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Best Animes From 2010

I only included the animes I have watched from these years. I'm not including Sequels when quality declines or when the story started on previous years. I am including Sequels where it makes sense to keep watching, in order to complete the story.
1 Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

This is an awesome anime with brilliant execution that knows how to convey the feelings across from comedy to heartwarming moments. The playful setting invites everyone to bring their inner child and to focus on the things that really matter in life.

'This show is one i would remember for a long time and taught me many life lessons about giving in, loving and appreciating life, but mainly the show is about admitting to yourself your faults, your past, and telling yourself you can live with it, after all, that's the secret of moving on.' -Juhiro7788

'I’ll be the first to say that this show has so many things I hate. Teens, a teen band, plenty of school life moments, a teen band playing in concerts, silly humor, crowds cheering a teen band, angsty backstories, and a teen band. Good heavens above, are teen bands annoying, and doubly so when in anime. So when I found myself enjoying the hell out of Angel Beats!, I was the first to be surprised.

This type of show shouldn’t be one I like. On the contrary, with all the hype I should have been busy verbally eviscerating every tiny detail contained in Angel Beats!. But what it lacks it makes up for with some good humor, a lot of self awareness (the characters admitting they’re idiots, parody of shounen manga, etc), and an actual plot. This is backed up by some fantastic art, and a strong vision behind everything.

Angel Beats! is good, perhaps even great. I would recommend it to everyone and anyone that isn’t looking for something more than an enjoyable view with just enough hints of depth to keep the show intellectually satisfying enough. Really though, I personally enjoyed the hell out of it. Not all shows need to aim at being artistic and super deep, and this is one show that aims at being fun, and the art and depth just somehow wriggle themselves in there.' -Gzerble

The dub is great!

2 Trigun: Badlands Rumble

Trigun: Badlands Rumble

This is an extra story for one of the best animes of all time, Trigun. If you haven't seen it yet, then I strongly recommend you do and probably start there, as the movie is a stand-alone episode and can be enjoyed on its own but it may spoil part of the anime if you decide to watch later. I cannot say the movie will serve as an intro either, as Trigun starts episodic, but there is a lot more to it than that, especially with the overall arc present on most episodes, which this story lacks.

'If you're a Trigun fan, then you will not be disappointed with this wonderful addition to the series... The story is interesting and at no point did it lose my attention. Granted, it really does feel like a really long episode at times, but a really good one that captures the atmosphere that Trigun had back in its day... Also, you need to have watched some of the episodes to really get a feel for who these characters are and some of the plot to get the full effect. Its a 9.3 out of 10' -RicanRevolter

'For that matter, Trigun: Badlands Rumble is great and there's no way around it and you can certainly watch it aside from the series, but as stand alone film you won't have the same feeling, because you won't come back to something you like and for some is always good to know some background for characters and universum. As clearly as I can say it, you won't get it here. On one side it's good, because it means that some of you will watch original series, but on the other side for some it can be a drag down.' -BlackThorne

The dub is great!

3 Break Blade Movie 1: Kakusei no Toki

Break Blade Movie 1: Kakusei no Toki

This is a great real-mecha series, but more than focusing on the mecha alone the story main themes are war, combat skills, fighting against fate and a little bit of impossible romance. For a person who doesn't want to fight, would they be able to kill their enemy in order to protect their friends?

'...Will this be like some cliche other mecha anime I have seen before? No, it won't.... Overall these movies are pretty badass. The best part about the anime though, is one can tell the difference between the enemies.  In the manga its extremely hard.  Plus, this anime goes right up to the latest chapter of the manga.  Can't beat that.  The story is genuine and the pace never breaks.  Watch these movies, you will be impressed.  I said so.' -TheMajor5

The animation is excellent as what you expect from a movie, the TV Series is the same just edited for TV.

Unfortunately, this is just the first arc and its complete as such, but the overall story it's not.

The dub is good.

4 Break Blade Movie 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi

Break Blade Movie 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi

Continuation of the story.

5 Break Blade Movie 3: Kyoujin no Ato

Break Blade Movie 3: Kyoujin no Ato

Continuation of the story.

6 Break Blade Movie 4: Sanka no Chi

Break Blade Movie 4: Sanka no Chi

Continuation of the story.

7 Break Blade Movie 5: Shisen no Hate

Break Blade Movie 5: Shisen no Hate

Continuation of the story.

