Wow, so I haven’t even finished watching everything from the spring season and already they’re releasing the summer anime. This is pretty unprecedented, as I usually find there’s a week’s gap between one season and the next. It does occur to me I might just have been picking the right shows for this seamless transition to happen with though.
Although it’s a little late, I wanted to go over what I’ll be watching this season and why. Rather than go through them alphabetically, I’m going to go through them in order of air day – starting at Monday and ending on Sunday. Hopefully I won’t have something I need to watch every day … but we’re about to find out!
Monday- be a double up day.
Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen- Mirai-Hen (Future Arc)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc was a popular visual novel for the SonyPSP, with its sequel, ‘Goodbye Despair’ being released on the Sony PSP and PSVita handheld consoles, although both games have since been released on Steam. The first game was adapted into an anime back in 2013, and it’s possibly one of the best video game adaptations I’ve ever seen (as they are traditionally doggy doodoo). The premise was that a bunch of kids locked in a school had to kill one another without being found out by their peers. Surviving the subsequent investigation and trial would allow the killer to walk free. But some of them want to investigate the mysteries around Hopes Peak academy rather than the murders.
The anime was fun and vibrant, but brought about the exact sense of despair needed to empathise the situation the cast were placed in, and while the detective work was shoddy in places, it never ruined the excitement. This is a direct sequel to the first series, despite it being numbered ‘3’.
Mob Psycho 100
I know literally nothing about Mob Psycho 100 other than it’s about some psychic kid who needs to avoid becoming emotional and that it was written by ONE, who created the ludicrously popular One-Punch Man. While I wasn’t as into One-Punch Man as the rest of the world was, it was still pretty fun, and even interesting if you ignored the main character. This I’ll watch out of morbid curiosity I guess.
Tuesday- The day I’ll be embarrassed if anyone sees what I’m watching
Cheer Danshi!! (Cheer Boys!!)
‘The story revolves around members of a cheerleading squad at a men’s university.’ That’s all the synopsis reads. I just quite like watching cute guys do sports. Don’t judge me.
Thursday (Double day part 2: Electric Boogaloo)
Handa-kun is a prequel series to one of my favourite anime ever; Barakamon. Having read the manga for both, I’ll sum it up like this: Barakamon is the most beautiful and touching comedy series I’ve ever seen. In Barakamon Handa is an awkward calligrapher, who is more than used to living a normal city life, but ends up dumped on an island of country bumpkins for punching an old man. Handa-kun is Handa, the protagonist from Barakamon, just one hundred times more awkward and in high school. Still pretty funny, but it can never live up to its parent series.
Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen- Zetsubou-Hen (Despair Arc)
You’re probably thinking ‘haven’t I already seen this on the list’. Well, no. This is ‘Zetsubou-hen’, not ‘Mirai-hen’. Keep up people.
This serves as a sequel to the second game, Danganronpa: Goodbye Despair, so follows a different set of characters. Having not played the second game, it’ll be interesting to see if I can keep up with this one.
Another day off! There might be a god!
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (Food Wars: The Second Plate)
The second season of Shokugeki no Souma, which graced our screens last year and made me instantly rush to read the manga after its television run had ended. At the time of writing, this airs in three hours.
I used to introduce Shokugeki no Souma to people as ‘Food Orgasms’, but nearly every time someone ate something they would go through some metaphysical shift and end up hallucinating some weird stuff, which always involved them being nude (obviously no bits are shown though). The second series will directly follow on from the story of the first and keep all the best bits. I’ll do a rundown article on it soon, as its large enough to deserve that.
Sunday- break days aren’t making up for this
Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu (The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance)
I watched and loved the first series of Arslan Senki and always meant to read the manga. The issue is that the manga is old. REALLY old. It’s currently being modernised by Arakawa Hiromu, the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist (the most critically acclaimed anime/manga series of all time to my knowledge), but I have no idea how far she’s got through it yet. I’m hoping this series will follow canon, but even if not I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.
orange- (Orange… for some reason it’s not capitalised in Japanese?)
I have no idea what this is, but it’s listed under the drama and romance categories. For some reason, there’s something about the colour orange relating to drama and romance in Japan. I think might be something to do with the colour of the sunset, but every time I’ve seen the theme crop up the show’s been a hit, so I’m taking a gamble here.
Super Special No Specific Day Anime
For some reason all of the episodes of this were released on the 1st of July, so I have no idea what I’m doing with this one. The synopsis reads like that crap film with Matthew Perry and Zac Efron (17 Again I think?), but it’s Japanese so it can’t be that bad… right?
That covers all my viewing plans for the next three months. Probably. Ok so there will definitely be an assortment of films and OVAs to watch, but I’ll watch them as and when they come out. This season looks to be a good one, but we’ll be able to tell really quite soon. Every series listed will have premiered by the 15th, and between Funimation and Crunchyroll, all of them are being simulcast in the west.
GS Blogger: Kyle Hutchinson