What do we have lined up for the next season? It’s a work in progress, so keep checking back to see what we pick up!
Here we will be looking at some of the promising options for series to be reviewed in the Spring 2016 season. This is by no means a complete list of all the great shows that will be airing – for that, check out Anime News Network’s list of upcoming anime, or watch for Random Curiosity’s season preview!
This is a short list of shows that we here at Clouded are looking forward to checking out, and it will likely expand as time allows for us to look in to more interesting series. There’s no guarantee that we’ll be reviewing all of these shows, or that this is it, but you can probably count on first impression posts! Be sure to tell us what you’re most excited for in the comments!
(Series listed in alphabetical order)
A rather calm looking affair from J.C. Staff. Katsushi Sakurabi (Heaven’s Memo Pad) is directing the anime with the script by Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Noragami). Masato Yasuno (episode animation director on Little Busters!, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) is designing the characters. I really enjoyed Kamisama no Memochou (Heaven’s Memo Pad), so I have faith this will be in good hands.
Fifteen-year-old Makoto Kowata is a witch. Accompanied by her black cat Chito, the somewhat aimless girl moved from Yokohama to live with her second cousin in Aomori, part of verdant northern Japan. This seems kind of thin, but I really like the atmosphere and animation from the PV. I also really like cats, and if that cat talks, I’m sold. Will this be the calm slice-of-life we need this season, with a magical twist?
Kiznaiver is an original TV animation brought to you by the producers of Kill la Kill – Studio TRIGGER and Mari Okada. Hiroshi Kobayashi (Kill la Kill episode director) is directing for the first time and Mari Okada (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Anohana) is writing the script. Mai Yoneyama (Kill la Kill animation director) is adapting the character designs of Shirow Miwa (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, supercell illustrator) for animation. That’s quite the line-up! Kill-la-Kill was a huge hit, but for very specific reasons. Can an original series pull of a similar success?
The concept of this show revolves around the main characters ‘connecting’ to one another and ‘sharing wounds’. In a city built on reclaimed land, our MC Katsuhira Agata is told by one of his classmates that he has been selected for the Kizuna system. Using this special system, Kiznaivers are connected on a level that when one is wounded, the system divides the wound among all of those connected. It’s an interesting concept. I’ll be interested to see how our MC, described as having a dulled sense of pain and barely emotional, is affected by such a system. Sounds like he’s being set up to be the perfect naturally powerful hero with a convenient means to amplify his defining trait. Most neutral main characters brood internally, but this time we might see it pan out across the entire cast!
As part of P.A. Works’ 15th anniversary project, Kuromukuro is directed by Tensai Okamura (Darker than Black, Seven Deadly Sins), with character designs by Yuriko Ishii (Another). Ryou Higaki (Another) is in charge of series composition an Tomoaki Okada (Darker than Black, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet) is credited with visual concepts and mecha designs.
During the construction of the Kurobe Dam, an ancient artifact was discovered, and so the United Nations Kurobe Research Institute was established. Intellectuals from all over the world gathered to study the object, and the children of those researchers attend Mt. Tate International Senior High School, including the institute head’s daughter, Yukina Shirahane. In the summer of 2016, a lone samurai once again awakens. It seems as if there will be some kind of mecha action involved as well, but the PV doesn’t hint to much at it (the art above does!). It looks like a pretty diverse cast of characters and some dramatic themes. Always happy to check out a P.A. Works production, no matter the hype.
Director Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls und Panzer, Shirobako, Prison School), series script supervisor Mari Okada (Anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) are working with anime studio Diomedea (Kan Colle), after a successful crowdfunding campaign, to bring us the dark mysterious show of the season. Mari Okada makes another staff appearance this season working on the original story, meaning it will likely be along the lines of Anohana. That’s definitely not a bad thing. Two originals in one season worth checking out? What a crazy world.
Thirty young men and women come together on a shady bus tour. The tour’s destination: an illusive, possibly nonexistent village called Nanakimura. There, one can lead a utopian existence, free of the world’s obstacles – or so it was rumored, like an urban legend.
Dragon Ball Super! – How long will this show continue? Forever, and you know it.
Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV – This is the five part prequel series for Final Fantasy XV, with each episode running about 12 minutes. A might-as-well watch if you’re a fan of Final Fantasy and plan on picking up the new installment come September 30.