2011: The Review

Happy New Year 2012

Well, Happy New Year 2012 first and foremost. As usual, here’s how 2011’s anime fared for me.

Madoka-Tier:

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Nothing in the rest of year managed to beat off the total entertainment value that Madoka provided. Also I spent 30k yen for the blu-rays so this better be fucking here.

Better than expected:

Infinite Stratos

Infinite Stratos
FRANCE-TAN IS STILL BEST-TAN.

Nichijou

Nichijou
I have to admit, German-suplexing a deer is fucking badass.

Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa nai

Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa nai
This show deserved more Garuda

AnoHana

Ano Hana
Menma ;_;

Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero
Fucking 3 month cliffhanger.

Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon

Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
KIMI DIDN’T PUT HER CLOTHES BACK ON FUCK YEAH.

Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
MEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!

Entertaining enough:

  • Star Driver – That ending was MANBULOUS!
  • Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu – We need more sentai parodies in the vein of Mitsudomoe’s style.
  • Hourou Musuko – MC’s voice needs work.
  • Steins;Gate – El Psy Congroo
  • A-Channel – K-ON! done right.
  • Kampfer fur die Liebe – Fuck you Natsuru.
  • Maria+holic Alive – Needed more parodies.
  • Softenni – DAT Eva parody
  • Astarotte no Omocha – HNNNNNNNGHH Mercelida
  • The World God Only Knows S2 – Will we ever get a third season to cover the awesome girls?
  • Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko – I. CAN. FLY.
  • Ro-Kyu-Bu! – Meido basketball players harem makes me so jelly.
  • Ikoku Meiro no Croisee – HNNNNNNNGH Yune.
  • Yuruyuri – Akkar– wait, who was that again?
  • Kamisama Dolls – Wanted: badass berserker Kyohei.
  • Usagi Drop – I’m glad the show stopped at Rin’s teething…..
  • The iDOLM@STER – Needed more comedic moments.
  • Mayo Chiki – Supporting Kanade-ojousama end.
  • C³ Cube x Cursed x Curious – Iincho is delicious.
  • Kimi to Boku – A-Channel with guys.
  • Working’!! – More of the same goodness.
  • Tamayura ~hitotose~ – Very healing.
  • Mashiro-iro Symphony – The girl I liked the most actually won!
  • Ben-To – Makes me hungry everytime I watch it.

The rest:

  • To Aru Majutsu no Index II – What happened already?
  • Rio Rainbow Gate* – POKER META BATTLING.
  • Yumekui Merry – Vagina bones.
  • Gosick* – Not enough rolling.
  • Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! – Japan finally realized incest was a shit fad after this.
  • Beelzebub* – Stopped after it got too shounen.
  • Kore wa Zombie Desu ka – Eucliwood is cute.
  • Dragon Crisis – Rose is cute.
  • Fractale – Ha. Ha ha. Hahahaha. HAHAHAAHA. ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \
  • Dog Days – Lot of potential wasted by Seven Arcs derping around.
  • Tiger and Bunny – Still can’t believe I actually finished this show.
  • Hanasaku Iroha – First half okay, second half never existed.
  • Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera* – Watched it for seiyuus.
  • Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi – WHY DIDN’T MADOKA WIN?!!
  • C: The money of soul and possibility – What the fuck is noitamina smoking lately?
  • Hidan no Aria – Derp as shit.
  • Deadman Wonderland – MC needs to be punched.
  • Ao no Exorcist – Was okay until the original ending.
  • Moshidora – I d’awwww’ed ;_;.
  • Kami-sama no Memochou – Not detective enough.
  • Sacred Seven – Meido army was so wasted.
  • Natsume Yuujinchou S3 – Kinda lost its magic on me.
  • No. 6 – What did I just watch?
  • Blood-C* – Horribly retarded.
  • Mawaru Penguindrum – Fuck you, Ikuhara.
  • Baka-Test S2 – There wasn’t even any plot.
  • Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi – Very… err.. unique.
  • Nekogami Yaoyoruzu – Nampla jokes. (ಠ_ಠ)
  • Dantalian no Shoka – I wish it wasn’t so disjointed.
  • Shinryaku! Ika Musume S2 – The jokes aren’t that funny anymore…
  • Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai* – Fucking political shit, I just wanted harem action!
  • UN-GO – Very mindfuck.

