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2014! It’s been quite the year for me, pretty much entirely because I graduated university. I’m like, an adult or something now, it’s horrifying, but it hasn’t stopped me watched my foreign children’s cartoons!
And it’s not been a bad year for anime. Masaaki Yuasa and Shinichiro Watanabe directing TV series, the start of the most popular part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Mushishi returning after 9 years without the slightest dip in quality, there’s been some pretty notable stuff going on. I can’t say there were any major surprises or new franchises that I feel are going to stand out as classics beyond Kill la Kill and Space Dandy, and the latter is chiefly because of how hard it was pushed on western audiences (not a knock on its quality, of course), but there were still a good clutch of series and films that I enjoyed greatly.
Before I indulge in a stunning display of originality and discuss my top 10 anime of the year, a quick reminder: a series counts as being from 2014 if it ended this year, even if it’s a long runner. Split cours – a single series that has seasonal gaps between chunks of the series – count as whatever year the last cours ended in (hence the exclusion of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, because it technically hasn’t finished yet). Neither of these are strict, but it’s a good enough guide. The edge cases don’t matter because they were never going to be on the list.
With that out of the way, here’s my top 10 anime of 2014!
Happy new year!
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With the winter season all but over it’s time to look forward to warmer weather and new cartoons!
As always, click for full size and green = fuck yes!, orange = fuck maybe! and red = fuck no!
Winter was pretty alright all things considered, with a few surprises and some notable disappointments. Could have been better, could have been worse, had the unfortunate pleasure of having starting then be overshadowed by a show from the previous season (Kill la Kill). But that’s over and… so are most of the shows I’m watching. Thanks to Space Dandy being turned into a split-cours as opposed to continuous 2-cours and Space Brothers going into a pause there are only two shows I’m watching that are continuing into the spring – Yowamushi Pedal and Happiness Charge Precure!. Which is actually quite a nice turn of events!
As usual, if you’re one of the lucky few reading this to be new to the whole ‘airing anime’ thing, maybe check out my increasingly out-of-date guide? Might prove helpful!
So here are my pickups for the season:
- Akuma no Riddle
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
- Mushishi: Zoku Shou
- Isshuukan Friends.
- Black Bullet
- Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?
- Ping Pong THE ANIMATION
- Mekaku City Actors
And my thoughts:
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