Sean's Favorite Anime

by seanrosen-1 | created - 22 Aug 2011 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

This is a list of all the anime series I have watched to completion, and would recommend to others. I've put these titles in no particular order. I prefer dubs over subs, make of that what you will. OOP = Out of print

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1. Cowboy Bebop (1998–2003)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.9
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The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.

Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Steve Blum

Votes: 63,266

One of the most revolutionary anime series ever made, and raised the bar for English dub voice acting. Saturated with classic rock references, nods to distinctly American film genres, and some of the most memorable and believable characters you'll see in an anime.

2. Trigun (1998)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

8.4
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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!

Stars: Masaya Onosaka, Hiromi Tsuru, Satsuki Yukino, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 15,627

An action-comedy-scifi-western based on the Jesus story (New Testament). Please go watch this classic series ASAP!

3. Azumanga daiô (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy

8.4
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A humorous and highly unpredictable animated series following a group of high school girls and their teachers.

Stars: Tomoko Kaneda, Yuki Matsuoka, Chieko Higuchi, Rie Tanaka

Votes: 2,347

The warmest, most consistently funny anime I have seen so far. Never thought I would love a shojo anime (and manga) so much.

RESCUED BY SENTAI FILMWORKS!

4. Black Lagoon (2006)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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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.

Stars: Megumi Toyoguchi, Daisuke Namikawa, Maryke Hendrikse, Brad Swaile

Votes: 8,262

High production values, great voice acting, great animation and high-energy gunfights!

5. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003–2004)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.7
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When a failed alchemical ritual leaves brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric with severely damaged bodies, they begin searching for the one thing that can save them; the fabled philosopher's stone.

Stars: Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 46,187

FUNIMATION LOSES THE PUBLISHING RIGHTS TO ALL FMA PROPERTIES ON JULY 31, 2016! -Funimation Studios' official website

Another revolutionary anime series, 50+ episodes with zero filler! Watch the original before seeing its remake, FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. A heads-up: its final episode is a cliffhanger for the feature film "FullMetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa."

6. Hagane no renkinjutsushi (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

9.1
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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.

Stars: Kent Williams, Iemasa Kayumi, Muriel Hofmann, Lili Troncale

Votes: 67,376

FUNIMATION LOSES THE PUBLISHING RIGHTS TO ALL FMA PROPERTIES ON JULY 31, 2016! -Funimation Studios' official website

Watch this after Fullmetal Alchemist. A near-total overhaul of the original FMA series. Better production values, animation, story structure, cast of characters, etc.!

7. FLCL (2000–2001)

TV-14 | 151 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

Stars: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani, Izumi Kasagi, Suzuki Matsuo

Votes: 11,847

The animation style seems to change with almost every shot, which reflects this comedy's intentionally erratic mood. Plus, Haruhara Haruko is one of the most memorable and wacky characters I've seen in an anime yet.

8. Ôran kôkô hosutobu (2006)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

8.4
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At the ultra prestigious Ouran High School, Haruhi Fujioka looks for a quiet place to read and walks into an unused music room, and accidentally stumbles across the notorious Ouran High ... See full summary »

Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Mamoru Miyano, Masaya Matsukaze, Ken'ichi Suzumura

Votes: 6,024

A shojo "reverse harem" comedy anime that deals with issues of social class and gender identity.

9. Wolf's Rain (2003–2004)

TV-14 | 701 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Animation

8.1
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In a post-apocalyptic future where humans live in domed cities surrounded by wasteland, wolves are assumed to be two hundred years extinct.

Stars: Kenta Miyake, Akio Suyama, Crispin Freeman, Joshua Seth

Votes: 6,166

A compelling mixture of multiple mythological stories. High production values, exceptional voice acting and animation.

RESCUED BY FUNIMATION!

10. Baccano! (2007–2008)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades.

Stars: J. Michael Tatum, Caitlin Glass, Akemi Kanda, Maxey Whitehead

Votes: 8,097

A gangster story with fantasy elements that plays around with story sequence! Worth watching more than once!

11. Tengen toppa gurren lagann (2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages.

Stars: Yuri Lowenthal, Kana Asumi, Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 10,014

A+++ animation, goofy story, epic to the point of absurdity! Plus, can you tell that Yoko Littner's character and outfits were designed by men? Not that I'm complaining.

RESCUED BY ANIPLEX, but $50 per dvd!

12. Ninin ga shinobuden (2004– )

Animation, Comedy

7.3
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The story of the friendship between Kaede, an ordinary schoolgirl, and Shinobu, an enthusiastic but incompetent trainee female ninja.

Stars: Nana Mizuki, Ayako Kawasumi, Norio Wakamoto, Tomokazu Seki

Votes: 103

Hilarious comedy about a schoolgirl befriending a female amateur ninja and her immature colleagues.

RESCUED BY RIGHTSTUF!

