The list of my favorites in Spring anime 2009 ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep in mind that the list is highly subjective and based only on the anime Iโ€™ve seen ๐Ÿ™‚

Best Music

Ristorante Paradiso – Ko-Ko-Ya

Music played an instrumental role in establishing atmosphere in Ristorante Paradiso – I enjoyed it very much ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is a sample of Ko-Ko-Ya’s performance:

Guin Saga – Nobuo Uematsu

The soundtrack for Guin Saga features many widely-ranging orchestral tracks that are simply amazing! Also it is impressive that many heroes of the story have their own theme. I especially liked slow-paced pieces with strings and piano ๐Ÿ™‚

My favorite tracks:

  • Reluctance to Part at Sunset
  • Mongaul Suite, Third Movement: The Rose of Mongaul
  • Oppressive Feelings

Here is a Grand Opening – Thread of Fire. You can hear a song to this music in the beginning of the episode 11.

Best Seiyuu

Saori Hayami (Saki Morimi – Higashi no Eden)

She does not have much experience with voice acting, but her voice fit Saki’s role very well. I especially liked her “Eh?” expression hehe.

Fumiko Orikasa (Nicoletta – Ristorante Paradiso)

I enjoyed listening to her energetic voice that captured a wide range of emotions we’ve seen on Nicoletta’s face ๐Ÿ™‚

Aya Endo (Kajika – Hanasakeru Seishounen)

Just like May’n, Aya Endo is trying to break away from her Sheryl image. She managed to find a unique voice for Kajika that reflected her character very well.

Takaya Kuroda (Vito – Ristorante Paradiso)

I really liked his deep rich voice that brought a nice flavor to the restaurant.

Daisuke Ono (Eugene – Hanasakeru Seishounen)

He wants to visit your house! ๐Ÿ˜› Although different from Sebastian, Eugene sounds like a nice kitty ๐Ÿ™‚ His English is impeccable too ๐Ÿ˜›

Best Cast – Sengoku Basara

Sengoku Basara featured excellent male and female seiyuu.

Best Female Character

Kajika – Hanasakeru Seishounen

Although Kajika is still a young spoiled child, her warm heart, determination, and almost unlimited energy brighten the lives of many people.

Best Male Character

Fang Li Ren – Hanasakeru Seishounen

Li Ren is hot, an excellent politician, can cook, and has some very fun expressions when he is angry ๐Ÿ˜› However, most importantly, he is a very kind person who cares about Kajika very much :3

Most Fun Episode

Hanasakeru Seishounen 9

Best Hypothetical Couple

Eugene x Li Ren

Best Couple

Kajika x Li Ren

Best Art Director

Junichi Higashi – Guin Saga

Yasufumi Soejima – Ristorante Paradiso

Best Director

Akiyuki Shinbo – Natsu no Arashi

Mitsuko Kase – Ristorante Paradiso

Best Anime

Ristorante Paradiso

I enjoyed this series very much not for the plot or the story, but everything else that created a pleasant atmosphere: directing, music, background art, character design, and voice acting ๐Ÿ™‚ Moreover, this anime achieved one of the best synergies of 3D and 2D animation I’ve seen so far in anime.

What were your favorites in Spring 2009 anime ?

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10 thoughts on “Best Anime Spring 2009

  1. oh, i really enjoyed Guin Saga’s “Mongaul Suite, Third Movement: The Rose of Mongaul” too. it totally suits amnelis’s character.
    It’s a shame that Guin Saga seems to be under the radar…great series so far

    1. I am glad you liked that music also ๐Ÿ™‚

      Well, Guin Saga is quite popular in Japan. It is very sad that the original author died about a month ago ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. Oooh, Mongaul Suite 3rd Movement is one of my favourites as well. So’s Reluctance and Oppressive Feelings. I also like Peace of the Chamber Mound and the Grand OP theme. Good OST.

        I agree that Rispara’s bgm is enjoyable and fitting for the anime. The music added so much charm and warmth to the series. It’s a good pick for best anime indeed.

  2. I lol’ed hard at the alternative best couple. I love those two HanaSei guys, they’re just hot. But they’re both tied with my other favourite alternative pairing i.e Masamune x Yukimura from SB. I like your choice of most fun episode too. It certainly is a hilarious episode. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. hehe Masamune x Yukimura is nice too, but it seems that Yukimura gave his heart to Oyakata-sama ๐Ÿ˜›

      The kitty really shines in HS 9 ๐Ÿ™‚

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