June 28, 2007
1. Code Geass - I couldn't possibly say enough to explain how much I love this show, so I'll leave it at this: Love Lelouch, love Kallen, love C.C., love every single episode and every single moment. (Best Episode = Season 2 Episode 25)
2. Steins;Gate - The only anime that I have honestly enjoyed more and more with every time I have rewatched it. Definitely the best time travel story I've ever seen... Actually, it might have the most intriguing and engaging story I've seen in anything. Plus, Okabe is just amazing. Suzuha is my second favorite character here, and that's saying a lot. Great OP too. (Best Episodes = Episodes 16 and 23)
3. No Game No Life - Never have I ever had so much fun with only 12 episodes. Hilarious and hugely entertaining. Can listen to that OP on a loop and not get tired of it... (Best Episode = Episode 6)
4. Clannad/Clannad After Story - I found the beginning so boring that it took me over 6 months to get through 5 episodes. Then I was hooked. There were some spots that I didn't like much, but this was still without a doubt the saddest and one of the most heartwarming stories I've seen. Tomoya and Kyou are my favorites and the ED 'Dango Daikazoku' is so unbelievably catchy. (Best Episodes = Every episode that made me cry... About 8 episodes that I won't list)
5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: An absolutely epic and satisfying journey. Cannot think of a single character I did not like either; they were all interesting and fleshed out. (Best Episodes = Pretty much all the last 16)
6. One Piece - Suffers from a lot of the problems that plague long running series, but I really love the entire crew and when it is good, it blows me away. (Couldn't possibly list all my favorite episodes, but my favorite arcs = CP9 and Marineford probably)
7. Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu - I did not expect much from the movie follow-up to Steins;Gate, but this exceeded all my expectations and presented me with a story worthy of being called its sequel. Love the heavier focus on Kurisu and her relationship with Okabe... This might now be my favorite movie of all time. (Best Episode = The only episode there is :P)
8. Hunter x Hunter (2011) - Great, great action series. Not your typical 'punch it still it stops moving' shounen either. Didn't really like Greed Island, but the Yorknew City and Chimera Ant arcs astounded me. (Best Episodes = 47, 126, 131, and 135)
9. Angel Beats - I actually had so many problems with this anime... Still hoping they'll announce a remake of twice the length. Loved all the characters back stories and Yurippe was great. Despite the problems, it absolutely kept me entertained and extremely interested in the story... Even had me tearing up two or three times. Also, BEST OP ever. Great ED too. (Best Episodes = 9 and 13)
10. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance - Much as I love the original series, this movie combined with its prequel is an improvement. Wish I could say 3.0 was even better, but it was sort of a disappointment. Great animation, more of the characters I love, and an all around solid movie. Asuka is still amazing. (Best Episode = The only episode there is :P)
Well, at least my manga list will be shorter :P
1. One Piece, same reasoning as stated above, but this current arc is really dragging and annoying me with all the jumping around...
2. Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria (Light Novel) - I know it's not a manga, but it is from Japan and is text based... Anyway, this is an absolutely thrilling series of 6 novels so far (just one yet to be released, I believe), and this series had me hooked from the beginning of volume one. Mind games and the amazing characters kept me coming back for more. The best part about the characters is that every character is important or is at least made interesting. They are almost all unlike any characters I have seen before, with interesting motivations and back stories. Unfortunately, the only complaint I have is also with the characters. After reading the first 5 volumes in under a day and a half, the one thing I still think it is missing is more character interaction. Still, that is a small complaint and doesn't take away too much from this amazing story.
3. The World God Only Knows - Took me a while to get into this one too, but I am so glad I did. I was always laughing or just reading intently to see how each situation would unfold. I do think it ended a bit too soon, but after the relative boredom of the first bunch of chapters, I started to love this series. (Best Chapter = 189)
That whole thing ended up being much longer than I expected, but if anyone took the time to read all that, I would love to see what you think about any of those series.
Credit to Shokuyuki. El psy congroo