|2008-02-25, 14:27||Link #743|
Join Date: Dec 2004
Hmmm, really difficult to pick a top 5 out of all that i've seen over the years.
1) Macross Plus (Its what really got me into anime and its a true classic)
2) Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (both seasons)
3) Death Note
4) Elfen Lied
5) Fullmetal Alchemist (just the TV show, the movie was a failed opportunity in my eyes)
There really are a bunch of others that could easily fit into spot number 5 though, like Full Metal Panic, Black Lagoon, Crest/Banner of the Starts, Kanon 2006, Rahxehphon, Planetes, Haruhi Suzumiya to name just a few.
|2008-03-06, 00:02||Link #746|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: East Cupcake
In no order:
Patlabor (including the movies, series, and OVA)
Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (the series was fun, but this movie was superb)
Serial Experiment Lain
The Rose of Versailles
Evangelion (even the movies )
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Vision of Escaflowne
Macross (the original series)
to name a few
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|2008-03-10, 08:34||Link #749|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Top Favourite Anime:
Full Moon wo Sagashite
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
Top Favourite Manga:
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Hayate No Gotoku
|2008-03-29, 21:21||Link #754|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Virginia Beach
1. Fate/stay night (Loved the story, characters, and the action)
2. Negima!? (Great characters and an enjoyable story)
3. Dragonaut - The Resonance (Yeah, pretty much everyone hates this series, but I really, really liked it for some reason)
4. Neon Genesis Evangelion (My first anime. It still blows my mind every time I watch it)
5. Bleach (Mainly because I love the manga)
|2008-03-30, 04:50||Link #756|
21st Century Digital Boy
Join Date: Nov 2007
old post is old. UPDATE TIME.
1. ef ~a tale of memories~ - 10 --- Everything I wanted. There are shows on my list that I call 'perfect' and those that have spiritual importance to me, and this one borrows a bit of both worlds. Took my favorite staff and pushed them to the max, took my favorite concept and pushed it to the max and virtually reinvented a genre. It's the show that made me become a director and the show that blew me away more than anything I'd ever seen. Ultimately, it might just be the culmination of too many of my personal preferences.
2. Eureka Seven - 9.9 --- The ultimate coming of age tale in my opinion. Entertaining from start to finish and one of the few shows to really get everything done in terms of character and plot development. It was well thought-out and well executed with an unforgettable couple of main characters. It may not be the king of it's craft, but like ef, it appeals to me in a number of ways.
3. Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann - 9.8 --- Style. Mad pimp style. Everything.
4. Martian Successor Nadesico - 9.8 --- 'You Get to Burning' really summarizes it all well. It's the soul of a dreamer in the right context. It's a show that really stands up to it's belief in being itself. For the size of it's cast, all the characters are amazing. One of the series I'd consider 'perfect'.
5. Serial Experiments Lain - 9.6 --- For being what it is, truly take-no-prisoners psychedelic madness. It's the show I want to watch again and again just to wank off my brain - all that beautiful subtlety and amazing storytelling. Pushes the medium to it's boundaries of comprehension and advanced storytelling. Also, Lain is my waifu.
5. Baccano! - 9.6 --- Badass on the grandest scale of being badass. It will never leave my top 5 as long as it remains the most badass thing I have ever seen. Every ounce of it is an indestructible as it's cast.
6. NHK ni Yokusou - 9.5 --- A show for the times. I'll always remember it for introducing me to the most true-to-life human analysis around. A premonition, a curse, but also makes you want to change the world. I can't help but feel like for all the powerfully strong shows I need, the powerfully weak ones only pour fuel on the fire.
7. Hidamari Sketch - Absolutely timeless fun. An episode is fine at any time.
8. Gankutsuou ~Le Compte de Monte Cristo~ - 9.5 --- Odd that this is the first show on the list that doesn't have some deep rooting in my psyche, haha. It's all about the gothic story, the groundbreaking animation and insane suspense. I like drama, and this is thus far the best I've come across.
9. FLCL - 9.4 --- It's not just the coming of age tale, but so much more. There isn't any dream being followed, no manly passion, it's the complex emotion of a preteen in conflict with childhood and adulthood. The Pillows and GAINAX together create sort of a youth's anthem. Hybrid Rainbow is really a summary of growing up.
10. Haruhi Suzumiya no Yuutsu - 9.4 --- Kind of the ultimate sci-fi/fantasy/otaku dream show. High energy, charisma, and fun will get you everywhere, especially when you can back it up with a plot that lends itself to more deepness than it contains. Haruhi's character speaks to a part of me.
