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Best Animes From 2012

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 From the New World

From the New World

This is a Masterpiece that dares to ask some incredibly deep questions about our society and our future (a 1000 years into the future), all while elegantly contrasting the creation of our own society and how 'little' we know about it and give for granted. Some answers are hinted right from the beginning, and it takes the whole show to face them and accept that we humans really have the potential to be dark and cruel species. It shows well what can happen when humans gain incredible power but are unable to cope with how to use that power for the benefit of all.

It also does a wonderful job at exemplifying how many of our own problems are rooted in our minds, generating from the fear of others, our discriminations, our inability to control our subconscious, and the lack imagination to create a better world, the failure of being able to imagine better solutions to the problems we face!

This is not a show with lots of action, but it does have a fair amount of thrills, strategies, and violence. It is mostly a psychological thriller with deep philosophical questions. So if you are looking for action and easy answers you may want to look at other shows for that.

'Yes. This is what stories are supposed to be about. They are supposed to dig deep into the crevices of the world, exploring topics that are sensitive to human nature and will never stop being discussed. The stories that make you think and make you want to talk about things that mean something are the best. The setting and circumstances of this anime’s world are genius. It takes a few episodes for the story to pick up because at first, reflecting the main characters’ cluelessness, the viewer isn’t sure what’s going on even though many things seem suspicious and mysterious. By the time you realize what you’re in the middle of, you’re wallowing in so much brilliance that you can’t crawl out until everything is finished. This anime picks up quickly after the initial journey, swooping you into a world that might just be insane. It is a wonderful experience. I don’t usually watch many episodes in a single day, but I just about marathoned the second half of this anime because I physically could not stop watching.

This was a great ride. I was not expecting such brilliance when I first began watching and I was continually surprised by each turn of events. In the beginning it seemed a little slow and I wasn’t quite sure where things were going, but it paid off to be patient and let the anime take its path. I enjoyed this story thoroughly, my fascination only increasing with every episode. Even at the very end, I took a big breath, smiled, and thought about how great the whole series had been. It activated my brain and raised some deep questions about life, some of which I still don’t have a concrete answer for. Watch it, no matter who you are or what you like. I feel like this piece of work is universally Good.' -TropicalSwirl

'With the original author's imagination and seemingly plausible scientific facts coupled with the direction and pacing of the series, the show pulled this off with aplomb. I must admit, I was kind of worried when this started, because anime of this genre can seem really good at first but fall flat by the ending. Shin Sekai Yori started slow and strong, building up solid foundation and groundwork for its characters, and finished strong, with little loose strings left hanging. It pains me that I can't write anything too specific, for fear that it may spoil all of you, but I can tell you to pay attention to the story -- stick with it. You won't regret anything.' -Skylos

'Set in a utopian/dystopian future (depending which species you belong to, I suppose), it is about a girl named Saki growing up, being confronted with problems of her society's own creation, and then piecing together the truth of her people's history while solving the various issues that crop up. The issues start small and ramp up, and the foreshadowing and doomsy, creepy vibe seeps into every nook and cranny of the story as it progresses.

In the end, Shinsekai Yori is not for anyone with a short attention span. It offers some very heavy themes, almost hard to watch at times, and doesn't shy away from any topic. It is a very thought-provoking watch, and well worth your time.' -snivets

The dub is awesome!

2 Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass

Written by UroButcher, from Production I.G.'s interest in making a successor to Mamoru Oshii's achievements, this series was destined to be a success and it's almost flawless (except in my opinion for the ridiculous explanation of the 'pieces' the Sibyl System needs to acquire in order to work), but even so, that flaw is a metaphor meant to make a point in the story.

This is really a great sci-fi story with flawless execution which 'explores societal and psychological themes, such as the price of living without stress, and without fear of crime. Indeed, the Sibyl System targets individuals who are considering performing actions that might cause stress to others. But this raises the question of whether it is morally and socially acceptable to charge individuals with crimes they have not yet committed.' -Wikipedia

'At what price comes security? The people of Japan in Psycho-Pass have willingly given up many freedoms for what appears at the outset to be a perfect system: impartial machines, run by the centralized Sibyl System, judge the psychological wellness of every citizen, assigning a “hue” to their mental make-up and a number to their “crime coefficient,” a measure of how likely they are to commit violent criminal acts. Individuals with a cloudy hue and a high crime coefficient are incarcerated and treated, or—if their number is high enough—killed. Some latent criminals are selected to become Enforcers, working under Inspectors who use their criminal knowledge to track down dangerous psychopaths. Meanwhile, regular citizens live with a feeling of complete safety, and have their futures set in stone by the Sibyl system, which can assess which jobs they would be best suited for.

One of Psycho-Pass’s greatest victories is its ability to portray both sides of this world. On the one hand, most citizens largely accept the system as-is, given the safety they feel and the extent to which Sibyl’s ideology has seeped into their everyday lives; on the other hand, the show wastes almost no time before it begins to critique this system. Many characters voice concerns about the dystopic and totalitarian elements of Sibyl, including and especially the main character, Akane, and the antagonist, Makishima. This is a series fully invested in exploring the ethical and moral ramifications of the society it depicts, which certainly elevates the story itself above what you might expect from what is ostensibly an action series.

I really enjoyed Psycho-Pass, from the animation to the characters to the great story. If nothing else, it's a great action series, a great detective story, and has enough philosophical bite to give you something to chew on after it’s done. I’d say if you’re on the fence, go ahead and take the plunge.' -snakebrain

Having said all that, after going through some of the bad reviews it seems most of the negatives are regarding the pacing, which feels slow to some people. In this regard, if you are only looking at the action, but are not interested in the themes this story presents about society then you may feel it a little slow. It does require some interest in your part regarding the philosophy it presents. Second negative is the violence & gore if you want to see cute things and comedy you are looking at the wrong anime!

The dub is awesome!

3 Psycho-Pass 2

Psycho-Pass 2

Continuation of the story.

I can't recommend you continue to the 3rd Season which was largely a disappointment for me, here is my review on that and why I didn't like it.

4 Psycho-Pass: The Movie

Psycho-Pass: The Movie

Continuation of the story.

