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http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2015/09/08-1/feature-aniwords-dont-talk-about-your-favorite-anime

Basically, the idea is that anyone can make a top 10 list, but it's something else entirely to talk about what anime had some kind of impact on you, how it changed you as a person, and sharing that with everyone. I'd like to make a thread where we can all list anime that are important to us and the reason why.

I'll start by getting one of the obvious ones out of the way: Neon Genesis Evangelion. It's a stereotypical "Best Anime Evar" but I think I'm also not alone in saying that it helped me think more about being empathetic to other people and understanding that my image of what someone is like in my mind and what they're actually like are very different things, and it's important not to hold anyone to the standard of who you think they should be rather than who they are. And honestly, I'm not sure if I even would put it on my Top 5 list of anime that I think are the "best", and I don't know if I'll ever rewatch it in full. But it will always have a place in my heart because of that.
Posted 9/24/15 , edited 9/24/15
I like this thread!

I'm not going to make a top 10 list so to say because it would take me forever:

Eyeshield 21- Its definitely in my list of favorites for teaching me what it means to attempt a goal. Yeah, there is a lot of unrealistic moves but it brings out the idea that we do need to focus on our dreams carefully in order to actually reach them. The reason why I wouldn't say its my all time favorite is because the plot felt sluggish in certain areas and some of the character jokes can get redundant.

Lovely Complex- One of my "secrets" is that I'm a pretty big fan of good romance animations if the writing holds well. I think Lovely Complex had a lot of that going on for it through its comedic behavior and fun interactions. Plus, its just a really touching story about how two different people can find a common ground that blossoms into love. The bad news is that some of the characters can get a bit too stupid for their own good. It ends on a pretty decent note though!
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My Love Story!! was supposed to be just a happy romantic anime but it became so much more. I realized a lot about myself, and my tendency to keep others at a distance and how that might affect the way people approach me. I also realized that from other people's perspectives, said tendency, makes me seem cold and uncaring at times and that I should probably work on that. When I had this big moment, my husband's response was just: "Well, yeah. But I think it's okay for you to only let one person in." Remembering how we met and first dated with this new perspective (why would you date a person who won't let anyone in?), I had to ask him why he dated me in the first place. As usual, he said something really cool: "I became a healthier and happier person when I was with you."

*headdesk* Everyone is so much more mature than I am, from Takeo, a 2D character, to my husband who somehow puts up with this immaturity.
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Well usually, my favorite animes have some kind of impact on me xD
Like, One Piece taught me a bunch of stuffs despite it's comedic factor

And my favorite and favorite of all Fullmetal Alchemist/brotherhood.

There's a lot more anime out there but these two impacted me the most
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Kitahoshi_Hazel wrote:

My Love Story!! was supposed to be just a happy romantic anime but it became so much more. I realized a lot about myself, and my tendency to keep others at a distance and how that might affect the way people approach me. I also realized that from other people's perspectives, said tendency, makes me seem cold and uncaring at times and that I should probably work on that. When I had this big moment, my husband's response was just: "Well, yeah. But I think it's okay for you to only let one person in." Remembering how we met and first dated with this new perspective (why would you date a person who won't let anyone in?), I had to ask him why he dated me in the first place. As usual, he said something really cool: "I became a healthier and happier person when I was with you."

*headdesk* Everyone is so much more mature than I am, from Takeo, a 2D character, to my husband who somehow puts up with this immaturity.


I might watch My Love Story now. btw did u ever go back to ef yet?
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Canaan - totally made more humane. Idk it was just seeing young Canaan being so happy when her master/guardian/savior/abuser bought her a free meal or something, and she just wasnt' expecting it. I felt so bad for her, started immeidatley wanting to adopt kids and giving them the world.

Charlotte - I didn't know you could talk about music like that totally made me realize how to make convos with peeps about music :)
-also now I want to go to an internet café in japan and binge-watch anime while ordering pizza that gets delivered to you by hot waitresses

Shakugan no Shana - learned a new persona to use in public the male lead's lax way of speaking and attitude. I tried copying it at the airport, and it totally made the flight attendants more mellow
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Lucky Star was my first anime and my first life impacting anime, i wont spout "anime saved my life blablabla" but i was going through a bit of a depression and Lucky Star threw in the humor i needed to keep going. Then i watched School days and it all went to hell
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For me, the first anime to actually touch my heart was Robotech: Macross. I hated to watch romance in movies or on tv but the Rick Hunter/Lynn Minmay/Lisa Hayes triangle dragged me right in. From that moment, Macross, Southern Cross and Mospeada became my go to franchise.

Angel Beats taught me t was okay for a guy to tear up at an anime. Before Angel Beats, I was exclusively a sci-fi/mecha/mystery/comedy anime fan. After Angel Beats, I added Drama/Slice of Life/Romance/Harem Comedy to the mix.

