Anime Q3 & Q4 2016

New anime

91 Days

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91 Days is an anime series writen by Kishimoto Taku set during Prohibition. The series is scheduled to air in July 2016 with a total of 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Signal” by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
2. “Rain or Shine” by ELISA

The story follows a man named Avilio as he seeks revenge for the death of his family, and his friend, Nero, the soon-to-be mafia boss, the object of Avilio’s vengence. So begins the dairy of revenge.

“The man’s name is, Avilio. A man whose family was killed. For revenge, he will kill his friend.”

“The man’s name is, Nero. A man who will become the mafia boss someday. And the target of vengeance.”

3-gatsu no Lion

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March Comes in Like a Lion (3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion, lit. March Lion) is an ongoing comedic sports manga series by Chica Umino (best known for Honey and Clover). It began serialization in Hakusensha’s seinen manga magazine Young Animal since 2007. A television anime adaptation is scheduled to air in October 2016 with 23 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Answer (アンサー)” by BUMP OF CHICKEN
2. “Fighter (ファイター)” by BUMP OF CHICKEN

Set in Tokyo, the series follows the life of a 17-year-old professional shōgi player, Rei Kiriyama (lit. “Zero”). He lives by himself, supported by his salary playing shogi, not having a real family, and scarcely any friends. Among his acquaintances are the Kawamoto sisters (and their cats): Akari, Hinata and Momo, who always treat him as their own.

All Out!!

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All Out!! is a sports manga series written by Shiori Amase, which began serialization since 2013. The anime adaptation by TMS Entertainment and Madhouse is scheduled to air in October 2016 with 25 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Flower” by Lenny code fiction
2. “Zenryoku Shounen produced by Tamio Okuda (全力少年 produced by 奥田民生)” by Sukima Switch

Gion Kenji, the little fire-cracker, is short and perpetually pissed off about it. Iwashimizu Sumiaki is tall and strong but timid. Although it’s bullies that bring this unlikely pair together on the first day of high school, it’s the rugby club that will make them friends.

Battery

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Battery (バッテリー Batterī) is a slice of life, sports is a novel series by Atsuko Asano that was published by Kadokawa Shoten. It has been adapted into a film. The anime adaptation is scheduled to premier in July 2016 with 11 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Itsuka no Jibun (いつかの自分)” by anderlust
2. “Ashita, Haru ga Kitara (明日、春が来たら)” by anderlust (eps 1-5, 11)
3. “Wakamono no Subete (若者のすべて)” by anderlust (eps 6-10)

Battery is about Takumi Harada (原田 巧 Harada Takumi) and Gō Nagakura (永倉 豪 Nagakura Gō), two boys in a baseball team working out their kinks.

Berserk (2016)

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Berserk (ベルセルク Beruseruku) is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the Band of the Hawk. Themes of isolation, camaraderie, and the question of whether humanity is fundamentally good or evil pervade the story, as it explores both the best and worst of human nature.

The first anime adaptation was in 1997 with 25 episodes. A trilogy of films, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, were released beginning in 2012. A second upcoming anime adaptation is scheduled for release in July 2016 with 12 episodes. Season 2 will return in April 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Inferno” by 9mm Parabellum Bullet
2. “Meimoku no Kanata (瞑目の彼方)” by Nagi Yanagi

Guts (ガッツ Gattsu), a wandering mercenary and also known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary with the “Band of Hawk” from the demonic forces that pursue him and his lover, Casca. He is out for vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength, skill, and sword, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity. Berserk is a dark and brooding story of outrageous swordplay and ominous fate, in the theme of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

– graphic violence and sexual content. Quite dark –

Bloodivores

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Time Prisoners (时空囚徒) is a vampire survival fantasy Chinese webcomic written and illustrated by Bai Xiao. On October 1, 2016, a Chinese-Japanese anime adaptation titled Bloodivores (ブラッディヴォーレス?) began airing with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “NENTEN” by Mili
2. “quiet squall” by siraph

60 years ago, a strange case of insomnia struck the population, forcing them to stay awake for more than a full week. The victims, completely sleep deprived, all went mad. To cure this illness, a new medicine was produced, but the side effects turned the patients into vampires. Humanity went to war against this new species and triumphed, but some of the vampires managed to survive. Born from a Human and a Vampire, the main character Mi Liu, “The Child of Hope,” is to represent the new hope that will connect the two species. Ringleader of a bank robbery, Mi Liu is arrested and transferred to a special prison of the National Defense Agency that monitors Vampires. Trying to break free with Anji, Mi Liu is attacked by strange monsters and he finds out that the prison location corresponds to the birthplace of Vampires, the old capital “Blue Town.” Together with his other friends, Lee Shin and Lou Yao, they try to make it out.

