My 50 Favorite Anime

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!

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2014 – Anime of the Year Awards

2014 is over, meaning the 70+ anime I was watching that had episodes airing this year are ultimately behind me. This also marks my first complete year as an anime blogger, so this is the first time I’ve gotten to reflect on a full year of anime consumption. I’m not here to act like a pretentious critic, because these aren’t really awards as much as they are celebratory commendations. The anime industry has such a colorful and creative existence, that it wholly deserves to be considered in the same vain as an award show, so I’m going to do my best to make this at least a bit organized and serious.

Let’s lay down some ground rules. I am only nominating and declaring winners from the pool of anime that I have watched, or attempted to watch. There are a couple that managed to slip by me. There are even some that I will admit are probably well made, but are so far from my personal preferences that I don’t care to watch them just for the sake of their popularity. This means certain anime, like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, are not being considered. I am also being a bit impartial in my selections as well, but there are anime that appeal to me more than I believe they will appeal to the masses. It’s a bit of a mix of both. Rest assured, the winners of each category are hopefully justified. So let’s get started! I’ll be your host, and this is a celebration of the greatness that anime achieved in 2014! The first awards will only discuss the winner, but the main awards will also list the nominees in alphabetical order, followed by the runner up, and concluding with the winner!

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Mushishi – Top 15 Most Incredible Mushi

Mushishi is my favorite anime. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably be saying it for years on end. Mushishi captivates again and again with it’s vast array of supernatural phenomena intermixed with tender and emotional character stories. It’s a testament to the writing and imagination people are capable of, and I always feel privileged to have seen this anime. At first, I wanted to do a countdown of the best episodes, but I can do that for ANY anime. Instead, I want to do something a bit more true to the show, and rank the Mushi themselves, regardless of how good their episode was.

Mushi, for those who have yet to see this anime, are ethereal beings that hover on the edge of existence. They can barely be perceived, yet they affect the world in very real ways. The numerous capabilities they have of changing the world and afflicting it with different conditions have given us an outstandingly great list to choose from. Every episode has a new Mushi, and every single one of them would be a privilege to write about. But we’re here to pick the coolest ones. The most interesting, complex, or imaginative of these little suckers to compare and lay out for all to see. I have a tendency to forget certain episodes because they don’t have a continuing storyline, so delving through them again reawakened my appreciation for this anime. Mushishi has delivered more quality stories than any other anime I’ve seen, but before we delve into the fifteen best Mushi, we have one to discuss that is the foundation of all Mushi.

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Fall 2014 Anime – Final Review

Fall has proven to be the biggest season of the year for anime, and this year has definitely kept up that prestige and ridiculous amount of quality. Several anime returned to do bigger and better things while new anime defied expectations across the board. Who would have known that an anime based on a card game would be so entertaining with Shingeki no Bahamut? How many doubters of Sword Art Online were forced to eat their own words as we were treated to the most emotional story in the series so far? Just HOW GOOD can Ufotable’s animations get with their remake of Fate/Stay Night?! Finally, this season proved that it doesn’t matter how old and obscure a source material is when it comes to anime. Mushishi and Parasyte have proven that it can turn old into new and hang with the flashiest of anime out there.

Now that this season is at an end, it’s time to reflect on what anime truly offered something this time around. I watched more anime this season than any before, and though I dropped a few of them, I came away completely impressed. Fortunately several of the better anime are continuing their run into next season as well! I won’t be mentioning the anime I dropped in this post because, frankly, I have a lot of better anime to talk about, and more blogs to write to celebrate the end of the year. So let’s start with what barely scraped by and end with the cream of the crop of Fall 2014!

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My Top 50 Anime

 

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.

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Fall 2014 Anime – What I’m Watching

I was surprised the first time I ended up with a list of ten anime to watch in one season. It was such a high number that I felt like it’d be impossible to handle anymore. Well let me just say that I was either very naive, or that I have indeed strutted into the world of impossibility because the number of anime I’m watching this season is a new record for me. This season looks to be incredible, to say the least, and I am here to simply point out the anime that seem to make me think this way. Of course, I imagine I’ll be dropping half of the anime I watch after one or two episodes because not every promising anime ends up delivering. However, there is probably an equal number of anime that I will end up starting later once word of mouth reaches me about anime I didn’t even consider winding up being something worth watching. So without further ado, here is the biggest preview list I’ve ever written for anime. And of course, they are in order of my hard to contain anticipation. Continue reading

My Top 50 Anime Characters

The role of almost every character in any medium is to become someone you can relate to. Whether by collapsing with uncontrollable laughter at the hilarity a character summons, or by wielding a dignified passion and appreciation for a character who enacts your own ambitions and inspirations, the number of ways you can find interest in a character is incredibly varied. The design of a great character can go down many starkly different paths, some of which never have to intersect, making characters that can be terrific in one person’s eyes, be a complete disinterest in someone else’s.

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