Mike's 2015 Anime Year-in-Review

What A Season

Personally I thought 2015 was a better year for anime than 2014. And I f*cking loved 2014. Up and down, every season, there were great shows and it really showed once I looked back at the year. This article is basically a sum of all my thoughts for the year. If you want more in-depth analysis, allow me to guide you here. And if you want in-depth in-depth analysis on almost every show last season, you should definitely give our anime retrospectives a listen. Trust me, they’re worth it. Without further ado, here’s my best of 2015


Top 5 Female Characters of 2015

Honorable Mentions: Ougi Oshino (Owarimonogatari), Shiki Magata (The Perfect Insider)

5. “Meiko Shiraki” of Prison School


4. “Hana Midorikawa” of Prison School


3. “Kaori Miyazono” of Your Lie in April


2. “Anna Nishikinomiya” of Shimoneta


1. “Ayame Kajou” of Shimoneta 



Top 5 Male Characters of 2015

Honorable Mentions: Kuroo Kazama (Young Black Jack), Souma Yukihira (Shokugeki no Souma)

5. “Nicolas Brown” of Gangsta


4. “Yuu Otosaka” of Charlotte


3. “Worick Arcangelo” of Gangsta


2. “Korosensei” of Assassination Classroom


1. “Yuuji Kazami” of The Eden of Grisaia 




Top 10 Openings of 2015

Honorable Mentions: “Hello, world!” by Bump of Chicken (Kekai Sensen), “Brand-new World” by Shiena Nishizawa (The Asterisk War)

10.“Miiro” by AKINO from bless4 (Kantai Collection)

9. “&Z” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki (Alnoah.Zero: Season 2)

8. “X.U.” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]: Gemie (Owari no Seraph)

7. “talking” by KANA-BOON (The Perfect Insider)

6.  “Speed and Friction” by amazarashi (Ranpo Kitan: Game of LaPlace)

5. “Flyers” by BRADIO (Death Parade)

4. “decent black” by Kaori Mizuhashi (Owarimonogatari: Opening 1)

3. “Mathemagics” by Marina Inoue (Owarimonogarari: Opening 2)

2. “Renegade” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION (Gangsta)

1.  “Brave Shine” by Aimer (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works: Season 2)


Top 10 Endings of 2015

Honorable Mentions: “Hallelujah” by la la larks (Sky Wizards Academy), “Snowstorm” by Shiena Nishizawa (Kantai Collection)

10. “Taste of Apple Tea” by Nozomi Yamamoto and Haruka Yamazaki (Absolute Duo: Ending 2)

9. “Hello, shooting-star” by moumoon (Assassination Classroom)

8. “Step by Step!” by Miss Monochrome (Miss Monochrome: Season 2)

7. “Country of the Night” by Annabel (Gangsta)

6. “scaPEGoat” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]: Yosh (Owari no Seraph)

5. “Mikazuki”  by Sayuri (Ranpo Kitan: Game of LaPlace)

4. “Last Theater” by NoisyCell (Death Parade)

3. “Uchiyoserareta Bōkyaku no Zankyō ni” by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND (Beautiful Bones)

2. “Seven Sheep” by Scenario Art (The Perfect Insider)

1.  “Spice” by Tokyo Karan Koron (Shokugeki no Souma)


Best Insert Song of 2015

“Keep On Keeping On” by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki (Aldnoah.Zero: Season 2)


Top 10 Shows of 2015

Honorable Mentions: Assassination ClassroomParasyte

10. Death Parade


9. Gangsta


8. The Eden of Grisaia


7. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure


6. Prison School


5. Your Lie in April


4. Shimoneta


3. Shokugeki no Souma


2. Owarimonogatari


1. One Punch Man



Final Thoughts

As far as 2016 is concerned, I’m looking forward to seeing what Attack on Titan holds, I’m chomping at the bit for more One Punch Man, but most of all I’m looking forward to those shows that no one talks about that come out of nowhere to grasp everyone’s imagination and not let go. Here’s to 2016’s Japanese Animation

Her Name is Koko

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