Anime Series/Movies That Remind Us It’s Almost Summertime!

Technically the first day of summer doesn’t start till June 20th, but all my friends are already screaming SUMMER! With the warm weather, clear skies, and birds a chirping, it is evident that summer is finally making its way to the northern hemisphere. I know some of you guys live in different parts of the world, but here in America it’s starting to get particularly H.O.T.

Can someone come save me?!

Like I have stated in some of my previous post…I DON’T WANT TO BE HOT! *Stamps foot* *Insert bratty facial expression and attitude*

Haha…I am such a child sometimes. I know I shouldn’t be complaining already, but I am. That is what I have the interwebs for! So I can ramble on and on about shit I don’t like or I can pretend to be a happy normal person. Whatever “normal” is considered these days.

Since it is finally the weekend I wanted to share with you guys anime’s that remind me it is summertime. These are past anime series/movies that give us that “summertime nostalgia” feel. They usually take you back to a certain memory or feeling you had during the summer season. So get ready to break out your sunglasses, sun tan lotion, and beach volleyball cause you are in for one special treat!

I am going to list the anime and leave the synopsis for you guys. I highly recommend watching all of these during summer. I don’t think I need to go into full detail of why I enjoy all of these in particular. I wouldn’t be listing them if I didn’t already like them! I am sure you guys get the idea 😛


1. Ano Natsu de Matteru (Waiting in the Summer)

Waiting in the summer

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Romance, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13-Teens 13 or older
Studios: J.C. Staff

Anime synopsis:

“While testing out his camera on a bridge one summer night, Kaito Kirishima sees a blue light streaking across the sky, only to be blown off the railing seconds later. Just before succumbing to unconsciousness, a hand reaches down to grab ahold of his own. Dazed and confused, Kaito wakes up the next morning wondering how he ended up back in his own room with no apparent injuries or any recollection of the night before. As he proceeds with his normal school life, Kaito and his friends discuss what to do with his camera, finally deciding to make a film with it over their upcoming summer break. Noticing that Kaito has an interest in the new upperclassmen Ichika Takatsuki, his friend Tetsurou Ishigaki decides to invite her, as well as her friend Remon Yamano, to join them in their movie project.

In what becomes one of the most entertaining and exciting summers of their lives, Kaito and his friends find that their time spent together is not just about creating a film, but something much more meaningful that will force them to confront their true feelings and each other.” 


2. Summer Wars

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy
Rating: PG-13-Teens 13 or older
Studios: Madhouse

Anime synopsis:

“OZ, a virtual world connected to the internet, has become extremely popular worldwide as a spot for people to engage in a large variety of activities, such as playing sports or shopping, through avatars created and customized by the user. OZ also possesses a near impenetrable security due to its strong encryption, ensuring that any personal data transmitted through the networks will be kept safe in order to protect those who use it. Because of its convenient applications, the majority of society has become highly dependent on the simulated reality, even going as far as entrusting the system with bringing back the unmanned asteroid explorer, Arawashi.

Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old math genius and part-time OZ moderator who is invited by his crush Natsuki Shinohara on a summer trip. But unbeknownst to him, this adventure requires him to act as her fiancé. Shortly after arriving at Natsuki’s family’s estate, which is preparing for her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday, he receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Kenji is able to crack the code, but little does he know that his math expertise has just put Earth in great danger.”


3. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Boys from free.jpg

Genre: Sports, Comedy, School, Slice of Life
Rating: PG-13-Teens 13 or older
Studios: Kyoto Animation

Anime synopsis:

“Haruka Nanase has a love for water and a passion for swimming. In elementary school, he competed in and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory at the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students; however, Rin couldn’t care less about returning to the way things used to be. Not only does he attend a different school, but the sole thing important to him is proving that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.

After the bitter reunion, Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, but they will need a fourth member if they hope to take part in the upcoming tournament. Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team whom Nagisa recruits. As the time to compete draws near, the four develop a close bond while training intensely to come out on top and settle things between Haruka and Rin once and for all.”


4. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Aohana

Genre: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Drama
Rating: PG-13-Teens 13 or older
Studios:A-1 Pictures

Anime synopsis:

“Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago.

At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?” 


5. Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea)

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: PG-13-Teens 13 or older
Studios: P. A. Works

Anime synopsis:

“Long ago, all humans lived beneath the sea. However, some people preferred the surface and abandoned living underwater permanently. As a consequence, they were stripped of their god-given protection called “Ena” which allowed them to breathe underwater. Over time, the rift between the denizens of the sea and of the surface widened, although contact between the two peoples still existed.

