Top 40 Books I Read in 2016

40. Marcella Mariotti, La lingua giapponese, 2014

39. Film Crit Hulk, Screenwriting 101, 2013

38. Sandra Newman & Howard Mittelmark, How Not to Write a Novel, 2008

37. John Truby, The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, 2007

36. Plato, Crito, 4th century BC

35. Luciano Canepari & Francesca Miscio, Japanese Pronunciation & Accents: Geo-social Applications of the Natural Phonetics & Tonetics Method, 2016

34. Bryan Lee O’Malley, Seconds, 2014


33. Thomas Bernhard, Old Masters: A Comedy, 1985

32. Ödön von Horváth, Youth Without God, 1937


31. John N. Gray, The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, 2013



Top 15 Anime Series I Watched in 2016

NB To quote Chris Stuckmann, “this is not an automatic ranking based on grade; these are my personal favourite [anime series] that I can see myself watching over & over again for years to come”—well, the upper half at least. Also, all picks are in somewhat loose order.

15. Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (dir. Matsuo Kō, 2015–2016)


14. Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō (dir. Daichi Akitarō, 2016)

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Anime and Films I Watched in August 2016: Recap and Ranking

10. Pale Cocoon is an almost watchable OVA. 5½ out of 10.

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9. Gunslinger Girl is an almost watchable show so far. (6− out of 10.)

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8. Boogiepop Phantom is a watchable show so far. (6+ out of 10.)

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7. Berserk, The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Fate/Zero, Heartcatch Precure!, and Shigofumi – Letters from the Departed are almost Good shows so far. (6½ to 7− out of 10.)

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