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Mob vs Koyama

When Koyama tries to capture Mob for Claw, he mistakenly kidnaps Ritsu. Mob intervenes to save his brother. Koyama brutalizes Mob with his Telekinetic Helix. Eventually, Mob reaches 100% Animosity, due to the violent abuse that Koyama inflicted on him and his brother. Despite Mob dominating him and beating to a pulp, Koyama does manage to escape with Ritsu. As most Mob Psycho 100 battles this one was highly entertaining and well animated.


Colonel Mustang vs Envy

Mustang encounters Envy, who reveals that he was Hughes killer. Seeking revenge for the killing of Hughes, Mustang goes berserk. He’s complete without mercy as he burns Envy’s tongue. Envy transforms into a grotesque monster, Mustang responses by setting Envy’s eye fluid aflame. Envy realizing Mustang could easily kill him, flees. Envy attempts to confuse Mustang by transforms into Hughes, however, Mustang isn’t fooled. Envy fails to make any headway as Mustang is too good.

Mustang mercilessly burns Envy. Envy try’s to trick Riza, but Envy falls for a trap she sets. She can damage him with her guns, but Envy gets the advantage. When Envy is about to kill her, Mustang furiously attacks him. He burns Envy to the point where Envy reverts to a smaller parasitic form. Riza and Edward manage to stop Mustang from killing Envy. Envy doesn’t comprehend humanity’s ability to have compassion, he starts crying and commits suicide.


Saitama vs Boros

Saitama often defeats his opponents in One Punch, however, Boros is an exception. Saitama’s initial punch destroys the “restraining armor” that Boros wears. After transforming the attacks Saitama. He easily blocks Boros attacks. He finally takes off Boros’s arm. They end up fighting outside. Boros is impressed that Saitama has survived this long. He regenerates, regrowing his arm. 

Using Meteoric Burst, he unleashes a torrent of powerful hits on Saitama, eventually knocking him to the moon. None of this effects Saitama. He returns from the moon, finally ready to take Boros seriously. He hit him with “consecutive normal punches” splattering Boros. Using his abilities, Boros returns. Using his strongest move, Collapsing Star Roaring Cannon, he plans to destroy the planet. Finally, Saitama uses Serious Series: Serious Punch, destroying Boros.


Gon vs Pitou

When Gon learns that Kite is dead he snaps. A dark aura surrounds him and Gon transforms. His powers increase to such a level that he rivals the Chimera Ant King. Neferpitou uses her Terpsichora, trying to kill him. Gon vanishes. She gives chase. She attacks him while his back is turned. He dodges, kicks her in the stomach, and uses his Jajanken. He punches with it at point-blank range, sending her into the side of a mountain. He then brutally beats her head in, shattering her skull. Lifeless, Pitou corpse is still able to attack. She rips off Gon’s right arm, he’s unharmed. He finally finishes Pitou with another Jajanken.


Gohan SS2 vs Cell

When Cell crushes Android 16’s head killing him Gohan finally snaps, unleashing his hidden powers. After this power boost Gohan strength and speed increase tremendously, he quickly destroys the Cell Jr’s. Cell and Gohan begin their fight and it appears that Gohan isn’t even trying, he becomes rather cocky. Cell powers up one more time but it doesn’t matter, Gohan is still stronger. 

He delivers two devastating punches on Cell, knocks him to his knees. Cell becomes enraged at being dominated by a child, Cell uses a series of the Z fighters attacks. He concludes with a massive Kamehameha aim at destroying the earth, Gohan simply reflects it with his own. Cell is damaged by Gohan’s Kamehameha, but Cell heals himself. Cell increases his size and loses his speed in the process. Gohan continues to damage Cell, resulting in him regurgitating Android 18 and transform back. Gohan is still too cocky and allows Cell to regain the advantage. He still manages to win though.

