Another year, another time to be unoriginal and do a top ten (or some degree thereof) post like everybody else in the universe. But they’re pretty fun to do, so it makes sense why everybody does them.
2014 was a pretty solid year for anime. I think I said the exact same thing about 2013, but this year was even better. When I make my list I go through all of the shows I watched that are eligible, and write down the ones that I think deserve a spot, then after I’m done I sort through the shows and decide which ones will actually make the Top 10. Sometimes I have just enough shows for the list, other times I don’t have enough and need to expand out a bit so I can have enough, and then there are times like this year where I have more than enough shows.
This wasn’t an easy list, I had an especially difficult time deciding the placements for the five through one spots, and if I could I would have given number one and two both the top spot in a heartbeat. But alas, there has to be one single winner.
Before getting into the list, I should explain which shows are eligible. The basic rule is that the show needs to have ended at some point in 2014. Doesn’t matter if it started in 2013 or even 2012, as long as the show ended in 2014, it qualifies. This means shows such as Your Lie in April, Parasyte, Magic Kaito, etc. that are still airing were not eligible.
Normally that would be the single rule of this, but now that split-cour shows are becoming a Thing, I’m adding a new one: split-cour shows where the second half doesn’t finish in the year are also not qualified. That means no JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, or Aldnoah.Zero. I’m defining a split-cour show as one that’s clearly incomplete without its second half due to no real resolution, or has a blatant cliffhanger to lead into it. These are shows that are typically planned to be split-cour in the first place and announced as such.
Oh, and also obviously only shows I watched are eligible. If a show you think is great didn’t make my list, there’s a good possibility I either didn’t watch it or it just didn’t manage to make the cutoff. …Or I may have thought the show was shit, but the former are more likely.
With all that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
Last year I struggled quite a bit when coming up with my top ten, not because there were so many good shows, but because there was a lack of them. A few times I actually considered making it a top five list instead, but I ended up going through with ten shows in the end.
This year, on the other hand, was difficult for the correct reason. There are a lot of shows I feel deserve a spot in my top ten but I just couldn’t fit them in, but that is sort of the point of making a top ten, isn’t it? If it’s easy to pick them then what’s even the point?
The rule is the same, simple one as usual: the show needed to end at some point in 2013. That means shows that are still airing are not eligible (though I’m sure plenty of people will still ask “WHERE’S KILL LA KILL?!”), but shows that started in late 2012 and didn’t finish until 2013 are eligible. With that in mind, let’s get this list started, shall we?
I was originally just going to put “Top 10 Anime of 2012” as the title, since it’s already obvious this list is just my opinion and such, but I caved and changed it because it made the title look better aesthetically. Two words followed by a number, then another two words followed by another number. Sweet.
The rules for this list are simple: the show needed to end at some point during 2012. Actually, that’s the only rule, but this means that shows could start in late 2011 as long as they continued into 2012. Oh, and only shows I actually watched can make the list, obviously.
So basically this is the ballot I sent in for the APR Best of 2012 voting. I just flipped the order they’re listed in and expanded a bit more on some of the reasons for picking a few of the shows. However, this is still ultimately just a list, so I’m still only giving about a sentence or two to explain why I picked each one.
Oh my, already time for the new season? But I’m not even caught up on the last one! I am getting pretty close, though.
So this is coming out pretty late, considering stuff starts airing tomorrow (except for Kingdom, but pretty much nobody is watching that anyways). But hey, at least it means I get to use the most up-to-date chart, right?
Also, I’m making an actual deadline for Readers’ Pick voting this time around. The poll will close on July 5th at 5:00pm PST, so get your vote in before then! Or if you’re Game, sabotage the poll again before then.
As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been back for a while. I probably should have posted this a few days ago. Oh well, I’m still relaxing since summer is here.
So last time when I “upgraded” the blog to 2.0, it wasn’t actually much. I just added a blogroll, created a Twitter, and removed one category I had been doing. It was more of a 1.1 upgrade than anything. This one, however, is a true upgrade, because I’m doing some pretty big changes to how I’m doing things.
