Bloggin’ Out the Old Year, Ringing in the New


2008 brought a lot of positive outcomes for the anime industry.  A lot of great shows were created or adapted, and new & old seiyuus alike performed excellently overall.  While illegal fansub downloading is still prominent (cough), streaming sites like Hulu gained steam as dub companies, such as Funimation, collaborated on offering free online episodes.  On the other hand, Sony and Bones made a poor move by offering Bonen no Xamdou only as a PSP rental.  It seems like wallet rape to spend around $80 for a season of anime that you won’t even be able to keep.

Here’s a list of shows that I found enjoyable this year (bold indicates completed/watched majority of episodes):

Allison to Lillia
Antique Bakery
Birdy the Mighty Decode
Blade of the Immortal
Bounen no Xamdou
Chaos Head
Code Geass R2
Daughter of 20 Faces
Detroit Metal City
Earl and Fairy
ef – a tale of melodies
Eve no Jikan
Gundam 00 2nd Season
Hidamari Sketch x365
Itazura na Kiss
Junjou Romantica 1 & 2
Kemeko Deluxe
Macross Frontier
Mission E
Michiko and Hatchin
Mouryou no Hako
Nabari no Ou
Natsume Yuujinchou
Nodame Cantabile in Paris
Real Drive
Ryoko’s Case Files
Shikabane Hime
Skip Beat
Soul Eater
Spice and Wolf
Takane no Jitensha
Tales of the Abyss
Telepathy Shoujo Ran
To Aru Majutsu no Index
Toshokan Sensou
World Destruction
xxxHolic Kei
Yozakura Quartet

There are many more good shows out there, but I don’t have the time or interest for all of them.  As for genres of the year, harems were strong as usual (Clannad, Kanokon), but I think there’s also been a rise in mainstream shounen-ai shows. Kyou Kara Maoh had its third season, and shows like Antique Bakery and Junjou Romantica and Homochrome Factor made headway.

2009’s winter and spring schedule look promising, with a mix of new series and sequels like 2008 had.  Breakouts like Maria†Holic, Hetalia Axis Powers, and Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo, plus the return of shows such as Natsume Yuujinchou, Minami-ke, Shikabane Hime, Maria-sama ga Miteru, Slayers, Birdy the Mighty, and The Tower of Druaga will arrive this winter. Spring brings back Full Metal Alchemist and Higurashi, and premieres series like Eden of the East and Shangri-la.  At some point, a Spice and Wolf and Black Lagoon sequel can be expected, plus a series created by the Higurashi game team called Umineko no Naku Koro Ni.

Here’s to looking forward to the new year!


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