Action Anime Summer 2016 - Mecha, More Fights, Did We Mention Fights and Mecha??

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The summer gets hot, and so does the anime action. We have a lot to look forward to with the summer anime; the season will bring us mecha, fantasy, a prequel, and two sequels -- one from the recent past and one more than a decade in the making. Anime will (of course) promise us epic battles of mecha vs. mecha, where we’ll see the sparks fly and hear the sound of crushed metal in future worlds not much different from our own. We will also journey to a version of the past where gallant knights and princes fight to save their kingdoms and rogues wander the countryside on a quest for vengeance. The summer anime is bound to give us gunplay and magic as men and maidens fire off spells and explosives to shake our screens. We at Honey’s Anime are ready to give you the run down on raids, revenge, rebirth and sins -- all part of the anime action of summer 2016.

9. Puzzle & Dragons Cross

  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: Jul. 4, 2016

We start off with a big cross promotion between industries. It’s no secret that the gaming industry and anime have close ties. We get to witness this marriage with the launch of Puzzle & Dragons Cross the anime at the beginning of July and the launch of the puzzle role-playing game for 3DS in the last week of July. The world of Puzzle & Dragons Cross takes place on a Dragoza island an island overflowing with “Drop Energy”. The Shounen anime is bound to be filled with battling avatar action reminiscent of Battle Spirits and Beyblade.


8. Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars

  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: Jul. 7, 2016

The love of anime often goes hand in hand with the love of robots and cute girls. We only have to watch Macross, Infinite Stratos, and Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle to prove that point -- and that’s why we are so stoked for Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars. The action mecha anime starts airing in July and we at Honey’s can’t wait for the Actus Studio production to air. The story centers on sisters Yui and Rena who live a near idyllic life in the peaceful and tranquil kingdom of Enastria. The peace is shattered one day by the invasion of their homeland by giant mecha from a mysterious kingdom no one can remember. We can’t wait to see how these girls react to the invasion of their homeland. The PVs give us a few hints, showing us glimpses of a cast of girls leading us to believe that these slick-looking bots are moe-mecha, a very powerful force in anime. This title will attract girls and boys alike to the screen to watch cute girls pilot giant robots into battle.

Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars Trailer


7. Qualidea Code

  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: Jul. 9, 2016

A-1 pictures is one of the best studios in the animation business, producing shows such as Oreimo, Sword Art Online and Anohana. Qualidea Code is a summer release, airing in July, that’s sure to become appointment programming for a lot of us. The story follows two young men and four young women (which has some of us hoping for a harem element) with supernatural powers and their mission to protect Japan from the great enemy of humanity known as “Unknown” who began an invasion decades ago.  The children who were sent to shelters known as Cold Sleep Facilities awoke decades later to find they have acquired supernatural powers. The awoken children then use their newly found powers to help defend Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba from Unknown.  We know the plot is good and the studio has an amazing track record and even better are some of the names attached to this like Kenichi Kawamura (Hunter x Hunter) directing and Hisayuki Tabata (Fate/Stay Night) working on the character design have us excited to check out this action fantasy anime.

Qualidea Code Trailer


6. Active Raid 2nd (Active Raid: Special Public Security Fifth Division Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit)

  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: Jul. 10, 2016

We will once again visit the future Tokyo of Active Raid in the summer anime Active Raid 2nd.  The world of Active Raid focuses on a special unit of the police force called “Daihachi” and their attempts to combat a new kind of criminal, the super-powered one. The proliferation of new wearable technology known as “Willware” gives criminals an often armor-plated advantage over the police. The Daihachi team combats those criminals with Willware units of their own, fighting the new breed of criminal while hurdling over bureaucratic obstacles and avoiding property damage as they deal with this new way of committing crimes. The cast of characters is pretty evenly split in the gender roles, too, with an ensemble of both the handsome and kawaii. The enemy cabal pulling electronic strings behind the curtain was taken down at the end of last season and we can’t wait to see what new creative villain will surface in this techno-mecha-action-adventure series.   


5. Alderamin on the Sky (Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin)

  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: July 2016

We journey into a world of war where the Kiona Republic and the Katjvarna Empire are locked in combat. A peace-loving young man named Ikuta, who would rather spend his time making love and not war, is pushed to take the High Class Military Officer Exam by his friend Yatrisino. She often scolds Ikuta for being lazy, realizing he has more potential than people give him credit for. Ikuta, despite expectations, proves that he is not only a good soldier but also a great leader. We have a great recipe of childhood friend, princess, aristocrats, commoners and the heir to a formerly powerful family all at the same military school, which will likely not only bring drama with the backdrop of war but the comedy that comes from a diverse cast. We have great hopes for this anime to be full of action, explosions, love and drama, and we can’t wait to see this product of Madhouse Studios air in July.

