Monday, 19 January 2015

Best Animes of the year 2014

This year we had lot of animes. Most of them were awesome, and had really good animation. We can expect the same for 2015 since most of the second seasons are releasing. I was supposed to release this post sooner but accidentally deleted the article, so I had to go from the start all over again.

Here I am again before you with some best animes of the previous year which I think is perfect, all over in sense of comedy or romance or action or whatever. I selected these animes because they all had some uniqueness in them compared to other animes. I usually go for romance genera but this time I managed to put some action and comedy. Hope you like them all.
  • Noragami
Lets say that the journey of an OTAKU started with Noragami. As the name suggests Nora means stray and Gami means god, so basically this anime is about a stray god. Nothing can be more hilarious than the name itself. This anime focuses mainly on comedy then romance and the finally to action. The story pretty much handled the genera well. You certainly don't want to miss this one.

Yato, a minor god, dreams to become the most revered deity in the world with big shrine and all. However, being a penniless god that he is, he has a long way to go and his shinki leaving him doesn't help matter. Later, when he does his job, a high school girl named Hiyori Iki pushes him out of the way of a speeding bus; unaware of his status as deity.

Things get complicated when this incident triggers abnormality in Hiyori's soul, causing her to make an Astral Projection whenever she falls unconscious. To turn herself back to normal, Hiyori must help Yato becoming a better god who can fix the problem, along with Yato's new shinki, Yukine.

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  • Engaged to the Unidentified
Then comes this anime, most lovely and cute one. The romance is smooth rather than love at first sight or like a tsundere girl trying to hide her real feelings. The story don't lag or have any unnecessary episodes squeezed in between. More than any other genera this anime spots romance and didn't left the story half baked. There is a possibility that it may have a second season. Romance have been my favorite genera and I have watched many, compared to others that I have watched this is definitely a must watch.

Yonomi Kobeni, an ordinary girl, finds out on her 16th birthday that she is betrothed to Mitsumine Hakuya, a boy the same age as her. Hakuya moves in from the countryside and starts living with her, bringing his younger sister who is still a primary school student with him. Also added is his older sister who is already living with Kobeni and is two years older. The story revolves around these four people and their identities as "couples" and "sisters-in-law".

  • Nisekoi
I think romance genera is more of a choice of the producers. This anime was on spot light when it was released. All social sites had at least one post daily on this anime. It had that much impact. This anime had a new way of presenting love and comedy. Some times there is a possibility that such anime may completely turn in to a romance oriented one. But this one didn't lost its way of presentation. All of us wish that it have been nice if we had some one to love. But there is some troubles to it, these troubles and the protagonists reactions are so much coordinated that it one feels to watch the complete anime.

As a child, Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart, keeping a pendant as a memento while his love took the key. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but years later, reality smashes his hopes when Chitoge Kirisaki accidentally knees him in the face...

Though Raku's a normal high schooler, his family heads the notorious yakuza gang the Shuei-Gumi faction! And he's dragged into family affairs when he's forced into a relationship with Chitoge, the daughter of a rival gang's boss!

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  • Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
Inari Konkon is a show I truly believed to be a best when I read its description and it was as good as it said. The character are strong yet adorable. The god Uka is one with a motherly affection and playful. I so so wished that I had someone like her with me always. The anime is a 12 episode runner and didn't had any random episodes, the best part is that it will never let one feel bored. More than romance this anime depicts the strong relation between a god and a girl.

Fushimi Inari is a shy, not so bright middle school girl living in Kyoto's Fushimi ward. She has a crush on her classmate Tanbabashi, but cannot express her feelings. One day, as thanks for helping a fox pup, the deity Ukanomitamanokami grants her the ability to change her form. But the troubles are yet to begin.

  • Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Adult jokes are pretty rare in animes and those which have them totally become vulgar at the end or will be a total ecchi. But this one preserve its naturalness and never diverges from the real plot. More over rather than being ecchi this anime is a first class romantic anime. This year we had some amazing romantic animes. Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou had a new definition of a high school love. In fact most of the scene are based on the Kawaisou complex. The possibility for a second season is 90%. Hope we get a second season. Don't miss this one.

