A Decade of Anime: 2000-2009

Since it’s the beginning of a new decade, I thought it would be nice to reminisce about the past.

I think 2000 was roughly around when I first started watching anime, with my first series being Evangelion. From then on, I have been watching almost every series from each season. It’s difficult to choose a particular anime from each year, but here’s my list of 10.


2000: Hajime no Ippo

An inspirational series where you watch a person grow from being a wimp to a world-class boxer. Too bad boxing in real life isn’t as exciting.

2001: Noir

Assassins fighting assassins with an intriguing plot as the focus. This is where the epic songs Canta Per Me and Salva Nos are from.


2002: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

A futuristic world with technologies that I hope will one day become reality. This series is one of the reasons why I stuck with Computer Science as my major.


2003: Last Exile

A compelling story from beginning to end. I wish there were more anime like this these days.


2004: Monster

A 74-episode behemoth where each episode contributed to the story and characterization of the cast. This is one mystery thriller that must not be missed.


2005: Honey and Clover

A college drama with a cast of memorable characters. It had its fair share of sad and funny moments.


2006: Fate/stay night

Some of my favorite characters are in this series. Need I say more?


2007: Darker than Black

Interesting premise depicting a world inhabited by normal humans and contractors. Hei is one of my favorite male leads.


2008: Spice and Wolf

The adventures of Lawrence and Horo in the Middle Ages filled with witty bantering and quick economic lessons.


2009: Eden of the East

Introduced me to the phrase “Noblesse oblige” along with the concept of augmented reality.


Other excellent series that I wasn’t able to include are Welcome to the N.H.K.!, Full Metal Panic!, Death Note, and Code Geass just being a few.

Here’s to another decade filled with epic anime!


Image Sources: pixiv, AniDB

8 Comments to “A Decade of Anime: 2000-2009”

  1. YES! Monster made your list! Honey and Clover making it isn’t a huge surprise, but I can always approve any list with Monster on it. An excellent show with few slowdowns. What’s not to like?


  2. Ruby says:

    That’s a really interesting list :3 I plan on watching Spice and Wolf soon~ I loved the first ep of eden of the east, it was probably the best episode ever, funny and weird at the same time, I’m really excited for the movie 😀


  3. phossil says:

    I remember I started watching Noir some time ago, but now that I think about it I didnt finished. ^^


  4. Reltair says:

    @zzeroparticle: Monster is simply amazing. I wish there were more series like it. I actually prefer longer series if it has no fillers.

    @Ruby: Can’t wait for the Eden of the East movie. Spice and Wolf is a sure watch.

    @phossil: I saw Noir really long ago, but I think I remember it feeling a bit slow. So you have to be in the mood for that.


  5. Lanir says:

    I’ve seen half of the ones that made your list as well as half of the ones that almost made it. Has me curious about the rest now. I’m not sure if I’d have been able to narrow a list down to one per year myself. 2003 seemed to be a pretty productive year with Tsukihime, Scrapped Princess and Last Exile for example (I went and looked the first two up before realizing they were all in the same year).


    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, it was difficult choosing just one anime per year. I think two or three of the years had multiple epic series; 2003 as you mentioned had some of my favorite adventure series. I tried to choose some of the ones that were a bit less mainstream (e.g. not Gundam Seed or Gundam 00), and had a preference for anime with strong plots/characters.


  6. Yi says:

    Everyone has a different list for anime of the decade and it is pretty much impossible to pin one down. GITS: SAC and Last Exile are definitely up there for me as well though.


    Reltair Reply:

    GITS:SAC ftw! I might actually rewatch some of these series in the future; something I usually don’t do.


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