List of Worthwhile Anime

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1. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by a teenager, his gang of biker friends and a group of psychics.

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

Votes: 174,155 | Gross: $0.55M

2. Azumanga Daioh (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy

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: 2,869

3. Baccano! (2007–2008)

TV-MA | 384 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, J. Michael Tatum, Caitlin Glass, Akemi Kanda

Votes: 11,139

4. Barefoot Gen (1983)

TV-PG | 83 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.

Director: Mori Masaki | Stars: Issei Miyazaki, Catherine Battistone, Yoshie Shimamura, Iona Morris

Votes: 7,567

5. Berserk (1997–1998)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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: 32,388

6. The Big O (1999–2003)

TV-PG | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a futuristic city with lost memories, an expert negotiator fights threats to the city with the help of an android and his own giant robot.

Stars: Mitsuru Miyamoto, Steve Blum, Akiko Yajima, Motomu Kiyokawa

Votes: 1,996

7. Black Lagoon (2006)

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

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: 13,360

8. Claymore (2007)

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

In a world rife with deadly creatures called "youma", a young silver eyed woman, Clare, works on behalf of an organization that trains female youma halfbreeds into warriors with the ability... See full summary »

Stars: Todd Haberkorn, Stephanie Young, Houko Kuwashima, Cherami Leigh

Votes: 12,849

9. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

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

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

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

Votes: 97,853

10. Dennou Coil (2007)

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Eleven years after the introduction of internet-connected, augmented reality eyeglasses and visors, Yuuko Okonogi moves with her family to Daikoku City, the technological center of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Hilary Haag, Tiffany Grant, Monica Rial, Brittney Karbowski

Votes: 787

11. Ergo Proxy (2006)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life.

Stars: Kôji Yusa, Akiko Yajima, Rachel Hirschfeld, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 13,313

12. Time of Eve (2008–2009)

15 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

In the not too distant future androids have come into common usage. Taking the androids for granted, humans treat them as if they were common everyday tools, while on the other hand, some ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Miki Itô, Motomu Kiyokawa, Yûko Mizutani

Votes: 1,245

13. FLCL (2000–2018)

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

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: 16,365

14. Freedom (2006– )

30 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

Based on characters designed by Katsuhiro Otomo, 3 bike racing teenagers born on the Moon uncover a terrible secret about the fate of their original homeworld earth and seek to uncover the ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Sinterniklaas, Robby Sharpe, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kyle Hebert

Votes: 413

15. Gankutsuo: The Count of Monte Cristo (2004–2005)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

Trying to escape his uneventful life, Albert, the son of a renowned general from Paris, makes a journey with his friend Franz. During his travels, he meets an immensely wealthy nobleman ... See full summary »

Stars: Jôji Nakata, Johnny Yong Bosch, Beau Billingslea, Karen Strassman

Votes: 2,344

17. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

TV-MA | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

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: 135,702 | Gross: $0.52M

18. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

TV-PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi

Votes: 63,213

19. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

94 Metascore

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: 252,854

20. Gurren Lagann (2007–2008)

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

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: 16,110

21. Charcoal Feather Federation (2002– )

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

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: 3,465

22. Hellsing Ultimate (2006–2012)

Not Rated | 50 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

The vampire Alucard, his master Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, and his newly sired ward Seras Victoria, try to protect England from a war-crazed SS-Major who seeks to start an eternal war with his vampire army.

Stars: Katie Gray, Crispin Freeman, Victoria Harwood, Ralph Lister

Votes: 21,192

23. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 357,775 | Gross: $4.71M

24. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)

R | 102 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Hiroyuki Okiura | Stars: Michael Dobson, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh, Moneca Stori

Votes: 16,072 | Gross: $0.09M

25. Kaiba (2008)

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

In a futuristic dystopian world where memories are literally stored, bought and sold and rich have all the privileges, a young amnesiac is trying to find out who he is.

