Anime Q1 & Q2 2016

New anime

Active Raid

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Active Raid: Kidō Kyōshūshitsu Dai-Hakkei (アクティヴレイド 機動強襲室第八係 Akutive Reido Kidō Kyōshūshitsu Dai-Hakkei, “Active Raid: Special Public Security Fifth Division Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit”) is an anime television series produced by Production IMS and Orange. It is scheduled to air from January 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Golden Life” by AKINO with bless4
2. “Toumei na Yozora (透明な夜空)” by Yuuka Aisaka

Set in a part of Tokyo that has descended into a quagmire, the story follows Unit 8 of the 5th Special Public Security Section’s 3rd Mobile Assault Division — popularly called “The Eighth” — who don powered armor “Willware” exoskeletons to counter the rise in crime.

Ajin

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Ajin: Demi-Human (亜人 Ajin) is a seinen, supernatural manga written and illustrated by Gamon Sakurai. The manga was published in 2012 and is ongoing. It will be adapted into three anime films: Ajin Part 1: Shoudou (Nov. 2015) , Ajin Part 2, Ajin Part 3. The anime is slated for January 2016 with 13 episodes. Ajin Part 2: Shoutotsu is scheduled for May 2016. Ajin Part 3: Shougeki is set for September 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Yoru wa Nemureru kai? (夜は眠れるかい?)” by flumpool
2. “HOW CLOSE YOU ARE” by Mamoru Miyano

Part 2:
1. “innocence” by LAMP IN TERREN

Ajin are demi-humans. Seventeen years ago, they first appeared on a battlefield in Africa. From then on, more of their kind are discovered within the human society. Their rarity in appearance means that, for experimental purposes, the government will generously reward anyone who captures one.

Enter Kei Nagai, a high school student, who discovers he is an immortal “Ajin” when he is hit by a truck. He becomes a wanted person because the Ajins are considered criminals and the only person who is there to support him is his best friend, Kaito.

Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

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Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (蒼の彼方のフォーリズム Ao no Kanata no Fō Rizumu, subtitled Beyond the sky, into the firmament), officially abbreviated as Aokana (あおかな) and translated as Four Rhythm Across the Blue, is an adult, romantic visual novel developed by Sprite and released for Windows on November 28, 2014. The anime television series adaptation, produced by Gonzo and directed by Fumitoshi Oizaki, will premiere in January 2016. A PlayStation Vita version of the game has been announced for a 2016 release with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Contrail ~Kiseki~ (Contrail〜軌跡〜)” by Mami Kawada
2. “a-gain” by Ray
3. “Kimi Toita Sora (君といた空)” by Ray

The story is set on an archipelago of four islands far south of Japan or even the South Seas. It is all but a different world from modern Japan. From the discovery of anti-gravitons came the dream invention of anti-graviton shoes that let people fly the skies. They introduce people to a new realm by enabling flight with just one’s own body strength, without feathers or engines. This led to the rise of the sport of “Flying Circus”.

The protagonist who once hoped for a future in this sport suffered a setback due to an overwhelming defeat, and withdrew from the sport for this and some other reason. However, he met the transfer student Haruka Kurashina, and in teaching her to fly the skies, the old passion returned. He takes part in the Flying Circus again.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

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Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (僕だけがいない街, lit. The Town Where Only I am Missing) is an ongoing fantasy suspense seinen manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe and serialized on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine since 2012. The anime adaptation of Boku-Machi is scheduled to air in January 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Re:Re:” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
2. “Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna (それは小さな光のような)” by Sayuri

Struggling mangaka Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until the accident is prevented. One day, he gets involved in an accident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinadzuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance.

Boku no Hero Academia

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Boku no Hero Academia OR My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア Boku no Hīrō Akademia) is a superhero, sci-fi manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014 and is ongoing. The manga is adapted into an anime television series and began airing on April 3, 2016 with a scheduled 13 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “The Day” by Porno Graffitti
2. “HEROES” by Brian the Sun

The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where superpowers known as “Quirks” (個性 Kosei) are the norm. After he tries to save his childhood friend/bully, Katsuki, from a Villain, All Might, the world’s greatest Hero, bestows upon Izuku his own quirk, “One For All”. The story then follows Izuku’s entrance into U.A. High School (雄英高校 Yūei Kōkō), a school that cultivates the next generation of Heroes and his grueling months of training.

Bungou Stray Dogs

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Bungō Stray Dogs (文豪ストレイドッグス Bungō Sutorei Doggusu, lit. Literary Stray Dogs) is a manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, which has been serialized in the magazine Young Ace since 2012 and is ongoing. The series will receive an anime television series adaptation in April 2016 with 12 episodes and an OVA. The second season will premier in October 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Trash Candy” by GRANRODEO
2. “Namae wo Yobu yo (名前を呼ぶよ)” by Luck Life

The series centers around real-life authors who now have supernatural powers, and use them to solve mysteries in the “Armed Detective Agency”. Real-life figures to have been featured in the series include Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Yukito Ayatsuji, Dan Brown, Agatha Christie, Osamu Dazai, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Rampo Edogawa, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Kenji Miyazawa, Doppo Kunikida, and Akiko Yosano.

Protagonist, Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage. At the brink of starvation, he rescues a man attempting suicide. That man is Dazai Osamu, and he and his partner Kunikida are members of a very special detective agency. They have supernatural powers and deal with cases that are too dangerous for the police or the military. They’re tracking down a tiger that has appeared in the area recently, around the time Atsushi came to the area. The tiger seems to have a connection to Atsushi, and by the time the case is solved, it is clear that Atsushi’s future will involve much more of Dazai and the rest of the detectives!

Dagashi Kashi

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Dagashi Kashi (だがしかし) is a shonen manga series by Kotoyama. It has been serialized in Shogakukan’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday since June 2014 and has been collected in three tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation is scheduled for January 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Checkmate!?” by MICHI
2. “Hey! Calorie Queen (Hey! カロリーQueen)” by Ayana Taketatsu

The story follows Kokonotsu, who does not want to inherit his family’s rural candy store as his father wishes. A girl named Hotaru, who’s crazy about small-time candy stores, appears at the store and repeatedly visits in order to convince him to take it over. The title means “Cheap Sweets Candy,” which is also the name of a Japanese band, but read differently it could mean “However.”

