I never once thought that Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann would end up as my favourite anime. Hell not even in my Top 3 at the time of watching.
But god damn, this show is something else.
Your Lie in April, Clannad, FMA:B and Sakurasou are all amazing, but Gurren Lagann...
Just... holy hell man.
The animation is charming. With the exception of episode 4, I felt the animation to completely fit the style and direction of the show. The music was also awesome. Whether goofy or awesome, or just simply (cringy word choice incoming but I can't think of anything else) epic, it fit the tone of the show when it needed to. Libera me From Hell is one of the best musical pieces I've ever heard. This show also is pretty damn feelsy, episode 8 of course. The characters are also amazing. From the always positive over the top Kamina, the hilarious Kittan, the innocent Nia, the intimidating Viral or the badass Yoko, the cast of characters was always a joy to watch, no matter where in the show it was. It had very good progression as well, 27 episodes was a perfect count for how long the show needed. I was 100% satisfied with how the show went.
I also have to dedicate an entire paragraph to the best protagonist I've ever seen, Simon. Simon started off as a shy nervous wreck of a character who'd always just rely on Kamina. I kinda disliked him at first. Up to episode 8, we'd seen him gain a bit of confidence, and I liked him at this point. After that, he turned into a giant douchebag, understandable. But I really didn't like him at this point. Then his awakening happened, and I loved him. I loved him so damn much. And as the series kept going on, I loved him more and more. Because of how the show progressed, there wasn't a time where Simon wasn't developing, and because of that, I'd happily nominate Simon for the most developed character EVER. By the end of the series, it's easy to see how much he'd developed and you didn't even have to go back and watch it again, it did it right then and there. The conversation between Kamina and Simon right at the end is one of my favourite moments in any sort of media. The entire universe is at stake, and what do they mention? How much taller Simon was than Kamina at that point. And it's that tiny little detail I love. It's such a brilliant example of friendship in a show, and it works so well. Once again, Simon is easily my nominee for the character with the best development.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is easily my favourite anime. It's the most fun I've had watching a show, and watching Simon alone was enough to warrent it at #1 for me. It's the first show I'd recommend to any sort of anime fan period.
What a show.
No really, what a show.
Sakurasou is probably one of the most relatable shows for a person like me. All the characters share similar interests to mine (Voice acting, acting in general, programming, gaming, art, scriptwriting, etc.), so an absolute love right there. It's very relatable to a lot of people I know, since a lot of people nowadays want to go into something creative arts related. All of the characters are such a joy to watch, even if at some points it absolutely rips your soul apart. They all develop so much, and watching them all together is definitely this show's strong point. The animation is also very charming and unique, it's very bright and colourful, and definitely fits the show. The music is also damn good too, nothing special, but helps compliment the show.
I have to hand it to the characters though. They all felt so human, I would suggest this show for the characters alone. Finally, I have to mention the fact that this is the most involving anime I've ever seen. It makes you want to join in with the characters so much. In episode 11 (I believe) when they show off their game with the giant cat mech, I actually found myself joining in. In episode 23 (One of the best episodes of animation I've ever watched in my life), I felt so involved, I was rooting for Sorata and the rest of the characters, and the tears were flooding out of my eyes so much at that point. This show is a show that is constantly rivalling Gurren Lagann for my favourite, and while I do prefer Gurren Lagann, I will infinitely commend Sakurasou for giving it a DAMN good challenge.
Can I also just say that the first ED theme, Days of Dash, is probably my favourite song ever. No matter when I listen to it, it always manages to put me in a good mood.
Literally the "perfect anime". There are VERY few flaws with Brotherhood, and to be honest they aren't easy to find either. You have to dig deep to find a few, and that's why I like it. Otherwise, what you're getting is pretty much flawless. The characters are all done so well, and there wasn't a time where I said "Oh I really wish I could see that character more" or "I fucking despise this c*ntbag". I either loved, liked or at the most, only disliked the character (Yes even Shou Tucker. Regardless of how heartless his act was, he was in a whopping one episode). Ed is hands down one of the best written characters of all time, there wasn't once where he just suddenly up and assholed on everyone for absolutely no reason, and was always determined no matter what, not only that but he was pretty hilarious too. The music was also pretty good as well, while I don't remember a lot of it, there wasn't a time where I felt the sound was grading my ears. The opening themes are all amazing, especially OP4, and the ending themes are also very good too. The animation is easily one of my favourite parts, because it's so charmful, and always filled with colour, never too bright on the eyes either. It was just right, and the only time where the colour dimmed was when it had to fit the mood, which was such a perfect move. I also enjoyed the occasional use of chibis, another charm to add. And finally the plot progressed at such a perfect rate. I didn't feel I was missing anything, and at the end of this 64 long episode journey, I was absolutely 100% satisfied.
