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Several borderline masterpieces spotted - Kaichou wa Maid-sama! , Working!! and Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail with Working!! taking a tender place in my heart.
1. Angel Beats! Angel Beats!（エンジェルビーツ!） [P.A. Works] (Finished 13/13)
Tags: School Drama, Supernatural
Death is one of many mysteries that has left humanity in the dark since the dawn of
No big titles again, but among minor masterpieces I'd call Hanamaru Youchien and Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
1. Durarara!! デュラララ!! [Brain's Base] (Finished 13/24)
Tags: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
In Tokyo's downtown district of Ikebukuro, amidst many strange rumors and warnings of anonymous gangs and dangerous occupants,
It happens so that only Sunrise movie Ibara no Ou was more or less curious for me.
1. Fairy Tail FAIRY TAIL（フェアリーテイル） [Satelight, A-1 Pictures] (Finished 3/175)
Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In the enchanted Kingdom of Fiore, the lively Lucy Heartfilia has one wish: to join the renowned Fairy Tail—one of the many magical wizard guilds scat
Bakemonogatari is the only honorary masterpiece for me this season for the sheer impact and novelty of it.
1. Bakemonogatari 化物語 [Shaft] (Finished 15/15)
Tags: Vampire Mystery, Romance, Supernatural
Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, manages to survive a vampire attack with the help of Meme Osh
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (2009) and Souten Kouro are my favorites in Spring 2009. K-On! and Shangri-La are following slightly behind.
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST [Bones] (Finished 1/64)
Tags: Shounen Military Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
After a horrific alchemy experiment goes wrong in the Elric household, bro
Sequel Druaga no Tou: The Sword of Uruk is the only contestant this small season.
1. Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger はじめの一歩 新シリーズ [Madhouse] (Finished 1/26)
Tags: Shounen Combat Sports
Japanese Featherweight Champion Ippo Makunouchi has successfully defended and retained his title. Meanwhile, his rival, Ichirou Miyata, has resurfaced in Ja
Toradora! is the queeen of tsundere and a great anime, but Tentai Senshi Sunred is one of the best parody comedies out there despite seemingly low popularity.
1. Toradora! とらドラ！ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 25/25)
Tags: Love Polygon, School Drama, Romance
Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in
I enjoyed both Detroit Metal City and Lucky☆Star: Original na Visual to Animation this season, but original work wins, as usual .
1. Natsume Yuujinchou Natsume's Book of Friends 夏目友人帳 [Brain's Base] (Finished 3/13)
Tags: Shoujo Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural Iyashikei, Mythology
Due to an unusual ability to see strange creatures called youkai, Tak
Druaga no Tou: The Aegis of Uruk is a great inspiring fantasy . Also found Kure-nai enjoyable.
1. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ 続編 [Sunrise] (Finished 25/25)
Tags: Mecha, Military, Super Power Action, Award Winning, Drama, Sci-Fi
One year has passed since the Black
Ookami to Koushinryou is the only bright spot in this short season.
1. Ookami to Koushinryou Spice and Wolf 狼と香辛料 [Imagin] (Finished 13/13)
Tags: Adult Cast Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is revered in the small town of Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. Yet as years go by and the villagers become more self-suff
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor , Minami-ke and Genshiken 2 are all considered minor masterpieces by me, but two of them had some representation earlier, so only Minami-ke is fresh new.
1. Clannad [Kyoto Animation] (Finished 23/23)
Tags: School Drama, Romance, Supernatural
Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he'll
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei , Stranger: Mukou Hadan and Piano no Mori all got minor masterpiece scores from me. Don't want to choose, so series wins over movies.
1. Baccano! バッカーノ！ [Brain's Base] (Finished 13/13)
Tags: Historical, Organized Crime Action, Comedy, Mystery, Supernatural
During the early 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying
I was going to never rate comedies highly, but Lucky☆Star is more than a comedy, it's a meta-comedy and is enjoyable on many layers. Claymore is only slightly behind. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Bokura no definitely deserve a mention, but these are more flawed works.
