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The “Which is Better Sub or Dub” Post

So, it has been a long time since I did a discussion post, May, to be exact of 2015. I really wanted to mix things up for a bit. I did ask awhile back, like two months ago, although now when this is going up it has been five, on a discussion I should do. Now by the title, it is probably obvious it is that seemingly age old debate on which is better Sub or Dub. Everyone has an opinion on this subject which is better. Personally I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this topic as well. This post has been in the works for several months, it is one I have put a lot of work into so, time to get started.

 

Not beating around the bush like I normally do, I am just going to come out and say I prefer sub over dub. But, I do not think either is better compared to the other. It feels this is where the real argument on this topic happens. So, I will give my view for both. I will start with dub, just because why not.

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That is alright that I do like one over the other, but it is me and it is never that simple.

 

I worked on this post over the course of several months. So, some parts are a little outdated, while other parts were added later on. So with all the work I put on this post I really hope you all enjoy.

 

Thoughts on Dub

Good Stuff:

Dub is an excellent way to start getting into anime. I think that has to be the best thing about it. Dub airs on television and can open people into the thought of watching more anime. That is what happened with me. I ended up watching dub as my main means to watch anime for over the first year of watching anime. It was my preferred method. In all honesty if I got into anime around now of simuldubbing, I probably would still be watching more dub than sub.

Simuldubbing is another great part about it. The processes for dubs have been increasing and it is not as much of a wait anymore. At the same time this is a very limited to shows from just a single company, so there is that slight downside to it.

Despite Simuldubbing, dubs have still been coming out sooner. Some appear on Toonami before an actual release for them has come out. Attack on Titan did this, and a more recent and ongoing example, Akame ga Kill, which I still has yet to come out despite the show being nearly finished airing.

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However, the biggest part in it all is you can eat food and look away from the screen without needing to pause the video. I eat breakfast and would like to watch anime in the morning, or drink some water and watch anime at night. But whenever I do go to drink the milk out of the bowl or take a drink of water. I need to pause in order to see what the subs are saying before.

Joking aside, although that was not really a joke, one of the biggest and more likely reason why I like dubs, is that it is usually tied to a physical release. Some companies already do just subs for release, at the same time that is not for all shows and just a select few. Having a dub makes it so much more likely it will be getting a physical release at some point in time. Now I do not know where this comes in for simuldubs, since some take a little longer to come out after getting the dub due to licensing for home video. So, this might change.

Rewatching anime is so much easier. I don’t know why, it is just when I go to rewatch something, more than likely it is in English. Index, Date A Live, Fairy Tail, Kamisama Kiss, and Selector Infected WIXOSS if I rewatched shows more, then they would probably be dubbed too. This is a person preference. But it is still true, rewatching in English can have some fun to it knowing some more lines or getting some jokes that are American based in nature. (This was added later on throughout the two months of working on this post, so references to this will be later on if there are any)

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Poor Photo brought to you by my phone

Bad Stuff:

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Obvious hint for who the character in question was.

Poor Choice in casting, or “ruining the character” whenever I see a clip for a new dub guaranteed there are a lot of comments on whatever character it is being bad choice for their voice actor. My counter argument for this and it has been proven several times now is you are only judging on a single few minute clip at most. For me it has taken several episodes to get used to the English voices. The Index Dub I actually like. Date a Live dub is really good, but there is just a single voice that I do not think fits the character, that was with only one viewing. When I did my re-review I used dub and liked the voice a bit more. But Date a Live it did take a few episodes to get used to everyone. More recently I obtained Selector Infected WIXOSS, and although at the time of writing this I have only seen 3 episodes dub, it is still too soon to say my thoughts on it. (However after finishing it dub, I do have to say I rather enjoyed it with no complaints for the cast choices) This is something that takes time. People do not acknowledge that and start bashing on it because they are used to hearing a character a certain way.

Cutting or changing lines although sometimes it works, especially in comedies since the humor can be made for a more western sense of humor. But then there are other cases were it does bug me a little bit. Such as how handling of honorifics are handled or the more obvious “Onii-chan” lines. It makes sense since people do not really have that sort of thing here, still I wish there was another way of doing it that would be a little more pleasing. Then, again back to Date a Live, with the wording be more American teenager like. However in WIXOSS I got the pleasant surprise of hearing the word “butt hurt,” which I did not mind since it was fitting for the scene.

 

Edits on the show itself. This does not happen anymore. This one is also a very tricky one for me to talk about to. Looking at One Piece, although I never saw much of it, it was clear that they edited a lot back when 4Kids had the rights to it. More recently Smile PreCure is getting a dub under the name Glitter Force. It is also going from 48 episodes that are 24 minutes long to 40 22 minute long episodes. There was also the Doremon last year that had edits to be more American. So, here is my counter argument on why this one is super tricky to deal with.

