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Best Series by the Year

There used to be some overarching “this is why I liked stuff from the 00s” rant here. That was before I decided to turn this page into a list of all of my “by the year” lists. Why limit this shit to just the 00s? That just isn’t fair to years that come later. We can’t leave them behind.

But yeah, the stuff I tend to like is what most people like to deem “weird.” In a year where everyone was proclaiming the likes of Usagi Drop and Steins;Gate to be the best of the best, my favorite anime TV series was a comedy about demon-worshiping. That’s pretty much my trend: I go for the off-the-wall, “obscure” shit that most people ignore. It ain’t deliberate– I’m no contrary hipster who digs on something just because it’s something everyone doesn’t like. I might come off like that at times, but all of my love is purely non-ironic. Irony ain’t love, it’s just self-loathing gussied up as praise. When I claim that Space Adventure Cobra, in all of its ridiculous space opera illogical glory, is the best anime series of all time, I mean that shit. When I say Rio: Rainbow Gate is borderline genius, I mean that shit.


So, here’s a handy index of all my “best of” posts:


13 Comments leave one →
  1. MsteaK permalink
    March 10, 2010 7:31 AM

    If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d recommend watching Seirei no Moribito and The Twelve Kingdoms. Both are full-fledged fantasy series with amazing female protagonists. Obscure gems if I have to say it myself.

    • Torggil permalink
      July 21, 2011 6:35 PM

      I have watched Seirei no Moribito and was extremely impressed. I enjoyed they way the show developed the characters and included the legend in the rice planting song. I also love the Shaman Torogai. I ended up being slightly disappointed with the lead character as she turned into more of a mother figure as the series progressed. She could have been slightly more morally ambiguous and perhaps been a more effective lead.

    • Carrots9000 permalink
      August 29, 2011 5:30 PM

      Thank you so much! nobody I know has seen it so I cant rant about it to anyone T_T. I cant agree with you more

  2. May 11, 2010 10:49 PM

    That doesn’t look like my list of the best shows from the decade…

    • Landon permalink
      May 11, 2010 11:33 PM

      I’d call that a good thing. If everyone’s favorite list looked the same, lists (and people) would suck.

    • zammael permalink
      September 9, 2011 8:51 PM

      Sorry, 21stcenturydigitalboy, but your link is broken. :(

  3. zammael permalink
    September 9, 2011 8:48 PM

    Landon, thanks for this list. To date, I’ve seen only 8, and tried Genshiken. Two thumbs up, two big toes up! I may spring for the manga.

  4. July 4, 2013 8:28 AM

    Is 2005 a year where anime DID suck?

    • Landon permalink
      July 4, 2013 9:20 AM


      I plan on revisiting stuff from 2005, but at the moment my list would only have two series: Speed Grapher and Mars of Destruction.

  5. July 4, 2013 3:26 PM

    Do you plan on going backwards past 1998? Only reason I ask is coz I want to see where NGE and EoE would place. Not just to see if they’re both #1s, but if you rank something higher than either of them chances are I’ll have a new favorite all time anime or something like that.

    • July 4, 2013 5:29 PM

      Funny. Just re-read your Top 50 and turns out Eva isn’t #6 like I’d thought. I felt like it was for some reason. Guess now I have more candidates to replace Eva as my all-time favorite. Kinda sad to see it at #14 though. You think when Rebuild is completed it might be knocked up a few spots?


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