Don’t waste time pondering which series of 2013 are worth watching, most of them are terrible – nonetheless, we’ve gone out of our way to rank them accordingly and segregate the few noteworthy titles of the year.
All 151 televised anime series are below ranked according to the official SeventhStyle quality metric established in 2012 by Anonymous, believed to be triton6783:
These series are truly amazing, inciting the mind to think in a manner that may be new to it.
Oregairu enters the viewer into a realm they can relate, elaborates on it intelligently, provides problems, and explores solutions with realistic outcomes and meaningful scenarios, a second not wasted no minute of the series. The series follows up with animation, which while not infallible, is undeniably excellent, visuals very much exquisite and closely resembling their source.
Much the same could be said about Rozen Maiden, and even more, it’s not quite a continuation, not quite a remake, it’s something completely fresh, and truly for what it is, it’s something astounding. Anyone with zero background can step into the series, and for that matter, will find themselves snared into it in the midst of the first episode. Studio DEEN outdone themselves with visuals that boast a masterpiece in every frame, and storytelling so precise, it’s scary – a story that progressed smoother than fluids in a pipe.
The tale wakened the senses and the mind, and proved outstanding every episode, and still surpassing its own magnificence even then – definitely the top series 2013 had to provide.
Nagi no Asukara
Ongoing as it is, Nagi no Asukara falls in the same ranks – PA Works has what it takes to tell a sentimentally sensational story that rivets the very object of being, and they’ve proven it quite well here. There may have been a few mishaps in its starting episodes, but they’ve definitely gone well beyond that, the level of amazing the series currently rests at leaves the few issues at the start blind from view.
Minami-ke Tadaima was truly a dream come true, Studio Feel took a series with three preceding seasons, untouched for several years, and unfortunately despite once being king of comedy and slice of life, ruined in its later seasons by distasteful production decisions – and in the face of this adversity, they still somehow created a sublime sequel to the original amazing Minami-ke.
It’s no exaggeration to go so far as to say Studio Feel has created something which is perhaps even better than the original. Their Minami-ke is beautiful, keeping the appearances of characters, settings, and styles true – but greatly enhancing them with lush color, refined line, the illustrative qualities of the art all so very detailed, defined, and clearly treated with care. They really studied the original Minami-ke and took note of what made it marvelous and implemented and expanded on that themselves.
They developed the characters, and brought out new facets about them and their relationships that truly knit them all together much more powerfully than before. Every joke was hilarious, every female attractively full of personality, and for a comedy series, it was stuffed with purpose and meaning.
The progression from first episode to finale is a fantastic one, and this anime is absolutely 2013′s best.
Onto the “Better”, these are great series – they’re not 2013′s best, they’re not masterpieces to be long unforgotten or praised, yet they deliver wonderful things which leave us not regretting a second. As there’s more of these, we’ll leave exploration of most of them up to you, plenty of reviews can be found here readily using the above “Search” tool, but we’ll discuss a few.
Short as it is, Senyu couldn’t be sweeter – the RPG adventure themed comedy is all too relevant, and astoundingly hysterical. It’s cruel upon our leading hero, but his suffering brings much delight as the silly mishaps he and his comrades experience are unique, charming, and inciting of a nostalgia as they borrow from elements of classic gaming, but give it a twist that has us laughing at the wit of the scenario.
GJ-bu is brilliant, a slice of life charming and sincere – humorous, but very heartfelt as every character is genuine in what they feel, earnest in their simple activities. Little goes on in the Good Job Club, but it goes on with an amount of vigor and ferocity you definitely aren’t going to find anywhere else. Characters come to form bonds through their daily togetherness and lovely feelings sprout through the warm feelings of daily amusement.
Phi Brain S3
If you thought you knew the meaning of “badass” but haven’t watched Phi Brain, you clearly don’t. Led by Einstein, the Phi Brain crew lays serious ass-whoopings to puzzles of every kind – complex Tomb Raider puzzles to urban Uncharted nonsensical gibberish equations, these guys keep the world safe by laying the smack upon endlessly laying the smack upon any conundrums and riddles no matter what ridiculous reasons or bad guys exist behind them.
Puzzles are serious business.
And for the rest…
The remainder of the “Better” anime series are below, do consider checking them out:
Non Non Biyori
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
Yama no Susume
Suisei no Gargantia
Kill la Kill
Crappy indeed, these series best fit the description of the word “mediocre” – they’re short of enjoyable in most cases, but they don’t cause my face to cringe in disgust.