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Cure Peace aka Yayoi and not Lily is my favorite. They also got ride of probably the best episode ever drama wise where she deals with her father’s passing in the dub. Although that is explainable with the above.

On one hand it changes the show around, it gets ride of the meaning of some things. It makes it much much more American and tries to get rid of the Japanese references that are in the show. However, these are shows aimed at children, with the exception of One Piece. This helps kids get into anime, and maybe this helps them say ten years down the line and they realized how much they hate this fact. Although it does not help kids understand that there are other cultures in the world, it can give them different forms of entertainment as well as have the actual shows be for the audience it was meant to have in a form that they can understand it.

But then there are cases, very hilarious cases such as Ghost Stories. If you know the show, then good for you. There are apparently two dubs out there for it. One of the dubs basically being the equivalent to a 24 minute long abridge series. The lines were heavily edited, and well, I am hopefully putting a youtube video below to show it. I will leave it at that and if you want a laugh, check it out.

Thoughts on Sub:

Good Stuff:

Before anyone says this, it does not matter that it is in Japanese that makes it the original and therefor better. Space Dandy aired almost a half a day in America before airing in Japan. So, with all due respect an excuse like this does not fly with me for something good or bad.

serious for real          More focus on the show or plot as a whole. Often times when watching a dub it is a fifty percent chance that I might be playing video games and listening to it. Although I would label multitasking as a good thing for dub, at the same time it can take away from the show as a whole. By having the need to read subtitles there is no room for multitasking. The show can be enjoyed to its fullest in that case. (Although series like Monogatari can be very difficult with little to no action)

 

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There is a reason this is my spoiler warning pic.

They come out faster. The one thing that only a single dub has done so far is being able to watching one over the other the same day. Subs you can watch and not have to wait a few months or even a year until a dub are out. You do not have to wait or risk getting spoiled by those around you that you know that watch anime. Of course you still might be spoiled since people watch it even sooner or later on that day it comes out.

It is a great way to be able to watch more. Not all shows get a dub, although more have been getting dubs since I started watching anime a few years ago. More shows come out seasonally, and in total the ones that receive dubs are only a fraction of those. There is even less shows that have dubs over a decade ago.

The voice cast stays the same. I am not sure if I should put this has a good quality, or not. Voice Actors stay the same, for example Goku in the sub has had the same voice actress since it first premiered. In dubs some shows get licensed by different companies, even though they have the same character as a franchise, or a sequel came out after not being out in several years. So voice actors tend to change because of that. One that comes to mind the most being Saber. Dealing with subs you can have the same person do a voice and do not have to deal with trying to get used to a new person. Saber has had a total of three or maybe four now different voice actresses in the dub.

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Bad Stuff:

 

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Calling someone senpai does not count though. It just doesn’t.

You think you can speak Japanese just by watching subs, you cannot. As much as you would like to admit it, you cannot speak Japanese simply by watching anime. It might help you learn it, but you cannot become fluent without proper study of the language. It really seems like people believe they do, and I will admit I have said I know Japanese, even though it was only like a hand full of words. So unless you can do a few complete sentences and start a conversation from learning by watching anime you cannot speak Japanese.

Going back to the case of Monogatari, if a show is all talk and no action, sometimes it might be better hearing it dub, that was you can do something at the time of hearing it. I do not know how many times I stopped an episode, only to come back later since I got bored. However this is just to a select few series.

Subs, not all shows are licensed for streaming, and there for you need to wait for fans to translate it. This is itself can be a problem, due to the need to wait as well it not being at the standard of one that was licensed for streaming and it is even harder if it is not a major series in that season, although that in itself is rare.

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*Cough* Vivid *Cough*

Not understanding the full joke or some sort of scene. Two shows come to mind with this case, Gintama and Aquarion Logos. In the case with Gintama some humor comes from parodies, the other comes from humor in word choice, which cannot always translate well, yes sometimes it can be funny, but it does not always work. Aquarion Logos deals with the kanji and root words. With Funimation subbing it, and I do not like to call companies out on some things, not knowing what the kanji is for the words that show can take away from the experience of the show. Granted with dubs, they typically would have that subbed to be known, but not all subs have that luxury since it would take up too much of the screen. Also goes to lines as well, which is why I have the “People Die if they are Killed” as the feature image.

Although this one is a minor one for me, but personally I was like this when I first got into anime, but needing to hear it in your native language and not having to read the subtitles to know what is happening. I am used to watching and reading the subs now. But for starting with subs it can take a while to get used to and could turn people away.