Top 10 Anime Hero Beatdowns (Pt.1)

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Top 10 Anime Hero Beatdowns (Pt.1)

10. Genkai vs The Beautiful Suzuka

Suzuka is an arrogant, big mouth opponent in the Dark Tournament. Impressed by his talent, but infuriated by his psychical weakness Genkai unloads on him. She leaves fist-shaped indents over his body. His face is left swollen and unrecognizable. It’s a dominating fight that is also played for laughs. Genkai defeated him without needing her spirit energy. 

9. Levi vs The Beast Titan

At this point, it’s clear that Levi is the best fighter in Attack on Titan. After the sacrifice of his fellow Scouts, and enraged Levi dominates the Beast Titan. With quick and powerful strikes, Levi manages to incapacitate the Beast Titan. He rips Zeke from its nape, however, Zeke is rescued by the Cart Titan.

8. Goku vs Burter and Jeice

After Recoome’s quick defeat, Burter and Jeice attempt to defeat Goku. After dodging effortlessly dodging their attacks, he appears behind Burter. Burter, considers himself to be “fastest being in the universe” is pissed. Burter charges directly at Goku, with Jeice following him. Goku continues to evade their attacks, he switches gears and knocks Burter out. Goku decides to give Jeice two choices, leave the planet, or stay and fight. Jeice takes the first offer and “leaves”. Vegeta takes advantage and kills both Burter and Recoome, Vegeta tells Goku ” he is too soft to be a Super Saiyan”.

7. Monkey D. Luffy vs Blueno

Unlike their previous fight, Luffy is more prepared to handle Blueno’s techniques. Luffy also reveals his new technique, “Gear Second”. He demolishes Blueno after this, preventing him from getting any advantage. Luffy hits him with a devastating “Jet Bazooka”, which Blueno decides to use his strongest “Tekkai Gou” to block it. Luffy is prepared to reveal his “Gear Third technique”, but it’s not necessary.

6. Kurapika vs Uvogin

Uvogin and Kurapika battle at a small canyon outside Yorknew City. Kurapika can endure the massive hits that Uvogin can deliver. Kurapika captures Uvogin with his Chain Jail. Begging to be killed, Uvogin begs Kurapika to kill him. Kurapika uses his Judgement Chain to try and force him to tell the truth. However, Uvogin still doesn’t care, forcing Kurapika to crush his heart with Judgement Chain.

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Top Ten Strongest Female Anime & Manga characters

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Asuka Langley Sohryu (Evangelion)

Asuka Langley Sohryu is the fourteen-year-old pilot of the Evangelion Unit-02. A child prodigy, she earned a university degree as a teenager. She even speaks several languages. Asuka has a high synchronization ratio and is an exceptional Eva pilot. However, her self confidence dwindles when she loses to the angel, Zeruel. This causes her sync ratio and effectiveness to decline. When Asuka is mentally sound she’s among the best if not the best Eva pilot. Unfortunately, in Evangelion, no one is mentally secure for long.

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Mikasa Ackerman (AOT)

Mikasa Ackerman is the adoptive sister of Eren Yeager. She is a genius, has mastered vertical maneuvering equipment, she can kill Titans with high speed and efficiency. She is considered to be “as valuable as a hundred average soldiers.” Her skills are rare among soldiers. When the Thunder Spears was introduced, she easily mastered them. Mikasa is able to carry up to eight spears and has greater accuracy than the weapon’s inventor. Mikasa’s stats are rated at 10/10 for Combat, 9/10 for Initiative, 8/10 for Wits and a 6/10 for teamwork.

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Genkai (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Genkai is the psychic pink-haired, foul mouth old woman. She’s the master of Yusuke Urameshi and Kazuma Kuwabara. Generally, Genkai has a hard and cold personality. Genkai can come across as a bit amoral. She is willing to do anything necessary to get what she needs for herself. Genkai was considered above a B class demon in her prime. She is among the most powerful characters in Yu Yu Hakusho. Genkai possesses a great amount of experience. She’s a smart fighter and master tactician. Toguro claimed that “she makes all tactics useless against her.”

