Summer 2015 Anime Season: First Impressions

We might be a little late, but as always, here are our thoughts on some of the shows of the most recent anime season~

Non Non Biyori Repeat
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

I’ve been waiting for this show to continue for a long time, and it’s finally here again. Time to lay back and relax while watching one of the most charming and also soothing shows I’ve probably ever watched. Just as the first season, the second season features our favorite group of friends going about their everyday life in Asahigaoka, doing nothing thrilling nor exciting, yet for some reason, some of the most entertaining and intriguing things you could imagine. This show truly entrances me in the weirdest ways, and I like it~

Working!!!
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

This season is packed with sequels to awesome yuri-ish shows, and this might actually be my favorite. The yuri might be slim, but I will never lose hope that Yachiyo and Kyouko will somehow get together. I know that there is a certain blond guy standing in the way—and the fact that I actually like him doesn’t help at all—but no matter how hard it will be, I’ll be rooting for them until the very end! The first episode alone showed us that the path to “yuri wonderland” might be hard, but I won’t lose faith!

Bikini Warriors
Genre: Action, Ecchi, Fantasy

I know what you’re thinking, but I’m only watching this show because it’s short-form. It’s a little bit surprising how much fanservice is crammed into each four-minute episode of Bikini Warriors. There’s really no plot to speak of, as it’s all about ogling the four girls as perverse camera angles show every square inch of their scantily clad bodies. At least the humor is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, so it’s not as bad as it could have been if it were taking itself seriously. Still, there’s little redeeming value involved, but I’ll continue watching anyway, because four minutes of cringeworthy T&A isn’t the worst thing in the world.

Charlotte
Genre: School, Super Power

It would be easy to say Charlotte is just another anime centering around students with superpowers, but that would be selling it a bit short. The wielders of these temporary abilities aren’t trying to save the world or anything like that, but are instead using them to prevent others like themselves from becoming the lab rats of scientists by warning them of the implications of their ability usage. It’s great that this anime has a good heart and all, but it’s not all seriousness, as there’s a good amount of comedy as well. I love how this feels different compared to the others shows on the list. It’s funny without being crude, and tackles serious matters without being too melodramatic. This one seems like it’ll be a winner.

Danchigai
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

This one is a slice of life with a family of four sisters and one brother who are living alone while their mother is away overseas. There are some slice of life anime that are fun and interesting, then there are ones like Danchigai. I’m not saying it’s terrible or anything, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been done a million times before and been done so much better. The characters are mostly bland, but what is odd is how this show is kinda like a harem anime featuring the brother as a siscon. Other than that, it’s exactly how you’d imagine a sibling-based slice of life going, fighting and all. The show is only three-and-a-half minutes long, so I probably shouldn’t be too harsh, but this is average in every way.

Gakkou Gurashi!
Genre: Horror, Mystery, School, Slice of Life, Supernatural

The combination of slice of life and zombies is perhaps the best thing ever, so it’s not too surprising that this is one of the better shows of the season, IMO. It’s not Highschool of the Dead by any stretch, but the zombie apocalypse makes Gakkou Gurashi! feel like a breath of fresh air for the slice of life genre. Thanks to the walking undead, there’s much more tension and introspective moments than your typical SoL, which is great. The balance between the contrasting elements feels about right, and I’d guess it’s maybe 75/25 or even 80/20 in favor of slice of life. The group of survivors are generally likable, but Kurumi & Yuki are the stars so far, while Miki & Yuuri are almost afterthoughts. It’s more than just cute girls doing cute things, so Gakkou Gurashi! deserves some praise just for the sake of being different. Oh, and there’s not really any yuri here.

Gangsta.
Genre: Action, Drama

This gritty action-drama explores the seedy underbelly of a city and its shady inhabitants. The great thing about Gangsta. is that it’s not all action (even though the action is quite good). I’d say drama and storytelling play at least as large a role, which makes the story more substantial and gives it a bit of depth. The show sports some colorful characters, with the two protagonists being two of the better characters of the season (especially Nico). The pacing is steady for the most part, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it brisk by any means. That’s fine by me, as I was expecting more straightforward action, but got something far more interesting instead. After all that positivity, it’s nice to see others share my sentiment and currently have this as the highest-rated anime (on MAL) of any on this list.

