The final entry in my 2012 Year in Review. Previously we discussed music and characters. This time, I’ve gone ahead and ranked all the anime of 2012 from worst to best (loosely). This list only includes shows that have finished.
Dropped: Acchi Kocchi, Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi, Brave 10, Busou Shinki, Code Breaker, Ebiten, Folktales from Japan, Gon, Hiiro no Kakera, Kuroko’s Basketball, Kuromajyo-san ga Touru!!, La storia della Arcana Famiglia, Gakkatsu, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Kill Me Baby, The Knight in the Area, Litchi DE Hikari Club, Naruto SD, Pabu and Mochizu, Recorder to Randsell, Saint Seiya Omega, Shibainuko-san, Sukitte li na Yo, Teekyu, ToLoveRu Darkness, Zetman
Ongoing Series: GIRLS und PANZER, Hunter X Hunter, Ixion Saga DT, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Little Busters, Magi, Polar Bear Cafe, PSYCHO PASS, Robotics; Notes, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, Shin Sekai Yori, Space Bros, Zetsuen no Tempest
58. Shining Hearts: The Bread of Happiness — F
A coma in animated form.
57. Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! — F
An upstanding young man invites his female cousins to live with him. Sexy times ensue.
56. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate — F
This is what I hate about anime.
55. Black Rock Shooter — F
Insane middle school girls transform into rainbow ninjas and throw temper tantrums.
54. Accel World — F
Like Sword Art Online but less intelligent.
53. Hagure Yuusha no Estetica — F
Most disgusting thing that aired this year.
52. Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai — F
So fugly. And dumb in a boring way.
51. Sword Art Online — F
Kirito stuck his massive sword into a lot of young, virgin flesh.
50. Queen’s Blade: Rebellion — F
Way better than I thought it would be.
49. Guilty Crown — F
Was entertaining in a “how can this be so stupid” way.
48. Dog Days 2 — D-
Eclair… and an entire season of utter boredom.
47. Binbougami Ga!! — D-
Ga! Not funny.
46. Saki Achiga-hen Episode of Side A — D-
Great characters… except for the main ones, who were completely forgettable.
45. Campione! — D-
Mythological BS and lots of humping.
44. Amagami SS+ — D
This show did not need a sequel.
43. Nisemonogatari — D
Highly sexualized prepubescent girls, imoutos and head tilts.
42. Tari Tari — D+
I occasionally emerged from my slumber to rage against Wakana.
41. Hayate no Gotoku: Can’t Take my Eyes Off You — D+
A crime against humanity.
40. Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne — D+
An incest show in which Imouto was one of the better characters… what?
39. Zero no Tsukaima Final — D+
You probably know what to expect by this point.
38. Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?!! Of the Dead — D+
Yawwwwnnnn. Why did they bother making this?
37. Joshiraku — D+
Cute girls slug each other in the face. (The rest is boring though.)
36. Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse — D+
An apocalyptic battle against alien invaders… that our heros spend running around in swimsuits and flirting with each other.
35. BTOOOM!! — D+
RAPE RAPE RAPE BOOM
34. Another — C-
Fine, I admit it, I only watched this for Izumi.
33. Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru — C
WHO IS IMOUTO?!!!!
32. Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita — C
Haha the world is going to end and no one cares, I’m so witty!
31. Moretsu Pirates — C
Pirates! That sit around chatting and drinking tea…. Lame.
30. Upotte! — C
Girls are guns.
29. K — C
Looks pretty, but I’m not entirely sure what happened.
28. Moyashimon Returns — C
Not up to snuff with the first season, but still mildly entertaining.
27. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun — C+
I’m not a fan of shoujo romances, but this was pretty good as far as they go.
26. Rinne no Lagrange — C+
Lesbians save the world with giant robots. Too happy. Needs to learn from Tomino.
25. Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko — C+
Well made, just not particularly engaging…
24. Inu x Boku SS — C+
Great costumes and Karuta is the cutest thing ever, but pointless.
23. Oda Nobuna no Yabou — C+
Dumb premise but pretty solid despite it.
22. Yuruyuri ♪♪ — C+
Most depressing show of the year. Had some amazing episodes (like the time travel one) but most were pretty mediocre.
21. High School DxD — B-
Totally perverted, totally shameless, and accepts itself for what it is.
19. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE — B-
Went downhill right around the time Kio was born.
18. Thermae Romae — B
Half naked Romans time travel to Japanese baths.
17. Persona 4 — B
Made a videogame succeed by turning the main character into a badass.
16. Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing — B
Awesome setting, but didn’t really know what to do with it.
15. Ano Natsu de Matteru — B
Pretty harmless love story. With aliens.
14. Fate / Zero — B
The adventures of Rider and Waver. Gets way better once Lancer dies.
13. Aquarion EVOL — B
Let’s dig some holes.
12. Senki Zesshou Symphogear — B
Listen to my sooooonnnnngggg!!!!
11. Mirai Nikki — B
A cute girl is an axe-wielding maniac.
10. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san — B+
This shouldn’t have been nearly as funny as it was.
9. Kokoro Connect — Review Incomplete
I’m not sure why I like this show so much.
8. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! — B+
A hilarious story of what it means to grow up.
7. Tsuritama — B+
6. Daily Lives of High School Boys — B+
For once a high school show that’s realistic— full of kids making fools of themselves.
5. Sengoku Collection — B+
Some episodes can only be described as beautiful works of art.
4. Eureka Seven Ao — A-
Yeah, I know it has issues, but this kind of sci-fi / fantasy adventure is what made me start watching anime in the first place.
3. Sakamichi no Apollon — A-
Historical drama, with great characters and a bittersweet ending.
2. Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 — A-
Hahahaha, best thing ever.
1. Hyouka — A-
Much stronger in the second half, but Mayaka, the romance and the culture festival arc made this the best series of the year for me.
Which shows did you think were the best and worst of 2012?