Anime has always been my first love. Ever since Sailor Moon debuted in North America in the 1990s, it became my entry point into the vast and wonderful world of Japanese animation. I discovered Cardcaptor Sakura, Fushigi Yugi, Ayashi no Ceres, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and so much more. Manga followed closely behind, mostly because many of the anime I fell in love with were already based on a manga series. When homework and studying were done during my high school and college years, I couldn’t wait to spend my weekends or vacations from school diving into an anime series I was into. Now with those days long behind me, I find my anime viewing to be dwindling until a great sense of nostalgia (or boredom) nudges me to see what’s currently available on streaming.
As we get closer and closer to 2020, there have been plenty of lists all over the Internet to reflect on 10 years of entertainment, politics, fashion, celebrity news, video games, and just about every topic you can think of. Finishing one decade and entering a new one feels significant, and yet it’s easy to forget what has come and gone as we move through the current of life. Before we put another decade behind us, I want to look back on some of the best anime that left the biggest impression on me over the last 10 years.
The old adage, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is one we hear constantly but isn’t always practiced as much as we would like it to be. What we say and do to everyone we meet matters, and a kind word or action holds as much power as negative ones do. The anime film A Silent Voice examines what happens when we don’t treat each other with compassion and understanding.