Here in the middle east, we had the fortune to get introduced to Anime at young age.. I have been watching Arabic dubbed anime more than 20 years ago. few years ago when we almost abandoned anime because the Arabic dub quality went down hill, we discovered the English fansubbed anime and it was overwhelming.. to watch Prince of Tennis, Naruto, HxH and Fullemtal Alchemist in span of 2-3 years.. I got addicted again.. Last year, I started watching Jdrama and abandoned anime a bit but now I'm back and looking for interesting anime to watch.
My top 5 list may seem confusing a bit because each one is a different genre but the thing they all share is.. Character depth, growth, and development.. And heavy emotions!