Anime

by ApolloStarbuck | created - 14 Dec 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

a list of anime I've watched, according to preference. Contains anime-like series as well.

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1. 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: 87,764

2. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 281,820 | Gross: $4.71M

my introduction to the anime world. A must-watch!

3. The Legend of Korra (2012–2014)

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

Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Stars: Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 85,277

A lot more mature than Avatar: The Last Airbender in many ways. Especially the socio-political themes touched upon in the first season. Personally, Korra and her journey is very relateable to me. I love the way they portrayed her struggles, and how she overcame them. It felt very real. And it gave me strength to face my life with courage too, and to stick to my own judgements. I see a lot of hate for Korra compared to Aang, but for me her character development struck deep. This will probably remain in my top animations for a long time.

4. Attack on Titan (2013– )

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

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Yeager vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Stars: Marina Inoue, Yûki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Josh Grelle

Votes: 110,785

This has it all, visuals, suspense, unpredictability, soundtrack...can't find a single place where it lacks...except that it hurts to stan any character XD

5. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 554,959 | Gross: $10.06M

Love-able characters. A great re-watch movie

6. Noragami (2014–2016)

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

A minor god seeking to gain widespread worship teams up with a human girl he saved to gain fame, recognition and at least one shrine dedicated to him.

Stars: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Uchida, Yûki Kaji, Bryn Apprill

Votes: 7,733

The first season is okay-good. But the second...Mind.Blowing. It sets you at the edge of your seat with all those cliffhangers. And that ending. Did NOT see that coming. Just blown away by this epic show!!

7. Your Lie in April (2014–2015)

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

A piano prodigy who lost his ability to play after suffering a traumatic event in his childhood is forced back into the spotlight by an eccentric girl with a secret of her own.

Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Risa Taneda, Ayane Sakura, Ryôta Ôsaka

Votes: 9,105

I can't describe the feels from this show. The cinematography, the dialogues, the music...everything was done so beautifully. There is hope for the world if art like this keeps on being created. :')

8. The Promised Neverland (2019– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A group of the smartest kids at a seemingly perfect orphanage uncover its dark truth when they a break a rule to never leave the orphanage grounds. Once the truth is discovered, they begin to plan an escape to save all of the children.

Stars: Sumire Morohoshi, Maaya Uchida, Mariya Ise, Shinei Ueki

Votes: 2,448

9. The Ancient Magus Bride (2016)

23 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all ... See full summary »

Director: Norihiro Naganuma | Stars: Atsumi Tanezaki, Ryôta Takeuchi, Koki Uchiyama, Aya Endô

Votes: 445

This is purely magical. A very strong impact in just 3 short episodes...love the portrayal of loneliness, of finding solace, and loss.

10. To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)

45 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

Director: Takahiro Ômori | Stars: Koki Uchiyama, Ayane Sakura, Shinpachi Tsuji, Izumi Sawada

Votes: 10,056

This had me in tears. And I'm no pubescent teen. It made me think about all that we lose in life. How we lose our innocence, our childhood, the people we were once close to...and so on

11. Black Butler: Book of Circus (2014– )

TV-MA | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Ciel Phantomhive, the queen's watch dog, is given two tickets to go to a traveling circus for himself and his demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis. His job is to enter the circus and look for ... See full summary »

Stars: Chafûrin, Shunji Fujimura, Jun Fukuyama, Yûko Kaida

Votes: 1,077

12. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 132,224 | Gross: $5.02M

13. 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, Gloria Ansell, Brina Palencia

Votes: 5,362

14. 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: 188,917

Amazing amazing show! It may seem a bit childish at first glance, but the way the characters develop, and their relationships with each other was refreshing to behold. Left me with a "there should be a higher meaning to my life" feeling. Not to mention, who wouldn't want to watch people 'bending' elements ;)

