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1. Sailor Moon (1995–2000)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The magical action-adventures of a teenage girl who learns of her destiny as the legendary warrior Sailor Moon and must band together with the other Sailor Scouts to defend the Earth and Galaxy.

Stars: Susan Roman, Jill Frappier, Katie Griffin, Ron Rubin

Votes: 10,815

2. Nekojiru Gekijou (1999)

36 min | Animation

A story of Nyaka and Nyatta based on the comics by the late Nekojiru. Contains 23 animated shorts aired TV Asahi Network's show "Bokusho Mondai Boss Chara Ou." and 4 unaired episodes.

Votes: 8

3. Oruchuban Ebichu (1999– )

9 min | Animation, Comedy

Ebichu is a cute little housekeeping hamster who sometimes gets carried away trying to please her selfish and sad master who only thinks of her as a ten-dollar rat.

Stars: Michio Iwata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Tomokazu Seki, Michie Tomizawa

Votes: 227

4. Urusei yatsura (1981–1986)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

The series begins when aliens from the planet Oniboshi invade Earth. They agree to leave only if Earth's champion can defeat the Oni champion in a game of tag within a ten-day time limit. ... See full summary »

Stars: Fumi Hirano, Toshio Furukawa, Saeko Shimazu, Akira Kamiya

Votes: 756

5. Ranma ½ (1989)

30 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

A girl is involuntarily engaged to a boy who turns female when hit with cold water and male when hit with hot.

Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Megumi Hayashibara, Noriko Hidaka, Sarah Strange

Votes: 4,200

6. Kodocha (1996–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

The story of super hyper child star Sana Kurata. Her mother is an award winning writer who has strange hairstyles and hats in which lives the family pet, Maro-chan the squirrel. Her manager... See full summary »

Stars: Tomoko Hikita, Shizue Oda, Tatsuya Nakazaki, Laura Bailey

Votes: 391

7. Maison Ikkoku (1986–1988)

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

The misadventures of a young student and his landlady's romance.

Stars: Kazuyo Aoki, Shigeru Chiba, Issei Futamata, Ron Halder

Votes: 808

8. 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: 465

9. 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: 77,286

10. Inuyasha (2000–2004)

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

A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half demon recover the shards of a jewel of great power.

Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Darren Pleavin, Satsuki Yukino

Votes: 13,233

11. Cardcaptor Sakura (1998–2000)

TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Sakura stumbled upon the book of Clow Cards in a library. Accidentally setting the magical cards loose, it's now up to Sakura to catch them all with her best friend Tomoyo, and Kerberos, the guardian of the cards.

Stars: Sakura Tange, Andrea Kwan, Junko Iwao, Aya Hisakawa

Votes: 3,700

12. Magic User's Club! (1996– )

60 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

An alien flying object known only as The Bell enters Earth's orbit. It annihilates those that provoke it, but otherwise just flies around. A Japanese high-schooler, president of the local magic club, decides to put an end to it.

Stars: Hiroko Konishi, Mayumi Izuka, Junko Iwao, Masaya Onosaka

Votes: 181

13. Cutie Honey (1973–1974)

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Honey Kisaragi is Professor Takeshi Kisaragi's daughter. She studies at a religious school from which she likes to escape frequently. Her father orders her to come home one day through a ... See full summary »

Stars: Eiko Masuyama, Kazuko Sawada, Katsuji Mori, Kôsei Tomita

Votes: 121

14. Gunsmith Cats (1995 Video)

Unrated | 70 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Two gun store owners/bounty hunters are forced to get involved in a gun running case that gets them targeted by a ruthless assassin.

Director: Takeshi Mori | Stars: Amanda Winn Lee, Michiko Neya, Kimberly Yates, Kae Araki

Votes: 623

15. Magical Angel Creamy Mami (1983–1984)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Yuu Morisawa, an ordinary schoolgirl, leads a double life as the magical singer Creamy Mami.

