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1. Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles (2007)
Naruto Shippuuden's run is now longer than the original, the series at present has 262 episodes and counting. It has some of the best story arcs in anime, and the animation is top notch. But with an anime this large there doesn't seem to be an end in sight yet.

Unlike many other anime, the Naruto Shippuuden story has a rich and evolving story and takes pains to make all of its characters fully developed people instead of generic archetypes. That gives the series depth and impact, and many fans have devoted extensive viewing hours to following along as Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, and the others develop both their relationships and their fighting skills. But it also makes it hard for newcomers to jump in. Bottom line? People who liked the original Naruto will like this series, as will those willing to invest some time to get caught up.

If they keep up what they are doing, then I think this anime would be worth watching 'till the very end.

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̶s̶o̶ ̶g̶o̶o̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶n̶ ̶t̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶p̶ ̶s̶p̶o̶t̶.̶

After watching episodes 261 + 262 I've decided that Shippuuden is now my absolute favourite anime of all time. The 4th great ninja war has begun and it's just epic.

Naruto: Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto.The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend Uchiha Sasuke from the grips of the snake-like Shinobi, Orochimaru. After 2 and a half years Naruto finally returns to his village of Konoha, and sets about putting his ambitions to work, though it will not be easy, as he has amassed a few (more dangerous) enemies, in the likes of the shinobi organization; Akatsuki. ← taken from myanimelist.



Naruto Shippuuden Movies 1 - 5. I thought the movies should be mentioned/added to the list, but I didn't want to add them to the list separately.



• #1 "Naruto Shippuuden The Movie 2: Bonds"



• #2 "Naruto Shippuden The Movie 4: The Lost Tower"




• #3 "Naruto Shippūden The Movie 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire"



• #4 "Naruto Shippuuden the Movie 5: Blood Prison"



• #5 "Naruto Shippuden: the Movie 1"


Too many OVAs to mention.
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2. Naruto (2002)
Naruto is a very long, but entertaining anime. The series runs for 220 episodes and it's still big even now after it's ended. the animation isn't bad and its improved a lot in Naruto Shippuuden.

This anime has a lot of characters. In every story arc they create new good and bad guys, go into their back stories, and by the end of the arc you grow to love them. When you get so many characters, you can have a lot of material to write. But Characters are not enough to create a great anime, you need a story.

The story is amazing. It is moved along completely by the characters, with very little out side force. Story arcs are all different and entertaining, with the exceptions of the fillers, the story is really good.

There are however a few things dragging down the story, and you can't talk about Naruto with out talking about them.

First, it is long. If you have a low attention span, then some of the longer story arcs feel like a task getting through.

Then there is the evil every Naruto fan knows all about: fillers. Filler arcs are used when an anime that is based off of a manga, like Naruto, catches up with the manga. They are used to kill time 'till the manga is far enough out that they can continue on with the story without problems.

Naruto is really good, for the most part it is fun and entertaining, the characters are good and the story is interesting.

Naruto Uzumaki, a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja, lives in Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf village. Moments prior to his birth, a huge demon known as the Kyuubi, the Nine-tailed Fox, attacked Konohagakure and wreaked havoc. In order to put an end to the Kyuubi's rampage, the leader of the village, the 4th Hokage, sacrificed his life and sealed the monstrous beast inside the newborn Naruto.

Shunned because of the presence of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village. He strives to become the Hokage of Konohagakure, and he meets many friends and foes along the way. ← taken from myanimelist.



Naruto Movies 1 - 3. I didn't want to add them to the list.



• #? "Naruto the Movie 1: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow"



• #? "Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel"



• #? "Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom"



I can't really remember the movies, so I can't decide which one's the best.

Too many OVAs to mention.
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3. Dragon Ball Z Kai (2009)
Dragon Ball Kai is a pure expression of everything that's great about anime. It's got everything: mystical martial arts ... to sci-fi spaceships and teleportation ... to normal people in modern clothes having comical adventures. Humor, tragedy, conflict, it's all there.

