My favorite anime

by boogiepop1989 | created - 10 Dec 2015 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

My all-time favorite Japanese animations

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1. Bûgîpoppu fantomu: Bûgîpoppu wa warawanai (2000– )

TV-14 | Animation, Horror, Mystery

A light in the sky, followed by a strange aura and grisly murders. Each character tells their own connection to the event and to a similar murder spree 5 years ago. All of the different ... See full summary »

Stars: Roxanne Beck, Anne Benkovitz, Jessica Calvello, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 675

2. Nightwalker: Midnight Detective (1998– )

Not Rated | Animation, Action, Comedy

Mankind is threatened by a race of creatures called the Nightbreed, people who have, either willingly or through deception, succumbed to supernatural beings. And hunting them down is a man ... See full summary »

Stars: Takumi Yamazaki, Maaya Sakamoto, Richard Cansino, Mari Devon

Votes: 136

3. X (2001–2002)

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Kamui Shirou and Fuuma Monou have been best friends ever since they were kids. Fate, however, separates them when Fuuma's mother died under a mysterious circumstances. Fast forward, 6 years... See full summary »

Stars: Ken'ichi Suzumura, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Ryôka Yuzuki, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 1,262

4. Gasaraki (1998– )

Not Rated | Animation, Action, Adventure

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.

Stars: Nobuyuki Hiyama, Chris Patton, Andy McAvin, Kelly Manison

Votes: 229

5. A Wind Named Amnesia (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A wind has swept the Earth taking all the memories from everyone. No one knows who they are, how to speak, or how to use the tools of modern civilization. Two years later a young man who ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Yamazaki | Stars: Kazuki Yao, Keiko Toda, Kappei Yamaguchi, Noriko Hidaka

Votes: 913

6. Gunnm (1993 Video)

Not Rated | 54 min | Animation, Action, Crime

This movie takes place in a distant future, and is the story of a the young cyborg Gally, who is found on a scrapheap by the Cyberdoctor Daisuke Ido, who rebuilds her and becomes her ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Fukutomi | Stars: Miki Itô, Shunsuke Kariya, Kappei Yamaguchi, Edward Glen

Votes: 3,245

7. Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990– )

Not Rated | 120 min | Animation, Action, Crime

In the city of Oedo 2808 A.D., three Cyber criminals are given two choices, to either rot in jail or to join a special force of the Cyber Police to get possibly one more chance at freedom ... See full summary »

Stars: Hiroya Ishimaru, Stuart Milligan, Tesshô Genda, Sean Barrett

Votes: 1,136

8. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

PG-13 | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

73 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.

Directors: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya | Stars: Tôru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto, Shôzô Îzuka

Votes: 24,699 | Gross: $0.13M

9. N.H.K ni yôkoso! (2006– )

TV-MA | Animation, Comedy, Drama

This surreal dramedy follows Satou Tatsuhiro as he attempts to escape the evil machinations of the NHK.

Stars: Yutaka Koizumi, Yui Makino, Michael C. Pizzuto, Wataru Hatano

Votes: 4,442

10. Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal (1999– )

Not Rated | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Junko Iwao, Nozomu Sasaki, Masami Suzuki

Votes: 11,013

11. Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996–1999)

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

The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Richard Cansino, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Rebecca Forstadt

Votes: 14,777

12. Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)

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

The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team.

Stars: Shirô Saitô, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, William Knight, Richard Epcar

Votes: 15,408

13. Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 108 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team, that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Kamiyama | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 5,610

14. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)

Not Rated | 68 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A continuation of the story told in the Daft Punk music videos "One More Time," "Aerodynamic," "Digital Love," and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."

Directors: Daisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, Kazuhisa Takenouchi, Leiji Matsumoto | Stars: Romanthony, Thomas Bangalter

Votes: 12,411

15. Macross Zero (2002 Video)

150 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Taking place one year before the Zentraedi arrive on Earth, Macross Zero chronicles the final days of the war between the U.N. Spacy and anti-U.N. factions. After being shot down by the ... See full summary »

Director: Shôji Kawamori | Stars: Ken'ichi Suzumura, Sanae Kobayashi, Yuka Nanri, Akira Kamiya

Votes: 819

16. Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)

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

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."

