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Top 50 Anime Series of All Time

50. California Crisis

California Crisis is on this list to represent my love of “terrible” 80’s OVAs– those 30-50 minute direct-to-VHS shows that cram a hell of a lot of plot into a minute amount of time. It almost always results in a story wrought with plotholes and inconsistencies, and I love that shit. This is the sort of stuff that made my love anime in the first place– where you have to make up half the story in your head in order for it to make the least bit of sense. I miss that sort of stuff, and I get annoyed by how many current series err in the exact opposite direction by over-explaining everything. Crisis also has an awesomely anti-climactic ending that does a hell of a job of symbolizing everything I love about these OVAs. It’s a shame that current trends don’t allow for more stuff like this to be made.

49. Macross: Do You Remember Love

I’m not a huge fan of the Macross franchise. I dig Macross Plus well enough, and I probably like Macross 2 more than most hardcore Macross fans (Although that’s not saying much since I just kinda tolerate it since I saw it at an early stage in my anime career.). I also never really developed a love for Robotech since I don’t remember it getting any kind of regular airplay on local stations when I was a kid. But I love the movie rendition of the story. I distills everything that’s good about the TV series, gets rid of all the tedious bits, and amps up the right things to ridiculous proportions. The final battle, set to Minmay’s horrifically cheesy and awesome pop tune, is one of the greatest anime action scenes of all time, and it still looks better than almost everything that’s come after it.

48. Ga-Rei Zero

If it weren’t for the first episode, Ga-Rei Zero would be a generic, if watchable, action show. But damn is that first episode brilliant. If you haven’t watched it, go watch it now. Yes, now. Done watching it yet? Whether you loved it or hated it, there’s no denying that it got your attention when everyone died. That first episode started to set everything up in a very traditional manner. We’ve seen this shit before (Although that one chick’s motorcycle with mantra treads was fucking awesome.), and we could see exactly where all of this was going– right up until when they got picked off one by one by the real star of the series. It’s like watching Star Wars if it began when Anakin killed all the younglings, except we actually got to see the slaughter after we got to know the kids. That episode ranks up there as one of the greatest single episodes of all time, and it’s that episode that earns Ga-Rei its spot on my list.

47. Read or Die

Crazy super hero spies tracking down a dude that’s resurrecting dead geniuses and using their zombified corpses to kill everyone on earth, and the main chick has the power to manipulate paper the same way Green Lantern manipulates “willpower.” It’s all sorts of over-the-top, and it pulls it off with a 60’s spy show flair rarely seen in anime. It’s all about style as substance, and that can be a beautiful thing when pulled off as awesomely as this. Shame the TV series is dreadfully boring until the last few episodes. But let’s pretend that doesn’t exist and heap all our love on the OVA.

46. Urusei Yatsura

Rumiko Takahashi is the greatest sitcom writer of all time. Lum’s scenario isn’t quite as awesome as Takahashi’s other series on this list, Ranma 1/2, but it may be even crazier than that shapeshifting martial artist mess. It has one of the first “magical girlfriend” stories in anime, with Lum forcing herself upon Ataru after a game of tag with planetary consequences. And in that first episode Lum managed to undermine every “magical girlfriend” anime before they were ever made. It may get a little tedious after awhile, but that’s easily averted by not marathoning the damn thing. Sitcoms were made to be watch an episode or two a week. It’s all about getting a few laughs in, not about engaging the viewer with characterization or storyline. And Lum’s one of the best when it comes to the sitcom formula.

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  1. April 25, 2010 4:31 AM

    I love the way Azumanga nearly always manages to make it into top lists even when most of the ones around it are violent bloody psychological storms. There’s something that show did so well that’s near impossible to explain and hasn’t been repeated since. Well, unless they made a Yotsubato anime. Then there’s the ‘romance that just got to you’ series. Yours was Maison Ikkoku, mine was Chobits.

    Anywho, gotta check out some of these ASAP, especially Utena

  2. April 25, 2010 4:13 PM

    Great list! I made a list of my 50 favorite series not too long ago and many of yours are on it.

  3. April 29, 2010 9:59 PM

    Haha, that is such a badass Utena pic you chose for this post. Well done, good sir.

  4. Hogart permalink
    August 31, 2010 7:11 PM

    Was worth it just to see Justy Tylor’s Incredible Adventures, but seeing Sunred and Bantorra on the list made my day.

  5. matthew permalink
    October 5, 2010 5:08 PM

    No bleach, full metal alchemist,fist of the north star or naruto come on now get real will you!!!!!

    • Nathan permalink
      October 7, 2010 10:41 AM

      yea Bleach,Naruto,and One piece is the Best.

      • Etto... permalink
        January 31, 2011 3:03 AM

        I must agree that they can be good, but you need to see more anime series and I mean ALOT MORE to make that opinion, There are far more great animes out their in the world than the ones people catagorize as ‘popular’. Trust me, I’ve seen more than 250+ anime series and I’m only 15. ;3

        • EDO CASTLE permalink
          May 9, 2011 8:01 PM

          actually im 23 and have been watching anime at a high level for almost a decade and i have prolly seen over a thousand animes and though naruto isent a ‘top’ anime i do find myself straming the new episodes :P i disagree about outlaw star being on a top list its not that great

        • Bryan permalink
          October 12, 2011 6:49 PM

          What about Code Geass????? So well done…

      • August 14, 2011 12:56 AM

        hey what about. dragon ball, dragon ball z, dragon ball gt, pokemon, initial d, . you guys are talking about all time favorites? you guys are talking about your favorites. I saw dragon ball was translated even to some alien languages. in case in the future aliens take over this world. the can see and learn what ever single organism on earth really like…lol

    • Andrew Pease permalink
      January 31, 2011 5:44 PM

      anyone who includes Bleach or Naruto is just another bum allowing crappy anime to be made

      • dark permalink
        July 19, 2011 12:05 AM


        • Jake permalink
          July 20, 2011 11:24 AM

          Don’t be such a Ritsu Tainaka

        • jeff1234 permalink
          October 11, 2011 6:54 PM

          Thats what im talking about dark naruto and bleach are the best anime i have ever watched.

    • drDanc0 permalink
      February 20, 2011 7:09 PM

      Main-stream ≠ good.

    • Derrick permalink
      July 9, 2011 3:25 AM


      • Chad permalink
        July 31, 2011 9:41 PM

        Like anything thing else that gets too much hype haters begin to emerge. Naruto and Bleach or Japanese created animation. with everything that would need to be included to make a show (characters, plot, etc.) another obvious indicator its anime is It was originally a manga. therefore its is anime. I usually don’t feel the need to comment on these sorts of things, but your stupidity was calling out to be correct. you have every right to dislike or like whatever shows you want, but don’t go saying things that aren’t true because it makes you like stupid and starts unneeded controversy.

    • October 9, 2011 8:30 AM

      Bleach,Death Note,and Inuyasha are all good animae shows.

  6. Ren permalink
    November 30, 2010 1:53 AM

    Your list is very comprehensive and one of the best I’ve seen however you left out a few choice series and I may dispute some of your rankings. Where was berserk and samurai champloo? Sure, Shinchiro Watanabe deserves two titles in the top 30 as he animates to music with such a meticulous touch.

    • Landon permalink*
      November 30, 2010 2:11 AM

      Champloo’s teetering on the edge of my list and may enter it when I give the list a onceover later.

      Berserk’s good and all, but it doesn’t quite “do it” for me the way it does for a lot of other people.

      • Scott permalink
        March 29, 2011 2:13 AM

        Berserk is amazing; wish Muira had made more than just the end though…

        • Scot permalink
          April 10, 2011 11:03 PM

          The end was amazing in berserk, the carnage and despair and sheer hellishness was everything i wanted to see haha. but yes, i totally wish they came out with more… berserk’s the only manga ive read

  7. Amber permalink
    December 2, 2010 2:57 AM

    No Death Note? I know i sound like a rather rabid fangirl, but DN has to be one of the bests though. I love your list on the other hand, quite comprehensive. :)

    • Landon permalink*
      December 2, 2010 9:21 PM

      I’m honestly not much of a fan of Death Note. It amuses me, but for all the wrong reasons.

  8. Andrew permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:12 PM

    Gah! You changed the list! I’ve been leaving this tab open recently while watching stuff because I’m just getting into anime and looking for good places to start. I know Here Is Greenwood, Welcome to the NHK (which I loved, so thank you for that, by the way), and Tenchi Muyo were originally on here. Is there anything else you took off? I don’t want to forget anything. And I’ll check out the new additions, too.

    • Landon permalink*
      December 9, 2010 7:27 PM

      Ghost in the Shell dropped off as well to make room for the new stuff.

      • Andrew permalink
        December 9, 2010 8:35 PM

        Ah, that’s right. Thank you.

  9. December 23, 2010 12:53 AM

    Good list could u make a best anime comedy list please? I really like FLCL thx 4 Detroit metal city, also like dokoro chan and punie chan. Plz pick anime that have actual DVD releases

  10. yomama permalink
    January 13, 2011 5:32 PM

    i dont know any of these anime and i read their plots they have no transformations/blood/superpowers/monsters/vampires/demons in other words they all suck ass and wheres bleach “DBZ” yuyuhakusho case closed naruto/shippuden bleach d-grayman fullmetal alchasmist hellsing deathnote MAN I CAN GO ON AND ON

    • Landon permalink*
      January 13, 2011 6:45 PM

      This is the best comment I’ve ever gotten.

      • Etto... permalink
        January 31, 2011 3:29 AM

        Nice to know that there are people who wag their tails to anything these days.
        This person or should I say expertise clearly knows more than we do.They even know what being respectful is and the meaning of transformations, blood, superpowers, monsters, vampires, demons. I’m impressed.

        • probablywontgetreadbutstillforwhatitsworthAPOST permalink
          October 4, 2011 7:46 AM

          etto i don’t think he’s being serious…its a joke – i laughed at least
          unusual and useful list landon – ill definitely check some of these out.

    • drDanc0 permalink
      February 26, 2011 3:28 PM

      It’s true fullmetal alchasmist is a really good animu.

      • Kmann permalink
        March 1, 2011 5:20 PM

        it’s true, full metal alchemist is the only show on that list that is truly amazing

    • Neema Kamala permalink
      April 5, 2011 6:29 PM

      I am a big fan of D. Gray-man and all the other animes you have listed but give these a chance. I watched Cowboy Bebop which is number three on the list and it blew me away. It replaced D. Gray-man as my favorite anime. Cowboy Bebop didn’t leave me hanging like D. Gray-man it ended with a ‘bang’.

  11. DODODODOODO permalink
    January 21, 2011 9:37 AM


    • Etto... permalink
      January 31, 2011 3:06 AM

      In your mind, mister extinct bird. :)

  12. Austin Mix permalink
    January 24, 2011 5:35 PM

    I would not of known Occult Academy if it wasn’t for this site u got THANK YOU. Occult Academy was so beast especially the last episodes

  13. Jay velez permalink
    January 28, 2011 6:05 AM

    What happened with Berserk, Claymore, and Basilisk? I believe that those series deserve more mentioning than the ones you mentioned here!

  14. agu permalink
    January 30, 2011 9:07 PM

    I think this was a great top 30. To be honest i like it that they are all animes that are not the usual ones. I have been following Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, Fairy Tail and even the world only god knows. Ive watched so many anime series in other “favourite lists” but none compare to the complexity and how well thought this list is. :) It was a great read and even though i disagree in a lot of the choices made i thank the author for adding new “must see” animes to my list!

