Hello again everyone, last time we had a pretty exciting 32 to kick off the list. There were some runaway favorites, and some of those favorites made some waves. Chances are most people aren’t reading anymore because of my taste for Fate/Apocrypha, but hey like I said this is a favorites list not a rating list.

The number 64 is one of a lot of importance to me. My favorite group on the Internet is called Mega64, my second favorite jersey number in sports is 64, there are 64 teams in the NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tournament (my absolute favorite thing to watch), and there are 64 blocks on a chess board (my favorite board game). This is the second round of anime selection and we’re bound to have some tough decisions. Let’s keep it up!

Starting this update, I will have a Big Board update at the beginning and then at the end instead of repeating it every 10 selected. I will start putting the rankings after each selection (for example: ahead of x anime, behind y anime). This just helps lower clutter.

See the last part

As a reminder of our Big Board:

Big Board:

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Your Name.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Steins;Gate

Fate/Apocrypha

Bakemonogatari

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Death Note

Kill la Kill

Kizumonogatari

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (S1)

Mayoi Jiangshi

Kanon (2006)

Psycho-Pass

Saga of Tanya the Evil

SNAFU 2

Garden of Sinners Recalled Out Summer

GARO: Vanishing Line

JJBA Stardust Crusaders

A Certain Scientific Railgun

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

March Comes in Like a Lion (S1)

Patema Inverted

One Punch Man

Garden of Sinners 6

Fate Heavens Feel 1

Toradora!

Disappearance of Yuki Nagato

Tokyo Ghoul

Children Who Chase Lost Voices

When They Cry Kai

Tokyo Ghoul Root A


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When They Cry

This was a tough call for me. This was probably my longest “watch” for an anime since I had to take a ton of breaks over the course of a year. Sometimes I would make it through a whole story in a day, other times it took me months. The dread and uneasy feeling this show brings is unmatched to anything else on my list. Think Are You Afraid of the Dark but a ton more gory, this show is full of horrifying imagery and storytelling that sticks with you (especially that first story). With all of that said, I’m on my second time through this show with my friend, Umi, and I think this is a show that is worth enduring if you can stomach it.

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Big Board Placing: Above Railgun, below Stardust Crusaders

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Ajin

I wanted to try to give this an honest shot. I really did. I finished it after all! I always heard amazing things about the manga, but this anime was a mess. 3D animation is just so unnatural as it is, but this adaptation was so sloppily put together that it made it look even worse. Indeed, this is the horror story you reference when you bring up 3D anime.

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Big Board Placing: Very bottom.

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Angel Beats

I might be the most bullish on this show out of anyone I know. I really loved Angel Beats. I still manage to laugh and cry every time I revisit this one, and there is some grade A quality music to be found here as well. It is tough not to spoil anything when talking about what worked so well, but to give the best without saying much, I loved the character arcs and was moved by the development of the main character in particular. Such a shame it doesn’t always get the love I wish it did.

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Big Board Placing: Below Death Note but above Kill la Kill

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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

I’ve waned on this show a lot since I saw it originally because of being exposed to so much of ufotable’s other works. I originally perceived this to be much, much higher when I gave it thought...however after recently revisiting it, my opinion went from “revolutionary” to “yeah it is pretty good”. There is just enough in here for me to get the sniffing of bad Nasu writing, however the dub saves the writing. The action sequences are rather few and far between compared to what my memory of it was, however whenever things do kick off it is a fun ride.

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Big Board Placing: Below Psycho-Pass, above Saga of Tanya the Evil

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Full Metal Panic!

This show is hysterical and brutally relevant to my life all at once. I would really like to think I am not so wired to be military that I am as bad as it gets in this show, but I’m sure my friends, family, and ex girlfriends would gladly chime in how accurate this show is when looking at their troop turned student. It was a running gag I would write about what was accurate and what was not one day, and I still might!

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Big Board Placing: Below GARO: Vanishing Line, above JJBA Stardust Crusaders

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Kuroko’s Basketball Season 2

This was the best Kuroko season, bar none. 3 was wrapping things up and 1 was building the world. This is the season you get to see great plot-lines blossom and the best basketball games take place. Also, Kiyoshi is my favorite character in this series so seeing his big moment(s) here was something special. That opening still rocks, too.

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Big Board Placing: Below The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, above Death Note

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Hanamonogatari

This is my favorite Monogatari anime, and it very well may be one of my favorite anime. Despite what it may look like, I try my best to keep my personal experiences away from my evaluation of an anime, but this wrecks me from every angle since there is a lot that I can relate to in this story and its’ characters. People in the AniTAY community give me a hard time for how much I say I like Kanbaru’s character, and it is from this arc. I know liking a Monogatari character (and especially a female one) gives people the wrong idea, but the character portrayed here is somber and serious. If I never write another article in my life, I’d love to go into details on a deep dive over this. It is so good to me, I consider the novel it is adapted from one of my favorite books, too.

