Autumn winds are coming, there’s a potentially life-changing election around the corner, and 2016 has proved itself to be a thoroughly bizarre year. But amidst the madness we still have a new season of anime to bring us together, so there’s something to celebrate about! The past few seasons have been varied in genre and source material, and this is much the same. We’ve got a bundle of anime originals, with the WWII-inspired Shuumatsu no Izetta sure to make a strong impression, Classicaloid is bringing Mozart and Beethoven together in a colourful comedy, Flip Flappers looks to be a magical girl show with a bundle of creative talent behind it, and the misleadingly titled Yuri!!! on Ice has a lot to live up to. The Hellsing author’s latest manga, Drifters, is getting an adaptation, and the Occultic;Nine light-novels by the Steins;Gate author are also coming to our screens. There’s also a selection of prestige and award-winning material getting TV anime, with the popular novel and live-action film building expectations for Fune wo Amu, 3-gatsu no Lion is getting adapted by none other than Shaft, and the beloved Natsume Yuujinchou is returning for it’s fifth season. Speaking of sequels, we’ve got plenty: the Brave Witches spin-off is sure to satisfy Strike Witches fans, Haikyuu!!’s third season is set to cover the most important match yet, Kyoto Animation are blessing us with the sound of Hibike! Euphonium 2, and we even got a surprise spin-off announcement in WWW.WORKING!!. It’s a large and varied season that’s sure to offer something for everybody. This is Random Curiosity’s Fall 2016 Preview!


As a quick reminder, most entries are divided into two paragraphs:

  • A brief introduction to the series and its premise, often with the starring cast of characters.
  • The writer’s impressions, expanding on the plot and highlighting specific points of interest.

This season we’ll continue using our Expectation Levels. Remember, these reflect our own subjective excitement level for each show; they do not necessarily reflect how shows will pan out. For more information, check out the Overall Impressions section at the bottom, which includes an expanded explanation of each category and a list of all shows by expectation level.


Disclaimer: Back in the time of antiquity the scribes called 2012, previews were done by a single writer, Divine. Since none of the current writers are as crazy awesome as he, we’ve divided them up among our staff (Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Takaii, and Zephyr) in order to maintain the quality of this preview. We will try to point out what appeals to us in each series, in the hope that it will help you determine if it coincides with your tastes.

Disclaimer #2: Please note that this list does not reflect all the series airing this coming season. It is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, but omissions have been made for shows that stray from the anime norm or seem to be oriented toward young children. Please check out MOON PHASE for complete listings, syoboi for specific air times, and Fansub DB for a list of potential sources for each series.

As always, thank you to the entire Random Curiosity staff for helping with this preview. Special thanks go to Divine and Xumbra, who encoded all the PV’s; Zephyr, who compiled the OVA/Movie list; Stilts, who was both manager and editor; Takaii, who checked for errors; and Cherrie, who did formatting, links, pictures, and everything else that makes this wall of text into a coherent document. We couldn’t have done it without you all. For more of a one-man-show experience, our very own Guardian Enzo has the LiA fall preview where you can find a second opinion on many of these shows.

Lastly, thank you to all of you again for waiting patiently (or in the case of some, not so patiently) for us to deliver this preview. Even with shorts now getting their own section at the bottom of the post similar to OVA/Movies, this has proved to be one of the biggest anime seasons ever. This behemoth takes over a month of planning and an extra workload for all our writers, so we appreciate your returning readership whenever the usual three-month mark comes around. This is my (Samu) first time introing, but hopefully not my last. It’s been a pleasure.

TV Series

Technical Note: The chart below is ordered by the date and time that the shows premiere. The links in the schedule will take you to a series’ corresponding entry and the “Top” links on the right will bring you back. You can also use the back/forward buttons in your browser to jump between links you’ve clicked. All times are given in a 24-hour, relative-day format where times are extended to show which day they belong to. For instance, Friday morning at 1:30AM would become Thursday at 25:30 to show that the episode aired late Thursday night.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans 2
17:00 MBS (10/2)
12-Sai. Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki
19:30 MX (10/3)
Nobunaga no Shinobi
21:55 MX (10/4)
Hibike! Euphonium 2
24:00 MX (10/5)
Flip Flappers
21:00 AT-X (10/6)
23:00 MX (10/7)
17:30 NHK (10/8)
22:00 MX (10/2)
Stella no Mahou
22:30 AT-X (10/3)
Soushin Shoujo Matoi
23:00 MX (10/4)
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season
25:05 MX (10/5)
23:30 MX (10/6)
Lostorage incited WIXOSS
24:30 BS11 (10/7)
Long Riders!
21:00 AT-X (10/8)
Magic-kyun! Renaisssance
22:30 MX (10/2)
TRICKSTER -Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” Yori-
25:05 MX (10/3)
Natsume Yuujinchou Go
25:35 TX (10/4)
Brave Witches
25:35 MX (10/5)
24:00 MX (10/6)
Haikyuu!! Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou
25:55 TBS (10/7)
21:00 MX (10/8)
Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru
24:00 MX (10/2)
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
25:35 TX (10/3)
27:00 MBS (10/4)
Yuri!!! on ICE
26:21 EX (10/5)
Fune wo Amu
24:55 CX (10/13)
Ajin 2nd Season
26:25 TBS (10/7)
Bubuki Buranki ・Hoshi no Kyojin
21:30 AT-X (10/1)
Idol Memories
24:30 MX (10/2)
Watashi ga Motete Dou Sunda
25:58 TBS (10/6)
Shuumatsu no Izetta
23:00 AT-X (10/1)
Girlish Number
26:28 TBS (10/6)
3-gatsu no Lion
23:00 NHK (10/8)
23:30 MX (10/1)
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
24:00 AT-X (10/1)
24:00 MX (10/8)
ViVid Strike!
24:30 MX (10/1)
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE Legend Star
25:00 MX (10/1)
Sengoku Choujuu Giga
25:42 KBC (10/8)
Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
25:55 ntv (10/8)
Tiger Mask W
26:45 EX (10/1)

* Jump to OVA/Movies or Short Series List.

Bubuki Buranki ・Hoshi no Kyojin | ブブキ・ブランキ 星の巨人Top
Animation: Sanzigen Premiere: October 1, 2016
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 21:30
Episodes: Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @bbkbrnk or #ブブキ

Preview by Stilts

The original created to celebrate CGI studio SANZIGEN’s 10th anniversary is returning for a second season. Giants of the Star returns to a world where living weapons known as Bubuki can be used to control titans called Buranki, and defend against the kind of Buranki that can’t be controlled and would otherwise destroy the world. Protagonist Kazuki Azuma (Kobayashi Yuusuke) is returning, as are his friends, though this time it looks like Azuma’s sister Kazuki Kaoruko (Kanemoto Hisako) is going to have a serious role, though it’s unclear whether she’ll be a protagonist, antagonist, rival, or all of the above. The story will take place after the events of the first season, and will grapple with the explosive events of the battle on Treasure Island and what they mean for the world.

I love this baka of a show. Imagine me saying that with fondness, because while I can’t say the first season of Bubuki Buranki was always the smartest or most coherent anime, it was a lot of fun. This is a series where the CGI animation actually enhances the end product, because while it retains some (though not all) of CGI’s traditional pitfalls, its hyper kinetic action, lively expressions, and above all else the ACTION (worth saying twice) make for a trade-off I’m willing to make (think Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova). The plot is just short of too jargon heavy, at least for me, though your mileage may vary. Its biggest weakness was in how frantic the plotting is—things happen, they don’t always make sense, characters react without seeming to be changed by events (first season main antagonist Banryuu Reoko (Han Megumi) and her crew being the notable exceptions), and most of it doesn’t seem to sink in. This is a spectacle series, more an animator’s showcase than a character-driven drama. It may not be deep, but it is fun, and there are worse things than that.

Watching This: Passerby, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
Shuumatsu no Izetta | 終末のイゼッタTop
Animation: Ajiadou Premiere: October 1, 2016
Genre: History, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @izetta2016 or #イゼッタ

Preview by Passerby

Europe, 1939. Or rather, a continent very much like Europe in a year that may described as being the 1939th on certain calendars. The imperialistic nation of Germania (no relation) begins annexing and invading its neighbours, igniting a violent conflict that threatens to engulf the world. A world war, we could call it. Perhaps even the second of its kind. Come 1940, Germania turns its gaze south. Its next target for conquest is the Principality of Elystadt, which had heretofore remained neutral in the war. Fine (Hayami Saori), Princess of Elystadt, left with the burden of rule ever since her father was infirmed by illness, swears to defend her land and her people, but Elystadt has little with which to withstand the Germanian war machine except sticks and harsh language. Their last resort: witchcraft. And thus is a mythical witch awakened from long slumber, a woman named Izetta (Akaneya Himika). Izetta pledges her magic to fight in the name of the Princess of Elystadt, but it will be just her against an army of tanks and aeroplanes. There will be no more witches. She is the last of her kind.

Let’s stop pretending: Shuumatsu no Izetta is fantasy World War II, possibly the laziest one I’ve ever seen. The Principality of Elystadt is basically a bigger Liechtenstein, carved out of Austria. Germania is probably ruled by Nazis. They’re not really trying to hide it; this is WWII. WWII with a lisp. Also, witches. Yeah, that’s where the history becomes alternate history, but not actually too far-fetched, as far as spins on The War go, since Hitler’s fascination with the occult is a thing of infamy now. Being an original anime, I don’t know exactly how loose the historical details in Shuumatsu no Izetta are going to be, let alone what the story will really be, but if this is more like Junketsu no Maria, the history will be mostly a backdrop, and if it goes the Valkyria Chronicles route the history will diverge at some point and go weird places. Right now, the most we can do is make predictions based on staff, and I have some reservations. Director Fujimori Masaya is experienced, but more with works aimed at a younger demographic. As for Yoshino Hiroyuki on series composition…eh, I guess he’s done some good shows. Well, I can let a lot slide in the name of a realistic-looking historical military anime, as I’m sure fans of the niche can, and one with a twist can be interesting. I’m crossing my fingers.

Watching This: Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts Expectation Level: Moderate
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Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: October 1, 2016
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 23:30
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @wagnaria or #wagnaria

Preview by Samu

WORKING!! ended last year with its third season, and it concluded on a high-note, leaving pretty much every fan of the series satisfied. The gags were still as funny as ever, the characters endearing as always, and all the major character arcs were wrapped up nicely. A few pairings even got confirmed, to the delight of many. We thought it was over…until we got the very recent announcement for WWW.Working!!. This web manga by the same author may seem like an attempt at re-capturing the magic of the original, but this actually came first of the two. If anything, WORKING!! is the spin-off of WWW.Working!!. Even though the setting is the same, sadly, the cast is different. Our new lead, Higashida Daisuke (Nakamura Yuuichi) is a stern-face first-year student who lives a peaceful life with his tiring and humourless family. But when his father’s company goes bankrupt he has to take up a part-time job at a nearby and familiar family restaurant: Wagnaria.

Long-time fans of WORKING!! may remember an April Fools’ joke from several years back that enraged viewers with a ‘special announcement’ – that announcement was for a season of WWW.Working!!, rather than the second season that many hoped for. Five years later, and we’ve got a complete adaptation of WORKING!! and an upcoming season of the original web-manga. It’s an exciting prospect, but I’m not getting my hopes up too high. There’s a fair chance this won’t match the hilarity we’d come to expect from the original cast. While it may look and sound and feel the same, we’ll have to wait and see how these new (or old) characters compare to those we’re familiar with. But as it’s penned by the same mangaka, I expect the same style of zany humour and bubbly personalities to fill our screens for this fall season.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Jig, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku | 魔法少女育成計画Top
Animation: Lerche Premiere: October 1, 2016
Genre: Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @mahoiku_anime or #mahoiku

Preview by Stilts

Based on the light novel series of the same name, Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku begins with a social game called The Magical Girl Raising Project which allows one in every ten thousand people to become a magical girl. Magical girls are gifted with extraordinary physical capabilities and looks, as well as special magical powers that set them apart from the rest of humanity. But one day, in a district with sixteen magical girls, the administrators announce that there are too many of them, and that they need to halve the number to solve a problem with magical energy. At first the girls compete to collect more magical candy than their rivals, but before long the rules become twisted and it becomes a murderous battle for survival.

Doing a dark take on a light genre is nothing new, and magical girls have gotten the brunt of that treatment. But just because it’s been done before didn’t stop me from taking note when I read the premise, so clearly there’s still a market. My big question is, how dark is this is going to get? Are they going to toe the line without descending into the darkness, or are we going full Gakkou Gurashi! spliced with Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Mirai Nikki? Either way could honestly work, though the promo videos don’t tip their hand either way, other than to show the vibrant character designs and a seiyuu cast that’s stacked with big names. I wasn’t able to get a hold of the light novels, so your guess may be better than mine. I’m curious, though, and while director Hashimoto Hiroyuki has only had one stint in the head director’s chair, and series composer Yoshioka Takao is more used to doing magical-fantasy-action-harem series, my interest continues unabated. A strong premise is a good start, but it’s all down to the execution. I suggest checking out the promo videos to decide whether you want to jump in.

Watching This: Cherrie, Stilts Expectation Level: Moderate
ViVid Strike!Top
Animation: Seven Arcs Pictures Premiere: October 1, 2016
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @vivid_strike_ or #vivid_strike

Preview by Stilts

After over a year with no news on the promised second cour, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid is finally back . . . or so I thought. This is actually an original work set in the same universe, with ViVid main characters Takamachi Vivio (Mizuhashi Kaori) and Einhart Stratos (Noto Mamiko) demoted to secondary characters—after they themselves took over from original Nanoha main characters Takamachi Nanoha (Tamura Yukari) and Fate Testarossa (Mizuki Nana)—in favor of two new girls: Fuuka Reventon (Minase Inori) and Rinne (Ogura Yui). Not much is known, other than promo videos that point toward themes of bullying and unhappiness, and a series tagline: “Thou shalt not be afraid, I am with you.”

Just when I was getting used to Vivio and Einhart, they switch main characters on me again. Coming from the mind of original Nanoha and DOG DAYS creator Tsuzuki Masaki, and helmed by reliable Seven Arcs director Nishimura Junji, it’s not like this team is new to the Nanoha universe. I just I’m reeling from another change in viewpoint, and I don’t know what else to think since they’re holding their cards close to their chests. Vivio, Einhart, and their friends aren’t entirely disappearing, though, which is more than I can say for Nanoha and Fate—they’re not even listed as characters, and this is the first Nanoha-related anime where Tamura Yukari and Mizuki Nana aren’t singing the OPs and EDs. From the promos I’d expect the same Nanoha magical combat, but with plotlines that sound more like Fate’s tortured story from the original seasons rather than the sports-focused battling of ViVid. Or I could be wrong! Maybe this is a Saki: Achiga-hen episode of Side-A situation. We really have no idea. I know I’ll be tuning in because I love Nanoha-style magical combat to death, and because I want to know what they have in mind. I just can’t help some disappointment, since ViVid was finally heating up. Hopefully ViVid Strike will be a worthy addition to the Nanoha universe.

