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Heterochromia - 50 animes of the decade

50 animes of the decade

Wow, I even stopped doing season preview, ahaha. And I didn’t even watch any (= not even one SINGLE) show for Summer and Fall this year. Chances are that I won’t for the next seasons either, but hey, life is still long and catching up is always possible.

But! The decade is ending, and gaguri inspired me to publish my own list, simply because above everything else (that is not human), I love lists the most. I’m not commenting anything, due to severe lack of time though (finals are next week, for all those of you who don’t go to the same school as I do), sorry. And I will only do series, because I think there is a huge difference between series and movies. I might consider doing a list for movies (and OVAs) too though.

Normally I churn out lists in minutes, but this time, it was quite difficult! I also understand why it has to be a top 50 of the decade. The first 20 are total all-time favorites and I love them to pieces. (And yes, Ichigo Mashimaro, at least the first season, absolutely must be there. ;) So here we are:


50. Gilgamesh
49. Potemayo
48. Michiko to Hatchin
47. Bounen no Xamdou
46. Beck
45. Gakuen Alice
44. Saikano
43. Gunslinger Girl
42. Chobits
41. Victorian Romance Emma
40. Chi’s sweet home
39. Eureka Seven
38. Baccano!
37. Bamboo Blade
36. Kaiji
35. Dennou Coil
34. Fruits Basket
33. Kemonozume
32. Seirei no Moribito
31. Kamichu!
30. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
29. Last Exile
28. Natsume Yuujinchou
27. Full Metal Panic!
26. Nodame Cantabile
25. Naru Taru
24. Lucky Star
23. Hataraki Man
22. Genshiken
21. Minami-ke
20. Aria
19. Simoun
18. REC
17. Tentai Senshi Sunred
16. Princess Tutu (first part)
15. Maria-sama ga miteru (first season)
14. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
13. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
12. Honey & Clover
11. Haibane Renmei
10. Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai
9. Azumanga Daioh
8. Ichigo Mashimaro
7. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
6. Paranoia Agent
5. Hidamari Sketch
4. Ouran Koukou Host Club
3. Mushishi
2. Planetes
1. Kino no Tabi

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    MushroomSamba wrote:

    As I said over at guri’s blog, I really love checking out all these decade lists. It’s a great way to take a stroll down (the not so distant) memory lane. It’s also neat to see how many titles I’ve seen from fellow anime fan’s lists (28, btw), and how many I’ve yet to see.

    The fact that Chi made it on there instantly gets a thumbs up from me. It may not have a high-budget with big-time seiyuu and cast, or state-of-the-art animation, or even a ground-breaking story…but it sure has a whole lotta heart. I thought I’d point that that out since it probably doesn’t make a whole lotta lists. =\

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 07:56 CE(S)T

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    MushroomSamba wrote:

    And yeah, not that it really matters much, but Cowboy Bebop came out back in ‘98.

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 08:01 CE(S)T

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    pp wrote:

    Personally there isn’t much memorable animes this decade for me. From your list , i can only pick out like 10 that i really liked.

    In no order ,

    10. Paranoia agent
    9. Haruhi suzumiya
    8. Honey and clover
    7. Hataraki man
    6. Ouran high school
    5. Gurren Lagann
    4. Astro fighter Sunred
    3. Dennou Coil
    2. Chobits
    1. Genshiken

    But hey building a top 50 list is no easy feat nonetheless! Now i feel old , :(

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 08:14 CE(S)T

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    kadian1364 wrote:

    Yours is a list not as foreign to me as gaguri’s, having completed 35 and partially seen 4 on this one.

    For a lot of us, this reflection of a decade of fandom is also our first decade of fandom. What does the the future hold for the ever changing industry? When will the next new, great show wow us? How many of us will be back (in whatever the new interactive community format is) to reflect on anime in the next decade? I’m making myself feel a little old now, but I’m also looking forward to the possibilities of the future.

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 10:37 CE(S)T

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    animekritik wrote:

    I’ve watched 6 out of your 50. Sometimes I wonder what planet I’m living in…

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 12:24 CE(S)T

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    manga wrote:

    I never manage to keep at the right timeline when I write this kind of lists :p I jump from different centuries all the time.

    Glad to see you managed to solve it :)

    Nice list. I do regocnize most of the titles. Which is good.

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 14:20 CE(S)T

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    gaguri wrote:

    Yay I inspired another person, that’s three people for now!

    You have more titles that also belong in my top 50 than I expected (yay!), and your top 3 looks as solid as they can get.

    From your list I am looking forward to try out Hidmari Sketch, Eureka 7 and Kamichu!. I’ve almost convinced myself that I am going to love them from what I’ve read about them so far.

    I also greatly enjoyed Last Exile, Seirei no Moribito, Genshiken, Minami-ke and Fruits Basket, but you know…the 50 number limit…oh the pain of cutting off titles that you hold dear.

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 14:33 CE(S)T

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    Sasa wrote:

    @MushroomSamba: Oh yes, the heart! That’s all it is about, isn’t it?
    It’s also great that you have seen so many of them, I think these are mostly shows I would wholeheartedly recommend…

    @pp: Your list looks quite great! And I have seen all of them which makes it even better. I am so happy to see Sunred on your list, I’m sure barely anyone watches that amazing gem of a show.
    What else have you actually seen? Are you on MAL by chance?

    @kadian1364: Thanks for stepping by my blog. :) Now I really feel so mainstream since you’ve seen so many of my shows! Ahaha.
    I know that you said that on gaguri’s blog too, and I don’t quite agree with it. This list of mine is a typical one for certain people who have similar tastes as me. As you might see, my top 20 is entirely populated with series that I find meaningful, which tend to be in the top 10, and delightful slice of life shows, which tend to be on later ranks. Most anime fans are not necessarily into these shows: Not mentioning the narutards, there are people who are more into fanservicey or action stuff, and while there is a certain consensus about which slice of life shows are great, I’m pretty positive that some people who are into the ‘meaningful’ stuff like anime that I think is pretentious crap.
    So yeah, I’d love to see some of the other lists.

