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Default Something - 2010 Final Thoughts / Overview

2009 Wrapup Post. Better late then never, eh? Also, waiting let me finish Hakuouki 2 and Heartcatch.

Mostly same rules as before:
  - These shows ended in 2010 or only had an episode or so to watch in 2011. Or more, for Heartcatch, whatever!
  - Exceptions being shows greater than two cour that are ongoing. Which would just be Fairy Tail.
  - For the most part, they're finished, unless I'm waiting on an ep or two from stragglers. I still have the last Amagami SS arc and the second half of Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge.
  - None of the Winter 2011 cour shows are listed, obviously.

Note that, as implied above, the two cour Fall 2010 shows are ineligible. So Super Robot Taisen The Inspector, Bakuman., and Tegami Bachi Reverse are not eligible. The same applied to To Aru Kagaku no Railgun and Kimi ni Todoke and and others last Fall, which is why you see it them listed here.

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10 out of 10: - 2010's masterpieces. Top 10 all time favorites or really close.

(01)  K-ON!! - Spring '10 - 10/10 - Writing another little blurb about how this is one of the most infinitely amazing things in the history of anything? Well, I don't think I can say anything I haven't said before but I'll reaffirm my eternal undying love for the characters in this show one more time. For 40 episodes (one more left! Then a movie!) we've followed them through high school all the way to the emotionally overwhelming final concert and graduation itself. We've seen them as a neutral observer, then later on largely through the eyes of one of their own, Azusa as she watches the girls she loves and cares for so much come upon their final days at Sakura High School. Honestly, it wasn't even close this year - as much as I love Hidamari (and that franchise is right behind K-ON! at #10 in my all time favorites), K-ON! has given me closure. Multiple times, even. Ep 20, ep 23, ep 24, even listening to Houkago Tea Time II's cassette mix felt like a great send-off. Of course with one episode and a movie left, it feels weird to talk about closure, but even if neither of those existed it would have one of the best endings ever. [Imported]

(02)  Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ - Winter '10 - 10/10 - I want to believe that this isn't the end, and with sales climbing each season and more manga remaining, I don't see why it should be. With this season we were finally introduced to Nazuna and Nori. Nazuna provides the only Omigawa Chiaki performance I've ever genuinely liked so Hidamari even manages to make that work! The tenants of Hidamari-sou continue their wonderfully mundane lives doing things like eating dinner! Or getting haircuts! Or eating lunch! Or learning about the internet! Or going to a cafe! Or more eating... they sure eat a lot. Hidamari is a show that makes you hungry. Not just for some tomato pie but for more time to spend with these girls. [Imported]

(03)  So·Ra·No·Wo·To - Winter '10 - 10/10 - When the winter season finished this was initially behind Durarara!!, but then the final bonus episode came out with the final BD volume, and a profoundly gorgeous ending was made twice as beautiful. It is still, and easily, the greatest "DVD-only" bonus episode I've seen a series put together. It encapsulated everything what made this series so memorable - a spark of hope in a world that is literally and seemingly irreversibly dying. A show of beautiful contrasts, beautiful music and beautiful visuals. [Imported]

(04)  Durarara!! - Winter '10 - 10/10 - Best male cast of the year by an almost comical margin (not that there was much competition), and one of the top few overall casts, period. It also managed a degree of world-building that's usually difficult to achieve in a "modern" setting devoid of fantastical technology or other time periods. It instead used the setting of a networked world juxtaposed against urban legends and constantly shifting narrative viewpoints to create something truly special. Both the writer and animation studio took what they'd done so well in Baccano and refined it immensely. There was a slight drop-off in the second half, but only so much - it still nailed it. Definitely one of the biggest surprises of the year. [Imported]


9 out of 10: The best or among the best in their respective seasons. Generally import worthy, and most have been. A few things hold them back from a 10 but they're still the best of the year.

(05)  Katanagatari - Winter '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? A few episodes weren't up to par, and one important one in particular was poorly animated. But it's really, really close. And it's very firmly the top of not-10s for 2010 thanks to the shocker in an early episode and a stunningly well-done ending, that took things that should have bothered me, ran with them, and made something incredible. Shichika and Togame also place near the top of my couples list for 2010, for the maturity and intimacy of their physical relationship and the incredibly positive effects they have on each other. [No import because too expensive, plus by the time I knew it was this good a lot of it had been released already. Being once a month over a whole year also means I never really considered it for my per-season import allotments... so as much as anything else, it just kinda fell off my import tadar. If it's ever bundled together in one release I will probably have to get it.]

