Spring 2016 Anime Series Preview

I’m still behind on posts but that won’t stop me from writing about some of the newest animated works coming out of Japan. This season isn’t much different from last season. There are a ton of terrible series airing this Spring.  Gone are the days that we would have between seven and fifteen series a season and only one or two of them would be horrendous.  If I recall that was around the early 2000’s that we had a lot of gems.  Even though we still get really great series like last season’s Boku Dake ga Inai Machi and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu I’m still eager about what will be exceptional this Spring. I’m always for anime shows that surprise me. Here’s a breakdown of what’s been airing for the Spring 2016 anime season!

12-sai.: Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Oriental Light and Magic (OLM)
DIRECTOR: Seiki Taichu
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Nao Maita
SERIES COMPOSITION: Fumi Tsubota
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Shouko Hagiwara
MUSIC: Motoyoshi Iwasaki

PLOT: The story begins with Hanabi, a sixth-grade girl who is neither an adult nor a child. She deals with issues such as accidentally witnessing her homeroom teacher kissing, and worrying about experiencing physiological changes before her friends. The anime depicts a 12-year-old girl’s innocent worries and first love. ~ANN


A continuation of 12-Sai. I have never read nor seen this show. It doesn’t look too promising as it tackles melodrama at an early age. Fumi Tsubota has never written a full-fledge series on her own aside from assistance work. The good thing is that there’s a regular children’s series music composer working on this. So at least they have THAT going for them.

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Aikatsu Stars!

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Bandai Namco Pictures
DIRECTOR: Teruo Satoh
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yuuko Kakihara
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Yukiko Aikei
MUSIC: onetrap

PLOT: Yume Nijino aims to become a top idol, and she enrolls in the Yotsusei Gakuen (Four Stars Academy). This academy has a special group called the S4, who are the top four active idols in the school. Yume and the other first-year students aim to become a part of the S4. ~ANN


The fifth season of Aikatsu. And another idol series focusing on music? Sheesh. How many of these do we have a season now? The upside about Aikatsu is that occasionally it has some stunning animation. Every once in awhile I check this out solely for this reason alone.

A perfect example of this is a really neat dancing animation by animator Shingo Fuji from episode 127 of the Aikatsu series!

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Anne-Happy

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ANIMATION STUDIO: SILVER LINK
DIRECTOR: Shin Oonuma
SERIES COMPOSITION: Hitoshi Tanaka
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Cotoji
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Miwa Oshima
MUSIC: MONACA

PLOT: Tennogofune Academy’s is a home for students with “negative karma,” otherwise known as misfortune. The school’s class 1-7 has collected students burdened with negative karma. Hibari finds her first day of school ends in bad luck. Hanako noticeably suffers from poor health. Together, the two unlucky high school students might find their school life will become a “blessing.” ~ANN


This I might have to check out. Only because it’s SILVER LINK and MONACA. What is MONACA doing in a show like this? The animation studio impressed me with 2015’s Yuri Kuma Arashi and 2012’s Kokoro Connect with a varied style. Here we’ve got a series following the anime industry’s trend of “cute girls doing cute things”. If Bakuon! misled you into this style then this will be right up your alley. A comedy series rife with misfortunes. SILVER LINK might not be on the same tier as Kyoto Animation or MADHOUSE when it comes to designing its characters but it does have a niche in creating characters that are bright in tone and color. Looks like a warm and inviting series about school-life.

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BAKUON!

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ANIMATION STUDIO: TMS Entertainment
DIRECTOR: Junji Nishimura
SERIES COMPOSITION: Kurasumi Sunayama
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Mimana Orimoto
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Isao Sugimoto
MUSIC: Ryousuke Nakanishi

PLOT: Hane Sakura is a high school student who looks a little bit like an airhead. On the way to her all-female high school one day, she is worn-out climbing a hilly road with a bicycle, but she sees a girl named Onsa Amano who is riding a motorcycle. Sakura immediately becomes interested in motorcycles, and she and Onsa join the motorcycle club at the school. Then, Sakura sets out to get her license. ~ANN


Think K-On! and the take on everyday life but with girls entering a motorcycle club. Huge worry is that this is Junji Nishimura. The same Nishimura that ruined Glasslip and had little to no character development. Considering that he wrote the series composition to that series I sure hope MONSTER’s script writer Kurasumi Sunayama can smack some sense into Nishimura and develop something halfway decent with this show.

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Battle Spirits: Double Drive

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Bandai Namco Pictures
DIRECTOR: Kunihisa Sugishima
SERIES COMPOSITION: Katsumi Hasegawa
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Hajime Yatate
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Naoki Iwamoto
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Yoshinori Yumoto
MUSIC: Nobuaki Nobusawa

PLOT: Shunta Mogami loves the Battle Spirits game. One day he is transported by a light from a Battle Spirits card to Spirits World, the origin of all Battle Spirits. He meets a girl named Eto, who claims to have summoned him to Spirits World in order to prevent its destruction at the hands of the revived Evil God-King, who once plotted the destruction of Spirits World before being defeated and sealed away. Together with the confident, green-deck-wielding Yoku Albatrosa, who also came from another world, Shunta sets out to find the twelve God-Kings whose power originally sealed the Evil God-King. ~ANN


A children’s series about spirits and looks stereotypical for Beyblade director Kunihisa Sugishima. Not interested.

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Beyblade Burst

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Oriental Light and Magic (OLM)
DIRECTOR: Katsuhito Akiyama
SERIES COMPOSITION: Hideki Sonoda
ORIGINAL CREATOR: based on the original series by Takao Aoki
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Toshiaki Ohashi
MUSIC: Yuusaku Tsuchiya

PLOT: Bart Aoi is a hot-blooded kid who loves to attack and wields a Beyblade named Valkyrie. His close friend Shū Kurenai is an elite Blader who is a genius but still puts in a lot of effort, and wields the Beyblade named Spriggan. ~ANN


It’s strange that Kunihisa isn’t doing this series and transitioning into the Battle Spirits anime. Make no mistake though. This series will do really good for kids. It’s insanely popular and has expanded into over 880 countries selling in total for the franchise US$1.6 billion. I’d like to see Masaaki Yuasa do a kids series for once just to change this genre up! Aside from his work on the Adventure Time series in the US.

