Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Best Anime from Spring 2016, and Thoughts on The Entire Season

The Summer 2016 Anime season approaches us, which means it's time to take a look at the ending Spring 2016 season and choose the BEST Anime from Spring 2016. I'll also talk about the shows that didn't make the cut at the end of the list. Keeping in mind, as always, this list ONLY contains anime that ended this season. Some shows are still ongoing. That being said let's get started!

     Sakamoto Desu ga?

Synopsis : The story follows the daily life of the "coolest" high school student, Sakamoto. As soon as he transfers to his new school, he attracts the attention of not just his class but the whole student body, and his jealous classmates' attempts to bully him repeatedly backfire and instead make Sakamoto look cooler.
Thoughts : If laughter is what you need. Sakamoto Desu ga? Has it in spades. Sakamoto Desu ga? never managed to not surprise me in some random way. Great visuals, good jokes and interesting cast of characters make for a fun watch. One could complain that there wasn't any "character development" or main plot line. But trust me, Sakamoto Desu ga? more than makes up for that with humor.

Flying Witch

Synopsis : The comical story follows the 15-year-old witch Kowata Makoto and the other boys and girls in her daily life. With her black cat Chito, the somewhat aimless girl moved from Yokohama to live with her second cousin at Aomori in verdant northern Japan.
Thoughts : I love laid back feel good anime. and Flying Witch is easily one of the better ones out there that fit the bill. Every week I was looking forward to the latest episode to help me unwind after work. Relaxing and Calming isn't all this charming show has going for it though. The characters are easily lovable, jokes were well executed and Flying Witch did a really good of inviting you as the viewer into it's world of country living and witchcraft.


Synopsis : The Kizuna System is an incomplete system for the implementation of world peace that connects people through wounds. Those connected to this system are called Kiznaivers, and when one is wounded, the system divides and transmits the wound among the other Kiznaivers.

In Sugomori City, a Japanese city built on reclaimed land and with decreasing population, Sonozaki Noriko tells her classmate Agata Katsuhira: "You have been selected to be a Kiznaiver." Thus, he becomes connected to classmates whose lives and personalities completely differ from his.
Thoughts : Kiznaiver was a brilliantly animated coming of age anime filled with emotions from start to finish. Studio Trigger made another gem with Kiznaiver. The way characters were introduced and focused on in later episode was really appealing to me. Also who can forget the great OP by Boom Boom Satellites - Lay Your Hands on me. Even though the song is even more bittersweet with the news of it being the last BBS song.

Bungou Stray Dogs

Synopsis : The "battle action" story Bungou Stray Dogs centers around a league of literary figures with supernatural powers. For example, in real life, Akutagawa Ryuunosuke wrote acclaimed stories that inspired Kurosawa Akira's Rashoumon film and the Aoi Bungaku Series anime's Jigoku Hen (Hell Screen) arc. In Bungou Stray Dogs, he has the power to transform and manipulate his cloak into a monster-like entity. Together, these writers solve mysteries as part of the "Armed Detective Agency."
Thoughts : I'll admit, the first few episodes of Bungou Stray Dogs I wasn't impressed all that much, but the show quickly grew on me, especially after getting to know the Armed Detective Agency a bit better. What I also loved about Bungou Stray Dogs is that even the villians were well written. So many times in anime the villians get the short end of the stick. I am awaiting the second season eagerly.


Synopsis : 30 young men and women who came together on a shady bus tour. The tour's destination: an illusive, possibly nonexistent village called Nanakimura. In Nanakimura, one can lead a utopian existence, free of the world's obstacles ... or so it was rumored, like an urban legend.

"In despair over the real world ... wanting to escape the tedious daily life ... wanting to restart your life from scratch..."

The bus headed deep into the mountains, carrying 30 people each harboring their own expectations and wounds in their hearts...

And so, the place these 30 arrived at, was an uninhabited village with the lingering faint scents of life, even though it was falling apart.

What is the truth of Nanakimura facing the 30?
Thoughts : Mayoiga did a great job of keeping the mystery element strong, a pretty good horror anime in general with a decent resolution. With a pretty clear message about human nature. Trust me it's hard to write about this show without wanting to spill the beans ;)

Now you are probably wondering why you didn't see your fave of the season in the top 5. Well I'll get to them eventually. Keeping in mind that I only included completed shows in this list, means that Re Zero and Gundam Unicorn automatically gets disqualified. But if you want a full review of Gundam Unicorn OVA you can get it here : http://reefza.blogspot.co.za/2014/08/anime-review-mobile-suit-gundam-unicorn.html

First off let me list the shows I thought were utter trash and didn't bother watching more of.

