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500 Essential Anime Movies - The Ultimate Guide

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Top 10 - Science Fiction

 
Akira (1988)
Armitage III: Poly Matrix (1997)
Blue Submarine No. 6 (1998)
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door (2001)
Ghost In the Shell (1995)
Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds (1984)
Paprika (2006)
Roujin Z (1991)
Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force (1987)

Top 10 - Robot & Mecha

 
Black Magic M-66 (1987)
The End of Evangelion (1997)
Escaflowne (2000)
Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (1997)
Gunbuster (1988)
Macross Plus (1994)
Metropolis (2001)
Gundam 0080: A War In the Pocket (1989)
Robot Carnival (1987)
Voices of a Distant Star (2003)

Top 10 - Fantasy & Fairytales

 
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Laputa: Castle In the Sky (1986)
Little Nemo: Adventures In Slumberland (1989)
Little Norse Prince (1968)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Night On the Galactic Railroad (1985)
Pom Poko (1994)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Spring and Chaos (1996)

Top 10 - Action, Adventure & Games

 
Afro Samurai (2007)
Area 88 (1985)
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
Gunsmith Cats (1995)
Initial D: Extra Stage (2001)
Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek (2005)
Ninja Scroll (1993)
Riding Bean (1989)
Sword For Truth (1990)
Yukikaze (2002)

Top 10 - Love & Death

 
The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)  Segment: The Origin of O-Ren
Leda: The Fantastic Adventures of Yohko (1985)
Memories (1995)
Millennium Actress (2001)
Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie (1999)
Samurai X: Reflection (2001)
Spirit of Wonder (1992)
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Top 10 - History, Politics & Life

 
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Barefoot Gen (1983)
Dagger of Kamui (1985)
Genshiken (2004)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Patlabor: The Mobile Police (1989)
Silent Service (1995)
The Tale of Genji (1987)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Top 10 - Mystery, Crime & Horror

 
Ayakashi (2006)
Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma (1989)
Fight! Iczer-1 (1985)
Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series (2006)
Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy (1987)
Rupan III: Legend of the Gold of Babylon (1985)
Neo Tokyo (1987)
Perfect Blue (1998)
Le Portrait de Petite Cossette (2004)
Shuten Doji: The Star Hand Kid 1 - Hyoki (1989)

Top 10 - School, Sports & Animals

 
A Dog of Flanders (1975)
Catnapped! (1998)
Cromartie High School (2003)
Jungle Emperor Leo (1997)
Kekko Kamen (1991)
Panda! Go, Panda! (1972)
Panda and the Magic Serpent (1958)
Project A-Ko (1986)
Tenjho Tenge: Ultimate Fight (2005)
Video Girl Ai (1992)

Top 10 - Experimental

 
Cat Soup (2001)
Deep Imagination Sozosuru Idenshitachi (2006) Divided in 5 shorts
1. Professor Dan Petory's Blues (2002)
2. End of the World (2002)
3. Comedy (2002)
4. Beyond (2002)
5. Junk Town (2006)
Hokuro Bros. the Origin (2007) Webseries 7 eps
Mt. Head (2002)
 
Kihachiro Kawamoto Film Works (2002) Divided in 10 animations
1. Hanaori: Breaking of Branches Is Forbidden (1968)
2. Anthropo-Cynical Farce (1970)
3. The Demon (1972)
4. Travel (1973)
5. The Poet's Life (1974)
6. Dojoji (1976)
7. House of Flame (1979)
8. Self Portrait (1988)
9. To Shoot Without Shooting (1988)
10. Briar-Rose Or the Sleeping Beauty (1990)
 
Naoyuki Tsuji Animation Collection (2007) Divided in 6 shorts
1. Trilogy About Clouds (2005) - SEEN
2. A Feather Stares at the Dark (2003) - SEEN
3. Experiment (1997)
4. Yoru no okite (1995)
5. Wake Up (1992) - SEEN
6. For Almost Forgotten Stories (1994) - SEEN
Yuki Terai: Secrets (2002) Webseries 6 eps
New Hal & Bons (2007) Series 9 eps
Urda: Third Reich (2003) Webseries 5 eps - SEEN
Visions of Frank (2007)

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The Best of the Rest - Science Fiction