DBK = DBZ w/o filler. What's filler? See the following link for a detailed description - http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080803142109AAcJj78

A remastered version of Dragon Ball Z that adheres more to the manga's story. This version includes newly recorded dialog by the original voice actors, new sound effects, new OP/ED sequences, and a brand new HD video transfer. ← taken from myanimelist.


There's two openings, the original, and the one from the English dub, it's the same song for both, but the one from the English dub has been sung in English. I only watched DBK in Japanese, haven't seen the dub yet, I'm planning to though so I'm posting the original opening, the ending is in the same video too.

One special/OVA/ep 98. Was delayed due to the the natural disaster in Japan.

Special episode about Trunks going back to the future and fighting the Androids. Also known as episode 98 of Dragon Ball Kai. ← taken from myanimelist.

The best Dragon Ball x series.



• #1 Dragon Ball Kai.



• #2 Dragon Ball Z.



• #3 Dragon Ball.



• #4 Dragon Ball GT.



Too many movies, OVAs etc... Didn't add them to the list, can't decide which is best, haven't seen all the OVAs and movies anyway.
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4. Bleach (2004)
DROPPED

Just started watching this recently and it's already entered the list as my 4th favourite anime.

15-year-old Kurosaki Ichigo is not your everyday high school student. He has from as far he can remember always had the ability to see ghosts and spirits. A fateful day arrives as Ichigo encounters the shinigami Kuchiki Rukia, who saves him and his family from a Hollow at the cost of injuring herself. During this encounter, with Rukia unable to defeat the hollow she transfers her shinigami powers into Ichigo. In the aftermath, unable to continue with her job, Rukia allows Ichigo to take on the role of a shinigami in her place as they together defeat the Hollows plaguing Ichigo's town. ← taken from myanimelist.




̶E̶d̶i̶t̶:̶ ̶I̶'̶m̶ ̶s̶t̶u̶c̶k̶ ̶w̶a̶t̶c̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶l̶e̶ ̶a̶r̶c̶/̶s̶e̶a̶s̶o̶n̶ ̶e̶n̶t̶i̶r̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶f̶i̶l̶l̶e̶r̶
̶e̶p̶i̶s̶o̶d̶e̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶"̶s̶e̶r̶v̶e̶ ̶N̶O̶ ̶P̶U̶R̶P̶O̶S̶E̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶f̶u̶r̶t̶h̶e̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶a̶i̶n̶ ̶s̶t̶o̶r̶y̶ ̶l̶i̶n̶e̶.̶"̶

Arc/season 4; The Bount = FILLER

Edit: I'm stuck again watching yet another arc/season of just filler episodes -_-'

Arc/season 5; The Assault = FILLER
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5. Hunter x Hunter (1999)
This anime adaptation differs in execution from most Shonen Jump anime in that it expands on events of the manga rather than creating “filler” episodes as a method of keeping the story from catching up to the manga’s serialization.

The anime covers the Hunter Exam Arc through most of the Yorknew City Arc of the manga. The OVA concludes the Yorknew City Arc and covers the Greed Island Arc.

The content in the show adapted from the manga is done great. The animation and script are leagues above other attempts at a Shonen Jump manga adaptation. It’s just a shame that they were forced into this slow pace by creating the anime while the manga was having a hard time putting out more chapters.

In the end Hunter x Hunter (1999) is a great anime that’s just extremely hard to recommend. The show has an extremely slow pace and makes more than a few odd changes to the story it’s an adaptation from. Then of course there’s the existence of the 2011 remake which is handled better overall. I’d recommend it to a big Hunter x Hunter fan but I reckon they’ve already gone and watched it. Everyone else should go watch the ongoing 2011 version.

Viewing Order:

• Hunter x Hunter Pilot OVA (1998).
• Hunter x Hunter Series (1999).
• Hunter x Hunter OVA.
• Hunter x Hunter OVA 2: Greed Island.
• Hunter x Hunter OVA 3: Greed Island Final.
• Hunter x Hunter Series (2011).

HxH Pilot OVA (1998): The stand-alone pilot OVA which was shown as part of the "Jump Super Anime Tour" of 1998. ← taken from myanimelist.



