Masahiro Setagawa is the neighborhood delinquent errand-boy until he bumps into Kousuke Oshiba, the older brother of his best friend, whose fighting abilities have earned him the nickname Bear Killer. Fast forward a year or so and Setagawa is entering high school, with the days of playing lapdog for his delinquent ‘buddies’ behind him thanks to Oshiba’s influence. However, the delinquents have not quite forgotten Setagawa, and as fate would have it, Oshiba has just been assigned to Setagawa’s school as a math teacher.
War orphan and youngest ever Pasha of the Türkiye stratocracy, Mahmut is serving on a Divan split between aggressive militarists and staunch pacifists. With his country constantly under threat of another war thanks to the power-hungry Empire, Mahmut begins his quest to keep the peace while not giving in to the Empire’s political ambitions.
A bunch of high school students have too much time on their hands. They regularly stop by Not Lawson on their way home from school, where they literally bump into each other and act super awkward. Apparently they also fall in love and stuff.
It’s Edo-Period Japan, and a group of military police tasked with arresting thieves and arsonists is led by the charismatic but ruthless Hasegawa “Onihei” Heizou. Fugitive Kumehachi is captured and asked by Heizou to turn spy, using his knowledge as an ex-thief to help the group bring other criminals to justice.
Keika is the heir to a famous family of exorcists, who now scrapes by as a street fortune teller following the death of his parents. Shortly after encountering another exorcist named Ki, Keika is hit by a car and becomes a ghost, and is asked to make a pact with Ki in order to fight evil spirits together.
It’s all too easy to remember the awful shows we subjected ourselves to over the course of the past year, but often much harder to remember the stuff that surprised us in the best of ways. In order to cap off 2016 on a positive note, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a bit about those anime titles which, while not necessarily the strongest of the year, definitely exceeded expectations.
The creation of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage is floundering since Kouhei Araki, the veteran editor in charge of the project, is about to retire. Unhopeful of finding anyone suited to taking over the task, he stumbles across Mitsuya Majime, an employee of the same publishing company whose devotion to words make him a poor salesman but an ideal successor.