  • Hundred : A terrible cheap Infinite Stratos type anime
  • Seisen Cerberus : As expected, just another anime proving the rule of thumb that anime with dragons are shit
  • Super Loves : Complete and utter fujoshi bait
  • Joker Game : You are probably surprised by this one but Joker Game tried too hard to be clever without ever reaching the point
  • Onigiri : Short form fan service, and not even that was done very well.

With that out of the way it's time to share my thoughts on the rest of the Anime that Aired in the Spring 2016 Anime season. This isn't in any particular order.

Wagamama High Spec : A really short (3minute) cutesy anime about a mostly all girls Student Council. A quick time waster but nothing more.

Pan de Peace! : A cute and short anime about girls and bread. With banter and jokes surrounding mostly bread.

Boku no Hero Academia : I didn't enjoy the start of this anime, though it did grow on me quite a bit. But just not enough to grab a spot in the top 5. Did feel though that the season ended a bit quickly, curious to see if a wait between seasons will be a good or bad thing for Boku no Hero Academia.

 Bakuon!! : Very few fanservice scenes aside (like the one above) Bakuon had quite extensive information on the bike manufacturers from Japan and other countries. The road trip part with Bike Jesus was great!

Kuma Miko : An adorable show with great characters, some of the jokes caught me off guard, like the whole Maiden Sacrifice story, but really enjoyed this anime. Even though I do feel the last few episodes let it down.

Big Order : I had high hopes for Big Order, as it was on my list of most promising shows of Spring 2016. Sadly it just missed the mark about halfway in. Still well worth watching though.

Anne Happy : I'll admit, I do enjoy slice of life type anime with mostly ALL girl casts. Anne Happy added a bit of misfortune into the mix, with all the jokes focused mostly on the types of bad luck each character has, that aside it was still a very cute and fun show to watch.

Sansha Sanyou : Sansha Sanyou was also a slice of life show, with the main focus being friendship between a fallen rich girl, a girl that eats too much and a devil with an angelic face. Weirdly Sansha Sanyou was probably one of the most well animated shows from the Spring 2016 season.

Assassination Classroom S2 : The second and final season of Assassination Classroom was really well executed, it was action packed from start to finish and in my eyes, a big improvement over the first season. Some might say the finale was a bit emotional though.

Haifuri : Haifuri caught me a bit off guard. I was half expecting something along the lines of Girls und Panzer with ships but it was far closer to Bodacious Space Pirates. If you want a fun show with good mix of action and ships! and a bit of scifi/fantasy ness added. You can do far worse than Haifuri!

Terra Formars R : Terra Formars R starts off where the first season ended. With a fair bit of recap so you don't feel lost. In the second season the roaches are smarter, stronger, faster and seemingly superior to humans in every way. The show did feel a bit confused though as at times it felt like the creators didn't know which direction to take the show into. And there are a lot of plot holes throughout the series.

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta : Netoge was a fun show about an online games club, with character types that fit well with the ones you'd see in online games, except in the show a lot of the "gamers" were really cute girls. There is a cute romance comedy hidden in this show. But as a gamer in general it's a fun show that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Nijiiro Days : A Show I thought would initially be about bishounen turned out to be a light hearted romance anime with a heart warming end. The characters were well written and with the episode length of 15 minutes pacing didn't feel off.

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2 : A continuation of the Phoenix Festa from the first season. One of those shows where there are some good characters stuck with bad story telling.

Shounen Maid : Even though this show has all the making of fujobait, it turned out to be filled with quite a fair bit of sad scenes, it kinda reminded me of Ouran Highschool Host Club, just without the reverse harem or romance.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress : One of the more popular shows from the Spring 2016 season, which a lot of you probably expected to see in the top 5, But Awesome trains with gore and zombies aside, the first episode didn't grab me, second episode was a big improvement, but the second half of the show the focus seemed more on daddy issues of a certain character than the actual zombies themselves. Which kinda ruined it for me.

Let me know if there is any show I missed so I can update this blog. What are your thoughts on my list? Do you Agree? or do you want to murder my cat for not including your fave shows. Fire off in the comment section or on twitter/facebook.