2011 is pretty much a good year for anime. We anime fans have been blessed with some of the best anime series ever this year and we have seen anime that make use of new motifs and new concepts and anime that use established motifs and concepts with a new twist. I personally believe that there is no such thing as a sucky anime, and those that are labelled as bad anime are simply ones that do not fit to their personal preferences. With that, I will look back at 2011 anime and take my personal picks of the best of the best by season.
Without further ado, here are my picks!
Winter – Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Winter 2011 was basically all about Madoka. I think this one of the best stuff that Studio Shaft has churned out thus thus far. Many fans call this anime as the “Evangelion of magical girl anime” because the anime had given the magical girl genre something that it never had – a serious thought provoking storyline. When the first 3 episodes has finished and the tragedy comes forth, many head were turned and much attention was given to what was first seen as just another magical girl anime.
Shortlist: Shortlist: Kore wa Zombie desu ka, Gosick
Spring – Nichijou
I think Nichijou is one of the best comedy anime I’ve watched this year. Every episode of this anime has made me laugh like hell and Hyadain has done a good job on the the 2 OP themes and the 1st ED theme of the anime. One thing of note is that any scene where Sakamoto the cat is involved is always a great and funny scene! Nichijou has just made watching ordinary life of young high school girls much more hilarious.
Shortlist: Steins;Gate, Hanasaku Iroha
Summer – Usagi Drop
This anime is a total visual feast; every scene is just so vivid and organic. I really like how this show subtly expounds some societal issues perfectly and Rin and Daikichi’s chemistry is just perfect as and very fun to watch. I also really like how Rin can be so moe at times without having to resort to pantsyhots to pull that off. Usagi Drop is the proof that moe doesn’t have to be ecchi to be appealing.
Shortlist: Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Dantalian no Shoka
Fall – UN-GO
This season was probably the hardest to do because technically the season hasn’t finished yet and this season had many heavyweights, but in the end UN-GO still has my heart. This anime has got to be the best supernatural mystery anime I’ve ever seen, but what really hooked me this isn’t the mystery but what happens after the mystery has been solved. Normally in a mystery anime, its over when mystery has been solved, but UN-GO twists things to show that the truth isn’t what it always seem or everything isn’t just over yet. The anime’s ED theme is one of the best ED themes this year.
Shortlist: Fate/Zero, Mirai Nikki