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4. Shin Sekai Yori (I loved this! I always like these future type animes and this one surprised with the no-technology future! And that episode 8 'nuff said.)
3. Nisemonogatari (I haven't seen this but I have heard so many good reviews about this and Bakemonogatari. I just haven't had time to watch this and I refuse to give SAO 3.)
2. Sword Art Online (It started out so good and it had so much potential but it crashed to the ground. The animation was amazing and it had awesome music! Yuki Kajiura FTW! The plot was OK, it had some holes in it. BUT the characters were just there. No development at all. Kirito was just some chick magnet and some OP guy who just broke every rule there was. And Asuna just turned out be some generic girl who needed her guy to help her. That annoyed me so much! And seriously that second arc was just Kirito running around. The romance also was very forced. But also one more good thing was the epic fights! This is a good anime if you don't care about character development and plot. You just want to watch it. I personally somewhat liked this.)
1. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Haven't seen this and I don't know anything about it.)
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4. Nisemonogatari - loved it! Always been a fan of the Monogatari series; dat toothbrush, dialogue, word play, characters,etc
3. Shinsekai Yori - loved the theme and atmosphere of this show! There were a few episodes that didn't exactly click with me but still enjoyable.
2. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - very funny but sometimes lacks a bit of flavor. I love the main female character Yuuko though as well as the OP song/OST and some of the bits of humor in this.
1. SAO - first episode was brilliant but rest of it...eh, wasn't so much especially the ALO arc.
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4 - Nisemonogatari
It had everything that was good about Bakemonogatari, but just to a little less of a degree. A show that's still among the best as far as I'm concerned. Excellent dialogue, surreal art, wonderful character depth, and an interesting plot. This one is an easy pick for me.

3 - Shin Sekai Yori
One of the most interesting worlds I've seen, along with excellent artistic/intellectual/philosophical depth made this a show that was simply immersing and fascinating to learn about. However, even given some really great moments with all of the characters, I feel like I never really got attached to any of them. This is a show that, if done right, could've been one of my favorites, but ended up being just a great production with a fascinating concept. I like it a lot, and view it as an extremely interesting show, but I don't think I'll ever regard it as one of my favorites. Would have gotten a 4 in most of the brackets.

2 - Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
This was a tough pick, and I still can't tell whether or not I prefer Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, but here's my reasoning. To be honest, there was really only one reason that I watched and enjoyed Sword Art Online -- Asuna and Kirito. Two characters that really are not that great as characters, but had a nice thing going, and were a pleasure to watch together. Yeah, Asuna's not a very good character, and Kirito is what I consider a bad character, but I nonetheless quite enjoyed watching their romance. There were some moments where the show brushed up against some really potentially interesting topics, which could have had me hooked, but all they did was a light treatment of them. Had they subtracted the romance and left it as it was, I would've been really frustrated. The show is however, first and foremost, a romance. And if I'm evaluating it based on that criteria, then Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is the clear choice to me. Not only were the character interactions nice to watch, but the characters themselves were decent at worst, and actually pretty good at best, which is more than I can say for Sword Art Online, so Dusk Maiden of Amnesia wins out.

1 - Sword Art Online
In the right bracket, I could see this getting a 3, but it'd need to be a pretty drab bracket. For reasons why it's a 1, see above.
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4. Sword Art Online - I had been reading the light novels and was highly anticipating this anime. While I wish the animation had been closer to what you would see in some of the games on the market (Lineage 2 for example has remarkable graphics), I still think the anime went along well with the original storyline. But I guess you have to like that type of storyline to like the anime to begin with...

3. Nisenmonogatari - was almost as good as Bakemonogatari, though sometimes not as funny. Definitely gave more insight into the family, and well, the toothbrush scene was probably one of the most memorable in anime history...I think people were talking about that for weeks.

2. Shin Sekai Yori - I haven't actually gotten a chance to watch this, but it is on my list of things to go back to and check out, meaning that the description actually peaked my interest.

1. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - I watched the first couple of episodes and nothing in particular grabbed me and made me want to continue. I usually like supernatural or ghost related stories, but this one just didn't work for me.
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4. Nisemonogatari - Like Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari is a fast-pace anime coupled with witty and funny banters between the MC and other characters. The artwork is what I considered as vanguard among its contemporary anime especially when there are some hidden messages tucked between the scenes.

3. Shin Sekai Yori - This anime is one of those post-apocalyptic anime with a touch of fantastic racism. Excellent story overall but the painfully slow pacing killed most part of the experience.

2. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - Didn't watch the show yet but I know that this anime is WAY better than SAO.