Watching This: Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE Legend StarTop
Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: October 1, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:00
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Samu

STARISH are now full-fledged idols, as the story continues to follow the lead character and aspiring composer, Nanami Haruka (Sawashiro Miyuki), as she works with STARISH on a professional and potentially romantic level. Among those members are Ittoki Otoya (Terashima Takuma), a positive and energetic boy who loves singing more than anything; Hijirikawa Masato (Suzumura Kenichi), a piano player taking on his family business; Shinomiya Natsuki (Taniyama Kishou), a viola player with two very different personalities; Ichinose Tokiya (Miyano Mamoru), the idealistic brother of Haruka’s idol, Hayato; Jinguuji Ren (Suwabe Junichi), a flirtatious saxophone player; Kurusu Shou (Shimono Hiro), an energetic boy with an underlying heart condition; and Aijima Cecil (Toriumi Kousuke), the prince of Agnalolis. If you’ve been watching it up until now, you’re familiar with these characters and all their flamboyant and eccentric rivals. You can expect the same episodic switches between the male cast as they continue on their idol dreams.

I stopped watching Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ after the second season, mainly because I realised nothing was going to change. The characters may become better singers or more successful idols, but there’s no real progress in terms of character development or variety from episode to episode. You can predict how things are going to turn out at least 10 minutes before the ‘twists’ come, and you can expect it to be a happy ending every single time. Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ is likely to get as many sequels as Teekyuu at this point, which I’m sure is going to please fans of the games and previous seasons. It may not have enough variety to keep me entertained, but I know it’s got a dedicated audience, and I’m glad those viewers will be able to see their favourite male idols back on-screen once again.

Watching This: Takaii Expectation Level: Established
Tiger Mask W | タイガーマスクWTop
Animation: Toei Animation Premiere: October 1, 2016
Genre: Action, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 26:45
Episodes: 39 Station: TV Asahi (EX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @tigermaskw or #タイガーマスクW

Preview by Takaii

For fans of the original series, please forgive me. With the genre and subject matter a little out of my comfort zone, I never took it upon myself to read or watch the original Tiger Mask. That said, Tiger Mask W looks like an interesting attempt at modernizing the series while trying to maintain some of that old school feel that older fans are sure to appreciate. This time around the story revolves around Yashiro Taku and Umehara Yuichiro. The pair were friends who once trained together until their dojo was destroyed by the huge Global Wrestling Monopoly team. With both swearing to take revenge for their former gym, their paths drastically differed: Yashiro sides with the light and becomes the “New Tiger Mask” while Umehara dives into the darkness to become “Tiger the Dark”. The two enter the biggest ring yet as they attempt to take down the organization that’s controlling everything from the shadows.

For someone who doesn’t follow wrestling at all, Tiger Mask W actually did a great job at getting me excited. With a fairly wide cast of characters that all seem to have their own selling point, and a story that feels like something from an old-time cartoon, I was surprised by how I found myself rooting for this show’s success. Toss in the studio’s decision to combine classic cell animation with a touch of 3DCG and I can almost taste the nostalgia lover in me wanting to see it all in action. And for those wrestling fans out there who are curious how this anime will hold up, it looks like it has a strong foundation in a great manga that it’s drawing inspiration from, as well as backing from the New Japan Pro-Wrestling organization, which is the largest in Japan and second in the world only to the WWE. So, if you’re looking for a revival of a classic that just happens to revolve around the world of wrestling and a little bit of good vs evil, you just might want to check this one out.

Watching This: Takaii Expectation Level: Moderate
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Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans 2 | 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ 2Top
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: October 2, 2016
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 17:00
Episodes: 25 Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @g_tekketsu or #g_tekketsu

Preview by Zephyr

One year after its debut, Iron-Blooded Orphans continues its run with a second season. A standalone series set in the “Post Disaster” (P.D.) timeline, Iron-Blooded Orphans takes place 300 years after a great war between Earth and its Outer Colonies. Known as the “Calamity War,” the conflict split the world into four economic blocs and led to the creation of Gjallarhorn, a military organization created to keep the peace. Despite rapid technological advancements in the years after however, it is found that Martians are continuing to live in impoverished conditions and remain entirely dependent on Earth for its economic development. Hoping to negotiate for Martian independence, a young aristocrat in Kudelia Aina Bernstein (Terasaki Yuka) enlists the help of civilian security company CGS. Taking advantage of a Gjallarhorn attack, CGS’s Third Army Division—consisting of mostly of orphaned children led by Orga Itsuka (Hosoya Yoshimasa) and Mikazuki Augus (Kawanishi Kengo)—launches a coup with the legendary Gundam Barbatos, leading to the creation of “Tekkadan.” With the first season following their successful delivery of Kudelia to Earth, the second season will continue the story of Tekkadan and their continued fight for survival. Nagai Tatsuyuki (Ano Natsu de Matteru, Honey and Clover II, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) and Okada Mari (Hanasaku Iroha, Nagi no Asukara, Zetsuen no Tempest) will reprise their roles as director and series composer, with the original cast returning as well.

Given the lackluster reception for AGE and G no Reconguista, the Gundam franchise has seen better days. As a result, Iron-Blooded Orphans came with high hopes that it would be better than its recent predecessors, and I think it’s safe to say it was. Exciting bits of action combined with political intrigue and factional divides created a series that made you feel for the plight of its main cast, and at the very least, this was a journey that made you want to see how it ended—even if it may not have been the one that many wanted. Its character development could’ve benefited from a more deft touch, and it’s obvious that elements of the series suffered from the occasional stylistic clash between Nagai and Okada, but for all its flaws, this was a decent iteration for a franchise that’s desperately needed one not connected to the original Mobile Suit Gundam. Ultimately, you’d like to have something that’s more than “just good enough,” but it’s a step in the right direction that makes the series worth mentioning, and one would expect the sequel to possess similar quality.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
Animation: BONES Premiere: October 2, 2016
Genre: Action, Music Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @sb69a or #sb69a

Preview by Passerby

After a first season that didn’t light up the anime radar, and a second season that was mostly a sideshow distraction, from the land of surprisingly persistent sequels comes Show By Rock!! #, now one semitone higher. Actually, it’s not too surprising of a sequel since there’s quite a bit of money in this franchise. The company behind Show By Rock!! is Sanrio, of Hello Kitty fame, and if there’s one thing they know how to do it’s design unique characters and market them furiously. And so the quirky animal girls of band Plasmagica, along with all their original seiyuu, return once more. In the alternate Tokyo of MIDICITY, where music is everything, they’ll fight other bands for dominance. They’ll fight with the power of friendship to pursue their dreams. They’ll fight strange shadow monsters for…whatever reason. Look, it’s futile trying to summarise the plot of Show By Rock!!; it goes wherever its whims take it. You’ll want to check out the first season before watching this one anyway.

What a curious show Show By Rock!! was, starting with its aesthetics. It mixed more traditional hand-drawn animation with occasional pure computer-generated segments, with the former handled by BONES and the latter by Studio GOONEYS. It does play to the surrealism of the premise and the setting somewhat, but understandably it’s also the kind of look that may turn some viewers off; I won’t pretend that the switches between the two forms were not sometimes jarring, especially for those with less tolerance for CGI. If you can get over that, then Show By Rock!! is actually a fairly good looking show; the 3D stuff is professionally done, at least, and BONES quality is still BONES quality. And of course, with Sanrio involved a cute cast is guaranteed. Cute girls + neat action has always done well for anime (at least, for the magical girl genre) and Show By Rock should be a source of easy entertainment. Due warning though: as mentioned in the summary, the plot did go all over the place, so if what you seek from anime is clean, cohesive narrative, then Show By Rock! may not be for you; it doesn’t take itself nearly seriously enough for that. Regardless, you’d want to watch the first season so you won’t be totally lost for the second—and if you’ve already done that and liked it, you’re set. I see no indication that Show By Rock!! intends to reinvent itself.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Magic-kyun! Renaisssance | マジきゅんっ!ルネッサンスTop
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: October 2, 2016
Genre: Drama, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 22:30
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @magic_kyun or #magic_kyun

Preview by Takaii

Based off of the trading card game from distributor Broccoli comes another ido-based show aimed at sweeping everyone off their feet. Set in a world where magic is used as an art form rather than for war, various establishments exist to train those skilled at magic, or “Artistas”, as they prepare them for a life in show business. Enter Aigasaki Ohana (Senbongi Sayaka), the main heroine of the show and the girl who everyone is trying to sweep off her feet. Also attending the prestigious Hoshinomori Private Magical Arts High School, she’s placed in the planning committee for the school’s yearly cultural festival. Through various situations she ends up with six other boys aiming to court her as they strive to become successful entertainers in the future. Come follow along as Ichijouji Teika (Umehara Yuuichirou), Suminomiya Aoi (KENN), Tatewaki Rintarou (Ono Yuuki), Anjou Louis (Hatano Wataru), Tsukushi Mone (Aoi Shouta), and Hibiki Kanato (Eguchi Takuya) strut their stuff as they try to win the girl of their dreams and put on the best Summer Festa Cultural Festival their school has seen!

For anime based off of collectible card games, it’s usually tough for me to dive deep into them (the game itself) because I can’t stand that feeling when you start a new game and are at an obvious disadvantage because of how these games work. Economics aside, I must say that for an idol anime, everything about Magic-Kun Renaissance leads me to believe it’ll be a fun watch. With catchy songs provided by Pony Canyon and Sunrise providing awesome animation and visuals, it feels like a male-idol fan’s dream. Toss in a set number of guys to take your pick from, all of whom have their own unique face, behavior, and style, and you have all the ingredients for a successful idol-based show. That said, I don’t know how all of that fares when you have the new season of Uta Pri also airing this fall. While it could be said that fans of the genre are pretty hardcore, I don’t know how much space they’ll have left in their hearts for another male-idol show. If you’re looking for another idol show that should have great music, stellar visuals, and a fairly well rounded cast, give Magic-Kyun Renaissance a glance. On a side note, there’s also a character who apparently likes to use lots of English (and is named Louis) and when I heard it, I instantly thought we had a male Mari. Take that how you will!

Watching This: Cherrie, Takaii Expectation Level: Moderate
Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru- | 刀剣乱舞-花丸-Top
Animation: Dogakobo Premiere: October 2, 2016
Genre: Adventure Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @touken_hanamaru or #touken_hanamaru

Preview by Takaii

Touken Ranbu is a story about saving the past from the evildoers who are trying to change it. In order to stop them, the spirits of ancient swords throughout Japanese history take the form of bishounens as they travel through time to prevent history from being rewritten. From tantos to uchigatanas, all the way to naginatas, all manner of weapons are striving to protect history. All of which happens in the form of an easy to play DMM game which also resembles another popular game that features historical Japanese naval ships as girls! All humor aside, Touken Ranbu has exploded in popularity over the past few years and it’s no surprise to see an anime (or two, we’ll get more into that in a second) finally being made for it. With a successful stage play and musical already out in the wild, it was only a matter of time until a more slice-of-lifey version of the game appeared.

With nearly nothing being revealed about the subject matter of the show, it’s tough to give any kind of recommendation if you haven’t already experienced what Touken Ranbu really is. If I were to summarize all the material that’s already come out, I would say that every spin-off has turned into something fun to watch and typically has a great soundtrack. Also, for those of you who are already fans and will be tuning in for at least the first few episodes, let me warn you that the more serious and intense version of your favorite sword boys won’t be out until next year when Ufotable releases their version tentatively named “Touken Ranbu”. If you’re looking for an anime that’ll have cute to really good looking guys that are all pretty good with swords (seeing how they’re all technically swords) and has a great track record of not producing boring things, I would not hesitate in recommending this one. Also, if you’re looking for a list of the swords who are going to be featured, check the list. Luckily for me, my bae Kashuu is always in so I have nothing to worry about.

Watching This: Takaii Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Idol Memories | アイドルメモリーズTop
Animation: Seven Arcs Pictures Premiere: October 2, 2016
Genre: Music Airtime (GMT+9): Sundays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Stilts

From the smartphone game company Happy Elements, in conjunction with Seven Arcs, comes the new original hybrid anime called Idol Memories. The story takes place in 2035 when virtual reality has evolved enough so that people can experience world travel and other events from the comfort of their own homes. In this world, live idol performances to a worldwide audience have become commonplace. This led to the creation of the Kanon Private Academy to train new idols. These idols compete to reach the top of the World Idol League. The anime will focus on six such idols, who make up the units StarRing and Shadow.

And by hybrid anime, I mean that half of every episode will be animated, while the other half will be live action. That plus the smartphone game company coming up with the ideas makes Idol Memories sound like either a cheap or mercenary endeavor, but it’s still an original series, which means it could go any which way. The cast and crew don’t exactly inspire confidence, with a newbie director and only one seiyuu of the main six with more than a handful of credits to her name. The character designs look fine and the animation is passable, so at least there’s that. Honestly, this feels like a show that those who are super into idol anime will watch, but which most others won’t bother with. And honestly? They haven’t given us reason to put more faith in them than that. That doesn’t mean it won’t be good! It totally could be. They’re just not giving any indication of depth, interesting ideas, or even if the music will be any good. Mainly it just looks like a vehicle for idol training montages, a VR gimmick that doesn’t arouse much interest, and a goofy masked villain right out of Sailor Moon. I’ll probably take a wait-and-see approach on this one personally.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Low
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12-Sai. Chicchana Mune no TokimekiTop
12歳。~ちっちゃなムネのトキメキ~ セカンドシーズン
Animation: Premiere: October 3, 2016
Genre: Romance, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 19:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Samu

The TV anime of 12-Sai. hit our screens earlier this year, and now we’ve got a second season on the way. If you missed out on this underrated gem, then take comfort that you’re in the majority, as this went under the radar of many anime fans when it turned out a lot better than the average viewer would give it credit for. Like the first season, this will continue the elementary school shoujo romance stories of the overlapping characters. The first season established the newfound love between two main couples: First is Ayase Hanabi (Kakuma Ai), a girly girl who is often bullied, and Takao Yuuto (Saito Soma), the most popular boy in class; but if you prefer something with a touch of tsundere tendencies, then there’s the romance between Aoi Yui (Kimura Juri) and Hiyama Kazuma (Horie Shun) instead.

