As we say goodbye to this year’s spring selection of anime (Which for the most part ended up being completely taken over by storm from Kimetsu no Yaiba), we now have an even more promising summer season to look forward to in the next few days. Historically speaking, the summer season of anime is usually one that doesn’t impress all that too much, but for the first time in a long time, we have a stacked season filled with a ton of upcoming promising series.
However, instead of recommending the more popular or “hype” new series such as Vinland Saga, Dr. Stone and Fire Force or returning favorites like DanMachi, this particular list will instead highlight some of the more underrated and obscure series that will debut during this summer season with hopes that you the reader will give them a chance via the 1 or 3 episode rules (Or even stick with them all the way through).
NOTE: All of the below series are recommended either because of interesting premises, the staff/studio involved in its production, or because of word of mouth from those that have read the source material or are fond of the original creator’s work
Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e
The democratic nation of Patria was created on the continent of Patria.
Because of economical disputes, the country split north and south, creating the Northern Union of Patria and the Southern Confederation of Patria and they waged a long civil war.
With their numbers dwindling, the North decides to use forbidden technology in order to defeat the South. This technology turns humans into monster-like soldiers, giving them almost godlike powers. And with those powers, the long war came to an end and peace was restored. Incarnates. They were the heroes who saved the country and were regarded as gods.
Time had passed, leaving the war behind. The people who had given up their human forms to become Incarnates were now feared by the masses due to their overwhelming power and were now called Beasts.
The former captain of the Incarnate squad, Hank, was on a journey to find his former Incarnate comrades who had turned into Beasts and was hunting them down as the Beast Hunter. A young woman named Schaal was on a journey to find the person who killed her Incarnate father. She encounters Hank and decides to go on a journey with him to discover the truth behind her father’s death. She eventually finds out that the battle is never truly over, and the existence of the man Hank is looking for who is apparently responsible for letting the Beasts loose into the world.
Where does Hank’s path lead him, as he bears the sins for killing his own comrades?
Studio: Mappa (Dororo, Kakegurui, Hajime no Ippo: Rising)
Director: Jun Shishido (Hajime no Ippo, Death Parade)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Drama
Air Date: July 1st
Official Simulcast: Crunchyroll, Animax
Kanata no Astra
The year is 2061, when space travel is now possible and commercially viable, and the students of Caird High School embark on their Planet Camp.
But soon after Group B5 arrived at their planetary camp site, a mysterious and unforeseen sentient light sphere warps its 9 members into outer space, stranding them 5012 light years away from their home planet.
With the discovery of an old, unmanned spaceship nearby, the students must stay strong, manage their limited resources and remain united in the darkness of space, so that all of them can survive their long and likely perilous trek back home aboard the Astra.
Studio: Lerche (Assassination Classroom, Scums Wish, Kino’s Journey 2017)
Director: Masaomi Andou (Scum’s Wish, White Album 2, Gakkougurashi)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Space
Air Date: July 3rd
Official Simulcast: Funimation
Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
When Lord El-Melloi II, the later Waver Velvet, gets asked to claim his inheritance over Adra Castle, he travels there with his apprentice Gray to do so. But they are not the only ones called that way. The will of the previous owner states that the assembled contestants—including Luviagelita Edelfelt—must compete in a game of wits to win the castle.
(This series takes place years after the events of Fate/Zero and follows Waver (Rider’s partner) from the original series.)
Episode 0 which serves as a prelude to this anime is available for streaming at this time on Crunchyroll
Studio: TROYCA (Re:Creators, Aldnoah Zero, Yagate Kimi ni Naru)
Director: Makoto Katou (Yagate Kimi ni Naru, Sakurako-san no Ashimoto)
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery)
Air Date: July 7th
Official Simulcast: Crunchyroll, Funimation
15 years ago, an unknown hyperspace gate opened over the Pacific. Beyond this gate lies Reto Semaani, a strange alternate world where fairies and demons live.
San Teresa City — a city where over two million immigrants live from both worlds. As a result, there are the haves and the have-nots. Here is the world’s newest “city of dreams.” But in the shadow of the chaos, crime is rampant: drugs, prostitution, and weapon trafficking.
The detectives who stand up to these heinous crimes are in the San Teresa City Police. When the detective Kei Matoba and the alternate-world knight Tirana — two individuals who differ in gender, personality, and even world of origin — meet, an incident erupts. Two worlds. Two justices.
From this, the curtain rises on a buddy police action story!
Studio: Millepensee (Berserk 2016)
Director: Shin Itagaki (Ben-To, Berserk 2016, Lupin The Third)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Police, Magic, Sci-Fi
Air Date: July 9th
Official Simulcast: N/A
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
Seventeen-year-old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku’s wet dream quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare.
While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?
Studio: White Fox + Asread (Goblin Slayer, Steins;Gate, Re:Zero, Mirai Nikki)
Director: Kinji Yoshimoto (Yuushibu, Queen’s Blade)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Air Date: July 8th
Official Simulcast: Aniplus
Honourable Mention: Given
Ritsuka played guitar but has lost interest in the instrument. One day, he meets Mafuyu, who is holding a broken guitar. Ritsuka unwillingly starts teaching Mafuyu the guitar, but when he hears Mafuyu’s voice, things suddenly begin to change for Ritsuka.
Genre: Music, Drama, Shounen Ai, Romance
Studio: Lerche (Assassination Classroom, Scum’s Wish)
Official Simulcast: N/A