My Year of Anime

Ξ December 2nd, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Anime |

Whoa! What’s this, an actual post? Craziness, but hopefully more to come.

I’ve always loved animated works, but until recently I wasn’t really a fan of anime.  I had seen most of the well known ones and enjoyed them, but didn’t watch anything on a regular basis.  Since the beginning of this year though I’ve been watching a ton of anime including series, OVAs, and movies. After watching over 50 titles I can say anime is included in my love of animation, and I thought I’d catalog the stuff I’ve seen this year.

First though, what changed to make me watch anime more readily? This comes down to a few factors, but the biggest is availability. With Netflix I can get DVDs, and they have a good selection in their Instant Streaming section which keeps getting better actually. Hulu also has a good amount of titles for stream, along with a few other sites that offer both free and premium services. They even have some series that are simulcast as they’re aired in Japan which is pretty cool. Lastly, there’s an active online community of fansubbers that offer translations for free for both current running and older shows. As with most things the internet has simply made anime easily available.

Probably the second biggest factor is that I’ve become familiar and comfortable with many of the common tropes. Some stuff that I used to find annoying I can move past now without it affecting my enjoyment of a show. Also anime has become pretty insular using a lot of tropes as homage or parody, and now I can understand when it’s being done. If you’ve watched any anime you’re probably familiar with a lot of the tropes; school kids saving the world, oblivious male leads, love interests can’t express their emotions, antagonists are batshit insane, harems, fan service, school cultural festival, parents don’t exist, etc. A lot of the shows I like either avoid these or use them as jokes, but overall they don’t bug me as much anymore.

Now to the list! I’ve seperated them into three loose categories based mostly on my own critical review. The Great list is titles that are very enjoyable, engaging, and have very few flaws. The good list is all enjoyable titles that have more than a few flaws or something that’s holding them back, e.g. a bad ending. The mediocre list covers a lot of ground from downright awful shows to simply entertaining though formulaic or mindless. If you have any interest in animation or anime specifically I’d recommend most of the shows here I’ve put as Great/Good.

I’ve completed more than 50 shows which is kind of crazy, and that’s not even counting rewatching some of my favorites from before this year.  There’s a couple exceptions, but for the most part I’ve not listed sequels separately. I still have quite a few titles left that I’d like to watch, but I probably won’t be going through them at this same pace.

GREAT
Bakemonogatari, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Planetes, 5 Centimeters per Second, Rebuild of Evangelion, Kara no Kyoukai, The Tatami Galaxy

GOOD
Durarara, Black Lagoon, Darker Than Black, Full Metal Panic, Macross Frontier, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 1, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Paprika, K-ON!, Sword of the Stranger, Toward the Terra, Voices of a Distant Star, Eden of the East, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Toradora, Spice and Wolf, Baccano, Time of Eve, Giant Killing, Haibane Renmei, Fate/stay Night, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Paranoia Agent, Gunbuster, Diebuster, Death Note, Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, Sora no Woto

MEDIOCRE
Claymore, Nabari no Ou, The Girl Who Leapt Through Space, Strike Witches, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2, Black Rock Shooter, Devil May Cry, Freedom, A Certain Magical Index, Angel Beats!, High School of the Dead, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Ookami-san and her Seven Companions, Occult Academy, Asobi ni Ikuyo!, Kaze no Stigma, Maria Holic

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