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  • Best and Worst Anime Lists of 2015

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    It has been quite a long time since I did one of these bests and worst of threads as they were something that were done back on Mania, but not so much here on The Fandom Post. But with the return of the Fandom Debate that I decided that now would be a great time to bring back something that had been lost over the years.

    So with that, here are a few guidelines about how this works:
    • This list is referring to anime that was shown/released in Japan in 2015. TV series shown in 2014 and concluding in 2015 may be included. For ongoing TV shows that have gone on for years, please only refer to the more recent episodes shown in 2015.
    • It's totally up to you what categories you want to mention the best or worst of for this year. It may be show-specific, character-specific, or something else.
    • Avoid the use of spoilers if you decide to use a category that refers to a specific moment in a show.


    To get started, here are some of the best/worst categories.

    Best Anime of 2015: One Punch Man
    Worst Anime of 2015: Isuca
    Biggest upturn after a dreadful start: Chivalry of a Failed Knight
    Biggest downturn after a great start: Gangsta
    Best Male Character: Soma Yukihira, Food Wars
    Best Female Character: Shirayuki, Snow White with the Red Hair
    Worst Male Character: Ibuki, Chaos Dragon
    Worst Female Character: Clementine, Overlord
    Best short: Wakaba Girl
    Worst short: Bikini Warriors

    More categories are to come later, but this is just to get a start on things.
    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Violet Evergarden of KyoAni's Violet Evergarden
    Watching: Kyo Kara Maoh, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Toonami Stuff
    Simulcasts: FTL, FRB, KYB, FGN, MIX, FIL
    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

  • #2
    Re: Best and Worst Anime Lists of 2015

    My list will be small, but I'll have a go. I only watched a small sample of what anime that airs in Japan, but here's my list:

    Best Anime of 2015: Death Parade
    Anime that I sampled 3 episodes or less: Gangsta, Yuri Bear Storm, Gundam Iron Blood Orphans, One Punch Man, Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
    Best Male Character: (Tie) Young Black Jack and Lupin.
    Best Female Character: Yona, Yona of the Dawn
    Movie of the Year: When Marine Was There
    OVA Series of the Year: Gundam The Origin
    Best Opening Theme: Death Parade
    Best Closing Theme: Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana

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    • #3
      Re: Best and Worst Anime Lists of 2015

      Best slice-of-life series: Non Non Biyori Repeat
      Most unrelentingly mediocre series: Sky Wizards Academy

      I agree with this one:
      Worst short: Bikini Warriors

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      • #4
        Re: Best and Worst Anime Lists of 2015

        For those who read the regular discussion threads as well as the posts in the Currently Watching threads, note that I may be reusing some of my posts from those that I feel express my thoughts on a series well enough that there's no reason for me to make a point of saying something completely different. In fact, this will almost entirely be made up of my "Final Thoughts" posts from the Currently Watching threads for each title when applicable. This is really just to get this list together.

        My Top Anime mentioned throughout this post is updated at the time of this posting and linked in my signature.

