A guide to the best anime of summer 2023

After a spring season full of new and exciting anime, you might wish summer was a little easier to deal with. Thankfully, that’s usually the case! Fewer titles appear during the summer and winter anime seasons, and heavyweights tend to be saved for the much more popular spring and fall seasons. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no fun in the summer! There are a few big names returning with a season, such as Jujutsu Kaisen, The devil is a part-timer, Bungo Stray DogsAnd Mushoku Tensei. Movies, including Studio Ghibli How do you live? and Studio MAPPA’s Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujouare also scheduled for release this season, for How do you live?an American theatrical release should not be long in coming.

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However, there are also plenty of new series to look forward to this summer! Whether you like comedy, horror, romance, or anything in between, there’s something for you in this program.

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If you’re in the mood for comedy…

A still from the anime “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead”.

Perhaps the right way to start the summer is with a few laughs. You’re in luck – there are plenty of options for you!

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is a comedic horror about Akira Tendou, a jaded businessman leading a mundane, lifeless life. Worn out by work and his own inability to talk to his office crush, he wants something that will breathe new life into him. His wish comes true when he wakes up one morning to find the city is crawling with zombies! Now on a quest to survive, Akira feels he is finally awake and sets out to live life to the fullest.

If you prefer a piece of life humor, The masterful cat is depressed again today is a good choice. Saku is a woman trying to make a career, but she’s still a little out of her element. One day she adopts a stray black cat she names Yukichi, but he’s very different from what she expected! He is human tall, loves to cook and is a fan of bargains at the market. Saku is shocked, but begins forming a domestic partnership with Yukichi while navigating the world with the help of her faithful cat.

Horror, mystery and suspense… oh my god!

Dark Gathering horror anime
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It’s not fair that fall brings so many horrors! There are plenty of horrors and mysteries to uncover this summer.

Dark Gathering It’s about Keitarou, the freshman who is terrified of ghosts but unable to shake them off due to a mental injury he sustained two years earlier. The incident traumatized him and caused him to shut himself off from the world, but he’s increasingly coming out of his shell in college. To help him become more comfortable with people, he takes a job tutoring his friend’s young cousin, Yayoi. However, like himself, Yayoi seems to be drawn to the supernatural, and she wants him to come along.

Farce to murder undead girls is a supernatural mystery about a detective with an unlikely partner: the head of a woman who has the ability to solve supernatural cases. The detective is known as a cage user who always has a covered birdcage with him when he finds the monsters lurking in the dark.

AI no Idenshi is a mystery for the present time, as it relates to Dr. Sudo Hikaru, a doctor who treats both humans and robots during the day and performs illegal procedures at night, in a world where over 10% of the population are humanoids with artificial intelligence. The series examines the use of AI and challenges the limits of data collection. It asks whether someone created from a person’s data can actually be the person themselves.

Action anime is heating up this summer

Action is usually the biggest genre of any season, and with good reason. It fits perfectly with so many other genres including fantasy, romance and comedy.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan gets a reboot! Kenshin Himura is a wandering samurai after the end of Bakumatsu who tries to assuage his guilt by becoming a nonviolent pacifist. During his travels, he stumbles across a dojo that is in danger of being closed after a series of murders committed by one of his “disciples” have struck terror into the area. He meets the owner, Kaoru, who explains that the police are powerless to stop the killings. Kenshin offers to help, but his past threatens to catch up with him at every turn.

Reign of the Seven Magic Blades is a magical fantasy series set in the prestigious Kimberly Academy, where students compete to improve their magical powers. Indifferent Oliver doesn’t understand what the fuss is about… until he meets a strange girl with a sword on her hip. Now the school seems to be beset by strange events and the two begin to unravel a dark secret hidden within the walls of the academy.

A still image of the title character from the anime, Helck.
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hello adds a little comedy to its battle royale story. People around the world celebrate the demon king’s defeat as the demons embark on a quest to find their new king. However, the preferred candidate for king is not a demon; It is a human male named Helck who always smiles happily when expressing his hatred for humanity. This strange man catches the attention of Red Vamirio, a heavenly king who is suspicious of Helck’s intentions. She must now try to figure it out before the competition ends, lest the demon world collapse under her watch.

Romances that will melt your heart

Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon Anime - Miyo's Husband.
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Last but not least, we have Romance to add a little sweetness to the summer schedule.

Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon is a kind of Cinderella story. Miyo is the child of an arranged marriage and was rejected by her father, stepmother and stepsister after the death of her mother. Her family treats her like a servant, and Miyo keeps her head down, trying to get by, even as her father arranges for her to be married off to a military captain who is rumored to be vicious on and off the battlefield. Miyo has come to terms with a bleak future and is surprised when she meets her husband and finds a kind man.

Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence adds a little comedy to his romance by depicting a blossoming relationship between a loving minister and a perpetually weary saint. Lawrence is an overwhelmed man who leads parishioners to church, where Cecilia, the ultimate symbol of good morals, can help them with their problems. However, Cecilia is secretly a bit lazy and falls asleep in the chapel, often leading Lawrence to do anything. While things are a bit difficult at first, the two begin to understand each other and become friends.

Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: dustinhuang@24ssports.com.

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