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Shows to look out for in Summer 2017 (SHAFT, gambling, hierarchy and boobs)

Many of the seasonal animes from spring 2017 are almost coming to their ends, and it will soon be the time for the shows of summer 2017. Every season, there are so many shows that we have to be selective when deciding on shows that we want to be up to date with.

Some might already have an inkling of what they want to watch, and some might be unsure of what to try. There will be those who want to spend a bit more time lamenting the endings of their favorite series( Little witch academia, Ero-manga  Sensei, Saekano 2, Alice to Zouroku and others). For all 3 groups of individuals, I have prepared some details/opinions/first impressions regarding certain shows below that might help you make your decisions.

So here we go.

Owarimonogatari 2nd Season

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The studio SHAFT returns with the 2nd season of Owarimonogatari. For those who are unfamiliar with this show (as unlikely as that may be), I suggest that you start it off with Bakemonogatari and follow the sequels before watching this season. If you’ve been around the anime community for a while, you probably have heard of the infamous ‘toothbrush clip‘ that revolutionized the concept of fetishes. The clip is from this magnificent series…

I have been a fan of this series, and I sure am looking forward to its unorthodox storytelling style again. I know a bit about LN and *spoiler*   I am guessing the season will cover the part where Araragi meets Hachikuji again. Shame she’s still dead. As slightly disturbing as Araragi’s occassional sexual harassments towards Hachikuji was, it was really enjoyable watching them interact with one another. *spoiler ends*

I really do wish my waifu Kaiki makes an appearance during this season (I doubt it though).

 

 

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“Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you’re the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it’s not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It’s reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she’s gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!”

I am a sucker for a character who manages to turn around disadvantageous situations through intelligence and human psychology. And that’s why I would strongly recommend this show for those with same taste as me. Just view the protagonist-seeming  male character as a side character, who is valuable to Yumeko—the real MC.

Also, the members of the student council—the main antagonists of the story—all have their idiosyncracies, distinctly favored gambles and tricks. They are the elites who stand at the top of the hierarchy at Hyakkaou Private Academy. While shounen and physical fights are delightful (as morbid as this might sound to some) in their own way, the intellectual and psychology battles that Yumeko engages in against the dangerous members of the council are extremely refreshing and satisfying to watch. Not like No Game No life, in which the strategies seem to appear to make sense…when they aren’t (if you disagree with me, we can talk through the comment section. I enjoyed the show btw). Anyway, I believe this show to be one of the highlights in the upcoming season. (more…)