Part 2 of my Top 30 Anime Series.

The countdown of my top 30 anime series continues. In this second part, I’ll be counting down the top 20-11. Best sure to heck out part 1 of this series, if you haven’t already done so. Then check out part 3 for the top 10 after you done here. Remember that all opinions in these series of articles are my own.

20. xxxHOLiC

PG-13

This is, again, a niche comedy series. While I enjoyed it, I can understand that others might not and be put off by the fact that it is a harem anime. Give it a chance though before you pass judgement.

19. D. Gray-man

PG-13

A perfect balance between action, comedy, and drama. D.grayman’s adventures and world building makes this a satisfying, if dark look at what people would do to bring back their loved ones. Definitely a series one should watch.

18. Seitokai yakuindomo (Student Council Staff Members)

R+17 Violence and Profanity

Weird, funny, profane, and ridiculous. All these things sum up this anime. Focused on the student council of Ousai Gakuen (Ousai Academy), an all-girls school recently turned co-ed. The comedy is typical 4koma: 4 panel comic style short and sweet with a boke (the idiot) and tsukomi (the straightman) with an adult twist, with the girls doing or saying something that could be misconstrued as something else. For example double entendre or positional comedy.

17. Lucky☆Star

PG-13

This one I just enjoyed because of the cute and adorable interactions, and how relatable the main cast go about their lives in high school. For example, Konata Izumi is a lazy geek. She enjoys her video games, anime, and manga (can you tell why she’s my favourite?). Yet goes to conventions and even works in a Haruhi no Yuutsu maid café, based on another anime that her seiyuu (voice actor Aya Hirano) played a lead role in.

16. Maria†Holic

PG-13

I am a sucker for a good comedy and when one also has an interesting, if strange concept. Much of the comedy comes from Kanako and wrestling with the revelation that Mariya, her first crush, is a sadistic cross-dressing boy, who enjoys teasing Kanako. I can’t really explain why he cross-dresses without going into any spoilers.

15. Baka to test to Shoukanjuu (Idiots, Tests, and Summoned Beasts)

PG-13

Absolutely hilarious, and just a treat to watch the shenanigans of Class F and Akihisa, Ryuuji, Mizuki, Minami, kouta’Muttsurini’ (a pun on the name Mussolini and the Japanese ‘Muttsuri Sukebe’ meaning reticent pervert or ninja pervert in slang), and Hideyoshi. As they try and get Mizuki into the best classroom in school to match her scholastic ability.

14. Aria, The animation

PG-13

A light-hearted and warm series taking place on a recently terraformed Mars. Where Akari goes to become an undine, a prestigious gondola guide in the town of Neo Venice. The light music and the relaxing pace make it easy to relax and enjoy watching Akari strive for her goal, and interact with the various inhabitants and tourists coming to see the beauty of neo Venice and Mars.

13. Fate/stay night

R+17 Violence and Profanity

Imagine for a second, that you are minding your own business, then your thrust into the holy grail war. Where legends, fictional heroes, and heroines: those famous and infamous (servants) all fighting each other to be the one to get a wish-granting cup for themselves and their master (magus). That’s Fate/stay night based on the visual novel of the same name by Type-moon and Kinoku Nasu (though censored for the anime). It was a fun story of romance and full of epic fights between mages and their servants. Seriously if you haven’t watched it yet, do so.

12. Shingetsutan Tsukihime (Lunar Legend Moon Princess)

R+17 Violence and Profanity

Another Type-moon visual novel adapted into an anime. The story holds up on its own, though it’s not as faithful to the visual novel, and is seen by fans of the visual novel to not exist, or at least not be canon. If you want to enjoy this story without bias, I suggest watching it first before trying the visual novel.

11. Kannazuki no Miko (Destiny Of The Shrine Maiden)

PG-13

Oh god, here come to the tears again. Seriously, this is a great story, and I can’t really say much more without spoiling but needless to say this is another one you’ll need the tissues for. Time and time again Japan absolutely beats the west in making meaningful and interesting LGBT characters that are deep and not solely defined by those traits.