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The Best Technically Done Anime

These are anime that were made without any major flaws or adhered closest to the classical rules of film making and story telling. These technical landmarks include: camerawork; story composition and structure rules; character development; story consistency; voice work; art quality that is consistent and fits to the story and style; sound effects; music; nature of villains and heroes; use of foreshadowing; shadow and light; setting; originality or at least freshness to something old if not; logic and realism that sticks by real world rules or if not by the rules established by the anime.
1 Saga of Tanya the Evil

Saga of Tanya the Evil

Snow White with the Red Hair might surprass Tanya on some of the technical points but it is not as original or fresh.  Even the title suggests that to some degree and the style is a reflection of Disney-esque princess and prince movies.  Tanya out paces Snow White for appeal, originality, and range of genre interests which means it might actually appeal to a slightly wider audience.  

2 Snow White with the Red Hair

Snow White with the Red Hair

The first season is a unique technical master piece of a fantasy fairy tail that few anime anywhere can even approach it's standards.  It is a nearly perfect exectution of animation techniques and story structure.  It may not appeal to just any viewer subject and genre wise but almost any one of any age can watch it.

3 your name.

your name.

Your Name is not only the single best anime movie of the year and probably in many years, but it is a near pitch perfect delivery of content and technical workmanship.  It is more original than most on this list including probably the top two but it is more of a niche genre/appeal than they are too and though the story itself is fairly original, the concept is not and falls behind the others on this list.  Still, it deserves a top spot.

4 Birdy the Mighty: Decode

Birdy the Mighty: Decode

The quality is high enough that it could easily be taken as a gold standard for what finished anime should look like.  Albeit the quality is a bit above average so it might be to high a standard.  At any rate, the polish done here is so refined you might take it for granted and expect all anime and even regular tv shows to be capable of reaching it as if it were an obvious level of quality to achieve.  The precision, detail, and artwork are so crisp you’d almost think you were watching real actors.  Sure, it’s easy to miss the level of dedication and craftsmanship required to make such a show but when you watch it, it can be easily overlooked because your mind might start to think “this is what it should be”, and you wouldn’t be wrong.  The biggest drawback is that it strays from the original material plots a bit more then desired and sadly pushes some of the singular best Antagonists ever imagined aside to virtually side character roles.  Hopefully if new seasons or a new series is ever made the quality will be maintained and we can see even better plots and villains to contend with.

5 Birdy the Mighty: Decode 2

Birdy the Mighty: Decode 2

Season two is more of the same but for a series inspired by Superman, it might be the ultimate acknowledgement and accomplishment that it in turn inspired the reboot Superman movie.  It’s been generally acknowledged and agreed almost the entire battle with reboot Zod came from Birdy season two.  It’s ironic that she’s probably inspired more by the original Superman comics than later editions and modifications of his character and is essentially a true female version of Superman but she also takes a few cues from the great classic superheroes: ROM, Green Lantern, and even I dare say hulk because of how she got her nickname.  She uses tech and ships like ROM; she’s a galactic cop like green lantern; she’s as powerful in most regards as Superman being modeled after him; and she can go emotionally berserk like the hulk.  Don’t knock these sidetracked notes as a not acknowledging the quality.  In fact, I’m saying all this to assert the quality as it was acknowledged in a big budget movie and is one of the best manga takes on classic superhero.

6 Pumpkin Scissors

Pumpkin Scissors

Between the grueling intense psychological drama of war and sharp character development, this show makes few production mistakes common to many an anime.  It maybe a sci-fi fantasy, but it doesn't stray to far from reality either.  There were incidents of foot soldiers facing and fighting tanks and losing wasn't a given.  Soldiers did sometimes experience traumas difficult to recover from and rebuilding after war always had challenges.  The characters have individual personalities and their own strengths and weaknesses in realistic human ways not often seen.  

7 Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero

Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero

Maoyuu is one of the most fascinating and original stories in ages.  Though it suggests the classic good versus evil spin, it's actual execution of it will totally surprise you.  Sadly violance and war are not easily extinguised yet this story does a remarkable job of making you believe it could happen in of course a fantasy world not reality.  The characters are both odd and appealing with gradual development from a fairly hectic start.  If fantasy could live on slice of life and drama, this would be a strong choice while still offering modest glimpses of something more that grow as the story does. 

8 Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Recovery of an MMO Junkie

MMO Junkie masterfully integrates classic comedy level humor with amazingly accurate takes on lonely overworked people in dramatic fashion.  Not only is the understanding and humor so ideally spot on but the art work and emotion displayed equally delivered how high s bar this show set.  High quality anime like this are a lot easier and more fun to watch multiple times sometimes even over genres and shows we like more because honestly if the quality is high, it’s hard not to give it the nod or status or awe it deserves.  This story line and drama is on par with your name easily.  And I’ll confess it was difficult to properly place it on this list where so many anime knocked it out of the park in regards to quality.

