Excellent Completed Animated Series Version 2.0

by longlivesimpsons | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Where the series is not originally in English (my native language), I have watched some of them dubbed and some of them subbed (I watch a lot more stuff dubbed now than I used to). I am open to series from anywhere in the world, but am aware that this list consists overwhelmingly of shows from Japan and to a lesser extent the US (I do watch quite a lot of US cartoon series but on the whole, they tend to have a greater number of episodes/longer total series runtime so there are many excellent US series I have not finished compared to the number of one or two cour anime I have completed) and a number of the ones I watch are also ongoing with new episodes/seasons still being released, so not suitable for a list like this). Also the notes re: violence on a handful of titles in the list are not meant as a negative judgment on the series for featuring the content, just a bit of a help for more sensitive viewers or those with younger children. Finally, these are unranked and I'm not particularly recommending one over the other for the most part - I would prefer an alphabetized list but am not sure how to do this under IMDB's new list system. EDIT: Apparently you can list titles alphabetically when viewing the list not in edit mode, but that's not completely optimal for cases like "Oh!/Ah My Goddess"... ah well. Enjoy!

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1. Adventure Time (2010–2018)

TV-PG | 11 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A 12-year-old boy and his best friend, wise 28-year-old dog with magical powers, go on a series of surreal adventures with each other.

Stars: John DiMaggio, Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny, Hynden Walch

Votes: 70,155

2. Air (2005)

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

Yukito Kunisaki is on a journey, seeking a girl with wings who flies in the sky, as mentioned in a childhood tale. During this journey, he settles down in a small town, trying to make some ... See full summary »

Stars: Daisuke Ono, Tomoko Kawakami, Monica Rial, Luci Christian

Votes: 1,228

5. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011)

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

Five childhood companions reunite when the ghost of their dead friends appears, and demands they grant her final wish.

Stars: Miyu Irino, Ai Kayano, Haruka Tomatsu, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 7,051

6. 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: 207,596

7. Azumanga Daioh (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy

A humorous and highly unpredictable animated series following a group of high school girls and their teachers.

Stars: Tomoko Kaneda, Yuki Matsuoka, Chieko Higuchi, Rie Tanaka

Votes: 2,589

8. Bamboo Blade (2007–2008)

TV-PG | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A school kendo club is in need of talent and participation when the petite and talented Tamaki is drafted. With her understated sense of justice and ample strength, Tamaki becomes an ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Bevins, Chris Burnett, Chris Cason, Luci Christian

Votes: 250

9. Barakamon (2014– )

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

As a punishment for punching a famous calligrapher, young handsome calligrapher Handa Seishu is exiled to a small island. As someone who has never lived outside of a city, Handa has to ... See full summary »

Stars: Daisuke Ono, Suzuko Hara, Nozomi Furuki, Rina Endô

Votes: 2,257

10. Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (2005)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession Tokugawa ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura Bailey, Nana Mizuki, Kôsuke Toriumi, Troy Baker

Votes: 3,424

Very violent, but was definitely worth watching once.

11. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)

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

The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.

Stars: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bob Hastings

Votes: 80,323

12. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.

Directors: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Dan Riba | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Stacy Keach

Votes: 40,245 | Gross: $5.62M

13. Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998 Video)

Unrated | 70 min | Animation, Action, Crime

When Mr. Freeze, desperate to save his dying wife, kidnaps Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) as an involuntary organ donor, Batman and Robin must find her before the operation can begin.

Director: Boyd Kirkland | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Michael Ansara, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 12,547

14. Batman Beyond (1999–2001)

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

Fuelled by remorse and vengeance, a high schooler named Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle) revives the role of Batman. Under supervision of an elderly Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy), he fights crime in a harsh futuristic Gotham.

Stars: Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom, Cree Summer

Votes: 22,735

15. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Crime

The Joker is back with a vengeance, and Gotham's newest Dark Knight needs answers as he stands alone to face Gotham's most infamous Clown Prince of Crime.

Director: Curt Geda | Stars: Will Friedle, Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Angie Harmon

Votes: 22,004

16. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004–2005)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Music

Koyuki meets the guitarist, Ryuske, and discovers a love and talent for music.

Stars: Tomohisa Asô, Greg Ayres, Taliesin Jaffe, Jamie McGonnigal

Votes: 1,974

17. Berserk (1997–1998)

TV-14 | 22 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: Nobutoshi Canna, Marc Diraison, Carrie Keranen, Kevin T. Collins

Votes: 25,650

Disturbing violence, but a masterpiece, even if the first episode and the ending are a bit silly/a letdown. There's good reason why this has such a high IMDB rating.

18. Birdy the Mighty Decode (2008– )

TV-14 | Animation, Action, Comedy

Birdy is an undercover, interstellar federation agent charged with capturing the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy. A famous model by day, Birdy spends her nights hunting deadly alien ... See full summary »

Stars: Luci Christian, Cynthia Cranz, Micah Solusod, Cherami Leigh

Votes: 271

19. 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: 10,599

Very violent and I'm not generally massively keen on stuff that is like that but was definitely worth watching once.

20. Blood+ (2005–2006)

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Adventure

In present day Okinawa, a young amnesiac girl named Saya combats vicious, shape-shifting vampires. Her adoptive family and friends help her track down their source and uncover her past.

