It’s that time again, the time where the new anime season is just around the corner and you start asking yourself, “what shows do I need to catch up on before this new season hits?” I can answer that question for you. The following article will point out everything that you need to know about the sequels airing in the Summer 2015 anime season.

Note: Global Anticipation does not imply “best show”, it is merely a visual aid that indicates the number of people who have already signed up to watch the show.

If you missed out on the Spring 2015 list, here it is.

Here we go.


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Aquarion Logos

Written by Dexomega

Global Anticipation: ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Mecha, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi.

Aquarion’s Tagline Premise: The Aquarion franchise was created by Shoji Kawamori. Much like his other franchises, Kawamori took two simple concepts and smashed them together into one. With Macross, it was sci-fi battles and love triangles. With Aquarion, it’s borderline-magical super robots and reincarnation romances.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Here’s the upshot: Aquarion’s story has, up until this point, been about the ancient romance between a mythical creature Apollonius and a human woman Seliane. 12,000 years before the first Aquarion, these two fought against Apollonius’ people: the Shadow Angels. They were successful and saved humankind, but the two were not destined to be. Fast forward 12,000 years, and the two have reincarnated as two young humans to fight against the Shadow Angels again. Aquarion EVOL, the sequel anime, took place 12,000 years after that in a new cycle and featured Apollonius and Seliane, now Amata and Mikono, fighting to protect humanity once again. Aquarion Logos seems poised to soft-reboot the franchise in much the same way EVOL did. While a sequel, it will probably stand on its own as a love triangle reincarnation romance that features teenagers piloting super robots. Expect lots of awesome, over-the-top fights, and (of course) an absurd emphasis on the power of love.

You should try it out if you:
-Like Shoji Kawamori’s other shows (Macross, Escaflowne).
-Like mildly crazy super robot shows.
-Like romance.

Series Progression:
First entry: Aquarion (26 episodes).
Second entry: Aquarion Evol (26 episodes).
Third entry: Aquarion Logos (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Each series in the Aquarion franchise is a soft-reboot. Each is standalone in many ways, but it incentivizes knowledge of the previous series. Watching the entire franchise is not required, but it is recommended. There is an OVA and a movie as well, but they are merely alternate versions.
-Time required to catch up: 21 hours.
-The first and second seasons are available in NA on Funimation here (S1) and here (S2), and Hulu here (S1) and here (S2).
-Ani-TAY Genesis of Aquarion Review and Aquarion EVOL Review.

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Aria the Avvenire

**The new Aria had a last minute change and will air in Fall 2015 as and OVA.**

Global Anticipation: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Slice of life.

Aria’s Tagline Premise: Have you ever wanted to go to Venice? For those of you that don’t know, Venice is a city that has canals to serve as its roadways, so people often travel in small, paddle propelled boats called gondolas. What if I told you that in the near future, a city exists on a human inhabited planet that has the same canal structure as Venice? In Aria, there is such a place. Aria’s story centres around the gondoliers of this extraterrestrial city and all of the fun shenanigans they get into. Essentially, the show is a depiction of their friendships and learning experiences as they go from gondoliers-in-training to full fledged tour guides.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Aria is one of the most original anime in existence, full stop. If you’ve ever felt like you just can’t find a show that has its own identity and you want something you’ve never seen before, this is the one for you. How often do shows centre around gondola tour guides from the future on a distant planet? Only in one: Aria. The show’s positives don’t stop at its originality though, the soundtrack is as soothing as a lullaby, and its art style is the definition of beauty. Its slice of life elements are also arguably at the peak of the genre, and the character relations are an all around blast. This show is best watched day-by-day to spread out the good feels over a longer period of time.

You should try it out if you:
-Are a fan of slice of life.
-Want something with an incredibly original premise.
-Appreciate beauty.

Series Progression:
First entry: Aria the Animation (13 episodes).
Second entry: Aria the Natural (26 episodes).
Special entry: Aria the OVA: Arietta (1 episode).
Third entry: Aria the Origination (13 episodes).
Fourth entry: Aria the Avvenire (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 53 episodes listed above. There are a few other specials that are not required.
-Time required to catch up: 21 hours.
-The whole series is available in the US on Hulu here (S1), here (S2) and here (S3, includes OVA), or on YouTube here (S1) and here (S2).
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Dragon Ball Chou
(Dragon Ball Super)

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★★

Genres: Shounen, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Superpowers, Martial Arts.

