What I mean by the title sentence is how anime happened to be delivered, which might not mean much to those in the west (especially seeing as fall 2016 has been going on for about a month now) but we were affected by this release for a bunch of these shows (most that I’ll be talking about in fact) and I just thought it was interesting how so many different types of releasing a product was used in one season.
ReLIFE: This was an interesting release as all 13 episodes went up at once. You like binge watching? You had an anime you could easily binge and not have to wait for 13 weeks, avoiding spoilers and the like.
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Future/Despair Arc : This was interesting for 2 reasons. Firstly the second game never got an anime and (from what I’ve heard) has required knowledge for 3 but secondly, having 2 different anime with a majority similar cast air at the same time is something I’ve never seen before. I don’t know anything at all about the Danganronpa series so I don’t want to add incorrect information about why this was done so I will stop here. I can’t think of another time the same series has two TV anime with nearly identical cast and titles airing at the same time which is why I listed it here.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance & Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War: The interesting aspect of these two series is how they aired in the exact same timeslot with Arslan having the first 8 weeks and Seven Deadly Sins taking the last 4. This is one I probably wouldn’t want catching on unless both series take advantage of it. I didn’t watch Seven Deadly Sins but Arslan certainly felt like it was more hindered than helped with only 8 episodes.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Short anime are nothing new but I have never seen a shorts series receive a new episode daily (excluding weekends) with a normal length episode at the end of the week made by combing the week’s 5 shorts. This is a format I would like to see catch on for similar shows (comedy/slice of life) as it gives viewers choice.
Planetarian: While net anime aren’t exactly rare most of the ones I’ve watched still fall into TV issues such as episode length but Planetarian didn’t care about that. It had 5 episodes and they were all just as long as they needed to be. One was 16 minutes, one was 22, etc.
Under The Dog: I was debating adding this as on the surface it looks like a standard OVA but it was actually a Kickstarted project. I haven’t watched it but reading through reviews it wasn’t very well received by backers. Hopefully we can see more creators get around big corporations and receive funding directly from fans with a better reception as I certainly like the idea.
Momokuri: This is actually a rearing of a series from December 2015 – February 2016. Why would I count it here then? The series was originally made up of 26 12 minute web episodes and the TV airing took these, added two together, aired it on TV. Certainly not the most interesting of the different methods I’ve provided previously but still unique.
Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars: Lastly is one that probably no one involved wanted it to be interesting but they ended up being forced to anyway. Regalia aired 3 episodes like normal then the day before the 4th it was announced the series would be going on hiatus for a month with the series restarting at that point. I hope this helped whatever hell the project was going through and there weren’t many people like me that were on the line between keeping and dropping that were pushed over the edge with this delay.
So that’s 10 (counting the series partnered up) series that aired uniquely from summer 2016. How many from fall? Unless you count Saiki K and Regalia, 0. All the series I’m watching are just going up on whatever site (mostly Crunchyroll) like normal, I see nothing like Arslan/SDS or Danganronpa, and haven’t heard of anything like Re:LIFE or Regalia. The closest is how Bungo Stray Dogs seemingly goes up whenever Crunchyroll feels like it but I have no idea if that’s how it’s airing in Japan so I can’t count it. Hopefully more seasons introduce more unique ways of watching anime in the future.