Days

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Days is an ongoing slice of life comedy sports shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Tsuyoshi Yasuda. The manga won Best Shōnen Manga at the 40th Kodansha Manga Awards. The anime adaptation by MAPPA is scheduled for July 2, 2016 with 24 episodes plus 2 OVAs (March 17 and May 17, 2017).

Days is the second soccer manga series written by Yasuda, the first being “Furimukuna Kimi wa” (振り向くな君は) published between 2010 and 2011. This series follows Kaoru Indou and Shuuji Narukami as they start to play soccer together in Sakuragi High School. They appear in Days as both rivals and friends of the students in Seiseki.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Wake We Up” by HOWL BE QUIET (eps 1-12)
2. “Higher Climber” by HOWL BE QUIET (eps 13-24)
3. “EVERLASTING DAYS” by Seiseki High School Soccer Club (Takuto Yoshinaga, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Daisuke Namikawa, Daisuke Ono, Mamoru Miyano) (eps 1-12)
4. “DAYS” by Shout it Out (eps 13-24)

Protagonist Tsukushi Tsukamoto is a shy, clumsy and bullied teenager about to start high school. He decides to get in Seiseki High School so he can be with his neighbor and childhood friend Sayuri Tachibaba, who is one year his senior. Just as he is bullied after visiting Sayuri at her work, Tsukamoto is saved by Jin Kazama, who scares away the bullies by attacking them with nunchucks. Jin then asks Tsukushi if he likes soccer and asks him to join him the same night for a futsal match as his team is one player short. Tsukamoto surprises Jin by showing up after running almost ten miles under the heavy rain and without one shoe, after another run-in with his bullies. Despite an badly injured food, Tsukamoto keeps running throughout the entire match, showing such an effort that it motivates his other teammates.

Tsukamoto finds out later that Jin is also a freshman at Seiseki, and decides to join the soccer club to play with him, unknowing that the soccer club in Seiseki is nationwide famous and looked after by students from all the country. He makes the team despite being the weakest of the lot, due to his amazing perseverance and incredible ability to motivate the rest of the team to work just as hard.

Drifters

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Drifters (ドリフターズ Dorifutazu) is a fantasy, alternate history manga written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. The manga started serialization in Shōnen Gahosha’s magazine, Young King Ours, on April 30, 2009. It centers on various historical figures summoned to an unknown world where their skills and techniques are needed by magicians in order to save their world from total destruction. A television anime adaptation began airing on October 7, 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Gospel Of The Throttle 狂奔REMIX ver.” by Minutes Til Midnight
2. “Vermillion” by Maon Kurosaki

Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he stumbles from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa into the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors (Oda Nobunaga and Nasu no Yoichi) like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as “Drifters”.

Fukigen na Mononokean

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The Morose Mononokean (不機嫌なモノノケ庵 Fukigen na Mononokean) is a supernatural, comedic manga series written and illustrated by Kiri Wazawa. The anime television adaptation is scheduled for July 2016 with 13 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Tomodachi Meter (トモダチメートル)” by The Super Ball
2. “Tobira no Mukou (扉の向こう)” by Hanae Ashiya (Yuki Kaji) and Haruitsuki Abeno (Tomoaki Maeno)

Hanae Ashiya has spent the first seven days of high school stuck in the infirmary because of a persistent youkai attaching itself to him. He ends up pleading for help from a morose owner of a small tea room called the “Mononokean.”

Fune wo Amu

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The Great Passage (舟を編む Fune o Amu) is based on the best-selling novel by Shion Miura. A 2013 film starring Ryuhei Matsuda won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year. The anime adaptation is scheduled for October 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Shiokaze (潮風)” by Taiiku Okazaki (岡崎体育)
2. “I & I” by Leola

The original novel revolves around Mitsuya Majime, a serious man who is a poor talker, and Masashi Nishioka, a sociable man. The novels follow their friendship, determination, and passion as they work together to publish a new dictionary titled “The Great Passage” (Daitokai).

