Hello anime fans and welcome to the first of many top tens I plan on posting. This particular piece is one I have been planning since I started blogging. As otaku, we all have a show, OVA or movie that we are attached to. I daresay that a certain few to which we grow emotionally attach over time. The titles listed below breed a feeling of nostalgia within me that I am honored to share with the world.
Before I begin, allow me to lay down my criteria for this list:
1. It has to be an anime of the older persuasion as newer anime don’t really inspire as much of an emotional attachment.
2. In order to be nostalgic an anime must evoke some kind of emotion.
3. Lastly, many of the list items may have a story attached to it. As such I will be sharing some deeply personal experiences Please do not flame me for this as I detest noncritical unappreciative comments.
Without further interuption here is the list:
As a kid growing up in the 90s I couldn’t turn own a TV without seeing the Pokémon anime. I was a huge fan-boy owning both Pokémon Stadium games and hundreds of the trading cards In fact I still have the Charazard gold card offered by Burger King during the release of the first movie. I must have watch the series for years. Back then I really wanted to catch ‘em all.
Much in the vein of Pokémon, Digimon is also an old favorite. However I felt that Digimon was much more mature than Pokémon since it featured real battles and the digimon actually talked I was addicted for the first two seasons. Unfortunately the series was too full of itself when Digimon Tamers debuted . This is where I lost interest and moved on to the next great series.
08: Cardcapturor Sakura
Its confession time. I loved this show when it was on Kids WB. I don’t know whether it was the show’s dark atmosphere or its art style but this show has a mystical quality to it. To this day, I wish the ladies at CLAMP would write a sequel. Alas it shall never be.
07. Ronin Warriors
It’s about time I mentioned Cartoon Network’s classic Toonami block. As many of you may remember that Ronin Warriors was one of the first shows to debut on the block way back in 1997. This was my one of my first action anime. I remember waiting on baited breath as I watched Ryo and his friends confront Tulpa’s evil Dynasty. I was only six when I saw this but it was still cool for its time.
Yu-Gi-Oh was the was the best card game based anime there ever was. Unfortunately I feel that most of the nostalgia here is bound up in the trading card game which I played religiously with my best friend right up until he quit I can’t say I enjoyed the anime since it was trying so hard to be epic that it ended up becoming annoying. It has been redone three times since the original only to be made worse. I’m looking at you 5Ds.
Let’s kick off the top five with an Adult Swim classic Fooly Ciooly. This show was the center of my confusion for many years. It was basically an anime version of the show about nothing. It’s ten types of random and I love it. Its ending was an issue though.
04: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
This wouldn’t be a top ten nostalgic anime list without a granddaddy of all mecha series. I chose Gundam wing because it was my first acquaintance with Sunrise’s epic action saga. It was five teenage boys against a world oppressed by a military foundation bent on war. In my opinion, Gundam Wing is the best entry in the franchise
03: Full Metal Alchemist
For those of you who don’t know I am physically impaired. That is why the storyline of Full Metal Alchemist struck a chord in me. Watching the Elric Brothers fight to fix their broken bodies made me an instant fan-boy. I think it worthy of a higher place, but there are others worthy of higher praise.
02:Witch Hunter Robin
This is an obscure piece but altogether deserving of its rank.. When I first watched this series I was in the a hospital bed recovering from a broken hip. Watching WHR kept my mind off the pain. It’s immersive world kept me occupied for hours on end. Still there is on anime that overshadows even that.
01:Yu Yu Hakusho:
The final Item on the list was my first experience with long-running anime.It is hands-down my favorite old school series of all time. It was a major adrenalin rush throughout and I can’t recall missing a single episode The ending was a little contrived but I didn’t care. I just wanted to see the next awesome episode.
That is my first top ten. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Unfortunately I have to end the list. As always, keep your browser for more content. Thanks for reading. Expect more lists.