It’s winter. It’s cold outside. That is, unless you are in warm country or in the Southern Hemisphere. Whatever, let’s stay inside and watch anime.

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That’s right, it’s that time of the year again. Time for Kotaku’s annual Winter Anime Guide—namely, the 2016 edition. Have a look at the shows below, which are in alphbetical order, and find the ones that strike your fancy.

Active Raid: Special Public Security Fifth Division Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit

Studio: Production IMS

Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi

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Premier Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

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What It’s About in One Sentence: A police unit that uses special exoskeletons to fight crime in Tokyo.


Ajin: Demi-Human

Studio: Polygon Pictures

Genre: Action, Supernatural, Horror

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Premier Date: January 16

Where to Watch: Netflix (mid-2016, outside Japan)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: After being hit and killed by a truck, a student discovers he’s an immortal “Ajin,” a rare demi-human form, and must live his life on the run to evade those who hunt down Ajin to use them for experimentation. [You can read the Ajin movie review here and the manga review here.]


Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue

Studio: Gonzo

Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance

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Premier Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

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What It’s About in One Sentence: At her new school, a transfer student discovers the popularity of a new aerial sport that uses anti-gravity shoes.


Assassination Classroom Season 2

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Action, Comedy, Supernatural

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Premier Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Class is back in session for more trying to kill the tentacled teacher before graduation and, thus, saving the world from annihilation.


BBK/BRNK (Bubuki Buranki)

Studio: Sanzigen

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

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Premier Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Arriving back in Japan after a decade away, Azuma is kidnapped by a group of armed dudes, but is saved by his childhood friend and the weapon with its own mind on her right hand.


Dagashi Kashi

Studio: Feel

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

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Premier Date: January 7 (on Japanese TV)

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: A young man dreams of becoming a manga artist, but his dad enlists the help of a beautiful young woman to get him to take over the family sweets shop.


Dimension W

Studio: Orange, Studio 3Hz

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

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Premier Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in the year 2071, when the world’s energy problem has been solved by tapping another dimension, a repo man and an android stop the illegal energy harnessing that the cops can’t.


Divine Gate

Studio: Pierrot

Genre: Fantasy

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Premier Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Youth with special powers race to reach the legendary Divine Gate—and remake the world.


Durarara!!x2 Ketsu Season 2, Part 3

Studio: Shuka

Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural

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Premier Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Funimation, Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Animax Asia

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Durarara!! is back, once again following the adventures of several supernatural people living in Tokyo.


Erased (aka Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)

Studio: Aniplex

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural

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Premier Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Satoru Fujinuma might seem like a normal slacker, but he has the special ability to travel back in time a few seconds, allowing him to save others and “erase” catastrophes.


Fairy Tail Zero

Studio: A-1 Pictures, Bridge

Genre: Action, Fantasy

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Premier Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Seven years after a war, a female mage meets those who go on to found the Mage Guild known as Fairy Tail.


Gate (second part)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Military

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Premier Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Anime Network, Crunchyroll

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What It’s About in One Sentence: The fantasy-meets-modern-Japanese-military series returns, with an otaku-led recon team sent through a portal that appeared in Tokyo and leads to a fantasy world. [In case you missed it, here is Kotaku’s review of the first season.]


Girls Beyond The Wasteland (Shojotachi wa Koya o Mezasu)

Studio: Project No.9

Genre: Drama, Romance

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Premier Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Anime Network, Hulu, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: A student’s life changes when a beautiful classmate asks him to help her make a gal game.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Action, Fantasy

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Premier Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Awaking in a mysterious place with no idea how they got there, a group enters the world of Grimgar, where, like a RPG, they have to pick their special abilities, class, and guild.


Haruchika - Haruta & Chika

Studio: P.A.Works

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Slice of Life

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Premier Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Friends Haruta and Chika are out to not only save their school’s Wind Instrument Club, but also solve mysteries that have shaken up the campus.


Ketsuekigata-kun! Season 4 (short-form anime)

Studio: Assez Finaund Fabric, Feel, Zexcs

Genre: Comedy, Gag

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Premier Date: January 11

Where to Watch: No Western Simulcast Announced

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What It’s About in One Sentence: This is the fourth season of a short-form anime starring faceless people that each represent the stereotypical personality traits for each blood type.


KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! (aka Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!)

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

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Premier Date: January 13

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: A gamer gets in a traffic accident, but after he comes to, he ends up in an RPG-style fantasy world.


Koyomimonogatari (short-form anime)

Studio: Shaft

Genre: Comedy, Supernatural

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Premier Date: January 9

Where to Watch: No Western Simulcast Announced

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What It’s About in One Sentence: A series of short anime centering around Monogatari protagonist Koyomi, a high schooler with supernatural powers.


Luck & Logic

Studio: Doga Kobo

Genre: Sci-Fi, Magical Girl

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Premier Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: To keep the peace, the government rolls out a new special police force called the Logicalists, made up of folks with the ability to enter trances with Goddesses.


Maho Girls PreCure!

Studio: Toei Animation

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Genre: Magical Girl

Premier Date: February 7

Where to Watch: No Western Simulcast Announced

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What It’s About in One Sentence: This is the 13th entry in the highly influential and long-running magical girl franchise, Pretty Cure.


Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu Kara. (short-form anime)

Studio: Pine Jam

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Genre: Comedy, Magical Girl

Premier Date: January 12

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Yuzuka doesn’t want to be a magical girl, especially because when she transforms into her magical girl form, she ends up in a bathing suit.


Myriad Colors Phantom World

Studio: Kyoto Animation

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Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

Premier Date: January 7

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in the near future, students at Hosea Academy fight phantoms and deal with school life.


Norn9: Norn + Nonette

Studio: Kinema Citrus, Orange

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Genre: Drama, Otome, Romance, Sci-Fi

Premier Date: January 7

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Where to Watch: Anime Network, Hulu, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

What It’s About in One Sentence: Time travel and alternate universes factor into this anime that follows the loves and lives of 12 characters aboard a giant spherical airship called the Norn.


Nurse Witch Komugi R

Studio: Tatsunoko Production

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Genre: Comedy, Magical Girl, Parody

Premier Date: January 10

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Middle school student Komugi develops the ability to morph into Nurse Witch Komugi and battle evil.


Ojisan and Marshmallow (short-form anime)

Studio: Creators in Pack

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Genre: Comedy

Premier Date: January 6

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: An office romance between a woman and a man who adores marshmallows.


Oya-san wa Shishunki! (short-form anime)

Studio: Seven Arcs Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

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Premier Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

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What It’s About in One Sentence: A guy moves into a new apartment and discovers that his landlord is a schoolgirl.


Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn

Studio: AXsiZ, Studio Gokumi

Genre: Sci-Fi

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Premier Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: From a manga conceived by Ghost in the Shell creator Masamune Shirow, this follows two cybernetic girls that fight an evil terrorist that has threatened their home.


Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation

Studio: Telecom Animation Film

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

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Premier Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Here’s another opportunity for you to wonder why Sega hasn’t yet localized the Phantasy Star Online 2 game.


Please Tell Me! Galko Chan (short-form anime)

Studio: Feel

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

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Premier Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

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What It’s About in One Sentence: These three friends—an otaku, a gyaru, and a prim young lady—might all seem very different, but they do share something in common: their friendship.


Prince of Stride: Alternative

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Sports, Otome

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Premier Date: January 5

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Funimation, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: An anime about competitive urban relay races and handsome dudes.


Rainbow Days (Niji-iro Days) (short-form anime)

Studio: Production Reed

Genre: Romance, Slice of Life

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Premier Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Funimation

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What It’s About in One Sentence: After getting dumped, a male student named Natsuki crosses path with a girl named Anna and, with the help of his friends, sets out to win her over.


Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Fantasy, Gag

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Premier Date: January 8

Where to Watch: No Western Simulcast Announced

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Based on an Chinese internet novel, Reikenzan features a protagonist with a one-in-a-1,000-year soul who decides to enter a clan of sages.


Rilu Rilu Fairilu ~ Yousei no Door ~

Studio: Studio Deen

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Genre: Fantasy

Premier Date: February 6

Where to Watch: No Western Simulcast Announced

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What It’s About in One Sentence: Young Nozomi believes that fairies are real, and one day, she finds out that they are.


Schwarzes Marken

Studio: Ixtl, LidenFilms

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Genre: Mecha, Military, Romance

Premier Date: January 10

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in a mecha-filled early 1980s, this is a Muv-Luv Alternative spin-off anime.


Sekko Boys (short-form anime)

Studio: LidenFilms

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Genre: Comedy, Gag, Parody

Premier Date: January 8

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Forget boy bands, this anime follows a stone statue idol group.


Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Studio: Studio Deen

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Genre: Drama, Historical

Premier Date: January 8

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: An ex-con tries to make it in the world of rakugo, a traditional style of Japanese storytelling.


Snow White with the Red Hair Season 2

Studio: Bones

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Premier Date: January 11

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Where to Watch: Funimation, Anime Lab (AUS/NZ)

What It’s About in One Sentence: Shirayuki, and her hair, once again return for a new season of Snow White with the Red Hair as she tries to escape the prince who wants her to become his concubine.


Sushi Police (short-form anime)

Studio: KOO-KI

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Genre: Comedy, Police,

Premier Date: January 7

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Where to Watch: No Western Simulcast Announced

What’s It’s About in One Sentence: The Sushi Police is doing its part to rid the world of bad sushi.


Tabi Machi Late Show (short-form anime)

Studio: CoMix Wave Films with Ultra Super Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Slice of Life

Premier Date: January 8

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A series of short anime in which characters set off in turning points in their lives that deal with themes centered around saying good-bye or going on a journey.


Teekyu Season 7 (short-form anime)

Studio: Millepensee

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Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premier Date: January 11

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Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: This is the seventh season of a short-form anime about the crazy lives of the girls in a high school tennis club.


Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Harem, Mecha

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Premier Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Anime Network, Hulu, AnimeLab (AUS/NZ)

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What It’s About in One Sentence: A former prince whose empire was overthrown by a coup ends up in a training academy for blue blood women to learn how to pilot large mechanical weapons.


Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories III (short-form anime)

Studio: ILCA, Anima

Genre: Supernatural

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Premier Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

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What It’s About in One Sentence: The third season of a short-form anime that uses traditional Japanese cut-out animation to act out traditional folktales and urban legends surrounding the supernatural in Japan.

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