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Anime of the Year 2013

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.


Akari Awakens

25. Daybreak Illusion

The dragon girls Jormungand, Leviathan and Bahamut

24. Zettai Bouei Leviathan

Tohka threatens Shidou

23. Date A Live

Kuroki ponders how to be popular

22. WataMote

The extended Genshiken cast

21. Genshiken Nidaime


Izumiko at her shrine

20. Red Data Girl

Touma, Haruki and Setsuna get ready for their last song

19. White Album 2

Lucy Yamagami is flustered

18. Servant x Service

Karen, Youko, Alice, Shinobu and Aya in a field of flowers

17. Kiniro Mosaic

Riki and Rin look out the window

16. Little Busters


Koyomi Araragi is still the hero

15. Monogatari Series

Mirai fights off the Youmu in her apartment

14. Kyoukai no Kanata

Raul teaches Fino how to speak politely

13. Yuushibu

Illya transforms into a magic girl

12. Prisma Illya

Miho Nishizumi affirms this tank can fight

11. Girls und Panzer


Tsukiko, Youto and Azusa sit on the Stony Cat

10. HenNeko

Misaka fires her railgun

9. Railgun S

Mahiro jumps in to save Yoshino

8. Zetsuen no Tempest

Hajime transforms into Gatchaman

7. Gachaman Crowds

Sakurasou is gathered to celebrate Mashiro's welcome party

6. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Finally the moment you’ve all been waiting for.  The top five and my pick for anime of the year 2013.

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Anime of the Week (6/30 – 7/6)

Anime of the Week – Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
Chamber discusses the philosophy of men and machines

We can’t always allow sentiment to hold back progress, but neither should we behave like machines—ignorant of the means and focused only on the ends. We must always strive to find that happy medium between emotion and logic.                              

June 30 Attack on Titan Ep. 13 What a pointless episode. I know the story needs to go from point A to point B, but what overinflated drama.
HenNeko Ep. 12 Despite the title, it’s light on ecchi. This was one of the best romantic comedies I’ve watched in the past few years.
July 1 Gargantia Ep. 13 It’s easy to discuss morality philosophically, but at the end of the day it all comes down to humans taking action.
Leviathan Ep. 12 I had a lot of fun with this little series. Only one episode left and already I know I want to see more adventures.
July 2 Crime Edge Ep. 13 Another in a growing list of anime that tantalizes us with a preview of season two, but makes no promises to deliver.
July 6 Kitakubu Ep. 1 A bit too random for my taste. Recently I’ve found myself craving more structure from the stories of my all-girl-cast anime.
Rozen Maiden Z Ep. 1 What is this reboot doing? Is it trying to cram two full seasons of Rozen Maidens past into just a single short run?
Railgun S Ep. 13 The sisters share minds and seemingly emotions as well. So if one sister likes Kamijou, that means all of them like him…
Love Lab Ep. 1 I don’t know much about girls, but a part of me suspects that this sort of scenario involving love practice comes up a lot.
Servant x Service Ep. 1 Working as an English teacher in Japan, I’m something of a civil servant myself, so I can relate to this anime well.

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Anime of the Week (6/23 – 6/29)

Anime of the Week – The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat
Tsukiko fantasizes about raising her ideal boyfriend

Pop culture has conditioned us to think that men are perverted and women are pure. But nothing could be farther from the truth. We are sexual organisms that find particular traits in other people attractive regardless of gender.                              

June 23 Leviathan Ep. 11 Why would blonde hair and red eyes be an indication of “powering up” for a water-user? This isn’t Dragonball Z.
HenNeko Ep. 11 Men and women are more alike than different. I like how this anime gives equal time for both genders to be perverted.
Attack on Titan Ep. 12 Too much time is being wasted talking about stuff we already know. Half of this episode could have been cut.
Yuyushiki Ep. 11 As I stare at my computer screen thinking about what I want to say about this episode, I realized this anime has no story.
June 24 Gargantia Ep. 12 A tyrannical religion of fear and statism he was merely unconfortable with, but Ledo draws the line at euthanasia.
Otoboku Ep. 7 There are no bad people or good people. There are only people with different opinions brought about by separate experiences.
June 26 Otoboku Ep. 8 At a Christian boarding school in Japan. “Lord, we thank you for this meal. Amen.” Immediately followed by “Itadakimasu.” >.<
June 29 Maou-sama Ep. 13 Yet another series with a premise that could have done something really interesting ends up meandering into mediocrity.
Railgun S Ep. 12 This second season is less episodic than the first. It’s good that it’s different, but I like Misaka side stories, too.
Eve no Jikan OVA I cannot think of another anime that more appropriately mirrors the current political climate in America this past week.