There’s an undeniable charm to 12-Sai., especially if you’re a fan of these unabashed shoujo romances. With this second season you can expect a return to childish romances, innocent kisses, and a focus on the transitions of puberty that’s handled more maturely than almost any other anime out there. It’s important that we get a mature telling of these immature characters. More often than not, younger characters in anime are sexualised or just treated as younger siblings to the main characters, but the shift in focus is something that sets 12-Sai. apart from the crowd, even if the massive googly eyes may turn off hesitant viewers.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
Stella no Mahou | ステラのまほうTop
Animation: SILVER LINK. Premiere: October 3, 2016
Genre: School-Life, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 22:30
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Takaii

For those of you wanting a slice-of-life that has a touch of nerdiness to it, look no further than Stella no Mahou. Following first year Honda Tamaki (Naganawa Maria) after she joins the SNS-Club, a club that focuses on making doujin, Stella no Mahou revolves around the lives of Tamaki and her clubmates as they try to start and complete their own self-made game!

Okay, I know you might be saying, “Takaii, that introduction paragraph was so short. Why should I even give this show a second of my time?” And I wouldn’t disagree about the first part, since I couldn’t get any concrete details and getting the manga shipped to me wouldn’t make it in time for the preview. If you thought the second part though, let me try to persuade you with all the good things I found while digging for information. Starting with what S in SNS stands for (dead fish eyes or 死んだ魚の目) to the four other girls in the SBS-bu, the magic of this show will definitely come from the way the cast interacts with each other both on a personal and a working level. For me, I’m hoping we get to see some of the drama that comes with working hand-in-hand with friends and the awkward situations that can arise from it. And seeing how the source material is described as a 4-koma without the gag part, I’m hoping we get some more serious moments sprinkled in-between all that slice-of-life goodness. On a side note, the cast for this show is so spot on that I personally would have watched it simply for them if I wasn’t doing research on it. With Yuuki Aoi being the stand out for me, you have one lesser known seiyuu and two newbies rounding out the cast (their voices seem to fit pretty well judging from the PV). All-in-all, if you’re looking for a slice-of-life that won’t bore you too quickly and has fairly fun subject matter, why not take a peek at Stella no Mahou?

Watching This: Stilts, Takaii Expectation Level: Moderate
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TRICKSTER -Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” Yori-Top
TRICKSTER -江戸川乱歩「少年探偵団」より-
Animation: Shin-ei Animation x TMS Entertainment Premiere: October 3, 2016
Genre: Mystery Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:05
Episodes: 24 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Jig

Thrust into a future in the 2030’s, TRICKSTER -Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” Yori- follows a group of young adolescent male detectives assembled under the tutelage of the mysterious Kogorou Akechi—a man as mysterious as he is intelligent. They routinely solve cases, both small and large. However, it happens that one day, member Hanasaki Kensuke (Osaka Ryota) stumbles upon a mysterious, silver-haired young lad by the name of Yoshio Kobayashi (Daiki Yamashita). Due to what can only be described as a “mysterious fog,” Kobayashi is incapable of dying, and isolates himself from all others—all the while wishing his own death. Hanasaki decides to extend an invitation to join the team, which is the first step in getting the two wrapped up in all sort of supernatural troubles.

I’m in full support of original anime, and TRICKSTER -Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” Yori- seems fully intent on starting a franchise, as a tie-in manga is launched alongside the show. The previews convey a kind of dark, angsty, supernatural tone that I think will resonate with fans of a perhaps darker ilk of shounen. Much of the narrative’s emotional core will probably revolve around the two protagonists, who take the bulk of the previews’ screen time. The story will likely involve them helping each other overcome their inner demons. At the same time, though, I’m excited for some really intricate, twisted mystery, the likes of which we don’t get enough of in anime nowadays. The show is based on the mystery novels of Edogawa Ranpo, a prominent figure in Japan’s literary history. Think Hardy Boys, but oh so Japanese. This alone shows a lot of promise for some quality storytelling, if the series’ (admittedly loose) source material is this proven.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Jig Expectation Level: Moderate
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Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume | 灼熱の卓球娘Top
Animation: Kinema Citrus Premiere: October 3, 2016
Genre: Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Mondays at 25:35
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @syakunetsu_pr or #卓球娘

Preview by Jig

Welcome to the world of competitive middle school girls table tennis. Based on the manga of the same name, Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume chronicles the exploits of Kamiya Agari (Tanaka Minami), the number one ping pong player at on her middle school club team. She treasures her place at the top, and resolves to take herself all the way to nationals. Enter Tsumujikaze Koyori (Hanamori Yumiri), a recent transfer student who’s a peculiar, reserved kind of girl. However, she soon proves a major threat to Kamiya’s top ranking. Their rivalry takes center stage as the two are thrust into the crazy world of middle school girls ping pong.

I’m sorry, but this is awesome. The show obviously aims to be the next moe hit—“What should we do next with cute girls? Um, how about we get them to play ping pong?” Um, yes. I’ve always been a big fan of the sport, so no complaints here. It’s about time the moe trend comes into full collision with another flourishing genre in anime. Watching small cute girls become subject to kind of high-adrenaline balls-to-the-wall action is exactly what anime needs right now. The manga proves for a legitimately exciting read, as the action is genuinely engaging. Not to mention the characters are each lovable in their own, unique way. The preview seems to indicate that the animation will get the proper care it deserves—equal parts cheery and energetic—in order for the show to honor its potential.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderate
Nobunaga no Shinobi | 信長の忍びTop
Animation: TMS Entertainment Premiere: October 4, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 21:55
Episodes: 26 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Takaii

Centered around a young female ninja named Chidori (Minase Inori), Nobunaga no Shinobi is an adaptation based on a 4-koma gag manga that takes place smack dab during the Sengoku Jidai or Warring States period in Japan’s history. With Chidori’s life goal to become Nobunaga’s shinobi after he saved her from drowning in the river, the show dives into the various situations she faces as she strives to show Nobunaga her skills. Along the way we’ll also meet all the people who’re trying their best to help Chidori achieve her goal!

With nearly no information and only a few chapters of the source material available outside Japan, let me try to give you a comprehensive idea of how I think Nobunaga no Shinobi will turn out. Based off my impressions of episode 0 which was released during Anime Japan, as well as the few chapters I managed to obtain, this is probably going to be the kind of short show that appeals to those slice-of-life fans who also enjoy a little bit of Japanese history weaved into the story as they’re bombarded with well-timed jokes. But jokes alone don’t always make for a good show, and Nobunaga no Shinobi accentuates everything with a stellar cast that makes you want more with each passing minute. From the adorable Chidori (who grows up to be an epic shinobi) to the astute but warm Nobunaga (Hatano Wataru) (if you don’t know who Nobunaga is, go read a little), there are a handful of characters in-between who manage to play off of the pair’s dynamic to create something you only find in really compelling 4-koma gag manga. If there’s anything I can leave you with, let it be this: don’t let the artstyle of the anime sway you away. It does wonders with its style and manages to pack a lot of content in only a few minutes. Seeing how it only takes a few minutes to watch, why not give it a shot? (Disclaimer: I’m not 100% sure if this is a short anime, but episode 0 was and it feels like the format would fit the story well.)

Watching This: Samu, Takaii Expectation Level: Moderate
Soushin Shoujo Matoi | 装神少女まといTop
Animation: WHITE FOX Premiere: October 4, 2016
Genre: Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @matoi_anime or #matoi_anime

Preview by Jig

All Sumeragi Matoi (Suwa Ayaka) wanted to do was live a normal life. After being separated from her mother at an early age, she’s lived with her grandparents—but now she finally gets to live with her father again. All she wants is to reside peacefully now. However, she’s friends with Kusanagi Yuma (Oozora Naomi), a shrine maiden-in-training, whose family has exorcised evil spirits for generations. One day the two stumble upon Kusanagi’s shrine in ruins, and her parents incapacitated. The only witness: a shady man who doesn’t seem to have all his marbles. Kusanagi reckless jumps into an exorcism ritual, and at the end of it, Sumeragi is suddenly granted the demon-banishing abilities of a god. She must use these powers wisely, if she’s ever to get back to living a normal life.

The premise seems a little bland and unpromising, but a quick look at the previews will show you that the series is anything but. Maybe I’m jumping the gun here, but the art direction for this series is gorgeous. Adorable, un-obnoxious character designs complement charming personalities, landscapes are adorned with stunning vistas and intricate clouds. Animation is also fluid, and unique between characters. The tone too promises something mysterious, suspenseful, but also full of life and energy among its main cast. There’s an all-around really pleasant vibe going on here—one which I think is integral to the potential quality of the show. I understand that good characters and story go beyond just pretty looks, and the premise still seems a little stale, but there’s a lot of potential here from just the previews alone. I was pleasantly surprised, and look forward to how the show turns out.

Watching This: Passerby Expectation Level: Moderate
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Natsume Yuujinchou Go | 夏目友人帳 伍Top
Animation: Shuka Premiere: October 4, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Slice-of-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 25:35
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Tokyo (TX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Guardian Enzo

There could hardly be a safer bet on this schedule full of crapshoots than this fifth-generation sequel in one of the most consistent (both in terms of quality and disc sales) franchises in anime history. It probably wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say I’ve spent more emotional capital on Natsume Yuujinchou than any other anime over the years if you look at it cumulatively. It’s one of the shows that’s hopelessly intertwined with my identity as an anime fan.

It’s sort of odd, then, that I feel somewhat ambivalent about “Go” – but I kind of do. Part of it may be that the fourth season was overall my least favorite (largely because it seemed to focus more on human problems and less on youkai, and rely more on traditional conflict-driven plot), yet ended so perfectly and in such elegiac fashion that it seems almost sacrilegious to add anything to it. Yet the manga is ongoing, and it is only right that the series should see completion in anime form – it’s been a big seller from the beginning and frankly, I think the anime transcends the manga. As with several other Brain’s Base properties, this one is moving to the new studio Shuka, but with most of the creative staff intact. Here’s hoping we get another Kogitsune episode this season.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Jig Expectation Level: High
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Nanbaka | ナンバカTop
Animation: Satelight Premiere: October 4, 2016
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Tuesdays at 27:00
Episodes: 13 Station: MBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @nanbaka_tv or #ナンバカ

Preview by Passerby

Nanba Prison: the premier correctional institution in all of Japan. Here, every prisoner is numbered, as is every compound where they are housed. To contain its hundreds of inmates, Nanba Prison boasts state-of-the-art facilities, elite staff, and most importantly, famously impregnable security. Well, impregnable in the same way the Titanic was unsinkable. The four prisoners of unit 13—Yuugo (Uemura Yuto), Uno (Kakihara Tetsuya), Nico (Kobayashi Daiki) and Rock (Shiozaki Ire) have little respect for the vaunted security of Nanba Prison, or rules in general, really, much to the chagrin of the much beleaguered security officer of unit 13, Sugoroku Hajime (Seki Tomokazu). Not that they want to actually escape; in prison they eat well, have warm beds, and are generally free to just goof around. Why are they here, anyway? In particular, Yuugo is a professional jail-breaker; no cell can hold him. If he’s in Nanba, it’s by choice. What is he looking for within its concrete walls?

Nanbaka is an adaptation of a digital manga, and the big difference between that and traditional manga is the use of colour. In Nanbaka‘s case, oh so much colour. You can see from the over-the-top character designs that somebody got a bit too excited with the palette, but that’s conducive to the general atmosphere. The chapters of Nanbaka I read for this preview were almost exclusively gag and character comedy, like an anime Hogan’s Heroes with a few less Nazis, and should be right up the alley of director Takamatsu Shinji. One might have thought that a show about life in prison would be darker, even outright embracing black comedy, but Nanbaka never goes so far. There’s certainly a plot in there somewhere, and potential for Nanbaka to play things more seriously, but that will be a long-term proposition. For now, the main draw of Nanbaka should be a cast of quirky characters in an uncommon anime setting, and the general fun that combination makes.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Samu, Stilts Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Hibike! Euphonium 2 | 響け!ユーフォニアム2Top
Animation: Kyoto Animation Premiere: October 5, 2016
Genre: Music, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 24:00
Episodes: 13 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_eupho or #anime_eupho

Preview by Samu

After spending most of their time and effort on the upcoming film, Koe no Katachi, Kyoto Animation returns with the second season of Hibike! Euphonium. Last year they told the story of the down to earth euphonium player, Oumae Kumiko (Kurosawa Tomoyo), and the dedicated trumpet prodigy, Kousaka Reina (Anzai Chika) as they joined the same high school band, got wrapped up in intense band drama, and formed a bond that danced between friendship and romance. It was a spectacle to the eye, the cast was ever-charming, and this second season looks to expand upon that and give focus to those side characters. The focus of the second novel pushes characters like Asuka and a yet-to-be-revealed Oboe player to the forefront as Kitauji High School works towards nationals where their competition is greater than any of them can imagine.

I blogged Hibike! Euphonium last year, and it’s up there as one of my favourite shows I’ve written about week-by-week. While I awarded SHIROBAKO the Best of 2015 award, if we were to rank based on personal favourites, then Hibike! Euphonium is the top anime of 2015 for me. This year has been even stronger, so it shall be interesting to see how this second season compares. Whatever happens, we can expect the same level of dedication to the finer details that KyoAni is famous for – they capture the little moments better than any other studio in the business, and their knack for breathing life into their characters and making them part of a lived-in space is perhaps their greatest strength. Even with the studio having to balance their time between this and Koe no Katachi, you can expect the same charm, humour, and drama to carry over. Yamada Naoko is a serious talent, and while she won’t be overseeing this production to the same degree as last year, you can expect that same style and flair. The only thing that could disappoint returning fans is the likely continuation of the shipping wars that dominated most discussions of the series. I expect that element of Hibike! Euphonium to also remain the same this coming season.

Watching This: Cherrie, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: High
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Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season | 文豪ストレイドッグス 第2期Top
Animation: BONES Premiere: October 5, 2016
Genre: Action, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:05
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Passerby

Continuing on from spring 2016, the anachronistic crime action of Bungou Stray Dogs is back for a second season. In the first season, protagonist and professional unfortunate person Nakjima Atsushi (Uemura Yuto) is kicked out of his orphanage and is homeless and jobless until he meets and assists serial suicide committer Daiza Osamu (Miyano Mamoru). Through this connection Atsushi is recruited to join the Armed Detective Agency, a private investigation firm that employs individuals that possess supernatural abilities. It turns out that Atsushi has some power of his own, able to transform into a monstrous tiger, but this power is coveted by forces unknown. The season one cliffhanger has an international crime syndicate join the fray, and now Atsushi and the Armed Detective Agency find themselves at war with both foreign mercenaries and the local mafia, with superpowered individuals engaging in combat on all sides.

