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  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Joined Mar 14, 2018
  • 40 / M

40 year old anime virgin, interesting shows

An ever evolving list by a 40 year old guy who only recently started to bench anime. I get suckered in by the art, figure out the plot and then take a step back to understand the characters. To me, these are well polished shows with a pretty descent rewatch value.
1 Bakemonogatari


The whole series is just extremely consistant. Amazing dialogue, awesome characters, unique art direction, gorgeous animations... An almost perfect package.



Chaotic show, amazing characters, a fucking dope soundtrack and an insane  artstyle. If I was still a youngling I would have never understood the story but its art and characters would have still pulled me in. I want more... Specially want to see more Haruko.

3 Durarara!!


What an amazing group of characters, all extremely well developed. Every character on the show has a purpose in the story with all of them being connected in one way or another.

4 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

I love how positive the show is along with gorgeous animations and brilliant character design. 

5 Kyousougiga (2013)

Kyousougiga (2013)

An interesting story that confuses the fuck out of you in the very beginning. Some of the most amazing and unique characters around.

6 Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Everything about this show is amazing. Crazy in depth characters, amazing world building, solid music and a production quality that everybody will admire.

7 Baccano!


There haven't been many shows where I legit feel that every character you're being introduced to has something magical about them. The dialogue is sharp, the main plot is well developed and I also truly appreciate the way the story is told. The whole atmosphere is amazing, they really captured New York from the 1930's really well.

8 Kill La Kill

Kill La Kill

Would you ever recommend something that's lewd as fuck? Not really... Would you ever recommend Kill la Kill eventhough it's lewd as fuck? Fuck yes. For anybody that loves drawing this show shows some of the most insane animations around. And the cast and character development is just amazing.

9 Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Teenagers struggling with being socially accepted and scared of ending up alone. Not to mention that the show has one of the best couple interactions I've ever seen.

10 Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai

Bad ass characters and amazing scenery with cool beats. The fight scenes are extremely well animated.

11 SSSS.Gridman


I'm normally not a huge fan of shows that contain Kaiju monsters attacking cities that need to be defended by giant super heroes but this show does it with a twist. 

12 your name.

your name.

A gorgeous movie about a boy and a girl from different times swapping bodies and trying to figure out why they're connected.

13 Aachi wa Ssipak

Aachi wa Ssipak

Aachi and Ssipak is a strange but well animated movie about popsicle juicybars coming from places where the sun don't shine and using them as an energy source.

14 Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi

Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi

The first season was a fluke but the OVAs and the second season aren't bad at all. Specially the first OVA is packed with great action and gorgeous animations

15 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

First season is very much about social studies with a low key romance plot. As the show progresses its way into season 2 there is a lot more focus on the romance and the main characters growing through hardships with each other. It's a show that doesn't play all its cards in the first season, the secrecy is what makes you curious and wanting to see more. At the time of writing, the story feels like it didn't even get started yet and is left with a rather open ending. Still was a great watch but I do wish this show gets picked up again and gets a finish that it deserves.

16 Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

Absolutely gorgeous anime with great world design, interesting characters and an extremely dark undertone.

17 The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland

Dark and gloomy show where kids are trying to figure out how they can get on the other side of a gate that's keeping them from exploring the world.

18 Shiki


Shiki towers over all the other horror series out there, simply no competition and in a league of its own.

19 Hyouka


A very cool show about 4 totally different personalities trying to solve little daily life mysteries together. Eru is a very curious girl who just wants to know everything, she keeps asking Houtarou to help her solve mysteries but he rather just wants to spend time doing absolutely nothing. Their two friends, Satoshi and Mayaka, join them on their little daily adventures.

20 Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

The A-team of anime... I love Revy, what a dope character in a pretty cool created world full of criminals and creazy characters.

21 Mekaku City Actors

Mekaku City Actors

Colorful characters with a street style look and feel to it. It feels like a love child by the Monogatari and Durarara series which are 2 of my favorite series on the list. It still has plenty of its own unique flavor and style to it.

22 Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Nishikata and Takagi are two kids that sit next to each other in class. Nishikata gets teased every day by Takagi but that's mainly because she likes him and just loves seeing his reactions. Nishikata tries his best to get back at her and Takagi is just too witty but she absolutely adores that he keeps trying. Such a simple but well executed concept.

23 Flip Flappers

Flip Flappers

A gorgeous show that feels like a Studio Trigger style show but isn't. Filled with amazing action and an excellent story.

24 A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

A story that will hit you right in the feels. A depressed teenage kid that regrets bullying a deaf girl and trying to make up for the mistakes he's made.

