My 10 Favorite Anime Series of All Time
Hello nerd world! I would like to formally introduce myself; I’m Gabi, the new writer here at NerdSpeak. Since I’m new here, I figured that the best way for you to get to know me would be for me to share one of my favorite things, something that I would consider an intense hobby of mine: anime-watching.
There is a whole world of possibilities that makes anime a unique form of media. Anime allows you to still express your inner child by watching “cartoons,” but with more adult oriented storylines (sometimes). anime deserves to be taken more seriously by the majority of society because the complexities of the stories and the depth of the characters often rival those of big name TV shows that win an Emmys or Golden Globes.
On most of these top some-multiple-of-ten lists you will typically see some variation of Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, One Piece, Death Note, Fairy Tail, Evangelion, Dragonball Z, Full Metal Alchemist/Brotherhood, Gundam, and Rurouni Kenshin. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with any of those anime (I even have two on my list). I’m just saying that if you added up the hours to watch all the episodes of all those anime, it would probably be more time than I have been alive for . I have dabbled in a few of those series, but definitely not all of them…especially not Naruto. I might be making enemies here, but I have an inexplicable burning hatred for Naruto. It is completely irrational, but I will never allow myself to watch it. Never.
Anyways, here is the list of anime that I hold near and dear to my heart for one reason or another. I hope that you at least check out some of these anime series and comment with some your opinions, because I always love conversation when it involves anime!
***hint: If you click on the name of the anime, it will take you to a site where you can watch the whole series. If you click on the last sentence of the summary, it will take you to a clip featuring the anime.
This is the only anime that I have also fully read the manga along with it. For me, that is a big deal because any other time I have tried doing so I just get incredibly bored, skip over stuff that I already know, and never actually finish reading. Although this is a shoujo, do not let that steer you away. It follows two women who have the same name and coincidentally meet each other on a train. It turns out that their names are pretty much all they have in common and they are complete opposites otherwise. One of which is s bit of the typical shoujo girl that is obsessed with boys and super cutesy, and the other a hardcore punk rock singer that couldn’t care less what people think about her. The old maxim that opposites attract proves true as they both grow together to have intertwining, complex stories and backgrounds. It is so awesome.
Mushi-Shi is one of those animes that is so unique and interesting that it must be considered to be in its own category. Each episode follows a man named Ginko who is an expert in “mushi,” which have no real classification. They aren’t plants or animals and are different from other forms of life that exist in the real world. Mushi are not very well-known and are often the cause of strange occurrences that can’t be explained by science, usually involving negative side effects for humans. It isn’t that the mushi are trying to cause harm or good, they are just simply existing in whatever capacity they can. As a “mushi-shi” Ginko travels all over to investigate and learn more about the mushi. By doing so, he helps those affected by the supernatural occurrences caused by the mushi. All around this anime is compelling and beautiful.
Most likely, you have heard of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It is pretty darn popular and rightfully so. Don’t be fooled by the Nickelodeon logo because this anime gets into some good story lines and bomb-ass character development. I know that some would argue that this isn’t technically an anime because it is American made. Blah, blah, blah. Shut up. It is wonderful. Stop hatin’. Plus it was totally drawn in Korea, so suck on that. Anyways, for those who are fresh out of the womb (because that is the only way you wouldn’t know what this is), Avatar is set in a world in which people can manipulate the different elements: fire, water, air, and earth. This manipulation is termed as “bending” and if one is lucky enough to be born a bender. There is one person that can bend all four elements. That person is the Avatar, whose job is to keep the world balanced and peaceful. Basically, you should definitely invest your time in this series.
FMA is an acronym that everyone in the anime world knows. You know why? Because it is glorious. If you did not know, there are two Fullmetal Alchemist series: regular Fullmetal Alchemist and FMA: Brotherhood. It is widely accepted that Brotherhood is superior. I’m not saying that the original series is bad, because it definitely isn’t, I’m just saying this one is better. You may be wondering why there are two and how they are different. Well, the first FMA was created when the manga series was still just starting up. In a familiar occurrence, the anime soon outran the manga, so the anime creators continued on with their own story. Brotherhood was created near the end of manga’s storyline, so it follows very closely to the manga. Both series follow the two Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who have had a series of extremely unfortunate events happen early in their lives. Much of this hardship was due to alchemy, which is sort of like magic + science (a.k.a. epic), and much of their hardship can also be fixed through alchemy. So, you follow Ed and Al through their alchemy adventures and their search for the Philosopher’s Stone, which they believe is the answer to all their problems. Along the way they meet some magnificent characters and impressive enemies. All in all, this should be a requirement for anyone’s list.