The first season of Bungou Stray Dogs started a bit slowly, carried mostly by its setting, an anachronistic blend of modern set design and retro costume design, and its colourful cast. Each major character of Bungou Stray Dogs is named after and inspired by a writer from the early 20th century, with the superpowers to match their theme. Why? I still don’t know, but it’s interesting, at least. If nothing else, Bungou Stray Dogs has style, which is perhaps expected from director Igarashi Takuya, screenwriter Enokido Yoji and the rest of the team at BONES, especially in the comedy which is strangely reminiscent of Ouran High School Host Club. What to expect from this second season? Well, Bungou Stray Dogs does seem to be the kind of show that builds bigger and bigger as it goes, so round two should be an even bigger blast. Even with this extra cour, though, it it does seem that it may be packing a tad too much material in too short a run, which is a problem that plagues many anime; some bumpy pacing may be unavoidable here and there. Otherwise, I would expect no less of the solid action series we got the first time around. It’ll be fun.

Watching This: Cherrie, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
Brave Witches | ブレイブウィッチーズTop
Animation: SILVER LINK. Premiere: October 5, 2016
Genre: Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 25:35
Episodes: Action, Sci-Fi Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
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Preview by Stilts

If this show sounds familiar, it’s because it is in fact a spin-off of the popular Strike Witches series. Set in an alternate Earth during the time World War II would have happened, the Strike Witches franchise focuses on the world’s powers coming together to combat the mysterious alien invaders known as Neuroi. Since normal humans have no effect on the Neuroi, the military calls upon Witches, young girls who possess magical abilities. Equipped with special flying machines called Striker Units—along with animal ears and tails whenever they use their magic—the Witches fly through the air to fight the Neuroi. Rather than starring the girls of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing as the original series did, Brave Witches pivots to the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing based in the Empire of Orussia, who are trying to build on the 501st’s victories and liberate eastern Europe from the Neuroi threat.

I’ve long espoused the theory that most great works are a result of flawed genius, and when you try to pick them apart and make something similar, you never know if you’re going to get the flaw or the genius. Hopes were high going into Vividred Operation precisely because of its similarities and shared staff with Strike Witches, but they apparently got more flaws than genius. So why not just use the whole damn formula, and go with a spin-off instead? Spin-offs can feel cheap, almost like they’re cheating, but not this time. Western Europe might have gotten taken care of, but that’s not all the story there is to tell, and I like to see the occasional anime based in Eastern Europe for once. This is also one of those spin-offs that’s distinct enough from the original—I’ve seen no hint of any Strike Witches characters reappearing—that new viewers ought to be able to jump in here. My hope is that the secret sauce will be intact, and I haven’t seen anything (other than an appropriate dose of skepticism) that says it isn’t. I’m ready for more kemonomimi flying military girls and their improbable lack of pants. Hey—don’t mess with a winning formula, right?

Watching This: Jig, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Yuri!!! on ICE | ユーリ!!! on ICETop
Animation: MAPPA Premiere: October 5, 2016
Genre: Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Wednesdays at 26:21
Episodes: 12 Station: TV Asahi (EX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @yurionice_pr or #yurionice

Preview by Samu

Yuri!!! on Ice is an original sports anime that already has a reputation of pulling the legs of anime fans with misleading promotional material. With a name like Yuri!!! on Ice you would expect a show about borderline fantasy lesbian anime girls doing cute things on ice, right? That’s what many suspected, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. There is no yuri in this, other than our principal character, Katsuki Yuuri (Toyonaga Toshiyuki), a 23-year-old figure skater with a faint heart and a peculiar sense of rhythm. He carried Japan’s hopes on his shoulders to win the Gran Prix Finale, but suffered a miserable defeat. Yuri!!! on Ice follows his journey as he contemplates retiring after returning to his hometown, before he encounters the five-time consecutive world champion Viktor Nikiforov (Suwabe Junichi), who helps reinvigorate that spirit of sportsmanship to bring him back onto the ice where he belongs.

This MAPPA original may not be what many initially expected, but I think what we’re getting has a higher ceiling than anything aimed exclusively at otaku fans. Yuri fans are sure to hold a grudge against Yuri!!! on Ice until the end of time, especially since it seems to appeal more to the fujoshi demographic with its large cast of pretty boys. It may be an attempt to grab some cash from the popular sports anime of the current age, but there’s enough here to be hopeful for something poignant. Firstly, ice skating anime aren’t a common occurrence – the last time we got scenes of that nature were in Death Parade – so there’s not much to compare it to. Secondly, the director is Yamamoto Sayo, who is one of the best (female) directors in the industry, having helmed Michiko to Hatchin and Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna and also worked on Ergo Proxy, Samurai Champloo, and Space Dandy. Her resume is impressive and her visual flair is sure to make Yuri!!! on Ice one of the stand outs of this season.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Jig, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Flip Flappers | フリップフラッパーズTop
Animation: Studio 3Hz Premiere: October 6, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 21:00
Episodes: 13 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @flip_flappers or #フリフラ_アニメ

Preview by Passerby

There seems to be something of a resurgence in the magical girl genre recently, and Flip Flappers is yet another entrant in this field. Of the many magical girl offerings this season, though, Flip Flappers may be the most traditional. As per anime law and custom, Flip Flappers’ magical girls come in twos. Papika (Ichimichi Mao) is the genki one. Kokona (Takahashi Minami) is the stroic one. The particular pieces of wish-granting Macguffin that they have been tasked with searching for are the Shards of Mimi, which are located in a perilous parallel dimension called Pure Illusion. But fear not for them! When faced with danger they are able to transform, granting them the power to surpass the surreal challenges of Pure Illusion.

The history and evolution of the magical genre is long and fascinating, but generally speaking they used to be coming-of-age stories, big metaphors for puberty, with the stories of young girls finding the power to overcome arbitrary obstacles inspiring confidence and optimism in the target audience of similarly aged children. Eventually the genre metamorphosed in the search for wider demographic appeal, and now it’s about…action-lesbians, I guess. And, of course, since save for perhaps super robots there are few genres as iconic as magical girls for the purposes of deconstruction, there have been many. What flavour of magical girl is Flip Flappers going to be? That’s hard to answer at this point, since Flip Flappers is an original anime, but do at least have a look at the PVs. They look chipper enough, but they also look good. At least the magic is there in some fairly eye-catching art and animation, with the relatively new Studio 3Hz continuing to prove that they can do quality work. Director Oshimaya Kiyotaka may be also be relative new in his role, but he has relevant animation experience that should serve him well. Yeah, I know I’m not giving you much other than, ‘Hey, it’s pretty!’ but there’s certainly enough style to be optimistic for now. With a gamut of magical girl shows running from deconstruction to parody this season, perhaps it’s worthwhile to keep an eye out on the one that seems to play it the straightest.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Passerby, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Keijo!!!!!!!! | 競女!!!!!!!!Top
Animation: XEBEC Premiere: October 6, 2016
Genre: Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 23:30
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @keijo_anime or #競女

Preview by Stilts

Keijo!!!!!!!! is a sports betting/battling anime where the competitors’ main weapons are their breasts and butts. It stars Kaminashi Nozomi (Lynn), a seventeen-year-old gymnast who turns down the chance at an athletics college (and an Olympic future) in favor of entering the world of Keijo. Keijo is a hot new gambling sport where girls stand on a small floating platform and compete to push each other into the water, but they aren’t allowed to use their limbs. Thus: boobs and butts. Why does Nozomi want to compete in Keijo? Because her family is extremely poor, and she wants to make boatloads of money as fast as possible. Join her as she competes in the intense world of Keijo in order to bring wealth and fortune to her family.

Ah, the eight exclamation point title. Truly, a sign of a deranged mind. Keijo!!!!!!!1! is this season’s signature uber-shameless fanservice anime, sort of. It’s true that butts and boobs go flying all over the place, and occasionally swimsuits do get shredded, but I ended up cringing at the sight of soft body parts slamming into each other more than being titillated. It actually has a fairly strong shounen sports feeling to it, and the competitive spirit is a large focus. You’re still probably going to want to enjoy the sight of boobs and butts to really enjoy this one, but there might be a little more than just fanservice on offer. At least it’s honest enough to not hide what it is. In fact, it shouts it for all to hear!!!!!!!!

Watching This: Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Animation: Madhouse x TMS Entertainment Premiere: October 6, 2016
Genre: Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:00
Episodes: 25 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @allout_anime or #allout_anime

Preview by Samu

2014 was the biggest year for sports anime in recent memory, but this season is pushing 2016 to the front of the race. There’s a nice variety for sports anime fans this season – volleyball, ice skating, ping pong, wrestling, biking, water butt jousting, tennis – but All Out!! is giving us one that has never been done before: rugby. It follows the small but energetic Goin Kenji (Chiba Shouya), who after the entrance ceremony of Kanagawa High School goes out to join the rugby club with his classmate, Iwashimizu Sumiaki (Adachi Yuto), a tall, timid, and shy boy who has reservations about joining the club after his middle school experiences. Thus begins the story of beefcake high schoolers with incredible muscles, contrasting personalities, and worlds between them in terms of height.

All Out!!, like many sports anime of the current age, is likely to appeal more to its female viewers than male fans of the sport. If you’re to judge it by the demographic, this is actually published in a seinen magazine, but that doesn’t stop shonen sports series from being popularised by fujoshi. I’m all for it, but some will cry that there’s too much pandering even though rugby is a sport where you’d expect the players to have ripped muscles bulging through their tight shorts. From what I’ve read of the manga, it’s obvious that it’s going to appeal to those who just want to see some hot guys with cute personalities playing rough with each other, but similarly it has the same vibrancy and energy that makes Haikyuu!! so popular, and is sure to stir passion in any loyal sports fan. With 25 episode already confirmed, you can expect a solid adaptation, and with Madhouse behind the production it’s sure to be visually impressive as well.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Jig, Samu Expectation Level: Moderately High
Watashi ga Motete Dou Sunda | 私がモテてどうすんだTop
Animation: Brains Base Premiere: October 6, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School-Life Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 25:58
Episodes: 12 Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_watamote or #私モテ

Preview by Jig

As with the manga of the same name, Watashi ga Motete Dousunda follows the life of second year high school student Kae Serinuma (Kobayashi Yuu), who is an intense fujoshi. She secretly ships hard two of her classmates. However, after her absolute favorite anime character passes away, she becomes devoid of life—drowning in sorrow and refusing to eat. As a result, she begins to lose weight rather quickly, and soon enough, transforms into a stunning, beautiful girl. This draws the attention of four particular boys, as Kae is suddenly thrust into a reverse-harem.

Is the premise completely absurd? Oh you betcha. Does the show seem to even care? Nope. The biggest charm of Watashi ga Motete Dousunda is its utter cognizance. It’s completely aware of how ridiculous its premise and concept is, and totally runs with it. In the manga, the tone is appropriately humorous and a little bonkers. The jokes hit, especially for those in tune with the parodied genres. More so, the protagonist is far more likable as an individual than you might expect. She comes off as human—but not so much as to offset the tone of the series. I’m not saying this is the next great romance show of the century, but there’s a lot going on here that could take it past the mockery of its premise.

Watching This: Cherrie, Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Girlish Number | ガーリッシュ ナンバーTop
Animation: Diomedea Premiere: October 6, 2016
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 26:28
Episodes: 12 Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @gn_staff or #ガーリッシュナンバー

Preview by Stilts

“Was Sore ga Seiyuu successful enough to inspire a sub-genre?” “No, but Shirobako was.” Add in last season’s NEW GAME! and a handful of others, and there’s been a clear rise in industry-focused anime of late. Girlish Number is the latest to join their ranks. This multimedia project began this past March with a light novel series by OreGairu’s Watari Wataru, continued with a manga adaptation, and culminates (for now) with this anime. The story follows Karasuma Chitose (Senbongi Sayaka), a university student who aims to become a voice actress (seiyuu). It will feature her and other young women working in the voice acting business, and show the friendships and rivalries that develop.

It isn’t fun to know how the sausage is made when the sausage in question is, like, an actual sausage. For something we love, though? Like novels or comics or anime? Fans love to know how their favorite works got created, as the thousands of articles written by writers writing about writing prove. (I indulge frequently.) Girlish Number is one more such work, and if a closer look into the seiyuu industry appeals to you, watch Sore ga Seiyuu. What? It was written by an actual seiyuu, dammit! This strikes me as more of a cute-girls-doing-industry-things anime, much like last season’s NEW GAME! That’s not a knock on it, because I liked NEW GAME! a lot. Plus, the author of OreGairu on series composition? Sold! Now I know where those sidelong glances from the main character in the promo came from, which hint at more personality than a normal CGDCT heroine. Girlish Number doesn’t have the most innovative premise, but execution is everything, and it gives good reason to expect/hope for that. Plus, the character designs and animation are pretty. I’m going to watch, and I have a feeling that the worst case scenario is an enjoyable if forgettable show. And the best case? That could be quite a lot of fun indeed.

Watching This: Stilts Expectation Level: Moderate
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Drifters | ドリフターズTop
Animation: Hoods Entertainment Premiere: October 7, 2016
Genre: History, Fantasy, Action Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 23:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @driftersanime or #drifters

Preview by Jig

Shimazu Toyohisa (Nakamura Yuuichi) is a legendary warrior from Ancient Japanese history. While besting his ultimate foe at the Battle of Sekigahara, he is critically wounded. As he bleeds out, on the verge of death, he is suddenly transported to a hallway full of doors, and greeted by a curious, bespectacled man. He is thrust through the nearest door and taken to a fantastical world inhabited by great warriors just like him—whisked away from their own universes. They have been assembled for one purpose: to become a band of fighters called “Drifters,” and combat an opposing, villainous hive of similarly prestigious warriors dubbed “Ends.”

