Among new animes, my very favorite are Gankutsuou, and Bleach.
First of all I like Gankutsuou because Alexander Dumas' "Count of Monte Cristo" is one of my very favorite books, and I think this anime remake of it as rare as it happens is a well made remake of it. I also love voice of the Count, played by a voice actor that did Alucard. Soft when it needs to be, and soooo evil at other times. I think that voice actor is one of the very best. Secondly the animation style that seemed really strange at first is very new, and I think is appropriate for this anime. One thing that I slightly dislike about this remake is some of character interpretations. In my opinion Alber and Eugenie were made way too sappy and weak mentally, especially Alber, he cries too much. On the other hand I really all other characters and how they were made.
Rating so far: 9/10 (-1 for Alber crying so much)
Bleach's storyline seemed shallow and weak at first when I read storyline postings. However, after downloading and watching first few episodes out of boredom, I couldn't stop. Nowadays I anxiously wait for Lunar subs to come out every week... I really don't know what sucked me in. Maybe the fact that the main character Ichigo (seriously, you won't survive with a name Ichigo <"strawberry" in Japanese> in Japanese school system, even if it's spelled differently <different kanji>) is very likable and easy to relate to (I hate "perfect" boys and girls like in Ai Yori Aoshi, they are so boring). Also Rukia and Ichigo's friends add a lot of comedy to this series. And when I thought I liked it, it just got even better around episode 15-16. Now I really have to check Baka-Updates several times a day in anticipation.
So far 9.5/10.
From older series Fullmetal Alchemist, and Trigun are probably my most favorite. Both have similar story flows. They start out very funny, then there is the whole travel and fix others' problems stage, and then the time comes for truth and death of friends. Very sad, but great.
In Fullmetal Alchemist I particularly liked very extensive character development, and how real emotions of two kids faced with harsh reality is portrayed. Also I like the portrayal of large geopolitical problems being caused by personal ambitions, and how the story ties up everything together at the end, even though I don't like the very ending. Also very interesting and fresh portrayal of Alchemy as a science.
Rating 9/10 (I wanted a better ending...but I know that would be too good)
Trigun really shows what it really means to be a peacemaker better than anything else. Also I liked that one moment of happiness when two side characters finally get together, but then the of one of them after that is just too sad. The anime also becomes more and more depressing towards the end, but all great series kinda do.
Another Animes I like are many creations of Hayao Miyazaki:
"Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" - Can be slightly confusing at first, but amazing flow of the plot and really grabs imagination. 10/10
"Laputa Castle in the Sky" - Great Action, enough drama, great character development and relationship, again grabs imagination.10/10
"My Neighbor Totoro" - Fabulous film for kids, and very good for adults. 10/10 for kids, 8/10 for adults.
"Porco Rosso" - Great character development, great geopolitical portrayals, great humor, and even though based in "real" world has some very magical elements to it. 10/10
"Kiki's Delivery Service" - Great portrayal of teenager girl's mind, fun to watch. 9/10
"Princess Mononoke" - Very sad, very true. Great portrayal of ancient Japanese spiritual beliefs, very beautiful original old Japanese language used. But...sad.... 10/10
"Howl's Moving Castle" - Very interesting story line, great character development, probably Miyazaki's first 100% Happy Ending Love Story. 9/10
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