I thought this was fun for my 2010 article, so why not make a 2nd one?
As a note, I'll try to annually add 5 more animes to this list.
Selected Anime Requirements:
•Must be started earlier than or in 2001. It is my belief that anime can only be fairly judged after a large amount of time and 10 years is a fairly standard time frame.
•Must have been considered at least a fair anime the time of production.
•Must be considered an anime that is still considered great in today's standards. This is a fairly loose requirement, but it's more of a quality check than anything else. Art style will NOT be looked at. Everybody has their own opinion on whether cell shading or hand drawn art is better.
2011 inductees (however meaningful that is)
Urusei Yatsura (1981, Series) - Iconic is about the only way to describe this show. Not only is Urusei Yatsura great, but its characters are memorable, and episodes nothing short of highly exciting. If there are any doubts, I can shake them with three letters: L. U. M.
Captain Tsubasa (1983, Series) - The legacy of this series is beyond belief. I honestly was kicking myself after forgetting it last time. A show that has become the media darling of the Japan Football Association and has inspired the career of such players as Alexis Sanchez (22 years old) and Alessandro Del Piero (36) speaks for its timelessness.
Ranma 1/2 (1989, Series) - Maybe I should just say Rumiko Takahashi is a wine salesman...this is the third series out of her five big works that I've put on here. Ranma 1/2, like the others, endears you, and continues to do so, with a great combination of romance, story, and comedy.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995, Series) - I know I've confused a couple people in the last few months by putting this as only an honourable mention. For me, Neon Genesis Evangelion was a great show flooded inside an elite crowd. With the inauguration version over though, there aren't many better options than this show. Still considered probably the most iconic and watched Super Robot show in history even after Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (I'll leave my personal opinion about Gurren Lagann and its popularity out of this) is a testament to the amazing capabilities of this show.
Vandread (2000, Series) - If you want proof that Vandread deserves mention on this list, look at the direction of anime and how well Vandread's characters and jokes fit into modern subcultures of anime, moe phenomenon aside.
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982, Series)
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985, Series)
Maison Ikkoku (1986, Series)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Movie)
Rurouni Kenshin (1996, Series)
Slayers NEXT (1996, Series)
Martian Successor Nadesico (1996, Series)
Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997, Series)
Princess Mononoke (1997, Movie)
Cowboy Bebop (1998, Series)