Most Surprising Anime of 2013

What is the most surprising anime of 2013?


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Post nominations, and discuss, the most surprising anime of 2013. This category is for anime that you did not expect to like, might not have planned on watching, but ultimately enjoyed very much. Only anime that began during the 2013 calender year are eligible for this category. In order to qualify, the first episode of a television anime must have aired on January 1, 2013 or later. Qualifying movies must have made their theatrical debut on January 1, 2013 or later. The first volume of qualifying OVA's and specials must have made their home video debut on January 1, 2013 or later.

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  • The five anime with the most nominations will proceed to the next round.
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Participants are allowed to change one nominee each. To request a change, post what nomination you would like removed along with your new nomination.


Nominations will be open from December 22, 2013 until January 4, 2014. The second round will begin on January 7, 2014 allowing the staff 48 hours to count nominations.

Most Surprising Anime of 2013 is a New Category. There are no Past Winners.

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I nominate Love Lab and Outbreak Company. I did not expect much from Outbreak Company, was not sure I was going to watch, and nearly dropped it after two episodes. It ended up being one of my favorite fall anime. Love Lab was not even on my list. I watched because of a decent review at ANN. It ended up being one of my favorite shows of the summer.
 

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I nominate Yuyushiki & Genshiken Nidaime & I support Love Lab
 

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I support Outbreak Company and nominate Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
 

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My nomination is going towards Free!. Honestly, I wasn't sure how a show advertising swimming and overt fanservice would play out, but it was really sweet and I'm looking forward to a possible season 2.
 

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My nomination is going towards Free!. Honestly, I wasn't sure how a show advertising swimming and overt fanservice would play out, but it was really sweet and I'm looking forward to a possible season 2.
Also support Free!
 

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I support Free! as well! :)
 

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I support Free!
I nominate Oregairu and Uchouten Kazoku.
 

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I nominate Love Lab, Galilei Donna and Yowamushi Pedal. :D
 

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This is a hard category, everyone had free but that was like lived up to my expectations fully.

I nominate Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, Tokyo Ravens, and Gundam Build Fighters
 

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I nominate My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
I thought this would be a stereotypical romcom anime. But this was something that manages to stray away from the norm and become something really special.
"Some walks you have to take alone."

I nominate KIll La Kill
After a long time an anime has come similar to TGTL. Not a strong story but still has its perks.

I nominate Kotoura-san
There were many anime based on 4-koma released in 2013. This had elements of both emotional drama and uplifting comedy
 

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I support Uchouten Kazoku and Oregairu and nominate Gatchaman Crowds
 

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My third nominee is Non Non Biyori. I expected a solid, enjoyable show. It was on my list from the time the anime was announced. I did not expect it to be one of the best anime of the year. Renge was a classic character, immediately joining the pantheon of all time anime greats.

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I support Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge and nominate Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou, I nominate Yuushibu as well.
 

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I have heard horrible things about Crime Edge. It was nominated was one of the worst anime of the year at Japanator. Blazblue ultimately was chose, but Crime Edge was on the list.
 

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I don't know why they put Crime Edge in the list, but it was misjudged in my opinion. That's all about taste as well, it can be bad for a public but very good for another one.
 
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I consider myself an open minded anime fan, and I couldn't make it through the first episode.
 

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I support Kill la Kill
and nominate Samurai Flamenco as well as Hataraku Maou-sama
 

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I consider myself an open minded anime fan, and I couldn't make it through the first episode.
It had ugly art, though stylish action scenes (with the colouring), but overall was a boring and too lewd anime.
 

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I was about to nominate Hataraku Maou-sama but I guess I'll be supporting it instead. :)

Went in not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised with a pretty good balance of suspense, lots of great comedy, and even some decent romance.
 
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