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Includes some anime I've dropped, but overall I try to only include anime that I feel I can give a "fair" rating. Reasons are a work in progress.
1 Spirited Away
Spirited Away

Every time I go back to watch it I love it more, and I've seen it at least 10 times.

2 Kimi no Na wa.
Kimi no Na wa.

Makoto Shinkai's masterwork that combines the best of his entire repertoire. It lives up to the hype.

3 Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop

Everything you could ever want in an anime from science fiction to comedy to drama. Something for everyone to enjoy.

4 Clannad After Story
Clannad After Story

Haters gonna hate the ending, but this is an anime that reflects my life values while providing incredible entertainment in all aspects of its production.

5 Steins;Gate

Amazing characters and a rivetting story. Some of my favorite character designs of all time from any work of fiction.

6 Steins;Gate The Movie
Steins;Gate The Movie

See above.

7 Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies

A heartbreaking tragedy that you can only watch every so often because otherwise its just plain depressing.

8 The Anthem of the Heart
The Anthem of the Heart

Slice of life at its finest, showcasing some of the best character animation ever and music that pulls at your heartstrings.

9 The Wind Rises
The Wind Rises

Miyazaki's swan song (until he unretires again) that showcases the real life of an engineer and manages to make it one of the most entertaing movies of the decade.

10 Wolf Children
Wolf Children

Another values oriented movie that shows the strength of single motherhood and the struggles of finding where you belong.

11 Monogatari Series: Second Season
Monogatari Series: Second Season

The best arcs in the Monogatari franchise that feature one of the best villains in anime.

12 Toradora!

The anime that almost killed the slice of life genre because no anime could live up to its standards.

13 Sakamichi no Apollon
Sakamichi no Apollon

Yoko Kano of Cowboy BeBop fame returns to her jazz roots with the music of this coming of age story. Easily the best music anime of all time.

14 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The best adaptation of the best story from the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise. Don't worry that there's no sequel to this movie; you didn't miss much.

15 Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist

A classic that's been overshadowed by the more recent 'Brotherhood' adaptation, but still excellent in its own right.

16 Durarara!!x2 Shou
Durarara!!x2 Shou

A character anime that cannot be described in a few sentences without failing to do it justice. Just watch it.

17 Durarara!!

See above.

18 Your lie in April
Your lie in April

An anime that personally spoke to me as a classical musician while delivering some of the best animated music performance scenes of all time.

19 Welcome to the NHK!
Welcome to the NHK!

One of the definitive works on otaku culture and hikikomori that also manages to entertain with great characters and story.

20 Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari

The deconstructive magical girl franchise flows better as a series of movies rather than a television series. The third movie, which features a new original story, isn't included in this.

21 Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari

See above.

22 The Boy and the Beast
The Boy and the Beast

Could have been as good as Wolf Children had it not been for the insane ending.

23 Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu
Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu

It finally came out and it's completely worth it. Can't wait for the other parts.

24 Hanamonogatari

The Monogatari franchise's character development is unparalleled in that they made Kanbaru one of my all time favorite characters.

25 Whisper of the Heart
Whisper of the Heart

Possibly the most underrated Studio Ghibli movie of all time.

26 Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Destroyed any chance of a played straight magical girl anime ever being made.

27 Voices of a Distant Star
Voices of a Distant Star

The best thing anyone's ever made on a Mac by themselves.

28 5 Centimeters per Second
5 Centimeters per Second

Just the first part would be in contention for the best movie ever. The other two parts dragged it down quite a bit.

29 When Marnie Was There
When Marnie Was There

One of Studio Ghibli's more underrated works, it's another coming of age story with great character designs and simple animation.

30 Aria the Avvenire
Aria the Avvenire

The Aria anime we deserved, but didn't receive enough of.

31 Kino's Journey
Kino's Journey

The Little Prince with guns.

32 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The anime that every anime fan tells you that you need to watch because you actually need to watch it.

33 Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura

The first anime I ever saw subbed so it holds a special place in my heart.

34 Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain

After rewatching 3 times I think I finally understand the story.

35 Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

This will almost certainly make you cry.

36 Bakemonogatari

I would love to say why I love Bakemonogatari [Black Frame]

37 Spice and Wolf
Spice and Wolf

Medieval economics made interetsting with one of my all time favorite characters. Watch subbed or dubbed.

38 Gedo Senki
Gedo Senki

I think as long as you don't read the book you'll enjoy this movie.

39 The Garden of Words
The Garden of Words

Makoto Shinkai's best attempt at writing a decent ending.

40 Millennium Actress
Millennium Actress

The most accessable and entertaining of Satoshi Kon's anime. It showcases his unique style without getting lost in its own pretentiousness.

41 Children Who Chase Lost Voices
Children Who Chase Lost Voices

Makoto Shinkai trying to be Hayao Miyazaki and failing but not as badly as most people think.

42 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 2nd A's
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 2nd A's

The movie adaptation of the best arc of Nanoha which flows much better than the TV version and has better production value.

43 Nichijou

My absolute favorite 'purely comedic' anime.

44 Aria the Origination
Aria the Origination

The seasons of Aria got progressively better and the ending was incredibly satisfying.

45 Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate


46 Outlaw Star
Outlaw Star

In some ways the poor man's Cowboy BeBop in other ways its own unique take on the space western.

47 Princess Tutu
Princess Tutu


48 Angel Beats!
Angel Beats!

Rather than a rip off of certain tropes, I like to think of this anime as a tribute to the 2000s in anime.

49 Paprika

Basically Inception

50 Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei
Kara no Kyoukai Movie 1: Fukan Fuukei

ufotable's first big break before gracing the world with more Fate/Stay night adaptations.

51 Usagi Drop
Usagi Drop

Just glad they didn't adapt it to the end.

52 Shelter


53 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Miyazaki's (first) love letter to the environment.

54 Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki's Delivery Service

Amazingly still holds up by today's animation standards


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