I can officially say I've watched a lot of anime, and some of loved, so I've hated. So here's my top 10 favorite anime. I shall tag 10 as well after this.
But first, honorable mentions:Space Dandy:
colorful, funny, and awesome show from the man behind Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. The intro is catchy, and fun to dance to. I'd send a youtube link, but since Bandai is being very stingy with copyright, it's hard to find a good quality version of the song on there, so here's a dailymotion link instead. www.dailymotion.com/video/x2g3…
Reason why it's honorable mention is because I haven't finished watching the series yet.
I wanna watch this show, particularly the New
series and the 2004 OVAs. I've heard many good things about the character. She's a fun, kind-hearted, and strong fighter who has high passion for what she fights for, and it is to protect the innocent from harm. In fact, she might be the inspiration for Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill.Trigun
Again, I want to watch this show. I've heard of how endearing Vash the Stampede is, and from the art style of the show, I swear Kouta Hirano of Hellsing
was heavily influenced by it.Little Witch Academia:
I've only seen the 2 shorts, and I already love it. It's about a student named Akko who aspires to be like her hero, Shiny Chariot. It's funny, it's charming, the art style is beautiful and simple, you can get a lot out of this. It's an honorable mention because I have yet to see the anime series it finally became, and I hear it's good. Just waiting for it to finish.Dragon Ball Z:
It would be too easy to put on the list. I watch it from time to time, but it's no longer one of my favorites over the years. I still love the show thanks to the Abridged series.Digimon
Childhood nostalgia, though the terrible english dub is what made me turn to subs in the first place. My favorite will always be the first two series, and maybe the 3rd one if I'm in the mood.Ergo Proxy:
I love the concept behind this, especially the Proxies, and the characters are very good, but I have to REALLY be in the mood to watch the show as I find it boring most of the time.Madoka Magica
I liked it because it took a dark turn I never thought it would, plus its deconstruction reminds me of Digimon Tamers. I liked the characters, especially Sayaka, the dark twist behind the magical girls, the art style, and the concept. Honorable mention because I don't watch it often for it's very depressing. It hurts my feelings watching these poor girls and what they go through. ;_;Xxxholic:
this was one of the first anime outside of DBZ and Digimon that I've ever watched. I like its weird but gorgeous and inspiring art style, the stories each episode tells can be chilling or heart-warming depending on the outcome, and I like Mokona.
Honorable mention because there are some episodes I don't like, I don't watch the show as often as I did, and the character designs, while I still love them, are really weird, like they're all Slender Man or something.
Oki, now let's get to the real stuff. The top 10!
10: Hellsing Ultimate
Ultra violent and crazy! This is something Guillermo Del Toro and Robert Rodriguez would make. The reason why this is on the list and not Madoka is because it's not meant to be depressing. It's supposed to be insane and fun. There is one episode that's quite the tearjerker, but that also has the extreme violence. Alucard, in my opinion, is the most Lovecraftian vampire I've ever seen. His forms are unable to be comprehended, and his sadism knows no bounds. If you encounter him looking for a fight, you either die a horrible death or left insane from the trauma. That's how much of a monster he is.
There is more depth in the characters like Seras, Integra, and even Alucard himself, and the series is surprisingly feminist, with some confusing moments of fanservice with Seras. Integra is in command of a dangerous monster, and even without him she is capable of fighting back. She is cold, arrogant, cynical, and quite the sword fighter, and Seras is ditzy, but friendly, and determined to protect the ones she loves even as a monster.
There's only 10 episodes, though I highly recommend watching this during halloween because, hello? It's Dracula hunting vampires and nazis.
9: One Piece
The character designs are so unique that you can tell just by looking at an image that this is One Piece. Granted, some can be very weird, but I guess that's the point.
The series is a huge adventure, and it's all kinds of fun when it's not being slow. It's also got some social commentary similar to what we're going through. Racism, censorship, morality, social classes, all these they tackle and are very relatable.
And it's not really out of place because believe it or not, piracy is considered one of the earliest forms of democracy.
The characters are all great, with a few exceptions that I hate with a great passion, and the Straw hats have so much depth that some of their stand out traits really make sense when you know about them. I don't know which one's the most heart breaking out of all of them. ;n;
Also, while Luffy's a big idiot, he loves what he does, and something about his charm is what has made many of his enemies into his allies, his crewmates appreciate and love, and what's inspired many of the people he's encountered.
