Halex's avatar


  • USA
  • Joined Aug 18, 2013
  • ? / M

Best Animes From 2006

This was an excellent year for anime, with a greater diversity of themes and the birth of many classics. I only included the animes I have watched from over these years. I'm not including Sequels when quality declines or when the story started in previous years. I am including Sequels where it makes sense to keep watching, in order to complete the story.
1 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass - Watching Guide

This is a very intelligent series which uses strategy and tactics as its main weapons to drive the story. With themes of revolution, freedom, what is just, believing in your own skills and taking responsibility for your actions.

To call this a Mecha Anime is not quite accurate, as they are presented just as tools of war. Certainly, what attracts people to this anime are the plot twists, well-placed cliffhangers, moral predicaments and battles that constantly test your wits. To call it a masterpiece is not an exaggeration as time has kept it popular and the favorite of many people for a long time now.

"Of every show I've watched, Code Geass seemed to capture me into its environment more than any other. It's excellent use of music, great animation and character designs, and attention to detail made the whole experience feel very real. Though some characters are quite annoying, I think it is definitely worth watching for anyone who enjoys an action-packed, psychological journey." -DjGopher

The dub is great.

2 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Continuation of the story, even better than the first part!

3 Code Geass Movie: Lelouch of the Re;surrection

Code Geass Movie: Lelouch of the Re;surrection

Code Geass - Watching Guide


I'm of two minds for this movie, I think it is ok, but just slightly better than average and not on par with the rest of the series, yet I still think that most fans of the show will want to see it regardless.

You should know that this is a continuation of the compilation movie's story and not of the TV Series. I definitely recommend you watch the series over the movies as that is the better story. For the compilation, they remove a lot of good stuff and that made some changes to the story, most notably, a secondary character which has one of the most memorable deaths in the TV Series still survives on the movies, and was added here in such a minor role that might as well they should just have skipped the character, as is mostly irrelevant in the new story.

They did manage to add a good antagonist for this new sequel, which is why I still think this movie is salvageable, but the plot feels rushed, with some twists just there to move the story forward.

In the end, this is a movie made to capitalize on the name of the franchise and they didn't have the guts to move the story forward, hence it remains average and "just for the fans".

If you are interested in learning the differences between the TV Series & The Compilation Movies you can read them here (just bear in mind that they contain spoilers for everything):

"More than anything else, this is a movie for those who want to see the Code Geass cast again. As long as you have limited expectations and are willing to adapt to the changes in format, presentation and characterization, the movie may reward you with a good time.

If you're not a fan, this will do little for you. If you want everything to be the same as before, results will be mixed..." -GolbeztheGreat

The dub is ok.

4 Death Note

Death Note

This is a masterpiece in the way it draws the line between good and evil. At which point do we go wrong with a noble idea? When our ideals get corrupted? Morality and human nature play a big role in the story, with lots of deceit and intrigue, an intelligent plot and extensive analysis of the ideas, strategy & tactics.

Unfortunately is not without flaws, as you'll see on the second part, but still its way better than lots of anime out there which not even get close to what this anime accomplishes.

Do yourself a favor and don't miss this title. 

The dub is great. 

5 Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Descend into the dark side of the criminal underworld with this dark, brutal and violent anime masterpiece. How do people end up in that world? Why may some people choose to live like that? Are some of the themes of this anime.

'Black Lagoon is an action packed anime that starts off with a sprint and is able to keep up the pace even though each episode brings different elements: some serious, some funny, and some that are dark. The show is consistently badass and it rarely lets up' -Wirusan

'If you haven't watched this anime, I suggest dropping everything you've got currently going on in life, to spend the time to sit and enjoy this show.' -justiceretrohunter

The dub is awesome!

6 Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

Continuation of the story, much, much darker.

7 Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail

Continuation of the story.

8 D.Gray-man


D.Gray-Man - Watching Guide

This is an excellent anime with an original setting, with themes of overcoming tragedy and finding your identity. And despite all the bad things that happen to the protagonists, it still has a good balance of humor. Character development is great and their designs are awesome, with a gothic style reminiscent of Tim Burton's Style.

