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Old 09-25-09, 05:04 PM   #1
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'500 Essential Anime Movies - The Ultimate Guide' (Book)

Saw this over at Barnes and Nobles this morning and have to give a shout out to this book, since it's chock full of anime titles I haven't heard and the colourful pics really make this a stand out 'essential' book to ad to one's library. As for the number #1 title: can you guess, it's really not that hard to guess

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Akira


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Old 09-25-09, 05:54 PM   #2
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Re: '500 Essential Anime Movies - The Ultimate Guide' (Book)

This just covers movies, not tv series? Wow, that's a pretty big list, what were some of the titles that you had never heard of?
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Re: '500 Essential Anime Movies - The Ultimate Guide' (Book)

First of all, the book suggest 500 or so "anime" movies (some can be seen as animation only releases). The only criteria is that it's in English. It can be a movie, OVA, hentai, legal foreign releases (UK,...). There is not a technical ranking. They list a top 10 of each category and they suggest some of the best of the rest. The full list can be viewed on the next post...
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Top 10 - Science Fiction
Spoiler:
  • Akira
  • Armitage III: Poly Matrix
  • Blue Submarine No. Six
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of Winds
  • Paprika
  • Roujin Z
  • Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise

The Best of the Rest - Science Ficition
Spoiler:
  • 8 Man After Perfect Collection
  • A.Li.Ce
  • AD Police Files: The Phantom Woman
  • AD Police Files: The Ripper
  • AD Police Files: The Man Who Bites His Tongue
  • Adieu Galaxy Express 999
  • Adventure Kid
  • Ai City
  • Akai Hayate
  • Alien Nine
  • Angel's Egg
  • The Animatrix
  • Appleseed (1)
  • Appleseed (2)
  • Ash: The Ultimate Weapon
  • Assemble Insert
  • Babel II
  • Baldr Force EXE: Resolution
  • Be Forever Yamato
  • Birth
  • Blame!
  • Capricorn
  • Casshan: Robot Hunter
  • Chobits [OVA]
  • Cosmo Warrior Zero: Gaiden
  • Crusher Joe: The Movie
  • New Cutey Honey 1
  • New Cutey Honey 2
  • Dangaizer Three
  • Detonator Orgun
  • Dirty Pair: Affair on Nolandia
  • Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy
  • Dirty Pair: Project Eden
  • Dominion Tank Police
  • Full Metal Panic: The Secod Raid OAV
  • Galactic Pirates
  • Gatchaman 94
  • Gate Keepers 21 [OVA]
  • Genesis Survivor Gaiarth
  • Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society
  • Goku: Midnight Eye
  • Green Legend Ran
  • Grey: Digital Target
  • Iria: Zeiram the Animation
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (Series 1)
  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (Series 2)
  • K.O. Beast
  • Kishin Corps
  • Macross: Do You Remember Love?
  • MazinKaiser OAV
  • Origin: Spirits of the Past
  • Outlanders
  • Parasite Dolls
  • Saikano: Another Love Song
  • Sol Bianca
  • Sol Bianca: The Legacy
  • Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie
  • Space Firebird
  • Spirit of Wonder: Scientific Boys Club
  • Spriggan
  • Starship Girl Yohko Yamamoto
  • Steamboy
  • The Ice Hell Prison
  • They Were 11
  • Time Bokan
  • Twin Signal
  • Urusei Yatsura: Remember My Love
  • Urusei Yatsura: Inaba the Dream Maker
  • Urusei Yatsura: Raging Sherbet
  • Venus Wars
  • Zaion: I wish You Were Here

Top 10 - Robot & Mecha
Spoiler:
  • Black Magic: M-66
  • Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
  • The End of Evangelion
  • Escaflowne: The Movie: A Girl in Gaea
  • Gunbuster
  • Macross Plus
  • Metropolis
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
  • Robot Carnival
  • Voices of a Distant Star

The Best of the Rest - Robot & Mecha
Spoiler:
  • Big Wars
  • Bubblegum Crash
  • Cyber City Oedo 808: Virtual Death
  • Dangaio
  • FREEDOM
  • Galaxy Fraulein Yuna
  • Giant Robo
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Movie 1
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Movie 2
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Movie 3
  • Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
  • Gundam G-Saviour
  • Hades Project Zeorymer
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor: An Exceptional Episode
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor: Side Story Collection
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor: From Here to Eternity
  • Magnos the Robot
  • Megazone 23 Part 1
  • Megazone 23 Part 1
  • Plastic Little
  • Please Save My Earth
  • RahXephon the Motion Picture: Pluralitas Concentio
  • Shinesman
  • Silent Möbius 1
  • Silent Möbius 2
  • Space Adventure Cobra
  • Tekkaman Blade II
  • Toward the Terra
  • Tristia

