Winter 2016 ~ End of Season Awards

Overall: Overall the anime within the 2016 Winter season were pretty solid. With many different anime fitting within more of the “niche” category of their respective genres due to offering something different. The animations for this season proved to be a good selection of colors to emphasize certain moments and situations in anime, where many of them stood out for their use of contrasting colors and softer tones.

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How did I judge what was good?

Everything is subjective in a review, I find it difficult to review things objectively unless there is a community consensus on how good something is (there never really is). So, in the end I review based on my taste and on the best points of an anime. Whether it gave me the satisfaction of watching it, put a smile on my face or just generally made me think were some criteria I used.

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OP/ED: This season of anime provided a huge amount of music. When it came down to it a lot of it was provided in the ED’s, creating good endings for the show, either with setting the right mood or matching the anime’s theme entirely. On the other hand, most of the OP’s provided a lot of energy to the start of each episode, which is always nice to see.

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In that being said here we go:

OP of the Season:

  1. All Off – Never Gave Up (Heavy Object)
  2. 3-nen E-gumi Utatan – Question (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)
  3. Screen Mode – Naked Dive (Musaigen)
  4. Special Mentions:
    • Asian Kung fu Generation – Re Re (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)
    • Everying – Shining Sky (Ooysan wa Shishunki)
    • Sonar Pocket – Best Friend (Nijiiro Days)

ED of the Season:

  1. (K)NoW NAME – Harvest (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
  2. Amamiya Sora, Takahashi Rie, Kayano Ai – Chiisana Boukensha (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
  3. Kanemoto Hisako, Touyama Nao, Taneda Risa – Itsudatte Communication (GATE: Jietai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri – Enryuu-hen)
  4. Special Mentions:
    • Ray – A-gain (Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm)
    • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Takuya Eguchi, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kouki Uchiyama – Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days)
    • Chisuga Haruka, Hanazawa Kana, Akesaka Satomi, Sato Satomi – Sekai wa Kyou mo Atarashii (Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya o Mezasu)

Winter 2016 Anime of the Season:

  1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
  2. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
  3. Fairy Tail (2014)
  4. Special Mentions:

 

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