There comes a point in time when you realize you should stop writing and just let whatever you've got so far just go into the wild. Sometimes you realize that too late, but have gone so far that you can longer stop it. What started as an innocuous top 5 article morphed into this monstrous behemoth. Viewer discretion is advised.

Another year goes by and another year of anime comes to an end. Like many others, here are some of the anime of this year that I happened to enjoy the most.

Although before I get into it, I just wanted to talk a bit about how I see anime in general, as you'll soon find my list to be quite an odd one.

As opposed to many people here who are in their first or second year watching anime seasonally, this is concluding my fourth full year or my 17th season of anime (started in Fall 2010). I'll definitely say, after keeping up with it for a certain amount of time, your perceptions on anime will certainly change from what they were when you start.

If I had to fully encapsulate my feelings towards anime, I'd probably just say I'm indifferent to it. I don't get excited when the new season comes, nor do I have any judgements of whether I think it's "good" or "bad", it's just become something that is. This ends up with me having a lot of trouble making a top 10 list considering that I have a hard time even picking out 10 anime that I could say I really enjoyed this year. As with any other year there are plenty of good and bad shows but there are few shows that really gelled with me personally.

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This kind of comes from the fact that as the more you watch anime, the more you can't help but notice the apparent flaws with the medium. The biggest flaw of which almost everything stems from is that almost every anime made each season is merely an adaptation of something else. With this brings a whole slew of problems that whenever I watch a show I can't help but notice them and then it degrades almost every show to either being "it was alright" or ending up not even completely finishing the show (which I found out happens to me a lot more than I realized). This mainly affects anime with an emphasis on story so you'll probably find later on when I get to the lists that a lot of the anime I tend to prefer are comedies/SoL/etc.

So before I get to the full list, let me just talk about what I dub: The Curse of the Adaptation

The Curse of the Adaptation

Someone will get this reference, hopefully...

There are two sections when it comes to this curse and I'll start off with the lesser of the two.

Arbitrary Rigid Structure

When you watch an anime, it comes it cours. If a show is one cours long, it must without fail be between 11-13 episodes long. For two cours, it will be between 22-26 episodes long and so on and so forth. What this means is that you can't make an anime series unless you specifically follows this standard formula. Have a story you want to tell in 9 episodes? Too bad, spread it out. Want to show something in 15? Sorry buddy, cut it down.

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When anime is made, it's forced into these arbitrary conventions that have to deal more with television screen time and less with actually telling a good story. Studios have gotten fairly good at hiding this fact, but every now and then it becomes painfully obvious that they had to work around this tired aspect of television. The more obvious example of this pitfall is Sword Art Online.

In SAO, a lot of people complained about the pacing and how so much time is skipped between each episode in the early episodes of SAO. That's because those episodes are meant to fill in air time to pad out the anime to its 26 episodes. Everything between episode 2 to episode 7 comes from various side stories from other volumes of SAO. In the LN, episode 1 is the prologue with the main story starting on episode 8. It makes it clear from the start that the in-between stuff is not essential to the main plot of the first volume. But with the constraints of the anime, they know they need to fill this in with something, so this is what they filled it with.

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It's only afterwards once you've experienced the story of SAO are you asked and not required to visit the side stories. It's given to you as optional bonus material that isn't necessary to the plot but something that can expand your knowledge of that world if you so choose. The anime doesn't give you that option. You watch it in this order regardless of how well or poorly it integrates with the actual story. Furthermore, even when they do put in these side stories, many of them are poorly adapted with various details missing from the LNs. These episodes aren't put together with the utmost care because they're merely meant to fill in the gaps that the main story has so that it can fulfill the restriction of fitting exactly two cours.

Even within two cours, you only are allowed a cours worth of story before moving onto the next story. They had this side story stuff put into the first arc because there wasn't enough to fill it out, but at the same time, they cut out an entire chunk of story in ALO simply because they didn't have the episodes within that cours to animate it.

SAO could have been done either in 18 episodes or a few more if they decided to put back in what they cut from ALO and put out the remaining side story stuff as OVAs. This likely would have made a tighter narrative that didn't meander as much in between while still letting people have access to the side material without forcing them to go through it. This is always going to be a problem with adaptations for as long as they exist, as I don't see TV changing their format anytime soon. If you want more practice seeing where this happen just look and see where the hole is in SAO II (*cough*Calibur*cough*)

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Alas, this is not the case. While I still thoroughly enjoyed SAO, these points here and some others that I haven't mentioned prick at it and ultimately make it inferior to the LNs. But if nothing else, the SAO anime at least is built in such a way that it completes the stories it tells each cours. This leads to the most egregious error that many anime adaptations make that simply can't be easily fixed.

