Welcome to the Summer 2016 season preview, here to help you decide what to watch this season and with so many series coming out each season it can be a daunting task. To help you even further we will be giving links to any simulcast that a series may have and will keep them updated throughout the season. You can also find our writers thoughts on select series that they are interested in.
This is by no means a complete list of every series airing this season, shows geared towards young children have been omitted as have OVAs and Movies. We have deemed it necessary for TV shorts to have their own season preview which will be available soon.
Update: After taking a break from putting together such large and time consuming previews last season, we’re back and have simplified the layout which (makes it easier to make) most importantly makes it easier to view and navigate. We decided to use each series’ PV instead of a synopsis and a mess of information that should definitely make it a more enjoyable experience finding what series to pick up.
From the same studio that brought, and continue to bring us, Durarara – 91 Days definitely features that high quality animation and art style. It was the setting that really pulled me in however, being set during the Prohibition that took place in the UK between 1920-33; I think we could be in for a very interesting series. – Nick
Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari 2nd
Active Raid: Special Public Security Fifth Division Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit
Jul 11, 2016 | Production IMS | Original | Mecha, Police, Sci-Fi
This anime looks like it could be quite heartwarming. Episode 1 was enjoyable, so I’ll be sticking with it – Jordan
I always seem to be attracted to this type of series and to be honest I’m rarely disappointed much; like Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop) I feel that it might be the hidden gem of this season. The manga also seems to be quite popular which is also a good sign. – Nick
Jul 8, 2016 | J.C.Staff | Manga | Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life
It’s J.C.Staff and set in a school apparently, you know I’ll be watching this. – Jordan
From the original creator of Aria – that alone will be enough to entice a legion of fans i’m sure, I actually haven’t seen Aria but the premise sounds interesting and J.C.Staff produce some really good adaptation so I’m looking forward to Amanchu. – Nick
Jul 10, 2016 | Silver Link. | Card game | Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, School
It’s a safe bet that I’ll be watching anything streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video as a simulcast just because I have Amazon Prime anyway for my physical release needs. The PV for this one did look great though. – Jordan
There’s something about Battery that I just feel we’re in for a good ride. It’s based on a novel and has already received a live-action film and drama but I’m going in to the series blind. This appears to be Zero-G’s first production so how will that affect the series? We’ll have to wait and see. – Nick
I didn’t like what I saw of episode 1, but I’ll give it another week of two to change my mind. – Jordan
I was planning to watch Berserk even though I’m not that far in the manga and only saw the first of the recent movies. Since watching the PV though I’ve decided not to pick it up this season as the animation quality looks questionable. – Nick
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! LOVE!
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE!
Jul 8, 2016 | Studio Comet | Original | Comedy, Magic, Slice of Life
I tried the first episode and was pretty lost, having not seen D.Gray-man. I might put this one on hold indefinitely until I have chance to watch the original series. – Jordan
I never got past the first episode of the original series but I’m up to date with the manga, though it was on hiatus for years, that said I can’t remember what happen and might be lost jumping in at this point. I’m actually surprised this series isn’t a reboot but then maybe an eight year gap isn’t that long. I may decide to watch if the mood strikes me though. – Nick
Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen – Mirai-hen
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy – Future Volume
I loved the original series, but never got around to playing the games. I know I should play the games first, but I’ll probably just watch this anyway. – Jordan
I’ve seen the original series a couple of times now but I currently making my way through the games before picking these two series up. I don’t know how long I’ll hold up before a bite the bullet and start watching though. – Nick
Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen – Zetsubou-hen
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy – Despair Volume
There’s already quite a bit of hype surrounding this series due to the original creator being none other than One the creator of One Punch Man. It’s a good sign that the web manga seems popular and this time round with have another impressive studio in Bones. I have pretty high expectations for this series so I hope it doesn’t let me down. – Nick
Jul 1, 2016 | Satelight | Manga | Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Anime of the Year 2016 confirmed. This is the first time I was reading the manga before the anime was announced, and it is easily one of my favourite manga. No other anime this year will be able to top cute girls making video games. – Jordan
Jul 4, 2016 | Telecom Animation Film | Manga | Drama, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
Kana Hanazawa. Sold! Oh, apparently it’s Romance/School/Shoujo as well? Even better. – Jordan
Orange is a manga series that I have been looking to pick up for sometime but what luck for me that an anime adaptation happens to pop up. This is probably my most anticipated series this season, the manga is hugely popular and Kana Hanazawa pretty much sold it! – Nick
This was brilliant. Definitely one of the better anime this season. I binged it all as soon as Crunchyroll released it. – Jordan
Premise is definitely interesting and the fact the whole series is already available to stream is a plus. It appears to have some very positive reactions already so should be an easy sell to many. – Nick