Well, last week I came out of the gym, there was thunder and lightning all around and it started to bucket down. Oh, did I mention it was also 9pm and still around 34°C!

It could mean only one thing … yep, it’s time for Anime Update: Summer Edition!

On today’s menu we have a smorgasbord of titles, so there should be something to tickle everyone’s taste buds. Let’s start with  a new feature film that has become the current, highest-grossing anime film of all time – worldwide!

Your Name

Your Name

“Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion.”

On to some new series titles …

Golden Time

Golden Time

“Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. However, due to an accident, he lost all of his memories. During his freshman orientation, he encounters another freshman from the same school, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and they hit it off at once. Without any memory of each other, their lives become more and more intertwined as if set by the hands of fate. But what is their fate, and will it lead to happiness or another memory to forget…”

Dimension W

Dimension W

“In the near future, devices known as ‘coils’ harness the power of another dimension. Seeking illegal coils, bounty hunter Kyoma Mabuchi spends his days resisting the use of dimensional energy. That is, until a very realistic and adorable robot, Mira, gets mixed up in things. Partnering with the reluctant Kyoma on his missions, together they uncover the truth behind the mysterious power.”

Chaika - The Coffin Princess - Season 1

Chaika : Coffin Princess – Season 1 &  Season 2

“The end of the war with the Gaz Empire only meant unemployment for former Saboteur Toru Acura. So when he collides with fate in the form of a young girl carrying a coffin through a forest, it doesn’t take much convincing for Toru and his similarly inclined step-sister Akari to join young wizard Chaika on her bizarre quest: to collect the scattered body parts of the former Emperor. Unfortunately, the severed pieces were carried off by the Heroes who killed him, and some think that reassembling them could restart the war!”

Chaika - The Coffin Princess - Season 2
Assassination Classroom - Season 1, Part 1

Assassination classroom. Season 1, Part 1 & Season 1, Part 2

“Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game.”

Assassination Classroom. Season 1, Part 2

No one likes an unfinished story so here are a couple of titles that continue the narrative of some of our ongoing series:

RWBY – Volume 5

Mobile Suit Gundam : Iron-blooded Orphans – Season 2


RWBY - Volume 5
Mobile Suit Gundam - Iron-Blooded Orphans - Complete Season 2

Almost lastly, we have a couple of new titles that I want to mention here – because we just got them in – but they won’t be available for loan until after their debut at our next Anime Arvo screening on Thursday, 18 April 2019.

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club 

“Bookish Haruhi can’t afford to slack, being on a scholarship and out of place among the moneyed. No matter – the host club is now open! A group of handsome boys dedicated to selling their charms to their bored female classmates, Haruhi is suddenly in debt to the club after breaking an expensive vase in their lair. The only way to pay for the damage? Haruhi will work as a host! The only problem? Haruhi is a she!”

Azu Manga Daioh

Azu Manga Daioh: the animation

“In Miss Yukari’s English class, every day is an adventure. First off, there’s the teacher herself. A bit of an air-head, she may have graduated from high school, but she sure hasn’t left. And with the arrival of not one, but two transfer students – one ten-year-old prodigy and one space cadet – it’s going to be an interesting year!”

And last but not least:

What I’m watching …

Zombie Land Saga  – when I first came across this show and read the plot outline I have to say, I rolled my eyes and clicked “next”. How wrong I was. Thankfully, after a few promptings to give it a go, I relented.

I don’t want to give any spoilers of any kind but I have to say this one of the most unexpected, WTF?! , laugh-out-loud titles I have seen in a long time. Although the trailer is darkly funny in it’s own right, I don’t think it’s close to doing justice to how good this show is – if you have a warped sense of humour, like me.

Check out the trailer and if you’re still not convinced, just give the first episode a go. I’m sure you’ll want to watch the next …