2015 Top Ten Anime Rundown

The year of Our Madokami two-thousand and fifteen has come to a close, which means bloggers and critics across the internet have an excuse to post countdown listicles! And being incredibly lazy myself, I am no exception. Overall, 2015 was a huge improvement over 2014. Last year I struggled to even round out a top ten list, and ended up with some of the lower spots going to the few shows I’d actually finished that weren’t actively bad. This year, I struggled to trim the list down to just ten. I said in last year’s post that you’d have to stay tuned for Parasyte and UBW, but it turns out I’m a liar. After some late-game stumbles and a stacked Winter season, neither one is making a showing after all. Woops. Even KimUso and MonMusu, shows I thought were rather solid, didn’t make the cut this year. It feels a little like watching your favorite sports team end a losing season with a blowout win. Anime really needs to spread the good shows out a little better. Anyways, before we get into the nitty gritty, I’ll go over the typical disclaimers: First of all, this is my list; my totally biased, inherently subjective list. If Your Favorite Anime didn’t make the cut, I probably didn’t see it, or didn’t like it. Sorry. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am down in the comments. Second, only series that ended in 2015 were eligible for this list. This list also does not include films, as I find they are just too different in terms of structure and production to be meaningfully compared to TV series. OVA series will be counted, but on-disc bonus episodes will not be considered in the rankings. Lastly, there may be stray Spoilers wandering about these paragraphs, so read with caution. With all that in mind, let’s get started with…

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Redcrimson’s Top 40 Anime Series

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!

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Anime Review: OreGairu (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

Hikigaya Hachiman is an antisocial high schooler with no girlfriend, no regular friends, and no real desire for either one. He wallows away his youth laughing to himself as his classmates live out their high school lives in ignorant bliss. But Hachiman knows the truth: that chasing after the fabled springtime of youth is nothing but a fool’s errand. Hachiman is determined to live out his youth in comforting isolation, but an enterprising young teacher is equally determined to sabotage all of his efforts. She forcefully enlists Hachiman into the “Service Club” alongside its sole member, the beautiful and intelligent Yukinoshita Yukino. Can Hachiman maintain his composure in the presence of this ice-cold beauty, or will his time in the Service Club finally break him out of his own self-inflicted downward-spiral?

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