Well while we are in Tops, time to do the anime/manga one !
Disclaimer : -It's my personal list so it's very likely I have left out a ton of good animes, including some masterpieces. Tastes vary of course and I didn't watch *that* many of them ^^
-I'm a HUGE fan of Hayao Myazaki's work and his creations would fill up that list very fast. So for that I'm going to pick only one of his piece, my favorite one
And with that :-10) One piece :
I think One piece is a very good shonen anime. It has attaching characters who easily grow on you and a really enjoyable feeling of discovery, exploration and adventure through its course. It's not all about combat like most others shonen, but about a fantastic journey, in a very rich world. However it suffers a little bit of its length in my opinion, being one of the longest running anime ever ! The quality went a bit down over the years but even now it remains a solid series, funny, action-filled and driven by characters that are so attaching, you feel you could follow them anywhere ! Oh and on top of that, there are quite a lot of giantess material in it, to the point where one could wonder if Mr Oda is not a bit of a macrophile XD
-9) Seto no Hanayome :
I had to put it in this list because it's simply the funniest anime I have ever seen
It's about a boy who is about to drown in the sea and is saved by a mermaid. According to her merfolk clan tradition, she must immediately become her bride or the boy must die. The problem is the mermaid is the daughter of a powerful underwater yakuza boss who start to hate the boy at first glance and will do everything he can to stop his daughter from ever marrying what he sees as a frail, clumsy, weak-willed human. Seto no Hanayome is not just "funny", it's a genuinely hilarious anime with crazy characters, completely improbable situations and it just doesn't stop ^^ Several times my eyes teared up from laughing. If you want to have a good time, just watch it XD
I happens to have made a short review of it here: karbo.deviantart.com/journal/S… -8) FLCL :
How to even begin summing-up up this one ?
Let's try anyway. So it's about that boy who get smashed in the face by a guitar-wielding girl who is in fact an alien and after that, robots start to pop out from the boy's forehead? ... Yeah XD FLCL is wacky, crazy, chaotic, random but in the end it's a very nice coming of age story, cleverly told and with a completely unique style to it. It's well done, superbly animated with an excellent soundtrack to boot. There is nothing like FLCL and I doubt there will ever be !-7) Nadia: secret of Blue water :
A bit of nostalgia from my part on this one ^^ It's about Jean, a young French inventor who is competing with his glider model in a contest in the Paris of 1889. He meets Nadia, a foreign girl who is chased by a trio of bandits who seem to be after the large blue jewel she wears, that seem to hold mysterious powers. One thing leading to another, soon Nadia and Jean are embarked on a big adventure that will lead them all around the world, in the sky and even deep under the sea. I really love this series. It's fast-paced action and humor and mostly light-hearted, but with some much darker and tragic moments as well and some well thrown suspense. Overall it's very enjoyable, with a wonderful sense of exploration and adventure through it. A beautiful journey you shouldn't miss !
