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byShizuna
Apr 12 2024, 1:45 AM | Updated Apr 12, 5:32 AM
This is a community project — fifty members of the anime discussion forum bundled together and added one entry each. If you find yourself wondering what you should watch next and have nothing specific in mind, why not give this list a try?

Thread link: https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=2155137

Feel free to share your thoughts about the items on this list there.

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
OVA, 1988, 110 eps Me:- Author:-
Shizuna:
・This anime has started airing before most of us here were born and by watching it one can experience a completely different era of animation and storytelling.
・It provides the viewer with a relatively deep discussion on politics & philosophy without being a propaganda piece, something severely lacking in modern era of entertainment.
・The story pacing is slow, but grand in scale — it is a long journey that doesn't cut corners.
・While it is mainly focused on a few main characters, there is a great number of other characters whose personalities and unique backgrounds, beliefs & circumstances explored in a great detail.
・The only downside about LotGH is that there are no hot girls here, so you'll have to somehow manage 110 episodes without them!
Ookami to Koushinryou
TV, 2008, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
SgtBateMan:
> Finely aged characterisation
> Impressive character designs
> Expressive direction and intergrally imaginative adaptation
> Independent from relying on fanservice to engage people
> Organically interesting conversation
> Bonus for overwhelming soundtrack
Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi
TV, 2021, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Zarutaku:
Because it raises the outrage threshold of snowflakes.
Hibike! Euphonium
TV, 2015, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
BitChilly:
- Captures the feeling of youth and high school
- Strong narrative themes about warmth, the spirit of youth and adolescence, and learning from failure and one’s own motivation
- KyoAni, self-explanatory
- Well-grounded drama revolving around the central goal and the character interactions with one another
- Human and natural characters
- Simple and straightforward yet heartfelt story
- Heavily relatable to musicians and particularly those who are/were band members
Serial Experiments Lain
TV, 1998, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
tchitchouan:
Experience the psyche and twisted mind of an autistic and introverted shy girl with multiple personality disorder and advanced computer hacking skills.

Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo
TV, 2012, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Horizon248:
・ Good drama romance that made me feel a lot of emotions when I first watched it.
・ There's a character for almost everyone in this show, I've never met anyone who flat out hated it.
・ Great voice talent and music for those who care about audio.
・ The name of the anime is somewhat misleading so it's a good fit for a public interest stack lol.
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
TV, 2010, 11 eps Me:- Author:-
JessicaKari:
The Tatami Galaxy is a show that speaks to the anxiety of not getting the most out of life and feeling overwhelmed with decisions especially coming into one’s own in adulthood—but can be applicable to any stage of life.

In a world where anxiety is a constant presence, this show replicates those feelings through its chaotic format and subject matter and the experience is absolutely cathartic.

Not to mention it accomplishes this in only 11 episodes, and features a unique art style as well as an episodic approach that lends to the overall narrative.

It takes a second to get accustomed to the speed of the main characters internal dialogue, but is well worth the adjustment!

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi: When They Cry

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
TV, 2006, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
TheMinkalex:
-it's a amazing show, but you need the second season to really grasp the time loop element
-best Yukari Tamura-performance
-better than Gou and Sotsu
-it has a mystery, but also a horror, comedy and moe-flavor! ^-^
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
TV, 1992, 46 eps Me:- Author:-
MinakoBestGirl:
Interesting story
The characters and character interactions
The slice of life and filler episodes are entertaining
The artstyle and backgrounds are beautiful
The soundtrack is beautiful
Minako/Sailor Venus
Bleach
TV, 2004, 366 eps Me:- Author:-
LenRea:
Because you either get bored of it and drop it, or you grow to love it because of stockholm syndrome and get a Bleach tattoo. The newer seasons also rock.
Ben-To
TV, 2011, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Otakupervert890:
Absurd plot with badass fight by the guys who did JoJo before JoJo.(David production)
Accel World
TV, 2012, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Eternal-Destiny:
If you want to watch anime about virtual reality but you aren't into fantasy settings like Sword Art Online and its knockoffs then this anime might be for you.


