This one goes out to a couple of people who I constantly talk anime over with! I see you out there! Honestly it is Monday and that is the worst day of the week, even to us the unemployed. I digress that is not the point here, today we talk anime because regular TV can in fact suck it sideways… We will go over my current top ten that I love, and maybe go over some legacy notes of mention!
10) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (鋼の錬金術師)
A massive improvement over the first anime series, that seemed really sad, slow and far more kid friendly. I get it people think anything animated is automatically children’s stuff… I am going to have to stop you right here, there is nothing children friendly about a story of two brothers who have to witness their mother dying, and in an ill found attempt to save her life with alchemy get both of their bodies ripped apart my a mysterious “Black Gate”. That was the premise of both story lines, so that isn’t much in the way of spoilers. Overall this is good to watch and watch again a few months later, the ending was not as gut wrenching as the first series, and obviously the two have different endings. If you have not seen it I would say watch Brotherhood first, because 52 episodes of molasses slow story line needs a good pick-me-up first.
9) Sword Art Online season 1 & 2 (ソードアート・オンライン)
This anime was a bit intriguing in concept, and the story was well thought out, although a little slow at times. The basic concept in the first season people are trapped inside of a virtual video game in which the only means of escape are beat the game or death. Dying in the Virtual world means dying in the real world. Though there is a lot of death in this series, it is probably the least graphic and gory on this list.
8) Soul Eater (ソウルイーター)
I am only going to cover the original anime and not the spin of series NOT Soul Eater (way to be real clever Bones…). Watch the trailer it explains it well, the reason I like this one was the story, and anime style. THe story was actually really good, and not really gory for a show about children who turn into weapons and reap the souls of living things by cutting them open, or shooting them open… I digress it is overall really fun series to watch and there are a lot of good running gags to break up the serious story so as not to drag it completely dark.
Basically this is what high-school will be like in the afterlife #DealWithIt
7) Beelzebub (べるぜバブ)
You know for being an anime about the Demon Lords son, and eternal conflict for the demon in human form, there is not only not blood in this anime, but I am also pretty sure no one even dies in this series. Basically Oga (Ogre) is a typical juvenile delinquent always fighting and never losing to anyone, even if they happen to be 20 feet tall and one giant muscle. Who, because of his ridiculous strength, inherits the Beelzebub. Beelzebub is a green haired son of the Demon Lord (Satan), who sends his infant son to earth on a humorous whim to conquer earth. this one is just chop full of weird and funny shit that you just have to watch, head over to Cruncyroll and stream this one … fuck their commercials though, they will kill the stream for no reason.
6) Shinchan (クレヨンしんちゃん Kureyon Shin-chan)
This anime is technically ongoing, however the American version is actually a bit better albeit cut short. Here is the story; the show is from 1992 but a few years ago they re-edited it and gave the show an American dub. Shin is a shit talking 5 year old who for no apparent reason loves raunchy puns, wagging his ass at people, and saying penis in the most inappropriate times possible. It is hinted he was just born this way, i digress there are only three seasons of the remade version, and you should watch every episode.
5) Death Note (デスノート)
These are pretty Self explanatory, so I am just going to say you must fucking watch the anime series, and then go out and rent the terrible live action movie. They are all that good.
4) Speedgrapher (スピードグラファー Supīdo Gurafā)
Probably one of my all time favorite anime series, and though they did change the music at one point the title song used to be “Girls on Film”, yes that girls on film…
I digress… We Fallow the exploits of Tatsumi Saiga, a wartime photographer who is being held captive in Japan by a lack of passport, who stumbles on a secret fetish club that seems to be controlling the country. Mixed in with a lollicon side story, which gets a bit weird… there is death and super powers! All and all this weird anime series is worth a watch, and is probably time I dust it off the shelves, it turns 10 years old!
3) Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド)
A massive anomaly ravaged and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of the city into the ocean. Ten years later, Ganta Igarashi, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. As an escapee, a survivor of the great “earthquake“, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and crimson armor floats through his classroom windows. Grinning madly, the ‘Red Man’ massacres Ganta’s entire class but instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta’s chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is subjected to a kangaroo court as a suspect and is sentenced to death at Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme park-like prison.
There is a lot of fuckedness about this anime, which is probably why I loved it, though admittedly I could have done without the showing of a massacre class of children. That is about the only negative I had with this series. Well that and all we will ever get are the 13 goddamn episodes that were released! The series lead animator/creator got pregnant and stated she would consider the possibility of returning in the future. I am not holding my breath, but the series is worth a look for sure.
2) Future Diary (未来日記 Mirai Nikki)
First of all if you have seen Deadman Wonderland, prepare for that to look like a walk through the babies toys aisle… No seriously this series is so fucked up Im pretty sure it has been banned everywhere by every conservative. On that note I saw it on Hulu… But I digress.
A group of individuals are chose to be the new God of time, as the current one is dying, and should he die before a new one is chosen all of time and space will collapse in on itself. In walks the start of this series Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano, who is a loner by trade who compulsively writes about everything he sees in his diary. Soon his diary starts telling him things he has yet to see and as they start to come true is thrown into a game of winner takes God of time and space in a battle Royal to the death.
This is one of those series that is good on so many levels, and so fucked up just beneath the surface. Watch it and watch it now!
1) Parasyte (寄生獣)
I have not finished watching this series yet, but I will say that I was surprised there was a lot less gore than I thought there would be. The live action movie looks to be pretty tits whenever it decides to come to the states.
Parasyte centers on a 17-year-old teen named Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his mother and father in Tokyo. One night, worm-like creatures called Parasites appear on Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasite attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails as Shinichi is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead. In the Japanese version, it takes over his right hand and is named Migi (ミギー?), after the Japanese word for ‘right’; Tokyopop’s version, in which the images are flipped horizontally, has the Parasite take over Shinichi’s left hand and it is named Lefty.
Thus concludes our first countdown list of some of my favorite anime series. While writing this I decided that maybe I should make this more of a periodic thing. I have seen an absolute shit load and frequently people ask me about a new series for them to explore, because as I stated “an absolute shitload of anime have I watched”. If you have any questions or comments or would like some suggestions yourself head over to my Facebook or Twitter feeds. Until next time…