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Winter 2016 Preview

by Snow
Dec 17, 2015 5:21 PM | 103 Comments
In this thread, you'll find a comprehensive list of Winter 2016 titles with an accompanying promotional video (PV), TV ad (CM), or trailer. This post will be updated to include a PV, CM, or trailer for titles that are missing one, leading up to the start of the season. Titles that already have a video embedded will instead have their newly released videos added to the video tab in the respective entries. For convenience, the video tab can be accessed via the additional videos link next to the embedded video. If a title is missing a video, feel free to post it in this thread.

• Series are sorted by airing date of the first episode. Kids' series are not listed.
• One video of each anime has been selected and embedded under the accompany spoiler for an easy overview (except if the sources are not from YouTube).

January 5

January 7
Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari
Original | Production IMS | Mecha, Police, Sci-Fi
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Haruchika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru
Novel | P.A. Works | Mystery, Romance, School, Slice of Life
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Musaigen no Phantom World
Light Novel | Kyoto Animation | Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Norn9: Norn+Nonet
Light Novel | Kinema Citrus | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu
Visual Novel | Project No.9 | School
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Sushi Police
Original | KOO-KI | Comedy, Police
Trailer | Additional Videos


January 8
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV) 2nd Season
Sequel | Lerche | Action, Comedy, School, Shounen
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Manga | A-1 Pictures | Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural
Commercial | Additional Videos


Dagashi Kashi
Manga | Feel | Comedy, Shounen
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Divine Gate
Game | Studio Pierrot | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Koukaku no Pandora
Game | Studio Gokumi | Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi
Commercial | Additional Videos


Ojisan to Marshmallow
Manga | Creators in Pack | Comedy, Slice of Life | 5 min.




Oshiete! Galko-chan
Manga | Feel | Comedy, School, Slice of Life
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation
Game | Telecom Animation Film | Sci-Fi
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Sekkou Boys
Original | LIDENFILMS | Comedy, Music
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


January 9
Bubuki Buranki
Original | SANZIGEN | ?
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Durarara!!x2 Ketsu
Sequel | Studio Shuka | Action, Mystery, Supernatural
Commercial | Additional Videos


Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season
Sequel | A-1 Pictures | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Military
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Luck & Logic
Original | Doga Kobo | Action, Fantasy
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage
Novel | Studio Deen | Comedy, Fantasy, Magic
Promotional Video | Additional Videos



January 10
Dimension W
Manga | Studio 3Hz | Sci-Fi, Seinen
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Nijiiro Days
Manga | Production Reed | Comedy, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R
Original | Tatsunoko Production | Comedy, Magic, Parody
Commercial | Additional Videos


Ooyasan wa Shishunki!
Manga | Seven Arcs | Comedy, Slice of Life




January 11
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
Light Novel | A-1 Pictures | Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
Light Novel | Lerche | Action, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School, Supernatural
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Schwarzesmarken
Light Novel | ixtl, LIDENFILMS | Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Teekyuu 7
Sequel | Millepensee | Comedy, Shounen, Sports | 2 min.




Yami Shibai 3rd Season
Sequel | ILCA | Dementia, Horror, Supernatural | 4 min.
Commercial | Additional Videos


January 12
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season
Sequel | Bones | Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Visual Novel | Gonzo | Drama, Romance, School, Sci-Fi
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Ketsuekigata-kun! 4
Sequel | Feel | Comedy




Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara.
Manga | Pine Jam | Comedy, Magic
Commercial | Additional Videos


January 14
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Light Novel | Studio Deen | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


January 16
Ajin
Manga | Polygon Pictures | Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Manga | Studio Deen | Drama, Josei
Promotional Video | Additional Videos


February 5
Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu.
Original | CoMix Wave Films | Fantasy, Magic, Shounen Ai
Promotional Video | Additional Videos

20 of 103 Comments Recent Comments

I'm targeting a few this season, particular Bubuki Buranki and Dimension W, my gut tells me those two have potential :)

Jan 14, 2016 4:28 AM by ShanaFlame

*looks at simulcasters and sighs* I guess I won't be watching anything new, since nothing has Drrr license for Finland. There were a few other shows I might have checked out but same deal with the region blocks.

Jan 12, 2016 12:11 PM by Shinimiras

Dagashi Kashi is like the only one i'm looking forward to, except durarara :)

Jan 5, 2016 6:35 PM by Swepiz

Will be watching:

Active Raid
Aijin
Akagami no Shirayuki S2
AssClass S2
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi
Bubuki Buranki
Dagashi Kashi
Dimension W
Divine Gate
Gate S2
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
HaruChika
Kono Subarashii
Koukaku no Pandora
Luck & Logic
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara
Musaigen no Phantom World
Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R
Oshiete! Gyaruko-chan
Phantasy Star Online 2
Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage
Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
Schwarzesmarken
Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu

Lotta people already shitting on Saijaku Bahamut, but it's being done by Lerche, who has been on fire with accurate adaptations lately, so I have faith in them.

