Anime Spotlight Summer 2014 - The List

by Anthony Foronda,

Featured Series (Click for more)

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Rail Wars!

Space Dandy (Season 2)

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun)



Invaders of the Rokujyoma!?

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Zwei!

Bladedance of Elementalers



Additional Shows

Title: Bakumatsu Rock
Starts: July 2 at 11:30 p.m. JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:Sudio DEEN
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Series Director:Itsuro Kawasaki (Arc the Lad (TV), Chrome Shelled Regios (TV))
  • Music: Tomoki Kikuya (Nisekoi - False Love (TV), (The) Girl Who Leapt Through Space (TV))

In the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century: the Tokugawa shogunate uses the brainwashing Heaven's Songs by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the Heaven's Songs is a capital offence. Sakamoto Ryouma and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock 'n' roll for freedom and justice.
Title:Tokyo Ghoul
Starts:July 3 at 12:00am JST on Tokyo MX
Studio: Pierrot
Genre: horror, supernatural
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Shuhei Morita (Freedom (OAV))
  • Cast: Natsuki Hanae as Ken Kaneki ( World Conquest Zvezda Plot's Asuta Jimon/Dva, Inari Kon Kon's Roro)

Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a cafe he frequents. They're the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul - a kind of monster that lives by hunting and devouring human flesh. When part of her special organ - "the red child" - is transplanted into Kaneki, he becomes a ghoul himself, trapped in a warped world where humans are not the top of the food chain.
Title:Sword Art Online II
Starts:July 5 at 11:30pm JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:A-1 Pictures
Genre:action, drama, fantasy, romance, science fiction
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Returning Director: Tomohiko Ito(Sword Art Online (TV),Sword Art Online: Extra Edition (special),Occult Academy (TV))
  • Original Creator: Reki Kawahara(Sword Art Online (light novel), Accel World (light novel) )
  • Cast: Miyuki Sawashiro as Shinon (Durarara's Celty Sturluson, Di Gi Charat's Puchiko/Petit Charat)

One year after the SAO incident was resolved, Kazuto Kirigaya is adjusting to a normal life once again as best he can. He thinks all that death is finally behind him, until he is approached with some startling information. In the wildly popular pro shooter MMO Gun Gale Online, an ominous player has shot players in the game, and the same players mysteriously turned up dead in real life. Kazuto feels himself being pulled in as if by the shadow of SAO and agrees to investigate. He must now tread back into the dark world of his past with the help of the troubled, ice-cold sniper Shinon as he searches for the player who only refers to himself as "Death Gun."
Starts:July 5 at 12:00am JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:A-1 Pictures/TROYCA
Genre:action, science fiction
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original creator: Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero (TV), Phantom - The Animation (OAV))
  • Director: Ei Aoki (Ga-Rei-Zero (TV), Fate/Zero (TV), (The) Garden of Sinners (movie series))
  • Mechanical design: Kenji Teraoka(Gundam Build Fighters (TV), Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV),Valvrave the Liberator (TV) )

In 1972, the Apollo 17 mission discovered a hypergate to Mars on the surface of the moon. Soon a war breaks out between Earth and Mars, and Martian soldiers begin to descend from the sky, riding steel giants, intent on exterminating humanity.
Starts:July 5 at 10:00am JST on TV Tokyo
Studio: Tatsunoko Production
Genre: comedy, magic
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Makoto Moriwaki (Jewelpet Kira☆Deco—! (TV), Tantei Opera Milky Holmes (TV))
  • Animation Production: Tatsunoko Production (Gatchaman, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Casshern Sins)

Lala Manaka is a 5th-grader at Paprika Academy. Like most girls, she admires the world of PriPara, a sport that tests idol girls on song, dance, and fashion. Unfortunately for her, her school does not allow elementary school students to participate in PriPara. However, through miraculous circumstances, Lala passes the audition to become a PriPara idol.
Title:Persona 4 the Golden Animation
Starts:July 10 at 12:00am JST on TBS
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre:supernatural, action
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Chief Director: Seiji Kishi(Angel Beats! (TV), Galaxy Angel Rune (TV), Hamatora (TV))
  • Original Character Design: Shigenori Soejima (Persona -trinity soul- (TV),Persona 4: The Animation (TV) )
  • Cast:Ami Koshimizu as Yukiko Amagi (Code Geass's Kallen Stadtfeld, Eureka Seven's Anemone), Daisuke Namikawa as Yū Narukami (Gundam Unicorn's Riddhe Marcenas, K's Yashiro Isana)

In the spring when the cherry blossom petals fall, Yū Narukami moves to Yaso Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin due to his family's circumstances. He transfers to Yasogami High School, where his event-filled school life begins. However, when serial murders begin occurring in the peaceful town, Yū is awakened to the power of his heart turned to physical form: A Persona. Within these new mysteries is Marie, a resident of the alternate world, the Velvet Room, who has no memories of her past. Together with his friends, Yū must solve all the riddles set in front of him and save Yaso Inaba from further violence.
Title:Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal
Starts:July 5 at 7:00pm JST on Niconico
Genre:action, magic
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Original creator: Naoko Takeuchi(Codename: Sailor V (manga), Sailor Moon (manga) )
  • Theme Song Performance: Momoiro Clover Z (Bodacious Space Pirates (TV), Pokémon: Black and White (TV))
  • Cast:Reprising her role as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon Kotono Mitsuishi (Evangelion's Misato Katsuragi, Maze's Maze, Gundam Seed's Murrue Ramius, Fatal Fury's Mai Shiranui)

