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Favourite shows

Here are my favourite anime, some of them totally knocked me on my arse when watching them, others I just got nothing more than pure enjoyment from watching!
1 Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Joint 1st with Mawaru Peguindrum

The political intrigue is probably the best I've ever seen, surely helped by being 110 episodes long, but it manages to keep you completely engaged for that entire time. The characters are also brilliant, which is something rarely seen with such a huge cast. It also hits you in the gut on many occasions and really just keeps you utterly enthralled.

2 Penguindrum
Penguindrum

Joint first with Legend of the Galactic Heroes

It's like a surrealist greek theatre for the 21st century. The mystery had me hooked in right from the start and it just kept getting better and better. The characters were an especially strong point for me too, and the visual referencing and subtle clues throughout made for a really great watch.

3 From the New World
From the New World

Possibly one of the best pure mysteries ever. The real strength here for me is the world building which is masterful, you real feel like you're a part of the land and society they occupy. The mystery itself has plenty of twists and turns that never feel out of place or stupid, and everything just meshes together so well that it becomes an absolute joy to watch.

4 Revolutionary Girl Utena
Revolutionary Girl Utena

This has the best ending of all time for me, bar none. The build up to it is amazing, it has fantastic villains and a brilliant hero, it looks gorgeous, it has one of my favourite characters of all time. It just misses out from being higher by being a bit monster of the week at the start, it's not a bad thing because it's so brilliantly done, but when looking back, it can't hold up as well to the later arcs.

5 Kill La Kill
Kill La Kill

Never have I had this much pure fun from a show. When this was airing, I watched each new episode with goosebumps from the excitement, and not once did it not deliver for me. It has it's flaws for sure, and it's certainly not to everyones taste, but it does such a good job of being enjoyable, that I could look past all of that.

6 Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion

What is there to say about Evangelion that hasn't already been said? For me, the characters are the strong point here, they feel the most real of any I've seen in an anime, with real problems that have real consequences. I also love the TV ending.

7 Star Blazers 2199
Star Blazers 2199

Love space opera's in general, and where as this can't come close to Legend of the Galcatic Heroes in a lot of ways, it beats it for a sense of adventure. It has that old school retro feel throughout too, and there were at least 3 episodes that left me genuinely breathless. It looks great too, and has some fantastic characters throughout.

8 Brother, Dear Brother
Brother, Dear Brother

The absolute epitome of high school drama. Though that feels like it's being sold short. Yeah it has some cheesy melodrama, and that's definitely something I love, but it also has some truly messed up characters that manipulate and drag other characters down with them. It has some fantasticly creepy scenes in it too, and an old school classical soundtrack that fits the show perfectly.

9 The Rose of Versailles
The Rose of Versailles

Oscar Francois de Jarjayes. The best character of all time. It takes the melodrama of Brother, Dear Brother and puts it into the setting of the French Revolution. The historical context here is one of the reasons I love it so much, as it's one of my favourite parts of european history to read about, and it's portrayed here with a sympathetic eye to all parties, and never sugar coats just how bloody either side was.

10 Shirobako
Shirobako

Adult drama doesn't get much better than this. And if you're interested in the anime industry at all, then this is a great peek into how it works. It's all carried through with a great cast, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and it's just a masterful piece of worklife anime.

11 Giant Robo
Giant Robo

Super Robot genre at its best. An amazing cast, brilliant action pieces, one of the best classical scores of anything, and utterly gorgeoius to look at. Also helps that the story is simple, yet full of mystery and executed with absolute brilliance.

12 Martian Successor Nadesico
Martian Successor Nadesico

To call this a pure comedy show undermines the brilliant sense of adventure this show has. It doesn't quite match up to Yamato for that, but it makes up for it in other ways, with genuinely funny comedy, some shockingly tragic moments, a great cast of characters, and a genuine sense of mystery. Also has the best OP of all time.

13 Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
14 Ace wo Nerae!
Ace wo Nerae!

Best sports anime of all time. Awesome melodrama, believable progression in the sport from our protagonists and some of the best all around character development I've ever seen. Just be aware that the animation takes some getting used to, lots of reused scenes and 70's still shots.

