|Slice of Life, Sci-Fi, Fantasy||Aria is a three part anime. The first part introduces the characters, the second introduces the world. Gorgeous art work, and well-thought out. Mostly an episodic series. It is recommended to start on Aria the Animation. You won't be disappointed.|
|Action, Super Powers, Steampunk||Yasuhiro Imagawa's homage to mangaka Mitsuteru Yokoyama's career. In the retro-future, the world's energy needs are solved by the invention of the Shizuma drive; a non polluting and reusable energy source. In the shadows of this new era of prosperity, the organization Big Fire works towards its objective of world domination. The only people who can oppose them are an elite interpol known as the Experts of Justice, along with the boy, Daisaku Kusama, and his partner, the mightiest robot of them all, Giant Robo.
Giant Robo is a tale of deceit and sacrifice. As the plot develops, the lines between good and evil become blurred; culminating with perhaps the most ironic ending in all anime. Contrary to the name, there are very few actual fights between giant robots. The focus is instead placed on the characters and their wide verity of super powers. A must watch for any fan of classic anime and manga.
|Action, Supernatural||Baccano is an anime thats set place in America during the 1930's. If you like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, you should definitely check this out. The music in this show is the best part.|
|Action, Horror||Despite most of the manga focusing on demons and the supernatural, 90% of this anime is set within a low fantasy setting. Big on politcs and military warfare of the early 1000s. If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, this show is not to be overlooked. However, if you do decide to watch this show, don't expect much for an ending.|
|Sci-Fi/Western||I think it's time we blow this scene, get everybody and the stuff together... Ok
|Sci-fi, Mystery||In a town where computers and reality are integrated as one, Yūko Okonogi joins her grandmother's "investigation agency" comprised of children equipped with virtual tools, and crosses paths with expert hacker Yūko Amasawa as they relentlessly seeks to unlock the mystery of computer viruses that emerge from inaccessible corrupted spaces around the town.|
|Comedy||Led by phallus-waiving terrorist-from-hell Johannes Krauser II (guitar/vocals,) and given pulsing, throbbing life by indestructible drummer Camus and bassist Alexander Jagi, Detroit Metal City is the hottest ticket on the concert circuit! There's just one catch. That "hottest ticket" is just a meal ticket, and beneath the makeup, these ultimate head-bangers are hired doppelgangers who don't even LIKE what they do! Jaggi is actually Wada, who wants to play glam rock; Camus is Nishida, an anime fan with an appalling weakness for curry and NSFW videos; and Krauser is... oh the shame... street-singing Soichi Negishi, whose dreams of singing happy pop hits seem hopelessly doomed by the success of his rage-fueled alter ego! Worse, he can't even tell anyone who Krauser is. Not even the girl he likes, who HATES DMC! Will rage against the corporate machine consume Negishi's tortured soul? Is there life after death metal? What it's like to put your head in a jet engine and turn up the volume?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
|Sci-Fi||The future, probably Japan. Robots have long been put into practical use, and androids have just come into use.|
Influenced by the Robot Ethics Committee, it's become common sense for people to treat androids like household appliances. Their appearance - indistinguishable from humans except for the ring over each android's head - has led some people to empathize unnecessarily with androids. Known as "android-holics", such people have become a social problem.
(Source: Official Website - English)
There is also a movie version.