Gundam taught me that there are some anime that once you miss a season you can never even hope to catch up again . Once I lost my place to was no road back.
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lambofgenesis wrote:

I might watch My Love Story now. btw did u ever go back to ef yet? :D


Not yet, I can still remember it too well. I have to wait until I've forgotten what I didn't like about the first episode.


lambofgenesis wrote:
Charlotte - I didn't know you could talk about music like that totally made me realize how to make convos with peeps about music :)
-also now I want to go to an internet café in japan and binge-watch anime while ordering pizza that gets delivered to you by hot waitresses


I found a song recently that reminded me of their discussion about zhiend : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL3xTt-cvSU.

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After seriously thinking about it, above are my anime which I feel impacted me the most. Why? I'll tell you.

Grave of the Fireflies - My first anime feature film and one which truly had an impact. One of the only films to have made me cry, and (at the time) the only animated feature to instill that kind of emotion. Seeing for the first time how such a serious topic could be addressed in anime was huge for me.

Blue Exorcist - For years I hadn't watched a lot of anime after I got into the work force, starting having children. When my wife was pregnant with our twins, she had trouble sleeping - so I went upstairs to bed before her. One night, when I couldn't sleep - I turned on the TV and checked out the On Demand options. On a whim, I checked the anime options on Adult Swim. There was Blue Exorcist. The anime was high paced and fascinating at its face. Hooked me quickly and I lapped up the series. It reminded me why I enjoyed watching anime in the first place.

End of Evangelion - I ate up Neon Genesis Evangelion in college. I just couldn't stop plowing through the series. When it ended, though, I felt...confused. The ending tried too hard, in my opinion at the time. Then came End of Evangelion. It was an insane apocalyptic vision and I couldn't turn away. I'm not sure why, but it's stuck with me all these years.

Doraemon - Specifically, the Americanized version from Disney XD. Yes, I know, that's blasphemous in some anime fan circles, but it made a fun, silly anime series REALLY accessible for my 6 year old son and 4 year old daughter, who both love it. So much. While Disney tried WAY too hard to Americanize the series, my kids don't notice. All they know is that they're having fun watching Doraemon's wackiness and it being anime made them willing to watch other anime, such as My Neighbor Totoro (which may lead to more).

Cowboy Bebop - It's my favorite series, hands down. This was the series that turned me from a casual enjoyer of anime to a full on anime fan. The action, the characters, the music - all together created such an amazing experience which was not reduced even when watching the dubbed version. Both subbed and dubbed versions are beautifully crafted and it still holds up. It got me really into anime and I regret nothing about that!

Your Lie in April - This series is hauntingly beautiful. It approached hard topics - death, depression, terminal illness - and dealt with them in such a way to make it approachable. It was a music series that focused so much more on characters dealing with their personal struggles. It was beautifully drawn and the music was incredibly well done. Yes, there are flaws - but all in all it touched me emotionally in a way few other series have been able to do.

Who's next?
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Starblazers / Space Battleship Yamato - When I watched this as a kid I had no idea this was anime but it left an impact that still resonates today. It's a big part of the reason I'm a sci-fi and animation fan (not just anime). It also set me on course to want to learn about Japan, it's culture and it's language. I still get chills when I hear the theme song.
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When I think about my top 10, these tend to be borderline inclusions; but they were both made a big impact on me:

Usagi Drop:
I'd never seen anything like this before. Sure there is a "single father raises child" trope in movies and Western TV, but the child tends to either be:
a) a prop to generate comedy and cause drama between the father his love interest(s) (see: Parent Trap; Definitely, Maybe)
or
b) an excuse to see the dad bungle housework (see: Mr. Mom; Yours, Mine, and Ours)
Usagi drop did neither of those things. It was about a child and a parent getting to know each other. It was about accepting and loving family for no other reason than that they are family. It's about a father making sacrifices at work so that he can raise his children. At the time, I was working as a part-time nanny for my two nephews; I think in four years of taking those kids to the park, I ran across two other non-grandfather males, and often got odd "why are you here?" looks from the mothers and female nannies. In that context, I found Usagi Drop incredibly affirming.

Myself; Yourself:
One of the first anime I saw that I thought "wow, this is really good". It was a show about friendship, and how friends can help you overcome crappy family lives. The romance wasn't a "love at first sight", but instead about two people getting to know each other--both the good things and the bad--and loving each other as a result. It was a show about pain and overcoming that pain. Again, I'd never seen anything quite like it in Western movies or TV, and up until then, most of the anime I'd seen had been battle anime of one kind or another (Voltron and Pokemon when I was younger; Sekerie and Rosario + Vampire more recently). Since then, I've seen other romances that were both better made and more enjoyable; but Myself; Yourself always has a fond place in my heart because it was the first.
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