I recently completed my 500th anime according the database over at MAL, so I thought it would be time to put together some sort of tribute to reaching that milestone. So rather than trotting out a top 25 or some other list based on a rankings list I had, I decided to go with a list of the most memorable. These are in no particular order with simple reasons for why I personally found them memorable. Feel free to disagree because you probably will, but that’s what debate is all about isn’t it?
Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! for the destruction of my liver with every appearance of a cat or penguin.
Koi Kaze for the portrayal of a wonderful relationship…that just happens to be incestuous
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket for making war into a cruel thing for a child…mmm hamburgers.
Macross: Do You Remember Love? for being able to answer yes to the title after watching it.
Seikai no Senki III for proving that a girl is worth being exiled from one’s homeland forever
Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer that a great film can be made from the source material of a proto-harem series.
Hayate the Combat Butler! for giving me false hope so often
Asobi ni Iku yo! for being an excellent tribute to science fiction past while also pandering to the present
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei for dark comedy that brightened my day repeatedly.
Zero no Tsukaima because additional seasons do not represent quality
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica for an ending that could be interpreted in so many ways
Giant Killing for making me cheer on a fictional football club.
Kuragehime for bringing the entrepreneurial spirit to an unlikely group.
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai for being able to see the ending
Rose of Versailles for being an outstanding piece of historical fiction.
Honey and Clover for serving as a reminder that aimless youth will ultimately get you nothing.
Clannad: Another World OVAs because Tomoya could have had a happier life given a different choice
Sasameki Koto for proving that I can like a series dominated by yuri themes
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s for making magical girls cool.
Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! for fun amidst massive social change.
Kaiba because I want to remember what slice-of-life should really be.
True Tears for the epic shipping battles that inspired the beginning of Pointless Debate
K-ON! for simplicity
Macross 7 for simply being Macross 7
Odin: Starlight Mutiny because even the most boring thing in the world can be enlivened by watching with others.
Saber Marionette J for the fact that it screams it was made in the 90s
Cross Game for being the series where I was captivated by the baseball more than the story itself
Detroit Metal City for making complete debauchery completely hilarious.
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt for scraping the bottom of the barrel proudly.
Space Runaway Ideon for killing everyone
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann for creating an epic story, and then doing it even better the second time.
Bakemonogatari for being constantly entertaining in the indirectness of its characters
Moyashimon for providing a fun college experience
Fractale for reminding everyone that even the best time slots fail
Great Teacher Onizuka for providing life lessons provided one has a near infinite tolerance for pain.
Metropolis for an interesting song selection amidst massive destruction.
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu for making broadcast order far superior to chronological order
Black Lagoon for remembering that action should be fun
Tokyo Godfathers for bringing together the most unlikely group of characters and because Satoshi Kon will be missed.
Top wo Nerae! for a story that spanned thousands of years without the need for color.
Genshiken for portraying the post-graduation job hunt unsympathetically
Daicon Opening Animations for showing what was possible for a group of fans to do on a minimal budget.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion for one of the shortest, but most potent lines to end a movie
Higashi no Eden for sheer optimism that missile strikes on Tokyo can end in no deaths.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes for displaying politics in the darkest, yet most balanced way possible.
Cowboy Bebop because life deserves a great soundtrack.
Akira for one of the best post-apocalyptic settings
Saikano for being both incredibly depressing and the the best way to brighten up one’s day at the same time.
Azumanga Daioh for providing the inspiration for some of today’s cheaper ripoffs.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing for being a reminder that the stuff I used to like wasn’t actually very good
Interstella5555 – The 5tory of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem for Daft Punk is playing at my house
Memorable doesn’t really mean the same as great quality to me as you can see. Many of these are rated low by mean and many others, but from a top 50 (ish) of what I had completed, this was what made my final cut. My personal top 50 from a quality perspective would look a lot different and I may decide to put it up here at a later date. Until then, feel free to have your say in the comments on these and anything else you may have found memorable over the years.