Okay, so here it is, finally, after 2 months. :D
Note that this is purely my personal opinion. No offence to anyone intended.
Top 10 animes of 2010
#10: Seitokai Yakuindomo
Seitokai Yakuindomo gets tenth place for its awesome (and perverted) sex jokes. Starring Yoko Hikasa as Shino and Sato Satomi as Aria (oh, where have I seen this pair before?
*coughK-ONcough*), this anime has a pretty awesome cast of seiyuu. One thing that made it less entertaining was the repetition of jokes used. Not a big matter though, as the anime was only 13 episodes. Great anime overall.
In fact, the only thing I didn’t like about the show was having Chiaki Omigawa voice Mitsuba. Oh, my ears.
#09: Baka to Test to Shokanjuu
Jokes are aplenty in BakaTest (well, it’s a comedy anime). Jokes are spaced out pretty well. Seiyuu cast’s pretty good as well, with Ami Koshizumu as Himeji and Hiro Shimono as Yoshii Ahikisa.
The anime has some pretty Crowning Moments of Awesome, like Yoshii breaking a wall with his bare hands and his summoning just to get a picture back for Himeji.
Can’t wait for the second season.
Looks like KyoAni has learned the lesson from the first season. The second season’s more spaced out with 26 episodes instead of the original 14. However, having that many episodes also meant that there were a considerable number of random things that wasn’t relevant to the storyplot. If K-ON! even had a storyplot in the first place.
Everything came back to normal within the last few episodes, and it ended on a pretty good note, as in the first season.
I don’t need to mention how awesome the music is, right? The music just got better!
Oh and, don’t even try to marathon K-ON!!, I’ll assure you’ll be in for a hell of a time. Unless you really like K-ON! (for the story, I mean).
Working!!’s a pretty slice-of-life type of anime. However, because it’s spaced pretty well and has actual content (unlike K-ON!! with its 26 episodes D:), it didn’t feel boring at all (unlike K-ON!!, as well). In fact, it felt highly enjoyable at times. Character archetypes are also generally interesting.
Seiyuu cast was awesome. Jun Fukuyama (<3) as Souta Takanashi, Kana Asumi as Poplar Taneshima, Daisuke Ono as Jun Satou and Eri Kitamura as Yachiyo Todoroki. Voicing was generally excellent. Oh, did I mention that Ito Shizuka’s in Working!! as well (as Takenashi’s sister)?
Where’s my second season?! D<
#06: Highschool of the Dead
A team of seven surviving a zombie apocalypse. That sums up the storyline of Highschool of the Dead. However, what makes it interesting is the presence of ecchi along with zombie. Now that might sound like a weird combination, with ecchi mixed with horror/adventure. Surprisingly this combination works out pretty well, as the ecchi somehow makes the horror less risque. Perhaps the ecchi distracted us.
Action’s pretty epic at times, with Kohta blowing heads off zombies with guns. Epic fighting/shooting + hot girls = win.
And you gotta love Marina Inoue as Rei and Miyuki Sawashiro as Saeko.
#05: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
Harem for the win. Comedy for the win. Ichiban no Ushiro Daimaou hits just the right notes (for me, at least) with its awesome comedy and Akuto’s harem.
The seiyuu cast’s really awesome in this. There’s Yoko Hikasa, Aki Toyosaki, Minako Kotobuki, Ayana Taketatsu, Haruka Tomatsu, Ito Shizuka, Aoi Yuuki and Joji Nakata, just to name a few.
Oh, in case you haven’t realised, it’s like having the entire cast of K-ON! except Sato Satomi in Ichiban.
The OP’s pretty epic as well, REALOVE:REALIFE still stays as one of the top songs in my playlist. Listen to it if you can! Sphere ftw!
MM!’s just one of those many comedy shows out there in the animeverse. What makes it better than most of them is that MM! doesn’t try to throw in some drama plot at the ending. This makes the ending more fitting. Character development’s awesome. Yuuno makes me wanna hug her! Listening to Mio is like listening to Kirino once more (since they’re both voiced by Ayana Taketatsu), minus the bitchdere parts.
And the OP’s such a earworm.
Down to our top three.
#03: Motto To LOVE-Ru
To LOVE-Ru’s definitely one of the best harem animes I’ve watched to date. Putting aside the stellar cast of seiyuu aside (Haruka Tomatsu as Lala <3), Motto To LOVE-Ru has awesome animation quality and has lovely girls. I wonder how many people in the world want Lala as part of their harems (I WANT I WANT!).
