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SCIENCE.... fiction worth your time

I often tend to say that science fiction is my most preferred genre. With that in mind, I decided to make a list of shows tagged as sci-fi that I would personally recommend.
1 A Certain Scientific Railgun

A Certain Scientific Railgun

2 A Certain Scientific Railgun S

A Certain Scientific Railgun S

Th series deviates from the first by being less slice of life and followed the protagonist Mikoto as she deals with some very invasive issues. The secondary cast are not featured so much until the last arc, which is actually one of the weaker arcs especially considering how grave the arc before it was.

It's a really great show like the first series, and with Mikoto being the best character in the first, having her at the forefront of the second series was a very good idea.


3 Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel Alita

A very solid, 2 episode OVA. It had a decent if simple story, a great setting, it was a very enjoyable hour with a robotic protagonist working as a bounty hunter. The characters all had solid motivations for what they were doing.

Unfortunately it is too short considering just how much there is they could do considering the world building involved. This is based on a rather long manga. If anything though it does a good job of selling me on the manga.


4 Buki yo Saraba

Buki yo Saraba

A CG show that actually looked alright. A simple premise; a group of soldiers scout out a ruined city in search of something which happens to be a self-operating tank gone rogue.

It had some decent action scenes mixed in with some fairly good humour. Light on the sci fi save for a couple gizmos and the afformention tank.


5 Bureau of Proto Society

Bureau of Proto Society

This was a Japan Animator's Exhibition short from Studio Rikka and Studio Trigger.

Set in what appears to be an underground facility in a post apocalyptic world we an assortment of board members, likely members of a council, watching a series of events from mankind's history.

Amusing little twist thrown in too.


6 Cassette Girl

Cassette Girl

Japan Animator's Exhibition short again.

A fun little short following a girl and her mecha searching for video cassettes. Hence the title.

CG animation that looked decent and a pretty enjoyable action scene which made for an entertaining use of a few minutes.


7 Cencoroll


Now this was a great little film. Not much is explained when it comes to the origin of the strange monsters within; there is a lack of substance in the story, it's only 28 minutes long after all. Visually impressive, wonderful animation and what story it does have is certainly interesting.

A sequel has been announced, hoping to see more strange, shape shifting creatures as soon as possible.


8 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

If you are a fan of antihero protagonists then this show definitely deserves your attention. 

The political struggles between him and the establishment were interesting but what really sold it for me was how he would manage to maipulate people into doing what he wanted, not necessarily with the aid of his powers.

He also wears a cool mask, we all like cool masks right?


9 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Weaker than its predecessor but still worth the watch.

Whilst I did enjoy it more than the first at the time I finished, I attribute a lot of that to the last ark of the show. It ends really well. The middle suffered due to some bizarre plot elements.

Not a bad follow up to the first series though, it is just not as good on reflection. It was still great, hence my high score.

(Note: they both have a 9, but that does not mean they are just as good as eachother).


10 Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

11 Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy


This show was bloody brilliant. It can be a little hard to follow, but otherwise a really intriguing story, set in a world where humans live in domed cities, surrounded by an inhospitable wasteland.

I absolutely loved the look it had. The bleak colour palette emphasised the atmosphere of hopelessness affirming its dystopian tendencies.

Re-L is also a badass.

A must watch for all fans of dystopian worlds, with weird, intricate story elements to boot.




If you enjoy ludicrous, over the top anime then this is for you.

Full of wacky humour and silly action, it actually begins with a rather mundane setting; a fairly boring town where nothing interesting ever happens except one defining trait, the giant iron in the middle of the town. But you know, normal otherwise.

The strongest element of the show was the juxtaposition of such a setting with a character as nuts as Haruhara Haruko and her ridiculous antics.

Great animation and art style with a spectacular soundtrack from the pillows. A must watch for many a fan of Gainax and Trigger works especially.


13 FLCL: Progressive

FLCL: Progressive

14 Flip Flappers

Flip Flappers

A strange series following two girls travelling through illusory worlds within a plane called 'Pure Illusion' (fancy that).

This magical girl show was quite unconventional with the lack of the mascot character and the focus on the Alice in Wonderland worlds it was portraying over what you would normally expect in a magical girl show. They do transform and there is action, but these aspects are secondary to the weird and wonderful encounters the main characters happen across within this plane.

It also boats fantastic animation on top with an interesting art style to boot.

Definitly worth a try, especially for fans of whimsical, mysterious environments.


