13 Must-Watch Anime for Winter 2016

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Alright. You know the drill. A new anime season means new anime.

Of course, keep in mind as you read that these are simply the anime that should not be missed this season. There are many more airing currently that are perfectly watchable, and many that are downright enjoyable.

1. Erased

Genre: Time Travel, Mystery

Erased is an amazing murder mystery that spans decades. The time travel aspect gives a welcome alteration to the murder mystery formula and allows for numerous innovative twists and turns.
At the same time, the villain is meticulous, intelligent, and able to adapt, making even knowledge of the future seem like not enough to stop the murderer's killings.

 

2. KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy

The comedy in KonoSuba largely stems from subverting RPG and "hero from another world" fantasy tropes. Far from being the destined hero of this fantasy world, Kazuma starts at the very bottom.

Far from being the destined hero of this fantasy world, Kazuma starts at the very bottom. Aqua, a pampered goddess, causes far more problems than solutions. Add to that a mage obsessed with magic too powerful for her own good and a paladin who has masochistic tendencies and you have a setup running over with comedy.

3. Schwarzes Marken

Genre: Mecha

While it appears on the surface to be just your run-of-the-mill mecha anime, Schwarzes Marken stands out from the crowd thanks to its setting. It's as much about the hell of living within a totalitarian communist state as it is about fighting aliens with giant robots.

The people live in the fear that a wrong word can send the secret police to your door and your family to be tortured as traitors. Thanks to this, you're never sure which characters are trustworthy and which are informants.

4. Ajin: Demi-Human

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

When it comes down to it, Ajin is all about how much it would suck to be immortal. Suddenly being declared non-human and subsequently hunted by former friends and strangers alike is a daunting prospect for anyone to face.

Another cool aspect of the anime is the constantly evolving tactics to capture an immortal, and the subsequent counter tactics that the Ajin use to avoid capture. And once it becomes clear that the Ajin have another power beyond that of coming back to life, stakes in battle reach a whole new level.

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