The year 2011 has been a year that has brought us many great anime titles. Even though we’ve seen some great anime series in 2010 and 2009 and there were many titles that we at least enjoyed watching, compared to those two years, 2011 has been much better, in my opinion. It was very hard to select 12 anime from this year into my top 12. When I did the same thing last year, it wasn’t easy either, but I didn’t have the feeling that I didn’t include something I should have included there, like I do now. On top of that, I chose only top 10 last year. Anyway, without any further ado, here is my selection of 12 anime from the year 2011 for the AniBloggers’ Choice Anime Awards 2011.
12. Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
You might wonder why I included this anime in the top 12 of this season, and I won’t be able to fully explain the reason. I laughed a lot each episode and the show was a real mess, in a good sense. Many people thought it was only about senseless fanservice, but the show have managed to go further than that, only that not everyone have realized that and many people gave up after a few episodes. It required a lot of patience and attention to find out all the details thanks to which the whole thing made sense, which may be regarded as both a good and a bad point.
11. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
An excellent comedy with excellent characters.
I like my lolis playing with balls ^^ Even though Ro-Kyu-Bu is an anime whose main objective is showing the audience some cute girls, many of its episodes ended with a big cliffhanger which made me crave for the next episode to see what would happen next.
9. Mirai Nikki
I only started watching this anime when 6 episodes had aired and I was really glad I had decided to give it a try, because I would miss out on a lot of great action and a very amusing character. I think it’s quite appropriate for Yuno to receive the title of the Queen of Yandere. What she is able to do and say when driven by her obsession is amazing, and her expression in yandere trance is extremely scary yet cute at the same time.
Victorica is soooooooooo cute! Now, Gosick was a very enjoyable anime in guise of a mystery series but focusing on the bonds between the characters. It started by the main character solving mystery cases like you can see in regular mystery shows, but it evolved in quite a grand scale story with lots of emotions.
7. Yuru Yuri
A character-driven show, which I greatly enjoy. The everyday shenanigans of the members of the Amusement Club and the members of the student council, interactions between the characters, and the overall atmosphere of this anime; all of it was excellent. I hope for a second season to be green-lit. We still have yet to see Akari’s hardcore siscon sister ^o^ ＼ｱｯｶﾘｰﾝ／
6. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
I love the light novel, so my expectations have been quite high. Anime adaptation of Haganai hasn’t let me down and it has answered the expectations of mine. All of the characters are perfectly designed and having them all at one place results in a series of extremely interesting events and conversations.
5. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
I like CLANNAD, AIR, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and other anime that bring you to tears and Ano Hana is one of them. The portrayal of the characters and their bonds was very deep and the general flow of the anime was well-paced. All of this and many other factors have made it possible for not only me but also countless of others to sympathize with the characters, cheer for them when they were troubled, and shed a few tears or even a whole bucket. It may sound strange to some people, while others might agree with me, when an anime makes me cry, I regard it in a very positive light and give that anime some bonus points for accomplishing that. It’s not a very frequent occurrence.
4. Hanasaku Iroha
A masterpiece when it comes to anime which revolve around the everyday lives of people. Even when the characters face some difficult situation, the show always has a bright atmosphere and it encourages people by a hidden message that hardships are meant to be overcome by work and dedication and that there is nothing like an utterly hopeless situation. All you have to do is bonboru ^^ It might be bit idealistic and utopic, but what’s bad about that?
DAT BROSKANDAR!!! This series reeks of epicness on miles. It’s not only Iskandar, but also Kiritsugu, Kotomine, Tokiomi, Gilgamesh, and Lancer, all of them are really cool characters. Then you also have DAT MILF IRISVIEL and DAT ULTRALOLI ILYA AND LOLI RIN there.
2. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
At first I thought that I would pick Madoka as my top anime of this year, but after a lot of deep thinking I came to a conclusion that even though I had greatly enjoyed it and would give it 11/10 if it were possible, there was another anime which was as great as Madoka and which I had enjoyed even more as it pulled off a great combination of serious action and lots of fantastic humor…
…and that series was Steins;Gate. Everyone who has seen it will remember the excellent scene where Kyouma spoke to a foreigner in the back alleys of Akihabara. Steins;Gate might have had a slow start which might have disappointed some people and make them drop it. But it had an escalating tendency. It was getting better and better with every episode and the real turning point was in the twelfth episode. I could write a long article about what I liked and enjoyed on Steins;Gate, but I will cut the long story short and simply say, I loved every bit of Steins;Gate.
That’s it for the top 12. It’s full of awesome anime which I truly enjoyed.
Anime which I feel I should at least mention, because I really like them and find them to be much better than your average show: Shakugan no Shana III, Working’!!, Hourou Musuko. I could name a few more, but I wanted to narrow it down to as fewer as possible.