Summer is the perfect time to kick back and relax, free from the severe suffering of daily life whether it be a job, work or school, all of them are now memories of the past, as you dive into the sea of unlimited possibilities that is Summer. Or stick to your room, under the air conditioner because the heat outside will melt the flesh out of you. Regardless of what you do, some anime will set the mood for summer for you. The following is a list that capitalizes on some of the best anime that are perfect for this season.
10) One Piece
It isn’t that I want to say One Piece is at number 10, but it’s more because I couldn’t wait to advertise it. One Piece is one of the longest-running shounen titles to exist with a fandom that’s as huge as the story itself. It’s so huge in fact that most people would then shy away from it, being consumers of the seasonal craze, that is. However, this is Summer. With Summer comes the unique advantage of complete freedom. With this freedom, you can quickly shove the entire One Piece package inside, exploring one of the most detailed and vast worlds out there.
I’m sure this show needs no introduction, and even now a large fanbase is out there, approving of my decision to add this. One Piece is that great a show. With a lovable cast of characters, all brimming with depth. The show is full of feels, something an audience sucks on to enjoy the show. And best of all, it delivers on some of the best moments to witness in Anime’s history. So grab your pirate hats, sit down, and marathon this masterpiece of a shounen!
If you’re interested in other shounen’s that are very good, check out: Hunter X Hunter, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
9) Kantai Collection: KanColle
Kantai Collection is a bit of a wild card. Formerly a free to play browser game, Kantai Collection has since then spawned a sizeable dedicated fanbase and has expanded to other mediums as well. The show follows anthropomorphism of historical ships, battling each other. Initially, this was restricted to Japanese ships only like Yamato or Taiho, but as the concept continued to garner more attention, they expanded in other nations as well. Of course, the idea exists to satisfy both historical nuts and ecchi enthusiasts alike.
There is more depth to the show than that, as it delivers exciting battles (sadly in CGI) but at the very least it brings home the feeling of summer beaches! So if you lack those, let this ship battling gem take you in for a ride.
8) Squid Girl
Squid Girl is something whose popularity is due to how much of a meme it became. It’s a beautiful show that has a lot of sequels and OVAs attached to it. The show is consistent with being a good slice of life while exaggeratedly delivering comedy. After all, the appeal comes from how well it’s executed, and Squid Girl is exceptional in that. The comedy is spot-on; the fanservice is light but tasteful. This show is for all anyone reminiscing of summer whimsically.
Now we move onto the side of anime that isn’t for everyone, but the side that wants them, want them in large doses of quantity. I speak of none other than Keijo!!!!!!!!, a legendary ecchi show in its own right.
Ecchi, in my opinion, is a stagnant genre, with few exceptions that seem to break the mold, like for example Prison School which is one of the best Ecchi’s to exist out there. However, none captures the feeling of Summer more than pure water busting action. And I mean “bust” when I say it because oh sweet Lord is this show full of it. Keijo!!!!!!!! Seems more like a parody at this point, as it mocks and plays around with ecchi tropes. The story isn’t serious at all, no matter how much it might make you think otherwise. The point is, obviously, a lot of ecchi action, and it delivers. Not in showing nudes like most other ecchi’s, but by capitalizing on a weird, yet eccentric sport that makes good use of…well, let’s say, “bodies” of different females.
The comedy is pretty good though, as I said before, it’s not a show meant to be taken seriously, yet a show you enjoy purely for its aesthetic value in delivering what can only be the most butt-centric, boobalicious show in the medium. Seriously, just google this to understand what I’m trying to convey here.
Nothing beats the feeling of Summer more so than diving itself. While not a privilege to many, diving is something that everyone should get to try at least once. To explore the sea, deep inside, marveling the vast beauty it holds bare, is a rare feeling unparalleled by many. That’s why diving shows tend to capture the feel of Summer a lot: as in a hot area, with you wanting to escape. Tell me, wouldn’t diving into a cold blue sea help alleviate the despair from the crippling hot sun?
Amanchu! is a show that delivers on this feeling of diving while also showing a profound story of friendship and positivity. Developed by J.C. Staff, this comedic slice of life will help set in the mood!
I mentioned ecchi before. For most people, Ecchi would be fanservice towards the males by showing hot females. However, the exact opposite is also true. Fanservice holds valid by showing hot males as well to a female audience. And that’s precisely what Free! does. While not an “Ecchi” by the sense of the genre, it’s undeniable that the show is pure eye candy for any female. But not only those! Even males can enjoy this show, because face it, besides the dominant male cast, the visuals are gorgeous. I think Free! is the best at capturing water animations, making it look dashing. The animation is bright and elegant; it’s excellent! And by further adding the points from before, you get a show that’s perfect for the season.
4) Nadia: Secret of Blue Water
And now we enter a realm of anime unbeknownst to many. Nadia is a classic old anime that many people don’t seem to know, despite it being made by one of the top dogs of the anime industry. Studio Gainax (the now-famous Studio Trigger), responsible for the masterpiece that is Neon Genesis Evangelion, also worked on Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, a historical adventure show that’s about saving the world from a sinister foe dedicated to restoring the Atlantean empire to its former glory.
The show is excellent and something of a past relic that everyone should enjoy. Not only does it show romance in a more transparent manner (Nadia being adorable!), it’s a show that continually keeps you on edge, never letting you off and never letting you be bored.
Free! is available for streaming on DVD/Blu-ray through Amazon.
3) Grand Blue
Revitalizing on the previous point made on diving, Grand Blue continues that tradition by delivering one of the best comedy shows to exist. Grand Blue is something of a mixed bag, now considered. It can be watched outside of Summer as well due to how much it shows of University life being an absolute banger. However, the fact that it manages to hit home the feeling of diving is something of an achievement on its own and the reason why it’s deserving to be in this list. Admittedly, my taste for diving also came from this show, well the manga, to be more precise. However, that’s a preference. But I digress. Grand Blue is a remarkable show; it’s not something that wants to be taken seriously as well, and just wants you to hang back and have fun. And I mean, isn’t that the whole point of summer?
Grand Blue is available on streaming through Amazon Prime Video
You didn’t think I’d make a list and not include Studio Ghibli right? Ponyo isn’t precisely the best gem that came out of the genius’s mind, but it’s not the worst either, instead of being something of a delight to watch. Ponyo, to be blunt and not disrespectful, is a show for the lazy. It’s so pure and adorable; you just want to sit back, and just let it go. Heck, you can invite the whole family in. The entire film can be summarized as wholesome. And that’s a feeling that’s hard to capture with most anime, yet Miyazaki being the mad genius that he is, manages to capture it in all its glory. So, watch it! Especially so if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli, it’s certainly a delightful show to watch!
1) A Lull In The Sea
For those of you who are in the know, this should be no surprise. For those of you who don’t, go ahead and watch it so you can join us. Earlier I mentioned Free! to be the best at capturing water animations, but if there was ever a close second (or even first depending on how much we are talking) that would be Nagi no Asakura. The show is gorgeous, aptly put. But unlike Free! whose visuals commanded the flow (pun intended) not letting the story shine enough, Nagi no Asakura, excels in everything. There’s a deep, rich story to be found that you want to dive in and explore what it has to offer. The characters might not be the most fleshed out, but the story certainly is. And did I mention the animation is gorgeous? I did? Well, here’s another reminder then!