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NarkyOtic

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Narky's Current Top 'lasting impression' Anime

A list of the anime series that 'stayed with me' the most over time - not nostalgia; powerful or extremely well executed stories that imprinted themselves upon my mind the most for various reasons. Genres will vary wildly. Will be updated as more potential additions come to the fore...
1 Gintama
Gintama

Gintama is here for a number of reasons. Being one of the lengthier anime series around, its presence at the top actually testament to how consistent the quality of the series really is.

It's a constant challenge for production teams to maintain the applicable balance of ingenuity, wit, innovation and originality for any series, let alone a fast-paced parody/comedy anime that consistently strives to outdo its own tropes. Gintama manages just that, and shows no sign of slowing.

2 Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Rainbow is one of the very few anime that has caught both my emotions and my admiration with such lasting intensity. A story told in desolate truth, without the melodrama that can often seep into the personal tellings of historical tragedies. Rainbow's superb visual and narrative execution of mood, place, time and characterisation made this an easy torture to get lost in, and one that has stayed with me ever since.

3 Berserk
Berserk

Berserk is one of the more unusual picks for a list for me. It's an older title, with animation that looks its age, and some of the dialogue and story execution was a little on thr wrong side of awkward. However, if there's one thing that truly nailed Berserk to the inside of my skull, it was the soundtrack. Unexpectedly poignant and haunting at precisely the right moments, Berserk's music score got under my skin and had some of the most visceral and emotional scenes/sequences replaying in my head for weeks afterward. For an anime that was never supposed to be able to reach me, it reached beyond my highest expectations with a steel-tipped tendril of sound.

4 Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

My one guilty pleasure with anime is that I'm a total sucker for dramatic romance. Many people find Fushigi Yugi to be a little... saccharine... and that Tamahome and Miaka's frequent dramatic calling out each other's names goes through their heads (i.e. broken record tag...). I, however, absolutely adored this title for all the reasons many other would be repelled by it. It's sickly sweet, uses and re-uses every romantic cliche it can cram into each arc, and still manages to pluck at my heartstrings like a harp. Fushigi Yugi is an acquired taste, and its impression upon my inner hopeless sap will last until the day I stop believing in the magic of love.

5 Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is a cruel, self-inflicted punishment. This movie pays no heed to its age, nor to the hearts of its audience. Grave of the Fireflies breaks everyone. It is a masterpiece of anime production that holds the vast majority of those who experience it dangling to a thread of hope for the whole film... only to watch it die at the very last second, leaving a reeling sense of grief and injustice with nothing to hold onto. Without apology.

Grave of the Fireflies is the one film that nobody regrets watching, but nobody can ever quite forgive.

6 Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club is as charming as the hosts it depicts. Excellent visual and audio production meets characterisation and story that seems to carry the viewer along at just the right pace, with just the right amount of drama, comedy and originality. It would be all very well to have a quaint, pleasant anime that will soon fade into obscurity, but Ouran manages one key aspect that allows it to leap off the page; it is an anime that doesn't take itself too seriously, while maintaining its integrity as a story that reserves the right to crescendo into sober moments of relatable, blunt truths.

7 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood holds a sentimental place as the very first anime I watched and loved so much that I gave it a raving 5-stars. It's been a long while since I've watched it, and I've seen some amazing productions since. Unfortunately, this has meant that FMA has lost a little of its revered sheen, but it still certainly cemented as one of the most well-executed and engaging storylines I've seen to date. I hope that when I re-watch this title that it continues to be so, but for now it definitely lives up to its position on my Lasting Impressions list as one of the veterans.

8 Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen
Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

If my love for Gintama is anything to go by, I definitely have a thing for samurai/feudal era anime. Rurouni Kenshin is like the slightly more serious cousin of Gintama - just what the doctor ordered!

This anime incorporates some pretty well established story structures and themes, but gives them a visually excellent and subtle, effective twist about the arm. The freshness that Rurouni Kenshin manages to pull of makes it a truly entertaining, heartbreaking, funny, dramatic and varied anime to watch. Just the right amount of unrequited, bittersweet lovey-dovey stuff to keep the story from stagnating - and enough to keep my hopelessly sappy self satisfied.

There were certainly things about this title that could be improved, but this samurai tale of balancing past demons with protecting the ones that matter to you left an imprint on my heart and mind.

9 Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin

If my love for Gintama is anything to go by, I definitely have a thing for samurai/feudal era anime. Rurouni Kenshin is like the slightly more serious cousin of Gintama - just what the doctor ordered!

This anime incorporates some pretty well established story structures and themes, but gives them a visually excellent and subtle, effective twist about the arm. The freshness that Rurouni Kenshin manages to pull of makes it a truly entertaining, heartbreaking, funny, dramatic and varied anime to watch. Just the right amount of unrequited, bittersweet lovey-dovey stuff to keep the story from stagnating - and enough to keep my hopelessly sappy self satisfied.

There were certainly things about this title that could be improved, but this samurai tale of balancing past demons with protecting the ones that matter to you left an imprint on my heart and mind.

10 Ranma 1/2: The Movie 2 - Nihao My Concubine
Ranma 1/2: The Movie 2 - Nihao My Concubine

This is purely a nostalgic necessity. Ranma 1/2 was the first ever anime I ever rented from my local video rental store, after falling in love with the usual kids programming anime series and wishing to broaden my horizons. Incidentally, this is the only anime I can stand to watch with dubbed audio - and it is at home in this list for that, if anything else!

It's salacious, a bit dated, it has terrible fight scenes and it is delightfully corny, but the production values still hold up tolerably. The bond I formed with the dysfunctional Ranma crew will always see this title with a place in my heart.

11 Elfen Lied
Elfen Lied

This is one from my early teens - pretty much the first I'd seen of what gritty, bloody and cruel anime could be.

Sure, this one contains the same elements of comedic relief (whether well placed or not) but it was the first time I had seen such swift, muted violence in an anime title. It was probably the first violently graphic title I'd seen. That in itself meant that I was intrigued by the dark places anime could go, that I'd never really considered or been exposed to before.

It was an education in sex, violence and unhappy endings, but it was a necessary one that I will always remember vividly.

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