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Your Top Ten Anime
« on: July 06, 2014, 09:51:25 PM »
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1. Gurren Lagann
2. Full Metal Panic!
3. Clannad
4. K-ON!
5. White Album 2
6. Shakugan no Shana
7. Neon Genesis Evangelion
8. Dragon Ball Z
9. Hajime no Ippo
10. Nana
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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 05:37:01 AM »
10. Bakuman
total brilliance. I placed it at 10th because although I really enjoyed it, the ending was heavily rushed
9. D Grayman
really enjoyed it but again, the ending couod have been better
8. Naruto
both seasons. Naruto has its ups and downs but when its at its best you can really tell
7. Fairy Tail
not really the best show, but I really enjoy watching this and love the characters
6. Ano Hana
I would say, the saddest anime ever... more so than Clannad. The pacing was slightly off though
5. Katekyo Hitman Reborn
when the shounen part started, it was phenomenal
4. Sword Art Online
me = fanboy
3. Btooom
I thought that the shows premise were amazing and the characters were well developed, speaking of well developed... btoooms only fault in my eyes is the fanservice of Himiko
2. Magi
little bit of a slow start but once it kicks off it is pure awesome
1. Kuroko No Basuke
Fell in love with this series as soon as I saw the first episode. The comedy is hilarious, and the matches are jaw droppers. Prette0y much, the only problem is that they cry a lot

Honorable mentions (15-11):
15. Haganai
14. Shingeki no Kyojin
13. To Love Ru
12. Death Note
11. Fate Zero
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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 07:00:02 AM »
^ Problem with D. Gray-man is that the manga source material stopped without ending properly too...

My anime watching is kind of odd and highly influenced by my manga reading (often I won't be able to watch/finish an anime based on a manga I have read) So I think my list will probably miss out a lot of the series quite popular with other people because of this...

Honourable mentions:
A LOT... Basilisk, Black Cat, Darker than Black (S1 only), Eyeshield 21, Fate/Zero, Getbackers, Hamatora, K, Kingdom, Noragami, Persona 4, Psycho Pass, Roruoni Kenshin, Shingeki No Kyojin, Tiger & Bunny, Tsuritama.

10: Durarara!
- I love the characters in this show, and while it pissed me off to no end that they just wouldn't talk to one another, the air of mystery was great and there was a lot of enjoyment to be had from a neat little idea. Looking forward to season 2 due soon.

9: Zetsuen No Tempest
- I started the manga before this and read it on and off, but the show had me hooked. Loved the animation quality and the characters and the mystery, despite the weird choice in enemy...

8: Trigun (+ Badlands Rumble Movie)
- I love the premise of Trigun - Vash 'The Stampede', the most wanted criminal on the planet with a $$60bn bounty on his head... yet he is a pacifist! Being an older anime it has dropped off the radar recently, but it's a great watch (despite ending slightly differently to the Manga) and aims for a grand scale towards the end without ever getting too big for it's boots.

7: Jormungand
- This was such a good watch for me, I liked the perspective it took in how it told it's narrative and in a world saturated in films and shows about people firing guns, it was interesting to see something about the actual dealing in anime (since watching the film Lord of War). Very character driven and I like the "It's good to be bad (but good)" direction they took.

6: Magi
- Had a lot of fun with this one, it filled the hole left by Hunter X Hunter when the manga was on break (and waiting weekly for a new one piece chapter with them being stuck on an island) and then made it overflow with the sheer amount of adventure and coolness! I felt the characters kinda started getting a bit unnecessarily OP towards the end of season 2, a lot of fun fights could have been smaller scale showing off cool magic, but it was still really fun.

5: Steins;Gate
- Much slower paced than the usual series I am into, but I loved the mystery and the intrigue. The romance I could take or leave but it didn't get in the way of a great story and even got to me at the end. Plus it's awesome to see a series about scientific theory!

4: Code Geass
- What an emotional roller-coaster this show is... I don't know how much enjoyment I got out of it as much as feeling every other emotion under the sun... So I guess thats good??? It's a very well done story though and although I disliked the art style and the mechs, and I got pissed off a lot again that no one talked to one another!!!, I just cannot dismiss the impression that the show left on me.

3: Kuroko No Basket
- Can't sing this show's praises highly enough. Got me into sporting animes, characters I care about, tense moments and great animation. Yes it can take them half a series to finish one match, but if they didn't I think I'd feel there was something missing. It's a great gateway sports anime and a great anime in general.

