Anime is currently getting the flack that most people reserve for comics in that it’s labeled as cartoons for children. Sure, there are animes or anime influenced cartoons out there strictly geared toward children, but let me ask you this: How often have YOU caught yourself singing the Pokemon theme song? Didn’t you cry watching Avatar: The Last Airbender series finale? My point is anime is a medium that has touched me in a lot of different ways through a lot of different series and I’d like to share that with you, IHOGGERS :D In no particular order, here are my top 10 anime you must see.
**These are not my list of favorites, just a list of anime that should be given a chance**
10. DRAGON BALL Z – Goku and his son Gohan have to deal with the all the trials of life in addition to various alien enemies and Goku handles the everyday issue of becoming comfortable in one’s skin VERY well. I chose Dragon Ball Z because it’s iconic and easily recognizable by all. It’s goofy and utterly charming throughout its 250+ episodes so start at the beginning and let the adventure begin!
9. AKIRA – Set in futuristic Tokyo, an experiment (a child) escapes and becomes involved with motorcycle gang member Tetsuo who is turn captured and experimented on. It’s frightening and thrilling to watch. Akira is the only entry on my list that is a movie and not a series but I think a series would have been too much for the visual hurricane that is Akira.
8. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD – This series follows two brothers trying to make amends after breaking the rules of alchemy. I’ve said “That is so fucked up” so many times watching this anime because it does so well at painting the horrors of things that can and do go wrong. Make sure you watch Brotherhood and not the original series as Brotherhood follows the manga and is much more fucked up and awesome.
7. NANA – A story of the friendship between two girls who meet by chance on a train with the same name. They are completely different but find a way to help each other through their hardships. I don’t even know what to say about Nana other than it’s touching and complex. It covers a friendship in the most realistic way and I watch this whenever I get the chance. Truly one of my favorites.
6. NARUTO – A lengthy adventure following a young ninja who is ostracized by his village for unknowingly saving it. Whilst you moan and groan, please take into account that I mean the Japanese version. As with any anime, there is dubious amounts of filler past episode 200 but some of it is enjoyable. The American voice acting is not only annoying but a lot of stuff is cut so please, watch the Japanese uncut version if you have access to it.
5. DEATH NOTE – A bored shinigami drops his notebook to Earth and an intelligent teen picks it up and begins to use it. When a name is written in the notebook, the person dies. This leads to a clever game of mental chess between the teen (Light) and the young detective bent on catching him (L). Great concept, a lot of thrill, definitely worth at LEAST a one time viewing.
4. SAILOR MOON – Usagi (or Serena depending on which language you watch it in) is the reincarnation of the Moon princess and therefore must triumph over evil along with her besties, the Sailor Scouts. Classic and fantasy anime at its absolutely best, Sailor Moon is good throughout the ages. My adolescence is tinged in Sailor Moon goodness so at the very least, its nostalgic value alone makes it a special anime for me. Lengthy but oh, so worth it.
3. TEKKAMAN BLADE – Futuristic Earth is under attack from the Radam and their Tekkaman leaders and it’s up to the Space Knights to thwart it. The arrival of a strange boy, dubbed D-Boy, who can transform into a Tekkaman puzzles them all. This was my first foray into mecha anime and the tormented and mysterious story of Blade is something that sucks you in immediately.
2. BECK: MONGOLIAN CHOP SQUAD – Koyuki is a normal teenager whose life changes after saving the dog of a guitarist named Kyuusuke. After seeing Kyuusuke’s band play live, Koyuki is given a guitar and the anime follows his life as the band gets popular. Another great slice of life tale of a boy finding out who he is and experiencing love for the first time.
1. BIBLE BLACK – A teenage boy finds a book of magic and begins practicing the spells inside not knowing his school is the base for a coven of witches. I included this…risque…anime purely because it’s ridiculous. Seeing it once puts everything hentai in one bag so you can experience it all including a fairly decent plot. This is not for kids AT ALL (hell, I’m hesitant on saying it’s for adults at all) and it will make you say “OH MY GOD” if you have never seen it. You have been warned.
I tried to choose an eclectic mix and I won’t lie, my love for shoujo almost won out! I understand if you disagree with my choices but please, tell me below, what would your top 10 be?