Top 10 Anime of 2012

This has been a terrible year for anime. Sure, I’m someone who likes to be entertained above all else, but at the end of the day I still like to find good quality series. With that said, this year has been seriously lacking of just that.

Anyway, this is my attempt to come up with my favourite series from the past year. Although there are a good deal of series I still need to finish watching, I still managed to complete 40, and from those I present to you the few that I actually found to be good. I hope you enjoy the list!

PS: I only count anime that finished in 2012.

10. Inu x Boku SS

At a glance, this seems to be an anime that doesn’t offer much, but it actually manages to deliver a pretty solid series for only having thirteen episodes. It had some good comedy and the romance actually developed to something. The highlight was no doubt Watanuki and Karuta. If only they were the main characters of the show! Anyway, every year there has to be one series on my list that many will disagree with, but it’s there because it just really entertained me, and this year it’s this one!

9. Kuroko no Basket

Seeing as I know nothing about basketball, all the problems I read on how people dislike the lack of realism in this series means nothing to mean. This anime managed to make watching a sport I don’t really care for, totally entertaining. It’s strength lies in its ability to create dynamic characters that are interesting to watch both on and off the court.

8. The Daily Lives of Highschool Boys

I’ll give 2012 some credit for delivering some relatively good comedies that ranged from Acchi Kochhi to even Poyopoyo. Though, without a doubt, Nichibros turned out to be one of the best anime comedies I’ve ever seen! With hilarious characters (literature girl!) and some fantastic sketchs, this is a comedy you cannot pass up!

7. Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita

In most cases, a series like Jintai just shouldn’t work. It’s weird and covers deep philosophical questions with bright colours and creepy fairies. It also spends two episodes just to make one terribly pun. But it somehow actually works! This is an anime that leaves me curious no matter how many half answers I’m giving. It’s weird in all the right ways!

6. Fate/Zero 2nd Season

I never really had expectations for Fate/Zero, so from all I’ve seen, this series just manages to wow me. Although I feel season one was better (not enough Waver and Rider in this one), the sequel was still pretty awesome! There are several moments I can think of that really are very memorable, such as Kiritsugu’s backstory, Saber and Lancer’s battle, as well as Gilgamesh’s “parting”outfit!

5. Nisemonogatari

This sequel actually lived up to my expectations. All I expect from this franchise is some amusing dialogue and unique animation. Ya, it’s safe to say I got both. I also really liked this season’s focus on Shiro, Karen, and Tsukihi. Also, episode eight was both one of the most messed up and best episodes of the year!

4. Tsuritama

This is a series that from what I’ve noticed, some managed to enjoy much more than others. I think a lot of that has to do with whether the show really captured you or not. This was an anime that was unique and seemed to have so much love put into it. It was quirky and bursting with energy!

 3. Hyouka

This series was exactly what KyoAni needed. It some ways, it seemed as though the studio was delivering much of the same generic things, but Hyouka managed to break that trend by delivering a series with compelling characters. It chose the mundane over the extravagant in the case of its mysteries, which turned out to proove that creating realistic storylines can sometimes be much better.

2. Chihayafuru

Who would have guessed that an anime about a card game that is completely native to Japan could be so damn interesting?! Chihayafuru is fantastic for so many reasons, and I honestly loved watching the games as much as I enjoyed the drama that happened between them. It was a series that needed a sequel, and I’m so glad that the new winter season is going to deliver just that!

1. Natsume Yuujinshou Shi

Ever since it first aired, every season of this series has made it onto my top ten list. And you know why? This series is just that good. Every season of Natsume Yuujinchou somehow manages to top the next. The cast is incredible, and the way they still manage to be constantly developed is fantastic. There really wasn’t a weak episode in this season, and so without a doubt I knew it had to take the top spot as my favourite anime of 2012!

16 thoughts on “Top 10 Anime of 2012

  1. lpf

    A sensible top.

    Though if I, as a Western mystery fan, may ask; you say that Hyouka’s choice of the realistic mundane made things ‘much better’. What is your personal experience with the other facet of the mystery genre, the one you deem much worse?
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    1. lostty Post author

      Okay, clearly I should have been less vague, but the way in which Hyouka crafted its mysteries actually made sense. I compare it to other mystery anime like Un-Go or Gosick, who create scenarios that are impossible for the audience to even begin to guess the solution.

      So I don’t deem anything worse, especially if we’re to compare it to western shows and mysteries, I just find in comparison to several anime out there, Hyouka actually creates plausible mysteries with logical endings, and I applaud it for that.

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    1. lostty Post author

      Hyouka really is a fantastic anime! You just have to know what to expect, which is slow moving mysteries and character development! Woop! But trust me, it really is a well thought out series, and the school festival arc is incredible!

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  2. Apsalus

    I haven’t had the time to catch up with this latest season of Natsume yet but I’m happy to see it’s still going strong. Do any episodes focus around Tanuma? He’s not really a huge player but I always enjoy his character when he gets some time on screen.
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    1. lostty Post author

      I like Tanuma too, but from what I can recall, he didn’t play that big a part in this season….Hope you get a chance to catch up soon!

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  3. Overlord-G

    While I obviously disagree with your statement about this being a bad year (Then again, I’ve never had a bad anime year), I’ll skip the long paragraph and simply comment on the shows you’ve seen.

    Macho Nichijou, Jinrui and Chihayafuru are all great shows that are on my list as well, I’m once again surprised to see another person, especially you of all people include Inu x Boku in your list… considering your critic mentality.

    Nisemonogatari can burn in an endless abyss for all I care. I haven’t seen the other shows on your list.
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    1. lostty Post author

      Haha! I see what you’re talking about, but Inu x Boku managed to do a lot in the little time it had, and to actually give a satisfying ending is something a series with 50+ episodes sometimes doesn’t even do, so I needed to applaud it for at least that.

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  4. Kai

    The only shows I didn’t watch in your list is Kuroko no Basket and Natsume. For one way or the other, I think my interests in the sport genre seems to have died down significantly, I still like Chihayafuru, though the latter is more of a niche sports genre.

    I plan to marathon all of Natsume from season one to four soon, it’s probably going to take some time, lol.
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    1. lostty Post author

      I hope you enjoy Natsume! Though, I find it works better as a weekly show than one to marathon considering the episodes are very standalone, but I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

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