As with many long animes, it starts very slowly, with most of the filler episodes concentrated at the beginning, making it feel episodic, so you can use a filler list to watch the real story with better pacing if you don't find them engaging. However, I'll have to say that in this show, the fillers have good quality and help develop the story, the characters, and their world further, so skip them only if you are getting bored. Keep in mind that when the main story finally kicks in around episode 51 and it will keep getting better and better with non-stop action.

The dub is great.

9 D.Gray-man Hallow

D.Gray-man Hallow

Continuation of the story.

10 Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

This is a great story that deals with existentialism, what it means to be human, to be alive and our purpose in life. At some points is similar to Kino's Journeywhere they are cities that are like a world within themselves, each with its own philosophy of life.

It's a little hard to understand the story on the first watch. A lot of the dialog only makes sense when you start to understand what's going on. This happens because you are thrown into a world you know nothing about. The dialog makes a lot of sense for people who live in that world and it will make sense to you once you learn about it.

I definitely recommend this for people that like philosophy and stories with a deeper meaning. If you still have questions after you watch, you can read this guide, which explains the whole thing very well. But don't read before if you want to avoid spoilers: http://cureclover.livejournal.com/759.html

The dub is very good.

11 Gintama


This is one of the best comedy shows out there with a good amount of action and drama in between. The animation style is awesome, especially for a comedy show. Also, this show constantly breaks the rules of traditional storytelling and even mocks itself, which keeps it fresh and innovative at all times.

'If I could give Gintama a score above 10 I would. I know a lot of others would disagree with me but this show was so enjoyable to watch that there are times that it's the only thing that I want to do is to watch it. Some might say that the lack of seriousness in the show takes something from it but this show is smart enough to mix it up and add some seriousness when needed. That aspect is what makes this show so watchable. It's smart, witty, hilariously funny, but also serious and sometimes sad. It's got everything you need in a show, so why watch anything else?' -cinnabarhat74

  • 'Many 'episodes' last 2-3 actual episodes long which are essentially mini-stories which is what is heavily used throughout. Other than that expect something random that has no relation to the previous episode. It does consistently maintain most of the characters throughout, along with some extra characters we see on and off.
  • A key important note, if credits roll it does not mean the episode is over. Be careful as this is done quite a bit. Always check the time left before moving on.'


I must stress that, even though the show is easy to follow, in order to understand most of the jokes, one must be familiar with older animes, manga and the Japanese culture, otherwise some of the jokes may pass you by. However, many subs do a great job of adding notes for you to follow, although this constantly forces you to stop and read those notes in the middle of the story. Even so, this is a must watch and you should try at least 10-15 episodes before you decide to drop or keep going.

12 When They Cry: Higurashi

When They Cry: Higurashi

This is a 'slice of life / mystery-horror' and contains a fair amount of gore & violence involving kids, so it's not for everybody, but those daring enough to go past the first 12 seconds of episode 1, will be rewarded with a unique style of storytelling that slowly gives you more information so you can figure out what's going on, keeping an interesting plotline even if is frustrating at times, lol.

'As I generally make a point to avoid anything that possesses senseless slaughter with a ten-foot poll, I was quite surprised when I found myself drawn in to a show that appeared to have such elements. To my elation, however, Higurashi quickly turned out to be anything but senseless, and actually relies on an intellectually involving storyline rather than flying limbs for its appeal.  While there is an undeniable plethora of violence and gore, it tends to be a product of the story and not so much a focus, perhaps shifting its appeal to an older, more mature demographic who doesn't usually find gore to be a favorite pastime.

That said, it's important to know that the anime follows an unusual pattern of storytelling and doesn't really make such information privy to the viewer at first glance...' -Sheex

Just keep watching, eventually, you'll understand what's going on.

The dub is ok.

13 When They Cry: Kai

When They Cry: Kai

Continuation of the story and finally getting some answers to what a heck is going on!

