Your Winter 2017 Anime Guide

Who’s ready to watch some anime? You? Yes, that’s right, you.

It’s winter, which means it there is a new anime season with new anime to watch. This time, there are over forty shows to check out. Have a look and hit us up in the comments about which ones you are keen on.

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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Drama

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: An inspector in a large government organization known as ACCA keeps tabs on what his fellow bureaucrats are up to across the kingdom.

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Ai-Mai-Mi Surgical Friends

Studio: Seven

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: December 24, 2016

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: The manga-loving girls of Ai-Mai-Mi are back for the third season of this short anime.

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Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Studio: Gonzo

Genre: Action, Battle, Comedy

Premiere Date: January 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: The video game series in which enemies are defeated by stripping them is now an anime.

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BanG Dream!

Studio: ISSEN × XEBEC

Genre: Music, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 21

Where to Watch: The Anime Network

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolgirl discovers a special star-shaped guitar and, along with her fellow classmates, begins a music odyssey.

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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Action, Comedy, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 6

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

What It’s About in One Sentence: Fifteen year-old Rin continues his jury to become an Exorcist and defeat his father, Satan.

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Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari

Studio: Telecom Animation Film

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A hero appears to depose of the Black King and bring peace and happiness back to the continent of Yggdra.

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Chaos; Child

Studio: Silver Link

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in 2015, the anime follows the adventures of high school students who previously survived an earthquake in Tokyo’s Shibuya. 

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Chiruran

Studio: LandQ

Genre: Action, Historical, Chanbara

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Chibi samuari are not only cute, but still powerful with their katana.

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Chou Shounen Tanteidan Neo

Studio: Poplar/DLE

Genre: Comedy, Mystery

Premiere Date: January 2

Where to Watch: Currently Not Available

What It’s About in One Sentence: This short anime is a modern take on the “Boy Detectives Club” from Japan’s most influential mystery writer Edogawa Ranpo.

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Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Drama, Historical

Premier Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in the world of rakugo, a traditional style of Japanese storytelling, a man newly released from prison becomes a rakugo apprentice.

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elDlive

Studio: Pierrot

Genre: Action, Police, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young boy becomes a space police officer and learns how to harness the mysterious voice that only he can hear.

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Forest Fairy Five

Studio: 6D Animation

Genre: Fantasy

Premiere Date: January

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Mushroom anime girls live in the anime kingdom of Japan.

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Fuuka

Studio: Diomedéa

Genre: Drama, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolboy’s life changes when he meets a girl named Fuuka.

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Gabriel DropOut

Studio: Doga Kobo

Genre: Comedy, School, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Gabriel, an angel-in-training sent to Earth to learn about humans, discovers she’s more interested in playing on the computer and staying in her apartment.

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Gintama

Studio: Bandai Namco Pictures

Genre: Chanbara, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Shonen, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Samurai Gintoki Sakata and friends return for the fourth season.

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Granblue Fantasy The Animation

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 21

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young boy and girl both attempt to escape from a powerful empire in the animation adaptation of the popular free-to-play mobile game.

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Hand Shakers

Studio: Go Hands

Genre: Action, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: “Hand Shakers” are able to summon weapons simply by holding hands.

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Idol Incidents

Studio: Mappa, Studio Voln

Genre: Bishoujo, Idol, Music

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Political parties run by idols aim to clean (and cheer) up Japan.

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Interviews with Monster Girls

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A biology teacher is keen to learn more about demi-humans or “Demi” and ends up with a couple as his students.

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Kemono Friends

Studio: Yaoyorozu

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: In a safari park, animals mysteriously begin turning into anime girls.

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Kira Kira Pretty Cure A La Mode

Studio: Toei Animation

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Girl, Shojo

Premiere Date: February 5

Where to Watch: Not currently available

What It’s About in One Sentence: The long-running magical girl anime returns with sugary sweet motifs.

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KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! 2 (aka Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! 2)

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 11

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

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

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Koro Sensei Quest!

