I never reviewed 2014?! WTF, I'm a slacker, especially now that the winter 2015 season is finishing up. For someone that has an official thread and HOF credentials, this is an embarrassment.
Here are my recommendations for the 2014 season. A show has to start, not necessarily conclude, in the 2014 year.
10. Engaged to the Unidentified
. Fun little show about a typical girl, that due to an accident, is promised to be married to a dog spirit/god when she becomes older. Hijinks ensue.
. A sports anime about rivals who join the same volleyball team and put aside their difference to focus on teamwork and become successful. It takes the typical anime sports formula but does it well and realistically.
. An anime about people making anime. Lots of inside jokes and references to real events and people. Surprisingly hasn't been done before. There's a lot of feel good stuff but does capture the insane conditions of the industry.
7. Silver Spoon
. A young man transfers as far away as he can from his domineering father. That leads him to a farming high school in Hokkaido. Problem is, he knows nothing about farming. He meets a lot of interesting people and starts figuring his life out.
6.Knights of Sidonia
. The Earth was destroyed by mysterious creatures called Gauna. Humans flee in spaceships and create mechs and fight them in space and the battle continues hundreds of years later where, seemingly, humans are down to one last ship. What's interesting is that it's done with CGI. Available on Netflix.
. An aspiring calligrapher gets in some trouble and decides to move to a remote island in Japan to focus on his art. There he meets a lot of unique people who influence him in unexpected ways. Heartwarming slice of life.
4. World Conquest Zvezda Plot
. Explores the idea of what if an 8 year old who dreamed of conquering the world had the superpowers and followers to actually do it?
3. Your Lie In April.
A teenage piano genius stops playing after his mother dies. After meeting a young violist, his heart wakes up. Will he play again and what doesn't he know about her?
. Organisms fall from space and invade humans causing them to kill and eat. A parasyte tries to enter Shinichi but enters his arm instead, where they are forced to co-exist and fight off the other parasystes and humans that are coming after them.
1. Ping Pong.
Rival schools compete across Japan to win the annual ping pong tournament. We look inside members of each team. What's interesting about this show is that we study the motivations of the people and why they need to compete, not that they're playing a sport at all. It's directed by Masaaki Yuuasa so the animation is really unique and has a great soundtrack, too. This clearly stood out from what everybody else did last year. It's a must see even if you don't give a shit about the genre or medium. It was fucking crazy.