From the get-go, let me tell you: Drifters is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are dark yet fiery, the animation is stunningly fluid, characters and landscapes are intensely intricate. This is one fine-lookin’ piece of show lemme tell you. I also love how unashamedly ugly the character models are. Now, this isn’t a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination—just an indication that Drifters is wholly faithful to a dark, gritty, graphic, and even unsightly breed of show. It doesn’t seem afraid to get real dirty. Aside from that, the premise is pretty straightforward and something which easily lends itself to some really epic battles and large-scale action sequences. I’m not expecting anything cerebral or emotionally driven—the previews seem to indicate the level of adrenaline-fest this show will deliver. On that front, I do not think the Drifers will disappoint.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Samu, Stilts Expectation Level: Moderately High
Lostorage incited WIXOSSTop
Animation: J.C. Staff Premiere: October 7, 2016
Genre: Horror, Psychological Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 24:30
Episodes: 12 Station: BS11
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @wixoss_anime or #lostorage

Preview by Zephyr

Two years after the culmination of its previous iteration, the WIXOSS franchise returns with a new stand-alone series in Lostorage incited WIXOSS. Like the original, WIXOSS will revolve around the popular in-universe trading card game of the same name, which had chosen heroines (“Selectors”) fighting one another with living cards (LRIGs) serving as their in-game avatars. Victories would allow one to make any wish come true, with three losses resulting in a curse instead. This time around however, Lostorage will focus on memories being the wager, with two new selectors named Suzuko (Hashimoto Chinami) and Chinatsu (Iguchi Yuka) as its heroines. Replacing Sato Takuya as the franchise’s director is Sakurabi Katsushi (episode director for Ano Natsu de Matteru and Toradora!), with Tsuchiya Michihiro (Cross Game, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood) taking over for Okada Mari on series composition.

Having watched the original series with fellow tech resident Xumbra, I think I can speak for the both of us (and Zanibas) when I say that WIXOSS ended up a lot more enjoyable than expected. After all, it would’ve been easy to dismiss the series as a thinly-veiled advertisement for the TCG’s impending release, and this was a series we likely would’ve skipped if it weren’t for the involvement Sato Takuya and Okada Mari. Thankfully we watched the series despite our reservations, and we were rewarded with week after week of epic plot twists and dramatic climaxes. Almost every episode made us go nuts in one way or another, and with an endless amount of suffering on part of its heroines, WIXOSS turned out to be a trademark display of Okada’s writing style. The latter also meant that WIXOSS wasn’t a show for everyone, and this will likely remain true for this iteration as well—despite Okada no longer being involved. The flip side now is that there’s a new staff with a less expansive resume, and it’s one that replaces people I felt made the original worth watching in the first place. Ultimately, Lostorage is worth peeking at if you’re interested, but be sure to give it a few more episodes than the norm to run its course, and don’t be surprised if it’s something that doesn’t float your boat in the end.

Watching This: Cherrie, Jig, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderate
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Haikyuu!! Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen KoukouTop
ハイキュー!! 烏野高校 VS 白鳥沢学園高校
Animation: Production I.G Premiere: October 7, 2016
Genre: Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 25:55
Episodes: 10 Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @animehaikyu_com or #hq_anime

Preview by Samu

Haikyuu!! is back! Get hyped! Though if you’ve watched the first two seasons, I probably don’t need to tell you that. But if you’re still not caught up on the biggest sports anime of the decade, then here’s all you need to know: the story is about two middle school rivals: the energetic, pint-sized spiker Hinata Shouyou (Murase Ayumu) and the scornful, gifted prodigy Kageyama Tobio (Ishikawa Kaito). Both of them want to be the best volleyball players in Japan, but just as they promise to defeat one another in the future, they end up in the same high school team, and have to work together to become the unbeatable setter-spiker duo. Over the course of fifty episodes we’ve seen them grow as kids and develop as players, and we’ve been introduced to a plethora or lovable characters – both teammates and rival players – and this ten-episode third season is set to focus on the biggest and most important game yet. Haikyuu!! is Weekly Shonen Jump’s second best-selling ongoing title after One Piece for a reason, so this is your chance to catch up for what may be the best season yet.

I had the pleasure of blogging Haikyuu!!’s second season, so if you want to read why I love the series so much, you just have to check out any of those posts to understand the passion that I, and many other fans, have for this volleyball series. It’s very rare that I like every character in a series, but that’s exactly the case here. The first season did a stellar job at introducing the cast and setting up their journey ahead, while the second season focused more on training and pushing these lovable rogues to potentially become the best players in their region. As someone who reads the manga every week religiously, I can say that the Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa match is one of the greatest games of any sports anime or manga I’ve experienced. Expect balls-to-the-walls action, characters being pushed to their breaking points, tears and turmoil, and the outstanding animation we’ve come to expect from Haikyuu!!. Not only is it my personal favourite sports anime, but it’s also easily the best-looking – so with all that in mind I can’t imagine this third season being anything less than spectacular.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Samu, Takaii, Zephyr Expectation Level: High
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Ajin 2nd Season | 亜人 第2クールTop
Animation: Polygon Pictures Premiere: October 7, 2016
Genre: Horror Airtime (GMT+9): Fridays at 26:25
Episodes: Station: TBS
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @anime_ajin or #亜人計画

Preview by Guardian Enzo

Unless the manga jumped the shark (and that seems very unlikely) the second season of Ajin should be a pretty sure thing with very few surprises. Excellent pacing, a well-crafted plot, lots of despair and off-putting CGI character animation seem to be sure bets here. Taken all together that should make Ajin one of the better shows of the Fall, animation issues aside. This is a good series, one of the better straight-up action thrillers of recent vintage when it comes to matters of writing. I appreciate a show that knows exactly what it wants to do and doesn’t waste time going about it.

Ajin has become quite a multimedia exercise, with tendrils in manga (where it all started of course), live-action films, and anime in theatrical, television and OVA format. It makes an interesting contrast with Shingeki no Kyoujin, another monster manga that’s of course even more popular. What makes these franchises hits in Japan? The combination of mystery, gore and despair clearly strikes a nerve, but Ajin goes about it very differently than AoT. Where that series is all about bombast and spectacle to the point almost of self-parody, Ajin is grounded in a reality not that immediately different from our own – and that’s where it draws its traction from. It’s a much emotionally cooler, more intellectual take on the genre.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
Classicaloid | クラシカロイドTop
Animation: Sunrise Premiere: October 8, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Music Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 17:30
Episodes: 25 Station: NHK
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @nhkclassicaloid or #クラシカロイド

Preview by Passerby

Giant robots are threatening Japan! Well, that just means it’s Tuesday. But who will save us from the mechanical menace this time? Music shall soothe the savage beast, apparently, for who should appear but Beethoven (Sugita Tomokazu) and Mozart (Kaji Yuki) in the flesh—or at least two flamboyant musicians who claim to be Beethoven and Mozart. It’s clear, though, that the two are no mere mortals; they call themselves ClassicaLoids, and have mysterious, music-based powers. Whomever they may be, and whatever their goals are, one thing is for certain: hijinks will ensue, especially when Bach (Kusunoki Taiten), Chopin (Toriumi Kousuke) and Schubert (Maeno Tomoaki) join the fray.

There’s pretty good business in digging up old stuff and processing it into new and exciting and salable stuff, and it goes double for TV. The precursor this time is classical composers, and what a strange basis for an anime there are. There was actually an RPG that starred Chopin, or rather Chopin on his deathbed dreaming of experience points and turn-based combat, and that ended up being a mostly legitimate allegory about death and mourning. Somehow, I don’t think ClassicaLoid is intending to go that direction. From the look of the preview material, ClassicaLoid will, at least to start, be a gag comedy, playing on the exaggerated eccentricities of historical figures. That’s probably the kind of thing director Fujita Yoichi (Osomatsu-san, Gintama) will do well with, though, especially when working with a star-studded voice cast. Overall, there are good vibes coming from ClassicaLoid. While we can only guess at the true form of this original series right now, the premise is weird enough to be interesting, and the talent is there in the staff. Comedy is subjective though, so give it a look and see if you laugh.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Jig, Passerby, Samu, Stilts Expectation Level: Moderately High
Long Riders! | ろんぐらいだぁす!Top
Animation: Actas Premiere: October 8, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 21:00
Episodes: 12 Station: AT-X
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @animelongriders or #ろんぐらいだぁす

Preview by Jig

Based on the manga of the same name, Long Riders! follows first-year university student Kurata Ami (Touyama Nao), a girl with little to no athletic ability whatsoever. To say this girl is physically inept would be an understatement. However, one day the young lass stumbles upon a rinky dink old foldable bicycle in front of a train station. She falls in love. Subsequently, Kurata saves up enough dough to buy a bike of her own, afterwards joining up with her school’s club to meet other like-minded individuals (AKA other cute girls who like cycling).

In case you didn’t know, Yowamushi Pedal made cycling cool in Japan. Like, real cool. Seriously, the show single-handedly sparked a cycling boom across the nation, so it’s no wonder that someone put two and two together and placed cute little moe girls at the handlebars. From the promos, the show looks absolutely beautiful. Character designs are delectable, shading and lighting effects are masterfully rendered, and colors pop just the right amount without ever treading into obnoxiousness. It also seems as if the majority of screen time will be spent eating ice cream than actual biking in the same way that the girls of K-ON! are more concerned with drinking tea than playing in a band together. And to this, I have no complaints.

Watching This: Samu Expectation Level: Moderate
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Animation: Creators in Pack Premiere: October 8, 2016
Genre: Action, Supernatural Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 21:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @bloodivores or #bloodivores

Preview by Jig

You ready for this one? Alright, here we go. A little more than half a century ago, a sudden case of insomnia struck the nation, keeping the populace perpetually awake for almost a week. The sleep-deprived went completely mad, so in order to combat the phenomenon, the world’s top scientists whipped up what they thought was a potential cure. However, all the concoction did was turn the patients into vampires, which man then went to war against—eventually succeeding. The vampires lived on though, which is where our story begins. Bloodivores follows Mi Liu (Akabane Kenji), ringleader of a bank robbery dubbed the “Child of Hope” as a result of being born from the union of a vampire and a human. He is subsequently transported to a prison, which he quickly discovers is birthplace of his vampire species. It’s up to his friends to find out the mysteries of the facility, as well as the vampire species as a whole.

Well that was a mouthful. Pretty bonkers, am I right? The show is based on a Chinese webcomic that I could not get access to, and no preview videos have been released. As a result, there really is nothing to go off but the premise itself. And oh boy what a premise. I’m sure that within the context of a properly paced television episode, it would come off as far more organic and sensible, but having it all laid out bare like that is a little odd. Just like a production we got last season, Bloodivores is a cross-nation collaboration—even boasting some of the same staff and crew. Both Japanese and Chinese studios are working together to produce the show, and if it ends up with the same quality as its predecessor, then maybe there isn’t much of a future for these joint projects. Hopefully Bloodivores can deliver on some solid storytelling and more refined production value if it wants to open the doors for Japanese-Chinese collaborations.

Watching This: Cherrie Expectation Level: Moderate
3-gatsu no Lion | 3月のライオンTop
Animation: SHAFT Premiere: October 8, 2016
Genre: Drama, Slice-of-Life, Sports Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 23:00
Episodes: 23 Station: NHK
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @3lion_anime

Preview by Passerby

Kiriyama Rei (Kawanishi Kengo) is a professional shougi—Japanese chess—player. This is quite the impressive feat for a 17-year-old high school student, but at the same time shougi has come to dominate his life. Rei’s parents and sister died when he was young and, unwanted by his extended family, he was eventually taken in by the patriarch of a shougi family. That’s right, a shougi family, one fanatically devoted to the traditions of the game, and where one’s worth is directly determined by shougi ability. There is one bright spot in Rei’s life though. By chance he becomes acquainted with some of his neighbours, the Kawamoto sisters: Akari (Kayano Ai), Hinata (Hanazawa Kana) and Momo (Kuno Misaki). Perhaps their warmth and friendship will provide Rei the mental support he could not get from a real family.

I know little about shougi, but I do love chess. Such a simple game, yet of so much depth, leading to it being a useful metaphor for just about anything. Such is the way of shougi as well, I’m sure, as it is for 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion), which has a simple premise but unfolds into a meaningful tale about people and their internal struggles. It’s the layered cast that does it, especially the quiet and introspective Rei, whose struggles both in the world of professional shougi and more personally with his family never fail to be poignant. Perhaps I don’t need to sell 3-gatsu no Lion very hard, and only need to tell you that it is an adaptation of an award-winning manga by the incomparable Honey and Clover’s own Umino Chika. Paired with Shaft and director Shinbou Akiyuki, though? That’s curious. Well, Shinbou is no stranger to drama, and in recent times has been trying to prove that he can hold himself together with titles like Koufuku Graffiti. I think even just the strength of the source, though, is enough to give 3-gatsu no Lion a strong recommendation. Look out for this one.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Passerby, Samu, Stilts Expectation Level: High
Animation: A-1 Pictures Premiere: October 8, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 24:00
Episodes: 12 Station: Tokyo MX (MX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @occultic_nine or #オカン

Preview by Passerby

There’s no such thing as the occult, right? Any kind of paranormal phenomenon has a much more rational scientific explanation, or turns out to be tricks of the light, or sheer coincidence. Still, that doesn’t stop Gamon Yuuta (Kaji Yuki), average high school student, from seeking out the occult and cataloguing such occurrences on his blog. Yuuta’s online efforts eventually lead him into contact with eight other singular individuals who are also interested in or are connected with the paranormal. It turns out, there is a lot more to the workings of the world than first meets the eye, and the the deeper Yuuta probes, the more apparent it becomes that he may be far out of his depth. Perhaps there are things that are simply better off remaining forever unexplained.

Occultic;Nine is an adaptation of the light novel written by Shikura Chiyomaru, best known for being the head of 5pb, the company that brought you such games as Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, and other titles with semicolons in them. Although Occultic;Nine engages in the same punctuation abuse, from what I gather it is specifically not set in the same universe as Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes. Still, there is enough association for us to make some good guesses about how Occultic;Nine will play out. It will have urban mystery, it will have abuse of science, it will have a global conspiracy. It will also be, from what I can tell, a somewhat tricky adaptation, being a story with a large cast and told from many different perspectives. I’m not sure how well director Ishiguro Kyohei will handle that, though I’m sure those of you who enjoyed Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso more than I did have no worries. At the very least, the music is well accounted for with Yokoyama Masaru on board. Overall, I think Occultic;Nine is at least going to spark curiosity; I know Robotics;Notes fell short by the end, but it managed to be mostly interesting. Hopefully this semicolon installment reprise will do that, and perhaps more.

Watching This: Cherrie, Passerby, Samu, Stilts, Zephyr Expectation Level: Moderately High
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Sengoku Choujuu Giga | 戦国鳥獣戯画Top
Animation: ILCA Premiere: October 8, 2016
Genre: Comedy Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:42
Episodes: 26 Station: KBC
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @sengokuchojyu or #戦国鳥獣戯画

Preview by Stilts

Sengoku Choujuu Giga is an unusual anime. Utilizing a sumi-e (traditional Japanese ink painting) motif, it will depict either the daily life or historically important events in the life of Sengoku-era warlords, who will be depicted as animals. With a bevy of young actors (Fukazawa Taiga, Osamura Kouki), musicians (Takahashi Naoki, Imagawa Aoi), professional cosplayers (Mineta Hiromu), and even reporters (Takayasu Ohya) providing voices, the anime will joke about Japan’s history and the Sengoku warriors.

