Well the last Sharing day themed Kaldath's corner did well enough that I decided to do it again. This time we are going to share or favorite animation weather that animation be Japanese Anime, Western style cartoons or something else. I will list my top five Animation after the jump and invite you all to do the same. Anyone who shares their favorite animation with the community is entitled too ask me one question of their choice on any topic and I will endeavor to answer truthfully.
I am going to list my five animation below along with links to the shows intros, You do not need intro links when sharing your choices,
Unsurprisingly I am sure to you all that the Author of Anime Talk will have Anime as all of his top five Animation picks:
#5 - World Trigger
#4 - The Irregular at Magic High School
#3 - a Certain Scientific Railgun / A Certain Magical Index
Yes I know I am cheating here, these are two separate anime however they are so heavily intertwined that I consider them one and the same!
#2 - Ranma 1/2
#1 - Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
Well there you have my current top five animations, please share your top five in the comments below, and don't forget your questions for me.
also here are a couple honorary mentions that almost made it to the top five
Bubblegum Crisis the original OVA's
Bleach ( picked this intro because it is my Favorite Band Scandal )
I’m gonna miss something, but off the top of my head;
Thundar the Barbarian
Jem and the Holograms
Pokemon X and Y (the stories have really stepped up this season!)
Nothing for me beats the old Bugs Bunny / Roadrunner / Looney Tunes Show. The old claynimation Holiday specials are great, as are the claynimation dinos from the Land Of The Lost. Besides those and some gifs that are horribly inappropriate for this venue I don’t see much animation of any kind.
My question: as someone who works security, what horrifies you more personally, hybristophilia or Munchhausen-by-proxy? I’ve been trying to reinvigorate someone else’s fiction of late, and they very badly need more realistic lackeys.
@Herr D I would have to go with Munchhausen-by-proxy
1. Avatar: The Last Airbender (This includes the Legend of Korra. Avatar is my favorite animated series of all times. I love the world creation and the stories/dialogue are top notch. And characterization…nothing beats these characters in my book.)
2. Batman: The Animated Series (Including Batman Beyond series. Oh boy. I watched this from the very beginning and it blew me away with its awesome visuals and stories. It felt like a golden age of animation was starting.)
3. Gravity Falls. (X-Files dipped into a bottle of glitter and marinated with an awesome sauce of comic genius. Mabel Cat Hand Bazooka for the win!)
4. Adventures Time. (I love Finn and Jake. Best duo on television.)
5. Dexter’s Laboratory. (I still imitate Dexter to this day.)
Teen Titans Go! (brilliant craziness)
Avengers (The recent series have been quite enjoyable. I wish we would have had this quality of cartoons when I was a kid.)
Xmen series from the 90s
New Thundercats (a shame it was only one season)
I’m gonna have to go with a few from Dblade’s list…
1. Batman: The Animated Series (Oh hell yeah… best ever!)
2. X-men series from the 90’s (Netflix is awesome for this show, but it was awesome on Saturday mornings, as a child!)
3.Dexter’s Laboratory…. (Dblade said: “I still imitate Dexter to this day.” Me too… especially when my neighbors do something steeewpid.)
#5… Doug 😉 ( What better a cartoon to adequately portray the emotions and real life predicaments of an awkward teenage boy.)
Spiderman from the 90’s
Rocko’s modern life
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (90’s)
Angry Beavers (Beavers :D)
The Tick! (Spoooooooon!)
Ahhhhhhhh Real Monsters
Life With Louie 😉 (Fat kid represent)
Soo many others!!!
I end my list with Muppet Babies (Don’t Judge)
In terms of western cartoons: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the obvious one that everyone knows I like. Otherwise, classic Scooby Doo & Tom and Jerry have to be up there. I really enjoyed the Avengers Assemble series while it was on and the 90’s Animated Spider-Man series was a favourite as well. So I guess that’d be my top 5 (otherwise, Cartoon Network classics like Ed, Edd and Eddy & Dexters Lab would have to be up there, oh and Powerpuff Girls).
Anime wise, top 5 are Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Digimon (Tamers if you want to be specific), Death Note, Gurren Lagan and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Not sure if they’re in order or not, but FMA is definitely first.
I was a cartoon fanatic growing up. It didn’t what I was doing, I stop everything to plop down in front of the TV to watch my favorite cartoons.
1. Batman: The Animated Series
2. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
5. Scooby Doo & Friends
Defenders of the Earth
Spider-Man and Friends
Ok, for western animation, the main ones are MLP: FiM, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Wakfu, and RWBY.