Hands down the biggest tearjerker on this list. This show will absolutely rip your soul apart. The characters, especially Tomoya and Nagisa develop so god damn much, easily some of my favourite development I've seen, and even when we're right at the end of the show with about 7 episodes left, we're STILL seeing Tomoya develop which is fucking crazy. The songs used all fit the mood, whether it's gloomy, happy, depressing or satisfying, they all accompany the anime so well. The animation can be a bit off here and there, but I still like it nonetheless. And while the dub is questionable, I still enjoy it, as David and Luci did absolutely AMAZING jobs as both Tomoya and Nagisa once again (Especially David, he really brought Tomoya's character to life).
The most recent finish (For Top 5 at least) at the time of writing this, and I gotta say this was an absolute rollecoaster of a show. It has humour, it has charm, it has music, it has all sorts of feelsy moments, but most of all it had satisfaction. At the end of a performance I always felt satisfied with how Kousei, Kaori, Aiza, Emi or whever else, performed, and it was such a sight to see the development of Kousei. The characters are all very well written, and all develop at least (Even if I didn't really enjoy Tsubaki's development). The animation has it's quirks sure, but for what it was, A-1 Pictures did an absolutely stunning job when it came to the performances. The music is easily the standout part of this show, absolutely stunning, and I love the direction Kousei and Kaori went with it. Overall a very charming show that is bound to make you cry at some point. It took until one of the very last lines of the show for me to cry, and god damn did the tears flow out.
The only major flaw I can think of is that sometimes it transitions from depressing to comedy a bit too fast for my liking, and often when it does that it takes away from the seriousness of the show.
The first OP is also one of my favourite songs ever, might I add.
Death Note is a show you can look at and easily dismay it as "ew overrated"
But here's the thing. Once you watch it, you can understand why people talk about it so much.
Death Note is absolutely amazing. It's animation is eh at times, but everything else I love. The plot is so interesting because it's so relatable. I'm sure everyone has wanted someone they know to die at some point, and having someone like that for the protagonist really works to connect with the audience. Speaking of that, I love the cast. It's got a bunch of characters, although some of them are massive assholes and horribly written "characters" (coughcoughnearcoughcough). Light Yagami is one of the best written characters ever. I absolutely fucking LOVE his character. The OST is grand as well, I love a lot of the tunes that play. Also has an awesome first OP, and a... different... second OP. Granted, I love them both so it doesn't matter.
Overall while I didn't watch Death Note until I'd surpassed 100, unlike many others who have it in their first 10, I'm still glad that it was the first anime I bought on DVD. It definitely surpassed my expectations.
Steins;Gate is a show that pretty much does everything right. Comedy, suspense, mystery, plot progression, characterization, even fucking romance. It's a show that, while the first episodes are slow, is a show everyone should watch because it does SO many things right. It's a very entertaining watch and you really won't want to stop watching it once past the first 3 or 4 episodes.
Cowboy Bebop is the definition of a fun show.
Considered one of the best out there, it's not hard to see why. Cowboy Bebop has a lot going for it. For it's characters, we have a very solid and lovable main cast. Spike is awesome, Faye is pretty cool, Edward is absolutely hilarious, and Jet is easily my favourite. There wasn't a single non-enjoyable episode, they all had something going for them. Most of my favourites are easily the episodes that focused on Jet (Hence why he's kind of my favourite). The animation is charming, and pretty well done for a show this old. And of course, the dub. It just sounds so natural, you can definitely see that this show was made to be dubbed, and it shows. If you're an anime watcher, this is an absolute must watch.
An anime that manages to stay consistently good through 22 episodes. That's a challenge, and I commend AssClass for being able to do that. Absolutely hilarious with a good amount of action and suspense, and it balances them so damn well. Solid cast of characters, even if I would like to see some more from the other classmates that didn't get enough screentime (COUGHRITSUCOUGH). Although Karma and Nagisa are enough tbh. Looking forward to that second season.
My gateway anime. Code Geass is the reason why I watch fuckloads of anime, and for that, I will always love it. I mean, it's an absolutely stellar show anyway so yeah.
Absolutely amazing watch, love the gigantic constant battle between morals, how it all relates to chess (always been a fan of chess so bonus points there) the characters are great, awesome OST, and the whole long legs/chins thing I feel gives this anime a sort of uniqueness. I love pretty much everything about this show, and I'm glad it got me into anime.
I swear I watched Love Live as a joke.
