Best of Anime

Best World Building

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

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The world building in Jobless Reincarnation is exceptional. A vast, expansive, detailed, rich world. Beautiful scenery, great music, calm, atmospheric, at times emotional opening scenes drive a presentation. Adventures, traveling, and relocating drive insight into the rich world. Characters, and the exceptional storytelling and alternating between curious adventure, struggling travels and tragedy drive a right world. Insight into other characters and surroundings drive a rich world.

Only two things may take away from this masterpiece series, albeit they may be subjective. If you do not mind, can ignore, or are willing to try to ignore or to accept the occasional lewd story aspects, and possibly the occasionally occurring white scenes (diffuse terminology in order not to spoil anything), this series does not miss anything.

Best/Most Touching Storytelling

Violet Evergarden

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Violet Evergarden is a masterpiece in both primary and secondary storytelling.

Most Adorable Character

Kanna - Miss Kobayashi`s Dragon Maid

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Kanna is an adorable kid. Visually, this is driven by the small-kid-thickness. She acts pretty reserved.

Miss Kobayashi`s Dragon Maid is a great mixture of fantasy and slice-of-life, with character, story, and friendship development.

Runnerups

Miyauchi Renge - Non Non Biyori

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Non Non Biyori is a masterpiece in calm, slice-of-life storytelling. A perfect series to relax with.

Calmest Anime

Non Non Biyori

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Non Non Biyori is a masterpiece in calm, slice-of-life storytelling. A perfect series to relax with.

Runnerups

Mushishi has wonderful, beautiful, and tragic stories to tell, and it does so exceptionally well.

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The protagonist is a mixture of spirit doctor and botanist, working with and around (non-conscious) spirits and their influence on people and their environments. Beautiful scenery, great, calm storytelling. Great variance in stories, and travels to various places and people. A rich setting and world.

Most Insightful (IRL/industry)

Shirobako tells stories of anime production. It was really insightful, and made me appreciate anime in a new way, occasionally and specifically being mindful, noticing and/or appreciating details and specifics about and within anime.

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Runnerups

Dr. Stone - with a driving theme of Science; the scientific process, and knowledge.

Most Disturbing Anime

Grave of the Fireflies tells the story of two children in Japan during/at the end of World War 2. At times gruesome, overall tragic, and an exceptional and important telling of one of the many stories wars in general but also this one in particular produced.

When I watched a documentation on the Atomic Bombs, historic context, and consequences recently, it reminded me of Grave of the Fireflies, and how based in reality it is, and how well and close it touched the gruesome aspects of that part of history.

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Best Music

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

It definitely shows its age, with image in 4:3, and lack of visual details. It starts pretty pessimistic and negative; moreso than I would have liked. But the music and embedded story of it is great.

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Runnerup

Ya Boy Kongming