Telling Half a Story

If there's one thing I had to pinpoint that is the clear reason why practically no anime adaptations ever are even nearly as good as the source material, it's that they don't tell you the full story.

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There are so many anime that setup an interesting story, work around in it a little bit then simply end without resolving any of the main issues it brings up. I've said it before but the majority of anime simply don't stand up well on their own as complete products and are merely advertisements for the source material.

Every year there are tons of anime that start off with a great premise then don't deliver fully on that premise. You merely get a taste of what that series is like and then it's over. You almost are almost never completely satisfied with what you get. Once I began to fully realize this, I've started watching just parts of anime to get a taste then explore the source material. Practically every time, I've gotten a much more fulfilling experience going with the source material than watching the anime. It sometimes makes me wonder aside from the fact that it's animated; the anime is simply an inferior product. Sometimes I think if there are two tellings of a story and one of them is simply better than the other, why bother going through the anime? For some anime all I'm really watching it for is to see certain scenes animated because I've already experienced the story in a better format where it's more complete elsewhere. When I consider that this entire medium is simply a marketing tool to get people to buy the source material, it's a depressing thought because it's possible for this medium to tell new and exciting stories but we just get constantly fed half assed adaptations to drive sales of something else.

I want to see something new, I don't watch to just experience an inferior version of something that's already exists. If I wanted to experience that story, I'll just go find the source material.

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This is probably my biggest gripe with anime, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. But there are ways in which you can either circumvent this problem or lessen the impact such that it doesn't hinder the experience to as much of an extent.

Solutions

For me personally, there are two solutions and a few genres I think can get with this.

Comedies/Slice of Life/Etc

If you want the easy way out, just adapt a comedy/SoL/Etc (I'm just gonna say comedy from here on out but I'm really referring to all of these) genres.

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Many comedies, especially those which are from a 4-koma format tend to work well in the restraints of anime. They're often procedural or simply are a variety of skits that can easily be added or subtracted from an episode so the problems of the rigid structure of anime are no longer such a problem. Too long? Just cut one out. Too Short? Just add another one in. This piecemeal structure with no overarching story means gags can be put in and added freely without impacting the "story" of the series.

It also circumvents the problem of not telling a full story. Simply put there isn't one, each episode is just entertainment within itself and can freely end at any moment. These shows don't carry any heavy plotlines that they need to finish or have any loose ends that need to be tied. They can start and stop whenever they please meaning that you aren't left hanging thinking about the plot when all's said and done.

Do they get a season 2? Great, you can enjoy the fun once more when it airs. Forever one season? There was nothing left that they needed to fill in so it's still completely enjoyable as a single part. You can always wish there was more, but these series never leave you feeling that there was something that they didn't complete within the first season. Even if a show isn't completely focused on its comedy, if it's comedic and fun enough episode to episode it can sometimes overcome this fault.

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The execution of the gags often I find tend to be better in the anime, although there are of course more gags within the source so I would say that when comparing these anime to their sources they complement each other rather than one simply being better than the other.

Of course if you still want to tell a story in an anime format, you can look to these other two solutions…

Full Adaptation

If you want to adapt a story that's already been told, then do it right and adapt it all (yes, I know studios have budgets and this often times isn't possible but series that do end up doing this are often bumped up to being of higher quality than their incomplete counterparts).

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Simply put, if you at least tie up everything that the source does you don't leave the people who have only watched the anime hanging and they can at least experience the full story. There are often parts that simply cannot transition from one source to another and they'll end up being lost, but that's par for the course.

If you can at least adapt the entire original story into an anime format, you've at least done something right. If done well it can usually be a good alternative way to experience the story for people who aren't willing to interact with the source.

This isn't a be all end all, but these shows have the potential to be really great. For example, Steins;Gate and Clannad both fully adapt and are good adaptations that allow people who aren't willing to play the VNs to experience the story. But just because you do adapt everything doesn't mean you can just do it slap it together in any sort of haphazard format. Dangan Ronpa and Grisaia no Kajitsu are both full adaptations, but the way they're pieced together make them incredibly inferior to their source material.

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Doing a full adaptation gives you the opportunity to be a good series, but it doesn't guarantee it.

If you really want to do something special though…

Anime Originals

Then make something completely new.

While full adaptations still may have problems working with the format restrictions of anime, originals can be molded perfectly into anime because they can be completely built around those restrictions.

