15 Must-See Summer 2017 Anime

Zuleika Boekhoudt
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Summer is upon us and besides heading to the beach and enjoying a few cold drinks, a new batch of anime series and movies are coming this sunny season. This summer 2017 anime season welcomes back several favorites and of course, some new ones. From sword-wielding heroes to detective priests, here are 15 anime series and movies you need to watch this summer.

Fate/Apocrypha

  • Premiere Date: July 2, 2017
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: Action, Historical, Supernatural, Drama, Magic, Fantasy

The newest rendition of the Fate series, Fate/Apocrypha takes place in a parallel world to Fate/stay night, where the Grail mysteriously disappears from Fuyuki City after the Third Holy Grail War.

Many years have passed since the Grail’s disappearance, and the world hasn’t experienced a Holy War. However, this seemingly peaceful time comes to a halt when the Yggdmillennia – a family of magi – openly declare their secession from the Mage’s Association. On top of that, they’re in possession of the Grail. To recover the Grail, the Association sends 50 magi to retrieve it. However, all but one meet an untimely end at the hands of a mysterious servant.

The only surviving magus manages to activate the reserve system of the Greater Grail, allowing for the summoning of 14 servants. With each side holding seven servants, the world once again will bear witness of the Holy Grail War. Zero has raised the bar for fantasy action anime including in its latest adaptation, Fate/Apocrypha. However, the Apocrypha trailer looks like it will come pretty close thanks to its fighting sequences and dark plot.

Chronos Ruler

  • Premiere Date: July 8, 2017
  • Studio: Project No.9
  • Genre: Supernatural, Shounen, Fantasy

Based on the manga by Taiwanese artist Pon Jea, Chronos Ruler follows those who fight time-eating demons that appear when people wish they could turn back time. The anime series follows two young men who fight these demons and protect the fabric of time.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of information out about Chronos Ruler just yet. However, the trailer’s mix of jazz and blues tunes does make me curious as to whether it will mesh well with its visuals and fighting sequences.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

  • Premiere Date: July 8, 2017
  • Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Studio: Studio Ponoc
  • Genre: Adventure, Magic, Fantasy

The first feature film from Studio Ponoc, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, will make its debut this summer. At the helm of the movie is director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There) and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya). And if you haven’t noticed, both of them used to work at Studio Ghibli.

Even though Ponoc is the beginning of a new era of animation, the film does mirror many Studio Ghibli themes that have become synonymous with the legendary studio. Still, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is a movie for the whole family to enjoy and it delivers a strong heart-warming message.

No Game No Life: Zero

  • Premiere Date: July 15, 2017
  • Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Genre: Game, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy

No Game No Life returns this summer, but this time, we won’t meet “the good-for-nothing brother and sister”. Instead, the anime film will take place six millennia before Sora and Shiro‘s arrival. Although the movie will feature the same characters as the TV adaptation, it will adapt volume 6 of the light novel series which tells the story of the Great War and how it ended.

 Hell Girl Season 4 (Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi)

  • Premiere Date: July 15, 2017
  • Studio: Studio DEEN
  • Genre: Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural

Horror anime fans can rejoice as Hell Girl returns this summer with six new and six “reminiscence” episodes. Victims of bullying (and other psychological torture) seek revenge on their oppressors by submitting a request to eliminate them. Ai appears and gives the victim a doll that, once pulled, will send their bully to hell. However, the victim will also share this hellish fate. So, if you seek revenge you better dig two graves.

New Game! 2

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New Game!! 2
  • Premiere Date: July 11, 2017
  • Studio: Doga Kobo
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy

Since childhood, gamer Aoba Suzukaze has loved the Fairies Story game series. Now that she’s graduated from high-school, she lands a job as a CG artist at Eagle Jump, the company that produces her favorite video game.

