I Have Gone Through Many Favorite Anime

The Fandom Takes Off – During the years 2003-early 2004, anime was all I thought about, and not only were a lot more anime being aired on Cartoon Network, but Funeral was using his weekly allowance to constantly buy new anime DVDs (and I procured a few myself.) However, in late 2004 I gradually got into video games and mostly stopped thinking about anime so much.

Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X

From what I understand by these old lists, Rurouni Kenshin took a while to really warm up to me. I know that I liked it for being a show about a samurai with some badass moments, but RK always had a good deal more talking per episode than it did kicking ass. I liked Kenshin and Sanousuke enough, but the show took a while to really earn my love, and that happened about when Hajime Saitou showed up and quickly became my favorite anime character, especially since his arrival also invited the first really intense battle in the series. As a matter of fact, the first anime DVD that I ever bought was the one with the episodes where that fight took place. Then Funeral bought Samurai X, which blew me away. It still blows me away – only now it blows me away because it is a fucking incredible cinematic masterpiece, and back then it blew me away because Hiko cut a dude in fourths and Kenshin killed a shitload of motherfuckers. Regardless of the reasons, though, it made me into a true, hardcore fan of the show. To the extent that I even made a fansite using freewebs dedicated to Seta Soujiro – my favorite character upon arrival because I was always able to relate to ‘young genius’ characters (being as I was always told I was a genius growing up.) I would say that in my early days, Kenshin had my biggest fandom of any show.

Samurai Deeper Kyo

Just to clarify, Samurai Deeper Kyo sucks and is horrible. However, I enjoyed the show on the simple fact that it had samurai. The reason that Kyo got to be my favorite anime for a while is simply on the virtue that I was winding down. Funeral wasn’t coming over every weekend anymore because his life was consumed by high school football and pot smoking, and Cartoon Network’s Saturday anime lineup dissolved, sending most of the shows to weekdays, when I was never able to keep up with them. As a result, my main anime consumption had to come through my own DVDs, of which there were few. Samurai Deeper Kyo became my favorite show for a while because it was the only show I was buying (got through 3 volumes, most I owned of one series besides Jing for a while) and thereby only one I was watching. However, the favoritism was rather short-lived, as I got out of anime almost altogether shortly thereafter when Sly Cooper and Ratchet and Clank taught me the awesomeness of video games.


Now this is odd. I had seen plenty of Trigun for a long while before it became my favorite anime, and it became that almost as an afterthought to my anime fandom altogether. Some time after I’d really watched anything in a while, I actually sat and thought about all of the shows that I’d really enjoyed, and realized something: Trigun was the only anime I’d seen where I enjoyed every single episode. While there were parts of Rurouni Kenshin and Cowboy Bebop and others that were undoubtedly amazing, Trigun was the only one with zero boring episodes. The more I looked back on each show and thought about it, the more I became sure that Trigun was my favorite. I would really enjoy some of the shows that Adult Swim added later, such as FullMetal Alchemist and Paranoia Agent which had real favorite potential, but the whole time I was always quite sure that none of them was quite taking Trigun’s place. Even Trigun, though, was probably mostly faded from mind by 2006.

The Interstice – I didn’t start caring about anime again for real until 2007, but there was still one show that rocked my universe.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Honestly, though, haven’t I written more than enough about this already? NGE really ruled my world, so hard that I had a hard time admitting that it had been overthrown by the next two…

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20 thoughts on “I Have Gone Through Many Favorite Anime

  1. Thanks for the mention =D It was great reading about your journey through favorite anime, too.

    Though never a big favorite of mine, Cowboy Bebop will always be special to me because we watched it a lot in my high school anime club. Unfortunately I didn’t have cable TV until 2005, so I missed out on Rurouni Kenshin (just when I was planning to watch it, they took it off the air). I was also into Trigun and Yu-Gi-Oh! but not as much as the others.

    At one point I considered Eureka 7 one of my favorites, but since then my memories of it have gotten kind of fuzzy (I watched it back in ’06) so I really need to watch it again. I was expecting Gintama and Toradora! to be on your list ’cause I know how much you like those.

    • Gintama and Toradora are my 2 and 3. Very close behind E7. I didn’t want to include stuff that was close thought because there were a number of very close ones that have kept their place a long time (FLCL and Lain have stayed in the top 10 since their first viewing, effectively meaning they passed a lot of former #1s without ever having a chance to become one.)

  2. Let me try this:

    1. Pokemon (~1999)
    2. Tenchi Universe (~2000)
    3. Outlaw Star (~2001)
    4. Trigun (~2001)
    5. Ayashi no Ceres (~2001)
    6. Berserk (~2002)
    7. Touch (2004)
    8. Death Note (2006)
    9. Higurashi & Claymore (tie) (2007)
    10. Detroit Metal City (2009)

      • It was in my top 10 back in 2005, but I liked Touch better. As far as true lead characters go (as opposed to split leads), Tatsuya Uesugi is arguably my favorite all-time. Shizuru is one of my all-time favorite anime characters regardless of role, but when you take screen time into account, Tatsuya gave me more aggregated awesome over 101 episodes than Shizuru gave me in a few brief moments of murderous lesbian insanity.