5 Kingdom

Kingdom

There are many movies and shows that portray this period of humanity when we went to war in such large numbers to fill the Wembley Stadium 4 to 8 times easily, but very few like this series, which does a magnificent job of portraying the strategies & tactics they used, as well as taking you into a first-person view of the battlefield, showing you the terror that soldiers face when realizing, for example, that they were just decoys abandoned to their luck. Then as the story progresses you'll also see the view and thought process of Generals commanding such large numbers of people and how they kept control of the battlefield. This is one of my favorite aspects of this anime, the way they contrast the thinking of average people vs. great people, often related to the way they perceive obstacles, one sees it negatively & impossible to overcome, while great man is always able to see things through the positive side, to make things go their way, they see the glass half full. There is a lot of wisdom in this story if you pay attention to that.

This anime has had some bad reviews mostly for 2 reasons:

  • The animation style, using some type of 2d CG, which is not terrible but definitely not on par with the animation quality of other shows from 2012. The animation style does improve for the next season discarding the CG.
  • Censorship of gore scenes compared to the manga, which is more brutal, although there is still lots of violence & brutality in the anime series.

So your enjoyment of this show may depend if you read the manga first and how much you are picky about the animation style. The story, however, is still great and it comes through in the anime series, in my opinion, it's really worth watching and you should give it a try, as despite the bad reviews the anime still ranks high.

'First off ... let me just say that yes, the animation is a pain in the ass to get used to because the CG effects suck ass, but ... it is very much WORTH watching. Why? Simple! For the plot, the characters, the action, and the complete and utterly satisfying feeling it leaves you with.

I really loved this anime and highly recommend it to people who can overlook it's iffy animation and enjoy the brilliant plot. Kingdom truly deserves far more recognition than it's gotten ... it's an incredible anime!' -duchessliz

The dub is good.

6 Kingdom 2

Kingdom 2

Continuation of the story.

7 Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

'The new series is a remake of the original Space Battleship Yamato television series from 1974, created by Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto, with some changes in the main story, new characters (including several female ones), a more modern tech design, and an animation style inspired by that of the original series.' -Wikipedia

This is one of the best remakes of an old series that I have seen, with a more serious and mature tone than its previous iterations. It is a space opera and one that helped establish the genre. There are many themes through the story ranging from racism, forgiving & making peace, cultural differences, romance, technological advancement through the means of war, the insanity of war, etc, etc. And all of these themes come together as a natural progression of the story, making everything feel 'real'. Music, visuals, storytelling, they all fit together smoothly to create the show. Don't miss this epic story!

'There is a reason these characters became stock characters. There is a reason that the soundtrack is basically one long cliche. There is a reason that this story has been done from every single angle. Somehow Space Battleship Yamato 2199 managed to worm through all my layers of jaded cynicism and overviewing of anime over the years, and I just viewed it and enjoyed the ride. And it is an enjoyable ride at that.

Story: Formulaic is the first word that comes to mind when discussing the plot. Of course, this is one of the stories that set the formula - and that doesn't happen unless it is done very well. Nobody would talk about how *important* something is unless it was good enough to make the importance shine.' -Gzerble

'All in all yamato 2199 is a great action packed anime that gives a fabulous face lift to the original anime while at the same time making sure it sticks to its roots. No doubt it will entertain both old and new anime fans of the space opera genre.' -sridanu

'My anime quest has finally led me to the path of space operas and with this quest I find myself finishing 26 episodes of absolutely masterful scenes. This remake of a cult classic seems to have surpassed anything I could of imagined.

...From what I have read online the remake does an amazing job of keeping the feel and core concepts of the original intact while offering a fresh look and take on the series.

...in my opinion, this show is one of the best shows I have ever seen regardless of genre and medium. It sets the goal of the show within the first episode and delivers on said goal within 26 action/adventure filled episodes. I was never bored and I never thought about skipping parts; I was too enthralled with what I was seeing on-screen. You absolutely need to go watch this now. No exceptions.' -RingoStarr1991

The dub is excellent!

8 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

This is a good light-hearted show with a good balance of comedy and adventure, but it also explores social issues, especially prejudice, discrimination, and antagonism between social classes. It dives deeply into showing how can we be conditioned from childhood into serving others with less aptitude and what's necessary to break free of those shackles. Then it contrasts the differences between the thought process that can potentially make take the path of the light or darkness. So although there is plenty of comedy the story is not without meaning for those who care.

'The premise is very well set up and is incredibly intriguing. It is very unique for a Shounen series, in the sense that it has a great deal of focus on its world and characters, as opposed to a story that is used as a template to create convenient fights between the characters. It is a great premise that promises a lot of things and sets up a world that is both captivating and unique...

One thing that makes 'Magi' really stand out from its peers, is the unique world that has been constructed by Ohtaka. The world is strongly based on old Arabian tales, but despite this obvious influence, the world manages to stand on its own two feet. It is filled with magic, it is bustling with energy, and it really feels like a lot of effort and thought were put into constructing it...

...How about the actual story of 'Magi'? Well, it is fairly good, albeit a little cheesy sometimes. The story is, for the most part, very well written, with a lot of interesting twists and turns when necessary, and a lot of dramatic moments where the audience simply can't wait to see what happens next. There are a lot of well written scenes in this Anime, and the quality of storytelling is very good for the most part...

The battles in the series are also very entertaining, with the whole Rukh and magic concept being very fun and interesting. The battles aren't all that smart, or involve a lot of tactics (aside from a few instances near the end of season two), but they are still entertaining as hell, which is a win in my book.

Unfortunately, due to the Manga still on-going, the second season of 'Magi' ends on a cliffhanger. The ending is certainly a very satisfying conclusion, and it is worth all the build up, with an enjoyable journey towards it, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions lingering that simply cannot be answered without reading the Manga. I know I could go read the Manga, but I will remain adamant about my usual point which is: no Anime should ever force its audience to go read the source material.

But what really drives 'Magi' is not its story, but its characters. The characters are very well written and enjoyable to follow.' -thecrimsonclaw

The dub is great!