HxH Series (1999): After becoming 12, Gon leaves his home and takes on the task of entering the Hunter exam, notorious for its low success rate and high probability of death to become an official Hunter. He befriends the revenge-driven Kurapica, the doctor-to-be Leorio and the rebellious ex-assassin Killua in the exam, with their friendship prevailing throughout the many trials and threats they come upon taking on the dangerous career of a Hunter. ← taken from myanimelist.



HxH OVA 1: After reuniting with Gon and his friends, Kurapica explained to them the risks he bears because of his abilities. Believing that his target of revenge is no longer alive and the search for his fallen comrade's eyes could truly begin, Kurapica soon after receives a message informing him that all the Spiders still lived. After much discussion between his friends, Gon, Kurapica and company decided to hunt after the one Spider member who's ability could ultimately result in Kurapica's defeat and death. ← taken from myanimelist.



HxH OVA 2: GI: After the battle with the Spiders, the search for Gin continues as Gon and Killua decided to once again attempt to purchase the rare game "Greed Island". However, Gon came up with a better plan, which was to volunteer to complete the game for the billionaire who owned it. But some training must be done, as Gon and Killua's abilities are still at a developing stage and "Greed Island" is no simple game for anyone to play with. It is the infamous game that could easily lead to one's death. ← taken from myanimelist.



HxH OVA 3: GIF: Continuing with their adventure at Greed Island, Gon and Killua train furiously under the guidance of Biscuit for better preparation at attempting the game. With their abilities vastly improving and the threat of player killers menacing Greed Island, Gon and company continue the game despite the dangers that they will face with the game activities and encounters with other players. ← taken from myanimelist.



Hunter x Hunter Series (2011): Remake of the 1999 TV series of Hunter x Hunter based on the manga by Togashi Yoshihiro.
A Hunter is one who travels the world doing all sorts of dangerous tasks. From capturing criminals to searching deep within uncharted lands for any lost treasures. Gon is a young boy whose father disappeared long ago, being a Hunter. He believes if he could also follow his father's path, he could one day reunite with him.

After becoming 12, Gon leaves his home and takes on the task of entering the Hunter exam, notorious for its low success rate and high probability of death to become an official Hunter. He befriends the revenge-driven Kurapica, the doctor-to-be Leorio and the rebellious ex-assassin Killua in the exam, with their friendship prevailing throughout the many trials and threats they come upon taking on the dangerous career of a Hunter. ← taken from myanimelist.

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6. Death Note (2006)
Death Note carries story elements and an intellectual integrity that is more commonly seen in your collegeate literary classics than your usual Shounen Jump title.

Accompanying the Death Note is its original owner, the Shinigami Ryuk. Rather than being morally bound to Light or serving as a conscience or guide, Ryuk hangs around simply to be a spectator--proclaiming humans to be "interesting."

While this itself makes for an interesting plot, what really makes Death Note a top caliber series are the characters who cause an obstruction to Light's mission. Topping the cast is the fan-favorite L, whose character is just beyond description. A shady, mysterious, but somewhat eccentric genius, L is probably the only mind that could match the scheming Light. The cat-and-mouse power-play between the two young men is enticing and riveting, making you laugh (not for comedy's sake) and keeps you fixed on every frame, soaking in all the details and anticipating the next move.

Not quite a masterpiece, but close enough.
Has typos in the notebook rules scenes and some rules seem contradictory, maybe it's just me.

Yagami Light is a 17-year-old genius from Japan who is tired of his life, school, and the state of the world as he knows it. One day, on the way home from class, Light stumbles upon a dark notebook with "Death Note" written on the front. Intrigued by its appearance, Light reads the first few sentences, only to find out that it states that anyone whose name is written inside will die. ← taken from myanimelist.



Two full length movie specials of the series with some extra scenes.

Death Note: Re-Light - Visions of a God:
1. Genshisuru Kami (Visions of a God)
A two hour episode of Death Note, mainly a compilation of the confrontations between Light and L, re-edited from Ryuk's perspective with new dialogue and soundtrack along with additional animation that could not be included in the original series. An Unnamed Shinigami comes to Ryuk to question him about his new story in the human world. ← taken from myanimelist.



