2018 Winter Anime Sequel Roundup!

With 2017 drawing to a close, it’s time to get excited for the ton of major sequels airing in winter! Here are quite a few of must-sees that should top your list this season~

Cardcaptor Sakura

At long last, Cardcaptor Sakura is making a triumphant return with the Clear Card Arc! Sakura is now a junior high school student, and Syaoran has come back to Tomeda from China. What should be a happy time takes a dark turn when the Sakura Cards turn blank and lose their power after Sakura has another prophetic dream…! Welcome Sakura and Syaoran back from January 7.

Gintama

Season 4 of Gintama will finally be entering the epic Silver Soul arc, the final arc of Hideaki Sorachi’s beloved manga Gintama! This epic ending will feature “Katte ni My Soul” by DISH for the opening and “Hana Ichi Monme” by Burnout Syndromes for the ending. This series is set to air on January 7, as well!

Seven Deadly Sins

Joining a season of epic sequels is Seven Deadly Sins with its second season titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments. It’ll begin airing on January 6 with Takeshi Furuta and Takao Yoshioka replacing Tensai Okamura and Shotaro Suga as director and composer, and we can’t wait to see what the knights are getting up to!

Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-

Taking the possible title of fan favorite for the winter season of sequels is Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-. This series was directed by Tomoaki Koshida with writing by WriteWorks, and it’s set in 2205 where the “historical retrograde army” has begun its attacks on the past in an effort to change history. Will the Saniwa and Touken Danshi be able to protect the past?!

Yowamushi Pedal

An epic 4th season of Yowamushi Pedal titled Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line will begin broadcasting from January 8! The opening and ending themes are “Ikanai to” by YouthK Saeki and “Carry the Hope” by The High Cadence respectively, and director Osamu Nabeshima and writer Kurasumi Sunayama have returned for the new season. Are you ready for the Inter High competition?

Overlord

Madhouse’s adaptation of Overlord was a hit last summer, and we’ll finally get to see Overlord II in January! The series follows Momonga, who refuses to log out of a popular MMORPG. Before long, the NPCs develop personalities and wills and he takes control as the game’s “overlord”…

Basilisk

After an incredible 13 years, Basilisk will be making a comeback, as well, with Basilisk: The Oka Ninja Scrolls. Directed by Junji Nishimura and written by Shinsuke Onishi, this series will air on January 8, and it follows a face-off between the Kouga clan and Iga clan to decide who will succeed the Tokugawa clan.

The Silver Guardian

Last but not least is the exciting sequel to the anime adaptation of a Chinese manga by Ling Meng with artwork by Ming Xung, The Silver Guardian! Protagonist Riku is a pro gamer, and aware of this, his stunning classmate Rei gives him a Grave Buster. She’s then kidnapped, and when he puts his hand on the device, he ends up getting sucked into the game…! The adventures continues, and it’ll be exciting to see how this one plays out~

With so many amazing characters like Sakura Kinomoto, Gintoki Sakata, and Kashuu Kiyomitsu, make sure to look out for this winter’s anime sequels! Are you as pumped as we are?

If you’re in the mood for more fantastic winter titles, check out our roundup for new anime here!

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2018 Winter New Anime Roundup!

There are plenty of great anime continuing into the new winter season, but there are also a few brand new series each hoping to become your new favorite. From the latest instalment in long running franchises like Fate/Extra, to cute slice of life series like Sanrio Danshi, and a new giant robot series from the creators of Kill la Kill, there’s certainly something for everyone.

Fate/EXTRA Last Encore

An adaptation of the popular Fate/Extra video game, Last Encore is the latest anime instalment in the Fate franchise. Hakuno Kishinami wakes up in a mysterious virtual world and has no idea how he got there! Forced into a deadly competition for the right to have one’s wish granted, Kishinami has only his “Servant” to rely on in his quest to regain his own identity. Follow his adventures from Jan. 28.

Idolish Seven

Based on the popular rhythm game, Idolish Seven is the story of the titular seven member idol group, Idolish7, and their manager Takanashi Tsumugi as she tries to take them all the way to the top of the charts! Episodes 1 and 2 will air as a New Year’s Day special with regular broadcasts from Jan. 7.