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Big Board Placing: Below The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya above Your Name. Very top.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (S2)

This is the first on my list that has a far superior second season to a really impressive first season. This space epic may be predictable in some regards, the execution is beautiful. Despite knowing where fate is taking Tekkadan, the journey is extravagant. There is obviously bigger scale fights and more incredible Gundam to come and see here as well. What I loved the most, however, was seeing the antagonists character development. There were engaging characters, such as the enigmatic Vidar and the eager to please Julieta. The twists and turns are worth sticking all the way through this show.

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Big Board Placing: Below Bakemonogatari, above The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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Little Busters!/EX

My first exposure to the impurities anime can bring came after my first summer of watching shows led me to want to play the visual novel for this series...yeah you can guess what I ended up seeing. I was not happy. THAT ASIDE, I love this show. It is full of really colorful characters and there is a ton of slice of life moments bridging surprisingly heavy story-lines. Take note I didn’t put Refrain in here for a reason, since I loved the stories from EX with the original show much more.

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Big Board Placing: Below Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, above Saga of Tanya the Evil

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Persona 3 Movie 3

Aniplex took forever for this one to come out, so my go to anime friend and I were not able to watch this one legally for quite some time. Thanks to Amazon Prime video, you can watch this one for much cheaper these days (and I was able to revisit the films that way too). Maybe I was way too hyped up for this and let down, but I found this to be the weakest of the four Persona 3 films. It tries to span the most amount of time, and the pacing suffers dearly for that. It still animated beautifully, all of the characters are natural to what they are adapted from, and the music rocks. With that said, there are far better parts of this story to highlight.

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Big Board Placing: Below Patema Inverted, above One Punch Man


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Plastic Memories

When I was gathering titles for this project, I saw Plastic Memories and paused thinking back on it. At the time I couldn’t really decide if I liked it or was indifferent with it. After further reflection, I think this was a really cute show that does well with its’ characters even if the drama was horribly done. It still managed to make me cry in the end, too.

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Big Board Placing: Below Toradora!, above Disappearance of Yuki Nagato

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion

I was conflicted on this series and the films. On one hand, I’m hard pressed to think up anything that could parallel with the imagery and creative worlds the characters fight through in this franchise. On the other hand, I was never particularly won over with the story here. Rebellion was what retroactively won me over to the franchise. This is a tough thing to discuss since the ending itself was what was amazing to me, but the way things “wrap up” really hit home and made me realize the big picture importance of this franchise.

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Big Board Placing: Below JJBA Stardust Crusaders, above When They Cry

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Owarimonogatari (First Season)

While the individual arcs of Monogatari Second Season had to be separated for the sake of fairness, I had to leave the three (four if you count Ougi Formula) stories for the first season of Owarimonogatari together. They weren’t bad by any means, but my feelings about these are less of a sure thing home-run than the other stories in the franchise. The Sodachi duo of stories were chilling, yet the real winner here is Shinobu Mail. There is so much character development from Araragi in this story and we learn so much about Shinobu as well. It also has my absolute favorite GIFs in the franchise (and my favorite screencap, too. See above).

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Big Board Placing: Below The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, above Kuruko’s Basketball Season 2

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Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex

On the short list of re-watches I need to do, I enjoyed a good chunk of this show in person with one of our writers, Messy. I finished the rest at home and enjoyed what I saw. It didn’t ring the bell the same way Psycho-Pass did for me, but it was still really entertaining. Definitely much better to me than the film was.

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Big Board Placing: Below When They Cry, above A Certain Scientific Railgun

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Mob Psycho 100

I love the creativity of this show. It is full of character and fresh ideas whilst blasting boundaries in animation. Arguably one of the more intriguing anime I’ve seen, I wish I could revisit this one more often. It is such a shame I can’t watch the dub for this. The action is so clever and the comedy isn’t overreaching.

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Big Board Placing: Below Kill la Kill, above Kizumonogatari

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Overlord

I wasn’t wild about this anime, however it definitely was not a bad watch either. It really picked up towards the end to be satisfying. Unfortunately, I found most of the contents to be bland and lacking, but I would like to give the other season (seasons?) a watch someday.

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Big Board Placing: Below Plastic Memories, above Disappearance of Yuki Nagato

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Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

Want a better alternative to the show I just talked about? Right here is a clever “other world” series that keeps things grounded and rational. Don’t get me wrong, Overlord has some cool visuals, but I am much more invested seeing people struggle to battle low level enemies than some guy mow down hordes of enemies with ease. Probably one of the more underrated gems on the list, Grimgar was a casualty of people thinking it was just another isekai.

