The Best of 2013: “Best Televised Anime”

Hey guys, Cajun here, and we’re still counting down the best of the year that was 2013! Coming up next, we’re going to take a look at the Best Televised Anime of 2013! With the return of Toonami to the airwaves, we’ve seen quite a wide variety of different anime series on the small screen, but which one wound up being the best of the best this year? Lets find out!


The Main Cast of "One Piece"
The Main Cast of “One Piece”

Best Televised Anime of 2013: One Piece

It’s over six-hundred episodes long with no sign whatsoever of there being a conclusion, but yet and still, One Piece, the story of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate friends sailing the high seas in search of treasures abound, is one of the most beloved shows of all time, and one of the most beloved on the current Toonami block. When one talks about One Piece, you don’t just speak in Episode titles, oh no, you speak in ARCS. You talk about the Long Ring Long land arc or the Water 7 arc. Each arc is like it’s on anime series that features the same characters and the same baseline story. Indeed, One Piece is not just an anime you decide to sit down and marathon one day. There’s just too much of it. It’s like trying to eat a life-sized chocolate elephant; you just have to pick a point to start and start eating until you get sick. Part of this is the reason why I never gave One Piece the time of day–I prefer not to eat large confectionery mammals. However, once I pick a point to start at and just go with it, One Piece is really a great show and an even greater pick for TV.


The Main Cast of "Sword Art Online"
The Main Cast of “Sword Art Online”

Runner Up: Sword Art Online

Love it or hate it, one has to admit that when Sword Art Online premiered here in the states, it got tongues wagging and commentators tweeting. This show, for better of worse, always gives you something to talk about. Whether it’s the awesome battles, the fluid animation, the somewhat disconcerting age of Kirito’s harem members, the implied incest, the sandwich making, sword-fighting tsundere waifu, the adorable loli-daughter-app ,  [Yui-App for those on Twitter…] or the somewhat nonsensical rules of the world our friends find themselves in, you will find something that catches your attention.


And that’s it for the best anime to make it on the small screen! Now we go behind the scenes and talk about which actors in Japanese were the best of the year that was 2013!

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