The Fall 2015 anime season is just around the corner. You probably have a few shows that you plan to watch, but a sequel or two may have also caught your eyes. Unfortunately you’re not sure what you need to watch in order to catch up on those shows getting a sequel. No worries, I’ve got your back.

The following article is a guide to help you catch up on returning shows before their newest season airs.

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Note: Global Anticipation does not imply “best show”, it is merely a visual aid that indicates the number of people who have already signed up to watch the show.

If you missed out on the Summer 2015 list, here it is.

Here we go.


Diabolik Lovers More, Blood

Written by Krakken & Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Genres: School, Shoujo, Reverse Harem, Vampire.

Diabolik Lovers’ Tagline Premise: A certain girl is forced to change schools, and similarly, is placed in a dorm of someone else’s choosing. This dorm is populated by six brothers who are all vampires. In such a situation as this girl is in, it’s easy to imagine her inevitable transition into a toy, or better yet, play thing for these six blood thirsty beings. This is the anime adaptation of such a nightmare... or pleasure.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Diabolik Lovers doesn’t care about the morals that you and I may accept as right and just. Is this a bad thing? That’s for you to decide. It could be an anime that depicts your wildest fantasies, but for others, their deepest despairs. I’ll simply say that any horrors you can conjecture from what’s already been said likely do happen in the show.

You should try it out if you:
-Are a vampire.
-Are a fan of derangement.
-Are looking for a possible guilty pleasure.

Series Progression:
First entry: Diabolik Lovers (12 episodes).
Second entry: Diabolik Lovers More, Blood (Airing Fall 2015).

Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 3 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
-Ani-TAY Review:


Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
(Is the Order a Rabbit??)

Written by Koda

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life.

GochiUsa’s Tagline Premise: When Cocoa Hoto moves to a new town to attend a new school, she starts living at the Rabbit House cafe, working in the cafe after school each day in exchange for her accommodations. Cocoa quickly becomes friends with her coworkers Chino Kafu and Rize Tedeza, the former of which is the granddaughter of the owner of the Rabbit House cafe. In addition to Chino and Rize, Cocoa becomes friends with Chiya Ujimatsu and Sharo Kirima, both who also work in rabbit-themed cafes as well.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: If you like slice-of-life shows, workplace comedies, or anything that has to do with “moe”, than Is the Order a Rabbit? should be right up your alley. It is a very calming and cute series with some good comedic moments as well. Much like Tippy, the Angora rabbit mascot of the Rabbit House cafe, this show is all about making you feel warm and fuzzy.

You should try it out if you:
-Want to feel what it’s like to go into a coma after indulging in too much cuteness.
-Are a fan of coffee.
-Believe that literal fluff balls makes everything better.

Series Progression:
First entry: Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? (12 episodes).
Second entry: Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? (Airing Fall 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 4.6 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Haikyuu!! 2

Written by Krakken

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Genres: Sports, Shounen.

Haikyuu!!’s Tagline Premise: Haikyuu!! is the volleyball sports anime that follows Karasuno High School’s volleyball team, a team that had enjoyed some fame in previous years that has sadly fallen below national standards. This all changes when Jr. High rivals Shouyou Hinata and Tobio Kageyama join the team, with their immediate skill and talent, once harnessed, propelling the team forward to new heights, against ever tougher foes.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Haikyuu!! is a masterclass in sports anime. It’s an excellent mix of drama, action and camaraderie that is excellent to watch. It is a fast paced, intense series, that grips viewers, putting them through despairing valleys and soaring peaks during every episode.

You should try it out if you:
-Are a fan of Sports anime.
-Feel the need to always be moving faster.
-Want to fly.

Series Progression:
First entry: Haikyuu!! (25 episodes).
Second entry: Haikyuu!! 2 (Airing Fall 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 25 episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 10 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
-Ani-TAY Review:


K: Return of Kings

Written by Maelwys

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Genres: Action, Super Power, Supernatural.

