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Aria

Slice of Life, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Aria is a three part anime. The first part introduces the characters, the second introduces the world. Gorgeous art work, and well-thought out. Mostly an episodic series. It is recommended to start on Aria the Animation.
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Giant Robo

Action, Super Powers, Steampunk Yasuhiro Imagawa's homage to mangaka Mitsuteru Yokoyama's career. In the retro-future, the world's energy needs are solved by the invention of the Shizuma drive; a non polluting and reusable energy source. In the shadows of this new era of prosperity, the organization Big Fire works towards its objective of world domination. The only people who can oppose them are an elite interpol known as the Experts of Justice, along with the boy, Daisaku Kusama, and his partner, the mightiest robot of them all, Giant Robo.

Giant Robo is a tale of deceit and sacrifice. As the plot develops, the lines between good and evil become blurred; culminating with perhaps the most ironic ending in all anime. Contrary to the name, there are very few actual fights between giant robots. The focus is instead placed on the characters and their wide verity of super powers. A must watch for any fan of classic anime and manga.

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Baccano!

Action, Supernatural Baccano is an anime thats set place in America during the 1930's. If you like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, you should definitely check this out. The music in this show is the best part.
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Berserk

Action, Horror Despite most of the manga focusing on demons and the supernatural, 90% of this anime is set within a low fantasy setting. Big on politcs and military warfare of the early 1000s. If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, this show is not to be overlooked.
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Cowboy Bebop

Sci-Fi/Western

Cowboy Bebop is an anime revolving around Spike and his gang. Cowboy Bebop presents a different story in each episode. Presents characters differently from most anime, showing hints and clues until the finale.

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Coil - The Circle of Children (Den-noh Coil)

Sci-fi, Mystery In a town where computers and reality are integrated as one, Yūko Okonogi joins her grandmother's "investigation agency" comprised of children equipped with virtual tools, and crosses paths with expert hacker Yūko Amasawa as they relentlessly seeks to unlock the mystery of computer viruses that emerge from inaccessible corrupted spaces around the town.
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Detroid Metal City

Comedy

Led by phallus-waiving terrorist-from-hell Johannes Krauser II (guitar/vocals,) and given pulsing, throbbing life by indestructible drummer Camus and bassist Alexander Jagi, Detroit Metal City is the hottest ticket on the concert circuit! There's just one catch. That "hottest ticket" is just a meal ticket, and beneath the makeup, these ultimate head-bangers are hired doppelgangers who don't even LIKE what they do! Jaggi is actually Wada, who wants to play glam rock; Camus is Nishida, an anime fan with an appalling weakness for curry and NSFW videos; and Krauser is... oh the shame... street-singing Soichi Negishi, whose dreams of singing happy pop hits seem hopelessly doomed by the success of his rage-fueled alter ego! Worse, he can't even tell anyone who Krauser is. Not even the girl he likes, who HATES DMC! Will rage against the corporate machine consume Negishi's tortured soul? Is there life after death metal? What it's like to put your head in a jet engine and turn up the volume?


(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

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Time of Eve (Eve no Jikan)

Sci-Fi

The future, probably Japan. Robots have long been put into practical use, and androids have just come into use.
Influenced by the Robot Ethics Committee, it's become common sense for people to treat androids like household appliances. Their appearance - indistinguishable from humans except for the ring over each android's head - has led some people to empathize unnecessarily with androids. Known as "android-holics", such people have become a social problem.
Rikuo, a high school student, has been taught from childhood that androids are not to be viewed as humans, and has always used them as convenient tools. One day Rikuo discovers some strange data in the behavior records of his family's household android, Sammy.
Rikuo and his friend Masaki trace Sammy's movements, only to discover a mysterious café that features a house rule that "humans and robots are to be treated the same"...

(Source: Official Website - English)



There is also a movie version.

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Full Metal Panic

Sci-Fi/Action/Comedy Mythril, a secret government group is tasked with finding and protecting people known as "whispered" from a global criminal orginization is bent on finding and gathering them to create weapons of destruction. (3 seasons, the first and third being more mature and focusing on the main plot, while the second 'Fumoffu' is a comedy piece that revolves more around the main cast in a less serious enviroment)
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Gankutuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Drama Loose adaptation on The Count of Monte Cristo, sci-fi instead of 1800's.
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Ghost in the Shell

Sci-Fi

As a cyborg and member of Section 9, Motoko Kusanagi is tasked with gathering information, preventing and fighting against criminal orginizations.
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Action/Sci-Fi Has an entirely different feel then the movies, but it's great in its own respect.
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Gintama

