Autumn 2016 Anime Season Preview

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Welcome to the Summer 2016 season preview, here to help you decide what to watch this season and with so many series coming out each season it can be a daunting task. To help you even further we will be giving links to any simulcast that a series may have and will keep them updated throughout the season. You can also find our writers thoughts on select series that they are interested in.

This is by no means a complete list of every series airing this season, shows geared towards young children have been omitted as have OVAs and Movies. We have deemed it necessary for TV shorts to have their own season preview which will be available soon.


12-Sai. Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki 2

 Oct 3, 2016 | Oriental Light and Magic | Manga | Romance, School, Shoujo

Streaming:

I’ve still got the last four episodes of season 1 left to watch, but it was an enjoyable anime. If season 2 turns up somewhere, I’ll catch up so I can continue watching. – Jordan

3-gatsu no Lion
March Comes in Like a Lion

Oct 8, 2016 | Shaft | Manga | Drama, Seinen, Slice of Life

Streaming: CrunchyrollDaisuki

Adapted from Chica Umino’s (Honey and Clover) other popular manga, March Comes in Like a Lion, and directed by Shaft director Akiyuki Shinbou how could you not be watching this? I think this series is easily the one I have the highest hopes for, even if it’s only half as good as Honey and Clover or the majority of Shaft titles then we’re in for a good time. – Nick

I quite enjoy the work of Shaft, and though I’ve still got a backlog of their titles to try, I aim not to add to that backlog by watching new ones as they air. Shaft aside, I was sold by the first line of the description over at anichart – a 17 year old pro Shogi player. – Jordan

Ajin 2nd Season

Oct 8, 2016 | Polygon Pictures | Manga | Horror, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural

Streaming: Netflix

All Out!!

Oct 7, 2016 | Madhouse | Manga | School, Seinen, Sports

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

I’ve been enjoying sports anime since I started giving them a chance, so I’ll at least be checking out the first episode of All Out!! And it’s from Madhouse, so the animation is sure to be great. – Jordan

Bloodivores

Oct 1, 2016 | Creators in Pack | Original | Action, Supernatural, Vampire

Streaming: Crunchyroll

Brave Witches

Oct 6, 2016 | Silver Link. | Original | Action, Ecchi, Magic, Military, Sci-Fi

Streaming: Crunchyroll

No, I haven’t watched Strike Witches yet, but Silver Link are my favourite studio, so I’ll be watching Brave Witches as it airs. Hopefully I’ll find the time to watch Strike Witches alongside this. – Jordan

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
BBK/BRNK

Oct 1, 2016 | SANZIGEN | Original | Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi

Streaming: Crunchyroll

Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season

Oct 6, 2016 | Bones | Manga | Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural

Streaming: Crunchyroll

Season 1 was fairly enjoyable, so I’ll probably watch season 2. Depending on the number of anime that interest me this season though, Bungo Stray Dogs could end up on hold. – Jordan

Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Next

Oct 2, 2016 | TMS Entertainment | Original | Action, Game, Shounen

Streaming: Crunchyroll, DaisukiYouTube

ClassicaLoid

Oct 8, 2016 | Sunrise | Original | Comedy, Music

Streaming: CrunchyrollThe Anime Network, Viewster

The premise for ClassicaLoid is very out there it has to be said but there’s no question that it is unique. Beethoven and Mozart saving the world from giant robots with the power of their music sounds insane. I’m not the biggest fan of this insistence on using historical figures in increasly more random ways but this is just too weird not to watch. I’ll be checking it out for a couple of episodes at least. – Nick

I think Nick pretty much summed it up nicely – ClassicaLoid is definitely on my radar. – Jordan

Drifters

Oct 7, 2016 | Hoods Entertainment | Manga | Action, Fantasy, Historical, Samurai, Seinen

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

I think Drifters will try and bring back an element of dark storytelling and visuals that we just don’t see too much of nowadays but whether it will be great or not we’ll have to wait and see. I’ll check out the first couple of episodes to see if it will hold my interest as the premise certainly doesn’t. – Nick

I was supposed to watch the OVA before this season to decide whether I was watching Drifters or not. I suppose I still have 5 days to try and do so if possible. – Jordan

Flip Flappers

Oct 6, 2016 | Studio 3Hz | Original | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Streaming: CrunchyrollThe Anime Network, Viewster

