Fall 2016 Final Thoughts

This was a pretty good anime season for me. I watched 26 shows and didn’t drop a single one (though I did consider it for a couple). My seasonal average score was a 6, just slightly lower than for the summer season. I gave out two 9’s, one 8, and five 7’s, and Udon even managed to squeeze into my #10 spot overall, edging out New Game! from last season. Below you’ll find my scores for each show and brief comments.

If you prefer to look through images, here’s a slideshow of a picture from each show arranged from best to worst (the same order as below). I apologize for not captioning the images, but the captions were blocking some of the subtitles. If you hold your cursor over an image, it should indicate the show title and episode number.

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1. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World) – 9
Heartwarming story with great characters (likeable, decent depth and development, very cute interactions)

2. Keijo!!!!!!!! (Hip Whip Girl) – 9
Ecchi comedy done right, consistently funny and surprisingly engaging

3. Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage) – 8
Wonderful story, cute character interactions, realistic relationships, touching ending

4. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) – 7
Fun sports action, some humor, engaging, cute characters

5. Nobunaga no Shinobi (Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) – 7 (ongoing)
Cute and funny shorts

6. Gi(a)rlish Number (Girlish Number) – 7
Refreshing candor, good character growth

7. Natsume Yuujinchou Go (Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 5) – 7
Enjoyable like all seasons of Natsume, but my least favorite season because I didn’t find it as engaging as previous ones; too much focus on side characters, not enough Nyanko-sensei; the Touko and Shigeru episode was my favorite

8. ViVid Strike! – 7
Solid show, good character growth, gritty and enjoyable fights, consistent action

9. Brave Witches – 6
Watchable, relatively enjoyable to see the MC prove herself

10. Shuumatsu no Izetta (Izetta: The Last Witch) – 6
Rather average show, fairly engaging, ridiculous ending

11. WWW.Working!! – 6
Boring to watch but good character development and pleasant ending along with frequent but mostly dull comedy

12. Hagane Orchestra – 6
Charmingly straightforward advertisement for a mobile game, frequent comedy

13. Soushin Shoujo Matoi (Matoi the Sacred Slayer) – 6
Slow start but somewhat fun to watch; plot is very contrived and predictable, especially the ending; the music is nice though whenever the MC uses her powers

14. Flip Flappers – 6
Great visuals and enjoyed watching Papika but the story was haphazard and clichéd

15. Stella no Mahou (Magic of Stella) – 6
Kind of boring but some of the characters are cute; I particularly liked the club president; some comedy but could have been much funnier

16. Long Riders! – 5 (two episodes left)
Very slow-paced, inconsistent and low quality animation, but some decent character growth

17. To Be Hero – 5
Very weird show all around but consistently humorous; unsatisfying ending

18. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season (I’ve Had Enough of Being a Magical Girl 2nd Season) – 5
Mostly boring but has some humor; I particularly enjoyed the 9th episode

19. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki (Kiitaro’s Yokai Picture Diary) – 5
Boring but has some cute characters and moments

20. Getsuyoubi no Tawawa (Tawawa on Monday) – 5
Excessive fanservice, all females look the same so I can’t tell them apart, men don’t have faces; however, there are some cute (albeit sketchy) character interactions

21. 3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a lion) – 5 (ongoing)
Too much drama for me (the MC’s sister especially), slow-paced, too big of a focus on shogi, frequently rather depressing

22. Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me) – 5
The senpai is the best character, every other character (including the MC) is terrible; some decent moments but the end was awful (though predictable)

23. Show By Rock!! # – 5
Not as engaging as the first season, too many characters, inconsistent pacing, contrived plot

24. Hibike! Euphonium 2 (Sound! Euphonium 2) – 5
Too much side character drama, missing performances, slow-paced, character interactions are often frustrating; I particularly enjoyed the 5th episode though

25. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project) – 4
Pretty much just meaningless suffering but some of the deaths were entertaining; terrible ending

26. Nazotokine – 4
Boring, puzzles are impossible to solve, unclear plot, repetitive; that said, characters are okay and there is occasional humor

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