Divine Gate

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Divine Gate ( ディバインゲート) is a sci-fi, fantasy anime produced by Studio Pierrot scheduled for January 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “one-Me two-Hearts (ワンミーツハー)” by hitorie (ヒトリエ)
2. “CONTRUST” by vistlip

When the Divine Gate opened, the living world, the heavens, and the underworld became connected, ushering an era of chaos where desires and conflict intersect. To restore order, the World Council is formed. As peace is restored, the Divine Gate becomes an urban legend.

In that world, boys and girls deemed fit by the World Council are gathered. They are ones who aim to reach the gate for their personal objectives. Those who reach the gate can remake the world.

What lies beyond the gate? When they reach the door, will the world change? Will it be the past that changes, or will it be the future?

Fairy Tail Zero

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Fairy Tail Zero (フェアリーテイル ゼロ Fearī Teiru Zero) is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. The series is a prequel to Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga. Kodansha Comics USA published it as a single volume in North America. An anime television series adaptation will begin airing in January 9, 2016 with a scheduled 12 episodes. Funimation will simulcast the series with a broadcast dub in North America.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Ashita o Narase” (明日を鳴らせ “Ring in Tomorrow”) by Kavka Shishido
2. “Landscape” by Solidemo.

105 years ago, six-year-old Mavis Vermilion was a servant on Sirius Island, mistreated by a guild master and his daughter, Zera. When the guild came under attack by the Blue Skull, Mavis pulled Zera from the wreckage into the forest. Seven years went by, and the powerful treasure hunter wizards Warrod Sequen, Precht, and Yuri Dreyer arrived on the island, seeking a powerful jade gemstone, the Sirius Jade. Together with the treasure hunters, Mavis and Zera go in search of the jade (thought to be taken by the Blue Skull. This journey would change the course of magical history.

The group journeys to the city of Magnolia, where Blue Skull has established a brutal regime. Mavis fails to bluff the guild’s master into returning the jade with her illusory magic, and she retreats into the forest with her outmatched allies. There Mavis encounters a young man who, unbeknownst to her, is the infamous dark wizard Zeref. Mavis expresses sympathy for the man, who is afflicted with a curse that whithers and kills all life around him, and convinces him to teach her and her allies how to use magic to combat Blue Skull. They successfully overthrow Blue Skull using their magic, but Mavis discovers that the jade has become contaminated with evil magic. When Yuri takes the jade for himself, he inadvertently fuses with a massive skeletal dragon utilized by Blue Skull and mindlessly rampages through the town. Mavis rescues Yuri by casting Law, a prototype spell learned from Zeref

After recovering and learning of Mavis’s condition, Yuri dedicates himself to protecting her as a friend. He also reveals to Mavis that Zera is an illusion only she can perceive; Zera further confirms that the real Zera died during Blue Skull’s raid on the island, and Mavis unknowingly created her in response to her death. Mavis accepts Zera as an illusion, causing her to disappear, and organizes the Fairy Tail wizard guild in her memory.

Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari!

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Ace Attorney, aka Phoenix Wright, and in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判, lit. “Turnabout Trial”), is a series of visual novel legal thriller adventure video games, created by Shu Takumi and developed and published by Capcom, in which players assume the role of a defense attorney in a fictional courtroom setting based on the Japanese legal system. Players strive to find their clients “not guilty” using investigation, evidence, and cross-examination to prove their case. The series primarily focuses on the protagonist, Phoenix Wright, a passionate lawyer who seeks out the truth and defends his clients to the end, with later games sometimes featuring other protagonists.

The first three games in the series, originally released exclusively in Japan between 2001 and 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, taking advantage of features such as touchscreen control, and localized into other regions. To date, there have been five main games in the series, with a sixth game currently in development, as well as the prequel Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken, two Investigations spin-off games and a cross-over title, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

The series has also been adapted into other media, such as manga, stage plays, musicals, and a film adaptation, directed by Takashi Miike and released in 2012. A TV anime series based on the franchise is planned to premiere in April 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Gyakuten Winner (逆転Winner)” by Johnny’s West
2. “Message” by Rei Yasuda

This anime follows the lives of new defense attorney Naruhodou Ryuuichi, his mentor Ayasato Chihiro and her spirit medium sister Mayoi as they work with colorful characters such as Detective Itonokogiri Keisuke to save Ryuuichi’s clients from a guilty verdict.

The game takes place in an urban city set in 2016 and later; for the Japanese versions, this city is somewhere in Japan, while the North American and European localization places the games in Los Angeles, California. Localization differences will sometimes reflect the differences between these societies, for example the side of a car the driver’s wheel is on. Additionally, the names of characters have been adapted for localization; for example, the main character of “Ryūichi Naruhodō”, whose family name, “Naruhodō”, is a pun on the Japanese phrase for “I see”, has been renamed in the Western versions as “Phoenix Wright”, referencing the phoenix that rises from its own ashes, and a homophone of the word “right”.

Itachi Shinden: Hikari to Yami

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The official Naruto: Shippuuden anime site announced that a TV series for Itachi titled Naruto: Shippuuden – Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ will start in Spring 2016. The series will center around the past life of Itachi, the older brother of Sasuke Uchiha.

Opening & Ending Themes:

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The series will center around the past life of Itachi, the older brother of Sasuke Uchiha.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (甲鉄城のカバネリ Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri, lit. “Knocking on the Walls of the Armored Fortress”) is an upcoming anime series by Wit Studio. The series is directed by Tetsurō Araki with scripts by Ichirō Ōkouchi. The series will premiere on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block in April 2016 (with two episodes?).

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS” by EGOIST
2. “ninelie” by Aimer with chelly (EGOIST)

In the midst of an industrial revolution, a monster emerges. It cannot be defeated unless its heart, which is protected by a layer of iron, is pierced. By infecting humans with its bite, the monster can create aggressive and undead creatures known as Kabane. On the island Hinomoto, located in the far east, people have built stations to shelter themselves from these creatures. People access the station, as well as transport wares between them, with the help of a locomotive running on steam, called Hayajiro. Ikoma, a boy who lives in the Aragane station and helps to build Hayajiro, creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu in order to defeat the creatures. One day, as he waits for an opportunity to use his weapon, he meets a girl named Mumei, who is excused from the mandatory Kabane inspection. During the night, Ikuma meets Mumei again as he sees Hayajiro going out of control. The staff on the locomotive has turned into the creatures. The station, now under attack by Kabane, is the opportunity Ikoma has been looking for.

Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear

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Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear (くまみこ Girl meets Bear) is a manga series by Masume Yoshimoto, serialized in Media Factory’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Flapper since May 2013. The anime television series adaptation by Kinema Citrus and EMT Squared is scheduled to air from April 2016. Two OVAs will be released in summer (June 24 & Aug. 24, 2016)

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Datte, Gyutteshite. (だって、ギュってして。)” by Maki Hanatani
2. “KUMAMIKO DANCING” by Machi Amayadori (Natsumi Hioka) & Natsu Kumai (Hiroki Yasumoto) feat. Kumaide-mura no Minasan

Machi is a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden at a Shinto shrine and takes care of a bear, who lives on mountain in Japan’s northern Tohoku region. The bear, Natsu, has the ability to talk and is Machi’s guardian. When Machi explains to Natsu that she will attend a school in the city, he gives Machi a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive city life.

Kuromukuro

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Kuromukuro (クロムクロ Black Relic) is a mecha anime television series produced by P.A.Works, directed by Tensai Okamura and written by Ryō Higaki, with character designs by Yuriko Ishii and music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi. The series premiered on April 7, 2016 with a scheduled 26 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Distopia (デストピア)” by Glay
2. “Realistic (リアリ・スティック)” by MICHI

During the construction of the Kurobe Dam 60 years ago, an ancient artifact (a cube) was discovered, and so the United Nations Kurobe Research Institute was established. Intellectuals from all over the world gathered to study the object, and the children of those researchers attend Mt. Tate International Senior High School, including the institute head’s daughter, Yukina Shirahane. In the summer of 2016, samurai Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma is awakened after Yukina accidentally triggers the cube. Aided by Yukina’s family in adjusting to life in the modern era, he stands against the oni’s invasion of Earth just as he did in his home era.

Nijiiro Days

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Nijiiro Days (虹色デイズ Nijiiro Deizu, lit. Rainbow Days) is a shōjo, romantic manga series written and illustrated by Minami Mizuno, and published in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine. A drama CD was released with the seventh volume of the manga in October 2014. An anime adaptation produced by Production Reed is scheduled for January 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Best Friend (ベストフレンド)” by Sonar Pocket (eps 1-12)
2. “Rainbow Days” by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Takuya Eguchi, Nobunaga Shimazaki, and Kouki Uchiyama (eps 1-4)
3. “ONE-SIDED LOVE” by Sonar Pocket (eps 13-)
4. “Arch (アーチ)” by Natsuki Hashiba (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) (eps 5-8)
5. “I wanna be your knight” by Tomoya Matsunaga (Takuya Eguchi) (eps 9-12)
6. “Catch me if you can!” by Keiichi Katakura (Nobunaga Shimazaki) (eps 13-15)
7. “Soba ni Iru kara (そばにいるから)” by Tsuyoshi Naoya (Kouki Uchiyama) (eps 16-20)
8. “Hallelujah! Shinin’ Days (ハレルヤ!Shinin‘Days)” by Natsuki Hashiba (CV: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), Tomoya Matsunaga (CV: Takuya Eguchi), Keiichi Katakura (CV: Nobunaga Shimazaki), Tsuyoshi Naoya (CV: Kouki Uchiyama) (eps 21-26)

The manga follows four male high school students who are close friends: Natsuki Hashiba, Tomoya Matsunaga, Keiichi Katakura, and Tsuyoshi Naoe. The four boys have no club activities, and they hurry through their studies so they can spend their days having fun. Their main topic of interest: love. Natsuki has an unrequited crush on Anna Kobayakawa, a girl from another class, and his friends keep meddling in their relationship.

Prince of Stride: Alternative

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Prince of Stride: Alternative (プリンス・オブ・ストライド オルタナティブ ) is a sports anime produced by Madhouse Studios. It is scheduled to air in January 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Stride (ストライド)” by OxT (Masayoshi Oishi x Tom-H@ck)
2. “Be My Steady” by Galaxy Standard [Reiji Suwa (Mamoru Miyano), Shizuma Mayuzumi (Daisuke Hirakawa), Bantarou Chiyomatsu (Takuya Eguchi), Tasuku Senoo (Tatsuhisa Suzuki), Asuma Mayuzumi (Yuuki Ono), Kaede Okumura (Toshiyuki Toyonaga)]
3. “You’re My Courage” by Galaxy Standard [Reiji Suwa (Mamoru Miyano), Shizuma Mayuzumi (Daisuke Hirakawa), Bantarou Chiyomatsu (Takuya Eguchi), Tasuku Senoo (Tatsuhisa Suzuki), Asuma Mayuzumi (Yuuki Ono), Kaede Okumura (Toshiyuki Toyonaga)]

The series revolves around a closed-down “Stride” club at Hounan Academy. First-year high school students Takeru Fujiwara and Nana Sakurai attempt to restart the club, but they must recruit six members for the team. They ask Riku Yagami to join, but he turns them down by saying that Stride is the one thing he doesn’t want to do. However, Takeru and Nana drag Riku into the clubroom to try to convince him.

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

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Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活, Re: Life in a Different World from Zero) is a light novel series, written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shinichirou Otsuka. Seven volumes have been published by Media Factory since January 25, 2014 under their MF Bunko J imprint. It has received three manga adaptations and the anime television series adaptation is scheduled to air in April 2016 with 25 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Redo” by Konomi Suzuki
2. “STYX HELIX” by MYTH & ROID

High school student Subaru Natsuki has been suddenly summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. Things take a turn for the worse when he is attacked in the new world. Thankfully, he is saved by a mysterious, silver-haired girl with a fairy cat and he decides to cooperate with her to return her kindness. When they finally get a clue, they are both murdered. Subaru then awakens in the place he was summoned and notices he gained the ability of “Returns by Death.” Beyond the despair, can he save the girl from the fate of death?

Sekkou Boys

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Sekkou Boys ( 石膏ボーイズ) is an anime produced by LIDEN FILMS. It is scheduled to air in January 2016 with 12 episodes.