  15. tonybalony permalink
    February 3, 2011 1:06 PM

    good list i look for certain key anime to be present before i see if its even worth reading and you had some of those(bebop,baccano,etc ) and you didn’t have the terrible ones( bleach,naruto etc) so good job you showed me some anime i really enjoyed. As a thank you i will recommend you check out Ga-rei zero. One of the best i have ever seen aslong as you dont read anything about it because spoilers are everywhere. Amazing though.

  16. Joxmar permalink
    February 6, 2011 11:27 PM

    What hell!? No Robotech? mmm that one should be at least somewhere in the top 15

  17. Phatwombat permalink
    February 14, 2011 3:48 PM

    Nice comprehensive list of classics and modern anime. However, I would have added one (if not all) of the following:
    Kino no Tabi
    Serial Experiments Lain
    Excel Saga
    Galaxy Express 999
    His and Her Circumstances
    FMA (and no, I am not some sort of rabid Naruto, DBZ, Bleach, etc. fanboy)

    • Sunny permalink
      July 24, 2011 1:30 PM

      Mushi-shi, yes yes yes yes yeeeeeeeeees,
      the other ones too but what makes mushi-shi special is the perfection of the story telling in each and every episode, the brilliant sound track and this is one of those series like baccano where the dub is better the sub, and you can watch every episode legally on youtube! in very good quality too

      • alucard permalink
        July 29, 2011 1:32 PM

        thanks for the suggestion. and a big thanks to landon. you have named alot of animes i never heard of. but mushi-shi is pretty good. it took me a minute to get into it. but it is well written and the stories draw you in. this anime is example of what makes the difference between a movie and an action flick. i appreciate both. i don’t see why people bash shows like bleach or drangonball (i use to watch db since the begining). they are what they are. i honestly don’t know what guy doesn’t like over the top action. and most action films are predictable. it just comes with the territory. i agree shows like i mentioned don’t deserve to be placed among the top, especially when it come to originality. i for one can’t help but like them. oh well. once i am done with mushi-shi i will most likely start with cobra.

  18. dirkdiggler permalink
    February 17, 2011 10:47 AM

    where the hell is CODE GEASS??
    this list loses credibility without it.

    • Kmann permalink
      March 1, 2011 5:25 PM

      you lose credibility with your wild punch throwing. I’ve seen Code Geass and while it has a comprehensive plot and good twists, it was ultimately a rather shallow anime and the shows he has chosen here are much more complex, and often more cynical/realist than what you like.

      • Avik Mullick permalink
        March 14, 2011 2:37 PM

        I agree too. I mean code geass is fun and all but you cant say the entire anime was good just because the ending rocked. it was kinda mediocre throughout the rest

    • Bryan permalink
      October 12, 2011 6:53 PM

      THANK YOU :)

  19. nono1013 permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:04 PM

    It’s a really good list, I will definitely check out some of these later.
    I only missed (beside Samurai Champooloo and GITS, but these were mentioned above) Code Geass (one of my favorites) and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (those musics were great).

  20. February 18, 2011 12:35 AM

    I love how this list is always changing! Some pretty awesome picks in here. I actually can’t wait to watch Cobra hehe

    btw you have some pretty HILARIOUS comments up there XD

  21. drDanc0 permalink
    February 20, 2011 7:12 PM

    Sweet list man. I might even go as far as to put Bebop one higher…

  22. February 26, 2011 10:21 PM

    what abt flame of recca, fushigi yuugi?

  23. Joe permalink
    February 28, 2011 12:59 PM

    Good top 30.
    Looking @ where Maison Ikkoku is, I would recommend you to watch Kimagure Orange Road and Hachimitsu to Clover. KOR can easily slip into your top 30 imo.
    Well, it’s your top 30 :) … up to you.
    Also, I just finished watching Kemono no Souja Erin recently. Highly recommended along with Juuni Kokki and Seirei no Moribito.
    Have a look @ Banner of the Star series (Sekai no Senki) too.
    Enjoy :)

    • Landon permalink*
      February 28, 2011 4:06 PM

      I’ve liked what I’ve seen of KOR, but it hasn’t quite clicked with me the way Ikkoku did. It probably veers a bit more towards the romance end of the romantic comedy spectrum, hence the difference. Good stuff though.

      Same goes with Banner of the Stars. Like what I’ve seen, but it skews more towards the Trek end of the sci-fi spectrum and I’m more into the Wars end. Helps explain my love for Cobra.

      Couldn’t get into Moribito. I don’t mind talkiness, but Moribito wasn’t talking about anything I could get into.

      Been meaning to give Erin a look, I just have no idea when that’ll be since I’m still catching up on some oldschool stuff I’ve been meaning to finish for years. Like KOR. Heehee

  24. Kmann permalink
    March 1, 2011 5:14 PM

    Just so you know, I use your list whenever I run out of anime to watch. So far I’ve just been picking the most interesting-looking ones but I’ll have to start picking the not-so-interesting-looking shows eventually.

  25. Avik Mullick permalink
    March 14, 2011 2:30 PM

    Seriously this one of the best anime list that i have ever come across. Kudos to you for being the anime guy with impeccable taste. i wish i could share this with the entire globe but i dont spend my entire day on facebook or twitter, so i’ll do what i can.
    im seriously grateful that you dont have the typical crap on the list. i mean seriously just because an anime runs for a shitty long time with no plot structure, storyline and having forever evolving characters to suit the requirement of the moment, doesnt make it a good anime. you know the typical shit im talking about. this list seriously bring to light that anime is not just cartoons or some other kiddy bullshit , but its an extremely effective and dramatic storytelling medium.
    thanks again for not putting in the “popular” bullshit and ill review this list over and over again untill i see each and every anime here.

  26. Skeets permalink
    March 15, 2011 9:23 AM

    Space Adventure Cobra!!!

    I agree, greatest ever!!!

  27. Bruceluis permalink
    March 17, 2011 9:59 AM

    great list, but you forgot the real number 1: Saint Seiya

  28. Teemo permalink
    March 19, 2011 3:58 PM

    3 Words : FUTURE BOY CONAN

    • Jane "KIRA" permalink
      July 24, 2011 11:57 PM

      what was the story about Future Boy COnan?

    • xYordlex permalink
      October 12, 2011 7:10 PM

      A wild Garen APPEARS!!!

  29. Omnicrono permalink
    March 25, 2011 12:57 PM

    You have an interesting favorites list, to say the least. To each his own, but I dare say that any list which does not acknowledge the likes of such excellent and truly game-changing anime series as, say, Full Metal Alchemist, Rurouni Kenshin, Berserk, Samurai Champloo, or even Dragonball Z… well, the author of any such list automatically becomes somewhat questionable in my mind.

    Now, you’ve said this list is strictly your “personal favorites,” so more power to you. But still… Outlaw Star beating out some of these other mentionables? Though, I do love the cool blackhole-inducing bullets and trippy space opera stuff too. :)

  30. Matt permalink
    March 26, 2011 5:00 PM

    Just wanted to say thanks for this list. I’m just getting into this genre and have been watching some of the more mainstream stuff and it’s ok but I just finished Baccano and it has to be one of the best shows i have ever watched, so thanks for that.

  31. Alexis permalink
    March 27, 2011 2:27 AM

    Omg!!! Dis list is awesome n it is the first time I hav seen my fav anime X on a list!!

  32. Pongo permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:23 PM

    Interesting list and even though i have watched Bleach and co (you all know what I mean) i don’t miss them here :).
    Now a few days ago I finished watching Durarara! I have to confess that I wasn’t trill from the first episode but i was sick then so i didnt have anything better to do, but after watching a few more episodes i was hooked and eventually addict to it :D Guess i really liked, that it rarely was able to predict exactly what was gonna happen next.
    In any case I would like to hear other peoples opinion about it (why here? well here I found people who can breath to live outside the world of Naruto and Bleach)

  33. anonymous permalink
    April 3, 2011 9:54 PM

    Saw you had Bebop up there, but I think you are missing out on Trigun and one of my favorite’s, Gungrave

  34. Duo permalink
    April 4, 2011 11:28 PM

    When mentioning FMA, you mean FMA:Brotherhood, correct? because that blows the first run-around out of the water.

  35. Sarah permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:27 PM

    Wheres Code geass? Wheres Naruto? I love X! I wish it was higher on the list….. Oh and please don’t ever put: bleach, chobits, one piece, d-grayman, or Gundam anything on this list trust me they all suck… my personal favorite is:
    1)Big windup!
    3) Touch
    4)Code Geass
    5)Princess Nine

    • jonny christ permalink
      April 16, 2011 3:30 PM

      Give these a shot if you haven’t already:
      1. Baccano!
      3.Darker than Black
      4.Samurai 7

  36. Sarah permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:31 PM

    I haven’t really watched that much anime but here is my top 10:
    1)Big Windup!
    3)Code Geass
    4) Naruto
    8)Princess Nine
    10) DBZ

  37. Tito permalink
    April 11, 2011 4:48 PM

    Death note is the Best anime serie of all time hands down!!!!!
    It should be # 1.

    • Trollin and Lollin permalink
      May 7, 2011 11:49 PM

      Death Note is the worst anime series I have ever seen hands down!!!!

      • Landon permalink*
        May 7, 2011 11:58 PM

        It’s funny because I rank Death Note a 5 out of 10 on myanimelist. So if your average these two dudes together you get MY take.

  38. April 15, 2011 11:53 PM

    Niiiiice, Thank you so much dude, your list is awesome. Other lists have the usual mainstream stuff and it gets repeditive . Sorry to the people who like that but we all have our preferences.

  39. jonny christ permalink
    April 16, 2011 3:28 PM

    You sir have a fantastic taste in anime.
    I’m really glad to see cowboy bebop and baccano! near the top of your list as those are my favorite anime series of all time. And I also thank you for not including any of that inuyasha, bleach, or naruto crap.

    A suggestion though, if you’ve never heard of the series speedgrapher, you should definitely check it out. I am certain that I’m gonna bookmark this list and check out some of the series that I haven’t seen.

  40. Natalie permalink
    April 21, 2011 10:47 PM

    Hardly any of my favorite animes were on there (inuyasha, full metal alchemist, death note) but I do like cowboy bebop:)

  41. joe_mo permalink
    April 23, 2011 12:08 AM

    Very good list. there’s a lot on here I haven’t personally seen, but now plan to (if I can find them). Anyway, Now and Then, Here and There and Planetes are also great animes. Don’t really have a point, just throwing my two bits in there..

  42. Ray permalink
    May 5, 2011 11:50 PM

    ranma is the best thanks for putting it. Also for lupin. but what knights of the zodiac, dbz, or samurai x.

  43. BoBSaget permalink
    May 8, 2011 5:33 PM

    Claymore. ‘Nuff Said

  44. joshimar permalink
    May 8, 2011 9:18 PM

    Nice list havent seen half of them thou, but whatever happened to code geass, death note or FMA, vampire knight was pretty good also

  45. cassidy permalink
    May 12, 2011 3:28 PM

    wheres naruto sure it has a lot of fillers and the fights can drag on to long . but it has an excellent cast, great story telling which is complex just like european movies thats one thing hollywood can’t do.
    Fast paced action at the start. and funny as fuck.

    tobi always cracks me up

    oh wait it’s based on your sole opinion and threats from other people

  46. OPIONIONATOR permalink
    May 12, 2011 8:32 PM

    I am so shocked that Clannad/Clannad After Story, Garden of Sinners, Death Note, Gankutsuo; Count of Monte Cristo, and Monster weren’t on the list… Maybe I should post my own?

