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Dec 31, 2009 2:49 AM
Anime Relations: Maria†Holic, Bakemonogatari, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger, Ookami to Koushinryou II, Sengoku Basara, Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-hen, Higashi no Eden, Cross Game, Chi's Sweet Home: Atarashii Ouchi, Kimi ni Todoke, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Kuuchuu Buranko, Aoi Bungaku Series
Mew’s Top 10 Anime Shows of 2009

tl;dr version:
10. Bakemonogatari
9. Kimi ni Todoke
8. Trapeze
7. Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
6. Eden of the East
5. Sengoku Basara
4. Shin Mazinger Z
3. Aoi Bungaku / Blue Literature
2. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
1. Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

2009, a year of shitty ass shows, yet there were actually a lot of decent ones. Plenty of second seasons and remakes this year too. Trolling, fanservice, moe, and crap like that too. But what were truly the great shows of this year?Fuck if I know, but in my opinion these are the shows that shined this year.

By the way, this listen won’t incude OVAs, ONAs, or Movies. If I did include them, then Ichigo Mashimaro encore and Higurash no Naku Koro ni Rei will be included. No I have yet to see Summer Wars or Kara no Kyoukai 7.

10. Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari Success and Triumph

1. Top Summer Anime according to 2ch
2. Top Summer Anime according to Dengeki
3. Weeks Best-selling Novel Series according to Asahi Shimbun Newspaper
4. Second highest selling DVD/BD anime TV series in the first week
5. Most downloaded anime released by GG since year began
6. Hideo Kojima has already started to read Bakemonogatari novel, According to his blog.
7. Bakemonogatari is the highest selling non mecha anime in history.

NUFF. FUCKING. SAID. But seriously, Bakemonogatari is pretty damn good. The dialogue is witty and amusing, and this happens nearly every episode. Since it is animated by SHAFT, without a doubt the animation is quite eye appealing. Some people may hate the way SHAFT handles their shows, but I am quite a fan of it.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…well, for what it’s worth, it pretty much has the same formula every episode. Araragi meets a girl, finds out her problem, talks to her, and then saves her. After that, they have a funny conversation. It is good, but I would like to see something different, good thing the series itself is not that long or else I would really be tired of that. Another problem I have is that it is a harem. I have no problem with harems, but it’s just not my thing. Besides, why can’t Araragi save a guy for once? A man to man conversation could be more amusing to the audience than a man to woman conversation. But hey, it’s still a good show. However, let me quote Public Enemy here and say…DON’T BELIEVE IN THE HYPE!

9. Kimi ni Todoke

Besides a few magical girl series, I don’t really know much about shoujo. Remind me to ask Becca and YamaChan for help on that. Anyways this show is quite refreshing than most of the shows I watch. Romantic series between an unpopular girl and a very popular school celebrity, never really seen anything like this. At first I thought it would be boring, but it truly grabbed my interest after the first episode. Sawako (or Sadako) is adorably innocent, and the rest of the characters are good in their own way. Also, I love the visuals. I wish my night sky was as beautiful as theirs.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…Well, from what I been told, it has typical shoujo clichés. There are plenty of misunderstandings and drama made from those misunderstandings. Now that’s okay, but in a realistic sense it’s not. But who am I kidding? Anime? Realism? Lol. Still, I don’t like how every conflict so far in the series was created by a misunderstanding. The show isn’t over yet so maybe not all of them will be made from misunderstandings.