9 Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Continuation of the story.

10 Magi: Adventure of Sinbad

Magi: Adventure of Sinbad

This is Sinbad's Prequel set many years prior to the start of Magi, showing the start of his journey, the beginnings of his company, and how he meets some of his crew. Although it's a prequel it is better to watch at the end of Magi for best enjoyment, as the story plays better this way.

There is also an OVA, which covers the same content as episodes 2-6 with some slight differences, it's also pretty good but it's redundant, and the TV series goes into more detail and develops the story further.

The dub is great!

11 Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

The opinions are very divided for this series as you can see on the reviews, it seems people either love it, or hate it, and each of them for different reasons, so it's very subjective. However, despite the bad reviews, you can see it ranks pretty high, so I rather recommend you to give it a try and see where you stand.

In my opinion, this is one of the best video-game shows available with enough twists and turns to be different from previous incarnations of this type of setting, also exposing the dangers of misused/abused technology and how quickly and naive we are to try it out when presented to us in a fun way. But the story it's a lot more than the typical RPG show, and thanks to the setup, it brings a sense of realism with themes of maintaining your values when the system has collapsed, friendship and making the most out of a difficult situation. There is a romance in the middle of the series as well.

'...the story is pretty gripping and paced out nicely, the characters develop well and the whole timing of the story makes sense. What is really great about the story is that it's not extremely predictable leaving some great twists and changes that affect the story throughout.' -Mike154698

This first season focuses on 2 Fantasy-Adventure Games and I think is the best season of them all, but opinions vary greatly for this show. 

The dub is great!

12 Sword Art Online II

Sword Art Online II

Continuation of the story, now in a Guns Game.

13 Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale

Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale

Continuation of the story, this time with Augmented Reality.

Regarding the next part, Alicization:

I can't really recommend it as it has many flaws: with many inconsistencies within the story, too many stupid plot holes, the power-ups are all over the place, and contrived events to make you "feel" for the characters that just end up looking cheesy. The story borrows heavily from previous seasons and the ideas that were once original are just reworked under a new light. The slight moments when they touch on interesting concepts about AI are undermined by lackluster comedy & storytelling. It fails to go deeper into these concepts and misses the opportunity to go above average. The fights are ok and the animation is good for its time but is brought down by too much stupidity within the story. In the end, is just average and fails to raise itself above that level.

14 Btooom!

Btooom!

This is like real life Halo with bombs instead of guns. There is a lot of strategy & tactics which may be the best part of this series and is also full of violence, gore, and the dark side of humanity when faced with survival of the fittest. Unfortunately, although the arc is finished, the overall story was left incomplete and we can only hope for a continuation.

'Btooom! is plain awesome. It is fun, it is cool, it just rocks. Fast paced when it needs to be, slow paced when it doesn't. It starts with good, and then just keeps the pace. The animation is gorgeous, the sound top notch, and there is a distinct lack of pretentiousness to everything. Btooom! doesn't pretend to be a philosophical masterpiece. It is also not a self aware parody (*cough*Kill la Kill*cough*), but rather is just straight up what it seems.' -Gzerble

'A good portion of the anime is rather dark and violent. There is no disappointment on the amount of action either. The ending is pretty nice if you are a gamer and into the online relation idea. However, it doesn't truly end either as the game hasn't ended when the anime ends which leaves frustration...

Overall I found this anime very enjoyable. It had a good mix of story in the form of a game with plenty of action, a bit of a romance aspect, and some twists throughout. A properly conclusive ending would have been nice, but definitely worth a watch if the tags match your interests.' -WolfAngelus

The dub is great.

15 Blast of Tempest

Blast of Tempest

The first part of this anime is a well-plotted thriller with lots of mysteries and interesting characters, however, the second part feels more like a 'filler' arc making relationships the focus of the show and changing the format to a romance-comedy full of cliches. The main arc only picks up at the last episodes but never regains the quality it had at the beginning. Hence the reason for either good/bad reviews and your enjoyment of the show will depend on how much you like the mixing of those genres within the same story.

Personally, I think the first part is worth watching and has a steady pace up to episode 14, then if you get bored you can just jump to episode 20 for the final act.

The plot was somehow inspired and influenced by works of William ShakespeareHamlet & The Tempest, and the characters often quote from those stories.

'I personally found the story quite original and to be very well executed. I never knew for sure what would happen next as the characters play time and time again with logic in a world that is hardly reasonable to begin with (magic… hint hint). Although the story is complex at first and continues to develop just as much throughout, the plot becomes easier and easier to follow with each episode and is highly entertaining. It does not help that almost all the episodes end with a cliffhanger which makes you want to binge watch the whole series in one day.

The pace was quite adequate as a considerable amount of events happened in each episode, but not a lot to make it too overwhelming. I suppose there were a few episodes that summarized the story here and there but other than that the pace was great, no complaints there!

The story itself is quite serious since we experience the emotions of revenge, fear of the unknown, sadness, and so on; yet, we are able to experience some comedy here and there which was appropriately placed to balance things out. Overall, I really think the story was amazing with an original plot, good pace and well executed from beginning to end. You never know for sure what will happen next and the ending was amazing.' -delolmo

16 Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope

This is an excellent story full of spectacular music, and even if you are not that interested in Jazz you should still watch this series, as it has much more to offer with good drama, life's challenges and realistic romances.

'all i can say is that this anime, is incredible. outstanding story, twists, and gets you involved into the characters. The music choice is excellent, i never bothered with jazz, however this story has changed my mind. It also makes you feel appreciation for what you do have, and what you wish you could have. top quality! better be more seasons coming!' -Aeolus702

'This anime is not over ranked!

I Must say this is far one of the best anime I've watched. It has it all! I love the plot is about this boy having a tough time with life. I'm a sucker for these kinds of main characters! Then he starts to make friends and experience feelings he never have experience before. 

Though I will say that if you're not a fan of music, this might not be for you. Since Im myself is a piano player, I love that the music is getting them together.

The anime have a great distribution with friendship, life story, love and obstacles. Its really fit for a 10/10 rating! It is really worth trying!' -tinaditte

The dub is good.

