anime connection

Now that the English manga/light novel scene is so much more robust, I know a lot of people wonder whether their favorite anime has a continuation. While Wikipedia is good for general information on a series, it doesn’t track how much an anime adapts of the source material, or where to start reading after finishing the anime. This database is an attempt to solve this conundrum.

Remember that no matter how faithful an anime adaptation is, there are always changes to the source material, from conversations or thoughts cut out to expedited sequences in order to fit the story into a fixed number of episodes. For manga adaptations, sometimes filler is added in order to pad out the season, wait for new chapters, or for other unknown reasons (Beelzebub :/). I will note when there are significant departures from the source material, or if there is a skipped minor character or conversation that will be brought up in future chapters.

Most of the release information here is based on availability in the United States. If you are from a different country, you may have different physical or streaming content available to you.

Last updated: January 9, 2018
Newest addition(s): Monster Musume


Table of Contents

  1. List of anime
  2. Relevant Links

A Certain Magical Index
A Certain Magical Index (とある魔術の禁書目録)
Anime: Season 1 aired in 2008-2009 with 24 episodes, and season 2 aired in 2010-2011 with another 24 episodes. Adapted from light novel. Released in English by Funimation. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu. A third season of anime is due to air in 2018.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 13.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. 13 light novel volumes have been released. Manga volume 13, which covers material from LN10, is scheduled for April 24, 2018.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 14 will be released on February 20, 2018. This entry will be updated after the third season finishes airing.


A Certain Scientific Railgun
A Certain Scientific Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲)
Anime: Season 1 aired in 2009-2010 with 24 episodes, and season 2 (“S”) aired in 2013 with another 24 episodes. Adapted from manga. Released in English by Funimation. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.
Manga adapted: Volumes 1 through most of 7.
English availability: The manga is licensed by Seven Seas, 12 volumes have been released and they are caught up with Japanese releases.
Where should I start for new material?: Manga volume 7, as the anime has not adapted all of the chapters in that volume. Note that the anime contains a prodigious amount of filler (the second half of season 1 and the last third of season 2), so events or development that happened in the filler will not have any impact on the source material.


Accel World
Accel World (アクセル・ワールド)
Anime: Originally aired in 2012, 24 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by VIZ. Available for streaming on Anime Prime, Hulu, and VIZ. There is also an anime movie (Infinite Burst) that currently has no English release.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 4, as well as 2 stories from volume 10.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. 12 light novel volumes have been released, while the manga is only just past the anime.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 5, or manga volume 7. The manga ends after adapting light novel 5; continue past the manga with light novel volume 6. For reference, the recent anime movie is set around volume 20, while the English translation is currently only on volume 12 as of January 2, 2018, with volume 13 coming out in March.


Clockwork Planet
Clockwork Planet (クロックワーク・プラネット)
Anime: Originally aired in 2017, 12 episodes, adapted from light novel. Licensed in English by Funimation, no release date available. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 3.
English availability: The light novel is licensed digitally by J-Novel Club, with Seven Seas publishing physical editions. 2 e-books have been released, and volume 3 is currently being translated. Volume 1 will be released in print on February 27, 2018. The manga is licensed by Kodansha Comics, but is not caught up to the anime yet; volume 7 will be released on February 27, 2018.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 4, with a caveat. While the anime technically covers the first 3 volumes, some material has been rearranged for the anime. Since I have not watched the anime nor read all the novels, I cannot say for sure where the differences start, but my light research indicates that there is value in starting on novel 2.


Demon King Daimaou
Demon King Daimao (いちばんうしろの大魔王)
Anime: Originally aired in 2010, 12 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Sentai Filmworks. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 5.
English availability: The light novel is licensed digitally by J-Novel Club. The releases have not caught up to the anime; only the first 3 volumes have been released.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 4. While the anime technically covers the first 5 volumes, it starts to deviate noticeably from the novels after the third volume.



The Devil is a Part-Timer! (はたらく魔王さま!)
Anime: Originally aired in 2013, 13 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Funimation. Available for streaming on Anime Prime, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and Netflix.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 and 2, as well as a short story from volume 7.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press; 9 light novel volumes and 10 manga volumes have been released.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 3, or manga volume 6. The anime changed a few small details from the light novels, but nothing that necessitates rereading volume 2.


Grimgar of Ash and Fantasy
Grimgar of Ash and Fantasy (灰と幻想のグリムガル)
Anime: Originally aired in 2016, 12 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Funimation. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 and 2.
English availability: The light novel is licensed digitally by J-Novel Club, with Seven Seas publishing physical editions. There are 6 (soon-to-be 7) released e-books and 4 released physical books. The manga is licensed by Yen Press, but is not caught up to the anime yet; only 2 volumes have been released so far, with the third due on February 6, 2018.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 3. The anime greatly compressed volume 2 for broadcast, but the light novels will feel quite different from the anime because of how much time we get inside Haruhiro’s head in the books. Start on volume 3 to get new material, but consider reading volumes 1 and 2 to get the full experience. The manga will not catch up to the anime for quite a while.


