Summer 2018 SF Anime Preview

It’s not your imagination anymore— with premiere dates getting more and more spread out, the interval between one batch of new shows and the next really is shrinking. Here’s what we’ve got coming in the summer months. As always, click through on the titles for the official sites, with lots more promo art and videos.

Agū: Tensai Ningyō (Agū: Genius Dolls)

The premise: An aspiring dancer fights against people who create tiny entities that grant amazing talents, after learning that her friend and classmate is involved with them.

Derivative factor:  Comic book adaptation

The buzz: Since it’s based on a Chinese comic, anime fandom doesn’t know much about it. But it certainly looks like a promising horror story.

Premiere: July 9

Angels of Death

The premise: A girl wakes up in a mysterious house full of serial killers, with one of them as her only available ally.

Derivative factor:  Video game adaptation

The buzz: Such an obscure game that there’s not a lot of confidence in this one.
Premiere: July 5

Cells at Work

The premise: Anthropomorphized cells are shown going about their daily life.

Derivative factor:  Manga adaptation

The buzz: Not exactly a premise to set the world on fire, but it looks cute and educational at least.

Premiere: July 7

Guren no Ō (The Crimson King)

The premise: One day in the near future, a strange sound and a red mist strike a suburb of Tokyo, leaving many people unconscious. A few days later, they wake up and start fighting each other with their new powers.

Derivative factor:  Video game adaptation

The buzz: Minimal. Video game adaptations have a bad track record, and nothing about this one sounds especially promising.

Premiere: July 14

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

The premise: A high-ranking MMORPG player is summoned as his character to a fantasy world by two hot demon women intending to enslave him, but the spell rebounds on them and they end up as his slaves.

Derivative factor:  Light novel adaptation

The buzz: How not to sound appealing to anyone outside a very specific market.

Premiere: July 5


The premise: A man claiming to be from the future washes up on an island that has cut all ties with the outside world due to feuds and disease. The man also happens to resemble a character from a local legend.

Derivative factor:  Video game adaptation

The buzz: This is based on a visual novel, which is the one type of video game that usually doesn’t produce an adaptation that completely sucks. The story is fairly hardcore sf and the anime has a solid team behind it.

Premiere: July 1

Jashin-chan Dropkick

The premise: A college student accidentally summons a lamia and has to live with her until either the lamia kills her or she finds a less lethal way to release her new roommate.

Derivative factor:  Manga adaptation

The buzz: Despite the extremely serious trailer, the source material is said to be a fairly average slapstick comedy.

Premiere: July 9

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

The premise: An ordinary guy is accidentally transported to a Norse-themed world where he gets to lead a clan to battle and accumulate lots of girlfriends.

Derivative factor:  Light novel adaptation

The buzz: This would be the headlining terrible light novel power fantasy of the season if it weren’t going up against How Not to Summon a Demon Lord.

Premiere: July 7

Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation

The premise: A pair of investigators capture spirits and dispatch them to the realms beyond in accordance with magical law.

Derivative factor:  Manga adaptation

The buzz: The source material ran in a magazine aimed at a younger male demographic, so it’s likely to emphasize the case-solving and fighting over horror, but it’s said to be pretty solid.

Premiere: August 3

Oshiete Mahō no Pendulum: Rilu Rilu Farilu (The Pendulum of Teaching Magic: Rilu Rilu Farilu)

The premise: A young girl stumbles into the fairy world with the help of an artifact, and grows up there.

Derivative factor:  Sequel

The buzz: There’s almost no other information to go on, but boy that sure looks sparkly.

Premiere: July 7

Phantom in the Twilight

The premise: An exchange student in London finds a café operating at the intersection of the human and magical worlds which is staffed entirely by hot guys.

Derivative factor:  Original

The buzz: It’s like an otome game, only without the baggage of being an actual video game adaptation, and a heroine who might have an actual personality or something. Don’t get too excited, though.

Premiere: July 9

Planet With

The premise: An amnesiac high school student gets involved in some sort of fight involving mecha and a cat-like alien.

Derivative factor:  Original

The buzz: Nobody would be very excited except that the story is by a widely like manga author.

Premiere: July 8

Senjūshi (The Thousand Musketeers)

The premise: A post-apocalyptic world is dominated by a tyrannical government that can only be fought by the anthropomorphized spirits of antique guns.

Derivative factor:  Video game adaptation

The buzz: The plot is beside the point, really. The only reasons to watch this will be if you’re enthusiastic about either bishōnen or really old guns.

Premiere: July 3

Shichisei no Subaru (The Seven Stars of the Pleiades)

The premise: A team of high-level MMORPG players who broke up after one of them died while playing decide to reunite and try out the new edition of their favorite game, only to encounter their dead teammate there.

Derivative factor:  Light novel adaptation

The buzz: Sounds an awful lot like a bunch of other MMORPG-centered stories, but with a decent studio maybe it’ll be worth checking out.

Premiere: July 5

Sirius the Jaeger

The premise: Tokyo in 1930 sees the arrival of a mysterious group of vampire hunters, one of whom is a werewolf, seeking a relic and diving into a political conspiracy.

Derivative factor:  Original

The buzz: Vampires and werewolves aren’t exactly new, but the rarely-used time period and the political aspect are interesting. And if nothing else, the promo videos look pretty cool. This could be a sleeper hit.

Premiere: July 12

Tsukumogami Kashimasu (Renting Tsukumogami)

The premise: A brother and sister run a rental shop during the Edo period (1600s-1800s), and some of their items are tsukumogami (things that have acquired a soul after being used for a century).

Derivative factor:  Novel adaptation

The buzz: A supernatural slice-of-life costume drama won’t appeal to everyone, but for those who don’t require constant action this could be pretty neat.

Premiere: July 22

Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ōji-sama (The Kingdom of Dreams and the Hundred Sleeping Princes)

The premise: An ordinary girl is invited into the dream world to wake up all of its princes and romance them before some kind of dream-eating monster destroys them.

Derivative factor:  Video game adaptation

The buzz: This doesn’t sound like it’s going to be trying very hard.

Premiere: July 5

Zoids Wild

The premise: Animalistic mecha and their controllers fight over something.

Derivative factor:  Toy franchise promotion

The buzz: A certain amount of nostalgia from anyone who owned one of the toys as a kid, but this is probably just going to be a toy commercial.

Premiere: July 7

And some continuations:

It’s certainly a lighter schedule after the absolute torrent of last season, but there’s still plenty to get interested here. Of the new shows, my top pick is Island, but Tsukumogami Kashimasu, Agū, Sirius the Jaeger, and Muhyo & Roji all look like they have a lot of potential too. What are you looking forward to?

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