17 Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined

This is quite a different anime and it's definitely not for everyone's taste. At times this is a satire of social issues, however, these issues will range from synthetic foods and corporate takeovers to teenage girl's obsession with Yaoi. The world has the same eerie feel as Frieza's Hell and the chronological order is all messed up, which in this case it's hard to tell if this is intentional or if our beloved unmotivated, stoic heroine just forgot to put the chapters in order before submitting for broadcast, lol.

Anyway, this is a rare find in the likes of The Tatami Galaxy, per se, with lots of crazy stuff and emotions out of place, somehow blended together by the thoughts of the 'mediator' (the main protagonist), who serves as the 'narrator' who help us comprehend this world.

I should mention that the voice actress does an excellent job for bringing the main protagonist character to life, with all her cynicism and quirks.

'It's hard to talk about the story of Jinrui without giving too much away. The series takes place in a world where humanity is gradually dying out (title drop!) and follows the work of the Mediator, an individual chosen by the United Nations to work as a liaison between the humans of the dying world and the fairies, a race of tiny cute beings with strange technology that seems to have sprung up to fill in the ecological void. It's an often confusing but overall enjoyable romp through the leftovers of human culture and dwells on the way means of life have progressed over time.

The show presents itself as a semi-episodic mystery/adventure/gag series heavily tinged with meta-humour and tongue-in-cheek references to other works, but it's also a retrospective of consumer culture as a whole, particularly the way it's developed in recent years in Japan. There's a lot of black humour and twisted aesops there for those who choose to read between the lines - as such the show could be said to belie its depth with a cutesy exterior.

It's very much an offbeat package, constantly breaking the fourth wall and occasionally making very little sense, but I greatly enjoyed the overall effect of Jinrui. For a show that doesn't take itself seriously in the least it actually has some fairly interesting things to say about the way we live. That and it's often just flat out hilarious. Can't go wrong there.' -Aranneas

'Humanity Has Declined is on the surface a super-cute show with some super-cute mysteries. But the secret to the show is actually in the name. Every single two-episode arc focuses on a different part of the troubles of society. The scathing critique is hidden behind colorful and simpistic art, cheerful voice acting, childish humor, a positive soundtrack, friendship, and cutesy metaphors. The self-destructive nature of consumerism, shallowness of culture, loss of connection to reality, the search for self definition, and more get their moment in the particularly bright sun.

Of course none of the metaphors and social commentary would be of any interest had Humanity Has Declined been bad. The unique charm of this anime makes these themes be an addition for the mature viewers that gives a lot of added depth for what on the surface is just another cute show about a cute girl in a cute world doing cute things with a cute attitude. Humanity Has Declined is extremely cute, did I fail to mention?' -Gzerble

One word of caution, this is not an anime for beginners, you may want to watch a few older titles and encounter some other weird animes before you can enjoy this one. But who knows!

On a different note, if you enjoy the show and feel like re-watching in chronological order to understand the messages better, here is the recommended order based on this post: 10, 7-8, 5-6, 1-2, 9, 3-4, 11-12

18 Wolf Children

Wolf Children

This is another 'coming of age' story, but what really makes it shine is the character of the single mother, who devotes her life to raise her children and protect them from society, and she goes to a lot of struggles in order to give them a bright future. The werewolf supernatural elements can be taken to accentuate racial differences.

'I wasn't really sure what exactly to expect when I heard of this anime. A mother taking care of werewolf children? Sounded pretty damn silly to me, but I gotta say I was surprised in a good way with this film. This movie comes to us from the director of works such as Summer wars and Girl Who Leapt through time, so I had somewhat high expectations and this movie doesn't disappoint. 

Probably the strongest point of this movie, all the characters are extremely relatable and almost seem like real people. Despite the odd premise the characters are very down to earth and act how you would expect them to act considering their respective ages throughout the movie...

Overall- I didn't expect to enjoy this movie as much as I did. Especially considering the length it clocks in at right about 2 hours, but I felt almost completely engaged during the whole time... Overall I think this movie was another great achievement my Mamoru Hosoda and I hope he can continue to put out movies of this quality' -TheStampede01

The dub is great!

19 Furiko

Furiko

The whole life of a couple depicted within 3 minutes of just line art, music, and no dialog. This is done in an innovative way to mark the passing of time.

'This animation is only 3 minutes long, yet it manages to tell a story better than most anime or movies. Its really it's hard to explain in words the effects of this anime, its only 3 minutes so just watch it and see for yourself.' -TheStampede01

'Furiko is a magnificent love story, and manages to humanize the characters brilliantly, give a lot of information about their life, and eventually tell the tale of how a mature love can be stronger than all the hardships in the world. The animation is simplistic and very raw, mirroring the minimal feel of going through decades of a couple's life with all their ups and downs. The music is a fantastic and emotional backdrop giving a melancholic yet uplifting tone to it all.

It is also the story of a man realizing that he always had what he really wanted, and accepting the truth of the world for all its pain and beauty. There is a beautiful symmetry to how the characters' lives unfold, and a strong saying about the place of people in life. I cannot recommend this enough. In three minutes, if you have even a shred of a heart, it will move you like very few things can.

Raw, powerful, moving, and a must watch for everyone and anyone.' -Gzerble

20 Asura

Asura

The history of humanity has gone through some very dark chapters and this movie depicts what can happen when you were born in a time of famine, and the terrible choices that people had to make forced by the circumstances. This story is as brutal as you can imagine, focusing on the endurance of the human spirit to survive, and manages to depict a certain amount of beauty in that regard that you wouldn't expect.

I'll have to mention that the animation is the weakest part of the movie, really awful art, but I personally don't care that much when the story is so great. I will still recommend it and is deserving of your time.

'This anime is utterly gutwrenching in despair, if you like sad movies, this is for you. The main character, Asura, a boy who is as feral as the wolves in the woods struggles to learn compassion and humanity, or at least enough to be saved. 

The supporting cast, The Monk and Wasaka aide him in learning how to trust people and what is and isn't acceptable for humans to do.

Contains copious amounts of blood, cannibalism, despair, starvation and death. About the only thing I have seen like it was Grave of Fireflies. Still a great movie.

