Top 10 Anime of 2011
^^see they’re celebrating the new year like I’m celebrating a year of the best anime. Relevant pic!
This is my post for the ACAA in all its awesomeness! So we near the end of another year of anime, and I’ve got to say this was a pretty great year for me (in terms of anime in the least). I saw more anime than I ever have before! I know some people will be a bit surprised by some of my choices and their placement on this list, but this year is the year that I am actually the most satisfied than I have ever been with my top ten list!
PS: I only count anime that will finish airing in 2011 on my list.
10. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Apparently this anime isn’t very appreciated in the anime world, but I still feel it deserves a lot more appreciation than it got. The first three episodes were a perfect story in itself. After that, it still delivered a wonderful anime with quirky characters and clever stories. Also of course being a SHAFT anime, we got a quality script with a hell of a lot of dialogue. It was also interesting how this series always left the mystery in the air about whether Erio or Elliot are really supernatural beings. An extremely worthwhile series!
This anime proved to us all the greatness of science! This is an incredibly unique science fiction story that you won’t find anywhere else. It creates mystery and takes its time to set up its story, but by the end it proves that the wait was definitely worth it when you see how everything unfolds. If you want an anime with some actual intelligence behind it, look no further!
8. Tiger & Bunny
This is what I want out of an action series whether its in an anime or a live action series. It mixes action and comedy perfectly! Not to mention it has some of the cheezy themes you would find in the classic comic book hero story, but brings a new fresh look to it and revives it into something incredibly entertaining. An underdog of a series at the start that made its way to the top!
7. Usagi Drop
I started off with a negative impression of the series and I ended up watching thinking I wasn’t going to like it, but somewhere along the way, it still managed to warm my heart no matter how much I resisted. It is a pure story of being a single parent and trying to raise a kid. It gives us a taste of the trials and joy behind it. Also a perfect image of how a children truly are. It’s a series that will really take you away to a place you won’t want to leave. It is also a plus that cute kids are cute.
My first exposure to fate/stay world has truly been a great one. Thanks to what I can imagine to be a large budget, we are welcomed with nearly perfect animation. To top that off, we get a cast of fantastic characters, whether they be villains or not. It also has some great action and intelligent storylines. I’m glad to know that I will be seeing more of this anime what’s this first fantastic season is done! (PS: so many great duos! And by that I mean Waver and Rider!!!)
5. Hanasaku Iroha
I already mentioned in my review for this series that I can agree with some of the problems this anime had, but sometimes other aspects can take over and still make this series leave me with a fantastic impression. The setting and the world created in this anime became magical and while watching this anime series I just wanted to join in on the adventures and be part of the sense of family everyone had in this series. It was inspiring, realistic, and has the ability to charm you to no ends.
4. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Being a fan of the mahou shoujo genre, it really was a treat to see it done completely differently. In the first episode we get reminded of all the classic clichés only to have all those expectation completely warped, but in all the right ways! Each episode built up tension and when the series finally needed to deliver, it gave us a fantastic finale to an incredible series. It brought quite a few surprises that we would never expect could be shown in a thirteen episode series. Episode ten is definitely my favourite episode in anime of this year!
3. Natsume Yuujinchou San
I just don’t know how this series continues to get better. With every new season announced, I wonder how it can top the last and this third season makes no exception. Every week I just couldn’t wait till I got to see it and when I did I felt empty until I got to see the next episode. This season also had some of the most tear jerking episodes yet, that left me on the brink of tears. It ended off on a beautiful note that could have made for a perfect ending to the whole series, but I’m glad to know I’ll get to see another season of this outstanding series.
2. Mawaru Penguindrum
I know people have had their problems with this series, but in the least I’m sure you can agree it has been one hell of a fun time watching this anime! It’s a great reminder that originality continues to exist. This anime is a feast for the eyes with its vibrant colours and crazy awesome style. It has a story that always keeps us guessing and promises to entertain us with every episode. From the jokes, to the drama, the animation, to the soundtrack, this anime raises the bar of pure greatness to a new level! A series I really can’t stop loving!
1. Ano hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
And now I bring you to the number one series, which is an anime that was truly something special. When I was writing a review for this series, it was hard for me to find the words to describe my love for it because it had truly left me speechless. It was eleven episodes of pure perfection. I was so emotionally involved and I know for some this may not have been the case for them, but no matter what sort of criticism I read, I will always consider this anime a damn good one! AnoHana is an anime that reminds me why I am proud to be an anime fan. This is without a doubt the best anime series of 2011!