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Yet Another Top Ten List of the Decade

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know you are all probably sick and tired of all the top ten lists by now, but hopefully there is enough variety between the different editors to keep you blissfully amused…   Besides, a decade only ends once every ten years.  It’s special.

It should be noted that I’m not picking seasons, I can’t, because to me they are all part of a greater work.   Also my list would look a little redundant with 3 Full Metal Panic series, 2 Ghost in the Shell series, and 2 Black Lagoons series.

I’m gonna try and keep it short and sweet, so here it goes.

Honorable Mentions:

Death Note – Brilliantly suspenseful.  If I didn’t hate Light so much (to the point of the show being unwatchable)  it might have made it into the top ten.

Bleach – The first 70 episodes deserve much acclaim… the rest…  meh…

Claymore – If not for the rushed, patched together ending, this show could have been a classic.

Girls Bravo – Jiggly, funny fan service at it’s best.

Dears – After multiple viewings, this show still makes me laugh uncontrollably every single time. I wish there was more of it.

Lucky Star – It took me a few viewings to actually begin to appreciate this show, but once it I got it, I loved it

Elfen Lied – Freaky, scary stuff… barely misses the top ten.

Karin – My favorite Vampire ever. I just wish the story around her was a bit more solid.

Top Ten of 2000 – 2009

10 – One Piece – Started at the very tail end of 1999 and it’s ran for 10 years so I’m counting it. This show is just fun, plain and simple. Unique art design, funny yet enduring characters, and high adventure on the seven seas. What is not to love?

9 – Ai Yori Aoshi – I don’t know if I personally have ever seen a more compelling story of love in an anime. Mix in a little bit of drama with  a little bit of comedy and throw in just a dash of fan service and you get the perfect recipe for an amazing series.

8 – Beck – I’m not musically inclined… at all. Yet this show made me want to learn to play guitar. That’s saying something.

7 – Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – There is something about a harem comedy with strange plot twists, time warps and gruesome murders that appeals to me.

6 – Gurren Lagaan – A refreshing new take on some tired old genres like Big Mech and Post Apocalyptic Sci Fi.  This show has a cast of characters that  will make you stand up and cheer, not to mention it probably has one of the biggest plot twists I have ever seen in an anime.  It will catch first time viewers off guard and quite possibly make them cry.

5 – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Say what you want about the 2nd season… I have still yet to finish it, but there is no denying the wonderful appeal and uniqueness of the first season. Despite the recent criticism, this show was a grand cultural phenomenon for a reason.

4 – Fullmetal Alchemist – I have never seen a show that was so diverse in it’s elements (pun intended) that it could bring up an equally diverse set of emotions within me. It wasn’t uncommon for this show to have me laughing one minute and on the verge of tears the next. There were episodes that uplifted my spirits and others that had me joking this show should have been named “Fullmetal Grave of the Fireflies.” This show was simply brilliant all around.

3 – Black Lagoon – Best pure action show… ever.

2 – Full Metal Panic – I dunno if I can describe the intense love I have for all things Full Metal Panic. I watched the show on a whim one day via a Netflix rental, expecting just another Big Mech anime.  It wasn’t and I was instantly hooked. Hooked is putting it mildly as, after I watched that first disc, I bought every single dvd I could find over the course of the next few days. Full Metal Panic is NOT an anime about big mechs despite what the front cover of the original ADV DVD packaging would have you believe, it’s an anime about people, relationships, war, and peace. It’s full of edge of your seat action, inspiring drama, and sidesplitting humor.   This is the perfect anime to me.

1 – Ghost in the Shell SAC – I had a very tough time deciding which anime would be #1 and which would be #2 on this top ten. Ultimately, SAC won because in my opinion, it takes a classic, one of the pillars of modern anime and makes it better. The style, the music, the characters, the animation, everything about this show is simply stellar. It doesn’t get better than this for me.

So there you have it.

Stay tuned for a new “Adventures in Blogosphere” coming this weekend, where I will tackle  Haruhi Suzumiya.  Well… not actually tackle her…  you know what I mean!  Get your minds out of the gutters you filthy pervs!  Geez… the nerve of some people.

Besides I’d rather tackle the Major…

– DC

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