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Top 10 Greatest Anime Series Of 2012

Top 10 Greatest Anime Series of 2012

Well… 2012 just ended two days ago and it is now 2013 (the year that all the mayan fans thought would never come) and I’d say this is the perfect time to reflect back on all the events and good stuff that happened last year. There were many notable anime series that came out in 2012 that surprised us, inspired us, or made us make anime even more than we did before. And with that, I am here to present to you my personal list of the Top 10 greatest anime series of 2012.

I’ll just let you know right here and right now that compiling this list was extremely, extremely difficult. I had to let go of so many great series to scale it down to only 10. But in the end, I managed to get a list together that you, the reader, will hopefully agree with. If not then that’s totally fine; there’s a poll for you to answer at the bottom of this post.

So let’s get cracking! At Number 10 is…

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Natsuiro Kiseki ~ Review

Natsuiro Kiseki ~ Review

“A feel good series that shows us the importance of friendship and dreams”

I watch all kinds of anime; from the well-known “mainstream” anime series to the more lesser known “underground” ones. I watch everything from horror to ecchi, but the one genre that I have learnt to love the most is slice-of-life. I have already written quite a few reviews on slice-of-life series and here is another one that many anime watchers looked down on.

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Nichijou ~ Review

Nichijou ~ Review

“Nothing can compare to the outrageous insanity of this series!”

“Oh great, another slice-of-life anime review. Really Anime Man? Really?”. Yes, really. I’ll do whatever kind of anime review that I fancy. If I’ve seen it, I will review it. And this series also just so happens to be one of my favourite anime series. It’s amazing how many people fail to realise that the simple slice-of-life anime series can be funnier than any other kind of series. Because frankly, they are missing out big time. So if you want some of the funniest content in all of anime, then listen up. Because this series is the show for you.

Nichijou revolves around the lives of three school girls – Mai, Yuko and Mio (shown above in that order from left to right) – who are best friends living out their ordinary lives (or their “nichijou’s”). However, within their ordinary lives are many kinds of people also living out their ordinary lives. The series basically outlines the many happenings and events that occur within the characters lives.

Although lacking in story, it’s use of absurdist elements, animation and amount of characters creates some of the funniest scenes ever seen in anime.

From reading only the synopsis, you might think that this show would turn out to be the most boring thing in the world. Well, this is where you are very, very wrong. It is very easy to compare this series with such other classics as Lucky Star and The Daily Lives of High School Boys; although there is no obvious plot or development in story, it is still a very amusing and cleverly put together show. Nichijou is no different; in fact, it contains (personally) some of the funniest material that I have ever watched in anime.

There are many known voice actors that assist in making this show what it is; such voice actors as Mariko Honda (voiced such characters as Kurimu from Seitokai no Ichizon and Kaya from Omamori Himari), Hiromi Konno (voiced such characters as Sae from Amagami and Kogami Akira from Lucky Star) and Minoru Shiraishi (voiced such characters as Taniguchi from The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and himself in Lucky Star). The quality of animation is well known in this series; Kyoto Animation doing a very fine job animating the series (they also did such iconic series as Lucky Star, Clannad and K-ON!).

I may have said this in some of my past reviews, but please. Give slice-of-life anime’s a go. Because I promise you that the synopsis is not everything; and you will most definitely enjoy slice-of-life anime’s. And this series is no different. In fact, I would rank this to be one of my many favouite anime series. So go on and watch this series, and laugh you ordinary lives off.

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The Final Judgement:

Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended

Final Score: 9.5/10

“Top 100 Greatest Anime Openings Of All Time” Poll, Begins Now!

I have been away for about a week since my last review, and have thus decided to open this official poll!

I present to you…

The “Top 100 Greatest Anime Openings Of All Time” Poll!!

Now I require absolute cooperation with this as this is a poll decided by the viewers (as well as myself).
This will work like this: if you like any anime songs – whether yo find the song catchy, you like the visuals or any of the above –  from any series, then it counts as 1 point. This is the base of how this poll will work.
It doesn’t have to be your absolute favourite; any anime opening that you think deserves a vote is counted in the poll.
At the end, the points will be calculated and presented on this site! Simple as that!

How to vote:

– Via deviantArt.com forum: look under “Top 100 Greatest Anime Openings Of All Time”” in the forums
– Via email: jb_zinger@hotmail.com
– Via my Youtube account: My username is DaPinkFloydian
– By leaving a comment under this post (and only this post; other comments will be ignored)

I have not decided when this poll will end, but hopefully I will be able to pick up enough votes!
Until then, I will go back to writing my anime reviews again!

Ciao!

~ The Anime Man :3

High School DxD ~ Review

Highschool DxD ~ Review

“A sexy, action packed battle with devils and plenty of fan service for the males!”

I would just like to start this review by saying how hard it was to find an image suitable to open this review up, as it is not easy to find a picture that is High School DxD related and doesn’t look like porn. Yes, you heard me. If you have time after reading this review, then type in “High School DxD anime” in a search engine and check out the image results. Men, you will not be left unsatisfied.

High School DxD revolves around school boy Issei Hyodo, who loves one thing more than anybody else in the world; women. He spends his peaceful lives chasing girls around until one day he is invited on a date by a girl called Yuma Amano. At the end of the date, Issei is shocked when Yuma asks him if “he can die for her”. Yuma turns out to be a Fallen Angel, who attacks and kills Issei. Issei then finds himself back in his room, thinking that it was all a dream, but instead finds a third-year upperclassman called Rias Gremory (pictured above, second from the left) naked in his room. Rias explains that she has brought Issei back from the dead as an underling devil to her Gremory Devil Family.

The main characters  (from left to right: Koneko, Yuto, Rias, Asia, Issei and Akeno)

Although there is a proper plot and some level of character development as the story progresses, it is fairly evident after viewing a first couple of episodes that the series is influenced mainly in the ecchi, harem and romantic comedy genres, while also blending in action, supernatural and fantasy into the mix. The anime is done by Studio TNK, who have specialised in the romantic comedy and harem genres in almost all of their works (examples include Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka, School Days and Lovedol ~Lovely Idol~). There is also an announcement for a second season in early January 2013.

Notable voice actors include Yoko Hikasa who plays the voice of Rias (most notably playing such characters as Mio in K-ON!, Seraphim in Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? and Literature Girl in Daily Lives of High School Boys) as well as Yuki Kaji who plays the voice of Issei (most notably playing such characters as Shu in Guilty Crown, Haruyuki in Accel World and Satoru in Shinsekai Yori).

If you love your harems and your ecchi series, then I definitely recommend this series to you. It is both enjoyable to watch and exciting to see what happens next. As one of my good friends put this anime, “make sure you have your doors locked when watching this, if you know what I mean”.

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The Final Judgement:

Recommendation Level: 4.5/5 – Strongly Recommended

Final Score: 8.5/10