 

Overall Thoughts:

I know at the start I said I prefer Sub over Dub. In all honesty after writing this, watching a few dubs, although it was just Date a Live rewatch 5, and rewatching WIXOSS. This is very tricky, mostly because I then saw the preview for Smile PreCure’s dub, or well Glitter Force. Anyway I cannot say I don’t like dubs. I think one reason why I go for subs over dubs is because convenience. It is what people are talking about right away. I do not have to wait for a dub to come out. It is still hard to say. I have not really tried in a while to watch a dub first over the sub. Sure older animation I have. But anything being simuldub I have yet to try it. I may prefer sub and I may have my problems with dub. But dubs are important. I have to accept that and maybe try watching them a bit more like I used to.

If everyone was more willing to accept both and that we all like anime we can then all focus our fighting for waifu wars or what is a better series.

So, what are your thoughts on sub vs dub?


I put a lot of work into this post. Granted at times a reason why it took so long to get out was trying to find time and life got in the way of working on it. This is my longest post to date. So, those that took the time to read it all thank you so very much and I hope you enjoyed. I would love to hear your thoughts as well.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 27

Day 27: Recommend one anime that most people have not seen

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I do not really like recommending series. I have seen a lot of series. There are plenty that I could recommend. There are plenty that are bad, good, great, and anything and everything in between. The question is what series. Recommending a series really depends on a person’s preference. If they liked dark fantasy I would recommend Akame ga Kill. For just fantasy Magi. If it was a comedy, and rather reasonable then D-Frag, a person with a lot of time then Gintama and someone who likes dirty jokes then Seitokai Yakuindomo. However, it is not that simple.  So for this one I am going to say Selector Infected WIXXOS. It is 24 episode original series that is fairly good. Especially since part of the question was for something that people probably did not see. It felt like this series did not get a lot of attention.

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Alright, what is a series you would recommend to me? Also what genre do you like and I can recommend a series to you.

My Top 15 Anime Series

So, since it is my birthday when this goes out, February 22, I decided to try to count down my Top 15 anime series. I know what my Top 10 are. So, it really comes down to what the other five are. That right there will be the tricky part. I have given it some thought prior to writing this what they would be. Personally I could only think of two more. Since I will be starting at number 1 and counting up by the end I hope to figure out what exactly is my top 15 anime series.

Now, before I begin I have a way of putting shows onto the list. It comes down to several factors. One being my personal enjoyment (most important), another being emotional attachment, and lastly, although there are probably more, the more I think about it when it is not airing and how obsessive I am of it. The series that I watch can be in any category and I am always open to suggestions for series to watch. The only thing that I do not classify as anime is henti, so do not recommend anything ever like that to me.

 

Number 1: Fairy Tail

Yes, Fairy Tail, although none of the shows in the top five should come as a surprise seeing that my first Top Five was based on my favorite series. In a way this one is like three Top Fives shoved into one. That is beside the point.

Fairy Tail was one series that really got me into anime. It was also the series that really made me watched sub anime, which is a majority of now. I do wish to watch more dub anime, but it is always far and few between. At the same time Fairy Tail really got me into manga once it took that year off for the manga to progress more.

I am not sure if I have to go more into really any of the top five since I brought them up so often. Without Fairy Tail I probably would not have seen the amount of anime that I have today as well as read the amount of manga that I have read today as well.

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Number 2: A Certain Magical Index/ A Certain Scientific Railgun

I count both of these series at number two since they exist in the same universe and have the same characters, just a different main character and different stories that is all. If Soul Eater was on this list then Soul Eater Not would be at the same spot as well. Anyway, I cannot wait for the Heavy Object anime since it is by the same creator. I am a little disappointed that a third season for the anime was not announced, but in the meantime Yen Press is releasing the novels and I can buy those time to time to fill that void.

Although it might not have the same attachment as Fairy Tail for some things I still remember the first day of watching it. I managed to watch the first seven or so episodes in one sitting, only then to run late to the person I was supposed to go and tutor. Watching it somehow I knew I was going to enjoy it always. I watched the dub when that came out and enjoyed it as well. My only problem with the second season is that it makes the series feel a little incomplete and with my knowledge of what happens in the Light Novels next I could easily see why. SO, MAKE SEASON THREE ALREADY!!!

