All-time Favorite Anime
Gintama. A comedic masterpiece. That’s all you need to know in regards to one of the best anime to ever been shown in the anime industry. With humors and randomness the same level of Beelzebub, parodies to the same level of Hayate no Gotoku and action sequences the same level to that of One Piece, there is just no stopping this anime in it’s path on becoming the best anime ever made!
2. One Piece
One Piece had been aired for over 10 years already and it’s still going strong. In my opinion, One Piece is the better one out of the big three. The actions are great and although the powers may seem funny and ridiculous at times, the creative techniques the character uses with their powers are entertaining to see. What’s even better about One Piece is their character developments. Each main character and even some of the supporting cast have their fair share of developments and some characters may be connected to the main cast in the most unexpected way ever.
3. Shakugan no Shana
Although the final season so far had been a letdown, it is not exaggerating to say that the previous seasons are one of the best ever. The anime had also created one of my favorite tsundere ever, namely the main heroine, Shana. Perhaps that played a big role there as she is obviously the most attention-grabber of the series. In season 2, viewers complaint about the slow pacing of the series but I rather like it. In fact, I think season 2′s more superior. It’s only the third season’s unstable plot and bad script that made me feel disappointed. Though overall, as a whole, Shakugan no Shana IS a pretty good series.
4. To Aru Majutsu no Index
The concept of mixing magic and science is the most unique aspect of the To Aru Majutsu no Index franchise. It’s heavy use of techno-trance music strangely fits the high-tech settings. The pacing is always quite well done in the whole series and I rather liked Railgun as well, which features my favorite character of the series,
Biribiri Misaka Mikoto as the main heroine instead. The battles are nice too, there are a contrast of battle scenes involving magic incarnations, physic abilities, talisman, firearms and so on. Aforementioned, the concept of mixing magic and science is the best part of the show and only with this concept that battles like those become a reality.
5. Full Metal Alchemist
Full Metal Alchemist is another great addition to the anime world. Although the original series aired in 2003 turned into ruin on the later part of the series, it’s remade, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood literally strikes gold. Because Brotherhood follows the manga more closely, more fun characters are shown which isn’t exposed in the 2003 original series, and some of these characters shown pure badassery. The bond between the brothers, Edward and Alphonose is lovely too. They are strong, yet simple-minded and it’s because of characters like these two which drives the plot further into more interesting elements.
Time travel had been a concept used like a thousand times in anime, however, none can accomplish that what Steins;Gate does, tackling on the more technical and scientific parts of time traveling. The backgrounds are great, showing the buzzing streets of Akihabara, which used to be the same settings for a much MUCH more inferior show. The characters are fun too, most notably Okabe Rintarou and Makise Kurisu.
If Gintama is a comedic masterpiece, then Clannad is a dramatic masterpiece. Clannad, especially Clannad AS, is one of Key’s best works to even be produced. It is not too exaggerating to even claim that Clannad is the most tear-jerking anime in the anime world, even topping both Kanon and Air in my opinion. There is not a single soul on earth who didn’t shed a single tear after watching Clannad AS. The Another World episodes are good too, featuring other girls as the heroines, basically showing us the other girl’s routes from the visual novels. So far, both Kyou and Tomoyo had their own respective Another World episodes and it will be nice if Kotomi had one too..
The Monogatari series set themselves apart from the rest of the anime. Through Shaft’s creative productions, the series comes with abstract art, unique camera angles and stunning visuals overall. Aside from that, another attention-grabbing element is the character’s interactions with each other. Their dialogues are creative, intriguing and philosophical. It is these two things which make the series the great franchise it is today. To top it off, it even had fun characters and an epic soundtracks to boot. What’s not to like?