8 Break Blade TV: Virgins War

Break Blade TV: Virgins War

This is an alternative ending for one of the characters adapted from the manga.

9 Break Blade Movie 6: Doukoku no Toride

Break Blade Movie 6: Doukoku no Toride

Continuation of the story.

10 Shiki

Shiki

Despite so many movies and series on this genre, Shiki manages to find an unexplored area and creates something unique and extremely captivating from beginning to end. It's hard not to watch this series from start to finish as the suspense is non-stop, the terror is palpable and the circumstances not so easy to define as good & evil. It's also in a different view, a survival anime like no other.

Shiki does a wonderful job at showing the results of people who live without fear of consequences, those who believe there is no choice left for them but to do as their told, and those who accept what's happening to them and choose to live on their own terms, choosing their own path even if it means death.

'Shiki’s greatest narrative strength is how it shows the villager’s varied reactions to the incidents plaguing the town... the local doctor – takes it upon himself to find the cause at all costs... The contrast in this variation of responses helps to make each individual’s plight all the more poignant, especially when they attempt to convince the rational villagers of the truth. That the more active protagonists come up against a wall of pure denial, yet refuse to give up, makes each episode more gripping to watch than the last as one can’t help but wonder when these pig-headed people will finally see sense.

In addition to the steady mystery, intrigue, and moral questioning, Shiki provides the viewer with a reasonable amount of gore. While not always horrifically explicit – most of the action appears just off screen – certain parts can cause your stomach to lurch and send chills down your spine. ' -cassiesheepgirl

Shiki is not perfect thou, as clearly some decisions are made or not made in order to prolong or advance the plot in a certain way and the ending seems rushed and somehow inconclusive, but the good parts outshine the bad.

The dub is good.

11 Shiki Specials

Shiki Specials

2 side stories that explain and expand some of the events of the final act. Don't miss these specials, they are awesome!

12 Gosick

Gosick

This is a great mystery series with some romance. It starts episodic, with classic mystery Sherlock Holmes style, but there is a major original story developing across all episodes and this makes it more interesting as you keep watching and learning more of what's happening, and it will have you at the edge of your seat for the end. Is set in a fictional European country in 1924, which makes for a good change of scenery.

'Myths, legends and fears are the menu for the postwar world, where prejudice makes the people stay on the edge of war on every corner. The world full of darkness and mysteries involves Kujo and Victorique to find the light. 

The story is great, not only because of Victorique's elegant way to solve the mysteries but how the mysteries itselves threads into a magnificent play full of riddles.' -yuelio

The dub is good.

13 Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

This is a great sci-fi-action story with mature themes (nudity & violence) and goes through the process of learning to overcome incredible hardship. Besides being a great story with much to offer it also has a spectacular animation with great use of colored lights to add mood to the scenes, it's really a feast for the eyes. Don't miss this anime!

The dub is ok.

14 Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion

Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion

Continuation of the story.

15 Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

Continuation of the story.

16 Durarara!!

Durarara!!

With an innovative narrative, fun music, and great characters, which are the cornerstone of this show, Durarara!! manages to create a show that feels modern, interesting and refreshing with a good balance of action, mystery, comedy and at the same time conveying social issues like suicide, gangs, social outcasts & acceptance.

'Durarara is a unique show that contains various characters, genres, and storylines. Just about every episode focuses on a different character perspective despite the fact the main protagonist is Mikado. The great appeal of Durarara is its diverse and colorful mix of personalities of numerous characters. Overall, this is by far one of the best animes I have seen in a while. I'd recommend it to anyone, no matter what their tastes are, since it has a bit of everything and an excellent cast of characters.' -yoshina

'At first, it was kind of confusing but eventually everything ties together quite well. If you don't watch them back to back it might be tough to follow since so much happens in each episode. There is an intricate storyline with many characters that you get to see the perspectives of. It shows the thoughts and actions of each character through the show and all the parts of the story. It is amazing to see all the sides of a story and how everything had to happen in order for that instance to occur. I especially love the opening and ending songs through the anime.' -taek1230

The dub is great!

17 Durarara!! X2

Durarara!! X2

Continuation of the story.

18 Durarara!! X2 The Second Arc

Durarara!! X2 The Second Arc

Continuation of the story.

19 Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc

Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc

Continuation of the story.

