Anime Feature | Top 10 Upcoming Anime of 2016 (Lights, Camera, Action!)

By Drew Hurley 31.01.2016 1

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Top 10 Upcoming Anime of 2016

2015 brought with it a fantastic range of anime, as seen in Cubed3's Top 10 recommendations. Now, with 2016 bringing plenty of new original series, adaptations, movies, and OVAs, here is the Top Ten of what to look out for:

10.) Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho comes from the unique mind that brought One Punch-Man to life and is filled with the same type of insanity and humour, all mixed up into a gloriously demented amalgamation. This series follows Shigeo Kageyama, nicknamed "Mob," a 14-year-old boy and supremely powerful Esper. Mob's master, Arataka Reigen, is a fraudster "psychic" who cons the gullible into parting with their cash for the removal of curses and malevolent spirits. When the real supernatural problems appear, however, Mob is called in to deal with them. Mob's tremendous powers are kept locked away due to a childhood trauma, but when any of his emotions hit "100%," they are released. After the massive success of One Punch-Man, this has a lot to live up to.

 

9.) Gyakuten Saiban / Phoenix Wright

OBJECTION! The hugely popular game series from Capcom is finally getting the anime adaptation that has been much rumoured and much requested for many years. It's quite fitting for the anime to finally arrive in 2016, considering the story of the first game is based in 2016 and it's this story, and that of the sequel, that will be covered in the anime. There are some fantastic moments in these first two games for fans to look forward to, including the introduction of series favourites like Miles Edgeworth and Maya Fey, along with coffee spit-takes, a very confused judge and, of course, cross-examining a Parrot.

8.) D.Gray Man S2

D.Gray Man is the story of Allen Walker, a boy with a mysterious past that joins an organisation of Exorcists. These Exorcists fight against mechanical Akuma while trying to track down pieces of "Innocence" before the Akuma's master, the "Millennium Earl" and his allies, The descendants of Noah, find them. The series is a fantastic shonen, with some spectacular designs and style, but one that has suffered from its creators' regular hiatuses. There has already been a massive anime adaptation produced, with a whopping 103 episodes of anime wrapping up in 2008, and while this new series is bringing with it a whole new cast and is something of a brand new series, it will actually continue on after the original anime instead of being a new reboot, so those new to the series have quite a bit to catch up on!

 

7.) Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel

Fate/Stay Night is based on a Visual Novel that has three different paths to play through and has already had two anime adaptations, two movies and a prequel. From the paths in the game, two of the three have been covered, and this latest movie will cover the final path and appropriately the path that can only be unlocked once the other two have been completed. Once again, the battle rages between Magician Masters and their servants - made up from the great heroes of history - all fighting to be the final survivor and win the ultimate prize: the holy grail - a magical MacGuffin that can grant any wish. This path is entitled "Heaven's Feel" and focuses on Sakura as the love interest instead of Rin or Saber, and includes some fan favourite characters and designs. This is again being produced by Ufotable who produced some stupendously gorgeous and exhilarating battle scenes in its other Fate works, although sadly this will be a movie, not the full season that it deserves.

6.) Assassination Classroom Season 2

The series' premise is great: a tentacled monster destroys 70% of the moon and then makes a strange deal with humanity, that he will teach a class of delinquents and failures in Japan, train them to become Assassins, and then kill him. If they succeed, they get ten billion yen, yet if they fail he will destroy the Earth. Assassination Classroom is by far one of the best manga to join Shonen Jump in recent years, and last year's anime adaptation did the source material proud. With the manga progressing towards its finale in Japan, this second season will cover some of the best arcs in the series, further exploring the truth behind Koro-Sensei and the future of Class E.

 

5.) Attack on Titan Season 2

Attack on Titan exploded in popularity more than anyone could have predicted, both in Japan and in the West, and the anime had a big part in that. WIT Studio did a superb job in transitioning the style and heart of the series to the big screen and filled the series with visceral action and some truly epic moments. It will be interesting to see how the second season fares, though, considering that although there are some big moments and set pieces, there is much more exposition, world building and politics making up this next part of the manga.

4.) Jojo's Bizarre Adventure 4: Diamond is Unbreakable

It's hard to sell Jojo's to someone who has never watched it - the flamboyant and fabulous art style alone can be, quite frankly, off-putting... Once given a chance, though, Jojo's is a phenomenon, with some fantastically out-there characters, crazy style, and absolutely insane moments. This part of the series follows Josuke Higashikata, the Uncle of the protagonist of Part Three. When people in his town suddenly start gaining the ability to summon Stands, Josuke joins his nephew Jotaro in uncovering what's going on. For the longest time it seemed the anime adaptation of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure would stop with Part Three, but Diamond is Unbreakable getting the anime treatment is amazing news for fans of this unique classic series.

 

3.) Berserk

Fans of Berserk have been forced to endure delay after delay. The manga has been running since 1988 and its first anime adaptation was back in 1997, plus a trilogy of films was released across 2012 and 2014, yet even that adaptation was retreading old ground, covering arcs of the story that had already been adapted in the original anime. Even worse, the movies used a strange CGI style that was off-putting for many fans, looking far too clean for the series' dark and gritty nature.  Now, at last, this will begin to show off some of the best stories the series has to offer. From the iconic "Black Swordsman" arc, though, there is a little bit of concern lingering since the initial promotional video again shows the ugly CGI style art. It's unclear yet just how much this will be in the new series but hopefully not very prominent.

2.) Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy

Fans have been clamouring for the conclusion to the Danganronpa story and now they will get it, but not in the form they expect. While a new Danganronpa game is in the works, it's to be a completely new and original tale, while the story that has been crafted across the original games will now be wrapped up in this anime. The story picks up immediately after the end of Danganronpa 2 and the promotional material shows that it stars the survivors of Hope's Peak Academy. The original game received an anime adaptation that did a sterling job of adapting the story from the game - the series' signature dark humour and disturbing moments transitioned fantastically, giving plenty of hope for this finale.

 

1.) Boku No Hero Academia / My Hero Academia

With "The Big Three" Shonen - One Piece, Naruto and Bleach - not all being around anymore (Naruto has ended, Bleach is running down, with only this current arc remaining), there are always new contenders for those other top Shonen spots, besides Eiichiro Oda's masterpiece. My Hero Academia is coming very close to scoring one of those spots. The world of Academia is filled with "Quirks," people with superpowers - so much so that special schools are made to train children in the use of their unique abilities, in the hope of one day becoming superheroes. The protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, is the biggest fanboy of superheroes but is without a Quirk himself, until the greatest hero of all shares his powers with him, that is! Academia captures lots of the magic that made other Shonen special and is filled with promise. Hopefully, this anime adaptation will live up to the source material.

What did we miss? What big series are you waiting for next year, or even the sleeper hits? Let us know in the comments below!

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Guess I'll have to watch the Danganronpa 3 anime, then. DR1 anime wasn't that good - very rushed and only Makoto's English VA was brought on board. Hope they bring at least the majority of the game VAs back for DR3. I guess since it's an original anime and not an abridged game-anime, it's possible DR3 will be okay. Was disappointed Aoi didn't appear in DR2 or AE, so will look forward to her return (but just hope her Eng VA returns).

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