  47. Summer Breeze permalink
    May 15, 2011 12:25 AM

    Wah!No Chronicles of the Wings/Tsubasa Chronicles!No Fruit Baskets either! Case Closed ? Naruto ? Card Captor Sakura!!?? How very unfair!! :((

  48. Dave permalink
    May 15, 2011 5:15 PM

    Great List Im going to get watching some of these straight away.

    I know Berserk doesn’t do it for you but I really enjoyed it. Guts from Berserk and Spike from cowboy beebop are my favorite anime characters.

    If they had some kinda strange love child he (or indeed she) would be my ultimate Anime anti Hero ever

  49. Name permalink
    May 19, 2011 7:38 PM

    What Naoki Urusawa’s Monster isn’t on the list?!

  50. May 21, 2011 3:02 PM

    Naruto,Bleach,One piece these are the best anime’s i ever watched all you haters back off well i gotta admit bleach ismt all the shiz ppl make it out to be but naruto and one piece live up to their popularity ,lol and FYI this list is horrible

    • Landon permalink*
      May 21, 2011 4:28 PM

      So, by using your logic, should I be telling YOU to back off? You know, since you’re a hater too.

      • DSZ permalink
        June 4, 2011 5:12 AM

        too bad you can’t ban 12 year olds from commenting eh?

  51. Abirxtreme permalink
    May 22, 2011 1:46 PM

    Greatest animes
    1.Code geass
    2.Death note
    3.Full metal alchimest

    • Falzamar permalink
      July 15, 2011 1:35 AM

      You forgot Gurren Lagann

  52. Jessy permalink
    May 24, 2011 9:35 AM

    I have to say, my hat’s off to you for adding anime that’s not mainstream. This is the kind of well done anime that made me love anime to begin with, especially Cowboy Bebop (3rd anime I ever watched) and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I personally am a huge Clamp fan, so not seeing Tsubasa or Cardcaptor Sakura (first anime I ever watched) is a bit off-putting. But it is your favorites list, not mine. I’m directing some younger friends here, since these are the series that get people hooked.

    Although, if you haven’t seen them already, may I suggest Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure, Saikano: The Last Love Song on This Little Planet(a drama/war/love anime that’s short but addicting), Kaleido Star (very girly and hyper, so it may not be for you, but give it a chance), and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann(someone else mentioned it, but I really love it!)

  53. DSZ permalink
    June 4, 2011 5:10 AM

    Great list, thank you. Maybe I’m not an actual anime fan, but I can’t seem to get into Cowboy Bebop. I watched every episode but I felt like I didn’t really learn much about any of the characters and the story seemed to never really get involving enough. I’m wondering what I’m missing because every seasoned anime watcher loves that series.

    • DSZ permalink
      June 4, 2011 5:14 AM

      What did you think of Trigun? It was kind of sad not to see it here but I understand.

  54. June 4, 2011 8:16 AM

    whi is naruto not there?

  55. Karasthecrow permalink
    June 4, 2011 4:19 PM

    Naoki Urasawa’s Monster was personally one of my favorites. If you haven’t seen it (Which i imagine most people havn’t xD) It’s really worth watching. It’s a long serious (72 or so episodes) but it’s a psycological roller coaster. It seems slow but that kind of just adds to the ambiance of the show as a whole. And Baccano was great. Just saying. Negima! is a pro show as well, just make sure you’re not watching Negima!? For they are different shows :| And i don’t know why, but i honestly enjoyed Outlaw Star more than Bebop, not that Bebop wasn’t amazing, just that Outlaw Star had a stronger nostalgic feel to it. I concede that i am only 16 and a late bloomer i guess you could say when it comes to anime, so i’m probably not the most reputable source! Watching Samurai 7 now which also ain’t half bad.

  56. Samurai Champloo permalink
    June 4, 2011 9:35 PM

    Samurai Champloo, at the least an honorable mention in with Cowboy Bebop. I like Samurai Champloo better… mo better…

  57. Demonchlld permalink
    June 6, 2011 10:50 PM

    Where is Gurren Lagann!

    • Falzamar permalink
      July 15, 2011 1:34 AM

      I know right! I LOVE Kamina! Like a bro of course!

  58. Torggil permalink
    June 6, 2011 11:38 PM

    I can see that there are a great many good animes I have yet to watch. Galaxy Express 999 was the one that got me hooked, even tho the first anime I ever watched was the brutalized Gatchakan – known as Battle of the Planets. Loved it as a kid, then I had the joy of watching it again when I was in my twenties… what a disjointed incomprehensible plot. ahh the memories.

    FMA is good. No question. Is it good enough? Well, I’ve not seen everything on this list, and for some time I won’t. But, I do know bebop and baccano are better. So is Gankutsuo, the count of monte cristo (also not in list). I’m not complaining. The list is not mine.

    My list would contain Initial D- Japanese subtitled version, don’t watch the English they mucked alot of it- I still love the show. And Last Exile- one of the more beautiful animes I’ve seen. I hear they are making a second series.

    I was glad to see the rediculous and funny Ranma 1/2 on this list. That one is funny.

    Finally, thank you for a terrific list. I look forward to watching many of these, though, threats aside, I think I might give detroit metal city a pass. It doesn’t look like my thing.

  59. AnimeBozo permalink
    June 8, 2011 3:58 PM

    Where’s Great Teacher Onizuka???
    Thanks for the list though, it’s introduced me to many great series

  60. James permalink
    June 15, 2011 9:45 AM

    My only gripe against this list is that its got a buncha shit anime that i would never recommend or mention to others.. Black lagoon…!? Haruhi Suzu ? Azumanga ?? Genshiken ?? id easily replace these with Code Geass, GTO, Gantz, GITS, FMA …

    Darker than black.. really? .. like wtf.. this list is fulla anime from when anime started get shit.. Wolfs Rain > DTB.. but thats not mentioned.. Theres no Basilisk here either.. wow..

    If theres gonna be a top chart.. these anime MUST be on there. HunterXHunter, Rurouni Kenshin , Mushi-shi, Cowboy Bebop. missing 3/4.. so bah.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 1, 2011 3:35 PM

      Anime “started get shit” in the 60’s. Or whenever the first TV anime series aired. Or maybe we can backdate that to the first theatrical anime. But let’s just stick with TV anime.

  61. Vegito permalink
    June 24, 2011 11:37 PM

    I hate to sound like a sourpuss but not even Dragon Ball? liek srsly. this blog is under 9000

  62. June 27, 2011 3:11 AM

    does anyone remember a mecha anime about people who climb into giant robots and fight other people in robots?i watched more than 10 years ago and all i remember is that the lead character has a yellow lion like robot until he got another robot that activates when he uses a knife.and the good guys travel in a pink/purple spaceship………

    i know its NOT voltron

  63. tuxedo mask permalink
    June 27, 2011 6:28 AM

    um liek helloooo, sailor moon should be #1. deep plot, informative (you learn all the planets), and realistic

  64. Carolyn permalink
    June 28, 2011 8:01 AM

    Where the fuck is Death Note?

  65. Kevin Hilt permalink
    July 1, 2011 11:07 AM

    C’mon, where’s Code Geass?

  66. Nir.... permalink
    July 5, 2011 11:23 AM

    Death Note should be #1

  67. zammael permalink
    July 6, 2011 9:30 PM

    Gankutsuo. Bakemonogatari. Puella Magi. Code Geass. Tweeny Witches.

    All missing. Gaddammit.

    The only redeeming thing about this list is that it has Evangelion and Revolutionary Girl Utena properly ranked in the top 10.

    • Landon permalink*
      July 6, 2011 11:15 PM

      Gankutsuo: Watched the first episode. Just haven’t seen the rest yet. First episode was decent, though.

      Bakemono: Liked the first story arc. Then the series repeated it again with another girl. And another. And so on. Helping out one girl was cool, but after that it just got dull.They could have done so much more with the initial set-up than yet another “save the princess” storyline. That repetition was especially pointless since Senjougahara was the only girl in the series with an interesting story.

      Code Geass: It’s OK and all, but it doesn’t really do anything for me. Hated most of the characters (and not in a “love to hate” sort of way, just in a “these guys aren’t all that interesting” sort of way) and the whole “giant robot show meets Japanese nationalism” was done better in Gasaraki back in the 90s.

      Tweeny Witches: Cute series, but nothing that really got me excited.

      • zammael permalink
        July 7, 2011 9:08 PM

        Thank you for the reply, Landon. For a while I thought you would dismiss me as a troll because I damn near-spammed your blog posts with vagaries of my opinions in record time.

        I note that not a mention was made of Puella Magi, so I’ll let this hang in the air like a silent but deadly fart.

        Gankutsuo is basically one of the very finest adaptations of any classics I’ve ever seen – not that there’s stiff competition, mind you. But a great adaptation must not only honor its source, it must also revive or reinterpret the original with the strengths of the new medium, and Gankutsuo changed about 50% of the content and reset the original 18th century to a distant future with scifi technology. It takes not only grandiose ambitions to pull this off, but it also involves technical genius and innovative leaps of style. Gankutsuo is proof positive that anime isn’t just limited to japanese fetishes – it can also transcend the very medium itself.

        I haven’t seen Gasaraki myself so I’ll check it out one of these days. But dismissing Code Geass on the strength of your tastes doesn’t do it justice, nor yours. It’s on way too many top anime lists to be summarily dismissed.

        Tweeny Witches: I confess that I absolutely hate mahou shoujo genre. But after Puella I decided to give Tweeny Witches a shot and man, it’s exactly what Disney should’ve come up with. Far too imaginative and fascinating children’s show to be pooh poohed. I bet it is our adult cynicism that prevents most of us from really relishing the sheer whimsical delight that is Magical Girl Squad Arusu.

        Now, your criticisms of Bakemonogatari is little more than one-sided — at the same time each story arc (tight, always investigating someone’s private suffering) is actually part of the protagonist’s make-up: he helps others to his detriment. Araragi is an incurable altruist to the point he’s his own worst enemy.

        However, this anime actually plays against tropes — even the fanservice style shots appears mature. What I took from it was an anime that does NOT pander to the audience. I can go much further in depth but this ramble is long enough.

        • Torggil permalink
          July 10, 2011 6:07 PM

          hafta agree with zammael about Gankutsuo. IT is a powerful and absorbing adaptation of “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Beautifully spun revenge tale, and a must see.

          That said, I also hafta agree with Landon regarding Code Geass. I have seen several episodes, and while I’ll watch it, I also have no love for any of the characters and don’t really care about what happens to them, although the Freedom of the Japanese people would be a worthy cause.

          On a side note, I’m most of the way through watching The Book of Bantorra. I don’t think you need to pre read the manga, you just need to sit through about three episodes before things make sense. I’m enjoying the character contrasts in the Librarians, especially as they differ between Hamy, Volken, Mirepoc and Noloty. Thanks for the tip, Landon.

          • zammael permalink
            July 17, 2011 10:43 AM

            Torggill, thanks for the reply. I may have to revise my earlier opinion about Code Geass. I accidentally watched season 2 a few years ago before I realized it was the wrong season.

            Then I waited until now to watch the first season, and was pleasantly surprised at how well it fared to the second season. My opinions largely lie between Landon and a fanboy’s: pleased at the ambitions of the creators, the broad sketch of the characters, and disappointed at their incompetence at handling certain plots and the end of the season 2 (from what I recall).

