Summer 2018 Premieres (Part 1)

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It’s that time again! When my schedule completely blanks out except for an endless sea of anime and also some Steven Universe, because Cartoon Network keeps conspiring to align those premieres. The deluge is half over, so here’s what we’ve got so far: BANANA FISH and also some other stuff.

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ISLAND

It’s a subpar mystery show trying and failing to chomp Higurashi’s flavor, and also the protagonist is explicitly an adult while the love interests all look about twelve.

 

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Mr TONEGAWA Middle Management Blues

Fans of the franchise this spun off from seem to be having fun, but all I got was an Evil Corporation comedy that’s not sure what style of comedy it wants to commit to and a bit too much expectation that I’ll sympathize with its rich middle aged protagonist’s minor inconveniences.

 

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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord

An isekai harem fantasy that goes above and beyond the usual self-indulgence and straight into “listen what if deep down women WANT to be enslaved” and also “this is clearly packaged directly for the incel market.”

 

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BANANA FISH

A classic shoujo series that’s also one of the first plot-heavy manga to have a queer couple at the center of it. It’s from the 80s, so it needs a whole mess of content warnings about what queer content was back then (the series was highly influenced by western queer media as well), but I’ve been hyped for this since the moment it was announced.

 

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Chio’s School Road

A pretty solid absurd comedy that has some irritating boob nonsense (the artist supposedly started in hentai) and apparently has a predatory lesbian character later on.

 

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Angels of Death

Comedy of the season, a schlocky horror series pretending at art horror, with no restraint that seems to have escaped from the year 2005 and is painfully obviously based on a videogame. It’s adorable and I love it.

 

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Music Girls

Another Idol Show with, for some reason, an extra-overt element of creepy male gaze.

 

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The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

Not as bad as the slavery harem isekai show but still not good, with a bonus uncomfortable undercurrent of imperialism.

 

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