Comedy

Life isn't easy in feudal Japan… especially since the aliens landed and conquered everything! Oh sure, the new health care is great, but the public ban on the use of swords has left a lot of defeated samurai with a difficult decision to make concerning their future career paths! This is especially true if, as in the case of Gintoki Sakata, they're not particularly inclined towards holding a day job, which is why Gintoki's opted for the freelance route, taking any job that's offered to him as long as the financial remuneration sounds right. Unfortunately, in a brave new world filled with stray bug-eyed monsters, upwardly mobile Yakuza and overly ambitious E.T. entrepreneurs, those jobs usually don't pay as well as they should for the pain, suffering and indignities endured!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

Most people say to hold in there for the first 20-25 episodes, so keep that in mind.

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Great Teacher Onizuka

Comedy Eikichi Onizuka, an ex-gang leader and still virgin, takes it upon himself to become the greatest teacher ever, only to end up teaching children at a middle school. Finding himself in one situation after another as he tries to teach them about life and themselves, not what's found in a text book.
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Gungrave

Action

Once murdered by his friend, Brandon Heat comes back 13 years later to get revenge on a criminal underworld that lead to his friend's betrayal. Don't let yourself be fooled by its first episode which is very misleading and doesn't represent what it has to offer!

In fact, don't even watch the first episode. It spoils almost the entire story. You're better off starting at episode 2.

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Haibane Renmei

Slice of Life, Drama Rakka, a newly born Haibane awakens into an unfamiliar world with only a strange dream of falling from the sky as her only memory. Alone and scared of who and what she is, she is cared for by fellow Haibane as they try and search for the meaning of their existence as well as what lies beyond their town's imprisoning walls.
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Honey and Clover.

Comedy/Drama Three friends sharing an apartment soon find themselves being unable to make ends meet, not just in their own shared apartment, but also when a girl comes along.
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Grave of the Fireflies

Drama Set during WWII, this film follows the survival of a brother and sister after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It's a Studio Ghibli movie, but not directly influenced by Miyazaki.
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The Twelve Kingdoms

Adventure Yoko Nakajima, an unhappy high school student, is one day suddenly faced with a strange man who swears allegiance to her. After a battle with demon-like beasts, he then takes her to another world along with two of her classmates. There, her appearance has changed and she can understand the language even though her classmates cannot. But their status as "Kaikyaku" (people who come from Earth) makes them hunted fugitives, so they wander the land of the 12 countries, simply trying to survive and to figure out the reason why they were brought to this world.
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Kaiba

Romance One day a man, Kaiba, wakes up in a broken room. He has no memories, only a pendant with a picture of an unknown woman. Outside of the room are grotesque floating electrical clouds of disjointed memories. Kaiba is suddenly assaulted, and escapes into space. He travels to various planets, encountering various people and retrieving his memories. Memories of an inconsistent and decaying world, of his own agony and of Niero, the woman in the picture.
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Kaiji (Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji)

Zawa Zawa, Gambling, Drama Kaiji is a man who has nothing left, so "all or nothing" is a pretty good deal. He gets an offer to wipe his enormous debts in one night, if he can win the largest gamble of his life, and the gambles only get bigger.
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Kino's Journey

Adventure

Kino travels the world with a talking motorcycle named Hermes staying in each town for three days. Each place has its own unique customs and culture, ranging from dystopian to seemingly idyllic, which Kino studies before moving on.

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Legend of the Galactic Heros (Ginga Eiyū Densetsu)

Space Opera

For decades, the Galactic Empire has been locked in an interstellar war with the Free Planets Alliance, a conflict that involves thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. Two new commanders enter the conflict with great hopes: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA's Yang Wen-Li. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through complicated political arrangements, plot strategies, and win battles, each will be tested, and ultimately, changed, by the reality of war.

(Source: ANN)

The intro movie "My Conquest is the Sea of Stars" is a good start for getting into the show.

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Millennium Actress

Drama A TV interview group records the memories of a once famous acress, Chiyoko Fujiwara, as the studio she once worked for has begun to be torn down.
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Mononoke

Horror A wondering man, known as Medicine Seller, travels the world to destroy spirits known as Mononoke (See Mushishi for similar. Not to be confused with Princess Mononoke)
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Monster

Thriller

Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a renowned young brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancé and is on the cusp of a high promotion in the hospital he works at. However, all of that is about to change with one critical decision that Dr. Tenma faces one night – whether to save the life of a young child or that of the town's mayor. Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the young child, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor’s. All of a sudden, Dr. Tenma’s world is turned upside down by his decision leading to the loss of everything he previously had. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the vicinity of Dr. Tenma, all of the evidence pointing to the young child who he saved, Tenma’s beliefs are shaken.
Naoki Urasawa’s Monster is a tale full of mystery, suspense and intrigue as Dr. Tenma journeys to find out the true identity of the young child. In turn, the fate of the world may depend on it.

