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

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

32. Ödön von Horváth, Youth Without God, 1937

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

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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)

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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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