God Eater
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Military, Supernatural

The first thing that should be mentioned about God Eater is how nice it looks. Seriously, the visual style is great and stands out even compared to other good-looking shows. A byproduct of the PSP game of the same name, God Eater draws some comparisons to Shingeki no Kyojin in that it’s humanity couped up in a city behind walls, only to have those walls penetrated by enemy forces and an elite few must save everyone. Aside from that similarity, it’s hard to point out any one aspect in which God Eater comes close to SNK in. The plot developments are cliché, the characters are average, and the enemy antagonists aren’t that great. There was a decent amount of hype for this, but other than the impressive visuals, it’s done nothing to live up to that hype. It’s still a decent action anime, but my expectations for this have taken a nosedive.

Monster Musume ni Iru Nichijou
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem

This is basically a harem anime with monster girls. The diversity of the various girls is the main thing that sets this apart from other harem shows, because other than that, it’s mostly standard fare. The generic male protagonist doesn’t contribute much and is only there to be the faceless object of the monster girls’ affection. It’s a harem after all, so of course there’s a high amount of sexual tension and ecchi moments that are the backbone of the show. I’d say the comedy is of an acceptable quality, but it isn’t hilarious or anything. Overall, this seems like a fun and entertaining show that I’ll see through to the end. And watch out, KanColleMonster Musume is getting its own browser game later this year.

Okusama ga Seitokaichou!
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School

The basic summary of this show: The newly-elected student council president moves in with the runner-up/VP after her father promised his father her hand in marriage when she’s of age. The key to her winning the election was her promise of love liberation, so that’s something this show has in common with Shimoseka. Both shows are highly suggestive, but Shimoseka gets its point across more with dirty jokes, while Okusama relies more on overt sexual situations (including some mild nudity). Of course, there isn’t much in the way of plot development, but I think the comedy is also a bit subpar. Even though it could be worse, Okusama‘s eight-minute episodes aren’t the worst thing in the world, so I’ll soldier on and continue watching.

Prison School
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, School

Where do I even start with this one? This is a show that’s incredibly stupid and raunchy, yet is very entertaining at the same time. An all-girls boarding school starts accepting male students, and the five males who enroll end up immediately getting into trouble, incurring the wrath of the all-female Underground Student Council in the process. It’s then that the domination begins…. This is lilke Femdom: The Anime because it seems like you can’t go a minute without the guys being brutalized. And that’s actually a major source of the comedy. The show is just ridiculous and messed up in so many ways. There are also a few great characters, including a maniacal HanaKana that you can’t help but love. Based on the twisted things that’ve already happened, I can’t wait to see the many other WTF moments that Prison School surely has in store.

Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, School

Shimoseka‘s premise centers around one girl’s noble quest to liberate a sheltered society from the chains of oppression by sparking a sexual revolution. Yes, it’s every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. Sexual comedy is the very backbone of the show, and more often than not, the humor hits its mark. The cast of characters are highly enjoyable, and the show is home to the season’s best main character (in my opinion), Ayame Kajou. Like Prison School, this show is a victim of extreme censoring, but while PS‘s censoring seems a little more legitimate, Shimoseka‘s just seems like an excuse to entice viewers into buying the uncensored version in the future. In an interesting twist, one of the female characters is secretly in love with the female student council president, so this may be one of our best hopes for a yuri romance this season. That’s just sad.

Sore ga Seiyuu!
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

After Shirobako took a behind-the-scenes look at the anime industry not too long ago, Sore ga Seiyuu! is following suit, but is looking at the life of a seiyuu instead. The setting is certainly what makes the anime, and being able to see what all goes into that line of work is informative and eye-opening. There have been cameos from big-name seiyuus like Hiroshi Kamiya and Masako Nozawa thus far, which is cool and will hopefully continue. As for the rest of the show, I wouldn’t say it’s particularly funny, and the characters are adequate, but are lacking compared to a lot of other slice of life anime. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there’s no yuri to be found here either.

