Classic Anime I've Seen

by nickkartha | created - 03 Jul 2015 | updated - 05 Jul 2015 | Public

A list of some memorable anime, I've seen growing up as a child.

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1. Pokémon (1997– )

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

Follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master.

Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Ikue Ôtani

Votes: 34,292

Pokemon was something special to me. Ash's quest to be the best like no one ever was taught me some great life lessons on friendship, leadership and mastery. The fact that this show still hasn't ended and Ash still is nothing more than a 10 year boy is a beautiful (yet irritating) way of saying that the journey never ends. That's the beauty of trying to master something. There is no final state, only a perpetual struggle to improve :)

2. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

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

After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.

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

Votes: 103,683

DBZ is classic. My introduction to anime and fighter mentality.

3. 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: 3,724

Sure, it's a bit girly but by the second season, this show had me hooked. Proudly, one of the first anime I've seen in my life.

4. The Legend of Snow White (1994– )


This anime based on the Grimm Brothers' most famous fairy tale considerably expands Snow White's story. Enjoy this fairytale fantasy.

Stars: Stefano Albertini, Rosalba Bongiovanni, Sante Calogero, Donatella Fanfani

Votes: 55

It took me a long time to find out that this was an anime. First time, I've seen so much drama.

Spoiler: The evil queen wasn't so evil. Her grandmother was.

5. Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files (1992–1995)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World ... See full summary »

Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Christopher Sabat, Cynthia Cranz

Votes: 10,175

Spirit Gun. Genkei. The tournament. Old but such a great classic. I'd love to watch it again one day.

6. Yakitate!! Japan (2004–2006)

Animation, Comedy

Azuma Kazuma isn't terribly clever, but he's got a good heart and great skill - at baking. Since childhood, he's been on a quest to create the perfect bread to represent Japan ... See full summary »

Stars: Shûhei Sakaguchi, Michael C. Pizzuto, Sakiko Uran, Shô Hayami

Votes: 353

Bread baking has never been more awesomely envisioned. Solar Hands. Solar Gauntlet. The hilarious characters. Time Travel. Real world references. Loved it so much.

7. God, Save Our King! (2004– )

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

After being flushed down a toilet, 15-year-old Yuuri Shibuya is transported to an alternate world called the New Demon Kingdom, and is told that he is to be the new king of the demons. ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Cappelletti, Lara Cody, Joey D'Auria, Mari Devon

Votes: 296

So similar to Narnia, yet so very different. Imagine going into a world, being made their king. Epic! I love it so much. Comrade is my favorite character.

8. Sgt. Frog (2004–2011)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

An alien frog plotting the conquest of Earth is forced to work out of a not-so-typical Japanese household.

Stars: Leah Clark, R. Bruce Elliott, Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh

Votes: 524

Hilarious alien frogs! Such a great set of characters.

9. Hayate, the Combat Butler (2007–2008)

Animation, Action, Comedy

The Yakuza is after Hayate due to his irresponsible parents' huge gambling debt. He runs into an heiress who falls for him and hires him to be her butler/bodyguard.

Stars: Rie Kugimiya, Rie Tanaka, Mikako Takahashi, Norio Wakamoto

Votes: 255

Something so so very humourous. It's mad, it's crazy, it's explosive and crackles in your mouth causing your brain to ka-boom!

10. Please Teacher! (2002– )

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

An alien who becomes a teacher, and a student start a relationship and have to keep it all secret.

Stars: Sôichirô Hoshi, Kikuko Inoue, Ayako Kawasumi, Sayaka Ôhara

Votes: 988

Typical drama about a boy who marries his teacher to safeguard the fact that she's an extraterrestrial.

11. Shin Chan (1992– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Follows the misadventures of a 5 year old kid named Shin Chan. This IMDb entry is for the FUNimation English dub.

Stars: Du-Hui Jiang, Laura Bailey, Akiko Yajima, Colleen Clinkenbeard

Votes: 4,471

English dub : dirty madness with direct references to filth. Hindi dub : madness stupefied and made suitable for children

12. Black Butler (2008–2010)

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

A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family's death and successfully lead their influential toy manufacturing company. The demon takes the form of a loyal butler who's always dressed in black and is required to protect, serve and arrive whenever summoned by his young master Ciel.

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, Daisuke Ono, Brina Palencia, Monica Rial

Votes: 5,576

A show set in gothic Victorian England. Supernatural demonic elements as well a political view of the British Raj.

