It wasn’t even four years ago that I sat down with resplendent wonder to watch what I consider my first anime. Sure, I grew up watching Dragonball Z, Digimon, and Pokemon, but they were “cartoons” to me. They had English voice acting and I didn’t even know of the word “anime” back then.
So when I decided to watch my first anime, which was Death Note, it was with the mindset of discovering anime for the first time, and I cannot begin to describe the impression it left on me.
My first thought after finishing it was that there was a whole world of anime beyond Dragonball that I could explore. Death Note awakened a hunger in me to experience the countless imaginative stories that this industry offered. The same level of creativity that I was missing from other mediums I enjoy finally presented itself. It was a bright new horizon that I immediately set sail towards.
I started by watching anything that featured eye-catching artwork or an interesting synopsis on Netflix. Once it got to the point where I wanted to find a website to track what I was watching, my horizons expanded yet again upon discovering Anime Planet and My Anime List. Those websites made me realize that Netflix was equipped with only a small fraction of the anime out there. I soon came across Crunchyroll which allowed me to ease my way into following current anime. Finally, I could be excited about new anime and talk about it with others as soon as new episodes aired.
It was a little bit after that when I named my ultimate anime goal that would take the two years between then and now to complete. This goal was to watch or try every anime on the top 100 list on Anime Planet. During those marathons, I came across an inspiring anime called Bakuman, which gave me the motivation to start this anime blog. I became so fascinated with anime that I wanted to share my thoughts and discuss it with everyone. The only step from there was to watch the anime that I see on other anime blogger’s top anime list, which helps me catch those extremely obscure anime that had something memorable about them.
This brings me to where I am today. I am someone who once knew nothing of anime that became a self-proclaimed otaku. Now I am here to share with both my fellow admirers of anime, and curious wonderers who are looking to take their first step into anime like I did a few years ago, my 50 favorite anime I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in this non-stop marathon of watching every anime I am interested in. I have finally reached the point where even my lowest, fiftieth entry is an anime that I’d enjoy watching again, and therefore I’m finally ready to share these choices with you all. Let me remind you that this is a personal list. These are “my” favorite fifty, and therefore my own personal preferences will play a role in where I rank everything. Just because an anime is positioned higher on this list than another, doesn’t mean I think more people will enjoy it than the previous one. I’m only speaking for myself.