Sunday Select: 7 Favorite Anime of 2011

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Select, where we’ll look at my seven favorite anime series from 2011. Movies, OVAs, or anime continuing from previous years are not included. The entries are listed from least to greatest personal enjoyment, roughly. Enjoy!

7. Blood C

Airing in Summer 2011, Blood C was made by Production I.G. with character designs by CLAMP. The series is known for its intense violence. It’s a great gore-fix. The series has psychological twists that I enjoyed, as well as excellent songs and OST scores. Enjoyment: 8/10.

6. Yuru Yuri

Studio Doga Kobo animated this terrifically funny and cute series. It aired in summer 2011. The voice cast is extremely talented. I don’t know why they appear in so few anime. This show has unforgettable, hilarious characters and great comedy. There’s also a fair share of Shoujo Ai moments, jokes and teases. Enjoyment: 8/10.

5. Ano Hana

(Full name: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.)

In Spring 2011, A-1 Pictures came out with this emotional and moving series. There are funny moments, but most of it is pretty serious. The characters each have their own issues which interested me. Though the ending was mostly positive, Ano Hana is considered one of the best “sad anime.” This will make you cry.

4. Mawaru Penguindrum

Animated by Brain’s Base and airing in Summer 2011, Mawaru Penguindrum is one of the works of the now famous Kunihiko Ikuhara. He was also the one behind Revolutionary Girl Utena in the 90s, and just recently, Sarazanmai. The anime is full of symbolism, insanity, absurdity, and unanswered questions, but it’s still thought-provoking and meaningful to me. The comedy in it always makes me laugh or smile. Enjoyment: 9/10.

3. Nichijou

Nichijou (My Ordinary Life) aired in Spring 2011 and was made by the amazing Kyoto Animation. This is my favorite comedy anime, period. No other series makes me laugh as much as this one. It’s adorable and I love it from the bottom of my heart. Enjoyment: 10/10.

2. Steins;Gate

This all-around masterpiece of an anime aired in Spring 2011. It was made by studio White Fox. This anime boasts a thrilling story, emotional elements, good sci-fi, unique characters, great music, and a voice cast of highly talented seiyuu. The quirks of the characters and their interactions can be pretty funny. Enjoyment: 10/10.

1. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Madoka Magica shocked the anime community when it aired in Winter 2011. It was animated by the artists at Studio Shaft. I don’t even know how to describe how amazing this show is to me, or the many things I love about it. It’s one of my favorite stories in all of media. The show is well-written and directed, with excellent story and plot twists, my favorite OST in anime to date, and characters that won my undying love. There are also two of my top ten favorite seiyuu voicing the main characters. And that’s just scratching the surface. Enjoyment: Infinity.

Thank you for reading and have a fantastic day! (Oh, and note: Fate/Zero, Deadman Wonderland, and Natsume Yuujinchou S3 would be included if this was a top ten list.)

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