The sequel Rei, OVAs, and spinoffs are not good at all, just filler material.

The sequels Gou & Sotsu are both a sequel and restart of the franchise, meaning that although they are a sequel, they basically repeat the same story again and again (taking advantage of the setting for that). So although they show what happens in some timelines that were not shown before, the differences are not that great to merit the watch. They also fully disclose how everything began, the meaning of the title "When They Cry", and who the main antagonist is; but the answer is so stupid and dull that I rather recommend you stop watching at Kai and just forget the sequels exist.

This anime deserves a Dub!

14 Fate/stay night

Fate/stay night

Fate/Series Watching Guide

The Fate/Series have a simple 'Tournament' setting where they battle each other for a 'prize'. Furthermore, this series incorporates a lot of different ideas that have proven successful time and time again, so it's not very original in that sense. The success of this series is in its execution, that manages to keep you interested as fights repeat with different characters, and these character's personalities and what they stand for play a vital part in the plot to make all of these work.

'Fate/Stay Night is an excellent anime all around; especially if you fully understand the implications of the story and how all the servants relate to their masters. Fate/stay Night kept me watching episode after episode to until the very end; I couldn't stop. I highly recommend that everyone at least give the series a shot.' -starlightknight

Except for Fate/Zero, which is a prequel, all the 'Fate/Stay' series are a retelling of the main story with different events or alternate world, that reuses the same characters and their personalities, but they play a different role and events are different. This is because its based on a game that has 3 different paths to the story. So each of the main anime series depicts one of these paths, using a different girl as the heroine. In this first series from 2006, the main heroine is Saber.

By the way, it's not essential that you watch this series in order to proceed with the rest as they are a retelling, so if you don't enjoy this one you could skip to Fate/Zero and then watch the Unlimited Blade Works version instead.

All other Fate/Spinoffs are utter trash for the most part.

The dub is ok.

15 Fate/Zero


Although this is a prequel to both Fate/stay night (2006) and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014), release order has definitely adjusted the plotline based on what you should know from 2006 and what's to come in 2014 Unlimited Blade Works, so it's better to watch this series in between to don't spoil anything.

This is a more serious fight with pros, not some kids that just happened to be dragged into the war. It is often regarded as the best part of the franchise.

The dub is great!

16 Fate/Zero 2

Fate/Zero 2

Continuation of Fate/Zero story.

17 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Prologue

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Prologue

Although this is not essential, it is a good intro to the Unlimited Blade Works storyline.

18 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

This is a retelling or alternate world, that reuses the same characters and their personalities from the 2006 anime, but they play a different role and events are also different. This is because its based on a game that has 3 different paths to the story. So each of the main anime series depicts one of these paths, using a different girl as the heroine. In this series the main heroine is Rin.

By the way, don't watch the 2010 movie of the same name, as its basically the same story condensed and will spoil everything. This is the better version of the two.

The dub is great!

19 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2

20 The Story of Saiunkoku

The Story of Saiunkoku

In the ever-expanding plethora of themes in anime is still rare to find a story which the main purpose is to impart 'wisdom', conveyed here in a subtle way by the lives of the people from a Feudal Imperial Court (although is a fictional world). I find it interesting to have an insight into the thought process of these people and the many considerations they take into account in all their decisions, strategies, tactics and their political implications. The way they approach a problem and compose themselves is rare these days, but perhaps a better approach. All these are paired with a magnificent soundtrack, evocative of its time.

The story details the hardships of creating change, especially as a woman, the intrigues of imperial politics, and her commitment to better herself and her country.

'Saiunkoku Monogatari is one of those pleasant surprises where you get a lot more than you bargained for; indeed, far from being a fluffy, witless romance, this title offers a rare formula of ‘pink politics' where a girl tries to make it in a man's world as governor of an empire.' -VivisQueen

'Saiunkoku Monogatari is a hidden gem. In terms of the story line I must say it was very well developed. For the length of this season, the story was well paced so that it did not go too slowly for the audience to lose interest and it did not go too fast for the audience to get lost in the plot.  This anime has a little bit of everything.' -delolmo

The dub is good.

