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noitaminA Announces 2016-17 Lineup

by Stark700
Mar 17, 2016 7:35 AM | 90 Comments
Fuji Television's late night anime programming block noitaminA revealed its series lineup through Spring 2017 today in an announcement program that was streamed on Niconico Live. The announcement program also included additional information on the upcoming Spring 2016 series Koutetsujou no Kabaneri.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Spring 2016)

Singer Aimer and EGOIST vocalist chelly will perform the series ending theme song "ninelie." The original series by Wit Studio will begin airing on April 8.

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Battery (Summer 2016)

An anime adaptation of Battery, a six-volume baseball novel series written by Atsuko Asano, will begin airing in July 2016. Battery was previously adapted into a live-action film in 2007 and a television drama series in 2008. A manga adaptation drawn by Chikage Yuniwa was serialized in Monthly Asuka and has been compiled into eight volumes.

Synopsis
A one-year story of Takumi Harada, a pitcher with extreme skill and overconfidence, and Gou Nagakura, the catcher who is paired with Takumi.

Cast
Takumi Harada: Kouki Uchiyama
Gou Nagakura: Tasuku Hatanaka

Staff
Director, Script: Tomomi Mochizuki (Saraiya Goyou)
Original Character Design: Takako Shimura (Hourou Musuko)
Character Design, Chief Animation Director: Hideoki Kusama (Haikyuu!!)
Music: Akira Senju (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Studio: Zero-G

Twitter: @battery_anime
Official site: http://www.battery-anime.com/

Teaser PV



Fune wo Amu (Fall 2016)

An anime adaptation of the 2011 novel Fune wo Amu by Shion Miura will begin airing in October 2016. It was previously adapted into a live-action film in 2013, which won the Picture of the Year award in the 37th Japan Academy Prize. That film was submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film by Japan under the title The Great Passage.

Catchphrase: "Dictionary is a ship that sails across a sea of words."

Synopsis
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.

Staff
Original Character Design: Haruko Kumota (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu)

Twitter: @funewoamu_anime
Official site: http://www.funewoamu.com/

Announcement PV



Kuzu no Honkai (Winter 2017)

An anime adaptation of the romance drama manga Kuzu no Honkai by Mengo Yokoyari will begin airing in January 2017. Kuzu no Honkai began serialization in Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine in 2012. The series has been compiled into five manga volumes, with a sixth scheduled to go on sale on March 25. Crunchyroll Manga is also publishing the series under the English title Scum's Wish.

Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Mugi Awaya and Hanabi Yasuraoka appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don't know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on 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. Will things stay like this for them forever? (Source: MangaHelpers)

Twitter: @kuzunohonkai_tv
Official site: http://www.kuzunohonkai.com/

Announcement



Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭ (Spring 2017)


Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭ (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat), the second anime adaptation of the romance comedy-drama light novels by Fumiaki Maruto, will begin airing in April 2017. Animation studio A-1 Pictures will continue to produce the adaptation with the main staff of the first season returning.

Official site: http://www.saenai.tv/

Source: Official Twitter

20 of 90 Comments Recent Comments

Scum's Wish?!

I'M SOLD'!!!!!!

Nov 11, 2016 11:31 AM by ThatGirlOtaku

always big fan of most of the noitaminA anime, they rarely disappoint me. While I am at it, fck Funimation, don't ask why...

Jun 28, 2016 3:41 PM by RavenxChaser

Im always in for teacher or huge age gap romance!

Jun 21, 2016 11:03 PM by Machination

Fvck-
Kuzu no Honkai as an anime?! Woah!
Its gonna fuck people up tbh

Jun 21, 2016 7:04 PM by Ridleys

Super exicted for Kuzu no Honkai! Saenai is gonna be good, too!

I wonder if Fune wo Amu is yaoi.

Apr 26, 2016 12:55 PM by TragicRomance

I wasn't initially going to check out that AOT knockoff... but then I saw this GIF: https://45.media.tumblr.com/7384234d69518144f948ef11827c3832/tumblr_o5iqrwmx3f1sfcmugo4_1280.gif

There seems to be more going on here underneath the surface level story...
Yeah, I guess I'll watch it.

Battery looks like a slice of life that I'd actually enjoy, too... So i'll check that out as well.

I'll pass on the BL and the other one, though.

Apr 14, 2016 5:50 AM by vigorousjammer

For an anime showcase who is so highly renowned, why is the single original animation project in a year presented as an "ersatz" of the less interesting part of a manga (Shingeki no Kyôjin) ?
At least, they try novel adaptations too... but there is still an awful lot of manga and light novels adaptation there.