I'd recommend this only if you reaaaaally have time on your hands. I only watched the entire show after I graduated from high school, so I had a lot of time then.
8: Whisper Of The Heart
I normally don't watch slice-of-life anime, but this one hit me deep. It's about a girl who decides to become a writer when she graduates, so she decides to write her story.
What the movie shows is how she becomes inspired to write the story, what she goes through in her school life like a guy she hates then starts to like, her grades going down because her writing's becoming a distraction, and when she finally finishes the story, I break down with her because she has gone through so much stress and hard work to write it. Just watch it to see what I mean. I promise you'll love it.
7: Golden Boy
This one's a sex comedy, and a good one, too. Kintaro Oe is a law student who rides around Japan on his bike wanting to learn more about life, while also encountering some lovely ladies on the way.
Kintaro's a huge perv with a toilet fetish, and can be quite a pathetic klutz, but he's a very smart and kind hearted man who loves what he does, and it's learning about stuff like computers, swimming, making noodles, and even animation. There's only 6 episodes but they're all on youtube for free to watch. Check it out if you want a good laugh.
6: Cowboy Bebop
Because why not? This show's awesome, and I'm not even American. I don't know what to say what everybody hasn't. All I can say is cool soundtrack, deep characters, great animation, and best writing. Fun fact: this show and Golden Boy have the same character designer, Toshihiro Kawamoto.
5: Flip Flappers
It's... adorable, and fantastical, and reminds me of Digimon Tamers for some reason. This is a magical girl show that I've never seen before, and for good reason. You follow the adventures of Cocona and Papika in the world of Pure Illusion, while certain mysteries involving the two are revealed over the course of time.
The downside to this show is the uncomfortable amount of fanservice it has. The girls are supposed to be in middle school, right? O_O;
That out of the way, it's great. The show's only 13 episodes and I hope to see new stuff from the creators.
4: Gurren Lagann
I'm not usually a fan of Mecha, but it's from the creator of Kill La Kill. I just HAD to watch it, and I'm glad I did. The music's kick ass and epic, as are the characters, and the art style? What can I say? It's a Hiroyuki Imaishi anime. It'll always look cool.
The artist is Atsushi Nishigori, if you're wondering. You can look him up if you want more of his artwork.
One word to describe this anime: insane! The craziest anime I've ever seen. It makes no sense, the animation's all over the place, and you go "WTF?!", "Holy shit!", and "WHAAAAA?!!", and I love every minute of it.
The music's by an indie band, and the characters stand out like the show's colors.
Again, you can find this on youtube. Well, 4 english dubbed episodes, at least. Check it out if you're a huge Scott Pilgrim fan, because what do you think inspired the comics in the first place?
This show is one of the reasons why I love Studio Trigger. This and Kill La Kill, but we'll get to that. Kiznaiver is about 7 teenagers who are selected to test out the Kiznaiver experiment, a procedure in which a person feels the same pain as the others, and soon the pain goes from physical to emotional, and it will affect the audience watching, too.
The art style stands out a lot in this show, as the designs are done by Shirow Miwa, who also does the RWBY manga. The show has some Breakfast Club vibes and I feel such strong emotions from the characters, especially my favorite, Chidori.
I recommend watching it during the summer, as it does take place during a break, and the sunny environment is perfect to watch at home alone or with some friends.
1: Kill La Kill
, for introducing this and Kiznaiver to me. Talk about a kick-ass show. If you want an example or more of badass female characters, look no further than Kill La Kill. Ryuko, Mako, Satsuki, all are badass in their own right. Mako's funny, ditzy, hyperactive and loving, Satsuki's strong, wise, and well-prepared, and Ryuko's tough, headstrong and determined. I even love the side characters like Gamagori, Sanagyama (who has the same voice as Viral from Gurren Lagann), Inumuta, Jakazure, Mikisugi, the Mankanshoku family, I'm already gushing here!
And that scissor blade! I love it so much that I actually have one... as a key chain! Now I'm gonna start tagging you lot.
. Rest can do the list if you'd like.