Looking for more suggestions

I haven’t watched any anime lately. It’s quite sad because I’ve had to chase a failed test, so I had to study a lot more than I usually do. I’ll just have to wait for the ending of Mawaru Penguindrum before I continue with it, seeing as I still haven’t watched past the third episode all this time. I was initially planning to write an end-of-the-year post, but it seems I can’t even do that with the dearth of anime I’ve seen this year. I’ve still seen a considerable amount, but I wonder if I have anything to write home about other than Steins;Gate. Madoka’s still on my backburner, and I haven’t really watched a series other than Raimuiro Senkitan in a month. That’ll change when I come back home, however.

What other anime should I marathon, or watch? After the batch of Mawaru Penguindrum arrives, I’ll download it, and I have Usagi Drop waiting for the Christmas break, which is quite near. Any suggestions? I have about a week to download and obtain series that seem to be notable this year, and I have about two weeks to make sense of everything and organize a top five list of anime for 2011.

P.S. I really realized I’ve gotten a good deal older when the people I know marry and get pregnant on purpose. haha! 🙂

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10 Responses to “Looking for more suggestions”

  1. Adamar Says:

    You’ll get that test second time ’round, mm? Do your best.

    Couple of personal favourites from this year are The Mystical Archives of Dantalian and Un-go. Mostly episodic, detective-ish series with interesting settings, music and, to varying degrees, characters.

    Level E is an strong comedy (Men in Black the animation? Wait, nevermind), buoyed up by a fantastic main character who isn’t in focus enough.

    Ben-to is retarded and it knows it, a sort of ecchi-fighting-comedy-parody. Might be worth your time as a ‘guilty pleasure’ of sorts?

    Did you ever finish Hanasaku Iroha? It gets bogged down somewhat at the end, but is otherwise consistently entertaining for what it is.

  2. cuc Says:

    You are only asking about TV series, right? Let me go over the charts… 2011 is a pretty good year in terms of TV anime. I won’t repeat what has already been said by the above poster.

    Winter:
    Have you gotten to watching [i]Hourou Musuko[/i]? The TV broadcast cut Ep 10 and Ep 11 into one episode, so be sure to watch BD version of the last 3 episodes.

    Spring:
    [i]Hyouge Mono[/i] is still ongoing (with 39 episodes planned, it’ll continue into the Winter season). It’s good historical fiction, with a quirky protagonist witnessing events from the sideline.

    [i]Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko[/i] is a smart show about cute girl doing cute things, with high-quality dialogue.

    [i]Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai[/i] is a surprisingly clever visual novel adaptation, made on a shoestring budget.

    [i]The Idolmaster[/i] is uneven both in writing and production, and ultimately all fluff. But the good episodes are good.

    I eventually stopped watching [i]Nichijou[/i], but do think everyone should at least give it a try.

    Autumn:
    [i]Chihayafuru[/i] is a very good execution of a formula. Beautiful artwork, music and direction.

    I find [i]Tamayura[/i] much better than [i]Aria[/i].

    I may be in the minority to only like the two dialogue-heavy episodes (Ep 1 and Ep 11) in [i]Fate/Zero[/i], but nearly everyone watching loves it. It’s split into 2 cours, the 2nd cour will start in the next spring.

  3. TWWK Says:

    From this year, you’ve already mentioned arguably the three best series – Mawaru Penguindrum, Usagi Drop, and Madoka. Personally, my very favorite was Hourou Musuko. I also enjoyed Children Who Chases Lost Voices from Deep Below, Chihayahuru, AnoHana, Fate/Zero and Working’!!

  4. Angelus Says:

    Oh dear, I can see that I’m going to be a bit of a “dissenting opinion” here, at least in part. Anyway, irrespective of what you may or may not have watched so far, my picks of the year would be, in no particular order:

    Chihayafuru, because it actually managed to made a card game based on centuries-old poetry interesting (which is not to say of course that the Hundred Poems aren’t ravishingly beautiful in their own right).

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica, because if ever there was a deconstruction of the magical girl genre, this is it (Magical Princess Minki Momo notwithstanding).

    Mawaru-Penguindrum, because the rabbit (penguin?) hole gets deeper and darker every second, and because I can’t help but love the constant allusions to Miyazawa and Murakami.

    Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, because despite all of its contrived SHAFTiness, it was intriguing, it was sexy and it was fun.

    Usagi Drop, because it touched my heart deeply (and not just because of what happens at the end of the manga, honestly).

    Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth, because although it seemed warm and gentle on the surface, I couldn’t help detecting the scent of “hot blood in a muff”, as a former acquaintance of mine, the poet Vernon Scannell, once described cats.

    Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?, because it’s my guilty pleasure of the year. I mean, who ever heard of a magical girl (or even a magical boy!) wielding a pink chainsaw before?

    And finally, an honourable mention for Nichijou, because one of the segments with Nano, the professor and Sakamoto-san caused me to strain a muscle as a result of laughing so much. If only it had been half the length and mainly about Shinonome Laboratories…

    Caution is of course advised with series that aren’t complete yet – who knows what could go terribly wrong with them even at this late stage!

  5. Michael Says:

    @Adamar

    I didn’t finish Hanasaku Iroha, although I didn’t find anything horribly wrong with it. It was mediocre.

    @cuc, Angelus, TWWK

    I’m downloading Denpa Onna right now. Chihayarafuru’s after that, and then Croisee (thanks Angelus!)

    I take my vows seriously … Going to lock myself in my room after all these exams and watch these. hahaha!

  6. lolikitsune Says:

    Been missing you, bro.

  7. Ryan A Says:

    Hey Mike! Usagi Drop, and check out the afterstory in the manga because it’s quite worthwhile. I’ve been having an urge to watch Ben-to recently (thanks to lolikit and kimaguresan 🙂 ), and I’ve heard some great things. I have a list of stories I feel confident about finishing, Wandering Son is also on that list. Croisee was one of my favorites of the year. It’s beautiful and manages to have more cultural say and sentiment than expected. I see Level E is also mentioned above and would also rec that.

    Cheers!

  8. cuc Says:

    Be sure to watch Un-Go, if you feel your list (of 2011 TV anime) still lacks something idiosyncratic and auteur-ish.

  9. Author Says:

    I finished Nichijou. It is uneven indeed. IM@S is less so.

    I forgot, have you seen Katanagatari? According to Don, it’s mega artsy. A veteran of Tatami Galaxy might appreciate. I haven’t seen it myself.

    Oh Edo Rocket is quite amazing. It did to Edo period what Sunred is doing for our times (e.g. the social critique), but also had an amazing story, _and_ in the same it it’s quite lighthearted.

  10. Hana Says:

    If it’s not too late (not sure how much time you have left of your winter break), then I’d second the calls to watch

    Usagi Drop (drama),
    Level E (comedy) and
    Wandering Son (drama) for sure, and perhaps for
    Un-Go (mystery) and
    Nichijou (gag-manga/ anime) if you have time.

    And one more that hasn’t been mentioned yet would definitely be Tiger & Bunny (action comedy, tonnes of fun).

    Enjoy!

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