        01. One Punch Man (A+) Okay, I won't even bother copying and pasting one of the things I've said about One Punch Man again. I'm sure you've seen plenty of it. If not, there's one later in this post that I wrote for the site's article. Here's what it all boils down to: This is an adaptation of my #8 manga of all time by my favorite studio by far. The result? My #3 anime of all time.
        02. Gintama° (A) It's Gintama. It's not always the best of Gintama, but it recently got into an arc that they're really treating like the big deal, so if it can live up to that it will really be something else. My #22 anime of all time.
        03. Haikyuu!! Second Season (A) Everything that's ever been great about Haikyuu!! is absolutely at the top of its game, and we're constantly getting brilliant moments in character growth and exhilarating achievements, up to and including the tournament arc that we've just now entered. As with the first season, this one has two cours, so even with as much amazing content as it's already given us, it's only halfway done and just now beginning the real payoff for everything that's been building up. My #27 anime of all time.
        04. Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku (A) 2014 was certainly the year of Mushishi's revival, and it got very close to containing adaptations of every remaining chapter of the manga. All that was left was the final two-chapter arc, and just as 2014 began with a TV special and announcement for a new TV series, it ended with the end of Mushishi on TV and an announcement for a movie to adapt those last chapters. It came in 2015 and it was consistent with the rest of the series to the point of having the OP just as if it were a long TV episode or special. And with that, Mushishi is finally complete in anime form, every moment of it among the best out there. My #30 anime of all time.
        05. Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season (A) One of my favorite sports anime finally ended after a total of six cours. It's a ton of fun full of superpowers that turn basketball games into fantastical battles, and the animation is as stunning as I could ever dream of. This final season starts with some relatively slow material but it all culminates in exactly the final arc this series needed (especially as it reaches its very last episodes), full of all the best production values and a very satisfying conclusion. My #41 anime of all time.
        06. Dragon Ball Super (A) It's a new Dragon Ball series that serves as a worthy continuation to Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z (or Kai if you prefer), which neither GT or the movies on their own could accomplish. That it retells the content of the recent movies (the ones that really matter) may be less exciting for some, but it means you can just stick to the TV shows (not counting GT, of course) to have the full stories that deserve to be watched, and they're expanded versions of them that connect to the larger story Toriyama is formulating through this series, which is much more compelling. My #46 anime of all time.
        07. Noragami Aragoto (A-) Noragami was always a good show. As the first season went on it got better, and I was happy. When this sequel started, it seemed better than ever, and that made me happier. It was another case that I thought wouldn't necessarily stay as good, or at least wouldn't get better at the impressive rate of the first season. But here we are at the end, and it only followed a far more rapid version of that track, becoming something I honestly never expected Noragami to be, a truly great anime. Its production values were always top-notch, but this season brings forth raw emotion like never before at nearly every second it's not being genuinely hilarious. It's enough not only to deeply care about every character (as nobody gets a pleasant ride through this one) but be utterly captivated by every plot progression and cliffhanger that defines this incredible season. Things wrap up with harsh realities and liberating catharses balanced beautifully to create a powerful ending, but it also includes a tease for what could potentially come in the future that will be so cruel if we don't get another season. My #61 anime of all time.
        08. Shokugeki no Souma (A-) When this series began I feared that the incredible artwork of the porn artist-turned-food porn artist that drew the manga wouldn’t be pulled off in anime form. However, the adaptation has proven to be a stellar example of its medium, only making everything look better with animation and color as well as using elements like music and sound effects to enhance the story already brilliant for its plotting and recipe creation and hilarious for its character moments and sexuality. The food itself looks unbelievably appetizing, and the orgasmic reactions to it are fine examples of ecchi for comedic purposes that are arguably tasteful (no pun intended) in their usage precisely because of how over the top they are. The adaptation only gets better as it goes on, and excels to a point that I never could’ve hoped for. My #76 anime of all time.
        09. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season (A-) Compared to Fate/Zero 2nd Season, this is admittedly a disappointment. However, that story does need a conclusion, and this is the best we have. In any context but comparison, it's absolutely a great anime, so the only real issue is that some inconsistencies do exist if you run through ufotable's entire Fate series without realizing that this will be the case.
        10. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season (A-) The final stretch of Stardust Crusaders that was so hyped more than lived up to its promise, and as a result this season is my favorite of the series. Battle Tendency still wins as the best arc, but with how great this season ended up being, Stardust Crusaders manages to be the close second that I had lost almost all hope for it becoming.



        I have no idea how much of my contributions will be in The Fandom Post’s 2015 Year in Anime and Manga Awards when that gets posted, so here are all my votes and words on my #1 choices.

        Show of the Year

        01. One Punch Man
        02. Gintama°
        03. Haikyuu!! Second Season

        One Punch Man isn’t just the best anime of the year by far; it’s one of the best anime ever, and one of the best TV series ever. It’s made up entirely of things that will appeal to anyone of any background while also paying tribute to and parodying all the tropes that shounen manga and anime fans will be especially familiar with and presenting a simple but unique premise that’s used more creatively than anyone could imagine. Complementing the downright brilliant comedy is some of the consistently most amazing animation ever produced, primarily used for the jaw-dropping action sequences that you’d never expect from a gag show like this but find a place in every episode.

