Anime Q1 & Q2 2017

New anime

ACCA Jusan-Ku Kansatsu-Ka

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ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka (ACCA13区監察課) is a seinen manga series written and illustrated by Natsume Ono. It began serialization in Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan magazine on June 25, 2013 and is ongoing. The anime television series adaptation by Madhouse is scheduled to premiere in January 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Shadow and Truth” by ONE III NOTES
2. “The Pale Moon Sways” (ペールムーンがゆれてる Pērumūn ga Yureteru) by Aira Yuhki

The kingdom of Dowa, which is divided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch’s 99th birthday. The 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otis (the craftiest member of ACCA) is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has ten people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing toward the central office. Jean also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

ATOM: THE BEGINNING

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Atom: The Beginning (アトム ザ・ビギニング Atomu za Biginingu) is a sci-fi manga series written and illustrated by Tetsuro Kasahara, with writing contributions by Makoto Tezuka and Masami Yuki. The series is a prequel to Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy manga series, depicting the events up until the birth of Astro Boy. It began serialization since December 1, 2014, and has been compiled into four tankōbon volumes as of December 2016. The anime series is scheduled to air in April 2017.

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The story of what happens up until the birth of Astro Boy. Two prodigies, Umatarō Tenma and Hiroshi Ochanomizu, have spent endless amounts of time researching robots with Tenma wanting to produce a god and Ochanomizu wanting to produce a friend, eventually producing the robot A106. The question the duo were both wondering, would A106 eventually turn into a god or a friend?

Boruto: Next Generations

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BORUTO―ボルト― ―NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS― is a monthly manga series written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto, which is supervised by original manga creator Masashi Kishimoto. The series serves as official continuation of the Naruto franchise. It adapts the story-line of Boruto: Naruto the Movie and then continues the story afterwards. The manga launched on May 9, 2016 in the 23rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, and is simultaneously published in Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine in English. The anime adaption is scheduled for April 2017.

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http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/boruto/

Chaos;Child

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Chaos;Child (カオスチャイルド Kaosu Chairudo) is a visual novel video game developed by 5pb. It is the fourth main entry in the Science Adventure series, and a sequel to Chaos;Head (2008). A manga adaption drawn by Relucy is published by Kadokawa in Dengeki G’s Magazine. The anime TV adaptation by Silver Link is planned to air in January 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Uncontrollable” by Kanako Itou
2. “Chaos Syndrome (カオスシンドローム)” by Konomi Suzuki

Chaos;Child is set in Shibuya in 2015, six years after “Shibuya earthquake” nearly leveled the area, while killing 3,851 people. It follows a group of high school students who survived the earthquake; among them is the player character Takuru Miyashiro, who is a senior in high school and president of the school’s newspaper club, and whose family died in the earthquake. He is accompanied by his childhood friend Serika Onoe and his foster sister Nono Kurusu, who are the game’s main heroines and romantic leads. The other characters are the newspaper club members Hana and Shinji; Hinae, an eyewitness to a murder; Uki, who has spent years isolated from the world; and Mio, a misanthrope who has been sent in to aid the police. Several of the characters have superhuman abilities: for instance, one can spot lies with absolute certainty, while another can use pyrokinesis.

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

Hand Shakers

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Hand Shakers (ハンドシェイカー) is an upcoming anime television series produced by GoHands with collaboration of production company Frontier Works and publisher Kadokawa. It is scheduled for January 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “One Hand Message” by OxT (Masayoshi Oishi x Tom-H@ck)
2. “Yume Miru Ame (ユメミル雨)” by Akino Arai

“Hand Shakers” takes place in Osaka in “AD20XX”. The story revolves around the Hand Shakers, partners who can summon weapons called “Nimrodes”, which are born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair’s dream, the Hand Shakers compete with and face against other Hand Shaker pairs. The best pair will then meet and compete with “God”.

They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God.
They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them? And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked,
join hands and head for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.

Kekkai Sensen & BEYOND

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Blood Blockade Battlefront (血界戦線 Kekkai Sensen, lit., “Bloodline Battlefront”) is a supernatural action shōnen manga by Yasuhiro Nightow. It has been published bimonthly in the magazine Jump SQ.19 from February to April 2009 and moved to Jump Square. The manga is published in the United States by Dark Horse Comics. The first season of the anime series ran in April 2015 with 12 episodes. The second season is scheduled to air sometime in Spring 2017.

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The plot revolves around a young photographer named Leonardo Watch, who obtains ‘the All Seeing Eyes of the Gods’ at the cost of his sister’s eyesight (sounds a little like the Uchihas…). After the incident, Leonardo moves to the city of Hellsalem’s Lot to join an organization known as Libra to fight several monsters as well as terrorists.