Sadly both of its anime and manga adaptations are incomplete so if you have the time read the original light novels if you can.
Fate/Zero
TV, 2011, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
FZREMAKE:
Great characters, wonderful action, beautiful animation, a memorable plot, lore heavy and a masterpiece that everyone should witness. If you feel jumbled about fate and think you might not get into it, then start with this.
Violet Evergarden
TV, 2018, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Aletheia_xxx:
I thought the story was beautiful, trying to define what 'I love you' means.

It had sad moments and joyful moments and a whole bunch of other emotions throughout the season, and not many other animes can give you so many feelings in the span of a single episode.

Excellent animation too. And don't get me started on the OST.

Shinsekai yori

From the New World

Shinsekai yori
TV, 2012, 25 eps Me:- Author:-
Fluffygreygrass:
- A psychological and horror anime set in a post apocalyptic world. This setting alone makes this anime really unique.
- The art style is really gorgeous and the backgrounds and sceneries are really detailed which really helps bring out the post apocalyptic theme.
- The storytelling spans across several years and you get to see the characters grow and develop in a span of 26 episodes.
- Lastly, the story and plot is really disturbing and it will tear you up especially because you would’ve gotten attached to the characters.

TitanOfPlasma:
A great coming-of-age happening in one of the most interesting worlds out there
Consequently, excellent world building
Spanning many years through time, it has one of the best character developments from anime
Every episode will leave you thinking
But, at the same time, it is one of those animes where you just want too keep binging episode after episode
Dvorak's 9th Symphony - 2nd movement, if you're into classical music.
One of the best anime villains ever

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

A Place Further Than The Universe

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho
TV, 2018, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
nishant0:
It’s short and complete anime, so don’t have to wait for the sequel, it’s cgdct adventure, animation is beautiful and who doesn’t like female characters with strong determination that can even reach a place further than the universe.

Juuni Kokuki

The Twelve Kingdoms

Juuni Kokuki
TV, 2002, 45 eps Me:- Author:-
trinitroglycerin:
One absolute masterpiece of an isekai from the 2000s, the time were other world/ fantasy stories were still good. It's got one the best worldbuilding and one of my favorite FMC of all anime
Gakuen Handsome
TV, 2016, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
TRC_Randy:
Waste 30 min of your life on the greatest BL anime series ever.

Joshikousei no Mudazukai

Wasteful Days of High School Girls

Joshikousei no Mudazukai
TV, 2019, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Kenrin:
Funniest shit I've ever seen, unironically. I don't think there's any other piece of media that made me laugh this much.
Hachimitsu to Clover
TV, 2005, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
TsutanaiFuun:
Revolves around life of college students. Extremely wholesome, deep and profound anime. It will make you laugh, cry, think and you will end up falling in love with it. Lovable characters and story which stays with you. Relatable if ever were/are a university student. Lots of drama, romance and comedy, perfect recipe to create a favourite.
Mawaru Penguindrum
TV, 2011, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Thanatos1:
・The visuals are good and has nice OP/ED and music. Very SHAFT/Shinbou like style.
・Is dense with metaphors and difficult to watch but very rewarding once you're able to 'get' all of it
・Has cute penguins
Shirobako
TV, 2014, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
AkeZZZ:
- It's a good starting point if you want to know more about anime industry and how anime was produced.
- Quite an emotional series when you're watching a group of people who have their dream and try to achieve it.
Mononoke
TV, 2007, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Pokitaru:
This anime dives deep into feudal Japan, following the Medicine Seller as he tackles some intriguing mysteries and confronts these spirits called Mononoke. The art is pretty cool, with its unique visual style that really sets the tone for the series. Plus, the animation is smooth and well made, adding to the overall atmosphere. The stories are engaging, and the mix of Japanese folklore and psychological drama keeps things interesting. It's like piecing together a puzzle with each episode.
So, if you're into something a bit different, give Mononoke a shot—you might find it worth your while.

