Stormy's 100 Greatest Anime

My own 100 greatest anime of all time in my own opinion - of course humbly.
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1.
Crest of the Stars (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
“ My all time anime favorite, jumpstarting perhaps one of the best romance I ever seen so far. Rich background with fleshed out characters in epic setting. What else can you ask for? ” - Kt Low L
 
2.
Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners - Overlooking View (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
September 1998: A recent spate of unusual suicide incidents where several high school girls fell to their death... (49 mins.)
Director: Ei Aoki
“ Dark, foreboding and rich with symbolism in existenalist discussion of life and death. Supernatural tones with strong character lead despite their very human flaws. One of nuanced Kinoko Nasu's work. ” - Kt Low L
 
3.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (117 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ One of the best character ever seen with strong story, hard to believe this gorgeous work came out in 1984. ” - Kt Low L
 
4.
Planetes (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the year 2075, mankind has reached a point where journeying between Earth, the moon and the space stations is part of daily life...
“ Well grounded, realistic science and quirky characters makes a compelling anime to watch and enjoy. Love it, love it. ” - Kt Low L
 
5.
Gundam 0080: A War in the Pocket (1989 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a space colony, a young boy discovers a cadre of terrorists and innocently decides to help them.
“ The best Mobile Suit Gundam series ever produced, focusing a lot on characters and their struggle inside or out. A rare gem. ” - Kt Low L
 
6.
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen (1999 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity. (120 mins.)
“ One of the greatest anime chambara series ever, love this very much for poignancy and strong character narrative. ” - Kt Low L
 
7.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ A seminal work, gritty cyberpunk anime in great style. Very philosophical in spirit and great action set pieces. ” - Kt Low L
 
8.
Mugen no rivaiasu (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Over 400 teenagers are stranded without adult supervision aboard a prototype space battleship after their astronaut training school is sabotaged by an outside group.
“ Lord of the Flies in space with Japanese flavor. Strong story, deep characters and believable human drama makes a great watch. ” - Kt Low L
 
9.
Eden of the East (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to...
“ Intelligent and whimsical yet great watch. ” - Kt Low L
 
10.
Haibane renmei (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A young girl is reborn as an angel-like creature called a haibane, with no memory of who she once was. (25 mins.)
“ Surprisingly adorable anime with strong characters and pleasant pacing of plot. ” - Kt Low L
 
11.
FLCL (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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. (151 mins.)
“ Random as hell, this is Gainax's anime after the guys in studio smoked pot and drank enough sake. Random but awesomely crazy. ” - Kt Low L
 
12.
Samurai chanpurû (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.)
“ Lovely series with quirky approach to well worn chambara genre. ” - Kt Low L
 
13.
Guardian of the Sacred Spirit (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The Second Empress hires a spear-wielding woman to save her son from the Mikado (emperor) who believes the young prince is possessed by a water demon foretold to bring a terrible drought upon the land should he live.
“ Great characters, rich world building despite slightly weak ending. Great, great anime. ” - Kt Low L
 
14.
Starship Operators (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(25 mins.)
“ Hugely panned by many anime watchers and largely forgotten now, I love this series for largely realistic space combat scenes and interesting thought detailing in making it work. ” - Kt Low L
 
15.
Zipang (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Zipang is basically the same as that of the movie The Final Countdown, only with a few twists...
“ Old school naval anime series, great story and characters despite the feel of obsession in rationalizing nationalism in the narrative. ” - Kt Low L
 
16.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty. (102 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
“ A great retold of classic fairy tale with dark twist in alternate universe setting. ” - Kt Low L
 
17.
Wings of Honneamise (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program. (121 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
“ Epic animation, great world building and awesome battle scene. This is one of best Gainax work. ” - Kt Low L
 
18.
Gunslinger Girl (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Social Welfare agency, a government sponsored corporation is in the business for saving orphaned...
“ Profoundly sad and morally controversial but great human drama. Sadly the sequel screw it up so badly. ” - Kt Low L
 
19.
Psycho-Pass (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Akane Tsunemori knows how the Sibyl System works choosing to obey it, believing both on humanity and order. Now in the new police she faces everyday criminals. One day she encounters a criminal boss that defies the order structure and her. (25 mins.)
Director: Kiyotaka Suzuki
“ Dark yet compelling background with mature handling of the story. One of the best recent scifi series. ” - Kt Low L
 
20.
Fate/Zero (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Seven chosen magi and their summoned epic heroes fight against each other to try and win the holy grail: a magical device that can grant any wish. (25 mins.)
“ Very loud, lots of bling bling and hype but justified. Story is great, characters are rich and nuanced. One of the best Gen Urobochi's work. ” - Kt Low L
 
21.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A creature named Kyubey offers to grant Madoka a wish if she becomes a 'magical girl' and fights grotesque witches. A magical girl named Homura tries to stop this agreement, and the true nature of the contract with Kyubey is revealed.
“ It is a genre changing series, giving magical girl story an unusual twist, a very sinister dark twist. ” - Kt Low L
 
22.
The Record of the Lodoss War (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A group of medieval adventurers must participate in a war against dark forces in the land of Lodoss. (25 mins.)
“ Old school AD&D anime, still awesome even today. ” - Kt Low L
 
23.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Various people, especially two rising commanders, cope with a massive continual space conflict between two interstellar nations. (25 mins.)
Director: Noboru Ishiguro
“ Epic space opera but it boils down to a storied rivalry of 2 men with very different personalities. Long but worth to watch for patient viewer.

