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Thoughts On the 2016 Summer Anime Season

The Summer anime season is firing on all cylinders right now. As an indication, 15 currently airing anime are keeping me glued to the screen. Once the season ends, I plan to add in Orange, Tales of Zestiria the X and Handa-kun to my list if I find the time to read or watch the original Barakamon. 

There are even weeks where I can barely keep up with the sheer number of episodes but it's a problem that I'm happy to deal with. Here's my thoughts on the more outstanding anime this season but there are definitely many others that you should be watching.

1. 91 Days

Imagine The Godfather or The Sopranos but as an anime instead. 91 Days is also produced by the same studio that helmed Durararara!! so if you're a fan of the art style, you're in luck. The main character's cunning and intelligence is a joy to watch, even managing to outwit a mafia boss at one stage.

2. Amaama to Inazuma

A touching story about a father who finally learns how to cook after finding out his daughter misses his deceased wife's cooking. For anyone who remembers their first week or month in the kitchen, this anime is a hilarious reminder of those times. From handling a knife gingerly to egregiously overcooking even the simplest of dishes, it's probably the sleeper hit of this season.

3. Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu

A pity that Arslan Senki's second season only has 8 episodes before the Nanatsu no Taizai special airs. The production quality has improved by leaps and bounds from the first season and the characters continue to get fleshed out, especially Prince Hermes. He's no longer one-dimensional and I actually feel for the guy now.

4. Fate/Kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 3rei!!

The fourth season of PRISMA ILLYA receives a huge tonal shift from the first three seasons, resembling Fate/Stay Night instead and specifically the Heaven's Feel route of the visual novel once the second half of the season kicks in. 3rei!! might even have the best fights of the franchise. Imagine Gilgamesh facing off against two Archers. If that doesn't excite any Fate fan, I don't know what will.

5. Love Live! Sunshine!!

The girls from μ's are ba---just kidding. In their place is a brand new group named Aquors along with a new set of high school girls. If you're a fan of the franchise like myself, Love Live! Sunshine!! and Aquors need no introduction and for casual viewers who enjoyed the first Love Live! anime, the sequel features vastly improved production quality and a different setting altogether.

6. Mob Psycho 100

Like One-Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100 is an anime that's more complex than it seems. It turns overused tropes on their head and although the art pales in comparison to the rest of the anime this season, the animation is fluid, especially in fights.

7. Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

This is perhaps the easiest anime to convince anyone to watch based on hype alone (>2000 comments per episode on the Anime subreddit). I'm already waiting for an announcement for a second season, given how faithful the adaptation is. Nagatsuki Tappei, author of the source material, even sits through each episode as it airs and livetweets the process. That's a clear indicator of how successful this anime is.

8. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

There have been complaints regarding the pacing of Shokugeki no Souma's second season but my only gripe would be second season not being two cour and the art not being able to match up to Saeki Shun's in the manga. On the flipside, I hope that J.C Staff compiles the missing scenes into an OVA. More than a few of them are key to the development of a competitor's dish in the Autumn Election.

Written by ET

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