Honestly this year has been pretty slow anime wise for me. I got a PS3 for Christmas and lets just say I've been very happy with said purchase. Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 have been my obsessions along with Dynasty Warriors Gundam I and II. I need to get III still but II has been keeping me quite busy even though I don't like it as much as I. How I don't have Dynasty Warriors 7 yet is a little mind baffling but all I can say is SOON.
Anyway enough about video games as that could easily fill a whole post and well I might just do that at a later date. I've honestly barely watched any anime this year series wise. I'm always in the mood for a one off ova or movie though so that's what this post is mostly about. I did finally watch Souten Kouro this year since subs were finally completed for it. It totally filled my RotK need for a while. Having the story revolve around Cao Cao was rather awesome and really makes me look forward to the last RotK title I have yet to watch, Koutetsu Sangokushi. I can only hope that one day the 2010 remake RotK series will be completely subbed. There's only so much enjoyment I can get from watching it raw after all.
The only other series I've completed so far that hasn't been currently airing was Galaxy Angel X and A. I watched Galaxy Angel and Z for my not so secret santa project so I figured I should complete the series. I still have to watch Galaxy Angel Rune though but I'll get around to it eventually. Rune apparently does things differently since X and A were pretty much the same as the first 2 series. I'm looking forward to Rune simply because it'll be a different take on the Galaxy Angel stuff which will be refreshing. It's a good series overall but nothing amazing either.
The fact that 3 big shounen series I watch and a lot of others as well, ended recently was a little strange. Beelzebub and Bleach sure I can live without airing anymore. I liked both shows alright but I won't miss watching them every week either. Gintama though... We just got it back and they take it away from us again! I'll look forward to when it comes back because I have faith that it certainly will. I'll at least look forward to more movies~
I've started watching Toriko again because my boyfriend was driving me nuts asking when we were going to watch more. Since I planned on blogging this (and I still do I swear) I didn't want to watch any of the episodes because then the chances of me blogging earlier episodes really start to disappear if I watch ahead of where I left off blogging. I gotta say I completely love this series. It shows a great love for food which I certainly share and I bet most people can relate to as well. I love food eating reactions! Toriko does this very well honestly and makes me remember just how awesome Yakitate!! Japan was when it came to food reactions too. I'm not 100% caught up with the series yet but I'm currently on episode 33 and plan to be caught up fully in the next few days.
- Sora no Otoshimono - This was a great recap movie. Everything about it made me smile and laugh. I can't wait for Season 3 to air.
- Suite Precure - Suite is my favourite Pretty Cure title to date so it should be no surprise that the Suite Movie has become my favourite Pretty Cure movie. But then again all the Pretty Cure movies are pretty great in their own ways.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos - I don't know why people were expecting super duper amazing plot and such with this movie. After all it was just a one off random story. I went in expecting awesome shounen action and that is exactly what I received and enjoyed a great deal.
- Recollections of a Certain Pilot - This movie doesn't really do anything new or amazing but I'm a sucker for planes in anime~
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira - I don't even know why I watch these Higurashi ova's anymore... Guess I just love the series that much.
- Steins;Gate - This ova was so darn cute by the end because the very end is what made it so awesome. I'm looking forward to that movie they'll be doing.
- Fantascope Tylostoma -
- Hotarubi no Mori e - A lovely short ova about a girl falling in love with a spirit. It's a little sad but oh so lovely at the same time.
- Gyo - GASHUNK! It was a great ova of a great anime. I know a lot of people were disappointed with it but I honestly can't figure out why. It did everything perfectly!
- Nakedyouth - I've actually watched this a few years ago but it floated up on my radar again and made me remember just how lovely a one off 10 minute work can be. Almost anything that explores youth and sexuality is always a treat to watch.
I've actually not watched a lot that finished airing during the winter season. I plan on watching them all but with it looking quite meh according to my tastes I decided I would skip watching it while it currently aired and wait till they were finished. I did watch a few I knew I would enjoy or that just happened to be Season continuations of shows I have already seen all of. I tried watching Another and Mouretsu Pirates while they aired/airing but sadly Mouretsu Pirates just didn't do it for me in the 3 episodes I sat though and just made me angry. Another is a horror anime so those are generally best marathoned instead of watching one episode a week. I do plan on watching both still along with everything but these are my priority anime from winter that have finished: Another, Black Rock Shooter, Nisemonogatari, Senki Zesshou Symphogear, and Rinne no Lagrange. If there's one you think I'm missing that I should get to asap leave a comment and I'll consider.
