2016 in retrospect: A few personal yearly top 10s

As with last year, eligibility is determined by when I first encountered the thing in question, not when the series started. Unlike previously, though, OPs and EDs are determined by when I first watched the anime that they are in rather than when I first heard the song.

Top 10 new female characters:

10. Kohinata Hikari (Amanchu!)
9. Hishiro Chizuru (ReLIFE)
8. Hinazuki Kayo (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)
7. Tsukuyomi Shirabe (Senki Zesshou Symphogear)
6. Akabane Eiri (Psycome)
5. Itsumo Hokuto (Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume)
4. Emile Crossfode (Hundred)
3. Asako Kondou (Sansha Sanyou)
2. Mary (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
1. Megumin (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)

Top 10 new male characters:

10. Manato (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
9. Wilhelm van Astrea (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
8. Nishimura Hideki (Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta)
7. Mogzo (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
6. Haruhiro (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
5. Edogawa Ranpo (Bungou Stray Dogs)
4. Iwatani Naofumi (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari)
3. Dazai Osamu (Bungou Stray Dogs)
2. Satou Kazuma (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
1. Ikta Solork (Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin)

There are actually 2 male characters from this year in the top 10 overall. How unusual.

Top 10 OP songs:
I’ve removed the “not heard before” requirement this time for OPs and EDs. Stuff carried over from previous years are still excluded, though.

10. Paradisus-Paradoxum (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
9. Shakunetsu Switch (Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume)
8. Knew day (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
7. Oata ga Yoroshikutte… yo! (Joshiraku)
6. Sakebe (Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku)
5. Tenkyou No Alderamin (Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin)
4. Adazakura (Nobunaga no Shinobi)
3. Million Clouds (Amanchu!)
2. High Free Spirits (High School Fleet)
1. Redo (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)

Top 10 ED songs:

10. STUDY x STUDY (Highschool DxD)
9. STYX HELIX (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
8. Hajimari no Sokudo (Kiznaiver)
7. Ai no Uta -words of love- (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk)
6. Next Destination (Senki Zesshou Symphogear G)
5. Harvest (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
4. Overdrive (Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid)
3. Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)
2. DREAMCATCHER (Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku)
1. Nameless (Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin)

Top 10 pleasant surprises (anime only):
This is a list for series that most exceeded what I expected from them. Thus low expectations are as important as high results.

10. Kimi no Na wa.
9. Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan
8. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
7. Aggressive Retsuko
6. ReLIFE
5. High School Fleet
4. Onara Gorou
3. Amanchu!
2. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
1. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

Top 10 fastest drops:
Unavailable series or ones that I put on hold indefinitely do not count.
Less series were dropped this year as less series were tried in the first place.

In terms of number of episodes before it was dropped:
10. Oshiete! Gyaruko-chan 2 eps
9. Ragnastrike Angels 2 eps
8. Onigiri 1.95 eps
7. Big Order 1.12 eps
6. Mob Psycho 100 1.04 eps
5. Berserk 1 ep
4. Nyanbo! 0.93 eps
3. Ao Oni The Animation 0.84 eps
2. Endride 0.8 eps
1. Bakuon!! 0.23 eps

In terms of amount of time before it was dropped:
10. Endride 18.2 mins
9. Bananya 15 mins
8. Oshiete! Galko-chan 14 mins
7. Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls 8 mins
6. Onigiri 7.8 mins
5. Wagamama High Spec 6 mins
4. Bakuon!! 5.4 mins
3. Nyanbo! 4.6 mins
2. Ao Oni The Animation 2.6 mins
1. Ragnastrike Angels 1 min

Top 10 new light novels:
Some of these series I read a few pages of previously. Again, series are not counted as read if I am less than 20 pages in.
Literally just 11 things on here this year, so I decided to include 11th place for completeness. There’s plenty of stuff I’m following now, though, so this isn’t really a problem. Poor exchange rates have, of course, reduced the amount of stuff that I’ve been able to buy from Japan, though, which is why there are only 2 Japanese series on this list.

11. Boku no Imouto wa Kanji ga Yomeru
10. Durarara!!
9. Psycome
8. Monogatari Series
7. Sword Art Online Progressive
6. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
5. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
4. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
3. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
2. Four Cours After
1. Overlord

Top 6 new manga:
As though making up for last year’s large tally of new manga started, this year has just 6 things. So the rankings are only top 6.

6. Not Lives
5. Mahou Shoujo Suzune Magica
4. Joukamachi no Dandelion
3. Gakkougurashi!
2. Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio
1. Mahou Shoujo Homura Tamura

Top 10 new anime:
Sequels excluded.

10. Kimi no Na wa.
9. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
8. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
7. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (AOTS Autumn 2016)
6. Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (AOTS Summer 2016)
5. High School Fleet
4. Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?
3. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (AOTS Winter 2016)
2. Sansha Sanyou
1. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (AOTS Spring 2016)

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