|2011-12-28, 03:53||Link #21|
In harmony with the flow
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Shall the flowers bloom atop the mountain?...
|2011-12-28, 16:00||Link #22|
Join Date: Nov 2007
1. Irresponsible Captain Tylor
I knew from the description I would probably love this show, and I was right. As a parody of space operas it is one of my favorite comedies, but I'm also drawn in by the serious side.
2. Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen + series
Out of all the non-killing heroes, none of them are such a believable, flawed character as Kenshin. The ova is a violent, tragic masterpiece, while the series is a fun adventure with nice humor. Watch both to get the full portrait of Kenshin.
3. School Rumble
Best comedy ever, best main character in a comedy ever. Comedy is funnier to me when it makes fun of traits I have myself, and Harima is a very rare character where that holds true.
4. Future Boy Conan
Pure adventure from a master of the genre (Miyazaki). Not just a long movie though, he takes full advantage of the tv format.
This one sucked me in right from the start, with one of the strongest beginnings I can remember. Then it didn't let up for 74 episodes. I felt like I was living in this world while I watched it.
6. Cowboy Bebop + movie
Strong characters and a unique jazz and blues style make this a classic I still go back to.
7. Detective Conan
I love the characters and mysteries so this show is always fun for me. The main storyline itself is outstanding, with truly charismatic, scary antagonists, and surprising gambits, but keep in mind these episodes are rare. I have to disagree that the movies are better, I find the show much better. Can move up my list if it has a good ending.
8. Serial Experiments Lain
I think this is what really got me into a wide variety of anime, not just action. With great characters, visuals, and music, it tackles psychological themes that matter to me in real life.
9. Azumanga Daioh
I wouldn't have thought I would like this based on other shows with at least superficially similar setups, but it really worked for me.
10. Ghost in the Shell: SAC
Brilliant on so many levels, but what sets it apart the most is a complex storyline that stays strong all the way through (a rarity in any show, not just anime).
Spoiler for Next 50:
|2011-12-28, 19:30||Link #23|
10. Bungaku Shoujo
9. Diamond Daydreams
8. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
7. The Skull Man
4. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
3. Clannad After Story
2. Time of Eve
1. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Last edited by Akuma Kousaka; 2014-02-18 at 23:16. Reason: Who da Hell bumped dis thread?
|2011-12-28, 21:27||Link #24|
Loves the Experience
Join Date: Aug 2011
Since I love practically all the anime movies that I watch (with a few exceptions), my top 10 anime series would be these.
1. Durarara- Just pure fun on every level.
2. Cowboy Bebop (dub only)- Awesome mix of style and substance. It's not as rewatchable as Durarara, so I don't rank it No. 1
3. Wolf's Rain (dub only)- The characters are just awesome and I wish they got a better ending.
4. CLANNAD and CLANNAD After Story (sub only)- Stands out on its own a lot, even amongst its genre.
5. Kino's Journey- Great morals mixed with nice stories and a creative premise
6. Mushishi and Natsume's Book of Friends (all seasons)- Like both these series for the same reason. Main characters are great and love his interaction with other characters and spirits.
7. Samurai Champloo (dub only)- Cowboy Bebop with samurai. What more can I say? It has some meandering in the middle though.
8. Baccano (dub only)- Great fun, but the characters aren't that developed.
9. Fullmetal Alchemist (both series and dub only)- Pure awesome brought down a little by its comedic nature (didn't go well for me all that much)
10. I don't know. Any of these are good for me: both seasons of Code Geass, Black Lagoon (dub only), and Darker Than Black (dub only), Angel Beats, and Madoka Magica.
|2011-12-29, 03:34||Link #25|
Join Date: Dec 2011
i just thought some of the episodes/cases/methods can get repetitive in the tv series
really the only episodes that are good are the ones that push the main plot and about the
|2011-12-29, 04:27||Link #26|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: City of Heroes
I only have 1 the best anime of all time:
Spirited Away. A truly masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki. What a shame, the apple have been fell too far from the tree.
Others? Well, depends on the category:
- Mecha: Evangelion
- Jump: One Piece
- Shonen: Rurouni Kenshin
- Drama: Clannad S2
- Manzai: Bakemonogatari
- 4koma: K-ON!
- OVA: Eve no Jikan
- Comedy: Nichijou
- Family: Chibi Maruko-chan
- etc: ect
Based on a category, one title can be the best or not.
|2011-12-30, 02:54||Link #27|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Now, this was a tough one, and I'd be extremely surprised, and disappointed, if this list didn't change after watching more anime, but as of now, this is how I'd rank my viewing experience.
