We’re less than a month away from the Fall anime season. This is the perfect time to catch up on anime that are getting a new sequel or spinoff. There are quite a few shows that fall into this category this time around, so have fun.

This article is a guide that will let you know exactly which new shows are sequels, and will highlight every prequel that needs to be watched before starting them.

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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 on MyAnimeList.

If you missed out on the Summer 2016 list, here it is.

Here we go.


Ajin 2

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
Polygon Pictures

Genres:
Action, Horror, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural

What the Series is About:
17 years ago humanity discovered the Ajin, seemingly normal people who are actually immortal. Humanity reacted with fear and Ajin were isolated, locked up, and experimented on. The story follows Kei Nagai, an average high schooler (plus or minus what appears to be borderline sociopathy) who seemingly dies in an accident, but discovers that he is an Ajin, and is therefore forced to go on the run. While fleeing the government and fearful citizens, he gets entangled in the plot of a terrorist(freedom fighter?) Ajin, who seeks to change the world by any means necessary. Season 2 sees Kei emerging from the sanctuary he had taken refuge in, determined to face his opponents head on.
-Written by: Requiem

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★★★★

Time Required to Catch Up:
5.2 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Ajin (Watch)
Season 2 - Ajin 2 (Airing Fall 2016)
Movie 1 - Ajin Part 1: Shoudou (Skip)
Movie 2 - Ajin Part 2: Shoutotsu (Skip)
Movie 3 - Ajin Part 3: Shougeki (Skip)
The movies are an alternate version of the same story and can be skipped.


Brave Witches

Type:
Spinoff

Studio:
Silver Link

Genres:
Action, Ecchi, Magic, Military, Sci-Fi

What the Series is About:
A spinoff from the panty-clad precursor Strike Witches, Brave Witches takes us to a different part of the world and a different group of clothing-challenged aerial combatants. Whilst the original anime followed the 501st Joint Fighter Wing (the ‘Strike Witches’) and their efforts over their alternate version of Europe, and other materials have shown the African front, this new series will focus on the 502nd JFS “Brave Witches” (nicknamed the “Breaker Witches” due to a penchant for destroying their equipment) and the fight in the ‘Orussian’ skies, set between the first two seasons of the 501st. For those new to the entire franchise, the setting is an alternate Earth circa WW2, where witches have become the frontline against a mysterious alien enemy termed the Neuroi. Wearing ‘Striker units’ into battle and using magically-enhanced strength and durability to survive the crucible of combat... it’s all an excuse to have cute girls (many genderswapped versions of famous pilots) mix with famous fighter aircraft, grow animal ears and not wear trousers. Because they’d “interfere with rapidly donning the Striker units in a scramble” (their legs are magically shunted to another dimension). And because the witches have come to represent strength and femininity, women across the world have followed their fashion choices, and don’t wear trousers either.
-Written by: Exile

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
0 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Original Anime -
Strike Witches 1, 2, & OVAs (Optional)
Alternative Setting - Brave Witches (Airing Fall 2016)
You don’t have to watch the original series to watch the new spinoff.


Bubuki Buranki 2

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
SANZIGEN

Genres:
Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi

What the Series is About:
Giant mechs called Buranki once slept peacefully atop a floating island above the Earth. But an accident involving Azuma Kabuki’s family caused the Buranki to awake, forcing Azuma’s mother to send the rest of the family down to Earth for their protection. 10 years later, Azuma runs into his childhood friend Kogane Asabuki who has a miniature piece of a Buranki, called a Bubuki, that also doubles as a weapon. It turns out that she’s part of a group of Bubuki users, looking for the final piece/Bubuki user to form a legendary Buranki called Oubu. But people on Earth have also grown accustomed to Buranki and don’t take too kindly to this emerging threat to the new power structure. Chief among these is Kaoruko Kazuki, his twin sister, and her team of Bubuki users.
-Written by: Gugsy

Global Anticipation:
★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
4.8 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Bubuki Buranki (Watch)
Season 2 - Bubuki Buranki 2 (Airing Fall 2016)