Top 10 - Fantasy & Fairytales
Spoiler:
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
  • Little Norse Prince
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Night on the Galactic Railroad
  • Pom Poko
  • Porco Rosso
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Spring & Chaos

The Best of the Rest - Fantasy & Fairytales
Spoiler:
  • A Tree of Palme
  • Angel Sanctuary
  • Bastard!!
  • Brave Story
  • Card Captor Sakura: The Movie
  • Card Captor Sakura: The Sealed Card
  • Dragon Half
  • El Hazard
  • Elf Princess Rane
  • FLCL
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamaballa
  • Fushigi Yuugi [OVA]
  • Geobreeders
  • Hare+Guu Deluxe
  • Heroic Legend of Arslan
  • Jungle de Ikou
  • Junkers Come Here
  • Kaleido Stars New Wings: Extra Stage
  • Luna Varga
  • Madara
  • Maetal Legend
  • Once Upon a Time
  • 1001 Nights
  • One Thousand and One Nights
  • Rayearth
  • Rei Rei
  • RG Veda
  • Saiyuki Requiem
  • Slayers Gorgeous
  • Sorcerer Hunters [OVA]
  • Spirited Away
  • Strange Dawn: Strange World
  • Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy
  • The Cat Returns
  • Weathering Continent
  • X [OVA]
  • X: The Movie
  • Zatch Bell: The Movie: Unlisted Demon 101

Top 10 - Action, Adventure & Games
Spoiler:
  • Afro Samurai: Director's Cut
  • Area 88 [OVA]
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Gunsmith Cats
  • Initial D: Extra Stage
  • Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek
  • Ninja Scroll
  • Riding Bean
  • Sword for Truth
  • Yukikaze

The Best of the Rest - Action, Adventure & Games
Spoiler:
  • .hack//Liminality
  • .hack//Intermezzo
  • .hack//Unison
  • .hack//Gift
  • Amon Saga
  • Aquarian Age: The Movie
  • Beyblade: The Movie
  • Bomber Bikers of Shonan
  • City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy
  • City Hunter: Bay City Wars
  • City Hunter: .357 Magnum
  • City Hunter: The Movie
  • Cyber City Odeo 808: Psychic Trooper
  • Dragon Ball: Path to Power
  • Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
  • Dragon Ball Z the Movie: The World's Strongest
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Wrath of the Dragon
  • Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf
  • Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • Final Fantasy VII: The Last Order
  • Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals
  • Gestalt
  • Golgo 13: The Professional
  • Goglo 13: Queen Bee
  • Harmagedon
  • Legend of the Blue Wolves
  • Madox-01
  • Megaman: Upon a Star
  • Mezzo Forte
  • Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
  • New Fist of the North Star
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalke's Revenge
  • Ninja Cadets
  • Ogre Slayer
  • Pokémon Heroes: Latias & Latios
  • Pokémon 4-Ever
  • Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo vs. Mew
  • Pokémon 2000: The Movie
  • Psychic Force
  • Psycho Driver: Soul Siren
  • Shadow Skill: The Movie
  • Shin Angyo Onshi
  • Shootfigher Tekken
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
  • Streetfighter II
  • Suikoden: Demon Century Water Margin
  • Sukeban Deka
  • Super Robot Wars: Original Generation
  • Tales of Phantasia
  • Taro the Dragon Boy
  • Tekken: The Motion Picture
  • The Samurai
  • Virgin Fleet
  • Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
  • Ys
  • Ys II
  • Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie
  • Zone of the Enders: Idol

Top 10 - Love & Death
Spoiler:
  • Castle of Cagliostro
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Kill Bill: The Origin of O-Ren
  • Leda: The Fantastic Adventures of Yohko
  • Memories
  • Millennium Actress
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie
  • Samurai X: Reflection (Director's Cut)
  • Spirit of Wonder
  • Tokyo Godfathers