21 The Story of Saiunkoku 2nd Series

The Story of Saiunkoku 2nd Series

Continuation of the story.

22 Jyu-Oh-Sei


This is a great anime especially for sci-fi fans with a theme of survival in a strange world, but beyond that, it also makes you think of what separates us humans from beasts, at what point we lose our humanity, and how to keep our humanity through hardship in a violent environment full of deceit. At just 11 episodes it moves the story forward quick enough to keep you interested at all times. 

The dub is ok, not great.

23 Tekkon Kinkreet

Tekkon Kinkreet

This could easily be an anime that you watch for the incredible art, with creative camera angles and movement, extensive detail backgrounds, an interesting color palette and character styles to match the crazy dark mood of the film. But beyond the art style, there is a psychological plot that hides underneath the action & violence as you slowly discover that things are not as they initially seem.

'With all things considered this is truly a top stand alone anime film, or as I've said just as a film in general. It may have its flaws in a slightly jumbled and rushed ending, but as a whole this sits up there with some of my favorite anime films, such as Summer Wards and a plethora of Miyazaki films. With true cinematographer levels of light and dark, a nice soundtrack and a engaging story TekkonKinkreet should be on every anime fans list.' -Rbastid

'This is not a movie with a simple or nonsensical plot that acts as an excuse to show off the artwork (though the scenery and 'costumes' are absolutely incredible). It is a movie that forces you to think a lot harder about what is going on in order to get something meaningful out of it. You might have to watch it more than once before you start to understand the clashing agendas of each character. But the cool thing is, it holds up each time. You can watch this movie over and over and get more out of it instead of less. None of the characters are one-dimensional, and there are a lot of them. ' -Isling

The dub is great!

24 Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

Expanding the Anime themes into the realm of modern social issues who could have thought that this will make for an interesting watch? But with the perfect balance of comedy, reality, and insanity; the story succeeds at bridging the gaps between the familiar and the insane, the innocent and the wicked and the people you want to stay away from with the ones you are compelled to help.

'Almost nothing is better than watching a show that exceeds all of your expectations... What makes the series so excellent is that it manages to work well on not one, or two, but three levels.

  • The first level is the one most people will enjoy the show for: namely, a witty romantic comedy involving quirky characters in unusual situations...
  • The second level is less immediately appealing, but is nonetheless fascinating. Alongside the comedy, NHK provides insightful commentary on Japans many societal problems. By unwittingly finding himself in the middle of some of Japan’s most dysfunctional circles, Satou acts almost as a medium through which the audience can see usually distant and abstracted problems up close in frightening detail. From the internet suicide chat-rooms to the NEET shut-ins, the anime gives faces, motives and reasons to these important and alarming statistics. In the end, in addressing real-life problems in Japan, this is probably the most honest and believable anime out there.
  • Finally, there is a third level that surfaces most near the end. Put simply, NHK is in part a desperate search for meaning in a vast and lonely world...

' -vivafruit

'What makes the story of Welcome to the NHK! so appealing is the fact that it achieves a sense of realism that is often blurred in other anime.  As one begins to sympathize with the human dilemmas these characters must face, it becomes easy to relate to the ups and downs of Sato’s progression.  This emotional roller coaster is split into multiple arcs that drive along with such perfect pacing...' -Hesse

The dub is great and perhaps for the long dialogs spoken very rapidly, it may, in this case, be better than the subs. However, some subs do have notes that explain different concepts that don't get translated in the dub, like Hikikomori for example.

25 Nana


This is an excellent slice of life, that feels very realistic with a good combination of humor, drama and life lessons imparted through the experiences of the characters. It does an excellent job developing how a decision or lack thereof can potentially put your life on a path to happiness or trap you and separate you from the ones you love. There are no real villains in this story, rather everyone is trying to do their best to reach their dreams.

