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A Few of My Favorite Animes

Since I touched on the subject of my favorite console and mmo games, I thought I’d also mention some of my favorite animes.

I think the first anime I ever watched was Record of Lodoss War, which some people found quite dry. I loved it. Deedlit was the main character, an elf. Her counterpart was Pirotess, a dark elf. It was based off of RPG sessions.


I played Dungeons & Dragons (whatever version I could get my hands on) from age 10 and up, so I really loved seeing this animated.

One of the next animes that I watched, which I found a great deal of fun, was Devil Hunter Yohko.

Devil Hunter Yohko was very much a Girl Power story (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in the sense that Yohko was a powerful teenage girl who was destined to fight demons. Yohko had a sidekick named Azusa and a spirited grandma named Madoka. After seeing this series once, I ended up buying it on VHS so I could watch it over and over again, and I did.

Then I stumbled across El-Hazard and Tenchi Muyo.

El-Hazard

El-Hazard: The Magnificent World & The Wanderers were gorgeous. The story is kind of a common one in the sense that people from our world go elsewhere, but El Hazard is so beautiful. Basically 3 students from our world and their teacher get transported to the world of El-Hazard. Of course, they get cool powers when they go to the new world. Makoto falls in love with Ifurita, but how that happens is shown over the series.

Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi Muyo is a massive series that I’ve seen in many incarnations, inclusing the OVA. I even have a stuffed Ryo-Ohki. The main character is Tenchi, and his name means Heaven and Earth. He is a prince of Jurai. He constantly has woman vying for his attention, particularly Ryoko and Ayeka. There are so many different versions for this story, while the characters remain quite similar, but it’s very enjoyable. Ryo-Ohki is a cabbit and a space ship, which seems odd but cool. Tenchi can create light-hawk wings, which make him pretty bad ass in combat.

The Slayers

The Slayers is a hilarious anime series based loosely off of Dungeons and Dragons.The main character, Lina Inverse, is a fiery redhead who constantly wants to cast fireballs and burn things up. As an avid D&D player, I really loved watching this series.

RG Veda

RG Veda is a gorgeous anime by the amazing team, Clamp. RG Veda is roughly based off of the Vedic mythology. It’s gorgeous and I remember it being depressing to watch, but too beautiful to look away.

Oh My Goddess!

Oh My Goddess! has a fun story. There are three goddesses, Belldandy, Urd and Skuld. Keiichi Morisato is a college freshman who makes a wish and Belldandy grants it. He wishes that she would stay with her forever, so she agrees. Crazyness ensues when her sisters Urd and Skuld show up. Urd was always my favorite, though she reminded me a bit of Ryoko from Tenchi. Skuld always reminded me of Sasami from Tenchi.

Chobits

Chobits was a very neat anime and manga, one of the ones that I read both. Basically the main character Hideki finds a persocom he dubs Chi, and it explores his relationship with her, and if people should have relationships with computers that look like people.

The Vision of Escaflowne

Escaflowne was a beautiful story about a girl named Hitomi who went to another planet and fell in love with a guy named Van.

Vampire Princess Miyu

Vampire Princess Miyu was not only a gorgeous anime, but a manga that I read for sevearl years. It’s considered a horror series, but I always found it beautiful and sad. That’s probably because I’ve only seen the OVA and read the manga, and never could get ahold of the tv series. I loved that while Miyu did indeed need blood, she wasn’t bothered by traditional vampire weaknesses, such as sunlight, holy water, crosses, etc. Loved the series a ton. I loved the relationship between Miyu and Larva.

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland was a wonderful cute series by Clamp about Wonderland. Yes, there’s a cheshire cat. Everything is cute and fun. I actually ran a White Wolf campaign through this world once. This anime was a bit on the erotic side, but really funny about it all.

