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The Best of Anime 2012

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Now that 2012 is over, it’s time for our yearly diversion into the ranking of things, the Best of Anime 2012 post! This year we’re doing things a little different, not the least because it’s not Divine’s name at the top of this post. As with the season previews, where once one man was enough, now multiple writers are teaming up. Divine was legendary for completing upwards to 3/4ths of the anime airing in a year by himself, which left him uniquely able to identify the best that year had to offer. Alas, his hiatus from blogging also hit his time for watching anime, so the three active writers who watched the most anime this past year are stepping in to take up the torch.

This post is a collaboration between Moomba, Zephyr, and myself (Stilts), with each of us having watched something like 50-70 series each. There’s overlap there, but also a lot of shows that only one or two of us have seen, which means that together, we’ve seen most of what aired in 2012, and can speak with something like authority on what was good and what was less so. Special thanks goes to Stereoman for taking care of all the images for us.

Continuing from last year, there are numerous categories in the following areas: Production, Miscellaneous (fun stuff), Genre, and Notable Others. This year, we also added a new category (Fantasy), and added our names next to what each contributing writer wrote. Included at the end are the final results to the Reader’s Choice Poll.

 

Disclaimer: As always, disclaimers abound! Please keep in mind that “best” is subjective. What’s best for us isn’t necessarily best for you, and that’s okay. This list shouldn’t be taken as some kind of inviolable truth, but rather the opinions of three guys after a lot of anime watching and about eight hours of arguing, which are naturally influenced by our own tastes, experiences, and personal impressions. Before you go bashing one of our choices, please make sure that you’ve at least seen it and know where we’re coming from. Finally, all we ask is that you respect our opinions, just like we respect yours. Thank you.

Disclaimer #2: The choices in this post are not necessarily reflective of the opinions of all RandomC writers. They are solely the opinions of Moomba, Zephyr, and I (Stilts), and no one else. Also, bare in mind that when three people come together to talk about matters of taste, the results can be a bit wonky. Though we agreed on a lot of categories, sometimes one of us felt strongly about a nominee, only to be overruled by the other two. These choices are reflective of the three of us as a group, not necessarily each of us independently. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: For a show to be considered, it has to have met the requirements outlined in the Reader’s Choice Poll. For OVAs/movies, the additional requirement is that it’s been either released on BD/DVD so that viewers outside of Japan have had a chance to watch it.

 


Production


Animation

Visuals and fluid movement. It’s all about the quality of what we see on screen and what impressed us the most. Any lack of consistency due to poor outsourcing should be taken into account, as we’re trying to think of the most jaw-dropping series across the board. To a certain degree, character designs and overall art style fall into this category too.

Animation

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For many, the Kara no Kyoukai movies are regarded as pinnacles of animation quality, and for them, Ufotable is a name synonymous with consistency and high production values—the same qualities they bought to Fate/Zero. With animation more on par with a movie, there’s no doubt that this was the series that made many jaws drop week after week. There’s just no denying that the visual aspect of the series played a large part in Fate/Zero’s enjoyment, as who could forget the magnificent scene with Saber’s Excalibur (see the picture to the left), Iskandar’s Ionioi Hetairoi, or Gilgamesh in all his golden glory? Granted, some may find fault with the fact that pretty much all of the animation was CG rather than hand-drawn, but it doesn’t change the bottom line. In terms of overall animation and visual appeal/impact, Fate/Zero was this year’s best.

Honorable Mentions: Black Rock Shooter, Aquarion EVOL, K

 

Story

As the somewhat polar opposite to what’s on the surface, here we’re looking at depth and what captivated us from start to finish. You don’t need amazing visuals to tell a good story, so it’s about the original material (if any) and the screenwriter’s adaptation of it here. Good cliffhangers that keep you on the edge of your seat week after week suggest the series is doing something right, whereas filler-esque showings don’t.

Story

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Many of these categories were particularly hard to judge, and story was amongst the hardest. The enjoyment of stories – how much they grip you – is such a subjective thing. Tsuritama and Ano Natsu de Matteru were just barely ousted by Mirai Nikki, which took the top spot based on how easily it kept us on the edge of our seats every single week as we waited to see what craziness it would come out with next, and how well the original material was adapted from the manga. With its endless twists and turns, character progression, and minor deconstructions of extensively used anime tropes, it just barely manages to edge out the competition.

Honorable Mentions: Ano Natsu de Matteru, Tsuritama

 

Soundtrack

What would a series be without the music to help set the mood and tone? A good soundtrack enhances the power and emotions behind scenes in such a way that you start associating imagery with the music unconsciously, regardless of whether it’s cheery, inspiring, or heartfelt. Lasting impressions say a lot, plus it just has to sound good too.

Soundtrack

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While I’d like to claim that this category was close, it really wasn’t. Katou Tatsyua’s soundtrack for Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II was a masterpiece which easily stands at the forefront of 2012 anime soundtracks. Eureka Seven AO and Guilty Crown were solid contenders, but neither could match the sheer variety and skilful writing of Horizon II. Just as Kawakami Minoru is known to be extremely passionate about his work, Katou Tatsuya exhibits a similar devotion to the musical side. It is partially thanks to this music that Horizon II can produce such emotionally captivating moments. ‘Save you from anything’ is quite possibly the highlight of the soundtrack, both musically, and in its connections to the anime itself.

Honorable Mentions: Nakamura Koji – Eureka Seven AO, Takaki Hiroshi – AKB0048, Sawano Hiroyuki – Guilty Crown

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Opening & Ending Sequence

Whether for its originality or ability to showcase what a series has to offer, opening sequences are always fun to watch. We tend to look forward to new ones and the songs that will be featured in them, and sometimes get a glimpse at what’s coming up in the show too (for better or worse). Here, the focus is on the sequence itself, even though the song may play a part in making it memorable.

Unlike opening sequences, endings don’t strive to draw the viewer in and get them psyched up about the episode that’s coming up. Instead, they’re an outro to what you’ve just seen and may highlight a specific aspect/emotion of the series. Sometimes, they’re completely irrelevant to actual story and are just an outlet for sheer fun/comedic value. Whichever the case, there are certain sequences that we enjoyed more than others.

Nisemonogatari OP3
High School DxD ED

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To me, a good OP comes down to distilling the essence of a series (or arc) in a creative and compelling way, and no OP managed to do that quite as well as Nisemonogatari’s Platinum Disco. For one, it’s super cute, with both the music and Iguchi Yuka’s singing rivaling Bakemonogatari’s Ren’ai Circulation in its ability to instantly give you diabetes. Yet there’s depth here as well. Minimalistic backgrounds are used to focus the eye on Tsukihi’s dancing, while her constantly changing hair lengths (sometimes even happening mid-movement) hint at something important about her character. The imagery is subtle but potent, from Tsukihi sitting in Araragi’s mouth to her dancing without the top half of her body. Plus, it’s just damn fun to watch as well! This was a very close category, but special note should be given Mirai Nikki’s first OP for some truly amazing foreshadowing.

Honorable Mentions: Rinne no Lagrange OP, Mirai Nikki OP1, Aquarion EVOL OP1, Guilty Crown OP1

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I’m not entirely sure I even need to explain why High School DxD wins this one. It has everything you could possibly want from a show of its type. Not only does it contain the distilled essence of what a fan-service ED should be, with each of the female characters positively dripping with sexuality as they dance and move, but the song (StylipS’ ‘STUDY x STUDY’) and tone perfectly match the show. The animation is also above average, and the card theme actually fits in with the general themes – in which all characters are modeled on chess pieces. While the subtle imagery of the AKB0048 ED was beautiful, the high-octane Joshiraku ED was a joy to watch, and the art in the Aquarion EVOL ED was truly breathtaking, there was never really any question which ED from 2012 would be taking the top spot.

Honorable Mentions: Aquarion EVOL ED1, AKB0048 ED, Joshiraku ED

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Song

With the sequences covered, the attention is now on the actual songs. Insert songs are also up for consideration, with the only real criteria being that it’s something that we never got tired of listening to. There’s no bearing on if it was created specifically for a series or even if the series was any good, as we’re simply picking some of our favorite songs that were featured in an anime.

“Make My Day!” by Piko (Binbougami ga! OP)

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This was undoubtedly the hardest category to come to any kind of agreement on, but the one song that struck enough chords in our collectively warped minds was Piko’s addition to the sleeper-comedy Binbougami Ga! It’s light, it’s peppy, and it’s fun, and actually quite impressive when you realize it’s sung by a guy. But my astonishment at his prodigious talents aside, it’s the fact that I keep listening to this song time and time again – and I’m not alone in this! – that gives it the win. For our other picks, we couldn’t come to anything like an agreement, so each of us just picked one. Look at those genres…J-pop, rock, and a Russian wartime folk song. What variety!

Honorable Mentions: “Vidro Moyou” by Yanagi Nagi (Ano Natsu de Matteru ED), “Katyusha” by Kanemoto Hisako & Uesaka Sumire (Girls und Panzer Insert), “NO PLACE LIKE A STAGE” by GRANRODEO (Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Insert)

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Miscellaneous


Character

Branching away from strictly picking series and focusing on some specifics is the idea behind the miscellaneous section. The first one is our favorite character, who won his or her way into our hearts for whatever reason. The criteria here is somewhat loose, but with numerous options in a single series, multiplied by almost a hundred in the past year, it’s actually quite difficult to pick one above all others. Be that as it may…

Character

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Was there ever any doubt? Okay, maybe there was, as one could make an argument for all of characters we’ve listed for this category. Each of them made a tremendous impact on their respective series, and every one of them undoubtedly possessed a unique personality that separated them from the crowd. In the end however, there’s just no stopping Iskandar from winning. He is King of Conquerors after all, and he gets what he wants. You know, the man with an entire army of Servants and past heroes following him beyond the grave? The epitome of manliness and the biggest bro one could ever have? The one whose definition of what it means to be a King dominated the Banquet of Kings? Heck, he probably owned the piece of land you’re standing on at some point in time! Really, how many characters can you say did everything Iskander did, and had so much fun doing it? Exactly. Fate/Zero might be over, but I won’t be forgetting Iskandar anytime soon.

Honorable Mentions: Koko Hekmatyar (Jormungand), Yamano Remon (Ano Natsu de Matteru), Otonashi Io (Acchi Kocchi), Kyouno Madoka (Rinne no Lagrange)

 

Seiyuu

As the natural extension of characters, the seiyuu who voiced and gave them life deserve some attention. A character’s appeal can change drastically depending on the voice behind it, so we’re here to highlight those whose acting we enjoyed time and time again. A variety of roles tends to showcase a seiyuu’s talent better, but sometimes all it takes is one unforgettable role to get our pick. Below are our favorite male and female seiyuu this past year.

Male Seiyuu

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Namikawa Daisuke has had quite a few high profile roles over the course of his career. 2012 was no different in that regard, though the number of high profile roles increased from 2011. Namikawa steals the show here because of the sheer number of emotions he managed to stir across his various roles. He stole our hearts as Schrade in Aquarion EVOL, he brought us humour as Motoharu in Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, he played the king as Yu in Persona 4 the ANIMATION, and with Rider at his side, he made Fate/Zero. Without him filling these roles, several other categories may have come out with very different winners!

Honorable Mentions: Uchiyama Kouki, Mamoru Miyano

Female Seiyuu

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In the end, Kayano Ai emerged the victor because of two things: an impressive body of work, and remarkable acting range. You’re probably thinking of her major roles as Mikono in Aquarion EVOL and Inori in Guilty Crown, but those weren’t the ones that won it for her. No, it was the range she exhibited between characters like the perky alien Muginami (Rinne no Lagrange), the strict tsundere Mayaka (Hyouka), and the cheerful best friend Saori (Garupan). She was also in Ano Natsu, Medaka Box, and Natsuiro Kiseki, voicing many different types of characters, and always doing it well.

Honorable Mentions: Asumi Kana, Ishihara Kaori, Sawashiro Miyuki

 

Plot Twist

This is the replacement for the category previously known as “Biggest Shocks”. We’re looking for a sudden unexpected turn of events in the story that caught us off guard and delivered sheer shock value. It’s that “WTF” moment that has people talking about it for the next few days, regardless of whether or not anyone found it agreeable. Below are the plot twists we have in mind.

