Best Anime of the Decade: 2000-2009
This is a list of my favorite anime that aired during 2000-2009. Please note that this list is highly subjective and based on how much I enjoyed the shows.
Inevitably, you might wonder why a particular anime is not on this list. It is likely that I just have not seen or have not completed it yet.
21. Abenobashi Mahoh Shotengai (2002)
Silly yet enjoyable series with numerous references to other anime and live-action films (poor Kubrick :P) that also contained some serious moments. Hideaki Anno himself participated in the development of episode 13 that featured parody to Eva. Is Texan accent really an English equivalent of Kansai-ben? This anime won an Agency for Cultural Affairs “Excellence Prize” at the 2002 (6th) Media Arts Festival.
20. Read or Die (R.O.D.) (2003)
I share love for books with the protagonists of this anime 🙂 Being a writer is a challenging job, as we can see by the struggles Nenene goes through.
19. Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (2007)
18. Hoshi no Koe (2002)
One of the first Shinkai’s works that he produced by himself. The story is an interesting contrast to 5 cm/sec.
17. Haibane Renmei (2002)
Yoshitoshi Abe’s slow-paced slice-of-life anime with fascinating setting. Abe had much more control of character design in this anime compared to Lain.
16. Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2003)
An anime about life and death that incorporated alchemic and Dharmic concepts among others. Excellent performance by Rie Kugimiya and Romi Paku (you can hear them in this AMV, and they really became close working on this anime 😛 ) and wonderful music of Michiru Oshima further enhanced the viewing experience 🙂