cladinblue’s Best of / Favorites from 2013

[UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_21_[h264-720p][93E3FDD8].mkv_snapshot_00.18_[2013.02.23_13.33.45] I’ve been busy and too lazy to make posts lately. I’m actually doing this as a filler post because this won’t require much writing on my part. There’s also a new writer though  he’s only written one post completely unrelated to anime haha. I think he’ll be writing some 1st impressions for this season. I’ll try write more when my busy days end. That’d be before the end of this month. Anyway, onto the awards.

I won’t be explaining my choices in the post because that would defeat the purpose of writing this now.

For everything except Best OP and ED, a title and its characters are eligible if the series aired a significant amount of its episodes and ended in 2013. For me, I would say that’s more or less half the series’ 2nd half, or almost all of it. I won’t unclude series which only the 1st half aired in 2013. They’ll be eligible for 2014.  A title is also eligible if it aired the entire or almost the entire 2013, even if it didn’t end in 2013. For OPs and EDs, one is eligible only if it was used as OP or ED for a season in 2013, regardless of its anime’s eligibility in other awards.

I watched at least 50 titles from last year, so I guess it’s safe to say that this’ll be pretty representative of my opinions for 2013 anime.



Best Soundtrack

Nothing to explain about the award. It’s the OST I liked the most in 2013.

KyousoGiga TV

[EveTaku] Kyousou Giga TV - 10 (1280x720 x264-10 AAC)[A63D9228].mkv_snapshot_16.27_[2013.12.24_09.43.37]

Honorable Mentions: Shinsekai Yori, Zetsuen no Tempest, Chihayafuru 2, Aku no Hana, Shingeki no Kyojin, Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3-bu, Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen, White Album 2.

2013 was the year of great OSTs.

 


Best Visuals

Everything for the eyes. Animation, art style, character designs, color, cinematography etc.

Shinsekai Yori and Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta

[UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_25_[h264-720p][F280761E].mkv_snapshot_04.19_[2013.03.30_23.47.41] [Cthuko] Yozakura Quartet Hana no Uta - 02 [720p Hi10P H264][1794C3BE].mkv_snapshot_17.29_[2014.01.03_00.52.25]

Honorable Mentions: Aiura, Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen, Uchouten Kazoku, Zetsuen no Tempest, KyousoGiga TV, White Album 2, Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge


Favorite Short Series

AIURA

[HorribleSubs] AIURA - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.46_[2013.06.27_00.35.13]

Best Characters

This is for both fanboy affection for and critical appreciation of characters.

[HorribleSubs] Kyousougiga - 5.5 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.05_[2013.11.16_22.24.24]

Koto and Myoue (KyousoGiga TV)

640px-Suigintou_007

Suigintou (Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen)

Misaka Mikoto (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S)

Misaka Mikoto (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S)

Shimogamo Yasaburou (Uchouten Kazoku)

Shimogamo Yasaburou (Uchouten Kazoku)

Mashima Taichi (Chihayafuru 2)

Mashima Taichi (Chihayafuru 2)

Kishi Touka (Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta)

Kishi Touka (Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta)

Aoyama Nanami (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo)

Aoyama Nanami (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo)

Killua Zoldyck (Hunter X HUnter 2011)

Killua Zoldyck (Hunter X HUnter 2011)

Best OPs

My favorites because of the song, the video, or both.

Best EDs

…and because I really want to include them:

TOP 13 Series

because 2013

Honorable Mentions: Aku no Hana, AKB0048 Next Stage, Hataraku Maou-sama

[rori] Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - 24 [96020783].mkv_snapshot_23.22_[2013.03.26_14.12.23]

13. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

[Cthuko] Yozakura Quartet Hana no Uta - 13 [720p Hi10P H264][3A1DE2EF].mkv_snapshot_15.48_[2014.01.01_11.59.09]

12. Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta

[UTW-Mazui]_Toaru_Kagaku_no_Railgun_S_-_01_[720p][C8FB4B0A].mkv_snapshot_20.13_[2013.04.13_15.30.01]

11. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S

[HorribleSubs] Zetsuen no Tempest - 17 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.08_[2013.02.08_18.41.23][Commie] Zetsuen no Tempest - 01 [2BF72557].mkv_snapshot_22.10_[2012.10.05_22.27.53]

10. Zetsuen no Tempest

[HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 24 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.37_[2012.09.16_16.33.12][HorribleSubs] Space Brothers - 29 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.03_[2012.10.22_13.05.03]

9. Uchuu Kyoudai

[EveSenshi] Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen - 06 (10-bit 720p AAC)[5B2BE285].mkv_snapshot_17.05_[2013.08.09_23.56.49] [EveSenshi] Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen - 06 (10-bit 720p AAC)[5B2BE285].mkv_snapshot_07.04_[2013.08.09_23.29.52]

8. Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen

[HorribleSubs] Kyousougiga - 10.5 [720p].mkv_snapshot_26.13_[2013.12.29_17.33.05] [EveTaku] Kyousou Giga TV - 10 (1280x720 x264-10 AAC)[A63D9228].mkv_snapshot_21.52_[2013.12.24_09.49.32]

7. KyousoGiga TV

[HorribleSubs] Chihayafuru S2 - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_01.00_[2013.03.09_12.38.59] [HorribleSubs] Chihayafuru S2 - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.28_[2013.03.02_21.32.32]

6. Chihayafuru 2

[UTW]_White_Album_2_-_11_[h264-720p][7F5E64C3].mkv_snapshot_20.32_[2013.12.16_18.28.09] [UTW]_White_Album_2_-_01_[h264-720p][A34EB231].mkv_snapshot_22.58_[2013.10.08_19.39.33]

5. White Album 2

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 06 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.27_[2013.08.12_22.43.57] [HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.19_[2013.08.06_02.21.21]

4. Uchouten Kazoku

[HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 85 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.52_[2013.06.23_20.39.53] [HorribleSubs] Hunter X Hunter - 74 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.01_[2013.04.08_00.56.00]

3. Hunter X HUnter 2011

[Doremi-Oyatsu] Ginga e Kickoff!! - 17 (1280x720 8bit h264 AAC) [EED9427D].mkv_snapshot_07.53_[2012.09.16_02.48.09] [Doremi-Oyatsu]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_37_(1280x720_8bit_h264_AAC)_[AAB23F0E].mkv_snapshot_14.16_[2013.03.28_16.17.51] [Doremi-Oyatsu]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_31_(1280x720_8bit_h264_AAC)_[6E592544].mkv_snapshot_23.06_[2013.01.21_16.19.16] [REIKA]_Ginga_e_Kickoff!!_-_20_[720p][DBFAC2EF].mkv_snapshot_15.40_[2012.10.04_01.02.56]

2. Ginga e Kickoff!!


and the obvious number one if you payed attention to the beginning of the post…

[UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_05_[h264-720p][2CCE22D0].mkv_snapshot_04.08_[2013.03.31_00.45.14] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_15_[h264-720p][FD186480].mkv_snapshot_00.36_[2013.03.30_10.36.38] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_23_[h264-720p][D59BDB37].mkv_snapshot_19.30_[2013.03.10_13.20.44] [UTW]_Shinsekai_Yori_-_20_[h264-720p][F618DE75].mkv_snapshot_10.54_[2013.02.16_16.04.10] Shin Sekai Yori - 10 - Large 05 Shin Sekai Yori - 16 - Large 31

1. Shinsekai Yori

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2 thoughts on “cladinblue’s Best of / Favorites from 2013

  1. Nice favorites list, I’m really glad to see WA2 on there since that was actually my favorite of 2013. Truly a beautiful story with fantastic characterization and amazing development, I’d say it’s my favorite one-cour anime yet, and I really do hope they make a second season for it. Right under WA2 for me would be Monogatari Series: Second Season for the fantastic characterization, role shifts, and perspective changes, and it’s by far my favorite installment of the Monogatari series. Kaiki was absolutely brilliant and ended up being one of my my favorite characters in general, not to mention the opening for his arc was absolutely fabulous.

    I never did get around to seeing Shinsekai Yori but I heard it was amazing, a lot of people say it’s among the best of the year so I really want to get to it once I get the chance. I’ve also heard great things about HxH 2011, reportedly it’s one of the best battle Shounens and since I enjoy quite a lot of those I have no doubt I’d love it.

    Space Brothers was a fantastic series and I was really sad to see the anime ended (at 99 episodes at that) since I watched the anime back when it first started, but I’m really excited about the movie and I hope they’ll continue the anime in the future. Sakurasou was also amazing, and while I didn’t pick it up until after it was done, it was also a beautiful story with powerful themes and fantastic development. Ginga e Kickoff is one I picked up from Space Brothers’s season as well, and while I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the other two, I did like it as well and it was nice seeing the characters grow and improve and I became pretty fond of them as the series went on. One of the examples where I’d say its length actually helped it since it gave me more time to appreciate the characters and be engaged with what was going on. As for the rest, I sadly haven’t gotten around to them. I really didn’t watch a whole lot from 2013, but there were still quite a few amazing ones I got to try out.

    • I also really enjoyed Monogatari S2. It’d be just right after the honorable mentions for me. Just didn’t make the cut, I guess. hehe. 2013 was a good year for me. I really enjoyed a lot of shows so I wasn’t able to include a lot of shows I also really enjoyed.

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