Day 2 of Anime

Day 2, eh? How are we doing so far?

Screenshot from Barakamon

Day 2 - Favorite anime you’ve watched so far

Like this was ever going to be an easy series to answer, given that I’ve always insisted on not naming a favourite and also insisted I didn’t have one. Even as I type, I’m spinning various series through my head, trying to settle on a particular one. Trying to find a way to even know how to settle.

But there is a way to make the choice slightly easier - I’ll stick to the series which were ‘watched first’. By this I mean a series like Rurouni Kenshin or Trinity Blood is out of the running, because I read the manga for that before I ever started to watch the anime. On the other hand I was never particularly a fan of the Chrono Crusade anime as such, I just wanted to see Chrono and Rosette alive on screen.

But I digress, that still leaves a lot of options:

  • Inuyasha
  • Barakamon
  • Natsume Yuujinchou
  • Chihayafuru
  • Eden of the East
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
  • Fate/Zero
  • Kaze no Stigma
  • Usagi Drop

Gaah there’s no way I could think of all the titles that I’ve loved over the years in this exact moment. And yes, I left them as normal bullet points in case you thought this list was ranked. Look at that large blank space above now… A few of these titles would be insta-recommendations to friends looking to start somewhere, or looking for something exemplary.

Given that the first series that popped into my head was actually Barakamon though, I’m inclined to go with that. It’s definitely my pick of favourite for the past year or more since it ran, and even now I jump on Barakamon and Handa-kun merchandise which is slowly trickling out. It’s a lighthearted and playful series in many ways, teaching the philosophy of country/island life and revisiting the carefree glee of childhood. In a small nutshell.

Aside from Barakamon, I’d be likely to go with Natsume Yuujinchou and its many seasons that don’t seem to drop in quality in the slightest - always maintaining both top-notch animation and storytelling. It’s a heartwarming trip all the way through. But for comedy and general fun-times you can’t put it past Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun… this is starting to get complicated.

Geez, what happened to me? I used to be all into shounen-type series, and these would easily be classed in the slice-of-life, albiet Natsume Yuujinchou has a healthy dose of fantasy mixed in. I guess things do change.

Barakamon © Satsuki Yoshino, Kinema Citrus and Funimation.