Date A Live
It sets no trends but it employs plenty of them – if you’re looking for something to touch yourself to, Date a Live is truly the ideal candidate. The plot is dumb and clunky, and the characters themselves seem to forget all about it rather often, yet the visuals are frequently recherche, quite visually gratuitous one might say, and the humor isn’t entirely dull. Even the stupidity of scenarios can leave one jolly with laughter if nothing else.
By many respects, it’s a terrible series, but Noucome thrives off that fact happily to make itself a grand parody. It brings out a constant giggle most of the time, heavy laughing and stomach pain at others perhaps, and the pure absurdity is a nice drug to stimulate the intentionally irrational progression of everything. The aesthetics are enchanting in some ways, off-putting in others, but they’re overall pleasant as with everything else.
And for the rest…
The remainder of the “Crappy” anime series are below, consider checking them out at your own risk:
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S2
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
Ace of Diamond
Ai Mai Mi
Arata: The Legend
Baku Tech! Bakugan
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter
Gundam Build Fighters
Hajime no Ippo: Rising
Heroes: Legend of the Battle Disks
Inuzuma Eleven GO
Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road
Recorder to Randoseru Mi♪
Super Seisyun Brothers
Straight Title Robot Anime
Saint Seiya Omega
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san S2
Not even going to describe these…
Cuticle Detective Inaba
Inu to Hasami
Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?
Something a little better was expected of these, or at least something not so brazenly atrocious as they turned out to be. These “Failures” are disasters in every direction that should be avoided at all costs, mentally scarring, and horrifying at first sight, as well as any subsequent glances for that matter.
BlazBlue Alter Memory
Of course with BlazBlue being the embodiment of 2.5D fighting perfection that it is, the anime wouldn’t be an ideal adaptation. No problem, yet how could anyone at the studio have been able to sleep at night knowing what a horrendous disasterpiece they’ve created? Right off the first episode, the characters are unrecognizable as the visuals are grotesquely deficient in detail – the background scenery was as convincing as photography backdrops, but at least the music was splendid… seeing as it was just pulled from the game.
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio
Kimi no Iru Machi
Kyoukai no Kanata
Da Capo III
Devil Survivor 2
Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou
Aku no Hana
Haiyore! Nyaruko S2
Hayate no Gotoku Cuties
High School DxD S2
Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride
Infinite Stratos S2
Ishida & Asakura
Red Data Girl
Servant x Service
Strike the Blood
Kamisama no Nichiyobi
Unbreakable Machine Doll
Uta no Prince-sama
Valvrave The Liberator
Sekai de Ichiban
G- Guilty Crown
Their existence is sin.
Over-hyped series, series that may have led the viewer to believe there’s a solid direction and coherent plot, but there really wasn’t – overly dramatic, with immature trope characters posing as legitimately unique individuals. The studio has a history of solid works, but these just aren’t one of them; production values seem high, but the final product is so sickeningly low.
Take a look at:
This pitiful work of animation is so laughable its name alone has us crackling up. It got off to a big boisterous start as if it were really planning to go anywhere, but it’s characters and story alike amounted to nothing. Any development it might seem to have made, it would undo itself. And while there’s plenty of room for plot expansion, the series instead wastes full episodes on the heroine being a thick-witted imbecile playing with paper.
Now how about:
White Album 2
Instead of an anime, it feels more like this was still a visual novel given how frames fall on top of each other at one per second. Two-faced idiots abound, blonde is supposedly the protagonist’s girlfriend, heartfelt moments ensue, not an episode later, protagonist plays around with black-haired girl, blonde doesn’t even care – acting merely like the “sextra” in this new relationship.
Every now and again this anime pretends to have a real storyline, but in reality, it’s like watching stand up comedy with a tomato basket on stage. The comical efforts are stomach-churning in their stupidity, as is everything else in this satanic filth desecration of the word “anime”.
Shingeki no Kyojin
Attack on Titan? It felt more like an attack on heterosexuality with its excessive fujoshi pandering designs and devices. The character reactions were astoundingly inconsistent, humorously ranging from Edvard Munch’s Der Schrei der Natur, to fujoshi favorite of ice cold indifference. Whole armies of worthless characters would be introduced into this series only to die immediately – and mutilation would be pushed to its utmost limits, whilst dominating the presentation, solely for shock factor generation.
Put some moldy leftovers in your kitchen sink grinder and you have Shingeki no Kyojin.
2013, won’t miss you.
Said and done, 2013 was a shockingly bad year for anime – it’s not even that most series were dreadful, it’s that there were hardly that weren’t. But no matter, there are a few diamonds in the overwhelming expanse of roughness spread through the regrettable 365 days of the year which certainly would be a mistake to miss.