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Anime of the Week (6/16 – 6/22)

Anime of the Week – The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat
Tsukiko wonders about her past.

The part of us that makes each of us who we are is our memories. But when those memories are lost, have we lost ourselves? What about when we remember events incorrectly? In doing so, have we fundamentally changed who we are?                              

June 16 HenNeko Ep. 10 Anyone who wrote off this anime as shallow needs to give it a second look. It’s got some great themes about love and family.
Attack on Titan Ep.11 Dot Pixis rallies the troops brilliantly. Instead of thinking about themselves, he motivated them to think of others.
June 17 Gargantia Ep. 11 The problem with a meritocracy is the same as communism. They work in theory—not in practice—because people value freedom.
Date A Live Ep. 12 The key to a good harem series is making the presence of all the girls be either believable or an original plot quirk.
Leviathan Ep. 10 A big helping of Final Fantasy, a little Dungeons and Dragons and some Pokemon flavor to complete all the RPG references.
June 18 Yuyushiki Ep. 8 While this series is satisfying my moe passion better than Minami-ke 4, it doesn’t have anything memorable that stands out.
June 20 Yuyushiki Ep. 9 Why is it when girls touch each other’s parts it’s considered playful, but when guys touch each other’s parts it’s gay?
Yuyushiki Ep. 10 Like Yui, I’ve not found that level of tact which lies somewhere between brutal honesty and respecting others’ feelings.
June 22 Maou-sama Ep. 12 Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he’ll just go back to his fast food job, but the battles feel empty.
Samurai Bride Ep. 12 The degree to which the ending of this anime rips off Madoka is stunning. It’s too bad the action is pathetically lazy.
Railgun S Ep. 11 I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always enjoyed Touma’s interactions with Misaka much more than when he’s with Index.
Crime Edge Ep. 11 I’d never considered the acting in this anime to be particularly good, but as the series has progressed it’s gotten worse.
Crime Edge Ep. 12 I had such high hopes for this anime’s theme of “opposing symmetry,” but now you couldn’t even call it poetic justice.

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Anime of the Week (6/9 – 6/15)

Anime of the Week – Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
Chamber discusses philosophy with Ledo

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” —Socrates

As Ledo comes to the realization that he’s just been blindly following the whims of others without a single original thought, he begins to readjust himself to accept the burden of the consequences of his actions.

June 9 Attack on Titan Ep. 10 Just because your friends don’t constantly reassure you, it doesn’t mean you should think yourself a useless person.
HenNeko Ep. 9 Yokodera might be the hentai prince, but that doesn’t mean he’s incapable of being a heroic prince when it counts.
June 10 Gargantia Ep. 10 Advancement through technology or growth through biology? Is there truly a correct path to follow into the future?
June 11 Leviathan Ep. 9 I don’t think I’ll ever understand the way Japanese people clean floors by running on their hands when they could use a mop.
Samurai Bride Ep. 9 This series has always been more style than substance, but I like how all the major adventuring classes are completed.
June 12 Date A Live Ep. 11 It’s good to have a wingman if your confidence is low, but it’s only when you fly solo that your true self can shine.
June 15 Crime Edge Ep. 10 As the series has progressed, it has really lost its almost magical sense of irony and is just aimlessly wasting time.
Yuyushiki Ep. 7 I feel fortunate to have lived in Japan long enough to understand a lot of the very Japanese jokes in this anime.
Railgun S Ep. 10 Misaka may be celebrating a small victory, but she doesn’t possess the arrogance to think that it’s all finally over.
Maou-sama Ep. 11 The dilemma facing Suzuno now is one of compassion versus dogma, which often causes internal conflicts for all faiths.
Samurai Bride Ep. 10 *sigh* It would seem we’re supposed to have some sympathy for the dark samurai, who are puppets of a greater evil.
Samurai Bride Ep. 11 Is this a harem or action series? There’s no reason it couldn’t be both, but each episode flips one way or the other.

