The Best and Worst of the Summer 2016 Season

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season.

Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes of the current season, not on the overall quality or popularity of the series. Only the titles popular enough to be reviewed are being ranked, so the bottom of the list might represent 'watchable' rather than 'bad'. See the notes for further details.

The week of Sep 23-30 is a special 8-day week (with two Fridays) to close off this 92-day season. And there were four shows with an episode on each of the two Fridays: Alderamin on the Sky, 91 Days, Thunderbolt Fantasy, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable.

For the last week we're doing a little something different

With the week of September 23-30, the Summer 2016 season is now over. But many of the series already ended the previous week, so we're adding an extra "final" week where all the last episodes are ranked against each other. With this we can see which series ended on a strong note and which ones ended more weakly. That means the "final ep." column is a repeat of the last episode from Sep 16-22 or Sep 23-30. And the "prev week change" is the difference in position between the "final ep." column and the penultimate episode.

Episode Rankings for the final episodes

Along the actual ranking for this week's episodes, this graph chronicles the change in position from week to week. While some series are stable, others swing wildly in the rankings depending on the strength of each episode. When a series has no episode for a given week, the previous week's episode is used instead as a placeholder. The first episode of each series is considered as part of the first week, even if it really aired during the second week. Click on the numbers to highlight a particular series.
ranking change from week to week
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#1. Mob Psycho 100
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#2. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
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7 #3. Thunderbolt Fantasy
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8 #4. New Game!
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2 #5. Naruto Shippūden
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4 #6. Food Wars! The Second Plate
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3 #7. 91 Days
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8 #8. Amanchu!
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1 #9. Alderamin on the Sky
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3 #10. planetarian
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4 #11. This Art Club Has a Problem!
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7 #12. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
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1 #13. Tales of Zestiria the X
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1 #14. D.Gray-man Hallow
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2 #15. Sweetness & Lightning
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6 #16. Handa-kun
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3 #17. Danganronpa 3: Despair Arc
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14 #18. Danganronpa 3: Future Arc
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2 #19. The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance
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#20. Love Live! Sunshine!!
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#21. The Morose Mononokean
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3 #22. Orange
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4 #23. One Piece
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3 #24. Berserk
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3 #25. DAYS
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3 #26. Twin Star Exorcists
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#27. Rewrite
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#28. Cheer Boys!!
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#29. Battery
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#30. Taboo Tattoo
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Series Cumulative Ranking for Summer 2016

Each week's ranking takes into account the scores given to previous weeks' episodes. Click on the numbers to highlight a particular series. With the last episode duplicated in the "final ep." column, it means that the votes for the last episode of each series are counted twice, which intentionally gives a boost to series that ended strongly. This somewhat compensates for the fact that the first episode of each series has more votes, which favors series that started strongly.

So this is it, the final ranking, the winners and losers of the Summer 2016 season.

ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
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week
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week
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anime series
#1. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
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15
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18
19
20
21
22
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25
#2. Mob Psycho 100
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2
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6
7
8
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1 #3. Sweetness & Lightning
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#4. 91 Days
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#5. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
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3 #6. planetarian
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#7. D.Gray-man Hallow
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1 #8. Food Wars! The Second Plate
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3 #9. New Game!
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2 #10. Danganronpa 3: Despair Arc
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1 #11. Orange
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1 #12. Thunderbolt Fantasy
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#13. Danganronpa 3: Future Arc
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4 #14. This Art Club Has a Problem!
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1 #15. Alderamin on the Sky
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3 #16. Amanchu!
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#17. Love Live! Sunshine!!
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4 #18. Naruto Shippūden
467
468
469
470
471
472
473
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477
3 #19. Tales of Zestiria the X
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5 #20. The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance
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1 #21. Handa-kun
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1 #22. The Morose Mononokean
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1 #23. Twin Star Exorcists
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#24. One Piece
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#25. Cheer Boys!!
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#26. Battery
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#27. DAYS
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#28. Rewrite
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#29. Berserk
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#30. Taboo Tattoo
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Notes

Disclaimer: the rankings are just an average of opinions, published for entertainment and information purposes. ANN makes no claims regarding statistical significance.

It's entirely normal to disagree with the rankings; you should not expect your tastes in anime to match the average expressed by the rankings. Also, the rankings indicate relative quality (A is preferred to B), not absolute quality (B is good/bad). So while the titles are ranked from 'best' to 'worst', that doesn't necessarily mean the best title is 'great' or the worst title is 'awful'.

The rankings are computed using the Schulze method, with the variation that unrated titles are considered as abstentions instead of lower than the rated titles. This roughly means that if, out of all people who rated both A and B, 60% preferred A, it will be ranked higher than B.

If a series has no episode for a given week, we use the rating data for the previous week's episode in order to compute the weekly ranking. This is not officially counted as a position in the ranking, but it makes it easier to compare weeks if they each have the same number of series in the ranking.

It should be noted that long-running series (and sequels) have an advantage in the sense that only people who like the series are still watching it, and they are likely to give each episode a high rating. But if such a series is going through a low-quality filler arc, the season will get low rankings that are not indicative of the true overall quality of the series.


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