AngryJellyfish’s Top 12 Anime of 2013!

It seems that all I post on my blog these days is lists… I’ve thought about writing other things, but gave up before starting each time – they just made me feel so listless.

*silence*

Well, now that I’ve got that out of the way, here’s my Top 12 anime of the whole year! And this time, I’m only ranking series that FINISHED this year, as opposed to shows that started this year as I did in the past. Expect a bit of overlap with 2012’s list as a result, though the second halves (and particularly the endings) of those Autumn anime really changed my opinions of most of them, hence the rule change this year. 🙂

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Image by moxue qianxi – and no, it’s not too late, 12 days of Christmas and all that~

12: Free!bf5c005b890d574d4376c416cceef3f4

What’s not to like about Free!? Sure, the plot was about as basic as they get, but every week the series brought a smile to my face (though nothing topped my reaction to watching the ED for the first time). 😀 Fantastic character designs, brilliant animation, comedy, angst, decent pacing… Free! had it all, and even ended well, which is more than I can say for some of the series higher up in the list! Makes me wish I could swim…

 

11: Kakumeiki Valvrave25e691f5a880f75d0a725b06f16816c1

Another fabulous Sunrise series featuring politics, mechs and magic… it felt like Code Geass all over again, which isn’t a bad thing! The first half of the series kept me on the edge of my seat with its plot twists (apart from the times I fell off my seat because they were so ridiculous), and ended on a cliffhanger that left me wanting more, while the second half kept the drama coming by killing off cast members left, right and centre. Too much of a guilty pleasure to rank any higher, however~

 

10: Hataraku Maou-sama!cc7681ea43d8b65f033b51ec13e638e4

Take a demon lord bent on world conquest, and throw him into modern day Japan… and after an episode or so of confusion, he fits in perfectly. 😛 That’s what I loved most about Hataraku Maou-sama! – Sadao’s determination to be the best fast food worker ever, Urushihara’s love of the internet, and Ashiya’s worries about their household budget, all hilarious. 😀 There were a few plot/action-focused episodes too, which were also good, but this was one show that I definitely watched for the comedy more than anything else.

 

9: Zetsuen no Tempestfed314b472fb6147db188a26e3d128a7

Ranked 3rd in my Top 12 list for last year based on one of the best first halves of any anime I’ve ever watched, Zetsuen no Tempest is the perfect example of why I’m not including unfinished series anymore. I wouldn’t say the second half was bad in any way, just distinctly average, but the comparison with those amazing early episodes made it seem disappointing nonetheless. I’d still recommend it though, if only for the crazy characters and amazing battles of wits!

 

8: Suisei no Gargantiac27e67220fea90fdaff20a0b470e4d19

Take an advanced mech pilot and throw him onto a low-tech ocean planet… and things may have been a lot less awkward if he’d picked up the local lingo as quickly as Sadao. 😛 In this series though, the huge difference in beliefs and culture between Ledo and the inhabitants of the Gargantua was used to good effect in the plot department rather than for comedy, and made for great viewing. The mech’s AI, Chamber, also stands out as one of my favourite characters of the year – not sure what that says for the human characters!

 

7: Chihayafuru 2f8cbc8dcb8475defcecf1f1a0cd536c4

Chihayafuru ranks a couple of places higher than it did in my list for 2011, and that’s likely due to the huge amount of character development that took place in the series and a half since – I liked Chihaya a lot then, but I adore her and all the rest of Mizusawa Karuta Club’s members now! The individual tournament episodes, where she continued to play despite the injury to her finger, even adapting her style to suit her left hand, were easily the highlight of the sequel for me.

 

6: Robotics;Notes24c288d29945a7a2015bb5162a6f0f4e

Merely receiving an honourable mention last year, I feel I need to rank Robotics;Notes highly this time by way of apology. I enjoyed the series well enough, as my Winter weekly rankings prove (it only failed to make my Top 5 once), yet I always seem to underrate it or completely forget about it when discussing this year’s anime online or with friends. I can only assume it’s because I was expecting another Steins;Gate, and it wasn’t *quite* that epic… but neither is anything else that aired this year.