'...While other shoujo series are still mucking about with idealistic conceptions of the One True Love, the feelings of Nana’s characters are much more complex, layered, and believable. Nana is amazing not only for convincing us that its characters love each other, but for convincing us that we know why they love each other.

Yazawa’s writing also reflects a fascinating social awareness that speaks of Japan’s changing society. In the radically different protagonists of Komatsu Nana and Osaki Nana, there is an undercurrent of conflict between the Japanese woman’s traditional dependence and burgeoning independence. While Komatsu seems determined, even destined, to become a housewife, Osaki struggles to forge her own path, even at the expense of love and friendship. Surprisingly, the series does not take sides, but is content to show the inherent limitations of both approaches.' -vivafruit

'The strength of this anime is what viewers can learn from it, especially considering it has a very realistic setting and the relationships are believeable, the concept of love is much like that in real life.' -mahius

Unfortunately, the story does not have a proper ending, due to the author falling ill and placing it on hiatus since then. This is one of the major criticisms of the story and focus of most low scores.

The dub is great.

26 Utawarerumono


This is a surprisingly good anime probably based on the Guin Saga, but set in a medieval Japan Fantasy World. With themes of rebellion against oppression, family ties, living in the present and what defines us in our life. Strategy takes center stage on the plot.

'A strong start with an even stronger centre, Utawarerumono is a show that, despite its forgivable flaws, will charm a lot of fantasy-action fans. While unsuitable for children, there is gore and violence in abundance for viewers wanting a step away from the usual humdrum anime that takes no risks. The ending is strangely satisfying, especially considering the confusing departure from the expected storyline. Twists and turns aplenty make this an excellent show that, for anime fanatics who have not yet had the pleasure, should definitely add to their want to watch list.' -KiraRin

The dub is good.

Unfortunately, the sequel, it's just a lame fan-service ecchi/harem show with slice-of-life and some cameo appearances. It completely misses the mark and seems made for a different audience.

27 History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

This is an awesome anime about bullying and improving yourself to be strong, with great fighting moves that seem pretty realistic. 

The dub is ok.

Unfortunately, The Sequel OVA is not as good, feeling more like a parody of past martial arts animes and using superpowers instead of realistic moves. Furthermore, is incomplete.



This anime suffers from an identity crisis, for starters, the mafia here is portrayed more like 'Justice League of Superheroes' rather than an actual mafia. Then at the beginning of the series starts up with the ridiculous slice of life episodes that quickly get extremely monotonous and boring, but somehow necessary to watch in order to introduce all characters, which in this anime are a lot. Finally, after 70+ episodes, it changes into a glorious shonen anime, full of action that won't stop until the end. This last part is usually what receives the best ratings. Ironically, even filler arcs at the end turn out better than the cannon life episodes!

I strongly recommend you to skip the 'Life' episodes for a better experience:


  • Episodes 1-9,
  • Episodes 19-26
  • Episodes 28-31
  • Episodes 33-65
  • Episodes 74+


  • Episodes 10-18
  • Episode 27
  • Episode 32
  • Episodes 66-73


  • Episode 142 - 153
  • Episode 178 - 189

Source: https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=421361

This anime deserves a Dub!

29 Tokyo Tribe 2

Tokyo Tribe 2

This severely underrated anime is a hidden gem for those who like a little violence on the stories they watch. With a unique art style that perfectly matches the urban mood and rap culture. This anime is about gangs and their confrontations.

This anime deserves a Dub!

30 Tales from Earthsea

Tales from Earthsea

Don't believe the hype, this extremely underrated movie is actually pretty good! Most of the criticism is due to:

  • It departs from the books and they say it's not as good as reading the book, but the same can be said of several movies and when comparing manga to anime. In other words, if you read the book don't watch the movie, but if you won't be reading the books you'll likely to enjoy this film a lot. Is reading Lord of the Rings better than watching the movies?
  • This movie was the first directed by Gorō Miyazaki, the son of Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki, who for whatever reason 'was dissatisfied with the decision, thinking that Gorō lacked the necessary experience'. This may have caused the rejection of Hayao's followers as well, who often said the movie does not feel like a Ghibli's film. I disagree, I think it embodies the feeling and atmosphere of Nausicaä, more than any other Ghibli movie to date.