            As with every other mecha show, I consciously compared it to the greatest anime of all time (Evangelion) and found Code Geass wanting in certain aspects: dialogue was decidedly inferior, the plot arcs weren’t as tightly focused, and the animation was mediocre in spots. That said, Geass succeeded with the most important element: entertainment. Entertaining, not truly memorable like Puella Magi or Revolutionary Girl Utena. Geass did not deconstruct a genre, nor did it break new grounds. It belongs to the next tier, alongside with Death Note: anti-hero in the role of a protagonist. Oddly in both, the second season blows the potential of the first. Tsk.

  68. Eddie permalink
    July 9, 2011 9:01 PM

    A listen with no Dbz sucks

  69. penisgrabba permalink
    July 10, 2011 5:46 AM

    legend of the galactic heroes..

  70. brandon george permalink
    July 10, 2011 8:38 AM

    why isnt naruto on yur fffnn list

  71. damian permalink
    July 11, 2011 7:41 PM


    • Landon permalink*
      July 12, 2011 4:40 PM

      Avatar the US-made Nicktoon? Or Avatar the James Cameron movie?

  72. Jeremy Wong permalink
    July 12, 2011 1:51 PM

    Any best-of-anime list that doesn’t include Bleach and Inuyasha is worthless.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 1, 2011 3:32 PM

      If that’s the case, I’m worthless and damn proud.

      • August 24, 2011 11:01 PM

        You worthless scum. You’re not just worthless, you’re a liability.

  73. Jason. R permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:01 PM

    Ghost in the shell: Stand alone complex? Thats my fav, but then thats the only anime series ive really got into, besides cowboy bebop :D

  74. July 14, 2011 3:55 AM

    Great list, with a handful that are entirely new to me… looking forward to checking them out.

    Based on your tastes, and the above comments, I’m surprised that there’s no mention of Hikaru no Go… Not only is it enjoyable as hell, it’s also one of my favorite series to introduce to an anime newcomer, or to a potential fan who’s always assumed that anime = tits ‘n tentacles.

    How about Time of Eve?

  75. Torggil permalink
    July 14, 2011 10:23 AM

    just finished watching FLCL. What a ride. I love the way they took the piss out of everything. Enjoyed it immensely.

  76. July 16, 2011 8:17 PM

    I agree with this list almost wholeheartedly. Record of Lodoss War doesn’t make it into enough peoples vision, and that is sad. It was the first series I saw after I saw Akira back in 6th grade, and I was tuned into anime ever since. To those Bleach fans: I love Bleach too, but fillers, nonsense, and the fact that every episode spends the first 5 minutes recapping the last episode pisses me the hell off. Naruto, I’m sorry, doesn’t even come close to touching any of these series, same with FMA.

    One I just found this week that I watched in it’s entirety in about a day (13 episodes) is Deadman Wonderland. Sadistic, dark, and with animation that is completely breathtaking.

  77. July 16, 2011 8:22 PM

    A few I felt you left off that I liked (once again love your list) that didn’t make it: Vision of Escaflowne (not the crap American version), Ghost in the Shell: SAC (the depth of that show is completely underrated), Hellsing (pretty much for the animation and main character alone), Samurai Champloo, and my all-time favorite Trigun. I actually have a gripe with you for leaving Trigun off, but I’ll forgive you slightly for the inclusion of ROTLW ^_^

  78. kamalhas permalink
    July 18, 2011 8:36 AM


  79. Jack permalink
    July 19, 2011 7:13 PM

    Hey ^^ Firstly, thanks for the great list, ’twas quite informative as I haven’t seen a few of these, including your number one. Secondly, I just love the shonen-jump fan boys on here, they make my day XD And lastly, have you ever watched Higashi no Eden? If not, I highly recommend it. It’s a brilliant mystery/thriller series (followed by two not quite as brilliant films) that engaged me more than many anime I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a fair few like yourself ^^ Anyhow, thanks again.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 1, 2011 3:30 PM

      I dig Eden of the East, but in the end it didn’t really come together for me. Still, gotta give it credit for trying something different.

  80. Battousie permalink
    July 19, 2011 9:33 PM

    Hunter x hunter….. One of the best and it’s not even in there….. This list is shit.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 1, 2011 3:29 PM

      Long-running shounen series = Landon stays away.

  81. sam permalink
    July 24, 2011 12:37 AM

    i cant beleive you left bleach out i think its the best anime ever

  82. nick permalink
    July 24, 2011 9:27 PM

    berserk berserk berserk berserk berserk berserk… best anime ever and i have seen a lot… gutz=best hero ever

  83. Jane "KIRA" permalink
    July 25, 2011 12:07 AM

    hey!! wheres my fav. animes?

    1. Detective Conan
    2. Code Geass
    3. Gundam Seed
    4. Reservoir Chronicle
    5. Special A
    6. Inuyasha
    7. Soul Eater
    8. Fushigi Yuugi
    9. Ouran High School Host Club
    10. One Piece
    11. Naruto
    12. Hitman Reborn
    13.Eyeshield 21
    14. Mar Heaven
    15. Pokemon (jejejejeje)

    • Landon permalink*
      August 1, 2011 3:29 PM

      The below comment was a joke, by the way. As for your series:

      Not a fan of Conan. Went on way too long for my tastes. Geass falls flat for me. Not a fan of Gundam outside of G Gundam. Haven’t liked anything CLAMP-centric since Angelic Layer. Had to look up Special A, so I don’t know anything about it. I like all of Rumiko Takahashi’s series, except for Inu Yasha. Soul Eater turned me off. Loved its style, Didn’t like anything else. Fushigi Yuugi and Ouran are good but not close to my top 30. One Piece is in the same category as Soul Eater. Love the Chunin exam storyline from Naruto, hate the rest of it. Eyeshield is decent, but another long series I didn’t keep up with.

      And Pokemon’s awesome. It’s the one anime you listed that’s closest to making my list.

  84. Jane "KIRA" permalink
    July 25, 2011 12:12 AM

    yuck!!! ninja scroll,., EEEEEEWWWWW!!!!

    • Landon permalink*
      August 1, 2011 3:24 PM

      Yuck!!! Someone whose screenname might be based on Death Note. EEEEWWWWWW!!!!

      • Just Awesome permalink
        August 16, 2011 4:01 AM

        I really liked your list, gave me alot of new anime to look up but whats with the Death Note hate? And your not one of those people who hate bleach simply because its popular are you? Because I’m a fan of it though I do see alot of flaws in it. Ether way love your list though to echo a few of the other people, i think Samurai Champloo is a good one too as well as Durarara!! It is really funny and if you liked Baccano you may like this one too.

        • Just Awesome permalink
          August 16, 2011 4:06 AM

          Oh and Fooly Cooly is amazing too =) I’d also like your opinion on Black Butler. I recently got into it and it seems promising.

  85. July 25, 2011 12:54 PM

    I completely agree with Record of Lodoss War, straight forward D&D anime.

    But i am completely saddened by your lack of Rurouni Kenshin or Samurai X.

    You included great anime like Bebop and Outlaw Star, But I also don’t see Trigun.

    I am sorry but the top thirty list must be appeased and these must be added before I will say your taste are wonderful.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 1, 2011 3:23 PM

      Kenshin may be my least favorite anime character of all time, and Vash got on my nerves almost as much as Kenshin did. Both character brought down their respective series for me, and it’s a shame. Trigun especially. I love everything else about Trigun save for Vash,

      That said, the Kenshin OVA is pretty great, since it happens before Kenshin’s shift in attitude. And the Trigun movie is great because it plays down Vash’s annoying tendencies.

  86. cattenlent permalink
    July 26, 2011 3:05 PM

    i think you might like kino’s journey. it is a personal favourite of mine, after baccano, and the way it explores the plot makes me think you’d like it. great list, thanks

  87. love-melody permalink
    July 27, 2011 3:05 AM

    the Kemonozume anime series drawing is outragouesly beautiful

    i must see

  88. elisa permalink
    July 28, 2011 6:35 PM

    Hey, thanks so much for putting together this list. I’d never really watched anime before, until a friend showed me Cowboy Beebop, and I was hooked. I wanted to find more suggestions that were not so mainstream, and your list seems perfect as I’ve heard of almost none of them! (that was meant to be a compliment, not sure how it turned out) I’m watching Book of Bantorra right now… and its awesome.

  89. Inuyasha1403 permalink
    July 29, 2011 5:45 AM

    Get real will ya..!! wat about Inuyasha , Fullmetal Alchemist ,Bleach, Samurai champloo, Ninja Robots , Get over your old list… :D

    • Landon permalink*
      July 29, 2011 6:44 AM

      Detroit Metal City, Zetsubou Sensei, Sunred, Black Lagoon, Darker than Black, Moyashimon, Genshiken, Haruhi, Tatami Galaxy, Occult Academy, Air Master, Baccano, Bantorra, and Kemonozume are all just as new, if not NEWER, than everything you listed. If anything, I should be telling you to get over your old list.

  90. July 29, 2011 9:23 AM

    These comments are pure gold. Who knew you had such a diverse readership?

  91. Torggil permalink
    July 31, 2011 8:30 AM

    Finished watching the Book of Bantorra. I enjoyed the series and the concepts. My favourite character was Mattalast- his undivided loyalty to the library superceded any moral high ground he wished to take. I thoroughly enjoyed the concepts and marvelled at the creativity of the overall world design. As was pointed out though, the music was repetitive and limited. Probably to lower production costs.

    Also recently finished Hajime no Ippo. I’m going to post a brief review here. First, let me say that I hate boxing. I do not watch or follow the sport whatsoever.


    I really enjoyed Hajime no Ippo. There was an excellent mix of characters, humour and drama that made the series extremely enjoyable. For those who don’t know, the story follows Makanouchi Ippo as he moves from bullied high school student to Professional featherweight boxer.

    It gives the viewer an inkling the kind of dedication to training and hardships faced by pro boxers as they pursue the sport.

    I wish they had given Ippo a stronger female love interest role, but given that she was the sister to the feared Mashiba, heavier involvement with her may well have been prohibitive.

    It is obviously an older series as in scene you can see computers with 5 1/4 inch floppy drives. The music, like Bantorra, was also limited and really annoying at times as it sounded like several alarm clocks going off at once. Occasionally it took away from the scene.

    I’m prepared to overlook it though, as the qriting was well scripted, the character development very strong (although they did limit Takamura’s development especially, probably to keep the humour value of the Lord of the Perverts).

    I recommend this series if you haven’t seen it before. If you have, maybe its time for a romp down memory lane.

    Also, A Brief note on FLCL (pronounced fleeclee)

    A six episode blast. I laughed my ass off. The only other thing I’m going to say about it is “those eyebrows.”

    I am currently watching Revolutionary Girl Utena and Battle Doll Angelic Layer.

    • Landon permalink*
      July 31, 2011 11:32 AM

      I’ve seen a little bit of Ippo.I have a couple of friends that love the series and they’ve encouraged me to give it a try. It was pretty decent, but it’s one of those long-running series that I didn’t get into on the ground floor so I haven’t taken the time to catch up. May get around to it someday, but I have quite a few other longer series that I wanna get around to before that.

  92. July 31, 2011 11:06 AM

    I gotta say a quick comment, i really wish that Eureka Seven had made it on your list. It was one of the most refreshing beginnings to a mecha i have ever seen and just kept getting better and better. Haters will hate but it is the best anime i have watched in recent months.

    • Landon permalink*
      July 31, 2011 11:32 AM

      You know how they say “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

      Yeah. You’ll get complete silence from me when it comes to Eureka Seven. Sorry.

