2014 was a year full of decent, entertaining shows, but once I started compiling this list, I found that not a whole lot of shows particularly stood out. It was easy to find ten anime that I wouldn’t hesitate to put on this list, but if I removed any of them, I found it difficult to find a replacement. I’ve never been the type to try out every single show that airs in a season, so maybe it’s just a matter of having a low sample size. In any case, 2014 may not be a year of great anime, but it was definitely a year of fun anime.
(Note: this list includes anime that ended in 2014, and movies whose home releases were released in 2014)
I really wasn’t sure what I expected when I picked up Shirobako. When you have names like P.A. Works attached to a name like Mizushima Tsutomu (Girls und Panzer, Another, Squid Girl), it’s really difficult to predict what kind of show it would end up being. Sure, you hear stuff like “Mizushima has a really dim view of the anime industry”, or how Glasslip was a total disaster for P.A. Works, but overall it’s hard to gauge exactly what to expect for an original work.
Nine episodes in, and I’m really glad I picked up this show. Shirobako has been nothing short of amazing.