Starting this Summer, SGCafe will be featuring 10 anime titles that will attract anime fans! If you are undecided as to which anime to watch this upcoming season, you may wish to consult SGCafe’s seasonal anime recommendations! 

Before we begin, we must highlight that all anime titles featured here does not constitute anime that fans must watch. It is a list of recommended anime that we at SGCafe feel will of interest to most anime fans. Not all of the titles featured will be on streaming sites like Niconico or Crunchyroll either.

 

Title:
Rinne no Lagrange Season 2( 輪廻のラグランジェ season 2)
Studio: Xebec
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi
Voice cast:
Ishihara Kaori (Kanna from Ano Natsu de Matteru)
Seto Asami (Chihaya Ayase from Chihayafuru)
Kayano Ai (Honma Meiko from Ano Hana)


Why Recommend?
The second season of this typical shounen anime overrun by girls, subtle drama and pretty cool mecha fight scenes, this light hearted anime also has obvious hints of serious drama splattered all over the first season, and we are expecting the second season to wrap things up, as well as clear up the mystery of the ‘Blossoming of Rinne’.


Watch this if you like: Mecha, spiffy fight scenes, cute girls with drama

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Title: TARI TARI
Studio: P.A Works
Genre: Drama, Slice-of-Life
Voice cast:
Takagaki Ayahi (Grace Feldt from Gundam 00)
Seto Asami (Chihaya Ayase from Chihayafuru)
Hayami Saori (Aragaki Ayase from OreImo)


Why Recommend?
The producer, character designer and composer of Spring 2011 anime Hanasaku Iroha return for TARI TARI, and the premise of the lives of three high school girls each have their own goals and troubles. While a slice-of-life anime can be rather dreary in plot on occasions, P.A Works might be able to produce something that will differentiate itself from its HanaIro. That said, P.A Works has been consistent in their animation quality. 


Watch this if you like: Great art, cute girls, slice-of-life

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Title: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Studio: Satelight, lxtl
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Voice cast:
 Nakahara Mai (Furukawa Nagisa from Clannad)
Nabatame Hitomi (Makishima Saori from OreImo)
Ono Daisuke (Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji)

Why Recommend?
The previous game-to-anime adaptation from âge was popular emotional train wreck drama Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, and it was popular enough to be aired on local television channels in Singapore. But this time, the adaptation is from the game’s spinoff light novel. Plot-wise, one can expect the first half of the anime to be a generic Sci-Fi anime of humans defending Earth from aliens with gigantic robots, but when it comes to âge, the plot is never that simple. Satelight has proved that they can animate decent mecha fight scenes with the recent Aquarion3 EVOL, but can they stay true to the plot and pacing of the light novel? Nevertheless, if all things go smoothly, this anime might just be this season’s blockbuster hit, like Muv-Luv Alternative did in the visual novel category.

Watch this if you like: Mecha, busty girls in skin tight suits, engaging plot 

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Title: Moyashimon Returns
Studio: Shirogumi, Telecom Animation
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-Life
Voice cast:
Sakaguchi Daisuke (Fukube Satoshi from Hyouka)
Nishimura Tomomichi (Richard Mardukas from Full Metal Panic!)
Ohara Sayaka (Irisviel von Einzbern from Fate/Zero)
Touma Yumi (Urd from Ah! My Goddess)

Why Recommend?
One cannot say no to the cute talking microbes, so much so that a sequel was eventually made. Interesting aspects about microbiology, fermentation and cultivation continues with the veteran voice cast. Despite the setting being in university, various antics and stupidity amongst the characters pop up frequently. We bet Biology students from Secondary, Polytechnic and University students will find this both interesting and amusing to watch.


Watch this if you like: Cute mascots, comedy, craziness 

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Title: Natsuyuki Rendezvous
Studio:  Dogakobo
Genre: Drama, Slice-of-Life
Voice cast:
Nakamura Yuuichi (Oreki Houtarou from Hyouka)
Oohara Sayaka (Irisviel von Einzbern from Fate/Zero)
Fukuyama Jun (Panda from Shirokuma Cafe)

Why Recommend?
Noitamina’s other offering this season is Natsuyuki Rendezvous, a josei manga by Kawachi Haruka, animated by studio Dogakobo (Yuruyuri, 11eyes). It features a stellar voice cast of familiar names, and has a quirky plot befitting of the noitaminA programme block. The story involves a young man who falls in love with the owner of the floral shop he works at, only to meet the spirit of her dead husband in her apartment. 