9. Code Geass
Strategies and robots. In essence, that would be what Code Geass is about. The protagonist, Lelouch, is one of the most profound smart-asses at all time, rivaling to that of Light/L from Death Note and Shikamaru from Naruto. The way he used his powers, Geass is a great way to witness upon Lelouch’s intellect. For two straight seasons, we get to see how Lelouch used his Geass creatively and effectively to topple down his foes from their high horses. The Knightmare Frames (Code Geass’s perspective of mecha robots) played a big role in the series and we all know with robots, come battles. Watching Lelouch’s tactical prowess raw in battles is the most thrilling thing ever, with him quickly making up plans in combat to defeat his opponents. The Knightmare have great designs as well. Their animated versions prove to be a match to that of Gundam though of cause, still inferior. It’s what you would expect of Sunrise since they are pretty much professional when mecha robots are involved.
10. Fate/Stay Night
Ahh, Fate/Stay Night, one of the greatest franchise ever. Great characters, intriguing plot and exciting battle scenes became the core of Fate/Stay Night. The first season, which features the “Fate” route from the game, is good though not the best. It’s only when the other parts of franchise are animated which overall, turns Fate/Stay Night into a gem. The Unlimited Blade Works movie, which obviously features the “Unlimited Blade Works” route from the visual novel is a great addition. Some may complain about the pacing and some changes from the game but in my books, the movie is awesome. Then along, comes Fate/Zero, the prequel of Fate/Stay Night, with an even more intriguing plot settings and an even more smoother animations. Of cause, this won’t be the end of the Fate/Stay Night franchise. There are still MORE original material just waiting to be adapted, with some major examples being the “Heaven’s Feel” route from the game and the sequel Fate/Hollow Ataraxia which is only available as a Japanese visual novel at the moment.
Toradora features one of my favorite anime couples ever, Ryuuji and Taiga. It is pretty cool to see both these two people slowly come and tackle love. The slowly but surely growing relationship between the two is heartwarming to watch. They are probably one of the most realistic couple ever, if not, I think Toradora’s pretty much a realistic show. While it’s a slice-of-life romance just like Clannad, it went into a different direction in that it doesn’t depend on any “miracles.” Using realism, the show actually ended on quite a satisfying note. Toradora displays a sensible warmth you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
The Aria series, is what I considered one of the best, if not, the best slice-of-life series out there. Aria is calm, soothing and relaxing. It is an anime with the ultimate tranquility and serenity. Set in Neo Venezia, the anime features a young gondolier, Akari Mizunashi, and her friends, Aika and Alice. Have a seat, have a cup of coffee, and have your cute tourist guides show you around the wonders of Neo Venezia!
13. Nodame Cantabile
From all the anime I had watched which deals with music, Nodame Cantabile takes this spot. Nodame Cantabile tells the story of two aspiring musicians, Chiaki and Nodame. The show features a lot of classical and orchestral pieces, like Chopin’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Pathetique. The series is about how Chiaki aspiration in becoming a well-known conductor in an orchestra so obviously, orchestras will be the main focus of the entire series. They are however, music which only features piano, violin and other musical instruments as separate entities from the orchestra as well. This anime is for all lovers of classical and orchestra music in general.
14. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
The whole Higurashi series, is one of the most bloodiest, goriest and most violent series ever to date. Think Elfen Lied, but more violent and longer. The anime is a shocking mess, and I mean that in a good way. It is especially so shocking that a few innocent-looking school girls would become so, so… scary. Delivery suspense and thriller is no doubt Higurashi’s specialization. At times, the anime may have an exceedingly calm atmosphere and shows the characters playing a game in the club, but we all know that the girls aren’t as cute or innocent as they look, waiting for them and the series to “explode” into a bloodbath in a way, is the “beauty” of Higurashi.
15. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
One way to describe this anime is that it’s so epic it’s out of this world. The fights which ranged from fighting enemy in a swordfight, fighting enemy robots and fighting even the moon, is nothing short of epic. The show also made an odd choice of killing their own main character, just to provide developments for the other characters from the main cast. And in result, the rest did indeed developed into pretty fine characters and it is good to see that his death actually influenced the other characters as well, in fact, his death pretty much influenced the whole brigade. Though all in all, the story isn’t all that original, we all watch Gurren Lagann for one thing, for it’s sheer combat epicness. After all, what the hell do you think this show is!?