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Hahahahaha, 2016, oh wow. It sure has been a year! While it’s been crappy to exist in, it’s been pretty alright for escapist media! And from my perspective, there’s been a lot of good anime – enough that cutting down to 10 was actually difficult.
As always, I’m counting ‘2016 anime’ as series that ended in a 2016 season and films that I first had the opportunity to watch in 2016. So if it started in the autumn season of 2015 but finished at the end of the winter 2016 season, that would count; if it started in the autumn season of 2016 but won’t finish until the end of the 2017 winter season, it won’t. For split cours, I just go with my gut. In short, unless I’ve been able to put a score on it I won’t be considering it – prematurely enshrining how great something is when it isn’t even half over is a bad idea!
So with that out of the way, onto my top 10 anime of 2016! Ah, but first, a few series that didn’t quite make the cut…
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I never ended up writing a review for My Hero Academia despite absolutely loving it, mostly because I never found the time. This isn’t going to be that review, but I needed to talk about the final battle, as nothing else this year was comparable.
It’s the end of episode 11. Villains have penetrated the school test environment, and the students who were simply training to be heroes were suddenly plunged into life-or-death fights against people with disturbing and monstrous powers, watching their friends and teachers get badly hurt and injured.
All Might enters. And he is pissed. He is furious. The villains broke into his school and attacked his students just to try and reach him?? His trademark grin that never leaves his face, the grin that makes him the beacon of hope and justice for all, has been turned into a grim snarl.
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