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Death

This may be part of a plot twist or something you see coming a mile away, but we’re concerned about the impact the death has on the story and us as viewers. Well-executed screenplay leading up to it may play a big part, but there are also cases where a character dies so suddenly that we’re left in complete disbelief. In both cases, it’s the lingering impression we’re basing our selection on.

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Trap

“It’s a trap!” and by that we mean a guy cross-dressing as a remarkably cute-looking girl. Gender bender is also acceptable since we’re simply looking for the character who gave off a disturbingly unsettling feeling with how well they portrayed the opposite sex. In short, the character who managed to deceive others (and us!) into thinking they’re actually a cute girl, if even only for a moment.

Trap

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Looking at Hastur’s (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san) character design alone, you would be hard pressed to realize he’s a boy. Long hair, cute expressions, irrepressible innocence, an instant attachment to the main (male) character…why, he’s even voiced by Kugimiya Rie! If it weren’t for the fact that every single character treats him like a boy, I’d be denying it even to this day. But no, the joke is only on us, along with the conflicting feelings that arise whenever Hastur is on screen. This year also saw Mix’s male form in Mixy, but since she was technically male at the time, I’m not sure (s)he counts as a trap at all (even if (s)he was still confusing). Then there was Naoto, who was certainly boyishly cute, but never really fooled anyone…or at least, not more than once. Hastur!!

Honorable Mentions: Mixy (Aquarion EVOL), Shirogane Naoto (Persona 4 the ANIMATION)

 


Genre


Action

In the genre section, the goal is to pick the series of the year for their respective classes. These are pretty much the series that brought their A-game to the table and are viable candidates for our best anime of the year. First up is action, which ranges from shounen-crazed series to war-filled mecha shows. For battles, choreography plays a huge role so that was definitely taken into consideration.

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Without a doubt, every series mentioned in this category had plenty of action, which played critical roles in the respective series’ enjoyment. When push comes to shove though, the other two series just don’t hold a candle to Aquarion EVOL, whose middle name (if it had one) would be “Action.” Fueled by ridiculously over the top fights and backed by superb animation and epic vocals to boot, there just wasn’t much to challenge the quality, sheer number, and memorability of the action scenes Aquarion EVOL provided. The Mugen punches, Moonlight Requiems, various Unions (NENSHIN! GATTAI! GO AQUARION!) are all things that people won’t forget for a long time, nor will they forget the excitement and adrenaline rush every fight provided. Heck, just talking about it makes me want to watch some of its great action sequences again!

Honorable Mentions: Jormungand, Fate/Zero

 

Romance

Emotion-filled romance at its finest. The relationships between characters and the emotions involved are the appeal, and the main criteria for selecting a series here. A sentimental story is always good, with tear-jerking scenes being a plus. This is the series that had the best romantic mood from the character interactions to the big confession.

Romance

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This was an extremely difficult category to decide on and there were a few shows that just barely missed making the cut for an honourable mention. Romance isn’t only about the pursuit, and while there were a few series in 2012 that dealt with what comes after, Ano Natsu de Matteru had some of the best execution I’ve seen in a long time. It was a very organic romance – one that was easy to empathise with, punctuated with all the unease and uncertainty of a first love. There were many hurdles, love triangles, tearful partings, and plenty of awkward moments, but in the end it was all worth it to witness Kaito and Ichika’s blossoming feelings, and the romantic turmoil of Kanna, Tetsurou, and Mio. The addition of some slightly unusual themes helped it stand out, but the icing on the cake came from the brilliance of its character interactions and the last few moments of the finale.

Honorable Mentions: Amagami SS+ plus, Inu x Boku SS, Natsuyuki Rendezvous

 

Drama

A lot of good series out there depict an emotion-filled story where the romance comes secondary, if at all. Strong depictions of friendship and in challenging situations can really draw a viewer into the story and start making them sympathize with the characters. It’s a bit of an all-encompassing genre, but only a handful of series really pull viewers in with their screenplay.

Drama

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No matter what your thoughts were regarding the series and how it ended, Sakamichi no Apollon had its share of dramatic moments—and well developed ones at that. A coming of age story, this was a story about life and all the drama it brings with it—a first love, rejection, the overcoming of obstacles, and the realization of one’s true self. To top things off, we got a love triangle, cultural clashes of music and familial values, and an exposition about the true meaning of friendship and its potential to be everlasting, even when life forces you apart. Combined together, Sakamichi was just everything a drama should be—a series with characters we fell for, rooted for to succeed, and with whom we bonded together as we witnessed both their successes and failures.

Honorable Mentions: Kokoro Connect (the drama even extended outside the show!), Chihayafuru, Natsuiro Kiseki

 

Sci-Fi

When it comes to science fiction, a futuristic world with advanced technology, robots, space travel, and superhuman abilities is the usual connotation; however, it’s not the only setting that fits this genre. Sometimes all a series has to do is play up a single sci-fi aspect and do it well to go down as an excellent sci-fi series.

Sci Fi

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As surely as the sun rises, each new year brings with it a new array of sci-fi/supernatural shows that make fans of the genre (like me) tingle with excitement. Looking back on 2012, this year was a good year for the genre, with many strong contenders vying for the prize. Despite the competition, there was no series that quite embodied the spirit of science fiction as well as Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II. Virtually everything about the world just oozes sci-fi, with flying ships home to entire countries and portable weapons of mass destruction maintaining the power balance. From the clothing they wear (even down to their shoes!) to the way they go about their daily lives, technology is the basis of everything. What’s better is that Horizon II possesses an immense amount of detail and goes to great lengths to explain all of these technologies, demonstrating that they’re not merely there for show, but are core aspects around which the series revolves and to which serious thought has been given.

Honorable Mentions: Rinne no Lagrange, Aquarion EVOL, AKB0048

 

Horror/Thriller

The best horror shows are those that incite visceral feelings of shock, fear, and pulse-pounding dread. Gore is not a necessity for this genre, as there’s always psychological thrillers that are just as gripping if not more. However, those that can provide both an unsettling atmosphere and a good scare are even better.

Horror Thriller

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A good thriller shocks, leaving you wide-eyed and aghast at what just enfolded on the screen. There were some great choices this year, but none so consistently left us floored as did Mirai Nikki. The story was gripping, with the near-constant threat of death casting an oppressive shroud over Yukiteru’s entire existence. Blood was used to great effect, as the brutal deaths (and ruinous experiences) of multiple characters were consistently shocking and unsettling. Most of all though, Mirai Nikki wins because of Yuno. The thought of a yandere love interest is what drew me to this show, and it did not disappoint. Watching Yuno was like trying to hug a rattlesnake – fine while she’s satisfied, but you just know she could snap any moment. And when she did…oh boy!

Honorable Mentions: Fate/Zero, Another, Black Rock Shooter

 

Mystery

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Thought-provoking storylines that keep inquisitive viewers watching and speculating on where things are headed? Yes, please. They don’t necessarily have to have a horror element to them either, as all we’re looking for here is a blend of detective/crime fiction.

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After the plethora of mystery shows in 2011, 2012 was rather a weak year for series of this type. Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! may have kept viewers puzzled right up until the final episode, but it was Persona 4 the ANIMATION that consistently delivered the more compelling mystery. Not only was the ultimate identity of the culprit foreshadowed in a subtle and fitting manner, but the numerous red herrings along the way continuously kept up the aura of uncertainty while never feeling as though they got in the way of the final reveal. Where some shows focus on minor mysteries, Persona 4 was about the grand mystery, and that’s what sets it apart in my book.

Honorable Mentions: Hyouka, Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

 

Fantasy

Long lacking from this post, the fantasy genre finally sees its inclusion! Where science fiction seeks to explain the remarkable happenings of its universe via technology and logic, fantasy is less concerned with that. Wizards, dragons, and Tolkien-esque adventures are what usually come to mind, but those aren’t mandatory; as long as the focus is less on what makes the world tick as on using magic and wonder to tell a story, it may be a fantasy show you’re looking at.

Fantasy

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Perhaps it’s fair to say that by Nisemonogatari, fantasy was no-longer the primary focus of the -monogatari series. But while it may not be quite as prominent as it was in Bakemonogatari, its fantasy side is still extremely strong, bringing us compelling tales of various oddities. From vampires to phoenixes to onmyouji, Nisemonogatari combines the mythologies of various cultures into a single story laden with wordplay and some frequently stunning fights. Shaft’s unique style really works to bring out the unreal sense of the whole series, helping to contribute to the fantastical side all the more. DOG DAYS’ and Campione! were serious competitors for the top spot, both embodying the fantasy genre in a slightly more straightforward manner, but neither quite captured the underlying wonder Nisemonogatari was able to inspire.

Honorable Mentions: Campione!, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD, DOG DAYS’

 

Comedy

The ability to make you laugh until you cry. That’s probably the number one criteria when selecting a comedy of the year. From everything to sheer stupidity, quirky characters, and timely comedic pauses to perverted fun, elaborate setups, and witty jokes, it’s the lighthearted nature and humorous entertainment value of these series that we love.

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Every once in a while, a series comes along that screams “genre masterpiece”, clearly going above and beyond typical shows of its type. This year, the comedy genre had its masterpiece in Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou. Powered by the likes of Sugita Tomokazu and Suzumura Kenichi, the series was just a riot, giving laughs with virtually every skit and leaving the audience in stitches by the end of each episode. Playing off of anime tropes (such as characters saying cool lines for the sake of saying them), even the most ordinary of situations were made hilarious. There just hasn’t been a series that provided such great (and consistent) laughs in quite some time. And you know what makes it even more notable? The studio behind this adaptation was Sunrise of all places!

Honorable Mentions: Binbougami ga!, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Yuruyuri ♪♪, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD

 

Romantic Comedy

The romantic comedy genre separates itself from the individual romance and comedy ones by teasing us with potential relationships but never quite settling on one. Instead, the enjoyment comes from the character interactions themselves, often — but not always — in harem-like scenarios.

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There were quite a few good romantic comedies this year, though none quite managed to match the ridiculous antics of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD. From the constant delusions of Yuu, the frequent fan-service, and a high calibre harem ranging from tsunderes to yanderes and everything in between, we got plenty of humorous romantic interactions to go around. Add in Ayumu’s unfortunate cross-dressing and the world’s sudden fascination with his arse, and there’s much in the way of regular comedy to be found as well! Let’s not forget about Ayumu’s success in getting every waitress at the maid cafe to turn dere for him – frequently risking life and limb in the process – which prove Korezon’s romcom bona fides all in one go.

Honorable Mentions: Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!, High School DxD, Campione!, Zero no Tsukaima F

 

Slice of Life

A laid-back series with no reliance on heavily gimmicky plot devices nor a constantly progressing storyline is what this genre stands for. The character interactions themselves in an otherwise “normal” setting are the highlight, along with any incidental humor that results from them. A lot of times, they’re just really cute and innocent happenings, and that’s exactly what makes a good slice of life series.

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Fun characters, well-told jokes, a relaxing atmosphere, and a little bit of love–that’s what made Acchi Kocchi such a treat to watch. Some of my favorite parts were watching the “chaotic” Mayoi and Sakaki run amok, only to flounder hilariously on the immovable rocks that are Io and Tsumiki. Hime’s frequent nosebleeds also always got a laugh, unless I was too busy fangirling about Io and Tsumiki’s latest romantic moment, which were unfailingly cute and pleasantly frequent. But maybe the best part was the atmosphere. After a long day, Acchi Kocchi was like a warm blanket and a mug of hot chocolate – the perfect thing to relax and unwind with.

Honorable Mentions: TARI TARI, Natsuiro Kiseki

 

Fan-Service

While fan-service-filled affairs tend to go hand-in-hand with comedies, that’s not always the case. In addition, fan-service doesn’t only constitute breasts in your face, nor an abundance of needless upskirt shots. The only criteria here are character interactions suggestive of a sexual-related context, regardless of how revealing the scenes may actually be.

