Fall 2016 Anime
August 30, 2016 7:33 PM - Subscribe

Recently the anime charts have been posted and let's discuss which series we're following here.

I'm looking forward to Yuri On Ice for my latest sports anime.

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posted by chrono_rabbit (31 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

You should be excited for Hibike! Euphonium 2 instead: guaranteed more yuri than Yuri on Ice. The first series, in which our heroine learned both to love her euphonium and doing brass band again, not to mention a certain bandmate, was brilliant and I have high hopes for the follow-up.

Other hopefully decent sequels: Brave Witches (gender flipped WWII aces fight aliens in a world where Japan is called Fuso but the Yamato is still the Yamato), Natsume Yuujinchou (boy has the gift to see monsters and spirits, helps them settle their problems), Show by Rock!! 2 (cute animal girls form rock band, save the world), WWW.Working!! (slice of life comedy at a family restaurant) , Vivid Strike! (something to do with Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha), Lostorage incited WIXOSS (card game based magical girl series, first series was decent, 2nd I still need to watch), Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Gundam)

Also 3-gatsu no Lion: Shaft adapting one of my recent favourite manga series, about a 17 year old shogi genius who is good enough to actually earn a living, but who is a thoroughly broken person at the start of the story and slowly gets better. If done right, this could be the best or second best series this season.

Right on the other side of the spectrum is Keijo!!!!!!!!, a sports anime about swimsuit wearing girls "wrestling" on floating platforms in the middle of swimming pools, only allowed to use their breasts or buttocks to hit their opponents with. The manga takes this stupid idea and treats it utterly serious, using the standard shounen manga sports battle template, which is what makes it utterly hilarious. If done wrong this will just be fanservice, if done right it will still mainly be fanservice, but hopefully it will be funny.

On the manservice/sports side of things, All Out (rugby) looks promising, while Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (pingpong) and Long Riders (bikes) are two other sports series I'm going to look at.

Otherwise, Fune wo Amu (two editors with conflicting personalities have to create a new dictionary), Girlish NumberLuger Code 1951 (werewolves and espionage), Shuumatsu no Izetta (WWII allegory/romance), Soushin Shoujo Matoi (normal girl becomes goddess, hijinks ensue), Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (you too can be a magical girl, if you're lucky) and Stella no Mahou (slice of life otaku bait) are the shows that pop out the most.

But yeah, lots of sequels this season.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:37 PM on August 31, 2016

Right now the only two I'm interested in are Natsumi Yuujinchou and Iron Blooded Orphans. Natsumi is one of the best anime I've seen this decade, and I'm interested to see the continuation, and Iron Blooded Orphans was an interesting enough take on Gundam that I want to see where it goes, in spite of its flaws..
posted by happyroach at 12:41 AM on September 4, 2016

I just watched the part 1of The Ancient Magus' Bride on Crunchyroll and I really enjoyed it. I suppose it's not technically a fall anime since it's only 3 parts and will be released once a month. The first half reminds me of the atmosphere of Howl's Moving Castle.
posted by TheJoven at 10:48 AM on September 11, 2016

I was coming here to say the same thing. As I understand it, it's sort of a prequel to the manga series, telling just how Chise ended up in that slave auction. The animation was beautiful and atmospheric; seeing the London skyline with the London Eye was a nicely subtle way to show it is set in the modern world, then seeing Elias' cottage just made me incredibly jealous as I want it, especially that library...
posted by MartinWisse at 2:32 AM on September 13, 2016

The Ancient Magus' Bride looks great from the PV but I'm a bit sad it'll only be a OVA. Hopefully the extra time will improve the animation between each episode. I recommend reading the manga too since it's licensed.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 7:50 PM on September 14, 2016

Is there no excitement for the return of Haikyuu? I can probably bring enough to cover everyone but geez, guys. Also very much looking forward to more Iron Blooded Orphans.
posted by Peccable at 8:24 PM on September 14, 2016

%n: "Is there no excitement for the return of Haikyuu? I can probably bring enough to cover everyone but geez, guys. Also very much looking forward to more Iron Blooded Orphans."

I'm not a huge fan of HS sports anime probably since it reminds me how uncoordinated I am but it's pretty popular everywhere else.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 10:14 AM on September 19, 2016

Not a fall show, I guess, but recently announced: a second season for Uchouten Kazoku.

Also, apparently there's some kind of third Gunbuster/Diebuster thing in the works.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 3:43 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]

Haikyuu is decent enough as a sports anime, but boy is it wearing after a while. I'm not sure I'll manage to finish the previous seasons before the next one starts, as I can only take it a few epoisodes at a time.