Regardless, I think it's BECAUSE I watched it for a joke that I like it so much. It actually manages to get somewhere despite having a rather thin plot. The characters are all unique from each other, and they all get their development (Which is really surprising to me, I only thought that Honoka, Umi, Kotori, Hanayo and Eli would get development). Yes, they all fall under typical character archetypes (excited protag, serious friend, airhead, tsundere, nyannyan, shy nervous glasses chick, student council president, fortune teller, chick who thinks she is better than everyone/total fucking buttmonkey) that doesn't make them not enjoyable to watch at least, because the archetypes do blend in together and work well because of that.. Not only that, but they are diverse enough in just about everything, and I really can't hate any of them because the show focuses on them so much, and I love that to be honest. The animation is also pretty good I have to say. There are times during the live-shows where stuff gets a little bit... weird, but I'm fine with it because the rest of the scenery looks beautiful during said live-shows. Speaking of the live-shows, the music is great. There are a few tracks here and there I don't really care about, but when you have No Brand Girls, Dancing Stars on Me, Natsuiro Egao de, 1,2, Jump! (Granted that's in it's individual live show but still, you get my point), and fucking Snow Halation, I have enough to satisfy me already. Overall, this show really reminded me of something, and that's never to underestimate a show. In the end, it is a fun ride and while I'd never be like "go watch love live 10/10 do it fagit", hell I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a good show. But I will say, give it a chance.
hey look it's the meme show
Nah but seriously, One Punch Man is talked about for a good reason. And that's because it IS as good as everyone makes it out to be. It's one of the most solid comedy/spoof on typical superhero styled medias, and oh boy is it a fun watch. I'd say that it's probably the most flawless 12 episode show out there, easily. It's got very high quality animation, and a cast to absolutely die for. Each character has their own quirk to remember them by, and chances are it's ridiculous and over the top as fuck. And that's what makes it so great, is that it's just so over the top. Don't go into it if you're thinking "ehhhhhhh" because you're not going to enjoy it. That's how I went into it and it sucked, and then I was like "Yo this is pretty fuckin good". It's a show that deserves all the popularity it gets, and it gets it for a damn good reason.
So, remember how I said i wasn't the biggest fan of Jojo's? Yeah, I never really found it to be anything special, aside from the unique animation and characters, which I was quite fond of.
Stardust Crusaders fixes everything I didn't care about in the first season, including even more awesome unique characters, powers, abilities and even a story that I can say I enjoy quite a lot. The think I like about Stardust Crusaders is that I feel there is progression towards a goal unlike the original, which has a goal that is then met in about two to six episodes. SC has 24 episodes dedicated to just reaching Egypt, and another 24 episodes IN Egypt. It also has a lot of character development, which I love as well, as it makes me care about all of the characters, whereas the original I thought Jonathan was just kind of there, cool but nothing special, Dio didn't do too much, but he did give off that awesome "evil" vibe (Add a fear factor to that in SC), Will, while I liked him, was killed off way too quickly, and Caeser was just kind of there, same with Lisa Lisa, making Joseph and Speedwagon the standout characters for. With SC, any of the main 5 is a contender for a favourite, because they're all so likeable, especially Joseph once again, and of course Polnareff too. Hell Iggy, a fucking dog, got development.
Index: Pretty decent show all around, nothing hugely bad, and it had it's awesome moments. Touma is a really decent protagonist, and the side characters are all awesome (Especially Accelerator even if I want to punch him in the face so badly). Nothing godlike, but nothing really negative either. Solid show.
Index II: A HUGE step up from the original Index. Aside from the first arc, I loved every other arc present here. Also love the focus on Accelerator towards the end, y'know, considering he's kind of my favourite character of the show. Also loved a lot of the antagonists, Amata Kihara and Vento of the Front especially.
Railgun: Fun show, sure it has a lot of slice of life moments, but it has enough decent action to make it worth watching. It really focuses on the main 4 and that's what I like about it.
Railgun S: With a new season comes a new tone. Holy jesus, this season is dark. Like really dark. And fucked up too. But that's what I love about it. Similar to SNAFU, its change in tone is definitely for the better.
Index Movie: Damn solid movie here, loved how it wasn't just the Index cast and had Uiharu and Ruiko in there too, it felt more like an actual Raildex movie rather than a strictly Index movie like the title (An to an extent, the promo art) suggests.
Add in 17 (total) awesome OP [8 total] and ED [9 total including the movie ED] themes to boot, awesome show right here. If you're up for watching a long show, Raildex is something I would recommend. Was it worth 96 episodes AND a movie? Absolutely. Is it in need of Index season 3? I'd say so. Is it in need of Railgun season 3? OH YES IT IS
Probably the most interesting anime from its concept alone, Death Parade is definitely worth a watch, hell worth marathoning (If only because it's 12 episodes). Good animation, good music, godlike OP, and it can make shit like Darts, Twister and even bloody Air Hockey tense as hell.
