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Japanese Fans Rank Their Favorite Winter 2016 Anime So Far

As usual, there’s a plethora of anime to choose from this season (we count 37 TV series, and that’s excluding short and specials). We’re a few weeks into the season, and fans have started to weed out the series they’re not so interested in following and honing in on the ones they feel are worth watching.

With that in mind, Charapedia have asked their readers “what are the winter 2016 anime you look forward to each week?” What have turned out to be this season’s most exciting titles – and how do they match up to expectations? Let’s find out.

20. Haruchika – Haruta & Chika

19. Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle

18. Oya-san wa Shishunki! (The Landlord is in Puberty)

17. Sekkō Boys

16. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

15. Active Raid

14. Norn9

13. Dimenson W

12. Nijiiro Days

11. Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū

10. Snow White with the Red Hair (season 2)

9. Myriad Colors Phantom World

8. Prince of Stride

7. Gate (season 2)

6. Ajin

5. KonoSuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

4. Assassination Classroom (season 2)

3. Dagashi Kashi

2. Durarara!! x2 Ketsu

1. ERASED (Boku dake ga inai Machi)

Let’s compare this to an earlier poll, taken before the season began, in which fans ranked which series they were most looking forward to.

No huge surprises when it comes to already-established franchises: Durarara, Gate, Assassination Classroom and Snow White with the Red Hair ranked pretty high on both lists.

Ajin showed up in around the same position on both lists. Though the anime is new, it’s based on a best-selling manga and a film version by the same studio, Polygon Pictures, was released late last year.

Notable position changes in the case of new properties Dagashi Kashi and ERASED, which went from 7 to 3 and 6 to 1, respectively.

Dagashi Kashi

One notable absence: Fairy Tail Zero. Fans were excited for this continuation of the Fairy Tail franchise, ranking it number 10 out of 20 on the hype list, but it didn’t even crack the top 20 on this new list. Not a lot of love for the Zero, it seems.

OUSAers: what series are you keeping up with? What’ve you dropped by the wayside? Let us know!

Prince of Stride

Source: Charapedia

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.