Quickie: Best of Q2 – Winter Anime 2016

So we’ve passed the halfway mark of the winter anime season. A lot of the list will likely not be too different, if anything it’s really the order changing up.

So anyways, here’s the best of the 2016 winter anime season at the halfway mark!

Best Opening Theme

Here’s my top 5 so far for opening themes, though they likely won’t change by the end of the season, unless new ones show up and wow me. I’m only doing openers and not ending themes, as I honestly haven’t listened to many of them.

  1. “Genesis” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION – Dimension W
  2. “Re:Re:” by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Erased
  3. “Checkmate!?” by MICHI – Dagashi Kashi
  4. “Stride (ストライド)” by OxT (Masayoshi Oishi x Tom-H@ck) – Prince of Stride: Alternative
  5. “Beat your Heart” by Konomi Suzuki – BBK/BRNK

Best Art Direction

This is the top 5 in terms of their art style and the character designs. They’re not necessarily the prettiest, but the most striking and attention grabbing.

  1. BBK/BRNK
  2. Dimension W
  3. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  4. Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  5. Luck & Logic

Best Story

This top 5 shows the most intriguing and interesting stories I’ve encounter so far, to the point I’m impatiently waiting the next episode.

  1. Erased
  2. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  3. GATE: Season 2
  4. Schwarzes Marken
  5. Dimension W

Sexiest Female Character

Since I have so much to choose from here, I’m going to make this a top 10, instead of a top 5.

  1. Kinoa – BBK/BRNK
  2. Yume – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  3. Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue
  4. Reoko – BBK/BRNK
  5. Valkyrie – Luck & Logic
  6. Mira – Dimension W
  7. Tuka – GATE: Season 2
  8. Sylvia – Schwarzesmarken
  9. Asuka – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue
  10. Koito – Myriad Colors Phantom World

Best Male Character

The top 5 male characters. Basically the few that haven’t been annoying me this season. Looking right at you two, Ranta and Hiiragi!

  1. Kyouma – Dimension W
  2. Satoru – Erased
  3. Haruhiro – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  4. Takeru – Prince of Stride: Alternative
  5. Itami – GATE: Season Two

Best Female Character

While we had the sexiest female characters, this is the top 5 best overall characters. The ones that have the best personalities, rather than looks. Not that they aren’t pretty though.

  1. Clarion – Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  2. Mira – Dimension W
  3. Megumin – Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-
  4. Hotaru – Dagashi Kashi
  5. Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Best Show

In this category I will list every show here that’s left after Week 3’s ratings. So anything dropped will not be here. Just because a show’s at the bottom though doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad, just not as strong as the rest. They’re all on my list, which means there’s some value in them.

  1. Erased
  2. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  3. Dimension W
  4. BBK/BRNK
  5. Prince of Stride: Alternative
  6. Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  7. GATE: Season 2
  8. Dagashi Kashi
  9. AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue
  10. Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-
  11. Myriad Colors Phantom World
  12. Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation
  13. Schwarzes Marken
  14. Luck & Logic

And there you have it, that’s my best of the first quarter of this season’s anime. If you got your own lists, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!

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