(06)  Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai - Fall '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? Enormously inconsistent despite entertaining me almost every week. Oh OreImo, you are one of the most flawed shows of the year and yet one of the best. It was easy for us to overestimate the show - thinking certain seemingly important scene would have major consequences down the road, then watching as they, in fact, were forgotten entirely or played off as no big deal. [Imported]

(07)  Strike Witches 2 - Summer '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? This is one where I don't have a concrete reason, other than that it's a very '9' show. At no point did I feel like I was watching one of those highest tier shows and yet it's still one of the most enjoyable experiences of the year, hands down. So, it's very '9'. This season was, aside from the continued use of bad CG, a marked improvement over the first. True, there was less backstory and character-development drama but that's because we'd already gotten through that in the first season. It certainly didn't stop the characters from being damned lovable. The ending is impressively conclusive while the possibility of another season focusing on another squad - presumably, the 504th Joint Fighter Wing, "Ardor Witches". [Imported]

(08)  Working!! - Spring '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? Same as Strike Witches 2, it's just a very '9' show. I have no particular complaints (other than it being SD/DVD only!) but wouldn't quite give it a full 10. I suppose if anything bothered me, it would be such a small (oops) role for Popura. With three good male characters, this was one of the better shows of the season for that gender. And since so much focus went on Mahiru, it's a good thing I like her - like her a lot, though not as much as Popura. Or Yamada. Man, when Yamada threw herself into this show, she completely shook things up and brought up up probably a whole point from where it otherwise would have been. [No import because it's SD and DVD-only. At least Zakuro has pretty nice 720p versions I can use for watching, even if I'm stuck buying DVDs.]

(09)  Angel Beats! - Spring '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? Like OreImo, it's a very uneven show. This is less problematic for OreImo because it's a generally sillier story, and because with Angel Beats! it tended to happen at terribly inopportune times (wtf Naoi arc ending). It's a show you could poke holes at all day but when all is said and done it is nonetheless a hugely, deeply emotional experience. And when it pulls it off, that is where ti shines. It stumbled with Naoi, it stumbled with Yui, but the final episodes were 10-class phenomenal, particularly the resolution to Yuri's story and the ending itself. I still need to watch the bonus episode, but I hear it's mostly fluff so I'm not in a terrible rush. [Imported]

(10)  To Aru Kagaku no Railgun - Fall '09 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? Reminding me that Touma exists, and because I fear season two can't possibly be as good if it's going to have to hew more closely to the overall storyline eventually, which gives me a little bit of mixed feelings about Railgun overall. But only a little. Who could have thought the Index franchise (first season was a middle of the road show for me, second was an early drop out of utter exasperation) could have such a gem in it? Railgun is just totally in another class. Actually, hell, this just came to me - know what Railgun is? It's the show that happens when someone actually listens and takes all the good elements of a middling or bad show and gives them their own show, with some extra awesome thrown in for good measure. This franchise actually did it, even if not for quite that reason, and it's a lovely thing. It's like rewriting To LOVE-Ru without Rito. Or KissxSis with yuri twincest. (Not that Index S1 was as bad as either of those.) Extract the good from the not-so-good and very very nice things can happen. If only it happened more often! Also, this show by nature has a lot more Kuroko, and she has always been the best character in the franchise, ber none. She has the best power, uses it in the best ways, has the best fights, and ends up being the most emotionally mature, strongest, most interesting character of them all. Also, Arai Satomi is totally one of my top seiyuu of 2010. [Imported]

(11)  Otome Youkai Zakuro - Fall '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? I'll call "very '9'" again. Also, like Working!!, a little miffed it's SD/DVD only although I am buying this one (Working!! was in a slightly more competitive season). This is another rare show that chalks up major points for great lead male characters, and multiple phenomenal hetero couples as well! How many shows ever manage that? I had a good feeling about this one from the first PV I saw but then it really blew past those expectations to become the second best show of what has been a really great Fall '10. The story is quite simple but executed superbly. Hoozuki and Bonbori are probably tied for the best twins of 2010. The fighting scenes were always short, to the point, and very pretty - mmmm, sakura petals everywhere. There's also something just plain hot about the girls reaching under their yukata for sakura branches strapped to their thighs. Beautiful animation and character designs, very solid pacing, and good ending. It's just an extremely competent show in all areas and sometimes that's the hardest thing to achieve. [Imported]

