Kenholic Top 20 Anime of the Past Decade Pt. 1

Kenholic Top 20 Anime of the Past Decade Pt. 1

It was harder putting together this half of the top 20 compared to the top 10; there are just so many to choose from. So instead of expanding to a top 30 (which would involve more editing :/), I just made an overflow list for another day.

Numbers 10-20 after the jump.

20. The Prince of Tennis (2001). Tennis + over the top = win.

Come on, you know you watched this show just as much as I did back in the day. The recent OVA series for the National Finals Arc was a mess though.

19. Yakitate!! Japan (2004). Bread baking anime, enough said.

The ridiculousness of some of the visual gags/puns make this show.

18. Saikano (2002). The most tear inducing anime I've ever seen.

I've only seen this once, because I don't think I could bare to watch it again.

17. Mahoromatic (2002). This series had a little of everything.

This one is a personal classic, blending sci-fi, comedy, romance, high school, maids, robots, and tragedy; all of which made this a very unpredictable, yet sweetly sorrowful show. The highs were very good, but it also led to some very boring lows.

16. Skip Beat (2008). Strangely appealing.

Much like the premise of the series, there's something strangely appealing about the main character of the show, Kyoko Mogami. One of the few series where I enjoyed both the manga and animated versions without feeling that it was a waste.

15. Full Metal Alchemist (2003, 2009). Check.

Most action oriented series usually lose their creative spark around half way through, but Full Metal Alchemist has enough intrigue and plot twists to last through two separate extended series (~50 episodes each).

14. Toaru Majutsu no Index (2008). Index-chan.

Tenchi Muyo would be in the top 10 here, but it's too old for this list. Instead, we have Toaru Majutsu no Index, a modernized Tenchi revolving around an unassuming high school boy with powers that are much more than what they seem. And true to the Tecnhi formula, along the way, he collects the support (love?) of several protagonist girls (the real stars of the show), including Mikoto Misaka of popular spin off series, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, fame. Eventually his 'all-star faction' becomes too much for the established powers to ignore. Here's hoping for a season 2.

Aside: the reason why I like these last three were really hard for me to put into words. They just have something magical that sets them apart from the above seven choices and are each highly recommended by me.

13. Maria-sama ga Miteru (2004). My guilty pleasure.

It's really easy to point out the flaws of this series, and really hard to state exactly what's good about this series, but I'll just list the two things that draw me in: the unintentional (or intentional? I really don't know) comedic value of the overly dramatic responses to absolutely nothing and the totally implicit yuri relationships.

12. Detroit Metal City (2008). Satsugai yo.

The double life that the main character lives is not an original plot device, but the misunderstandings and comedic situations that it sets up are at another level. It's really short series (15 minute episodes), and can be watched through like a movie.

11. Twelve Kingdoms [Junni Kokki] (2002). Almost one of a kind.

This is the Japanese equivalent of Middle Earth; the depth of the characters and their worlds are just indescribable. This is a very retrospective coming of age story that visits and re-visits the choices that each character make over the course of their journeys, whether they were for the better or for the worse.

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