Winter 2016 Anime Based on Light Novels

(pictured: GATE)
(pictured: GATE)

Here are the anime based on light novels that will be airing in Japan this season (with links to their English simulcasts -- I will update as more are potentially announced). What shows are you going to watch this winter?

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Based on Light Novels:

  • Durarara!!x2 (Part 3 of Season 2) — Crunchyroll
  • Gate (Season 2) — Crunchyroll
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar) — Funimation
  • Itachi Shinden: Hikari to Yami — (premieres March)
  • KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!) — Crunchyroll
  • Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World) — Crunchyroll
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle (Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut) — Anime Network Online

Based on Other Novels:

  • Haruta and Chika (Haruchika: Haruto to Chika wa Seishun Suru) — Funimation
  • Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage
  • Schwarzes Marken  — Crunchyroll

Continuing from Fall:

For a general chart on winter anime, visit

Durarara!!x2 (Ketsu)
Ikebukuro is engulfed in a spiral of confusion. A group of individuals, each carrying the weight of their own past, gathers at Shinra’s apartment, while in the city the Dollars, Yellow Scarves, and Saika contend for power. However, the situation takes a turn that no one could expect when Celty’s head is revealed to the public, as this tale approaches its conclusion.

Gate – Season 2 (Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri – Enryuu-hen)
In August of 20XX, a portal to a parallel world, known as the “Gate,” suddenly appeared in Ginza, Tokyo. Monsters and troops poured out of the portal, turning the shopping district into a bloody inferno. The Japan Ground-Self Defence Force immediately took action and pushed the fantasy creatures back to the “Gate.” To facilitate negotiations and prepare for future fights, the JGSDF dispatched the Third Reconnaissance Team to the “Special Region” at the other side of the Gate. Youji Itami, a JSDF officer as well as a 33-year-old otaku, was appointed as the leader of the Team.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
Why are we here? Why are we doing this? Before Haruhiro had realized what happened, he was surrounded by darkness. Why was he here? Where was here? Even now, he still didn’t know. Those around him were the same as him, no one remembered anything other than their own names. And when they emerged from the darkness, the world that awaited them seemed like something out of a video game. In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with the others, learns fighting skills, and as a soldier in the reserve force, takes his first steps into the world of Grimgar. What awaits him there, he doesn’t know… This the story of an adventure born from the ashes.

Naruto: Shippuden – Itachi Shinden – Hikari to Yami
The series will center around the past life of Itachi, the older brother of Sasuke Uchiha. Based on the light novel spin-off of the Naruto franchise.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
The life of Satou Kazuma, a hikikomori who likes games, all too soon came to an end because of a traffic accident… It was supposed to, but when he woke up, a beautiful girl who called herself a goddess was in front of his eyes. “Hey, I have got something a little nice for you. Wanna go to another world? You can take only one thing of your choice along with you.” “…then I’ll take you.” From here on, the great adventure of subjugating the Demon King will begin for the reincarnated Kazuma… Or so one would think, but it’s the labor for obtaining food, clothing and shelter that begins! Despite Kazuma wanting to live in peace, the goddess keeps causing problems one after another, and eventually, they attract the attention of the Demon King’s army!?

Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World)
In the near future, spirits and monsters are in full sight. A boy leads a group of people with special abilities as they plot against a massive organization that takes advantage of a certain incident and eventually know the truth about their world in the process.

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle (Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut)
Lux, a former prince of an empire named Arcadia that was overthrown via a rebellion five years earlier. Lux accidentally trespasses in a female dormitory’s bathing area, sees the kingdom’s new princess Lisesharte naked, and incurs her wrath. Lisesharte then challenges Lux to a Drag-Ride duel. Drag-Rides are ancient armored mechanical weapons that have been excavated from ruins all around the world. Lux used to be called the strongest Drag-Knight, but now he’s known as the “undefeated weakest” Drag-Knight because he will absolutely not attack in battle. After his duel with Lisesharte, Lux ends up attending the female-only academy that trains royals to be Drag-Knights.

As a bonus, I am including some anime based off Japanese novels:

Haruta and Chika (Haruchika: Haruto to Chika wa Seishun Suru)
Haruta and Chika are members of their high school wind instrument club that is on the verge of being shut down. The two are childhood friends, and they spend their days practicing hard while also trying to recruit new members. When a certain incident happens within their school, they work together to solve it.

Schwarzes Marken
Schwarzesmarken is a spin-off of the Muv-Luv Alternative series, but the events takes place in 1983. The East German Army 666th TSF Squadron “Schwarzesmarken” (Black Marks) are a special-forces unit tasked with assaulting BETA forces through unconventional tactics; specifically, they target Lux and Magnus Lux to deny the BETA the advantage of ranged firepower. Their orders are given the topmost priority, such that it is common practice for the 666th to ignore allied distress calls that will result in deviation from their original mission, even if only for a short moment. The 666th Squadron mostly operates MiG-21s, with their squadron commander Irisdena Bernhard piloting an MiG-21PF.

Also, an adaptation of a Chinese web novel:


Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage
In the anime’s story, a comet falling will bring about a great calamity, and in order to choose a child fated by the falling comet, the family of the “Reiken” clan with a long storied history is once again resuming its entrance examination process to find disciples. The protagonist, who possesses a special soul that is only available once in a thousand years, decides to take the exam, and he starts down the path toward becoming an exceptional sage.

4 thoughts on “Winter 2016 Anime Based on Light Novels

  1. Musaigen no Phantom World is published under KA Esuma Bunko, which is pretty much universally considered a light novel label. Is there any reason why you’ve placed it in the “other novel” category?

    1. I was just going off of what was listed on a couple anime charts (both said based on a “novel” specifically). I’ll go ahead and make the edit.

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