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My Personal Favorite Animes

I've been wanting to do this for a while, but just didn't feel I'd seen enough to make something solid enough that I could point towards without hesitation. I've been watching a lot more over the last year, however and so this is an unsorted list of my favorites to date. Like all my lists, it's a work in progress, so others will appear and some may be dropped in the future. Additionally, I'll be listing series in some cases, but that may extend to the full franchise or other seasons. I'll mention on in the comments, if it includes more than the specific series.

I hope to do another list of stuff I've seen that I thought was "just okay". :-)

EDIT: And I did recently!

EDIT: this is now in a loose order of preference.

1. School Rumble

Both season 1 and 2, plus the closer OAV. A very funny "slice of life" romantic comedy with characters a cut above the norm. A wonderful love comedy. I enjoyed my time with the show so much that one of the great regrets is that it ended too soon in my opinion. This one is at the top of my list for "most wanted reboot".

2. Eureka Seven

A great series that makes me teary at times. Enchanting romantic action drama. I like the characters and the passion, misguided as it is sometimes, all the couples have for each other. I like the music in the series a lot, too.

3. Maison Ikkoku

The best romance-focused comedy I have seen. Joyful, touching, frustrating at times, but completely satisfying through to the end. It is a bit long at 96 episodes but the story spans 4 to 5 years, so it's quite a tale. It's about realistic regular people who are deeply flawed and in the midst of life's hardships learn to give and accept love. They don't make animes like this anymore sadly.

4. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

Amazing and touching adventure with a sweet love story weaved into the narrative. I expected more of a high paced romp but it developed into a thought provoking steampunk fable based loosely off 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Exciting, emotional, and funny.

5. Gintama

Often hilarious, frequently action packed adventure series about a trio of troubleshooters. It breaks the "4th Wall" all the time for comedic effect, but also has some of the funniest dialogue I've heard in a while. If I had a complaint it's that in the third season some of the longer story arcs feel like something from Naruto or Bleach.

6. Toradora

Endearing, smart and fully satisfying romantic comedy that turns melancholy about halfway through but for the better of the story. Complex characters act in realistic ways amid the confusion of their budding relationships.

7. One Piece

Nearly 550 episodes, the 10 movies (well, 1/2 the movies are really good), and the specials. Love the baseball special most. After 500 plus shows, that I am still pulled into each episode says something about the cast and direction of the series for me. The redesign in the newer episodes takes some getting used to, but the fun is still as good as it ever was.

8. Urusei Yatsura

This was the first comedy anime I saw and I loved the loose flow of the storytelling. My attachment to romantic comedies began here. I really like the characters in Urusei Yatsura. Lum's tireless devotion is intriguing to me. She perseveres in a “marriage” which most women would have abandoned for a lower maintenance relationship, but she is committed to it and she loves Ataru thoroughly. For all his bravado, he is attached to her as well which shines through periodically. I find the show infatuating.

9. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

And the original series. This second series compiled the first 34 episodes into 12, so it's a good idea to watch that one, too. Plus, the original had better music. However, the overall story to the second was much better.

10. Mitsudomoe

Something about this cute and chaotic show caught my fancy. I found myself watching and rep-watching the episodes and enjoying them each time. The story is about 3 very different 6th grade sisters who's actions stir up all sorts of trouble for their teacher. The show reminds me of TV's Three's Company in that miscommunication and misunderstanding are the primary source of the humor. It's hilarious.

11. Cheeky Angel

A reverse harem romantic comedy with some gender swapping added to the mix makes this series both endearing and funny. I fell completely for the blossoming love between the female protagonist and her "pineapple headed" suitor, her struggle to decide who she wanted to be and the cast of entertaining characters surrounding her. There is even a fair amount of action, too.

12. Slayers

All four seasons - Slayers, Slayers Next, Slayers Try (personal favorite) and Slayers Revolution/Evolution-R...the movie was okay and the OVAs were fine, too but they featured an older Lina and none of the original TV cast. Since Amelia and Zel are two of my favorite characters, I prefer the TV seasons.

13. Macross

Old school anime that renewed my addiction to the hobby in the 80s. - I love the movie, Do You Remember Love?, too. Of the later Macross stuff, M7 and M-Zero are good but different in tone.

14. To Aru Majutsu no Index

This includes the spin-off series "A Certain Scientific Railgun". This is a great, involved, sometimes perplexing, often thrilling series where the world a magic and paranormal science intersect. Good characters, light human and lots of action.

15. Dirty Pair

This franchise as a whole just entertains the hell out of me. It's like a sci-fi buddy comedy with two sweet but often selfish, argumentative, and excessively violent girls as the stars. Kei and Yuri are entertaining with multiple levels of depth to their personalities. This 1985 series is single-adventure episodes but each left be satisfied by the end.

