Top 10 Staff Picks for 2016

Some of our staff members have put together a list of their personal top 10 releases of the year! A mixture of pop culture, many lists have music, anime, dramas and videogames. Check them out below.


10. Aun by Massan x Bashiry

9. This is callme by callme

8. Fantôme by Hikaru Utada

7. LOVELESS/ARTLESS by Haruka to Miyuki

PV for “Drag & Hug”

6. Asymmetry by Negoto

5. CRADLE OF ETERNITY by Yuko Suzuhana

4. BLUE by Hitsuji Bungaku

3. Distortion by THIS IS JAPAN

2. daydream by Aimer

1. white noise by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure


10. Fantôme by Hikaru Utada

9. Rei Kawakubo (founder of Comme des Garçons) – Met Gala and Exhibit Subject

8. Naomi Watanabe’s Continuous Rise

7. The Re-emergence of Becky

6. Are You Happy? by Arashi


4. Urban Pop – New City Pop and J-R&B

3. Keyakizaka46

2. Beams ‘Tokyo Culture Story’

1. Japan 2020 – Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony


10. Assassination Classroom: Graduation


8. Are You Happy? by Arashi

7. Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!)

6. Oranga

5. Doukyuusei

4. Pokemon Sun & Moon

3. Kimi no Na wa

2. Fantastic Time by Hey! Say! JUMP

1. Yuri!!! On Ice


10. March Comes in Like a Lion (3-Gatsu No Lion)

9. Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days)

8. ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi)

7. Haven’t you Heard? I’m Sakamoto (Sakamoto Desu Ga)

6. Orange

5. Food Wars!: The Second Plate (Shokugeki no Sora: Ni no Sara)

4. The Disastrous Life of Saiki Kusuo (Saiki Kusuo no Sai nan)

3. Mob Psycho 100

2. My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia)

1. Yuri!!! On Ice

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  • Comments

    • i haven’t listened to everything from this list but these are great:
      Aidoro C by Charisma. com
      TRUE ROMANCE by Mizuki Ohira

      judging from their previous works, also recommended:
      Misaki Meguri ~Dai 1 Shou~ by Misaki Iwasa
      TOKYO BLACK HOLE by Seiko Oomori

    • Midna

      Yesssss at the AYH mentions! And FL!!!! BOPS!!!

    • HyperMoot .

      hopefully nabe, beers and cars weren’t mixed with albums, anime and games. Using Google Chrome on a laptop with 8gb ram and a 3.5 Ghz processor I can hardly load the page

      • Ash

        Get a better laptop

        • HyperMoot .

          Not very relevant. When a page is loaded with data it all depends on one’s provider and the available broadband.

          • Ash

            Then why the “Using Google Chrome on a laptop with 8gb ram and a 3.5 Ghz processor I can hardly load the page”

            • HyperMoot .

              good point, maybe to highlight the fact that the pages are a bit loaded?

    • HyperMoot .

      ah, finally loaded page 2. Shock ! I’m all flustered. Ronald ranks Fantome at #7 ! An album that contains 3 good songs (the ‘duets’) and the rest is just ‘TV drama bull’ (I haven’t found the drama tied to kouya no ookami yet but still working on it). Either those three songs were elevated to masterpiece status thanks to Kohh, Shiina and OBKR or the quality level in 2016 was so low that there was no other choice than list a record which is just above average, except of course for a few dozens of blind stans.

    • guest

      seiko oomori? keep it


      RICH is the idol album of the year!

    • i’ve made a thread with random j-music songs of 2016 that i liked (in no particular order) on my twitter so if anyone wants to check it out :

      • HyperMoot .

        Nobuchika Eri, Cicada, Hikki, Ame No Parade …yep !!!

        • Ah glad you like it (Actually i had to limit myself to 20 songs because there’s been so many releases I’ve liked this year and didn’t want to make a huge thread 😂 )

      • Will

        I can’t believe I didn’t RT this. haha!

        • ahhhh Will, we miss you 💕. don’t worry, you can always RT when you come back 👀💕

          • Will

            miss you too! >< I'm probably coming back next week if I couldn't take it anymore lmao. Say hi to everyone for me XD

            • yes i can understand haha, it’s hard to be away from our silliness right ? 😂 can”t wait to see you, whenever you feel like coming back ofc. 💕

    • Ash

      Fantome fantome fantomea dafdak;afa afa fa

      It still sucks.

    • Ash

      Well, at least noone put Fantome as their number 1 :-p