2016 has come to an end and with it, the fall 2016 anime season. I am planning to also do a best of 2016 post but first we take a look at the best shows of the Fall 2016 anime season. I'm happy to say that this past season had some really awesome shows that strayed from the normal action/ecchi formula. and one that even used the formula to great effect. But lets get on with the list!
Fune o Amu
Synopsis : The publication of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage progresses. Majime Mitsuya, originally from publisher Genbu Shobo's sales department, has been recruited by Araki Kouhei, a veteran editor of the dictionary department who is looking to retire soon. The dictionary department is known internally as the "money-eating insect," but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor. Mitsuya, who has poor social skills, finds himself working with another man named Nishioka Masashi, who is able to express himself better.
Thoughts : First off the bat we have Fune o Amu, Fune wo Amu is a beautifully made, relaxing anime that takes the viewer into a slow cruise of the world of words. This is not your typical anime about fighting or lewd jokes. Fune o Amu gives a great look into the world of dictionary creation, and the purpose to dictionaries. The pacing in this show is quite slow, and even though it's a serious anime, it has some really adorable scenes and a few laughs as well.
Synopsis : Keijo is a sport where contestants stand on platforms floating on the water and use their butts and chests to fight against each other in order to push each other off the platform. Kaminashi Nozomi is a high school student who aims to join the sport after she graduates. Nozomi was raised in a poor family and hopes to make lots of money by playing Keijo. She grew up training in gymnastics, and she has good balance and flexibility. After high school, Nozomi joins a training boarding school and enters the world of Keijo.
Thoughts : Yes this is an anime about butt sumo, Yes it's perverted. But it's also brilliantly animated, has a great soundtrack, a good cast of seiyuu and it's fun. You aren't fooling anyone by acting all "ecchi stuff is bad" on the internet ;) jokes ass-ide. Keijo really turned out to be quite the gem especially if you enjoy battles. Butt it's not without it's flaws, but the pure enjoyment factor of it all, gave it a spot on this list!
Synopsis : Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved in the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa into the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as Drifters.
This world contains both native humans and a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits. However, the world is at war, with the humans waging a losing war against another group of great warriors, the Ends, who wish to take over the world and kill all the Drifters. Under the Ends' command are many terrible creatures, including dragons, which they use to destroy everything in their wake. At the start of the series, the Ends' army has control of the northern part of the continent and is currently trying to invade the south through a pivotal fortress at the northernmost tip of a nation called Carneades. Meanwhile, the Octobrist Organization, a group of human magicians native to this world, attempt to bring together the many individual Drifters to save their world from the brutal Ends.
Thoughts : I really enjoyed Drifters, I had high hopes for it as it's from the Hellsing mangaka Kouta Hirano and animated by the amazing studio Madhouse, who also worked on the Hellsing Ultimate OVAs. Drifters has a great mix of comedy and ultra violent action that complements an intriguing world which features a war between the "Drifters" and the "Ends" who both seem to consist of well known historical figures. I would have liked Drifters to be a bit longer, but it seems we'll have to wait for the second season to see how the rest of the story unfolds.
3-gatsu no Lion
Synopsis : This is a gentle tale about people trying to regain something. And it is a tale of battle.
Kiriyama Rei had lost his family in an accident when he was young. Now he is a 17-year-old pro shogi player who is burdened with deep loneliness. Rei lives alone in an old town in Tokyo, but after becoming acquainted with three sisters, Akari, Hinata and Momo, he begins to change little by little...
Thoughts : March Comes In Like a Lion completely took me by surprise, the massive contrasts between the depressing and happy scenes, the fantastic music that not only sets the mood but also transports you deeply into the setting of this amazing anime. Even though it's not yet completed as such. March comes in like a lion is "Your lie in april" level good. Or even better. Even if there is only one anime you watch from the Fall season, let it be this one.
Haikyuu!! Karasuno Koukou vs Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou
Synopsis : The boys prepare to finally face off for the right to represent the prefecture in the volleyball national championship. Despite being known as "The Fallen Champions," Karasuno is determined to take down the powerhouse that is the Shiratorizawa High volleyball team. As Hinata comes closer to fulfilling his promise to defeat Ushijima's team, will the "Flightless Crows" finally find their wings and soar above the best school in the prefecture?
Thoughts : The third season of Haikyuu!! which was the shortest season thus far, also had the longest and most epic match of them all. I know a lot of you haven't started watching the volleyball anime Haikyuu!! yet for some unfathomable reason, but honestly you are missing out on so much hot blooded action, edge of your seat moments, great laughs and emotionally charged events.
