Part 3 of my Top 30 Anime series.
The countdown of my top 30 anime series concludes. In this third and final part, I’ll be counting down the top 10. Best sure to check out part 1 and part 2 of this series, if you haven’t already done so. For the final time, I’ll qualify that all opinions in these series of articles are my own.
10. Full Metal Alchemist
Watch it, bring the tissues, bring someone to watch it with. This is another anime series I saw ages ago. The fights, drama, and mystery keep you hyped. While not exactly as faithful to the manga as FMA: Brotherhood, it holds its own well enough.
09. Zero no Tsukaima (Familiar Of The Zero)
A fun fantasy romantic comedy in a fascinating world, and it does a great job subverting fantasy and isekai tropes. Poor Saito though.
08. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
Now if you told me that before watching this, it would have a lesbian, misanthropic dragoness who falls in love with a normal plain human woman, and then starts a small family with her, I’d probably look at you as if you were pulling my leg. But here we are, and that is more or less exactly where we are. A heart-warming slice of life story about Ms. Kobayashi, her new maid, and their adopted loli dragon daughter. Who am I kidding, that is a great part of it, sure, but it’s hilarious as two worlds and cultures collide.
07. Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? (Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?)
Another isekai show. This was released before the market was saturated with anime in this genre. I enjoyed it, it had a good dose of action, and comedy; just how I liked it. The concept of a world of games, where magical gifts, powers, and anything else was bet upon games and contests, added to that enjoyment. Add to that, the various clashing personalities of the protagonists, and you have a recipe for success.
06. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (Irregular At The Magic High School)
Watch it, I can’t say this enough. It starts out as a slice of life story, in a world where magic has been discovered and eventually turns into a full on story of intrigue, spies, and assassinations.
05. Medaka Box
This story showed me a whole new level of selflessness. Normally, a story about a perfect character might turn me off, but when it explores what it’s like to actually be someone like that? All the while, this is hidden under a simple premise of Medaka’s box, you put a request in the box, and she does it for you. No matter what it is, no matter how difficult. She will do it to her full ability; whether that’s cleaning the classroom, helping with maths homework, or beating the hell out of a bully. I would say watch this then read the manga.
04. Yuru Yuri (Slow Yuri)
This is another great example of LGBT anime. It’s not the full focus, and it’s just on the periphery that you know it’s there but not fully taking over as the slice of life of these girls’ time in high school as part of the amusement club. A thinly veiled scheme to just hang out and chill with friends is far more important, and infinitely funnier.
03. Kamen no Maid Guy (Masked Maid Guy)
R+ Mild Nudity
My first reaction to this anime can’t really be put into words. But after getting over the initial absurdness of the premise, I found that the series was entertaining, in the “you can’t look away” kind of way. I believe the Germans call it Schadenfreude. While there is little overarching story outside of self-contained episodes, there is one in each. Usually with Kogarashi attempting to help Naeka clean up after her, or protect her from threats, both real and imagined. Usually, this ends in hilarity.
02. Hellsing Ultimate
R+17 Violence and Profanity
A dark, compelling, and thrilling story. About the vampire Alucard and the Hellsing organization created to hunt down monsters, demons, and occult practitioners, causing havoc and death. I would advise everyone to drop what they are doing (so long as it’s not important, I don’t want to get sued). Each episode of this ova is an hour long and follows the manga better than the TV series did. There is gore, guts, cannons, and lots and lots of fighting and swearing.
R+17 Mild Nudity
Another Isekai. Geez, at least this one is a fresh take. Trapped in a new world, as his DMMO-RPG character Mamonga doesn’t become the hero like in other Isekai stories. Instead he is the demon king/dark evil. He has to balance keeping his servants happy, survive in the new world, and pretend to be evil. All this while searching for other Yggdrasil players and conquering the new world. So far, out of all the two hundred plus series I have seen, this is one of the best, and certainly one of my top anime you should watch.