14 December 2016

Anime Picks - Winter 2016 / 2017

Image: Screenshot of the AniChart Website Home Page (Winter 2016/2017).

It is that time of the year again where we take a look at the line-up of new Japanese Anime titles released by the fabulous animation studios from the land of the rising sun! The titles featured in this article are based on our personal interests and divided into 2 categories of 'The New Entrants' and 'The Sequels' which are then sorted by ascending alphabetical order.


The New Entrants

BanG Dream!

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A next generation Girls Band Project which links characters with real live performances! BanG Dream! is a media mix project featuring animation music videos, comics, song releases, and many more. What's more, the voice cast for the characters of BanG Dream! will also hold real live performances as the Girls Band, “Poppin'Party”.

(Source: Bushiroad)


Chaos;Child

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In the original visual novel, after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day of the earthquake. The sudden disaster that becomes known as the "Shibuya Earthquake" kills 3,851 people and injures 30,927 more.

The game is set in a reconstructed Shibuya district in October 2015. A string of mysterious deaths occurs in Shibuya amidst the reconstruction. People begin to take notice as the strange events start on the same day that chaos broke out in Shibuya with a certain incident five years earlier. The events are called the "Return of the New Generation Madness."

(Source: ANN)

GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation

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Video game developer Cygames announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that its Granblue Fantasy smartphone game will receive an anime adaptation.

There exists a world in which islands of all shapes and sizes float in a sea of clouds. This is a world forsaken by the gods.

A long time ago, beings known as the Astrals attempted to seize control of this world with their overwhelming power. However, the citizens of the skies, the Skydwellers, successfully resisted. The world once again entered a time of peace.

Presently, our hero is about to embark on a journey after receiving a letter from his missing father. Accompanying him is Vyrn, a rather peculiar family member who happens to be a winged lizard. Despite Vyrn's objections, our hero prepares to leave his home of Zinkenstill when the mysterious island is suddenly engulfed in flames.

The fleet of the burgeoning Erste Empire wreaks havoc from the skies above.

Amidst the chaos, a chance encounter with a mysterious girl named Lyria awakens the fallen dragon of the stars, who unleashes a roar of revival.

(Source: ANN / Cygames)


Kuzu no Honkai

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Hanabi and Mugi are bathed in envious gazers from all around as a beautiful couple with excellent moral conduct. But these two apparently perfect people in an apparently perfect relationship share a secret they can't tell anyone.

(Source: Crunchyroll)


Masamune-kun no Revenge

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As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particular girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation. Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki's school, and is unrecognizable to her. Now, Masamune-kun is ready to confront the girl who bullied him so many years ago and humiliate her at last. But will revenge be as sweet as he thought?

(Source: Seven Seas Entertainment)


The Sequels

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen

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In the late Edo Period, a demon known as the Impure King killed thousands of people. After defeating the demon, the Knights of the True Cross kept its left eye safely sealed away on Academy grounds - but now someone has stolen it! Hearing the thief has taken a child hostage, Yukio and Rin go to help. The investigation and pursuit will lead Rin and his friends to Kyoto and involve them even deeper in a sinister plot! But will his friends' knowledge that Rin is the son of Satan drive a wedge between them?

(Source: Viz Media)

Gintama (2017)

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New season of Gintama.

Life isn't easy in feudal Japan... especially since the aliens landed and conquered everything! Oh sure, the new health care is great, but the public ban on the use of swords has left a lot of defeated samurai with a difficult decision to make concerning their future career paths! This is especially true if, as in the case of Gintoki Sakata, they're not particularly inclined towards holding a day job, which is why Gintoki's opted for the freelance route, taking any job that's offered to him as long as the financial remuneration sounds right. Unfortunately, in a brave new world filled with stray bug-eyed monsters, upwardly mobile Yakuza and overly ambitious E.T. entrepreneurs, those jobs usually don't pay as well as they should for the pain, suffering and indignities endured!

(Source: AniChart / Sentai Filmworks)

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

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The second season of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

The popular "alternate world home comedy" centers around Kazuma Satou, a hikikomori (shut-in) die-hard fan of games, anime, and manga. A traffic accident brings his disappointingly brief life to an end … or it should have, but he wakes up and sees a beautiful girl who introduces herself as a goddess. "Hey, I have some good news — would you like to go to an alternate world? You may only bring one thing you like with you."

He responds, "…So, I'll bring you." With that, he is transported to another world and his great adventure subjugating the demon king begins … but first the hard work of finding food, clothing, and shelter begins. Kazuma wants to live in peace, but the goddess raises one problem after another, and then the demon king's army has its eyes set on him.

(Source: AniChart / ANN)


Rewrite: Moon & Terra

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Second season of Rewrite, covering the Moon and Terra routes.

Rewrite is set in the fictional city Kazamatsuri, where treeplanting and afforestation have caused the city to become overgrown with trees and flowers in much the same way that other cities are filled by buildings. However, while most of the city appears to be rural, there are many traditional city elements as well. While set in a modern setting, the city also gives off a strange sense of nostalgia.

Tennouji Kotarou lives here. He's a high school student who has the ability to rewrite his own body; he can become stronger and faster at any time he chooses. He investigates supernatural mysteries with five girls from his school.

(Source: AniChart / VNDB)

Tales of Zestiria the X 2

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The second season of Tales of Zestiria the X.

Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the seraphim, spiritual beings not visible to humans. Sorey believes in the folklore that says “long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim" and dreams of unraveling the ancient mystery to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace.

One day, Sorey visits the human capital for the very first time. He becomes embroiled in an incident during which he pulls out a holy sword embedded in a rock and ends up becoming a Shepherd, one who casts away calamity from the world. He begins to realize the gravity of his mission, and his dream of coexistence between mankind and the seraphim becomes more intense—

And thus, the Shepherd embarks on a journey with his companions.

(Source: Official Website)


Round-up: Anime Picks - Winter 2016 / 2017

Image: Screenshot of the AniChart Website Home Page (Winter 2016/2017).

The Japanese Anime line-up for the season of Winter 2016 / 2017 is certainly a very interesting one with a good mix of new entrants and sequels from many popular series! What do you think of our picks?

If our picks are somehow unsuitable for your exquisite tastebuds, feel free to check out the full line-up at the AniChart website and pick the titles to your hearts' content!

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