Ladies, Gentlemen and Others, welcome to my very own Top 15 list.
Took me a while to get one done, but hey! Better late than never am I right? Right? Yeah, I’ll see myself out…
…buuut first! A little disclaimer and a note to you, the reader :
This is MY PERSONAL list of 15 series that I consider the best.
This list is NOT LIMITED to ANIME only. You’ll find plenty of LN and Manga.
This is not one of the ULTIMATE 15 SERIES. It’s my personal list, take of it what you will. Use it as a recommendation board, or whatever you want.
Please leave a comment with your Top X list of the series you consider the best.
And now, without further ado, onto the list we go!
15. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
Or, the series known as Oregairu. You may think it’s a typical rom-com, and that’d be the first mistake you make. Oregairu features antisocial protagonists, whose views of the world you may identify yourself with to a very frightening degree. They are also very sarcastic, can be considered douchebags, and above all – they are fantastic. It’s a show about their dynamics and interactions, so if you like character development – there’s plenty to look forward to.
An anime series, about making a manga, based off a manga about making a manga. Brought to you by the creators of Death Note, Bakuman may be exactly what you’re looking for. Featuring great set of characters and story full of failure, disappointments and successes, this series will completely devour your time, as you binge it. There’s a certain degree of greatness in Bakuman, one that can be appreciated not only by the fans of slice of life.
13. White Album 2
Take your everyday protagonist, pair him up with what would seem like everyday heroines, and pull a trigger on a gun that fires “twist it” bullets. What you’re about to get is a beautiful roller coaster of emotions. It’s a romance series that is not afraid to use a love triangle, and does so in a very unique and realistic way. It also features one of the most beautiful soundtracks to date, as a bonus. It’s a must watch for romance fans.
12. Sidonia no Kishi
Knights of Sidonia is the most popular, and to be quite honest, one of the better works of Tsutomu Nihei. It has very little dialogue, and the entire series is narrated by the backgrounds, pictures, the environment. Those things serve as the narration, and the characters’ expressions that tell you everything you need to know. His art style is also part of the reason why this series is so great, it just fits the Sci-Fi genre so well.
11. Highschool DxD
First, let me clarify what we’re talking about here – Light Novel. Highschool DxD is a series looked down upon for few, rather valid reasons such as fanservice intesified. But, the LN is much more tamed on those, and has a lot more development and actual story. True, it is an Ecchi at heart, and never does it try to hide it, but the LN is leaps and bounds beyond what anime could’ve ever been. It really is fantastic.
10. Ubel Blatt
I bet ya haven’t heard of this series before. And if you have – bless you kind sir, for you have seen greatness. Ubel Blatt is widely considered as Berserk’s cousin, only if Berserk was more fantasy-like, with a Elf-Fairy as a main character. It’s just as graphic, detailed, and great, only lacking in few departments. But still, being considered a family of a greatness such as Berserk should be enough of an indication of what type of series you’re getting it. The only downside is bi-monthly release.
9. Tokyo Ghoul + Tokyo Ghoul: re
Tokyo Ghoul + Tokyo Ghoul: re, not Root A, means I’m talking about the manga. Otherwise, there’d be no point in putting that series here. Tokyo Ghoul and it’s sequel, : re, is a fantastic series about the blurred line between good and evil. Throughout the entirety of it, you never know who’s actually the good guy and the bad one. Great characters, tons of foreshadowing and amazing story telling put Tokyo Ghoul so high up.
8. Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood
Don’t get me wrong, I love both the first anime adaptation, and the manga. The only reason Brotherhood is featured, and not it’s manga counterpart, is because I freaking love the soundtrack of it. A masterfully crafted tale of two brothers trying to get back the bodies they lost, whilst unknowingly being a part of a plot designed to kill an entire country. There’s a beauty to this series that comes from the way Arakawa told this story, and that beauty alone deserves to be praised.
7. Nanatsu no Taizai
Oh, Nanatsu no Taizai, how I adore you. Can you imagine, what would happen if you slapped an OP protagonist into a shounen battle manga? This. Granted, having an OP protagonist is a very tricky thing to do, but fret not, this series manages to pull it off perfectly. The combination of banter between characters, as well as really thought-out plot and just enough fanservice and comedy makes this series so great.
6. Puella Magi : Madoka Magica
If anyone ever tells you that magical girls anime is only for little girls, point them towards Madoka. The most known, and arguably the best, deconstruction of the magical girls genre, Madoka Magica strives in every aspect. It takes the very cutesy art, combines it with grotesque imagery and dark, depressing story, to create a masterpiece. This series may be tied with Princess Tutu when I finally get around to watching it. For now, Madoka all the way!
5. Shokugeki no Souma
Do you like to eat? I bet you do. Do you like manga? I bet you do. Food Wars may be just the right series for you! Taking a battle-shounen formula and putting a twist to it, Souma manages to pique your interest with its top-notch story telling, characters and the art. Instead of beating each other to a pulp, characters in Food Wars cook, and face off with their dishes, providing foodgasms for us to enjoy. Doesn’t sound interesting? Well, give it a try, and I promise it’ll change your mind.
4. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Franchise
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is truly bizarre. It’s very unique art style, manly men posing like playboy girls, brutal fights, morally questionable concepts and things that even Rated R movies would dare to censor, JoJo encompasses everything you want, and more. It’s still on-going, with 8 parts currently out, each different, with even more bizarre enemies and abilities. The only reason people don’t like JoJo, is because they’ve never watched JoJo. That’s all there is to it.
You may now be wondering – Berserk no.3!? To that, I answer – Yes, that’s not a joke, and there’s nothing wrong with your eyes. The only reason this series is on #3 spot, is because it’s still on-going. Berserk is a masterpiece, with top-notch art style, story telling and marvellous characters. It’s brutal, gory, grotesque, doesn’t beat around the bush, and is overall the best seinen manga to come out in history, at least in my opinion. Hands down.
2. ~Monogatari Franchise
Ah yes. Monogatari franchise is arguably the best thing to come out in recent years when it comes to light novel/young adult books in Japan. Heck, it’s so popular that it has nearly 100 episodes of anime that adapt nearly every single book of the franchise. What’s the catch? None. Monogatari shines when it comes to it’s narrative and characters that take the center stage. The development, the plot twists, everything is not only logical, and makes sense, but also very well portrayed. Do yourself a favor, and check this series out already.
1. Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria
The Empty Box and The Zeroth Maria. In my eyes, the best series to date. Tying everything perfectly, possessing great set of characters that get so much development, most series get jealous. I can’t sing enough praises for HakoMari. I truly believe that this is the best thing that anyone could have a pleasure of reading. It will not disappoint, no matter how high your expectations are.
And that’s it for my list. Tell me in the comments what is your top X list of best series! Remember, each list is personal, no need to point fingers. If you have any questions, leave a comment, I’ll get back to you whenever I can!
As for the reviews, you’ll have to wait until the end of August/early September. Really sorry!