There will eventually come a time in an anime watcher’s career where he/she has finally completed enough anime to know his/her own tastes and preferences. As of this writing, I have completed watching 156 anime series, OVAs, specials and movies according to MAL, and have dropped 54 anime all in all. I think the 150 anime milestone qualifies me to start
forcing you to watch recommending anime that fit my tastes better than the others out there, hoping that I can get more people to fanboy over said anime with me. So, without further ado, I hereby present to you the first part of my Top 30.
Note that these lists will only include anime that I have already completed, and I would not include anything that I am still watching; so no FMA, Chobits and other genuinely good series that I haven’t seen or finished yet. Things may change once I see more of those “classics” like uhhh… yeah. Classics don’t seem to appeal to me very much.
30. Rurouni Kenshin [Episodes 1-66] (TV)
I am specifically referring to the episodes of the Rurouni Kenshin anime produced by Studio Gallop (the anime after episode 66 was not as good). Rurouni Kenshin was one of the first anime series that I have ever watched, and maybe that contributed to the sheer entertainment and excitement that I had while watching this on DVD. Anime and movies with katanas in them appeals to the swordfight fanatic inside of me, but Rurouni Kenshin was just so good that it stood out from all the others. I would dare say that Rurouni Kenshin deserves to be called a classic.
29. Rec (TV)
MAL Score: 7
Many non-shoujo romance anime look good in my eyes. As such, you will see quite a bit of romance anime in my favorites. Rec, for its medium, doesn’t really have much going for it. BUT, there is just something in Rec’s story that just… enamored me so much to care about the characters more than most of the “better” romance anime out there. Maybe it’s the fact that the main characters aren’t high school students for a change that led me into liking this anime so much… I’m not so sure. Perhaps you just have to watch and see it for yourself.
28. Shinryaku! Ika Musume (TV)
27. Yuru Yuri (TV)
26. Senjou no Valkyria: Gallian Chronicles
I’m not much of a war movie fan. In fact, I find myself bored by the repetitive themes that American war movies employ, such as the repetitive glorification of America and its great sense of justice. Thankfully, more recent war movies have become less one-sided and more enjoyable. Senjou no Valkyria embodies everything that I like about war movies, as well as some of my greatest dislikes about JRPG stories in general, but the anime manages to make me feel attached to Squad 7 of the Gallian Militia like no other war show has ever done. And for that, I give Senjou no Valkyria a well-deserved medal of honor.
The next part of the post will cover my Top 25-21. I’ll probably end up compiling these lists into one page under my AOIA profile.
PS: for those who have read my previous post, I have found some time to post this while using my dad’s laptop, so no, my PC’s not yet fixed.