Stars: Eri Kitamura, Katsuyuki Konishi, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Akiko Yajima

Votes: 4,132

21. Boogiepop Never Laughs: Boogiepop Phantom (2000– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

A light in the sky, followed by a strange aura and grisly murders. Each character tells their own connection to the event and to a similar murder spree 5 years ago. All of the different ... See full summary »

Stars: Roxanne Beck, Anne Benkovitz, Jessica Calvello, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 763

22. 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: 240

23. El Cazador de la Bruja (2007– )

TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure

The story centers on two female characters: Ellis and Nadi. In the premise, Ellis is a murder suspect and finds herself on the run from an underground society called "Hunters." At some ... See full summary »

Stars: Maxey Whitehead, Trina Nishimura, Kenta Miyake, Bob Carter

Votes: 211

24. Le Chevalier D'Eon (2006– )

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

It's 1742 in Paris, France. Louis XV is still king of France. A woman was found dead in a coffin floating in the Seine River. The brother of the deceased woman is D'Eon, who is determined ... See full summary »

Stars: Blake McMahon, Taylor Hannah, Brandon Hearnsberger, Ernie Manouse

Votes: 315

25. Clannad (2007–2008)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A high school student who cares little about school or others meets a lonely girl who had to repeat a year while all her friends finished high school. He decides to hang out with her and soon meets more friendly students.

Stars: Yûichi Nakamura, David Matranga, Mai Nakahara, Luci Christian

Votes: 6,893

26. Clannad: After Story (2008–2009)

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

A sequel to the recently wrapped anime based on the Key Clannad franchise. After Story is a path that opens in the original visual novel after all the other paths have been opened. Life ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûichi Nakamura, David Matranga, Luci Christian, Mai Nakahara

Votes: 7,682

27. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

TV-14 | 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: 80,658

28. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

115 min | Animation, Action, Crime

61 Metascore

A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

Directors: Shin'ichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura, Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshiyuki Takei | Stars: Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn, Nicholas Guest, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 40,682 | Gross: $1.00M

29. Dai-Guard (1999–2000)

Animation, Action, Comedy

Ten years ago, Japan was attacked by a strange unstoppable creature which was later called a Hedrodyne. It took a great deal of sacrifices and loss of life to stop the creature. A private ... See full summary »

Stars: Joey Hood, Lana Lesley, Steve Metz, Mick D'Arcy

Votes: 57

30. Darker Than Black (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: 10,470

For some reason they have combined the first and second season into one on here even though they are separately released under different titles, but it's the FIRST season that I recommend, not the second one which is called Gemini of the Meteor (I have not seen it as it is generally regarded as being far inferior to the first season of the series).

31. 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: 202,445

32. 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: Monica Rial, Sachiko Kojima, Houko Kuwashima, Fumiko Orikasa

Votes: 696

33. 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: 387

34. Durarara!! (2010)

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

Tired of his mundane life, Mikado Ryugamine decides to move to Ikebukuro, a district in Tokyo, when a friend invites him. With everything from invisible gangs to rumored beings, Ikebukuro is full of connected mysteries where people's pasts intertwine with the present.

Stars: Brian Beacock, Johnny Yong Bosch, Doug Erholtz, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 5,768

Will add or make a note about x2/Season 2 when I have seen it.

35. Eden of the East (2009)

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

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryohei Kimura, Saori Hayami, Leah Clark, Jason Liebrecht

Votes: 3,237

One aspect of this was rather triggering for me so I won't be watching it again but it was an excellent series that I recommend.

36. Eden of the East the Movie I: The King of Eden (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Picking up from where the TV series left off, Saki Morimi is back in the United States, trying to find Akira Takizawa. Meanwhile, other Selecao begin to truly play the game, some taking ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Kamiyama | Stars: Christine M. Auten, Duncan Brannan, John Burgmeier, Leah Clark

Votes: 1,324

37. Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The game is finally coming to a conclusion. The authorities are closing in on Saki and her friends, while the Selecaos' maneuvering start to bring us closer to the truth about Mr. Outside. ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Kamiyama | Stars: Troy Baker, Todd Haberkorn, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Luci Christian

Votes: 1,047

38. Escaflowne (1996)

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

Hitomi is a girl with psychic abilities who gets transported to the magical world of Gaea. She and her friends find themselves under attack from the evil Zaibach empire, and the Guymelf ... See full summary »

Stars: Kirby Morrow, Kelly Sheridan, Brian Drummond, Jocelyne Loewen

Votes: 3,702

39. Eureka Seven (2005–2006)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

14-year-old Renton joins the rebel GekkoState ship, co-pilots the TypeZero with the mysterious Eureka, and unknowingly becomes part of a grand scheme.

Stars: Yûko Sanpei, Keiji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 2,728

40. Fantastic Children (2004–2005)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A girl named Helga is an orphan with her only friend Cheeto by her side. She has this place in her head that she continues to draw dreaming she will get there someday. Meanwhile the children of befort are looking for her.

Votes: 201

41. Fate/Zero (2011–2012)

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

Seven chosen mages and their summoned heroic spirits 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: 8,696

Probably won't watch it again as some aspects of it were a tad repellent IMO but it is a very good series.

42. 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: 14,199

43. Flip Flappers (2016– )

TV-14 | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Cocona is an average middle schooler living with her grandmother. And she who has yet to decide a goal to strive for, soon met a strange girl named Papika who invites her to an organization called Flip Flap.

Stars: Bryson Baugus, Elizabeth Byrd, Clifford Chapin, Luci Christian

Votes: 256

44. Flowers of Evil (2013– )

TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Thriller

Takao worships the class beauty, Nanako, from afar. When he is alone in the classroom one day after school, he notices her bag of gym clothes on the floor. He can't resist picking it up. He... See full summary »

Stars: Yôko Hikasa, Mariya Ise, Patrick Mölleken, Shinichiroh Ueda

Votes: 776

45. Fruits Basket (2001)

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

After her mother's death, Tohru Honda finds herself living with the Sohma family consisting of three cousins: Yuki, the 'prince charming' of their high school, Kyo the hot headed, short ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Vale, Laura Bailey, Yui Horie, Aya Hisakawa

Votes: 4,959

46. Full Metal Panic! (2002– )

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

7.6