Summer 2016 – Anime Recommendations Part 2

Written by Bananaowns

Images courtesy of Studio Bones, Doga Kobo, TMS Entertainment

It’s time to look at the next three recommendations for this summer season.  This part has quite the eclectic mix of shows.  Next week will be the third and final part.  As always, if any of you have more recommendations, be sure to leave a comment below.  I am Bananaowns and this is an Otaku Youth anime feature.

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Mob Psycho 100

From Studio Bones comes the adaptation of another web comic created by ONE.  This series features an eighth grader named Mob, who happens to be an extremely powerful psychic.  So far, the series had mostly followed Mob as he works for a supposed master psychic named Reigen.  Half of the comedy of the series has come from Reigen’s attempts to hide the fact that he is actually a fraud.  Mob Psycho 100 possesses the same comedic styling as One Punch Man.  It also has a rather unique animation style that is a close adaptation of ONE’s drawings.  Despite the goofy appearance at times, the animation is of a high quality.  This just hasn’t drawn me in yet.  I can’t exactly describe it, but I’m not falling in love with it as quickly as I did with One Punch Man.  Hopefully, the next few episodes will change this feeling.

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New Game!

This series wins my award for the show that I did not expect to watch this season.  It’s a show about a workplace which inevitably brings comparisons to Shirobako.  However, it’s in the slice-of-life genre.  So it would be correct to say it’s more like K-ON than Shirobako.  The series features a recent high school graduate as she begins to work at a game development studio as a CG artist.  Of course, you have a bunch of cute girls working on a video game.  There is no deep plot here, but the show is oozing with comedy from the interactions between the characters.  While it’s not an intense look into the development process, there has been a decent foray into explaining some of the concepts of making a game and Japanese work culture.  The animation has an expected quality.  It’s very bright and emphasizes the cute character design.  Overall, this show is my guilty pleasure of the season.

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Orange

In my First Look piece, this was the show that I was the most excited to check out.  So far, this anime has lived up to all of my expectations.  The main protagonist, Naho, receives a letter from her future self that details a list of regrets.  Her future self asks her to do things differently.  Most of these tasks involve preventing a tragedy that involves a new transfer student named Kakeru.  As expected, the series has been quite emotional already as Naho realizes her feelings for Kakeru.  There also is this sense of dread as time goes on because of the real fear of failing to prevent whatever happens to him.  In terms of plot, this show has been excellent so far.  The animation is also very well done.  The backgrounds are especially beautiful.  The facial expressions are also a highlight.  It’s a very bright aesthetic for what’s likely a heartbreaking anime.

You can check out all three of these shows on Crunchyroll.  I’ll be back next week to finish my anime recommendations for this season and as always, thanks for checking this piece out.

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