Top 10 Rating Comment
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Excellent 10.
Cross Game (TV) Excellent 4.
Fighting Spirit (TV) Masterpiece 3.
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (TV) Excellent 6.
Now and Then, Here and There (TV) Masterpiece 5.
Planetes (TV) Masterpiece 8. What? Silence in space scenes? Realistic zero gravity movement? Theroetical questions about humans in space? Instant win.
Samurai Champloo (TV) Masterpiece 9. Samurai Champloo does for me what Cowboy Bebop does for most other people. I felt that the fight sequences were well very done, watching Mugen fight was especially fun. The out of place hip hop music was a nice touch that I never found annoying. I liked the anachronisms throughout the series in general, I especially liked Jin's beatnik glasses. Fuu for me was easily the most forgettable character, but she has her comedic moments.
Touch (TV) Masterpiece 1. The characters are all likeable, I care what happens to them, they grow, they change... Good characters make a good story, but these are great.
(The) Vision of Escaflowne (TV) Excellent 7. A timeless anime. The mecha give off the steam punk type vibe, which I like. Excellent music by Yoko Kanno, especially the Escaflowne battle music. The animation is fantastic too, especially for an older show. It looked like movie quality to me throughout its whole run. Hitomi is perhaps one of the strongest leads in the fandom as well. Good voice acting as well, even though you can tell that Hitomi's VA is Canadian. (It comes out when she says "sorry," and she says sorry a lot.)
Welcome to the NHK (TV) Masterpiece 2. To me, this series was near perfect. I hear people complaining about the production quality, but I never notice these things, much less do I let them influence my enjoyment of the series. I like Final Fantasy XII just much as I like Final Fantasy III. The reason Welcome to the NHK grabbed my interest was it's ability to perfectly mix drama, comedy, romance and whimsy. At times I found myself laughing hysterically, like when Yamazaki walked in on Misaki cleaning up the soup she spilled on Sato. Yamazaki's view is absolutely priceless. Other times I found myself on the verge of tears, like when Misaki finds Sato on New Year's Eve. The score was fantastic as well. I actually might look for the OST on this one. The characters are all lovable losers and as such, it's pretty hard to dislike any of them. All in all, I found this to be an all around enjoyable series with nothing for me to pick on, which is why it claims the number one spot on my list.