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Japanese Fans Rank Their Winter 2016 Anime Hype

With the new year comes a new season of winter anime, and Japanese anime fans are already feeling the hype.

Pollsters Charapedia have asked their readers to rank the anime they’re most looking forward to this winter, and they’ve published the results today. How closely does their top 20 match up with yours? Let’s find out!

[Guide: Series Title (studio, source)]

20. Oshiete! Gyaruko-chan (Feel, manga)
19. Active Raid: Kidō Kyōshūshitsu Dai Hakkei (Production IMS, original)
18. Sekkō Boys (Lidenfilms, original)
17. Norn9 Norun + Nonetto (Kinema Citrus, visual novel)
16. Musaigen no Phantom World (Kyoto Animation, light novel)

Musaigen no Phantom World

15. Prince of Stride Alternative (Madhouse, visual novel)
14. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (Studio Deen, light novel)
13. Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū (Studio Deen, manga)
12. Divine Gate (Studio Pierrot, video game)

Divine Gate

11. Haruchika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru (P.A. Works, novel)
10. Fairy Tail Zero (manga)
9. Ooya-san wa Shishunki! (Seven Arcs, manga)
8. Nijiiro Days (Production Reed, manga)
7. Dagashi Kashi (Feel, manga)
6. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (A-1 Pictures, manga)

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

5. Ajin (Polygon Pictures, manga)
4. Snow White with the Red Hair 2 (Bones, manga)
3. Durarara!!x2 Ketsu (Studio Shuka, light novel)
2. Gate 2 (A-1 Pictures, light novel)
1. Assassination Classroom 2 (Lerche, manga)

Some reader comments:


“I like the original manga, and the ad for the commercial was really appealing.”
“I’m really interested in how the film and TV versions will differ.”

Snow White with the Red Hair 2:

“I really liked the first season.”
“It’s a very beautiful and easy-to-watch series that makes you feel refreshed.”

Assassination Classroom 2

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu:

“Finally the story moves to the chaotic conclusion. Looking forward to seeing what Celty looks like.”
“How are the characters going to end up? Can’t wait to find out!”

Gate 2:

“After the first season wrapped up I ended up reading ahead in the novels. There are a lot of scenes I can’t wait to see animated.”

Assassination Classroom 2:

“I’ve been reading the manga in Jump since the beginning!”
“Looking forward to Koro-sensei’s new cosplay and actions.”

How about you, OUSA readers? What series are on your radar?

Gate 2

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.