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TV The Best Anime of 2016  

Stewart Chyou
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List Rules Vote up the greatest and most memorable anime released in 2016.

Over the years, anime seemed to have become an unchanging genre of rinsing, washing, and repeating plots involving crazy-haired dudes, way-too-young girls in maid costumes, cute talking animal gimmicks, overly long adventures of neverending fights and trump cards, and redundant tropes that have worn all too thin. In decades past, anime was revered as a genre that set itself apart from other animated works for its capacity to explore the depths of imagination and human emotion. That all seemed lost, until 2016. 

In 2016 anime, we've witnessed a much-needed revitalization with new innovative series and films, many even hearkening back to the old-school style and reminding us all why we got sucked in the first place. 2016 is the year anime was reborn. The best anime of 2016 can easily rival the best anime series of all time, and this new renaissance brings even more hope for the future. Vote up the best anime of the year, including the best anime series of 2016 and the best anime movies of 2016.

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
My Hero Academia In a world where developing superpowers is the norm, Izuku Midoriya is amongst the disadvantaged, born without powers. However, after courageously saving his childhood bully from a supervillain, the world's greatest hero, ...

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Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
ERASED Satoru Fujinuma has the ability to travel back in time moments before a life-threatening event. After the murder of his mother, Satoru travels back to his elementary school days to prevent an unresolved incident ...

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Re:Zero -Starting Life in Anot... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Seventeen-year-old reclusive gamer Subaru Natsuki one day finds himself pulled into a fantasy world where he meets a silver-haired elf named Emilia and her pet fairy cat. Not knowing who summoned him, why he was ...

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Your Name is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Your Name An emotionally-charged film about city boy Taki and country bumpkin Mitsuha, who one day switch bodies and must acclimate to their new lives. Despite being walled off from one another by distance, amongst other things, the ...

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Mob Psycho 100 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Mob Psycho 100 Although Shigeo Kageyama was a wallflower his entire life, he is also an Esper. And as he gets older, his power grow. However, the trigger to his powers involves emotions, so Shigeo prefers to live a drama-free life. But of ...

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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash From the studio that brought you Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online. Haruhiro awakens with several strangers in the fantasy realm of Grimgar. With no memory of what happened before, the ragtag crew pushes on to the many adventures ...

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Bungo Stray Dogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Bungo Stray Dogs Down-on-his-luck orphan Nakajima Atsushi finds himself drawn into a world of the strange and paranormal after he rescues a suicidal member of the Armed Detective Agency - an illustrious group of gifted individuals that ...

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress At the advent of the Industrial Revolution, a virus spreads that turns the infected into the undead kabane. As the last remaining vistas of human civilization struggle and ready themselves for the imminent global blowout, one ...

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Magical Girl Raising Project is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Andrea Rodriguez0 added Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku A popular social game known as the Magical Girl Raising Project has the ability to grant players a 1-in-10,000 chance of becoming a real-life magical girl. Each of the magical girls possess unique abilities and earn Magical ...

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Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamot... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Sakamoto Desu Ga? A tale of the coolest high school student in human existence. Each episode sets out to display the raddest possible way to react to any situation, and Sakamoto does it in spades.

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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Berserk After 20 years, the wait is finally over. Berserk is a new adaptation of the manga series of the same name first published in 1989. Taking place after Guts and Casca's escape from God Hand, Guts now travels a ...

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Dimension W is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Dimension W In the year 2036, the fourth-dimensional axis is proven to exist. This is Dimension W. By 2072, devices known as Coils have been crafted by New Tesla Energy to draw upon extradimensional power and provide a ...

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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Jared Lee Savoie added No Game No Life

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Taboo Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Taboo Tattoo After saving a homeless man from thugs, Seigi is gifted with a strange tattoo on his hand. Before he knows it, Seigi finds himself caught in the middle of a secret war between the US and the Kingdom of Selinistan ...

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ReLIFE is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Hannah Spencer added ReLIFE

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91 Days is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
91 Days A tale of vengeance that spans 91 days. Avilio Bruno has spent practically his entire life scheming to avenge his family's murder at the hands of the Vanetti Family. His point of infiltration begins with Nero Vanetti, the man ...

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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diam... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Taking place after Stardust Crusaders, Diamond Is Unbreakable follows the adventures of Josuke Higashikata, the next in the Joestar bloodline, and his friends, who unwittingly become the defenders of their once-quaint ...

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GANTZ: O is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
GANTZ: O A modern, CGI'd, re-envisioning of the popular manga series. A group of recently murdered teens are resurrected at the whim of Gantz, a sentient black orb, who tasks them with fighting off paranormal all costs.

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Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Ace Attorney Adapted from the hit Nintendo DS series by Capcom, Ace Attorney is almost a complete play-by-play of the events from the games, however, it manages to be more than just visual cliff notes.  Whether you're a huge fan ...

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The Lost Village is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
The Lost Village Thirty strangers embark on a bus tour to the mysterious Nanaki Village, rumored to be a paradise waiting to be discovered. Some of these individuals are looking for a fresh start, while others are on the run from their own ...

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Joker Game is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Joker Game While wars are commonly fought with firepower and brute force, Japan's top secret group, D-Agency, demonstrates that the true battle is fought behind the scenes through espionage and intelligence. Based on the novel series by ...

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Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju When former Yakuza member Yotaro is released from prison, he seeks out Yakumo Yurakutei VIII as his mentor to guide him on the path to a new life as a rakugo storyteller.  A period piece that focuses on the ...

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In This Corner of the World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
In This Corner of the World A heartwarming and gripping film that recounts the disaster of the Hiroshima bombing, as experienced by a housewife named Suzu, who stops at nothing to care for her family during World War II.

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Tiger Mask W is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime of 2016
Tiger Mask W Tiger Mask W is a sequel to the long-running Tiger Mask series that began in the '70s. Naoto Azuma and Takuma Fujii step into the roles of Tiger Mask and Tiger the Dark, respectively, in their separate ...