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The Best Anime Of The Last Decade

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Published on Dec 31, 2019

The 2010s produced anime like never before. Tales of love, magic, and betrayal flooded the airwaves on all manner of devices, reaching all manner of people. Here's to the best anime of the decade, and to another ten years of ice skating, ping pong, and magical girl deconstruction.

Madoka Magica might be a franchise that spans mobile games, multiple movies, and a wealth of spin-off manga, but its earlier success came from its economy of story. At only 12 episodes, the original series is a succinct marvel; no plot is extraneous, all foreshadowing pays off, and the pacing is steady and certain. There are no skippable episodes of Madoka, no moments that don't matter. It is a journey that has to be taken step by step, into a forest that grows steadily darker.

Much has been made of this darkness. And it's true that Madoka gained early fame as a deconstruction of magical girl stories, and still stands out against a field of imitators. But it's here too that Madoka's brevity shines, and where it can be seen with the greatest clarity. Madoka grows from a naive young girl into a terrified pawn, but only for a couple of episodes. It's then, in the depths of despair, that she realizes her power, seizes it, and changes the world forever. The momentum this creates is felt on the most visceral level, catapulting the viewer from horror into awe within one episode. For all the talk of deconstruction surrounding the series, at its core, Madoka is that greatest of magical girl stories: it looks cruelty in the eye, spins its magic wand, and tells it to take a hike.

For all its splendid animation, One Punch Man's most famous moment is probably its simplest:

We love watching Saitama him absorb punches from undersea monsters. We love watching him take out hyper-advanced robots. But we love his deadpan reactions to the bizarre world around him even more. That's because it's emblematic of what makes One Punch Man so special: it absolutely loves making fun of superheroes.

Now, One Punch Man loves superheroes, and specifically, being a superhero series. But its love is flexible, as devoted to jaw-dropping moments of action as it is to the goofiness of animal-themed bad guys. You have your dudes like Genos, who genuinely looks awesome most of the time, but you also have villains like Crablante, walking around like a lobster in tighty-whities. There is no contradiction between the two in the world of One Punch Man, they're all part of the same bright, bizarre tapestry. Superpowers, robots, ninjas, mad scientists are all there to be loved, feared, and made fun of, and in so doing, One Punch Man has more fun with them all than most other series of its ilk combined. Saitama is the guy of the meme, the guy of the wickedly cool fight compilations, and the guy who loves a weekly sale at the grocery store. He, and his anime, contain multitudes, and that's why we love them.

Keep watching the video to find out more about the best anime of the last decade!

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica | 0:17
One Punch Man | 1:30
Ping Pong | 2:55
Princess Jellyfish | 3:46
Little Witch Academia | 5:03
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt | 6:24
Kids on the Slope | 7:38
My Hero Academia | 8:54
Yuri on Ice | 10:19

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