My top 30 is a continuous project. There’s always more great anime out there I haven’t watched, and more great anime getting made. However a comment by Janette pointed out that it would be a shame to lose what I’ve written about those anime that drop off the top 30 list. So that’s what this post is for. So that I may never lose a single fanboyish ramble about some of my favourite series.
No, not Hellsing Ultimate. The original, 2001 version of Hellsing that butchered the manga. It took away the overkill and left us with pure style. It’s so devilishly stylish, with its brutal sense of humour and its animation style that doesn’t so much animate characters as it animates shadows. The brilliant brilliant character dynamics between Integra, Victoria and Alucard. It’s just such a fun and and it damn well knows it is.
Fiction never quite portrays life realistically. In my experience, real life is a lot weirder with more wilder characters with more unusual thoughts going through their head. It may be an odd to call Moyashimon a realistic look at university life when there are cute bacteria flying all over the place, but it’s the acceptance of the unusual in Moyashimon that really drew me in. That, and it’s really, really funny.
Why do more people not know about this movie? This is far and away the most criminally underrated piece in my modest knowledge of anime. It’s witty, clever and all round brilliantly written ‘what-if’ situation of the ageing population in Japan. It’s also surprisingly accessible and light-hearted amongst some of the greatest black humour you’ll ever see. Just watch this movie. It desperately needs more love.
Detroit Metal City
Goddam you DMC. You do realise that you’ve ruined music for me forever? I mean, it’s understandable why I can no longer take heavy metal music seriously, and any rock music by association, but now I can’t take that happy music seriously either. I’m expecting halfway through the chorus for the main singer to suddenly stop jiggling his tambourine and start raping it. GO TO DMC!
While not as good as its spiritual predecessor, Baccano, Durarara is still a massive romp and huge fun throughout. The way the city of Ikebukero is portrayed is fantastic. We have several different demi-gods, deities and demons wandering around as humans, interacting and competing with one another as mere humans walk amongst them. Heaven forbid should these humans get ideas above their station and compete with them on level terms.
Nodame Cantabile (first season)
Mukya~! The whole series is such fun but what I love about it is the way Nodame and Chiaki are drawn to each other despite being total opposites…no, because they’re total opposites. The total honesty and goofing about of Nodame contrasting with the hardworking tsundere attitude of Chiaki. They play off each other fantastically. I love ’em to bits, Gyabo~!
Easily the greatest anime for that quick, sharp and witty dialogue that I crave, Bakemonogatari remains the only time I’ve seen Shafts bizarre stlye of animation and directing work. Genuinely intelligent writing and arc construction are what drive the show but we all know who the real star is. I fully support any plans for the rebirth of the Senjogahara Fascination Movement.
For what often acts like a very simple Aesop’s Fables style storytelling, there’s a scary level of harsh critique of society when you look at the message with a bit more detail. Democracy is hopelessly flawed, the utter stupidity that is the basis behind most religions, the oppressed being just as violent as the oppressors. Do not twist this shows message to suit your own ideals. Be like Kino. Be calm and removed and only then will you see the real message.
Normally when it comes to anime shorts, I’m a harsh grader. Unless they do something truly unique and mindblowing then I’ll give it a crap score. Maybe part of that reason why is because of Pale Cocoon. Every short I watch from now on always get that unfortunate label of being ‘nowhere near as good as Pale Cocoon’. Holds the record for the single best shot in anime history. That very last frame as the realisation sets in. Just…watch it.
Seto no Hanayome
So long as you go suitably over the top, anything can be made worthwhile. Girl saves guy and then has to be married to them? Snore, even if they are the Mermaid Yakuza. But go wild enough and crazy enough and the whole premise of the show can be totally worth it. This is comedy, anime style. Many don’t seem to like it. I bloody love it. So screw you guys.