And before the decade concludes, here’s my top eleven anime of the 2000sPosted: December 31, 2009
“Top 50 anime of the decade” posts are stupid because:
- That’s a lot of anime and I haven’t watched a lot of series
- There’s no difference among the spots until the last 20 or so
- 11 is a cooler number
This was influenced by omisyth’s post.
You’ll notice that there isn’t much variation in what I like. You’ll also notice that there are no pre-2005 shows.
this show is great
11. Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei
Who could forget opening up that first episode of Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei and being greeted with something that can only be classified as insane?
Yes, the runner-up is Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei.
It took a lot of debating to get to this decision. There were great titles that could’ve taken this spot, including Gurren Lagann, Dennou Coil, and more, but I think SZS is the underdog of the decade.
Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei is a one-of-a-kind show, an anime that’s destined to never make it big, yet never fails to impress. It makes fun of character stereotypes. It makes fun of other anime. It makes fun of society. It makes fun of itself. It even makes fun of its director. Just when I think there’s nothing left in SZS’s bag of tricks, it manages to pull something else out.
When SZS stopped making fun of character stereotypes after the first season, people said it went downhill. I think it just went on to bigger and better things. It has gone from character stereotypes to anime stereotypes to society’s stereotypes, and will probably go even further to who knows where.
Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei is the king of parody.
Oh, and having some of the greatest soundtracks ever made doesn’t hurt.
10. True Tears
Sometimes bringing things down to earth is the best way to do things. True Tears proves that.
In a decade filled with shitty harem anime, this is one pseudo-harem (two and a half girls) show that doesn’t try to go beyond the bounds of a romance. The humor is light, there’s no action. It’s just a romance. And it works.
Shinichiro chooses who we don’t expect him to choose because we have all been brainwashed with the aforementioned shitty harem anime that either leave things ambiguous or end up pairing the male lead with the girl who promises the most change. Was Hiromi the best choice? Hell yes. Was Noe the most likely girl? Hell yes. Is Aiko the cutest girl out of them all and is too good for Shinichiro? Hell yes.
It’s tough being an Ai-chan fan.
9. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
You knew it was going to pop up somewhere. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the most influential anime of the decade.
I don’t know what else to say about this series. Even if I did, you’ve probably heard it already, so I’ll skip everything and just say this: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a masterpiece.
Sudden drama at the end BLAH BLAH BLAH. Kyoto Animation Lucky Star ripoff BLAH BLAH BLAH.
Kannagi was a great comedy, and you all know it. I laughed my ass off at it, and there’s no denying that.
7. CLANNAD ~After Story~
I just wrote three paragraphs on this work of art, and I don’t want to write more.
Uh oh. I’ve been writing less and less for each anime.
6. Lucky Star
I swear, this is the last Kyoto Animation show on this list.
K-ON! may be pure, 100% moeshit, but Lucky Star sure ain’t. This show is the best slice-of-life comedy has to offer, and then some. I still hold the “chocolate coronets are a dumb discussion topic” point of view, but other than that, this show was great.
I just received volume three of the manga a few days back, and I saw this joke pop up:
“You went head over heels for a girl like mother. Dad, doesn’t that mean you’re just a big lolicon pervert?”
“Now wait! I resent that! You’ve got it all wrong! I don’t just like young-looking girls! I like all sorts of girls! So the proper statement would be I am “also” a big lolicon pervert!”
I think people who say Lucky Star is moeshit are missing the point of the show. The moe is like the cherry on top of the cake. There’s already one hell of a delicious comedy cake on the bottom, and the moe just makes it better. Shows like K-ON!, on the other hand, don’t have the cake. Putting a cherry on top of a pile of shit doesn’t make the pile of shit look or taste any better.
“Mafia themed anime” doesn’t even begin to describe Baccano. If Haruhi was known for the nonlinear order of its episodes, then Baccano should be known for jumping around in the middle of episodes!
In a year with super-popular series like Gurren Lagann and Lucky Star, Baccano faded into the background. But it is, without a doubt, a gem of a show. Likable characters around every corner (and a crapload of them to boot!), crazed action, the best comic relief duo ever, and a plot more creative than anything I’ve ever seen qualify Baccano for this spot on my list.
Unconventional storytelling format + mafia + wait wtf immortality + Rail Tracer + Isaac/Miria = holy shit
4. Seto no Hanayome
Seto no Hanayome is the funniest romantic comedy ever made. Actually, calling it a romantic comedy is missing the point. It’s a romantic COMEDY, and boy, is it comedic.
This is one show that makes comedy look easy. Everything from recurring jokes to facial expressions are so perfectly and naturally placed that it’s hard to actually appreciate the humor. Well, that is, until you watch any other comedy. After marathoning Seto no Hanayome, I went on to watch Hayate no Gotoku S2 and Princess Lover and was apalled by the crappy quality of the humor.
tl;dr Seto no Hanayome is funny
Gintama began in 2006, taking on a setting so ridiculous that it seemed like the world’s creativity had all poured into this one show. And it never stopped.
To have a comedy be consistently funny is hard. To have a comedy be funny for over a hundred episodes is nearly impossible, but Gintama somehow pulls it off. Yeah, yeah, complain all you want about the sudden action arcs (Android, Benizakura, etc.), but nobody can deny that Gintama is funny. It’s just not possible.
Gintama is the funniest thing ever made.
Mushishi takes fantasy to new heights, combining the age-old “wow” factor of a fantastic world with themes that dig deep under your skin. This here is a series that makes you think long after you’ve finished an episode. Are the mushi good, or are they evil? Should that woman have done that? Why did that man have to die?
Mushishi doesn’t answer the questions it raises, nor does it explain everything about the world of mushi. Good endings don’t happen all the time in this series. Most of the time, the people in the series just have to find a way to coexist with the mushi that bother them. Mushishi teaches us that there isn’t always a simple answer to everything, and does it in a stunning way.
1. Eureka Seven