01. GA-REI ZERO
simply put, ga-rei zero is the kind of series which i have always been looking forward to, both story and execution wise. prior to this series i've had high hopes on titles such as shikabane hime and yozakura quartet yet both series doesn't seem to live [ enough ] to my initial expectation, though i did find both series to be very well entertaining. also, ga-rei zero is the kind of show that will constantly poke / intrigue your very attention for its action and drama, and throughout its run the show has never fail to deliver what it were supposed to do so - the mind-blowing action sequences were magnificently choreographed it'll left you gaping in awe while the drama-portion of the story were so beautifully crafted that emotionally fragile audiences would certainly crumble down and break themselves into tears by the tragic end.
02. HAIBANE RENMEI
the best series ever to be based upon the subject of 'what might lies ahead in the afterlife', with a remarkably interesting conception over the realm of purgatory itself. nothing morbid to be expected from this series, instead it is a purely heartwarming day-to-day slice of life story of the once lived haibanes, former young humans who were confined within the walls of glie for reason unknown [ yet to me ]. the entire series had an exquisitely tailored folkish feel and atmosphere to it [ as with spice and wolf ], augmented with the winning use of irish folk / celtic inspired music to provide the mood essentially needed for the stories and emotions to grow upon.
03. ARIA [ ALL THREE SERIES +THE OVA ]
a series / franchise that is rich on delightful character development [ most notably the three junior undines ] as well as pleasantly captivating visuals, finely representing on how the lovely city of venice would look and feel like if it were ever to be reconstructed on the artificially-terraformed red planet mars. and despite the fact that whole series were built upon a mild sci-fi foundation, one may barely be aware of this very aspect as the heartwarming slice-of-life portion of aria will eventually steer your attention away from the mild-science fiction stuff throughout the entire course of the series. it may be slow paced to some but once you went deeper into aria, you'll came to love the show for what it is worth for :3
04. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION
a psychologically complex / intense sci-fi drama with heavy doses of delicious metaphors / symbolism thrown in concept, theme and visual; and were considered to be instrumental in paving the way for the many psychologically disturbing series to come [ serial experiments lain / revolutionary girl utena for brief example ]. the series were also notable for its embracement over a multitude of thought-provoking subjects [ a mild deviation during its time ], namely psychology, spiritual and humanity's perception over the divination of science and technology among others. technically, it is a series that should be savored / viewed ONLY with a widely open mind. and before i forget anything, the series has the most badass mecha ever conceived in the fiction realm - the EVA 01.
05. K-ON !
it has been highly overrated during its prime, yeap. but nevertheless i loved the series even more so than suzumiya haruhi no yuutsu which had once occupied this very spot here. and though i am also a great fan of lucky star, yet still i find k-on ! to be much more easier for me to adapt / relate myself to as it tackles on the primary subject of interest of mine which is music - another noteworthy point of attention of the series is the delicious character development for the most of its cast, especially the girls from the music club itself namely yui, mugi and azu-nyan among the rest. like many other kyoani releases, the art and visual execution were superbly top notch as prevalent through the series' entire run despite my mild disappointment over the lack of the much anticipated jam / band scenes v.v
[ further read : complete review on ga-rei zero | complete review on aria the origination | complete review on k-on ! ]