What a year for anime 2012 was. There was a lot of bad, but a whole lot of good, and I was drawn in this year more than most. So, now, let’s discuss which ones made the top of my list this year!
This anime is only on here because it’s the least terrible of the terrible anime I’ve seen this year. The best of the worst if you will. And the reason for this is because when it’s good, it soars. When it’s bad, it’s awful. But I love the art style and character designs, and I think that it could have been a great show with a better script. As it stands, it’s fine, but it’s a real shame seeing as it had so much potential.
11. Jojo’s Bizzarre Adventure
There’s no real reason that I can pinpoint why I like this show. It’s is so strange, and that’s it’s charm point. The show, the plot, the characters, the dialogue are all totally ridiculous to the point where you have to laugh. The style of humor very much reminds me of Bobobo–bo Bo–bobo but classier…if that’s even possible. But I couldn’t, even for all it’s faults, call it a bad show. It makes me laugh and I was actually curious to see the story progress, which is more than most anime like this usually make me feel.
10. Kuroko no Basket
Ah, sports anime. The least liked of the anime genres here overseas. But I have got to say that even though I was more subjected to this show than watched it of my own volition, it really grew on me, mostly for the characters. Yes, I actually couldn’t care less about the actual basketball, rather than the team dynamic, and Kuroko’s weird place within it.
9. InuxBoku SS
I’m actually a little so-so on this show, but I decided to put it at number 9 for it’s overall quality. It’s cute, but can be a little bit creepy in my opinion. I think it’s a great, original idea, but I would also say that it could have been a little better executed. Or maybe lolis freak me out a little. Either way, I don’t highly recommend it but I wouldn’t deny its quality either.
8. Mardock Scramble – The Second Compression
I didn’t even know this existed until they showed it in my university’s anime club. We watched both movies, and I was instantly intrigued. While it does have it’s fault, including a real love of having its protagonist as naked as humanely possible as often as possible, the plot is solid, and the action is well done. I don’t usually watch movies because I don’t usually have access to them, but I’m extremely glad I got to see this one. I can’t wait for the third movie to come out!
7. Sakamichi no Apollon
This is the one show I didn’t want to like. Really. At first, I thought it was obnoxiously boring, even for a person like me who likes normal every0day dramas. I felt like the drama was dragging on and on with no real plot going on. But at the insistence of a friend, I actually really began to enjoy it as the relationships between the three main characters developed. And the amazing music certainly helps to grab one’s attention. Yeah, I was probably only in it for the gorgeous music.
6. Shirokuma Cafe
…I feel like I don’t have to explain myself on this one. It’s a very funny show. It’s animals. Living their lives. And frequent or work at a cafe. GO WATCH IT NOW!
Some of you might be wondering why this series isn’t higher on the list, but rather in the middle. It isn’t because I hated it, or thought it was bad. That’s not it at all. In fact, really this and the entry below are tied in my heart. This show has a subtle beauty about it that makes its a top contender on any list not just for this year but of all time. But it took me a while to really get into it and that’s where it loses points with me. I sort of felt for a while it was wishy-washy drama that wasn’t going nowhere. I was wrong, but I never felt as strong a connection with the show as I did with others below.
4. Acchi Kocchi
Man I love slice-of-life moe anime. It’s not a taste everyone shares, and it’s certainly a show that fits very neatly into the typical will-they-won’t-they slice of life mold. The reason why this show is so high up on my list is because I genuinely, and a little bit ironically, like this show. Again, I’m part of a very small minority that really likes this show for it’s random nature, fluffly-un-substantive plot, and bizarre humor. To each their own, eh?
3. Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai)
I know a lot of people really enjoy this show, and I am amongst them. But I’m putting it in the third spot rather than at first because, well, it’s not the show that kept my attention the most. It was interesting but I wasn’t as hooked on it the way I was with the following two entries. However, if you want to laugh, cry, and be in awe, this would be the show to check out this year.
2. Natsuyuki Rendezvous
I find this show strangely endearing. I know the plot seems sort of cliche – man falls in love with a woman, woman’s dead husband haunts said man, quirkiness ensues. Okay, well it’s a lot more emotional than that, and really profound about loss and love. Okay, admittedly, it can also be kind of creepy and a little weird, but I am more than willing to overlook that. The only thing I hate was that it was so short – at 11 episodes, I wished there had been more in the development of the characters and an extended plot.
1. Sword Art Online
Ah, I can hear the booing from here. Let me explain – with me, all media is valid. Even YouTube poop (which I hate). But every so often, I find a media that so totally engulfs my brain in joy and interest, and I latch onto it. Sword Art Online, also known as SAO, is one of these. From the first episode I was hooked and I couldn’t stop watching, until I was all caught up and then it was my weekly fix. I mean, kids stuck in a virtual reality isn’t new, but the love and creativity put into this series is what did for me. That’s why it’s my number one. It might not be the best show on here, it might not be the best show of its season, but it is the one that really stole my heart and remains my absolute favorite.