20 Highschool of the Dead

Highschool of the Dead

This is an excellent zombie series, but probably not for everyone else's that is not a fan of that genre. It's closer to the old zombie movies with plenty of gore, violence, emotional drama, but also stupidity, plot holes, and sex-driven characters. In addition to that, it also has an excessive amount of fan-service, which fills most of the complaints on the reviews, as one thing are the relationships between teens facing the end of the world and another thing are all the misplaced panty-shots happening in between fights. But if you can leave the low parts aside, then the plot is full of action right from the start and it excels at showing all the atrocities that humans potentially do when facing such situations. Overall, it's a great addition to the zombie genre. I encourage you to watch the first episode and make up your mind from there, the rest of the series won't be much different than that.

'First and foremost, this show is a horror – and a good one at that. It is not the lurching zombies thirsting for human flesh that invokes fear, although this does add to the overall atmosphere of the series. Instead, the terrifyingly accurate and desperate attempt at survival of an unlikely group of kids as their world slowly starts to fall around their ears that will cull the most alarm. Exploring the motivations of each character, the tense drama that ensues gives rise to the question: what exactly would you do in their situation? Yes, they do act like angsty teens, but when day to day living becomes reliant on glimmers of hope, such as crossing a river to reach a safe house, then I think their reactions are justified.' -KiraRin

Unfortunately, the story is incomplete and the author, Daisuke Satō, passed away :(

The dub is good.

21 Out of Sight

Out of Sight

This is an excellent short that perfectly paints the world of a little girl as seen through her 'eyes'.

22 The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty

As always, Studio Ghibli manages to create another excellent movie with great animation, characters & storytelling, that really makes you feel the wonders and dangers of Arrietty's world and see our world through their perspective.

'Studio Ghilbi strikes again with another wonderful film. If you are a fan of their work, then you will love this film, and even if you aren't, then watch it anyways. It is one of the few family films that anyone can enjoy.' -galacticdude7

The British Dub is far superior to the American Dub with Saoirse Ronan & Tom Holland on the voices of the main protagonists.

23 The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy

Similar to the Monogatari Series, this show has a lot of fast-paced dialogs/monologs and a unique art-style that sets it apart from the rest, by contrasting colored backgrounds against colorless characters and changing styles and colors within scenes to match the mood and the protagonist mental state. The dialogs create its own rhythm and rhyme setting the pace for each scene and should be considered as part of its art form. They also make you wish you could understand Japanese so you could focus your eyes on the visuals instead of the subs!

'Yojouhan is a rare example of a series with time loops where the loops themselves are actually played with. Throughout the 11 episodes, there are several different stories, but many of the episodes focus on the same stories as others. What makes these episodes work is that we see the stories from different angles. In some episodes, we see segments of the story that aren't entirely clear, though at the time are not distracting. In later episodes, these plot points are often explained when Watashi's perspective changes and we see what actually happened. The best part of this, though, is that every episode lends pieces to a larger story. While the series is episodic, what we see effectively falls into place like a jigsaw puzzle, all coming to fruition in the final episode making for one of the most satisfying conclusions I've ever seen.

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei is an exercise in series structure unlike anything before it. The way the entire series is built comes off as nothing short of genius...' -LindLTailor

'There is a lot more going on in it than petty problems common people face every day. It is multi-layered, with hints of science fiction, psychological introspection, and even witty life lessons. 

Unlike many series which are showing you something in the first episodes that is not representative of the rest of the series, Tatami Galaxy doesn’t try to fool you about its content. It’s a consistent train of thought coming from a university student that thinks way too fast and way too much to the point it stops being healthy. It is overthinking but unlike many other shows, it is not pretentious since he is simply rationalizing his insecurities instead of trying to pass as wise.

It has a very artistic presentation, which unlike many other series it is not there simply as pretty backgrounds, nor as a trick for fooling the viewer into thinking the show is more than it actually is. The artwork is representative of the protagonist’s messed up mentality and not some poor excuse to make fan service seem artistic. 

It is also one of the very few exceptions where the seemingly episodic structure ends up coming together at the end. Despite appearances, every episode is not a stand-alone event with zero effect on the rest. There is even a solid ending, a thing that is very rare in slice of life series and comedies in general. 

It is also one of the very few exceptions where time resets are done right...

The message of the show is finding a way out of your fear of disappointment caused by bad choices. The protagonist constantly thinks that making the right decisions is all it takes to be happy in life, when in reality it’s how you handle your choices that matters. This is something I rarely see in other series; they just use amnesia and time travel to change choices instead of changing the attitude. 