Handa-kun

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Barakamon (ばらかもん) is a comedic slice of life manga series written and illustrated by Satsuki Yoshino, which began serializing in 2009. The story follows Seishū Handa, a calligrapher who moves to the remote Gotō Islands off the western coast of Kyūshū, and his interactions with the people of the island. The anime adaptation aired in the summer of 2014.

A spin-off manga Handa-kun (はんだくん) started serialization in the November 2013. A television anime adaptation of the spin-off manga Handa-kun will begin airing in July 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “The LiBERTY” by Fo’xTails
2. “HIDE-AND-SEEK” by Kenichi Suzumura

This series takes place six years prior to the events of Barakamon, detailing the life of Seishuu Handa as a high school student—and a very interesting life it is. In Handa-kun, Seishuu Handa is admired by his peers as a calligraphy genius and given the utmost respect, but Handa-kun himself is under the mistaken impression that the deference and attention he receives from the other students is actually bullying. Handa just wants to live a quiet life, but hilarity ensues as one character after another challenges his position as the school idol, and somehow comes away as a fan all while Handa is horrified and clueless.

– quite funny seeing how the absolutely clueless Handa turns disasters in his favor –

Hatsukoi Monster

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First Love Monster (初恋モンスター Hatsukoi Monsutā) or Hatsukoi Monster is a shōjo manga series written by Akira Hiyoshimaru since 2013 and is ongoing. A television anime adaptation has been announced to air in July 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Innocent (イノセント)” by Shouta Aoi
2. “Kimi ni Sasageru Chinkonka (君に捧げる鎮魂歌)” by Renren (Shouta Aoi)

When fifteen-year-old Kaho Nikaidou leaves her sheltered home to start life anew in a Tokyo high school dormitory, the last thing she expects is to nearly get hit by a truck! Saved in the nick of time by a handsome stranger, Kanade Takahashi, Kaho falls head over heels for him and, after finally tracking him down, boldly confesses her feelings. Turns out Kanade is the son of Kaho’s new landlord! And a fifth grader!!

– Our motto is, give everything a chance. Until it starts getting really weird…in a bad way. Then stop following the series –

Occultic;Nine

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Occultic;Nine (オカルティック・ナイン Okarutikku Nain) is a sci-fi, supernatural light novel series written by Chiyomaru Shikura, the creator of Steins;Gate. A manga, illustrated by Ganjii, began serialization in October 2015. The anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures is scheduled for October 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Seisuu 3 no Nijou (聖数3の二乗)” by Kanako Itou
2. “Open your eyes” by Asaka

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The story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the “Choujou Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yuuta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.

Orange

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Orange (オレンジ Orenji) is a slice of life romance shōjo/seinen manga written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano since 2012 and ended in 2015 with 5 volumes.A live action film adaptation of the same name was released on December 12, 2015. A spin-off to the manga will begin serialization on March 25, 2016. The anime adaptation is scheduled to air in July 2016 with 13 episodes. A movie: Orange -未来- (Orange: Mirai) will air on November 18, 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Hikari no Hahen (光の破片)” by Yu Takahashi
2. “Mirai (未来)” by Kobukuro

One day, sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Naruse Kakeru.

The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.

– Naho really sucks. BIG time. Even knowing what she knows, she is still hesitant about doing so many things to turn things around / change the future. Quite irritating –

The movie in November will be narrated from the viewpoint of Suwa, and takes place after the events in the manga and anime.

Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars

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Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars (レガリア The Three Sacred Stars) is an anime series that will premiere in July 2016 with 13 episodes. Infinite and Bandai Namco Entertainment will be part of the production committee.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Divine Spell” by TRUE
2. “Patria” by Minami

Sisters Yui and Rena live a peaceful life in the kingdom of Enastoria, but they become involved in a vortex of destiny when a giant robot attacks Enastoria.