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Premiere Date: December 23

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: An Assassination Classroom spin-off in which the alien teacher is turned into a demon king the students must defeat in an fantasy style anime.

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Little Witch Academia

Studio: Trigger

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Magical Girl, School

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: The girls at Luna Nova Magical Academy work hard to become witches while having all sorts of crazy adventures.

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Marginal#4: Kiss kara Tsukuru Big Bang

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Idol, Music, School

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: This lives of the four idols that make up the group Marginal#4.

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Masamune-kun’s Revenge


Studio: Silver Link

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: An overweight boy slims down to get revenge on a sadistic girl who made fun of him.

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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club

Studio: J.C. Staff/A.C.G.T.

Genre: School, Slice of Life, Sports

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: After moving to a new town, a schoolgirl joins her high school’s cycling club.

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Studio: Kyoto Animation

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young woman finds a dragon at her house that can turn into a maid.

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Nanbaka 2nd Season

Studio: Satelight

Genre: Comedy, Parody

Premiere Date: January 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Four colorful characters are locked up in a high security prison manned by equally colorful guards.

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Nyanko Days

Studio: EMT Squared

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: An anime about schoolgirl friends and their cats who look like anime girls.

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One Room

Studio: Typhoon Graphics

Genre: Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: With you as the protagonist, three anime girls and three storylines unfold in your room.

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Onihei

Studio: M2

Genre: Chanbara, Drama, Historical

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Amazon (US), Amazon (UK)

What It’s About in One Sentence: The head of the Arson Theft Control metes out justice and slices up baddies in Edo-era Japan.

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Piacevole: My Italian Cooking

Studio: ZERO-G

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolgirl gets a part-time job at an Italian restaurant and meets all sorts of interesting characters.

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Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage 2nd Season

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Not currently available

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.

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Rewrite 2nd Season Moon Hen/Terra Hen

Studio: 8bit

Genre: School, Supernatural, Romance

Premiere Date: January 14

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime about a high school boy with supernatural abilities befriends a witch and other students who are interested in the occult.

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Saga of Tanya the Evil

Studio: Nut

Genre: Drama, Military, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: Tanya might look like a little girl, but she’s a formative soldier with magical abilities.

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Schoolgirl Strikers Animation Channel

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Action, Battle, Sci-Fi, School

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: An elite group of schoolgirls able to sense the fifth dimension battle a formidable foes that have mysteriously appeared.

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Scum’s Wish

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Amazon (US), Amazon (UK)

What It’s About in One Sentence: A seemingly perfect couple is anything but, with each having crushes on someone else.

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Seiren

Studio: Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolboy deals with university entrance exams, his future, and girls.

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Sengokuchojyu

Studio: ILCA

Genre: History

Premiere Date: October 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: The continuation of a short-form anime that recounts stories of samurai and various creatures.

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Sentai Hero Sukiyaki Force

Studio: Studio 4°C

Genre: Comedy, Super Sentai

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Not currently available

What It’s About in One Sentence: The ingredients in sukiyaki make up the Sukiyaki Force, an outfit dedicated to protecting Gunma Prefecture.

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Spiritpact

Studio: Emon

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: After a young man is hit by a car and turns into a ghost, he makes a pact with an exorcist to fight evil.

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Super Lovers 2

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Shojo, Boys’ Love

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season continues to follow the relationship between Haru and his young adopted brother after he suddenly returns to Haru’s life five years later.

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Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season

Studio: Ufotable

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 8

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

What It’s About in One Sentence: The continuing adventures of a young man who pulls a sword from a stone and becomes a Shepherd, able to rid the world of hardship and misfortune.

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Urara Meirochou

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: Anime Network, Amazon (US)

Where to Watch: January 5

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young girl arrives in the town of Meriochou, which is famous for fortune tellers, with dreams of becoming a soothsayer herself.

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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Season 4

Studio: ILCA

Genre: Horror, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 15

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: More ghost stories and urban legends come to life in Yamishibai’s fourth season.

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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Drama, School, Sports

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Popular cycling anime Yowamushi Pedal returns for a third season with a new cycling team hoping to become champs.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.