Ending Theme:

1. “Hoshizora Rendezvous (星空ランデブー)” by Sekkou Boys (Tomokazu Sugita, Shinonosuke Tachibana, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono)

Sekkou Boys is a unit of four stone figures: the military saint and group leader Saint Giorgio (George), history’s original celebrity Medici, the strikingly handsome and multi-talented Hermes, and the god of war Mars who is earnest about love — who become idiosyncratic idols. The story depicts their efforts to make it in the entertainment world with their rookie female manager Miki Ishimoto, who just graduated from college.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū (昭和元禄落語心中) is a historical manga series written and illustrated by Haruko Kumota and published by Kodansha in ITAN magazine. The anime adaptation is scheduled to air in January 2016 with 13 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Usurai Shinjuu (薄ら氷心中)” by Megumi Hayashibara
2. “Kawa, Taredoki (かは、たれどき)” by Kana Shibue

When a certain man is released from prison, he knows exactly where he’s heading first. After falling in love with a traditional comic storyteller’s rendition of the story called “Shinigami,” he is determined to become his apprentice. The performer, Yakumo, has never taken an apprentice before, but to everyone’s surprise, he accepts the eager ex-prisoner, nicknaming him “Yotaro.”

As Yotaro happily begins his new life, he meets others in Yakumo’s life, including Yakumo’s ward Konatsu. Konatsu was the daughter of a famous storyteller, and Yakumo took her in after her father’s tragic death. Konatsu loved her father’s storytelling, and would love to become a performer in her own right—but that path is not available for women.

Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

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Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (田中くんはいつもけだるげ) is an ongoing slice-of-life comedy shōnen web manga series written and illustrated by Nozomi Uda. It’s published by Square Enix, with serialization on Gangan Online website and with three volumes compiling the chapters released so far. An anime TV adaption is set to air in April 2016 with 12 episodes. Two OVAs will be released in summer 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Utatane Sunshine (うたたねサンシャイン)” by Unlimited tone
2. “BON-BON” by CooRie

Tanaka-kun is a boy that basically doesn’t try in life, but neither is he disliked. This laid-back youth comedy is about Tanaka-kun and the quiet Oota who can’t leave him alone.

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Akagami no Shirayukihime: Season 2

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Akagami no Shirayukihime (赤髪の白雪姫 Akagami no Shirayukihime, “Red-Haired Snow White”) is a fantasy shōjo manga written by Sorata Akizuki. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s monthly shōjo manga magazine since 2006, LaLa DX but has since moved to LaLa and is published in collected volumes by Hakusensha. As of May 2014, 11 volumes have been published in Japan. The eleventh volume ranked 21st in Oricon’s weekly manga ranking for the week of January 6, 2015. The anime television series has been announced for July 2015 with a total of 12 episodes. A second season has been announced to air in January 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Sono Koe ga Chizu ni Naru (その声が地図になる)” by Saori Hayami
2. “Page ~Kimi to Tsuzuru Monogatari~ (ページ~君と綴る物語~)” by eyelis
3. “Yasashii Kibou (やさしい希望)” by Saori Hayami

Shirayuki is a normal citizen of the kingdom of Tanbarun with one unique feature: her red hair. When the foolish, prince of Tanbarun (Raji) orders her to become his concubine because of this, she cuts off her hair and escapes to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines. On her way there, she meets and befriends Prince Zen and his two aides. When Zen is poisoned by an apple meant for her, Shirayuki successfully obtains the antidote and decides to accompany the trio to Clarines. Shortly thereafter, Shirayuki passes an exam for a position to train in the palace as a pharmacist. The story follows Shirayuki and her friends as she finds her place in Clarines and carries out her duties as a court pharmacist (while hunted by Prince Raji).

– maybe they will get a room already :p –

Durarara!! 2 Ketsu

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Durarara!! (デュラララ!! Durarara!!), often shortened to DRRR!!, is a light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. The series ran for thirteen volumes since April 2004 until January 2014. A sequel series titled Durarara!! SH (デュラララ!! SH Durarara!! SH) was announced following the end of the first arc. A manga adaptation by Akiyo Satorigi started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy on April 18, 2009. The anime adaptation began airing in Japan in January 2010.

On March 15, 2014, a new TV anime series was announced. It will air in three different cours, or quarters of a year. Each cour is subtitled Shō (承, “understanding”), Ten (転, “motion”), and Ketsu (結, “conclusion”) respectively. The first cour began in January 2015, the second cour is scheduled for July 2015 and the third cour in January 2016. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series in North America, Central America, South America, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Aniplex of America licensed the series and is streaming an English dub via Crunchyroll and Hulu.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Steppin’ out” by FLOW
2. “Joker ni Yoroshiku (ジョーカーに宜しく)” by PENGUIN RESEARCH

The story takes place a half year after the first series at Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood.

Durarara!! tells the story of a dullahan working as an underworld courier in Ikebukuro, an internet-based anonymous gang called The Dollars, and the chaos that unfolds around the most dangerous people in Ikebukuro.

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri – Enryuu-hen

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Gate: Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (ゲート 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり, Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in That Place) is a fantasy novel series written by Takumi Yanai and illustrated by Daisuke Izuka and Kurojishi from 2006 and later published by AlphaPolis. A manga adaptation illustrated by Satoru Sao began in July 2011, and three spin-off manga began in 2015. The first half of an anime television series adaptation aired from July to September 2015 and has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America. The second half will begin airing in January 8, 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “GATE II: Sekai wo Koete (GATE Ⅱ ~世界を超えて~)” by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets
2. “Itsudatte Communication (いつだってコミュニケーション)” by Tuka (Hisako Kanemoto), Lelei (Nao Touyama), Rory (Risa Taneda) (eps 1-11)
3. “GATE: Sore wa Akatsuki no you ni (GATE~それは暁のように~)” by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets (ep 12)

When a portal from another world appears in Ginza, Tokyo, a legion of soldiers and monsters emerge to attack the city. Thanks to their far more advanced weaponry and tactics, the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) easily repels the enemy, passes through the gate and establish a forward base of operations to force the Roman-styled empire of the other world to open peace negotiations. Yōji Itami is a JSDF officer of the Third Reconnaissance Team as well as an otaku, who was first at the scene, and later sent to investigate the other world, where magic, dragons and elves are real, using his knowledge of fantasy stories to make his way in this new environment.

Thanks to their efforts in humanitarian relief, although with some difficulties they were gradually able to reach out to the locals. They even had a cute elf, a sorceress and a demigoddess in their circle of new friends. On the other hand, the major powers outside the Gate such as the United States, China, and Russia were extremely interested in the abundant resources available in the Special Region. They began to exert diplomatic pressure over Japan.

A suddenly appearing portal to an unknown world—to the major powers it may be no more than a mere asset for toppling the international order. But to our protagonists it is an invaluable opportunity to broaden knowledge, friendship, and ultimately their perspective towards the world.

