My annual best anime post has returned! Strangely though, I have hard time writing this post. It’s almost as if the anime this year is not that memorable. That’s not a good sign. Granted, I was drifting in and out of what I call the “anime mode” (indulging in anime) due to work-related projects. Still, it shouldn’t be hard to recall a good anime right? Right??
Anyway, the list below consists of anime completed this year. So it means, the anime could’ve started during Autumn 2011 but completed Winter 2012.
While I might’ve trouble listing out five good anime from 2012, I didn’t find it hard to give the number 1 spot to sports/game anime, Chihayafuru. Chihayafuru, in my opinion, has a very good narrative. It’s directed in a way that the story flows and everything falls into the right place at the right moment. It’s the kind of series that’s hard to put down once I got started. It has that pulling power.
I’m not into poems and stuff, and it doesn’t really matter if I like them or not. Heck, I didn’t know the existence of karuta before watching the series. At the end of the day, Chihayafuru focused more on friendships, characters and their passion towards karuta as well as their goals. Sure, it’s going to throw in a few things about the game itself here and there, but I assure you, you won’t be lost.
Since I love music oh so much, having awesome soundtrack inevitably make an anime stands out a little more. There are a lot of movies that I identify with the soundtrack more than the story. Needless to say, I spent a good few months repeating the soundtrack on my playlist. So soothing. My friend told me it’s such a relaxing soundtrack and that she almost fell asleep in my car. Hmm…come to think of it, I hope she meant that in a good way…
Ano Natsu de Matteru
I watch a lot of romantic comedy series this year, and found this to be the best. It doesn’t matter if it involves an alien, which by the way isn’t green with humungous pair of eyes. The pacing of series works for me and most importantly, it’s hilarious. Do you guys (who have watched the series) still remember Lemon?! She did a wonderful job of making Ano Natsu de Matteru all the more enjoyable. We all know good romance and many funny moments are the must-have ingredients of romantic comedy and Ano Natsu de Matteru blended the two in perfect harmony. It raised the bar of romantic comedy series.
What I like the most is that even with a string of unrequited loves here and there, I wasn’t bogged down by complexity of relationships. The boy-girl relationships and test of friendships were kept nice and simple.
Sakamichi no Apollon
Music. Didn’t I just say having good music made a series stands out a little more? I love Sakamichi no Apollon for its jazz and the glorious yesteryears. However, if a series has good music and is without a decent story to tell, that would be bad right? In that sense, this coming-of-age series provided a fun ride. I enjoyed seeing how Kaoru slowly opening up his closed heart, discovering love, music and making lasting friendships along the way. Music was of course the best part.
Koko is an unforgettable character. I can’t say the same to a lot of characters so that’s something. Besides, she has this unforgettable song that’d, without warning, creeped into my head if there’s any mention of “Koko”, “Coco”, “Cocoa”…I think you can already imagine it. Oh, so catchy! Having said that, what made this series stood out from the other series I saw this year is the characters. I’m not only talking about Koko but also Jonah, the solider boy.
Jormungand is action-packed and usually action-oriented series stops at that. This is different in the sense that it has some of the most interesting characters of the year. I always believe in having good characters to build a story. Even if the entire storyline falls short, having memorable characters can do wonders. Jormungand has that, in my opinion. It might be the “victim” of current trend and was split into two short seasons, I’m happy that the second season didn’t fail to make the same impact as the first. Some series just wilted away from my mind when the second season aired.
Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
Slice-of-life isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s mine. I appreciate this light-hearted, fun-filled series. It’s great to see Yuno and her friends again after a while. It’ll be great to see them again, hopefully soon. What I enjoy most this season is how the characters are beginning to envision their future together now that Sae and Hiro, the seniors, will be graduating. I’d love to say that sometimes it’s series like this that prompt us to cherish our seconds of our lives, continuing making wonderful memories of our own.
Hidamari Sketch is dear to my heart, and it’s a series I’ll be keeping an eye on for a long time. There isn’t a lot of series I can say the same about.
Alrighty then. These are my five favorite series from 2012. What’s yours?
P.S The first picture was only there because I didn’t know where this screenshot best fit. C’mon, the girl has a priceless face and it’d be a waste not to use it anywhere.