I’m just going to list my top 5.
Tied for first and second is Goblin Slayer and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Both are fantasy but very different in style. GS is dark fantasy with lots of good old violence compared to the whimsical world of Slime. To keep things short GS brings back the feels of Beserk. If you loved Beserk you should love GS. pic “Goblin Slayer meets Berserk” by tsundere-power
Slime so far feels like a cute Nintendo or Level 5 game made into an anime. The lead character is murdered in a brutal crime and gets reincarnated in a fantasy world as a slime and then begins to gain knowledge and become powerful. Slime has a neat take on goblins and magical beasts like this “Tempest Wolf” by RhythmPopFox
3rd – Golden Kamuy is equal parts freaky deaky, adventure with some campy humor. It’s rare to find a show with so much badassness from every character. You may hate the bad guy going after protagonist Sugimoto and Asirpa but you still admire how badass they are. Adventure, a mystery to solve and some crazy characters make this a blast. Photo:
4th – Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure – Golden Wind. This could have rated a bit higher and the reason is that I read the manga and know what is going to happen so the suspense factor is diminished unlike the above three. I enjoy recommending Jo Jo to Gen X’ers looking to step into anime. I use the music angle to entice them.
5th – Gurazeni: Money Pitch. I’m always down for a sports anime especially one in a sport I have little knowledge on. Money Pitch feels like a warm dessert. The lead character Bonda is a left handed relief pitcher obsessed with the salaries of the other players. It give a fascinating twist on the psychological aspect of his playing and the business side of the game. Bonda is just a super nice guy and I root for him to get that money.