Working on my description of my favourites (favourite anime done) - If you have any questions, or tips on how to make the list prettier, DO call out, i'd love the input!
1.Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Was sitting at a score around 8 through my watching, although I loved the characters and animation, it exceeded everything I had watched with the last couple of episodes and blew straight into my #1 favourite anime.
I've always loved coming of age stories, underdog stories, and trying to reach a certain goal. Gurren Lagann has these and I believe some of the best examples of these.
Loved Kamina, Kittan, the "FIRE AWAY" guy, and Simon eventually -
Do the impossible, see the invisible, Touch the untouchable, break the unbreakable. Such a great tune to go along with this amazing piece.
Albeit I also have One piece film Z at 10/10 aswell, I believe movie 6 directed by Mamoru Hosoda(Wolf children, Boy and the Beast, Summer Wars) and with Hiroyuki Imaishi as key animator(Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, and Neon Genesis Evangelion) is the best One Piece could ever get for me, unless Oda turns it into a darker adventure by himself later on.
Being an amazing artisticly animated movie, along with perfect setting had me at the edge of my seat all throughout the movie, and the ending is absolutely the darkest I have ever seen One Piece, ending on a rather somber tone.
I've always loved seeing the Strawhat pirates on a random adventure without much backstory, or need for foreshadowing, which is also why I haven't minded the filler much, because the characters are what makes this series for me the most.
This movie brings the worst out of these characters in a seemingly impossible scenario, and seeing them try and fight this is amazing as always, also seeing Luffy going all out is always amazing, and he really does that in this movie - Basically Power of friendship, without the bullshit.
A recurring theme I see in the things I come to love is some of the things I find in Death Parade, which might explain why I love it so much despite seeing some huge flaws with the anime by itself.
I've always loved the concept of mortality, what happens when we die, how does it feel to die, why should we die etc. Death Parade gives what I would consider an astonishing new perspective to the table - When you die, you have to express your inner self, and be judged upon that, whether you get to reincarnate or get obliterated is up to omniscient beings.
I love the concept of bars with good bartenders, like Eve no Jikan, Bartender, and old western movies. The intimacy you get to have with the bartender due to the poison in your body.
This is also why I love Quindecim, the bar of hell, or purgatory whichever you prefer really - You get to become intimate with the judge of your entire life through a high stake game.
It shows how peoples true inner self can be hidden because of appearances, manipulation or other sinister motives.
I blazed through this anime when I got recommended it by a friend (HangolDurho), only planning to watch an episode or two before bed, I got sucked in, completely engaged in this hellish collection of tales with lives on stakes.
Not to mention Decim is absolutely hella cool.
4.Kimi no Na wa
The Makoto Shinkai movie that took the world by storm in 2016.
I had to drag my sister, and great friend to the cinemas when it came to Denmark to see this movie, and it was even better seeing it with an audience filled with friends and people with the same interests.
Originally watched it thinking this was just gonna be another beautifully animated Shinkai movie not unlike his previous works (Garden of Words, Children who chase Lost Voices, 5cm per seconds) This movie REALLY had what I needed in his movies, a proper and goodhearted ending - Maybe this was EXACTLY because his prior movies always ended on a bittersweet note, that this movie hit so hard.
Definitely one of the prettiest anime movies I have ever seen, with a soundtrack that enhancecs absolutely everything, Radwimps become one of my favourite anime musicians because of just this movie!
There was twists upon twists, and although you could probably put a finger on the technicality of this, it did not bother me at all throughout the movie or afterwards, but I acknowledge that others hold this view point.
I've been a huge fan of countryside life ever since I grew up in sort of countryside part of Denmark until I moved to live with my mother in the city later on. My childhood is rooted in countryside memories, and a lot of those were awakened throughout this movie in Mitsuhas place.
5.Boku No Hero Academia 2nd Season
Had friends recommending and reading the manga when it went out, I just kept pushing this anime aside thinking it was just -another- Shounen.
Boy was I wrong.
Started the first season and could not stop myself until I completed it all, I was so intrigued by the characters, their quirks(abilities) and the system of world by itself.
Having rated the first season 10/10 aswell I had immense expectations to the next seasons.
Watching it weekly was a blast, but I would have loved it even more to being able to binge watch it, since it constantly had amazing things happening.
The tournament arc was incredibly, the hero killer arc showed what real heroes and villains are capable of, all along with a beautiful ammount of different quirks.
The start of the second season also highlighted my #2 favourite character Bakugou Katsuki's incredible instinctual combat abilities, and even humanized him quite a bit towards the end.
It was nice seeing everyone from the UA (hero school) progress throughout the 2nd season, it really shows an eye for details where characters are concerned, and I loved that immensely.
6. One Piece
Having followed this anime since 2008 weekly and then reading the manga in 2009, I have always loved this series. The worldbuilding is incredible, only rivaled by "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin from what I have read myself.
The anime catches a lot of flack what concerns pacing, but it hits the nail with the big scenes, and the voice casting for the characters are what I would consider perfect and one of Toei's forte.
The filler itself can be confusing if it's your first time watching for sure, but I think it serves to create more adventure and mystery in the world, which I myself am a huge fan of.
Sort of like with the Skypeia arc, it's basically an Indiana Jones movie with magical abilities, gods and lore. Absolutely to die for.
It's also the best of what I have seen to have a consistent power-scale of any anime series, where you get introduced to one of the absolute top tier characters early on, and it stays that way, and can still show you new characters along the way that will make your jaw drop with how absolute bonkers they are.
