Spring has come and you all know what that means. A new anime season has begun! That’s right, the Spring 2016 Anime Season has arrived, and with the new season comes a brand new selection of shows to see! Here are a few shows that the folks here at Brotaku’s are looking forward to this season!
For my most anticipated Spring 2016 anime, I would have to go with Aikatsu Stars! because I am a hardcore fan when it comes to 2D female idol whether in anime or game form. Despite the fact, that I’ve yet to finish watching the Aikatsu! TV anime series which just finished airing with its 178th episode, I am really interested in this new spin-off because every episode is filled with captivating songs and story.
Based on something that has not aired an episode yet: Sakamoto desu ga? (As of April 4th)
I found this manga randomly at chapters and decided to flip through it. All I had to see was someone with an umbrella sitting on the toilet smiling to know I would love the series. The actual art style has a partial shojou feel to it but the story caters to anyone who like absurd comedy. The short chapters would make for good short episodes in my opinion. While the plot is fairly non-existent and the comedy may not be for everyone, I am looking forward to seeing Sakamoto and his “secret techniques” being animated. One of the best things about comedy animes/manga is how ridiculous they can make the gags and still keep the attention of viewers (see Gintama). I have high hopes for this show and as long as it follows the manga, I’m sure it will exceed my expectations.
Based on something that has aired: Mayoiga (As of April 4th)
I randomly decided to watch this based on the fact that it was new. I knew nothing going into it and now I can tell I’ll be waiting week to week to see what happens next. The atmosphere that is set in the first episode is very well done. There are a large number of characters, each with their own unique personalities and back stories. There is a very “battle royal” feeling to the whole situation. The whole thing is a mystery at this point and all I’m waiting for is the one thing that triggers something big. I’m fairly sure that not everyone on the bus will be alive at the end and I am excited to take on this weekly journey into mystery. It is also an original so there are no spoilers that can give anything away.
Nyanmaru here with my pick for most anticipated show of the Spring 2016 Anime season:
Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu.
I’m a huge sucker for the parallel world kinds of storytelling. I like to see these different worlds and cultures come to life and how they mesh with a modern day protagonist. It seems like a blend of 2 of my favorite shows from last season: KonoSuba (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!) and Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) where the main protagonist has to learn to live in a new world but gains the ability to rewind time.
I look forward to seeing how he uses this ability to save/change people and events throughout the season…
The main Heroine is voiced by Rie Takahashi who voices Megumin in KonoSuba so yeah there’s that too :3
Macross Delta – I am very excited about this series as a big fan of the Macross franchise. As it is a part of the Macross series, I expect the usual transforming mechas, missiles and beautiful animation. However, what intrigues me about the series is the idol group as opposed to the previous incarnations of the franchise, where it was mostly individual idols. Regardless, we are guaranteed to get some catchy songs that will join the pantheon of Macross songs, such as “Do you remember love” by Lynn Minmay in the Macross Movie or “Lion” by Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee.
Just to preface this – I’m a huge fan of mystery anime and trying to figure out what’s going on as I watch it. Last season my undisputed favorite show was ERASED, not because the show was perfect, but because I really enjoyed thinking about it and theory-crafting after watching each episode. Now that you know my background with mystery anime, it’s probably not surprising that my most anticipated anime is Mayoiga. Below is the synopsis:
30 young men and women who came 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.
The bus headed deep into the mountains, carrying 30 people each harboring their own expectations and wounds in their hearts…
And so, the place these 30 arrived at, was an uninhabited village with the lingering faint scents of life, even though it was falling apart. What is the truth of Nanakimura facing the 30?
This tickles every bone that wants to solve a mystery in my body and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen. I love the feeling of tuning in every week excited to see what happens next and then being totally pumped for the next episode as soon as the finish the current one.
The one big worry I have about this anime and really with any anime like this is they can let you down pretty easily by not being at all what you expected. Luckily for me this show is directed by Tsutomu Mizushima who also directed Shirobako (one of my favorite anime in recent years), Another (another mystery/horror anime) and many other notable anime. He’s a really well rounded director and I’m really looking forward to his work on this show! Plus Braedon watched the first episode and he said he’s already hooked so I think I’m good to go with this pick!
