Twelve Days of Anime #6: Official Sunset Screenshot Power Rankings

It’s been all of 5 days since I ranked something. Seems like it’s high time for another ranking.

Sunrises need not apply

Sunrises need not apply

As you may have noticed (probably because I’ve pointed it out in the tags) I like taking screenshots of sunsets. The sunset can convey both a sense of wonder and a sense of accomplishment. At the same time it shows the transience of life as it means another day has passed us by. It’s great for heartwarming moments of achievement but also for wistful moments of mono no aware. Plus, they’re really pretty to look at. Sunsets are just all around great. So with that in mind, I will be ranking all the screenshots of sunsets I took from 2014 anime. If you wonder how I can possibly differentiate between 24 different screenshots of sunsets, I direct you to this relevant xkcd.

24. Love Live Sunset

more sunsets

Pros:

  • Reflects off the water

Cons:

  • No characters in the image
  • Not a ton of color variety, the whole thing is basically shades of orange and yellow

23. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Sunset #1

shigatsu sunset

Pros:

  • It’s Shigatsu so it’s automatically prettier than 90% of shows out there

Cons:

  • The sun isn’t actually visible in the image
  • No characters in the image

22. Locodol Sunset

locodol sunset

Pros:

  • That ray of light coming down from the sun into the river
  • The aqueduct frames the sun nicely

Cons:

  • No characters in the image
  • There are no distinctive things in the image, if I hadn’t saved it as “Locodol Sunset.jpg” I wouldn’t be sure which show it was from

21. Glasslip Sunset #1

distant sunset

Pros:

  • Good use of clouds to enhance the sunset
  • PA Works

Cons:

  • No characters in the image
  • The sun is an extremely small part of the image

20. Grisaia Sunset #1

grisaia sunset

Pros:

  • The sun reflects nicely off the water
  • The sun and wind show Sakaki’s state of mind at this point

Cons:

  • The sun is just a big yellow circle, it has no character
  • It’s Grisaia

19. Sora no Method Sunset #1

sora no method sunset

Pros:

  • The lighting effects are very strong in this image
  • The sun looks nice nestled in the corner between the buildings

Cons:

  • No characters in the image
  • Sunsets look better over water than over cities

18. Glasslip Sunset #2

glasslip sunset

Pros:

  • PA Works
  • The clouds at the top of the image look nice
  • The way the light spreads over the buildings

Cons:

  • No Characters in the image
  • The sun itself isn’t actually visible
  • The sun isn’t yet in the phase of setting where it gets to be super pretty

17. Barakamon Sunset #1

fishing sunset

Pros:

  • The sunset contributed very strongly to the mood of this scene
  • Very nice lens flare

Cons:

  • That guy is standing in the way

16. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Sunset #1

nozaki sunset 2

Pros:

  • This was a really funny scene
  • The fence and sun frame the characters nicely

Cons:

  • The sun doesn’t have a lot of character in this shot

15. Grisaia Sunset #2

grisaia sunset 2

Pros:

  • The fiery glow across the water
  • The clouds tinged red above the sun

Cons:

  • No characters in the image
  • Grisaia

14. Fate/stay Night Sunset #1

pretty sunset 2

Pros:

  • Ufotable is second only to PA Works in terms of lighting effects
  • Those clouds
  • The contrast of near field darkness with distant light

Cons:

  • There’s a big Fate/stay Night logo in the way
  • No characters in the image

13. Hanayamata Sunset

sunset handshake

Pros:

  • The sunset enhances the satisfied, relieved mood of the scene
  • This was a really touching scene

Cons:

  • The sun isn’t even in this image
  • The obvious hallmarks of sunset scenes aren’t really there. The sky isn’t very red. The sun’s still pretty high in the sky

12. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Sunset #2

nozaki sunset 3

Pros:

  • Those lens flares
  • The color in this screenshot is superb

Cons:

  • No characters in the image

11. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Sunset #2

walking in the sunset 2

Pros:

  • Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is still perpetually beautiful
  • The sunset greatly enhances the mood of this scene
  • The buildings frame the shot nicely
  • The contrast between the glowing sky and the darkness where the characters are

Cons:

  • The sun isn’t visible in the image

10. Barakamon Sunset #2

barakamon sunset 2

Pros:

  • Very nice reflection effect on the water
  • The plants frame the scene well

Cons:

  • The character on the side makes the image feel a little imbalanced

9. Space Dandy Sunset

space dandy sunset

Pros:

  • The sunset worked really well with the sense of accomplishment the characters felt at this moment
  • The mountains look really good under the sunset
  • The clouds

Cons:

  • The sun is kind of small in this shot

8. Gekan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Sunset #3

nozaki sunset

Pros:

  • The characters frame the sun very nicely
  • The color in this shot is good

Cons:

  • The sun feels kind of artificial and fake in this scene

7. Sora no Method Sunset #2

nonoka yuzuki sunset

Pros:

  • This was an extremely emotionally potent scene
  • The color gradient on the sky is very nice

Cons:

  • The sun isn’t visible in the image

6. Fate/stay Night Sunset #2

rin in the sunset

Pros:

  • The color gradient on the sky
  • Rin’s jacket provides a really nice splash of red in the shot
  • Tohsaka Rin

Cons:

  • The sun isn’t visible in the screenshot

5. Isshuukan Friends Sunset #1

kaori in the sunset

Pros:

  • Kaori is really pretty in this shot
  • The sunset really fit the mood of this moment
  • The color of the sunset really complements Kaori’s hair

Cons:

  • No sun in this screenshot either

4. Barakamon Sunset #3

barakamon sunset

Pros:

  • LENS FLARE
  • Reflection on the water
  • Clouds
  • I did a whole post on this one

Cons:

  • I like more reds in my sunsets

3. Isshuukan Friends Sunset #2

isshuukan sunset

Pros:

  • The characters from the sun very nicely
  • Those clouds tho
  • Really nice colors I nthe sky
  • This was a really sweet scene

Cons:

  • None really

2. Inari Konkon Koi Iroha

pretty sunset

Pros:

  • LENS FLARE
  • Wonderful color in the sky
  • The sunset really enhanced this moment

Cons:

  • None

1. Girlfriend Sunset

girlfriend sunset

Pros:

  • The deep orange color in this scene is outstanding
  • The way the sun hangs like a halo over the center girl’s head
  • The moment when this occurs totally called for a sunset
  • Hayamiiiiiiiiiiin~
  • I just wanted to put Girlfriend #1 in a ranking

Cons:

  • None, Hayamin is perfect
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