I honestly don't know why I like an anime this short so much.
Love the cast, and the concept. Pretty stellar animation, and overall it's just a blast to watch. Izayoi is perfection in every way possible, and he is easily my favourite role from Josh Grelle. It's got a solid main cast, and I like a few of the backup characters too. I can't say much else other than it's a short and fun watch.
In terms of 10 episode anime, if you've seen "Mental Choices" and haven't seen this, you're missing out BIG TIME.
This show is really god damn stupid.
And it's because it's stupid that I love it so much. It's so over the top I can't not find it funny. With a lovable cast of characters, very unique animation, and a sense of humour that, in all honesty, can't be beat for ecchi comedy. It's top notch, and I'd say this is easily one of, if not, the funniest show I've seen. However, probably what made me enjoy this show so much is because of watching it with friends. This is a perfect example of a show you should watch with your mates, because it had me laughing much harder than watching it alone.
Love the setting, and the animation is top notch here. Psycho-Pass is also another one of the "best" anime on this list, and it's not hard to see why. Lovable cast, lovable villain, good plot progression, and it's just overall an interesting show that WILL suck you in the more you watch.
Fruit of Grisaia: Solid show right here, started off really well, then episode 6 - 9 came along and I was kinda ehhhhh and everything (episode 7 was alright, episode 9 was a clusterfuck and I didn't get anything out of it). However, episode 10 onwards is fucking fantastic and I loved it so much, easily the best part of the show, but whether it's worth going through the rest is completely up to you (Personally I'd say yes if you watched up to episode 6). The main characters are all lovable in someway, and they all get a bit of development. I also love the animation, from what I've seen they tried as best they could to recreate the style of the visual novel, and they did a damn good job at it. The OP theme is also pretty good, and I loved the multitude of ending themes they had.
Labyrinth of Grisaia: Pretty damn good, explains a lot of stuff that got me confused in the Fruit and also hypes up the Eden.
Eden of Grisaia: This is like 10000000000 times better than the Fruit and I'd watch it just for this. It doesn't have the characterisation that the Fruit has, but it's just overall a more enjoyable experience, and has a lot more of a lovable cast. Also makes me give a damn about Yuuji a HELL of a lot more than I did in the Fruit. Add a godlike OP theme and you have one of the best second seasons I've ever seen.
An extremely cute little show right here. I ended up liking this show a LOT more than I thought I would. Inu X Boku may be short, but don't let that turn you away. It does its romance surprisingly well for a 12 episode show, and I love all of the characters the show focuses on. Karuta is just fucking adorable, Watanuki and Zange are pretty cool, and both Soushi and Ririchiyo are amazing protags and I love them both. The animation just takes the cake. It shows how god damn CUTE everything can be, especially with its use of chibis.
If you like cute, go watch this show. You will awwwww all over the place.
C³ is a show that I can just enjoy. I feel that it does a lot of things right. For one, it has a pretty nice, somewhat unique (it's basically the same as Baka and Test) animation style. Furthermore, it has a pretty awesome OST. I feel that C³ also gets it characters right as well. Haruaki may be a typical harem protag but he's not bad in any way. Fear is pretty cool, Konoha is alright, but Kirika? OH BOY KIRIKA. I absolutely fucking love Kirika, amazing characterisation, easily some of the best I've seen in a show. Also two AMAZING OPs to boot.
C³ is not the best show ever, but it's a show I can go and watch to have fun, and it's just a show that I like a lot.
Holy fucking christ.
So, ecchi comedies are something completely based on whether you enjoy the humour or not.
As you can tell, Shimoneta is right up there.
Shimoneta is so fucking stupid, and because it's stupid, it works so well. I mean, a law is placed to ban all pornography, and as such, erotic terrorists are a thing now? That sounds so fucking dumb but it's honestly hilarious. The show knows to never take itself seriously, and it never does, not once. The presence of Ayame pretty much solidifies that, and just the show in general is a pretty memorable experience. It's got a very strong cast of solid and likeable characters, the animation is very over the top, and it's something you can just watch whenever, and still get a good laugh out of it. Not one episode did I find meh or bad, the whole thing was very good from start to end.
Gate is really stupid but really awesome.
I mean, where the military cross a portal into a mystery fantasy world complete with typical waifus and shit. Yeah, stupid, but it knows that it's stupid and rolls with it. The main cast is awesome, Itami is a gr8 protagonist, Tuka and Lelei are also pretty good. And then there's Rory, the purest of cinammon rolls to ever exist. The animation is also pretty good, very charming and has it's own sort of style to it. Good OP too, and a catchy ED as well. Overall, stupid and dumb, but it's such a fun ride. Definitely recommend. Also keep in mind that this show has politics and it ain't too bad. Good show.
