- The Vision of Escaflowne
This is my favorite anime series, the story the music the characters. I just thoroughly enjoyed it. It just has that certain feeling to it I like. It was nice to see how Hitomi, Van, Allen, and Folken developed as the story went on. Also, the fighting animations were fluid and very well done for it’s time. It’s always exciting to watch two mechs fight with swords!
- Last Exile
I discovered this while on anime news network a while back and went to the main site. It immediately pulled me in and I bought the entire box set. It was worth it! It reminded me of Skies of Arcadia. The animation was fluid and the story telling is top notch. Now that I think about it there is a bit of Panzer Dragoon in there as well. Excellent anime!
- Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
What can I say: this anime is hilarious and fun to watch. The story is deep while at the same time being completely loony! Arumi and Sasshi are constantly transported to different worlds, but it’s oh so much deeper than that!
- Gurren Lagann
I’m actually still watching this. You can see it every Monday on Sci-fi’s Ani-Monday’s. It airs at 11:00pm to 12:00am. The Story is nothing new, but the way in which it is told is masterful. A boy struggling underground, finally reaches the surface when a strange object comes crashing through the ceiling of his underground city. What lies above? Incredible adventures and serious story telling of two races struggling to survive and a looming prophecy of impending doom! Fun filled animation, story and likable characters from the very start. Also, good character development! It will remind you of Breath of Fire 5 in some respects, but 100 times better than that garbage.
- Full Metal Alchemist
I began watching this on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. I like it very much and am a fan. Ed and his brother Al’s struggle for the Philosophers stone was well told with plenty of Alchemy, action, and drama.
- Conan boy of the Future
An anime series by none other than the master himself: Hayao Miyazaki. This anime is really deep and charming. Showing us a taste of what Miyazaki would make in the future. I think it still holds out to this day as a wonderful tale of a boy and a girl struggling to survive amidst a world that has fallen apart and an evil villain hell bent on repeating the horrors of the past. It really shows you what a boy wouldn’t do for true love.
This is a part of Adult Swims new line-up. The animation is top notch. Although I haven’t seen it in English I have watched the entire series English sub. I must say another gem, with a great story about a prince and his female body guard. She struggles to protect him as a mysterious power lay hidden inside him. Give it a shot you wont be dissapointed! I wasn’t.
All I can say is wow! This highly resembles something Hayao Miyazaki would have made, that is: if he made another anime series. What are Mushi-shi? Well they are another form of life neither plant nor animal but something else entirely. You follow the journey of a Mushi master as he travels the world. Each episode has a different enthralling tale to tell. You’ll always be captivated by what each episode throws at you next. Excellent story telling at it’s finest. Highly recommended!
- Samuri Champloo
Mugen, Jin and Fuu! An anime with style and a cool beat to it too! It’s set in fudal Japan but also feels modern. I can’t put it into words well enough. The story is fun, and the characters are unique. A search to find the samurai whom smells of sunflowers? Crazy action, hilarious dialogue. What more could you ask for?
- Blood +
This was also part of Adult Swim’s past line-up. I watched it until the very last episode not liking it at first. It quickly began to captivate me and made me want to learn more about Saya and Haji’s past. This was a great series and had a very well written thought provoking story. If you want to see character development this series sure isn’t laking it. Saya battles Chiropterans (vampires) as she struggles to remember her troubled past, grow as a person and deal with her future confrontation with her sister.
- The Snow Queen
Another series similar in story telling to that of Hayoa Miyazaki. I’ve been watching these as they’ve become fan subbed.
Each story is fairly charming in it’s own right. A young girl Gerda shows undeniable determination as she goes off on her own to search for her childhood friend Kay who has been spirited away by the Snow Queen.
Well, I hope you watch some of these gems of anime and I’d be happy to hear all of your top 10.
See the thing with me is: I hate anime series that go past 60 episodes. I’ve already given up on Bleach, and gave up on One Peice a long time ago. The stories just become monotonous and dull, solely existing and creating bull shit episodes to make money, a cash cow if you will. Another example would be Naruto but I’ll stop there. Anime that have short and sweet stories should only be about 26 episodes. That’s my rule of thumb. Up to 50 is alright but stretching it a little. What do you guys think?
Hopefully you guys can fill me in on some other gems that I may not be aware of.
Well a bit too long as far as my expected episode length, it was a good series though. I hated the ending, but oh well, the Manga wasn’t finished yet so I guess it’s acceptable. The music was excellent and the characters likable and charming.
Yes I actually like the anime series.
I also really enjoyed this anime. It was captivating and kept you watching until the end. Good story is vital. Nothing lacking in that department.
Record of Lodoss Wars
A serious well done fantasy anime.
I guess I’ll stop here for now.