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3 New Anime Worth Watching This Summer

The summer anime season has started and that means a plethora of new titles awaits many people to check out to determine if they are worth a watch for the rest of their run. Here on Another Castle, we’ve decided that not only one title is worth talking about, but three new anime are the subject of today whether they are ‘handymen’ in a shady city, a redhead girl escaping to a new land or being pals with a monster that wants to eat you.

Gangsta

Gangsta revolves around two ‘handymen’ who take on jobs for both the mob and the police force that no one else can handle. The two, named Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown, work in the town of Ergastulum, which is full of mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops.

Why it’s Worth Watching

  • A unique animation aesthetic from Manglobe (Samurai Champloo, Ergo Proxy) that actually works in the show with its grey and bleak atmosphere with some well-animated action scenes. Most of its hiccups made the animation interesting to glaze upon.
  • The chemistry between Worick and Nicolas delivers a charm that’ll have you intrigued.
  • A music score that is reminiscent of Samurai Champloo. Mainly because Tsutchie, one of the original composers for Champloo, composes the music here.
  • A slow starter that gets appealing every episode whether it’s about Worick and Nicolas’ past, Alex’s character arc, the existence of Twilights, etc.
  • There’s a HBO Original Series vibe working for it. Think either The Wire, True Detective, The Corner, etc.
  • One of the few action anime airing this year that’s not a shōnen title.

Snow White with the Red Hair

In a modern anime take on classic fairy tale paradigm, Shirayuki is a beautiful girl working as a medicine woman with red hair, a color that is considered very rare. When she is proposed and chased after by the prince of her country, she cuts her hair and runs away, only to meet Zen, the prince of a neighboring country. Finding respect for the young man, she decides to serve at his side as his court doctor.

Why it’s Worth Watching

  • Shirayuki is one of the few examples of an anime female character represented as a lead who’s not the generic “strong female character” type or the overused “damsel in distress” archetype. She does handle herself in dangerous situations and it never seems out of character.
  • Vivid and colorful animation courtesy of Studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist – both versions, Space Dandy, Eureka Seven, etc.)
  • An enchanting twist on the fairy tale genre. An example of that being the prince being the outright bad guy instead of the usual hero.
  • The alluring friendship between Shirayuki and Zen and his loyal aides Mitsuhide, Kiki and Obi.
  • The hint of a romance between Shirayuki and Zen is imminent. However, the show doesn’t solely focus on that element.

Ushio and Tora

While cleaning out his family’s Shinto temple, middle-school student Ushio Aotsuki stumbles upon a hidden cellar which houses a dangerous yokai. The yokai, pinned by a legendary weapon called the Beast Spear for 500 years, attracts many other supernatural creatures to the premises. Ushio is forced to free the creature – whom he names “Tora” – in return for his help in defeating them.

Tora, who wishes to eat Ushio but is stalled by the Beast Spear, begins to haunt the boy in the hopes that an opportunity will present itself. However, Ushio’s possession of the Spear seems to result in trouble after trouble, and Tora finds himself an unwilling ally to Ushio in his battles against various supernatural foes. Meanwhile, a greater danger lurks in the form of Hakumen no Mono, an incredibly powerful yokai with a thirst for destruction who is about to awaken from an extended slumber.

Why it’s Worth Watching

  • The art and animation have a ’90s throwback spirit to other classic shōnen series like YuYu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, etc. All credit for the animation is to studio MAPPA (Terror in Resonance, Rage of Bahamut) for its repeated yet fitting style.
  • The partnership of Ushio and Tora is strangely bonding and comedic
  • It has an old shōnen formula that actually doesn’t rely on the same clichés it’s known for and could have more heart than what we intend it to be.
  • The opening theme “Mixing Danger” by Kinniku Shōjo Tai and ending theme “Hero” by Sonar Pocket have a way to get you excited for when an episode starts and when it ends.
  • The shows fills the huge shōnen void that Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure left.

 

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Author:Mark King

Well, what is there to know about me? I am the creator of "Anime Discovery" and what is it you asked? I'm a story writer/reviewer for his one-man project website The Mind of the Hybrid One. He is also a fan of many things media, including movies, TV, music and, especially anime. my blog/review series Anime Discovery is aimed towards the people who might still consider themselves either as a beginner, rookie, or possibly even the most knowledgeable of anime. I review titles that are either the ones you know and love to the titles that need some love or some forgotten gems that needed to be….well, discovered.

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2 Comments on “3 New Anime Worth Watching This Summer”

  1. 08/14/2015 at 1:36 PM #

    Reblogged this on The Mind of the Hybrid One and commented:
    My latest article from Another Castle has arrived and it’s focusing on 3 new anime you should watch this summer!!
    I had more but 3 is plenty enough.

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