I noticed a lot of other anime blogs doing this like Kitsune or Oishii Anime doing this feature, and I can’t help, but want to be a part of it. So here I am throwing in my list of the anime that I enjoyed from 2000 to 2009.
One reason for doing this list, is because 2010 would be the year where it marks a new decade, and those wacky New Year Glasses will not be the same for another 100 years. How crappy is that? Plus because I haven’t been able to contribute that much anime news, on my own blog and this one, after Saki and Kimi ni Todake… >_< I am very very behind watching any anime.
So criteria for this list is what year the anime came out, and right at the same time I watched it. So that made a difference for me. So any series that I backlogged in other years, I didn’t include. Also for some reason, I watched more anime at that year, may show a pattern of when I had time and energy to catch as much anime that I have did. Not sure of these anime are what you may or may have not seen, but I guess a lot of the series that I still remember vividly is because of the opening and endings.. along with how into I was into a series at a certain point. I won’t include sequels or spin offs, because if I saw the earlier series, and mention it, then I would be seeing the sequel.
What a mix, these were both harem titles. I know people thinks that maybe Rumiko Takehashi titles or Ah My Goddess or other titles might have been harem series, and yes I do believe so. But I do believe Love Hina, sparked off the trend of harems that I still see in current series, where moe or other character types are established. The art is also pretty much the trend of how anime went for several years. I can look at Love Hina and think that Saki would probably have a similar drawing or coloring, in the same vein that I can say that Magic Knight Rayearth, or Sailor Moon all have those huge eyes. Vandread was interesting, in how it pitted women against men, and still ends up the series in a harem. I recall liking the doctor character, Duelo.
I liked this series for a while, collected the manga and then realized where it went and pretty much dropped it. But this is one of the titles that became one of the very firsts to become a massive hit in the U.S. I happened to like it at the time, because I was thinking about the 12 Zodiacs.
Full Metal Panic
Ghost in the Shell SAC
Witch Hunter Robin
Wow, yeah so this was one of my active years, where I watched a lot of anime. Some of these titles actually got licensed in the United States, or have moved on to having sequels. Also some of these titles are still in my top anime lists. Full Metal Panic, Princess Tutu, and Onegai Sensei were the standout ones for me. I was happy to meet Kikuko Inoue in person and to actually pre-order that Bonta-kun figure for next year. But I really enjoyed Ghost in the Shell SAC and Witch Hunter Robin as well. Kiddy Grade was very much a one hit thing for me, that I enjoyed more than the sequel that is going on now. I can’t watch the sequel without thinking ugh boring. Why is this not as good as the original? Naruto, how I liked your premises until it went to hell with that never ending filler arc, and I got so out of the series. >_< Kinda strange since I still occasionally enjoy reading alternative fanfiction on Naruto/Sasuke or Hinata/Neiji.
Requiem from the Darkness*
Kaleido Star that was my standout series, because of Sora’s optimism, and its openings/endings aren’t as bad either. Requiem from the Darkness, I liked since it reminded me of A Chinese Ghost Story, and Scrapped Princess... Okui Masami sang the opening.. kyaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Midori no Hibi*
This was a very strange year for me in terms of real life as I recall. I started to watch Bleach after having exhausted my anime sources to watch, and it has been an up and down hill for me for this series. Have been on hiatus for this series for a while. I really think that Midori no Hibi is really cute, and I liked the slice of life explanations on Japanese otakus in Genshiken. Gakuen Alice reminded me of Kodomo no Omacha for its obvious character interactions.
Karin is a cute series to watch, and I still love the ED theme. Jigoku Shoujo on the other hand is still a series I really like, recently picked up the artbook. This is like my 2000 version of Vampire Princess Miyu. In spite of how some episodes turned out, this series stands out in my mind. I am a sucker for kimonos, and the way she rocks it. I was so surprised to meet Mamiko Note, and to hear her voice in this series and the current Kimi ni Todake is nice.
Ouran’s High School Host Club
Yes some of these series I still hold in high regard.. Black Lagoon, Bartender. I would recommend these series in a heatbeat for adult viewers. Pumpkin Scissors, I also really liked and wish it was longer, fantastic opening from Yoko Takahashi. Utawaerumono, I fell in love with the theme songs of this one. Ouran High School Host Club is a funny shoujo series, that I notice at Anime Diet, a petition for a second season, same thing goes for a Claymore petition.
Claymore, as I mentioned has a petition for a second season from Anime Diet, so stop by there if you’re interested. Zombie Loan is a series that I wish would go on longer, much longer…. the premises was quite interesting, and to just have the anime end like that. Character interaction was pretty funny, currently this title is released in manga from Yen Press, so there is some closure there.
Chii’s Sweet Home*
Ahhh Chii’s Sweet Home! This is my anticipate manga release from Vertical next year, but yeah to see a kitten and her slice of life, life is just too cute for words. Junjou Romantica is also one of the titles that busted it open for bl-so got to give it my homage as a fangirl. I am not so much of a fan for Romantica, as I am for Terrorist or Egoist. Natsume Yujincho, the anime is sad in some points, but with Nyanko-sensei.. where else is a cool mascot sidekick? I believe I have several mascots for Nyanko-sensei to say what I like or not.
Okay okay, got into 2009, this is a tricky year, since it is not over yet, at the time of the entry being written is, and not all the titles are done as of yet. Ristorante Paradiso, has an interesting slice of life concept. I thought that it is an interesting concept to just go into depth with some of the characters. Higepiyo is an anime similar to Chi’s Sweet Home, in the format being a short episode every time. Saki was my summer surprise. I didn’t realize that I would like it as much as I did. There are plenty of yuri or fanservice moments, but what I liked of this title, was the technical aspects of mah jong being explained. I kinda wish I can include Kimi ni Todake, but since I still haven’t finished the series.. it is hard to rate that then. But yeah these are a list of anime I felt that made an impact for my anime watching experiences in this past decade.