 

5: Gatchaman Crowds9d88bee062ce35cd93a135c165437a7a

The best series of the year not to make my 5 star list… if only the ending hadn’t been such a rushed, jumbled mess! Which is something that next year’s sequel will hopefully sort out – either way I cannot wait for more! This series had tons of style, a diverse and well-developed cast, a good balance of action and comedy, and easily one of the best soundtracks of the year. A shame more people haven’t seen it – even with the ending as it was, I’d highly recommend Gatchaman Crowds!

 

4. Shin Sekai Yori6f676e242c8f8b9106f9573109d3455e

This didn’t even get an honourable mention from me in 2012, and now it’s in my Top 50 anime series of all time! Just what was I thinking back then? 😮 To be fair, the first half was very slow-paced; the early episodes did a very good job of building up a horrible sense of unease, despite the fact that not a lot happened… and that made the second half all the more epic. Easily my favourite horror anime in years, I’m getting chills just thinking about it…

 

3: Genshiken Nidaime6f11447ac601d276cb7981228db7f4e3

I said it several times while the series was airing, but I’ll say it again: this series could have been written specifically for me. The humour was perfectly catered to my tastes, the subject matter was all things otaku, and then there was Hato-kun – sorry Chamber, there’s at least one human character who has you beaten. 😛 No other series can claim to have outranked Attack on Titan two weeks in a row, either! Definitely made me laugh more than any other series this year. 😀

 

2: Psycho Pass

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Another returnee from my 2012 list, ranking three places higher than it did then, due to its strong second half that dominated my Winter season weekly rankings. As I said back then, the premise of a world governed by a system which can read your mental state, limit your career options and label you a criminal before you’ve even done anything wrong is a great setting for a story… I’m just glad this world hasn’t gotten to that stage (yet). 😛 This is also getting a sequel in 2014, hopefully it’ll do the first series justice. 🙂

 

And finally, my overall favourite series of the year:

 

1: Shingeki no Kyoji34304b4c05e97fda9f2deaf23f170ecf

Predictable? Very, but it’s just that good a series. 😛 Never has any anime held the top spot in my weekly rankings for so long, and over two seasons as well! I do love a good high-budget action series, and if it’s set in a medieval Europe-like world then even better! It’s also been a while since I’ve seen any series talked about so often and with such enthusiasm, with many people on the forums I frequent saying that they discovered anime through Attack on Titan. Deserves the hype, in my opinion. 🙂

Honourable mentions: 

Date a Live

Haganai NEXT

Senki Zesshou Symphogear G

Coppelion

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Guilty pleasures: 

Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!

Meganebu!

Ixion Saga DT

 Zettai Bouei Leviathan

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%

Series I probably should have watched, but didn’t: 

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Servant x Service

Oregairu

Kotoura-san

Kyoukai no Kanata

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4 Responses to AngryJellyfish’s Top 12 Anime of 2013!

  1. Reading your commentary on Shin Sekai Yori reminds me that I need to pick it up again. As you said, it got a bit slow.

    Somehow, I completely forgot about Zetsuen no Tempest when thinking about my own favorite series for the past year. But, as you wrote, the second half was weak compared to its beginnings. Still a lot of fun. Overall, I liked Psycho-Pass best, but I have a weakness for stories set in a dystopia. Too many things about Shingeki no Kyojin irked me–mostly the fact that I couldn’t warm up to any of the characters besides Mikasa. But, I do think that SnK was the best received show of the past year.

    • I’d definitely recommend Shin Sekai Yori – I’d say it’s set in a much more frightening dystopia than that of Psycho-Pass. Shame it’s not as fast-paced.

      I’d never forget Zetsuen no Tempest (unlike poor Robotics;Notes), though I don’t find myself recommending it to people anywhere near as much as I did when those earlier episodes were still airing weekly.

      As for SnK, there were a few issues I had with it as well. Mostly the fact that in some episodes, very little happened to move the plot along, but it almost invariably ended on a major cliffhanger each week to leave the viewer wanting more. But even though I identified that trick, that clearly didn’t stop it working on me. 😛 It’s probably one of the weaker series ever to top my end of year list; my overall opinion of 2013’s anime offerings would be ‘good, but not great’.

  2. […] it’s still proving a disappointing sequel to a series that just missed out on a place in my Top 12 Anime of 2013 list. 😕 And it’s apparently ending in three episodes, not sure if that’s a good thing […]

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