Top 20 favorite Animesby Sooner_88 | created - 13 Jun 2013 | updated - 05 Feb 2015 | Public
Anime that inspires me creatively and entertainingly.
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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.
Votes: 185,400 | Gross: $0.55M
I like old Anime. I like creative, original anime. DBZ is an anime I will never forget in my life time. But, when I first saw Akira. It was so special, when I first rented it, I realized that I knew nothing of pure scope and amazement until I have already seen this. Amazing anime, and one of my top favorite anime s of all time.
Also it's science fiction.. ;)
2. Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)
TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
With the help of the powerful Dragonballs, a team of fighters led by the saiyan warrior Goku defend the planet earth from extraterrestrial enemies.
DBZ is an cartoon/anime that transcends time. It has left its mark on today's animation all across the globe. Cartoon artists and comic artists try to mimic this series but there is really only one. DBZ is something I will love till the day I die. It's a anime that I hold dear to my heart, and I love the *beep* out of this show. Almost on a personal level.
Oh, and faulconer still makes the best DBZ music, if any "Kai" version fans want to debate this.
3. Princess Mononoke (1997)
PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
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.
Votes: 390,718 | Gross: $2.38M
Favorite Studio Ghibli anime. This anime is a great piece in Fantasy. I was blown away by the cell animation that was perfected by Akira. But this anime is special on a level of creativity. Studio Ghibli and Miyozaki are very damn creativity when it comes to storytelling. This anime is beautiful and still is the best Studio Ghibli film till this day in my opinion.
4. Fist of the North Star (1986)
Not Rated | 110 min | Animation, Action, Drama
A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind.
DBZ before it was DBZ? Yes. Fist of the North Star the movie looks like it was doing things way before DBZ even tried. The anime series I yet to view, came out in the early 80's. This movie though, was the first time I saw Fist of the North Star. I was just as blown away as I was when I first saw DBZ. This movies animation is "ok" for its time. I mean the bodies transition to foreground and background not very good. But that's not what you should notice. The emphasis on gore, fighting, and martial arts is what stands out the most to me. You will believe a mans body can EXPLODE!
5. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
R | 103 min | Animation, Action, Drama
When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back.
Votes: 32,240 | Gross: $0.15M
I was lucky to actually come across this on Youtube one time. After I seen it, I was wondering how the F#@k could I've missed such an amazing anime film. It's got Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, Monsters, Demons, and loads of badass fighting. But that's not what it's really about. This anime also has a deep narrative about love and acceptance. I mean the ending is just sad. The books I heard where the reason why this series is so loved. D is a badass Vampire Hunter. This I would recommend to anybody into Vampire fantasy.
6. 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.
Ninja Scroll is an awesome anime movie. It gets overlooked for its cheesiness. But really, what can you expect from a Samurai horror anime? Well, you can expect giant rock mutated psychos, shape-shifters, snake women, or anything that is supernatural to the point of fascination. That's what this anime is. A fascination for the exaggerated. And I like exaggerated stuff.
7. 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.
Another anime series I took far too long to get into many years later. I was so confused why I missed this. It has to be one of the most well done anime series when it comes to story, plot, and characters I have ever seen, that can even rival American television shows. It's so well done and put together, but the ending is what got me craving for more. And when I found out that there was no more after 25 episodes(I think) that I was crushed. I didn't want it to end. But overall an amazing series.
8. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
Votes: 168,809 | Gross: $0.50M
Studio Ghibli makes some very wonderful anime films. I guess it's for the fact that they put emphasis on one character and develop a very interesting world around that character. This anime is one of them. I seen this for the first time not to long ago, and I'm completely surprised how much I enjoyed the hell out of this. It's a fantasy for adults with a childs mind(not a bad thing). And the theme of pollution and killing the natural world is strong. I would say this is my second favorite of the Ghibli anime films.
9. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994)
PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Based on the legendary video game series. This anime classic follows Ryu, a talented fighter who may be the greatest in all of the world, and Bison, the evil mastermind searching for Ryu's talents.
My favorite fighting anime right up their with the likes of DBZ, Fist of the North Star, and others. But what puts this on my list is because it's based on one of my favorite fighting game franchises. Street Fighter. I loved street fighter since I was 5-6. I remember this coming on HBO back then, and seeing it for the first time was magical. Still an anime I would watch again and again.
10. Castle in the Sky (1986)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
11. Spriggan (1998)
R | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power.
Votes: 3,928 | Gross: $0.01M
Oh, man. I seen this badass cyber punk anime not to long ago. And I was amazed by the visuals. I believe this was made by the same artists who did all of Katsushiro Otomo's animes. The action is AMAZING. These types of animes is why I like anime. Its attention to detail in destruction, and that it is beautiful to watch. This is a great Sci-fi action anime that could even rival Akira.
12. Mobile Fighter G Gundam (1994–1995)
TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
It is the year Future Century 60 and most of humanity has migrated to orbiting space colonies, leaving behind the polluted Earth. To prevent war, the colonies came up with the tournament ... See full summary »
I enjoy the Gundam series, but only a rare few that I would revisit time and time again. G-Gundam is personally my favorite of the Gundam series. It's exaggerated to the point of being absurd that giant robots can move like a human martial artist. Or for the fact that it almost is like "DBZ but with giant mechs". But I can't fault it for being like that. It's so awesome to see a giant mech do damage with a special attack that doesn't envolve a weapon. It's not realistic and that's why probably I'm so attached to it. Favorite Gundam series hands down.
13. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
G | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.
Votes: 335,604 | Gross: $1.11M
Another of the Studio Ghibli films that I like. This one tho, is completely different from the other three. And I mean COMPLETELY different. It's realistic. Its setting is realistic. The characters are realistic. But there is still a sense of fantasy in this anime that is very simple yet effective. I like that. Everything is realistic, but the creatures are not. I will say this a perfect anime to show a child for the first time.
17. Angel Cop (1989–1995)
TV-MA | 180 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
An elite anti-terrorist agent battles terrorists threatening Japan, but a mysterious third player is involved in their own way.
I think these late eighties animes were very hardcore and silly in their plots. I guess the whole craze was super powered humans who develop telekinesis, or armored powered suits that can crush cars. I can say I like this short anime series. I think it was 5 episodes long? But It had some awesome action, along with heavy gore, and nudity. So yes it's absurd, but an effective anime to easily entertain.
18. Short Peace (2013)
TV-MA | 68 min | Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A traveler is confronted by spirits in an abandoned shrine; a story of honor and firefighting in ancient Japan; a white bear defends the royal family from a monstrous red demon; ragtag soldiers battle a robotic force in futuristic Japan.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma (1989)
Unrated | 77 min | Animation, Action, Drama
A terrible war has ravaged the land, and now, fueled by the blood of numerous fallen warriors, the Yoma, demons from hell, emerge once more. A skilled ninja seeks to end the bloodshed these... See full summary »
23. Appleseed (1988 Video)
TV-14 | 71 min | Animation, Action, Crime
In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism.
24. Attack on Titan (2013–2023)
TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaeger vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.
25. Steamboy (2004)
PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.
Votes: 17,785 | Gross: $0.41M
26. The Animatrix (2003 Video)
Unrated | 100 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
A collection of nine short films featuring stories related to The Matrix (1999).