The best anime shows of 2014.
A very belated post, but I wanted to give shows that were overlapping into 2015 a fair chance as well. 2014 was a year with many ups and downs. It wasn’t really a year where I would go wild for certain episodes or was really eager to pick up certain shows. I kind of went with the flow of the particular season. I seen well over 30 shows, but not all genres will be taken into account since there wasn’t enough material to compare it with.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso delivered the best overall performance of 2014 with its good blend of classical music and romance, neatly shaped into a convincing and magical anime. The music was greatly intertwined throughout the show. While not all characters were as fleshed out, Shigatsu wa Kimi managed to pull me through to the end, appreciating every episode.
The story may have been bleak, but Akame ga Kill stayed true to its genre and delivered an action packed rollercoaster ride full of adrenaline and a differs set of characters.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso gives the ordinary an extraordinarily feel. The pacing was just right. It wasn’t rushed, the show took its time to highlight its most prominent characters and create a convincing environment for them to interact with.
Amagi Brilliant Park delivered one of the best comedic episodes. While I’m not really a fan of the comedy genre, I had some genuine laughs with Amagi Brilliant Park. The episodes had a good mix between seriousness and witty over the top jokes.
Tamako Love Story was a great, innocent romance movie that conveyed the overall vibe better than the TV-adaptation could ever do. The execution and pacing was just right, keeping the viewer engaged from beginning to end.
Hitsugi no Chaika itself may not be the best executed series, but the second installment was far more convincing in its performance than its predecessor. Many questions were answered and the Chaika’s had found closure or understanding about their being, giving the show more substance.
Seiya from Amagi Brilliant Park perfectly moved the show through its plot. He created atmosphere and was a good character to be the overall narrative for the show.
Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso delivered a stellar performance that outshone every other. She drove the plot against her weaker counterpart Kouse. Her character beamed energy and life whilst in a most turbulent time.
Pink pervert Tiramie was mainly responsible for most of the laughs in Amagi Brilliant Park. This makes Tiramie the best supporting male character in the 2014 line-up.
Ao Haru Ride was a typical shoujo anime with no surprises. A more subtle and less lust driven anime, more focused on the subtle workings of romance. Nonetheless it featured the best supporting female character of the year, namely Yuuri Makita who gave Ao Haru Ride a human touch.
Glasslip itself may have been dull and terrible, but the main heroine Touko had an impressive overall design that made her approachable and lovable. I wish she could’ve had the chance to be more fleshed out as a character, having more profoundness.
Toyko Ghoul as any anime completely fell short, but the outstanding character design of Kanekiwhen becoming a terrifying Ghoul, made him standout above all male character designs.
It was a close call between Fate/Stay Night UBW and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, but the latter took the first price. I really liked the high saturated color scheme and the studio played around with them to enhance the narrative. It all looks fresh and crisp, being more immersive and less dark than Fate/Stay Night was. While budget wise Fate/Stay Night was much stronger, it was all too slick and it didn’t have an artistic edge that made it as immersive as Shigatsu did.
Parasyte the Maxim has the best opening song of 2014, performed by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Given I have trouble to understand what they are singing and the rest of the song ‘Let me hear’ is as terrible as good as the beginning was. The song meets the vibe of the show and really fits the overall look and feel of Parasyte the Maxim.
Picking a best opening and ending song is a difficult matter, yet again Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso stood out with its ending song “Orange” performed by 7!! The song featured a well balanced mix between emotional and an empowering feel that fitted the vibe of the show. The visuals blended in nicely with the look and feel of the show.
Zankyou no Terror featured one of the best original soundtracks in 2014 and I almost dare to say it receives a position in my list of favorite anime soundtracks. The vocals gave a chilling and abstract vibe that enhanced the overall experience of Zankyou no Terror.