2014 has finally come to close, so let's count down my Top 5 Best Anime of 2014!
2014 is finally over! Thank God for that! In all respects, 2014 was a generally awful year all around. Most movies were incredibly disappointing, video games were laced with controversy upon controversy, and celebrities died like moths to the flame. Seriously, you can not imagine how happy I am that 2014 is finally over. However, anime had a pretty good year in 2014. It wasn't a phenomenal year like 2011, which gave us shows like Madoka Magica and Steins;Gate, but it was a solid year overall with some great titles behind it that I want to become classics. Instead of doing a Best Broadway Show award like I did last year, this is going to be my replacement from now on, since I find this much more interesting and fun. If you're really disappointed though that there's no Best Broadway Show award, that honor goes to A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Now that we have that out of the way, let's go over some ground rules first!
First off, the anime has to end in 2014. The show can still be ongoing, but I'm only judging a show by what was released in 2014, so shows like Parasyte are off the table unfortunately. Not only that, but I'm judging only anime shows and not OVA's. Some series had OVA's produced the same year they finished, like Kill la Kill, but I'm only judging the show itself and not the extra content released after the series finale. So with those rules in place, these are my personal Top 5 Best Anime of 2014. If you agree, more power to you! If you disagree, that's perfectly fine as well, but in my opinion, these were the best shows that I watched all year long. In case you want to refresh yourself on the titles I've seen this year, here are all of my Seasonal anime reviews of the past year.
Winter Anime of 2014
Spring Anime of 2014
Summer Anime of 2014
Fall Anime of 2014
|Honorable Mention: Orenchi no Furo Jijo|
So why doesn's this show get into the Top 5? Each episode is only four minutes long. I mean... come on. That's a little cheap to say that a show that has only four minutes each episode is better than a full 24 episode series. Still, check this show out! It's hilarious, will only take you about an hour, and had me smiling that such a simple an effective comedy could exist in this anime market.
|Number 5: Yuki Yuna is a Hero|
Try as I might though, I could't disassociate it with Madoka Magica. Despite my best efforts, I keep on coming back to Madoka Magica and how this show is in the shadow of that phenomenal show. I can imagine a normal person sitting down, watching both anime back to back, and instantly preferring Madoka over Yuki Yuna. In fact, I would kinda of prefer Madoka over this anime. I'm happy that Yuki Yuna ends on a happy note and doesn't leave the characters miserable and lonely, but if it went dark at the ending like Madoka, then I feel the story might have been a bit stronger. Still, the ideas of friendship talked about in this show are fun and meaningful, and when sad moments happen, they're incredibly sad. Togo in particular is such a well developed and sad character that she kept my interest in the show the entire time. She's physically disabled, but she's still able to save the world from evil. Or can she? I won't spoil this show anymore, but take it from me, even though people may call it a Madoka clone, it still has enough good elements to it to merit a watch.
|Number 4: Akame ga Kill!|
|Number 3: Witch Craft Works|
|Number 2: No Game No Life|
|Number 1: Kill la Kill|