8. Trapeze/Kucho Buranko

WEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLCOOOOOOOOOOME! Another great series from the supposedly crappy Fall season of ’09. Trapeze, or Kucho Buranko, is show not like most anime shows people watch. Lately anime has degraded itself to shows that mainly have to do with fanservice, moe, harem, or over the top action. There are a few shows that set it apart from that, and that’s Trapeze. Basically it’s about patients who need help with problems such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, so they go to a psychiatrist named Irabu, who is kind of insane. He wears some weird costume, but changes between appearances. He can be a little kid or a cynical adult as well, however the patient usually never notices. Unlike most shows, Irabu treats males. Yes, males. No females. Holy crap, what is this? Actually it’s pretty amusing. The patients get themselves into trouble with their illnesses. In the end, the patients get over their illnesses and finish off the episodes happy. One more thing I like about this is that all the patients’ stories end up in other patient’s stories. For example, at the end of the series, Yuta is a patient who has an obsession over his cellphone. Later on, his father, Dr. Tsuda has his own kind of illness that is connected with his son. It is done so beautiful.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because… Some episodes are a hit or miss. All of them are entertaining but some more than others. Also, and this seems to be a big problem for everyone, is the random coloring and polka dots seen in every episode. That set off a lot of viewers away, calling it a trippy mindfuck. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for me, since it was easy to get use to by episode two, but it still leaves problems at times. Another problem is that some of the stuff gets confusing. Characters switch between being a cartoon to being a real person, Irabu’s appearance changing from time to time, and characters turning into animals after getting a shot from Irabu. Sometimes it’s obvious but other times you just don’t know.

7. Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Rumba > Bure > Ringo Migore Beam. But that does not mean Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei was bad at all. Like the seasons before it, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is pretty damn funny. It is a different comedy than shows like Cromartie High School of Full Metal Panic Fumoffu. It pokes fun at human everyday tendencies that I never really notice until after they mentioned them. The way they talk about them really blows my mind and makes me wonder how Koji Kumeta notices all of these. Another great thing about this show is that even though there are plenty of female characters, and just one main male character, there are still some other male characters out there so it sort of evens out.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…like Trapeze, it’s a hit or a miss. Some episodes leave me in stitches while other episodes are just okay. Another thing the show tends to do is use Chiri, and god I think I will be flamed for this, too much. Yes, her gimmick is that she kills people and fucks shit up but it sort of gets old. There is a huge cast and I’m glad they added even more, but you can use them you know.

6. Eden of the East/Higashi no Eden

I can already feel the hate I am getting for putting this not much higher on the list. People seem to like shows like Eden of the East. You know, like Highlander, Rozen Maiden, and Mirai Nikki. The whole, kill these people and you will grow stronger or gain something kind of story. I like those too. What’s great though is that the main character is pretty cool. Akira Takizawa is mysterious and interesting, but over that he seems like a fun person to hang out with. He has a dog with wings, his house is a fucking mall, and he wants to save NEETs. Wow. That’s cool man. The rest of the characters are alright, but Takizawa is just so cool. Besides the main plot, the mystery behind the whole Careless Monday is mindboggling, and with the powers of the Selecao, anything could happen. The show was also animated by Production I.G., who also animated Kimi ni Todoke. So you can bet the animation and visuals are great. In fact, they even got English voice actors for American characters. How the hell did they do that?

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…well, everyone can guess why. The show was too short. For a plot like Eden of the East, you need a lot of time to develop the characters and hype up the enemies. They managed to do half of that in eleven episodes, but all that did was make the audience want more. Of course, they will continue it but with two movies rather than another season. I guess this is different, but I just wish they didn’t make us need to wait. Not a big problem, but I don’t really like the faces of the characters. The thing on their nose is annoying and I just wanna rip whatever the hell it is off.

5. Sengoku Basara

Dear Production I.G., don’t stop being so great. Sengoku Basara is really a great show and appealing to those who like action. Usually when you think of samurai anime shows, or ones that based in feudal times, you just think stuff like…demons, legendary swordsmen, evil ruling empires taking over and stuff. Well guess what? THIS HAS…only the last one. The plot isn’t too terrific but the action is where it’s at. You got Date, a Six sword wielding maniac, Yukimura who…somehow…can attack with fire tornados, and Honda. Honda isn’t a main character or anything but Jesus, he’s a fucking mecha jet-packing warrior. HOW COOL IS THAT?! Also you got Oda. A villain voiced by Wakamoto, and if that isn’t evil enough for you, he drinks from skulls. Skulls. Yeah, he’s badass. Put characters like these together and you got kick ass fights in nearly every episode.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…not every episode has over the top fighting. Now that’s not a problem, but sometimes you are put off by the times they do not fight. Another thing is that sometimes during fights, the animators resort to sketch fights. Some people like it, but I don’t like it as much as others. The number one thing I just didn’t like is that the final battle had too much Date and Yukimura. It’s expected that they should fight Oda, but I wanted to see Maeda, Takeda, and even Uesugi with his ridiculous outfit do something. But no, they all were either injured or just not there when they could have helped.

4. Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen

The mecha series of the year. Maybe this was not as good as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann but it still kicked major ass. Kouji may be your typical shounen lead, but the rest of the characters are truly better characters than he will ever be. Tsubasa and Baron Ashura are some of the best characters I have ever seen. The background and development of their characters was phenomenal. The other characters are good too, a whole lot more original than most characters nowadays, but they are nothing compared to Tsubasa or Ashura. The action is great too but the plot and story is where the show really shines. Remind me to go watch/read more Go Nagai stuff.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…a couple things. First off, there was some kind of fad between anime shows where the first episode was some weird filler. Mazinger Z was no exception and the first episode put off some viewers while it fucked the minds of others. Really, was there a need to have that kind of episode? Another problem is…well, is it just me do the character’s mouths seem weird? Kind of nitpicky, but the art at times bugs me. Also Kouji sucks. By no means is he terrible, but compared to everyone else he is. At times I really just wish they would only show Kouji when he is fighting or giving more development towards Tsubasa.

3. Aoi Bungaku

Watch this. I don’t care what you like, go watch it. If you like romance, action, or comedy, go watch this. Does Aoi Bungaku have that? Maybe not, but just watch it. Aoi Bungaku basically is an animation of what could be live action shows. Thank God it was an anime so I can watch this magical piece of work. The animation is amazing (if only Madhouse can be this consistently good), the switch between artists is great, and the philosophy and thoughts behind each story is DEEEEEEEP. In all seriousness, I am not much of a hard thinker or mature at all, but I still love this show. It is just so different from everything else. When I watched this, I had no idea what I would be watching but it ended up being great. Each arc and story in the series holds a different purpose and story behind it.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…again, some stories are better than the others. No Longer Human, Kokoro, and Run, Melos are all really amazing. The Spider’s Thread and Hell Screen are fantastic. Cherry Blossoms, eh…wish it was a little bit more serious. The Nana Mizuki moe moments, random iPod and phone cameras moments, and the boar was just lame. Was there really a need to have those? I guess there is a deeper meaning within it, but I would not know.

2. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

If the Big 3 was the Big 4, FMA would be the fourth series. The ever so popular series of Full Metal Alchemist definitely lives up to its hype. Where can I start to talk on how great this series is? The characters are great, the story is amazing, and I have no problems with the animation at all. If I had to try and think right now, I really can not remember an anime that actually uses science in any way. How does Hiromu Arakawa do it? Did she have a major in chemistry or something? Either way, Fullmetal Alchemist really is truly amazing.

WHY THE HELL ISN’T THIS #1? I SHOULD KILL YOU FOR THIS!

Well it’s not because…I like the anime I put for #1 a whole lot more. The negative stuff I have to say for Fullmetal Alchemist are nitpicky bullshit such as, I prefer the dub way more than the sub. Or, the comedy parts at random times seem out of place and awkward. And, is it just me or is the art in Brotherhood more…round and bouncy than the kind at the original anime. Oh and I can’t forget…THIS ANIME HAS NO REWRITE. WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS THIS SHIT? RAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE.

1. Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

What did you expect? Akikan? Boxing is healthier than soda. I love Hajime no Ippo, top 5 series for me and it’s not surprise for someone like me to enjoy this as much. Hajime no Ippo has a different and more modern feel to it than the original series, something that was tough for me to get use to but it is still the same old Hajime no Ippo that I love. The characters are the same, the fights are magnificent and the opening is……crap compared to OP2 of the original but that does not matter.

