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Summer 2014 Anime Preview

+ posted by Kaiten in Anime News on Jul 2, 2014 22:35
The summer 2014 anime season has begun, here's Mangahelper's season preview guide.

Bakumatsu Rock
Genre: Music
Production: Studio Deen
Director: Kawasaki Itsuro
Series Composition: Hirota Mitsutaka
Starring: Morikawa Toshiyuki, Morikubo Showtaro, Ono Kensho, Taniyama Kishou, Suzuki Tatsuhisa
Starts: July 2, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Based on the otome game of the same title.

The story is set in the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century. The Tokugawa shogunate uses the brainwashing Heaven's Songs by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the Heaven's Songs is a capital offense. Sakamoto Ryouma and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock 'n' roll for freedom and justice.

Free! Eternal Summer
Genre: Sports
Production: Kyoto Animation, Animation Do
Director: Utsumi Hiroko
Series Composition: Yokotani Masahiro
Character Design: Nishiya Futoshi
Starring: Shimazaki Nobunaga, Miyano Mamoru, Yonaga Tsubasa, Hirakawa Daisuke, Suzuki Tatsuhisa
Starts: July 2, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Second season of Free.

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.

Genre: Coming of Age
Production: P.A. Works
Director, Series Composition: Nishimura Junji
Starring: Fukagawa Seria, Shimazaki Nobunaga, Taneda Risa, Ohsaka Ryota, Yamashita Daiki, Hayami Saori
Starts: July 3, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
An anime original story of the producers of True Tears, Hana Iro, Tari Tari, and Nagi Asu.

"On the other side of the glass, you can see tomorrow." The heroine is Touko Fukami, a 17-year-old born in Fukui Prefecture. Her dream is to become a glass artisan.

Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen
Genre: Mecha
Production: Xebec
Director: Ootsuki Atsushi
Series Composition: Satou Tatsuo
Starring: Oonishi Saori, Tsuchida Hiroshi, Ohsaka Ryota, Oohara Sayaka
Starts: July 3, 2014

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

Tokyo Ghoul
Genre: Horror
Production: Studio Pierrot
Director: Morita Shuhei
Starring: Hanae Natsuki and Amamiya Sora
Starts: July 3, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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.

Genre: Music, Idol
Production: Feel
Director: Munenori Nawa
Series Composition: Ayana Yuniko
Starring: Misawa Sachika and Itou Miku
Starts: July 3, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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!
Genre: Action
Production: Passione
Director: Yoshifumi Sueda
Series Composition: Suzuki Masashi
Starring: Fukuyama Jun, Hino Satoshi, Uchida Maaya, Numakura Manami
Starts: July 3, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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.

Sword Art Online II: Phantom Bullet
Genre: Action
Production: A-1 Pictures
Director: Itou Tomohiko
Starring: Sawashiro Miyuki and Matsuoka Yoshitsugu
Starts: July 5, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Will adapt volume five and six of the Sword Art Online novels.

Aldnoah Zero
Genre: Mecha
Production: A-1 Pictures
Director: Aoki Ei
Series Composition: Takayama Katsuhiko
Creator: Urobuchi Gen
Starring: Hanae Natsuki, Ono Kensho, Amamiya Sora
Starts: July 5, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
From the director of Fate/Zero and writer of Madoka Magica

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.

Shounen Hollywood
Genre: Idol
Production: Zexcs
Director: Kuroyanagi Toshimasa
Starring: Kakihara Tetsuya, Ohsaka Ryota, Ono Kensho, Yamashita Daiki, Aoi Shouta
Starts: July 5, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Anime adaption of mixed media, male idol project. Takes place 15 years after the novel of the same name.

Sengoku Basara: Judge End
Genre: Action
Production: Telecom Animation Film
Director: Sano Takashi
Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi
Starring: Nakai Kazuya, Seki Tomokazu, Ookawa Tooru
Starts: July 5, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Based on CAPCOM's 2010 game Sengoku Basara 3 (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes), Sengoku Basara: Judge End will depict the epic Battle of Sekigahara.

Genre: Comedy
Production: Kinema Citrus
Director: Tachibana Masaki
Starring: Ono Daisuke and Hara Suzuko
Starts: July 5, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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!!!

Genre: Comedy
Production: Feel
Director: Kawaguchi Keiichirou
Series Composition: Arakawa Naruhisa
Starring: Takumi Yasuaki, Nitta Hiyori, Toyota Moe, Maeda Rena, Suwa Ayaka
Starts: July 6, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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...