Honestly, the key art looks cute. Onto my list it goes. – Jordan

Fune wo Amu
The Great Passage

Oct 14, 2016 | Zexcs | Novel |

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video

Based upon the best-selling and acclaimed novel by Miura Shoin – Fune wo Amu is another series that I have very high expectations of and with Zexcs handling this adaptation I think we’re in good hands. – Nick

While not the anime I’m most looking forward to this season, Fune wo Amu is the one that sounds the most interesting out of the anime on offer. – Jordan

Gi(a)rlish Number

Oct 7, 2016 | Diomedea | Original | Slice of Life

Streaming: CrunchyrollThe Anime Network

Here it is, the anime I’m most looking forward to this season. It’s from the author that brought us the brilliant Oregairu. Sentai already have home media rights, so hopefully this ends up on our shelves courtesy of MVM or Manga Entertainment. -Jordan

Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou

Oct 8, 2016 | Production I.G | Manga | Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen, Sports

Streaming: Crunchyroll

I finally tried Haikyuu!! through Animatsu’s blu-rays and fell in love with it. I couldn’t hold out for their season 2 blu-rays next year though, so I binged season 2 one weekend in preparation for this third season. – Jordan

Heybot!

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Sep 18, 2016 | Bandai Namco Pictures | Original | Comedy, Kids, Sci-Fi

Streaming: Crunchyroll

Hibike! Euphonium 2
Sound! Euphonium 2

Oct 6, 2016 | Kyoto Animation | Novel | Drama, Music, School

Streaming: Crunchyroll

It’s KyoAni, of course I’m watching it. I thoroughly enjoyed season 1 and it’s a shame the compilation movie is not available to us. – Jordan

Idol Memories

Oct 3, 2016 | Seven Arcs | Original | Music

Streaming:

I saw the words “idol” and “virtual reality”, that got Idol Memories the green light from me. -Jordan

Kaitou Joker 4th Season

Oct 3, 2016 | Shin-Ei Animation | Manga | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Shounen

Streaming: Crunchyroll

Keijo!!!!!!!!
Hip Whip Girl

Oct 6, 2016 | Xebec | Manga | Ecchi, Shounen, Sports

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

This one looks so over-the-top everyone should be watching it. -Jordan

Long Riders!

Oct 8, 2016 | Actas | Manga | Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life, Sports

Streaming: Daisuki

Cute girls on motorbikes earlier this year was brilliant, so I’m assuming cute girls on bicycles will be just as good. -Jordan

Lostorage Incited WIXOSS

Oct 8, 2016 | J.C.Staff | Card game | Game, Psychological

Streaming: Crunchyroll

I enjoyed the earlier seasons of WIXOSS, and while it’s a shame the movie isn’t available yet, I’ll definitely be watching the new anime. – Jordan

Luger Code 1951

Oct 22, 2016 | Studio Deen | Original | Action, Fantasy

Streaming:

This one is a resounding maybe from me. I’ll probably wait to find out what my brother thinks if he tries it. – Jordan

Magic Kyun! Renaissance

Oct 2, 2016 | Sunrise | Original | Magic, Music, Romance, School

Streaming: Crunchyroll

Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
Magical Girl Raising Project

Oct 2, 2016 | Lerche | Light Novel | Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller

Streaming: Crunchyroll

The first episode of this was enjoyable, so I’ll be sticking with this. -Jordan

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2nd Season

Oct 2, 2016 | Sunrise | Original | Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Space

Streaming: Crunchyroll, DaisukiGundam.info (YouTube)

If it’s Gundam you can guarantee that I’ll be watching. It also helps that the first season was a massive improvement over other recent attempts at starting new Gundam series. – Nick

Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On

Oct 2, 2016 | David Production | Game | Fantasy

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

Nanbaka

Oct 7, 2016 | Satelight | Web Manga | Action, Comedy, Drama

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

I haven’t read the manga but it always catches my eye whenever I open my Crunchyroll manga app due to the use of vibrant colours. The premise sounds interesting but will it amount to anything more than just pretty colours I’m not sure. I’ll definitely be appling the three episode rule on this one. – Nick

The key art grabbed my attention so I’ll be checking this out. Hopefully it’s good.. -Jordan

Natsume Yuujinchou Go
Natsume’s Book of Friends Go

Oct 5, 2016 | Shuka | Manga | Drama, Fantasy, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Streaming: Crunchyroll?