Japanese animation? Eureka Seven, Digimon Tamers, FMA: Brotherhood, Code Geass, and Log Horizon.
As a kid, I liked Kim Possible and Cyberchase (show on PBS Kids).
I don’t think I could rate them, as rating things hasn’t really gone well for me in the past.
Only 5?…Ok, I’ll try…
No particular order but western-wise, I’d say:
1. Samurai Jack
2. Spongebob Squarepants
3. Avatar: TLA (Haven’t seen Legend of Korra yet)
4. Ed, Edd, & Eddy
5. Tom & Jerry
I’m not huge into anime, but One Punch Man is already my ishh. And Ultimate Muscle…
I did five mostly because of the links, I didn’t want to make the post to long, if you can’t limit your choices to 5 feel free to do a top 10, or 25 etc. If I were to do a top ten you can add my 3 honorable mentions to the list and add Kaze No Stigma ( Stigma of the Wind ) and Sky Wizards Academy.
1. Archer – Maybe more adult themed than some stuff mentioned here but still my favourite.
2. Young Justice – A really underrated show. Still can’t believer they cancelled it for Teen Titans Go.
3. Justice League (& Unlimited) – It’s the Justice League. What’s not to love?
4. Tom & Jerry – The original. The new one is terrible.
5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – I am the biggest Star Wars geek. Rebels is good too.
1. The Simpsons. Hands down my favorite animated anything. At its peak it was the most amazing thing on television, and while it’s been impossible to sustain that kind of quality for so long, I still watch it. It’s like putting on a comfortable old jacket that you’ve had forever and you know you should probably get rid of it, but you just can’t bring yourself to let go.
2. Batman the Animated Series (and it’s later inspirations: Batman Beyond, Justice League, and JLU). I think it really elevated the idea of a superhero cartoon show and was the first to take the characters seriously.
3. Avatar (Last Airbender and Legend of Korra): Awesome world-building. Every bending tribe had its own culture and lore, you really felt like there was a rich history we were delving into. And Korra took it to a different, but equally awesome place. Bonus for kick-ass female characters.
4. Samurai Jack. Such a stylish and beautifully animated show. Best action sequences around.
5. X-Men Animated Series (90s version, though “Evolution” and “Wolverine & the” weren’t half bad either). The X-men have always been among my favorite comic book creations, and this show, as campy and cheesy as it could get, the show really delivered on the themes of prejudice and discrimination.
Like JR, I’m gonna split my choices by western and nonwestern (Anime).
Scooby Doo: I grew up watching scooby doo, whether it was where are you or what’s new. I could watch it for hours. Various scooby doo movies, such as cyber chase and zombie island, were always on in my house and I loved every minute of it. I haven’t watched any of its more recent shows, but I may as I’ve heard Mystery inc. isn’t bad.
Rick and Morty: Rick and Morty hundred years! This may be my favorite show airing and it always gets a laugh out of me. It combines science fiction with a twisted sense of humor and I love it. Plus it’s dark as hell, which suits me just fine.
Adventure Time: The continuity that this show has built up is outstanding and its characters are top notch. Its world is really fleshed out and worldbuilding is one of my favorite elements from anything. It is also very silly and always fun. It also explores some deep/dark things and I love its occasional bittersweet/depressing moments.
Gravity Falls: Similar to Adventure Time, it has great continuity and its characters are great. Constant horror references also show up which makes me happy.
Spectacular Spiderman: This was a fantastic superhero show. It was extremely well written and its fight scenes were great. Like another of my favorites, Young Justice, it was struck down before its time.
Avatar/Korra: The worldbuilding, fights, characters, humor, writing, and everything about it are amazing. It is also one of my childhood favorites.
Justice League: This is my go to show to watch whenever I need something to watch. It is fun and well written.
Honorable mentions/don’t feel like writing about them:
Baccano!: This is my favorite anime. It is fun and its characters are so great. I can never pin down one character as a favorite. Its music is also top notch.
Mushishi: This show is beautiful. The mushi are also interesting and well designed.
Monster: This was the first “real” anime I watched, as in not Naruto/DBZ. It also happens to have one of the best villains I’ve ever seen and its unraveling narrative is fantastic.
Cowboy Bebop: It’s a classic. It is great sci fi combined with great animation and music.
FMA:B: The action, characters, and worldbuilding are great.
Princess Mononoke/other ghibli
Aww I forgot about the Simpsons. Good one Dici!
More honorable mentions!
Venture Brothers (Monarch is the best villain around.)
