Summer 2021 Anime Season Preview

A little late with this post; I wanted to finish writing this a week ago. Oh well, better later than never. And yeah, this is the first blog post in a while. I had hoped to catch up on a bunch of blog posts in the works this month and well, the month is almost over. Sorry about that. I keep getting busy and tired and while I’m sure everyone understands that, it still frustrates me. I still plan on finishing whatever it is I said I finished but for now, let’s shift over to some of the upcoming anime this coming Summer 2021 season.

Peach Boy Riverside

Premieres on July 1st. Streaming on Crunchyroll and VRV.

A fantasy series centered around an adventurous princess who meets a demon slayer by chance. To my surprise, the manga source material is by Coolkyousinnjya, the same mangaka behind Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. It only surprises me because a fantasy adventure series doesn’t seem like their M.O..

The Case Study of Vanitas

Premieres on July 3rd. Streaming on Funimation.

Set in an alternate 19th century Paris, The Case Study of Vanitas follows a young man named Noe in search of a powerful grimoire. To his surprise, it is in possession of a human doctor who has assumed the identify of the book’s owner, a legendary vampire named Vanitas. Having Bones animating this is certainly plus though the real claim to fame for me is original creator Jun Mochizuki, best known as the mangaka of Pandora Hearts. I remember loving Pandora Hearts back in high school and to this day, it baffles me that it never got a full adaptation. Still, an anime adaptation of another work by Mochizuki? I’ll take what I can get.

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X

Premieres on July 3rd. Streaming on Crunchyroll & VRV.

I was pleasantly surprised with the first season of Hamefura. The premise of a girl who reincarnates as the supposed antagonist and unintentionally makes everyone fall in love with her as she attempts to change her fate is a clever, amusing, and refreshing spin on the isekai genre. The show does get pretty aimless and repetitive, particularly in the middle third, but I largely found it to be a enjoyable romcom harem story.

That said, I did find the show to have ended on a conclusive note and that’s knowing that there’s still a lot of source material left to adapt. I’m struggling to imagine what’s more to be done with this series, apart from Bakarina getting married. I also can’t believe there might be more love interests for Bakarina to friendzone. Just let the Sophia or Maria ship sail already! Still, I did enjoy the first season so I might as well try the second.

Kageki Shoujo!!

Premieres on July 4th. Streaming on Funimation.

To be honest, Kageki Shoujo!! first caught my interest because it’s centered on an all-girls drama school, much like Revue Starlight which is one of my favorite anime in the last couple of years. It doesn’t help that the two series are similarly titled (in Japan, Revue‘s full title is Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight). Unlike Revue, Kageki Shoujo!! does not appear to be a musical with a talking giraffe but rather, a more grounded character drama. The show revolves around to two girls, a former idol and a country girl, who will respectively play the male and female leads in their class’s upcoming play.

The Detective is Already Dead

Premieres on July 4th. Streaming on Funimation.

With a title like that, how can I not be interested? But yes, this is a mystery show in which the detective is dead. Three years after her death, she seemingly reappears before her assistant and drags him back into the life of solving cases. There aren’t too many big names attached to the project and ENGI is a pretty young studio. The light novels however seem to be pretty well-liked and judging by the views for the trailers, there’s some anticipation for the anime adaptation.

The Duke of Death and His Maid

Premieres on July 4th. Streaming on Funimation.

A romcom surrounding a duke cursed to kill anything he touches and his maid who doesn’t let that stop her from seducing him. That sounds silly enough. Whether or not, it’s a joke that can last for a whole cour is a whole other matter. Another thing that’s putting me off is the amount of CGI shown in the trailers, which of course looks pretty rough around the edges.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S

Premieres on July 8th. Streaming on Crunchyroll and VRV.

I really enjoyed the first season of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. It does have a very perverted sense of humor which can, at times, conflict with the show’s more wholesome moments but it was nevertheless a hilarious and sometimes even endearing slice of life show. Naturally, I got excited when the second season got announced. A few months later however, that horrible arson attack happened on Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building and among the casualties was Dragon Maid‘s series director Yasuhiro Takemoto. The production status of Season 2 became uncertain and to be honest, I would’ve completely understood if the project was ultimately scrapped after something so awful. Evidently however, they’ve ultimately decided to continue production, with KyoAni veteran Tatsuya Ishihara stepping in to take the wheel in Takemoto’s place. Regardless of how Season 2 turns out, I commend KyoAni for coming back strong and seeing this project finished, presumably for the fans and for the staff who tragically lost their lives.

Aquatope of White Sand

Premieres on July 9th. Streaming on Crunchyroll and VRV.

A slice of life series in which a young girl travels to Okinawa after quitting her idol career and meets a high school student working at an aquarium that’s on the verge of closing. As for what an aquatope is, your guess is currently as good as mine. Toshiya Shinohara and Yuuko Kakihara serve as director and series writer respectively; their second collaboration at studio P.A. Works after 2018’s Iroduku: The World in Colors, which I quite enjoyed. Fanboying for P.A. works dies hard for me but I must admit that the studio’s most recent works haven’t clicked for me (don’t get me started on The Day I Became a God). Still, seeing the Irodoku team working on a new show gives me a little hope so fingers crossed that we have a win on our hands.

Love Live! Superstar!!

Premieres on July 11th

The fourth generation of the Love Live! franchise. Superstar!! is centered around a smaller cast this time around, five girls as opposed to the traditional nine. The main characters are the first students attending a new school in Tokyo and they embark on an uphill battle in becoming famous school idols. Oddly enough, Nijigasaki High School Idol Club got renewed for a second season which makes the timing of Superstar!! rather awkward. I guess Nijigasaki was a bigger hit than anticipated but that is baffling in and of itself. I mean, this is Love Live! we’re talking about. Regardless, we’re apparently having two series airing back to back and if both happen to be good, then who am I to complain?

Sonny Boy

Premieres on July 16th. Streaming on Funimation.

The first episode of Sonny Boy got streamed in advance but whatever, I’ll still include this show in the preview (I haven’t watched the episode for the record). It’s like I should’ve written this post on time or something.

Anyway, Sonny Boy appears to be a sci-fi series in which a group of students are transported to another world (oh no) and develop superpowers. The big claim to fame is that this show is directed by Shingo Natsume who has previously directed shows such as the first season of One Punch Man and ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., both of which I really enjoyed. Curiously enough, Natsume is also writing every episode of Sonny Boy and as far as I can tell, this is his first writing credit. I’m intrigued by the prospect of a more auteur work by Natsume though I must admit that the end result could go either way.

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Season 2)

Premieres on August 1st.

The original Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of my favorite anime of all time but I felt so content with how it ended that I never really wanted to see things continue. Case in point, I still haven’t seen Rebellion (though I think that’ll change in the coming days…). I did try the first season of Magia Record, partly because it is a spin-off and not a direct continuation (boy is it so vague on how it fits in the Madoka canon), but it was a conflicting experience for me. There’s some standout moments in the story but it overall lacks the focus and tone that made the original so good and it doesn’t expand on the mythology in any meaningful way. It ultimately feels unnecessary which is exactly what I feared anything after the original series to be.

With that in mind, the smartest thing to do would be to call it quits between seasons. But I don’t know, part of me can’t help but be morbidly curious as to what exactly comes next. I suppose Madoka has become one of those franchises in my life where I should give up on it but I’m too attached to it that I’ll inevitably check up on it. It wouldn’t be the first franchise like that for me and it certainly won’t be the last.

Covering This Season

  • Aquatope of White Sand
  • Love Live! Superstar!!
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Season 2)

The list is subject to change.


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This post was last updated on July 3, 2021.

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