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Anime of the Decade (2010-2019)

Contains titles whose initial airing fall into the 2010s decade and are worth a mention. I'm trying to impose a 2 lines of explanation comment-rule on myself, but if it's longer it means it's copy & paste from another list or I just have too much to say about it. UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Uncommented are only rougly arranged in order of ranking.
1 Hyouka

Hyouka

10/10

Category: All time favorite

This title really has grown to me over the years and it has strange parallels to how Oreki falls for Chitanda - On my first watch of this in the year 2012, I was mighty annoyed of it. Not enough to drop it entirely, but quite enough, that it only concluded at a 7/10 at the time, despite me indeed seeing a mighty number of qualities. But in the end the qualities stuck persitently. All of them. Hyouka being the beloved AMV material to grab from certainly also helped to highlight just its massive production qualities. Reading the manga/novels helped to appreciate just the backbone of it's narrative skill on orthodox mystery structure and characterization. The pieces and parts are already great in isolation. But this is one of those titles, where everything comes together to be greater than the sum of its parts. It took a while to completely sink in, but before before I knew it I was head over heels for this masterpiece. I even ordered the Japanese Blu-ray box, when it was stuck in licencing hell for years and am still whining over the fact, that no further production materials beyond the Blu-ray box booklet and the two Genga books have been unleashed to the public. If I add cumulative spendings on this anime, it easily sits on a lonesome throne of my collection. But every cent of it is woth it.

(written 2019.12.27 01:05)

2 From the New World

From the New World

10/10

Category: All time personal favorite

Thinking back Shinsekai Yori does have a number of things stacked up against me liking it. For one thing I'm a scaredy cat and this one does contain some (most would say mild) amounts of gore, psychological horror and trauma. The first arc was genuinely unsettling and the last arc has made me get under a blanket. I can't say I'm that biggest of a fan of the character designs and some of it#s promotional artworks. It's also not exactly the model student of consistency. Instead it does embrace idiosyncraticy of its production staff and you get a gem that has many handwritings assembled that you'd ardously be cherry picking elsewhere. And I happen to like them all. (Yes, also the infamous episode 5.) Add a pretty wholesome worldbuilding-based plot to it, and you get one of those rare Anime, which beyond having an actual ending, even has one, were all the small details from be beginning fall into place.

I wouldn't say this one's for everyone. There is a little bit at the end that comes off a bit on the nose even to me. But in total it has so many great pieces that just hit so many of my usually understimulated aesthetical sweet spots like nothing else out there.

(written 2019.12.27 01:24)

3 Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

10/10

Category: All time favorite

This is another one of those titles that grew onto me with time. I recall watching it in 2011, and wanting to punch Okabe and Mayuri for being annoying. And yet when I went out of it, I was invested in all those characters and moreover I was impressed. This did get an 8/10 at the time and I didn't even know why exactly. It was just very good. Now at the end of the decade I can put a finger an all kinds of reasons why it is. Knowing about how it does the art of direction and a good script just so wholesomely right, does make one sad, that there hasn't been too much out there in this decade to rival it. Especially when this show is a model example for that you can do a lot, just on direction alone. Steins;Gate has exactly one sakuga-sequence, which it probably didn't even really needed. It has a lot of stills and minimal animation. And yet the sheer density of its mood and dramatic impact still holds strong to this day.

/ Ramble mode on

And for cosmic irony's sake, by the end of the decade there is still an Okabe around whom I really just want to punch. I'd still like to know what D-Mail has to be sent so that Steins;Gate 0 would have stayed in Hamasaki's able hands. Those five minutes of Steins;Gate 23╬▓ do a better job than the whole of the actual 2018 anime in terms of characterizing Beta-Okabe. It's baffling how that midquel does everything wrong, that Steins;Gate does so very right. (It's even got a number more of sakuga scenes, but they just feel so misplaced and wasted.)

/ Ramble mode off

(written 2019.12.27 01:46)

4 Penguindrum

Penguindrum

10/10

Category: All time personal favorite

This is the show that made me realize that my tastes probably have quite some affinity with Magic Realism. I wouldn't have quite thought so, because even if it left an impression, I can't say I like Kafka. The same goes for the number of Murakami's works, which this show made me read after I finished it.

It's funny how, when it comes down to it, Mawaru Penguindrum's core statements are pretty simple. Coated in all sorts of creative artistic choices, they might come off a bit cryptic and roundabout, but they aren't that far away from your usual heartwarning-tropy sort themes. And it definitely needed it, as the situation the characters deal with are all pretty bleak in a way. But even those are taken with a tightrope level of humor. The show is so adsurd at times that you sometimes almost completely forget about the actual problems, but yet the reality of the world is always there, looming around ready to haunt you. Given the subject matter it does feel genuinely uncomfortable at times and even literal undoing of some them doesn't exactly solve all the issues it tries to address. Mawaru Penguindrum is quite bittersweet, even salty (or, looking at Kanba's penguin, also occasionally also slightly spicy) at times, but its balance has hit quite a sweet spot of mine.

