2016 is a brand new year. A fresh start. Well, except for second seasons of your favourite anime and the Autumn Season leftovers, of course. Here’s a simple and easy collection of information of what anime to watch out for this season, and where to watch it legally (where possible).
Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei
Original | Production IMS | Taniguchi, Gorou | Mecha, Police, Sci-Fi | Jan 7, 2016str
An original anime set in a part of Tokyo that has descended into a quagmire, the story follows Unit 8 of the 5th Special Public Security Section’s 3rd Mobile Assault Division — popularly called “The Eighth” — who don powered armor “Willware” exoskeletons to counter the rise in crime. (Source: ANN)
Manga | Polygon Pictures | Seshita, Hiroyuki | Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural | Jan 16, 2016
Ajin are humans that cannot die. Seventeen years ago, they first appeared on a battlefield in Africa. From then on, more of their kind are discovered within the human society. Their rarity in appearance means that, for experimental purposes, the government will generously reward anyone who captures one. In the present day, for what a certain high school student expects to be a typical summer holiday, his life is about to turn unexpected… (Source: Vertical)
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Visual Novel | Gonzo | Oizaki, Fumitoshi | Drama, Romance, School, Sci-Fi | Jan 12, 2016
In a world where flying is as simple as riding a bicycle, there is a popular sport called “Flying Circus.” The protagonist once had a bright future ahead of him in that field of sports but due to an overwhelming defeat in addition to a certain other reason, he has left that field. However, he meets the transfer student Kurashina Asuka and regains his passion as he teaches her how to fly. With his situation changed, he participates once again in the Flying Circus. Just how high will he be able to fly this time with Asuka at his side? This is a love story about the two who met while soaring in the skies, and the friends surrounding them. (Source: ANN)
Assassination Classroom 2 (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2)
Manga | Lerche | Kishi, Seiji | Action, Comedy, School, Shounen | Jan 8, 2016
When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves confronted with an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate. However, the monster, dubbed Koro-sensei (the indestructible teacher), is able to fly at speeds of up to Mach 20, which he demonstrates freely, leaving any attempt to subdue him in his extraterrestrial dust. Furthermore, the misfits of 3-E soon find that the strange, tentacled beast is more than just indomitable—he is the best teacher they have ever had!
Original | SANZIGEN | Sci-Fi | Jan 9, 2016
When Azuma Ikki returns to Japan after 10 years, he gets assaulted by a group of armed men and becomes their prisoner. Kogane Asabuki, a childhood friend, saves him with a weapon on her right hand known as Bubuki; a weapon with its own mind. Azuma Ikki, who is a Bubuki user himself, learns about the existence of Bubuki and goes on a journey alongside the companions he has found, in an attempt to find and revive Oumai, a Buranki (titan) who sleeps underground. (Source: MAL)
Manga | Feel | Takayanagi, Shigehito | Comedy, Shounen | Jan 8, 2016
Shikada Kokonotsu’s father owns a rural sweets shop, and his plan is for Kokonotsu to take it over one day. However, Kokonotsu wants to be a manga author instead! One day in summer, the cute but weird girl Shidare Hotaru, from the famous sweets company, comes to pay a visit. Apparently, Kokonotsu’s father is famous and she wants him to join her family’s company. However, he will only agree if she can convince Kokonotsu to take over the family business! (Source: MangaHelpers)
Manga | Studio 3Hz | Kamei, Kanta | Sci-Fi, Seinen | Jan 10, 2016
In the year 2072, the world’s energy problems seem solved by a network of cross-dimensional electric-field inductors—”coils”—that extract energy from a seemingly infinite source. That source is the W dimension, a fourth plane that exists beyond the X, Y, and Z dimensions. In this world, unofficial “illegal” coils harness powers that the police can’t hope to counter. Dealing with these coils is the job of coil-hating repo man Kyoma, whose run-in with the unique coil android Mira leads the two to form a reluctant partnership.