-6) The 12 kingdoms :
I discovered that anime not too long ago but boy did it made an impact on me ! The premise can sounds pretty banal : A girl in modern Tokyo find herself transported along with a few school friends through a portal to another world that looks a lot like a fantasy version of Medieval China. War and insecurity is everywhere and the newcomers have to adapt very fast to the harsh realities of this new world or die. The 12 Kingdoms is a little masterpiece in my opinion. It's a very well told tale, with a complex, intricate and rich storyline and fascinating characters, full of humanity. It's about courage, growing up, overcoming your flaws and becoming better. it's a harsh, sometimes brutal tale but also beautiful. What is remarkable is when you look closely at it, it becomes apparent it's not a very big budget anime : the animation is choppy, the backgrounds are pretty simple and yet it's so well constructed it feels epic and.. BIG
-5) Cowboy beebop :
A space western about a team of bounty-hunters traveling aboard their ships from planets to planets in search of criminals and juicy contracts. Cowboy beebop is widely seen as a huge classic among animes and it's completely deserved I think ^^ It's incredibly catchy and captivating with a very unique style mixing western, science fiction, film noir, with a fantastic jazzy soundtrack on top of it. Each episodes really pack a lot of punch and you just don't know what to expect as the show repeatedly manage to go from hilarious slapstick comedy, to tragic and very dark moments in a stunningly natural manner. The dialogs are witty, sharp and confident, giving a ton of charisma to many of its characters and the show is just incredibly enjoyable to watch. A must see !-4) Avatar :
Avatar takes place in a world divided by elemental magic and torn by bloody wars between the nations representing them. A young boy named Aang awaken from a block of ice and will start a long, mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, the only person who can master all elements and bring peace to the world. I remember going into this one not expecting too much as I read some critics who depicted it as mostly just a "show for kids". And boy was I wrong
It's a very well told story, taking place in a rich and well designed world with a very attaching cast of characters. This series manages remarkably well to strike a good balance between humor and seriousness I think. And it's a very engaging one, where you find yourself easily plunged in the plot and caring deeply for the characters and rooting for them. It's very entertaining to watch and downright captivating, making it one of the best animated series of all time in my opinion. -3) Kino no tabi :
"Kino's journey" is about a girl named Kino riding her talking motorcycle, and going on a journey through strange lands. The two go country to country, staying in each for only three days, to experience what it has to offer. All of these countries are like little worlds onto themselves, all with their set of bizarre rules of customs. For example one is the land of prophecies, another the land of Peace, The land of adults etc There are no plots in Kin no Tabi. it's a slow, poetic anime, that give the viewer different things to contemplate each episodes. Personally I really love this one a lot
I think it's a little masterpiece, not well known but beautiful, deep and very thought provoking.-2) Full metal alchemist brotherhood :
What to say about this one. It's simply a superb anime, very well written and probably one of the best of all time in my opinion :3 It follows the Elric brothers in their quest to repair their bodies that were altered after they attempted a failed alchemical transmutation in order to bring their dead mother back to life.. They will discover along the way some dark secrets about the country they live in, uncover Machiavellian plots, encounter terrifying creatures and find the hidden truth behind alchemy itself. FMA truly shines in its scenario, with so much details ad subplots intricately woven together to create a captivating and very compelling story, in a rich and solid universe. It can be entertaining, fun, comedic but also tragic, sad, very dark
, intense, with some of the most memorable moments in animes and surprising plot twists. It's a roller coaster of emotion, in one of the best plot I have seen on anime and it's incredibly captivating. Once you arrive toward the end I challenge you to not watch all episodes straight in one go
This anime is simply a masterpiece ! ( It's also the one I show to my friends when I want to turn them into anime fans XD)-1) Laputa, the flying castle :
This is the one ! This film brought me tears in the end when I first watched it. Not because it was sad but because it was simply beautiful. I must have watched it over 10 times now and each time I feel so light and happy after finishing it ^_^ The story is about a young boy named Pazu who find Sheeta, a young girl that literally felt from the sky. She wears a mysterious necklace that seem to be the object of attentions of a band of pirates and the army. Together they embark on a journey to escape them and find Laputa, a legendary floating castle. I could honestly write a several pages long essay on why I absolutely adore this anime ( and Miyazaki's film in general ), but I'll just say it's an absolute masterpiece ^^ The musical score is fantastic and visually it's simply astounding, with some breath-taking moments. Perfection doesn't exist, but Laputa is pretty damn near as far as I'm concerned. The music, the animation the pacing, the background, the story.. everything just click so well. An absolute classic and my favorite anime of all time
And that's it
Like for the game ranking, there are ton of animes I would have liked to put in the list ( on top of my head : Paranoia agent, Gunbuster, Crest of the stars, Gurenn Lagann etc ) but hey you have to chose at some point !
Don't hesitate to step in to propose your own list or to point at a disturbing lack of *insert anime name here* XD