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Feb 14, 2016 5:39 AM

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I will say Konosuba(It was not hyped at all before airing due having the DEEN studiio tag)

and I am seeing people called Erased a dark horse *sigh*

here see what it means https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_horse
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Feb 14, 2016 5:43 AM

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bubuki buranki
i didnt expect it to be a battle royale-ish anime, and i love that shit
 
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hai to gensou no grimgar. everything looking down on it because LN adaptation, slow paced, and generic theme.

i like it because one of those rare LN faithful adaptation that not totaly rushed and actualy give spotlight to character.
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Hai to Gensou no Grimgar.

Didn't expect it to be that thrilling but can also be relaxing at the same time, I like the pace....
 
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Feb 14, 2016 6:00 AM

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Pandora in the Crimson Shell. Don't really know why, my brain sort of shuts down if I think about it too hard.
 
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Ajin duh. Because something as trivial as WELL DONE cgi has no negative basis for me.
 
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Konosuba. It's the anime I look forward to seeing most every week. Pure Comedic Gold.
 
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a show i didn't expect to enjoy is dagashi kashi. it's not a "good" show overall but the trivia and skits are quite enjoyable and it gives amazing summer vibes. super relaxing to watch.

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Ajin duh. Because something as trivial as WELL DONE cgi has no negative basis for me.
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Konsuba, everyone expected it to be the 1115th generic light novel adaption of a guy being transported into a new world with beautiful girls with new ones added to his harem every episode.
 
Feb 14, 2016 6:27 AM

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Ajin is pretty great, got the highest rating from me between all the anime I am watching this season. I don't think the fact that its CGI is bad or deserve to be deemed bad because of it.
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I wasn't expecting Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu at all, and I don't think many people were. (Thanks, DEEN!) But I hope it'll be one of the more well-remembered series from this season, if not necessarily a true dark horse.
 
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I would say "Erased". Each episode feels like a small thriller movie. Really good and has perfect blend of psychological and darkness.
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Hai to Gensou no Grimgar.

Didn't expect it to be that thrilling but can also be relaxing at the same time, I like the pace....
I would say "Erased". Each episode feels like a small thriller movie. Really good and has perfect blend of psychological and darkness.

Ohh actually I dropped it after second episode. I had this feeling that it will take quite some time to get in full swing. So how's it's pace now?
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I would say "Erased". Each episode feels like a small thriller movie. Really good and has perfect blend of psychological and darkness.


Oh gosh no. That doesn't fit in the "dark horse" category.

For me it's konosuba. Thought generic but it has been pretty good so far.
 
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If you can call this a dark horse then probably Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju mainly because I didn't know anything about it.
 
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ansatsu kyoushitsu 2nd season, i guess
really I said dark horse.google it.


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Definitely Shouwa. It's a shame when what's arguably the best show of the season is being overlooked by so many people. Second place goes to Grimgar which I really can't understand the hate for, at least based on the three episodes I've watched.
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I have to agree with the OP and say Konosuba. I didn't know about it's existance until it was aired. Now is my 2nd favourite of the season.
 
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I wasn't expecting Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu at all, and I don't think many people were. (Thanks, DEEN!) But I hope it'll be one of the more well-remembered series from this season, if not necessarily a true dark horse.


If I'm not mistaken, it is the only non-sequel anime of the entire Winter 2016 season other than Boku Dake to have a score higher than 8/10 on MAL.

For me, KonoSuba and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo definitely take the Dark Horse title.

For Shouwa, well. It is character development and drama done perfectly. Each of the characters feels unique; the chemistry between Kiku and Sukeroku is brilliant, despite their jarring differences.

KoboSuba didn't impress me at all with the first episode. I thought it was incredibly average and nothing new. I figured it would be just another 5/10 anime that I wouldn't regret watching but could definitely have done better.
Little did I know it would turn out to be one of my favourites from the entire season.

At least KoboSuba is getting its deserved recognition though; Shouwa Genroku is painfully unpopular.
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I wouldn't say it's the #01 Dark Horse, but Sekkou Boys has been surprisingly entertaining, plus it's one of the only 3 shows I'm watching this season, (the others being ERASED and Koyomimonogatari) so I can't really give a valid opinion.
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ItsMaz said:
Fengwu said:
I wasn't expecting Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu at all, and I don't think many people were. (Thanks, DEEN!) But I hope it'll be one of the more well-remembered series from this season, if not necessarily a true dark horse.