Kyoukai no Rinne: Season 2

Kyoukai-no-Rinne-kyoukai-no-rinne-34484056-1280-1024Rin-ne, known as Kyōkai no Rinne in Japan (境界のRINNE, lit. Rinne of the Boundary, officially subtitled as Circle of Reincarnation), is a manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura うる星やつら, Maison Ikkoku めぞん一刻, Ranma 1/2 らんま1/2 & Inuyasha 犬夜叉). It has been serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga magazine since April 22, 2009 and is ongoing. A 25-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by Brain’s Base, will premiere in Japan on April 2015 with 25 episodes. Season 2 will premier sometime in the Spring of 2016 with another 25 episodes.

Opening & ending themes:

1. “Melody” by Pile
2. “Hanashi wo Shiyou (話をしよう)” by GLIM SPANKY

As a child Sakura Mamiya was spirited away in the woods behind her grandma’s home. She returned whole and healthy, with no memory of the incident, but has since been able to see ghosts. Once in high school, Sakura wishes to be rid of her extrasensory perception, which is an annoyance to her. She meets a shinigami of sorts, Rinne Rokudo, who guides spirits to be reincarnation.

Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (Adventures of Sinbad)

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Magi (マギ) is an ongoing shonen, fantasy manga written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka since 2009. The first season of the anime, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, ran from Oct. 7, 2012 through March 31, 2013 with a total of 25 episodes. The series is a re-imagined tale from the Arabian Nights (One Thousand and One Nights). The second season, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, set in Magnostadt, ran from Oct. 6, 2013 through March 30, 2014 with another 25 episodes. The third season is scheduled for April 2016 with 8 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Spotlight (スポットライト)” by PENGUIN RESEARCH
2. “Polaris (ポラリス)” by Fujifabric

The spin-off/prequel manga titled Adventure of Sinbad (シンドバッドの冒険 Shindobaddo no Bōken) follows the origins of Sinbad, years before he becomes the King of Sindria. Originally living in the Parthevia Empire with his father Badr, a war veteran and his mother Esra, Sinbad loses his father due to the war against the Reim Empire, and spends his youth helping the local villagers and tending to his ill mother until he meets and shelters the mysterious Yunan, unaware that he is a Magi. By request of his mother and learning of his determination to change the world for the better, Yunan decides to guide Sinbad and instructs him to challenge the Dungeon “Baal” that appeared in the border between Partevia and Reim, and whose treasures were still unclaimed as thousands of warriors from both empires had challenged it, but none of them survived, except by Sinbad himself and a Parthevian noble whom he nicknamed “Drakon”. After defeating Drakon in battle, Sinbad conquers Baal and gains the allegiance of the Djinn residing there, thus becoming the first ever Dungeon Capturer. Sinbad returns home in time to have one last encounter with his mother at her deathbed and leaves Parthevia to start his own journey to change the world.

The Seven Deadly Sins | Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi

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The Seven Deadly Sins (七つの大罪 Nanatsu no Taizai) is a action-fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2012, with the chapters collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes as of August 12, 2015. The ongoing manga features a setting similar to the European Middle Ages, with its titular group of knights representing the seven deadly sins.

As of January 2015, The Seven Deadly Sins had sold over 10 million copies. It was adapted into a 24-episode television anime by A-1 Pictures that aired from October 2014 to March 2015. Netflix acquired the exclusive streaming rights for the series. The manga has been licensed by Kodansha Comics USA for English publication in North America, while the chapters are released digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries as they are published in Japan. The second season is scheduled for summer 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

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The Seven Deadly Sins were once an active group of knights in the region of Britannia (ブリタニア Buritania), who disbanded after they supposedly plotted to overthrow the Liones Kingdom (リオネス王国 Rionesu Ōkoku). Their supposed defeat came at the hands of the Holy Knights, but rumors continued to persist that they were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged a coup d’état and captured the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. The third princess, Elizabeth, then starts out on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins and enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.

Fall 2015 Leftovers

Comet Lucifer

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Comet Lucifer (コメット・ルシファー Kometto Rushifā), is a fantasy-mecha anime television series produced by 8-Bit and directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi. It began airing on October 4, 2015 (with a scheduled 12 episodes). The anime has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Comet Lucifer: The Seed and the Sower (コメットルシファー ~The Seed and the Sower~)” by fhána
2. “Oshiete Blue Sky (おしえてブルースカイ)” by Ayaka Ohashi

The story takes place on the planet Gift, where precious crystals called Giftjium are buried in the earth. The protagonist, Sōgo, lives in Garden Indigo, a prosperous mining town. Sougo’s hobby is to collect rare crystals. One day, he gets wrapped up in a riot caused by his classmates Kaon, Roman, and Otto, and he loses his way until he finds a lake deep under the ground’s mining ruins. There, he meets a mysterious girl with blue hair and red eyes that gaze straight ahead. The story follows the adventure of what happens after this meeting.

Garo: Guren no Tsuki

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Garo -Guren no Tsuki- (牙狼〈GARO〉-紅蓮ノ月-, Garo: The Crimson Moon) has been announced for Japanese broadcast in late 2015. This second series, which will have a premiere event at the 88th Comiket, features character designs from Masakazu Katsura. A film version of the first series has also been announced.

The first series Garo: Honoo no Kokuin (牙狼〈GARO〉-炎の刻印- lit. Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames) television anime series ran in October 2014. Unlike the first Garo anime, this series will be a jidaigeki (period drama) set in the Heian period. It will have a female protagonist. The anime began its run in October 2015 until April 2016 with a total of 23 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Guren no Tsuki ~Kakusareshi Yami Monogatari~ (紅蓮ノ月~隠されし闇物語~)” by JAM Project
2. “Kamon (花紋)” by Sayaka Sasaki with Inaribayashi

Garo -Guren no Tsuki- is set in Japan during the Heian Period.

Gintama°

Gin.Tama.full.1398380Gin Tama (銀魂 lit. “Silver Soul”), also known as Gintama, is a manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized since December 8, 2003, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. The series has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) by Sunrise and was featured at Jump Festa 2006 Anime Tour in 2005. This was followed by a full anime series, which debuted in 2006 and finished four years later. A sequel titled Gintama’​ first premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011 and ended on March 26, 2012, before returning once again for a brief run from October 4, 2012 to March 28, 2013. Two animated films have also been produced. There have been various light novels and video games based on this series. The new series returned on April 8, 2015 and ended at the end of March 2016 with a total of 51 episodes.

