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It’s been an amazing season for anime, from favorites such as One Punch-Man and Attack on Titan making their return to new shows like Dororo becoming a hit with new generation of anime fans. But as the Sakura petals bloom for the last time for this year, so does this spring with its last month of June, offering fans a plethora of shows and movies to watch.
So before we go enjoy the summer, let’s see what this month has in store for us. Here are five anime shows to watch this June.
- Premiere date: June 28
- Studio: Gonzo
- Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Drama, Romance, Shoujo
From the studio that brought us Hellsing and Gantz, comes the original anime, 7 Seeds. The series takes place in the immediate future, where humanity and all other living organisms have been whipped out of existence. Luckily, the government had foreseen this event and created the "7 SEEDS" project, in which five groups of seven gifted young men and women are split into five teams (Spring, Summer A, Summer B, Autumn, and Winter). Each participant has been cryogenically frozen as part of the program to ensure the continued existence of the human race.
When they wake up, not only are they bereft of their loved ones, but are thrust into a cruel world where only the strong survive. Follow these young men and women as they learn how to make it in this new reality.
Don't miss this psychological horror when it hits Netflix worldwide on June 28.
'The Island of Giant Insects'
- Premiere date: June 20
- Studio: Passione
- Genre(s): Horror
Scared of bugs? Then don't watch The Island of Giant Insects when it comes out this June. Based on Yasutaka Fujimi and REDICE's survival-horror manga Kyochuu Retto, the OVA anime follows the students from Hosho Academy when their plane crashes and washes ashore on an island. But, this isn't your tropical paradise, as it's crawling with giant, killer insects.
The students use everything that they have at their disposal to survive. But can they last until help arrives?
The anime's producer, Tatsuya Ishiguro (Spice and Wolf, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers), stated that the anime is only the "prologue to the full anime project," and that there are "still many big developments in store."
The Island of Giant Insects will ship in Japan on DVD along with the manga's sixth compiled book volume on June 20. Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide outside Asia.
'Ride Your Wave'
- Premiere date: June 21
- Studio: Science SARU
- Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Anime Limited announced earlier this year the theatrical release of Masaaki Yuasa's (Devilman Crybaby) latest project, Ride Your Wave. The romance drama centers around Hinako, a college student who moves to a coastal town. There, she explores her love for the ocean and surfing.
However, things are the total opposite when she's on land. One day, she meets Minato, a firefighter who's fearless on land but is the opposite when he's at sea. The two are drawn to each other and start a relationship. Unfortunately, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Drowning in sorrow, Hinako sings a song about their time together, and Minato appears again from the water.
Penning the film's script is A Silent Voice's, Reiko Yoshida. Joining him is Michiru Oshima (The Night is Short Walk On, Girl) who will take the lead in composing the film's music. Ride Your Wave will open in Japan on June 21. The only thing we can say is to bring a box of tissues with you.
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'Aggretsuko' Season Two
- Premiere date: June 14
- Studio: Fanworks
- Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy
One of the best animes of 2018, returns this June with a second season. Aggretsuko, which follows an anthropomorphic humanoid red panda in the corporate world, has a new challenge to face, her mother. Mommy dearest is concocting a plan to set the heavy-metal Retsuko on the "right path" by marrying her off. But not only that, things at work are taking a turn when a new employee gets hired. The only way to release the stress is by scream-singing into a mic at her local karaoke joint.
But will her modesty and diminutiveness lead to her getting exploited by her boss and mother? Or will Retsuko find a way to deal with her problems? See what the lovable red panda will do when Aggretsuko season two streams on Netflix this June 14.
'Children of the Sea'
- Premiere date: June 7
- Studio: Studio 4°C
- Genre(s): Drama Mystery Seinen Supernatural
Based on Daisuke Igarashi's award-winning fantasy manga of the same name, Children of the Sea centers around Ruka as she meets two mysterious boys—Umi and Sora—at an aquarium. It seems that the boys were raised by dugongs and can hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.
Ruka's father, who works at the aquarium, and the other employees don't completely understand this phenomenon. But before they know it, everyone is caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of aquarium animals. Apparently, these strange events are connected to Umi and Sora, and Ruka sets out to investigate the mystery surrounding her new friends.
Taking the helm at Studio 4°C (Memories, Tekkonkinkreet) is Ayumu Watanabe (After the Rain, Doraemon movies) joining him is character designer Kenichi Konishi (Tokyo Godfathers, Neon Genesis Evangelion). The film's theme song (video above) is created and performed by 28-year-old Japanese singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu, who's a big fan of the manga.