Death Note: Rewrite 2: L`s Successors:
2. Eru o Tsugu Mono (L's Successors)
This story continues where the previous left off, continuing the story of Light. As the previous special told Light and L's battles, this story does the same with the conflicts between Light, Mello, and Near. ← taken from myanimelist.

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7. Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Enter a world in the distant future, where Bounty Hunters roam the solar system. Spike and Jet, bounty hunting partners, set out on journeys in an ever struggling effort to win bounty rewards to survive.

While traveling, they meet up with other very interesting people. Could Faye, the beautiful and ridiculously poor gambler, Edward, the computer genius, and Ein, the engineered dog be a good addition to the group? ← taken from myanimelist.



The series and the movie are equally as good as eachother, I just put them chronologically.
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8. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
The year is 2071, a few days before Halloween. A deadly virus is being released in the capital city of Mars, and the government has issued a 300 million woolong reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet, Ed and Ein, take the case with hopes of cashing in the great bounty. ← taken from wiki.



The series and the movie are equally as good as eachother, I just put them chronologically.
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9. Rainbow: Nishakubou no shichinin (2010)
MUST WATCH!

Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards. ← taken from myanimelist.

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10. Steins;Gate (2011)
MUST WATCH!

Steins;Gate is set in the summer of 2010, approximately one year after the events that took place in Chaos;Head, in Akihabara.

Steins;Gate is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN, who has been doing their own research on time travel, tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them. ← taken from myanimelist.



One special/OVA/ep 25.
Steins;Gate: Oukoubakko no Poriomania (Egoistic Poriomania):

Special episode included in the last of the nine Blu-ray/DVD volumes.

The story is set a few months after the last scene of the television series. On a calm day in Akihabara, Okabe and the other laboratory members are invited by Faris go to America. Mayuri and the rest are planning to reunite with Kurisu, who had come back to an American laboratory. A few days later, Okabe's mad scientist persona Hououin Kyouma arrives alone at the airport in Los Angeles, where he may be taking the first step to leading the world into chaos. ← taken from myanimelist.
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11. Baccano! (2007)
During the late 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling aide Ennis, are looking for missing bottles of the immortality elixir. In addition, a war between the mafia groups is getting worse. On board the Advena Avis, in 1711, alchemists are about to learn the price of immortality.

Based on the award winning light novels of the same name, this anime adaptation follows several events that initially seem unrelated, both in time and place, but are part of a much bigger story - one of alchemy, survival and immortality. Merging these events together are the kindhearted would-be thieves, Isaac and Miria, connecting various people, all of them with their own hidden ambitions and agendas, and creating lifelong bonds and consequences for everyone involved. ← taken from myanimelist.

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12. Samurai Champloo (2004)
Mugen's a buck wild warrior - violent, thoughtless and womanizing. Jin is a vagrant ronin - mysterious, traditional, well-mannered and very strong as well. These two fiercely independent warriors can`t be any more different from one another, yet their paths cross when Fuu, a ditzy waitress, saves them from being executed when they are arrested after a violent swordfight. Fuu convinces the two vagrant young men to help her find a mysterious samurai "who smells of sunflowers." And their journey begins. This is a story about love, friendship and courage... NOT! ← taken from myanimelist.

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13. Black Lagoon (2006)
• Black Lagoon S1.
• Black Lagoon English Voice Actors Interview.
• Black Lagoon S2: The Second Barrage.
• Black Lagoon 7 OMAKES.
• Black Lagoon OVA/S3: Roberta's Blood Trail.
• Black Lagoon 4 Character Introductions and 1 Roanapur Introduction.

Black Lagoon is an epic action packed anime.

The dub is just amazing, they hired excellent voice actors for the show; dare I say even better than the original voice actor cast and they did the show justice.

