With only four weeks remaining, the Summer 2016 anime season is nearly here. Like any other onslaught of new shows, this one has no shortage of sequels. Are you thinking of watching any? Well here’s everything you need to know to get caught up.

This article serves as a guide that will let you know exactly which new shows are sequels, and will point you to every prequel you need to watch beforehand.

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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 Spring 2016 list, here it is.

Here we go.


ACTIVE RAID: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei 2

Written by: Dexomega

Global Anticipation: ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Police, Sentai

Active Raid’s Tagline Premise: Active Raid takes place in a world where industrial exoskeletons are relatively new and commonplace tools for construction work and the like. Being as powerful as they are, when they fall into the wrong hands, they are also very dangerous tools. Active Raid follows a police team specifically formed to combat these superpowered enemies with their own versions of powered exoskeletons. This team, of course, is often called reckless or overly destructive in their pursuit of this mission.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Active Raid is very much a Sentai show in many respects, from the relatively light subject matter to the small team of people trying to protect a city. Being a light science fiction action show, it never gets too deep or long winded about its mission: to entertain its niche audience. This won’t be a show for everyone, but it’s good for a few of us.

You should try it out if you:
-Like a light science fiction show.
-Can take a pretty simple premise.
-Like an episodic series.

Series Progression:
First entry: Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari (12 episodes).
First entry: Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari 2 (Airing Summer 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 4.8 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu
(The Heroic Legend of Arslan)

Written by: Ryoma Nagare

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Fantasy, Historical, War.

Arslan Senki’s Tagline Premise: When the world is at peace you’d think that everyone would be happy, but even the slightest imbalance between two countries’ powers can bring on new war. In Arslan Senki we follow the life of Arslan, prince of the Persian Empire, and his quest after his country is attacked. He’ll have to rally supporters of his succession to the throne, and challenge both a fanatically theocratic country and a stranger that may be hiding more than just his face.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Arslan Senki is an anime that’s filled with heavy action and topped with an emotional story. The first season ended at a weird point just before a really important decisive battle, so this season will only be 8 episodes long and will probably bring the story to a fulfilling end. Going forward, there may be another series in the future that adapts more of the books that tell of Arslan’s legendary journey.

You should try it out if you:
-Like Fantasy with lots of massive battles.
-Enjoy Historical Fiction.
-Enjoyed Yona of the Dawn.

Series Progression:
First entry: Arslan Senki (2015) (24 episodes).
Alternate entry: Arslan Senki (1991) (6 OVAs).
Second entry: Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu (Airing Summer 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-There exists an alternative version that was made in the 90s, but you only need to see the 2015 version.
-There are also OVAs and specials that are not mandatory.
-Time required to catch up: 9 Hours.
-Available in NA on Funimation, Hulu.
-Ani-TAY Review:


Berserk (2016)

Written by: jonuiuc

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Action, Seinen.

Berserk’s Tagline Premise: In this world, the destiny of mankind is controlled from the shadows by the cosmic horrors known as the God Hand. Humanity’s free will is meaningless, with people’s lives serving as nothing more than fodder for their amusement. Only one human, the Black Swordsman, has been able defy the God Hand and their corrupt apostles. Having survived immeasurable suffering, being branded, and being hounded by demons, how much can one soul sacrifice for vengeance before it becomes a demon itself?

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: After 19 years, anime fans will finally get to see the continuation of Kentaro Miura’s seminal manga on the small screen. Picking up after the events of the first Berserk series from 1997 (or alternatively, the recent trilogy of movies) this series will follow Guts after he becomes the Black Swordsman in his bloody pursuit for vengeance across a hell touched world.

You should try it out if you:
-Care to see the original “Hero with an Absurdly Large Sword”? Guts started it all.
-Dare to see what happens to the main characters after a Gainax Ending?
-Never could be bothered to read the manga? Waited years to see what happens next? Your wait is over.

Series Progression:
First entry: Berserk 1997 (25 episodes)
Alternative First entry: Berserk: The Golden Age 2012-13 (3 movies).
Second entry: Berserk 2016 (Airing Summer 2016).

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Notes:
-It is strongly suggested you watch the 1997 series first.
-If you are unable to watch the watch the 1997 series, the newer movie trilogy covers the same overall story with CGI visuals that will be more similar to the upcoming series.
-Time required to catch up: 10.5 hours or 5 hours.
-The first season is not simulcasted in NA.
-No Ani-TAY review.


Binan Koukou Chikyuu Boueibu LOVE! LOVE!
(Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! 2nd Season)

Written by: Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Magic, Slice of Life.

Binan Koukou’s Tagline Premise: We’re all used to the story of middle schools girls who stumble across and help stranded animals only to be granted magical powers, right? What if instead it was a high schooler? What if it was a group of male high schoolers? Surprisingly, the results are practically the same. All the good stuff is still there like cute uniforms, happiness, transformation sequences, and a half-dead principal who might just be a rotting corpse. Wait, what was that last part? It doesn’t matter. What does is that the Cute High Earth Defense Club squad is here to save the day!

