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The Best Anime of Spring 2016

Voted on by the Crunchyroll forum members...


Over the course of the past two months, Crunchyroll user Swaggercandy conducted a vote to determine the best anime of Spring 2016. They were kind enough to share the results with me! Below you will find several different categories with both the winners and the runners-up in each. Do the results reflect what you had in mind? Let us know in the comments. Here we go!

Best Story

The Best Anime of Spring 2016 Boku No Hero Academia & Kiznaiver

1st Place (Tie): My Hero Academia (12) & Kiznaiver (12)
2nd Place: Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (10)

Honorable Mentions:
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season (6)
Joker Game (5)

Other Nominees:
Haifuri(High School Fleet) (3)
Super Lovers (2)
Flying Witch (2)
The Asterisk War 2nd Season (2)
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou(2)
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?
Big Order
Bungou Stray Dogs

Best Animation

The Best Anime of Spring 2016 Bungou Stray Dogs

1st Place: Bungou Stray Dogs (13)
2nd Place: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (12)

Honorable Mentions:
Kiznaiver (8)
The Asterisk War 2nd Season (6)
Sansha Sanyou (Three Leaves, Three Colors) (5)
Flying Witch (5)

Other Nominees:
Joker Game (4)
My Hero Academia (3)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (2)
Haifuri (High School Fleet) (2)
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
JOKER Season 3
Re: Zero
Kuromukuro
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
Anne Happy

Best OP

The Best Anime of Spring 2016 Bungou Stray Dogs Boom Boom Satellites

1st Place: “LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME” by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES (Kiznaiver (12))
2nd Place (Tie): “Redo” by Konomi Suzuki (Re:Zero (7)) & “THE DAY” by Porno Graffiti (My Hero Academia (7))

Honorable Mentions:
“Sharanran feat. 96neko” by miwa (Flying Witch (6))
“High Free Spirits” by Trysail (Haifuri (4))

Other Nominees:
Anne Happy (3)
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (3)
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (3)
Joker Game (3)
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (3)
Macross Delta (2)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable) (2)
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2)
Mayoiga: The Lost Village (2)
Concrete Revolutio Choujin Gensou – The Last Song
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096
Kuromukuro
Hundred
Space Patrol Luluco
Sansha Sanyou (Three Leaves, Three Colors)
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season
The Asterisk War 2nd Season
Final Fantasy Brotherhood
JOKER Season 3

Best ED

The Best Anime of Spring 2016 STYX HELIX MYTH & ROID

1st Place: “STYX HELIX” by MYTH&ROID (Re:Zero (13))
2nd Place: “Namae wo Yobu yo” by Luck Life (Bungou Stray Dogs (9))

Honorable Mentions:
“Pipo Password” by Teddyloid feat. Bonjour Suzuki (Space Patrol Luluco (6))
“HEROES” by Brian the Sun (My Hero Academia (6))

Other Nominees:
Anne Happy (3)
Kuma Miko (3)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (3)
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 (2)
The Asterisk War 2nd Season (2)
Rinne 2 (2)
Haifuri (2)
Macross Delta
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096
Sansha Sanyou (Three Leaves, Three Colors)
Kiznaiver
Super Lovers
Hundred
Shonen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season
Final Fantasy Brotherhood

Best OST

Anime Spring 2016 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

1st Place: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (11)
2nd Place: Flying Witch (10)

Honorable Mentions:
My Hero Academia (8)

Other Nominees:
Bungou Stray Dogs (4)
Macross Delta (3)
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (3)
Re:Zero (3)
Mayoiga: The Lost Village (3)
Shounen Maid (2)
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou (2)
Kagewani: Shou (2)
The Asterisk War 2nd Season (2)
Haifuri
Joker Game
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
Anne Happy
12 sai: A Little Heart Pounding
Bakuon!

Best Action

Anime Spring 2016 Boku no Hero Academia

1st Place: My Hero Academia (30)
2nd Place (Tie): Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (8) & Bungou Stray Dogs (8)

Honorable Mentions:
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (5)
Haifuri (High School Fleet) (4)
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season (4)

Other Nominees:
The Asterisk War 2nd Season (3)
JOKER Season 3
Hundred
Terraformars Revenge

Best Adventure

Anime Spring 2016 Haifuri (High School Fleet)

1st Place: Haifuri (High School Fleet) (11)
2nd Place (Tie): Space Patrol Luluco (9) & Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (9)

Honorable Mentions
Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (7)
My Hero Academia (3)

Other Nominees:
Cerberus (2)
Concrete Revolutio Choujin Gensou – The Last Song (2)
Joker Game (2)
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2)
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?
JOKER Season 3
Bungou Stray Dogs
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
The Asterisk War 2nd Season
Bakuon!

