Ahhh… Summer! That means Summer Break, beaches, fireworks… And a whole new slate of anime to consider. Hit the jump and let’s talk about what’s coming our way in the next few weeks.
As is my usual habit here at the Lounge, these aren’t necessarily in any particular order. It’s pretty easy to sort by broad bands, but mostly pointless to sort in details.
The shows that I am anticipating are in bold, shows my wife and I are anticipating together are in bold italics.
Renmei Kuugun Koukuu Mahou Ongakutai Luminous Witches
League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches
That’s a real mouthful of a title… and possibly the most redonkulous concept ever. Strike Witches – but they’re idols.
The war against invading aliens can’t be won by missiles alone! Team morale matters just as much as launching a counterassault, and that’s where Ginny and her friends come in. Instead of standing on the front lines with the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, the Luminous Witches of the League of Nations Air Force bring smiles to civilians displaced in the human-Neuroi war world with thrilling song and dance — not to mention aerial displays the likes of which the music world has never seen! While they might be non-combatants, these performers know the value of preserving the people’s smiles, and they’ll fight in their unique way to make sure those smiles never fade.
I mean seriously, the World Witches franchise has never taken itself too seriously… But this is just crazy.
I enjoyed the OG and it’s sequel, but I haven’t been pleased with subsequent outings. But it is an idol show, and everyone knows Derek can’t avoid at least taking a peek at those.
Love Live! Superstar!! 2nd Season
Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2
On the topic of idol shows, this one needs no introduction…
I loved the heck out of the first season because (unlike Sunshine!) it really rocked with the same chaotic energy of the original series. But… They’re introducing four characters to bring the roster to the franchise’s standard nine. (The same as a baseball team – coincidence?) I have mixed feelings on that, because I loved how much concentration there was with a smaller cast. But I shouldn’t have expected it to fall too far from the tree, that’s not Love Live‘s style.
Though there’s a couple more… I’ll round out my coverage idol series with what appears to be the first idol show in a couple of seasons without some kind of “gimmick”.
Although the idol group TiNgS is chasing after big dreams, so far their accomplishments have only been small — and now, suddenly, they’re facing a potential break up! Hope seems lost, but when a new manager with a special skillset takes them under his wing, the members of TiNgS find themselves shooting for the stars all over again.
There’s a catch though, there’s always a catch. While there’s not a gimmick in the plot, there’s a meta-gimmick. The series is part of multi-media franchise. That generally means plenty of waifu bait and a fairly lightweight plot.
With that, let’s move on from idol shows and take a look at the sequels. While not as sequel heavy as some season, there’s enough of them – and that includes one of my most anticipated sequels ever (that’s not Chihiyafuru).
MADE IN ABYSS: Retsujitsu no Ougonkyo
MADE IN ABYSS: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun
This is it folks, the day we’ve been looking forward to and dreading – a return to the world of the Abyss. I’d like to say a continuation of Riko and Reg’s adventures, but that seems entirely too damm lighthearted.
This is very emphatically not a lighthearted show.
In Summer 2017, we usually paired our weekly watch with something mindless, light, or funny to try and take our mind off what we had just watched…
Kanojo, Okarishimasu 2nd Season
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2
When first season ended, back in Summer 2020, I was ambivalent about watching a sequel. I’m still ambivalent. I’m going to check it out, but I wouldn’t be surprised at an early drop… especially if it’s on a busy evening or the season ends up being packed.
The Devil is a Part-Timer!!
From the trailer it looks like it’s going in a different direction from S1… (Kinda has to since it reached a more-or-less definitive end.) But parts also look awfully familiar. Which is good.
We loved the first season, so when the sequel was announced it went straight onto our anticipation list. And we rewatched S1!
Done with the sequels and rounding into the home stretch…
Uncle from Another World
Hit by a truck when he was 17 years old, Takafumi’s uncle suddenly awakens from a coma that lasted 17 years. When Takafumi visits him in the hospital, he sees his uncle muttering nonsense, declaring that he has returned from another world named “GRAN-BAHAMAL.”
…Clearly, his uncle has lost his marbles.
Just when you think they’ve run out out of isekai ideas. Something drops that looks like it could actually be good. Or… so bad it’s good?
Is it bad that I kinda hope it’s the latter? There are some pretty weird bits in the various trailers.
Tokyo Mew Mew New~♡
TOKYO MEW MEW NEW
The scientists of the μ(Mew) Project use DNA of endangered species to create a team of heroines imbued with amazing super-human abilities. One of them, Ichigo Momomiya, awakens to discover she is armed with all the skills of a Iriomote cat. Ichigo must band together with other Mew Mew girls to repel an alien incursion, all the while hiding their thrilling double lives from friends and family.
Reboot of a classic majo shoujo series. And thus I feel duty bound to check it out… <crossing fingers> Even though I’m not normally big on the genre.
Hope CLV, a regular commenter on my Facebook posts and expert on majo shoujo, will join us us here on the blog for this series. I often lean heavily on commenters to help me out.
Kumichou Musume to Sewagakari
The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting
Kirishima Toru was accustomed to solving all problems through violence and was called “the Demon of Sakuragi” by the underbelly of society. One day, the boss of the Sakuragi family suddenly summons Kirishima and appoints him caretaker of his only daughter, Yaeka!
This is a heartwarming comedy about a yakuza crime family’s right-hand man and the boss’ only daughter. The two of them are about to begin their new daily lives together!
Found family? If so, definitely in my wheelhouse. Unfortunately, the trailers aren’t very informative – so, crossing my fingers.
OK, so that brings us to the end of stuff I’ve got marked as anticipated. There’s several more I’m also planning to check out, but they don’t really rise to the level of “anticipated”. And, as usual, I’ll be checking out a ton of shows and keeping my ear to the ground for buzz and my eyes open for recommendations from my commenters.
And with that, over to you! Check out the Summer 2022 Season Chart and the drop a comment – what are you looking forward to? Anything I missed?