(Source: MAL)

Mushishi

Mushishi

Mystery/Drama/Supernatural

Ginko is a traveling shaman/natural philosopher who solves problems related to "mushi", fey plankton-like creatures that are ubiquitous but invisible to most people. Mushi are generally as benign as most other wildlife, but sometimes cause bizarre occurrences in certain circumstances.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Sci-Fi/Mecha/ Horror/Drama

In the year 2015, a young man is summoned by his father who had long abondoned him. In the midst of human conflict and biblical apocrypha, Shinji Ikari struggles to find his identiry in a world where the towering bio-mechanical Evangelions do battle against the mysterious and powerful Angels, and where the anxietys of growing up, violence, and sex continue to haunt him more each and every day...also known as his reality. With each shattered life and each apocalypse one truth remains contant, you must not run away.

(Source: MAL)

For proper viewing, get the director's cut versions for episodes 21-24. When you're done the full 26 episode series, watch the finale movie "End of Evangelion".

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Only Yesterday

Drama Taeko Okajima is a typical "office lady" in a big company in a big city. When she takes a sabbatical to the countryside in Yamagata Prefecture, the hometown of her brother-in-law, the journey recalled her memory of her 5th grade year. During her stay in Yamagata, she works hard and happily as a farmer and is surrounded by friendly relatives and villagers, bringing up more memories. Their hospitality makes her to reconsider her choice of life.
(Source: ANN)
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Perfect Blue

Horror

Mima Kirigoe, a member of a pop-idol group called "CHAM!", decides to quit singing to pursue a career as an actress. Some of her fans are displeased with this decision though, particularly a stalker named Me-Mania. As Mima progresses into her new career, those close to her are violently murdered one by one, and Mima begins to lose the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy. Good starting place if you want to watch something by Satoshi Kon.

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Planetes

Sci-Fi/Slice of Life Ai Tanabe was recently placed into the space debris collecting sector, as an astronaut. But being an astronaut isn't all its cracked up to be, as pay is shit and your coworkers are crazy.
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Princess Tutu

Adventure

Princess Tutu is a tale of heroes and their struggle against fate. Their beliefs, their feelings, and ultimately their actions will determine whether this fairy tale can reach its "happily ever after."
Are you a bad enough dude to watch Princess Tutu?

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Rose of Versalis

Historical Fiction

 Raised from birth as a man, the Lady Oscar commands the palace guards at Versailles in the years before the French Revolution. Her beauty and noble spirit make her a shining figure in the eyes of both men and women but she is torn between her chosen life of service and duty to class and country and her own heart and desires. She lives as a noble amidst the opulence of Versailles but her keen senses and compassion are not blinded to the poverty of the French people.


(Source: ANN)

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Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayel

Action

Struggling in a constant challenge with his ideal beliefs reflecting against the harshness of reality, Tsuiokuhen tells the melancholic and dark story of Himura Kenshin as one of the most feared assassins of the Japanese Revolution: the Hitokiri Battousai. People are generally split if you should watch the main series first or not. If you feel like watching Shounen, go for it. This is more Seinen.

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Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Comedy Follow, high school teacher, Nozomu Itoshiki (Mr. Dispair) as he makes everyday life seem pointless and that depression and harm are all that await his students in the future. All attempts thwarted by the most optimistic student, Kafuka Fuura, who finds a bit of light in everything, tearing it open to erase all doubt he has. Also incudes a classroom full of cliche female students, most of who find themselves taken by their teacher.
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Crest of the Stars

Space Opera

Based on a science fiction novel series, Crest of the Stars (Seikai no Monsho) is the first installment in this sci-fi saga. The story follows Jinto, whose world was taken over by the largest empire in the galaxy: the Abh. Jinto's father, the planet's prime minister, handed their world over to the Abh in exchange for a standing in the Abh Empire. As a result, Jinto became a prince and was shipped off for an Abh Education. There he meets a princess of the Abh Empire, Lafiel, whom he quickly befriends despite her cold exterior. The Abh Empire is plunged into war soon after and the story continues from there...