- Brave10 - I love these kind of anime. You know the ones with pretty boys and girls whooping each others asses... Yeah those... <3
- Daily Lives of High School Boys - HILARIOUS~
- Thermae Romae - HILARIOUS~
- Zero no Tsukaima 4 - I'm sure an ova will pop up for this at some point. But it's good to have it finished for fans.
- Recorder to Randoseru - a short episode series about a small girl who is in high school and her large brother that is in grade school. I've oddly enjoyed this series and an oddly glad that it is continuing into the spring season.
- Gokujo - another short episode series. This one is about girls being dirty and gross. Very pervy too. It's charming in it's own strange way.
- NatsumeYuujinchou Shi - Season 5 where?! <3
- Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 - meh
- Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki - still airing!!! ROUND CAT IS ROUND~
So far I've only watched one SPRING 2012 anime. That being Space Brothers of course. It was the #1 anime I was looking forward to and it certainly didn't disappoint me which was delightful. I might try blogging it but well we all know how terrible I am with keeping up to date with those.
Favourites are a great thing. What makes these shows mine is that I think about them very often when I'm thinking about anime and wish to watch them more than once. Some of them I've already watched 5+ times. To be a favourite they also must be entertaining as a whole series. So if they have season 2's or more, I should have loved them just as much as their season one. Everything on the list below applies! I've been meaning to make this kind of list for many years now and I've finally sat down and mulled through all my anime titles and picked these 100 to be my absolute favourites.
Like digitalboy I'll be updating this list regularly from now on but not once a month. I will only update when I feel an anime has stood up to my standards to break into this 100 anime list. I will keep a list at the bottom of this page which of which anime has moved in and which it has kicked out. I doubt that it'll happen very often but time will tell. Check out my Does Not Want List for a taste of my dislikes.
1. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
2. Fullmetal Alchemist
3. Full Metal Panic!
4. Hikaru no Go
5. Macross Plus
6. Romance of the Three Kingdoms
7. Jyu Oh Sei
9. Ristorante Paradiso
10. Infinite Ryvius
12. Princess Mononoke
13. Serial Experiments Lain
14. Ninja Scroll
16. Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
17. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
18. Strawberry Marshmallow
19. Hi no Tori
20. Nasu: Summer in Andalusia
22. Neon Genesis Evangelion
23. Koi Kaze
25. Rose of Versailles
26. You're Under Arrest!
28. Kare Kano
29. Kita e ~Diamond Dust Drops~
30. Twelve Kingdoms
31. Kemono no Souja Erin
32. Cowboy Bebop
33. Crest of the Stars / Banner of the Stars
34. Mobile Suit Gundam 00
35. Himitsu: The Revelation
36. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni / Umineko no Naku Koro ni
37. 3 x 3 Eyes
38. Whisper of the Heart
39. Honey and Clover
40. Now and Then, Here and There
45. Hunter X Hunter
46. Yakitate!! Japan
47. Detroit Metal City
48. Battle Angel Alita
49. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
50. Last Exile
51. Turn A Gundam
52. Guin Saga
53. Blue Submarine No. 6
54. Haibane Renmei
55. Astro Fighter Sunred AKA Tentai Senshi Sunred
56. One Piece
57. Detective Conan
58. Kara no Kyoukai - The Garden of Sinners
61. House of Five Leaves AKA Sarai-ya Goyou
62. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
65. Hotori: Tada Saiwai o Koinegau
67. Heroic Age
68. Dirty Pair
69. Millennium Actress
70. Neko Rahmen
73. Puni Puni Poemy
74. Excel Saga
75. Arakawa Under the Bridge
76. Giant Robo
77. Dominion Tank Police
79. Antique Bakery
80. Tokyo Godfathers
81. Iria: Zeiram The Animation
82. Nodame Cantabile
83. Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
84. Grave of the Fireflies
86. Alien Nine
89. Rurouni Kenshin
90. Patlabor: The Mobile Police
91. Junjou Romantica
95. Sora no Otoshimono
96. Video Girl AI
100. X: The Movie
From the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Ling Yao is the 12th prince of Xing, and represents the Yao Clan. His goal is to find immortality and become the next emperor with his people's support. During his search he has many encounters with the homunculi, in particular Greed whom he will have a very interesting relationship with throughout the series.