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You knew this would win, and that I would be the one to write about it. Nisemonogatari is practically the definition of artistically creative fan-service, with the titillation coming not from in-your-face boob-and-panty shots, but from artful wordplay, creative camera angles, and the forging of new sexual fetishes. Koyomi is so casually perverted (ex: groping Tsukihi, attacking Hachikuji) as to make watching his antics a treat, especially when some in his harem make it so easy (I’m looking at you, Kanbaru!). Mostly though, it was the infamous toothbrush scene that sealed the deal. Creating a new genre of ecchi, spawning a thousand fanarts, and making Japanese women feel seriously uncomfortable around the dental supply aisle? Easy pick.

Honorable Mentions: High School DxD, Campione!, To LOVE-Ru – Darkness

 


Notable Others


Most Underappreciated

There are numerous shows out there that people don’t watch or continue watching because they’re so fixated on what’s unanimously popular. We make a point of watching and covering series that tend to be overlooked, so this is intended to highlight the series that more people should have checked out but probably didn’t.

Underappreciated

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In a pick that should come as a surprise to very few, Tsuritama is our winner in the most underappreciated category. I don’t know what the exact reason was—perhaps due to its fishing tagline?—but this was one of those series that didn’t garner much attention in general. Dropped early by many and skipped over entirely by others, it’s a real pity, because Tsuritama ended up being one of the better series of the year. A great story about friendship (with a bit of sci-fi mixed in), this series was a great example of why you shouldn’t judge a series by its cover, and one that put some pretty big smiles on its viewer’s faces by the time it was all said and done. On the bright side, it seems like more and more people are starting to pick up this series and give it the attention it deserves, so if you haven’t done so yet, you should too.

Honorable Mentions: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, AKB0048, Rinne no Lagrange

 

Biggest Disappointment

The pitfall of excessive hype and anticipation for anything is the disappointment that results when things don’t meet expectations. With regards to anime, this is doubly true when a series has precedence established by its original and a sequel falls incomparably short. At times it’s only a small letdown, but sometimes we’re left wondering what we did to deserve sitting through it. We’re not looking for the worst series of the year here, but the biggest disparity between expectations going in and way the series turned out.

Disappointment

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Guilty Crown will likely stand forever as a shining example of how to make a series seem fantastic, only to crash and burn. There are no honourable mentions here – nothing else even came remotely close to how far, and how hard, Guilty Crown fell. The biggest issue came from the repeatedly inconsistent writing. It almost felt as though there were multiple writers, each of whom was only given a few vague details between each episode. Several characters would change personalities on a weekly basis, plot elements were introduced with no purpose whatsoever, and many threads seemed to be outright forgotten. I think one of the lowest moments for me was when Shu explained to his friends that he needed to go save the terrorists from the government because they ‘believed in him’, and no objections were raised. It was at this point I realised the writers had absolutely no idea what was going on in their own story.

 

Exceeded Expectations

Naturally, there’s the exact opposite of the above, where we go into a series with low or little-to-no expectations and it turns out much better than we anticipated. This could easily be considered finding diamonds in the rough, which is only possible if you tend to give new shows the benefit of the doubt. My picks here don’t mean they’re blockbuster hits in disguise, but that the disparity between expectations and the actual series goes in the favorable direction.

Exceeded Expectations

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When I first heard about Girls und Panzer, I made the same assumption that everyone else did – “cute girls doing cute things, and this time it’s tanks. I wasn’t fond of Upotte, so pass!” Fortunately I didn’t listen to myself, because what a treat this turned out to be! It’s true, the girls are cute, and if you’re a tank otaku then you’ll be in heaven, but there’s so much more. Tank geekery is only indulged in when it explains things relevant to the story, and the battles are both tactically interesting and wonderfully animated. The story is also quite engaging, as the slice-of-life antics quickly gave way to tense battles and compelling cliffhangers, all set to a magnificent musical score. Combined with a cast of almost universally likable characters, this show is one you shouldn’t miss. Honourable mentions go to Binbougami Ga!, the sleeper-comedy that always brought the laughs, and was pretty touching as well.

Honorable Mentions: Binbougami ga!

 


And Finally…


Best Anime 2012

The be-all, end-all of the year. This pick is always a hotbed of controversy, so here’s the exact criteria we used to make it: if we were to meet an anime fan for the first time and they were to ask us to recommend a show that aired in 2012, what would it be? Without knowing the person’s tastes, we would naturally default to the show that did the most things right, one that had wide appeal and deserved it, that had superb animation and told its story well, and above all else, that we enjoyed. The winner of this category should be a high anticipation show that supremely deserved it, or a dark horse that blew everyone out of the water. This is subjective as hell, but here we go – our best anime of 2012 is…

Best Anime

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There are so many reasons this show deserves to be here. For one, it was animated beautifully. When I close my eyes, I can still see Saber’s blade sparkle with brilliant light, crimson blood splatter on the shattered ground, and a monster arise from the blasted depths. The fights were choreographed well, each one the clash of the mightiest of warriors doing everything they can to obtain victory—and their skills showed. The story was interesting too, though it was understandably hampered by its status as a prequel. Most of all though, it was the singular moments that blaze alight in my mind – the heroic deaths, atrocious betrayals, crumbling madness, dying innocence, and the fragile will to do whatever is necessary to win, even if it means destroying everyone and everything you love. Our honorable mentions each had great moments in their own right, which were stirring and funny and exciting to watch, but for the catharsis found in staring into the abyss and watching heroes fight for a fleeting dream in the darkness beyond, there was nothing quite like Fate/Zero. In the end, it set out to tell a story and it did it well, and in my mind, there can be no higher praise than that.

Honorable Mentions: Aquarion EVOL, Nisemonogatari, Jormungand

 

Best OVA/Movie 2012

The same as above, except for the not-regularly-broadcasted offerings. These aren’t covered very often on the site, but we’ve each had the pleasure of watching enough to find some that really caught our eyes.

Best OVA Movie

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If you’d asked me a year ago whether or not I thought CODE GEASS: Boukoku no Akito was going to be our pick for the best OVA, I would’ve laughed. My hopes for it were not exactly high – it appeared to be no more than another attempt to cash in on the CODE GEASS franchise years after it ended. Yet, surprisingly enough, it managed to fully capture the spirit that made CODE GEASS so thoroughly enjoyable in the first place. By being typically fabulous, ridiculously absurd, and filled with thoroughly crazy characters, it managed to bring back some of the greatness that came from watching the original series. Even so, it was a very close category to judge, only just barely winning out over the fifth installment of Gundam Unicorn.

Honorable Mentions: Gundam Unicorn

 

Reader’s Choice – Favorite Anime 2012

Your choice for 2012. With everyone allowed to pick up to five series, we have a pretty nice spread of results. In exchange for finding out if there was one series that everyone would’ve picked with a single vote, we have a much better idea of the other ones you enjoyed. The top choice is still pretty unquestionable though, since it was good enough to make it into the majority of your top 5 picks.

Readers Choice Anime

The Top 5:
Fate/Zero – 2,900 (9.69%)
Sword Art Online – 2,488 (8.32%)
Hyouka – 1,652 (5.52%)
Nisemonogatari – 1,129 (3.77%)
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai – 1,101 (3.68%)
Total Number of Votes – 29,917
Here are the full results.

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Though we didn’t leave the poll open as long this year, we still got a good spread of results. Happily enough, our #1 pick ended up being the same as the reader’s once again, and two of our honourable mentions placed in the top 10, meaning that Moomba, Zephyr, and I are only somewhat weird. (Okay, that’s a lie. We’re very weird.) No one should be surprised to find Sword Art Online and Accel World in the top 10, because while they were very polarizing shows, they were also widely watched and widely enjoyed. KyoAni was also well represented with Hyouka and Chu2koi, which were sadly missing from most of this post due to their being good in many things, but not necessarily excelling in particular categories. The only major difference was us three placing Aquarion EVOL much higher than the poll did, but what can I say – we love us some crazy, over-the-top action, certain characters notwithstanding. I trust you’ll forgive us our oddity.

 

Reader’s Choice – Favorite OVA/Movie 2012

Your OVA/Movie choice of 2012. As mentioned in the disclaimer above, the choices here were restricted to what’s been released on BD/DVD so that viewers outside of Japan have a chance of watching them and making an informed decision. It didn’t make sense to restrict such offerings to a small pool of voters this year and not have it up it for consideration in 2013, so if you wanted to vote for anything that premiered in theaters, you’ll get your chance next year.

Readers Choice OVA Movie

The Top 5:
CODE GEASS Gaiden: Boukoku no Akito OVA – 1,387 (9.02%)
Steins;Gate Special – 1,220 (7.93%)
K-ON! Movie – 1,174 (7.63%)
Gundam Unicorn Episode 5 – 915 (5.95%)
FAIRY TAIL OVA – 510 (3.32%)
Total Number of Votes – 15,379
Here are the full results.

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Finally, your pick for best OVA/Movie: CODE Geass Gaiden: Boukoku no Akito. Coinciding with our own pick for this category, this was a win many probably saw coming. After all, the original series was immensely popular (and well-received) when it first aired, and given that OVA managed to capture the same atmosphere its parent story did, it’s no surprise it was similarly received. Notably though, many of the top picks this year weren’t particularly surprising when compared to their popularity and appeal—though Gundam Unicorn did rank slightly lower than anticipated.

 

As always, every year offers something different, and I (this is Stilts again) feel this past year was a lot better than some people give it credit for. While at first glance there didn’t seem to be any stand-out shows like last year’s Steins;Gate and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, closer inspection revealed a great deal to enjoy. Personally, my anime anime watching habit ballooned considerably since joining RandomC, and though it’s occasionally a press on my time, I haven’t found myself regretting it yet. To echo Divine, I feel like those who were willing to give most series the benefit of the doubt probably found this to be an enjoyable year for anime, whereas those who weren’t willing to expand their horizons may have found it lacking. In 2013 I intend to keep delving into as many series as I can, and I know a number of my fellow writers will be doing the same, so here’s to another entertaining year from the world of anime, and here at RandomC. Kampai!

January 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm
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  • January 2, 2013 at 4:31 pmrukia

    I’m relieved Sword Art Online didn’t win the Reader’s Choice category. It really was a terrible show.

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:05 pmJustSaying

      I thought that SAO was the most overhyped show of the year. That should be a category here.

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:15 pmRigelin

      I wouldn’t say terrible. I’m not sure what went wrong, but the story after ep 14 was horrid. They had ruined their beautiful setting. Not to mention the meaning or intentions of the creators seemed half-assed. Like what was it all for? Just so he can make a castle in the sky. Weak.

      But I did fall in love with everything before that so I wouldn’t say it’s terrible. Was the shift in the source material or was that anime original? All I could say though is that they had it going and ruined it. Had they taken the first 14 episodes, expanded it to 25 episodes and revised it; it’d be amazing.

      For instance ep. 3 with Show Spoiler ▼

      The characters after her too, Silica and Lisbeth, were strong characters that could’ve used more episodes. Instead I saw SAO form characters I love and got rid of them in one episode. Klein also could’ve used his own episode.

      Lastly, SAO was good at being anti-climactic. I felt the author was extremely good at forming epic scenarios but when it came to an ending he took a ****. The duel between Kirito and the Guild master for instance. Or the last boss fight. Who else thought “Holy crap” when they saw that boss, only to be disappointed with the battle? Oh man so much potential wasted.

      • January 2, 2013 at 5:26 pmRigelin

        Looking back, the thing about SAO’s ep.3 might need a spoiler tag. If someone could change that I’d be appreciative.

      • January 2, 2013 at 6:16 pmAnon

        But could there really be a satisfying answer as to why Kayaba made SAO and trapped people inside it? For someone who created the tech for VR and designed the game it’s probably the most coherent answer one could expect. Would a motivation like Sugou’s have been better?

        To me, it is essentially a meaning of life question.

      • January 2, 2013 at 8:50 pmRigelin

        At the start I had thought it was because he wanted to play God. Make his own world with his rules, and kinda toy with peoples lives. I mean he killed how many people? If he wanted to build a castle in the sky he could’ve done it without killing off thousands.

        I had guessed he was the KoB guild master so I thought perhaps he wanted to be a leader. Have power and people under his command.

        Something like that would’ve been much better than what SAO gave us, IMO.

