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Jan 10, 2011 1:32 PM
Anime Relations: Cobra The Animation, Nodame Cantabile: Finale, Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, Cat Shit One, Katanagatari, Sengoku Basara Two, Durarara!!, Mitsudomoe, Giant Killing, Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
Mew’s Top 10 Anime Shows of 2010

This is strictly opinion, but who cares if it is? My words are fact, so if you don’t like ‘em then tough luck. I wanted to start with a “No, ___ is not on the list.” But that wouldn’t be fun, now would it? Let’s keep it in suspense and whatnot. Anyways, personally I find this year somewhat more enjoyable than 2009. There are far less sequels which make way for much more new anime series. Besides the lack of sequels, the quality of the shows really is better this year. Last year, I was raging off the top of my lungs so much anime shows that I just had to make a top 10 anime list the tell the wonderful people what is good. But not so much this year, but still I felt like I wanted to make the list. So let’s do it.

Oh and, I’m not including OVAs, ONAs, or movies. I still have yet to watch the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha movie or the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya anyways.

Go to the end for the final list.

Oh and…SPOILERS FOR ALL THE SHOWS!

10. Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai

What’s this? An incestuous anime show that isn’t generic, lame, boring, and bland? No fucking way! And what else? Our heroine is an otaku/fujoshi/anime nerd?! What the hell!? Well really, I liked shows like Genshiken, Otaku no Video, and I guess I liked Lucky Star but I still wanted anime shows that had characters that liked anime, manga, visual novels, etc. Surprisingly, a show about incest gave me one.

To the very end, this show ended up being amusing at each scene. All, except Ayase, are likable characters and each have their own moment/s where they shine and you can’t help but stand up and just root for them. The fact that there could be an incestuous relationship between Kyousuke and Kirino is somewhat subtle. Kyousuke pretty much has a harem consisting of a childhood friend, younger sister, and her younger sister’s friends and sometimes wonders why he bothers to help Kirino since she has always been a little brat towards him. Kirino is kind of complex in that we, and possibly she herself, knows what she really wants from Kyousuke. She started off wanting him to understand her passion of anime (and little sisters) and helping her with her conflicts relating to it. Yet she didn’t show much gratitude until the last couple of episodes.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…well call it nitpicky but I hate Kyousuke’s appearance. I know it’s supposed to be contrasting to Kirino’s style, he’s unfashionable while she is, he has horrible looks, while she is a model, he has blue hair and she has orange…which happen to be opposite colors. But you can do all that…without having him look like a freakin supporting or extra character. Really, can you look at him and say “He must be the main character.” No. You can’t. And if you can, you’re lying to yourself. Another problem I have, and it could have been number 9 if it wasn’t for this, was…THE LAST MOTHERFUCKING EPISODE. GOD DAMMIT THIS EPISODE TO HELL.

Around the time the anime first started airing, spoilers has been spreading around. The last episode was about Kirino having to go to America so she can improve her physical activity on track running or some shit. See the problem with that is…IT WAS THE LATEST FUCKING THING HAPPENING IN THE LIGHT NOVEL. The anime itself wasn’t even close to where the light novel was, so the director just pulled it out of fucking no where and said “Hey, this I your end. Deal with it.” And with that, now we can’t get a sequel. Not only that, the ending really felt rushed and it made no sense. So he wanted him to tell her to not to leave, but he does tell her to leave to America, yet she decides not to go? What the fuck is going on. Thankfully, there will be some “true” episodes to fill in some of the missing parts of the light novel. I do wonder what in the blue hell the director was thinking though.

9. The World God Only Knows a.k.a. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

And this is how I start every episode. READY. STEADY. GO. AWESOME OP FUCKING LOADED AND READY TO LAUNCH. But really, the opening theme song is just amazing. I forgot to mention but I like many of the openings this year, especially The World God Only Know’s opening song. The ending song is great too, I mean…dem feet. I prefer the version where Kanae Itou (Elsie’s voice actor/seiyuu) sings it though.

Anyways, remember how I said I wished more anime shows had otakus? Yeah, this is another show that gave me them. What else? Devil girl, who happens to be voiced by my favorite seiyuu, Kanae Itou. Just lovely. This show is just very good. It’s amusing and entertaining Keima just working his way on the girls, while still being true to himself. Keima really is the kind of God that some otakus will look up too. The girls that Keima captures aren’t so bad either, even if a certain someone did have more screen time than the others. And again, I really like Elsie. There isn’t really a whole lot to say as to why I like this show, it’s just plain awesome.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…this is a personal thing, but I read the manga long before the anime. So because of that, this is pretty much the same old thing to me. Nothing new, all I can do is go “Hey that didn’t happen in the manga” or “The director really rushed that scene” or whatever. But what I did have a problem was how the girls got so much different amounts of screentime. Ayumi was the first capture, thus had to be the introduction of how Keima works. Understandable, it was like this in the manga too. Mio only took two episodes; okay sure it wasn’t that long in the manga as well. Then…Kanon takes up four episodes. Why? She didn’t have that much longer time compared to Mio, are you trying to make us feel worse about her? Really, Kanon has always been my least liked captured girl so I really am ticked off when she gets screen time. Shiori gets like, two or three which is fine. Really, not much problems just nitpicky stuff. Also, it doesn’t compare to the rest of the shows.

