Well, will you look at that! In about a week from now, 2011 will be but a distant memory and 2012 will be upon us! I was thinking it would be nice if, for the rest of the year, I would take a look back at some of my favorite things in the world of anime from the past year! So lets get right into it, with what I consider to be the best animated series of the last year!
Best Overall Anime of 2011: “Usagi Drop” (Bunny Drop):
If it gets any better than “Usagi Drop”, I really don’t want to know about it. Just let me live secure in the knowledge that this anime is the cats pajamas. Seriously, there’s not enough good things I can say about this series. It’s heartwarming without being sappy, warm without being stuffy, and it makes you feel good just watching it. I feel safe in calling “Usagi Drop” the “Aria” of 2011, as it gives off the same calm, healing aura. Based off a manga of the same name by Yumi Unita , the story centers around a man named Daikichi who, upon going to his grandfathers funeral, finds out that dear old grandpa has been a naughty boy and has sired a young daughter with the housekeeper, who has subsequently left the pictures for reasons explained later in the series . The girl, named Rin, is a shy and silent girl who doesn’t speak much, and is more apt to running away when others approach her, and with good reason; the adults in the family, ashamed that a man of granpa’s age had a child outside of wedlock with the housekeeper without anyone knowing, treat Rin as though she doesn’t exist [Personally, I think it’s jealousy…I mean, a man that old getting it with a young woman…not bad grandpa. Heck, even Daikichi had to give pops his props]. After the services, when the family is trying to decide what to do with this girl, talking about her less like a human being and more like a stray puppy, a frustrated Daikichi takes the initiative and asks Rin if she wants to live with him. She accepts, and the two start living together, going through life as a single parent family. Hands down, this is one of the best anime series of 2011, and if it ever gets a DVD release in the states, it’ll probably earn the same distinction in 2012! As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a live action movie adaptation of “Usagi Drop”, which has already hit Japan, and it stars Kenichi Matsuyama as Daikichi. Yes…”L” somehow found a way to survive his encounter with the Death Note, change his name, cut his hair, straighten his posture, improved his diet, and is now a single parent.