Masterpiece Tier (This tier includes classics, influential works, and anime that deeply examines the human condition)
1. Grave of the Fireflies
An amazing anti-war and semi-biographical story that sells out far more than the typical adage of "war is hell", by making the unusual move of depicting the lives of civilians, rather than of simply the soldiers. Though Barefoot Gen arrived first, I rank it above Barefoot Gen due to the quality of the characterization, the composition of the OST, and the extent to how utterly normal Seita and Setsuko are depicted as being.
2. Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen
Another anti-war story, this time, about the corruption of well meaning, youthful idealism by the harsh realities of political conflict. Rurouni Kenshin is also by far the best, and one of the only, straight historical fictions in anime and does a great job at setting up the atmosphere of the late Edo Period. Tsuiokuhen deserves every bit of praise that it has received and pushes the anime medium far beyond the status of mere entertainment, while surpassing its successor in every way.
3. Welcome to the NHK
One of the only social satires that I know of in anime, that takes a much needed, hard look at the fanbase from which it originates from. More or less, an obsessive, misogynist "chan" user, anyone whose been associated with otaku culture for a long enough period of time undoubtedly knows a Yamazaki, while several anime fans often find themselves disturbed at their ability to relate to Satou. It is among the most thoroughly "meta" anime that I have ever seen.
This anime did something truly special with its innovative art style, and with a plot largely adapted from The Count of Monte Cristo, easily makes its way up in the storytelling department as well.
5. End of Evangelion
The first half of its predecessor left me disappointed, but End of Evangelion eliminates all of the shonen-related and episodic archtypes from the first half, while perfecting what it introduced later in the series. End of Evangelion is great deconstruction of the Super Robot genre that monitors the psychological breakdown, both externally in the first half, and internally in the second, that would be likely to occur if a 14-year old boy were introduced into the typical mecha protagonist's situation.
Second Tier (Anything past this point becomes extremely subjective and more apt to change in my listing order)
6. Kara no Kyoukai: Spiral Paradox
A wonderful mixture of musical composition and world building. In fact, taken as an entire package, the Kara no Kyoukai movies have some of the best world building in anime, rivaled only by that of 12 Kingdoms and a few others. This is an anime that thrives upon hitting the viewer with a set of preconceived notions during the introduction, builds up throughout the midsection, and then shatters them at the conclusion, and is just an extremely technically well made film.
7. Castle of Cagliostro
I was surprised by this one. It offers no social commentary of philosophical underpinnings to speak but what it does, it does so well that this is hardly relevant to me. From a technical perspective, it's just an extremely well made adventure film that succeeds at maintaining tension throughout the entire work. It is the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" of this particular list.
8. Full Metal Alchemist 2003
Great world building, a wonderful cast, and a series of interesting idealogical messages. Aside from a few episodes during the early teens, I can honestly say that not a single moment of this anime felt wasted, with characters and situations from early on in the series, being referenced several times throughout the entire work.
9. Cowboy Bebop
This one's pretty much obligatory. Cowboy Bebop provides a wonderful mixture of style, and a genuine ability to effect the viewer on an emotional level. It's musical score, provided by Yoko Kanno, is easily the best ever included in anime, to the point where many of the leftover pieces that never made the cut, are still vastly superior to the entire OSTs of the great majority of anime out there, and its four cast of reocurring characters are all fleshed out throughout multiple episodes.
Includes a tad too much of the moe and harem that I so despise, but overall, Steins;Gate provided a wonderful, original sci-fi anime experience that, refreshingly enough, didn't include giant robots. The first half has been criticized for being slow, but its actually this focus on dialogue, characterization, and its use of creative ideas, that lands it on this particular list.
My overall watch list can be seen in my signature, though I still need to watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes, as I've heard, that it was also among the gems.
|2011-12-30, 14:58||Link #28|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Here are my top 10 favorite anime of all time!
10. Les Miserables Shoujo Cosette - Okay, I know for a fact that a lot of you are going to call me crazy for loving this. You're gonna say, "But this is a dumbed down kiddie version of Victor Hugo's masterpiece! It's horrible!" Let me tell you this: if you watch up to the halfway point, or the later episodes, you are going to be proven wrong. Yes, it IS kid-friendly to a point, but SO WHAT?! This anime still manages to maintain the spirit of the novel, the characters are still as amazing as ever (heck, even MORE developed to a point), and most of the awesome scenes are kept in the anime, even the violent scenes! Of course, if any of you have read the book, you'll notice that two important things are removed, but that shouldn't stop the show from still being the wonderful story about fighting for freedom and justice in an impoverished time!
