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
Patlabor 2 The Movie
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise,
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Kino no Tabi
Eve no Jikan,
Ping-Pong: The Animation
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).
- Space Dandy
- Parasyte: The Maxim
- Ping-Pong: The Animation
- Patema Inverted
- Hoozuki no Reitetsu
- Garo – Honoo no Kokuin
- Gugure!! Kokkuri-san
- Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
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.
- Attack on Titan First Impression, Part 2 , Final Thoughts / Joint Number 1: Kyousogiga
- Mai Mai Miracle
- Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story
- No Matter How I Look at it, it’s Yous Guys Fault I’m Unpopular (Watamote) First Impression, Final Thoughts
- My Youth Romantic Comedy is a Failure as Expected First Impression, Final Thoughts
- Gatchaman Crowds First Impression, Final Thoughts
- Flowers of Evil (First Impression, Final Thoughts)
- Sunday Without God First Impression, Final Thoughts
- Red Data Girl (First Impression, Final Thoughts)
Honourable Mentions: Beyond the Boundary, Galileo Donna