Kuzu no Honkai

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Scum’s Wish (クズの本懐 Hepburn: Kuzu no Honkai) is a seinen manga series by Mengo Yokoyari. It has been serialized in Square Enix’s seinen manga magazine Big Gangan since 2012 with six tankōbon volumes and is ongoing. The anime television series adaptation is scheduled for January 2017 on Fuji TV’s noitamina block.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Uso no Hibana (嘘の火花)” by 96neko
2. “Heikousen (平行線)” by Sayuri

Seventeen-year-old Mugi Awaya and Hanabi Yasuraoka appear to be the ideal, moral couple. But these two apparently perfect people in an apparently perfect relationship share a secret they can’t tell anyone. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes for someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness.

Mugi is in love with Akane Minagawa, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share physical intimacy driven by loneliness.

Masamune-kun no Revenge

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Masamune-kun’s Revenge (政宗くんのリベンジ Masamune-kun no Ribenji) is a rom-com manga series written by Hazuki Takeoka and illustrated by Tiv. The series was serialized since October 2012 and is ongoing. The anime television series adaptation by Silver Link will air in January 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. ?? by Ayaka Ohashi
2. ?? by ChouCho

As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particularly wealthy and beautiful girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation. Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki’s school, and is unrecognizable to her.

With the aid of the rich girl’s maid, Yoshino Koiwai, Masamune slowly begins to build his relationship with Aki, intending to break her heart when the time is right. However, as his friendship with Aki begins to grow, Masamune starts to question the objectives of his devious plans, and if bringing them to fruition is what his heart truly desires.

Onihei 鬼平

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Onihei Hankachō (鬼平犯科帳) is based on a novel by Shōtarō Ikenami which started in the December 1967 issue of the light novel magazine “All Yomimono (ja)” published by Bungei Shunjū. Onihei Hankachō developed into a series, and adaptations into TV programs, a film and theater followed. The anime adaption is scheduled to air in January 2017.

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The blade arts of the “Devil” tasked with stiking down evils threatening a peaceful Edo! Heizou Hasegawa, upholding the role of chief officer protecting against crime and arson! In 1783, the heart of the Tenmei era, Hasegawa held the office of chief director of the department charged with sustaining safety in the region, suppressing the most vile of thieves and criminals, an individual largely feared, renowned as Devil Heizou.

Sakurada Reset

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Sakurada Reset (サクラダリセット Sakurada Risetto) is a sci-fi light novel series written by Yutaka Kōno and illustrated by You Shiina. The series was published by Kadokawa Shoten between 2009 and 2012. The anime television series and a pair of live-action films are scheduled for the Spring 2017.

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Almost half the population of Sakurada, a small town near the Pacific Ocean, has some form of special power. These powers range from being able to enter the mind of a cat, to resetting the world back to a certain point in time in the past.

The story centers on two high school students. Kei Asai has the ability to perfectly remember anything he sees and hears, while Misora Haruki can turn back or “reset” time for a maximum of three days.

Both students are members of their school’s “Service Club,” which their town’s administration bureau “Kanrikyoku” uses to observe people with powers and protect the peace. By using their powers together (Kei can remember things even when time has been reset), they solve cases for the club. Kei learns of the “MacGuffin” stone, which looks like a worthless black stone, but in reality will turn out to be the stone upon which the existence of Sakurada will hinge on.

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.

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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.

Youjo Senki

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Yōjo Senki (幼女戦記, lit. “The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl”) is a Japanese light novel series written by Carlo Zen and illustrated by Shinobu Shinotsuki published since October 31, 2013. A manga adaptation with art by Chika Tōjō began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s Comp Ace magazine from April 26, 2016. The anime series adaptated by Studio NuT is scheduled to premiere on January 6, 2017.

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On the front lines of war, there’s a little girl. She has blond hair, blue eyes and porcelain white skin, and she commands the army with lisping voice. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. But in reality, she is one of Japan’s most elite salarymen, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being X who calls himself “God.” And this little girl, who prioritize over anything else efficiency and her own career, will become the most dangerous being amongst the sorcerers of the imperial army.

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho

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Zero kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho (ゼロから始める魔法の書 Starting the Magical Book from Zero) is a fantasy light novel series written by Kakeru Kobashiri and illustrated by Yoshinori Shizuma. The light novel won Grand Prize at the 20th annual Dengeki Novel Awards. The series was adapted to manga in 2014 and is illustrated by Takashi Iwasaki. The anime television series adaptation by White Fox is scheduled for April 2017.