15 From the New World

From the New World

An interesting show following five friends living in what seems to be a peaceful society where humans have managed to gain psychic abilities. Of course, there is are dark happenings behind the scenes. The world is post apocalyptic, and only a fraction of the human race continues to live.

It does have a few moments where it feels a bit too slow, but what it does well it does really well. Everything ties together well towards the end.


16 Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Cyborgs? What makes us human? Badass lead character? If you like these things and have not already seen this film then you should go and correct that.

Certainly a film I would consider a 'masterpiece', Mamoru Oshii has managed to direct something really special for us cyberpunk fans.


17 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Can't complain with more GitS. A really good series that fleshes out the characters some more given it has more time than the film. It had a decent narrative that was mixed in with many stand alone episodes. These stand alones were mostly independent, but many prominent stand alone episodes do play into the main narrative very well.

Despite a few weak episodes here and there this series was really good. Definitely something for sci fi fans to sink their teeth into.


18 Girls' Last Tour

Girls' Last Tour

19 Goku: Midnight Eye

Goku: Midnight Eye

Motorbike women? Sure why not. It's the 80s so of course we are going to have something so silly.

This is certainly not for everyone, but it's certainly worth giving it a look as you might find yourself having a right blast with just how nonsensical this is.


20 Hal


A really nice story about a widow, struggling to cope with the loss of their partner. Aided by an android surrogate, in the form of the deceased, they slowly manage to overcome their grief and accept that the surrogate only means well.

It was a very good watch, with good character progression between the two leads. Not a complex story by any means but still a good use of an hour.


21 Hinamatsuri


22 Interstella 5555 - The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Interstella 5555 - The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Really, this is just for Daft Punk fans mostly. The entire film is made to their Discovery album.

If you like their music then you should definitely give this a try. The show itself was interesting enough. Be warned that the only audio is the music.


23 KADO: The Right Answer

KADO: The Right Answer

KADO had a really good first half. It was an anime about negotiation. About man coming into contact with the extra-dimensional. Everything was set up really well.

Aaaaand it went to pot (a bit) part way into the second half. What it did didn't really work too well for me sadly, but I must emphasise that it started really well. I do think it is worth a look in despite the ending. It may even work for you.


24 Kill La Kill

Kill La Kill

If you are a fan of Imaishi's work, with shows like like Gurren Lagann and Panty and Stocking, then you should have already seen Kill la Kill by now. If not then what are you doing looking at this silly list? Go sort that out!

In all seriousness, this show embodies everything about the director's work, most notably insane action and a sort of one of a kind animation. It doesn't look like your typical anime in a sense. Don't let that turn you away from it, you should find that it works great.

It has one of my favourite casts in a show too.

Ryuuko Matoi is great!


25 Kowarekake no Orgel

Kowarekake no Orgel

A heart-warming, little OVA about a guy who finds an abandoned android.

This anime is a full slice of life show where the only sci-fi within is the fact the girl happens to be an android, an android that learns to be more human.

Certainly worth a try, it is only 28 minutes long after all.


26 Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars

A pretty decent space opera film that I imagine doesn't quite capture the majesty of the full show (I haven't seen the show, shameful I know).

It had two interesting protagonists on either side of the battlefield, both having to cope with their superiors. One with an inept commander, the other with a devious admiral.

It looks pretty good despite its age too.


27 Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

28 Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

The Mardock Scramble series consists of three 1 hour films that follow on from each other very closely. In fact the second and the third could easily just be one 2 hour film.

It is a very enjoyable trilogy about a young girl brought back from the brink of death as a cyborg in a cyberpunk world.

The other two films involve some gambling fun too!

I would recommend trying to watch all three at once as if it were one whole film if possible.



29 Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion

Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion

More Scrambled Eggs... I mean Mardock Scramble.



30 Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

Eggy eggs. Eggs, eggs, eggs. Would you like those scrambled or scrambled?

Huevos revueltos.

Mardock Revuelto... er Scramble.



31 Mazinkaiser SKL

Mazinkaiser SKL

This was a very silly OVA about mechs and nuclear something or others. Watch mechs fight on a flying island as it threatens to explode due to a failing reactor.

There really isn't all that much to say other than that.


32 Megalo Box

Megalo Box

33 One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man is loads of fun! A bald guy wearing what could arguably be considered pyjamas literally one punching every enemy into oblivion? Sign me up for that please!

This show likes to look at the sort of tropes you get in a shounen battle series and take the ever loving piss out of it.

