Nowadays, for me personally, it doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I just love to re-watch a show. I think it brings back so many memories. Not only that, but I think once you watch a show again after a few years, you can look at it from a different perspective.
That being said, there are a few shows that I prefer to watch over others. These are the shows that I enjoy every single time I watch them. Without fail. Will this just be a list of my favorites? Absolutely. Or, at least some of them, anyway. There are a few more shows I could have potentially added to this list, but I didn’t want to make it too long. That being said, let’s just dive in, shall we?
Kuroshitsuji (English: Black Butler) is certainly up there. Man, I knew I liked the show from when I first watched it but recently, maybe since Book of Circus, I’ve been all over it. It’s a little hard to explain why really. I think the biggest reason is that it does blend a lot of what I like into one franchise – supernatural, history, comedy… what more could a girl want? But it’s not just the anime that I love when it comes to Kuroshitsuji. I love the manga. It’s the only ongoing manga I actually, religiously keep up with. Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger, I swear. But what makes me never get bored of the series is actually the fandom. The creativity within the fandom brings me so much joy, whether it’s to do with cosplay or writing or impersonations. I love it. I love it all.
Let’s go from scary Victorian London to the middle of nowhere in Japan. Probably one of the cutest series to grace my anime list, Fruits Basket had to make an appearance here. I think one of the main reasons why it made this list is due to the reboot. Watching it has made me realize just how much I love the story, how much I love the characters… There’s no way I would ever get bored of any of these characters, nor the story. Granted, I’ve never chosen to rewatch the original series from 2001 as of writing this post, but I certainly wouldn’t say no to doing so, if only to hear that lovely OP once again. Now, that is something I would never get bored of.
A story that I’ve exposed myself to countless times over the years is Fullmetal Alchemist. This is a show that brings back memories, let me tell you. I first watched (and read) this classic in high school. The 2003 series was, in fact, one of my first anime and it is certainly one that left an impact on me. Last year, I watched Brotherhood for the first time and just the other day, I finished the Sacred Star of Milos movie, completing my Fullmetal anime experience. The only thing left to do now is to finish the manga and the other bits of literature if I can find them. I just love this series so much. It brings so much joy to me and I definitely can’t see myself getting bored of it anytime soon. It just means too much to me.
Although not the last anime on this list, this one is probably the one which stands out to me the most. Ouran High School Host Club is – without a doubt – the anime I will never, ever get bored of. I’ve mentioned it so many times on here by now, but let’s face it – without Ouran, I wouldn’t be enjoying anime or writing blog posts on anime today. I have watched this beloved series so many times, I know the OP in both English and Japanese. (Admittedly, very bad Japanese in my case, but in my head, I’m singing it fluently.) I can quote the English dub word for word for some episodes. I have read the manga in its entirety. Yet, despite all of that, I still want more. More, I say. I could, honestly, watch this show all the time for the rest of my life and I wouldn’t get bored. It’s just too perfect in my eyes.
Speaking of perfection, Ghibli films are often without too many faults. One film from this renowned studio that I could watch all the damn time is Howl’s Moving Castle. Yes, okay, it’s again one of the favorites that I sometimes go on about a bit too much (more so in person for this one, I think), but it’s just too good. I love the story of Howl and Sophie, I love the aesthetic of the movie, I love the soundtrack, I love Howl as a character… (He is, probably, one of the only blonds I’ll ever have the eyes for, I’m just pointing that out as a side note.) But what I love the most about Howl’s Moving Castle is the fact that this was the movie that truly made me fall in love with Ghibli. Sure, I had seen quite a few previous to watching Howl’s for the first time, but the composition of this movie was just something I found so charming and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of that said charm.
This post has just turned into me fangirling about these shows, I’m aware, but, realistically, you should have expected that from the moment you saw the title. Once I get talking about the anime I like, I just turn into a mess. It’s hard to remain so composed as a writer with posts like these, but hey – it’s a celebratory week, I can take some time to fangirl if I please… Right?
Now, tell me because I’m intrigued – what are some of the anime that you are never bored with watching? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comment section below!
Until next time!
– Amelia x
The illustration of the lovely Heen from Howl’s Moving Castle is by Ruki-Makino on Deviantart!