13. Steel Angel Kurumi (1999–2000)

TV-MA | Animation, Comedy, Romance

7.0
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During Japan's Taisho Era (1912-1926), a scientist named Ayanokoji developed the Steel Angel-an artificial humanoid with superhuman physical abilities. While the Imperial Army wanted to use... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Douglas, Kelli Cousins, Atsuko Enomoto, Monica Rial

Votes: 148

The anime that captured my interest in anime that wasn't kids' stuff.

OOP

14. Chobits (2002– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Hideki finds the discarded and malfunctioning Persocom Chi, a personal computer that looks like a girl. While trying to fix and care for Chi, Hideki discovers that she might be a Chobits, a robot of urban legend that has free will.

Stars: Rie Tanaka, Crispin Freeman, Tomokazu Sugita, Karen Strassman

Votes: 3,574

A romantic comedy that touches upon humans' relationship with machines. How human can a machine become, and where's the line between the two?

15. Panti & Sutokkingu with Gâtâberuto (2010)

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.8
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Two Angels, Panty and Stocking, are kicked out of Heaven for bad behaviour and sent Ghost hunting by Garterbelt, a Priest of Daten City.

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Arisa Ogasawara, Mariya Ise, Kôji Ishii

Votes: 1,046

Heard Jamie Marcie and Monica Rial's comedic voice performances of the main characters -> SOLD! Features lots of Western pop culture references and animation like a Craig McCracken cartoon. If you can handle South Park's brand of humor, you can handle 'Panty and Stocking'!

16. Outlaw Star (1998– )

TV-MA | 650 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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The adventures of an outlaw crew of an advanced starship.

Stars: Ayako Kawasumi, Bob Buchholz, Bridget Hoffman, Emilie de Azevedo Brown

Votes: 2,970

Allegedly the inspiration for Joss Whedon's Firefly.

OOP, but Funimation holds the license.

17. Shin Seiki Evangerion (1995–1996)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.6
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A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer

Votes: 31,614

18. Excel Saga (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Ilpalazzo wants one thing: to rule world so he can better it. Excel just wants to help. Too bad she sucks at her job.

Stars: Takehito Koyasu, Kotono Mitsuishi, Jason Douglas, Omi Minami

Votes: 1,152

19. Puni Puni Poemy (2001– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.4
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This is a 2-part OAV spin off of the Japanese anime series "Excel Saga". Shinichi Watanabe returns to deliver some of the most outrageous, outlandish, series that parodies the magic girl ... See full summary »

Stars: Cynthia Martinez, Brett Weaver, Greg Ayres, Jessica Boone

Votes: 378

A sort-of sequel to Excel Saga. Packs as much silliness as possible in 60 minutes of screentime.

OOP

20. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 484,879 | Gross: $10.06M

21. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.1
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 120,749 | Gross: $0.55M

22. Ninja Scroll (1993)

Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Osamu Saka

Votes: 29,169

Visceral and well-choreographed fight scenes with a fast-paced, filler-free story and memorable characters!

RESCUED BY SENTAI FILMWORKS!

23. Memories (1995)

PG-13 | 113 min | Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Hisao Egawa, Kayoko Fujii, Nobuaki Fukuda

Votes: 12,736

Some of the finest animation and storytelling in the medium! Don't believe me? Good! Watch it and prove me wrong!

OOP

24. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

7.9
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A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura

Votes: 34,924 | Gross: $0.11M

25. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 256,795 | Gross: $2.38M

26. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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86 Metascore

A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 95,936 | Gross: $15.09M

27. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 203,891

28. My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Hayato Isohata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Tôru Masuoka

Votes: 7,725

29. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.3
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Concurrent theatrical ending of the TV series "Shin Seiki Evangelion" (1995).

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 22,606

30. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 87,185

31. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.1
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 111,344

32. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

8.5
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 164,195

33. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

8.0
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76 Metascore

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 103,765 | Gross: $0.52M

34. Porco Rosso (1992)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura Vi, Tsunehiko Kamijô

Votes: 54,251

35. Mimi wo sumaseba (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

8.0
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A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Yoko Honna, Issei Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 35,027

36. Neko no ongaeshi (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

Director: Hiroyuki Morita | Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 35,011

37. Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979)

102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.8
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A flamboyant thief and his gang struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches and to learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue

Votes: 18,434

38. Millennium Actress (2001)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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70 Metascore

A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Miyoko Shôji, Shôzô Îzuka, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa

Votes: 17,227 | Gross: $0.04M

39. Monster (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

8.7
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A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.

Stars: Liam O'Brien, Karen Strassman, Richard Epcar, Keith Silverstein

Votes: 12,916

OOP

40. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 60,671 | Gross: $19.20M

41. Death Note: Desu nôto (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

9.0
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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.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 148,093

42. Haibane renmei (2002– )

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A young girl is reborn as an angel-like creature called a haibane, with no memory of who she once was.

Stars: Ryô Hirohashi, Junko Noda, Eri Miyajima, Fumiko Orikasa

Votes: 2,559

43. Berserk (1997–1998)

Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.6
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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.

Stars: Nobutoshi Canna, Marc Diraison, Carrie Keranen, Kevin T. Collins

Votes: 19,985