I was looking over my anime watchlist and my TBR for manga and light novels this morning and I realised that there are a shite ton of stuff that I want to consume. Yet, rather than turning to newer titles, I keep re-reading and re-watching olden comforts. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all, but it also means that these lists shall just keep mutating like a radioactive Plant 42 rather than get smaller over time, which made me feel a teeny, tiny bit intimidated and anxious. Since July is going to be my month of rest, recovery, and physical therapy (Insha’Allah), I figured it’d be an excellent time to knock off a few things on these lists.
My cousin and nephews gave me their watching and reading recommendations after I chatted with them briefly about my dilemma, and that helped me to concoct a fairly decent sized list of otaku-related media to consume during the next month. I thought it would be neat to share that shtick here with y’all and you can let me know which ones are your favourites or personal recommendations off the list(s). It’ll help to give me a place to start and hopefully organise this beast to an extent.
The anime list doesn’t include potential Summer simulcast titles, merely films and completed serials. I haven’t had a chance to look over the upcoming season’s catalogue of goodies yet, although my goal is to do that over the next couple days and put out a tentatively planned watchlist for the season. (I also really want to re-watch some brilliant anime favourites during the Summer in order to review them, so keep an eye out for that watchlist as well. I’ve actually already begun on a few of them, like Cowboy Bebop.)
Stuff down below is roughly categorised by medium-type (anime films then serials, manga, and light novels). Links to respective AniList pages shall be shared via their titles, so if you see something that fits your fancy, check ‘em out.
The Boy and the Beast (バケモノの子): A shōnen, isekai, urban fantasy film by the brilliant Mamoru Hosoda that follows a lonely boy who gets lost in the monster realm and ends up becoming an apprentice swordsman to a beast name Kumatetsu. The film has been highly recommended to me by all my chums, and it seems like a great summer-esque flick to watch.
A Silent Voice (聲の形): A shōnen, coming-of-age film about a kid who used to be bullied and in turn bullied others for validation, particularly a young deaf girl. They meet again after many years and end up formulating a very impactful and deep friendship. I loved the manga series with all of my heart, and I think I’m finally emotionally stable enough to watch this film.
Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light (蛍火の杜へ): A shōjo, supernatural, coming-of-age film about a little girl that gets lost in a magical forest where yōkai reside. A young boy named Gin appears before her, yet she can’t touch him for fear of making him disappear. Another one that has been on my watchlist for the better part of five or six years, it gives me total summer vibes and just feels like an excellent, heart-warming anime to watch during recovery.
Weathering with You (天気の子): A seinen, urban fantasy film by esteemed filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, the story is about a high schooler named Hodaka who leaves his island home and moves to the big city of Tokyo and finds himself penniless. While living alone he gets a job for a shady ass magazine and ends up dealing with one rainy day after another. Then one day he meets a young lady named Hina. Plot things happen and the two formulate a friendship where Hina’s special power is revealed. The hype surrounding this has been off-putting, but I’m a sucker for anything rain-related. Plus, I was sent a copy for reviewing, so I figured I might as well watch it and review it sooner rather than later.
Barakamon (ばらかもん): This shōnen, slice-of-life anime series is about an up-and-coming calligrapher who is supremely talented but a bit of a self-entitled ass. So, when he’s labelled as “unoriginal” by a veteran of the craft, his father exiles him to the Gotō Islands where has to find new inspiration and his own unique artistic style, that is if the overtly energetic kiddlings living around him can stop interrupting him every chance they get. The anime has been on my watchlist for about three years now. When I stumbled across it during my random paroozing, the aesthetic just stood out to me in the midst of everything else and I felt a strong urge to finally pick it up.
Golden Kamuy Season 2 (ゴールデンカムイ 2): This seinen, Japanese-style western anime is the adaptation of a manga serial that I’m fucking obsessed with. It’s my favourite seinen series ever (after from Initial D, of course) and I really need to get off my lazy ass and finish catching up with it. For info on Season 1, check out my first impressions here.
