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Anime of the Year 2013 (20 to 16)

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.

Izumiko at her shrine20. Red Data Girl

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.

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Anime of the Week (9/22 – 9/28)

Anime of the Week – Monogatari Series: Second Season
Nadeko makes a deal with the serpent

Actions are always so much more meaningful than words and because she immediately volunteers to correct her mistakes rather than simply appologizing reveals just how sorry she truly is.                              

September 22 Attack on Titan Ep. 24 There’s actually a great story to be told, but it’s taking FOREVER… We should have been at this point by episode 11.
September 23 Railgun S Ep. 23 Sometimes doing the right thing means you’ll need to dirty your hands. But that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.
Monogatari Ep. 12 It’s one thing to ask for forgiveness, but actively asking how you can make reparations is on a whole different level.
Genshiken Nidaime Ep. 12 It took half the series to resolve Madarame’s issues, but I feel cheated to have Ohno’s worries finished in one episode.
September 25 Day Break Illusion Ep. 12 I’m not sure what to say… This series is so average and unremarkable aside from its slightly fresh art style.
WataMote Ep. 12 I think the lesson to learn from Tomoko is to not give up on social endeavors and keep trying to make new connections.
KinMosa Ep. 12 The dynamics of Japanese and American school life are so different because of how Japan maintains a consistent homeroom.
September 28 Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 12 A part of me believes that with the popularity of simple casual games, such a system just might work in Japan.

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Anime of the Week (9/15 – 9/21)

Anime of the Week – Gatchaman Crowds
Hajime makes a phone call in Gatchaman form

The information age has brought us a world where everything is at our fingertips. And even though you can use this power to be anything you want to be, it’s a shame that so many people choose to be stupid.                              

September 15 Attack on Titan Ep. 23 I knew this would happen six episodes ago. And if the writing didn’t suck it could have happened five episodes ago.
Railgun S Ep. 22 I love how Misaka backs up her chivalry with power. I’m reminded of the phrase, “speak softly, but carry a big stick.”
September 17 Genshiken Nidaime Ep. 11 I don’t know why anyone would look to OreImo for examples of anime that humanize otaku when this series exists.
Kiniro Mosaic Ep. 11 A valiant effort is made to show a fairly realistic clash of east and west, but even so it still gets a few facts wrong.
Day Break Illusion Ep. 11 There’s plenty of room for dramatic twists in this series, but every character is too unwilling to make a mistake.
September 18 WataMote Ep. 11 The lesson to learn from this anime is expectations. If you set your standards too high, you’re bound for disappointment.
September 21 Servant x Service Ep. 12 I think the most attractive feature most people truly lack is not beauty, brains or brawn, but merely confidence.
Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 11 Although social networking is a terrific system for disseminating information, it’s too often highjacked for evil.

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Anime of the Week (9/8 – 9/14)

Anime of the Week – Gatchaman Crowds
The Gatchaman pose for the final battle

Last week’s episode was a perfect illustration of my own political views. Pure conservatism is a hindrance to the change that is necessary to move society forward, but pure idealism leads to short-sightedness and even unnecessary revolution. I take a middle, progressive stance that advocates slow and steady change that strikes a balance between holding onto the stability of the past while remaining flexible enough to sort out new quandaries as they arise.                              

