The first anime I ever watched as a child was Cardcaptor Sakura, and I still love it as an adult (despite some questionable and weird subplots...)
I've still never finished it, but I go back and rewatch the first few arcs from time to time. I always loved the scenes with Touya and Yukito.
Lucky Star is one of those animes that really represents the early days of otaku and net culture. I think it's very funny and cute. It's another one that i didnt officially finish...
Kagami is my favorite. she is a lot like me, I think.
I watched the OVA at a time in my life where the story really spoke to me. I interpreted the theme as the pain of losing youth and innocence.
Charcoal Feather Federation might be one of my all-time favourites. The setting and visuals are so cozy and nostalgic. I relate a lot to Reki. The themes of purity and sin and salvation make me think about my own life.
I don't know if Milpom classifies as anime but it is a very cute and funny web series. I love the dolls that represent the characters, and the dialogue is very fun. I'm amused by the backhanded way the girls talk to each other and their rude internal monologues.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
What can you even say about NGE? It's so insane and emotionally exhausting but it's another anime that takes me back to a happy time. Rei is my favorite right now, but as a teen Kaworu was my favorite because kawoshin reminded me of my relationship at the time.
Tokyo Mew Mew
This one is real special and I'm glad its coming back! I love the way it embodied the magical girl and the neko girl genre. The environmentalism theme is also really great.
In middle school my friends and I were planning to cosplay the cast, and everyone quickly decided which mew mew they would be, and I wanted to be Kisshu. Looking back on it, that was the first sign I was genderqueer. lol
NANA is a really cool shoujo with interesting themes of romance, friendship, loyalty, and maturity. I relate to Nana Osaki's listless attitude towards many things, and her strong sense of protecting her friends. She's also got a very dry sense of humor that I like. Additionally the fashion of the characters is so unique for an anime and it has become a big inspiration to me.
Ouran High School Host Club
OHSHC is so damn funny and cute. I first watched it in middle school with my friends, and now I'm rewatching it. There's a lot of humor that doesn't really land with me any more, but it has its mid-2000s shoujo parody charm I guess. I feel like the twins were definitely written by someone who has no siblings though...
I couldn't list my favorite games without starting here. Animal Crossing has been very special to me for years. During highschool I was sick a lot and spent a lot of time in bed with ACNL. Since 2013 I've played New Leaf, ACGC, Pocket Camp, and New Horizons. I tried Wild World, but... the emulator I used was really bad. lol. I have a lot of opinions on New Horizons that would take ages to go in depth about but overall I think its a great game, maybe my favorite from the series.
If I could erase my memory and experience Stardew Valley for the first time again, I would do it right away. I loved the game so much when I discovered it and I've been excited for every update since then, it's a bit of a shame that the game tends to feel repetitive after a while. I love Concernedape though and I'm really looking forward to Haunted Chocolatier!
Spyro The Dragon
The original trilogy, to be specific. Spyro is a game I grew up on. It's so magical and weird. I think Spyro is the reason I love low-poly graphics so much.
Okay I never actually got involved in Final Fantasy lore but it's another game I played with my family when I was a little kid, and I played through the FF7 remake when it came out, and now I really want to get back into it.
Chulip is so cute and funny. I like the music a lot. The characters are also interesting and weird. It's a hard game to get your hands on and I dont know if it can be emulated, So I recommend watching a playthrough. I watched WayneradioTV's series because the RTVS crew are my favorite streamers.
I used to have really bad paranoia and anxiety because of all the horror video games I played and Silent Hill was a huge offender but I still do love it and I think the creature design is amazing. I am still trying to understand the themes and symbolism though.
Kirby's Dreamland 3
I played this game all the way through on the Switch with my friend Violet and it became a very special memory. We loved the funny faces the characters all made and we got so frustrated trying to get 100% on every level
Several years ago I heard about this game and watched gameplay of it, and I fell in love with the visuals and the music. Madeline is very relatable to me. I love that there arent any real villains, and it's just a story of accepting your own flaws and "dark side". In 2020 i bought the game in a bundle for racial justice fundraising and tried to play it using my keyboard... It was really hard, I only finished two chapters. lol
Mouth Sweet is pretty unknown, it was made by an indie developer called L.O.V.E. Games who I follow on twitter for other projects - I will not link their twitter since they post NSFW art but here is their itchio page. Mouth Sweet is a retro gameboy style rpg about invisible monsters lurking the halls of your terrible workplace. The music is all very interesting and ambient and scary. Despite the disturbing and potentially triggering subjects I find a lot of comfort in the story...
I love Yume Nikki and all of the fangames inspired! It's so strange and fun. I have vivid dreams myself so I feel right at home in the weirdness, and the muted color tones are comforting.
Fear And Hunger
First of all, I cannot reccomend this game without first issuing a massive trigger warning for multiple sensitive topics. I think the violence depicted does serve a purpose to the story and atmosphere, otherwise I would not enjoy the game the way I do. Fear And Hunger is loaded with fascinating lore and themes, great character design, and wonderfully disturbing visuals. Lately I've been watching my friend play through the game, though I know all spoilers from watching video essays about it. LOL
ADDENDUM: I finally got invested in the sequel and it's so great. It expands on the world of the first game, with a really unique and interesting cast of characters and branching story paths... My favorite character might be Levi, his story makes me sad.
- Fruits Basket
- Azumanga Daioh
- Shugo Chara
- Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Welcome to the NHK