Lookback at 2007: My top 15 titles of last year

  1. Seirei no Moribito
  2. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  3. Lucky Star
  4. Seto no Hanayome
  5. ef -a tale of memories
  6. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
  7. Potemayo
  8. Baccano!
  9. Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!
  10. Minami-ke
  11. Dennou Coil
  12. Hitohira
  13. Nodame Cantabile
  14. sola
  15. Code GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

This list was seriously delayed because I decided to write a blurb for each title, which got too long after I ran out of suitable adjectives for all of them. Suffice to say, I greatly enjoyed all the titles in the list, each in their own way.

Honestly though, I’m surprised I didn’t see much accolades for Seirei, which clinched top spot for being a solid watch from start till finish. Well, it wasn’t an attention-grabber as much as Gurren Lagaan and Lucky Star I guess.

For the record, I managed to watch 50 titles in 2007, completed 33, didn’t finish 7 of them, and the rest are shows from Fall 2007 that are still running.

27 Comments

  1. IcyStorm Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

    Hmm… I’ve only watched Lucky Star, Minami-ke, and Code Geass from your list… I do have Baccano! and ef – a tale of memories ready to watch once I am finished with Shuffle!

    I think I’ll get around to watching all of them on your list though… eventually.

  2. hashihime Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

    Nice list, even if mine is considerably different. Seirei certainly got less attention than it should have. Some of the animation and voice acting was outstanding. I watched it and enjoyed it, although I did think it faded a bit from the strong start.

    I just watched an ep of Ichigo Mashimaro yesterday, to see if my strong preference for it over Minami-ke was just rose-colored memory. No, it wasn’t. Sense of humor is the most personal thing, and IchiMash hit my sense of humor dead on.

  3. korosora Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

    Watched and enjoyed all but Seto no Hanayome.

    :P

  4. ShadowFang Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

    out of that list, i’d say baccano is no.1, lol. probably because i really haven’t seen the other anime…

  5. voodoomage Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

    What no Bamboo Blade.. we can no longer be friends….

  6. Trn Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

    Bamboo Blade is still ongoing, isn’t it?

    I most definitely agree with Shadow, Baccano! should be #1 :)

  7. Chumara Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

    14 wtf… well I guess the first line in your post on Sola 12 really didn’t go THAT far did it?
    I’m glad ef made your top 5, was definitely my #1 of the year.
    Just finished Gurren Lagann as well, pretty damn entertaining, I can see why it was so very popular with everyone.

  8. Torohi Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

    there’s several on your list i havent seen yet which ill haveto check out

    several on my list that didn’t make yours. did u watch and rate the following?
    claymore
    darker than black
    ayakashi ayashi
    tokyo majin gakuen

  9. Ryan A Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

    I like the list, I think Seto no Hanayome and Hitohira are the only ones I didn’t take time to experience, though I really wanted to marathon SnH before the year end. That’s a good ordering, has a nice feel to it. ^^

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    @koro: Lol.

    @shadowfang: Baccano! was good, but the year had more than just it :).

    @voodoomage: As Trn said, BAMBOO BLADE is still running.

    @Chumura: What can I say, the other shows eclipsed it afterwards.

    @Toroshi: CLAYMORE anime wasn’t to my taste, added with the overhype I got bored of it. DtB was a wasted concept. Ayakashi Ayashi and Tokyo Majin I didn’t watch.

    @Ryan A: Glad you liked it.

  11. dood Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

    seen 14 from that list except SZS because this is one of SHAFT’s works that i don’t have the will power to follow…(ef was nice but it had its “GOD WHY DO I HAVE TO STARE FOR 5 MINS AT A TELEPHONE BOOTH !!!” [but still managed to finish it])

  12. cg Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 12:05 am

    darker than black could have been so much better…the ending was just..bleh…felt really rushed

  13. TheBigN Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 12:22 am

    Save for no Hidamari Sketch included here, there’s no problem with this list. :P

  14. Farplaner Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 12:48 am

    I noticed Kanon wasn’t included in 2006’s top ten list and this one… oversight? Same for Death Note too.

    I know I’m a fanboy for Higurashi Kai but I enjoyed it very much >_>

    Finally, after hearing about Lucky Star is overrated overhyped, blahblah I’ve noticed that it is in the top 2007 anime lists everywhere :D (Personally I enjoyed it very much too)

  15. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 3:29 am

    @TheBigN: I still need to finish it. Left it at episode 5 I think.

    @Farplaner: Kanon was admittedly an oversight, Death Note and HiguKai weren’t. DN I didn’t really watch due to have read the manga, while HiguKai kinda lost it’s tension at the second half.

  16. Owned4eva Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 4:52 am

    Its Good That Minami Is In That ^^, Speaking Of Minami Ke…I Don Believe Ayako Dropped Okawari -_-“

  17. Kenshin Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 6:05 am

    Code Geass on 15… that’s crazy. And where are Death Note and Higurashi Kai. I know just 4 of these 15
    :3

  18. AgentZero Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 6:17 am

    Haven’t watched Seirei no Moribito or Dennou Coil and only watched the first episode of Baccano but it seems your list is more or less on the spot but dang no Toward the Terra? Imo that was one of the most epic animes of 2007. I’d also include Myself:Yourself in the top 15 for having quite the unexpected twists.

  19. leofish Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 8:24 am

    the presence of baccano, dennou coil, and Manabi is heartening. baccano and dennou coil have been doing decently well in “the lists”, but manabi, which was a fantastic show on many levels, I haven’t seen making many lists.

  20. john Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

    i like a lot of your picks. i gotta say i didnt like Seirei no Moribito that much tho. the animation quality was great but i didnt care for the story.

    my favorite was hitohira, which i got turned on to by your post about it. also like d code geass and minami-ke!

  21. ShadowFang Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

    Baccano = #1

  22. peanut Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 11:03 pm

    No Nice Boat!?!?!

  23. Bob Said,

    January 21, 2008 @ 6:17 am

    Baccano really deserves way more attention than it got. That was my #1 for the year by far.

  24. babel Said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 12:24 am

    Replace Lucky Star with Hidamari sketch (yep, no LS at all on my list) and I’d agree almost completely with your list

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    June 18, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

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  27. Japan toys Said,

    July 5, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

    For me:
    1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    2. Lucky Star
    3. Seirei no Moribito
    4. Seto no Hanayome
    5. ef -a tale of memories
    6. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
    7. Potemayo
    8. Baccano!
    9. Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!
    10. Minami-ke
    11. Code GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion.
    12.Dennou Coil
    13. Hitohira
    14. Nodame Cantabile
    15. sola

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