Grand Blue

Grand Blue Dreaming

Grand Blue
TV, 2018, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
IsaacNewton2:
It is simply the funniest and most entertaining comedy anime I have ever watched, funny and entertaining characters, Waifus, incredible Opening, slapstick humor, and the vibe this anime gives is extraordinary.

I don't know how to describe it well, but it's an incredible anime

Shiroi Suna no Aquatope

The Aquatope on White Sand

Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
TV, 2021, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
JaniSIr:
It has aquariums. And girls literally just working.
Hajime no Ippo
TV, 2000, 75 eps Me:- Author:-
Mr_Libra:
- Shows you that success is not final and failure is not fatal.
-> What counts is the courage to keep going.
- The story is simple but enjoyable.
- You don't have to know the rules to enjoy watching.
- The story is serious when it needs to be, but also has some funny moments.
Cardcaptor Sakura
TV, 1998, 70 eps Me:- Author:-
rho34:
- I want more people to watch magical girls beyond madoka.
- Get people into "older" anime.
- A show with lolis, that doesn't have sexual-fanservice(if that's a plus point for you).
- I want people to realize that a show where the target demographic is kids, can be enjoyed by anyone, and doesn't automatically mean it's low quality.
- Good life lesson to be learned.
- LOTS of different outfits!
- Extremely cute!
Texhnolyze
TV, 2003, 22 eps Me:- Author:-
NightVampire:
It's the darkest and most depressing anime ever made. It's a thrilling story about a cyberpunk dystopian world. It's a trip of despair from start to finish. With recognizable art style by Abe Yoshitoshi. Animated by Madhouse in their best years. And it's completed story.

3-gatsu no Lion

March Comes In Like a Lion

3-gatsu no Lion
TV, 2016, 22 eps Me:- Author:-
shign:
It's some of the most mature drama out there, it depicts depression and the struggle to leave it in a very realistic way. Anime is also visually a treat for the eyes, any fan of serious drama should watch it.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
TV, 2007, 27 eps Me:- Author:-
LSSJ_Gaming:
The animation and music in that show are superb and both the original Japanese audio and dub audio are high quality experiences. It's considered a classic for good reasons.
To LOVE-Ru
TV, 2008, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Catalano:
it's a fun comedy with hot girls caught up in sexy situations, be prepared for any crazy shenanigan happening in a school environment or on planet thousand light years away

Shin Getter Robo tai Neo Getter Robo

Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo

Shin Getter Robo tai Neo Getter Robo
OVA, 2000, 4 eps Me:- Author:-
PlasticRobot:
A classic coming out right at the turn of the century. Beautiful animation and robust sound design compose four episodes of raw super robot action. A great first taste to newcomers of the broader Getter Robo franchise, as well as this particular subgenre of mecha anime.
Made in Abyss
TV, 2017, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Largo_:
Amazing fantasy/advanture show with some great world building and moments you won't ever forget

Nichijou

Nichijou - My Ordinary Life

Nichijou
TV, 2011, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Scavendgarr:
- great art style and art direction
- slice of life that actually have plot progressions
- wholesome, adorable, and relatable casts
- it's actually one of the best from kyoani, and kyoani never misses
- high quality production for comedic slice of life, and one of the highest quality production in anime history
- watch it and your standard of anime will be raised forever
- all the OP and ED are bangers, and it has 16 ED for 26 eps show.
- slice of life with a lot of sakuga, what more do you want?

Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara

Iroduku: The World in Colors

Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara
TV, 2018, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Dazonwraith:
- Mixing magic n real life.
- Movielike graphic.
- Sol, romance, school, time travel.
- Quite much night scene.
- If you are looking a character personality pretty close to Iroha/Nanami Minami/Ai Miyashita.

