Dennis "The Kidd"s Top 20 Anime of the Decade
20. Gatchaman Crowds 2013
Gatchaman Crowds is a show about how macro level politics can affect the daily lives of everyday people and vice versa. Putting it this way however sells the show and the themes of the show very short. It is heavy thematically but presented with such style, quick pacing, action, excess and panache that one would be forgiven for thinking it a shallow monster of the week show.
Hajime, the protagonist of the show, can easily be one of the decades best characters as her existence is a chaotic influence of the plot of the show.
I strongly recommend Gatchaman Crowds and its sequel for anyone who wants a colourful, action packed and thoughtful look at the world of socio economic politics of the modern world.
It has a Killer OST!
19. Oreimo 2010
Oreimo is really about a bunch of high school aged girls coming to terms with their hobbies in real life and learning to make friends along the way.
The spiritual sequel to the show Eromanga Sensei is arguably just as good and just as controversial, however fans of the show will be quick to tell you its themes about friendship and learning to come out of ones shell to achieve their lofty dreams are what truly make it remarkable.
For the impact that this show had on the decade alone, it deserves a pot on this list.
18. Non Non Biyori 2013
The show is carried by its ensemble cast who are all delightful in their own special ways. Getting to know each character is the main draw of the show and the way in which they bounce off of each other is what kept me glued to my screen
17. Garupan 2012
Girls Und Panzer is both education believe it or not and loads of fun! The animation in some key episodes is fantastic and the action and comedy comes at a breakneck pace. The juxtaposition of these cute little girls in these dangerous behemoth vehicles walloping each other is what really gives the show its humorous edge. Especially because everyone in universe is taking the sport so seriously.
16. Princess Jellyfish 2010
Kuragehime is one of the decades best anime Romance/Drama’s and it comes highly recommended.
15. Bunny Drop 2011
In the now common sub-genre of single Dad raises young child now pervading media, Bunny Drop comes out as one of the best.
14. Sound Euphonium 2015
Sound Euphonium is a technical masterpiece, it is probably the most consistently animated show I’ve ever seen. KyoAni pulled out all the stops for this one, this is Naoko Yamada’s Masterpiece!
13. Bakemonogatari 2009
Shinbo’s breakneck style and Isin’s overbearing dialogue were a match made in anime heaven and this is evident from the very first episode of the now iconic franchise Monogatari.
I have previously shortlisted this franchise as a modern anime classic and I still firmly hold that belief to this day. There is simply nothing like it out there and it still holds up a 10 years later.
12. Fate/Zero 2011
Fate is an iconic franchise and there are at this point a multitude of very excellent adaptations and spin offs available. However, Gen Urobuchi’s Novel adaptation stands in my eyes as the best that the franchise has to offer, for both those familiar and new.
11. Kids on the Slope 2012
Kids on the Slope is one of the decades best drama shows and it comes highly recommended.
10. Chihayafuru 2012
Chihayafuru is about ambition and what hard headed ambition can cost you as a person. The sacrifices made to achieve your goals and if the goals one sets for themselves are indeed worth all the pain and endurance needed. It’s also about love and friendship and how all of these play a huge role in everyone’s life.
9. Wandering Son 2011
I’ve found that this show is almost always overlooked by the community and is never brought up, it’s in my opinion one of the decades best drama shows and deserves to be seen and talked about more.
8. Madoka Magica 2011
7. A Place Further Than The Universe 2017
Yorimoi is in the moe subgenre yes but it is a drama at heart with one of the best ensemble casts of the decade.
6. K-on! 2009
K-on! Is fun, it is cute, it is fluffy and it is somehow nostalgic for a moment in time that I would wager most of us never experienced. That is the magic of K-on! And why it remains timeless.
5. AnoHana 2011
I still believe AnoHana is the only romance anime that has come close to replicating Toradora!’s brilliance. Which means that this show is the best romance anime of the decade.
4. FMA: Brotherhood 2009
FMA: Brotherhood and the movies that came with it have some amazing animation and fight sequences, the supporting cast is all memorable and lessons learnt from that show are still being implemented in modern shounen shows today.
3. Steins;Gate 2011
Steins;Gate is a must see for any fan of science fiction, it is a modern anime classic because of that and many more reasons.
2. Shirobako 2014
The entire cast is likeable and they are all given adequate screen time, enough for the viewer to get attached to atleast one them. It’s also a really good peek behind the curtain at how anime is actually made, sprinkled in with a few cameos from real life anime professionals.
Shirobako is not only one of the best anime of the decade, it is also one of the best anime ever made!
1.Made in Abyss 2017
Made in Abyss, gave me that exact same feeling to this jaded otaku just a couple of years ago. It reminded me why I am such a fan, why I spend so much time on it that yes anime is wonderful!
Made in Abyss is an adventure show that follows a young girl and her mechanical but sentient companion as the travel deeper into an abyss in search of the girls’ mother. The abyss is a magical, mystical place of legend that gets more dangerous the more one furthers into its depths. The show feels like a Zelda game come to life but seasoned with a sharp tinge of horror and action.
Made in Abyss is anime at its very best, in terms of animation style, music composed by the wonderful Kevin Penkin, the background art that is reminiscent of studio Ghiblis best work and a top tier narrative that is filled with suspense and wonderful lovable characters that feel like they were ripped from the fairy tales of yore.
Made in Abyss is this decades’ best anime, it also one of the best TV shows ever made!
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