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If something isn't working it can be completely scrapped and rewritten, but more importantly, it's made with a beginning, middle, and end in mind for however many episodes it's meant to air for.

It's not taking a story that already exists and making it fit this format, it's creating something that was meant to be built for this format.

Due to the fact its original, the wall of texts I've wrote about above practically don't apply. Rather than being confined by the medium, you can embrace it and create something fresh and original. You aren't confined by any sort of source but can make something truly unique that will actually work in this format.

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When an anime original is done exceptionally well, people will talk about it for years to come. Shows like Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Gurren Lagann, Madoka are practically immortalized and people will likely continue to talk about those shows for years to come.

Conclusion

Even if you don't necessarily realize this yourself, people simply pick up on it and like anime that follow these rules. For example, if I just pull out Rock's and Koda's top 10 lists from this year, you'll see how these rules tend to ring true.

Rockmandash's List

  1. Nagi no Asakura (Original)
  2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun (Comedy)
  3. Knights of Sidonia
  4. Nisekoi (Comedy)
  5. Tonari no Seki-Kun (Comedy)
  6. Golden Time (Full Adaptation)
  7. Parasyte (Full Adaptation)
  8. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Full Adaptation)
  9. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
  10. Date A Live 2 (Comedy)
  11. Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (Full Adaptation)

Koda's List

  1. Mushi-shi (Full Adaptation, also procedural)
  2. Ping Pong (Full Adaptation)
  3. Silver Spoon (Slice of Life)
  4. Barakamon (Slice of Life)
  5. Kill la Kill (Original)
  6. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (Original)
  7. Haikyuu!!
  8. ME!ME!ME! (Original)
  9. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun (Comedy)
  10. Tonari no Seki-Kun (Comedy)

Despite being two very different lists, these criteria hit them 9/11 and 9/10 respectively.

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Even if you don't consciously recognize it, the enjoyment of shows that follow either of these criteria tend to get higher marks than the ones that don't.

It's just something that I've noticed and if I didn't write anything about it I probably would have gone crazy. A lot of the complete stories that only make "meh" anime can be really good when they have the opportunity to get fully explored. So if you've ever liked a premise for something but wasn't exactly satisfied with the execution, don't just blame the story for being bad. What the anime showed you isn't the author's full intent, as there's often a lot you're still missing.

Now that I got that out of my system, let's look into the anime I actually do have something to say about.

Top Shows I Missed

I'll start of my lists by saying, simply put; a person can't watch every anime every season. Inevitably, there are shows you're going to end up skipping over. Sometimes those shows will happen to candidates for some of the best of the year. So here are the top shows I, for some reason or another never saw during 2014 and probably should get to watching.

Barakamon

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Selector Infected WIXOSS

Hitsugi no Chaika

Top Shows I Started That I Really Should Go Finish

Sometimes you do start a series but never happen to finish it. For me personally, it's often because I'm busy one of the days the show airs on and don't see it that day, which spirals into having to watch it another time meaning that I continually forget until suddenly the season's over. With some of the response some of these shows have gotten these are probably the top ones that I should revisit that I started.

1. Nagi no Asukara

I liked this show a lot when it was airing, but eventually just fell out of the loop with it. I'm certainly a fan of a bunch of other PA works shows so this show really should have been a no brainer to watch.

2. Golden Time

As a fan of Toradora, this also should have been another show that I should have completed when it aired. I have heard some qualms about it that may make me check out the LN, but reading LNs in Japanese is a pain in the butt, so if the problems don't bother me that much I'll probably just watch the anime.

3. Aldnoah Zero

This anime is on here for all the wrong reasons. I only watched the first episode, but from the collective thoughts from the Ani-TAY it's probably Ani-TAY's most hated anime of 2014 (excluding Pupa). That alone makes me feel that this is something worth watching.

Top Shows I Can't Wait to See People's Reaction To

Sometimes when you watch a show, seeing people's reaction to it can often times be even more enjoyable than the show itself. When you know what's going to happen sometimes I can't wait for the episode to air, not just to see it, but to see how people respond to it. Sword Art Online is one of those series for me. On the other hand, sometimes the discussion a show creates (mainly in anime originals) can be very intriguing. Madoka is considered a great show and I would agree. But discussing Madoka as each episode aired as people tried to work out theories on what's going on and figuring out the truth behind witches and magical girls is a one of a kind experience. Katawa Shoujo is an OK VN, but being on 4chan for the midnight release of it was sheer chaos that I've hardly seen replicated. While most of the time shows can't quite reach that high, there are certainly shows I'm going to enjoy seeing people's reactions to

1. Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

The first half of this show was merely a setup for what's going to happen next. All the twists and turns that make UBW so enjoyable will all be revealed in the next season and I can't wait to see what people think about it.

