Wonderful artwork and complex stories of anime are appealing to many people. However, every year more and more anime becomes available outside of Japan. Choosing the next anime you will watch may become difficult, especially for those of us who have limited free time. I am no longer pursuing anime actively, but I have seen many works over the years and would like to recommend to you the ones that I enjoyed the most.

If I had to categorize the ratings it would be “Excellent” from 90 to 94 and “Masterpiece” from 95 to 100. I realize that my rating is biased. To help you make a little more objective assessment, I linked each title to the corresponding Anime News Network page with further resources and distribution of ratings from hundreds of people. You can also visit my resources page with links to anime review sites. I hope you enjoy these anime!

Title Rating Genre
Grave of the Fireflies 98 War Drama
Serial Experiments Lain 97 Sci-fi, Spiritual
Cowboy Bebop 97 Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Mushshi 97 Drama, Spiritual
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo 96 Slice of Life, Drama, Sci-Fi
Spirited Away 96 Adventure
Kiki’s Delivery Service 96 Slice of Life
Princess Mononoke 96 Adventure, Drama
Azumanga Daioh 96 Comedy
My Neighbor Totoro 95 Adventure
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 95 Fantasy
Now and Then, Here and There 95 Adventure, Drama
Record of Lodoss War 94 Fantasy
ROD TV 94 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Full Metal Alchemist 94 Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Millenium Actress 94 Drama, Romance
Princess Nine 94 Sports, Drama
Rurouni Kenshin OAVs 94 Action, Drama
Neon Genesis Evangelion 94 Drama, Psychological
Only Yesterday 93 Slice of Life
Whisper of the Heart 93 Slice of Life
Haibane Renmei 93 Spiritual
Castle in the Sky 92 Adventure
Ah! My Goddess: The Movie 92 Romance
Abenobashi Shopping Arcade 92 Parody, Comedy
Ghost in the Shell 92 Sci-fi
Perfect Blue 92 Drama, Psychological
Macross Plus OAV 92 Sci-fi, Romance
Cat Returns 91 Adventure
Akira 91 Sci-fi

5 thoughts on “Anime Recommendations

  1. Which season of Ghost in the Shell is rated 92? Or is it all of it? About a 1/3 of those listed here are on my “watch” list, and some I’ve only vaguely heard of. Overall I’d say the list is very well rated, shows that you know Anime very well~

  2. The ratings for this list are quite old, but I don’t want to change them because they reflect my initial impression (May Exposure! Zetsuboushita! :P) I’ll update the list with some of the new shows soon after the end of the Spring 2008 season. Now I would probably rate some of the shows lower than they are currently on the list.

    My entire list is very long actually. I tried to calibrate my scale against many other anime. The ones listed here are only those above 90.

    Ghost in the Shell on that list refers to the original movie (you’ll see that if you follow the link). I saw this movie a long time ago. I seen some of the series, but I never completed watching all the episodes. I really like the episode describing Motoko’s background (first video on this linked page; it has great music too) 🙂


  3. Thank you very much! And now I have nice lists of anime to be watched =DD
    I’ve watched some of them, the nicest one for me was Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo..
    Whew it made me cried pretty much =P

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