Top Anime List: The Final Expansion

I finally got to expanding my top anime list to 100. This time, I also combined all the movies, series, OVAs, etc. into one big list rather than separate ’em because it was becoming too much of a hassle otherwise. But yeah, there’s 100 anime on there now. And I’m not adding anymore, because that’d be overkill.


So final set of notes regarding the thing:

  • Everything from the top to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are stuff I score either a 9 or a 10 on MAL. Everything below I score an 8 (Hellsing is scored a 9, but for some reason, I decided I wasn’t that big into it anymore).
  • I decided to put short stuff on the list, so Hoihoi-san and those Daicon OPs get on. Je T’Aime missed the cut, and I didn’t put that Ghibli music video on because…um…I cannot divulge that info right now.
  • The closest things airing now to getting on the list are Kill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco.
  • The list is split into ten pages with ten anime on each page.
  • Although I couldn’t give it its own category because it’s attached to my favorite anime comedy, my favorite anime movie of all-time is Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer.
  • My favorites are a mix of mainstream, obscure, and nostalgic. I’m a little saddened that my BIG faves are all really popular choices, but I guess they’re popular for a reason.
  • Anime studio-wise, I love Studio Ghibli obviously. I dig a bunch of Madhouse stuff (although their recent string of sports/LN-stuff isn’t doing much for me). KyoAni and Shaft don’t tend to impress me, but when they do, I tend to rank their stuff high. Likewise with David Production and their early Gonzo stuff, as well as Bones and Brains Base, although they tend to have a higher success rate. No Silver Link, PA Works, or White Fox stuff are on here because those studios suck. Not a fan of A-1 Pictures aside from Occult Academy. I like the current Trigger team of Gainax, but Gurren Lagann is too formulaic for me to love like other people do, although I’ve grown to like it more over time. Sunrise’s non-mecha stuff can be good, but their mecha stuff makes me barf. Love a bunch of early JC Staff/Deen stuff, but I’m meh to their more recent output (but I don’t hate ’em). Every other studio I can think of like Wit or Satelight, I’m just indifferent to.
  • Director-wise, I love the popular guys like Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, and Masaaki Yuasa. Shinichiro Watanabe is great, although I’m not really into Macross Plus. Mamoru Hosada I tend to like and I’m neutral to Makoto Shinkai. Anno’s stuff I tend to find worth watching and whilst I love Ikuhara’s Utena, I couldn’t stand Penguindrum. Other directors like Seiji Kishi, Shoji Kawamori, etc. I do recognize, but consider them too hit-and-miss to really care too much in regards to their output. If I like/dislike their stuff, then that’s that.
  • I don’t really care too much for “well-constructed” or “amazingly deep” or whatever the same way my colleagues are. I go with the motto: “Is this entertaining me?” and work from there. I used to lean towards that “deep” stuff when I was younger (and during the starting period of my blog), but it made me sound like a dipshit, so I stopped.
  • I was raised on family/romance/superhero/sentai stories and got into exploitation/mean-spirited humor during my second year of college (so around the time I was watching After Story? Damn that sounds like a whiplash). I never liked the robot shows like Transformers or whatever, nor did I ever like Star Trek or sports or documentaries growing up. HanTsuki and a long, long, LONG string of shitty fanservice comedies/dramas were amongst the first anime I hated whilst Ranma and Fullmetal Alchemist and a bunch of action stuff were amongst the first anime I loved. That should explain my tastes somewhat.
  • Whilst I have my biases, I never let my biases overwhelm me to the point that I can’t appreciate some stuff from the genre. I may not like space operas, but Captain Tylor is one of my all-time favorite anime. And whilst robots tend not to do much for me, I have like six of those kinds of series on the list as well.
  • I don’t have the attention-span to watch shows that go on forever anymore, so none of the Shonen Jump stuff are on here, nor Detective Conan. Think the only real long stuff I have are Takahashi comedies and I haven’t seen the really-long Lupin stuff yet.
  • Said this before, but Conan was what made me aware of anime, whilst Ranma was the first anime I saw with “knowledge” that it was anime. Of course, I saw Pokemon, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Medabots, etc. as a kid, but they don’t count because I thought they were just regular cartoons. With flamboyance.
  • I do have a history with porn/hentai, but that’s not relevant to the top list because not even my favorites from that genre are close to getting on it (heehee).
  • That’s pretty much all I have to say. Enjoy the list and the blog in general.

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