Thanks to his parents' job transfer, high school freshman Kazunari Usa finally gets to enjoy living on his own in the Kawai Complex, a boarding house that provides meals for its residents. Ritsu, the senpai he admires, also lives in Kawai Complex, as do a few other "unique" individuals: his masochistic roommate Shirosaki; beautiful, big-breasted Mayumi who has no luck in finding men; and sly, predatory college woman Sayaka. Surrounded by these people, Usa never finds his daily life boring.

  • The Irregular at Magic High School
Bored of watching some lame excuse for a protagonist try watching this anime. Only one such anime comes to mind with the protagonist being super duper and that is 'Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero'. This anime is more inclined towards action genera. Although the anime is listed under romance genera, the first season didn't depict any romantic relation rather it was affection between siblings. The second season will be an action too, but one can hope for a nice romantic story. Those who want to know the story further try reading the light novel.

The season is spring and it is time for a brand new school year.
At the National Magic University First Affiliate High School, A.K.A Magic High School, students are divided into two distinct groups according to their academic performances. The "Bloom," who demonstrate the highest grades and are enrolled in the "First Course," and the "Weed," who have a poor academic record and are enrolled in the "Second Course."

This spring, a very peculiar brother and sister enroll as new students. The brother is an under achiever with some deficiencies and enrolls as a "Weed," while his younger sister is an honor student, who enrolls as a "Bloom." The brother, with a somewhat philosophical expression, and the younger sister who holds feelings a little stronger than sibling love for him. Ever since these two have entered through the gates of this prestigious school, the calm campus was beginning to change...

  • The World Is Still Beautiful
Some fantasize falling in love with an older lady. In fact I was some one among them. But now I reached some conclusion and now I don't care for any of it. Now about the story, a total romantic anime from A to Z. One never gets bored watching this anime even on a single stretch. What will happen when a teenager is married to an older lady. Will they be able to open up to each other? Will they cheat on another? Watch this anime and you will know what there answers are.

Nike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain...?!

  • One Week Friends
Romance is more genuine when there is innocence. This anime has both innocence and cuteness which makes this anime all the more interesting to watch. You will know that you are being attracted to the story. This anime comes under the Slice of Life genera which makes it all the more interesting. What you will love about this anime is its simple plot yet very effective for any romantic anime. I think there may be movies with similar plot.

Kaori Fujimiya is always alone because all of her happy memories, including time spent with her friends, disappear every Monday. Deciding that he wants to be friends with her anyway, Yuuki Hase tries to get close to Kaori each week, wishing that she would one day call him "a friend."

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  • Nanana's Buried Treasure
I thought I did find a cool romantic anime but it was more of an action and slight trace of romance. But still this anime was perfect in every aspect. The plot was solid and didn't wander off. Considering the way story is progressing the second season will be more exciting and will be made into a romantic anime, may be love between a ghost and a human. There are other animes with this plot where love between ghost and humans is depicted. But this one is nothing like that sort. The ones that come to my mind are 'Dusk Maiden of Amnesia' and 'Summer Storm!'.

The 7 genius students, known as the GREAT 7, launched a project to construct an artificial island called Nanae Island to realize their leader, Nanana Ryugajo's peculiar idea.

12 years later, with a total population of 100,000 people with as much as 80% of those inhabitants being students, Nanae Island has successfully become prosperous as a special student zone. One of the island's newest residents was Jugo Yama -- a high school student who had just transferred to the island after being disowned by his father. One day, Jugo finds in his own apartment the earth-bound spirit of the late Nanana Ryugajo, who was murdered by someone 10 years ago! Jugo's plan of living alone was suddenly thwarted by this strange roommate. This anime series features the adventures and challenges of Jugo Yama as he searches through the historic ruins of Nanae Island for the great treasures, A.K.A "Nanana's Collection," along with the extraordinary characters he meets along the way. The mysterious puzzles of the ruins! The excitement of the treasure hunt! The strategic maneuvers and battles of thought and reason between the characters! Nanana's Buried Treasure is an adventure you won't want to miss!

