It is that lovely time of year again! The sunshine brings barbecues, camping, swimming, and gardening just to name a few of the staple activities accompanying the weather. If you’re an anime fanatic, however, this time of year usually means one key thing is added to your agenda: binge-watching series (new and old) whilst enjoying the comfortable clothing and air conditioning the conditions mandate. Maybe there is a nice summer vacation from work in the cards, or there is some much needed rest after two semesters of brutal exams and unforgiving sleep scheduling. Whatever your situation, there isn’t a better time to kick back and take in some anime.

After a really strong sequel season in Spring, things don’t look to be letting up in the Summer season. There are marquee sequels like the love it or hate it heavyweight Owarimonogatari Second Season promising to deliver what might be the finale in the main storyline of the Monogatari series or a follow up to last summer’s sweetheart series New Game!!, which seems to be taking a page out of K-On!’s book by making the sequel have a second exclamation point.

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As usual, let our team here at AniTAY help you plan out a good strategy for what is airing this season and just how much the general public seems to be on board with ‘em too (1 Haken token is worth ~1000 members planning on watching the show on MAL). Here you’ll find some quick peeks at what the series are and just in case you have been holding out on binging a show, the prerequisites to get caught up. However much anime you decide on this season, be sure to have a great summer!

Check out our sequel guide from last season


Owarimonogatari Second Season

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Preview Author: DilKokoro

Type: Sequel/OVA

Studio: SHAFT

Genre(s): Mystery, Supernatural, Comedy

About the Series: Despite his best attempts to keep away from others, Araragi Koyomi inadvertently dives into a world of the supernatural after meddling in the affairs of others. Each encounter Araragi, his friends, and his family has is represented in several short stories (ranging from a take on the classic “monkey paw” story to vengeful samurai vampires). Chock-full of incredibly popular characters, this series has won over many viewers for an odd combination its unorthodox storytelling, striking visuals, and (for a fraction of the fanbase) way out there ecchi scenes. This time around, Araragi manages to get himself sent somewhere pretty extreme while traveling to take his high school final. Expect one really long episode divided up into two-four parts.

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Global Anticipation: 33 Haken Tokens

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Time to Catch Up: 5.5 hours- 29 hours Depending on How much you want to watch in the series, seeing the first season of Owarimonogatari and two shorts of Koyomimonogatari are the bare minimum to get the most out of it, however the entire series will get you the best results. Goodness gracious I just realized watching this series twice I have spent 58 hours watching it.

What You Need to Watch: Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari: Black, Monogatari Second Season, Hanamonogatari (last in series chronologically), Tsukimonogatari, Owarimonogatari, Koyomimonogatari, Kizumonogatari (is the first in the series chronologically)

New Game!!

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Preview Author: Gugsy

Type: Sequel

Studio: Doga Kobo

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Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy

About the Series: The perfect kind of watch for when you get home from work and just need something to relax. New Game is a workplace comedy that follows the entirely female division of a game company. Beautifully animated in the usual Doga Kobo way, New Game is set apart from other “Cute Girls Do Cute Things” Shows by the its setting and nature being as part of adult working society. Now it isn’t an exact representation of the work environment at a game company, but it’s a much more fun and enjoyable look at it. The characters are light and bubbly and of course beautifully drawn and their interactions draw a lot of the humor out.

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Global Anticipation: 30 Haken Tokens

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Time to Catch Up: 4 hours (New Game anime 2016)

What You Need to Watch: New Game (2016)

Fate/Apocrypha

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Preview Author: RockmanDash12

Type: Spinoff

Studio: A-1 Pictures

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Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Drama

About the Series: Fate/Apocrypha is yet another entry in the giant Type-Moon universe, but this time is a Spinoff light novel written by someone other than Kinoko Nasu! (Propeller’s Yuuichirou Higashide who wrote Tokyo Babel, if you’re interested) Set in a parallel universe from the rest of the Fate works, Fate/Apocryphia features a Holy Grail War completely unlike others: During the 3rd Grail War, a mage in the Yggdmillennia family manages to use the chaos from times to steal the titular Holy Grail. When said family decides to defect from the Mage’s association decades later, the Mages Association try to receive the grail in retaliation, but fail in the process: all but one of the mages were massacred by the Lancer of Black. The sole survivor manages to restart the grail war, summoning the servants of the red faction. Queue a holy grail war between factions, Red vs Black, an entirely different spin on the tried and true Holy Grail War.

