sunshinesan’s Top Anime

The most daring and absurd parody anime I've ever seen. Each episode is filled with comedic gold and always manages to make me laugh. It's a shame I don't even recognize half the references it relentlessly throws at me.

1. Hayate no Gotoku! (Favorite Character: Maria)

The moment I finished the last episode of Hayate no Gotoku! I knew immediately that I had a new favorite show.  Hell, I knew that at about five episodes into the series (The first season is 52 episodes long!).  Not once did it waver in its hilarity, absurdness, and relentless need to parody everything in existence.  This is what we call a masterpiece, ladies and gentlemen, make sure to take note of it.

A drama/dark comedy that had a emotional impact on me. Everything about this anime reminds of life in general. In a drama, there is build up to a climax, then a resolution, but in life, all we have to look forward to is some vague uncertainties.

2. NHK ni Youkoso! (Satou Tatsuhiro)

Before Hayate no Gotoku! proved to me perfection can exist, NHK had always been my most cherished anime.  Remarkably dramatic and equally humorous, NHK manages to break out of the norm from its contemporaries and offer a very involved and character based narrative.

Incredibly cute show with a lot of depth. It totally caught me off guard as I expected a nothing more than plotless ecchi . The characters and gags are all hilarious. The romance is also pretty intense, which happens to be a weak spot of mine.

3. Zero no Tsukaima (Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière)

Why do I hold this anime so high in regard? I don’t quite know myself.  I love the setting, the characters, the music, the tsundere, but it is not without its flaws.  That is to say, all of these aspects could be topped by another anime, but the fact that each of these aspects are so well mixed, is the reason I find this show irresistible.

A story about passion, love, and life's journey. The premise? Space garbage has become a significant problem in the future... Despite its peculiar and original setup, the show is not paralleled in terms of its characters and the emotions they invoke in you.

4. Planetes (Fee Carmichael, just because of episode 12)

Another show that boldly ventures out of the anime norm.  With the moe revolution and all, its still nice to see that some shows still understand what it takes to make a damn good story: Realistic characters, unique and complex setting, and deep story elements and themes.

5. Mushishi (Ginko)

If you feel like you’ve entered a slump in your anime career, watching shit after shit with no end in sight, Mushishi is your wake-up call.  If I can use one word to describe this show, it would have to be “genius”.  As I watched Mushishi, I kept on asking myself, “how in a world can a show really be filled with so much genius??” Alas, this was a question that was never answered; that is the mystery of Mushishi.

Best of its genre. A love comedy/high school drama with sheer quality. The characters grows onto you as the story progresses. A must watch for all those interested in this genre.

6. Toradora! (Aisaka Taiga)

Ah, Toradora! High school drama, love polygon, scary yakuza face, tsundere, retarded parakeet, kendo action, song about oranges… I can’t ask for anything more from this show.  Tired of the same-old-same-old when it comes to high school rom-coms? Give this one a shot, you will be suprised.

Clicky (<_<), if you’re interested in the manga I enjoy.

— other shows I like —

7. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (Suzumiya Haruhi, Kyon almost ties with her)
8. Shakugan no Shana (Shana)
9. Monster (Wolfgang Grimmer)
10. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Nia Teppelin)
11. Death Note (L Lawliet)
12. Eve no Jikan (Sammy)
13. Hikaru no Go (Shindou Hikaru)
14. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (Sagara Sousuke, Tessa is good too)

— even more shows I enjoyed —

15. Genshiken (Ogiue Chika)
16. Higashi no Eden (Takizawa Akira)
17. Kannagi (Nagi)
18. Ergo Proxy (Pino)
19. Chobits (Chii)
20. Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen (Himura Kenshin)
21. Samurai Champloo (Kasumi Fuu, Mugen is cool too, but it was Fuu that held the party together)
22. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (The Laughing Man)
23. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan (Mitsukai Dokuro)
24. True Tears (Nakagami Shinichiro… nah, Isurugi Noe)

— and more… —

25. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (??? This show isn’t really about the characters… probably Kimura Kaere)
26. Golden Boy (Oe Kintaro)
27. Furi Kuri (Haruhara Haruko)
28. Seto no Hanayome (Maki)
29. Kannazuki no Miko (Himemiya Chikane)
30. Lucky Star (Kogami Akira)
31. Clannad ~After Story~ (Okazaki Ushio or her father)
32. Claymore (Teresa)
33. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (C.C.)

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