The original Dragonball for me. To this day I still thoroughly enjoy most of the plots, and especially the fight sequences of the WMAT's -- they were just very well done, and really emphasized fighting technique and whatnot... Mind you, this was an age before Akira went crazy with "teh 'splosions and maxmum powalevells!!!!111!!" Back when quality storytelling was the prevailing force.
That said, I still do enjoy DBZ, but that's more of a nostalgia thing for me. I can certainly admit that lots of anime eclipses it all-around.
There are some pretty interesting choices on this list but for me its kind of hard to narrow down all the anime that I've seen to just a top 3. Though for a list I'd rank my personal top anime in no particular order that I find particularly outstanding:
1. Cowboy Bebop
2. Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone complex
Puella Magi Madoka Magika and Neon Genesis Evangelion are also high ranking as well.
I try to remember no matter what someone's opinion is, maybe that show that you think is god awful, just released a new episode and that's their one reason to smile at the end of the day.
No real order here.
"Dragon Ball Z" will always be tethered to my soul because not only was it the first show that really got me into anime, but during a low point in my life later on, Vegeta was actually who inspired me to not settle, to get healthy, and constantly start striving for self improvement even to this very day. That's why I really like Super, it just boosts my mood overall when I watch an episode because it's like the one's who were with me early on in life and with me as I grew, are back and they're continuing to grow as well, and something about that just puts me in a state of complete serenity, I feel just like a little kid again each episode, and I wouldn't trade that feeling for the world.
"Naruto" will always be one too, I know people will probably question this one so allow me some backstory. I started reading it when it first came out until the very end, that's a lot of years, a lot of memories. It was the first Manga I really got into when I would pick up Shounen Jumps, to the point I started ordering the Naruto volumes from my local comic store. Naruto was something I could abscond into when things got too real and came at a time not too long after my older brother passed away. I really grew to relate to Sasuke and liked him a lot, and he really helped get me through that rough period in my life, an for that I can't thank Kishimoto enough.
Tie between "Hajime No Ippo" and "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure", I love both of these so much that I can't pick between them, but sometimes you just want to watch a man who wants a quiet life, finger a sandwich with a ladies severed arm until it sauces everywhere, and JoJo gives you that opportunity.
Just watched this recently for the hype, but I was pretty disappointed tbh. Maybe it's because I went in expecting a rollercoaster, but I felt like almost none of the emotional notes it was trying to hit got through to me at all.
[SPOILER - highlight to read]: Like, for example, the tragic showdown between two best friends who... had known each other for a grand total of a couple hours or so, and been friendly for like... ten minutes of that. If you can't tell, I'm talking about Sakura and Sayaka; their mutual death scene was clearly trying to evoke emotion, but all I could think about was how bizarre and out of left field it was.
I felt like it was a story with a powerful beginning and end, but had no middle substance to make me care how it ended. It didn't spend any time endearing the main cast to the viewer. Visually and artistically I thought it was pretty fantastic (I especially loved how they abruptly changed the ED on episode 3,) but the story itself is almost forgettable to me. Why did it make your top 3?
Last edited by NewGuy01 on Apr 9th, 2017 at 01:44 PM
Just realized, this thread needs more Rurouni Kenshin. I guess for a top 3 in no particular order I'd have probably that, then perhaps Overlord or something, as it was confirmed recently to have a season 2 after all (thank God) which I expect to be every bit as good as S1 if not more, and the 3rd choice is still tough, but screw it, I suppose to play it safe and easy I'll go with an obligatory classic like Cowboy Bebop.