Fall 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

The leaves haven’t come close to changing or falling and there’s probably still a heat wave or two in the offing, but that isn’t stopping us from plucking fifteen of the fifty or so anime that will air in the Fall and adding them to out tentative watchlist, as we tend to do this time of year. Aside from 86 and Mushoku Tensei’s second season, there’s a lot of all-new stuff to check out.

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LAST UPDATED 8 Oct 2021

Braverade

86 2nd Season

Build Divide: Code Black

Gyakuten Sekai no Denchi Shoujo
Rumble Garanndoll

Megaton-kyuu Musashi

SAKUGAN

Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru (Ansatsu Kizoku)
The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat


sesameacrylic

180 Byou de Kimi no Mimi wo Shiawase ni Dekiru ka?
Can I Make Your Ears Happy in 180 Seconds?

Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu.
Komi Can’t Communicate

Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasareta node, Henkyou de Slow Life suru Koto ni Shima
[Sighs, takes deep breath] Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside, AKA I Was Kicked out of the Hero’s Party Because I Wasn’t a True Companion so I Decided to Have a Slow Life at the Frontier

Taishou Otome Otogibanashi
Taishou Maiden Fairytale

Takt Op. Destiny


MagicalChurlSukui

Build Divide: Code Black

Deep Insanity: The Lost Child
Spring 2021 Carryover

Mieruiko-chan
Spring 2021 Carryover

Mushoku Tensei 2nd Season
Jobless Reincarnation S2

Saihate no Paladin
The Faraway Paladin

Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu
Moon, Laika, and the Bloodsucking Princess

 

Summer 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

“Pleasure Boats On a Summer Evening Near Ryogoku Bridge”, by Kitagawa Utamaro, 1802-1804.

Summer Comin’. As usual, we’re a little late in listing out the series we’ll be taking a look at. As you can see, there’s plenty of choices, and many of the titles are as long as the days are going to get.

Assuming 86 and Tokyo Revengers take a season off before their second cours, only MagicalChurlSukui will be watching carryovers of existing shows or sequels to existing ones. Both Braverade and sesameacrylic’s Summer lists contain all-new shows; no sequels or spinoffs.

We don’t know if that’s ever happened before, but as usual, we’ll be trying to whittle our total watchlist down to around a dozen, which means dropping seven or eight of the titles below if they’re not worth watching or otherwise redundant to our anime needs of the moment.

As usual, bold titles below are the shows to which we’ll be paying particular attention, and titles may be added or subtracted as needed. That means non-bold shows aren’t guaranteed to be reviewed, just checked out.

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LAST UPDATED 1 Sept 2021

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Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki – Skipped
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

Meikyuu Black Company – Dropped

NIGHT HEAD 2041 – Dropped

Scarlet Nexus – Dropped

Sonny Boy – Picked Up

Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. – Dropped
The Detective Is Already Dead / Tanmoshi

Tokyo Revengers– Dropped
Spring 2021 Carryover


sesameacrylic

Bokutachi no Remake
Remake Our Life!

Kageki Shoujo!!
Remake Our Life!

Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid
The Duke of Death and His Maid

Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
Aquatope of White Sand

Uramichi Oniisan
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan


MagicalChurlSukui

To Your Eternity
Spring 2021 Carryover

TenSura 2nd Season Part 2

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu – Skipped
Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU

Peach Boy Riverside

Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu

Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-

Vanitas no Carte
The Case Study of Vanitas

Spring 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

We’ve approached the halfway point of the Winter 2021 anime season, which is usually the time for us to start taking a gander at what’s on the horizon for the Spring. The biggest title on our list so far is the third and final season of Fruits Basket, which should be something.

    • We’ll be watching and reviewing all Bold titles below.
    • Crossed-out titles have been dropped or skipped.

