Well, I said that I was going to post a new “Best of 2009″ list for every week in December, and darn it, I did it! (^_^) It sure was a lot of work, but of course, I had to save the best list for last. Ladies and gentlemen, here are my ten favorite new anime releases of 2009.
Now, the word “new” can most certainly mean different things in the world of anime fandom these days. There are the new series that are coming out in Japan each season, and then there are the new series that are just being imported in America this year. So just for clarification on why Series X doesn’t appear on this list this year, let me outline the three ways I consider a series to be “new” in 2009:
1) Anime series had to have had its first volume released on R1 DVD in 2009. (no continuing series or re-releases)
2) Anime series had to have its first episode legally available online for American viewers in 2009 (no fansubs)
3) Anime film had to have had a nation-wide American theatrical release in 2009. (no festival screenings)
Now it’s obvious that one company dominates the list this year. It is not just because of my own personal bias, there is certainly a logical reason for this. FUNimation is monopolizing the anime industry here in America, so most of the new releases this year have been from them. Five out of my top ten are FUNi titles, which is consistent with the top ten lists put together from Chris Beveridge (5 out of 10) and Amazon.com (4 out of 10) this year.
But enough talk and disclaimers, let’s get to the list!