As summer slowly draws to a close and with it so do the newly introduced anime that ushered its arrival. Below is a selection of best anime
for the Summer 2015 season - along with some honourable mentions of course - remember this is only new shows, so anything such as a second
season or an overlap from the spring season have been omitted.
Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers)
Anime shows portraying a ‘chosen one’ are a dime a dozen, but Rokka no Yuusha is at least a pretty special one - thus far anyway.
This anime by Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf) and new studio Passione is set in a fantasy world wherein every few decades a
‘Demon King’ appears. In order to combat him and his fiendish army, 6 strong warriors are chosen by the ‘Goddess of Fate’ -
known as Braves - and marked with a special symbol upon their body.
These 6 warriors must then travel and gather to a focal point, except when they arrive 7 warriors have gathered - one is an impostor.
Rokka no Yuusha is a show that whilst pretty straightforward within its tropes, it often diverges offering something
different whilst creating a world that abides by a set of rules of its own making and never breaking them. Even the main protagonist
(Adlet) is your stereotypical and self-proclaimed ‘strongest man in the world’ - a mantra he boasts not because it’s true, but to make
himself believe, in order to face what his reality offers.
As the name implies Gangsta centers around the town of Ergastulum; a place ridden with mob bosses, corrupt cops,
prostitutes and plenty of crime to go around. The story follows two ‘handymen - an eye patch wearing, gigolo named Worick and mute
named Nicholas - enforcers for hire that have become permanent fixtures of this seedy town, bringing along their own dark past along for
the ride too. Whilst Gangsta focuses on the relationship of the two main characters, be they friends, partners or
slave and master - it also highlights the bigger focus of their small place in Ergastulum itself.
Gangsta even attempts to make the town feel like a character in itself, it doesn’t quite reach the heights of say Durarara!!
but studio Manglobe once again bring their own unique style to Gangsta, mirroring their previous works such as
Samurai Champloo and the underrated Deadman Wonderland. Gangsta is also this season’s most adult targeted anime in
both terms of visuals and the various intertwining story arc’s.
The latest anime to depict the world of MMORPG’s except with a slightly different take and perspective on things. Helmed by veteran
animation studio Madhouse, OverLord tells the tale of a - soon to be shut down - online game named Yggdrasil.
Whilst the rest of his guild has long since abandoned the game over the years, a man named Momonga remains - determined to see the
game to its end.
Except when the time arrives the game doesn’t shut down, instead Momonga is perplexed to find himself now stuck
within the game - inside his created avatar character - as this once fabricated world slowly comes to life around him. Unlike most
anime shows depicting MMORPG’s, the protagonist of OverLord isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill hero. In fact he isn’t
a hero at all, as showcased with his skull emblazoned character he shrouds himself in. Having ventured and conquered everything
within Yggdrasil, he now sets his sights upon conquering this new world once again.
Far too many anime series depict a fantasy idyllic world, usually one in which a stereotypical ‘otaku’ takes to it like a duck to
water - the A1 Studios helmed GATE is that - except it at least attempts to bring a modicum of realism to
it’s story. During a busy day in Tokyo, a portal to another dimension opens up; what emerges is an army on horseback, wielding swords
and armour accompanied by various otherworldly beasts. The Japanese army quickly deal with this threat, helped by an off-duty officer
and the show’s main protagonist Yoji Itami.
But what to do with this newly opened portal to another world? Well taking a page from
our modern political landscape, invade of course! And so the JSDF (Japanese Self-Defense Force) are sent in; what awaits is easy prey,
as the modern equipment of today’s armed forces mow down the sword-wielding enemies of this new frontier. Whilst the fantasy world of
GATE is nothing you haven’t seen before, it’s refreshing to see a slight tinge of realism taken upon the same
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace (Ranpo's Mysterious Stories)
Based upon the lifeworks of renowned Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Ranpo, who himself was inspired by the likes of
Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace begins with murder most
foul, as a school teacher is turned into a ‘human chair’ within a classroom for the students to find. The main suspect in this murder
is a student named Kobayashi, who instead of being horrified at his situation instead becomes excited for the first time in his
life - and now jumping at the chance to prove his own innocence to the police and genius detective Akechi.