It's also one of the shows, where the sum is greater than it parts hitting on all of my taste buds. Especially in this case some of its parts on their own aren't even to my liking. (Murakami works for one can stay away from me for at least another decade.) Things rarely, if ever, do come together quite like this. And except for Ikuhara himself, who made a return with a number of Mawaru Penguindrum's staff for Sarazanmai, none of its creative forces by themselves has managed to serve a dish that wows me quite like it.

(written 2019.12.27 10:07-10:51)

5 Sarazanmai

Sarazanmai

10/10

Category: All time personal favorite

I will never know, how I could have managed to be quite the Mawaru Penguindrum fan, but then completely having missed out about any info on Sarazanmai, which is a reunion of a lot of its staff, until one week before it aired. And even that discovery only happened, because I was selecting my team lineup for the Myanimelist Fantasy League game.

I immediately fell for the trailer at the time, which is both wholesomely representative on the show, whilst somehow also not divulging much of anything about it. Even having watched all of Ikuhara, jaws would still drop. Sarazanmai is Ikuhara's least cryptic and most straight forward title to date, but doesn't really cut down on the rollercoaster of emotions expressed or its thematic spectrum. After Yuri Kuma Arashi I was a bit sceptic, as there would be even less screentime here. So I was pleased to see, that the man has learned to deal with it, even if there there is no denying of a number of shortcomings. (Which included me having some qualms about the last episode, which, while being a solidly crafted wheel, still feels like a 5th wheel on the cart to me.) Yet, it's pretty impressive how much is still archieved within the constraints. Some of it gets expanded in other media. And beyond the usual Manga/Light Novel/Drama CD multimedia mix this one actively used social media as an outlet for canon material. Sarazanmai is definitely a show that has a whole diffrent experience when consumed at the time of its creation, as the everything surrounding the show was/is probably just as interesting as the show itself and at least in my would only be as interesting in conjunction with the show. (The manga on its own hardly wows me.)

It's rare for a creative force to really invade my life, but this is one of those cases. If nothing else, it has turned me into a somewhat regular Twitter consumer. But as I only caught on to it towards the end of its airing, I can safely say, Sarazanmai would have stayed with me even without any of that. Some of the core themes just resonate quite deeply with a number of things that had been bubbling in the back of my mind since forever.

(written 2019.12.27 11:05-12:18)

6 Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance

7 Stars Align

Stars Align

8 Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

9 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

10 Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare

Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare

11 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: Rebellion

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: Rebellion

12 Occultic;Nine

Occultic;Nine

13 Given

Given

14 Gintama

Gintama

15 Hairy Tale

Hairy Tale

16 Nodame Cantabile: Finale

Nodame Cantabile: Finale

17 Shakugan no Shana III

Shakugan no Shana III

18 Time of Eve Movie

Time of Eve Movie

19 The Tatami Galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy

20 Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

21 Mitsuboshi Colors

Mitsuboshi Colors

22 Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish

23 Gintama'

Gintama'

24 C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

25 Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3

Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3

26 Natsume's Book of Friends Season 4

Natsume's Book of Friends Season 4

27 Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e

28 Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere

29 Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II

30 Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero

31 Fate/Zero 2

Fate/Zero 2

32 Space Brothers

Space Brothers

33 Eureka Seven AO

Eureka Seven AO

34 Eureka Seven AO Final Episode: One More Time -lord don't slow me down-

Eureka Seven AO Final Episode: One More Time -lord don't slow me down-

35 Gintama': Enchousen

Gintama': Enchousen

36 Nekomonogatari (Black)

Nekomonogatari (Black)

37 Monogatari Series: Second Season

Monogatari Series: Second Season

38 Sunday Without God

Sunday Without God

39 No Game No Life

No Game No Life

40 Liz and the Blue Bird

Liz and the Blue Bird

41 A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

42 Mushishi Zoku Shou

Mushishi Zoku Shou

43 Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

44 Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

45 Mushishi Zoku Shou: Odoro no Michi

Mushishi Zoku Shou: Odoro no Michi

46 Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku

Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku

47 Mushishi: Hihamukage

Mushishi: Hihamukage

48 The Anthem of the Heart

The Anthem of the Heart

49 your name.

your name.

50 Charlotte

Charlotte

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