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DocHaus' Top 5 Anime of 2011

DocHaus' Top 5 Anime of 2011 (out of those that I have seen, because if I watched more I'm pretty sure Hanasaku Iroha would make this list. Anyways...)

1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Holy shit this one really came out of fucking nowhere, and unlike the other stuff on this list it wasn't an adaptation of another work but an original story. It was a meta look at the magical girl genre and it was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and even knowing this it still smacked me upside the head. Definitely not something to watch if you want to feel happy the next morning, but otherwise a very, very good show.

2. Level E

Based off one of Togashi's oldest works that even he probably forgot about until someone decided to fund an anime of it. Various short stories about aliens living on Earth, loosely connected by a Prince known for trolling everyone, alien or not. In terms of sales, it bombed, so that's probably the last we'll ever hear of it, but every single story either made me laugh or freaked me out. Either way, they made me sit up and wait for the next episode with a lot of anticipation.

3. My Ordinary Life

A mixture of slice-of-life situations we've all been in at some point with some of the most weird comedy this side of Japan. One minute you'd have an eight-year-old child genius building a humanoid robot who runs on biscuits, the next you'd have Yukko forgetting her homework and begging her classmates for help. It was at turns heartwarming and hilarious, and I'd love it if there was ever some sort of follow-up, but am completely satisfied with what they did animate.

4. Un-Go

More than the characters I actually cared about the setting the show takes place in, a place where Japan imposed a dictatorship upon itself to deal with a terrorist threat and now refuses to let its newfound powers slip away even as the threat has come down. It's not quite finished at the time of this post, but it's the best damn detective story set in the (near-)future I've seen in awhile, even with the supernatural elements that have poked their head in at the end.

5. Steins;Gate

Another sci-fi tale based around a guy who sees himself as a MADO SCIENTISTO bent on conquering the world, yet complete with his own flaws. Chaos;Head was boring the few episodes of it that I did watch, but Steins;Gate just clicked with me for some reason. I didn't even really mind the otaku stereotypes, as they actually bounced off of each other instead of became separated in their own little worlds.

6. Anime Vice Yearly Best Of

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