Drama Anime Summer 2016 - Mysteries! Crime! Tears! Oh my!

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With the summer season just around the corner, it’s now time to present you what’s coming next in the world of anime. In this particular section we’ll be dealing with the upcoming drama titles for the summer anime season. We don’t have a wide selection of drama anime for this summer but we do have variety. Among the next shows you’ll find everything you are looking for and more. You have sci-fi, emotions, mystery, horror, vengeance, lots of killing and drama, drama, drama…

All of the following titles are gems waiting to be discovered by you, so be sure to check them out! You won’t be disappointed. These are the upcoming Summer drama anime for 2016!

3. Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen – Mirai-hen & Zetsubou-hen

  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Aired: July 11th (Mirai-hen); July 14th (Zetsubou-hen)

The release of Danganronpa 3 is something completely unprecedented that took us completely by surprise. As you may or may not know, we’ll be having two different Danganronpa arcs airing simultaneously this summer season: Mirai-hen (Future Volume) and Zetsubou-hen (Despair Volume). These are two completely different installments of the series which are closely related to the so called “most tragic and hopeless incident in human history”. We’ll have to follow these two stories to find out the truth behind such terrible and mysterious event.

The first of these two installments, Mirai-hen, takes place in the future. Makoto Naegi and the rest of the 78th class that defeated Junko Enoshima now work at the Future Agency to restore a world that’s been filled with despair. In a cruel twist of events, Naegi is framed and accused of treachery. When the moment comes for the agency members to decide Naegi’s punishment, they are trapped once again by the adorable and mischievous Monokuma to play one last “Killing Game” (or “Final Koroshiai”). This time we won’t have trials or as much investigation as in the first season, but Mirai-hen is definitely going to give us a good dose of nail-biting suspense.

The second part of Danganronpa 3, Zetsubou-hen, revolves around the 77th class in the elite academy Kibougamine Gakuen, prior to the “most tragic event in human history”. At this time, there are two classes in the academy; the Regular Class for extremely gifted students and the Reserve Class in which anyone can enroll as long as they pay the high fees. In this story, we’ll meet an entire new set of characters and Hajime Hinata, a Reserve Class student, as our protagonist. Hinata is a student who longs to be gifted, and such longing will lead him to a fateful meeting that will change his life, the school and the very future.

It’s not entirely clear why this second season of the show is called Danganronpa 3 and not Danganronpa 2. It may very likely be so as to make a distinction between these stories (Mirai-hen and Zetsubou-hen) and the story from the visual novel adventure video game, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. It may also be because this second season is made of two arcs (thus, the first season plus these two simultaneous seasons make Danganronpa 3). It could also be both things. What’s important here, though, is that we’ll be having a lot of mystery, suspense, drama, killing and most importantly a lot of upupupu…

Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - PV


2. Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume / Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet

  • Episodes: 5 (ONAs)
  • Aired: July 7th

Planetarian is a breathtaking drama we’ll probably end up falling in love with. In a futuristic and post-apocalyptic world where rain never ceases to fall and mankind has been decimated, many of the surviving men have to make a living out of plundering junk and goods from old ruins. This is how the main character, Kuzuya, ends up inside the ruins of an old pre-apocalypse planetarium in the desolate Sealed City. While he shelters from the rain and the killing machines that watch over this abandoned city, Kuzuya meets a very special robot girl named Yumemi who is in charge of the planetarium.

Planetarian is that kind of drama anime with a nostalgic vibe that makes us rethink things and approach certain life issues from a different perspective. Planetarian explores very deep concepts such as the human soul, solitude, belonging and resilience. This is the perfect story for those who enjoy character development, melancholic moods and touching music –the OST is absolutely beautiful-.

Planetarian Trailer


1. 91 Days

  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Aired: July 9th

Now this show truly promises to be one of a kind. This story takes place in a fictional American city in the 1920s, where alcohol is illegal and the mafia rules the streets. This thrilling tale of crime, deception, loyalty and revenge is guaranteed to be one of the season’s highlights. 91 Days is a very dark and raw seinen that resembles other high quality titles like Gangsta, Joker Game and Black Lagoon. This is the perfect mafia story for any fan of The Godfather franchise, Scorsese’s films and for seinen fans in general.

91 Days tells the story of Avilio, a young man who comes back to his hometown, the city of Lawless, seeking revenge for the murder of his family. Taken by his rage and his thirst for blood, Avilio will infiltrate into the family that killed his parents and brother, the Vanetti family. Little by little he will get close to the son of Don Vanetti, Nero, to wreak vengeance. This is a 91 days long story that will surely take us through a roller coaster of emotions. Definitely, a must watch! 8D

91Days PV


Well, that’s all there is to next season’s drama anime. These titles truly show a lot of potential and are among the most anticipated anime of the upcoming summer season. It really wouldn’t be a surprise if any of these turned out to become a massive success and one of this year’s highlights, especially 91 Days.

Of course, we’d also like to know what you think about these upcoming titles. How hyped are you about these shows? Which of them are you most eager to watch, and why? Share your thoughts with us in the comments! ˆ_ˆ

Chanty

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Author: Chanty

My name is Santiago and I'm an aspiring writer and full-time dreamer. I am currently studying English at college to become a teacher. I like playing Heavy Metal on my guitar as much as I like dancing to Trance music, and I love playing Basketball with my friends as much as I love staying home alone watching Anime. Opposite forces are complementary and interdependent; that is the Yin Yang.

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