While I was mad they ended it at 12 episodes, I'm more glad now because they didn't fuck up the last episode, and we're getting the continuation in Winter 2016. Basically, it's gonna be a good start to the year.
Literally the anime made to suit my tastes the most. Got "rogue" in the title, blue haired protag, likable cast, fucking hilarious and definitely suits my sense of humour the most. Akatsuki is what made the anime so good. Think of him like a blue haired Izayoi (Problem Children) except more perverted, not voiced by Josh Grelle more rather Eric Vale (Who definitely works better for the character and the performance is absolutely amazing) and wields a giant fucking sword rather than being straight up overpowered with every punch.
Basically, you watch this show for Akatsuki.
Why does this show exist?
I don't know why, but god damn I love it. I originally watched this because I wanted to try another ecchi anime, and heard that this was CERTAINLY ecchi. Well they definitely weren't wrong. But not only is it ecchi, its humour is just my thing. I've always had a thing for perverted comedy, and this show does that justice. I love the cast, and the animation is surprinsgly good for a show like this. Especially considering when I watched BorN, it was also the time I watched School Days (Which were both done by TNK, it's nice to see how they've improved their shit)
Also the dub is one of the greatest things I've ever seen.
IN THE THIRD SEASON JOSH GRELLE HAS GRACED US WITH HIS PRESENCE AND OH MAN IS IT BEAUTIFUL (Even if Scott's performance as Issei was pretty gr8.)
Do you like surprises? Because I sure as hell do.
And School Live is exactly that. Surprising. Surprisingly GOOD I might add. For something I just laughed at, called lolibait and watched just to see how the first episode would go, yeah, it sure as hell surprised me. The end of the first episode hooked me, it was honestly jaw dropping, because what School Live captures the best is its moments of realisation. Whether that be due to shock, feels or downright fear, it does it damn well. It's also got very good characterisation, Yuki is a tad bit off (Those who've seen it shall understand completely), Kurumi and Yuuri are both awesome, and Miki is easily the most developed in the show and she's a really likeable character, they all are to be honest. The animation is also solid as well, as it really captures the mood. And lastly, I will commend School Live for doing a mesh of a super bright high school comedy and a dark, downright fucked up horror right. Yeah, it did it justice, it's unique, and it surprisingly worked. I thought it'd fuck up from about 8 minutes in, but it didn't, and that's what hooked me. Maybe episode 2? 3? Nope, at no point did it fuck up. It transitioned a bit too fast maybe like once or twice, but that's it.
The Love Live quote rings true here, don't underestimate shit haha.
Always loved this show. Unique, charmful animation, solid protagonists, and overall for being about video games, it's a very well thought out show. It also has one of my favourite concepts for a show I've seen as well. Sora is like Lelouch levels of intelligent, and when put into a universe like this, it still surprisingly works, and I love it for that. It acomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, and I'd highly recommend this to any gamer out there. It's right up your ally.
Not gonna lie, I've always had a soft spot for Date a Live. I've always gotten a kick out of this show. I love most of the cast, and the whole concept of the show is something I love. How to get rid of foreign alien spirits with all sorts of magical powers? Dating them of course! It's dumb sure, but I've always liked it. Not to mention it has a surprisingly decent OST too. The girls themselves are all different from each other, and all have something going for them. Tohka is of course, the one we all love no matter what, Yoshino was kind of there but still cool, Kotori was pretty cool too. Come DaL II and we get Kaguya and Yuzuru, who were both cool as well. Of course, Miku and Kurumi are something else. Both of those are amazing, and Origami is best grill of course haha. Regardless, it is still a fun show, a nice blend of slice of life, romance, and surprisingly awesome action.
Nisekoi may be trash, but it's my trash, and no one can convince me otherwise.
Holy shit I was surprised. I thought this would be a typical romcom fluff kind of show, and yes, whilst the romance doesn't really go anywhere, Nisekoi is still the definition of a fun silly show, and I won't lie in saying I had a fuckton of fun watching it. The characters are all pretty likeable, Raku and Chitoge being one of the best duos I've ever seen. The animation is also charming, leave it up to Shaft to give it a distinguishable and unique, yet lovable style. Two pretty good OPs as well, and a handful of great EDs too. If you're just looking for a fun time, definitely try out Nisekoi, it's guarenteed to get a laugh out of you at some point.
