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Even if you aren't a fan, it's going to be hard to miss My Hero Academia's Season 2 episodes, which will be starting in a couple of weeks.

When it's cold outside, we look to anime to warm our hearts. Has this year's anime succeeded in providing good feelings to anime fans? I think it's been a mixed bag, which is usually the case for winter seasons.

I'll Watch it Eventually

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia has gone from short film to series, but it's a Netflix exclusive overseas. While Japan enjoys the further adventures of three young witches, I'll  have to wait a few months. In the final episode of Space Patrol Luluco, another Studio Trigger joint, the Little Witch series was announced, and it was damn adorable. I hope that the TV show maintains the quality-and cuteness- of the film.

 

Returning Favorites

Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super, being the shounen show that it is, is hard to catch up on, especially if you actually want to watch all the new series. I started from the very beginning, and I really got into it with the Future Trunks arc. It's definitely the high point of the show so far. It feels like the 90s again for me!

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shuinju: Descending Stories

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What can a great show do to top its first excellent season? Nothing, really, but Descending Stories does not lazily coast on the success of its flashback season. I thought that this modern day story would be much lighter hearted, since the focus is on Yotarou, and not on the old master Yakumo. Nope, I'm still crying every episode. Rakugo Shinju still has legs, and I have to watch every episode almost as soon as it comes out. This is an incredibly strong anime.

Ai Mai Mi Surgical Friends

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This is the type of anime that even anime fans scratch their head at. It's a short form comedy, and it's entirely bizarre. Go ahead, ask me what it's about...

I DON"T KNOW! Yes, it is about school girls going about their daily life, but it's not a slice-of-life show. Suddenly one of the girls is taken over by a malevolent entity. Someone pisses themselves. One of the girls has a hidden origin where she was really an orphan warrior. There is a talking llama. Why is the new season called Surgical Friends? Again, I have no idea. That title has nothing to do with anything. Just-just go with it.

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Ao no Exorcist

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New Ao no Exorcist? It took a long time! I did want to see more about this show, and once I had watched a couple episodes, I had felt like I was home again. I rediscovered the worth of Ao no Exorcist, why I got caught up in it the first time around. Ao no Exorcist is like anime's version of Hellboy. It's about a boy with the powers of his father, who also happens to be Satan. Many people lost their lives to the dark lord, and they aren't happy to work with this demon child. In the new season, Rin Okamura is still on unsteady ground with the people he works beside, since they got a grand demonstration of his powers.

I don't know how long it will take me to catch up with this season, but every episode I have seen has been a pleasure.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shufuku wo! (Konosuba)

Konosuba

I've seen many "stuck in a fantasy world" anime in just the last 5 years, but Konosuba has a twist, just like Re: Zero does. Konosuba's twist is that it's a comedy rather than a serious shounen action series. Also, the lead character is somewhat despicable. He is our protagonist, but Kauma's not exactly a hero. Konosuba is absolutely hilarious. I liken it to Seinfeld or It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where these characters act unlike how you expect rational people to behave. On top of that, they have their quirks and shortcomings. It makes for a pleasant watch, especially if you're watching as many serious, heartbreaking shows as I do.

The Runners-up

Gabriel Dropout

Let's be real: if Berserk was ever going to get a video game adaptation, it would have to be in the style of Koei Tecmo's Musou series. Sure enough, Omega Force themselves were tasked to bring Guts's gory story to

In a first for the series, "My Hero Academia" will be shown simultaneously in Japan, U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland. Simulcast and SimulDub episodes for the series, now in its second season, will both be available on FunimationNow.

King Baby Duck gets to push his KonoSuba fandom to a new level, as he showcases the Nendoroid for everyone's favorite douchebag goddess Aqua! Check out KonoSuba:God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! on Crunchyroll!

After a brief hiatus King Baby Duck and his wise-cracking plushies Kokkuri-san & Ginko are back with another Loot Anime box, featuring goodies from Bleach, Gintama, Berserk, and more! Plus our host tries his hands at building the box into

Remember this date, Americans: April 7. That's when you can finally see the critically-acclaimed box office smash Your Name. in theaters across the continent. Makoto Shinkai’s (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words) Your Name. has taken the world by storm in

It's nearly the end of 2016, and we're nearing the end of another anime season. I feel that anime should end strong towards the end of the year, but it didn't happen this time. This was a strong year for anime, just not ending on a high note. So what's the last season of the year have to offer us?

Returning Favorites

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

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The bizarre don't stop, and I'll never stop watching! The battles of Josuke Higashikata and his friends vs a serial murder continues to put me on the edge of my chair. When it's not surprising me with crazy plot points, it cracks me up with weird and outright funny moments.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans

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Even more orphans for your viewing pleasure! While the show's focus has shifted a bit onto new Human Debris kids, it still maintains the quality of the first season. I absolutely miss the OP and ED songs from the original season, but Mika and the gang are still here. You aren't ever sure if everyone's going to make it through the conflict, especially with how many losses Tekkadan have taken. I haven't been excited about a Gundam show in more than a decade, and I wonder if another Gundam will be as special to me as this one has been.

Bungo Stray Dogs

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Bungo Stray Dogs started its return with a pivot from the tone it had initially, before returning to the present timeline's story. It was unexpected and very welcome to have this flashback arc, which takes it self a lot more seriously than the present timeline's gang. I'm not one of the people who hated the comedic shifts in tone, but I didn't think Stray Dogs had the ability to keep a straight face for so long.

I Finally Watched...

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

It's no secret that One Piece is a massive phenomenon over in Japan and within the worldwide anime community. Over 800 manga chapters, 770 episodes, a dozen films, theme park attractions, and even stage adaptations have kept the adventures of

A follow up to the 2001 OVA Mezzo Forte, the anime series Mezzo DSA has been collected in one package called Mezzo Complete Collection, and will be available on DVD starting March 21.