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Sakura Haruno (Naruto)

Originally Sakura is a useless ninja that burdens her teammates, Naruto and Sasuke. However, after training under the legendary Sannin Tsunade, she becomes one of the greatest medical-nin. Early on she was proficient in chakra control. This allows her to use jutsu without wasting any. Her chakra control increases as she trains under Tsunade and is able to build chakra into her fist providing her with “monstrous strength.” Furthermore, she can “send chakra throughout her entire body to lift greater mass, and improve her ability to withstand crushing blows.”

When she releases her Strength of a Hundred Seal she can preform techniques at a greater scale. She can use the Summoning Technique. By summoning Katsuyu, Sakura can “have her split apart and attach itself to others, Sakura could remotely monitor many allies at once, healing and replenishing their chakra as needed.” Sakura can heal the most fatal injuries. Sakura is highly intelligent, with an excellent memory.

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Tatsumaki (One Punch Man)

Tatsumaki (Tornado of Terror) is an S-Class Rank 2 professional hero. She’s one of One Punch Man’s most powerful heroes. An esper, her sister considers her a “monster.” She’s the most powerful esper, even surpassing Geryuganshoop. Tatsumaki can lift hundreds of large boulders. According to Yusuke Murata, she can “lift the entirety of Z-City with ease.” She can sense when her younger sister is in danger, she has incredible reflexes, fly through the air at high speeds, and can withstand gravity 300 times normal. She can also erect barriers that can endure powerful energy blasts.

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Neferpitou (Hunter X Hunter)

Neferpitou was a Chimera Ant and one of Meruem’s three Royal Guards. She is one of the most powerful Chimera Ants. She is considered to be Meruem’s “top soldier.” She can see almost two kilometers away, hear from great distances, and has an immense smell ability. He is incredibly strong, able to rip off Nen user’s limbs. Neferpitou also has great speed, reflexes, agility, stamina, and durability. Having high intelligence, intense Nen, and generally keen instincts. According to the “Hunter X Hunter Manual,” Neferpitou’s stats are 4/5 Mind, 5/5 Skill, 5/5 Body, 5/5 Nen, 5/5 Ingenuity, and 4/5 Intelligence.

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Shihouin Yoruichi (Bleach)

Yoruichi is a former Captain of the 2nd division of the Gotei 13 and a former commander of the Onmitsukido. As a Shunpo Master, she has incredible speed that makes it appear that she can be in multiple places at once. Yoruichi is a Hakuda Master considered one of the best hand to hand in Soul Society. She was able to fight against three Shinigami Captains and four lieutenant level opponents without taking much damage. Yoruichi invited Shunko, a combination that fuses Hakuda with Kido. The technique ” enhances her arms and legs for combat, the technique allows her to instantly neutralize an opponent’s movement.”

Yoruichi is also a master of Kido, an expert swordsman, master assassin, and a master strategist. With all of this, she also has a Zanpakuto and has achieved Bankai. However, she has never revealed either her Shikai or Bankai.

03


Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)

Erza is an S-Class Mage in the Fairy Tail Guild. Her magic, Requip: the Knight is a Spatial Magic that allows her to swap weapons, armor, and clothing. She is known for using her ability really fast and is the “only sword Mage known to be capable of Requipping weapons and armor while fighting.” Ezra has over 100 different armors, allowing a great deal of variety in her fighting ability. In addition to her Requip ability, Erza also is a master of “sword magic.” She’s a master sword user, an expert archer, high intellect, expert at hand to hand, enhance strength, endurance and durability. According to “Sorcerer Magazine,” Ezra stats are attack power 5/5, defensive power 5/5, speed 5/5, intelligence 4/5, and swordsmanship 5/5.

02


Android 18 (DBZ)

Android 18 was the creation of Dr. Gero. Formerly a human she was transformed into an android along with her twin brother. Android 18 is extremely powerful, able to best a Super Saiyan with ease. What makes Android 18 so powerful is her ” continuous and virtually infinite energy supply.” This prevents her from becoming exhausted. She also can increase her skill and power level through training. In addition to this, she has extended youth and longevity. Android 18 also doesn’t need ” nourishment beyond water.” Android 18 is powerful enough to kick a Kamehameha from Super Saiyan Blue Goku away. During the Tournament of Power, she managed to defeat several powerful foes, like Ribrianne, Prum, Jimizu, Cocotte, and Sorrel.

