Most Anticipated: 2016 Edition

There are so many things I’m looking forward to this year! Find some of my most anticipated stuff below the jump.


The new DC + The CW series Legends of Tomorrow premieres in January, and if it’s as good as The Flash, I’ll become a faithful fan. (Even if it’s better than Arrow, I’ll probably become a faithful fan. Anything is better than Arrow.)

ABC’s Agent Carter returns for its second season January 19 in the US. I adored the first season — so did my parents, which is interesting as my mom’s not much of an action fan and my dad isn’t really into comic book stuff — and I’ve been looking forward to the premiere ever since the second season was announced!


Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Anime image from Crunchyroll.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Anime image from Crunchyroll.

After reading an advanced copy for review, Jordanna Max Brodsky’s The Immortals rocketed to the top of my book recommendations for 2016. This adult fantasy title follows Selene DiSilva, an increasingly mortal woman who was once the goddess Artemis. My review is forthcoming on Girls in Capes this February – I promise this one will be a thrilling ride.

The next volume of 4koma manga Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun releases February 23! The anime was one of my favorite things of 2014 over at Girls in Capes, and the Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun manga is definitely joining Food Wars! in my order-as-they-come-out pile at Main Point Books. My review of Volume 1 is forthcoming on Girls in Capes, and there will likely be more reviews on additional volumes throughout the year.


Nintendo will release Twilight Princess HD, a WiiU version of the classic game, March 4. I’m a relative newcomer to the franchise — my ex introduced me to Wind Waker HD and Skyward Sword — but the plot and the art style intrigue me. I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out.

Hyrule Warriors: Legends, the Nintendo DS version of the WiiU game, releases March 25. Hyrule Warriors is really what hooked me into the rich worldbuilding that is the Legend of Zelda franchise, so I’m really looking forward to the tiny portable edition, despite the whole Linkle bullshit factor.

Finally, my last anticipated release of March 2016 will be Batman vs. Superman, in theaters March 25. The literal only reason I care about DC’s newest “dark and gritty” release? Wonder Woman’s first silver screen appearance. I will be there. For Diana of Themyscira.


Cover for the American English edition of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki
SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA © 2012 by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki /SHUEISHA Inc.

Early April marks the start of the Spring 2016 anime season. Spring tends to be the biggest anime season of the year, and I already have titles lined up that I can’t wait for: the second season of Rinne and the second season of Food Wars!. Both are series I was greatly anticipating before their premiere — I mentioned earlier I buy Food Wars! faithfully when each volume of manga arrives in the U.S. — and I’m really excited for the next arcs in each. While the anime Rinne has far exceeded how far I’ve gotten in the manga, Food Wars! hasn’t yet caught up to the plot arcs available in the manga in the U.S. quite yet.


Captain America: Civil War leads my May list and, in many ways, my 2016 list as a whole. Have you seen the trailer? You’ve seen the trailer. I don’t really need to explain why Cap is leading my May list, but I will definitely add that Captain America is my favorite Avenger.

May also marks the release of Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond, one of my top anticipated young adult titles of 2016. My review is forthcoming on Girls in Capes, and I cannot WAIT to share this with other readers.

The sequel to A Crown for Cold Silver, Alex Marshall’s A Blade of Black Steel, is another novel I’m looking forward to touting this May.

What I’m most excited for this May, though, is an event I’ve looked forward to for the past three years: Book Expo America. Although it takes place in Chicago this year, I’m still planning to attend — I’ll probably make it more of a trip to visit my sister, who lives in the city.


Wizard World Philadelphia takes place in early June, and this may be my first-ever year attending! I haven’t confirmed this yet, or purchased tickets, but I’m hoping to do so within the next few months.

philly-chapter-bit-drink-logoJune 2016 will also mark the first anniversary of the Philadelphia chapter of Geek Girl Brunch. You can check out our recap of June over on the Geek Girl Brunch main site/blog. It’s been a total blast working with the other officers so far, and we’ve got a ton of awesome stuff planned for the future! Learn more about our chapter on our chapter page at Geek Girl Brunch or join the international organization over here. (With chapters in 6 countries and across the United States, you’ll probably find a chapter near you!)


I’m always looking forward to July: my birthday is July 5. For now, I don’t have anything else, though! My birthday is a time I tend to gather myself for another round, the way a lot of people do at the start of the new year, so there may be a ton of posts in July.


Probably my top anticipated fantasy novel of 2016 — even more than A Blade of Black Steel — is N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate, expected August 16. * You can find my review of the first in the trilogy, The Fifth Season, over at Girls in Capes.


Seven Seas will publish the first volume of NTR: Netsuzou Trap in English in the US September 20. Described as a yuri series for fans of Citrus, Netsuzou Trap is a story about two friends who, after kissing to help one girl get over her nervousness about kissing her boyfriend, discover they’re actually more interested in each other than their boyfriends. It’s a very, very different sort of “love triangle” than pretty much any book or comic I’ve seen in the U.S., and I’m really looking forward to checking this one out.


The third book in Marie Lu’s Young Elites trilogy is expected in October 2016. While not much information is available about this book yet, I’m stoked to read the conclusion to the series — I loved The Young Elites, which is a Girls in Capes book club selection for January 2016 at Main Point Books.

New York Comic Con takes place October 6-9, and although I’m not sure if I’ll be able to attend the convention proper, New York is always filled with awesome geeky events that weekend. I’m also looking forward to (hopefully!) a third year of Fan Girls Night Out hosted by Geek Girl Brunch. I attended the 2015 FGNO and had an absolute blast.


NaNo-2015-Participant-Badge-Large-SquareI attended Chessiecon in Baltimore for the first time in 2014. While I didn’t make it back in 2015 due to travel expenses, I’m really hoping to get back to this fantasy convention again this year.

As always, I love participating in National Novel Writing Month! Since starting college, NaNo write-ins have always been one of my favorite things. It’s way too far ahead to guess what I’ll be in the mood to write, but there’s no doubt I’ll make some sort of effort — even if I stop dead at 15,000 words again.

Disney’s Moana will release November 23. She’ll join Tiana and Jasmine as one of the only Disney Princesses who isn’t white/European — and joins Jasmine as the only non-white Disney princess who was born a princess.  (Tiana, though my favorite Disney Princess, married into it, and Mulan — my actual favorite Disney lady — isn’t a princess at all.)


December 2016 will see the release of Star Wars: Rogue One. If The Force Awakens is any indication, I’m going to seriously enjoy Rogue One. Space opera, action — what more can you ask for in a movie?

Also, despite how shitty the people who make Assassin’s Creed actually are, I’m also looking forward to the Assassin’s Creed movie due out December 21. While I might not actually make it out to see this film in 2016, I’ll definitely watch it.

As you probably noticed, there’s much more anticipation for early 2016 releases — mainly because I won’t be thinking about books released later in 2016 until after Book Expo in the spring.

What are you most looking forward to this year?


Published by Feliza

Feliza Casano is a writer and editor with a love of speculative fiction, graphic novels, and good books. She writes and edits at Girls in Capes ( and contributes to other websites on science fiction and fantasy topics.

2 thoughts on “Most Anticipated: 2016 Edition

    1. Based on the ending, I figured it wasn’t a standalone, but I’m really really excited for the next two. I’ve read another trilogy of hers, The Inheritance Trilogy, which was also fantastic, but not as fantastic as THE FIFTH SEASON. There’s speculation that this year in awards will be the year of N.K. Jemisin, and I really do hope she wins at least one or two. (I’m betting on Nebula Best Novel.)



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