Unlike the first anime, this focused a whole lot more on other characters such as Miyata, Date, and of course, Takamura. Ippo was really the whole center in the first anime, leaving matches that contained other characters to be quite short and summarized but now we get to see more of their matches. Also the series has an actual villainous heel and not just some other strong boxer that the main character must defeat. Bryan Hawk has to be one of the greatest heels, written wise and emotional wise. He has that attitude that makes you want to kill him. Disrespecting boxing and Japan itself, that is a motherfucking heel. Bryan Hawk is real villain in boxing; in fact he is a better villain than most anime villains. And the fight between the two, fan-fucking-tastic.

Some thing that really gives Hajime no Ippo a different vibe than most shows is that is has emotion. “Holy Jesus fuck, anime with emotion? C’mon, you just mean they are yelling right?” No, go jump off a cliff. Determination, determination, determination. That’s the keyword here. I know, sport anime shows are mainly about this but since this is boxing and has fights, it works double. I hear a few stories about Hajime no Ippo changing people, like their goals, or giving them some kind of motivation. For me, it motivates me to be a little bit more active. A long time dream of mine is to be a professional wrestler, and that is quite different than being a boxer but I still need to be physically in shape. I am thankful now for Hajime no Ippo and the motivation it has rubbed on me. By the way, I made an Ippo boxer in Fight Night Round 4, and he sucks ass.

Only problems I have with this show is the theme song, Kimura, and Kumi’s voice. Not big problems but I might as well talk about them. LAST ALLIANCE is a good band and all, but really, everyone knows OP2 kicks so much major ass. Why didn’t they just get something from the same people who made that? Kimura is my favorite between the four main boxers. He’s mature, collected, and pretty cool guy. His fight with Mashiba has to be one of my favorites. Sadly, he lost all his momentum after that match and becomes nothing worthy of praise any longer. As for Kumi’s voice…well, it’s just not as good as the original one. I don’t know, maybe I’m just use to it. Thinking about it, what the hell is up with Aoki’s hair?



Well that’s my Top 10 Anime Shows of the Year. Here are some honorable mentions:

Maria+Holic:
It was funny, had classic SHAFT animation, and the characters were great. However my only problem was that there was only a few times the show actually made me laugh. You know what would have made it really entertaining though? Asami Sanada as the boke and Miyuki Sawashiro as the tsukkomi in a manzai stand up.

Cross Game:
Another great show that could have been on the list. Looking at it, it seems like it’s just your standard baseball series. You have the main character who’s perfect, his friends who are good but not the best, and the girl who is great but can’t play. Yeah you got the stereotypes, but it is so much more than that. The show itself is entertaining with great humor, but sometimes I can see it not being my kind of show. The art of the characters is kind of bland and the pace of the show is sort of slow. A combination I don’t really like. That’s not to say it’s terrible, but it is just not for me.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.:
One of the most original premise for a show, and they handled it kind of well. Characters are realistic and well developed. However, I am not fond about some of the stuff in the series. We expected realism right? (again, lol realistic anime) But nothing major happened in the first beginning episodes. Oh yeah, people are starving, buildings collapsing, Tokyo Tower is falling, yeah that’s all great but nothing truly tragic. Then when Yuuki died, of course the viewers feel bad but I just got up from my seat and yelled out “FUCKING FINALLY SOMEONE DIED!” Finally the main characters got hit hard, now that’s some realism there. You can’t expect a plot like this to have a really happy feeling, fuck that. We want tears and sadness.

Chi’s New Address:
Beginning episodes is just your average kiddy stuff. Although the humor is quite good, but the end episodes just really touched me. Seriously, I nearly teared.

Spice & Wolf II:
To be honest, this was more exciting and enjoyable than the first season. I got nothing much else to say about this show though; it just was not as good as the shows above it.
Posted by MewMatic197 | Dec 31, 2009 2:49 AM | 1 comments
ayEwyllie | Aug 12, 2010 5:18 PM
Not putting cross game or seitokai in the top ten depresses me.
:(/10