The summer 2021 anime season is finally here. I totally understand if you’d like to take some time off from seasonal anime, especially if you want to catch up with the amazing anime that came out in spring. I even have an article on a great series from that season, if you want one. But if by any chance, you are curious about what’s in store now, I have five fun recommendations right here!
1. Vanitas no Carte: Bungou Stray Dogs in Paris?
If you love Bungou Stray Dogs, you will totally enjoy Vanitas no Carte as well. The story is about vampires in Paris, but the lore reveals itself little by little every episode. I think that the selling point of this anime is the fun characters. If you like the wacky slightly overpowered character paired with the strong, honest but a bit simple-minded character, you will totally love the dynamic between Vanitas and Noe. The art is very beautiful and so far, every episode managed to be entertaining, so I encourage people to give this summer 2021 anime a try.
2. Kageki Shoujo: A peek into women’s theater in Japan
Takarazuka is a form of Japanese theater with only women. It usually adapts stories from Western media, books, folktales, and so on. The productions often time resemble the ones from Broadway since most of them are musical theater pieces.
Kageki Shoujo is a summer 2021 anime about Narata Ai, an ex-idol that has resigned from the group because she was stalked and harassed by a fan, and Sarasa Watanabe, an eccentric addition to the Kouka High School, an institution specialized in training potential Takarazuka actresses. Both of them are put to the test in this school, and the biggest challenge might prove working with each other to become top actresses in one of the most competitive entertainment industries.
3. Bokutachi no Remake: Can you get a second chance?
We all have regrets in life. Everyone wishes they either went to another school, chose a different career, spent their time better, or anything else. While most of us have to live life even knowing that some things are not the way we want, it is not the same for Kyoya Hashiba.
The lucky 28-year-old game developer was given a second chance at life. He finally can enroll in art school and follow his dream, with the added advantage of having worked in the industry already. However, he quickly discovers that making art goes beyond just being passionate. What I like about this anime is that it shows that beyond even the simplest art projects there is a tremendous amount of work and dedication.
4. Uramichi Oniisan: The hidden gem of the summer 2021 anime season
Unlike Kyoya from Bokutachi no Remake, Uramichi Omota already works in the entertainment industry. And he hates it!
Uramichi Omota is the star of a children’s show. Even though he has this charming and cheerful persona on the show, he is actually deeply miserable and hates his life and his career. And the humor in this anime lies when his miserable persona bleeds into the cheerful one and he ends up telling children how it’s hard to live life as an adult.
He is not the only one. Everyone in the studio seems to feel unfulfilled in one way or another. And it is okay. If anything, this anime series pokes fun at a pretty dark subject, which is feeling unfulfilled and with no motivation to get better. And although it seems grim, it’s actually pretty nice to see that even people like that have little things in their lives that make them feel happier. I feel like this is a great addition to the summer 2021 anime season.
These are my recommendations for this season. I hope you give at least one of them a try! If you want to read even more about anime, we have more articles on this!