5 Anime of Summer 2014 you need to watch!

There are a lot of new anime on the air this summer season and so it can be understandably more than a little difficult to find good ones to watch. Luckily, I'm here to help you with my anime recommendations.

But before you get to the list, keep in mind as you read that these are just the new anime that should not be missed this season. There are many more airing currently that are perfectly watchable.

1. Sword Art Online II

When I initially heard that Sword Art Online was getting a second season, my immediate reaction was something along the lines of "Oh, Lord, please don't ruin this amazing anime with a mediocre second season." As it turns out, there is a God, and he did not disappoint. Sword Art Online 2 has so far left me dumbfound. This is truly one of the few anime that goes completely mainstream yet does not grow poorer in quality as a result of the growing demand.

2. Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill! has a fairly interesting plot and brilliant action scenes that leave me wanting to watch more, waiting impatiently for the next episode to air the upcoming Sunday. I know there are a lot of bad reviews on this particular anime, probably because most of the audience are upset about the pacing or the deaths of so many important characters, maybe even the fact that the creators didn't quite follow the manga.

3. Free! Eternal Summer

Free! Eternal Summer was by every means an improvement of the first season. Its light toned atmosphere combining with a diverse cast of characters will definitely catch your attention. In fact, this sequel was similar to most of the Kyoto Animation’s projects with an ability to lift your spirit. Had a bad day? No problem! This anime will bring back the liveliness of what summer feels like beyond just the naked bodies and swimming movements. So, for the people who love summer, the people who love swimming, and the people who love hot guys being wet, I guarantee this sequel won’t be a disappointment to you!

4. Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?

While I did enjoy the series, I was expecting more from a title that was ambitious enough to combine a huge diversity of themes as their female cast. But then again, I might be expecting too much from a harem genre. Though, The lack of harem cast over-bearingness was a step in the right direction. The little twist at the end was a gentle slap to my face for forgetting something that happened in the first episode which I cast aside due to the escalation of female invaders. So give it a try, draw your own conclusions on what this anime is about or take it at face value for what it is!

5. Shirogane no Ishi : Argevollen

It isn't the best Mecha show this season, But, Beggars can't be Choosers. Also, I kind of liked Argevollen, though I certainly acknowledge it isn't pulse-quickening and the hero is a bit of a trying character. But, the gritty and unpretentious realism of this series worked for me - if the armies were using tanks instead of mobile suits it could easily pass itself off as realistic. Its focus is on the drudgery, hopelessness and pointlessness of war rather than on heroism, and that can be a hard sell!


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