The problem is that unsurprisingly (and unfortunately disappointingly) the second season is mere fluff and feels like filler tbh
One of the most beautiful looking anime on this list (Great job ufotable. Always the OG of animation), Fate/Zero doesn't disappoint. Each episode is tense, and the show always finds a way to get you to keep watching. Aside from the hour long episode 1, all of the episodes are a joy to watch. I find a lot of the characters lovable, and the action scenes are very well done.
Also when your favourite episode is one where 3 of the main characters are just talking for 18 minutes, then yeah. Pretty solid show.
Toradora may be the poster anime of romcoms, but don't lead that to believe you that it's nothing special. Because it's anything but. Toradora has a solid main cast, each with their own distinguishable and likeable features. Ryuuji is one of the better protagonists I've seen in a while. The animation is also really good, very colourful and charming, especially for 2008. It has 2 awesome OPs as well, the first showing the more entertaining of the alls comedic approach, and the other preparing you for the absolute feels this show has to offer. As a romcom, it doesn't come without it's tearjerker moments, and oh boy do they punch you in the gut. Overall Toradora is a fun watch, and if you're looking to get into romcoms, it's definitely the best way to start.
Aside from just simply moe, I liked K-On a lot more than I thought I would. I kinda stopped a little while watching the second season, however I'm glad I picked it up again, because after that it got so much better. There's a LOT of characterisation and you really feel like you bond to the characters. For being a simple slice of life moe show about teenage girls doing girly things, there's a surprising amount of progression, and it really does feel satisfying. Also not gonna lie it gets surprisingly feelsy towards the end.
All in all, it's a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Massive surprise with this one.
Parasyte is a show that I'd say it's not the 5/5 10/10 perfect amazing show I've heard a lot of other people say about it.
That's not to say it isn't amazing. Parasyte is such an interesting show and loves to question human morals and really gets your head spinning. It's such a unique concept and I love it. The show itself never got boring at all, and managed to stay consistent throughout all 24 episodes. The OST this anime has as well is also amazing, using a mostly techno/dubstep theme that surprisingly works. The OP is awesome, and Madhouse did an absolutely amazing job with the animation. Unfortunately though, one thing Parasyte lacks for me is an interesting cast. Sure Shinichi is one of the best protagonists out there and Migi is a very cool character, but aside from those two, I didn't care about anyone else at all, hell the only one I remember by name is Reiko. However aside from that, I'd definitely suggest this if you're looking for something a little more unique.
An anime that looks like a complete carbon copy of K-On! (Hell they're both done by KyoAni), but is actually nothing like it. It's got a few moe moments, but not many. Solid cast of characters, Asuka, Reina, Noburu and Sapphire are all great characters, and Kumiko is a top-tier protagonist, and honestly feels really realistic as a character. Absolutely beautiful and stunning animation, easily one of the best animated shows period. Plus a pretty good OST to boot. Kinda sad it was only 13 episodes, but I immensly enjoyed what we got anyway, so it's not too big of a problem. Since I've never been in band before, I had no idea how realistic, and, after asking a friend (And Arkada's first reaction of course), it is apparently pretty damnr realistic, so I gotta give it that too.
It's batshit insane. That's really all I can say. Has a damn solid cast, one of the best dubs out there, and it's just a really fun show to watch. I can't say much more than that.
I only picked up Fairy Tail because it had a really good OST. Then I watched it and it was hella fun. Great fight scenes, great cast of lovable characters, and some pretty solid animation. Tenrou Island, Oracion Seis, Tower of Heaven, Grand Magic Games, and now Tartarus, are all amazing arcs, and I love Edolas WAY more than I should. I gotta say this show also has a lot of characters, a lot of lovable characters at that. Natsu, Gray, Erza, Sting, Rogue, even Lucy are all great. Laxus, Jellal, and Gajeel too, really great characters, and are all fun to watch. Even the antagonists, while some not lasting long, were still pretty cool. The animation of the first series, while not really good, is still fluid and shows some really cool fight scenes. However, the second series seems to be the opposite of this, having good animation, but fight scenes just don't have the fluidity or smoothness that the original had. And yes, sure it suffers a bit from shounen clichés but I can still enjoy it regardless.
So the first season is kind of like "yeah this is alright" not really anuthing special. Just kind of something to watch to kill some time. The arc focusing on Yukine was really good though.
Then the second season happens and it makes me appreciate the show a lot more because it's just so much better. Better characterisation, and gives some much needed development, whilst also keeping the charm and feel that the first season had. With 2 absolutely amazing OPs to back it up, this is definitely a show to watch where you can have a fun time. If for whatever reason a third season comes to be, just don't make anymore arcs where they make Hiyori try to forget about Yato because those arcs just aren't that good.
