Shonen Anime Spring 2016 Lineup
As the Spring 2016 anime season kicks off, a selection of new shows from Shueisha’s line of magazines are set to premiere. With anticipated titles like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, and series with rising popularity such as Twin Star Exorcists and My Hero Academia, there’s bound to be something shonen anime fans can look forward to this season.
Below you’ll find a complete list of new and continuing shonen anime planned for this season.
New This Season
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
The coastal town of Morioh is plagued by the “Bow and Arrow,” an ancient artifact which manifests latent stand abilities in criminals and ordinary folk alike. At the same time as they are dealing with the huge influx of stand users—both good and bad—in Morioh, high schooler Jousuke Higashikata and his friends are searching for the culprit of a series of homicides.
My Hero Academia
Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where 80% of the population has some kind of superpowered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little private tutoring from the world’s mightiest hero can’t solve.
Terra Formars Revenge
2620 A.D. In order to find a vaccine for the virus from Mars with a death rate of 100% called the Alien Engine Virus, Hizamaru and the crew went to Mars to get a sample of one of the giant cockroach creatures, otherwise known as Terraformars. An unforeseen accident happens, and while Akari and the others fight the roaches to try to escape, humanity is fighting with each other behind closed doors. The ultimate story of survival with Mars as the background… Round 2 is about to start!
Twin Star Exorcists
Grotesque monsters known as Impurities reside in Magano, a realm parallel to the present day. Exorcists purify these evil apparitions to protect the people. Rokuro Enmadou is opposed to becoming an exorcist, even though he has the talent to be one, but an oracle gives him the title of “Twin Star Exorcist,” the name bestowed upon married exorcists. Benio Adashino, the girl who receives the title along with Rokuro, is determined to exorcise all the Impurities in the world. The two find themselves wrapped up in more and more battles together as the Twin Star Exorcists, and as Rokuro watches Benio fight with the wish to become stronger, he’s forced to face the weakness he’s lived with ever since the Hiinatsuki Tragedy. Now that his eyes are turned toward the battle again, thanks to Benio, Rokuro makes up his mind to fight as an exorcist once more, and the Twin Star Exorcists take on the most powerful of Impurities together!
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season
Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?
Dragon Ball Super
Set just after the events of the Buu Saga of Dragon Ball Z, a deadly threat awakens once more. People lived in peace without knowing who the true heroes were during the devastating battle against Majin Buu. The powerful Dragon Balls have prevented any permanent damage, and our heroes also continue to live a normal life. In the far reaches of the universe, however, a powerful being awakens early from his slumber, curious about a prophecy of his defeat.
Join Gokuu, Piccolo, Vegeta, Gohan, and the rest of the Dragon Ball Super crew as they tackle the strongest opponent they have ever faced. Beerus, the god of destruction, now sets his curious sights on Earth. Will the heroes save the day and prevent earth’s destruction? Or will the whims of a bored god prove too powerful for the Saiyans? Gokuu faces impossible odds once more and fights for the safety of his loved ones and the planet.
Airing on: Fuji TV
Official Website: http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/dragon_s/
Serialization: V-Jump (June 20, 2015 to Present)
Naruto Shippuden: The True Legend of Itachi Volume ~Light and Darkness~
Itachi Uchiha, age four. After seeing what occurs on the battlefield up close, he makes a certain decision. He decided that he would change the world. The dream that Itachi aimed for. His dream: A Hokage from the Uchiha clan, and a future where those he loved could live in peace. His time in the ninja academy, his meeting with Shisui, becoming a Genin, Chunin, and finally a member of the Anbu… Itachi ran straight down a path of glory, not knowing that a cruel darkness was spreading…
This is the story of the glory, frustration, and determination of the ninja called a genius.
Available on: Crunchyroll
Official Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/naruto/index2.html
Novel Series: Naruto Shinden (Naruto True Legend)
Monkey. D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become the king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line and beyond, this is one captain who’ll never give up until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth: the Legendary One Piece!
Movies / OVA’s / Specials
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
The film will take place six months after the events of the manga, where it will feature Yugi Muto & Seto Kaiba in one more game of Duel Monsters to earn their own pride to each other, while facing an unknown threat.
Release Date: April 23, 2016
Official Website: http://www.yugioh20th.com/
Serialization: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 17, 1996 to March 8, 2004)