Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece, Fairy Tail, Gundam, and so on and so forth. We've all seen them a thousand times, we know they're great, but again, we've all seen them.
They are all amazing in their own right, and have earned their spot on nearly everyone's favorite anime list, but let's face it, you can only re-watch a show so many times before you start to hate it.
One day, I was off from work and I had just finished the series I was watching and needed to find a new one. So I asked my friends what they think I should watch, and I got the usual answers: "Dude you gotta check out Death Note/Fairy Tale/Claymore." After that failure I went to everyone's next option, Google. So I typed in "Anime" and got about a million hits for people's top 10/15/50/100 Anime. And they were all pretty much word for word exactly the same.
So I decided to help out my fellow anime enthusiasts with a list of some of my favorite anime that usually fly below the radar on most peoples' list.
Remember when you were like 9 years old and you wondered what it would be like to strap rockets to your roller blades? Well the people behind Air Gear had that same idea.
This one is all about fast-paced action with a good comedic element.
In the wold of Air Gear teenagers run-errrr skate around on these Roller Blade type things called "Air Trek", and it's the most popular sport. With "Air Treks" the riders are able to grind rails, ledges and benches. Oh, and they can ride up vertical walls and electrical wires, a select few can even fly. People forms teams with their friends and participate in Races and Battles to claim areas for themselves. After winning a certain amount of battles your team ranks up and you are able to face better and stronger teams.
Air Gear centers around a local Jr. High delinquent named Ikki or "Crow" and his Air Trek team as they try to make their way up the ladder from low level nobody, to Air King.
The anime is 26 episodes long, there is also a Manga that spawns 350 or so chapters.
Expect Action, Racing, Fighting, a little comedy and a bit of the usual pervertedness that most anime has.
Ah romance is in the air! School Days is your average High School romance love triangle anime, for a little while.
School Days focuses on Makoto, your average high schooler. He's of average intelligence and average popularity, but he has a crush on one of the best looking girls at school, so he enlists the help of one of his female friends to help sway her to him, and then things get interesting and the love triangle ensues. Sex, betrayal and worse quickly becomes the topic of this series
**WARNING** The anime has a surprise twist at the end that I don't think anyone saw coming. The end of the series is so unlike anything that happens in the rest that I had to rewatch it just to make sure I hadn't imagined it
The series is short lasting only 12 episodes, it also has 2 OVA's and a Manga series.
Expect: Romance, Non-Graphic sex, and at the end, ***********SPOILER************* murder.
School Days Series Trailer
Despite the awesomeness of this series and even it's run on Toonami, many people still don't know about the gore filled greatness that is Deadman Wonderland.
Deadman Wonderland focuses on Ganta, a young teenage boy who has been "falsely" imprisoned for killing everyone in his class. He is sent to a prison that doubles as an amusement park where citizens of the city unknowingly watch the inmates kill each other. Ganta has a power that allows him to control his blood and shoot it as projectiles, so he is forced to fight others with similar abilities for the rich to watch and bet on, oh and he also is trying to break out of prison with this deranged girl tagging along.
This series is short with only 12 episodes, it also has a Manga series.
Expect: Action, Fighting, Blood, Perversion, Gore and some light comedy.
Sekirei focuses on a guy named Minato who has an above average intellect but keeps failing college entrance exams.
Sekirei are these aliens (mostly girls) that have special powers that are sent out into the city to find something called an "Ashikabi" which is basically a person to bond with them; usually in a romantic way, that will bring out stronger inner powers. They are then to fight with one another until only one of them is left, the reason for that is unknown at this point. Though most people only get 1 Sekirei, some people get more, Minato gets 6 (so far). While all Minato wants to do is live in peace and get into college he is forced to take part in this tournament style fight.
So far the Anime has 2 seasons about 25 episodes and the 3rd season is in production, there is also a Manga series.
Expect: Action, Romance, Fighting, Perversion and Nudity.
If you've recently started watching "Sword Art Online" then it's time you found out where it all began.
Although the series's are not directly related the creators of SaO have directly stated that they got the idea, the style and even key points of the story from the .Hack// series.
First off you must know that .Hack// is a very long series that stretches across multiple platforms including Video Games, Manga, Anime, and Books.
But we're here to talk anime, but because it is so vast I will have to give you the Chronological Order of the series.
