Top 10 of 2012 : Anime

#10 – Sword Art Online
Just barely beating out the honourable mentions is SAO, which had an incredible first few episodes and generally good first arc, but then the second arc started to become a little bit shit, and the ending was admittedly pretty bad. However the first arc was strong enough to carry the rest of it into my top 10. Had it kept going at the first arc for the whole 25 episodes this would probably rank much higher.

#9 – Lupin 3rd : The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
Highly stylized self contained episodes worked in this show’s favour, and reminded me how badly we need more shows like Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. This is a great standalone watch even for those completely unfamiliar with the Lupin 3rd series.

#8 – Psycho Pass
One of the more serious shows on this list, Psycho-pass is an interesting gritty take on the sci-fi police detective genre. Still only half way through the season as its a 2-cour but it has convinced me enough in 11 episodes to make it onto my top 10 of the year.

#7 – Sakurasou
Guilty pleasure of the year, with a formula and story which seems unoriginal and almost out of a newgrounds dating sim, this show somehow still manages to tick enough boxes to be a very entertaining 13 episode watch.

#6 – Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai
Emotional rollercoaster, from straight comedy to romantic comedy, to romantic drama, to drama and all the way back. A good watch all the way, and very moeeee~

#5 – Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

Schoolboy sketch show comedy, hit and miss jokes, but the hits can pack some serious punch (also, literary girl is the best background character this year)

#4 – Yuru Yuri 2

Still holds the award for most entertaining ‘pointless schoolgirls doing fuckall’ shows.

#3 – Binbougami Ga!

Fantastic comedy all the way through, brainless as fuck and with lots of needless fanservice, but i’ll be damned if that ever stopped me from enjoying a show. Very lovable characters who get some good development as the show goes on.

#2 – Waiting in the summer

Lighthearted romantic comedy featuring an alien, with some not so lighthearted extra relationship drama thrown in. A few bumps here and there, but a great watch overall.

#1 – Kids on the slope

An amazing drama from start to finish, Friendships and relationships are formed and crushed, and the climax half way through features one of the best moments in anime.

Honourable Mentions: Another, Kokoro Connect, Tonari No Kaibutsu, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Phantom Blood, Spaces Brothers (which has been consistently good all the way through, but runs at a slower pace than the others)

A summary of everything i’ve watched in 2012, red blocks are shows uncompleted/dropped half way, green blocks are shows finished.