First of all, some announcements. Skip the yellow text if you are only interested in my picks.
It’s a long one, sooooo…yeah.
I’m sorry to say due to a sudden urge to play video games again during the Fall season, I failed to watch any anime during that timeline. That means my list will consist of mainly Winter-Summer 2012 shows. I will begin watching and reviewing the Fall shows on my schedule next week…but I will also replace some shows as well. “To-Love-Ru Darkness” and “Sakurasou no pet na kanojo” will be replaced with Code;Breaker and Shin Sekai Yori.
The next announcement is that I’ve changed the deadline for the Yuri Awards and Yuri Couples Festival from January 7th to January 1st. that means all of you who haven’t voted yet have till whenever I post the results this Tuesday.
The third announcement is currently a rumor. In Summer 2013, a Nanoha spin-off anime starring Hayate Yagami will air. This is somewhat confusing as most Nanoha fans have speculated that if a new Nanoha anime were to air, it would star Vivio, namely Nanoha Vivid. In case the rumors are correct, I’ll make a post on it ASAP.
Unlike most bloggers who have (had) a hard time finding shows to post in their lists, I had a hard time picking only 12. It should be no surprise to my fans/followers that I am less judgmental or harsh on the shows I pick and when I’m legitimately upset by a show (coughNisemonogataricough), I won’t hold back my anger. However, this year was a pleasantly good one for me.
SCREW IT! I CAN’T PICK ONLY 12! I HAD TOO MUCH FUN THIS YEAR TO ONLY PICK 12!
As usual, no particular order…until we get to the top 5, that is.
While most were greatly disappointed by this one, I enjoyed it for what it was. Instead of being a horror classic, it turned into “Final Destination: the animated Series.” My main gripes with the show were that many of the background characters only served as cannon fodder and all my favorite characters were killed. It was a decent show, but not good enough to make my list.
The 1st season was one of my favorite shows of 2011. while the 2nd season was also enjoyable, it felt like a rehash of the 1st season.
Okay, here are the shows that I picked. Seriously, only 12? NAH!
opinions into consideration, they were right. This show DOES deserve more respect than I initially gave it. After all, despite using the classic “4 girls doing cute things” formula, they spice things up with the VERY important addition of the magic wishing rock. The wacky antics and lessons learned with each wish are what make this SoL show special and worthy of making my list.
Last Exile; Fam-The Silver Wing: Yes, I know the show aired in 2011, but in ended in 2012, hence its addition to my list. I haven’t seen the prequel but I really enjoyed this sequel despite its apparent flaws, namely the anticlimatic finish and Fam as a character, among some of the complaints I’ve read. Besides, it brought back memories of one of my all time favorite JRPGs, Skies of Arcadia. Nostalgia being a factor or not, it was a great show.
Jormungand (and hopefully Perfect Order as well): Tons of Grade B violence (Grade A is like the Fist of the North Star OVAs or Akira), dark side of humanity, questioning the difference between right and wrong in the criminal underworld, a sneak peek at what goes on in the black market, hot assassin babes and of course, a beautiful, adorable and deadly bodybuilding lesbian…Oh, and LOTS of creepy Joker Smiles.
Inu x Boku SS: Yup, another so called mainstream disappointment. Why this show is on my list is incredibly simple: I laughed my head off watching this show. If you were next to me watching this one, you’d want to leave right away due to being annoyed by all my incessant laughter. I could go further by naming the likable characters and the not so bad main romance but the laughter is what got this one on my list.
Milky Holmes II
Besides the same reasons as Inu X Boku, it was a superior sequel. I think I laughed EVEN MORE in this one than Inu X Boku.
Strike Witches: The Movie
It was tough choosing between the K-ON and Strike Witches movies but in the end, this one was superior. What person, who has seen this movie (shame on you Stevie_Nix for delaying this one), Yoshika reached a new level of badassitude in this movie.
Tari Tari: so many emotions went through my head watching this one, both positive and negative. This show definitely warmed my heart with its Glee-esque story, but better overall (Thanks KLAC for the reference). It was almost as good as Hanasaku Iroha…almost.