9. Clannad (1st season + After Story) - I love this show for it's characters. Sure it starts off as your usual harem story at first, but later on it turns into one of the best things anime has seen! I love it, but for different reasons entirely. I can really relate to some of the characters (Nagisa, mostly) and it takes on issues that most harems won't even bother acknowledging. Plus, Tomoya's the BEST harem lead I've seen in a while, and others should follow his example (*coughcoughMaken-kicoughcough*)!
8. Nabari no Ou - I am quite fond of this series in many ways. Yeah, some think it's some parody of Naruto, but this one avoids the typical Naruto cliches by keeping the story short and sweet (26 episodes), making sure the characters aren't overly angsty and emo (except for Yoite, who is awesome!), making sure the series doesn't go on and on and on forever, and, best of all, making sure everything feels fresh. The best part of this series is that it's more dialogue-oriented than action-oriented, so the battles mostly take up just one or two episodes instead of a bazillion. I really like the characters in this show. Especially Miharu's NOT Naruto in so many ways! Miharu is quiet and wants to live a normal life, while Naruto's loud and constantly boasts about being hokage, which gets annoying after a while. What a wonderful breath of fresh air! Also, Kugimiya Rie and Saiga Mitsuki are at their best here.
7. AnoHana - I knew from watching the promo videos that we'd get something special (or at least sweet), but I wasn't prepared for the impact it was going to have on me! This show did the one thing absolutely no other anime before has done: made me remember a memory I had long forgotten (if you want to know which one, PM me and I'll show you my review of the show on my LiveJournal, where I talk about it). Yay for deconstructions! Yay for awesome characters (especially Menma. Awesome!)! Best of all, it knows what it is and doesn't try to do anything more than it needs to do. It knew where it was going, and it accomplished what it wanted to.
6. Ringing Bell - While not an anime series, this old 1978 movie has to be one of the darkest gems I have ever witnessed or watched in my entire life! And it doesn't have any of those cliche happy endings that make everything feel not worth watching! This anime is simply about the unfairness of life, going against who you are, nonconformity, and the true reality of revenge. While this may seem like a cute kiddie film at first, but after the first 10-15 minutes this movie literally spirals into a dark and livid tale and it pulls absolutely NO punches. It also shows that not all paths in life are happy and colorful (like literally 99.9% of Disney movies).
5. Natsume Yuujinchou (all seasons, including 4th) - Seriously, what else is there to say about this anime that HASN'T been said yet! Everybody knows what this anime is: heartwarming, bittersweet, mildly funny, adorable, melancholic, nostalgic, and a wonderful take on the typical boy meets youkai story! Why isn't this thing licensed or dubbed yet?! Stories like these are a great example of what anime truly needs instead of stupid ecchi fan service anime we're being bombarded with! I can't wait for the 4th season!
4. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - I don't know why I ranked this higher than Natsume Yuujinchou, but this series literally blows you away and defies literally all of your expectations. Everything about this series is great in all kinds of ways: the music, the story, the animation (though simple. It doesn't try to grab your attention with anything fancy or beautiful, not that I dislike it), the characters, the realism, the character study, the themes, and the ending, which made me cry sooooo much! Everything about this anime just made my heart sing and it felt so...real. But...that earthquake the creators predicted that would come in 30 years came...two years after this was made.
3. Dog of Flanders (all series + movie) - Shortest explanation in the world: best historical slice of life anime ever. Tackles themes like social class, poverty, undying compassion, friendship, and overcoming hardship. Has dogs as a motif. Just plain adorable. It will make you bawl like a baby. Most beloved story in all of Japan despite being an English book. Has everything I love in anime. Enough said.
2. Amuri in Star Ocean - What did I expect? Overdone moe yuri fan service taking on a mecha tone. What did I get? Awesome and heartbreaking story about friendship, discrimination, accepting the way you are, finding friends who are just like you, and seeing people past their flaws and limitations. Yeah yeah, this looks absolutely NOTHING like what I just described, but the best way to watch this show is to see everything and look at it from a COMPLETELY different set of eyes and with an open mind.
1. Shounen Onmyouji - My number one favorite anime ever. Period. I'm proud of it!
|2011-12-30, 15:05||Link #29|
Join Date: May 2004
You know what's funny?
My list is still the best.
Subjectivity for the win.
That's the problem. I would love to discuss other lists, but how can I challenge your personal tastes? And so many of them too.
How about we start nagging about everyones #1 choices (just based on our own opinion of course)? That would be fun.
|2011-12-30, 15:54||Link #30|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Detective conan's just been around for too long since I was a little kid
il admit that it's definitely not the greatest haha
|2011-12-30, 17:14||Link #32|
Join Date: Jul 2007
This list includes series that actually had an impact on me and which I had re-watched at least once. Or which I highly recommend and consider worthy. In no real order:
1. Mai HiME - not the best series but they were the first that I loved, watched it back when I only got into whole anime world. I really liked the characters and still do like them. Loved the drama and comedy.