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Charlotte Linlin/Big Mom (One Piece)

Big Mom using Haki against Pedro. She's number 1 on the Top Ten Strongest Female Anime & Manga characters
Big Mom using Haki against Pedro

Big Mom is the Captain of the Big Mom Pirates and one of the four Yonko. Big Mom ate the Soru Soru no Mi. Allowing her to “freely interact with and manipulate souls.”She was also a member of the legendary Rocks Pirates. As a member of the Yonko, she is considered to be one of the four most powerful pirates in the world. The details of how strong she is aren’t clear. In order to assess how strong she is we have to compare her to other strong characters. For example, Luffy is considered one of the strongest characters in One Piece. He barely manages to land a hit on her. All Yonko are considered on par with or stronger than Admirals. She’s also on par with Kaido, another Yonko that is considered the “strongest creature alive.” Also:

  • She defeated the strongest giant with one hit as a 5-year-old
  • Even Pirate King Roger avoided her
  • Sanji and Luffy’s Kong Gun had no effect on her

I limited my list to one character per series.

Top Ten Anime from the 2000’s

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Top Ten Anime from the 2000’s

Now that I completed my Top Ten Anime from the 80’s and 90’s list, I thought that I would tackle the early 2000’s and then the 2010’s. While I think that the decade wouldn’t have the same impact that the 90’s did, every decade is going to have the own profound anime series. I’m not sure how I would characterize this decade. However, I did notice that swordsmen were more popular than the previous decade.

Honorable Mention: Bleach, Fairy Tail, Inuyasha, Jo Jo Bizarre, Digimon)


10. Inuyasha – 2000/2009

The series is about Kagome Higurashi, a teenage girl that is transported form modern day Tokyo to the Sengoku period. While there she meets a half dog demon named Inuyasha. Together they try to regain the shards of the Shikon jewel, to prevent the demon Naraku from obtaining it. They gain a number of allies, as they fall in love. I personally have a love hate relationship with this series.

Basically, I loved it now I hate. Or at least hated. Part of this was due to the separating of the series in two five years apart. The series felt circular and I was waiting for it too end. That said, I enjoyed it this series, especially the movies. Inuyasha had a love story that I wasn’t use to. In addition to this it had humor and action. The dynamics of the Inuyasha and Kagome love story and the collection of the Shikon Jewel shards got tedious at times. However, the series is still one of the highest regarded anime series.


9. Hellsing – 2001/2006

Hellsing is an adapted anime series from Kouta Hirano. The series focuses on the secret Hellsing Organization as it fights against the vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural beings in Great Britain. The anime was different from the manga in terms of plot, though it kept the characters. At the beginning of the series a vampire is turning villagers into ghouls. The head of the Hellsing Organization, Integra Hellsing, sends Hellsing most powerful agent, a vampire named Alucard. The series explores themes like the meaning of being human and religion. It has a overall dark tone and a bittersweet ending. If you like bloody, violent battles with an immortal hero that’s probably a sociopath, Hellsing is for you.


8. Afro Samurai – 2007

A seinen manga series that was adapted into an anime in 2007, Afro Samurai, is the brainchild of Takashi Okazaki. Afro Samurai is a largely typical action anime series, except that it focuses on an black protagonists. The anime three years to make. At some point Samuel L. Jackson learned of the adaptation and together with Takashi Okazaki and Japanese Studio Gonzo decided to work together. In addition to this, The RZA from Wu-Tang Clan, created the musical score. Afro was inspired by Okazaki’s fondness for hip hop and soul music, and the legendary black samurai Yasuke.

Set in a futuristic feudal Japan, Afro Samurai, is the holder of the Number 1 headband. He possess god-like powers and is the best swordsmen as a result. The headband grants immortality to the holder of the number 1. However, the holder of the number 2 headband can kill the number 1. This creates a target of the number 2. As a child, Afro witness his father (Rokutaro) a former holder of the number 1 headband, being killed by the gunslinger Justice. Afro vows revenge. The series is mainly straight forward, but highly stylized. The animation is top notch with fight scenes and music that are epic.