K’s Tagline Premise: K takes place in an alternate reality where there are seven ‘Kings’, essentially gang leaders with supernatural powers, that vie for power in Japan. Equating the Kings to mob bosses isn’t entirely accurate, as each faction (denoted by different colors) has a different structure, specialty, and purpose. Yashiro (Shiro) Isana, a young boy, gets caught up in the battle of the Kings due to an unexplainable misunderstanding in which a person who looks and sounds just like him is caught on tape saying he is one of the seven Kings. As Shiro learns more about these events in an attempt to discover the truth, there is increasing tension between the Reds and Blues. K: Missing Kings reveals more about the Kings and other colors and is a direct continuation of the K anime series.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: K and K: Missing Kings are two beautifully animated works that are enjoyable just to watch. If you have any aversions to storylines that aren’t the sturdiest things in the world, be warned, this one is a bit iffy at times, but it’s still good. The premise, world, and production values really carry the K series through its sometimes shaky narrative. K also has some pretty great music in it, foremost among them being Mikoto Suoh’s Theme.

You should try it out if you:
-Like unique art style/color schemes.
-Enjoy sword fights/super-power type stuff.
-Enjoy shounen shows.

Series Progression:
First entry: K (13 episodes).
Second entry: K: Missing Kings (Movie).
Third entry: K: Return of Kings (Airing Fall 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes from the first season, and the movie above.
-Time required to catch up: 7 hours.
-Availible in NA on Hulu, and Viz.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Noragami Aragoto

Written by Proton

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★★

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shounen, Supernatural.

Noragami’s Tagline Premise: Noragami is a series that focuses around Yato, a Japanese god so petty that he doesn’t have a single shrine to his name. In order to build a shrine, he goes around doing odd jobs for random people for the cool price of 5 yen (about 5 cents), often eliminating evil spirits called ayakashi which cause misfortune. Because of this he has no home and has trouble keeping shinki (spirits that serve as weapons for gods to fight ayakashi) employed long term. However, one day during one of these jobs he is saved from being hit by a bus at the last minute by Iki Hiyori. Following their collision, Hiyori and Yato’s fates become intertwined as she unwittingly assists in his quest to become a famous god.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Noragami is a series that in its first season focused heavily on comedy, as you might imagine. Yato is, to put it lightly, an unscrupulous deity who does quite a few interesting things to earn a little bit of cash, and he seemingly doesn’t seem to get along very well with other, more respectable gods. His relationship with Hiyori and his struggle to get to the top are entertaining, and there is still a decent amount of drama in his fights with the ayakashi and search for a proper shinki. However, the first season only covered a small portion of the source material. While it previously hinted at more beneath the surface, the second season is when things will really heat up as Yato’s past is dug up and the reason behind his behavior and conflicts with the other gods comes to a head.

You should try it out if you:
-Want to see an obscure take on a god’s story.
-Want a good story with a mix of comedy and action.
-Think developed characters and dramatic situations sound appealing.

Series Progression:
First entry: Noragami (12 episodes).
Second entry: Noragami Aragoto (Airing Fall 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-Available in NA on Funimation, Hulu, and Netflix.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Owari no Seraph 2
(Seraph of the End 2)

Written by Morie

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★★

Genres: Vampire, Action, Shounen, Drama, Supernatural.

Seraph’s Tagline Premise: A world much like our own comes to an end because of a man-made virus, leaving only children under the age of thirteen alive. Vampires, creatures thought to only be a myth, come out of the woodwork and take claim of this desolated world and its children, including the orphan Yuichiro and his friends. Yu escapes from the vampire realm only after being exploited and losing what matters most to him. Four years later, Yu decides to get revenge on the vampires once and for all.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Seraph is for you if you like dark fantasy, and especially vampire lore. Expect more battle action and exposition than creepiness and vampire fabulousness, though. If you enjoy this genre and don’t mind some gore, this might just be your next popcorn show.

You should try it out if you:
- Like your action with a fantasy twist.
- Like vampires, but aren’t looking for an anime to carry on the Stoker or even Rice tradition.
- Can suspend your disbelief and lock it away for the duration of an episode.