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Big Order

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Asread
DIRECTOR: Nobuharu Kamanaka
SERIES COMPOSITION: Katsuhiko Takayama
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Sakae Esuno
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Chika Kojima
MUSIC: Evan Call

PLOT: Eiji Hoshimiya is an introverted high school student with a huge secret — he wished for the destruction of the world when he was younger. Fairies give certain people special powers called Orders. What Order Users can do with their power depends on their wishes. 10 years after the Great Destruction, Eiji struggles to come to terms with his immense power.~ANN


From the animation studio of Mirai Nikki and Ga-Rei Zero, this has the designs of those characters written all over this! I’m really interested in this! Love the key visuals for this anime! I’m really eager to see what Kamanaka does for this series. In the past he directed one of the most amazing episodes of Birdy the Mighty Decode I’ve ever seen. In a rarity where the sequel is better than the original series and Big Order’s director played a lead hand into that! Venturing into a style that Kemonozume didn’t even risk to go! Birdy episode 20 was marvelous and I hope to see that powerful episode direction translate to a full-fledged series like this one entirely! Also the music is going to be intriguing as it’s by California-born musician Evan Call. He began his career as a classical musical theatre singer before getting into writing music. Proficient in Japanese and Spanish as well as his native language English. He taught voice at Berklee College of Music and is branching out into other styles including rock, jazz and latin. Currently living in Tokyo as a member of the production talent Elements Garden. The works he’s done previously aren’t the greatest I’d like to see him do music for a unique series and (hopefully) this might be it! Now I really want to check this out!

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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal – Death Busters-hen

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Toei Animation
DIRECTOR: Chiaki Kon
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yuji Kobayashi
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Naoko Takeuchi
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Akira Takahashi
MUSIC: Yasuharu Takanashi

PLOT: The third season of Sailor Moon CRYSTAL! ~ANN


I finished the first two seasons of CRYSTAL. That was a horrible mess with super thick animation that never allowed the sailor scouts to move freely in any of the episodes! Everything about the show felt extremely forced and stiff! Apparently I’m not the only one who felt this way as the committee took it upon themselves to fire the director Munehisa Sakai. I hope he never works in this industry again! He tainted the story of Sailor Moon! This third season looks very promising! We’ve got the return of everyone who worked on the 2015 series (including the exceptional Mononoke composer Yasuharu Takanashi!) except we’ve got a new person in the director’s chair. Chiaki Kon. The director of Nodame Cantabile:Finale and Paris-hen!!! Yes!! Judging by the previews the animation looks absolutely stunning and freeform!

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Boku no Hero Academia

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ANIMATION STUDIO: BONES
DIRECTOR: Kenji Nagasaki
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yousuke Kuroda
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Kohei Horikoshi
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Yoshihiko Umakoshi
MUSIC: Yuuki Hayashi

PLOT: Mankind has developed superpowers known as “Quirks” with 80% of the population having some kind of superpower. These new abilities see the rise of both superheroes and villains. A prestigious school known as the The Hero Academy trains superpowered hopefuls into the heroes the world needs. Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he’s part the 20% without a Quirk. Unwilling to give up his dream, he plans to take the exam and be accepted into a high school for budding heroes. Through a series of serendipitous events, he catches the eye of the greatest hero, All Might, who agrees to train him. ~ANN


I am excited to see this series! I’m a huge fan of BONES and love just about every show they do! I have yet to read the manga to this so I will leave myself surprised when I start watching the anime! We’ve got a promising staff on this one! TRIGUN script writer, Gosick episode 15’s storyboard Kenji Nagasaki in the director’s seat! And of course one of my favorite composers this year. Death Parade’s Yuuki Hayashi!

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Bungou Stray Dogs

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ANIMATION STUDIO: BONES
DIRECTOR: Takuya Igarashi
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yoji Enokido
ORIGINAL CREATOR:

  • Kafka Asagiri (story)
  • Sango Harukawa (Art)

CHARACTER DESIGNER: Nobuhiro Arai
MUSIC: Taku Iwasaki

PLOT: After young man Atsushi Nakajima saves a man from his wish of suicide, he and his friends join the “Arms Detective Company,” a league of literary figures that also harness special powers. ~ANN


Literary figures with supernatural abilities! I’m sold. This reminds me of the Hollywood film League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. From the trailers the visuals look insanely good, and with STAR DRIVER director at the helm I have no doubt this series will have solid characterization. Revolutionary Girl Utena series composition Yoji Enokido and music [C] the Money of Soul and Possibility CONTROL’s and Gatchaman CROWDS’ music composer Taku Iwasaki! What the hell?! This is a dream team right here!

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Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou – THE LAST SONG

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ANIMATION STUDIO: BONES
DIRECTOR: Seiji Mizushima
SERIES COMPOSITION: Shou Aikawa
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Shou Aikawa
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNERS:

  • Hekiru Hikawa
  • Noizo Ito
  • Ryo Hirao

MUSIC:

  • Kakeru Ishihama (MONACA)
  • Keigo Hoashi (MONACA)
  • MONACA
  • Yohske Yamamoto

PLOT: Titans from outer space, life forms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations. In another Japan, it’s not just a question of “what if”—it’s a reality. Some of the superhumans choose to keep their identities a secret, while others bask in their superhuman fame. Jiro Hitoyoshi, member of the Superhuman Bureau, keeps track of their doings. ~ANN


BONES sure is doing a lot this season. I haven’t even finished the first half of this show. I’m curious how this will turn out. Maybe I will marathon this entire series once it’s finished airing. Looks really good.

