It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2021 summer anime season that just started~
We’ll also be watching the second season of Magia Record, but since that doesn’t begin until the end of the month, we’re going on ahead and writing about the other anime we’ve begun watching.
You probably won’t find a talking giraffe in Kageki Shoujo, but what you will find is a more grounded look at the lives of the aspiring students training to join a revue troupe. Personally, I really like the over-the-top shenanigans of Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight (minus the giraffe), so direct comparisons probably won’t work out in Kageki Shoujo‘ s favor, yet I thought the first episode was kind of charming.
The main reason for that was Sarasa, who was the only character that I felt stood out among the many students, and whose naivety made her appear really cute. I don’t know if the same can be said about Ai, the former idol who’s looking to bounce back after a PR nightmare. Sarasa and Ai’s relationship was amusing, and it should be nice to see Ai slowly let her guard down and befriend Sarasa. I don’t have high hopes that the other girls will be very interesting, and even though Kageki Shoujo has a mostly female cast, it wouldn’t surprise me if you’d need some yuri goggles for this. Maybe Sarasa eventually could portray Lady Oscar, however, I still can’t see that being anything but strictly business. I’d love to be wrong about all of that and have Kageki Shoujo surprise me, but I’m not counting on it. Either way, like Revue Starlight, I like seeing performances that aren’t just your typical idol singing and dancing, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this anime shapes up.
I think we can all agree that up until this point, 2021 has been… not good in terms of yuri-ish anime, but (for at least one season) that’s all changed now that Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is back. Although, due to some interesting developments in the story, things aren’t as simple as they were in the first season. I won’t get specific, though that’s quite the plot twist, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens going forward.
Episode one already sees a new addition to the cast, Ilulu, and in typical Kobayashi-san fashion, she makes a nice first impression, and I’m looking forward to seeing what other tricks she has up her sleeve this season. I thought Lucoa’s proportions were as ridiculous as it could get, but Ilulu might just have her beat, and that’s a huge accomplishment. I would’ve liked to have seen more Kanna (especially together with Riko), but the comedy was back in spades, and the animation during the battle was really good as well, so I thought this was a great first episode that had a little bit of everything.
For a while, it was looking like KyoAni might not recover from their tragic incident, but if this anime is any indication, they’re back in prime form. You can already tell that this second season could be one of the best anime of the year in any genre, and it being likely to feature plenty of yuri makes things even sweeter. Season one was already great, and there’s no reason to think that season two won’t be just as good, if not better. Kobayashi-san probably can’t save 2021 by itself, but for me at least, it’s the best reason so far this year to get excited about an anime~
It feels much longer than that, but My Next Life as a Villainess has only been gone for around a year, and it’s great to welcome the series back into our lives. For newcomers to the series or just returning fans that are forgetful, the first episode starts with a brief story recap that should prove helpful, so that’s one less excuse for not giving this show a go. And since this episode was more of what made the first season so entertaining, it looks like everyone is in for a treat~
The entire main cast is back, and as you’d expect, Cat is still the center of their universe, and rightly so. She may have been my favorite anime character of last year, and we’re already starting to see a little bit of jostling amongst the cast for her attention. Late in the episode, we’re introduced to a few new characters, and one of the girls is already looking like another potential love interest for Cat, and she seems to be as direct as Mary, so the prospects of some more yuri this season are looking promising. Of course, the guys are into Cat too, and the new characters will probably add to it, but I guess it can’t be helped. 😛
Kobayashi-san will get the headlines, but season two of Hamefura should also be an excellent addition to the summer anime season. I’d be okay with a modest amount of yuri, just like the first season, though I’d probably like this series even if it didn’t have any yuri at all. Also, I’m not normally into isekai anime, but when they’re as enjoyable as this series has proven to be, I can make an exception~
Judging from the PVs, The Aquatope on White Sand had the look and feel of Amanchu!, and judging from the first episode, that seems to be the case. Instead of the sea, an aquarium is where we see our two main characters meet, and even though it’s too early to say for sure if we’re in store for a romantic two-girl friendship, this should be pretty interesting nevertheless.
Episode one recalled Fuuka’s failed dream of becoming an idol, which leads her to escape to Okinawa and an unplanned visit to the aquarium. The aquatic similarities to Amanchu! almost help me forget about the hugely disappointing second season, but enough about that. Kukuru happens to be the director of the aquarium, so I’m looking forward to seeing her introduce Fuuka to the wonders of subaquatic life, as well as seeing the two of them lean on each other and help each other out. Amanchu! never really had much drama, and if Fuuka’s situation and the show’s synopsis are any indication, Aquatope will likely end up being a little more serious, yet I’m still expecting to see a very healthy dose of playfulness here.
Overall, Aquatope seems like it could be another one of those relaxing slice of life anime that allows you to just sit back and chill, and I don’t know about anybody else, but that’s the type of anime that I can definitely use right now. I’m setting my yuri expectations for this fairly low, but I’m hopeful that it won’t need that in order to be an entertaining show. As long as there isn’t a male character introduced that leads to an ill-advised love triangle—I’m looking at you, Amanchu!—I’ll be okay with whatever direction Aquatope decides to go. 😛