If you can get past the above criticism, you'll be rewarded with an excellent movie with an interesting plot and a meaningful life lesson.

'Though I know my opinion is not in the majority, I found Gedo Senki to be a masterpiece with very few flaws... I feel that if people are able to set aside the notion that the anime has to follow the book exactly, and/or don't place such high expectations on the movie in general due to rampant Ghibli-fanboyism, that they will see Gedo Senki for what it is: amazing. I found the character development and inner struggles to be compelling, the soundtrack to be emotionally moving and the story to be touching. Overall, a movie that I would be glad to replay time and time again.

Don't listen to the negative hype, go into it with an open mind, and I believe that you too will appreciate the beauty of Gedo Senki.' -sothis

'The critics who have trashed this majestic film are merely failing to come to terms with their own presuppositions. Of course, no one can call this piece flawless. Yet I see in the film a young director’s immense potential, as well as a stunning individuality that is too often unappreciated by those who merely desire to see an unoffending successor to the Ghibli tradition. The future looks dim for this underrated movie, and to be honest, this saddens me. I am not afraid to admit that I am completely taken with Tales from Earthsea. With its characterization, its aesthetics, and most especially its style, it has carried me upon wild wings of rapture.' -babyeinstein12

The dub is good.

31 Origin: Spirits of the Past

Origin: Spirits of the Past

This is an underrated sci-fi anime with themes of wake up in a strange world, ecology, living in the past and dealing with change and understanding between different species and evolution.

It may not be for everyone, but if you like some of the themes above you should give it a try.

The dub is good.

32 Paprika


'Some stories can only be enjoyed through understanding, while others must be enjoyed through experiencingPaprika, for one, firmly falls in the second category. Comprehending Paprika on an intellectual level is comparable to nailing Jell-O to a wall: the harder a person tries, the more hopelessly confused he’ll become.

Those familiar with Satoshi Kon’s other works (particularly Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress) should already be well acquainted with this visceral style of storytelling. Put simply, Kon’s trademark style has always been to set up his film with an interesting, easily understandable premise. From there, however, his films transcend into delightfully illogical chaos. One can try to shoe-horn isolated scenes from his films into a linear, understandable narrative, but the result only serves to sidestep the director’s true intentions. Paprika is no exception to this; near the end, the movie’s literal events become as intellectually inscrutable as a Teletubbies episode.

That is not to say that Paprika’s story is meaningless or brainless. On the contrary, it’s a wickedly funny, incisively intelligent, and thoroughly absorbing work. Paprika’s central focus is the tenuous border between dreams and reality, which is certainly not new in anime (or any other medium, for that matter). However, the sheer brilliance of the film’s execution prevents the show from ever drifting into clichéd territory. There is something exhilarating about the way the film slowly weaves reality and illusion together to eventually form a cohesive, turbulent whole.

In the end, I think a lot of people make the mistake of trying to analyze Kon’s work on a literal scene by scene basis rather than looking for general themes that the director is going for. In this case, Paprika really seems to be about humanity’s constant battle between its conscious and subconscious thoughts. Most of us like to think that we are consciously in control of our decisions, but in fact, our id plays a much larger role in our decisions than most of us would care to admit. To do this, Kon created a plot that plays like a dream itself. Objectivity battles with subjectivity, consciousness battles with the id, and illusion battles with reality. The result is fantastically engaging.' -vivafruit

33 Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing Ultimate

This show is not perfect, it has a shallow story, weak characters, and the vast majority of the show is pointless blood, gore, cursing, bad dialogue, and terribly out of place comedy that breaks the dark mood of the show.