8 Man After (1993)
A.Li.Ce (1999)
A.D. Police File 1: The Phantom Woman (1990)
A.D. Police File 2: The Ripper (1990)
A.D. Police File 3: The Man Who Bites His Tongue (1990)
Adieu, Galaxy Express 999 (1981)
Adventure Kid (1993)
Ai City (1986)
Akai Hayate (1992)
Alien Nine (2001)
Angel's Egg (1985)
The Animatrix (2003)
Appleseed (1988)
Appleseed (2004)
Assemble Insert (1989)
Babel II: Perfect Collection (1992)
Baldr Force Exe Resolution: Again (2006)
Baldr Force Exe Resolution: Truth (2007)
Baldr Force Exe Resolution: Rebuild (2007)
Baldr Force Exe Resolution: First Contact (2006)
Be Forever Yamato (1980)
Birth (1984)
Blame! (2003)
Capricorn (1991)
Casshan: Robot Hunter (1993)
Chobits (2002)
Cosmo Warrior Zero (2001)
Crusher Joe (1983)
Crusher Joe (1989)
Dangaizer 3 (1999)
Detonator Orgun (1991)
Original Dirty Pair #5: Affair of Nolandia (1985)
Original Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy (1990)
Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987)
Dominion (1988)
Full Metal Panic! the Second Raid (2005)
Galactic Pirates (1990)
Gatchaman (1994)
Gate Keepers 21 (2001)
Genesis Survivor Gaiarth (1992)
Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society (2006)
Goku Midnight Eye (1989)
Green Legend Ran (1992)
Grey: Digital Target (1986)
Iria: Zeiram the Animation (1993)
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998)
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (1993)
K.O. Beast (1992)
Kishin Corps (1993)
Mazinkaiser (2001)
Origin: Spirits of the Pas (2006)
Outlanders (1986)
Parasite Dolls (2002)
Phoenix 2772 (1980)
Saishu heiki kanojo: Another love song - Mission 1 (2005)
Saishu heiki kanojo: Another love song - Mission 2 (2005)
Sol Bianca (1991)
Sol Bianca: The Legacy (1999)
Space Battleship Yamato (1977)
Spirit of Wonder: Scientific Boys Club (2001)
Spriggan (1998)
Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko (1996)
Steamboy (2004)
Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)
They Were Eleven (1986)
Time Bokan (1975)
Twin Signal (1996)
Urusei Yatsura 3: Remember My Love (1985)
Urusei Yatsura: Inaba the Dreammaker (1987)
Urusei Yatsura: Raging Sherbet (1988)
Venus Wars (1989)
i -wish you were here (2001)

The Best of the Rest - Robot & Mecha

Big Wars (1993)
Bubblegum Crash! (1991)
Dangaioh (1987)
Freedom Project (2006)
Galaxy Fraulein Yuna (1995)
Giant Robo: The Animation (1991)
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (2000)
G-Saviour (2000)
Hades Project Zeorymer (1988)
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (1994)
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor: From Here To Eternity: Part 1 (1993)
Magune robo Ga kin (1976)
Megazone 23 (1985)
Megazone 23 II (1986)
Mobile Suit Gundam I (1981)
Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow (1981)
Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters In Space (1982)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988)
Plastic Little: The Adventures of Captain Tita (1994)
Please Save My Earth (1996)
RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio (2003)
The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman (1996)
Silent Mobius (1991)
Silent Mobius 2 (1992)
Space Adventure Cobra (1982)
Tekkaman Blade II (1994)
Terra E... (1980)
Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea (2004)

The Best of the Rest - Fantasy & Fairytales

A Tree of Palme (2002)
Angel: Sanctuary (2000)
Bastard!! (1992)
Brave Story (2006)
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie (1999)
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card (2000)
Dragon Half (1993)
El Hazard: The Magnificent World (1995)
Elf Princess Ren (1995)
FLCL (2000)
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)
Fushigi Yugi (1995)
Geobreeders (1998)
Hare+Guu (2001)
The Heroic Legend of Arslan (1991)
Jungle De Ikou (1997)
Junkers Come Here (1995)
Kaleido Star (2003)
Konjiki no Gash Bell!!: Unlisted Demon 101 (2004)
Luna Varga (1991)
Madara (1991)
Maetel legend (2000)
Magic Knight Rayearth (1994)
1001 Nights (1998)
Rei Rei (1993) SEEN
RG Veda (1992)
Saiyuki: Requiem (2005)
Slayers Gorgeous (1998)
The Sorcerer Hunters (1996)
Spirited Away (2001)
Strange Dawn (2002)
A Little Snow Fairy Sugar (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
The Weathering Continent (1992)
Windaria (1986)
X (1996)
X (2001)