Toaru Majutsu no Index

A Certain Magical Index

Toaru Majutsu no Index
TV, 2008, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
BerriesSan:
・Toaru has, Ideas. Its a story filled with unique and interesting Concepts and Ideas, all that stimulate your creative juices as a viewer/reader in a way that is very addictive. Its a story with too many things to offer, Highschool, Romcom, Comedy, Shounen Action, Fantasy, Underworld Mafia, Science Fiction, Slice of Life, and yet somehow it is able to do all of these things one by one very satisfactorily, and also bring all of them together to co-exist in a Verse than itself has a longer-running slightly grander narrative.
・It wears its 2000s anime aesthetic as a Harem, Ecchi series proudly like it absolutely should, so if you are craving that nostalgic and fun vibe, Toaru baby.
・insane quality of characters. so many lovable and memorable characters to meet, Discover the stories of and Rep all your life. Somehow, only even 1/3rd of the story has a larger and more dynamic cast than Durarara had in its run.
・Toaru has a lot of side stories, thats part of the appeal and helps to immerse you in the activities of Academy city (the main location of everything in the story.)
・If you like The Chuuni Esper or Magic shit, but feel annoyed that every series that attempts to implement them does it very stupidly and feels kinda dumb, Toaru does it all with a remarkable consistency, and never takes it in an annoyingly edgy kinda direction.
・Experiencing toaru is an adventure of its own, you get immersed in the world, wrapped up in various stories, and enjoy alongside the characters.
Ping Pong the Animation
TV, 2014, 11 eps Me:- Author:-
-DxP-:
What looks like a boring sports anime is a true masterpiece. The unusual art style is very striking. We have many different characters someone who gives everything, someone who has everything, someone who loses everything. The anime shows us from a melodramatic perspective 11 episodes of the finest sports drama that should not be missed.
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
ONA, 2022, 10 eps Me:- Author:-
Coaghim:
Instead of coming with an oldie or an extremely popular one, I pick one that is relatively new from 2022. IMO the story in the anime outshines the story of the game. Even the characters in the anime are better then the characters of the game.

Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume Yuujinchou
TV, 2008, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Serafos:
The king of yokai anime.

- 6 seasons + specials + movie. Many interesting stories and characters.
- Mostly a wholesome and relaxing atmosphere.
- Excellent soundtrack. Every OP/ED fits the show perfectly.
- Nyanko-sensei is just awesome. He's one of the funniest anime characters of all time.
xxxHOLiC
TV, 2006, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
kirA_-_:
Very underrated anime , good cast , interesting storyline and very good development of the characters. If you like spirits I the other world, stories its the best out of everything

Digimon Adventure

Digimon: Digital Monsters

Digimon Adventure
TV, 1999, 54 eps Me:- Author:-
DigiCat:
- Incredible worldbuilding and character developement for a kids anime
- Great balance between deep emotional storylines and wacky lighthearted humor
- There's a character for everyone to relate to
- It's got adorable digital monsters :3
Dorohedoro
TV, 2020, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Nemo_Niemand:
Yes, it's 3D animation, but 3D haters just should deal with their prejudices, because the animation is nice and smooth enough to not bother you.
The show may attract both lovers of new anime, since it aired not long ago and the new season has already been announced, and oldschool fans, since it's a faithful adaptation of a legendary manga from 00s.
The story is pure Tarantino: insane twists, comical violence and dark humor. It's both grim and funny at the same time. Some may find it overly wacky and absurd, but that's its charm.
One more interesting detail: the story was created by a woman, and she managed to create a really good representation of woman characters, who were made pretty attractive in both visual and personal aspects.
The show definitely was made with love and deserves attention.

Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

Saint Seiya
TV, 1986, 114 eps Me:- Author:-
Adnash:
An iconic shounen anime, adapting equally iconic manga created by Masami Kurumada. Beautiful art style (especially character designs) and stunning music, combined with interesting plot heavily influenced by Greek mythology and with main characters representing different types of masculinity. As many shounen series from 1980s, apart from action it tries to convey values of friendship, honor, justice, firm resolve, determination. One of the best shounen anime ever made that was good back then and holds up well even today.
Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Kaanere:
After a devastating war, two girls wander arround the remains of their city while learning about the world that preceded them.

