2010 will be over in a few days, so it’s time for that year-end exercise: the year-end rankings of the shows that I watched. I’m quite early from my usual schedule. Whew! Now what else to do on New Year’s Eve? 😀
- The onslaught of otaku-pandering/moe shows. Of these, only K-On! got my full attention.
- I went over my backlog of anime. The best one from my backlog was Legend of Galactic Heroes. Reinhard x Siegfried in Valhalla!! 😄
- I went over my backlog of books. About 2 years’ worth of backlog. The whole thing started in 2008 (was officially announced here). It’s down now to 6 books, excluding the books I bought for collection and reference purposes.
- I went into live-action shows mode. I blame KimuTaku for the j-dorama. I blame NCIS and Battlestar Galactica for US shows.
Anything else? Well, there were a lot of other things from real life on my mind other than anime. I guess 2010 really marks the end of the 20-plus series per year watching spree. Now on to the list!
Edit: I added To Aru Kagaku no Railgun and The Tatami Galaxy, to finally make this list complete. The show that didn’t make the list was Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, which failed to amuse after the first episode.
12 14 Dance in the Vampire Bund
If I had watched more in 2010 then this show probably would not have ranked last. A rather interesting take on vampires and what happens if they have their own country. Though I fear the love story probably will turn tragic (or hopeless) unlike the one in Underworld.
11 13 K-On!!
I think I like the first season better. Still, for a show about a music club, the music is forgettable. I mean, not catchy enough for my ears. If I hadn’t sought out ‘light’ shows this year, I’d probably never watch this.
10 12 Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
I got over my aversion to the maid thingy, but it was not as fun as I thought it should be. Right now I’m compelled to make comparisons with Special A, but nothing comes to mind, unfortunately.
09 11 Saraiya Goyou
I usually am not fond of samurai shows; I don’t seek them out. (Is it because everything pales in comparison to the Battousai? I wonder.) But since the manga was made by Natsume Ono, the one who made Ristorante Paradiso, I had to check it out. It’s about a samurai who gets involved with a kidnap for ransom gang. It started out fine, then I got bored in the middle–I thought it was too slow. However I find consolation in the nice artwork, and that there’s one show about samurai that isn’t about swordfights galore and those whatchamacallit moves.
10 To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
I totally forgot about this series. Whereas I hated To Aru Majutsu no Index because of Touma, I came to like Railgun because 1) There was less Touma, and 2) Biri2x! I may have lowered my standards a bit for this show, but certainly I found it more enjoyable that way.
08 09 Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin
How does a show with an obnoxious male lead rank this high? (Well, he redeems himself in the end, thankfully.) Actually it’s got more to do with the female lead, Maya, who cancelled him out. A show about an occult school was very interesting, though it meandered in the middle. But the last few episodes were pure fun and surprising.
07 08 Ookiku Furikabutte Natsu no Taikai-hen
I’m not that crazy for baseball in real life, but there’s something about the depiction of baseball in anime by the Japs.
07 The Tatami Galaxy/Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei
This is the lone show I regret not having watched last year. My impressions might have been different if it was not watched marathon-style. It’s the only anime that’s got me really thinking about life since…since…Honey and Clover II?
06 Black Lagoon: Roberta`s Blood Trail
Only 2 episodes in and it’s on the list? Hehehe. But no, nothing beats the maid with guns. (Almost.)
05 Nodame Cantabile Finale
What I saw was probably erased when I watched the live-action movie. But I thought this was better than the 2nd season.
04 Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
I thought the first adaptation was OK. But the original is indeed better. (Because duh, it’s the real ending?)
‘Light’ themed shows abound in this selection, and Kuragehime is no exception (rhyme not intended). It’s refreshing to watch an anime about female otaku and NEETs for once.
This is one advantage of anime–mainstream people just think it’s just cartoons, right? I dunno how they can pull this one off in live-action. (Although I am not saying that the atrocities of war be glossed over; it’s hard enough trying to learn the lesson of not letting history repeat itself.) But the countries/characters are so cute, how could you not laugh? Still, I wonder what the Italians think.
01 Arakawa Under The Bridge/Arakawa Under The Bridge x Bridge
Last year, I was really in a bind as to what would be my number one show1. This year, even before I used the matrix, I knew from the start what show was number one. You see, I had always been on the lookout for a comedy that could give me the same kind of high that the first season of School Rumble did. I’d given up the search for it in vain; I didn’t know that it would be Arakawa Under The Bridge. I thought it was just a bunch of weirdos living under a bridge. Well, indeed it was, but I didn’t know it was that much fun (at least on first watch; I not too sure with re-watches). Other supposedly comedic shows had failed to make me laugh; Arakawa was the opposite. Some scenes are so absurd I laugh out loud in return, just like in School Rumble. (There are also hints of things hidden under the surface; though I’m not really sure.) Currently my favorite episodes are the ones with the Arakawa amusement park and the ‘beach’ episode which includes the Amazoness.
Not included in list:
- Black Rock Shooter – It’s not a series. I had low expectations, so it was OK from my point of view. Plus, I could actually relate to the envy thingy.
- xxxHolic Rou – Only 1 ep so far.
- Bakemonogatari – Was in last year’s list.
- Bakuman – Good show, but it’s probably not halfway done. I want to see it more before I form a more concrete judgment.
- Cross Game – Was in last year’s list.
- Kara no Kyoukai – I am not in the mood for watching the violence here. Maybe next year I’ll get to finish this, but I want to see happy things right now.
- Kimi ni Todoke – Was in last year’s list.
- Shiki – Like with Kara no Kyoukai, not in the mood for dark themed shows right now.
- Armored Trooper Votoms: Phantom Arc – The original Votoms series is still in the backlog pile.
- B Gata H Kei – Not that funny to me.
- Durara! – Not hooked.
- Fairy Tail – Maybe I’ll marathon this someday.
- Gakuen Mokushiroku: High School of the Dead – I don’t like zombies. Feels just like those horror flicks I don’t want to watch.
- Giant Killing – My enthusiasm for the show ended after the World Cup ended. The show was good; I just wasn’t interested anymore.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn – Started out good for me. Then it felt like, haven’t I seen this before? Or something like that. I might just be mistaken, but the only fresh thing was the crisp animation and the mechs.
- Seitokai Yakuindomo – Not that funny to me. Couldn’t get it.
- Sora no Oto – As I’ve said in a previous post–nothing hooked me.
- Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru – The only thing I found really funny was the old maid. The rest, meh.
- Star Driver – I’m sorry but I’m not into Galactic Pretty Boys (Galactic Fairies are ok). I prefer my pretty boy to be long-haired (Saiunkoku Monogatari), wear flowing clothes (Saiunkoku Monogatari), wield swords (Saiunkoku Monogatari)…etc etc.
- Working!! – Not that funny to me. Couldn’t get it.
1. A recent realization: I hadn’t read Wuthering Heights when I watched Aoi Hana. Now that I have, I am now puzzled at why they admire Heathcliff so much. He’s a jerk!!