Fai said:

Will Watch:
- Durarara!!x2 Ketsu.
- Dimension W - second best op in the season it seems. Unique setting. Great designs. Seinen. What's not to like?
- Ajin - The setting and the cgi seems promising enough.
- Sushi Police - its always nice to see self-aware political satire. Its nice to see that the silly bullshit the politicians said about overseas sushi restaurants has long since become a meme. Dig the stylized design and the music in the pv.
- Boku dake ga Inai Machi - always dig a good mystery show(as long as it is good and not...well...Perfect Insider). The PV looks good and devoid of usual anime tropes too.
- Divine Gate - badass op song, top notch character designs. Unless the studio manages to turn this into a horrible trash,this should be watchable.
- Sekkou Boys - ALL OF MY YES to this.
- Bubuki Buranki- even if story ends up a mess, worth solely for top notch cgi animation already.
- Schwarzesmarken - Hopefully this leads to eventual adaptation of Muv Luv and Muv Luv Alternative.
- Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Will Try:
- Macross Δ - pls don't suck, pls don't suck. Macross usually is good but the character designs so far do not inspire confidence.
- Luck & Logic - It all depends on how generic this will get and whether action will be good.

No hopes:
- Active Raid: well out of all pvs this was amongst one of most generic. The op sounds awful, the highschooler filled cast looks horrible, the art style is generic. Might try but I don't expect anything from this.
- Norn9 : obligatory "bunch of masculine jackasses abuse a bland submissive female mc for whole series" show. also known As otome game adaptation. Unless they start singing(like with Dance with Devils), don't see any reason to watch this.
- Hai to Gensou no Grimgar: Ughhhh. Will try and see I guess. PVs look trashy as all hell tho :/



Trash:
Musaigen no Phantom World - holy chuuni gods. What will it take for kyoani to go finally defunct instead of spewing out this crap? IF the studio, the setting and horrible character designs was not cringe enough, the synopsis filled with the most outlandish chuuni "terminology" makes it clear at how trashy this will be.
Dagashi Kashi - character designs that can cause nightmares.
Koukaku no Pandora - obligatory "we cater to neets with moe" show.
Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut - obligatory generic ln adaptation, with very cancerous genre tags. And the boob grab. Obligatory LN adaptation boob grab. Pass.
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. - Why is this a thing? Oh right. Neets.


>says grimgar PVs look trashy...praises Aijin eye-cancer CGI. Wot?
>saying something about Dagashi character designs...not sure if you're autistic or not...since the character designs almost completely match the manga, and their wacky looks and facial expressions are one of the manga's funniest features.
>shitting on Musaigen character designs...I hate KyoAni probably more than most people, but even I admit that their visuals are always stellar even if the show is trash. Sounds more like you hating for the sake of hating.

Well considering how you have DRRRR, Aijin, and Sekkou Boys on your watch list, I'm not sure if you even know what good visuals and character design look like.

Jan 4, 2016 4:18 PM by Jonesy974

Schwarzesmarken! Muv-Luv hype!

Jan 4, 2016 1:49 AM by Quantization

2016 another year of no Index 3 and more Gate.

Gate is a good series and I can't wait for the second season. I'm also curious about the Rewrite anime and I do wish there was more Hajime No Ippo. I like that boxing anime.

Jan 4, 2016 1:43 AM by LoremasterEolas

Winter season is really packed, i plan on watching around 5-6 shows:

Musaigen no Phantom World
Haruchika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru
Dagashi Kashi
Niji-iro Days
Ajin
Oshiete! Galko-chan

and maybe AssClass~

Jan 3, 2016 11:31 PM by Tanya_Bun

Counted something like 10-15 shows that I'll watch week1, but more than half of them look like drop material. Can't we get a decent season for once? 2015 was bad enough, hopefully the trend doesnt continue in 2016.

Jan 3, 2016 1:42 PM by Sourire

I can't say I'm too excited for this season, but there are a few series I'm interested in checking out.

Active Raid (Alright Gorou, let me see what you've got next.)
Dimension W. (Seems interesting, plus Funimation is involved. Sadly, the manga is ongoing so this anime series will most likely be incomplete, which doesn't give me high hopes.)
Durarara Ketsu (I don't when the magic was lost, but at this point I'm just watching DRRR for the sake of completion.)
Erased (The opening rocks, sadly I fear that might be the best part of the series. It's Noitamina so I'll watch it regardless.)

Leftovers:
Ace of Diamond
Gundam IBO

Possibility:
Ajin (The CGI is a turn off, but the premise sounds interesting.)

Jan 3, 2016 1:38 PM by prtorpedo

Hmmm.... Aside from sequels that I'll watch when they finish (GATE, Durarara), guess I'll just try watching the 1st episode of each one I'm interested in and then decide what to 'watch' and what to 'drop'.

Watching Gundam Tekketsu no Orphans is enough though.

