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Japanese Fans Rank Their Most Anticipated Spring 2016 Anime

Winter is slowly coming to a close, and that means out with the old and in with the new. New anime, that is. So what if the weather’s warming up? The Japanese fans who filled in this list for pollsters Charapedia will be happily sitting inside, watching… what? Here are Japan’s 20 most-anticipated spring anime.

20. Shōnen Maid

19. Mayoiga

18. Ace Attorney

17. Kiznaiver

16. Ushio to Tora

15. Bakuon!!

14. Rin-ne (season 2)

13. Joker Game

12. Hokuouki ~Otogi Soushi~

11. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096

10. Re: Life in a different world from zero

9. And you thought there is Never a girl online?

8. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (Adventure of Sinbad)

7. The Asterisk War

6. Macross Delta

5. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

4. My Hero Academia

3. Bungō Stray Dogs

2. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

1. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

Some observations:

Surprisingly, there aren’t a ton of sequels or continuations high on the list (the number one pick, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, being the obvious exception). Instead, Japanese fans seem to be most pumped about adaptations of current popular manga, like Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, Bungō Stray Dogs, and My Hero Academia.

Interestingly, frenemies Macross and Gundam will both have a series airing this season. As it stands, Macross Delta ranks higher on the list (makes sense, considering RE:0096 is a recut of an already-released OVA).

Workaholic writer Mari Okada has two series on the list: Studio Trigger’s Kiznaiver and Mayoiga, directed by Shirobako’s Tsutomu Mizushima.

What say you, OUSAers? What does the American version of this list look like?

Source: Charapedia

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.