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Well, not being active hardly anymore on this wonderful site over the past year has been tough. Perhaps I will become more active this winter when I get some time to get back into the wonderful world of anime and manga.
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Anime Vice Best of 2011 List

This is my list of what I believe to be the best 5 6 anime series of the 2011 calendar year. While I did not manage to watch many series this year (mostly due to a hectic schedule, college, and work), I did manage to watch the following shows and found them to be the ones that I decided to feature on the list below.

The reason for my lack of viewing the majority of the anime series that premiered in 2011 (apart from what was stated above) was several factors. I have listed them below:

  • Many of the shows did not interest me (concept-wise or based off the description)
  • My catching up on several series (Gintama and One Piece) took up most of my time over the year. I watched from Ep. 30 (East Blue Saga: Baratie Arc) to Ep. 332 (near the end of the Enies Lobby Arc leading into the Thriller Bark Arc) on One Piece and from Episode One to Ep. 22 of Gintama from March 2nd to November 27th.
  • My interest in other shows (Deadman Wonderland, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko) wavered and I eventually passed on them when I became engrossed with Beelzebub.
1. Beelzebub

One of my all-time favorite shows (behind One Piece, BLEACH, Heaven's Lost Property, FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Gintama), Beelzebub delivers great humor, interesting characters, and the tale of delinquent Oga Tatsumi who unwittingly becomes the adopted father of Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, the one who will one day destroy humanity. His life spirals wildly as he not only has to deal with taking care of the son of the Demon King, but trying to figure out who else he can dump Baby Beel onto, someone who is more powerful and ruthless than he is. Unfortunately for Oga, his reputation attracts the attention of other tough individuals, and not even the feared TKKH of Ishiyama High can ignore his rise to power any longer.

2. Aria the Scarlet Ammo

This show sounded interesting, so I gave it a try over the summer in-between my viewing of the Skypeia Arc of One Piece. I found it to be quite enjoyable and watched it until the end of the 12 episode season. The events in life that become a normal occurrence for Kinji Tohyama after geting involved with the talented S-Rank Aria H. Kanazki, who saves him from the feared Butei Killer's attempt to kill him make this show quite fun to watch (in my opinion).

3. Dream Eater Merry

As with C - Control, I did not watch this entire series to the end (stopped at Ep. 8), but from what I did watch of it, I found it to be quite enjoyable, fun, and interesting. The mechanics of the realm the lies outside of the human world caught my interest xD

4. Is this a Zombie?

The description of this show interested me, and I found it to be a decent series that had interesting characters, funny moments, and watching poor Ayumu Aikawa go through his now wild life as a resurrected servant for the silent necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe provided some good laughs.

5. Steins;Gate

The description of this show interested me, and since I knew that this was based off a video game that had been out on the XB360, I gave it a try. I found it to be interesting, with the whole concept of sending messages through time and the developing lives of all involved. Rintaro Okabe's scientific endeavors along with the involvement of the people who become intertwined with his work made this a show that I enjoyed.

6. C - CONTROL

Of the five total shows on this list, I did not finish this series (stopped at Ep. 10), but I felt that it should be featured on this list since I thought that it had a promising potential and interesting factors that could make it a show for others to enjoy. The ongoing tale of Kimimaro Yoga and his asset Mysu in both the real world and the powerful Financial District should be a series that most can enjoy.

7. Anime Vice Yearly Best Of

Added for the list

Supreme Marvelon March 23, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.

One of my favourite parts of, Is this a zombie? was when Ayumu first meets Eucliwood and begins to street dance. I laughed out loud for a while.

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