The metamorphosis the main character, Asura, makes is astounding, the development is gradual and comes with a very forceful hand (Literally and figuratively once you watch it you will know what I mean by this).' -godcheese

'In short, this is a movie which fans of dark, character-driven stories will definitely appreciate. Keep in mind it's fairly bloody, but if that's not a problem for you then go ahead and give it a try. You won't regret it.' -Nicknames

21 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

This Adventure is indeed 'Bizarre' and it's the perfect word to describe the story. The original manga was created on the '80s, so despite the new adaptation, both character personalities & storytelling are similar to the style those years, where the protagonists describe & explain everything as they fight, and even a narrator is brought into some scenes to explain things when needed (or not), and cheesy dialogs & one-liners.

The manga is contemporary and has a very similar style to 'Fist of the North Star', so if you have seen that you'll have an idea of what to expect, with overdramatized muscular characters and exaggerated fight scenes with superpowers. In fact, despite this being an action/fight show, the action is really secondary, don't expect epic fight scenes like Dragon Ball Z, Baki or Naruto style, JoJo's fights are short and rely on both strategy and lots of 'Deus ex Machina'. However, the enemies are so overpowered that they do bring a sense of terror when facing such opponents and there is enough brutality & gore to keep it is serious despite the funny powers they might have. You could say that the fact that these men are going to fight, despite certain death is a big appeal of the show.

Finally, the plot contradicts itself over and over, making the story feel contrived at times. At some point, humans created 'something' so they can combat the enemies, but on later arcs, this gets conveniently ignored, for example, otherwise, it will be easier to destroy the main villain, lol. Despite this, the story always seems to find a way to surprise you and no protagonist is completely safe, there is a sense that anyone could die at any time.

So based on the above, this show may not be for everyone. I think a lot of people that loves this show have brought a sense of 'nostalgia' for having read the manga in their childhood and they were already fans.

You Should Know:

Except for Stardust Crusaders & Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt which is divided into 2 seasons; each Season represents a JoJo Story Arc, and each with its own generation of JoJo, as such, each Story Arc is basically standalone, and you don't need to know anything from previous seasons to enjoy them, however, watching all seasons in order creates an amazing epic story!

So Why Should You Watch Jojo?

  • The best parts of the story are definitely the characters, including their bizarre personalities and what they represent in the story.
  • The camaraderie between the protagonists, their determination, and their capacity to overcome obstacles.
  • This is a really epic story, spanning more than 6 generations of JoJos through more than a century (There is always someone nicknamed JoJo, but it's a different protagonist for each arc).
  • Despite the overuse of 'Deus ex Machina', the plot still feels creative and manages to surprise you.
  • The contrast of this story and style with current animes, makes it feel fresh and a welcome change to so many cliches (or at least you could say the cliches this story have, are completely different to newer stories).
  • Awesome music is always welcome in any story.
  • A good explanation of the whole story.
  • More Reasons

The dub is good. Some people don't like the accents, but the characters are from different countries so they do make sense and for such a nonsensical dialog, with lots of cheesiness in every line, the dub it's really fine. After all, dubs tend to sound cheesy and overexaggerated, something left behind from this style of storytelling, this is usually the issue with bad dubs, but in this case, they match. You can then free your eyes to focus on the amazing visuals the animation has.

22 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

Continuation of the story with a new generation of JoJo.

This was one of the most successful arcs in the manga, but for the anime, it is largely episodic, repetitive, and maybe the weakest part of the series, spanning 2 full seasons for a total of 48 episodes.

I'm of mixed feelings on this one, perhaps it will be best to call it 'Bizarre JoJoMon Go Adventure', as they go from place to place fighting in the Pokémon style (but only one JoJoMon per user), in fact, the main protagonist seems to use the Spirit of Kenshiro to fight, lol (Do note that while I'm making fun of this, in reality, The JoJoMon concept, actually called 'The Stand' is the precursor of them all and inspired other shows like Persona 4).

The story drags more than what it needed, due to the 'monster of the week' format, and although I found it entertaining, I cannot really recommend it as a great anime to watch.

is it really necessary to watch this whole arc in order to follow the story?

No, each arc can be considered standalone, as you don't need to know anything from previous seasons in order to enjoy them, but knowing what has happened through all arcs does make for an epic story and increases your enjoyment of the show.

If you want a shorter version you are in luck, there is an older OVA for this arc from the '90s, the quality is very good for that time and has a more serious, darker tone than the 2012 version. You'll have to watch the 2nd 2000 OVA first (as this is the intended chronological order) and then the 1993 OVA, which is the equivalent to the 'Battle in Egypt' Season.

In the end, you'll have to make up your own mind, depending on your own enjoyment of the show.

23 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt

Continuation of the story and conclusion to the Stardust Crusaders Arc.

By this time it seems they already used all their best JoJoMons so the first part of this arc starts slow, but it gets better towards the end.

24 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

Continuation of the story with a new generation of JoJo.

25 Another

Another

Horror like Comedy, are difficult genres to do right. This show is definitely not perfect but it's at least an original story with a surprising ending. In my opinion is more about the suspense & mystery of what's happening, rather than true horror.

'The most important aspect of this anime is the story. It is a mystery and a very well written one at that. The progression is complete, so it doesn't require a sequel, though it could be argued that there isn't a reason not to. What I enjoyed the most about the story was that it was unpredictable and reasonably so. There is a lot of foreshadowing, which most people won't notice when they first run through. The ending makes sense as there are clues all throughout which I mostly noticed in a second watch of the series.' -mahius

The dub is barely ok, I rather recommend the sub.

26 Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

At the core, this is a fascinating essay that exemplifies the power of suggestion, especially in regard rumors, urban legends, and ghost stories and that is both self-suggestion and the ones coming from the influence of a group of people that believe in those legends. Then it contrasts the stories with logical thinking, given a proper explanation to the events that often get blinded by the rumors.

