Welcome to the Summer of Siblings! There are so many great shows with brothers and sisters this season that I can barely contain myself. Here’s a list of the eight(!) series that I will be basking in. (Three are sequels, so make sure to catch up on earlier seasons before watching the latest ones.)
Yuu Otosaka has a special power; he can possess any person and take control of their body for five seconds. However, Yuu Otosaka is also a lazy and somewhat selfish person, so he’s used this ability entirely for his own benefit, that is, until someone finds out about him and does something about it.
What’s the famous line about Peter Parker and Spiderman? With great power comes great responsibility? Granted, being able to control someone for five seconds isn’t the most perfect ability in the world, but it’s enough to have some fun. And honestly, tell me you wouldn’t do the same.
In an age where humanity has succesfully colognized every planet in the solar system, the spirit of exploration and innovation lives on. Students Mizuki Sera and her friend, Iris, are talented individuals who not only attend class with other gifted youth, they also work as part-time employees at a mega-corporation where they can put their skills to use with the best equipment available. Moreover, their teacher and supervisor is Mizuki’s energetic older brother, Kaito, whose own accomplishments inspire his pupils to do their very best. In short, it’s the perfect place for geniuses to prosper. However, businesses are always looking for at the bottom line, and running such a specialized work-study program doesn’t come cheap. So begins the Classroom Crisis.
I’m just waiting for the inevitable montage where they show everyone working hard together to build a technological marvel that will prove to the higher-ups that responsibly investing in the future is good for people and good for business.
Danchigai is a comedy, slice-of-life microseries that focuses on Haruki and his four sisters: Mutsuki, the responsible, respected, and firm but fair eldest child; Yayoi, the middle sister who’s sometimes hostile and sometimes loving toward him; and the primary-school-age twins, Uzuki and Satsuki, who love to play. Their lives may not be grandiose, but they keep things interesting for one another.
Microseries, which run for five minutes or less per episode, are showing up more and more lately, and I’m not usually a big fan of them because they often leave me wanting more. Granted, this is an adaptation of a 4-panel comic, and sometimes less is more, but I want to spend more time with these siblings. Of course, if the microseries format allows more brothers and sisters to jump from page to screen, then I’m all for it.
Meet Umaru. In public, she’s the perfect girl whom everyone loves–intelligent, thoughtful, beautiful, and athletic–but at home in her big brother’s apartment, her true colors emerge. She’s a lazy, childish slob who sits around eating junk food, playing videogames, reading comics, and watching TV. Her brother is naturally confused by her two wildly different personas but dotes on her regardless, and she appreciates him, too, in her own selfish way.
I’ve read over a hundred chapters of this comedy manga, and the two sides of Umaru never fail to amuse me, though, between the two, I like her at-home style more. Just be yourself, Umaru!
Joukamachi no Dandelion (Castle Town Dandelion)
Akane is your average girl, except that she has eight brothers and sisters, and they all have super powers, and their dad’s the king, and she and her royal siblings are constantly being monitored by surveillance cameras and filmed for television because one of them will succeed him in an election, and she’s extremely shy and camera-phobic. Yep, just your average girl, and the show is about her everyday life.
Nine. Nine siblings. NINE! That fact alone makes me want to declare it the show of the year, but there is so much competition for that honor this season. Seriously, this has to be one of the most super-powered sibling shows I’ve ever heard of. It’s just…wow, let me recover for a second or two. Or nine.
Denpa Kyoushi (Ultimate Otaku Teacher)
The Ultimate Otaku Teacher returns! The series, focusing on physics-genius-turned-shut-in-turned-educator Junichiro Kagami, premiered last season and continues with more antics, more crazy lectures, and more nerdy goodness. He still only does what he yearns to do, but there’s an entire school’s worth of students that need his unique way of seeing things.
I’ve read pretty far into the manga, so I know that this show is just getting started. Seriously, I wish I had a teacher like him in school.
To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd
Harem comedy series To Love-Ru is back, and Rito Yuuki is still the unlikeliest harem master in the galaxy, as well as the clumsiest boy in existence. Moreover, the girls surrounding him either love him to death or just want him dead, period. Either way, the hijinks continue.
Thar be pure perverted ridiculousness here. And a story…somewhere.
Working!!! revolves around a family restaurant, and the colorful cast of characters who work there. From Souta Takanashi, who’s obsessed with small things because his three older sisters and one younger sister are taller than he is, to Inami, the girl so afraid of men that she punches any who get physically close to her; Yachiyo, the katana-carrier who can’t stop talking about her boss, to Souma, the man who knows more intel than a spy agency; and more; there isn’t a single workday that goes by where these personalities don’t interact in amusing ways. Now in its third (and some say final) season, a few of the storylines might actually make some real progress. Then again, for a comedy series, that would be a tall order, indeed.
I’ve greatly enjoyed this series ever since I watched the first season when it premiered. The characters are just so fun to watch–even Souta’s four sisters have endearing quirks–that you keep wanting more. I really hope the rumors about this being the last season are false because I’m not ready to cash out.