6 Must-Watch Anime for Winter 2015-2016

Updated on June 17, 2016
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Must-See Anime of Winter 2015-2016
Must-See Anime of Winter 2015-2016

The Fresh Line-Up for the Winter 2015-2016 Anime Season

A new year, a new anime season! This time around, it's the Winter 2015-2016 Anime Season! And for that, cheers for the new year!

So what do we have this time around? Well of course--new titles and shows! As always, I'm here to recommend some series for the season which I think will be grand and definitely worth the watch. Here, there's a total of six! Yes, six of them to watch and spectate all-season-long!

Without further ado, come join the parade as the march of the 6 Must-Watch Anime of Winter 2015-2016 is coming through! Now take your seat and enjoy the show. There's a lot of great titles to enjoy this season!

Active Raid
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1. Active Raid

Genre: Mecha, Police, and Sci-Fi

Anime Summary: Unit 8 of the 5th Special Public Security Section's 3rd Mobile Assault Division, or more well-known as "The Eight", is the division where assistant inspector Asami Kazari is newly-assigned. Units from the division are called Willwear and a bundle of them are donned by the members. Now, Kazari's task is not just to report the status of the units but also, to secretly reform the division from being sloppy and whacko.

Why it's a Must-Watch: It doesn't get any more ACTIVE than this! After all, this one's called Active Raid! And for this season, this is one that's slowly yet surely getting some hype.

Believe me on this, the first episode wasn't much of something out of the ordinary but, the animation is very fluid and well-executed. The sight was truly something to behold!

This one is also a mecha/police show without the over-sized mecha (which is good and refreshing) because it's not often that mechas are like...human-sized! Actually, the mechas are the high-tech suits worn by the police units.

Adding to all that, this show was created by the creators of Code Geass. Maybe there's something with that information that'll make this show worthwhile. After all, Code Geass started small as well.

Active Raid - Trailer

Bubuki Buranki
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2. Bubuki Buranki

Genre: Action, Drama, and Sci-Fi

Anime Summary: Bubuki are mechanized-weapons that are at the center of the Bubuki Buranki world. Amongst them, there exists one special Bubuki clad in mystery called Oubu. Azuma Kazuki is one that has powers to control Oubu but, obstacles await! Ever since he and his sister fled to Japan from a secret sky-island, a group of armed men are on their tracks. Now, Azuma is with a few people who can also wield Bubuki to stand up to the world.

Why it's a Must-Watch: Okay...truthfully, this show is one that made me enjoy as soon as I picked it up to watch. And I wasn't expecting that! Bubuki Buranki is actually good! It's superb!

This show uses 3D CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) to blend with the 2D animation, and I say--it totally rocks! There's some inconsistency and some weird views but, the visuals were overall stunning!

As for the story, I liked it. It hooked me up into it as if I was gradually being submerged. The action scenes and the fluid animation were sights to truly behold! And I hope this continues in the upcoming episodes. I have high hopes for this one.

Bubuki Buranki - Trailer

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)
Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)

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3. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)

Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, and Supernatural

Anime Summary: Satoru Fujinuma has one eerie supernatural ability, he has the ability to go back in time to prevent disasters and catastrophes from happening! At first, he can only go a few minutes back but, when a shadow from his past comes back, he suddenly finds himself back to when he was just in first grade! A time-travel of this caliber only means one thing--the mystery and catastrophe to be solved and prevented is far grave than one can anticipate.

Why it's a Must-Watch: What can I say? Among all the anime series this season, I would say the first episode of Boku dake ga Inai Machi (a.k.a. ERASED) is the most beguiling and intriguing of them all! I mean, mystery with a touch of supernatural and psycho--SOLD!

After watching just the first episode, I'm totally bent on learning what's going to happen next. It's just that this particular show executed everything well. The mystery, the murder, the revival power, the sudden time-travel/time-loop way WAY back to past! What awaits this promising show called Boku dake ga Inai Machi?

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED) - Trailer

Divine Gate
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4. Divine Gate

Genre: Action, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Anime Summary: The Divine Gate is such a gate that's phenomenal yet legendary to the whole world. Long time ago, the gate opened to connect the three worlds; the world as we know it, the heavens, and the underworld. With such a gate, chaos enveloped everything! But because of the world council, further disaster was prevented. Now, the world council seeks people who are inclined to reach the gate. Once reached, a wish of the heart's desire can be granted.

Why it's a Must-Watch: Now, this is one of the anime shows that seems to be building some exhilaration this season. And looking at what's going on already in the show, Divine Gate is brewing up a storm!

Divine Gate has some emotional train-ride going on, and to match up with that--I think action will also be a main staple! That's actually enough to keep most people glued, but hold on--there's more!

It's visual scope is pretty decent. That story-line seems to be going somewhere. And overall, it is interesting! Even the "pitter patter" poetic moment at the beginning gives the impression of a future where things are going to evolve to something great.

Divine Gate - Trailer

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
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5. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, and Fantasy

Anime Summary: Along with other people in the bosom of darkness, Haruhiro awakes with nothing to consider in mind. Everyone knows nothing, just the basics and their names. As they soon discovered, they were in a strange world called Grimgar where everything seems to be made straight-up from a video game. They don't know that though. Now, they have to start from scratch to take jobs, battle monsters, go to adventures, and survive in the mysterious world they're currently in and which they know nothing about.

Why it's a Must-Watch: Trust me on this, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar seems promising! It actually starts off from level one. Yes, level one! As you know, it's a game-based anime like Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, and Danmachi. But despite all that, this one doesn't look generic. It has lots of potential actually. And the graphics, it's a watercolor bomb! Very appealing to the eyes.

Well, everything I've said is just my own opinion. Perhaps you would want to see for yourself what's in store for you in this show. The only thing I can say now is--Hai to Gensou no Grimgar is a rocket full of surprises that'll soon skyrocket through the skies. That's what it seems to lead to, actually.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar - Trailer

Musaigen no Phantom World
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6. Musaigen no Phantom World

Genre: Action, Fantasy, and Supernatural

Anime Summary: Years into the future, the minds of people have evolved to witness new sights and beings. Humans are now able to see creatures they've always thought in the past as mere legends. Also, the new generation has become able to manifest strange powers. With these powers come great responsibilities though. Now that phantoms are manifesting and directly affecting people, it's the job of those who have powers to keep them at bay and prevent anyone from being inconvenienced and even getting hurt.

Why it's a Must-Watch: Folks, this is something that's definitely a must-watch anime this season! It's Musaigen no Phantom World!

It starts off with a philosophical aura about seeing things in different angles and perspectives but--it doesn't stop there! Actually, this show's kinda funny as well as interest pique-ing! It says stuff about powers and abilities while keeping everything engaging and cool!

And oh! The first episode features a gravity-defying scene (you'll know what it is when you watch it), which is laugh-worthy, that seems to be just the beginning of everything. More is expected, and I'm partly convinced that this show will definitely live up to the newly-lit expectations of many.

Musaigen no Phantom World - Trailer

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        ilikeit 24 months ago

        If you're looking for alternative for Hai to Gensou no Grimgar , Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! should hit the top list too.

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        Mark Sammut 2 years ago from Malta

        Awesome list (and very detailed). Should be a great season.