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Number 3: Date A Live

Well, first I would like to say duh for this one. At the time this is going up currently my image is of Tohka as a cat, who looks so adorable, but that is besides the point. In the 30 Day anime challenge 2 days are dedicated to this Date-A-Live-Logoseries. I stated in my first review and several other cases the amount of emotional value that was put into this series for me. I have no idea why I was so obsessive with this series, but it is true. This series did a lot of things differently compared to a majority of the other Harem based series that I have seen before, namely less fan service with the exception of that one anime only episode that was nothing but fan services as well as the OVA, not counting the second OVA that focused on Kurumi which was really good although she is not my favorite character like she is for a lot of people. Anyway, blah blah blah, Date A Live, it is at number 3.

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Number 4: The Monogatari SeriesBakemonogatari_Logo

            Although this series and I have a huge love hate relationship, it is easily my favorite. The reason for the love hate relationship is the fact that I find it hard to watch, I sort of blame my ADHD for that. At the same time it is more of the fact that recently the episodes come out in bulk. I like it when it is just weekly. Since this series was announced to have all the novels animated, I really hope they go back to a weekly series format or else it will be a huge struggle for me to watch. I stated back in December when I did my Top Five Favorite series, that I still have not finished the episodes that came out in August, I still have not finished that one nor started the one that came out on New Year’s. Even with the fact I struggle to watch this series I know I could go in and enjoy it like crazy and not be disappointed, which is why it is at number 4.

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Number 5: Fate Series

I have been debating for a while now that maybe this series should be at number 4, but in all honesty it is good where it is. Really anything as of right now in my Top Five has their spot saved. Now, I am talking about the entirety of Fate series, so Fate Stay Night, Fate Zero, Fate Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks, and everything else that fits saber lionthere. I would say everything in that universe, but that would include other Type Moon series, which are in different spots, on in which is on this list. Well, I mean there are several things that I enjoy about this series. For starters, Saber, which is a story for the 30 Day Anime Challenge Day 7. Anyway, the story, the characters, and of course my favorite meme of all time came from this series, “People Die if they are Killed.” Anyway since there are so many series in this franchise, I am finding it a little hard to talk about why I like it as a whole besides the fact that it is interesting and I enjoy it. So I will leave it at that.

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Number 6: Kara no Kyokia: The Garden of Sinners

So, this is one of the few anime films that I have seen, not counting ones that were for anime series. Paradox Spiral, the fifth film, is easily my favorite. The battle and the fact it is split into three parts and gives a little more shinkiinformation each and every time I enjoy. I actually stopped watching the films at three before coming back six months later, and I was so glad I did. I would probably put the third film at my second favorite. The battles I really like as well as how the story at times can be a little self-contained between films. Since the films are already told out of order, it gives that sense even more that you could almost watch any of the films in any order and still enjoy it. Anyway, this is another series from Type Moon. A little Easter egg that I noticed was that the cigarettes that Toko Aozaki smokes are the same as Kiritsugu Emiya smokes. At the same time Toko Aozaki is related to the mentor in Tsukihimi. Anyway, that Easter Egg only makes me want to see a crossover more with all the series, and has nothing to do with the fact that it is on the list at number 6.

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Number 7: Oh My Goddess

Not going to lie I am starting to see a trend with the series that appear on this list where I stop for a long time only to come back and finish the series. I stopped around episodes 18 only to come back almost eight months later tooh my goddess finish the series. It was like this for the previously mention Kara no Kyokia and Monogatari. This was also the second anime series that I ever watched, why I watched it, I do not know. However there is a lot I still wish for this series. Although it does not need a proper ending in my opinion for the anime, I would still like more episodes since the manga ended and gave a worthy ending to the 26 yearlong series. The series has that romance element that I really like. It has hardly any, if at all, fan service. It really focuses on the relationship and advancing that relationship, which is why I really liked it.

 

Number 8: Akame ga Kill

Although I did not like the fact that it felt rushed and gave an original ending. It does not change the fact that the twist at the end of episode 23 made me really enjoy this series. If not for that, this series probably would not be on this list. It is based off my favorite manga. Although what I like about this series comes down to two things For starters it is not afraid to kill off any character in anyway, to the point where it could be anyone in the next chapter, unlike Attack on Titian where the main characters are pretty much safe at some point. The next thing, which was a huge turn off for people was the comedy.Akame

Yes, I do not like the comedy of the series, but I like where it is. It is more shown in the earlier half, before only showing every now and again and has little appearance later in the series. It is the same way in the manga where there might not be a joke for four or five chapters. I think this is really done well, with the fact that this is a serious series. The comedy adds to the fact that Tatsumi does not really know what is going on in the world and has a more childlike and innocent like view of it, thus the comedy, but once he gets used to the world and how it works it gets a more mature look at things, thus the comedy not appearing as much. If this was done on purpose, then I have to say it was well done, if not then I am just glad that it took more serious turn later in the series since it was well needed. A lot of my reason for liking this series comes from the fact I really like the manga, and it is a lot better than some of my favorite manga series that got an anime.

