Finally, we have come to the end of the long list of my favourite anime series. I would like to thank all of you who have followed my all of my ‘My Top 20 Favourite Anime’ posts so far, and for those of you who just joined in the madness (not exactly), you’re welcome all the same. First, *sniff* I would like to thank *sniff* my family, for their *sniff* great support. (They don’t know about my blog, or anyone around me, save a few close friends, for that matter.) Next, I would *sniff* *whine* *yelp* I can’t do *sniff* this anymore…Boohoo hoo!!!
5. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
A bombshell of memorable characters!!!! From left, the naive and dense basketball player, Wakamatsu who is in love with Lorelei of the Glee Club. He also doesn’t like Yeo Suzuki who pesters him to no end, on and off the basketball court, but is still vaguely interested in her. What’s more is that he doesn’t know that the two are actually the same person!! Chiyo Sakura, probably the most ordinary character in this line up, is in love with the titular character, Umetaro Nozaki. When she tries to confess her feelings to Nozaki, she phrases it in the wrong way and he gives him an autograph instead. As it turns out, Nozaki is actually a renowned shoujo manga artist who goes by the pen name of Yumeno Sakiko. Sakura ends up being Nozaki’s personal assistant, helping out when he needs help with his manga. Sakura is after all, from the Art Club and her talent has caught the eye of Nozaki long before she tried to confess her feelings to Nozaki. The red-headed (See what I did there? Get it? Red? Headed? Huh? Huh?) bishonen is Mami–Mikoto Mikoshiba, who is very popular among girls in school. However his shy and meek demeanor makes him a little less sociable as he is too shy to talk with anybody other than his close friends like Nozaki. He also often helps out at Nozaki’s place with his manga and inadvertently becomes a reference for the female protagonist in Nozaki’s manga, Mamiko because of his likeness to a shy and timid girl. And finally, we have Kashima who earned the title “The School Prince” because of her bishonen looks and tall demeanor. And yes, she is actually a girl. And she is a girl who is very popular among the girls, hence the title, Prince. Because of her looks, she is enlisted into the school Drama Club by Masayuki, who is now the Drama Club president. In a weird way, she tries to get Masayuki’s affection by pissing him off through her actions, such as not attending practice which leads to her being chased down by Masayuki and get walloped thoroughly before being dragged to practice. The duo is undoubtedly the best and memorable SM couple in the entire history of anime. All in all, the combination of all these oddballs and memorable characters makes the series a comedic bombshell filled with laugh-out-loud antics derived from the characters’ personality and chemistry between. This is the only anime that has successfully made it all the way this high up my list solely through its’ characters. I mean, seriously, this is one of the best comedy anime of all time, upstaged only by Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (more on that later). It’s timing and precision is executed perfectly and the jokes never seemed forced at all although it can be a little, just a little, mind you, repititive. The only setback is that it seems to take itself a tad bit, just very little, too seriously. In a nutshell, it comes close to being a perfect anime. But it isn’t so that is why it’s in Number 5. Sigh~ what a shame…
Durarara!! Like Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, this anime has a variety of splendid and memorable characters. If you were to ask the legions of Durarara fans, which is their favourite character in the series and you’ll probably get a variety of different, different answers. But if we were to compare Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun with Durarara, we will see that Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun will be dwarfed in comparison. Why? Because unlike Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Durarara’s characters are actually drawn out and complete with their own back story. In short, they don’t need anybody to compliment them to stand out. Each and every one of them are interesting by themselves. Needless to say, it actually beat Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun at it’s own game. Unlike Gekkan Shoujo, Durarara has a larger mind frame since it’s setting is in the district of Ikebukuro and it’s characters aren’t limited to just high schoolers. But of course, that’s not the only reason it’s No. 4 in my list. The way the story is told is different from other anime and not as straightforward as normal anime. It’s unique sense of story telling is a huge plus point as it has made the series stand out a lot. They actually tell a story from different perspectives at a time. They don’t follow conventional ways of storytelling and take a great deal of risk since there is always the danger of the viewer being unable to follow the story, however most of the time the story telling is flawless. However, with so many risks taken, it is inevitable that it may trip or even stumble but the pros are more than enough to make up for the cons. In a way, it delivers a unique way of presenting their story that makes it stand out among all the anime that I have watched before. Unique, funny and moving, what more can you ask from an anime? But after watching a certain mind-blowing **** anime series known as Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari (more on that later), Durarara actually dwarfs in comparison. As the Chinese proverb goes, “the tallest mountain is not always the tallest”. But what the heck, this is quite the mind-blowing **** in it’s own right.