Sanrio Danshi

Also known as Sanrio Boys, Sanrio Danshi is a tale of love and friendship among character loving high school guys! Hasegawa Kota loves Purin the cute yellow dog while Mizuno Yu loves the bunny My Melody. With Yu’s help, Kota finally learns to accept that there’s nothing shameful about his love of cuteness in this warm hearted slice of life anime airing from Jan. 6.

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

An adaptation of Mayuzuki Jun’s popular manga, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni is the story of 17 year old Tachibana Akira who finds herself falling in love with the 45-year old manager of the restaurant she works at part-time. While the exact date is still to be announced, it will begin airing in January.

Violet Evergarden

Inspired by the light novel series written by Akatsuki Kana and illustrated by Takase Akiko, Violet Evergarden is a science fiction anime centred on the existence of “Auto Memory Dolls”. The Auto Memory Dolls were originally created by a scientist in order to help his blind wife write novels by turning speech into text, but a mysterious organisation has adapted the technology to create an army of female Auto Memory Dolls with military capabilities. This promising new anime airs from Jan. 10.

DARLING in the FRANXX

DARLING in the FRANXX is the long awaited new project from Kill la Kill’s Studio Trigger and A1-Pictures, to be aired sometime in January. Set in a distant future when the surface of the Earth has been ruined and humanity lives in a mobile fort called Plantation, the series follows the adventures of the children who live to battle the mysterious Kyoryu by piloting giant robots called FRANXX.

BEATLESS

Adapted from the light novel series written by Hase Satoshi and illustrated by Redjuice, BEATLESS is a science fiction anime in which 17 year old Endo Arato encounters Lacia – an ultra AI enhanced being, and sets on course to discover why exactly these artificial beings were created. Airs from Jan. 13.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

An adaptation of the light novel written by Kisaki Chiaki and illustrated by Ichiiro Hako, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens takes place in Fukuoka – a city well known both for tasty ramen and the yakuza. Gangsters, detectives, informants and professional killers mingle in Hakata, but the word is out that a top hitman known as “Killer of Professional Killers” has recently arrived in town. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens will air from Jan. 12.

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

An adaptation of Yamamoto Soichiro’s manga, Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is a romantic comedy in which high school boy Nishikata is mercilessly teased by his seat buddy, Takagi-san, and vows that someday he will get his revenge and finally make her blush! For those who are keen to see plenty of adorable moments between the two, tune in from Jan. 8.

Gakuen Babysitters

Adapted from Tokeino Hari’s manga, Gakuen Babysitters is the story of Ryuichi and Kotaro – two brothers who are orphaned when their parents are killed in a plane crash. After being taken in by the chairwoman of the Morinomiya Academy (who lost her own children in the same accident), the boys find themselves working in the school’s daycare department as part-time babysitters! See what shenanigans they get into from Jan. 7.

Whether you’re into giant robots, sci-fi adventure, good old fashioned romance or a spot of crime, the anime of Winter 2018 has you covered.

Keen to see some of your favorites back as well? Take a peek at which anime titles will be returning in winter here!

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Who’s the Best Big Brother in Anime?

Anime has its fair share of great big brothers, but which ones are your favorites? To find out, Anime!Anime! ran a survey by gathering fans’ votes on a selection of 35 characters suggested on Twitter. Where did your beloved big brother place?

10. Kousaka Kyousuke ( Oreimo )
10. Matsuno Osomatsu ( Osomatsu-san )
9. Araragi Koyomi ( Monogatari series)
8. Kirigaya Kirito ( Sword Art Online )
7. Shiba Tatsuya ( The Irregular at Magic High School )
5. Edward Elric ( Fullmetal Alchemist )
5. Uchiha Itachi ( Naruto )
4. Portgas. D. Ace ( One Piece )

As always, there’s plenty of variety, with big brothers hailing from all sorts of different anime! Now, on to the top 3!

