Best of Anime 2016: Ending

An Ending for an anime is basically the winding down of a show. An ED can provide a variety of different things, whether they be showing the characters or focusing on the story itself. A lot of ED’s in anime, are actually slower than their OP counter parts, they basically signal the end of the show, making it more relaxing and calm. This year in anime a majority of the endings provided to be great matching ED’s to each anime’s pace and story. It was mainly through the use of a slower, more solemn song paired with some ambient animations or an energetic one filled with bright ones, which allowed for each individual ED to shine. With that being said:

Deirii Raifu’s Pick:

(K)NoW NAME – Harvest (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar) – ‘Falling Rain’

I’d be chasing your voice all this time, Since when did I become this strong?

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar’s ED takes Ending of the year for anime in 2016. It’s ballad like track allowed for the perfect match to the pacing of the anime itself. It’s slow, and its poetic where the lyrics match the journey of the characters, day to day life and the emotions that come with all the experiences they have. The animations also provide that softer feel, with a water paint based theme with its characters really made it stand out. This also matched with the overall structure of an episode well, with the ending taking the viewer out of the episode slowly, knowing that it is coming to an end.

Runners Up:

2) Amamiya Sora, Takahashi Rie, Kayano Ai – Chiisana Boukensha (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
3) Aqours – Yume Kataruyori Yume Utaou (Love Live Sunshine!)

Special Mentions:

  • Kanemoto Hisako, Touyama Nao, Taneda Risa – Itsudatte Communication (Gate Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri)
  • Kitauji Quartet – Vivace! (Hibike Euphonium S2)
  • Ray – A-gain (Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm)
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Takuya Eguchi, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kouki Uchiyama – Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days)
  • Lynn, M.A.O, Hondo Kaede, Oonishi Saori – Hip Girlfriends! (Keijo!)
  • Luce Twinkle Wink – 1st Love Story (Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?)
  • Chisuga Haruka, Hanazawa Kana, Akesaka Satomi, Sato Satomi – Sekai wa Kyou mo Atarashii (Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu)
  • Sangatsu no Phantasia – Hajimari no Sokudo (Kiznaiver)
  • Mia Regina – Eternal Explorer (Momokuri)
  • Rina Katahira – Ketsuro (Mayoiga)
  • Girlfriend – Hide & Seek (Sousei no Onmyouji)

 

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