Summer 2012 Recommendations
1. Accel World
The characters in this series are discovering something much bigger than themselves and the humbling growth that they undergo is only surpassed by some of the incredibly well-paced fight sequences at punctuate a plot that never misses a beat.
An absolutely gorgeous art style combined with the development of politics among a locked-in society of young people is flavored by action scenes that grow and climax in astounding overtures.
A mix of comedy, romance and politics as told through the eyes of a colorful group of honest young men and women is just the tip of the iceberg for something that feels like an ice-cold conspiracy running counter to their obliviously carefree lives.
Sometimes fighting can’t solve all problems and that’s when you can’t be afraid to sit down with your friends and have a heart-to-heart talk to resolve the issues that are tearing everything apart.
5. Tari Tari
When an authority figure kicks you down you can either give up or get up and keep on fighting the opposition using any means necessary to achieve your dream—even if some of those ideas are silly and cause you to lock horns with your friends.
All craziness breaks loose when you have to be prepared at all times to suddenly find yourself inhabiting the body of a friend you never thought you’d become this close to.
While this series’ first half wasn’t bad with themes that touched on just how much of an adult a child should be forced to become, it’s really starting to find its groove as the second half gets under way and the very big picture that unities this series with the overall canon of the setting at large is shaping up to be something deftly constructed and really amazing.
When two opposing world views—minimalist laziness and intense curiosity—clash in a titanic battle of wills, the resulting adventure through a series of engrossing mysteries is honey and gold for your mind and heart.
9. Dog Days 2
Just because your strengths are different from those of your friends doesn’t mean that you can’t be the hero of your own story. Have confidence, seek challenge and never sell yourself short.
10. Arcana Famiglia
Every once in a while it’s good to just sit back and relax with a good shounen anime with solid characters and a somewhat standard, but nonetheless compelling story.
This is probably the best “standard” mecha anime I’ve seen since I can’t remember when. These days the mecha concept is way too caught up in ridiculously awesome, off-the-wall craziness like Gurren Lagann, sharing time with school life drama or a music career like Full Metal Panic or Macross Frontier or the machines are intertwined in some kind of iffy metaphysical force like Evangelion, RahXephon, Eureka Seven, Star Driver or Rinne no Lagrange. So to just see a normal, military story with pilots and mecha that exist in a reality that closely resembles our own is a real treat to watch, even if said story isn’t blockbuster material.