While waiting on the Fruits Basket finale to wrap up coverage of Spring… Let’s take a moment to take a look at what’s coming for Summer 2021. (Other than the heatwave we’re expecting this weekend.)
Hit the jump and let’s dive right in!
The first show needs no introduction…
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S
Is it bad that my most anticipated series this season is a sequel? Nah. I don’t think so. Not when it’s a show as fun as Maid Dragon.
Over on Twitter someone asked a very reasonable question about the elephant in the room next to the (maid) dragon… “Is it Maid Dragon people are looking forward to? Or the return of KyoAni?” After all, Maid Dragon is the first full series produced by KyonAni since the tragic arson attack in 2019.
For my part, I think it’s a little of both.
My coverage of the first season can be found in my posts on the Winter 2017 season.
Also be sure and check out one of the best AMV’s I’ve ever seen: Worth Watching – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid / My Best Friend.
Streaming on: Crunchyroll, VRV
Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite Shimatta… X
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X
Bakarina returns! I mean, another show which needs no introduction…
Given the ending of the first season, I am not at all sure where the second season is going… But I’m entirely onboard with watching Katarina cluelessly bumbling her way through the world, overcoming every adversity simply by being nice to people.
Also, Katerina x Maria. That’s a ship I’ll sail on forever. Unless it’s Katerina x Sophia, the fated relationship across space and time…. Damm. I can’t decide.
No announced stream. Crunchyroll streamed the first season so I expect they’ll pick up the second as well.
Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
The aquatope on white sand
A former idol goes to Okinawa and finds a new life helping a struggling aquarium from shutting down.Crunchyroll
Why am I anticipating this? Is it because I get Adachi to Shimamura vibes from it? Because it’s PA Works and I almost always check out what they present? Because the trailer just looks charming?
A little bit of all of them I think, plus it’s the closest to a CGDCT show this season. (And long term readers know that’s right in my wheelhouse.)
Streaming on: Crunchyroll
Love Live! Superstar!!
Yuigaoka Girls High School is a newly established school that lies between the Omotesando, Harajuku, and Aoyama neighborhoods of Tokyo. The story centers on its first batch of students. With no history, no upperclassmen or alumni, and no reputation, it is a school full of unknowns.
Five girls, among them Kanon Shibuya, have a fateful encounter with school idols. Kanon decides, “I love singing. I want to make something come true with song!” Many feelings converge upon a star that has only started to grow. The future is blank and full of possibility for these girls, and their story that everyone will make possible has only just begun. Soar with your wings, our Love Live!
My relationship with the School Idol Project is complicated. I enjoyed the heck out of the original Love Live!, but the sequels… Love Live! Sunshine!! had some interesting characters, but fell short in that they never let the show stand on it’s own two feet. Between the constant references to it’s famous sibling and flawed performances, it never was what it could have been. Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club was just a mess right from the start. It had some interesting ideas, but it never went anywhere but in circles and I dropped it mid-season.
So, it’s with great trepidation that it goes onto anticipated list.
No announced stream, though I find it hard to believe it won’t get picked up somewhere.
Only four series? I mean I’ll check out tons more, but I hadn’t realized how few I was actually anticipating. On the other hand, a thin season would actually be a bit welcome. Not only are there side projects to the blog I need to work on… But with two episodes of Nana and Oishinbo each week I start with the equivalent of four series right off the bat.
That being said, with the overwhelming number of isekai in this season’s offerings, I don’t anticipate picking up much/many. I’m pretty much burned out on the genre, so unless it’s something really special I’m not sticking around.
So, what are you anticipating this coming season? Check out the season chart, drop a comment, and let’s chat!