11. Shin Seiki Evangelion - 9.4 - Everyone's bridge anime including my own. Doesn't stand up to having seen a lot more, but never stops standing out as a great show and at some time it really meant something to me. To be able to have that effect gets it's ranking.
12. Mai-HiME - 9.4 --- Impact is the word here. A show that got you attached to it's characters and then put them in emotionally effecting situations. It's far from original, but it's the best of it's kind. It's willingness to accept the wacky gains mega bonus points.
13. Simoun - 9.3
14. Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight - 9.3 --- Shows that the soul of a fighter is in everyone. This show is serious business and ultimately this is the most ferociously focused and forward-moving show around. I can't wait to rewatch it because I think I'll end up liking it even more every time. This here is favorite show material - I'd almost call it the most important show I've ever seen.
15. Haibane Renmei - 9.3 --- Humble and beautiful. I got sucked into the world - it's a show I think I could watch forever and appreciate. It's just a little less relaxing than slice-of-life and that's about where I wanted it.
16. Kamichu! - 9.3 --- Relaxing and just fun. It really is the ultimate family show (seriously, watch this with your little brothers and sisters or kids if you have them). Combines the unique, the cool, and the cute well enough to be unforgettable. So far, my favorite slice-of-life.
17. Revolutionary Girl Utena - 9.2 --- What amazes me about Utena is that it can be cheesy, totally formulaic, repeat itself, waste time, and do it all with such utter skill and awesome that I don’t even mind it. That’s what makes the show endearing - while you know what to expect from each episode in that season (a bunch of duels and random Nanami adventures) you still want to see how they’re going to portray it. I also think that the formulaic nature of the series is what strengthened the final saga in a lot of ways. At that point, the plot is all coming together, but it keeps you in total suspense and only reveals it’s hand at the very last minute. There was really no way to predict how it was going to end.
18. Kino no Tabi - 9.2 --- This is an anime for relaxation, reflection, and deep thoughts. This is the kind of anime that makes you think, but keeps you entertained without overdoing it. I find it to be increadibly humble at all times and has an air of realism that you just don’t see in dramatic stories. Kino is a great character, and her dynamic with Hermes is always fun. This is one of the rare shows that plays well on all sides of the field. The calmer episodes are all done well, and the fighting scenes are equally great. Almost every episode catches you off-guard at some point with some kind of unexpected twist - some more expected, but others that make you full of shock and surprise. The last 2 episodes are some of the most heavy-hitting I think I’ve ever seen.
19. Black Lagoon - 9.1 --- what really struck me in this show was all the philosophical and existential babble. It's a show that makes you think and puts you in a certain emotional position, which I'm always fond of in a show. Darkness is certainly my forte when portrayed correctly, and this show was up my alley, so to speak. It gets me fantasizing, ya know, and wondering if a place like Roanapur does exist, and whether life could be so fun. I have real thing for fucked-up people but I've never had the chance to truly become one - I'm like a fledgling or something, or the kind of guy who writes these shows about the fucked up people he admires where we spew philosophies that we think summarize the world when it's really as much of a fantasy to us as anyone.
Ichigo Mashimaro --- This show is just downright cute. It's obscure enough to make it not quite like anything you've seen before, but familiar enough that it's warm to the heart. The characters are all memorable and work expertly together. it really stands out in my memory as one of the most warmhearted shows around.
Gunslinger Girl --- I like the manga more simply for being longer, but cannot deny the anime's merits. I never thought of it as cruel, just as a realistic depiction of a certain situation which I found engrossing. The writing is the key here.
Air --- The pacing was the killer here, but otherwise it was an interesting, unique and heartful tragedy. It gets points just for OMGWTF factor.
Kanon 2006 --- Honestly, I need to rewatch it, because I can barely remember a lot of it, but even with all the silly moeblob, it's still a fun show.
The SoulTaker --- I'm just an Akiyuki Shinbo fanboy. What makes this show interesting is that it tells a beginning-to-end story but lets you fill in the middle however you like based on what you saw - you can take it as it is or analyze all the symbolism.
The Legend of Black Heaven --- It's really just like nothing else out there. It's mocing, interesting, unique, and all-around fun. It can be a little too cheesy at times, but that's easily forgiven.
Code Geass --- For being absolute cool. It's nothing you have to think about and it's nothing flashy it's just straight-up cool and nonstop fun. If season 2 is as good as the first one it could easily make the top favorites.
Cowboy Bebop --- It was my first ever favorite and my introduction to anime. The pure stylistic mayhem is always a plus. It even introduced me to some of my alltime favorite songs.
Maria-sama ga Miteru --- Not exciting enough to be one of my alltime favorites but I'll be damned if it wasn't the most in-depth character interaciton I've ever seen. Just fucking wonderful.