15. Kamisama Kiss (2012– )

TV-PG | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Nanami Momozono's dad skips town, she is then visited by debt collectors and kicked out of her home. So when a man offers her his home, she immediately accepts. The place is a shrine, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Tia Lynn Ballard, Luci Christian, J. Michael Tatum, Josh Grelle

Votes: 1,726

16. Toradora! (2008–2011)

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

Ryuji Takasu lives in a falling down house with his mother, and although being a nice guy is cursed with the evil look of his father causing people to avoid him. Taiga Aisaka is a tiny,self... See full summary »

Stars: Rie Kugimiya, Junji Majima, Yui Horie, Hirofumi Nojima

Votes: 6,635

This is one of those few shows that actually made me cry (the Christmas bit). But generally is very feel good-y. I would definitely recommend it.

17. Record of Grancrest War (2018– )

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the Atlatan continent, demons from another dimension called Chaos invaded which the nobility fought back using Crests, which gave them superhuman powers. However, rather than join forces... See full summary »

Stars: Jeannie Tirado, Brandon Winckler, Akari Kitô, Kentarô Kumagai

Votes: 203

18. Inu x Boku SS (2012– )

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

A socially inept girl, Ririchiyo, seeks seclusion from others to attempt to improve herself and hence moves to a building that is rumoured to house the rich and powerful, when in fact it is... See full summary »

Stars: Takuya Eguchi, Kana Hanazawa, Rina Hidaka, Yôko Hikasa

Votes: 996

19. 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: 181,759

My first anime series...I have to say, if it wasn't for this show I would never have continued on the anime journey. Some really interesting characters and a story-line which made me question myself and our perceptions of right and wrong. I loved the way it made me rethink about who I was supporting at every turn. In a word: genius.

20. Laughing Under the Clouds (2014– )

Animation, Action, Drama

The story of three brothers who live in a place that is always cloudy because of the curse of a great demon snake that is reborn every 300 years. Tears will be shed and smiles will be shed ... See full summary »

Stars: Terri Doty, Morgan Garrett, Robert McCollum, Dave Trosko

Votes: 138

21. My Little Monster (2012)

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

Shizuku, a hardworking student who isn't interested in socializing, finds an unlikely friend, Haru, an emotionally volatile boy at her school.

Stars: Haruka Tomatsu, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Atsumi Tanezaki, Ryôta Ôsaka

Votes: 2,076

22. Samurai Jack (2001–2017)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

Stars: Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 39,513

Loved the sci-fi dystopia and ancient culture mashup.

23. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi

Votes: 52,145

24. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 127,854

25. Blue Spring Ride (2014– )

122 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Ko Tanaka in middle school. However, its not work because he transferred but in high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets him again.

Stars: Tsubasa Honda, Ai Kayano, Masahiro Higashide, Mikako Komatsu

Votes: 2,408

26. Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (2018– )

Animation, Fantasy, Romance

A young girl with the ability to see ayakashi is sent to another realm to repay her grandfather's debt and marry an ogre.

Stars: Emily Neves, Stephen Fu, Megan Shipman, Christopher Wehkamp

Votes: 259

Expected so much more...

27. Hiiro no Kakera (2012– )

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

Believing she is to live with her grandmother because her parents are transferred abroad, Tamaki Kasuga travels to the town of Kifumura. There, she is told that she is actually to perform ... See full summary »

Stars: Leraldo Anzaldua, Greg Ayres, Shelley Calene-Black, Luci Christian

Votes: 201

28. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 195,363

The Japanese side of the World War. Just two average children...no heroes. Much feels.

29. Ergo Proxy (2006)

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

In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life.

Stars: Kôji Yusa, Akiko Yajima, Rachel Hirschfeld, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 10,725

For all fellow sci-fi fanatics out there. Loved the characters in this series. Except the main female lead. She was slightly annoying. Besides that, loved the alternating fast-paced action and the slower, soul-searching sequences. And Pino. Can't get over the adorable thing <3

30. Devils Line (2018– )

Animation, Action, Crime

Vampires seem to be living among humans. Of course the government does not know of their existence, because their appearance does not differ from humans. They also do not need to drink ... See full summary »

Stars: Luci Christian, Justin Doran, Adam Gibbs, Yui Ishikawa

Votes: 304

31. 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: 1,631

Discontinued series. But the characters and their story arcs are quite interesting, each on their own. Wish they had completed it. Those interested in socio-political themes should watch.