|Sci-Fi/Action/Comedy||Mythril, a secret government group is tasked with finding and protecting people known as "whispered" from a global criminal orginization is bent on finding and gathering them to create weapons of destruction. (3 seasons, the first and third being more mature and focusing on the main plot, while the second 'Fumoffu' is a comedy piece that revolves more around the main cast in a less serious enviroment)|
|Drama||Loose adaptation on The Count of Monte Cristo, sci-fi instead of 1800's.|
|As a cyborg and member of Section 9, Motoko Kusanagi is tasked with gathering information, preventing and fighting against criminal orginizations.|
|Action/Sci-Fi||Has an entirely different feel than the movies, but it's great in its own respect.|
|Comedy||Life isn't easy in feudal Japan… especially since the aliens landed and conquered everything! Oh sure, the new health care is great, but the public ban on the use of swords has left a lot of defeated samurai with a difficult decision to make concerning their future career paths! This is especially true if, as in the case of Gintoki Sakata, they're not particularly inclined towards holding a day job, which is why Gintoki's opted for the freelance route, taking any job that's offered to him as long as the financial remuneration sounds right. Unfortunately, in a brave new world filled with stray bug-eyed monsters, upwardly mobile Yakuza and overly ambitious E.T. entrepreneurs, those jobs usually don't pay as well as they should for the pain, suffering and indignities endured!|
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Most people say to hold in there for the first 20-25 episodes, so keep that in mind.
|Comedy||Eikichi Onizuka, an ex-gang leader and still virgin, takes it upon himself to become the greatest teacher ever, only to end up teaching children at a middle school. Finding himself in one situation after another as he tries to teach them about life and themselves, not what's found in a text book.|
|Comedy/Drama||Three friends sharing an apartment soon find themselves being unable to make ends meet, not just in their own shared apartment, but also when a girl comes along.|
Once murdered by his friend, Brandon Heat comes back 13 years later to get revenge on a criminal underworld that lead to his friend's betrayal. Don't let yourself be fooled by its first episode which is very misleading and doesn't represent what it has to offer!
In fact, don't even watch the first episode. It spoils almost the entire story. You're better off starting at episode 2.
|Slice of Life, Drama||Rakka, a newly born Haibane awakens into an unfamiliar world with only a strange dream of falling from the sky as her only memory. Alone and scared of who and what she is, she is cared for by fellow Haibane as they try and search for the meaning of their existence as well as what lies beyond their town's imprisoning walls.|
|Drama, [Movie]||Set during WWII, this film follows the survival of a brother and sister after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It's a Studio Ghibli movie, but not directly influenced by Miyazaki.|
|Adventure||Yoko Nakajima, an unhappy high school student, is one day suddenly faced with a strange man who swears allegiance to her. After a battle with demon-like beasts, he then takes her to another world along with two of her classmates. There, her appearance has changed and she can understand the language even though her classmates cannot. But their status as "Kaikyaku" (people who come from Earth) makes them hunted fugitives, so they wander the land of the 12 countries, simply trying to survive and to figure out the reason why they were brought to this world.|
|Romance||One day a man, Kaiba, wakes up in a broken room. He has no memories, only a pendant with a picture of an unknown woman. Outside of the room are grotesque floating electrical clouds of disjointed memories. Kaiba is suddenly assaulted, and escapes into space. He travels to various planets, encountering various people and retrieving his memories. Memories of an inconsistent and decaying world, of his own agony and of Niero, the woman in the picture.|
|Zawa Zawa, Gambling, Drama||Kaiji is a man who has nothing left, so "all or nothing" is a pretty good deal. He gets an offer to wipe his enormous debts in one night, if he can win the largest gamble of his life, and the gambles only get bigger.|
Kino travels the world with a talking motorcycle named Hermes staying in each town for three days. Each place has its own unique customs and culture, ranging from dystopian to seemingly idyllic, which Kino studies before moving on.
For decades, the Galactic Empire has been locked in an interstellar war with the Free Planets Alliance, a conflict that involves thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. Two new commanders enter the conflict with great hopes: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA's Yang Wen-Li. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through complicated political arrangements, plot strategies, and win battles, each will be tested, and ultimately, changed, by the reality of war. (Source: ANN)
The intro movie "My Conquest is the Sea of Stars" is a good start for getting into the show.
|Drama||When Studio Gin'ei commissions filmmaker Gen'ya Tachibana to make a documentary in commemoration of its 70th anniversary, he travels to a secluded mountain lodge to interview the idol of his youth, the enigmatic Chiyoko Fujiwara, who was the studio's leading lady from the 1930s until the 1960s. As Chiyoko reminisces about her life, Tachibana and his cameraman suddenly find themselves on a rich and dazzling journey through time. Chiyoko's films and personal memories intertwine with present events and stretch the boundaries of reality.
|Horror||In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the spirits using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the evil spirits in his wake.
