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Well another anime season has come and gone, so it’s time to round up the best of the best from the past few months.

As a brief note, the latest season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure will not be appearing on this list since it has not finished airing yet. So, without further delay, here are my Top 5 Anime of the Spring 2016 season!

5. Bungo Stray Dogs

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Set in a world where certain individuals have supernatural powers, a lonely orphan named Atsushi saves a man from drowning in a river and is eventually hired as a member of the Armed Detective Agency, a group filled with superpowered humans.

The world of Bungo is plagued with crime ready to be resolved, and the adventures of the AMA make this semi-episodic series a really fun watch. Eccentric but heartfelt characters like Atsushi and several others he meets along the way show that many of them are just looking for a place to belong, though the story occasionally beats you over the head with this idea. The animation by Studio Bones is hugely eye-grabbing and appealing, from its unique character designs to its blood-pumping action scenes. This is all topped off with a soundtrack from my favourite anime composer, Taku Iwasaki, making me very excited for the second half airing this Fall.

Available on: Crunchyroll

4. Assassination Classroom season 2

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The students of Kunugigaoka Junior High and their unkillable monster of a teacher are back for the finale of one of the most popular titles to come out of Weekly Shounen Jump.

This season really dives into the meat of the story’s purpose: a harsh and satirical critique of the highly-structured Japanese education system, and it pulls this off almost flawlessly. While the villains are extremely cheesy and the comedy can be a bit grating, the true heart of this series shines through in how much its characters grow as students and as human beings, leading up to a penultimate episode that actually had me in tears. Studio Lerche’s animation may not be the studio’s best work, but its unique colour palette and intense action scenes compliment the series very well, and the soundtrack supports each scene however it needs to, be it through heavy rock attacks or simple piano melodies. Make sure you check out this new season so you don’t miss your last days of class with anime’s #1 teacher.

Available on: FUNimation

3. Three Leaves, Three Colors

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Sometimes a simple slice of life comedy can stand head and shoulder above the crowd, and the adventures of former rich girl Yoko, spastic food junky Futaba, and sadistic class rep Hayama are a fun time that comedy lovers are sure to enjoy.

Though it occasionally relies on overused tropes, the comedy is fresh and hilarious on the whole, and the characters acting it out are much more complex and interesting that the hollow shells of other shows in this genre. Dogakobo’s fluid and vibrant animation confirms my belief that they are the best when it comes to this kind of series, and the soundtrack definitely stands out amongst its peers. If you’ve been hesitant about trying out “cute girls doing cute things” and aren’t sure where to start, then I highly recommend that you start right here.

Available on: FUNimation

2. Space Patrol Luluco

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Studio Trigger is back again with one of their most outlandish and off-the-wall adventure comedies yet, as middle school girl turned space cop Luluco embarks on a journey through the universe with her crush, Alpha Omega Nova, and other members of the Ogikubo Space Patrol.

The zany antics of Kill la Kill director Hiroyuki Imaishi hit another home run as he takes us on a tour of what I lovingly call the Trigger Cinematic Universe. In its most basic structure, this is a story about Luluco experiencing her first love and all the crazy and complex ideas that come with it in the most bizarre and over the top way possible. Combined with a killer soundtrack and some of the best animation that the realm of TV shorts has ever seen, Luluco is a treat for Trigger fans that comes with practically everything you could ask for in an out of this world comedy.

Available on: Crunchyroll

1. My Hero Academia

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The collision of superhero narratives and Shounen Jump has, unsurprisingly, created the best anime to air this season.

In a world filled with superheroes and super villains, the powerless Izuku Midoriya is given a chance to inherit the strength of All Might, the world’s #1 hero, and live out his dream of becoming a great hero himself. Watching Izuku and the rest of his classmates train and struggle to become better heroes was a ton of fun, and Izuku’s determination to overcome the odds kept me riveted throughout the entire season. Studio Bones proudly makes their second appearance on this list with what is possibly the best fight direction and animation to air this season, complimented by incredible background art and great character designs. Topped off with an exhilarating score by Yuuki Hayashi, My Hero Academia definitely earns it’s place as the #1 anime of the Spring 2016 season, and with the second season already announced, I simply can’t wait for more superhero excitement.

Available on: FUNimation

This Spring season has been a huge blast overall, even with some of the shows that didn’t make this list. While the Summer season doesn’t look quite as promising, there are still several titles worthy of your attention, but we’ll save those for another time.

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