I started writing about my least favorite moments in anime of 2012 and suddenly got depressed. Why on earth would I want to write about the worst moments of anime in 2012, It makes me sad and I really don’t want to think about failed sequels and Guilty Crown anymore plus nobody is going to go watch anime I disliked I’d rather make an anime sound good so just one of you goes and watches it instead. Talking about things we like comes naturally and I thought I’d rather do that instead so here goes.
4. Persona 4 The Animation episode 19, Ayane plays the “I’ll face myself” on the trombone. Although she is terrible at it the timing of it was just beautiful and it was interesting to see the background music actually have a source. This wasn’t the only moment in the anime which was adapted in such a wonderful way but it really stuck out for me and I’ll remember it for a long time.
3. Kuroko’s Basketball episode 24, Kise mimics Aomine. It had been working up to this moment for a while showing how Kise can mimic another player and use the complicated techniques for himself but when he is put against Aomine who is leaps and bounds better than all the other players you seriously doubt Kise’s ability only to be proven wrong. It takes a long time but it builds up to that one moment when Kise surpasses Aomine if only briefly It doesn’t win him the match but it sure was impressive.
2. The Legend of Korra episode 9, Amon resists blood bending. He was already mysterious but when this happened the intrigue doubled and I just had to know what his deal was. The final outcome was certainly not what I expected and I’m happy to say that Avatar the Legend of Korra was one of my favorite anime this year. This is only one example of good story telling and mystery that Avatar provided and I cannot wait for the next season.
1. Sakamichi no Apollon episode 7, Kaoru and Sentaro’s performance at the school festival. This anime opened up a whole new genre of music to me which I’ve never really explored before now, Jazz. Once every few episodes the drama between the characters would always escalate to the point where it seemed completely broken but then it is revived with the power of music and creativity and as dumb as that sounds it’s a joy to watch. Each performance was more inspiring than the last and when they don’t to finish for whatever reason you are actually sad. The performance at the school festival just barely trumps the final episode in my opinion but I’d still defend the greatness of the church performance as one of the greatest musical moments we’ll ever see in anime.
Lets hope 2013 is fill with as many unique moments as this year. I’m sure I’ve missed some great moments from this year and I know that you’ll let me know about it. Or at least I hope you will.