* – Did not finish the entire series.

Total shows: 65.
Did not finish: 6.

Well, that’s better than last year then!

This year pretty much started on a very strong note with Madoka Magica setting a pretty high standard for the rest of the year. Fate/Zero is pretty much the only show to come close to it, if not for the fact it isn’t finished yet. There was a couple of shows that started strong, but eventually flopped out and didn’t manage to achieve greatness. Pretty much found the shorter, 1-cour shows to be the better ones this year.

It was a pretty good year for comedies though, with almost one each season. A-Channel in spring, Yuruyuri in Summer and Kimi to Boku + Working’!! for winter were my top picks. And then of course there’s also the resumption of the Gintama anime. Like it or not, that show is fucking crazy.

There you have it, my picks for the year and commentary for the rest. I really need to do this thing a lot more earlier next year so I don’t have to rush write again… :P.

28 Comments

  1. S_1 Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 2:38 am

    Ah, the next edition of my catchup bible >.>

    Happy New Year Kurogane!

  2. Xellos^_- Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    only finish

    Madoka
    IS – Deleted as soon as i finish.
    Horizon
    Fate Zero

    Plan to Watch
    Pengiun Crack

  3. Myna Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 4:14 am

    I enjoyed your Fractale comment a lot.

    Does Madoka rank anywhere in your all time favorites? Will you do/have you done a favorite anime post?

  4. Athos Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 4:58 am

    Hmm… Needs more Chihayafuru.

    And yes, Fractale comment deserves it’s own category.

  5. Beruchi Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Akeome minnasan!

  6. Dakkar Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    I just don’t get people’s obsession with Madoka Magica. It was a decent show, but it had its share of flaws. To begin with, it was animated by Shaft :D Well, tastes differ…

  7. AozuAkazu Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Great list. I would have shifted a few things around but the important shows (Madoka, Fate/Zero, Horizon, etc.) are where they should be. I didn’t finish as many shows as you either ;P

    All in all a pretty good year, I hope the new year brings us good anime as well!

  8. mr.klac Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    hey i notice you left out freezing anime aka mamiko noto as Satellizer.

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Well, if it’s not on the list, then I didn’t watch enough of it for me to put it on.

    I think I dropped Freezing very early… like episode 2 or something.

    As for Madoka Magica, it’s not a perfect show, but it was trying something new at the least. This list really isn’t meant to be an objective list after all, I hate having to rank things in a discrete manner, so just take it as a personal list of favourites (the ones with screencaps).

  10. Dakkar Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    @Kuro
    Yup, individual impressions are bound to be subjective, besides, the fact that you like Madoka show is no news for anyone who’s been following this blog :) What puzzles me is the number of people who not just like, but rather obsess over this show. Of course, trading cliched story development for something more…realistic, in a sense, was a great move, but whether it warrants all the hype or not is a big question. To be clear, it’s not a comment aimed at you, but the craze which escalated once again as the people wrap up their final impressions for the year…

  11. T_I Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    Because it’s entertaining, executed well, and came out at the right time.

    The cultural ministry of Japan agrees

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-12-15/madoka-magica-saturn-apartments-win-media-arts-awards

    A parallel to this would be the first Star Wars film of the original trilogy.

    Did it do anything truly original? No, it’s a cliche story given a sci twist
    Did it have superb acting and dialogue? Hell, no. It had it’s enjoyable campy moments.
    Was it entertaining? Hell yes
    Did it make an impact with the audience with its style? Definitely
    Did it come out at time where people really needed this kind of entertainment? Yes. Starwars came out after the war. Madoka ended after the tsunami.

  12. Athos Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Sweet merciful bahamut– stop rationalizing Kurogane’s tastes! The guy liked a decent show and spent god knows how much in merchandise. He’s just trying to enjoy himself.

    Now start making fun of him or you’ll make him feel bad!

    Also, where’s REDLINE, dammit!

  13. edru Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    great list. you put oretachi ni tsubasa, a show that was largely ignored but was one of the best in its season.
    and of course madoka magica iz de best. it has to be madoka who’ll win this year, F/Z can get it next year since its still half way there.

