Fall Anime Season 2016: Preview, Recommendations, Poll

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It’s getting colder, everyone’s going back to class, and the Fall Anime Season is only one week away. Similarly to what happend last year, this fall season will be reigned by new seasons of already very popular series, but there’s also some new promising series to check out!


Drifters

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Release date: October 7th
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Historical, Samurai, Seinen
Studio: Hoods Drifters Studio
Why we’re hyped: It’s unusual that a historical, samurai anime is among the most awaited series of the season, but the truth is that we’ve heard nothing but great things from manga readers (I mean, it’s by the author of Hellsing). Drifters promises to bring a breath of fresh air to its genre, so it’ll definitely be worth checking out even if you’re completely new to samurai anime. There’s already an OVA out in case you really can’t wait, but we don’t recommend it as it covers the first two episodes of the anime.
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3-Gatsu no Lion

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Release date: October 8th
Genres: Drama, Game, Seinen, Slice of Life
Studio: Shaft
Why we’re hyped:  From the creator of the popular romance series Honey and Clover, comes 3-Gatsu no Lion, a drama that promises to be one of the best series of this fall. There’s little information on the anime itself yet, but manga readers have been talking about it for months now, so our expectations are quite high. Like many of its genre, this is a story about the characters growth and relationships. Spring had Flying Witch and Summer had Amanchu!, could Fall’s best Slice of Life be 3-Gatsu no Lion?
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Shuumatsu no Izetta

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Release date: October 1st
Genres: Action, Historical, Military
Studio: Ajia-Do
Why we’re hyped:  Interested in World War II and the history of Germany? What if we add some badass ladies on top? We still don’t know how accurate this anime will be and how many creative liberties it will take, but Shuumatsu no Izetta sure looks badass and well-animated. Some people are even hoping for some yuri as well, so there’s that too.
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Occultic;Nine

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Release date: October 8th
Genres: Mystery, Sci-Fi
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Why we’re hyped: The character designs look fantastic, mystery series are always fun, and it looks like A-1 is delivering in the animation (even if half of that is devoted to ecchi fanservice). It’s labelled under “sci-fi” and it seems like there’s some actual debate on that on the story as these young detectives actually have to deal with “paranormal science”.
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MORE SEASONS!

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Haikyuu!!, the most popular sports series in recent years, is returning for a third season. However, the most awaited returning series of the season is possibly Kyoto Animation’s Hibike! Euphoniumback for a second season. BONES is releasing the second cour of Bungou Stray Dogs, which aired in Spring, and Polygon Pictures is also delivering the second season of Ajin, which aired in Winter. Ajin‘s second OVA will also be coming out on October 7th. Finally, exactly one year later, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is coming back for a second season, and so is Bubuki Buranki with Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin.


There are also some interesting series that could end up being hidden gems or absolute disapointments. These are some of them:

  • Bloodivores. Vampires in anime are usually pretty lame, but the “insomnia” premise could still be quite interesting. The character designs look pretty cool too, so it might be worth checking out.
  • Yuri!!! On Ice. Yes, this is actually one of the most talked about upcoming series and should have probably be placed on top with the others, but the truth is no one really knows how seriously they should take it. No, it’s not yuri despite the title. And yes, it might be yaoi with no substance. However, the PV is so beautiful that we believe at least it’s worth checking out the first episode.
  • Fune wo Amu. Writing a Japanese dictionary might not sound very exciting, but we were instantly hooked on that PV. Probably the type of series to watch after a long day accompanied when you just want to relax with a warm cup of tea.
  • WWW.Working!! Same plot, different characters and same author. The Working! franchise was very successful in Japan for its charming characters and comedic scenes. We don’t know if it’ll be as good as the original series, so we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo “Shounen Tanteidan” yori. Let’s just call it Trickster. Trickster is an original mystery series set in the near future. There’s no source material, so there’s no way of knowing if it’ll be good. The PV looks nice enough, though, and it’s directed by the director of Madoka Magica.
  • Luger Code 1951. Studio DEEN is not one of the most loved studios out there, but they seem to be on a roll this year (Konosuba, Sakamoto desu ga?) . The manga also won the Grand Prize winner of the Shonen Jump+ × Animax Anime Scenario Award. 

Need more? Nanbaka could be like a lighter Prison School, Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku is like The Hunger Games with magical girls, and Bernard-hou Iwaku. will be delivering 5min-episodes about a group of funny bookworms.


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