Hellsing

Hellsing was an interesting series that was originally a manga and got turned into an anime. It always made me think of Castlevania with the character Alucard. There’s a holy order of Protestant Knights that were led by Van Helsing, and currently led by Sir Integra Hellsing. Hellsing is protected by Alucard, a powerful vampire. During the beginning of the anime, Seras Victoria (a police woman) was mortally wounded on a mission and Alucard offers to save her, so she becomes his fledgling. It’s a cool story.

What are some of your favorites?

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    • Sarah

      We have quite a few favorites in common! Escaflowne doesn’t get enough love, I think. And no matter how long I go without watching and/or thinking about it, the Tenchi Muyo OVA will always be very near and dear to me.

      Gotta admit, I’m surprised Sailor Moon isn’t on here… it’s such a classic & a lot of people think of it as their “gateway drug”, so to speak!

      • Phyrra

        LOL! That’s because I wrote this up last night when I was sleepy! Sailor Moon and Magic Night Rayearth and Fushigi Yugi the Mysterious Play should be up there.

    • http://www.annamaxblog.blogspot.com Annamax

      Aw I love Ah My Goddess and anything by Clamp..a couple of these I have not heard of but may look into. I’ve always wanted to watch The Slayers.

      • Phyrra

        I always love CLAMP art. So gorgeous!

    • http://www.parched.etsy.com Parched

      I’m so excited about this entry.

      Of your list, Slayers, Miyuki Chan, Chobits and Hellsing are on my list.

      Not on your list:

      FLCL – funny weird
      Excel Saga – bizarro funny
      Puni Puny Poemi – Most bizarro funny
      BoogiePop Phantom – horror
      Colorful – horror comedy
      Ghost Stories – anglo-dubbed horror, inappropriate humor

      I’m having trouble remember any more, but there are definitely more.

      • Phyrra

        I’ve seen Excel Saga! It was crazy.

        • Nic

          Yes! LOVED Excel Saga :D

    • http://www.parched.etsy.com Parched

      Oh! Risky-Safety and Azu Manga Daioh

      • Phyrra

        I’ll have to check those out!

    • Taryn

      Wow, I’d never heard of some of these. My favorites are Death Note, Genshiken, Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh, xxxHolic, Red Garden, Haruhi Suzumiya and Initial D. I also want to see Nana.

      The manga list could go on forever!

      • Phyrra

        I’ve heard of Death Note but never seen it.

        • Taryn

          Oh, you need to see it! The movies are good, but the manga and anime are the best. Someone once described it to me as crack for manga/anime lovers and they were so right. It just keeps sucking you in.

        • Nic

          Oh geez, I forgot about Death Note! I was reading the manga and got behind and then all the movies and anime came out. This is a must read.. and probably see too!

          • Phyrra

            I’ll have to see if I can borrow the manga :)

            • http://lacquerloveblog.blogspot.com Serena

              I loved the manga. To me the anime isn’t as good as the manga, but I still enjoyed it. Its a very addicting series!

    • yl

      i have so many to recommend!!

      my absolute favourites are:
      cowboy bebop
      samurai champloo
      ghost in the shell (2 seasons)
      blood+

      for all these im referring to the anime series (26 or 52 eps)

      havent been keeping up so these arent new, but still excellent nonetheless!

      • Phyrra

        I forgot about Cowboy Bebop, loved that one. I’m one of the few who HATED Ghost in the Shell.

    • http://madeleinebouquet.blogspot.com/ Laura

      I loved Record of Lodoss war! Some of my favorites are Noir, Wolf’s Rain, Gankutsuou, Outlaw Star, Last Exile, and Fruits Basket. I also like Trigun and Cowboy Bebop. I just started watching Trinity Blood and so far it’s interesting.

      • Phyrra

        I’ve seen the first of Noir, and I’ve seen a good chunk of Wolf’s Rain. Wolf’s Rain was neat.