2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

But when I consider what I can really get the most enjoyment out of, some of the things that happen here might be even sweeter. While the anime has almost reached where the translated manga is, but it's still a far cry away from where the raws are. The Japanese Elitist in me of course went through and read all the raws of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. Do I know what happens to Kaori? Do I know Kousei's reaction to it? Is it something that lifts him higher or will it drag him to despair? I know. You will too, in a few months and you can be sure I'll be there watching the madness.

Top 5 Shows I Enjoyed in 2014

Now here finally comes the list that was the original intent of this article. After many trials and tribulations here are my favourite anime of 2014. This list is weird and often doesn't make any sense and I'm sure a lot of people will jump down my throat to say I'm wrong, but that's why I wrote the above so that you could at least get a little idea of what I like in an anime.

5. Jinsei

This anime has no reason to be on any sort of top five list. There are better slice of life shows. There are better comedy shows. There are better anime that probably should make anyone else's list. But if you had to tell me to pick an anime that represented "me" in 2014, it would be this one. When looking through all the shows I watched in 2014, something inside of me just knew I had to put this show on. While often times there are shows in which you can really pinpoint why you like them, this show just clicked with me in a way that a lot of anime simply didn't. While none of its individual elements are particularly noteworthy, when they're put together it brings out a quality that I can't quite explain. I was simply enjoyable and was perfectly content in being what it was. This anime understood the limits of anime and simply ran with them. It's time was short and fleeting, but it never failed to entertain with each episode. Do I think most people would enjoy this anime as much as I did? Definitely not, I think a lot of people wouldn't enjoy this anime at all, but for me it clicked in all the right places. Also, probably the most realistic rendition of a male MC I've ever seen. Not a super pervert like someone like Issei from DxD, but not completely afraid of anything sexual like almost any other harem MC. He won't on purposefully do anything to put himself in a situation where something ecchi is likely to happen, but if such a situation just happens to present himself he certainly won't turn it down.

4. Sakura Trick

What can I say about this show that hasn't already been said? As a yuri series, it's pretty much one of the best there is (provided you don't go into more adult territories…). The relationships between Haru and Yuu were incredibly adorable and we actually get to see them in their "relationship" as opposed to the constant chase in many other series. This show was a great thing to watch for winding down and relaxing after a day of school or simply as a "feel good" kind of show. When looking at shows that just make you feel good, Sakura Trick is hard to beat.

3. D-Frag!

When talking about comedy anime in 2014 the big name that's going to pop up everywhere is Nozaki-Kun. While I've only seen bits and pieces of it and am planning on completing it (see above lists), of the comedies I did see, D-Frag was certainly one of my favourites. When it went with an actual arc in the later episodes, the comedy took a bit of a hit, but the first 8 or so episodes I found extremely funny. Also this show wins my secondary award of best use of Kana Hana. I didn't even know I wanted Hana Kana as Roka, but when I experienced it, I knew I had found something special. She can almost singlehandedly sell the show by herself. It very well might be my favourite Kana Hana role out of anything she's ever done.

2. Ping Pong

Once in a blue moon, when the planets align and a solar eclipse happens as Haley's comet intersects it, an anime does something I consider practically impossible. It becomes better than its source material. I didn't watch Ping Pong when it aired and only recently watched it a few weeks ago after I heard a lot of people talking about it. While I don't put it at quite a high pedestal as many other people, it's easily one of the best anime that aired this year. It's a very engrossing tale about people and what it means not only just to play Ping Pong but about how to live your life. It joins the only other anime I would consider to be better than its source material (Cardcaptor Sakura). Ping Pong only ever made the slightest deviations from the manga, and considering that many of the pages were simply meant to express motion, the anime simply covered that aspect by virtue of being an animated medium. Combine that with excellent voice acting and you've made something truly remarkable.

1. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

Take an original show that no one had any expectations for and come out as the one of the best-selling shows of Fall 2014 (With current data it's currently the top selling show of Fall 2014, but there are still some shows that haven't been reported yet like FSN which will probably beat it), which was probably the most competitive season to be in all year and I simply have no words. From the very first episodes, it was almost impossible to avoid the comparisons of this show to Madoka. While it didn't go grimdark in those episodes, there was always this foreboding feeling that something wasn't right. The anime understood this and played with it constantly. Death flags were thrown out constantly, in any other anime every character in the show should have died multiple times over. Yet they kept on persisting, each and every time the show tries to get you to think "this is the one" and then nothing happens. Then the second half of the show happens and people started to go crazy for it, including myself. Simply look the MAL scores over time.

