Hello there and thank you for stopping by. I am a Finnish guy born in 1995 and anime is my number one hobby. I hope to gain as much anime knowledge as possible and even attempt a to make a career out of it in the future if nothing else works out. I also have dreams of making my own fantasy stories, but I lack the writing skill necessary to make it a reality. However, I will never get tired of thinking up story lines, twists and turns in my head on my spare time, and create many pointless documents to archive my ideas.
The list is in First Favorite to Last Favorite order, from top-left to bottom-right. My current 25 favorite anime are what I usually consider close to my preferences. I only list the 1st seasons since I count the anime franchises as my favorites, not specific seasons (you can ask my favorite seasons if you are curious).
I acknowledge the faults in every show I love and a better score only means I had a more consistent experience. If I personally like a show despite it's faults, it may be ranked higher in my favorites than what the score would imply. I enjoy every genre but I'm very harsh on any-and-all anime that annoy me instead of amusing me. I don't distribute 80 - 100 (or 1 - 20) scores all willy-nilly.
I didn't list any movies in my favorites, as I wanted to only compare shows and franchises to other shows and franchises. However, I have a list of Top 25 movies here:
Favorite characters ranked from top-left to bottom-right. I picked my favorite character per each favorite franchise. Usually they resemble my worldview or they have opened my eyes to new ideas. Additionally, some female characters are my (former) crushes. Not waifus, but just characters who I find exceptionally attractive. Additionally, villains and crushes ranked below:
Griffith | Meruem | Akakabuto | Sato | Light Yagami | Yoshikage Kira | Doflamingo Donquixote | Akira Midousuji | Frieza | Asura | Major | Sousuke Aizen
Top 12 Crushes
Kyoko Kouda | Kino | Ryuunosuke Fujinami | Rukia Kuchiki | Shampoo | Kikyō | Hinata Hyūga | Videl | Yoko Littner | Minori Kushieda | Satsuki Kiryūin | Ami Mizuno
The Moomins | Willy Fog | Ginga Nagareboshi Gin | Pokemon | Digimon | Transformers (Armada trilogy) | Hamtaro | Duel Masters | Beyblade | Yu-Gi-Oh! GX | B-Daman | Bakugan
The series are listed in a approximate chronological watching order. I vaguely knew these cartoons were made in Japan, but some were quite surprising. Didn't know about the term "anime" yet and I was pretty much force-fed all sorts of children's toy anime from Finnish TV.
Fullmetal Alchemist | Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier | Dragon Ball Z | InuYasha | Bleach | Azumanga Daioh | Death Note | Naruto | Yu Yu Hakusho | One Piece | Mobile Suit Gundam | Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Also in watching order. I saw Cyborg 009 on TV during a late elementary school summer break. I sometimes stumbled upon FMA on TV, but didn't care enough to tune in regularly. Then, I found out about another action show named DBZ (you may have heard of it). This was in 5th grade and it fully introduced me to the anime as a medium.
Then, I stumbled upon the first manga volume of InuYasha. Of course, I read it the wrong way at first and was really confused. But I saw a similarity in art style compared to those other shows I liked and I Googled whether there was an animated show by the same name. I found it and as I started searching InuYasha episodes on the internet, I was fully committed into anime as a hobby.
I did not know about seasonal anime schedules quite yet, so my way of finding new anime was just by the word of mouth, YouTube, anime sites, etc. Of course, I started watching The Big 3 during this time. Starting with Bleach and continuing to Naruto and One Piece when I had caught up with he latest episodes. Watched many other shows too of course.
I started watching seasonal shows in the Spring of 2012, as I found seasonal charts about new shows coming up and I started watching as many of them as I could find during the next couple of years. Seeing I have a pretty thicc quality filter, my Mean Score is quite low too. Mostly due to me watching almost every TV anime coming out between Spring 2012 and Fall 2014, which had a lot of garbage too. After my High School started becoming way too hard with the schedule I was having, I decided to only watched the best rated stuff each season and some old anime. Now I plan out my watching schedule very closely utilizing MyAnimeList.