So, since it is my birthday when this goes out, February 22, I decided to try to count down my Top 15 anime series. I know what my Top 10 are. So, it really comes down to what the other five are. That right there will be the tricky part. I have given it some thought prior to writing this what they would be. Personally I could only think of two more. Since I will be starting at number 1 and counting up by the end I hope to figure out what exactly is my top 15 anime series.
Now, before I begin I have a way of putting shows onto the list. It comes down to several factors. One being my personal enjoyment (most important), another being emotional attachment, and lastly, although there are probably more, the more I think about it when it is not airing and how obsessive I am of it. The series that I watch can be in any category and I am always open to suggestions for series to watch. The only thing that I do not classify as anime is henti, so do not recommend anything ever like that to me.
Number 1: Fairy Tail
Yes, Fairy Tail, although none of the shows in the top five should come as a surprise seeing that my first Top Five was based on my favorite series. In a way this one is like three Top Fives shoved into one. That is beside the point.
Fairy Tail was one series that really got me into anime. It was also the series that really made me watched sub anime, which is a majority of now. I do wish to watch more dub anime, but it is always far and few between. At the same time Fairy Tail really got me into manga once it took that year off for the manga to progress more.
I am not sure if I have to go more into really any of the top five since I brought them up so often. Without Fairy Tail I probably would not have seen the amount of anime that I have today as well as read the amount of manga that I have read today as well.
Number 2: A Certain Magical Index/ A Certain Scientific Railgun
I count both of these series at number two since they exist in the same universe and have the same characters, just a different main character and different stories that is all. If Soul Eater was on this list then Soul Eater Not would be at the same spot as well. Anyway, I cannot wait for the Heavy Object anime since it is by the same creator. I am a little disappointed that a third season for the anime was not announced, but in the meantime Yen Press is releasing the novels and I can buy those time to time to fill that void.
Although it might not have the same attachment as Fairy Tail for some things I still remember the first day of watching it. I managed to watch the first seven or so episodes in one sitting, only then to run late to the person I was supposed to go and tutor. Watching it somehow I knew I was going to enjoy it always. I watched the dub when that came out and enjoyed it as well. My only problem with the second season is that it makes the series feel a little incomplete and with my knowledge of what happens in the Light Novels next I could easily see why. SO, MAKE SEASON THREE ALREADY!!!
Number 3: Date A Live
Well, first I would like to say duh for this one. At the time this is going up currently my image is of Tohka as a cat, who looks so adorable, but that is besides the point. In the 30 Day anime challenge 2 days are dedicated to this series. I stated in my first review and several other cases the amount of emotional value that was put into this series for me. I have no idea why I was so obsessive with this series, but it is true. This series did a lot of things differently compared to a majority of the other Harem based series that I have seen before, namely less fan service with the exception of that one anime only episode that was nothing but fan services as well as the OVA, not counting the second OVA that focused on Kurumi which was really good although she is not my favorite character like she is for a lot of people. Anyway, blah blah blah, Date A Live, it is at number 3.
Number 4: The Monogatari Series
Although this series and I have a huge love hate relationship, it is easily my favorite. The reason for the love hate relationship is the fact that I find it hard to watch, I sort of blame my ADHD for that. At the same time it is more of the fact that recently the episodes come out in bulk. I like it when it is just weekly. Since this series was announced to have all the novels animated, I really hope they go back to a weekly series format or else it will be a huge struggle for me to watch. I stated back in December when I did my Top Five Favorite series, that I still have not finished the episodes that came out in August, I still have not finished that one nor started the one that came out on New Year’s. Even with the fact I struggle to watch this series I know I could go in and enjoy it like crazy and not be disappointed, which is why it is at number 4.
Number 5: Fate Series
I have been debating for a while now that maybe this series should be at number 4, but in all honesty it is good where it is. Really anything as of right now in my Top Five has their spot saved. Now, I am talking about the entirety of Fate series, so Fate Stay Night, Fate Zero, Fate Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks, and everything else that fits there. I would say everything in that universe, but that would include other Type Moon series, which are in different spots, on in which is on this list. Well, I mean there are several things that I enjoy about this series. For starters, Saber, which is a story for the 30 Day Anime Challenge Day 7. Anyway, the story, the characters, and of course my favorite meme of all time came from this series, “People Die if they are Killed.” Anyway since there are so many series in this franchise, I am finding it a little hard to talk about why I like it as a whole besides the fact that it is interesting and I enjoy it. So I will leave it at that.