Best Comedy

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

1st Place: Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (20)
2nd Place: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (17)

Honorable Mentions:
Anne Happy (8)
Bakuon! (4)
Flying Witch (4)

Other Nominees:
Bungou Stray Dogs (3)
Sansha Sanyou (Three Leaves, Three Colors) (2)
Cerberus (2)
Kuma Miko
Space Patrol Luluco
Mayoiga: The Lost Village
Shounen Maid
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?
Rainbow Days
Kiznaiver

Best Drama

Anime Spring 2016 Kiznaiver

1st Place: Kiznaiver (36)
2nd Place: Joker Game (14)

Honorable Mentions:
Super Lovers (2)
Mayoiga: The Lost Village (2)
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (2)

Other Nominees:
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?
Anne Happy
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

Best Ecchi

And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?

1st Place: And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online? (23)
2nd Place: Bakuon! (10)

Honorable Mention: Hundred (6)

Other Nominees:
The Asterisk War (2) & Big Order

Best Supernatural

Best Anime of Spring 2016 Flying Witch

1st Place: Flying Witch (17)
2nd Place (Tie): Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (15)
Bungou Stray Dogs (15)

Honorable Mentions:
Concrete Revolutio Choujin Gensou – The Last Song (4) & Kagewani: Shou (3)

Other Nominees:
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2)
My Hero Academia (2)
Kiznaiver
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
Mayoiga: The Lost Village

Best Fantasy

Best Anime of Spring 2016 Flying Witch

1st Place: Flying Witch (24)
2nd Place: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (14)

Honorable Mentions:
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (2)
Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (2)
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 (2)
Cerberus (2)

Other Nominees:
My Hero Academia
Onigiri
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?
Concrete Revolutio Choujin Gensou – The Last Song
The Asterisk War 2nd Season
Joker Game

Best Harem

Anime of Spring 2016 Hundred

1st Place: Hundred (15)
2nd Place: The Asterisk War 2nd Season (12)

Honorable Mentions:
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (5)
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online? (3)

Other Nominees:
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Big Order

Best Mystery

Anime of Spring 2016 Joker Game

1st Place: Joker Game (22)
2nd Place: Bungou Stray Dogs (13)

Honorable Mentions:
Mayoiga: The Lost Village (7) & Kagewani: Shou (3)

Other Nominees:
Concrete Revolutio Choujin Gensou – The Last Song
Haifuri

Best Romance

And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?

1st Place: And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online? (21)
2nd Place: Super Lovers (7)

Honorable Mentions:
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 (4)
Kiznaiver (4)
Space Patrol Luluco (4)
12 sai: A Little Heart Pounding (4)

Other Nominees:
Bakuon!
Rainbow Days
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

Best Science Fiction

Anime Spring 2016 Kiznaiver

1st Place: Kiznaiver (22)
2nd Place (Tie): Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (6)
Concrete Revolutio Choujin Gensou – The Last Song (6)

Honorable Mentions:
Space Patrol Luluco (4)
The Asterisk War 2nd Season (3)

Other Nominees:
Hundred (2)
Haifuri (2)
Ragnastrike Angels
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season
Kagewani: Shou
Joker Game
Terraformars Revenge

Best Slice of Life

Best Anime of Spring 2016 Flying Witch

1st Place: Flying Witch (31)
2nd Place: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (10)

Honorable Mentions:
Shounen Maid (7)
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online? (4)

Other Nominees:
Bakuon! (3)
Sansha Sanyou (Three Leaves, Three Colors) (3)
Anne Happy (2)
My Hero Academia
Tonkatsu Agetarou DJ
Rainbow Days

Best Short Series

Space Patrol Luluco

1st Place Space Patrol Luluco (31)
2nd Place Kagewani: Shou (11)

Honorable Mentions:
Pan de Peace! (5)
Rainbow Days (4)

Other Nominees:
Tonkatsu Agetarou DJ (3)
Usakame

Best Male Character

Anime Spring 2016 Natsuki Subaru

1st Place: Natsuki Subaru (11) (Re:Zero)
2nd Place: Sakamoto (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (8))

Honorable Mentions:
Dazai Osamu (Bungou Stray Dogs (6))
Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia (6))
All Might (My Hero Academia (4))
Chihiro Komiya (Shounen Maid (4))

