Summer is here, ladies and gentlemen, and while many have argued the last couple of months that the season is looking a bit less eventful than the last (or even the next), let’s not forget that this is the season that marks the return of our favorite Titan-hunting heroes in the third season of Attack on Titan! To be honest, this season seems to focus more on quality sports titles that have a bit of summer in them, from diving and swimming anime Grand Blue Dreaming and the new season of Free! to beach volley in Okinawa in Harukana Receiveand badmington matches in The Badminton play of Ayano Hanesaki! Isekai fans are getting titles like How NOT to Summon a Demon Lordand The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar.Couple these with your usual arrange of slice-of-life anime and a few odds here and there (this season has only one mecha anime. Is the genre dying?) and this doesn’t seem like such a bad season.
MANGA.TOKYO will be reviewing 13 anime for our trademark weekly reviews, the most interesting on the anime web, where instead of over-analyzing each frame and discussing the animation techniques, we focus on the real reason for watching anime: to have fun! We watch anime because we love them, and MANGA.TOKYO is here to leave out all the unnecessary jargon and talk about the scenes that made us laugh and cry, the characters that pleased and annoyed us, the stories that inspired us to do and be more.
This article has a list of our episodic anime review titles for Summer 2018, a few words about our writers, and an introduction to our articles to get a taste of what MANGA.TOKYO is all about! Couple that with our Anime Hashtags list, our Anime Info page, and our constant coverage of all the latest anime and otaku news, and you have everything you need for an amazing summer season!
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Don’t forget to check our first impressions for all the new titles of the season later this month.
Summary: 13-year-old Rachel awakens to find herself trapped in the basement of an abandoned building. Without any memories, she wanders the building and comes across a man covered in bandages. He introduces himself as Zack and he wields a grim reaper-like sickle. Together, they have to find a way out of the building.
Horror, horror, are you there? This is a horror anime based on the popular horror game that goes by the same name. It was created using RPG MAKER by Hoshikuzu KRNKRN (Makoto Sanada) and it was originally released as freeware via the Den Fami Nico Game Magazine website. It was then ported for Microsoft Windows and Steam. It has been translated in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and English.
Summary: Angolmois is a story set in 1274 and is based on a historical manga, that tells the story of the Mongol attacks. Jinzaburo Kuchii is being sent to the exile at Tsushima island and has to fight the Mongols invading the island and he also meets Teruhi who is the daughter of a lord on Tsushima.
In the first centuries of the second millennia of what we refer to as Common Era, the Mongols were a formidable force who almost conquered all the known world. The term ‘Angolmois’ comes from the prophecies of Nostradamus about the end of the world (in 1999) and the oncoming reign of the great king of Angolmois, which is interpreted as being an anagram of the Old French word Mongolais ‘Mongolians’ and thus referring to Genghis Khan.
Summary: Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose and the battle for humanity continues! (Funimation)
Have you read the manga? If yes, then you probably know how awesome this season is going to be. If not, let me warn you. You are NOT expecting what’ll happen in the story. And, in contrast to the last season, Levi is going in the center (slightly to the left) of the action.
Summary: Three gangsters undergo sex-reassignment surgery and debut as the girl group ‘Goku Dolls’. No, really.
‘To go to school normally’ is a work of miracles! From a gang running wild on a construction site to the sudden urge to pee, there are many problems getting in the way of the below-average high school girl Chio Miyamo. This is going to be a hilarious comedy.
Summary: New York. Ash is a guy with outstanding appearance and fighting abilities. The young gang-leader hears the mysterious words ‘Banana Fish’ muttered from one of his men just as he dies. During that time, he also meets the Japanese boy Eiji Okumura, who came to New York as the assistant of a photographer. The two of them start to search for the truth behind the words ‘Banana Fish’…
Gangs of New York in a more modern setting, Banana Fish is based on a Japanese manga series by Akimi Yoshida. It was originally serialized in Shoujo Comic from 1985 to 1994 and the fans were waiting for this adaptation forever.
Black Clover is now in its fourth and last cour and MT will be here to review all 51 episodes of the series.
