2017 Summer Anime Preview

So we are just a couple weeks away from the start of the 2017 summer anime season! So before we get to the end of this current season, it’s time for me to preview all the anime listed to air during this season and see where my interest is at for each of them.

Before we get started however, I’m laying down a few ground rules:

  • If a show is a second season or further and I haven’t either watched the anime yet or dropped the previous season, I will not be previewing those shows.
  • I will try to preview as many as I can, but there may be a couple where the synopsis may turn me off before even clicking the link to the trailer.
  • Please understand that these trailers are all in Japanese and usually don’t come with subtitles, so a lot of what I talk about is more what I see and perceive rather than what’s actually being said and going on in the trailer.
  • Also understand that I am deciding on shows based on my own personal tastes. Obviously there will be shows you think are at the top of your list, but they don’t interest me and vice-versa.
  • At the end of each preview I will give the show a “Yay” or “Nay”. Should be self-explanatory as to which one means I’ll be watching those shows
  • And for any show that does get previewed on this list, even if I give it the go-ahead, if it’s not on Crunchyroll where I can easily access it on my PS4 (which makes my screencaps really easy too), I will not watch it and will not have it on my weekly reviews. I’m aware there are other routes, but my time is limited and I also don’t like resorting to torrents and such.

Anyways, let’s get this show on the road!


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SYNOPSIS

No synopsis available

THOUGHTS – YAY

This trailer looks so Persona-esque, by that nature I immediately have an interest in it. If no synopsis gets released for the show before I post this article, then I’m going purely off the visuals and music and since it carries a familiar feeling that is EXTREMELY positive, I’m definitely interested in what this show has to offer.


Action Heroine Cheer Fruits

SYNOPSIS

The “local heroine fighter” of a certain city became popular and a national star. Because of this, “local heroines” debuted in various other places, and their action live events became a hit trend nationally.

The story is set in Hinano City, a tranquil area that cultivates fruits, but has lost its vitality. For the town she loves, high school girl Misaki Shirogane and other girls become local heroines (at the urging of Misaki’s aunt, the prefectural governor) and vow to produce action live events. The teen story depicts their strenuous efforts to revitalize their town.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

This is definitely coming off as a show tha’s directed more towards a Japanese audience, or at the very least someone who is very involved in Japanese culture, in terms of even the smallest things. Now the heroine stuff is also something that’s driven a little more to a younger demographic as well, so I’m getting the impression that this is really not directed at me in any way whatsoever, so it makes sense to stay away from it. Maybe this is a show I pick up if the count gets low really early.


Aho Girl

SYNOPSIS

Yoshiko is a genuinely stupid girl (she can even manage to get all 0’s on multiple choice tests). She hangs out at school with her childhood friend, who she claims to like, and he has to put up with all her ridiculous behavior!

(Source: MangaHelpers)

THOUGHTS – YAY

A show that’s about an extremely stupid character? You know what I hear? A LOT OF COMEDY!!! And I am always up for a good stupid comedy anime!


Battle Girl High School

SYNOPSIS

No synopsis available

THOUGHTS – NAY

If there’s no synopsis available by the time this gets posted, I don’t think it’ll matter much anyways with me. This is clearly a moe magical girl show, which has never worked with me and doesn’t appear to ever be marketed towards my demographic anyways. There’s certainly nothing here unique enough to grab my attention either, there just isn’t any reason for me to have any interest in this show.


Centaur no Nayami

SYNOPSIS

Being a teenager is never easy…especially for a centaur! Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who like many teens her age, struggles with the trials and tribulations of attending high school. The difference is she’s a centaur; but she’s not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting either horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends—the dragon-winged Nozomi, and Kyoko with her spiraled horns—are down-to-earth, fun- loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love in a mostly normal daily school setting.

(Source: Seven Seas Entertainment)

THOUGHTS – YAY

Look, I cannot leave a show alone that has monster girls, ever since Monster Musume completely blew away my expectations for that kind of show. Granted, I’m not sure this show will be nearly as funny (especially not as ecchi-ridden) as Monster Musume, but hey, it’s got me curious enough to give it the ol’ look-see!