        Episode of the Year

        01. One Punch Man Ep. 12 “The Strongest Hero”
        02. One Punch Man Ep. 09 “Unyielding Justice”
        03. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Ep. 20 “Hand in Hand”

        Throughout most of the run of One Punch Man, the pacing is so brisk that every plot point is resolved in the same episode it’s introduced. Because of this, when stories do eventually take more than one episode, you know it’s for a good reason. My top two episodes of the year are the conclusion of the final three-episode arc (also the finale of the series – or let’s be optimistic and say season) and the conclusion of the first two-episode arc that immediately precedes it. One Punch Man knows how to build its climaxes, and the more buildup we get the more satisfying the payoff. The season finale is the ultimate climactic payoff, epitomizing everything that makes the show great.

        The Biggest Disappointment of the Year

        Gangsta.

        Sadly disappointments are probably a good deal more commonplace than pleasant surprises in any given year (though the latter is thankfully also well-represented in this one), but Gangsta. is a pretty easy choice to point to as a standout. It started seeming like one of the strongest contenders of its season but absolutely fell apart by the end. Manglobe already had a bad reputation for churning out some productions of rather low quality regardless of the strength of the aesthetic, but this just got sloppier as it went on, culminating in such an anticlimax no viewer who didn’t know the episode count would believe it was the finale. The punch line was the announcement immediately following its conclusion that Manglobe would be no more, both fitting the shoddy work the studio had done for the series and guaranteeing that at the very least that cliffhanger would never receive a resolution by the same team.

        Biggest Surprise

        Osomatsu-san

        Normally I’d pick a show that ended up being much better or much worse than I expected as my biggest surprise of the year, and this year certainly had no shortage of either. However, there’s no room to even consider those options in a year that included the first episode of Osomatsu-san. You’d think you’d know what to expect from the latest revival of a manga from the better part of a century ago that appears to be retaining that very dated aesthetic, but the first episode is all about completely obliterating all of those preconceptions and leaving all mouths agape upon experiencing it. After that it certainly calms down, but it still feels a lot more modern than anticipated, which validates the meta commentary of that first episode. Sadly it also stepped on some wrong toes in the process and as such as is no longer available for viewing, but the series is certainly one of the year’s surprises even without it.

        Guilty Pleasure

        Prison School

        Summer 2015 was essentially the season of guilty pleasures. I feel like I was watching more ecchi series than not (compared to my usual count of zero), and the best of them (unless you count the second half of Shokugeki no Souma, which was simply one of the best in general) was Prison School by far. A huge part of its reason for existing was pushing ridiculous ecchi tropes to the extreme as a means to satirize them. It knew its game so well that it worked brilliantly, but required watching almost exclusively content that you would not want anyone else to see you watching. For as much as I questioned my decision to stick with it, I couldn’t be happier with the result, because it ended up being shockingly good at what it was going for.

        Most Memorable Character

        Saitama, One Punch Man

        If there’s one thing that defines One Punch Man, it’s the juxtaposition of a world bursting with enough detail to overwhelm you and the extraordinarily simple design of its protagonist. It’s paradoxically that very bland face that makes Saitama so memorable, and he follows it up by blowing away any of the most intricately articulated enemies in his past with across-the-board comical nonchalance. Despite how effective this gag always is, it turns out there’s a lot more to Saitama, and he actually has some genuinely powerful moments of self-sacrifice that makes him a hero in a different way than expected.

        Best OP

        01. One Punch Man, JAM Project “THE HERO !! ~Okoreru Kobushi ni Hi wo Tsukero~”
        02. Haikyuu!! Second Season, SPYAIR “I'm A Believer”
        03. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, Luna Haruna “Kimiiro Signal”

        For being the "Japan Animationsong Makers" JAM Project really doesn’t do nearly enough anime not related to a game franchise. But there could be no better fit for this supergroup of legendary anime vocalists than the series that thrives on the material for which they’ve been singing for decades, and it’s easily their best song yet. The animation similarly prepares you for what’s to come in the series proper, blowing away anything else you might think of comparing it to at every moment. It has all the best elements of anime OPs meant to pump the viewer up at the beginning of an episode with the unmatched production quality that proliferates the series.