Opening & ending themes

1. “DAY×DAY” by BLUE ENCOUNT (eps 1-12)
2. “Destiny” by Negoto (eps 1-12)
3. “Pride Kakumei (プライド革命)” by CHiCO with HoneyWorks (eps 13-15, 17-26)
4. “Saigo made II (最後までⅡ)” by Aqua Timez (eps 13-15, 17-26)
5. “Saigo made II (最後までⅡ)” by Aqua Timez (ep 16)
6. “Pride Kakumei (プライド革命)” by CHiCO with HoneyWorks (ep 16)
7. “Beautiful Days” by OKAMOTO’S (eps 27-38)
8. “Glorious Days (グロリアスデイズ)” by THREE LIGHTS DOWN KINGS (eps 27-38)
9. ”Know Know Know” by DOES (eps 39-50)
10. “Acchi Muite (あっちむいて)” by Swimy (eps 39-50)
11. “Acchi Muite (あっちむいて)” by Swimy (ep 51)
12. “Know Know Know” by DOES (ep 51)

Set in Edo, which has been conquered by aliens named Amanto (天人), the plot follows life from the point of view of samurai Gintoki Sakata, who works as a freelancer alongside his friends teenager Shinpachi Shimura and alien herculean girl Kagura in order to pay the monthly rent.

While doing their odd jobs, the three, better known as “Yorozuya” (万事屋), often clash with the police force Shinsengumi since their jobs typically involve dangerous criminals. They eventually meet some of Gintoki’s former comrades from the fight against the Amanto’s invasion, including the revolutionary Kotaro Katsura who maintains a friendly relationship with them despite his terrorist activities against the bakufu. On the other hand, Shinsuke Takasugi acts as a major antagonist throughout the series, as he wants to destroy the bakufu and sees his former comrades as enemies.

Haikyuu!! 2

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Haikyū!! (ハイキュー!!) is a shonen, sports manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2012, with bound volumes published by Shueisha. As of August 2015, seventeen volumes have been released in Japan. The manga has been licensed in North America by Viz Media. The first season of the anime adaptation began airing in April 2014 with 25 episodes. The second season has been announced and is scheduled to air in October 2015 with another 25 episodes.

Opening & ending themes:

1. “I’m A Believer (アイム・ア・ビリーバー)” by SPYAIR
2. “Climber (クライマー)” by Galileo Galilei
3. “FLY HIGH!!” by BURNOUT SYNDROMES
4. “Hatsunetsu (発熱)” by tacica

Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national championship match on TV. Although short in height, he becomes determined to follow in the footsteps of the championship’s star player, nicknamed the “Little Giant”, after seeing his plays. He creates a volleyball club and begins practicing by himself. Eventually 3 other members join the team by his last year of middle school, pushing Hinata to persuade his two friends who are in different clubs to join just for the tournament. However, they are defeated in their first tournament game after being challenged by the championship favorite team, which includes the so-called “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama, in the first round. Though Hinata’s team suffers a miserable defeat, he vows to eventually surpass Kageyama and defeat him.

S2: After losing against Aoba Jousai, the whole Karasuno team feels at a loss. Especially Kageyama and Hinata, who seem to be the most devastated about the defeat. However, the team soon cheers up when a chance for them to go to Tokyo appears. During their training camp there, Karasuno will meet new formidable opponents.

Ushio to Tora

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Ushio & Tora (うしおととら) is a supernatural, action manga by Kazuhiro Fujita. It was adapted into three OVA series: one with six episodes released from September 11, 1992 to February 1, 1993; one with four episodes released from June 11, 1993 to August 1, 1993; and one single episode OVA released on October 1, 1993. The anime was released in the United States by ADV Films. A remake of the television anime series based on the manga, to be co-produced by MAPPA and Studio VOLN, has been announced for summer 2015 with a total of 26 episodes. The TV anime series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Season 2 of the series returns in April 2016 with a total of 13 episodes

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Mazeru na Kiken (混ぜるな危険)” by Kinniku Shoujo Tai
2. “HERO” by Sonar Pocket (eps 1-13)
3. “Makeru na Chiisaki Mono yo (負けるな小さきものよ)” by Waka Danna (若旦那) (eps 14- 26)

Season 2
1. “Shuukawari no Kiseki no Shinwa (週替わりの奇跡の神話)” by Kinniku Shoujo Tai
2. “Kessen Zenya (決戦前夜)” by LUNKHEAD

Ushio’s family maintains a temple in Japan, where 500 years ago, his samurai ancestor battled that same monster to a standstill, and eventually trapped him against a rock using a cursed spear called the “Beast Spear,” which grants strength, speed, and endurance to the wielder in exchange for his soul. Ushio accidentally unseals the cave Tora is trapped in.

Initially, Ushio refuses to remove the spear pinning Tora (とら) down, but Tora’s unsealed presence attracts various monsters to the temple. Ushio is forced to free Tora to save his friends from the invading spirits. The series focuses on their relationship, interspersed with battles against mythological foes, and with Tora’s attempts to grapple with modern life. During the regular battles, Ushio slowly begins to notice that as much as Tora claims to be irredeemable, the demon takes to fighting evil and defending the innocent with more enthusiasm than he cares to admit.

– i like –

World Trigger

worldTriggerWorld Trigger (ワールドトリガー), also known in short form as WāTori (ワートリ), is a manga series written and illustrated by Daisuke Ashihara, and serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2013. An anime adaptation of the series produced by Toei Animation started airing on 5 October 2014 with 60 episodes. World Trigger: Toubousha-Hen is announced. It is a brand new series with an original story not presented in the World Trigger manga, and with new characters and concepts. The series abruptly ended at episode 73 (after it caught up with the manga)… 😦

Opening Theme:

1. “GIRIGIRI” (ギリギリ “Borderline”)
2. “Ashita no Hikari (アシタノヒカリ)” by AAA (eps 27-47)
3. “Dream Trigger (ドリームトリガー)” by Pile (eps 49-72)
4. “Ashita no Hikari (アシタノヒカリ)” by AAA (eps 24-26)
5. “Dream Trigger (ドリームトリガー)” by Pile (ep 48, 73)

In Mikado City (三門市 Mikado-shi) (280 000 inhabitants), a “gate” to a different world opens suddenly one day. Invincible aliens called “Neighbors” (近界民(ネイバー) “Near-world people”?) start appearing from this gate. Earth’s only line of defense is a mysterious group called the “Border” who are armed with weapons called “Triggers”.

