Since there are so many shows that come out each season and there's usually
not have enough time to look into everything coming out, many GAFfers interested in anime often look to the specific communities to help identify some of the upcoming shows each season that they may be interested in. Below is a quick reference for some of the stuff that is coming out that includes input from both the Manga and Anime and LN Communities, collectively.
The AnimeGAF community (thanks TUSR) ran a "pre-season" pole to determine what are most anticipated (new) TV series are going into the summer, below are the results:
9) Tales of Zestiria X
7) Danganronpa- Zetsubou-hen
7) Danganronpa- Mirai-hen
6) D-Gray Man
4) 91 Days
2) Food Wars! a.k.a Soma!
Mob Psycho 100
* Honorable Mentions go to: ReWrite, Battery, and Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!
View and discuss the upcoming shows below!
Food Wars! (Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara)
Genre: Ecchi, School Shounen
Studio: J.C. Staff | Source: Manga
Second Season of Food Wars!:
Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family's restaurant as its head chef.
Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its "Shokugeki" or "food wars," where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.
As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.
Telecom Animation Film
Drama, Romance, School, Sci-Fi
Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn't take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter informs her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. What is Naho to make of the letter's contents and its cryptic warning?
Manga GAF says: The show has romance with a small sci-fi twist; it delivers on the feels. Fans of more subdued romance should find plenty to like here, but the background plot is plenty compelling as well. Love the characters as well, this is definitely my show of the summer. I think this one will become a favorite just like its manga has and this will almost certainly be a complete adaption of the manga.
*OT will be made by Cornbread78
Gemba/Millepensee | Manga
Action, Adventure, Demons, Drama, Horror, Military, Supernatural
Anime project that will depict Guts in his "Black Swordsman" appearance, which is only revealed in parts of the manga that go beyond any previously animated Berserk story, and is only briefly hinted at in the first and last episode of the 1997 television anime series.
*OT will be made by TiZoc
Mob Psycho 100:
Bones | Web Manga
Action, Comedy, Supernatural
The story revolves around "Mob," a boy who will explode if his emotional capacity reaches 100%. This boy with psychic powers earned his nickname "Mob" because he does not stand out among other people. He keeps his psychic powers bottled up so he can live normally, but if his emotional level reaches 100, something will overwhelm his entire body.
*OT will be made by MetroidPrimeRib
TMS Entertainment | Web Manga
Romance, School, Slice of Life
The story follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27-year-old jobless man, who fails at every job interview he had after quitting his last company. His life changes after he met Yoake Ryou of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers him a drug that can change his appearance to 17-years-old and to become a subject in an experiment for one year. Thus, he begins his life as a high school student once more.
8bit | VN
Action, Fantasy, Magic, Romance
Kazamatsuri, a modern, well-developed city renowned for its burgeoning greenery and rich Japanese culture, is home to Kotarou Tennouji, a high schooler least privy to the place's shared values. Content to fill his pockets with frivolity, the proud and nosey boy whiles away his time pestering the self-proclaimed delinquent Haruhiko, and indulging in his amorous feelings toward the oddball Kotori.
Equipped with the superhuman ability to permanently rewrite any part of his body to multiply his strength or speed, Kotarou is naturally drawn to the supernatural. One special meeting with the lone member and president of the Occult Research Club, the "Witch" Akane Senri, leads to Kotarou reviving the Occult Club by recruiting Kotori and three other members: the clumsy transfer student Chihaya, the strict class representative Lucia, and the unassuming Shizuru. As Kotarou unveils hidden secrets of each member of the Occult Club through their shared adventures, he will inevitably encounter a fate that only he might be able to rewrite. The story will portray a "sixth" route left untold in the game, which will tell the story of "that girl."
OT will be made by Cornbread78
Announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMd0sUcWr_E
Studio TBD | Manga
Comedy, School, Shounen
Handsome teenage calligrapher Sei Handa is worshipped by all his classmates as an aloof superstar--too bad Sei's inherent negativity makes him believe that everyone actually hates him...?! A youthful comedy of misunderstanding and melancholy unfolds.
Shuka | Original
The time is 1920, 5 years after National Prohibition Law took place at a city called Lorel in the United States. Main character Avolio arrives to join the Vampiro family mafia undercover in order to seek revenge of killers who killed his parents and brother in this mafia.
A Killing starts kills. Revenge starts new revenge. A story of vengeance and sorrow starts now...
Tales of Zestiria the X:
Ufotable | Game
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Anime! initially reported that the anime is an adaptation of Tales of Zestiria, but it updated its article so that it only states that it is an adaptation of the Tales of franchise. Bandai Namco Entertainment also characterizes the anime as a Tales of project, and not an adaptation of Tales of Zestiria specifically.
