Top 10 Anime of the Decade

Nearly dozens of anime have been made in the past 261 fortnights, and the vast majority measured in very slightly below “meh”. We at Anime Maru have no interest in these.  We have instead deigned to shed light on those few which went above and beyond the norm, earning that most grand of titles: “decent”. Luckily, there have been exactly 10 decent anime ever and they all came out in the last 10 years.

10. Steven Universe

You’d complain if it wasn’t here.

9. Bob’s Burgers

A cooking show that, even after 9 seasons, still has better animation than a pop-up porn ad. An inspiring tale of persistence.

8. Frozen

A must-have for yuri fans of all ages.

7. Planet Sheen

While technically “Planet Sheen” shouldn’t really be on this list since it’s a sequel to “Jimmy Neutron”, an acclaimed anime from before this decade, but we hold that it has enough of its own identity to warrant a spot. Leaving its predecessor’s tired school setting behind, “Planet Sheen” embraces the sci-fi noir angle the original brushed upon but never fully utilized. A timeless follow-up to a timeless classic.

6. BoJack Horseman

Many dismiss Bojack Horseman’s deep plot and complex characters because of its waifu packing and blatant furbait, but it really is more than a simple harem comedy.

5. Rick and Morty

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humour is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer’s head. There’s also Rick’s nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation- his personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realise that they’re not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Rick & Morty truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn’t appreciate, for instance, the humour in Rick’s existential catchphrase “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub,” which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev’s Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I’m smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Dan Harmon’s genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them. 😂

And yes, by the way, i DO have a Rick & Morty tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It’s for the ladies’ eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they’re within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid 😎

4. The Bachelor

Despicable harem trash it may be, but it’s good despicable harem trash. My sister hardly even watches anime but she’ll fight to the death for her best girl. The animation is also beautiful.

3. Avatar: Legend of Korra

Nothing is more important for an anime than to have an impact on popular culture. Avatar: The Legend of Korra took something that had never been done before, people shooting fire from their hands, and turned it into a cultural phenomenon. Later anime like “Fairy Tail” or “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” have since tried to copy the formula but have had very little success. With a sequel slotted only one year from the time of writing, it’s clear The Legend of Korra was a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.

2. South Park

By far the best action anime on this list and in this decade. South Park takes the classic anime formula of school children dealing with violent, over-the-top buffoonery and perfects it. It’s not scared to kill off characters or have them betray each other so you’re always on your toes. For the girl in the audience, it also has more yaoi drawn about it than any other anime on this list.

1. Big Mouth

Haven’t seen it.  Looks good.

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Starprophet is a few hundred meerkats in the shape of a man, held together by rage and one very charismatic squirrel.