        Best ED

        01. One Punch Man, Hiroko Moriguchi “Hoshi yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru”
        02. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry, ALI PROJECT “Haramitsu Renka”
        03. Haikyuu!! Second Season, Galileo Galilei “Climber”

        While it’s a very different feel from the explosive JAM Project OP, the ED unites musical genius Hyadain for composition and arrangement and lyrical expert Aki Hata to ensure the strongest foundation an anime song could hope so. Vocals come courtesy of Hiroko Moriguchi, who hasn’t sang an anime song for a very long time, which goes well with an overall theme of the series and especially the use of JAM Project for the OP. It starts slow but ends up being incredibly catchy, and while the visuals don’t show off the mastery of motion that’s so iconic to the series, the static background art is rendered just as beautifully as any big action sequence.

        Best Overall Music

        01. Noragami Aragoto 02. Prison School 03. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry

        There were a lot of reasons to welcome Noragami back with open arms (and this sequel has blown its predecessor away so soundly it’s hard to even think in those terms anymore), but perhaps foremost on the list is Taku Iwasaki’s insanely eclectic score. Electronic compositions that feel straight out of a video game blend seamlessly with sweeping orchestral powerhouses of sound, with every experimental idea in between playing out wonderfully. Vocal samples are thrown in to enhance the already highly intriguing and infectious nature of the audio and create a soundtrack that’s unique in all the right ways.

        Best Seiyuu Performance–Male

        Miyu Irino, Yuuichirou Hyakuya, Owari no Seraph

        Irino has always been excellent at delivering raw emotion that feels far more genuine than the anime standard, and this year he got another big lead role allowing him to prove that. Thankfully his character is tortured enough to make good use of his abilities, much of the series revolving around the things that eat him up inside. Irino ranges from tender nuance to pained screaming without skipping a beat, and the character arc is far richer for it.

        Best Seiyuu Performance–Female

        Miyuki Sawashiro, Bishamon, Noragami Aragoto

        Bishamon was a powerful character in the first season of Noragami, complete with the strong Sawashiro voice that always goes well with such characters. But Aragoto brings Bishamon to lead status, exploring her character in much finer complexity and letting Sawashiro present not only stoic strength but subtle humanity and very believable weakness, in sharp contrast to her role as the great god of war everyone knows her to be.



        And that's 2015! Considering it gave me not only this many of my favorite anime, but one as high as #3, I'd say it was a hell of a year.
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        • #5
          Re: Best and Worst Anime Lists of 2015

          Best anime
          One Punch Man
          (need I say anything?)

          Worst anime
          Tokyo Ghoul √A
          (this was utter bullnecro. the first season at least had some nice looking fights going for it despite its failure in delivering a good story. this one didn't even have that)

          Most underrated anime
          Concrete Revolutio
          (this is simply amazing despite its confusing nature which works against it as people drop it for just that)

          Biggest disappointment
          Chaos Dragon
          (I had hopes for this considering its background, but it didn't deliver, not even in the animation which should have been great)

          Best male character
          Momonga/Ainz Ooal Gown (Overlord)
          (badass OP skeleton man is always awesome)

          Best female character
          Yona (Akatsuki no Yona) & Shirayuki (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)
          (because I can't choose between these two amazing bishoujos)

          Best villain
          Dio Brando
          (because muda muda muda muda muda muda muda muda)

          Best animation
          One Punch Man
          (if it weren't for Madhouse's amazingness here, Fate/Stay Night UBW would have had the best animation this year)

          Best studio
          Madhouse
          (their streak of greatness this year says it all)

          Best OP
          Kancolle OP – Miiro
          (despite its not so good quality, Kancolle sure had a great OP)

          Best ED
          Shokugeki no Soma ED 2 – Sacchan no sexy curry
          (this was a tough one to decide as Anemone by ClariS (Classroom Crisis ED) and Nirvana by Tia (Noragami ARAGOTO ED) were also very good)

          Best soundtrack
          God Eater
          (the anime may not be amazing, but it sure has a great soundtrack)
          Last edited by Yamada2; 01-01-2016, 06:29 AM.
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          • #6
            Re: Best and Worst Anime Lists of 2015