  14. The Hordesman Said,

    January 1, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    2011 was an extremely uneven year. The good stuff was legendary, and the crappy shows I dropped not for the usual “meh” factor but out of rage over how bad they were. Never have I found so many series to place on my top 100 list, and never have I felt so bad after watching so much crap. I reall doubt, and hope, it won’t be this clear between good and bad ever again, because the bad stuff still makes me rage when I think about it.

  15. Kuroganelover_on_ice Said,

    January 2, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    Kurogane, you sly waesel, may the Gods bestow you with salvation from the fires of Anunnaki. You have a similar taste in anime as me, may God bless you. That is all…

  16. Dakkar Said,

    January 2, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    @T_I

    I always thought that besides the special effects, the success of the Star Wars was due to how it blended the sci-fi, which was loosing the momentum, with fantasy, which was gaining the momentum, in the envelope which made it accessible to the large audience. They even had some romance to court females and biblical references to appeal to conservative audience.
    In other words, it was a well-mixed cocktail, the one that you might enjoy even though you hate some of its individual components.

    Madoka to me is a magical girl show which opted not to ignore conservation laws. This instantly made it to stand out, but the same can be told about Nanoha, for example. And with both of them, the people who hate mahou shoujo genre aren’t going to watch it despite all the unique traits.

    Well, once again, it’s all about whether it clicks with a person or not. Madoka, as Star Wars, to be fair, clicked with a particularly…vocal part of the audience, so the amount of hype for either of them is not reflective of the actual following, but let’s see if all who’s passionate today will stay that way thirty years later :)

  17. boikyle Said,

    January 2, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    me gusta, anime.

  18. tenryu Said,

    January 2, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    the only thing i want to say is; there isn’t suppose to be any plot in baka test. Its just comedy about guys getting punished for the wrong reasons. Least thats what i think

  19. Anise_Punter Said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Just can’t put Madoka alone on the Madoka-tier with how dreadful those first four episodes were. Episode 4, where we had to sympathize with Madoka losing someone she knew for all of 40 minutes, was just a mess and a half, but I think I’ve mentioned that here before.

    Everything after Kyouko appeared though? That was just about Rider-tier.

    Are there any in particular that greatly exceeded expectations (ie, pleasant surprises), as opposed to just being great shows?

  20. Kyu Renjo Said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Good and diverse list indeed. As expected from Kurogane. o.o)b

  21. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    @edru: I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Oretsuba was extremely good given all the constraints it had to work around.

    @Anise_Punter: Which is why it’s in its own tier. I can’t objectively say it’s the best anime of the year, but in terms of total subjective entertainment value, it’s definitely the one show that stood out the most this year. Also, any show with a picture showing up in the post pretty much greatly exceeded my expectations of enjoyment from the show.

    For the rest of the commenters, thanks for the compliments!

  22. Garnetstar Said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    No mention of guilty crown kurogane?

  23. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    Because shows that are still running are not included.

    Which is why Index II and Star Driver is here instead of 2010’s post.

  24. NovaJinx Said,

    January 3, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    >KIMI DIDN’T PUT HER CLOTHES BACK ON FUCK YEAH

    Y u stole my line :(

  25. Dakkar Said,

    January 4, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    @Kuro
    It’s funny, but I gave Oretsuba a try after seeing your comments about it on that twitter feed on the right :) Considering how I came in with still negative expectations and left with overall positive impression, it managed to score fairly well with me, and I definitely agree that it was “better than expected”…

  26. SDD Said,

    January 5, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    Someone never shared an apple.

  27. Starburst-chan Said,

    January 5, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    “It was a pretty good year for comedies though, with almost one each season. A-Channel in spring, Yuruyuri in Summer and Kimi to Boku + Working’!! for winter were my top picks.”

    It’s nice to see Kimi To Boku get the compliment it deserves. THANK YOU.

  28. Zabran-sama Said,

    January 6, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    2011 was one of the best years for me

    My ranking
    1-Madoka
    2-Steins;Gate
    3-Fate/Zero

RSS feed for comments on this post