Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Anime of the Year 2013 (10 to 6)

In case you’re just joining me as I count down to 2013’s anime of the year, be sure to go back to the beginning with (25-21), (20-16) and (15-11).  Just to be clear, if you research my posts throughout the year at the conclusion of each season, I may have reordered some of the titles for anime of the year–it just can’t be helped.  While I used those reviews as a starting point, I have to judge some anime based on how much of an impression they’ve left on me several months later as compared to other titles that are fresher in my mind.  If you disagree with my conclusions, feel free to leave a comment explaining why you think so.

Tsukiko, Youto and Azusa sit on the Stony Cat10. HenNeko

Despite its title, no hentai to be found here.  Instead it’s a terrifically fun comedy series about young people coming to understand themselves and finding what they truly want out of life—which is simply to have fun loving and being loved.

 

Misaka fires her railgun9. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S

Railgun continues to give us a vision of the future where science sometimes gets us into trouble, but science can also save the day.  The second journey through the life of chivalrous Misaka shows that people working together for the common good will triumph over any darkness the world can dish out.

Mahiro jumps in to save Yoshino8. Zetsuen no Tempest

This is the anime that shows us what happens to a vendetta of revenge when all of the plans fall apart.  Action-packed, full of deep introspection and always looking to challenge the viewer with some new logic puzzle or mysterious set of circumstances that just couldn’t have been a coincidence.

Hajime transforms into Gatchaman7. Gatchaman Crowds

A fresh set of eyes often sheds new insight on a dilemma and Hajime’s outside-the-box thinking and positive personality breathe new life into a team of heroes who’ve misjudged the best methodology for saving the world.

 

Sakurasou is gathered to celebrate Mashiro's welcome party6. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Everyone deserves a group of friends who you can count on to be there for you when you’re down.  Sakurasou is a story of misfits full of potential who scoff at the mainstream society that has sidelined them and courageously forge ahead together to prove that they’ve got what it takes.

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