Suzakinishi: The Animation
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

This is a short-form anime based on Aya Suzaki & Asuka Nishi’s radio show. Like almost every other show on this list, there isn’t really any yuri to speak of in this one either. There’s the expected cuteness of the girls and lack of any discernible plot, but it doesn’t do enough to stand out in the 312 minutes it lasts. I guess the humor is slightly more crude than your average slice of life, since the first episode featured an exhibitionist, but other than that, it’s just seems pretty generic. The one saving grace for me is that since both Aya Suzaki and her character look just like Mako from Kill la Kill (who she voiced btw), this is the closest we’ll get to a Mako Mankanshoku slice of life. That alone is enough to ensure that I’ll continue watching.

Wakaba*Girl
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

This is yet another short-form slice of life, but this one is longer at nearly 8 minutes and is definitely better than Suzakinishi or Danchigai, in my opinion. The characters are likable and have more personality than you would expect in a shorter anime, which is a pleasant surprise. I sound like a broken record at this point, but this is yet another show with no yuri. To me, this show is entertaining enough that it could work as a full-length anime, thanks in part to the endearing characters. Eight minutes seems like it’s not enough time for a cute little show like this. Considering how short it is, I think Wakaba*Girl does about as much as you can ask for in such a limited time frame.

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20 thoughts on “Summer 2015 Anime Season: First Impressions

  1. Hey, guys! Interesting stuff! I'm watching a lot of the shows on the list and might add a few more to what I'm currently following. =)

    Question though: Why no Joukamachi no Dandelion? This is the show i look forward to the most and there has been some suggestion to a Yuri pairing, but it looks doubtful, really. Anyway, try out the first three or four episodes, you guys may like it too.

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  2. im watching a lot of the animes on this list and i love them and i think i might pick up some of the ones that are listed here that i know about but havent found time to pick them up or they just never interested me until now. also im really surprised symphogear gx and joukamachi no dandelion arent on here since one is yuri subtext and the other has a yuri character and both are really good

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  3. The description didn't sound that great to me, but I watched the PV anyway, and that didn't change my opinion any. In hindsight, it might've been better than one or two I did pick up, but I'm already watching too many shows as it is, so I don't think I'll end up giving it much of a shot. 😦

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  4. I saw the kissing scenes in episode 1 of Herz, but that's about it. I've never seen any of the Fate of Symphogear shows, so I don't think I can start at either one now. I would've thought that L would watch Fate, but I guess not. 😛

    I dropped Akagami after episode one. It wasn't bad, but I already had too many shows going, and (at least according to episode 1) it didn't seem like the most exciting show ever. Also, the news of the second season kinda ruined things for me.

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  5. Guess I'll have to force L to watch it any time 😛

    It's understandable that there might be too many shows ongoing, but this season looked kind of disappointing for me. (except for the shows I'm currently watching, which aren't many)
    After Wakaba Girl episode 3 I'm not sure if I can continue this show anymore, Overlord (forgot to mention this) is rather boring, and I think Akagami is rather aimed for girls (? correct me if I'm wrong).

    Gakkou Gurashi will probably be my anime of the season and for many others too I think. I even read the manga up to ch38 (thanks Ibara for the scans :P) and can't wait for the next episodes.
    Also, I saw some people expecting gore and splatter/real zombies because of the Horror tag on myanimelist, but this show is perfectly fine as it is. The adaption is just awesome, animation, plot and film technique -wise (if someone's paying attention to them, like camera perspective, change of background/mood, and a lot more). I had to laugh at the change in the opening too, very tricky.

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  6. Good luck with that. It took months for her to finally listen to me and start watching Ore Monogatari. Maybe you'll fare better than I did. 😛

    At least Wakaba*Girl is short, so it's not that bad. I also dropped Overlord after the first episode. I never realized it was about an MMO, so I lost interest pretty quickly.

    Akagami's labeled as shoujo, but some guys do like that sort of stuff, Mai. 😛
    So far, Kuragehime is probably my favorite shoujo anime that I've seen. Good times.