Stars: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum

Votes: 32,252

17. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 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: 110,464 | Gross: $0.52M

18. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Tamio Ohki, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 32,676 | Gross: $1.04M

19. 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: 13,016 | Gross: $0.09M

20. Appleseed (2004)

R | 101 min | Animation, Action, Drama

40 Metascore

In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

Directors: Shinji Aramaki, Steven Foster | Stars: Ai Kobayashi, Jûrôta Kosugi, Yuki Matsuoka, Mami Koyama

Votes: 16,734 | Gross: $0.13M

21. Super Space Fortress Macross (1984)

Not Rated | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid ... See full summary »

Directors: Noboru Ishiguro, Shôji Kawamori | Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Mika Doi, Michio Hazama

Votes: 2,410

22. Silent Möbius (1991)

Not Rated | 50 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The future police has a unique division: the Attack Mystification Department. The operatives have unique training... and talents! Set to stop the weird happenings going on in the city, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Kazuo Tomisawa, Michitaka Kikuchi | Stars: Naoko Matsui, Toshiko Fujita, Gara Takashima, Hiromi Tsuru

Votes: 145

23. Silent Möbius (1998– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Crime

A team of policewomen with supernatural powers try to protect the Earth from an alien invasion known as the Lucifer Hawks.

Stars: Naoko Matsui, Hiromi Tsuru, Chieko Honda, Maya Okamoto

Votes: 127

24. Bubblegum Crisis (1987–1991)

25 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A female mercenary team, armed with unique power armor suits, battle the forces of the corrupt mega-corporation, Genom in futuristic Tokyo.

Stars: Yoshiko Sakakibara, Kinuko Ômori, Michie Tomizawa, Akiko Hiramatsu

Votes: 995

25. AD Police Files (1990– )

Not Rated | 121 min | Animation, Crime, Sci-Fi

Three different, unique stories about an elite police force called the AD Police.

Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Adam Henderson, Brad Moranz, Youko Matsuoka

Votes: 440

26. Bubblegum Crash (1991– )

Not Rated | 45 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Several years after the end of Bubblegum Crisis, things have calmed down, or so it seems. Sylia's disappeared, Priss has stumbled from one manager to another, Nene's still working with the ... See full summary »

Stars: Yoshiko Sakakibara, Jemila Ericson, Tamsin Hollo, Ryôko Tachikawa

Votes: 282

27. Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (1998– )

TV-MA | 29 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Set in 2039-2040, This series is set in Megalo City, a city built over the ruins of Tokyo. Boomers, a line of android workers created by the Genom Corporation, perform dozens of tasks, from... See full summary »

Stars: Yu Asakawa, Satsuki Yukino, Rio Natsuki, Hiroko Konishi

Votes: 596

28. Parasaito Dôruzu (2003– )

TV-MA | 85 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Part of a "Bubblegum Crisis (1987)" universe, follows a special unit of the A.D. Police, tasked to destroy Boomers, androids that malfunction or gain sentience and go on a rampage in the futuristic city of Megatokyo.

Stars: Heather Bryson, Toshio Furukawa, Masaru Ikeda, Kikuko Inoue

Votes: 417

29. Vampire Princess Miyu (1997– )

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Horror

Miyu, a vampire girl, acts as a guardian, sending stray demons known as Shinma back to the darkness while publically posing as a high school student.

Stars: Miki Nagasawa, Shin'ichirô Miki, Megumi Ogata, Asako Shirakura

Votes: 259

30. Cyber Team in Akihabara (1998– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A young girl dreams of having her own Patapi mascot (similar to a Tamagotchi), that can be customized with parts.

