Top 10 Psychological Anime of 2010
1. The Tatami Galaxy
When a college dropout stops for a late night bite at a mysterious ramen stand, he crosses paths with a self-proclaimed deity of matrimony. This bizarre meeting sends the young man hurtling through a horrifying flashback to his not-so-glorious college days when the influence of a cruel new friend turned him from a hopeless romantic into a mischievous “black cupid.”
2. Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
Rune Balot is a down-and-out teen prostitute in Mardock City. One day, she's picked up by an ambitious casino manager named Shell who gives her everything she could want. Renewed by a false innocence, a false past, and now the false life Shell has given her, Balot feels grateful. However, she can't help but be curious about why he's done so much for her, so she does some research about his past on a computer. This turns out to be a mistake which will change her life greatly. When Shell finds out what she's done, he attempts to burn her to death by blowing up her car.
Due to the high crime rate in Mardock, a new law called "Scramble 09" has given police carte blanche to take extreme and otherwise illegal measures to revive crime witnesses. With this in mind, they allow a professor to bring Balot back from the brink of death by reassembling her entire body with reinforced synthetic fiber. When she finally wakes up, her confused mental state eventually turns toward revenge as Shell is revealed as her killer.
(Source: Nippon Cinema)
3. Book Girl
The protagonist of the story, Konoha Inoue, is a seemingly normal senior high 2nd year student. His high school life, other than a hinted incident 2 years ago, can be summed up as normal- if one can dismiss the secret fact that he used to be a female bestselling romance author. Due to that incident, however, he has now vowed never to write again.
This continued on until he was forced to join the literary club by the literary club president, the 3rd year female student Amano Touko, a beautiful girl who has a taste for eating literary works. Now he has been tasked with writing her snack every day after school.
(Source: To Say Nothing of the Dog)
4. Book Girl: Memoire
Three-episode prequel to the upcoming movie told by three main heroines.
5. Robotica * Robotics
What is love? Two robots abandoned by their previous owner are with a new owner, a scientist. A story about the meaning of love.
6. Ra/Radio Noise*Planet
A planet with 6 inhabitants only. In order to match the tuning of the radio, the main character walks around and meets the 5 other inhabitants. A strange SF short animation.
8. About the Girl
An old man is trying to create a girl out of his memories. Little by little the doll is being made and given a physical body of machinery parts. The old man makes her as a pure creature, but she denies her identification. The doll demolishes herself, saying, “This is not Me!”
1st Year Work 2010 by Saya Fukase, Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Department of Animation.
(Source: Geidai Animation)
9. Wake up!! TAMALA
In 2050, the world climate has changed awfully. One rainy day,TAMALA saved a honeybee from drowning in the street gutter. His name was Kuronosuke, the last bee of the cat world and he invited TAMALA to the magical journey retrograding time and toward the near future. It's the huge panorama of biodiversity of the animals and plants in the earth history. However; the modern era coming, the civilization has been wasting and destroying the nature. Finally they were roving around the wild land where all the animals had become extinct. When TAMALA had little time to live without any foods finally, Kuronosuke made an offer to eat him for her to survive.
Timing holds the story of four characters with abilities related with time, fighting to stop the tragedies occurring in a high school.