Seeing it from this point of view I found the anime to be quite interesting, but if you are just watching for the comedy then you may be utterly disappointed, especially because towards the end the story takes a much darker approach, way darker than you can imagine from the first episodes, but a welcome twist for those of us that seek something more meaningful in the stories than plain cliche entertainment. The story at the end becomes a confrontation of our inner demons, brought to birth by injustice and the acceptance of ourselves, including our dark side. I also should mention that this show had an episode too many, as in my opinion, it should have ended at episode 11 which was a better ending, the last episode just feels like a pointless filler aiming to extend the duration of the show.

So with all these ups and downs is no wonder why the low reviews despite this show rating pretty high. It will be up to you to decide if its worth and what you can take from the story.

'Overall, I find Dusk Maiden of Amnesia to be entertaining and makes Sundays a wonderful relaxing day to finish off the weekend. Its balanced light comedy and seriousness is something that most of us will notice and while it doesn't reach the necessity horror levels of some other series you may have seen in the past, it does makes it up with its entertainment and value. Its darker tone of the story later on will keep some of you viewers glued to your seat. This is an unique anime at that and one such series this Spring Season that I'm sure most of us will not forget like an amnesia. (at least I hope)' -Komirai

The dub is ok.

27 Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!

Another story that greatly increases the plethora of subjects & themes that animes can have, this time focusing on 'Chunibyo', a Japanese term used to describe early teens who have delusions of grandeur, that desperately want to stand out that they have convinced themselves they have hidden knowledge or secret powers. In more simple terms this story is about the decision most people have to make to leave their childhood ways and become adults but is leaving our inner-child behind the right answer to have a happy fulfilling life? Do you choose to see 'reality' of the world through the eyes of your imagination? These are some of the questions showcased in the story, but the contrast between reality & imagination is what makes this anime stand out from being just an average story about becoming adults.

'The message of the series is quite beautiful in it's own right. To me, the message was: Don't be afraid to accept who you are, or who you were, no matter how shameful it can get. Some people don't have the courage to fully accept themselves, and are always afraid of acting how they want to in public. All of us, at some point, have thought of ourselves as special in some way. And so, we tried to be who we thought we were, special. It's shameful, and at some point you'll think back to it as embarrassing. But we'll always have those crazy fantasies, although hidden away, deep in our minds. We should hold it dear to us, because that, my friends, is called 'self-consciousness.' No matter how embarrassing it is, don't deny it, because it is part of yourself.' -LamientHana

'The story is interesting and though it does follow a standard romance storyline, it approaches it from a different angle and creates a story that tweaks at your heart strings without trying to break them. It looks like it will turn into a harem anime early on, but don't worry, it doesn't.' -joelex911

'I loved this so much. I at first thought it was going to be a stupid anime because just look at the name and the cover pictures. When I started watching it right away I was stuck to my screen wishing to watch more... I think this show gives off some great lessons if you look for them and even if you don't you still may find some great life lessons watching this show...' -Olivia364

The dub is not that good, the voice of the main girl protagonist sounds gives her a different personality than the Japanese sub. I found myself laughing more while watching the sub than the dub.

28 My Little Monster

My Little Monster

This is a good romance-comedy with 2 characters of seemingly different personalities that ironically compliment each other. The romance develops early in the story, but then, there is the question: Is it really love? Or just healing loneliness? And the rest of the show is about coming to terms with their feelings. The characters are very likable and development is done really well through the story.

The execution is not flawless, in fact, going by the reviews this seems to be one of those animes that people either like it or hate it. So I encourage you to watch the first 2 episodes to make your own mind.

'Characters: Lovely and each with their unique quirks, which all served that comedic-meeting-of-personalities in a way that reminded me a lot of Durarara or Kaichou wa Maid-sama. Not all of the characters were explored fully, but I thought it was a well-rounded group. The development was there, and I'm glad it erred on the side of weaker development instead of on the side of exaggerated development as a result of melodrama (which the show was lean on in general anyway).' -snivets

29 Space Brothers

Space Brothers

This is not a perfect anime as its very slow pace and at least in my opinion, it has an unlikeable main protagonist with no self-confidence, a negative mindset, unmotivated, and he seems always depressed. However, this is an original slice-of-life taking a realistic approach to the space program (although I'm not sure how much is based on reality, but indeed seem plausible). The bad personality of the MP seems to have been chosen to say that anyone can do well when they follow their dreams and do what they like best. What I found more interesting are all the facts that you learn through the show about space, you could say the show is as instructional as entertaining.

'First of all, Space brothers is slow, so if you're looking for action, go watch something else.But if you like slice of life series with deep character development and slow pacing, welcome!

The very first thing that hit me when I started to watch this series was the serious approach to space exploration, science and reality. NASA is in on this show, that’s for sure, otherwise the story would fall flat. NASA have probably also contributed a lot with information and photos. This is really good because it gives the show substance that is based on facts not fiction. There is no mecha robots or fantastic space crafts that defies physic laws, just plain and simple working science and realistic stuff. (Of course, some things are not exactly scientific but hey, it's an anime.)

Overall, an enjoyable series that keeps you glued to the screen and just keep watching episode after episode. Sometimes a bit slow but still good enough to keep up my interest. I am personally interested in space exploration from the beginning so this is definitely a series for me, that’s for sure, but if you don't have an interest in that area, you probably wouldn't last the whole show.' -Ebhen

30 Ginga e Kickoff!!

Ginga e Kickoff!!

Probably the best part of this anime is how it conveys the love for the game and that moment of flow with the team. It has a steady pace from game to game and never gets boring. The character development is very realistic starting from scratch with the use of both hard work and 'smart work' for training, as its the choice of tactics they make and improvise through their games what makes them good players in a short amount of time.

'A plus side to the soccer matches was that they were realistic.  Each member of the team has a strong point (or super-skill), and meshed together, they became a super-team.  Yet, it was still realistic.  I remember my soccer days when I was 12; the things that they are doing is completely believable (granted, I never saw anyone who aimed at putting spin on the ball so that the opponents scored on themselves, but for the most part, it's accurate).

