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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 (3/31 – 4/6)

Anime of the Week – Girls und Panzer
Girls und Panzer is a great underdog story Usually I think I’d give the nod for anime of the week to two anime when one of the winners is out of season. But the other performers this week had such a poor showing compared to the cleverly orchestrated combat sequences full of passionate gusto and a show of terrific camaraderie of the ending for Girls und Panzer.
April 1 Maoyuu Ep. 12 Many others series this season did a great job wrapping up a story that in some ways felt ongoing. This one? Not so much.
Vividred Ep. 12 While it turned out better than I initially expected, I didn’t foresee myself wanting a more deeply constructed setting.
GJ-bu Ep. 12 This was one of those anime that created a distinct atmosphere about it that infused every second with pure awesomeness.
OreShura Ep. 13 I suppose I can write it off as Eita just being a good guy, but even when he tries to take a strong stance it backfires.
April 2 Panzer Ep. 11 I forgot why these last two episodes couldn’t have aired along with the rest of the series, but the wait was worth it.
Panzer Ep. 12 A brilliant underdog story that defied any notion of gender roles, with excellent, strategic battles and relatable characters.
Little Busters Ep. 25 What is it that Riki suspects about the world? Could it be how everything always seems to work out too perfectly?
April 3 Kotoura Ep. 12 While the anime ended on a good note with Kotoura having found her nerve, because life goes on, I really wanted more.
April 5 Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 1 Already cutting corners in the for-TV version, this is an example of why I don’t like knowing the source material.
April 6 Samurai Bride Ep. 1 Another sequel that doesn’t need to exist, but I’ll be watching it to listen to some of my favorite voice actresses.
Maou-sama Ep. 1 Every year seems to have a recurring theme among anime. Following Maoyuu, this time around it’s heroes and demon lords.
Aku no Hana Ep. 1 Maybe it’s trying to make some artistic expression, but this ugly anime with no clearly defined story is just bleh.
Photokano Ep. 1 The characters’ expressions don’t seem to match their words and the overflow of girls are showing shallow personalities.

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Anime of the Week (1/27 – 2/2)

Anime of the Week – Maoyuu Mao Yuusha
If only the hero and the demon king had more self confidence... From the opinion of war being a profitable business to the age-old practice of propaganda involving demonizing your enemies (pun intended) this anime approaches the topic of politics in the most amazingly metaphoric ways.                              
January 27 Shinsekai Ep. 17 It’s like history has repeated itself. It’s the political war of rule by monarchy or democracy…only with queerats.
January 28 Little Busters Ep. 16 Just because you’re in a position of authority that’s likely to make you unpopular anyhow, it’s no excuse to be cruel.
Minami-ke Tadaima Ep. 1 Initial impression – the sisters return for round four
OreShura Ep. 4 As backwards as this sounds, it seems like this series is going the harem route, which might actually make it better.
January 29 Sakurasou Ep. 16 Ayano never just explains to Mashiro what’s going on and instead encourages her to put her experiences into her manga.
January 30 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT Ep. 1 Initial impression – not new enough
Love Live! School Idol Project Ep. 1 Initial impression – low budget, low brow (3/10)
GJ-bu Ep. 1 Initial impression – standard fare but not boring
January 31 Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? Ep. 1 Initial impression – rough-edged, but good-hearted heros
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai Ep. 1 Initial impression – disappointingly pointless (4/10)
Tamako Market Ep. 4 “Slice of Life” is a bit of a misnomer, but “Silly Life that Vaguely Resembles Reality,” doesn’t roll off the tongue.
February 1 Kotoura-san Ep. 4 Awkwardness of some young people regardless of circumstance can often be attributed to inexperience with relationships.
Vividred Ep. 4 This series might lay it on pretty thick, but its themes of friendship feel very genuine and that counts for a lot.
February 2 Psycho-Pass Ep. 15 The Sybil system, while spectacular, suffers from the problem of the all-too-human assumption that it’s foolproof.
Zetsuen Ep. 16 Which is more dishonest? Denying your own feelings or having to go behind someone’s back to be honest with those feelings?
Maoyuu Ep. 5 Neither humans nor demons can take the moral high ground when regardless of who wins, the other side will be enslaved.
GJ-bu Ep. 2 Despite his seeming ordinariness, Kyouya has become nonetheless useful in some way for the girls—ususally as entertainment.
GJ-bu Ep. 3 I should hope that in reality even the most good-natured guy would be able to draw the line at being toyed with to this degree.
GJ-bu Ep. 4 C’mon girls. Let the guys look. As long as his actions never progress any farther than looking, it doesn’t hurt anyone.
Mondaiji Ep. 2 There’s a fine line between reckless endangerment and seeking worthy challenges for the purpose of self improvement.
Mondaiji Ep. 3 Like Maoyuu, this series is also showing a flair for exciting political moves, but also has well-paced action to go with it.
Mondaiji Ep. 4 Satomi Arai always does a great job portraying some really fun characters and she’s doing well as the moderator Shiroyasha.
Minami-ke 4 Ep. 2 I’m not sure Touma is on the right track to find her feminine side by cutting up furniture to make stuffed animals.
Minami-ke 4 Ep. 3 I don’t know what the point is for the girls to get into character when they put on the maid outfits but it sure is funny.
Minami-ke 4 Ep. 4 Subtlety can be a useful tool, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of just being forward and avoiding confusion.

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