The definitive best anime list. Numbers 1 through 10 will shock you.
Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Death Note. These anime are literally trash compared to the incredible titles on this list.
Editor’s Note: By “literally” we mean “figuratively.”
Editor’s Note: By “trash” we mean “generally considered pretty good by most.”
After extensively researching literally (Editor’s Note: See above) every anime in existence, I have managed to objectively identify the ten best anime ever made. The following anime are so good that they need no introduction, so I guess that means this paragraph was a waste of time. Someone remind me to fix my backspace key.
10: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender is a cornerstone of what makes an anime an anime. All too often, fans will argue whether esoteric works like Senpai Club actually count as anime, but you’ll find none of this debate surrounding Avatar. Avatar: The Last Airbender would go on to spawn a sequel called The Legend of Korra, which is like The Legend of Zelda if Zelda was a girl.
Fun Fact: Despite the show’s critical acclaim, the movie adaptation of Avatar was panned by fans and critics. This is likely because the film strayed too far from the source material, as director James Cameron decided to add a lot of blue cat people for some reason.
9: Kizuna AI
Kizuna AI is set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world that explores the only logical outcome of Elon Musk’s prediction of fully realized artificial intelligence by 2029. After becoming the god-queen of Neo Tokyo, the titular Kizuna AI sets out on a quest for revenge against the scientists who created her. Along the way, she uploads videos to Youtube where she plays video games.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: how can she play video games if she doesn’t have real hands!? I’m not sure of the answer myself, but once you’re 200 episodes in, it starts to make sense.
Fun Fact: Kizuna AI is unrelated to virtual diva Hatsune Miku, even though both are undoubtedly works of anime.
8: Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo is perhaps better known by its Japanese name Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The story follows Lu Bu – known as Johnny Bravo in the English localization – and his conquest to conquer all of Asia. Along the way, Johnny Bravo / Lu Bu deals with impossibly bad luck with women, to the point that his potential suitors are told “do not pursue Lu Bu.”
Fun Fact: Johnny Bravo is modeled after the legendary musician Hyde, who is best known for his work with L’arc en Ciel.
7: That one scene in The Amazing World of Gumball that was an anime even though the show is a Western cartoon.
Mom is the most OP character class in all of anime. This is canon.
Fun Fact: This scene was actually fully animated using Adobe Dreamweaver.
6: Wheel of Fortune
Originally airing in 1975, Wheel of Fortune is a card battling anime that’s considered the precursor to Yu-Gi-Oh. Wheel of Fortune tells the story of Pat Sajak, a 12 year old boy who can harness the power of the major arcana to summon powerful monsters. Accompanied by his babysitter, White-Senpai, the two face down hoards of warriors who seek to steal their family’s fortune. We recommend watching all 6000 episodes in order to get the full experience.
Fun Fact: During the final boss of Persona 3, the line “the arcana is the means by which all is revealed” is repeated numerous times. This is a reference to Pat Sajak’s iconic catchphrase that he shouts whenever he plays the “Darkest Black Night Bankruptcy” card.
5: The Room
The Room, based off the Record of Lodoss War mythos, is about a half-orc necromancer named Johnny and his wife Lisa. After narrowly escaping with their lives in the “1000 Year War of Spoons,” the two must overcome a new monster they never saw coming: infidelity. High Elf Paladin Mark – who is subtly implied to be Johnny’s best friend – casts a charm spell on Lisa in an effort to destroy Johnny. If you can imagine a cross between Paranoia Agent and Mirai Nikki, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect of The Room.
It’s impossible to talk about The Room without mentioning its amazing production values. The musical score by Yoko Shimomura is perfectly complimented by the incredibly lifelike animation from Gainax Studios. If it weren’t for the fact that no human being could possibly portray Johnny, you’d be forgiven for thinking The Room wasn’t animation at all.
Fun Fact: The Room‘s English localization was handled by Wiseau Films, an independent company founded by Ben Affleck. The English dub is notorious for its troubled production, which is why many lines are not properly lip synced.
Legos changed anime forever by not actually being animation, but instead blocks that you can play with.
If you’re wondering how this counts as anime, then… you know, obviously, you just don’t get it.
Fun Fact: The Lego Movie is anime, The Lego Batman Movie is not, but half of The Lego Ninjago Movie counts. Just don’t think about it too hard.
3: Doki Doki Literature Club
On the surface, Doki Doki Literature Club looks like a
game anime that fans only like because of the cute anime girls.
However, if you dig deeper, you’ll find out that fans really like Doki Doki Literature Club because it’s secretly psychological horror.
But wait! If you dig even deeper, you’ll find out that fans really like Doki Doki Literature Club because it’s an elaborate front for another
game anime ??? called Project Libitina.
But… get this: if you dig even deeper than that, you’ll actually find out that the truly hardcore fans like Doki Doki Literature Club because of the cute anime girls.
Fun Fact: Doki Doki is the Japanese onomatopoeia for the iconic Final Fantasy battle theme baseline. In other words, if someone says “you make my heart go doki doki,” that means they want to fight you.
Okay, so Gemr obviously isn’t an anime, I admit it. However, Gemr is a platform for fans and collectors to chat and show off their stash. All of us on staff are dedicated fans ourselves, so we work around the clock to deliver the high quality product that you deserve.
I really want to drive home that most of us spend a lot of man hours polishing Gemr. Meanwhile, I wrote this very helpful list.
Fun Fact: My backspace key still doesn’t work.
1: Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls
Since time immemorial, mankind has depicted cats as gods and goddesses. This was cosmic foreshadowing to the creation of Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls, the greatest work of art ever created.
Honestly, I don’t even know how to describe Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls. But to be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Neko Sugar Girls. For starters, all the dialogue in the show is spoken in an idiosyncratic language that fuses English, Spanish, and Japanese vocabulary. It’s similar in execution to James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, except more intellectually demanding. Also, the avant-garde animation is extremely complex. The myriad levels of meaning in every frame are so nuanced that author SoapOpera46 actually warns the audience “Ahh! Too fast! XC” in the opening.
To say Neko Sugar Girls is of the same artistic merit as the Mona Lisa would be an insult to Neko Sugar Girls. In fact, any comparison would be an insult to Neko Sugar Girls. It’s unfortunate that Clannad stole Neko Sugar Girls’ OST wholesale, despite lacking any emotional moments on par with SoapOpera46’s opus. In short, Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls is a masterpiece. No other anime even comes close to holding a candle to its majesty. Except maybe Seinfeld.
Fun Fact: April Fools’ Day is my favorite holiday.