2: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
- NO1SEY!? What are you doing? Why is your favourite Shounen not at number 1!? well... yeah... I completely forgave KHRs slow start (all 1 and a half arcs of it) when the action kicked in, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I would argue that you almost get as much "bang for your buck" as you do in the same amount of One Piece (manga). The Anime follows the manga closely, with no filler from what I can remember, and this story takes you everywhere - you have mafia(ish...), you have weapons, you have superpowers, you have gang rivalries, you have time travel and you have KICK ASS BABIES! I just wish that it had stuck with it until the end of the manga, because the anime just... ends...

1: Baccano!
- This to me just ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for in an anime. It's not too long so it's easy to watch. It has action that is well animated and bloody and cool. It has mystery, that is well presented in the way the story is told and is well explained little by little without ever giving too much away throughout. It has a great cast of characters and each have great stories that tie together nicely. The show can get a bit disorientating at times but everything makes sense when you reach the end. I just loved the story, the way it was told and the time period and aesthetic. Go watch it!
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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 10:45:19 AM »
Keeping it to series:

10. Baccano!
9. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
8. Steins;Gate
7. Dennou Coil
6. FLCL
5. Kure-nai
4. Mawaru Penguindrum
3. Death Note
2. Monster
1. Mushishi

Will probably change a bit over the next year.

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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 02:08:17 PM »
Well, Sticking to just Anime Series (excluding the obvious that aired when I was a child. DBZ, Pokemon etc.), my list would go something like this. I'll also put whether I watched the Subbed or Dubbed version and which I preferred.

Honourable Mentions:
Another, Fairy Tail, FMA: Brotherhood, Gantz, Guilty Crown, Ore No Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy

10. Baka and Test (DUB): Didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did, since I don't typically like the over the top slapstick kind of Animes. But It ended up being pretty fun to watch. Perfect after a long day at work to just crash onto the couch and flick on.

9. Naruto (BOTH): I've fell of the Naruto train and have stopped watching the anime nowadays, but I can't deny there was a lot of emotional moments and innovative battle scenes I have fond memories of in the Show. I preferred the Dubbed Version of both Shippuden and the Original Naruto.

8. Attack On Titan (SUB): Gave a real sense of peril and danger which made you worry about the cast. I enjoyed it.

7. Sword Art Online (BOTH): An Elitist may scoff at this choice, but I happened to enjoy Sword Art Online. I caught the show about 6 months after it had aired and liked it. I enjoyed the "Trapped in a video game" premise and old simple but effective love story. It's not perfect but I liked it. I think I enjoyed the Subbed Version better than the Dub, although the Dub's not bad. 

6. Black Lagoon (DUB): The Badassery is strong with this one! It's like an action movie that got adapted into an Anime. Lots of Guns, beer and colorful language, can't go wrong there. But please watch the Dubbed version, it's infinitely better.

5. Death Note (DUB): The plot is written brilliantly. Light and L's Psychological battle is the highlight of the series. I also really enjoyed L's character, such as his speech pattern and mannerisms.

4. Mirai Nikki (BOTH): A twisted and dark plot that was really good. It was a creative Premise and delivered on the twists, especially the relationship between Yuno and Yukimaru. Could she be trusted or would she end up trying to murder him? It was something that kept me guessing till the end. The Subbed versions better, since Yuno is more hysterical and insane in that version.

3. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (DUB): Again, I came a bit late for the Haruhi Hype train and ended up watching it almost accidently. But I was hooked after the first episode. I loved the set up and Kyon's internal Monologue, perhaps since it reminded me of myself and how much similar I sound in my own head. Enjoyed all the main cast and wished there was more. This anime made me go and buy all the novels. There was just something about it that connected with me.
 
2. Code Geass (DUB): An incredibly close second. To me its a masterpiece. I cared deeply for the characters, the plot was a work of Art. The battles were intense, Zero/Lelouch's grand Speeches were immense. I loved every second of it.

1. Bleach (BOTH): The First Anime show I've ever watched (except mainstream stuff like Beyblade, Pokemon, DBZ etc. but I  don't count them really). It was my gateway into the world of Anime, so it will always be special to me. So many Characters I was invested in, the Villians were a real threat. It wasn't too corny when it came to Ichigo being the hero. The Zanpakuto were a cool concept and the Battles were awesome too. The art and designs for the Characters were always interesting, it was a show I  cared about a lot. It even inspired me to start writing for Manga. I liked the Dubbed version of Bleach better.