If you’re looking for something different, this might be the anime for you. The sumi-e motif is interesting, I wish there was more than a short promo video to see how it’s going to work, but the one we do have shows minimalist animation that kind of works since it’s far enough removed from realistic to seem stylish instead of lazy. As for the actual content, heck if I know how that’ll go. It sounds partially slice-of-life, partially comedy, and I have a feeling it’ll be light and airy more than anything else. I also have a feeling this will be fairly opaque to non-Japanese viewers, and that if you don’t know who the Sengoku warlords are, they probably won’t provide much background here. Sengoku era fans might want to check it out, at least. It certainly stands apart from the pack.

Watching This: No one yet Expectation Level: Moderately Low
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Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari | うどんの国の金色毛鞠Top
Animation: LIDENFILMS Premiere: October 8 2016
Genre: Slice-of-Life, Drama Airtime (GMT+9): Saturdays at 25:55
Episodes: 12 Station: Nippon TV (ntv)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @udonnokuni_tv or #うどんの国

Preview by Takaii

Boy, if you’re looking for a whimsical slice-of-life that’s bound to leave you in tears by the end of it, you’ve found your show. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari revolves around the life of Tawara Souta (Nakamura Yuuichi), a 30-year old who’s about to discover just what it really means to live life. Hailing from the “udon prefecture” of Kagawa, he returns after his father (the owner of an Udon shop) passes away. Assuming he’d just be there to mourn and take care of the formalities, he instead finds a young boy named Poco (Kokido Shiho) hiding out in dad’s old shop. Through various circumstances and a little rain, Souta ends up taking Poco in and gives the kid a nice warm meal while washing him up – all the while slowly remembering his past and all the great memories he made as a kid. Come along as the two start to live together, meet and reconnect with others together, and grow as they learn from one another.

If you didn’t catch it, this story takes place in the Japanese countryside. Giving off some strong Barakamon or Flying Witch vibes, there isn’t a better setting for a story like this. In terms of actual story, you know that something good when it can get your emotions all riled up as soon as you start start reading the first chapter. Souta feels like the definition of someone who’s hit a rut and can’t seem to shake it off. Coming home and feeling the sting of both leaving and returning, he needs something to help restart his motivation. And that something comes in the form of an adorable kid named Poco who may or may not be a Tanuki. With Souta ending up in a situation where he takes care of Poco, he starts to remember various things from his childhood that help knock some sense into him. All of which turns into a hodgepodge of feels that hit you when you least expect it! In terms of studio, this one is being headed by Lidenfilms, who have had their hand in assisting various larger shows while only producing a few on their own. Overall I think Udon no Kuni has all the pieces to be a great slice-of-life and hopefully it becomes one.

Watching This: Guardian Enzo, Passerby, Samu, Takaii Expectation Level: Moderate
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Fune wo Amu | 舟を編むTop
Animation: ZEXCS Premiere: October 13, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance Airtime (GMT+9): Thursdays at 24:55
Episodes: 11 Station: Fuji TV (CX)
Information Links: AniDB, ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList, syoboi, Wikipedia
Join the conversation @funewoamu_anime or #舟を編む

Preview by Samu

In the mood for something a little different? Something of prestige and sure to provide a level of quality that only comes around once in a blue moon? Fune wo Amu is the latest Noitamina title, an anime adaptation of the best-selling and acclaimed novel by Miura Shoin, which was made into a 2013 film that won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, and was also selected as Japan’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. It’s a mature story that follows Majime Mitsuya (Sakurai Takahiro), an unsuccessful salesman with a passion for reading, and post-grad degree in linguistics. He gets noticed by dictionary editors who need a replacement for one of their workers who has to retire to look after his sick wife. Majime’s new goal as an editor is to produce a new dictionary: The Great Passage, to bridge the gap between people and the magic of words.

Fune wo Amu is an anime that non-anime fans are likely to appreciate most of all, as well as those who need different subject matter than we’ve come to expect each new anime season (idols, otaku stuck in fantasy worlds, moe slice of life, and everything in between). The last time an anime as unconventional as this appeared was Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, which aired back in January. It turned out to be one of my all-time favourites; it treated its characters like real people and the attention to detail on the subject matter was astonishing. I expect that same level of storytelling in Fune wo Amu. It helps that the mangaka of Rakugo Shinjuu is the character designer here, but I also have confidence in the director, Kuroyanagi Toshimasa (Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49, Sukitte Ii na yo.), to deliver a drama that matches my expectations.

Watching This: Cherrie, Guardian Enzo, Jig, Passerby, Samu Expectation Level: High
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Short Series List


Technical Note: As of the Fall 2016 Preview onward, short one-cour series that are being broadcast with irregular duration times (under the 24 minute per episode norm) have been separated from the main preview into their own section. This is to account for the increasing number of short series and to allow for ease of viewing for those who have a preference for one type of series over another. While the list should be complete, there are short series that have been announced very close to the start of a season, in which case they may not have made it onto the list. If you notice an anything missing, incomplete, or incorrect, please feel free to point it out in the comments or contact Zephyr directly via e-mail or Twitter. (Short series synopses written by Samu.)

Air Date Title Series Synopsis
September 3rd Yasamura Yasashi no Yasashii Sekai
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A gentle 30-second short that has been airing for a month already. It follows an angel that spreads warmth and happiness, based off the artwork of popular Instagramer, Pantovisco.
September 27th Nyanboard! | にゃんぼー!
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Finally, a Yotsuba& anime! It may not be what we wanted, but it’s something. It could be a terrible tease of a hint for the future. I would recommend not getting your hopes too high.
October 2nd Ao Oni ~The Animation~ | あおおに ~じ・あにめぇしょん~
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Ao Oni is a short preluding the film coming next year. Studio DEEN’s adaptation of this puzzle-based game may be what horror fans crave.
October 2nd Okusama ga Seitokaichou!+! | おくさまが生徒会長!+!
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Set after the Summer 2015 short, this risqué high-school ecchi title is back with its uncensored goodies. Returning viewers know what they’re getting.
October 3rd 3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen | 3ねんDぐみガラスの仮面
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3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen re-imagines the Glass Mask manga in a school comedy focused on satirizing modern society.
October 4th Gakuen Handsome | 学園ハンサム
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Gakuen Handsome is the ultimate yaoi nightmare come to life, in the best way possible. This pointy-chinned parody is sure to provide plenty of laughs.
October 4th Soul Buster | 侍霊演武 [ソウルバスター]
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This adaptation of a Chinese novel by the director of Sidonia no Kishi is set to bring a balance of fantasy and samurai action.
October 5th Anitore! XX | あにトレ!XX
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Anitore! XX is back with its weekly exercises that take full advantage of its scantily clad fit anime girls. Everyone does need a work out from time to time.
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A Chinese-Japanese school action title where the colourful haired cast must pass their exams in a world where education is everything.
October 5th Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki | 奇異太郎少年の妖怪絵日記
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Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki is a web-manga adaptation of a young boy’s visual diary as he encounters spirits and folklore.
October 5th Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season
魔法少女なんてもういいですから。 セカンドシーズン
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Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. returns for a second season, following Yuzuka Hanami, a young and carefree girl who encounters a cute-looking alien who turns her into a magical girl.
October 5th Teekyuu 8 | てーきゅう 8期
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Teekyuu is life. Teekyuu is eternal. This is the 8th season of the frantic mile-a-minute gag sports title. It’s going to be as mad ass ever, God bless.
October 5th To Be Hero | トゥ・ビー・ヒーロー
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To Be Hero is a rare example of an anime about a dad – a divorced, messy father who gets sucked into a toilet and becomes a hero destined to save the world.
October 7th Bernard-jou Iwaku. | バーナード嬢曰く。
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Creators in Pack deliver another short this season, this time in the form of a comedy series focused on a lazy bookworm girl who loves literary works.
October 10th Hagane Orchestra | はがねオーケストラ
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Hagane Orchestra is a mobile game adaptation, which isn’t the best sign of quality, but the quirky artwork and character designs may set it apart from similar shorts.
October Ame-iro Coco -Rainy Color Waikiki- | 雨色ココア -Rainy color Waikiki-
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Ame-iro Cocoa is back for a third season, and if you’re a fan of this cute little short about cute attractive boys visiting a cute little cafe, then you’ll be in for a treat.

OVA / Movie


Technical Note: OVAs are sorted by the date they are released. For series that have multiple episodes coming out over the course of the season, please refer to the Notes column for additional dates. More information on each OVA can be found on their respective websites, including promotional videos in some cases. Movie premiere dates are not included since they don’t mean a whole lot to viewers outside of Japan. DVD/BD movie releases are, however. This list is likely incomplete and will be updated as more titles surface. If you notice anything missing or incorrect, please feel free to point it out in the comments or Zephyr directly via e-mail or Twitter.

Release Date Title Notes
08/11 Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade
DVD Release.
08/24 Gekijōban selector destructed WIXOSS | 劇場版 selector destructed WIXOSS
BD/DVD Release.
09/03 Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers
09/07 Hibike! Euphonium Movie: Kitauji Koukou Suisougaku-bu e Youkoso
劇場版 響け!ユーフォニアム~北宇治高校吹奏楽部へようこそ~
BD/DVD Release.
09/10 Mahoutsukai no Yime: Hoshi Matsu Hito | 魔法使いの嫁 星待つひと
Episode 1 of 3.
09/21 Starmyu OVA | スタミュ OVA
Episode 2 of 2.
09/23 Dream Festival! | ドリフェス!
09/23 Nijiro Days OVA | 虹色デイズ OVA
Bundled w/ LE manga Vol. 13.
09/23 Non Non Biyori Repeat OVA | のんのんびより りぴーと OVA
Bundled w/ manga Vol. 10.
09/23 Uchuu Kyoudai: Nanba Zero | 宇宙兄弟#0 劇場公開版
BD/DVD Release.
09/27 Kuroko no Basket Movie: Winter Cup Soushuuhen – Kage to Hikari
BD/DVD Release.
09/28 Accel World: Infinite Burst | アクセル・ワールド INFINITE∞BURST
BD/DVD Release.
09/28 Joker Game: Kuroneko Yoru no Bouken | ジョーカー・ゲーム 「黒猫ヨルの冒険」
Bundled w/ BD Box Set 2. Episode 2 of 2.
BD/DVD Release.
09/30 Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades OVA | オーバーロード ぷれぷれぷれあです OVA
Bundled w/ LN Vol. 11.
10/05 Musaigen no Phantom World OVA | 無彩限のファントム・ワールド OVA
Bundled w/ BD/DVD Vol. 7.
10/07 Ajin OVA | 亜人 OVA
Bundled w/ LE manga Vol. 9. Episode 2 of 2.
10/15 Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot | 機動警察パトレイバーREBOOT
10/22 Luger Code 1951 | ルガーコード 1951
Shonen Jump+ x Animax Anime Scenario Grand Prize Winner.
10/26 Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai
クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い
Episode 1 of 8.
10/26 Sakamoto desu ga? OVA | 坂本ですが? OVA
Bundled w/ BD/DVD Vol. 5. Episode 13.
10/26 Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita.: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai
BD/DVD Release.
10/27 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku: Kitto, Onnanoko wa Osatou to Spice to Suteki na Nanika de Dekiteiru
やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている. 続 きっと, 女の子はお砂糖とスパイスと素敵な何かでできている。
Bundled w/ LE PS Vita game.
11/04 Gintama°: Aizome Kaori-hen | 銀魂 愛染香篇
Bundled w/ manga Vol. 66. Episode 2 of 2.
11/12 Kiniro Mosaic: Pretty Days | きんいろモザイク Pretty Days
11/12 Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou OVA | モンスター娘のいる日常 OVA
Bundled w/ manga Vol. 11.
11/16 Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike | 弱虫ペダル SPARE BIKE
BD/DVD Release.
11/17 Fairy Tail: Yousei-tachi no Christmas OVA | フェアリーテイル OVA第2期
Episode 2 of 3.
11/19 Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin IV – Unmei no Zenya
機動戦士ガンダムTHE ORIGIN IV 運命の前夜
Episode 4 of 4.
11/23 Strike the Blood II | ストライク・ザ・ブラッド II
Carry over to 2017. 8 Episodes.
11/30 Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai
クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い
Episode 2 of 8.
11/30 Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Movie: Gyakushuu no Milky Holmes
劇場版 探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ〜逆襲のミルキィホームズ〜
BD/DVD Release.
11/30 Tenshi Muyou! Ryououki 4th Season | 天地無用!魎皇鬼 第四期
Fall 2016 Bikini Warriors OVA | ビキニ・ウォリアーズ OVA

Overall Impressions


Fall, along with spring, is traditionally one of the hard-hitting anime seasons, but it appears summer has wrestled that crown when it comes to quality titles. That being said, this is perhaps the largest season of anime ever with 75 titles including shorts and kid shows. Our preview isn’t quite that large, but it’s massive enough that I’d find it hard to believe there isn’t something for every anime fan, whether you’re a lover of gutsy sports shows, sakuga-bliss, renowned directors and animators working together on creatives titles, or if you just want a sequel to that one show you liked. For what it’s worth, I think this is one the best offerings of anime I’ve seen in the 6 years I’ve followed season-by-season. There’s sure to be some quality with this quantity, though I do worry that the anime industry is on the verge of exploding with all the overworked animators and too many shows being produced to make decent profit. It’ll come…some day…one day. But not today, thankfully.

If you’d rather get to the nitty gritty, onto the levels. Our rubric remains the same, with the five main expectation levels ranging from High to Low, plus Niche and Established for special cases. Hopefully this guide will help those of you with limited time understand which shows to try first, based on our preliminary examination of each show’s staff, seiyuu, and source material. Failing that, it’ll give you a cudgel to wield against us when we invariably peg one or two wrong.

We arrived at these levels by convening our regular seats “anticipation council,” which still consists of Passerby, Stilts, and Zephyr (I wonder who would lose in a game of musical chairs…?). While they’ve gone to great lengths to be as objective as possible, perfect objectivity isn’t a real thing (gasp!) and even the most well-considered predictions can prove themselves wrong. But we like to call them pleasant surprises! Take these with a grain of salt.

Note: Lists are sorted in alphabetical order.


