Summertime Render (or Summertime Rendering) is a surprising
By the time you get to the end of episode 1 the mystery, the results, and the craziness will have you hooked on the plot and where things are going.
Here’s a list of
1. Higurashi: When They Cry
Higurashi: When They Cry is one of the first horror shows I got my hands on. I went in blind and didn’t know what to expect.
People’s body’s going missing, dead bodies floating by the river, body parts scattered, all kinds of savagery takes place in Hinamizawa and the main character Keiichi is about to learn the hard way.
It’s like watching a psychological experiment go wrong as you witness each character come close to losing it, completely losing it, committing murder, or being slaughtered themselves.
The story changes a lot to keep things fresh by focusing on different characters and seeing things from their angle.
2. Talentless Nana
Talentless Nana is another
Nana Hiiragi is a pink haired protagonist who convinces others she has powers, when in reality she has no abilities at all. This is the opposite to everyone on the island who’s born with supernatural abilities.
They’re all gathered on the island in order to defeat “the enemies of humanity” in a My Hero Academia style setting. But it quickly turns dark and people start to die one after the other.
That’s when the
3. Zetsuen No Tempest
Zetsuen No Tempest is an underrated
It’s about the Hakaze clan. Kusaribe Hakaze is the leader and the main female character of the series. She’s locked away on an island so her clan members can get away with the things they’re plotting.
2 relatively normal characters end up getting in touch with Hakaze and decide to help her in exchange for finding out the motives behind the death of someone they love and care for (she’s a mage after all).
4. Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World
Re:Zero hardly needs an introduction. It’s one of the most successful
Subaru Natsuki (the MC) is criticized for crying at times and complaining, but once you see the amount of deaths, trauma, struggle, and the unfairness of the plot you’ll understand it’s justified.
He’s a realistic character and probably one of the most relatable there is because of the
Like Heroes is an erotic competitive Match 3 game where you will develop your own superhero Agency and compete with other players for fame and audience attention. Help the girls reach their full potential and save the world.
Erased is a time-based
The main character experiences the traumatic death of his mother, and this is what sets the stage for the back and forth time traveling (and the MC discovering this ability).
There are other events that play out that are important to the plot and the time traveling aspect as well.
The ending for this
Shiki is about vampire-like creatures who were once human, but can never go back to normal for unknown reasons. Once a few people are bitten in the village it becomes an epidemic.
This leads doctor Toshio, the only doctor in this small village to take drastic actions to fix the problem. Outside help is a forgotten thought since it would only worsen the epidemic.
Just know this: the
It’s a disturbing but thoughtful
7. The Executioner and Her Way of Life
The Executioner And Her Way Of Life is an
She often claims she’s a priestess who’s “pure, right, and strong”. You quickly learn she’s also an assassin with deep red eyes like Akame from
Though it’s an unconventional
8. Hell Girl
Hell Girl is an
Killing people, banishing them to hell (which is ironic), and fulfilling the requests from humans who want revenge against their oppressors and bullies… This is the life of Ai Enma and she’s become cold and aloof as a result of 100’s of years.
Like Higurashi, Hell Girl’s episodes change a lot and never stay the same, but the format is consistent until something big happens later.
It has a ton of dark life lessons, most of all which are realistic and relatable that you can learn from or take something from.