release. So when the anime comes along and basically fixes everything that I didn’t like about the games story and then continues on with being awesome I was very happy. The only reason this show isn’t at the top of my list is because there has been some exciting moments this season from various shows and this anime wasn’t the best it could of been. I don’t want to spoil for now as this is a recommendation to go and watch it, which I continue to do and I’ll write up a comprehensive opinion on this anime I’m sure at some point in the future. In terms of the premise the show is based in the age of chaos where Helions are born from malevolence in this world various people begin to move either taking advantage of the chaos or attempting to solve it for the good of humanity among them is Sorey, a young somewhat naive boy raised by the Seraphim (basically ghosts with awesome powers) goes on a journey to become the Shepherd. If this at all interests you then I recommend watching the show on either Daisuki or Funimation Now.
I held off on this for film for 2 months and after watching it, I have so much regret on leaving it that late. Blame! is a movie based on the manga series of the same name, it’s produced by Polygon pictures who are notable for their work on Ajin: Demi-Human. (Which didn’t come out this year, so I’m going to find an excuse to recommend that when I can because that show is honestly incredible.) The premise is a world there technology works against us, within this world a man called Killy appears, he’s looking for someone with the Net Terminal Genes and will stop at nothing to find them. This was honestly 106 minutes of my life that were put simply: exciting. If you have a Sunday spare and don’t know what to do or just want a movie to watch with your partner or friends. I highly recommend Blame! It’s available on Netflix.
2 Alice & Zoroku
So here’s a fun fact: I love sweet things, I just finished my second chocolate bar today, I voted Ice Cream on the Splatoon 2 Splatfest world premiere and I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy anime. Alice & Zoroku is, in a word: sweet. It’s cute and just ends up making me feel good about the world for 24 minutes at a time. Sana is a runaway child from a research facility. She has some very magical powers and can teleport and create most things she wants to. When Sana runs away she bumps into Zoroku, an old man, grandad and a full time hater of all things crooked. The show follows Sana and Zoroku’s relationship as they expand each others worlds and thoughts. I started this series worried about what it would turn into but ended up being pleasantly surprised by how sweet the entire show was and also just how easy it is to invest in the characters and their troubles. If you need a show to make you feel better about the world with a simple to follow premise then I recommend this show, you might even learn a life lesson from Zoroku. This show is available to watch on Crunchyroll and Funimation Now.
1 My Hero Academia – Season 2
This show, is the best shonen show I have ever watched. I quite like super hero stories, from the MCU to whatever DC’s doing with their films and even anime like One Punch Man or Mob Psycho 100. There’s just something good about a show that’s all about kicking ass and saving the day. My Hero Academia is about a world of super heroes and villains, referred to as the super human society. Our protagonist is Izuku Midoriya, one of the few people in this world with no super power, from early age to now he’s been obsessed with super powers and one super hero in-particular: All Might, the symbol of peace. The show follows Midoriya as he goes from super zero to an all-mighty hero. The show is smart, well paced and honestly exciting. The animation is beautiful and there’s few things about the show I don’t like, at this current moment in time it’s holding rank 22 on MyAnimeList where it’s floated above Code Geass and Death Note. Honestly I want to write a lot more about this show and why I think it’s the best show this year. If you want to watch it before I write a huge article spoiling the whole show then you can watch it on Crunchyroll and Funimation Now. Plus Ultra!
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