Anime 202

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(my top ten anime movies ranked from top left to bottom right)

an·i·me/ˈænɨmeɪ/ n 1 Japanese animated work (cf. manga, the Japanese equivalent to comics and graphic novels). 2 a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colourful graphics and vibrant characters in action-filled plots, often with fantastic or futuristic themes.

Following my post on my 10 favourite feature-length animes in my Anime 101, i will continue this "Animarathon" with a list of my 10 favourite anime series today! Starting with my personal Number One: Monster.

Monster (Masayuki Kojima, 2004 - 2005)

You may not have heard of it yet, but this is probably THE most thrilling anime series i know. The story revolves around Kenzō Tenma, a Japanese surgeon living in Germany whose life enters turmoil after getting himself involved with a former patient who is revealed to be a dangerous psychopath. Psychologically and plot-wise one of the finest. I've spent so many nights watching this... Definitely give it a shot! 
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Psychological Thriller

Attack on Titan (Tetsurō Araki, 2013 - present)

Giant humanoid man-eating creatures called Titans walk the earth. A small percentage of humanity survived by hiding themselves in a city protected by three extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans. One day the city's outermost gate is brought down by a 60-meter "Colossal" Titan. - I totally binge-watched season 1, and yes, there's a lot of emotional and bloody scenes, so you may need to hide behind your hands from time to time. It's intense. And gory. But in an epic way.
Genre: Dark fantasy, Post-apocalyptic

Cowboy Bebop (Hajime Yatate, 1998 - 1999)

A classic. This just had to be one of my top 3. It revolves around the futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners. The time is filled with a balanced blend of action, character development, and plot. The story within an episode develops rapidly, while the whole series moves more slowly, with the exception of the last few episodes (where they were trying to wrap things up). If you've never tried any anime, this would be a great start!
Genre: Science fiction, Action, Adventure

Neon Genesis Evangelion (Hideaki Anno, 1995 - 1996)

A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father. However, what starts out as a simple "save the world" mecha story evolves into a shocking and powerful psychological drama full of conspiracy, dysfunctional characters, and some of the most harrowingly emotional and painful fight scenes ever. Don't let the first several episodes fool you- they're entertaining enough, but the power of the series remains hidden.
Genre: Action, Mecha, Post-apocalyptic

Ergo Proxy (Shukō Murase, 2006)

In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life. - Rather unknown, but definitely a little gem: This is a very "intelligent" anime, rather intricate on the edge of confusing with a number of deep philosophical undertones meant to question the role memory plays in developing individual identity. 
Genre: Cyberpunk, Mystery, Philosophical

Death Note (Tetsurō Araki, 2006 - 2007) *

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it. The plot is complex but easily laid out for you and the story is remarkably intelligent and inventive. All the while you're watching you think, "Wow, this can't possibly get any deeper," but each new episode proves you wrong. Complex material, but flawlessly presented so each new development in the case comes as an excited shock.
Genre: Detective fiction, Supernatural, Psychological thriller

Fullmetal Alchemist (Seiji Mizushima, 2003 - 2004)

As the Elric brothers' decide to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their dead mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must find the chemical privileges to restore their body back. - At first, the series just seemed so homogenized. The art didn't stand out, the characters seemed to be cookie-cutter determined types out to save the world. But then i watched it and i got obsessed with it. Gripping characters, well-written dialogue, intense plot, and great voice acting! 
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science fantasy

Samurai Champloo (Shinichirō Watanabe, 2004 - 2005)

This anime runs in the "Good if you want some awesome fights but also comedic dialogue" category. The story follows Mugen, a violent and travelling swordsman, Jin, a rather stoic masterless samurai and Fuu, a plucky young girl who asks them to help her find a "samurai who smells of sunflowers". The show offers a pretty interesting alternative history for Japan, and the characters are all likeable. 
Genre: Action, Adventure, Chanbara, Black Comedy

Serial Experiments Lain (Ryūtarō Nakamura, 1998)

Probably the weirdest anime series i've watched and therefore deserves a place in this list. It is an avant-garde anime influenced by themes such as reality and identity. The series focuses on a girl in suburban Japan, Lain, and her introduction to The Wired, a global communications network similar to the Internet. After a classmate seemingly commits suicide, Lain gets e-mail from the dead girl. Apparently, her consciousness is still on the net...or is it? From then on, things get weird, complicated, and interesting.
Genre: Cyberpunk, Psychological horror, Science fiction

The Twelve Kingdoms (Tsuneo Kobayashi, 2002 - 2003)

Nakajima Youko is your average somewhat timid high school student. One day, a strange man named Keiki appears before her, swearing allegiance. He claims she is the rightful ruler of his kingdom, when demon-like creatures attack Youko and her friends and they are pulled into a different world. A world unlike what she has ever known. Separated from Keiki, Youko and her friends must do whatever they can if they wish to survive in this new world. The series starts off slow, but gets better with every episode.
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural

* This is actually the only series that i watched 2 times.

What else should i watch? Any recommendations?

Much love ~ 


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