5 Anime Series to save your skin this Summer

They may not have a summery theme but these new titles will keep you from sizzling outdoors on a sweltering summer day. [Not sure you used enough s‘s there – Ed.] So crank up that aircon, fill that snack bowl, pop that cool drink and sit back and enjoy …

A new feature title in the rapidly expanding “Fate” universe. I’m starting to find it hard to keep track of this franchise but thankfully they’re keeping it simple with the titles.

Fate/stay night : Heaven's feel. I, Presage flower : the movie

Fate stay night: Heaven’s Feel, I. presage flower: The Movie

“The boy wished to protect the girl. That was his thought.
10 years after the Holy Grail War – a battle waged by Masters and Servants over the wish-granting container, the Holy Grail – another war breaks out in Fuyuki City. Shirou Emiya – the adoped son of Kiritsugu Emiya, a participant of the previous Holy Grail War – resolves to fight, carrying out Kiritsugu’s dying wish.”

On to another popular world that is continuing to grow:

Steins; Gate 0   (aka Steins; Gate “Zero”)

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Part One

“Plagued by the guilt, his only solace lies with academia and with his friends who have been by his side from the start. But nothing’s ever easy. While Okabe struggles to leave his traumas in the past, he meets a familiar-faced AI that re-opens old wounds and could lead to a terrifying new future.”

Part Two

“Kagari has regained her childhood memories, but the last 12 years of her life are still shrouded in mystery. When forces unknown mobilise behind the scenes, Okabe investigates Kagari’s past, while Suzuha fights to save the future from World War III. Science, subterfuge, and suffering culminate beyond anything Okabe could have foreseen on this perilous, uncharted path to Steins Gate.”

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We screened the first episode of this next series at our last Anime Arvo in January. We have also procured the follow up double-feature title that concludes the story.

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Beyond the Boundary (complete series)

“The ties that bind are drenched in blood. Mirai Kuriyama, is the last surviving member of her cursed family. Akihito Kanbaru is the feared immortal half-youmu. Alone they are the outcasts in their society; together they’re the oddball duo that can’t get along. This chance meeting between a demon and a hunter may be more beneficial than they both realise but trouble is brewing in the Spirit World and Akihito and Mirai are getting caught up in the storm.”

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Beyond the Boundary : I’ll be Here [Past/Future]

“Can anyone outrun their past forever? Can Mirai Kuriyama’s … chance encounter with Akihito Kanbara … finally give her a chance at finding peace. When the cost of that path becomes apparent, will the two of them be willing to pay the price for a true happy ending? Even if it’s achieved, how long can it last in a world where Mirai’s mere existence is seen as a lethal threat? In two spectacular feature films, the world created in the hit series is taken to its epic, stunning conclusion …”

These last two series are less likely to “save your skin this summer” as to sink their teeth in while you scream in horror!

Firstly, Tokyo Ghoul : re . Part 1 & 2 (aka Tokyo Ghoul, Season 3)

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Tokyo Ghoul : re . Part 1

“Two years after the raid on Anteiku, Ken Kaneki lives a steady life as an officer in the CCG. His memories wiped, he clings to a new identity and a taxing responsibility as the leader of the CCG’s experimental Quinx Squad. This unruly team of humans uses powers to fight, and while Ken struggles to improve their teamwork, familiar faces stir his memory, unearthing a truth that could shatter the peace he holds so dearly.”

Tokyo Ghoul : re . Part 2

“A thrilling new chapter unfolds in Tokyo just two short years after the raid on Anteiku. Countering a resurgence of ghouls, the CCG selects young officer Haise Sasaki to lead an unruly team of humans infused with ghoul powers. Known as the Quinx Squad, they walk the line between humans and ghouls to rid the world of its most daunting threat. But no one said it would be easy. Let the hunt begin.”

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And then, if Tokyo Ghoul wasn’t enough to satiate your blood lust, we have …

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Hellsing Ultimate – complete series

“The rogue vampire Alucard is the Hellsing Organization’s deadliest instrument in its mission to protect the British Empire from satanic ghouls and Nazi freaks. He is not alone in his assault on the occult; the master has a servant. Policewoman Seras Victoria accepted Alucard’s gift of dark salvation after falling in the line of duty, and now the remnants of her human soul struggle against her growing vampire urges. Together, they haunt the shadows as a sinister force of good – and tonight the foggy streets of England shall flow with the blood of their evil prey.”

Stay tuned for the next “What I’m Watching …” coming soon, or check out what I’ve watched recently in our Spring ’19 Anime Update.