Series Progression:
First entry: Owari no Seraph (12 episodes).
Second entry: Owari no Seraph 2 (Airing Fall 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 4.5 hours.
-Available in NA on Funimation, and Hulu.
-Ani-TAY Review:


Owarimonogatari

Written by Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Mystery, Supernatural.

Monogatari’s Tagline Premise: Unbeknownst to most humans, apparitions actually exist. Some are evil, some are helpful, and some simply like doughnuts. It’s not out of the question that many of these apparitions fancy the thought of living inside a human, to slowly take over their body. Humans are a bountiful host and are easy to deceive, and once they lose control, their mind is almost entirely lost. However, there are a few people who specialize in the removal of such apparitions, though only for the right price and given the right equipment will they perform this task.

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The Monogatari series follows one particular teenager, and his hoard of affected acquaintances, in their quest to not only assist in exorcisms, but to put the host in control of their ghost.

If You’re a Prospective Viewer: The entire Monogatari series showcases a masterpiece of dialogue. It’s intelligent and it feeds the ever-evolving story immensely. In addition, the pristine presentation style that Shaft (Monogatari’s animation studio) brings to the table not only creates a visually impressive show, but evolves the anime into an piece of artwork.

FYI: You do not need to read every “half second text frame”. In fact, you don’t have to read any (when you start watching the show, you’ll understand what’s being stated here).

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You should try it out if you:
-Are looking for a smart, immense story.
-Like visuals that are so good, they will eat your eyes.
-Don’t need a lot of action to suit your tastes.

Series Progression:
First entry: Bakemonogatari (12 episodes).
ONA: Bakemonogatari episodes 13, 14 & 15 (3 episodes).
Second entry: Nisemonogatari (11 episodes).
Third entry: Nekomonogatari (4 episodes).
Fourth entry: Monogatari Series Second Season (26 episodes).
Fifth entry: Hanamonogatari (5 episodes).
Sixth entry: Tsukimonogatari (4 episodes).
Seventh entry: Owarimonogatari (Airing Fall 2015).

Notes:
-Watch everything listed above. By this point, if you start the show, you’re in it for the long haul.
-Time required to catch up: 26.5 hours.
-Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Nekomongatari, Monogatari Series Second Season, Hanamonogatari, and Tsukimonogatari, are available in NA on Crunchyroll. Many are also on Hulu, and some are on Daisuki (which is free and in HD).
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst
(The Testament of Sister New Devil: Burst)

Written by Exile

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Genres: Ecchi, Action, Harem, Fantasy, Romance.

Testament’s Tagline Premise: After living with only his father for many years, scarred-and-broody Basara suddenly has to adapt to gaining two new sisters when his father decides to remarry. Or so it seems. In actuality, these two girls are on the run from a coup in the demon world, as one is the daughter of the deposed (and murdered) ruler and the other her guardian. Needing a place to hide, they try to fool Basara and his father into ‘providing’ them with help, but what they didn’t count on was Basara being an exiled member of the Tribe of Heroes.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Testament is a strange mix of action show and ecchi harem. Though the combination of those two things is not uncommon, generally they’re of much lighter fare than Testament aims for. Sadly, it just doesn’t get the mix quite right to be worth recommending for its depth. That said, it has good moments of humour and the action is generally solid. If you’re okay with ecchi and like watching Dragonball fights on fast-forward, you might find yourself thinking the show is better than you expected it to be. Occasionally.

You should try it out if you:
-Feel like an ecchi with just a bit more substance than usual.
-Want a harem protagonist who isn’t an ineffectual gynephobe.
-Don’t need anything outside the central cast to make sense.

Series Progression:
First entry: Shinmai Maou no Testament (12 episodes).
Second entry: Shinmai Maou no Testament OVA (1 OVA).
Third entry: Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst (Airing Fall 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season. The OVA is supplementary.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll.
-Ani-TAY Review:


Soukyuu no Fafner: Exodus 2

Written by Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Drama.