15 Casshern Sins
Casshern Sins

The absolute epitome of the Superman concept. Here is an MC that's so overpowered that never in the show does he really face a challenge from anyone, however, this never becomes some self insert wish fullfilment for the viewer, instead, each fight plays out more like an execution, and the suffering of Casshern only increases the more he realises just how powerful he is. It also has one of the strongest atmosphere's I've ever seen in a battle show, and the world and setting is brilliantly bleak. 

16 Ping Pong The Animation
Ping Pong The Animation

Second Best sports anime of all time. The show revolves around the question, what is a hero? It has an awesome soundtrack, some brilliant animation in it's rough, out of the leftfield art style, and it does a great job of making us empathise with the cast. I can't stress enough the visuals help with this either, the art direction and storyboarding is some of the best I've ever seen.

17 Escaflowne
Escaflowne

Medieval mecha fighting with actual swords? You better believe it! Who'd have thought that a shoujo mecha show would ever be this good? Well it takes some of those shoujo cliches and puts them into a whole new setting, it makes us empathise with the main cast, has at least one brilliant twist on a certain character, and the soundtrack is one of the best.

18 Mushishi
Mushishi

Equal parts dark and tragic to light and comfortable. This episodic series has one of the best atmosphere's of any show, and one of the best male leads of all time. You never know what you'll get with each episode, whether it will be something horrifically dark, or something that warms your heart completely, the real mastery here is how that never ever gives you mood whiplash. Beautiful.

19 Patlabor: The Mobile Police
Patlabor: The Mobile Police
20 Yurikuma Arashi
Yurikuma Arashi

Because I'm an Ikuhara fanboy. This is the kind of show that plays right into my ballpark, with visual referencing all over the place, the surrealism I've come to expect from the director, and a message I feel quite strongly about myself. 

21 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

Masculine Men Doing Masculine Things, I love the manga (particularly the later parts), but the anime takes two of the weakest of those manga parts and makes it into a much better watching experience. Dio, the most charismatic villain of all time, is brought to life with such beauty and brilliance that every time he's on screen I can't help but smile. It's also a scenery chewing hamfest in the best possible way.

22 Gunbuster 2
Gunbuster 2

Diebuster above Gunbuster? Yep. This doesn't suffer from the same problem as Gunbuster with the first few episodes, and maintains great quality and fun storytelling throughout the whole show with brilliant consistency. Nonoriri is also a great female lead, and we learn exactly what's happening in this world naturally alongside her. Also a contender for best OP.

23 Mononoke
Mononoke

Visually stunning, this is my favourite art style of any of the shows listed here. It tells its stories in a brilliant way, with mystery and sympathy when needed. It doesn't hold back either when things get darker, and it has such an amazing soundtrack to it all. Also, Norio Wakamoto is a fish.

24 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Gotta love Gainax for going through with this immature, dick, boob, fart joke comedy show, and doing it so damn well. For pure comedy, this is definitely my favourite of any in anime, despite it's silly subject matter. It's just so unapologetically disgusting and so stupidly good because of it.

25 Aoi Hana
Aoi Hana

A shoujo-ai story told with actual development and some realsitic characters? Kind of, it's more of a coming out of the closet story, with actual development and realistic characters. It also has some utterly gorgeous watercolour backgrounds, and some brilliantly touching scenes. 

26 Kuragehime
Kuragehime

I had so much fun with this show, though I could see it becoming tedious if it continued on for another season or 2. I loved the characters, it had some beautiful scenes, and was a good take on the "ugly duckling" archetype. It was pretty damn funny too when it wanted to be.

27 Gunbuster
Gunbuster

The first 3 episodes aren't the best here, they're certainly not bad, but when you compare it to how the show builds up to its ending, it feels like you're watching 2 quite different shows. However, the fact that it's in this list is a testament to just how utterly fantastic those final 3 episodes are, if you don't get hyped just thinking about Noriko standing with her arms crossed in that iconic scene, you may very well be braindead.

28 Hana-Saku Iroha
Hana-Saku Iroha

Such a great SoL drama, it makes it on the list by having one of my favourite settings of all, in the mountains of Kanazawa. I love the characters and how they develop here, I love how the show's setting seems to have such a great impact on the progression of the story, but I don't love the romantic subplot.

29 Welcome to the NHK!
Welcome to the NHK!

This is a pretty hard watch actually, it's pretty much a journey into the depression of the main character, and it never lets up, never gives us hope unless it gets crushed again further down the line and basically just drags you in deeper and deeper into the life of one fucked up individual. Brilliantly done.

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