  • Sword Art Online II
This was a much waited and anticipated anime. There is no need for me to explain its popularity or its content. Though I would like to say that it was a disappointment that this season was focused more on action than romance. The first season was a master piece in romance. There won't be anyone who won't accept this fact. The guess is that the third season will be more action oriented. The only possibility for any romance scene is if Asuna is to be forced to marry some one else. There are clues that her mother will likely force her. Lets wait for the third season.

1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.

That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.

Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the “Death Gun.” Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon’s help, Kirito decides to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the “Death Gun” and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.

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  • Akame Ga Kill
Considered to be the best action anime this year. Akame Ga Kill is a total blessing to all action genera lovers. This anime popularity made me want to know what this anime was all about and guess what this anime has manged to give preference to other genera without losing its trait as an action anime. Even though the romance was scarce this anime did well in those scenes. Most animes which depict female characters with main role makes it ecchi but this one is not that bullshit. Females are given the same importance as the males. Definitely a must watch.

In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor's ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible.

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  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki kun
Most hilarious anime this year. Every episode is waiting for you, just to make you laugh. Romance and comedy are intertwined together with much importance to comedy. The story don't have a proper plot, not much synchronization between episodes. What every director wants in there anime is the essence that will attract people, this anime has that good quality all over it. One never feel a drag or feel irritated to any characters.

High school student Chiyo Sakura has a crush on schoolmate Umetarou Nozaki, but when she confesses her love to him, he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph. When she says that she always wants to be with him, he invites her to his house and has her help on some drawings. Chiyo discovers that Nozaki is actually a renowned shoujo manga artist named Sakiko Yumeno. She then agrees to be his assistant in order to get closer to him. As they work on his manga, they encounter other schoolmates who assist them or serve as inspirations for characters in the stories.

  • Blue Spring Ride
Romance has always been my favorite and I am glad that I get to watch this amazing anime. The only similar anime that can be said is 'Wolf Girl and the Black Prince' which was also released this year.
This anime placed a new definition on high school love. After 'Kaichou wa Maid sama' no anime had the potential to reach even close to it. But now we have two animes that have great potential. So don't miss it.

Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to "reset" her image & life as a new high school student. Because she's cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn't get her feeling across to the one boy she has ever liked, Tanaka-kun.

Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won't be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now things can never be the same again. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?

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  • Madan no Ou to Vanadis
Harem and romance was the hold for 'High School DXD' until this year when two new anime where released. This anime comes on par with 'High School DXD'. The plot was perfect the characters are great the narration is great. This anime is really a master piece. If you love watching harem and romance genera then this one is for you.

Set in Western Europe during times of war, Eleanor "Ellen" Vertalia, one of the Vanadis of Zhcted, leads the battle into Brune. There are, in fact, seven Vanadis, each having received a powerful weapon from the Black Dragon to reign over one of Zhcted's seven territories. The power of the Vanadis invokes dread and fear in their enemies.

An earl in the service of the country of Brune, a young archer by the name of Tigre, experiences the Vanadis's power firsthand after being defeated on the battlefield by Ellen. However, Ellen chooses to spare his life after witnessing his skills, but in exchange, he is asked to serve her.

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  • Fate/Stay night Unlimited Blade Works
Classified as a pure action anime with small traces of romance. This anime is perfect in the plot and narration and don't hold back on animation. This anime didn't made its predecessors loose its value. In this anime its a fight with servants to obtain the Holy Grail which will grant any wish, which is quite similar to the fight in 'Sekirei' where the protagonist fight with his sekirei's to finally get a wish granted. Another anime is 'Mirai Nikki' which has the same base and a different makeover. Even if one know the story or the basic plot this anime will not make you get bored but the previous season's will make you irritated due to the protagonists lack of ability. But this season has put some more importance to the protagonists role.

This is the adaptation of the 2nd route of the popular visual novel: Fate/Stay Night. In this route, Tohsaka Rin will be the major female character. Revelations about Shirou and his destiny will be made.

  • Grisaia no Kajitsu
Psychological romance anime is what this anime is. Helping others over come their psychological problems is the plot of the story. This anime comes mainly under the genera psychology but only the last episodes that creeps us out.  Overall this anime was great to watch and don't let its viewers get disappointed. I loved this anime because of the protagonist unusual methods to cure the psychological problems.