The greatest thing this show does it that it really drives discussion and talks about theory which is really only possible with anime original shows (you can talk all you want about adaptations, but there's always an actual answer that someone already knows and can easily spoil the conversation). In the second half there was always a buzz of discussion about what people were thinking about various aspects of the show and sharing ideas. When the ending came, a bunch of different interpretations of the ending could be found that ranged from "happily ever after" to "crawling in my skin, these wounds they will not heal". But the biggest thing for me that this series does it that it establishes a franchise that can continue to build. This is just one of the many tales within this universe and it's heavily implied that there will be more. There's already been a LN released for this series as well as a few mangas, a VN, and a Vita game. This is what I like to see from anime, when it births something new into this world and creates something original. Are all of those necessarily going to be good? Probably not, but they made the effort to make something unique and it paid off. Whatever comes next for this series, it can't come soon enough.

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And just because I wrote out all my thoughts on every anime I saw in 2014, here are my thoughts on pretty much everything else that aired in 2014. A lot of this is chicken scratch that came off the top of my head, so take that as you will.

Winter 2013/2014

Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda

An ecchi incest series, with ghosts and possession. Not a good series and I didn't finish it, but it's not so bad that I would never consider it again. I almost certainly wouldn't recommend this to anyone though.

STATUS: Backlog.

Witch Craft Works

A fairly interesting series with the roles reversed where the male lead is the weak one who needs saving and the female lead is the strong one. I never got around to finishing it, but I probably should. I might even consider picking up the manga.

STATUS: Backlog.

Noragami

A supernatural tale involving a very eccentric god. I read a good chunk of the manga but ended up not finishing the anime. It was alright, I'd still consider catching up with the rest of the manga sometime in the future and finishing up what I had left of the anime.

STATUS: Backlog.

Super Sonico The Animation

An anime that follows the life of Sonico the mascot of Nitro+. I don't think anyone had any sort of expectations for this show, but I think it was better than a lot of people expected it to be. It's not ground breaking by any means, but it's a pretty fun SoL comedy.

STATUS: It was decent.

Hamatora

A chuuni/shonen action anime. I thought it was alright. Didn't break any new grounds but was enjoyable for what it was. Had a fairly interesting hook for season 2, but I never ended up watching the second season although I don't think I would mind watching it.

STATUS: It was decent.

Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

A sequel to KyoAni's Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! A lot of people really didn't like this show because they were expecting a completely new full-fledged story and ended up getting mainly SoL shenanigans. If you looked at this show as more of a fandisk as opposed to a full sequel, I think you would get a lot more enjoyment out of this show. I treated it like that, and while obviously not being as good as the first season, I still found it enjoyable.

STATUS: It was decent.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

A romantic comedy with some pretty good character interactions. I actually was pretty into this show, but for some reason I never finished it. Mashiro really sold the show for me especially considering that was that VAs first role. I should definitely get back to it at some point.

STATUS: Backlog.

Mahou Sensou

A shonen comedy about magical warfare. I know a lot of the AniTAY people really hate this show, and I personally did not finish it. Part of me does want to go back and finish it to see what the fuss was about though.

STATUS: Backlog

Pupa

I don't even. I didn't finish it, but from the couple episodes I did see, I don't think I really want to. This show was some nightmare fever dream and even if I could probably finish it in under an hour, that would still probably be a waste of time.

STATUS: Dropped

Nourin

A SoL comedy with romance elements taking place in the country side. I thought this show was pretty fun and cute, although I don't think they used their premise of Ringo being a city girl coming to the country side well enough. It's probably elaborated more on in the LN, but I'm not sure if I'll ever get to it. I liked it, but probably not enough to pursue the LN.

STATUS: It was decent.

Wake Up, Girls!

An idol show that explored more of the darker side of what it takes to be an idol. I tend to really like idol shows and WUG is no different. It was a fairly interesting take on the idol genre and I quite liked it. The animation did suffer a bit in some episodes however which is kind of a bummer in any anime.

STATUS: It was good.

Nisekoi

A romantic comedy involving fake lovers. After watching the first episode I quickly read all the other chapters of the manga and have been following it weekly since. The anime definitely does a good job adapting manga and is very fun to watch.

