There are fewer series last season as there is in the past three seasons. It became easier for me to come up with a list but I'm still having a hard time organizing my thought since summer came so fast, I have to keep up with the new series.
I've skipped Natsume Yuujinchou, Aquarion EVOL, The Familiar of Zero, Smile Precure, and Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, since I've never seen it's predecessors. Doing so made me more focused on new series, and came up with some interesting insights.
The new Amagami series was fine, just fine. There are interesting minis like Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki, Recorder and Randser, and Thermae Romae. Senki Zesshou Symphogear is something that never took my liking but nonetheless, it's decent. InuXBoku Secret Service was kind of bad at first, but has turned out touching at the end. The New Prince of Tennis, is old, meaning, it's still a bad anime.
Another made quite a noise on anime fans, but I think, it's just because that there hasn't been a straight out horror-thriller series for a while now. One of the latest, Higuraishi No Naku Koro no Ni, was a disappointment so I really rooted for this one, but it was all in vain. It sucked just like how Higuraishi sucked. If you're thinking of seeing a horror series, watch Monster instead.
Now, for the top 10:
10. Rinne no Lagrange: Flower Declaration of the Heart
I still haven't finished it, but it's one of those stories that you'd never neglect. A mecha series about three girls' friendship and how it affects each other's decision. I could only give out such vague definition but, take my word for it: it is something to look out for.
9. Brave 10
It's been a while since there was a pure shounen action series. Now that Naruto is down to it's very low and ugly point and Bleach being ugly itself, what is there to save us sword fighting fans? Luckily, there's one crazy Lord who's out collecting his 10 warriors to fulfill a prophecy while fighting shogunate leaders. There is something for us classic violence lovers even for 13 episodes.
8. High School DXD
It's an ecchi anime, I know, but when was the last time you have seen an anime with it's ecchi-ness being crucially important to it's plot? Well, not since Yosuga no Sora, I think. Here, we have he classic comic treatment on fan-service, but all logically integrated to the main premise. It's naughty but witty. Something that even your parents might enjoy.
SHAFT's did it again. Though not as groundbreaking as the first series, the Bakemonogatari sequel has proved itself to be something that is apart, yet, still bearing the comic contents of it's predecessor. Still on Araragi's point of view, but this time, it focused on his younger sisters who played as the bearers of justice: the Fire Sisters, showing their misadventures with the paranormal that they don't even know they're entering.
6. Area no Kishi/The Knight in the Area
Well, a sports anime, I believe, is something that would make a kid play some sport after watching a series. Unlike the other sports series this season, this does not treat the sport in the story, soccer, as a means to prove one's self's superiority, or just to have a fight; it served as an inspiration. Making you want to gather your friends to play soccer even you don't know the rules.
5. Ano Natsu de Matteru/Waiting in the Summer
It's a story I've taken a liking since it included filmmaking on it's story. The protagonist set out with his friends one summer to make a film with his super 8 camera, and a girl from the outer space. Though the story's quite predictable, it's still surprises me how a love polygon would produce much intensity if shown with honesty. It's been very moving at some points, heavy at some, and fun allover.
4. Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!/Listen to Me Girls, I'm Your Father!
This has been a treat for lolicons, but I'm glad it went more than that. It's not the anime's fault that it is an eye candy. The art aside, the series succeed with it's clear narrative. A family drama which dealt on loss of love ones and moving on.
3. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou/Daily Lives of High School Boys
This laugh-out-loud gag show has been a treat from the first to the last episode. And it was sad that it was only given 13 episodes to run. I don't know if this was the first collab from Sunrise and Square-Enix, but I'm glad they did this series. It never failed. And a rewatch made things even better. For those who have seen it, try watching it again.
2. Black Rock Shooter
This dark and action-packed psychological series is something I've always compared with Sucker Punch. It's about a girl wanting to be friends with a very reserved classmate while inside their hearts, some girls battle bearing their pain. The battle scenes are great, what's more, it's just served as a metaphor for the girls' feelings. It really seemed very new to me, even though Sucker Punch has used the idea before, BRS' battle scenes made everything fresh again.
1. Mouretsu Pirates/Bodacious Space Pirates
At the end of the day, it is still the story that will decide if we're going to love something or not. Bodacious Space Pirates, has great artwork with cute character design, some techie stuff which would drive sci-fi fans insane, but most of all, it has this greatly written plot which I think would surpass anything that Winter 2012 has offered me. It's just so superior.