Dragon Ball’s Tagline Premise: Having the ability to fulfill any wish is an extraordinary power. It would make sense that a being who holds such capabilities would only use them on people who are truly worthy. In Dragon Ball, there is one being that just so happens to have this power. In order to receive the benefits, there is but one condition that must be fulfilled: you must gather all seven of the dragon balls. Many people across the world desire this reward and will stop at nothing to gain the wish of their life. Fights break out, companies form, and villains arise all to find and collect these seven relics.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Dragon Ball is considered to be one of the first true shounen shows, and is regularly viewed as a nostalgic powerhouse for many anime fans. For those of you that somehow don’t know what this show is, it’s most likely older than you, but don’t be deterred. This show is pretty awesome, and frankly, almost everyone can find something to enjoy in it. If you are considering it, you might want to just start with this new season if you haven’t seen the prequels (because they amount to a billion zillion episodes). It would probably be better to at least just read or watch a condensed version of the story in lieu of the anime.

You should try it out if you:
-Ka.
-me.
-ha.
-me.
-ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Series Progression:
First entry: Dragon Ball (153 episodes).
Second entry: Dragon Ball Z (291 episodes).
DBZ alternate entry part 1: Dragon Ball Z Kai (97 episodes).
DBZ alternate entry part 2: Dragon Ball Z Kai Ep 98 (1 episode).
DBZ alternate entry part 3: Dragon Ball Z Kai The Final Chapters (~60 episodes, currently airing).
Third entry: Dragon Ball Z Super (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Option 1: Watch all 444 episodes of Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z.
-Time required to catch up (Option 1): 178 hours.
-Option 2: Watch all 311 episodes of Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z Kai.
-Time required to catch up (Option 2): 122 hours.
-Option 3: Watch nothing and catch up with some kind of summary.
-Time required to catch up (Option 3): 0 hours ~probably not too long.
-Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Kai are the same; Kai is essentially a remastered version.
-There are also a ton of movies and specials, but only everything listed is required.
-The new show will disregard everything that happened after DBZ (i.e. Dragon Ball GT).
-The original series are available in NA on Funimation here (DB) and here (DBZ), and on Hulu here (DB) and here (DBZ).
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Durarara!!x2 Ten

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★★

Genres: Action, Mystery, Supernatural, Psychological.

Durarara’s Tagline Premise: Durarara is a story about a city called Ikebukuro, specifically about the people that live there. Of course, in order for any story to be interesting, the focus of it has to captivate you in some way, and Durarara’s people are more than captivating in this sense. There are dozens of factions, limitless ways of thinking, and more than enough character types that have all gathered into one place in order to bring you entertainment. It’s hard to relate the show to anything, and it’s even harder to write a synopsis for it, but that’s the beauty of it. The easiest way to imagine the show is to think of a game of chess where all pieces are a different colour, are all queens, and can all move at the same time.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Durarara returns this summer for its second of three seasons in the x2!! trilogy. For anyone returning, you can expect more of the same, only escalated to a higher level. For any newcomers, this is the second third of the sequel to the first series. If that’s still too complex, it is essentially episodes 37-49.

You should try it out if you:
-Like well written stories.
-Like to have your mind blown.
-Have seen Baccano!.

Series Progression:
First entry: Durarara!! (24 episodes).
Special entry: Episode 12.5 (1 episode).
Special entry: Episode 25 (1 episode).
Second entry part 1: Durarara!!x2 Shou (12 episodes).
Second entry part 2: Durarara!!x2 Ten (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 24 episodes of the first season (including both of the special episodes. Crunchyroll has them included chronologically with the show), and all 12 episodes of Durarara!!x2 Shou.
-Time required to catch up: 15 hours.
-All released episodes are available in NA on Crunchyroll here, and on Hulu here (S1) and here (Shou).
-Ani-TAY Review.


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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!

Written by Rockmandash12

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic.