16. City Hunter

Originally, I wasn't sure if I wanted to include it but decided to do so simple because of the fun I had watching the series. This show has grown on me overtime to a large degree. So much so, that I now count it among my most favored. Ryo and Kaori make a great team and a fun will-they-won't-they couple. It's half action, half comedy with a touch of melodrama mixed in to keep things grounded. I enjoy watching the exploits of the pair as Ryo continously tries to pick up anything in a skirt and Kaori has to hammer (literally) him now. Its a relationship not unlike another favorite of mine, Urusei Yatsura.

17. Fairy Tail

Funny ongoing adventure series about a group of young enthusiastic magic-users. This was originally a substitute for One Piece in my mind, but it's developed its own charm. I like many of the characters especially Juvia and Lucy. The former's lovesick for ice-mage Grey is endearing. There is an ever growing potential in Lucy that I find intriguing. Against powerhouses like Natsu and Erza, she seems smaller but when on her own, she truly shines.

18. Pretty Cure

This spot represents the franchise as a whole. I've really enjoyed this shojo series with strong shonen traits. It's much more violent than I would have expected for a "magical girl" series with quite a few Naruto/DBZ styled fights near the end of each season. The first two seasons were great and the third was very good even if it used the same template from the former two. The 7th, HeartCatch PreCure is my favorite. I liked what I've seen of Yes PreCure 5 (season 4) and am looking forward to diving into Suite PreCure (Season 8) very soon.

19. Sgt. Frog

Great fun series. Highly entertaining for light comedy. I love the budding romance between Giroro and Natsumi. The show reminds me a lot of Urusei Yatsura in that it will break away from the normal high jinks for something more tender occasionally. While there isn't much of an overall plot arc, the series does flow somewhat and very loosely chronologically. It also often breaks through the 4th-Wall. The narrator does a good job with the straight-man jokes. The series is super long, too so I am still working my way through. I've seen nearly all that have surfaced in English.

20. Martian Successor Nadesico

One of my all time favorite giant robot in outer space adventure comedies. Funny, romantic, action-packed and with a twist ending, to boot.

21. Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar

Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari is one of these best harem adventures I've seen. The early part of the series is largely devoid of standard action and instead focuses on creating interesting characters. The second half ramps things up and provides a few surprises along the way. The end is never too much in question, but I felt satisfied just the same. I look forward to see the show again someday.

22. Outlaw Star

Great space adventure show about a funny collection of outsiders on a journey to find a long lost treasure.

23. Yakitate!! Japan

A fun, unusual and educational romp though the world of competitive baking. Yakitate!! is a adventure comedy full of puns and off-beat sight gags that illustrate the tastiness of the treats being baked. A welcome break from the scores of sci-fi and magic shows I usually watch.

24. Negima!?

And the original series, Negima! The first is more character driven while this one is more plot, action and definitely more absurd comedy. Story of a 10 year old teacher/wizard.

25. Last Exile

Beautiful series with a great story and memorable action sequences, plus it's steampunk!

26. Samurai Champloo

Awesome series about 2 wandering swordsmen and a spunky girl on the road to find a "samurai who smells of sunflowers". Excellent OST, too.

27. Rosario + Vampire

And the second season Capu 2. A sexier and crazier harem comedy than Maburaho with monsters taking the place of wizards at this paranormal school.

28. Bubblegum Crisis

Old school cyberpunk anime with a rocking 80's JPop soundtrack. The adventures of Priss and the Knight Sabers amid Neo-Tokyo. This one formed my idea of what a totally awesome future would look like.

29. Project A-Ko

Fun old school anime movie with lots of action and a wildy crazy love triangle between 3 girls.

30. Paniponi Dash

Oddball, nonsensical, weird, very funny (when I get the hundreds of references) anime series about am 11 year old teacher.

31. Blue Submarine No. 6

Amazing looking and even more exhilarating sounding short anime series about a submarines after the seas rise to cover most of the world. Best OST ever by jazz fusion group, The Thrill.

32. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Yeah, it's great. We know it, although I spent many years scratching my head over the ending before End of Evangelion came out.

33. Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-hen

Exciting and adrenalin pounding giant robot series with an ending that hits like a sledgehammer.

34. Captain Harlock

Old school anime story of the outlaw pirate ship of the stars, The Arcadia and its crew's journey to save Earth from alien invasion. Great storytelling if a little slow early on.

35. R.O.D -The TV-

Surprisingly absorbing series about three "paper witches" who can manipulate paper to create various objects.

36. Kiki's Delivery Service

Charming, sweet, simple movie about a child witch. My personal favorite of the Miyazaki movies. Rather than name them all, I'll set this one aside as a representative of all of them.

eldiaxon May 10, 2012 at 3:31 p.m.

Excellent list, I will use this to search for future anime to watch :)

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