Emperor J’s Top 100 Anime of 2014

So rather than spend the time going through this and actually writing a little bit about each show, which you wouldn’t actually read, I will just give you the full list. This is all shows that ended in 2014 that I watched at least 1 episode of. So there are plenty of dropped shows and I did end up watching a lot of first episodes just to be able to get to over 100.

Last 2 Out: Kill La Kill and Space Dandy

It was hard to narrow this list down to 100 and eventually some shows had to be left out. So I had to go with 2 shows I dropped in the first episode, one because the fan culture around it has made me hate the show with a passion despite how popular it is and the other one because it features a guy who goes to a space version of Hooters, the worst creation in the history of western civilization.

These Shows Were Really Terrible

100. The Irregular at Magic High School
99. Samurai Flamenco
98. Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil
97. Laughing Under the Clouds
96. Magical Warfare
95. Dai-Shogun – Great Revolution
94. Nobunaga the Fool
93. Toriko
92. Wolf Girl and Black Prince
91. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
90. Zillions of Enemies X Ignition
89. Buddy Complex
88. Hamatora
87. Magimogi Rurumo
86. Argevollen
85. Golden Time
84. Magica Wars
83. Captain Earth
82. Yuuki Yuna is a Hero
81. Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea

This bunch is a group of shows that I generally found pretty awful in the first episode or later. I completed several of these titles (Wizard Barristers, Z/X Ignition, Magical Warfare, Buddy Complex, Hamatora, Golden Time and Yuuki Yuna) but each with a tinge of regret that I could have spent my time much better.

These Shows Were More Boring Than Awful


80. DRAMAtical Murder
79. Gugure! Kokkuri-san
78. Hoozuki no Reitetsu
77. Girlfriend Beta
76. Invaders of the Rokujyoma!?
75. Pupa
74. Baby Steps
73. Tokyo Ravens
72. Kamigami no Asobi
71. Silver Spoon
70. Gundam Build Fighters
69. Momo Kyun Sword
68. Noragami
67. Glasslip
66. Brynhilder in the Darkness
65. Robot Girls Z
64. Strike the Blood
63. Daimidaler: Prine vs Penguin Empire
62. Is The Order a Rabbit?
61. Bladedance of Elementars
60. The World is Still Beautiful
59. Nobunagun
58. The Pilot’s Love Song
57. Celestial Method
56. Yowamushi Pedal
55. Recently, My Sister is Unusual
54. Wake Up, Girls!
53. Riddle Story of Devil
52. In Search of Lost Future
51. Locodol

I really have nothing against most of the shows in this tier, but honestly most of them did absolutely nothing for me. Even the Tomino-esque Pilot’s Love Song was more boring in the level of constant death than any show has the right to be.

I Found Something Interesting About This Group, But Couldn’t Get Into Them


50. Blue Spring Ride
49. Strange+
48. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!
47. Encouragement of Climb 2nd Season
46. My Sister Came
45. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions – Heart Throb
44. Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
43. Rail Wars!
42. Himegoto
41. Love Stage!
40. Log Horizon
39. Ai Mai Mi: Mousou Catastrophe
38. Hanayamata
37. Blade and Soul
36. Black Bullet
35. Mekakucity Actors
34. Hi-scool Seha Girls
33. When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace
32. Space Brothers
31. One Week Friends
30. Trinity Seven
29. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
28. Akame ga Kill!
27. Lord Marksman and Vanadis
26. Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun
25. Haikyuu!!
24. Gonna Be the Twin-tails!!
23. Sakura Trick
22. Pupipo!
21. Hunter x Hunter

So even at 21, I only watched one episode of Hunter x Hunter and it was good enough to get this high. The episode count it kind of high. The rest is filled with things I could like momentarily, but just couldn’t fall in love with the shows here. It’s not the shows themselves that are the problem, it’s me. Why always me?

