Best and Worst Anime of 2008

December 31, 2008 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, ARIA The Origination, H20 ~Footprints in the Sand~, Series Review, To Love-Ru

As the year draws ever closer to an end, it’s time to stop for a bit and look back at the year that was 2008. Although this year I didn’t complete a lot of series that I was blogging, as well as not blog for an entire season, I still ended up watching them through to the end. Like past years, I have a few rules when it comes to determining if a series belongs in a certain year:

  • The series must have aired in 2008.
  • If a series has transitioned from last year to this year, majority of the episodes must have screened in 2008.
  • I must have watched the show.
  • If a show is transitioning from this year to next year, it will not be considered for this year’s awards.
  • It can be either a TV series, OVA, or movie.

So without further ado, here are my thoughts on the year 2008.

Best Action & Best Mecha – Macross Frontier

Without a shadow of a doubt that this year’s No.1 would be Macross Frontier. It provided all the action and more just more action that simply can’t be rivaled in any other series this year. Although transforming fighter planes is nothing new, it’s the principle that something from the past can still be so awesome in today’s otaku world.

Runner Ups: Code Geass (Best Action & Mecha), Hellsing Ultimate (best action)

Best Animation – Kara no Kyoukai 5th movie

Now most probably wouldn’t know about KnK 5 since the DVD doesn’t come out till January 2009, I did get to watch this in Japan back in August when it was screening on the big screen. But most know the quality of KnK movies so far and by far this is the winner for 2008.

Runner Ups: true tears, Wolf and Spice

Best Comedy - Kyouran Kazoku Nikki

I had a bit of trouble figuring this one out as a lot of shows have comedy, but are mixed with other genres. But in the end I realised there was only one series that really made me laugh a lot throughout 2008. That’s right, the Midarazaki family in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. Plenty of zanyness and with a family of some rather unique statures it was my pick for comedy.

Runner Ups: Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensi, Detroit Metal City

Best Drama – true tears

At first I was skeptical about this series, but as the episodes went on, it became something much more. The love triangle between Noe, Hiromi, and Shinichiro mixed with their own personal problems of one’s own feelings just created an unforgettable drama for 2008.

Runner Ups: Itazura na Kiss, Da Capo II

Best Slice of Life – ARIA The ORGINATION

Seriously if this wasn’t the Best Slice of Life, I would give away all my ARIA merchandise. Thankfully that isn’t the case. The portrayal of Akari, Aika, and Alice promoted to Undine, the departure of Alicia, and Akari’s taking over ARIA Company are just the few things that made this series the pinnacle of slice of life.

Runner Ups: Natsume Yuujinchou, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~ Natsu no Sora~

Best Music – Macross Frontier

Just like previous Macross series, Macross Frontier has produced a number of hits through it’s entirety accounting for different types of music as well. Whether you like the fast paced diva Sheryl Nome, or the more upbeat pop princess Ranka Lee, they are sure to please all ears.

Runner Ups: ef ~a tale of melodies~

Best Male Character – Johannes Krauser II

Really there is no better winner than Johannes Krauser II. I would say he literally came out of hell and killed all the other contestants to take the title. Though I’m sure the other him would want to congratulate the others or something like that.

Runner Ups: Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass), Okazaki Tomoya (CLANNAD)

Best Female Character – Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee

Now this is a first, where two female characters came equal place. The thing about these two are that they are polar opposites with each with unique traits, but in the end you could never choose one over the other. But when you combine the two together in a battle to save the universe, they are simply just one.

Runner Ups: Asakura Yume, Aihara Kotoko

Best Anime – Macross Frontier

No doubt that Macross Frontier has taken most of the Best categories and there was no doubt that it would also take Best Anime for 2008. The series contained everything from good plot development, likable characters, great deal of action and drama, and matching along with a great music both vocally and instrumental. It’s a shame that we probably won’t be seeing another Macross series for a while, but I do hope it’ll be just as good as Macross Frontier and it’s predecessors.

That concludes the Best Categories.Many people may think differently which is understandable,though when I think of what series deserves what it’s rather difficult given the amount of series that I end up watching. And a lot of the time I also forget what has aired over the course of the year. Anyway moving onto the Worst of 2008:

Worst Animation – H20 ~Footprints in the Sand~

At the moment nothing is coming to mind except H20. There were just so many things wrong with this series and animation quality was one of them. Every time I watched this I cringed just knowing how bad the quality was, yet I somehow watched it all to the end.

Worst Story – Rosario + Vampire

Boobs, boobs, panties, panties. That’s pretty much what this series is about. The overall premise seemed good at the start, but simply just got worse after episode 1 and was practically going nowhere. I’m even surprised there was a second season of this within the same year and yet again it was the same thing over and over again.

Runner Up: Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de

Most Anti-Climatic Series – World Destruction

Throughout the series, I thought it was going somewhere good, but come closer to the end it was just utter disappointment. The way how things resolved and how Morte’s sudden change in attitude about destroying the world left a rather bad taste at the end.

