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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

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

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.

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.

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

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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