If you want to get high off happiness and laughter, this is the anime to watch. It may look like your normal school girl anime, but I assure you that it is so much more than that. This anime follows the everyday life of these six high school girls, but their lives are nowhere near ordinary. There is Chiyo-chan, an adorable 10-year-old child prodigy, Osaka, a spaced-out girl who always seems like she is tripping on some kind of drug, Yomi, who acts like she is above her friends but has a child-like side that slips out once in a while, Kagura, an insane ball of energy that will challenge anyone and everyone to anything, and Sakaki, who is seen as the cool and mysterious girl that is amazing at all things sports but actually has a passion for all things cute. With this mix of oddballs, hilarity ensues.
This is actually one I got into recently and binge watched 100+ episodes in 3 days. Now that I am caught up, I get my weekly dose of Hunter x Hunter every Saturday! It is currently leading up to something that is, hopefully, going to be epic. That is what I feel I love most about this series, there is always some fight or character interaction to look forward to. Also, the characters are each so unique and always have some sort of badass in them that they get to express through the ability of their choice. To give you some background to what I am talking about, hunters are licensed professionals, where the license is incredibly difficult to get, and use a kind of mind force to have an individualized ability. Once they actually obtain a license, hunters are free to do whatever they really want. So in Hunter x Hunter, you follow a boy named Gon who is in pursuit of becoming a hunter so he can follow in his fathers footsteps and become one of the world’s best hunters. Along the way he meets another boy named Killua who’s a part of a family lineage of insane assassins and a whole bunch of other people who are super skilled. I think it was worth the loss of around 54 hours of my life.
7) Kill la Kill
If you are looking for a serious anime, this is not the series to watch. This is the exact opposite of serious. There is so much absurdity, but that is what makes it so excellent. It combines over-the-top fights scenes and super eccentric characters to make perfection. The main character is Ryuko Matoi, who is on a mission to find the truth about her father’s death. Her journey brings her to Honnouji Academy, a militaristic high school that is dictated by Satsuki Kiryuin. This school has a class system in which the higher you rise, the better uniform you receive. These special uniforms have life fibers in them which gives the wearer superhuman abilities. The higher percentage of life fibers, the more powerful the student. Both Ryuko and Satsuki have kamuis, which are made completely of life fibers. It definitely provides quality entertainment. Also, I have to mention the boobs, scantily clad outfits, and constant nudity.
I actually discovered this one not too long ago whilst perusing Hulu. I was instantly captured by the stunning art, especially since that is often a make-or-break point for me when watching anime. I was delighted to find out it is also beautiful in every other possible way. The characters are excellent, the love story pulls on all the heartstrings, an intriguing fantasy world, quality laughs, and infinite cuteness. The two main characters are Mirai, a clumsy girl that can form a sword out of her own blood, and Akihito, an immortal boy that is half human and half supernatural creature (youmu). Did I mention that it is part of Mirai’s job to hunt and kill youmu? Unfortunately, she is too shy and scared to take the life of a creature to actually kill any. So having an immortal half-youmu would be pretty good for practice. From this peculiar relationship, blossoms a wonderful story. If you are a fan of greatness, this is for you.
This series has the exact same vibe as Kill la Kill, mainly because it was made by the same people. So you can find the same kind of over-dramatic characters, giggles, and boobs here. But instead of superhuman outfits, this one has mechas! Everyone loves a good mecha anime. So, this series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future in which everyone lives underground where a common occupation is to be a digger. Simon, the main character, is a digger who one day finds a little drill-shaped key and a mini mecha while on the job. Not too long after, shit hits the fan for the subterranean village when a giant mecha crashes through from the surface along with a busty sniper gal. With the help of the epic brotherly figure, Kamina, Simon uses his mini mecha to beat the giant one and is then introduced to the surface world. That spurs a whole other world of fantastic greatness. This is basically everything awesome rolled into one anime.
10) Cowboy Bebop
Holy dang, I love this series and the characters in it so much. I started watching it back in the day when it came on Toonami and I was hooked; mainly because Ed and Ein are the best things ever, but that definitely isn’t all it has going for it. Cowboy Bebop has so much fantastic-ness in it: guns, kung fu, space, boobs, tech, dogs, and so much more. I fell in love with its adventure and quirky crew at a young age and have never looked back. You can pick it up at any episode and understand what is going one, but to get the full attachment you need to watch it all. It is truly engaging learning about the pasts of Spike and Jet, the bounty hunters, Faye, the con artist, and Ed, the insane hacker. Don’t even get me started on the soundtrack… Just go watch it and listen to it.
There it is. That is my list. Now it’s your turn. What shows do you think I missed? Which series are you going to go watch now? What would you say is your top 10? How is your day going? All comments are fun comments! Except for mean ones, don’t be mean.