Genre: Military
Production: Pierrot Plus
Director: Oota Masahiko
Series Composition: Aoshima Takashi
Starring: Oohashi Ayaka, Lynn, Touyama Nao, Ookubo Rumi, Uchiyama Yumi
Starts: July 6, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
From the writer and director of Yuri Yuru and Love Lab

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?!

Space Dandy 2nd Season
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Production: Bones
Director, Script: Watanabe Shinichiro
Starring: Suwabe Junichi, Satake Uki, Yoshino Hiroyuki
Starts: July 6, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Continuation of Space Dandy

pace Dandy is a dandy guy, in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it's first come, first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety of aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!

Akame ga Kill
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Production: White Fox
Director Kobayashi Tomoki
Series Composition: Uezu Makoto
Starring: Amamiya Sora, Saito Soma, Tamura Yukari
Starts: July 6, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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.

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Production: Dogakobo
Director: Yamazaki Mitsue
Series Composition: Nakamura Yoshiko
Starring: Ozawa Ari, Nakamura Yuuichi, Nakamura Mai, Sawashiro Miyuki, Kimura Ryouhei
Starts: July 6, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
A new comedy from the producers of Yuru Yuri, GJ-bu, Love Lab, and Mikakunin

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!

DRAMAtical Murder
Genre: Sci-Fi
Production: NAZ
Director: Miura Kazuya
Series Composition: Machida Touko
Starring: Kisaichi Atsushi
Starts: July 6, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Based on a boys love visual novel

The story takes place many years in the future where the game "Rhyme," a virtual fighting game, is incredibly popular and people possess "AllMates," convenient AI computers. Aoba leads an ordinary life, working at a junk shop and living with his grandmother on the island of Midorijima. Unlike his friends, he doesn't participate in Rhyme, nor does he belong in a gang. However, when rumors of people disappearing spread, Aoba finds himself needing to unravel the mysteries behind the island in order to protect his everyday life.

Ao Haru Ride
Genre: Romance
Production: Production I.G
Director: Yoshimura Ai
Series Composition: Konparu Tomoko
Starring: Uchida Maaya, Kaji Yuki, KENN
Starts: June 7, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
From the director of Oregairu and Writer of Kimi Todo

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?

Production: Madhouse
Genre: Comedy, Dancing
Director: Ishizuka Atsuko
Series Composition: Yoshida Reiko
Starring: Ueda Reina, Okuna Kaya, Ootsubo Yuka, Tanaka Minami, Numakura Manami
Starts: June 7, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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.

Genre: Action, Supernatural
Production: Lerche
Director: Kimura Hiroshi, Kishi Seiji
Series Composition: Kamagai Jun
Starring: Ohsaka Ryota, Hatano Wataru, Kamiya Hiroshi
Starts: July 7, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Second Season of Hamatora

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
Genre: Fantasy
Production: Project No.9
Director: Yanagi Shinsuke
Script: Tamai Tsuyoshi
Starring: Taketatsu Ayana and Tsuda Minami
Starts: July 8, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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.

Majimoji Rurumo
Genre: Magic Girl, Fantasy
Production: J.C. Staff
Director: Sakurai Chikara
Script: Kunisawa Mariko
Starring: Mimori Suzuko, Takahashi Makoto, Fukuen Misato, Ishigami Shizuka, Endou Yurika
Starts: July 9, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Shibaki is a high-school boy whose only interest is girls. Except he's been branded as the most hentai boy at school and the girls avoid him like the plague. One day he finds a book in the library about how to summon witches. He tries it as a joke, but it turns out to be the real thing. An apprentice witch named Rurumo appears to grant him a wish. Shibaki helps Rurumo and she in return refuses to take his soul. (This part of this story happened before the start of chapter1) When the story starts, Shibaki wishes he could see Rurumo again. His wishes is granted immediately as Rurumo falls from the sky and crash lands in front of him. He finds out that as punishment for not taking his soul she's been busted down to an apprentice demon. Now, she must complete the task of getting Shibaki to use up 666 magic tickets that grant wishes before she can become a witch again. However, what she doesn't know is that each time he uses a ticket it shortens his life. When the last ticket is used up, Shibaki will die. Shibaki knows this because Rurumo's familiar black cat Chiro tell him as part of the "contract" for giving him the tickets. Now, Shibaki has a choice, make a wish and help Rurumo become a witch again or resist the temptation and try to save his own life.