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Global Anticipation: 33 Haken Tokens

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Time to Catch Up: ~22 hours at most

What You Need to Watch: Fate/Zero (26 episodes, Prequel to Fate/stay night), Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ( 26 episodes, 3 of them an hour long).

Note: Since Fate/Apocrypha is a spinoff that exists in a parallel universe, it doesn’t require direct knowledge of works in the Fate universe. That being said, watching other works in the series is suggested as they help explain the plot, premise and setting of Fate/Apocrypha.

Jigoku Shoujo: Yo no Togi (Hell Girl Season 4)

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Preview Author: ShadowHaken

Type:Sequel

Studio: DEEN

Genre(s): Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural

About the Series: Hell Girl is a series of stories that revolves around vengeance and death, a death that comes from a supernatural being called “Ai- Enma” who is the being in charge of a direct contact to hell, even more, whoever contacts her will have the hit target killed and sent to hell; but at the coast that the solicitant will go to hell when they die.
While the series is composed of different stories that are enclosed in 1 or 2 chapters, there is an overall story that happens on the side and it surrounds the character of Ai-Enma, her story, origins and thoughts.
This Season will be divided in 2 parts consisted of 6 chapters each. The first one will be “reminiscent” chapters consisted in a quick summary of the past seasons while the other part will be 6 new chapters that revolves in new stories.

Global Anticipation: 11 Haken Tokens

Time to Catch Up: 39 hours (3 Seasons of 26 chapters)

What You Need to Watch: Hell Girl´s past 3 seasons.

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu

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Preview Author: ShadowHaken

Type: Spinoff

Studio: UFOtable

Genre(s): Action, Fantasy

About the Series: The newest iteration in the Touken Ranbu series, which centers on Time travelers called “History revisionist” who aims to change the story to their liking. Therefore, the Saniwa, who are in charge of protecting story can imbue life into objects and protect the story.
On this case the story will center on the year of 1863, the end of the Shogun period started by the Tokugawa, the country is in the middle of a civil war between the Anti-Shogunate and the Pro-Shogunate. Another difference between this Anime and the original one (Animated by Doga Kobo) is the different tone of both series, where the original is more about comedy and a slice of life (there are still some action), the focus on this one it seems it is based more on the actions that will occur on such troubled times in Japan. Making it for a totally different experience as the one presented last year.

Global Anticipation: 30 Haken Tokens

Time to Catch Up: 6 hours

What You Need to Watch: Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru (If you don’t wish to play the game, still playing the game would be more beneficial ).

Saiyuuki Reload Blast

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Preview Author: DilKokoro

Type: Sequel

Studio: Platinum Vision

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Genre(s): Action

About the Series: A priest takes a group of highly skilled demons with him to prevent the resurrection of a powerful force. This adaptation is not only the first sequel in quite some time for the series, but also the first not animated by Studio Pierrot.

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Global Anticipation: 7 Haken Tokens

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Time to Catch Up: ~40 hours

What You Need to Watch: Gensoumaden Saiyuki (50 eps), Saiyuki Reload (25 eps), Saiyuki Reload Gunlock (26 eps)

Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic

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Preview Author: ShadowHaken

Type: Spinoff

Studio: Doga Kobo

Genre(s): Action, Fantasy

About the Series: Hina Logi is the new series based on the Luck & Logic property, and while everything points out that it is a standalone story not related with the original anime, still the world, the rules of this and the explanations of it seems to be the same. With the Logicalist, the Trance, the worlds and everything that Luck & Logic brings to the table.

