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At long last I’ve reached the final part of my series for 2013’s anime of the year. Keep in mind that this is not a ranking of which anime I think other people would enjoy or which anime I thought was the most popular amongst the anime community as a whole. This is solely my conclusion based not only on how much I enjoyed these series, but also on a wide range of technical accomplishments I observed–from musical composition, art style, plot development / writing and many other important details. But first, a quick summary of the titles I’ve covered so far. Click the section headers to read each part of my countdown in greater detail.
Finally the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The top five and my pick for anime of the year 2013.
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.
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.
Each time we’ve revisited this amazing philosophical comedy, it has unfortunately decreased in quality—relatively speaking. A franchise that was my anime of the year for 2009 and took my number six spot last year still tells really smart stories portrayed by a top-notch cast of voice actors.
Continued from Anime of the Year 2013 (25 to 21)
Now I continue my rankings for anime of year 2013 with twenty to sixteen. If you haven’t read the first part of this five part series here’s Anime of the Year 2013 (25 to 21). Just for clarification, anime movies aren’t factored into my list of series as it’s limited to only TV anime that finished airing in 2013–including series that started in fall 2012 and finished in winter 2013. Similarly, ongoing series from fall 2013 that won’t finish until the end of the winter 2014 season won’t be on this list, either.
Supernatural anime based around Shinto always intrigue me. RDG also tells the story of the reluctant hero, who finds there’s more to his role of protector than just fighting off the forces of darkness.
It’s that time again. It’s time for me to reveal just how much I disagreed (and to some extent agreed) with the greater anime community over the past four seasons. This year I decided to do the most comprehensive list of my top anime of the year I’ve ever undertaken and to hype up the suspense I’m going to count down from twenty-five in five anime increments. It’s going to be a journey that I anticipate will be controversial, but as I constantly remind my readers, I’m here to represent my own tastes in anime because I’ve not found another critic who will even come close to agreeing with me. And so I start with the bottom five of my top twenty-five of 2013.
Any magic girl anime that avoids the common pitfalls those types of shows are prone to is ok in my book. It also has a fresh art style and enough darkness to give its story some real edge so you can feel for the characters.