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The “grimoire fantasy” series follows a witch named Zero who is ignorant of the world and a half-beast half-human mercenary who longs to be human. Witches who practice sorcery exist in the world, however, in this era no one knows how about the art and study of witchcraft. Zero is going on a journey to search for a magical tome called “The Book of Zero” that hides a power that can destroy the world. The mercenary travels with her as her guard.

91 Days

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.

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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.

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Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen

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Blue Exorcist (青の祓魔師: Ao no Ekusoshisuto) is a supernatural, action manga series written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The manga has been serialized in Jump SQ magazine by Shueisha since April 2009 and is ongoing. The series was adapted into an anime television series by A-1 Pictures in 2011 with 25 episodes and adapted into an anime film (Ao no Exorcist Gekijouban) in December 2012. The second season, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc, is scheduled for release in January 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Itteki no Eikyou (一滴の影響)” by UVERworld
2. “Kono Te de (コノ手デ)” by Rin Akatsuki

The story revolves around 15-year-old Rin Okumura, who, along with his younger fraternal twin brother Yukio, was raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, an Exorcist. Rin learns that he and Yukio are the sons of Satan after witnessing Shiro dying to protect him, Rin draws the demon-slaying sword Kurikara, which restrains his demonic powers. From then, Rin not only gains demonic features like fangs and a tail, but also the power to ignite into blue flames that destroy almost anything they touch.

Rin wishes to become an Exorcist, like Shiro, in order to defeat Satan. He enrolls at the prestigious True Cross Academy exorcist cram school, which is actually the Japanese branch of an international organization dedicated to protect the human realm, Assiah, from the demonic realm, Gehenna. Much to his surprise, he finds that Yukio (his younger fraternal twin brother), is already a Meister and, worse!, his teacher. Thus begins Rin’s journey to become an Exorcist, accompanied by his brother and his fellow students who quickly become his close friends.

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

Five new characters will be introduced in the second season.

Berserk 2 (2017)

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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 –

Boku no Hero Academia 2

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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.

Gintama (2017)

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 fourth season series returned on April 8, 2015 and ended at the end of March 2016 with a total of 51 episodes. The fifth season of the series is set for January 2017.

Opening & ending themes

1. “Kagerou (カゲロウ)” by ЯeaL
2. “SILVER” by RIZE

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.

Kyoukai no Rinne: Season 3

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. The third season is scheduled for Spring 2017.

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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.

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.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

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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. The second season is scheduled for January 2017.

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A convict heads to a famous rakugo performer upon release. 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 Yurakutei (VIII) aka Kikuhiko, 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 (Sukeroku II), and Yakumo took her in after her parent’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.

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 2017.

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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]

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.

Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation

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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 third season is scheduled for January 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:
1. “Cadence (ケイデンス)” by Takaaki Natsushiro (夏代孝明)
2. “Now or Never (ナウオアネバー)” by YouthK Saeki (佐伯ユウスケ)

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.

S3: With their seniors gone, where will the freshmen be?

Fall 2016 Leftovers

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.

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).

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.

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? –

Continuing

Naruto Shippuden (Season 21): Part II

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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 twenty-first season began airing from October 20, 2016 to present. While the first four episodes deal with the childhood of some of the main characters, the rest of season covers the events of Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise (サスケ真伝 来光篇 Sasuke Shinden Raikō-hen).

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The season has a few opening and ending themes.

1. “Empty Heart” by Anly, (eps 480 onwards)
2. “Departure Song” (旅立ちの唄 Tabidachi no Uta) by Ayumikurikamaki (eps 480 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

Winter 2017:

Kuroko no Basket: LAST GAME
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An American street basketball team called Jabberwock comes to Japan and plays a friendly match with a Japanese team, but after the Japanese team suffers a crushing defeat, the team members of Jabberwock start mocking Japanese basketball. Their comments enrage Riko’s father, and so he gathers a team made up of the five members of the Generation of Miracles plus Kuroko and Kagami, called Vorpal Swords, to have a revenge match against Jabberwock.

SWORD ART ONLINE Movie: Ordinal Scale
In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba. Called NerveGear, it was the first full-dive system and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…

Spring 2017:

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Seiseki team members encounter their Sakuragi High School rivals at a summer training camp, and a random incident leads to a beach soccer all-star game between the two teams.
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Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome
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The protagonist falls in love with “Otome,” his junior in a college club, and struggles daily to be noticed by her. However, “Kurokami no Otome” is naïve and unsophisticated and is completely indifferent to him. This comical love fantasy depicts funny and interesting daily happenings in the city of Kyoto.

 
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