Majimoji Rurumo is based on a manga by Yowamushi Pedal creator Watanabe Wataru.

Yama no Susume 2nd Season
Genre: Healing
Production: 8Bit
Director: Yamamoto Yuusuke
Starring: Asumi Kana and Iguchi Yuka
Starts: June 9, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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!
Genre: Magic Girl
Production: Silver Link
Director: Oonuma Shin
Series Composition: Inoue Kenji
Starring: Kadowaki Mai, Itou Shizuka, Nazuka Kaori, Saito Chiwa
Starts: July 9, 2014

Spoiler: summary
Second season of Fate/Stay Night magic girl spin-off.

About a month after the events of the first season, a new mission to normalize the Earth's pulsations comes up. However, when Illlya tries to subdue the pulsations...

Love Stage!!
Genre: Boys Love
Production: J.C. Staff
Director Kasai Kenichi
Series Composition: Yokote Michiko
Starring: Eguchi Takuya and Yonaga Tsubasa
Starts: July 9, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
With a father who's a singer, a mother who's a movie star, and an older brother Shougo who's the lead vocalist for the super-popular band "The Crusherz," Sena Izumi, an otaku college student, is the only dull one born into this super famous and talented family. He loves "Magical Girl LalaLulu" and is working hard to become a mangaka, but one day he winds up appearing in a TV commercial he just can't turn down. There, he's reunited with Ichijou Ryouma, the super-popular young actor he costarred with on a project ten years prior.

Zankyou no Terror
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Production: MAPPA
Director: Watanabe Shinichiro
Starring: Ishikawa Kaito, Saito Soma, Tanezaki Atsumi
Starts: July 10, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
From the director of Cowboy Bebop

A bomb exploded in the heart of Tokyo. The terrorists are two teenagers and call themselves "Sphinx." Now they launch a huge game that involves the entire Japanese population.

Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Genre: Supernatural
Production: A-1 Pictures
Director: Kishi Seiji, Taguchi Tomohisa
Series Composition: Kumagai Jun
Starring: Namikawa Daisuke and Hanazawa Kana
Starts: July 10, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
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.

Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus
Genre: Fantasy
Production: A-1 Pictures
Director: Noriyuki Abe
Series Composition: Yoshino Hiroyuki
Starring: Ono Daisuke and Sakamoto Maaya
Starts: July 10, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Third season of Kuroshitsuji. Will adapt the Noah's Ark Circus Arc of the manga, picking the manga story back up where the original anime diverged. This arc follows the Curry Contest Arc, which ended at episode 15 of the original Kuroshitsuji anime.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?
Genre: Harem, Comedy
Production: Silver Link
Director: Oonuma Shin
Series Composition: Yasukawa Shogo
Starring: Nakamura Yuuichi, Naganawa Maria, Suzuki Eri, Tazawa Masumi, Oomori Nichika
Starts: July 11, 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
Genre: Supernatural, Action
Production: Xebec
Director: Takayanagi Shigehito
Series Composition: Kurata Hideyuki
Starring: Kido Ibuki and Koumoto Keisuke
Starts: July 11, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Based on a manga by the author of Ga Rei.

The story is about a high school girl named Rinka Urushiba, who lives with her father while being in almost poor conditions that she needs to work part-time. Her life changes when she has the ability to use strange powers that are labeled to be as extrasensory perception or ESP.

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
Genre: Action
Production: TNK
Director: Yanagisawa Tetsuya
Starring: Kakuma Ai, Ishigami Shizuka, Furukawa Makoto

Spoiler: Summary
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?

Starts: July 14, 2014

Genre: Supernatural
Production: Shaft
Director: Shinbou Akiyuki
Starring: Sawashiro Miyuki and Asumi Kana
Starts: August 16, 2014

Spoiler: Summary
Five part special adapting the unanimated fourth volume of Monogatari: Second Season. All five episodes will air in a block, on August 16. Hanamonogatari features Suruga Kanbaru and is set after Koyomi Araragi graduates from high school.

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Exodi, riki, Shader, FaustXIII, littleangel

#1. by Exodi ()
Posted on Jul 3, 2014
Zankyou no Terror looks good.
#2. by Shader ()
Posted on Jul 5, 2014
Ghoul, Akame ga Kill, Jinsei and Hanamonogatari for me, thx for the post! ^^

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