Clione no Akari

SYNOPSIS

The story centers around an illness-stricken, constantly bullied orphan girl named Minori. After one rainy day, she doesn’t turn up at school, having been admitted into a hospital in a distant town. Two months pass, and the girl’s two school friends, Takashi and Kyouko, receive a mysterious email with no sender listed. The email reveals a summer festival taking place at a nearby town…

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Right off the bat, the animation style and setting just isn’t working with me and after reading the synopsis, there’s not really anything grabbing me either. I’m also getting a potential “depression anime” vibe from this show and if you know me well enough by now, that’s the ultimate red flag for me. I don’t watch anime to be sad, I watch it to laugh my ass off.


Dive!!

SYNOPSIS

The series revolves around the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC), which is on the verge of closing down after having financial troubles. The club’s new coach persuades the club’s parent company to stay open on one condition: that the club sends one of its members to next year’s olympics as part of Japan’s olympic team.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I am watching this purely because I want to see what the fuss is about with shows like Free! and Yuri!!! On Ice that seem to get everyone’s attention. I fully expect that this show will not live up to any level of expectations I have, because I feel like the show won’t really bring to the table what I want it to. But hey, there’s always hot guys in speedos to look forward to, if you’re into that sort of thing!


Gamers!

[No trailer available]

SYNOPSIS

This is a story that revolves around certain students and one hobby. Amano Keita is our lonely protagonist who has a passion for gaming and is friends with Uehara Tasuku, who is secretly a fellow gamer and is someone who believes his life is perfect. We also have Karen Tendou, the club president of the video games club and Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly bickers with Keita. This is a story filled with a non-stop sequence of comedy scenes and misunderstandings. Our chaotic romantic comedy now begins!

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I’m already interested based on the name alone, since it’s making me remember New Game! (which we’ll get to in a moment) and the subject material is obviously right up my alley. I’m not sure if the romantic comedy genre will work well with this kind of thing, but hey it’s not doing too bad with Eromanga-sensei right now, so who knows, right?


Hajimete no Gal

SYNOPSIS

Spring. The “season of love” has arrived and it seems that finding himself a girlfriend was harder than Junichi believed. To break the status quo, Junichi’s friends have forced him into confessing to the gyaru, Yame Yukana. However, things do not go quite as he expected. A series of “firsts” begins!

(Source: Manga-Updates)

THOUGHTS – YAY

This could potentially be really bad, like Masou Gakuen HxH and the recent Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai levels of bad, nothing more than endless scenes featuring giant breasts and panty shots. Now I’m assuming this’ll end up being a short, I can’t imagine this being a full 20-minute episode, so who knows, maybe this will end up being really entertaining in the way My Wife is the Student Council President has been for me. So because of that, I’ll give it a shot if it’s on Crunchyroll.


Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic

SYNOPSIS

Liones Yelistratova, a pure princess from a small country, enters a school in Hokkaido on a spring day. The school is a specialized educational institution operated by ALCA to train Logicalists, who maintain world peace. Liones enters class S, where she meets many classmates with unique personalities, like Nina. A lively and cute everyday life begins now.

(Source: MyAnimeList News)

THOUGHTS – NAY

So it’s Luck & Logic, but with younger characters? I watched the first season of Luck & Logic and while I did manage to finish the first season of the show, it was a very weak show compared to the rest and I’m not convinced I’d even watch a second season of it with the same characters. So with this being the case now, another version of the show that I wasn’t too big on, with new characters that appear to be younger? I’m not interested.


Isekai Shokudou

SYNOPSIS

On the first basement floor of a building at a corner of a shopping district near an office area, there is a shop. It is the restaurant Youshoku no Nekoya (Western Cuisine Cat Restaurant), whose door is adorned with a picture of a cat. Founded five decades ago, it has since been filling the bellies of the salarymen from the office area.

While it is described as Western cuisine, it is an extraordinary restaurant with menus beyond Western cuisine that are rich and sumptuous. However, for people from that world, it is even more especially unique.

There is a secret in Nekoya. Every Saturday when the shop takes a day off, Nekoya is teeming full of special customers. With the jingling of the bell, it serves the rarest, most wonderous of delicious cuisine at the request of customers from all walks of life, upbringing, and ethnicity.