This show is very half and half, the first half of both shows are both quality 9/10s and they absolutely nail characterisation, and then the second half comes along and is just disappointing because it's the same thing and wasn't ever good in the first place.
Another super hilarious show with some decent action thrown in there. Seeing the great lord Satan himself work at McDonalds is something I thought I'd never see. Seems I was wrong. It also has some solid animation, and a pretty good dub too.
I was extremely surprised by To Love-ru. I thought it was going to be a good at best ecchi comedy, putting it around where Rosario + Vampire is, maybe a little higher.
But holy hot damn (Literally), this took me by surprise. To Love-ru is surprisingly one of the better ecchi comedy's out there, and sure it goes above and beyond with it's fanservice and anime titties (At least for the uncensored version), I kinda guessed we were getting that anyway. Even then, it's better than watching white and purple blurs for a good 20 minutes (Which is what uncensored fans have to put up with should they be watching Darkness 2nd airing as of writing this). It's also a good show to see how much XEBEC's animation has improved. Starting in 2008 with the wacky over the top, but charmful, animation and in 2010, Motto To Love-ru sets the standards for whats to be improved upon in 2012 with To Love-ru Darkness, and even moreso in 2015 with Darkness 2nd. It's simply beautiful to look at and definitely one of my favourite transitions because it looks so nice and polished.
A great set of characters, I love the animation, and catchy as hell OPs.
One of the funniest shows I've ever seen. It does it's comedy SO well, and it almost never takes itself seriously, especially in the second season. Even then, there are serious moments, including in episode 11 where Ayumu's speech to the King of the Night about Eucliwood is holy hella impactful, compared to the rest of the show it's almost out of place haha.
Also Ayumu for best Austin Tindle role.
Whoever thought of anime Kanye West running a theme park with Latifah and 50 Cent, thank you. Thank you so much.
Amagi Brilliant Park is a fun ride. Literally too. It's such an out there, bizarre, yet colourful and fun show that it's hard to dislike it. It's got a very unique cast of characters and all are different with their designs and personality. What I like about Amagi is that because of the setting, it can go above and beyond with its designs, and I feel that it works very well here. Yet they know where to keep the limit, which is really nice. As expected of KyoAni, Amagi looks very colourful and charming, having the distinct KyoAni style to it as well. It's a very fun show that can be picked up very easily and enjoyed quite a bit, and is definitely marathon material.
DIC dub: Absolute guilty pleasure here. It's the one I watched first, and even though it's horrible, it'll still have a place in my heart. It's also the first anime I really dedicated myself to. Plus it's stupidly cheesey. It's bad, and in no way is it good at all, but I can't help but loving it due to the fact I still had a lot of fun watching it.
Viz dub: Makes the show... not bad! With a new cast of voices and keeping things the way they were in the original production (Including Zoicite's gender), Sailor Moon is actually a pretty decent show, and any fan of magical girl animes should watch this if they haven't already, or if they're dub fans and avoided the original because it's simply bad. I mean, a main cast of Cris Vee, Cherami Leigh and Kate Higgins is a good sign there. Those 3 did fantastic jobs as their roles, and Stephanie Sheh also performs amazingly, glad she never went too high like Yui levels of high in terms of pitch. Todd, Liam, Lucien and Patrick also do awesome as the antagonists, and I've heard that fucking Matthew Mercer is Prince Diamond, so I'm pretty hyped.
Yay more ecchi shit haha.
Eitherway, I gotta say I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought it would. I'd say the animation is either hit or miss, but now I'd definitely say I'm more of a fan. However, the characters are where this show really shines. Arata stands out as a much more unique ecchi protagonist as he not only thinks his fantasies, he speaks them aloud too. And he's proud of them. Not only that, but overall I just feel he's one of the best perverted protagonists out there thb. And the rest of the harem isn't bad either, shoutouts to Levi, Yui and Mira. I certainly like this show more than I should.
To be honest, while the RPG genre in video games is one of my favourites, I can't say the same about anime, or at least the ones I've watched/am watching.
Log Horizon is one hell of an exception. It doesn't have any misleading titles, it has an amazing cast (Shiroe being one of the best characters ever), and it has it's nice share of casual and serious moments. The first half of the second season is just awesome too.
Remember what I said about the first season?
I really hope the second season is as good as everyone says, otherwise this was really... eh. Wasn't huge on the animation, not a very strong cast of characters (A lot more quantity over quality), and I really didn't have the motivation to finish the first season until almost 2 months after I started it."
Now the second season...
THIS is something else.
