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Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 Treatment for 2008 Anime:

I'm starting to see a trend in anime as we go backwards.  Fewer series, but more quality per series.  I guess when you know you only have one shot per year at something, you choose only the sure fire successes each and every time:

1.  Clannad After Story 1st half + Clannad 2nd half
2.  Da Capo II Second Season
3.  Code Geass R2
4.  Major S4
5.  Toradora!
6.  Strike Witches S1
7.  Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka
8.  ef: A Tale of Melodies
9.  Yes Precure 5 ending + Yes Precure 5 Go Go + Yes Precure 5 movies
10.  Index S1 1st half
11.  Macross Frontier
12.  Naruto - Orochimaru's Hideout arc + Shikamaru's arc
13.  Bleach - Hueco Mundo arc continued
14.  Prince of Tennis National Tournament Final arc
15.  One Piece - Thriller Bark arc
16.  Soul Eater
17.  Shakugan no Shana II 2nd half
18.  Spice and Wolf S1
19.  Hayate S1 ending
20.  Negima ovas
21.  Zero no Tsukaima S3
22.  Ranma 1/2 ova
23.  Lucky Star ova
24.  Tales of the Abyss
25.  School days ova

A year with Toradora, Code Geass, Clannad, the very beginning of the epic Index/Railgun franchise, and the very best season of Da Capo is not a bad year.  Even with just 25 entries it has a spectacular array of super high ranked shows that have stood the test of time.

With that said, 25 shows is almost half as many shows as later years can boast of.  This is just too few to be competitive.  2015 has 41 shows to boast of.  We've finally found someone 2015 can beat.  It took 7 years, but 2008 was probably a worse year in anime than 2015.  I bet it was worse than 2007 too. . .

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