As before, this includes shows which ENDED in 2014 (that’s why Shirobako isn’t here)
This was still a bit hard. Summer kinda fucked shit up.
I mean, other than Jojo, every show from Summer season had something really wrong with it. …REALLY wrong. That’s especially apparent when Fall season was so good.
Even so, it is done.
MASSIVE EDIT: Garo is STILL GOING! Garo is NOT SPLIT COUR! so, really, it’s a 2014/15 show…so it doesn’t count. It could be in the 2015 list… unless all the stuff coming out this year totally delivers.
so #10 is… . .
10. Sekai Seifuku AKA Jormungand First Order
So weird and so good. Take what is for all intents and purposes a pint sized Koko Hekmatyar from another planet, add a crew of odd and insanely likable characters, and a world that seems like some kind of surreal Rugrats episode and you have this crazy ass show.
9. Zankyou no Terror (AKA The Plot to Blow Up Everything)
Of the generally flawed Summer season, this was the show that offset it’s flaws the most with a great memorable beginning and ending, excellent soundtrack by everyones favorite Yoko Kanno, and a story that even with it all it’s flaws was still quite interesting.
8. Hajime no Ippo Rising (still doesn’t need a nickname)
First of all, the Kamogawa gym gang are as lovable as the Silver Spoon gang are as lovable as the Shirobako gang. I could watch these people forever. Second of all, fucking INTENSE fights. I can’t even really pick which one was the best off the top of my head, they were all really good.
7. Psycho Pass 2 (AKA CSI Japan 2050)
A show that overcame a fatal flaw like having a complete overhaul of the staff responsible for the fucking BEAST that the first Psycho Pass was. This mainly had to do with whoever wrote this season still managing to come up with something both interesting and fitting for Psycho-Pass. It was never gonna be as good as the original (we knew at least a month before the premiere Production IG was not involved), but it was fucing awesome for what it was.
6. Knights of Sidonia (AKA Attack on Titan… .IN SPACE)
No, seriously. I love this. It’s the best full CGI anime I have seen (granted, I still have to see Expelled From Paradise, but we’ll cross that bridge when it becomes available for overseas viewers to watch). Much is made of cheesy romantic aspects, but it’s not that prevalent. People who cannot get past the CG are really missing out.
5. Kill La Kill (AKA Project R-ko)
Trigger’s first TV series is a total success. With it’s over the top action and gags often combined with intensity of the characters, it’s a show that maybe sometimes doesn’t have a handle on whether it wants to be taken seriously or not, but in the end is always entertaining.
We waited and waited and waited and holy fuck did it deliver!!! Everyone’s favorite chapter (though, seeing it animated, I dunno, I think I might like Battle Tendency a little better) finally gets the correct treatment.
3. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis (AKA Record of Heavy Metal Demon Girl War)
Ladies and gentlemen, the biggest surprise of 2014 (that isn’t continuing into 2015), and the 3rd MAPPA show on this list. This ran at the same time as Garo, and they quite obviously put a shit ton of effort into this show in comparison. The entire thing looks amazing, but the first 3 or 4 episodes take the cake. Lets talk about why it’s such a surprise though… .this is based on a video game. Not just a video game…a video game MADE TO PLAY ON MOBILE PHONES… which had no story. They took that and turned it into this show with these super likable characters in a fantasy world with a well told story IN ONLY 12 EPISODES. How long has it been since you’ve seen a show that short that didn’t have a rushed ending?
2. Samurai Flamenco (AKA Let’s Go Discount Rider Kick)
This show was a journey. A journey from the realistic to the surrealistic and back. It was all at once fun ride, a sad ride and an intense ride. To think many of us went into it expecting anime tokusatsu (of course, we got that later didn’t we?)
1. Space Dandy (AKA Dandy Bebop)
There’s just no contest, this was most entertaining show of 2014. Subbed or dubbed. Rewatch value is off the charts, because every episode is different. Some episodes are sad, some episodes are funny. There’s NOTHING Space Dandy can’t do … .except boring.
runners-up: Re:Hamatora, Silver Spoon 2, Fate/Stay Night UBW pt 1, Tokyo Ghoul and Aldnoah Zero