More interested in All Out! anyway, as how often do you get a rugby anime?
posted by MartinWisse at 5:09 AM on September 20, 2016

The only thing that I really want to watch is Hibike! Euphonium 2 and Bungou Stray Dogs 2. I'm more of a slice of life/ healing anime guy ( think Flying Witch, Tanaka-kun , Amanchu, Amaama to Inazuma) and don't really see that kind of show this season, but maybe I overlooked it ?

I think I'm finally going to binge watch Hunter X Hunter, because a friend recommended it to me some time ago.
posted by Pendragon at 1:06 PM on September 20, 2016

3-gatsu no Lion and Fune wo Amu are series you might want to keep an eye out for as well.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:33 PM on September 22, 2016

%n: "
I think I'm finally going to binge watch Hunter X Hunter, because a friend recommended it to me some time ago.

HxH (2011) is great even though the manga is on yet another hiatus. I recommend reading the manga too when you're done since it gives a different perspective with the events.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 5:32 PM on September 22, 2016

Aw man, I just finished setting up the tv today for crunchyroll to remind me that we're only halfway through the summer anime we've been following. It's going to be a few weeks just to get caught up on what I know I've missed. No time yet to start on the fall shows. (So I guess it's worthwhile for me, albeit maybe not charitable to you all, if I hope the fall season ends up pretty dull.)
posted by ardgedee at 5:55 PM on September 22, 2016

Can't wait for Bungou Stray Dogs 2!

Fune wo Amu could also be right up my alley. I think I'll only be able to watch 3-gatsu no Lion if they manage to get the MC character to a happy place by the end of the 22 episode run - in what I have read of the manga what the MC has been through has been quite painful, it's a wonder he's still functioning.

I might watch Tiger Mask W for childhood nostalgia's sake.
posted by needled at 7:59 AM on September 25, 2016

After watching the trailers, Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari looks like it has the potential to be the Amaama to Inazuma for the Fall 2016 anime season. There's a bit of fantasy mixed in, but an udon restaurant seems to play a large role in it.

*sigh* Now I want a bowl of tanuki udon.
posted by needled at 12:29 PM on September 25, 2016

Days is a sports related anime (soccer) that I've been enjoying quite a bit the last month or two. Mob Psycho has also been on my radar.
posted by Fizz at 10:11 AM on September 26, 2016

I think I'll only be able to watch 3-gatsu no Lion if they manage to get the MC character to a happy place by the end of the 22 episode run

If it follows the manga, the misery is largely front loaded. As the series opens Rei already has the worst behind him, having moved out from his foster family and having met the three sisters Akari, Hinata and Momo and having been sort of adopted by Akari in the same way she took in stray cats. He's depressed and emotionally damaged from everything he's been through, while Akari and co have their own trauma as well and the whole of the series is them using each other to get better. It's a long, hard slog and some of those early chapters are painful to read, but on the whole it's an optimistic, healing sort of series.

Moreso it's done with a degree of realism often lacking in anime/manga; if Rei suffered abuse it's not at the hands of villains, but by people as damaged as him -- as well as an early appearance of Truck-kun.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:25 AM on September 26, 2016

"Humanity's battle of many years with the kaiju, giant monsters, has finally come to an end. Now that Earth has entered an age of peace, girls with the souls of kaiju have begun to appear, giving them the ability to transform into kaiju. They are known as the Kaiju Girls, and this is the powerful, transient, beautiful, and at times easygoing story of the strange fate these girls bear."

...cute giant monster girls doing cute giant monster things?

Anyway, Crunchyroll just put up their fall lineup page, and released their 'rollout video', with lots of stuff yet to be announced--though I don't know why anybody needs to know about any of it except where and when to see Kaiju Girls.

As usual, I'm gonna watch at least an episode or two of anything Crunchyroll offers, with the exception of shows about idols, because a man's got to draw the line somewhere. Oh--I'm also gonna skip any second seasons of shows that I didn't make it through the first seasons of (Bubuki Buranki, namely). And I might pass on 'I've Always Liked You' because the title makes my teeth hurt.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 4:26 AM on September 28, 2016

Thanks for the Kaiju Girls plug, it sounds fun!.

Besides my Hunter x Hunter watch, I'm going to start a rewatch of Mushishi.
posted by Pendragon at 4:53 AM on September 29, 2016

(Sadly, Kaiju Girls turns out to be a short-format thing that--judging by the first episode--is gonna be less interesting than the blurb sounds...)
posted by Sing Or Swim at 10:50 AM on September 29, 2016

Cute though.
posted by MartinWisse at 4:38 AM on October 1, 2016

Just saw the first episode of the Wagnaria! sequel/remake/alternate timeline/whatever the heck it is. Seems to have some clever setups for potentially good schtick, and feels like it's in the same spirit as the original without feeling like reheated leftovers. I don't see any reason not to be optimistic about this one.

