Top 20 favorite Animes

by Sooner_88 | created - 13 Jun 2013 | updated - 05 Feb 2015 | Public

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1. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

67 Metascore

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: 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.

Stars: Doc Harris, Christopher Sabat, Scott McNeil, Sean Schemmel

Votes: 129,698

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

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: 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.

Director: Toyoo Ashida | Stars: Akira Kamiya, Yuriko Yamamoto, Kenji Utsumi, Chikao Ôtsuka

Votes: 6,863

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

62 Metascore

When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back.

Directors: Jack Fletcher, Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Andrew Philpot, John Rafter Lee, Pamela Adlon, Wendee Lee

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.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Osamu Saka

Votes: 37,636

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.

Stars: Marc Diraison, Nobutoshi Canna, Carrie Keranen, Kevin T. Collins

Votes: 38,722

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

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: 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.

Director: Gisaburô Sugii | Stars: Kôjiro Shimizu, Kenji Haga, Miki Fujitani, Masane Tsukayama

Votes: 9,070

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

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Keiko Yokozawa, Kotoe Hatsui, Minori Terada

Votes: 165,902

11. Spriggan (1998)

R | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

48 Metascore

An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power.

Directors: Hirotsugu Kawasaki, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Shôtarô Morikubo, Ryuji Aigase, Takehito Koyasu, Katsumi Suzuki

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 »

Stars: Mark Gatha, Tomokazu Seki, Matt Embry, Victor Atelevich

Votes: 1,009

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

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

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.

14. 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: 142,698 | Gross: $0.52M

15. Memories (1995)

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

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: 18,467

16. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995–1996)

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

A squadron of giant robot pilots of a beleaguered Earth colony bring the war to their oppressive home planet.

Stars: Hikaru Midorikawa, Toshihiko Seki, Ryûzô Ishino, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 4,559

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.

Stars: Mika Doi, Sharon Holm, Masashi Ebara, Jeff Harding

Votes: 1,120

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.

Directors: Hiroaki Andô, Hajime Katoki, Shuhei Morita, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Aoi Yûki, Takeshi Kusao, Saori Hayami

Votes: 1,655

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.

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

Votes: 3,702

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.

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo | Stars: Shinji Ogawa, Shinsuke Chikaishi, Chisa Yokoyama, Hikojirô Matsumura

Votes: 2,769

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 »

Stars: Christopher Pryce, Jon Geiger, Mark O'Brien, Jessica Robertson

Votes: 413

22. Metropolis (2001)

PG-13 | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima.

Director: Rintarô | Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Scott Weinger, Yuka Imoto, Kei Kobayashi

Votes: 21,550 | Gross: $0.64M

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.

Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama | Stars: Masako Katsuki, Yoshisada Sakaguchi, Toshiko Sawada, Toshio Furukawa

Votes: 2,759

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.

Stars: Josh Grelle, Yûki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue

Votes: 363,390

25. 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: 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).

Directors: Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto, Shin'ichirô Watanabe | Stars: Kevin Michael Richardson, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

Votes: 78,537

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