      • January 2, 2013 at 9:28 pmbigfatflightlesspenguin

        A lot of SAO plot holes and faults were unique to the anime (especially in ALO arc) and weren’t the fault of the LN author. EP14 and 24 were really poorly executed. The LN’s ending for both arcs flowed better and made more sense. SAO LN is currently quite fragmented so the animator did a good job for most of it. It is said the author plans to rewrite SAO into more progressive novel.

        The ALO (Fairy Dance) arc would be better if it was animated as a second season (i.e. 2 one cour should instead of 1 two cour show). A one cour break would have allowed the viewers to forget enough about Asuna so Sugu can better establish herself as the main heroine in this arc. Instead, the animation was rushed and the story fell apart. A few parts of Fairy Dance were cut from the anime which further contributed to this arc’s demise.

        It would be nice to see GGO and Mother Rosario getting animated as OVA by another studio. If they ever make another SAO TV series, I’d much rather it be Alicization but I doubt it will ever happen.
        Show Spoiler ▼

        While there are better anime in 2012, I think SAO was still one of the better one.

      • January 3, 2013 at 12:38 amAnon

        He wanted to make Aincrad a “real” place. This further enabled him to watch how people would react to Aincrad as if it were real, where death exists. I would have to imagine that the VR helms killing people were largely a preventive measure to stop the authorities from removing them or tampering with them, which seems to have worked outside of the initial wave of deaths.

        IMO, there is no satisfying answer to why someone would trap people in a life or death game which was responsible for hundreds or thousands of human lives lost. If you made an anime about any of history’s largest butchers, and had a scene at the end where you asked them why they did what they did, it would come off as ridiculous.

      • January 3, 2013 at 6:20 amSekai

        Who else thought “Holy crap” when they saw that boss, only to be disappointed with the battle?

        What battle? All I saw ware a few deaths, then the end of the boss’s life. Next to no battle there!

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:48 pmZangkin

      I wouldn’t say it was a terrible show. It was pretty good up to the point when ALO was introduced. Now that half was horrible. I could never really accept the character design with the pointy ears.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:56 pmBeckett

      Agreed, terrible show. It was a great concept ruined by a writer who simply wasn’t up to the task of exploring it properly. A lot of people like to hedge by saying that the first 14 episodes were good. Well, no, that’s just not true. All of the (2? Maybe 3?) good episodes the show had did indeed take place during the first half, but MOST of the first half was still boring girl of the week filler. And let’s not forget (no matter how much we may wish to) that the Yui subplot happened in the first half as well. So, yes, the first half was better than the second half, but the second half didn’t exactly set that bar very high, now did it? It would have taken a deliberate effort for the first half to be worse than the second.

      Fate/Zero may not have been perfect but it’s definitely far more deserving and I’m glad it won over some of the other fan favorites.

    • January 2, 2013 at 9:26 pmAbsaroka

      I think people tended to judge SAO based on what they wished it was rather than what it actually was. I assume a lot of people here played or have played an MMO and have some set of expectations of what of story consisting of characters trapped in an MMO should offer. The premise itself causes people to approach SAO differently than they would another scifi/fantasy series. I enjoyed SAO for what it was, however, I couldn’t help but dream about an alternative telling of the premise based on my own MMO experience.

      • January 3, 2013 at 6:18 pmAnon

        That’s exactly why people say it squandered the premise. Could have been one of the best fantasy-based stories ever. But what SAO really is, is a character story with a fantasy setting. But as an MMORPG player from the early 2000s, I think other people who partook in the genre at the time will agree that the community was the most important and redeeming part of those worlds. This is why both Kirito and Asuna agreed with Kayaba when he said he wished Aincrad existed somewhere.

    • January 2, 2013 at 9:57 pmhaseo0408

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    • January 2, 2013 at 11:17 pmSortedevaras

      Fate/Zero won the best anime and topped the polls, I did not think people with such good taste still existed on the internet.

    • January 3, 2013 at 12:15 pmMac

      I agree. Cry fanboys.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:39 pmthankonomics

    Gotta give it up for Broskandar.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:58 pmBeckett

      He wins this years “Most Insane Levels of GAR” award for sure.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:40 pmClick

    I was crossing my fingers and knew it was never going to happen, but I was hoping that Guilty Crown would win best comedy.

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:46 pmJustin

      lol stop trolling :D

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:50 pmBeckett

      A show has to be intentionally funny to qualify for best comedy. Best unintentional comedy should be a category all to itself.

    • January 3, 2013 at 11:43 amProgeusz

      Hey, don’t forget about another, it was rather decent competition for Guilty Crown ;)

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:40 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    Very happy that Code Geass when both the Best OVAs/Movie categories.

    I can agree with most of this list.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:41 pmcowazaki

    Jinrui wa suitai shimashita…….

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:06 pmZanibas

      If there were a category for “Best Philosophical”, it’d definitely have won this year, I’ll tell you that. The weakness has been noted, and the team is keeping it in mind for next year. Wanderer below makes a good point of this.

      Personally though, it won “Best Philosophical/Statement on Humanity” in my eyes, if not explicitly mentioned. Just look at the title! :P

      • January 2, 2013 at 7:38 pmWanderer

        Indeed. While my statement below was phrased in a somewhat joking manner, I stand by the basic sentiment. Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita was a fascinating and unique series that deserved a mention among the best series of the year. However, all the categories here are too… ordinary, and Jinrui is anything but ordinary. It doesn’t fit into any of them. There’s humor in it, but it isn’t a comedy. It’s technically set in the future, but there’s very little science fictiony content to it. Watashi is a marvelous bundle of narrative snark and cynicism and a magnificent character, but best character is incredibly subjective and is an almost impossible category to win.

        The things that Jinrui really excelled at, the parts that made it such a unique and interesting show that deserves a place among the best of the year, are things that don’t fit into any of the available categories. Philosophy and symbolism. The fact that none of the characters had real names. Watching a hundred time-looped versions of the main character make sweets for fairies after slipping on a banana peel countless times… once. Time paradogs.

        It defies categorization. And that, I believe, is why it isn’t listed here. Not because it isn’t worthy, but because the list of categories they were awarding prizes in simply wasn’t broad enough.

      • January 3, 2013 at 3:28 amNaYa

        I think there should be a “Special Award” category to give a shout out for an anime that doesn’t really fit any of the categories but still deserves a recognition like Jinrui.

        Or, you could indeed create a Philosophy/Statement on Humanity/Thought Provoker category, and Jinrui would win and Jormungand could be honorable mention among others.

      • January 4, 2013 at 4:22 pmAni_BEE

        How about a Most Unpredictal Anime catagory for shows like Jinrui and Nisemonogatari kick of fit this grouping.

    • January 2, 2013 at 9:02 pmBeckett

      Best main protagonist of the year IMO. I just love Watashi’s cynical and snarky outlook on everything, finally an MC I can really relate to.

    • January 2, 2013 at 9:49 pmWatashi

      Jinrui is definitely the most underrated and under-appreciated of the 2012 bunch.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:41 pmWelkin

    Ctrl + F “Jinrui” Phrase not found.

    Excuse me while I cry myself to sleep.

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:49 pmAlicia

      Maybe if you stopped caring about insects and animal life like fairies, and paid attention to baker soldiers, you wouldn’t have to cry yourself to sleep.
      (OOC: Jinrui is really good, most people just can’t comprehend it.)

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:30 pmWelkin

      Alicia!?! Well, if we work together with little Isara to ground some of my edible insects into your bread then we can have the best of both worlds. Oh, and about last night, I wasn’t crying because of RC and Jinrui. I was just overwhelmed by the beauty of little Isara’s grass centipede.

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:58 pmPlayer

      It would have at least gotten an honorable mention for a “Best Writing” category given the author being Tanaka Romeo. Or have gone somewhere in the production category since the studio and especially the director did a really good job adapting it.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:44 pmNovice

    Akito is the winner for OVA!
    Yay!

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:44 pmSteve

    So much shit taste, it’s laughable.

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:07 pmTheory28

      I’m not gonna rage, but I have to admit I did a double take on Mirai Nikki allegedly having a better story than Fate Zero despite FZ getting both best anime and readers choice for best anime.

      Also “Make My Day” over “Vidro Moyou”… Really? …Really?!

      A Shame Jinrui didn’t win anything especially as I personally feel it was funnier than Danshi Koukousei — but meh, to each his own.

      Lol — I don’t think anyone will contest Guilty Crown for biggest disappointment though… So much wasted potential…

      • January 3, 2013 at 9:55 amcelebrinen

        Normally I would say that everyone has different tastes but yeah, Yanagi Nagi>anyone else. Especially the full length Vidro Moyou in the final episode.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:45 pmKarto

    I won’t argue with any of the picks as they all to seem well chosen, especially biggest disappointment as I’m still complaining about how bad that was in terms of writing to my friends.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:46 pmSkins Thunderbomb

    Fate/Zero was truly magnificent. <3 Totally deserved.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:50 pmKermit

    Shit taste confirmed.

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:40 pmYasuri

      Ah the valued opinion from a beloved member of the RC community. Nothing like it.

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:06 pmmistress_kisara

      So yours is not shit?

    • January 3, 2013 at 5:36 amdxb_blackwolf

      I was gonna complain about their taste, but then I saw the reader’s poll.

      In their defense, the choices were rather poor. It would suck if Fate/Zero won almost every category. This post would’ve been so different if it included the ongoing series of fall 2012.

      Also, fuck nisemonogatari.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:52 pmsdsad

    I think what made Guilty Crown especially fail was that it was supposedly dubbed as a successor to Code Geass. Because of that notion, there was quite a bit of hype and expectations for it. Unfortunately, even the first episode didn’t deliver.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm†Croos†

      I know the person who said that GC was going to be like Code Geass.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:53 pmNovice

    about Guilty Crown Inconsistency.
    maybe the one who write Guilty Crown story is 50 author just like Nanamine in Bakuman season 3

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:04 pmRigelin

      Haha maybe you’re right. I think Guilty Crown would’ve been 100x better if it had better characters; and by characters I mean the protagonist and heroine. I’m not sure what type of character they would have had to be, but I could just tell it had potential if the characters were good and the story wrapped around them rather than forming the characters around the story.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:55 pmWanderer

    How could (insert blogger name here) not say that (insert anime name here) wins every category! Rawr, hate, smash, rage-quit.

    And the very fact that Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita wasn’t even an honerable mention on any of your lists means that you needed to have invented a new category for it. It was simply too far outside such pale, outdated, inside-the-box, old-school methods of rating.

    • January 2, 2013 at 4:56 pmWanderer

      Just to be clear, the first part of the above post is a joke. Some folks might not have gotten that.

      The second part was just mild exaggeration.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:56 pmDanjCole91

    Was a little dissapointed Another and chuunibyou didn’t get an award although i was happy to ano natsu get the romance award a suprisingly great series. also lmao at the biggest dissapointment award.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:56 pmion62

    Can you show the full poll of the votes?

    • January 2, 2013 at 4:58 pmZephyr

      There’s a part in each of the reader’s choice excerpts where you can click for full poll results.

      • January 2, 2013 at 6:09 pmD

        >Helpful answer
        >Sees downvotes
        Some people on this site are crazy

      • January 2, 2013 at 6:10 pmJusuchin (Military Otaku)

        People lash out against something they do not like, happens to everyone.

      • January 2, 2013 at 8:57 pmZephyr

        It’s actually someone who’s spending quite a bit of their time just putting a downvote on every comment. Lol.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:57 pmRigelin

    Not going to lie that I had hoped Divine would write this, but after taking a look this is very well done as always. Nice job guys.

    Perhaps one of my only gripes would be in characters, where Mashima Taichi would be my favorite. Although I won’t lie, Iskandar is my second favorite; But I had hoped Taichi would make honorable mention at the least.

    My only other gripe is that sword art online isn’t mentioned enough. Although I hated the direction it took after ep 14, it still was worthy of some honorable mentions, especially with the wave of popularity it had in the anime community. I only say this so other people will take a look at SAO if they haven’t since I and I’m sure others use this post to find new anime to watch. However it’s second in the reader’s choice poll so it’s not all bad.

    Anyways good job and keep up the good work.

