Your Winter 2016 Anime Guide

It's cold outside. Let's stay in and watch some anime. That's right, it's time for the Winter 2016 season. Here's a round up of the latest shows and where you can watch them.

Are there any you're especially keen on? Hit us up in the comments below.

Active Raid: Special Public Security Fifth Division Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit 2nd

Studio: Production IMS

Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime that follows a Tokyo police unit with special crime-fighting exoskeletons.

Alderamin on the Sky

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Military, Seinen

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A young man transforms from a lazy playboy into a great military hero.

Amanchu!

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Two girls develop a friendship over their love of scuba diving.

Ange Vierge

Studio: Silver Link

Genre: Battle, Fantasy, School

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: On a remote island, there's an academy for teenage girls who have developed special powers.

B-Project Kodou Ambitious

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Idol, Drama, Music

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A young woman gets a job as an A&R coordinator in the music business and has to manage a boy band project.

Bananya

Studio: Gathering with TMS Entertainment

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A short anime in which a cat pops out of a banana, thanks to clever word play on "banana" and "nya", the Japanese word for "meow".

Battery

Studio: Zero-G

Genre: Drama, School, Seinen, Sports, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 14

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: An ace pitcher moves to a new town and finds a catcher who is good enough to handle his heat.

Berserk

Studio: GEMBA, Millepensee

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Seinen, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A mercenary swordsman struggles against his fraught past and fights his way to make things right.

Cheer Boys

Studio: Brain's Base

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Sports

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: This anime follows the adventures of the cheerleading team at an all-male university.

Cute High Earth Defence Club Love! Love! (Binan Koukou Chikyuboueibu Love! Love!)

Studio: Studio Comet

Genre: Comedy, Magical Boy, Parody, School, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Those magical boys are back to save the Earth for another season.

D.Grey-man HALLOW

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: A group of exorcists battle the evil Earl of Millennium and his nefarious minions that are powered by human souls.

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School Future Arc

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Premiere Date: July 11

Where to Watch: AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: With a traitor in their midst, the members of the Future Foundation must find out who is out to get them before it's too late.

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School Despair Arc

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Ecchi, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, School, Suspense

Premiere Date: July 14

Where to Watch: AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: Events at Kibougamine Gakuen lead to the worst event in the history of humankind.

Days

Studio: Mappa

Genre: Comedy, School, Seinen, Slice of Life, Sports

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A clumsy yet iron-willed high school student's life changes after making the school's soccer team and befriending its star.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan)

Studio: Egg Firm, J.C. Staff

Genre: Comedy, Psychic, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Daisuki, AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: A high school student with psychic powers just wants to live a normal life but finds doing so increasingly difficult.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3 Rei

Studio: Silver Link

Genre: Action, Battle, Supernatural, Magical Girl

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: This anime follows magical girls who ends up in another dimension.

First Love Monster (Hatsukoi Monster)

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: A 15-year-old girl falls in love with the tall, handsome boy who saved her, only to learn that he is actually a primary school student who's just big for his age.

Food Wars! The Second Plate

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Battle, Comedy, School, Shounen

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime in which students at a top-notch culinary school go head-to-head in cooking battles.

Handa-kun

Studio: Diomedéa

Genre: Comedy, Gag, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A school boy, who is a talented calligraphy artist, mistakenly thinks that everyone doesn't like him.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance

Studio: Lidenfilms

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: The new season of an anime that follows a prince as he attempts to reclaim his kingdom.

The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi (Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu)

Studio: EMT Squared

Genre: Comedy, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: This anime follows the life of a high school boy who loves reading yaoi manga and is described as a "fudanshi", or the male version of a "fujoshi".

Hitori no Shita The Outcast

Studio: Haoliners

Genre: Action, Horror, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A young man saves a girl's life during a zombie attack — and that's when things really start to get weird.

Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia

Studio: Production IMS

Genre: Action, Ecchi, Sci-Fi, School

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: In a fight against alien invaders, a school boy learns he can help battle girls through sexy situations.

This Art Club Has a Problem! (Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!)

Studio: Feel

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: The loves and lives of the members of a junior high school fine art club.

Love Live! Sunshine!!

Studio: Sunrise

Genre: Idol, Music, School

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: Schoolgirls try to make their idol group dreams real.

Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls

Studio: Bouncy

Genre: Comedy, Magical Girl, School

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll (launch date and regions to be announced)

What It's About in One Sentence: Three girls with dreams of fame turn themselves into magical girls by making an anime.

Mob Psycho 100

Studio: Bones

Genre: Comedy, Psychic, School, Slice of Life, Shounen, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A junior high school student tries to keep his powerful psychic abilities under wraps.

