With Into The Badlands, The Flash, and Arrow officially closing out the fall-winter television season; many people wondering what’s to watch now. Between the various streaming services and a handful of returning shows, the warmer months are no longer the entertainment dead zone they used to be. Which makes it the best time of the year to get caught up on television shows, especially anime. The demand for quality anime has increased so much, that there have been more major theatrical releases of anime films stateside in recent years than in the previous decade combined. So to fill up your free time on those long trips or days when it’s simply too hot to be outside, we’ve compiled a list of anime films and shows you might be interested in.
My Hero Academia
If you’re a fan of anime, you’ve most likely heard of this show or have seen a gif from it. Think Naruto in a superhero setting but with better writing and characters. The show is based on an ongoing manga by the same name written by Kohei Horikoshi. The show is pretty much matches the manga 1 to 1, even in the dialog department. Horikoshi does a great job of getting the audience invested in all the characters and not just the lead. The show and manga are heavily influenced by western superhero comics. The story follows the main protagonist Izuku Midoriya. In a world where super powers (called quirks) are very common, he unfortunately is born without one. Obviously he’s not going to let a little thing like stop him from attempting to achieve his goal of getting into the most prestigious hero school in the country, U.A. High. You can watch the trailer for the first season below. The first season is only 13 episodes, and the second season is on episode 9. However, it has been reported that this season will have a total of 25 episodes. You can find episodes through various streaming outlets like Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and VRV. Both subbed and dubbed episodes come out every Saturday morning.
Tiger Mask W
This show is a bit more on the obscure side because it caters to a very niche audience, fans of Japanese pro wrestling. If you’re a fan of wrestling general and anime, this show should be a good fit for you. The original Tiger Mask Manga goes all the way back to 1968. The character was licensed by New Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1980s so they could create a real life Tiger Mask for the promotion. Several wrestlers have fulfilled the role of the superhero come to life. Tiger Mask W offers a good mix of comedy, drama, and action. The story follows the diverging paths of Naoto Azuma and Takuma Fuji; friends turned rivals. Naoto and Takuma were driven apart by an incident involving Takuma’s father who was also their trainer. The show starts off a bit goofy but gradually raises the tension through the season. You also get some nice rivalries between wrestling organizations as well as some parody characters of real life western wrestling personalities. For example, in the show NJPW is up against a company called Monopoly; who is very similar to the WWE. Now for the bad news, Tiger Mask W isn’t short. The first episode aired back in October and it’s currently on episode 32. On the bright side, you can stream all those episodes for free on Crunchyroll.
Digimon Adventure Tri Reunion & Determination
If you were a kid in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, you probably know what Digimon is. The show about digital monsters from another dimension spawned a few spinoffs and video games. It even received a feature length film that came out in the US was extremely rare back then. Digimon Adventure Tri: Reunion, brings back the original characters and Digimon. Something has infected the Digimon which is making them attack the human world. Digimon Adventure Tri: Reunion actually received a limited theatrical release in the US and is currently available for purchase on Amazon. You can also pre order the sequel, Digimon Adventure Tri: Determination; which is due to be released in August. This story will has a total of 5 films, 4 of which are currently out, but only the first two can be purchased in English. If you really like the first one and don’t care to wait, the Japanese versions are available digitally.