    • January 4, 2013 at 6:15 pmZeliot

      I agree about SAO, it wasn’t mentioned enough. It should have at least been an honorable mention in ‘biggest disappointment’ or maybe a winner in ‘most overrated’ if there was such category.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:58 pmFrog

    There is no such thing as good or bad taste. I think the picks here were excellent and the rationale very well written, even if I did not necessarily agree with all the choices.

  • January 2, 2013 at 4:59 pmnichibotsu-kaeru

    mirai nikki did worse then sword art!?! i am sad

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:02 pmJustSaying

    “When I first heard about Girls und Panzer, I made the same assumption that everyone else did”

    Bite your tongue. I, for one, thought the idea was the best thing the fall season had to offer when I first heard it. I feel so sorry for those that had to watch it first before you could understand the genius of it.

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:59 pmmistress_kisara

      Of course, you NEED to watch it before you can make a judgement. Just because you know its going to be awesome doesn’t mean those who didn’t are idiots <_<

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:02 pmSwarz

    I thought Hyouka would win the best slice of life series. Snif..
    Haah…Looks like I have to go watch the Fate-Zero again. I stopped it midway.

    Anyway thanks guys. Nice post

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:07 pmMieu

    Expected a stronger showing from Chuu2 and Hyouka, but these are all great. I knew Guilty Crown was going to be on there, and Tsuritama I really need to keep watching (didn’t mean to drop it, just had to catch up with the most recent shows).

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:09 pmDG_Nick

    I’m happy RC and I agreed on Fate/Zero as the best 2012 anime. Other than that, almost none of my own AOTY picks matched RC’s and that makes me sad. The only thing we seemed to agree on was the Plot Twist (which I called Most Surprising Moment) category. I do feel like the mystery category was robbed, I liked Persona 4′s anime adaptation but man does it have problems.

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:10 pmYasuri

    I’m surprised that Hyouka and Rinne no Lagrange didn’t come out on top in their respective categories but very pleased with the post as a whole. While I might not have agreed with some choices, a majority of what I favored were more often than not honorably mentioned and acknowledged so I’m not in the slightest bit disappointed.

    On another note, excellent collaboration between Zephyr, Moomba and Stilts. You guys did a wonderful job showing just why each decision felt like the right one even when I was hesitant to agree and there were even a few mentions that I had not considered watching or had no time for in the past but will certainly try now.

    Again, amazing job. It certainly was a pretty phenomenal year.

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:12 pmSilivious

    So glad Horizon got some awards. =D
    Recently rewatched the entire series, and hoping that we get a Season 3 coming soon. (And that Baka Tsuki translators would actually pay attention to that series.)
    >.>

    • January 3, 2013 at 10:27 amcelebrinen

      Horizon was made for a Best Ensemble Cast award. Every character, even the “bad guys”, were coated in 24 carat awesome.

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:12 pmpimpolla

    I think the past year shows were better… but here are also good shows we must whatch.

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:13 pmnaixil

    YAYYY Danshi for winning best comedy! love all the crazy antics of Tadakuni and gang.

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:51 pmShiawase

      Even Tadakuni’s seiyuu (Irino Miyu) wasn’t included with Sugita Tomokazu and Suzumura Kenichi LOL xD

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:25 pmSei

    Where’s Kuroko no Basket, Hyouka, K project, Kamisama Kiss, Sukitte Iinayo, SAO, BTOOM! … ?
    That’s weird %D
    I didn’t watch any of the animes below %D

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:30 pmSteelman

    Well no big surprises this year (I think the top 4 in the poll were easy to predict), which makes it for a good post :). I was scared that SAO might win the reader poll, but luckily the obvious choice for anime of the year prevailed in the end.

    Some additional random comments:

    - The Most Underappreciated award is by far my biggest disagreement. In my mind, the obvious pick is Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II. Extremely well received in Japan (5th highest selling for DVD/Blue Ray this year, after Nisemonogatari, Fate/Zero, SAO and Kuroko no Basuke), wins your Sci-Fi award, while being completely ignored in the West – it was heavily advertised on RC and only managed a 20th spot in the poll. It even gathered scornful posts on several western anime blogs. If that isn’t underappreciated…

    - Chihayafuru appears to be the biggest loser here on RC, both in the awards and the reader’s poll, considering how liked it was by other bloggers

    - … while Girls und Panzer is to me the most unexpected result out of the reader poll. Exceeded Expectations award (as I predicted), 7th best seller of the year despite stock shortages due to the unexpected popularity, and only ranks 26th on the poll? Really unexpected.

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:39 pmjunglepenguin

      I’d say you’ve misunderstood the meaning of “unappreciated”. For it to have received scorn would mean that the viewers would have decided to appreciate different aspects of the series, no? And you’ve mentioned how popular it is in Japan. Compared to that, Tsuritama, for how great a watch it was, still went right under the radar of many viewers.

      • January 2, 2013 at 8:12 pmxmn

        Well, I do agree with your point, but it is not true that Horizon is popular in Japan.
        Yes, the Blue ray sales are high. However the internet popularity is very low. Horizon is able to get its high sales because the small portion of people that enjoys it (a very high portion of the people that buy the novel also buy the blue-ray).

        Maybe it wasn’t the most unappreciated, but I do feel that it should of at least be in the honorable mentions.

        Other than that issue, I am very glad to see Horizon get some award this year.

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:32 pmRandom Hobo

    I see Ano Natsu ED and Aquarion ED1 being mentioned, Platinum Disco and High School Pole Dancers, with Fate/Zero in No.1 spot. All is right with the world. URRAAAA!

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:38 pmDa5id

    Aside from Girls Und Panzer (which I didn’t get time to watch), there are no surprises or disagreements in this list. here. Glad that Mirai Nikki got the appreciation it deserved, as that was the one I was most afraid would get the shaft.

    • January 2, 2013 at 5:44 pmDa5id

      Actually, I’ll disagree with Highschoo DXD’s ED. No high budget animation is going to make the stripper pole okay.

      • January 2, 2013 at 6:48 pmjunglepenguin

        Well said.

      • January 2, 2013 at 7:22 pmdeathtogenericshows

        Its notoriety and wide acknowledgement is mostly due to the Koneko hypnobutt alone, although the rest of pole dancing only helped.

        You sound like a pole dancing is immoral when you said it’s not okay. There is nothing immoral or wrong about the act itself. Some people do like watching and some don’t. There is no physical contact whatsoever and it’s not even lapdancing or prostitution, which one may argue that it’s morally right or not.

      • January 2, 2013 at 7:44 pmDa5id

        I’m not saying stripping and/or pole dancing is immoral, I’m saying the biggest part of that ED was basically 4 woman pole dancing (2 of them lolis) to generic j-pop song, and it won out against an ED like Aquarion’s that had entrancingly beautiful music. I mean, yeah, I hated the show itself, but Yoko Kanno really pulled off that song and the imagery was amazing.

        But then again, this is all just preference in the end. I wish there was a reader’s choice for the other categories.

      • January 2, 2013 at 10:29 pmplushkin

        the OP/ED category incorporates animation in the final decision, and the ED for Aquarion Evol just didn’t have the animation to carry it.

        BUT OMG!! last week I jokingly wished for STUDY X STUDY to win best ED and today i opened up the link was was LMAO!!! XD you guys are awesome RC

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:41 pmJusuchin (Military Otaku)

    I would like to say i would speak for a whole lot of the GuP fans.

    But I won’t. I’m a drop in the bucket. If you look at our comments, they’re filled with either world of tanks antics, tank geekery, plot guessing, and so much more. I thought I would be the only one blogging the series. Especially since I’m a no-namer who started blogging primarily of my own interests (firearms, politics, cooking), so I was pleasantly surprised when Moomba started it.

    Now it isn’t Fate/Zero. It’s not SAO. I doubt it has such a large and vocal following. But I believed I had the most fun this year in RC on the various Girls und Panzer posts. It’s nice to know you’re not alone. Especially when you don’t watch any of the other shows because you wanna be different, but because they do not remotely interest you at all. The only thing that interested me this year was Upotte!!, the Strike Witches movie, Gundam UC and GuP, and GuP delivered more in my eyes than most of the offerings.

    I consider it my Anime Of The Year, due to it’s unique niche audience and well, show. A perfect storm of a series that had very good characters, and also existing in a crossroad that tied together many different things I have a great interest in.

    I might’ve said some blasphemous things there, but no matter, I’ll take the downvotes with pride.

    In essence: GuP is what kept me from dropping anime altogether this year.

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:47 pmKevin Yamagata

    Yay! GuP get Exceeded Expectation Award 2012!

    Overall, I’m fine with the full list. Didn’t expect Acchi Kocchi to get SoL award, though. I’m thinking about Honeycomb or TT, but AK is still quite fine for me.

    Also, I giggled about KC drama comment XD

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:48 pmRoo

    I’m sad that Natsume Yuujinchou is getting no love as the anime ended this year.

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:18 pmMormegil

      Me too.

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:32 pmMatroid

      We all have to ration our votes. Just because Natsume gets a low vote count doesn’t mean it is not longer appreciated– it just means that people are trying to give other more original series a shot at the Best Anime honor. Unfortunately, there is only one “Best” spot. And that’s the way things go.

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:53 pmDerpymon

    So much love for Aquarion EVOL, which is surprising to me. It was too painful for me to watch in its entirety. Oh wells.

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:57 pmMason

    Nice to see Nisemonogatari won a few categories.

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:03 pmD

      How could you see that anime as anything other than solid entertainment, after all?
      http://i.imgur.com/JBBBQ.jpg

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:08 pmRigelin

      The characters drive that show. They could be doing anything they want and I’d enjoy it. Looking forward to later adaptions for sure.

    • January 3, 2013 at 10:43 pmD

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbprvpigq9o&lc=UWh1EM0DH9GbWx9meuh__uJGT40Myw42ggt3MA1p0vc
      Wait… I’ve seen that avatar before… Oh it was the same person.

      • January 4, 2013 at 6:19 amMason

        I feel ashamed to be reminded of the fact that I used to say XD back then.

      • January 4, 2013 at 6:26 amMason

        lol

  • January 2, 2013 at 5:59 pmelmaton04

    What? Last Exile wasn’t even mentioned in the soundtrack department? That easily blew everything else out of the water.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:00 pmShiawase

    To each his own~

    …Not gonna lie though: I didn’t expect it to win, but I’m upset that Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun didn’t even receive Honorable Mention in RomCom (or really, in any genre…)

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:06 pmDa5id

      Well it kind of only qualified for two: Romcom and Slice-of-life.

      • January 2, 2013 at 6:26 pmShiawase

        This is true

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:11 pmRigelin

      Agreed. I feel animes like Kuroko and Tonari got cheated since they don’t fit too well into the above categories, yet they’re still top animes.

      Kuroko was thrilling and Natsume of Tonari was simply amazing. So earnest, so cute.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:05 pmMacron One

    Very surprised to see that Hyouka failed to win the Mystery category. And it not even getting an honerable mention in the animation category is just bizarre. Fate/Zero is an extremely well-animated production to be sure, and it has a number of impressively animated scenes that are among the best i’ve seen in the past year. When you look at its overall animation quality though, it does still display a significant number of the usual animation shortcuts in many of the slower paced dialog scenes that make up much of its runtime.

    Comparing Fate/Zero and Hyouka, i would say that while Fate/Zero manages to shine brighter during its action sequences, Hyouka is easily the one that’s more consistantly well-animated throughout. Much of Hyouka’s animation prowess isn’t immediately obvious to the average anime fan, because it does not have many large action sequences to show off in, but when examined closely, you’ll notice that it has an outrageous level of detail in subtle movement of faces, hands and objects. Also compare Hyouka’s animation of background characters during the Culture Festival arc to your average anime TV series, and you’ll start to notice the difference.

    The single most well-animated episode of anime in 2012 would however undoubtedly be episode 1 of K. Practically that entire episode consists of sakuga-level animation. The animation quality drops pretty rapidly in subsequent episodes though, to the point where only the fight sequences elevate it above your average production.

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:30 pmRichard

      I also feel that they dropped the ball by not awarding Hyouka with anything. I feel that P4 is Supernatural rather than Mystery genre. Not even a best ED mention.

      sigh…

      There’s a category that Hyouka would win by a landslide here. Horizon I won it in 2011.