8. Sengoku Basara 2

PUT YOUR GUNS O- What’s that? They stopped saying that? Dammit. But really though, this show was great. Production I.G. really is one of my favorite studios just because of how well animated their series can be. The action scenes are great, the scenery is good to look at, and the pacing of the show was pretty good too. Albeit, maybe a bit slow for some. Compared to Sengoku Basara from 2009, this series was more story driven and had more character development. First one was about the big bad Warlord Oda coming trying to conquer all of Japan. This was about…well, Hideyoshi, the big bad Monkey trying to conquer all of Japan. But there is a difference. He had a former relationship with Keiji. So we see a side of him that makes him a bit different from Oda. Also unlike Oda, he seems more intimidating because he doesn’t need weapons to beat the crap out of people, just his huge stature.

Character development was heavy here because of how Yukimura had to learn on being a general (or whatever he plans to be or something), Keiji was trying to uncorrupt his former friend, Kojuurou had to prove himself to his master Date, and Date…well, was Date. But he did get stronger, I guess.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…well there’s far less action compared to the first season. Don’t get me wrong, I like the action and character development but when I see Sengoku Basara and it’s over the top action, that’s what I’m expecting to get. When there were action scenes, it was great. The last episode did give us three different fights (or was it four?), all directed and animated quite well. I don’t have many problems with the series itself, but I’m not the kind of person who likes to see talking a whole lot. Again, maybe nitpicky but that’s just me. Oh and the lack of PUT YA GUNS ON, is a big letdown.

7. Katanagatari

Did they ever explain Togame’s eye? Really, did they? I never got it. Anyways, Katanagatari is pretty much like Sengoku Basara in that you expect action, but got a story. In this case, Katanagatari was better story-wise. The author Isin Nisio, also known for Bakemonogatari and Kizumonogatari is known for his witty dialogue between characters, and that’s what we were given a lot in Katanagatari. When Togame and Shichika talked, it was usually quite amusing and entertaining to listen to. When a serious scene starts, the dialogue is still well written in that you get hyped for the real fighting to begin.

And besides all that, I love swords. Anything about swords, or hell even martial arts, is just great. So it got me curious right at the beginning of the series on what the swords or like or what they can do. Sure, maybe it disappointed me a little bit but it was still great. Whenever there was an action scene, you really think to yourself “How will Shichika pull off this time?” since each episode there’s always an opposing new force that Shichika has never faced yet.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…it can get somewhat boring. Yes, when it is becoming good, it outweighs the boredom you get but still. I mean, you know how you watch harem series or whatever, you just yell out “GO FUCK ALREADY!” In here you go, “GO FIGHT ALREADY!” Sure the dialogue can be amusing, but sometimes you feel like they’re just talking and talking so they can fill in the time. Really, it can be irritating and the fact that some episodes are formulated like past episode, it does not help at all. Also, we got massively trolled at episode 4, I know it doesn’t actually happen at the light novel, but that doesn’t excuse it with that preview they gave as at the last episode. It’s an enjoyable series, but don’t hope for much.

6. The Tatami Galaxy a.k.a. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

This is an anime that really was different from the rest. You do not see much anime shows with a College student, where it does involve real life problems, which does not have to do much about romance or dreams, rather it’s the opposite. Our main character, who I will just call MC for now on since he has no name, can pretty much be seen as the everyday man. He’s normal, do what others tell him to do, lay back, and afraid to take chances. Rather, the message of the series is that you should take any opportunity you can or else you will miss something amazing. So as an audience, is real easy to relate to someone like him. As for the cast itself, they’re all a bunch of enjoyable characters…especially Ozu. God damn, Ozu is just hilarious. He trolls MC so much and everyone around him. He is just the entire amusement of the show. The anime was amusing because of Ozu, but also because of the wackiness of the other characters and the situations MC gets himself into.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…well no particular reason I can think of. There was a lack of Akashi but it worked well. It was confusing at the end, but all the more reason since the world was already mysterious. Sure, MC was spineless but that’s just so we can relate to him as the average guy. Yes, it’s episodic but that’s what makes it good. I guess it’s just that…by this point on the list, the next anime shows I really just enjoyed much more. And you guys will probably hate me, or won’t be surprised at all, as to see what is next.

5. Mitsudomoe

Yes. I fucking love lolis, so maybe this is me being completely bias. But it’s not normal for me to consider such a show like this to be in a top ten show of the year. This show was different compared to other slice of life shows. How? Because it is just freakin hilarious. Yes, the formula is the same. Yes, most of the jokes include misunderstandings. Yes, the art of the characters look a tad bit odd. So what? It’s just great. Every single episode, every single scene I can’t stop myself from loving this show. Each punch line is great, the characters are fun to watch, and god dammit I’m a big lolicon, so I’m having lewd thoughts of all the girls.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…no reason in particular once again. I just like the other shows more. Although, Mitsuba can sometimes get on my nerves and maybe some jokes aren’t striking me as hard. Really, in comparison to the other shows, I just like them a bit more than this. There’s nothing wrong, it’s just not that good compared to the other four. Oh, and sometimes some of the jokes can be predictable. Sometimes, but even if you can see it coming you can still laugh.

