2022 Anime Retrospective

Yet another year of anime has ended. I can say without hyperbole that 2022 has been one of the most interesting years in anime I have encountered in a while. Would I say it is the best? I don’t know where it would rank, but it would definitely be up there from the past 20 years. For once, there were more good or great shows than bad ones, and I can’t remember the last time that happened as of writing this. Even though there were still bad shows, there weren’t any disaster-level shows that stood out. At worst, they were just painfully boring or forgettable. And honestly, I would prefer it to be the latter than the former.

Now, let’s go through every show I’ve completed alphabetically and then I will reveal what I think to be the best anime of the year.

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Kyonyuu Fantasy: One Half Incredible, Another Half Disappointing

I’m easy to please, especially with pornographic material. As long as it is competent in giving what you want in a pretty package, I will enjoy it. Yet, even when something is put in one, you still have to provide me with more than what is bargained for. When you have all of these great assets, and you can only give me half amazing and half meh, it only adds fuel to the disappointment. Which can still be good but not amazing.

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Serial Experiments Lain: Postmodernity In Full Retro Cyberpunk Glory

There are rare moments when you start browsing through anime as a newbie, trying to familiarize yourself with the medium. You look at one in particular that catches your eye almost immediately. From looking at its description and everything else around it, you know it will either be your favorite anime or not. Serial Experiments Lain was that for me, and to say it kept me invigorated from beginning to end would be an understatement.

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