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Earth Defence Club is a very unique anime. The best way to describe it is that it’s a parody that commits to its jokes hard. There will be instances where you think they simply couldn’t take a gag further, but then they do and you question whether or not a joke was even intended. Comedy is surely the name of the game, so don’t turn away based on frilly images or the bishounen cast; this is one that any experienced anime fan can enjoy.

You should try it out if you:
-Love or hate the magical girl genre.
-Are a fan of comedy.
-Looking for a hidden gem.

Series Progression:
First entry: Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! (12 episodes).
Second entry: Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! LOVE! (Airing Summer 2016).

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


D.Gray-man HALLOW

Written by: Rock

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Genres: Shounen, Action, Adventure, Comedy.

D. Gray-man’s Tagline Premise: The story follows Allen Walker, a person who joins an organization of Exorcists that destroy Akuma, mechanic weapons made by the Millennium Earl with the suffering souls of the dead. Allen has both a cursed eye and an anti-Akuma weapon as an arm, and along with his fellow Exorcists he must put a stop to the Millennium Earl’s ultimate plot that could lead to the destruction of the world. Since 103 episodes was not enough to adapt all of the manga, they made another season, D.Gray-man HALLOW, which is a continuation of the anime.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: If you asked a teenager suffering chuunibyou to list what things they would consider being cool is, D.Gray-man is a show that would have quite a lot attributes from that: a 19th century setting that has an aesthetic similar to vampire shows, cursed eyes, cool weapons, exorcists and demons. That being said, don’t think the show is bad for it, as it’s a solid action shounen similar to the likes of Full Metal Alchemist and Soul Eater but the real difference between this and those shows is that D.Grey-man is a much slower paced than those two shows. This means engaging action, wonderful worlds, funny comedy, and awesome characters.

You should try it out if you:
-Are already invested in the D.Gray-man universe.
-Are looking for a Shounen Action Adventure with a “Darker” twist.
-Like engaging characters in an interesting setting.

Series Progression:
First entry: D.Gray-man (103 episodes).
Second entry: D.Gray-man HALLOW (Airing Summer 2016).

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Notes:
-In the first season, episodes 27, 29-36, and 41-50 are filler, so if you haven’t seen the show yet, you may want to skip them. The first season also starts out slow so don’t judge the show based on its first few episodes.
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 39 hours.
-Available in NA on Funimation and Hulu.
-Funimation and Hulu only licensed the first 51 episodes of D-Gray Man, so you can only legally watch the first 51 episodes of the series.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


DANGANRONPA 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Mirai-Hen

Written by: Koda

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Genres: Action, Horror, Mystery, Psychological.

Danganronpa’s Tagline Premise: Hope’s Peak Academy is an elite high school that only accepts students with so called “Ultimate” talents. The kids who successfully enroll in the school receive a personalized title that reflects their talent. Unlike the rest of his fellow classmates, Makoto Naegi is a completely average person who by pure dumb luck was accepted into the school, thus earning him the title, “Ultimate Lucky Student”. However, the school life Naegi and his classmates were hoping to experience at such a prestigious school is short lived. The students are quickly confronted by Monokuma, a sadistic remote-controlled bear that also doubles as the school’s principal. Monokuma then proceeds to trap them inside the school. Their hopes of escaping and graduating hinge on one of them managing to successfully murder one of their peers without being discovered in a trial held by the students with Monokuma as the judge. However, should the murderer be caught, they will be executed on the spot and the death game continues until there is only one sole survivor.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Danganronpa is based on one of the premiere murder mystery video game franchises in recent years. It removes a lot of the additional gameplay elements and focuses in on the core aspect of the game’s story. The story itself has a rapid fire plot filled with thrilling mysteries and some gruesome deaths.

You should try it out if you:
-Are a fan of the games and what to relive key moments in an abridged manner.
-Love death game style tales.
-Are interested in getting into the franchise, but don’t have time to play the games.

Series Progression:
First entry: Danganronpa: The Animation (13 episodes).
Second entry: Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Mirai-Hen (Airing Summer 2016).

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Notes:
-There is a second Danganronpa anime airing in the Summer 2016 season called Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Zetsubou-Hen. Despite the similar names, this is in fact a prequel to the second Danganronpa game and thus not related to the story of Mirai-Hen, which is a direct sequel to the first Danganronpa anime and video game.
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 5.2 hours.
-Available in NA on Funimation and Hulu.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA 3rei!!

Written by: Rock

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic.