3. Kinomoto Touya ( Cardcaptor Sakura )

Toya placed sixth in last year’s survey and has now jumped up to the top three! He may tease his little sister mercilessly, but he loves her really. With new Cardcaptor Sakura anime Clear Card due to start in January, it’s no surprise he’s shot up the charts.

2. Doma Taihei ( Himouto! Umaru-chan )

Taihei came top among male voters, but placed third with women despite sharing the same percentage of votes. Working as a systems engineer, Taihei handles all the housework himself whilst looking after the extremely lazy Umaru-chan – a feat which surely ranks him among the best big brothers ever!

1. Tachibana Makoto ( Free! )

And the winner is… Tachibana Makoto! Makoto took around 24% of the total votes cast which is around double those cast for Taihei who came second and he did even better with female voters who gave him 35% of the vote which is five times that of their second place choice. With twin little brothers and a little sister Makoto is a caring big brother who gathers huge respect from everyone in the swimming club.

With so so many great big brothers in anime, it’s impossible to fit them into a list of just 10, so let us know if you think someone has been unfairly overlooked!

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Captain Tsubasa to Receive New TV Anime!

Takahashi Youichi’s classic soccer manga Captain Tsubasa is getting a new anime!

First serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1981, Captain Tsubasa follows the journey of soccer prodigy Oozora Tsubasa, who dreams of conquering the FIFA World Cup. The manga is still continuing as Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun in Grand Jump, and has been adapted into numerous anime series and films.

Fifteen years on from the most recent anime adaptation, Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002, the new series will tell the story of Tsubasa from the start of the original manga.

The cast will feature both new and returning voice talents, including Sanpei Yuko (Tsubasa), Suzumura Kenichi (Genzo Wakabayashi), Fukuhara Ayaka (Misaki Tarou), Tamura Mutsumi (Ishizaki Ryou), Satou Takuya (Hyuga Kojirou) and Konishi Katsuyuki (Roberto Hongo).

Katou Toshiyuki ( Level E, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure ) will be directing, with animation by david production.

Details on the new anime’s release is yet to come, so if you’re impatient for Tsubasa’s soccer exploits, check out more visuals in the album below!

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The Seven Deadly Sins Releases New Season 2 Trailer!

A second trailer for the upcoming premiere of the TV anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments has been released!

The opening and closing themes have also been confirmed as “Beautiful” by Anly and “Howling” by FLOWxGRANRODEO, respectively. Check out the trailer below for the new season, which is scheduled to kick off in Japan on Jan. 6, 2018!

Revival of the Commandments will still be produced by A-1 Pictures, but the director’s chair has gone to Furuta Takeshi. Series composition will be handled by Yoshioka Takao. Along with the beloved cast from the first season reprising their roles, there will also be over 10 new characters joining the show, meaning more cast announcements to come!

If the beginning of the year seems just a bit too far away, a side-story titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Bandit Ban is scheduled for a fast-approaching premiere of Dec. 23. The story revolves around the fateful meeting that brought Ban and Elaine together.

© Suzuki Nakaba / Koudansha / The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments Production Committee / MBS
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New Pokémon Movie Unveils Poster & Trailer!

The newest Pokémon movie, tentatively titled Pokémon the Movie 2018, has revealed its first poster and trailer!

The previous installment, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, retold the first adventures of Ash and Pikachu. It concluded with them setting out for their next adventure with new friends, one of whom we can get a glimpse of on the poster as well as in the trailer.

The new movie is co-produced by OLM (previous Pokémon movies, Inazuma Eleven ) and Wit Studio ( Attack on Titan, The Ancient Magus’ Bride ) and distributed by Toho. Yajima Tetsuo, the assistant director of the previous movie is taking the chair from Yuyama Kunihiko, who directed most of the Pokémon series up until the last movie. Yuyama will act as animation supervisor, and Kaneko Shizue is designing the characters. Matsumoto Rica and Otani Ikue are reprising their roles as Ash and Pikachu.

Pokémon the Movie 2018 is set to release on Jul. 13.

(C)Nintendo, Creatures, Game Freak, TV Tokyo, ShoPro, JR Kikaku (C)Pokemon (C)2018 Pikachu Project

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Fate/Grand Order Announces Two New Year Anime Specials!

