- Yuri!!! on Ice
Undoubtedly, Yuri!!! on Ice was one of the best anime series of 2016. With an intriguing diverse cast, beautiful figure skating and a beautiful plot, this anime rose to become the best anime of 2016. It gained numerous awards from Crunchyroll for Best Animation, Best Boy (Katsuki Yuri), Best Original Series, Most Heartwarming Scene, Best Couple, Best Opening Song, Best Ending. It completely dominated crunchyrolls anime awards.
The story follows Katsuki Yuuri- once Japan’s most promising figure skater returns home after a crushing defeat at the Grand Prix Finals and no hope for the future. But his life takes a turn when he finds himself in the spotlight after perfectly executing a routine skated by the number one skating legend, five times gold medal champion, Viktor Nikiforov. Viktors appears at Yuuri’s house and offers to be his coach. Being the biggest fan of the figure skater, Yuri accepts his offer and together Yuri kicks off his journey to make it back and big into the figure skating stage. But he has to face strong rivals, and great figure skaters especially Yuri Plisetsky who wants to defeat Yuuri and win back Viktor to his side.
- 91 Days
Another Original series of 2016 and an anime that looks like it was made for a Hollywood movie, 91 days took the limelight. Rated 18+ for violence, 91 days has a well-developed plot, an amazing climax and clever characters.
The story takes place during the Prohibition Era in a city called Lawless. Angelo Lagusa returns as Avilio Bruno seven years later after his family was brutally murdered by four strangers while he hid in the darkness of a closet.
He later finds out the names of the men behind his family’s murder and returns to seek revenge on the Vanetti family (the people who killed Angelo’s family) a mafia that controls Lawless by illegal selling of alcohol. Using his intelligence he befriends Nero Vanetti and slowly plans to take out the men who took his family away from him. Killing brings more killing and revenge brings more revenge. The story brings an unexpected climax that leaves you wanting more.
- Bungou Stray Dogs
Based on the manga of the same name by Kafka Asagiri, Bungou Stray Dogs is an action, supernatural, comedy anime about a Detective Agency with people that has special abilities. With currently two seasons, the anime’s ratings sky rocketed after the release of the second season for a good plot, gripping action and foot-tapping soundtracks. The characters are named after real life authors and people while their powers are named after the title of the books they wrote.
Atsushi Nakajima is kicked out of his orphanage and is plagued by a tiger that only he seems to be aware of. While starving on the river bank he saves an eccentric, suicide enthusiast named Ozamu Daisai who is investigating the same mystery about the tiger. Nakajima comes to realize that the Detective Agency deals with people that are beyond average humans and he finds himself in a spot where he has to help them solve supernatural events that the police cannot handle.
A mix between science-fiction and supernatural, and a literally unbeatable villain (awarded Best Villain of Winter 2016 Anime), Ajin took the spot for the heart racing, seat gripping anime. Having a CGI animation, which is rare, hard core plot, and an unusual main character, this anime was definitely one of the hits of 2016.
Ajin, which is the name given for an immortal was found in Africa 17 years ago. A rare species and labeled as a threat to mankind, only a few couple exists in this world. That is until Nagai Kei, a clever apathetic high schooler, got crushed under a bus. Instead of dying he was reborn as an Ajin. Now with the whole of Japan and its army chasing him, Kei needs to find a way to escape but things get even more complicated when he meets Satou- the deadliest Ajin alive.
- Haikyuu Season2 and 3
If Kuroko no Basuke takes the number one spot for basketball anime then without a doubt, Haikyuu!! takes the number one spot for volleyball anime with one of the highest ratings. Filled with comedy, unbelievable sports play and really compassionate, hardworking team mates. Haikyuu!! season 2 and 3 focuses on Karasuno’s plays against rival teams to make their way into the national championship.
If you haven’t watched Haikyuu!! this is your cue to start. If you are already a Haikyuu! fan, then this is your time to catch up!
Haikyuu season 1 Trailer
Other than Yuri on Ice and 91 Days, Drifters is another Original series released in 2016. A very different and out of the box plot with characters that were once real life historical figures like Oda Nobunaga, Shimazu Toyohisa, Rasputin, Joan of Arc and Hitler.
The story starts with Shimazu Toyohisa, after being fatally wounded at the Battle of Sekigahara, Shimazu finds himself thrown into another world where he is rescued by elves only to meet other historically figures that were also flung into this world- Oda Nobunaga and Yoiichi Nasu who are known as the “Drifters”. Shimazu finds himself in a world where war is currently eating up its way into chaos and he somehow finds himself battling against evil alongside other Drifters.
Want a break from all the action packed anime? Then this is THE best choice. Nanbaka is a comedy anime with a unique storyline about four inmates in a prison called Nanba that is located in an unknown place drifting somewhere off the coast of Japan. The story focuses on Jyuugo, Uno, Nico and Rock who are known for escaping every single prison that they have been sentenced to and hence landed on the extremely secure Nanba prison (even Alcatraz is a joke compared to Nanba).
Full of colorful atmosphere, over energetic prisoners, guards with weird and hot headed (Hajime Suguroku) personalities, Nanbaka is one of the must watch of 2016. Get ready for laughter, unexpected plot and loads of fun.
- Mob Psycho 100
Created by Studio Bones Mob Psycho 100 is about abilities that only exists in science fiction and also a con artist who fakes being an exorcist. The story centers around Shigeo Kageyama, a middle schooler with extra ordinary psychic abilities which is only the tip of the ice berg. If unleashed due to unrestrained emotions going berserk his powers are beyond the wildest imagination and Shiego has promised never to lose control of his powers.
Well at least for now, he helps Reigen with exorcising ghosts that are no match for him…..even the extraordinary powerful ones are no match for Mob.
- Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
A story of a time period set in both the past and present, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, is a story about an art form called Rakugo (a traditional Japanese story telling) where one person tells a story acting as multiple characters.
Although the anime is rated 13 and above, most of the viewers are mature audience. The story starts when an ex-yakuza (Japanese mafia), Yotarou, is free out of prison and wants to have a life and career in Rakugo. Inspired by the last Rakugo performer and master, Yakumo Yuurakutei, Yotarou persuades him to take him in as an apprentice. Yakumo yields and soon Yotarou proves himself to have a talent in the art and shows similarities to a unique style created by the late Rakugo performer, Sukeroku. Yakumo is not happy with Yotarou’s resemblance to Sukeroku as past comes back to him and he is thrown into a world of Rakugo art, past mistakes and promises, and budding relationships.
- Joker Game
One of the most under-rated shows of the year, Joker Game is an anime for 18 and above audience. Joker Game is about an organization called “D Agency” who has eight of the most powerful spies, capable of tricking anyone and obtaining information from the most powerful countries in the world.
With World War 2 around the corner, each agent has been tasked with assignments of obtaining information from powerful countries and using it to their aid. An episodic anime of crime solving mysteries and escaping from the clutches of their enemies.
This anime is for the ones that doesn’t want too much of violence yet keeps them piqued episode after episode.