We’re now into the first week of July and that means a new season of anime is coming out. Ignoring sequels and OVAs, the season’s titles can be grouped into three categories.
Anime with lots of pretty girls, or one super-pretty girl, have been around for ages and there’s always at least a few in every season. With five titles (Amagami SS, Asobi ni Iku Yo, Ookami-san to Shichi-nin no Nakama-tachi, Seitokai Yakuindomo, and Shukufuku no Campanella) this summer is no exception. While this type of anime is usually described as romantic comedies or just romance, many people refer to them as bishoujo (literally, pretty girl) anime mainly because that is their selling point, along with lots of fanservice. If you’re not interested in fanservice, Amagami SS might be the way to go as it leans more heavily on romance. On the other hand, if fanservice is what you’re looking for, Shukufuku no Campanella and Asobi ni Iku Yo look like good titles to pick up. The other two titles look like a good balance of fanservice, comedy, and romance.
There seems to be a lack of new action anime lately, but thankfully there are two titles this summer with some potential. The first is Nurarihyon no Mago, a coming-of-age anime about a part-human, part-demon boy who must one day take over as head of a demon clan. The other title is The Legend of The Legendary Heroes. I know the name sounds dumb, but I think it has a lot of potential. The anime is about a young magician who must go on a journey to find some legendary items.
Like most things, anime goes through different phases, and recently it looks like more dark, supernatural-themed anime are starting to pop up. Looking at the summer 2009 season, the only anime of this type was Umineko no Naku Koro Ni. This summer, there are three new titles: High School of The Dead, Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin, and Shiki. Everyone loves zombies, and if you like seeing zombies get killed by the masses, then High School of The Dead is the perfect anime for you. Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin has less killing and more mystery, while Shiki is a horror mystery you don’t want to watch if you get scared easily.
A noticeable difference between this season and other seasons is the lack of all-girl no-plot anime, and the lack of giant robots. A few years ago, anime fans were all raving over anime like Lucky Star and K-ON, and they spawned dozens of lesser-known anime that tried to draw in audiences by depicting the lives of 4 or 5 regular schoolgirls. It looks like that craze is finally over now that there’s a whole season without any all-girl no-plot anime. As for the lack of giant robots, I actually find that surprising since they’ve been popular forever. I wouldn’t worry about it though, as I’m sure Bandai will come out with something soon.