The Rundown:

High expectation shows give us reason to believe they have the makings of a very good series that should appeal to the widest audience in their given genres. If you consider yourself a “casual” fan who only gets your toes wet every season by watching the “best” shows (i.e. popular ones that generate the most buzz), then these are the ones we feel you should keep an eye out for. We’re also expecting good things from these shows, so if they fall short, disappointment is understandable.

Moderately High expectation shows are ones that came close to joining the High expectation crowd, but missed out due to one or two elements that gave us concern. The series underpinnings are generally strong, but there is just something that keeps us from putting all our hopes and dreams on these shows. They still have most of the makings of very strong series, so if you watch only the “best” shows but want more than what the High category provides, keep an eye out for these as well.

Moderate expectation shows, also known as “True Moderate”, don’t provide any immediate indication that they’ll be amazing in retrospect. This is often the case with shows that fall into one of anime’s overused plot devices, which most people, particularly self-proclaimed critics, will perceive as mediocre at best. However, in many of our experiences these shows still provide a great deal of entertainment and may turn out a lot better than they appear. They’re good for “regular” fans who are aware of all these tropes and don’t mind seeing them used in different settings. Personal tastes come heavily into play, so your mileage will vary.

Moderately Low expectation shows don’t seem to be aspiring to much, but it’s hard to call them bad exactly. They might focus on senseless humor or fanservice, but there’s often at least one element that elevates them above other members of their genre. Once again, personal taste comes heavily into play with these shows, because if they’re part of one of your favored genres then chances are you’ll enjoy them no matter what. Just don’t expect them to break the bank with originality.

Low expectation shows don’t seem to be striving for much and choose to focus on more frivolous aspects such as senseless humor and fanservice. That doesn’t mean they’re the bottom of the barrel and shouldn’t get any consideration, but simply that you need to keep in mind what kind of show it is. Generally only “avid” fans will be interested in seeing what these have to offer, because they’re already watching all the better shows.

Niche shows break away from the norm by being slower-paced, extremely dark/grotesque, or even controversial. In most cases these shows are oriented towards older audiences or those who feel that anime has become far too repetitive and want something different. Shows of this category tend to be highly under-appreciated, but can turn out to be hidden gems for that very reason. Includes some works oriented toward younger audiences.

  • Niche: N/A

Established shows are generally long-running manga/anime series, geared towards younger viewers who are already fans of them. A commonality is that they all air early morning on weekends or well before midnight on weekdays so that “normal” people can watch them. They aren’t very dependent on expectations, but a love for never-ending shows and a willingness to get into all the material that’s out if they’re completely new to you. Shounen series fall into this category, hence why we treat them differently.


      1. @john

        That’s not true in the slightest. There’s only a few shows that will offend the homophobes airing in the Winter. It’s not like All Out!! will have questionable content, it’s a friggin sports anime. Shouwa Genroku and Super Lovers are the two notable ones. But if you’re that insecure that you can’t watch either without being offended, you’ll probably miss out on a decent series.

      1. He’s just insecure and feels threatened by shows with a mostly male cast. It’s kinda sad that there’s a few people like him lurking around here. But I guess for every dozen or so decent posters here, you’ll get a homophobe.

      2. @Lyfe
        You don’t like harem right?

        Like you see that tag, and you know you won’t like it. You’ve probably given one show a shot and it ultimately disappointed you and you just thought… fuck all of em.

        Same with yaoi and shounen ai for the rest of us.

      3. @TitanAnteus Except there isn’t a single ‘shounen ai/yaoi’ anime airing this season. People just don’t like shows that are aimed at girls (and by extension, gay men) that give them some fanservice as well – and most of the time that level of fanservice doesn’t begin to compare to the loli/ecchi shows you get every season. Some anime fans are just not used to seeing an all-male cast that doesn’t cater to them and thus making them think anime is dead/bad all of a sudden.

      4. 1. It saddens me that some combination of the political climate of today and the internet has led the homophobes and the racists into believing they have a right to air their opinions in public instead of bottling that crap up deep inside where it belongs and being properly ashamed of themselves.

        2. I too find this season to be incredibly blah.

        3. @Samu: In response to your point what I find lacking this season are shows aimed at heterosexuals that are not sequels or fanservice. There are definitely several of the girls battle shows that are actually just fanservice but those weird me out unless they’re done VERY well, there are a few fanservice for women/gay men shows as you mention but those aren’t my cup of tea though I don’t begrudge their existence. But what I don’t really see are non-sequel normal action shows in the vein of Knights of Sidonia or Re: Zero or something of that sort.

      5. The moment you decline anybody’s right to speak for himself and his beliefs, you not only show your own immaturity but also make a disservice for other people who are defending similar point of view in a better manner. Please reconsider it for the future.

    1. I counted them all out and we have about 14 of fanservice-females-as-main-puprpose-for-creating-this shows for guys and about 7 shows for girls but not for gays. (And also 7 against 2 in Short Series List)

      I think you was trying to mislead us… (ಠ_ಠ)

  1. I am waiting for people to say this season is bound to suck. Grrr.

    Fune wo Amu and Sangatsu are my personal picks although my guilty pleasures will be Kiss Him, Not Me.

    Aside from that, bring on the sequels! Wohoo.

  2. Shūmatsu no Izetta – Need to watch ep1 then decide
    http://WWW.WORKING!! – Definitely watch
    ViVid Strike! – Definitely watch
    Sangatsu no Lion – Need to watch ep1 then decide
    Occultic;Nine – Definitely watch
    Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari – Need to watch ep1 then decide
    Fune o Amu – Need to watch ep1 then decide

  3. Not a lot of “new” stuff sticking out to me, but sure looks like a great season for sequels and spin-offs.

    Also small nitpicky note on ViVid Strike, a couple of the names are backwards, should be Einhart Stratos and Fuuka Reventon. They’re not Japanese, after all. =p

    1. Thanks, fixed. That’s what I get for writing while exhausted. Though are you sure on Fuuka? Her given name sounds pretty Japanese. Though I guess she’s probably from another planet, so dunno if that counts at that point. I’m not sure how alien name order works.

      1. It can be a little weird! But yeah, Nanoha seems pretty consistent about treating most character names as “foreign”, so I’m pretty sure about Fuuka. Kinda Gundam-ish that way, I guess.

        Hell, even the Nakajima family uses western order, despite the very Japanese names. IIRC StrikerS even had a cute little nod like “hey maybe our ancestors came from that Earth place you guys are from”.

  4. Regarding ViVid Strike, Nanoha supposedly isn’t there because of VA issues, something about Tamura Yukari being signed on to some other label and thus not being able to legally return and voice Nanoha.

      1. There’s lots of theories going around, but we don’t really know what’s happening with Yukari Tamura. She ended her contract with King Records earlier this year, and it’s believed that that is the reason why she’s not involved with Vivid Strike, but it’s not like these companies post news bulletins tellings us “the reason this voice actress isn’t with us on this project is because of X, and the reason the franchise is doing a spinoff instead of continuing the series that’s currently in limbo is because of Y” etc. All we can really do is try to make guesses and put pieces together from what we’ve got.

        I do know I will be watching Vivid Strike for sure; the Nanoha series is one of my mainstays as an anime fan; but to have a Nanoha franchise series without Nanoha herself in it is… unsettling, to say the least.

    1. This is a not a comprehensive list of ALL the anime that are starting or airing this season. We eliminate any shows that are aimed at younger audiences (e.g. Digimon or Duel Monsters) because then the list would be way too long. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you; hopefully you can find something else on the list that you like though =)

      1. One I’m curious about that didn’t seem to be on the list:

        “Luger Code 1951 (Studio Deen)

        The Lost in America preview lists this as coming in October 22, but I couldn’t seem
        to find it in the above list. Is it off the schedule, omitted, or did I just miss it?

      2. @david

        You haven’t missed anything, the show apparently was scaled back. Instead of a multi-episode thing, we are only getting a single OVA, at least from what I read.

        It’s quite disappointing considering the plot was at least half interesting.

  5. Thanks for this. You folks do the best anime previews on the web!

    Hadn’t known Drifters was by the Hellsing creator… interesting.

    The witch-princess-in-world-war-II also sounds oddly entertaining, although “witch princess in world war II” would be a better title. Wonder if it will be serious or Bed knobs and Broomsticks?

  6. Thanks always for the great rundown of Fall Anime. I look forward to this.

    I’m highly anticipating:
    Gundam – Iron Blooded Orphans (for the win!)
    Natsume Yuujinchou (A close 2nd)
    Digimon App Monsters (For the child in me)
    Watashi ga Motete Dou Sunda (Kiss Him Not Me) Looks good
    Bloodivores (What can I say….Vampires)
    Many others that I’ll give a look…

    The Season looks good to me.

  7. Gundam IBO
    Nobunaga no Shinobi
    Shoushin Shoujo Matoi
    Bungo Stray Dogs
    Brave Witches
    Flip Flappers
    Lostorage Incited WIXOSS
    Bubuki Buranki Hoshi no Kyojin
    Shuumatsu no Izetta
    Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
    Vivid Strike
    Soul Buster
    Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season
    To Be Hero
    These are my initial planned watches.I could drop some and pick up something over the course of the season.

    1. Brave witches is WWII too, i dont see you complaining about that one.

      As for me, im interested in Izetta since that CGI models of the Ju-87/Bf-110/Sm.79 are well done. As long there are aviation machines in any anime or the theme of aviation i will watch.

      1. In Brave Witches they united against the Neroui. Here is no such thing, just retelling the real world History with a bit bending here and there. Perhaps the CGI would be the Stars in this Show. But lets see, in how the Story want to carry this burden. We all know how this History ended. So.. well lets see. nice CGI is nothing, without an solid ground of Story

      2. if i am allowed to compare this here with an Game…

        You all know the Game “Rome” from Crytek? It was an Graphic Porn, but still an failure. So nice CGI’s and such do not hide the flaws of others. But, lets see. i wait for RandomC thoughts

    2. Solid first Pilot Episode

      some indiana jones vibes here, where the führer just wan to collect stuff. Lets see in how much they give the history weight in the future episodes, or in how they thread the “witch flying gun”. If she is really threaten like an living being, or just an living gun

  8. really not sure if i will find much to watch this season…
    -Brave witches and Izetta for some weird world war 2
    -Drifters for some fantasy battles
    -the different Watamote looks like can be fun with ex-fujoshi suddenly thrust into reverse harem
    -maybe catch up on working!! since i skipped last season?

  9. Yay, Samu and increased responsibilities! I’m sure your senpais have noticed your hard work and dedication!

    Definite Watch:
    Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans 2
    Hibike! Euphonium 2
    3-gatsu no Lion
    Fune wo Amu

    May Check Out:
    Shuumatsu no Izetta
    Nobunaga no Shinobi
    Watashi ga Motete Dou Sunda
    Long Riders!

    Wait and See:
    Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
    TRICKSTER -Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” Yori-
    Stella no Mahou

  10. I’m seeing a lot of sequels to get excited for but none of the new stuff seems as interesting compared to other seasons this year. The only one I think I’ll try is the steins gate guys show. I liked steins gate so hopefully I’ll like this.

  11. rather a weak season – pretty much just sequels, magic girls, and fujoshi-fodder

    will give 3-gatsu, drifters, nanbaku (and possibly fune no amu – though a bit mundane for my liking) a try, but not very optimistic overall for this season…

  12. This is looking like another good season, at the upper level there aren’t quite as many blatantly high-tier anime as last season, but the list of moderate expectations kind of feels a bit different than usual. I have a feeling a handful of those shows may end up being surprisingly excellent.

    I’m legitimately excited for a Mahou Shoujo resurgence, Idols are great and all, but they don’t fight evil and there’s less of a chance for spectacle. I’m glad we’ve got so much to watch next season, lmao.

    Looks great, looking forward to most of it; weirdly more-so than Summer.

  13. Okay, why people is calling this season gay, where i only see yuri on ice and watashi ga motete (maybe touken ranbu too?), which could fall into this category. Other ones is mostly lolicon/ecchi stuff for guys. I decided to watch only around 10 series, when usually i watch above 17 ( or at least plans to ). Disappointed in this season, thought that fall gonna be better than summer.

  14. These immediately interest me.

    Haikyuu!! S3
    Sound Euphonium S2
    Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
    Lostorage incited WIXOSS

    Will look at(Like give an episode or two before deciding to continue)

    Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo this show has a super long title that I don’t care to type.
    Long Riders!
    Natsume Yuujinchou Go
    Idol Memories

    Obligatory White Fox show

    Soushin Shoujo Matoi

    And lastly, the 5 minute show(As I like short stuff)

    3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen

  15. Seems like a really boring season. Only 2-3 series seem interesting Gundam, Drifters, and All Out. I could be wrong about the other two. Why do anime producers do this. There are several popular anime upto from a few years ago that could have potential sequels that would be just as popular. But they choose to ignore them and bring out new stuff that most of the time turn out to be not that interesting.

  16. FYI, you can find the Bloodivores source material translated under the name ‘Space-Time Prisoner’ or in Chinese under the name 时空囚徒. Not sure why they changed the name – seems like a downgrade to me.

    Storyline is pretty generic from what I’ve skimmed through, but I got bored after 10 (extremely short) chapters and there’s quite a bit of source material released I didn’t get to.

  17. As always, I wonder whether all these people complaining about “gay” shows had any complaints when more yuri stuff started being produced. Yuri doesn’t quite seem to get the same homophobia (which is a good thing, not saying it should), so that speaks a lot more about the complainers’ insecurities than some actual ethical or moral complaint. They’re clearly tapping into a profitable market, and just because something might appear as fujoshi bait, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it without shipping dudes together. If you care so damn much about what anime gets produced, I hope you’re putting your money where your mouth is and making it worth it for the companies to keep producing the types of shows you like.

    Also can’t help but feel like the misleading title Yuri on Ice is intentional, since they could have gone with Yuuri, which is probably the more intuitive romaji anyway.

    Rant aside, definitely a bunch of sequels/spinoffs this season, so it feels like the season is dependent on whether you’re already a fan of these franchises. A number of the older seasons were already in my backlog, so I may bump them up the order but otherwise I won’t be watching most of this group.

    Watching for sure:
    Hibike Euphonium 2

    probably Keijo for PLOT! (and whenever ecchi shows turn out well in other areas, that’s always a pleasant surprise)
    I’ll pick up whichever of the rest seems interesting from there. If not, I can at least cut down on some of that backlog.

  18. I’m definitely in with Hibike S2 and Haikyuu S3. I’m also going to choose for the ff.:

    Classicaloid (I mean, history meets art, and I like the combination)
    3-gatsu no Lion (If SHAFT can handle Nisekoi and any Monogatari show, I can watch it)
    Nanbaka (Seems that I may have a new fave character…cough____cough)
    Occultic;Nine (Will it be the next Steins;Gate? Let us find out!)
    All Out!! (Rugby is not my forte, but the characters would help that)
    Yuri!!! On Ice (In the Philippines, we have Michael Martinez on us, so I’m kinda excited)

    I may watch more, but it’s depends if I can handle it….

