Each season has its ups and downs, and everyone has a favorite as a result. Some prefer spring when the flowers reappear, while others prefer the changing leaves of fall. For anime fans, every season has something to offer, as there are new anime series released every quarter. This summer is no exception, with several amazing anime series already slated to begin in July.
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Often, a series that has already had a successful season or that markets itself especially well can become quite popular before the season ever actually airs. For this reason, many of the upcoming summer 2021 series have already begun to rise in the popularity charts on sites such as MyAnimeList. And with the lineup for this season, it’s no wonder fans are excited!
Note: Series are ranked by popularity, with smaller numbers indicating higher popularity.
10 Idaten Deities In The Peaceful Generation Promises An All-Star Cast [MAL Popularity 3304]
Idaten Deities In The Peaceful Generation is a brand new anime series that has many fans from its manga days before it was picked up for an anime adaptation. The series takes place in a world where demons once ravaged the earth and were sealed away by gods known as Idaten. When the demons escape their seal years later, a new group of Idaten must rise to face them.
This anime is being produced by MAPPA, the studio that released successful hits such as Attack on Titan: The Final Season, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Zombieland Saga: Revenge. A cast of amazing voice actors including Romi Park and Megumi Ogata has been announced, leaving many fans eagerly anticipating the release of this series.
9 Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU Continues The Mystery Of Hinamizawa [MAL Popularity 3236]
With the massive number of Higurashi: When They Cry fans and the huge popularity of merchandise such as figures, wall scrolls, and several different manga arcs, it’s no wonder fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Higurashi SOTSU, the continuation of 2020’s Higurashi Gou.
Higurashi is known for its many twists and turns that subvert viewer expectations, with Gou using this concept to shock viewers nearly every episode. For fans of the original series, and for newer fans that started with Gou, this is one sequel to take notice of.
8 Kanojo Mo Kanojo Utilises An Unconventional Love Triangle [MAL Popularity 3128]
Kanojo Mo Kanojo is a romantic comedy slice-of-life series that follows Naoya Mukai, a high schooler who finally works up the courage to confess to his childhood friend, Saki, but ends up in a love triangle of a different sort when he is on the receiving end of a confession himself from a girl named Nagisa and ends up with a second girlfriend with Saki’s reluctant blessing.
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This series follows the fairly newly published manga series which began in 2020 and is sure to be full of happiness, heartbreak, and many laughs along the way as it follows one of the most unconventional love triangles in anime history.
7 The Detective Is Already Dead Has Protagonist Kimizuka Seeing Double [MAL Popularity 2942]
Kimizuka Kimihiko of The Detective Is Already Dead has a special ability: trouble always seems to find him, no matter where he goes. Because of this, Kimizuka became tangled in a real-life detective story many years before alongside a young girl named Siesta. However, when Siesta died at a young age, all of that ended.
Years later, Kimizuka meets a young woman who looks strikingly similar to Siesta, and when trouble seems to brew up all around him again, he has to wonder if she might really be connected to the young detective he used to work with. This series is adapted from a manga of the same name and promises mystery, drama, and loads of adventure for fans of the detective genre.
6 I’m Standing On A Million Lives Season 2 Brings New Quests [MAL Popularity 2883]
With the first season wrapping up in 2020, fans of I’m Standing On A Million Lives are eagerly awaiting the newest season. The often-overlooked series follows a group of high school friends who are transported into another world and forced to complete the quests set out by the Game Master to stay alive. While his friends are given more conventional fantasy roles, protagonist Yotsuya Yuusuke is given the unconventional role of a farmer. Fans who want an isekai with a unique twist may find this anime to be a perfect fit, and with season 2 on the way, it’s a perfect time to check it out.
5 How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom Focuses On Economy Over Adventure [MAL Popularity 2823]
Isekai anime have become very popular in recent years, but there has not yet been one quite like this. When Kazuya Souma finds himself transported to another world in How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom, he quickly finds himself diverging from the traditional role of the hero.
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Rather, upon talking to the current king, Kazuya instead finds himself on the throne as the head of the country and engaged to the former king’s daughter. With adventure off the table and politics and economical concerns at the forefront, this twist on a popular genre will certainly be worth a watch!
4 The Honor Student At Magic High School Follows Miyuki’s Story [MAL Popularity 2574]
Fans may notice that The Honor Student At Magic High School sounds oddly familiar, and it should for anyone who has watched or read The Irregular At Magic High School, the original anime series that inspired this spin-off. Based on a manga of the same name, this series twists the original story by following Miyuki Shiba’s point of view. While the events generally remain the same, fans will not want to miss a chance to gain a deeper understanding of Miyuki’s complex thoughts and feelings as she works hard to remain an honor student at First High.
3 My Next Life As A Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom! Season 2 Promises More Laughs [MAL Popularity 2055]
With many of her doom flags behind her, Katarina Claes is determined to reach a good ending in My Next Life As A Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom!. The series follows a high school girl who dies suddenly in an accident and finds herself reincarnated as the villain in a video game she used to play called “Fortune Lover”. With every ending to the game leading to destruction for her character, Katarina is determined to avoid her death flags and to earn a good ending.
Fans will love revisiting the quirky, charismatic, and courageous Katarina as she continues her mission of finishing the game and earning herself a happy ending.
2 Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Is Sure To Have Viewers Laughing [MAL Popularity 1091]
A sequel to the highly-regarded Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, this anime is sure to be a favorite this season! The anime series follows Kobayashi, an office worker who has a fascination with maids. When a dragon suddenly shows up at her door and transforms into a young girl in a maid uniform, Kobayashi reluctantly invites her to stay. Unfortunately, inviting a dragon into her home may be more trouble than it’s worth.
This slice-of-life anime is full of comedic moments, likable characters, and, of course, dragons. Fans of the first season will definitely not want to miss this one!
1 That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2 Part 2 Picks Up Where It Left Off [MAL Popularity 1019]
The highly popular isekai anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime follows protagonist Rimuru, once an office worker who was reincarnated into a slime after his sudden death. Though slimes are typically considered weak enemies, Rimuru’s unique and ever-growing skillset creates many opportunities for growth. Eventually, Rimuru becomes the incredibly powerful leader of a prospering nation. With many threats to their peace, novice leader Rimuru must adapt to the changing situation quickly to keep all the citizens of Jura Tempest safe.
This fantasy anime is sweet, funny, and highly creative. The second season was split into two, so it’s no wonder so many fans are already adding this one to their watch list!
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Shanna Rie is a writer based in Canada. Her familiarity with anime and manga comes from growing up watching series such as Digimon Adventure, Pokémon, and Cardcaptor Sakura. In her spare time, she loves listening to anime music. She worked as a cashier, teacher, and martial arts instructor, and now enjoys pursuing her passion for anime as a writer for Valnet and CBR. She loves reading, writing, drawing, and, of course, anime.
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