12 New Anime Series From 2016 to Binge-Watch This Weekend

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5. Bungo Stray Dogs

Watch if you like: superheroes, detective stories, lovable dorks

What it’s about: After being kicked out of his orphanage, Atsushi Nakajima struggles to live on the streets until a mysterious detective agency takes him in and saves him from starvation. He quickly discovers that everyone in the agency has super powers based on famous writers, and they use their powers to complete missions and solve mysteries. Though it shifts wildly at times from fun and irreverent to dramatic, Bongou Stray Dogs has a fantastic host of characters and an enthralling story that will keep you charmed the whole way through.

6. Re:ZERO -Starting Life In Another World

Watch if you like: fantasy, video games, time travel

What it’s about: After leaving a convenience store, Subaru Natsuki’s caught off guard when he’s abruptly transported to a parallel, fantasy world full of magic and anthropomorphic animals. A silver-haired half-elf rescues him from alleyway thugs, and in return he pledges to repay her by helping her locate something she’s lost. Life in this new world seems like it could be okay…until death knocks at the door and events start to repeat themselves. It’s a fresh take on game-genre anime, and surprisingly dark for something set in such a lush, fantasy world.

7. My Hero Academia

Watch if you like: superheroes, magical high schools, earnest teens

What it’s about: We’re pretty familiar with stories where the main character stumbles upon special powers and is whisked away to a magical school to train and eventually save the world, right? Boku no Hero Academia isn’t one of them. While most of the people in this world have some type of super power, Izuku is one of the unfortunate few who doesn’t have any special ability. That is, until he meets his personal hero, All Might, who happens to be able to pass his abilities onto another…

8. The Great Passage

Watch if you like: slice of life, documentary, realistic dramas

What it’s about: In what has to be the most mundane-sounding premise of the year, Fune wo Amu provides us with a shockingly interesting glimpse into the world of creating dictionaries. The passion behind the show is contagious, and it’s easy to get caught up in the story of dictionary editors fulfilling their life’s dreams. This series is a little more slow-moving than others, but if you’re looking for something reflective and insightful, it’s perfect.

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