Summer is here! Time for vacations, going to the beach, and getting cozy in an air-conditioned room to watch anime! You’ll need that air conditioning now that we have a good selection of sequels that will heat your hearts and will make you all warm inside!
This time, in our search of the hype, we have come (through Gachas) to the realization that Japanese people like to get married around June… So, therefore, and us all being weebs, every show will have a waifu!! It might be from its own series, it might be from another series, it might be even a mascot! Because waifus are waifus, and do not need much justification!
As always, we just want to remind you again we don’t usually put where a show will stream since Crunchyroll and other streaming services don’t announce which shows until close to their premiere date. Having said that… Let’s go to the series!
Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac
Preview Author: ShadowHaken
Studio: Toei Animation
Genre(s): Fantasy, Action, Sci-Fi
About the Series:Every two hundred years, when the world is surrounded by great calamities, it is said that Athena will be reborn as a human on this world and will guide it through such turbulent times; but, she is not alone because her warriors, the Saints, will be with her. Using their kicks that crack the earth, and fists that destroy the heavens, these warriors gathered in Sanctuary will defend her with everything they have! In Greece, the Japanese Seiya has been training in order to become the Pegasus Saint and bring back his cloth back to Japan. Such armor is the key to get his sister back with the help of the shaddy organization Graude.
Forced by the heir of the organization, Saori Kido, he will enter the Galaxian Tournament; little did he know this will be the first step towards a world where evil deities abound and a tragic tale regarding the Sanctuary, the place where Athena supposedly lives.
Waifu Meter:The animation style Netflix chose for Saint Seiya evokes memories of ‘90s TV shows with over-the-top costumes, heroic poses, and morphing to your battle outfit. Thus, the waifu to represent this show must be then no other than Pink Power Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - kid version, as the animation still has space to grow as our waifu does.
Time to Catch Up:Between 90 minutes (for the movie) or 29 hours (the anime series of 73 episodes)
What You Need to Watch: Saint Seiya’s Sanctuary arc or the movie, The Legend of Sanctuary (Optional)
Premiere Date: July 19, 2019
Yamishibai 7th Season
Preview Author: ShadowHaken
About the Series: Short stories about people encountering the supernatural, Including ghost demons and other kinds of horrors, generally with grave consequences.
Waifu Meter: It looks frightening, it looks menacing, but when you actually see it ain´t so much - it can even be funny! For that we have Hitomi from Hitomi-Chan is Shy with Strangers with her frightening but beautiful shark smile!
Time to Catch Up: 6 hours approx.
What You Need to Watch: 6 Seasons of Yamishibai (Optional)
Premiere Date: July 2019
SD Gundam World Sangoku Soketsuden
About the Series: A reimagining of the Chinese period known as “The Three Kingdoms” where the legendary generals are none other than super deformed Gundams!
Waifu Meter:Gundams in the Chinese Three Kingdoms period which is roughly around 220–280 AD? This show makes as much sense as Darling in the Franxx, so we don’t even care about spoilers and thus presenting you Zero Two (space mecha edition) as this show’s waifu.
Time to Catch Up:10 hours approx (51 chapters of 12 minutes each)
What You Need to Watch: SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors (Recommended)
Premiere Date:July 2019
About the Series: In this world, there are supernatural events and beings, between those beings exist the Yokai, supernatural beings who tend to cause trouble to humans. However , not every Yokai is like that, since between them there are: Bem, Bela and Belo, three horrible-looking Yokai who fight for justice in the hope that one day they can become human themselves. This is their story.
Waifu Meter: Not every ghost, yokai or vampire has to be evil. For that we give Bem, Bela and Belo stamp of Miyu from Vampire Princess Miyu. They might not be as pretty as her, but that’s more reason to let their inner beauty shine even more.
Time to Catch Up:10 hours approx (for both the original series and the previous Remake)
What You Need to Watch: Youkai Ningen Bem, Youkai Ningen Bem (2006) )Optional for both of them)
Premiere Date: July 7
Starmyu 3rd Season
Genre(s):Music, Slice of life
About the Series: Ayanagi Academy is a prestigious musical school where the highest ranked students, the ones on Star Frame class, are taught by Kaou-Kai. Now, Yuuta Hoshitani, Tooru Nayuki, Kaito Tsukigami, Kakeru Tengenji, and Shuu Kuga are doing their best to enter into such prestigious grade. This is their story inside the school while aiming to the top!
Waifu Meter:Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist already proved the law of equivalent exchange, thus we need to balance the full male cast of Starmyu show with some waifu from full female show. We dove into the depths of anime hell and brought to light of the day girls from Ange Vierge. Thinking back about that decision, maybe they should stay where they were buried, same as this show.
Time to Catch Up: 10 hours approx (2 seasons and 2 OVAs)
What You Need to Watch: 2 seasons of Starmyu (required), 2 OVAs of Starmyu (optional)
Premiere Date: July 2019
Quan Zhi Gao Shou Season 2
Studio:G.C. Animation & Film
About the Series: Ye Xiu was a pro player in the online game “Glory” until one day he was forced to retire. While working in an internet cafe, he discovered that Glory has opened their 10th server and decides to enter again with a new character called “Lord Grim”. Now that he has started to make strides again, still without sponsors or any support, he will face once again all the hurdles before getting to the top!
