GLORIO Winter 2016 Anime Guide Part 1

2016 Winter_1

While there will be plenty of time to look back on 2015 next week (stay tuned), anime rests for no one and there’s a big batch of new shows to look at for next season. After a season or two full of sequels, it seems Winter will be bringing us a lot of new productions. In part 1 of our Winter 2016 guide we have candy store comedy Dagashi Kashi begging to be popular, some new show with mecha cops, more murder mysteries, and KyoAni making another attempt at super powered high school action. Take a look and judge for yourself, and keep an eye out for Part 2 soon.

Prince of Stride: Alternative

Visual Novel Adaptation by Madhouse
Air Date: 1/5/2016
Apparently anime has covered cute boys playing all the normal sports and now must make up some new ones. “Stride” is apparently some kind of urban parkour relay racing thing but let’s be honest: it’s an excuse to surround Kana Hanazawa with hot guys. The trailer has all the usual suspects from the hot blooded main dude to his cool glasses friend that he will no doubt have friction with to the shota kid, etc. etc. so my personal expectations are not very high on this one. I’m sure it will be a hit with the aforementioned “cute boys playing sports” market though.

Haruta & Chika

HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru, Not Sound! Euphonium

Novel Adaptation by P.A. Works
Air Date: 1/6/2016
I’ve always thought of P.A. Works as the poor man’s Kyoto Animation, so I can’t help but be amused that Haruta & Chika is a story about girls in a band (like say, Sound! Euphonium) solving mysteries in school (a la Hyouka). Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch? Anyway, I am not sure what kind of mystery(ies) they will be solving but unless there’s a murder or something I’m not expecting it to be too exciting. Actually, given the laid back tone of the trailer, I would be totally OK with them pulling the bait and switch on us. Probably not going to happen though.

Dagashi Kashi

Manga Adaptation by feel.
Air Date: 1/7/2016
This is a story about candy. Our hero wants to be manga artist but his famous candy maker father wants him to take over the family candy store. Making matters worse, a pretty girl from a big candy company shows up trying to recruit pops who will only leave if his son agrees to take the shop. This leads to the pretty girl trying to persuade the young man and we can probably figure out the rest. I must admit I kind of like the colorful, easy going comedy vibe of the trailer but having the main girl naked for half of it sets off all kind of red flags. I could see this either being a good ol’ fashioned RomCom Yamada and the Seven Witches or just being total otaku bait for selling hot anime babe merch. So it’s probably at least worth checking out for an episode or two.

Active Raid: Special Public Security 5th Division 3rd Mobile Assault 8th Unit

Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai-Kakkei

Anime Original by Production IMS
Air Date: 1/7/2016
An inspector joins a reckless squad of mecha cops working the bad part of future Tokyo in an attempt to clean up their act. UHHH, PAGING GEE AND IRO, WHERE YOU GUYS AT??? The premise sounds great and with veteran director Gorou Taniguchi (Code Geass, the underappreciated Gun x Sword) at the helm, this could be a solid pick-up, but as with anime original project it’s probably best to be cautiously optimistic.

Myriad Colors Phantom World

Musaigen no Phantom World

Novel Adaptation by Kyoto Animation
Air Date: 1/7/2016
Super powered high school kids fighting phantoms in modern day Japan. The premise sounds dangerously close to KyoAni’s beautiful but boring Beyond the Boundary or, well, half of every anime ever made, so on one hand that worries me. On the other hand, I’m so high on director Tatsuya Ishihara and his stable of talent after Sound! Euphonium that I at least have a sliver of hope that this will be good. It helps that the trailer is action packed and the literally eating phantoms thing is kind of interesting, but whether or not that gives way to too much high school comedy hijinks will remain to be seen.

Norn9: Norn+Nornet

Game Adaptation by Kinema Citrus
Air Date: 1/7/2016
A kid from the present day hears a song that transports him to turn of the century Japan in a giant globe ship? He collects a bunch of hot guys in the ship? I really don’t understand what’s going on, but this being an otome game adaptation I’m sure it will have all the usual suspects I mentioned earlier in the Prince of Stride write up. What is interesting is the game allows you to choose from three different heroines to romance the guys, or even play as the original kid that starts all this. That could either make for some unique narrative perspectives or destroy any semblance of a coherent plot. That alone might make it worth checking out the first episode, not to mention the OP is by Nagi Yanagi, how bad could it be?


Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, The Town Where I Am Missing

Manga Adaptation by A-1 Pictures
Air Date: 1/7/2016
With shows like Beautiful Bones and The Perfect Insider popping up, can we officially call murder mystery anime a trend? In ERASED our main character has an ability that forces him to go back into the past and prevent people from dying, but he’s stuck until he can solve the case. At some point it seems he gets framed for murder so he tries to save the person and clear his name, but that leads to another mystery deep in his past. I’m not a huge fan of this kind of thing myself but I’m totally in favor of trending toward something that isn’t just mindless sex and violence. Hopefully they can pull it off.

The Girls Who Aim for the Wildlands

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu, Girls Beyond the Youth KOYA

Visual Novel Adaptation by Project No. 9
Air Date: 1/7/2016
Could anything possibly be more meta than an anime based on a visual novel about a bunch of students (and by students I mean one clueless dude and a gaggle of cute girls) making a visual novel? I want to just quit there and not think about how bad that could possibly be, but ever since the fantastic Nozaki-kun managed to to be a great manga about a manga author I am trying to give these things a fair chance. The trailer at least seems to keep it classy, although I swear if I watch the first episode of this and the girls start acting like visual novel characters to teach the main dude about visual novels I will shut it off immediately. I’ll probably get annoyed at discussing any of the minutae of VN making though, so it’s not looking good for this show as far as I’m concerned.

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