The Best of the Rest - Love & Death
Spoiler:
  • Ah! My Goddess: The Movie
  • Air
  • Air in Summer
  • Arcadia of My Youth
  • Armitage III: Dual Matrix
  • Black Jack: The Movie
  • Black Jack: Biohazard
  • Black Jack: Incubation
  • Black Jack: Infection
  • Black Jack: Mutation
  • Black Jack: Parasite
  • Black Jack: Seizure
  • Black Jack: Trauma
  • Cleopatra DC
  • Cleopatra, Queen of Sex
  • Darkside Blues
  • Early Reins
  • Earthian
  • Eight Cloud Raising
  • Galaxy Express 999
  • Gall Force: Eternal Story
  • Gall Force 2: Destruction
  • Gall Force 3: Stardust War
  • Gauche the Cellist
  • Harlock Saga
  • Here is Greenwood
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Human Crossing: A Promise
  • Human Crossing: City
  • Human Crossing: Direction
  • Human Crossing: Message
  • Human Crossing: Sidelined
  • Human Crossing: The Beautiful Afterimage
  • Human Crossing: The Cicadas of Winter
  • Human Crossing: The Instructor's Rain
  • Human Crossing: The Smile
  • Human Crossing: The Watershed
  • Human Crossing: Whispers
  • Human Crossing: The 25th Hour
  • Human Crossing: The Wound
  • I Shall Never Return
  • Interlude
  • Inu Yasha: Affections Touching Across Time
  • Inu Yasha: Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
  • Kimagure Orange Road: The Movie
  • Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning
  • Kizuna
  • Kizuna: Much Add About Nothing
  • Laughing Target
  • Marmalade Boy The Movie
  • Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River's Edge
  • My Sexual Harassment
  • Nadia of the Mysterious Seas: The Movie
  • Oh My Goddess! (Video)
  • One Piece
  • One Pound Gospel
  • Otaku no Video
  • Phantom Quest Corp.
  • Queen Emeraldas
  • Sailor Moon R The Movie: Promise of the Rose
  • Samurai Gold
  • Slow Step
  • Speed Racer the Movie
  • Spirit Warrior: Festival of the Ogres
  • Spirit Warrior: Castle of Illusions
  • Spirit Warrior: Harvest of the Cherry Blossoms
  • Tekkon Kinkreet
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki
  • The Five Star Stories
  • The Tokyo Project
  • Tsubasa, Reservoir Chronicles: The Movie
  • Urusei Yatsura: Always My Darling
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
  • Urusei Yatsura: Only You

Top 10 - History, Politics & Life
Spoiler:
  • 5 Centimeters per Second
  • Barefoot Gen
  • Dagger of Kamui
  • Genshiken [OVA]
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas
  • Only Yesterday
  • Patlabor: The Mobile Police
  • The Silent Service
  • The Tale of Genji
  • Whisper of the Heart

The Best of the Rest - History, Politics & Life
Spoiler:
  • 801 TTS Airbats
  • Abashiri Family
  • All-Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku-Nuku
  • Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: Season of the Sun
  • Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: The Harp of Burma
  • Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: The Izu Dancer
  • Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: The Dancing Girl
  • Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: The Theater of Life
  • Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: A Ghost Story
  • Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: The Sound of Waves
  • Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: Growing Up
  • Animation Runner Kuromi
  • Barefoot Gen II
  • Black Lion
  • Call of the Wild
  • The Cockpit: Knight of the Iron Dragon
  • The Cockpit: Slipstream
  • The Cockpit: Sonic Boom Squadron
  • Comic Party Revolution
  • Cosplay Complex
  • Darling
  • DNA Hunter
  • End of Summer
  • Fake
  • Fire Tripper
  • Garatuka: Mr. Stain on Junk Alley
  • Grrl Power
  • Hummingbirds
  • Idol Project
  • If I See You in My Dreams [OVA]
  • Kabuto
  • Kai Doh Maru
  • Lingerines
  • Madonna
  • My Santa
  • Ninku: The Movie
  • Patlabor 1
  • Patlabor 2
  • Patlabor WXIII
  • Phoenix: The Persistence of Time
  • Puppet Princess
  • Read or Die
  • Sakura Wars (Video 1)
  • Sakura Wars: The Movie
  • Sanctuary: The Movie
  • Shadow
  • Submarine 707R
  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days
  • The Tragedy of Belladonna
  • Twilight of the Cockroaches
  • You're Under Arrest! The Motion Picture

Top 10 - Mystery, Crime & Horror
Spoiler:
  • Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales: Yotsuya Ghost Story
  • Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma
  • Fight! Iczer-One
  • Hellsing Ultimate
  • Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy
  • Lupin III: Legend of the Gold Babylon
  • Neo Tokyo
  • Perfect Blue
  • Portrait of Petite Cossette
  • Shutendoji