7. Sword of the Stranger – 2007

I don’t remember how I stubble upon of Sword of the Stranger, but I was glad I did. Directed by Masahiro Ando and animated by Bones, Sword of the Stranger, follows Kotaro. He escapes from a mysterious pursers with his dog, Tobimaru. Kotaro meets Nanashi, a wandering swordsman inside a decaying temple. Throughout their travels, Nanashi fights Luo-Lang, a skilled swordsman that’s powered mad and craves a strong opponent. Nanashi proves to be that opponent.

It is revealed that Kotaro is believed to be a “prophesied child,” who’s blood can be used for an “elixir of immortality.” Nanashi is revealed to have been a child killer an act that forced him to stop using his sword. In order to save Kotaro he finally unsheathes his sword. This results in a final duel between Luo-Lang and Nanashi. This scene is hands down one of the best animated sword fights ever. I would recommend this movie just to watch this scene.


6. Naruto – 2002

Naruto is one of the greatest anime/manga series of all time. However, I prefer the manga to the anime. This is largely due to the large amount of filler and inconsistent animation. Otherwise, Naruto would rank much higher. The art style of Kishimoto didn’t really translate well. However, the peak aspects of the show are among the best. Particularly, fights like Rock Lee vs Gaara. The animation improved with Naruto: Shippuden, but the filler remains an issue.

Naruto follows the life of Naruto Uzumaki, a young orphaned ninja. He seeks to gain the recognition of his peers and aims to become the Hokage (the strongest ninja). Like most shonen anime the combat is the most enjoyable aspect of the show. However, Naruto does have character development and interesting story-lines.



5. Samurai Champloo – 2004

Samurai Champloo is an anime series from the creator of Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe. Set in the Edo period, Champloo blends elements of action, adventure and comedy. Like his use of Jazz in Cowboy Bebop, Watanabe uses Hip Hop in this series. The animation is well choreographed and fluid. Like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo focuses on three main protagonists, vagabond Mugen, Ronin Jin and waitress Fuu. It is Fuu that convinces them to aid her in her search for the samurai who “smells of sunflowers.”

The world of Samurai Champloo is deliberately designed to reflect international hip hop culture. The score features hip hop beats from Japanese artists. Mugen’s fighting style even resembles break dancing. Samurai Champloo touches on themes from government corruption, class separation, discrimination and crime. Shinichiro Watanabe continues to create top quality work and while Samurai Champloo doesn’t surpass Cowboy Bebop it’s worth watching.


4. Death Note – 2006

Light Yagami is a teenage genius the accidentally finds a notebook called the “Death Note.” Belonging to Shinigami Ryuk, the book gives the holder the ability to kill anyone that name is written in the book. Light uses this book to attempt to kill those he deems unworthy of living. Under the name of Kira, he begins his tyranny as he tries to exterminate criminals to get to the utopian society he craves. What results is a cat and mouse battle of wits between Kira and L. An strange genius international detective, L tries to apprehend Kira using his smarts.

This isn’t the type of series that I normally gravitate towards, but it was an amazing series. Death Note ask us to explore whether anyone should “play God,” and is power corrupting. Light is initially a presented as a well behaved young genius, however, once he gains the death note he becomes a homicidal maniac. Is this the result of the death note or was light always this way? The audience starts out on Lights side then we hope that he receives the justice he thinks he administers.


3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – 2007

Gurren Lagann is a visually marvel from Gainax. The animation never waivers from it’s high quality. The show is an action packed series that increases the size of the robots with nearly every battle. Incredible imaginative, emotionally impactful and full of awesome mecha battles, Gurren Lagann is a must watch series. Taking place in a future world where Earth is ruled by the Spiral King. Lordgenome forces mankind to live underneath the ground. They have no contact with the surface and are under threats from earthquakes.