Video Game | Studio Pierrot | Abe, Noriyuki | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | Jan 8, 2016
When the Divine Gate opened, the living world, the heavens, and the underworld became connected, ushering an era of chaos where desires and conflict intersect. To restore order, the World Council is formed. As peace is restored, the Divine Gate becomes an urban legend. In that world, boys and girls deemed fit by the World Council are gathered. They are ones who aim to reach the gate for their personal objectives. Those who reach the gate can remake the world. What lies beyond the gate? When they reach the door, will the world change? Will it be the past that changes, or will it be the future? (Source: MAL)
Light Novel | Studio Shuka | Action, Mystery, Supernatural | Jan 9, 2016
Ryugamine Mikado was looking for a bit of excitement when he moved to the trendy Tokyo district of Ikebukuro—and excitement is just what he found thanks to the district’s colorful residents. There’s Shizuo, a street-sign-throwing man dressed like a bartender who’s always fighting Izaya (a sadistic information broker), your average group of passionate otaku, an unstable doctor-for-hire, and a mysterious female biker who’s desperate to get a-head in life. In Ikebukuro, no one can say what will happen next … but you can bet it’s gonna get loud. Third and final cours of the second Durarara!! season.
ERASED (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)
Manga | A-1 Pictures | Itou, Tomohiko | Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural | Jan 8, 2016
Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until the accident is prevented. One day, he gets involved in an accident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinazuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance. (Source: MAL)
Fairy Tail Zero
Manga | Fantasy, Magic, Shounen | Jan 9, 2016
Many years ago, Mavis Vermilion was a servant on Sirius Island, mistreated by a guild master and his daughter, Zera. But Mavis stayed positive, because her mother once told her that fairies never visit people who cry about their problems. When the guild came under attack, Mavis pulled Zera from the wreckage into the forest. Seven years went by, and the powerful wizards Warrod Sequen, Precht, and Yuri Dreyer arrived on the island, seeking a powerful jade gemstone. This journey would change the course of magical history. (Source: ANN)
Ganbare! Lulu Lolo 3rd Season
Original | Fanworks | Kids, Slice of Life | Jan 21, 2016
The anime centers around the daily life of two twin bear sisters: the orange-colored Lulu and the yellow-colored Lolo. The two take on new jobs and, despite the occasional failure and tears, give their best efforts. (Source: ANN)
GATE 2 (Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2)
Light Novel | A-1 Pictures | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Military | Jan 9, 2016
GATE’s second season. In August of 20XX, a portal to a parallel world, known as the “Gate,” suddenly appeared in Ginza, Tokyo. Monsters and troops poured out of the portal, turning the shopping district into a bloody inferno.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
Light Novel | A-1 Pictures | Nakamura, Ryousuke | Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | Jan 11, 2016
From A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online: When Haruhiro awakens, he’s in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they’ll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.
Haruchika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru
Novel | P.A. Works | Hashimoto, Masakazu | Mystery, Romance, School, Slice of Life | Jan 7, 2016
Anime adaptation of the Haruchika Series novels by Sei Hatsuno which revolve around two high school students named Haruta and Chika, who are members of a wind instrument club that is on the verge of being shut down. The two are childhood friends, and they spend their days practicing hard while also trying to recruit new members. When a certain incident happens within their school, they work together to solve it. (Source: ANN)
Itachi Shinden: Hikari to Yami
Light Novel | Action, Martial Arts, Shounen, Super Power | March
The series will center around the past life of Itachi, the older brother of Sasuke Uchiha.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Light Novel | Studio Deen | Kanasaki, Takaomi | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural | Jan 14, 2016
The life of Satou Kazuma, a hikikomori who likes games, all too soon came to an end because of a traffic accident… It was supposed to, but when he woke up, a beautiful girl who called herself a goddess was in front of his eyes. From here on, the great adventure of subjugating the Demon King will begin for the reincarnated Kazuma… Or so one would think, but it’s the labor for obtaining food, clothing and shelter that begins! Despite Kazuma wanting to live in peace, the goddess keeps causing problems one after another, and eventually, they attract the attention of the Demon King’s army!? (Source: ANN)
Luck & Logic
Doga Kobo | Chigira, Kouichi | Action, Fantasy | Jan 9, 2016
After losing a war in their home world Tetraheaven, the Gods appeared in the human world seeking refuge. To protect the citizens from the otherworldly beings, the government began employing Logicalists—a special police force with the power to enter trances with Goddesses. In these trance forms humans and Goddesses can combine their power and fight against those looking to disturb the peace.
Mahou Tsukai Precure!
Original | Toei Animation | Action, Fantasy, Magic, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life | Feb 7, 2016
13th Season of the popular magical girl Precure (Pretty Cure) series.
Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World)
Light Novel | Kyoto Animation | Ishihara, Tatsuya | Action, Fantasy, Supernatural | Jan 7, 2016
The story takes place in the near future, in a world born of human imagination. What humans would call ghosts or monsters appear, and they come to be called “phantoms.” The main character, Haruhiko Ichijo, is a first year at Hosea Academy along with his upperclassman Mai Kawakami, who fights phantoms with the ability “Spirit of Five Elements,” Izumi Reina, who has the ability “Phantom Eater,” and Koito Minase, who fights phantoms in solitude. They experience the ups and downs of high school life before a certain incident leads them to the truth of this world. (Source: ANN)
Norn9 Norun + Nonetto
Visual Novel | Kinema Citrus | Ogura, Mitsutoshi | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo | Jan 7, 2016
The story takes place a little in the future. Guided by one particular song, young elementary school student Suzuhara Sorata, from the Heisei Era, is warped through a time skip to an unfamiliar place that looks much like the towns from the Meiji or Taishou period from his textbooks. In this world, he meets three young ladies and nine young men and joins them on a journey aboard the mysterious Norn ship, a giant globe that floats in midair.
Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R
Tatsunoko Production | Kawaguchi, Keiichirou | Comedy, Magic, Parody | Jan 10, 2016
Komugi Yoshida is an energetic but clumsy middle-school student who performs as an idol. Although her popularity is lacking, Komugi lives a dual life between her two worlds, until a mysterious creature named Usa-P appears before Komugi and grants her the powers of a Legendary Girl. Now Komugi has reluctantly become Magical Nurse, and must add a third life of fighting monsters to her already crowded lifestyle.
Streaming: Crunchy Roll
Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn (Koukaku no Pandora)
Manga | Studio Gokumi | Nawa, Munenori | Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi | Jan 8, 2016
From Shirow Masamune, the creator of Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed, comes the story of two cybernetically enhanced girls fighting to save their home. A super-powered terrorist has threatened the island of Cenancle. To fight him off, Nene Nanakorobi, a cybernetic girl-next-door, will have to team up with famous inventor Delilah Uzal and her adorably grumpy cyborg assistant, Clarion.
Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation
Video Game | Telecom Animation Film | Kawaguchi, Keiichirou | Sci-Fi | Jan 8, 2016
TV anime adaptation of the online RPG game Phantasy Star Online 2. It will feature an original story taking place on a near future Earth.
Prince of Stride: Alternative
Visual Novel | Madhouse | Ishizuka, Atsuko | Sports | Jan 5, 2016
From MADHOUSE, the studio behind Death Note and One-Punch Man, comes a fast-paced sports anime about Stride—competitive city-wide relay races. Nana and her classmate, Takeru, are desperate to resurrect their school’s Stride Club, but will they be able to get the prickly Riku, who insists he hates Stride, to join the team?
Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage
Studio Deen | Suzuki, Iku | Comedy, Fantasy, Magic | Jan 9, 2016
Since its founding in the year 4233 of the Nine Provinces calendar, the spirit sword clan has been producing first-class martial arts talent. Two thousand years later, the clan, which adheres to the principles of peace and spiritual development, seeks to find new disciples by holding a grand tournament. One of these candidates is 12-year-old Wang Lu. (Source: MAL)
Rilu Rilu Fairilu: Yousei no Door
Original | Studio Deen | Fantasy, Kids, Magic | Feb 6, 2016
A collaborated multimedia character project between Sega Toys and Sanrio that will include a TV anime, merchandise, books, a game, and events. In the franchise’s story, “Fairilu” are fairies of flowers, insects, mermaids, or other entities that are born from “Farilu Seeds.” Each Fairilu is born with their own key, and they must search to find and open the door that fits only their key. Once the Fairilu pass through the doors, they mature. The doors are also related to the human world. (Source: ANN)
Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
Light Novel | Lerche | Ando, Masaomi | Action, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School, Supernatural | Jan 11, 2016
Lux, a former prince of an empire named Arcadia that was overthrown via a rebellion five years earlier. Lux accidentally trespasses in a female dormitory’s bathing area, sees the kingdom’s new princess Lisesharte naked, and incurs her wrath. Lisesharte then challenges Lux to a Drag-Ride duel. Drag-Rides are ancient armored mechanical weapons that have been excavated from ruins all around the world. Lux used to be called the strongest Drag-Knight, but now he’s known as the “undefeated weakest” Drag-Knight because he will absolutely not attack in battle. After his duel with Lisesharte, Lux ends up attending the female-only academy that trains royals to be Drag-Knights. (Source: ANN)
Light Novel | LIDENFILMS | Watanabe, Tetsuya | Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi | Jan 11, 2016
Schwarzesmarken is a spin-off of the Muv-Luv Alternative series, but the events takes place in 1983. The East German Army 666th TSF Squadron “Schwarzesmarken” (Black Marks) are a special-forces unit tasked with assaulting BETA forces through unconventional tactics; specifically, they target Lux and Magnus Lux to deny the BETA the advantage of ranged firepower. Their orders are given the topmost priority, such that it is common practice for the 666th to ignore allied distress calls that will result in deviation from their original mission, even if only for a short moment. The 666th Squadron mostly operates MiG-21s, with their squadron commander Irisdena Bernhard piloting an MiG-21PF.
Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu
Visual Novel | Project No.9 | Sato, Takuya | School | Jan 7, 2016
Buntarou doesn’t know what he wants to do in the future. He does not have any kind of dream that he wants to pursue, so currently he just spends his days hanging around with his friends. One day, his classmate Sayuki asks him if he wants to help with development of a gal game. She says that she had become interested in his help after she read one his works intended for the drama club. Buntarou doesn’t know anything about gal games, but Sayuki claims that she has the ability to make it a success. Can they make the game, and will it be a success like she claims it will be? This is the story of youths taking a daring step into the unknown… (Source: ANN)
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Manga | Studio Deen | Omata, Shinichi | Drama, Josei | Jan 16, 2016
When a certain man is released from prison, he knows exactly where he’s heading first. After falling in love with a traditional comic storyteller’s rendition of the story called “Shinigami,” he is determined to become his apprentice. The performer, Yakumo, has never taken an apprentice before, but to everyone’s surprise, he accepts the eager ex-prisoner, nicknaming him “Yotaro.” As Yotaro happily begins his new life, he meets others in Yakumo’s life, including Yakumo’s ward Konatsu. Konatsu was the daughter of a famous storyteller, and Yakumo took her in after her father’s tragic death. Konatsu loved her father’s storytelling, and would love to become a performer in her own right—but that path is not available for women. (Source: ANN)
Snow White with the Red Hair 2 (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2)
Manga | Bones | Ando, Masahiro | Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo | Jan 12, 2016
Second season of Akagami no Shirayuki-hime. In the kingdom of Tanbarun lives Shirayuki, an independent and strong-willed young woman. Her resourceful intelligence has led her become a skilled pharmacist, but her most defining trait is her shock of beautiful apple-red hair. Her dazzling mane gets her noticed by the prince of the kingdom, but instead of romancing her, he demands she be his concubine. Shirayuki refuses, chops off her lovely locks, and runs away to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines. There, she befriends a young man named Zen, who, SURPRISE, is also a prince, although with a much better temperament than the previous one. Watch as Shirayuki finds her place in the new kingdom, and in Zen’s heart.
Zexcs | Ooyama, Yoshihisa | Comedy | Jan 12, 2016
The 4th season of Ketsuekigata-kun.
Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu
CoMix Wave | Yamamoto, Soubi | Fantasy, Magic, Shounen Ai | Feb 5, 2016
Chiharu is a wizard in charge of the magic department’s counter-measure division. His days are hectic, but he meets a candid young man named Toyohi at his favorite bar, and the two hit it off. On their way home, Toyohi suddenly confesses to Chiharu. Chiharu is at first bewildered at his unexpected confession, but he starts to fall into Toyohi’s pace, and the two begin to spend more time together. However, after a mistake at work, Chiharu decides to devote himself to his work and pushes Toyohi away. (Source: ANN)
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara
Manga | Pine Jam | Yoneda, Kazuhiro | Comedy, Magic | Jan 12, 2016
Yuzuka Hanami is a young girl who has few friends but who can do anything. One day, Yuzuka gets accosted by a strange creature named Miton who is digging through a trash dump. Miton tells Yuzuka, “you have the makings of a magical girl” and seems extremely suspicious. When Yuzuka is suddenly transformed into a magical girl, she’s wearing a bathing suit. (Source: ANN)
Mim Mam Mint
Original | Comedy, Kids | Dec 24, 2015
In the story, Mim and Mam receive a present at their house one day from their father. When they open the present, they discover the stuffed animal Choco Mint that is 70% rabbit and 30% bear. The duo aren’t sure what to make of the package, but they start to talk with Choco Mint. (Source: ANN)
Ojisan to Marshmallow
Manga | Creators in Pack TOKYO | Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life | Jan 8, 2016
The story centers around Kusaka, an older man who loves marshmallows, and Wakabayashi, an OL (office lady) who loves Kusaka. The manga follows as their relationship unfolds at their office. (Source: ANN)
Ooya-san wa Shishunki!
