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Mike’s 2014 Anime Year-in-Review

Some year huh? 2014 was good for anime. It may not have been as good as 2013 which produced such monsters as Attack on Titan and Monogatari: Second Season, but it was still damn good. I liked it. A lot. You take your good shows with your bad but no matter what, anime is constantly getting better and it showed. The thrill of finding new shows, characters, songs, and stories to love every year is just intoxicating. Once the year is over, it’s nice to take a step back and think about the gifts the year gave us. With that said, this is going to be more of a rundown than any really in-depth analysis. i I kinda did that already, but I can still provide. If analysis is what gets you motor running then reference my fall, summer, and spring season reviews. To hear all of our thoughts about the entire year in anime, make sure you check out these podcasts. Trust me, they’re worth the listen. Now then…

 

Top 5 Female Characters of 2014

Honorable Mentions: Money Kanegami (Nourin), Akane Tsunemori (Psycho-Pass: Season 2)

5. “Kaori Miyazono” of Your Lie in April

female

4.Esdeath” of Akame ga Kill

Esdeath_up_close

3.Satsuki Kiryuuin” of Kill la Kill

satsuki

2.Bekki Natsumi” of Nourin”

actually bekki

1.Mako Mankanshoku” of Kill la Kill

mako

 

Top 5 Male Character of 2014

Honorable Mentions: Twelve (Tokyo Terror), Sora (No Game, No Life)

5. “Nine” of Tokyo Terror

nine

4. “Kenjirou Shibazaki” of Tokyo Terror

shibazaki

3. “Slaine Troyard” of Aldnoah.Zero

saline

2. “Dandy” of Space Dandy

dandy

1. ” Yuuji Kazami” of Fruit of Grisaia

male

 

Top 10 Openings of 2014

Honorable Mentions: “Thunderclap” by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas (Sengoku Basara: Judge End) “ambiguous” by GRANiDELiA (Kill la Kill)

10. “FLAT” by Livetune ft. Yūki Ozaki (Hamatora)

9. “Killy killy Joker” by Kanon Wakeshima (Selector Infected Wixoss)

8. “ebb and flow” by Ray (Nagi no Asukara)

7. “This game” by Konomi Suzuki (No Game, No Life)

6. “Viva Teardrops” by Yasuyuki Okamura (Space Dandy)

5. “Enigmatic Feeling” by Ling Tosite Sigure (Psycho-Pass: Season 2)

4. “Let Me Hear” by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas (Parasyte)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZVr-Zu9vPM

3. ENAMEL” by SID (Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus)

2. “Rising Hope” by LiSA (The Irregular at Magic High School)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHzKvWJYsag

1. Unravel” by tk of Ling Tosite Sigure (Tokyo Ghoul)

 

Top 10 Endings of 2014

Honorable Mentions: Survival by Yoshino Nanjō (Akuma no Riddle) “Set Them Free” by Akira Jimbo (Tonari no Seki-Kun)

10. “Dazzling Smile” by Shihoko Hirata (Persona 4 The Golden Animation)

9. “Aqua Terrarium” by Nagi Yanagi (Nagi no Asukara: Ending 1)

8. “Knot Made of Three-Leaf Clovers” by Nagi Yanagi (Nagi no Asukara: Ending 2)

7. “ego-izm” by La La Larks (M3 Sono Kuroki Hagane)

6. “Welcome to the X Dimension” by Etsuko Yakushimaru (Space Dandy)

5. “Fallen” by EGOIST (Psycho-Pass: Season 2

4. “Days” by Jin feat. Lia (Mekaku City Actors)

3. “aLIEz” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki (Aldnoah.Zero)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x267ksk_darkara-aldnoah-zero-episode-4-ending-aliez_shortfilms

2. “Born to be” by nano (Mahou Sensou)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbXvqU39WvI

1. “OVERDRIVER” by ZAQ (Rail Wars!)

 

Best Song/Insert Song

“Before My Body is Dry (Don’t Lose Your Way)” by Mika Kobayashi ft. David Whitaker (Kill la Kill)

Honorable Mentions: “Snow Halation” by μ’s (Love Live: School Idol Project Season 2), “The Song of Falling Rain (Tender Rain)” by Rena Maeda (The World is Still Beautiful), “SuperOrbital” by First Astronomical Velocity (Super Sonico the Animation)

 

Best Episode of 2014

Kill la Kill Episode 24:  Past the Infinite Darkness

best song

Honorable Mention: Aldnoah.Zero Episode 12: Childhood’s End

 

Top 10 Shows of 2014

Honorable Mentions: Nisekoi, Amagi Brilliant Park

10. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

jojo

9. Pyscho-Pass: Season 2

3

8. No Game, No Life

no game

7. Akame ga Kill

4

6. Tokyo Terror

terror

5. Nourin

nourin

4. Parasyte

2

3. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

1

2. Aldnoah.Zero

ald

1. Kill la Kill

kill

Final Thoughts

We started The Critical D back in May of last year. Before that, I hadn’t written a single review in probably over a year. Now, with the site in tow, I’ve been able to stick to a semi-regular schedule. I’ve been able to actually sit down and write my thoughts in a concise and coherent manner instead of just shouting them at Brian, Matt, Ruben and Moses like I usually do. I couldn’t be happier. I’ve spent entire nights on reviews sometimes, but I think that has been time incredibly well spent. To the people who read my reviews ii, you have no idea how much that means to me. Truly, no idea. To Brianiii, Matt, Rubeniv, and Moses, I’m not sure what I did to deserve you guys but god blessed me by putting you guys here. v You guys disagree with my thoughts all the time vi but never stifle me and allow me to let my creativity run wild. I can’t thank you guys enough for coming on this journey with me and god damn, I hope we get to do this sh** for years to come. vii Usually I have some video that’s funny or clever only to me but I’ve run out of ideas. So I’ll leave you with an old favorite…

Her Name is Koko

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