Sequels! Specifically sequels airing January 2017. There are a fair amount and you still have enough time to catch up before they air.

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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.

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.

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If you missed out on the Fall 2016 you can find it here.

Here we go.


Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc

Type:
Sequel

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Studio:
A-1 Pictures

Genres:
Action, Demons, Supernatural, Fantasy, Shounen

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What the Series is About:
Rin and Yukio Okumura aren’t the most normal of twin brothers. In fact, they decidedly not, having been born sons of Satan, the demonic ruler of Gehenna, the two of them have been cursed since birth with a connection to the demon realm. But while Rin’s innate demonic blue flames were sealed and hidden from him as a babe, his brother Yukio was cursed to be unpowerful, and yet able to see demons since birth. As such there was a silent rift between the brothers as their demonic heritage was hidden from Rin. That all changed when their foster father, a priest and exorcist, is murdered by Satan himself, which unlocked Rin’s powers and exposing him to the demon realm. Now enrolled at the True Cross Academy, Rin is set upon learning to fight demons as an exorcist, under the tutelage of his own twin brother who has already become a full exorcist. Together, along with the rest of the exorcist trainees at True Cross Academy, they are setting out to hunt the demons that prey on the rest of humanity.
-Written by: Krakken

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★★★★

Time Required to Catch Up:
10 Hours

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What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Blue Exorcist (Watch)
Season 2 - Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc (Airing Winter 2017)
Movie - Blue Exorcist Movie (Optional)
OVA - Blue Exorcist: Runaway Kuro (Optional)


ChäoS;Child

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
Silver Link

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Genres:
Sci-Fi, Harem, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural

What the Series is About:
Chaos;Child is yet another work in the Science Adventure Series (the games with the semicolon), but Chaos;Child is not an original work in the series, being a successor to the infamous Chaos;Head. Unlike the name of the series may suggest, Chaos;Head and Chaos;Child are not about SciFi adventures, but instead about superpowers and illusions, with Chaos;Child picking up where Chaos;Head left off.

6 years after the events in Chaos;Head that leveled Shibuya, mysterious deaths occur that catch the president of the eyes of the local high school newspaper club president, Takeru. The decides to investigate these incidents and they quickly find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery, one that becomes known as the “Return of the New Generation Madness”. Apparently the VN is pretty good but this anime is most likely going to be 12 episodes so it would be safe to expect a clusterfuck.
-Written by: RockmanDash12

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Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★★☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
5.4 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
ChäoS;HEAd (Play the VN instead)
Season 2 - ChäoS;Child (Airing Winter 2017)


Gintama (2017)

Type:
Sequel

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Studio:
Bandai Namco Pictures

Genres:
Action, Comedy, Historical, Parody, Samurai, Sci-Fi, Shounen

What the Series is About:
Alien… a word that can be used to describe beings from foreign lands. In the late 1860s aliens invaded Japan, and I’m not talking about Europeans, these aliens were full blown extraterrestrials. Much like non-fiction history, the Japanese put up a strong fight, but in the end lost and adopted much of the culture and technology of their conquers. Although Japan is a much livelier place, it still suffers from the same problem as modern day society, that the people who live in this society have human needs. By mixing this dullness of life with the eccentricities of a high-tech society deeply rooted in tradition and setting it through the lens of clown, you get some of the best comedy in anime/manga to date.
-Written by: Thatsmapizza

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Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
100+ Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Gintama (Watch)
Season 2 - Gintama’ (Watch)
Season 3 - Gintama’: Enchousen (Watch)
Season 4 - Gintama° (Watch)
Season 5 - Gintama (2017) (Airing Winter 2017)
Movies/OVAs - There’s a bunch (Optional)


