The word “anime” refers specifically to Japanese cartoons, which have evolved in a different way than, say, American cartoons, especially in terms of what sorts of audiences the shows are typically made for.
However, while my language skills may have decreased, the amount of time I’ve spent watching anime has stayed relatively constant for years, thanks to a mix of American TV stations running the shows and local organizations screening the ones the TV stations aren’t carrying yet.
So, naturally, after so many years of viewing anime, it makes sense that I would have a few favorites! This is my list of my top five favorite anime TV shows. This list is therefore specifically focused on TV shows, as opposed to anime movies (a list of anime movies would only be comprised of Hayao Miyazaki films).
The premise alone is ridiculous: a conspiracy theorist somehow creates a time machine using a cell phone and a microwave.
Yes, I know what I just said.
The catch is that this show very, very quickly switches from weird and mish-mashed to dark, twisted and (relatively) understandable. People die; events in time are changed; and throughout it all, our main character goes back in time again and again, trying to find a way to save everyone.
Try to wrap your mind around that: this man travels back in time, hundreds of times, after watching his best friends die in front of him. Hundreds. Of. Times. Mad props are due to the writers and voice actors for pulling this off in a powerful, well-handled way.
I also have an incredible amount of respect for this show and the way it handles the always-tricky plotlines (ex. cause-and-effect) found in a show that focuses on time travel. It maintains continuity in a show that, by definition, could have no continuity. The characters grow. Questions are asked and answered. And at the end of it all, there is, indeed, light at the end of the tunnel.
"Steins;Gate" is – and this surprised me – a nearly perfect anime, and I will always be grateful that I forded through the first five episodes and realized, yes, they, too, made sense in the end.