2005 series I watched (a.k.a. possible candidates)
*=continued from 2004, not eligible for awards
Girls Bravo 2nd Season
Mahoraba Heartful Days
Ah! My Goddess TV
Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime
He is My Master
Honey and Clover
Sousei no Aquarion
Okusama wa Joshikousei
Gun x Sword
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s
Rozen Maiden Traumend
1- Peach Girl- Brilliant and addicting
2- Black Cat- I’ve become a bit too obsessed with this one
3- Paradise Kiss- Living up to the manga in every way
Runner up- Air- Amazing story, best production values I’ve ever seen
1- Kiley- Peach Girl- Super hot angsty playboy
2- Train- Black Cat- Broody and hot
3- Fukuyama- Girls Bravo 2nd Season- Hysterical pervert, hot
Runner up- Jun- Rozen Maiden Traumend- Umm… Jun’s just cool.
1- Saya- Black Cat- Why did she have to die?
2- Hina- Rozen Maiden Traumend- Adorable.
3- Mina and Nami- Happy 7- Adorable enough to make me forget about how clichéd they are
Runner up- Sugintou- Rozen Maiden Traumend- received amazing development
1- Girls Bravo 2nd Season- Making it more perverted was a great move by the staff
2- Mai Otome- Not really a comedy, but it has some great moments. The whole pool episode gave it this spot
3- He is my Master- From the little I saw, it’s quite amusing
Runner up- Happy 7- Amano’s klutziness and Mahiru’s fish amuse me
1- Lonely in Gorgeous- Paradise Kiss- Constantly stuck in my head. I love it!
2- Daiya no Hana- Black Cat- addicting with great animation too
3- Forever- Erementar Gerad- nice animation, great song
Runner up- Eternal Blaze- Nanoha A’s- great song and animation
1- Namidaboshi- Black Cat- cute chibis, catchy tune
2- Na na Iro- Canvas 2- the animation is a bit disturbing, but the song more then makes up for it
3- Loop- Tsubasa Chronicle- The show wasn’t very good, but I really like this song
Runner up- Bokura no Jikan- Futakoi Alternative- Probably the only likeable thing about this series
Most Annoying character
1- Sasuke- Okusama wa Joshikousei- Argh! I usually like perverts, but not him
2- Brickhead/Toji- Peach Girl- He’s a brickhead. Enough said.
3- George- Paradise Kiss- Not that I dislike him, but he’s distractingly difficult to understand
Runner up- Kiri- Canvas 2- Not that I dislike her personally (in fact I rather like her) but because of her existence there’s a very slim chance that Elis and Hiroki will get together
The “I can’t believe I didn’t drop this” award- Jinki Extend- Not bad, just entirely forgettable
The “I kind of regret watching this wildly out of order and skipping episodes” award- Erementar Gerad- I really liked what I saw of this. I’ll have to fill in the blanks someday. Maybe when the DVDs come out.
The “Pleasant surprise” award- Okusama wa Joshikousei – I swear I downloaded the first episode on accident, but I watched it and it was quite fun
The “Surprisingly bad” award- Tsubasa Chronicles- With all the hype I expected this to be at least watchable. ZZZ…
The “deserves another season” award- Happy 7- It’s so fun. Why only 13 episodes?
The “surprisingly likeable character” award- Sakura- Okusama wa Joshikousei- I figured that she’d be as annoying as her son, but she’s actually generally nice
The “best developed character” award- Sugintou- Rozen Maiden Traumend- I went from hating her to loving her
The- “most anticipated” award- Rozen Maiden Traumend- I was dying to see this from the day it was announced. It did not disappoint
This was a pretty good season in all. While I wound up dropping everything I was watching in spring and starting over from scratch next season, that was for unrelated reasons, and I rather liked some of the stuff that came out then. I‘d be hard pressed to say whether this year or last year had better anime, so I think I’ll just call it a tie. As we move on to the next season, hopefully the ends of Okusama wa Joshikousei and ParaKiss will be fansubbed. Black Cat and Fushigiboshi no Futgo Hime will be continuing for a while, but the next season will feature the endings to Jigoku Shoujo, Rozen Maiden Traumend, Mai Otome, and Canvas 2. I’ve got a lot to look forward to. Until then, I hope everyone has a happy New Year.
Also, my CD Japan order shipped, so I should be getting a nice package in the new year. ^_^