Also tried to watch the first episode of 'Bloodivores' and bailed out six minutes before the end. First impression is that the art's not very good and the writing's not very good.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 12:29 PM on October 1, 2016

Having seen the first third of the first episode of Magical Girls Raising Project: apparently there is now some statutory requirement that all Magical Girls shows must be grim, gory genre deconstructions.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 2:08 PM on October 1, 2016

So yesterday the first episode of season 02 of Hibike! Euphonium dropped and it was double length and gorgeous. The band is preparing for the next stage of the competition, some of the members who dropped out last year are sniffing around again now it's actually successful and the relationship between Kumiko and Reina reached a level most harem protagonists can only dream off: holding hands while watching fireworks at the local festival.

And then there was Yuri on Ice, which was completely adorable, has wonderfully animated figure skating routines but also had naked tight male ice skater butt, so something for everyone.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:44 PM on October 5, 2016

I think Flip Flappers had the most interesting first episode I've seen so far (also the dumbest name so far; don't be put off). I got the slightest whiff of Kaiba from it, and Kaiba is a show I regard highly, so I don't say that lightly. It has a similar odd tone, equidistant from silliness and ominousness and sadness, like it wants you to relax so it can sneak up on you. You get the feeling that the world makes some kind of rigorous sense that just hasn't been made clear to the audience yet. Cautiously optimistic about this one, with less caution than I usually advocate.

I also thought Izetta The Last Witch and, of all things, Scorching Ping Pong Girls weren't bad. Izetta has goofily renamed European countries fighting goofily renamed Nazis, and spends its first episode setting up a fairly satisfying comeuppance scene. It's kind of like Kiki's Delivery Service, only one-thousandth as good, and with Nazi-fighting.

The first episode of Ao Oni The Blue Monster was like Another, the whole show, only funny and over in three minutes. I gather it's based on a game, or something; I'm not sure what it's up to, but it's sufficiently short, and sufficiently ridiculous, as to be easy to watch.

I also watched Keijo, the sports thing about girls in swimsuits having boobs. It seems to have had any sense of fun surgically removed down to the last tiny particle. I think one episode is more than enough.

I was gonna skip Yuri On Ice but I keep reading that it's really good, so I'm gonna give it a shot after all. I know everybody loves Euphonium but I find it to be like reading the Hobbit, too many dwarves with not enough personality. I watched the whole damn first season and I still don't know who these people are. It is gorgeous, though.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 8:57 AM on October 7, 2016

Finally gotten around to catching up on some of the fall 2016 anime, at least the stuff on Crunchyroll:
  • Yuri on Ice - every episode leaves me with a grin on my face. I love the OP and ED. Curious if the OP was done using rotoscoping.
  • Poco's Udon World (Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari) - I think they were trying to make Ep. 1 contemplative and evocative, but I am not sure they succeeded. It sure left me wanting to eat some udon noodles, though.
  • 3-gatsu no Lion - it's emotionally heavy going right from the get-go, definitely not something to watch after a difficult day at the office. The OP and ED songs from Bump of Chicken are great.
I found it interesting that both Yuri and Poco touch on returning to one's hometown in the provinces that are undergoing downward economic slides akin to the Rust Belt in the U.S.
posted by needled at 2:17 PM on October 23, 2016

Izetta The Last Witch is really frustrating to watch. On the one hand, it does an interesting alt-WWII, with incredible artwork. And then it will interrupt it with truly egregious sexist and objectifying scenes. And frankly, the main characters are really badly cliched So I'll be enjoying it, then suddenly have the major urge to delete the thing from my que. Right now, it's surviving on my watch list- barely.

The sad thing though, is it's one of the best anime shows on TV right now- the vast majority of the rest are far worse.. The whole situation with anime is depressing.
posted by happyroach at 4:53 PM on October 23, 2016

Just caught up on Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage) and I am liking that a lot, too. So at this point in the season I have 4 new anime on my watch list and 1 continuation (Bungo Stray Dogs) and I don't think that's too shabby an anime season.

I found the Izetta promo artwork to be a turnoff and it doesn't sound like I am missing much by ignoring it.
posted by needled at 8:16 PM on October 23, 2016

I'm diggin' Yuri On Ice, Flip Flappers, March Comes In Like A Lion, and the Wagnaria sequel. Jury's still out on Girlish Number, which is about a bunch of voice actresses discovering various ways in which the anime industry sucks; it's kind of like a sarcastic, negative version of Shirobako.

And there's a short-format thing called 'Miss Bernard Said', whose purpose seems to be to name-drop speculative fiction books. It's about a bunch of characters who hang out in a library, one of whom wants to appear to be a reader but never actually reads anything. I guess it's not that good, but it's really peculiar; it's interesting just because you can't figure out why it exists.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 4:08 PM on October 25, 2016

Because it's great? It has my vote for next year's best related work Hugo.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:23 AM on October 26, 2016

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