Fate/Illya’s Tagline Premise: One day, a magical rod named Ruby comes crashing into Illya’s (from the other works in the Fate Series) bathroom as she’s taking a bath. Ruby was running away from Rin Tohsaka, a magus, and decides to make Illya into a magical girl. When Rin figures this out, she gives Illya the task of obtaining 7 class cards which contain the spirits from heroes of legend, and Illya has to fight a series of battles with each respective hero. When 2wei starts, a girl named Kuroe (who looks extremely similar to Illya) appears before her and throws Illya’s everyday life upside down, drastically changing the dynamics of the characters in the story. 2wei Herz! is the second half of the 2wei manga which serves as a sort of transition to 3rei, and 3rei shifts to a completely new tone of story to be more like what you’d expect from a Fate work.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: To anyone following Fate/illya or Fate in general, 3rei is absolutely something worth hyping for and if you have watched through the rest of Fate/illya then you’re in for a treat. While a majority of Fate/illya is an almost slice of life/nonsensical and silly magical girl show, 3rei flips the entire show on its feet: it becomes much more of what you would expect from the Nasuverse and thus infinitely better. This means interesting themes and character interactions, engaging action, and a compelling narrative that will keep you coming back every week.

You should try it out if you:
-Are a fan of anything related to Fate.
-Like Awesome Action.
-Have withstood 3 seasons of PRISMA☆ILLYA and are reading this.

Series Progression:
Zeroth entry: Almost anything from the Fate universe (see notes).
First entry: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya (10 episodes).
Second entry: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei! (10 episodes).
Third entry: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz! (10 episodes).
Fourth entry: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei! (Airing Summer 2016).

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Notes:
-Due to the fact that this series is a spinoff of other Fate content, it is highly recommended that you know about at least some of the universe before you watch this show.
-Watch all 10 episodes of the first season, 10 episodes of the second season and 10 episodes of the third (more like 2.5) season. There are a bunch of OVAs and specials, but none of them are required.
-Time required to watch the other Fate/Illya entries: 12 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll, Viewster, and Hulu.
-Ani-TAY Review:


Handa-kun

Written by: Raitzeno

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Shounen, School, Slice of Life.

Barakamon and Handa-kun’s Tagline Premise: Barakamon began with Handa-kun winning a calligraphy award, but Handa-kun’s own story began much earlier. The Handa-kun prequel series is set six years before that fateful day, during Handa-kun’s high school years. The show follows his misadventures with friends, admirers, jealous rivals, and everything in between as a younger and even more awkward Handa-kun bumbles his way to success in his school life.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Handa-kun is sort of like what I’m Sakamoto, Haven’t You Heard? would be if Sakamoto was not actually awesome, but rather a bumbling doofus who was only perceived as cool because people completely misunderstood what he was doing and assumed he had deep, awesome reasons for every action he took. Poor Handa-kun just wants to make friends and not really stand out, and he doesn’t understand why people freak out over everything he says and does. It’s almost kind of pitiable, but more often it’s hilarious.

You should try it out if you:
-Wanted to see a younger, even less mature Handa interact with friends his own age.
-Enjoyed Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto.
-Want a nice, lighthearted comedy without a lot of romance, morality, or other seriousness getting in the way.

Series Progression:
First entry: Barakamon (12 episodes).
Prequel entry: Handa-kun (Airing Summer 2016).

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Notes:
-Prior series not necessarily required.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours if you watch Barakamon, otherwise nothing.
-Available in NA on Funimation and Hulu.
-Ani-TAY Review of Barakamon:


Shokugeki no Soma: Ni no Sara
(Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma 2)

Written by: Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★★

Genres: Shounen, School, Ecchi, Food.

Shokugeki no Soma’s Tagline Premise: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is an over-the-top battle-shounen in which the characters face head to head, with knives in hand, to determine the more masterly chef. This anime namely follows the life of Yukihira Soma and his proclamation that his cooking skills reign above all others. There’s no better place to measure this ability than at Totsuki High, a school tailored to the upbringing of the next generation of world-class chefs. Students here are free to challenge each other to so called Shokugekis, one on one cook-offs where anything and everything can be wagered. However, if you fail to meet its expectations even once, you are expelled on the spot, and your career is ruined.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is a spectacle that pushes the limits of animation. Whether you’re looking for a show to fill your appetite, or perhaps searching for one that leaves you craving more, it may possibly the meal you’re looking for. Imagine it this way: if you’re not terribly hungry, then there’s no real reason to eat, right? Wrong. If the food in front of you is a masterpiece, then it doesn’t matter if you’ve just eaten, you’ll inevitably enjoy it. “What’s a masterpiece though?” you may ask. Well, it all depends on whether or not your clothes explode.

You should try it out if you:
-You like food.
-Your clothes tend to withstand food-induced explosions.
-Love excitement.

Series Progression:
First entry: Shokugeki no Soma (24 episodes).
Second entry: Shokugeki no Soma: Ni no Sara (Airing Summer 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-There is an OVA as well if you’re interested, but it’s not required.
-Time required to catch up: 10 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
-Ani-TAY Review:


This list was finished on June/03/2016. Any sequels announced after this date will not appear here. Movie sequels have been excluded. Spinoffs are not included on this list (i.e. Love Live).

Organized by: Stanlick.

Thank you Proton for editing. Without him we wouldn’t have him.

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

Thanks for reading!


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