Jan 3, 2016 11:28 AM by dolly94

Fai said:
eromangasensei said:
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while I agree, MH is still good &amp; a top name of the industry. Imagine if MH had suffered the same fate as Gonzo, gainax, manglobe or current deen.<br />
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Death parade had it&#039;s flaws, but it&#039;s a sign that the old madhouse everyone loved it for isnt dead. They&#039;ve changed to survive.
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Death Parade is overrated edgy garbage. <br />
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Its a proof that Billards worked better as a short work and there was not much in it to extend into full show. The only decent part of it was the OP and even that was not the best of the year.


hey I did say Death parade had it's flaws. Plus you know that's not the important point I made.

Jan 2, 2016 10:33 PM by JetNoir

eromangasensei said:
Fai said:
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Madhouse before Mappa =/= Madhouse now.


while I agree, MH is still good & a top name of the industry. Imagine if MH had suffered the same fate as Gonzo, gainax, manglobe or current deen.

Death parade had it's flaws, but it's a sign that the old madhouse everyone loved it for isnt dead. They've changed to survive.


Death Parade is overrated edgy garbage.

Its a proof that Billards worked better as a short work and there was not much in it to extend into full show. The only decent part of it was the OP and even that was not the best of the year.

Jan 2, 2016 1:25 PM by Fai

eromangasensei said:
Fai said:
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Madhouse before Mappa =/= Madhouse now.


while I agree, MH is still good & a top name of the industry. Imagine if MH had suffered the same fate as Gonzo, gainax, manglobe or current deen.

Death parade had it's flaws, but it's a sign that the old madhouse everyone loved it for isnt dead. They've changed to survive.
#INB4DEATHPARADEISGARBAGE

Jan 2, 2016 10:25 AM by DatRandomDude

Fai said:
eromangasensei said:
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hilarious statement considering MadHouse was one of the studios that started the ln-adaptation trend in the industry with boogiepop phantom in 2000. Not to say that the only ln-adaptation they did last year was overlord.
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Madhouse before Mappa =/= Madhouse now.


while I agree, MH is still good & a top name of the industry. Imagine if MH had suffered the same fate as Gonzo, gainax, manglobe or current deen.

Death parade had it's flaws, but it's a sign that the old madhouse everyone loved it for isnt dead. They've changed to survive.

Jan 2, 2016 10:09 AM by JetNoir

eromangasensei said:

hilarious statement considering MadHouse was one of the studios that started the ln-adaptation trend in the industry with boogiepop phantom in 2000. Not to say that the only ln-adaptation they did last year was overlord.


Madhouse before Mappa =/= Madhouse now.

Jan 2, 2016 8:52 AM by Fai

tribopower said:
it doesnt look a bad season at all , but the only studio that didnt fail me was MadHouse , people underate so much this studio , the others where kind of meh ,

MadHouse is actually one of the two most really popular studios from japan (other being ghibli). If anything their name attracts a large amount of attention

fai said:
Madhouse is one out of two studios(the other being ufotable) that westerners eat up no matter what - even if they were to shit on a plate, most people still would assume it will be &quot;hyyype&quot;. <br />
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That is of course because most people don&#039;t take into account that Madhouse is creatively bankrupt ln-adaptation factory since all the relevant people from it went on to form Studio Mappa


hilarious statement considering MadHouse was one of the studios that started the ln-adaptation trend in the industry with boogiepop phantom in 2000. Not to say that the only ln-adaptation they did last year was overlord.

Jan 2, 2016 5:26 AM by JetNoir

tribopower said:
it doesnt look a bad season at all , but the only studio that didnt fail me was MadHouse , people underate so much this studio

>Madhouse underrated

Jan 2, 2016 2:50 AM by Z4k

tribopower said:
it doesnt look a bad season at all , but the only studio that didnt fail me was MadHouse , people underate so much this studio , the others where kind of meh ,

LOLWUT

Madhouse is one out of two studios(the other being ufotable) that westerners eat up no matter what - even if they were to shit on a plate, most people still would assume it will be "hyyype".


That is of course because most people don't take into account that Madhouse is creatively bankrupt ln-adaptation factory since all the relevant people from it went on to form Studio Mappa

Jan 2, 2016 2:36 AM by Fai

tribopower said:
it doesnt look a bad season at all , but the only studio that didnt fail me was MadHouse , people underate so much this studio


bruh, thats like the most hyped up studio in pretty much every western countries. The hell are you smoking ?
(inb4 someone coming to say that madhouse is overrated)

Jan 1, 2016 11:16 PM by DatRandomDude

it doesnt look a bad season at all , but the only studio that didnt fail me was MadHouse , people underate so much this studio , the others where kind of meh ,
gonna watch all the sequels (durarara and AssClass HYPE) and keep watching the leftovers (Gundam and Haikyuu) , probably will give it a try to everthying else but i can already see that i am droping half of this season.

Jan 1, 2016 10:35 PM by tribopower