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Your Top Five (5) Anime?

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Haven't seen too many changes, but my top 5 stands as this so far:

1) Cowboy Bebop:

This one is going to be hard to topple, although Outlaw Star comes close. What else can be said other than great dubbing, addictive soundtrack, and casual-friendly?

2) FLCL:

Excel Saga came pretty close to taking its place, but FLCL holds a special place in my heart. This title and Cowboy Bebop both made more interested in the medium back in 2011. Got me into listening to The Pillows. Naota may be grating, but he's more bearable to me than Shinji.

3) Ghost in The Shell:Stand Alone Complex:

Before this series, my interest in GiTS only stretched as far as the 1995 film. But after I watched the 1st season, I considered this superior to the movie. Intelligent, but not as talkative as the film. The characters are also greatly improved and the dub is stellar.

4) Chobits:

GiTS:SAC pushed this down because I liked the direction it took on androids. Still, Chobits was a step in the right direction and I found it fairly decent after I finished rewatching it a few months ago. Fanservice comes on strong in the beginning, but compared to today's anime, this is tame. The dub stands fine on its own, but Crispin Freeman is the star of the show as Hideki. Steven Blum also voices a main character here.

5) Welcome to the N.H.K:

This series blasted both obsessive otaku and hikkimori to great effect. While some series have attempted to touch on the darker side of otaku or present a character with similar characteristics (looking you, Shinji), NHK succeeds by being more blatant about and not pulling any punches. Even MMORPG addiction is on the table here. Oh yeah, good dubbing and OST too.

Honorable Mentions:

Golden Boy and Ghost Stories (tied for best gag dub by ADV), BECK, Boogiepop Phantom, Serial Experiments Lain (I think I've already analyzed it enough.), Gunsmith Cats, Monster, and Hellsing Ultimate.

Potential Candidates:

Outlaw Star, Yu Yu Hakusho

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