Best Anime of 2008

And finally the year 2008 is about to come to an end. I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for not being able to update my site for some time and I would like to thank you all for visiting my website once again.

To start off I will list down the anime I watched this year which was made this year – which means I will not include the older anime series I have watched which were not created this year. There are just a few since I’ve been goofing off, doing some gaming and watching some retro anime like Flame of Recca, Trigun etc. *sighs* I think I still have a lot to watch in order to catch up.

List of 2008 anime I watched (alphabetical order)

1.  Aria the Origination
2.  Bamboo Blade
3.  Clannad
4.  Code Geass Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
5.  Hayate no Gotoku!
6.  Itazura na Kiss
7.  Kekkaishi
8.  Kurenai
9.  Macross F
10. Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
11. Ookami to Koushinryou
12. Shakugan no Shana II
13. Tetsuwan Birdy Decode

There are plenty of anime titles created this year and are very interesting.

Now I shall begin picking out my top 5 favorite anime titles for this year

5. Macross Frontier
If you’re a fan of awesome and cool soundtracks, opera, and meccha then Macross Frontier is the anime for you. Macross F sets out in the year 2059 A.D. The “F” is short for “Frontier”, which is also the name of the migration fleet this story is about. This anime has caught my attention when I was listening to one of its soundtracks.

In my case, I completed the soundtracks first before watching the anime. This anime is sci-fi, meccha and concentrates on the future (post apocalyptic) when the human race is scattered accross the galaxy.

4. Ookami to Koushinryou
Also known as Spice and Wolf. Lawrence is a traveling merchant who finds a 600 year old pagan deity/wolf girl named Horo in his wagon one night. She begins traveling with him, and her wisdom helps increase his profits. But her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church.

Horo appears to be a fifteen-year-old girl, except for a wolf’s tail and ears. She introduces herself as the town’s goddess of harvest, who has kept it blessed with good harvests of wheat for many years. I love the story of this one, it makes a good impression when you go on travels and seek fortune though full of sarcasm and such.

3. Aria the Origination
At first I began watching the Aria The Animation series to be able to move on to Aria the Natural then to Aria the Origination. I was caught up in this anime because of the cuteness of the characters. Aria is a sci-fi, drama, spice of life anime.

Aqua and Aria take place in the early twenty-fourth century, in the city of Neo-Venezia on the planet Aqua—formerly Mars, which was renamed after being terraformed into a habitable planet covered in oceans. Neo-Venezia, based on Venice in both architecture and atmosphere, is a harbor city of narrow canals instead of streets, traveled by unmotorized gondolas. The plot revolves around Akari Mizunashi, Aika Granzchesta, Alice Carroll and their seniors. I’ve shed tears on this one since it was too good of an anime in terms of drama and friendship.

2. Itazura na Kiss
Also known as Mischievious Kiss. This is by far the best drama, love-romance anime I’ve watched yet. It has a considerable amount of laughter that can be at par with its romance.

Itazura na Kiss tells the love story of Kotoko and Naoki from their days as high school students to their marriage. The story continues after the marriage as they continue to grow as a couple. The story starts with Kotoko finally building up the courage to confess to Naoki Irie by giving him a love letter but was rejected in front of everybody. After that humiliating moment, she decided to give up on her love for Naoki. That same day, the Aihara’s newly-built home was destroyed during a mild earthquake due to poor construction. They ended up staying in the Irie household thus starting the development of their relationship.

1. Code Geass Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
And now for the #1 anime for this year: Code Geass: Lelouche of Rebellion R2 (Season 2). Ever since season 1 this anime has never let me down. It kept me entertained and interested on what would happen next. This is one of the anime series that is full of action and suspense. I love how the author plot the story. It was excellent that I’m even at a loss for words while sitted watching.

Code Geass Season 1: On August 10, 2010, a.t.b., the Holy Empire of Britannia overpowered Japanese forces and conquered the country with their new robotic weapons, the Knightmare Frames, in less than a month. In the aftermath of Britannia’s invasion, Japan lost its freedom, its rights, and even its name, becoming Area 11 of the Britannian Empire. The Japanese people, renamed as “Elevens”, are forced to survive in poor neighborhoods, while Britannians live in first-class settlements. Rebel elements persist, however, as pockets of Japanese organizations struggle against the Empire for the independence of Japan.

Code Geass Season 2: It’s been one year since the failure of the Black Rebellion and the supposed death of Zero. Britannia has assigned Area 11 a “correctional education” status, where Elevens are made an example of by brute force, to try to prevent any future uprisings and suppress rebellious thoughts. Unsuspecting high school student Lelouch, oblivious to his rebellious past as Zero, stumbles upon a scheme on his life and the life of a mysterious woman known as C.C., who reveals to him his forgotten purpose and his “true” self. Destroying his assailants and declaring himself Zero once again, Lelouch sets out to finish what he started.

And that wraps up the best of 2008. I hope you enjoyed reading some of my reviews although some of it have been referenced for description purposes. I’ve had fun this year because even if I’m drowned at work I could still find time to watch anime. I wish everyone happy holidays!


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