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Crimson’s Top 5 Anime!

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Hey guys!

So I noticed that there was this ‘Top 10 Anime’ list going around and I thought I’d make a contribution! Like always though, I’m going to bend the rules (I know I’m such a cheater ヾ((>□<)ノ。o○ )!!

Instead of posting my top 10 anime I’m only going to post my top 5, why you ask? Because it’s been awhile since I really watched something and I don’t want to pick a show I have vague memories about. Also, my anime selections recently haven’t exactly been the best…so I leave 5 slots open for potential candidates 🙂 I’ve also divorced myself of the manga adaptations since this is an anime top 5.

I’ve left MAL links in case anyone is interested in summaries and other anime info! These shows are not ordered by hierarchy, each one is number 1 for specific reasons, enjoy!

1. Kuroko no Basket

My (so far) all time favorite sports anime! Not that I’ve watched much but I’m getting there, slowly but surely expanding in that genre…haha.

© Crunchyroll, Daisuki

There is just so much that I love about this anime and hardly anything I hate (I only hate the bad guys but that’s to be expected since they were just pure evil here! Kirisaki Daichi High). But the biggest reason I enjoyed this show was the intensity and fantastical way that basketball was played. I’ve never been a fan of sports and watching would just bore me but this show was epic and educational in a way. Really exposed me to some terms and rules that I otherwise wouldn’t have known. Now I could probably semi-understand a real game, haha.

That coupled with the bonds between characters, Kuroko’s tenacity and dedication, and the irony of Kuroko being the winner really makes this an anime that will be staying in my top anything for a very long time! Not to mention all that man-flesh getting chum chum, talking about forever and together and light/shadow.

2. Cardcaptor Sakura

© NIS America

Everything, I love everything! First watched this when I went to Mexico and bought this bootleg DVD with the whole series on it (don’t judge I was 12, haha).

Watched the movies so many times (my favorite is The Sealed Card but I also like The Movie…!), went back to watch the anime legally years later, read the manga, bought the manga, and tried to buy the anime (only to not find it anywhere)! I do own one of the movies on VHS though 🙂

There’s just something about Sakura and her love for her family and friends that just draws me in. It’s also super adorable (all her cute outfits)! And it’s not just her but Tori (ever the lovable big brother), Yukito (damn that uber adorable smile and appetite), Shaoran (the once rival turned romantic interest), etc!

I’d binge on this whenever and not get tired. And the best part is that the BL is real! Oh so heavenly~

3. Vision of Escaflowne

© Funimation

Another anime that I watched some time ago but that I’ve revisited so many times! I decided to pick this one over the movie for two reasons: the art is much better (though those noses really get to me sometimes) and there’s actual development. But I have nothing against the movie, haha

I think this was one of the first few mecha anime I ever watched and enjoyed, probably because it was so romance oriented (I see you Hitomi). And because Van is so amazing~ He is dedicated and my heart goes out to him because it only took Hitomi 24 or 25 episodes to realize she liked liked Van (not to mention the fall of Fanelia and Balgus)

The music is also epic, thanks to Yoko Kanno and Hajime Mizoguchi! There were some really nice battle scenes, the relationships between the characters (Merle to Van, Eriya/Nariya to Folken, Prince Child to Allen, Dilandau to Allen, etc) were really interesting, the issues of doubts and Dilandau’s duo personality, etc.

Ok I just found this out but apparently there are light novels! I want them…

4. Beyond the Boundary

© Sentai Filmworks

One of my few newer anime that I thoroughly enjoyed! This one was also recommended to me by my brother (he influences a lot of what I see).

The animation was great, the look gorgeous (though I’m sure it’s not the best out there but I loved it), and the story was just so sad! I usually complain about how I don’t want another romance story but when I watch them I tear up so much, especially if things don’t end in happiness. In this things don’t actually end up bad, but those last two episodes really got me and I pretty much cried.

I know there are two movies out, one that recaps the series and the other that shows what happened a year later, and it’s on my to-watch, priority high! Though I’m not sure where to watch it…need to find it, haha. Very adorable anime that sometimes bordered along nonsensical (I see you episode 6)

5. Fooly Cooly

© Funimation

And the last but certainly not the least, FLCL!

I know, I know. There’s nothing about this show that makes sense but it’s that insanity that I just adore! I was instantly hooked from the first episode when Haruko runs Takkun over up to when they’re battling it out in the middle of the city over Atomsk.

I know a lot of people say this is a story about a kid going through puberty and growing up, and I can see that but I like it just because it’s wacky. I leave you with a random funny scene where Naota goes into the kitchen to eat with his family only to find ‘the Vespa Woman’ in there too

“What’s fooly cooly?” – Dad

“How should I know, I’m still in grade school! You think I’m that crazy?!” – Takkun

“Ha Ha—-! Ha Ha Ha—-!” – Dad

OK! That is all for my top 5, I’m currently trying to expand my anime watching, hoping to find 5 more series to add this list. I’m considering Ace of Diamond because I’ve been enjoying it so far but it’s still way too early to say for sure.

I also surprised myself when I didn’t add Attack on Titan because I was so obsessed with that show but then I realized I was more obsessed with Levi and Eren…together…haha! Same with Aldnoah Zero…the Slaine feels are still too strong!

Anyways, any anime recommendations would be greatly appreciated and I’ve got a terrible backlog but I’ll most likely get to them one day…

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