Top 30 Anime

A little under a year ago I published a list of my Top 25 anime. While it was accurate at the time, it’s been a while, and my opinions have certainly shifted in that period. I’ve watched more anime now, so I figured I might as well raise the number, and here I am with a new and improved Top 30. Most shows could shift up or down a few points based on my whims, and there are plenty of shows that would likely rank on here if I rewatched them, but there’s no helping that. I’ll never watch everything I love within a few years. This is the most accurate list I can make for myself right now, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Anime’s Embrace of Absurdity and Camp

One of the many things I love about animation is the number of different ideas it can portray. Live action can only show that which can be displayed in real life which leads suspension of disbelief to often be broken when live action tries to portray more “out there” concepts. Animation never looks real, which means that the gap between normality and abnormality within the medium is much less jarring than it is in live action. Anime tends to be very aware of this benefit of animation, and because of this many anime embrace absurdity to its fullest extent.

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