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 alafista.com for stimulating me to come up with a top ten list.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

January 2008 Anime Calendar

Here is my calendar for the new season. This is a weekly calendar showing which shows are on on which day.

I find it useful at the beginning of the season to help me plan which shows to watch, and useful later to keep straight which shows are on which days. I hope some of you may find it useful, too.

The calendar also gives highlights of staff and cast for each show, as well as links to the show's official site and its Anime News Network page, as well as to the AnimeSuki forums for many shows.

The calendar includes pretty well all shows of interest: continuing shows as well as new shows. It also includes OVAs scheduled for release between now and the end of March.

The first new show has already started (Ayakashi), but the season really gets underway on January 1. However there are several interesting OVAs in late December.

There are sometimes schedule changes early in the season, so I will update the calendar in early January. Check out Mahou Showtime for another good calendar, with less information but a simpler view.