NOTE: DO NOT CRITICIZE USERS FOR THE ANIMES IN THEIR TOP 5! This thread is not to be used to make fun of others for liking scenes in animes that you don't like. Please post only YOUR favorite scenes and please try to refrain from commenting negatively on other people's Top 5. Please also list your choices in ascending order, #5 being your least favorite of your top 5 to #1 being your absolute favorite,. Also, please put your Top 5 in spoilers (as I have done) for anyone who hasn't seen the anime you're describing and doesn't want the plot spoiled. If you can, try linking a video or an image to the scene you refer to (within the spoiler tag) with each selection.
Let's see what scenes stuck with people!
#5: Oriemo -
Pretty much ALL of Episode 5 (My Little Sister's Best Friend Can't Be This XX)
Wow. This whole episode kinda jumped out at me like a lunging tiger. Before this episode, I thought Oreimo was kind of a sub-par anime that was slightly over-hyped due to its pretty good animation. For the first 3 episodes, nothing really interesting happened. Then in the 4th episode we FINALLY saw some ecchi, but it was short-lived. It DID catch my attention enough to give the 5th episode a chance, however. After the eroge convention that Kirino attends, she runs into Ayase. I kinda figured that some hilarity would ensue in trying to explain why Kirino was there and that after some thrown-together explination, Ayase would buy it and walk away. This was not the case. It just got darker and darker...both in the plot AND in the literal sense. I knew the tides were turning bad when the sky grew cloudy all of a sudden and it started pouring rain. My jaw dropped when Ayase ripped open Kirino's bag by accident and all the doujinshi fell on the ground. It sent a shot to my heart when Ayase basically said. "We are no longer friends because of this. Don't talk to me anymore." I really felt bad for Kirino. Then the whole scene where Kirino is so upset and balling her eyes out that she goes wailing on Kyousuke, kicks him in the balls and falls to her knees crying. It was an emotional ride from the reveal of Kirinos secret to the very last scene. If an anime can make me have feels through at least a continuous 2/3rds of the episode...it's done it's job well.
#4: Angel Beats! -
Otanashi taking Hatsune to see the Christmas lights/Death of Hatsune
As if the fact he had a younger sister with cancer didn't get you right in the feels beforehand, this episode of AB decides to awe you and break your heart at the same time. When its obviously clear that Hatsune is close to death anyway, Otanashi decides to grant her dying wish and take her to see the Christmas lights downtown. As he carries her on his back, the beautiful lighting in AB really shines here (quite literally) as the Christmas lights glow in a memorizing display of color...but while you the viewer are enjoying the spectacle of lights...the worst possible thing happens. Both you and Otanashi were so in awe by the lights that you didn't even notice Hatsune dies in Otanashi's arms. By the time you realize she's gone...it's too late to say goodbye. It really makes you feel just as guilty as the main character that you weren't paying enough attention and let that sweet little girl's life slip from your radar...and you cry with Otanashi as he carries his dead sister on his back through the rest of the light display.
#3: Angel Beats! -
Hinata's proposal to Yui
Yui is just one of those kawaii characters that you wish you could have as a little sister, so when Konate and Otanashi decide to team up and send everyone to Heaven, when it's Yui's turn you think you should be feeling some kind of sadness that she's leaving. However, this episode succeeds in distracting you with so much humor and cute little things (like when Yui tries doing pro-wrestling on Otanashi) you completely forget what Otanashi is trying to do. At the end of the day after practicing baseball for hours trying to get a home run, the sun sets in the distance and Yui kinda gives up on the idea but she's not sad about not achieving her goal. Even though she achieved pretty much all her soul wanted to achieve, her soul wouldn't let go. She then reveals that she wants to get married as her final wish, but she cries as she realizes she's too young and too dead to do this. Then, like a true gentleman badass, Hinata pretty much throws himself at her and gives her one of the most romantic speeches I've ever heard from anyone ever. When he tells Yui that he will vow to find her when they are reborn in the real world and swoons her so thuroughly that as she cuddles in his arms, she vanishes having finally found peace. It was such a sweet moment and it has stayed with me ever since seeing it.
#2: Witchblade -
(this is the best video I can find that shows it...sorry its an AMV) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1hWMNO4yO8
The Death of Masane Amaha/End of Witchblade
Oh my effin God. This gave me SOOOOOOO many feels. I can't even begin to describe it....and these feels aren't just in one episode either. You know this is going to happen for like 3 WHOLE EPISODES before it actually does, and you have to slowly watch as the news is broken to more and more of her close friends. I mean, the loss of the character herself and the loss of her personality is still sad and all, but what REALLY sends a sucker punch to your feels is that she leaves behind her adorable 5 year old daughter Rihoko (who in a absolutely heartbreaking scene in the episode prior to the one she dies in, Masane finally tells Rihoko she's "going to heaven") and her new husband/recently-discovered father of Rihoko, Reiji. Finally, as a fatal blow to your feels, Rihoko mentions how her mommy is still by her side because she has her seashell (this is supposed to be a significant running theme throughout the series but I havn't watched Witchblade in so long that I forget the context of it). After the final three episodes of Witchblade, I sat on my bed for a good 15 minutes crying over this ending.
