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 juicy center 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 second five (#15-11) of my top 20. Thank you for reading and comments are appreciated.

- thegoldenwaste

15. Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
This should not be of any real surprise. I fell in absolute love with this series from the very first episode. With its absolutely amazing soundtrack, to its downright gorgeous if not revolutionary animation, to the lovable and awesome characters and just how criminally cheap the DVD set was. Go buy it, best $10 you could spend all year. There is so much for everyone with this, you’ve got Ginrei who is both cute and a strong female character and a great, strong male lead in Daisaku. He’s not a whiny brat like other mecha protagonists. The show revolutionized how I saw anime and changed my tastes dramatically. This is where it all started for me.

14. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Moving forward to something fairly recent, we’ve got the more accurate version of Fullmetal Alchemist. Aptly named Brotherhood, we see many kinds of bro’ing going on among various characters. Animation is gorgeous, as usual and expected with BONES anime. It’s a vast improvement over the first series. The first series played to the emotions, the second to the action and adventure of it all. That’s always a plus in my books if you ask me. Anyways, the dub is just as if not better than the first series.

13. Evangelion 2.22: You Can [Not] Advance
I’ll get straight to the point for this particular title. There are three reasons why this managed to get into my top 15. The first is Asuka, the second is the godly animation and the third is the epilogue and the words spoken by Kaworu. The third is especially what caused this to skyrocket. The wait for 3.33 and 4.44 is going to be excruciating as all hell. Anyways, the dub is fine and the release from Funimation is solid if the slip cover bit cheaply done. It’s really quite irksome for such a high profile title such as this to get shoddy release treatment like that.

12. Millennium Actress
The most profoundly moving experience from a film, anime or otherwise, I have ever had. The great and late Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress is his best work. I will furious defend that statement as fact. It’s an ode to the love of old Japanese films and its stars. Beautifully animated by Madhouse, as usual and has a fantastic and goose bump-inducing soundtrack. It’s gotten fairly difficult to find, much like its story, but its one worth seeking out. Millennium Actress will always be something special to me because it transcends anime.

11. Baccano!
Fun. That’s the one word you can describe Baccano with. This is a show that can manage to get me to double dip completely on in favor of the blu-ray version. I bought the singles from Funimation religiously. I loved those discs with a passion and watched them probably close to 20 times. I’m not joking at all! I have seen the show 20 times. It never gets old. It’s a timeless classic in every sense of the word, why its not higher I probably don’t know. Anyways, I prefer Funi’s dub in this particular show and setting, it’s a show where it just works out better. If you are strapped for cash, get Funi’s terrible release but if you can, get Aniplex’s Baccano blu-ray box set. Baccano is amazing, amazing stuff.

#10-6 will be posted on January 26, 2012 (a four day delay, sorry).