I have been genuinely looking forward to redrafting this massive list for years now. As arbitrary and obvious as that sounds, there’s a certain satisfaction I get from organizing all of my thoughts and feelings about the anime that I love, and internally debating what deserves the top spot. Every single anime I placed on or removed from the list had me strenuously debating with myself. The process was mind-numbing, requiring frequent breaks and monstrous amounts of brain food to keep my writer’s block at bay.
It’s been roughly three years since I made my last top 50 update. My favorite thing to analyze as I was revamping this list were the changes between three-year-younger me, and my present day self looking into the mirror. How many anime have been added to my list in this time? (15, to be exact.) What anime were taken off? What anime have changed spots due to my growth as an anime fan, and just how much do I love the “worst” anime on the list? Three years ago, I had several anime on my list that I gave a 8.5/10. This time I couldn’t even fit all of the straight 9/10 anime. This means that I can say for certain that everything on this list is something I have an extreme attachment to, which also made trimming off number 51 and beyond excruciatingly difficult.
To help you understand exactly how this list is quantified, I need to stress that this list represents my taste, and my personal reaction only. There are anime on here that I would rarely recommend to the average fan, and there are some absent from this list that many consider classics. If I only like a particular season of an anime, I will specify so and explain why. Otherwise, all anime listed represent the entire series. These are the 50 anime that, after pouring 25,000 words of text for, basically comprise my entire identity right now. These are the 50 anime that continually inspire me, instill me with empathy, and keep me crawling back for more. These are my official, precisely placed favorite 50 anime of all time. Please enjoy!Continue reading