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LAST UPDATED 21 Apr 2021

Braverade

86
SSSS.Dynazenon
Tokyo Revengers
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song

Mars Red


sesameacrylic

Don’t Toy With Me, Nagatoro-san
Higehiro
Osamake

Those Snow White Notes
Zombieland Saga: Revenge

Combatants Will Be Dispatched!
Koikimo


MagicalChurlSukui

Fruits Basket: The Final
To Your Eternity
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent
Slime 300

Full Dive
Jouran: The Princess of Snow and Blood
Tensura Nikki

Winter 2021 Season Guide (Updating)

We’re about to enter our twelfth year on the interwebz, and it will be hard to top the eleventh for pure strangeness. We’re not sure if we’ll get much snow this coming Winter (we didn’t get much last Winter) but the metaphor of a fresh blanket of snow providing a blank canvas for the year still fits.

As usual, we’re simply listing shows that are either from franchises we follow or new shows that look interesting based solely on the promo art and talent involved. As such, we’ll surely be adding and subtracting from this list as we draw closer to showtime. Recommendations are welcome!

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LAST UPDATED 1 Feb 2021

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Attack on Titan
Demon Slayer (Spring 2019)
Jujutsu Kaisen
Kemono Jihen
Otherside Picnic

Ex-Arm (NOPE)
Hortensia Saga
(Dropped)


sesameacrylic

Horimiya
Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun
The Quintessential Quintuplets 2nd Season
Vlad Love (Resumes 14 Feb)
Wonder Egg Priority

Jimihen!!: Jimiko wo Kaechau Jun Isei Kouyuu!! (Skipped)
Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Skipped)
Ore dake Haireru Kakushi Dungeon (Dropped)


MagicalChurlSukui

Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou (Fall 2020)
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Re:Zero 2nd Season Part 2
TenSura 2nd Season

Fall 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

So far it’s slim pickings this coming Fall—not surprising considering the state of the world. Only a handful of new anime are listed on MAL’s Fall 2020 list, and some of those are sequel seasons to shows we’ve either never seen or are too far behind to attempt to catch up.

Regardless of the number of shows we’ll ultimately be watching, we’ll be implementing an all-new 5-star rating system more akin to Anime News Network than the MAL’s 1-10 scale:

While some among the staff have long been proponents of the 1-10 scale, in practice there are rarely any episodes we’d rate 1-5, since it only takes one or two such episodes to cause us to drop the show entirely. We’ll see how it goes.

This list will be updated if and when we pick up or drop any additional shows. If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments and we’ll take them under advisement. And as always, thanks for reading, and take care!

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LAST UPDATED 1 Oct 2020

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Akudama Drive
Assault Lily: Bouquet
Golden Kamuy 3rd Season
Warlords of Sigrdrifa


sesameacrylic

Adachi & Shimamura
Great Pretender (ONA)
Ikebukuro West Gate Park
Sleeping Princess in the Demon Castle
Talentless Nana
TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You


MagicalChurlSukui

DanMachi III
Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou
Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World
The Day I Became a God
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

Summer 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

Poem by Empress Jitou from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse, Hokusai, c. 1839.

We usually come out with a new season guide roughly halfway through the current season, so we’re running a little late. Depending on the state of Japan (and incidentally, the world) in July, many of the shows on this list may be further delayed or postponed…or they may all air on time! Only time will tell.

For now, here’s a brief look at the shows that have piqued our curiosity. We’ve only listed shows that have been confirmed to air or carry over this Summer. While sequels to heavy hitters like Re:Zero, SAO and  Oregairu are set to (finally) air, we’ll also be checking out as many new and original shows as time allows.

This list will be updated periodically. If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments. And as always, thanks for reading!

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LAST UPDATED 27 Aug 2020

Braverade

Deca-Dence
No Guns Life S2
SAO: Alicization: War of Underworld S2
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

Fugou Keiji – Balance: UNLIMITED—Resuming from Spring

Gibiate—Dropped
The God of High School—Dropped


sesameacrylic

Appare-Ranman!
Oregairu S3
Rent-a-Girlfriend

Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!

Great Pretender (Netflix ONA)—Awaiting Remaining Episodes
Dokyuu Hentai HxEros—Dropped
Shokugeki no Souma 5—Dropped


MagicalChurlSukui

Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
Fruits Basket
(2019) 2nd Season
Re:Zero S2
The Misfit of Demon King Academy

Lapis Re:LiGHTs – Dropped

RABUJOI’S Top 10 Anime of Winter 2020

10. Magia Record

The style, atmosphere, and whimiscal visual language of the original Madoka are there, but the narrative depth (not to mention novelty) are notably absent. Questions are often answered with more questions in a story that remains stubbornly opaque, the very Madoka-esque MC Iroha’s central quest leads to a dead end, and there are probably more magical girls introduced than needed. That said, it’s not terrible, and probably a must-see for Madoka completionist. Hopefully its second season will improve upon the shortcomings of the first.