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Anime of the Week (6/2 – 6/8)

Anime of the Week – Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
Ledo encounters a juvenile Hidiaazu At what point does a human stop being human? At what point does a person stop being a person? And at what point can you be forgiven for being fooled by propaganda?                              
June 2 Attack on Titan Ep. 9 It doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it, even if it’s the truth there will be some who don’t believe you.
HenNeko Ep. 8 Yokodera is no saint, but the fact that he had the opportunity to wish for his paradise and didn’t shows he’s not so bad.
June 3 Gargantia Ep. 9 I’d suspected all along that the Hidiaazu originated from the Earth just as humanity did, but I didn’t expect this twist.
Leviathan Ep. 8 When enough coincidences start to add up, it’s easy to mistake the natural connections between our lives for fate.
June 5 Date A Live Ep. 10 I love how the plot has managed to creatively and logically explain why all these girls are clustering around Shidou.
Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 8 All bets are off. There’s barely anything left in the anime’s story that even vaguely resembles events in the game.
June 6 Otoboku Ep. 5 I’ve found something I have in common with protagonist, Mizuho. Despite being guys, the two of us both have our mother’s hair.
June 7 Maou-sama Ep. 10 Yes, we get it. Maou Sadou has been very circuitous about his methodology of returning to power. Now hurry up and reveal.
June 8 Railgun S Ep. 9 I’d hope that pursuing a path to uphold your morals gives you a strength of conviction that an unscrupulous person lacks.
Red Data Girl Ep. 12 There are times when we feel helpless and it seems all we do is hurt those around us. But we are never truly alone.

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Anime of the Week (5/26 – 6/1)

Anime of the Week – Attack on Titan
Mikasa embraces Eren Real friends are there for each other in their darkest moments to pull them back from the brink of the abyss. It’s very powerful to watch these brave young men and women assess their situation, develop a strategy with the limited resources available to them and put it into action (not without a few problems to be addressed along the way). And in the end, it’s also nice to be reminded that sometimes the little things are what’s most important.                              
May 26 HenNeko Ep. 7 We may long for someone to love us, but it isn’t something that can be forced. You have to let it happen naturally.
Red Data Girl Ep. 10 We can seek the advice of our friends and family, but at the end of the day we are responsible for our own decisions.
May 27 Attack on Titan Ep. 8 My prediction was spot-on that Eren had turned into a titan, but Mikasa’s reunion was more touching than I expected.
Gargantia Ep. 8 Ledo is much more complicated than he appears at first glance. He’s not fighting for the glory, but to protect humanity.
May 28 Date A Live Ep. 9 It bothers me that Ratatosk had a way of preventing space quakes for some time, but hasn’t been using it for some reason.
May 30 Samurai Bride Ep. 8 It’s disappointing to see a series with a strong first season get such a lacking sequel. Even the ecchi feels lazy.
June 1 Railgun S Ep. 8 Justice without power is impotent. Power without justice is tyranny. Misaka is power and justice combined in one person.
Maou-sama Ep. 9 Other than being ironically creative in its reinterpretations, I didn’t see anything that was essential to the story.
Crime Edge Ep. 9 Though it’s not the most eloquent of stories, this anime nonetheless still manages to have its touching moments.
Red Data Girl Ep. 11 Isn’t it better to trust in how things actually are than to deceive ourselves and others with preferable, wistful lies?
Leviathan Ep. 7 This series isn’t very sophisticated, but because it knows it isn’t supposed to be sophisticated it’s still fun to watch.