  93. adam permalink
    July 31, 2011 1:37 PM

    This is a great list Landon thank you for posting it. I do however think you should give gurren lagann a try. It is easily in my top three of all time.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 1, 2011 3:20 PM

      Lagann’s decent, but it didn’t wow me the way it did so many other people. I’ve been watching anime long enough that its brand of superrobotness wasn’t anything new and it didn’t differ from the formula enough for it to strike a chord with me. And it didn’t have that nostalgia factor with me either. Other than Voltron, I don’t have much affection for the genre the way Macross and Gundam fans do.

  94. July 31, 2011 10:40 PM

    One more thing i meant to say was that i just finished Claymore and i found it interesting but lacking in the story aspect by far. So i have been teetering over starting Darker than Black since it seems to be in many ways a similar idea, and seeing as i have enjoyed many on your list i’m going to start it tonight based on your list’s recommendation.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 4, 2011 1:13 PM

      Yeah, Claymore’s pretty decent, but it didn’t quite do it for me. My partner in crime at this blog, Updatedude, loves it though. I should force him to write something about it sometime.

      And I wouldn’t really compare Claymore with DtB. DtB is all about conspiracies and super powers and stuff, where Claymore follows fantasy tropes. They’re both fairly violent and action-packed compared to most stuff today, but that’s the only real comparison. I wouldn’t worry too much about DtB being too similar.

      • August 12, 2011 10:50 PM

        Just finished DtB and loved it and like you said the two weren’t really comparable. Either way though thanks for the recomendation.

  95. adam permalink
    August 2, 2011 1:21 AM

    just finished darker than black…it was awesome thank you for introducing it to me. Idk if you have watched these before or not but 07-Ghost and Blade of the Immortal are also two that i find really good.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 4, 2011 1:10 PM

      Awesome. If you haven’t seen the second season of DtB just let me warn you. It isn’t QUITE as awesome as the first. Still has some great parts, but it leans far too much on a new character who kinda sucks.

      I can’t bring myself to watch the Blade of the Immortal anime. The manga has such a distinctive style, and everything I’ve seen from the anime tells me it doesn’t really try to recreate said style. I’m usually not one to care about being true to the source material, but Blade of the Immortal is one of those situations. Haven’t seen 07-Ghost. May look into that one. Thanks.

  96. emackg1 permalink
    August 2, 2011 5:37 PM

    Strange how greaat 1s like deathnote, ghost in the shell,or even the popular naruto or bleach dont appear..i can excuse all else but ghost in the shell??uh uh,i disagree with this list

    • Landon permalink*
      August 4, 2011 1:02 PM

      GitS used to be on this list. Then I did a few revisions and it got pushed off. It’s a pretty cool series though.

  97. eepschizzin permalink
    August 4, 2011 12:02 PM

    what the…no deathnote, bleach or naruto. im not a great expert on anime, but im pretty sure they have to be somewhere near #1, unless this list is trying to be a bit different and not like what everybody else loves >>

    • Landon permalink*
      August 4, 2011 1:08 PM

      You forgot the third possibility: that I listed the anime I like and never took into account popular opinions one way or another. I’m not here to regurgitate popular opinions and I’m not the least bit interested in trying to go against said opinions either. I’m just here to say what I like.

  98. adam permalink
    August 5, 2011 1:23 AM

    You were right in saying that the second season of DtB wasn’t quite as awesome as the first but it was still a very enjoyable series to the very end. I also just finished Baccano! and it was incredible though I did find the ending a little bit of a let down. I’ve watched a lot of anime and believed I had my list pretty much figured out but you have totally screwed that up…way to go:).

    Side note- Watched Elfen Lied and I do not see what the big fuss is about. Sure it consists of gore, violence, and the supernatural but the plot isn’t anything knew imo. Anyone understand why so many people love this series so much?

  99. Kobold permalink
    August 6, 2011 1:51 PM

    Ao no Exorcist, Gurren Lagann!!!!!!!

  100. 614 permalink
    August 7, 2011 3:45 AM

    i just want to know what you thought about FMA; Brotherhood(even the the first series does waaay better with emotion and it goes at a steady pace) im not saying its number one but to me top 15 anime hands down, just would like to see why you like it or dont like it

  101. That One Guy permalink
    August 8, 2011 10:59 PM

    I agree with your comments on naruto (still watch it though, too many fillers), bleach (repeats itself too dang much), one piece (not super addicting), DBZ (just plain stupid), and so on and so forth

    Can you plz make another list where it would list the best quality animes, i not a great fan of oldies (no need to be sorry). + i like watching modern style anime. Also you should put popular anime list so others stop complaining

    Occult club go me interested. I saw bebop (only 1 episode on tv) i can understand why other people like it.

    Good animes that i have seen(aren’t listed)
    Full Metal Panic: fummofu (funny, no plot what so ever)
    DeadMan Wonderland (tons of gore!warning!)
    Oran HIgh School Host Club (funny, as in embarassing moments of poor girl dressed as boy around rich snob male hosts)

  102. Vinna Prist permalink
    August 11, 2011 11:03 AM

    What a great list!
    I’ve found most of the animes that I enjoy.
    And some that I haven’t seen yet, but due to the real good selection of those that I know, I am sure to be watching the rest of them very soon.

    And once again, thanks god there is no Naruto, DBZ, Bleach, etc…
    I am not saying that you shouldn’t watch those, but you can’t even compare then with the ones in this list. There is a big difference between animes that are well written, designed and animeted and those made just for fun.

    But I do have some issues…
    I know that you can’t list all of the good animes series and there is no list that will satisfied everyone. That’s been said… Now I need to point the ones that I really missed.
    Death Note – FLCL – Hellsing – Kara no Kyoukai – Kino’s Journey – Rurouni Kenshin (OVAS) – Samurai Champloo

    Also, I saw that you mentioned one of my favorite anime movies “Ninja Scroll”, however as I said, that is a movie and not a serie. I had the impression that this was a list for series. And if we can talk about anime movies, we have a lot good ones that weren’t listed.
    5 Centimeters Per Second – Blood – Ghost in the Shell – Laputa – Millennium Actress – My Neighbour Totoro – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds – Only Yesterday – Kiki’s Delivery Service – Paprika – Perfect Blue – Princess Monoke – Tekkon Kinkreet – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – Vampire Hunter D – Whisper Of The Heart – Grave Of Fireflies – Akira

    Again, that’s a very good list for anime series.
    And thank you for the ones I haven’t seen yet.
    I am really looking forward to.

  103. Torggil permalink
    August 15, 2011 8:53 AM

    Well, I completed watching Angelic Layer.

    Its a bit, shall we say, girlie. It is a girls anime, without doubt.

    That said, I didn’t hate it. I even liked the concept. The idea behind the dolls was really cool. I still don’t believe she (the Heroine) could have got as far as she did without doing it for a few years first, but hey, suspension of disbelief, right? I enjoyed it, anyway. The visuals were good, and the characterizations enjoyable. So were the penalties.

    I also finished watching the first 50 eps of Kintama- sorry, Gintama. This was very funny. It makes fun of everything, particularly anime series (like envangelion and Saint Seiya among loads of others) and the weekly JUMP (a serialized manga magazine in which Gintama originally appeared). It is about an aimless ex samurai who wears a wooden sword so as not defy the sword ban, an Alien uber-warrior girl, and the samuai wannabe straight man. This is a comedy set in the late Tokugawa Shogunate, as it might have become after being contacted by spacefaring Amanto (I recognize that to a large extent this is somewhat allegorical the opening of Japan by the Western powers).

    The cast, as Ranma’s did, becomes ever larger. The Crazed ex assassin who wants Gintama to abuse her. The insane 3ic in the Shinsengumi who tried to kill the 2ic with cold dispassion. The stalking head of police who harasses the straightman’s lousy cook of a sister. And of course, the old hag landlady who lives downstairs, who never gets her rent. Also, there’s the stupid prince, the ineffective revolutionary, Sadaharu, the priestesses, the Madao, Elisabeth, and the mayonnaise

    All of this sound confusing? Well, it actually isn’t, if you watch the series. If comedy with a bit of action it is your thing, you’ll love Gintama.

    I am still trying to watch Revolutionary Girl Utena. I have to admit I’m having trouble with the series. I can’t seem to get into it. I’ll keep trying trying.

    Meanwhile, I’m starting Black Lagoon tonight. First 2 seasons.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 24, 2011 8:42 PM

      Can’t blame anyone for not getting into Utena. I think you gotta have a certain predisposition to get into that sort of thing.

      Angelic Layer’s pretty cute. Like you said, it’s nothing special, but it’s pretty watchable.

      Haven’t seen any Gintama. Mainly because I didn’t get into it from the get-go and can’t work up the motivation to try. Might give it a shot sometime.

      • hint permalink
        August 25, 2011 7:06 AM

        I just don’t know why cowboy bepop is someones top list… Im trying to watch it from 3-4 years ago and cant finish it… i try and stop at first 4-5eps, last month i finally stopped at 18. Maybe im not ready for that anime. I just cant get the line.
        Its about personal taste. You dont like long series… but i do… i feel sad when something which i m liking is going to end, now, iagree that naruto, bleach all those popular anime not beloging any top list, because they are full of garbage… naruto especially, was my fav anime but those flashbacks, fillers, slowpaced scenes i dont know what to call it, commercials, invented pieces of *** ruined the anime, naruto first 45-50 was awesome and after it, was decent till ep133/4… Shippuden is mix of some good things, some well made eps… but the others are just a total failure which makes me wish they better stop and cancel airing, its a shame. Bleach was unitll ep.62 epic after it is ****, i still watch naruto but bleach is not for me anymore i dont like it, which gave me some room to look for others animes, like tengen toppa Guren lagann and loved it, i dont like mecha(robotic right?) animes but this one will be forever one of my fav, same as not liking any sports type anime, but hajime no ippo OMGowd + the true challenger, holy ***im waiting for new saga. Darker Than Black for me was also good, different. My others top, but not in order, samurai champloo, lovely complex, hunterXhunter( slow at start but get better and explodes at the end of 62ep, till York shin Ova 8 eps. Now the manga is turning into a dragonball like, but its still interesting hope the writer can finish it on time lol, Trigun, Full metal alchemist, Rurouni Kenshin(ovas),GTO-Great teacher onizuka, One Piece(solid 500+eps wtf, not many fillers and those fillers are enjoyable, 1 2 eps at the end of an arc), and Death note( well i dont like the main personage being an dark side oriented character but we have to agree the anime was something diferent, and many people best anime. … Ive watched more 15 animes but not worth mentioning. Thanks for your list and will serve be well as a guide… Now watching im Gintama , then i will watch code gears, mushishi and after it maybe your first pick Cobra. Again thanks for the list.. sorry for my bad En.

        • hint permalink
          August 25, 2011 7:13 AM

          ohhh so many mistakes… i cant edit now , and i didn’t want to reply there, so sorry.

  104. August 16, 2011 3:23 AM

    Ok Maybe not DBZ it’s borderline acceptable, but Dragonball is a must have, that anime is the shit. and c’mon Trigun please.. Cinderella boy, Super Campeones (Captain Tsubasa) Love Hina (not a must have but i just love that anime ^.^) and please for the love of God, give Yu Yu Hakusho a f*cking chance…

  105. August 16, 2011 3:33 AM

    okay, don’t completely disregard my last comment cuz of Trigun and Yu Yu Hakusho, but I do have to say that any list that doesn’t have Soul Eater is not a list to look up too.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 24, 2011 8:38 PM

      I saw an episode of Soul Eater a few months back. I kinda hated it. Sorry.