            And some more best and worst categories for the past year:

            Best Studio: Madhouse
            Worst Studio: Diomedea
            Best Animation: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
            Worst Animation: Chaos Dragon
            Best OP: Kibou no Uta, Ultra Tower, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
            Best ED: Sugar Song to Bitter Step, Unison Square Garden, Blood Blockade Battlefront
            Best OST: Noragami Aragoto
            MyAnimeList | Avatar: Violet Evergarden of KyoAni's Violet Evergarden
            Watching: Kyo Kara Maoh, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Toonami Stuff
            Simulcasts: FTL, FRB, KYB, FGN, MIX, FIL
            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Re: Best and Worst Anime Lists of 2015

              Here are a few of mine:

              Best Anime of 2015: One Punch Man
              (Even though it was so short, it was absolutely massive on content and scale, that topped with a great cast of fun characters and a enjoyable story plus top tier animation make it pretty easy to see how One Punch Man can run away rather easily with the top spot for most people.)
              {Honorable mention: Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana}

              Worst Anime of 2015: Triage X
              (So many horrible and pointless titles qualify for this position like Valkyrie Drive, Chaos Dragon, and Isuca, but I believe Triage X beats them out simply in how it actually tries to deliver itself as something worthwhile and meaningful while being utter trash.)

              Most Overrated Anime of 2015: Death Parade
              (A decent show for sure, but not even close to being as overall good as some people make it out to be; mostly because of how it ultimately created a lot more questions than it ever answers in the end, so many loose ends and story elements were introduced and went nowhere that it never bothered wrapping up, and that seriously hurt the show in the end.)
              {Dishonorable mention: Tokyo Ghoul √A}

              Most Underrated Anime of 2015: Yoru no Yatterman
              (Prerequisite knowledge of past entries and the series history provided a difficult to get past learning curve for new fans and kept a lot of people from fully enjoying it; but at its core it was a very well done story about life, and growing up and what's important to you.)
              {Honorable mention to Houkago no Pleiades for also being sadly underrated}

              Best Male Character:Leon Lewis- Garo the Animation
              (Leon grew better on screen over the course Garo better than pretty much any other character this year imo, which is why he takes my top spot)
              {Honorable mention to Leonardo Watch-Kekkai Sense}

              Worst Male Character: Yoshio Kobayashi -Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace
              (Aimless, pointless, and beyond annoying. An emotionally detached and disturbed little turd who just makes a mess of things)
              {Dishonorable mention: Inaho Kaizuka-Aldnoah.Zero}

              Best Female Character: Shirayuki-Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
              (Strong and intelligent female lead who can actually do things on her own despite the cute shoujo romance setting)
              {Honorable mention:Maria-Junketsu no Maria}

              Worst Female Character: Shiki Magata-The Perfect Insider
              (Pretty much the same as Yoshio Kobayashi, but add pretentious and deranged.)
              {Dishonorable mention: Sakurako Kujou-Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru}

              Best Anime Film 2015: Kyoukai no Kanata Movie: I'll Be Here - Mirai-hen
              (It did everything that it needed to do right, capped off an otherwise underwhelming series rather magnificently, much the same way Tamako Love Story did for Tamako Market.)
              {Honorable mention: The Anthem of the Heart -Beautiful Word}

              Best OVA 2015:Tokyo Ghoul: "Jack"/Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!
              (both provide exceptionally deep and meaningful character driven stories within the confines of a single OVA episode)
              {Honorable mention: Tokyo Ghoul: "Pinto"}

              Best Anime of 2015 that went unlicensed: Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana
              (I realize this has been rectified as of the past week but it's still quite sad that a lot of people in the West did not get to experience such an incredible show as it aired. Glad that will be changing as of next week though.)

              Best OP Theme: Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture
              (Honorable mention: KanColle)

              Best ED Theme: Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana
              (Honorable mention: Gakusen Toshi Asterisk)

              Best overall cast of characters in 2015: Kekkai Sensen
              (Honorable Mention: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Egypt Arc)

              Worst overall cast of characters in 2015: Denpa Kyoushi
              (Dishonorable mention: Aldnoah.Zero)
              ~My Anime Collection~

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