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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 02:29:44 PM »
If I was counting movies in my list then Haruhi Suzumiya would defiantly be either #4 or 5. That movie was a masterpiece and one of the only anime I've seen that I would rate as a 10/10. It was worlds better than the anime itself. The series itself was decent, I think I would like it more if I rewatched it in chronologically order though. The school festival episode is one of the best anime episodes with the God Knows segment as a top 5 anime scene for me. I like your idea of sub or dub I'm going to revise mine...

Also it's very interesting to see everyone's lists, defiantly varied so far with Steins;Gate going 3 for 5!

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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2014, 02:46:34 PM »
Put a couple of films in there, but meh.  I haven't really thought about top-tens in a long while.

Honourable Mentions:
Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji, The Secret of Mamo, Patlabor, Galaxy Express 999

10. Cyber City Oedo 808

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlZakDfseyo

A cyberpunk Dirty Dozen, offering criminals facing life imprisonment the opportunity to reduce their sentences by taking on high-risk assignments for the police.  The catch?  Mission failure results in death by exploding collar.  Painfully short, at only three episodes.

9. The Dirty Pair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POBiNhp_hk8

Easily written off by the casual observer as fan-service sci-fi fluff, the pastel-hued exterior actually conceals one of the finest action-comedy series of the 1980s. 

8. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZtGDSZie5I

I try to avoid naming relatively recent shows, as I prefer to give things a good length of time to sink in, but for JoJo, I'll make an exception.  Easily the most fun I've had from any shonen-fighting series.

7. City Hunter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLWjBJMEMaU

Patchy, often stupid and still best known for that one Jackie Chan film where he dressed up like Chun-Li, I find the long running adventures of a womanising one-man A-Team oddly comforting.  Rewatching this helped me get through a pretty rotten time spent working in a call centre.

6. The Tatami Galaxy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkH8ti1gakE

Like the awkward love-child of Groundhog Day and Fight Club, Masaaki Yuasa's adaptation of a cult novel detailing a nameless university student's attempt to win friends and influence people over the course of two years is witty, scathing and really holds up to repeated viewing.

5. Space Adventure Cobra (1982 film)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r46ZMArjQ0

A retro pulp science-fantasy loaded with psychedelic visuals, the film version of Cobra may not be the best adaptation of its source material, but I feel it's absolutely the high-water mark for Osamu Dezaki's quirky, experimental directing style.

4. Baccano!

NO1SEY gave it a good write up already, so I'll just add that, beneath the considerable blood and gore, there's actually a very sweet natured, gently heartwarming story.

3. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Tvf8gWEFE

Much as I respect Oshii's GitS, I feel the TV series puts back some of its missing humanity, striking a smoother balance between the more playful source manga and the coldly cerebral feature films.  It strikes a couple of bum notes here and there, but I felt it was a varied and consistently engrossing police procedural, that engaged brilliantly with its philosophical underpinnings.

2. The Castle of Cagliostro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UTt2GuUOww

Still my favourite Miyzaki film and (arguably) my favourite outing for Lupin III, this is a wonderfully jaunty, old-fashioned caper modelled on the chic European thrillers of the '50s and '60s.  One part Henry Jones Jnr to one part Pink Panther, I truly believe this film offers something for everyone, young and old.

1. Dominion Tank Police

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGTZLuuTPi8

The tongue-in-cheek response to accusations that Shirow only ever turned out 'fascist future cop porn', Dominion paints a nightmarish vision of an ecologically ravaged future where the police are every bit as dangerous as the criminals, then fills it full of knob-jokes.  It's not the prettiest or the most sophisticated production of its time, but something about the weird contrast of smutty schoolboy humour with what is, ultimately, a very bleak, tragedy-tinged world, really stuck with me in a way that very few other shows ever have.


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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 05:09:59 PM »
If I was counting movies in my list then Haruhi Suzumiya would defiantly be either #4 or 5. That movie was a masterpiece and one of the only anime I've seen that I would rate as a 10/10. It was worlds better than the anime itself. The series itself was decent, I think I would like it more if I rewatched it in chronologically order though. The school festival episode is one of the best anime episodes with the God Knows segment as a top 5 anime scene for me. I like your idea of sub or dub I'm going to revise mine...

Also it's very interesting to see everyone's lists, defiantly varied so far with Steins;Gate going 3 for 5!

I didn't include movies in my list but I'd put in sword of the stranger at about number 4 in that case.

Also Steins;Gate is popular not only because it's good but because it fills a small niche in anime that most people look for and are satisfied with when watching. So to me it's not so surprising it features in many people's top 10s.