Number 6: Kara no Kyokia: The Garden of Sinners
So, this is one of the few anime films that I have seen, not counting ones that were for anime series. Paradox Spiral, the fifth film, is easily my favorite. The battle and the fact it is split into three parts and gives a little more information each and every time I enjoy. I actually stopped watching the films at three before coming back six months later, and I was so glad I did. I would probably put the third film at my second favorite. The battles I really like as well as how the story at times can be a little self-contained between films. Since the films are already told out of order, it gives that sense even more that you could almost watch any of the films in any order and still enjoy it. Anyway, this is another series from Type Moon. A little Easter egg that I noticed was that the cigarettes that Toko Aozaki smokes are the same as Kiritsugu Emiya smokes. At the same time Toko Aozaki is related to the mentor in Tsukihimi. Anyway, that Easter Egg only makes me want to see a crossover more with all the series, and has nothing to do with the fact that it is on the list at number 6.
Number 7: Oh My Goddess
Not going to lie I am starting to see a trend with the series that appear on this list where I stop for a long time only to come back and finish the series. I stopped around episodes 18 only to come back almost eight months later to finish the series. It was like this for the previously mention Kara no Kyokia and Monogatari. This was also the second anime series that I ever watched, why I watched it, I do not know. However there is a lot I still wish for this series. Although it does not need a proper ending in my opinion for the anime, I would still like more episodes since the manga ended and gave a worthy ending to the 26 yearlong series. The series has that romance element that I really like. It has hardly any, if at all, fan service. It really focuses on the relationship and advancing that relationship, which is why I really liked it.
Number 8: Akame ga Kill
Although I did not like the fact that it felt rushed and gave an original ending. It does not change the fact that the twist at the end of episode 23 made me really enjoy this series. If not for that, this series probably would not be on this list. It is based off my favorite manga. Although what I like about this series comes down to two things For starters it is not afraid to kill off any character in anyway, to the point where it could be anyone in the next chapter, unlike Attack on Titian where the main characters are pretty much safe at some point. The next thing, which was a huge turn off for people was the comedy.
Yes, I do not like the comedy of the series, but I like where it is. It is more shown in the earlier half, before only showing every now and again and has little appearance later in the series. It is the same way in the manga where there might not be a joke for four or five chapters. I think this is really done well, with the fact that this is a serious series. The comedy adds to the fact that Tatsumi does not really know what is going on in the world and has a more childlike and innocent like view of it, thus the comedy, but once he gets used to the world and how it works it gets a more mature look at things, thus the comedy not appearing as much. If this was done on purpose, then I have to say it was well done, if not then I am just glad that it took more serious turn later in the series since it was well needed. A lot of my reason for liking this series comes from the fact I really like the manga, and it is a lot better than some of my favorite manga series that got an anime.
Number 9: Attack on Titian
Again, it really will feel like I will repeat myself here. Attack on Titian, I will say is over hyped, very over hyped. Personally I am unsure why it is on the list. I mean I like it, and I read the manga, right now I have the first 8 volumes. But a part of me does not want it on this list, while another part of me wants it to be. It is very conflicting. I like the action, and the story. Again I literally mentioned it, but at some point it becomes predictable who they will not kill off. Akame ga Kill will kill anyone Attack on Titian only kills background characters at one point and the ones that do get killed off too that might sort of be important, where not around long enough to make a huge impact. Anyway, this is not about bashing Attack on Titian truth is this was higher on the list until Akame ga Kill aired. I did not see the whole dub, but I watched some of it on Toonami, which was back when I was able to live on my own and be able to watch Toonami, and I have to say I did like the dub, it was well done in comparison to the sub. The cast was well done and was rather interesting. Anyway, I do like the manga, although if I had to put it in a place, it would probably be at number 8 for favorite manga.
Number 10: D-Frag!