ReLIFE

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ReLIFE is an ongoing sci-fi, fantasy drama seinen web manga series written and illustrated by Sō Yayoi. It is published by NHN PlayArt on comico website since October 12, 2013 and has three volumes compiling the chapters published by Earth Star Entertainment released so far. The anime adaptation is scheduled for summer 2016 with 13 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Button” by PENGUIN RESEARCH
2. “Iijuu★Rider (イ―ジュ-★ライダー)” by Tamio Okuda (ep 1)
3. “HOT LIMIT” by T.M.Revolution (ep 2)
4. “Timing (タイミング)” by BLACK BISCUITS (ep 3)
5. “HONEY” by L’Arc~en~Ciel (ep 4)
6. “Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi (これが私の生きる道)” by PUFFY (ep 5)
7. “Sunny Day Sunday” by Sentimental Bus (ep 6)
8. “Saudade (サウダージ)” by Porno Graffitti (ep 7)
9. “Yuki no Hana (雪の華)” by Mika Nakashima (ep 8)
10. “There will be love there -Ai no Aru Basho- (There will be love there -愛のある場所-)” by The Brilliant Green (ep 9)
11. “Asu e no Tobira (明日への扉)” by I WiSH (ep 10)
12. “PIECES OF A DREAM” by CHEMISTRY (ep 11)
13. “Natsumatsuri (夏祭り)” by Whiteberry (ep 12)
14. “Button (ボタン)” by PENGUIN RESEARCH (ep 13)

The story follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27-year-old jobless man, who fails at every job interview he had after quitting his last company. His life changes after he met Yoake Ryou of the ReLife Research Institute, who offered him a drug that can change his appearance to 17-years-old and to become a subject in an experiment for one year. Thus, he begins his life as a high school student once more.

Sakamoto desu ga

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Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (坂本ですが? Sakamoto desu ga?, “I’m Sakamoto, You Know?”) is a manga series written and illustrated by Nami Sano. It follows a high school student named Sakamoto, who has a reputation for being the “coolest” person among the entire student body. The anime adaptation by Studio Deen is scheduled for April 8, 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “COOLEST” by Customi Z
2. “Nakushita Hibi ni Sayonara (無くした日々にさよなら)” by Suneohair

Sophisticated, sublime and popular; all words which describe the exceedingly handsome and patently perfect Sakamoto. Though it is only his first day in high school, his attractiveness, intelligence, and charm already has the girls swooning and the guys fuming with jealousy. No one seems able to derail him, as all attempts at tripping him up are quickly foiled. His sangfroid is indomitable, his wits peerless. Despite the strange situations he may be in, Sakamoto always manages to fix the problem in absolute perfection.

– unexpectedly good –

Servamp

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Servamp (SERVAMP -サーヴァンプ- Sāvanpu) is a supernatural manga series written by Strike Tanaka since 2011 and is ongoing. An anime adaptation is scheduled for July 2016 with 13 episodes. Three specials will air from Nov. 25, 2016 to Feb. 24, 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Deal with” by OLDCODEX
2. “sunlight avenue” by Takuma Terashima

When a stray black cat named Kuro crosses Mahiru Shirota’s path, the high school freshman’s life will never be the same again. The cat is no ordinary feline, but a servamp: a servant vampire. While Mahiru’s personal philosophy is one of non-intervention, he soon becomes embroiled in an ancient, altogether surreal conflict between vampires and humans.

– the anime ended and we were like, “WHAT just happened?!” ever get that feeling? –

Sword Gai

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Sword Gai (ソードガイ Sōdo Gai) is a manga series written by Toshiki Inoue with original character design by Keita Amemiya and art by Wosamu Kine. It began serialization in Shogakukan’s seinen manga magazine Hero’s in 2012 and has been collected into five tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by DLE and Fields is scheduled to air in Spring 2016, but has since been pushed to 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

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A woman died a suspicious death in the forest. Beside her, the sword-smith Amon finds a new-born boy with a tragic fate and takes him in. About 10 years later, this boy who is named Gai and who has become Amon’s apprentice, loses his right arm in an accident while making a sword. Amon decides to take a sword called “Shiryuu,” which is a sword with demonic powers that has been passed down for generations, and fashion it into an artificial arm for Gai. That was the beginning of it all…

The story of this boy, who has become one with a demonic weapon and is drawn into a cruel fate in which he must face countless battles, can be seen as either the story of “a beautiful weapon and an ugly person” or of “the cruelty of weapons and the beauty of humans.” This is a completely new world of comic noir.

