Sorry to break the Hidamari Sketch streak but this was my favorite screenshot from 2011.
Did you feel your ears pop just now? I know I did. We’ve finally here – the rarefied air were this year’s best anime titles inhabit.
Before getting to the final countdown here’s some stats that the numerical-minded might find interesting. Using just the top 6 anime series:
- This year has three anime original series, 2010 saw 2, 2009 had none, 2008 included 2, and 2007 also had 2.
- This year marks the fourth year that a Shaft series appeared and the third year that KyoAni has appear as well.
- This year Brain’s Base joins Shaft from 2010, AIC from 2008 and KyoAni from 2007 by placing two anime in the top 6 in one year.
Step 2 in making extraordinary anime is to take your cast of memorable characters and give them a stage that lets them shine.
I’m not fussy about which stage is chosen nor do I think one type is inherently superior to another. A well-done comedy is as difficult to make as a well-done drama and both deserve the same level of praise for succeeding in their respective spheres of influence. With a competent execution, a shoujo anime is as good as a shounen anime and/or a slice-of-life anime and/or a sports anime and/or a science fiction anime and/or romantic comedy anime and so on and so forth.
This bit of enlightenment was something I learned after starting my anime blogging and pushing myself to watch a wider variety of anime. Which is one of the reasons I’d suggest giving anime blogging a chance to people that want to deepen their appreciation of the art form.
One of the reasons I like to blog about anime is that it helps focus my thoughts about the anime I watch. This extends to doing these seasonal anime previews; not only do I hope it helps some people out there to try anime they might not have otherwise, I also discover series that I should try and other series I should pass over.
This season is shaping up to be potentially a very strong season, though the lack of a new Shaft series is kind of a disappointment.