September 8 Attack on Titan Ep. 22 Another example of this anime wasting time. Six episodes and we’re right back where we were a little over a month ago.
Genshiken Nidaime Ep. 10 Many find fault with those of us who can’t read the mood in social situations, but we do help to keep people honest.
Monogatari 2 Ep. 10 It takes a confident writer to have the courage to create something heartwarming and insightful rather than violent.
September 9 Prisma Illya Ep. 9 It’s a very tired trope in storytelling to have someone quit after a traumatic experience only to come back later.
Day Break Illusion Ep. 10 Now that this series is coming to its conclusion, they’re just piling on the misfortune thicker and thicker.
September 10 Blood Lad Ep. 10 It would hurt to lose my family, but giving up my memories in order to come back from the dead is too high a price for me.
Kiniro Mosaic Ep. 10 Shinobu’s fondness for western culture is cute, even if it leads her to make some completely nonsensical fashion statements.
September 13 RWBY Ep. 9 Now that everyone is wearing their school uniforms, this series is really showing off its anime roots.
September 14 WataMote Ep. 10 In America the students change classes, but in Japan the teachers do, so you could be stuck with people you don’t like.
Servant x Service Ep. 11 Make sure to phrase things carefully because even if we mean well sometimes our words can be interpreted differently.
Prisma Illya Ep. 10 Only ten episodes? That’s not a normal run length, but I’m happy to know that this lighthearted series is getting more.
Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 10 From what I’d seen thus far in the anime, I’d figured that Utsutsu was the only character without a Gatchaman form.
Rozen Maiden Z Ep. 11 As is usual towards the end of a Rozen Maiden series, the solution to the problem at hand is so shamelessly made up.

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Anime of the Week (9/1 – 9/7)

Anime of the Week – Watashi ga Motenai
Tomoki and Tomoko collect cicada shells.

I’ve actually had people tell me that children reveal the reality of humanity’s instinctively selfish nature. But I only see the innocence of youth that’s yet to be weighed down by the responsibilities of adulthood. The world would be such a happier place if we could return to the time in our lives when social status didn’t matter and we wouldn’t have to wear false personalities to appease different people.

September 1 Attack on Titan Ep. 21 Good job Eren. Last time you taught us the importance of trusting your comrades and today you take it all back.
Monogatari 2 Ep. 9 No matter how good your intentions, you can’t predict the outcome. If you ever get a chance to change the past…don’t.
September 3 Prisma Illya Ep. 8 As entertaining as this series has been, it’s also got some shamelessly cliché moments—case in point, quitting the job.
Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 8 I’m not sure what Hajime hopes to accomplish by revealing the existence of the Gatchaman other than it’s fun for her.
Genshiken Nidaime Ep. 9 Hato has continued to lament Madarame’s lost affections; all the while refusing to face his own romantic failures.
September 4 WataMote Ep. 9 Often when we focus too much on our own comfort, we tend to forget the altruistic joy that comes from helping others.
Railgun S Ep. 20 No matter how kind and generous you are, if you hold a position of power, there will be those who seek your downfall.
September 5 Day Break Illusion Ep. 9 This series will never be Madoka Magica because unlike the passively “evil” Kyuubey, Cerebrum takes an active role.
September 7 Blood Lad Ep. 9 It’s rare that someone will pursue power not for himself, but to put a more worthy person in a leadership position.
KinMosa Ep. 9 As someone who admittedly can’t speak Japanese well, even I can tell that Karen’s broken Japanese sounds unnaturally fake.
Servant x Service Ep. 10 Once again with the comedic misunderstandings. This anime would be getting dry by now if it wasn’t so creative.
Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen Ep. 10 With as little time the dolls spend pursuing the goal of being the ultimate girl, why does the Alice Game even exist?
Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 9 Perverting someone’s well-intended creation towards morals counter to its intentions is the height of despicable.
Railgun S Ep. 21 As badass as Misaka is on her own, I’m really looking forward to seeing the fruits of working together with her friends.

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Anime of the Week (8/25 – 8/31)

Anime of the Week – Monogatari Series: Second Season
Shinobu and Koyomi return to the present.

Monogatari is always at its best when Koyomi starts talking. I can rarely find fault in his reasoning, but messing around with the past is one of those situations where no good deed goes unpunished.                              