Stars: Yu Asakawa, Tiffany Grant, Megumi Hayashibara, Miki Nagasawa

Votes: 28

31. Arjuna (2001– )

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A fatally injured girl is saved in her near death experience to become the chosen defender of Earth.

Stars: Mami Higashiyama, Maggie Blue O'Hara, Alaina Burnett, Trevor Devall

Votes: 349

32. Reign: The Conqueror (1997– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Alexander the Great was the world's most powerful warrior. Reign is a 21st century science-fiction retelling of the legend of this Macedonian king. A visual masterpiece, Reign tells the ... See full summary »

Stars: Beau Billingslea, Wendee Lee, Tom Fahn, Lex Lang

Votes: 416

33. Berserk (1997–1998)

Not Rated | 22 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: 22,280

34. Serial Experiments Lain (1998– )

TV-14 | 316 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".

Stars: Kaori Shimizu, Bridget Hoffman, Dan Lorge, Randy McPherson

Votes: 8,807

35. 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: 10,196

36. Gunbuster (1988– )

PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A young pilot, daughter of a deceased space captain, is selected to pilot a colossal robot as the key point of Earth's defence in a space war.

Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Rei Sakuma, Norio Wakamoto, Maria Kawamura

Votes: 1,068

37. Otaku no video (1991– )

Not Rated | 50 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A half animated/half live-action mockumentary about the world of Japanese geekdom.

Stars: Shouji Murahama, Hiroki Sato, Jun Tamaya, Craig York

Votes: 432

38. Genshiken (2004– )

PG-13 | Animation, Comedy

The misadventures of the close-knit members of a small anime/manga club on a college campus.

Stars: Michael Perreca, Bill Timoney, Bill Rogers, Carol Jacobanis

Votes: 606

39. Lovely Complex (2007– )

Animation, Comedy, Romance

Risa and Otani are always being laughed at as the comedy duo. Risa, a girl, is taller than the average girl, and Otani, a boy, is shorter than the average boy. However, Risa have a feeling for Otani that make him shock.

Stars: Kae Araki, Saori Higashi, Kazuko Kojima, Akira Nagata

Votes: 1,572

40. Planetes (2003–2004)

TV-14 | 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, Kazunari Tanaka

Votes: 2,756

41. RD: Sennô chôsashitsu (2008– )

Animation, Crime, Drama

In the near future, social media, security, administrative and communication systems have been replaced with Meta Real Network or "Metal" for short, a VR network. Cyber Divers, a special police unit, deal with those who abuse this network.

Stars: Kanae Oki, Hiroki Takahashi, Katsuji Mori, Ayako Kawasumi

Votes: 60

42. Fate/Zero (2011–2012)

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

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.

Stars: Ayako Kawasumi, Kari Wahlgren, Sayaka Ôhara, Jôji Nakata

Votes: 7,156

43. Gantz (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

A group of people are resurrected from their deaths by a mysterious black ball called GANTZ to combat alien criminals hiding on Earth.

Stars: Chris Ayres, Emily Carter-Essex, Shannon Emerick, John Gremillion

Votes: 5,937

44. Death Note (2006–2007)

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

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: 167,278

45. Kôdo giasu: Hangyaku no rurûshu (2006–2012)

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

After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all powerful empire

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Jun Fukuyama, Yuri Lowenthal, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 37,360

46. Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru (1986–1989)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Son Gokû, a fighter with a monkey tail, goes on a quest with an assortment of odd characters in search of the Dragon Balls, a set of crystals that can give its bearer anything they desire.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Hiromi Tsuru, Mayumi Tanaka

Votes: 38,100

47. Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru zetto (1989–1996)

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

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Kyle Hebert, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 54,596

48. Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

The tale of Bardock, the father of Goku, and his rebellion against his master the mighty Frieza.

Directors: Mitsuo Hashimoto, Daisuke Nishio | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Yûko Mita, Takeshi Watabe

Votes: 3,900

49. Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 47 min | Animation, Action, Adventure