I find it to be an amazing series, practically flawless in every category, and easily deserves to be called one the best anime titles of all times. ' -roriconfan

24 Bakuman.

Bakuman.

This is the next great story from the creators of Death Note, this time about the manga industry. I'm not sure how much autobiographical it is but is well know that 'Some characters resemble real authors and editors of Weekly Shōnen Jump, and many manga titles mentioned in Bakuman have actually been published in the magazine.' -WikiPedia

The story is all about following your dreams, self-improvement, friendship and striving to succeed. All these packed with interesting notes about the manga & anime industry and a romance. The stories they create within the story are part of the appeal of this anime. I encourage you to watch the first 6 episodes to see if you like, it drags at times and it may get repetitive on the next seasons but you expect a proper ending for the series and if you like the beginning you'll enjoy the rest.

'One of the main reasons why I love this series so much is because of it's fantastic cast. Every single character is well written. They each have their own distinct personality, no one is perfect and we constantly get to see things from their perspective.' -kenikki

The dub is good, but only the first 7 episodes have been dubbed.

25 Bakuman. 2

Bakuman. 2

Continuation of the story.

26 Bakuman. 3

Bakuman. 3

Continuation of the story.

27 Psychic Detective Yakumo

Psychic Detective Yakumo

This show seems a little dated for being from 2010, both in animation & storytelling, but it's still a compelling story that deals with the cycle of hate and the death of important people in our lives. In the end, this is an intelligent seinen series that deals with issues we all can relate in our lives and resolves them in a great way.

'The themes Shinrei Tantei Yakumo deals with are quite dark, starting from coming to terms with one's anger and despair or being swallowed up by it. While there are no overtly violent or sexual scenes, certain instances of terrible things are alluded to and/or shown off-screen. In contrast though, the story also manages to lightly relay a handful of enlightened insights, which did not really come off as heavy handed and did not fail to make me appreciate the whole series in general.' -NeverFroze

'This is the type of anime in which the story is not really the main focus. Instead of the characters being created for the sake of a good story, it almost seems like this anime's story was created to surround and compliment exceptional characters and to help with their personal struggles and development. As someone who always appreciates exceptional character depth and development, this was perfectly fine with me.' -casandra29

28 Working!!

Working!!

Comedy is a difficult genre to do right, some go too far, others get repetitive really quick and lose their effect, but this show does a great job at balancing all aspects and will keep you laughing through each episode.

'So the first thing that I liked about this anime was the comedy. This anime made me laugh every single episode. I loved all the humor in Working!! from Satou’s ultra dry humor to the absurd situations Inami get’s herself into. Every episode there was at least one moment where I was laughing out loud...

So as a conclusion Working was a very fun, heartwarming anime that you don’t watch for the amazing deep storylines but for the excellent comedy, the likable characters and the sweet romances. I had a blast watching it so I’m going to rate the entirety of Working!! at 4 stars. If you’re a fan of romance, comedy, slice of life I definitely recommend watching this anime.' -JVAnimeReviews

'I was pleasantly surprised by Working!! . As a Slice of Life anime, you don't expect it to suck you into its antics as much as it does. But, if you stick with it, you will find a anime that is calming particularly because of the instances of what occurs.

First of all, Working!! has a good story for a SOL anime. There are character arcs for most of the main characters from the beginning to the end, and this production does a good job at tying up loose ends in each character's lives. Just trust me, once you reach the end of the anime in the third season, you will see just how great the character progression is in the story of this anime, even if that is a trivial afterpoint compared to what is going on.

The setting, a restaurant, will be intimately familiar to anyone who has ever worked at a restaurant for any period of time. The day-to-day life of the characters at the restaurant is simple, from work romances to playful banter, but still is refreshingly entertaining. Of the anime I have seen, this is one of the few that breaks the 'characters-in-school' trope that is so commonplace in anime. In fact, plenty of the workers at the Wagneria restaurant are older than just high school age, being college age or higher.' -SOLSupporter

29 Working'!!

Working'!!

Continuation of the story.

30 Working!!!

Working!!!

Continuation of the story.

31 Working!!! Lord of the Takanashi

Working!!! Lord of the Takanashi

Continuation of the story.