32. Black Butler: Book of Murder (2014)

TV-MA | 116 min | Animation, Crime, Mystery

At party held at Phantomhive Manor is; in secret, a set up by Ciel to gather information on one of his guest for the queen. But when the attended target is murder in the middle of night, ... See full summary »

Director: Noriyuki Abe | Stars: Daisuke Ono, Brina Palencia, Maaya Sakamoto, J. Michael Tatum

Votes: 519

33. The Garden of Words (2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano, Gou Maeda

Votes: 25,320

34. Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 68,053 | Gross: $19.20M

35. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003–2004)

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

When a failed alchemical ritual leaves brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric with severely damaged bodies, they begin searching for the one thing that can save them; the fabled philosopher's stone.

Stars: Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 54,525

36. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

78 Metascore

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 127,425

37. The Ancient Magus' Bride (2017– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

Hatori Chise, 15 years old. Lost, without hope and without family - she sells herself to a non-human mage known as Elias Ainsworth. Hesitant, she starts a new life with him as his new apprentice.

Stars: Atsumi Tanezaki, Josh Grelle, Todd Haberkorn, Jean-Luc Hester

Votes: 1,338

38. Wolf Girl and Black Prince (2014– )

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

About Erika who claims that popular boy, Sata is her boyfriend. She has no choice but to make him her fake boyfriend. Unfortunately,he may look like a sweet person, but he is actually an ultra sadist and treat her like a slave.

Stars: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kanae Itô, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 1,258

39. Black Butler II (2010– )

TV-MA | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

In late-nineteenth century England, one year and three months after the dramatic conclusion of the original series, Kuroshitsuji II introduces a new butler and young master. The sadistic ... See full summary »

Stars: Terri Doty, J. Michael Tatum, Jason Douglas, Brina Palencia

Votes: 1,459

40. Paprika (2006)

R | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya

Votes: 60,756 | Gross: $0.88M

41. 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: 9,162

42. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 237,838

43. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 293,085 | Gross: $2.38M

44. Ayashi no Ceres (2000– )

TV-MA | 21 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Now, in modern day time, Aya Mikage is a descendent of Ceres, and has quite an amount of tennyo blood.

Stars: Victor Atelevich, Matthew Erickson, C. Adam Leigh, Tommy Campbell

Votes: 387

45. Maid Sama! (2010– )

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

The tyrant student council president, Ayuzawa Misaki secretly working as a waitress in a french maid uniform for part-time. One day, the most popular boy Usui Takumi discover her secret and start to have interest in her.

Stars: David Matranga, Monica Rial, Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto

Votes: 3,501

46. Say "I Love You" (2012– )

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

Mei is a quiet girl, who has had no boyfriend and couldn't even make friends in 16 years. One day she accidentally injures Yamato, the most popular boy in school, and for some reason Yamato takes interest in her.

Stars: Ai Kayano, Takahiro Sakurai, Caitlynn French, Nobunaga Shimazaki

Votes: 1,727

47. S.A: Supesharu ê (2008– )

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

Her whole life, Hikari Hanazono has been consumed with the desire to win against her school rival in S.A class, Kei Takishima at anything. However, Kei's feelings towards Hikari are different.

Stars: Yûko Gotô, Jun Fukuyama, Hitomi Nabatame, Hiro Shimono

Votes: 422

48. Masamune-kun's Revenge (2017– )

TV-13 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him "Piggy" due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge ... See full summary »

Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Inori Minase, Ayaka Ohashi, Azusa Tadokoro

Votes: 791