And now on to the rest of the Fall 2016 season, keeping in mind that by the rest I don't mean that these are bad anime in anyway.
Regalia - The Three Sacred Stars : After having a few issues at the studio and was initially remade after the 4th episode, Regalia turned out to be quite an enjoyable mecha anime, but also nothing more than that. The characters didn't really stand out in anyway, and it didn't really feature anything groundbreaking.
DAYS : I absolutely LOVED DAYS, an amazing array of characters with their own unique quirks, great voice acting, Tsukushi's growth throughout the anime was inspiring to watch, and it was great to see how someone as initially insignificant as him could become such an important part to the team. I highly suggest watching DAYS even if you aren't a fan of sports anime.
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume : Even though Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume wasn't the ideal mix of PING PONG and SAKI that I expected initially, it was still a fun watch, even though I feel it would have done better at a longer length, as a lot of time was spent focusing on the training and build up of the characters and not the matches.
Bungou Stray Dogs S2 : The second season of Bungou Stray Dogs had a fantastic start with much needed "past scenes" of really important characters in the anime, It ended off quite well with well animated action scenes and a hint of things to come.
Shuumatsu no Izetta : World war 2, politics and witchcraft. A mix that worked out brilliantly in Shuumatsu no Izetta, sadly the animation quality in the latter episode dropped considerably and the end also felt a bit forced. But still well worth the watch.
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku : The opening scene in Magical Girl Raising Project made sure to erase any thoughts that this was just going to be another cutesy mahou shoujo anime. Even though I quite enjoyed it, and had some teary eyed moments. I can't help but feel that it's been long enough after Madoka that the magical girl formula can change again.
Yuri!!! on Ice : Yuri on Ice had really fun music and well animated scenes, I really quite enjoyed it, and yet, it is very "gay" but the homosexual element was done in a bit more tasteful way. It's not just pure fujoshi trash like "Servamp" for example.
ViVid Strike! : I love everything connected to the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha franchise so I am a bit biased towards ViVid Strike, my only misgivings were there were no scenes of Nanoha or Fate..that being said the fights were really well done.
WWW.Working!! : Even though it featured an all new cast, an no Inami (sadface) WWW.Working!! was once again a lot of fun, and a ton of laughs.
Hibike! Euphonium S2 : Amazing second season of Hibike! Euph. Actually tempted to add it to the list of top 5...KyoAni has done it again.
Stella no Mahou : Cute girls doing things meets doujin game creation! and it worked out well. Some jokes did get a bit old after a while, but Stella no Mahou's cast left me with a smile at the end.
Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari : One of the top picks form the last season, I looked forward each week to a new episode of Poco's randomness. Though I will admit there were quite a few scenes in this anime that hit hard emotionally.
Occultic;Nine : An extremely promising anime with great premise and pacing, that ultimately was let down by it's end.
Gi(a)rlish Number : This was an anime that left me unsure plenty of times while watching it, sometimes it was great fun to watch, other times it was borderline terrible. You won't really miss anything if you don't watch it.
Brave Witches : As a huge Strike Witches fan, I was quite excited for Brave Witches! Even though my hopes weren't exactly matched. I still ended up enjoying Brave Witches quite a bit, even though it should have had more Sanya.
Watashi ga Motete Dousunda : One of the few Reverse Harem anime I enjoyed this decade so far. It wasn't perfect but it had a ton of laughs! Sadly the end left us with no real "answer"
Ajin s2 : I am honestly pleasantly surprised by the second season of Ajin, I wasn't a fan of the first season, but they really did a good job of saving it in the second.
Trickster : What initially seemed to be quite a promsiing anime, got a bit stale nearing the end. Especially a certain characters "daddy issues" Second anime based on Edogawa Ranpo's work that I didn't find that good..must be a sign.
Soushin Shoujo Matoi : Short, epic, funny, lewd and adorable. Soul Slayer Matoi turned out to be a lot better than I expected, Especially nearing the end, though I do feel the 13th episode was a bit unneeded.
That concludes my thoughts on the Fall 2016 anime season, How did you feel about the past season? Were there lots of shows you enjoyed? Or did you only watch a few? Or haven't started yet? Share your thoughts! I'm always curious how other people experienced it.
As a bit of an extra for you. Fate Grand Order looks to be amazing so keep an eye out for it.
Ps. Chain Chronicle is trash.