Stars: Takako Ôta, Yû Mizushima, Kaneta Kimotsuki, Yûko Mita

Votes: 174

16. Legendary Idol Eriko (1989– )

24 min

Erika is the daughter of a record and media company. Things turn a rye and an on off rivalry begins as Erika tries to deal with becoming an idol herself and learning how to deal with other ... See full summary »

Stars: Eriko Tamura, Akiko Yajima, Ai Satô, Hiroyuki Shibamoto

Votes: 22

17. Kimagure Orange Road (1987– )

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Kyousuke Kasuga is a completely normal Japanese high school student, with two very big problems. The first is his complete and utter inability to choose between two girls, the bright, ... See full summary »

Stars: Tôru Furuya, Eriko Hara, Hiromi Tsuru, Chieko Honda

Votes: 673

18. 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: 39,839

19. 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: 1,941

20. 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: 9,580

21. Macross Plus (1994– )

Not Rated | 115 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

Two old friends/rivals find themselves rival test pilots in competing projects while a mutual old flame returns to them with her own secrets.

Stars: Beau Billingslea, Bryan Cranston, Richard Epcar, Rica Fukami

Votes: 3,264

23. The Curse of Kazuo Umezu (1990 Video)

43 min | Animation, Short, Horror

Two stories about teen-aged girls who encounter supernatural horrors.

Director: Naoko Omi | Stars: Ikuya Sawaki, Shinobu Adachi, Narumi Aoki, Osamu Hosoi

Votes: 108

24. Midori (1992)

56 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

A little orphaned girl joins a freak-show circus troupe whose members rape and abuse her. She then finds a glimmer of hope in the enigmatic magician who joins the group.

Director: Hiroshi Harada | Stars: Minako Naka, Norihiko Morishita, Keinosuke Okamoto, Kazuyoshi Hayashi

Votes: 1,235

25. Cat Soup (2001)

34 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul.

Director: Tatsuo Satô

Votes: 4,270

26. 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: 2,219

28. Hime-chan's Ribbon (1992– )

24 min | Animation

A series about a tomboyish junior high school student that is given a magic ribbon that she is to keep for one year, allowing her to temporarily transform into anyone she wishes.

Stars: Takeshi Aono, Yû Daiki, Mika Doi, Katsuyo Endou

Votes: 170

29. Ghost Sweeper Mikami (1993–1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Action, Comedy

The adventures of a group of exorcists for hire.

Stars: Jeanine Bartel, Sharon Becker, Wayne Grayson, Matthew Harrington

Votes: 113

30. Marmalade Boy (1994– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Two sets of parents divorce and marry each other, while their children Miki and Yuu are caught in the middle and start falling for each other.

Stars: John DeMita, Wendee Lee, Michelle Ruff, Michael Lindsay

Votes: 370

31. Magic Knight Rayearth (1994–1995)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When the princess of a land ruled by the power of one's will is kidnapped by a traitorous priest, she summons three young girls from Japan to potentially fulfill the legends of the Magic ... See full summary »

Stars: Mona Marshall, Mari Devon, Sandy Fox, Bridget Hoffman

Votes: 685

32. Tokyo Mew Mew (2002–2003)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

One day while on her first date 11-year old Ichigo, became a super hero. After a mysterious earth quake, she was giving Animal Geens, and became part of the Mew Squad. Together they fight evil aliens, and protect the world.

Stars: Veronica Taylor, Saki Nakajima, Megumi Ogata, Kôichi Tôchika

Votes: 816

33. Boys Over Flowers (1996–1997)

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

A hard-working middle-class student at a prestigious school finds herself involved in the lives of four infamous bullies.

Stars: Maki Mochida, Naoki Miyashita, Michael Adamthwaite, Kelly Sheridan

Votes: 229

34. Magical Stage Fancy Lala (1998– )

24 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Miho Shinohara is an imaginative elementary school girl that dreams of becoming a manga artist one day. However, one day a twist of fate throws her for a loop when a mysterious stranger ... See full summary »

Stars: Candice Moore, Victor Atelevich, Reiko Oimori, Shinobu Adachi

Votes: 43

35. Ghost Stories (2000– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

A group of school kids and a cat who fight ghosts.