TMS Entertainment | Manga
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen
Darkness is moving in, and young exorcist Allen Walker is humanity’s greatest hope against the wicked forces conspiring to bring civilization to its knees. Akuma – cruel spirits born of tragedy and lost souls – lurk in every shadow, willing and eager to do the bidding of their leader, the dread Millennium Earl. With an eye cursed to see evil in its truest form and blessed with an arm to slay soul-devouring demons, Allen stands ready to confront the gathering evil. Should he fail, Innocence will be lost forever. The war to decide the fate of mankind has begun – and the carnage will be endless.
MangaGAFsays: The show features a very inappropriately dressed exorcists for their time period, that continue their battle against the Beetlejuice inspired antagonists, this time delving into the past of Kanda Yu. If you liked the old anime and Kanda, you'll probably want to check it out for his full back story. Different creative team and voice cast this time around as well.
Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Mirai Hen
Lerch | Original/Game
The world was close to being destroyed by Ultimate Despair, who caused "The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History." In order to save this world from the event's chaos, the Future Foundation was formed. Although the organization continues its activities to restore the world, Makoto Naegi is under suspicion of treason due to him shielding a Remnant of Despair.
The Future Foundation members had gathered together to decide on his punishment, but they all end up getting trapped inside the place they were meeting by Monokuma, who demands that they begin the "Final Killing." They have strange bangles put on their wrists, and are given tranquilizers when a certain time arrives. To make things worse, there apparently is a real traitor amongst their ranks who is coming to kill the members of the Future Foundation.
In this game where class trials don't exist, the only way to get rid of the traitor is to find him and kill him off. Naegi are forced to face the ultimate death game, where it's kill or be killed. The tale of despair in which hope kills hope begins.
OT will be made by MetroidPrimeRib
Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Zetsubou Hen
Lerch | Original/Game
Hope's Peak Academy is a special school, recognized by the government, that was established in order to gather and nurture top-class students who excel in various fields. This school has two courses: The main course, and the preparatory course. Anyone with the money can enter the preparatory course, even if they don't have any special skills. The 77th class of the main course is filled with students who not only have unique abilities, but unique personalities as well.
However, the students learned that "Talent isn't the most important thing in life; it's to involve yourself with people and make yourself a better person while making memories." However, little did they know that a mysterious project and discrimination of the courses were happening right under their noses.
Hajime Hinata, a boy from the preparatory class who craves for an ability. The fateful meeting he has drives the future of the school into an unimaginable direction. This is the story of what happened up until the "The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History." This is a story of hope that ends in despair.
OT will be made by MetroidPrimeRib (same OT for both Danganronpa shows)
J.C. Staff | Manga
Comedy, Sports, Shounen, Slice of Life, School
Hikari Kohinata is a cheerful 15-year-old girl who lives near the ocean and she spends much of her time diving as a result. On her first day of high school, she meets a teacher who also likes scuba diving. There's also a 16-year-old classmate, Futaba, who gets dragged along in Hikari's maelstrom as soon as they meet at school. Most of the manga so far details the relationship between the two girls, which quickly seems to move into romantic two girl friendship-territory.
MangaGAF says the show is: A romantic look into the diving world from the angle of a group of high-schooler and their teacher, with some funny moments to boot. If you liked Aria and a sweet slice of life is what you're looking for, then this is for you.
Zero-G | Manga
Drama, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Sports
Meet Harada Takumi – not even in junior high and he’s the best pitcher in the region, although he’s frustrated and ready to give up, because he can’t find a catcher who is good enough to keep up with how he pitches in this backwater town his family has just moved to. Then along comes a kid named Nagakura Gou…
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!:
Silver Link | Manga
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Ecchi
3rd Season of:
The magical girls are back, and ready for another round of adventure! After successfully recovering the Class Cards, fifth graders-turned magical girls Illya and Miyu think they can finally take it easy. But as fate would have it, the girls are once again called back into active duty when they find out that the Cards have left some very nasty side effects on their world. However, their seemingly easy mission goes totally awry with the appearance of a dark stranger who looks just like Illya! Who is this new but familiar face, where did she come from, and what does she want from Illya? With the arrival of this new foe, it seems like Illya's finally met her match when her everyday life takes one dark turn!
Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet
David Production | VN
It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program. Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth. Men known as "Junkers" plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization. One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins—a "Sarcophagus City." In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium. And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot. Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she's had in 30 years. She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken. Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try and repair the projector...
- There will be two anime adaptations based on Key’s Planetarian coming this year. The first, titled Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume, will be an ONA series composed of 5 episodes. The second adaptation is an anime film titled Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito that will release in Japanese theatres on September 3rd. The movie has been revealed to be adapting a side story from the visual novel.
Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin
Madhouse | LN
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen
The Katjvarna Empire, in a state of war with the adjacent Kioka Republic.
In that region, due to certain circumstances, there was a certain youth unwillingly preparing to take the High Grade Military Officer Exam. His name, Ikta.
Disliker of war, lazy, admirer of women.