(12)  Shinryaku! Ikamusume - Fall '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? There were some segments or even full episodes later on that didn't hit quite as frequently as earlier ones, but even if they did this would still be another very '9' series. Oh, and because Ika won't accept Sanae's pure, beautiful love. ;_; A very good, solid, adorable comedy about the cutest cephalopod ever to grace dry land. I got tired of the MIT scientists, though in the show's defense it never let a gag go too long past its expiration date before moving on to something else. I also thought the show did the occasional emotional scene quite well - mini-Ika, umbrella, remembering a fallen comrade, etc. Ikamusume herself is my #2 cutest character of 2010 for a reason! [Imported]

(13)  Shin Koihime Musou Otome Tairan - Spring '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? It's not quite as good as the second season, which also got a 9, so it was pretty obvious. Plus, the cast is getting a little unwieldy and whereas the second season's ending was one of those profound moments that just made me sit back and go "Fuck, I love anime", this one spent too much time on having everyone do a big long roll call before . But come on, it's a franchise all about genderswapped Rot3K with one of the highest yuri quotients in years. There's no way for me to not love this show. [Imported]

(14)  Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai - Fall '10 - 9/10 - Why not a 10? Hmmm, partly because I was surprised this even managed a '9' from me (I would have guessed 8) in the first place. But I think a deeper reason is that while I found each individual arc anywhere from good to great, as of the end of the first cour we still haven't dug into the more important questions about how this is all affecting Keima, or even Elsie for that matter. I look forward to really good things there in season two. One of the most impressive things about this show for me was that I liked every girl more than the last. Ayumi was a good one-episode introduction, Mio totally got my binbou moe going, Kanon's confidence issues made me feel for her and the final concert scene was great, and Shiori... well damn. You wanna talk about moe? Shiori destroys the scales. Hanazawa Kana did some of the best work she's ever done on that kind of character. In season two, I want to learn a lot more about Elsie now. She's incredibly adorable and I worship her character/costume design only a couple notches below Merry Nightmare. But we don't know too much about her yet. [No import because it's there were already 3 imports for Fall, and while really good it's maybe only an "import in a slow season" level.]



8 out of 10: Generally, shows not in contention for an import but either good solid fun or a great show with one serious flaw. Recommended.

(15)  Fairy Tail Ongoing! - Fall '09 - 8/10 - Ongoing but it ran for literally the entire 4 cour eligible under this year and will probably run for all 2011 as well. I don't know that this is necessarily "better" than Heartcatch or Yumeiro on average, but I'd say that at its best it definitely is. Also, just a week or two ago it officially passed Bleach in the list of longest continuous shows I've watched. I dropped Bleach at 62. I believe next up is Kenshin at 67 (skipped last arc), Hikari no Go (dropped at 70), Cardcaptor Sakura (70), then nothing until Naruto (dropped at 130). For split series, Jigoku Shoujo totals 78, Da Capo is 78, and HxH is 92 total. I anticipate Fairy Tail will eventually pass them all for me. Oh btw LUCY IS HOT. Erza too. And Wendy is cute. There are important facts.

(16)  Heartcatch Precure - Spring '10 - 8/10 - Finished up in 2011, but it aired the vast majority of its episodes in 2010 so I'd say it's appropriate here, unlike shows that are split in half. Granted, that's also because I'm doing this wrap-up so late. I'm not sure how I'll treat Suite. Anyways, this is the first Precure I've watched more than ~6 episodes of, and it was pretty great. Yeah it really dragged at times with bad heart flower of the week episodes, but it sure went out in style. Easily some of the best animated fights I've seen in years near the end there. Also, Erika is the best.

(17)  Yumeiro Pâtissière - Fall '09 - 8/10 - And the last of the long shows. Yes, comparing 4+ cour shows against 1 cour shows is kind of stupid but I'm not going to leave it out! I wonder if part of the reason this show ranks so highly for me is because the sequel is so bad. But no, a stellar performance by Yuuki Aoi as Ichigo and a lot of very generally likable characters overcomes a lot of the "cure messed-up people with cake!"-of-the-week-ness of the show before the Cake Grand Prix started. Speaking of, that went remarkably well. No match lasted more than 2 episodes (and usually not full episodes), and they really churned through a lot of opponents. The themes and creations were creative and fresh. This is kids' shoujo anime done right. Season two, not so much.