32 House of Five Leaves

House of Five Leaves

This is a different type of story, set in the Edo Period of Japan. Perhaps it will be best to describe it as a dark slice-of-life as it depicts the everyday lives of people from that period that works on the shadows in order to survive and make a better life for themselves. The story portrays a group of people, some of them misfits & social rejects, that help each other to overcome the obstacles in their lives and also a society where the rich cares more about their lineage and are willing to commit hideous acts in order to protect their family name. The House of Five Leaves will take advantage of that in order to carry their business, but there is more to the story than that. This anime is definitely in a league of its own, give it a try.

'Now, it's worth noting that this show has a very unusual art style. This can be extremely offputting to some people, which, alongside with the slow pace of this show, probably account for the incredibly low ratings this show had upon airing. This is a great shame, because as of writing this is probably the best anime of 2010. It starts off quite slow, making it hard to rope viewers in, but it slowly but surely hooks the viewer. The pace is often considered to be the best and worst thing about this anime. It seems boring, but at the same time, utterly captivating. It's strange, but no matter how slow the show is, you never want to stop watching. At the same time, the slow pace can make the important moments all the more impressive and memorable.' -LindLTailor

'Encouragingly, all that eschewing Sarai-ya Goyou does of its initial potential leads to something unique. Even if I wasn’t enamoured of its limp progression, I was charmed by the sturdy flavour, which recalls the delicacy of Mushishi and the subversive tang of Kaiji. For all my reservations, I’m enormously glad this trend-bucking show exists. I think people who love brooding, deliberate stories that aren’t immediately obvious will gain the most from this.' -VivisQueen

'In conclusion, this isn't an anime that most people will enjoy because of the pacing and the lack of action, superpowers or romance. But for those of you who appreciate a good story and value character development, I'd recommend to give this a try.' -haize78

33 Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW

Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW

'Welcome To The Space Show is a creatively visual feast that, like Oblivion Island, easily surpasses Spirited Away when it comes to imaginative design. The opening sequence is simply a taste of things to come, and A-1 Pictures have put a great deal of thought into bringing home the idea that the children really have gone to another world. This is partly achieved through the use of bright, vivid, and sometimes clashing colour schemes that impart a slightly unearthly quality to a good portion of the movie. When this is coupled with some very creative character and feature designs the sense of not being in Kansas anymore really does come to the fore. The scenery is especially noteworthy for its detail and quality, and viewers may find themselves simply admiring the picturesque vistas from time to time. There's also a nice combination of static and layered backgrounds that add a degree of depth and character to certain scenes.

Welcome To The Space Show is a flawed creation that attempts to take on the might of Ghibli, and while there are areas where it clearly falls flat on its face, there are also parts that really are brilliant.  The movie is slightly more tongue in cheek than one might expect, but at the same time possesses an edge to it that sets it apart from the somewhat saccharine nature of family entertainment. All of the flaws in the film can be forgiven on the basis of one fact - it's one of the more imaginative and creative anime movies to appear in the last few years. Yes, it 'borrows' heavily from numerous influences, and yes, there are issues in almost every department, but it also takes the viewer on an adventure to strange and fascinating new worlds, and this aspect is probably the most understated thing in the movie.' -Archaeon

The dub is not so good, it sounds like they are reading from the script, I found the sub to be superior.

34 The Legend of the Legendary Heroes

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes

This is a fantasy-magic anime with a good balance of comedy, darkness, and an overall theme of creating a peaceful world. The darkness elements are what kept me watching to see how it everything gets resolved, unfortunately, the story is incomplete and there is no second season in sight. Even so, the journey was good as evident for the high ratings of the show. It's better than most animes of the same genre at the time it was made.

The dub is good.

35 Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan

Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan

This is a light entertaining shounen anime. The mythology is interesting, but it's mostly about the character's interactions, in fact, the first season it's almost a slice of life in a supernatural setting, the second season has more action, but still, this is not something you watch because of the action as the animation for that is very simple, it's more about the characters as I said and the message of friendship it conveys.

'Overall, the anime was great. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in anime about traditional Japanese mythology, onmyouji, or yokai. It’s not the best, but it is one of the better. I enjoyed it, and will continue to be interested in the Nurarihyon franchise. Give it a shot; you’ll like it or you won’t. Either way you’ve lost nothing, and might have gained a new show to watch. If only it were longer!' -apismellifera

The dub is great!

36 Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan - Demon Capital

Nura: Rise of the Youkai Clan - Demon Capital

Continuation of the story.

37 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

This was a surprisingly good movie, however, I find it hard to recommend as it requires you to have watched at least part of the first series, which in my opinion they are average and overrated. Anyway, this is an excellent piece of sci-fi and the whole ordeal explains certain events of the anime so the movie and the anime are completely intertwined. It's hard to explain why this is so good without spoiling it, so you'll have to decide if you give it a try.

If you indeed decide to watch the series:

  • The 2009 version also includes the first & second seasons, so you won't miss anything if you watch this version.
  • I definitely recommend the sub for the TV Series. The dub sounds good for most characters except Haruhi, which sounds more annoying and her personality changes in the dub to be more rude, unreasonable, and a control freak; while in the sub she is someone who is just frustrated to not be able to find people who want more out of this world and the things she does are meant to bring more fun into their lives. She is definitely more likable in the sub.
  • The order of the episodes differs, depending on where you watch the series.
  • You'll be ok to watch just the first and last episodes of the infamous 'Endless Eight' Arc (you'll notice when things start to get really repetitive, literally), as these were designed to test your patience & waste your time.

'...a well-crafted blend of light-hearted comedy, mindless fluff and intriguing sci-fi. Of course that is what is presented in the film but it is far more than what has been shown in the series.' -RustedBlade666

The dub is good for both the series and the movie.

38 A brightening life

A brightening life

This is a stop-motion animation with great use of symbolism to convey the message of the story in place of dialog, the visual quality & sound are pretty good.

39 Je t'aime

Je t'aime

This is a good short with really awesome visuals, no dialog, and a surprising ending.

'Mamoru Oshii produced this. He's the producer behind Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, and Jin'Roh. I'd recognize that android style anywhere. The colors are lovely, and I liked the almost shrine-like setting for the dog and android' meeting place. The variety of balls that the dog produces is also a telling sign of the detail that went into this short.' -hamletsmage

40 Hong Ling Jin Xia THE RED

Hong Ling Jin Xia THE RED

This is a good short with interesting animation and no dialog, about the inability of Teachers & Parents to stop you from living your manga dreams! The background music is excellent and conveys the feelings of the missing dialog.

41 Katanagatari

Katanagatari

From NisiOisiN, the same author of the Monogatari Series and similar in the sense that has its own unique art style and makes use of heavy dialog to tell its story, in fact, it's more dialog than action which can be both its luster or its drawback, depending on how much you think is witty & funny and how fast you can read subtitles :)

'Katanagatari has ‘brave’ written all over it. It subsumes a set of clichés and tropes into its own unique fable, neither insulting our intelligence nor forgetting to deliver thrills. Its conclusion is ponderous and potent without being overwhelming or contrived. I cannot imagine anyone walking away from it unsurprised, but for me its ending was an opportunity to sit a few minutes mostly just thrilled and enthralled by its rare creativity.' -VivisQueen

'The strongest feature that exists here is its style of conscious trolling, you literally know the scriptwriter is messing with your expectations but you actually like it. That means, things are made as to make you expect something that never happens and surprises you with its unexpected turn of events. In most other series, being trolled is a very negative feature, the cause to hate an anime and downvote it for disappointing you or ruining your expectations... Katanagatari managed to reverse the feeling with smart gags, wordplays, and using a famous literature devise of foreshadowing called “Chekhov’s Gun”... As I said, this works only because the show never tries to be too serious to anything other than the core reasons every character is fighting for. All your expectations from the plot, formed by decades of stereotypes and tropes are in this case working against you, being used by the author in a way to make YOU the reader/viewer the expected and the stereotype. The roles are in a way reversed and you become the kitsch factor; the joke is on you and in this case it is funny.' -roriconfan

42 Ichirin-Sha

Ichirin-Sha

This is a good sci-fi short with excellent animation. Their world takes center stage for the visuals, as its very detailed. There is not much of a story, although there is some mystery as for why the girl is being targeted. The best part of the show is the action.

43 Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom

Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom

This anime is not for everyone and it's certainly not perfect. It seems to have missed the mark with its target audience, whoever they may be, as they tried to blend several genres from shoujo, history, mystery, monsters, action, and slice-of-life; but not blending them well enough for everyone to like. Furthermore, it is a tragedy with a serious tone, it's hard to like the protagonist when their convictions are based on achieving fame & prestige and a weak female character, although these are a product from the times the story is set, rather than a failure of the anime.