9. BOFURI

It’s full title—i don’t want to get hurt so I’ll max out my defense—is its general premise, but the devil’s in the execution, details, and above all tone, and BOFURI excels at all three and kept me coming back, where a similar VRMMO game, Infinite Dendrodragon, lost me in its opening minutes. In addition to being cute as all get-out, Maple represents a bright (light-wise, not smarts) ball of optimism who values making friends and having fun together over winning…though she wins plenty!

8. Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun

While there are times when calling this “animation” is generous, the lushness of the painterly stills that suffuse Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun more than make up for the occasional lack of complex motion. Unlike other Lerche entries, it also benefits from a much smaller cast and an optimistic outlook that brightens its darker corners. Nene, Hanako, Kou & Co. are all beautifully drawn and voiced and easy to root for.

7. ID:INVADED

Drawing from a dizzying array of sources from Sherlock Holmes to Blade Runner, ID:INVADED makes up for it’s lack of solid resolution and occasionally scattered ideas with slick character design, a smattering of likable (or at least sympathetic characters with clear motivations, and some truly weird dreamscapes.

6. In/Spectre

A show that celebrates both traditional and modern forms of storytelling, Kyokou Suiri is anchored by it’s surpassingly spunky, takes-no-prisoners, pint-sized supernatural detective extraordinaire, the one-legged, one-eyed Kotoko. There’s a lot of talking in this show, but it’s almost never not thrilling, and often accompanied by just the right amount of action and comedy. Your mileage may vary when it comes to her likability or the show’s structure (half monster of the week, half final showdown), but I loved In/Spectre’s tendency to march to the beat of its own drum.

5. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

We’re only nine episodes into a planned 25-episode series, but Railgun T marks a return to character-driven, (relatively) straightforward storytelling and planting a firm spotlight on the titular uber-heroine Misaka Mikoto, frightening and adorable in equal measure, depending on her mood. She finds herself and her friends in the middle of a squabble between factions of her city’s underworld, but (perhaps) with her sparkly-eyed frenemy Misaki she looks poised to make life inconvenient for all of them.

4. Fate/Grand Order: ADF – Babylonia

An “It’s All Down To This/Us” pervades every episode of F/GO, but while the future of human civilization is taken to the absolute brink, there’s never the slightest sense of nihilism or fatalism in its narrative. That’s thanks to the dogged bravery of its two leads Ritsuka and Mash and their galaxy of awesome-looking gods, goddesses, and kings doing increasingly awesome things by their side. A feast for the eyes with the capacity to warm the heart.

3. Chihayafuru 3

Chihayafuru manga and anime fans alike probably found a lot to like about the long-awaited third season, arriving six years after the second with a lot to do. The primary gripe, then, is that we may have to wait another few years to return to this quirky world of intensely competitive karuta players more often than not finding the game a haven of clarity from their tangled relationships, emotions, and futures.

2. Somali and the Forest Spirit

Can a human child survive in a world that hates (and eats) humanity? More importantly, does her golem guardian love her? Yes and yes, as explored in a sumptuous fantasy anime packed with gorgeous painterly settings and equally colorful (and morally diverse) characters, in which the destination of the last human colony takes a backseat to the journey, which is educating for father and child alike.

1. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

An deeply satisfying and heartwarming anime about three startlingly different yet equally lovable young women coming together to create something amazing. A Yuasa Maasaki love letter not just to anime, but the creative process itself. Any other challengers for Anime of the Year will face an uphill climb: Eizouken is in the stratosphere.

Spring 2020 Season Guide (Updating)

Cherry Blossoms at Yoshino, Hokusai, c. 1833

Here we are, at it again. We’re halfway through Winter, so its time to prepare for Spring by taking a gander at what’s headed our way when the weather starts getting warmer.

