End of Year Special: The Best pt3 (Anime Series of the Year)
It’s getting well into January and I realized that I couldn’t drag things out bit by bit until February roared around and decided to streamline my end of year awards. Let me just say that if your show didn’t make it more than likely I just didn’t get around to seeing it… or I hated it. And that being said, this can’t be called definitive in any way. Like all my blog entries I’m really just archiving my thoughts and experiences to look back on at a later time. Regardless, here’s what I most enjoyed about 2010 in delicious All-American list form.
Nominees for Anime movie of the Year
- Macross Frontier: the False Songstress
- Summer Wars
- One Piece: Strong World
- Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance
- Bungaku Shoujo
I’m notoriously slow to pick up movies, so if some of this appears to be 2009 material I apologize. This is what I watched this year, and I must say I was very impressed with everything I watched in some form or another. Bungaku Shoujo picked up the rear as the most random of my pickups, but it did end rather nicely. Strong World was an enticing adventure into the world of One Piece where I thought, like the show, the creature design and overall imagination of the world was just amazing. The False Songstress was one of my bigger surprises of the year. It gave me one of the most GAR moments I think I’ve seen in any anime, and it involved a credit card. WHAAAAAT?!
My choice really came down to Summer Wars and Eva 2.0. Summer Wars became one of the best family movies I’ve ever seen. At it had two incredible climaxes! But at the last possible chance I got to see Eva 2.0 and it blew me away. I had no idea they could do what they did with the Eva story. They’re not rebuilding Eva in my opinion, they’re evolving it for another generation. Summer Wars is a great family anime. Eva 2.0 was anime at its peak. Honestly though, I’d pay to see either of these movies in a real theater.
Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 is my Anime Movie of the Year – I avoided watching this movie because I did not want to relive Eva. It was already as legendary, and perfectly conceived as I could imagine it. Updated animations in HD won’t alleviate my boredom from watching the same story progression I’ve already relived twenty times. How wrong I was. I wasn’t prepared for the crushing defeat of my expectations by this movie. Of course you have to watch Eva 1.0, but after that everyone whether they be a old fan or a potential new needs to see this movie. Behold the resurrection of Eva as the king of Gainax and anime once again!
- Angel Beats ep9
- Baka to Test to Shokanjuu ep9
- K-ON!! ep20
- Katanagatari ep4
- Durarara!! ep11
- Highschool of the Dead ep6
- Fullmetal Alchemist ep54
- One Piece ep473
- Ika Musume ep5 pt3
- Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt ep6
- Fairy Tail ep58
- Baka to Test to Shokanjuu
- Otome Youkai Zakuro
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Ika Musume
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Now this was really hard to pair down. All these series are excellent examples of anime done right in its own way. But it essentially came down to four series.
Katanagatari, which won me over with its unpredictable and brutal storytelling. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, which won me over just for being insane, unique, doing parodies better than anyone else and being classic GAINAX (I’m a bit of a fanboy) at its core. K-ON!!, for being the lovable, hilarious and endearing show that it has been since it only had one exclamation point. And Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, for winning me over with some truly intense and dramatic scenes with excellent memorable characters. So what was your favorite series of 2010?
K-ON!! is my Anime Series of the Year – I was more emotionally attached to this show than any other this year. And even though I found the pacing to be slow even for a slice of life moe series at times, I still immensely enjoyed it. It had more memorable episodes than any other show I watched this year. And it will probably be the show I watch the most and hold on most deeply to 10 or even 15 years from now. “Lycopene~!”
And now for the other awards.
The Waifu Award (for newest member of my harem): Yano (Kimi ni Todoke)
I could’ve made this announcement months ago, but not only was this a foregone conclusion, but also it felt more appropriate to make the announcement in my end of year blogs.
The Second Opinion Award (for the anime most loved by the wife: Kuragehime
The Daughter Award (for my daughter’s fave anime): Angel Beats (don’t ask)
The Son Award (for my son’s favorite anime): Fairy Tail
The Flaming Piece of Sh*t Award (worst anime of the year): Seikon no Qwaser (Chu-Bra!! really had a shot at winning this.)
The Die in a Fire Award (worst character of the year): Kirino (Ore no Imouto…) (Was there any doubt who this award would go to?)
The “Oh NO! It’s a Trap” Award (for character most likely to make me go gay): Hideyoshi Kinoshita (again, was there any doubt?)
The “Boo” Award (for anime whose quality most surprised me): Ika Musume (Sorry, Otome Youkai Zakuro. You were so close.)
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