The Best of the Rest - Mystery, Crime & Horror
Spoiler:
  • 3x3 Eyes
  • 3x3 Eyes: Legend of the Devine Demon
  • Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales: Goblin Cat
  • Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales: Goddess of the Dark Tower
  • Angelium
  • Armitage III
  • Baoh
  • Biohunter
  • Blood: The Last Vampire
  • Blue Seed Beyond
  • Body Transfer
  • Case Closed: The Movie: The Time Bomb Skyscrapper
  • Chimera: Angel of Death
  • Count Down
  • Crying Freeman
  • Cyber City Oedo 808: Blood Lust
  • Cybernetics Guardian
  • Dark Cat
  • Dark Myth
  • Demon Beast Invasion
  • Demon City Shinjuku
  • Demon Prince Enma
  • Devil Hunter Yohko
  • Devilman
  • Domain of Murder
  • Doomed Megapolis
  • Ghost Sweeper Mikami
  • Guyver: Out of Control
  • Gregory Horror Show
  • Ichi the Killer: Episode 0
  • Judge
  • Karas: The Prophecy
  • Kite
  • Lupin III: Good Bye Liberty Crisis
  • Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo
  • Lupin III: Dead or Alive
  • Lupin III: Dragon of Doom
  • Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus
  • Lupin III: Island of Assassins
  • Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar
  • Lupin III: Secret of Twilight Gemini
  • Lupin III: The Columbus Files
  • Lupin III: Pursuit of Harimao's Tresure
  • Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo
  • Lupin III: Voyage to Danger
  • Mermaid Forest
  • Mermaid's Scar
  • Mind Game
  • Nighmare Campus
  • Ninja Resurrection: Hell's Spawn
  • Ninja Resurrection: The Revenge of Jubei
  • Oni Tensei
  • Papuwa: Zombie Samba
  • Petshop of Horrors
  • Red Garden: Dead Girls
  • Strait Jacket
  • Tokyo Babylon
  • Tokyo Babylon 2
  • Tokyo Revelation
  • Urotsukidoji: Legend of Overfiend
  • Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Demon Womb
  • Vampire Hunter D
  • Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
  • Vampire Princess Miyu
  • Violence Jack: Slum King
  • Violence Jack: Hell Town
  • Violence Jack: Hell's Wind
  • Wicked City
  • Yotoden: Wrath of the Ninja
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie

Top 10 - School, Sports and Animals
Spoiler:
  • A Dog of Flanders
  • Catnapped!
  • Cromartie High
  • Jungle Emperor Leo
  • Kekko Kamen
  • Panda Kopanda
  • Panda and the Magic Serpent
  • Project A-ko
  • Tenjho Tenghe: Ultimate Fight
  • Video Girl Ai

The Best of the Rest - School, Sports and Animals
Spoiler:
  • Angel's Feather
  • Animal Treasure Island
  • Camp Pikachu
  • Fly Peek!
  • Hamtaro & the Ham-hams
  • I'll CKBC
  • Jack & the Beanstock
  • Panda Kopanda Rainy Day Circus
  • Panda-Z The Robonimation
  • Prefectural Earth Defence Force
  • Project: A-ko: Plot of the Daitokuki Corporation
  • Project: A-ko: Cinderella Rhapsody
  • Project: A-ko: The Final
  • The Wonder World of Puss 'n' Boots
  • Scramble Wars
  • The Best of Hello Kitty's Paradise

Top 10 - Experimental
Spoiler:
  • Cat Soup
  • Deep Imagination Sozosuru Idenshitachi
  • Kihachiro Karamoto Film Works
  • Hokuro Bros. Full Throttle!!!
  • Mount Head
  • Naoyuki Tsuji Animation Collection
  • Yuki Terai: Secrets
  • New Hal & Bons
  • Urda: Third Reich
  • Visions of Frank

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Old 09-28-09, 04:02 AM   #5
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Interesting--thanks for providing the lists
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thanks WTK for the lists - I was waaay too lazy to post them.
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I have a couple of books by Helen McCarthy - one on Anime in general, and another more general Anime guide. Given all the stuff that's come out since the latter was publised, I'm definitely interested in this.
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huh interesting list! I haven't heard about half of those!
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I'm a total newb with anime, but I can't believe Spirited Away didn't make the top 10.
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The Action, Adventure & Games list is kinda sad; is that really the best there is?
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