Haikyu!!
Haikyu!! (ハイキュー!!)
Anime: Season 1 aired in 2014 with 25 episodes, season 2 aired in 2015-2016 with another 25 episodes, and season 3 aired in 2016 with 10 episodes. Adapted from manga. Released in English by Sentai Filmworks; no release date for season 3 available. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
Manga adapted: Volumes 1 through 21, plus chapter 207 from volume 23.
English availability: The manga is licensed by VIZ. 19 volumes have been released, and VIZ is currently releasing 1 new volume per month.
Where should I start for new material?: Manga volume 22 is scheduled to be released on April 3, 2018.


In Another World With My Smartphone
In Another World With My Smartphone (異世界はスマートフォンとともに)
Anime: Originally aired in 2017, 12 episodes, adapted from light novel. Licensed in English by Funimation, no release date available. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Steam.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 3.
English availability: The light novel is licensed digitally by J-Novel Club. 6 volumes have been released, with 7 currently being translated.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 4.


Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか)
Anime: Originally aired in 2015, 13 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Sentai Filmworks. Available for streaming on Anime Prime, Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 5.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. 10 light novel volumes and 8 manga volumes have been released.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 6.


Sword Oratoria: DanMachi on the Side
Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか外伝 ソード・オラトリア)
Anime: Originally aired in 2017, 12 episodes, adapted from light novel. Available for streaming on Anime Prime, no English home video release yet.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 4.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. 4 light novel volumes and 1 manga volume have been released.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 5 will be released on February 20, 2018. Manga volume 3 will be released on April 24, 2018.


KonoSuba
KonoSuba! (この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!)
Anime: Season 1 aired in 2016 with 10 episodes, season 2 aired in 2017 with another 10 episodes. Adapted from light novel. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll, no English home video release yet.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 4.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. 4 light novel volumes and 5 manga volumes have been released.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 5 will be released on April 24, 2018. The manga is still a ways off from catching up.


Log Horizon
Log Horizon (ログ・ホライズン)
Anime: Season 1 aired in 2013-2014 with 25 episodes, and season 2 aired in 2014-2015 with another 25 episodes. Adapted from light novel. Released in English by Sentai Filmworks. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 10.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. 9 light novel volumes have been released. The manga appears to be stalled in Japan and will not catch up any time soon; only 1 volume has been released.
Where should I start for new material?: Due to legal problems, the author took a break from writing new novels, so currently the anime has adapted all available novels. Volume 9 is notable because the anime adapted the entire book into only a single episode. Light novel volume 10 will be released on February 20, 2018. The consensus is that season 2, which adapted novels 6-10, left a lot of material out, so it would be worth reading from volume 6.


The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱)
Anime: Season 1 aired in 2006 with 14 episodes, and season 2 aired in 2009 with another 14 episodes. Adapted from light novel. Released in English by Funimation. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation. There is also an anime movie (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) released in English by Funimation.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 5, as well as most of the stories in volumes 5 and 6.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press, and the releases for both are well past the anime.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 5 (The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya) if you want to read all the short stories, otherwise volume 7 (The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya) to continue the main plot. Manga volume 10 should be the start of new material.


Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (小林さんちのメイドラゴン)
Anime: Originally aired in 2017, 13 episodes, adapted from manga. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation, no English home video release yet.
Manga adapted: Most chapters in volumes 1 through 4.
English availability: The manga is licensed by Seven Seas, and the releases are past the anime.
Where should I start for new material?: This is an interesting adaptation since there isn’t much overarching story to follow, so the anime has some anime-only content, as well as some remixed versions of manga chapters, likely because there is a new character introduced at the end of manga volume 3, so chapters had to be rewritten without this character, plus the emotional climax in episodes 12 and 13 was expanded when there was less impact in the manga. Start at least on manga volume 3, but get 2 if you want to experience some of the differences between the anime and the manga.


Monster Musume
Monster Musume (モンスター娘のいる日常)
Anime: Originally aired in 2015, 12 episodes, adapted from manga. Released in English by Sentai Filmworks. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
Manga adapted: Most of volumes 1 through 6.
English availability: The manga is licensed by Seven Seas, and the releases are well past the anime.
Where should I start for new material?: The middle of volume 6 is where the anime ended, so start there to get the immediate continuation, but, if you want to catch any skipped chapters, start instead with volume 4. Volumes 1-3 were adapted entirely.


No Game No Life
No Game No Life (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ)
Anime: Originally aired in 2014, 12 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Sentai Filmworks. Available for streaming on Anime Prime, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. Digital episodes available on iTunes. There is also an anime movie (No Game No Life Zero) licensed by Sentai Filmworks but with no home video release yet.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 3. The movie adapts volume 6 (it’s a prequel, don’t worry about being lost if you just want to watch the adaptations). Note that the end sequence of the anime series, where the Miko reveals her connection to an Old Deus, is actually from the epilogue of volume 6, not the end of volume 3.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. The released light novels are past the anime, but the manga was stalled in Japan and will not catch up any time soon.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 4. Yen Press has currently released through volume 6, which covers the movie, and volume 7 will be released on February 27, 2018.