  106. August 20, 2011 9:12 PM

    You should watch Eureka 7, it’s really good

  107. Danny permalink
    August 21, 2011 8:56 AM

    Wow, this list pretty much reflects my tastes in anime. The only thing I disagree with is that Bebop isn’t number one and that Champloo isn’t somewhere in the 20-30 range, great damn list regardless. Oh, and this list also introduced me to Black Lagoon, which is fucking awesome.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 24, 2011 8:39 PM

      I dig Champloo, but yeah, it isn’t QUITE up there with me.

      And I can’t describe how happy I am to see someone say “this list pretty much reflects my tastes in anime.” Heehee

    • Kyle permalink
      August 27, 2011 12:36 AM

      ^Agreed^ I love black lagoon now. Watched it a few times when i run out of other anime to watch.

  108. August 24, 2011 5:44 AM

    Dude what the hell???? No Bleach!!!! No Vampire princess miyu!!!!!!!!!!

    • Landon permalink*
      August 24, 2011 8:36 PM

      Dude, OMG! I know! I don’t have those on my list because I’m not into them! GASPERS!

  109. Ultraroy permalink
    August 24, 2011 8:04 PM

    You could really use some 1.TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGANN 2.Death note 3.eureka 7 4.dbz/db 5.gundam z 6.ghost in the shell shadow complex. It could reall add all these animes and if you havent seen ttgl then go see the english SUB and the ending of the second movie in the final battle. NOW!!

    • Landon permalink*
      August 24, 2011 8:34 PM

      Seen all of those, save for Gundam Z. GitS is great, and was on my top list at one time, but has been pushed back as I’ve added things.

      The rest of your picks? The one I like the most is Lagann and I just think it’s OK.

      • Landon permalink*
        August 28, 2011 1:27 AM

        And funny enough, GitS re-enters my list with the latest update.

  110. Kyle permalink
    August 27, 2011 12:35 AM

    I suppose I’d like to leave a comment as well. I’ve honestly been using your list for the better part of the past year to find new anime and I have to say, all the ones I’ve watched so far have been fantastic. However, I feel like I’m barred from completely loving your list mostly because I can’t stand seeing old anime where the characters are good-looking by old standards. I must also have weird tastes because I hate anime characters with short hair. You have the power to make all your main characters good looking! Do so please! But yeah, that ends my short tangent. I’m haven’t read through your newest list adds but I believe I still didn’t see Eden of the East on there or Full Metal Alchemist and Code Geass. Just curious as to why you didn’t like those. Also. I friggin love you for introducing me to Black Lagoon and leaving some of the powerhouses that are surfacing right now like One Piece, Bleach and Naruto. I come here for new ideas, not the ideas of every teen anime lover out there. Thank you so much for making this list!

    • Landon permalink*
      August 28, 2011 1:30 AM

      Yeah, it’s a matter of aesthetics. I love the older styles moreso than most modern styles, but it’s all a taste thing. And I don’t mind seeing “ugly” characters. When everyone’s a hot stud or a bombshell it gets kinda monotonous.

      Eden of the East is cool, it just didn’t floor me the way many of the series on my list do. As for FMA and Code Geass, I don’t dig them all that much. I don’t think they’re bad or anything, but they just don’t do it for me. Might be because they stretch out plots that could have been pulled off in about half the episodes, but that isn’t the only reason.

      • Kyle permalink
        September 16, 2011 2:17 PM

        Well i’ll use this as an example. I just got through watching the first season of High School of the Dead a few days ago, and while the action sequences and the story line was okay, the characters really bugged me. They were all pretty good looking but the anime went way too far out of their way to make sure you noticed their extremely bouncy breasts. What i mean by ugly versus cute or good looking is that i want the characters to at least be appealing to the eye, not Bouncing-boobs Betty. That just annoys the hell out of me. And as for length of series, i suppose i just don’t like ending a good book, you know? It’s really hard to truly appeal to me when it comes to anime, so when a series that actually fits the bill ends, it’s breaks my heart a little bit on the inside. It’s always a sad day when i have to find an anime to follow up a truly wonderful show like Black Lagoon and Cowboy Bebop.

    • maxngo9 permalink
      August 29, 2011 5:11 AM

      i think ur right as well so i am gonna suggest a really good one that has the third season comin out soon it is calle code geass :)

  111. Questioner permalink
    August 27, 2011 10:35 PM

    Hey there thanks for your list.
    This is a totally honest question (I’m new to anime):
    What do anime enthusiasts like you think of Sailor Moon?

    • Landon permalink*
      August 28, 2011 1:26 AM

      It’s gonna depend on who you’re talking to. I haven’t heard too many people lately express any hatred towards Sailor Moon. Most peeps either remember it somewhat fondly (like me) or have never seen it since it’s pretty old by the anime fan community’s standards.

  112. Matt K permalink
    August 28, 2011 1:09 AM

    Great list. A few disagreements here and there, but that’s more due to personal choices rather than anime quality. Good on you for adding even more to your list.

    I also like that, even though you expanded to 30 and then 50 anime, the url is still top-23-anime-series-of-all-time.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 28, 2011 1:25 AM

      Yeah. I keep the url so links don’t get screwed up. I’m mainly paranoid that I’ll lose all of my Google hits if I change it. Glad someone’s paying attention enough to notice that.

  113. Abc permalink
    August 29, 2011 4:58 AM

    Code geass, death note, one piece, bleach, clannad, naruto…there are tons of good anime that i don’t see u mention about, if none of the 6 i just listed above is in top ten then I think u have some problem with ur brain.

    • Landon permalink*
      August 30, 2011 4:27 PM

      My opinions on the six series you posted, in the same order: Mediocre, Mediocre, Tedious, Terrible, Godawful, Extremely Inconsistent. If that means I have something wrong with my brain, I welcome more brain damage.

  114. maxngo9 permalink
    August 29, 2011 5:09 AM

    i think that code geass is the best anime of all time, i have watched it over and over again so many times that i know almost all of the details of each episode of each season because i love it so much, and i think that no. 6 should be number 2 because it is just so great even though it is new. i cant believe code geass nor no. 6 is in the list T.T

    • Landon permalink*
      August 30, 2011 4:28 PM

      Not a fan of Geass and I gave up on No. 6 after a few episodes since I found it kinda boring. Sorry.

  115. Anestetik permalink
    August 31, 2011 8:56 AM

    WOAH-OH-OH-AH-AH-AHAAAAAA! The Great top 30 list has magically grown into a top 50 list – which I am to study thoroughly, as it has so far, diverted me from many bad choices influenced by various colleagues and friends with questionable tastes. No one has given me such good references, as you have, sir, and I thank you for your splendid lists. Cheers!

  116. Samantha Adler permalink
    September 1, 2011 1:00 AM

    Question for the author: I know that this list is for anime series, but what do you think of Miyazaki, specifically Studio Ghibli films? I think that Joe Hisaishi (the composer of the music behind much of Miyazaki’s films) really completes the artistic scenery while the somewhat simplistic plots creates a more diverse audience large enough for deeper analysis on the characters (like, Spirited Away’s “coming of age” archetype, or Princess Mononoke’s “Man vs. Environment” brawl). I know the journey of watching through a whole 15 to 50 episode anime series cannot compare to a two hour movie arrangement, but I always find myself looking back at how great Miyazaki captures the themes/archetypes/characters with his crew’s amazing art skills and putting them as a standard along with the other all time greats such as Cowboy Bebop (with Yoko Kanno’s amazing works) and Eva for how I should find them in an anime series. What do you think on that comparison? Is it fair?


    • Landon permalink*
      September 3, 2011 5:02 PM

      Not a big fan of Miyazaki’s more “serious” stuff, since it comes off way too preachy for my tastes. I love Castle of Cagliostro, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Laputa’s pretty decent as well. But other than that, I’m not into this stuff. All of his movies look great, but they go in directions I don’t find all that appealing.

  117. Doesnt Make Sense permalink
    September 2, 2011 7:38 PM

    Great list, just asking, how many episodes of one piece did you watch ?

    • Landon permalink*
      September 3, 2011 4:43 PM

      Don’t remember exactly. It was OK. Love the art style, but the series drags on way too long and never goes anywhere. I don’t care for that sort of stuff.

  118. Rohit permalink
    September 3, 2011 4:10 PM

    what happened to Death Note???

    • Landon permalink*
      September 3, 2011 4:42 PM

      What happened to Death Note? It was made into a manga, then it aired on Japanese TV in anime form. Then people watched it. Then they made live action movies. And spin-off books. And spin-off movies. Then US fans started to get into it after they saw it on Adult Swim. Then it didn’t appear on my list. Then you asked this question. The End.

  119. saucy permalink
    September 5, 2011 1:42 AM

    Your list pretty much reflects my tastes in anime. You’ve introduced me to plenty of good-great series since I’ve found your blog a while back. Your snarkiness is always nice too, and what with the hoards of “omgz weres naruto & bleach xD xD lol” shit that come your way, it’s just peachy seeing replies to that nonsense. Carry on bro.

    • Landon permalink*
      September 8, 2011 4:48 PM

      Yeah. I got no beef with peeps that like those series, but it does get a little tiring when twenty people ask the same question as if the answer has changed since the last time someone asked it. I’m down with someone asking me why I don’t dig something, but it’d be nice if they could form the question a little more articulately than “ZOMGDZ whre iss nArutu!!”

      • xYordlex permalink
        October 12, 2011 7:09 PM

        Just denounce naruto already :D i watched like 20 episodes when it first came out and then realized wtf am i doing? they are supposed to be ninjas? and yet they cant kill anyone…

  120. September 7, 2011 3:23 AM

    You should read the latest update on best anime from people’s rating:

    You’d be surprised to read it :S

    • Landon permalink*
      September 8, 2011 4:39 PM

      The problem with Myanimelist is that it separates movies and sequels and second seasons and the like. It’s kinda like making a list of the greatest sitcoms and then saying that the top ten consists of seasons 5, 6, and 7 of Seinfeld, seasons 1 and 2 of The Munsters, and the last five seasons of Night Court (completely false hypothetical situation there). So seeing both halves of Code Geass split up like that, along with the Lagann and Eva series and movies being separated, doesn’t really make sense to me.

      • September 9, 2011 1:50 AM

        That is true, but yet, it is one of the most visited and reliable anime and manga websites in the world. Naturally, not the only source, but it is a good research over what people’s opinion is, since I cannot give my own on the topic and I wanted to make something like a best of something…

        • Landon permalink*
          September 9, 2011 4:05 PM

          I’d rather see what your opinion is when it comes to the best mecha series. I’m far more interested in seeing peeps’ opinions on that sort of thing than seeing someone try for something “objective.” Sure, your opinion might not match up with the statistics, and you might not have seen that many mecha series, but I’m all about the biased opinions. They rock.

  121. Hmmmm permalink
    September 8, 2011 12:34 AM

    Hey there,
    Question: have there been more than one series of Space Adventure Cobra?
    Or is this the 1980s series.
    Thanks so much. Also, what do you think about the Space Adventure Cobra movie? Good to watch before or after the series?

    • Landon permalink*
      September 8, 2011 4:35 PM

      There’s the 80’s series, the one from last year, the movie, and a couple of OVAs from a few years ago. They’re all awesome, but it was the 80’s series that pushed the whole franchise over the edge for me.

      The movie’s pretty great. It a different interpretation of the first story arc seen in the 80’s series. They’re the same story but the details are different enough to make them different experiences. Doesn’t really matter which one you watch first.

