The summer anime season is about to start, and you all know what that means! Yes, disappointment from promising shows. Nevertheless, we here at Anime Night continue to hope that something can be marginally good. Here's what we're praying for to not suck this coming season.
by Jerry Brown
For me, Monogatari Series Second Season was the most exciting, interesting, and well-made anime of last year. Hanamonogatari is a continuation of that-- the final arc of the second part of the Monogatari Series. Taking place far in the future from when Second Season ended, Kanbaru Suruga takes the spotlight. It's finally time to resolve her story, and see the end to the devil's arm.
Kanbaru was clearly absent in Second Season, which was pretty disappointing for me. She's one of the funniest characters in the series, and there was a lot of interesting connection made to Kanbaru and her family during Second Season. This is also the last story chronologically in the Monogatari Series, so it'll be interesting to see a little bit into the future. Studio SHAFT always deliver with this series, and Hanamonogatari will hopefully feed my desire for more until the final season starts airing.
Zankyou no Terror
by Jerry Brown
Last season, Shinichiro Watanabe returned with a bang-- that bang being Space Dandy, of course. Dandy was supposed to be his next big thing, something to shake up the anime world. Now, while Dandy was very good, it didn't live up to the massive amounts of hype I saw for it. Instead of being something like Cowboy Bebop, a space western, it was it's own type of thing. Funny, wacky, nonsensical. I loved it, but it was not what I was expecting. Now enter Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Tokyo / Terror in Resonance for you folks who like English titles). While Zankyou no Terror might not be getting Dandy-level hype, I think it's really going to stand out this season.
Zankyou no Terror has had a pretty good shroud of mystery around it. All the information that's been given out so far is as follows: The city of Tokyo, hit by a devastating terrorist attack, scrambles to decipher a mysterious video uploaded by the supposed terrorists. Two teenagers, who form a group called "Sphinx", wish to "wake the world from it's slumber." I think Watanabe is going to deliver something really special with Zankyou no Terror. Atleast, I'm looking forward to a psychological thriller in the midst of all the moe.
Space Dandy S2
by Conro Norock
11:23 PM—i300: by the way
11:23 PM—i300: write 2 paragraphs for a show youre excited about
11:23 PM—i300: in the coming anime season
11:23 PM—i300: aka
11:23 PM—i300: dandy
Okay Jerry Brown. Fine. Two paragraphs on Dandy. Because I'm not looking forward to anything else. All I know is Dandy. I see how it is. You're just assuming-
Oh, okay. Folks, he has just sent me the preview for the page this is going on and it already says Space Dandy. What a tool! He already put Space Dandy in big ol' blue text, right above this text. What if I was gonna say his fuckin' Monogatari shit? He doesn't know! What's this below it? Zankyou no Terror? I'll Zankyou to not think I'm a one trick pony, Brown!
Also, yeah, Space Dandy comes out on the 5th of July and I'm gonna be watching that and JoJo. Hooray!
Psycho-Pass (NEW EDIT VER)
by John Stokes
Psycho-Pass is the story of Tsunemori Akane, a fresh and bright-eyed recruit for the police force in a dystopian sci-fi near-future world where a computer system known as the Sibyl System categorizes everyone's personality and mental state into things known as 'Psycho-Passes' (hence the title). In this police force, detectives such as Akane take command of 'latent criminals' (people that Sibyl believes will commit crimes in the future) in order to solve crimes and intercept the worst criminals known to mankind. Of course, there's a bit more to it than just this summary, being an Urobuchi work, but saying any more would be spoilers.
Now, some of you might be a little confused, and for good reason, Psycho-Pass originally aired over a year ago, in the 2012-2013 fall and winter seasons. This 'new edit version' of the show is a complete revamp of the original, with 11 one-hour(!!!) episodes, instead of 24 twenty-minute episodes. It's coming with new animation, new scenes, and it sounds like it's going to be super hype. The reason they're doing this is because the second season of the show, as well as the movie, are coming in the fall and winter seasons, respectively. I'm also definitely looking forward to these new additions, as Psycho-Pass is one of my favourite shows of all time.
Space Dandy S2
by Conro Norock
Hello, folks. Against my will I'm being forced to tell you that you should watch Space Dandy because it's funny and has a great dub and has good characters and is fucking batshit insane. In a good way. I am looking forward to it this summer season.
Please call the police, he has my family
by John Stokes
Continuing on with the good ole' Gen Urobuchi double punch, the next show I'm excited about from the upcoming summer season is Aldnoah.Zero. Details about the plot are a bit scarce, but what we know is that apparently during the Apollo missions in the 70s, humanity discovered a teleportation gate to Mars on the Moon, and then that has negative consequences, mainly war, between Earth and unknown forces. A few preview trailers have been released, but so far, the details of the plot seem pretty murky. I'm not sure whether or not this series has anything to do with Gen Urobuchi's other mecha work (The movie Rakuen Tsuiho: Expelled From Paradise), but we'll have to wait an see. Regardless, I'm a pretty big science-fiction fan, as well as a pretty big mecha fan (even if I haven't watched every Gundam series), and I'm a pretty big fan of Gen Urobuchi's writing as well, so I'm pretty excited for how this one is going to turn out. Hopefully it will please just as much as all of his other works, and leave us feeling just as emotionally crushed in the end.