Why I like him: I love how he can be completely silly and hilarious in one moment then turn into a dark and serious fighter. His fighting skills are quite impressive with a sword and I love how his eyes are always squinting. Most characters that have their eyes like that are awesome. He cares for his people greatly and takes good care of those that are closest to him. No one is a small person to him. Scroll over for ***SPOILER*** When he merges with Greed willingly that was just a shocking moment. But as time goes on he is able to control Greed in a way that Greed probably didn't see coming. Just amazing willpower.
Why I hate him: I can't think of anything to hate about him honestly. Just too bad-ass.
Overall: The Xing Country people were a nice addition to see in an animated Fullmetal Alchemist. I will get around to reading the manga someday.
From the anime Fullmetal Alchemist, Maes Hughes works in the military intelligence division and is a close friend of Roy Mustang. He has a great love for his family and is a very loyal friend. His weapons of choice are knives that he can very skillfully through when he needs to.
Why I like him: Energetic and hilarious but knows when to be serious and lend a helping hand. Every character he interacts with you can't help but to smile, especially when he would go on and on about his family to Roy.
Why I hate him: Scroll over for ***SPOILER*** Totally not his fault but his death was one of the saddest things I've seen in anime. I was too angry to cry about it though.
Overall: Happy Father's Day! Maes is one of the best dad's ever!
The third and last installment of my decades list brings us to the Series of 2000-2009. The Series were very difficult to choose from and it was very hard to even pick an order (Don't take the ordering of these series to seriously) let alone limit it to a top 50. So I did 60 instead! XD
Lots of other bloggers have already put up their lists and you can find them all listed over on Kitsune's page. Check them out! There's a lot of great lists to be had for all those list crazy people! Also don't forget to check out my OVA's list and the Movies list if you missed them. Digitalboy created an ultimate top decade list that everyone should definitely check out if they haven't already. Add titles that you think are missing from this huge list.
Time to look at my top 60 series of the decade!
60.) Gravitation (2000, 2001) - What can I say I liked the boy boy love... and songs XD
59.) Gilgamesh (2003, 2004) - Love hate, love hate, love hate. Try it. Love it or hate it. I still don't know.
56.) Doujin Work (2007) - Hilarious comedy about a girl who draws a doujin for the first time.
55.) Junjou Romantica (2008) - Yes more boy boy love. More explicit, more smooches. S2 was a let down from the awesomeness of the first season.
52.) Rec (2006) - Cute little love story that made me awww.
51.) Chi's Sweet Home (2008, 2009) - Both seasons of Chi were so awesome. This is what cats are really like. Somehow the Japanese capture this perfectly.
50.) Samurai Deeper Kyo (2002) - Swords, ass kickery, and a confused man.
49.) Kanamemo (2009) - Hilarious moe slice of life comedy.
48.) Nyan Koi! (2009) - Sure it's a harem romance. But the CATS!
47.) Skip Beat! (2008) - That chicken suit was win.
46.) Eureka Seven (2005, 2006) - I only actually really liked the last 10 episodes or so of the series. Great story in general, but the characters were too annoying all the way through to make it a really amazing watch.
45.) Love Hina (2000) - My first harem romance anime I watched. Good memories.
44.) Scrapped Princess (2003) - A great story about sibling bonds with magical powers.
43.) ef - a tale of memories (2007) - Ok I only really like Kyosuke's story with Kei. Those two are adorable. Stay away from S2.
42.) Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (2009) - Amazing story, graphics, and drama. Great tale of survival.
41.) .hack//SIGN (2002) - Somehow it being slower than molasses on a winters day didn't make me run away. The music was stunning and makes it on my anime playlists everytime.
40.) Mermaid Forest TV (2003) - Horror and mermaids? Yes please.
39.) Get Backers (2002, 2003) - They'll find what you have lots! Pretty boys saving the day!