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

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Touken Ranbu (刀剣乱舞 Tōken Ranbu, lit. “Wild Swords Dance”) is a free-to-play collectible card browser video game developed by Nitroplus and DMM Games, available only in Japan since 2015. It is adapted into two anime series. The first is scheduled for Fall 2016 with 12 episodes. The second will premier sometime the following year.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Hanamaru◎Biyori (花丸◎日和)” by Yamatonokami Yasusada (Mitsuhiro Ichiki) & Kashuu Kiyomitsu (Toshiki Masuda)
2. “Ake Kure Nikki (明け暮れ日記)” by Yamatonokami Yasusada (Mitsuhiro Ichiki) & Kashuu Kiyomitsu (Toshiki Masuda) (ep 1)
3. “Kokorodama no Arika (心魂の在処)” by Heshikiri Hasebe (Tarusuke Shingaki), Yagen Toushirou (Seiichirou Yamashita) Souza Samonji (Yuuki Tai) (ep 2)
4. “Hana no Kaori wa Kyoushidare (花の薫りは叶枝垂れ)” by Maeda Toushirou (Reona Irie), Yagen Toushirou (Seiichirou Yamashita), Gokotai (Yuuta Kasuya),
Akita Toushirou (Yoshitaka Yamaya), Midare Toushirou (Kazutomi Yamamoto), Hirano Toushirou (Ryouta Asari), Atsushi Toushirou (Daiki Yamashita) (ep 3)

Sages (審神者 saniwa) who travel into the past to defeat evil forces, and have the ability to animate legendary swords, which are depicted as attractive young men.

Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

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Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari (うどんの国の金色毛鞠 Udon no Kuni no Kin’iro Kemari, “The Golden Furball of the Udon Country”) is a slice of life, fantasy manga series written by Nodoka Shinomaru. It began serialization in Shinchosha’s magazine Monthly Comic @ Bunch in 2012 and is ongoing. The anime television series adaptation by Liden Films is scheduled for October 9, 2016 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “S.O.S.” by WEAVER
2. “Sweet Darwin” by GOODWARP

Souta Tawara is a web designer working in Tokyo. When he visits his family’s Udon place in his hometown Kagawa Prefecture, he discovers a young boy. Souta soon learns little Poko’s secret and decides to quit his job in order to care for him. The daily adventures of the two slowly enfold as Poko energetically navigates his way through Kagawa, the “Udon Kingdom,” along with Souta.

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Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei 2

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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. The second season is scheduled for July 2016.

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 “Willwearers” exoskeletons to counter the rise in crime.

Not every unit in the Mobile Assault Division is well respected. One unit of the M.A.D., Unit 18, unfortunately has a bad reputation due to their reckless and destructive way of solving crimes. That’s where Assistant Inspector Asami Kazari comes in. Although she is young, her experience in handling tough situations is unmatched. Can she pull the team together and help save the public image of the entire armored police force?

Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu

arslanSenkiThe Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance (アルスラーン戦記 Arusurān Senki) is a fantasy novel series. The author, Yoshiki Tanaka, wrote the novel in 1986 and is still writing it as of 2008, with the current number of books at 14 novels. It was adapted into a manga, which caught up with the novel and then received an original ending, and ran from November 1991 to September 1996. It also received two anime film adaptations, and a four-part, unfinished anime OVA. In 2013, a second manga adaptation started serializing at Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, with illustrations by Hiromu Arakawa. An anime television series based on the Arakawa manga premiered on April 5, 2015 with a scheduled 25 episodes. [Tanaka sensei’s novels have no relation to the 1976 novel called Arslan written by M. J. Engh which is set in the present.] The first season of the anime series based on the Arakawa manga aired in 2015. The return second season is confirmed for July 2016 with 8 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Tsubasa (翼)” by Eir Aoi
2. “blaze” by Kalafina

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In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father.

At the age of 14, Crown Prince Arslan goes to his first battle against neighboring nation Lusitania. Unbeknownst to them, the battle is rigged from the inside by the King’s most trusted retainer, leaving only heavy lost and bloodshed behind. However, it is Arslan’s destiny to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom with the aid of his loyal servant Daryun (Arslan’s general) and Narsus, the tactician (wanna-be-painter).