Bungou Stray Dogs 2

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
Bones

Genres:
Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural

What the Series is About:
Sometimes, the police get cases that are simply too unusual and solving them is out of their league. This is where the Armed Detective agency steps in, using their supernatural abilities to take on whatever danger comes their way and crack the case. Atsushi Nakajima is the newest member of the group, and when he’s not tagging alongside his co-workers in said cases, he’s either getting used to their eccentric personalities at the office or carrying out his tasks as the designated errand boy. The Agency members might be a goofy bunch when they’re off the clock, but once it’s time to get working, no case will be left unsolved. Bungo Stray Dogs places famous literary authors from the distant past in a world where they are gifted with supernatural abilities.
-Written by: Shade

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★★★★

Time Required to Catch Up:
4.6 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Bungou Stray Dogs (Watch)
Season 2 - Bungou Stray Dogs 2 (Airing Fall 2016)


Haikyuu!! 3

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
Production IG

Genres:
Sports, Drama, School, Shounen, Comedy

What the Series is About:
Haikyuu!! is the volleyball sports anime that follows Karasuno High School’s volleyball team, a team that had enjoyed some fame in previous years, but has recently fallen sadly below national standards. This all changes when Junior 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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The Anime 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.
-Written by: Krakken

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★★★★

Time Required to Catch Up:
20 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Haikyuu!! (Watch)
Season 2 - Haikyuu!! 2 (Watch)
Season 3 - Haikyuu!! 3 (Airing Fall 2016)


Lostorage incited WIXOSS

Type:
Spinoff

Studio:
J.C. Staff

Genres:
Game, Psychological, Drama

What the Series is About:
Card battles are all fun and games until someone’s life is on the line. When a new card game arises a handful of lucky girls receive a card with a live avatar inside. If the holder of an avatar card wins enough battles they are granted one wish with zero limitations. Amazing as this may seem, all it takes is a single deviant to wish for dismay. The world may easily be forced into darkness.

The new anime, Lostorage incited WIXOSS, is set in the same world as the original WIXOSS series, but is expected to tell its own contained story.
-Written by: Stanlick

Global Anticipation:
★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
0 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Original Anime -
Selector Infected WIXOSS (Optional)
Original Anime Season 2 - Selector Spread WIXOSS (Optional)
Original Anime Movie - Selector Destructed WIXOSS (Optional)
Alternative Setting - Lostorage Incited WIXOSS (Airing Fall 2016)
You don’t have to watch the original series to watch the new spinoff.


Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
Sunrise

Genres:
Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Space

What the Series is About:
The Tekkadan group, a group of former child workers, now Martian child mercenaries, have completed their first major contract in escorting the Martian aristocrat Kudelia Aina Bernstein to Earth, as well as help re-establish a Martian-sympathetic government in one of earth’s main economic blocks. They are now recognised as a significant military power, with skill equalling the old powers of the Earth’s powerful families and their forbidden Gundam Weapons. So while these orphans come to terms with their first great victory, as well as their many losses, can they retain their sense of newfound familly and purpose, when the old Earth establishment fights to retain their dominant control over Mars, and the rest of the human colonies.
-Written by: Krakken

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
10 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Watch)
Season 2 - Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2 (Airing Fall 2016)


Natsume’s Book of Friends 5

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
Shuka

Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Supernatural

What the Series is About:
Takashi Natsume has always been a little bit different from other boys and girls his age, since he can see Youkai all around him every day. And sometimes they chase after him! But one day, the now 15-year old boy comes across a mysterious book of sorts, called the “Book of Friends”. It turns out that his grandmother also was able to see Youkai, and put the names of every Youkai she came to control into the “Book of Friends”. Now that it is in his possession, Natsume also can control the Youkai named in the book. Aided by the cat-like spirit and mentor, the aptly named Nyanko-sensei, Natsume sets out to release the spirits from his grandmother’s control. But while some spirits are friendlier sorts, not all are!
-Written by: Gugsy