      “Best Show with the Worst RandomC Coverage”

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:16 pmRigelin

      Yepp. Hyouka should’ve won best mystery. It was more engaging and made you think about the mysteries yourself. Since it wasn’t supernatural you always tried to seek the answer, while P4 you didn’t try as hard since with supernatural things, anything could happen.

      Also KyoAni did an amazing job of fleshing out the emotions of the characters in Hyouka. I hold that anime as a prime example of great character development and good fleshing of emotions.

    • January 2, 2013 at 9:42 pmRummy

      I’m just another sad viewer, Hyouka didn’t make best mystery. :(

    • January 3, 2013 at 12:31 amNitro

      nah, i still thin Persona 4 beats Hyouka for best mystery. Hyouka should have won Slice of Life by a landslide though.

    • January 3, 2013 at 1:10 amSwarz

      Yes,my thoughts exactly. I thought it would definitely Win at least the title for one of these: Animation,Mystery or Slice of life.

      When I saw the title for the best animation was won by Fate-Zero,I thought Hyouka must atleast be in Honorable mentions. but sadly it wasn’t. I completely agree with “Macron One” on not having it mentioned at least in the honorable mentions being bizarre. That was top notch animation I saw on that anime. specially in showing character emotions and the detail in eyes,it was exceptional. I really can’t see why it’s not on honorable mentions at least. especially as above mentioned the animation in school festival arc and the last chapter was simply brilliant.
      Though many of you are under the impression that “Mystery” on hyouka cannot be considered as real mystery because it’s “Mysteries” are just on the same level as day to day activities still Isn’t it amazing how Hyouka turned those day to day happenings around us to mysteries while having Oreki solve them in the most exceptional way with his amazing thinking?If you ask me, when selecting a good mystery series you should not only consider the mystery itself but also the way it was solved. Which Hyouka does rather brilliantly. IMHO Hyouka did a way more better job in the category than Persona.
      I haven’t watched Acchi Kocchi so I don’t know how good of a slice of life anime it was. But again I think Hyouka at least be on the “honorable mentions” list. If I say so my self I’m not someone who would go out of his way to watch a slice of life series. I am someone who prefers action anime. But this anime always kept me wanting for more despite it being a slice of life series. Hyouka was at times serious,fun and at times it made me sad. To me,this was a damn good slice of life and the best anime this year after Fate-Zero.
      So all in all I completely agree it getting the award for the most under appreciated anime of the year by RandomC.

      Lastly,I would like to thank all of you guys at RandomC for bringing us the best reviews on anime for the past year. and wish you good luck with your future projects.

      P.s: forgot to tell you. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! XD

      • January 3, 2013 at 2:21 amSwarz

        Sorry made a mistake. To me Hyouka was better than Fate-Zero. So it was my favorite anime of the year. XD

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:05 pmNita

    Well, I was hoping to Kuroko no Basuke win something, cuz to me, it has the best =D… But I gueass Fate/Zero deserved it… It was from far one of the bests animes this season. :)

    So, good choices. :)

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:45 pmMatroid

      I want Kuroko to win something, too. But season I was really incomplete. An there are other good sports anime that also deserve recognition this year. Perhaps a better timing for Kuroko would be when season II comes out with the rest of the Miracle Generation introduced.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:10 pmshadowalker

    King of Conquerors, Iskandar, definitely one of my favorite characters.Correct me if I’m wrong, his character was based on Alexander the Great of Macedonia, right?

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:14 pmD

      Waver went to the bookstore in episode 13 and was reading through the Alexander the Great book.
      http://randomc.net/image/Fate%20Zero/Fate%20Zero%20-%2013%20-%20Large%2009.jpg

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:52 pmZephyr

      Iskandar is Alexander the Great actually. :P

      “Iskandar or Eskandar (Persian: اسکندر‎) is the Persian version of the name Alexander, after Alexander the Great.”
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iskandar

      • January 3, 2013 at 3:01 pmshadowalker

        I said ‘based’ as in a historical figure used as a anime character.Btw good to know we can at least agree on a few things when it comes to anime Zephyr, even though it has to be someone at the level of Iskandar, King of Conquerors. :P

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:13 pminnerchihiro

    This year was a low anime year for me, not just because of the shows themselves, but because of changes in my life. I didn’t watch nearly as many series as I would have liked, preferring to read up on them here at RC.

    My favorite show of the year was, ironically, a show that RC dropped the ball on: Hyouka. I loved how laid back and unique it was. It reminded me of Suzumiya Haruhi; it had that kind of quirky logic that made it both entertaining and thought provoking. I’m glad to see my fellow readers felt the same.

    New Years resolution: watch more anime!

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:14 pmAndré

    Every year I more or less agree with RandomC’s list but this year… I pretty much dropped (or didn’t care to watch) 90% of the anime that are being shown in this year list. LOL.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:16 pmorangeroku@gmail.com

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    • January 2, 2013 at 6:30 pmTarage

      Can’t tell if troll or just stupid.

      • January 2, 2013 at 6:41 pmjunglepenguin

        E-mail as name. Safe to say that it’s the latter.

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:38 pmshadowalker

      I also thought SAO was great and don’t agree with most people complaining about it, but to say ‘Fate/Zero is overrated’ did you watch the show?

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:26 pmMatroid

      Too many S.A.O. haters in this forum. I am happy that it even gets to the top five, not to mention the second place. First place seems so out of reach.

      • January 2, 2013 at 8:05 pmRigelin

        Haters tend to dominate forums more than lovers. No let me correct that. Haters against the mainstream tend to dominate forums.

        And Fate/Zero is certainly not overrated. But then again it’s just a matter of opinion

      • January 3, 2013 at 2:33 amSwarz

        First of all I’m not a SAO hater. I liked the LN, was waiting for the anime since the day I heard of it being animated. But I was disappointed by the anime(especially with animation and character design). So I only watched the first cour.

        But I don’t even think it deserves to be in the top three. Top 5? “maybe”. IMO top 3 would be. Hyouka,Fate-Zero and Nisemonogatari respectively.

      • January 3, 2013 at 2:47 amSwarz

        Whoops. Forgot Chihayafuru and Sakamichi no Apollon. replace one of these shows with Nesemonogatari. My bad.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:21 pmronbb

    A lot of (big) surprises here, but taste, preferences and judgements are subjective and personal… Oh well, on to 2013 then.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:22 pmjunglepenguin

    … Thank you nonetheless, RC team, for blogging your thoughts for the year that has passed, and for the three writers that took the time to create such a comprehensive post for the enjoyment of the RC community. Can’t say I agree with many things said up there, but hey, I’m just a reader looking to be entertained, and rest assured that I was more than satisfied in that aspect. Good job with this round-up of last year’s anime.

    Looking forward to the new year with RC.

    (And haters gonna hate.)

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:27 pmHenDarou

    Sword Art Online on second? Really? I had expected more from the readership here. While the show was enjoyable, it was riddled with plot holes and things that didn’t make much sense. It certainly does not deserve to be in a top 5 if you ask me…

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:03 pmYasuri

      You can always do what I’ve chosen to do and assume that it only reached second because a majority of the votes stemmed from people trying to troll. Then again that might sound insulting to those who actually enjoyed the show and felt it deserving.

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:51 pmVsin

      Thing is, the poll is multiple choice. It’s not a bunch of people saying “This was my single favourite”, it was the cumulative result of people saying “My absolute favourite is this, and I also liked SAO.”

      If it was single-choice, I doubt SAO would have done any better than Top 10.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:30 pmncea

    I’m a little disappointed that another didn’t get the horror/thriller category, but it did get an honourable mention so I guess that’s good enough..

    I’m going to have to watch fate zero as it did so well on here. I was wondering though, is Fate stay night its prequel? sequel? should I watch fate stay night first? or last? and is fate stay night just as good? or… nah?

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:09 pmD

      Fate/Zero is the prequel. And Fate/Stay Night anime sucked, to be honest.
      If you want a better look at the story of F/SN, read the visual novel.

      • January 3, 2013 at 2:41 amSwarz

        So true. Watch Fate-Zero. But I don’t recommend you Fate stay-Night. Not even worth the time. It got on my nerves in every episode with a miserable pussy of a main character.

      • January 3, 2013 at 9:46 amD

        If you are willing to fight for something you believe in strongly with only 10 minutes left to live in your life, how can anyone judge you as a “miserable pussy”?

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:32 pmMormegil

    …I actually can’t believe the top five this year. With the exceptions of Fate/Zero and Hyouka, the other three certainly don’t deserve to be there. Nisemonogatari and Sword Art Online over Tsuritama, Chihayafuru, and Sakamichi no Apollon? Really, guys? Sword Art Online is one of the worst anime in recent memory, and Nisemonogatari is Nisiosin gone too far, spewing his self-masturbatory dialogue all over the place. It doesn’t hold a candle to Bakemonogatari, and Nisiosin clearly needed to restrain himself. I think even he said he was surprised it ever got published.

    And Chuunibyou was fun and cute, and KyoAni did a fantastic job. But top 5? Really?

    Just compare this year’s top 5 to last year’s top 5:

    Steins;Gate
    Madoka Magica
    AnoHana
    Penguindrum
    Usagi Drop

    All with merit and all deserving to be there. Random Curiosity’s audience has certainly changed in the span of one year. What happened?

    In any case, @ Random Curiosity’s bloggers: thanks for all your hard work this year, and these end of the year entries must have taken an incredible amount of time.

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:53 pmronbb

      Can’t agree more, and thanks for bringing up last year’s top 5 — it gives perspective and triggers the thought of why my jaw was dropped so much when reading the results. Regardless of the shift, kudos to the writers for their time.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:24 pmRigelin

      Perhaps it’s due to the absence of Divine? I’m not sure if I’m right but I feel a lot of people went from active visitors to only occasional after he left. And in the meanwhile visitors suiting the new writers has now come to the forefront.

      Great comment though, I certainly hadn’t thought about that.

    • January 2, 2013 at 11:01 pmnagi

      I guess 2011 is just a better anime year than 2012. It’s not like the readership “changed”, there’s not really that much standouts for 2012 IMO.

      • January 3, 2013 at 12:02 amronbb

        I actually think that 2012 is an awesome year — there were a lot of fantastic shows produced. However, my list of fantastic shows can be different from others’ and certainly the writers’. I used to agree more or less with the Best of Anime picks in the past but not very much this year. There were superb quality shows that didn’t get picked or mentioned — that’s okay. They can stay with my own top shows of year :). The merit is really in the effort of the writers to pull this together — they are like us and deserve to have their own subjective thoughts and favourites, too.

      • January 3, 2013 at 10:06 amRigelin

        Well the number of votes went from 17k to 29k so odds are readership changed in some way.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:33 pmbear

    Like a number of people, I wish I could have voted for more than 5. Deciding between some of them was just too tough.

    The only ones that I watched that I thought would rank higher were Girls und Panzer and Nazo no Konojo X, both of which probably had a strong split between those that liked them and those that didn’t. OTOH, Guilty Crown and Another surprised me by how high they ranked.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:39 pmTarage

    I have to agree that Guilty Crown was quite a disappointment. Near the end I was trying to find one character I actually liked. I hated every single one of them for one reason or another. It’s hard to watch a show when you want everyone to lose.

    I’m also glad that Eureka Seven Ao was only mentioned for it’s soundtrack. I was worried given all the cheer-leading that show got on this site, but it appears that clearer heads prevailed.

    I’m looking forward to 2013. There were so many disappointing shows in 2012 that shouldn’t have been. Granted there were hidden gems like Binbougami Ga.

    The thing that shocks me most though is that there is no mention of Moretsu Space Pirates. Did everyone just forget about this show because it aired in the winter season? It was such an awesome show and a surprise for how good it was. Where’s the Pirate love?

    • January 2, 2013 at 6:46 pmjunglepenguin

      I had thought that it would at least receive an honorable mention for animation. I guess CG animation has finally found its place with viewers. CG mechas and explosions =(

      • January 2, 2013 at 7:11 pmjunglepenguin

        Wow, derp. I forgot to mention that I was referring to Eureka Seven: AO.

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:40 pmTheory28

      Another vote for Mouretsu Pirates. I initially had no interest in it but about 4 eps in something just told me to batch them and I did not regret it.

