Looking Forward: Winter 2016 Anime

1fbfc84e4d5fa8a63ad3109e8db221101437715710_fullAnd we’re back! When creating a new blog, it’s important to look forward, which is why I’m not doing a ‘best of the year’ type thing. I am, however, returning  to my former flame; anime. I’ll explain the thought process behind this new blog at a later date, but I thought it would be important to start off with a proper post, to get the ball rolling.

So, without further adieu, here are the shows that you should watch in the upcoming Winter 2016 anime season.

No 1. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (A1 Pictures)

Hopefully this manga adaptation about time travel and serial killers is more Groundhog Day than Haruhi Suzumiya‘s Endless Eight arc, but this anime looks really interesting. Airing on the (almost) always interesting Noitamina block, and produced by A1 Pictures, who have been responsible for lots of good stuff (and will be producing next season’s Gyakuten Saiban anime adaptation (get hype)), this fantasy/mystery looks pretty promising. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations, but it should at least be an interesting watch.

No 2. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Studio Deen)

I’m not one to normally get excited about a Studio Deen anime, given that Higurashi is the only anime of theirs I actually care about. Indeed, their other project this season is something I couldn’t give any less of a shit about. This show, however, has an interesting premise and a unique looking style (judging completely by the cover here). This anime tells the story of a ‘mature prisoner’ who gets into Rakugo after being released from prison. Should be a nice, calming watch, and not too taxing on my overworked brain.

No 3. Ajin (Polygon Pictures)

Another anime from the makers of Knights of Sidonia, and in the same style to boot. I feel like Polygon Pictures might have got the wrong idea about why we liked Sidonia (the story, not the animation), but the story here looks like it could match that of Sidonia, being a Tokyo Ghoul style tale of an outcast, discriminated race of powerful beings shunned from society. Hopefully it won’t fall victim to the same shounen trappings as Tokyo Ghoul, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Cautiously optimistic about this one.

So, quite a short list this time around, although I’d advise checking out Anichart yourself to see what catches your interest. As I mentioned earlier, this blog shall be explained at a later date, but until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (more Toatali is your Christmas present.)

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