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Japanese: ニードレス
English: Needless
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2009 to Dec 11, 2009
Premiered: Summer 2009
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:30 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi, EcchiEcchi
Theme: Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.231 (scored by 6019560,195 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #28542
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1430
Members: 137,508
Favorites: 528

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At the onset of World War III, nobody could have predicted the effect it would have on Japan. While it had officially ended fifty years ago in 2150, its battles still persist. Large, mysterious areas known as "Blackspots" appeared across the country, filled with the contaminated ruins of cities and countrysides. Those inside were trapped to halt the spread of contamination, and their powers began to mutate—be they shapeshifters, pyromancers, or controllers of gravity itself—they all became known as the Needless.

Adam Blade is one such Needless, possessing remarkable regenerative abilities and incredible strength. In order to restore peace to a war-torn Japan, he and his allies must fight together to rise against a heinous research group by the name of Simeon.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Chihara, Minori


Imai, Asami


Makino, Yui


Katou, Emiri

Arclight, Adam

Touchi, Hiroki


Oogo, Hirotsugu
Sakoi, Masayuki
Director, Storyboard
Numata, Seiya
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Setting
Takakuwa, Hajime
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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1: "Modern Strange Cowboy" by GRANRODEO  (eps 1-13)
2: "Scarlet Bomb!" by Aki Misato (eps 14-24)

Ending Theme

1: "Aggressive Zone" by Needless★Girls+ (eps 1-13)
2: "WANTED! for the love" by Needless★Girls+ (eps 14-23)
3: "Modern Strange Cowboy" by GRANRODEO  (eps 24)

Dec 19, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Typically shounen style action series are not usually my thing. I find them to be completely silly and juvenile and cater to a demographic that I am just not a part of. The posturing and trash talking, the ridiculous reversals of fortune, and the long drawn out nature of the fighting usually cause me to lose interest. Honestly I am surprised this appeals so much to teenage males, who typically have the attention span of a goldfish. However, initially Needless seemed to be different, and appeared as more of a parody and comedy with an extremely enjoyable female lead. Eventually ...
Aug 29, 2010
Needless is not for everyone, but it is a fantastic show as long as you watch it for what it is and are able to enjoy it for what it is. Still, while it was still airing I got the feeling that most people had misconceptions.

First of all, Needless is not a shounen. Needless is a shounen-parody. Or actually if I stick to proper genres I would agree that it's a seinen, and the reason why it is "full of shounen clichés" is because it makes fun of those classic elements by overacting them till they reach grotesque levels. It's important to understand that that ...
May 14, 2011
NEEDLESS was one of the first anime I started watching as it was airing, when I first got into streaming new shows via fansubs. The shininess of watching brand-new shows hours after airing in Japan still hadn't worn off for me, so that may have somewhat influenced my opinion of the show. Regardless, NEEDLESS is a crazy, action-packed, explosion- and fanservice-filled ride through a post-apocalyptic wasteland straight out of Fist of the North Star or sCRYed.

My reviews have gotten a lot of 'Unhelpfuls', so I'm gonna try and stick with the usual format and see if that's more palatable.

Story - 6/10

Unfortunately, this is ...

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