Ergo Proxy (エルゴプラクシ): A seinen, psychological, cyberpunk set in a futuristic place where Earth was destroyed many years ago, with the survivors of mankind living in isolated domed cities, while being controlled by autonomous robots that have self-awareness and can commit murders. In one of the cities, Re-L Mayer is assigned to investigate, discovering that there is a whole ass plot behind this whole gig involving humanoid folx known as Proxy that are subjects of governmental experiments. I’ve really been in the mood for some hardcore cyberpunk anime, and while I can (and probably will) re-watch Psycho-Pass and Ghost in the Shell: SAC, I wanted something new to bury my brain into and this immediately came to mind.
After the Rain (恋は雨上がりのように): A seinen, romance manga series about a seventeen-year-old girl that develops romantic feelings for her boss at her part-time job, who is almost double her age. I loved the anime to bits, as it’s extremely reminiscent of all the things I adore about Japanese literary fiction, and since the manga only has five volumes (which I own) I figured this would be a perfect bedrest reading companion. My first impressions of the anime are here.
The Promised Neverland (約束のネバーランド): A shōnen, dark fantasy, sci-fi, thriller about a group of kids who are the most brilliant individuals at an orphanage. They’ve lived a relatively comfortable life amid a perfect environment conducive to learning. However, one day two the of the kiddoes stumble across the dark forbidden truth about the outside world and find themselves in terrible danger. I realised that I have a Shōnen Jump subscription for manga reading, and even though this manga is hyped, I figured it sounds cool enough to pick up, especially since I have this subscription thing that I should probably make use of. Plus, the art style is really cool.
Inuyashiki (いぬやしき): A seinen, sci-fi, body horror anime series about an old guy who is just having the most shite luck possible with life. One night while he’s contemplating the devastating predicaments of his existence, a blinding light from the night sky strikes the earth where he stands. When he awakes, he’s surprised to find himself unscathed. Yet, slowly, he realises that there is something strange about him. I acquired the first four volumes of this at a ridiculously cheap price at a local second-hand bookstore, and I’ve also been in the mood for some creepy horror manga that isn’t Junji Itō’s works. Naturally, this series came to mind almost at once.
Log Horizon Volume 1 (ログ・ホライズン): A shōnen, isekai, adventure fantasy series about thirty thousand Japanese players that get transported to and then trapped in an MMORPG upon the release of its twelfth expansion pack. I’ve owned a few volumes of this series for a while and out of all the nerd shite I own, my light novels seem to be the most neglected. I really want to start reading more of them, and this seemed like a good place to start as I’ve heard phenomenal things about this title.
Sword Art Online Volume 2 (ソードアート・オンライン): A seinen, sci-fi, isekai series about a VRMMORPG game where players are trapped in the game via their headsets upon launching the much-anticipated title Sword Art Online. If they die in the game, they die in real life. The only way to freedom is to make it to the 100th floor of the dungeon and defeat the final boss. I loved the first volume (my review) and I really enjoy the anime (more so on a re-watch), so I’m excited to move forward with the light novel series.
Kieli Volume 2 (キーリ): This shōjo, supernatural fantasy light novel series is about a young girl who has the ability to see ghosts. One day she meets a man with a small radio hanging around his neck which is inhabited by a dead soldier. Together they work together to help bring the spirit to peace. The first volume for this blew me the fuck away (my review) and I’m kind of upset at myself for shelving the series after that. Although, I do have to admit that acquiring the rest of the volumes (there are nine total and I only have a few of them, somewhat out of order too) is damn difficult, given that it’s almost out-of-print.
Legend of Galactic Heroes Volume 1 (銀河英雄伝説): A seinen, military sci-fi, space opera series that revolves around two states that are embroiled in what seems like a never-ending war. The story focuses mainly on the exploits of rivals, Reinhard von Müsel and Yang Wen Li as they rise to power in their respective states. Talk about the quintessential sci-fi series to read and watch, this is probably at the top o’ the list. I own five volumes of the original ten volume novel series. The anime is on HIDIVE and I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while, but I wanted to started with the books first. (Since there is no AniList page for the light novel, I linked the RightStuf page for the first instalment.)
That does it for my more-than-likely-ambitious-as-heck list of things to watch and read during recovery. For a couple of these, I may just start them before July comes around because I can be impatient, and they sound too great to hold off on.
Please, let me know in the comments which ones y’all recommend over the others. I’d appreciate the help picking off the list. ♥