Anime Summer Lineup – My Personal Opinion

Horror and Romance

The main genres for the summer lineup seems to be either romance or horror, with one being a mix of horror and ecchi. (what..?) I wasn’t really expecting myself to watch anything other than shiki because really none of these caught my eye initially. Though I usually at least watch the first episode of most anime to determine if I would like it or not. Being four weeks into the line ups, I once again review the top 4 anime for me of the summer season, now that I’ve had a chance to somewhat enjoy them. I try to keep these short and simple so I don’t ruin anything but rather try and peak interest of it to others.

Shiki

Shiki is the main anime I have been awaiting for the summer season. Sadly the anime has nothing but shit subbers, subbing it so I’ve had to suffer with the garbage subs of Horriblesubs. (Post a link to them? Fuck that!)

Shiki, as most horror anime starts off is rather slow and mysterious. Even though right off the bat people can tell somewhat, what is going on.  The story revolves around the village of Sotoba where a sickness has been going around resulting in the death of many of its inhabitants. The doctor of the village Ozaki, Toshio is shocked to find out the cause of death was nothing more than a variation of amnesia. They stated it to be a summer cold but of course he does not believe that and vows he will destroy what ever it is killing off the people of the village.

Wtf?

Some of the character design I have to say are done amazing. The eyes of the characters are particularly amazing, though other are just..what? (Refer to the above image). So simply some character designs are amazing, then there are some characters that just leave me speechless as to what the artist was thinking. Aside from that the anime has kept me quite interested even though I would have liked it to be more mysterious rather than them showing people right away who the “source” is.

So far: 8.5/10

Amagami SS

This would be the first of the line up that I unexpectedly liked even though I thought I wouldn’t beforehand. However after watching the first episode I actually found it to be quite good, with some quality fansubs coming from Unlimited Translate Works [UTW].

Amagami has a rather strange setup for the series. It will feature the main male, Tachibana, Junichi, in different arcs scoring different girls.So it’s like the anime takes all paths of a visual novel, getting a different girl each time condensed into 4 or 5 episodes each I would assume.

The arc that was currently ongoing and recently finished last week was Morishima, Harukas arc. During the start Junichi took a liking to Haruka while a friend of his was talking about her on the way to school. They spent a little time with one another and Junichi confessed to her only for her to turn him down saying she would like an older guy. Junichi then went into despair after getting shot down until he talked with Haruka once again where she said she’d like them to go on as they usually are.

Time goes on lalalalala and they start having some kind of strange role playing relationship. (._.) Haruka eventually starts to like Junichi and gets over the whole your not older thought. Eventually it hit chrismas time, which is 2 years after Junichi got his whimpy heart broken. There he asks Haruka on a date for chrismas, but Haruka says she can’t due to a chrismas party, where she invites Junichi as her date. As they enter the hotel where the “party” is supposed to be, they both head to the pool to wash away their sweat. Afterward they head up to the hotel room only for Junichi to find out Haruka lied about the party. Haruka heads to take a bath telling Junichi not to peak. Of course she comes out crying asking why he didn’t peak and why he wouldn’t ask her out again. Her embraces her and a scene 10 years later takes place. They both are now apparently married and it seems they still like to roleplay. (Nobody saw that coming. ::Roll::)

Current rating: 8/10

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi

Ookami-san is made by J.C. Studios so they of course love to have their heroines be flat chested. Though this time their usual voice actor for this type of character, Kugimiya, Rie is not voicing her. Though she does voice a loli side character, Usami, Mimi, only seen in episode 3.

Anyway~ Ookami-san has been rather slow as well so really not to much to say. To start off Ryouko is viewed as an aggressive person, however Ryoushi has taken a liking to her believing the outside and inside don’t match up. That Ryouko is wearing a “mask” as to say. At first Ryouko doesn’t like Ryoushi but as always with tsunderes starts to open more to him and even begin to rely on him all while up keeping her “I don’t care about that bum” attitude.

The main point of the story revolves around the otogi bank. This isn’t exactly how it sound however. The Otogi bank is actually where clients request favors which put’s them in a “dept” that they have to repay. The head of the bank is actually the school principle but is being run inside by the actual student. Through this a client comes in to request Ryouko deal with her boyfriend and that she can’t do it herself. This turns into a trap however and Ryouko is ambushed and kidnapped by the “Oni” the delinquents. There a mysterious man seems to be the one behind it all. After a bit the rest show up and rescue ookami with Ryoushi watching her back as she fights.

With the latest episodes where the otogi bank invades the delinquents school of course while charging through them. Eventually they all get seperated with ookami confronting the student council president Hitsujikai, Shirou on her own. After seeing him, ookami’s body starts shaking uncontrollably until ryoushi arrives calling her name. What could the connection between them two be? Guess we will find out in the coming episodes. Ookami is seen sitting on a bench depressed when Ryoshi comes by to cheer her up, vowing that he will protect her.

Currently: 9/10

High School of the Dead

High school of the dead where everything is about Zombies, Boobs, and Panties. Quite honestly I’m going to post up this, the bolded part had me laughing for quite a good time.

What would it be like if a school was overrun by zombies?

… There’d be the breasts of a hot teacher bouncing around all over the place, wouldn’t there? She’d be trying to save her class from all kinds of trouble.

I try to keep this in mind when making the anime.

[…]

“Even if the world is swarming with zombies, let us not forget the breasts and thighs!” – those are our watchwords.

[…]

I want to keep making lots of scenes full of jiggling breasts as much as possible. We really think the people who come to watch this are in it for the boobs.

Currently we are constantly researching how to better portray realistically the jiggling breast.

[…]

Yes, it’s all about the breast jiggle. I’ve never even seen an anime with as much jiggle as  this. We’re still in production for the remaining episodes but we’re going to keep at it with the jiggling.

Tell us what motivated you to make Highschool of the Dead?

I’m aiming for something I would have bought myself in middle school. At present, this would definitely have been a “buy” for me. I can feel my schoolboy heart rejoicing even now.

Source: SankakuComplex

Hahaha, now with that out of the way. The main point of HSotD is obviously the zombie swarms. Komuro, Takashi is despairing over the fact that he lost his chance with the girl he loves, Miyamoto, Rei. While he’s sulking he sees a man at the front gate trying to get in. The teachers confront the guy, while one of the teachers reached out the gate the man bit into his armor cause the guy to die. A female teacher there got down to help him, just for the man to come back alive and begin eating her. (Like omg zombies, scary!) Takashi see’s this happening and runs to the class room to grab Rie as well as his best friend and her boyfriend Igou, Hiashi. As they begin to run the school becomes over run with everyone turning into the undead. It’s not only the school however, the entire world has become plauged. Thus the story of the survivors trying to escape that fate and get out of the city begins.

Current score: 7.5/10

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