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09-25-09, 06:04 PM
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



09-25-09, 06:54 PM
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?

09-26-09, 11:39 PM
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...

09-26-09, 11:40 PM
Top 10 - Science Fiction
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
Roujin Z
Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise
The Best of the Rest - Science Ficition
8 Man After Perfect Collection
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
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
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
Starship Girl Yohko Yamamoto
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
Black Magic: M-66
Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
The End of Evangelion
Escaflowne: The Movie: A Girl in Gaea
Macross Plus
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
Robot Carnival
Voices of a Distant Star
The Best of the Rest - Robot & Mecha
Big Wars
Bubblegum Crash
Cyber City Oedo 808: Virtual Death
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
Silent Möbius 1
Silent Möbius 2
Space Adventure Cobra
Tekkaman Blade II
Toward the Terra
Top 10 - Fantasy & Fairytales
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
A Tree of Palme
Angel Sanctuary
Brave Story
Card Captor Sakura: The Movie
Card Captor Sakura: The Sealed Card
Dragon Half
El Hazard
Elf Princess Rane
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamaballa
Fushigi Yuugi [OVA]
Hare+Guu Deluxe
Heroic Legend of Arslan
Jungle de Ikou
Junkers Come Here
Kaleido Stars New Wings: Extra Stage
Luna Varga
Maetal Legend
Once Upon a Time
1001 Nights
One Thousand and One Nights
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: The Movie
Zatch Bell: The Movie: Unlisted Demon 101
Top 10 - Action, Adventure & Games
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
The Best of the Rest - Action, Adventure & Games
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
Golgo 13: The Professional
Goglo 13: Queen Bee
Legend of the Blue Wolves
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
Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie
Zone of the Enders: Idol
Top 10 - Love & Death
Castle of Cagliostro
Grave of the Fireflies
Kill Bill: The Origin of O-Ren
Leda: The Fantastic Adventures of Yohko
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
Ah! My Goddess: The Movie
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
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
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: 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
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
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
DNA Hunter
End of Summer
Fire Tripper
Garatuka: Mr. Stain on Junk Alley
Grrl Power
Idol Project
If I See You in My Dreams [OVA]
Kai Doh Maru
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
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
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
The Best of the Rest - Mystery, Crime & Horror
3x3 Eyes
3x3 Eyes: Legend of the Devine Demon
Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales: Goblin Cat
Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales: Goddess of the Dark Tower
Armitage III
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
Domain of Murder
Doomed Megapolis
Ghost Sweeper Mikami
Guyver: Out of Control
Gregory Horror Show
Ichi the Killer: Episode 0
Karas: The Prophecy
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
A Dog of Flanders
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
Angel's Feather
Animal Treasure Island
Camp Pikachu
Fly Peek!
Hamtaro & the Ham-hams
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
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

09-28-09, 05:02 AM
Interesting--thanks for providing the lists

09-28-09, 10:47 AM
thanks WTK for the lists - I was waaay too lazy to post them.

09-28-09, 04:59 PM
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.

Dragon Fly
09-28-09, 09:05 PM
huh interesting list! I haven't heard about half of those!

10-01-09, 07:50 PM
I'm a total newb with anime, but I can't believe Spirited Away didn't make the top 10.

Joe Molotov
10-03-09, 11:53 PM
The Action, Adventure & Games list is kinda sad; is that really the best there is?

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