On the same note, one of the most iconic things about the whole Luck & Logic project are … The Girls,. Cute girls in crazy outfits, from the TCG, the original anime and the anime shorts. The girls take a center stage as part of the attractions of the series. This series will explode by showing us a wide range of girls doing various stuff in an Academy setting; still what this series might do that will separate it from other “Cute Girls doing cute stuff” series will be the characters and how they will react to a world with an already well-established rules which will be very interesting seeing how this develops.

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Global Anticipation: 6 Haken Tokens

Time to Catch Up: 6 hours with 24 minutes (Original series and the anime shorts)

What You Need to Watch: Luck & Logic (Obligatory in order to understand the world); We Are Luck & Logic Club! (recommended)

Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ

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Preview Author: Raitzeno

Type: Sequel

Studio: Satelight

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Genre(s): Music, Action, Sci-Fi

About the Series: Symphogear is about magical girls who draw their power from ancient hypertech relics, activated through singing. These relics, and the weapons and armor they grant their users, are the only known way to combat the Noise, strange technicolor monsters from another dimension.

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But more importantly, Symphogear is about badass magical girls kicking the shit out of monsters, and occasionally each other, to some of the best goddamned music in anime. It’s got amazing idol concerts, modern ninja salarymen, magical missile barrages, apocalyptic lunar explosions, funky magical drugs, THE TRUE HERO, ancient magical terraforming WMDs, dramatic space shuttle rescues, elemental alchemy, music box robots, daddy issues, giant floating laser castles, holy fucking shit. And somehow it all not only works but manages to be totally awesome pretty much all the time.

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AXZ, aka Season 4, is supposed to start off somewhat slower - though to be fair, 99.999% of anime series start off slower than season 3, I mean DAMN - and let the action kick in a couple episodes later. If you’ve watched up to here though, you know it’s worth the buildup.

Global Anticipation: 4 Haken Tokens

Time to Catch Up: 16~17 hours (13x 25min eps per season, about 1 hour total of shorts)

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What You Need to Watch: Seasons 1 through 3 (Symphogear, Symphogear G, Symphogear GX). There’s a mini series of comedic shorts taking place between each season, including an upcoming one for GX-AXZ, but these are optional.

Yami Shibai 5th Season

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Preview Author: ShadowHaken

Type: Sequel

Studio: ILCA

Genre(s): Horror

About the Series: In the five seasons of horror tales in Yami Shibai, the stories are self-contained with a theme that is more about curses, ghosts or other extra-dimensional beings, with only a monster story here and there.
If the same path as the past seasons is followed, the animation will be little to non-existent (with some live-action parts in some chapters) and the tension will be guided by the voice of the narrator and the few dialogues that the characters have, getting some different grades of success depending on the story that it is being told. Still the series manages on its 5 minutes to be an entertaining time-killer.

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Global Anticipation: 2 Haken Tokens

Time to Catch Up: 5 Seasons with a total of 4 hours with 20 minutes

What You Need to Watch: Since every story is self-contained...Nothing

Teekyuu 9

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Preview Author: DilKokoro

Type: Sequel

Studio: Millepensee

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Genre(s): School, Sports

About the Series: The ninth (!!!) season of the short anime series Teekyuu, Yuri Oshimoto has settled into the reality that her tennis club actually doesn’t play tennis at all. Expect high octane comedy shotgunned right through these shorts.

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Global Anticipation: 2 Haken Tokens

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Time to Catch Up: 3 hours, 12 minutes

What You Need to Watch: Teekyuu 1-8 (12 episodes each, 2 mins each)

Musashino!

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Preview Author: DilKokoro

Type: Sequel

Studio: A-Real

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Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy

About the Series: In this follow up to the anime shorts following the school lives in Urawa City in Saitama, Japan. Known for its vibrant style and brief comedy, this sequel will keep the same subtle advertisements for the various sights in the Saitama city.

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Global Anticipation: 1 whole Haken Token!

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Time to Catch Up: 36 minutes

What You Need to Watch: Urawa no Usagi-chan (12 episodes)


Organized By: DilKokoro

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