2. Ghost Hunt - I love ghost stories and detectives, it is combination of both. Could I ask for more?
3. Ga-Rei Zero - I still get frustrated when I remember Yomi T_T
I loved the drama and I would say that it had unusual ending. And I loved episode 1, it made me go WTF in positive way. It had everything I wanted, it ws unpredictable!
4. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom - still love it. The best part is that when I re-watched the series it still felt like a new experience. I hated some of the characters all over again despite already liking them after first watch. I had same feelings as the first time I watched it.
5. Shiki - really good series, kept me on the edge of my sit even though I knew who was the culprit. It really made me feel for some characters actions, some made me sad and some I just wanted to knock out.
6. GTO - Onizuka is the most unique teacher ever, I would love to have teacher like that. It also had a lot of likable and memorable characters like for example Urumi whom I still love.
7. Baccano - has one of the most unique story telling approaches. Really liked how story was put together, how small insignificant scenes at the start happened to have a huge deal in the future.
8. FMA (both seasons) - very memorable series with a lot of great characters and well thought out plot. Most importantly I like the main hero, I always hate them in action series because of their fates predictability. Ed was well balanced, he was not invincible.
9. Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin - has some very memorable characters, for me it is Mario who actually was inspiring. I also liked the drama and story, really strong series.
10. Berserk - surprise series for me. Delayed the watch for a long time and was not impressed by episode 1 but later it really picked up. Plan to check manga later.
I have more that I liked but those stand out the most right now. From comedy honorable mentions would go to:
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Love Hina (manga)
|2011-12-30, 19:38||Link #33|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: City of Heroes
though, I don't have any idea what Fantastic Children is nor bother to doing a research.
|2011-12-30, 22:36||Link #34|
A Confession of Hate
Fuck, why are 3 of my favorites recent? I think it's because I never thought of more than a top 5....
Posting top 6 atm, as they are the most certain. I'll come up with the rest later as this will require a bit more thought.
1.) Higurashi Higurashi is about miracles, and the greatest miracle was that it somehow was very entertaining despite Deen's best efforts. The one thing I treasure the most is an ability to connect with and understand the characters. Not necessarily relate to, but I got a clear idea of their struggle to overcome their terrible fates. Yes, yes, the animation is shit, and the music was bad for a Kawai track, but this isn't a cast I'll ever forget. Plus Rika is one of the the best drunks ever. Through their ups and downs, we laughed and cringed, and that is Higurashi.
The story is one of two halves. One part of violence and despair, and other of the road to recovery. Yet one thing that remains, and that is the bond that holds the cast together, in different ways every time.
At this point 2-5 is more fuzzy and subject to change frequently...
2.) Clannad-- Adapting multi route VNs has never been an easy task, but Clannad made it pull together in a way where you could really feel a greater sphere of family and friends forming that our protagonists met and traveled by that very long journey. The relaxing scenery and great soundtrack tend to help build up that atmosphere of those slow moving days. This is something I'm not really fond of, but I think the fact that it got me interested in the first place has got to say things. The emotional punches are kinda cheaper than in Higurashi, due to the much weaker ending but they work nonetheless even if I see the results coming a mile away. I'm never gonna defend this series as some kind of writing masterpiece, but Key stories have always more been about the heart than of the mind, and Clannad is probably the epitome of this.
It's true this series is propped up by my love of a somewhat cool side character. But I think Tomoyo herself makes these themes come off better than the main story at times...
3.) Neon Genesis Evangelion-- Aka the Mad Ravings of a Emo. No, not Shinji, but Anno himself. At first, I really had trouble appreciating the series, because I felt he was just deliberately being mean to his cast. "I can't be happy, so nobody in this story can't be happy" The movie left me in a fit of despair and rage just because I can't believe he did that. Also, the budget issues at the end made more than a few scenes near the end to be unintentionally funny.
However, it's a case where sometimes characters can be dislikable, and arguably despicable but can be well written too. Each of the characters, (yes even those background bridge people) carries with themselves the results of the events of their lives. It's a long struggle against self-loathing and self-destructiveness that is something that can be appreciated. Yes, these people are losers. But it's these same fucked up losers that are giving it all they have to save everyone else.
Unfortunately, fate is a cruel mistress and as valiant as their flawed efforts might be it might have just be in vain. Or it might not have. You just kind of have to figure out.
You don't always win. You don't always survive. But what's important is that you lived.
Hats off to Misato Katsuragi for exemplifying the series at its best. :3
It should also be known that this series is also known for great action scenes. The first half of the show can be seen as a traditional Monster of the Week show, and this often gets forgotten in popular memory. It's one of the best parts of the series!