Fate/Illya’s Tagline Premise: One day, a magical rod named Ruby comes crashing into Illya’s bathroom as she’s taking a bath. Ruby was running away from Rin Tohsaka, a magus, and decides to make Illya into a magical girl. When Rin figures this out, Rin gives Illya the task of obtaining 7 class cards which contain the spirits from heroes of legend, and Illya has to fight a series of battles with each respective hero. When 2wei starts, a girl named Kuroe (who looks extremely similar to Illya) appears before her and throws Illya’s everyday life upside down. 2wei Herz! is the second half of the 2wei manga, and amps the story up.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Fate/illya is a magical girl show for those who are already Fate fans, as it’s an interesting interpretation of the Fate universe while being pretty entertaining by itself. It starts off pretty nonsensical and silly as your typical episodic magical girl show, but eventually the show starts throwing in elements from the Nasuverse and runs in a more action/shounen route. It’s a pretty entertaining series overall, with great humor and engaging action along with plenty of references from other Fate works.

You should try it out if you:
-Are invested in the Fate universe.
-Like the magical girl genre.
-Are looking for something fun.

Series Progression:
Zeroth entry: Almost anything from the Fate universe (see notes).
First entry: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya (10 episodes).
Second entry: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! (10 episodes).
Third entry: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Due to the fact that this series is a spinoff of other Fate content, it is highly recommended that you know about at least some of the universe before you watch this show.
-Watch all 10 episodes of the first season and 10 episodes of the second season. There are a bunch of OVAs and specials, but none of them are required.
-Time required to catch up: 7.5 hours.
-The first two seasons are available in NA on Crunchyroll here, and on Hulu here (S1) and here (S2).
-Ani-TAY Review.


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Gatchaman Crowds Insight

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi.

Gatchaman Crowds’ Tagline Premise: The supernatural is an interesting subject; no-one can prove for sure that there are ghosts, ghouls, or aliens here on Earth. Sometimes these beings are said to be encountered, so photos are snapped, or videos are taken, but the images never seem to be telltale. It’s almost as if these beings, assuming they are real, have some way of protecting their identities, but for what reason? Why would they need to hide? Well hear this out: those blurred images and floating lights are actually these beings called Gatchaman. They don’t live to haunt you, in fact the reason they try to remain hidden is for your sake. Some are the hunters of aliens that invade Earth, and others are essentially guardian angels. No matter their goal, the only way to keep humanity calm is to operate in secrecy, but surprisingly enough, human assistance is regularly a necessary component of this process.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer:
How much is a human life worth? Would you go out of your way to save someone, even if it meant endangering yourself? If someone directed you to do so, would you be more likely to act? Gatchaman Crowds asks these same questions. It presents a world where malicious beings pose a threat to all of humanity, opposed by the comprised efforts of the unknowing public, their anonymous persuaders, and those deemed to be heroes. If you’re looking for a show that takes an original stand on our 21st century lives, this is the show for you. Accompanied by a groovy soundtrack and a unique art style, this story is sure to leave you in a bath of thoughts never explored.

You should try it out if you:
-Use your cellphone a lot.
-Like interesting premises.
-Like originality.

Series Progression:
First entry: Gatchaman Crowds (12 episodes).
Second entry: Gatchaman Crowds Insight (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes of the first season. Don’t worry about the special or the parent series from the 1970s.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here, and Hulu here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Junjou Romantica 3

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Romance, Drama, Yaoi.

Junjou Romantica’s Tagline Premise: Junjou Romantica is split up into three stories, the following is the premise for the first:

Everyone knows someone who is struggling in school, whether it be a friend, your sibling, or even you. A lot of the time this person would like to have better grades, and they may even be doing something about it. Chances are that they have someone helping them, like a tutor or a friend. In Junjou Romantica, there is a student in need and he seeks help from his brother’s friend. The only hiccup in this plan is that this tutor’s method of teaching involves sexual extortion.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: The first thing you have to know about this show is that it is from the yaoi genre. If you’re not into that, then you should probably stay away. This doesn’t mean the show is bad by any means; in fact, it actually has quite marvellous ratings. If you’re into yaoi and have never heard of this show before, you’ll likely enjoy this series to a great extent. If you’re on the fence but really enjoy romance series, this show may be worth a try.

You should try it out if you:
-Are a fan of Yaoi.
-Want a different kind of romance series.