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Number 9: Attack on Titian

            Again, it really will feel like I will repeat myself here. Attack on Titian, I will say is over hyped, very over hyped. Personally I am unsure why it is on the list. I mean I like it, and I read the manga, right now I have the first 8 volumes. But a part of me does not want it on this list, while another part of me wants it to be. It is very conflicting. I like the action, and the story. Again I literally mentioned it, but at some point it becomes predictable who they will attack on titannot kill off. Akame ga Kill will kill anyone Attack on Titian only kills background characters at one point and the ones that do get killed off too that might sort of be important, where not around long enough to make a huge impact. Anyway, this is not about bashing Attack on Titian truth is this was higher on the list until Akame ga Kill aired. I did not see the whole dub, but I watched some of it on Toonami, which was back when I was able to live on my own and be able to watch Toonami, and I have to say I did like the dub, it was well done in comparison to the sub. The cast was well done and was rather interesting. Anyway, I do like the manga, although if I had to put it in a place, it would probably be at number 8 for favorite manga.

 

Number 10: D-Frag!D-Frag!

This is another case where I like the manga and it got me into the anime. I think out of all the anime adaptions for manga into anime, D-Frag is defiantly up there for the best and closest to the source material. The jokes and everything was pulled off so well. For manga, it is ranked at number 7 for me, with how funny it is. The anime defiantly lived up to my expectations and went a little beyond making me enjoy it just a tad bit more than I do for the manga. If you are into comedy series, and I do not really like recommending series (especially ones that I am hugely fond for), but this and what is at number 12 I would have to recommend, although this one I would have to recommend more which will be more obvious once number 12 is revealed.

 

Number 11: Magimagi logo

Alright, so this one and number 13 are two series that I have yet to complete at this time, but they both fit into what makes an anime my favorite. I read the manga and I just really enjoy the series. Personally I hope the Sinbad spin off gets its own anime series and not just OVA. But I read the manga to where the second season ends and I can tell I will like it. I might struggle a tad bit with the fact that there is a huge arc that makes up the second season, but it is interesting. I mentioned on several occasions that I like the concept of magic in the series and just the overall fantasy element.

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Number 12: Seitokai YakuindomoSeitokai Yakuindomo

For starters I would like to say this series is basically, for lack of a better term, s*x jokes the animation. Although I might, but sort of would want to recommend it, that is only if you can stand the jokes. I just think they are well done and it is always funny. The reason why I called it what I did, was mostly due to the fact that is all those jokes are, for twenty minutes one after the other after the other. This humor is defiantly not for everyone, but it manages to hold for the over 30 episodes that there are. Sometimes I wonder how I am able to stand it since I do not like anything like that, but it is not visual seeing the parts, rather than just jokes revolve around the part so I am fine. This series is just always funny and when an OVA comes out it is just a matter of time until it is subbed, even if it takes a month or two it is well worth it.

 

Number 13: Gintama

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I started this series back in January, and it is easily one of my favorites now. I tend to avoid long running series. Sure, Fairy Tail I watched and caught up with but I was just starting to watch anime. Then there was Bleach which I dropped since the filler in the main story fights was getting annoying. I have not really tried to get into a long running series since then. Although I have wanted to get into One Piece and Naruto, but there is just too many episodes even if I skip the filler and I do not have the time to do that. Well, enough about that this series I find funny. Currently I am almost at episode ninety and I have not really seen a decline in humor. In fact I laugh more and more as time passes it seems. This series is well done when it comes to not trying too hard to make a joke and not repeating jokes, which is always good. It also does not really stick to one type of joke either, although parodies are plentiful. This series is still enjoyable.

 

Number 14:  Birdy the Mighty Decode

I was really struggling to figure out what to do for number 15. Then this series came to me and I realized I needed to switch it with what I had for number 14. This series I really enjoyed. I watched the dub for it. Personally I really birdywished they made another season. At the same time it was well done in its own way. The animation, the story, the characters, there is so much to this series that I liked. Again this shares a similar tale with Monogatari, only it was when I was watching season 2 and I stopped for some time. This was due to me have a job in the summer that made me work for 40 hours, so the only anime I could watch was what was currently airing at the time. Granted I was able to watch Angel Beats in one sitting that summer, but this series I really enjoyed and wanted to go back to watching no matter what. I really like it in so many ways and wish I could put it higher on the list, the only there is no room.