There are were many huge shows returning (now postponed due to covid-19) and quite a few intriguing new ones airing. Only four sequels are locks so far: Railgun T Part 2, Kaguya-sama: Love is War 2, Food Wars 5, and Fruits Basket 2. We are currently reviewing 11 shows, right around usual.

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LAST UPDATED 30 Apr 2020

Braverade

Gleipnir
Tower of God
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T—Winter Carryover
No Guns Life Season 2—Postponed Indefinitely


sesameacrylic

Appare-Ranman!—Postponed Indefinitely
Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2

Kakushigoto
Wave, Listen to Me!
Shokugeki no Souma 5—Postponed Indefinitely
Sing “Yesterday” to Me


MagicalChurlSukui

Arte
Fruits Basket 2nd Season

Hamefura
Princess Connect! Re:Dive

Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle—Dropped
Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou!—Dropped
LISTENERS—Dropped

RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade – 10-1 – No Going Back

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Welcome to the final entry in RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade, a comprehensive and hastily-researched list of the 100 best anime we watched from 2010 to 2019. We attempt to provide one brief statement about each show, based in some cases on very fuzzy recollection and possibly guesses. This list is final. No reviews, no appeals, COMPLETE EXONERATION!—RABUJOI STAFF


10. One Punch Man

Fall 2015

Saitama’s hilarious adventures in boredom and easy victories provided some of the comedic highlights of the decade in this stylishly irreverent parody of hero shows

9. The Promised Neverland

Winter 2019

One of the scariest, tensest, dread-filled series of the decade, as well as one of the best underdog stories, its single season left us gasping to see what became of the poor kids

8. Shingeki no Kyojin 3 Part 2

Spring 2019

In just ten episodes, perhaps more stunning secrets were revealed than in the previous three seasons combined, creating potential the fourth and final season will be hard-pressed to meet

7. Monogatari Series: Second Season

Summer 2013

A giant tiger stalks the town, Araragi battles zombies with an aged-up Mayoi, Nadeko gets tangled up with the Polar Snake, Shinobu regales us with some her centuries-long history, and Hitagi and Kaishou form an uneasy alliance—there’s a little of everything and it’s all excellent

6. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

Winter 2017

The first season of SGRS was amazing…the second was transcendent

5. Shigatsu wa kimi no uso (Your Lie in April)

Fall 2014

One of the saddest anime of the decade, but also one of the most beautiful, both visually and musically

4. Owarimonogatari Second Season

Summer 2017

While just seven episodes, this second season is the long-awaited culmination of eight years of supernatural stories, and it was worth the wait

3. Made in Abyss

Summer 2017

Very little before or since has quite looked or sounded like Made in Abyss, but even less FELT quite like it. Blending moments of whimsy, wonder and awe with primal horror and cruelty in a richly-detailed, fully-realized fantasy world. Desperately needs a second season to continue the story

2. 3-gatsu no Lion 2 (March Comes In Like A Lion)

Fall 2017

The first season was mostly about the MC’s personal traumas and depression, but the second story spreads out as he learns how to support others, exploring bullying, the struggles of a surrogate mom, and the ravages of old age

1. Steins;Gate

Spring 2011

With its twisting, churning time travel odyssey, central love triangle, and meditations on causality, inevitability, guilt, and obsession, Steins;Gate is the best anime of the decade.

RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade – 20-11 – Things are Starting to Get Real

Welcome to RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade, a comprehensive and hastily-researched list of the 100 best anime we watched from 2010 to 2019. We attempt to provide one brief statement about each show, based in some cases on very fuzzy recollection and possibly guesses. This list is final. No reviews, no appeals.—RABUJOI STAFF


20. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED)

Winter 2016

Maybe the best representations of being transported into your younger self, and given the opportunity to save someone who didn’t have to die

19. Shingeki no Kyojin 3 (Part 1)

Summer 2018

The curtain is pulled back on many mysteries (though not the basement), and the Scouts must rebel against the powers that be to protect Eren and Historia, culminating in an epic Titan battle that eventually serves as the stage for the Historia’s ascension

18. AnoHana

Spring 2011

Very few anime this decade achieved as much in a scant eleven episodes, as a circle of childhood friends grow, change, and reconnect over the loss of their friend

