Note: The following list only includes anime that have completed within 2015.
We’ve finally reached the tail-end of 2015, and what a year it has been! We covered so many conventions this year, and got to meet with so many talented cosplayers and artists. We even got to expand our team this year! But of course, the year wouldn’t be complete without remembering some of its best anime. So, just like last year, here is our list.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Summary: Piano prodigy Arima Kousei dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he lost the ability to hear the sound of his own playing. Even two years later, Kousei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone. Until one day, Miyazono Kaori – pretty, free spirited and a talented violinist – enters his life and spices things up.
Comment: Has all the components of a good music anime – inspirational characters, a touching story line, and of course, great music. Its story may be a little unoriginal, but the way it was executed is enough to land it among the greats. (+ points for amazing visuals)
One Punch Man
Summary: Everything about Saitama screams “average”. From his lifeless expression, to his bald head, to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking fellow doesn’t have your average problem… He’s actually a superhero that’s looking for tough opponents! The problem is, every time he finds a promising candidate he beats the snot out of them in one punch.
Comments: There are people who love it and there are people who hate it, although the former seems to be winning. Let’s just say that there’s a reason why this Superhero parody made it to the top of IMDB’s highest rated TV series in 2015 list.
Summary: The 17-year-old Izumi Shinichi lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One night, worm-like aliens called Parasytes invade Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasyte attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails and enters Shinichi’s body by burrowing into his arm instead, taking over the boy’s right hand. It adopts the name Migi.
Comments: Among the best Psychological anime in the last few years. Splendidly paced and enjoyable for most fans of the genre, regardless whether you’re in it for the story or the action.
Summary: After an incident at her middle school regional brass band competition, Kumiko Oumae swears off music and enters high school hoping for a fresh start. However, as fate would have it, she ends up being surrounded by people with an interest in the high school brass band. Grudgingly, she joins the club as a euphonist. That is where she encounters Reina Kousaka, a figure from her past that she didn’t expect to meet again.
Comments: Has all the typical qualities of a Kyoto Animation project. A well-scripted slice-of-life tale of a high school student’s struggle to deal with her past, present and future. Not for the Music/Drama genre haters. (+ points for amazing visuals!)
Summary: After death, humans are either sent to the void or reincarnated. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim. Since guests do not initially remember their deaths, Decim tricks them into playing games with their “lives” on the line, with the secret intention of drawing out their true character to judge them. His job is the same, day by day and guest by guest—until a mysterious purple-haired woman shows up and begins to change his world.
Comments: Not as dark as it initially suggests. Instead, its episodic story telling is often touching and thought-provoking. The only thing that isn’t strong is its overarching story. (+ points for amazing visuals!)
Summary: Umaru is a renowned beautiful 16-year-old girl in town, living with her elder brother Taihei. She acts a perfect sister with a kind heart, intelligence and popularity, who everybody admires. So who would believe how true Umaru is at home? Sleeping, gaming, watching TV, eating junk food, drinking cola… that’s almost all she does at home, leaving all the housework to her brother.
Comments: Not the first time this kind of character has made an appearance, but everyone seems to have fallen in love with Umaru-chan. Despite its simple story and characters, this series has become one of the more outstanding comedy series this year.
Summary: Seeking for revenge, Count Saazbaum, a Martian, attacked Earth. Later on, the war between the Terrans and Martians ended in Earth’s victory. However, nineteen months later, the battle is still far from over. A continuation from the first season of the same name.
Comments: In some people’s opinions, an exciting finish to a good series. In some others, a lackluster finish to a cliched series. Either way, go and check out Season 1 first.
Summary: On the outskirts of Tokyo stands Hachimitsu Private Academy, a storied all-girls boarding school for elite young women full of potential and good breeding. But as the new school year rolls around, one tradition is going out the window: For the first time in the school’s long history, boys are being allowed to enroll.
Comments: So ecchi it’s almost a hentai. Definitely not everyone’s piece of cake, but seems to have garnered a lot of interest for its sex jokes and general craziness. A show to be hidden from the parents.
Summary: Sixteen years after the “Law for Public Order and Morals in Healthy Child-Raising” banned coarse language in the country, Tanukichi Okuma enrolls in the country’s leading elite public morals school and is soon invited into the Anti-Societal Organization (SOX) by its founder, Ayame Kajou. As a member blackmailed into joining by Ayame, Tanukichi ends up taking part in obscene acts of terrorism against the talented student council president Anna (for whom Tanukichi has a crush on).
Comments: This and Prison School have got to be the lewdest shows of the year, although this one may be a bit more socially acceptable. It doesn’t have a particularly good story or character development, but for what it’s worth, it’s funny.
Summary: In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Follow the “Handymen,” Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. A new group attempts to muscle in on their block and the cops enlist them to weed out the upstarts. The only thing is, there’s a witness to the slaughter that they absolutely refuse to silence, so they decide to take her in instead.
Comments: As the title and art suggests, the story is grim. Definitely entertaining, but it lacks direction until the last few episodes. Probably because the manga is still on-going, and partially due to problems with the production company.
Summary: Tomoya Aki is an otaku with a dream, and it begins with a white beret. His fateful meeting with a mysterious beauty launches him into a whirlwind of activity to create the ultimate dating simulation game. To complete the game in time, he calls upon the aid of his two anime-loving professional friends, Eriri Spencer Sawamura and Kasumigaoka Utaha.
Comments: Has the makings of a typical harem anime, but thankfully, doesn’t bring up too many tropes to become annoying. Fanservice heavy and visually stunning.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (shortened to Danmachi)
Summary: Commonly known as the “Dungeon,” the city of Orario possesses a huge labyrinth in the underground. Its strange name attracts excitement, illusions of honor, and hopes of romance with a pretty girl. In this city of dreams and desires, new adventurer Bell Cranel has his fateful encounter with the tiny Goddess Hestia.
Comments: If you’re wondering who the hell is Hestia and why everyone seems to be cosplaying her this year, this series is why. There’s nothing special about it, and is very similar to Sword Art Online. Still, a pleasant watch for the non-picky.
Summary: With his muscular build and tall stature, Takeo Gouda is not exactly your average high school freshman. However, behind his intimidating appearance hides a heart of gold, and he is considered a hero by the boys for his courage and chivalry. Unfortunately, these traits do not help much with his love life.
Comments: Those who love this Shoujo series have praised it for being unorthodox yet adorable. Those who don’t point out that it is repetitive and bland after awhile. Recommended if you’re looking for something light-hearted to watch.
Baby Steps Season 2
Summary: Maruo Eiichirou, also known as Ei-Chan, is a first year honor student. One day, he decides he is unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flyer for the Tennis Club and decides to check it out. He’s instantly captivated by it. A continuation from the first season of the same name.
Comments: Slow-paced with beautiful character development, and what more, no sight of supernatural elements that sports anime these days tend to have. Only a strong message that constant hardwork and perseverance will help you achieve your dream. Of course, you should check out Season 1 first.
Shokugeki no Souma
Summary: Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. When his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars”, where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.
Comments: A rather typical cooking anime, with its exaggerated reactions and harem subplots, but generally quite an entertaining series. The confirmation of a second season should be enough to prove that. (+ points for amazing visuals!)
If there are any other series you believe deserve a spot on this list, leave them in the comments – we’d love to hear them!
And from us to you, Happy New Year! We look forward to an even more exciting year with all of you!