We have only a few hours left before FALL 2016 begins. More than 60 anime are going to be broadcast this season, and Manga.Tokyo is determined to bring you all the latest news and info from the most reliable Japanese sources and from the production companies.
For our episodic reviews though we decided to focus on our favorites. Maybe we left out some of the most famous titles, but we did it out of love. We don’t impose the titles onto our writers, but instead we let them choose the anime they are most passionate about, so they can write about what they love and you can read something more than a review.
This is the list of the anime we are going to review this season.
The success of Shirobakohas spawned a number of industry-related anime with the latest being the overly cute but generally mediocre New Game!
Girlish Number will explore the life of Karasuma Chitose, a college student who aspires to be an idol voice actress. The seiyuu business is huge in Japan and many fans and actors are looking for a chance to break into the industry. It will be interesting to see how the series will depict the women in the voice-acting business.
This anime is going to be about dictionaries and editors. If you have a knack of words, then this is the first series you should put on your list.
There is a new dictionary on the works called Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage). Kouhei Araki, a veteran editor who is about to retire, recruits one of the young talents of the editing world, Mitsuya Majime, to succeed him and finish his life’s work. Mitsuya who lacks any serious social skills finds himself working with another man named Masashi Nishioka, who is able to express himself better.
The second industry-related anime we are going to cover this season, is not so much about the industry itself but the fans. Honda Tamaki is a first-year high school girl who joins a somewhat peculiar group of people that makes doujin (self-published) games.
Shuumatsu no Izetta is an alternate history anime that takes place in a WWII world where magic exists.
The anime is set in the wake of Germania’s 1939 invasion of its European neighbors. Izetta is the last of a clan of witches that is hiding across Europe, and Fine is the heir to the throne of a small Alpine state called Altstadt, Germania’s next target.
DAYS is a leftover from the last season. Japan’s high-school championships are very popular (much like collegiate basketball in the US). In an already impressive list of sports anime, DAYS is covering the football slot. Tsukamoto Tsukushi is your regular nice guy who isn’t so good at playing the game but has the necessary perseverance to advance his skills. Kazama JIn on the other hand is a football genius who just needs to find a way to express his talent.
If you want just one reason to be excited about Occultin;Nine, know that it’s original medium is a Japanese light novel series written by Chiyomaru Shikura, the creator of Steins;Gate.
The story is better described as paranormal science. Nine not so normal individuals are linked through a blog run by Gamon Yuuta, a 17-year-old student. The series wants to play with what we consider ‘common sense.’
Haikyuu is one of those feel-good anime that happen to have a sports theme to go along with all the struggle to become a better athlete. Shouyou Hinata loves volleyball since the day he saw a national championship match on television. Even though he’s a little short to be a volleyball player, he is so determined that he creates a volleyball club and starts practicing all by himself.
The series has everything you expect of a sports anime: great action, a little drama, and the necessary comedic bits that we tend to associate with shounen anime. If you are a fan of the genre, then by all means put Hyakuu on your list.
What do you get if you combine magical girls and a survival game? Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku of course!
Based on the popular light novel by Asari Endou and illustrated by Maruino, the Magical Girl Raising Project is about a popular social game that has the ability to grand a lucky girl (1 in 10,000) the chance to become a magical girl for real. The cap right now is at sixteen magical girls, a number that the administration of the game wants to cut in half. And how do you cut in half the Magical Girl population? You have them fight in a survival game!
Lostorage, a portmanteau of the words ‘lost’ and ‘storage’, is the continuation of the WIXOSS franchise.
The premise is quite interesting: WIXOSS is a very popular game. A chosen few WIXOSS players, known as Selectors, have special cards called LRIGs and wager their memories in Selector battles in the form of coins. Those who lose have those memories erased, while the winners can alter those lost memories.
Robek: In Summer 2016, Robek reviewedPlanetarianand DAYS. He is a self-proclaimed eccentric that loves to explore every corner (pun intended) of the series he is watching. This season he will continue to cover DAYS.
Asie: Last season, Asie reviewed Orangeand Arslan Senki. If you like a touch of emotion to the reviews you are reading, then Asie is your girl. You will feel like you are fangirling with your best friend. This season she is going for some more serious reads in reviewing Occultic; Nine.
K.B.:Last season. K.B. was in charge of Taboo Tattoo. K.B. has a talent for explaining large fight sequences, and it will serve her well in reviewing Lostorage incited WIXOSS this season.
Every season has its own ups and downs, and the same is certainly going to be true for this as well. Nevertheless, we are very excited to review these titles and we hope to see you all in the comments section. You can check all our reviews in our Fall 2016 category.
We also have a new column where we will help you get your head around some of the Japanese words and phrases that you encounter in your favorite series: Lost in Honyaku. Check it out!