Mar 23, 2016 10:42 AM by Rei366

Kuma said:
Comic_Sans said:
All of them except for the Shingeki no Kyojin rip off (which I am going to watch anyway just because I love train wrecks) and the something something LN sequel look interesting

I'm adding them to my PTW
i don't think you are the type that would like saekano TBH.
Which is exactly why I'm not gonna add it to my PTW

Mar 21, 2016 5:47 AM by Comic_Sans

Comic_Sans said:
All of them except for the Shingeki no Kyojin rip off (which I am going to watch anyway just because I love train wrecks) and the something something LN sequel look interesting

I'm adding them to my PTW
i don't think you are the type that would like saekano TBH.

Mar 21, 2016 5:38 AM by Kuma

chrisbj said:
Why/when was noitamina cut to one show per season instead of two?....

It was announced in late 2014, when they announced their 2015 lineup.

Mar 20, 2016 5:36 PM by TheAncientOne

All of them except for the Shingeki no Kyojin rip off (which I am going to watch anyway just because I love train wrecks) and the something something LN sequel look interesting

I'm adding them to my PTW

Mar 20, 2016 2:01 PM by Comic_Sans

Out of the bunch only Battery and Fune wo Amu caught my interest for now. I can't see Kabaneri being anything special besides the, for a modern anime, unusual character designs, but I'll know soon enough if it's worth watching it or not.
For Kuzu no Honkai I might try a few chapters before deciding anything. The synopsis reminded me of Umibe no Onnanoko which had a lot of explicit sexual content. I wonder if it's the same thing here and, if yes, how they will portray it in animated from.

Mar 20, 2016 1:36 PM by Halicone

Finally some great news. Looking forward to them.

Mar 20, 2016 12:23 PM by galimx

eromangasensei said:
Kaioshin_Sama said:


That's what it is now though. Honestly noitaminA is now one of the most overtly commercial blocks out there in anime if not the most commercial with shows regularly being produced for it just to promote Sony's music acts. Total polar opposite of what it was planned to be initially now that Sony has taken over managing the block to suit it's own commercial interests but the kind of shitposters MAL gets probably either forgot, never were there in the first place or don't care cause those shows weren't hype.

Also when the most people can say about an upcoming show in a block over and over is how much they are looking forward to the music you know your block aimed at older viewers looking for more adult oriented content is fucking dead. I mean what's the fucking point of watching a TV show just to hear some music previewed, seems like a waste of time to me when you can just get the CD's. Also the director for Fortress even said the show is aimed at the junior high to high school demographic of teenagers (pretty much where noitaminA aims now period) which judging by the people reacting to it I'm more than willing to believe.

Again the only one that doesn't immediately strike me as outright commercial trash right out of the gate and where the project seems to be saying "no really we plan on running an actual show and not just a twelve episode commercial" is Battery which I pretty much expect to have something bad happen to it's production to derail the project somehow.


cant say I disagree, at all.

Aniplex had been killing Noitamina ever since Guilty crown & Anohana. Outside Ping Pong we havent had anything great from the block in years. (after kids on the slope, but that was in 2012)

A series like Rakugo is staple Noitamina & it's airing on an otaku slot on TBS, just goes to show noitaminA's fall really.

I heard Fuji tv is taking control of Noitamina block back from Aniplex after kabaneri (the amazon deal & all), and it definitely shows a little in the line up.


Ping Pong was the last noitaminA show I really enjoyed let alone felt like finishing and also the last show Aniplex was involved in that I didn't feel suffered greatly for their commercialism. Also that's clearly not happening with Fuji TV taking control back because there's still that Saekano Second Season coming up and simply because Aniplex makes way too much money with their marketing strategies and everybody now wants them on board adapting their stuff even if it'll only bump profits by 20% or whatever. What it seems might happen is that we might get a few shows without there involvement as is possibly the case with Battery since it just doesn't seem like the kind of show they'd invest in or promote. If there's any sort of commercial angle in there that would indicate their involvement (like was pretty blatant with the upcoming Wit Studio show and the staff/music acts involved) it's unclear at the moment.

There's no way Aniplex is doing anything than continue to dominate more and more over the rest of the industry and the decision making processes of several key television blocks to push their own interests and I'd say it's sad if it weren't already just such a foregone conclusion that that's the way things are now and that anime probably would die and run out of funding if they were to be removed from the sphere altogether now because almost nobody else seems to produce much anymore let alone as fast. It's good for all the hype kids that are into their shows nowadays cause god knows there's a lot of them both in Japan and abroad now.

One thing that does puzzle me though is actually that Amazon deal since Aniplex is notorious for feuding with Amazon. Of all venues that would seem to be the last one that would get exclusive rights to air a noitamina/Aniplex production so it puzzles me unless somehow that whole feud was a publicity stunt who's purpose I don't understand just yet if that is indeed the case. Currently the only possible explanation is Fuji made that call and if so it's kind of hilarious.