Alderamin on the Sky Trailer


4. The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War (Nanatsu no Taizai)


  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: Aug. 7, 2016

The world of prequels is not confined to the big screen as A-1 pictures bring us The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs. The anime is a four-episode original story that takes us to a time before the human world and inhuman world were separated. The plot focuses on the more peaceful lives of the The Seven Deadly Sins, Princess Elizabeth, Hawk and Pig after they retake the kingdom of Liones. We get to see the signs of the next challenge begin to rear its head. Signs seems to be the kind of story that gives us a little insight into characters we know so well and have always wondered what they’d be doing if they weren’t battling all the time. The best news is that all of the characters seem to be taking part in this prequel, which is some solace since we don’t know when or if a full second season is going to be released.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War Trailer


3. RS Project: Rebirth Storage (RS Keikaku: Rebirth Storage)


  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: Jun. 25, 2016

We go less than 10 years into the future to when the Kikou begin their attack on humanity. The attack leaves many of our cities destroyed and the world feeling helpless. The Kikou Research Facility takes up the challenge by reengineering Kikou wreckage into pilotable monster robots used to defend humanity. We jump to 9 years later and a young man and young woman, Rin Sagami and Yuzuru Midou, become the first pilots of the first reengineered Kikou Muttsu. The two go into battle with the weight of the world on their shoulders as its best hope. Yes, we have heard a story similar to this before, Evangelion anyone?  The RS Project: Rebirth Storage is an action mecha scheduled for the end of June.

RS Project: Rebirth Storage Trailer


2. The Heroic Legend of Arslan 2nd (Arslan Senki 2nd)

  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: Jul. 3, 2016

Arslan is the prince of Pars, a country at the crossroads of east and west. Pars is a land filled with diversity as a mixture of cultures live side by side peacefully in a land of abundant resources. A military disaster makes the country vulnerable to attack by the neighboring country of Lucitania. Arslan, not considered a strong leader, is thrown into battle with no experience as a soldier or truly leading men. With the support of his friend and subordinate, Daryun, Arslan fights for his kingdom against terrible odds. He is joined in his fight for survival by an assortment of warriors who each bring unique skills to the battlefield. Arslan Sneki is returning television in the first week of July and is being directed by Noriyuki Abe, the director of a show many of us remember called Bleach.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 2nd Trailer


1. Berserk

  • Episodes: TBA
  • Aired: Jul. 8 2016

The Black Swordsman named Guts began his journey in 1997 and continues his quest for vengeance this summer. The series produced by Lidenfilms (Terra Formars, Arsland Senki and Yamada-kun Shichinin no Majo) is bound to have stunning visual elements in this latest version of the series. The original followed Guts, a young mercenary, as he carved out a place for himself in the world. His weapon of choice is a massive iron sword forged to kill dragons. The summer series has Guts fighting old enemies and friends during his journey to avenge betrayal. The end of the original series left many of us with a WTF feeling; will the end of this new series leave us with déjà vu? We’ll have to tune in to find out.

Berserk Official Trailer


Conclusion

The credentials of some of the studios are enough to draw you in. We can always count on A-1 to bring us excellent character design with their projects. We know the worlds of The Seven Deadly Sins and Berserk are established and ready for us to adventure into once again. The themes and plot lines may be familiar to some; the plot of RS: Project makes feels like slipping into a well-worn tee shirt. We at Honey's Anime know that anime doesn't always need to push boundaries and be original in story to be good. We are ready to kick on the air conditioning, open a bag of chips and watch our fantasies unfold. We’ll wave to our more active friends sweating outside from our comfortable couches. 

Are you excited for Alderamin on the Sky or revved up for RS Project? We always want to know what you think. We can't wait for the conversation to begin on which you thought was best. 

Zeke Changuris

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Author: Zeke Changuris

I’m a journalist, writer, photographer, video producer, social media manager and above all a storyteller. I’m located on the east coast of the United States but travel the world with the love of my life. I’ve been a nerd since birth with a love of history and science. I fell in love with anime, watching ROBOTECH and Venus Wars in the 80s when our only source was secondhand VHS dubs. A crazy new thing called the internet changed that, giving me access to new and amazing anime every day. I love to write for work and pleasure. I’m living the dream of every kid, getting paid to watch anime and loving every subtitled line.

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