Stars: Houko Kuwashima, Mamiko Noto, Romi Park, Taketora

Votes: 1,544

26. Katanagatari (2010)

TV-PG | 50 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Kyotoryuu, is the legendary fencing school. However, instead of a sword, it uses one's hands and legs as weapons. Shichika and his sister Nanami are the sole remaining descendants of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yukari Tamura, Masako Ikeda, Haruka Tomatsu

Votes: 1,292

27. Kemono no Souja Erin (2009– )

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

In the land of Ryoza, the neighboring provinces of Shin-Ou and Tai-Kou have been at peace. Queen Shinou is the ruler of Ryoza and her greatest general, Grand Duke Taikou, defends the ... See full summary »

Stars: Nanase Hoshii, Akira Ishida

Votes: 192

28. Kemonozume (2006– )

Animation, Adventure, Drama

Kemonozume "Beast Claw" is an anime series written and directed by Masaaki Yuasa, animated by Studio Madhouse. Since ancient times a race of flesh eating monsters called shokujinki that can... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Uo, Katsuhiro Harasawa, Hiroyuki Oshida, Tomoyuki Shimura

Votes: 800

29. Kino's Journey (2003)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Young world-weary sharpshooter girl Kino and her talking inquisitive motorcycle Hermes travel around her unusual world, visiting various city-states for three days each to learn about their culture, history and ruling philosophy.

Stars: Ai Maeda, Ryuji Aigase, Kelli Cousins, Cynthia Martinez

Votes: 2,661

30. Last Exile (2003)

TV-PG | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a world of airships and civil war, two messengers come across a special girl who will change the course of history.

Stars: Mayumi Asano, Chiwa Saitô, Paul St. Peter, Yukana

Votes: 3,551

31. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988–1997)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

Various people, especially two rising commanders, cope with a massive continual space conflict between two interstellar nations.

Stars: Yûsaku Yara, Ryô Horikawa, Katsuji Mori, Nozomu Sasaki

Votes: 2,966

32. Maison Ikkoku (1986–1988)

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

The misadventures of a young student and his landlady's romance.

Stars: Kazuyo Aoki, Shigeru Chiba, Issei Futamata, Ron Halder

Votes: 1,017

33. Memories (1995)

PG-13 | 113 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

An animated science fiction anthology from the visionary anime director, Katsuhiro Otomo.

Directors: Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Marc Swint, Robbie Daymond, Frank Todaro, Laura Post

Votes: 16,922

34. Millennium Actress (2001)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

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: 25,610 | Gross: $0.19M

35. Mononoke (2007)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A mysterious man called the Medicine Seller travels along feudal Japan, uncovering and slaying evil spirits called "Mononoke".

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, Takahiro Sakurai, Kate Hawkins

Votes: 1,976

36. Monster (2004–2010)

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

A brilliant neurosurgeon finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopathic former patient.

Stars: Hidenobu Kiuchi, Liam O'Brien, Mamiko Noto, Karen Strassman

Votes: 24,039

37. Mushi-Shi (2005–2006)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Ginko is an expert travelling around to investigate a primeval life-form, the "Mushi," and helping people with Mushi-related supernatural problems.

Stars: Yûto Nakano, Travis Willingham, Kôjun Itô, Jennifer Seman

Votes: 12,632

38. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 159,982 | Gross: $0.50M

39. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)

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

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: 58,065

40. Outlaw Star (1998– )

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Adventure

The adventures of an outlaw crew of an advanced starship.

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

Votes: 3,612

41. Paprika (2006)

R | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya

Votes: 76,721 | Gross: $0.88M

42. Paranoia Agent (2004)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 10,799

43. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Crime, Mystery

A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes insane when she starts being stalked by an obsessed fan and what seems to be a ghost of her past.

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

Votes: 65,716 | Gross: $0.78M

44. The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

TV-PG | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.

Directors: Makoto Shinkai, Yoshio Suzuki | Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Masato Hagiwara, Yuka Nanri, Unshô Ishizuka

Votes: 13,449

45. Planetes (2003–2004)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

In the year 2075, mankind has reached a point where journeying between Earth, the moon and the space stations is part of daily life. However, the progression of technology in space has also... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Cappelletti, Nao Nagasawa, Beau Billingslea, Phillip Gramm

Votes: 3,464

46. Princess Mononoke (1997)

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

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: 364,991 | Gross: $2.38M

47. R.O.D Read or Die (2001– )

Not Rated | 33 min | Animation, Short, Adventure