No one predicted that that kind of Ikta would later on become a soldier referred to even as a great commander…
Ikta, the one who survived a world embroiled in war with his superior genius. The curtain is raised at last on a splendid fantasy military history illustrating his stormy, dramatic life!
Amaama to Inazuma
TMS Entertainment | Manga
Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life
Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He's pretty bad at cooking and doesn't have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it's no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious.
Masou Gakuen HxH
Production IMS | LN
Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance, School
Hida Kizuna possesses the HHG (Heart Hybrid Gear) ability, but it is not strong enough to make him particularly important. His older sister calls him to transfer to a strategic defense school, where many of the students (many of which are large-breasted girls) use their HHG abilities to fight invaders from another world while wearing extremely skimpy pilot outfits. Kizuna's fighting ability doesn't measure up, but his sister has another plan—apparently having erotic experiences with Kizuna will allow the girls to replenish their energy or power-up. It looks like his new school life is going to be full of embarrassment
J.C.Staff | Manga
Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural, Super Power
Seigi, a martial arts trained middle schooler, often feels driven to protect the weaker people around him. One day, he defends a homeless man against some punks, and the man gives him a strange tattoo on his palm in return. The tattoo is a secret weapon produced in the arms race between America and the Serinistan Kingdom.
Seigi finds himself in over his head when a powerful girl, using the same secret weapon, violently pursues him in order to retrieve it. His skill at martial arts may not be enough to keep him alive, but will he be able to learn how to trigger the power of his tattoo in time?
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
Feel. | Manga
Comedy, Romance, School, Seinen
The story focuses on an art club in a certain middle school, and its members: Subaru Uchimaki, who is a genius at drawing faces, but only wants to draw the perfect 2D wife; Colette, a rich troublemaker who never stops making mischief; and the club president, who sleeps through sessions and collects sleeping aids. Mizuki Usami is the only person in the club who wants to do art club-like activities, and constantly struggles to do so.
Doga Kobo | Manga
Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life
Meet Aoba Suzukaze, a fresh high-school graduate easily mistaken for a middle school student who joins the game company that produced her favorite game as a 3D artist, and her cute antics as she gets her way through work and deals with her rather wacky co-workers.
A-1 Pictures| Original
Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
The story takes place at the world in which people continue their war against the "unknown" - the enemy of humanity. They are children, who have been evacuated to the cold sleep facility during the invasion by the "unknown" several decades ago. When they wake up from their slumber, they learn that their own bodies develop some supernatural forces. In order to protect the country from the "unknown" emerging from the Tokyo bay gate, the boys and girls wage battles in the defense cities of Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba.
Brains Base | Manga
Action, Comedy, Shoujo, Supernatural, Vampire
When a stray black cat named Kuro crosses Mahiru Shirota's path, the high school freshman's life will never be the same again. Kuro is, in fact, no ordinary feline, but a servamp: a servant vampire. While Mahiru's personal philosophy is one of non-intervention, he soon becomes embroiled in an ancient, altogether surreal conflict between vampires and humans.
Silver Link | Game
Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, School
The story of the card game follows what happens when "Hairō" portals suddenly open, fusing three different worlds together. As a result, various mysterious "Exceed" powers are awakened in teenaged girls. An academy for these so-called "Progress" girls is built on the isolated Seiran Island in the Pacific.
Studio Deen | Manga
Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
When fifteen-year-old Kaho Nikaidou leaves her sheltered home to start life anew in a Tokyo high school dormitory, the last thing she expects is to nearly get hit by a truck! Saved in the nick of time by a handsome stranger, Kaho falls head over heels for him and, after finally tracking him down, boldly confesses her feelings. Turns out Kaho’s mystery savior, Kanade, is the son of Kaho’s new landlord! The handsome object of Kaho’s affection agrees to go out with her, but her newfound bliss is short-lived when it turns out that her new boyfriend…is a fifth-grader?!
Love Live! Sunshine!!
Sunrise | Original
Music, School, Slice of Life
Love Live! Sunshine!! follows the nine-member school idol group Aqours (pronounced "aqua") at Uranohoshi Girls' Academy in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. Chika Takami, who is a fan of the Otonokizaka Academy's μ's school idol group, similarly forms Aqours in order to save her school from being closed down.
Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars
Actas | Original
Sisters Yui and Rena live a peaceful life in the kingdom of Enastoria, but they become involved in a vortex of destiny when a giant robot attacks Enastoria.
Creators in Pack | Otome Game
Fantasy, Harem, Historical, Romance, Shoujo
OZMAFIA follows the tale of Fūka, a girl with amnesia who doesn't remember her own name, once she's rescued from the streets by members of the Oz family mafia. She begins trying to do her best in this dangerous city where several different rival mafia gangs are constantly at war for control and territory.
As Fūka tries to make do for herself amidst this danger, what fate lies in store for her? Will she grow close to one of the members of another faction? Will she fall in love with a member of the Oz family and face a love-triangle over her affections? The choice is yours!