The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean)

Studio: Pierrot Plus

Genre: Comedy, Shounen, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: After soliciting the help of an exorcist he can't afford to remove a pesky yokai (Japanese monster), a young man finds himself working as the exorcist's assistant.

New Game!

Studio: Doga Kobo

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Hijinks ensue when a recent high school grad gets a job at a game company.

91 Days

Studio: Shuka

Genre: Crime, Drama, Historical, Thriller, Suspense,

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: In this Prohibition Era yarn, a man seeks revenge after his family is killed by the mafia.

Onara Goro

Studio: Takashi Taniguich | ILCA

Genre: Comedy, Educational, Parody, Short Anime

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: YouTube (a week after, free of charge, minus subs)

What It's About in One Sentence: Onara Goro is a talking fart who gives polite explanations as to how people pass gas.

Orange

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Sixteen-year-old Naho gets a letter from her 26-year-old self.

Ozmafia!!

Studio: Creators in Pack Inc.

Genre: Adventure, Reverse Harem, Romance, Short Anime

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A re-telling of The Wizard of Oz with cute boys.

Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet

Studio: David Production

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Daisuki

What It's About in One Sentence: In a post apocalyptic world, a looter enters an old planetarium, where he meets and befriends a robot girl.

Puzzle & Dragons Cross

Studio: Studio Pierrot (CHECK)

Genre: Adventure, Battle, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: Kids battle each other with monsters.

Qualidea Code

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Action, Battle, Sci-Fi, War

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Youth with supernatural abilities battle invading enemies set on laying waste to all.

Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars

Studio: Actas

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Daisuki, AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: The lives of two sisters change forever after a giant robot attack.

ReLIFE

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 1

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: After taking a pill, an unemployed 27-year-old gets to redo his life as a high school student.

Rewrite

Studio: 8bit

Genre: School, Supernatural, Romance

Premiere Date: July 2

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A high school boy with supernatural abilities befriends a witch and other students who are interested in the occult.

Sca-red Rider Xechs

Studio: Satelight

Genre: Otomoe, Reverse Harem, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: Daisuki, AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: A 17-year-old female researcher heads up a defence institute, leading a battle unit of dreamy dudes.

Servamp

Studio: Brain's Base

Genre: Battle, Bishounen, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: A school boy finds a cat that's really a "servamp", which is short for "servant" and "vampire".

The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War (Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen

Premiere Date: August 28

Where to Watch: Currently N/A

What It's About in One Sentence: A four-episode entry in the Nanatsu no Taizai series in which a princess tries to take back her throne with the help of knights known as the "Seven Deadly Sins."

Show By Rock!! Short!!

Studio: Bones

Genre: Comedy, Music, Short Anime

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: Short-form anime that features characters and bands from the original Show By Rock!! anime.

Sweetness and Lightning

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A widowed teacher and his daughter begin cooking delicious meals with one of his students.

Taboo Tattoo

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Supernatural, Seinen

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: After saving a homeless man from hoodlums, a junior high school student ends up with a mysterious tattoo that has special powers.

Tales of Zestiria the X

Studio: Ufotable

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Daisuki, AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: A young man pulls a sword from a stone and becomes a Shepherd, able to rid the world of hardship and misfortune.

Time Travel Girl

Studio: Wao World

Genre: Adventure, Shoujo, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Daisuki

What It's About in One Sentence: A young girl travels to the past and learns about various scientific discoveries.

Tsukiuta The Animation

Studio: Studio Pierrot Plus

Genre: Idol, Music

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Daisuki

What It's About in One Sentence: Tsukiuta follows the lives and struggles of Japanese boy band members.


Comments

    Not that it's anime, but Thunderbolt Fantasy is puppet-y goodness written by Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica) and it is simply amazing. (available on Crunchyroll)

    Other stuff I'm watching: Mob Psycho 100, D.Gray-Man, Re:Zero and wanna try Orange, Sweetness &Lightning, 91 Days and ReLIFE.

      Thanks for the recommendation, all RELife eps are out, manga it's alright, a bit slow but enjoyable nevertheless.

      Indeed, the list is missing soundly Re:Zero.
      - The list is great btw Brian. Just add Re:Zero to be complete <3

        Re:Zero, anime soo good that the synopsis that you explain to people is, "Just shut up and watch Re:Zero"

    Best thing about finding the Berserk anime is it got me reading the manga.
    Such a brutal story and few punches are pulled with what they actually show/draw.
    Definitely an anime/manga for adults!

    Hi Kotaku
    Just letting you know The Seven Deadly Sins is on Netflix Australia.

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