The Best of the Rest - Action, Adventure & Games

.hack//Liminality Vol. 1: In the Case of Mai Minase (2002)
.hack//Liminality Vol. 2: In the Case of Yuki Aihara (2002)
.hack//Liminality Vol. 3: In the Case of Kyoko Tohno (2002)
.hack//Liminality Vol. 4: Trismegistus (2003)
.hack//SIGN: Intermezzo (2002)
.hack//SIGN: Unison (2003)
.hack//GIFT (2003)
Amon Saga (1986)
Aquarian Age Saga II: Don't Forget Me... (2003)
Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle (2004)
City Hunter: .357 Magnum (1989)
City Hunter: Bay City Wars (1990)
City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy (1990)
City Hunter: The Motion Picture (1997)
Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (1988)
Dragon Ball: The Path To Power (1996)
Dragon Ball Z: The Movie - The World's Strongest (1990)
Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (1995)
Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf (1992)
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals (1994)
Gestalt (1997)
The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
Golgo 13: Queen Bee (1998)
Harmagedon (1983)
Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005)
Legend of the Blue Wolves (1996)
Mega Man: Upon a Star (1993)
Metal Skin Panic Madox-01 (1987)
Mezzo Forte (1998)
Naruto: The Movie - Ninja Clash In the Land of Snow (2004)
New Fist of the North Star (2003)
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (1997)
Ninja Cadets! (1996)
Ogre Slayer (1995)
Pokemon: The First Movie (1999)
Pokemon: The Movie 2000 (2000)
Pokemon 4ever (2002)
Pokemon Heroes (2003)
Psychic Force (1996)
Psycho Diver (1995)
Shadow Skill (1995)
Blade of the Phantom Master (2004)
Shonan Bakusozoku: Bomber Bikers of Shonan (1987)
Shootfighter Tekken: Round 1 (1990)
Shootfighter Tekken: Round 2 (1990)
Shootfighter Tekken: Round 3 (1990)
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie (1996)
Street Fighter II (1994)
Suikoden: Demon Century (1993)
Sukeban Deka (1991)
Super Robot Wars: Original Generation: The Animation (2005)
Tales of Phantasia: The Animation (2004)
Taro the Dragon Boy (1979)
Tekken: The Motion Picture (1997)
The Samurai (1987)
Virgin Fleet (1991)
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer (1997)
Ys (1989)
Ys II: Castle In the Heavens (1992)
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (2004)
Zone of the Enders: Idolo (2001)

The Best of the Rest - Love & Death

Ah! My Goddess!: The Movie (2000)
Air (2005)
Arcadia of My Youth (1982)
Armitage: Dual Matrix (2002)
Black Jack (1996)  Divided in 12 OVA's
Cleopatra D.C. (1989)
Cleopatra: Queen of Sex (1970)
Darkside Blues (1994)
Early Reins (2003)
Earthian (1989)
Eight Clouds Rising (1997)
Galaxy Express 999: The Signature Edition (1979)
Gall Force: Eternal Story (1986)
Gall Force: Destruction (1987)
Gall Force: Stardust War (1988)
Goshu the Cellist (1982)
Harlock Saga: The Ring of Nibelung: The Rhinegold (1999)
Here Is Greenwood (1991)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Shin ningen kousaten (2006)  Serie 13 eps
I Shall Never Return (2006) SEEN
Interlude (2003)
Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time (2001)
Inuyasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass (2002)
Kimagure Orange Road: The Movie (1988)
New Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning (1996)
Kizuna (1994)
Kizuna: Much Ado About Nothing (1990)
Rumik World 3: Laughing Target (1987)
Marmalade Boy (1994)
Mirage of Blaze (2002)
My Sexual Harassment (2004) SEEN
The Secret of Blue Water (1990)
Ah! My Goddess! (1993)
Shonen Jump One Piece (1999)
One Pound Gospel (1989)
Otaku no video (1991)
Phantom Quest Corp. (1994)
Queen Emeraldas (1998)
Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose (1993)
Samurai Gold (1988) SEEN
Slow Step (1991)
Speed Racer (1967)
Peacock King: Spirit Warrior - Festival of Ogres' Revival (1988)
Peacock King: Spirit Warrior - Castle of Illusion (1989)
Peacock King: Harvest of the Cherry Blossoms (1991)
Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-oh-ki (1992)
Five Star Stories (1989)
The Tokyo Project (1988)
Tsubasa Chronicle the Movie: The Princess of the Country of Birdcages (2005)
Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You (1983)
Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)
Urusei Yatsura 6: Always, My Darling (1991)