    You sound very enthusiastic about Gakkou Gurashi. I'm kinda hoping that there's enough subtext that you'll insist on writing a guest review about it…. 😀

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  7. That reminds me of Yuyuyu when everyone insisted that she should watch it 😛

    Well, I had something against Wakaba Girl episode 3, and I don't know if I will be able to enjoy the other episodes, so I stalled this show for the time being.

    Oh lol, I also used to watch Shounen anime (a lot), I shouldn't be surprised about guys watching Shoujo then, sorry about that 😛

    Me and reviews? This would escalate very quickly, so I have to disappoint you regarding this matter 😛
    If no one of you want to do it, I'd suggest Ibara-sama to review GG.
    Even without enough subtext(̶s̶̶h̶̶a̶̶m̶̶e̶̶l̶̶e̶̶s̶̶s̶̶l̶̶y̶̶ ̶̶s̶̶p̶̶a̶̶m̶̶i̶̶n̶̶g̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶i̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶p̶̶o̶̶s̶̶t̶̶ ̶̶w̶̶i̶̶t̶̶h̶̶ ̶̶l̶̶i̶̶n̶̶k̶̶s̶), this show is still worth to be reviewed, in my opinion.

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  8. But 1 Mai should be equal to at least 7 mere mortals, so maybe she won't need any more convincing. 😛

    Awww. Is it because of the BL lover?

    If you're not interested, then I guess I'll do it then~
    And that's only minor spamming compared to some others. 😛

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  9. I only picked up like 4 shows this season, them being Working 2, Non Non Biyori Repeat, Prison School (kinda) and Shimoneta.
    Thanks to not having enough time, I'm only up-to-date with one of the shows. So yeah, there is not enough time to watch everything. Though, I admit, I could have replaced Prison School with something with a little more yuri 😛
    Rock as always watches a lot, though he didn't watch Symphogear season one or any of the Fate anime. So I guess he wouldn't go for them either.

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  10. You two feel free to continue, I actually liked reading this conversation 😛

    Concerning Illya, I'm not watching it, because I didn't see the first season of it. Same goes for Symphogear, but in this case, I dropped the first season after a few episodes. Seriously, who thought this might be possible, considering the fact that this show was about techno music, yuri and Nana Mitsuki 😛

    Oh well, Prison School might have some yuri, but only in later chapters and I'm pretty sure what they showed in the manga is so not safe for being aired on TV that they'll probably leave it out completely 😀

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  11. oh that makes sense, also prison school i havent picked up yet ive read the manga a bit and its honestly a little too ecchi for my taste but my friends are saying i should pick it up since its really funny so idk as for non non biyori ive never got around to watching the first season but i will find time to watch it since im watching so many other animes this season

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  12. You pretty much have to guess which shows from this season might have some yuri content, so this wasn't one of the ones I chose to pick up a number of weeks ago.

    I wasn't too excited after watching the preview (likely due to the fact that Umaru was deformed during the entire thing), and the description didn't really excite me either.

    I'll probably check out the first episode soon and see if it interests me anyway~

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  13. I've finally found some time where i can watch some anime while being conscious (I'm told this helps) and I'm now current with Charlotte. It's really quite good and made me chuckle quite a number of times. Aaaaand now I'm hooked. All your fault. =P

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  14. Hehe. That's actually my ability. The ability to make other people become addicted to certain anime. But it only seems to work for non-yuri shows. It's another one of those incomplete abilities. 😦

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  15. Like most (or maybe all?) anime adaptation, Gakkou Gurashi's manga is far better than the anime. They change so many things in the manga, not make it any better, but still acceptable.
    I found some yuri-sh things between Miki and Kurumi in the manga though, and i like them

    Try Ushio to Tora, so nostalgic that i even remember how my childhood anime was

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  16. I've heard that the manga was better, once or twice before. I was hoping there'd be more subtext so far, but that hasn't really been the case. It's still a pretty good show anyway, but some more yuri wouldn't hurt.

    I started watching Ushio to Tora, but I dropped really quickly. You may have liked it because of the nostalgia factor, but that was the biggest problem for me. It felt too much like a throwback to shows that I don't like at all.

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