Like I said, my list is representative of the anime's I have watched, if I watched FMA:Brotherhood (which I couldn't manage after reading the manga) and several others instead of reading them, then my list would probably be fairly different... Because of this, I tend to like to talk about Manga and Anime together. Although that doesn't always work because studios sometimes decide to change the story when adapting mangas resulting in a different product with the same name... I'm looking at you Kuro*censored*suji....

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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 05:50:21 PM »
Hmm, I may need to go back and finish Steins gate then  :hmm:

And yeah, I tend to group Anime and Manga together, I could tell you a top ten overall series easier than a Top ten of just Manga or Anime.

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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 05:56:41 PM »
^ exactly, but I'd find it harder I think... because I have read and watched so much...

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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2014, 05:57:20 PM »
Granted i'm mostly a Medieval Fantasy kinda guy (Or any action story without guns)

1. Ramna 1/2 - One could say, the looney tunes of Anime. 7 seasons of incredible comedy, romance and action nearly verbatim the manga. The characters and plot of this anime, to me are more memorable than any other like it. One of my favorite aspects is the relatable concept of growing stronger through training. Animes like Bleach or Sword Art Online (ironically), dont really feature their characters growing stronger through hard work. Generally in life, we have to train to be skilled at anything.

2. Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. More action pacted than Ranma, and even more development on the theme of a character growing stronger through hard work. Showing that the protagnists' superiority over his enemies comes from the variety of teachers with whom he trains.

3. Full Metal Alchemist (Brotherhood): Interesting storyline and consistent rules in its fantasy elements.

4. Attack on Titan: Titanic, intense and mysterious. Makes you wanna kill yourself with its incredibly hopeless setting mostly brought out by the majority of the people being weak, useless, or just stupid. But that's what happens when you put children into a war. Also it has some beautiful animation.

5. Soul Eater - enough said.

6. Kill la Kill: Taking intensity to a whole new level, and interestingly enough, being that they were basically at war with clothes it is the first anime to have a logical reason for fan-service. But not logical enough.

7. Oran High School Host Club: I'd say, a girl's anime really, but an incredible comedy.

8. Ookami-san and Her Seven Companions: Don't really understand why these kids don't have parents but a good anime nonetheless.

9. Girl's Bravo - Comedy, fan service and a wimpy protagonist, I suppose there are worse combinations. (I just needed a number 9)

10. Beyblade: Metal Fusion/Fight: For having a better stroyline than SAO  ;D I only seemed to notice that the writer of SAO ruined the concept by forcibly making an MMORPG as serious as life. The writer of beyblade showed that a harmless game could be serious and suspenseful, without forcing a serious setting on it. It was just a bad setting for a good writer. Be honest, Hell Kerbecs vs Perseus: Way cooler than watching Kirito fight.


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Re: Your Top Ten Anime
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2014, 05:59:08 PM »
The art in the manga has ruined Kenichi for me... But the anime was solid.

Beyblade = freakin' YES!!! was gonna put Yu-gi-oh 5Ds in my list somewhere....

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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2014, 06:54:27 PM »
Are you sure you haven't just put in the VHS for snow white and the 7 dwarves...???

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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2014, 07:40:58 PM »
I can't possibly order them, but I can give ten anime that probably rank in my top ten. All will be the sub version, by the way.

So, in no particular order (except the first one)....

1. Clannad After Story

My all-time favorite anime. I've talked about it several times here, so I'm sure you've read me rave about it before. No need to explain.

2. Steins;Gate

Best science fiction anime I've ever seen. The nods to classic cyberpunk, the greats before it, and relevant cultural and social critique make for an outstanding masterpiece. The strength of Steins;Gate rests in its gripping story, perfect pace, edge-of-your-seat thriller type later episodes, and a cast that will go down through the ages as one of the best ever constructed.

3. Gurren Lagann

Few shows can get a heart pumping or fists thrusting into the air as often as Gurren Lagann. Watching it is like flying on the back of a fire-breathing griffin while firing an assault rifle at an undead onslaught. That's how awesome it makes you feel. But seriously, Gurren Lagann reaches into the depths of your core and forces you to feel alive, to know what it means to be a human being and all the entails. I've never seen an anime embrace the indomitable spirit of humanity so much as Gurren Lagann.

4. Hanasaku Iroha

This anime is a personal one for me. Not many people would place it all the way up in a top ten. Something about it just strikes me deeply. The animation is stellar. The characters are stellar. The story is stellar. Everything about it is stellar. I suppose what gets me is the reality of everything depicted in Hanasaku Iroha. Nothing in that anime feels contrived or implausible. We can see a little of our own lives in every moment of Hanasaku Iroha. And what joy there is in knowing that no matter what we are dealt in life, no matter what choices we must make, everything we do means something and affects our life and those around us in the most profound way. HanaIro is about living, about loving, and most of all, about how life goes on.