(Source: ANN)

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Seirei no Moribito

Adventure

At a time when the balance of nature still held the civilizations of mankind in thrall, a single drought could spell the end of a society and doom its inhabitants to piteous deaths. Prince Chagum has been imbued with the power to stave off the drought and bring new life to his empire. However, this is a suspicious time, and he is accused of possession by an evil spirit.
Court advisors only see one solution. Chagum must be put to death by his own father's hand. His salvation is in the form of Balsa, a spear woman and mercenary from Kanbal, the kingdom across the mountains. Her skills are legendary, and although reluctant, she is held by a mysterious vow to save eight souls before she dies. Can she fend off an entire empire and make Chagum her eighth soul?


(Source: RightStuf)

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Drama, Sci-fi After finding a strange object, Makoto Konno finds she has the ability to jump backwards in time. She starts with the simple, getting to school on time, doing well on tests, but soon she find out more about her friends and herself than she ever could imagine.
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My Neighbor Totoro

Drama

Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight they discover that their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit called Totoro who can be seen only through the eyes of a child. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters, including a cat that doubles as a bus, takes them on a journey through the wonders of nature.

(Source: Disney)

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Gunbuster

Sci-Fi

In the very near future, a race of huge, insect like aliens is discovered traveling the galaxy. These aliens seem dedicated to the eradication of the human species as it takes its first steps away from the solar system, and they are getting closer and closer to Earth. Humanity has responded by developing spacegoing battleships and giant fighting robots. These robots are piloted by the best and brightest of Earth`s youth, picked from training schools around the world.
The story begins in the year 2023, not long after the first battles with the aliens, and centers on young Noriko Takaya. Although Noriko`s father was a famous Captain in the space fleet who was killed during one of the first battles of the war, her own talents as a pilot are questionable. Nonetheless, she has entered a training school. Through the series Noriko, joined by the beautiful and talented Kazumi Amano, will fight to overcome the trauma of war, the doubts of her peers, and her own lack of confidence.


(Source: AniDB)

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La Maison en Petits Cubes

Drama

An old man lives in a town that has become submerged in water. As the water level rises, he's forced to build additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay above water. One day he accidentally drops his favorite pipe into the lower levels of his home, and decides to rent scuba diving equipment in order to go searching for it. As he descends through his sunken home, the old man recalls memories of the past in each room.

(Source: ANN)

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Shakugan No Shana

Action, Fantasy,Slice of Life Sakai Yuuji, a high school student, is dead. When he was on his way home he witnessed a shocking view as the world suddenly froze: people were engulfed by blue flames and a monster resembling a large doll swallowed them. Just as the monster prepared to consume Yuuji, a sword-wielding girl in black attire with flaming red eyes and hair that burns like embers saved him from the monster. The girl called herself a "Flame Haze" who hunts the "Guze no Tomogara (Denizens)", creatures from another world. As Yuuji noticed a blue flame in his chest, she called him a "Torch", a temporary replacement, saying that the "real" Yuuji's existence had already ended.
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Usagi Drop

Drama Daikichi finds himself the only one to acknowledge and willing to care for his late grandfather's illegitament child, Rin, during the funeral. The series has two parts, first with Rin as a child and Daikichi learning how to be a parent, the second half with Rin as a High Schooler, learning how to deal with her feelings for both a boy and Daikichi. However, note that the Anime covers only the first half of the manga, ending before Rin becomes a high schooler. 
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Welcome to the NHK

Comedy Satou is a Hikkomori, a NEET, whatever you want to call it, he lives inside and does nothing all day long. But fate knocks on his door in the shape of a young girl, bringing him one chance to end the conspiracy against him, and live life without fear.
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The Tatami Galaxy

Drama

Follow an unlikely hero as he relives the starting days of his college life as he attempts to fit in and lead a glamourous life, only to be dragged down by his only 'friend' who seems to only drag him further into hell.

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Fantastic Children

Drama, Sci-fi, Mystery, Romance

A group of enigmatic white-haired children has been spotted at different times and places in Europe for over 500 years. Always with the appearance of 11-year-olds, they behave far more mature than they should be, never grow old, and seem to have supernatural power. What they have been seeking is a girl, and the only clue they have is a picture with a crescent moon. Now, in the year of 2012, an athletic boy named Tohma is about to be involved in this centuries-long mystery.

Our Lord and Savior

MD Geist

Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Drama, Romance In the distant post-apocalyptic future, the moist dangerous man alive, MD Geist, returns from orbit to save us all.

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