Approximately 15 or 16 years ago, I discovered Japanese anime. It wasn’t until five years later I actually got more involved and interested in it and it wasn’t until six years ago that I started actually buying it. Throughout that time, I have honed my tastes in anime. I have discovered well over 700 anime and what have you in that time frame of 15 or 16 years. The following is the beginning of my top 20 list. This list has taken years to shape and form. It is my pride and joy as anime fan to share with you the first five of my top 20. Thank you for reading and comments are appreciated.

- thegoldenwaste

20. The SoulTaker
One thing I have learned is not to judge a book by its review or lack thereof. The SoulTaker is one of these cases where every review for it was negative. I decided to take a risk, so I picked up the DVDs from RightStuf’s bargain bin as a cart filler item. I was amazed by the animation style, direction and general plot. It also cemented the fact into my head that reviews mean nothing at all when it comes to some things. This was the anime that truly opened my eyes to Akiyuki Shinbo and his style. It’s well worth checking out and its dirt cheap, so why not?

19. Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV
I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t discover this beautiful show until last year when I ordered it alongside the first Utena set. It was just a filler item, much like the previous title in this entry, so I wasn’t expecting much at all. It’s funny how things work out. I discover favorite titles out of total fluke. It’s a really fun and exciting show with fun and exciting characters like Tylor himself, who just so happens to be my favorite character in the show and anime in general. I’m glad I picked it up over the other option I was toying with at the time. I don’t think I’ll hit the OVAs however. I’m more than content with the TV series.

18. Kino’s Journey
I picked this up years ago and never got around to it until last year. What was I waiting for again exactly? Anyways, the show is beautiful. Plain and simple, that is all there is to it. It’s got a beautiful setting, fantastic and interesting characters and great world building and development. I can only wish the movie and subsequent OVAs got picked up, I would not mind owning them and more Kino’s Journey is always welcome to me. I am glad the show was re-released though, more people need to see and explore this world and show with Kino and Hermes.

17. Honey and Clover II
I’m a sucker for a good romance. Honey and Clover hits all the right notes. However, it’s the rather short second season that truly delivers. It settles everything that needs to be settled from the first season and does it with fluidity and excellent pace. The final result is a masterpiece and easily the best romance show ever made. Yes, it is bold of me to suggest or say that, but I firmly believe it. This was a show where everyone deserved to live happily ever after and pretty much everyone did. It was a fantastic experience that continues to give me goose bumps, even today and right this minute.

16. Aria the Origination
Speaking of being a sucker for things that make me feel good. This shouldn’t come as too much a surprise but I really loved the Aria franchise. Animation was joy, Natural was beautiful and Origination was love. I was a broken man after finishing Origination as I had no more Aria to watch. Origination was an incredible, unforgettable and overwhelming experience. That goes for the entirety of the Aria franchise but Origination especially. I can’t single out a favorite character because they are all amazing but I am impartial to Alice. I’m just sad there really isn’t more to watch. Reality can be a harsh mistress.

#15-11 will be posted January 17, 2012.
#10-6 will be posted January 22, 2012.
#5-1 will be posted January 27, 2012.