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What was your favorite anime in 2014?
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Animetoria wrote:

I honestly would choose Sword Art Online II or Fairy Tail!


The year's only halfway over, and that's a pretty limited selection in your poll there!

My two favorites this year (so far) are:

Tonari no Seki-kun and Ping Pong the Animation

BTW, I've moved this over to the Polls forum, because any topic created as a Poll Topic belongs there, regardless of subject matter.


"Tonari no Seki-kun" was absolutely adorable, and highly creative, all in the same Breath! Mod Lorreen has good tastes!

I would have to say either "No Game, No Life" or "Hitsugi no Chaika"...highly looking forward to Season 2 in the Fall!
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Animetoria wrote:

I honestly would choose Sword Art Online II or Fairy Tail!


A blogger I read went through SAO episode-by-episode in time for the second season, and I've been itching to quote the review he gave at the end to someone just like you!


I’d offer some final thoughts, but the next season starts in two friggin’ days, and I think you all know more or less how I feel. Or at least I hope you do. Jesus christ, I wrote maybe a hundred pages about this show, I really hope you do. It’s been a fun ride (honestly), and though SAO was terrible, it fulfilled its promise of Rarely Being Boring. Plus, hey, it was pretty, the soundtrack was good, nice animation – if you’re gonna take a ride into the dark depths of all that is terrible, you could pick a much worse vehicle than Sword Art Online. Sure, it was inept and often downright despicable according to every narrative metric, but we all have our quirks. And it’s certainly been a pleasure hearing you assholes giggle about whatever horrible creature awaited me around each new corner.

You want a list, though, don’t you. The paragraph to drop in the face of any bright-eyed new fan, fresh off their first favorite anime and eager to tell the world how great it was. You jackals want me to hurt that new fan. To give you a weapon, to put the gun in your hand. To burn them so they may never grow, never seek past their first brush of fandom, never get a chance to see anime as anything more than a thing that assholes like us watch.

Eh. Fuck it.

Sword Art Online is a pretty terrible show. Aesthetically, it’s actually very solid – strong direction, nice animation highlights, and a lovely soundtrack. Unfortunately, all that production is working in service of a narrative that is broken, ineptly written, and often downright toxic. Sword Art Online is often dismissed as a “power fantasy,” which its fans have rightly challenged as something that’s both common and not inherently meaningful as a criticism. But the way Sword Art Online expresses its power fantasy nature makes it fail pretty definitively as a dramatic narrative.

The elements of the story all tend to work in service of making the protagonist Kirito look good, generally at the expense of both dramatic weight and character writing. All the female characters end up either simply falling in love with him or, at worst, being used as damsels to create tension. This is necessary because Kirito himself creates no tension, because Kirito Always Wins. Though he’s initially framed in such a way that you’d think his “antisocial nature” would be his central flaw, the show simply doesn’t support this – Kirito is charming throughout, constantly winning friends and admirers, and he handles each new challenge thrown his way with ease. Characters actually become worse in Kirito’s proximity, because the story continuously bends them to either love him unconditionally (if they are a character defined as “good”) or hate him/make him look powerful (if they are defined as “evil” or “neutral”).

Couple this with the show’s structural problems (disjointed, development-killing vignettes in the first half, very poor pacing in the second), generally low-tier writing (which occasionally erupts into tension-destroying melodrama), and inability to actually convey a convincing digital world, and there’s just not really much to grasp onto. And compound this with the show’s truly toxic elements (primarily its love of using sexual assault to generate cheap tension, its general disrespect for its female characters, and its ultimate, frankly disturbing embracing of violence as an element of justice), and there’s no way I can really recommend the show. Shows I consider “competent” at what they do receive a 6/10. Shows I consider “bad” receive a 3. SAO does not truly reach the depths of depravity necessary to drop it to my lowest available score, but it certainly gestures in that direction – and so ultimately, I award Sword Art Online a 2/10.


Link to the whole last-episode post

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Loved No Game No Life
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Well, based just on a couple of episodes and on the poll selection, I think SAO II will be a favourite for 2014. However, it may be too early to judge, as I'll also be enjoying Free! this season, and quite enjoyed some of the winter and spring anime also.
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No Game No Life, hands down.
I would've gone with Nisekoi, but I think it kind of got a little lazy at the end...?
Mangaka-sensei to Assistant-san, if it was a little longer.

But really, aside from SAO II (which just started),
aren't the rest of the choices long, ongoing Shounen series?
I honestly don't see how they deserve an exclusive "2014" label.
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Picked other. So far, my favorite is Akuma no Riddle. The ending was disappointing, but everything else was enjoyable and I loved the characters. Still following the manga right now.
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Posted 7/15/14

Animetoria wrote:

I honestly would choose Sword Art Online II or Fairy Tail!


Sword Art Online just started you can't judge this early if its good or not haha. And 2014 if half way over there will be more anime in Fall and Winter so I can't choose yet!
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Posted 7/15/14 , edited 7/15/14
Nisekoi just got hooked on it.
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Posted 7/15/14
Impossible to pick just one. Log Horizon, SAO2, No Game No Life, Nisekoi, etc....
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Posted 7/16/14 , edited 7/16/14
Well, so far into 2014 I'd probably have to say I've loved No Game No Life, Nanana's Buried Treasure and One Week Friends pretty evenly. I also really like the new season of Hamatora so far. (I do also really enjoy SAO II more than SAO so far.)
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Posted 7/16/14
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders! Yare yare daze!
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Posted 7/16/14
Naruto shippuden I guess?
But it has been my favorite every year
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Posted 7/16/14 , edited 7/16/14
As long as DAVID is working on it, JoJo's is automatically the best anime of any year. My next favorite is Ping Pong.
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Shugo Chara and Ouran High School Host Club AND Fairy Tail
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