August 25 Attack on Titan Ep. 20 This episode is another fine example of this series taking way too much time to tell a simple segment of the story.
August 26 Monogatari 2 Ep. 8 Let this be a lesson to everyone who thinks of returning to the past to change an unfortunate event out of kindness.
Day Break Illusion Ep. 8 Unlike Madoka Magica, this latest dark drama feels forced because it was predictable and there was no shock value.
KinMosa Ep. 8 There isn’t a more appropriate culture festival event for a moe anime exploring the differences between Japan and the west.
Railgun S Ep. 19 Because the sisters arc got wrapped up rather early, I feel this new story is getting stretched for additional time.
Genshiken Nidaime Ep. 8 I can’t see how anyone who hasn’t experienced REAL otaku culture firsthand will be able to truly appreciate this anime.
August 28 Blood Lad Ep. 8 Sometimes I wonder if just like Staz, I too have been oblivious to the subtle, romantic advances of a woman close to me.
August 30 WataMote Ep. 8 Just because you think your life may be uninteresting, it doesn’t suddenly mean you should feel the need to impress others.
August 31 Servant x Service Ep. 9 Some of the best comedy that comes out of anime is in the form of misunderstandings caused by Japanese ambiguity.
Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen Ep. 9 I really like Kirakishou because she embodies the creative necessity of ideas preceding their existence in reality.

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Anime of the Week (8/18 – 8/24)

Anime of the Week – Attack on Titan
Eren chooses to place his trust in his comrades

Just like Eren, we all must realize that we are not islands in a sea of society, but immensely dependent on each other not only for our own surival, but also for achieving accomplishments greater than any individual could ever dream of. If only it didn’t take grave matters of life and death to forge bonds of trust as strong as those between the members of the Survey Corps.

August 18 Railgun S Ep. 18 Just because someone has power, it doesn’t mean they’re going to abuse it. Don’t fault others for your own inaction.
Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 6 Rui’s goal sounds courageous, but if he succeeds at making everyone a hero, then everyone would be the same.
KinMosa Ep. 7 As much as the students in anime value their test scores, testing in Japan isn’t actually as important as you would think
Attack on Titan Ep. 19 Trust is something that must be earned and continually preserved. This anime is beginning to slowly regain mine.
August 19 Monogatari 2 Ep. 7 I always find Araragi’s meandering, philosophical conversations to not only be enlightening, but immensely entertaining.
Genshiken Nidaime Ep. 7 I’ve always found it to be oxymoronic that despite otakus’ social dysfunctions, we can relate well with each other.
Day Break Illusion Ep. 7 I was able to appreciate the little references in this otherwise uneventful episode because I live near Nagasaki.
Blood Lad Ep. 7 I think that selfishness isn’t always a bad thing. If you enjoy helping others, on some level you’re doing it for yourself.
August 22 WataMote Ep. 7 The reason this anime resonates with people is because while our whole lives may not be like Tomoko’s we can understand her.
August 23 Servant x Service Ep. 8 I admire Hasebe’s patience. Though if I was in his shoes, I’d also probably be willing to wait two months for a date.
Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen Ep. 8 Yeah, I totally called it. After all, it wasn’t that hard to predict that everything was going to be Jun’s fault.
August 24 Prisma Illya Ep. 7 The way this anime mixes risqué comedy with harsh reality isn’t always the best stylistic choice, but it sure is funny.
Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 7 I really like Hajime as the main character. Most protagonists immediately go for the violent solution, but not her.

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Anime of the Week (8/4 – 8/10)

Anime of the Week – Monogatari: Second Season
Hanekawa accepts her flaws, which mark her hair with tiger stripes

As Hanekawa literally embraces her past mistakes, she proves that it’s never too late to admit you were wrong and change yourself for the better. Even if his role was small, it would seem that Koyomi’s presence really makes this series work.                              

