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Top 20 Anime of 2012! - - THE VICE PIT

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    We didn't give nearly enough kudos to the mega-mod, uber-user sickVisionz in the video. Everybody be sure to give the guy all the proper thanks he deserves for organizing such an excellent election!

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    rubberluffyon Jan. 9, 2013 at 4:42 p.m.

    JoJo came in second? Excellllennntttt. Too bad Tom won't watch it :(

    Do you even pose?

    DocHauson Jan. 9, 2013 at 4:55 p.m.

    Good to see the results finally come out. I would've voted for Gintama Season 5 but there were lots of good shows this year and it felt kind of like cheating to vote for it because of the hundreds of eps that series has come out with before.

    [Obligatory "Y'all have no taste" carping]

    Daily Lives of Highschool Boys not in the Top 10? No Tsuritama at all in the Top 20? Naruto Shippuden? The fuck is wrong with you guys?

    [/Obligatory "Y'all have no taste" carping]

    Lurkeroon Jan. 9, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.

    In any given anime season I would be hard pressed to find 2 good anime before trying for 20.

    Falcoeagle53on Jan. 9, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.

    I'm sad to see Ano Natsu De Matteru wasn't on this list, but at least my second choice, Kokoro Connect was on here.

    sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 9, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.

    Thanks to all who voted and Tom and Sam for doing a video for this and promoting it on the site. For people who are into the nerdy behind the scenes aspects, here is the spreadsheet.

    @DocHaus said:

    Naruto Shippuden? The fuck is wrong with you guys?

    I'm a Naruto fan but even I was shocked when the votes were coming in and this one was doing so well. Shippuden peaked in like January imo and has been pretty consistently mediocre all year until this recent 6 episode filler arc/mini-movie that started in November.

    Aleashaon Jan. 9, 2013 at 5:52 p.m.

    Lol only one of my votes where on the list and over half of them I haven't seen yet which is ok as it gives me some that I need to check out. Great work as always! Great video guys!

    Daniel_Newton moderator on Jan. 9, 2013 at 5:53 p.m.

    Ha! Mysterious Girlfriend X made it into the top 20!

    Suck it, Tom!
    Suck it, Tom!

    Three of my picks made it in, so I'm pretty happy with that. I'm not too surprised The Familiar of Zero F didn't make it, both because it aired way earlier in the year and because it's a sequel going up against so many good new shows.

    Still, pretty bummed out that my top pick, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, didn't make it. That show is fantastic. It has a great balance of comedy and romantic drama without one element ruining the other.

    Kind of surprised Binbogami ga! wasn't higher up on the list, that was definitely a popular show around here. Also surprised Magi didn't make the cut, kind of wish I'd given it a vote, it was really tough to pick five shows.

    samweller999 staff on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.

    @sickVisionz: Thanks SV!

    @rubberluffy: The MOMENT that show gets some kind of release ANYWHERE Tom and I will be on it like Dio Brando on a Steamroller

    samweller999 staff on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:21 p.m.

    @Falcoeagle53: Thanks for the Waiting In The Summer recommend! I might have to check that out on da Crunchyroll!

    xtremekidxon Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:50 p.m.

    fate/zero is a great series and a great representation of how mature anime can be...

    rubberluffyon Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.


    You're breaking my heart. The only reason I'm hopeful of JJBA getting a US release is that we got the HD rerelease of the Capcom fighter a few months back. Warner Brothers Japan has their hand in the production, so maybe they can work something out. The Japanese blurays supposedly will have english subs, but there's gonna be 9 volumes, and the prices are upwards of 100 bucks a volume, before you even factor in importing :(

    Kino88on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:06 p.m.

    YAY!!, "Another" woo hoo!! hip hip hooray!! number 13!!! woo hoo!!

    also I agree spit should not be used that way, YUK!!,

    everyone knows leather is way better LOL,

    Turambaron Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:33 p.m.

    @DocHaus: Tomokazu Sugita's voice can only carry a show so far. Also I suspect Naruto is up there because of people that only had 4 true picks, and needed something familiar for a fifth.

    Wraithon Jan. 9, 2013 at 9:39 p.m.

    hey man just because the Fate/ franchise started out as an eroge doesn't automatically mean everything related to it is bad. Actually the worst parts of Fate/Stay Night VN were the porn parts and the story parts were pretty good. Also Fate/Zero is awesome, not surprised to see it at number 1

    I doubt we'll see Jo Jo get licensed over here just because it uses Roundabout by Yes as an ED theme, meaning it would cost a lot of money

    As for some of the anime that made the top 20 *something about you guys having bad taste in anime goes here*

    Om1kronon Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:46 p.m.

    GIN TAMA!!! NOT JIN TAMA... AND IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS... although the newest season is pissing me off because of the directors cut re-runs ramping up to the movie.

    shelson Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.

    JoJo in second is very nice, surprised with Bodacious in the top 10 and bimbogami in the top 20, i didn't even considered them top material...

    On the other hand daily lives of highschool boys and Space Bros should have been higher, some of the most surprising ans awesome series of the last years.

    Petiewon Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:44 a.m.
    Glad to see Fate/Zero in first. FZ is adapted from the prequel novel and is written by the same author that worked on Madoka.
    Surprised Naruto made it on the list, and especially surprised it made it so far up.
    Thanks @sickVisionz: for organising the whole thing and to Tom and Sam for getting the video up.
    sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:54 a.m.

    @Wraith said:

    I doubt we'll see Jo Jo get licensed over here just because it uses Roundabout by Yes as an ED theme, meaning it would cost a lot of money

    As for some of the anime that made the top 20 *something about you guys having bad taste in anime goes here*

    They could always just remove it if it was that much of an issue. It's happened before. Also, US released shows have come over with licensed music before. Ergo Proxy ends with Paranoid Android by Radiohead.

    As for the top 20, it's a pretty solid line-up of stuff that's well regarded by people overall. Shame that Chihayafuru couldn't quite make it to the top 10 though... especially with frickin Naruto Shippuden being able to.

    Your plethora of random impersonations and goofy references reminds me so much of me and my friends back in elementary school and (time skip of the year) college. My roommate and I worked at the same place on pretty much the same shifts and we'd always be doing something stupid. I remember after the scene with the two souls in one armor from the first Fullmetal Alchemist, we started referring to each other as older brother and little brother. It got a lot of odd looks at first and we never explained it to anyone, but eventually other people started saying it too.

    Anyways, off-topic, but yeah. Good stuff.

    JiCion Jan. 10, 2013 at 6:20 a.m.

    WOOT! my 2 favorite shows are on this list:

    No. 7 Bodacious Space Pirates

    No. 5 Persona 4: The Animation

    AURON570on Jan. 10, 2013 at 6:41 a.m.

    Could someone post the top 20? also are the raw scores available? I'd rather just look at the raw data than listen to Tom talk about it.

    edit; nvm I just saw sickvisonz posted them

    edit: I'm upset about SAO and Bodacious Space Pirates... SAO did next to nothing original, and was predictable event after predictable event. Wasn't Bodacious Space Pirates basically an oppai anime?

    Arrggg I knew I should have used my 5th spot for Tsuritama... It wouldn't have counted for much, but Tsuritama deserves recognition. Tsuritama made me care about fishing and the art was refreshing!

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