Daroki (Level 9)

And thanks to the fact that I could recognize a 40+ year old Yes song, I am officially old.
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Best of 2011 Series

Top 5 list of my personal favorite anime from 2011.

1. Bunny Drop

Kaga Rin is adorable, and the story is a simple story told simply. Forget the creepy things that infiltrate the latter part of the manga series, the anime is pure magic.

2. Mawaru Penguindrum

No show had better control over it's pacing and set up it's more threatening moments better than Penguindrum. It's always a strange show, and knows where the line is between strange and demented and when to cross that line if even for just a moment.

3. Tiger & Bunny

If this list is ranking the shows that have the best chance of finding an American audience, then this moves to #1 without question. It's Lethal Weapon if it switched Danny Glover and Mel Gibson with members of the X-Men.

4. Steins;Gate

The beginning of Steins;Gate is so disjointed that it couldn't be on the list if it didn't pay off in spades in the end. No show picked up and carried more momentum towards it's finish or carried such a high degree of difficulty than Steins;Gate. I still can't believe they pulled it off.

5. Chihayafuru

Maybe the best cast of characters of any anime in 2011, Chihayafuru sets up the characters with such logical and natural motivations, that the characters seem less like they're being directed and more like they're acting naturally in the situations they find themselves in. The Kurata is far more exciting than it has any right to be, and this anime could find itself higher if not for the fact it's not complete and could go horribly wrong. But I'm doubting it...

6. Anime Vice Yearly Best Of
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