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Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 Treatment for 2014's Anime:

If I used the same ratings system for 2014 as I used to review this year in anime, what would the list look like?  It seems like such a fun system, to compare yearly output directly instead of short series versus long ones, which always ends up favoring the longer series.  How much could we learn if we retroactively applied this yearly sum-up to previous years as well?  I said that 2014 was the best year in anime, but this will allow us to really quantify that statement as well.  Just how good was it?  And why?  The list below should be explanation enough.

1.  SAO extra edition + 2nd season
2.  Fairy Tail - Dai Matou Enbu conclusion plus various side stories
3.   Doki Doki Precure ending + Happiness Charge Precure + Doki Doki movies
4.   Fate/Kaleid Liner ova + 2wei + Specials + UBW 1st cour
5.   Hanamonogatari + Tsukimonogatari
6.   Dragon Ball Kai Buu + Battle of Gods movie
7.   Shirobako 1st half
8.   Grisaia no Kajitsu + specials
9.   Sakura Trick
10.   Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
11.   Akame ga Kill!
12.   Little Busters! EX
13.   Saki-Zenkoku-hen
14.   Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun + specials
15.   Gokukoku no Brynhildr
16.   Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
17.   No Game no Life
18.   Akatsuki no Yona 1st half
19.   Hanayamata
20.   Soul Eater Not!
21.   One Piece - Dressrosa arc 
22.   Locodol tv + ova
23.   Miyuki (finally translated)
24.   Yama no Susume 2 + ova
25.   Love Live! 2nd Season
26.   Naruto - great ninja war arc (continued)
27.   Wake Up, Girls! movie + tv series
28.   Sailor Moon Crystal arc 1
29.   Amagi Brilliant Park
30.   Atelier Escha & Logy
31.   Ao Haru Ride tv + ova
32.   Hunter x Hunter - chimera arc
33.  The Idolm@ster movie
34.  Girls und Panzer Anzio ova
35.  Tales of Zestiria movie
36.  Hayate no Gotoku anniversary ovas
37.  Kenichi ovas final four eps
38.  To Love-ru Darkness ovas
39.  Oreimo Gal Game Animation
40.  Jojo's Stardust Crusaders 1st half
41.  Shingeki no Kyojin ovas
42.  Break Blade tv episode
43.  Tamayura 8.5 more aggressive ova
44.  Non Non Biyori ova
45.  Shinryaku Ika musume ova
46.  Sora no Otoshimono Final:  Eternal my Master
47.  GITS Arise ovas
48.  Steins;Gate commercials
49.  Railgun ova

More stuff total came out in 2014 than 2015.  There were also a ton of additional new series compared to 2015's mostly sequel output.  Another great way of quantifying 2014's edge over 2015 is to look at their comparable rankings.

Hibike! Euphonium got 7th place in my 2015 rankings, but is actually ranked lower in my overall rankings than 9th place Sakura Trick and 10th place Yuuki Yuuna in my 2014 rankings.  Another astonishing comparison is Sailor Moon Crystal in 2014 -- 28th place, vs. Sailor Moon Crystal in 2015 -- 12th place.  I do think the 2nd arc of Sailor Moon was better than the 1st arc, but not by that degree.  It's just that there was less competition in 2015 so Sailor Moon's product shot upwards in relative worth.

The return of Dragon Ball, Fairy Tail and SAO to 2014 were really the highlights of the year.  2015 doesn't have anything remotely as epic.

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