4.) Madoka It would seem that it was destined for success in my books, despite the fact I dislike Shaft-style anime,since it had the inspiration of a series I also liked very much, Nanoha, and aspects that were reminiscent of no.1 and no.3 here. In essence the point of the story was to show that pure heroism was not something that could be taken lightly. You can't just say "I'm gonna save the world" without a true will to do it. And sometimes not even the strongest will not succeed no matter how good their intentions are. Sacrifices are not always good.
But the story wasn't all just point blank bleakness. We had a lead that had to really think about what she was doing. Sure it was kinda boring watching her mope around, but given all that one sees, can it really be that easy?
The journey of a hero isn't an easy one. The endless struggle of one person, who was never destined to be a hero in the first place, was a struggle that really tugged at the heartstrings. Everyone will go on about episode 10, but I think it's actually a few episodes back which showed her true intentions. Ok, I am biased, go sue me.
And in the end, perhaps Gen had found development of his own....
Oh, and that Kaijura soundtrack. Sure it looked like crap at times, but I was too wtf to be concerned.
5.) Steins;Gate-- Is kinda similar to Madoka in themes. In a way the slower pace of the series allows for more emotional impact because the character relationships were more developed, though unfortunately I felt a lot of the sciency elements were ultimately kinda wasted because it just used them mainly as plot devices-- didn't really build a bigger world as it could have, and it was too dark.
But despite Okabe's mad ramblings and lab coat, this was always a character driven show. It's a fairly simple set up where you have a group of friends that meet and that group slowly grows to the point where they'd do anything for each other. How many sacrifices do we need to solve the problem? Can we really just throw away people like that, or do we aim for that dream world?
In the end, Steins;Gate leaves us with a rather warm feeling of comradely that really took all of its episodes to build up. And thus came some of the best payoffs in all of anime.
The most stellar thing about Steins was the voice acting. The cast was definitely top tier and helped bring out the emotion in the most important scenes. It also took a lot of typically obnoxious moe/otaku elements and made them into rather tolerable and entertaining pieces of work... not exactly easy to do. In fact, it is a sign of a great effort.
6.) Akagi Like it or not, Akagi is different. And he will kick your ass. It's not the deepest story with the most appealing character designs, but this series never manages to bore the viewer. The concept of someone who just fears nothing and seems borderline suicidal yet still cares about living is definitely a philosophy for the few and not just those psychopaths that don't treasure life such as Geist.
The strong suit of Akagi is definitely the atmosphere. It gives off a whole classic comic book kinda thing with the dark and gritty atmosphere coupled with the insanely over the top villains in a postwar Japan setting. It's a shady world, but Akagi doesn't give a fuck. Overall, the series is fairly simple, but it works. I mean, how many other Mahjong games have been so epic outside of Saki?
Madhouse did an excellent work with the soundtrack here as well.
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10. Now and Then, Here and There (1999) - A very chilling series that aptly showed how easily it was to turn normal people into people who would do the unthinkable when ruled by fear and how scarring war really was. Despite its incredibly dark content, it was ultimately inspirational and a rare display of true youthful optimism without contamination from generic shounen tropes. A show that makes one realise how lucky they are to live in a better part of the world when about half of the people in this world live a life like the one depicted in this series. It puts a lot of things in perspective.
9. Slayers (1995) - Still the best fantasy anime I've seen. Lina Inverse was just pure win - they don't make protagonists like her anymore. Brilliant mix of spoof comedy and fantasy battles. Megumi Hayashibara as Lina - divine.
8. Sherlock Hound (1984) - First saw this when I was about 5 then forgot about it until last year. Weird mix of Elizabethan and steam punk elements with anthromorphism, but its zany content and cool mysteries made for good times. Astonishing that the production values of a series from this time puts most modern shows to shame.
7. Galaxy Express 999 (1978-1981) - It was a very grand, ambitious title. To have enough steam to be able to go for 113 episodes is pretty damn hard. But the entertaining manliness, Maetel's sizzling combination of beauty and feminista balanced out by compassion and a grim past, countless world scenarios and social commentaries made for a very enthralling ride. They don't make anime females like Maetel anymore. Matsumoto manliness be awesome.
6. The Tatami Galaxy (2010) - Abstract art, a very unique cast off oddities, a different approach to characterisation and storytelling and the scenario of regretting a young adulthood that was improperly spent was the most refreshingly different title in years.
5. Cutie Honey (1973-1974) - One of the original ecchi/spunky female and hard to beat. Honey had the cheekiness, the style, the feminista, the grace and the sexiness that meshed perfectly with 70s trippy backgrounds, funky music and crazy crime-fighting spoof comedy/action. Nagai, you dirty bastard - thank you for being so naughty!