 

Number 15: High School DXDHigh_School_DxD

I cannot believe I put this one on the list, although I hate ecchi and although I do not like fan service. I still find it odd that my biggest guilty pleasure is this series. When season 3 was announced I was actually glad. The only downside to the fact is that each season only covers 2 novels, with their being over 19 out at this time, well there is no way they will fully adapt the series, unless they do something crazy because by my estimate they would need a little over 70 or more episodes to do it, for the ones that they have yet to adapt. Anyway, once I shut off my mind and watch this series I like it I guess. I like the plot and concepts, but the fan service can be a little over done all the time. At the same time despite me not liking fan service and ecchi, I still find this series enjoyable somehow.

 

 

So that is my list. I had a lot of fun doing this one. This is also my longest article to date as well. Anyway I hope you enjoyed this. Also other series I was thinking of putting here was Higurashi When They Cry (Which is defiantly at number 16 since it is not on here), Selector Infected WIXXOS (defiantly one surprising series that I did not expect a lot from at first would be at number 17), Parasyte (however it is not done yet and too soon to say), and Death Parade (Again too soon to say, but probably will not do to other reasons).

 

You do not have to explain your top 15, but what series would you consider putting into it? Also are any of the series in my top 15 are in yours?

Top 5 Original and Best Series of 2014

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Alright, so this top five is going to be different. It is going to count down two series simultaneously. Each one will be discussing one series that is based off of source material and one original work. This list is also not continuing shows that second season aired this year, unless of course the first season aired as well this year. This is also not counting shows that started in 2013 fall season, so keep that in mind.

 

Number Five: Space Dandy and D-Frag

 

Space Dandy, for starters I have to say is amazing. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but it is the first series that was dubbed before subbed. Both were coming out simultaneously as well. Personally I did not see it, and I wish I did. However, because of the fact that it was being dubbed and subbed simultaneously, then I have to give it some major props for that. If I have seen it, I am fairly certain it would be higher on this list because of that.

D-Frag, is one of my favorite manga. It gets funnier and funnier to say the least the longer it goes. Although it might not have been funnier compared to others that came out this year, it is still on the list with the fact that it was in the winter season, which to me always seems to have few new shows. I think it is more of the reason why I liked the manga that is on this list, but at the same time it is one of the few shows that follow closely to the manga and I mean closely. Sure, they skipped a small arc, but that was later covered in the OVA that came out later this year. With the fact of the comedy and how close it follows the source material, it is on this list because of that.

 

Number 4: World Conquest Zvezda Plot and The Fruit of Grisaia

 

World Conquest Zvezda Plot, can be summed up by questioning what is it exactly. The series, at least in some way is connected to Type Moon, and in my last Top Five I mentioned how really anything by Type Moon I find enjoyable. This series fits into that category. Although it tells a complete story, at the same time it is clear that it can still have another season. It is called World Conquest, and sorry for the spoiler, but they only conquered Japan at the end of the show. Clearly it could have more, but from where it is now, it was enjoyable while it lasted as an original series.

The Fruit of Grisaia is a show that, well like some in the fall lineup, I did not have high hopes for it when going into it. It seems like this year there were several shows that really surprised me in how they turned out, this is one of them another is also on this list as well. For starters, I cannot wait for the more episodes in April. Even if they did not get the other Visual Novels adapted, the series has a well thought out story, and character development as time went on. My only problem really was the final arc and how long it took, at the same time that was important. Regardless, this was probably one of the best surprises this year when it came to watching something I thought would be different. Also the novels are getting a port to Steam sometime in the next year.

 

Number 3: Aldnoah.Zero and Parasyte

 

Aldnoah.Zero would be higher on this list if not for my major concerns for season two or the second half of however you would put it. The final minute or so in the last episode is the reason why I feel that way. It is from the creator of Psycho Pass, although his work is good, with how Psycho Pass 2 turned out I am a little worried, as in a lot worried for what could happen. With that out of the way, this series was probably the biggest one this year. I only recently got into the mecha genre; Buddy Complex was the one that got me into it. This series was wonderful. Out of the like five mecha series I have seen, this one was different in the sense that the only ones who had different mechas where the bad guys. Yet, that aside this series clearly did something right. It was entertaining; I even had to stop watching several times since I could not deal with just watching a single episode. It would probably be at number one if not for my concerns with best original work for 2014.

Parasyte, I have to say might be a little early which is why it is also high on the list. At the same time compared to other shows this year I know I can go in episode to episode and be entertained and will not want to wait for the following week. Sure there are other series that came out this year that made me feel the same way, but those are mostly shows that are on their second season or remakes. What really surprises me and what I really like is the fact that they are adapting it in full, and it was based off a manga from almost two decades ago, which I have to say is amazing. Unlike Aldnoah.Zero, I do not have worries for this series as of right now. So, I am glad it is at spot number 3.