Black Lagoon S1:
Okajima Rokuro is a Japanese businessman in a town full of Japanese businessmen. His normal day consists of social drinking with clients and being kicked around by his bosses. He finally gets a break though, as he's sent by his company to the tropical seas of Eastern China to deliver a disc. But his boat gets hijacked by a band of mercenaries hired to retrieve the disc. Rock (as he is newly dubbed by his captors) catches the interest of the only female merc Revy as she thinks he's worth a ransom, taking him hostage. However, the disc that was stolen has a terrible secret that's unknown to Rock, which causes massive confusion and chaos for both him and his kidnappers. ← taken from myanimelist.



Black Lagoon S2: The Second Barrage:
Okajima Rokuro - now known almost exclusively as 'Rock' - was once a typical, put-upon Japanese businessman. Then, on a routine business trip, he was kidnapped and ransomed by the Lagoon Company: a band of mercenary pirates operating out of the crime-riddled city of Roanapur. Abandoned by his bosses, he joined the Lagoon Company. Now he must try and stay afloat amongst the ever-shifting politics of the criminal underworld, while simultaneously avoiding death at the hands of his quick-tempered, gun-toting co-worker, 'Two Hand' Revy. ← taken from myanimelist.



Black Lagoon 7 OMAKES:
Special omake episodes from the Blu-Ray releases, showing the heroines and foes in funny, uncommon situations. ← taken from myanimelist.

Black Lagoon OVA/S3: Roberta's Blood Trail:
Roberta, the terrorist-turned-maid that made her appearence in the first season of 'Black Lagoon', returns in this five-episode OVA series - and this time, all bets are off!

Roberta's benefactor, the patriarch of the Lovelace clan, is murdered during a political rally. The assassin's trail soon leads back to Roanapur - so now she has returned on a mission of vengeance! However, close behind her is the new patriarch, Garcia, as well as Roberta's apprentice (and maid), Fabiola Iglesias. As the body count of Roberta's bloody rampage mounts, forces from within the corrupt island (which includes the Lagoon Company), as well as overseas converge on what threatens to escalate into all-out war! ← taken from myanimelist.

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14. Samurai 7 (2004)
In the far distant future, on a planet that might have been called "earth", there was a war between samurai who mechanized their bodies. After the long war, people enjoyed a modest peace.

Facing starvation and abductions at the hands of fearsome mechanized bandits (Nobuseri), the farmers of Kanna Village make the dangerous choice to hire samurai for protection. The village's water priestess, Kirara, her younger sister, Komachi, and a heartbroken villager, Rikichi, set off to hire willing samurai with nothing to offer but rice from their meager harvests. Through dangerous encounters and a bit of luck, seven samurai of varying specialties and experience are gathered for an epic battle against the bandits and the merchants that influence them.

Samurai 7 is based loosely upon Kurosawa Akira's famous movie "Seven Samurai"/"Shichinin no Samurai" ← taken from myanimelist.

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15. Great Teacher Onizuka (1999)
Note: There's a prequel to GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) called Shonan Junai Gumi (Pure Love Gang of/from Shonan, Young GTO) which I've also seen and it's just as amazing as GTO, you should watch that 1st. I couldn't find it in the search so I couldn't add it to the list.

Edit: It isn't in the IMDB database which is why I couldn't find it with the search function.

Shonan Junai Gumi:

Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma are members of infamous biker duo, the Oni Baku. When not out riding around, they can be found in school, trying to pick up young women. This is the story of the young Onizuka, who would later become the greatest teacher in Japan, and his partner Ryuji in their quest to lose their virginity and reach maturity.

They are widely feared bosozoku, and are known for their tenacity and viciousness in a fight. However, this lifestyle does not exactly endear them to the opposite gender, so they decide to change their ways. However, this is easier said than done. ← taken from myanimelist.

Note 2: Shonan Junai Gumi was released before GTO.



-------------------------------------------------------

GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka):
Onizuka is a reformed biker gang leader who has his sights set on an honorable new ambition: to become the world's greatest teacher … for the purpose of meeting sexy high school girls. Okay, so he's mostly reformed.