If you like silly action, a main character with deadpan delivery and shounen parodies then get this on your watching list.


34 Pale Cocoon

Pale Cocoon

Pale Cocoon was a pretty interesting anime about humans living underground in a devastated Earth. Not everything is as it seems as the protagonist tries to uncover what had happened in the past.

It's a bit slow but it will only take 23 minutes of your time and you might find it intriguing too. 


35 Paprika


What a bizarre film this is. A film that looks like it might have inspired Inception, we delve into dreams and their merging with reality.

This film is a weird watch, much like other Kon films, but feels so satisfying to finish. It is worth a couple re-watches too in order to catch any details you likely would have missed the first time.


36 Patema Inverted

Patema Inverted

A beautiful film about a world where some of the inhabitants suffer from a reverse gravity defect. For whatever reason they fall 'up'. One of these 'fall-ups' meets a normal human and hilarity ensues!

Ok, that was a bit of a lie. This film isn't a comedy.

The sci-fi explanations are a little ridiculous but with a bit of the ol' suspension of disbelief this becomes a great watch.


37 Queen Millennia Movie

Queen Millennia Movie

A real surprise, this film was really great!

A slow start at first that evolves into quite the exciting experience It has some fantastic characters with proper motivations, a strong plot, and a really well made battle sequence. This under appreciated gem really deserves some more love on Anime Planet.

Go and give it a look see for yourself!


38 Redline


39 Roujin Z

Roujin Z

I suppose you could claim this as a mecha if you wanted to count that moving bed-katamari thing as one.

This is an amusing film about elderly hackers, a roaming bed-bot, and the police. Oh, that last item was rather mundane wasn't it.


40 Shelter


This was a collaboration project between A-1 Pictures and Porter Robinson. If you like his music then this is a must watch, otherwise it was a nice animation about an isolated girl within virtual reality after a catastrophe destroyed her home.


41 Space Patrol Luluco

Space Patrol Luluco

Imaishi delivers an amazing short form series about some space police, Luluco being the protagonist among them.

Exciting, non-stop fun, Space Patrol Luluco is a lovesong to all Trigger has done in the past, chock full of references to their previous works.

This show is a must for Trigger fans and something anime fans in general should try.


42 Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Marvellous Space Opera anime aboard a repurposed naval warship, the battleship Yamato.

The cast, the crew of the Yamato, is absolutely fantastic. It is rich with interesting characters with their own personalities and motives. Saying that, the alien cast is also very strong, even if we don't spend as much time with them as we do the Yamato crew.

If you want to see how a Space Opera is done right then this is a very good example indeed.


43 Steins;Gate


One of the best shows I have seen. Steins;Gate is so beautifully paced as it slowly builds up to moments of heightened tension. It's a real rollercoaster of a show that is for sure.

It does time travel in an interesting way, and does a good job explaining its premise.

Great characters, great atmosphere, a tsundere character that most people actually like! At first you're pulled in by just how good it is, and later you're on the edge of your seat unable to put the show down for a break.

Get this watched immediately! Quick!


44 Steins;Gate Movie: Load Region of Deja Vu

Steins;Gate Movie: Load Region of Deja Vu

A very strong follow up to the series of the events after it ended.

I won't go into too much detail here. It's worth a look in if you liked the series. 


45 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

A really good mecha anime that defined Imaishi the great director he is. It's all sorts of fun, but it also manages to make you feel too.

The first half of the show was the stand out for me. Even so, the second half was still good, and how can we not forget the ending. Perfection!


46 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Fantastic film, truly fantastic.

It had a very entertaining story about a girl that comes across time travelling abilities, finding out just how difficult time can be.

The less said the better really. Definitely a must watch for most anime fans.


47 The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland

48 They Were Eleven

They Were Eleven

They were Eleven was a decent film about a group of trainees on board a ship. The catch is that there is one extra member, but no one knows who. They must navigate this ship whilst facing various hazards all the while trying to figure out who the mysterious extra crew member might be.

It was pretty engaging, let down by the fact it wasn't all that mind blowing and strange fickle decisions by a certain character nearer the end.


49 Uchuu Kazoku Carlvinson

Uchuu Kazoku Carlvinson

50 Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D


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Halex Feb 1, 2018

Great List!

Have you seen these? I'll say they belong here too

Time of Eve



Cowboy Bebop


ScorpioVelvet Nov 12, 2017

My kind of list... great choices, man! :)