My top 5 favorite anime
Just thought I’d start making a list :)
1. Gungrave - imagine if the Madara/Hashirama arc had its own 25 episode anime, then set it squarely in the present day. This is what Gungrave is: the story of friendship, loss, and betrayal. Brandon and Harry are best friends making their way up the ranks of the mob, when a schism occurs, and Brandon and Harry are pitted against one another. It’s beautiful, elegiac, and hands down one of the best series I’ve ever seen.
Protip: skip the first episode. Gungrave is based on a video game, and the first episode opens in a mish-mash of confusing imagery and video game references. I’d watch the first episode after finishing the first arc.
2. Monster - Brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Tenma saves the life of a boy who grows up to be a serial killer, and is named as a suspect in the serial killer’s murders. The summary sounds trite - crappy network TV trite - but I can’t even begin to tell you how nuanced the characters are. The story starts off as a gotta-catch-him caper and evolves into something much darker.
And as a bonus, the medical stuff is pretty spot-on :)
3. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom - a college student wakes up in a warehouse without any memories, and finds himself being forced into training as a top-notch assassin. One of my favorite action animes, it’s one of the few that focuses on character interaction as well as awesome fight choreography. I’m not even sure how to begin to describe this series other than it’s a must-see.
4. Basilisk - star-crossed lovers and feuding clans. There are no happy endings in this one. One of the first animes I’ve ever watched and still one of my favorites.
5. Serei no Moribito - A woman spear-wielder is forced to protect a royal prince in exile. This is just fantastic! First, let me just say the main character is a woman spear-wielder in her thirties. Again, woman warrior in her thirties. It’s my kind of heroine :) The fight scenes are amazing and the world-building is top notch, too.