2. Blood Blockade Battlefront - This is a creative and fun show with a simple but solidly constructed story; the characters are not that deep but are charming (even some of the villains); and to me it has the best production values of the shows that began airing in 2015. The conclusion had closure but left the door open for more awesomeness. And Rie Matsumoto might become the next legendary anime director.
3. Lupin the 3rd, Part IV - There is finally a Lupin series that is fun, crazy, emotional and full of gorgeous visuals. This new iteration has managed to merge the fun and darkness of the franchise into a package that even has a larger narrative as opposed to just individual episodes that do not connect. Lupin, part IV is this high because it is a very consistent and balanced show.
4. Yuri Kuma Arashi - This is the newest Kunihiko Ikuhara anime. And like his previous works, it is filled with strange things. But unlike his other two masterpieces (Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru Penguindrum), Yuri Kuma Arashi is not as ambitious or as well executed. This show is in the top three because it was one of the most interesting and creative animes that aired this year.
5. Sound! Euphonium - This is one of the best anime series Kyoto Animation has produced. The characters and visuals are fantastic, but I want to highlight that this show tries to transcend the slice of life/moe genre that KyoAni has pretty much perfected. This anime was able to get enough away from typical anime tropes to create characters and situatinos that feel like real life.
6. Noragami Aragoto - The first season of Noragami was a solid combination of action, fantasy and emotions, but Aragoto has pretty much elevated all the aspects of season one to new heights. The story is becoming more engaging and complex, the main characters keep growing up, and Bones' production continues to be strong. Hopefully there will be a season three down the road.
7. Maria the Virgin Witch - Another creative anime with an unusual anime premise. This show centers around an idealistic teen witch in the middle of conflicts during the Middle Ages. The story and character writing is solid, but this show really shines with how smart the premise and setting inform and make interesting the issues that the different characters are going through.
8. Snow White with the Red Hair - I am not a fan of shoujo anime because it quickly gets boring and repetitive, but Snow White has smartly added elements of class conflict, politics and gender equality to produce a winning formula. I am eager to see if the second part can keep up with the quality of this first part. And this is another great looking anime from the masters at Bones.
9. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! - Much like Noragami Aragoto, to me the second season of SNAFU blew the first season out of the water. Season one of SNAFU was more about cynicism and satire, but season two is more focused on complex emotions and heartache. Watching the heart wrenching SNAFU TOO! was somewhat masochistic, but it was well worth it.
10. School-Live! - Who knew that moe and zombies could work so well together. This anime started as a cute, boring title, but it quickly showed that it had more ambition than the typical moe show. It is a zombie show that meshes well cute girls antics with the cruel reality of living in an apocalypse. More story remains to be animated, but this first season showed a lot of good stuff.