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Big Board Placing: Below One Punch Man, above Garden of Sinners 6

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The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya

What irrelevant fun to be found here. This blitz of shorts is always a reliable pallet cleanse after a bad day or watching something like...Killing of a Sacred Deer. Yeah let’s move on.

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Big Board Placing: Below One Punch Man, above Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

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Cowboy Bebop

What a masterpiece. This is one of my most watched anime and every time I revisit it I end up loving it more and more. It is so good that even the people who don’t like anime I’ve shown this to enjoyed it. Every aspect of this show is perfect and I don’t think there will be another anime as good as it, ever. I knew this would be at the very top of my list, but I’ve been wondering where I would put it. Well...

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Big Board Placing: Top of the list. Below Hanamonogatari

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White Album 2

Ah yes, discount SNAFU. All kidding aside, this was a really good show right until the end. The ending was such a train-wreck to me, and I have a personal story to share about it. When I watched this, I was at an “anime party” which is just a viewing party with several people and...refreshments. WITHOUT ME SPOILING WHAT HAPPENS, I will say there is a moment at the end that is rather sudden and way over the top. This scene involves two people and a third watching on. There were some people sobbing right before it happened, and the room was dead silent. Right when the...uh....action happens, I bust out laughing hysterically. Everyone stares at me angrily as I ruin what is most certainly meant to be an emotionally intense moment.

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Big Board Placement: Below Patema Inverted above Persona 3 Movie 3


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K-On!

Chalk this one up as the top betrayal I’ve experienced thanks to the Internet. I love this show, and I love all of the music to come from it. I was happily listening to it one day when I found out that, yep, the Internet is super toxic and gross about this show and its’ characters. This show is beloved by not just me but also my mother, so it was really sad to hear how gross people are about the characters in this. It won’t sway my opinion on it though.

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Big Board Placing: Below Mayoi Jiangshi, above Kanon (2006)

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

I was really worried the hype would make me unable to enjoy this viewing. Thankfully, I was not disappointed with this journey and binged the whole thing within a few weeks (good for me, probably not for most). The story is incredible and the characters are really inspired. Before anyone gets mad about my ranking of this show, realize the single most expensive piece of anime related products I own is a statute of Roy Mustang.

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Big Board Placing: Below Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, above Steins;Gate

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Clannad

While not my favorite Key anime, this was a really interesting introduction to the slice of life anime genre. I have more thoughts on the sequel, but this has plenty of good vibes and engaging stories that make it a memorable watch for all...unless your name is Umi, because she hated this

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Big Board Placing:Below When They Cry, above Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex

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Space Patrol Luluco

I want to call this my favorite Trigger anime, however I can’t reach it to believe it fully. Going through an intergalactic journey was something that was refreshing and wild. I went through one of my first loves and break-ups during this time, so I was really invested to this show and had a ton of feeling behind it. Probably too much of a bias, but hey.

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Big Board Placing: Below K-On!, above Kanon (2006)

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Persona 4 The Animation

Another one of the anime I really enjoyed but was surprised to hear didn’t get a lot of love, this was something I adored and one of the few “collector’s edition” Blu-Rays I own. Bringing the cast (sans Tracey Rooney, who I really like as Chie, I don’t know why everyone doesn’t) for the dub is exactly what you’d hope for in an RPG to anime dub. It is a shame Persona 5 The Animation doesn’t have a dub.

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Big Board Placing:Below Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, above March Comes in Like a Lion (S1)

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Steins;Gate Movie

I wanted to love this movie. It came and went and I was left feeling rather disappointed. It wasn’t bad, I just wished for more with a movie for Steins;Gate. It hits several of the boxes that makes Steins;Gate great but doesn’t stick the landing. Most people I know told me “Just play Steins;Gate 0" when I first was interested in watching this, and I wish I took their advice. Granted it was still worth the watch.

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Big Board Placing:Below Garden of Sinners 6, above Fate Heavens Feel 1

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Durarara!!

I get the feeling I will have a ton of blow back on this choice, but I did really like Durarara!! even if I didn’t like it as much my second time through. It is a fantastic show, but this first season was not as strong in hindsight. The second season was so much better, so look forward to that one whenever it comes up. Oh I love the OST to this entire franchise.

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Big Board Placing:Below GARO: Vanishing Line, above Full Metal Panic!

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Bloodivores

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Big Board Placing: Very bottom.

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Danganronpa: The Animation

Remember your first anime? Yeah this was my first anime back. Wish it wasn’t.

Big Board Placing:Below even Bloodivores at the bottom

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Nekomonogatari: Kuro

This isn’t one of the best arcs in Monogatari, but it is still really good. The animation alone wins me over to give it a boost over a good amount of the field. The action is worth it, and the lore is as built upon as ever. There were moments I was checked out a bit watching this, but I think Nisemonogatari was to blame since I had just watched that before this. I definitely needed the second season of this series fast, but this was much better a second time through. I’m on my third time through the series so I’m looking forward to it.

