A bit of a break this week, as spring is officially over! Still expect to see the ongoing series coverage, as well as Re:Zero – but here’s a little look in to what we’re most excited for as the new season begins!
A great shout-out to Random Curiosity and their fantastic Summer 2016 Preview! Be sure to look through that for a detailed account of every single thing you could possible watch. Anime News Network has a great upcoming anime page as well for your convenience. Here we will be looking at just a few specific shows that Clouded is excited about, and may possibly pick up for episode reviews. Always be sure to check the weekly reactions posts for extras and any new shows that are being picked up!
All of these shows are available streaming on Crunchyroll.
Premiere date: July 8th, 2016
During the Prohibition era, in the Lawless district the law has no power, the mafia rule the streets, and the illegally made liquor flows freely. At one time Avilio lived in this district, but after a mafia dispute ended in the murder of his family, he went into hiding. Later, Avilio receives a letter from a mysterious person that ignites his passion for revenge and leads him to return to Lawless. There, he infiltrates the Vanetti family and gets close to Nero.
Crime thrillers aren’t exactly few and far between in the anime world, and neither are period pieces, but getting a look in to crime families in America during prohibition is a bold direction for a show nowadays. It looks gritty, violent, and realistic, and the premise sounds reasonable. High hopes for the score as well from relatively new Shōgo Kaida, who should be taking advantage of America at the height of its jazz era. Lots of drama is expected out of this one.
Mob Psycho 100
Premiere date: July 11th, 2016
“Mob” is a boy who will explode if his emotional capacity reaches 100%. This boy with psychic powers earned his nickname “Mob” because he does not stand out among other people. He keeps his psychic powers bottled up so he can live normally, but if his emotional level reaches 100, something will overwhelm his entire body.
Now this looks like a trip. From the creators of One Punch Man (with a lot of connections to Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan), one of our favorite shows of recent memory, comes another insane spectacle with a young, over-powered main character who seems painfully normal despite one crazy trait. If the comedy and action lines up as well as it did in One Punch Man, this will be an event that can’t be missed.
Studio: Telecom, TMS Entertainment
Premiere date: July 3rd, 2016
Naho Takamiya is a timid 16-year-old girl. One day, she receives a letter from her future self detailing actions she must take to prevent Kakeru Naruse, the new transfer student, from sinking into depression and taking his own life.
This seems like a pretty stereotypical teen drama, but it also has time travel elements. Anything to get that little bit of extra sci- with our fi. The interest level may only be moderate at this point, but it seems worth checking out.
Studio: TMS Entertainment
Premiere date: July 1st, 2016 (Finished Airing)
Arata Kaizaki is an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents’ financial support. Unable to find a job due to him leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially-awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.
And here again we have another sort of teen drama with time travel elements. That seems to be the popular thing after the wildly successful Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased). The concept of asking “what would you have done if you knew what you know now” has been around for many years, maybe even before Ooh La La by The Faces. The definite bonus to this show as that although it started airing July 1st (shout out to Canada Day), the entire series is up on streaming sites like Crunchyroll. Get binging.