Not to mention 2 of my favourite characters of which my absolute #1 favourite is from One Piece - Donquixote Doflamingo and Garp. Luffy being a close 3rd for me, which is not common when it comes to Shounen, I usually dislike the "goody two shoes" main character, Luffy is an exception to this, and really enhances my viewing experience
Originally found this gem of a movie in a top 100 anime movies to watch, where it was ranked as #1.
I stalled watching it for ages thinking it would just be an alright movie.
Then one day I decided to finally watch this movie with some good food, beer, and in a cozy setting. it completely broke me.
I absolutely love themes that deal with mortality (see my Death Parade note) and this movie brings a cool view on this.
The music is scarce in this movie, but it has this harmonica tune that really sets the rural theme along with 2 kids that are trying to just get by in a seemingly harsh world.
Also the theme song Tegami by Angela Aki is amazing by all standars in my world, and takes this movie into a whole other level, especially the scenes where it plays.
The characters can seem mediocre, and the movie can seem slow - but I think to me that is what this movie needed, a depressing and dragging tone, to really let the theme set in.
One character I even have on my favourite character list is Saotome voiced by Jingi Irie, which is such a perfect match and just feels like that character speaks to my soul everytime he speaks, acts, and emotes throughout the movie although he has a limited screentime he made such a huge impression me. Basically such a good childhood friend in need that nothing could ever compare.
The movie also deals with family, and made me really cement my idea of what I want my ideal family to be, and not to be.
8. Death Note
This was also one of the first animes I started out watching back in 2008.
I remember watching this on Youtube with a friend of mine, and we watched it all in one sitting being immersed so much into what would happen with the characters, who would win, and how.
I have since rewatched this anime 3 times and I belive it still holds up, although not to the sainthood I would have claimed it to have when I was younger.
The cat and mouse chase between the main characters really drives this series, along with the theme, sprinkled with som philosophical aspects, which is just to die for when you are a young teenager watching this for the first time.
Madhouse made this a lovely ride to sit through, and I have enjoyed it everytime i rewatched it too, the music is on point, the characters are definitely what makes this series, and the ending was JUST PERFECT !!
I have rewatched the ending innumerable times, and I think it does everything perfect, tying all the loose ends together.
Also young me had a huge crush on Misa Misa :- )
9. Ping Pong The Animation
Recommended to me by my friend HangolDurho I was completely taken aback by how a SPORTS anime could actually be interesting!
But it's not so much about the sport, it's more about the people behind the player, and the age old question, talent vs. training.
You see a wide range of casts which seem so perfectly crafted with their own sense of morals, and abilities(not magical or anything) and how they bond together or divide from eachother through the sport of Ping Pong.
It could have been any other sport and the show would still have worked.
A stroke of brilliance really shines through with Yuasa Masaaki's hand throughout the anime, you can tell it's his work by the way it's animated and directed for sure.
I'll admit the animation was off-putting at first, but it only took me 1½ episode to get used to, and now I kind of miss that dynamic animation
NOT TO MENTION THE MUSIC, holy hell the soundtrack is packed with so many tunes worth listening to over and over, I know I have.
All these amazing soundtracks were made by Eriko Kimura(Ponyo, Wind Rises, Tiger & Bunny) and you can just tell they were made with the intended animation in mind, VERY dynamic and flowing tunes to fit with the animation.
10. Mononoke Hime
Although Spirited Away is a strong contender for favourite Ghibli movie, I just can not let go of this magical movie, with an equally magical soundtrack by Joe Hisashi as always in Ghibli associated films.
It might be because the protagonist is a male character, making it easier for me to associate with them.
It might be because of the idea of humanity killing god like Nietzsche said.
Or maybe it's just because it's Ghiblis most violent movie, which makes it easier to take serious rather than seeing it as a childrens movie.
Those are just points that I can think of, I honestly cannot tell why I love this movie so much in contrast to other Ghibli movies, except for the words
1.One Piece Originally started reading the manga around 2009 or so, after having been caught up to the anime and wanting more.
I rated the manga much more higher than the anime because it's the story and characters developed by the manga that I adore a lot, although I think Toei did an AMAZING job of casting the right voice actors, as they usually do.
One Piece as a story works hella well when you can divide Arcs into Islands, and sagas into "main villains" - It's just a formula that Eiichiro Oda has perfected hella well, also why he is one of my favourite authors.
But let us not forget the panels he make, it has such an easy flow from reading right to left, that you feel the movement, the action, and the way everything is conveyed exactly, Oda is a master of this beyond anything I have seen, and that is partially why I am giving Oda my topspot of #1 Manga aswell.
One Piece also inspired several movies and series that I have rated 10/10, because it is such an easy way to make a movie/arc - Strawhats finds an islands with cool gimmicks/quirks and finds out something sinister is lurking there, then an epic battle/exploration ensues and everything resolves super nice - Not to mention that some of the VERY BEST filler I have seen is from One Piece, I love watching the main cast relax on their ship, and just hang about teasing eachother, poking at eachothers flaws or strengths.
Maybe one day I'll go into how I feel about each arc if that's what you want message me, untill then I hope you feel the same love for One Piece as I do :)
CURRENTLY ON PAUSE
Since I love watching anime movies, i challenged myself to watch a movie from each season, going as far back as possible.
If no movies are available in the season/I already watched them all ->OVA - If no OVAs are available -> ONA - If no ONAs are available -> Specials -> If there is no movie, OVA, ONA or Special available I will tag the season as N/A
PTW = I intend to watch this one, either it's not available yet, or I haven't gotten to it.
Date = The date I completed it
Rating = The rating shown is the rating I gave the movie IMMEDIATELY after completing it, so if it's changed, you at least know what I rated it right after :)