Nagi no Asukara follows the story of Hikari Sakishima and Manaka Mukaido, along with their childhood friends Chisaki Hiradaira and Kaname Isaki, who are forced to leave the sea and attend a school on the surface. There, the group also meets Tsumugu Kihara, a fellow student and fisherman who loves the sea.

Hikari and his friends’ lives are bound to change as they have to deal with the deep-seated hatred and discrimination between the people of sea and of the surface, the storms in their personal lives, as well as an impending tempest which may spell doom for all who dwell on the surface.”


6. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The girl who leapt through time

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Rating: PG
Studios: Madhouse

Anime synopsis:

Makoto Konno is in her last year of high school, but is having a hard time deciding what to do with her future. In between enduring the pressure of her teachers and killing time with her best friends, Makoto’s life suddenly changes when she accidentally discovers that she is capable of literally leaping through time.

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo follows Makoto as she plays around with her newfound power. However, she soon learns the hard way that every choice has a consequence, and time is a lot more complicated than it may seem.”


7. Orenchi no Furo Jijou

Orenchi no Furo Jijou

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Shoujo
Rating: PG-13-Teens 13 or older
Studios: Asahi Production

Anime synopsis:

“On his way home from school, Tatsumi sees a man collapsed near a lake. When he approaches him, Tatsumi notices something strange: the person in need of help is actually a beautiful merman named Wakasa! Because Wakasa’s home has become too polluted to live in, Tatsumi graciously offers his bathtub as a refuge.

With a boisterous merman as his new roommate, Tatsumi’s normal life won’t be returning anytime soon, not to mention Wakasa’s aquatic friends—Takasu, Mikuni, and Maki—often show up uninvited, making them all quite a handful for the high school student. As he humors their curiosity for human life, Tatsumi sometimes finds himself enjoying their childish antics, but he will have to keep his cool if he intends to keep up with his daily life and newfound friendship.”


8. Ponyo

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Rating: G
Studios: Studio Ghibli

Anime synopsis:

“A lonely little boy named Sousuke lives with his mother by the sea, flashing messages across the water to his father’s boat. One day, amid the detritus brought in with the tide, he stumbles upon a little goldfish. Delighted by this strange new friend, he takes her home and names her Ponyo. Sousuke comes to learn, however, that Ponyo is no ordinary fish. A visit from a strange man brings with it fantastical happenings that lead Sousuke and Ponyo on an enlightening adventure.

In Gake no Ue no Ponyo, magic and reality clash around Ponyo and Sousuke, testing their resolve. Despite the trials they face, Ponyo and Sousuke form a strong friendship. They meet many interesting characters, and learn just as many lessons from them.”


9. Amagi Brilliant Park

Amagi

Genre: Comedy, Magic
Rating: PG-13-Teens 13 or older
Studio: Kyoto Animation

Anime synopsis:

“Kanie Seiya, a smart and extremely narcissistic high school student, believes that the beautiful but reserved Sento Isuzu has invited him on a date at an amusement park called Amagi Brilliant Park. Much to his chagrin, not only is the location a run-down facility, the supposed date is merely a recruitment tour where Sento and Princess Latifa Fleuranza, the owner of the theme park, ask him to become the park’s new manager. Their cause for desperation? As stipulated in a land-use contract, Amagi has less than three months to meet a quota of 500,000 guests, or the park will be closed for good and the land redeveloped by a greedy real-estate company.

Seiya is won over by the revelation that Amagi is no ordinary amusement park; many of its employees are Maple Landers—mysterious magical beings who live in the human world and are nourished by the energy created by people having fun. Entrusted with the hopes and dreams of this far-off enchanted land, Seiya must now use his many skills to bring Amagi back on its feet, or watch it crumble before his eyes.”


10. Miss Hokusai

Genre: Drama, Historical, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13-Teens 13 or older
Studios: Production I.G

Anime synopsis:

“The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo.

One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.

A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not really interested in.

Third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. “We’re father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, in a way or another.”

Decades later, Europe was going to discover the immense talent of Tetsuzo. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Renoir and van Gogh, Monet and Klimt.

However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all his life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.”


What are some of your favorite summer anime series/movies? Have you seen any of the ones I mentioned above? If you have which ones do you like the most? If you haven’t which ones will you be watching this summer? Let me know in the comments section down below! 😀


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

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