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

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9. Kiznaiver

Watch if you like: science fiction, suspense, comedy

What it’s about: Seven students with vastly different personalities are kidnapped and bound together by a device that forces them to feel each other’s pain. It’s a very physical lesson on how to feel empathy, shown through an otherwise incompatible group. Though the show presents us these characters in the form of their archetypes, it complicates them by introducing us to their fears and flaws as the experiment continues. This is an anime that makes you think and forces you to ask yourself: Is empathy achievable without pain? Is empathy achievable without guilt?

10. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Watch if you like: historical dramas, art, slice of life

What it’s about: After he’s released from prison, Yotaru decides to leave behind his criminal past to learn rakugo: the ancient, dying art of traditional comedic theater. When he asks his rekugo idol to train him, the master storyteller — after some initial reluctance — agrees to take Yotaru under his wing. This anime beautifully intertwines past and present story lines to show relationships with a very special art on the brink of extinction.

11. Ajin

Watch if you like: demons, gore and violence, being horrified

What it’s about: After Kei Nagal is hit by a truck, he discovers that he’s an Ajin: an immortal being that can endlessly regenerate. Now he’s on the run because once discovered, Ajin are taken by the government and subjected to a life of torture and experiments. This isn’t an optimistic show, and it’s definitely not one that will show you the better sides of human nature. It’s dark and ruthless, but it’s a great watch if you want to see a tight, gritty story about morality and self-preservation.


12. Yuri!!! On Ice

Watch if you like: competitive sports, romance, men so beautiful that you will weep

What it’s about: When Japan’s top figure skater Yuri Katsuki finds himself in a slump after a miserable defeat at the Grand Prix Final, he returns to his childhood home to contemplate his next steps. Out of the blue, his idol Victor Nikiforov shows up and offers to coach him to victory, and together they embark on a journey to the next Grand Prix Final. Yuri!!! On Ice is stunning in so many ways, from the choreography, to the music, and to the relationships that develop between the skaters. It’s an anime about competition, but even more so, it’s a story about love in all of its forms.

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