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.
Societal roles are interesting to look at. They’re things which are forced upon us, but because of how early we learn them, they feel natural and correct, making it hard for people to resist them even when they want to. It’s easy to compare social roles to the roles in stories, and few stories have more well defined roles than fairy tales and plays. Both Revolutionary Girl Utena and Princess Tutu—two shows with a common ancestor in Sailor Moon—look at roles in fairy tales and theater, the ways in which they converge and diverge in doing so gives room for a wide variety of interpretations on the subject.