Four and a half years after the gate is opened for the first time, Yūma Kuga (空閑 遊真 Kuga Yūma), a humanoid Neighbor, comes to Mikado City, where he meets Osamu Mikumo (三雲 修 Mikumo Osamu), a Border agent.

World Trigger: Isekai Kara no Toubousha

Announced at the “World Trigger Natsu Matsuri 2015,” was a new series of the World Trigger television anime that will premiere in October. The new anime series will depict an original story that was not in Daisuke Ashihara’s manga. It will also feature new characters and other elements.

– PLEASE. Keep. It. Coming –

Continuing

Fairy Tail (Season 7) to Fairy Tail Zero


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Fairy Tail is a manga created by Hiro Mashima serialized since Aug. 23. 2006 and is ongoing. Season 1 of the anime began airing on Oct. 12, 2009 and will end on September 27, 2010 with a total of 48 episodes. Even though it was initially meant for only one season, due to the popularity of the series, a second season was announced and began airing on October 2010. The anime is on its third season and going strong with 135 episodes and counting. This series is also being developed as a game for PS by Konami. They already have 3 OVAs “Welcome to Fairy Hills!” released April 15, 2011, “Fairy Academy – Yankee-kun and Yankee-chan” released June 17, 2011, and “Memory Days” released February 17, 2012. The movie, “Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess” is set to be released August 18, 2012. The series’ fifth season will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 5, 2014.

Opening & Ending Themes:
1. “Masayume Chasing” by BoA (eps 1-13)
2. “Kimi to Kare to Boku to Kanojo to” (君と彼と僕と彼女と You, Me, He and She) by Breathe (eps 1-13)
3. “Strike Back” by Back-On (eps 14-28)
4. “Kokoro no Kagi” (心の鍵? “Heart’s Key”) by May J (eps 14-28)
5. “Mysterious Magic” by Do as Infinity (eps 29-39)
6. “Kimi no Mirai” (キミノミライ “Your Future”) by Root Five (eps 29-39)
7. “Break Out” by V6 (eps 40-51)
8. “Don’t let me down” by Mariya Nishiuchi (eps 40-51)
9. “Yumeiro Graffiti” by Tackey and Tsubasa (eps 52-64)
10. “Never ever” by Tokyo Girls’ Style (eps 52-64)
11. “NEVER-END TALE” by Tatsuyuki Kobayashi and Konomi Suzuki (eps 65-77)
12. “FOREVER HERE” by Yoko Ishida (eps 65-77)
13. “Believe In Myself” by Edge of Life (eps 78-)
14. “Azayaka na Tabiji (鮮やかな旅路)” by Megumi Mori (eps 78-)

It begins with Lucy Heartfilia meeting Natsu Dragnell and his best friend, Happy a flying cat, who is searching for a dragon, Igneel. Turns out, Igneel is Natsu’s foster father, the one who raised him and taught him the skills of a dragon slayer. Shortly after their meeting, Lucy is abducted by a person posing as Salamander of Fairy Tail, only to be sold as a slave. Natsu rescues her and reveals that he is the real Salamander. He then brings Lucy into the land of Fiore, and she is accepted as a Fairy Tale Guild member. Soon after, the three become teammates, together with two more Guild members, Gray Fullbuster and Erza Scarlet. Of the lot, Lucy brings forth a saner and calmer side to the rest of the team, albeit being exceptionally klutzy. This is a cute magician story about impatience while striving to better oneself and never giving up on one’s friends. As Happy says, “Aiii!”

Unfortunately for this anime series, this is the final season – much to the dismay of many fans at episode 175. However, it does suggest that a movie will ensue to answer much of the ending of the anime series. Who is Zeref? Who is this woman whom Gerard seems to know? What happens in the future to cause the destruction of Fiore/Fairy Tail? (Manga is still ongoing.)

On March 4, 2013, Mashima sensei announced on his Twitter account that the anime will not end yet… :O The return is planned for Spring 2014!

The series ends – and is taken over by Fairy Tail Zero in February until March 2016.

Naruto Shippuden (Season 20): Naruto’s Back ~The Tracks of His Friends (ナルトの背中~仲間の軌跡~ Naruto no Senaka ~ Nakama no Kiseki)

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Naruto began as a manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, which was later adapted to an anime series that started airing in 2002 until present. The anime, much like the manga, is split into two parts: the time split in the manga is simply named Part I & II while the anime is named Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. The second part of the series takes place two and a half years after the first part ends. Since Jan. 2, 2009 Viz Media and Crunchyroll have been subtitling Naruto: Shippuden. The series is about a young and rash ninja from Konohagakure, the Leaf Village named Uzumaki Naruto. The story unfolds as Naruto searches for recognition and acknowledgment from his peers and elders as he aspires to become the Hokage – leader of the village. As a baby, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox (kyuubi) was sealed in him to protect Konohagakure (the Leaf Village). However, the villagers, who were very much afraid of kyuubi, transferred that fear to the infant and eventually the child. Naruto grew up hated and mistreated by Konoha’s residents throughout most of his childhood.

Naruto, together with Uchiha Sasuke and Haruno Sakura are placed in Team 7 lead by Hatake Kakashi. Even though the team seemed mismatched at first, the soon find that they complement each other. The noisy idiot, with the skilled genius and the quick-tempered thinker quickly become one. However, Sasuke has a one-track mind – he vows to avenge his family and clan by killing his beloved older brother. When the chance is presented upon him, he takes it and leaves the village forever. Naruto vows to bring Sasuke back to Sakura, but to do so, he have to become stronger. Unfortunately for Naruto, he is not the only one with a goal in mind. The Akatsuki is out to capture him, to drain him off the sealed Demon Fox.

