Favorite Anime?

Jonathan Bowerman

Hung out on a briar with Honorable Jorg
#1
Hello, all! What is your favorite anime, which anime are you currently watching, and what is your top 5 of ALL TIME anime?

Thanks!
 

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#2
My top pick so far has to be Shuumatsu no Izetta. Whilst you could tell towards the end that the studio had been a bit rushed, it sucked me in with an engaging storyline, characters I cared about and even managed to keep me completely off-balance for the entire runtime.

My current seasonals are Konosuba, RWBY, and Youjo Senki. All worth a look.

As to all time top picks, that's hard. I've given my number 1 pick already, so others worth mentioning would be Noucome, Re:Zero, Akame ga Kill!, Keijo, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. For JoJo, Part 3 is the best one adapted to anime so far.
 

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#4
Oh yeah. I finished Momo Kyun Sword the other week and started on Lostorage Incited WIXOSS. MKS is very much an adventure battle anime with a lot of fanservice but Haruka Chisuga did the op/ed themes which was really why I watched it, and it did genuinely become decent near the end.

LIW is a card battle anime, which is why I put off watching it for a bit (the strong animation caught my eye). I've been surprised by how good it actually is - ostensibly, the MC gets into the game as a way to combat loneliness and is trying to find her childhood best friend who rejects her thoroughly. I'm halfway done with the series now and it's setting up to be a heartbreaker.
 

GreyMouser

Journeyed there and back again
#5
Attack on Titan
Berserk
One Punch Man
Fate Zero
Naruto
 

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#7
I just finished School Days and hot mother of DAMN that got dark at the end.
 
#8
Man, that's a tough question!

My favorite anime of all time has got to be Outlaw Star! Old, but definitely a classic.

My favorite that I'm watching is probably Konosuba or Haikyuu! Both are great, although some don't care for sports animes so much.

Top 5 of all time (other than Outlaw Star and in no particular order)
1) To Aru Majutsu No Index / To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (I really like in-depth stories and parallel stories)
2) The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
3) Denno Coil
4) Trigun
5) Noragami
 

Vasher

Helped Logen count his fingers
#9
Top 5 requires more thought power than I'm willing to use right now. I will say that my number one will always be FLCL. I just saw it at the perfect age and every time I've re-watched it over the years it's held up. It's just such a fantastic coming of age story with amazing music, a great sense of humor, and style for days. I also loved Escaflowne, Death Note, Trigun, and Mushishi. The only anime I've seen in the past few years that really stuck with me at all is Your Lie in April.
 

Noor Al-Shanti

Philosophizes with Kellhus
#10
I'm currently watching ReZero.

Hmmmm... I don't know if I've really watched enough to make a top 5 list, but let me rank the ones I've seen and enjoyed:

1) HunterxHunter
2) Naruto (with a lot of filler skipping near the end of Shippuden!)
3) Attack on Titan
4) One Punch Man
5) Seki-Kun: Master of Killing Time

But really, I love Miyazaki's Anime most of and will re-watch those endlessly. Especially Nausicaa and Conan boy in Future. :)
 

Carl

Got in a fistfight with Dresden
#12
Don't watch them anymore - but back in day (1980s-90s) I was really hooked onto the 'robot' based anime shows and manga comicbooks.
ROBOTECH
ROBOTECH GENESIS
NINJA ROBOTS
EVANGELION
Also
Ghostsweeper
You are under Arrest (YAUA)
Dragon Ball Z

Good old stuff... :android:
 

Kalavan

Ran bridges next to Kaladin
#13
Didn't watch an anime in years, anyway my top 5, in no particular order, would be:

Monster
Tenkuu non Escaflowne
Steins; Gate
Berserk (the late '90s one)
Neon Genesis Evangelion

special mentions for Gankutsuou, Rurouni Kenshin and Planetes
 

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#14
Some new recommendations:

School-Live!
WorldEnd (SukaSuka, or What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us?)
KonoSuba
Aho-Girl!
Sakura Quest
The Ancient Magus' Bride looks like it could be very good
 

CelestialAeon

A farm boy with a sword
#15
Oh boy, so many to choose from...

Anything from Hayao Miyazaki, pure brilliance.

Samurai X / Kenshin OVA is one of the best animes I've seen, seriously recommended. Four part series that goes through the bakumatsu era with Kenshin. Soundtrack is sublime as well.

RahXephon was something I enjoyed a lot. Good romance, interesting scifi elements. Sure, it was Neon Genesis Evangelion copy, but a good one.

Trigun had a good balance between slapstick and serious stuff

Patlabor 2 was refreshing combination of detective story and politics

Haibane Renmei - really interesting world and atmosphere
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
#16
I'm adding puellas magi modoka magicka, not in my favs, but as one of the best well made animes.