38.) Samurai Champloo (2004, 2005) - Two dudes who fight all the time and an annoying chick. How was it awesome then? Just was somehow XD
37.) Canaan (2009) - a wonderful clusterfuck of amazing characters.
36.) Soul Eater (2008, 2009) - EXCALIBUR!!!!!!!!
35.) Kino's Journey (2003) - Great travels of a girl and her motorcycle. Really liked the look at the way humans are. Really made you think.
34.) Diamond Daydreams (2004) - 6 amazing stories about the magical diamond dust tale.
32.) X TV (2001, 2002) - A huge cast of amazing characters fighting to save the world.
31.) Natsume Yuujinchou (2008, 2009) - Both seasons of this show were amazing. Following a young boy that just happens to be able to see and talk with spirits.
30.) Speed Grapher (2005) - I went in expecting a dude that just takes pictures. What I got was that but WAY more.
29.) D.Gray-man (2006 - 2009) - Every episode was a treat to watch. I stalled this series for a good 2 months because I knew that when it ended I was going to be sad. I want more.
28.) Haibane Renmei (2002) - A touching tale about angels that will leave you breathless and ponder many important questions of life.
27.) Minami-ke (2007) - The adventures of three quirky sisters.
26.) Chobits (2002) - One of my favourite romances out there. Chii is adorable and her master Hideki knows it.
25.) Hi no Tori (2004) - 3 epic stories of the legendary phoenix. You'll ponder about life in general. How did we get here?
24.) Gungrave (2003, 2004) - Two men can love each other... No not in THAT way XD
23.) GANTZ (2004) - Great bloody action. Loved the characters even if everyone hated them.
22.) Tytania (2008, 2009) - My updated with pretty graphics space opera fix.
21.) Birdy the Mighty Decode (2008, 2009) - A lovely remake from the OVA that was left unfinished. Glad they came back to finish off such a wonderful story. The characters are awesome.
20.) Banner of the Stars (2000) - A yummy follow up from Crest of the Stars. They just get better and better.
19.) Himitsu: The Revelation (2008) - CSI with a twist! They'll look at your brain and find the bad guys. SO GOOD.
18.) Vandread (2000 - 2002) - Girls VS boys! Oh crap we should save the universe too!
17.) s-CRY-ed (2001) - One of 5 anime that only managed to make me cry.
16.) Bokurano (2007) - CHAIRS!
15.) Claymore (2007) - "I just want to eat delicious guts."
14.) Ristorante Paradiso (2009) - This is slice of life adult style. Very slow but so mature. And it's about food as well to make it extra delicious.
13.) Strawberry Marshmallow (2005) - Favourite slice of life moe blob out there. Episode 6 will always be treasured.
12.) Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (2006) - A delicious mix or gore, horror, and confusion. No need to answer questions. Just sit back and enjoy the bloodfest! <- (spoilers)
11.) Last Exile (2003) - Felt like I was watching Star Wars racers while watching some amazing cut scene from a Final Fantasy game. Music, graphics, and story were all stellar.
10.) Koi Kaze (2004) - One of the BEST romance series out there. Why? Because it isn't a "normal" romance XD
9.) You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle (2007, 2008) - This series in general is one of my all time favourites. Watching this police department keeping the streets clean along with their amazing character development. Not to be missed.
8.) Mushishi (2005, 2006) - Delicious episodic anime of a man wandering around the landscape in search of learning more about the weird and mysterious mushi.
7.) Twelve Kingdoms (2002, 2003) - An epic tale of epic proportions. Just get past the first 6 episodes to really get into it.
6.) Kemono no Souja Erin (2009) - The best epic tale of a girl and her beast lords.
5.) Jyu Oh Sei (2006) - Short but an amazing story of survival with a twist at the end.
4.) Baccano! (2007) - An amazing gathering of crazy characters on a train. If I was an anime character I would be Miria!
3.) Hikaru no Go (2001 - 2003) - This show made Go actually interesting for 75 episodes!
2.) Full Metal Panic! (2002) - Military, secrets, and a blue haired beauty! Sousuke is pretty delicious too.
1.) Fullmetal Alchemist (2003, 2004) - My all time favourite anime. Nothing has topped it. Few have come close.