Certainly, for the office workers, it is a familiar place with familiar dishes. However, for the Saturday customers or people from that world, it is nothing but cuisine never seen or heard before … an Alternate-World Restaurant.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

This trailer was losing all my attention until I saw the gorgeous elf waitress and then I was sold. Not to mention, the title alone really garners some interest, does it not? “Restaurant to Another World”, I’m definitely curious to see where that goes. I hope it’s either a calm slice of life deal like Flying Witch was with its supernatural theme, or maybe a little funnier than that. Who knows, but there’s definitely a bit of my interest being piqued here.


Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni

SYNOPSIS

After a freak accident involving some lightning winds up zapping him dead, 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya wakes up to find himself face-to-face with God. “I am afraid to say that I have made a bit of a blunder…” laments the old coot. But all is not lost! God says that he can reincarnate Touya into a world of fantasy, and as a bonus, he gets to bring his smartphone along with! So begins Touya’s adventure in a new, anachronistic pseudo-medieval world. Friends! Laughs! Tears! Inexplicable Deus ex Machina! He sets off on a journey full of wonder as he absentmindedly travels from place to place, following whatever goal catches his fancy. The curtains lift on an epic tale of swords, sorcery, and smartphone apps!

(Source: J-Novel Club)

THOUGHTS – YAY

This was a tough call, because I wasn’t sure how I felt about the show, given its premise. It has a bit of a Konosuba feel to it, but with far less randomness. It’s going to be a rough first episode in my head if this show ends up on Crunchyroll, because I don’t know how I feel about this smartphone in a fantasy world premise. Either way, we’ll see what happens.


Jikan no Shihaisha

SYNOPSIS

Chronos Rulers (Jikan no Shihaisha) are those who fight the time-eating demons that appear when people wish they could turn back time. The Chronos Rulers fight a time-manipulation battle against these demons.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

HOLY CRAP THE ANIMATION LOOKS AMAZING!!! Same goes to the character designs and such, not to mention that awesome jazzy music playing in that trailer. Now the premise of the show isn’t anything special, in fact it does worry me, because I’m now having flashbacks to Divine Gate, which also looked incredible, but was dull as shit. So we’ll have to wait and see.


Kakegurui

SYNOPSIS

Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you’re the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it’s not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It’s reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she’s gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!

(Source: Yen Press)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I’m getting a mixture of Joker Game and Mirai Nikki, which are both shows I couldn’t get into at all. The more cerebral types of anime don’t seem to hit well with me, certainly not because I don’t like shows that make me think, but in anime I generally want to watch shows that allow me to turn my brain off. So mix that with the many shows I’m comparing this one to that I didn’t like, it’s hard for me to find reasons to want to watch this one.


Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

SYNOPSIS

The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga. As the fate of history lies in these hero’s hands, what meets the blade is yet to be uncovered…

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

This show is getting in solely on name recognition, so it will have a very short leash. I did like the brief animation we saw, along with the character designs though. I do see potential in such a concept, especially with the time period this is set in, so we’ll see what happens.


Knight’s & Magic

SYNOPSIS

A mecha otaku is reincarnated into another world as Ernesti Echevalier, also known as Eru. In this world exists huge humanoid weapons known as Silhouette Knights. Dreaming of piloting those robots, Eru, with childhood friends, Archid Walter and Adeltrud Walter, aim to become Knight Runners, pilots of these Silhouette Knights.

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Absolutely not. It’s a mech anime with tiny anime characters and the outfits are driving my brain nuts with how stupid they look. I’m sad to say no to a show where fhána does the OP, but I’ve gotta give this one a flat-out no.


Koi to Uso

SYNOPSIS

Lies are forbidden and love is doubly forbidden. In the near future, when young people in Japan turn sixteen, they are assigned a marriage partner by the government. People don’t have to go through the trouble of looking for someone, and everyone accepts that the country will find a compatible partner to make them happy. Yukari Nejima is fifteen years old. He lives in a small corner of the country, and just can’t seem to get ahead in life. Both academically and athletically he’s below average. But within him, he hides a heart burning with passion! In this world in which love is forbidden, what will happen to him when he falls in love?

(Source: Manga Box)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Another flat-out no. It looks like a mushy high school romance with some real garbage animation, in my eyes. This show also has a concept as dumb as Shimoneta, but that show took the dumb concept and ran with it in the goofiest way possible. This show? It wants to take this stupid concept and be as serious as possible with it. That will never work with me.