This is another case where I like the manga and it got me into the anime. I think out of all the anime adaptions for manga into anime, D-Frag is defiantly up there for the best and closest to the source material. The jokes and everything was pulled off so well. For manga, it is ranked at number 7 for me, with how funny it is. The anime defiantly lived up to my expectations and went a little beyond making me enjoy it just a tad bit more than I do for the manga. If you are into comedy series, and I do not really like recommending series (especially ones that I am hugely fond for), but this and what is at number 12 I would have to recommend, although this one I would have to recommend more which will be more obvious once number 12 is revealed.
Alright, so this one and number 13 are two series that I have yet to complete at this time, but they both fit into what makes an anime my favorite. I read the manga and I just really enjoy the series. Personally I hope the Sinbad spin off gets its own anime series and not just OVA. But I read the manga to where the second season ends and I can tell I will like it. I might struggle a tad bit with the fact that there is a huge arc that makes up the second season, but it is interesting. I mentioned on several occasions that I like the concept of magic in the series and just the overall fantasy element.
Number 12: Seitokai Yakuindomo
For starters I would like to say this series is basically, for lack of a better term, s*x jokes the animation. Although I might, but sort of would want to recommend it, that is only if you can stand the jokes. I just think they are well done and it is always funny. The reason why I called it what I did, was mostly due to the fact that is all those jokes are, for twenty minutes one after the other after the other. This humor is defiantly not for everyone, but it manages to hold for the over 30 episodes that there are. Sometimes I wonder how I am able to stand it since I do not like anything like that, but it is not visual seeing the parts, rather than just jokes revolve around the part so I am fine. This series is just always funny and when an OVA comes out it is just a matter of time until it is subbed, even if it takes a month or two it is well worth it.
Number 13: Gintama
I started this series back in January, and it is easily one of my favorites now. I tend to avoid long running series. Sure, Fairy Tail I watched and caught up with but I was just starting to watch anime. Then there was Bleach which I dropped since the filler in the main story fights was getting annoying. I have not really tried to get into a long running series since then. Although I have wanted to get into One Piece and Naruto, but there is just too many episodes even if I skip the filler and I do not have the time to do that. Well, enough about that this series I find funny. Currently I am almost at episode ninety and I have not really seen a decline in humor. In fact I laugh more and more as time passes it seems. This series is well done when it comes to not trying too hard to make a joke and not repeating jokes, which is always good. It also does not really stick to one type of joke either, although parodies are plentiful. This series is still enjoyable.
Number 14: Birdy the Mighty Decode
I was really struggling to figure out what to do for number 15. Then this series came to me and I realized I needed to switch it with what I had for number 14. This series I really enjoyed. I watched the dub for it. Personally I really wished they made another season. At the same time it was well done in its own way. The animation, the story, the characters, there is so much to this series that I liked. Again this shares a similar tale with Monogatari, only it was when I was watching season 2 and I stopped for some time. This was due to me have a job in the summer that made me work for 40 hours, so the only anime I could watch was what was currently airing at the time. Granted I was able to watch Angel Beats in one sitting that summer, but this series I really enjoyed and wanted to go back to watching no matter what. I really like it in so many ways and wish I could put it higher on the list, the only there is no room.
Number 15: High School DXD
I cannot believe I put this one on the list, although I hate ecchi and although I do not like fan service. I still find it odd that my biggest guilty pleasure is this series. When season 3 was announced I was actually glad. The only downside to the fact is that each season only covers 2 novels, with their being over 19 out at this time, well there is no way they will fully adapt the series, unless they do something crazy because by my estimate they would need a little over 70 or more episodes to do it, for the ones that they have yet to adapt. Anyway, once I shut off my mind and watch this series I like it I guess. I like the plot and concepts, but the fan service can be a little over done all the time. At the same time despite me not liking fan service and ecchi, I still find this series enjoyable somehow.
So that is my list. I had a lot of fun doing this one. This is also my longest article to date as well. Anyway I hope you enjoyed this. Also other series I was thinking of putting here was Higurashi When They Cry (Which is defiantly at number 16 since it is not on here), Selector Infected WIXXOS (defiantly one surprising series that I did not expect a lot from at first would be at number 17), Parasyte (however it is not done yet and too soon to say), and Death Parade (Again too soon to say, but probably will not do to other reasons).
You do not have to explain your top 15, but what series would you consider putting into it? Also are any of the series in my top 15 are in yours?
