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Top 20 Best Anime of 2012

Take a trip back in time and see a list of the top 20 anime from 2012, based on the MAL database!

by enchantedsloth
Dec 15, 2015 6:52 PM | 320,729 views

The below is data that was recorded at the time of this publication based on the top MAL scores for 2012

Top 20-11

20. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)

Kamisama Kiss, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Tomoe, Nanami Momozono

MAL Rate: 8.10, Rank #411
Aired: Fall 2012
Produced by: TMS Entertainment

19. Initial D Fifth Stage

Initial D Fifth Stage

MAL Rate: 8.12, Rank: #385
Aired: Fall 2012
Produced by: SynergySP

18. Kimi to Boku. 2 (You and Me 2)

Kimi to Boku. 2, You and Me 2

MAL Rate: 8.15, Rank: #354
Aired: Spring 2012
Produced by: J.C Staff

17. Hyouka


MAL Rate: 8.20, Rank: #298
Aired: Spring 2012
Produced by: Kyoto Animation

16. Zetsuen no Tempest (Blast of Tempest)

Zetsuen no Tempest, Blast of Tempest

MAL Rate: 8.22, Rank: #284
Aired: Fall 2012
Produced by: Bones

15. Nisemonogatari

Nisemonogatari, Karen Araragi, Tsukihi Araragi

MAL Rate: 8.23, Rank:#271
Aired: Winter 2012
Produced by: Shaft

14. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

MAL Rate: 8.25, Rank:#256
Aired: Fall 2012
Produced by: A-1 Pictures

13. Kingdom


MAL Rate: 8.25, Rank:#255
Aired: Summer 2012
Produced by: Studio Pierrot

12. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (Daily Lives of High School Boys)

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

MAL Rate: 8.36, Rank:#173
Aired: Winter 2012
Produced by: Sunrise

11. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou)

Sakurakou no Pet na Kanojo

MAL Rate: 8.45, Rank:#124
Aired: Fall 2012
Produced by: J.C.Staff

Top 10 - 2

10. Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

MAL Rate: 8.50, Rank:#99 | Aired: Spring 2012 | Produced by: MAPPA

Sakamichi no Apollon, Kaoru Nishimi, Ritsuko Mukae, Sentarou Kawabuchi

This is a slice of life/drama anime that is filled with romance and friendship. Kaoru Nishimi moves to a small coastal town, and thanks to his new classmates, learns that studying is not everything. Jazz plays a huge part in this show!

9. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV) (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure)

MAL Rate:8.54, Rank:#86 | Aired: Fall 2012 | Produced by: David Production

Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken, Dio Brando, Jonathan Joestar

The animation of this series is unique, as is the story line! It takes place in 19th century England and showcases the richer side of society. Its characters are fun and goofy and the storyline, although wacky, is much more mature than it is expected to be. All in all, Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken is filled with nothing but unique characters and interesting qualities!

8. Shinsekai yori (From this New World)

MAL Rate: 8.55, Rank:#85 | Aired: Fall 2012 | Produced by: A-1 Pictures

Shinsekai Yori, Saki Watanabe, Satoru Asahina, Maria Akizuki,

Shinsekai Yori showcases a utopian society in Japan. The residents of this utopia are able to control a power of their own that they have to train and cultivate. The show follows five main children that are desperately trying to grasp the abilities that they have, while trying to balance the dark history of the world around them.

7. Psycho-Pass

MAL Rate: 8.55, Rank:# | Aired: Fall 2012 | Produced by: Production I.G.

Psycho Pass

This series is an interesting take on a future dystopia, completely filled with drama and action. In a world where people are able to measure their sanity and personalities almost instantaneously, there is bound to be some corruption.

6. Kuroko no Basket (Kuroko's Basketball)

MAL Rate: 8.55, Rank:#81 | Aired: Spring 2012 | Produced by: Production I.G.

Kuroko No Basket

Sports anime are not as boring as they are thought to be, and Kuroko no Basket proves it. The concept, plot twists, and the characters' personalities: they're all wonderful. Not to mention, the character designs are easy on the eyes!

5. Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers)

MAL Rate: 8.62, Rank:#59 | Aired: Spring 2012 | Produced by: A-1 Pictures

Uchuu Kyodai, Space Brothers, Mutta Nanba, Hibito Nanba

Uchuu Kyodai showcases what it takes to follow your dreams, and that it's never too late to make them happen. It's a story of two brothers (and a little pet pug) who support each other as they try to reach the stars!

4. Bakuman. 3

MAL Rate: 8.74, Rank:#34 | Aired: Fall 2012 | Produced by: J.C. Staff

Bakuman 3, Akito Takagi, Moritaka

Bakuman 3 is filled with the story of two aspiring mangaka, so it is no wonder that it is a hit among the masses. Those that are interested in the art of manga have almost certainly once been inspired enough to attempt to become famous for their own works. However, these two teens manage to accomplish that! This season in the series is just as good as the rest, and will leave you feeling satisfied!

3. Natsume Yuujinchou Shi (Natsume's Book of Friends Four)

MAL Rate: 8.76, Rank:#31 | Aired: Winter 2012 | Produced by: Brains Base

Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, Madara,

This is an anime series that seems to be filled a cute animation style and dashing animal mascots. It's about a boy who can see spirits, an ability that was passed down to him by his grandmother. His days are filled with constant antics that leave him hoping that he doesn't get killed in the process. He just wants to put these spirits to rest!

2. Fate/Zero 2nd Season

MAL Rate: 8.78, Rank:#29 | Aired: Spring 2012 | Produced by ufotable

Fate/Zero 2, Saber

The Fate/Zero franchise did increasingly well with the second season. It's so rare to see a sequel do so well that it almost surpasses the superiority of the first season--however, Fate/Zero's second season achieves just that.

Top Anime of 2012

1. Gintama': Enchousen (Gintama' Overdrive)

MAL Rate: 9.10, Rank:#9 | Aired: Fall 2012 | Produced by: Sunrise

Gintama': Enchousen, Sakura, Gintoki Sakata, Shinpachi Simura

This series is a strong continuation for the Gintama series, so it is no surprise to find it number one! It is laced with comedy and wackiness, while also managing to have serious storylines every few episodes. The characters each have their own unique flaws and personalities that make them shine. There are humans, animals, and aliens alike that make up the cast in this odd series.

Gintama':Enchousen, Gintoki Sakata

If you thought 2012 was amazing, why not check out some other banner years of anime?
Here are some of the best so far:
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