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Tox's Top Anime (part 2)

So it's been one year since I did this last time. So here's another ten anime that I enjoyed since then that y'all might be interested in! List is random shit
1Anberlin
Lowborn


Ping Pong: The Animation. For all you elitists out there, this is the best show you guys can watch. It's really just the story of exceptional ping pong players, and about their motivations. It also tackles themes like "What makes a hero?" and "Are sports worth living for?" The art style is kind of ugly and takes time to get used to, but the animation is superb and the artistic direction is stylish as hell. I really recommend it if you can get over the art.
2Elliott Smith
XO


Mushishi. Elitists should definitely also check out Mushishi. It's a show about a third (or fourth, I guess, fucking Archaebacteria) domain of life called mushi. It's not quite philosophical but it tackles some of the problems people have living with these, and the solutions to these problems are quite contemplative. The art is fucking beautiful, and it's a great way to relax after a long day or something. Really recommend watching an episode at a time. It's not the kind of thing you want to rush through.
3Brand New
The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me


Evangelion. I'm assuming you know all about this. But in case you don't, it's probably one of the most famous anime of all time. The premise is that 14 year olds fight in these giant sorta-robots to fight Angels, these alien invaders. It's ridiculously psychological and nearly impossible to understand without external resources. It's a fantastic character study, and behind the bombast of the angel fights and the general mindfuckery of the final episodes are an analysis of character psyches. At its core, it's a simple coming of age story, but it's framed behind a central theme (though there are others) of leaving the mother's womb as a metaphor for coming of age.
4Eluvium
Copia


Spice and Wolf: This is some pretty standard romance stuff. It's about a traveling salesman and a wolf spirit who accompanies him, yadda yadda yadda. It's got cute, witty dialogue and actually some interesting explanations about economics. Just some high-quality feel good stuff.
5Nick Drake
Pink Moon


Uchouten Kazoku: This is a fantastic, almost-but-not-quite magical realism show about a society of tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) and tengu (Japanese gods of wind I believe) living alongside humans in modern day Kyoto. Tanuki have the ability to shapeshift with their proper composure, and Tengu can fly. This is a rather grounded work on family but it's fantastically written and has some really gorgeous scenes. The art style is a little bit weird though and might take some getting-used- to. Fantastic if you want to be an anime elitist.
6Weezer
Pinkerton


Kyousougiga: Another artsy show, this has often been described as a Disney-type show in certain scenes. I'm not sure I agree with that, but I thought I'd throw it out there. Kyousougiga is again a study of family, but unlike Uchouten Kazoku, it's actually rather outlandish. The story takes place in a parallel universe Kyoto, and is about a girl named Koto looking for a way back to her home. It's got a beautifully vibrant color scheme, some cool action, and fantastic character work. Again, if you're an elitist, check it out.
7Jack's Mannequin
Everything in Transit


Cross Game. This is a straightforward anime about baseball. It's about two families that have been close since childhood and their love for the game. Cross Game is just a fantastically solid show about people and their love for baseball in their quest to get Koushien, which is like nationals for baseball in Japan. It doesn't do anything out of the box; instead, it's just a really well told story.
8George Winston
December


Honey and Clover: This is a borderline melodramatic show about college kids at an art school. It's got rather girl art since it's josei (aimed towards adult women), but it tackles ideas that everyone, especially college students, can relate to. It tackles ideas such as youth, genius, and love. H&C is great for the same reasons Cross Game is great. It really builds up the relationship of the characters and just plays them out very naturally, though at times it can get a little repetitive and tedious. It's definitely not a show for everyone.
9Relient K
Forget and Not Slow Down


Silver Spoon. This show's manga is written by the same person who wrote Fullmetal Alchemist, so it's quality stuff. However, it's more of a tribute to her life growing up in a farm---in this show, the main character, a city dweller, goes to agricultural school to get away from his family. He (and the audience) learns the ins and outs of farm trade, and joys and troubles it has to offer. There's one episode where literally they just gather fresh material to make pizza, and that episode was absolutely fantastic. It really imparted on me one of those joys I personally will never experience. It's also got the signature slapstick humor of Arakawa (the mangaka). I find it hilarious and really enjoyed it but beware that you may not feel the same.
10Built to Spill
Perfect from Now On


Usagi Drop. Another standard anime that could easily be live action, Usagi Drop is about a 30 year old with a boring life who adopts a 7 year old who is apparently the daughter of his late grandfather (he was like 80, kind of weird yeah). The show is just about the new life they lead and how the main character has trouble adapting. It's a heartwarming tale of family and responsibility. If you're going to watch it, don't even ask about the manga end. The anime was designed in a way that stays true to the manga but doesn't imply the twist. So yeah, stay awaay.
11Low Roar
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