I haven’t been as active at this site and this is something that I wanted to do so here it is. All the anime listed are released in 2014 and may or may not have completed this year. The anime are not listed in any order and the choices are based according to our liking.
So, let’s get on with it,
Tonari no Seki-kun
Tonari no Seki-kun is an anime that released at way beginning of the year in January so probably most of the people might not remember this anime but this anime was the most funny and amazing short anime of the year. Airing for 7 minutes per episode, the anime series lasted for over 21 episodes and followed two students who sat on the last bench in class. A girl Yokoi, and a boy Seki. Seki never pays attention to what the teacher is teaching and is busy in his own little world of distractions and manages to grab the attention of Yokoi no matter how hard she tries to resist it. The result is an amazing anime with a beautiful artwork and exceptionally good ending music.
Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou
Good Romantic anime are very less in numbers, but Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is thankfully one great anime. Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is part romance and part comedy anime. There are very well illustrated scenes that have you giggling and also scenes which you expect out of a romance anime. Kazunari Usa is a highschool freshman who moves into Kawai Complex and then falls in love with Ritsu, a senpai who also lives there. Add in a few unique characters like a masochistic roommate Shirosaki, Mayumi a woman who has no luck with men and Sayaka a cunning college girl who loves to cuddle with Mayumi and her enormous breasts. All in all this anime was one of the early highlights of the year.
Mahou Koukou no Rettousei
Mahou Koukou no Rettousei is based off a light novel and is a magical action anime. The anime can get gory at times but it also has a mix of romance and comedy here and there. The animation is top notch, and so is the script. But, nevertheless a lot of people did not like this anime for some shitty reasons. But, I for one absolutely loved it. The anime though has mixed genre, it was never confused as in what it wanted to be and had a well fledged out description of the characters. The story followed two siblings who were freshmen to the Magic High School. The High School divided the students into distinct groups according to their academic performances, the “Weed” was for the poor academic kids and “Bloom” for the best academic kids.
The siblings called Shiba Tatsuya and Shiba Miyuki are placed in different groups and the story revolves around them and how it changes the school. Tatsuya might be the best character among all the anime released this year too.
No Game No Life
No Game No Life is an anime based on a game. The story follows two siblings Shiro and Sora, who are NEET gamers and consider the real life as yet another crappy “game”. They are then invited to another world by a “GOD”, where there is no war and any dispute is settled by games and in this world there are multiple races and the human races have been pushed back to one city after losing everything.
If that summary does not get you interested, I don’t understand what will. This anime was sort of an underdog for me and I really did not want to watch but I watched the first episode on a trial basis and I found myself absolutely hooked to the anime. The best thing about the anime is the artwork, as it has a distinct pinkish outline and it feels different than any other anime I have watched. The storyline and the characterizations are just simply brilliant and there is no downside to the anime no matter how hard I try to find one!
Barakamon is probably the funniest anime of this year. Simply amazing artwork and brilliant characters are few of the many things that this anime has going for it. There is a reason this anime made my best ongoing anime list when this anime was airing. The story is about Seishū Handa a pro calligrapher, despite being young. When an elderly curator of an exhibition criticizes his calligraphy for being too unoriginal, Handa gets angry and punches the curator. In the wake of this faux pas, his father sends him off for a retreat on Gotō Island, near Kyūshū. There, he meets the colorful villagers, interacts with them, and begins to learn. His interaction with the villagers is what the story comprises of. This is one of those anime that just finds a place in your heart and makes you fall in love with it every time you watch it.
I usually don’t watch mecha anime, and am rather very picky about my choices in this genre particularly. But, the artwork and the detailed characters got me hooked to the anime. The story is a little confusing to follow at first as you dive right in to the action instead of being eased into it.
The story of the anime is set in an alternate universe in which the Vers Empire, the humans who migrated to Mars and found advanced technology declared war after the Vers princess was attacked on Earth. The anime has just aired the first part and a second part is expected to release soon.
This anime was one of my most anticipated anime besides Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu. Tokyo Ghoul is set in the modern era in which Tokyo is haunted by ghouls, human like creatures who devour human flesh. The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who turns into a half-human and half-ghoul creature and he becomes of neither world, after he is attacked by his date who turns out to be a ghoul.
The story then follows his struggles of trying to live normally as a human. The artwork is brilliant so is the voice overs. But, the best thing about this anime are the stellar OST’s that are present. The anime brilliantly sets the dark environment of the manga and thus that is why the anime makes this list.
Sword Art Online II
Sword Art Online is a story in which the characters are players who play a new game using virtual reality and get stuck in the game (this is just a vague description). Sword Art Online II is the much anticipated sequel to the first anime. And boy, it does not disappoint. Once you start watching it, you just cannot stop because the anime is so beautiful and vivid that you can’t help but sit in awe of the work done on the anime.
There is not much to say about this anime, but this series along with two other of its brethren, Log Horizon and No Game No Life are one of my favourite anime of all time and this anime has a feel to it unlike any anime I have ever seen. So, if you are wondering whether this anime is worth it or not? I’d say go have a look at it and you will understand the reason it resides as one of the best anime of 2014.
Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works
Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works is a remake. This anime follows a different route, the Unlimited Blade Works route than the earlier Fate/Stay Night. There is not one thing about the anime that is not good. The artwork, the fight sequences, the character voice overs, the OST and most of all the representation of the characters.
The story is centered on the Holy Grail War, where seven mages with their summoned servant fight each other to death to acquire the Holy Grail and get one of their wishes granted. The anime has an incredible power of making you a fan of the anime in the very first minutes of the first episode. Fans of the original series will be happy to know that the original voice over cast has returned to their respective roles and should give this one a try as soon as possible.
