Best Anime of the Decade (2nd Day of Anime 2019)

By some accounts, we’ve hit the end of the decade.

Most of my anime watching occurred in this decade…not only due to the sheer amount of stuff that came out, but because I started with simulcasts halfway through.

Note: For obvious reasons, this list covers anime I’ve finished during the decade (or in the case of 2019 – 2020 simulcasts, whatever I’ve finished of the show as of this post).

2010

  • Not a lot of the shows I’ve seen were that memorable, so by critical thought my favourite is Shiki and by personal bias, my favourite is Star Driver. I did try – rather unsuccessfully – to get into Star Driver‘s fandom at one point, but because I haven’t watched the movie, I don’t think I’ll be going back there until I do.

2011

  • Madoka Magica was from this year, so there’s basically no contest no matter how you slice it – it wins. (Note that Yuki Yuna beats it in my critical opinion due to the fact Madoka‘s reputation precedes itself quite a bit, but the former was completed by me in 2019 and the latter in 2017.)

2012

  • Tsuritama is my favourite from this year, although it’s still quite a few years until I actually watch it.

2013

  • Hataraku Maou-sama! is my favourite, although 2013 was a pretty spectacular year because not only did Hataraku make such a mark on me, but Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! made a mark on me…for all the wrong reasons.

2014

  • This was the year I started with simulcasts, after stumbling across Crunchyroll and my regional streaming service.
  • Although there seems to be about as many entries here as 2013 did, 2014’s are a lot longer because there are more standard-length series present.
  • Yuki Yuna is the anime that tops this year’s choices critically speaking, although I have my soft spots for Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Orenchi no Furo Jijou and Noragami.

2015

  • This is the first year I bothered to do a yearly ranking of any sort, so here’s the list. Death Parade takes out the top spot on that list (starting a years-long trend of winter being the critic’s season for me but fall dominating the end-of-year list) but One Punch Man is the top spot on my AniList ratings, with Boueibu being a notable fandom.
  • The biggest disappointment from this year was definitely Vampire Holmes, which still holds pride of place (?) as the worst-ranked entry on my anime list, full stop. (I even moved Hand Shakers to a rating of 13/100 in order to facilitate such a ranking, y’know.)

2016

  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu took out the competition for the first year running.
  • I cut back on anime in order to focus on other stuff…well, I tried to in winter and succeeded in the summer, only to end up rewatching or finishing the year’s anime between the end of 2016 and the start of 2017. I would then not rewatch an anime until 2019, where the rewatch to break the dry spell was Rokuhoudou.
  • Spring and fall were equally the top seasons for this year, due to the Bungou Stray Dogs split-cour.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice made a last-minute entry when I couldn’t stand the hype anymore and caught up around the time of The Kiss going to air. Other notable series include Classicaloid, Erased and the return of Boueibu, while Koe no Katachi was a notable movie (although I didn’t watch Koe no Katachi the year it came out).

2017

  • Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu dominated for the second year, solidifying itself as the anime with no parallel on my favourites list.
  • Kuroshitsuji: Book of the Atlantic still stands as the only anime movie I’ve gone to see in cinemas to this very day. (This doesn’t include watching in the anime club’s hired-out theatres, or else you can count Kimi no Suizou wa Tabetai with it.)
  • Mob Psycho made me immensely regret my cutting back the year before and Code: Realise made it in just in time for some massive fall domination.

2018

2019

  • There are some extremely hard-hitters this year, such as Astra, Mob Psycho 100 II and Shinchou Yuusha. The list was unveiled yesterday, so the winner is Astra and the best non-simulcast was Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuioku-hen (aka Trust and Betrayal).
  • Summer came in with a fighting chance for once and took out the crown.

So there you have it – 10 years of anime in one post and 800-ish words. So what’s your favourite anime of the decade? (You don’t have to pick one, a top 10 would be fine too.)

 

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