15. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
Though it got pretty cliche towards the end, I enjoyed the ride. The animation and music (of course, it is Sawano Hiroyuki) were fantastic and it is prefect for one-session-binge-watch! The trains were pretty cool! Although I’m still not sure what Biba was liberating; everyone’s souls from their bodies?
Drifters was wild and insane fun. Ahhh, now I really want to watch Hellsing again. I love stories which take and twist history but still maintain a lot of the original content. Drifters does this so well. Also, the history buff in me almost died when it came to Hijikata’s battle tactics vs. Oda Nobunaga’s battle tactics….ahhhhh!
Amanchu was such a suprrise and a delight! Futaba was such a relatable character on a very personal level. The whole story was so genuine and bright! The opening song, Million Clouds, by Maaya Sakamoto is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard!
12. Sangatsu no Lion
Again, another very relatable main character in an anime that is so beautifully told and is so gentle. Watching Sangatsu no Lion really felt soothing. The visuals are exceptional. The opening and ending songs are very, very beautiful! Especially the opening, Answer, by Bump of Chicken makes me so happy whenever I hear it!
11. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
Tanaka-kun is the perfect slice-of-life anime. It is languid and gentle and funny and relatable and warm and fuzzy.
10. Fukigen na Mononokean
Satisfying my ayakashi needs for this season is the brilliant, funny and soulful, Fukigen na Mononokean. The art of this anime is so vivid and clean, especially when they enter the ayakashi realm. Again, the opening, Tobira no Mukou, is one of the best songs ever!
09. 91 Days
91 Days was the best slow-burn anime I’ve watched in a long time. The story was so tightly wrought that the tension was relentless from the very first episode. The lines of good and bad are so blurred that you don’t know which side to take. Add to that a very satisfying conclusion, this one is a gem.
08. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
Re:Zero was so, so good. Any story with time loops is super enjoyable to me, but Re-Zero was exceptional in its use of the time loops, that there was very little gaps in the story. I really enjoyed the effect of the time loops on a person too. That side of the story made the happenings more real and more urgent.
07. Doukyusei -Classmates-
Doukyusei is such a beautiful little story. It is so genuine and gentle. I loved the slow progression of the relationship without being too overt. It is also unbearable cute. The art was exceptional in bringing the unique clear line art of the manga to life. Also, Kamiya Hiroshi!
06. Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Another time loop anime! The story of Boku dake ga Inai Machi was one of the best and close-knit stories I’ve watched. Every episode was so tight and full of twists. The characters, both the good and the bad, were so real in their humanity and their despicable nature.
05. Bungou Stray Dogs
Characters based on real-life authors with powers based on their real books? I’m sold already. Bungou Stray Dogs has a strong story to match! But, in my opinion, the main thing that raised BSD so much is Miyano Mamoru’s portrayal of Osamu Dazai.
04. Yuri!!! on Ice
Oh what an absolute surprise and delight Yuri on Ice has turned out to be! I went in expecting another exciting sports anime. I got an exciting sports anime; but I also got delightful characters, believable character development, honest portrayals of mental issues and pressures and a beautiful relationship portrayed right. And on top of that, the most delightful songs ever. History was surely made!
03. Kizumonogatari Part 1 and 2
With a series like Monogatari where every frame is perfect and every line pf dialogue is delightful, the expectation for every new series is sky-high. Especially when it comes to the long awauted prologue of the whole series. And Kizumonogatari delivers; in glorious, bold and insane monogatari style. I watched Part 2 in theatres and I know my mouth was open for most of it! With unmatched animation, and witty dialogue and stunning music, the Monogatari series never fails to raise the bar!
02. Kimi no Na wa
When I watched the sublime Kotonoha no Niwa, I felt that nothing could ever come close to this. Makoto Shinkai’s next movie, Kimi no Na wa definitely comes very close. It goes without saying for a Shinkai film, the animation will be gorgeous. The music and the songs were also extremely good. To be honest, the story is not unique and is not very complicated. But the genius is in the story-telling and it is spell-binding.
01. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
I did not expect an anime about Rakugo to be my best anime of the year. But Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is exceptional. In every way. The story flows through the years beautifully, the art is detailed and gorgeous, the characters are flawed and real. The most exceptional part for me was the rakugo – the seiyuus were so fantastic during the rakugo parts of the anime. Unbelievably talented.