Texhnolyze - Takashi Miike's Dead or Alive meets ABe's artistic brilliance - it is what it is and you just have to accept it. One of the most disturbing experiences around.
OTHER GOODIES: Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Hitohira, Kare Kano, Lunar Legend Tsukihime, Potemayo, Read or Die TV, REC, Samurai Champloo, Trigun, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Rahxephon
MOVIES, SHORT OVAS, AND ONAS
1. End of Evangelion - 10 --- Magnum Opus.
2. Kigeki - 9.5 - 10 minutes of nonstop goth style and pure win. Better than most full series.
3. Le Portrait de Petit Cossette - 9.3 --- Shinbo really just having fun. It's all about the insane directing.
4. Samurai X Trust and Betrayal - 9.1 --- No matter how you look at it, this is just a damn good anime. It's got a story that's surprisingly deep for just 4 episodes, and despite the general lack of speach by either of them, I grew attached to Tomoe and Kenshin.5. Millennium Actress - 9 --- Beautiful. Unmatched storytelling.
6. Candy Boy - 9 --- It was what I needed. I can't say anything has been this gripping in this short a time for me. I drop a lot of shows for being dramatic before giving me a chance to care about the characters. In 7 minutes, I was drawn in to the melodrama like it was a black hole.
7. Read or Die - 9 --- Some of the coolest fights and awesome combinations of stylistic music and animation. The concept is just plain brilliant.
King of Bandit Jing: Jing in Seventh Heaven --- I've been a Jing fan almost as long as i've been an anime fan, and this was the one that finally captured the spirit of the manga to an extent in the adaption of what was always my favorite volume. Yuuichi Kumakura's mind is just fucking insane.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
Princess Mononoke --- One of the very very few fantasy stories I can actually tolerate. I think the overall portrayal of events is where he awesome springs from.
X the Movie --- It's probably been way too long since I've seen this but it introduced me to the more psychological side of anime. It's dark and wonderful.
|2008-03-30, 05:06||Link #757|
The Abyssal Sith Lord
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Yavin IV / Poland
1. Kanon 2006 - if you ever wondered what an absolute masterpiece looks like just watch it, great story, great characters, plot twists, beautiful animation, one word: magical.
2. The Twelve Kingdoms - fantastic character development, great plot, complex and origial fantasy world
3. Clannad - great characters, nice plot, beautiful drawing, nice humour
4. Monster - great plot, great characters
5. Death Note - pretty much same reasons as Monster
|2008-03-31, 01:14||Link #758|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Alright, here goes my list.
1) Neon Genesis Evangelion - An absolutely fantastic anime. The anime delves deep into the psyche of its characters and is rife with some incredible symbolism. Evangelion did much to break the traditional mold of mecha anime and show the world that intelligent, novel anime can work.
2) Cowboy Bebop - Just an incredible setting and even better characters. The best part about the characters in Cowboy Bebop is that they don't hardly EVER show emotion or feeling yet, for some reason, you can somehow sense their feelings without some obvious superficial display.
3) Last Exile - Last Exile had by far one of the greatest settings in all of anime. You really get a sense of the world, how epic and lush it is. The portrayal of the sky even exceeds that of Eureka Seven. This is tied in with a pretty engaging plot and true character development.
4) FLCL - This is just a fun, crazy anime. It isn't just sometimes serious and sometimes comical it's both meshed together most of the time. This really was a departure from what I was used to and I loved every minute of it.
5) Mononoke Hime - A truly epic and engaging story. Though the characters are pretty much the same throughout the story grabs you. As simplistic as it is Miyazaki really takes you on a journey through this adventure.
|2008-03-31, 09:20||Link #759|
Youkai of Coincidence
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Border of Common Sense
1. ARIA - It gave me Happiness.
2. Ah my goddess (manga too) - It gave me Love.
3. NHK ni Youkoso - It gave me Truth.
4. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu - It gave me Goal.
5. Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann - It gave me so much GAR!!
After these, my new self came to exist...
|2008-04-09, 01:29||Link #760|
Style Über Alles
Join Date: Aug 2006
best epic/world story
2. crest of stars
3. eva/12 kokuki/scrapped princess
best personal drama/romance
1. elfen lied
2. forgot. some srs drama goes here.
3. true tears
1. minami ke
3. lucky star/haruhi
2. hikaru no go second half
3. gundam seed/darker than black/something something
there are lots of others that were done well, but for various reasons, say, lack of vision, have not made it. the series that showed more vision and value are given a pass to their production or secondary lackings.
Last edited by anselfir; 2008-04-09 at 01:40.
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