Fafner’s Tagline Premise: A certain community has isolated themselves on an island in order to perform secretive research. The island is essentially a giant ship that can move on command, that also has retractable walls and barriers. These are necessary because every now and then, the island is attacked by advanced beings that the residents know little about. Aside from the protection of the barriers, the people of the island enlist a select number of juveniles to pilot mechas so they can fight against the unknown beings.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Fafner is one of those shows that leaves you saying, “what the heck is going on?” It purposefully drops you off in the dark, but don’t let this be a deterrent. The lack of explanation is easily blinded by the amount of emotions and drama that are packed into the show; it is not just simply mecha battle after mecha battle. The show explores deep character relations and it places great emphasis on the frailty of humans.

You should try it out if you:
-Are a fan of the mecha genre.
-Are a prospective viewer of the mecha genre.
-Don’t mind being lost.

Series Progression:
Special entry: Soukyuu no Fafner: Right or Left (1 episode).
First entry: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor (25 episodes).
Second entry: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Heaven and Earth (movie).
Third entry: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Exodus (13 episodes).
Fourth entry: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Exodus 2 (Airing Fall 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 25 episodes of Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor, watch the movie; Heaven and Earth, and watch the first season of Exodus.
-Watching Right or Left first might help out with understanding what’s going on in Dead Aggressor, but it is not mandatory.
-Time required to catch up: 16.5 hours.
-The First season is available in NA on Funimation, and Hulu.
-The movie is available in NA on Hulu.
-Exodus is available in NA on Crunchyroll.
-Don’t ask me why this licensing is so messed up.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!

Written by Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Slice of life, Shoujo Ai.

Yuru Yuri’s Tagline Premise: A few girls from varying classes in the same middle school notice that the old Tea Club room is unoccupied. After a little conversing, the group decides to form a brand new club, the Amusement Club. The purpose of this club is not well defined; it seems that as long as there’s fun to be had, the club is successfully performing its duties. However, there is a problem for anyone outside of the club, the members will stop at nothing to achieve fun. Also, shit gets real.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Yuru Yuri is more than your staple SitCom; it’s truly an adventure through the daily lives of quirky school girls. Most of the comedy stems from each of the main character’s individual shortcomings (especially one in particular that I can’t seem to remember), and it doesn’t yield to any solid genre standards. The show progresses uniquely in this sense, so you’ll see some episodes that are playful, but others that have a deep and powerful meaning behind them. Either way, you’ll surely have some fun at the end of the day.

You should try it out if you:
-Like your comedy blunt and evil.
-Are okay with the idea of a Yuri show that doesn’t have any Yuri.
-Don’t want to see boys ever (I mean ever).

Series Progression:
First entry: Yuru Yuri (12 episodes).
Second entry: Yuru Yuri ♪♪ (12 episodes).
Special entry: Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi! (1 hour OVA).
Special entry: Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!+ (2 OVAs).
Third entry: Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! (Airing Fall 2015).

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Notes:
-Watch all 12 episodes from both the first and second season. The two special entries are extra, but are essentially the same as the regular show.
-Time required to catch up: 10 hours.
-The OVAs aren’t available anywhere.
-The first two seasons are available in NA on Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Shorts:

Ameiro Cocoa: Rainy Color e Youkoso!

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life.

Time Required to Catch Up: 24 minutes.

Available in NA on Funimation here.


Miss Monochrome: The Animation 3

Genres: Music, Slice of Life.

Time Required to Catch Up: 136 minutes.

Available in NA on Crunchyroll here.


Teekyuu 6

Genres: Comedy, School, Shounen, Sports.

Time required to catch up: 120 minutes.

Available in NA on Crunchyroll here.


This list was finished on Sept/08/2015. Any sequel announced after this date will not appear here. Any movie sequels have been excluded. Any spin-offs and reboots were also left out (including GARO, and Hidan no Aria AA). Kindaichi and Aikatsu have been omitted due to lack of viewership.

Organized by: Stanlick.

Special thanks to everyone that helped out. Your names are up there.

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