Ajin: Demi-Human 2

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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. Season 2 of Ajin is scheduled for Oct. 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Boku wa Boku de Atte (僕は僕であって)” by angela x fripSide
2. “Koutei no Sumi ni Futari, Kaze ga Fuite Ima Nara Ieru ka na (校庭の隅に二人、風が吹いて今なら言えるかな)” by CreepHyp

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 (and at least 46 others) 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.

Bungou Stray Dogs 2

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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 with 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Reason Living” by SCREEN mode
2. “Reason Living” by SCREEN mode (ep 1)
3. “Kaze ga Fuku Machi (風が吹く街)” by Luck Life (eps 2-)

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!

S2: The season begins 4 years back centering on Dazai Osamu, Atsushi’s protector and the one who’s constantly and comically suicidal.

D.Gray-man Hallow

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D.Gray-man (ディー・グレイマン Dī Gureiman) is a manga series written and illustrated by Katsura Hoshino. The manga began serialization in 2004 in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. It made the transition from a weekly to a monthly series in November 2009, when it began serialization in Jump SQ until December 29, 2012, where the series went on an indefinite hiatus. The series began serialization again on July 17, 2015 in a spin-off magazine of Jump Square, Jump SQ.Crown. The manga has also been adapted into a 103-episode anime series that aired from October 3, 2006 to September 30, 2008. The anime is licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America. A new anime series has been announced to be aired in summer of 2016; the series creator has confirmed that it will continue from where the original anime left off, rather than rebooting. It has a total of 13 episodes.

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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Key -bring it on, my Destiny-” by Lenny code fiction
2. “Lotus Pain” by Mashiro Ayano

The series tells the story of 15-year-old Allen Walker, a member of an organization of Exorcists who make use of an ancient substance called Innocence to combat the Millennium Earl and his demonic army of Akuma. Allen’s left arm can transform into a monstrous claw/sword and destroy Akuma (demon), evolving machines created by the Millennium Earl to help him destroy humanity. As ordered by his master, General Cross Marian, Allen becomes an Exorcist, one of the people who can destroy Akuma for the Black Order, an organization attempting to stop the Earl. With his left eye, Allen can detect disguised Akuma, making him a powerful asset for the Order. He is sent to recover pieces of Innocence, a substance giving the Exorcists the ability to destroy Akuma. The Earl decides to call together the Noah Family, superhuman descendants of Noah, who can destroy Innocence. Both sides start the search for the Heart, the most powerful piece of Innocence, which will ensure victory for the side that finds it.

In his search, the Earl begins killing the Generals, the Order’s most powerful Exorcists. In order to protect them, the Order attempts to bring the Generals back to their headquarters. Allen and three other Exorcists are sent to find the missing General Cross, but Allen and Lenalee Lee are nearly killed during the mission. They are saved by their Innocence, causing the Earl, Bookman and Bookman’s apprentice Lavi, who are chronicling the war, to believe one of them possesses the Great Heart. Meanwhile, the Order learns that Allen is to succeed Nea Walker, the 14th Noah, who was killed for betraying the Earl. This leads the Order to suspect that Allen might betray them, and he is eventually confined. The Noah frees Allen to rescue him from the Apocryphos, a sentient Innocence that guards the Heart, causing the Order to revoke Allen’s rights as an Exorcist and treat him as a Noah.

– have to rewatch all 103 episodes again before this new season starts –

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (食戟のソーマ) is a shōnen manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. The series has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since November 26, 2012, with tankōbon volumes being released by Shueisha and is ongoing. The series is licensed by Viz Media. An anime adaptation is scheduled for April 3 2015 with 24 episodes. Season 2 is confirmed for summer 2016 with 13 episodes.

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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “ROUGH DIAMONDS” by SCREEN mode
2. “ROUGH DIAMONDS” by SCREEN mode (ep 1)
3. “Snow Drop (スノードロップ)” by nano.RIPE (eps 2-13)

Sōma Yukihira’s dream is to become a full time chef in his father’s restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skills. But just as Sōma graduates from middle school, his father, Jōichirō Yukihira, closes down the restaurant to cook in America. However, Sōma’s fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jōichirō which is to survive in an elite culinary school where 10% of the students graduate. Here comes a three way final to the Autumn Elections: Souma x Akira x Ryou!

