The Spring 2016 anime season is on its way and coming along with it is a fair amount of sequels. You may ask, “What are these returning shows, and what do I need to watch in order to catch up?” This article will serve as a guide, answering those questions and more.

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 Winter 2016 list, here it is.

Here we go.


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The Asterisk War 2

Written by Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★★★★

Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School, Sci-Fi.

Asterisk’s Tagline Premise: Many ages ago, a meteor destroyed most of the world. However, along with great disaster, it contained the previously undiscovered element mana. This material caused the human race to evolve and gain an array of powers. In this modern age, individuals skirmish against one another to see whose special ability is superior. The story follows a particular transfer student who just entered into an academy dedicated to raising battle-ready students.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Asterisk has everything that comes standard with magical high school shows. It has plentiful action scenes, cunning enemies that plot and betray, an abundance of female characters that all have the hots for the main hero, and of course, the hero himself whose past is full of sorrows and unsolved mysteries. If this is the kind of thing that gets you excited, then you’ll find what you’re looking for within this show. On the other hand, if you’ve experienced your fair share of this sub-genre, you’ll already know what’s in store here.

You should try it out if you:
-Like magical high school shows.
-Haven’t seen a magical high school yet, but intend to.

Series Progression:
First entry: The Asterisk War (12 episodes).
Second entry: The Asterisk War 2 (Airing Spring 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 4.5 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, or Daisuki.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Concrete Revolutio 2

Written by Gugsy

Global Anticipation: ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Super Power.

Concrete Revolutio’s Tagline Premise: Set in alternate-universe Japan, primarily in the 1960s, the government’s Superhuman Bureau exists to protect, regulate and administrate over all kinds of special beings and superheroes who live amongst the normal population. But many different groups want to use superheroes for their own means, including student protestors, media corporations, and even other nations. Jiro Hitoyoshi, a member of the Bureau, is a faithful and capable agent, but in the future we find that he’s fighting against his former comrades! Why? What will happen to the Bureau? If superheroes protect society, then who protects the superheroes?

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Concrete Revolutio, while being a show about all kinds of superheroes and other comic book legends, isn’t just about action. Instead, it focuses on political machinations and secrets regarding superheroes. Sporting a complicated, non-linear story structure, the first cour specializes in episodic stories regarding different kinds of superheroes and the Bureau’s missions. At the same time, bits and pieces in every episode feed viewers details about the Bureau and its members’ past, present, and future. The anime is a demanding watch in which you can’t just press play and turn your brain off. In other words, you have to pay attention. Its first few episodes may seem too wild and crazy for some, but later episodes will have strong enough contained stories and will help you to start connecting the pieces together. If you stick with it, the second cour promises to complete the story and answer the questions that we’re still left with.

You should try it out if you:
-Don’t mind or like non-linear stories with detailed alternate histories.
-Like superhero vs human politics and ethics.
-Like your morality takes with just a bit of action, and not the other way around.

Series Progression:
First entry: Concrete Revolutio (13 episodes).
Second entry: Concrete Revolutio 2 (Airing Spring 2016).

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


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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

Written by Kristof

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shounen, Supernatural, Manliness.

JoJo’s Tagline Premise: Diamond is Unbreakable, the fourth arc of Hirohiko Araki’s seminal work, finds Jotaro Kujo seeking out the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar, Josuke Higashikata, in the Japanese town of Morioh. Not only is Josuke found to possess a stand, a supernatural ability that empowers its user, but the whole town is quickly filling with many more stand users as the mysterious Bow and Arrow continues to bestow this ability on all that are pierced by it and survive. Why is the Bow and Arrow’s wielder spreading this power, and just what does it have to do with DIO?

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Since David Production’s adaption of the first two arcs of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure back in 2012, we have seen six fantastic cours of one of the most influential properties to come out of Japan in the last 30 years. If you love over-the-top superpowers, names, style, and poses, then you have come to the right place. And don’t worry if you haven’t seen the first 74 episodes in this series, each arc is self-contained enough to allow you to enjoy regardless and once you’re hooked there is plenty more to watch.

You should try it out if you:
-Want to see style taken to 11.
-Love the best 90’s shounen has to offer.
-Need a weekly infusion of manliness.

Series Progression:
First entry: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012) (26 episodes).
Second entry: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (24 episodes).
Third entry: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 2 (24 episodes).
Fourth entry: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Airing Spring 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from all three previous seasons.
-There are alternate versions that were made in the 90's and 2000's. Do not bother with them.
-Time required to catch up: 29 hours.
-Inversely, you could viably start watching the show from this new season.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll.
-Ani-TAY Review of Stardust Crusaders:

http://anitay.kinja.com/jojos-bizarre-…

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Kyoukai no Rinne 2
(RIN-NE 2)

Written by Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, School, Shounen.