STATUS: It was good.

Spring 2014

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

A short cute yuri show. The episodes weren't very long but they definitely were quite entertaining. Definitely not for everyone, but I enjoyed this show probably more than I reasonably should have.

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Also I'm not much of an OP/ED person, but damn if the ED for this show isn't catchy in the most cute, and "oh god I hope no one ever catches me singing this song" kind of way.

Also this show birthed my favourite fansub joke of 2014.

STATUS: It was good.

Akuma no Riddle

A battle royalesque show involving a class of female assassins. This show was alright although I think it could have been better. I read a bit of the manga and it seems the show kind of went on a tangent, so I think the premise is good and the manga might do better with it. I didn't hate this show though, I managed to watch all of it when without even realizing it I really ended up not keeping up with a lot of other shows, so that probably has to account for something.

STATUS: It was decent.

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou

A romantic comedy involving a house full of eccentrics. This show was pretty good on dealing with both its romantic and comedic elements, I probably would recommend this show to anyone who likes this genre. The only problem is that it's marred with the "curse of the adaptation" so while a lot of things started, not much of it came to a conclusion.

STATUS: It was good.

Kenzen Robo Daimidaler

Piloting mechs with the power of ero. Reverse tails and ero particles, this show was wack. I didn't end up finishing it, but there were some events in this show I really didn't expect considering the premise. I probably on the whole wouldn't recommend it to most people though. I can't even be certain if I'll even go back to finish it.

STATUS: Dropped

Seikoku no Dragonar

People ride dragons dragons are cool. The very first thing that came to my mind when I read the summary of this show was a reverse Zero no Tsukaima. I didn't finish it, but there's something that compels me to watch shows where Kugimiya Rie voices a tsundere loli, so I'll probably come back to it. From what I watched though, I probably wouldn't recommend this to most people.

STATUS: Backlog

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Underwater Magical Batman (or whatever moniker people came up with). A lot of people really didn't like this show, and I didn't finish it, but I enjoyed what I did watch. I have heard people telling me the LN is a lot better and that's probably true, so I'll probably put this on the LN backlog. I still might go back and finish this anime.

STATUS: Backlog

Gokukoku no Brynhildr

A kind of Action Horror Romance? I didn't finish this show, but I thought it was pretty interesting. I read a bit of the manga, and have heard that the anime really messes with the manga timeline or something of that nature. I really enjoyed Nononono by the same mangaka, so I'll probably catch up with the manga at some point.

STATUS: Backlog

Love Live Season 2

An idol show involving school idols. I liked Love Live's first season, so it's not surprising that I watched the second season. I actually liked the second season better than the first. The first season took up too much time recruiting everyone and not enough idol stuff. This second season kind of amends that. Idol shows aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it.

STATUS: It was good

Isshuukan Friends

A romance involving a girl who loses her memories each week. This show was very cute and at times could be quite sad. I didn't finish the anime, although I did read a good bit of the manga. I never caught up with the manga yet, but it's something I probably should do.

STATUS: Backlog.

Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara

The MC can see "flags" of other people and affect their outcome and he uses it to prevent an accident that sets a whole series of events in motion. This show was a fairly good harem comedy until near the end when it completely went off the rails. I'm almost certain the LNs didn't do that and this was an anime original ending. The ending really sours the entire series, I might check out the LNs, but probably not.

STATUS: It could be better.

Black Bullet

The world is under attack by an alien species known as the Gastrea and only select few can fight back against it. I didn't finish this show, but I liked the bit I did see. I might consider reading the LNs, we'll see.

STATUS: Backlog.

No Game No Life

A pair of siblings get transported to a world where everything is decided by playing games. I found this show to be pretty interesting and over the top although it does fall the curse of the adaptation as the obvious next steps would be to challenge all the other races but the anime probably will never get there. I'd certainly put the LNs in my backlog.

STATUS: It was good.

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?

A cute girls doing cute things show a theme of working in a café. I'm a sucker for the cute girls do cute things show, so I almost inevitably always watch them each season. The show was a very standard one of these, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The format for these shows have been so hammered in, that even if you just follow the basic outline, you'll usually at least produce something decent. I liked it, but I tend to like these kinds of shows.

STATUS: It was good.

Nanana's Buried Treasure

On an island, there are many artifacts that hold special powers and many denizens are in search of these artifacts. I really like the premise and setup for this series, the anime just didn't have enough time to follow through on the concept. I'll get to through the LNs at some point. The anime unfortunately falls short because it can't explore the concept enough.

