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So, uh. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you would have noticed that I made top 10 lists for every year and didn’t do one for 2019. I totally missed it! 2019 was extremely busy for me, but when I was writing my Top Anime of 2020, it felt totally wrong to have every year since 2014, and then just skip 2019. So, I thought that I’d make a 2019 list. Might not be super relevant, but here it is! Hope you appreciate.

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This year has been anything but tradition, with coronavirus in play, but there’s some things that really would be better off staying the same, like the annual tradition of looking back on the best last year had to offer at the turn of the calendar. Here’s my two cents on what I think are the best that Anime had to offer, my Top 10 Anime of 2020.

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2020 — in hindsight, not perfect. While this year has been insane around the world, we still had great anime to watch while we were locked in quarentine. One thing that stays the same in 2020 though: when the end of the calender winds down, it becomes the time when we reflect on the best that anime had to offer. Welcome to our annual AniTAY Anime Awards, a collaborative effort by members in the AniTAY community to decide the best of the best!

AniTAY, now more than ever is community first, and we always try to put our own community spin on these kinds of projects because the different opinions fed by the diversity of the community leads to better results. …


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The emergence of Demon Slayer, the laugh out loud romantic comedy that was Kaguya, the awfulness that was shows like ORESUKI! There was so much in regards to anime in 2019, and here at AniTAY we’re gonna tell you what we think is great! Welcome to The AniTAY Anime Awards of 2019, where AniTAY Authors and AniTAY readers pick the best of the best Anime of the year!

The AniTAY Anime Awards is a collaborative effort by members in the AniTAY community to decide the best of the best of each year. We always try to put our own spin on these kinds of projects because when we see groups that don’t leverage different opinions, the results can radically differ from what the actual viewer think, and offer little choice. That’s why this Award process was open to the community and the decisions made were fascinating. We ran a poll both internally asking the authors of AniTAY as well as asking all the readers, so we have two sets of results. …


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While as a year 2014 might have not been all that remarkable overall, in regards to anime 2014 was one of the best that I’ve ever seen. From a hoard of romance and sports anime to classic action anime sprouting out of nowhere, Anime and AniTAY in 2014 was a fun time, and let’s take a trip down memory lane to look back on what I would consider to be one of the fondest moments in regards to anime and AniTAY.

This is the 4th article in AniTAY’s Decade In Review series, with the previous being 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. …


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It’s almost a comforting clockwork — we go through the year watching great anime, and then when we creep up ever closer to the end of our calendars, we spend our time reflecting back on the brightest moments for anime. Welcome to our annual AniTAY Anime Awards, a collaborative effort by members in the AniTAY community to decide the best of the best!

AniTAY, now more than ever is community first, and we always try to put our own community spin on these kinds of projects because the different opinions fed by the diversity of the community leads to better results. …


If you’ve seen an anime in the recent years, you’ve probably ran into some works that many call “Dark”. While many praise these shows as a way to get out of the moe type show that has been prevalent in the past few years, I groan. Throughout my experiences, these “dark” shows have been a consistent cycle of failure and disappointment. When you say dark, I typically think of a poor execution, and here’s why.

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Let me get this straight: I have nothing wrong with a show that tries to run with darker, more serious themes. My gripes are about shows that people call “dark”, the typical anime fan’s perception on what counts as “dark” and the trends that these “dark and serious” shows have. I will refer to these shows as “edgy” from here on in this article, as that’s what I perceive them as. What I perceive as dark is a work with a morbid and grim theme and tone. To me, if you want to call something dark, it has to have grim themes, concepts and ideals. Also, I’m sure this article may apply to other medias, but I’m focusing on anime in this article, because I’m not sure if this ideal fits in with any other form of media. …

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Kevin Mai - Reikaze

Freelance writer, Tech, Anime and Visual Novel enthusiast! Owner of Rockmandash Reviews & writer for @_anitay & @fuwan0vel.

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