It’s time to stop rewatching Dragon Ball Z and Death Note, and introduce some new anime into your life. This summer, you can expect several new addicting anime movies and shows to appear on your favorite anime streaming service.
Whether you’re hanging out with a friend or looking for a new show to binge-watch, these much-anticipated anime will add a whole lot of fun to your summer.
1. Dr. Stone
If Medusa ever took over the planet, it would probably resemble the world of Dr. Stone. This upcoming anime follows the story of high school student, Taiju, and his best friend.
Both young men suddenly awaken to find themselves surrounded by statues. A flash of light apparently turned all humans to stone millions of years ago. It’s up to Taiju and his science-savvy friend to find a way to get civilization up and running again.
2. Vinland Saga
Vinland Saga tells the story of Thorfinn, the son of a legendary Viking warrior. After Thorfinn’s father gets murdered, he promises to exact revenge on the killer.
Thorfinn spends his youth with the Danes, a group who takes pleasure out of killing. Since Thorfinn doesn’t possess the experience necessary to defeat his enemy just yet, he joins a Danish mercenary group to improve his combat skills.
3. Fire Force
Fire Force takes place in the year 198, where firefighters don’t just douse simple fires, but they also extinguish living infernos. For some mysterious reason, humans have been spontaneously combusting and transforming into living fireballs.
Shinra Kusakabe joins the Special Fire Force Company to eliminate these fiery threats. Each member of the squad has an ability to control fire in different ways—Shinra has the (seemingly painful) ability to set fire to his feet on command.
4. Weathering With You
If you got the chance to watch Your Name, you definitely don’t want to miss out on Weathering With You. Both films are created by the same director, which gives us high hopes that Weathering With You will be just as amazing.
The story concerns a teenage boy by the name of Hodaka. After moving out of his small town and into the city, he lands a job as a writer. At his strange new workplace, he meets a girl with the ability to control the weather.
5. A Certain Scientific Accelerator
Academy City isn’t a normal town. Its population consists of espers, or people who possess psychic abilities. Each citizen receives a rank from level 0 to level 6, with level 6 signaling the highest amount of psychic power.
The main protagonist, Accelerator, is a powerful level 5 esper who uses up a huge portion of his power protecting Last Order, a young girl who also possesses strong psychic abilities. The malevolent Disciplinary Action organization plans to recruit Last Order for a treacherous mission, and Accelerator must protect the child, as well as Academy City.
6. Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Season 2)
After watching the first season of Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon? there’s no doubt that you’re excited about the second season. If you haven’t gotten the chance to catch up yet, now’s your chance.
The overarching storyline follows the young adventurer Bell Cranel. After he comes across the goddess Hestia, they both work together to fulfill a quest in the city’s dangerous catacombs.
7. Cop Craft
Cop Craft takes place in San Teresa, a city where humans, fairies, and monsters coexist. These mythological creatures hail from the alternate universe, Reto Semaani. A portal to this parallel world opened in the Pacific Ocean, and these creatures have been immigrating ever since.
When the human detective Kei Matoba and a knight from Reto Samaani meet, they come together to bring justice to the crime-ridden city of San Teresa.
8. Kengan Ashura
Although Netflix has a shaky reputation when it comes to its original anime series, Kengan Ashura looks pretty promising. In this action-packed series, wealthy businessmen hire gladiators to engage in violent battles.
When Toki Taouma (a.k.a. Ashura) hops in the ring, he quickly defeats his enemies. His brutality sparks the interest of several businessmen, one of them being the CEO of the Nogi Group.
9. Ni no Kuni
The combination of Ni no Kuni and Studio Ghibli is a pairing made in heaven. Although this anime adaption isn’t produced by Studio Ghibli, one of Ghibli’s previous animators still serves as the director. Not to mention that this anime also features music from Joe Hisashi, a world-renowned composer whose songs have been featured in hundreds of anime (including Spirited Away).
Ni no Kuni is based off the popular RPG video game series. It follows a new hero and his friend—together they traverse two worlds: reality and the “second country.”
Unlike some of the other anime series on this list, Granbelm didn’t start out as a manga, light novel or videogame—it’s a completely original anime that comes from the mind of the director of Re:Zero.
Granbelm occurs in a world where magic once existed many years ago. The story begins on a night with a full moon, when high school student Mangetsu Kohinata comes across Shingetsu Ernesta Fumaki, a girl who has returned to Japan after spending time in Germany.
11. Kanata no Astra
Kanata no Astra is an exciting sci-fi space thriller taking place in the not-so-distant year of 2061. Space travel is readily accessible, and a group of students head to the interstellar Planet Camp.
Once the students arrive at their planetary location, they’re suddenly warped thousands of lightyears away. As they float through space aboard their ship, they must attempt to survive during their journey home.
12. Isekai Cheat Magician
This anime stems from the light novel, Isekai Cheat Magician. The plot centers around high school students Taichi and Rin, who find themselves in a magical realm after teleporting through a beam of light.
Both Taichi and Rin must become adventurers in order to survive among the monsters, fairies, and other creatures. As a result, they join a guild, where they realize that they possess a strong magical ability called “Cheat.”
The Summer of Anime
The anime movies and shows slated for release this summer don’t look too shabby. Whether you’re a fan of fantasy, sci-fi, medieval, or historical anime, you’ll definitely find something you like among the newly-released anime.
You’ll have to wait a couple of months before these anime come out, so you’ll need some distractions until then. While you wait it out, check out this list of the best summertime fantasy films to veg out to.
Japanese Anime & Manga Genres, Explained
We all know what fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and thriller mean. But anime and manga go beyond that, and there are all kinds of Japanese genre names that might perplex you.
Maybe you already understand what shonen and shoujo are all about. But what about isekai? What exactly does slice of life entail? What's the difference between ecchi and hentai? We've broken it down for you!
Understanding the Japanese genre names can be helpful when you want to find more anime to watch and manga to read. Download the printable PDF below and pin it on your wall so you always have a handy reference at hand: