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Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Year in Anime Reviewed:

My 2016 Year in Anime Reviewed section of my anime rankings is now official and final, no more updates required.  These 43 shows made last year great in precisely this order of greatness:

2016 Year in Anime Reviewed:

How did 2016's great franchises stack up against each other, and what were they?

1.  Dragon Ball Super (universe tournament arc + Goku Black arc) + Dragon Ball Recut
2.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
3.  Love Live! Sunshine
4.  Hibike Euphonium S2
5.  Fairy Tail Zero + Fairy Tail Avatar arc beginning + ovas
6.  Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 3rei + special + Grand Order First Order
7.  Vivid Strike
8.  Brave Witches
9.  Girls und Panzer movie + ova
10.  New Game 
11.  Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
12.  Kyoukai no Rinne S2  
13.  Gate (2nd half)
14.  Sailor Moon Crystal III Death Busters-hen
15.  Macross Delta
16.  Utawarerumono S2 (2nd half)
17.  Naruto - Itachi Shinden + Kaguya arc + Sasuke arc + Bolt movie + ova + Sasuke Shinden
18.  Tales of Zestiria the X (1st cour)
19.  Schwarzesmarken
20.  Kuromukuro
21.  Rewrite (1st cour)
22.  Planetarian
23.  Princess Pretty Cure ending and movie + DX movie + Mahoutsukai Precure 
24.  Boku dake ga Inai Machi
25.  Girlish Number
26.  Shuumatsu no Izetta
27.  Dimension W
28.  Koyomimonogatari + Kizumonogatari movies 1 + 2
29.  Wake Up, Girls! movies Seishun no Kage + Beyond the Bottom (finally translated) + Miyagi PR
30.  Assassination Classroom S2 + Koro Quest beginning
31.  One Piece (dressrosa arc concluded + Zou arc begins)
32.  Berserk (2016)
33.  Locodol ova 3
34.  Durarara x2 Ketsu + Ten Special + Ketsu special
35.  WWW.Working!! 
36.  'To Love-ru Darkness 2nd' ovas
37.  Code Geass Akito ova 5 (end) 
38.  Tamayura Graduation Photo ova 3  (finally translated) + ova 4
39.  Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls ova + 5th Year Anniversary short
40.  Non Non Biyori oav 
41.  Saki Biyori ova (finally translated)
42.  Sore ga Seiyuu ova
43.  Tari Tari ova (finally translated)

Three stubbornly untranslated oav's and two stubbornly untranslated movies have been translated.  Dragon Ball Super is no longer filler while Dragon Ball recut salvages the original Dragon Ball series from its filler hell.  Eleven new great series have joined my pantheon, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar being the headliner.  Love Live! Sunshine was a worthy successor to the original, as was the similarly spun-off Brave Witches and Vivid Strike.  2016 was a better year than 2015 -- but then what else is new on that front?

We're still awaiting translations of anime that came out in 2016 in Japan, which if translated will count towards the total of great anime released in 2017 (or beyond).  This includes Fairy Tail ova 9, Assassination Classroom's onas, Akatsuki no Yona's ovas, Dimension W's ova, Fate/Kaleid Liner's specials, and the Kin-Iro Mosaic ova.

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