I forgot I had a blog and it’s already 2015, so I decided that I should write something like this.
10. Grisaia no Kajitsu
Grisaia ended up being infinitely better than anyone could have expected from an eroge adaptation. Produced by 8bit, which had only last year produced the disastrous second season of Infinite Stratos, Grisaia managed to be consistently interesting and very well-animated. As most visual novel adaptations tend to do, instead of choosing one route to adapt, it adapted all of them. However, unlike most visual novel adaptations, it stayed coherent throughout the entire series. One of the show’s best parts specifically was the stoic main character, who was a very welcome departure from the standard of harem protagonists. The stories themselves were quite interesting as well, and fanservice was not difficult to find. Overall, it was a very entertaining show that kept just enough mystery for me to be very interested in the upcoming second season.
9. The Girls und Panzer OVA
As expected of the Girls und Panzer franchise, this OVA was very fun to watch. Even though it was only 45 minutes long, it was packed full of fun and pseudo-Italian culture.
8. The IDOLM@STER Movie
Pretty much everything about this was great. It was definitely impressive that they managed to do the whole thing without resorting to CG. The songs were great, the characters were fun, basically everything was great. My only fear is that this was the last I’ll ever see of the original Idolm@ster girls. Cinderella Girls looks stupid.
7. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei
As you might be able to tell by the number “2” in the title, this is the second season of the wonderful Fate/ franchise spinoff in an alternate universe where the start of the Fifth Holy Grail War was prevented. Instead, the best character runs around as a magical girl instead.
Full of interesting plot/dialogue, awesome fight scenes, and lolis, Silver Link pulled all of its resources for this one, and it shows. It takes elements from both Fate/stay night and Fate/hollow ataraxia, and ends up fucking awesome.
6. Ping Pong the Animation
Masaaki Yuasa has been known in the past ten years or so for his abstract works including Mind Game, Kemonozume, and Kaiba. Ping Pong is a bit more standard; it’s really just about ping pong (the art is still really weird though. Don’t let that deter you. I can assure that even someone who hates sports anime will be able to enjoy Ping Pong.
It’s not the masterpiece that some people will claim it to be. Personally, I’d say that it’s one of Yuasa’s worst works to date. The animation in the first few episodes is clearly sub-par, and it starts very slowly. However, at the 6th episode or so it gets really great.
5. Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.
Taking the fifth place spot is a show that in most people’s eyes wouldn’t deserve it at all. However, I was lucky enough to have opened my eyes to this near-masterpiece. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this show to newcomers, but any long-time member of the culture should be able to appreciate it.
Revolving around one of the best traits any 2D character can have, the show is essentially a parody of tokusatsu and otaku culture. I found myself laughing my ass of during every episode due to the exceptionally silly humor. There’s something beyond the silliness, though. At its core is a great story with incredible characters and development with a truly significant message: No matter what, never give up on what you love.
The only issue is the animation, which sucks.
4. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?
This was one very fine slice of life. The past few years have not had very many great slice of life comedies, but this joined the ranks with ease. Cute and funny, this anime left me heartbroken when there wasn’t a 13th episode. The only thing further I can really say more is that I hope a second season comes soon.
This show hasn’t actually ended yet, and I’m not even fully caught up to the most recent episode, but it absolutely deserves a high spot on the top list. The character designs are arguably worse, but Parasyte has been an incredible adaptation of the classic manga. I’m getting tired of writing at this point so you can go find someone else’s review, but yeah, it’s great.
2. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Second place goes to the more serious side of the Fate/ franchise.
This particular adaptation may be the first in the main series that doesn’t require the viewer to have read the original visual novel. The majority of the anime so far has been following it perfectly. So, it’s basically like reading the VN except with less boring and more action. Word to the ignorant, however, it skips the first route so you should definitely still read that part of the visual novel.
Anyway, it’s pretty awesome. The animation is breathtaking, and as expected, the story is very well-done.
1. Mushishi: Zoku-shou
If you haven’t seen Mushishi, just go watch it. Cuddle up with your favorite blanket and just soak it in. For maximum enjoyment, spread the episodes over a few months and watch right before bed.
Pupa – This show was so bad that I can’t help liking it.
Kenzen Robo Daimidaler – I got three episodes into this and then forgot about it, but I remember liking it.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun – Three episodes in and forgot.
Gundam: G no Reconguista – sage has been delaying this due to computer issues since episode 3, so I haven’t been following it properly.
Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo – This show is just ridiculous.
Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled From Paradise – I didn’t actually watch this movie yet, but I think it was pretty good.
Tsukimonogatari – I didn’t watch this yet either, but it’s Monogatari so it was probably good.
Well, that’s that. Hopefully 2015 is a good year.