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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Anime Review: Shirobako

Aoi Miyamori and her friends Misa, Ema, Shizuka, and Midori dream of making an anime together. After screening their club’s short film for the Cultural Festival in their last year of high school together, the girls are determined to chase their dreams with renewed passion and vow to turn their short into a full-fledged anime one day. However, the reality of the working world doesn’t allow for much dream-chasing. Two full years after debuting their club’s film at school, the girls find themselves struggling to even make ends meet in a grueling industry. Stressed-out and unsure of herself, Aoi works as a Production Assistant at the floundering Musashino Animation studio. After a long hiatus, Musashino has plans to make a big comeback with their new show, Exodus. They’re banking everything on Exodus being a hit, and it’s sink-or-swim time for Aoi. Nothing is ever easy, though. As mounting problems threaten to throw the entire production into chaos, Aoi will have to hold onto her sanity and take charge if she and her friends ever hope of making their dreams come true…

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