The Ten Outside the Top 10


20. Date A Live II
19. If Her Flag Breaks
18. Engaged to the Unidentified
17. The Fruit of Grisaia
16. Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time
15. A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd
14. Orenchi no Furo Jijou
13. Soni-Ani: Super Sonico the Animation
12. Nisekoi
11. Seitokai Yakuindomo*

I put a lot of value into emotional investment in anime. If something that most people find terrible is something that I can find even a little bit of emotional value in, it rates highly for me. I suppose that makes me a sick reactionary bastard who really has no taste of his own. And I’d probably have not much of a good answer for you. Special credit to Grisaia here for illustrating what Golgo 13 would be like if it was set up like a school harem anime. Also for Super Sonico for delivering one of my best 4 episodes of the year in an unexpected fashion.

The Actual Top Ten


10. Amagi Brilliant Park

Amagi is something of a return to form for KyoAni seeing as it wasn’t overly sentimental with characters I wanted to punch in the face even if they were animals or teenagers who should know better with their lives.


9. Wooser’s Hand-to-Mouth Life: Awakening Arc

Wooser was everything that Gundam 00 should have been in the end. It managed to improve on that show without even trying too hard. Long live the strange cross-promotion in the coming third season.


8. The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

The main couple never really goes anywhere seeing as Ritsu has made books her lovers. The real standout characters from this show were Shiro, Sayaka and Mayumi. That last one earned me being quoted in the title of a FAPcast episode.


7. No-Rin

This was a really fun harem show. It just had so much going on that it’s hard to remember that this show actually tried to do serious stuff in the middle of jokes about farmers and a 40 year old school teacher trying to find herself a man in desperate fashion. The ending was a bit of a let down seeing as HE DECIDED NOT TO CHOOSE ANYONE </sameharemending>


6. Denki-gai no Honya-san

My favorite shipping anime of the year. This was a surprisingly sweet show about a group of low-paid laborers in a book store that happened to care about each other. The romantic elements just made things better, though the Mitsudomoe-esque episode with Sommelier and P-Man was the show at its worst, even with a terrible 2nd episode. It was too many misses to make the top 5.


5. D-Frag!!

This was another silly comedy from early this year. I really liked how there were harem elements thrown into this show, but the main character was just so overwhelmed by how silly the entire world was that his only talent is that he looks like a delinquent. I’d also add that Shawn Conecone was the coolest character in anime this year. It’s like they took the guy from the Dos Equis adverts and put him in this show as “Most Interesting Anime Character in the World.”


4. Witch Craft Works

The top 4 here are pretty much far and away the best shows of the year for me. Witch Craft Works brings something new with each rewatch. There’s a level of detail in this show that I thought had disappeared from modern anime, but it’s still there if people really want to. The characters are all fun too, but I fear that this show is probably a one-off that no one else really liked. There are too many flaws (Ayaka is too perfect, brocon little sister, ending at a terrible spot) to think that there would be support for a second season of this.


3. World Conquest Zvezda Plot

On a similar note, Zvezda was another show that had the same kind of feeling. It did ask interesting questions with regards to how people find themselves on the “wrong” side of the system. The slow burning reveal as to the status of Japan was also a very nice touch. They could have gone in saying that “in a post-apocalyptic Japan…”, but they timed it perfectly with the reveal near the end. Also, the “No Smoking” episode was one of my top 4 episodes of the year.


2. I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying

Yes, only I would put a 3 minute short into 2nd place on an end of year list. This is a charming comedy about an otaku husband and the wife that accepts him for who he is. Not much time is spent on how these 2 got together beyond a dinner and his resume showing up at her store. Otherwise, most of the rest of the time is spent on these two trying to figure out how to be a married couple that loves each other and the struggles that come with it.


1. No Game No Life

Admittedly, picking No Game No Life just means that I am selling smut on this blog, but since no one reads this I’m in the clear. It just so happens to be the only show I watched this year that made me think that this is a show that will appeal to a lot of people, the people involved with production had lots of fun with it, messed around with different ideas on the foundations of society and it was also a show I enjoyed. That’s enough reason for it to earn number 1 spot in what was generally a down year from my perspective.

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