Stars: Takako Honda, Kurumi Mamiya, Tomoko Kawakami, Makoto Tsumura

Votes: 674

36. Super GALS! (2001–2010)

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

Ran Kotobuki is the self-proclaimed world's greatest gal. She lives to shop, eat, and have as much fun as possible, because Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. In the midst of all of her goofing off... See full summary »

Stars: Megumi Toyoguchi, Haruna Ikezawa, Oma Ichimura, Hiroshi Kamiya

Votes: 85

37. Comic Party (2001– )

Not Rated | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Kazuki Sendou, a high school student, is drawn by his megalomaniac friend Taishi into the strange world of fan comic conventions and cosplay (costume play), as well as the various types ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Timoney, Takayuki Arai, Sumie Baba, Jessica Calvello

Votes: 69

38. Moon Phase (2004–2006)

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

A magazine photographer Kohei Morioka, is on an assignment in Germany. When Kohei enters a dark German castle, he encounters a young vampire girl named Hazuki. Hazuki tried to turn Kohei ... See full summary »

Stars: Chiwa Saitô, Hiroshi Kamiya, Monica Rial, Jason Liebrecht

Votes: 208

39. Rumik World: Mermaid Forest (1991 Video)

55 min | Animation, Horror

There is a legend in Japan that if one eats the flesh of a mermaid, one will become immortal. This anime recounts the story of Yuhta and Mana, an immortal boy and girl, and their ... See full summary »

Director: Takaya Mizutani | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Michael McGhee, Minami Takayama, Annemarie Lawless

Votes: 188

40. Smash Hit! (2004– )

13 min | Animation, Comedy

Mitsuki Ikuta a TV producer and 25 year old virgin has a dream of working on serious crime dramas but is appointed to work on the Cosprayers show.

Stars: Mamiko Noto, Miyu Matsuki, Sanae Kobayashi, Sayaka Ôhara

Votes: 7

41. Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch (2003–2004)

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Lucia Nanami, the mermaid princess of the North Pacific Ocean, sets out to land to find the boy she saved from a tsunami wave seven years ago. She cannot tell him that she is a mermaid, and she must also fight off water demons.

Stars: Daisuke Kishio, Asumi Nakata, Hitomi Terakado, Miyako Ito

Votes: 191

42. 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: 27,072

43. Peach Girl (2005– )

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

Momo, a high school student, is torn between two love interests, each of whom possess great qualities.

Stars: Orion Pitts, Jamie Marchi, Maeghan Albach, Troy Baker

Votes: 286

44. Sugar Sugar Rune (2005–2006)

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Chocolate and Vanilla are two best friends since they were born, they live in a magical place not on earth. When Vanilla's mother, the queen, is about to give her throne to Vanilla, Vanilla... See full summary »

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, Juri Ihata, Marika Matsumoto, Chisa Yokoyama

Votes: 60

45. Paradise Kiss (2005– )

Not Rated | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Top high-school student seeks some purpose in life. A group of fashion design students ask her to be the front model for their clothing label "Paradise Kiss". Although she finds them weird, she accepts and soon blossoms as a person.

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Sam Carr, Mari Devon, Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Votes: 1,192

46. Nana (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Two ostensibly opposite women, both named Nana, become roommates in Tokyo and grow inseparable. However, their relationship is jeopardized as the harsh realities of adult life take shape.

Stars: Romi Pak, Kaori, Brian Drummond, Toshiyuki Morikawa

Votes: 2,222

47. Welcome to the NHK! (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, Greg Ayres

Votes: 4,886

48. The Rose of Versailles (1979–1980)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

The story of Lady Oscar, a female military commander who served during the time of the French Revolution.

Stars: Reiko Tajima, Tarô Shigaki, Hisashi Katsuda, Nachi Nozawa

Votes: 1,459



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