Series Progression:
First entry: Junjou Romantica (12 episodes).
Second entry: Junjou Romantica 2 (12 episodes).
Third entry: Junjou Romantica 3 (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes of the first season and all 12 episodes of the second season. There are OVAs and entire spin-off seasons, if you are interested, but they are not required.
-Time required to catch up: 9.5 hours.
-Both seasons are available in NA on Hulu here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Non Non Biyori Repeat

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Seinen.

Non Non Biyori’s Tagline Premise: A child playing a recorder. What does that make you think of? Do you imagine the staggered notes that vaguely manage to piece together a song? Do you think of the pure innocence that this child likely portrays? More often than not, a child’s only goal is to have fun, but looking into why they have fun is its own adventure. Non Non Biyori is essentially a gateway that allows its viewers to experience the thought processes and simplicities of children and what silly reasons they follow when putting effort into a situation. It’s the same as watching a child grow as they discover the world, or sympathizing with a kid who lost his favourite toy.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: It’s always great when an anime comes along that doesn’t objectify or exploit the people of the show. Non Non Biyori is simply a tale of friendship that never harms any of the innocence of its characters. Happiness and enjoyment are the main focus of the series, but it holds some serious moments too. If you’re looking for something lighthearted, and ultimately fun, then this is the show to watch.

You should try it out if you:
-Like being happy.
-Can resonate with the simpler aspects of life.
-Were a child at some point.

Series Progression:
First entry: Non Non Biyori (12 episodes).
Special entry: Non Non Biyori OVA (1 episode).
Second entry: Non Non Biyori Repeat (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes of the first season. The OVA is not required, but is the same as the other episodes, if you’re interested.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here, and Hulu here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX

Written by Kaizival

Global Anticipation: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Magical Girl, Action, Music.

Symphogear’s Tagline Synopsis: Music can evoke the strongest feelings, uniting people all over the world as a universally loved common language. Undeniably, the transformative power of music changes lives. It also just plain causes transformations.

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Symphogear follows girls who fight with the power of song, clad in the musically activated Symphogear power armor. At the beginning of the story, quasi genki-girl Hibiki Tachibana is attending a concert by the idol group Zwei Wing that descends into horror when aliens called The Noise attack. To combat the threat and protect the audience, the Zwei Wing duo transform into their Symphogears. During the battle Hibiki is pierced by a Symphogear fragment, which subsequently gives her the power to defend the world as a Symphogear.

If You’re A Prospective Viewer: I’d be lying if I said that all of Symphogear (especially the first season) is fantastic, but with the backing of some very good design work and amazing musical performances from the characters, the show so far is a very enjoyable watch. In other words, if you want a hit of pure musically powered awesomeness, Symphogear is for you.

You should try it out if you:
-Like shows where the characters sing literally everything, from the OP/EDs to the enka.
-Like transformations and special attacks, both of the ‘magical’ and technical variety.
-Believe in the power of song.

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Series Progression
First entry: Senki Zesshou Symphogear (13 episodes).
Second entry: Senki Zesshou Symphogear G (13 episodes).
Special entry: Symphogear OVAs (2 episodes).
Third Entry: Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX (airing Summer 2015).

Notes:
-Just an FYI, the second season of Symphogear (Symphogear G) is much better visually (and transformationally!) than the first season, if not better overall.
-Time required to catch up: 10 hours.
-The first season is available on Funimation here.
-Kai loves the OST. It’s performed by an all star cast, with Yuuki Aoi, Nana Mizuki, and Ayahi Takagaki taking the stage in S1, and with Nanjo Noshino, Yoko Hikasa, and Ai Kayano added to the Symphogear choir in S2.
-No AniTAY Review.


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The iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls 2

Global Anticipation: ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music.

Cinderella Girl’s Tagline Premise: Singing contests are popular no matter where you’re from, but what happens to the winners after it all finishes? Cinderella Girls is a depiction of this after story. A handful of girls have be selected to become Japan’s next set of idols and we get to see them run the course between recruitment and famedom. This sounds straightforward, but no matter the person, there’s bound to be a few bumps in the road.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Cinderella Girls is a spinoff of the main iDOLM@STER series. The good news is that the relation to the main series is not that prominent, so you can start out with this series if you’d like to. For the most part, this is a lighthearted show that focuses on the improvements of the cast members. With such an array of characters, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you like about the series.