    @animekritik: That’s one more than for gaguri after all! Haha. Which ones have you seen? Well I think the first 10 are absolute must-watches ;) And be sure to blog about them when you watch them! I’d love to know what you think about them. If you would like, I can also make a list of recommendations for you one of these days.

    @manga: Hehe yeah, I think most of the series I listed are well-known ones. Perhaps that’s because I tend to watch popular shows after all, haha.

    @gaguri. What, what, which other two people? Also, I always thought that we had a rather similar taste in anime… and oh yeah, the 50 number limit is harsh. I kicked out Paradise Kiss because I ultimately think it’s a bad anime to include Bounen no Xamdou and Gilgamesh. And now I feel like I have forgotten something.
    I noticed that this phenomenon “good manga, not so good anime” is really widespread (e.g. Bokurano, Naru Taru, Paradise Kiss, Monster etc. etc.)

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 19:02 CE(S)T

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    pp wrote:

    I have MAL , but lazy bone took over so it ain’t really updated. Maybe i should go about in updating it. When i do do that, i’ll let you know ! :D

    Looks like i need to make my own top X anime for the decade as well. Because of your post i went to re-watch dennou coil again. Gosh i missed that anime.

    Are you on twitter ? If you are , my is https://twitter.com/otakurean

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 21:18 CE(S)T

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    Sasa wrote:

    Oh God, no, I don’t use Twitter at all. But feel free to add me on MAL when you feel like it. :)

    Dennou Coil is really great. There were parts of it that I found weirdly paced, and the end is a little silly, but the whole show itself was just so wonderful! For me, these decade lists make me want to watch old shows like Fruits Basket and Haibane Renmei again: I think I have watched them 5 or 6 years ago…

    Posted 06 Dec 2009 at 18:20 CE(S)T

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    pp wrote:

    okay will update my MAL !

    Posted 06 Dec 2009 at 19:07 CE(S)T

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    tj_han wrote:

    I’m annoyed cos I did such a list a week ago, but it didn’t get saved properly and I lost the text. Got too pissed to do it again, but mine is somewhat similar to yours except it has more sports series.

    Posted 06 Dec 2009 at 19:25 CE(S)T

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    MrMayat wrote:

    Pretty much the same as mine, but you already knew that. And why am I not surprised that Kino No Tabi is first? :P (I adore Ichigo Mashimaro enough to be in the top 20 too. No, I ain’t a lolicon…)

    Don’t watch sci-fi/ fantasy much, so more slice-of-life and comedies on my list… which brings me to the fact that I haven’t updated my MAL in months.

    Posted 07 Dec 2009 at 08:03 CE(S)T

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    Ryan A wrote:

    Dammit Sasa, why I never visit your sexy blog more often XP

    I’ll look more in-depth at your list after exams, but like I suggested for cokematic’s list… would be nice if you included year/season.

    Posted 07 Dec 2009 at 19:36 CE(S)T

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    Sasa wrote:

    @pp: You should! Updating MAL is actually fun, it makes you want to finish more series and watch more anime… Ahaha.

    @tj: Ugh, I hate lost postings with a passion. Well, I am glad you still posted your list!

    @MrMayat: Especially in anime, there are tons of really good sci-fi/fantasy titles. Of course there also is a lot of crap, but I think it’s no surprise that my top 3 all fall into the category science fiction/fantasy (or at least supernatural).

    @Ryan A: That is because I never post? Heh. I am totally busy with exams too now, so I will consider adding some data to my list. (Maybe even some graphs!)

    Posted 08 Dec 2009 at 18:25 CE(S)T

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    Jacob Martin wrote:

    Wahhh why are FLCL and Kaiba not on the list? Really disappointed here. Nonetheless it is a good list.

    Posted 09 Dec 2009 at 07:30 CE(S)T

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    digitalboy wrote:

    Very nice list, lots of which would coincide with my own just at drastically different poitions. There are only 5 on there I haven’t seen and I like most of he ones I have, so great list. I think I’ll respond to it.

    Posted 09 Dec 2009 at 14:07 CE(S)T

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    Sasa wrote:

    @Jacob: Really disappointed huh? ;) Well, FLCL is not there because it’s an OVA, Kaiba is not there because I think most of it is the type of pretentious crap that differs me from practically everyone who is into the “deep stuff”. I loved the third episode of Kaiba and the first 8 episodes of Kemonozume, but I tend to dislike that director’s work as soon as he starts becoming ‘artsy’ and moves away from actually telling a good story. I also couldn’t bear his short film in Genius Party, ugh.

    @digitalboy: Haha, from your top 10 list, I totally see what you mean. When I compiled my list, I tried to make it a hybrid of my personal impression of an anime and what I think is generally a good anime. And for the former, a lot of external factors come into play, such as when I watched, how long it took me and with whom I watched it. So naturally Hidamari Sketch would be much higher than Eureka Seven, because I have a much stronger personal tie to Hidamari Sketch.

    Posted 09 Dec 2009 at 18:11 CE(S)T

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    chii wrote:

    Nice list! There are 16 on your list i haven’t seen yet but some are going to be watched soon :)

    Posted 11 Dec 2009 at 05:52 CE(S)T

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    lelangir wrote:

    Nanoha is up there for me…but only if you kinda count all three seasons as one.

    Posted 11 Dec 2009 at 07:00 CE(S)T

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