Most Boring Series – Kanokon

One can only take so much fanservice but Kanokon certain took it overboard for me. There’s only so many times that you can enjoy seeing the same breasts or buttocks of a very sexy character who tries to get in the pants of the main protagonist. Probably also Mamiko Noto’s worst role to date.

Most Dragged Out Series – To LOVE-Ru

Although I’m a huge fan of the manga, the anime series just did no justice what so ever. I know there is plenty of manga material but the To LOVE-Ru series was just plagued with so many filler or anime original episodes. Very rarely did it come out with one that came from the manga and just waiting for one was painful enough.

Worst Anime – H20 ~Footprints in the Sand~

Definitely has to be the worst anime of 2008. At the start I thought it was rather interesting, but given how Hayami’s attitude, Hinata/Hotaru’s identity case, Takuma being a pretty lousy protagonist and just the way the series ended was terrible in the end. The promo stated that this would rock my soul, but the only thing that it rocked was a few brain cells , but in a bad way.

That pretty much ends my review of Anime of 2008. Though there are not that many categories listed for Worst as I can’t really think of that many series that were that bad. Not to mention I’m also writing this under the influence of alcohol. In the end 2008 was a pleasant year of anime and I look forward to what 2009 will bring us.

13 Responses to Best and Worst Anime of 2008



December 31st, 2008 at 11:11 pm

if i follow your list, the fact that i couldn’t finish one episode of H2O and that i actually saw an episode and a half of kanokon makes sense now.

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January 1st, 2009 at 12:02 am

I’m glad for having not touch any on your worst list except H20 which I dropped at ep 10. H20′s such a pity after all the character designs were good and the story had promise (even though I was really disturbed by the graphic bullying). I really need to get round to watching Macross Frontier but having seen up to ep 8 and various reviews, I doubt it’d enter my top 5 for 2008. :)


Fisherman Horizon

January 1st, 2009 at 12:32 am

I thought clanad would be your favourite???

Gundam 00 didnt even make your mention roll. Ha ha ha.

Glad I didnt pick any of those classified worst by you.

“Seriously if this wasn’t the Best Slice of Life, I would give away all my ARIA merchandise.” Ditto, except I wont give away all mine :P

By the way, Adun, Happy New Year !!!
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January 1st, 2009 at 12:37 am

H2O was pretty crappy, but I did LOL at the first episode where the dude accidentally sticks his stick up that girl’s butt.

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January 1st, 2009 at 1:01 am

Gonna pick up Macross Frontier when I get the time. I know I’m missing some good stuff in there and it has been the most talked about series throughout the year.
I still find Itazura na Kiss is the best drama for 2008. The story is very original and even thought it’s kinda cliche, I love the humour Aihara Kotoko brings out.

“Most Boring Series – Kanokon”
LOL, no surprise there. lol
In all honesty, I kinda enjoy the series because of the fan service. After coming back home after a stressful day at work, this is just one of the series where it helps me release the stress boiled up inside me and escape the reality a bit. The humour was good too because it was just plain stupid. lol

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January 1st, 2009 at 8:24 am

I agree with these choices for the most part. Macross Frontier was the best anime of 2008, no contest in my opinion. I thought World Destruction was pretty decent being a game based anime. I was prepared for the worst. To Love Ru was pretty bad but it had its moments. I gave up on Rosario + Vampire 2 due to censors. The first season was enjoyable to me but the 4 episodes I watched of the second season…not as good. Fanservice is good but you got to have some plot.



January 1st, 2009 at 4:01 pm

i see that u like macross frontier as well. well me too. it’s so good i’m even willing to forgive the crappy animation quality in between episodes. to me, episode 8 never existed.

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June 24th, 2009 at 1:43 am

I came across this blog as I’m searching for a good slice-of-life anime/manga. It appears that Aria is highly recommended by you… I’ll give it a try! Thanks a lot for the review (^^)

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December 13th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Yo Rosario vampire is a good series! I mean yeah there is alot of the stuff you mentioned but moka is kickass and so are most of the other characters plus there’s decent comedy to it. Personally that’s the only one of those you listed that I’ve seen. Anyway I’ve seen worst series. Just look at strawberry 100% I’d say that’s atleast 50 times worse than Rosario vampire!!!!



January 24th, 2012 at 9:09 am

If I may say. Rosario Vampires manga actually developed a pretty good story, and some great character development later on that the anime completely utterly disregarded.

So before you give your verdict on it, please check out the manga. While I did enjoy the anime as well, the manga is so much better.



April 5th, 2012 at 5:01 am

Rosario +vampire wasn’t that bad in my opinion
I liked it it was funny . But it is true the anime
Did show a lot of boobs:(



October 21st, 2012 at 9:39 am

H2o was a very good anime you just have to have the taste for it because if you had the taste you would love that anime!

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