Is that time of the year again. With the (somewhat lackluster, but with tons of surprises) Spring 2014 season coming to an end (for 1-cour series), it's time to take a look at the new shows that are airing as part of the Summer 2014 Lineup.
As in past occasions I'll be picking four series that I'm very interested in, and then hopefully you will help me fill the other 15~20 open slots in my seasonal Anime schedule
Sword Art Online II
Short Summary: Based on the "Phantom Bullet" arc (volumes 5 and 6) of the Light Novel, life goes on after the Sword Art Online incident and Kirito is tasked with investigating some mysterious murders that are ocurring inside the VRMMOFPS Gun Gale Online but I won't spoil much more
This was the easiest choice as Sinon (the female protagonist of this arc) is my waifu. And while I have some reservations about a comment I read somewhere, where staff told that the will be toning down the situation about Sinon's PTSD, it doesn't change the fact that it's my favorite arc of the Light Novel.
Short Summary: The story follows six high school students who meet during the summer. The protagonist is Tōko Fukami, a 17-year-old born in Fukui Prefecture. Her dream is to become a glass artisan
Of all the trailers that I have watched, this is probably the prettiest-looking show of the season (P. A. Works) Also it has an stellar cast of voices, the OP and ED themes are my artists that I like, it's directed by the same guy who directed Ranma 1/2. Seems like this is going to fill my slice-of-life needs of the season
Akame ga Kill
Short summary: Tatsumi is a fighter who just got robbed by a pretty girl, but his luck seems to be looking up, as another pretty girl has taken him in. What he doesn't know is that this girl is about to be visited by a family of assassins (including the girl who robbed him) and they might be the good guys, and be recruiting...
Pretty much because of the Manga. If you hate characters like Tatsuya from Magic High who feels almost invincible (and there's a reason for that, believe me), this may be right up your alley as the MC is very weak and prone to lose. Also the humor between the heavy and gory scenes is nice.
Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?
Summary: Now that he enters his high school career, Satomi Koutaro begins his life living alone in an apartment that only costs him 5000 yen per month, an extremely cheap deal even for this small apartment. There's a catch: the apartment is apparently haunted by a cute ghost that has driven its prior occupants away. Next thing he knows, not only is there a ghost trying to drive him out of his new home, but magical girls and other unique female characters turn this small apartment into a battleground of sorts.
That leaves "The series I'm looking forward to it, but probably won't recommend to anyone" (as in this season "The Comic Artist and Assistants") and Romantic-Comedy-Harem series spots open, so this is to fulfilling those guilty pleasure needs of the season. Also this sounds like a nuttier version of Nanana's buried treasure
Of course there are more like Hanamonogatari and Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, but I'll leave the rest to you all.
But hey, that's not all I have for you Today, interested in knowing what Japanese themselves are looking forward the most?, These are the Top 20 picks in a poll made by Charapedia (10,000 votes)
1.- Sword Art Online II (2,113 votes)
2.- Free! Eterminal Summer [2da temporada] (1,676 votes)
3.- Hanamonogatari ["Monogatari Second Season Plus Alpha"] (1,190 votes)
4.- Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus (939 votes)
5.- Re:Hamatora [2da temporada] (500 votes)
6.- Tokyo Ghoul (494 votes)
7.- Sailor Moon Crystal (476 votes)
8.- Persona 4 The Golden (435 votes)
9.- Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun (428 votes)
10.- Ao Haru Ride (417 votes)
11.- Psycho-pass [Director's Cut]
12.- Fate / kaleid liner prisma Illya [2nd Season]
13.- Bakumatsu Rock
14.- Yama no susume [2nd Season]
17.- Seirei tsukai no Blade Dance
19.- Space Dandy [2nd Season]
20.- Rokujyōma no Shinryakusha!?
I'm surprised Space Dandy is in there, but everything else makes sense (at least to me)
So what about you guys, what shows are you interested in and why?
BONUS!!!: And because there's no Ani-TAY news this week because I'm being lazy, I'll leave you with what where supposed to be the Top X of the week, this time featuring Manga and Light Novel sales
Top 5 Manga per Sales figures
1.- Shingeki no Kyojin: 8,342,268
2.- One Piece: 4,936,855
3.- Kuroko no Basket: 4,161,040
4.- Naruto: 3,247,920
5.- Magi: 3,085,177
The only "surprise" in there is of course AoT outselling One piece, so now you can see what a popular Anime can do for you.
Top 10 Light Novels per Sales figures (only covers half a year)
1.- Kagerou Days – Jin (814,638 copies)
2.- Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei – Tsutomu Satō (651,405 copies)
3.- Sword Art Online – Reki Kawahara (592,669 copies)
4.- Monogatari – NisiOisin (519,732 copies)
5.- Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru – Wataru Watari (487,397 copies)
6.- Sword Art Online [Progressive] - Reki Kawahara (331,987 copies)
7.- Toaru Majutsu no Index (includes New testament) – Kazuma Kamachi (318,987 copies)
8.- Kuroko no Basket (Repace) – Sawako Hirabayashi (281,325 copies)
9.- No Game, No Life - Yū Kamiya (255,348 copies)
10.- Date a Live – Koushi Tachibana (243,659 copies)
I would say again "see what a popular Anime can do for you", but the top 2 were already best sellers before their respective Anime adaptations aired (here are the numbers if you don't believe me (Sales from 2013, full list here))
1.- Sword Art Online (2,006,033)
2.- Kagerou Days (1,051,305)
3.- Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (947,772)
4.- Hataraku Maou-sama! (727,435)
5.- Oregairu (707,626)
6.- Toaru Majutsu no Index (includes New Testament) (650,692)
7.- Monogatari Series (618,026)
8.- Date A Live (612,472)
Actually, the popularity of both played a very big role in both of them getting Anime adaptations, so I'll defend my point that Mahouka Anime is aimed at readers of the Light Novel.
So there you have it! so once again what about you guys, what shows are you interested in and why?