50. Knights of Remune
49. Neon Genesis Evangelion
48. Black Magic M66
47. Dominion Tank Police
46. RG Veda
45. Fire Emblem
44. Lost Universe
42. A.D. Police
41. Big O
40. Dirty Pair Flash
39. Ronin Warriors
38. Ranma 1/2
36. Iria: Zeiram the Animation
35. Vision of Escaflowne
33. The Mysterious Play: Fushigi Yugi
32. Slayers (the various series and movies)
31. Cowboy Bebop
30. Love Hina
29. Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040
28. Gunsmith Cats
26. Ai Yori Aoshi
And now for 25-21:
25. The World of Narue
What do you get when an Anime obsessed fanboy meets up with a cute, funny alien girl who's lived on earth her whole life and goes to school in Japan? A funny love story with alien terrorist and a teleporting alien girl whose older sister is two years younger than she is. The World of Narue is a funny and interesting Anime that takes what seems like a bazaar idea and actually makes it work. Narue is of course the resident alien girl for whom I speak of, and the obsessed Anime fanboy just so happens to be her newfound boyfriend, Kazuto Iizuka. From there it's one wacky adventure after another. The series does suffer from a lack of episodes, and the quirky space action aspect of the series takes more than just a back seat to the romantic part of the tale, it almost completely disappears by episode three and doesn't appear much again until the last episode of the series: episode twelve. The series is still good, but it could have explored some of the space adventure-y aspect of the story, which was actually set up quite nicely in the early part of the series. Boasting charming and likable characters, this Anime is still worth a look.
24. Burst Angel
Dark, gritty, and chicks with guns. Sometimes the action outweighs the story, but did I mention it has chicks with guns? What makes this Anime work is the art design and story when it's front and center, and it tries to treat the cast as an ensemble rather than focusing on one character, though Jo and Meg are defiantly the two main characters. By about half way through the series, though, you'll want to smack Meg upside the head for getting kidnapped like... well, all the time, but when Jo gets pissed, the series gets seriously cool. It's dark, violent, full of action, surprisingly funny, and has great voice acting all around. Not for everyone, but worth a look.
23. The Dirty Pair / Dirty Pair: Project Eden
They are the Lovely Angels, and their mission?... to destroy everything they just so happen to come across. Not on purpose, of course, it's just their luck. Kei and Yuri are the original chicks with guns, the icons that brought respect the gun bunny genre with their plights and adventures across the galaxies as agents for the WWWA. The series is fun, witty, and can surprisingly be intelligent at times. The series rarely strays away from its comic roots but sometimes does in favor of telling a more serious story.
Project Eden is the second of three films and is by far the best Dirty Pair has to offer. While the other two films are worth a look as well, they don't quite reach the caliber of either the series or Project Eden. If you like the series and movies, however, Dirty Pair: Flash is also worth a look, though it follows the plights of a different Kei and Yuri and never quite captures the charm of the original.
Dirty Pair moves up two spots from my previous review.
22. Assemble Insert
An evil organization runs rampant through the city of Tokyo, smashing and looting everything using their mega cool set of mecha. The Tokyo police are dumbfounded; they can't seem to stop them? What can they do? Easy, hold a pop idol contest to find the best singer in Tokyo... you know, who also isn't all that bad at kicking evil-doing, mecha wielding, badie a$$. And that's where Maron comes in, a superhuman, shy teen who sort of just gets roped into the contest by her family. This Anime is very culture based and a parody on Japanese life in the late 1980s (the Anime itself was produced in 1989), so this title isn't going to appeal to everyone. For those that know a little about Japanese culture, this Anime will surely entertain in its own quirky little way. Funny and mostly family friendly, this Anime is well worth at least a look.
21. Quack Experimental Anime Excel Saga
I give my permission to turn Excel Saga into a one-paragraph Anime review! Again. Yes, that's again an inside joke, and you'll get it if you see the Anime. This is still one of the most messed up Anime I've ever seen, and it's also still one of the funniest. For goodness sake, a dog gets labeled "emergency food" in this Anime and even sings the end credits. Yeah, that's how messed up this Anime is. In my other review I said that this Anime was a funny, wacky, euphoric joyride, and well worth watching -- and that's still pretty much how is goes. It remains number 21 on my list.
So there you have it, 50-21. 20-16 coming soon.
EDITED to fix up the top 26-50 list a little. After thinking a little more, several Anime have been bumped off the list and a few Anime have been added in.
Edited by Slipfighter, 13 January 2007 - 02:14 PM.