Anime-original content gets a bad rap. It’s understandable why; years of boring filler and awful original endings have poisoned the well, leaving anime fans suspicious of adaptations which aren’t panel-for-panel and word-for-word. But as understandable as the resistance to anime-original content is, it’s wrong-headed. Direct adaptations may be preferable to butchered, poorly written original material, but a truly tailored adaptation will be the best option any day of the week. Good creators can imbue their own touch into the material, making mediocre works great and strengthening already strong works.
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.
Almost anyone can tell you saying goodbyes is a painful experience. No one wants to leave behind those they care about, and Slice of Life anime frequently cover the feelings caused by goodbyes. In shows where the main draw is the characters and their relationships, it’s almost necessary to deal with the emotions that come about when the characters are separated for a prolonged or indefinite period. K-On, as an amazing slice of life anime, does more than just touch on this topic — it devotes most of the last quarter of its second season to this point, along with its movie. K-On displays the emotions caused by parting better than almost any other show I’ve seen, while saying important things about these departures at the same time.
This is out of date. Very soon I’ll be making a Top 30 post, so if you read it bear in mind that nothing here is still applicable.
I’ve been a fan of anime for a while now, but I’ve never put together a post with all of my favorite shows, so here’s my first attempt. This is obviously all my opinion, as is everything else I write. I plan on updating this post whenever another anime makes it this far up my list. For the sake of this list, I’ll be consolidating all seasons, movies, and other parts of a series into one, assuming they’re in the same continuity. Without further ado, let’s start the list.