2011 in Review: A Great Year for Anime, or Was It?

My brain is in pieces right now. Please forgive me.

The year is coming to a close, and I’m sure a lot of us had a lot going on this past year (I sure did). But fortunately, some of the stress and worries of living our busy lives can be taken away by entertainment, be it friends, TV, games, blogging and/or social networking sites. For the relatively small group of people who depend on a very niche part of Japanese entertainment, we also had some of our thrills and chills from our monitors or late-night TV screens. This year warrants special mention for being one of the most active, for better or worse, in terms of fan activity related to anime.

Of course, such an immense turn of events from the ever-popular notion that “anime is getting worse and worse” to a year that was greeted in a more positive note was not only the work of one or two anime, but a number of them. Now why don’t we take a trip down memory lane and go back to a year I would arbitrarily call a quasi-renaissance for Japanese animation?

And now that you’ve read all that junk I typed, let’s get real: I don’t really know much about anime as a whole, but 2011 is my second year as a true anime fan, and I must say, this year was definitely better than last year (Well, for the most part, that is).

Winter 2011

For winter, I initially picked up Yumekui Merry, Kore ha Zombie desu ka?, Dragon Crisis, Gosick and Fractale. You know what, I never finished Dragon Crisis, Gosick and Yumekui Merry. I thought Fractale was stupid, and Zombie’s ending was a huge “disappointment” in a sense that it was entertaining, but completetly missed the point of the entire show, not that the anime itself was great, though. I tried to pick up some others at my own volition since back then, what I watch is based on my roommate’s suggestions. These shows are Level E and Madoka Magica. Level E, while it was unique and really funny, kinda lost its charm by the end of the series when they stopped throwing comedy every 10 seconds. Madoka Magica is, well, Madoka Magica and is still one of my favorite anime of all time (It ranks very high, and I doubt that’ll change anytime soon).

Spring 2011

During this time, I was still basking in my complete fascination with how Madoka Magica achieved so much in 12 episodes. I whimsically chose random anime to watch and ended up with an initial lineup of Nichijou, Dog Days, Hanasaku Iroha, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, Steins;Gate, [C], Ano Hana, Kaminomi II, Denpa Onna, Hidan no Aria, Deadman Wonderland and A Channel.

Here we go again!

I only made it until episode 7 in Dog Days, Hidan no Aria and DMW, 11 episodes for Denpa Onna and a measly 2 episodes into OreTsuba. I’m still stuck with episode 21 for Iroha, but I plan to finish it sometime soon… yeah… soon.

Valence convinced me to try Lotte no Omocha!, and I will never regret that I gave in. As for what’s left of my initial picks, I thought Nichijou was one of the funniest things in existence. Steins;Gate was INCREDIBLE and is also one of my favorites. [C] was a really depressing case. I know that it could have done more, and I really liked it even after it ended, but lord knows it blew itself up in the end. Ano Hana – I guess this just isn’t made for my taste for drama and I thought it was mediocre. A Channel was my after-school anime, perfect for relaxing after a long day at university.

Summer 2011

Usagi Drop. Yuru Yuri. IdolM@STER. Blood C. Mayo Chiki. R-15. Dantalian no Shoka. Kamisama no Memochou. Kamisama Dolls. Mawaru Penguindrum. Sacred Seven. Baka Test 2. La Croisée dans un Labyrinthe Éntranger. Those were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little watch list. But Professor @fkeroge accidentally added an extra ingredient to the concoction: Chemical M(ediocre)! Thus, the Dropping Spree was born!

Using their powers to entertain, only Usagi Drop, Yuru Yuri and La Croisée dans un Labyrinthe Éntranger has dedicated their airing times to keep Professor @fkeroge from dying from boredom!

Well, OK, Penguidrum is an exception. I dropped it because… uhhhh… why did I drop it again?

Fall 2011

Hmmm… let’s see. According to MAL, the fall shows that I am still watching are: Ben-To, Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Fate/Zero, Persona 4, Ika Musume 2 and Tamayura; all of which I am enjoying quite a lot. Don’t ask me about the stuff I dropped this season. Just… don’t.

In conclusion, I think I have changed the tone of this post at least five times while I was writing it. Indeed, this post is a product of a mind that has had too much calculus and chemistry in it.

PS: And you now realize that the title has almost nothing to do with the contents.


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2 Responses to 2011 in Review: A Great Year for Anime, or Was It?

  1. Nopy says:

    You dropped Penguindrum? Blasphemy!

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