Written by: Billie Clark
Despite my usual inability to stay up-to-date with anime as it airs, this year I have somehow managed it for a few of the new Fall 2016 releases!
Last year I only kept up with One Punch Man and Haikyuu!! Season Two (both of which were great!) but this year, I’ve been on top of few of them.
Here are my top three Fall 2016 anime:
- Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
Souta, a thirty-year-old graphic designer, returns to his hometown after the death of his father, in order to sort out the house and family Udon restaurant that he and his sister have decided to sell. While exploring the old kitchen, Souta comes across Poco, who he assumes is a lost child. It is when Souta discovers Poco’s mythical secret that his life begins to shift.
Filed with beautiful art, an abundance of anime food, a cute paternal relationship forming between Souta and Poco, this anime has me completely smitten. If you like Barakamon or Bunny Drop, this is the right anime for you!
Based on the Boy Detectives’ Club by Edogawa Ranpo, this anime follows the exploits of the Boy Detectives’ Club and its members. With the villainy of Twenty Faces constant in the background (and becoming more prevalent as the series ramps up), the focus of the anime is on the newest member of the club: Kobayashi Yoshio, a young man who is unable to die due to an (as of yet) unexplainable force-field that protects him.
The art is wonderful, the fights are well choreographed, and the suspense is wonderfully executed. If you like a good mystery, this is the anime for you!
- Yuri on Ice
Yuri Katsuki is a professional Japanese figure skater whose dreams are dashed after he loses his first Grand Prix Final. After he returns to his home town and his home rink, a video of him preforming the same program as his idol, Victor Nikiforov, goes viral—and with it comes Victor himself, to coach Yuri for this season! Following Victor to Japan is Yuri Plisetsky, about to enter his first season in the adult class, and Yuri’s self-declared rival. The anime follows the training and preparations of both Yuris, through their competitions and practices.
The music is beautiful, the characters are so real, and the art is equal parts captivating and comedic. There is also a very real discussion of gender and gender roles going on throughout, but without being blatant or pedantic. If you like Chihayafuru, this is probably your type of sports anime!
On top of these new anime that have started, there are a couple anime that are continuing this season. Of them, I am following Haikyuu!! (Season Three is fantastic!!!) and Natsume Yuujin-cho (another season of Natsume’s Book of Friends—I was so pumped when it started airing!).
If none of these are to your tastes, there are a few others that I am interested in: All Out! (a high school boys’ rugby team anime), Bloodivores (futuristic and post-apocalyptic vampires are all the rage), and Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!—the anime about a fujioshi turned princess), among others.