Top 10 Animes of 2009
A cat and some fish. How awesome is that!
Its Finally here! The last of the lists and with this, 2009 truly ends…probably….Don’t ask me why Clannad or Toradora is not on this list, they are great animes, but my list is composed of animes that started their air dates in 2009.
10. Time of Eve
Time of Eve went a bit too much under the radar in the anime world. It was an incredible ONA with an extremely interesting plot. I don’t think it is really possible to just blatantly hate this series and with episodes at a length shorter than most I am surprised more people did not watch this.
Despite not thinking Cencoroll was the best thing out there, I still appreciate it for many reasons and the more I think about Cencoroll the more I seem to like it. The characters were all intriguing as was the story, if only it were longer…
People are way too harsh to K-ON! It sort of is like with Lucky Star, you either will hate the series or love it. I personally loved Lucky Star, but the similarity it shares with K-ON! is that it is a slice of life. The slice of life genre does not really have tons of appeal to everyone, but I personally love it and K-ON! was another series of that genre that I felt was very well done.
7. Spice and Wolf II
The first of several sequels on this list…In this sequel to Spice and Wolf it took a different turn from what we’ve seen in the first season, which only kept the series interesting. Obviously the whole marketing idea was a heavy plot line, but the relationship between Horo and Lawrence really played a bigger importance and for this reason, this season was very engaging and the character development was very well thought out and executed.
6. Summer Wars
In terms of the movies that were released in Japan this year, Summer Wars evidently makes top of the list. It was really just really awesome as it brought us into two completely separate worlds and instantly engaged us into both. Visually alone, the film was incredible and outside of that, it still managed to succeed for many reasons.
5. Darker than Black: Ryusei no Gemini
Season two wasn’t all I wanted, but it did deliver something I didn’t expect and still managed to entertain me the whole way through. This was one of those series that I eagerly awaited every week for the new episode because I always wanted to see what would happen next. The ending wasn’t all that amazing, but nor was season one’s and that was before we knew it would have a second season and I still felt satisfied with how it ended in the long run, which is the same way I feel for the sequel.
Bakemonogatari is a series that seems essential to every top list of this year. I’ve been following the director’s (Shinbou, Akiyuki) work for a while now because I love most of his work and this series is no exception. This series brings everything you want to see in a series; awesome characters, great animation, good soundtrack, intriguing plotlines and more. Its sort of difficult not to love at least one aspect of this series.
Its been less than a week since I marathoned this whole anime and I really had to add it onto this list. I may just have not got a chance to absorb fully this series for everything it was with the afterthoughts and such, but at the moment all I can really see out of this series is how I really loved it. The adrenaline rush I got and the story was all so interesting and despite everyone telling me I would probably hate the second half or the ending, I didn’t because I loved it all. This was a great series.
2. Eden of the East
This series was so close to making the number one spot! My only slightest problem I had with it was that I didn’t love the “Johnny Killer” arc, but really aside form that this was an incredible series. Almost every episode spelled out EPIC. It was an extremely compelling series that was nothing short from a joy to watch.
1. Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
Between Eden of the East and this, I had some great difficulty choosing which was my favourite anime of the year, but as I took a good long while debating with myself the two, I came to a decision. Season two of Natsume Yuujinchou brought only every good thing that we saw in the first season. Each episode was amazing and to describe the series, the words beautiful, sentimental, and flipping awesome all come to mind. I connected with the characters on such an emotional level, I really hope this anime does not get lost among the new and the old and if you haven’t already watched this, start watching Natsume Yuujinchou now!