July 2014 New Anime Guide

Spring is almost over and wonder how are you doing with the series in this season. My Spring started with a long list and now ended up with just a handful of names like Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (僕らはみんな河合荘), Seikoku no Dragonar (星刻の竜騎士), Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? (ご注文はうさぎですか?) and several more. It was a good season but guess we just expected too much. Now here we are almost in Summer, and so the list is now recharged. We also have around 30 series in this new season, including some widely expected names like Sword Art Online, Free! and Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, and of course we cannot miss the P.A. Works’ production Glasslip. Guess we just have once again a lot to expect.

Free!: Eternal Summer (S2)

Free!: Eternal Summer (S2)

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 3, 2014

The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka. After achieving victory, each of the boys went their separate ways.

Time passed, and in the middle of their uneventful high school lives Rin appears and challenges Haruka to a match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka, gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again and brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to defeat Rin.

Glasslip

Glasslip / グラスリップ

Links: Official Website, Preview | On Air: July 3, 2014

Touko Fukami’s family runs a glass-working business in a small seaside town. She hangs out with her four best friends at a cafe called “Kazemichi.” During the summer break of their senior year in high school, they meet a transfer student named Kakeru Okikura, who claims that a voice from the future talks to him, and that it’s led him to Touko. His arrival sets off a series of events that will make their final summer together one full of hope and heartache.

Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen

Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen / 白銀の意思 アルジェヴォルン

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 3, 2014

The story takes place in a world where two countries, Arandas and Ingelmia, have been warring against each other for a very long time. Tokimune, a young man belonging to the eighth autonomous unit of Arandas, saves a girl named Jamie when she is attacked by enemy forces. In order to survive, he rides the new weapon Argevollen and fights.

Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yatte Mita.

Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yatte Mita. / 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 4, 2014

The story is about the life of a high school girl, Nanako, and her senpai, Yukari, who end up becoming the town’s local idols (locodol) upon the request of her uncle.

Rail Wars!

Rail Wars! / RAIL WARS! レールウォーズ

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 4, 2014

The “dream railway paradise entertainment” story is set in a parallel world where Japan did not privatize its national railways. Naohito Takayama is an ordinary high school boy who dreams of a comfortable future working for the top-rated Japanese National Railways. He is assigned as a trainee in the Railways Security Force full of odd characters such as Sakurai, a troublemaker who hates men. On top of that, an extremist group called “RJ” plots to privatize the Japanese National Railways.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul / 東京喰種-トーキョーグール-

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 4, 2014

The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious “ghouls” who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.

Sword Art Online II

Sword Art Online II / ソードアート・オンライン II

Links: Official Website, Preview | On Air: July 5, 2014

1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.

That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.

Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the “Death Gun.” Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon’s help, Kirito decides to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the “Death Gun” and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.

Aldnoah.Zero

Aldnoah.Zero / アルドノア・ゼロ

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 6, 2014

In 1972, the Apollo 17 mission discovered a hypergate to Mars on the surface of the moon. Soon a war breaks out between Earth and Mars, and Martian soldiers begin to descend from the sky, riding steel giants, intent on exterminating humanity.

Barakamon

Barakamon / ばらかもん

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 6, 2014

As a punishment for punching a famous Calligrapher, young handsome Calligrapher Handa Seishu is exiled on a small island. As someone who has never lived outside of a city, Handa has to adapt to his new wacky neighbors, like people traveling on a tractor, unwanted visitors who never use the front door, annoying kids using his home as a playground, etc. Can this city guy handle all the crazy hardships? Find out in this wacky island comedy full of innocence and laughter!!!

Jinsei

Jinsei / 人生相談テレビアニメーション「人生」

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 6, 2014

Yuuki Akamatsu, who is in the Kyuumon Gakuen Second News Club, is asked to become the counselor of the club immediately after joining the club by Ayaka Nikaidou, the club leader. Three girls currently give advice to issues sent in by the students: Rino Endou from the science stream, Fumi Kujou from the literary stream, and Ikumi Suzuki from the sports stream. However, the three always have different opinions and cannot get their views to agree, so they just try things out anyway…

Sabagebu!

Sabagebu! / さばげぶっ!

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 6, 2014

Middle school girl Momoka is dragged into joining one of the strangest associations at her school, the Survival Game Club. Its members participate in various forms of paramilitary training under the watchful eye of charming and alarming president, Miou. How on Earth will the inexperienced Momoka survive her training, let alone Miou’s company?!

Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill! / アカメが斬る!

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 7, 2014

In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor’s ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun / 月刊少女野崎くん

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 7, 2014

Sakura Chiyo confesses to her crush, Nozaki-kun, but he mistakes her as a fan! Unable to convey her feelings, what happens when he invites her to his house? Find out in this hilarious series!

Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride / アオハライド

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 8, 2014

Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to “reset” her image & life as a new high school student. Because she’s cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn’t get her feeling across to the one boy she has ever liked, Tanaka-kun.

Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won’t be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now things can never be the same again. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?

Hanayamata

Hanayamata / ハナヤマタ

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 8, 2014

Normal appearance, normal intelligence, normal in arts and sports… just normal. This is the entirely normal 14-year-old, Naru Sekiya. While she admires “Heroines” she continues to live a normal life until one moonlit night she meets a fairy. This foreign girl then guides her into the extraordinary world of the yosakoi dance.

Re: Hamatora

Re: Hamatora / Re:␣ ハマトラ (S2)

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 8, 2014

The story revolves around “Minimum” or “minor miracle”—special hereditary powers discovered only in an extremely limited number of humans. Those who possess such powers are known as “Minimum Holders.”

Momo Kyun Sword

Momo Kyun Sword / モモキュンソード

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 9, 2014

Momoko is a beautiful young sword fighter who was born inside a peach (momo in Japanese). She lives with her constant companions the dog god Inugami, the monkey god Sarugami, and the pheasant god Kijigami in a peaceful paradise. However, a demon army led by devil king invades the paradise and steals the precious treasure that protects Momoko’s land. To retrieve the treasure and save the people, Momoko embarks on a great adventure with her three companions.

Yama no Susume (S2)

Yama no Susume (S2) / ヤマノススメ セカンドシーズン

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 9, 2014

Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! / Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ ツヴァイ!

Links: Official Website, Preview | On Air: July 10, 2014

Spin-off of Fate/stay night with Illyasviel von Einzbern as the protagonist, living an alternate life as a school girl. While taking a bath, she stumbles upon Kaleido Stick Ruby, who turns her into a magical girl.

Persona 4 The Golden Animation

Persona 4 The Golden Animation / ペルソナ4 ザ・ゴールデンアニメーション

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 11, 2014

Adaptation of Persona 4’s remake video game, Persona 4 The Golden. The story retells the events of the original while featuring a new character, Marie.

Zankyou no Terror

Zankyou no Terror / 残響のテロル

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 11, 2014

In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.

While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children—children who shouldn’t even exist—masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber—and pull the trigger on this world.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? / 六畳間の侵略者!?

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 12, 2014

Due to young Koutarou’s financial circumstances, he is forced to live in a small rokujouma (6-tatami apartment) on a budget of 5000 yen a month. On the plus side, he lives rent-free, but on the minus side, that’s because room 106 of Corona Apartments is cursed. The ghost is a cute young girl, and hijinks ensue when she tries to drive him out. Between the haunting, Koutarou’s nosy neighbors, and a self-styled magical girl flying to the unneeded rescue, there’s way too much for the impoverished young man to handle.

Tokyo ESP

Tokyo ESP / 東京ESP

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 12, 2014

The science fantasy story Tokyo ESP begins with Rinka, an extremely poor high school girl who lives with just her father in modern Tokyo. One day, she is going home from school when she chases a “flying penguin” to the top of New Tokyo Tower—only to have “fish swimming in the air” suddenly appear before her. One of the fish goes through Rinka and gives her extraordinary powers beyond those of normal humans, particularly the ability to slip through solid objects.

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance / 精霊使いの剣舞【ブレイドダンス】

Links: Official Website | On Air: July 14, 2014

Only a pure maiden can have the privilege to contract with a spirit. In here, Areishia Spirit Academy, trained maidens of noble families are gathered and given an elite’s education to become spirit contractors. A boy, Kamito, peeped by accident at a girl, Clair, while she was taking a bath and he ended up making a contract with the spirit she wanted. Yes, Kamito is an irregular boy spirit contractor whose existence was thought impossible until now. “You stole…my spirit…you have to take responsibility for it!” “Huh?” “You have to become my contracted spirit!” What will Kamito’s destiny lead to?

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