Top 30 anime

by owlhawklight | created - 04 May 2016 | updated - 28 Dec 2017 | Public

A collection of my favorite anime. What is shown is the best part of a series, so assume that the rest of the series is listed.This list is subject to change over time.

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1. 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: 1,729

2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2012)

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

Two brothers search for a Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes awry and leaves them in damaged physical forms.

Stars: Iemasa Kayumi, Kent Williams, Muriel Hofmann, Lili Troncale

Votes: 95,657

3. Baccano! (2007–2008)

TV-MA | 384 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades.

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, J. Michael Tatum, Caitlin Glass, Akemi Kanda

Votes: 9,435

4. 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: 16,932

5. GTO (1999– )

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

About Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old ex-gangster member and a virgin. He has one ambition that no one ever expected from him. His solely life purpose is to become the greatest high school teacher ever.

Stars: Steve Blum, Tom Fahn, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Wataru Takagi

Votes: 4,603

6. Bokura no (2007– )

Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

In a summer vacation, a group of 15 children discovered a mysterious man living in a seashore cave, along with his high-tech gadgets. The man claimed to be a game developer creating a video... See full summary »

Stars: Akira Ishida, Ao Takahashi, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Hiroki Touchi

Votes: 313

7. 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: 3,765

8. 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: 1,680

9. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006–2012)

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

After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all powerful empire

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal, Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 42,389

10. Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners, A Study in Murder: Part 1 (2007)

61 min | Animation, Action, Crime

August 1995: Mikiya first meets Shiki in a white kimono during a snowing day. Later on, at the high school freshmen ceremony, Mikiya sees Shiki in the crowd and chases after her, ... See full summary »

Directors: Takuya Nomura, Takuya Nomura | Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Takako Honda, Hiroki Touchi

Votes: 1,271

11. When They Cry (2006– )

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

The story of a group of young friends and the mysterious events that occur in the rural village of Hinamizawa.

Stars: John Snyder, Sôichirô Hoshi, Mai Nakahara, Satsuki Yukino

Votes: 4,083

12. Fate/Zero (2011–2012)

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

Seven chosen magi and their summoned epic heroes fight against each other to try and win the holy grail: a magical device that can grant any wish.

Stars: Ayako Kawasumi, Kari Wahlgren, Sayaka Ôhara, Jôji Nakata

Votes: 8,317

13. Death Note (2006–2007)

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

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 194,993

14. Steins;Gate (2011–2015)

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

After discovering time travel, a university student and his colleagues must use their knowledge of it to stop an evil organization and their diabolical plans.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa, Ashly Burch

Votes: 35,062

15. 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: 4,951

16. 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: 18,370

17. 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: 78,385

18. Kurokami: The Animation (2009– )

23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

n this world, there are three identical looking people in existence who split between them an energy-like force called Terra. This energy can be attributed to the amount of Luck or Life ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura Bailey, Jason Griffith, Julie Ann Taylor, Michael Sinterniklaas

Votes: 179

19. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)

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

The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team.

Stars: Shirô Saitô, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, William Frederick Knight, Richard Epcar

Votes: 16,600

20. 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: 1,309

21. 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: 9,697

22. 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: 10,154

23. Shakugan No Shana: The Movie (2007)

TV-14 | 96 min | Animation

Wielding a blazing sword, Shana's sole purpose is to fight demon-like beings that consume human lives. During a volatile war to stop a foe from devouring every life in Misaki City, Shana ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Watanabe | Stars: Satoshi Hino, Rie Kugimiya, Ayako Kawasumi, Hitomi Nabatame

Votes: 160

24. A Certain Magical Index (2008– )

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

Index is still a fugitive and many powerful Magical organizations and individuals want to take her to use the books in her memory eliminating her in the process. War between those ... See full summary »

Stars: Monica Rial, Caitlin Glass, Christopher Sabat, Alexis Tipton

Votes: 1,233

25. Red Garden (2006– )

TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Horror

Kate, Claire, Rose, and Rachel once explored the streets of New York with the promise of limitless futures unfolding before them. But now, murdered and resurrected as killers, they must ... See full summary »

Stars: Kara Greenberg, Melissa Davis, Brittney Karbowski, Maggie Flecknoe

Votes: 156

26. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)

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

A creature named Kyubey offers Madoka and Sayaka a wish if they agree to become 'magical girls' and fight abstract beings called 'witches'. However, a magical girl named Homura is, for uncertain reasons, determined to stop this agreement.

Stars: Aoi Yûki, Chiwa Saitô, Emiri Kato, Christine Marie Cabanos

Votes: 6,043

27. Negima! (2005– )

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

Negi Springfield is only 10 years old, but he is trying to become a wizard(Magister Magi) but he was sent to Japan for training, despite the protests from his sister. The principal, who was... See full summary »

Stars: Greg Ayres, Luci Christian, Samantha Inoue Harte, Laura Bailey

Votes: 311

28. 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: 6,950

29. Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997)

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

A tomboyish schoolgirl finds herself forced into repeated duels for another girl who has a role in a world revolution.

Stars: Leah Applebaum, Roxanne Beck, Sharon Becker, James Carter Cathcart

Votes: 1,140

30. Mai-HiME (2004–2005)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A group a school girls discover that they have been given the ability to materialize weapons and control robotic beasts called Children to stop an evil organization from their plans of domination. Meanwhile, a darker plot thickens.

Stars: Carol-Anne Day, Caitlynne Medrek, Wendy Morrison, Jordan Schartner

Votes: 714



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