Here is a list of the best anime to be found, the best ever made, those that have made a lasting impression on the viewers. Whether it is anime movies or tv series, and if you call them animes or mangas, these are just really good at what they do. The top 10 anime from high to extremely high, okay all right four more:
14. Samurai Champloo
13. Street Fighter Alpha
12. Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z / Dragon Ball GT
11. Lain / Serial Experiment Lain / SE Lain
10. Prinses Mononoke
9. Naruto / Naruto Shippuden
8. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
7. Death Note
6. The Guyver
5. Samurai X (Trust and Betrayal) / Kenshin the Vagabond
Beautifully drawn and animated samurai epic, with a classic and deep thoughtful story.
Story: Taken by slavers when he was a child, when an encounter with bandits kills off everyone but Himura Kenshin as he is rescued. He is found by a master of the Divine Justice School of Swordmanship, a school known to be deadly. Taken by the master, Kenshin is trained in this school, only to leave before finishing so that he may join the Meiji restoration and help prevent further tragedies like his own. Thus is born the Battousai, the greatest strength of the Ishin Patriots, a boy of 15 who kills for the sake of building a new, better world. One night, he comes across a mysterious woman, Tomoe. He must hide with her when the revolution stumbles. They marry for appearances, but soon fall in love. Tomoe has another reason to be with Kenshin, one she regrets but cannot stop. Revenge must be satisfied, and only blood can still its hunger.
4. Fist of the North Star / FotNS / Hokuto no Ken
A raw fighting tale of epic proportions, where science fiction takes us back to the basics, to a future world where mythical fighting powers and deceit rule supreme.
Story: At the aftermath of a global-scale nuclear war, the majority of earth's surface has become deserted wasteland, with most of the world's survivors fighting over the few uncontaminated food and water supplies. Kenshiro, the successor of the deadly martial art Hokuto Shinken, is traveling the world with his fiancee Yuria when they're confronted by Ken's former friend Shin of the Nanto Seiken. After defeating Ken in combat, Shin engraves the seven stab wounds on Ken's chest and leaves him for dead, taking Yuria with him. Ken's eldest brother Raoh, having witnessed the fight without intervening, Roah claims the title as successor and kills his Master Ryuken in the process. He now proclaims to become the ruler of the new world. When Ken learns that his brother Jagi has been impersonating him in an attempt to tarnish his reputation and draw him out, he heads to Jagi's lair and defeats him. Learning the location of his girlfriend he sets out to find her and hunt down Shin and his brother Raoh and their huge army.
This science fiction story brings us the future with such a charimatic design and drawingstyle that it is imposing, the story throws us into Neo-Tokyo in the year 2019 after World War III.
Story: 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.
2. Ghost in the Shell
Beautifully animated science fiction, in a complicated world where humanity and technology are no longer clearly seperated. The deep story seductively begs you to think it through.
Story: In the future, life between the digital and physical world has been blurred. The boundary of technology and humanity has been stretched beyond imagination with lives being led in both the electronic and physical worlds. With the melding of man and machine, a new cybernetic level of existence is being created. An existence that continues to redefine mankind. Major Motoko Kusanagi is a beautiful cyborg who works for Section 29, Japan's secret police force, in the year 2029. Motoko's supervisor, Aramaki, orders her to find Puppet Master, a sinister computer terrorist created by a rival organization. Helping her is fellow cyborg Bateau and the almost entirely human agent Togusa. Because their prey has the ability to hack into the minds of his enemies, the evil villain must be stopped as soon as possible. But as the tough cops close in on their target, Motoko realizes that she and Puppet Master seem to have a lot in common.
1. Ninja Scroll
This stylish and well designed mythical tale has an amazingly varying and action packed story. It successfully established the subgenres of Ninja's and Samurais in the anime world and in many aspects still holds the crown.
Story: A ninja-for-hire is forced into fighting an old nemesis who is bent on overthrowing the Japanese government. His nemesis is also the leader of a group of demons each with superhuman powers. A team of Koga Ninja is sent to investigate a plague in Shimoda village, but on their way they are slaughtered. The only survivor is Kagero, who is captured by her assailant, a huge stone golem called Tessai. Jubei is wandering noble sword for hire, but when a chance meeting leads him to save a young ninja woman named Kagero from being raped by the giant Tessai, he makes enemies with a group of demonic humans. Jubei and the woman part ways but later Dakuan a government Tokugawa shogunate spy forces Jubei to join up with her again and investigate the mysterious death of an entire village. The investigation reveals a conspiracy involving the demons and a man from Jubei's past who is supposed to be dead. As they get closer to the truth the demons close in on them and pretty soon Jubei finds himself in a deadly fight with many super strong inhuman opponents.
Soon to come.