However, strict administrators and a class of ruthless delinquents stand between Onizuka and his goal and they will use any means, however illegal or low, to drive the new teacher away. Perfect, because Onizuka's methods won't be found in any teaching manual; he cares about the difference between legal and illegal activities about as much as he cares for the age difference between himself and a high school girl.

So get ready for math that doesn't add up, language you'd be slapped for using, and biology that would make a grown man blush … unless of course, you're the Great Teacher Onizuka. ← taken from myanimelist.

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16. Afro Samurai (2007)
Samuel L. Jackson voices the protagonist!

After watching his father die in a duel against an unbeatable villian known only as 'Justice,' young Afro fixes his life on the study of swords and revenge. The tale of Afro Samurai is one of bloody hardship and pain. Along his solitary path of revenge for his murdered father, he sheds no tears & knows no love. Forever chased by powerful enemies in a lawless technology-speckled dystopia, he evades bullets and blade to reach his final prey: a man who will not die. But Afro will reach his quarry - even if it means painting a road of blood and brains from here to the bitter inevitable end. ← taken from myanimelist.

Note: The video below has both the openings for Afro Samurai (2007) and Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009).

Note 2: The opening for Afro Samurai (2007) is the 1st one and the opening for Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009) is the 2nd/last one.

Note 3: There's a movie version of the original Afro Samurai (2007) 5 episode anime series, the movie version is uncut and has a few extra scenes to tie the episodes together smoothly. The movie version is much better and available in HD.

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17. Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009)
Samuel L. Jackson voices the protagonist!
Lucy Liu voices the antagonist!

Afro refuses to wear the No. 1 headband as the rules require, and spends his days making wooden sculptures of people from his past instead of fighting. On a bridge, after fishing, a group of people challenge him, but he easily slays all of them. One dark and stormy night, Jinno (now mindlessly taking orders) and a mysterious woman named Sio attack Afro. Jinno easily defeats him and takes the No. 1 headband for Sio and then robs his father's grave of his remains. Sio is revealed to be Jinno's sister. Sio tells Afro her plans to resurrect Afro's father, Rokutaro, so she can torture him as revenge against Afro for the lives he has destroyed, including her brother's and her own. ← taken from wiki.

Note: The video below has both the openings for Afro Samurai (2007) and Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009).

Note 2: The opening for Afro Samurai (2007) is the 1st one and the opening for Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009) is the 2nd/last one.

Note 3: There's a movie version of the original Afro Samurai (2007) 5 episode anime series, the movie version is uncut and has a few extra scenes to tie the episodes together smoothly. The movie version is much better and available in HD.

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18. Highschool of the Dead (2010)
A mysterious, lethal disease is on the loose worldwide, resulting in a catastrophic death rate of humanity, and the increasing rise of attacks, caused by the living dead.

In Japan, several high school students and a school nurse have banded together to escape Fujimi High School shortly after it was attacked by zombies. The group now attempts to figure who or what was responsible for this plague, and in the meantime, attempt to survive the present apocalypse.

The story is initially narrated through the eyes of Takashi Komuro, one of the students who had survived in the initial outbreak. ← taken from myanimelist.



One special/OVA.
Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead OVA:

An OVA of Highschool of the Dead bundled with the 7th manga volume.

Komuro and the gang stumble upon a deserted tropical island that looks to be free of zombies. They make use of this wonderful opportunity and dress up in skimpy swimsuits and have lots and lots of fanservice fun.

Hallucinogenic substances are involved. ← taken from myanimelist.
bgm's rating:

People who added this item 35  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.7 
19. Shiki (2010)
During a fiercely hot summer in Sotoba, a peaceful and quiet village with a population of 1300 people, a series of bizarre deaths begin to occur. At the same time, a strange family moves into a long abandoned mansion in the region. After supposedly visiting this strange family, the fashionable Shimizu Megumi goes missing and the entire village goes out in search for her. ← taken from myanimelist.