Akatsuki no Yona
Akatsuki no Yona is a different kind of anime and does not resemble the shoujo genre it is categorized into. Granted, it has romance plot and maybe kind of a reverse harem but the action in the story is just brilliant. When I published the Best Ongoing Anime of Autumn article I wrote that it had to a lot to prove and maintain that level of brilliance and thankfully it has done exactly that.
The plot is pretty simple and follows a sixteen year old princess, who on her birthday goes to meet her doting father to tell him about her love for Soo-won. But, her life gets torn apart when she witnesses her father’s death by the hands of the man she loves. Upon witnessing the assassination, she flees the palace with her bodyguard, Hak and travels to get the four ancient dragons. So, if you like adventure and romance with a beautiful female lead then watch this anime.
Kiseijuu: Sei No Kakuritsu
This is the anime of the year, if I had to select among the others. I am a fan of the manga which was released in 1988 and ran till 1995. This manga was a beautiful work of art and story and I am proud to say that the anime does full justice to the manga. The anime covers all the major part of the manga and if you haven’t watched this anime till now, I suggest that you do it right now!
The story follows a young 17-year old Izumi Shinichi who lives with his parents in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One fine night, worm-like aliens called Parasytes invade Earth and start taking over the brains of the humans by entering through their nose and ears. One such Parasyte tries to enter Shinichi’s brain through his year but fails to do so as Shinichi falls asleep while wearing headphones, and instead enters his body by burrowing in his arm and takes over his right hand. As Shinichi was able to stop the Parasyte from entering his brain, both Shinichi and the Parasyte, who Shinichi calls Migi as it took over his right hand, retain their own intellect and personality. The duo then encounter various other Parasytes who successfully took over their hosts and fight them to prevent the other Parasytes from killing them and eating Shinichi’s brain. This creates a bond between both of them as Shinichi fights to avenge the humans the Parasytes devoured whereas Migi fights because he is dependent on Shinichi and the death of Shinichi means the death of Migi.
The story is not the only place where the anime excels but overall it is probably the best anime in production right now (right now means the time the article was written). The struggle of Shinichi and his transformation after a terrible incident concerning his family and the effect it has on him and his close ones are few other reasons why this anime should make it on your list.
Shirobako is a slice-of-life anime. I am fan of the Slice-of-Life genre and might be a little biased towards those anime but Shirobako really deserves the best slice-of-life anime tag. Not only is the anime funny, it is quirky and shows a realistic view of the people working in the anime industry and the struggle they face every day and the hurdles they have to overcome.
The anime follows a group of girl as they start working and the way they overcome their hurdles. The best thing about this anime are those little moments where you find yourself giggling over little things. This anime has a certain charm to it which makes you addicted to it and has you waiting for newer episodes every week.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
The underdog. This is the best way to describe this anime. I know I used the same word for No Game No Life but I watched the anime after a few friends of mine watched it. But, in the case of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, I dove into the anime without anyone’s recommendation. This anime is different, with its bright visuals, beautiful animation and mind blowing music.
The story follows follows Arima Kosei who is a child prodigy in the world of music. But after his mother and mentor, passed away he could no longer listen to the sounds the piano made when he played them even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Two years, after the incident Kosei still hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone until the day when a girl, Miyazono Kaori, enters his world. Kaori is a free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality and shows Kosei what it is to be free.
The best sports anime of 2014. Period. Haikyuu! starts on a high note and manages to end on one too. It leaves the viewers at a point where the protagonist’s team loses but finds a new hope and starts to work to achieve the point where they don’t have to taste the bitter taste of defeat again.
The story is about a Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata who gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national championship match on TV. Although he is short in height, he becomes determined to follow in the footsteps of the championship’s star player, nicknamed the “Small Giant”, after seeing his plays. He creates a volleyball club and begins practicing by himself. Eventually five other members join the team by his last year of middle school, but they are defeated in their first tournament after being challenged by the championship favorite team, which includes the so-called “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama, in the first round. Though Hinata’s team suffers a miserable defeat, he vows to eventually surpass Kageyama and defeat him. To get his revenge, Hinata applies to Karasuno High School Volleyball club, only to find his new found rival, Kageyama! And then the story goes on and keeps on developing to a point where you understand the characters and can feel their feelings. This anime does not have a villain or a bad guy. In this anime, every character has its own story and have their own struggles and this is one of the many reasons why I love this anime.
Zankyou no Terror
Zankyou no Terror, I reviewed this anime not too long ago and I still by my review and the fact that it starts of brilliantly but fails towards the end. But this anime was one of the best psychological anime I had seen in a long time and it came from none other than Shinichirō Watanabe, the guy behind Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy and one of my favorite director among others like Hayao Miyazaki.
The story is primarily about a teenage duo, Nine and Twelve who also are terrorists with unkown motives called “The Sphinx”. The anime is a brilliant cocktail of seinen, psychological and mystery genre. But, the best part about the anime is the beautiful characterizations and the backstory. And Watanabe manages to play with your mind as the anime plays out. There is no unnecessary gore or any graphic content to cause an impact on people, Watanabe does what he does best and uses the story as a medium to confuse. All in all, this anime is a must watch for everyone basically, and also watch Cowboy Bebop if you are haven’t already.
Sorry, for the late article. But, I was busy with personal matters and just for clarification this article showcases just my thoughts on what the 10 best anime would be and there might be some whose opinion might differ. If you have some anime that you think was better and did not make the list, please do comment below! Also, this list is in a random order. But, if I had to choose the best anime of the season I would choose Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu for reasons I have written above. Well, thanks for reading this and may you have a very good New Year!