Anime Winter Season 2016: First Impressions

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Here you have our first impressions of some of the shows from the current anime season~

Dagashi Kashi
Genre: Comedy

No Yuri in sight so far, but in exchange, we get awesome girl Hotaru, who’s not only the cutest character of the whole anime season, but also a little crazy, which makes her even more likable in my eyes.

So yeah, an anime with a cute girl with a cute voice obsessing over candy? I think we can all find something to like here, now can we?

Koukaku no Pandora
Genre: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi

This is probably the show with the highest Yuri potential this season, and it sure goes all out during the first few episodes, showing how Nene is obsessing over her new “friend” Clarion. I can’t say that I have already hopped onto the hype train, but if things continue like this, I might as well hop on and see where it takes me.

Ajin
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural

Ajin is a show that makes me question how much I actually like it. For starters, I’m really torn about how I feel about the animation style in this anime. On one hand, the CG does give this show a very distinct look that looks great at times, but on the other hand, characters look kind of awkward and like they’re lacking an artist’s personal style. Story-wise, Ajin seems pretty basic and straightforward, yet it’s still interesting and suspenseful, so I’m once again conflicted. Personally, I’m not that confident this will end up being much more than an average to slightly-above-average action show, but that may be entertaining enough for some people. I think it probably will be for me… unless it isn’t.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Genre: Psychological, Supernatural

Before the winter anime season started, I didn’t think there was a whole lot to get excited about. There seemed to be a lot of uncertainty, a distinct lack of yuri-ish shows, and no one anime that really appeared to be a must-watch. This show definitely doesn’t scratch that yuri itch, but I think it comes the closest to being must-watch material.

Everyone knows that time travel is awesome, and Bokumachi uses it in a way that gives it a quiet intensity that many other shows this season are lacking. The drama is palpable and it looks like things are only going to get better, so I’m really excited to see how things play out with this one.

Dimension W
Genre: Sci-Fi

Not since Kekkai Sensen aired last spring have I watched a show that pushes as strong a sci-fi angle as Dimension W does. A lot of shows labeled as sci-fi don’t seem futuristic enough for my liking, but this one stars a badass antihero with a cute robot sidekick that hunt down illegal coils that are at the root of all sorts of mayhem.

Okay, the premise does sound kind of dumb, but so far, it’s one of my favorites from this season.

Musaigen no Phantom World
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

It’s not a real anime season unless it has a KyoAni show, and here’s this season’s version. Of course, it looks greatβ€”that’s a given considering KyoAni’s reputationβ€”but the characters seem pretty interesting (the male lead is kinda meh), and it kind of reminds me of Kyoukai no Kanata. I’m enjoying the comedy, and even though the plot is a bit confusing, I think this is one of the more entertaining shows that I’m watching.

Ooya-san wa Shishunki!
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

A lot of yuri fans probably recognize Minase Ruruu as the author of many yuri doujins, but she’s also been creating non-yuri works, and this (short) anime is based on one of those. This little slice of life show probably won’t make anyone forget about the doujins she’s created, but it’s still a decent addition to what else is airing this season.

As great as it is to see Ruruu-san break out and enjoy more success, it would have been even better if she had done it with the help of a yuri manga instead. Let’s hope that she hasn’t given up on yuri and will return to doing what she does best~

Oshiete! Galko-chan
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

This is a short-form anime that, thus far, mostly revolves around the frank girl talk between the three main girls. It’s certainly not the deepest, most thought-provoking show on this list, seeing as it tackles hard-hitting topics such as tampons versus pads and the supposed link between eyebrow thickness and pubic hair thickness, but the girls have enough personality (Galko, mostly) and the episodes are short enough that things haven’t become mundane, as of yet.

It’s somewhat amusing and doesn’t require much of a time investment, so I’ll continue watching what else these three girls have to gossip about in future episodes.

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu
Genre: School

This is an anime about making visual novels that’s actually based on an upcoming visual novel. Even though I’m not a fan of visual novels, the description didn’t sound that bad, so I gave it a go anyway. So far, it’s just okay. There were a couple of mentions of yuri in the first episode, so I was somewhat optimistic that it might make an appearance in some form or fashion, but that hasn’t been the case as of yet.

Maybe Shokomeza will end up doing for visual novels what Shirobako did for anime, but I’m probably setting the bar too high.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Genre: Drama, Josei

This isn’t the type of show I’d normally want to watch, but since the manga has either won or been nominated for many awards, I was hoping to see what the hype was about. Much to my surprise, I actually like it quite a bit. I’m sure a lot of people might consider it boring, and I can understand that. This is a character-driven anime about an almost forgotten Japanese art form where nothing incredibly exciting has happened yet. With such a heavy emphasis on the characters, and some interesting characters in place, I’m confident this will turn out well.