Simon a short digger and his “brother” Kamina, have a dream of reaching the surface. Armed with a “core drill” and a small mecha, Simon, Kamina and the rest of their gang, rise from the subterranean village to outer space. As they do they bring humanity form oppression to freedom.



2. FLCL – 2003

FLCL or Fooly Cooly is a series that’s hard to describe. A 6 episode OVA, follows Naota, a 12 year old boy. Bored with his life, his life changes when he encounters the manic Haruko. A intergalactic police officer looking for a Pirate King, she wields a bass guitar. After this encounter, Naota’s forehead begins to spawn giant robots when it becomes an intergalactic gateway for them. What follows is a sporadic Space Opera, that plays with the fourth wall, with dynamic animation to match.

I don’t think that FLCL is for everyone, but I would recommend it to anyone. However, you might need to re-watch it multiple times before it makes sense. If it ever does. With studios like Gainax and Production I.G at the helm, FLCL excels in almost every way. The music is phenomenal and the use of color is visually stunning. Naota finally get’s the adventure he wanted and we are along for the ride.


1. FullMetal Alchemists – 2003/2009

Edward and Alphonse Elric’s arrogance and disregard for the rules of alchemy results in Al losing his body and Ed loses an arm and a leg. The brothers go on a journey to restore their bodies. Along the way they join the government military, with Edward becoming a State Alchemists. Ed, AL and many others search for the Philosopher’s Stone that grants it’s holder anything they wish. The brothers learn the hidden truth of the world they inhabit.

Fullmetal Alchemists is a complex story that explores many difficult themes. Some themes like genocide, the meaning of life, war and lost, result in series that is both action packed and though provoking. Fullmetal balances these dark themes with good action and humor. This is the reason Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most beloved anime series of all time.

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Top Ten Anime from the 80’s & 90’s

As the decade comes to a close, I figure that I would join in on the best decade listing. I was born in the late 80’s so many of the anime I grew on are from that period. I decided to combine the two decades. Looking back at the anime on the lists, I would say all of the anime on this list stand the test of time. That doesn’t necessary mean that they’re superior to anime that has come after, but they still are magnificent. The animation was more grainy and the colors were muted. The plots were more mature that the current top series. Most of these series are considered to be among the “most influential” of all time.



10. Rurouni Kenshin – 1996

Himura Kenshin is a wandering swordsman that was formerly the assassin Hitokiri Battosai. The creator, Nobuhiro Watsuki want to make a different kind of shonen series. One that was more serious, focusing on themes like atonement, peace and romance. The anime series is one of the most popular, with a sophisticated plot and epic action scenes. It took a while for me to warm up to this series, but the series grew on me. The anime only adapts the series up to the Shishio fight, then focuses on material that’s new.


9. Tenchi Muyo (Tenchi Universe) – 1995

Generally I don’t like harem series, but Tenchi Universe was an exception. Based on the six episode OVA series, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki, the series focuses on Tenchi. The grandchild of legendary warrior and prince of the the Juraian Empire, Yosho. Tenchi’s life changes after a series of intergalactic women arrive in his life. There’s the space pirate Ryoko, snobbish princess Ayeka, her sister Sasami, Goddess Tsunami, the clumsy Galactic Officer Mihoshi and her partner Kiyone and finally the legendary mad scientist Washu. As the ladies bicker with one another over trivial matters and Ryoko and Ayeka battle for Tenchi’s love, they group become fugitives. Together the evade detection and manage to save the Juraian Empire from the control of Kagato.



8. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing – 1995

There are some many different Gundam series it can be difficult to tell them apart. However, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is credited with “globalizing the franchise.” The first Gundam series to air in American and the sixth anime in the series, Gundam Wing focuses on the war between Earth and it’s orbital colonies. The series introduces us to five pilots, Heero Yuy, Duo Maxwell, Trowa Barton, Quatre Raberba Winner and Change Wufei. They are tasked with using their Gundams attack the Organization of the Zodiac (OZ) and free the colonies from oppression.


