Summer is officially here. Nature is announcing the resounding presence of the summertime of 2019. If you are an anime lover like me, you know that the anime world is also getting ready to bestow us with tons of summer animes. But before you dive into those, take a look at these eight spring animes which made a great impression for the year of 2019.
8. 7 Seeds (12 episodes-)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Sci-fi, Shoujo
Synopsis: In the immediate future, a giant meteorite has collided with earth. All living organisms, including mankind, have been wiped off the face of the planet. The government, who had foreseen this outcome, took measures to counter the worst-case scenario. In particular was Project “7SEEDS,” in which five sets of seven young men and women were carefully selected and placed into teams (Spring, Summer A, Summer B, Autumn, and Winter). Each participant was then put under cryogenic sleep in hopes of preserving the continued existence of mankind.
When those men and women awoke, they found themselves suddenly thrust into a cruel world. While bereft and grieved over forever losing their loved ones, they sought to find ways to survive.
The premise of the story is good. Our world evolving without our knowledge, while we almost managed to get extinct like dinosaurs, sounds interesting. Characters of this anime encounter lots of interesting creatures and plants. Although I disagree with most of the decisions these characters made throughout the anime, I’ll still recommend this Netflix anime for its good animation and its interesting premise. But please don’t have your hopes high with all those horror, mystery tags in the genre, it’s a very simple anime and you don’t have to use your brain too much to figure anything out.
7. Kono Oto Tomare! (Stop this sound) (13 eps)
Genres: Music, Drama, School, Shounen
Synopsis: Since the graduation of the senior members of the club, Takezou ends up being the sole member of the “Koto” (traditional Japanese string instrument) club. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. How will Takezou be able to keep his club alive and deal with this rascal of a new member? (Source: myanimelist.net)
It’s a great anime with lots of cute, lovable characters. The writer introduced us with the Japanese musical instrument Koto (something I’ve never heard about before) with this anime and it sounds amazing! The Koto club members are all from different background, some of they seem very unlikely to fit in the world of music. But with friendship and inspiration from each other they will all give their hearts and souls to music. It’s a lighthearted high school drama with a promise of a fun ride. And don’t get me started how amazing is the sound of Koto, ok? Just go and experience it.
6. Bungou Stray Dogs (12 eps)
Genres: Action, Mystery, Super Power, Supernatural, Seinen
Synopsis: For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city.
While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorizing the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.
If you haven’t watched the first two seasons of Bungou Stray Dogs, it will be very hard to follow the story, but who cares, fights are awesome here, and it’s still fun to watch. I recommend this anime for its fabulous action scenes.
5. Dororo (24 eps)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Samurai
Synopsis: The greedy samurai lord Daigo Kagemitsu’s land is dying, and he would do anything for power, even renounce Buddha and make a pact with demons. His prayers are answered by 12 demons who grant him the power he desires by aiding his prefecture’s growth but at a price. When Kagemitsu’s first son is born, the boy has no limbs, no nose, no eyes, no ears, nor even skin—yet still, he lives.
This child is disposed of in a river and forgotten. But as luck would have it, he is saved by a medicine man who provides him with prosthetics and weapons, allowing for him to survive and fend for himself. The boy lives and grows, and although he cannot see, hear, or feel anything, he must defeat the demons that took him as sacrifice. With the death of each one, he regains a part of himself that is rightfully his. For many years he wanders alone, until one day an orphan boy, Dororo, befriends him. The unlikely pair of castaways now fight for their survival and humanity in an unforgiving, demon-infested world.
This anime is an adaptation of an old anime aired around 50 years ago. It really had a great start and a great premise, but in the end kind of lacked in something. However, I will still recommend watching it for its’ animation, its opening songs and for making us not forget the effect of wars on common people.
4. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Synopsis: The Four Cardinal Heroes are a group of ordinary men from modern-day Japan summoned to the kingdom of Melromarc to become its saviors. Melromarc is a country plagued by the Waves of Catastrophe that have repeatedly ravaged the land and brought disaster to its citizens for centuries. The four heroes are respectively bestowed a sword, spear, bow, and shield to vanquish these Waves. Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku, becomes cursed with the fate of being the “Shield Hero.” Armed with only a measly shield, Naofumi is belittled and ridiculed by his fellow heroes and the kingdom’s people due to his weak offensive capabilities and lackluster personality.
When the heroes are provided with resources and comrades to train with, Naofumi sets out with the only person willing to train alongside him, Malty Melromarc. He is soon betrayed by her, however, and becomes falsely accused of taking advantage of her. Naofumi then becomes heavily discriminated against and hated by the people of Melromarc for something he didn’t do. With a raging storm of hurt and mistrust in his heart, Naofumi begins his journey of strengthening himself and his reputation. Further along however, the difficulty of being on his own sets in, so Naofumi buys a demi-human slave on the verge of death named Raphtalia to accompany him on his travels.
As the Waves approach the kingdom, Naofumi and Raphtalia must fight for the survival of the kingdom and protect the people of Melromarc from their ill-fated future.
I would say it’s one of the best Isekai movie (Japanese word, meaning: Another World), I’ve never seen an anime where the hero is hated so much from the very beginning of the series. Stacks were against him from the start but he really did a great job rising up. Love this show, it’s character development was also pretty good. Although this show has some loli issues, but fortunately it doesn’t dwell too much in it. If you give it a chance for couple episodes, I think you’ll like it in the end.
3. One Punch Man 2nd Season (12 episodes)
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Parody, Super Power, Supernatural, Seinen
Synopsis: The seemingly ordinary and unimpressive Saitama has a rather unique hobby: being a hero. In order to pursue his childhood dream, he trained relentlessly for three years—and lost all of his hair in the process. Now, Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy is able to defeat him in battle. In fact, all it takes to defeat evildoers with just one punch has led to an unexpected problem—he is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battling and has become quite bored.
This all changes with the arrival of Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, who wishes to be Saitama’s disciple after seeing what he is capable of. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes that will be recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Saitama, shocked that no one knows who he is, quickly agrees. And thus begins the story of One Punch Man, an action-comedy that follows an eccentric individual who longs to fight strong enemies that can hopefully give him the excitement he once felt and just maybe, he’ll become popular in the process.
If you haven’t watched One Punch Man season 1 yet, just watch it. You’ll see why fans of One Punch Man waited for years for its’ second season. This popular anime is based on a very popular manga, though the second season didn’t do justice to its fan base. Its’ story line and fight scenes are rather bland. However, One Punch Man is still going to be a legend among all the anime heroes, and I think it’s worth watching.
2. Blade of Demon Destruction (26 episodes)
Genres: Adventure, Dark Fantasy
Synopsis: Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjirou, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality…
Ever since the death of his father, Tanjirou has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they’ve found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjirou finds his family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought…
Thus begins Tanjirou’s quest to fight demons and turn his sister human again.
It’s a beautiful anime, trust me, the art is great! Every fight scene is awesome! Great soundtrack, just watch it. Each and every character is crafted well and the writer will play with your heart. You’ll want to hate some demons but sometimes can’t help but feel sorry for them if the writer wishes so. Tanjirou, our kind hearted protagonist will definitely become one of the most beloved heroes. Even though his water breathing technique and some other weird action scenes will make you raise your eyebrows, this anime is still a treasure among all the spring animes in 2019.
1. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 part 2 (Attack on Titan) (10 episodes)
Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Military, Mystery, Shounen, Super Power
Synopsis: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.
Attack on Titan is one of the greatest animes of all time. It has a powerful story that can resonate with our internal fears, it promises us a thrilling ride, amazing battles, awesome soundtrack, and a cliffhanger in every episode. Although lots of people complained about its character development, it never bothers me. In my opinion, charisma of the characters has very little to do with their survivals in a battle. This anime is more focused on camaraderie and battle strategies and our overall sense of freedom and justice.