1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann 天元突破グレンラガン [Gainax] (Finished 27/27)
Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Aw
Nodame Cantabile is the only masterpiece in this short season
1. Naruto: Shippuuden Naruto Shippuden -ナルト- 疾風伝 [Pierrot] (Finished 1/500)
Tags: Shounen Martial Arts Action, Adventure, Fantasy
It has been two and a half years since Naruto Uzumaki left Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village, for intense training following events which fueled his desire t
Death Note as new title takes the upper hand over sequel Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage . But I can also name a number of minor masterpieces - Hataraki Man , Genshiken OVA , Paprika
1. Death Note デスノート [Madhouse] (Finished 37/37)
Tags: Shounen Detective, Psychological Supernatural, Suspense
NHK ni Youkoso! is a genius title. Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society is still nice.
1. Zero no Tsukaima ゼロの使い魔 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 13/13)
Tags: Harem, Isekai, School Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Ecchi
Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Valli
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu is revolutionary anime in several ways, so for me it has the upper hand over Black Lagoon which is also a great masterpiece, but in more mundane , complex and adult way. Lots of titles in Spring season, but I can't vouch for the rest.
1. Ouran Koukou Host Club Ouran High School Host Club 桜蘭高校ホスト部 [Bones] (Finished 1/26)
Tags: Shoujo Crossdressing, Reverse
Ergo Proxy is my favorite anime of the past which is still a full head ahead of most anime, though I see its imperfection nowadays. I also see Fate/stay night and Hellsing Ultimate as minor masterpieces deserving a mention.
1. Fate/stay night [Studio Deen] (Finished 26/26)
Tags: Action, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Shakugan no Shana deserves a honorary mention.
1. Mushishi Mushi-Shi 蟲師 [Artland] (Finished 2/26)
Tags: Seinen Adult Cast, Historical, Iyashikei Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Slice of Life, Supernatural
"Mushi": the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply "being." They are beyond the shackles
Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man is inevitably the winner, but for a change there two more small masterpieces - Ichigo Mashimaro and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
1. Shuffle! SHUFFLE! (シャッフル!) [asread.] (Finished 3/24)
Tags: Seinen Harem, School Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Ecchi
In present times, Gods and De
Lots of decent works, none is good enough for me. If I really needed to choose, I'd probably go for Hachimitsu to Clover as with all its flaws it can still be nice at times.
1. Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven Eureka Seven 交響詩篇エウレカセブン [Bones] (Finished 3/50)
Tags: Mecha Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
In the backwater town of
Slow beginning of the year, and among decent ones Karas is at least memorable
1. Air [Kyoto Animation] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Drama, Romance, Supernatural
Yukito Kunisaki is on a journey in search of the Winged Maiden who was bound to the sky centuries ago, after hearing an old childhood tale from his mother. As Yukito shows his puppet show to pe
Fall has become even more saturated than Spring lately. Beck is something unique that I'm willing to cherish. Genshiken is a cozy place to return to. Zipang is probably the best navy anime, at least to my awareness.
1. Bleach BLEACH - ブリーチ - [Pierrot] (Finished 4/366)
Turns out I criticized everything too much this season, and Gantz 2nd Stage comes out as the only candidate
1. Elfen Lied エルフェンリート [Arms] (Finished 13/13)
Tags: Seinen Gore, Psychological Action, Drama, Horror, Romance, Supernatural
Lucy is a special breed of human referred to as "Diclonius," born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic
Gantz is the anime I truly love with all its weak sides. Samurai Champloo and Appleseed (Movie) should be noticed as well.
1. Samurai Champloo サムライチャンプルー [Manglobe] (Finished 26/26)
Tags: Historical, Samurai Action, Adventure, Comedy
Fuu Kasumi is a young and clumsy waitress who spends her days peacefully working in a small teahouse. That is, until she a