Usagi Tsukino was a normal second-year middle school girl whose own life changes one day when she encounters a black cat. The cat's name is Luna who can talk and bears a cresent moon on her forehead. Luna tells Usagi that she is the chosen guardian of justice with the power to transform into Sailor Moon. Usagi now has a new responsiblity which is a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal as well as the other chosen guardians to protect the Moon Princess. During her mission, she must deal with various enemies sent by Queen Beryl who is also after the Illusionary Silver Crystal.
Title:Black Butler: Book of Circus
Starts:July 10 at 2:00am JST on MBS
Studio:A-1 Pictures
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Noriyuki Abe (Flame of Recca (TV), Tantei Gakuen Q (TV) )
  • Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino(Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV), Macross Frontier (TV), Accel World (TV) )
  • Original creator: Yana Toboso(Black Butler (manga) )

19th century Great Britain. A certain butler is always by the side of the boy called "the evil aristocrat". The butler goes by Sebastian and he serves the noble Phantomhive family. Intelligence, refined, graceful, a wonderful cook, a master of martial arts... He is perfect in everything. Every day, this butler in a black tailcoat performs his duties brilliantly for his selfish 13-year-old master, Ciel. After all, Sebastian is a butler to the end...
Title:Akame ga KILL!
Starts:July 6 at 12:00am JST on Tokyo MX
Genre:action, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, psychological, romance
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Tomoki Kobayashi (Sola (TV), Tears to Tiara (TV) )
  • Series Composition: Makoto Uezu (D-Fragments (TV), Arpeggio of Blue Steel (TV))
  • Character Design:Kazuhisa Nakamura (Jormungand (TV) )

Tatsumi is a self-acknowledge country bumpkin who is nonetheless a well trained fighter. He and two companions leave their remote village to head to the Imperial City to find a way to relieve their friends and family from ruinous taxation imposed by the authorities. Yet the Imperial City is filled with unimaginable amounts of corruption and evil from supernatural sources. Tatsumi is immediately swindled after reaching the City and nearly loses everything soon after, but finds himself allied with an unlikely group of assassins.
Title:Ao Haru Ride
Starts:July 7 at 12:00am JST on Tokyo MX
Genre:comedy, drama, romance
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Ai Yoshimura (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (TV) )
  • Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke - From Me to You (TV), Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 1000% (TV) )
  • Cast: Yuuki Kaji as Kō Mabuchi (Attack on Titan's Eren Jaeger, Star Driver's Takeo Takumi/Sword Star ) Maaya Uchida as Futaba Yoshioka (Gatchaman Crowds 's Hajime Ichinose, Bodacious Space Pirates's Izumi Yunomoto)

Ao Haru Ride revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.
Starts:July 5 at 12:30am JST on Hulu Japan
Studio:Kinema Citrus
Genre:comedy, slice of life
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Masaki Tachibana (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (TV), .hack//Quantum (OAV) )
  • Music: Kenji Kawai(Ranma ½ (TV), Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (TV) )
  • Cast: Daisuke Ono as Seishū Handa (Space Battleship Yamato 2199's Susumu Kodai, (The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Itsuki Koizumi )

After punching a famous curator in the face for criticizing his work as "textbook and lifeless," Handa Seishuu is sent to Gotō Island to calm his nerves and find new inspiration for his calligraphy. Growing up in the city all his life, though, Handa must adapt to country life while meeting an assortment of quirky people during his tenure.
Title:DRAMAtical Murder
Starts:July 6 at 1:35pm JST on TV Tokyo
Genre:psychological, tournament
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Series Composition:Touko Machida (Allison & Lillia (TV) , Chaika - The Coffin Princess (TV) )
  • Character Design:Yukiko Ban(.hack//SIGN (TV), Brave10 (TV) )
  • Cast: Atsushi Kisaichi as Aoba (Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden's Kiyomi Kawahara, Big Windup's Yoshirou Hamada )

Aoba lives on Hekishima, a small island to the southwest of the main islands of Japan. He lives with his grandmother Tae while working part time at a junk shop. The popular pastimes on the island are the ongoing turf war called "Libstease" and an online game set in the virtual world of "Rhyme." Aoba isn't involved in either, preferring to live peacefully, until one day he is forced into a Rhyme battle.
Title:Free! Eternal Summer
Starts:July 2 at 12:00am JST on Tokyo MX
Studio:Kyoto Animation
Notable Cast/Staff:
  • Director: Hiroko Utsumi (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club (TV) )
  • Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani (Sgt. Frog (TV), Maria Holic (TV), Beelzebub (TV))
  • Character Design: Futoshi Nishiya (Nichijou - My Ordinary Life (TV), Hyōka (TV) )

The boys of summer are back. Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited and the competition is about to get fierce. After the last swimming meet, the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day the boys continue to grow. This summer brings new rivals and new challenges.

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