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Duel Masters VSRF

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ANIMATION STUDIO:

  • Music & Digital Entertainment
  • Ascension

DIRECTOR: Shinobu Sasaki
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yoichi Kato
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Shigenobu Matsumoto
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Yosuke Yabumoto
MUSIC:
Jun’ichi Igarashi

PLOT: The band-aid on Shōta Kirifuda’s forehead — used to suppress his uncontrollable power — has peeled off. There seems no adverse effect at first. Suddenly, Shōta’s pet hamster Hamkatsu starts talking, revealing a big secret.~ANN


The director Shinobu Sasaki worked under Animation Studio Duame for a little while and he’s been working on Duel Masters for the past couple of seasons recently. What ever happened to Duame? Seriously. They animated Shiki and that turned out amazing. Speaking of amazing, one of the studios behind this work actually did handled the animation on the Colorful film. Talk about a surprise! Never got into the Duel Master series. I tried. I really did. It’s a mediocre show based off of a popular card game in Japan. How many of those do we have now? The only redeeming factor about Duel Masters is the 3D creature designs and animation are pretty neat. Aside from that there isn’t much here.

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Endride

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Brain’s Base
DIRECTOR: Keiji Gotoh
SERIES COMPOSITION: Touko Machida
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNERS:

  • Kazushi Hagiwara
  • Nobuhiro Watsuki

MUSIC:

  • IMAGINE PROJECT
  • Kouhei Tanaka

PLOT: Endra is an unknown world beneath the surface of Earth itself. It is another world, where the giant Adamas shines above and seven-colored bands drift across the skies. One day, Shun Asanaga — an ordinary yet positive and bright 15-year-old middle school boy who lived in the “Land Above” — discovered a mysterious crystal at his scientific businessman father’s company, and the moment he touched the crystal, he was transported to Endra. He meets the recently captured 16-year-old Prince Emilio, who strongly despises the current King Delzaine and was imprisoned after seeking vengeance against the current monarch. ~ANN


This has been done to death. From the trailers the animation looks shoddy and very bland. The whole idea behind a mysterious object transporting the lead male character to a fantasy world is the same premise for about 4 series this season and was the story of at least 3 that I can recall last season! Come on Brains Base try something different! At least the studio is redeeming themselves with another Natsume season later this year!

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Flying Witch

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ANIMATION STUDIO: J.C. Staff
DIRECTOR: Katsushi Sakurabi
SERIES COMPOSITION: Deko Akao
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Chihiro Ishizuka
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Masato Yasuno
MUSIC: Yoshiaki Dewa

PLOT: Aomori, Japan. In a land blessed by nature’s bountiful beauty, bizarre things begin to take place. Makoto Kowata, 15 years old, is a professional witch. She left Yokohama with Chito, her black cat, to live in the house of her relatives in Aomori. This is where she begins to train as a witch. Even though Makoto’s powers are still limited to just flying through the sky, she and her second cousins Kei and Chinatsu surely make the most out of each and every day. ~ANN


This looks absolutely adorable! There aren’t many series you can sit down and have tea and just relax. This would be one of them. A slice of life coming of age story about a young girl becoming a witch. This will be good I can say that for sure. The charm is that it will have a nice balance of humor and sincerity. No huge Urobuchi plot twists to mess with your mind just all around light-hearted fun! The visuals look pretty good and just hope Deko Akao can keep up the momentum from the amazing Akagami no Shirayukihime! Which I still need to finish reviewing. *laughs*

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Future Card Buddyfight DDD

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ANIMATION STUDIO: 

  • Oriental Light and Magic
  • Xebec

DIRECTOR: Shigetaka Ikeda

SERIES COMPOSITION: Masanao Akahoshi

ORIGINAL CREATOR: Yoshimasa Ikeda

CHARACTER DESIGNER: Kumiko Ozawa

MUSIC: Hiroaki Hayama

PLOT: Gao Mikado, a 6th year student of the Aibo Academy Elementary Division, is partnered with Dragon of the Sun, Bal Dragon, a monster born from a mysterious egg. To earn the coveted title as the strongest fighter in the world, Gao and Bal team up to challenge other fighters in the “World Buddy Cup”. The two will have to battle others in a card game called Buddyfight, which allows monsters to fight alongside humans as buddies. Their rivals include ex-Buddy Police Tasuku Ryuenji, and the self-proclaimed strongest combination, Gaito Kurouzu and his buddy monster Black Death Dragon, Abygale. ~ANN


Another children’s series. This looks awful. It amazes me how Xebec can go from animator 90’s and 2000’s classics like Martian Successor Nadesico and The Third. Hell even Space Battleship Yamato 2199 to shows like Upotte!!, Triage X and now this. When will we get another Masterpiece Theater animation?

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Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2

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ANIMATION STUDIO: A-1 Pictures
DIRECTOR: Manabu Ono
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yukito Kizawa
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Yuu Miyazaki
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Okiura
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Tetsuya Kawakami
MUSIC: Rasmus Faber

PLOT: Upon Rikka, the academy-city above water, or what many call the “Asterisk,” students of the six schools prepare for the Festa. These annual comprehensive battle tournaments are held on a worldwide scale and each of the six schools place their hopes in their teams to bring them victory. In the Phoenix Festa (tag-team battle) category, Seidoukan Academy’s Ayato Amagiri takes up the challenge along with his partner Julis, the Witch of the Resplendent Flames (Glühen Rose). ~ANN


