Have some difficulty with these lists because lots of anime and their manga counterparts tend to mix together in my head. Of course, that wouldn't be a problem if anime was always true to its source material, but it's not. For example, I look fondly back on Rosario Vampire because the manga was enjoyable, but then remember its anime adaptation was trash...
The Samurai X prequels (Trust, Betrayal)
Honorable mentions: Mobile Suit Gundam, Tenchi Universe, Trigun, and Samurai Champloo
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Surprised there's no mention of FMA, was under the impression that one was pretty universally held in high regard. Probably wouldn't make my top 3 either, admittedly, but neither would most of the others mentioned in this thread. :P
Precisely. It'd be much easier if it was "Top 3 ____ Anime."
The first few arcs of Bleach were pretty good in the manga and I guess the anime (though the animation in the anime did get lazy at times). But the first few arcs do not make an anime. Bleach turned into a shitfest after the Soul Society arc.
Carver is just butthurt because I shit on DBZ and Super especially. Super is literally garbage, this can't even be argued. It's a ****ing visual medium, the animation should at least be passable, and it's ****ing dog shit. And it's DRAGON BALL ****ING Z'S SEQUEL. This isn't some story some guy barely managed to get the funding for. It's pure ****ing laziness and greed. **** Dragon Ball Super.
The manga's art is pretty good, but I honestly don't read manga very much these days.
DBZ hasn't held up very well for me as an anime due largely to some of the boring filler, the overly long powerup and transformation sequences, and, ironically enough, the fight scenes.
A lot of fight scenes repeat the same few frames periodically throughout the fights. It's just not particularly visually stimulating, not when I've been ruined by incredibly well-animated fights like in ufotable's Fate animes.
I might have been a little too hard on it, but I'm not as fond of the anime as I was when I was a kid. The manga has aged very well though. Akira Toriyama is a very underrated artist.
Gurren Lagann is overrated in the sense that it's not the best anime ever (also I ****ing hate the ending), but it's not even close to bad. The pacing early on is a little slow though.