Hoshiko’s Best Anime 2011

Alrighty. It’s the end of 2011. Do you know what this means? It’s time for my personal list of best anime in 2011. This list contains anime that has completed its run within Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Summer 2011 and Fall 2011. Of course, it has to be an anime that I’ve seen. And that also means any other anime that I saw this year but did not debut and complete or complete (debuted in Fall 2010) within those periods are not taken into consideration. As always, I’ll list out only five on my very short list. The reasons for the very short list are 1) I don’t have a long list of anime to pick from and 2) I only make sure the ones I really, really like make the list.

*Drum Rolls* Hoshiko’s best anime of 2011 is….

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Usagi Drop: Final Round of Thoughts

Whether or not the series will continue adapting what the manga has no longer feels important to me. The anime started with Daikichi as a carefree salary man with nothing much to worry about and slowly he turned into someone who was constantly feeling inadequate and unconfident about his parenting skills and worrying about the welfare of a total stranger, Rin, to someone who knows he had made the right choice. As we all know, he turned out great. Likewise, Rin has morphed into a cheerful, beautiful butterfly from her shelled cocoon at the start of the series. Two complete strangers at the start of the episode had become family by the end of the series.

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Usagi Drop Episode 8: Grandpa’s Precious Thing

First of all, Happy Birthday Rin!. I think that makes her seven years old now? Our favourite anime kid is growing up, y’all. And she’s growing up to be a fine lady.

If last week’s focus was on Haruko’s struggles as a wife and a daughter-in-law, this week’s focus was on Masako’s personal struggle – to be the best mangaka or possibly giving up her career for Rin. That’s how I see it. I know I was a bit harsh on her the first time I saw her but after taking a deeper look into her character this week, I must say I feel for her.

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