The two then become a Sherlock and Holmes symbiotic detective-duo, solving cases each episode. The main draw to this Lerche
made show is how dark it can be, it doesn’t shy away from highlighting the most grotesque elements on the human psyche. If you are
looking for a murder mystery show this season, then Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace should definitely be your first
port of call.
An anime adaption of an on-going and popular, albeit niche gaming franchise. Whilst having never played the monster-hunting game the
anime is based upon, I’m definitely far more interested now. The first thing that will captivate you about God Eater
is how beautiful it all looks, the style makes each frame look like its own painting, Ufotable really outdid themselves on
this (having worked in the past on titles such as the Tales franchise). In terms of plot, God Eater has a lot of
similarities to the hugely popular Attack On Titan.
The last remnants of humanity have built various walled cities to protect
themselves from the genetically engineered monsters outside, known as Aragami. Those capable of slaying these beasts are called
God Eater’s, wielding huge weapons to take them down. The main protagonist (Lenka) once lived outside of these walls, like many
nomadic humans trying to find a place to survive in the sprawling wasteland filled with monsters. The walled-city of the
Far East Branch took him in, testing positive; capable to handle their latest weapon, a new type of God Arc.
By far the funniest show on our screens right now, Prison School is just completely absurd in its premise and
caters to a very niche crowd with its constant sexual provocation - but if its for you, then it just might be your new favourite anime.
This J.C. Staff show witnesses five boys granted access to a once strictly all-girls school. Unfortunately those girls in
charge have utter disdain for boys, and the five are sent to prison for minor infractions within the school, given the ultimatum of
serving a month in jail or being expelled. An anime that hints at films like The Great Escape, only far raunchier and comedic.
Shimoneta (A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist)
Imagine a world with political correctness gone mad, oh wait nevermind thats our world. Imagine a world where sex education is
no longer a part of the curriculum, in fact sex talk or viewing porn is now illegal! Welcome to Shimoneta another
anime by those hardworking folks at J.C. Staff. The story follows Tanukichi Okuma as he is thrust into a rebellion against
this dystopian authority one lewd image and sex joke at a time.
From the mind of Jun Maeda - known for visual novel and anime works such as Clannad and my personal favourite
Angel Beats! - comes Charlotte, a story of a young man named Yuu who develops a special ability.
This ability allows him to invade and take over any person’s body he is within eye-contact with for 5 seconds. Obviously Yuu
doesn’t use this ability for exactly the most honorable exploits - cheating his way to the best schools. It’s not long until he
is found out, by other people with similar abilities and is ushered into helping them find more.
Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machinegun)
I’ve never been a fan of paintball, laser tag or any kind of mock war simulator to be fair. Whilst
Aoharu x Kikanjuu is definitely an anime for fans of war re enactment or ‘Gun-Otaku’ as they are known in Japan -
it does offer some drama for non-fans like myself. This Brain’s Based (Durarara!!) show follows a girl named Hotaru
as she is introduced to the world of ‘Survival Games’, which consist of teams fighting against each other using airsoft guns - and
their teams traversal of aiming to become the best in Japan.
Akagami no Shirayukihime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
We all grew up with the Disney tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Oddly although sharing the name, this
anime really shares no similar depiction other than a short scene involving a poisoned apple. Headed up by studio Bones,
Akagami no Shirayukihime tells the tale of a young girl named Shirayuki who is blessed with unusually red hair.
The prince of her city notices this, and orders her to become his concubine. So Shirayuki flees her home of Tanbarun to set out on
her own adventure.
Did we miss any? Let us know your favourite anime this season below!