BEST NEW ANIME OF SUMMER 2022 (PART 1)

WELCOME BACK!

Hot weather, cool drinks, and some nice anime makes for a perfect summer day. If you’re looking for something to watch after finishing up Spy x Family, try these picks below and let us know which ones you liked, or which anime you think deserves to be on this list.

LYCORIS RECOIL

Directed by: Shingo Adachi

Written by: Asaura

Music by: Shūhei Mutsuki

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Licensed by: Aniplex of America

Original run: July 2, 2022 – present

Episodes: 4

If you like salt on your watermelon, you may like this series! Lycoris Recoil is about schoolgirl aged spies, or Lycoris, which protect the peace in Tokyo without anyone knowing. There is plenty of action and bloody scenes which contrast with the sweet innocent faces of our protagonists. Our main girl bosses, Chisato Nishikigi and Takina Inoue, are both highly skilled at kicking ass, but completely different in their personalities. Takina, recently expelled from the main office, must learn how to stop being so uptight in order to get along with her easy-going partner, Chisato, and eventually get reinstated back to her old job. This series is still new, but the first few episodes are already developing a deeper subplot that makes this series more than just girls with guns.

THE YAKUZA’S GUIDE TO BABYSITTING

Directed by: Itsuro Kawasaki

Written by: Keiichirō Ōchi

Music by: Takurō Iga

Studio: Feel, Gaina

Licensed by: Crunchyroll

Original run: July 7, 2022 – present

Episodes: 3

The classic yakuza story, but now with an adorable 7-year-old! As the name suggests, we follow hard boiled yakuza Lieutenant Toru Kirishima as he babysits his boss’ daughter and learns that life isn’t all about beating people up- it can be about threatening people to get a stuffed animal too. Yaeka, the cute cinnamon roll we must protect, is a quiet girl worried about her mother who is in the hospital. This series feels absolutely wholesome as we watch her struggle at school, go to a festival, and gradually open up to her babysitter. However, if you’re thinking this anime is all fluff the bloody fights will remind you this is still a show about yakuza.

PARALLEL WORLD PHARMACY

Directed by: Keizō Kusakawa

Written by: Wataru Watari

Music by: Tatsuya Kato, Satoshi Hōno

Studio: Diomedéa

Licensed by: Crunchyroll

Original run: July 10, 2022 – present

Episodes: 3

Yes, it’s an isekai and no, I will never get tired of them. This anime follows a world-renowned pharmacologist, Kanji Yakutani, that died from overworking and found himself in the body of a young boy from a noble family in a medieval culture. Although the premise might sound cliché, this anime immediately sucks you in with good writing and art, as well as making you feel like you might have learned a little bit of science. Kanji, now named Farma, has a divine blessing that allows him to create substances and compounds that he knows the molecular structure of, which he then uses in medicines to help those around him. While not at the level of Dr. Stone, we can look forward to feeling like we’ve acquired a bit of knowledge while enjoying a good show.

CLASSROOM OF THE ELITE SEASON 2

Directed by: Seiji Kishi, Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Yoshihito Nishōji (#13–)

Written by: Aoi Akashiro (#1–12), Hayato Kazano (#13–)

Music by: Ryo Takahashi (#1–12), Masaru Yokoyama (#13–), Kana Hashiguchi (#13–)

Studio: Lerche

Licensed by: Crunchyroll

Original run: July 12, 2017 – present

Episodes: 16

 

“Remember to keep a clear head in difficult times.”- Carmina

Class D is back! While trying to enjoy their summer vacation on a luxury liner (must be tough), they are suddenly confronted with a crazy test, and the mind games begin once again. Since this is the second season, I would definitely recommend watching season 1 before starting as this show has a lot going on. To briefly explain the plot, the show follows Ayanokouji Kiyotaka who has just enrolled at Tokyo Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, where it’s said that 100% of students go on to college or find employment. Our straight-faced protag must not only swim the troubled waters of high school, but deal with additional challenges like devious school tests, psycho two-faced girls, and the schemes of other classrooms.  If you were looking for fluff and the power of the friendship, maybe try Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie. But if your summer is missing that psychological thriller aspect, Classroom of the Elite has you covered.

ARTE

Directed by: Takayuki Hamana

Written by: Reiko Yoshida

Music by: Gorō Itō

Studio: Seven Arcs

Licensed by: Funimation

Original run: April 4, 2020 – June 20, 2020

Episodes: 12

Ok, so this anime isn’t new for summer, but I had to include it because it deserves the attention. This is your feel-good, girl power anime done right. Arte is a young girl in 16th-century Florence, Italy with a talent for art. As most people know, historic times were not kind to the fairer sex, so in order to escape her fate of being married off to some random guy, Arte decides to pursue her passion for art. With determination, and a little luck, she is eventually apprenticed to an artist named Leo and she is able to pursue her goal of becoming a full-fledged artist. The art in this anime is simply beautiful, the story is well-paced, and you can’t help but laugh along at the funny parts and wince when she is in pain. You feel Arte’s struggle to be recognized as not just a woman, but simply a capable person. This is an anime to watch with your entire family, or maybe just your favorite girl, and appreciate how far Arte has come.

Conclusion

There is plenty to watch through the long, hot days of summer! Whether you’re looking for some girls with guns, a mix of savagery and innocence, or maybe a smart anime with a deeper plot, there is plenty to choose from. If you have a suggestion for what should go on this list, I’d love to hear it!

Written By: Kathryn Vallejo

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