4. Durarara!!

Watching this was odd, because as a Baccano! fan we pretty much expected something just like that, rather we get quite the opposite. We get more time for story and looking at the characters. Although, I probably enjoyed Baccano! more, this was still was very fun anime. As much as many people would disagree, I liked all the characters, yes especially Kida, Mikado, and Anri. I loved how each of them belonged to a faction that they each controlled. I liked how real each of them seems. I like how crazy the other characters are. I like Celty being so mysterious yet still have a personality that makes her adapted in our time. I like Shizuo being so over the top and insane. I like Izaya being cunningly devious with all of his plans. I like how Dota and his crew are so righteous. I like how for each new episode, you get more drawn into the characters and the story. Durarara!! was really great at being interesting, leaving you unable to wait for the next episode. Not many anime shows lately has made me feel like that in a while.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…well, there are still some things I felt like they left out. The whole show is mysterious with its characters, yet not every single question was answered. Why is Izaya so insane like he is and what is he going to do with Celty’s head? What was the point of Kinnosuke is he’s just going to appear for two episodes? When the hell do we see Izaya’s sisters? Will Kida come back to Ikabukuro? And….okay to be honest I can’t think of any other questions to ask, but the show does make you wish for a second season, and with all the things they could do, there’s no surprise that there will be one. I haven’t seen the anime since it came out, so sorry if this sounds like I’m forgetting some things. I feel like I am, because I keep thinking to myself that Durarara!! left somethings unanswered, but I really can’t remember what.

3. GIANT KILLING

MOTHER.
FUCKING.
BAGPIPES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let me just say, I know absolutely nothing about soccer/football, and I find Studio DEEN to be a really meh studio (really, I think all I like from them are Bincho-tan, Higurashi, and R.O.D. OVA). But GIANT KILLING was well done. Most of the characters had a purpose in each important game, they had a backstory to them, had to go through some kind of development, the matches were realistic, and it was all around enjoyable. Made me wanna get into soccer/football. When the show wants to be good, it can be great. When the show wants to be funny, it will make me laugh. DEEN has done a good job directing this show, and made me interested in reading the manga.

The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because…well I wish some of the other characters had some development as well, namely Natsu. He was hyped was the team’s best forward, but in the end he was unable to actually do something. I also wished there were more important games. That’s pretty much it, no real actual problems with this series.

2. RAINBOW

This is the #1 show that I looked forward to this year from all the hype I been hearing and how different this anime is, I was stoked and this anime did not disappoint. I hoped for something dark, something gritty and new and that’s what I got. Rather, I got more than what I wanted. We got six main characters, all developing every once in a while, except maybe for Soldier. Dastardly assholes of villains that we just can’t like and what them absolutely gone, and of course….We got Anchan aka Bro. Basically, he’s the Kamina of 2010. The badass, the teacher, the veteran, and the man you must look up to if you want to change things in your life. He was the heart of this show and possibly the main reason we kept watching this show. Yes, by the second half some people didn’t want to keep watching since he was gone, but we did get nice story arcs for Mario, Turtle, Cabbage, Uncovered, and Joe. …Soldier arc fucking where? But it was nice for each of them finding a place where they want to be. The anime made us actually care for each and every one of them, making us feel even better when they all got a decent life.

The reason why this the #1 Anime of 2010?…WHY DID ANCHAN HAVE TO DIE AND WHY DIDN’T SOLDIER GET AN ARC! Oh and the whole arc on Mario going back to jail was meh. But other than that, there really weren’t any problems. This was a great anime. But what could be number one?

Well.
Really, I can’t really say written wise, or anything that this anime is better than RAINBOW but I just liked it more. I just enjoyed every single moment of it, because it was that entertaining. I didn’t have to force myself to watch it, and marathoning the series was no problems since it was just that good.

1. Nodame Cantabile Finale

Yes, this was my favorite anime of the year. Solely, just for being very entertaining. The characters were funny and enjoyable. The music was fantastic. The comedy was good. The romance was fine. It was just done very well. There’s really nothing to say, I just really liked Nodame Cantabile Finale.

Honorable Mentions:
Cobra the Animation – This was just mindless fun. Cobra himself was a hilarious protagonist, I mean every single joke he made just put me in stiches. The only reason this wasn’t on the list is because I just enjoyed the rest more than this.

Cat Shit One – Okay, really shouldn’t be on the list but the animation was well done. And that’s pretty much it.

Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru - Surprisingly entertaining, really fun show to watch.

Really, name any other show you think would be Top 10 worthy this year, and I either hate it or just think it’s not as good as people say.

10. Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
9. The World God Only Knows
8. Sengoku Basara 2
7. Katanagatari
6. Tatami Galaxy
5. Mitsudomoe
4. Durarara!!
3. GIANT KILLING
2. RAINBOW
1. Nodame Cantabile Finale
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