Still, this show is a classic and loved by many fans, but its a show that you watch for the action, violence, gore, and perhaps one of the best parts are the motivations of the main characters and why they do what they do.

By the way, this OVA is way better than the previous series, as it follows the manga story more closely.

The dub is great!

34 Pumpkin Scissors

Pumpkin Scissors

Another great new setting, this time providing relief after a great war.

'When I first approached Pumpkin Scissors, I could not imagine what else the plot could consist of apart from a bunch of do-gooders rescuing babies from burning buildings and ploughing fields with local farmers. In fact, the result turned out to be subtly intelligent, pleasantly creative, and anything but a campaign of blind idealism. Pumpkin Scissors feels a lot like Full Metal Alchemist would if it had no magic; there is a lot of tragedy, it has unique fantasy/sci-fi elements, and plenty of challenging mysteries through which highly likeable protagonists have to persevere.

While there is much that is enjoyable about Pumpkin Scissors - the subtle Germanic world concept and Oland's disturbing transformations into a killing machine being two examples - the events that characterise the protagonists are definitely the most interesting. Each character is given at least one chance to steal some of the limelight and to reveal how their particular personality fits into the broader Section III dynamic. In Alice's case, this notably involves glimpses into her life as a failing member of the illustrious Malvin family, which means seeing a refreshing side to her that has little to do with military efficiency and much to do with surviving another round of disapproving remarks at the breakfast table.

The only question left is: what is there not to like about Pumpkin Scissors? Simply put, it has no ending. Because the anime covers only the first few volumes of the manga, the plot grinds to a halt with plenty of threads left loose..' -VivisQueen

The dub is good.

35 Zegapain


At the beginning of the show, it may seem like a leftover mecca series from the 80s or 90s, but then an intriguing sci-fi plot starts to unveil that ponders about what life and reality really are, what makes us human and the meaning of our existence. And then paired with all these theories and possibilities you are giving several examples that allows you to come to your own conclusions. 

This is a series that you watch more for the ideas, the plot and the understanding of what is trying to say rather than the action of the art style, as the robots are pretty bland. 

The dub is great.

36 Baldr Force EXE

Baldr Force EXE

This is great for sci-fi fans. A lot of events happens in the story for being only 4 episodes long, and it has great pacing so nothing feels rushed and is well timed to a full conclusion. There is also a good amount of violence and graphic scenes, so this may not be for everyone.

The dub is ok.

37 Tokko


This anime is not perfect, the animation is outdated for its time, both for its look and for the personalities of the characters which look like they belong to the 80s or early 90s. The setting is a little bit generic but the worst part is that the story is incomplete, both for the anime and the manga, so chances of a real ending are null.

Still, if you can get past these issues, the story is a good mix of mystery, violence, and gore. it definitely had good ideas, so you may want to give it a try if you like its theme.

'Finding a show this good, satisfying, and well written is a rare gem indeed.  It is rather sad that some of the best animes ever made have so little chance, so few resources, and so few episodes created.' -Epimondas

The dub is ok.

38 Monmon the Water Spider

Monmon the Water Spider

This is an excellent short with no dialog but still manages to present a compelling story. The animation is superb!

39 Air Gear

Air Gear

This anime is not perfect, one of the major drawbacks is that it's incomplete and gets cut just when it started to get good. On its good points, the sci-fi sport that is showcased is very interesting and does a good job of inciting the feeling of want it to try it.

'A very good sports anime, not one of the more emotional ones that I usually watch, but definitely an amazing plot, the characters were a little mismatched, but when extremely different things that are normally bad on their own come together to make one great thing, it just shows how a conglomeration can become something amazing.' -Alphaman

40 Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

There are three completely independent stories on this anime:

  • Goddess of the Dark Tower is sort of Romeo & Juliet about forbidden love with forgotten gods. I find it interesting with great character designs.
  • Yotsuya Ghost Story tells the story of Oiwa, a legend in Japan (and was a real person). This is the weakest of the three.
  • Bake Neko, this is actually the beginning of Mononoke and what makes this show worth watching, with an amazing Ukiyo-e style artwork and a great story, so good in fact that spawn its own anime!