Sticking more faithfully to the manga, Motto To LOVE-Ru is a significant improvement in quality both art and story-wise compared to the first season. At least they didn’t try to throw in some random tearjerking scene at the end like they did in the first season. Instead they addressed what viewers had wanted to see: Yuuki and his growing dilemmas of choosing between Lala and Haruna.
A great harem anime overall, watch it already if you haven’t! Of course, you should watch the first season first to get an overview of what happened. :3
#02: Amagami SS
The unique trait of Amagami SS that sets it apart from other romance animes is the “omnibus” approach. Basically, the anime is split into 6 arcs (with 4 episodes each), and each girl will get an arc, and at the end of the arc, there is a continuity reset. So you’ll have Junichi chasing Haruka first, reset, then Kaoru.
That’s not the only thing that’s good about Amagami SS. The art’s pretty good as well, and I can’t find anything wrong with the art as far as it’s concerned.
As for the storyline, it’s pretty good. I guess seeing what Junichi would do to chase each individual girl really got me interested. Just don’t like how the Kaoru ending was abruptly finished and how Rihoko got eternal friend-zoned. Poor Rihoko.
The OP’s pretty good as well, with azusa singing. Both are awesome-sounding piano ballad pieces. Each arc has a different ED sung by the girl of the arc. All EDs sounded pretty good. Especially Nanasaki Ai’s one.
If you’re into romance animes, this is a must watch. How else do you think it ended up on second place in this list?
And the number one place goes to Durarara!!. I’m totally impressed the depth of the story plot as well as the art. There’s an air of mystery around each character. It’s like you don’t know what’s going on in their minds ’cause they’re all keeping secrets of their own. That forms the basis of Durarara!!.
The story just compelled me to continue with the anime. Character development is spaced out evenly, and we get to see the past of the main characters. And how they eventually develop.
And Kamiya Hiroshi does a pretty good job as Izaya Orihara, the antagonist of the story. I liked seeing Izaya mindfuck all those people.
The seiyuu cast for Durarara!!’s stellar, with Miyuki Sawashiro, Daisuke Ono, Jun Fukuyama, Kamiya Hiroshi, Miyano Mamoru and Kana Hanazawa, among others. Tomatsu Haruka makes a minor role in this anime as well, as does Ayahi Takagaki.
If you haven’t watched this anime, go watch it now! I personally feel that it’s a must watch for anime lovers. :3
Angel Beats! – Plot holes and random scenes ruined the show. Good storyline otherwise. Plus awesome music. Would’ve earned a spot on the Top 10 had there been less random scenes that really didn’t contribute much to the storyline.
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin – Pretty good plot but execution was rather poor.
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes – Enjoyable and would’ve earned a spot on the Top 10, but too bad I found Seitokai Yakuindomo more interesting. Not a bad anime overall. You gotta love the villains. And Henriette.
Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai – Cute heroines, interesting format, but Keima was really annoying at times, sorry.
Fortune Arterial – It was pretty good until…the ending. I feel trolled by the ending, goddammit. Unresolved sexual tension. D<
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai – Damn ending. Throw that in with Kirino bitching 90% of the time, and you get a hell of a bad anime.
Note: Just because I didn’t watch it doesn’t mean it’s automatically bad.
Arakawa Under the Bridge/Arakawa Under the Bridge^2 – Would’ve watched it if there wasn’t Chiaki Omigawa in it.
Asobi ni Iku yo! – Sure, there’s Hocchan in it, but I’m not even going to try. Plot doesn’t seem interesting to me.
Kiss x Sis – I’m not a fan of uncensored sister incest, fyi. No uncensored sister incest means no uncensored sister incest.
Omamori Himari – Not even going to try.
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteriru – Same reason as Arakawa Under the Bridge.
Yosuga no Sora – Never bothered. Not because it’s no good, but because it’s too NSFW for my liking.
And with that, my review has concluded. In case you need a breakdown, here it is:
#02: Amagami SS
#03: Motto To LOVE-Ru
#05: Ichiban no Ushiro Daimaou
#06: Highschool of the Dead
#09: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
#10: Seitokai Yakuindomo
Hope the review’s been useful.
On a separate note…
I can’t believe I spent 2 hours on this thing. Finding screencaps + photoshopping the cover picture was rather tiring. But I guess it was fun overall. Maybe I’ll do this next year as well.
I’ll start watching Beelzebub 07 tomorrow. Oh yeaaah, Aoi Kunieda. :DD