My Top 10 Anime

Whenever someone asks what my favorite anime is, I have a hard time answering. I have yet to watch something that works for me in every conceivable way, but there are a few that have come pretty close. And that’s what this list is for.

So, with that out of the way, here are my ten favorite anime (in no particular order).

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

As controversial as it has been, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is a cinematic masterpiece. Rather than simply showing the characters reliving the same experiences time and time again, the viewers are also thrust into the time loop, sharing in the frustration of repetition and feeling the same sense of relief once everything is resolved. This is an unforgettable experience that many fail to appreciate.

Rating – 10/10


Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S / A Certain Scientific Railgun S

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Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S follows Kamijou Touma, a typical high school student whose only defining characteristics are his spiky hair and ESP/magic-cancelling right arm. The anime follows a series of arcs where he helps various females involved with espers or magicians, all while becoming closer and closer to understanding exactly why he has his mysterious power. The interesting main characters draw in the viewers, creating an interest in their conflicts and the inner workings of their minds.

Rating – 9/10


The Monogatari Series

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The Monogatari Series is one of the most ground-breaking shows I have ever seen. The story follows Hinako, a girl transferred from the real world to the realm of anime. After being threatened with the cancellation of her show, she begins to work towards losing weight, and she invites the viewers to work together with her in that task. Eventually, she also teaches the viewers good sleeping and bathing habits, even bringing her friend to help her. Throughout all of this, Hinako talks to the viewers as if they are actually present, breaking the fourth wall and creating perfect immersion in this one-of-a-kind series. It’s also one of the few series considered ecchi that I actually enjoy. Mainly because of a particular bath scene.

Rating – 9/10


School Rumble

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School Rumble is probably my favorite comedy series, as it follows Chris Chiaki on his misadventures to Byston Well, a world ruled by Yamato Takeru no Mikoto. After becoming split from his earthly self, Chris becomes involved with the hijinks of the Maetomius tribe, a group enslaved by dinosaur-wielding baddies. Of particular note are the hilarious script and voice-acting, which work together to make this one of the greatest comedies of all time.

Rating – 8/10


K-ON! Movie

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The K-ON! Movie is slice-of-life perfected. The story follows a young girl in her mission to revitalize the local shopping district and succeed through high school along with her friends. Before long, she encounters a mysterious bird from a faraway island, and the everyday events of a high school girl become far more interesting. The movie succeeds at portraying a light-hearted yet normal atmosphere, rarely being overwhelmed by the stress of a situation or bombastic appeals.

Rating – 10/10


Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Rebellion

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Rebellion took the entirety of the series and spun it on its head, overwriting the lackluster ending of the original airing with a psychological roller coaster. While some foolishly cling to the original ending as an artistic masterpiece, this film provided the proper closure to the original dilemma, all while opening the world up to something greater. It’s unlikely that this new conclusion will be explored further, but if it is, I only hope that the creators can pull off something even more amazing than this.

Rating – read my review!


 Steins;Gate

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Steins;Gate is a sci-fi anime based on a visual novel from 5pb and Nitroplus. The story follows Nishijou Takumi through his struggles with a shut-in lifestyle and adolescent delusions that seem to be more fact than fiction. The anime succeeds most at blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, drawing on many theoretical scientific subjects as a basis for the concepts. In the end, it all amounts to a complex tale of Takumi’s conflict with reality, and a very interesting story.

Rating – 9/10


Fate/Zero

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A battle royale complete with crazy chicks, genius four-year-olds, and a guy that looks like Madoka Magica’s Kaworu. Fate/Zero is the peak of good writing in anime, as it balances the intricacies of topical dialogue with engaging combat between a wide cast of interesting characters. The series’ greatest strength is its dark nature and no-holds-barred attitude towards what would be considered generally unacceptable.

Rating – 9/10


Hyouka

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While Hyouka begins as a typical family endeavor, it soon transitions into the beginning of its world-famous soundtrack. While the animation throughout is top-notch, the romance is logically developed, and the characters are charming, the true stand-out detail is the musical selection which drives the anime to success. From the soundtrack, I recommend listening to Let it Go and Four Chords That Made a Million.

Rating – 9/10


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood follows Kirito, a high schooler who begins playing a virtual reality video game. Trapped in the virtual world, he and the others begin to plot their way to victory, aiming to beat the game and return to the real world. While this anime certainly looks and sounds great, what it does best is the simplicity of romance. In the midst of a life-or-death conflict, Kirito and his wife settle down, have a child, and enjoy the peace of a lakeside home, showing the viewers the true nature of humans. The second half throws in a controversial love triangle with Kirito’s sister/cousin, showing that romantic love need not be limited to those who are unrelated. Altogether, this series is one of the best at portraying realistic human emotions in the presence of conflict and worry.

Rating – 9/10


Rail Wars!

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The cabooses are legendary.

Rating – 10/10

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