Okay, so I’ve blogged for slightly more than a year and this is the second round-up/summary article! Yeah, this year kind of lacked a punch. The prominent studio of this year seems to be SHAFT, establishing themselves with their now trademark post-modernist arts and witty dialogue. This fame is probably matched by Production IG, with shows like Higashi no Eden: simple character designs, but very detailed background. Kyoto Animation upped their stakes as the studio of moeblob shows but also suffering a certain notorious marketing strategy.
High Tier/ Recommended Shows (in Alphabetical Order)
Lazy to further separate into “Epic Tier and High Tier” so I’ll just dump them together.
I’m a fan of myths and legends and I liked shows like xxxHOLiC and Natsume Yujinchou. Also, awesome art is awesome.
2. Eve no Jikan
This show doesn’t get mentioned often, which is understandable since it’s only a short ONA and is a rather simple sci-fi sort of slice-of-life. Nonetheless, it’s worth the watch.
3. FMA – Brotherhood
Brofist! I’ve been a fan of the manga and so far, the anime doesn’t disappoint (well I did hope that some of the fights would but longer but on the overall, it’s fine).
4. Hayate no Gotoku S2
More parodies yay~ Also, character development. Sure, I preferred a more light hearted and less romance centered series like season 1 but season is still enjoyable.
5. Hellsing Ultimate
I, for one, welcome the return of a real Vampire overlord.
6. Higashi no Eden
The show is paced rather slowly and there isn’t much actual action despite being a Thriller. However, the way the plot gradually unfolds is intriguing. Most importantly (to me at least), there isn’t a single reference to anime!
7. Kara no Kyoukai
Awesome art, awesome music.
9. Summer Wars
Wow, it’s a Digimon spin-off! Miko mode Renamon dueling Asura mode Diabolomon. Nostalgia’d.
(I guess this can kind of count in the list since it ended in 2009) I admit I was somewhat surprised since I thought it’ll just be a rom-com; didn’t expect drama. Though thankfully, it wasn’t too angsty (well Minorin seems to get some depression…). On the whole, I daresay that this show actually deserved its hype.
11. Zoku Natsume Yuujnchou
See comment for Bakemonogatari, so yeah.
Mid Tier/ Decent
Okay, it wasn’t that sugoi but it was a decent show with the trademark TYPE-Moon metaphors behind super powers.
2. Clannad – AS
I didn’t like how they chose to end the series. It works in the visual novel because well, it’s not linear story telling unlike anime.
3. Gundam 00 S2
I’m not a hardcore Gundam fan so I might have missed out on the mentioned fanservice/ shout-outs/ references to the Gundam fans but as a mecha series, it’s enjoyable.
This show is severely overrated. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable, but not that fabulous. I like the songs, yes, they’re addictive, but on the whole, it’s just a rather average slice-of-life. Well, it was rather obvious why K-ON got the fame it did, so yeah.
If only Index had this quality of action…
Not too much exposition, sufficient action, plenty of comedy.
6. Sora Kake Shojo
Nice bit of parody there. Also, a ditz Lelouch.
7. Sword of Druaga (Aegis of Uruk S2)
Wow, Gonzo actually didn’t screw up. And Druaga is the most enjoyable RPG-ish anime of this year (I’ll clump Sacred Blacksmith, Tales of the Abyss together).
Low Tier A mix of shows which are either Forgettable, Disappointing or Plain Bad.
Sure, I don’t watch ecchi show for plot but this show is terrible. Cheap art quality, cheap innuendo etc. Bad deal for Jun Fukuyama. This series is just Plain Bad.
2, 3, 4 Tales of the Abyss, Sacred Blacksmith, Senjou no Valkyrie
Oh well… wasn’t expecting much for this show anyway.
6. Seitokai no Ichizon
Overrated. Jumping onto the bandwagon of referencing anime. The gags that doesn’t involve referencing stuffs are actually funnier. Granted, some of the eroge refs are worth a few chuckles but man, done too many time to the point from being a “catchphrase/ trademark” to “plain annoying”. Full of facepalming moments in this show.
Disappointing. And I haven’t even played the VN before. The problem is that this series lacks DRAMA and CLIMATIC SETTINGS like say Death Note style.