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Did you have a good year? I hope so. My 2015 was alright. Pretty unremarkable, a couple of new experiences, but mostly just been working. But for anime though, it’s been interesting I guess. I wouldn’t call 2015 a bad year for anime by any stretch, but thinking back on what I watched while writing this top 10 I was struck by how few series really left a major impact in the fandom, and more importantly how few left much of an impression on me. I think I’d overall characterise it as a solid, if unassuming, year for anime. Still, there’ve been at least a few that I’ll be remembering for a while, and enough that I wasn’t struggling for things to include!

Now, the definition I’m working with for ‘2015 anime’ is pretty broad, but a lot of other people are using it too so it’s nothing too radical or unexpected. It’s what I’ve been using for previous years: a series counts if it finished in 2015, and a film counts if it was first available for me to watch this year. I feel this is pretty sensible – you can’t exactly consider a show “best of the year” if it hasn’t even finished yet, shows that started last year wouldn’t get a chance otherwise, and expecting me to consider a film that I could’ve only watched in a cinema in Japan is just silly.

Before we get to the top 10, I want to talk about some anime that didn’t quite make the cut, but definitely deserve a shoutout.

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While Gatchaman Crowds was good fun, I feel like its focus on being an action series left its social commentary and more thoughtful discussions on social media a little in the lurch. That side needed a bit more focus and attention to really bring it out fully. There was still some fantastic discussion going and it’s a great text to read, but I imagine a lot of it would be lost on most people as it jumped around a bit too much and didn’t make its goals clear. It was, in short, a bit confusing. Rewarding as hell once you picked it apart and gave it a good analysis, but if you hadn’t gone out of your way to take that step – and it’s not like the show compels you to do so either – it would come across a bit muddled.

Gatchaman Crowds Insight represented the perfect opportunity to really improve on that and deliver itself to greatness. Spoiler alert: it succeeds, handily. But even knowing that it would obviously be trying to do that, I definitely did not expect the direction it took.

Just as a heads up, this review does contain a fair few mid-story spoilers. It’s mostly that discussing what it accomplishes requires discussing some major aspects of the plot which are pretty far removed from how the show begins, so you may well lose out on some of the pretty cool surprises in store. I’ve largely avoided major twists, however – consider this your warning, just in case.

“YES! Finally more Gatchaman Crowds!!”

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