      Was very impressed by the world building and how much I liked the characters. Sad to see that it, much like Jinrui got passed over.

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:39 pmTerrorhunt

    Guilty Crown are the closest one to Top 10? I give up

  • January 2, 2013 at 6:53 pmCarVac

    Where is Hidamari Sketch in the slice of life category?

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:09 pmdeathtogenericshows

    Well, Highschool DxD ED gets its much deserved due. Bravo. Moomba.

    It’s easy to get to the knee-jerk reaction when it comes to “best of” something list, so the disclaimer that these lists are the three writers’ and their alone opinion can never be said enough. So I assume that a title anime for each category is of the corresponding writer’s choice and not necessarily all three’s top choice? I can only speculate that the other two writers’ top choices are mentioned under the “honorable mentions” if theirs are different from it.

    I don’t get how Guilty Crown is the biggest disappointment whereas SAO isn’t, but hey, SAO is fiercely defended as it had years to accumulate these fanboys/fangirls with the LNs whereas the former didn’t as it was a new project. They both failed miserably on meeting their full potentials and premises and turned into mumbling mess. At least the reader’s poll spared us the indignity of SAO being voted as the best of 2012.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:20 pmStilts

      No. Each of us agreed upon every winner and honorable mention. We just couldn’t all write about every single one, so we divvied up the writing.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:30 pmRigelin

      I’ve actually never read or knew about the LN’s of SAO until the anime came out and I still defend it. Of course you’re right when you say it had so much more potential as I stated in my above post. It’s just that what they did do right (like the first 14 eps) they did so well that I can ignore (well ignore is a bad word, maybe dismiss) what they did wrong.

      I feel this show is getting more hate for its bad turn than others just because the show had raised everyone’s expectations so high just to crash later.

      The Bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    • January 2, 2013 at 10:38 pmplushkin

      lol thanks Stilts and everyone @ RC for the Highschool DxD ED award. I’m still laughing about it half an hour later XD

      as for an example of how much of a bitter disappointment Guilty Crown was, I freakin’ hate the show, but Kokuhaku is my currently my favorite anime song of all time!

      All they needed was a story, and they screwed us over

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:10 pmThe Amateur Alchemist

    I literally screamed when I saw Ano Natsu fer best romance (and the mention of its ED in best song). YES. and Fate/Zero totally deserves its awards, considering it was such a great show. Though i’m also sad that the existence of Chuu2koi and Hyouka were lacking in this list, both shows I immensely enjoyed. Kyoani had done us good (^.^). All in all, it was a good year and I can’t wait for more great years to come in RC!

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:12 pmKusabi

    Hmm, I think I’ll watch Girls und Panzer after final 4 episodes of Kokoro Connect.

    “And you know what makes it even more notable? The studio behind this adaptation was Sunrise of all places!”
    I think it’s not surprising. Sunrise has experiences with Gintama after all.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:10 pmFishi

      One word to describe my joy at the conclusion of Kokoro Connect… dereban.

    • January 2, 2013 at 11:14 pmnagi

      YES Dereban! Best girl wins!

      I wonder if RC would do a write-up on the last 4 episodes..

      • January 2, 2013 at 11:34 pmStilts

        I do believe such a thing may be in the works… ; )

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:13 pmzeroomask

    while I’m glad that Fate/Zero is the best anime of 2012,I’m slightly disappointed that RC readers made SOA the top 2. IMO,SOA is the most disappointing show of the year,the first half was decent despite not doing anything special or new but once they got to the second arc everything just falls apart with Kirito becoming Jesus,his sister wanting to bone him cos he ain’t her brother,the new villain is a perverted moron who wants to marry a comatose girl,and the threat of death was no longer around. At least in SOA first arc the characters knew that if they don’t try to find a way of escape,they probably will die in the game while in the second arc,the characters can simply log out from the game thus killing any tension

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:16 pmMatroid

    I am very satisfied with this year’s results. My first and second picks (Fate & S.A.O.) ended up the same ranks as in the actual Reader’s Choice poll. My third, fourth, and fifth picks (Chihaya, Another, Mirai Nikki) ended up in the seventh, tenth, and ninth places. Comparing to my disappointment last year, this year is almost like a new year wish come true.

    Of course, with only five votes (which is already a great improvement from the old three-vote system), we all have to ration carefully. In my opinion, a grade-schooler-oriented anime like Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!! has no chance of making to the top 10. But I think it is actually a very excellent production in its own right. In my book, it qualifies as one of the most underappreciated animes of 2012.

    If there is any anime that I am glad that it gets a very low rank, it would be “Queen’s Blade Rebellion.” I am glad that it doesn’t even get a honorable mention in the fan service category. I really want cheaply produced soft porn like the Queen series to be forgotten so that the anime industry can be encouraged to focus on telling better stories and relying less on you-know-what.

    Last but not least, my sincere thanks to all Random Curiosity staff for a year’s hard work and a big finale with all those reviews and polling. It is guys like you who give me reasons to watch another 300 hours of anime in the upcoming year so that I can be an informed voter when it is that time again. (Ha!) Happy New Year, everyone!

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:17 pmJhacks

    Lolz guys, what’s up with the “F you! My favorite Anime aren’t your favorite Anime, so your list is shit” So much hate over a piece of list that will be lost in the electric ocean in a 1-2 weeks of time… And by the way Fate/Zero won! SUCK ON IT GUYS! o(≧▽≦)o

    Immaturity aside, last year was a great year for Anime. Anime is really becoming more and more popular and fans are really increasing alot (lolz 2,488 votes for SAO ┐(-。ー;)┌ ) which is really great. Hopefully this year will be more awesome than last year.

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:18 pmDrift

    I say the biggest fail was Aquarion EVOL given at least Guilty Crown had no previous series it continued from to ruin it (but I admit, the action was good).

    Other than that very good list.

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:21 pmJiCi

    I’m actually surprised that Mouretsu Space Pirates didn’t get a single “award” or a honorable mention. I thought you guys liked that show.

    Also, no honorable mention for Biggest Disappointment? Come on, let it out loose.

    I respect your opinions guys, but yeah… kinda sad that me favorite show didn’t even get noticed :(

    • January 2, 2013 at 7:39 pmMatroid

      Mouretsu wasn’t put to voting when it was most remembered. It was mostly bad timing. If there were a Best CGI category, then I think Mouretsu would have been a strong contender.

      • January 3, 2013 at 5:10 amJiCi

        Well, here’s something I’ve noticed: “They are solely the opinions of Moomba, Zephyr, and I (Stilts), and no one else.”

        Verdant covered Bodacious Space Pirates here on RC, maybe the other 3 didn’t watch it, which brings me to my other point: why only 3 writers for this article? Shouldn’t all RC writers participate for this?

        Just asking…

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:21 pmgrey

    Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this list for awhile. Overall, I’m very happy with it. Since it is a list with a category system to it, a ton of notable series do get left out but I’ll just acknowledge it as a flaw in the system. (The reader’s poll definitely makes up for some of it..ie/Hyouka..I love Hyouka) I have my own personal Top 10 List on my humble little tumblr that i’ve included as a my website link, so anyone here can feel free to check it out. :D

    I COMPLETELY agree with the choice for best OP! I have to admit that I forgot about it, but jeez it really is so great. It’s so mesmerizing to watch lol. I actually do like guilty crown’s OP1 too. Another one that I felt could have gone on there is Sakamichi no Apollon, the song fit the series so well and had such an original style to it. I also couldn’t agree more with Kayano Ai, she’s definitely my pick for this year as well. Her stand out performance to me was as Mayaka. And I’d say her voice alone saves Mei’s character in Sukitte il na Yo. If she used her Inori voice rather than her more Mayaka-y voice for it, it would have dried up the series seven more.

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:35 pmBLakWnGz

    Gundam Age Forget me not ending got no love.

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:36 pmba dum tish

    I don’t entirely agree with the picks, but I can live with it.

    Also fellow anime fans, is it really true that we let Guilty Crown and Another place so high on the poll? o_o

    (I know, to each his own, but I find that fact a particularly bitter pill to swallow)

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:41 pmSolara

    Hmmm. To me, Hyouka is better than Persona4. Sure the mysteries weren’t over the top nor very impressive, but the execution per episode and how it was presented really gave it that perfect atmosphere of a ‘mystery’ series. Whereas Persona4 seem repetitive, not to mention Hyouka has gorgeous artwork. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy P4 as well, but it doesn’t even measure up at all.

    There are a lot of categories I don’t agree with, and I think many in the RC feel that way. But that’s the only one that stroke a cord on me. Also Chihayafuru is very unappreciative. At least it was an honorable mention. It is perhaps one of the animes I’m really excited for this Season. Seeing Guilty Crown being the biggest disappointment made me smile, but it was mention many times and also a top 10? Bad RC. Bad call. D<

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:42 pmRoguespirit

    I’m glad that GuP won the exceeded expectations category, that’s the one I thought it deserved the most. Also happy it got an honorable mention for best song.

    I more or less agreed with most of the decisions though I do feel that SAO was overrated.

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:44 pmctscloud

    I’m surprised that Aquarion EVOL didn’t do that well. Heck, I was going to vote for it but I forgot -_-. I guess that’s the effect of having new shows more fresh in your head =|

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:44 pmSolara

    I’m a bit sadden that Binbougami Ga! ED was not even an honorable mention for best ED. That song is catchy as Hell! It was a hidden gem of a series indeed.

    • January 2, 2013 at 10:43 pmplushkin

      at least take consolation that Binbougami Ga! OP won best song.
      lol i actually didn’t know that Piko was a guy and was like o.O

    • January 3, 2013 at 9:59 amcelebrinen

      x2, I liked Binbougami’s ED more than the OP.

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:45 pmFrontier

    As much as I liked Aquarion Evol, I wouldn’t say it was the best action show of 2012.

    The action for Evol was to me… I don’t want to call it subpar, but it never had me on the edge of my seat like the action in the original did. There were about three or five fights in Evol, including the finale, that I think were on par with the quality Sousei set. In terms of things I didn’t like about Evol action wise, Paradoxical Zoo getting the short end of the stick in terms of insert song usage, the Mugen Punch being hit hard by the Worf Effect, and Aquarion Gepard’s complete inability to win any fight got tiring after a while. Gepard has the distinction of being the only Aquarion form in the entire franchise to never win a single fight solo.

    Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, another Mecha production by Satelight, may have had lower quality animation but I think the fights were much better. And to be honest, it feels strange having to say that about a Real Robot show in comparison to a Super Robot show…

    I loved Daisuke Namikawa as Yu Narukami. His performance as Yu, and the character himself, was one of the best things to come out of Persona 4: The Animation.

    Iskandar was awesome, and very rarely do I see a character meet an end as gloriously as he did. I like to think that he would be happy with how things ultimately turned out, with Waver succeeding on his own and Saber being saved from her ideals by Shirou.

    High School DxD’s Ed is hands down one I’ll always remember, from the beautiful animation, to the great fanservice, and for just being interesting. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what TNK will do for the Ed of Season 2.

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:46 pmKairoru

    I’m pretty impressed with the result of the votes. It’s quite a pleasure.

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:53 pmSecsuey

    the first 14 episodes of SAO were good enough to get it to readers’s second choose :D

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:38 pmRigelin

      Haha so true. I loved the first 14 episodes so much that my passion couldn’t be destroyed even after 11 episodes of $4!7. Or more like I’m in denial and only consider the Sword Art Online portion part of the SAO anime :P. ALfheim online is a different anime >.< haha jk

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:02 pmstarss

    You don’t need to worry. I also think ‘Make My Day’ is one of the best songs of the season.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:04 pmHououin Kyouma

    I kinda hoped Hara Yumi as Yuuko was awarded at least a mention in Tasogare Otome X Amnesia …I was so I love with her this year

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:06 pmAnthoni Vedovato

    Black Rock Shooter TV e Symphogear tem bom enredo!!!!!!!
    Estão como Melhores em Animes na categorias Ação e Fatos da Vida!

    Mas parabéns a Miyuki Sawahiro q fez a Ryoko Sakurai/Fine de Symphogear!

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:07 pmAnthoni Vedovato

    FateZero Como o Melhor ANIME de 2012?!?!?
    Ahhhh Vitória da TypeMoon FateZero é Lindo!!!!!