August 5 Attack on Titan Ep. 17 It’s hard to remember during all of the downtime in this series that when it’s on the ball it’s totally awesome.
Genshiken Nidaime Ep. 5 Isn’t it better to seek new horizons than to fantasize about a past that has left you behind and can never be again?
Monogatari 2 Ep. 5 People are neither white nor black—we are all shades of gray. Something pure black or white would cease to be human.
Servant x Service Ep. 5 I agree that dating coworkers is a bad idea. If the relationship goes bad, you still have to see each other every day.
Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen Ep. 5 Suigintou is tsundere, but the overwhelming “tsun” to the tiny “dere” part of her personality makes her interesting.
KinMosa Ep. 5 Speaking from the position of being an only child, what I’ve seen of bigger families makes me glad I don’t have siblings.
Day Break Illusion Ep. 5 Madoka Magica was so much more original and heartfelt, while this series is much more predictable and cliché.
Blood Lad Ep. 5 A lot of other shounen action anime get way too full of themselves—focusing too much on drama and forgetting to have fun.
August 6 Prisma Illya Ep. 5 For as average as this series has been so far, I must say it has a terrific sense of pacing—especially in the battles.
Stella C3-bu Ep. 5 The writing in this anime is really falling apart. It has lost a lot of its intrigue and replaced it with predictability.
Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 4 Being a hero isn’t always fun. There’s a lot of pressure to live up to the great expectations others place on you.
August 7 WataMote Ep. 5 If we focus too much on the parts of ourselves we want to change, sometimes we forget we’re just fine the way we are.
August 10 Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen Ep. 6 I have a suspicion that I already know how this series goes. Adult Jun is probably the cause of everyone’s problems.
Servant x Service Ep. 6 We can do our best to make our feelings clear, but sometimes in an effort to be polite, we may be too ambiguous.
Mondaijitachi OVA I very much appreciate it when a series tells its story while it airs and saves the fanservice for the bonus material.

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Anime of the Week (7/28 – 8/3)

Anime of the Week – Attack on Titan
We salute the new recruits to the Recon Corps

Courage and pride can only take someone so far. When it really counts, it’s not a matter of bravery or duty that drives the best of us, but the acknowledgement that if someone doesn’t step forward to do what’s right, nobody will.                              

July 28 Attack on Titan Ep. 16 I often complain about the pace of the story, but this series has its moments of courage, determination and insight.
July 29 Day Break Illusion Ep. 4 Someone will always be the winner. But if you brought your A game and still lost, that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
KinMoza Ep. 4 A big part of the fun in this anime (for me at least) is listening to the English that’s almost right, but not quite.
KoiChoco Ep. 13 After what was a surprisingly serious series, it’s nice to have a bonus episode where all the characters can let loose.
Genshiken N Ep. 4 I don’t know what others see in doujinshi, but unlike many otaku I’ve never gotten into them, nor would I go to Comiket.
Monogatari 2 Ep. 4 I’m wondering if we’ll ever see Koyomi this season. Perhaps it’s time for those he protected to stand up for themselves?
August 2 WataMote Ep. 4 You know you’ve got cool parents if, when they catch you in a private, “embarrassing” situation, they don’t freak out.
Blood Lad Ep. 4 The names of Staz’s family members are nice word-play, “Blood D” “Blood T” but it’s too bad they won’t work in English.
Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 3 Individual survival is important, but creating a better tomorrow through trust in our fellow man is a worthy goal.
Prisma Illya Ep. 4 Abandon logic and act on imagination. Those are the rules to being a magic girl. Explaining magic only complicates things.
August 3 Railgun S Ep. 17 One of the reasons I love this series is because while the cast is quite large, it never fails to give everyone some time.

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Anime of the Week (7/21 – 7/27)

Anime of the Week – Servant x Service
Yamagami has to put up with Hasebe's flirting

While there is certainly a lot of humor that transcends cultural barriers, I really like the very Japanese-ness of this series. Having experienced Japan (as well as working in a city hall) myself I can appreciate a lot of the silly jokes—such as the section manager that nobody ever sees. For those of you who want to know more about what Japan is really like, pay attention to this anime; you might learn something.