13. XXXHOLiC (2005– )

TV-PG | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Kimihiro Watanuki, a high-schooler, is troubled by monsters and spirits who are magically attracted to him. However, nobody else can see them but him. One day, Watanuki stumbles into a shop... See full summary »

Stars: Sayaka Ôhara, Jun Fukuyama, Kazuya Nakai, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 1,479

Humorous yet deeply profound look into a dark supernatural world living amongst us.

14. Beelzebub (2011– )

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Comedy

The story follows the strongest juvenile delinquent, Oga Tatsumi, he is a first year in Ishiyama High, the school for delinquents. The story starts as he is telling the story of how he ... See full summary »

Stars: Shizuka Itô, Katsuyuki Konishi, Takahiro Mizushima, Miyuki Sawashiro

Votes: 1,428

Raising the son of the devil while in college. Not to be confused with raising hope.

15. The Tower of DRUAGA:the Aegis of URUK (2008– )

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A demon lord commands his forces from a tower. During the "Summer of Anu", they lose their power and human army invades the tower to end their threat. Adventurers who have heard about a ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenichiro Ohashi, Todd Haberkorn, Risa Hayamizu, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 192

Dungeons and Dragons epically embedded with the backstory of the epic Gilgamesh. Best RPG adaptation ever. Must watch!

16. Tower of Druaga Part 2: The Sword of Uruk (2009– )

PG-13 | 26 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Several months after their original adventure, Jil and his friends must climb the tower once more to find the friends who abandoned them the last time, discover the true secret of the tower and finally finish their adventure proper.

Stars: Todd Haberkorn, Yui Horie, Jamie Marchi, Kenichiro Ohashi

Votes: 120

Things get really interesting while the story builds a more complex outline.

17. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (2006– )

Animation, Comedy

Imagine Yu-Gi-Oh!, condensed into about 5 minutes. That's what this is.

Stars: Martin Billany, Curtis Arnott, Chris Niosi, Anthony Sardinha

Votes: 1,469

Dual personality disorder and card game otaku. This show set me off on buying around a thousand cards from KONAMI ... I bought a set of 8 cards whenever I got money and only one of them would ever be decent. I threw away most of the but still have a buttload left.

18. Hell Girl (2005–2006)

TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

When someone wants revenge, they post about it on a special website at midnight. Then Hell Girl appears to do their bidding.

Stars: Mamiko Noto, Masaya Matsukaze, Takako Honda, Takayuki Sugô

Votes: 1,354

I regret watching this show due to all the negativity but it had me hooked a bit. A gruesome death of your enemy in exchange for your soul. If you watch it, be prepared for a very disturbing dramatic theme.

19. 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: 34,674

An amazing adaptation of an epic visual novel. I'm still to finish it but I highly recommend it. The protagonist's lines in the English dub are highly profound and very poetic. The story is gripping and very educational.

20. Fairy Tail (2009– )

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

Lucy, an aspiring Celestial Wizard, becomes a friend and ally to powerful wizards Natsu, Gray, and Erza, who are part of the (in)famous wizard guild, Fairy Tail.

Stars: Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh, Tia Lynn Ballard, Tetsuya Kakihara

Votes: 17,707

Something that really really hooked me when it started but slowly lost it's charm once it dragged on. Still cool to read the manga though :D

21. Black Jack: The Movie (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Thriller

The adventures of the unlicensed but genius doctor Black Jack, who encounters extraordinary people and phenomena as he attends to unusual medical cases.

Directors: Osamu Dezaki, Fumihiro Yoshimura | Stars: Hiroshi Fujioka, Kirk Thornton, Akio Ôtsuka, Julie Maddalena

Votes: 802

A spectacular medical drama in a time between Doogie Houser and House MD. I remember crying a bit at some episodes. Black Jack's backstory, the fact that little girl is his wife (once was only a tumor in her sister), the deer with the brain in his heart, the bald kid who had a needle pass through his heart and pop out through his finger. Epic Awesomeness!! (This show's real life relationship with Astro Boy has nothing to do with the fact that it is a must watch)

22. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Jack De Sena, Mae Whitman

Votes: 198,105

I consider this anime. Got a problem with that? Well, I love it and everyone who has ever watched it has loved it. Such a great story set in an amazing background.

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