Yami Shibai 3rd Season
Genre: Dementia, Horror, Supernatural

If you’re at all familiar with the previous two seasons of Yami Shibai, then you should know exactly what to expect with this here third season. If not, these anime shorts are basically retellings of Japanese urban legends and myths. There’s very little in the way of story, but these shorts do succeed in creating a creepy atmosphere that some people might enjoy. Much like the previous two seasons, the episodes are hit-or-miss, which is a major reason why I’m not yet sold that this will be any better than the mediocrity that’s come before. If you like anime that’s weird, spooky, and a bit cheesy, this fits the bill quite nicely.

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22 thoughts on “Anime Winter Season 2016: First Impressions

  1. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara is a short anime you should check out. The lead is basically Sakura with her own Tomoyo following along, but since the show is deconstructing the Magical girl genre I'm hoping for a better resolution to their relationship then Clamp offered.

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  2. Great! I don't think i will watch these anime untill they are done airing and will ask for some spoilers :p (Some anime from 2015 really deceived me)
    I'm looking forward for more yuri stuff for this year and i know that YuriReview is the best spot for that!

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  3. Lacking in Yuri this year compared to Cross Ange but I'll take what I'm given.

    Dagashi Kashi and Koukaku no Pandora my top picks of the season.
    Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm could potentially have Yuri but I won't get my hopes up. I'm liking it so far.
    Haruchika I'm enjoying to an extent but very slow.

    And I really wish KyoAni would stop jerking us around and make a full blown Yuri Anime. They can't keep up the bait forever.

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  4. I still haven't started watching the KyoAni show for this season, only Rock did.
    I'm assuming you're not talking about this one, but rather about the upcoming Hibike season, right?

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  5. 300 huh. Well congratulations πŸ™‚ If something completely unexpected doesn't happen, I'll still be reading yer posts many hundred posts later.

    Also, some of these animes piqued my interest, but I will wait for them to end first so I'll know more before watching :/
    Will keep reading for now, but when the inevitable, fully fledged yuri anime is released, I shall 'least then awaken from my anime slumber πŸ˜›

    But any how, congrats again πŸ˜€

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  6. In any case, i hope for more sono hanabira for this year (i want more traductions)! Yeah, i just finished the first game 1 hour ago and loved it! I'm on my way to download the 2nd right now and if nothing goes wrong, i may get it wednesday!
    I hope yuri will have more place in this year!
    Anyway, i think i will try to talk to some friends about YuriReview because that site helped me so much that i want more people to take part of it! πŸ™‚

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  7. Aww, thank you πŸ™‚

    Say, can I ask you something? You've been an active visitor and commenter of the blog for a long while already. And now I've been wondering. How did you find us and since when are you with us?

    I'm sorry for the totally random message, but you're one of your beloved “regulars” you could so, I'm interested~

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  8. Aww, you guys are so awesome and we're so glad you like it enough to spread the love to others πŸ™‚

    Also, consider yourself lucky, you have soooo many SonoHana goodness ahead of you. Be sure to savoir it~

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  9. Well, as my own beloved regular πŸ˜› I shall tell you the story of the time I found yurireviews the first blog that I ever followed:

    So, It's around eleven months since I first found yurireviews (wow, almost a year. Time sure flies). I had read through all of the yuri manga they had had on this shitty website (don't even remember its name anymore) and began my epic quest to find more. I searched through internet few hours, until I finally were able to find the right search words. And as I scrolled the page down out of there pops this page with majestic light surrounding it, and as I clicked it, it opened a page in yurireviews called “What to read next. Yuri manga recommendations”!
    After that I went through all of them, found Dynasty-scans and started reading and following the blog few weeks after. (I found myself coming back all the time even within those few weeks :P)
    As for commenting. It took me few months to gather courage to do that (Even though you were so nice to everyone something just kept me from doing it)

    And that is the story.

    Hopefully this is good enough~

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  10. Thanks for sharing, I like this little story, a lot actually πŸ™‚

    The post with majestic light surrounding it? You sure know how to make things sound awesome πŸ˜›
    Though, that reminds me, it's about time we have a new post like this, so good thing you mentioned this~

    And no one should worry about commenting, this is a blog where yuri lovers gather and have a nice chat (mostly they just chat with us rather than with each other but whatever :P)

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  11. Glad to have found a review site for seasonal yuri content. Also was happy to see a mention of dynasty scans, haven't been there in a while. Hoping this year will have some anime as good as Mikagura (though with better follow through). Excited to check out reviews for earlier seasons, especially since this one is a bit lacking in yuri.

    Trying a few shows this season I would've skipped otherwise so thanks for the opinions.

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