(18)  Saraiya Goyou - Spring '10 - 8/10 - Okay, back to shorter shows, so I'll go for shorter comments. Ah, Saraiya Goyou, the most laid-back samurai anime. This show thrives on great background art and a beautifully developed atmosphere. Character designs take some getting used to, but I got used to 'em. One of the best shows noitaminA has aired.

(19)  Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra - Fall '09 - 8/10 - I nearly gave up on this show, but the setting was just tooooo damn interesting. Sticking with it was the right idea, because the absurd and nonsensical plot points all started to come together in fascinating ways. Hamyuts was a great protagonist who could just as easily be a villain. Noloty is hot. This show is awesome.

(20)  Shukufuku no Campanella - Summer '10 - 8/10 - So I said HooBon were tied for the best twins - they ties with Salsa and Ritos, the sexiest characters of 2010, hands-down. Everyone else was likable too, especially Agnes. Even the guy was pretty cool. The most inoffensive of shows possible, which also means it didn't reach very high - but who cares if it's fluffy fun?

(21)  Dance in the Vampire Bund - Winter '10 - 8/10 - Funky direction caused this one to take a hit (Shaftiness without Shinbou's guiding hand can be messy, e.g. much of ef melodies) but Yuuki Aoi's Mina just stole the show with an amazing performance. Somewhere around the midpoint,

(22)  Kimi ni Todoke - Fall '09 - 8/10 - The lone 8/10 import, but that's because when I first decided to buy it it was closer to a 10/10. It wasn't until after the Kurumi episodes ended that the show started to slip as Sawako and Kazehaya's emotional retardation really took a toll. I actually stopped importing after volume 5 (last Kurumi eps), making it the only show I've ever stopped partway. I did manage to finish it without coming to hate either of the leads, but I knew I had to skip the second season to keep things that way. One real pillar through the last section was Ayane, and Sawashiro Miyuki's great acting there. All told, I'm glad I watched it but I just know it's worn out its welcome. [Partially imported]

(23)  Fortune Arterial - Fall '10 - 8/10 - "Startlingly competent" is what comes to mind. Also, surprisingly deft at dodging genre pitfalls. The absolute most brilliant thing this show did was downplay romance. It was actually half decent with plot, so I'm glad it stuck to it without trying to resolve a love pentagon at the same time. Most of the girls are not seriously romantically interested in the lead, which allows them to do much more interesting things with their characters - Haruna in particular benefited. When all a girl can do is pine for the same guy half a dozen other girls are pining for, in all but the best shows that girl's development will be constrained. Fortune Arterial knows it's not "one of the best", but it's pretty decent, and it focuses on the right things. That's honestly very admirable in my mind, hence the strong showing here.

(24)  Sora no Otoshimono: Forte - Fall '10 - 8/10 - Astrea! My second favorite character after Nymph (one of my favorite 2010 characters, period). For whatever reason they've decided to conclude the story in a movie, so I hope that pans out - because the ending of this season was rushed, and just poorly executed all around. I do still like it better than season one, though.

(25)  B Gata H Kei - Spring '10 - 8/10 - Kosuda and Yamada got really frustrating in the late-middle I guess it was, but before and after it was great. B Gata H Kei is a show that sounds irredeemably trashy if all you real is a quick plot synopsis, but in reality it treats the idea of first loves and sex with way more respect than the vast majority of shounen romcoms could ever hope to.

(26)  Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi - Summer '10 - 8/10 - The only complaint is have is the villain, but that's a huge complaint. He's one of the worst characters of the year in his utterly over-the-top and completely irrational evilness. I really, really hate him. That aside, great show! Ryouko has goddess legs, Ringo is one of the cutest characters of the year, and Arai Narrator fucking makes this show. What I wouldn't do or give for a Ryouko x Ringo yuri ending... though I bet Ringo would give even more. Ryoushi actually ain't bad, all things considered. But man, the depth of Ringo's love was developed so much better and is clearly superior. Oh well!

(27)  Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ - Summer '10 - 8/10 - Another sequel that improves on the original in most ways, while being smart enough to retain what worked. Unless I've already forgotten, I think we're still totally open for a third season, which I would be glad to watch.