9 Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre

Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre

WARNING!!! Watch the first two seasons of Rozen Maiden BEFORE, you watch this or it may either ruin it for you or at the very least severely handicap the appeal and impact.  This is one of the single best ova type flashback anime ever made.  This show made me understand Suigintou much better and throw her from a modest major character bordering on hate to one of my all time favorite anime characters ever and even surprassed Shinku as the best and my favorite character from the series, but you won't have that kind of reaction if you fail to watch the first two seasons first and don't bother with the revamp series it is not connected to this ova.  Ouverture could be one of the best dramatic offerings ever in anime but that only comes taken as a whole with both seasons and this ova together while this is seen last.

10 Snow White with the Red Hair 2nd Season

Snow White with the Red Hair 2nd Season

The second season loses some of it's freshness and at times is a bit more mundane and repetitive but still keeps the high quality and sound story telling going.  It falls behind other great anime for higher slots though.  Just becomes some of it became rathe routine should not lessen how good this show is and how high a level it's technical merits are.

11 Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

The technical quality of this series is nearly unapproachable but despite it's high specs, it conversely severely lacks in novel adaptation and rushes or skips past many sequences.

12 Rozen Maiden

Rozen Maiden

Season one establishes the emotional complex drama among the sisters while season two is almost lost in appeals seemingly to the fanservice black hole.  It sacrifices much of the drama and emotion from season one for action and more war like events among the sisters.  One major character loses some of her credibility emoton and appeal but the show at least attempts to explain that away with kind of an induced amnesia.  Then again she gets some of it back with her acceptance of a human who she starts to identify with.  Season one though is about the family squabble over father's love, especially the two most significant characters, Shinku and Suigintou.

13 Kaze no Stigma

Kaze no Stigma

It's one glaring flaw lies with the back story and how ridiculous and unrealistic it is.  Though one other character does nearly the same thing but to herself in her hatred of Kazuma.  Luckily the show focuses on the present so we do not have to suffer it that much.  Aside from that one bad flaw the rest of the series is a testament to how good quality can be.  It might almost look a bit too mainstream and even appear like a Western animation at times.

14 Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats has good music and a great opening with a fair closing sequence but mostly it is perhaps the most beautitful story I have seen in anime, that is, if you watch the entire series or you won't understand it or why it is beauitiful. Aside from the violence and occasional duldrum sequences between 'missions', it is one of the most emotionally gripping stories.  The depth of back stories and character development is a rare sight even if it only applies to a handful of the main characters. You still get a sense of what the others' stories are.  There is a wonderful kind of ironic twist at the end that you won't realize until the end but you have to read between the lines to know it.

15 Bungo Stray Dogs

Bungo Stray Dogs

It is a blend of fantasy/magic with comedy drama.  The interactions of the two lead agents is a nice tribute to classical comedy teams of the 40s and 50s.  Their timing is nearly perfect.  Some of the characters and their backgrounds maybe harder to deal with or even believe but when you discover the truth of who they are or how they got there, it might be hard to hate them even if they have turned evil.

16 Heavy Object

Heavy Object

Heavy Object might actually have slightly a better comedy duo and better timing.  They are practically tandem when they do their routines.  Melinda gets shoved abit to the background and mostly rides in a chair in a vehical for much of the show, but the anime does attempt to develop her a bit.  Perhaps it just focuses too much on Havia and Qwenthur.  The style of writing and the comic aspects fall a bit more on the intellectual side of the coin.  It is pretty original.  You could almost call it a spin on the classic mecha stories by having a large mechanical thing function more like an oversized tank than a bipedal gladiator. Which isn't a bad idea and it is delivered wonderfully.

17 Supernatural The Animation

Supernatural The Animation

Supernatural is one of the few anime if not only anime I have yet seen that can seprate Japan from non Japanese settings and characters.  It is really about the only time I have seen an anime that is totally foreign based from the norm I always see.  I like it when a story fits its setting so well without trying to interject things that either do not make sense or just do not belong just to make someone feel better or to drown in a fanservice cesspool.

18 Rozen Maiden: Träumend

Rozen Maiden: Träumend

Season two focuses more on battle and lets the sense of the family feud fade a bit.  The new main antagonists nearly do not feel like they belong or came late to the game.  They kind of fit though after the story develops but not perfectly.  Second seasons' story is simply not as good, or intimate, real, or dramatical complex as the first season.  It still completes the whole picture and doesn't stray too far from the formula that worked before.

19 Tokko


Tokko is a bit on the hectic timing progress as things in the story move a little fast.  It is a short single season but things fit better in it than most anime and it comes closer to achieving technical zen than other anime.  One of the other few demerits might be the confusing event just before the ending with the main male and female lead characters.  I can not really say what though without spoiling it.  It's story progresses about like a horror movie with some surprises.  It is one of the better anime for sure but it's short one season and the other two points above make it far from quite perfect.


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