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
Summer had the shortest list I'd seen for current airing anime in quite some time. It had what most people would consider the best anime of 2009 come out, (Bakemonogatari) which is the only anime I didn't watch from summer. It's not that I don't want to watch it. It just frustrates me that they are still needing 2 episodes to be released before it is complete. I'm sure I could watch the other episodes and be happy with that but I want to experience it in the full.
Summer had all original shows. All but two anyway, Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Spice and Wolf II were the only sequels. Technically I suppose you could put Umineko no Naku Koro ni into that category but Umineko can very easily be watched on it's own without having watched any Higurashi imo.
Elementhunters started up and is still airing right now. It's said to be 39 episodes so it should be finished soon enough. I have mixed feelings about this show. It's interesting in a weird way but I can't help finding it terribly boring at the same time. It also feels like they are trying to teach kids about science because the ed song is all about the periodic table and tries to make people memorize the elements.
Best show for summer for me,was Canaan. It was fast, full of action, and had awesome characters. It's rare for an anime to have such a big cast and me not hate any of them. Very rare. Sure the plot was a little fuzzy at times and it did have a few slow moments but overall it was great! The action was fun and exciting to me. The animation was nice as well. It wasn't anything special but it didn't burn the eyes either. I can see how people would be disappointed with this show but for me it was a great action romp.
Worst show for summer for me, was Aoi Hana. Talk about a snore fest. Sure there was one scene in there that was hot smooching action but that was it. As far as I can remember anyway. I was too busy trying to stay awake through the show let alone pay attention to it. I mean i knew what i was getting into with it as it's a yuri anime at an all girls school. So i was expecting Maria sama with different characters. I can't believe this show actually made Maria sama look good... Yes while both had whiny, bitchy characters. Aoi Hana turned up the drama and waterworks past the dial limit. It was very annoying to watch a girl crying every episode about whatever crisis was occurring at that very moment when it was really nothing terrible to begin with. For an anime so short it seemed like each episode was over an hour long. Wishing for the anime to end while you are on episode 2 is never a good sign. At least the animation was pretty...
Here’s my big list of Best to Worst shows of summer 2009:
- Canaan 9/10
- Kuruneko (still airing) 10/10
- Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 9/10
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni 9/10
- Kanamemo 8/10
- Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!! 4/10
- Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 6/10
- Weiss Survive 6/10
- Elementhunters (still airing) 5/10
- Princess Lover! 5/10
- Taishou Yakyuu Musume 5/10
- Spice and Wolf II 4/10
- Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ 4/10
- Sora no Manimani 3/10
- GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class 3/10
- Needless 3/10
- Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou 2/10
- Aoi Hana 1/10
Surprise fail: Needless... I went in expecting an updated version of scryed and got... LESS... I definitely didn't NEED to watch this show. So much disappointment.
Guilty pleasure: Kuruneko. It's about a lady and her cats, very simple. The episodes are 2 minutes long and make me laugh SO MUCH. One episodes I pretty much almost peed my pants laughing I had to pause the episode and wait till I calmed down before I could continue. Cat humor gets me everytime.
Honorable mentions: Umineko no Naku Koro ni a faithful follower of an awesome horror/mystery. Still a very good anime but didn't live up to my expectations from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and I suppose nothing ever will. Love Lady Bern! Princess Lover! I actually liked this show at first but once they started with that "action" stuff (ep 8?) it started to try being something it wasn't and failed miserably. That actually made me pretty sad cause I was actually liking a harem anime then they went and ruined it >.<