PS if you’re not into the whole mystery thing then my runners up are Bungo Stray Dogs for action, Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari!) for comedy, and BAKUON!! if you like cute girls riding motor bikes.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Manga – David Production)
An adaptation of the 1992 manga of the same name, by Araki Hirohiki (荒木 飛呂彦), one needs only to know Jojo’s legacy to understand why this is at the top of my “most anticipated” list.
David Production’s work at adapting the previous three parts have impressed me thus far, and a few minor gripes aside, has not left me wanting. I’m excited to see what kind of treatment they’ll give to one of my personal favorite parts of the long-running Jojo franchise.
Mayoiga (Original – Diomedia)
This anime original piece has promise, if only by looking at the studio and staff behind it. Diomedia (Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, Skull Man, Ika Musume) has brought together an unexpected combination of Mizushima Tsutomo’s (水島努) directorial talent, and Mari Okada’s (岡田麿里) writing and series composition. With Mizushima’s largest names being primarily comedy pieces, it’ll be exciting to see how he handles an original piece that advertises itself as a Mystery Drama.
Aside from those two, I’m intending on keeping an eye on Boku no Hero Academia, Bungou Stray Dogs, Joker Game, Kiznaiver, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, and Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, in the hopes that I’ll be left with an unexpected, pleasant surprise.
This season is one to look forward to. Lots of good looking shows of different genres. I am personally looking forward to quite a few.
For Comedy, I am looking forward to Sakamoto desu ga? as well as Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari!.
Since Sakamoto desu ga? has already been introduced to you, I will explain why I am excited for Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari!.
First off, for those of you who do not know, it is the Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney animated series. For those who have played the games, you all know of the intense debates, the amazing facial expressions, and of course… OBJECTION(s)!!! For those who do not, Phoenix wright is a video game franchise about a up and coming defense lawyer. Using his keen detective like skills and a lot of luck, he finds flaws in the evidence provided by the prosecution to save his client.
For Action/Shounen, I am looking forward to Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu and because I read the manga Boku no Hero Academia.
For those you enjoy an underdog story, Boku no Hero Academia is the Anime for you this season. It is based off the manga (with the same title) that is in Shounen Jump.
In a world full of heroes and villains…
A world where people with super powers and abilities are the common thing…
What would you do if you were one of the minority who was born with no powers?
What if you had been dreaming of being a hero your whole life..? What would you do?
This is what we will find out by watching the main character “Deku” of this series. See what actions he will take, and what path he takes to achieve his dream.
To be perfectly honest I had a bit of a hard time deciding on what I would call my most anticipated anime this season. I mean I could choose the second season of Shoukugeki no Souma, but although I’m happy it’s getting a second season I’m not anticipating it as much as I did the first season. The same goes for Gakusen Toshi Asterisk. Also because there are not too many notable Light Novels that I enjoy getting adapted, I had to choose something else.
As a result my choice for my most anticipated anime of this season is ReLIFE.
This one is based off of a Japanese web comic, a very good one if I might add. Personally, I tend to enjoy action in combination with either sci-fi or fantasy (a little ecchi doesn’t tend to hurt either, unless they take it too far). However this one is a slice of life (with a bit of drama and comedy to keep it fresh) so I found it odd that I got pulled in by it so thoroughly.
The main character is 27 year old unemployed man who can’t seem to get himself a job after quitting his first 3 months after joining. His life changes when a slightly shady company, ReLIFE, offers to set him up with a job if he helps with an experiment of theirs. In the end he agrees and finds out that, after taking a drug, he will go back to looking like his 17 year old self and has to go through the the 3rd year of high school again.
There is a lot more about the series I would love to say but it would be better to experience it yourself (if you are really interested a lot of the Japanese web comic has been translated). For now here is the trailer.
Let us know what show you’re most looking forward to in the Spring 2016 Anime Season and while you’re at it let us know what you think the biggest flop is going to be. As always thanks for reading – please comment below and share around this article as much as you can!