Two new Fate/Grand Order anime specials for New Year were announced at Fate/Grand Order Guest Stage in Akihabara 2017!

Fate/Grand Order x Himuro no Tenchi ~7-nin no Saikyō Ijin-Hen~ is inspired by the Mashin Eiichiro/Type-Moon manga Himuro no Tenchi Fate/school life. Nagamori Masato will handle character design while Miura Takahiro will direct with ufotable producing.

Fate/Grand Order MoonLight Lostroom will be supervised by Nanba Hitoshi with Tsukada Takuro directing, Nasu Kinoko handling the script and Lay-duce producing.

The two shows will be broadcast as one New Year’s Eve TV special, Fate Project Omisoka TV Special 2017, on various television channels and online.

(C)TYPE-MOON / FGO ANIME PROJECT

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My Hero Academia Gets New Anime Movie!

It was announced on Twitter and the latest issue of The Weekly Shonen Jump that popular anime and manga My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) will be getting a full-length anime movie slated for Summer 2018.

Completely supervised by My Hero Academia author Horikoshi Kouhei, the movie will feature a brand new story. As the movie is expected to air after the third season of My Hero Acadmia anime that will broadcast in Spring 2018, fans can look forward to all the “HeroAca” hype in the first half of next year!

Follow the movie’s official Twitter or check out the official site and stay tuned for the latest news!

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Second Code Geass Compilation Movie Unveils Key Visual!

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Rebellion Path, the second of the Code Geass compilation movies, revealed a key visual featuring the main characters centered around Kururugi Suzaku.

Songs to be featured in the film have also been announced. Fans of the TV series will be happy to hear that “Yuukyou Seishunka” from Ali Project, the ending of the TV series’ first cour, is making its return as the movie’s opening theme.

The movie will also highlight “The Moon” by Fujiwara Sakura, who performed “Haru no Uta” in March comes in like a lion , as its theme song, and “Ima wa Koko ni” from Aisaka Yuuka, known for singing the ending theme of Active Raid: Kidō Kyōshūshitsu Daihachigakari, as an insert song.

The first part of the compilation trilogy, subtitled Awakening Path, premiered on Oct. 17 in Japan. The second and third parts, Rebellion Path and Imperial Path, are set to hit theaters on Feb. 10 and in May, respectively.

(C)Sunrise / Project L-Geass Character Design (C)2006-2017 CLAMP, ST

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Special Fate/Apocrypha Epilogue Event to be Held!

Fans of Higashide Yuuichirou’s Fate/Apocrypha can get their hands on the first Blu-ray box collection starting Dec. 27~!

Two versions of the collection (regular and limited edition) will be available for purchase. The limited edition includes quite a bit more goodies than the regular edition, like a specially illustrated box, a short story by Higashide, a booklet with staff interviews and commentary, and an application to receive an invitation to a 2-day event being held in 2018!

Only those who purchase the limited edition collection can attend this event, which is officially titled the “Epilogue Event.” Held on Apr. 28 and Apr. 29 at The Grand Hall in Tokyo, the event will consist of a performance with the staff and cast, a comprehensive exhibition, and new goods with special illustrations available for sale.

Currently there aren’t many specifics on what to expect at the performance and exhibition, but the lucky fans of Fate/Apocrypha who get to attend are sure to enjoy it immensely!

Epilogue Event
Duration: Apr. 28 – Apr. 29, 2018
Location: The Grand Hall, Minato, Tokyo
Contents: Stage Event / Exhibition / Goods Sale

Official Site: http://fate-apocrypha.com/

Fate/Apocrypha Blu-Ray Disc Box I
Release: Dec. 27, 2017
Contents: 12 Episodes
Discs: 6 (Blu-ray 5, OST 1)
Price: 33,000 yen

Limited Edition
Contents: Hagitcho-Illustrated Box / Short Story by Higashide / Epilogue Event Application / OST / Booklet with Staff Interviews & Creation Documents / Bonus Trailers / Clean OP & ED / 12.5 Episodes

© Higashide Yuuichirou / Type-Moon / FAPC

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