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1. Dou Kyu Sei: Classmates (2016)

60 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

A relationship between two high school second years, Licht Sajo, who is an honor student, and Hikaru Kusakabe, who plays in a rock band.

Director: Shoko Nakajima | Stars: Hideo Ishikawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Kenji Nojima, Yurino

Votes: 955

2. Dororo (2019– )

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A father in pursuit of power gives parts of his new-born son to a host of demons. Years later, the son battles those demons to regain what is rightfully his.

Stars: Rio Suzuki, Mugihito, Hiroki Suzuki, Mutsumi Sasaki

Votes: 1,525

3. Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji (2007–2011)

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

Kaiji Itou is a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps-that is, until he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker. Unable to suddenly repay ... See full summary »

Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Hakuryû, Naoya Uchida, Hideo Ishikawa

Votes: 1,558

4. Munemoshune no musume tachi (2008– )

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Adventure

Rin Asogi runs a private investigation agency in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, performing odd jobs ranging from finding lost pets to hunting rare stamps in order to get by. Yet despite ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Cason, Jamie Marchi, Mamiko Noto, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 1,557

5. Monster (2004–2010)

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

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

Votes: 16,264

6. 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: 34,614

7. Parasyte: The Maxim (2014–2015)

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

17-year-old Shinichi Izumi is partially infected by a Parasyte; monsters that butcher and consume humans. He must learn to co-exist with the creature if he is to survive both the life of a Parasyte and human, as part monster, part person.

Stars: Adam Gibbs, Aya Hirano, Brittney Karbowski, Nobunaga Shimazaki

Votes: 17,206

8. Shigurui: Death Frenzy (2007– )

Animation, Action, Drama

The series starts off at a tournament where a one armed samurai faces a blind one and quickly flashes back to reveal the history between the two fighters.

Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Emi Shinohara, Seizô Katô, Nozomu Sasaki

Votes: 1,813

9. Aoi Bungaku Series (2009– )

22 min | Animation, Drama, History

Aoi Bungaku is a 12 episode anime series that is comprised of adaptations of six Japanese literary classics. The stories included are 'No Longer Human' and 'Run, Melos!' by Osamu Dazai, 'In... See full summary »

Stars: Aya Endô, Aya Hisakawa, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Rikiya Koyama

Votes: 706

10. 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: 10,806

11. Rainbow: Nishakubou no shichinin (2010– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: Shun Oguri, Romi Pak, Takaya Kuroda, Tatsuya Hasome

Votes: 1,216

12. The Promised Neverland (2019– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A group of the smartest kids at a seemingly perfect orphanage uncover its dark truth when they a break a rule to never leave the orphanage grounds. Once the truth is discovered, they begin to plan an escape to save all of the children.

Stars: Sumire Morohoshi, Maaya Uchida, Mariya Ise, Shinei Ueki

Votes: 3,055

13. Another (2012)

TV-14 | 300 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

A young man named, Koichi Sakakibara, transfers to a new school where he finds himself drawn into a mystery involving a mysterious girl and a series of gruesome deaths.

Stars: Atsushi Abe, Natsumi Takamori, Tomoaki Maeno, Greg Ayres

Votes: 8,180

14. Speed Grapher (2005– )

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

One man will capture the heart of a woman, and destroy the foundations of society.

Stars: Christopher Sabat, Monica Rial, Chris Ayres, Clarine Harp

Votes: 792

15. 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: 13,742 | Gross: $0.09M

16. Master Keaton (1998– )

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The enigmatic Taichi Keaton engages in secret missions that take him to every corner of the globe. He deploys his arsenal of multidisciplinary expertise as an investigator, an archeologist,... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Cole, Michael Kopsa, Brian Drummond, William Samples

Votes: 115

17. Angel's Egg (1985)

71 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Mako Hyôdô, Jinpachi Nezu, Kei'ichi Noda

Votes: 5,466

18. Memories (1995)

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

"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: 13,923

19. Talking Head (1992)

105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A revered director with an obscure style, Rei Maruwa, has gone missing during the production of his latest animated feature, Talking Head. With the deadline approaching and next to no ... See full summary »

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Keishi Hunt, Mako Hyôdô

Votes: 315

20. Yojôhan shinwa taikei (2010)

TV-14 | 259 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

When a nameless student at Kyoto University encounters a demigod one night, he asks to relive the past three years in order to win the heart of Ms. Akashi, the object of his affection.

Stars: Shintarô Asanuma, Keiji Fujiwara, Yuki Kaida, Rin Mizuhara

Votes: 2,151

21. House of Five Leaves (2010– )

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Drama, History

Timid samurai Akitsu Masanosuke becomes involved with the group "Five Leaves" after becoming the bodyguard for their mysterious, yet charismatic leader Yaichi.

Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Fuyuka Oura, Takahiro Sakurai, Masaya Takatsuka

Votes: 408

22. 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

Votes: 1,240

23. Ninja Scroll (1993)

Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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: 31,638

24. Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (2005)

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

The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession Tokugawa ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura Bailey, Nana Mizuki, Kôsuke Toriumi, Troy Baker

Votes: 3,294

25. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (2009– )

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

The story of two brainwashed assassins, Ein and Zwei, who struggle to regain their memories as they work for the Inferno crime syndicate.

Stars: Miyu Irino, Newton Pittman, Ayahi Takagaki, Lindsay Seidel

Votes: 1,276

26. Neo Tokyo (1987)

50 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A trilogy of separate stories. In "Labyrinth labyrinthos", a girl and her cat enter a strange world. In "Running Man", a racer takes on the ultimate opponent. In "Construction Cancellation Order", a man must shut down worker robots.

Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Rintaro, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Hideko Yoshida, Masane Tsukayama, Yû Mizushima, Iemasa Kayumi

Votes: 2,459

27. Wings of Honneamise (1987)

Unrated | 121 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga | Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi, Heidi Lenhart

Votes: 4,427 | Gross: $0.06M

28. Robot Carnival (1987 Video)

90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A collection of short stories, made by different animators with "robot" as the working title.

Directors: Atsuko Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Kôji Morimoto, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu, Manabu Ôhashi, Hidetoshi Ômori, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôji Moritsugu, Yayoi Maki, Keiko Hanagata, Kumiko Takizawa

Votes: 1,648

29. WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002)

R | 102 min | Sci-Fi, Animation, Action

47 Metascore

Two police detectives and SV2 investigate a series of mysterious acts of deadly destruction occuring in and around Tokyo Bay.

Directors: Takuji Endo, Fumihiko Takayama | Stars: Katsuhiko Watabiki, Hiroaki Hirata, Atsuko Tanaka, Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi

Votes: 994

30. Steamboy (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

66 Metascore

In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, Alfred Molina, Anne Suzuki

Votes: 15,731 | Gross: $0.41M

31. Roujin Z (1991)

PG-13 | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A compassionate young nurse is determined to help an elderly invalid strapped to a revolutionary health care bed but there are unexpected consequences.

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo | Stars: Chisa Yokoyama, Toni Barry, Shinji Ogawa, Allan Wenger

Votes: 1,909

32. Redline (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Animation, Action, Romance

A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it.

Director: Takeshi Koike | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Yû Aoi, Tadanobu Asano, Yoshiyuki Morishita

Votes: 9,315

33. Origin: Spirits of the Past (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

It is 300 years into the future. Earth's environment had been devastated by mankind's own foolish plans and humankind is beleaguered by the sentient forests which they have awoken. The ... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Sugiyama | Stars: Ryô Katsuji, Aoi Miyazaki, Yûko Kotegawa, Masaru Hamaguchi

Votes: 4,225

34. Psycho-Pass: The Movie (2015)

TV-MA | 113 min | Animation, Action, Crime

In this sequel to Psycho-Pass TV show, Inspector Tsunemori is sent to a neighboring war-torn nation, where the Sibyl System is being introduced as an experiment, to find Shinya Kogami, her former enforcer who went rogue three years ago.

Directors: Naoyoshi Shiotani, Katsuyuki Motohiro | Stars: Bryn Apprill, Major Attaway, Z. Charles Bolton, Cole Brown

Votes: 2,359 | Gross: $0.14M

35. 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, Kazunari Tanaka

Votes: 2,888

36. Guardian of the Sacred Spirit (2007– )

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

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.

Stars: Mabuki Andô, Naoto Adachi, Kôji Tsujitani, Hirofumi Nojima

Votes: 2,155

37. Saga of Tanya the Evil (2017– )

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

For having insulted God, an arrogant Japanese salaryman in the moment of his sudden death is sentenced to be reborn in an alternate universe similar to 1910's Europe, in an empire torn ... See full summary »

Stars: Amber Lee Connors, Monica Rial, Aoi Yûki, Joe Cucinotti

Votes: 1,132

38. The Twelve Kingdoms (2002– )

Animation, Adventure, Drama

High school student Youko Nakajima is approached by a strange man who claims he's been searching for her and that she is the rightful ruler of his kingdom.

Stars: Mari Devon, Kate Higgins, Houko Kuwashima, Aya Hisakawa

Votes: 1,643

39. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988– )

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: 1,614

40. Wolf Children (2012)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Ohsawa, Haru Kuroki, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 31,723

41. Pom Poko (1994)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Shinchô Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida, Norihei Miki

Votes: 19,567



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