The Best and Worst of the Fall 2016 Season

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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 legally streaming in North America and 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.

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

With the week of December 24-30, the Fall 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 Dec 17-23 or Dec 24-30. 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. Haikyu!! 3rd Season
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1 #2. JoJo: Diamond Is Unbreakable
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6 #3. Poco's Udon World
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4 #4. Sound! Euphonium 2
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2 #5. Keijo!!!!!!!!
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6 #6. Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
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3 #7. Yuri!!! on Ice
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3 #8. March comes in like a lion
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8 #9. Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go
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6 #10. Bungo Stray Dogs 2
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#11. WWW.WAGNARIA!!
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2 #12. Flip Flappers
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9 #13. Drifters
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1 #14. Girlish Number
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6 #15. Twin Star Exorcists
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4 #16. Kiss Him, Not Me
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#17. Magical Girl Raising Project
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1 #18. Izetta: The Last Witch
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5 #19. Naruto Shippūden
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1 #20. One Piece
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7 #21. Brave Witches
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1 #22. All Out!!
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#23. Nanbaka
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5 #24. Occultic;Nine
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9 #25. Lostorage incited WIXOSS
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1 #26. ClassicaLoid
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#27. Trickster
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Series Cumulative Ranking for Fall 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 Fall 2016 season.

ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
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anime series
2 #1. Haikyu!! 3rd Season
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7
8
9
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1 #2. Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go
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1 #3. Sound! Euphonium 2
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1 #4. Yuri!!! on Ice
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#5. JoJo: Diamond Is Unbreakable
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#6. March comes in like a lion
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#7. Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
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#8. Bungo Stray Dogs 2
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1 #9. Poco's Udon World
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1 #10. Flip Flappers
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3 #11. Keijo!!!!!!!!
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1 #12. Girlish Number
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1 #13. Izetta: The Last Witch
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1 #14. WWW.WAGNARIA!!
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#15. Drifters
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1 #16. Magical Girl Raising Project
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1 #17. Brave Witches
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2 #18. One Piece
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1 #19. Naruto Shippūden
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479
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#20. All Out!!
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#21. Kiss Him, Not Me
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#22. Twin Star Exorcists
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#23. Lostorage incited WIXOSS
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#24. Nanbaka
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#25. Occultic;Nine
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#26. ClassicaLoid
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#27. Trickster
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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', sometimes the difference between #1 and #10 can be very thin.

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 (it has no impact on the cumulative ranking), but it makes it easier to compare weeks if they each have the same number of series ranked.

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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