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Favorite Five Anime / Manga
I could have broken this down into manga and anime, but I’m doing it all together because there’s a lot of overlap for me where I love both the anime and the manga. I’m also going to be going old school with most of these because, well, I’m older and I haven’t regularly watched anime for a while, other than some reboots/remakes and a marathon of Yuki on Ice. 😀
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
I love Sailor Moon. A lot. I even went to see a live musical of it this year when the performers came to the US for a special performance during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Why do I love it? Sailor Moon is all about friendship, teamwork, and hope–never give up! Sure it’s cheesy and sometimes a bit eyebrow raising (why is her boyfriend in college and she’s so young, what is up with that). But it was also my gateway anime/manga and so it has a special place in my heart for that reason.
Tenkuu no Escaflowne by Shōji Kawamori
Okay, so that picture is actually from the Escaflowne movie, not the regular series, but I love that image so much. I’m such an Esca fan girl, it’s not even funny. I’ve drawn crappy fan art, written crappy fanfiction, all of that jazz. This is an anime that has everything in it: mecha, sword fighting, a mix of tech and low-tech cultures, portal fantasy, mythology, the legend of Atlantis, dragons, family drama (oooooh, so much family drama), romance, political maneuvering, huge battles and war. All of that and somehow it works. The characters are fun and intriguing and there is so much fannon (fan cannon) that you could get lost in the fandom for weeks at a time. I really need to re-watch this one soon!
Card Captor Sakura by CLAMP
Well, I just love CLAMP. The variety of cute to weird to holy crap is just my style. I do still have a few series from their works I need to catch up on, but I don’t know if anything will ever top CCS for me. I love the characters and the lore behind the cards and their creator. Plus Sakura is a lot of fun. And her costumes! This is another fandom I was deep into back in the day. Both the anime and the manga are great. I need to start catching up on the new Clear Card!
Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase
I LOVED Fushigi Yuugi. This is another one where our heroine is whisked off to another world. I love that Miaka is a bit of a brat. I love all of the side characters too. This one starts off pretty humorous but things take a turn for the serious and then it’s just one blow after another. I may have cried a lot watching this one back in the day. Also, Nuriko will always and forever remain one of my favorite anime characters ever, I just love them. I do think I prefer the manga to the anime for this one but they were both pretty good from what I recall.
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
Well, I couldn’t leave off Fruits Basket after I’ve talked about it so much elsewhere. I just love both the anime and the manga and I’m SO GLAD that the anime is getting a do-over and that we’ll get to see a lot more of the story on the screen. This one is about a family that is cursed and turn into animals of the zodiac. It’s also about learning who you are, having confidence in yourself, and making friends and bonding with others. I love this story so much.
Those are my picks for this week! I probably could have added a lot more, but sticking to fantasy themed, these are my top picks. What are some of your favorites? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!
10 thoughts on “Friday Favorite Five: Anime / Manga”
I have heard good things about Fruits Basket. I heard it’s a case in which people think the manga is better, though that’s probably because the anime ended long before the manga. Whenever that happens, you can tell how haphazardly abrupt the ending is. I can understand wanting to get an adaptation out immediately, but it seems as though it’s a better idea to wait until the manga has either ended or reached its final arc.
The manga is definitely better although I still love the anime. I’m super happy it’s being remade though!
I really haven’t read any anime or manga – I know! Massive fail.
I do love anime films though, particularly Ghibli.
Ghibli is the best. Not a fail! There is only so much time in the world after all. 🙂
Fruit Basket sounds good to me and I’ve seen/heard so many praises for it, I might have to give it a try.
I love it, the story is okay but it’s really all about the characters and their personal growth through meeting each other. I LOVE the manga. The anime is great too, loved the original but I’m also really enjoying this reboot currently airing.
Fabulous list! I love seeing Escaflowne mentioned, it’s truly timeless. I remember watching it with some friends and we all had such different tastes but LOVED it, there’s really something for everyone in that series. Also love the mentioning of CCS and Fushigi Yuugi, those are my childhood right there. Nuriko!! I miss all these characters lol, great post!
Oh my gosh, another Esca fan?! I feel like I’ve found the fabled unicorn, lol! ❤
Thanks! I have a huge place in my heart for 90's anime since it's when I became an anime addict back in the day. 🙂
Same here! Also a 90s anime fan, so many wonderful memories of that time! Esca remains glorious. ❤
I really need to rewatch it at some point. Next time my husband has weekend plans maybe. 😀