Powerpuff Girls (Bubbles is my jam!)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (twisted and fun)
I’m not a big anime guy but I did enjoy Cowboy Bebop.
1. The Simpsons
3. The Fantastic Four cartoon from 2007-ish
4. Hero Factory Rise of the rookies
5. CP #Waddleon (counts, it uses modified in-game/playercard images)
1: Scooby Doo! My all time fave.
2: Rick and Morty
3: Family Guy
4: American Dad
5: Eddsworld (YouTube series)
2: Cowboy Bebop
3: Detective Conan
4: Full Metal Alchemist
5: Oban star racers (might be western)
Honourable movie mentions:
Way too many to mention. So not a Top 5 but a “sampling.”
My after school & Saturday mornings:
Droids & Ewoks (Part of a ‘Star Wars’ animated hour)
Dungeons & Dragons
More recent animation:
Kill La Kill (I was behind the curb on that one when JR offered his character for my “Tell My Story” thread)
Black Lagoon (Remy is one of my favorite characters)
Moonbeam City (I’m an 80s kid)
Liquid Television (MTV’s presentation of independent and college films)
Rock and Rule (movie)
Animalympics (aka, “The babysitter movie”)
I agree with dblade that ‘Batman: TAS’ marked the beginning of a new age in animation. Not just for the really awesome art deco style but the writing was more in line with the source material. As with comics and graphic novels starting in the late 80s / early 90s, animation “grew up” with its audience.
The internet has ushered in what I like to call the (ahem) “Major Age” of animation. Anime is no longer us gamers and geeks gathering to watch imported Betamax tapes at the local comic book store (ah, nostalgia). We have TV networks that are dedicated 24/7 to animation. FXX is practically ‘The Simpsons’ channel. Countless websites with “free” access to classics, first-runs, and independent series (‘RWBY’). Then there are pay services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. If your show is not on-line, you can most likely buy it on Amazon, e-bay, etc. What a time to be alive (or recovering from atrophy…).
Bonus and props to the person who cites the source from which I coined “Major Age” of animation. Aside from “Silver” and “Golden” already being taken. Answer will be revealed in this thread tomorrow if no winner(s).
@Atomic Punk- You know, you just blew my mind. I never made the connection between the story you did for Kira and Kill La Kill. I can’t believe I didn’t notice it.
Instead of one big top whatever list I decided to do a few sub categories
My top 5 Animated movies
Rock & Rule
Akira (Witch way do you pronounce it?)
My top 5 American Animated series
Spawn The Animated Series (HBO)
My top 5 Anime series
@Gene I see you have Robotech on your list and wonder if you ever watched the original source material ( well one of three source materials ) Superdemensional space fortress Macross?
Someone told me about ‘Kill La Kill’ when I saw your character. It clicked subconsciously because I had already envisioned a cursed dress. ‘Kill La Kill’ is one of my favorites. It packages the outrageous elements of anime into a unique story.
The answer to why I refer to our time as the “Major Age” of animation: Major Motoko Kusanagi. ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a really bizarre futurism that boldly addresses humanity and transcendence in the information age. Another watershed moment in animation.
The original movie is compelling. The sequels are enjoyable but seem to dilute. Unfortunately, the anime series was overwhelmingly complex with its plot, subplots, and conspiracy tie-ins.
@Wild Card: Glad I’m not the only one who remembers ‘Rock & Rule!’
Again running late to the party, and again I apologize for not limiting to top 5, but these I could list all day, I’ve actually bought most of em’ on dvd and I still love the art style and the fact they make since(in cartoon terms), as compared to a lot of todays cartoons
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (87-96)
2. Biker Mice From Mars (93-96) / Street Sharks (94-95)
3. X-Men (92-97)
4. Blackstar(81-82) / He-Man and The Masters of The Universe (83-85) / She-Ra: Princess of Power (85-87) / BraveStarr (87-89)
5. Thundercats (85-89) / Silverhawks (86)
6. The Pirates of Dark Water (91-92)
7. G.I. Joe (85-86) / The Transformers (84-87)
8. Ducktales (87-90)
9. Darwing Duck (91-95)
10. The Real Ghostbusters (86-91)
Special Mention. Pink Panther and Side Cartoons (69-76)
Recently picked up The Galaxy Rangers (86-89) and its’ got potential of jumping onto the above list. And as state I could go on, but that’s already 16 for 5 so *cough* The Simpsons / Family Guy *cough* Looney Tunes *cough* The Tick / Earthworm Jim *Cough*