Waifu Meter:Ye Xiu is back in the gaming chair targeting the top again. There is no other waifu then Moriko from Recovery of an MMO Junkie, who would understand the level of passion, dedication, and obsession with the game.
Time to Catch Up:6 hour approx (1 season and 3 specials)
What You Need to Watch: Quan Zhi Gao Shou Season 1and the specials
Premiere Date: July 2019
Is It Wrong That I Want to Meet You in a Dungeon 2nd Season
Preview Author: Stínolez
Studio: J.C. Staff
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
About the Series: Bored gods descended from heaven to the mortal world and sealed their powers to experience the thrill and fun of normal life. They settled all around the world, but most of them arrived to Orario - a city which creates a lid on the most hostile place in the world known as the “Dungeon” where a constant spawn of monsters threatens the world. Bell Cranell decides to come to this city after losing his grandfather. He wishes to become an adventurer and a hero, but he has nothing. Kicked out of every door with sliver of hope, a faithful meeting occurs - Bell who desperately wants to join a Familia meets the goddess Hestia who is trying so hard to recruit any adventurer to start her familia. And thus their story begins.
Waifu Meter: Going for a waifu to some other show when DanMachi has so many candidates already would be a mortal sin. You have your typical airhead Ais, loli big boobs Hestia, furry Liliruca, dignified Riveria, caring Syr, or always-smiling Tiona with her nagging sister Tione, but the one closest to our heart is most definitely Loki. Her snarky comments and love for booze is something we can approve.
Time to Catch Up: 6.5 hours approx. (1 season (13 ep.), 1 OVA, 1 spin-off season (12 ep.))
What You Need to Watch: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon? (OVA)
Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side (Spin-off)
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion (Movie - soon to be released in US)
Premiere Date: July 2019
Aggretsuko 2nd Season
Genre(s):Slice of life, comedy
About the Series:Aggretsuko is a cute red panda who, after graduating from college, has a lot of dreams and hopes for the future, dreams that were shattered after various years in an office, dealing with annoying co-workers and a useless and nasty boss. These are her misadventures!
Waifu Meter:Aggretsuko, a series where cute animals have normal and boring jobs with no future and are always struggling makes us wish to go out and be free! Free to do all we want! For that longing, the best waifu is Chiitan! The Fairy Baby Otter!
Time to Catch Up:2 and a half hours approx. (one season and a special)
What You Need to Watch:Aggretsuko and Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas (recommended)
Premiere Date: June 14, 2019
Battle Spirits (2019)
Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Military
About the Series:After saving Grand Rolo and Earth itself from being re-written, Dan has entered into a new adventure!
Waifu Meter:In all card games universes, there is only one true waifu with her ATK / 2000; DEF / 1700 and ATK / 300 for every other similar card in either player’s Graveyard: it’s none other than Dark Magician Girl from Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Time to Catch Up: 60 hours approx. (3 seasons)
What You Need to Watch: Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppan Bashin, Battle Spirits, Shounen Gekiha Dan, Battle Spirits: Brave (Required) and Battle Spirits: Heroes (optional)
Premiere Date: July 2019
Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV (Season 5)
Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, Music
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.
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, WWII-era tanks used as bludgeoning weapons, mechanized wheelchairs made of stolen alien hypertech, brain diving, villainous pep talks, the Midas touch combined with a trash compactor used as a bomb, Kaiju girls, fallen angels and the robots that love them, America launching nukes from a golf cart, global-scale feng shui, holy fucking shit. And somehow it all not only works but manages to be totally awesome pretty much all the time.
XV, aka Season 5, is expected to be the series finale (though so was 3 before it hit, so who knows?). With Hibiki’s newfound godling powers and the post-credits discovery hinting that Miku will once again play a major role for the first time since season 2, the agents of S.O.N.G. are gearing up to take on the gods themselves. We expect the music teams to be bringing their A++ game, so make sure your audio equipment is in good working order, because you’re in for one hell of a final jam session.
Waifu Meter:This time we don’t need to go for the waifu any further than to Symphogear itself. Not only Chris is a badass who shoots Megadeth Party, but our Symphogear expert and number one fan in the whole world, Raitzeno, would unleash that said Megadeth Party upon us if we didn’t mention her.
Time to Catch Up: 22 hours approx (4 seasons, 13 episodes each).
What You Need to Watch: Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Senki Zesshou Symphogear G, Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX, Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ
Premiere Date: July 6, 2019
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2
Preview Author: TheMamaLuigi
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, School
About the Series: The adorable battle of wits between Takagi and Nishikata continues! Takagi is a tease and a prankster, consistently outwitting Nishikata’s attempts to catch her off guard and one-up her. From crushes to homework, pop quizzes to summer vacation, the show offers a comedic and heartfelt look at middle school life with Takagi and Nishikata at the centre. Takagi-san mixes engaging comedy with genuine heart as Takagi and Nishikata slowly realize their budding feelings for each other. However, that won’t stop them from pulling pranks!