4. Kimagure Orange Road (1987-1988) - High school series now days are a dime a dozen. Back then, this was one of very few. Loaded with 80s styles, clothes, music and hairdos along with an amusing love triangle, it was fun and had an iconic character in Madoka Ayukawa, who set the benchmark for a fair number of future female characters to follow.
3. Code Geass (2006-2008) - Ambitious, grandiose, insanely over the top, not perfect. But so what? At a time where I was about to give up on anime, this came and revived my passion for the medium. If there was one series I couldn't wait to see the next episode then debate it for days with others, this was it. Visually stunning, great male and female leads and an asburd yet overall enthralling story.
2. Last Exile (2003) - If I hadn't seen this show back in mid 2003, I doubt I'd have ever become an anime fan to the degree I have. Even when I look at it today, it still gives me thrills few series can. A brilliant overall package of music, visuals, fantasy/steam punk character types and some enthralling battles.
1. Monster (2004-2005) - For eight years, Last Exile was my #1. A few episodes into Monster, I knew that it was probably going to be relegated from that position at last. Adapted from a great manga, this is what an adaptation should be - loyal, no filler, flows seamlessly. Thematically deep and gripping material makes for one heck of a watch. An utterly chilling villian in Johan and very moral, admirable heroes in Dr. Tenma and Nina Fortner and a cast with so much depth you could care about a one-episode character as much as a lead one. 74 episodes of some of the most visceral, vile, horrific aspects of humanity - as well as some of the most wonderful. And its like may not be seen for generations, let alone years.
|2011-12-31, 02:52||Link #36|
A Confession of Hate
Last Exile is definitely one of the most underrated anime around, and the 2nd season seems to be that way too! Needs moar discussion.
I also think movies should really be their own category so I will stick with series.
7.) Paranoia Agent This is not an anime for the weak. Well, no, it's not like it's particularly gory or relies on shock values, but the ideas behind it are incredibly disturbing. It's a very hard anime to watch if you start realizing the concepts behind it. Essentially, many bad things happen due to apathy and the tendency to shirk responsibility. It's just easy to blame others, and in this series blame gets shifted to a new level, onto the alleged antagonist to the series. The worst part? Such a terrible thing might repeat itself, as long as people continue to live in their apathy and fail to learn from their mistakes.
Paranoia Agent is a powerful social commentary on these social ills as well as the disastrous effects of escapism. And the worst part? It's true. Humanity will continue to make these mistakes as long as we refuse to owe up to it and change.
The very last scene of the series is one of the most eerie things I've seen before. You don't need blood and guys to really reach down and disturb people. It's one of the most thought out works I've ever seen.
One of my serious forays into more mature anime, this one is gonna be hard to forget.
8.) Serial Experiments Lain
Speaking of thoughtful anime, how about Serial Experiments Lain? This is a very confusing anime that actually made a number of meaningful predictions about the future. It's kinda disturbing if you think about the context of when it was made. The wired; and we're all connected. Considering that so many things are done online now, there might just be a future where the net just permeates through our daily lives.
The directing is unique, to say the least. There's an eerie buzz that sometimes runs through the power lines, and parts are just fucking trippy. But unlike a lot of wannabe genius series, this one actually takes time for one to figure out the details here and there. It's by this anime where I hold the standards of mature and thoughtful too. Also, Lain is intriguing in her search for identity as well as finding out what she truly cares for.
Also, one of the best fucking english songs in anime. Ever.
9.) Usagi Drop
There's no end to the slow paced slice of life shows that are in anime. But this one is different. It doesn't rely on contrivances to make you care, it doesn't force you to cry or whatnot. Those feelings would be fleeting and temporary. What Usagi Drop focuses on are the important things of the relationship between Dakachi and Rin. The significance of mundane moments is not just thrown out to pad the anime, but to show the growth of trust between a foster father and the new daughter.
The art and atmosphere for this anime is stunning. It's not excessively loud or in your face. It's showing things as they happen in a purely honest sense. There's no bullshit to get you to buy this product or to sell some stereotype. It's rare to have a anime that maturely approaches these issues while still going around them in a light manner. It's a travesty this anime didn't sell well.
Hmm, there's actually a few more series I'd like to put in this spot, but let's go with...
10.) Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Zeta Gundam's been regarded as the crown jewel of the franchise, and especially in the UC timeline. There's just no doubting this was a cornerstone for serious sci-fi anime. The original Mobile Suit Gundam detailed the horrors of war and the destructiveness of humanity, but Zeta takes it to a new level where losses feel very close.