At the start of Naruto Shippuden, Naruto returns home from his training with Jiraiya, having learned the Rasengan developed by the Fourth Hokage. Sakura is well-versed in the arts of medical jutsu thanks to Tsunade. Sasuke may just have surpassed the group in skills, training under Orochimaru. History, it seems, is about to repeat itself. The dreaded Akatsuki is on the move, and Gaara, an old friend, is the first of many targets. Soon Team Kakashi gets a new team member as a replacement for a departed Sasuke. Everyone is suspicious of him because he is recommended by Danzou, the person vying for the Hokage seat. Team Kakashi’s new mission is to seek out Sasuke while getting acquainted with a recluse newbie, Sai. While tracking the death of Asuma‘s old friend, Konoha ninjas go up against two immortal Akatsuki members – Kakuzu and Hidan. Naruto improves on the rasengan and creates a new jutsu under the careful tutelage of Kakashi and watchful eyes of Yamato, called the Rasenshuriken. Shikamura learns the horror of wars and finally lives up to his fullest potential to avenge a beloved mentor. Finally, Sasuke overpowers and absorbs Orochimaru. Unfortunately, Jiraiya sacrifices his life to learn the truth of Pain, the puppet leader of Akatsuki. Sasuke forms team Hebi to avenge his clan, while Naruto is forced to become stronger just to get a brother home and avenge a beloved teacher and god-father.

The twentieth season began airing from May 28, 2015 to present. The season focuses on Might Guy’s battle with Madara Uchiha, Naruto and Sasuke meeting the Sage of the Six Paths, and the activation of the Infinite Tsukuyomi

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The season has a few opening and ending themes.

1. “Kaze” (風 “Wind”) by Yamazaru (eps 414-431)
2. “LINE” by Sukima Switch (eps 432-458)
3. “Blood Circulator” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation (eps 459 onwards)
4. “Kotoba no Iranai Yakusoku” (言葉のいらない約束 “A Promise That Needs No Words”) by sana (eps 414-417)
5. “Niji no Sora” (虹の空 “Rainbow’s Sky”) by FLOW (eps 418-431)
6. “Troublemaker” (トラブルメイカー Toraburumeikā) by KANIKAPILA (eps 432-443)
7. “Like You, Like Me” (そんな君、こんな僕 Sonna Kimi, Konna Boku) by Thinking Dogs (eps 444-454)
8. “Ao no Lullaby” by Kuroneko Chelsea (eps 455 onwards)

This series gets better with each season. The storyline is so well-written and the characters very well-developed. It’s like peeling an onion – layers upon layers of tear-jerkers. Everyone’s rooting for you U-Zu-Ma-Ki Naruto! Ganbatte! Fight-O on!! Underdogs of the world unite. Perseverance, patience, friendship and loyalty are all good themes and moral to learn. You watch as all the characters grow from young tots to responsible and courageous teenagers, learning and flourishing with every new challenge thrown at them. Friends become foes, and enemies become allies. History is never learned but doomed to repeat itself. “Dattebayo!”

One Piece (Season 17: Dressrosa)

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One Piece (ワンピース) is a comedic action manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 4, 1997. The chapters have been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998. The anime series produced by Toei Animation first began broadcasting in Japan in Oct. 20, 1999 with 626 episodes and counting. Additionally, Toei has developed eleven animated feature films, an OVA, and five television specials. Several companies have developed various types of merchandising such as a trading card game, and a large number of video games.

One Piece is currently ranked as the best-selling manga series. The anime series is on it’s 17th season.

Opening Themes:
1. “We Go!” (ウィーゴー! Wī Gō!) by Hiroshi Kitadani (ep. 517-590)
2. “Hands Up!” by Kōta Shinzato (新里 宏太) (ep. 591-628)
3. “Wake up!” by AAA (ep. 629-686)
4. “Hard Knock Days” by Generations from Exile Tribe (ep. 687 onwards)
5. “We go! (ウィーゴー!)” by Hiroshi Kitadani (eps 542, 590)

Gol D. Roger was known as the Pirate King, the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and death of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the location of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece (which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame), and quite possibly the most coveted of titles for the person who found it, the title of the Pirate King.

Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy that defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece, are his reasons of becoming a pirate. Aside from his oxymoronic persona, he also has an odd physical trait: his body has the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew, named the Straw Hat Pirates (麦わら海賊団篇 Mugiwara Kaizoku-dan) travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece.

Luffy definitely has an eclectic crew: Zoro the pirate hunter, and skilled swordsman, Nami the ship’s navigator and cat buglar, Usopp the lying “Sniper King” (hence “uso-pp”), and chicken-hearted inventor, Sanji the womanizing cook, Chopper the reindeer doctor (who consumed the Human-devil fruit), Robin the archeologist (who ate the Flower-devil fruit), Franky the human-cyborg shipwright and Brook the live skeleton musician (who ate the Revive-devil fruit). Will the crew grow? Will Luffy become the Pirate King while finding One Piece?

The Straw Hats land in Dressrosa, an island controlled by the warlord Donquixote Doflamingo. Upon learning of Doflamingo’s conquering of the kingdom, the Straw Hats team up with the Revolutionaries and the kingdom’s deposed princess Viola to overthrow Doflamingo and save the island.

OVA/Movies

Winter 2015/2016:

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie Virtual Reality Diver
Feb. 2016

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam Movie – Over the Wishes
Feb. 6, 2016

New Initial D Movie: Legend 3 – Mugen
The third and final movie in a trilogy. (Feb. 6, 2016)

Charlotte Special
The official website for Jun Maeda’s Charlotte television anime confirmed on Sunday that there will be an unaired special edition episode. The seventh Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume for the anime will include the television anime’s 13th and final aired episode, as well as this unaired episode, on March 23, 2016.

Spring 2016:

Detective Conan Movie 20: Pure Black Nightmare
The Japanese police is raided by a spy. Different countries’ intelligence agencies—such as England’s MI6, Germany’s BDN, and America’s CIA—as well as the FBI’s secret files are going to be stolen, but public safety officers lead by Tooru Amuro arrive just in time. The spy steals a car and escapes. The spy and Amuro are then locked in a dead heat on the highway, and just as it is about to cause an accident with multiple cars, the spy’s car is hit by FBI agent Shuichi Akai’s rifle bullet and falls of the roadway.

The next day, Conan and his friends go to a newly-remodeled aquarium in Tokyo. Under the main attraction, a Ferris wheel, Conan finds an attractive woman alone, injured and in a state of amnesia. Conan and his friends promise to help her regain her memory, so they stay with her.

The movie is scheduled for April 16, 2016.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kako-hen OVA

Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin
The first episode, Aoi Hitomi no Casval, will tell the story of Casval Rem Deikun and Artesia Som Deikun (Char and Sayla, before Char became known as the Red Comet) before the One-Year War in UC.0068.

 
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