#1: FLCL -
Mamimi sees Canti fly
My #1 pick isn't sad! Surprise! It's actually just motherf***king awe-inspiring. It's not really significant to the plot or anything but just the sheer amazing-ness of this puts it at #1. Probably the best things about this is how perfectly the music fits the epic mood of the scene as well as near the end, when the place lights up and Mamimi stares, eyes wide at Canti ascending into the sky, she thinks HES A FREAKING ANGEL. The animation in that scene just kinda shined like...WOW. That was BEAUTIFUL. There really aren't any more words to describe it other than jaw-dropping. I think this is the single greatest moment in anime history and I will always stick by it as such.
Well...that's my Top 5. Now let me see yours!
At Anime Boston 2013 on May 24th! Cosplaying as Tsukune from Rosario Vampire!
I have to say whoever has read the manga of my avatar. I would go with all 5 scenes from that.
His Holiness Optimus Maximus Decimus Meridius Colossus Nemesis Nexus Genesis
5: Durarara!!! -
Whenever Shizuo punches someone. But mainly when they go flying.
4: FLCL -
Baseball with satellites.
3: Eureka Seven -
2: Durarara!!! -
Izaya Orihara with Celty's head.
Because cause of entire plot in one scene.
I don't know.
Need more money for anime and such! :'(
Clannad After Story and the end of Angel Beats
#5 Fruits Basket
Tohru talks about her mother
I don’t have an image or a video for this one. It took place in the very first episode and explained how Tohru lost her mother. This was the very first scene in any anime series to ever make me cry. I was incredibly touched by the heartfelt relationship she had with her departed mother. The scene itself isn’t even that sad, but just the way Tohru talks in that sweet, mournful tone sets the whole mood. (Bear in mind that I watched this dubbed, so I can’t say anything about the sub or guarantee that sub-only-watches will have the same experience in terms of the voice).
This was the very first scene to make me think “Hey, there may be something to this anime thing.”
#4 Strawberry Panic
And now I’ve lost all credibility as an anime fan and a man lol
Nagisa and Shizuma Kiss
I know what you’re thinking. A yuri anime? Am I serious? Yes, sadly, I’m series. I totally and completely understand why people are averse to yuri (in fact, aversion to certain yuri animes is probably a very good thing). However, at the time Strawberry Panic was the most romantic anime that I had ever seen. It’s still up there in my top 5 romances, probably.
I chose this scene because it perfectly encapsulates the romantic feeling one experiences when watching this series. Additionally, the symbolism of seeing Tamao’s ribbon float away as Nagisa and Shizuma embrace was quite heart-wrenching. Finally, the music playing in the background (Koi no Joukei) is one of my all time favorite pieces of anime background music. Primarily because it reminds me of a romantic nocturne (like those by Chopin).
Not that it matters since I’ve now lost all respect and credibility lol. It’s my guilty pleasure, though.
Taiga says that Ryuji is her's.
Dedicated Toradora fans may be surprised that I didn’t pick the Christmas scene where Taiga calls out for Ryuji, but this scene came much earlier in the series, and it hit quite hard for me. I could just feel the depths of her emotion, and it sent chills down my spine. It was this scene that made me realize that Toradora is no ordinary romantic comedy. That’s why this scene stands out so prominently in my mind. Still, there are many other heart-piercing scenes peppered throughout this series.
#2 Code Geass
Lelouch becomes emperor of Britannia
(Note: I actually preferred the dub, but I know there are a lot of dub-haters out there, so I posted the sub anyway).
When I first saw this, I was quite frankly awestruck. This scene just made my jaw drop. I remember thinking to myself “This guy is freaking amazing.” This suave Byronic hero just waltzes in, sits down, and takes over an empire. Seeing Suzaku at his back was also a big shocker and an unexpected twist. This two hit combo of awesomeness and unexpectedness has cemented this scene as one of the most epic that I can personally remember.
#1 Kemono no Souja Erin
Actually, i'm not going to post or say anything here. Why? Because I don’t want to spoil anything from this series.
Kemono no Souja Erin is one of those series that should be up there on the list of must watches in my opinion. It’s almost universally acclaimed, but no one seems to have heard of it. So instead of saying anything about it, I’ll just encourage anyone who’s curious to actually watch the series. Even if you hate it, I still think it’s worth a try. Just don’t let the art style put you off.
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