(28)  Nodame Cantabile Finale - Winter '10 - 8/10 - Well, it's over, and it was pretty good - I just feel like the show forgot about Nodame. Yeah, Chiaki is great and they did really awesome stuff with his story, but Nodame ends up barely an afterthought. I've got mixed feelings about that.

(29)  MM! - Fall '10 - 8/10 - I nearly dropped it after one because the M scenes just same on way too strong, but they learned to tone that shit down pretty quickly. More importantly, they let us focus on other things - having Mio in a hot nun outfit, for example is one way to make it more palatable. The early Yuuno story got a lot more serious than expected which really got me to take the show more seriously. Throw in a really surprisingly good ending and I'm happier than I could have ever anticipated.

(30)  Hanamaru Kindergarten - Winter '10 - 8/10 - Ahhh, one of those shows with an ending that just bugged the hell out of me. Talk about a tease! Still, everything else was gold. Super creative new EDs for every episode is a nice touch. Yamamoto-sensei is much too hot and Koume is just the cutest thing. <3 ...Really though, the ending pissed me off. =(



7 out of 10: These will fade from memory faster than the 8s but they were fun while they lasted. Recommended as well, but you'd probably want to be a fan of the genre or creator first.

(31)  Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan - Spring '10 - 7/10 - Oh no it's an otome game adaptation! Yeah so what, it's got a lot of strong, competent, likable guys to show for it, so that's not a bad thing. Chizuru is a little empty as a character but doesn't do one tenth the annoying stuff her male counterpart in a (non-reverse) harem would. The idea of Vampire Zombie Samurai!!!! sounds like bad teenager fanfiction but the show makes it work.

(32)  Seitokai Yakuindomo - Summer '10 - 7/10 - It's really surprising that the jokes stayed funny for so long, because this is a pretty straight forward gag-gag-gag-gag show, with loads of tsukkomi-boke and censored sex jokes. It never strays from that, but since it does it well, hey. It also marked the season where Hikasa Youko ws doing three "cool, long black haired beauties" at the same time, with Shino, Maya and Mio.

(33)  Hakuouki Hekketsu-roku - Fall '10 - 7/10 - Until the end, I really thought I'd be rating this more highly than its predecessor, maybe even an 8. As the old Shogunate forces are beaten and driven to the bring, and the Shinsengumi start to fall one by one (this isn't a spoiler, right? I mean, we kinda know who wins the war) in rather more poignant scenes than I expected. In the end though I had to dock it for the troubles it had in the final episodes. The need to stick to a historical chronology left the characters feeling a bit disjointed. And the very end was just way too rushed. I wished they'd taken an extra episode to go deeper into the last days.

(34)  Kiddy Girl-and - Fall '09 - 7/10 - Mmm, in some ways one of the big disappointments, given how disjointed the writing got near the end. And it started so well! I love love love Q-feuille and Ascoeur though, and consider them totally worthy successors of Lumiere and Eclair. They're just not in nearly as good a show. At least there's nice canon yuri. It's not a bad show, I just kinda expected more from a franchise I liked so much.

(35)  Tantei Opera Milky Holmes - Fall '10 - 7/10 - One of those shows that, were you to plot fun vs stupidity, would go up at a solid 45° angle. Totally, ludicrously dumb but that's why I like it. Twenty may be the second worst character of the year, but when the show gets away from him it's a lot of fun to watch. Cordelia~~ Elly~~ Saku~~!

(36)  Mayoi Neko Overrun! - Spring '10 - 7/10 - Jeeze, probably the most uneven show of the year. I know it's certainly not unusual to use different directors for different episodes but this show took it to an extreme - I don't think the various directors were even asked to read a synopsis of the plot beforehand. It ranged from horribly executed slapstick to really emotional Satou Jun'ichi character drama. Wtf? but I liked more than I disliked (including very strong ending episodes), hence the 7.

(37)  Kobato. - Fall '09 - 7/10 - Oh Kobato. The main problem is that I couldn't ever come to accept Fujimoto, which made fully buying into the plot hard. Even so, Kobato's own adorable optimism really carried the show through to the end. she ranked in my top 20 cutest for a reason.

(38)  Amagami SS - Summer '10 - 7/10 - I'm not done yet! But I only have one arc and I really cannot see it being good enough to make the show an 8 or bad enough to make it a 7. My favorite arcs were: Rihoko > Sae > Kaoru > Ai > Haruka. Highlights: Shintani Ryouko as Rihoko, Sae's black dress, Kaoru's hair, and MIIIIYAAAAAA.

