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 other half of the 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 last and perhaps grandiose five (#5-1) of my top 20. Thank you for reading and comments are appreciated.

- thegoldenwaste

5. Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997)
4. Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse (1999)

Okay, yeah, I’m cheating here but both titles are just so profoundly amazing but still rather flawed. Now, if I had the choice between the two titles, I’d give the incredibly over-the-top film the slight edge here and by slight I mean by a hair. I felt the TV series lacked interest nearing the end of the show. I simply got bored with it after a while. It felt like a task having to sit through some episodes. Despite all the problems, it was still a fantastic show but not enough so.

3. Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto (2011)
The only recent show in my top 5, not that there is anything particularly wrong with that but it does kind of say something interesting but that is for another time and another place. The show is an unusual beast. It appears to be like Utena in many ways but I feel more complex and more enjoyable. The only real downside is just they had too big of a cast and not enough episodes to expand just a little more on some characters. Mind you, despite some of the cons of the show, it is still really good and earned a spot on this list.

2. Hajime no Ippo (2000-2002)
This entire journey has been a Madhouse affair. Rest assured, the journey is close to an end. Hajime no Ippo is not quite what I expected and as somebody who doesn’t like boxing or sports in general, Hajime no Ippo has that charm, similar to say Ookiku Furikabutte. That being said, it is not so much the story that carries the show but the characters, their personalities and their motives. The fight scenes are excellent and edge-of-your-seat. It’s just one of those shows where everything mixes well and grabs you by the neck and doesn’t let you go.

1. Boogiepop Phantom (2000)
Last Madhouse title, I promise! Oh wait a minute; it’s the last title in this entire thing. My bad. Anyways, Boogiepop Phantom is everything in anime that I love and cherish. I watched this show three times and each time was a wonderful and different experience. I listened to the English track the first time, the commentary track the second time and the final time in Japanese. It’s essentially the perfect show filled with action, horror and suspense. Everything is just done right.

Thanks for sticking and reading this all the way through!