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1. 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: 13,849

2. 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: 35,658

3. 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: Sachiko Kojima, Houko Kuwashima, Fumiko Orikasa, Romi Pak

Votes: 680

4. Ping Pong the Animation (2014– )

TV-14 | Animation, Drama, Sport

Five ping pong prodigies learn to navigate the harsh climate of competitive sport and the even more frightening realm of self realization.

Stars: Koki Uchiyama, Alan Chow, Aaron Dismuke, Tyson Rinehart

Votes: 1,955

5. 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: 2,250

6. Now and Then, Here and There (1999–2000)

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

A Japanese boy named Shu tries to save a strange girl, Lala Ru, from kidnappers and is transported to an alternate Earth on the brink of being swallowed by the sun. There he meets an ... See full summary »

Stars: Crispin Freeman, Dan Green, Ted Lewis, Dan Olk

Votes: 1,480

7. Last Exile (2003– )

TV-PG | Animation, Action, Adventure

It's the dawn of the Golden Age of Aviation on planet Prester, and retro-futuristic sky vehicles known as vanships dominate the horizon. Claus Valca - a flyboy born with the right stuff - ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 3,250

8. Full Metal Panic! (2002– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl.

Stars: Satsuki Yukino, Tomokazu Seki, Jason Douglas, Yukana Nogami

Votes: 4,011

9. Love Hina (2000– )

TV-14 | 544 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

When Keitaro was a child, he was friends with a little girl. When the girl had to move away, the two made a promise to meet each other at Tokyo University when they grew up. Years later, ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûji Ueda, Yui Horie, Masayo Kurata, Yu Asakawa

Votes: 1,967

10. School Rumble (2004–2010)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

A young high schooler is in love with an oblivious classmate; a delinquent classmate is in love with her. Both struggle to confess their feelings and their antics lead to crazy situations.

Stars: Luci Christian, Brandon Potter, Brina Palencia, Caitlin Glass

Votes: 1,752

11. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006–2009)

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

The crazy adventures of the SOS Brigade, led by the insane but charismatic Haruhi.

Stars: Tomokazu Sugita, Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, Yûko Gotô

Votes: 6,943

12. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)

Not Rated | 163 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

On December 18, Kyon finds that several traces of the SOS Brigade have mysteriously disappeared from his life. Mikuru and Yuki do not seem to recall meeting him, and Haruhi and Itsuki do ... See full summary »

Directors: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto | Stars: Aya Hirano, Tomokazu Sugita, Minori Chihara, Yûko Gotô

Votes: 5,593

13. Steins Gate the Movie: Load Region of Déjà vu (2013)

TV-14 | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Mystery

After the events of the anime, Rintarou begins to feel the repercussions of extensive time travel, and eventually completely fades from reality. Kurisu, being the only companion to remember him, now must find a way to bring him back.

Directors: Kanji Wakabayashi, Hiroshi Hamazaki, Takuya Satô | Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Seki

Votes: 5,003

14. Angel Beats! (2010)

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

Rebellious teens fight in armed combat against one dispassionate girl's supernatural powers in an afterlife high school.

Stars: Hiroshi Kamiya, Harumi Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Ryohei Kimura

Votes: 9,709

15. Golden Boy (1995– )

Not Rated | 165 min | Animation, Comedy

Golden Boy is the story of Kintaro Oe, a twenty-five-year-old in pursuit of life's lessons. A brilliant student, he dropped out of Tokyo Universiy's law program because he had had mastered ... See full summary »

Stars: Doug Smith, Matt Greenfield, Mitsuo Iwata, Gorô Naya

Votes: 3,764

16. Strange Love (1997)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

Two explorations of the Lolita complex. Sushiaki Karasawa, a young teacher at a Tokyo high school, becomes infatuated with Yoshida Chizuru, a 19-year-old student who appears in a shampoo ... See full summary »

Stars: Atsuko Kichiya, Ayumi Sakurai, Akira Ishida, Ryôko Kinomiya

Votes: 78

17. Steel Angel Kurumi (1999–2000)

TV-MA | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

During Japan's Taisho Era (1912-1926), a scientist named Ayanokoji developed the Steel Angel-an artificial humanoid with superhuman physical abilities. While the Imperial Army wanted to use... See full summary »

Stars: Kira Vincent-Davis, Jason Douglas, Kelli Cousins, Atsuko Enomoto

Votes: 159

18. Dominion Tank Police (1988–1989)

R | 70 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

In a dystopic pollution ridden future, the tank police fight for law and order and cause massive collatorol destruction along the way.

Stars: Hiromi Tsuru, Masaaki Ôkura, Yûsaku Yara, Ichirô Nagai

Votes: 1,370

19. 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: 1,059

20. 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: 10,114

21. The Slayers (1995–2009)

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

The adventures of a teenage female mage and her companions as they quest for gold and glory (especially gold).

Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Yasunori Matsumoto, Lisa Ortiz, Eric Stuart

Votes: 1,901

22. Dragon Half (1993– )

Not Rated | 53 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mink is the love-child of a dragon and a dragon-slayer. Mink and her friends have very weird adventures on Mink's quest to be human. The story is unique because the art style constantly ... See full summary »

Stars: Amanda Winn Lee, Paul Sidello, Andy McAvin, Brett Weaver

Votes: 378

23. Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (2011)

TV-MA | 64 min | Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Rescued from the deadly assault on their headquarters, Rune Balot finds temporary shelter in paradise a high-tech laboratory where the scramble 09 protocol originated

Director: Susumu Kudo | Stars: Hilary Haag, Megumi Hayashibara, Tsutomu Isobe, Carl Masterson

Votes: 738

24. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

TV-MA | 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: 78,239

25. Armored Trooper VOTOMS (1983–1984)

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Drama

The end of the 100 year war between the planets Bavalant and Melkia does not allow Melkian soldier Chirico Cuvie a moment of peace. His accidental involvement in a clandestine mission ... See full summary »

Stars: Bruce Aarons, Wally Cole, Dan Green, Kip Kaplan

Votes: 139

26. The Princess and the Pilot (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A pilot, despite being advised not to, bonds with a princess when he is tasked with escorting the royal subject overseas and across enemy territory to reunite her with her future husband.

Director: Jun Shishido | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Seika Taketomi, Katsumi Chô, Mitsuaki Hoshino

Votes: 812

27. Texhnolyze (2003– )

TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

In a man-made underground society, descendants of a banished generation vie for control of the crumbling city of Lux. Ichise, an orphan turned prize fighter, loses a leg and an arm to ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Forest, Justin Gross, Satoshi Haga, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 2,094

28. Wolf's Rain (2003–2004)

TV-14 | 701 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Animation

In a post-apocalyptic future where humans live in domed cities surrounded by wasteland, wolves are assumed to be two hundred years extinct.

Stars: Darren Pleavin, Kenta Miyake, Akio Suyama, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 6,767

29. Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor (2007–2010)

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

In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is ... See full summary »

Stars: Hidenobu Kiuchi, Matthew Leonhart, Christopher Sabat, Jason Liebrecht

Votes: 10,301

30. Elfen Lied (2004)

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

Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality.

Stars: Sanae Kobayashi, Chihiro Suzuki, Mamiko Noto, Adam Conlon

Votes: 27,322

31. Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)

Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Horror

44 Metascore

Saya is a Japanese vampire slayer whose next mission is in a high school on a US military base in 1960s Japan, where she poses as a student. She uses a katana/samurai sword to kill vampires.

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo | Stars: Yûki Kudô, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa, Rebecca Forstadt

Votes: 11,490

32. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)

TV-14 | 624 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: 40,866



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