I am particularly excited for the anime coming this July. There are some great titles to keep us company while we watch the Summer Olympics, somewhere close to a beach and with a cold lemonade in hand. (Any plans for this summer?)
But this is not your usual Best of Summer 2016 list. We are all eager to see “Rewrite” and “91 Days”. But, personally, I am interested in a few anime that speak to the fanboy and gamer inside me. Anime that are either based on videogames, revisit an awesome anime of the past, or continue a long-running series.
Tales of Zestiria the X(テイルズ オブ ゼスティリア ザ クロス)
- Direction: Sotozaki Haruo
- Music: Sakuraba Motoi, Shiina Gou
- Animation Studio: Ufotable
“Tales of Zestiria” is one of my favorite recent Jrpgs. This is not the first time that a game from the Tales Of games gets an anime adaptation, but this is the only time I am genuinely interested to see what comes out of it. Ufotable is the same studio that produced the “Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake” television anime special one month before the game came out in Japan (January 2015).
The anime is not going to be a straight adaptation of the game, but instead a more general Tales of project.
DanganRompa 3 (ダンガンロンパ3 -The End of 希望ヶ峰学園)
- Direction: Kishi Seiji
- Music: Takada Masafumi
- Animation Studio: Lerche
This is not a Danganronpa game adaptation. I repeat. This is NOT a Danganronpa game adaptation.
It is an original new story supervised by the game’s creator and it will be the conclusion of the “Hope’s Peak Academy” storyline within the Danganronpa franchise. The anime will be split in two chapters, the Mirai Hen (Future Volume) and the Zetsubou Hen (Despair Volume). The first is a sequel to “Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair” while the second is a prequel. Both chapters will start this July and will play alongside.
Why do we need a conclusion? Because the new game “Danganronpa V3: Everyone’s New Semester of Killing” is going to take a new fresh turn, introducing a new setting and entirely different faces.
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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! (Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ 3rei!!)
- Director: Oonuma Shin
- Music: Lantis
- Animation Studio: Silver Link
This is a straight bet: the fourth season and a direct sequel of the “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya” series. If you haven’t watched any of the previous seasons, I don’t recommend diving head on into the fourth. Go back to the 2013 and the first anime, and slowly get yourself up to date.
If you like “Fate/stay night”, it’s certainly worth the time. “Fate/kaleid” is a spin-off about an alternate world where Illyasviel von Einzbern is a magical girl.
- Director: Ashino Yoshiharu
- Animation Studio: TMS Entertainment
8 years. That’s how long it’s been since the last D.Gray-man episode aired in September 30, 2008. Yu Kanda is also the most recent character I cosplayed. The franchise has a special place in my heart.
The new series will feature an all-new cast and it will NOT be a reboot. I know I am sounding a little harsh will all those CAPS, but you can’t imagine the rumours and conversations a man must go through when discussing upcoming anime. According to the series’ creator, Katsura Hoshino, it will be a direct sequel. Thank the Anime God.
- Director: Itagaki Sin
- Music: Sagisu Shirou
- Animation Studio: GEMBA & Millepensee
The famed “Berserk” manga will get its first new series since the original 1997 airing, almost twenty years later. As much as I love innovation and new series, “Berserk” is just too damn good to ignore.
This 24-episode series is a direct sequel to the “Golden Age Arc” film trilogy and it will cover the Black Swordsman arc. You may vaguely remember glimpses of the arc during the first episode of the 1997 series and the last scene of the recent films.
The voice cast from the movies will reprise their roles.
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I don’t know about you, but I am already troubling my mind with very important details like snack lists, friend invites, optimal screen position, and plastic weapons for heated anime discussions. There just isn’t enough time to see everything, and that’s why I am sure you have your own Summer 2016 list. What are you going to watch?