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Anime of the Week (5/19 – 5/25)

Anime of the Week – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
Kuroko daydreams about Misaka I really liked seeing this more serious side of Kuroko. Usually all she does is fawn over Misaka, but now we know it’s not simply lustful desire to be in her presence at all times, but genuine admiration and the motivation to be the best friend possible. The depth of these characters’ relationships and the subtle ways they grow closer is why this is one of the greatest anime franchises of all time.                              
May 19 HenNeko Ep. 6 The reason a lot of wishes usually have unintended consequences is that most people don’t really know what they want.
May 20 Attack on Titan Ep. 7 Did the injection that his father gave him as a child allow Eren to become a titan once he was consumed by one?
Gargantia Ep. 7 What is the real nature of the Hidiaazu? Are they simple, animalistic alien invaders or creatures just defending themselves?
May 22 Date A Live Ep. 8 Despite Kurumi’s overzealously bloodthirsty nature, I can very much appreciate her twisted sense of poetic justice.
May 23 Yuyushiki Ep. 6 Doesn’t everyone have a thing or two that creeps you out to the point that merely talking about it puts you on edge?
Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 7 Man, the story and characters are a total mess. Things are progressing too fast in places and too slow in others.
May 25 Railgun S Ep. 7 Sometimes you can’t help your important people through a rough time directly, but you can still be there for them.
Crime Edge Ep. 8 It’s my determination that the phrase, “two wrongs don’t make a right,” is too narrow to be applied in every situation.
Maou-sama Ep. 8 This may be the first time a confused assumption about what someone knows has actually helped facilitate understanding.

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Anime of the Week (5/5 – 5/11)

Anime of the Week – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
Misaka plays happy slaps with her clone. A terrific balance of comedy and philosophical quandaries juxtaposed by some sinister dealings to maximize the tension level, last week’s episode was a perfect example of why the Toaru franchise is brilliant.                              
May 5 Leviathan Ep. 5 Don’t you hate it when everyone goes fishing, you’re all using the same bait, but you’re the only one who can’t catch one?
HenNeko Ep. 4 After Yokodera got his facade back so easily, I was worried the conflicts in this story weren’t resolving dramatically enough.
Red Data Girl Ep. 4 What is going on here? There’s a lot of people with supernatural connections at this school, but who regulates it all?
Red Data Girl Ep. 5 Why is it so viscerally satisfying to see an egotistical overachiever get brought down by an unexpected turn of events?
Red Data Girl Ep. 6 If we learned anything from Totoro its when anime gets too deep into its own mythology it starts making its own rules.
Red Data Girl Ep. 7 I always find it interesting to think about the various ways we apply morality differently to animals and humans.
Yuyushiki Ep. 3 To anyone who decides to come to Japan from June to September: be prepared for hot, humid, energy-draining weather.
Muromi-san Ep. 2 I wish I’d been able to made the connection between “leviathan” and “Levia-san” without having to get it explained.
May 6 Gargantia Ep. 5 So even Gargantia has a red-light district. They said it’s good for him, but talk about throwing Ledo into the deep end.
Attack on Titan Ep. 5 Just what are these titans? The story is trying to explain them, but in doing so it may demystify them too much.
May 7 Yuyushiki Ep. 4 Unlike Yuzuko, I very much like wearing my glasses because it has the additional side-effect of making me look smart.
May 8 OreGairu Ep. 3 It’s said that discretion is the better part of valor, but sometimes the situation calls for standing up for what is right.
May 10 Crime Edge Ep. 6 Women are often accused of forcing men to be mind readers, but that doesn’t mean males can’t make their own feelings clear.
Maou-sama Ep. 6 Ugh. As episodes that connect story arcs go, this was poor. I see where they’re coming from and going to far too clearly.
May 11 Date A Live Ep. 6 What happened? Was this episode concepted by the writer’s teenage son? Even as onsen episodes go, this is darned campy.
Railgun S Ep. 5 It’s interesting to consider just how much of our personalities are determined by our upbringing and how much is DNA.
Red Data Girl Ep. 8 It seems to be human nature to resist change at every opportunity. But we need to accept that change is inevitable.

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