All in all I’ve been watching anime with vary degrees of intensity for over a decade now. In that time I’ve never stopped to consider what my favourites are out of the multitude, or why. But for you, dear (possibly fictional) readers, I shall endeavour!
In no particular order, we have:
Swift and brutal is the best way to describe this one. Claymore follows the exploits of a supernaturally enhanced group of women who’s job it is to hunt down and kill monsters. The show rounds out at a nice 26 episodes and manages never to drag, despite the potential to do so.
Vampire Hunter D
Generally speaking, I don’t like older anime – we’re talking anything before the late 90s here. Being a visual magpie, I find the colours a little drab. Vampire Hunter D is the exception to the rule. This was an homage worthy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and I love it so much I rewatch it every couple of years. I can’t say much more without ruining it for the uninitiated, but please just give this anime a chance if you like vampire stories.
I’m talking about the original series here, not the reboot movies which I’ve already covered, or the new series, qhich I’ve also already covered. Based on a manga so depressing and violent that the creator takes breaks every once in a while to recover, Berserk is a grimdark piece de resistance. Trigger warnings abound here, but if grimdark is your thing then Berserk will not disappoint.
This is one that was recommended several times before I watched it. I’ve never regretted that decision. Code Geass is overtly political, subtly subversive and highkey entertaining. As with all my favourite anime, it requires more than a pinch of suspension of disbelief, but if you can achieve that then this anime is everything a fangirl could ask for.
Honourable Mention: Beyblade
This is one of those shows that everybody from my mother to my younger siblings would sit down and watch, and that’s a beautiful thing. Also, Kai is a beautiful thing. Just watch Beyblade.