The dub is good.

41 Demon Prince Enma

Demon Prince Enma

This is a darker and more violent remake of the old 'Dororon Enma-kun', but with a unique art style that works really well with its darker theme. It may be worth watching just because of its art. The execution is not perfect and the last episodes, which are the only ones connected in their plot are a little hard to understand but if you pay attention you'll be able to figure out what's going on.

This anime deserves a Dub!

42 Junk Town

Junk Town

This is a simple short, with almost no dialog and a story told primarily through visuals. It's part of the Sweat Punch anime shorts.

43 Freedom


At only 7 episodes, this is an interesting sci-fi adventure set in the future, with notable influences from Akira for the action and an original idea for the plot.

'People believe the earth to be dead so moon life seems ideal until a photo sets off the main story. It's quite a simplistic story that is easy to follow but doesn't get in the way or try to be too over complex.' -MVortex

The dub is ok.

44 Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

I'm not a fan of this genre at all to the point I can say I completely loathe it, but given the immense popularity of this anime, I decided to give this anime a try. What makes this work are the characters like Haruhi, whose pragmatic personality serves as a bridge between the excentric Ouran Host Club culture and what we call 'normal' or more mainstream culture. By voicing their issues with the views of a normal person, our own prejudices and misconceptions surface and we learn that is not so easy to judge and label people into categories. I certainly feel that it was worth to give this anime a try.

'...don't be put off by what it looks like. This series is not the shoujo norm, and particularly the characters and comedy aspects of this anime are reasons alone why you should watch it.' -Chelsae

'So what is the story of Ouran? Ha...Story. Well Ouran follows no story at all, basically each episode is simply a 1-4 day period encompassing the daily activities of the Host Club. This can range from helping people, to simply entertaining girls, to visiting Haruhi at home. When I first realised this was I interested? Ummm no not really.

Ouran does have several 'character development' episodes which turned out to be the best episodes of the show, they really dug into each of the characters past and explained why they joined the Host Club and who they were before that.

Luckily for Ouran the thing that pulls it through is its comedy and trust me there is alot of it. While being a little cheesy, the humour in Ouran is great and even though the comedy has a structured routine, and can get a bit predictable, I still found myself pissing my pants at the show.' -bluenailpolish2342

The dub is ok.

45 Hataraki Man

Hataraki Man

This is a Slice of Life for people that love their job and is proud of the work they do and it's at least original for its setting and the emotions it tries to convey.

This anime deserves a Dub!

46 Looking Up At the Half-Moon

Looking Up At the Half-Moon

'The story is pretty sad, theres an element of romance to it but its not overwelming at all. Some parts are quite funny and others really deep. Theres a few references to some clasical books which give the anime some depth. ' -Hanaxchan

'I would recommend this show to most people. At six episodes, it can be knocked out in one sitting if you feel motivated. It is really perfect if you're looking for a little fluff to fill your time when you're bored but don't have a lot of time long-term. It's short and sweet and leaves you with a happy sense of joy inside when you're done, and it's just an overall upbeat experience despite not being a super upbeat series' -Glitch32

47 Kekkaishi


'Overall I believe that Kekkaishi is an anime definitely worth watching. The characters, music and story alone are slightly above average however in combination it creates a great anime. The comedy is light hearted and the action is abundance but neither was overdone.' -Tomo90

'There are some aspects of this anime like demons and monks and such that are not original, but they throw in enough originality to make it good/interesting.' -xxjacobxx3

48 Shadow of the Cherry Blossoms

Shadow of the Cherry Blossoms

This is a good horror-romance short story.


You must be logged in to leave comments. Login or sign up today!

ReSeinen Jan 18, 2021

Tokyo Tribe 2 yes!

StellaBlue Feb 16, 2019

I saw Mizgumo Monmon on your list and was wondering if you know where to watch it? I can't find it anywhere :( (that and a few other Ghibli shorts)