RIN-NE’s Tagline Premise: Ghosts and spirits are real, but most of them are either harmless or friendly, and are merely meandering about as they take their time to pass on. However, there are some spirits that feel the need to bother those who still have life. Luckily, shinigami are around to combat these hostile apparitions and make a fair living doing so. This story centres around one particular shinigami who is crippled by debt, and his newest friend who has the ability to see the supernatural.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: If you’re thinking of watching RIN-NE, be prepared to hear the same jokes over and over again. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. Most of the time the jokes spawn from differing situations and produce varying comedic impact. It’s a lot like your one friend who’s always quick to spew out the same one liners given the right opportunity (i.e. the repetitiveness of your mom jokes, or that’s what she said jokes), except a bit more clever. Of course, if repeated humour bothers you, then be aware. On the other hand, if this is your kind of thing, then get ready to laugh.

You should try it out if you:
-Like light-hearted comedies.
-Are looking for a solid low-engagement show.
-Like deadpan humour.

Series Progression:
First entry: RIN-NE (25 episodes).
Second entry: RIN-NE 2 (Airing Spring 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-Time required to catch up: 10 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Macross Δ

Written by Dexomega

Global Anticipation: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Space Opera, Military, Science Fiction, Romance.

Macross’s Tagline Premise: Variable fighters, love triangles, singing, and explosive battles: Otherwise known as the main ingredients for a Macross show. Macross is coming roaring back with a new cast, new mechanical designs for the series’ resident variable fighter aircraft the Valkyrie, and a new setting featuring dueling Valkyries. Macross has always been known for its unique take on the real robot genre, typically featuring not only space opera and love triangle aspects, but elaborate singing numbers throughout the show by the main female cast. Macross Delta is poised to continue this tradition after an extensive auditioning process for the main female lead.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Macross is a show with advanced fighter jets, giant battles, and excellent music, all in the same place. It’s a mix of a number of genres that results in a unique experience for viewers of any age. While this is the latest in a long line of Macross media, Delta is only a sequel to Macross 30: Voices across the Galaxy and Macross Frontier, which means viewing all the previous series is, luckily, unnecessary. If you want to see imaginative battles featuring well-designed fighter aircraft, some good music, and space opera, you’ve come to the right place.

You should try it out if you:
-Like excellent fighter aircraft and real robot mechanical designs.
-Like romance, battles, and music, usually all at the same time.
-Have seen previous iterations of Macross, because it’s more Macross.

Series Progression:
First entry: Super Dimension Fortress Macross (36 episodes).
Second entry: Macross Plus (4 episodes).
Third entry: Macross 7 (49 episodes).
Fourth entry: Macross Dynamite 7 (4 episodes).
Fifth entry: Macross Zero (5 episodes).
Sixth entry: Macross Frontier (25 episodes).
Seventh entry: Macross 30: Voices across the Galaxy (1 video game).
Eighth entry: Macross Δ (Airing Winter 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all 25 episodes from Macross Frontier. Technically Frontier is a sequel to previous shows, but it can be considered a continuity reboot in many ways. Hence it is the only entry you’d need to watch to catch up to this new season.
-This is actually happening this time.
-Time required to catch up: 10 hours.
-Not available in North America (Thanks Harmony Gold).
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Magi: Adventure of Sinbad

Written by Krakken

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen.

Magi’s (specifically Sinbad’s) Tagline Premise: Before Sinbad became the King of Sindria and the conquerer of seven dungeons, he was an ordinary boy with dreams of greatness. Hearing of the great fame and reward that capturing a dungeon gives to the conquerer, Sinbad sets out on a magical journey to claim his destiny with his own hands.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Magi: Adventure of Sinbad is a spinoff/prequel to the Magi Labyrinth of Magic series based around the powerful king Sinbad. The original series is a magical fantasy adventure with great action and a vibrant, interesting world based off 1000 Arabian Nights. Sinbad returns us to this unique world, showing us the origin of one of the original series’ most entertaining and powerful characters.

You should try it out if you:
-Like Shounen action series.
-Are fans of magic and high adventure.
-Have already enjoyed the great Magi series and want more.

Series Progression:
First entry: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (25 episodes).
Second entry: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic (25 episodes).
Prequel Spinoff: Magi: Adventure of Sinbad (Airing Spring 2016).

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Notes:
-It’s advised that you watch all episodes from the other two series before you watch this.
-There is an alternate OVA version of this spinoff that you should skip.
-Time required to catch up: 20.5.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Sailor Moon Crystal: Death Busters

Written by Krakken

Global Anticipation: ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Shoujo, Magical Girl, Shoujo, Romance, Supernatural.