If I'm not mistaken, it is the only non-sequel anime of the entire Winter 2016 season other than Boku Dake to have a score higher than 8/10 on MAL.

For me, KonoSuba and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo definitely take the Dark Horse title.

For Shouwa, well. It is character development and drama done perfectly. Each of the characters feels unique; the chemistry between Kiku and Sukeroku is brilliant, despite their jarring differences.

KoboSuba didn't impress me at all with the first episode. I thought it was incredibly average and nothing new. I figured it would be just another 5/10 anime that I wouldn't regret watching but could definitely have done better.
Little did I know it would turn out to be one of my favourites from the entire season.

At least KoboSuba is getting its deserved recognition though; Shouwa Genroku is painfully unpopular.
I was going to watch that series too. But the moment I saw the "Josei" tag , instantly dropped. I mean aren't Josei only meant for mature women ? Why should people watch something that's clearly not for them ?


This seasons Dark horse would be KonoSuba and Dagashi. I found them both surprisingly entertaining.
 
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For me also KonoSuba is an excellent anime that I didn't expect to be so entertaining
 
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I would say hai to gensou no grimgar.

I didn't know anything about it, neither expected anything but I'm really enjoying it.
 
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ItsMaz said:


If I'm not mistaken, it is the only non-sequel anime of the entire Winter 2016 season other than Boku Dake to have a score higher than 8/10 on MAL.

For me, KonoSuba and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo definitely take the Dark Horse title.

For Shouwa, well. It is character development and drama done perfectly. Each of the characters feels unique; the chemistry between Kiku and Sukeroku is brilliant, despite their jarring differences.

KoboSuba didn't impress me at all with the first episode. I thought it was incredibly average and nothing new. I figured it would be just another 5/10 anime that I wouldn't regret watching but could definitely have done better.
Little did I know it would turn out to be one of my favourites from the entire season.

At least KoboSuba is getting its deserved recognition though; Shouwa Genroku is painfully unpopular.
I was going to watch that series too. But the moment I saw the "Josei" tag , instantly dropped. I mean aren't Josei only meant for mature women ? Why should people watch something that's clearly not for them ?


This seasons Dark horse would be KonoSuba and Dagashi. I found them both surprisingly entertaining.


You're terribly mistaken. Demograpphic tags are very loose ones. Saying "this isn't for me" when you don't even know what it's about makes 0 sense, unless you dislike the genre an anime is based around - and as previously stated, Josei is a demographic, not a genre.

As far as Rakugo goes, I don't really know why it's apparently aimed at women in their 20s. It just appeals to a maturer audience in general (mentally mature, not age mature).

It really is worth checking out.
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ItsMaz said:


If I'm not mistaken, it is the only non-sequel anime of the entire Winter 2016 season other than Boku Dake to have a score higher than 8/10 on MAL.

For me, KonoSuba and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo definitely take the Dark Horse title.

For Shouwa, well. It is character development and drama done perfectly. Each of the characters feels unique; the chemistry between Kiku and Sukeroku is brilliant, despite their jarring differences.

KoboSuba didn't impress me at all with the first episode. I thought it was incredibly average and nothing new. I figured it would be just another 5/10 anime that I wouldn't regret watching but could definitely have done better.
Little did I know it would turn out to be one of my favourites from the entire season.

At least KoboSuba is getting its deserved recognition though; Shouwa Genroku is painfully unpopular.
I was going to watch that series too. But the moment I saw the "Josei" tag , instantly dropped. I mean aren't Josei only meant for mature women ? Why should people watch something that's clearly not for them ?


This seasons Dark horse would be KonoSuba and Dagashi. I found them both surprisingly entertaining.


What a dumb statement.This is why I can't trust MAL
 
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Definitely Konosuba and Nijiiro Days for me. Wasn't expecting to enjoy them as much as I am.
 
Feb 14, 2016 7:33 AM
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I'd say KonoSuba takes that award

On the surface it really didn't look like anything more than yet another typical MMO anime but how wrong we were

Funniest anime in quite some time

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If I'm not mistaken, it is the only non-sequel anime of the entire Winter 2016 season other than Boku Dake to have a score higher than 8/10 on MAL.