 

Number 2: Selector Infected WIXOSS and No Game No Life

 

Selector Infected WIXOSS is one of the other series as well as No Game No Life that were a lot better than you would think. However, at least I think, Selector did not get as much limelight as it should have. What I liked about it through the two seasons is that it told a complete story. At the same time I originally dropped the show before the massive plot twist that was in I want to say episode eight. It is because of that plot twist and the fact that after that plot twist I really enjoyed this series. Recently home video rights were required, and it may be a series that I may or may not pick up in the future since I enjoyed it. Personally it is not top ten worthy, maybe top twenty at least for me.

No Game No Life, need I say more? Yes, this was a show that I personally thought would be bad, but decided to watch it anyway. It was funny and rather enjoyable. My only real problem with this series was the cliff hanger at the end of the final episode that makes me want a second season, which more than likely there will be. At the same time I am also thinking of getting the novels once they get their English release, although that is unlikely since I am already getting too much as is. Regardless, I doubt I need to say a lot since this was a hugely popular series this year.

 

Number 1: Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru and Akame ga Kill

 

Ironically the number one spot is taken by work from the same author. As I said in the Akame ga Kill discussion, it is my favorite manga. Although I was a little disappointed at first with the original ending that thought quickly changed with the blind side in the twenty-third episode. So, sure it is bias to put that at number one, but I mean, this is a discussion and opinion related piece, so it would make sense. Really any reason why I would put this at number one could be found in my Akame ga Kill discussion, but I pretty much summed it up with what I mentioned the twenty-third episode.

Now, for the original piece, it fits into the same category. Although I did not really know that it was by the creator of Akame ga Kill, this did not stop the fact that I really enjoyed it. In fact I only learned this information later when the series was on the final episode. Much like getting into the Mecha genre this year the Magical Girl genre became a thing as well. This one was my favorite that I have seen the characters, the development of the characters and story. It was defiantly one of if not the best original work this year, even though like most shows had their flaws.

 

 

Well, notable mentions I would have to put a lot of shows that had their second season and a lot of show in general. But mentioning ones that did not turn out as well as I would have liked would be Psycho Pass 2, Bryhildr in the Darkness, and Trinity Seven. Although Trinity Seven is the better of the three, and the manga of Bryhildr is a lot better, but might be worth checking out. This is more disappointment in knowing that they could both turn out better.

The List

This is not being updated anymore, you can find the complete list here on MAL.

  This is about ninety percent of shows that I have seen. Some I did not put on the list, kind of feel a little embarrassed for watching them, so they are not here for that reason. I think I only removed about ten or so, at most. Although I have a bit of a backlog, I kind of watch series that I just feel like watching, even if they were not on that backlog. So if someone recommends me something I might consider it. This is also not the list in order of series I watched, it was whatever I remembered at the time. This will hopefully be edited over time with more series. I also did my best to get as many in their English names as possible.

