Your Summer 2018 Anime Guide [Updated]

Summer in Japan is the worst. But you know what’s good? Anime. So let’s stay inside in watch some.

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Here are this summer’s anime shows. This list will be updated as more simulcast announcements are made.

Which ones are you interested in watching? Let us know in the comments.


Aguu: Tensai Ningyou (Aguu: Genius Dolls)

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Drama, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: This anime follows the lives of two dancers, one of which owes her talent to a secret.

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Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 2

Studio: Imagineer | Fanworks

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Even though Miao’s brother drives her crazy, he does care deeply about his little sister.


Angels of Death

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Horror

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young girl with no memory and a man covered in bandages work together to escape from a nightmare building.

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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

tudio: Naz

Genre: Action, Drama, Historical

Premiere Date: July 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in 13th century Japan, samurai do their best to fend off a Mongol invasion.

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Asobi Asobase: Workshop of Fun

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A Japanese schoolgirl who stinks at English seeks help from her non-Japanese friend, who might look foreign, but grew up in Japan and doesn’t speak that great English.

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Attack on Titan Season 3

Studio: Wit Studio

Genre: Action, Drama, Military

Premiere Date: July 22

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: The third season of Attack on Titan.


Back Street Girls

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Gag, Idol, Music

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Yakuza dudes are forced to become a girl pop group.

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Baki

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Drama, Battle

Premiere Date: June 25 (Netflix)

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: Badass Baki enters an underground fight club and encounters an array of formidable foes.

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Banana Fish

Studio: MAPPA

Genre: Action, Drama

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

What It’s About in One Sentence: Street tough Ash begins asking questions after being given a vial by a man who says “banana fish” before dropping dead.

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BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Pico

Studio: ISSEN × XEBEC

Genre: Music, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: A cuted-up version of the anime about schoolgirls on a musical journey.

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Calamity of a Zombie Girl

Studio: Gonzo | Stingray

Genre: Action, Horror

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Life is hard when you are zombie girl and have humans to kill.

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Cells at Work!

Studio: David Production

Genre: Drama

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: This anime stars anthropomorphized red and white blood cells that exist in the human body as they battle disease and viruses.

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Chio’s School Road

Studio: Diomedéa

Genre: Fantasy, School

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolgirl’s daily walk to school is anything but typical.

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Mr. Tonegawa Middle Management Blues

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Things get complicated for a loyal company employee when the corporate honcho starts to get bored.

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Dropkick on My Devil!

Studio: Nomad

Genre: Comedy, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

What It’s About in One Sentence: A gothic lolita summons a snake-girl demon, and the two of them end up trying to destroy each other.

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Encouragement of Climb (Season 3)

Studio: 8-Bit

Genre: Short Anime, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: The third season of a short-form anime about a group of girls whose hobby is mountaineering.

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Free! Dive to the Future

Studio: Kyoto Animation/Animation Do

Genre: Sports

Premiere Date: July 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Those beautiful anime boys are back in the pool and ready to swim some more!

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Grand Blue Dreaming

Studio: Zero-G

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 13

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

What It’s About in One Sentence: A college freshman’s life changes when he moves into his uncle’s scuba shop.

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Happy Sugar Life

Studio: Ezo’la

Genre: Drama, Horror, Psychological, School

Premiere Date: July 13

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolgirl is willing to do anything for her love—anything.

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Hanebad!

Studio: Lidenfilms

Genre: School, Sports

Premiere Date: July 1

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Highschool students give 100 percent in the face-paced sport of badminton.

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Harukana Receive

Studio: C2C

Genre: Sports

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Anime girls in bikini battle it out in beach volleyball in Okinawa.

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High Score Girl

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Romance, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 13

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: An arcade gamer’s life changes forever when he meets a rich, beautiful girl who really, really loves gaming.

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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord

Studio: Ajia-do Animation Works

Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Somehow, a young man ends up trapped in his favorite RPG with two female characters inadvertently becoming his slaves.

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The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Theater Season 3

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Studio: Gathering

Genre: Slice of life, Idol, Music

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: The daily life of idols continues in the third season of The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Gekijou.

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Island

Studio: Feel

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 1

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Life on an increasingly isolated island changes when a mysterious young man washes up ashore.

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Joshiochi!! Nikai kara Onnanoko ga... Futtekita!?

Studio: Ark

Genre: Ecchi, Short Anime, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 1

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: The upstairs apartment floor collapses and the guy behind finds himself living with two new roommates.