  122. Katie permalink
    September 9, 2011 8:43 AM

    Hey Landon –

    I’m a sucker for SOME of the mainstream stuff – only Naruto because I haven’t watched enough anime to think the characters are stereotypical. I also get too sad when things end, so the never-ending plot is okay with me :). I used to watch DB/Z… I was embarrassed of that fact at school and didn’t have cable, so my friend would record it on VHS and give it to me before class, haha! Anyway, all this to say I enjoy anime that I feel are well rounded stories with actual plots and things I get to think about a bit. With that, off your list, what would you suggest as a series to watch that has a good mixtures of action, character development, romance… all those things? I’m just looking for something non-cheesy (NO comments about Naruto, I’m aware it is super cheesy at times lol) and well rounded. :) Thanks!

    By the way, I LOVE all the kids who r h8ers that cantz evun spell but thiNkin there fav show is da bomz. like where the heck is that show about a stretzy pir8t kid??no show with the main character loud and stupid??????? like ur list sux!

    Seriously. Lol, I’m glad these people are educated.

    • Katie permalink
      September 9, 2011 8:50 AM

      – I may talk like that in real life because I’m a 20-something girl, but to type like that makes me think the school system is failing.

    • Landon permalink*
      September 9, 2011 3:59 PM

      Cowboy Bebop tackles a lot of that. Skews more towards action, but it has its share of development and romance. Same with Baccano.

      Tatami Galaxy and Moyashimon skew more in the other direction. They have your romantic elements and character development but go more for comedy than action. But they cover a lot of ground despite being fairly short in length.

      I’d recommend Bebop and Moyashimon first. Between the two of them you should get a lot of what you’re looking for.

  123. Jeff permalink
    September 9, 2011 11:40 AM

    These two series might be more of a personal taste, but I think the quality of the story and strong “human” element make them strong candidates for a top 50. Last Exile: it took me a few episodes to really get into it, but once I did I really enjoyed the story, action, and beautiful images. Initially, I thought it was a bit slow and hard to connect with the main characters but the action really picked up and felt more connected as the story progressed. I think it deserves consideration. Rumbling Hearts: if you’re into sad, romantic type movies, this is an Anime for you! Even if you’re not, I think it has a unique heart-felt story behind it which really draws you in. It’s the only Anime that made me cry, so for that alone I think it deserves attention in it’s genre. Any thoughts? Not sure if I missed it, but I didn’t see your comments about Last Exile?

    • Landon permalink*
      September 9, 2011 4:02 PM

      Didn’t get into Last Exile for whatever reason. Watched a couple of episodes back in the day and it didn’t click. Might have to give it another try sometime soon.

      And yeah, when people mention stuff like “heart-warming” I usually say “When someone mentions heart-warming I think of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” I tend to laugh at the moments that others find touching. Thanks for the recommendations though.

  124. Dominic permalink
    September 9, 2011 6:11 PM

    Glad you’re an Eva fan. ^^ I was wondering what you thought of Spice and Wolf?

    • Landon permalink*
      September 11, 2011 8:35 PM

      Never watched it. When I heard it dealt with medieval economics I was kinda interested, since that seemed like a weird topic for an anime. When I heard one of the main characters was a wolf girl and that the bulk of the series dealt with her being a wolf girl, I lost what little interest I had in the series.

      • Dominic permalink
        October 15, 2011 2:29 AM

        Its not as fan-service as you might think, (barring the first episode.), and the economics aspect is really cool. But yea, the whole wolf girl thing might not be your cup of tea.

  125. DeepCake permalink
    September 10, 2011 2:15 PM

    I literally haven’t heard or seen any of the animes on this list. The reason I came to this site is that I’ve nearly finished watching the most popular anime’s. Since I can’t disagree with any of your choices yet, I’ll have to wait until I finish watching your list. ^^ Having that said, I do have an amazing passion for Naruto Shippuden. I know that most true anime fans hate my guts for this, but from the top anime’s, Shippuden deserves to be on top by far. The artistic gap between Shippuden and the rest of the top is HUGE. I actually stopped watching naruto after having finished the first series (‘Naruto’) because I considered it to be aimlessly depressing. It was my first anime to finish. Then I fell in love with One Piece, moved onto Bleach, saw Death Note, FMA, etc..

    When I noticed that Shippuden had over 200 episodes already, and was still on number 1(which bothered me so much! I always thought One Piece deserved it!) I decided to give it a shot… It started out kind of sketchy. But boy, am I happy that I watched it. Out of all anime’s I’ve seen so far, it has the best flexibility in terms of switching from serious to silly. The humour sometimes becomes incomprehensible and it feels somewhat satirical at times. If you look into the artistic values of Shippuden, I’m sure that an anime-lover would find a lot. But I’m also a literature lover, so I might be the only one seeing that. Anyways, what I’m trying to say is, Shippuden isn’t that bad! But I can’t really judge either xD Well, that’s just another invalid argument then.

    • September 12, 2011 12:30 AM

      Landon doesn’t have the attention span to watch 200 eps of Shippuden. It’s not that shounen series don’t have their own merits. But they do have a historical tendency to flag after awhile. Personally, I like the Keroro Gunsou series, but after 150+ episodes and multiple movies, it gets tiring. That said, glad you’re enjoying Naruto.

      But make some time to catch up on some of the shows on this list. They’re typically only 26 eps at most, so they’re hardly the same level of investment as a 200 episode shounen series.

      If you can find the sub of Airmaster, I’d recommend it. Compare the fights in that with those in Naruto or Bleach. The pacing and choreography are quite different. The art and designs for Airmaster aren’t very pretty, and some characters are initially grating, but once you get pass that, it’s a great series.

      If that one’s too tough to find, see if you can still find the first 4 eps of Bantorra (should still be available) or the Read or Die OVA (not the TV series mind you).

      Personally, I wouldn’t recommend Landon’s top 5, nor most of his top 10, for those who are only just expanding their anime views.

  126. Kaitlyn permalink
    September 14, 2011 2:25 PM

    You left out Death Note.

    • Landon permalink*
      September 14, 2011 4:24 PM

      I never would have realized that had you and 20,000 other people not pointed it out for me.

      • September 14, 2011 11:27 PM

        Well, I reckon’ if this was the Top 117 Anime Comedy list, DN would be up there, a little beneath Code Geass.

  127. dtrig permalink
    September 16, 2011 4:45 AM

    Happy to say that most of the list that I’ve seen I agree with.

    I’ll echo the recommendations I’ve heard for Last Exile and Kino’s Journey, and add my own: Heat Guy J.

    • Landon permalink*
      September 18, 2011 3:01 PM

      Heat Guy is awesome. My only beef with it is the rushed ending. It needed, like, and extra episode or two so all that stuff that went down would have a little more time to play out.

  128. Biggles permalink
    September 16, 2011 3:08 PM

    First of all, Thanks for the list Langdon. I love to hear people’s opinions on the anime they have seen. While I have been watching the most popular anime for awhile know, I just recently started to devour series when I got Netflixx. It has only been a year since I have been streaming on Netflix and I have already seen (I don’t sleep much): Negima!?, High School of the Dead, Baka & Test, Queen’s Blade, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Demon King Daimae, Murder Princess, Needless, Rin, Sekirei, Witchblade, The Sacred Blacksmith, Master of Martial Hearts, Kaze No Stigma, Dragonaut, Kenichi, Vandread, and Girls Bravo. My top five favorites on this list are Sekirei, High School of the Dead, Kaze No Stigma, Kenichi, and Baka & Test. What’s your thoughts on any of these series?

    • Landon permalink*
      September 20, 2011 7:28 PM

      Who deliberately misspells my name “Langdon?” I’ve seen that before at a certain website that will not be named. Very suspicious.

      As for what you listed:

      Negima, Queen’s Blade: Eww
      High School of the Dead: Boring
      Baka Test: OK
      Dance in the Vampire Bund: Kinda dig it
      Rin, Daughters of Mnemosyne: Pretty awesome.
      Demon King Daimae (Daimao?), Murder Princess, Needless, Sekirei, Witchblade, Master of Martial Hears, Kaze no Stigma, Dragonaut, Kenichi, Vandred, Girls Bravo: Haven’t seen

  129. Sunflower permalink
    September 18, 2011 3:28 AM

    I understand where you’re coming from with your description of The Tatami Galaxy, but the anime itself doesn’t draw you in and captivate most people long enough for them to pull away with that theory in tow. Also, Samurai Champloo and One Piece need to be put in for thought on this list. Both are awesome for their own reasons, and I hope sometime in my lifetime I’ll be able to see the end of the OP Manga :p

    • Landon permalink*
      September 20, 2011 7:24 PM

      Sucks to be those people. Heehee.

      I kid. But yeah, I’m not here to reflect on the opinions of the masses. Just my own. It may be that the vast majority of peeps find Tatami Galaxy a bit distant, but I rather like it’s approach. It’d suck if everyone saw things the same way.

      Mentioned it elsewhere, but if I extended this list to 51 series, Champloo would probably be #51. But this isn’t a secret government base harboring aliens. We’re very open about our aliens.

      And I’ve said my piece about One Piece several times in the comments. Only thing I like about it is the art.

  130. Mousie permalink
    September 19, 2011 12:21 PM

    What no trigun?

    • Landon permalink*
      September 20, 2011 7:20 PM

      I hate Vash with a passion. Which is a shame because I love everything else about the series.

      But yeah, Vash keeps Trigun from being a genuinely great series. It’s just “decent.” I think I score it a 7 on that Myanimelist thing, and all but two series on this list are 9’s and 10’s.

  131. sammie permalink
    September 19, 2011 5:38 PM


    • Landon permalink*
      September 20, 2011 7:19 PM

      Madoka is in her heaven. All’s right with the world.

      Thankfully this isn’t heaven. Mecha Guignol and it’s Top 50 List is firmly entrenched in anime hell.

  132. Doubloons Magoine permalink
    September 21, 2011 3:45 PM

    I’m playing the Gintama game right now: I’ve just lassoed the elder and aquired the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon, Hahahahaha. Watch out for the swordfish trawler!

  133. September 24, 2011 10:56 PM

    Dude, I only recognized one out of 50 of your shows: cowboy bebop. You left out so much. For your own sake you need to see death note, Fullmetal alchemist, bleach… The list goes on.

    • Landon permalink*
      September 24, 2011 11:45 PM

      For someone whose knowledge of anime seems to be limited to what’s aired on Cartoon Network (Everything you listed has aired on the channel.), I’m shocked you haven’t heard of Read or Die, Outlaw Star, Big O, Tenchi Muyo, or Ghost in the Shell. All of those series have aired on CN at some point in the past, and all of those series are on this list.

      And if you had bothered to read any of the 100 or so people who responded before you, you’d see that I’ve seen the series you’ve mentioned AND have given my opinion on them.

      It’s cool that you like different series than me. It ain’t cool that you apparently think your viewpoint is far more enlightened than mine and that my perceived lack of seeing certain series needs to be cured “for my own sake.” If anything, it’s YOU that needs to broaden your scope and see some different series. If you only recognize one series on this list, you haven’t seen much of anything when it comes to anime.

  134. September 25, 2011 10:24 PM

    If I can make a suggestion: You should consider Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I loved it. At first it doesn’t look like it’s gonna be that great, but watch to the end of episode 3 and your perspective changes.

    • September 28, 2011 3:13 PM

      Nevermind, I see from your comments that you’ve seen it already. That’s cool, we all have different opinions; who’s to say any one person’s opinion is the correct one? Is there even such a thing as a standing “Correct” opinion?

    • Landon permalink*
      September 28, 2011 4:19 PM

      Yeah, Madoka was one of those series that I liked initially, but one we found out what was REALLY going on it kinda lost me. That and I’m not fond of those sorts of “reset everything” endings. It has some great bits, but they all get countered by bits that really annoyed me.