Mihama Academy is a prison-like school built to preserve "fruit" that has fallen too far from its tree. It is home to five female students who each have their own reasons for enrolling in the academy and live their life idly within the walls of Mihama. One day, Kazami Yuuji—the institute's first male student—arrives and throws the orderly rhythm of Mihama off balance. Is Yuuji what the girls need to grab hold of their lives once more, or will the weight of their pasts prove too steep a wall to overcome? Or, is his past even heavier than any of the others?

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  • Wolf Girl and Black Prince
As said earlier this anime is one of the two animes which is on par 'Kaichou wa Maid sama'. Can be said as one of the best high school romantic anime of the year the other being 'Blue Spring Ride'. The comedy is great, romance is great, the plot is great a perfect combination for a perfect high school romantic anime. There is a possibility for a second season.

The story centers around Erika Shinohara, a vain 16-year-old girl who tells her friends about her romantic exploits, but she actually has no boyfriend. She claims that a handsome boy in a candid photo is her boyfriend, but it turns out that boy is a schoolmate named Kyouya Sata. She has no choice but to make him her fake boyfriend. Unfortunately, Sata may look like a sweet person, but he is actually an ultra-black-hearted sadist. Sata takes advantage of Erika's weakness and treats her like his dog.

  • Yona of the Dawn
Romantic anime feels great when the location is set in some ancient period. The presentation of this anime is what makes it special. There might be similar animes but this one has a uniqueness in it. The episodes are not scrambled or there are time skips. The story is running smoothly and at a steady pace. This anime has got a good plot for any ancient romance. Although this anime gives a vibe for a reverse harem, I don't think it will end up like 'Diabolik Lovers' rather it will end like 'Hanasakeru Seishounen'.

Yona is the sole princess of the kingdom, living the luxurious and carefree life as a princess should. She has it all: the finest clothes and cosmetics, the most divine sweets, a loving emperor as a father, and the hottest cousin crush, Soo-won, anyone could ever hope to have. Now, if only her bodyguard, Son Hak, wasn't so annoying to her and her hair wasn't so red.

But her nearly perfect world quickly shatters as the man she loves, Soo-won, murders her father and the path to his ascension to the throne is assured. Son Hak escapes with Yona, and they lead a life on the run from that point on.

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  • Trinity Seven
The best harem romance anime of the year. Like said earlier it is the other anime which boasted these two genera, which was the foot hold of 'High School DXD'. Although set in a high school environment this anime is not a high school romantic anime. The word Mao or the word next Mao or the candidate for being Mao are very common in action animes, still this anime has a new make over which gives the feel that its a complete different story. The second season will likely be more intense in action but I don't think the romance will be wiped out because the entire plot is based on the protagonist love for certain someone.

In this "romantic comedy but sometimes serious magical school story," life as Arata Kasuga knows it is wiped out by a bizarre incident known as "Collapse Phenomenon," which causes worldwide destruction and takes his cousin Hijiri Kasuga to the next world. To resolve the "Collapse Phenomenon" and bring back Hijiri, Arata enrolls in the Royal Biblia Academy. Waiting in the school are seven beautiful female magic users—the Trinity Seven.

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  • Your Lie in April
Finally to the last one. There is no combination better than romance and music. This anime will be best romantic anime this year. Some times its better to feel reality through anime and this anime does exactly the same. There is nothing supernatural everything feels real flesh and blood. The flow of the story tell that this is going to a tragic one. Music romance animes with tragic ends are unberable, but the fact that they are the best don't change. This one is highly recommended for those who love romance tragedies.

Piano prodigy Arima Kosei dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a recital that resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Even two years later, Kosei hasn't touched the piano and views the world in monotone, and without any flair or color. He was content at living out his life with his good friends Tsubaki and Watari until, one day, a girl changed everything. Miyazono Kaori is a pretty, free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. Kaori helps Kosei return to the music world and show that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kosei was used to.

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All these animes are highly recommended. Don't miss any of it.

Some Anime Which Are Good But Lacked Potential

These are animes that don't have a good plot but are good in sense of comedy. These animes could have been made much better or even great but lack of proper research made them only for casual viewing. Some are good in sense of plot but don't have a fresh feel. It's like we have seen some other anime like this. Still I say that some of them are pretty good. Try out.

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