    Hauuu Saber KawaiiI!!!!!!!!!!!

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:15 pmKleenexGhost

    Even though the story and main character development wnet downhill during the second part, I gotta give credit where credit is due, Evol did do well in the aspects of action, sci fi and surprisingly well with the supporting cast. Andy, Mix, Yunoha, Jin, Shrade all reallu likeable and handled well.

    P.S. Shrade was my favorite character btw.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:26 pmKentaiyoshimi

    I like these “Best of” posts simply to see what I missed out on this year and what series I should marathon when I have the chance.
    Definitely going to check out Mirai Nikki and Girls und Panzer. Both sound very interesting.

    Nice to see Fate/Zero get the top spot, as it was something I really wanted to see when I finished watching F/SN years ago. Aside from F/Z, none of my top 5 matched the list.

    Nazo no Kanojo X and Tsuritama really do need more exposure. Nazo focused purely on a post-confession relationship, and a very unconventional one at that. It’s a shame most people are turned off by its initial premise (I know I was when I tried to read the manga). Exploring romance from a completely different direction makes it a real hidden gem. Most of all, the main heroine was exceptional and backed with a great and refreshing seiyuu.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:27 pmMrRei

    Kayano Ai!
    Kayano Ai!
    Kayano Ai!
    \o/
    \o/
    \o/

    • January 3, 2013 at 10:30 amcelebrinen

      Ai should be on the “Most date-able seiyuu” list. Near the top.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:27 pmyin13147

    I can’t help but get annoyed that Kuroko no Basket didn’t win any category, nor did it get an honorable mention in anything. Sure, Fate/Zero is a great anime and I understand why it won a lot of categories, but Kuroko no Basket is a great anime too. Great characters, awesome story, and great sports action and drama. I feel a bit upset about it.

    Anyways, I really still don’t get why people hate GC. I haven’t watched it yet, but is it really that bad? Just asking.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:37 pmAnon

      Guilty Crown? Compared to Sword Art Online it’s a masterpiece.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:30 pmIsabel

    Just commenting to say thanks (again) and about how happy I am that Tsuritama was picked Most Underappreciated. :) Wholly deserved. Great characters and a great story that fit in its run. Every week was like a dose of rainbows and sheer happiness. Seriously, I could go on but I’ll stop here. Hopefully, given this exposure, many people will give it another chance and a look.

    I also want to comment on the Hyouka being “snubbed” from the Mystery category in favor of Persona 4 (called it in IRC, yes!). This is my take, but Persona 4′s story was a mystery through and through. The entire series kept feeding us clues and leading us toward its conclusion, whereas Hyouka’s mysteries were a device to drive a character-centric story forward. Yes, Hyouka’s mysteries were interesting in a unique way, but if anything Hyouka seemed better fit for the Slice of Life category rather than a Mystery category.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:37 pmRyan S

    Uchuu Kyoudai > Fate/1.8

    Watch the throne, kids. This time next year, it’s gonna win all the categories sans Biggest Disappointment. Yes, that includes Best Philosophical.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:40 pmAnza

    I’m really surprised to see so much hate for SAO on here, it wasn’t perfect but if you’ve read the novels then all the plot holes pretty much go completely away. Yes the anime did a very poor job explaining everything in certain parts but it’s still no where near bad.

    Regardless of what you think of the story or plot I’m really surprised it wasn’t mentioned for its Action at all, I thought the animation for all of the fight scenes were simply fantastic apparently I’m the only one.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:45 pmRigelin

      1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

      I feel you.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:51 pmKevin Yamagata

      That’s the point. The anime adaptation leaves so many plotholes unexplained, unless you have to read through the LN. That’s one serious mistake of SAO, especially for me as non-LN reader…

    • January 2, 2013 at 9:09 pmVsin

      Ehhh, I’m not a SAO hater (I like SAO) but Action is the LAST thing I’d credit it for. The animation quality of the action was downright atrocious.

      Most of the story…and LNs as a whole for that matter, rely primarily on human interactions and motivations. And unfortunately, ALO does a messy job of that even in the LN, which is why the Anime turned out like that.

    • January 3, 2013 at 12:37 amdaikama

      I agree that there are some overly extreme comments. On the other hand, if you think SAO is “OK”, “pretty good, but nothing spectacular” let alone simply don’t like it, your instantly labeled a “hater.”

      While I didn’t think SAO was “trash”, horrible”, etc., I didn’t think it was “great” or “the best/one of the best” show(s) of the year. It was pretty good though it didn’t live up to all the hype. Just to be clear, I’m talking about ep 1-12/first arc. I agree with Kevin Yamagata that reading the LN was almost required. In fact, after two episodes I did just that – read all of Volume 1 “Aincrad” before the next episode. Sorry, but while I thought it was good (better than the anime), I didn’t think it was great/epic/etc. Ultimately, I decided to move on – both in terms of the LN and skipping Season 2.

      The above is JMO, but that’s the point. Just because someone doesn’t like the anime or LN for valid reasons (i.e. not trolling), it doesn’t automatically make them a “hater” or render their opinion meaningless. It makes them someone who didn’t like the anime or LN. It’s no different for someone who honestly thinks SAO LN/anime is “great”, “the best of the year/one of the best ever”, etc. That’s just their opinion, and does not automatically make them a “mindless fanboy”. It works both ways.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:43 pmbillng

    Lol SAO… what a joke

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:46 pmbakakubi

    High School DxD ED got picked. That totally made my day. Hurray for season 2!

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:50 pmYuriko

    I’m actually really sad that BTOOOM!’s opening “No Game, No Pain” didn’t even get an honorable mention. I like Piko, but nano’s strong voice drew me in more.

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:55 pmcopperfield

    just what I need to pick up a new serie :)

  • January 2, 2013 at 8:56 pmTre

    The one compliment I can give to Guilty Crown is the fact that it left us with an amazing soundtrack.

  • January 2, 2013 at 9:04 pmSceptile

    I have to laugh at F/Z and then SAO dominating the polls. Although there were a lot of good shows this year, this just puts into perspective that there weren’t really any great ones.

    Except Jinrui.

  • January 2, 2013 at 9:13 pmBeckett

    I disagree with a number of the picks but most of them seem like valid opinions. I only have 2 complaints serious enough to bother mentioning. First: Best Slice of Life. Kimi to Boku doesn’t even get an honorable mention? Really? Second: Best Song, no Above Your Hand by Annabel even as an honorable mention? I’m not gonna say that differing opinions are WRONG because that would be silly but I’ll just say that anyone who doesn’t love that song strikes me as just shy of trustworthy.

    Personally I think Horizon should have won for best action scenes too for the sheer absurd spectacle of them but whatever.

  • January 2, 2013 at 9:55 pmdaikama

    First – Good job by Stilts, Moomba & Zephyr. Appreciate the hard work on the presentation. Seriously, it was very nice to have links or samples for all the music awards. Lots of search time saved – thanks.

    Overall, there’s more I agree with than I had expected, though I wonder how much of that’s a function of a (very?) few select shows which clearly set themselves apart from the rest. Some random thoughts/comments:

    - I would add the Strike Witches Movie soundtrack to the Honorable Mention list. It’s quite good if you like/don’t mind classical music. I’m not ready to agree with Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II as the best soundtrack, but after listening to the tracks, it’s better than I expected & worth checking out.

    - For OP, I thought Oda Nobuna no Yabou’s was one of the best. Strong battle themed visuals interspersed with appropriate lighter moments which were well timed to fit the music. The song matched the video well – driving, yet still melodic enough for the lighter non-battle shots.

    - I agree 100% with Girls und Panzer as the best choice for Exceeded Expectations. It exceeded mine and I planned to watch it preseason. However, out of the entire year, there was only ONE more show which turned out significantly better than you thought it would? I expected GuP to “win” the category, but I also expected to see Oda Nobuna on the Honorable Mention list. Although Oda wasn’t “Anime of the Year” caliber by any means, I did find it consistently entertaining with a good balance of action, comedy and romance. Given Zanibas’ comments and overall positive review combined with “Girl und Panzer like” preseason expectations (i.e. very low), I think the show easily qualifies for Honorable Mention – more than Binbougami ga!.

    - I don’t (can’t?) dispute Guilty Crown as the year’s Biggest Disappointment. Still, NO “Honorable” Mention candidates? Not one other show fell significantly below your expectations? I can think of a few, but one stands out to me in particular. Given the tremendous amount of preseason buzz/hype, including “possibly the ‘Best Anime of the Year’” level expectations, I think Sword Art Online qualifies for “Honorable” Mention here. To be clear, I’m not making any comment as to SAO’s “overall grade” or ranking vs. other shows. However, after reading comments on RC elsewhere, I think it’s quite fair to say many SAO viewers were ultimately disappointed, and their expectations for the show unfulfilled.

    - The biggest surprise was seeing Hellsing OVA 09 at 28th in the reader survey. I didn’t expect it to win (posted as much), but I did think it would certainly be in the top 10, maybe even top 5. Hellsing 28th and To Love Ru Darkness 13th? I’ve watched both, and I fail to understand the reasoning behind that result unless it’s simply ecchi wins.

  • January 2, 2013 at 10:07 pmFT5Havok

    I guess I better start watching fate stay night so I can move on to Fate Zero! Thank you RC writers for this great post! I hope 2013 would be as good as 2012 or even better ! xD

    • January 3, 2013 at 3:20 amSwarz

      Ummm….Fate stay/night is the sequel to Fate/Zero. So you should watch Fate Zero first. And Fate stay/Night anime sucked.

  • January 2, 2013 at 10:11 pmOBAMABASEDGOD

    create a new category for most original or most innovative for next year just cause jinrui didnt win this year

  • January 2, 2013 at 10:31 pmRaijinoh

    Nice poll as usual ^^ Maybe Favorite Male and Female anime Character can be added in future.

  • January 2, 2013 at 10:37 pmN/A

    GOOD TOP!!!! REALLY THANKS

  • January 2, 2013 at 10:42 pmNeo x Kyo

    Since you’ve mentioned Persona 4, I thought the songs in the anime are worth an honourable mention too.

  • January 2, 2013 at 10:51 pmskysekai

    Honestly I’m pretty disappointed in the reader’s choice…it was more like people picked what was the most popular, not what was the best quality . Why is Guilty Crown ranked above Sakamichi no Apollon and Tsuritama? That to me is just plain sad. And don’t even get me started about SAO…ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)

  • January 2, 2013 at 11:06 pmQiesamuel

    I already expected that two animes my friend recommend to me (Sword Art Online & Guilty Crown) were two most boring and shitty animes of 2012. And he said they were the best animes of the year.

    I watched Sword Art Online from the beginning until the end, and yes, it was really overrated. I just can’t understand why a lot of people said Kirito and Asuna are the best couple, where I find them as the most boring characters of all animes I’ve watched. Heck, the only character in SAO which I liked was Lisbeth, and she got a very little screen time.

    Guilty Crown… i watched it only three first episodes and meh… i really didn’t like the main character, so i stopped watching it.

    Sorry for my poor English. I just want to express my opinion here.

  • January 2, 2013 at 11:07 pmPtolemaios00

    “the forging of new sexual fetishes” purely awesome line right there.

    • January 3, 2013 at 8:31 pmD

      The courage to be a deviant!

      • January 3, 2013 at 8:51 pmcelebrinen

        変態と化す勇気!!! ftw

  • January 2, 2013 at 11:10 pmnagi

    Good job Moomba, Zephyr and Stilts!

    I will make a prediction now…. Magical Suite Prism Nana will win Best of Anime 2013!

    • January 3, 2013 at 6:18 pmKuntzy

      Not a very good prediction considering it isn’t even confirmed as an anime yet. Apparently all these SHAFT PV’s are for pachinko machines.

  • January 2, 2013 at 11:14 pmMCPhatman

    Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita won nothing?! not even a honorable mention?! life IS unfair!!!!!! and it took me Jinrui winning nothing on an Anime bloggers website to realize that!

    (Just kidding ofcourse but Jinrui did deserve to win at least something…)

    • January 3, 2013 at 6:22 amSekai

      I think Best Fantasy award should’ve gone to Jinrui. or at least an honourable mention!

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