Just like how it says in the title, i’m going to be listing 5 animes that I love. Before we move on, let me just say that these is solely based on personal opinion. I’m not saying that the shows on my list are the best, or their better than other animes, because I know there are animes out there that are way better than the ones on my list, as far as popularity go, but for a more personal taste, these five are the ones that I loved watching and hold close to my heart.
Lets start off this list with my number 5 pick.
5) Honey and Clover
This anime is gorgeous. The art is fantastic, I mean if it had sucked as an anime I would just be content at looking at graphics because it’s that good, and I love the soft colors and warmth in every scene. But the good thing about this anime is that it isn’t just good for the eyes, it is actually good. As far as writing goes, it has a really good concept. I love that all the characters have depth and their own struggles making them like real people while still maintaining the anime like character concept in their personality. I also adore the right mix of drama and humor, and as a writer, it’s the kind of thing I hope to write about someday. One of the thing that makes this show amazing is the way it treats falling in love, and how it shows its audience that it’s just complex and heartbreaking as it is beautiful. Because if you’ve watched this anime, you know that being in love isn’t all sparkly eyes and flowery backgrounds. That’s why this anime is so good because it’s real, and it pulls you in with its depth while still entertaining you with its humor.
4) Ouran High School Host Club
First of, I want to live in this universe. I want to go to that school and I want to run my hand on Mori’s chest.
Now that’s out of the way, I’m gonna review the series now. What I love most in this anime is the main character Haruhi. I mean, I love how she’s so independent, and bad ass (yes. she’s a badass. you don’t have to know how to fight to be one.), but isn’t a complete mary-sue because she still has some flaws which is what a main character should be. As far stories go. It’s actually the harem/reverse harem style anime that I like. (not counting Fushigi Yugi. Because that anime falls more in the action/adventure genre) Going back to the characters, I love how each of them are deep and real as oppose to the arch type they assigned to please their customers taste. Speaking of which, I love the fact that this show is about a club that makes women happy. Not with sex, but with just making them feel special. I mean, these are guys who just sit and talk with women, so these girls would feel good, and I think that’s awesome.
3) Special A
This anime is so awesome. And I know I’m gonna get a lot of hate for this, but I love it more than Ouran, and that’s saying something because Ouran was an anime that I re-watched 10 times.
Moving on to the review, the one thing that I love about this anime is the characters’ friendship, and how close their bond is, which is something that pulls me in as a viewer. Ok, as far as anime goes, this show isn’t all that special. (heh heh play on words) but it made my top 3 because of the emotional connections I have with the characters, and the happiness they give me. One of the most memorable thing about this anime is the individual love stories of each pairs, and how each are approached in unique and different ways.
Awesome music, lovable characters, good humor. If you would ever describe this anime, those are the three phrases you would more than likely use for this musical awesome sauce of awesomeness. This is the kind of anime that pulls you in with the “moe” and cutesey stuff, but as you go deeper in the story, you’ll find yourself getting more involved with the characters, and getting more invested in their story. The one thing that gets me about this anime is that unlike, the first three animes in my list that you know have a more deeper concept, K-on catches you off guard. I came in watching the series, expecting nothing more than laughs and cute characters,but as the series went on, I found myself in an emotional whirlwind. This anime is a comedy not much of a slice of life, but in spite of that, it still gives a real feel which is reflected in all its wonderful characters.
Before we move on to number 1. Let’s first look at some honorable mentions.
Dragon Ball Z, Wedding Peach, Fushigi Yugi, Hunter X Hunter, Pokemon, Samurai X, Get Backers, and Full Metal Alchemist.
Now the first 5 are for nostalgia purposes because they were the animes that I loved watching as a kid. I mean, I loved those shows way before I knew what anime was or what being an otaku is. I didn’t even know they were anime I just thought they were really awesome animated shows. Get Backers because, once in a while I love me some action, and it’s actually one of the first shows I watched when I finally got a full concept of what being an anime fan is about. And FMA cause…come on. It’s Full Metal Alchemist. I don’t have to explain why I like this show. Come on.
The reason why these shows aren’t in my top 5 is because I prefer shoujo and slice of life animes, as oppose to the action/adventure ones. Don’t get me wrong, I still like watching animes that have bad-ass characters with awesome powers who go on kick ass adventures, but if I have to chose between the two genres I prefer the former. Because when I watch anime, I usually do it for comfort and I don’t want to give more emotional investment than I’m more likely to give. (I already go through that crap with live action shows and comic books) And slice of life animes though have their share of dramas, aren’t as extereme as the action/adventure ones that have characters dying.
Now, without further ado, my number one favorite anime of all time is.
Boku no Piko.
An adult having sex with someone who looks young enough to be a kid? Awesome. And I’m lying so hard. This show is a big no-no. Please don’t watch it.
My actual favorite and the real number one on my list is
1) Card Captor Sakura.
This anime. THiS ANIME. I want to keep it forever and ever. I love this show so much that even if I ended up hating anime, I would still love this show. CCS is the kind of show that has a lot to offer. It’s an action/adventure, but it still has that feel good concept I look for in an anime. As far as story and writing goes, the plot and concept is amazing. I like how it borrows concept from other magical girl animes, but still maintain its own uniqueness. And the animation is gorgeous, and ahead of its time. I also like how everything and everyone is interwoven with each other without it being too obvious that it borders on cliche. As far as characters go, I love every single one of them. My heart will forever be with Sakura, Syaoran, Tomoyo and Meilin. These four are my babies, and I love them so much. Speaking of Tomoyo and Meilin, I love the message that these two send to the viewers, and that is true love means wanting the person you love to be happy, even if you’re not the cost of that happiness. I also love the slow burn of the four’s friendship, how Syaoran and Meilin started out as rivals to Sakura and an acquaintance to Tomoyo, but then developed into something deeper and into an actual friendship. This show has great plot, lovable relatable characters, and just the right hint of cute and romance that puts the icing to this cake. Card Captor Sakura is one of the animes that shows the concept of what an anime is all about.
So there you go. My favorite animes. I hope you liked this one. And I might write more of this top picks/reviews thing.
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