Even the triplets, who brought a whole new level of play to the game as geniuses, had their stumbling points and limits that made the characters feel human.  Nobody went from zero to hero, which is another major plus.  The entire anime occurs when the characters are 12; in less than a year, exponential growth would be unbelievable.  The characters did grow in mentality and skill, but through trials and walls they had to go over or through, and they didn't suddenly become super stars or overpowered players.' -mdchan

31 Jormungand

Jormungand

This one is great for the action scenes and violence, it has great animation, but unfortunately, it's also mostly episodic, and the main plotline about 'Jormungand' is terribly lacking substance while any philosophical considerations about selling arms are wasted on this anime. But there are good stories within the story, like when they focus on some of the characters' past for example. Really what makes this anime great is the action, nothing more.

'The animation for the series is very good, with almost everything in high detail. From the weapons themselves to the characters. It gives an appreciation for the weapons, characters, and locations. The forests look like forests; the ZPU anti-arcraft guns look like the real thing. This also helps add to the realism that the animators were trying to produce.' -Grach

The dub is great.

32 Jormungand: Perfect Order

Jormungand: Perfect Order

Continuation of the story.

33 Robotics;Notes

Robotics;Notes

This one will be good for either people who like Sci-Fi or Robots. For the first, it offers awesome technology and great ideas and for the second it's more about what it takes to build a 'Real Life Giant Robot', although later in the series the technology is made up, favoring entertainment rather than real physics. The show also spends a good amount of time in slice-of-life moments, making the pacing feel slow, which may be a detriment to some.

'I think the story is very nicely done, sure there are things that wouldn't make sense in real life... but besides those obvious movie/anime scenes happening this show has some very good twists and plots. I very much liked the thriller/horror sense I sometimes got, they really set the mood for certain episodes. in other episodes they focused mostly on humor and slice of life events and yet in other about mini-robot matches make it seem like high-speed action, all sides of this anime were a lot of fun to watch and really pulled me in.'

The dub is good.

34 Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne

Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne

This is an anime that doesn't take itself too seriously and you shouldn't either. The main protagonist has a similar energetic personality to Haruhi Suzumiya, and I know this can be a detriment to some and a plus for others.

The show is part 'classic mecha' (adapted for a new generation) and part 'slice-of-life / comedy' and it also has something to say other than mindless fluff, with themes of friendship, understanding of different cultures, and the ability to dare to do something outside your comfort zone. 

It has good production values for both visuals and the music, there is some character development, and overall, what makes this show good to watch is a good execution that keeps it fun and entertaining through all episodes, despite its flaws. There are also lots of nods to older mecha anime.

Give it a try and see if you like.

The dub is ok.

35 Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne - Season 2

Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne - Season 2

Continuation of the story.

36 Accel World

Accel World

This is another video-game series, created by the same author of Sword Art Online. It has interesting sci-fi concepts, especially in the way the technology works and has themes of self-esteem, 'visualizing what you want in order to make it real' and also 'conquering your fears'. This is a light action series, so no blood or gore. It does have a fair amount of cliches that detract from the enjoyment of the show, but it has a good villain and unconventional hero, which makes it feel unique.

'This anime is focused towards those with troubled childhoods, issues, wishes. all that emtional stuff. not only that but for once in an animes life its not so skin, smart, charming or perverted weirdo. I'm all for those guys but this guys different. Hes fat, has 0 self confidence and hes a nice guy! sure all those others are 'nice guys' but this guy is...you know hes different. Anyway i love this anime for all it is' -TheSpiffingWolf

The dub is good.

37 One Piece: Episode of Luffy - Hand Island no Bouken

One Piece: Episode of Luffy - Hand Island no Bouken

This is a good special for those who like One Piece. This is an original story mixed with an expanded retelling and flashback from when Luffy met Shanks. It shows how Luffy got the scar under his eye. It aired after the airing of Episode 576.

38 Short Peace Opening

Short Peace Opening

This is the intro for the Short Peace Project, based on Alice in Wonderland. Each short of the project has excellent animation with its own style, and the stories are separate in completely different subjects.

I don't recommend the dub for these shorts, the sub is far superior.

39 Tsukumo

Tsukumo

This is part of the Short Peace Project. This is a good short with excellent CGI animation and story.

40 Hi no Youjin

Hi no Youjin

This is part of the Short Peace Project. A romance story in the middle of a fire.

41 Gambo

Gambo

This is part of the Short Peace Project. This is sort of a dark fantasy with a bear fighting a demon in order to protect a girl's life. This short is violent and gruesome.

42 Buki yo Saraba

Buki yo Saraba

This is part of the Short Peace Project. This short is all about action, depicting a battle with futuristic weapons in some sort of dystopia and the madness of war.

43 Zetman

Zetman

This is not for everyone and is not perfect either. The animation is the best part, it just looks amazing, has great character designs, and has good action scenes. The story has some original ideas, but it falls apart towards the end, with stupid things like a cop bringing someone closer to danger (just so that person can be in the ending). There are also some really cheesy moments with one of the main characters that make this show looks like a merge between Guyver & Level E (which is a parody with great visuals). They also try to contrast 'True Justice' with 'Misguided Justice', but fail miserably in the execution of this idea. 

Even so, with all the bad points I cannot help but like the animation and recommend this to superhero fans and people who like action, without taking the story too seriously.

'Honestly I am surprised so many people dislike this one. I really liked it and although I was not too big on the way Zetman looked when he was all white. I did like his character both as Zetman and in his human form.

I guess the thing that made me not rate this higher is because the story could have kept going. Honestly, it seemed to only scratch the surface. When I went to look into the manga to see if I could read more of the story, I found out that it really ended in basically the same place. My only major complaint is the lack of closure and how many unanswered questions there were. Otherwise I really enjoyed the story and the animation.

Anyway, for what it was, I would say it was well worth my time to watch. If you enjoy action anime this is a good one to consider watching.' -casandra29

The dub is good.

44 Gyo

Gyo

Stay away from this one! Why? Where do I begin? I guess, first things first, this is from the genius author of bizarre horror Junji Ito, unfortunately, this adaptation changed many things from the manga and created many inconsistencies, which is one of the main reasons why Ito fans dislike it. Second, more than violence and gore, this is gross, think Garbage Pail Kids kind of gross.

