I hesitated. I considered my options. I proudly jutted my chin forward and proclaimed: “I love me some anime.” Now, I’ve said variations of said sentence many a time in my life and usually get 1 of 3 responses.
- They’ve never watched cartoons or anime because they decided to have no joy in their life
- They’ve seen the childhood classics like Dragonball Z and Naruto, but nothing past that because they ‘grew up’
- OMG ME TOO! Subbed or dubbed?
The most common are the first two, but when one encounters a person of the 3rd variety, a marvelous friendship is sparked from the fumes of otakudom. What inevitably follows is a tête-à-tête on favorite anime, and characters, and voice actors that you love or can’t stand.
So, here’s a short top 5 list of anime in the spirit of that (and many other) conversation(s).
Every single Studio Ghibli Film.
Mushi-shi (you will ponder life and then cry)
Ouran High School Host Club (feel-good)
Sword Art Online (Kirito’s yell)
Attack on Titan (Anime equivalent to Game of Thrones in that no one is safe)