Here it is at last, everyone’s favorite aniblog staple! The venerable Top Anime List! I’d originally intended this to be a 6-month anniversary post for the blog, but it ended up being a much more massive undertaking than I’d intended. Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it turns out I just can’t shut the hell up about shows that are this good. This list is probably the largest single post I’ve ever written about anime, so I hope it’s at least a worthwhile read!
It’s June of the year 1983, and Keiichi Maebara has recently moved from the bustling big city to the quiet mountain village of Hinamizawa. A town so small, it only has a single schoolhouse with a single teacher. Keiichi manages to make fast friends with his new schoolmates, Mion, Rena, Rika, and Satoko, and ends up joining them in their after-school game club. As Keiichi slowly adjusts to his new surroundings, he comes to learn that Hinamizawa may not be the sleepy rural paradise it appears to be. Dark secrets, both ancient and new, shroud the village’s history. Secrets that Keiichi was never meant to discover. As the day of the yearly Cotton Drifting Festival approaches, Keiichi’s paranoia grows and his sanity begins to wane. The deadly curse of local mountain-god Oyashiro bears down upon Hinamizawa, bringing an end to the peaceful everyday lives of Keiichi and his friends. When the cicadas cry in Hinamizawa, death and mayhem surely follows.