In participation with Kiddtic’s 2011 ACAA, here are my picks for the past year. I probably had the most difficulty narrowing down my choices for the current fall season since there are quite a few that vied for my second and third choices. I’m also going to include an additional Licensor Award since I think it’s a great idea for supporting our local licensing of a medium we all love and hopefully want to share with others.
This season review discusses: AnoHana, A-Channel, Dog Days, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Deadman Wonderland, GOSICK, The World God Only Knows 2, Maria Holic Alive, and Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox.
This may possibly have been my busiest viewing season ever, totaling at 9 from this Spring 2011 season, and an additional 4 still ongoing shows. The higher number of viewed anime also resulted in a wider variety of genre than I usually watch at once. Forced to watch episodes one at time on a weekly basis, I found handling this many shows more manageable than I had previously thought it would be, most likely because of the different flavors each anime provided. From dramas like AnoHana, mystery thrillers like GOSICK, satiric comedies like TWGOK2 and Maria Holic Alive, and fantastical fan service like Sengoku Otome, my table was covered with a number of savory dishes. Though many of them followed through on their initial bursts of flavors, a sad number of them finished with not so pleasant aftertastes.
After watching as much anime as I have, it’s inevitable that favorites will soon emerge. These are the girls who grabbed my affections and wiggled their ways into my heart. These are the girls who made me wish I could be their friend and ring them up for some hanging out. These are the girls who I admire and respect, and at times, who I wish I could be like. Thank you for your sweetness, mischievousness, courage, and fortitude.