After hearing Rasmus Faber do the work of his jazz anime theme song albums it’s so strange to hear him do chiptuning and dubstep for Gakusen Toshi’s soundtrack. It would be cool to hear compose for a Shouwa period anime. That would be incredible! I saw the first season and it was terrible. Six schools right next to each other that only escalate further to some of the worst melodrama I’ve ever seen. A-1 Pictures does hits and misses. Last season’s Boku Dake ga Inai Machi was awesome. Having nother season of this crap. Oh boy. -_-

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Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari! (Ace Attorney)

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ANIMATION STUDIO: A-1 Pictures
DIRECTOR: Ayumu Watanabe
SERIES COMPOSITION: Atsuhiro Tomioka
CHARACTER DESIGNERS:

  • Keiko Ota
  • Koji Watanabe

MUSIC: Kaoru Wada

PLOT: Rookie lawyer Ryūichi Naruhodō faces his first murder case; the accused defendant is his grade school classmate Masashi Yahari. With limited evidence, logic has become the only weapon Naruhodō has in order to turn the case around when all the odds are stacked against him.~ANN


I feel bad for Wada. The composer to D.Gray-man doing a lawyer series. Wrong move. Just wrong. Videogame adaptations are rarely ever good. Unless it’s Steins;Gate. This series I would not recommend it if you weren’t playing the games. Judging by the style of the show it looks as though everything is made in reference to them. I don’t have high expectations for this at all.

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Haifuri

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Production IMS
DIRECTOR: Yuu Nobuta
SERIES COMPOSITION: Reiko Yoshida
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Takaaki Suzuki
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Atto
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Naoto Nakamura
MUSIC: Shigeo Komori

PLOT: Childhood friends Akeno Misaki and Moeka China want to become Blue Mermaids, a new female force established to protect the remaining coastal towns after many countries have sank into the sea. Together with others who shared their dream, they enrolled in Yokosuka’s Marine High School.~ANN


Another “cute girls doing cute things” series. Based on what I’ve seen of episode 1 it feels a lot like Kantai Collection. No thank you. This will be heavily animated due to the fact that Aniplex is producing this. Judging by their track record I can tell that there’s going to be a lot of merchandising efforts involved with Haifuri down the road. Perhaps Yuu Nobuta should ask Tomohiko Ito [Boku Dake ga Inai Machi] on how to establish “cute” in an anime series.

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Hundred

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Production IMS
DIRECTOR: Tomoki Kobayashi
SERIES COMPOSITION: Hideki Shirane
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Jun Misaki
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Nekosuke Okuma [from Nitroplus]
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Norie Tanaka
MUSIC: Shuhei Naruse

PLOT: Hundred is the only weapon that can counter the mysterious Savage life form attacking Earth. To become a Slayer who wields this Hundred, Hayato Kisaragi successfully enrolls in the marine academy city ship Little Garden. However he feels a strange yet familiar sense of incongruity towards Emil Crossford, his roommate who somehow knows him from somewhere. On top of that, as soon as he enters the school, he is challenged to a duel by the “Queen” and the school’s most powerful Slayer, Claire Harvey.~ANN

After seeing this first episode. I really wish I could get that time back. What the hell was this?! Awful. Absolutely awful! A girl crossdressing as a boy is actually a boy. What? Not to mention there was not research done on how school systems function. A student council president can expel students? Oh Production IMS don’t even get me started on your fanservice with this show. Flashbacks after flashbacks and does Kobayashi even know how to handle pacing? If there’s an example this season of how to write a terrible episode this would certainly be it. And as such I’m giving this show negative percentage. You want to know what the sad thing is? This will probably get another season. It’s based on a light novel and otaku eat that crap up like pocky.

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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Diamond wa Kudakenai

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ANIMATION STUDIO: David Production
CHIEF DIRECTOR: Yuuta Takamura
SERIES DIRECTOR: Toshiyuki Kato
DIRECTOR: Naokatsu Tsuda
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yasuko Kobayashi
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Hirohiko Araki
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Terumi Nishii
MUSIC: Yuugo Kanno

PLOT: It’s the year 1999, 11 years after Jotaro Kujo’s desperate fight against Dio in Egypt. Jotaro meets with Josuke Higashikata, the illegitimate son of his grandfather Joseph Joestar. He discovers that Josuke also has the same “Stand” power and that a new threat is surfacing in Morioh City.~ANN


I’m actually not sure why I haven’t written about the previous JoJo series. The series is really funny. It’s highly entertaining! This looks even better than the previous seasons of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series. You know this will be good when you’ve got the entire team behind the previous ones working on this. Plus, they’re in higher positions so they can direct any newer staff coming onto this series. One of the reasons why I like watching JoJo is for the over the top action. It’s ridiculous and for good reason. Visuals look cool and the music still sounds awesome. Considering its coming from Yuugo Kanno. The composer to PSYCHO-PASS.

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Joker Game

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Production I.G.
DIRECTOR: Kazuya Nomura
SERIES COMPOSITION: Taku Kishimoto
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Koji Yanagi
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Shirow Miwa
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Toshiyuki Yahagi
MUSIC: Kenji Kawai

PLOT: In 1937, before World War II begins in earnest. Lieutenant Colonel Yūki of the Imperial Japanese Army forms the “D Agency,” an army intelligence outfit under his command and tutelage. Army General Staff attaches Lieutenant Sakuma to observe the unit’s performance. D Agency casts a wide net to find agents beyond Japanese military personnel, and Yūki establishes D Agency’s tenets, which go against IJA doctrine: “Don’t kill, don’t get killed, don’t get captured.” With this, Yūki trains a team of operatives who conduct missions against domestic and foreign powers. ~ANN


One of my favorite composers working on a shouwa spy period piece! Yes! I’ve been waiting for someone to adapt the 2011 novel series and the live-action was top-notch! Boku Dake ga Inai Machi’s series writer Kishimoto will be handling the overall writing of Joker Game. Now I know these characters will be handled nicely. The visuals look stiff but as heavy as GANGSTA was last year. Be sure to look for my post on this first episode soon!

