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Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 Treatment for 2009 Anime:

As we journey backwards through the annals of anime past, great series continue popping up for the first time, which we later learn are going to change the world.  2009 was the end of some series of that magnitude, like Clannad, and the beginning of others, like Bakemonogatari, Fairy Tail, Cross Game, K-On!, Railgun, Dragon Ball Kai, and Saki.  There should be a law against too much talent appearing in a single year.  How can a single brain even comprehend what's happened in a space of time that short?

1.  Cross Game beginning
2.  Clannad After Story 2nd half + ova
3.  Hayate ova + Hayate S2
4.  Dragon Ball Kai beginning
5.  Fairy Tail beginning
6.  Railgun S1 1st half + Index S1 2nd half
7.  K-On! S1
8.  Saki S1
9.  Fresh Precure + Yes Precure 5 Go! Go! ending + Yes Precure 5 Go! Go! movies
10.   Kobato
11.   Maria-sama ga Miteru S4
12.   Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
13.   Bakemonogatari beginning
14.   One Piece - Saboady Archipelago Arc + Amazon Lily arc + Impel Down arc beginning
15.   Major S5
16.   Higurashi Rei ovas + Umineko
17.   Summer Wars
18.   Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen beginning
19.   Valkyria Chronicles
20.   Naruto - Hebi arc beginning
21.   Tears to Tiara
22.   Kimi ni Todoke S1 beginning
23.   Sora no Otoshimono S1
24.   Seitokai no Ichizon S1
25.   Spice and Wolf ova + Spice and Wolf S2
26.   Haruhi S2
27.  Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
28.  Negima ovas
29.  Shakugan no Shana S ovas
30.  To Love-ru ovas
31.  Utawarerumono ovas
32.  Evangelion Movie
33.  To Heart 2 ovas
34.  Mahoromatic ovas

This may have only 34 entries, but it doesn't matter.  We are talking about some of the most revered, respected and popular series of all time, all of them debuting in 2009.  Clannad After Story, K-On!, Bakemonogatari, Dragon Ball Kai, Fairy Tail, Cross Game, Railgun, Saki. . . ?  It just goes on and on.  Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is still talked about today.  Kobato was the best Clamp work of all time. Sora no Otoshimono is a cult classic.  Maria-sama ga Miteru was already a great series, but S4 was the best season of all.  Inuyasha returns!  Hayate S2 is actually faithful to the manga!  Any one of these shows could have been the highlight of the year, but instead they're all together?  What on Earth just happened here?

2009 would be the best year in anime, except that it has around 16 less franchises than 2013.  With so much less content, it's difficult to render a judgment one way or another.  At the very least the year was infinitely better than 2015.  Like all years of anime.  Maybe 2008 will be weaker?  Only one way to find out. . .

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