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Holmes of Kyoto

Studio: Seven

Genre: Drama, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A high school girl gets a part-time job at an antique shop in Kyoto.

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Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ou

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Studio: Asread Tear Studio

Genre: Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 13

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Parts of Tokyo are quarantined after a mysterious red mist appears, but once it disappears, things return to normal—or do they?

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The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

Studio: EMT Squared

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Harem

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young man is accidentally teleported to a fantasy world, where he finds his smartphone comes in handy.

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Monster Strike 3rd Season

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Studio: XFlag Pictures | Studio Anima | ILCA

Genre: Battle, School, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Monster Strike, the popular smartphone game, returns in anime form for another season of monster battles.

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Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Supernatural

Premiere Date: August 3

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Toru and his assistant Jiro exorcize ghosts and judge whether they should be sent to heaven or banished to hell.

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100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams

Studio: Project No.9

Genre: Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: A new king must save princes from an evil dream-eater that haunts their sleep.

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Music Girls

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Idol, Music

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: AsianCrush, Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: A group of idols pursue their pop music dreams.


One Room 2nd Season

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Studio: Typhoon Graphics

Genre: Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: With you as the protagonist, the lives of three anime girls unfold in your room.

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Oshiete Mahou no Pendulum: Rilu Rilu Fairilu

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Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Shojo, Magic

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Another season of Rilu Rilu Fairilu, an anime about small key-carrying fairies known as Fairilu.

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Overlord III

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: The third season of an anime set in an MMO that continues long after it’s been shut down.

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Phantom in the Twilight

Studio: Liden Films

Genre: Drama, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: An exchange student finds herself in a mysterious London cafe staffed by beautiful boys that does more than serve coffee.

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Planet With

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: The life a boy with no memories changes forever when he joins a fight to save his city.

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The Thousand Musketeers

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Beautiful Boy, Drama, Fantasy, Historical

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: A world government outlaws guns, but the souls of old firearms appear in the form of beautiful boys.

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Seven Senses of the Reunion (Shichisei no Subaru)

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Studio: Lerche

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young man logs into an old MMORPG he used to play and encounter a girl who used to be in his party and who has since died in real life.

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Late Night! The Genius Bakabon

Studio: Pierrot Plus

Genre: Comedy, Gag

Premiere Date: July 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A new late-night version of the classic anime about a goofy dad, his dumb older son, his genius younger son and smart mother as well as a whole cast of crazy characters.

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Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight

Studio: Kinema Citrus

Genre: Music

Premiere Date: July 12

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: The paths of two old friends cross paths when they undergo an usual theatrical audition.

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Sirius the Jaeger

Studio: P.A. Works

Genre: Action, Drama, Historical, Horror

Premiere Date: July 12

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in 1930, a group of vampire hunters battle evil in Tokyo.

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The Journey Home

Studio: SPC/TMS Entertainment/W.BABA

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Bugs trapped on a space station try to get home.

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Starlight Promises

Studio: Xflag Studio

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young boy’s life changes when he gets a phone call from an old friend and an invitation to an usual summer festival.

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Sunoharasou no Kanrinin-san (Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou)

Studio: Silver Link

Genre: Ecchi, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: A junior high school student changes to a school in Tokyo to find his manly side, but ends up with surprising new living arrangements.

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Sword Gai The Animation Part 2

Studio: DLE, Production I.G

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Magic, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 30

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season about a young man with a prosthetic right arm that’s home to a legendary sword.

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Tsukumogami Kashimasu

Studio: Telecom Animation Film

Genre: Historical, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 22

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: A brother and sister in Edo Era Japan are able to communicate with tsukumogami, self-aware objects that now have spirits.

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Working Buddies! Season 2

Studio: Tomovies

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Another season of the anime about cats who get part-time jobs.

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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Season 6

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Studio: ILCA

Genre: Horror, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: More ghost stories and urban legends come to life in Yamishibai’s sixth season.

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Yuna and the Haunted Hot Springs

Studio: Xebec

Genre: Comedy, Harem, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 14

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A high school student moves into an old hot springs that is haunted by a the spirit of a young dead girl.

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Zoids Wild

Studio: OLM

Genre: Action, Adventure, Mecha

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Here is the latest Zoids anime based on the new Zoids Wild line of toys.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I’m getting really tired of the “Isekai” trope.

Seriously what’s with all the manga and anime adaptations of those manga using this ordinary guy/girl summoned to this fantasy/rpg world wtih cheats/special skill/etc. and it’s frequently a harem manga. *flips table*