  1. Fairy Tail
  2. A Certain Magical Index
  3. A Certain Scientific Railgun
  4. Sword Art Online
  5. Date A Live
  6. Darker Than Black
  7. Dragon Ball Z
  8. Guilty Crown
  9. Code Geass
  10. Future Diary
  11. Bleach
  12. Oriemo
  13. Death Note
  14. Deadman Wonderland
  15. Infinite Stratos
  16. Ah My Goddesses
  17. Deltora Quest
  18. Digimon Adventures
  19. Digimon Adventures 2
  20. Digimon Frontier
  21. Digimon Data Squad
  22. Digimon Season 3
  23. Fractale
  24. Legend of Legendary Heroes
  25. Toradora
  26. Sacred Seven
  27. Black Butler
  28. Samurai 7
  29. Spice and Wolf
  30. Sekirie
  31. Full Metal Alchemist
  32. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
  33. Chobits
  34. Highschool of the Dead
  35. Rosario + Vampire
  36. Cowboy Bebop
  37. Frog
  38. Card Fight Vangaurd
  39. Ghost Stories
  40. Inyasha
  41. Medoka Box
  42. Chaos Head
  43. Steins Gates
  44. Robotics Notes
  45. Freezing
  46. Blue Exorcist
  47. Elfen Lied
  48. Kamisama Kiss
  49. Accel World
  50. Kampfer
  51. The World God only Knows
  52. Heaven’s Lost Property
  53. Maoyuu Maou Yuisha
  54. Aria The Scarlet Amo
  55. Championa!
  56. Mondaiji tachi gu Isekai Kara bou desu yo?
  57. High School DXD
  58. Baccano
  59. Baka and Tests
  60. I don’t have many Friends
  61. Psycho Pass
  62. Attack on Titan
  63. The Henti Prince and the Stoney Cat
  64. The Teenage Romcom Snafu
  65. Photo Kannon’
  66. Amagami SS
  67. Is this a Zombie?
  68. Requiem for a Phantom
  69. Arata The Legend
  70. Sparrows Hotel
  71. Fate Stay Night
  72. Fate Zero
  73. Demon King Damio
  74. The Devil is a Part timer
  75. C control the money of Possibilities
  76. Haiyore! Nyaruko-San
  77. Sket Dance
  78. Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
  79. Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
  80. Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
  81. Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de/ World War Blue
  82. Sankarea
  83. Birdy the mighty decode
  84. Angel Beats!
  85. Higurashi when they cry
  86. Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
  87. Sunday Without God
  88. Senki Zoussho Syphogear
  89. Bakemonogateri
  90. Dog and Sissors
  91. Fate/ Illiya Prism
  92. Blood Lad
  93. Servent x Service
  94. Love Hina
  95. Rozen Maiden
  96. My Bride is a Mermaid
  97. Gatchaman Crowds
  98. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
  99. GJ-Bu
  100. Mayo Chiki!
  101. Strike the Blood
  102. Outbreak Company
  103. Golden Time
  104. Kill la Kill
  105. Kyousougiga
  106. Ore No Nounai Sentakushi Ga, Gekuen Love Comedy (NouCome)
  107. Yozakura Quartet Hana no Uta
  108. Log Horizon
  109. Unbreakable Machine Doll
  110. Kyoukai no Kanata
  111. Tokyo Ravens
  112. I couldn’t become a hero, So I reluctantly decided to get a job
  113. Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!
  114. Gingitsune
  115. Good Luck Girl
  116. Humanity has Declined
  117. Seitokai Yakuindomo
  118. Pokem xy
  119. Plastice Nee-san
  120. Oreshura
  121. D-Frag!
  122. Buddy Complex
  123. Witchcraft Works
  124. Inu x Boku SS
  125. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
  126. Sakura Trick
  127. Nisekio
  128. World Conquest
  129. Onii Chan ga kanta
  130. brynhildr in the darkness
  131. Captain Earth
  132. Soul Eater NOT!
  133. Black Bullet
  134. Mekacity Actors
  135. The World is Still Beautiful
  136. Nanana’s Buried Treasure
  137. Dragonar Academy
  138. The Manga Artist and his Assistants
  139. One Week Friends
  140. Coffin Princess Chakia
  141. No Game No Life
  142. Samurai Girls
  143. Nekoamiga san and Inuagami san
  144. Neon Genesis Evengelion
  145. If her Flag Breaks
  146. Akame GA Kill
  147. Kara no Kyōkai
  148. Tokyo ESP
  149. Adanoah Zero
  150. Locodol
  151. Gekka Shoujo Nozaki
  152. Blade Dance
  153. Sailor Moon Crystal
  154. Hanayamata
  155. Zetsumetsu Kigu Shojo Amazing Twins
  156. Sabagebu!
  157. Sailor Moon
  158. Jinsei
  159. Invaders of the Rokujyoma?!
  160. Magimoji Rurumo
  161. Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works
  162. Seven Deadly Sins
  163. Trinity Seven
  164. Galaxy Angels
  165. Helsing Ultimate
  166. Carnival Phantasm
  167. Ane Log
  168. Tsukihime
  169. World Trigger
  170. When Supernatural Battles become a common place
  171. Ore Twintails ni Narimasu
  172. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
  173. Shigatsu wa Ki no Uso
  174. Yona of the Dawn
  175. Parasyte- the maxim
  176. Amagi Brilliant Park
  177. Ai Tenchi Muyo
  178. Selector Infected WXIOSS
  179. Celestial Method
  180. Grisaia no Kajitsu
  181. Madan no Ou to Vanadis
  182. Cross Ange Tenshu to Ryuu no Rondo
  183. Dabba ga Nani wo Itteriru ka Wakaranai Ken
  184. Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
  185. Gintama
  186. Magi The Labyrinth is Magic
  187. Dog Days
  188. Darararar!

Unfinished Series (But some I still wish to go back too)

  1. Shakugan No Shana season 3
  2. Tenchi Universe
  3. Familiar Zero season 3
  4. Sakrasou No Pet NA Knojo
  5. Code Breaker
  6. Black Cat
  7. Little buster
  8. Coppelion
  9. Nagi no Asu kara
  10. The Irregular at Magical High School
  11. Corpse Princess
  12. Noragami
  13. Eurecka Seven
  14. Aquerion EVOL
  15. Soul Eater
  16. Tokyo Ghoul
  17. A Good Librarian is like a Good Shepard

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