    • Jade

      We have a lot of faves in common. I also loved Sailor Moon (gateway drug, along with Pokemon), Kimba the White Lion, Ghost Stories, Mezzo, Chrono Crusade, pretty much anything by Hayao Miyazaki even though they’re movies, FLCL, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell (the anime series more than the movies), Gunslinger Girl, Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho, Pretear, Burst Angel, Appleseed, Figure 17… I could go on.

      • Phyrra

        I tend to not like movies so much though I did like Princess Mononoke.

    • http://blackroseponpon.blogspot.com/ PonPon

      I like cowboy bebop and trigun, they were the first animes I watched.
      I don’t really care much for animes now, especially the most popular ones. (like death note) It’s so difficult to find good ones, they’re all so similar.
      My favorite animes, though, are Big o, ergo proxy, rozen maiden, pita ten, witch hunter robin and mahoroba. I also like paranoia agent, hyakko, dennou coil and boogiebop phantom. I’ve also seen a ton of other not-so-popular animes that I kinda liked, but I can never remember them all.
      I’m not all that interested in ghost in the shell, I’m not that big on crime dramas anime or no, but it’s my boyfriends absolute favorite anime manga etc.

      • Phyrra

        Oh! I forgot I’ve seen Ergo Proxy and Witch Hunter Robin. WHR was really cool!

    • Hana

      Wow, a lot of those were some of my first anime too. XD Though actually Gundam Wing was the one that really got me hooked, for some strange reason.

      Right now I’m watching a really good soccer anime called Giant Killing. I’m so not into sports, but I love sports anime and manga for some reason.

      • Phyrra

        Heh, cool :) I’m not a sports fan either. Though actually, one of the things I loved about Escaflowne was that Hitomi was a runner.

    • Rebecca

      I love animes, I will have to check them out. I am currently on a Full Metal Alchemist kick.

      • Phyrra

        I’ve heard good things about that one.

    • Nic

      Ahhhh! I love Hellsing!!! Wait, let me back up.

      I haven’t watched anime or read manga in several years, 4 actually since I graduated highschool. I don’t really know why, well.. part of it was it’s an expensive hobby and I didn’t have the time so I just let it die. These days though I don’t think I would mind so much if I got back into it.. slowly though, so as not to break the bank, cause my makeup addiction already does that.

      Anyway back to Hellsing! I remember watching it and loving it and being super sad/mad about the ending.. and then really excited because there were rumors flying about a remake. I have no idea if that ever came to pass though.

      The very first anime I loved aired on tv waaay back when I was in first grade. Sailor Moon. I was so excited when I found it again in sixth grade, this time on Cartoon Network. I ended up reading all the manga and watching (and owning!) a good majority of the anime, but in Japanese. I’m a purist, because nearly every dub is just horrible. I find there are two exceptions to that, Cowboy Bebop (I like this in Japanese too though) and Dragonball Z.

      I also was deeply into Naruto, and very upset when they brought it over dubbed lol. I read a lot of manga too like Marmalade Boy, Chobits (the end was frustrating lol) Magic Knights Rayearth.. gosh there were a lot of other good titles that I can’t recall now!

      Another quick list of anime I loved: Trigun, Read or Die (the short little 3 episodes on 1 disc), Bleach, Fruits Basket, Yugioh! (Japanese version!!!) Ceres Celestial Legend, Fushigi Yugi, Excel Saga..

      Sorry for the novel, this post just got me really excited and made me remember how much I missed that world. The big appeal to it for me besides great stories, was the art. I love to draw and really admired a lot of the pretty drawings <3

      • Phyrra

        Aww glad that you have loved so many :)
        I’ve heard of Bleach and Fruits Basket but havent’ seen either.

    • Mjolnir

      Yay! I love nerd posts <3 Sailor Moon got me in to anime too! Some friends and I started our own anime club in high school and we had a lot of fun watching different animes.

      I only saw a few episodes of Devil Hunter Yohko but it's a fun series. I really liked Escaflowne and Hellsing too. My favourites are Ghost in The Shell (movies and series), Appleseed, Full Metal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, Black Lagoon, Excel Saga, Mezzo, Samurai Champloo, Revolutionary Girl Utena… I could go on! I haven't watched much anime since highschool but a friend of mine loaned me the whole FMA series that I have yet to watch!

