Anime That Rule? Is that a catchy enough title? I guess I could say something like “Best Anime Ever Made” or “My Favorite Anime”. But after some thinking, I think the title stays. After all, all lists are inherently subjective and this one in particular is bound under my own biased opinions. Everything on this list, I love with pure 100% non-irony. When I say an anime is greater than your favorite anime of all time, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. There is no guilt. There is no arrogance. There is just pure “what I consider awesome”.
Oh, I also plan to expand my list into a top 100 someday. Because 100 is an awesome number. With that said, here’s a list of possible anime candidates that might make it into the top 100, or even in the top 50 once I give this list another once-over.
So with that said, these are the anime that rule over all of your anime. If you want to question my tastes, feel free to comment below.
50: And Yet the Town Moves
Yes guys, my favorite Shaft show is the maid one that nobody seems to remember. Why? Because it’s one of the best comedies on the goddamn planet, that’s why. It plays out like your standard local channel sitcom (except given the Shaft treatment) in that it introduces a quirky cast of characters in a specific setting and lets them play off each other with witty dialogue and heartwarming moments. But then things get weird when it turns out the world they’re inhabiting is home to the paranormal and this culminates in one of the best finales I’ve ever seen. And it does it all whilst keeping an upbeat tone throughout the entire thing. Also, it has one of the best opening and ending themes and animation I’ve ever seen. I’m not kidding on that.
49: Ultimate Teacher
Ultimate Teacher comes in three different languages for your pleasure, and personally, I prefer the UK one. And…that’s pretty much all I have to say on this OVA. Seriously, no description other than “you better have a bucket of popcorn ready” does justice to this thing. Just know that it’s really insane, finds a way to ramp up the insanity just when you think it can’t top itself, and that’s all you need going in.
Okay, I know the finale kind of sucked and the anime ended up going nowhere in the end. But I don’t care, because Durarara is so goddamn cool. Its interweaving of multiple characters and twisted forms of love is second to none. It has a slick urban city style like no other. It has Shizuo and Izaya, one of the best duos to ever come out of anime. It’s an anime that’s solid to the core, even when it screws up, and it might go up the list once that inevitable second season gets animated.
What’s funny about Psycho-Pass is that it’s full of things that usually annoy me when it comes watching anime, but it manages to avoid pissing me off by spinning those annoyances in all the right ways. It has the usual Urobuchi dialogue, but thankfully it feels more procedural rather than obtuse. It has ultra violence that is thankfully kept under control and not abused like mad. Its forced social commentary can get to Hell Girl levels at times, but it manages to avoid the problems that series had by keeping its focus on the characters and situations I actually care for. The characters and plot themselves are nothing too special, except for Akane, who is the perfect main character for this kind of story. If you want an anime that can turn my usual criticisms around, Psycho-Pass is that anime.
46: Golden Boy
Golden Boy is the greatest “pervert” anime to ever exist, and when combined with its awesome English dub, its genius is brought out even further. What makes it stand above all the others is the main protagonist, Kintarou. Although he’s a massive pervert, the show does the impossible and manages to also make him one of the most charming characters to ever grace the screen. You can see why all these women like him and the final payoff at the end where every separate story comes together is one of the best endings I’ve ever seen. Yeah, I’m not a fan of harem endings, but in Golden Boy’s case, I’ll make an exception.