Day 19 Most Epic Scene Ever
Thinking about this one is rather hard. I think it more depends on the series itself and not as a whole. I could say the scene in the host club arc for Gintama when that guy reveals that he was once a she and you would not think that. Personally I laughed so hard I could not stop for about five minutes and needed to pause the episode. But I do not think that would fit here for this case. When I think of an epic scene either it is a battle or something that completely blindsided you that you would not expect. Of course I am thinking of one in particular at this point, but I am saving that for a later date.
It is only know that I can think of it, would have to be Kara no Kyokai: The Garden of Sinners Move 5 Paradox Spiral when Toko Aozaki is fighting Soren Araya. If not that, then just the entirety of Kara no Kyokai series, that is the epic scene just that battle in general. In all honesty I would have to put Toko near the top for my favorite female characters simple for that battle.
What do you think is the most epic scene ever?
Day 18: A Crossover You Would Like to see
Alright for this one I know it already happened, it is Fairy Tail and Rave Master Crossover. It was just a single OVA. But since they are by the same creator I would love to see an anime only arc for Fairy Tail to bring the characters together again. I think it would be interesting if done correctly. Although I did not watch Rave Master, and I would like to just not dubbed, I still think it would be interesting. Both series are by the same creator, so that is one reason why I think it would be interesting, especially if he were to make the script or at least know what the story would be and approve of it.
But in all honesty since that first one already happened and I want to see more of it I would have to go with Kara no Kyokai, Fate Stay Night and Tsukihime since they all exist in the same universe, even some characters are related in the different series, that would be the ultimate crossover, even though we got the comedic version with Carnival Phantasm.
What is a Crossover that you would like to see that could only exist in fanfiction? But in all seriousness what do you think would be one that could be really possible.
I have stated several times that I have seen a lot of anime and I mean a lot, over two hundred. Still, there are some that I wish I never saw, which are few. Then there are others, one in which is on this list, which I am glad I came back to for a second chance. Although some might have lost their original luster when I first saw them, it does not change the fact that I still hold them dear. This, I have gone into without a reviewer’s state of mind, to go down memory lane to discuss why they are my favorite series in this case.
Number 5: Anything from the Fate Series
I am talking about Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night, and the other series with that title, be it a spin off, prequel, parody, or alternate telling. This, multiple different anime series I label as a single. This is mostly because it is in the same universe. One could argue with the fact that Kara No Kyokai also exists in this universe, as well as Tsukihime, but I am talking about only the Fate/Stay Night series. They are good in their own right, I only just watch Tsukihime recently, and Kara No Kyokai is at my number seven for favorite series. Anyway this is about the Fate Series and not just a Type Moon discussion.
When Fate/Zero, as in the dub of it were coming out, I had only been into anime for a little over a year at that point. I wanted to check that series out only to find out about the original Fate/Stay Night. I will admit, despite me not seeing it in forever and the current series is amazing, that it does have a flaw here and there. That series is different from all of them, since it gives an original ending, which takes pieces from all of the endings. At the same time it follows closer to the Fate ending.
This is a franchise, which is really different from a series to series basis. Fate/Zero is nothing like Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. I like that on how each is different, yet still holds the same aspects. They are individual in their own right, which makes me like each of the series. I know I could go in watching the next series and enjoy it because of it. Type Moon is one of the few companies, I guess, where when a new anime based off their work comes out, I will watch it. It is simple as that. I have the Fate series to thank for that. It really opened up a lot of different series.
Number 4: The Bakemonogatari Series
This is defiantly a series one could not binge watch, sort of. I think my record for episodes was almost three or four in a row. That is about as good as it gets in all honesty. This series I like to sum up with that you could get about seven episodes of nothing but talking which is then followed by about all of three seconds of a fight before it goes back to nothing but talking.
I mentioned earlier that there are some shows that I did not watch only to go back later. This is one of them. It was back in November 2012 when I first watched the first two episodes. Then I stopped. I did not like the talking. With my ADHD it felt like I needed to be medicated just to pay attention. There was nothing but talking. So I stopped.