Made in Abyss

SYNOPSIS

An enormous pit and cave system called the “Abyss” is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as “Cave Raiders.” A little orphan girl named Rico lives in the town of Ousu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

This one will have a short leash, as I’m really not sure where I am on the concept, the setting and the overall feel to the show. But the character designs are just so damn cute, I have to see if the designs match the feel to the show. Who knows, this could be the big shocker hit on my list this year. Then again, now I’ve called it, I’ll probably drop it first episode. If I can watch it, that is.


Musashino!

[No trailer available]

SYNOPSIS

No synopsis available.

THOUGHTS – YAY

Yes, I’m giving the green light to a show I don’t have a clue what it looks like or what it actually is. Just look at the image on livechart.me for the show. That alone makes me curious. It looks like it might be fun.


Nanamaru Sanbatsu

SYNOPSIS

The last thing freshman Shiki Koshiyama expected was to be asked to join the Bunzo High School “New Student Fast Finger Quiz Championship.” A bookwork at heart, he hates being the center of attention and shudders at the mere thought of participating. To add insult to injury, his classmate Mari Fukami overwhelms her competition by pressing the buzzer even before the entire question is read. “It’s too late to hit the buzzer after you know the answer. A split second is all it takes to determine who wins or loses,” she declares.

After observing Mari for a while, Shiki discovers a way to determine the answers to a quiz. His world expands as he meets colleagues and senior members of the Quiz Club, as well as their formidable rival Chisato Mikuriya. He experiences the joys of answering correctly and the frustrations of not getting to the buzzer quickly enough. He and his colleagues hone not only their knowledge, but also various techniques as they pursue victory in the world of competitive quiz.

Shiki Koshiyama is about to dedicate his teenage years to quizzes. You too should try becoming the next quiz champion!

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

This has the potential to be so dumb. Now the real question is, will it be the good kind of dumb as a show that takes the concept of a simple quiz game and makes it into this intense, over-the-top thing. Or will be the bad kind of dumb, as it’s taking it too seriously to the levels of a Kuroko no Basket, which in my viewing experience has thrown me completely off of things. The whole spending a minute analyzing a one-second moment just makes my head spin. So hopefully it leans more to the fun side of things.


New Game!!

[No trailer available]

SYNOPSIS

Second season of “New Game!”

THOUGHTS – YAY

It was one of my nominees for Show of the Year in 2016, what reason could I possibly have to not watch the second season? I don’t need any material to have a desire to watch this show all over again!


Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart

[No trailer available]

SYNOPSIS

The story centers around Nora Handa, a high school boy whose mother adopts a girl named Shachi Yuuri who is younger than him. Shachi lost her mother and no longer lives with her father, but both Nora and Shachi were raised well.

Nora’s childhood friend and honors student Michi Kuroki is the head of the school’s public morals committee, and is also friends with Yūki Asuhara, who acts like a kogal but is a reliable confidante.

One day, on the way to school, Nora meets a girl named Patricia in a park. Patricia says that she is a princess of the underworld, and she has come to the surface world to destroy all life. But the first time she touches someone in the surface, she faints, and Nora finds himself nursing her. Patricia asks Nora to tell him the secrets of life, and Nora starts by explaining the adult magazine that they found in the park.

(Source: visual novel synopsis via Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I was about to say no to this one and then that last line shows up. “Patricia asks Nora to tell him the secrets of life, and Nora starts by explaining the adult magazine that they found in the park.”, I have to see what the hell leads to that. Hopefully, it ends up being a weird, fun little comedy, which it sounds like it will be.


Princess Principal

SYNOPSIS

The “spy action” series follows five girls in 19th century London, a city within the Albion Kingdom divided into east and west by a large wall. The girls serve as undercover spies enrolled as students at the prestigious Queen’s Mayfair school. The girls make use of their individual abilities to remain active in the underground world of disguise, espionage, infiltration, and car chases.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – YAY

A badass-looking spy anime with a female cast? Along with that, a really beautiful animation style and quite the interesting setting as well? Count me interested. Hopefully it doesn’t lean too serious like Joker Game did to lose my interest.