Watch this if you like: Romance, josei, supernatural 

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Title: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
Studio: AIC Build
Genre: Harem, Romance
Voice cast:
Nakamura Yuuichi (Oreki Houtarou from Hyouka)
Imai Asami (Makise Kurisu from STEINS;GATE)
Nakamura Eriko (Amami Haruka from [email protected])

Why Recommend?
Love, Election and Chocolate is an anime adaptation of the visual novel of the same name by sprite. Known for its beautiful backgrounds and CG, it will be interesting to see how the original character designs will be reflected in the animated version. The voice cast is also something to look forward to. The plot is set around the student council elections, in which the main character Oojima Yuuki participates in, and finds out about issues surrounding the school in the process.


Watch this if you like: Harems, school-life stories

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Title: Binbougami ga!
Studio: Sunrise
Genre: Shounen, Comedy.
Voice cast:
Hanazawa Kana (Sengoku Nadeko from Bakemonogatari)
Inoue Kikuko (Belldandy in Aa! Megami-sama)
Uchiyama Yumi (Nagi from A-channel)

Why Recommend?
Sunrise’s offering for the upcoming season is an adaptation of Sukeno Yoshiaki’s manga which ran in Jump SQ. The main character is voiced by popular seiyuu Hanazawa Kana, and the voice cast is a definite draw to the show. Director Fujita Youichi has also previously worked on other shounen series such as Gintama and Kekkaishi, so fans of shounen anime can look forward to this. The opening song will be sung by Pico (a popular utaite from Nico Nico Douga).
Watch this if you like: Comedy

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Title: Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai.
Studio: feel
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Voice cast:
Endo Aya (Sasako in Shirokuma Cafe)
Shimono Hiro (Kasugano Haruka in Yosuga no Sora)
Ishihara Kaori (Kyono Madoka in Rinne no Lagrange) 

Why Recommend?
From the studio who brought us Papa no iu koto wo kikinasai!, Mayo Chiki and Yosuga no Sora, comes an adaptation of the light novel series, Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. Fans can expect love-comedy and fanservice from this title, as the premise is about the main character, Kaga Ryousuke losing his sex drive to an elite death god (Lisara Restall).

Watch this if you like: Comedy

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Title: Sword Art Online
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi
Voice cast:
Tomatsu Haruka (Nagi in Kannagi)
Itou Kanae (Saten Ruiko in Railgun)
Taketatsu Ayana (Nakano Azusa from K-On!)

Why Recommend?
Fans of Accel World will probably want to catch Sword Art Online, as they share the same author, Kawahara Reki. A-1 Pictures (Tsuritama, The [email protected]) will be creating this adaptation, and the music will be by acclaimed composer Kajiura Yuki.

Watch this if you like: Science Fiction

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Title: Kokoro Connect
Studio: Silver Link
Genre: School Life, Supernatural
Voice cast:
Mizushima Takahiro (Takamatsu from Angel Beats!)
Aki Toyosaki (Hirasawa Yui from K-On!)
Sawashiro Miyuki (Kanbaru Suruga from Bakemonogatari)
Hisako Kanemoto (Ika Musume from Shinryaku! Ika Musume)
Takuma Terashima (Apollo from Sousei no Aquarion) 

Why Recommend?
School life will never be the same again for the five friends who mysteriously switch bodies with each other. The best thing is, it happens only between people of the opposite gender. As the five of them slowly realize that this phenomenon not only happened to them, but everyone else in their school.

Kokoro Connect has released a pre-season teaser of their first episode, that surprisingly feels like a supernatural-ish K-On! with guys. Nevertheless, the anime will prove entertaining with many hilarious situations from the five main characters who find themselves in numerous awkward situations.

Watch this if you like: K-On, Supernatural, Comedy

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Tell us what are your anime picks for Summer 2012!

 

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