How's about a top 10 count down? Sure, that's how we'll do it. This blog will only be for series, if I choose so in the future, I'll do a top list for anime movies.
These series didn't make my top 10, but are still worth looking into. They didn't make the top 10 because they were either bumped out or I haven't finished them and thus I'm not going to give them a final line of what I thought of them.
Black Lagoon - Decent so far, kewl main character.
Pokemon - Ahh good ol pokemon. The games made me like the series.
Elfen Leid - Bloody, dark, violent, heart-warming.
The top 10 list:
10 - Card Captor Sakura
|Yep, Cute ^_^|
Ahh, Sakura. A rather childish anime in which a young student is pushed into a world where she gains powers and must spend her time collecting these magic cards of which beasts and creatures come out of. Along with 2 friends and a little bear shaped guardian, she must set out to capture all of the cards and return the book (which the cards go into) back to it's resting place. It's an odd concept but the show is all charm. It's like... if you mixed Sailor Moon with Pokemon and came up with something that was uber cute. lol.
09 - Ergo Proxy
|Vincent's story is a bit of a sad one|
Ergo is an odd one. I really liked where they were taking the project... but it seems that the ending was rushed and tacked loosely together. It's got a few useless, crappy filler episodes and like I said, the end just kind of happens without a lot of build up... I would of liked if they spent more time fleshing it out. That said, what is there is pretty good. The story follows a guy and girl who are almost complete opposites, living once in a well maintained future city and later forced to wander the underworlds of earth which was abandoned long before. Technically it's well rounded, tho the animation is hit and miss. I think I dug the atmosphere most in this series with the characters coming in second to that. It's also got a decent emotion attachment linked with those characters. You feel sorry, proud and angry with them. Like I mentioned, the story just kind of ends... so that's why its much further down my list.
08 - Ah! My Goddess
|Keiichi and Belldandy|
This is one of the few comedy based animes that I really latched onto. It follows the trials of a boy who summons an angel (whom works for an angel hotline?) and is granted one wish. His wish is for this angel to stay with him forever... and lone behold that's exactly what happens. He deals with going to school, participating in his motorclub and trying to please his angel friend Belldandy. Belldandy, being an angel and all finds it difficult living in the realm of mortals and all kinds of crazy things happen all the while the main characters start to fall for one another. To mix things up nicely, Belldandy's sisters show up, furious that the main character would wish for such a thing and take their sister from them. It's wacky, funny and over all very light hearted. Superb IMO.
07 - The Vision of Escaflowne
|Main characters Van and Hitomi|
This anime I grew up on at one point in my life, before I knew what anime was. Decent production values all around, but nothing that stands out technically. It's about a psychic-medium like character whom is teleported into another world by her mother's pendant. Once there she is caught in the middle of 2 loves whom are connected to a massive power struggle in the land. Giant battle suits and mythic armor is the name of the game and again the action is decent. The characters really shine through as a stronger part of the series however. I simply love the characters.
06 - Speed Grapher
|L-R = Saiga, Kagura and Choji|
Speed Grapher was an "Out of nowhere" series which I just randomly saw on sale and decided to drop some cash on to nab the DVD set of. Knowing near nothing about it really allowed me to get an unbiased opinion of it... and it paid off. The series felt kind of short and more or less was an escape plan by two main characters. The two character's aren't the strongest I've seen, nor the narrative too complicated... but there's just enough weird bits mixed in with some decent voice acting, action and even an oddly strong sexual undertone - which actually works for the series. It follows a photographer whom has the power to kill people by shooting them with a camera (taking pics) which is given to him when he accidentally stumbles on a rich-person cult that worships this one girl whom they think is a god. The girl is drugged and forced to kiss these cultists in a ritual that either kills you instantly or brings forth a power like the aforementioned camera killer thing. The whole rest of the series revolves around him taking this girl and trying to escape the organization whom wants her back.
05 - DragonBall Z
|It's over 9000! :P Vegeta - my fav character|
Ahh, DragonBall Z. While not the most sophisticated anime and really... the entire plot of the series boils down to beating up the bad guy and screaming when there's free time... it's something that I enjoyed the hell out of when I was growing up and I will always have a fondness for. The video games made from this series have kicked some major anime-game butt and are a ton of fun to play. Over the top action and struggles are what propel it along with some rocking music and flashy animation. It's definitely not your thinking show - like others in my list - but it's a guilty pleasure of great fun.
04 - Eureka Seven
|A good portion of the E7 cast|
Eureka Seven... I love... but find annoying at times. The whole idea around the series revolves around love. Pure simple love. That said, you've also got a band of space pirates, giant mech battles and a cast of great characters. While the characters are great most of the time... there seems to be many a moment when those characters get on your nerves because of their stupidity. The back and forth between the two main characters is frustratingly hard to watch and you really wish they'd just get to what they want to say, rather than tip-toeing around it. The music is something special in this series, I even have it on my ipod for listening at times :P The animation too is clean and superbly done.
03 - Neon Genesis Evangelion
|L-R = Rei, Shinji and Asuka|
02 - Cowboy Bebop
|L-R = Spike, Ed, Jet, Ein, Faye|
01- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
|L-R = Togusa, Motoko, Batou|
Welp, that sums it up. My fav series thus far. Spelling mistakes and such are likely dispersed through-out as I have no interested of re-reading and editing it :P