Sailor Moon’s Tagline Premise: Usagi Tsukino is a normal, if a bit airheaded, middle school student. One day, she encounters a black cat named Luna, who tells Usagi that she is Sailor Moon - a magical girl tasked with protecting both the reincarnated Moon Princess and the Earth from evil. To do so, she seeks out the other Sailor Senshi, her fellow magical girl allies, in order to help her in this task.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Sailor Moon Crystal is an all new telling of the original 90's manga, a manga that more or less defined the magical girl genre for many years. This series serves as an easy starting point for anyone who missed out on the 90's series, or as a filler free retelling for anyone already familiar with the series. The series itself is a friendship/romance drama with some action whose true joys are shoujo aesthetics and fun characters.

You should try it out if you:
-Want to see a filler free version of this classic series.
-Enjoy classic magical girl shows.
-Like light romantic, fantasy/fairy stories.

Series Progression:
First entry: Sailor Moon Crystal (26 episodes).
Second entry: Sailor Moon Crystal: Death Busters (Airing Spring 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season of the reboot.
-This is a sequel to the reboot, so you don’t need to go back and watch the older series.
-Time required to catch up: 10.5 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll.
-Ani-TAY Review:

http://anitay.kinja.com/sailor-moon-cr…

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Terra Formars Revenge

Written by Stanlick

Global Anticipation: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Space.

Terra Formars’ Tagline Premise: A few decades ago, the people of Earth set off to Mars with the goal of researching the land and possibly beginning a new civilization there, but their mission failed. Today they are trying a second time, but only a few know what actually happened to the crew the first time around. Mars is inhabited, but not by your standard looking aliens, it has become the home of bipedal, hostile, six foot tall mutated cockroach warriors who aren’t willing to let Mars be taken over. Earth still wants in, but their only chance of defeating the roach-men lies in their own creature-human mutation technology.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Terra Formars is a gruesome tale. There’s plenty of blood, gore, and death, so you don’t want to try it out if you’re easily disturbed. However, it should scratch the itch of anyone looking for high-action death battles. Additionally, stay away if bugs creep you out.

You should try it out if you:
-Like gruesome animation.
-Want to watch the world burn.
-have a bug collection.

Series Progression:
First entry: Terra Formars (13 episodes).
Second entry: Terra Formars Revenge (Airing Spring 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-There is also a prequel OVA that is not necessary.
-Make sure to watch the uncensored version, it’s much more enjoyable.
-Time required to catch up: 5 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll
-No Ani-TAY Review.


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Ushio and Tora 2

Written by Krakken

Global Anticipation: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Demons, Shounen, Supernatural.

Ushio and Tora’s Tagline Premise: Ushio Aotsuki is the son of a Buddhist priest who is always going on about his heroic ancestor who defeated a monsterous yokai with the legendary Beast Spear. Passing off his father’s stories as fanciful legends, Ushio accidentally releases the ancient yokai, whom he calls “Tora,” from his underground prison. Together the two of them find themselves caught up in a series of battles with other yokai, monsters, and other exorcists. However, an ancient threat is about to emerge. An almost divinely powerful yokai, Hakumen no Mono, seeks nothing less than to destroy all humans and yokai.

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If You’re a Prospective Viewer: Ushio and Tora is a 90's action anime built for the modern day. Ushio and Tora are loveable, goofy lugs who between annoying each other and scarfing down food always find a good time in ploughing through some dangerous yokai. It’s a humorous, genuinely touching (at times) and fun show, with a quirky cast and some great action scenes.

You should try it out if you:
-Like 20th century action/comedic/fighting anime
-Need a good testosterone fueled action show (that will actually end)
-Enjoy screwball love/hate friendship stories

Series Progression:
First entry: Ushio and Tora (26 episodes).
Second entry: Ushio and Tora 2 (Airing Spring 2016).

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Notes:
-Watch all episodes from the first season.
-There is an older alternate version that you don’t need to watch.
-Time required to catch up: 10.5 hours.
-Available in NA on Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
-No Ani-TAY Review.


Shorts:

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Kagewani: Shou

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller.

Time required to catch up: 91 minutes.

Available in NA on Crunchyroll here.


This list was finished on Mar/07/2016. Any sequel announced after this date will not appear here. Movie sequels have been excluded. Many kid shows have also been excluded from this list (i.e. Battle Spirits: Double Drive, Beyblade Burst, Duel Masters VSRF, JOKER 3, PriPara 3).

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Organized by: Stanlick.

Thank you Proton for editing. Without him Anime would not exist.

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

Thanks for reading!


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