Mid-Season Recommendations: Summer 2022 Edition

Here is the list of anime I watched this season and wrote first impressions for most of them. I am skipping the returning series though. I hope this will helps you in identifying something good to watch.

Highly Recommended Anime

1. Lycoris Recoil

Summary: Takina works for a terrorism prevention syndicate, Direct Action (DA). Due to an insubordination incident, Takina was transferred out of DA. Despite being a prodigy, Chisato, doesn’t really care about the job and drags her doing some odd jobs.

Why you should watch it?: Lycoris Recoil is the best anime this season. It has an amazing story, awesome characters, and bang-on music. You can read my review for the first 5 episodes here.

2. Call of the Night

Summary: Kou Yamori, plagued with insomnia due to his idleness, Kou begins roaming the lonesome streets at night. He encounters a bizarre girl named Nazuna Nanakusa who offers to help Kou with his sleep issues and invites him over to her place. Feeling uncomfortable, Kou only pretends to doze off—which is when  Nazuna suddenly bites his neck and reveals herself to be a vampire! Kou decides on a new goal: he will fall in love with Nazuna and become a vampire.

Why you should watch it?: Adorable characters, unique animation, and superb music.

3. Isekai Ojisan

Summary: Takafumi’s uncle who has been in a coma for the last 17 years, claims that he was in an Isekai world. He then proves that he has magical powers. Now, not only does Takafumi have to room with an uncle who is literally magical, but he also has to catch the guy up on two decades of history

Why you should watch it?: This anime is a hidden gem. It has a wacky story and hilarious characters. You can read my review for the first four episodes here.

4. When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

Summary: Ayumu Tanaka quits the Kendo Club to join the illegitimate Shogi Club. Urushi, shoji club president, endeavors to be his shogi mentor and student role model. Although Ayumu likes her, he refrains from confessing and promises himself to first beat her in a game of shogi. The anime shows their daily school life routine.

Why you should watch it?: It’s a simple, well-written story that will move your heart with its loveable characters and heartwarming conversations. You can read my review for the first four episodes here.

Sometimes Maybe Good, Sometimes Maybe Not so Good

1. The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting

Summary: Kirishima, who is the right hand of the Sakuragi yakuza, is made the babysitter for Yeaka because the Yakuza boss is busy and his wife/Yeaka’s mother is in a coma. 

Why you should watch it?: The story isn’t that great but it has its moments especially the ones with Kirishima and Yaeka. You can read my review for the first three episodes here.

2. Parallel World Pharmacy:

Summary: A top-notch medical researcher gets isekai’d as Falma de Médicis, the son of an esteemed family of medical practitioners in the Sain Fleuve Empire. He is capable of performing a unique divine art, allowing him to create and reduce any substance with the knowledge of its chemical properties. Using the knowledge from his past life and the divine abilities granted to him, Falma resolves to make medicine available to those who need it—irrespective of class.

Why you should watch it?: The anime has a cool and relaxing vibe to it. I found the main character well grounded and he reminds me of Myne from Ascendance of a Bookworm so much. You can definitely watch it if you are looking for something similar and also read my review here.

3. A Gentle Dragon of 5000 Years Old, It was Recognised as an Evil Dragon without Any Cause

Summary: Because of his appearance the dragon is mistaken as Jaryuu, an evil dragon, by humans but he is actually very gentle and is easily scared. Reiko is convinced that the dragon is Jaryuu. She becomes his disciple and awakens her hidden magical powers. And she becomes more convinced that the dragon is Jaryuu. Reiko leads Dragon into trouble and he tries to escape from it.

Why you should watch it?: It has a simple story and hilarious main characters. You can watch this anime if you are looking for lighthearted and playful anime. You can read my review for the first two episodes here.

4. The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious

Summary: The beautiful maid Lilith has recently been hired to care for the whims of her employer’s son, Yuuri. Yuuri is suspicious of Lilith because not only she is attractive, but also does her household work perfectly.

Why you should watch it?: I really like both the main characters and their relationship. I would recommend watching this anime if you are looking to watch something fluffy and enjoyable. You can check out my review for the first two episodes here.

5. My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex

Summary: An ex-couple, Mizuto Irido, and Yume Ayai become step-siblings. The good thing about this anime is the way their relationship is shown both currently and in flashbacks. They both have feelings for each other but they also realize they can’t go back to their previous relationship.

Why you should watch it?: The story is progressively getting better with each episode. You can read my review for the first four episodes here.

Not Recommended Anime:

  1. My Isekai Life: The story consists of half baked plot and boring characters. This anime is only for someone who likes the Isekai genre a lot or like slimes. The only good thing in this anime is the ending song – Gohan dayo! Dadadadan!! by Surachanzu. You can also check out my review for the first six episodes here.
  2. Black Summoner: I am dropping this anime after watching episode 4. The story is quite common and filled with cliche characters. The only good thing about this anime is its music. The opening song is really good. It’s called – Atamannaka DEAD END by Ret Bear. The ending is good too.
  3. Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer: I dropped this anime after watching episode 3. The story is quite common and the characters are boring. There isn’t anything good about this anime that I can write.
  4. Vermeil in Gold: On the verge of failing the summoning magic class, Alto, stumbles upon an old grimoire and summons the sealed demon Vermeil and makes her his familiar. The story seems generic and the characters are not so great. The only good thing in this anime is Vermeil’s character. You can read my review for the first three episodes here.

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