2016 Winter Anime Watchlist

2016Winter - 01

It’s that time again for my seasonal anime watchlist update.

2015 has been a hectic year in my work life and I literary lost quite a chunk of my free time to it. Luckily, the anime lineup for last year was very well distributed throughout the seasons and I was able to finish most of them. That’s my opinion by the way, because previously there are times where I have 10 series or more in my watchlist just for a season, then suddenly drops to less than 5 in another season.

Anyway, based on the seasonal anime list on MyAnimelist, here’s my quick watchlist:

2016Winter - 02

Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until it is prevented. One day, he gets involved in an incident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinazuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance.

(Source: MAL News)

It’s been quite some while since I last watched a mystery genre anime because I never really liked the moody story line. But still, I do watch some of those that could juggle around the mystery alongside with mind blowing plot twists.

Let’s hope this one could live up to the expectations it set in its PVs.


 

2016Winter - 03

Musaigen no Phantom World

In the near future, spirits and monsters are in full sight. A boy leads a group of people with special abilities as they plot against a massive organization that takes advantage of a certain incident and eventually know the truth about their world in the process.

(Source: Official site)

If you’re somehow active in the ACG community, I’m sure that you’ve come across this. Well, the controversial boobs limbo dance, anyone?

I knew that KyoAni, one day, they will bring us these stuff. After all those teasing in Amagami Brilliant Park.

So perhaps the reason why I’m still watching it is because I still a KyoAni fanboy deep in my heart.


 

2016Winter - 04

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Why are we here? Why are we doing this?

Before Haruhiro had realized what happened, he was surrounded by darkness. Why was he here? Where was here? Even now, he still didn’t know. Those around him were the same as him, no one remembered anything other than their own names. And when they emerged from the darkness, the world that awaited them seemed like something out of a video game.

In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with the others, learns fighting skills, and as a soldier in the reserve force, takes his first steps into the world of Grimgar. What awaits him there, he doesn’t know…

This the story of an adventure born from the ashes.

(Source: NanoDesu)

My honest answer for having this in my watchlist – the artwork style and watercolor alike coloring.


 

2016Winter - 05

Dagashi Kashi

Shikada Kokonotsu’s father owns a rural sweets shop, and his plan is for Kokonotsu to take it over one day. However, Kokonotsu wants to be a manga author instead! One day in summer, the cute but weird girl Shidare Hotaru, from the famous sweets company, comes to pay a visit. Apparently, Kokonotsu’s father is famous and she wants him to join her family’s company. However, he will only agree if she can convince Kokonotsu to take over the family business!

(Source: MangaHelpers)

Slice of life comedy? Hell yeah.


 

2016Winter - 06

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu

Ikebukuro is engulfed in a spiral of confusion. A group of individuals, each carrying the weight of their own past, gathers at Shinra’s apartment, while in the city the Dollars, Yellow Scarves, and Saika contend for power. However, the situation takes a turn that no one could expect when Celty’s head is revealed to the public, as this tale approaches its conclusion.

(Source: Crunchyroll)

Oh god, I can’t explain why I still haven’t watch past the 4th episode of the first season.


 

2016Winter - 07

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season

Second season of the Gate anime. Adapts Enryuu-hen, and Douran-hen arcs.

(Source: MAL)

I have not watch the first season, so why I’m having this in my list?

Rory Mercury – 961 years old loli.


 

2016Winter - 08

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd Season

Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro-sensei has made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?

(Source: FUNimation)

The first season was really good that my girlfriend and I enjoyed the series a lot. If you have not seen this series before, I strongly recommend you to check it out.


 

2016Winter - 09

Ajin

Ajin are humans that cannot die. Seventeen years ago, they first appeared on a battlefield in Africa. From then on, more of their kind are discovered within the human society. Their rarity in appearance means that, for experimental purposes, the government will generously reward anyone who captures one. In the present day, for what a certain high school student expects to be a typical summer holiday, his life is about to turn unexpected…

(Source: MAL)

From the same studio as the Knights of Sidonia, and I couldn’t recognize it until I watch the PV. I guess Polygon studio finally realize their mistake of having everyone sharing the same facial structure.

Still, the short PV manage to capture my interest to watch the show with the brief introduction to the storyline.

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