ALL ITEMS IN MY LISTS ARE NOT IN ORDER OF THEIR QUALITY. It's mostly what came off the top of my head/first in my memory.
Feel free to post your own lists and recommendations or make comments/discussions/recommendations about mine or others' lists in response to the thread, thanks.
My top 3 of all time:
- Evangelion -- fuck all the you can NOT watch movies(Yes, the new movies are just bad. Or rather I watched the first one, glimpsed at the second and heard about the train wreck that was the last one). Otherwise, the original TV series and the older movies are easily a masterpiece to be remembered in all anime history.
- Monster -- Johan = best anime villain of all time. But it's got so much more going for it too.
- Legend of Galactice Heroes -- my forum portrait is a reference to this series(Yang Wenli, O captain my captain). Epic, epic space opera. It's quite old so the space battles haven't aged well, but the tactics employed feel very similar to ones you might hear in some history class (and thinking of a few of them seem very grounded in such scenarios). if they rebooted this series kinda like how uchuu senkan yamato did, I'd be all over that in a heartbeat.
There's a lot to be added here but few quick ones off top of my head:
- Cowboy Bebop
- Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka
- Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann (TTGL) --
- Stein's Gate -- one of very few if not only examples of time travel done right in anime. I think it's a bit overpraised/overhyped but it's still a good watch nonetheless.
- Tatami Galaxy -- I don't think this one got very much attention at time it was live but it really snuck up on me as I watched it.
- Wolf and Spice -- much slower pace than most anime you'll see out there but it's important to the setting/atmosphere they're going for. An aromatic and heartwarming blend of mercantile thrills of medieval European-esque world, slowmance, Church inquisition/persecution/witch hunt, and fantasy. Also the female protagonist is easily my favorite female character in anime. Before you ask, I'm not into furries.
- Welcome to the NHK -- Something about it struck home for me despite all the overly otaku aspects, conspiracy theories, and whatnot. How it presents insecurities and ugly aspects of the human beings that the characters represent, the characters' struggle with them (specially our MC), and how they come to understand, befriend, take solace in each other, and eventually support one another in overcoming the vulnerabilities they reveal to one another (albeit not really intended or on purpose in many cases).
- Angel Beats
- Hunter x Hunter 2011 -- The ending and a good chunk of the story is top tier. However, lot of the chimera arc was something that just didn't sit well with me. In fact I think I skipped dozens of episodes to watch final few episodes and it was well worth it. lol.
- Samurai Champloo
- Ano Hane -- I think I spelled it correctly? really long official title and about a ghost of girl who died in a group of friends when they were very young that sorta haunts them about 10 years later. Heartwarming
- Haruhi -- caution: it's definitely got it's flaws, specially the infamous endless eight. However, there was something special about it for sure and I wish I could read w/e light novels are out there from beginning to end or w/e is published thus far (without paying
- Ergo Proxy
- Experimental Series Lain -- some part of it is too friggin' weird. Others, brilliant. Mixed bag for me
- Kara no kyokai movies -- honestly, tempted to put it higher, but also entirely not sure if I can justify it. Something about it puts it at a different depth from other violence-centric animes that I've seen. I describe so generically b/c it's on the tip of my tongue but I don't quite remember the details.
- Natsume Yuujin Chou series -- very Japanese centric folklore, mythical about a boy returning things(names) to way it used to be a very long time ago. It's quite serene to sum it up.
- No Game No Life
- Darker than Black season 1 only
- Attack on Titan -- personally I have lots of problems with the series, but it does do a good job of building an immense amount of pressure about the Titan threat as well as the mystery behind what Titans truly are, where they come from, and what they will do to this world.
- Conan -- I've actually watched a few of more recent episodes. kinda relieved and disappointed at the same time about the same old formula they keep slugging out.
- Crayon Shin Chan (I know of it as Jjangu)
- Anpanman (I remember as Hopan man)
- Ginga Tetsudou(Galaxy Express) 999
- Card Captor Sakura
Hated/Dropped almost immediately:
- Death Note
- insert almost any romance-centric anime. I've watched a number of them and ended up being disappointed or regretting watching them. Hence, I generally stay away from the genre.
- Fairy Tail
- One Piece
- HSD Kenichi -- anime doesn't do much. Just putting anime here. The manga is definitely a full story and much better but it also severely disappointed me when author refused to kill off Apachai. Sorry about spoilers.
- Code Geass -- Chunnibyou (8th grade syndrome) material. I liked watching it while it was airing at the time in my impressionable years but a little afterwards, I was like... wtf was I watching? 0_o
- more things that Otakuzas (otaku + yakuza) will lynch me over.
TO WATCH LIST (not current season):
- Akatsuki no yona -- I heard it's very similar to Arslan but I feel like the names of several characters I read in synopsis sound Korean, if I'm not mistaken. That's very unusual considering Japanese don't really like to talk about Korea in their animus very much at all (much less anything positive usually).
- Magi: Labyrinth of Magic/Kingdom of Magic -- kinda dropped from watching the series for a while. Didn't really hate it or anything but just fell off my radar though