– Warning: a “tad” ecchi. But a good anime! Two thumbs up –

Haikyuu!! Karasuno High School vs Shiratorizawa Academy

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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 aired in October 2015 with another 25 episodes. The third season (ハイキュー!! 烏野高校 VS 白鳥沢学園高校: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou) is scheduled for October 2016 with 10 episodes.

Opening & ending themes:

1. “Hikari Are (ヒカリアレ)” by BURNOUT SYNDROMES
2. “Mashi Mashi (マシ・マシ)” by NICO Touches the Walls

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.

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S2: After losing against Aoba Jousai (in S1), 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, train, and gain more experience. At the end, they are pegged against their arch nemesis Aoba Jousai.

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans 2

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ Kidō Senshi Gandamu Tekketsu no Orufenzu), also referred to as G-Tekketsu (Gの鉄血), is a 2015 Japanese mecha drama Anime series and the fourteenth incarnation to Sunrise’s long-running Gundam mecha metaseries. It is directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and written by Mari Okada, a team which previously collaborated on Toradora! and Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. The first season aired on October 4, 2015 with 25 episodes. The second season returns in the Fall of 2016 with another 25 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “RAGE OF DUST” by SPYAIR
2. “Shounen no Hate (少年の果て)” by GRANRODEO

The year is Post Disaster 323. More than 300 years after a great war between Earth and Mars known as the “Calamity War”, Mars has been successfully terraformed and colonized by humans. However even with the technological advancements, the humans in Mars crave freedom against the government of Earth and seek to improve their livelihoods. A young orphan named Mikazuki Augus is part of a group of children who work for the civilian security company Chryse Guard Security, entrusted with the safety of the Martian Princess Kudelia Aina Bernstein, who has plans for her nation of Chryse to secure independence from Earth. One day, the group was attacked by the Earth Military organization Gjallarhorn, which aims to stop the Martian independence movement. During the attack, the leader of the children and the Third Army Division within CGS, Orga Itsuka, decides to rebel against the adults and higher-ups who had escaped and left the children and foot-soldiers to remain and fight as decoys. Augus must now choose to either follow his friends, or his mission as he stumbles into the legendary mobile suit: the Gundam Barbatos.

Natsume Yuujinchou Go

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Natsume’s Book of Friends (夏目友人帳 Natsume Yūjin-chō) is a supernatural comedic manga written by Yuki Midorikawa since 2005 and is ongoing. The success of this series has spurned four seasons of tv anime, the first airing in summer of 2008, the second season airing in the late winter of 2009, the third in the summer of 2011 and finally the fourth season aired January 2 until March 26, 2012. All four seasons have 13 episodes. The fifth season is scheduled for October 2016.

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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Takarabako (タカラバコ)” by Sasanomaly (ササノマリイ)
2. “Akane Sasu (茜さす)” by Aimer

The series is about Takashi Natsume, an orphaned teenage boy who sees yokai/spirits but tries to suppress it so as not to scare his adoptive homes. As he later settles in with (get passed to) the Fujiwaras he inherits the coveted “book of friends” of his grandmother, Reiko. The book binds these spirits defeated by her to her servitude.

Together with the fat cat, nyanko sensei/Madara, they begin the journey of releasing these spirits from the book (even though it is the cat’s wish to one day inherit the book from Natsume. Until then, he is a self-professed “bodyguard” yojimbo of Natsume).

– love this obese cat and the boy –

The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War | 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. A four-week anime special is scheduled for August 2016 (with one episode each week).

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “CLASSIC” by MUCC
2. “Iro Asenai Hitomi (色褪せない瞳)” by Alisa Takigawa

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.

Shingeki no Kyojin: Season 2

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Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin “Advancing giants”) is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama since 2009 and is ongoing. The anime adaptation series debuted on April 6, 2013 with a scheduled 25 episodes. Both Funimation and Crunchyroll are streaming the series. A consequent live-action film adaptation is also in production. Season 2 of the series is scheduled for spring 2017.

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Humans are forced to live inside cities surrounded by enormous walls due to the appearance of Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures, who devour humans seemingly without reason. Enter young Eren Jaeger and his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, whose lives are changed after the Titan breaks through their village’s protective wall, the outermost Wall Maria, which destroys their home and lead to the death of their mother. Eren, determined to avenge his mother, signs up to the army to train with them for the protection of the inner sanctum walls and the finally destroy the Titans.

