[With the holidays and the end of the year comes a time for reflection, as well as the end of the season. What better way to spend it than thinking about our favorite Japanese cartoons! Here are the shows we regarded best over 2012! -Josh]
Another year has come and gone. Leaving behind another slew of anime that you probably missed watching. I know that I missed a whole bunch of anime that I probably should have watched this year, but alas, it will just wind up in the backlog pile just like everything else.
At least next year will be different for me. I'm going to try and watch more anime then I ever have before! New and old shows will be in my path of destruction next year. As long as it peeks one of my many interests, it will be put on the list of shows to watch. My main goal for next year is to have a year that I didn't miss anything. Impossible I know, but damn it I'm going to try!
As for 2012, it was a year of romantic comedies for me. There was a instant classic, silly sweet one, and a very surprising one that I never thought would make it into the good category. Also had to throw one in there just because I loved most of it on many levels but you can guess why I really liked it. Both of them.
Believe me when I say that I wasn't a little bit excited to see a new Lupin TV series. Mainly just to see my lovely Fujiko, and then find out that it was all about her. I was in a bit of a puddle to be sure. Beyond that, the new style art in the show was a big hit with me. It gave the series some added style points, not that Lupin didn't need any more, but also gave it a refreshing take on it. The jazzy music in the show was another wonderfully added piece. It flowed beautifully with the art style and the overall theme of the show. The theme in general was a much more serious tone far from the normal slapstick humor that Lupin usually has.
Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine had me hooked even before the show began. It has style, class, and a certain cool factor that is the perfect mix for Lupin. Not to mention that we see Fujiko au naturel for most of the show. Yum!
This one surprised the hell out of me. The premuse of a guy that only like zombie women that also has a hairdo like cat ears threw me way off in the beginning. I mean, how in the hell do you have a romantic comedy about a zombie? Well, Sankarea found a way. Sankarea was able to weave such a story into a entertaining and touching romance that you kind of forget your watching a zombie show. What I think sold the show for me was Rea. Her story of a possessive, and lets face it perverted, father conflicting with her wanting to have a normal life. It kept bringing me back each week to see where it was going to go. The art style didn't do much for me in this series. Especially Chihiro the main protagonist. I hated that stupid hair cut so much...
Sankarea takes third for being the biggest surprise of the year. It took a horrible premise and made me care about it each and every week. If you were turned off of this one by what I was, then get over that fact and watch this show. Believe me, I'm as much as sick of zombies as the next guy but this show will show you a new side to them, all up until the end.
I only watched this show because the internet told me to. This one was not on my radar at all until I was shown something from it. From there, I ended up watching almost the entire thing in one sitting. Would of been the rest but the last two episodes weren't out at the time. The show was a complete joy to watch. It had a wonderful balance of, well, everything. From the laughs, to the drama, to the utter weirdness of the 8th grade syndrome. Chuu2 had the internet buzzing about it and I'm glad it did. Otherwise I would of not of seen such a great series on my own. So, thank you internet!
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai is a wonderful example on how all the pieces work together to create a satisfying show. You don't have to be a fan of romantic comedies to get into this one. I'm pretty sure it will keep your attention throughout.
If you are a avid reader of our AA weekly column, then you would have already known that this show was going to get my top honors. I love this show! No, that won't do, I LOVE THIS SHOW! That's better. Mysterious Girlfriend X drummed up so many old emotions in me that I kind of felt that I was falling in love with anime all over again for the first time. It brought back so many memories of older anime that has found places in my heart and made me remember how it felt back then. The first thing that drove me back was the art style and animation. It was a weird kind of throwback that made me think twice if I was really watching a new show. Not saying that it looked old but it felt it. Anyone that has watched anime from the mid 90s will know what I mean. There were two odd ball things about the show that were odd and refreshing. The odd thing was the drool factor in which it was the link between everyone. This was the main thing that drove many people away from watching it because, well, it's gross to think about. To that I say, get over it! You are missing one of the best romantic comedies in years because you think drool is icky. What you are missing is a very heartwarming story about two people falling in love with each other. Every episode I was grinning like a Cheshire cat by the end. Tsubaki and Uraba were just so damn cute I couldn't stand it! Even Uraba's lower then normal voice was refreshing to hear.
Mysterious Girlfriend X is one of those shows that will stay with me forever. It has opened my heart up so wide that I just want to love the world after I got done watching it. I know I am laying it on thick here, but you have to believe me when I say that this was an amazing show especially if you like your romantic comedies or slice of life shows. Go watch it if you missed it and you can thank me later.