The anime is an adaptation of the fantasy shounen manga series written and illustrated by Tabata Yuuki In a world where the use of magic is the norm, Asta dreams of becoming the Wizard King, the greatest mage of the land. There is one problem, however: He can’t use magic. Asta and his best friend, Yuno, have already come a long way and they have a lot of adventures ahead of them if they want to become the Wizard King.
Summary: Kitahara Iori starts college near the ocean in Izu city. He will stay at his uncle’s shop for diving supplies, ‘Grand Blue’! Inevitably, he will find himself interacting with various people who love diving.
Does it get more summery than this? An ocean city. Girls in swimming (or diving) suits. Guys with toned abs. Beers. The sound of the cicadas. Grand Blue Dreaming is going to be all about that summer feeling and light comedy.
Summary: High school girl Aoi Mashiro unexpectedly runs into Kiyotaka ‘Holmes’ Yagashira, grandson of the owner of a little antique shop in Kyoto’s famous Teramachi Sanjo shopping district. After landing a part-time job at the shop, she and Kiyotaka solve odd cases brought to them by various clients.
What happens when you have a sharp mind and a knack for tackling down mysteries but you don’t live in England or your first name isn’t Hercule? Well, you get the protagonist role in an anime, and in one that seems really beautiful. Kyoto is a mesmerizing city, and the series is definitely taking us around for a tour.
Summary: If you need a summary for this anime, you are probably not going to watch the third season. If you insist: My Hero Academia is set in a world in which many of its people possess superpowers called ‘Quirks’. The Heroes of this world fight against the Villains. Many wannabe heroes attend U.A. High School in the hopes of becoming the next generation of Superheroes. One of those students is the main character Izuku ‘Deku’ Midoriya.
The third season finds the superhero shounen anime in its best shape and with a new anime movie! New villains, new heroes, new fights to battle! This is going to be an exciting summer for My Hero Academia.
Also, we have no clue if the anime is even going to air this July [Edit: it will! S3 starts 10 July 2018]. The third season was planned for this summer but we are still waiting for new info. Are they toying with us? Is Momonga going to invade and conquer this realm? What is going on?
Summary: An original mecha story based on a 1074-page-long storyboard by Satoshi Mizukami. A manga adaptation of the story will also start serialization on 28 April in Shonen Gahonsha’s Young King OURs, drawn by Mizukami himself.
After his current manga finished serialization, Satoshi Mizukami decided to finish an enormous science fiction story he had started four years before. It follows Muroya Kuroi who finds himself fighting a battle against an enormous weapon known as ‘Nebula’ and that’s about all we know for sure.
Summary: Tokyo, 1930. A werewolf named Yuliy and a group of vampire hunters called Jaegers (‘hunter’ in German) hunt vampires in a deadly battle over a mysterious holy arc called ‘The Arc of Sirius’.
I’m all about vampires and werewolves and hunters and that whole ordeal that is best serves in an era long gone (or not so long gone). What usually follows such a story is a lot of action-packed scenes, a tale of Good vs Evil where the werewolves are almost always the good and the vampires are almost always the evil. The setting of almost a hundred years in the past of Tokyo will provide some interesting background and costume choices, but in its heart, this is an anime about the I-lost-my-family protagonist who wants revenge from the creatures who took them from him.
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Christina: It seems that last season’s Golden Kamuyreally struck a chord in Christina. She is going to keep reviewing the Japanese past in Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki, but her second anime for this season has nothing to do with either the past or the shokugeki battles of Food Wars. Christina will be following the adventures of Chio’s road happenings in Chio’s School Road.
Marianne: Marianne couldn’t be more excited for the new season. She is leaving behind Tokyo Ghoul:re(which will be returning in Fall 2018) and Devil’s Line to review the third season of Attack on Titan! We are all excited about that. To complement her thirst for anime, she is also going to follow the anime adaptation of popular game Angels of Deathand the new season of Overlord!
Naja: Sadly, Naja will have to leave behind the Ashita no Joe -inspired Megalo Box. In its place, she will review shoujo action adventure BANANA FISH and the adventures of the Iwatomi swimming club in the new season of Free!
Lita:From a yaoi story to giant robots and now to vampires and hunters and werewolves. I don’t think Lita is going to settle just for one genre, as this season she is reviewing Tenrou: Sirius the Jaeger.
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