I realize that this is a really late post, considering that it is already February, but I wanted to keep the pacing of my blog posts consistent, so I hope you bear with me here. I think we can all mutually agree on what a horrendous year 2016 had been. Of course, I live in Asia, so I was not really affected by “Brexit” or “The Election of Donald Trump”, but I went through personal hurdles of my own.
However, despite the problems that I had to face, I know that I could always escape into the world of anime, and find some sort of reprieve there. It was assuring and comforting, to be able to lose myself into something else completely. Of course, at the end of the day, I had to face my problems head-on, but it was nice to have a breather once in a while. Besides, it is not good to stress-out 24/7.
With that said, I had watched a lot of good (and bad) animes throughout the year, and I have compiled a list of top five animes that came out in 2016. This is my personal opinion, so feel free to leave your thoughts down below, or even tell me what your top five animes had been. (Again, I know this is late, so you will probably have forgotten some of them already, or maybe that’s just me, considering I have a really bad memory).
5. NEW GAME!
I had written a review on New Game! last week, if I am not mistaken, and I think it deserves the number 5 spot on this list.
New Game! revolves around a high-school graduate known as Suzukaze Aoba, who had landed herself a job at a gaming company known as Eagle Jump. Eagle Jump is the company that produces the Fairy Story series – a game series which Aoba had been a fan of ever since she was a small girl. She soon finds herself designing characters for the sequel of Fairy Story, as well as working under her long-adored idol, Yagami Kou.
I liked New Game! because it was not just a cute, abstract anime. True, it is a very cute anime, filled with very cute women, but the anime does not stop there. New Game! actually had an interesting storyline, with pretty interesting characters. It makes you feel excited about joining the workforce, and it makes you wonder if working would be as fun as how the anime portrays it to be.
All in all, New Game! had been pleasantly surprising, as I did not expect much out of it, so I do think it deserves the number five spot on this list.
4. BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA
Now, I realize that I gave a pretty high rating for this anime but I have decided to put this anime on the fourth spot in this list because… Well, there are three, other animes which I just enjoyed more than Boku no Hero Academia. In terms of animation and pacing, Boku no Hero Academia definitely topped the others. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment, it lacked a bit, compared to the other animes I had included in this list.
Boku no Hero Academia revolves around a boy known as Izuku Midoriya, who did not have any special abilities – or “Quirks”, as they call it. However, he still wanted to be a superhero, so he worked hard to get into the school of his dreams – a very prestigious school known to give birth to the best superheroes. In fact, some of the teachers at this school are quite famous, known and admired by all. Izuku’s (or Deku’s, as he had been nicknamed) huge dreams did not go entirely to waste as, after meeting his number one superhero, All Might, Izuku was chosen to inherit his Quirk.
I liked Boku no Hero Academia because of the way the story was executed. The story was great, the animation was even better and it is one of the few animes which manage to balance the level of seriousness and comedy into its episodes. Boku no Hero Academia was an enjoyable watch, with appropriate comedies and suspenses put up throughout the anime. We also get to sympathize with the powerless, main character and join him in his struggles to be the best, despite his “Quirk-less” nature.
3. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
A friend of mine went to an anime convention recently (unfortunately, I could not make it because I had a family function going on), and he told me of the abundance of Ram and Rem cosplayers. It was definitely a sight to behold, he told me, I suppose, in an attempt to make me jealous since I missed the whole thing. However, I guess it just goes to show how hyped up Re:Zero was, especially when the twins are involved.
Re:Zero revolves around Subaru Natsuki, an unsuspecting young man who got dragged into a fantasy world, where he is seemingly immortal. Taking advantage of his ability to come back to life, Subaru sets out to protect the love of his life, Emilia. A lot of drama happens, as well as encounters with those who would eventually cause a massacre, yet Subaru persevered and fought his way through – all of it, to protect and prove his love for the silver-haired, half-elf.
I know that I may seem like I’m jumping on the bandwagon by including such a hyped-up anime on my list of Top 5 Animes of 2016 (Boku no Hero Academia was pretty hyped-up too, in my opinion), but I really like the anime. The story was so captivating, and even though I was pretty busy when I started watching Re:Zero, I always managed to watch one or two episodes in my free time. It was just that gripping, although the ending did not satisfy me as much I had expected it to.
2. Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara
I really liked the first season, so I was pretty excited about watching the second season. I was pleased to find that I was not disappointed at all. It would have been a shame if the second season turned out badly because the first season was really good.
Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara starts off with the Autumn elections. Yukihira Souma continuously proves himself to be one of the best chefs in the school, despite his background of having to help his father run a small, local diner. His lack of a prestigious background did not deter him however, and he continues on with his shokugeki confidently. Even after facing a loss, Souma would just try to improve his cooking skills, even if it means bothering his rivals.
The second season of Shokugeki no Souma was definitely a success, in my opinion. It followed the story from the manga pretty closely, so in terms of plot and storyline, this season of Shokugeki no Souma did not disappoint. Not only that, but the anime was filled with mouth-watering food animation. Yes, the graphics were on point and yes, it did leave me hungry a lot of the times, but hey, it was really enjoyable to watch.
1. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2
The second season of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu continues the story of the students of 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High. Although I expected the ending, I did not think that it would cause so many emotions within me. For someone who could cry at the smallest, irrelevant things, this series really brought a storm to my heart. 😆
Now that summer was over, the students of 3-E returned to class with new resolutions to sharpen their skills and improve their grades. However, with Koro-sensei’s increased bounty, the students suddenly find themselves in a situation of rivalry between them and those who are after Koro-sensei’s expensive head.
This season had started off quite slow, but I am so happy that I decided against dropping it. The amount of development and plot which this season contained was more than enough to satisfy me. Plus, the little emotional scene at the end had me crying my eyes out. It really had been an emotional ride – but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. With that said, I think the second season of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu deserves the number one spot to my list of Top 5 Animes of 2016.