      I'd love to read more manga but it's expensive at $10+ a pop. My favourites are Shirow Masamune's works (Appleseed, Ghost in The Shell) I know you can read it online but it hurts my eyes.

      • Phyrra

        I have no idea why but Ghost in the Shell annoyed me. I did manage to make it through a few of the Stand alone complex, but the original movie was just gah!

        What’s Black Lagoon?

        • Phyrra

          Oooh and I loved Blue Seed! Can’t believe I forgot that one! Kusanagi!

        • Mjolnir

          Black Lagoon is a really cool series about modern-day pirates in the South Pacific.

    • http://www.annamaxblog.blogspot.com Annamax

      I can’t believe no one has mentioned Neon Genesis Evangelion haha it was a little bizarre/heavy for me but most people like it. If we’re making recommendations, everyone should watch Eureka Seven! ^-^

      • Phyrra

        I tried watching NGE and couldn’t get into it.

    • http://lacquerloveblog.blogspot.com Serena

      Nice lists, I love Tenchi, Chobits, and Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland. (I haven’t seen the anime of that one, I just read the manga.)

      My favourites are:
      Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Elfen Lied, Shakugan No Shana, Inuyasha, Death Note, and Blood+.

      I recommend the website Anime Planet for anime reviews and recommendations. I’m currently watching Clannad and Angel Beats, both are pretty good so far.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks for the rec!

    • Petra

      Ha! I’m going to have to back you up on Ghost in the Shell. I watched it and came out of it so disappointed.

      I love Escaflowne! I try to watch the series at least once a year.

      Have you ever tried Vampire Hunter D? The 2000 movie is just gorgeous to look at and most of the novels have been translated to english. The novels are considered horror but like Vampire Princess Miyu, they’re also very tragic and beautifully done.

      Plus the novels are interspersed with illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano aka the Final Fantasy artist. I own the Vampire Hunter D art book and every now and again I take it out and just sigh over the artwork.

      • Phyrra

        I have seen Vampire Hunter D and liked it :) Good stuff, even if it is a bit strange.

    • Selenite

      You’ve got some classics listed there. Mine:
      Escaflowne
      Rose of Versailles
      Glass Mask
      Castle in the Sky
      Oniisama E
      Death Note
      Emma: a Victorian Romance
      The Unico movies
      Millenium Actress

      • Mjolnir

        Millennium Actress made me cry! It’s a great movie. The late Satoshi Kon made other great movies too! Paprika, Perfect Blue and Tokyo Godfathers!

        • Selenite

          Yeah, I actually like Millenium Actress better than Paprika.

      • Phyrra

        What’s Rose of Versailles about?

        • Selenite

          It is considered THE great classic shojo series. Rose of Versailles is about a woman on the cusp of the French Revolution who has the post of guard captain. It gets more complex and interesting as it goes on. Lady Oscar is frankly the most awesome female anime character I’ve seen.

    • Selenite

      Holy crud, holy crud….how one EARTH could I actually forget Revolutionary Girl Utena!? The first anime that that genuinely satisfied me storywise. Rejoice, next year Nozomi will be releasing the remastered version!

      • Phyrra

        Hah, very cool :)

        • Selenite

          Cripes, another one I forgot: Twelve Kingdoms!

    • Hanna

      You absolutely have to watch azumanga daioh! Its so cute and hilarious. I was never into anime until I met my fiance & it was the first one he had me watch & I fell in love. I also liked Excel Saga & of course Miyazaki movies.

      P.s. Any of you ladies know of another series that would be similiar to Azumana daioh? I’m kinda picky about the animes I watch because I’m so new to it. I haven’t really gotten into many of the more serious ones at this point. I like the cute funny ones.

