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5 Must-Watch Anime for Summer 2014

Updated on October 20, 2014
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The Anime Series of Summer 2014 That You Should See
The Anime Series of Summer 2014 That You Should See

Seize the Top 5 Anime Recommendations for Summer 2014

Good news everyone - Anime Season Summer 2014 is finally here! But with that, everyone is also extra curious as to what new anime series from the latest releases, shines above the rest. Saying so, I'm here to recommend to you 5 (yes, five!) of the best anime to watch this season. Without further ado, I shall now present to you - the 5 Must-Watch Anime of Summer 2014!

This anime selection list is all based on my personal and a few others opinions so it's still up to you whether you would love them or whack 'em. Either ways,for me - these titles are all anime you must see this season! Now, glamour through the anime selection and watch-away the heat of Summer 2014!

Akame ga Kill
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Akame ga Kill!

Genre: Action, Adventure, and Fantasy

Anime Summary: In a world where monsters exists, the worst kinds of beasts would be those ones clad in the guise of humans. Corruption, desolation, darkness, and evil - these exists in the hearts of all tainted creatures and beings. And blending those all into unison, it forms a society of unimaginable brutality and corruption!

Tatsumi is one of those clueless adventurers who knows nothing of the world. On the quest of bringing prosperity to his hometown, he sets out to make a name by joining the military ranks in the capital city. But, in a fit of misfortune, what awaits him there is his incorrigible eye-awakening to the darkness of the world.

Then and there, after he witnessed the evils of the society, he is recruited by the assassin group, Night Raid, whose purpose is to rid the world of darkness and eliminate the scums of humanity.

Why it's a Must-Watch: Out of all the new anime series this season, Akame ga Kill is one of the most-anticipated shows to see. It has a potential that rivals many great series. In terms of action and thrill - it's heavily jump-packed! And the plot possesses seriousness that reflects the truths of the world. The series is also quite bloody and gore-y at most parts, but that's included in the overall serious package. Then, the characterization is also superb that you'll be seeing yourself looking out for them while the series goes through. In totality, Akame ga Kill, with all its surrealism and engaging story-line is one of the best anime to look out for and hold on to with the excitement this season.

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Genre: Action, Mecha, and Sci-Fi

Anime Summary: In a certain age, humans have lived divided into two major groups - those who lives on Earth (Terrans), and those who lives on Mars (the Martians). For reasons still shrouded in the mystery of the dark past, the Terrans and Martians aren't exactly in good terms. And so, on a special day on Earth, a princess of Mars lands on Earth for a inter-world peace treaty for both sides. But, the unexpected happens! A group of unknown people tries to assassinate the princess on the day of her peace caravan. This results to the fueling of the Martian's aggression towards the Terrans.

Now, the Martians sets forth to conquer Earth and the whole of the terrans as they stop at nothing to fully realize their goals. Using technology (Aldnoah) that is more advanced than any known technology, the Martians begins their deadly siege on the major cities of Earth.

Why it's a Must-Watch: At first, I was very reluctant to watch this anime because I though it was just another mecha anime in the list. But then, I decided to give it a go! And boy, was I left stunned! Aldnoah.Zero possesses a high degree of potential on plot and action. Plus, the visuals and soundtrack are so good that the story-line of this anime works in perfect sync. Then, there's also the thrill and suspense that will keep you on-the-edge-of-your-seat for the next episode. Aldnoah.Zero had a great start so I think that it indeed has the potential to be grander as the story goes on, and snag a place on the best anime of Summer 2014.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal
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Sailor Moon: Crystal

Genre: Demons, Magic, Romance, and Shoujo

Anime Summary: When evil just doesn't keep its devious murk and fangs at bay, who you gonna call? Well, the sailor-uniformed guardian girls of love and justice are on to the rescue!

Usagi Tsukino may be your average middle school girl in terms of everything but, when she stumbles upon a mysterious black cat with a weird crescent-shaped scar on its forehead, her normal life turns an unexpected turn.

With a little magical ornament bestowed to her by Luna (the black cat), she transforms into the guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon! Now, she has to fend off the evil that's surrounding her hometown along with the other guardians of justice whilst searching for the Illusionary Silver Crystal and protecting a certain princess from the clutches of the dark kingdom.