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Kaitou Joker 3

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Shin-Ei Animation
DIRECTOR: Yuukiyo Teramoto
SERIES COMPOSITION: Dai Sato
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Hideyasu Takahashi
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Miho Shimogasa
MUSIC: Yusaku Tsuchiya

PLOT: Mysterious Joker continues his tour around the world: escape from luxurious cruise ships; survive at southern islands with mysterious relics; against ninja, chef, and idol dancer; last but not least, the Timeslip, the ultimate goal. ~ANN


The staff. This is strange. I’ve never actually seen this show but it sounds like a less mature version of Lupin the Third. What makes me interested in this is the series composition is done by Space Dandy writer and Ergo Proxy screenplay writer. Bizarre. I wonder if this will be good considering those two series were incredible. Perhaps I should start with season 1 first since its handled by the same team.

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Kamiwaza Wanda

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ANIMATION STUDIO: TMS Entertainment
DIRECTOR: Mitsuo Hashimoto
SERIES COMPOSITION: Katsumi Hasegawa
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Sakae Esuno
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Mayumi Watanabe
MUSIC:

  • Hideyuki Fukasawa
  • Takatsugu Wakabayashi

PLOT: In a world where every event has been turned into programs, there are mysterious monsters known as “Promin” that maintain the world. However, many Promin who have turned into bugs known as “Bugmin” are responsible for many of the world’s real-life bugs. Left alone, they may eventually turn into a big problem. The boy Yūto encounters the space dog Wanda, and the pair use a camera-like device and key items to capture Bugmin. Promin themselves are able to do things like “accelerate objects,” “spew fire,” or “create objects,” through an ability known as “Kamiwaza” (miracle), and are able to fend off Bugmin with it. At first, the Bugmin only cause small, bothersome things, but it will soon elevate into a global scale threat. ~ANN


Another tournament series created by Japanese toy company Takara Tomy and TBS. The reason this series was made was to sell more merchandize. Not really into children’s series unless it really catches my eye. This looks to be more of the same that we’ve seen before in previous seasons.

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Kidou Senshi Gundam RE: 0096

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Sunrise
DIRECTOR: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
SCREENPLAY: Yasuyuki Muto
ORIGINAL CREATORS:

  • Hajime Yatate
  • Yoshiyuki Tomino

ORIGINAL STORY: Harutoshi Fukui
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
MUSIC: Hiroyuki Sawano

PLOT: U.C. 0096. Three years after Char’s Rebellion, Banagher Links, a boy living at the manufacturing colony Industrial 7, meets a mysterious girl who calls herself Audrey Burne. Audrey claims that she is trying to stop the Vist Foundation from handing over Laplace’s Box to the Neo Zeon remnants known as the Sleeves, an act which could spark another war, and Banagher decides to help her. But the colony becomes a battlefield as fighting breaks out between the Sleeves and the Earth Federation Forces, who have also come to stop the handover…~ANN


I really enjoyed the OVA film series. This looks to be a more expanded version of it. Retro style with some fascinating visuals. Looking forward to seeing this one.

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Kiznaiver

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Studio TRIGGER
DIRECTOR: Hiroshi Kobayashi
SERIES COMPOSITION: Mari Okada
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Mari Okada
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Shirow Miwa
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Mai Yoneyama
MUSIC: Yuuki Hayashi

PLOT: The fictional Japanese city named Sugomori City is built on reclaimed land. But as the years go by, the city’s population is decreasing. One day, Sonosaki tells her classmate Katsuhira: “You have been selected to be a Kiznaiver.” The Kizuna System, which allows Katsuhira to share his wounds, connects him to the classmates whose lives and personalities completely differ from his. The Kizuna System is an incomplete system for the implementation of world peace that connects people through wounds. All those who are connected to this system are called Kiznaivers. When one Kiznaiver is wounded, the system divides and transmits the wound among the other Kiznaivers.~ANN


This looks really good. It caught me by surprise that Imaishi isn’t working on this one. He’s too busy with his other shorter length series Space Patrol Luluco. Good to see this is going to be in capable hands. Interesting sci-fi premise and some of the best visuals this season! It’s not wacky and wild and far away from TRIGGER’s usual style! Love this! I am a bit worried that this is a creation of Mari Okada as she’s done some pretty poor series in the past. She does however know how to deliver solid drama at times–GOSICK, Red Garden, Simoun, Toradora, Anthem of the Heart. I hope she knows what she’s doing with her first ever TRIGGER series.

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Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

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ANIMATION STUDIO: WIT STUDIO
DIRECTOR: Tetsuro Araki
SERIES COMPOSITION: Ichiro Okouchi
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Tetsuro Araki
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Haruhiko Mikimoto
MUSIC: Hiroyuki Sawano

PLOT: On the island country Hinomoto, humans hide themselves in fortresses called “stations” against the threat of zombie-like beings with steel hearts known as “Kabane.” Only armored locomotives known as “Hayajiro” go between the stations.~ANN


If anyone has seen the live-action Korean/U.S. film Snowpiercer then this might be right up your alley. This is basically Shingeki no Kyojin [Attack on Titan] meets Princess Mononoke. It’s by the same team that did Shingeki. Really the same exact team down to the key animators! I wonder if Tetsuro Araki has known for awhile that the second season of Shingeki was going to be delayed and decided to make this. Perhaps the original announcement of Kabaneri was much different than what we’re seeing in the final product. This has his style written all over it. Steampunk and post-apocalyptic. Fantasy and action. This would be as if he though Shingeki was a great introspection into human fear and decided to “up the ante” with feudal Japan character designs in the mix. This team knows exactly what its doing. Getting Hiroyuki Sawano to compose for another Araki anime they know exactly how to develop works that sell. I will say this premise with zombies does sound intriguing. I’ll give this a shot. I love the character designs. Finally a WIT STUDIO got someone that knows how to use shading techniques properly. It will also be interesting to see how Amazon Prime’s deal with this show will be handled from here on out. Looks like a lot of series are following this trend of simulcasting.

