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.
digitalboy brings chii back from the dead with a studio post! I first saw his J.C. Staff post and encouraged him to do more saying that I would do so as well. Well here we are! I personally love lists to no end and when they pop up on blogs I can't help but to read. Even if I don't agree with it I'll still read it and be greatly entertained. The only thing I don't like about some lists is having to order them. Making them is the easy part but putting them in order from favourite to least favourite? Ick! That takes a lot of brain power and heartache in some cases.
Studio DEEN has a lot of my top 100 favourites and a lot of favourites that just didn't fit on a top 100 list! Sure some of their stuff isn't all that pretty to look at but honestly that doesn't bother me. Ironically I'm not an animation snob that one might associate with an anime fan. Anime being animation and all and generally that's what is suppose to really impress people, with how pretty it looks. I just want great stories and a decent enough ending. I want to be entertained to the max and honestly all these shows have done so for me in one way or another. Some even don't look that bad!
Consisting of 3 series, the first one being the longest at 51 glorious episodes. 6 ova's and specials and I can't only hope that there will be more someday! I really should pick up the manga someday. I can't get enough of this wacky police force. The chicks in it are total bad asses and their male counterparts match them quite well. It's another one of those adult slice of life series that I just can't get enough of!
We have 2 amazing series plus a bunch of OVA's (one coming this summer YAY) what more could I ask for? Great mystery and just the right amount of cute girls messing around in blood.
6 lovely normal everyday girls living out their very normal lives are about to be touched by the Diamond Dust tale. "When the moisture in the air freezes on a chilly day, the air seems to sparkle and shimmer. It is said that to see the diamond dust in its glory means that lovers will stay together forever, friendships will flourish, and dreams will be realized." Each story was rather touching and is just pure awesome. This is not generally an anime that people would peg me to enjoy but it's one of the best I've ever seen.
I like personified countries what can I say? It's super funny too and only 5 minute episodes. I love short series like this! I own mini figurines of 9 characters thanks to my boyfriend as an awesome birthday gift 2 years ago! This series is awesome. Go Canada XD
The best yuri toned anime by far. (As long as I don't count Puni Puni Poemy anyway) More thoughts here. I've since re-rated this anime 9/10 despite what my review says.
Umineko follows Higurashi with more twists and turns in a wonderful kind of mysterious way. It also pushes me closer and closer to actually playing the VN's but I will probably just end up waiting for a Season 2 of it instead. It will happen since that seems to be what DEEN is oh so good at!
Jointed with Studio Gallop, Studio DEEN actually did the "crappy" part of the series but did the amazing OVA's that everyone loves so much. I personally enjoyed even the filler part of Kenshin that they were part of. I enjoyed Trust & Betrayal alright but not to the extent that most others have. Still a great samurai story and worth the watch. Very excited about the upcoming new series attached to this wonderful franchise.
Everyone has fond memories of their first of anything. Sometimes anyway lol... Gravitation was my first yaoi series and honestly I know it's really not that great but I've watched it about 5+ times now and I can easily say that nostalgia just won't let me let go of this series. The music is crappy but the drama between those 2 boys is just something else. Not to mention all the other boys in the show! Oh yaoi!
First yaoi followed by one of the best yaoi I've ever seen. I can't really explain WHY I enjoyed it as much as I did but well yeah, chii has a BL fangirl inside her that sometimes (rarely actually) escapes~
Ok I know most people actually really dislike this series but I was highly entertained by it through and through. The complaints from it I believe were that it didn't live up to the manga (snort) but since I don't generally read manga I was perfectly ok with how things turned out in the end. I mean really, 2 souls in one body? I'll say awesome to that!
One of my first blind anime purchases and I was not disappointed. I really need to re-watch it actually as it's been 10 years now since I last watched it. I should watch the series that comes after the OVA but well something just keeps stopping me from doing so.
I first watched this series with my best friend then continued it with a past boyfriend to finish it off. Everything about it just makes me remember the "good old days" and I'd love to sit down again someday and watch it again. I'd turn into a lesbian for Shampoo.
I've actually only seen Season 1 of this series so it may move up in this list a lot once I do. But the first season was highly enjoyable and I actually plan on blogging it soon. (lol I always say this but I seriously will) I love supernatural shows like this and Ai is a delightful tragic girl that I enjoy watching oh so much.
Cheesy but fun. And honestly "Archer" is dead sexy. The Unlimited Blade Works rekindled my love for the series. But I wouldn't really recommend watching UBW before you watch the series.
"For a fee, they will recover any lost or stolen item for a client with "a 100% success rate". That cockiness is what makes me love these 2 men so much. They have awesome superpowers and end up fighting a total awesome bad dude that seriously kicks ass for a baddie.
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DEEN shows that I've watched that are awesome too but missed the list: Groove Adventure Rave, Amatsuki, Giant Killing, Nurarihyon no Mago, and Kore wa Zombie desu ka?
DEEN shows I still have to watch that will make this list a top 20 list eventually: Maison Ikkoku, Kyo Kara Maoh, Zipang, Eat-Man, and Touka Gettan
DEEN shows I still have to watch but have NO interest in actually watching them anytime soon: Princess Princess, Amaenaideyo, Shining Tears X Wind, Suteki Tantei Labyrinth, Vampire Knight, and Zenki
DEEN shows I simply can't stand: King of Bandit Jing, Mouse, Seitokai no Ichizon, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Yumeria, and Twilight Q (All are actually on my top 100 hate list)
DEEN shows I was really disappointed by: Shion no Oh, Fruits Basket, Maria-sama, Hatenkou Yuugi, and Code E/Mission E
Angel's Egg is a stand alone movie that DEEN did that is one of the best and most spectacular anime movies I've watched. If I included it in my top list above by joining Umineko with Higurashi (technically I could) it would take spot #6 easily.
More studio lists to come! Up next J.C. Staff! (because everyone else has one already LOL)
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 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, Rika Furude goes to the same school as Keiichi but is in a different grade. They are great friends and she is also best friends with the girl she lives with Satoko, another student. She has no parents so she is the head of her family and is seen by the villagers as the heir of the local shrine. Rika over time is the only one that seems to remember what happens each time things are re-set and wishes to find a way to stop it.
Why I like her: She is completely adorable. I love how she is so short and has blue (almost purple looking) hair with cute bangs. Nipa~ Ni~ <3 Even if she acts like a child there is a deep mature side to her. She is determined no matter what happens or how many times to save those that mean the most to her. Scroll over for ***SPOILER*** Her interesting relation to the Witch of Miracles, Frederica Bernkastel is awesome!
Why I hate her: I think it is impossible for me to feel anything but love.
Overall: Someday I will play the VN's and read the manga. I love the Higurashi universe so much and I know I'm missing out a lot by not reading more about it from where it first came from. Image below done by etou (cherry7).
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.