      And as far as I’m concerned there aren’t any “correct” opinions, just opinions that are backed up with understandable rationale. Peeps can like whatever they like, all I care about is whether they can express why they like it in a manner beyond “I LIEK IT! WHY DONT U!?”

  135. September 27, 2011 1:00 PM

    I like how in Ga-rei zero, it starts setting up a story line, a main character with a tragic background, a revenge story surrounding the white-haired antagonist, a potential girlfriend later on in the story, friends who play key parts in running the base and helping the team out, and then EVERYBODY DIES. And by the way, one question. Why does the URL say top 23 anime series of all time…?

    • Landon permalink*
      September 28, 2011 4:20 PM

      The list started off as a Top 23 list. I expanded it to 30 sometime last year and then updated it to 50 a couple of months ago. I didn’t change the URL to maintain links and whatnot.

  136. September 27, 2011 4:21 PM

    I have not seen any episodes of any of the animes you listed, but I will automatically say you should have included Naruto and Bleach because I refuse to consider the possibility that there may be 50 animes better than them, even though I have never seen any of said animes and therefore cannot logically judge which is the best. Furthermore, I should point out how obvious it is that blood and monsters are what makes a good Anime; story line, battle choreography, art style, and soundtracks clearly have nothing to do with it. And don’t even get me started on how awesome filler episodes are; we need a break from those confusing story lines, after all-too much at once makes my head hurt! And besides, what’s an anime without a character dying and coming back to life? If a show has a character die and NOT come back, well, that’s just too realistic!

  137. Jenanic permalink
    September 27, 2011 7:07 PM

    Awesome list, brought back a lot of good anime that I haven’t watched in years and many that I haven’t seen yet. Bebop is one of my all time favorite anime, has never failed me and is as great as the first time I saw it. I give you even more credit for not listing the popular crap like Naruto, Bleach, etc. I was a little dissappointed that I didn’t see Deadman Wonderland on the list.

    • Landon permalink*
      September 28, 2011 4:22 PM

      I didn’t make it very far into Deadman. I liked the violence, but I couldn’t stand the main characters. The girl was like a jailbait Forrest Gump. Yuck.

  138. Leo permalink
    September 27, 2011 10:07 PM

    This overall, if you like some gag and comedy, is a very good list. Don’t listen to the mindless fanboys about Code Geass, that stank worse than the trash I just threw out. However, I am wondering why, Gunbuster or Legend Of the Galactic Hero’s isn’t on here. Gunbuster is Hideki Anno’s first work, and it is a landmark for several reasons. Without, Neon Genesis, or Gurren Lagann would exist. Or a lot of shows for that matter. And If you haven’t seen LOTGH, then you need too, it is the best space opera ever conceived. Outlaw Star is pretty sick though, as well as Bebop.

    • Landon permalink*
      September 28, 2011 4:23 PM

      I’ve seen bits and pieces of LotGH. Just haven’t seen the whole thing. I’m sure I’ll like it, but I haven’t had the patience to sit down and watch the whole thing. \

      And I haven’t seen Gunbuster. Saw an episode or two of the sequel that came out a few years ago and didn’t like it. It’s another one of those things I should get around to but haven’t.

  139. Bugg permalink
    October 3, 2011 5:39 PM

    I Love HOTD its different than the anime i normaly watch and of course DBZ is my show i watched many others that are my fave but these too would be in my top

  140. someone permalink
    October 4, 2011 8:48 AM

    You cant say Naruto, Bleach, and Dbz arent animes. they are, no question about that. they just happened to be the most popular ones. doesnt that deserve some credit. they became popular because MORE PEOPLE LIKED THEM THAN THE OTHER ANIMES. but they should top the list based on the fact that they are the most known animes out there. i do understand that some of these other ones can be very good but how can you list some of these animes as the best when so few people have even heard of them before?

  141. Landon permalink*
    October 4, 2011 9:17 AM

    Repeating this for someone.

    Popularity is irrelevant when it comes to my top list. I got nothing against popular series simply because they’re popular. If that were the case then Bebop, Evangelion, and the like wouldn’t rank so high.

    I certainly have an secret, evil agenda behind my actions on this blog, but they ain’t an attempt to rail against “mainstream” anime and the peeps who like those series.

    At the same time, I’m not here to parrot back popular opinion and reinforce peep’s assumptions. No one at this blog thinks DBZ or Bleach aren’t “real” anime, but we don’t LIKE those series.

    You know, opinions and all that shit.

  142. someone permalink
    October 4, 2011 9:24 AM

    i completely understand, i was just giving my opinion on the matter. i was mostly speaking out against the people who ragged on the popular animes because they are popular. so i do agree that the animes that didnt go mainstream could be the best ones out there and i should probably look into more of them in depth.

  143. Momo permalink
    October 4, 2011 10:02 AM

    but what about one piece?!?!!! :O
    or history’s strongest diciple kenichi and full metal panic??

  144. PsychoAnimeFan JT permalink
    October 5, 2011 7:10 PM

    Great List.

    You should check out Death Note, Gantz, Highschool of the Dead, Ao No Exorcist, Vampire Hunter D and a couple others though (just a small list of my all time fav’s that were left off).

    Ex: Death Note makes you think so hard about morality, your head will explode. It has quailty animation, an awesome soundtrack, and some of the best characters. Add a Psychopath Anti-Hero lead character with the power to kill with a book and you got a great (and fucked up) anime series.

    Since you seem to have the same taste in anime as me, just thought I’d make the suggestion.


  145. Peoplearesheep permalink
    October 8, 2011 6:33 AM

    Are the people who watch Naruto, Bleach and the like, a horde of pre-teens or are they really just juvenile adults? Most shows over 26 episodes or so (notice I say most) are produced for children in Japan- as in the intended audience is for under 13 year olds. If you at some point decide to move over to the east and you are an anime fan, you will notice no adults (for the most part) in Japan/Taiwan/Korea, the epicenter of animation studios in Asia, watch these shows. They did when they were children. Goddamn children. That being said, good list. Bebop is where it is supposed to be, kindof, that’s all that really matters. Monster, Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, Gankutsuou, and Mushishi are deserving of a spot, too.

  146. KL23 permalink
    October 9, 2011 12:55 AM

    Well I was going to check and see if anyone posted anything about Haibane Renmei and Serial Experiments Lain, but you had too many Naruto, Death Note, Bleach, Code Gaess and etc etc posts here, so I eventually got tired of looking. So tired in fact that I couldn’t use the command+F to search myself.

    Seriously though, you sound a lot like me. We have very different opinions about some things, and vastly different tastes, but the way you write and how you describe shows “clicking” for you sounds very familiar. Normally I disregard people with different tastes from me, but you sir, know what you are talking about. Hat’s off.

    • Landon permalink*
      October 21, 2011 11:12 AM

      Haibane Renmei and Lain are pretty decent, but yeah, they don’t really click with me. I think I liked them more when I first saw them, but as time’s gone on they’ve lost their appeal somewhat.

  147. October 9, 2011 9:22 PM

    Bleach,Death note,and Inuyasha are the best animae shows

  148. xYordlex permalink
    October 12, 2011 7:17 PM


  149. Blighty permalink
    October 12, 2011 10:07 PM

    I don’t recognize about half of the anime on your list, and I looked a few and they look somewhat stupid, but thank the lord that you recommended Redline, which sounded really cool from the get go. I have never been blown away visually by an anime before (Story wasn;t bad either) if anyone wants to see the trailer look at it here –

  150. October 14, 2011 12:29 AM

    Very interesting list. What did you think of Beyond the gungrave and Saint Seiya?

    • October 14, 2011 12:32 AM

      *gungrave/beyond the grave

  151. The-Bloody-9 permalink
    October 14, 2011 9:45 AM

    Great list! To me Naruto/Bleach/DBZ are a gateway anime, you watch a few episodes and then get on with the real stuff :L

  152. slouphiroth permalink
    October 17, 2011 9:12 AM

    how could you
    neon genisis was a master peace it should be 2nd
    only just betten by what could be the best anime to have ever been writen elfen lied
    the only reason i say “what could be” is because i dont count movies or long runing animes like bleach inuyasha or naruto people may thinke these animes are better but thats only because thay keep you watching. If neon genisis lasted longer it would most definetly had more fans than those long lasting animes. im glad you have seen this but i still think neo is 2nd and elfen lied is 1st

    • Landon permalink*
      October 21, 2011 11:10 AM

      Evangelion is on my list, yet all you can do is complain that it isn’t higher? Lame.

  153. xYordlex permalink
    October 17, 2011 2:08 PM

    Say what you want but growing up, Pokemon and Digimon were the best anime, and(now i am 19) still are THE BEST :)

    • Landon permalink*
      October 21, 2011 11:09 AM

      Say what YOU want, but growing up, Voltron was the best anime. Except I didn’t know what anime was.

      • xYordlex permalink
        October 23, 2011 8:17 PM

        Yeah I know what you mean, everyone has their own opinion about eh best anime, so I will not try to verbally assault you.. :D

  154. perpear permalink
    October 17, 2011 10:17 PM

    im really surprised death notes not on there….i know people were mad cause they thought the ending sucked but i dont think it sucked at all. in fact, i loved the ending. its the directing and music and the way its presented that make the scene more dramatic and amazing other than it just showing ryuk write his name in his death note and him dying, which for some reason most people see it as.

  155. sanji permalink
    October 21, 2011 6:47 AM

    what the fuck is this??????
    where is the great one piece
    naruto shippuden

  156. Landon permalink*
    October 21, 2011 11:07 AM

    To everyone asking why One Piece, Naruto, and so on aren’t on this list: They aren’t on this list because Air Master is on it. Once you see Air Master, you’ll never go back to lesser fighting anime. It’s a life-changer.

  157. Kanchoco permalink
    October 21, 2011 2:09 PM

    Seriously no Reborn?! How’s that even possible! It should be one of the best animes ever made!

    • Landon permalink*
      October 24, 2011 4:19 PM

      That’s the one about the baby mobster, right? Never seen that one since it goes on for too long. I rarely care much for those sorts of series.

  158. Brian Mangan permalink
    October 21, 2011 9:22 PM

    Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is a quality anime. Hawkeye and Mustang sell it for me.

    I love DMC and Captain Taylor, but no Desert Punk?

    I dig Berserk, and I know a lot of people who swear by it as an absolute masterpiece, but I could see how some people wouldn’t. It strikes a very narrow chord of emotion that some people love and others not so much.

    Also, a little surprised that I don’t see Gantz or Claymore up there. Although, both of them are far better manga than anime.

    • Landon permalink*
      October 24, 2011 4:20 PM

      Desert Punk/Sunabouzu, Berserk, Gantz, and Claymore are all pretty decent, but they don’t quite grab me the way all of these series do.

  159. jhavhet permalink
    October 22, 2011 3:22 AM

    omg i can never find that show with the little puppet kid that can do wierd electricity magic with this guy and his magic book idk wats it called help if u noe -_-

    • Landon permalink*
      October 24, 2011 4:21 PM

      Zatch Bell. I think the Japanese name was Gash Bell or something like that. It was cute for what it was. Loved Ponygon.

  160. srini permalink
    October 24, 2011 1:38 PM

    go n fu*ck ur self…

    ur list contains no dragon ball series, death note, naruto or even bleach…F**k ur self

    • Landon permalink*
      October 24, 2011 4:18 PM

      If you’re gonna self-edit, at least do so consistently. First you say “fu*ck,” then you say “F**k.” Which is it? You’re confusing me.

      Also, those series are terrible.


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