Samui’s 7 Days of Anime #5 – My Definitive Ranking of 2016 Anime Shows Per Season

Forgive me, this is going to be a very lazy post.

I know I’ve been screaming how 2o16 is good for anime despite the tragedies that occurred one after another in 3D. Industry sales aside, I think the studios are beginning to churn series that have enough creativity to stand out against its bland landscape. Hell, I can even claim that 2016 is the strongest year for anime for the last three years.

For my seasonal assessment, I think Fall has positioned itself as the strongest season all thanks to a more consistent set of shows. Summer comes next, and it might have been my first if not for orange and Re:Zero taking major dips at some point in their respective series. Winter 2016 gave the ceiling of 2016, yet it lacks a strong set of new offerings. Note that I was still a hikikomori back then so I was able to watch that many shows in that period. Then my personal weakest season is Spring, which is no way a bad one to itself. It’s just that the other three are much stronger or has gravitas than Spring’s solid (but not great) shows.

Moreover, 2016 is also a good year for sequels. Assassination Classroom, Akagami no Shirayuki hime S2, Lupin III (2015), Concrete Revolutio, Ajin Season 2, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans and Sound! Euphonium S2 would have ended up in my top 20 if I am going to rank the shows this year. The year also answered 2015’s lack of ambition. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, ERASED, orange and Yuri on Ice definitely had the guts to execute something that isn’t done that good in anime before.

Yet not everything ended up great though. I am still reminded how bad Dimension W and Kuma Miko are. Shuumatsu no Izetta is a total chore to watch and shows like Battery and Handa-kun sure know how to disappoint watchers. Then there comes Mayoiga, a show which I can’t still point whether it’s really that bad or it’s bad-so-good kind of tragedy. Eitheway, I had a good laugh with it.

Okay. Let’s now start! The ranking goes as follows: the seasons are arranged according to what I think is the strongest to weakest. The same goes with the shows under those. I switched some places as compared to my original post due to the after effects of some shows’ merit or flaws.

FALL 2016

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  1. Sound! Euphonium 2
  2. Ajin S2
  3. Yuri !!! on Ice
  4. Fune Wo Amu
  5. Flip Flappers
  6. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans S2
  7. Girlish Numbers
  8. Sangatsu no Lion
  9. Udon no Kuni
  10. Bungou Stray Dogs S2
  11. Drifters
  12. DAYS (2nd cour)
  13. Kiss Him, Not Me!
  14. Keijo!!
  15. Occultic; Nine
  16. Classicaloid
  17. Gakuen Handsome
  18. Shuumatsu no Izetta

SUMMER 2016

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  1. Mob Psycho 100
  2. orange
  3. planetarian
  4. 91 Days
  5. Amaama to Inazuma
  6. DAYS (1st cour)
  7. ReLIFE
  8. Honobono Log
  9. Shokugeki no Souma 2
  10. ReZero: Starting Life in Another World
  11. Cheer!! Danshi
  12. This Art Club Has A Problem
  13. Amanchu!
  14. Kuromukuro (2nd cour)
  15. Handa-kun
  16. Momokuri
  17. Tales of Zestiria X
  18. Fudanshi Koukousei no Seikatsu
  19. The Morose Mononokean
  20. Battery
  21. Rewrite

Winter 2016

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  1. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
  2. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2
  3. Lupin III (2015)
  4. She and Her Cat
  5. Ajin S1
  6. Hai to Gensou No Grimgar
  7. Erased
  8. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans S1
  9. Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku Wo!
  10. Assassination Classroom Season 2
  11. Tabi Machi Late Show
  12. Rainbow Days
  13. Koyomimonogatari
  14. Sekkou Boys
  15. Osomatsu-san
  16. Kono Danshi
  17. Dagashi Kashi
  18. Prince of Stride
  19. God Eater
  20. Active Raid
  21. Phantom World
  22. Norn 9
  23. Divine Gate
  24. Bubuki Buranki
  25. Haruchika: Haruta to Chika Seishun Suru
  26. Dimension W

SPRING 2016

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  1. Concrete Revolutio – the Last Song
  2. Assassination Classroom – the Final Season
  3. Kiznaiver
  4. Flying Witch
  5. Boku no Hero Academia
  6. Mayoiga
  7. Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
  8. Bungou Stray Dogs
  9. Rainbow Days (2nd cour)
  10. Kotetsujou no Kabaneri
  11. Kuromukuro (1st cour)
  12. Kagewani S2
  13. Joker Game
  14. Sakamoto desu Ga?
  15. Kuma Miko

By the way, my post tomorrow will be 100% sap and will address the blog nomination things in this humble website. Prepare for tissues for a feels trip. Kidding! Thanks for reading, as always!

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