      • http://lacquerloveblog.blogspot.com Serena

        There is a site called Anime Planet that has reviews and recommendations. Here are shows that people have said are similar to Azumanga Daioh: (scroll to the bottom of the page)

        http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/azumanga-daioh

      • Mjolnir

        I have to agree~! Azumanga Daioh! is bloody hilarious and its so cuuute~

      • Phyrra

        I will add Azumanga Daioh to my list :)

    • Hollie

      I’ve never commented on your blog before, but now i just have to :]
      Sailor Moon and Pokemon <33 i miss when those shows were on tv, and so was tenchi for a while, i think..
      Others have mentioned death note, and that's one of the best ones out there, in my opinion, if you like more dramatic darker anime.
      I can't believe nobody's mentioned Ouran High School Host Club yet! that one's one of my favorites and toooo funny.
      My current favorite is Axis Powers Hetalia. It's basically personified countries and its too funny for words. Recommend! The japanese version is really funny for purists, but the english dub is really good too. Good part: all of the episodes are subbed on youtube :]

      • Phyrra

        Yay I’m glad you commented! I always love Tenchi, no matter what version or what story. Same with El Hazard.

        Axis Powers Hetalia sounds awesome :)

    • sarah

      I used to have a ton of anime DVDs and then my case got stolen and I haven’t replaced any of them. But I did squeal with childish delight when I saw that Miyazaki’s last film “Ponyo” was at the little indie theatre downtown where I used to live. It was me, parents, and children. I enjoyed it but I liked “Spirited Away” (which I also saw in a theatre) and “Howl’s Moving Castle”, and I even read the book the latter was based on.

      I love “Cowboy Bebop”, have since I was eleven or twelve. I was into Sailor Moon as a child and never really stopped loving it- I still have my VHS tapes and I’ve gone back and watched them. For a couple of years I was really into “Outlaw Star” and I probably would still watch it if I had it. The “Tenchi” series was always fun, “Excel Saga” was crazy but hilarious, and “Oh! My Goddess” was good but it was a tad too mushy for me.

      I think the last anime that wasn’t Miyazaki that I watched was some weird, obscure thing my friend Courtney had with a Japanese title that translated to “God Save Our King”, and it was HILARIOUS. I got a splitting headache I was laughing so hard.

      • Phyrra

        I liked Howl’s Moving Castle. I’m a little embarressed to admit that my Wanders box set, my Devil Hunter Yohko Box set, and Miyuki-chan in wonderland are on vhs. Escaflowne and The Slayers are on DVD at least.

    • http://poppingballoon.blogspot.com Anna

      I love Visions of Escaflowne and Miyuki Chan in Wonderland! (I’ve never seen the anime of Miyuki chan but I really liked the Manga, it’s hilarious)

      Some of my favorites Anime series were Sailor Moon, Versailles no Bara, Cats Eyes, Georgie and Cowboy Bebop.
      As for movies I love everything from Ghibli. This summer I watched their new movie “The Borrower Arriety” and it’s so beautiful. But my all time favorite is probably “Howl’s moving castle” because the book is so beautiful too.

      • Phyrra

        Oh I didn’t know there was a manga version of Miyuki-chan, but makes sense, since it’s Clamp.

        Howl’s Moving Castle was very cool.

    • Fango

      So far, my all time favorites are: Chobits, Fruits Basket, Ai Yori Aoshi, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hellsing, I My Me! Strawberry Eggs, Negima!?, Midori Days, and a whole bunch more I can’t remember at the moment. Have you seen the Hellsing Ultimate Series? It’s a lot more true to the manga than the first run of the series. Plus, it’s got Schrodinger in it, which is always good. Though as far as recommendations go, I always recommend Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Toradora, Lucky Star, Nyan Koi and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

      • Phyrra

        I can’t remember if I’ve seen the Hellsing Ultimate series or not, but I can probably find it on Netflix. Netflix seems to have an amazing amount of anime.