  3. Interesting read.

    I found it intriguing to look over the list as it progressed through time since it also reads at points like a roadmap of anime fandom in America – particularly with Trigun and Cowboy Bebop. I remember when those shows were HUUUGE and it seemed as if everyone who liked anime in America had watched them both. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they’ve completely dropped out of the collective consciousness, but it seems like less and less of the newer fans have watched them. It’ll be interesting to see what the opening of the Trigun movie at Sakura Con will do about that for Trigun.

    • That reminds me, when I was 13 and all, I always had this belief that the 2 most popular/acclaimed anime were Hellsing for 13 ep shows and Eva for 26 ep shows, which was just going by opinions I read. I thought Hellsing was alright and had 2 vols of the DVDs and manga, though I sold them later – kinda regret selling the manga, too.

  4. Let’s see here.

    Pokemon (1998)
    Rurouni Kenshin (2003)
    Trigun (2006)
    Azumanga Daioh (2007)
    Gurren Lagann (2008) Which has ruled concurrently with:
    GTO (2009)
    Manabi Straight (2010)

  5. I don’t really know the timeline. I know I watched DBZ first. Really early on when it was showing on the WB in like 1997. Then I migrated through Pokemon, Sailor Moon, and the like. Watching subbed sailor moon episodes and reading DBZ movie summaries. Tenchi Muyo hit and I was obsessed with that for awhile. Watching the Toonami block and later the Adult Swim block. FLCL was when it really kicked off for me. When I saw it on Adult Swim I was like holy shit what is this I want more.

    From there I started watching shit on youtube. I watched Lain and Eureka 7 on entirely on youtube. I watched one episode of Azumanga. Then I discovered crunchyroll. I watched GTO and Bamboo Blade were the premier anime for me on crunchyroll. I would also DDL Bleach, Black Lagoon and later Gintama. I watched all of Naruto and a fair amount of Shippuuden on crunchyroll.

    Then TTGL aired and I knew this wasn’t some show I should watch on a grainy stream. So Gurren Lagann became the first thing I ever torrented. Vandread was I think the first anime I ever batch downloaded. Also Haruhi, Big O, Trigun are in there somewhere above.

    My list probably went.
    DBZ (~1997)
    Tenchi Muyo (~2002)
    FLCL (~2003)
    Eureka 7 (~2006)
    Haruhi (2007)
    Gurren Lagann (2008ish)
    Clannad AS (2009ish)
    Gintama (2010)

    • Haha, this is pretty similar to my progression, especially the parts in 2007! I too was on youtube, then discovered crunchyroll, and finally started DLing fansubs when I met No Name and he taught me how to use bittorrent clients and stuff. I love your list, because it’s almost all shows I love/d as well~

  6. hah, its good that someone else is acknowledging how good Arjuna is. I talked to people who watch anime that went blank when I mention about it. It frustrated me because I think it has one of the most important message in its story, compared to other anime.

  7. I’ve only had a handful of changes over the course of my fandom.

    ~1995: Project A-Ko
    ~1996: Ranma 1/2
    ~1998: Maison Ikkoku
    ~1999: Cowboy Bebop
    2010: Debating whether Book of Bantorra will be the series to finally overtake Cowboy Bebop. Probably not.

    And I dig that the X movie is on that list at the same relative time as Yu Gi Oh. THAT’S the sort of formative experience every kid needs: seeing people cradle decapitated heads.

  8. I wish I had good memories like you lot. I have gaps in between the years, since there were a few years in the early 00’s that my life only revolved around soccer. I still remember what I watched vaguely, although I wasn’t really fully into it.

    ~1999: DBZ
    ~2000: Pokemon/Digimon
    ~2001: Vandread (I think)
    ~2002: Gatekeepers
    ~2003: Yugi-oh
    ~2004: Evangelion
    ~2005: Cowboy Bebop/Trigun
    ~2006: Eureka Seven
    ~2007: TTGL/Samurai Champloo
    ~2008: Code Geass
    ~2009: Not a great year for me. I still haven’t watched Bakemonogatari yet too.
    ~2010: Durarara!!

  9. I could have sworn I did this earlier …

    1993: Sailor Moon (way back when it was on UPN; the first and only anime I saw for a long time, and pretty much a default favorite)
    1998: Pokemon (I was pretty much Pokemon’s target demographic — it came out when I was in middle school, I was still way into gaming and I was obsessed with this. The only way I could have been more perfect is if I were rich and spent all my money on Pokemon shit (which I wasn’t and did not).)
    2002: Dragon Ball Z (came on when I got home from school, so it was good to watch after a hard day of learning crap I would never use again)
    2003: Cowboy Bebop (pretty much the coolest thing I had ever seen at this point in time)
    2004: RahXephon (connected with me in ways I’ll elaborate upon at some later date)
    2008: Revolutionary Girl Utena (I watched four anime that topped RahXephon for me — including Monster, Eureka Seven and Kaleido Star — but Utena is the best of the best. It’ll take a pretty fucking amazing show to top Utena for me.)

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