Why it's a Must-Watch: This anime is a must-watch for all anime lovers of all ages (especially those who watched the classic series of Sailor Moon). Yes, this anime is remake of the classic Sailor Moon series from the 90's. Actually, Sailor Moon is one of the pioneer of the "magical girls" genre and is one of the most popular "shoujo" anime ever made. Now that it has been remade to fit the current standards of Japanese animation, anime-watchers are given a chance to spectate this classic anime, Sailor Moon, once again! Not only was it a highly viewed classic anime, but, it also was one of the first series to start the worldwide trend of Japanese animation. Besides all that, Sailor Moon is a series filled with magical action, classic high-jinks, and romance to boot your Shoujo anime experience.

Sword Art Online II: Phantom Bullet
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Sword Art Online II: Phantom Bullet

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance, and Shounen

Anime Summary: Taking off two (2) years after the events that transpired in Sword Art Online and Alfeim Online, the "Black Swordsman" Kirito finds himself in yet another deadly game - Gun Gale Online.

When top-ranking players of Gun Gale Online one-after-another dies of heart attacks simultaneously with being shot by the mysterious "Death Gun" inside the game, this raises an alarm for the virtual community and game developers.

As such, Seijuro Kikuoka (a ministry of internal affairs of the virtual division) meets with Kirito to ask for his invaluable help to solve the mystery of the game once again. And so, Kirito reluctantly dons the character of the "Black Swordsman" again to get to the root of the problem in Gun Gale Online once and for all!

Why it's a Must-Watch: If you've been a spectator to the exhilarating events of Sword Art Online and Alfeim Online, then you'll definitely want to continue the epic saga with Sword Art Online II: Phantom Bullet. This anime is a continuation to the grand series as well as a piece that completes the whole VMMORPG anime experience. Cutting-edge action and surreal drama are preserved as the strong points of this anime series, so you'll love it more than ever. And did I mention the crisp visuals and fluid animation transition? They're still there in their excellent overhauls, so it's guaranteed that this one's among the ranks of the best anime of Summer 2014. Overall, this is a must-watch, especially for the most excited followers of the SAO franchise.

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Tokyo Ghoul

Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Psychological, and Thriller

Anime Summary: Deep within the shadows of Tokyo, monsters known as ghouls unnoticeably blends with the society. Day-by-day, rumors about human deaths due to the fact that they've been devoured by ghouls, spreads like wildfire. No one knows for sure what the truth really is, but one thing is certain, ghouls do exists! The truth is as dark as it seems, and the ghouls are out to feast on human flesh!

Meet Kaneki Ken, a boy who is living the care-free life of a teenager in the busy city of Tokyo.Everyday, he hangs out at a certain cafe in hopes that he'll be noticed by a staple customer girl named Rize. One day, he eventually gets noticed, but, everything changes drastically after that! Rize is actually a ghoul, and she's been staging all the act so far just to get a chance to eat him!

Rize then chases after Kaneki in order to devour him. But, in sheer luck, heavy, piercing debris falls onto the ghoul, leaving Kaneki safe from certain death, but with grave interal injuries. In a strange twist of fate, he gets a transplant from the remains of Rize in the hospital to save his life. From there, it begins! His life as a human is soon to change in the most drastic of ways - into a ghoul!

Why it's a Must-Watch: Tokyo Ghoul is the newest horror anime in the block! And while it focuses more on blood, violence, and gore rather than ghostly scenarios - it's horrific enough to catch you off-guard with its suspense and thrill (not to mention, the amazing action too). Also, Tokyo Ghoul has a darkplot shrouded in mystery and secrecy, waiting only for you to explore. Tokyo Ghoul is truly one of the most-anticipated anime you shouldn't miss this season!

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      Cheeky Kid 3 years ago from Milky Way

      mitzilaroux Sailor Moon does bring a lot of childhood memories. It was actually the pioneer of its own genre. Hehehe. Enjoy watching anime! :D

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      mitzilaroux 3 years ago from United States

      I've dropped off the anime wagon over the years, but I have to say, I'm really looking forward to Sailor Moon Crystal and I enjoyed the first episode. It was one of the first anime I ever stumbled on and it's reminding me why I like this genre so much. Thanks for the article!