Winter is coming! With the year at the end and the winter season here, there’s a massive bunch of anime that are slated to come out during this season. However, as many new anime as there is coming out, there are also a couple more returning.
1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Imagine dying and then being taken to another world. That’s the basic premise of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! or KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Based on the Japanese novel series written by Natsume Akatsuki. It follows the adventures of Kazuma Sato, a hikikomori, who is sent to a fantasy world when he dies after being hit by a car. He ends up forming a dysfunctional party with a goddess, a magician, and a crusader to fight against monsters.
The second season will start airing on January 12 2017 and will pick up after the first season that was first aired on January 14 2016.
2. Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen
Ao no Exorcist is about Rin Okumura who at first glance appears to be an ordinary but troublesome teenager. That is until the day he discovers that he is, in fact, the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together. Instead of joining his father, though, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his adopted brother Yukio.
Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen is the second season of the Ao no Exorcist anime and picks ups after the invasion of Satan and the Exorcist beating the invasion back, which leads to the Kytot Impure King Arc from the manga. It’s slated for a January 7 2017 broadcasting release.
ChäoS;Child. Not so much a returning anime but a sequel to ChäoS;Head. Like ChäoS;Head, ChäoS;Child is also an adaptation of the visual novel game of the same name. In Chaos: Child, it is 2015, six years after the events o fChäoS;Head and after an earthquake nearly levels the city of Shibuya. It follows a group of high school students who survived the earthquake, including the main character Takuru Miyashiro, who is a senior in high school and president of the school’s newspaper club.
Accompanying his is his childhood friend Serika Onoe and foster sister Nono Kurusu. Several of the characters have superhuman abilities: for instance, one can spot lies with absolute certainty, while another can use pyrokinesis
The anime is set for a January 11, 2017 premiere.
4. Gintama (2017)
The fifth season of Gintama returns this winter for another round of fun and adventure. intoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura are back in alternate-reality Edo, where swords are prohibited and alien overlords have conquered Japan. They have to survive by doing whatever work they can get their hands on. The anime will pick up after the Farewell Shinsengumi Arc from the previous season and We’ll see just what Gintoki and gang will be up to once again.
This is the fifth season of Gintama and it is set for a January 9 premiere.
5. Tales of Zestiria the X
Tales of Zestiria the X is the anime adaptation of the Tales Series game, Tales of Zestiria. It follows the adventures of Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the seraphim. He believes in the folklore that says “long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim” and dreams of unravelling the ancient mystery in order to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace.
After his first time visit to the human capital, though, he ends up pulling out a holy sword embedded in a rock and ends up becoming a Shepherd, a figure who casts away calamity from the world. Thus his journey begins.
Tales of Zestiria the X (2017) is the mid-season continuation of the anime that first started broadcasting on July 10, 2016, and picks up after the 12th episode “The Lord of Calamity” that was broadcasted on September 25, 2016.
6. Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation
Everyone’s favourite bike heads are back. After the events of the Grande Road anime series, the Inter-high competition has finally ended, and the Sohoku Boys have won. Now Onoda has advanced to his second year and with the third years gone, the Sohoku cycling team now has a new generation of cyclist they have to take care of. Just how will this new year be and will they win the Inter-high again?
This is the third season for Yowamushi no Pedal and it’s slated for a 24 episode run. It’ll premier on January 10, 2017.
7. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
A prisoner dubbed Yotarō, which translates to “anti-hero”, is released from prison during Japan’s Showa Genroku era (1600s to early 1700s).
Returning to society, he begins a new life by creating rakugo – a form of comic storytelling.
Initially a manga by Haruko Kumota, which bagged the “Best General Manga” prize at the 38th Kodansha Manga Awards and the Excellence Award at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards, the anime is directed by Mamoru Hatakeyama of Sankarea: Undying Love.
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen is the second season of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu and continues following the lives of the the rakugo creators.
It’s scheduled for a January 7, 2017 premiere.
8. Yami Shibai
Yami Shibai centres around urban myths in Japan. Each tale tells of a story that really, could happen to anyone, even you. The animation style is unique in that it mimics the story telling using paper art, kamishibai. This combined with the skillful and spooky narration of Kanji Tsuda brings the scary scenes to life and provides the perfect setup for some frightening moments. Watch alone at night, preferably with the lights turned off, for maximum scare effect.
Yami Shibai returns back for a fourth season to scare the pants or creep out its viewers. Considering the cold and darkness of winter, it’s pretty appropriate time to give yourself a scare with this anime.
The anime is slated to premiere sometime in January 2017.