The Best of the Rest - History, Politics, & Life

801 TTS Airbats (1994)
The Abashiri Family (1992)
All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku-Nuku (1992)
Animated Classics of Japanese Literature (1986)
Animation Runner Kuromi (2001)
Barefoot Gen 2 (1986)
Black Lion: Fear the Black Lion (1992)
Call of the Wild: Howl, Buck (1982)
The Cockpit: Kamikaze Stories (1994)
Comic Party: Revolution (2005)
Cosplay Complex (2002)
Darling (2003)
DNA Hunter (2002)
End of Summer (1994)
Fake (1996) SEEN
Rumik World 1: Fire Tripper (1986)
Garakuta-dori no Stain (2003)
Grrl Power (2004)
Idol Defence Force Hummingbird (1993)
Idol Project (1995)
If I See You In My Dreams (1998)
Kabuto (1992)
Kage (2004)
Kai Doh Maru (2001)
Lingeries (2003)
Madonna (1988)
My Santa (2005)
Ninku the Movie (1996)
Patlabor: The Mobile Police (1989)
Patlabor 2 (1993)
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002)
Phoenix (2004)
The Clockwork Ones (2000)
R.O.D Read Or Die (2001)
Sakura Wars: The Movie (1997)
Sakura Wars OVA (1997)
Sanctuary: The Movie (1996)
Submarine 707R (2003)
The Place Promised In Our Early Days (2004)
The Tragedy of Belladonna (1973)
Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987)
You're Under Arrest! The Motion Picture (1999)

The Best of the Rest - Mystery, Crime & Horror

3x3 Eyes (1991)
3x3 Eyes: Legend of the Divine Demon (1995)
Angelium (2004) SEEN
Armitage III (1994)
Baoh (1989)
Biohunter (1995)
Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
Blue Seed Beyond (1997)
Body Transfer (2003) SEEN
Detective Conan: The Timed Skyscraper (1997)
Chimera: Angel of Death (1997) SEEN
Yuwaku Count Down: Kagami Akira (1997)
Crying Freeman (1995)
Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990)
Cybernetics Guardian (1989)
Dark Cat (1991)
Dark Myth (1990)
Demon Beast Invasion (1990)
Hell City Shinjuku, US (1988)
Demon Prince Enma: Piguma - Corpseless Demon (2006)
Demon Prince Enma: Nobusuma - Rot-Pus Suck Demon (2006)
Demon Prince Enma: Karuma - Misery Swirling Demon (2007)
Demon Prince Enma: Enma (2007)
Devil Hunter Yohko (1991)
Devilman (1972)
Domain of Murder (1991)
Doomed Megalopolis: Special Edition (1991)
Ghost Sweeper Mikami (1993)
Guyver: Out of Control (1986)
Gregory Horror Show (1999)  Serie 25 eps
Koroshiya 1: The Animation Episode 0 (2002)
Judge (1991)
Karas: The Prophecy (2005)
Kite (1998)
Lupin the 3rd: The Movie - The Secret of Mamo (1978)
Lupin III: Bye Bye Liberty Crisis (1989)
Lupin III: Voyage To Danger (1993)
Lupin the Third: Dragon of Doom (1994)
Lupin III: Die, Nostradamus (1995)
Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995)
Lupin III: Dead Or Alive (1996)
Lupin the Third: The Legend of Twilight Gemini (1996)
Lupin III: Island of Assassins (1997)
Lupin the 3rd - Crisis In Tokyo (1998)
Lupin III: The Columbus Files (1999)
Lupin III: Missed By a Dollar (2000)
Rumik World: Mermaid Forest (1991)
Rumik World: Mermaid's Scar (1993)
Mind Game (2004)
Nightmare Campus (1996)
Reborn From Hell II: Jubei's Revenge (1996)
Ninja Resurrection (1997)
Oni-Tensei (2000)
Papuwa of the South Seas (1992)  Serie 42 eps
Pet Shop of Horrors (1999)
Dead Girls (2007)
Strait Jacket: The Cast (2007)
Tokyo Babylon (1992)
Tokyo Revelation (1994)
Legend of the Overfiend (1989)
Urotsukidoji II: Legend of the Demon Womb (1993)
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
Vampire Princess Miyu (1988)
Violence Jack: Evil Town (1986)
Violence Jack, Part 2: Hell's Wind (1988)
Violence Jack, Part 3: Slumking (1990)
Wicked City (1987)
Wrath of the Ninja (1987)
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie (1993)

The Best of the Rest - School, Sports, & Animals

Angel's Feather (2006)
Animal Treasure Island (1971)
Camp Pikachu (2002)
Free, Whale Peak (1991)
Trotting Hamtaro (2002)
I'll/CKBC (2002)
Jack and the Witch (1967)
Panda Kopanda Rainy Day Circus (1973)
Panda-Z: The Robonimation (2004)
The Mysterians (1957)
Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group (1987)
Project A-Ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody (1988)
Project A-Ko 4: Final (1989)
The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots (1969)
Gall Force: Stardust War (1988)
Hello Kitty (1993)

This is a list of the 500 top anime films and series according to the book "500 Essential Anime Movies - The Ultimate Guide." The book lists the top 10 works in each of 9 categories and then 410 additional "Best of the Rest" works.

There is no "Best of the Rest" for the Experimental category.