The list is more or less what I expected to see, with the exception of Flip Flappers not being on my radar. A lot of praise for Re:Zero, Your Name, and Erased, some nods to other shows like Sangatsu and Showa, and a general consensus that this year wasn't the best.
There's a few anime that were standouts for me, which weren't mentioned-for understandable reasons.
First and foremost, the second Kizumonogatari movie was by far the most fun I had watching anime in 2016. Yes, it was dumb and crude at times, but what can I say; my inner teenager ate that junk up. Turns out what I've really been craving is Toothbrush Scene 2.0 extended edition, Hanekawa flavor. Please no judgerino.
The next is Berserk (2016). I grew up with a sh!tty computer, playing old games on the lowest settings, so my perception is probably skewed. But I cannot understand the massive backlash against the CGI and animation. The only word for Berserk's action sequences is badass
. The animation, sound design, shot composition, and Berserk's own gritty, gorey nature all work together wonderfully to give every attack weight and danger. The camera sweeps, pans, zooms, and rotates in ways that would explode the budget if animated traditionally. And of course, there's Guts, the man himself. Between his catlike grace, sexy panther purr, overwhelming power, sharp wit, cavalier attitude, and rugged good looks, Guts is by far the coolest character of 2016. My inner teenager is coming out in more ways than one. Admittedly, outside of battle, the trade-offs of the CGI become more apparent; the atmosphere is never as thick and heavy as it should be in a show this dark. Still, some of my most vivid anime memories of 2016 are of Guts butchering some fools while the music crescendos, and I roar a loud "F!CK YEAH!!!!"
Last is the fourth JoJo series, Diamond is Unbreakable. A little hit-or-miss with the characters; sometimes they're the savvy, memetastic badasses that make JoJo infamous, sometimes they're moronic jackasses. And one is a screeching banshee. The pacing is similarly bipolar, varying from breakneck excitement to intolerably slow. Overall, the show is a flawed but wild ride, with a strong finish. Definitely worth a watch if you've got the patience.