KonoSuba Second Season

Type:
Sequel

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Studio:
Studio Deen

Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy

What the Series is About:
“Pfft. Oh noes, you died! Lololol.” Not exactly what you want to hear during the reincarnation process, but it’s what ex-hikkikomori Kazuma got after trying to save a girl from being run over by a truck… kinda. Kazuma, being a total jerk in response, drags the worthless but cute goddess Aqua with him, on a technicality, into an RPG world of swords and magic. Having picked up two other equally-wacky party members - Megumin, an Explosion-obsessed Arch Wizard, and Darkness, a masochistic Paladin - Kazuma and, err, company continue their adventure through a fantasy world that consistently fails to meet his expectations in hilarious ways.
-Written by: Raitzeno

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Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★★★★

Time Required to Catch Up:
3.8 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
KonoSuba (Watch)
Season 2 - KonoSuba Second Season (Airing Winter 2017)
OVA - KonoSuba OVA (Optional)


Little Witch Academia (TV)

Type:
Alternative telling

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Studio:
Trigger

Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, School

What the Series is About:
Akko Kagari has always dreamed of becoming a witch, ever since she was a little girl and was entranced by the witch performer Shiny Chariot. Now enrolled at Luna Nova Magical Academy, she along with her new friends Lotte and Sucy find themselves in a number of adventures, filled with flying brooms, potions, hijinx and of course magic. This series is an expanded retelling/ adaptation of the LWA OVA made for Anime Mirai 2013, and its kickstarter sequel.
-Written by: Krakken

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Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★★★★☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
0 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Movie 1 -
Little Witch Academia (Optional)
Movie 2 - Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (Optional)
TV Season 1 - Little Witch Academia (TV) (Airing Winter 2017)


Reikenzan 2nd Season

Type:
Sequel

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Studio:
Studio Deen

Genres:
Comedy, Magic, Fantasy

What the Series is About:
Based off a popular Chinese web novel, a young boy was born during an extraordinary cosmological event that also foretold of a future disaster to fall upon the world. This young boy, named Ouriko, impacted by this event was destined to be powerful. Years later, the near-deity Reiken clan have decided to once again hold their family entrance examination in order to find the most talented and impressive disciples to learn and work under them. Ouriko, uninformed of his own destiny, decides to take the examination.
-Written by: Gugsy

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Global Anticipation:
★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
4.8 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Reikenzan (Watch)
Season 2 - Reikenzan 2nd Season (Airing Winter 2017)


Rewrite: Moon-Hen & Terra-Hen

Type:
Sequel

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Studio:
8bit

Genres:
Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, School

What the Series is About:
The story of Rewrite follows our protagonist Kotarou, who lives an average life in the environmentally conscious Kazamatsuri, a city that is a forerunner in ecological studies. He lives a normal life for the most part, until Kotarou decides to make the occult research society go into the forest looking for unidentified mysterious animals. Instead of UMAs however, Kotarou finds himself in the middle of a conspiratorial conflict and with a weird power. Unknown to most, there is an underground war between 2 factions fighting for a way to save the earth: the Superhumans known as Guardian, and the Summoners known as Gaia.

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Season One was not enough to tell the entire story, not enough to adapt the entire Visual Novel that the work is based on. Rewrite: Moon and Terra continues the events in Season one, but like the name suggests, Season 2 will be adapting the Moon And Terra routes of the Visual Novel instead of directly continuing what we saw earlier in S1. I personally enjoyed the routes a lot in the Visual Novel, but given 8bit’s track record, this show could go either way.
-Written by: RockmanDash12

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
5.2 Hours

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What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Rewrite (Watch)
Season 2 - Rewrite / 2nd Season Moon-Hen/Terra-Hen (Airing Winter 2017)


Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2nd Season

Type:
Sequel

Studio:
Studio Deen

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Genres:
Drama, Josei

What the Series is About:
This story of self-discovery, artistic struggle, and redemption takes place in the world of Rakugo, a centuries-old form of Japanese oral, comedic storytelling that’s bound by plenty of rules and tradition. Yotaro, an optimistic ex-convict, begs the reigning Rakugo master, Yakumo VIII, to teach him the craft. Yakumo already has his hands full with his stubborn ward Konatsu. With the two young people under his care, Yakumo must come to terms with the tragedies of his own past as an artist. Season 1 focused on the story of Yakumo’s past with his best friend and rival, Sukeroku, a man who wasn’t unlike the brash but charismatic Yotaro.
-Written by: MementoMorie

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

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Time Required to Catch Up:
5.6 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Watch)
Season 2 - Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2nd Season (Airing Winter 2017)


Super Lovers 2

Type:
Sequel

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Studio:
Studio Deen

Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen Ai

What the Series is About:
When Hori Kaido was in high school, his semi-estranged biological mother took in a young street boy Ren. Ren, opening up to Hori emotionally for perhaps the first time towards any human, gets quite attached to his new adopted brother. When Hori returns to Japan however, he and his stepparents are victims of a tragic car accident that kills the step-parents, and leaves Hori, suffering from memory loss of his summer with Ren, as head of his small family, with himself and his twin step-brothers. So when Ren arrives in Japan years later, Hori is both surprised, but takes in his 3rd brother, eventually realising that the attraction between himself and Ren is far more than just brotherly love. However when their burgeoning romantic feelings are coming to the fore, Hori’s biological mother appears to take Ren away to Switzerland. Can their romance survive such a wild new development?
-Written by: Krakken

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Global Anticipation:
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Time Required to Catch Up:
4 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Super Lovers (Watch)
Season 2 - Super Lovers 2 (Airing Winter 2017)


Tales of Zestiria the X (2017)

Type:
Sequel

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Studio:
ufotable

Genres:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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What the Series is About:
Sorey has always grew up with Seraphim, supernatural beings invisible to the human eye. The village he resides in, Elysia, is both a home and safe haven for the Seraphim, who prefer to not communicate with humans. One day, Sorey and his best friend Mikleo explore the nearby ruins and stumble upon Alisha Diphda, who has been searching for the seraphim and Elysia. But after Alisha heads back to the capital, a monster known as a Hellion begins attacking Elysian villagers. Though the Hellion was fended off, Sorey suspects that it might be after Alisha, and he, along with Mikleo, set off for the capital to find her.
-Written by: Shade

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

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Time Required to Catch Up:
4.6 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Tales of Zestiria the X (Watch)
Season 2 - Tales of Zestiria the X (2017) (Airing Winter 2017)


Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation

Type:
Sequel

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Studio:
TMS Entertainment

Genres:
Comedy, Sports, Drama, Shounen

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What the Series is About:
If someone claims that they’re not good at sports, the last thing you would expect them to say is, “I bike 90km to Akiba and back every day.” When the Bike Racing Club discovers that one otaku at their school is doing just that, they instantly become interested. If you are a sports anime fan, this series is a must-watch. It delivers the same excitement and passion that all good sports anime are known for. This is a good sports anime for anyone who’s never watched the genre. Assuming this is because you’re not really fond of sports in real life, you’ll immediately relate to the main protagonist, because neither is he. In the end you can expect an ultimately well written story about self improvement, and bicycles just happen to be the medium.
-Written by: Stanlick

Global Anticipation:
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

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Time Required to Catch Up:
26.3 Hours

What You Need to Watch:
Season 1 -
Yowamushi Pedal (Watch)
Season 2 - Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road (Watch)
Season 3 - Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation (Airing Winter 2017)
Movie - Yowamushi Pedal Movie (Watch)
There are some other Movies/OVAs that are all optional


Shorts


Yami Shibai 4th Season

Genres: Dementia, Horror, Supernatural
Time required to catch up: 156 minutes, though it is episodic so you can start anywhere.


This list was finished on Dec/19/2016. Any sequels announced after this date will not appear here. Movie sequels have been excluded. Every show can be found on either Crunchyroll or Funimation

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Organized by: Stanlick.

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

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