If you don’t want to bother with the entire meme but still want to play, it is highly encouraged to list some of your own favorites for today’s category in the comments.
Not hard to come up with cartoons I like but oh MAN did I fret over how to rank them. Consider it another many-way tie.
If the origin story “based on a comic written by a five-year-old and illustrated by his twenty-nine-year-old brother” doesn’t hook you immediately, let me just assure you it delivers. A lot of media today tries to reproduce the chaotic energy of a child, but this is the only one I can think of that gets it directly from an actual child.
Another frenetic surrealist/absurdist wonderland romp, but what sets this one apart is its internal consistency. It starts with a few sly continuity nods, then unfolds into actual story arcs without losing any of its spontaneity. Thanks to that little bit of coherence, the viewer can actually get invested in the story and attached to the characters -- and they’re worth it!
I never got the chance to finish watching this series and I may have inflated its quality in my head, but until something comes around to convince me otherwise, what I did see of it was bloody near perfect and I can’t believe how long I’ve been waiting for the wide release of a decent dub. It’s not like other anime. It hardly even has any supernatural elements. It’s just good.
I wasn’t the target age group while this was on the air, but it did coincide nicely with the peak of my X-Men obsession and it ran right before the Adult Swim lineup on Cartoon Network, so I have a lot of fond memories of watching it. Also, it was just a good quality show with a friendly high school drama look at the old mutant band of misfits theme. And lots of Nightcrawler.
Romance and mech battles and catgirls, plus it’s one of the two anime series I first watched. I’m not going to make any excuses for the cheese factor but I’m pretty darn attached to this show. This is one of the few that I prefer subbed, as you can’t improve on the Japanese voice cast. Maybe that’s why I think of it as the prime example of what anime (but not necessarily animation) should be.
I like The Simpsons, but I’ve never seen too much of it, probably because it’s so...okay, I’ll say it, just this once: mainstream. But if The Simpsons was a sci-fi laden with genre elements and geek jokes? Sign me up. And rejoice! That’s exactly what Futurama is. The humor is whip-smart and the tragic relief moments are executed perfectly.
If there was more of this show available to watch, or if I had seen it as a kid, or if I had a pot habit, this would probably top the list. It is so weird and so wonderful. The dialogue is all in slide whistle. The narrator is the epitome of Dignified British Voice. There’s a Soup Dragon. There’s a Baby Soup Dragon. It’s everything you never knew you needed.
This should have been my first fandom but I had my nose in the air and no cable. Since I got my hands on the full series a couple years ago I’ve felt like I’ll never be done rewatching it. The mythology alone is a masterpiece, but it’s supported by an amazing voice cast, beautiful animation, and characters you can really love. And just the fact that it’s a show about GARGOYLES!
This might be the greatest
Ponies! Ponies ponies ponies. The way this show, its fandom, and my personal relationship with it have developed over the past seven years has been a true joy. In spite of everything it stayed true to its original innocent spirit and kept up its high standards of art, writing, and voice acting, no matter that the children would have watched it and bought the toys anyway. Now that’s magic.
This was the show that quietly flipped a switch that changed my outlook on visual media. It was grim and subtle, but full of vibrant music and humor. It was a sci-fi, but evocative of the western genre, and the mood was more noir than anything. The action was all desperate humans in bloody shootouts. And it was an anime. I still notice something new every time I rewatch.