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
21 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Natsume’s Book of Friends (Watch)
Season 2 - Natsume’s Book of Friends 2 (Watch)
Season 3 - Natsume’s Book of Friends 3 (Watch)
Season 4 - Natsume’s Book of Friends 4 (Watch)
Season 5 - Natsume’s Book of Friends 5 (Airing Fall 2016)


Sound! Euphonium 2

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
Kyoto Animation

Genres:
Drama, Music, School

What the Series is About:
Sound! Euphonium tells the dramatic story that revolves around Kitauji High School concert band and its members. The band’s past is riddled with failure, struggle, and discord. When the new school year comes around, a few talented first years join the team who just might allow the team to unify and emerge from their slump. However, many rivalries and a slew of romances stand in the way of the competition’s gold medal.
-Written by: Stanlick

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★★★☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
5 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Sound! Euphonium (Watch)
Movie - Sound! Euphonium Movie (Skip)
Season 2 - Sound! Euphonium 2 (Airing Fall 2016)
The Movie recaps the first season and can be skipped.


Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 4

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
A-1 Pictures

Genres:
Comedy, Reverse-Harem, Music, Romance, Shoujo

What the Series is About:
With all of the pop idols appearing these days seemingly from nowhere, it’s not to hard to imagine a high school that serves as a training ground for the sensations of the future. Saotome Academy is such a home, nursing idols, composers, and lyricists towards their dreams of fame. Nanami Haruka is our lead protagonist. She comes from a past that was not the happiest, and had many hardships that she had to overcome. Now at this amazing school, she idealizes the idea of writing songs for people to enjoy. She finds herself resonating with a group of talented men, but out of ignorance, she starts one of the most emotional reverse-harems to date.
-Written by: Stanlick

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
16 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Uta no Prince Sama (Watch)
Season 2 - Uta no Prince Sama 2 (Watch)
Season 3 - Uta no Prince Sama 3 (Watch)
Season 4 - Uta no Prince Sama 4 (Airing Fall 2016)


WWW.Working!!

Type:
Spinoff

Studio:
A-1 Pictures

Genres:
Comedy, Slice of Life

What the Series is About:
Welcome to Wagnaria! Though the food is normal, the employees that bring it to you are not.

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Working is the embodiment of all those far fetched stories you hear about from other people’s workplaces. Every episode brings on a new problem for the team to handle in their far from regular manner. Each character has a set of staple jokes associated with them, and despite the comedy centring around these sets, the content sustains comedic freshness. The show should hold you at a good laugh throughout your visit.

The spinoff will be set in a new branch of the Wagnaria family restaurant and backed by an entirely new cast of crazy employees.
-Written by: Stanlick

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
0 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Original Anime -
Working!! (Optional)
Original Anime Season 2 - Working’!! (Optional)
Original Anime Season 3 - Working!!! (Optional)
Alternative Setting - WWW.Working!! (Airing Fall 2016)
You don’t have to watch the original series to watch the new spinoff.


Shorts:


Anime De Training! XX

Genres: Comedy, Sports
Time required to catch up: 48 minutes


Crane Game Girls 2

Genres: Comedy
Time required to catch up: 52 minutes


Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara. 2

Genres: Comedy, Magic
Time required to catch up: 48 minutes


My Wife is the Student Council President! 2

Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School, Shounen
Time required to catch up: 96 minutes


Rainy Cocoa 3

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
Time required to catch up: 48 minutes


Teekyuu 8

Genres: Comedy, Shounen, Sports
Time required to catch up: 156 minutes


This list was finished on Sept/11/2016. Any sequels announced after this date will not appear here. Movie sequels have been excluded. Links to legal streams have been left out this time around because literally everything is on Crunchyroll except for Ajin (Netflix) and Brave Witches (Funimation, and soon to be on Crunchyroll). The following are sequels and spinoffs that were skipped due to low interest:
12 sai
Digimon universe
Kaitou Joker 4
Show by Rock 2

Organized by: Stanlick.

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

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