While I don’t mind that I lost the tourney, Dark_Sage has a point in that my recent posts lacked any real personality to them. It was just addressing good and bad points in shows, then justifying those claims. Some of the posts were pretty short by my standards, and even then I sometimes had to grasp at straws to get the posts to be that long. I even looked at my Shana III review, and it lacked any real emotion to it, except for maybe a few parts.
So I’m scrapping it. No more previews or reviews, unless it’s a show I’m emotionally invested in (so either a really good one, a really bad one, or a show that has an impactful scene or two). Instead I’m going for a format similar to Yi and Yumeka and such, where I’ll write a posts whenever I wish and they’ll primarily be editorials. Though I’m actually reluctant to say editorial, because they’ll be inspired by specific episodes, whether it be a plot point, or how something is handled, or whatever.
Not all is different, though. I feel like without having required posting, I’d fade away from the desire to blog, so I’m keeping the Reader’s Pick category. This also means I’ll still do season previews, if anything so that I can put up the poll for the thing. I’ll also have normal editorials and such. But posts won’t take too long to come out, I already have a couple of ideas for posts.
And that’s about it; I’m not sure if I missed anything. I’ll try to get out a Saki super post soon to catch up, but I have quite a few other shows to catch up on too, so we’ll see.
I like to end these kinds of personal blog-related posts by telling people they can ask me stuff, so go ahead if you want. Ever wanted to know my favourite colour? Well now’s your chance. Or you could ask my opinion on things, such as shows or writing, because
I like to think my opinions are super important and awesome.
EDIT: I should mention there are other reasons I’m switching to this format, too. One is that this method actually does appeal to me more than what I had been doing. The bigger one is that I’m sick and tired of my blogging and gaming taking punches at each other. I constantly have to give up one for the other, but with this new format, it should prevent it.
And if you doubt I can continue to come up with posting topics based on episodes I watch, just look back at my Shana episodics. Remember when one of them had 2000+ words about a 3-4 minute scene? Yeah, I can write more based on how much I personally feel about the topic or whatever. Of course not all of my posts will be that long, but that’s just an example of what it’s like to write about something that genuinely interests me.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, then you know that I’m currently on a short hiatus. It’s partly due to TERA coming out, but also because there’s other stuff I want to do right now. Also, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that losing in the tourney made it easy for me to not post for a while. Not like I needed to have new content out and ready for people.
Admittedly, this may be a dumb thing to finally post, since for all I know this hiatus could be over in just a few days (or even tomorrow), but I figured I’d throw it up here for people that don’t follow me on Twitter and was wondering if I was dead.
This isn’t the end though, I’ll definitely be back. Like I said, maybe even sooner than later, but I still felt the need to put this up.
Until I’m back, you can still talk to me on Twitter, and I’ll probably still be commenting on other people’s posts.
As I’ve been saying on Twitter, my posting got delayed because I wanted to finish Mass Effect 3 over the weekend so it wouldn’t interfere with me actually going to my classes. I did manage to accomplish this, and I finished at around 6:00am Monday. Talk about cutting it close.
Also, a fairly large chunk of people have been complaining about the endings. I won’t spoil anything, but I don’t understand this at all; I thought the endings were great. I do agree the epilogues (the videos for the endings) were extremely lacking, but the endings were perfectly fine.
Anyways. seeing as how I didn’t get the last seasonal impressions post out until well after the season had started, I figured it’d be a good idea to get this one out nice and early. Plus, starting early is also a good idea, in case I need to spend more than one day on this, seeing as how there’s a whopping 44 shows to write little quips for. Oh boy.
But wait, there’s more! I have something super special in store for the end of the post that involves you readers! It’s something I only just thought up as I was writing those last two paragraphs, even though it doesn’t really have much to do with them (other than being about anime, obviously). What can I say, my mind is just constantly in motion.