For me, KonoSuba and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo definitely take the Dark Horse title.

For Shouwa, well. It is character development and drama done perfectly. Each of the characters feels unique; the chemistry between Kiku and Sukeroku is brilliant, despite their jarring differences.

KoboSuba didn't impress me at all with the first episode. I thought it was incredibly average and nothing new. I figured it would be just another 5/10 anime that I wouldn't regret watching but could definitely have done better.
Little did I know it would turn out to be one of my favourites from the entire season.

At least KoboSuba is getting its deserved recognition though; Shouwa Genroku is painfully unpopular.
I was going to watch that series too. But the moment I saw the "Josei" tag , instantly dropped. I mean aren't Josei only meant for mature women ? Why should people watch something that's clearly not for them ?
Not sure if trolling or not but you're taking demographic tags waaaayyy too seriously if you truly believe that. You think it's weird or even remotely rare for women to like shounen shows? Of course it isn't. In the same way it's perfectly normal for males to enjoy and appreciate shoujo and josei anime

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Studio Deen has the dark horses of this season, so it seems.
 
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KonoSuba for now, because you know.... DEEN.

I plan to watch Shouwa and Grimga after it finishes airing. (heard positive things about them)
 
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I'd say KonoSuba takes that award

On the surface it really didn't look like anything more than yet another typical MMO anime but how wrong we were

Funniest anime in quite some time

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I was going to watch that series too. But the moment I saw the "Josei" tag , instantly dropped. I mean aren't Josei only meant for mature women ? Why should people watch something that's clearly not for them ?
Not sure if trolling or not but you're taking demographic tags waaaayyy too seriously if you truly believe that. You think it's weird or even remotely rare for women to like shounen shows? Of course it isn't. In the same way it's perfectly normal for males to enjoy and appreciate shoujo and josei anime
Nope. Nothing wrong with girls watching Shounen but I rarely see them watching Harem series or the like meant only for boys. I know not to take demographics seriously but I just heard that Josei series might not be enjoyable for boys to watch.
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The josei series that become anime are often noted (and criticized) for their tendency to feature homoerotic themes, often because of a large misinterpretation of the demographic origin. It has come to a point where it is sometimes mistaken for shōnen when adapted to an anime.
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Z-Dante said:
HaXXspetten said:
I'd say KonoSuba takes that award

On the surface it really didn't look like anything more than yet another typical MMO anime but how wrong we were

Funniest anime in quite some time

Not sure if trolling or not but you're taking demographic tags waaaayyy too seriously if you truly believe that. You think it's weird or even remotely rare for women to like shounen shows? Of course it isn't. In the same way it's perfectly normal for males to enjoy and appreciate shoujo and josei anime
Nope. Nothing wrong with girls watching Shounen but I rarely see them watching Harem series or the like meant only for boys. I know not to take demographics seriously but I just heard that Josei series might not be enjoyable for boys to watch.
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The josei series that become anime are often noted (and criticized) for their tendency to feature homoerotic themes, often because of a large misinterpretation of the demographic origin. It has come to a point where it is sometimes mistaken for shōnen when adapted to an anime.
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Well I don't know where they pulled that information from but that sounds like total bullshit to me. Being josei makes it yaoi? What? That doesn't even make sense

Hell even Chihayafuru is labeled as josei and that's effectively a series about a traditional card game. Not exactly what I'd call 'homoerotic'

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If I'm not mistaken, it is the only non-sequel anime of the entire Winter 2016 season other than Boku Dake to have a score higher than 8/10 on MAL.

For me, KonoSuba and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo definitely take the Dark Horse title.

For Shouwa, well. It is character development and drama done perfectly. Each of the characters feels unique; the chemistry between Kiku and Sukeroku is brilliant, despite their jarring differences.

KoboSuba didn't impress me at all with the first episode. I thought it was incredibly average and nothing new. I figured it would be just another 5/10 anime that I wouldn't regret watching but could definitely have done better.
Little did I know it would turn out to be one of my favourites from the entire season.

At least KoboSuba is getting its deserved recognition though; Shouwa Genroku is painfully unpopular.
I was going to watch that series too. But the moment I saw the "Josei" tag , instantly dropped. I mean aren't Josei only meant for mature women ? Why should people watch something that's clearly not for them ?


