Hello dreamers, Mali here!
Today, I have another anime-related post (BECAUSE THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH ANIME OKAY?) and this time, it’s about my top 5 anime list. Note that I haven’t watched that many anime series but I’ve watched enough to differ a really good anime from a really bad one.
I’m gonna rate these from 1 to 10 in Animation, Story and Feels.
This post is gonna be extremely long, but I recommend you read since I put a LOT of effort into it.
*NOTE*: There are spoilers up ahead again sooo watch out!
Okay so let’s get going!
Coming in at number 5, we have
Erased (Boku dake ga inai machi).
Erased is a 12-episode anime which follows the life of Satorou Fujinuma, a manga artist who also possesses an ability called “Revival” which takes him back in time before life-threatening incidents happen, which allows him to prevent it and change the outcome of the future. The story takes a huge turn when Satorou finds his mother murdered in his apartment, the murderer being the same person who killed two young girls and one boy 18 years before this event. This situation ends up triggering Revival and taking Satorou 18 years earlier, giving him a chance to alter the past and save his friends and his mother.
First target was Kayo Hinazuki, a lonely girl who was a target of physical abuse by her parents. She was an easy target since every Saturday evening, she would get beat up from her mother and get thrown into their shed to spend the night so the abuse scars would heal from the cold. Satorou saved her by becoming a good friend of her and stopping the abuse from her mother with the help of their teacher.
Next target was Hiromi Sugita, he saved him by also staying around him and not letting him stay by himself anywhere.
The third and final target was Aya Nakanishi, he saved her by befriending her.
After saving all three targets, Satorou gets into his teacher’s car, thinking that he would get a ride home, but the teacher reveals himself as the killer and drowns the car with Satorou tied to a seat. This ends up putting Satorou in a coma for fifteen years.
When he wakes up, he reveals that the teacher was the serial killer and gets him arrested.
The reason why this anime isn’t lower in the list, it’s because it completely counters Steins;Gate’s theory that changing the past can’t affect key points in the future. The animation wasn’t so bad (expected since it was made in 2016), I give it a solid 8/10 in the animation, there are quite a few feels involved, giving it a 7/10 in feels and the story was a bit rushed, giving it a 6/10.
In number 4, we have
Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa kimi no uso).
(a.k.a the anime that shattered Amar’s emotions into pieces)
In this anime, we see the life of Kousei Arima, a 14-year-old child-prodigy who was one of the best known piano players as a child, who quit piano after his mother (who was also his piano instructor) passed away when he was 12. He had quit piano for two years because he was having a mental breakdown, limiting his vision to only chromotone and he couldn’t hear the notes of the piano while he was playing and he had decided to continue his life with his childhood friends Tsubaki and Watari. His life changed one April, when Tsubaki introduced him to Kaori Miyazono, a 14-year-old violinist who is extremely cute and beautiful and ughhhhhh (yes I do have a crush on an anime character, *puts on glasses* DEAL WITH IT). Kousei’s world finally took color once he met Kaori. Buut she had a crush on Watari :/. Kaori needed an accompanist to accompany her violin playing with a piano so she decided to assign Kousei as his pianist. Kousei was skeptical that he might mess up his piano playing because of his lack of hearing notes, but later agreed into being her accompanist. During the performance, Kousei started thinking about his mother, causing him to lose his ability to hear notes (even though his earing was completely fine) and he started losing it. While playing, he took a good look at Kaori and his playing suddenly became extremely good, he had regained his ability to hear notes again! HALELUJAH! (lmao)
At the end of their performance, Kaori fainted. She was rushed to the emergency room and she stayed in the hospital for quite a while, causing Kousei to become worried. He visited every once in a a while and for her sake, he picked up piano playing again. He became the Kousei he used to be. During the end of the school year, Kaori’s health worsened a lot, causing her to get to the hospital again, because she had “tripped and hit her head” (you’ll see why that’s in quotes). She had gotten really pale and she was starting to lose her blonde hair color. Kaori had a really bad illness (it is not defined what illness it was but it’s believed to be ALS as she was losing her ability to walk, and play the violin) and it was *sobs* TERMINAL.
Kousei was gonna participate in one of the biggest competitions in piano playing, during which Kaori was gonna undergo surgery so she can hopefully become better.
The last episode of the anime showed Kousei playing the piano in his competition like a champ, during which Kaori was also playing along in her violin (In Kousei’s imagination). While playing along, the song meets a breaking point (something like a beat drop but in classical music) and Kaori starts to burst into rays of light, signifying her losing her battle to the illness. After the competition, he gets the news.
Kaori had passed away during the surgery.
Kaori’s parents gave Kousei a letter from her, which stated that he should keep looking up and not go into a mental breakdown after losing another loved one, and in the last paragraph of the letter was cited:
“Please don’t forget me.
Promise me you won’t forget me.
I’m glad it was you.
I hope this reaches you, Arima Kousei.
I love you.
I love you.
I love you.
I’m sorry we couldn’t eat all those canelés.
I’m sorry I hit you so much.
I’m sorry I was so selfish.”