That following summer in 2013, well the “Second Season” began. I noticed the huge episode length compared to the other seasons. This made me curious about it. So, I decided to give it another shot. I started to get more of the jokes then I originally got when watching it, mostly because I have watched a lot more anime. I love some of the jokes that can be done in the series, that and the camera shots. However during the time trying to catch up to where it was airing, which took a long time almost two months, I would watch an episode before stopping. Then I managed to get to the second season and marathon it like crazy. That was when I realized that I really enjoy the show. That is why it is at number four.
I may have a love hate relationship with this series, this mostly because I am still trying to watch the last five episodes that came out in August earlier this year. That still does not change the fact that I know I could easily go in and enjoy it like I always do and look forward to whatever comes out of the series next.
Number 3: Date A Live
My first review was Date A Live. So, some things that make this series my favorite are already known. I know I can easily go back and rewatch it, laugh at the same things and such. However, I think one of the reasons why I ended up liking it so much was when it came out. My favorite series ended, and thus I had a case of the Void. That feeling that you just need to watch more of that series, but you are not going to get it. So, Date A Live was watched, as well as about fifty other series as well since it snowballed and I watched shows as they came out. Date A Live I also managed to find English translations of the novels, so I read the first, second, and third within a week. This made me really look forward to it more and more.
There were times were I questioned why I like this particular so much, but it gets me thinking about the others on the list. There was just something when I first watched it that made me know, that yes, I really like this. So, whatever the real reason may be for me to like this series, be it that I know it or not, it has a firm hold on the third spot for my favorite series.
Number 2: A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun
Index, goes back to before it was dubbed. That was how long ago when I first watched it. The dub ended up coming out later that year. For this series, I really liked it. Ironically enough this was one of the series that I found through an abridge series. So, I wanted to check it out. Well, judging by the fact that it is at number 2, I enjoyed it. I like the story, each one is different, and there is no real over arcing plot. At the same time you need to watch each episode to know what happens.
I also put Railgun on the list because it just takes one of the female protagonists from Index and makes her the main character. Railgun S, I really enjoyed. In Index the Sisters arc was one of my favorites in the first season. So going into further detail I found really interesting.
Anyway, this series was I would like to say the eighth and ninth anime series that I saw. It was also the third series that really dragged me in. Code Geass was one. Oh My Goddesses became another at a later date, despite it being the second series that I watched. I was really dragged into enjoy it. I also loved the science and fantasy aspects coming together as one, which is what I work a lot with in my stories. So, that was probably another thing that really made me enjoy it. I was able to think of new ways to look at my stories because of it.
Number 1: Fairy Tail
Yes, Fairy Tail is at number one. It was the first series I watched subbed, and liked. I ended up catching up to all the episodes, at the time there was only 130, in about two weeks. It was just nonstop on how many episodes I would watch throughout the course of the day. I think we all have that one shonen anime we like more than others. I was never allowed to watch One Piece or Naruto when I was little. Even now I am not really into those series as well, and only saw the first few episodes. Bleach I watch about 270 episodes, maybe (forgot the exact number where I stopped). The only reason why I stopped was due to filler stopping the arc several times. Then it was each fights dragging on for way longer than it should have been. For Fairy Tail I liked how they stopped mid arc so they did not have to interrupt it with filler. Without that I would not have watch nearly all the anime that I have, let alone gotten into Date A Live and half of the ones on this list. At the same time if I was not into Fairy Tail I would not have tried out all the anime that I have.
Currently I do have my problems with the current anime arc. I know it is filler, so they can be silly as they want to, but it seems to lose its luster I once held so dear for it. I also read the manga on a weekly basis, so I know it is worth the filler so they do not have to stop again mid-arc, especially with this one. The current arc is just way too amazing. (Okay fan boy mode is over now). I can take filler, just as long as it does not have to be put in between the actual story.
With all the ones in my top five, they have some sort of history. Sure, there may come a day where I do not like them as much. It is more of the nostalgia when remembering back on how I felt when I saw them for the first time. Without some of them I never would have gotten into anime as much as I am without them. Sure, someday one of these might fall lower, or not be my favorite for whatever reason. But for right now, these are my favorite series.
Ones that did not make the list, Attack on Titan, Oh My Goddess, Akame Ga Kill (depends how the final episode goes), D-Frag, and Kara No Kyokai. (Ha, did my top ten, not necessary in order, but all the shows are there).