1. Sword Art Online - Just like my comment about Accel World, it is an anime with a potentially good premise, killed off by poor storytelling.
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4. Sword Art Online (Because I found it enjoyable to watch)

3. Nisemonogatari (Because NisiOisin)

2. Shin Sekai Yori (Haven't watched it yet but it's in my to-watch list=> I've read a lot of positive reviews)

1. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Haven't watched it. Maybe someday)


Hyouka beat Girls und Panzer by just 12 points? That surprised me... Though less than Bimbougami ga not even coming out of the 1st round (Best comedy of the year for me).
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This one was really tough. Nisemonogatari is my obvious top choice, but after that...such a balance of what I liked and what I thought were flaws made them hard to rank.

4. Nisemonogatari - Toothbrush; Platinum Disco; but that's not all. I didn't like this as much as I liked Bakemonogatari, and really didn't care for the Phoenix arc much at all, but it was, as expected, visually very interesting; I love the character and "set" design and the very SHAFT style of angles and how characters move/vogue-pose.

3. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - This does not really deserve a 3. It was a little bland, and early on there were a couple times I thought I would drop it, and then it would pull me in just enough to keep watching. But, overall I think it accomplished what it set out to, and was well-paced and consistent in telling a convincing story to get to its end. Basically, it lived up to its promise, which SAO failed to do.

2. Sword Art Online - I really, really liked the concept, and I liked the first few episodes because they progressed the story toward the concept. And then...things just got wobbly. I didn't mind Kirito's Gary Stu nature; what I minded was that so little of the Aincard story was actually presented, and there was no real momentum from one episode to the next. It all felt a bit disjointed. And the ALO arc was complete crap. If they had fleshed out and created a more compelling narrative throughout (one worthy of the concept "if we die in the game we die in real life!") for the SAO portion over 24 or 25 episodes or whatever it was, that could have been great. But, sadly, that did not happen.

1. Shinsekai yori - I dropped this after a few (5?) episodes. I didn't care about the characters, I didn't care about what happened next, and while I was a little curious about how the world they were in came to be that way, it never really stuck. Since then I've heard enough good, that I've put it back in my queue and plan to give it another go, after which I might regard it more highly, but for now it's at the bottom, because it's the only one of these four that I dropped. (I might wish I had dropped SAO, but I didn't, so this ranking stands).
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I was kind of curious, and since I went through the work, I thought I'd post it. If anyone's interested, the current standings as I have them are:

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Might want to spoil this in case someone wants it to be a surprise?
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Given that other people are doing 1s to other stuff that they haven't seen, I guess it's okay if I do it as well, especially as my one is different to that of the other people doing it.

4 - Shinsekai Yori. Greatest anime of 2012, and by a long way too. I love speculative fiction done right, and this is about as "right" as it gets.
3 - Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - for the first episode, which was absolutely brilliant. Most of the rest of the series was good too.
2 - Nisemonogatari - the only scene in the entire series that sticks in my mind is one of the only times I have felt genuinely uncomfortable watching something. But then again I did enjoy the series in general.
1 - Sword Art Online - haven't seen.
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When we've decided on the best anime of 2012, we should vote on the ones that wasn't picked to find out what was the worst one.
Was that sentence understandable? :P
At least the ones that doesn't make through this round.
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4. Dusk Maiden
3. Sword Art Online - the second half of that anime was crap.
2 Shinsekai yori - dropped it
1. Nisemonogatari - didn't even bother.

it really doesn't matter. None of these will win and if any of them do ... my faith in humanity will have declined.
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4-Sword Art Online
3-Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
2-Nisemonogatari
1-Shinsekai yori
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kuuderes_shadow wrote:

Given that other people are doing 1s to other stuff that they haven't seen, I guess it's okay if I do it as well, especially as my one is different to that of the other people doing it.

4 - Shinsekai Yori. Greatest anime of 2012, and by a long way too. I love speculative fiction done right, and this is about as "right" as it gets.
3 - Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - for the first episode, which was absolutely brilliant. Most of the rest of the series was good too.
2 - Nisemonogatari - the only scene in the entire series that sticks in my mind is one of the only times I have felt genuinely uncomfortable watching something. But then again I did enjoy the series in general.
1 - Sword Art Online - haven't seen.



most surprising thing ive seen anyone say i swear literally everyone watched it weather they dislike or like it
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kuuderes_shadow wrote:

4 - Shinsekai Yori. Greatest anime of 2012, and by a long way too. I love speculative fiction done right, and this is about as "right" as it gets.

SSY and Psycho-Pass duked it out right to the end for me, but I thought Psycho-Pass pulled off the better ending.

Really curious to see what kind of votes that one pulls when it comes around.
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