17. Steins;Gate 0

Spring 2018

We didn’t know the original needed a sequel to continue Rintarou & Co.’s story—until we watched it. New faces and alliances help the mad scientist achieve what he could not in the previous show

16. Vinland Saga

Summer 2019

Thrilling and at times heartbreaking pseudo-historical tales of revenge, hatred, betrayal and redemption made this the best Wit Studio offering to date to  challenge the Attack on Titan juggernaut’s dramatic hegemony

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15. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Season 1)

Winter 2016

Plunged us into a previously unknown and unimaginably rich world of traditional Japanese raunchy storytelling, we go back and forth through time as some of the art’s best living performers rose to fame—and paid the costs of that fame

14. Fate/Zero 2

Spring 2012

As the battle for the grail intensifies, F/Z’s second half elevates the tension and quality of storytelling, action, and character to even greater heights

13. Violet Evergarden

Winter 2018

A beautiful and heart-wrenching tale of an elite instrument of unspeakable violence and war trying to heal and find a new purpose in a world at peace

12. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)

Spring 2010

Filled with wistful tales of campus nirvana and romance deferred, resetting timelines and different clubs joined and choices made, Tatami Galaxy is a gorgeous freeform, often bizarre ride no anime enthusiast should miss

11. Sora yori mo Tooi Basho (A Place Further than the Universe)

Winter 2018

Four girls with very different personalities and paths in life all find themselves on an Antarctic expedition in a brilliant exploration of friendship, love, grief, self-exploration, and growth

RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade – 30-21 – The Kids Are All Right

Welcome to RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade, a comprehensive and hastily-researched list of the 100 best anime we watched from 2010 to 2019. We attempt to provide one brief statement about each show, based in some cases on very fuzzy recollection and possibly guesses. This list is final. No reviews, no appeals.—RABUJOI STAFF


30. 3-gatsu no Lion (Season 1)

Fall 2016

Shaft and Shinbou delved into the life and mind of a depressed and traumatized shogi prodigy discovering family, home and happiness with three sisters as he traverses his fiercely competitive sport

29. Bunny Girl-Senpai (Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai)

Fall 2018

Smart, mature, and engaging romantic comedy done right, BGS combined ordinary high school life with clever supernatural phenomena

28. Bakuman. 2

Fall 2011

Few shows captured how life and love went on as countless hours of hard work either amounted to a hit manga or an absolute dud. We’ve always regretted not continuing with the third season

27. Barakamon

Summer 2014 

A distinguished young calligrapher seeks refuge in a small town, and instead meets a spunky young girl and other characters who lend color and warmth to his black-on-white world

26. Houseki no Kuni

Fall 2017

A brilliant, moving, and visually dazzling tale of gems in human form, focusing on one unremarkable gem who has one hell of an arc. Desperately in need of a sequel

25. Owarimonogatari

Fall 2015

Araragi’s discussions with Oshino’s mysterious “niece” Ougi and exploration of a classmate he somehow forgot makes for some of the most emotionally complex and nervy interactions of the sprawling Monogatari series

24. Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)

Spring 2013

When it all started in 2013, I watched the first episode, was put off by the naked man-eating giants, and…put it aside. Two years later, before the second season, I gave it another try and was not disappointed

23. Food Wars! (Shokugeki no Souma)

Spring 2015

The wonderful combination of shounen battles, ecchi elements, and culinary education has been going strong for years, but it all started with Souma terrorizing his childhood friend with peanut butter octopus

22. Usagi Drop

Summer 2011

A single salaryman’s life is changed forever when he takes in a girl no one else will. Heartwarming and detailed in the practicalities of childcare

21. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-)

Fall 2014

An adaptation of a manga from the 80s, Parasyte is an often deeply dark and messed up, always thrilling story of a once-normal high school kid whose body is infiltrated and augmented by an alien parasite

 

RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade – 40-31 – Heroes Come in Many Forms

Welcome to RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade, a comprehensive and hastily-researched list of the 100 best anime we watched from 2010 to 2019. We attempt to provide one brief statement about each show, based in some cases on very fuzzy recollection and possibly guesses. This list is final. No reviews, no appeals.—RABUJOI STAFF


