Top Ten Anime of the Year

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This list is for anime I have watched in a cinema or at home. As a writer for an anime website I tend to watch a lot of TV anime but I do get to see plenty of anime on cinema screens at film festivals and at limited screenings across the UK. Most anime I watch I don’t write about – Little Witch Academia and other shows from Anime Mirai. When it comes to anime I am easily pleased but this list includes what I think are the best. I will also include my season posts as well.

My Top Ten Anime of All Time

Spirited Away

Patlabor 2 The Movie

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise,

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Kino no Tabi

Eve no Jikan,

Master Keaton


Ping-Pong: The Animation

Space Dandy



Ping Pong Christmas Eve 2

As far as 2014 goes, it was really hard for me to find shows that I liked in the winter and spring seasons and as a result I stopped doing first impressions and just went with series reviews. I would pick up five shows and usually finish with just two. My initial enthusiasm for shounen the TV anime, Nobunagun, Nobunaga the Fool, Sekai Seifuku – Bouryaku no Zvezda fell flat after a few episodes. With the introduction of Capra and his fondling of the Sio clones, Nobunagun developed a really creepy ick factor which was too much. Nobunaga the Fool was just stupid and the female characters were awful. Sekai Seifuku was fun when it was all daft adventures with a loli dictator but then it took itself too seriously.

The biggest disappointment was Samurai Flamenco (don’t ever mention that show to me again), which revealed it wasn’t a slice of life comedy, it was a God-awful super sentai show and the animation became progressively worse over its run.

The strongest titles of the year in terms of artistic endeavour, writing, music, direction and everything else were Space Dandy, Parasyte: The Maxim, and Ping Pong: The Animation. Nothing really stood out as much as those in terms of quality. There were a few more that beat my expectations like Gugure!! Kokkuri-san, Garo – Honoo no Kokuin and Hoozuki no Reitetsu, and even went on to buy associated merchandise for. This list represents what I thought were the best shows of the season (although I didn’t get around to watching Mushi-shi, something I will have to rectify in 2015).

  1. Space Dandy
  2. Parasyte: The Maxim
  3. Ping-Pong: The Animation
  4. Patema Inverted
  5. Barakamon
  6. Hoozuki no Reitetsu
  7. Garo – Honoo no Kokuin
  8. Gugure!! Kokkuri-san
  9. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
  10. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

Honourable Mentions


JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

Knights of Sidonia

Zankyou no Terror Anime UK News First ImpressionAnime UK News Review,

Tokyo Ghoul (First Impression, Anime UK News First ImpressionAnime UK News Review)


Kyousogiga Ai

The Spring Anime season was packed full of diverse shows like the supernatural Red Data Girl, Devil Survivor and Hataraku Maou-sama school comedy My Youth Rom-Com but it will be remembered for Attack on Titan. The summer and autumn seasons had fewer titles that grabbed my attention as much but they did suck me in due to strong characterisation as seen in Watamote and Samurai Flamenco. There were plenty of interesting concepts as well such as the super-sentai show reimagined in the age of crowdsourcing and social media while Kyousogiga became my new Mawaru Penguindrum, an intellectual and emotional treat that engages on both levels and never bores.

  1. Attack on Titan First ImpressionPart 2 , Final Thoughts / Joint Number 1: Kyousogiga
  2. Mai Mai Miracle
  3. Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story
  4. No Matter How I Look at it, it’s Yous Guys Fault I’m Unpopular (Watamote) First ImpressionFinal Thoughts
  5. My Youth Romantic Comedy is a Failure as Expected First ImpressionFinal Thoughts
  6. Gatchaman Crowds First ImpressionFinal Thoughts
  7. Flowers of Evil (First ImpressionFinal Thoughts)
  8. Sunday Without God First ImpressionFinal Thoughts
  9. Red Data Girl (First ImpressionFinal Thoughts)
  10. Coppelion

Honourable Mentions: Beyond the Boundary, Galileo Donna  

Attack on Titan Cityscape

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