Thinking rationally, what is the world’s “best” anime? Well, in order to determine what it is, we first have to look at all the things that make an anime great. Art, Music, Story, Characters, etc… if you look at all the elements that comprise any given anime, it’s really hard to settle on what is the “world’s best”, isn’t it? I mean, if you have two cake companies, and they both make a cake using the same, perfectly measured out ingredients, then there’d be no difference in them, right? But if one company uses chocolate frosting, and another uses vanilla frosting, then you have a small difference. BUT, here’s where things get tricky.
Some people prefer chocolate, and some people prefer vanilla. So, even though the cakes are made exactly the same, some people will prefer one, and some will prefer the other. And it doesn’t stop there, either. Some people like thicker frosting, or denser cake. Some people don’t even like cake, and would prefer a pie instead. And that’s the same with Anime. Everyone has their own tastes. Everyone has their own things that they like, and things that they dislike. I have a friend who, despite my urging, refuses to watch Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans, one of the best mech shows I personally have seen, because he doesn’t like the mecha genre.
And there’s another problem as well. Because, if a random person walked up to me on the street, and asked me what my favorite anime was, i’d probably say something like Angel Beats, or Steins;Gate, or maybe Bakemonogatari, or even Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, depending on how I was feeling that day. Yet, to my closer friends, they know that I take a guilty pleasure in shows like Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. It’s not even a measure of what a show does right or wrong, but a measure of what each individual person gets out of it.
Everyone on the planet is different, we all have different tastes and opinions. I’m not going to hate someone for enjoying vanilla frosting more than chocolate frosting, and I hope that people won’t hate me for enjoying Horizon more than something like, for example, Evangelion. Because, at the end of the day, Anime is an entertainment medium. And not only that, it’s probably the most diverse entertainment medium on the planet, with, seriously, something for everyone.
So, really… What IS the World’s Best Anime? Well… That’s not something that can really be defined. After all, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Nobody’s tastes are exactly the same, which is why the anime community is allowed to grow so much, and embrace so many different concepts. So, please let me know. What show have you gotten the most enjoyment out of? What is YOUR “World’s Best Anime“?