    I really like the idea of seperating the shorts from the main shows, because it may distract the viewer’s opinion, so it’s a good point to put in there.

    @Takaii, any final words before watching the latest Uta no Pri anime?

    1. I have high hopes for it, even if some will write it off as another magical girl show without looking at the PVs and staff behind it. The closest example I can think of would be Space Dandy, in terms of talented animators coming on board to show off their goods.

      1. exactly; guess we’ll just have to wait until october 6th to see if it’s worth watching but i definitely wont hide that im a little hyped. The magical girl genre is one of the best places to go when looking for good coming of age stories and visual storytelling. I understand the apprehension of delving into a genre like this, but it definitely has its merits as a vehicle for powerful narratives.

      2. A major difference, of course, being that Dandy had Bones and one of the greatest directors in anime history behind it. Oshiyama has an interesting resume (including Dandy) but he’s never directed before. And it’s rather unsettling that there’s no mention of a main writer, as far as I can see. There’s reason to expect something visually interesting here but not really any concrete reason to think the same about the content. It could surprise, but it would be a surprise.

      3. “A major difference, of course, being that Dandy had Bones and one of the greatest directors in anime history behind it”….that is significant; cant argue against that.

        And you said there’s no main writer pegged yet?? oh boy, that is weird. Sort of reminds me of Zankyou no terror and how that didnt have any established main writer (at least at the time it was airing) and we all know how that turned out. I mean, that’s not to say that automatically implies something negative but that is peculiar

      4. It often does spell problems. There may indeed be a scenario/series composition person here, but I haven’t seen any mention of it in any of the sources I normally use, or any of the news releases which usually mention who’s filling that role. That would concern me a good deal.

  19. Oh, nice. I didn’t like any of the shows on the last season, so I took the time for work on my eternal backlog. Glad to be back, I’m taking:

    Haikyuu vs Shoratorizawa
    Hibike 2
    3-gatsu no Lion
    Fune wo Amu
    Stella no Mahou

    And a couple of the short series, I haven’t decided which ones.

  20. Bubuki Buranki is severely underrated. It’s like if Trigger made a CG anime.

    I’m Surprised you didn’t mention that Drifters is from the creator of Hellsing. That’s reason enough to be hyped.

    … On the other hand, HOODS made that awful Blazblue adaption

  21. I’m amazed no one mentioned Gekijōban Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince Movie that should be showing up in Japanese theaters in November. ANN source

    Right then…
    The watch List – 90% under the bus edition (because I’m finding little interest in this Saturday heavy cour)
    Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans 2 – Heck Yes! It’s back!
    Bubuki Buranki ・Hoshi no Kyojin
    – more crazy plot incoming? I mean I did like how the first few episodes were taken place within the same day…
    3-ep fence-top watch

    Blog watch
    Shuumatsu no Izetta – slightly intriged …
    Watashi ga Motete Dou Sunda – *reads chapter of the manga* – What~?
    Nanbaka – A Japanese impression of Prison Break? Interesting…
    Keijo!!!!!!!! – o boy, more ‘%20’ signs inbound…

  22. Natsume’s back that is enough to make this season a great season imo 🙂 I love the series so much that I waited for so long. To add also, Bungou Stray Dogs is back, and I can’t wait to follow it again ^__^ I have no regrets, only hope that some of the other anime would be nice. I was so disappointed in last season but I ended up loving 91 Days, Serevamp, Handa-kun, Fukigen no Mononokean, Mob Physcho and Orange.

    I can’t wait for this season =)..

  23. Darn, fewer picks than the previous season. Oh well… Glad to still have “Duwang” to keep me company, though.

    Will definitely watch:
    Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans season 2 – Being emotionally invested in the surviving characters of the show back in season 1, I can’t help but wonder what Kudelia and the folks at Tekkadan are up to now.
    Brave WitchesGirls und Panzer may be the reigning queen of “military moe” anime (with a sequel to the movie apparently on the way), but this is part of the series that started the trend. Though Brave Witches will focus on a different group, I still wouldn’t mind seeing a few cameos from the 501st.

    Will take a look at/Decided to pick up:
    ViVid Strike – I have some trepidation about watching this, but it’s still better to actually watch the episodes first before deciding if it’s a worthy addition to the Lyrical Nanoha series or not.
    Watashi ga Motete Dou Sunda – A reverse harem comedy in the vein of Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge? Even though the female lead is a fujoshi, I don’t mind checking this out. Might even get a few funny moments based on Yuu Kobayashi’s previous performances.

    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – That animated “Duwang” scene was a beautiful sight to see (and slightly hilarious due to some off-model moments that were thankfully fixed by the next episode). Still, there must be no other scene as memetic as that one. Looking forward to the final showdown between the protagonists and Yoshikage Kira, but the former will have to go through a gauntlet of other Stand users first…

  24. Definite watch –

    Brave WItches

    Wait and see approach –
    WORKING (sadly despite enjoying the original trilogy)
    Nanoha Vivid (the previous Vivid had how many episodes?)

    Velvet Scarlantina
  25. Looking forwards to Iron Blooded Orphans, and planning to at least check out a few more. Question, though. Where can people stateside watch these legitimately? I subscribe to both Crunchyroll and Funimation but those two miss a lot of series. (And it’s unclear whether their “deal” will mean more or fewer series overall.) Some show up after the season on Netflix, and a few near-simulcast on Hulu. Are there other options?

    Shoshone Alhambra
    1. You’ve basically covered all legitimate options. It all comes down to whether a group licenses the series or not. No license, no official sub/dub release. It’s similar to Netflix offering different slates of shows depending on country.

      One way or another you will have to resort to fan subs for certain anime titles.

  26. Ever since I’ve discovered this site, I’ve always looked forward to the previews you guys do, so kudos. That was a good one. So many stuff to watch and see.

    Although I’m kinda sad Takaii has such shit taste on sword boys–I mean, Kashuu, really?

    (I’m kidding. Mostly. MUTSU FOR LIFE)

  27. Thank you very much for the seasonal preview, as always.

    On another note: Would any RC writer review Urobuchi’s puppet wuxia? I know it’s not an anime, but that’s exactly why I think it needs more exposure.

  28. Stilts, what do you mean with a Saki: Achiga-hen episode of Side-A situation?

    As for the shows of this season, while some have interesting looks i have no clue which one is a nice watch outside of the gundam one for me from the descriptions.

    1. The main Saki series follows the Kiyosumi girls, whereas Saki: Achiga-hen follows another set of protagonists competing in the same tournament, those from Achiga. (Those are two different high school competing in the same mahjong tournament.)

      I meant that ViVid Strike could potentially take the view point of other protagonists competing in the same tournament that Vivio and Einhart are competing in, or—since that source material presumably doesn’t feature these new characters, while Saki’s did—more broadly, take the view of other protagonists interacting in the same events that the original protagonists are. (Original here meaning ViVid original, not Nanoha original.)

    1. Why did nobody enjoyed those reviews then? Was it because he disliked the show, wasn’t that knowledgeable about the franchise, was he not enthusiastic enough or something else? I am curious since if nobody enjoyed those reviews, he would’ve stopped reviewing it most likely and reviewed something else.

      1. He spent the majority of the time heaping tremendous praise on the writer while talking about little else. Then, when said writer didn’t write the story he wanted, spent the entirety talking about everything he hated about the series. Look at any of his most recent review of ”
        Mahoutsukai no Yome”. He rarely, if ever, talks about what actually happened in the shows he reviews, only his long meandering meaningless interpretation of what he thinks of the creators.

    2. That sounds like a terrible mindset for a reviewer…
      If the writer doesn’t write the story a reviewer wants, they trash it? Sounds like a reversed world to me.

      And when i asked a few accomplices which gundam would be the closest to this, they linked it to wing so i might give it a try.

  29. Iron Blooded Orphans and Drifters are definitely on my list. On a side note, could we get someone who will review this without an extremely pessimistic opinion towards it? I don’t mind criticism, but the last time it was reviewed, the comment section practically bombarded it with annoyance.

  30. 100% gonna stick to the end
    -hibike euphonium
    -brave witches

    very likely
    -3-gatsu no Lion
    -long riders

    maybe, maybe not
    -stella no mahou
    -white fox’s mahou shoujo
    -lerche’s mahou shouj
    -flip flappers
    -takkyuu musume

    pretty sure gonna drop after 1st episode
    -udon no kuni(aka clone of clone of usagi drops)
    -girlish numbers

    won’t even give a chance
    -the rest (around 10 show that I’m obviously not their target audience so why bother watch it and complain later?)

  31. [i][b]The series I’ll watch for sure (so far)[/b][/i]:

    (on RC list)
    – [B]Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou vs Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou [I](3rd season)[/I][/B]
    – [B]Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans [I](2nd season)[/I][/B]

    (not on RC list)
    – [B]Digimon Universe Appli Monsters[/B]
    – [B]Kaitou Joker [I](4th season)[/I][/B]
    – [B]Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On[/B]

    [i][b]I’ll keep an eye on these, although nothing is really guaranteed[/b][/i]:

    – [B]Bungou Stray Dogs [I](2nd season)[/I][/B]
    – [b]Drifters[/b]
    – [B]Nanbaka[/B]
    – [b]Nobunaga no Shinobi[/b]
    – [b]Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari[/b]
    – [B]Yuri!!! on Ice[/B]


    1. (edited)

      The series I’ll watch for sure:

      (on RC list)
      – Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou vs Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou (3rd season)
      – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2nd season)

      (not on RC list)
      – Digimon Universe Appli Monsters
      – Kaitou Joker [I](4th season)
      – Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On

      I’ll keep an eye on these, although nothing is really guaranteed:

      – Bungou Stray Dogs (2nd season)
      – Drifters
      – Nanbaka
      – Nobunaga no Shinobi
      – Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
      – Yuri!!! on Ice

  32. Vaya mierda de temporada. Hacía años que no veía una tan mala. Se resume en un montón de animes chorras sobre chicas mágicas, animes protagonizados sólo por personajes masculinos O femininos. Y por supuesto, sólo 2 o 3 para personas mayores de 15 años.

  33. Ah Fall Season! My most anticipated anime season of the year with good reason, this time there is a lot of shows that have me exited, I don´t know why people say this season is weak?.

    My must watch list:

    1.-Bubuki Buranki ・Hoshi no Kyojin: first season caught me by surprise, I wasn´t expecting it to be so good, I have high hopes fore this sequel.

    2.-Shuumatsu no Izetta: Witch vs Army of Nazis wanna be, Count me in! Let´s find an answer to the eternal question of wich one is more powerful, Magic or modern weapons, my money is on magic!.

    3.-WWW.WORKING!!: if this show can reproduce at least 30% of the magic of the first Working then it will be worth watching.

    4.-Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku: I know next to nothing about the original light novels but this show has the potential to be one of the darkest stories of this season, let´s see it develops.

    5.-ViVid Strike!: Nanoha is the one anime I watch with my sister since it first came out and it has become a tradition for us to watch together every new sequel and spin off that comes up every few years, this is no exception, bring it Strike!.

    6.-Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans 2: I wonder if anyone in Tekkadan will still live by the end of this considering Orga thinks a suicide mission is an awesome idea and Mikazuki follows his every word, I´m expecting Mika to develop some independence from him in this season.

    7.-TRICKSTER -Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” Yori-: a new original anime about the detective Ranpo, I love a good mistery anime but Laplace no Game made me sick thanks to the protagonist being a souless monster, I just couldn´t stomach the kid being all exited and delighted with the murderers so I´m hoping something mopre human this time around.

    8.-Soushin Shoujo Matoi: I don´t know what to think about tis one but an original anime is always promising .

    9.-Natsume Yuujinchou Go: I have never seen a seon of this series but all the hype with this new fifth seaon is making me want to do a marathon to catch up.

    10.-Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season: a lot of good action and very good character development for Atsushi has made me a huge fan of this story.

    11.-Hibike! Euphonium 2: I have to see what challenges await the band in this new season.

    12.-Brave Witches: Let´s see if they can recreate the magic of the original story.

    13.-Keijo!!!!!!!!: Mandatory fanservice of this season for me.

    14.-Drifters: if there is one thing the author of Hellsing can do is a story with over the top action where the laws of phisycs can go to hell! So of curse I´m to watch this form begining to end!.

    15.-Lostorage incited WIXOSS: sometime I this shows like this one bring up masochist in me, because this is going to be all about watching the characters you come love suffer. But hey, the first series had hope buried somewhere in there and Re:Zero demostrated that the hero can prevail among all the madness the universe the universe throws at you so give it your best girls!.

    16.-3-gatsu no Lion: Everybody tells this is the show I can´t miss so let´s see what it has.

    17.-Occultic;Nine: from the mind that brought us Steins, Chaos and Robotics? Yeah, I was all yours with the Steins;Gate thing, it doesn´t matter if it´s the same universe this show has potential like none other.

    18.-Bloodivores: vampire always had this charm for me, even after Stephanir Meyer almost destroyed them I still love good vampire story.

    19.-Strike the Boold II: The story of Kojou and Yukina is one of my favorite vampire stories in anime, it´s cheerfull, vampires are just another spices in a world full of supernatural creatures. As a huge fan of the novel and first anime I can´t wait to see whta new theats await the Fourth Progenitor and his Queen.

  34. I automatically ignore OVAs and Movies (never been interested in those), so I missed the Shorts List. This is the first time you guys seperate the shorts from the animes, right?

    Well, I fully support this decision! I very much enjoy short-length animes but am always disappointed when one I thought was going to be full-length turns out to be a short. This way, there won’t be any more surprises. Although I do wish you’d include a preview picture for each short in the future (no issue if you don’t though, clicking each link didn’t take that long).

  35. Seems like a pretty sparse season for me. Lots of boring SoL with generic looking moe characters and sequels to stuff I never got into. Pretty much just Drifters piques my interest, though I may check out Keijo!!!!!!!! if I get in the mood for mindless fanservice. The fact that it’s masquerading as a sports series kind of turns me off, though…

  36. This season looks terrible unless you really enjoy pretty-boy anime with no plot and horribly cliche characters. Ans yes this season is quite literally “gay”. Crunchy roll’s simulcast list is the worst, every other new show is an all male cast of guys hinting at how much they want to bone each other. Clearly made fir girls who don’t know how perverted and horny gay guys really are when they are in private with each other.


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