The series is also brought up by its leads, most notably the hot blooded, never say die, Kamille Bidan. It would seem the universe (or rather Tomino's more angry tendencies) hated him, but despite all that happened to him, he grew into someone that was actually one of the more calm and sensible people in the series. And this series started with him throwing a fit because people said his name was girly. He even puts Char and Geist Gable in their places.
The show stealer, is of course, Bajeena Char in a kickass 80srock star outfit. It's hard to decide if you need to hate him or need to cheer for him, but he indeed pulls off many badass stunts, and a particularly memorable moment happens when he finally loses his cool. It's quite a sight.
Reccoa and Katz can diaf though.
This is not to mention several of the most conniving villains introduced in an anime. I bet William Shatner would yell out one of those person's names rather well.
Add on the connections to the first Gundam series where the main character of that pays a visit, and you have a series that will have people looking for the tears of time for quite a while.
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Join Date: Nov 2007
Special mention to Welcome to the NHK... An anime that makes me very uncomfortable with its themes and ideas. As a person who has had fears of turning into a hikkamori or a NEET, this work hit me in a very strong way. For that, I will always remember it. Of course, it's also highly entertaining and the sound track is great.
10. Suzumiya Haruhi (Lets just ignore E8 for this) - I should like this more, but Kadokawa had to think up of that wonderful idea called Endless 8. This work really reaches out to the kid in us, makes us hope and grasp for dreams and wonder. It spurs the creative spirit. The characters are extremely fun, and other than E8, it really is extremely well handled as a product from my perspective.
9. Monster - Really, really strong series. The themes in it are captivating, the plot engaging, and at times disturbing but also heart warming. The sheer quality and flow of this story made it an all time favorite all by itself really.
8. Mushishi - Most soothing anime of all time for me. The story is almost philosophical in its content. Finding the beauty of the world, the beauty in people, the beauty in nature... I don't know, this series really puts me at peace.
7. Samurai Champloo - Shinciro Watanabe. Flare, style, and exciting characters and action. Great sound track. Really interesting character arcs, and very memorable scenes... Holds one of my favorite scenes in anime in fact.
6. Paranoia Agent - Satoshi Kon is the master of dark humor in anime format. Paranoia Agent is extremely witty, but at the same time explores society and things about in a very disturbing manner without becoming bombastic. Really entertaining, and Satoshi Kon is simply one of the masters of anime period.
5. Cowboy Bebop - Shinciro Watanabe again. Flare, style, and exicting characters and action. I know I'm being redundant here, but really, Watanabe has a style like no other. Meshes together lots of entertaining concepts. Greatest sound track of all time. Great imagination in the setting. Extremely memorable scenes. It's what got me into anime in the first place, and thus will always have sentimental value as well.
4. Texhnolyze - Cyberpunk. Type of story I enjoy. I consider it the most perfectly paced story of all time. Directing, phenomenal. The story, deep. The atmosphere, amazing. Everything about it was already great, but on top of it, the ending was quite emotionally impactful to me.
3. Legend of the Galactic Heroes - 110 episodes of godlike quality. An anime that is very mature but doesn't ever end up in bombastic territory. Really quite the remarkable show. The sheer scale and enormity of the plot, the huge amount of well developed, well likable characters. Emotionally compelling, and intellectually satisfying, even if it doesn't ever truly get that deep. Most of all extremely entertaining... The style, the directing, is just utterly irresistible.
2. Ergo Proxy - Stylistically, extremely impressive. The cinematography, the visuals, the music, are just perfect. The characters? Fantastic. The plot? Engaging. The themes? Fascinating and great. It just happens to strike all the right chords with me as a viewer. Personal, spiritual quests with great meaning and purpose. And I can't say it enough, but absolutely superb directing. Of course, it's also a cyberpunk and that always counts for something for me. Real Mayer one of the memorable female characters in anime for me as well.
1. Neon genesis Evangelion - So many things about this series that make it the greatest for me, whether it be for sentiment, personal meaning, complexity, characters, or whatever you can name. Even the flaws of the series I love in a twisted way. The budget that was seeping away from the show and the frenzied manner the ending parts of the show displayed as both the cast of the show and the staff plunged into further and further despair. Seriously though, for anime this will always be my favorite show of all time and it's not even possible for another to match it because of varying things, but most importantly I just have so much personal connection with both the characters and the main themes of the show.
Note: Did not list movies because that would make everything confusing.
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|2011-12-31, 03:58||Link #38|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Here we go. This is the top 10 anime of mine and the reasons why.
1. Cowboy Bebop
One of the few animes to gain a 10/10 score from me, this anime is top notch in every aspect you can name: pacing, music, themes, plot, action, character development, etc. This anime has set the bar for all anime I watch, and thus, deserving of this first place nod.