So what is good about this anime you ask? That answer may be different for everyone depending on which genre you like. Here I quote some reviews:

'Hakuouki is a historical anime and still surprisingly, all the main male characters are models of the real-life people, apart from Sannan-san. One thing that you'll love about the anime is the male characters. All of them, while fiercely protective of Chizuru, do not display what typical reverse harem boys do. They don't constantly try to grab her attention or sweep her off her feet, only trying to cheer her up and sharing their true feelings with her. If there are any special feelings, the boys give way to the canon couple because there is no time to fight over love when everything they've been fighting for is falling apart.

The anime managed to capture my attention with the events that were going on. Slowly but surely, the cogs of fate began to turn and started breaking down the protective shield that made the Shinsengumi what it was. Hakuouki is not at all the sparkles and rainbows it appears to be. The events of the anime faithfully follow what happened in real life and then you begin to realise that victory doesn't come as easily as it appears to.

Even so, Hakuouki is intriguing exactly because of that. Enemies and evil are not black and white. It's a blend of colours, never singular and that's exactly what the inevitable war that the Shinsengumi are about to face is. The end of this first season points towards more bloodshed, tragedy and unfortunate events. At this point of time, can they keep holding on?' -MikaShinigami

'I really enjoyed this anime. I was not really sure what to expect when I started it, but was drawn in quickly. It is hard to give a specific genre to this anime other than historical. It seems realistic in conparison to other animes, even though it has fantisical elements. It is a romance, but not like your typical shojo romance. It is very heartfelt, but not overly dramatic. It is bloody and contains lots of sword fights, but there is more to it than war (even though war is what takes place in the anime). Somehow, aside from all 'action', my girly side was still apeased. Beautiful animation and music.' -LadyFate

'Hakuouki proved to be in the end a very interesting show. Not only that it depicted a historical moment but it presented also a fantasy story.. and a love relationship between them... The animation alone might attract a few viewers but this show will be much more attracted for fans of animes that presents a feudal Japan theme. If you don't like tragic endings you better avoid this show.' -Galadriel

In the end, is very subjective for each individual if you see this story as an example of what happens when you follow misguided values like 'We won't retreat, I order you to attack, even if it means death'; or if you see the story as a glorious last stand, and the failure of achieving your goals it's not a failure if you give it your best.

The dub is great.

44 Hakuouki: Record of the Jade Blood

Hakuouki: Record of the Jade Blood

Continuation of the story.

The Prequel Hakuoki: Dawn of the Shinsengumi it may be a good watch if you really loved the series, otherwise is just very similar to Season 1 and just an ok watch.

45 Night Raid 1931: The Shipboard Shoot's Conclusion

Night Raid 1931: The Shipboard Shoot's Conclusion

Night Raid is not a perfect anime, but it's a notable mention. It is brave enough to be different by choosing an espionage setting between World Wars 1 & 2. This anime's definitely not for everyone, as it demands an active attention and an interest in the history that is part of the setting. It uses the plot to bring light to a dark part of the history of Japan, but more than retelling the history itself it kind of asks you research what really happened. It's at the very least an interesting approach. This is a serious show, barely any comedy.

I think people who liked series like 'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex' may take a liking to this series, however, the lack of sci-fi & futuristic elements and over-reliance on history makes this story harder to watch and understand. As instead of talking about ideas and possibilities it talks about political events mixed with fiction.

This OVA its Episode 00 and an introduction to the characters, I strongly recommend you watch this first as it helps you understand everything coming later a lot better and its a good sample for the rest of the show.

The dub is great!

46 Night Raid 1931

Night Raid 1931

Continuation of the story.

47 Night Raid 1931: Panther Atop the Snow

Night Raid 1931: Panther Atop the Snow

Continuation of the story.

48 About the girl

About the girl

This short attempts to shows the difference between the person we see and remember when we are in love vs. reality.

49 Shoka

Shoka

This was surprisingly good short with a unique, simplified, ink-art-style using muddy colors. It's mostly shounen action and seems like an introduction to a series.

50 Midori-ko

Midori-ko

Similar to Angel's Egg, in the sense that this is a film to watch because of the art, as there is a story, and a message, but the storytelling is not well executed. It also gets pretty weird at times, especially towards the end, with some nasty parts, so it's not for everyone. I definitely enjoyed the beginning more than the end.

'The film was approximately 13 years and 30,000 drawings by Keita Kurosaka in production.' -IMDB

The art is monochromatic in Sephia tone and it's really something to behold, each frame is like an artistic sketch, paired with appropriate sound effects to bring the movement to life.

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