Countdown lists are all the rage these days, and I’ve made quite a few myself, using both my own personal blog and Listicle. I’ve done a few lists before and it got me to thinking of what my overall top 25 anime of all time are. Strangely enough I find it hard to think of just 5 or 10, but 25 as a number put things in more perspective. Remember, this is simply a list of the animes that I personally enjoyed, not a definitive list of the top 25 animes of all time, and the list isn’t even my judgment of the quality of the animes in order either. With that out of the way, here’s my list. You’ll probably find some on this list that you’ve seen before.
25. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Teenagers saving the world from aliens sounds like the most cliche, overdone thing, but when that concept is backed up by philosophy and psychological thriller, you’ve got the recipe for one of the most hard-hitting animes you’ll ever see. Evangelion packed narrative strength alongside great action, with a cast of characters that’s more deep than they seem on the surface. With an ending movie that’s still disturbing and confusing to this day, and another remake movie on the way, Evangelion is a mech anime that you can’t ignore.
A ‘space western’ sounds weird but it’s actually something that’s been done before, successfully too. One of the best space westerns was easily Trigun, an anime with a hilarious main character who’s more of a powerful gunman than he lets on. Trigun can easily be considered one of the ‘classics’, with a deep story, engaging characters and an overall fun atmosphere.
23. Dragonball Z
One word: epic. Dragonball Z is one of the most world-renown animes ever made, and rightly so. Dragonball Z was the apex of action animes back in the day and is still one of the most easily enjoyable animes to watch regardless of the episode. DBZ’s strength lies not only in the quality of its episodes, but also in the size of its legacy.
22. Attack on Titan
An anime that recently maneuvered its way onto my top list, Attack on Titan was hype redefined. Steady pacing, strong character exposition and a consistent feeling of dread generated more hype than I ever imagined. While it can be a big downer at times, this anime wasn’t scared to go head first into all-out action when it needed to and it’s some of the most exciting action you’ll ever see.
21. Deadman Wonderland
Another entry I recently added to my list, Deadman Wonderland embodies the concept that ‘things can only get worse’. How it manages to mix tension with surprisingly calm moments is what makes watching this anime surprisingly easy. Crude and at times very violent, Deadman Wonderland is shocking but ultimately worthwhile to watch.
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