Awesome Anime You May Have Missed, Part 2: Summer Must-Sees

It's almost summertime for us folks in the Northern Hemisphere and you know what that means: plenty of time to watch anime! Maybe it's too hot to go outside. Maybe you and your friends need something new to watch on Netflix. Or maybe you're just an anime nerd like me with nothing better to do. Well, whatever your reason, it's anime season! Here's my list of sensational summer selections that are absolute must-sees.

 

When your summer needs funny cuteness, watch Polar Bear's Cafe

What makes this show a must-see is how absolutely adorable it is. I mean, the whole show is just a cute little polar bear from the zoo working at a cafe. Just doing his thing. He pours little cups of coffee and gets into misadventures with other animals as he lives his super lazy life. It's sooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute that I could have added more o's and still not been exaggerating.

 

When your summer needs intrigue, mystery, and an air of elegance, watch Black Butler

The visuals, storyline, and characters are so engaging that three seasons and one Alice in Wonderland-themed special later, this anime has more fans than ever. Me totally included. Watching Ciel and his demon butler tackle mysteries in an 1800s-esque era is enthralling. Every season the mysteries get darker, the stories grow more complex, and the anime gets even better.

 

When your summer needs amazing scenery and shirtless dudes, watch Free!

Free! is the perfect summer-themed anime. The first episode has amazing underwater scenes, most of the show takes place at the beach or the pool, and it's a very light-hearted show. Bonus: If you're into fan service, you'll definitely love Free! The all-male cast of main characters are shirtless 99 percent of the time.

 

When your summer needs fantasy and fun, watch The Seven Deadly Sins

This Netflix-exclusive anime is the bomb. Awesome fight scenes, great characters/villains, tons of jokes, and a ridiculously adorbs mascot. It's a much lighter version of shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Akame Ga Kill. The Seven Deadly Sins has all the fun of a good action anime with fewer gruesome deaths, less psychological scarring, and fewer little girls being turned into half-dog monsters. :(

 

When your summer needs an anime to just completely freak you up, watch Magical Girl Raising Project

If you didn't like Madoka Magica (which, if you haven't seen, you should), you probably aren't going to like this one. But gosh is it good. It's such an emotionally manipulative show. I know that sounds like a bad thing, but this anime is fantastic at creating psychological impact, especially after the first twist.

 

When your summer needs the best dark anime you've never seen, watch The Future Diary

Among these must-sees, this show is the most unmissable. You have to watch it. The Future Diary is one of the best anime you will ever see and Yuno Gasai is the most insane yandere you will ever see. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a yandere is someone who will do anything for someone they're in love with. ANYTHING. It's pretty dark and murder-filled, but if you don't mind that, it's amazing.

Have you seen these must-see shows? What genre of anime do you normally watch? Comment in the space below!

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Jun 9, 2017 5:16AM EDT

great :)

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Jun 11, 2017 6:27AM EDT

The Seven Deadly Sins is available on Netflix. Another great list!

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Jun 12, 2017 2:03PM EDT

I just watched ep#1 of Magical Girl Raising Project on CrunchyRoll. So far so good. Might look into Polar Bear's Cafe soon.
Also currently watching Tokyo Ghoul & Attack on Titan s2 on [Adult Swim].
Last year or so I tried Black Butler and Future Diary, but they didn't hold my attention after a handful of eps. YMMV of course.

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Jun 12, 2017 3:08PM EDT

Going by the descriptions here the only one of these I'd consider watching is The Seven Deadly Sins. If you want a recommendation for a truly great anime I suggest you try Twin Star Exorcists (it's Japanese name is Sōsei no Onmyouji). This anime nails pretty much everything that other anime get wrong. There's no filler episodes. I bet you won't make until the end end of the first season without Googling when season 2 will be out.

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Jun 12, 2017 9:05PM EDT

Having checked out the most promising of these anime (The Seven Deadly Sins) all I can say is don't waste your time with any of these recommendations. The Seven Deadly Sins is just gawd awful. The main character Meliodas is so badly animated that it's so distracting how out of place he is compared to the rest of the characters. The storyline is just terrible as well. I'm going to give you a good piece of advice Do not waste your time with any of these because clearly the author of this article hasn't a clue what good anime is if they are recommending any of these. I chose The Seven Deadly Sins to watch because frankly all of the others sounded terrible. I couldn't ever have imagined how bad The Seven Deadly Sins could be. If you're looking for some good anime to pass the time while your waiting for your favourite shows to come back I suggest you look elsewhere. I'm not saying any of this to troll. I read the descriptions of the other anime and thought that they sounded awful but I had hoped there might be one gem in this list but if you are going to recommend crap like this I can only assume that everything else in this list is going to suck as bad as well

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Jun 13, 2017 2:56AM EDT

After having double checked and seeing that there are two anime of the same name. One called the Seven Deadly Sins released in 2014 and the other The 7 Deadly Sins(the correct name for this anime is The 7 Mortal Sins) released in 2017. I may need to eat my words but that will have to wait until I check out the more recent anime since there seems to be no way to delete or edit my previous comment.

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Jun 21, 2017 9:52AM EDT

Magical Girl Raising Project sure went very dark. I'm not talking about so-called "dark magic", either.

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Jul 6, 2017 3:49PM EDT

The summer "blahs" settled in*, so I found and started watching Elfen Lied** (pronounced LEED). "Rated M" for sure (nudity, violence, gore?). So far quite good. Only one season, too.
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* ...mostly due to the TV week-off for July 4, plus I lost interest in some summer series that started last year.
** Is this the only anime known by a German title in English-speaking countries? It supposedly translates to "Song of the Elves".

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Jul 6, 2017 5:01PM EDT

Elfen Lied is good but the incest/underage sex plotlines prevent me from recommending it. It is so violent and smart though!

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Jul 7, 2017 7:44AM EDT

I guess I haven't gotten to those yet. (O.O);;

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Jul 9, 2017 1:01AM EDT

Just finished. Indeed, it's not for everyone. Gladly it never crosses the line into actual depictions of sex. But there is still perhaps much to make viewers uncomfortable about the series. Speaking for myself, I don't mind some psychological introspection (being curious about my emotional reactions) in smart, complex films. I won't go any further with that, but without spoilers I think I can just say it was quite an experience. ★★★★★ - but again, for mature audiences and with caveats.

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Jul 8, 2017 4:13AM EDT

Definitely. Elfen lied is beautiful but any beginner couldn't stomach it. Kind of like halfway through SAO lol

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