Shoukoku no Altair

SYNOPSIS

Mahmut is a young Pasha serving on the general’s council of Turkey. The clouds of war are gathering over his country. With Turkey’s council split between the warmongers and the pacifists, Mahmut begins his quest to keep the peace at any cost. As he finds himself deeper and deeper in the politics of the ancient world, new enemies and allies surface. Who will prevail? What will Mahmut do if war proves to be inevitable?

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – NAY

Yeah…this is looking WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too serious for me. I think this might be a show people will talk about as the season goes on, but it’s the kind of show that just has zero interest coming from me. In my eyes, this looks like a really boring show and when I get the sense of a political struggle and war going on, I’m even less interested. It’s gonna take a hell of a lot to get me interested in a politics/war anime.


Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita

SYNOPSIS

Kominami Shizuka is a mild-mannered college student who is having trouble adjusting to city life. One day, she meets Kirishima Ryou, another student who projects the image of a cool older sister. The two hit it off, but Shizuka is shocked when Ryou attempts to seduce her. Shizuka initially assumes that Ryou is a lesbian, but Ryou is in fact a man who dresses like a lady.

(Source: Crunchyroll)

THOUGHTS – NAY

It’s a show about an older woman getting it on with a younger girl. Y’know, I could just watch hentai if I wanted to see this, right?


The Reflection Wave One

SYNOPSIS

After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains.
How did the Reflection happen? What was the cause of it?
With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.

(Source: Studio Deen)

THOUGHTS – YAY

A Stan Lee anime project?! I have no idea how it’ll work out, but holy shit I want to be able to see that!


Vatican Kiseki Chousakan

SYNOPSIS

Hiraga Josef Kou, a genius scientist, and Robert Nicholas, an archives and cryptanalysis expert. The two work as a team as the Vatican’s “miracle examiners,” traveling the world to investigate the authenticity of claims of miracles.

(Source: MyAnimeList)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I don’t even know why I put this on the list, I should’ve known better that too even look into anything that has the name ‘Vatican’ involved in it. This sounds boring as all hell and I see zero reason to watch this, a serious-sounding show with religious undertones. Count me beyond out on this one.


Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou

SYNOPSIS

Inaba Yuushi’s parents died in his first year of middle school, and he moved in with his relatives. Though they did care for him, he could tell he was a burden. After he graduated, he happily prepared to move to a high school with a dormitory. Unfortunately, the dormitory burned to the ground before he could move in! Yuushi doesn’t want to live with his grudging relatives, but it’s rough finding lodging as an orphaned student with little money. He finally finds a room in a nice old building which seems too good to be true.

The catch is that it is a Monster House, a place where humans and supernatural creatures—ghosts, mononoke, etc.—live together. Another high schooler lives there, a cute girl named Akine, and she’s completely unfazed by the monsters. In fact, she can even exorcise evil spirits! Yuushi’s high school life just got much stranger than he ever bargained for!

(Source: MangaHelpers)

THOUGHTS – YAY

I’m always a little curious about any show that takes the youkai concept and twists it a little bit. The idea of a “Monster House” alone grabs my attention, I’m hoping it ends up being a nice mix of fun and emotion, like The Morose Mononokean was.


Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e

SYNOPSIS

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment.

Ayanokouji Kiyotaka is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Horikita Suzune and Kushida Kikyou, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.

(Source: Anime News Network)

THOUGHTS – NAY

I don’t see anything here that really brings anything unique to the table, it just sounds like another high school anime that’s filled to the brim with delinquents and as the synopsis calls them “inferior” students. I’ve seen plenty of shows that try this and almost all of them fail miserably. This one appears to be going the serious route also, so I’m definitely not interested.


And that’s it! So at this time, the total number of shows I’ll be watching at the start of the spring season will be…19!

Now this time I’m a little more prepared for a much smaller number, since Netflix and Anime Strike are starting to take shows away from Crunchyroll. Either way, there’s a pretty healthy list going on here. Hopefully Crunchyroll doesn’t lose New Game!! like they did with Saekano Season 2 and Sword Orotoria. I will lose my shit if that happens. But I see a lot of good comedies here, lot of potential for a fun season. Hopefully the numbers don’t dwindle so fast in the early-going.

See you in July!

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