Season two of New Game! will continue to follow Aoba and her workmates on the rollercoaster ride that is making games. With its beautiful pastel colors and visuals, New Game!! 2 is a perfect reflection of the beautiful colors that this summer season of anime brings.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Oath Under Snow

  • Premiere Date: August 26, 2017
  • Director: Shin Oonuma
  • Studio: SILVER LINK.
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy

nother Fate adaptation to join the summer 2017 anime line-up. This version will follow up the previous season that ended last September. This adaptation will focus on the connections between Miyu, Shirou, and Ainsworth.

 Love and Lies

  • Premiere Date: July 4, 2017
  • Studio: LIDEN FILMS
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, School

In the real world, Japan faces serious demographic issues with a decrease in birth rate. In the anime world, Love and Lies tells a similar story. The summer anime film depicts a depressing future where love is forbidden and the government arranges marriages. While most of its citizens are glad that the hassle of courtships is over, some people, like Yukari, want to find true love.

DIVE!!

  • Premiere Date: July 7, 2017
  • Studio: Zero-G
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports

First, there was basketball, then soccer and now diving. DIVE!! Follows the exploits of the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC) who are fighting to keep their club open. To achieve this, they must do all that they can to support one of them who has the opportunity to be on Japan’s Olympic diving team.

Saiyuki Reload Blast Season 4

  • Premiere Date: July 5, 2017
  • Studio: Platinum Vision
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, Josei

After several specials and movie adaptations, Saiyuki will receive a complete season this summer. The series follows the Sanzou Party as they arrive in India. However, their new foes are more savage than any that they’ve met before.

Classroom of the Elite (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)

  • Premiere Date: July 12, 2017
  • Studio: Lerche
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Slice-of-Life

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a prestigious school where nearly all of its graduates go on to university or find employment. The students all have the freedom to do as they please. However, if one lands in D-Class – where the school dumps their “inferior” students – they should prepare for some unpleasantness.

That’s exactly what happens to Kiyotaka who gets placed in the notorious D-Class. But, after he meets two female students, his situation begins to change.

Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

  • Premiere Date: July 2, 2017
  • Studio: Ufotable
  • Genre: Action, Fantasy

Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu is set at the end of the tumultuous samurai era where two factions are waging war against each other. But, instead of letting things be, an army of historical revisionists threaten to alter the course of history.

To protect the future, two sword warriors – spirits who are swords brought to life – are sent to confront the invading forces.

Made in Abyss

  • Premiere Date: July 7, 2017
  • Studio: Kinema Citrus
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The mysteries of the Abyss – an enormous pit and cave system – fascinate humans, as it’s the only unexplored place in the world. Those who dare to venture into the Abyss are known as “Cave Raiders” who go around telling of their adventures.

A little orphan girl named Rico lives in a town on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the Abyss. One day, Rico starts exploring these elaborate cave systems and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

Restaurant to Another World

  • Premiere Date: July 4, 2017
  • Studio: SILVER LINK.
  • Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy, Food

Restaurant to Another World follows a little cafeteria named Youshoku no Nekoya that isn’t in a prime location, but its delicious dishes often cater to businesspeople in the area. However, every Saturday, the quaint little restaurant shuts its doors to make way for special guests, such as elves.

Vatican Miracle Examiner

 

  • Premiere Date: July 7, 2017
  • Studio: J.C. Staff
  • Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Drama, Shounen, History

Last but not least on our summer 2017 anime must-see list is the mystery series, Vatican Miracle Examiner. The anime follows a detective duo who examine and identify the authenticity of miracles. But, the case of their lives has just appeared when they investigate the authenticity of a rather strange miracle.

In case your watchlist is empty again, here are 15 best anime shows and films from last year that you really need in your life.

Zuleika Boekhoudt
Zuleika is a fan contributor at Fandom and focuses on Anime. Her anime specialties are horror, gore, and mystery anime. Loves series, movies, and games that have to do with bloodthirsty but equally intelligent psychos.
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