The 30 Best Short Anime

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1.
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.)
 
2.
Nana (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Komatsu Nana moves to Tokyo, after a break-up. On the train, she meets Osaki Nana, the vocalist of a Punk band, who is also moving there. The two girls end up becoming flat mates and together they support each other, while facing life. (21 mins.)
 
3.
Gungrave (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Gungrave follows the story of best friends Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowell as they join and rise in...
 
4.
Blood+ (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young girl named Saya combats vicious, shape-shifting demons in Okinawa, 2005.
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Clannad: After Story (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A sequel to the recently wrapped anime based on the Key Clannad franchise. After Story is a path that...
 
7.
Hakuouki (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When her father has disappeared, Chizuru Yukimura goes searching for him in Kyoto. She is attacked by strange men, and then rescued by the Shinsengumi. (25 mins.)
Director: Osamu Yamasaki
 
8.
Paradise Kiss (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Top high-school student seeks some purpose in life. A group of fashion design students ask her to be the front model for their clothing label "Paradise Kiss". Although she finds them weird, she accepts and soon blossoms as a person. (23 mins.)
 
9.
Hellsing Ultimate (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The vampire Alucard and his newly sired ward Seras tries to protect England from a war-crazed SS-Major who seeks to start an eternal war with his vampire army. (50 mins.)
 
10.
Elfen Lied (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality. (24 mins.)
Director: Akira Iwanaga
 
11.
Rainbow: Nishakubou no shichinin (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Set in 1955, the anime follows the story of seven teenagers locked in a reformatory, waiting for a ray of light in a daily hell of suffering and humiliation, focusing especially on how they faced the life once regained freedom. (30 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Kôjina
 
12.
The Story of Saiunkoku (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A girl called Sho Ruurei is offered 500 gold coins to become the Kings consort. She carelessly accepts the offer and has to tutor the King. The King falls in love with her however his brother is in love with her too. (25 mins.)
Director: Jun Shishido
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11... (24 mins.)
 
18.
Baccano! (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades. (25 mins.)
Director: Takahiro Ômori
 
19.
Junjou Romantica (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Misaki Takahasi is the 18-year-old (19 in episode 8 of Junjo Romantica) little brother of Takahiro. At the start of the series... (30 mins.)
Director: Chiaki Kon
 
20.
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Also known as "Great Teacher Onizuka." Former juvenile delinquent Onizuka finds himself thrust into to role of high school teacher... (60 mins.)
 
21.
Vampire Knight (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Yuki Cross, along with her best friend Zero, attempts to keep the peace between humans and vampires at Cross Academy, but personal issues soon threaten the situation. (30 mins.)
 
22.
Speed Grapher (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
One man will capture the heart of a woman, and destroy the foundations of society. (25 mins.)
 
23.
Rumbling Hearts (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Follows complicated love life of Takayuki Narumi, a male high school student. (341 mins.)
 
24.
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...
 
25.
Jyu oh sei (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Thor and his younger brother Rai get sent to a planet for the worst criminals in the Bulken system, where they must survive to see the future of their life
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Sensual Phrase (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An anime about a rock band who's lead vocalist falls in love with a high school girl. (30 mins.)
Director: Hiroko Tokita
 
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29.
Otogi zôshi (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
It is in the middle of the Heian era -- By famine and the epidemic, the capital was totally ruined. However... (23 mins.)
 
30.
Gravitation (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Gravity can be a funny thing: just like love, it draws the most unlikely people together. As luck would have it... (26 mins.)