Anime: Top 15

Things have changed since the last time I made a top anime list. The year of 2014 proved to hold some great titles, and combined with a good backlog, a greater number of newer anime forced itself onto my list. I even expanded it from top 10 to top 15 to make room for them all. So I’ve been working on this list for a while, and it’s finally ready to see the light of your monitor. Be aware that this list doesn’t include any films or OVAs. Behold, my 15 favourite anime!

#15: Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (8/10)

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Romantic comedy that will melt your heart with all the sweet. And it looks stunning.

#14: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (9/10)

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Humour based on anime stereotypes and reversed gender roles. Great comedy.

#13: Kimi to Boku (9/10)

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Definitely one of the best slice of life anime out there. So funny, so cute, so much love for the poor characters.

#12: Death Note (8/10)

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A classic and a must-watch. Death Note is up here as the first anime I ever watched.

#11: Hyouka (9/10)

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A slow slice-of-life anime with the most gorgeous animation you’ll ever see. Characterisation and character development: A+.

#10: Kuroko no Basket, S1 (9/10)

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Makes sports actually interesting to watch with it’s diverse crew and suspense.

#9: Free! Eternal Summer (9/10)

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I didn’t even like Free!, but the when the second season came around I was forced to re-evaluate my life choices. Peer pressure and following your dreams are recurring themes in this anime, and is definitely worth a watch. This is what got me into sports anime in the first place.

#8: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (10/10)

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Packed with action, humour, and tears, this in an anime you don’t want to miss. Add the breathtaking animation and it’s almost a masterpiece.

#7: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 (9/10)

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While the political aspect didn’t particularly interest me, I couldn’t stop watching. And I don’t even like mechs. Initially not a fan of this anime, I stuck with it to the end and have no regrets. Who doesn’t love a good anti-hero? A better version of NGE. Delicious tears.

#6: Shingeki no Kyojin (9/10)

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The only reason SnK is up here, is because of how ridiculously obsessed I became with it back in 2013. I followed it religiously, stayed up till 3 in the morning waiting for the fansubs, read the manga, listened to the soundtrack, read fanfiction, wrote fanfiction, cosplayed it, drew it, watched everything by everyone who was remotely involved in the project. Were I to re-watch this today I’d probably be more subjected to its flaws, but I still hold the anime dear to me.

#5: Wolf’s Rain (9/10)

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Slow paced, and not commonly understood. But I appreciate Wolf’s Rain for everything it is; its story, animation, soundtrack, characters, and artistic aspects. Besides, I’m a big animal lover.

#4: Steins;Gate (10/10)

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One of the better stories out there about time travel. Although not very plausible, the anime grabs you, pulls you into it’s world of cup noodles and innocent curiosity that goes out of hand. Beautifully told through the eyes of well-rounded characters, who all have their reasons for pursuing their common goal of messing with time. Masterpiece.

#3: La Corda d’Oro Primo Passo (10/10)

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Probably the only good reverse harem out there, and probably the best; because this one is all about the heroine’s journey and relationship with classical music, rather than any of the (quite handsome) boys who fawn over her. Add a touch of magic, and it’s one of the most gripping character developments I’ve seen.

#2: Ouran High School Host Club (10/10)

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Ok, I lied. This is probably best reverse harems out there. And hilarious at that. Though the heroine lacks a bit of personality, the rest of the characters make up for it. Again, its humour is based on anime stereotypes, but more within the fujoshi community. Yes, this anime was made for them. Too bad it didn’t get a second season.

#1: Fullmetal Alchemist (10/10)

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I always tell people to watch the original FMA, but few comply. It is widely regarded that FMA:B is the better version, but to this I have to disagree. They’re both great, but to me this one pulled through with a better story and more open conclusion. Not satisfactory, but more emotional. 

 

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  • Wow. I was looking for the anime series to which held the anime graphics to your #7. So that is its name: Hyouka. Thanks. I am so going to watch that one. I saw this one somewhere before not sure where online and I kind of wanted to watch it. But guess what? I couldn’t figure out the title of the anime.

    Code Geass! I agree I did enjoy Neon Genesis Evangelion but not so much because of the surreal quality it had.

    In my opinion, Fullmetal Alchemist, the original was way better to. It was more philosophical with more of a serious gravity. And yeah, emotion.

    • Hyouka starts slow but turns out amazing. The characters are gold.

      It’s amazing what Code Geass did to me, I’m still bewildered an entire year after. Didn’t really like NGE tho… Too abstract for me.

      And man yes FMA just wow. I don’t even know what to say. I’m glad we agree.

  • Nice list. I do faintly remember watching Wolf’s Rain (even have the DVD
    set somewhere in my room), but don’t remember too much about it, since
    it has been years.

    Soredemo
    Sekai wa Utsukushii is still on my shrinking list of “series to watch”,
    and if time permits, might can get to it sometime next month. Heard
    good things about it, so worth giving it a chance.

    • You got the Wolf’s Rain DVD you lucky person!

      I hope you enjoy SSWU. Personally I haven’t met anyone else that likes it, but maybe I’m just with the wrong crowd? 😛

      • Yup, even more fortunate since I almost didn’t go to the flea market that day. Spent around $34 for it back then, so guess it was worth it seeing how the prices are now on places like Amazon.

        The people that recommended it to me really liked it, so guess it might be who you ask/talk to. Still want to tackle some more older titles before I get to that or anything else recent, though.

  • lazarinth

    Not sure if Wolf’s Rain’s ending is 2deep4u or just depressing and confusing – insert squinting Fry. In your defense in Brotherhood they don’t fight Nazis.

    • I’m actually writing an analysis of Wolf’s Rain right at this moment! I’m looking into the themes and the ending, and after a second re-watch I’m honestly surprised it took me so long to “get” it.

  • skyhack

    Nice list. Since you liked Wolf’s Rain, you might give Haibane Renmei a shot. Yoshitoshi Abe’s stuff is pretty good.

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