1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
It would be great of we could get our wishes became true, even if it’s just one wish. Naturally we would have to pay for it but what kind of payment will do? Would you trade your soul for it? Most people probably would do that when they learn the still have their souls in possession, even if it means their souls are now outside of their body. In Madoka Magica, things didn’t stop there, where in exchange of drawing your soul out from your body and had your wish comes true, you gained magical powers alongside the responsibility to fight the Witches. Actually the reason you soul being taken out and resides in your Soul Gem is to prepare your body for a battle that normal people wouldn’t be able to handle. However the price you’d need to pay is actually more than what explained to you. There’s an irrevocable contract that never revealed to you just because you’ve never asked for the details, and you are also bearing the risk of becoming a Witch yourself. Once you become a mahou shoujo, the process in irreversible. That said, this anime will remain as my numero uno anime for a very long time.
3. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
As a transfer student it’s just normal if you don’t have a friend at your new school. However it’s not that normal if you’ve never had any, even in your previous schools. Not to mention after months in your new school you’re still unable to befriend anybody, thanks to your natural-delinquent look that you were born with. Well you’re lucky if you found someone who is also ‘friendless’ just like you. And that person is a girl, or to be exact, someone you knew from the past. Together you formed a club and soon more and more ‘friendless’ people joined in. That’s what happened in this anime. The truth is I’ve been waiting for probably more than a year. Probably not the best for everybody but definitely one of my best picks.
4. Hanasaku Iroha
You’re a girl who just turned 16, and you mother left you under the custody of the grandmother you’ve never met, because she eloped with her good-for-nothing boyfriend. You nearly lost your hope when your grandmother treated you badly in an abusive manner, and forced to work your ass off as she wouldn’t support you as her grandchild. To make things worse, your colleague, who is also your roommate hates you with no real reason. That’s the life that Ohana lived in the Kissuiso inn. If I were her I might have killed everybody in the inn (well except Nako-san) but Ohana isn’t the type of a girl who would fight for her rights. Instead in a short time she has grown into a ‘stupidly’ optimistic person who would see people bullying her as “having good reason behind such action”. The only heartwarming moment in this anime is probably the romantic relationship between Ohana and Kouichi. I managed to follow this anime to the end is because I wanted to see Ohana fights back. The new anime for this series has been announced but it’s still unconfirmed whether it will be a second season (prequel or sequel) or just OVA but I’d like to see Ohana’s grandmother ‘defeated’. That old hag deserves to be clubbed to death.
5. Mayo Chiki
Imagine you’re having severe gynophobia where you could bleed from your nose just from being touched by a girl. And then how about you’re forced to cure it by allowing a girl to stay close to you? Kinjirou, the gynophobic guy stumbled upon Subaru, a cross-dressed girl in a toilet. And that girl is a ‘butler’ to a sadistic ojousama (Kanade) whom later forced him “to take necessary actions” to protect Subaru’s secret. It is not an easy task where Kinjirou had to face various obstacles such as the S4 group, Subaru’s father and more. Subaru then began to develop some sort of romantic feelings towards Kinjirou. However it seems like she is not the only one who feels that way towards him. Her rival might be the her ojousama and both of them have kissed Kinjirou in separate occasions. As things are getting more complicated, the series ended with the expected cliffhanger. Well I hope there will be a second season to bring the conclusion, and I’m rooting for Subaru x Kinjirou.