Of course, it's from my opinion and perspective. Anyway, I've been inspired to write a post like this from the Suggestions thread of AnimeSuki, where people, in order to glean recommendations, ask for others' top five anime. I've posted a top seven of mine in one of the threads found there, but I think it was too hastily made and wasn't really my top seven. Here's a more well-thought of version of my top three anime of all time, and I hope you could comment on this post.

Well, here it is:

1. Shingetsutan Tsukihime

It's on my avatar and profile description in AnimeSuki. The thing is, after having rewatched it two times, I only gain more understanding and see more of the show's depth. This won't probably last me for the rest of my life, but I promise you that it's going to hang around my top five for quite some time (if not forever). I haven't even thought of parting with this anime – after having the ATwo subs, I'll probably obtain DVDs when I get a job, but before that, AOne subs as well. πŸ™‚

What makes this series so special for me? Time and again, I've iterated that part of it is from the fragmented, Faulknerian storytelling; part of it is from becoming a sublime apotheosis of a vampire's antithesis – an extreme digression of what a vampire should be and is. Arcueid here is more human than a lot of other people I know, and she and Shiki are much, much, much more noble than a lot of people in this world. Part of it is the romance between Shiki and Arcueid: their romance is so painful, so jarring yet ultimately unsolvable – what makes it so tragic is not their love: both of them are selfless for one another; what makes it tragic is that everything around them has alienated them, that were it not being the wrong place, the wrong time, the wrong race, the wrong line it would have been a perfect romance – and this makes the series all the more disquieting. Part of it is also the sound: the background music is so ominous, so foreboding, and the OP and ED are beautifully plaintive songs. Part of it is simply the individual characters, and part of it is the story itself.

This show is not without its flaws. However, two or more rewatches will fix these flaws: it's hard to notice the subtleties of its storytelling, but it does manage to tell everything one needs to know about the characters, and there's enough closure to the series despite what everyone says. I simply love this series, and although almost two years have past,, it wouldn't be easily dethroned. There's an impression this burns on me that etches so hard – it really is beautiful. It really is sublime.

2. Samurai Champloo

I know when something's done well with an anime when its ED becomes my favorite song of all-time. Right now, I'm still listening to Who's Theme, and pondering how well it applies to Fuu: she possesses a happy facade, but happens to feel an interminable melancholy inside … she wants to know everything that happened to her and her family. And yet, the songs also apply to Jin and Mugen – to Jin, who doesn't and hasn't known friendship, what is it to know friendship? What is it to be a friend? The same goes for Mugen, he who has lived all his life fighting and killing. Beneath the jazzily mellifluous yet plaintive tune, lies a very beautiful song applying to the main characters of this Watanabe masterpiece.

The song, however, is not the only beautiful thing about this series. The entire OST is simply marvelous; it portrays extremely well the mood of the scenes. But the series, even without the songs, is something to look at itself.

It all starts with ignominious characters – or seemingly ignominious ones. Ones that are hateful and despicable, yet one slowly grows a fond perception of them as one discovers and sees how they develop as people in the series. One loves them all the more when one discovers how much these main characters value friendship. This series is a beautiful contrast to another Watanabe-directed series, Cowboy Bebop. I like this series more, however, because aside from its masterful songs its outlook on life and friendship is much more postive: synergy and friendship can be attained despite large and seemingly unsurmountable individual differences and imposing independence.

Ultimately, however, it asks a question: what is it to be a true friend? By the end, everything, especially the question it primarily asks, is answered, and answered well.

Acceptance and friendship is the key to peace – and the key to selflessness.

3. Cowboy Bebop

It's the striking antithesis to Samurai Champloo – while SC is set in the past, this is set in the future; while Samurai Champloo has a positive outlook about life, this possesses a highly negative one. Although it's full of main characters who seemingly don't give a damn about anything, it just shows that they do; however, they are so caught up with their own independence that they fail to reach out to others, even to the ones who cared for them most.

This series is a multifaceted tragedy of sorts. Not only is there a physical tragedy; not only is there death, but there is also an inward, darker tragedy: it is the necrotic death of the heart: slowly, it manages to grow blacker and blacker, and yet – because they do not reach out; because they do not want to care; because they are selfishly looking only inward, they slowly destroy themselves.

I can honestly still say that Faye's tears near the end of the series moved me a whole lot, and also portrayed her tragedy – that she aims to reach out, that she tries to reach out, but inevitably trapped in her vice and her solitude that in the end she doesn't come to terms with her will to do so. In the end, they all end up alone because of their independence.

Possessing an equally masterful OST and a very believable action-packed story, this one is below SamCham simply because its outlook is too bleak.

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