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Kuma Miko

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ANIMATION STUDIO:

  • EMT Squared
  • Production I.G.

DIRECTOR: Kiyoshi Matsuda
SCRIPT:

  • Masao Iketani
  • Pierre Sugiura

ORIGINAL CREATOR: Masume Yoshimoto
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Hiroyuki Saida
MUSIC: Akiyuki Tateyama

PLOT: Machi is a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden (miko) at a Shinto shrine enshrining a bear (kuma) in the recesses of a certain mountain in Japan’s northern Tōhoku region. Machi’s guardian is a talking bear named Natsu, and one day Machi says to Natsu, “I want to go to a school in the city.” The worrywart Natsu then gives Machi — who is ignorant in the ways of the world — a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive in the city. ~ANN


This looks adorable. I like those background designs and it’s got an interesting opening and ending song judging from the previews. Looks like a cross between the cuteness of Inari Kon Kon and Shirokuma Cafe. I might give this try. I’ve never heard of EMT Squared. Wonder how much Production I.G. will be doing since they’ve got a few other series they’re working on this season.

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Kuromukuro

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ANIMATION STUDIO: P.A. Works [with 3D cooperation by BONES]
DIRECTOR: Tensai Okamura
SERIES COMPOSITION: Ryou Higaki
ORIGINAL WORK
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Yuriko Ishii
MUSIC: Hiroaki Tsutsumi

PLOT: During the construction of the Kurobe Dam, an ancient artifact was discovered, and so the United Nations Kurobe Research Institute was established. Intellectuals from all over the world gathered to study the object, and the children of those researchers attend Mt. Tate International Senior High School, including the institute head’s daughter, Yukina Shirahane. In the summer of 2016, a lone samurai once again awakens.~ANN


Yes P.A. Works is finally doing something different! It’s about time! I only hope they don’t decide to focus on the school life rather than the mecha series its advertised to be. If things go well for them we might be seeing more like this series in the future. Animation is P.A. Works usual–all in-house animation, music, sound effects. They’re betting a lot on Kuromukuro considering its being simulcast worldwide by Netflix.

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Kyoukai no Rinne 2

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Brain’s Base
DIRECTOR: Seiki Sugawara
SERIES COMPOSITION: Michiko Yokote
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Rumiko Takahashi
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Kazuhiko Tamura
MUSIC: Akimitsu Honma

PLOT: Rinne and Sakura’s wacky shinigami adventures continue, with the young shinigami trying to scrape together any money possible to survive. Their daily lives get more complicated with the appearance of Renge, a shinigami-in-training turned damashigami who is in love with Kain. ~ANN


The return of Rumiko Takahashi’s series.  She’s popular worldwide with her previous works including Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha and Urusei Yatsura.  Then the incredible Maison Ikkoku. Everyone from the previous season of Rin-ne.  If you are a fan of BLEACH or supernatural series such as Natsume or Nura then you’ll definitely enjoy this one! I may write a full season review of this once it finishes airing.

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Macross Δ

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Satellight
GENERAL DIRECTOR: Shoji Kawamori
DIRECTOR: Kenji Yasuda
SERIES COMPOSITION: Toshizo Nemoto
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Shoji Kawamori
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Chisato Mita ( from Capcom)
CHARACTER DESIGNERS:

  • Majiro
  • Yuu Shindou

MUSIC:

  • Mina Kubota
  • Saeko Suzuki
  • TOMISIRO

PLOT: Macross Delta is set in the year 2067, 8 years after the events of the latest Macross TV series, Macross Frontier. The story focuses on Walküre, a team of talented idols and the Delta Squadron, a team of experienced Valkyrie pilots as they battle against the Var Syndrome, a mysterious phenomena that is consuming the galaxy and there is also the mysterious Aerial Knights Valkyrie fighter team of the Kingdom of Wind. ~ANN


The original Macross was a classic, Macross Frontier which surprisingly enough was never released in the U.S. due to the Harmony Gold issue including previous Macross works was an amazing series.  What the heck is this?  Pop idols piloting mecha?!  This show will sell I can tell you that much but whether or not Shoji Kawamori can get his team to tell a good story that’ll be something else.

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Magi: Sinbad no Bouken

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Lay-duce
DIRECTOR: Yoshikazu Miyao
SERIES COMPOSITION: Taku Kishimoto
ORIGINAL CREATORS:

  • Shinobu Ohtaka
  • Yoshifumi Otera

CHARACTER DESIGNER: Souichirou Sako

MUSIC: Tomohiro Okubo

PLOT: Thirty years before the events of Magi, a brave and handsome young man named Sinbad set sail and started his adventure. The future High King of Seven Seas gradually matured through various encounters and farewells, taking him towards kingship step by step. ~ANN


Magi is an entertaining series.  A fantasy series based on the story of Ali Baba.  This season will take a huge time leap.  I wonder how mature this show will be compared to its predecessors because the OVAs on the Sinbad arc were pretty good.

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Mayoiga

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Diomedea
DIRECTOR: Tsutomu Mizushima
SERIES COMPOSITION: Mari Okada
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Naomi Ide
MUSIC: Masaru Yokoyama

PLOT: 30 young men and women come together on a shady bus tour. The tour’s destination: an illusive, possibly nonexistent village called Nanakimura. In Nanakimura, one can lead a utopian existence, free of the world’s obstacles, or so it was rumored, like an urban legend.~ANN


This show is trying too hard to be like ANOTHER.  I was unimpressed by the trailers and from what I’ve seen of episode 1.  I initially was excited about this show because Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso’s composer is finally doing a horror series. This felt more like a P.A. Works production rather than a Diomedea work. I’m sure the setting will be good because this is coming from staff that originally were a part of Mushi Pro and Group TAC.  Gilgamesh was an interesting post-apocalyptic setting wrapped around dreadful characters that were done by a few of the writers of this show. Aside from that there isn’t much here. My biggest worry is that Mari Okada could favor this show over Kiznaiver.  Let’s hope that is not the case.