One Punch Man (ワンパンマン)
Anime: Originally aired in 2015, 12 episodes, adapted from Murata Yuusuke’s manga remake of ONE’s webcomic. Released in English by VIZ. Available for streaming on Anime Prime, Funimation, Hulu, Netflix, Steam, and VIZ. A second season of anime is due to air in 2018.
Manga adapted: Volumes 1 through 7.
English availability: Murata Yuusuke’s manga is licensed by VIZ, and the releases are well past the anime.
Where should I start for new material?: Manga volume 8. However, each volume contains short stories that were not animated for the broadcast of the anime, so you may want to check them out anyway. This entry will be updated after the second season finishes airing.


Outbreak Company
Outbreak Company (アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者)
Anime: Originally aired in 2013, 12 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Sentai Filmworks. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
Novels adapted: Various parts of volumes 1 through 4 and 7 were adapted or rearranged for the anime.
English availability: The light novel is licensed digitally by J-Novel Club. The releases have not caught up to the anime; the volume 2 e-book will be released sometime in early 2018.
Where should I start for new material?: Due to the confusing adaptation of the source material, you would probably want to start on volume 2 to be safe. This recommendation will be updated as the English volumes are released.


Overlord
Overlord (オーバーロード)
Anime: Originally aired in 2015, 13 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Funimation. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu. There are also 2 anime movies that currently have no English release; these movies cover the same material as the 1st season of the anime. A second season of anime is due to air in 2018.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 3.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. The released light novels are well past the anime, while the manga has not caught up yet.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 4, or manga volume 5. Note that the end of season 1 fails to show the Orb of Death gaining sentience and swearing loyalty to Ainz Ooal Gown. This entry will be updated after the second season finishes airing.


Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers (六花の勇者)
Anime: Originally aired in 2015, 12 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Ponycan USA. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Steam.
Novels adapted: Volume 1.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. The released light novels are past the anime, while the manga has ended, only covering the same material as the anime.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 2.


Re:Zero
Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活)
Anime: Originally aired in 2016, 25 episodes, adapted from light novel. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Steam, no English home video release yet.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 9.
English availability: Both the light novel and the multiple mangas are licensed by Yen Press. The releases have not caught up to the anime.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 10. The English translation is currently only on volume 5, with volume 6 coming out on February 20, 2018. The Japanese manga is very far behind, so the English manga will not be caught up any time soon. The Re:Zero EX spin-off covers characters and history outside of the main scenario from Subaru’s perspective.


Spice and Wolf
Spice and Wolf (狼と香辛料)
Anime: Season 1 aired in 2008 with 13 episodes, and season 2 aired in 2009 with another 12 episodes. Adapted from light novel. Released in English by Funimation. Available for streaming on Funimation and Hulu.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 3 and 5, as well as a couple short stories from volume 7.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. The entire light novel series has been fully translated, with the follow-up series, Wolf on the Parchment, also licensed; volume 1 is slated for release on November 14, 2017. The manga releases are well past the anime.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 4 was skipped in the anime, then 6 to continue the story after the anime ended. If you prefer the manga, I have not read it myself, but, comparing the volume summaries to the light novels, I would start on volume 7 for LN4, then don’t skip any volumes thereafter since it mashes up some of the stories for later LNs.


Strike the Blood
Strike the Blood (ストライク・ザ・ブラッド)
Anime: Originally aired in 2013-2014, 24 episodes, adapted from light novel. Released in English by Discotek Media. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Netflix. There is also a 2-episode OVA titled Kingdom of Valkyria as well as a “second season” (“II”) of OVAs.
Novels adapted: This is a bit confusing. The first season covers volumes 1 through 6, then the final 2 episodes seem to be an adaptation of the side novel Strike the Blood EX. The first two OVAs are an original story written by the original author. Then, the so-called “second season” consists of 8 OVA episodes that appear to adapt volumes 9, 11, and 12.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. The released light novels are past the first season of the anime, while the manga has not caught up yet; manga volume 9, which covers material from LN6, is coming out on December 12, 2017.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 7. If you have watched Strike the Blood II, you can (ostensibly) skip volumes 9, 11, and 12 once those are released.


sao
Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン)
Anime: Season 1 aired in 2012 with 25 episodes, and season 2 aired in 2014 with another 24 episodes. Adapted from light novel. Released in English by Aniplex of America. Available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Netflix. Digital episodes available on iTunes. There is also an anime movie (Ordinal Scale) to be released on December 19, 2017, by Aniplex of America. A third season of anime is due to air in 2018.
Novels adapted: Volumes 1 through 8.
English availability: Both the light novel and manga are licensed by Yen Press. The released light novels are well past the anime, while the manga is caught up but no continuations past the end of the anime have been licensed yet.
Where should I start for new material?: Light novel volume 9. This entry will be updated after the third season finishes airing.


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