Sequels to Watch Out For

This season alone we have received the long awaited sequel to Attack on Titan and the sequel to one of the best shows of 2016, My Hero Academia. This has gotten me thinking about what other sequels are coming soon. After all, there are so many new and great shows each season, but every once in awhile, we get a sequel to an acclaimed series, an old classic or even an obscure gem. In the spirit of sequels, here are a few sequels I am interested in or would like to see in the future. I highly encourage you to check out each of the shows I will be addressing and to share them with others. Enjoy!

Bungou Stray Dogs

This was my favorite show of 2016 and I recommend everyone go watch it. It’s all about an agency of detectives with unique powers fighting superpowered criminals. The look and feel of the world give off a modern meets noir feel, complete with a soundtrack that adequately combines large orchestral pieces with modern electronica, brought to you by Taisei Iwasaki, one of the best composers in Anime. There have been two seasons so far and I need more!!! Sadly there hasn’t been a third season announced yet, but there is an OVA suppose to be released soon and a movie in the works. Here’s hoping it isn’t just a compilation film. This show has a delightful energy about that just keeps me hooked. If that isn’t enough, this show is animated by Bones (And my followers will know that I LOVE Bones). Plus, all of the characters are based on real literary authors, which gets more relevant to western viewers in the second season when all the villains are based on American Authors.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

Okay, now I’m aware that Kabaneri wasn’t the best show and that there were some narrative issues, but I don’t care. For me, Kabaneri was entirely worth it based on the visuals alone. It is one of the best looking shows I’ve ever seen. While Studio WIT was waiting for Attack on Titan’s manga to progress so they could make season two, the team behind Attack on Titan all worked on this show to satisfy our craving for monster killing goodness. Instead of a Germanic society cowering behind three concentric walls from giant monsters, Kabaneri was about humans living in walled cities connected by industrial railways in a steampunk alternate history Shinsengumi period Japan. I mean, it is seriously the same director, composer and animation team as Attack on Titan and it’s no shallow copy either.Studio WIT put their hearts and souls into this. There is a sequel planned for 2018 and the first season is only 12 episodes so there is just enough time to catch up.

Kekkai Sensen

One of the most criminally underappreciated anime of the last decade, Kekkai Sensen is a brilliant story of finding your way in an unfamiliar world that happens to have lots of aliens, explosions and fights. The original manga was created by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of Trigun, and the anime from 2015 was produced by Bones and directed by Rie Matsumoto. Matsumoto did a wonderful job weaving such a magnetic cast of characters and a deep story through the coolest and strangest fictional take on New York. The second season is currently scheduled to come out Fall 2017. You can read my review of it here.

Owarimonogatari Second Season

I love the Monogatari series. It has prided itself on being visually striking, bizarre, provocative, and unforgettable. It really is unlike any other anime I’ve seen. Few shows are capable of putting so much emphasis on dialogue and seemingly random and meaningless conversation and manage to tie everything together in the end while holding your interest. I won’t pretend the last few seasons haven’t had just as many hits as they have had misses and I think even I got bored with the formula at a certain point, but each season of Monogatari has something different to offer, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about a sequel to Owarimonogatari coming soon. Monogatari isn’t for everyone, but if you are interested in giving the series a go to see what the fuss is about, check out my review of the first season here.

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