2014 was a year that featured many anime. In fact, I can say for certain that the Japanese animation industry did in fact develop, animate, and advertise several shows throughout the course of the year, and they did air on television and the internet for interested fans around the world to follow. As the year winds down, we could not rightfully call ourselves an anime website if we did not reminisce about this year’s crop of new anime. So without further ado, thanks to some tough picks and careful research, is a list of 10 anime of 2014.
10. Kill la Kill
This is on everyone’s list, so I might as well get it out of the way first.
9. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Perhaps no other anime made as big of a splash this year than Mahouka, the story of social struggles at a magic high school. Though it initially appears to be a straightforward magical girl show, it is quickly evident that there are much weightier themes at play. Writer Urobuchi Gen and director Akiyuki Shinbo create an anime that tells a haunting tale through an unique visual style. The series serves as a poignant and critical deconstruction of objectivism that will be remembered for years to come.
8. Mahou Sensou
The only thing I can say about Mahou Sensou is that it is undoubtedly an anime. It has an opening theme, characters, animation, and everything.
Originally scheduled to air in 1998, SHAFT finally delivered Hanamonogatari this year. I’m sure it was incredibly memorable for all six Kanbaru fans.
6. Tokyo Ravens
Despite an inconsistent offense and questionable secondary play, Tokyo Ravens will be a threat in the post-season if it can upset the Steelers at Heinz Field. Tokyo Ravens also gained unexpected notoriety a couple of weeks ago when President Obama mistakenly referred to the protagonist of Valvrave as Harutora instead of Haruto during a press conference on North Korea.
5. M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane
M3 was an anime that most people overlooked. Including myself.
And Mari Okada. Who wrote it.
4. Mushishi Zoku Shou
Okay seriously, who can believe this show got a second season? The first season ended in 2006. I mean, I’m not complaining but damn. This means there is still hope for what fans really want: a second season of Elfen Lied.
3. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Did something related to Eva come out this year? Like a movie or something? Ok.
2. Selector Infected WIXOSS
Selector Infected WIXOSS is a anime about a magical card game that has become incredibly popular in Japan. This is a good indicator that this show was terrible.
1. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis lures viewers in with colorful characters, a fun premise, and a kick-ass opening theme. I watched 5 episodes of this anime and I found it to be an entertaining, creative, action-packed adventure anime that seriously deserves consideration as the anime of the year.