NOTE: This list has been updated! Go here for the full 2016 list!
With the 2016 spring anime season at a close and the start of summer season upon us, the talented writers here at smhfam.com (well, our interns at least…) created this list featuring 10 of our favorite anime series that have aired so far this year.
Don’t think of this list so much as a ranking as much as it is to highlight what we enjoyed watching the most in no particular order.
But before we begin here are some honorable mentions that didn’t make the final cut but we still think you should at least check out to come to your own conclusions:
- Space Patrol Luluco
- Bungou Stray Dogs
- Tanaka-Kun is Always Listless
- Netoge no Yome
- Dimension W
So without wasting any more time here are the 10 shows that impressed the most!
10. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortess
One of the most popular hits this Spring season, Wit Studio applied the “if it aint broke don’t fix it” philosophy to basically satiate the Attack on Titan fanbase before season 2 gets released sometime next year. The formula is the same except this time pitting humans in closed off fortresses against zombies with a unique steampunk aesthetic. Even though the character development is severely lacking with common sense being thrown to the side, it is still a fairly entertaining watch.
Watch It If… You’re an Attack on Titan fan and/or enjoy zombie survival shows.
9. Ajin: Demi-Human
Ajin is a supernatural thriller which ambitiously seeks to answer the question of what can even truly be considered as human when a new subspecies of immortals called the Ajin are discovered and start causing trouble in Japan. Protagonist Kei Nagai avoids many of the stereotypical tropes which befall characters in these types of shows and while the art style sometimes leaves much to be desired with its use of CGI, it’s still an overall entertaining show if you’re looking for some tactical battles with a dash of mystery thrown in the mix.
Watch It If… You were disappointed with the Tokyo Ghoul anime and/or enjoyed watching Parasyte.
8.Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
Sword Art Online gave rise to the popularity of the sub-genre Grimgar falls into. The trapped in a video game/alternate universe with high stakes (die and you die for good) has seen many interpretations since it first came onto the scene which Grimgar tackles in its own unique way with a gorgeous art style to boot.
Set in a traditional medieval fantasy RPG setting, complete with familiar archetypes such as the mage, hunter, warrior, and knight we get a cast of characters (some admittedly better handled in terms of development than others) that find themselves fighting together to survive… and well… you know how these shows go right? We have 2 more of them featured on this list so if you’re a fan of these you’re in luck.
Watch It If… You liked Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, etc.
Speaking of gorgeous art styles… Kiznaiver is without a doubt one of the most visually appealing shows that has been released thus far in 2016. The character designs are beautiful and the style is fortunately backed by substance with an interesting cast of characters as they work together and learn how to “share their pain” (literally and metaphorically).
The show is driven by its dialogue and satisfyingly mixes lightheartedness with real touching moments. You may hear some call it melodramatic but ignore the haters — this is one of the best shows of spring 2016.
Watch It If… You’re a fan of Kokoro Connect or are just an outright Trigger Studios fanboy/girl.
6.Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Rakugo didn’t get much attention, overshadowed by many of the more popular shows that aired during the winter season which is a shame. Don’t be fooled by the premise, this historical drama about “rakugo”, a traditional form of Japanese storytelling, might sound boring but actually turns out to be a gripping tale about the classic “struggling artist” story making this one of the most underrated shows this year.
Watch It If… You want something different from the usual shows you see.
See our other favorites on the next page!