3. Cowboy Bebop
Ok, three, two, one, let’s jam! Tede, tede, tede, tede de~~ Such an iconic opening. Tede, tede, tede, tede de~ I’m talking about the opening song, Tank by The Seatbelts. If you haven’t heard of it, you’re probably living in a well underneath Mars. Speaking of which…Mars was the birthplace of Spike, the main protagonist of Cowboy Bebop. Anyway, if you really hadn’t heard of Cowboy Bebop, well, here’s the setting. Cowboy Bebop is set in the near future where the invention of space gates have made space travel very simple for humankind. However, during the explosion due to a space gate accident has left Earth in ruins which meant humans now have to abandon Earth and colonize the other planets in the solar system. Well, that is the setting, but you know, who gives a damn? Like, Spike doesn’t. In fact, he doesn’t seem to so much as frown at anything whether it’s being hunted down by an immortal six year old kid who has a knack for playing the harmonica or hunting down petty pirates roaming the galaxy. Oh, right, and he’s a bounty hunter. Ta-da!!! Tede, tede, tede, tede de~ Well, I love this anime because it has rich character development with ample time and space for each character living in the Bebop, the name of the spaceship Spike and his fellow bounty hunters live in, to flourish. And not only that, each episode gives you different feel altogether. Some gives you a sad feeling, some leaves you breathless, and some even have you cowering behind the curtains in fear! Heck, there’s even an Alien-esque episode where the crew of the Bebop had to hunt down a mutated sea cucumber monster in the very own home, the Bebop! Each episode carries its’ own different feel and story but most importantly, they’re all great fun! What’s there not to love about this series? It has great fight scenes, great chase scenes, great characters, great plot even a great soundtrack! Ok, three, two, one, let’s jam! Tede, tede, tede, tede de~~ Oh, did I mention, in every episode, even the genre of the soundtrack differs! Seriously, this is almost the most memorable series yet! Haha, thinking of it now is making jump up and down in exitcement! Whoo~~~Tede, tede, tede, tede de~~~~~~
2. Bakemonogatari & Nisemonogatari
Just the first two series, mind you. The subsequent series were lacking in purpose and drive as if they’ve lost their goal, although in Tsukimonogatari, they seem to have rediscover it. But, you know, whatever…Did I mention that the reason I’m watching anime full time is because of these two series? Well, now I did. Anyway, the series basically revolves around Araragi Koyomi, who is a half-vampire after being attacked by one legendary vampire during summer vacation. The series revolves around him trying to help people (read GIRLS) with their supernatural problems since he became more aware of their situation after the above said incident. Well, that’s just it, the summary. But what makes this anime interesting is that it doesn’t give a shit about anything. One moment, it can be talking about ways to solve some poor guy’s (read GIRL’S) problem, the next moment, you see Araragi pouncing on a loli, grabbing her boobs and her butt. “WHAT??!!!” you may ask.
Well, I’m just joking, nothing like that happened…*guiltily looks away* Anyway, this series is extremely interesting due to the variety of memorable characters, ranging from the self-proclaimed tsundere, Senjougahara Hitagi to the athlete cum tomboy cum homosexual pervert, Kanbaru Suruga. Those characters by themselves were so memorable that they could have gotten themselves into my list all by themselves, except they didn’t! While it may be true that this series has one of the most interesting harem combinations in the entire realm of anime, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have anything else! Aside from the banter, I love the way Bakemonogatari reflects on the darker side of humans, the lust, the greed etc.. But I also love the way they present the good side, the loving side, the joy, the peace. It kinds reminds me of how it is to be human, what it means and what it is about. But of course, many people do not perceive this anime to be something like that and take it for it’s surface value only. However, I must say, I enjoy the banter and the hareming as well, however I love the philosophical aspect of the anime as well.I believe that’s what the author has in mind all this time. Now long and forgotten by everyone but not by me. I will treasure this, for all of my life… Bleech!!! Did I just say something as cheesy as that????!!!!! Bleech! Blekkkk!!!!!
1. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
And here’s number one! Why? Because if you don’t laugh at the stupidity of this anime series, you’re a heartless person. Or rather, you’ve haven’t gone through puberty. Or simply put, you’re no longer human!!! Wait…babies haven’t gone through puberty. Hmm…alright then, if you don’t like this anime, you’re a baby. Bah!! You’re a baby!!
If there’s one thing that is more enjoyable than warm sunshine and lying on a bed of flowers, it’s rewatching Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou with a group of friends and laughing out loud with them!!! Everything in this anime screams, “Laugh at me, you brickheaded idiots!!” ranging from the sketchy artstyle to the character design to even the opening and the ending of the series. Seriously, watching the ED by itself is enough to make a grown man cry…laughing his butt off. Even as I write this, I am grinning so much, thinking about the stupidity of the characters, the pranks, the jokes, it’s as if my grin is plastered in place. If someone would see me now, they would think that I’ve gone berserk! Now, that’s just about as funny as it can get. So, how do you define ‘perfect anime’? I’d say it’s being able to make the viewers feel the way you want them to, make them react the way you want them to. And if an anime’s sole objective is to make the viewers laugh their heads off and pull it off the way Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou does, then I’d say it’s perfect. And not even a moment of down, it’s all up! Enough talk, just watch it. Go. Now. Or I’ll crack your head wide open. I’d fly all the way to wherever the **** you are, and hunt you down and crush your **** into oblivion!! Beware…I’m watching you…
So! That’s all there is to it. This is my list of favourite anime and I highly recommend everything to everyone, starting from the 7th entry. Oh, if you’re wondering, where’s One Piece? My answer is nowhere near my list. Before you One Piece fans scream your heads off at me, I do want to tell you that when I first heard of One Piece, One Piece was already in it’s 400th plus episode, and now, the number of episodes would have at least doubled, I think. So, don’t blame me for not watching it. Blame the anime for being so bloody long. So, don’t ask anything One Piece related, I can’t answer them.
Anyway, this is the end, I think. But fret not, all ye sons (and daughters) of men, I shall be returning with my normal anime reviews now that I’ve listed my list of favourite anime. So, until my next post, Hasta la Vista!!!!
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