Two specials/OVAs.
Shiki Specials Ep 20.5 & Ep 21.5:

The official website of the Shiki television anime series confirmed on Saturday that the anime's eighth and ninth Blu-ray Disc/DVD volumes will each include an unaired episode. The eighth volume will ship with Episode 21 and the unaired episode "Dai Futatō to Han wa" (a wordplay for "Episode 20.5") on May 25, 2011, while the ninth volume will ship with Episode 22 and the unaired episode "Dai Futatō-ichi to Han wa" ("Episode 21.5") on June 22. ← taken from myanimelist.
bgm's rating:

People who added this item 55  Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.7 
20. Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Blood, gore & fights!

A massive earthquake ravaged Japan's mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean.

Ten years later, the story starts with Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary, unassuming middle school student attending Nagano Prefecture's middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a simple, normal life. This all changes one day when a strange man covered in blood and crimson armour appears, floating, out of his classroom windows. Smirking madly, this Red Man massacres Ganta's entire class and, instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in his chest.

Within days of the massacre, Ganta is declared the sole suspect and, following a suspiciously quick trial, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme-park-like prison. ← taken from myanimelist.



One special/OVA.
Deadman Wonderland OVA:

OVA bundled with the eleventh volume of Deadman Wonderland manga. Focuses on Senji's past, with him as the main character. ← taken from myanimelist.
bgm's rating:

People who added this item 504  Average listal rating (299 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
21. Elfen Lied (2004)
Blood, gore, severed body parts & decapitation!

The Diclonius, a mutated homosapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possess two horns on their heads and have a "sixth sense" which gives them telekinetic abilities. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, a young and psychotic Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murders most of the guards in the laboratory where she is being held, only to be shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives, falling off a cliff into the ocean and manages to drift along to a beach where two teenagers, Kouta and Yuka, discover her. Having lost her memories, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, "Nyuu," and the two allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that the psychotic side of Lucy is not dead just yet... ← taken from myanimelist.



One special/OVA.
Elfen Lied: In the Passing Rain - Regenschauer Special/OVA:

Included in Elfen Lied DVD vol.7 ONLY. It takes place chronologically between episodes 10 and 11 of the anime.

Nana is living at Kouta's place and trying to find her place. She doesn't seem to want to do anything in the household while Nyuu is the girl who can do everything. Anything Nana tries usually results in bloodshed. Finally she storms out of the place and runs into Robocop Bandou. He devises a plan to capture Lucy, only if Nana can get her alone... ← taken from anidb.
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People who added this item 1422  Average listal rating (868 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
22. Akira (1988)
In the year 2019, thirty-one years have passed since the outbreak of World War III. In Neo-Tokyo, all authority is waging a never-ending struggle against the underground that virtually rules the shattered city. A top-secret child with amazing powers of the minds breaks free from custody and accidentally gets a motorcycle gang involved in the project. The incident triggers psychic powers within one of the members, Tetsuo, and he is taken by the army and experimented on. His mind has been warped and is now on the path of war, exacting revenge on the society that once called him weak.



Watch the 720p HD remastered geneon dubbed version.
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People who added this item 67  Average listal rating (36 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
23. Ano Hana (2011)
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai or Ano Hana for short is about A group of childhood friends drifts apart after one of them, Meiko "Menma" Honma, dies in an accident. Years later, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has become withdrawn and lives as a recluse. An older Meiko appears to him, and says that she must have a wish granted, though she does not know what it is. ← taken from myanimelist.

bgm's rating:

People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
24. Chrome Shelled Regios (2009)
Post-apocalyptic polluted earth overrun with mutated beasts called Filth Monsters. Humanity is forced to live in large mobile cities called Regios and learn to use weapons called DITE and harness the power of Kei to defend themselves. In the Academy City of Zuellni, Layfon Alseif is hoping to start a new life without Martial/Military arts and forget his past. ← taken from wiki.



Three specials/OVAs.
Legend of Regios 1 - 3:

Legend of Regios was originally the English speaking cut-scenes on TV, that the characters in the Chrome Shelled Regios series were watching.