You should try it out if you:
-Like idol shows.
-Are into the iDOLM@STER series.
-Want something that leaves you with a feeling of success.

Series Progression:
First entry: The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls (13 episodes).
Second entry: The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2 (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 13 episodes of the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-The first season is available in NA on Daisuki here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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To Love Ru Darkness 2nd

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, Sci-Fi, School.

To Love Ru’s Tagline Premise: Don’t you just hate it when you’re about to profess your love to the girl of your dreams, when suddenly an alien spaceship falls out of the sky and almost kills you? That totally ruins the mood, doesn’t it? The only thing that could make a day like this worse is if the seemingly human-looking alien suddenly ends up in your bathtub and your reaction to this surprise accidentally mimics the marriage proposal of this alien’s planet. Not only would you have to marry this alien, but you’d also have to forget about the girl you tried asking out earlier.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: This is a show that has an age requirement. Yes, that means there is more than just fan service; there are copious amounts of scenes that place our MC in boob’s way, and it doesn’t stop there. If you are discouraged by watching shows that may take objectification too far, then be warned, this show is not for you. On the contrary, if everything I’ve said so far is right up your alley, then here’s another ecchi show for you. Aside from those aspects, the storytelling and comedy are on the higher end for a show of this nature.

You should try it out if you:
-Like ecchi-harems.
-Are looking for something that is both obscure and comedic .
-Want a side of boobs with that.

Series Progression:
First entry: To Love Ru (26 episodes).
Special entry: To Love Ru OVA (6 episodes).
Second entry: Motto To Love Ru (12 episodes).
Third entry: To Love Ru Darkness (12 episodes).
Special entry: To Love Ru Darkness OVA (6 episodes).
Fourth entry: To Love Ru Darkness 2nd (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch everything listed above except the OVAs. The OVAs essentially hosts episodes that fit anywhere into their respective season, but they are not required.
-Time required to catch up: 20 hours.
-All three seasons are available in the US on Hulu here (S1), here (S2), and here (S2).
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Working!!!
(Wagnaria!!!)

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life.

Working’s Tagline Premise: Welcome to Wagnaria! Though our food is normal, the employees that bring it to you are not. Our workforce includes a passive aggressive hair stylist, an androphobic strongwoman, a condescending gossip extortionist, an elementary schooler in denial, a katana wielding parfait master, an obsessive connoisseur of all that is cute, a gift-bearing mantracker, a taste-tester with nothing else on her plate, and an attention seeking part-time plate shatterer. Then there’s me, the only normal person. Needless to say, I don’t get more than a scene of airtime each season.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Working is the embodiment of all those far fetched stories you hear about from other people’s workplaces. Every episode brings on a new problem for the team to handle in their far from regular manner. Each character has a set of staple jokes associated with them, and despite the comedy centring around these sets, the content sustains comedic freshness. The show should hold you at a good laugh throughout your visit.

You should try it out if you:
-Have ever worked in a restaurant.
-Think that your workplace is abnormal.
-Enjoy situational comedy.

Series Progression:
First entry: Working!! (Wagnaria!!) (13 episodes).
Second entry: Working’!! (Wagnaria!!2) (13 episodes).
Third entry: Working!!! (Wagnaria!!3) (Airing Summer 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 26 episodes from the first two seasons.
-Time required to catch up: 10.5 hours.
-The first season is unavailable anywhere o_O. The second season is available in NA on Crunchyroll here, and Hulu here.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Shorts:

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Miss Monochrome: The Animation

Genres: Music, Slice of Life.

Time Required to Catch Up: 52 minutes.

Available in NA on Crunchyroll here.


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Teekyuu 5

Genres: Comedy, School, Shounen, Sports.

Time required to catch up: 96 minutes.

Available in NA on Crunchyroll here.


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Wooser no Sono Higurashi: Mugen-hen

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life.

Time required to catch up: 96 minutes.

Available in NA on Crunchyroll here.


This list was finished on Jun/04/2015. Any sequel announced after this date will not appear here. Any movie sequels have been excluded. Any spin-offs and reboots were also left out.

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Written and organized by: Stanlick (AKA SeanStan).

Special thanks to Protonstorm for editing.

Special thanks to Rockmandash12, Dexomaga, and Kaizival for assistance.

Thanks for reading!