(39)  Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu - Summer '10 - 7/10 - Total cop-out ending + terrible sales = no ending for me! And yet, I couldn't be too upset. I guess the journey to get there was just too interesting. Not without its major flaws (the Sion storyline was, while mostly good, pretty silly at the end), but enjoyable. Also Ferris <3 and a certain character totally becomes sex. I'd really like to see a sequel but alas.

(40)  Ladies versus Butlers! - Winter '10 - 7/10 - Definitely some of the best nude character designs I've seen, though it did depend on the character. Selnia was much more likable than her character type usually is (big, loud, proud, busty, blond twin drills ojou-sama) and I'm totally on her side. Some irritating cluelessness on the lead male's part kinda screwed the ending, but it didn't matter a lot by that point. I want Tomomi x Selnia spinoff now please.

(41)  Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls - Fall '10 - 7/10 - Anoher ending I just really did not like at all, which drops a point. That aside, it's your typical "mostly competent" shounen fanservice action show. Toyosaki's Kanetsugu steals the show, Kugimiya's Yukimura not being far behind.

(42)  Chuu-Bra!! - Winter '10 - 7/10 - Male lead ruins what I wish were delicious yuri romance, news at 11. Yeah, same old same old but this one sure had a unique premise didn't it? It actually was not a bad show, and is definitely better than it'll ever get credit for. Man I loved Haruka, I'm just going to assume she married Nayu.

(43)  Ookamikakushi - Winter '10 - 7/10 - Uhh I really don't remember much about this show except that the ending didn't impress, but the goofy post-plot final episode was pretty awesome. Also, the character designs were really good - Kaname especially.

(44)  Arakawa Under the Bridge - Spring '10 - 7/10 - I NEVER HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS SHOW. (Maria is incredibly awesome.)

(45)  Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge - Fall '10 - 7/10 - I NEVER HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS SHOW. (Seriously why the fuck is Maria not in every episode? I'm actually not done this, but Arakawa is Arakawa, it's not going to change.)


6 out of 10: Severe flaws of one kind or another, but still a definite step up from the worst category.

(46)  Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru - Spring '10 - 6/10 - the only glaringly bad thing about UraBoku was how fabulously stupid the lead got by the end. His obsession with self-sacrifice just made things worse for the people he worried about. Somewhat infuriating, and I came to hate him in the end. I also have to dock points for the blatantly incomplete story (which we won't see continued with this series' DVD sales). It avoids the 5 and below pit because it was really, genuinely good at numerous points and exceeded my expectations through the first three quarters of its run or so.

(47)  Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin - Summer '10 - 6/10 - I knocked a whole three points off for the ending that I'm still probably being kind since Bunmei should warrant another 3 points off. The reason this is a 6 instead of a 3 is that the rest of the show was so damn good. It was a potential import until the final episode. Wonderful quirkiness expressed equally well through both characters and stories, plus that amazing Maya zettai ryouiki. But they threw it all away.

(48)  Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee - Fall '09 - 6/10 - Honestly, very very boring throughout 80% of its run. There was just barely enough Niche and Sylvette to keep me watching, and I still think the setting is one of the most potentially interesting in years. But week after week we had uninspiring one-offs that were getting us nowhere of consequence. The final arc was pretty well done though, and in the end it was all worth it because the second season is vastly better than the first. Reverse is looking at a strong 8 instead of a wishy washy 6.


5 and below: Wish I'd dropped them. I weep for good characters put in bad shows.

(49)  Kiss x Sis - Spring '10 - 5/10 - Really liked: Ako, Riko. Disliked: Pissing, piss-girl, and the stupid boring male lead.

(50)  Omamori Himari - Winter '10 - 4/10 - Really liked: Shizuku, Rinko. Disliked: Utterly nonsensical attempt at plot, really bad ending.

(51)  Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou - Spring '10 - 2/10 - Really liked: Keena, Korone. Disliked: Even more severely botched plot than OmaHima. These shows need to understand that being a fanservice show does not give you a pass on plot - you either need to do a good one or ignore it entirely. Driving hard at one, and failing spectacularly, far outweighs any benefits breasts may bring. Especially when they're censored anyway!