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Big Board Placing:Below Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, above Persona 4 The Animation

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Garden of Sinners 2

While this is one half of what I love the most from this franchise, this film really impacts me in a soulful way. The storytelling is everything I love, there is just enough uneasy atmosphere, philosophy, and character development that it put together with jaw dropping animation. I genuinely am moved every time I watch this, and this has been my fourth time through it.

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Big Board Placing:Below Hanamonogatari, above Cowboy Bebop

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Gurren Lagann

This was one of my first anime I’ve seen, so it was naturally in my “top five” for a long time. While it isn’t at the top anymore, I still love this series. A journey from the bottom to the top, a fall to the bottom, then to the stars way above. So over the top and a joy to watch, this is my favorite Trigger show bar none.

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Big Board Placing:Below Owarimonogatari (First Season), above Kuruko’s Basketball Season 2


The New Big Board: 

Hanamonogatari

Garden of Sinners 2

Cowboy Bebop

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Your Name.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Steins;Gate

Fate/Apocrypha

Bakemonogatari

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (S2)

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Owarimonogatari (First Season)

Gurren Lagann

Kuroko’s Basketball Season 2

Death Note

Angel Beats

Kill la Kill

Mob Psycho 100

Kizumonogatari

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (S1)

Mayoi Jiangshi

K-On!

Space Patrol Luluco

Kanon (2006)

Psycho-Pass

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

Little Busters!/EX

Saga of Tanya the Evil

SNAFU 2

Garden of Sinners Recalled Out Summer

GARO: Vanishing Line

Durarara!!

Full Metal Panic!

JJBA Stardust Crusaders

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion

When They Cry

Clannad

Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex

A Certain Scientific Railgun

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

Nekomonogatari: Kuro

Persona 4 The Animation

March Comes in Like a Lion (S1)

Patema Inverted

White Album 2

Persona 3 Movie 3

One Punch Man

The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya

Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

Garden of Sinners 6

Steins;Gate Movie

Fate Heavens Feel 1

Toradora!

Plastic Memories

Overlord

Disappearance of Yuki Nagato

Tokyo Ghoul

Children Who Chase Lost Voices

When They Cry Kai

Tokyo Ghoul Root A

Ajin

Bloodivores

Danganronpa: The Animation


Highest Riser: JJBA Stardust Crusaders (Four spots)

Biggest Drop: A Certain Scientific Railgun (Four spots)

The median of the anime list started to fill up, and both of these were found on opposite ends of the filling. Railgun is fine, but with this many titles there was bound to be a drop eventually.

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I wanted to have two guest reactions here, but Gugsy was...busy...so here is TheMamaLuigi with a wholesome reaction to this update’s rankings.

Before I begin, thanks to Dil for inviting me to be a part of this list! Now, let’s take a look here… Hanamonogatari is no surprise – Dil and I have talked at length about how much we love Monogatari and how Hana remains among his faves. Now Cowboy Bebop, what a classic! It really is one of those shows where it lives up to the acclaim and hype built up since it first aired. Infinitely rewatchable, too. The Garden of Sinners and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are two series I’ve meant to watch for years but haven’t had the time to devote to them. Same with Iron Blooded Orphans. The first season of Owari is great, but it needs the second season to really shine. Gurren Lagann was one of the series that brought me back into anime, so it holds a special place in my heart and I’m glad to see it’s fairly high on the list. Kuroko, Angel Beats, and Mob Psycho are all well-discussed shows that I haven’t seen but want to. I don’t hear the AniTAY chat discuss Angel Beats much, so it surprises me to see it so high on Dil’s list. K-On! is probably in my top 25 series of all time, one of KyoAni’s best (and one I wish was higher on the list if I’m being honest). Space Patrol Luluco looks wild, and Fate: UBW looks wild in a completely different way. Little Busters, Durarara, and FMP are interesting picks, especially the latter as I recall Dil really enjoying it, so I’d expect it to be higher. The Madoka movie is great, despite what others say, and Clannad (and After Story) are among my favourite pieces of media – Clannad should be higher on the list, let’s be honest. Stand Alone Complex is another classic I need to watch. Nekomonogatari Black isn’t a shocker, nor is Persona 4. The rest of the new entries on the list are all shows I haven’t seen and have varying interests in. I am shocked that Dil ranks the Danganronpa anime below goddamn Bloodivores, though. It makes me want to watch it just to see why…

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This part was a lot more challenging that last time since I had to decide on three of my absolute favorite anime and where to place them. I think a lot of people were surprised that I had Gun Gale Online so high last time, however I tried letting some of our other writers here at AniTAY know that it was just on what will eventually be the upper half of my list. As things build I’d be curious to see what the same people think on where it lands on the board.

Anyways thanks for all of the feedback, I have a ton of fun doing this. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I will talk to you next time!