I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, and every time I do, my mind keeps coming back to Mai-Otome. Certainly there were tons of good shows this year, and it’s easy to forget something that aired so many months ago, but I can still remember how much I anticipated watching each episode of Mai-Otome every week while it was airing. It’s much the same feeling I get from CODE GEASS right now. In fact, if this past year has taught me anything, it’s that I’ve got a huge preference for the team at Sunrise that worked on both these shows. They are so good at managing large casts of characters (Otome had all of HiME’s characters plus a flock of new ones) and keeping you addicted to the series with each week’s plot twists. As entertaining as Suzumiya Haruhi and Ouran High School Host Club were, they just didn’t have that same effect.