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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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Shirobako’s plot revolved around two threads running in parallel: the longterm goals of Miyamori and her friends to all work together in the anime industry, eventually realising their school project onto the big screen; and the day-to-day struggle to create anime while having to deal with the realities of business and other people. Episode 23 brought both of these to resounding, unforgettable climaxes, vindicating the efforts of everyone involved and putting a definite conclusion on series-long character arcs before happily wrapping everything up comfortably in the finale.

I’m cheating a little bit here – these are technically two moments, almost wholly separated from each other (although one couldn’t have happened without the other), but asking me to pick and choose just the one is unfair. How are you supposed to discuss this episode without discussing both of these moments! They represent Shirobako’s peaks in workplace comedy and character-driven emotional catharsis, both of which were integral to Shirobako’s success.

Spoilers ahead, obviously

Spoilers ahead, obviously

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Shirobako

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After enough time spent watching anime, it’s to be expected that you’ll be curious as to how it’s actually made – and not just the art of animation, but also the production aspects of it and more besides. It’s unfortunate then that there aren’t really a lot of resources to learn about it. Or at least, not in English. My limited understanding more or less comes from a few Answerman posts on ANN, the occasional bit of info the sakuga nerds retweet onto my timeline, and baseless intuition.

And I have to admit, I was not expecting Shirobako to fill in that educational gap. After all, the premise given before it aired was more or less “a group of high school girls made an anime in school, and now aim to make one together as professionals!” which, y’know, still sounds like a cute-girls-doing-cute-things show just transposed into a working environment. A nice bit of fluff that captures some of the fundamentals but is only really a shallow take on it, because it’s just context for the character-driven meat of the show. Kinda like Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, but anime instead of manga and moe instead of romantic-comedy.

Christ was I wrong.

Very wrong

Very wrong

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