Occultic;Nine

Oct 8, 2016 | A-1 Pictures | Light Novel | Mystery, Sci-Fi

Streaming: CrunchyrollDaisuki

Anytime this is a series with a semicolon in its title I’m immediately interested. While Occultic;Nine is apparently not set within the same universe as previous titles it is adapted from a light novel written by 5pb head Chiyomaru Shikura. I’m hoping for good things from this series but I’m hesitant about getting too excited after Robotics;Notes. – Nick

I haven’t watched any of the semicolon anime yet, so I may as well just start with this one. – Jordan

Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
Ping Pong Girl

Oct 4, 2016 | Kinema Citrus | Web Manga | Sports

Streaming: Crunchyroll

Cute girls playing Ping Pong? Sold! – Jordan

Show By Rock!! #

Oct 2, 2016 | Bones | Game | Comedy, Music

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

Shuumatsu no Izetta
Izetta: The Last Witch

Oct 1, 2016 | Ajia-Do | Original | Action, Historical, Military

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

Soushin Shoujo Matoi
Matoi the Sacred Slayer

Oct 4, 2016 | White Fox | Original | Magic, Supernatural

Streaming: The Anime Network, Viewster

White Fox blew us away with Re:Zero last season, so I’ll be checking out their next work. – Jordan

Stella no Mahou
Magic of Stella

Oct 3, 2016 | Silver Link. | 4-koma Manga | Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Streaming: Daisuki

It’s another Silver Link anime, that’s all I needed to know. The short plot summary on anichart sounds pleasant as well. -Jordan

Tiger Mask W

Oct 2, 2016 | Toei Animation | Manga | Action, Drama, Shounen, Sports

Streaming: Crunchyroll

As a big fan of wrestling and of New Japan Pro Wrestling it might be surprising but I’m not actually that interested in this series. I’ll be seeing how it’s received after the first few episodes and then decide whether to jump in or not. – Nick

Time Bokan 24

Oct 1, 2016 | Tatsunoko Production | Original | Adventure, Comedy, Mecha

Streaming: Crunchyroll

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

Oct 3, 2016 | Doga Kobo | Game | Fantasy

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” yori

Oct 4, 2016 | TMS Entertainment, Shin-Ei Animation | Original | Mystery

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

I enjoy a good mystery anime, though “Shounen Tantei” being in the title will just constantly remind me of Detective Conan. – Jordan

Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
Poco’s Udon World

Oct 9, 2016 | LIDENFILMS | Manga | Fantasy, Seinen, Slice of Life

Streaming: Crunchyroll

I’m a sucker for this type of series and while this series doesn’t seem like it will set the world of fire or become a hidden gem I’m sure it will provide an enjoyable weekly experience. – Nick

I’m intrigued by the Udon Kingdom. This anime looks to be a solid 20 minutes of enjoyment each week, even if it doesn’t pull off anything groundbreaking. – Jordan

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Legend Star

Oct 2, 2016 | A-1 Pictures | Visual Novel | Comedy, Harem, Music, Romance, Shoujo

Streaming: Crunchyroll, The Anime Network, Viewster

ViVid Strike!

Oct 2, 2016 | Seven Arcs | Original | Mahou Shoujo

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video

This wasn’t even on my to watch list, but it popped up on Amazon Prime out of the blue so I checked it out and loved it. I’ll be sticking with this one.

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda
Kiss Him, Not Me

Oct 7, 2016 | Brain’s Base | Manga | Comedy, Harem, Romance, School, Shoujo

Streaming: Crunchyroll

I’m a sucker for a good shoujo anime, and this one looks set to be brilliant – Jordan

WWW.Working!!

Oct 1, 2016 | A-1 Pictures | Web Manga | Comedy, Slice of Life

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Daisuki

Yuri!!! on Ice

Oct 6, 2016 | MAPPA | Original | Sports

Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation (Dub)

Every season there is a series that catches my eye even though the premise doesn’t particularly interest me and Yuri!!! on Ice is this seasons. I don’t know what about it that attracts me to it but I’ll be watching and hopefully it doesn’t disappoint. – Nick

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