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, or the new series, which is… yeah, okay.
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.
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.