Hoshiko’s Best Anime 2015


2015 has come and gone. A new anime season is coming with more titles and fun. But before we delve any deeper into new series that will air in 2016, let’s take a moment to see what 2015 had for us.

Once again, the criteria is that the anime series must end in 2015, regardless of when it started airing.

So this is it! The annual Hoshiko’s Best Anime list has returned.


Shirobako reigns this year. Without a doubt. The anime brought light to many challenges of anime production and let us anime fans have a glimpse of what’s life behind the scenes. Furthermore, having likeable characters with strong passion adds icing to the cake.

I often find myself really drawn in by the intensity of the episodes and rooting for the characters to overcome a wall, whatever it is, and grow as the series progress.

kuroko no basuke

Kuroko no Basuke

It felt like ages ago that this series has ended although it only just ended this year. I’ve detailed the reasons why I love Kuroko no Basuke so much and I believe this is a series I would re-watch again many years down the road. It has characters with tenacity, drive and matches that are captivating.

It’s a love or hate series for basketball game lovers, but for me, it’s a series I’ll never forget and will always think fondly of.


Subete F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider

I find this series interesting primarily because of the mystery behind a locked room murder case. It always pique my curiosity whenever there’s a locked room mystery. How did the killer get in and out? How did the killer manage to cover their tracks? My brain will always try work out the puzzle. Can’t say I succeed, but it’s interesting how the characters managed to come out with the theory behind the mystery.

Besides that, the constant debates of opposite opinions between the two main characters Saikawa-sensei and Nishinosono-kun are something worth ponder on. I find Saikawa-sensei a rather odd character. I supposed being at a different level of intelligence, he has different views on many aspects of life and tend to answer questions in a vague way.

The pacing of the series started to become intense after Saikawa decided to resolve the mystery and this is when the series gets even more exciting. I will recommend this to all viewers who enjoy mystery genre.



Short, simple and sweet. This is easily the only short series that I enjoy to date. And even eagerly waiting each new episode because it’s simply that much fun to watch.

Honestly, watching this series gives me the urge to fly to Japan, go to places and taste the food like how the character did.

Young Black Jack

Young Black Jack

This may come off as a surprise for some people, but I seriously enjoyed the series. I always thought of multi-tasking going into any episode, but end up only watching Young Black Jack without doing anything else. It’s that captivating. Part of it is because it has an intense storytelling tendency in each episode. There’s always a new medical case to challenge Hazama’s talent as a blossoming surgeon as well as his ethical grounds.

Time after time, Hazama proved that he is willing to get caught and lose his one chance of getting a medical license in order to save lives and learn from renowned surgeons. Perhaps this is also one of the attractive points of the series. Not sure if it’s recommended to practice such attitude though.

So that’s my top 5 for 2015! What’s yours?


10 thoughts on “Hoshiko’s Best Anime 2015

  1. I also really enjoyed Shirobako, showing what it is like for the staff who brings us these anime we all love to life and for enjoyment! The five girls struggle, along with their coworkers’ worries and drama is what helped it make such an anime I really loved! I hope there is another season, even with a new cast (like maybe follow Ochiai after he leaves and his role in Studio Canaan).

    Wakako-zake was such a simple delight, and after learning that there is a live J-drama I would definetly want to see that as well.

    Speaking of locked-room mysteries, have you ever heard of Kagi no Kakatta Heya? http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Kagi_no_Kakatta_Heya

    • Hey Albert, thanks for commenting.

      Absolutely agree with you on Shirabako. That is what I love most about the series: letting us have a peek behind scene.

      Oh, I didn’t know that Wakako-zake will have a live J-drama. That’ll be interesting. How will the short series translate to a live action? J-drama is usually about an hour long if I’m not mistaken?

      Nope, never heard of Kagi no Kakatta Heya. Thanks for sharing though. I might just check out the series. =)

  2. I have only watched Wakako Zake from your list, which was surprisingly entertaining ;D
    I might like Shirobako, I intentionally passed on it when it aired, I didn’t know what to make of it.
    Honestly I can’t remember what aired in 2015 XD

    I had so much fun with many Sol shows. I liked The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Houkago no Pleiades, Arslan Senki, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime and Non Non Biyori Repeat without real ranking.

    • You should give Shirobako a go when you have the time. I highly recommend it and it’s not just because you watch anime too. In my opinion, it’s really a good anime.

      I’ve only watched Akagami no Shirayuki-hime from your list. It’s a really sweet anime and hey, second season is coming in just a couple of days!

  3. Apologies for the late comment! Hmm, my top 5 anime of 2015… Kekkai Sensen and Death Parade would take spots #1 and #2 respectively for me, but I’m not too sure about the rest. Gangsta, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, Noragami Aragoto, and Osomatsu-san would probably have to fight it out.

    • Death Parade and Akagami no Shirayuki-hime are good too, but Gangsta. feels unfinished to me. I didn’t watch Noragami Aragoto although I keep seeing this title on many top 2015 anime list. That sort of pique my interest a little there.

      Thanks for sharing, Artemis!

  4. KuroBasu is definitely a fun and exciting watch for me as well. Their matches are just so good-a big props to their excellent animation and music too, which are one of the many reasons why their matches are so exciting to watch.

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