Status: It was decent.

Date A Live II

A continuation of the first Date A Live. Date A Live is a harem series with action elements. I like most of the characters in the show and it was pretty comedic. I'm not sure why I like it as much as I do, but all I know is that I do. I'm hesitant to recommend it people because I can't quite put my finger on why it's so enjoyable, but if you're into this kind of harem series, you'll probably enjoy it.

STATUS: It was good.

Mekaku City Actors

The Kagerou Project turned into an anime. I had no experience with the Kagerou Project before this and I didn't finish the series. I might go back to it, but I was mostly confused and I'm still not completely sure what to think of even the parts that I did see. I'll throw it into the backlog and we'll see what happens from there.

STATUS: Backlog.

Summer 2014

Free! Eternal Summer

More Free. I enjoyed the first season, but I never finished the second season. It looks like it's more Free, although things don't seem as serious this time. I'll try to get back to it eventually.

STATUS: Backlog

Tokyo Ghoul

An action horror series involving ghouls that can only eat human flesh. I didn't finish it, but it was interesting from what I saw. I have heard that the anime messes with some things within the manga, so if I ever want to catch up with this series, I might just read the manga.

STATUS: Backlog.

Rail Wars!

A comedy series involving people working in the Japanese train industry. I didn't finish it, but from what I saw it looked like a kind of goofy comedy series. I liked what I saw so far, so I'll probably go back and finish it at some point.

STATUS: Backlog

Locodol

An idol show showing how an average girl becomes a local idol. I didn't finish it, but this is a show that seems up my alley. It was pretty cute, so I'll likely revisit it sometime in the future.

STATUS: Backlog

Sword Art Online II

A continuation of Sword Art Online. I'm actually a pretty big fan of SAO, after watching the first episode of the first season I read through a whole bunch of the LNs and stopped right after Mother's Rosario, as I would hopefully want to read of all Alicitization in one go. Nevertheless, I continued to enjoy SAO II even if I already knew everything that was going to happen.

STATUS: It was good.

Aldnoah Zero

I only ever finished the first episode of Aldnoah Zero and I know this probably is one of the most hated anime by the AniTAY community, so that by itself means I should probably finish it just to see what the fuss was about.

STATUS: Backlog.

Sabagebu!

A comedy series involving the members of an airsoft club. I didn't finish this series, but it was a pretty entertaining from what I watched. I should go back to it at some point

STATUS: Backlog

Akame ga Kill!

A shonen/chuuni anime. I didn't finish watching Akame ga Kill, but from what I heard it's made some serious deviations from the manga so if I ever do return to it, I'll probably just read the manga.

STATUS: Backlog

Himegoto

A short comedy anime involving traps. I only watched a couple episodes but I thought it was alright. You would probably never bring this up as a recommendation to another person though.

STATUS: Backlog

Hanayamata

Another cute girls do cute things anime with a stronger focus on plot. I did not finish it, although I did enjoy what I did watch. It definitely was a very pretty looking show, so I'll probably go back to it to finish it, I might even read the manga.

STATUS: Backlog.

Yama no Susume 2

A continuation from the first season of Yama no Susume. I quite liked the first season, although the second season's episodes were subbed fairly sporadically, making it difficult to follow. I'm not even sure if it's all completely subbed yet. I'll go through it at some point I'm sure.

STATUS: Backlog.

Persona 4 Golden

Another Persona 4 anime including the events of Golden. Having watched the first Persona 4 anime and having played through the game before, I just didn't have the willpower to go through it again. I'll probably just jump around finding the unique golden scenes that I haven't seen, but I doubt I'll sit through all of it again.

STATUS: Kind of Backlog.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? (Invaders)

A harem comedy involving a group of people all vying for control of a room. This show was fairly wacky in an enjoyable sense, although I didn't finish it. I'll try to get back to it at some point.

STATUS: Backlog

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

A harem action show. I didn't watch a lot of this show, but it seemed alright. I'll try to get back to it at some point.

STATUS: Backlog

Fall 2014

Denki-Gai no Honya-San

A comedy involving the workers of a bookstore in Akihabara. I quite liked this show, and I found the comedy to be pretty good. The comedy is targeted at a fairly specific audience so some people might have a hard time getting the references.

STATUS: It was good.

Danna Ga Nani o Itteriru ka Wakaranai Ken

A short comedy series involving a married couple, one of which is a big otaku while the other is a typical person. I quite enjoyed this series, it had some great humorous moments, and detailed an aspect of romance that you don't often see explored. Simply put it was short but sweet.

