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Because [personal profile] flamebyrd and I were discussing what to watch now that we've finished Yuri on Ice and it occured to me that if I was making a "stuff I liked" list to narrow down to stuff she might like too, I might as well post the un-narrowed list. Links are easier to do in posts, anyway :)

I'm just looking at Crunchyroll, Netflix and Animelab, other suggestions welcome! I've noted where things are only available on Netflix since you can't watch that for free.

Things I have seen all of and LOVED and EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH:
  • Snow White with the Red Hair/Akagami No Shirayuki-Hime A young woman makes her way in the world and finds love in a fantasy setting. Sweet and funny and exciting.
  • Chihayafuru Surprisingly engaging sports anime about a girl playing karuta, a card game involving Japanese poetry.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice Mixture of male figure skating sports anime with a really engaging m/m romance.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fantastic steampunk alternate Europe with humour, action, pathos, and complex morality (also on Netflix)
  • Ouran Highschool Host Club Hilarious cross dressing shenanigans sending up reverse-harem shoujo highschool tropes. (Also on netflix)
  • Azumanga Daioh Really funny Cute Schoolgirl hijinks.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Great magical girl anime, not always quite as light and fluffy as it appears on the surface. Surprising amount of background m/m and f/f for a 90s kids show. Started the Cute Girls genre.
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun A girl falls for a guy in her class who writes shoujo romance. Hilariously plays with shoujo tropes.
  • Silver Spoon Funny, well written story of a city guy who goes to agricultural college thinking it will be an easy pass.
  • My Love Story Heartwarming comedy about two very earnest people in love.


Things I have seen all of, quite liked, and rec:
  • Cowboy Bebop Cool, noir-ish Bounty Hunters in Space from the 90s. May not appeal to young people.
  • Toradora cute romantic comedy about an impassive guy and feisty girl. Only on Netflix.
  • Voltron Legendary Defender Just a really good "young people must form a giant robot to fight an evil galactic empire" story. Only on Netflix. Not technically anime but close enough.
  • Durarara!! Supernatural hijinks amongst a group of teenagers and twenty somethings (I have only seen season 1)
  • Bodacious Space Pirates Teenage girl inherits a pirate space ship. Very fun and femslashy with background canon f/f. Pacing was a bit off.
  • Angelic Layer Sports anime about a girl and her tiny non-sentient fighting robot.
  • Hourou Musuko Wandering Son Really sweet, gentle story about two gender non-conforming middle schoolers.


Things I have seen all of and enjoyed but only rec with BIG CAVEATS:
  • New Game Cute Girls In The Video Game Industry. Soooo moe.
  • Free Highschool boys swim club. Fun but not very deep.
  • My Little Monster Objectively mediocre shoujo romance, I just like shoujo romance a lot.
  • Servant x Service Very silly and kind of fanservicey comedy about the public service.
  • Yuri Kuma Arashi Surreal and fanservicey lesbians who are also murderous but adorable bears. Only recced to those who find that summary appealing.
  • Kiss Him, Not Me Fun but not very progressive shoujo romance/comedy. Formerly fat yaoi fan ends up with a reverse harem (including a girl!) who all become friends despite her wanting them to make out with each other.
  • Hellsing gory but cool and engaging vampire action.
  • FLCL Weird, fast paced coming of age story. Fanservicey and disturbing in parts.


Things I have seen some of and intend to watch further:
  • Sailor Moon The classic magical girl anime. Cheesy and flawed but with some great aspects. Surprising amount of background m/m and f/f for a 90s kids show.
  • Gatchaman Crowds Superheroes and/or mecha, I think?
  • Flying Witch a very gentle, light slice of life story about a teenaged witch in the Japanese countryside.
  • Tsurimata Gentle, surreal story of a teenage boy with anxiety becoming friends with an alien and learning to fish.


Things in my queue I have been recced (feel free to sell me on them or warn me off, and note my summaries may be wrong):

Things I did not get into but seem to be good for what they are:

If you're not familiar with moe, the "cute girls doing cute things" genre it's...a thing. At it's worst it's a collection of "cute" tropes like hard work, flailing, spaceyness etc combined with fanservice and no real plot or characterisation. At it's best it can still have some tendencies that way but has lots of nice female friendships.

I think I may have made a post like this a while ago but hey, there's been new anime added since then!
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