The only other anime thus far that can match Cowboy Bebop. Again, it sets the bar for action, pacing, music, themes, etc. The story is excellent, and the ending, like Cowboy Bebop, is perfect given all that has transpired over the episodes. Thus, it also earns top honors alongside Cowboy Bebop as an equal in my eyes.
3. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Madoka is special in that it was a deconstruction of the magical girl genre. And that it was damn good at it. The villian is on par with Heath Ledger's Joker, and the story and twists were also excellent. However, the overall arching theme of hope, even in the face of overwhelming odds and imminent destruction are the real driving force behind what is, a very sad tale of dreams, betrayal, and hope.
4. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
GITS: SAC is not only an excellent anime in terms of action, it also has an excellent complex plot revolving around political and economic corruption, scandal, and clandestine attempts to cover their own tracks. In the process, a very complex, yet believable story that hits too close too home is told that will enthrall is viewers to the very end.
This is the anime that revived my interest in anime. It is a slice of life that successfully creates interest in the well-being of its characters. It mixes in the right amount of comedy to keep the series from becoming too heavy, but still hits hard at the right moments, so you feel what the characters feel. If you don;t shed a tear for these girls, you have no soul.
This anime accomplishes what many time travel stories seem to fail at. S;G is not so much about the technology itself being cool and having paradoxial adventueres in the future or past, its about cause and effect. It effectively shows that even the smallest change in our past can affect the future in ways we cannot even begin to calculate. And like Madoka, it shows that no matter how much we fail, if we have that ability to change the past, then all we need is sheer determination to change our future.
7. Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing
This is an anime that excels at capturing the personal stories of individuals fighting and having adventures that affect the macro landscape. On the micro level, we have Fam Fan Fan, and her efforts to steal ariel battleships for her new friend, the embattled princess Millia, who on the macro level, must try to resist the Federation's efforts to continue to annex her lands, and the lands of other sovereign nations, and lead her people to freedom. It is truly a great story to watch.
This anime is on pace to become only the third series to earn a perfect 10/10 for me (I am viewing Fate/Zero2 to merely be a continuation of Fate/Zero). It has great pacing, excellent character development, and great heros of lore battling for their own beliefs and desires. it is always captivating, and generally an all-around epic. You are missing out if you are not watching this anime.
It is almost a sin to put an anime of this caliber so low on my list, but regardless, no list like this can be without Akagi. Akagi is Batman. Akagi is Chuck Norris. Akagi is Samuel L Jackson. In short, Akagi is one bad ass mother fu#$*@! He is intelligent, brazen, resourceful, tough, stoic, and has absolutely zero fear of death. This makes his epic duels a masterpiece to behold. If you don;t believe me, watch Akagi, then bow down before his sheer awesomeness.
10. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
There are a lot of things I could say about this anime, but I'll make this one short. Yuki Nagato. Enough said.
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Prefectural Magical Girl
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Paris, France
1. Qwaser of Stigmata
This anime introduced me to watch japanese audio anime regularly. It's one of few highly-ecchi anime I've ever watched. It contains awesome (if not great) action scenes, decent amount of characters and high-fanservice and complex plot but with ridiculous concept.
This anime introduced me to watch more harem-oriented anime. It has plenty of action scene, large amount of girls, good romance and so on.
3. Hunter X Hunter
This action-oriented shounen anime has complex plot, decent-looking characters and lot of action scenes in it.
4. Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere
This heavy-complicated space fantasy anime introduced me (along with Madoka Magica) to watch anime who has good elements like this. Has great action scenes, large amount of characters and awesome effects.
5. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
I loved the series and this is the first time I ever watched a dark magical girl series and an anime when one of the main characters dies early. Awesome action scenes, decent amount of drama and Kyubey (my favorite character of all time alongside Kyoko) !
6. Dragon Ball
The long-runned action/adventure anime introduced me to the manga/anime universe. It has epic action scenes, lot of characters and easy-to-follow story.
One of my first modern anime I have ever watched (I haven't watched Shippuden because Game One got badly-functionned in my home). Has good action scenes, lot of characters and epic effects.
8. Yosuga no Sora
Best romance series I've ever seen. Lot of drama (both tearjerking and heartwharming) and the anime fits perfectly into an omnibus format consisted of four main heroines.
9. Dragon Crisis!
I really liked this series because of the plot, characters (especially the main ones), awesome action scenes and so on.
10. C3 -Cube X Cursed X Curious-
This dark harem fantasy anime has lot of artistic effects that grew on me, awesome-looking plot, ton of action scenes and decent humor.