Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where every week you display your top 10 books as according to that week’s topic!
I haven’t done a TTT since Feb (oops! I blame school D:) but this week’s was something I definitely had lots to talk about. I had originally wanted to do a Top 10 TV Shows That Defined Me – Now & Then but I realised most of the Then shows were cartoons so I figured why not just talk about my Top 10 Animated TV Shows I’ll Always Love? :D
1. Digimon Season 1 & 2
I cannot tell you how much I loved this show as a kid and these were definitely the best two seasons. TK and Kari were probably the first fandom couple I shipped even as a kid (they’re the ones clapping in the gif, GAH TAKARI <3), I will go down with this ship. I WILL. Their whole dynamic and the Angel Digimon, I just have a lot of feels about them, it is definitely not just coincidence to me. Not forgetting, Tai who I adored too (anyone who wants to be bitter with me about Matt & Sora, please join the circle). Plus Tai and Kari with their brother-sister relationship? KILLED ME. My favourite arc was hands down the 8th Digidestined with Kari, Gatomon and Wizardmon (we don’t talk about Wizardmon because that’s just going to make everyone cry).
There were just so much going on with the friendships and family and story arcs, it was amazing. That first arc in Season 1 where they’re all in the Digiworld and going through their own journey to get their crests? So much going on. Also never forgetting Izzy’s iconic line, “PRODIGIOUS!” Then they grew up for Season 2 and EVEN MORE with some new characters (*sideeyes Davis*) and new Digimon transformations and it was just so good.
2. Teen Titans
This was an A+ cartoon, I will never be over the fact that Starfire didn’t get her own season arc (I mean even Terra did, talking about Terra is also heartbreaking though). It was so humourous although with serious moments, lovable characters and it marked the beginning of my love for superheroes. My shipping was all over the place here but Robin/Starfire forever owns my heart. The arcs were really good, I definitely loved The Apprentice arcs where Slade recruited Robin and then Terra. Slade was always that villain you just wanted to be rid of already but he was so mysterious that you also just wanted to know a bit more about him. I know there’s the spin-off but it’s more comedy-centric so it’s a lot different from the original but the movie is definitely worth watching ;)
3. Avatar: The Last Airbender
This show was amazing. I didn’t watch it at the time it was airing but it improves vastly in terms of development and character as it progressed on. It’s visually stunning and has a fabulous world with a set of characters you just can’t seem to hate (once you reach the end). Seriously don’t dismiss this because it’s a ‘children’s show’, it can be really complex. I have so much love for each and every character (even some of the villains too because they are so dimensional) and just talking about it makes me want to rewatch it all over again and try to withstand Zuko’s “I WILL CAPTURE THE AVATAR” (jk, I love Zuko. Season 3 Zuko is the best). There is just so much in this show on so many levels that I think if I had to name a favourite cartoon show from this list, this would be it.
I am watching Legend of Korra right now and I don’t love it as much as A:TLA but seeing mentions of the old gang and getting cameos is just the best!
4. Gundam Seed & Gundam Seed Destiny
Hands down one of my favourite animes ever, I mean the dynamic between Kira and Athrun who were childhood friends but are enemies on the battle field? Then the romance? (CAGALLI AND ATHRUNNNN, see the gif above, going down with this ship, Gundam Seed Destiny was good too but I don’t like the open ending for the both of them). It can get really gritty but no doubt a great anime, I have a huge soft spot for the sequel, Gundam Seed Destiny though. The characters just appealed more to me because some of the characters appeared again, I couldn’t care much for some of the newer characters such as Shinn, too much angst and anger for my taste.
5. As Told by Ginger
Someone once told me the grass is much greener, on the other side~ Let’s be honest, you just sang that in your head ;D I just love how Ginger was pretty much a normal and relatable girl who didn’t really want to be popular, she was comfortable at home and with her friends. She went through tough times. She had crushes, falls in love and the such. I loved the relationship Ginger had with her mum and even with her friends, through the ups and downs. The high school arc though was messed up though, the whole Darren and Ginger drama? It hurts to think about.
6. Young Justice
I’m pretty upset this got cancelled because it had so much potential and my bb girl, Artemis who is the best ever (see gif). I don’t think it was ever given the due justice it deserved (haha pun). I definitely preferred the first Season, it just felt better when it was a smaller dynamic between the group. Season 2 felt messy with the overcomplicating of the plot and such, plus it made me cry and feel completely cheated and I refuse to accept the ending. But it’s a great show, I think DC is definitely on point with their TV shows.
7. Kim Possible
Ah Kim Possible, she’s popular, got the cool gadgets, kicks the bad guys’ asses and still manages to have the life of a normal teenage girl. It’s hard to forget the friendship that Kim and Ron had and then bam, the ensuing romance. I loved it so much!
8. American Dragon: Jake Long
I have a huge soft spot for this show, I always had a soft spot for shows where they featured Asian elements or characters. I remember raging over the age of the characters who were only 14 and already in love haha but I really loved the story. I admit I wasn’t happy with the change in animation style for Season 2 and some story arcs which I won’t touch on but this will always be a show I’m going to love for years to come.
Oh boy this anime is adorable. It’s a little ridiculous because some characters are slightly overly-exaggerated but it’s cute and features so much good food. The friendship is evident here and there’s even the accompanying music because they are technically a band. It’s just a light-hearted anime that I know I can turn to if I ever just want to go back to watching and see familiar faces again.
10. Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu
I was trying to think of a final animated show I love and would rewatch instantly and Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu came to mind. I watch some anime dubbed in English and others with subtitles and for Full Metal Panic! it was the latter. Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu is a companion series to the main series and it’s a lot more comedic whereas the main one is a lot more grittier and mature in theme. The humour can get a little stupid but I’ve got a soft spot for the main two characters here.
Honourable Mentions: Xiaolin Showdown & Courage the Cowardly Dog.
What are some of the animated shows you’ll always love?