“Insert Macho Man, by the Village People, here”
Danshi Kokusei no Nichijou and Kimi to boku II. Both are for the exact same reason. They both depict stories of high school boys just doing whatever they felt like doing. Just your average group of macho men chilling out and causing trouble for one another, just like real life groups of high school boys. While Macho Nichijou excelled at humorous machismo, Kimi to boku 2 excelled at showing dudes developing their characters. However, the most important fact of all (Besides the best romantic tale ever told in Macho Nichijou), both shows taught people around the world, ONCE AGAIN, that not every man’s brain is located under their bellies.
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Random, silly, hilarious, enchanting and thought provoking at the same time. Nuff said.
Yuru Yuri 2: Another superior sequel. It’s so good, it got people who didn’t like the 1st season (and were curious) admitting it was enjoyable. It also introduced us to The Dark Lord, greatly developed the tsundere lovers in denial’s relationship. There was something else it accomplished by I can’t remember what.
Binbougami Ga: Kana Hanazawa’s best role in my opinion, as the sexy and short tempered lucky girl, Sakura Ichigo. Well done anime parody jokes, jokes in general, a very simple plot, very simple drama every now and then, and did I mention how awesome the slapstick duo of Tittyko and Momiji are? Well, now you know. I’m not familiar with Gintama, but I don’t need to be to have enjoyed this one.
Up next, my top 5:
#5, Black Rock Shooter TV. Nobody knew what to expect from this show, until it was revealed to be a retelling of the BRS OVA, much to the dismay of some. This show was so insane, so confusing, so melodramatic, so violent and gory (Grade A violence, believe it or not), so yurirific (no kissing though), that it was brilliant. Of course you can’t please everyone (When can you?) but as far as I’m concerned, it succeeded in keeping a smile on my face, shocking me and SCARING ME! This show scared me a couple of time. Ridiculous? Yes. Lacking logic, absolutely, but so does almost every anime in existence.
#4, Senki Zesshou Symphogear. Magical girls trading their skirts, dresses and wands for skin tight armor and badass weapons. No complaints here. I heard the original script had a different story in mind and while I’m curious how that would have turned out, what we got instead was no slouch. Musicals (Well, not exactly a musical) can be badass without a Marvel or DC superhero needing to be involved, you know? The Power of Song Compels all evil, except Chris Brown.
#3: Rinne no Lagrange. Any character that can convince me to watch a Mecha anime of all things, is worthy of praise. That’s what Madoka Kyouno did. I haven’t seen a mecha show protagonist as badass and likable as Coop before Madoka showed up. She’s a social worker, 17 year old jailbait, a pro wrestler, a sexy defender of justice, a chick magnet and of course, is married to two women. Besides Madoka and her bigamy, the show has a decent plot (plot holes aside), a mostly likable cast, awesome fight scenes (As mecha shows are known for) and just enough emo crap to remind viewers that “yes, this is a mecha anime”. This one was definitely one I won’t soon forget.
#2: Chihayafuru. The anime that’s so awesome, I couldn’t review it. For now, the best I can describe it is: Think Tari Tari and all the emotions that I felt, except you replace anger and loathing with excitement and passion. I really don’t know what it is about sports anime that have nothing to do with balls or trading card games, but I was excited for every single tournament (big or small) match that took place in the first season. I was literally cheering for Chihaya and her friends to win their respective matches and also felt divided when team members faced each other. If an anime can accomplish that, then there must be SOMETHING it’s doing right, isn’t there? I’d better stop here before I write a whole essay on this show’s greatness.
And now, the #1 show I watched this year. while it’s predictable which one it is, there’s only one word I can use to describe it…
#1: Mouretsu Pirates. Shocker, right? I meant what I said and I said what I meant. This show was PERFECT! If anyone were to ever ask me what’s the perfect anime in my opinion? I would answer Mouretsu Pirates, then the first season of Saki. What can I say that I haven’t already said in my review? EVERY character has a purpose and doesn’t feel tacked on, there are both hot teenage girls and adult women, the best MILF of 2012 is in this show, the space battles are both epic and scientific, you get so much detail that would make a sci-fi nerd orgasm, a progressive plot that has no linearity and can still be enjoyed, one of the best female protagonists I’ve seen in anime who acted like a total badass WITHOUT THROWING A SINGLE PUNCH to an adversary…oh, and of course…
Yes, I am a very easy person to please.
Please forgive me, my queen. I did not mean to leave out your god-tier anime’s 4th season. Time, school and video games took so much of my time away from you. Fear not, for I’ll redeem myself by writing a proper review for Hidamari Sketch X Honercomb.