Not sure how many people out there know of a site called myanimelist.net, but it’s a great site for keeping track of your manga and anime that you read and watch. It’s something that I certainly use all the time and it does help keep track of everything. There is a feature on there where you can rate the anime or manga so you know how much you actually liked it on a scale of one (worst) to ten (best). I hardly give anything a ten but I decided to go back and take a look at just how many I have given the best rank and found a total of 28 titles. I decided to put my ranked 10 animes into a must watch list because they are just that amazing to watch.
Name: Mawaru Penguindrum (24 episodes)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Drama, Psychological
Summary: Once you make a decision, does the universe conspire to make it happen? Is destiny a matter of chance, a matter of choice or the complex outcome of thousands of warring strands of fate? All twins Kanba and Shoma know is that when their terminally ill sister Himari collapses at the aquarium, her death is somehow temporarily reversed by the penguin hat that she had asked for. It’s a provisional resurrection, however, and it comes at a price: to keep Himari alive they need to find the mysterious Penguin Drum. In order to do that, they must first find the links to a complex interlocking chain of riddles that has wrapped around their entire existence, and unravel the knots that tie them to a mystifying diary and a baffling string of strangers and semi-acquaintances who all have their own secrets, agendas and “survival strategies.” And in order for Himari to live, someone else’s chosen destiny will have to change. It’s a story of love, fate, life, death… and Penguins!
Why you should watch: This was a very interesting anime to watch and I will say at times I was a little lost at what was going on. The story though and characters kept me drawn in and I had to know what was going to happen next. It certainly was funny to watch how each of the main characters had their own penguins with them and the antics they pull. I typically don’t watch animes like this often, but it was such an intriguing concept for the story and what they had to do, it was different. Granted there could be similarities to other animes but I felt it was a different story and new concept that it was different from most animes I have seen.
Name: Another (12 Episodes)
Genre: Mystery, Horror, School, Thriller
Summary: 26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, she was popular with her classmates. When she suddenly died, her classmates decided to carry on as if she was still alive until graduation. Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Sakakibara Kouichi transfers to the class, and he grows suspicious of the fearful atmosphere in that classroom. In particular, there is a beautiful, aloof girl named Mei Misaki who wears an eyepatch and is always alone drawing pictures.
Why you should watch:This was a very mind twisting story and it knew how to hook me. It keeps you guessing about who this girl Mei is and why is the class so crazy all the time. Since they keep up the tradition from of the extra person in the classroom you start to wonder who is the extra person who does not belong. Though it was only 12 episodes I thought that this was an anime that did not leave any questions at the end and everything was answered. It left a good feeling after finishing it instead of that feeling of wishing there was more answered.
Name: Kuroko no Basket (24 Episodes)
Genre: Comedy, School, Shounen, Sports
Summary: Kuroko’s Basketball The Teiko Middle School Basketball Team, the class that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a-generation players, called “The miracle generation”. There was another player who all of them respected… A legendary 6th player. An up-and-coming power player, Taiga Kagami, is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets the super-ordinary boy, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko isn’t good at basketball, in fact, he’s bad! And he’s so plain that he’s impossible to see. But Kuroko’s plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him, and he’s none other than the sixth member of the Miracle Generation. Kuroko makes a pact with Kagami to defeat the other members of the Miracle Generation, who have all played basketball at other schools. A battle of light (Kagami) and shadow (Kuroko) begins!
Why you should watch: Sports animes are not much of something I like to sit down and watch all the time, but this one just seemed different from the rest. It’s fast paced and I just loved how the characters in this anime played the game of basketball. The “special” abilities that each of the characters have I think is what hooked me in to be thinking wow this is awesome! It has funny moments and I felt like they evened out the action and the story progression. I am looking forward to the second season coming out in the Fall, cannot wait to see more of how they grow as a team and as individual players.
Name: Romeo X Juliet (24 Episodes)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Summary: In the floating continent of Neo Verona, the Montague family seized control and murdered every member of the Capulet family with the exception of Capulet’s daughter, Juliet Fiammata Asto Capulet. 14 years later, Juliet and the remnants of Capulet’s retainers live hidden from the iron fist of the Montague family. Juliet has long forgotten the murder of her family or her identity, and cross dresses as Odin and the town’s hero of justice, “Red Whirlwind”. A sudden escape in her daily escapades leads her to meet Romeo Candorebanto Montague, the kind son of the tyrannical Montague. Destiny has been set as these two individuals soon to be “star-crossed lovers” are cruelly toyed with by fate in the midst of war. Loosely based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Why you should watch: Romeo X Juliet is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays of all times. This is the same story essentially, but it also had some other story elements added/changed to it and takes it into a fantasy twist as well. I really loved how they changed the story to show that Juliet was a vigilante in the beginning and how she meets Romeo in her disguise instead of at the party. If you love a tragic romance this is for you.
Name: Valkyria Chronicles (26 Episodes)
Genre: Action, Romance, Military
Summary: Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe. The continent, called Europa, is divided into two main powers: The Imperial Empire, a monarchy in the east, and the alliance of democracies called the Federation in the west. In this world, there is a very important resource called ragnite; its uses range from fueling weapons of war to use in medical treatments. Since ragnite is such an important resource, the Federation and the Empire are constantly at war with each other for it.
The story takes place in the neutral country of Gallia, known for its bountiful reserves of ragnite, when the Empire decides to invade and seize the ragnite for themselves. The story follows Welkin, the son of a former war hero; Isara, Welkin’s Darcsen adoptive sister; and Alicia, a member of the Bruhl town watch, as they fight the Imperials in the ragtag Gallian militia group, Squad 7.
Squad 7 fights to regain their homes and livelihoods with Welkin as the squad leader and commander of the Edelweiss tank; Alicia as a scout; Isara as the pilot of the Edelweiss, and a variety of colorful individuals.
Why you should watch: This was a really great anime, it is based on the video game for the PS3. The story was really well done and the character design was great. Each character had a memorable personality and it was hard to forget what each person did to contribute to the squad. Again, I am not a big military anime watcher either, but I wanted to see why so many people were saying this is a great anime to watch and I certainly was able to see it. I loved the story and everything about it. I can’t wait to finish playing the game now to see if there are differences or not.
Name: Fairy Tail (175 Episodes)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
Summary: Set in an imaginary world, the Earth Land, there exists a Mage Guild called “Fairy Tail”. Fairy Tail is stationed in the town Magnolia, residing in the Kingdom of Fiore, and is currently governed by Makarov, Guild’s master.
Lucy Heartfilia, a 17-year-old girl, wishes to become a full-fledged mage and join one of the most prestigious Mage Guilds in the world, Fairy Tail.
One day, out of pure coincidence, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a boy who is transportation-sick, but very cheerful in nature. However, the thing she does not know is that Natsu is the closest connection to Fairy Tail, as he is a Mage in Fairy Tail.
Why you should watch: I will start with I know they will be continuing this anime, they have to. They leave it off at such a critical moment in the arc! Anyways I really liked this anime. It was hilarious, great cast of characters, short filler moments, action packed, and great story. The one key thing I will point out of why I love this so much more than other typical long anime series is that there was very little filler. They moved rather fast to the next arc and I really liked that. It kept me interested in the anime to continue watching it. If you like a really funny and action filled anime with wizards and lots of magic…this is right up your ally.
Some other notable animes:
Hanasaku Iroha ~Blossoms for Tomorrow~
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
Ouran High School Host Club
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Fate/ stay night
Note: All summaries taken from www.myanimelist.net