July 21 Gatchaman Crowds Ep. 2 The simplicity of the story clearly shows it’s meant for a younger audience, but I still like it for some reason.
Attack on Titan Ep. 15 I thought we established the Recon Corps was full of weirdos seven episodes ago. More time wasted stating the obvious.
July 22 Blood Lad Ep. 3 Good themes of standing up for those who can’t protect themselves and bad guys going against their nature to do what’s right.
KinMoza Ep. 3 Being able to read the atmosphere of social situations is one of the hardest things for a foreigner to learn about Japan.
Monogatari 2 Ep. 3 Sometimes I feel like I could watch this franchise just to see how Tsukihi’s hairstyle changes as the story progresses.
Genshiken N Ep. 3 If only people could be honest with their hobbies, they wouldn’t have to make personas in order to hide their true selves.
Servant x Service Ep. 3 Back when I was younger and I worked boring jobs, like Hasebe I was also good at finding hiding places to slack off.
Neptunia Ep. 2 Yeah…turning the major game systems into anime girls is about as lame of a story premise as I imagined it would be.
Stella C3-bu Ep. 3 As antagonists go, Rin Haruna is the kind that I despise—dragging unrelated parties into her vendetta against Sonora.
July 23 Day Break Illusion Ep. 2 People were comparing this anime to Madoka and while I can see the similarities, my interest hasn’t increased.
KamiNai Ep. 2 While this anime has an interesting concept, it’s getting bogged down by explaining everything instead of telling a story.
Rozen Maiden Z Ep. 2 I’m glad I didn’t dismiss this as a boring reboot of the original. It’s proving to be an interesting alternate timeline.
Love Lab Ep. 2 There’s so much underhandedness going on that the story can’t move forward. I’m not even sure what it’s supposed to be about.
KamiNomi Tenri Ep. 1 I’m only watching this to get context for Megami. I’m not a fan of OVAs that are required to watch the main series.
Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 9 Taking forever to get started and rushing to the end—I knew 13 episodes couldn’t give this story the proper treatment.
Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 10 I’m glad at least Io got her good ending where everything else in this series seemed to go down the bad route.
Prisma Illya Ep. 3 This anime may be intentionally cliché but at least it’s emphasizing the good parts of magic girls and still having fun.
WataMote Ep. 3 At first I thought Tomoko was the victim of the people around her, but she actually brings a lot of her grief upon herself.
Rozen Maiden Z Ep. 3 If something truly miraculous happened before my eyes, I wonder if my rational, adult mind would be able to accept it.
July 24 Day Break Illusion Ep. 3 Ok yeah, I’ll admit there’s some interesting moral quandaries in this series. And I was ready to dismiss it on ep 1.
Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 11 I’ve found that MegaTen anime just can’t capture the suspense of a final boss fight the way the video games do.
July 25 KamiNomi Tenri Ep. 2 What a worthless OVA. It’s only tangentially related to the established plot, and it also has no real conclusion.
Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 12 Based on the way the rest of this series had been going, I fully expected this turn of events. Sadly predictable.
Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 13 For as bad as the rest of the series was, the ending was shaping up to be pretty cool until it turned thick.
July 26 Strike Witches Movie 1 It’s more of the over-the-top silly and straight-faced series I’ve come to love, but it’s a beginning without an end.
KamiNai Ep. 3 I’m not sure I like how fast this first story arc has finished. I would have liked to have gotten to know everyone better.
July 27 Stella C3-bu Ep. 4 Breaking gender stereotypes was enough, but now this anime has gone over the top by altering history through imagination.
Rozen Maiden Z Ep. 4 It’s interesting to see the differences and similarities between Shinku’s reactions towards young Jun and adult Jun.
Servant x Service Ep. 4 There are differences between coworker camaraderie, flirting and sexual harassment and I’m glad this anime knows that.
Railgun S Ep. 16 Why would Accelerator punch Kamijou when just a few minutes earlier in the fight ranged attacks were working just fine?

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