Time to make those 2017 New Year's Resolutions! This time, however, let's make them count. Forget about those trivial resolutions like losing weight, saving money and traveling more. Get your priorities in order and put watching anime on the top of your list!
Some of the most popular anime are bursting into the new year with highly anticipated seasons. Since these shows haven't had a new season in quite some time, you may need a refresher on what took place (or you need to watch them for the first time). Ready for a good binge-watching session? Tackle these seven anime before their new seasons premiere in 2017. And to the take the guess work out of your watching sessions, I even included how much time you will need to dedicated to completing each show.
Get the coffee, stretchy pants and unhealthy snacks ready.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc
Three years after the first season ended in the U.S., Blue Exorcist is finally back! This supernatural anime follows the story of Rin Okumura, the demon son of Satan. In his quest to become an exorcist, he is joined by his brother Yukio and his fellow students from True Cross Academy. Premiering January 6th at 10:30am PST on Crunchyroll, the new season will explore the Kyoto Impure King Arc of the on-going manga. If you haven't seen Season 1 yet, you can find the English dubbed version on Netflix and the English subbed version on Crunchyroll. There are 25 episodes so start your binge-watching today!
Total Binge Time: 12.5 hours
In the words of Shimura, “Gintamaaaaaaaa!” Yes, it is time for more comical and parody-heavy adventures with Gintama, Shimura, and Kagura. Season 4 will arrive early in the year on January 9th. Though not confirmed, we are hoping Gintama will be simulcast on Crunchyroll since they also have the previous three seasons. For this binge session, you have 316 episodes to take care of. If you want to give it a try, head over to Crunchyroll now and get started.
Bonus: If the new anime season isn't enough for you, the live-action Gintama movie will be released in Summer 2017 as well.
1/5/16 Update: Gintama Season 4 will premiere on Crunchyroll on January 8th at 11:35am PST!
Total Binge Time: 158 hours (Almost 7 days)
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan fans can finally celebrate! They have been waiting for over two years for a second season. After numerous delays, cancellation rumors, and two live-action movies, the new season continues with the battle between the Military and the fearsome Titans. Attack on Titan will be airing in April though we don't have an exact date yet. However, we can confirm that Funimation has secured the rights to air the new season. Fingers crossed for simulcasting too! Catch up on all 25 episodes from Season 1 on Funimation, Crunchyroll or Hulu.
Total Binge Time: 12.5 hours
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Meet Boruto, son of everyone's favorite knucklehead Hidden Leaf Ninja, Naruto Uzumaki. In this sequel to the Naruto series, the story follows the adventures of Boruto and his friends. What we know so far is that Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will air in April 2017.
No channel announcement yet but Funimation or Crunchyroll could easily grab the simulcast rights. Now, if you are truly dedicated to preparing for this series, you will need to watch both Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden. You can also watch the movie Boruto: Naruto the Movie for extra credit. Naruto has 220 episodes while Naruto: Shippuden has 488 episodes. Go ahead and tack on 96 minutes for the movie too. You can find both shows on Crunchyroll or Hulu.
Total Binge Time: 354 hours (almost 15 days)
Total Binge Time with the Boruto movie: 355.6 hours
My Hero Academia
U.A. High School is back in session! My Hero Academia returns with another season in April 2017. The first season premiered in April 2016 and fans couldn’t get enough of the superhero action. Funimation will probably be the home for Izuku Midoriya (also known as Deku), the great hero All-Might and the rest of the heroic students in training. We are still waiting for details on which site will broadcast the episodes. You don't need super strength to tackle Season 1. Head over to Funimation and stream all 13 episodes.
Total Binge Time: 6.5 hours
FLCL (aka Fooly Cooly)
First airing in the United States on Adult Swim in 2003, FLCL returns thanks to their partnership with the studio Production I.G. This hilarious, over-the-top anime has gained a cult following since its premiere 13 years ago with only six episodes under its belt. It was announced that 12 new episodes would premiere either late 2017 or early 2018. New episodes will continue with Naota Nandaba at the center of the story again. Until it finally premieres on Toonami, however, take the time to watch and re-watch the whole series on Hulu or Funimation.
Total Binge Time: 3 hours
One Punch Man
One of the most popular anime to come out in 2016 was One Punch Man. This anime follows the exploits of Saitama, a superhero that can defeat his enemies with just one punch. Accompanied by his devoted student Genos, these heroes fight countless villains as new members of the Hero Association. Details are still thin about the exact date of the second season, but we are told it will arrive sometime in 2017. Hulu was the only site to broadcast these episodes and still has the 12 episodes of season one in its catalog.
Total Binge Time: 6 hours
Grand total for all these shows: 554 hours of your life (almost 24 days). Good luck!