Better animation, a better tone in general, really focuses on characterisation and a lot more quality over quantity (Which is what I vastly prefer) and some decent progression too. It feels like such a real show, it's crazy haha. I wouldn't say it's as amazing as everyone said, but it's still a HUGE improvement over what was a shallow, decent at best comedy. Also unlike the first season which took me 2 months to find motivation for, this one took me about 4 or 5 days when I watched the first episode.
Yeah, all in all, huge improvement. If you finished the first season, watch this even if you didn't like it that much. It's THAT good.
Unfortunately, I can't ignore the first season, and that's why it's not any higher.
Pretty funny show here, all about attempting to make friends when actually they're all friends with each other. They're just too dense to realize it.
That's the downside of the show, is that sometimes the characters can be a bit too dense. Regardless of whether it's a comedy or not, being that dense is a first. Not only that, some characters can be bitchy for the sake of being bitchy and nothing else.
Regardless, good set of characters when they're not all being bitchy, and a catchy as hell first OP. Second season also improved on animation. I also have to hand it to the dub for doing justice to certain scenes (Like Sena reading out her hentai game) to show how when the comedy is good, it's pretty damn good. The second season in general is just much more enjoyable than the first season to be honest.
A nice school show with a lot of things that set it apart from most regular slice of life shows. With all the supernatural elements involved, it's actually very unique. Definitely a fun watch, but the episode order is quite confusing, mainly because I watched it in airing order, rather than chronologically. You can watch it either way, just expect to be confused if you watched it in airing order.
And then there's the Endless 8 which we just don't speak of. Ever.
An incredibly fun show if I say so myself. Chuunibyou has humour, and I feel as if, unlike a lot of other romance anime I've seen, the romantic relationship actually... progresses! I feel as if there is some major development, and for that I applaud what Chuunibyou does. And even then, this show still does its comedy way better anyway, and that's what you watch it for. Plus, a solid set of characters, each with their own unique stand out quality.
Considering this is a show about weebs it's pretty good, haha.
For what was apparently going to be a 24 episode show, this still was a massive hit for being 12 episodes. Angel Beats does so many things right. It has great characterization, surprisingly so for how many characters they show off, and it's got a good OST as well. The OP is beautiful and the ED punches me in the feels too. It's got some damn good humour too, and I was cracking up quite a bit at some points in the show. It has its flaws yes, but I still had an enjoyable time watching Angel Beats regardless.
(Keep in mind that my thoughts on The Asterisk War and Chivalry of a Failed Knight will be almost identical. This is because they're pretty much the same bloody show, they just have slightly differences)
Chivalry of a Failed Knight is cool. The main difference between Asterisk and this is that Asterisk had more emphasis on its fights and tornaments, whereas this kind of put it to the back, and instead focused on romance. The romance in this show is actually really sweet I gotta say (Just take Shizuku out of the picture please it's just no). Very creative animation and I love the unique themed animation styles present in the show. And the fights were an absolute joy to watch. While I think that there were some characters that I REALLY wanted more development from like Alice I still think it holds up surprisingly well.
(Keep in mind that my thoughts on The Asterisk War and Chivalry of a Failed Knight will be almost identical. This is because they're pretty much the same bloody show, they just have slightly differences)
Asterisk War is cool. I don't get how it's a war but whatevs. Got a pretty nice cast laid out, though I wish we got some more development for some of the characters. Ayato is a nice main character but suffers from the girl situation that a lot of protags do in these sorts of shows. The show also (basically) uses all sorts of lightsabers and shit so that's cool as well, which makes sense for the much more futuristic setting. For A-1 Pictures it's also damn well animated, and has one of, if not my favourite anime OP theme.
Now thankfully, Asterisk has a chance to get better as it's getting a continuation in Spring 2016. Can't wait for that.
Infinite Stratos definitely holds up as a fun mecha show. For ecchi standards, it's actually really good. The harem is one of the better ones I've seen, and, while Ichika is a dense fuck, most of the characters are pretty good, for the most part. While I was disappointed with the ending, and the lack of action scenes I expected, it's stil a fun show, especially for an ecchi anime.
For being false advertisement, this is actually a pretty well thought out show. While it's not about this epic quest to slay the evil god, instead we got some pretty awesome fights, a nice cast of main characters, and some solid animation. It was pretty cool to add that sense of mystery of who the seventh brave was, and it allowed it to be the well thought out show it is. Also, two dank OPs man. Some good shit right here.
Similar to Gonna be the Twin-tails!, World Break is alright as an anime. I just like it a lot more than I should.
Huge cast of lovable characters, pretty damn good animation, and I absolutely LOVE this show's humour. It definitely got a good laugh out of me. While I don't care for the OP or ED, I can definitely say this was a fun show to watch, even if the main character was a bit overpowered tbh.