STATUS: It was good.

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin

An shonenesque anime based off a live action series. I picked this show up as a lot of people in the AniTAY chat were recommending it but I ended up not finishing it. While I don't think it's a bad show, it personally wasn't for me. The aesthetic appealed to a lot of people, but I personally didn't care for it. Although the transformation CG, etc was fairly well done.

STATUS: A good show, but didn't appeal me.

Log Horizon Season 2

A continuation from the first Log Horizon. I'm quite liking it despite a lot of people's complaints about DEEN. Sure it's not as good as season one, but it's certainly far from a terrible show. Yes, angsty Akatsuki was a drag, but I don't abandon ship just because it has a hole in it. There's still another cours of the show, and I plan to keep watching.

STATUS: Will continue watching

Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete

A sci-fi kind of show with supernatural elements. I watched maybe two or three episodes before deciding to play the VN. Once I'm finished with the VN I'll marathon through the anime and likely write up a review of both.

STATUS: Backlog

Cross Ange

I saw the first episode of Cross Ange and was turned off like quite a few people. There have been murmurs that it's gotten better, so maybe I will come back to it at some point. The genre's not really my thing, but if there's enough people saying I should revisit it, maybe I will.

STATUS: In Limbo?

Grisaia no Kajitsu

One of the only shows I've ever gotten visibly mad at in probably my entire history of watching anime. Not necessarily because it's bad, but because it's almost disrespectful to the source material. I really like Grisaia so seeing get botched so badly by this adaptation made me incredibly irritated. Be careful what you wish for (*cough*MuvLuvAnime*cough*) because it will probably not be what you want it to be.

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STATUS: Fuck this show, although I still watched all of it simply so I could tell people why they shouldn't watch this show.

Sora no Method

An drama involving a girl going back to her hometown and UFOs. Didn't finish it, but it didn't do anything incredibly offensive either, I'll get back to it.

STATUS: Backlog

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis

A fun fantasy adventure series with a pretty good cast of characters. I'm not quite as high on it as some other people, but it certainly was an enjoyable series.

STATUS: It was good.

Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

A harem series with a group of friends who suddenly inherit supernatural powers. A totally normal harem show, it didn't do as much with its twist, but I've read some stuff that it becomes more important in the later LNs. I'll throw it in the LN backlog, but I'm not dying to read it.

STATUS: It was decent

Amagi Brilliant Park

A fun comedy by KyoAni. KyoAni is a very interesting studio when it comes to adaptations because they're fully aware of the problems with anime and often come up with interesting solutions to it. ABP is both a faithful and unfaithful adaptation, but it does it in such a way that it doesn't necessarily offend the original fans, while changing things in such a way that it actually tells a practically complete story. Combined with a great cast of characters and good comedy it's definitely a great show.

STATUS: It was good.

Trinity Seven

A harem action anime. I read through all the scanlated manga chapter after watching the first episode. I do think T7 works better as a manga, and there's actually much more to it than what the anime showed. It was decent, but like with many other adaptations, the curse of the adaptation holds it back as it starts a lot of threads but never finishes them.

STATUS: It was decent.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai

A watched a bit of this show and read a review of the VN. It seemed fairly interesting, so for the sake of preserving my experience if/when I decide to play the VN, I put this show into the backlog for after I finish the VN.

STATUS: Backlog

Parasyte

Watched a couple episodes, I've read the manga and I personally prefer it, but this definitely isn't a bad way to experience the story. If you want to experience Parasyte but don't want to read the manga, this is a perfectly fine substitute.

STATUS: Read the manga

Shirobako

An anime about making anime. You would think someone would have thought about this already. The cast of characters are quite likeable (even Tarou) and each episode has been fairly solid. Certainly will continue watching.

STATUS: Will continue watching

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu

This was a weird show. I wasn't quite as crazy about it as some other people, but I don't think it was bad. It suffers from the curse of the adaptation and the animation quality definitely took a hit in some episodes, but it was alright.

STATUS:It was decent.

Girlfriend (Kari)

I had such high hopes for this anime, it really looked like it could do no wrong. I mean just throw together a whole bunch of major voice actresses together and just have them interact and that should be a shoe-in for success. Alas that was not to be. The show simply has too many characters, and you don't really get enough time to get attached to any of them. Also if you have favourite Vas you're anticipating, you'll almost certainly be let down by how little screen time they have. I can't bring myself to say that this was a bad show, so I'll say it was okay and let it slide.

STATUS: It was decent.