Rich universe and stellar cast of people, based on history of Sengoku Jidai and World War 2. Lohengramm is Alexander and Rommel, Yang Wen Li is Montgomery and Epidominas as history examples in spirit. ” - Kt Low L
 
24.
Macross Zero (2002 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Taking place one year before the Zentraedi arrive on Earth, Macross Zero chronicles the final days of the war between the U.N... (150 mins.)
Director: Shôji Kawamori
“ Short, concise yet action packed. No frills, no BS. Characters are a bit weak but enough to make it a pleasant watch. ” - Kt Low L
 
25.
Macross Plus (1994 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two old friends/rivals find themselves rival test pilots in competing projects while a mutual old flame returns to them with her own secrets. (115 mins.)
“ Also another short, concise and good pacing. A rare gem of mecha with good story and characters. ” - Kt Low L
 
26.
Kidô senshi Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After the One Year War, Peace was signed between Zeon and the Earth Federation. Three years later, however...
“ Action packed, not bad writing and plot with great mecha designs. Some characters are so 1 dimensional though.

One of the better mainstream Mobile Suit Gundam series. ” - Kt Low L
 
27.
Banner of the Stars (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(25 mins.)
“ A well paced continuation of Crest of the Stars series. ” - Kt Low L
 
28.
Seikai no senki II (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
“ When this series end, it left with so much potentials and questions. Character development specific, less battle scenes compared to Sekai no Senki I / Banner of the Stars (2000). ” - Kt Low L
 
29.
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.)
“ A more accessible story of Section 9 in GITS universe. Very well written, it does have some slow moments but a satisfying watch overall. ” - Kt Low L
 
30.
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG - Individual Eleven (2005 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The year is 2030 and an influx of refuges have effortlessly transformed themselves into a terrorist organization known as the Individual Eleven... (162 mins.)
Director: Kenji Kamiyama
“ Continuation of Major Kusanagi's narrative, this time she is confronting enemies within and outside that can unravel everything she works for. ” - Kt Low L
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The 2nd installment to the Darker than Black series. This follows Suo after her house has caught fire...
Director: Tensai Okamura
 
33.
Spice and Wolf (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Kraft Lawrence, a 25 year old peddler travelling from town to town selling and buying various things...
 
34.
Spice and Wolf II (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Continuing from the first series, it follows Kraft Lawrence a experienced traveling merchant and his... (325 mins.)
 
35.
Michiko and Hatchin (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Michiko is a free-willed "sexy diva" who escaped from prison, while Hatchin is a run away girl fleeing from her strict catholic foster family. The two join forces and set off on an unpredictable road trip seeking their own freedom. (23 mins.)
 
36.
Cowboy Bebop (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners. (24 mins.)
 
37.
Saishû heiki kanojo (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A teenage boy and girl struggle to stay in love when the girl's body is transformed into Japan's ultimate weapon. (25 mins.)
 
38.
Gasaraki (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The US and fictional Middle-Eastern Belgistan are at war. The US takes heavy loses when Belgistan uses their giant robots, but they get help in military aid from Japan including a superb giant robot and its Japanese pilot.
 
39.
Kids on the Slope (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Kaoru, an aloof honour student, has always moved from town to town due to his father's work, this means he never really settled anywhere either... (24 mins.)
 
40.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Ano Natsu ni Saku Hana (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The fireworks didn't work and Menma is still around. After a while, she feels herself fading maybe her wish has already been granted. (23 mins.)
 
41.
Mushi-Shi (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi... (25 mins.)
 
42.
Ima, soko ni iru boku (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A Japanese boy named Shu tries to save a strange girl, Lala Ru, from kidnappers and is transported to...
 
43.
Toradora! (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Toradora! (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The final episode where every character's story comes to an end. Ryuji and Taiga get together, and afterward, Taiga takes a different path. There are also scenes of heart-warming friendship between the classmates. (24 mins.)
 
44.
The Princess and the Pilot (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pilot, despite being advised not to, bonds with a princess when he is tasked with escorting the royal subject overseas and across enemy territory to reunite her with her future husband. (99 mins.)
Director: Jun Shishido
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
Ninja Scroll (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A mysterious vagabond sets out on a journey to confront his past. Little does he know he is up against a demonic force of killers, with a ghost from his past as the leader. (94 mins.)
 
47.
His and Her Circumstances (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
TV series that tells the every-day stories of a group of teenagers in high-school, focusing on their romances and personal problems.
 
48.
Summer Wars (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday. (114 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda