Saturday, December 29, 2007

My Top Ten Anime of 2007 (I Can't Help Myself)

Especially because my list will be so different from most others, I just can't stop myself from posting it. Some of these shows have clear faults, but their strengths more than counterbalance their faults, in my opinion. Happy New Year!

1 Byousoku 5cm
2 ef
3 Blue Drop
4 Lucky Star
5 Touka Gettan
6 Emily of New Moon
7 Nodame Cantabile
8 Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
9 KimiKiss
10 Candy Boy

And behind them come, in some order or other: Hitohira, Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora, Les Miserables ~Shoujo Cossette~, Manabi Straight, Hidamari Sketch, Claymore, Seirei no Moribito, Darker than Black, Saiunkoku Monogatari2, Emma2, Sky Girls, Mononoke, Potemayo, Genshiken2, Minami-ke, Ghost Hound, Clannad, Kodomo no Jikan (DVD version), Shion no Ou.

What can I say? There are many well-made shows I just can't appreciate. I'm only including shows that started this year. For more discussion, see my earlier post reviewing the year. Thanks to for stimulating me to come up with a top ten list.


omo said...

Hey, I like your list! :D

Chumara said...

your 2nd is my first and your first was insanely good as well.

Anonymous said...

There's so many shows that even slight variations in taste can make for a different list, so we can't really comment on yours.

But I'd be interested to know how many episodes you watch on average before deciding to drop a series. I use a draconic 1-2.

basic.syntax said...

It may not be fair to judge movies like 5cm with TV productions, given the huge amount of production time movies get.

However, it's your list: everyone else can just make their own :-)

hashihime said...

@anonymous - It varies. Some shows I drop after one, some after three, some after 5-7. Beyond that, I usually keep going. Some shows just seem like ill-made kiddy stuff to me after a few minutes. Some I stick with because they're well made, but drop after a few eps because they just aren't my taste (e.g., Gurren-Laggan). And some shows (e.g., Sketchbook and Hidamari Sketch), I like and watch for a few eps, then let slide because they seem to just repeat the nice stuff they have already given me.

@basic.syntax -- Byousoku may be the best animated show I have ever seen, so I couldn't bear to leave it out. It wasn't just that the animation was so painstaking, but that it used all its resources to create a real work of art -- of religious art, it seemed to me. I left Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo out because I didn't really like it.

Shippoyasha said...

I can't say I agree with your list, though my personal top 10 does include some offbeat choices like Zetsubo Sensei, ef (if that can even be considered offbeat since it's so well made) and Touka Gettan.

And of course, Emily of New Moon obviously deserves a spot up there IMO.

As for other offbeat choices, I would say Hitohira definitely belongs near the top and Sketchbook/Minami-ke/Potemayo were some of the best slice of life comedies I've ever seen.

And it's almost strange to me how Blue Drop is actually near the top (as in top 5!) in many blogs actually. I liked it, but there were just so many incredible stuff this year.

And yes, if you're wondering about my viewership, I watched some 40 different shows in 2007 quite loyally, enjoying or at least appreciating most of them.

delt23 said...

i'm upset. you completely left out dennou coil. easily top 5

Sniper said...

How could you not include Code Geass!

hashihime said...

@delt23 -- It was certainly well made, and had some great VAs. But I just didn't care about the people or the plot. For me, it went extremely slowly, led nowhere and did nothing. But that's just me. Lots of people whose judgment I respect admire the show.

@sniper -- I found Code Geass a mess. It just didn't make a lot of sense to me, and I didn't care about the characters, of whom I thought there were too many. But I'm not saying it was bad. It must have had something, since so many people loved it. But I just never got it. Anyway, since it started in 2006, I wasn't thinking of it as a 2007 show.

Kaioshin Sama said...

I still wish you would try harder to get into other genres as your list kind of lacks variety. Maybe your proposed attempt at the new Hokuto No Ken will produce something, but I don't think it's a very good start to leap right into one of the most violent series of all time from a base of primarily light hearted feel good Visual Novel Adaptation shows as this list shows.

Don't take this the wrong way, but you sure have one strange pattern in the types of shows you like to view with regard to the whole Seiyuu-Centric perspective. Unexpectedness is a good quality though, I just hope it takes you in the right direction.