The 20 Most Anticipated Anime of Fall 2016 


Ahh… The leaves begin to fall. The air gets brisk. Apples get picked. It’s autumn. And the new season of anime is right around the corner. Each season, 10,000 Japanese fans vote on their most anticipated new anime for the upcoming season on Charapedia. The count is in. These are the 20 most anticipated anime of Fall 2016. These may not turn out to be the best of the new season, but it’s simply what fans in Japan are most excited for.

We break down all the new trailers for the upcoming anime season on The Geekritique Show! Take a look:

20. Nanbaka

A super exciting action comedy starring the inmates and guards of the world’s most formidable prison.

19. Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World)

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. Upon confronting the boy, Souta soon learns his secret and decides to quit his job in order to take care of the boy, Poko. The daily adventures of the two slowly enfold as Poco energetically navigates his way through Kagawa, the “Udon Kingdom,” along with Souta.

18. Teekyuu!! 8

Eighth season of the Teekyuu anime series.

17. Gi(a)rlish Number

The series follows Chitose Karasuma, a university student who aims to become a voice actress (seiyuu). The stage event listing further indicates that it focuses on the profession of idol seiyuu.

16. Magic of Stella

Tamaki Honda, a new high school student joins a doujin game development circle.

15. Gakuen Handsome

The school love story is set at Baramon High School, a private boys’ school for the prefecture’s most elite. The protagonist is a seventeen year old boy who transfers into the school and meets various major players on campus, such as the outlaw teacher, the soccer captain, and a childhood friend whom the protagonist has not seen for seven years. The school presents opportunities for friendship, love and conflict, and changes are now bound to happen in the main character’s life.

14. Kiss Him, Not Me

Kae Serinuma is a second year high schooler and an avid fujoshi who secretly ships her classmates, Igarashi-kun and Nanashima-kun. The death of her favorite anime character causes her to become stressed—and loses weight rapidly. Now that Serinuma has become an attractive girl to her classmates, her snarky kouhai Shinomiya-kun, and her senpai Mutsumi, how is she going to deal with them …with her constant BL-filled, fujoshi mind?!

13. SHOW BY ROCK!! 2

Metropolis of music, MIDICITY. A kitty girl wearing gothic lolita clothing named Cyan is scouted by Maple Arisugawa, the president of a music agency. From there, she meets Chuchu (a pun off of the sound that rabbits make) the honor student rabbit girl, a net geek dog girl named Retoree (from “Retriever”), and an alien sheep (?) girl named Moa. Together, they form the band named “Plasmagica,” and aim for the top of the world. However, the path there is long and tough, and keeping in high spirits is important. By battling against other strange bands, Plasmagica slowly grows toward a top-grade band. In the end, they’ll be a band that becomes the driving force of MIDICITY’s music industry… Maybe?

12. Drifters

Shimazu Toyohisa, whilst involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field broken 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 like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as “Drifters.”

11. Magical Girl Raising Project

The highly popular social network game “Magical Girl Raising Project” is a miraculous game that produces real Magical Girls with a chance of 1 in 10000 for each person. Girls who are lucky enough to gain the power of magic spend fulfilling days. But one day, the administration arbitrarily announces that “There are too many magical girls so they will be halved.” The curtain will now be raised on the relentless and merciless survival game between 16 magical girls.

10. The Great Passage

The publication of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage progresses. Mitsuya Majime, originally from publisher Genbu Shobo’s sales department, has been recruited by Kouhei Araki, a veteran editor of the dictionary department who is looking to retire soon. The dictionary department is known internally as the “money-eating insect,” but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor. Mitsuya, who has poor social skills, finds himself working with another man named Masashi Nishioka, who is able to express himself better.

9. Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

The year is 2205. The “historical revisionists” have begun attacks on the past in their plot to change history. The Saniwa, who have been charged with protecting history, can imbue life into objects. Strongest among these are the Touken Danshi. The story centers around their cheerful lives.

8. Ajin: Demi-human 2

Second season of Ajin.

7. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans 2

Second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

6. March Comes in Like a Lion

Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old boy who recently started living alone, financed by his salary as a professional Shogi player. Despite his independence, however, he’s yet to mature emotionally, and his problems continue to haunt him in his daily life. His relationship with his adoptive family is strained, and he has difficulties interacting with his fellow high school students. Meanwhile, his professional career has entered a slump. Burdened with the heavy expectations placed on him as the fifth to become pro in middle school, his wins and losses are fluctuating as his record and progression into the ranks begin to stagnate. Acquainted with Rei are the three Kawamoto sisters: Akari, Hinata, and Momo. Unlike Rei, they live happily in their modest home, which they warmly welcome Rei into as if he were one of their own. Despite his reservations about becoming too close to the family, he frequently visits, interacting with them and receiving the kind of care and affection he never quite had while under his foster home. This is the story of Rei’s triumphs and failures, relationships new and old, and his growth as a person.

5. Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Legend Star

Fourth season of Uta no☆Prince-sama♪.

4. Bungou Stray Dogs 2

Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage, and now he has no place to go and no food. While he is standing by a river, on the brink of starvation, he rescues a man whimsically 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!

3. Sound! Euphonium 2

Second season of Sound! Euphonium.

2. Natsume’s Book of Friends 5

Season 5 of Natsume Yuujinchou.

1. Haikyuu!! Karasuno VS Shiratorizawa

The third season of Haikyuu!!

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