25 Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

What a classy journey to find the samurai that smells like sunflowers. Trippy beats, gorgeous animations with great main characters.

26 Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

A dark comedy about topics that make most people feel unfomtable but presented in an entertaining way.

27 Berserk


The Conan the Barbarian of anime. Berserker is told in a super dark way where demons and super natural creatures roam freely in the world, destroying man kind and where every human being is only in it for themselves.

28 Darker than Black

Darker than Black

Again... some great developed characters in a super dark world where the super natural powers come with crazy side effects.

29 Occultic;Nine


Supernatural conspiracies with great animations and a great cast.

30 Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat

One of the few harem shows that actually really entertained me and was put together quite impressively..

31 Hi Score Girl

Hi Score Girl

Really enjoyed the part of the show where they talk about the games from back in the late 80's and early 90's, the golden age of gaming. Lots of nostalgic feelings.

32 Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia

A playful, goofy and very well animated show about a group of young witches, learning the trade secrets,

33 After the Rain

After the Rain

Starts off as a romance but then turns into a show about never giving up on things you are passionate about.

34 The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Really enjoyed fantasy anime with great colorful characters. 7 main protagonists that have all been cursed and blessed with special traits who have been approached by a princess to help rescue her kingdom.

35 Highschool of the Dead

Highschool of the Dead

I feel the zombie part of the show is top notch, the art is amazing and the characters are pretty well put together. Even though I don't mind fan-service if it's done correctly but I do feel that they went a little overboard and it took away from how great the show was actually put together.

36 Space Patrol Luluco

Space Patrol Luluco

This show caught me by surprise but I was all in from the start and I really want more of it.

37 Devilman: Crybaby

Devilman: Crybaby

Dark and over the top crazy artstyle with a great soundtrack and plenty of gore.

38 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

One of the better fantasy series out there with a pretty big, unique and awesome cast.

39 Nisekoi


Maybe not the best romcom out there but the crazy and colorful characters do make it a very enjoyable first season.

40 K-On!!


Slice of life is normally not my thing but this show does an excellent job in just making the most random situations feel like fun, the girls are always having a good time.

41 Akira


Akira is simply the most gorgeous and well animated movie ever created.

42 When They Cry: Higurashi

When They Cry: Higurashi

One of the best horror series out there. A very cool concept where you see the characters go from super happy to batshit insane.


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captivus Nov 18, 2018

Hm ... It's hard to pinpoint what you like and dislike based on the list ... based on anime watched section I'd suggest checking up:

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Arakawa Under the Bridge

One of the weirdest things I've ever seen. A classic story: a boy is ambitious, he starts a company, gets stranded on a bridge losing his pants and gets saved by a homeless insane girl who thinks she's from another planet. The boy gets smitten. His rival in love is a guitar playing guy who dresses like a flower. He is one of saner of the new neighbors of the pants-loosing boy. A must see.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Suicidal teacher and his weird class. The show starts pretty strange (in a good way) and from episode to episode and season to season gets more abstract and meta. Funny as hell though and a great watch.

Welcome to NHK!

This is an anime about a guy who is seriously insane. Based on the animation I think he has schizophrenia. Every one of the main characters is bizarre in his or her own way. What's fun the show takes the 'everyone is a weirdo' premise quite seriously even though the series does have lots of comedy elements to them.

Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil

Evil corporate guy dies killed by a guy he just fired, denounces God when he asks him if he believes in him and as a sentence gets turned into insane evil loli captain girl commanding semi-German troops during semi-World War I. So .... you know ..... same old, same old. I really liked the animation, and the protagonist is pretty interesting so if you have time to spare this series will not disappoint

Welcome to the Ballroom

This is one of my favorite anime series ever - and I'm speaking as a person with no interest in dancing whatsoever.

First, the story is great. It's structured perfectly in over twenty episodes during which the main protagonist (and the viewer) gradually meet quite a group of well-developed characters. Competitive dancing is the core of the storyline but it's shown through several tournaments which creates tension and excitement even if someone (once again - like me) isn't all that interested in dancing.

Second, the characters are interesting and every single one of them has an arc that he or she complete by the end of the season. The main protagonist is very talented and learns how to dance very fast but his progress is realistic and doesn't break suspension of disbelief. The show pulls off a difficult task of introducing several characters right in the middle of the story in a way that doesn't make them one dimensional or just plain boring. 

What's more: the animation is just plain stunning.

All in all: it's a great series and one should definitely check it out even if You're doing it just for the animation and the tournaments.