The Waifu Meter:Takagi is skilled teaser and prankster, but there is always room to grow and learn more and who can be more qualified than Sucy, who constantly terrorize her friend Akko from Little Witch Academia?
Time to Catch Up: 4.6 hours approx. (12 episodes) (5 hours approx including OVA)
What You Need to Watch:
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san Season 1 (12 episodes)
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san OVA (1 episode)
Premiere Date: July 2019
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
Preview Author: Reikaze
Genre(s): Mystery, Supernatural, Fantasy
About the Series: Lord El-Melloi II Case Files is a mystery spinoff that focuses on one of the protagonists of Fate/Zero, Waver Velvet. After the events of Fate/Zero, Waiver went back to England and took the name of Lord El-Melloi II, his former teacher. With his apprentice Gray El-Melloi, he gets asked to claim the inheritance of Adra Castle, but when El-Melloi and Gray arrive, they soon learn they are not the only ones called that way. The will of the previous owner states that the assembled contestants must compete in a game of wits to win the castle.
Waifu Meter:It’d be a disgrace to the whole Fate franchise not to mention the best girl Tohsaka Rin. She catches your eye with her red and black outfit and allow your imagination run wild with her short skirt then strikes you down as proper tsundere just to blush like the cutest girl ever. No one beats her!
Time to Catch Up: 10.3 hrs approx (2 seasons, 26 episodes, including one 48min episode and an Ep0)
What You Need to Watch: Fate/Zero (2 seasons, 25 Episodes)
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note Episode 0 (1 episode)
Premiere Date: July 7, 2019
A Certain Scientific Accelerator
Written by: Ishamael
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure
Studio: J.C. Staff
About the Series: The second spin-off of the sprawling media franchise A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Accelerator follows the villain turned anti-hero turned sort-of hero, Accelerator, The most powerful Esper in Academy City and the ultimate level 5 the highest ranking an Esper can achieve.
Following the events of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun, Accelerator has vowed to make up for the unspeakable acts he undertook in this series. Protecting Last Order Accelerator at all costs, even to those of his own power, he gets caught up in a new adventure when he meets and saves Esther Rosenthal,a necromancer. As events spiral out of control Accelerator must once more step up and become a hero.
Waifu Meter:“There is no need for anyone else, when Misaka is here,” says Misaka as Misaka.
Time to Catch Up: Approximately 12 hours (Accelerator Arcs from related series)
What You Need to Watch: A Certain Magical Index Season 1 “Sisters Arc” Episodes 10 - 14, “Three Stories Arc” Episodes 18 to 20, Season 2 “The Academy City Invasion Arc” Episodes 17 to 23. A Certain Scientific Railgun S“Sisters Arc (a retelling of the arc of the same name from Misaka Mikotos perspective)” Episode 2 to 17.
Premiere Date: July 12, 2019
Mo Dao Zu Shi 2/The Grandmaster of Demonic Civilization
Author: Aoi Yamamoto
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Historical, Action
Studio: G.CMay Animation and Film
About the Series: A cult sensation with anime fans, MDZS is the story of Wei Wuxian and how he became the founder of the Demonic Sect. A man who was once adopted by the more peaceful clans, he begins to rebel and cause trouble everywhere until he is taken out by the more powerful clans, backstabbed by his closest ally or shidi. Fast forward to years later when Wei Wuxian is reincarnated in the body of an idiot who was dumped by another clan and is later reunited with the man who was once his enemy, Lan Wangji, in Wei Wuxian’s previous life. Hijinks and fun happens. Also, Lan Wangji falls for Wei. This is also adapted from a novel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu.
What makes MDZS so, SO good though is the beautiful animation, which puts some of the best Japanese animation studios to shame, and its often haunting music, including the lovely opening. Perhaps someone like Funimation or Crunchyroll can license this, especially since more Chinese anime are being licensed for Western audiences(see Spirit Pact and Fox Spirit Matchmaker from last summer, on Crunchyroll).
Unfortunately, this hasn’t been licensed yet by anyone, despite the fact that one can find fan art of the two leads all over pixiv and Twitter.. If you use your Google-fu, there are fan sites that have a summary of the first season...or you can find the episodes scattered on youtube.
Again, youtube has the first season episodes subbed. In the meantime, here’s the season two trailer:
Waifu Meter: If you talk about demons this year without mentioning Dororo or Demon Slayer, you’re definitely doing something wrong. There are several waifu-worthy candidates from both shows (e.g. Bandai before her transformation from Dororo), but the one claiming the top spot is none other than Nezuko Kamado from Demon Slayer. Yes, she is a demon, but look at how cute she is. I said, LOOK AT HER!
Time to Catch Up: 7 hours approx (15 chapters)
What You Need to Watch: Mo Da Zu Shi (required)
Special thanks to Ishamael, TheMamaLuigi,Aoi Yamamoto, Raitzeno, Reikaze and to Stinolez for both his writing and the header;to TheMamaLuigi for editing, you guys are amazing and this thing couldn´t be made without all of you! Also a huge thanks to the whole AniTAY community and you the reader for getting to this part of the article! Happy Summer!
Thank you and have a wonderful day!