Greetings! I am back with another Top 5 post after a long layoff. When we talk about anime, most of the discussions center around our thoughts about the series as a whole. Most of the reviews, YouTube videos that you find tend to focus on the big picture. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, in some series (especially the longer running ones) there can be found smaller sections that really stand out. These mini stories/arcs in some cases can provide a turning point for a series or allow it to stand out. The focus of this Top 5 is the smaller story. Or more specifically my top 5 favorite story arcs in anime. For this I simply looked at which arcs stood out for me from the series that I watched. I’m not restricting myself to any length and I am not also saying that these are the best arcs from a technical standpoint of all time or that they are from the greatest series of all time. These are just simply my favorite story arcs.It just has to be a multi-episode story that doesn’t occupy the entire series.  So without any further delay, let’s begin!

#5 Grand Magic Games   Fairy Tail

The reason that this arc makes the list is really for pure entertainment value. There are a lot of great events and battles which happen in this arc which in some ways is a turning point for the narrative of the series. There were many awesome events to be had in this arc. From Erza’s absolute dominance of a monster fighting event to Natsu taking on Sting and Rogue at the same time. The story of this arc is more complex than you think and many characters are given their time in the spotlight. This arc marked the end of the first iteration of the anime and it was certainly a grand finale. Fairy Tail is a guilty pleasure series of mine and this story arc is one guilty pleasure to watch.

#4 Mother’s Rosario   Sword Art Online II

Yes, I put a story arc from the scourge of the anime community on this list and I don’t care. For me the journey of Asuna and Yuuki was a very good story and a high point for the Sword Art Online series. This arc has a great and intimate narrative with a wonderful focus on the benefits that technology can have for people and the bonds that it can form. You also have a story with great character growth with the characters involved. The story is just beautiful to watch and the gorgeous aesthetics that the series has to offer certainly helps in it’s execution. I always thought that Asuna is a bright spot in the series and to see her take the lead was fun for me to watch. This is one of the most bitter sweet arcs out there in my opinion and a darn good one to watch.

#3 Greed Island Arc   Hunter x Hunter

You could probably pick any of the story arcs from this series for a list such as this. Hunter x Hunter is an incredibly consistent series with it’s storytelling. However, I had the most fun watching this arc personally. The setup to this arc was really cool, the nuances of the game scenario were really well thought out and executed, and they found a way to make a training arc really entertaining. The arc also has a great balance of exposition and conflict. The arc shows the lengths people are willing to go for good and bad to achieve what they want and for that it really has my respect. You have the fight towards the end goal plus you also have a bunch of world building as well included in a fun story about a game and a boy’s search for his father. You also have in this arc the best side character of the series in Biscuit have a prominent role in this arc and that definitely doesn’t hurt.

#2 UA Sports Festival  My Hero Academia

This may seem like a cliche choice for a list such as this. However, I feel that this is the story where My Hero Academia went to good to amazing. Many others have said this before, but I would say that this is one of the best tournament story arcs in anime. Not only do you have great action and fight sequences but you also have a lot of characterization and character development. You find out so much about the students in this story arc in a relatively short amount of time. This arc uses its action to enhance the narrative and not just fill it. That is why this arc makes this list. Of course the Ochaco/Bakugo and Deku/Todoroki fights also didn’t hurt its cause. I mean both of those fights were just amazing to watch. This arc laid the groundwork for what has a become an amazing series.

#1 Sisters Arc  A Certain Magical Index/ A Certain Scientific Railgun S

This is a story that is so nice, they told it twice. The Sisters Arc is probably the most recognized arc from the Toaru universe and it is certainly the best one to date. You really get a sense of the darnkness that looms over Academy City in this arc and the lengths they will go to achieve their goals. And this is all done through the story of a few characters. To me that is brilliant. Also with this arc we get the story told from two different perspectives which is something that you barely see. This adds to the awesomeness of the story as you get a fleshed out picture of the character motivations and the events that occurred in the story. Even watching one half of this story is enough to get the feel of this story. The dark side of science is the main point here and they get the point across in a magnificant way. You also get introduced to the best anti-her/villain character in anime- Accelerator. Not only is he a bad ass, but he is also the master of snarky remarks and commentary. One of the strengths of the Index franchise is Aceelerator’s story and it starts here with a bang. The fight between Touma and Accelerator was awesome. Let’s not forget Mikoto’s story in a ll this either. Her journey with her insecurities, vulnerabilities, and ethics brought to light brings a great amount of emotional weight. The arc is my favorite because it combines many of the elements that make for an entertaining and emotional story together and puts it into an equally fascinating world.

So there you have it, my Top 5 Favorite Anime Story Arcs. What do you think of my choices? What are your favorite story arcs? Please comment below or message me on Twitter (@Railgunfan75) or Facebook (Railgunfan75’s Geek Blog). So if this is the last time that I will be seeing you this year, Happy Holidays and if not see you soon. Stay geeky my friends!