Top 20 Anime List

Before you critique my list in your head, please realize although I know anime is for the most part a fictional cartoon, I do tend to lean towards more of the realistic mature plots most which is why I have left out such shows as Naruto Bleach and many more. I have done my share in watching those shows but I do believe they fall in the category of many of the already childish audience which is understandable.

Sorry for the essay but I hope you guys get my point.
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1.
Cowboy Bebop (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners. (24 mins.)
“ Bottom line
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BEST ANIME EVER! ” - krazylilnia
 
2.
Berserk (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Guts is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group named 'The Band of the Hawk', lead by the charismatic Griffith, and fights with them as they battle their way into the royal court. (22 mins.)
“ Most gruesome and most interesting anime with very mature content. ” - krazylilnia
 
3.
Trigun (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Vash the Stampede is the most infamous outlaw on the planet Gunsmoke and with a 60 billion double dollar price on his head the most sought after! (24 mins.)
“ Actually really funny and really serious. ” - krazylilnia
 
4.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Two brothers search for a Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes awry and leaves them in damaged physical forms. (24 mins.)
“ Only exception for a teenage boy as main character!! ” - krazylilnia
 
5.
Samurai Champloo (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers." (24 mins.)
“ Bebop with swords and beats! ” - krazylilnia
 
6.
Wolf's Rain (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a post-apocalyptic future where humans live in domed cities surrounded by wasteland, wolves are assumed to be two hundred years extinct. (701 mins.)
“ This is actually the only show to have ever EVER made me literally cry. ” - krazylilnia
 
7.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team. (24 mins.)
“ I actually mean GITs in general...the movie and both TV series ” - krazylilnia
 
8.
Death Note (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it. (24 mins.)
“ Best EVER for an anime. Very creative and addicting storyline! ” - krazylilnia
 
9.
Blue Gender (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The year is 2031, and after being in cold-sleep for twenty-two years, Yuji Kaido wakes up in the middle... (25 mins.)
“ Bad ass and gory...kinda cool romantic survival anime and believe me I hate that mushy stuff. ” - krazylilnia
 
10.
Basilisk: Kôga ninpô chô (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun... (25 mins.)
“ Best Ninja Action+cool characters+blood= Basilisk ” - krazylilnia
 
11.
Kemonozume (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Kemonozume "Beast Claw" is an anime series written and directed by Masaaki Yuasa, animated by Studio Madhouse...
“ Cool underground series with very interesting artwork. Real short real cool! ” - krazylilnia
 
12.
Highschool of the Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
High school students are overwhelmed with the start of the zombie apocalypse. (24 mins.)
“ Even though Im kinda contradicting my list, its only because I LOVE zombie survival animes. ” - krazylilnia
 
13.
Full Metal Panic! (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl.
Director: Kôichi Chigira
“ LOVED ALL THE SERIES! Something to watch to keep you busy. ” - krazylilnia
 
14.
Darker Than Black (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics... (24 mins.)
“ Unlike the others...I did NOT like the 2nd series of DTB. But this ones pretty cool. ” - krazylilnia
 
15.
Black Lagoon (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company. Tired of the corporate life, he opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped him, becoming part of their gang. (25 mins.)
“ Reminds me of Bebop except with a chick and in a modern time setting. ” - krazylilnia
 
16.
Gantz (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of people are resurrected from their deaths by a mysterious black ball called GANTZ to combat alien criminals hiding on Earth. (22 mins.)
Director: Ichirô Itano
“ I know theres a bit controversy this one making top 20 but I really like unpredictable gory mature plots...and this one blows them all out the water! ” - krazylilnia
 
17.
Android Kikaider: The Animation (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The genius robotics professor, Dr. Komyoji has created Jiro (who has the ability to transform into Kikaider)...
Director: Tensai Okamura
“ For some reason I really found this sorrow-filled anime very attracting. ” - krazylilnia
 
18.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father. (24 mins.)
“ Before you curse me for putting Evangelion this low on my list please realize that I do respect the show for what it has to offer and did enjoy it but this list is reflecting which series caught my eye most.

STILL, ITS AN INSTANT CLASSIC! ” - krazylilnia
 
19.
Mobile Fighter G Gundam (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
It is the year Future Century 60 and most of humanity has migrated to orbiting space colonies, leaving behind the polluted Earth... (30 mins.)
“ The only gundam that I found to stand out from the rest of the typical Gundam series (except for Gundam Wing) but still, I enjoyed this one more than gundam wing even though to me it had more of a kiddy mood. ” - krazylilnia
 
20.
Outlaw Star (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The adventures of an outlaw crew of an advanced starship. (650 mins.)
“ Another cool series that also reminds me of bebop.

**Please do not try and compare outlaw star to bebop for it is somewhat of an insult to bounty hunters like Spike Spiegel! ” - krazylilnia