It’s revealed that Kaori had always had a crush on Kousei, but she was trying to cover it up with her saying that she liked Watari, since she felt bad for Tsubaki, who you could easily tell that she was also in love with Kousei. This is why the name of the anime is
“Your Lie in April”
“Kaori’s Lie in April”.
*Tries not to cry*
*Cries a lot*
*sniff* animation 8/10, feels 11/10 and story 8/10 let’s move on
*Sniff* *deep breath* okay, heading to number 3 we have Steins;Gate which I had a special post for, which you can find right here: https://randomnesswithn1ghtmare.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/steinsgate/
Steins;Gate had a beautiful Story, giving it a 10/10 in story, animation was a little clumsy, giving it a 7/10 and there were some feels, an 8/10 to be exact.
In number 2, we have part one of a two-part Anime series,
Clannad is based around the life of Tomoya Okazaki during his high school days (Junior and Senior years to be exact). Tomoya hates his town, but instead of being depressed by this, he uses it as an excuse for him being a sarcastic deliquent. Tomoya’s mother had died during a car accident and his father had raised him by himself, but they would argue a lot. Once while arguing, they got into a fight in which Tomoya injured his right shoulder and since then, he has had really bad relations to his father. He and his best friend, Youhei Sunohara go through high school and make a lot of friends along the way, such as Kyou, Ryou, Fuuko, Kotomi, Tomoyo. One day, while returning home from school, he meets Nagisa Furukawa, a girl who was one year older than him but she was really shy and she really underrated herself. She had a really weak body and she would get sick every winter. She changes Tomoya’s life for the better.
Together, they try to revive the drama club, but they fail the first few times. Then, together they go through many challenges to elect their friend Tomoyo as a Student Council President so they can revive the drama club. There are quite a few problems along the way because Tomoyo used to be part of a gang so they have to convince the school staff that she is a better person than she used to be.
Tomoyo gets elected, Drama Club gets revived, Nagisa writes a play, everyone becomes happy! In the end of the series, Okazaki asks Nagisa out and they become BF and GF!
Animation was good enough, 8/10, Story was really good, 9/10 aswell, and there were some feels in some places, also an 8/10 in that.
This isn’t the end though, as we approach the number 1 Anime on my list:
Clannad: After Story!
The feels are real on this one so get your shit together before you read, prepare tissues!
Once they’re boyfriend and girlfriend, Tomoya solves some of the other friends’ problems (Sunohara’s, Misae’s and Yukine’s to be exact) and then he ends up having problems with his father again. He moved out of his father’s home into Nagisa’s home and there, he finds a job. He works as an electrician and while he becomes really close to getting a HUGE promotion, he finds out that his dad got in trouble and had gotten arrested. Words spread around fast and Tomoya ends up without his promotion. This makes him get married to Nagisa and move out of the Furukawa’s home. They get married, they move out and Nagisa gets pregnant. Once again, during the winter she gets ill so she has to be careful. She was due like 2 weeks after winter was over but unfortunately she had an early birth.
This was Baby Ushio’s hello to life, but unfortunately, it also was Nagisa’s goodbye to it…
Tomoya falls in a five-year depression, Ushio during that time lives with the Furukawa’s. One day, Tomoya and Ushio go to a trip to get to know each-other better as a father-daughter duo. On that trip, they get to meet Tomoya’s grandmother, who explains why his father is in the situation he currently is and why Tomoya is actually in a worse situation than his father was. At this point, Tomoya realizes he actually wasn’t a bad father after all, he just had a hard life. He had been working, doing house chores and taking care of Tomoya, all at the same time, so to take some rest, he resorted to alcohol as an easy way out. This was the eye-opening moment for Tomoya, so he immediately apologized to Ushio for not living with her and then he went to apologize to his father as well, for not being a good son.
Winter came around, and Ushio faced the same fate as Nagisa, she got sick. Tomoya took good care of her, then she wanted to go to a trip so they can take some rest. Tomoya first disagreed, then Ushio insisted so Tomoya was like eh, what could go wrong?
Everything. Everything could go wrong. You had 5-year-old Ushio with an extremely bad fever that also killed her mother, going out in the middle of winter. Everything could go wrong there.
They went out, slowly but surely, then Ushio fell, Tomoya picked her up and asked if she was alright. She said she was fine, it was nothing. They continued. Ushio fell once again, but this time, she wouldn’t get up. It was too late. Ushio had passed away.
There used to be a legend in that city that whenever a good person was in despair, a light would appear, a light that would grant them a wish.
Tomoya wished that Nagisa wouldn’t die. He had flashbacks of when he first met her, then back to Ushio’s birth. He saw Nagisa’s face as she closed her eyes.
NAGISAAA! He screamed. She opened her eyes confused, and told Tomoya she was gonna sleep for a little since giving birth was exhausting. He gave Ushio her first baby shower, and they lived happily forever after 🙂
This is legit, the best anime in existence (in my opinion), and I would recommend it to everyone, it’s extremely eye-opening, seeing how life is once adulthood comes, the way Tomoya faces tose problems, it’s absolutely perfect.
Story was 20/10, Feels were 20/10, Animation was the same as the original Clannad~ 8/10.
So yeah. That’s about it. I am super sorry for the extremely long blog post but I think it’s all worth it.
And remember, peace and love ❤