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Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Project No.9
DIRECTOR: Shinsuke Yanagi
SERIES COMPOSITION: Tatsuya Takahashi
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Shibai Kineko
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Hisasi
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Naomi Ide
MUSIC: Maiko Iuchi

PLOT: Hideki Nishimura confessed to a person he thought was a girl online, only for that person to turn out to be a boy. He keeps this “black history” secret and swears to never to trust a “girl” online again. However, one day a girl online confesses to him, and it turns out she’s actually a beautiful girl named Ako Tamaki. Ako cannot tell the difference between the online world and reality, and she is a loner who has trouble communicating. Hideki and his friends from his guild decide to work together to “correct” her.~ANN


My jaw dropped when I saw the title for this.  What?  The sad thing is this series is probably going to sell strongly.  I have no anticipation for this at all.  This will be terrible plus the designs are done by popular hentai artist Hisasi.

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PriPara 3rd Season

ANIMATION STUDIO:

  • Tatsunoko Production
  • Dongwoo Animation

DIRECTOR: Makoto Morikawa
SERIES COMPOSITION: Michihiro Tsuchiya
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Shoji Hara
MUSIC:

  • Rei Ishizuka
  • Tsuneyoshi Saito

PLOT: One day, a huge UFO suddenly appeared above the PriPara town. While hovering, in addition to lots of shiny jewels, a mysterious baby also descended from the UFO and immediately started calling Laala “mommy.”~ANN


Another children’s series.  And it’s about idols. Nope. No thanks.

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Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

ANIMATION STUDIO: WHITE FOX
DIRECTOR: Masaharu Watanabe
SERIES COMPOSITION: Masahiro Yokotani
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Tappei Nagatsuki
ORIGINAL CHARACTER DESIGNER: Shinichirou Otsuka
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Kyuta Sakai
MUSIC: Kenichiro Suehiro

PLOT: Subaru Natsuki is an ordinary high school student who is lost in an alternate world, where he is rescued by a beautiful, silver-haired girl. He stays near her to return the favor, but the destiny she is burdened with is more than Subaru can imagine. Enemies attack one by one, and both of them are killed. He then finds out he has the power to rewind death, back to the time he first came to this world. But only he remembers what has happened since.~ANN


This sounds interesting. A bunch of cliches that many fantasy series follow and this series doesn’t do that at all.  He meets a strange girl who pretty much ignores him. And the only power he has is that when he dies, he goes back to the start of the day again.  That sucks. I really like it when series do this.  They repeat a series of events that could last a span of episodes with minimal changes in between–that is if the main character doesn’t do anything drastic to change his fate.  I’m curious to see how this one is going to turn out.  And from the looks of it the premiere will be two episodes instead of one. It’s also going to follow a 1A and 1B route rather than episode 1 and 2.  Clever!

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Sakamoto-desu ga?

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Studio DEEN

DIRECTOR: Shinji Takamatsu
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yasuhiko Fukuda
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Nami Sano
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Atsuko Nakajima
MUSIC: Yasuhiko Fukuda

PLOT: Sakamoto, a gopher to his upperclassmen in middle school, is suddenly accepted as the coolest guy in high school, with everything he does thought of as art.~ANN


This looks funny. People having issues with Sakamoto–the perfect (and very ridiculously over-the-top) student. I haven’t read the source material but I have to say seeing the trailers I kept laughing.  This will be excellent!  Hope these stories are episodic because that would make his small adventures at school land a larger impact as a whole for this series!

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Sousei no Onmyouji

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Studio DEEN

DIRECTOR: Tomohisa Taguchi
SERIES COMPOSITION: Naruhisa Arakawa
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Yoshiaki Sukeno
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Kikuko Sadakata
MUSIC: Mikio Endo

PLOT: Rokuro is from a family of exorcists who remove the evil Kegare, but his real dream is to be a singer, a soccer player, or anything other than an exorcist. When another exorcist name Benio arrives, Rokura is suddenly inflamed with competitive spirit and decides to put his natural knack to good use. Their rivalry gets more complicated when they both learn they are the destined “Twin Star Exorcists,” two ultimate fighters fated to marry and create the prophesied child who will eliminate all the Kegare in the world. ~ANN


It amazes me sometimes how quickly source material can receive an anime adaptation or feature-length film for that matter!  A standard shonen series but with an upside and a downside to this.  The upside is that the characters are finally going to fight together as a team.  None of that BLEACH 3 to 5 episode long fight sequences.  The bad is that Studio Pierrot is animating this.  They are sub-par and seeing as how horrible Tokyo Ghoul turned out to be aside from the premiere episode back in 2014 I don’t see this changing anytime soon for the studio.  Too bad MAPPA couldn’t animate Tokyo Ghoul that would have been awesome.

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Seisen Cerberus: Ryuukoku no Fatalite

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Bridge
DIRECTOR: Nobuhiro Kondo
SERIES COMPOSITION: Hiroshi Ohnogi
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Gou Toutsuki
MUSIC:

  • Hideakira Kimura
  • Nobuaki Nobusawa

PLOT: On a continent ruled by sword and magic called Kunaaan, there are three kingdoms with a fragile power balance that could spell disaster and war at any moment. Another power, the evil dragon Daganzord, also resides on the continent, and no one is powerful enough to stop him from spreading destruction and charred land in his wake. Bairo and Kismitete, and a party of wizards attempted to seal the dragon, but were foiled. This event was known thereafter as the Balbagoa Tragedy. Bairo and Kismitete’s son Hiiro is saved by Giiru, and Hiiro swears to avenge his parents’ deaths and trains himself with the sword. When Hiiro turns 16, he sets out on a journey to slay the dragon, and Giruu accompanies him, having no choice. Along the way, they meet many types of people, and gain companions on their journey. ~ANN


The only redeeming aspect of this series is its composer.  From the same that gave us the solid score for Eureka Seven.  Aside from that I don’t hold too much hope for this one.  Based on a card game and this premise feels like every other card adapted to anime that’s ever been done before.  The only recent one I can think of that was good was Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis.

