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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Samurai Champloo Review

cc26a95946e7ea284f3529b3f48f50daSamurai Champloo had its original run from May 2004 to March 2005. The story follows Fuu Kasumi, a young, clumsy waitress working in a tea shop. After accidentally spilling tea on a customer, he and his fellow samurai assault her. She calls upon a lone samurai called Mugen, who sitting in the back of the shop, he quickly dispatches of her assailants in a wild flurry of bizarre attacks. Not satisfied with his fight Mugen demands to fight someone stronger. Almost as if it were fate, Jin a ronin samurai enters the shop. Mugen challenges Jin in a fight to the death. The two end up getting imprisoned together and are set to be executed the next day. Fuu goes to save the two samurai’s but in exchange, they must promise to help her find a Samurai who smells of Sunflowers.

My Review: I had originally watched Samurai Champloo a long time ago but I recently bought the DVD box set and upon re-watching it, I find that there is a lot more to it than I originally thought. The story has a really natural flow to it, no point in the writing ever felt forced it just all seemed to weave together into a nice circular story. All three of the main characters a really unique and enjoyable. Particularly in Mugen and Jin, this difference can even be seen in their fighting style. The animation is fairly decent, if not a bit on the drab side but it does suit the Hip-Hop theme the show is going for. Even though the theme is active and energetic, there is quite a sombre and mellow undertone that is present all the way through. I had a really good time watching Samurai Champloo and I would recommend this to anyone.

I rate this anime 4/5.

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