Just because I can and to follow the random trend of this blog, I decided to make a post about my favorite anime series.
What is anime?
Anime is the Japanese equivalent to cartoons… and so much more.
As Wikipedia defines it: Anime (Japanese: アニメ) is a style of hand-drawn and computer animation originating in, and commonly associated with, Japan. Continue reading the article here.
Online you can find countless websites dedicated to listing the best animes of all times. And as versatile as individual preferences are as diverse is the world of anime. Something for everyone.
Today I am sharing with you my personal preferences and the reasons why I chose specifically those titles as my top 5.
I grew up with anime. Since I was a little girl I have loved the stunning Japanese art work that goes into the creation of animes and their comic counterpart: mangas.
When I was presented with the choice between cartoons such as the Flintstones or the Looney Toons and the Japanese adaptation of Little Women, there was no question which direction I would go.
As I grew older, the series also grew more mature. Later on I expanded my interest of Japanese art and entertainment further more as I became a fan of J-rock and Japanese dramas and there is so much more to tell, but I will save that for another post.
I would even go as far as saying that without my love for animes, which inevitably fuelled my love for other things Japanese, I would most likely never have met my Japanese husband (who just happens be the hot protagonist of my personal drama/ドラマ. (⌒_⌒;) I love you, hunny!!)
Back to the subject…
The very first anime I ever saw and fell in love with was not even labelled “anime” until much later, due to its British origin (the book) and American production.
The Last Unicorn however, was and still is to this day one of the best anime movies ever made.
It does not belong in my top 5 today, since this list is exclusively about series.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
A post-apocalyptic fantasy drama that tells the story of a wolf, Kiba, and his struggle to find Paradise.
In a distant future wolves are believed to be extinct, but in reality there are very few left that have taken on human form to blend in. According to their myths, there is such a place as Paradise. The lone wolf, Kiba, caught the sent of Lunar Flowers, which are supposed to guide him to said Paradise. The scent drives him on his search towards a girl named Cheza, who is mysteriously connected to Kiba. On his journey he encounters other wolves, Hige, Tsume and Toboe, which are all very different in character and have very different backgrounds. Together they continue their search for Cheza, the Lunar Flowers and eventually Paradise.
This drama is one of my absolute favorites, mostly due to the fact that it is about wolves.
I love wolves .
Also the philosophical aspects of the search for paradise are rather intriguing and the way the characters have been designed and represented, makes you just fall in love with them, wanting to howl at the moon yourself.
The story centers around a boy named Naruto, who is the outkast of his village Konoha, not by his own doing, but due to something that was done to him.
He was chosen as vessel/prison for the Kyuubi, the nine-tailed demon fox, that many years before inflicted devastating damage, loss and pain to Konoha.
Since he carries the demon inside him, the villagers treat him like he himself was the demon.
Naruto, completely unaware of his own condition at the beginning of his journey, does not understand why everyone detests him so much.
He makes it his sole purpose to become the next Hokage (leader of the village and strongest ninja) and with that to be recognized and accepted by the other villagers. He makes friends, falls in love, and bit by bit, through pain and sorrow, but also happiness and the bonds he forms, he turns into the hero he aspires to become.
This is the continuation of Naruto. An older, more mature protagonist, who still has the same goal of becoming the Hokage. He is faced with greater challenges than before, which include his personal mission to save his friend Sasuke.
Action, drama, comedy, tragedy, heroes (male and female alike) and not to forget NINJAS. What more could one want? Naruto as a whole offers something for everyone.
I have already introduced Naruto to both of my boys. Maybe this counts to one of those things that makes me a “cool mom” (my boys’ and their friends’ words, not mine!!), but bonding over anime or should I say, introducing them to my passions, has definitely proven as the right course of action.
Naruto is perfect also in the sense of teaching boys how to be the right kind of strong. How to stand up and fight for what is important and morally right.
A futuristic setting, a 14-year-old boy, robots and alien invaders called “Angels”.
14-year-old Shinji gets “summoned” by his father that abandoned him after the death of his mother. He is suppost to pilot a giant robot and save the world against invaders ironically labeled as “angels”.
Highly philosophical, this story instills a certain angst and keeps the viewer on edge throughout the whole process. One cannot stop but ponder over questions such as “what are we?”, “what is our purpose?”, “why do we exist?”.
I recommend this anime to anyone who wants to face mental, emotional, spiritual and existential turmoil while being entertained and excited by amazing action scenes.
I am sure there are other animes that fall into such a category, but for me Neon Genesis Evangelion is definitely one of the best animes of all times.
It’s all about a girl and her love for volleyball. Kozue Mila is a girl that doesn’t want anything more than to be a volleyball star. Throughout the series we can watch her face multiple challenges and grow into a young woman and a professional athlete meant for greatness.
There is really no need for a much more detailed summary than that.
When I saw this anime for the first time I was 9 years old and it awoke the love for volleyball in me. I started playing this sport, motivated by Mila’s adventures, and pursued this hobby for altogether ten years.
I just recently acquired the whole Attack No.1 collection on DVD and of course feelings of nostalgia immediately set in.
My ultimate number one of all times! SAILOR MOON!
There was and is nothing better for me in the world of anime.
Granted, it is from the 90’s and since then a lot if animes have been made, but hey, this is a post about my personal favorites, right?
Tsukino Usagi, the clumsy 14-year-old cry baby that saves the world over and over and over again.
One fateful day, Usagi meets a black cat called Luna. As it so happens, Luna can talk and tells Usagi that she alone is destined to become Sailor Moon, find her fellow Sailor warriors and together search for the Moon Princess, while fighting against the Dark Kingdom that plans to overthrow the world.
This is how the story starts and over the course of 300 episode and 3 movies we will follow Sailor Moon/Tsukino Usagi on her adventures as she makes new friends, encounters new enemies and saves the day time and time again.
The most prominent message this anime tries to deliver is: LOVE! Love conquers everything. Love is the strongest force there is. If you keep love in your heart you will succeed.
This anime has a special place in my heart and, though originally aimed at girls, due to the romance and girlish themes, both my boys love this anime.
We have a very gender neutral policy at home. Nothing is specifically for boys or for girls. You can like whatever you like. And they love Sailor Moon! (maybe not as much as me, but then again, this is my childhood after all!)
I could not imagine a life without Sailor Moon. This anime and manga got me through some of the toughest teenage times and helped me to prevail! (Material for another post?)
And that’s it for My Top 5 Most Favorite Anime Series.
I hope you enjoyed reading about them. If you know and have seen any of them, let me know how you feel about them!
If you haven’t seen any or some of them, I hope I managed to spark some interest in some of you.
Please also feel free to share your personal favorites with me!
Looking forward to all your comments!!