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Shonen Maid

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ANIMATION STUDIO: 8 Bit
DIRECTOR: Yusuke Yamamoto
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yoshiko Nakamura
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Ototachibana
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Kana Ishida
MUSIC: Tomohiro Yamada

PLOT: Chihiro Komiya is an energetic elementary school student who was living with his mom. Chihiro is very good at doing housework and chores, and his mother’s motto is “No work, no food.” After his mother suddenly dies, a man named Madoka Taketori who claims to be his uncle shows up, and asks Chihiro to come live with him. Chihiro initially refuses, but when seeing the horribly dirty state of Madoka’s rich home, he decides to start cleaning it. Then Madoka makes another offer to Chihiro: that he comes to live with him, but in exchange Chihiro will do the housework. Chihiro accepts this deal, but suddenly finds himself in a maid uniform. ~ANN


This sounds like a horror series.  Unfortunately it isn’t.  A comedy series that focuses on the lifestyle of a maid.  Too bad Duame couldn’t animate this and have it directed by either Masaaki Yuasa or Kunihiko Ikuhara. That would make this show gold.  I am curious how the composer Yamada got into this profession since he’s been doing producer for the past twenty something years even on the Love Hina series.

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SUPER LOVERS

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ANIMATION STUDIO: Studio DEEN
DIRECTOR: Shinji Ishihara
SERIES COMPOSITION: Yoshiko Nakamura
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Miyuki Abe
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Miki Takihara
MUSIC:

  • Yasuharu Takanashi
  • Shūji Katayama
  • Kenji Katō

PLOT: A high school boy named Haru and his mother are living overseas. His mother orders him to take care of and “civilize” his adoptive brother Ren, a wild young boy who dislikes talking with other people. While their relationship is adversarial at first, they grow closer as they begin to understand one another. ~ANN


Studio DEEN is known for making yaoi series so this was right up their alley.  Not too interested in this show because one, this series has been done before and two the romance in this sounds very creepy.  The visuals do look pretty good for Studio DEEN and considering their track record it’s not all that surprising.

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Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedruge

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ANIMATION STUDIO: SILVER LINK
DIRECTOR: Shinya Kawatsura
SERIES COMPOSITION: Akemi Omode
ORIGINAL CREATOR: Nozomi Uda
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Haruko Iizuka
MUSIC: Hiromi Mizutani

PLOT: Tanaka is a high school boy who sighs (with a hand on his chin), dozes and sleeps just about anytime and anywhere: in classroom, in PE classes, and even after school hours he is too lazy to move. In contrast, his friend Ohta and other classmates around him are quite energetic, despite of their numerous failed attempts to “wake” Tanaka up. ~ANN


A series about a guy who is lazy.  Sounds boring. Pass. SILVER LINK should stick with totally obscure series like Yuri Kuma Arashi that was their best animated show rather than all of these slice-of-life series they’ve been doing lately.

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Terra Formars

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ANIMATION STUDIO: LIDEN FILMS and TYO Animations
DIRECTOR: Michio Fukuda
SERIES COMPOSITION: Naruhisa Arakawa
ORIGINAL CREATORS:

  • Kenichi Tachibana
  • Yu Sasuga

CHARACTER DESIGNERS:

  • Atsushi Ikariya
  • Masahiro Aizawa

MUSIC: Takafumi Wada

PLOT: 2620 A.D. In order to find a vaccine for the virus from Mars with a death rate of 100% called the Alien Engine Virus, Hizamaru and the crew went to Mars to get a sample of one of the giant cockroach creatures, otherwise known as Terraformars. An unforeseen accident happens, and while Akari and the others fight the roaches to try to escape, humanity is fighting with each other behind closed doors. ~ANN


Sequel to Terra Formars. Couldn’t get into the first one. I think it was because this series heavily relied on deaths being as gruesome as possible.  Losing any sort of integrity this series built for its characters only to have them die in future episodes.  Not my cup of tea. Plus the pacing is terrible.

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Ushio to Tora 2

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ANIMATION STUDIO:

  • Studio MAPPA
  • Studio VOLN

DIRECTOR: Satoshi Nishimura
SERIES COMPOSITION:

  • Kazuhiro Fujita
  • Toshiki Inoue

ORIGINAL CREATOR: Kazuhiro Fujita
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Tomoko Mori
MUSIC: Eishi Segawa

PLOT: Sakamoto, a gopher to his upperclassmen in middle school, is suddenly accepted as the coolest guy in high school, with everything he does thought of as art.~ANN


The visuals of the first season looked amazing.  I still have yet to finish that one. I’m glad to see this manga getting a faithful adaptation and with an extremely capable animation studio to produce fluid styles and heavy sound effects during the fight sequences.  One day I will write a full review on this series.

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2 thoughts on “Spring 2016 Anime Series Preview

  1. I’m behind on this season and only started three.

    I’m two episodes into Bungou Stray Dogs and it looks like a standard but gorgeous fantasy show. Kekkai Sensen without the zaniness.

    Sakamoto desu ga? was funny so I’ll continue with it.

    It’s all about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure for me.

    1. Haven’t seen Sakamoto yet. I plan to check it out though. JoJo’s is fantastic. This new season looks so different compared to the previous ones. Really digging it.

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