Rules. I'm going to lay it down like it was for me. If you start you cannot form an opinion or stop until the credits roll on episode 3, (or end of first movie if you watch the condensed version) if you do not follow this I will not listen to you about it. Do not look it up or google it, this will deeply ruin it.

So for the first 2 1/2 I tried clawing my eyes out, go ahead and curse my name, but remember its worth it. It's almost like two separate animes.

Spoiler for my spoiler, there I no reason to watch this if you read my spoiler , I literally will ruin the show.

so it starts like a groan worthy little girl anime, with tea parties and friendship. All trying to be magical girls.

It's like a well written better produced Japanese strawberry shortcake.

Then episode three and bam. Decapitation, drug use,harvesting souls, everything you know I a lie, that cute fluffy cat thing just gets creepier and creepier unable to die as it reveals that magical girls have a soul outside their bodies, which is really just a crop to be harvested. And it delves into some theories on how the world is, and why.

The animation is separated into three styles with separate music to go with each. Before, after, and witches realm (which looks like a crafts fair threw up, its really cool) with no knowledge one could watch some of first episode and a later, and not recognize them as the samd series

A major reason I'm raving about this one is that it completely caught me off guard, I never saw the change over coming. But also its so brilliantly done, it masters two completely different tones through all aspects of animation
 
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Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#17
I'm adding puellas magi modoka magicka, not in my favs, but as one of the best well made animes.

Rules. I'm going to lay it down like it was for me. If you start you cannot form an opinion or stop until the credits roll on episode 3, (or end of first movie if you watch the condensed version) if you do not follow this I will not listen to you about it. Do not look it up or google it, this will deeply ruin it.

So for the first 2 1/2 I tried clawing my eyes out, go ahead and curse my name, but remember its worth it. It's almost like two separate animes.

Spoiler for my spoiler, there I no reason to watch this if you read my spoiler , I literally will ruin the show.

so it starts like a groan worthy little girl anime, with tea parties and friendship. All trying to be magical girls.

It's like a well written better produced Japanese strawberry shortcake.

Then episode three and bam. Decapitation, drug use,harvesting souls, everything you know I a lie, that cute fluffy cat thing just gets creepier and creepier unable to die as it reveals that magical girls have a soul outside their bodies, which is really just a crop to be harvested. And it delves into some theories on how the world is, and why.

The animation is separated into three styles with separate music to go with each. Before, after, and witches realm (which looks like a crafts fair threw up, its really cool) with no knowledge one could watch some of first episode and a later, and not recognize them as the samd series

A major reason I'm raving about this one is that it completely caught me off guard, I never saw the change over coming. But also its so brilliantly done, it masters two completely different tones through all aspects of animation
See also:

Magical Girl Raising Project
School-Live!

Spoiler tagged for the same reason as PMMM was up there. School-Live is fantastic, both in anime and manga forms.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#20
I'll just repost one of my old post about anime that has a list. I'm not watching anything currently. The only anime I watched in last 5 years was Attack on Titan season 1.



I've seen too much, probably over 300-400 titles. I don't even know myself. When I was still watching, my favorite anime were usually the ones labeled as "seinen". Seinen is anime targeted toward 20-30 year old men. It often deals with more serious topic, it doesn't shy away from violence, sex, gore and stuff like that. So me between 25 and 28 and female fitted right in :inpain:
My choices of top anime often reflects my preference for seinen. I don't find cutesy stuff appealing and I despise in your face fan service. Here are some that I like (mostly TV shows):

  1. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
  2. Hellsing Ultimate
  3. Monster
  4. Trigun
  5. Trinity Blood
  6. Gungrave
  7. Baccano!
  8. Blood+
  9. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  10. Cowboy Bebop
  11. Mononoke (not to be confused with Princess Mononoke)
  12. Welcome to N.H.K
  13. 12 Kingdoms
  14. Black Lagoon
  15. Kara no Kyoukai movies
  16. Detroit Metal City
  17. Darker than Black
  18. Seirei no Morbito
  19. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
  20. Soul Eater
  21. Samurai Champloo
  22. FLCL
  23. Ergo Proxy
and so on and on...I probably forgot to mention some here that I really liked as well.

As for manga I've read around 200 of those as well and these are some of my favorites

  1. Hellsing (horror)
  2. Berserk (fantasy/horror)
  3. Claymore (fantasy/horror)
  4. BLAME! (cyberpunk)
  5. Sidonia no Kishi (sci-fi)
  6. Gantz (sci-fi/horror)
  7. Vagabond (historical)
  8. Blade of the Immortal (historical/fantasy)
  9. 20th Century Boys (sci-fi/drama)
  10. Pluto (sci-fi)
  11. Yotsuba to! (comedy)
etc etc..