ByYaw Amanquah, writer at Creators.co
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Yaw Amanquah

This is an exciting time for anime. While I don't think modern anime is as good as the anime I grew up with I can't deny that the anime industry is moving in an interesting direction. Two modern trends that I'm a huge fan of are independently produced anime and sequels to old anime. Coincidentally, the four anime that I'm looking forward to the most are representative of one of these two trends.

4. Cencoroll 2

Cencoroll 2 is a sequel to 2009's animated science fiction film Cencoroll. Cencoroll 2, just like the original, is being directed, written, and animated by Atsuya Uki with music composed by Ryo of Supercell. Cencoroll 2 doesn't have a projected release date, as the original release window of summer 2014 has already passed, but it is featured on Aniplex's Anime Japan 2016 lineup.

A huge monster suddenly appears on the top of a building in an ordinary provincial town. The local Defense Forces go into action, and the people of the town are in uproar. A young girl, Yuki, happens to know the secret that Tetsu keeps a strange creature called Cenco. Yuki, being brave-hearted and naturally inquisitive, becomes fascinated by Tetsu and his unusual pet, Cenco. A mysterious boy — who has control over the huge monster threatening the town — then appears and an unexpected battle begins. Who do they fight for? Who are they? By getting involved with a battle, how is Yuki's fate going to be?

3. Fooly Cooly Sequel

Toonami and Production I.G. have teamed up to produce two more seasons of the 2001 anime Fooly Cooly. Both seasons of Fooly Cooly will once again feature character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and an original soundtrack by The Pillows. Season 2 of Fooly Cooly has a projected release date of late 2017 to early 2018 and will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block.

In the new season of 'FLCL,' many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together. Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across the galaxy. Enter Hidomi, a young teenaged girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day when a new teacher named Haruko arrives at her school. Soon enough, Medical Mechanica is attacking her town and Hidomi discovers a secret within her that could save everyone, a secret that only Haruko can unlock. But why did Haruko return to Earth? What happened to her Rickenbacker 4001 she left with Naota? And where did the human-type robot ‘Canti’ go?

2. Little Witch Academia TV Series

Little Witch Academia is a television series based on the original Anime Mirai short film and its sequel Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade. The Little Witch Academia television series will have 30-minute episodes with series creator Yoh Yoshinari returning as director. A release date for the Little Witch Academia television series hasn't been announced yet, but it has been licensed by Netflix.

Akko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Akko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot's performance that she dreamed to someday be a "cool" witch like her. This young and impressionable Akko takes Shiny Chariot's words as her own motto: "Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.“ As part of a class, Akko and her classmates go into a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova. There, a sealed ancient dragon was unleashed by one of her classmates. Akko tries to stop the dragon, but…

1. Uru In Blue

Uru in Blue is a sequel to the animated science fiction film Royal Space Force. Uru in Blue began production in 1992 but ceased in 1993 due to lack of funds. However, in 2013 Gainax announced that the film was once again in production and is aiming for a 2018 release. Uru in Blue, just like Royal Space Force, is being directed and written by Hiroyuki Yamaga with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

This story takes place on a different planet, not Earth. The level of technology on this planet, though, is roughly the same as Earth’s. One way it differs entirely from Earth is it’s a very peaceful planet, but there’s a very strong culture of “dueling” in the planet’s social structure, although this dueling culture is something that occurs more on the darker underbelly. It’s not something that’s popular or advertised. All the main characters in 'Uru in Blue' are not noble knights; they’re ruffians and thugs that come from pretty poor backgrounds. The core of this plot is these thuggish knights piloting fighter jets and dueling one another.

Which anime will you be watching?

[Source: Anime News Network and Ani-Gamers]