Amber’s top 3 anime of 2013

So there has been a lot of new anime to watch this past year, and of course I wasn’t able to keep up with most of them. However, the few that I did sit down and watch, have become some of my favorite series of all time.


Let’s start with Beyond the Boundary. If you don’t know what the show is about, or you’ve never heard of it, my first word of advice to you is to go do that right now. Seriously, stop reading and go search it on Google. Beyond the Boundary has definitely scored top one in my countdown.

First of all, it’s about a girl who can use her blood as powers. That should be enough to make you want to watch the series. And then they go on about more humans with powers, being immortal, and tons of magic. If you know me personally, I have a thing for magic. That being said, the show itself has plenty of twists and turns you wouldn’t expect, like magical demons and an entire organization called The Spirit World Warriors.

When the anime was first talked about and brought up, I didn’t know what to expect to be honest. I saw a few clips for it, and it really caught my eye. Sadly, those can be the most tricky series. Ones that catch your eye in the trailer, and when you give it a try, you regret ever being intrigued in the first place. Cheeky little devils, aren’t they? To my surprise, Beyond the Boundary exceeded my expectations, and went to infinity and beyond. Tell me I’m exaggerating, go ahead. But if you have felt the things that I have felt, you would know. That’s why this magical, action-packed anime has made it onto my top three shows of 2013.


Next on the list is Attack on Titan. Why? Because if fighting huge, human-eating giants aren’t enough to make you want to watch, then I don’t know what else would. I had high hopes for the series when I saw the first trailer.

It’s about a boy who loses his mother to a titan when he was very young. Seeking revenge, Eren joins the Survey Corps to kill off every single titan in the world. Throughout the series we meet other kids who wish to do the same, and learn about their stories. Obviously there is more than that, but if you really want to know what happens, then I suggest watching the show.

When I watched the first episode, I wasn’t too impressed the first couple of minutes. It’s mostly background stuff and talking, which is typical to be fair. Later on, I regretted that I ever said it was slow, because just within the first twenty minutes, people were being ripped to shreds and eaten. If you think that’s pretty intense, watch the rest of Attack on Titan.

I would just like to point out that I have not yet finished the anime myself, and if it has made it onto my top three already, then you know it’s a good series. I’m only nine episodes in, and I can’t wait to see how it ends. It leaves me on the edge of my seat all the time.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Lastly, is Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Now before you all beat me up and say, “It was first released in America in 2012,” I already know that it was. However, I did not actually watch the series or hear about it until the beginning of 2013. A few friends had started cosplaying the magical girls, and talking about how the series is more than what meets the eye. So in April this past year, I decided to give it a try. Needless to say, I finished the series that day.

Magical girl anime is typically all the same. Puella Magi Madoka Magica though, is anything but your typical cute, romantic genre. We start off with a pink-haired school girl named Madoka. She lives with her mother, father and little brother. She goes to school just like the rest of us had too, and she lives a normal life. When Homura, a transfer student shows up one day, Madoka’s life changes drastically.

So many plot twists and emotions are packed within this show. I honestly don’t know where to begin. From the very beginning, to the very end it always left me in awe. I immediately fell in love with all of the characters. Slowly after, I found myself head over heals for the storyline, and then the entire series had me wrapped around its finger. Puella Magi Madoka Magica has made me shed many, many tears, and no matter how many times I bring myself to watch the anime, I am never left with dry eyes. I definitely recommend it. Like, wholeheartedly recommend it.

That completes my top three anime of the year. I know a lot of you have different opinions, and we all feel differently for each show. But if you haven’t gotten around to watching Beyond the Boundary, Attack on Titan, or Puella Magi Madoka Magica, stop what you are doing and start right now. Hey, it might even make it onto your list of favorite anime.

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You may or may not have seen me dancing around on our YouTube channel. I really love psychology and dissecting shows/film. Also your token anime nerd.