2) .Hack//Liminality (OVA)
3) .Hack//Legend of Twilight
4) .Hack//Gift (OVA)
6) .Hack//Trilogy (movie)
7) .HAck//Returner (this is an OVA available to players who beat the .Hack//G.U. video game)
8) .Hack//Beyond the World (movie)
Since there are many different .Hack//'s I can't give you an exact bio, so I will just tell you a broad spectrum of the series. .Hack// is set in an VWMMORPG (Virtual World Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) called "The World" and later on down the series "The World R2." Basically you are going to follow around one or more people who play through this game and their various stories whether they are killing monsters, each other, or solving a very large problem that you will learn about if you start watching.
.Hack started off as a Play Station 2 four game series. The games were so successful that an Anime and manga series spawned off shortly afterwards, both including OVA's and Specials. After that another highly successful Play Station 2 series was created, this time with 3 games. Over the years books were also written adding sub plots and side story's to the ever vast world that is .Hack//
The Play Station 2 games are in the order of:
.Hack// Vol. 1 Infection
.Hack// Vol. 2 Mutation
.Hack// Vol. 3 Outbreak
.Hack// Vol. 4 Quarantine
.Hack// Vol 1 Rebirth
.Hack// Vol 2 Reminisce
.Hack// Vol 3 Redemption
There was an actual MMO released in Japan called .Hack//Fragment that lasted for about 2 years but was shut down. They called it an "experiment that received good reviews," but nothing has been heard of it since.
There is word from CyberConnect2 that there is another game in the making for the Play Station 3.
.Hack//Sign Season Trailer
ex on March 26, 2019:
i have seen all of them
Arno on September 29, 2017:
HA seen all of them hack// is a bloody long time investment. worth watching once at least.
Don on June 29, 2017:
Seen all but not the last one
Bruh. on June 27, 2017:
Okay, Deadman Wonderland, I'm just gonna say first off I've seen it before, second of all, for anyone who hasn't I really suggest you do, it's really really really really good. But just be warned there's a lot of violence, that's what it's pretty much based around.
User on September 30, 2016:
Three of my favorite anime are on here.
DOOMBUNNYakaKIPA on September 04, 2016:
Seen. Seen. SEEN.
BadList on November 16, 2014:
Deadman Wonderland absolutely butchered the source material and completely lacks an ending, so I think you're severely overstating things if you consider it part of any "best" list.
LofZOdyssey on March 17, 2014:
I do like Deadman Wonderland and the rest have indeed flown under my radar.
But School Days is something special. I can never tell if I love it or hate it. Now I was warned about the ending, but I was given no details (frankly that's the best way to watch the show). Also the main character is a total prick.
Alex on October 26, 2013:
Can't say I've watched anything else like School Days, I guess Mirrai Nikki has the Yandere aspect to it which is common, but that's all that springs to mind.
J Antonio Marcelino from Illinois, USA on October 25, 2013:
I'm not too sure about School Days, although it does have those plot twists in it.
Alex on September 25, 2013:
^ I -kind of- agree, but at least it doesn't alienate any particular fan group.
cystus on September 24, 2013:
pretty typical list, nothing special.
nightguy-anime on September 16, 2013:
Thanks. I was looking for some new anime to watch. People always told me to watch Naruto and Fairy Tail and stuff like that, but I already watched those.
Looney on September 05, 2013:
I am so glad that someone actually appreciate the .hack// series. I already played all of its Playstation games, not yet finished the anime (I'm not a very big fan of anime, that is why I'm checking these kinds of lists so that I will not have to actually dig into the gigantic forest of them). Still, .hack// has one of the best storylines I have ever encountered, especially in games. It also creates its own "world", which is remarkably "real".
Thank you for this list. I will try to check them out sooner or later :) You are awesome x
Alex on August 11, 2013:
oh god School Days... I was one of the select few that predicted the ending, and I'm not sure whether that's a good thing. Deadman Wonderland is awesome, I rate that show very highly, probably the one I'd recommend the most out of the whole list.
Bruce Stoelzel (author) from Tampa, Florida on June 19, 2013:
A solid 9.
Ayu from Sorajima on June 19, 2013:
Was Air Gear really good? :) Will you rate in in a 10-point scale please? :D
Chris Qu on June 18, 2013:
There are people who don't know about .Hack? Well... Now I'm feeling all old. X(
Samantha Harris from New York on June 18, 2013:
I love Sekirei!
Seet from California on June 18, 2013:
Air Gear! :D
Haven't watched that in a looonng time. It brings back memories.