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Anime Vice Best of 2011

My Top 5 favorite anime from 2011. I've got 4 down and I'm powering through the final season of 2011 shows. Un-Go seems like it'll be the final addition but I still plan on checking out at least the first 3 episodes of Chihayafuru, Future Diary, and Persona 4 to see if they could potentially make the cut.

You and Me is making a stronger and stronger impression on me as I go. Hanasaku, Usagi, or Un-Go might not make the cut depending on how good the final half of it is.

1. Steins;Gate

I was prepared to write this series off when I heard that the creators of the Chaos;Head game, which became an anime that I hated, were the same team behind Steins;Gate. I decided to give it a show when I read that White Fox, the animation studio behind Katanagatari aka my favorite 2010 series, was working on the anime adaption and I'm glad I did. I immediately fell in love with the characters and I'm a sucker for a good time travel story, and this series delivers one of the better ones that I've ever experienced.

2. Bleach

This year kicked off with the beginning of the end for Aizen Sousuke, my favorite character in the series and having read the manga, I wasn't sure if I'd even be watching Bleach this year. However.... HOWEVER. Holy smokes, I'm glad I did. Bleach launched into a filler arc that was amazing. Hands down, great. The animation was pretty awesome for a lot of episodes and the Reigai storyline gave them an excuse excuse to mashup as many fanboy Shinigami vs Shinigami dream battles as they could shake a stick at. These episodes reminded me of why I fell in love with Bleach to begin with.

3. Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter

Similar in tone to Hanasaku Iroha, You and Me really grabbed me. I've seen a lot of heartwarming shows starring school girls but this is the first I've seen that focused around school boys. The overall quality and characters of the series drew me in and the gender of the cast really made me relate to the characters on a level that I usually don't with these types of shows.

4. Un-Go

This ended up being my toughest selection of all. I was deadlocked between including this or Hanasaku Iroha but at the end of the day I went with Un-Go because it completely gripped me and had me begging for more at the end of every episode. The combination of the intriguing history world the series takes place in, the characters, and the detective mystery that I'd liken to Death Note and Himitsu: The Revelation pushed it into Top 5 quality for me.

5. Bunny Drop

Every season we get capsule charts that offer a 2-3 sentence summary of upcoming anime. I'm usually upset at how "samey" everything is but Bunny Drop stood out from the crowd as something different. The series was touching, heart-warming, and more than exceeded my expectations. I'm very glad I checked this one out.

6. Anime Vice Yearly Best Of
takashichea moderator is online on Sept. 14, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.

I recycled a page here. I forgot what was it. Just delete Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter. Right now, I'm going thru the database, adding macrons to the anime series' title.

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