7. Yu Yu Hakusho – 1992

Adapted from the manga series of the same name, Yu Yu Hakusho follows 14 year old, Yusuke Urameshi. In an act of heroism he sacrifices his life to same the life of little boy. He learns that the after life is real and is given a chance to redeem himself. He becomes an Underworld Detective, tasked with investigating supernatural activity in the Human World. Yu Yu Hakusho was twice voted “anime of the year” in 1994 and 1995 by Animage Anime Grand Prix. The series has been featured on many lists of the all time greatest anime series ever. Yu Yu Hakusho remains one of the most influential anime series.



6. Sailor Moon – 1992

Lazy crybaby Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) meets a magical talking cat Luna and is asked to save the universe. Joined by Sailor Soldiers, Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury), Rei Hino (Sailor Mars), Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter), Minako Aino (Sailor Venus) and supported by the mysterious Tuxedo Mask. They learn that in their past lives that they Usagi was Princess Serenity, the Sailor Soldiers were her friends and bodyguards and she was in love with a prince from Earth. However they were all killed by the Dark Kingdom. Queen Serenity sent the fallen to the future to be reborn.


5. Pokemon – 1997

With over 1,000 episodes to its credit, Pokemon is one of the most watched anime series of all time. Pokemon is credited with mainstreaming anime in the United States. Since then it has been released in over 169 different countries. The series generally focuses on the eternally youthful Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu. The first season of Pokemon, follows Ash, as he travels the Indigo League collecting eight badges. He’s joined by Misty and Brock. The series featured the iconic OP, “Pokémon Theme Song,” and the PokeRAP that ended every episode. Watching Ash battle each gym leader and enter the League is some of my fondest memories period.



4. Akira – 1988

Regarded as one of the greatest animated movies of all time, Akira is a must see anime for any fan. Considered a “landmark” anime film, responsible for increasing anime’s popularity and it’s manga art (by Katsuhiro Otomo) influencing many authors like Naruto’s Masashi Kishimoto. Featuring many sci-fi elements, Akira is held by many as being one of the best sci-fi movies as well. Bloody and violent, Akira is set in a dystopian 2019. It tells the story of Shotaro Kaneda, a biker gang leader. His childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident. Tetsuo eventual threatens Neo-Tokyo, rampaging through the city in search for Akira.


3. DBZ – 1989

Dragon Ball Z debuted in 89, but it wasn’t until the 90’s that the series really took off. A sequel to Dragon Ball, like Akira before and Pokemon after marked a tipping point in anime relevance and popularity. Following the now adult Goku and his family and friends as they battle search for the Dragon Balls and battles intergalactic aliens, androids and other creatures. The original Dragon Ball focuses on Goku’s his childhood, Dragon Ball Z focuses on Gohan’s (Goku’s son) childhood. DBZ was so popular that it outperformed shows like Friends and X-Files. Dragon Ball Z remains one of the most important anime series of all time.



2. Cowboy Bebop – 1998

The iconic anime neo-noir series, praised for it’s jazz soundtrack, production values and a all star voice cast. Cowboy Bebop has to be among the most popular and significant anime series ever. Highly praised by critics, Cowboy Bebop, follows the bounty hunting trio, Spike Spiegel, Jet Black and Faye Valentine. They are joined by eccentric hacker, Ed and Welsh Corgi (a dog) that has been genetically engineered to have human-like intellect. Cowboy Bebop follows the aftermath of Spike escape from the criminal enterprise, Red Dragon Syndicate. He also hopes to flee his former friend, now enemy Vicious.


1. Neon Genesis Evangelion – 1995

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most controversial and acclaimed anime series. A deconstruction of the mecha genre, Evangelion is stated to have “led to the rebirth of the anime industry.” The series features many complex themes, touching on mental illness, philosophy and religion. Evangelion manages to embed religious symbolism. Like Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion is considered to be a masterpiece. Personalty, I always found the main protagonist, Shinji, to be incredibly annoying. However, he is one of the most nuanced characters in anime history. Evangelion can be seem too complex at first and probably requires several viewings, but once you understand it, you’ll get the praise this series receives.

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