(See Mushishi for similar. Not to be confused with Princess Mononoke)
They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi". Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a "Mushi-shi" who travels around to investigate and find out more about the "Mushi". In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurrences which may be related to the "Mushi".
(Source: Anime News Network)
In the year 2015, a young man is summoned by his father who had long abondoned him. In the midst of human conflict and biblical apocrypha, Shinji Ikari struggles to find his identiry in a world where the towering bio-mechanical Evangelions do battle against the mysterious and powerful Angels, and where the anxietys of growing up, violence, and sex continue to haunt him more each and every day...also known as his reality. With each shattered life and each apocalypse one truth remains contant, you must not run away. (Source: MAL) For proper viewing, get the director's cut versions for episodes 21-24. When you're done the full 26 episode series, watch the finale movie "End of Evangelion".
|Drama||Taeko Okajima is a typical "office lady" in a big company in a big city. When she takes a sabbatical to the countryside in Yamagata Prefecture, the hometown of her brother-in-law, the journey recalled her memory of her 5th grade year. During her stay in Yamagata, she works hard and happily as a farmer and is surrounded by friendly relatives and villagers, bringing up more memories. Their hospitality makes her to reconsider her choice of life.|
Mima Kirigoe, a member of a pop-idol group called "CHAM!", decides to quit singing to pursue a career as an actress. Some of her fans are displeased with this decision though, particularly a stalker named Me-Mania. As Mima progresses into her new career, those close to her are violently murdered one by one, and Mima begins to lose the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy.
Good starting place if you want to watch something by Satoshi Kon.
|Sci-Fi/Slice of Life||Ai Tanabe was recently placed into the space debris collecting sector, as an astronaut. But being an astronaut isn't all its cracked up to be, as pay is shit and your coworkers are crazy.|
Princess Tutu is a tale of heroes and their struggle against fate. Their beliefs, their feelings, and ultimately their actions will determine whether this fairy tale can reach its "happily ever after."
Raised from birth as a man, the Lady Oscar commands the palace guards at Versailles in the years before the French Revolution. Her beauty and noble spirit make her a shining figure in the eyes of both men and women but she is torn between her chosen life of service and duty to class and country and her own heart and desires. She lives as a noble amidst the opulence of Versailles but her keen senses and compassion are not blinded to the poverty of the French people.
Struggling in a constant challenge with his ideal beliefs reflecting against the harshness of reality, Tsuiokuhen tells the melancholic and dark story of Himura Kenshin as one of the most feared assassins of the Japanese Revolution: the Hitokiri Battousai. People are generally split if you should watch the main series first or not. If you feel like watching Shounen, go for it. This is more Seinen.
Itoshiki Nozomu is always in despair! Even simple things like paying for the toll on the subway can send him to a despair so deep only attempted suicide is the answer. How Strange is it then, that he should be the teacher of a High School Class filled with students with even more emotional problems than his. This great Comedy will leave you in anything but 'Despair' as you meet each of his students and watch their wacky adventures.Edit
Based on a science fiction novel series, Crest of the Stars (Seikai no Monsho) is the first installment in this sci-fi saga. The story follows Jinto, whose world was taken over by the largest empire in the galaxy: the Abh. Jinto's father, the planet's prime minister, handed their world over to the Abh in exchange for a standing in the Abh Empire. As a result, Jinto became a prince and was shipped off for an Abh Education. There he meets a princess of the Abh Empire, Lafiel, whom he quickly befriends despite her cold exterior. The Abh Empire is plunged into war soon after and the story continues from there...
At a time when the balance of nature still held the civilizations of mankind in thrall, a single drought could spell the end of a society and doom its inhabitants to piteous deaths. Prince Chagum has been imbued with the power to stave off the drought and bring new life to his empire. However, this is a suspicious time, and he is accused of possession by an evil spirit.
|Drama, Sci-fi, [Movie]||
When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends. (Source:ANN)
Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro who can be seen only through the eyes of a child. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters, including a cat that doubles as a bus, takes them on a journey through the wonders of nature.
