It’s almost the end of the year and that means it’s time to look back and see which anime turned out to be the biggest hits of the year. As with the previous year’s ranking, this will only include TV anime and not OVAs or movies. What’s different this time around is that I will only be considering anime that finished airing in 2010, this is to keep certain long-running series from showing up in multiple years. Finally, I tried to keep in mind that not everyone has the same tastes and there’s bound to be some disagreement, but I believe that the following are the top 10 anime of the year.
10. My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute
There’s no denying that the majority of people that identify themselves as otaku watch anime, and a lot of anime viewers are probably otaku. For all of the lonely single male otaku out there, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute gives you the hope that there are pretty girls out there that like anime as much as they do. It’s also a laugh for hardcore anime fans considering all of the references in it.
9. Strike Witches 2
Anyone who likes cute girls, panties, aerial combat scenes, anthropomorphs, and girl-on-girl action would love Strike Witches. You’ve basically got girls with nothing but panties on below the belt who grow animal ears and tails, and fly around pretending to be WW2 fighter planes while shooting down aliens. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
8. Kaichou wa Maid-sama
Most romantic comedies will try to add something new into the mix to try to spice things up, but that usually ends up overshadowing any real character development. Kaichou wa Maid-sama manages to throw in the new element but keep the basics that make a good romantic comedy. From troublesome secrets to the metaphorical knight in shining armour and the essential love triangle, it has everything you’ll find in a good romantic comedy.
7. Angel Beats
From the mind of Jun Maeda comes a dramatic comedy about the world after death. Angel Beats has everything including action, comedy, drama, concerts, and all of the stereotypical anime character types taken to the extreme.
6. Arakawa Under The Bridge
At first glance, Arakawa Under The Bridge may seem like a random anime about some weirdos living along a riverbank, but upon closer inspection you’ll find it is much deeper than that. It covers social issues such as homelessness and acceptance, things you would not normally think of when watching a “comedy”.
Samurai anime have been around for a long time, just think about how old Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X) is now. Katanagatari takes the average samurai anime and turns it into a piece of art. Rather than focus on intense fight scenes (there are a few), it draws the viewer’s attention to its unique animation style and the character’s path of discovery as they journey across the country.
4. Kimi ni Todoke
Beautiful in every right, Kimi ni Todoke will touch all of the romantics among us. Follow the life of an innocent young girl as she discovers what it means to have friends for the first time, and how to cope with her very first crush. Some people may think Kimi ni Todoke is slow, but it’s very sweet and will make you feel so much more optimistic about romance afterwards.
Unless you’ve been living without internet for the past year or simply don’t watch anime, then you’ve probably noticed the huge K-ON craze. K-ON has managed to find the perfect balance between good music, light humour, and cute characters. With some of its songs reaching the top of the charts in Japan and merchandise flooding the stores of Akihabara, it’s hard not to consider it as one of the top anime of the year.
Set in the streets of Ikebukuro, Durarara pits the best of friends against each other as they struggle to work things out between them. Add to that a mythical being called a Dulahan, the world’s strongest bartender, Russian sushi, gangs and some other outrageous things, and you’ve got yourself an intriguing story.
1. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Based on the manga this time, the Brotherhood series retells the experiences of Edward and Alphonse as they try to obtain the Philosopher’s Stone. With all of the action scenes and large cast of characters, FMA:B is never a bore to watch.
That makes up my list for the year. I know there are more good anime out there that finished this year, so if you think a title deserves some recognition, feel free to leave a comment.