Mar 20, 2016 12:07 PM by PeacingOut

Kaioshin_Sama said:
eromangasensei said:


yes but that's not what noitamina started for


That's what it is now though. Honestly noitaminA is now one of the most overtly commercial blocks out there in anime if not the most commercial with shows regularly being produced for it just to promote Sony's music acts. Total polar opposite of what it was planned to be initially now that Sony has taken over managing the block to suit it's own commercial interests but the kind of shitposters MAL gets probably either forgot, never were there in the first place or don't care cause those shows weren't hype.

Also when the most people can say about an upcoming show in a block over and over is how much they are looking forward to the music you know your block aimed at older viewers looking for more adult oriented content is fucking dead. I mean what's the fucking point of watching a TV show just to hear some music previewed, seems like a waste of time to me when you can just get the CD's. Also the director for Fortress even said the show is aimed at the junior high to high school demographic of teenagers (pretty much where noitaminA aims now period) which judging by the people reacting to it I'm more than willing to believe.

Again the only one that doesn't immediately strike me as outright commercial trash right out of the gate and where the project seems to be saying "no really we plan on running an actual show and not just a twelve episode commercial" is Battery which I pretty much expect to have something bad happen to it's production to derail the project somehow.


Only Battery has potential? Why not Fune wo Amu? It seems like the kind of show that would be aired on oldschool noitaminA

Mar 20, 2016 5:32 AM by crimson915

Kaioshin_Sama said:
eromangasensei said:


yes but that's not what noitamina started for


That's what it is now though. Honestly noitaminA is now one of the most overtly commercial blocks out there in anime if not the most commercial with shows regularly being produced for it just to promote Sony's music acts. Total polar opposite of what it was planned to be initially now that Sony has taken over managing the block to suit it's own commercial interests but the kind of shitposters MAL gets probably either forgot, never were there in the first place or don't care cause those shows weren't hype.

Also when the most people can say about an upcoming show in a block over and over is how much they are looking forward to the music you know your block aimed at older viewers looking for more adult oriented content is fucking dead. I mean what's the fucking point of watching a TV show just to hear some music previewed, seems like a waste of time to me when you can just get the CD's. Also the director for Fortress even said the show is aimed at the junior high to high school demographic of teenagers (pretty much where noitaminA aims now period) which judging by the people reacting to it I'm more than willing to believe.

Again the only one that doesn't immediately strike me as outright commercial trash right out of the gate and where the project seems to be saying "no really we plan on running an actual show and not just a twelve episode commercial" is Battery which I pretty much expect to have something bad happen to it's production to derail the project somehow.


cant say I disagree, at all.

Aniplex had been killing Noitamina ever since Guilty crown & Anohana. Outside Ping Pong we havent had anything great from the block in years. (after kids on the slope, but that was in 2012)

A series like Rakugo is staple Noitamina & it's airing on an otaku slot on TBS, just goes to show noitaminA's fall really.

I heard Fuji tv is taking control of Noitamina block back from Aniplex after kabaneri (the amazon deal & all), and it definitely shows a little in the line up.

Mar 20, 2016 4:08 AM by JetNoir

eromangasensei said:
moodie said:
it sold extremely well

it deserves a sequel more than most of their shit


yes but that's not what noitamina started for


That's what it is now though. Honestly noitaminA is now one of the most overtly commercial blocks out there in anime if not the most commercial with shows regularly being produced for it just to promote Sony's music acts. Total polar opposite of what it was planned to be initially now that Sony has taken over managing the block to suit it's own commercial interests but the kind of shitposters MAL gets probably either forgot, never were there in the first place or don't care cause those shows weren't hype.

Also when the most people can say about an upcoming show in a block over and over is how much they are looking forward to the music you know your block aimed at older viewers looking for more adult oriented content is fucking dead. I mean what's the fucking point of watching a TV show just to hear some music previewed, seems like a waste of time to me when you can just get the CD's. Also the director for Fortress even said the show is aimed at the junior high to high school demographic of teenagers (pretty much where noitaminA aims now period) which judging by the people reacting to it I'm more than willing to believe.

Again the only one that doesn't immediately strike me as outright commercial trash right out of the gate and where the project seems to be saying "no really we plan on running an actual show and not just a twelve episode commercial" is Battery which I pretty much expect to have something bad happen to it's production to derail the project somehow.

Mar 20, 2016 2:19 AM by PeacingOut

Lineup announcements? I could get used to this.

Mar 18, 2016 11:07 PM by R4vel

They all look really good. I will watch them all.

Mar 18, 2016 11:02 PM by Thebigofan

Wow, Battery O.o I'll definitely be watching that

Mar 18, 2016 6:59 PM by Kisaragi