So why am I adding it to the list you ask? Well, this falls in the category that is so bad that inverts polarities and becomes fun and good. It is best for shock value, grossing out your friends and probably one the most bizarre things you'll ever see. The designs for the fish are much better and scary looking than you would expect given the title (and I mean the designs, not the CGI), there is a serious tone to the story, and in short, is something that you'll never forget, even if you want to!

So you are still reading and still want to watch thinking you can conserve your sanity because you have watched other shows like Popee the Performer perhaps? Then go ahead and have fun.

'Okay this anime has been getting a lot of hate, and I can understand why and I agree the manga was much better. But I'm at least happy that the adaption was made and finally one of Ito's works actually got an anime adaptation. I thought the adaption was.... entertaining at least, despite its many flaws.' -TheStampede01

45 Black Rock Shooter TV

Black Rock Shooter TV

This is not perfect but it's a notable mention due to the great animation it has. There are 2 progressive storylines, one as a slice-of-life taking place in the 'real world' (or at least the real world of school anime) and the other one as a shounen battle arc, taking place in a dark fantasy world with the girls battling each other in gorgeous animation that is a mix of 3d, textured backgrounds, interesting color palettes, and a creative world design, think something like the 'witch worlds' in Madoka. This last is by far, the highlight of the series and what keeps it interesting. I didn't care about the slice-of-life story so much, but eventually, both stories converge and we see how what the dark fantasy world is really about. Saying anything more may spoil the story for you, but bear in mind that eventually everything will be explained, although in part for the use of symbolism.

'Anyways, that all being said, I'll start with the animation and graphics: I thought they were pretty good, the Otherworld and Otherselves especially! It's truly a bright and colourful anime (as it should be, like, the whole thing kinda revolves around colours) with a great music score, and those 2 elements, the graphics and music, combined really made for some truly deep and emotional scenes that were spectacular (the ending is a prime example of this. Wow, I almost cried. Almost.)

The plot though, it was fairly simple. It's not as complicated as one might initially think when first viewing this anime, and it was sort of drawn out a little longer than it should have been. But if they had a set goal of only 8 episodes, well, they drew it out the right amount then. Still though, annoying in a sense, and if you actually enjoyed the anime, you'll want more stories, but alas....

Overall: good characters, exceptional music, great graphics, but a fairly simple plot with few twists and turns. Still, it's a pretty good psychological type anime.' -rimaria

I should mention that there is also an OVA, but does not explains what is going on as well as this series and overall it has the same content and graphics.

46 Thermae Romae

Thermae Romae

An anime that compares the innovation of modern Japanese baths with the ones from the Roman Empire, and from a commercial point of view, with subpar animation that perfectly matches the craziness of the setting. Really, who thinks this stuff and why I'm watching it? Nevertheless, I found it hilarious!

'It’s not every day you run into shows that are just plain eccentric, especially one that's centered on baths. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me, thanks to a little TV special I stumbled upon called Thermae Romae, based on Mari Yamazaki’s award-winning manga of the same name. It may seem like just another low-quality show with no point whatsoever, but Thermae Romae is a fairly humorous show that has a surprising amount of depth to it. Set in ancient Rome, it follows the bizarre, time-trotting adventures of public bath architect Lucius Modestus to modern-day Japan.

Despite the seemingly dumb premise, Thermae Romae’s story is entertaining in its own right. Using time travel as a plot device is a pretty unique and comical way to teach people some casual, though intriguing facts about both Japanese and ancient Roman cultures. What’s great about Thermae Romae is that it doesn’t beat around the bush and gets straight to the point in exploring the similarities and differences between Roman and Japanese baths.

What’s the most enjoyable about Thermae Romae are Lucius’ reactions whenever he periodically has glimpses of a different and significantly more advanced society than his own. You could say the show indirectly addresses the issue of how a foreigner would react in a relatively unknown land, due to the extreme culture shock they’re experiencing, and vice versa. From generating your voice through an electric fan to having an exaggerated reaction to eating not-so-instant ramen for the first time; somebody’s bound to do one of these things or something similar when they’re put in the same situation as Lucius. Hell, I haven’t been to Japan yet, but I bet my first time will resemble the latter. Like something trivial as being astonished with voice-operated toilets or bidets…and the Japanese natives would just look at me like I’m crazy. It’s moments like this that make watching Thermae Romae amusing.

From a distance, it’s easy to dismiss Thermae Romae’s animation as terrible, but the show is more concerned with the method it presents itself...

Thermae Romae is one weird anime; probably the weirdest I’ve seen in a long while. It’s one of those shows that, at first, is difficult to pinpoint whether it’s amazing, awful or even both. Still, I enjoyed it for what it was, and what it lacks in animation, it certainly makes up for in substance. I can’t exactly recommend this type of show to everyone, though if you want to take a break from the more self-serious, dramatic type of shows, Thermae Romae is a good though surreal change of pace. I’m willing to go so far as to say that Thermae Romae has got heart, and you’re more than welcome to try it out to see if you have the same reactions as mine. Besides, 3 episodes (or 6-part, 10-minute chunks if you prefer it that way) couldn’t hurt, right? ' -dietmango

47 Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer

Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer

This anime is based on the online game Ixion Saga by Capcom. This is an odd comedy, slightly more vulgar than others, the reason why it may not be for everyone. It plays with a lot of weirdness and sex jokes, its silly, and being a comedy it depends greatly on how much you laugh, so it's best to give a few episodes a try and judge for yourself. Some episodes are better than others, so skip as needed, you won't be missing much of the story.

The villains are quite more complex in this story, they don't use your average antagonists' role and even get developed further in the story.

48 Wasurenagumo

Wasurenagumo

'Li'l Spider Girl' is a good short story that contrasts myth with reality and despite initial appearances, it is not a cute story. The ending is especially good and shocking.

49 C.L.A.Y.

C.L.A.Y.

A fun horror short with stop motion animation.

50 matryoshka: Monotonous Purgatory

matryoshka: Monotonous Purgatory

This is a good music video with intriguing music, sketchy visuals that perfectly match the ambiance and a short story to tell, if ever so ambiguous.

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