Top 10 Anime – 2015
Let’s not beat around the bush – 2015 was a damn good year for anime. This was partly due to the hype surrounding the fact that a couple of old shows got revitalized, but there were also some notable original series. AThis is our final list for 2015’s top anime.
IMPORTANT: For this list we’ve only considered shows that started airing in 2015. Shows that were staggered across 2014 and 2015 have not been considered for this list (sorry, fans of Unlimited Blade Works). However, shows that got a completely separate series this year are eligible for this list.
10.) Gangsta (Written by: Shiggins)
Guns, swords, prostitutes and a weirdly-coloured street. All can kill you and all will probably find a way to kill you somehow in this very odd but very entrancing anime about two dudes who live together (not gay) in the city of Ergastulum as they work as “handymen” for the police and the mob. Worick and Nicholas, both flawed and with their own disabilities, end up befriending a sex worker named Alex and getting involved with tons of crap along the way.
What really appeals to me with this series is the atmosphere. The emptiness of the streets, the low misty lighting, the lack of overly-aggressive music during the quiet scenes… It helps to create a dismal but intriguing setting that you end up just wanting to explore for hours alone. If this was a Telltale game, it would probably be perfect. The two male leads are fantastic too, with Nicholas’ deafness not only being unique, but endearing to who he is and how he acts. Oh and Worick is a gigolo. Enjoy that image, ladies.
While the animation isn’t stellar, the writing certainly is. At least, for the first half. The progression of the series tends to work against Gangsta‘s favour, as it just becomes less engaging. The first half is a huge blast, and the series as a whole is well-worth your time. The friendship of Nicholas and Worick alone is demanding enough for you to love the series, so I do suggest you check it out. It slips up and has quite a few flaws, but I enjoy it all the same.
9.) Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Written by: Shiggins)
What would happen if you crossed Ouran Highschool Host Club with Assassination Classroom, while making the main girl voiced by my favourite Nisekoi character? Well, besides a very awesome fanfiction, you’d get Aoharu x Kikanjuu. The end result is something that, while not entirely unique, is still a lot of fun and a great waste of your time. This is the story of Hotaru Tachibana, who dresses like a man and despises those who defy justice.
The action is fairly classic comedy material. It’s taking something fairly ordinary and typical, in this case paintball, and kicking it up a notch so it looks like this extreme badass way of life filled with gangs, personal war, military experts and bloodlust, when in actuality it’s a few prats hitting each other with paint pellets. It’s like that series Ben-To, if it wasn’t a huge disappointment and actually made some interesting characters and jokes, instead of doing nothing at all…
Hotaru is a fun character, if a bit unusual in how they refuse to explain her reason for looking like a boy. Haruhi had an excuse, but Hotaru’s excuse of “I just do” feels a bit too lazy. The other characters are tons of fun however, including a truly evil villain that is so fucking twisted, I actually gasped, and the S&M doujin artist that always makes me giggle with his disinterested attitude to the world. It’s not as yaoi-friendly as Ouran is, or as action-packed exciting and dark as Assassination Classroom, but if you’re just looking for a casual, fun watch that isn’t too draining, then you can’t go wrong with this one.