12. Photo Kano
I enjoyed Photo Kano, ok? It was definitely a lot worse than its predecessor Amagami, but I like the formula both shows employ: a route for each heroine. What made Photo Kano inferior was the fact that each girl was given only one episode instead of four. One. There was hardly anytime for any development. Still, it was sweet to see how each story played out.
11. Infinite Stratos 2
I loved the first season of Infinite Stratos, which is why I was disappointed that the second season was incredibly underwhelming. There was plenty of nonsense and comedy in the first season, but there was also some interesting development (for a harem anime that is). Not so much in season two. Ichika’s stupidity really wore on me. But as long as there’s a cast of cute girls, I can get something out of it. Charlotte <3
10. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Maoyu is a show that unless you likes tons of exposition, you won’t enjoy it. There’s a lot of talking and world building going on. I enjoy these kind of things, but I feel this show was hampered by its length (12 episodes). The author of Maoyu also wrote Log Horizon, which I think is much much better due to having moar time to construct its world. Think of Maoyu as a poor man’s Spice and Wolf.
9. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
I am so anti-hype. Which is why I’m not in love with Attack on Titan like 90% of the anime community is. Of course that’s not the only reason I don’t enjoy it as much as others; I legitimately think it’s a very flawed show (and manga). That doesn’t mean it wasn’t entertaining though. Lots of cool fighting. And lots of awesome music.
8. Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou (Dog and Scissors)
Not many people seemed to like Dog and Scissors; however, I for one really enjoyed it. There were plenty of comedies to go around this year, and this one didn’t disappoint. A sadistic writer who abuses one of her fans who has become a dachshund with scissors. How the hell would this not be funny? It also helps that the scissor-wielding heroine, Kirihime Natsuno, is voiced by one of my favorite voice actresses, Marina Inoue. God I love her work.
7. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)
Umm it’s about farming. And it’s a slice of life comedy. That’s all I got.
6. Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru (My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy)
There is moar than enough comedy to go around in Noucome. What really made Noucome stand out for me was the driving plot device: poor main character Amakusa’s “curse” of “Absolute Choice,” which set up some terrific comedic moments. Along with a quirky cast, Noucome is a winner.
5. Servant x Service
Servant x Service is adapted from a manga by Karino Takatsu. She also wrote Working!!, so if you see a lot of similarities, now you know why. However, I greatly prefer Servant x Service over Working!!, simply because the characters are better fleshed out and problems don’t last for episodes upon episodes. There’s still plenty of comedy to go around; it’s just a better paced show than Working!!. Plus Hasebe x Lucy is absolutely adorable.
4. Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator)
Like my fellow writer Kaushik, I only place Valvrave this high due to the sheer entertainment value it provided (in fact, I’ve generally ordered all my lists by entertainment value). Make no mistake, Valvrave is an awful show, plagued by terrible writing, pacing, and characters. Nonetheless, like another terrible Sunrise show (Code Geass), the nonsensical antics were a lot of fun to watch. Of the two very flawed but entertaining shows (Attack on Titan and this), Valvrave was moar entertaining for me.
3. Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? (Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?)
An interesting fantasy setting with a cast of enjoyable characters makes Mondaiji number three on my list. There’s plenty of lore, action, and comedy that made me wishing for a second season due to how short the show was (10 episodes).
2. White Album 2
Visual novel adaptations are usually hit or miss. And thankfully, White Album 2 is a hit. This story is fueled by the fantastic three main characters. It helps that the original scenario writer of the visual novel, Fumiaki Maruto, wrote the script for the anime. There’s plenty of drama to be had, but it’s done in the most appropriate way.
1. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 (Space Battleship Yamato 2199)
By far the best anime of the year. Although the movies started airing in 2012, the series didn’t wrap up until August 2013. Not many people are aware that this anime even exists (it’s currently #1600 on MAL); too many were pre-occupied with Sword Art Online in 2012 and Attack on Titan in 2013. Shame. This remake absolutely did the original justice. Great pacing, character development, and action. Art, animation, and sound are top notch. Even if you’re not a fan of sci-fi, the sheer brilliance of the story will captivate you. Do yourself a favor and watch the best anime to air since 2007’s Gurren Lagann.
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