Manga | Seven Arcs | Ogawa, Yuuki | Comedy, Slice of Life | Jan 10, 2016
The story follows a boy who has gained an independent life. After moving into his rented apartment, he meets his landlord. The landlord has the physique of a little girl, and she does the cooking and housework while attending middle school with her friends. (Source: MAL)
Please tell me! GALKO-chan (Oshiete! Gyaruko-chan)
Manga | Feel | Kawaguchi, Keiichirou | Comedy, School, Slice of Life | Jan 8, 2016
Follow the daily school life of Gyaruko-chan, Otako, and Ojyo in this series of comedic short stories. Gyaruko-chan has a tendency to speak rudely, but she’s basically friends with everyone. Otako is the quiet loner of the class, but she is good friends with Gyaruko-chan. Ojyo speaks her mind freely and naturally. (Source: ANN)
Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days)
Manga | Production Reed | Amino, Tetsuro | Comedy, Shoujo, Slice of Life | Jan 10, 2016
The series details the lives of four main characters named Natsuki, Tomoya, Keiichi, and Tsuyoshi. They spend their days trying to have fun by finishing their studies and debating about romance. Natsuki, one of the main characters, has a crush on a girl named Anna at school, while others often get involved in their relationship. (Source: ANN)
Original | LIDENFILMS | Takuno, Seiki | Comedy, Music | Jan 8, 2016
Sekkou Boys is a unit of four stone figures — the military saint and group leader Saint Giorgio, history’s original celebrity Medici, the strikingly handsome and multi-talented Hermes, and the god of war Mars who is earnest about love — who become idiosyncratic idols. The story depicts their efforts to make it in the entertainment world with their female manager Miki Ishimoto, who just graduated from college. (Source: ANN)
Original | KOO-KI | Comedy, Police | Jan 7, 2016
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games around the corner, there’s also a worldwide sushi boom! But what to do with all the bastardized sushi out there? The Japanese government’s urgent response is to team up with other ruling powers around the world to establish the World Food-culture Conservation Organization (WFCO) to protect and promote authentic local cuisine. And so the WFCO deploys its 9th Division to oversee Japanese cuisine abroad. The 9th Division, a.k.a. Sushi Police, is notorious for their aggressive conduct and they hassle anyone serving unauthentic Japanese food in the U.S., Russia, France, China, etc. They will resort to any means necessary to eliminate bad sushi. Soon they are despised by restaurant proprietors around the world.
Tabimachi Late Show
Jan 8, 2016
Tabi Machi Late Show will have a theme of “goodbyes and journeys.” (Source: MAL)
Manga | Millepensee | Itagaki, Shin | Comedy, Shounen, Sports | Jan 11, 2016
Seventh season of Teekyuu. The four girls of the Kameido High School tennis club play and don’t play tennis in their side-splittingly funny daily lives. The new club member, Yuri Oshimoto, is forced to be the straightman to her idiotic upperclassmen. Then there’s Kanae Shinjou, the stupidity-machine who can’t play tennis even though she’s in the tennis club; Marimo Bandou, the unpredictable super-pervert from Kansai; and Nasuno Takamiya, the air-headed, mysterious rich girl who tries to solve everything with money. Today, tomorrow, and the day after, regardless if they’re all there or not, it’s a tennis manga you can’t help but roar in laughter at?! And in the fall of 2012, you might get caught up in the “Teekyuu” whirlwind even further?! (Source: JManga)
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 3
ILCA | Ishikawa, Tomohisa | Horror, Supernatural | Jan 11, 2016
Akin to TV Tokyo’s Folktales from Japan, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories takes a narrative format to explore the rich occult history from Japan. Moreover, the storytelling techniques in this brand new series will mimic kamishibai—a traditional storytelling technique inspired by the artistic usage of paper figures and scrolls. Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off rumors and urban legends throughout the history of Japan. (Source: Crunchy Roll)
Autumn 2015 Season Carry-Overs
– Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
– GARO: CRIMSON MOON
– Haikyu!! 2
– Heavy Object
– Mr. Osomatsu
– Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Youtube
– Utawarerumono The False Faces
View the Season in delicious chart form on AniChart, where you can mark and share your own picks of the season. Check out Oscar’s selections and Peter’s selections!