Top 20 Winter Anime That Japanese Viewers Want to Continue Watching (2016)

The end of the first month of 2016 marks the middle part of the Winter anime season in Japan. Which anime are the hot-button titles that grabbed the attention of audiences in Japan? We again look to research website CHARAPEDIA which announced the results of a survey which summarizes the opinions of over ten thousand voters, to find out which title is the most popular this season.

General Rankings, Top 20

Position Votes Title
1 801 Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi
2 676 Durarara!!×2 Ketsu
3 648 Dagashikashi
4 617 Assassination Classroom Season 2
5 599 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
6 472 Ajin
7 457 GATE Season 2
8 398 Prince of Stride Alternative
9 361 Musaigen no Phantom World
10 351 Akagami no Shirayukihime
11 285 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
12 207 Nijiiro Days
13 193 Dimension W
14 181 NORN9 Norn + Nornett
15 176 Active Raid
16 167 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
17 150 Sekkou Boys
18 145 Ooyasan wa Shishunki!
19 139 Saijakumuhai no Bahamut
20 110 Haruchika

Among Male Audiences, Top 10

Position Votes Title
1 540 Kono Subarashii Sekai Shukufuku wo!
2 478 Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi
3 447 Dagashikashi
4 410 GATE Season 2
5 310 Musaigen no Phantom World
6 275 Durarara!!×2 Ketsu
7 164 Ajin
8 160 Assassination Classroom Season 2
9 137 Dimension W
10 133 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Among Female Audiences, Top 10

Position Votes Title
1 457 Assassination Classroom Season 2
2 401 Durarara!!×2 Ketsu
3 323 Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi
4 308 Ajin
5 276 Prince of Stride Alternative
6 230 Akagami no Shirayukihime
7 201 Dagashikashi
8 173 NORN9 Norn+Nornett
9 152 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
10 140 Nijiiro Days

Comments on the Top 10 Titles

Position Title Comments from Voters
01 Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi “The story is great and the adaptation was splendid”
“I was enchanted by the atmosphere that the story created”
“The performance, art, and the delicately crafted story – I give it full marks”
02 Durarara!!×2 Ketsu “Finally! The end is near! The plot is thick and soppy that I can’t get enough of it!”
“I can’t get bored of how each character’s thoughts get entwined with one another! I’m especially interested in Mikado’s actions!”
“It’s great ’cause of I’m really interested in who gets together with who and how the story ends”
03 Dagashikashi “I love it because it tackles the unique subject of cheap snacks and the characters’ interactions are interesting”
“I lost to the show since it made me want to eat some cheap snacks after watching it”
“It takes the stereotypical setting of a snack store and tells us the beauty of these foods through hilarious jokes”
04 Assassination Classroom Season 2 “It features a powerful rival that is greater than that in Season 1 – the battles are engrossing!”

“Its super exciting! I’m also curious about the truth behind Koro-sensei!”
“I love the characters and story. I’m also really curious about what happens next!”

05 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! “Seeing the party formed from characters with personalities and statuses unsuited from one another makes me excited for more”
“I love the well paced comedy setting. But I’m worried about whether the animation will hold up…”
“I find it really interesting that it can tackle the topic of a fantasy world but can tickle me into laughter with its gags”
06 Ajin “The story is riddled with mysterious so every week makes me excited with suspense”
“I feel really excited when I start thinking what if Ajin really exists…”
“Seeing Kei stand up and face the cruel reality is really cool”
07 GATE Season 2 “I like the moments of seeing the people of the other world being flabbergasting when encountering the modern world. The Self Defense Force’s overwhelming strength is also nice to watch”
“Its interesting and the heroines are really cute!”
“I loved the last season! I also wonder what will happen to Tuka”
08 Prince of Stride Alternative “The characters are cool and the voice cast is magnificent! The match scenes are also refreshing!”
“The sport is made up but I can feel the heat from behind the screen!”
“I thought about the moves and presentation a bit. I like things related to youth sports”
09 Musaigen no Phantom World “The character designs (especially Reina-chan) are splendid!!”
“I was quite curious about it at first. The content is interesting and the animation is beautiful”“Its the same Kyo-ani but it feels refreshing! The music is great too”
10 Akagami no Shirayukihime “I like it because I want to find out what happens to Zen and Shirayuki next”
“The story of friendship is really admirable. I want to see more Shirayuki action!”
“The previous season was really great. It gives my heart feels”

Clinching the first place we have “Boku Dake ga Inai Machi” an ongoing original mystery-genre manga series which was serialized July 2012. Considering the plans to have a live-action movie adaptation of the series, on 19th March this year (in Japan) – the overwhelming popularity among all audiences alike could perhaps be expected.

Following in second place, we have the final installment of the immensely popular light novel series “Durarara!!x2 Ketsu” which carries on from the previous two seasons. The massive following formed from those who were watching since the earlier seasons is testament to how the adaptations maintained is popularity throughout 2015.

And in third place, is the anime adaptation of a manga series with a unique setting, “Dagashikashi”. Its story tells the tale of a lad who is reluctant on continuing his family business of running a candy store – and the candy-manic daughter of a candy company who desperately attempts to get him to do so. Boasting refreshing content and hilarity, it also brings to those who grew up with these candies a hint of nostalgia.

~ Kuuin


Images Courtesy of A-1 Pictures, 朱夏, feel. , Lerche, Studio DEEN

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