This special (which has been included with the DVD release of Chrome Shelled Regios) has reorganized the scenes, extended some, and has been re-dubbed completely in Japanese. It's a side story within the Chrome Shelled Regios series. ← taken from myanimelist.
bgm's rating:

People who added this item 48  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.3 
25. Planetes (2003)
In the year 2075, mankind has reached a point where journeying between Earth, the moon and the space stations is part of daily life. However, the progression of technology in space has also resulted in the problem of the space debris, which can cause excessive and even catastrophic damage to spacecrafts and equipment. This is the story of Technora's Debris Collecting section, its EVA worker, Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino, and the newcomer to the group, Ai Tanabe. ← taken from myanimelist.



Nine specials/OVAs.
Planetes Picture Drama 1 - 9:

Planetes picture drama. ← taken from myanimelist.
bgm's rating:

People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.1 
26. Broken Blade: The Time of Awakening (2010)
• Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki | The Time of Awakening
• Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi | The Split Path
• Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato | Chapter III
• Break Blade 4: Sanka no Chi | Area of Disaster
• Break Blade 5: Shisen no Hate | Border of Death
• Break Blade 6: Doukoku no Toride | Enclave of Lamentations

I'm not really a fan of mecha(mechanical)/machine/robot type anime, but I enjoyed the Broken Blade Movies.

There's no 'best one', they all need to be watched in order. There are 6 Broken Blade movies in total, but I'll just add the 1st one, I count the 6 movies as if it were a series, like any other anime series.

In the continent of Cruzon, an impending war between the Kingdom of Krisna and the nation of Athens is brimming. The people of this land are able to use quartz for whatever purpose they desire. Yet one person, Rygart Arrow, is not. He is an "un-sorcerer," a person unable to use quartz. But this characteristic will enable him to pilot an ancient Golem, one strong enough to put up a fight against the invading army of Athens. ← taken from myanimelist.



Six specials/OVAs.
Break Blade Picture Drama 1 - 6:

DVD/BD extra. ← taken from myanimelist.
bgm's rating:

People who added this item 193  Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.1 
27. Durarara!! (2010)
Watched ep 1. Just leaving this here for now

People who added this item 56  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.4 
28. Chaos;HEAd (2008)
Watched ep 1. Just leaving this here for now

People who added this item 74  Average listal rating (42 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
29. Future Boy Conan (1978)

People who added this item 75  Average listal rating (50 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
30. Another (2012)
26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming girl was popular with her classmates. When she suddenly died, her classmates decided to carry on as if she was still alive until graduation. Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Sakakibara Kouichi transfers to the class, and he grows suspicious of the fearful atmosphere in that classroom. In particular, there is a beautiful, aloof girl named Mei Misaki who wears an eyepatch and is always alone drawing pictures.



One special/OVA/OAD.
Another: The Other - Inga (Another: The Other)(Another 00)

Episode 0 bundled with the 0th limited-edition volume of Kiyohara Hiro's manga adaptation of Ayatsuji Yukito's horror novel Another.

People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
31. Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990)
Not the actual opening, but I think you'll agree that this music video from 'Nero' entitled 'Innocence' is befitting.


People who added this item 157  Average listal rating (52 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
32. Angel's Egg (1985)

People who added this item 71  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.2 
33. Usagi Drop (2011)

People who added this item 266  Average listal rating (112 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.1 
34. Ergo Proxy (2006)

People who added this item 95  Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
35. Texhnolyze (2003)

People who added this item 406  Average listal rating (198 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.3 
36. Serial Experiments Lain (1998)

People who added this item 384  Average listal rating (239 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.1 
37. Hellsing (2001)

People who added this item 243  Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.5 
38. Hellsing Ultimate (2006)

People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
39. Zetman (2012)

People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
40. Sankarea (2012)

People who added this item 433  Average listal rating (270 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.5 
41. Trigun (1998)

People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
42. Trigun: Badlands Rumble (2010)


 

My favourite anime series, movies & OVAs etc... What's an OVA? See the following link for a detailed description - http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/encyclopedia/lexicon.php?id=35

I got a few ideas for a list of my own after seeing Veed's list - http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-anime-seriesova

Veed's list inspired me in-a-way to make my own list for personal use and for anybody looking for a list of some great anime to watch.

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