‘Sup, everyone. This post is exactly what the title says – I’m looking for your nominations for the best anime of all time, however you choose to define ‘best’. Any genre is okay. Any release date is okay. The only stipulations I have are:
It must be a televised series (no films, OVAs, or specials) that has completed airing as of you nominating it.
It must be completely watchable without any prior knowledge whatsoever of the source material, or of any anime that came before it (so remakes are okay, direct sequels likely not).
You need to think it’s A+ material based on the first 1-3 episodes (as well as the show as a whole). The title obviously doesn’t have to be considered in any way complete over those initial 1-3 episodes, but don’t give me shows that you think only truly get great halfway through or whatever.
That’s really about it – other than that, anything goes. So give me your best-ofs, no matter how popular or unpopular they may be. I don’t care if you’re the only one who thinks the anime is amazing or if everyone and their dog does. Hidden gems are more than welcome, but so are your “unoriginal” picks. And yes, if you have a few shows that top your list and you can’t decide between them, by all means, nominate multiple titles, or titles that you might have already seen mentioned in other comments.
Oh, and one more thing. You don’t have to defend your choices. In fact, I’d prefer it if you didn’t leave any lengthy comments about exactly why you think the anime you picked is deserving of the title “best of all time”. Feel free to just drop it and run if you like. Feeling shy and want to leave an anonymous comment? A-ok, no judgment here. Now have at it.