The animation and ambience are beautiful, I especially love the contrast between the CGDCT and the bleak, post-apocalyptic setting.

Houseki no Kuni

Land of the Lustrous

Houseki no Kuni
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
SouthRzVa:
- Masterclass use of CGI
- Likeable cast with a very relatable MC voiced by Tomoyo Kurosawa (imagine Kumiko from Hibike! Euphonium but made out of gems)
- Immersive OST
- Intriguing story with most of its lore being revealed by Episode 3 (if I remember correctly)
- Antarcticite my beloved ♥
Fruits Basket 1st Season
TV, 2019, 25 eps Me:- Author:-
WaffleMaster89:
Reuses the tale of the Chinese zodiac in a fun and unique way set in modern Japan. Although it has its happy moments, Fruits Basket goes into heavy hitting topics such as the human condition and how we see and value life in relation to ourselves and others. Has a masterpiece of a soundtrack to go along with it.

Shinseiki Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shinseiki Evangelion
TV, 1995, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Tabbs919:
-if you want an iconic anime, look no further
-arguably the best OP of all time (beautiful ED too tho!)
-arguably the best psychological and mecha anime of all time
-unforgettably complex characters of all ages with incredible character growth and depictions of their mentalities
-top quality animation for its time
-themes that will always hold up
-a unique and special story with mind blowing plot points
-takes extreme risks that actually deliver imo
-the dark atmosphere fits perfectly
-soundtrack is beautifully crafted to fit the dark atmosphere
-able to perfectly insert comedic moments for levity amidst the darkness, and they are unironically hilarious
-uniquely amazing setting
-strikingly memorable and haunting villains (the Angels) with astonishingly fun, hype, stressful, and frightening fight scenes to go along
-imo the best, most nastiest yet unsettling mecha designs of all time…they go beyond just mechas
-takes your mind on an transcendent introspective journey
-possibly the most difficult anime to define because of the way it makes you feel, at least to many people
-obligatory movie End of Evangelion after the show
-Mommy Misato.
-amen
Stratos 4
TV, 2003, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Archean-Return:
- Immersive and beautiful depiction of Shimoji Island and its inhabitants
- Epic meteor-destroying premise with solid attention paid to the technical aspects of aviation
- Likeable cast and a main character who undergoes steady development in both her skills and mentality as the anime goes on
- Some nice ecchi scenes that aren't so common as to define the anime, but make for neat eyecandy when they do appear
- Exceptional soundtrack, especially the final ED and the OP
- Introduces rising stakes and slightly supernatural elements to the plot while still managing to weave them into the premise cohesively
- The comedy is also decent, and often plays into the narrative in the sort of subversive way you wouldn't expect

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
TV, 2006, 25 eps Me:- Author:-
Mindnight:
A compelling blend of storytelling, character development, and thematic depth that appeals to a wide audience.
Scrapped Princess
TV, 2003, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Zalis:
* A non-isekai fantasy series with sci-fi elements included.
* Combat/action escalates from hand-to-hand / swords and sorcery to epic mecha duels.
* Cool and compelling characters, including the bratty-yet-noble female lead who has the whole world out to get her.
* 24 episodes allow this "traveling adventure" time to breathe, with multiple distinct arcs. Some comedic scenes help break up the drama, at least early on.
* A small amount of fanservice scenes, but nowhere near enough to qualify as untagged ecchi.
* Many characters named after weapons, for all the gun-ota out there.
* Theme songs and music from Masami Okui and Masumi Itou, for those who might feel nostalgia for the sounds of the late 90s and early 2000s.
* One of the earliest adaptations from the now-legendary Studio Bones (made just before Fullmetal Alchemist '03), and tells a complete story -- no "go read the novels if you want more lol" ending.

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