Animes I enjoyed the most
54 7.9 7.71. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (2011)
Madoka with an ordinary life dreams about a long, dark haired girl and wants to help her. Suddenly, tomorrow morning, she appears in her class, and declares that Madoka should stay away. But she just can't. It's her fate.
It was a long, looong time ago that a magical girl themed anime ended up so wonderful, it caught me off-guard. The story is amazing and at some spot, surprising, the music is amazing (but I didn't expected less from Kajiura Yuki), the animation (especially of the witch scenes) are marvellous, and in conclusion, the whole serie is perfect.
42 7.7 7.32. Skip Beat! (2008)
Kyoko left school and her hometown to help with her friend Shou, the new idol in Tokyo. When she realises that Shou just uses her to be his servant, she is drown into the sea of revenge and declares a war against the idol - becoming one herself.
The main strong point of this anime is the heroine, Kyoko. She is so well-built and entertaining, and makes her dreams come true without whining and help of her heros. The other characters are hilarious, too. It's rather a comedy than a romance.
285 7.3 7.93. Wolf's Rain (2003)
Wolves haven't disappeared, just taken a human form. Kiba, the loner, searches for the Lunar Flower, whiches scent will lead him into the paradise. The source is Cheza, who is kept in a lab. When they find each other, Cheza is taken away by a mysterious person, and Kiba, with three other wolves, start his journey to find her and the paradise.
This anime was the first I watched with original dub, so it would be precious to me, even if it wouldn't be awesome. But it is. The story is slow-paced and stunning, brilliant, though it's not completely understandable. It makes you sit down and think about it a lot until you realise it's meaning.
40 7.5 7.74. My-HiME (2004)
In the Fuuka Academy, a rumor that a mysterious monster appeared has spread, and that the only match for the monsters were girls called "HiME". Mai transferred to the academy, not knowing anything of this rumor. However, she suddenly discovers she has the power of a HiME. After facing a few problems, she adapts to her new life as a HiME.
This story is from Sunrise, which is famous about its epic stories (see Code Geass later). My-Hime starts as a mecha / magical girl story, takes a lighter pace with comedy to make the characters known better, then turns into a drama when their guardians, the "Childs" start to lose the battle and their life. Every power comes with a price, so if the HiME's Child lose, the HiME'll lose the life of her most precious one along with it. These death scenes are really beautiful and touching, along with the whole story. The music is perfect to this show (what to expect from Kajiura Yuki, again). It's pretty likeable.
25 7.4 7.65. Mai otome (2005)
Arika transfers into Gualderobe Academy to become an Otome and to find out more about her mother. Here she makes friends and enemies, and, of course, gets into trouble - for example, becoming the princess' Otome by accident.
This is not a direct sequel to My-HiME, rather an alternative setting for the previous story with new heroines - Arika wasn't even seen in HiME, Nina was a one-word-only character, and Mashiro, the princess, well, she had some twists about her charater for this show. I was afraid of this since HiME was close to my heart and I didn't wanted to check this out, but when I did, years later, I realised that it's story is much grown up than its predecessor, since it involves politics and more drama with less death, also, a bit of a detective story to reveal the real story about Nina's and Arika's life and parents. The relationships are much clearer here, and the anime has less overused comedy / ecchi scenes and concentrates to the story and character developement instead.