Fall 2016 Anime Based on Light Novels

(pictured: Occultic;Nine)
(pictured: Occultic;Nine)

I’m a little late getting this post up, but here are the anime based on light novels that are airing in Japan this season (with links to their English simulcasts). What shows are you watching this fall?

Based on Light Novels:

Based on Novels:

  • Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium) Second Season — Crunchyroll
  • The Great Passage (Fune wo Amu)

And Based on Chinese Novels:

Also, look forward to OVAs of DanMachi, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Overlord, Strike the Blood, Oregairu, and Zaregoto.

Fun facts:

  • The author of Girlish Number, Wataru Watari, also wrote Oregairu! The first volume of that has released in English, and you can still join in on our open forum discussion for that.
  • The first volume of Occultic;Nine is being translated by J-Novel Club, and has the first few parts ready to read!
  • Zaregoto‘s first volume was licensed by Vertical! Expect that to release some time in early 2017.
  • Light does not always travel at the speed of light! If it slower when traveling through a material such as glass. There are also various factors that can change light’s speed in a vacuum, depending on the light’s structure.

Girlish Number
College student Chitose Karasuma is determined not to do boring things as she enters the adult world. To this end, this bad-mannered beauty barges into a facility that trains would-be voice actors and actresses, somehow landing a job at “Number One Produce,” a seiyuu agency managed by her older brother, Gojo. In Chitose’s mind, she’s poised for greatness, but finds herself at a loss when she continues to only get minor roles. As she clashes with other girls in the agency, including a cunning airhead and a girl with a Kansai accent, Chitose is about to learn that there’s more to succeeding in this competitive industry than she imagined.

Magical Girl Raising Project (Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku)
A social game called The Magical Girl Raising Project allows one in tens of thousands of people to be a “magical girl” -- possessing extraordinary physical capabilities and looks, as well as special magical powers that set them apart from the rest of the human race. But one day, in a district containing 16 magical girls, the administration announces that it must halve the number of magical girls to solve the problem of magical energy. At first, the 16 magical girls race to collect more “magical candy” than their competitors, but the rules quickly become twisted, and it quickly becomes a murderous battle for survival among them.

The “paranormal science” story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the “Choujou Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yuuta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.

Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium) Season 2
After swearing off music due to an incident at the middle school regional brass band competition, euphonist Kumiko Oumae enters high school hoping for a fresh start. As fate would have it, she ends up being surrounded by people with an interest in the high school brass band. Kumiko finds the motivation she needs to make music once more with the help of her bandmates, some of whom are new like novice tubist Hazuki Katou; veteran contrabassist Sapphire Kawashima; and band vice president and fellow euphonist Asuka Tanaka. Others are old friends, like Kumiko’s childhood friend and hornist-turned-trombonist Shuuichi Tsukamoto, and trumpeter and bandmate from middle school, Reina Kousaka. However, in the band itself, chaos reigns supreme. Despite their intention to qualify for the national band competition, as they currently are, just competing in the local festival will be a challenge--unless the new band advisor Noboru Taki does something about it.

The Great Passage (Fune wo Amu)
The publication of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage progresses. Mitsuya Majime, originally from publisher Genbu Shobo’s sales department, has been recruited by Kouhei Araki, a veteran editor of the dictionary department who is looking to retire soon. The dictionary department is known internally as the “money-eating insect,” but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor. Mitsuya, who has poor social skills, finds himself working with another man named Masashi Nishioka, who is able to express himself better.

Soul Buster
Keishuu, China. The history books say that in the era of the Three Kingdoms, this land was a place of never-ending war. A young high school boy, Sonshin, who hates his city’s history, is troubled by a certain dream. When he wakes up from the dream, strange things begin to happen one after another, and without understanding what’s going on, he suddenly finds himself facing Gien, one of the generals from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, who’s trying to kill him! Just before Gien’s blade strikes home, a mysterious beautiful woman appears in front of Sonshin. What trials await Sonshin, as he witnesses this terrible battle between two generals of the Three Kingdoms?

2 thoughts on “Fall 2016 Anime Based on Light Novels

  1. Not that it really matters much, but Girlish Number is an original anime story. From what I have read of it, the light novel is simply a bunch of prequel stories. Cases like these kinda blur the line of where the “original source material” comes from, huh?

    1. Thanks for the clarification! It’s actually pretty common I think, for companies to plan ahead with various tie-in materials to coincide with the airing of an anime. If it’s not a light novel, it’s going to be a manga or drama CD. Or a cell phone game. Or a stage production???

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