Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nerd Life: Sam's Top 10 Anime, Part 2 (5-1)

Part 1 can be found here.

5: Cowboy Bebop

The show that MADE Adult Swim. It's such a hit, they're still airing the bloody thing 8 years later. It's also probably the only show that I PREFER in English. The series has a very Western style, and the English voice acting lends to that. The cast was brilliant, as well. Bebop also has some of the most consistently amazing music in the history of anime. This is a show with slick action, genius comedy and brief moments of absolutely striking drama. A great "starter" anime to get your girlfriend (or boyfriend) to start watching.

4: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Faithful readers are well aware of my nerd crush on this show. To quote myself:

"Great comedy, good story, insane action, heartbreaking drama, there is nothing this show does not have. I dare any anime fan to watch this show and come away disappointed."

gar, adj: A term used towards male characters and individuals who are so overwhelmingly manly that your own masculinity is absolutely *buried*, leaving you naught but a whimpering, swooning girl-child before them.

And this is only my love for number FOUR.

3: Fullmetal Alchemist

I honestly started watching this show by accident. I remembered reading about the video game and passed it off as an effort to cash in on a game series' success. Well, I tuned in a few minutes early for the premiere of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex on Adult Swim, and was treated to the last few minutes of FMA. In that one scene, I was hooked. Two episodes later, the addiction became hopeless. A truly fantastic series in every way imaginable. Art, animation, characters, voice acting, music, story, drama, humor. Name it.

2: Rurouni Kenshin

The story of a man who has spilled so much blood, he has sworn never to take another life again. Kenshin Himura, Battosai the Manslayer is the greatest warrior in all of anime. Kind of a long series, but there is a sharp decline after the second season. Samurai, ninjas, warrior-monks and assorted other badassery abound in this show. If you only watched it on Toonami... watch it again.


1: Samurai 7

This is an amazing remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic epic, The Seven Samurai. The original told the story of 7 brave samurai defending a helpless villaige from an army of bandits. The anime has the same story, but much more in depth, with a full 26 episodes to tell it in. Also, the samurai are awesome anime characters and the bandits are giant robots....

I won't give too much detail. The fact that it's #1 on my list should be enough of an endorsement!

So, what are some of YOUR favorites?



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  • Watching - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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