Top 10: My Favourite Animes

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month is the Anime Accords first anniversary and celebration I’m going to be sharing some of my all time favourite animes, either ones that I really, really loved or just ones that have a lot of sentimental value to me.  This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Deadman Wonderland

There is a lot I love about this show, the action, the story, the concepts I love it all (except for Gantas crybaby attitude). So it may come as no real shock when I say that I was instantly hooked on DW from the very second I heard the start of the awesome opening song.

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(Deadman Wonderland)

9. Sword Art Online

Ahh, Sword Art Online many love it, many hate, guess which side of the fence I fall on. Way back when the concept was still fresh SAO really grabbed my attention and pulled my right in, never had an anime seemed so magical and brilliant. Since then my eyes can clearly see the gaping holes in this show’s plot, but that hasn’t stopped me from loving it.

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(Sword Art Online)

8. Haganai: I don’t have many friends

This show is great, why? I don’t know, I just like it. Haganai is a show about a bunch of people with no friends who form a group with the purpose of making friends. As the story progresses they all become closer as people, yet they don’t recognise each other as friends. It’s all very convoluted but still an entertaining show. Denifitly needs a season 3.

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(Haganai: I don’t have many friends)

7. Elfen Lied

The deeply disturbing Elfen Lied was second anime I tucked away under my proverbial belt and it has definitely had a lasting impression. As I said in my review, Elfen Lied is the kind of show that I compare every other show of the like too. Plus, you know you’re hooked when you watch the entire show in just one day.

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(Elfen Lied)

6. Naruto

I remember watching Naruto way back when I was just a little kid, and it wasn’t till only a few years ago that I actually went through and watch all the episodes, including the fillers (AKA curry of life arc). And to this day I’ll still sit down and watch a bit of Naruto.

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(Naruto Shippuden)

5. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

This show is one of strange connection for me. For some reason, I strongly associate with the main character and that just make all the drama so much more effective. There is a lot I love about this show but there’s no real way for me to put it into words. If I had to try, I’d say it comes to down right solid character and story writing.

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(My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

4. Hellsing Ultimate

How could I not put this here, the dark humour and grizzled gore is what makes Hellsing so special. The true meaning of vampire is fear and this show encompasses that perfectly, plus whats more fun than a British vampire butchering waves of zombie nazis.

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(Hellsing Ultimate)

3. Samurai Champloo

Hip-hop samurai, you would not be mistaken for thinking that that marriage of ideas would work out too well, but this show is the proof. On top of the brilliant animation, the characters and settings are what really make this show stand out. I personally really love the cohesion of Edo era and modern era elements and the way they create this totally historically inaccurate culture that still works.

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(Samurai Champloo)

2. Gantz

Here we have the very first anime I ever watched fully. And the anime that got me hooked into anime to begin with. Not only is Gantz full of gore and death but there is a lot of strong Phycological tension as well. It might not be a masterpiece but it will always be my first anime.

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(Gantz)

1. Fairy Tail

If you have seen any of my other blog posts then you may have noticed that Fairy Tail makes its way into my writings fairly often, and there’s a reason for that, I like it. Being the series that I have followed the longest Fairy Tail has really be one of the major animes in my anime career and it will always an important series to me.

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(Fairy Tail)

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something I should make a top 10 about list then leave a comment and let me know.

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Gantz 2nd Stage Review

largeanimepaperscans_gantz_krisofilax_8862Gantz 2nd stage was released back in 2004, just a month after the release of the first season (read the review here). The second stage continues on from the first with Kurono Kei and his ex-schoolmate, Kato Masaru. Kei has taken accompanying Gantzer Kei Kishimoto into his home to keep as a “pet”, however, he is finding it harder and harder to control his lust for her. The group is becoming well acquainted with blood and gore and they feel themselves changing with every mission. With every encounter, the group learns new ways to deal with the rough and tumble of life. How much longer can the group survive as every new mission could be their very last and the group knows it. They have seen many faces join and perish all too easy.

My Review: If you’ve seen the first season of Gantz then you have definitely got to watch this, This half is probably my favorite half, There are some really brilliant twists and moments that, not only have I never forgotten but truly define the show. The fights are also really cool with one of the coolest monster ever. Many of the new characters are interesting and instantly lovable, but at the same time, I hate most of them, Gantz seems to have the ability to collect the lowest of society. The animation looks pretty dated but I didn’t find it to be to big an issue. One thing I really like about Gantz as a whole is the fact that most of the story happens outside of Gantz mission, showing the effect is has on the lives of the characters extends further than just the missions and works its way into every aspect of their lives.

I rate this anime 3.5/5.

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Gantz Review

wh7f7chxecrm1ycxixsgg1jz20tFirst aired in 2004. The story begins with Kei, an egotistical teen who has a deep hatred for everyone around him. One day while returning home he notices someone who he used to be friends with. While Kei is busy hoping to go unnoticed by his old acquaintance a drunken man falls onto the train tracks. Kei’s old friend noticing that there is a train rushing through the tunnel immediately rushes to the man’s aid. Reluctantly Kei joins him in his efforts to save the drunk and in doing so the pair loose their lives to the oncoming train. But instead of dying Kei awakes in a mysterious room with a large black orb at its centre. Then to Keis surprise, he is joined by several other people who have also died, together they must discover the secret of the black orb and why they have been brought back to life.

My Review: This is not for those looking for a light and fun experience. Gantz deals with some intense subject matters such as murder and rape. That is not to say this show is bad in the slightest, in fact, this is one of those gems that you just get hooked on immediately.   There are some truly brilliant moments in this show that you experience right alongside Kei. The raw emotion that is expressed throughout just keep you coming back for more, along with characters that you actually care about. Despite the fact that Kei is someone you can all too easily despite I find myself caring about what happens to him. Plus if you’re like me and are a fan of gore then you’ll love every death as they are all both justly and unjustly brutal. Being one of the first animes I ever watched this show will always have a special place in my heart.

I rate this anime 4/5

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