5. AnoHana

What to say about AnoHana? Like HanaIro, AnoHana is also about how life goes on, but it focuses on the idea that we cannot control some things in our lives. There will be hardship and strife, but our humanity and courage is find entirely in how we confront it. When you watch AnoHana, there's a bittersweet feeling that you cannot sake. You rack your brain to figure out why your heart aches so much, and then you realize that's just it. It's in your heart. Sometimes the mind isn't capable of understanding the depth of emotion we are capable of feeling. Sometimes, we just simply feel. And that is AnoHana.

6. Durarara!

Durarara! is a web. It's network of stories and people, all living together in the same city at the same time. There's an overarching relation between everyone, and that's what makes Durarara! great. We see all kinds of different people, authentic characters, not just cardboard cutouts meant to fill empty space. Durarara! succeeds almost entirely on the premise of taking place in a universe that just seems to breathe. You feel the city, the back alleys, the dark corners, the untold secrets, the large black Russian sushi vendor. You feel the life of all of it. Durarara! is an anime with personality, and an engaging one at that.

7. Baccano!

More exclamation points! Baccano! is the definition of a show that puts everything together at the end for the massive "wow" moment. The journey there is incredible, and we certainly don't feel cheated as the final credits are rolling. The atmosphere, the frame narrative, the chracters-- everything about Baccano! screams something that should not be animated and yet is. And it works.

8. Chihayafuru

Yeah. I know. You're thinking why is this on here. Well, it's my obligatory sports anime pick. Chihayafuru is the best sports anime I've ever seen, hands down. It's about karuta, a competitive card game unlike any other I know of. It requires outstanding memory, a phenomenal sense of phonetics, stamina, lightning reflexes, and a great deal of heart. To deny that karuta is a sport, would be an insult to those who dedicate hours and hours to perfecting their technique. It's both physical and mental, and simply one of the hardest games I've ever come across. But what makes Chihayafuru great isn't the karuta (well, that's part of it), but the characters who play it. They're well crafted and contain depth not usually seen in most anime. What gets me about Chihayafuru's characters is how much the anime conveys about them without actually directly telling you. It's all showing and subtleties. There's even a character hardly in the first season who receives more development indirectly than most shows give their main characters directly. It's a great show, and a must watch for any sports anime fan.

9. Cowboy Bebop

Finally. It's on the list. Cowboy Bebop is a legend, a god of anime over fifteen years old. Some call it the greatest of all time. When you look back on Cowboy Bebop, what do you remember? Hard to answer, right? Is it the animation way beyond its time, the godlike opening theme, Spike, the universe, the atmosphere? It's impossible to single out just one element of Cowboy Bebop as the best or most memorable. And it's a masterpiece because of that fact. Every piece fits precisely together, forming a cohesive unit of stylized glory. Cowboy Bebop is immortal. When we're all old and shriveled, Cowboy Bebop is still be young and fresh, captivating the newest generation of anime fans, shining bright with a burnished polish.

10. FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

While only six episodes long, what FLCL lacks in length it makes up for in titanic presence. Watch it once, you might understand most of it. Twice, you're getting there. Three times, almost. Four, did I miss something? Five, finally there. It takes multiple viewings to fully appreciate what FLCL is. Even then, you probably won't catch everything. Every time you watch it, something new pops out. FLCL is rife with symbolism and metaphor and tremendous allegory for the teen spirit. To watch FLCL is to be young, to feel the angst and rebellion and all the emotions and hormones you play host to as a teenager. But that's only one way to see FLCL. There are countless interpretations. Perhaps more than any other show, FLCL is whatever you want it to be. So much lurks beneath face value, and you'll never fully be satisfied with what you believe it all means, or if some of it means anything at all.


Note: This list is subject to change on a daily basis. These are just the anime on the forefront of my mind at the moment. I realize the list is heavily weighted toward the past few years, especially 2011. Fours anime on the list are from 2011. It was one of the best years in the history of anime though. There are many, many anime I could have easily slapped on this list as well. Ten isn't really enough to cover what I believe deserves recognition. And with all that I've seen, I'm sure I overlooked some as well.

As for movies, it'd pretty much be a slew of Miyazaki and other Ghibli films, spiced with some Mamoru Hosoda.