The Five Best Action Anime of 2016

Updated on April 10, 2018
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Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.

Was 2016 an action-packed year based on the quality of the action anime shows it offered?

Without a doubt, yes!

There’s no denying of the immeasurable hype that action anime shows bring! These shows basically don’t need anything besides countless of high-end action scenes. Still, some rare titles shine as if they stand on top of the world. And that’s the purpose of this list—to share the best action anime shows that appeared in 2016!

Ready or not, here they come! It is best to grab some snacks and watch away until your entire being is pumped with adrenaline. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, because real action knows no limits!

Anyway, if you know some titles that are well-deserving of the action spotlight, then feel free to mention them in the comments.

The 5 Best Action Anime of 2016
1. Alderamin on the Sky
2. Assassination Classroom (Season 2)
3. Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
4. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
5. Mob Psycho 100
Alderamin on the Sky
Alderamin on the Sky | Source

1. Alderamin on the Sky

Alderamin on the Sky is the kind of show that no one is talking about, but is deserving of a spot in the hall of fame. I may be exaggerating a bit, but I feel that this underrated piece of gem does deserve some clamor.

Art-wise and story-wise, Alderamin on the Sky may look generic and underwhelming; but, its gradual staging and development of its plot and characters are nothing to sneer at! To tell the truth, this show captivated me to the point that I was already subconsciously waiting for it every week despite it initially appearing to be a show that has no potential. This show actually contains some decent action scenes. But the most important thing—which lured me in—is the fact that the action-riddled plot presented by it is not chaotic and mindless. Everything is well-directed and well-executed.

Alderamin on the Sky may just be another war story, but the way it carries out its scenes is phenomenal. The characters—especially the main character—really thinks things through. The “strategy” aspect of the actions of the characters marvelously surprised me. In the end, I was convinced that this show did successfully manage to stimulate my mind, stir my senses, and thoroughly hype me with all its deliberate action.

Assassination Classroom (Season 2)
Assassination Classroom (Season 2) | Source

2. Assassination Classroom (Season 2)

In this continuation of the massively popular anime, Assassination Classroom, all hype breaks loose! Students, teachers, assassins, and Koro-sensei—they all come together to deliver what seems to be one of the most memorable experiences in anime history. With regards to action, there is no question about this show’s mettle! But what really astonishes me is the verity that this show combines many facets together in order to produce a one-of-a-kind phenomenon.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. The season 2 of Assassination Classroom marks its inevitable resolution. In all honesty, I was absolutely amazed by this show! I needed more, but I realized that my desire was already an impossibility. I laughed, I smiled, I cried, I learned, I discovered—I connected! Assassination Classroom is the kind of show that will forever remain in my heart.

Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia) | Source

3. Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)

This is the shounen anime that I’ve been waiting for ever since I dug into its manga. The very first moment I set my eyes on the manga of Boku no Hero Academia, I muttered: “This is definitely going to be one of the best shounen anime in the future!” Turns out, I was right! Boku no Hero Academia truly lives up to my expectations. And it’s not just me! Pretty much everyone else has the same sentiment!

Boku no Hero Academia tells the epic story of a young man who wants to be a hero. Due to his unlucky circumstances, he was born without a quirk. Thus, he has nothing to help him pursue his ultimate dream of becoming a hero. But that changes when he meets the most popular hero of all, his idol, All Might! As it turns out, he already has everything that he needs to become a hero. The only thing he lacks, is a quirk, that All Might has an unexpected yet astounding answer to.

This anime proves itself to be one of the best shounen anime ever. And not just that, it is also one of the best when it comes to action, drama, thrill, inspiration, and many other things. In connection with the action genre, it has shown enough promise to be regarded as well-deserving of a spot on this list. I believe that Boku no Hero Academia is truly stellar, in a sense that I also want to be a hero soon enough.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) | Source

4. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri may look like a total rip-off of Shingeki no Kyojin, but it isn’t. Actually, it possesses an original concept that is very rare in the world of anime.

In this show, there are savage, bloodthirsty zombies—all with hearts encased by steel cages—mindlessly roaming the land and searching for victims. As for the surviving humans, they live in industrial cities, barricaded by walls and assisted by heavily-armored trains for their survival and freedom. Then one day, a bloody rampage begins! The zombies called the “kabane” attacks the city where a young man named Ikoma lives. Ikoma states that he invented a weapon that can pierce the hearts of the kabane. But after testing his weapon and finding out how effective it really is, he is bitten by a kabane. Using his wits to hastily find a solution to his transmogrification, he does the impossible. He manages to prevent himself from turning into a kabane, but he becomes something else entirely; a cross between a kabane and a human—a kabaneri!

Along with its original concept of zombies combined with a steampunk world, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is chock full of action! Just as many people compare it with Shingeki no Kyojin, it actually looks and feels very similar. However, I do find this show really different and unique. Although it has a topnotch quality when it comes to most of its technical elements, its plot development (especially in its later episodes) leaves a lot to be desired. If a sequel for this show ever gets green-lighted, then I can only hope that it redeems itself. After all, it does cater a lot of promise and potential.

Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 | Source

5. Mob Psycho 100

This is an anime about an eighth-grader boy with superb psychic powers. And as if that isn’t enough, the creator of this show is the same one who created one of the most hyped anime in existence—One Punch Man! All that I can say is: “I’m sold!”

Mob Psycho 100 is actually mainly a supernatural anime. But even though it doesn’t really have a continuous flow and infinite amount of action scenes, when it does—it immensely confounds! Aside from the action, this anime has qualities that breaks all limits. Its visuals, animation, sounds, characters, plot, execution—everything blends so well they even go over a hundred percent of perfection!

Whenever I see Mob Psycho 100, I think of One Punch Man. They’re both masterpieces that are pretty much on the same level. Sometimes, I even think that Mob is actually Saitama’s son! Crazy, I know, but it somehow does make sense. Overall, Mob Psycho 100 is an anime that is so stylish and exciting that I regard it as truly deserving of massive amounts of hype and attention.

Which of the titles listed is your favorite 2016 action anime?

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