October 27, 2009
Stripey asks, "What does your top 5 anime say about you?" An interesting question. It's been a long time since I've even thought about a top 5 list, so I had to stop for a moment. But here it is:
Dragon Ball Z
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's
Banner of the Stars
Divergence Eve: Misaki Chronicles
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
So what does that say? I like engaging characters engaged in desperate struggle for the highest possible stakes.
UPDATE: I think I should amend that slightly: "...for the highest possible stakes, without getting angsty."
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1. Ghost in the Shell (Stand Alone Complex)
2. Here is Greenwood
3. Sol Bianca - The Legacy
4. Pat Labor - The Movie
5. Crest of the Stars (Never watched banner though, curious)
Sigh. I give up.
Posted by: Standing in the Shadows at October 27, 2009 05:41 PM (awY+b)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 27, 2009 05:59 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 27, 2009 06:01 PM (+rSRq)
Let me see here...
1. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
3. Martain Successor Nadesico
4. Armitage III: Polymatrix
5. Dual: Parallel Trouble Adventure
...Of which, the only commonality is that many/most people hate the titles I find are my favorite.
Posted by: cxt217 at October 27, 2009 06:13 PM (Bhzsk)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 27, 2009 06:15 PM (/ppBw)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 27, 2009 06:20 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 27, 2009 06:32 PM (/ppBw)
2. Kanon 2006
3. ARIA (all three as one entry)
One of these things is not like the others...
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 27, 2009 06:50 PM (4Mcos)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 27, 2009 06:56 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 27, 2009 07:17 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: metaphysician at October 27, 2009 07:22 PM (vM63Z)
2. Dirty Pair
4. Urusei Yatsura
5. Tenchi Muyo
Not sure that anything has changed since then.
The obvious common theme being cute girls who will destroy your entire neighbourhood by accident. (Okay, Yurie less so than the others, though the first thing she did was inadvertently invoke a massive typhoon.)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 27, 2009 07:25 PM (PiXy!)
I'm only really comfortable putting together a top 3 series (I haven't watched enough series to put together a good list, really):
1. Ghost in the Shell: SAC & 2nd Gig
2. Haibane Renmei
3. Crest and Banner of the Stars
(Actually, that's 5 series total, right?) Â So I guess what this says about me is that I need to watch more anime. Â Thing is, I'm on Â a streak of stuff I didn't much care for, like Trigun. Â I liked Noir, but I didn't love it. Â Same for Hellsing, which was fun and enjoyable while watching, but ultimately kinda pointless and thus it hasn't really stuck with me...
Posted by: Mark at October 27, 2009 08:24 PM (1y5ce)
Mark, give Nanoha A's a try. Truly awesome series. And it's 13 eps, so it's not as much of an investment (time or money) as some.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 27, 2009 08:51 PM (+rSRq)
2. Lucky Star
3. Nanoha A's
4. Le Chevalier D'Eon
5. Ghost in the Shell (etc.)
I guess that means I prefer somewhat-complicated storylines and characters with secrets, and Lucky Star.
Posted by: Mikeski at October 27, 2009 09:17 PM (GbSQF)
Top five re-watchable anime:
1. Spirited Away
2. Bubblegum Crisis
Top five "high-quality, I'd recommend them to people, etc" anime:
1. Spirited Away
2. Haibane Renmei
3. Ghost in the Shell (original movie)
4. Crest/Banner of the Stars
5. Cowboy Bebop
Posted by: David at October 27, 2009 09:49 PM (4NX60)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Posted by: BigFire at October 27, 2009 11:46 PM (JylMM)
Posted by: Ben at October 28, 2009 06:43 AM (LNHCk)
Posted by: Mark at October 28, 2009 07:58 AM (aUPJJ)
As David in #16 noted, there's a gap - for most of us, I think - between what we regard as our favorites and what we might commend to others; especially beginners.
Heck, that's even true personally. I have the highest regard for Haibane Renmei, but it's more than a year since I've rewatched it. OTOH, a random ep of Lucky Star is about a 2-3 times/week event here. And don't even get me started on my owner's current obsession with Fate/Stay Night.
Posted by: Tiberius at October 28, 2009 08:25 AM (TXmvK)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 28, 2009 08:29 AM (/ppBw)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 28, 2009 08:42 AM (+rSRq)
1. Crest/Banner of the Stars
2. Last Exile
3. Vandread (Both Seasons)
5. Moon Phase
Favorite Anime Movie ( one of my favorites overall): Princess Mononoke
I tend to like shows where people/relationships change (hopefully for the better).
Posted by: schaumannk at October 28, 2009 09:20 AM (npu+U)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 28, 2009 09:29 AM (+rSRq)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Interestingly enough, there's one representative each from four of my favorite studios... and Studio Deen.
Posted by: Andrew F. at October 28, 2009 11:47 AM (KY8yE)
1) Azumanga Daioh
2) Lucky Star
3) Elfen Lied
5) Minami-ke (first season)
Humour is the key for me, plots are optional. yuri and brokeness is also good (have a seperate list for those shows!)
Posted by: Andy Janes at October 28, 2009 01:07 PM (cEaZp)
2) School Rumble
3) Ouran High School Host Club
4) Samurai Pizza Cats
5) Black Lagoon
Posted by: Jaked at October 28, 2009 02:42 PM (mc2+T)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 28, 2009 05:16 PM (+rSRq)
2. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (First Two Seasons)
3. Ouran High School Host Club
4. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
5. Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (First Season)
Dual!, El-Hazard and the original Tenchi Muyo! hold a special place in my heart, and are eminently rewatchable.
Posted by: Civilis at October 28, 2009 05:17 PM (aH7a3)
It really is too bad that Banner's excellence is all in the story and characters. I rage about its budget every time I rewatch it and see all the stock reuse, same ship exploding for the 3rd time.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 28, 2009 06:47 PM (/ppBw)
The quality in Crest/Banner comes from the author of the original books. He did a hell of a job. All the inferior parts are the responsibility of the studio.
But it remains the case that the quality redeems the inferior parts. Good story and bad animation is better than bad story and good animation. (As proved by the classic Bullwinkle cartoons.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 28, 2009 07:18 PM (+rSRq)
Crest/Banner of the Stars
Divergence Eve/Misaki Chronicles
Grand stories, and unique characters you can care about. I'll forgive bad CG, disorganized pacing, and lousy art. Given that, no wonder i've soured on anime the last few seasons; I've been chasing harem fluff, which may have a lot of the latter and isn't known for the former.
Posted by: ubu at October 28, 2009 08:08 PM (FxDET)
Posted by: Andy Janes at October 29, 2009 10:26 AM (cEaZp)
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Posted by: dkallen99 at October 30, 2009 12:47 PM (1PFDl)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 30, 2009 03:09 PM (/ppBw)
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Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
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