Other Nominees:
Tora (Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (3))
Ohta (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (3))
Tanaka (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (2))
Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma (Kuromukuro (2))
Kaidou Haru (Super Lovers (2))
Josuke Higashikata (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (2))
Ushio (Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (2))
Okuyasu Nijimura (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable)
Natsu Kumai (Kuma Miko)
Mitsugu Yamaji (Sansha Sanyou)
Atsushi Nakajima (Bungou Stray Dogs)
Agetarou (Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou)
Hayakawa (Bakuon!)
Miles Edgeworth (Ace Attorney)
Hayato Kisaragi (Hundred)
Nishimura “Rusian” Hideki (And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?)
Madoka Takatori (Shounen Maid)
Shouta Aizawa/Eraser Head (My Hero Academia)
Lt. Colonel Yuuki (Joker Game)

Best Female Character

Anime Spring 2016 Chinatsu Kuramoto

1st Place: Chinatsu Kuramoto (Flying Witch (8))
2nd Place: Ako Tamaki (And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online? (7))

Honorable Mentions:
Emilia (Re:Zero (5))
Echizen (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (4))
Nico Niyama (Kiznaiver (4))
Akane Kowata (Flying Witch (4))

Other Nominees:
Ochaco Uraraka (My Hero Academia (3))
Rem (Re:Zero (3))
Yosano Akiko (Bungou Stray Dogs (2))
Freyja Wion (Macross Delta (2))
Ren Ekoda (Anne Happy (2))
Mumei (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2))
Machi Amayadori (Kuma Miko)
Hotaru Tomoe (Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3)
Shiraishi (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless)
Kikko Hoshino (Concrete Revolutio Choujin Gensou – The Last Song)
Lovepon (Mayoiga: The Lost Village)
Inukai (Flying Witch)
Yukako Yamagishi (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable)
Commander Satsuko (JOKER Season 3)
Adashino Benio (Twin Star Exorcists)
Luluco (Space Patrol Luluco)
Chito (Flying Witch)
Shino Sonobe (Sansha Sanyou)
Rei Hino (Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3)
Mineva Lao Zabi (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096)
Miyano (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless)
Maki Honoka (Kiznaiver)
Ayase Hanabi (12 Sai: A Little heart Pounding)
Makoto Kowata (Flying Witch)
Futaba Odagiri (Sansah Sanyou)
Hanakoizumi Anne (Anne Happy)
Kawasaki Raimu (Bakuon!)

Best Overall Cast

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

1st Place: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (15)
2nd Place : Kiznaiver (12)

Honorable Mentions:
Bungou Stray Dogs (8)
Flying Witch (7)
My Hero Academia (6)
Re:Zero (5)

Other Nominees:
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season (3)
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (3)
Super Lovers (3)
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season
Mayoiga: The Lost Village
JOKER Season 3
Sansha Sanyou (Three Leaves, Three Colors)
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online?
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
12 Sai: A Littler Heart Pounding
Kuromukuro

Biggest Disappointment

Anime Spring 2016 Big Order

1st Place: Big Order (23)
2nd Place: Kiznaiver (11)

Honorable Mentions:
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (8)
Mayoiga: The Lost Village (7)

Other Nominees:
Kuma Miko (3)
Joker Game (3)
Haifuri (2)
My Hero Academia (2)
Twin Star Exorcists (2)
Terraformars Revenge
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Bungou Stray Dogs
Onigiri
Space Patrol Luluco
Flying Witch
Hundred

Biggest Surprise

Anime Spring 2016 Tanaka-kun & Re:Zero

1st Place (Tie): Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (10) & RE:Zero (10)
2nd Place: Flying Witch (8)

Honorable Mentions:
Haifuri (5)
Kiznaiver (4)
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (4)

Other Nominees:
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online? (3)
Space Patrol Luluco (3)
Shounen Maid (3)
Anne Happy (3)
Sansha Sanyou(3)
Macross Delta (2)
Kuromukuro (2)
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou (2)
Kuma Miko
Mayoiga: The Lost Village
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
Joker Game
Bungou Stray Dogs
My Hero Academia

Best of Spring 2016

Anime Spring 2016 Boku no Hero Academia

1st Place: My Hero Academia (15)
2nd Place: Flying Witch (10)

Honorable Mentions:
Ushio and Tora 2nd Season (9)
Kiznaiver (5)

Other nominees:
Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (4)
Anne Happy (3)
Bungou Stray Dogs (3)
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (2)
Super Lovers (2)
Joker Game (2)
And You Thought There Was Never a Girl Online? (2)
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season (2)
Bakuon!
Kagewani: Shou
Space Patrol Luluco
JOKER Season 3
Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
12 Sai: A Little Heart Pounding

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