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Art house, avant-garde and experimental

Anime
byLethargic
May 17 2022, 4:39 PM | Updated Feb 18, 7:34 AM
Art house, in relation to cinema, is a genre of films that are intended to be serious artistic works rather than merely popular entertainment but the descriptor can also be applied to anime. Furthermore, avant-garde refers to innovative, experimental, radical or unorthodox concepts and techniques. This can of course also be used in reference to anime and manga.

As MAL currently sadly only allows a max of 50 entries on interests stacks this list mainly prioritises the stand out and most high quality examples of avant-garde and art house anime television shows, feature films, OVAs and short film compilations. For a more comprehensive list which features the numerous experimental short films on the site as well as manga, I direct you to my accompanying Art house, Avant-Garde and Experimental club of the same name.
Serial Experiments Lain
TV, 1998
8.09
773,646
Tenshi no Tamago
OVA, 1985
7.71
152,467
Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru
Movie, 1985
7.39
26,316
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
TV, 2010
8.56
449,533
Texhnolyze
TV, 2003
7.76
251,938
Nekojiru-sou
OVA, 2001
7.32
79,881
Aru Tabibito no Nikki
ONA, 2003
7.04
26,514
Kanashimi no Belladonna
Movie, 1973
7.17
50,214
A Piece of Phantasmagoria
OVA, 1995
6.22
5,261
Puparia
ONA, 2020
7.62
51,473
Perfect Blue
Movie, 1998
8.54
706,099
Kujira no Chouyaku
Movie, 1998
6.58
9,608
Fantascope: Tylostoma
OVA, 2006
6.80
4,952
Chika Gentou Gekiga: Shoujo Tsubaki
Movie, 1992
4.74
65,762
Inaka Isha
Movie, 2007
6.66
23,258
Ergo Proxy
TV, 2006
7.90
648,137
Mononoke
TV, 2007
8.42
326,472
Boogiepop wa Warawanai
TV, 2000
7.16
136,013
Mousou Dairinin
TV, 2004
7.67
418,973
Ginga no Uo Ursa Minor Blue
OVA, 1993
6.23
3,507
Vampire Hunter D (2000)
Movie, 2000
7.93
197,766
Innocence
Movie, 2004
7.78
162,465
1001 Nights
Movie, 1999
6.29
15,323
Shanshui Qing
Movie, 1988
6.55
2,251
Youjuu Toshi
Movie, 1987
6.44
56,236
Ping Pong the Animation
TV, 2014
8.62
392,778
Memories
Movie, 1995
7.71
134,362
Kago Shintarou Anime Sakuhin Shuu
OVA, 2008
4.80
6,081
3-tsu no Kumo
Movie, 2005
4.65
2,107
Mind Game
Movie, 2004
7.78
86,102
Manie-Manie: Meikyuu Monogatari
Movie, 1987
7.06
34,150
Kaiba
TV, 2008
8.14
152,005
The Flying Luna Clipper
OVA, 1987
5.82
2,061
Tokyo Loop
Movie, 2006
5.07
2,297
Sonny Boy
TV, 2021
7.79
309,223
Paprika
Movie, 2006
8.04
542,628
Yoru no Okite
Movie, 1995
3.83
2,030
Tekkon Kinkreet
Movie, 2006
7.94
111,876
Kemonozume
TV, 2006
7.35
75,211
Aku no Hana
TV, 2013
7.14
224,975
Genius Party
Movie, 2007
7.13
38,933
Grim
Movie, 1985
5.70
927
Kuuchuu Buranko
TV, 2009
7.91
94,017
Kiseichuu no Ichiya
Movie, 1972
5.07
2,791
Nido to Mezamenu Komoriuta
Movie, 1985
5.62
4,066
Muybridge no Ito
Movie, 2011
6.10
1,978
Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
Movie, 2002
5.98
10,787
Yokoo's 3 Animation Films
Movie, 1964
4.39
1,253
Fuyu no Hi
Movie, 2003
6.02
4,687

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