Everyone else has seemingly done one, so I believe it's time that I did. Spoilers will be had.
5 Yuru Yuri
A strange choice perhaps? Well, it's by far the funniest anime I've ever watched, with the best character set in a slice of life I've seen, and also, the name. Yuru Yuri, Easy Going Yuri (or girl love) and we all know that lesbianism is proof that the world is truly a good place at it's very core right? RIGHT? Anyway, I fell in love with Toshino Kyouko right from the start, and I never stopped. It helps that every other character is pretty awesome in their own regard too, and that, although it's episodic, the series feels like it ties together well. It's my favourite slice of life and thats why it's here :3
4 Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magic
You've not seen this yet? Of all on my list, this is the one I'd be first to recommend to people. It's brilliantly tragic, dramatic, beautifully animated and told. It's nearly flawless to be honest. The story is amazing, the characters are great, I have no real criticisms of it, and nothing but good memories from watching it. It's also one of the very few anime that I could watch again and again and get a lot of enjoyment out of it each time.
"Whaaaaaaaa? Not Bake? WRYYYYYYYYYYY?" I hear you shout. Because Nise has the better plot, condensing 2 stories into 11 episodes rather than 5 into 15, so that the plots have more development and more time to grow. I love the character set (even if Senjougahara isn't in the series as much as Bake) and it adds further to that with development around Koyomi's sisters and Shinobu. I also like the fan service. There. I said it. I. Like. Fan service. Especially this fan service. I'm a pervert. Shoot me.
2 Revolutionary Girl Utena
Yeah ok, it's slow to start, and it has a couple of recap episodes which angered me and there's some filler within those 39 episodes, but my god do I love this show. The characters are the standout here, Utena is a goddess, Anthy starts off pretty wet but as the series goes on gets better and better, then there's the student council, Touga, Saionji, Miki, Nanami and Juri (whom I bloody love) and then the supporting cast of Wakaba, Shiori and Kozue. Others come and go, and all of them fulfil their role. I could gush about this so much, but you just need to watch it. The ending is stupendous, one of the best I've ever seen, and proves that Utena is the Second Biggest Female Badass in an anime ever. Which brings me to number 1...
1 Mawaru Penguindrum
God where the hell do i start? I just love it, it's Utena with more consitency and momentum, it has an amazing character set. The plot is confusing at times, but by the end it all makes sense, or if not the first time, it will by the second (and you will want to rewatch it!). It's the same director as Utena, Kunihiko Ikuhara and you can tell, it has similar traits, like repeated phrases for characters and some of the characters can be seen to be slightly similar (but not very). It has a completely different art style to Utena though, looking more like a Shaft anime than anything else [actually brainbase] but it had the exact same themes of visual symbolism. The ending is one of my favourites ever, although not quite as strong as Utena's, but Ringo does take the crown of The Biggest Female Badass in an anime ever in the very last episode.
Also, SEIZON SENRYAKU!
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