Best Anime of 2010

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”.

5. Katanagatari

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.

3. K-ON

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.

2. Durarara

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.


  1. Lolo says

    Kimi ni todoke feels so real with a comedy touch.. its not like other animes when a triangle love appear and then many complex things happen afterwards and misunderstandings bla bla bla.. its just way too direct and honest.. i jst LoVe it.. can’t wait for 2nd season

  2. Mophead says

    If anyone out there is considering watching Kimi ni todoke please take this one peace of advice… Every time the main character begins to narrate, skip, trust me you wont miss a thing and the anime turns from insufferable drabble to enjoyable.

  3. Keita Leon says

    hey there! i recommended that you watch Fairy Tail i’m sure that if you watch it,it would appear on one of your top 10 list! i like it very much! i think you would :) its about fighting not about some Barbie fairy tale….

    • says

      Like I mentioned in the article, this list is only for series that concluded in 2010. Since Fairy Tail is still airing I didn’t put it on the list.

  4. Chris says

    THANK YOU!!! haha
    Finally someone has brotherhood up here. Idc if its considered a mainstream anime, its still better than the other contenders. I have seen every single anime that people put in the top lists of recent years, and watched them because of the praise, only to be dissapointed. Brotherhood ftw

  5. yesman says

    I think that’s a very good list of anime! I agree with pretty much all of them :D Except that i’d put Shiki at number 1-3, for me it’s a great anime with a great story line and the way it makes you think about death and such is amazing. Admittedly the character designs are flawed (talking about some of the ridiculous hair styles) however in my opinion everything else about the artwork is great and innovative. I especially like the way it uses such a large cast and we get a real sense of the large scope of the anime. I just thought i’d post this up so Shiki get’s more known and wondered if you’d watched it and what you think :P

  6. A Plague Rat says

    Durarara ended up being my favourite anime of all time. And I’ve seen so much more anime than you can even think. I loved it so much I think I died.


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