I gotta admit, of everyone here, I am definitely the guiding light when it comes to anime. This doesn’t mean that I watch everything and my word is gospel (Ok, my word is always gospel, because I said so) but I do watch a decent amount of every year’s offerings, in the realm of 1/4 to 1/2 of everything that’s been released (but since there’s been 180 titles released this year alone, and I can manage to watch at the most 20 shows a season if I’m super diligent, which anyone here will admit I’m not) the best I can do is 80 shows. So it’s always possible that something has fallen through the cracks. But, I like to believe that I have a good finger on the pulse of things that are good. Hence, while I’ve long heard the cry for Re:ZeroHonestly, I hated the protagonist to death (anyone that’s watched the show sees what I did there) and I cannot in good faith pick that show as my favorite for the year. But if not this show, then whom? Yes, there have been multiple shows that are worthy of a high ranking.
Could I have gone with another highly rated show, Erased?
Well, since I’ve brought it up right now, everyone should know that no, this isn’t my top show. But, let me say that it was high on my list. The thing about anime is that shows that appear in the fall and winter seasons tend to be much more highly ranked because they are much more recent in the otaku consciousness. The fact that a show like Erased, which premiered in the winter of 2016, has managed to keep itself in my otaku brain, speaks volumes for it. However, as much as I loved this show, it still is not #1 for the year in my expert mind.
Frankly, I could lead you, the viewer, on through many, many more shows, and honestly you’d be better off knowing about them, but really, that’s just not my style. The last two shows I told you about are ones that I felt everyone reading this blog should experience, whether you’re a fan of anime or not. Anime fans will have watched all these shows and then some, because that’s what us otaku do. But for the otaku crowd, who may or may not have been reading this far to see what I think is the creme de la creme, my vote goes, without a doubt, to KonoSuba, or as it’s known in its full name, as Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!
See, the thing about this show is, it has everything that a proper otaku loves, and it knows it. It’s a complete parody of the whole “Loser otaku gets transported to a fantasy world and manages to kick ass while he’s there” trope, but it still manages to play it off and make it fun. Totally different from Re:Zero, where the protagonist is flawed, to the point you hate his guts and want him dead. In KonoSuba, the protagonist is certainly flawed, but in a way that’s completely believable, yet hilarious. While with Re:Zero, naturally you can look at the situation and agree that, yes, if you or I were put in that situation, we’d likely behave in a very similar way, Konosuba instead says “To hell with realism, isn’t this how you’d want to act?” And the thing is, the vast majority of us don’t want actual realism in our anime. We want escapist fantasy. KonoSuba gives us that in spades. It’s a total parody of the whole “loser dropped into the fantasy world” premise that so many of us desire, without getting into the more realistic aspects that Re:Zero provides, like the fact that the loser dropped into the fantasy setting will remain a loser.
Again, let me tell you, this list is completely subjective. If you follow my god-like opinions, then KonoSuba is the obvious choice for Anime of the Year in 2016. However, if you’re a heretic, and would rather listen to the words that the godless believers would spout, then by all means, check out Re:Zero. It’s probably better than I plan on listing it, because I cannot stand the kind of protagonist they give us, but maybe you, the readers, have a lot more tolerance than I do.