40. Boku no Hero Academia

Spring 2016

We would eventually drop this colorful shonen series about young supernatural heroes taking up the mantle of the previous generation, but the first season was unquestionably zany fun

39. Shokugeki no Souma 2

Summer 2016

Once the Autumn Elections were over, it was nice to see the young chefs test their skills in the real world, particularly Souma being paired with Hisako at a run-of-the-mill family restaurant

38. Shokugeki no Souma 3

Fall 2017

The start of a major coup in which Central takes control of Totsuki and threatens the culinary creativity of all. What had been a show about food skirmishes becomes all-out war between an authoritarian regime and a plucky rebellion

37. Fate/Zero (First Half)

Fall 2011

In our opinion, the best of the Fate anime continuum, plunging into the personalities, passions and vulnerabilities of Servants and Masters alike like no Fate before or since

36. Katanagatari

Winter 2010

The unique art, eclectic Iwasaki score, engrossing story, twisting, clever dialogue, and epic action made this a show to look forward to each month

35. Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Spring 2012

In a sleepy Kyushu town in the 60s, kids from disparate backgrounds find harmony in jazz and dissonance in love in a captivating Watanabe/Konno collab

34. PSYCHO-PASS

Fall 2012

A futuristic cop show in which invasive technology determines the latent criminality of all citizens. Introduces one of the decade’s baddassest women, Tsunemori Akane

33. Shingeki no Kyojin 2

Spring 2017

In the first sequel to Attack on Titan megaseries, the world is expanded with the arrival of the Beast Titan and the revealing of Krista’s true identity

32. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Winter 2011

A seminal series that subverted and heightened the Magical Girl genre popularized by Sailor Moon, turning inward on the struggles and sacrifices of said girls and the cruelty of their fate like never before.

31. Shinsekai yori (From the New World)

Fall 2012

Quite simply one of the darkest, strangest, and most haunting explorations of our species’ possible eventual future ever put to the screen, animated or otherwise

RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade – 50-41 – A Little Better All The Time

Welcome to RABUJOI’s Anime of the Decade, a comprehensive and hastily-researched list of the 100 best anime we watched from 2010 to 2019. We attempt to provide one brief statement about each show, based in some cases on very fuzzy recollection and possibly guesses. This list is final. No reviews, no appeals, and no Gintama (but only because we’ve never watched it).—RABUJOI STAFF


50. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Oregairu) 2

Spring 2015

Things get a little more complicated and dramatic, but with this show, those are both good things

49. Tsuki ga Kirei

Spring 2017

With all its awkwardness, false starts, devastating setbacks and ecstatic victories, we’d be hard-pressed to find a more detailed, relatable, and downright heart-swelling depiction of falling in love for the first time. Great voice work too

48. Fate/Stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

Fall 2014

Our entrance into the vast world of Fate was a ufotable masterpiece that often left other great-looking shows looking 5-10 years older. We’d eventually find Fates that, while not as good-looking, told a better story with stronger characters

47. Hibike! Euphonium 2

Spring 2015

Who ever thought band could be so serious, so dramatic…and so dang good?

46. SKET Dance

Spring 2011

A sprawling high school epic (78 episodes) bursting with quirky characters you can’t help but grow to love. While usually a comedy, some of its best outings are played straight

45. Shokugeki no Souma 3 – Totsuki Train Arc

Spring 2018

There’s Food Wars, and then there’s Food Wars on a train, baby!

44. Fruits Basket 1st Season

Spring 2019

A show that explores all manner of social and psychological disorders with compassion, through the lens of character who transform into Zodiac animals when hugged. Some of the best characters of the year can be found in this anime

43. No Game No Life

Spring 2014

A shut-in and his sister brave a video game world in this lush, colorful early-ish entry in the decade’s Isekai explosion

42. KonoSuba 2

Winter 2017

Picks up where the first season left off and improves our motley crew’s living conditions…and builds on the zany comedy

41. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Spring 2016

Owner of some of the highest emotional highs and lowest emotional lows, Re:Zero is at times endearing, triumphant, and terrifying…but it’s almost never boring