The start of summer (or winter Southern Hemisphere folks) brings with it plenty of things. Where I’m at that means heat, humidity and ridiculously inflated utility bills in a quest to maintain some adequate level of comfort. On a much more relevant note, it also means another new season of series to watch. I think in the past, the summer season has largely been dismissed as inferior to the spring and fall seasons. So I decided to look back 5 years to see what came out of that summer.
There were shows like Baccano!, Mononoke, the second season of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (the last of which is the only I have seen) which have held up well. On the other hand, Zero no Tsukaima began to drop in quality, Umisho was pretty much the average show. However, by the end, most of the conversation focused on a boat taking a scenic journey around an unspecified location in Europe. Actually, that was more a case of shipping costing the lives of characters in the case of School Days. Plus, that was a nice boat.
Anyway, it’s on to the actual point of having this preview; considering which shows I would want to write on. I think 3 in a season has worked out pretty well for me up to this point, and I don’t see much reason to change that. If I end up choosing a show that goes into the fall, then it will have the added bonus of missing 2 weeks in the middle of it. So with that in mind, here are my perspective picks.
Would Consider Blogging
- Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
So in a first pass through of reading through what each is about I came away with 2 shows that feature high school boys that are part of unusual clubs. I guess what stands out about these two from the rest is the first being an eroge adaptation that seems to have a political edge to it. No doubt that edge is as sharp as a soft pillow, but it’s different enough. Ebiten seems to fall into that category of harem lead who really shouldn’t have any hope in hell of ending up with any of the girls. Actually, the best thing it could do is show fujoshi as normal people, but that’s a pretty faint hope.
Will Probably Watch Anyway
- Dog Days’
- Tari Tari
- Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
- Rinne no Lagrange
And so it moves on to one of these shows to try to get promoted into the top group. Three of these are continuations of which I wrote little or nothing about the first season. They present a nice combination of fun, well-animated concert scenes and mecha which earned them second seasons. For the new series, Tari Tari is one of those series that is throwing a bunch of characters together and hoping it works well. Plus, it has a character who spent most of his childhood in Australia. Somehow, I doubt they’d have him speak Japanese with an Australian accent. As for Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru there’s the comically absurd premise and the harem lead here has tons of money if only he could find a future wife that isn’t his long-lost sister. I could choose any of these 5 to be honest.
Will Watch and Hate Myself for Doing So
- Natsuyuki Rendezvous
- Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
- Kokoro Connect
And here we have the stuff I always watch despite knowing it’s not actually any good. (See Highschool DxD, Maken-ki!, hundreds of others…) . We start with a premise that sounds fairly close to the movie Ghost. Maybe the love interest will become bros with the ghost. Will I care? Then there’s a show about a guy unable to become aroused, who will undoubtedly be constantly sporting an unseen erection in every scene. Plus, there’s Kokoro Connect which has a plot fitting of single installment doujinshi. Finally, Campione! probably has the typical overpowered protagonist with the charisma of wet paper.
No, Just No
- Oda Nobuna no Yabou
- Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
- Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
This isn’t particularly hating on any of these shows in particular, just that there are going to be better uses of my time. The last one’s premise is silly, unless we are taking tens of thousands of years into the future. While those watching Oda Nobuna should really watch Sengoku Collection for being surprisingly good, or Sengoku Otome to see how much of a compromise this appears to be.
As for those I haven’t mentioned, they are mainly down to either continuations of shows I didn’t watch, or they just didn’t look interesting enough to mention. I suppose in the case of the latter, it’s a pretty big indictment of it’s quality. Then again, I doubt the opinions of a small-time blogger thousands of miles away writing in a different language matter to a production committee.
Like all of these season previews I have done, please feel free to try to convince me what I should spend my time watching this coming season. You probably have a fairly good chance of winning me over at this point. Also, venting your frustration and/or expressing your affections for anything coming up is well encouraged.