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 Now and Then, Here and There, Sara Ringwalt is a girl that ended up being transported to another world along with Shu because she looks like another girl named Lala-Ru, whom is needed to give this world water.
Why I like her: After numerous times being, Scroll over for ***SPOILER*** raped she finally took a stand and got away by killing one of the men whom had done this over and over again to her.
Why I hate her: The only thing that makes me hate her is just how much I relate to her.
Overall: Sara is a very tragic character in this show. For the most part all the characters are but her story is one that I can not shake and hit me the most. Her character made me write this entry for digitalboy's series Diary of an Anime Lived.
This post is pretty personal to me and holds spoilers for the anime Now and Then, Here and There. So if you haven't watched it I urge you to go and watch it before reading this. Not only to understand this post but to really experience a truly great anime as well. Sure it might be hard to watch for some but it's definitely worth the watch.
Basically this story takes me back to high school... the second time around. The first time I had to quit because I had medical issues that I just couldn't fight while trying to attend math class at 8am in the morning. Every morning. Sure not that early to some but when you have a sleeping issue where your body pretty much makes you a cat for 20 hours of the day, it's a little hard to get up for that class so early in the morning, let alone have teachers willing to care about helping you get caught up. (because you have no friends that will bring you the work being 100% new to the school and all as well).
Anyway I was put back a year because of this medical issue. Which means I was in my sisters grade from then on. (we are 14 months apart age wise). I had no friends in hardly any of the classes I was in and what little ones I did have that were my own age, they didn't really want to hang out with me because of this issue. *tear* Sure it sucked big time but whatever I was only there to learn, pass and get a piece of paper saying "I DID IT!" whoop-de-do!
Somehow through this time I found "love". It was the first time I felt so strongly about someone that I just went with the motion against all the warnings I got before hand about it. We meet for the first time (not really the first but the first he "noticed" me or that an actual girl called out to him), after school while I was walking home towards the bus. It was winter so it was cold. For some reason I missed my bus (not really), and took the time to wander with this boy around the mall. Eventually we got a little tired and sat down near the food court warming each others hands up by holding them tightly over the table talking. *barf*
Anyway that's how I met "him". I thought we were in love. Like any first love it's always the stupidest. (unless you are super lucky). I always think of that song "The first cut is the deepest" because well fuck. I'm still messed up from that fucked up situation and everything that happened. We were miserable from the start. His parents (mom mostly) hated me (because I wasn't Asian...wtf she married a white man...). And on top of that he had mental issues. Now I'm sure everyone is saying yeah yeah everyone at that age has mental issues. BUT not everyone is on prescribed drugs for said issues, freaks out when off of said drugs (who knows why!) and beats his gf FOR NO REASON... over and over again.
I being a fool wanted to stand by him and help him with his problems. His home life sucked, he hated school (even though he got perfect scores), and claimed to love me; what person wouldn't stick around to help out the one they thought they loved. Eventually that love faded after numerous abusive encounters. I was too afraid to actually just pick up and leave him because he would just hunt me down and call constantly. (which did happen when I finally grew balls).
But before I got away from this person the saddest worst thing (one of the worst things anyway) happened to me... not quite as drastic as Sara (this is where it starts to relate to the anime) but just as painful... I was raped by him.
I never told this to anyone before so openly. Only certain people know. I'll never forget the first 2 people I told my story to later on down the road of life. They were random friends and just always wondered why I seemed like an empty shell even though I showed so much energy. Most people couldn't see through that act but these 2 did. My best friend at the time (still is) of course knew but never pushed me on the subject. Probably a good thing because he kept me from killing myself on several nights. The most memorable of nights was in winter on valentines day, I had drank excessively and fast after a terrible day. I called him before I left my house to go drowned myself in the river where we both lived near by.
Like Shu did for Sara, (slightly less harsh) my friend found me just before I jumped in and just told me how much he alone would miss me and doing something like that would just let "him" win in the end. Sara desperately wanted to die and she knew she was caring a child as well. (who knows if this is true but fuck). I too wanted to die. Not only because this had happened to me but because *I* let it happen to me after ALL the warnings. I was lucky and knew I wasn't pregnant after the incident because he made me walk to the clinic in the pouring rain, in lots of pain (it fucking HURTS for a girls FIRST time) to be sure of it. Made me get pills that made me be sick for 2 days afterwards just to be 100% sure. I dunno what was going through his head at the time but honestly I don't give a shit anymore. It was wrong.
I guess this story is about hope. Shu didn't want Sara to die over something so terrible that she was still alive from. Sure it blew ass that it happened but it wasn't worth getting all worked up over to that extent. Hard truth I suppose. I went through the same thing. In the end neither of us ended up finishing off our lives because of a friend. I dunno if Sara really saw Shu as a friend but I'm sure glad mine was there in one of my worst times of need.