Tokyo Ghoul:re

tokyo-ghoul-kaneki-ken-4096x2304Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種 Tōkyō Gūru) is a manga series by Sui Ishida, serialized since September 2011. The anime series adaptation by Pierrot is scheduled to air in July 2014 with 12 episodes. The second season aired January 8, 2015 with another dozen episodes. The third season is scheduled for sometime in 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

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The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious “ghouls” who look human but need to eat human flesh in order to survive. Eighteen-year-old college freshman Ken Kaneki encounters Rize Kamishiro, a girl who professes to be an avid reader like him, at a café he frequents. His life changes after he is nearly killed (devoured) by Rize (a ghoul), and he receives organ “donations” from her. Kaneki soon realizes he is now half-human and half-ghoul. With no one else to turn to, he is taken in by the ghouls who manage the coffee shop “Anteiku”, who teach him to deal with his new life as a half-human/half-ghoul, including interacting with ghoul society and its conflicting factions, while striving to keep his identity secret from other humans

A third season titled Tokyo Ghoul:re is reportedly in the works. [An amnesiac Kaneki is now under the new identity of Haise Sasaki, the leader of a special team of CCG investigators called “Quinx Squad.” Under the guidance and constant surveillance of Arima Kisho, the CCG Special Class Ghoul Investigator, Sasaki takes on a new role in hunting down the ghouls]

Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike

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Yowamushi Pedal (弱虫ペダル) is a manga series written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe. It began its serialization in 2008’s 12th issue of the Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine. As of May 2013, there are 28 compiled volumes published with the 29th scheduled for August 8, 2013. The 29th volume will be bundled with an OVA episode on DVD. A second season of the series began in October 2014 with 24 episodes. The spin-off movie is scheduled for September 2016.

Season 2 pick ups where season one left off and continue to follow Onoda, Naruko, Imaizumi, and the entire Sohoku team as they compete in Day 3 of the Inter-High. Joining the returning members is Eikichi Machimiya and the entire Hiroshima Kureminami Technical High School bicycle team. Their sole goal is to take down Hakone Academy.

Spring 2016 Leftovers

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. The second season has been confirmed (no air date yet).

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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)

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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 –

Continuing

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) & Infinite Tsukuyomi: The Invocation (無限月読・発動の章 Mugen Tsukiyomi: Hatsudō no Shō)

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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 455-466)
9. “Pino and Amélie” (ピノとアメリ, Pino to Ameri) by Huwie Ishizaki (eps. 467 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 18: Zou)

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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 18th season.

Opening Themes:
1. We Can” (ウィーキャン! Wī Kyan!) by Kishidan (ep. 747 onwards)
2. “Hard Knock Days” by Generations from Exile Tribe (ep. 687 onwards)

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

Summer 2016:

Akatsuki no Yona: Zeno-hen (OVA)
It is the backstory of the Zeno. August 2016

Gintama: Aizome Kaori-hen (OVA)
Summer 2016

KINGSGLAIVE FINAL FANTASY XV
KINGSGLAIVE is told through the eyes of King Regis, while FINAL FANTASY XV follows the journey of Prince Noctis – the two tales of father and son.

Kimi no Na wa
The story revolves around Mitsuha and Taki, both wanting what the other has.

Mitsuha, a female high school student who lives in a rural town nestled deep in the mountains, yearns for a life in Tokyo. While Taki, a male high school student who lives in central Tokyo, dreams of the quiet life. One day, Mitsuha has a dream where she is a young man. Taki also has a dream where he is a female high school student in a town in the mountains that he has never been to.

Koe no Katachi
“I wish we had never met. I wish we could meet once again.”

The story is about a boy who can hear, Shoya Ishida, and a transfer student who can’t, Shoko Nishimiya. One fateful day, the two meet, and Shoya leads the class in bullying Shoko. But before long, the class shifts its target from Shoko to Shoya. Years later, Shoya feels strongly that he must see Shoko once again.

Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi (OVA)
Summer 2016

One Piece Film Gold
July 23, 2016

Shokugeki no Souma OVA
July 2016

Fall 2016:

Ajin Part 3: Shougeki
September 2016.

GANTZ:O
Fall 2016

Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni この世界の片隅に
Newlywed Suzu Urano moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, where she perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.

 
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