This seasons Dark horse would be KonoSuba and Dagashi. I found them both surprisingly entertaining.

Shounen are only meant for young boys. 100% sure that everyone who has seen shounen is not a young boy.

As for my dark horse, I expected Grimgar to be a shitty light novel adaptation but it decieded not to be. I expected Ajin to be CGI Tokyo Ghoul but it was actually good.
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Has to be Grimgar. It's like a more serious Log Horizon with better enviroment
I'm surprised how low the raiting for it is on MAL. :(
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Is Durarara X2 Ketsu considered Dark Horse?

It's my favorite this season, Mikado unexpected character development picked my interest just like Izaya.
 
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KonoSuba for me.
Didn't expect it to be this funny lol
& it was made by y'know Deen, so wow.
 
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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is definitely the dark horse for me I never heard of it from anyone online or my friends but holy the show is really good so far

KonoSUBA didn't impress me that much because I felt the humor is kind of repetitive but I would understand the appeal since its a parody of MMORPG-Shows and we've seen plenty by now



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At least KoboSuba is getting its deserved recognition though; Shouwa Genroku is painfully unpopular.
I was going to watch that series too. But the moment I saw the "Josei" tag , instantly dropped. I mean aren't Josei only meant for mature women ? Why should people watch something that's clearly not for them ?
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO , Trust me I did have cold feet since its Josei as well but the show doesn't have anyyy yaoi elements whatsoever and josei doesn't automatically equal = yaoi , give a shot but I would advice after the show is done if youre not a guy that likes slow pace and more drama-esque shows
 
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KonoSuba for sure I mean just look at these crap:
http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1387119&show=0

see how like 2/3 of the people in that thread just judged this anime based on its cover without waiting for its premiere, glad this series just prove them wrong and at this moment living to the hype with the good LN sales.
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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, I wasn't expecting it to be this good tbh.

Also, I've seen that a lot of people said KonoSuba but I haven't watched it for myself.

Quite a surprise right there. If a few months ago someone would say to me that DEEN is going to be airing two good shows at the same time, I would not belive it...
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A lot of anime in this season has very slow pacing, like Grimgar started for real at ep. 4. But Earsed was was building tension from very first episode and each one ends with cliffhanger.
 
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Depends what the race is to be honest, in terms of overall quality it would have to be Ajin it could still surprise me at some point in the future and surpass Shouwa (highly doubt it though) if it's just for highest rated / popularity would then have to be shouwa depending on how much Erased drops / shouwa rises at the end of the season. (again highly doubt it though). In terms of individual elements I would still have to put a bit of thought into it though. However I could be very lazy and just say there are no dark horses this season because the white horse shot them all in the ass and turned them into glue before the race even began.
 
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100% Kono Suba.....................

AOTS for sure.
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This anime was something I added to my list expecting it to be great and it was, though most people are still giving it the pass I think. I think it'll pull a DanMachi though and gain huge momentum when it ends and everyone who watched it gives it an 8 or higher. Same thing happened with Rakudai last season.
 
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I personally like Dimension W, but idk why almost no one mentions it, it's a cool show tbh.
 
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Hai to Gensou no Grimgar - but with its slow pacing (not a bad thing) it would have benefited with 24 episodes. I believe this is scheduled to get 12 episodes.

 
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Hai to Gensou no Grimgard. At first I wasn't too impressed and saw it as something "pretty to watch". The last few episodes have proved me wrong, and I think this series is the dark horse for me in this season.
 
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Is Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm considered well-known? Cause I certainly did not expect that show to be this good. Stunning visuals and cool characters.

Is Prince of Stride considered well-known as well?
 
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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Really fun characters and a main character who isn't an one dimensional twat.
 
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KonoSuba, its hilarious and it doesnt take itself serious one bit and plus, in the realm of cynical characters that make snarky comments, Kazuma only loses to Kyon
 
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+1 for Konosuba

A lot of people will dismiss it cuz' Deen.

Even though it has a lot of Deen "Quality",the source material is funny and good.
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Probably would say Subarashii has been the surprise of the season for me. It is actually pretty funny at times and i enjoy the cynicism displayed in the MC.
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A lot of anime in this season has very slow pacing, like Grimgar started for real at ep. 4. But Earsed was was building tension from very first episode and each one ends with cliffhanger.
 
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