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OVAs/Specials/Movies/Other: Not ranked; Generally avoided DVD-bonus eps, as they're not the same thing.
Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu - Movie - Hands down the most amazing piece of animation I've seen. I'm not going to say it's better than every TV series I've seen, in part because movies and TV series cannot be compared, and also because the #1 series I'd be comparing it to is necessary for understanding this movie in the first place! But man, the quality here is just plain absurd. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.
Black★Rock Shooter - OVA - Since this would be an OVA rather than a movie, I can say it's easily the best one-shot OVA I've ever seen.
Hidamari Sketch × ☆☆☆ Specials - Specials - More Hidamari, more awesome. Same comments as the main series.
Shakugan no Shana S - OVA - I'd seen episode one last year, and the rest in 2010. The first two episodes are just silly one-offs, and then all of a sudden you're hit with the final two episodes. Which, by the way, just happen to be the pinnacle of the franchise. Holy damn are they fantastic anime. Went and imported both episodes right after watching. It's just shocking how much these two episodes tell us about who Shana was before she met Yuuji. The ending to S is also an incredible tease that demands a season three of the TV series. C'mon JC Staff!

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st - Movie - First half, middling to mediocre recap. Second half, holy shit awesome.
Darker than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha: Gaiden - OVA/Bonus eps - Okay, I said no bonus episodes but these are pretty substantial for bonus episodes. They tell the story of Hei and Yin between the two TV seasons, and they're actually very important - and very well done. Really amazing Yin scenes in particular, as you get to see her in ways neither TV series really touches upon in quite the same manner.
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo ~Anata to Koibito Tsunagi~ - OVA - The only hentai I saw in 2010, and I want more. How incredibly sweet and adorable this was. Mai and Reo! <3 <3

ToHeart2 adnext - OVA - The first episode was good, I just need to get around to the second episode soon.
Sora no Otoshimono OVA - OVA - I don't remember what this was exactly but I watched it.
Isshoni Sleeping: Sleeping with Hinako - OVA - Oh, right, I did watch this. it was actually kinda cute. Very silly, and you sort of sit back and wonder how such a thing was conceived, but it's not anything particularly outrageous.
Yutori-chan - ONA - Still stuck at 10 episodes. ;_;

Stuff still to watch: This is why I seem to rate everything 7 or better - I only rate shows I finish, and I usually drop shows I don't like. Here are the ones that didn't make the cut, although reasons vary from "it sucks" to "it's good but I wasn't in the mood". And of course, many only got one episode so I can't comment on their overall quality.
Kidou Senshi Gundam 00 the Movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer - A year ago or so I would have jumped right at this. Man, long waits kill everything. I'll get to it eventually...
ToHeart2 adnext OVA - Need to watch ep 2.
Tamayura - OVA - With the TV series confirmed, I'm willing to go check the OVA out now.
Kure-nai - OAD
Zettai Karen Children - OAV


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Dropped: This is why I seem to rate everything 7 or better - I only rate shows I finish, and I usually drop shows I don't like. Here are the ones that didn't make the cut, although reasons vary from "it sucks" to "it's good but I wasn't in the mood". And of course, many only got one episode so I can't comment on their overall quality.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu - Winter '10 - 4 eps
Seikon no Qwaser - Winter '10 - 1 ep

Kaichou wa Maid-sama - Spring '10 - 17 eps
Senkou no Night Raid - Spring '10 - 6 eps
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei - Spring '10 - 1 ep
Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri - Spring '10 - 1 ep
Rainbow - Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin - Spring '10 - 1 ep

Shiki - Summer '10 - 14 eps
Asobi ni Iku yo! - Summer '10 - 9 eps
Nurarihyon no Mago - Summer '10 - 2eps

Motto To LOVE-Ru - Fall '10 - 7 eps
Yumeiro Pâtissière SP Professional - Fall '10 - 7 eps
To Aru Majutsu no Index II - Fall '10 - 7 eps
Yosuga no Sora - Fall '10 - 3 eps
Kuragehime - Fall '10 - 2 eps
Togainu no Chi - Fall '10 - 2 eps
Star Driver - Fall '10 - 1 ep
Shinrei Tantei Yakumo - Fall '10 - 1 ep


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TOTALS:
51 completed 2010 shows. That's very close to 2009, which added to 54 series.

18 dropped shows, a 50% increase on last year.

12 shows on the list are being imported, though Kimi ni Todoke stopped at 5 of 8 volumes.

Last edited by something : 06-09-2011 at 08:24 PM.
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