In the very near future, a race of huge, insect like aliens is discovered traveling the galaxy. These aliens seem dedicated to the eradication of the human species as it takes its first steps away from the solar system, and they are getting closer and closer to Earth. Humanity has responded by developing spacegoing battleships and giant fighting robots. These robots are piloted by the best and brightest of Earth`s youth, picked from training schools around the world.
An old man lives in a town that has become submerged in water. As the water level rises, he's forced to build additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay above water. One day he accidentally drops his favorite pipe into the lower levels of his home, and decides to rent scuba diving equipment in order to go searching for it. As he descends through his sunken home, the old man recalls memories of the past in each room.
|Action, Fantasy,Slice of Life||Sakai Yuuji, a high school student, is dead. When he was on his way home he witnessed a shocking view as the world suddenly froze: people were engulfed by blue flames and a monster resembling a large doll swallowed them. Just as the monster prepared to consume Yuuji, a sword-wielding girl in black attire with flaming red eyes and hair that burns like embers saved him from the monster. The girl called herself a "Flame Haze" who hunts the "Guze no Tomogara (Denizens)", creatures from another world. As Yuuji noticed a blue flame in his chest, she called him a "Torch", a temporary replacement, saying that the "real" Yuuji's existence had already ended.|
|Drama||Going home from his grandfather's funeral, thirty-year-old Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover. The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin Kaga. In a fit of anger, Daikichi decides to take her in himself. As Daikichi nurtures Rin, he started to understand the struggle while at the same time the joy of parenting.
(Source:ANN). WARNING: If you liked the anime, DO NOT EVER READ THE MANGA.
|Comedy||Satou is a Hikkomori, a NEET, whatever you want to call it, he lives inside and does nothing all day long. But fate knocks on his door in the shape of a young girl, bringing him one chance to end the conspiracy against him, and live life without fear.|
Follow an unlikely hero as he relives the starting days of his college life as he attempts to fit in and lead a glamourous life, only to be dragged down by his only 'friend' who seems to only drag him further into hell.
|Drama, Sci-fi, Mystery, Romance||
A group of enigmatic white-haired children has been spotted at different times and places in Europe for over 500 years. Always with the appearance of 11-year-olds, they behave far more mature than they should be, never grow old, and seem to have supernatural power. What they have been seeking is a girl, and the only clue they have is a picture with a crescent moon. Now, in the year of 2012, an athletic boy named Tohma is about to be involved in this centuries-long mystery.
|Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Drama, Romance||In the distant post-apocalyptic future, the moist dangerous man alive, MD Geist, returns from orbit to save us all.|
While innocently reaching for some half-priced bento, Yō Satō finds himself beaten up on the floor of a supermarket. He soon learns that getting half-priced bento is an all-out brawl between customers. Yō is invited to the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club by one of the top fighters, Sen Yarizui, in order to train to compete in these battles. Better than it has any right to be, and produced by David. Since they're busy with JoJo, don't expect an S2, ever. If you want to see a protag be alpha as fuck for a change, give it a watch.
Some of those lists may contain manga recommendations, deal with it.
(Please don't post older versions of those lists, I had a hard time sorting them out.)
Here's a template.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yp0WSOgKwtGOY-V0K9hLaHP8mwuW697nAJRLjLeS2TQ/edit?usp=sharing This is a spreadsheet of anime worth watching/manga worth reading, organized by year. Most of the entries from before 2012 were added from existing rec charts. The more recent ones were added either because of the positive attention they received on /a/ or because I personally felt they were worth recommending.
This will never be complete (especially the manga section, which I'm not as knowledgeable on) and relies pretty obviously on opinion, so don't expect this to be the ultimate source of everything worth watching/reading. If you think something should be here that isn't, make a comment on the spreadsheet and maybe I'll check it out.