In the meantime, let me conclude this 7 Days of Anime with a top 2016 list.
This is the first part of my general assessment in 2016. Since I think I described the shows well enough in my seasonal posts, the descriptions you will find below are concise one liners.I watched about 75 shows this year so I can say I saw enough before I decide in this ranking. This is the breakdown of my ranking based on the season the show has finished airing:
- Winter – 4
- Spring – 4
- Summer – 4
- Fall – 4
Note that ongoing series are excluded in the list, hence, you will not find Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans or Sangatsu no Lion here. Sequels also made a strong remark in this relatively strong year in anime. Enjoy!
- Flying Witch (Spring 2016)
The surprise sleeper hit of Spring 2016 takes a spot in the list for its naturalistic take on witchcraft. JC Staff knows how to animate slice of life series, don’t they?
- Lupin III (2015) (Fall 2015 and Winter 2016)
Take a typical Lupin III episode, dress it using 2016 visuals and you get a fun show. Skip the Leonardo da Vinci arc for total enjoyment.
- Fune wo Amu (Fall 2016)
Kudos for selling a very uncommercial premise and making the show a soft drama from beginning to end.
- ERASED (Winter 2016)
My most disappointing series of 2016 is also as one of my favorites all thanks to its compelling two-thirds which handled child abuse with grace.
- Kiznaiver (Spring 2016)
People call it shallow, I say it created a nice spin on your typical teenage romance. Moreover, it has one of 2016’s best OST and visuals you know.
- 91 Days (Summer 2016)
Atmospheric but flawed, this tale of revenge is nothing short of chilling and cathartic. Watch for that very beautiful ending.
- Yuri!!! on Ice (Fall 2016)
This is how you do a mainstream series with merits even the staunchest critic can’t ignore. The gay is strong here, but this is handled gracefully plus it acquits itself on the skating figure premise.
- Planetarian (Summer 2016)
Perhaps the Key show we want, but we do not deserve because we’re all over Rewrite last summer. Planetarian is what Plastic Memories should have been.
- Assassination Classroom – Season 2 (Winter 2016 and Spring 2016)
The satisfying conclusion to the entertaining Assassination Classroom franchise. Who thought this will end with a full bang – and loads of manly tears?
- Orange (Summer 2016)
Feels overload! This is ERASED if the show focused on character writing and removed Yashiro-sensei from the plot.
- Ajin (Winter 2016 and Fall 2016)
Probably the best written series in this list, but is marred by godawful CGI visuals. The best thriller series in years.
- Mob Psycho 100 (Summer 2016)
Hey, this is One Punch Man – only much better. Kindness is rarely told in anime beyond moe and this series lived through this theme right from the start. Bones is also a force to reckon in terms of animation.
- Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Summer 2015 and Winter 2016)
Because romance in anime does not have to ride on tropes, sparkly couples nor heroines who can’t express themselves.
- Sound Euphonium Season 2 (Fall 2016)
If you want a tightly written character high school drama that places good emphasis on band music, watch the first season then this. Thank me later.
- Concrete Revolutio (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)
Justice? Superheroes? Morally grey characters? More people need to see this intricate show.
- Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Winter 2016)
Thank God for animating this history art piece while embellishing it with tasty character drama. That’s all I can say.
Wait for my Part 2 coming next week and for some detailed justifications of my Top 5 2016 anime series. Thank you!