Best of Q3 – Winter Anime 2016

So we’re now at the 75% mark of the winter anime season, at least for most shows. A lot of the list will likely not be too different, if anything it’s really the order changing up. Though this time around there are a few new additions to some of these lists.

A heads up though for those who have been keeping up with me during this season, I will post a final awards section at the end of the season which will not come out until every show has finished, or at the very least hit the 12-episode mark and any bonus episodes afterwards.

Secondly, along with that final post, I plan to do an audio podcast going over each series in greater detail than my live reactions that I’ve been posting weekly. This will include things like who I liked and didn’t like (both personality and looks), the overall story, moments I enjoyed/hated and anything else I want to talk about pertaining to each show. I don’t know if I’ll be separating each show or do it as one big podcast, depends on how long the recording goes. So stay tuned when the main season is over!

But anyways, here’s the best of the 2016 winter anime season at the three-quarters mark!

Best Opening Theme

Here’s my top 5 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 (will be in the final season post), 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. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  3. Dimension W
  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. Schwarzes Marken
  3. GATE: Season 2
  4. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  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. Reoko – BBK/BRNK
  2. Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue
  3. Yume – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  4. Kinoa – BBK/BRNK
  5. Sylvia – Schwarzesmarken
  6. Mira – Dimension W
  7. Valkyrie – Luck & Logic
  8. Mary – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  9. Tuka – GATE: Season 2
  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. Itami – GATE: Season Two
  5. Loser – Dimension W

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. Megumin – Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-
  3. Reoko – BBK/BRNK
  4. Mira – Dimension W
  5. Barbara – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Best Show

In this category I will list every show here that remained after Week 3, since I haven’t dropped any shows since. So anything I did drop will not be here until the final posting which will also have the Worst Of awards. Just because a show’s at the bottom on this list 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
  3. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  4. GATE: Season 2
  5. Dimension W
  6. Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-
  7. Prince of Stride: Alternative
  8. Myriad Colors Phantom World
  9. Schwarzesmarken
  10. Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation
  11. Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn
  12. Dagashi Kashi
  13. Luck & Logic
  14. AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

And there you have it, that’s my best of the third 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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