Top 10 Anime That Didn't Originate from a Manga
Most Anime have started at first as a Manga, yet there are some exceptions, which did not start off like that!
Basically I'm counting everything that didn't originate from a Manga or Light Novel! It's fine, if it originated from something else and also if a Manga adaption was later created!
The Top Ten
1 Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.
2 Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno.
3 Angel Beats!
Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.
4 Gurren Laggan
Most over the top anime I've ever seen.
Hmm... isn't it spelled Gurren Lagann? Maybe it's spelled differently in other countries? - ModernSpongeBobSucks
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5 Code Geass
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp.
6 Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, written by Gen Urobuchi, music by Yuki Kajiura, opening sang by ClariS, ending by Kalafina (sometimes by the seiyuus) and original characters by Ume Aoki. It also has 3 movies, ...read more.
7 Kill La Kill
Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. In Kill la Kill, Ryuko Matoi transfers to a new high school in order to find her father's murderer.
Don't lose your way with this over-the-top turn on the magical girl genre! - ModernSpongeBobSucks
People don't believe this is a magical girl anime, but guess what - Ruee
Best magical girl anime since Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon. And a motherlode of fanservice as well! - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Hey! I said it can't originate from a Manga or Light Novel! Steins;Gate on the other hand originated from a game!
Still the time traveling storyline was just mind-blowing! Must watch! - CastlevaniaFanboy128
9 Darker Than Black
Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. In 2007, the 26 episode anime named Darker Than Black: The Black Contractor aired with a huge commercial success. It was ...read more.
10 Samurai Champloo
Samurai Champloo is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. Samurai Champloo is set in an alternate version of Edo-era Japan with an anachronistic, predominantly hip hop, setting. It follows Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a ...read more.
Haven't seen it yet. But it's airing on Toonami as of January 2016. I heard the anime influenced The Boondocks. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
? Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is an anime series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.
My favorite anime of all time.
Best female lead (Saya), best sidekick (Hagi), best backstory, best action, best weapons.
This anime is just amazing.. and outstanding. - Kiyomi
11 Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain is an avant-garde anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for Triangle Staff. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to September 1998. The series is influenced by ...read more.
A very cool Psychological Anime I started watching recently! Extremly intense and deep storyline! Overall a anime worth watching! - CastlevaniaFanboy128
12 Space Dandy
Psycho-Pass is an anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani & Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi.
Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.
15 God Eater
God Eater is an anime adaptation of the God Eater video game series. It is animated by Ufotable and began airing on July 12, 2015 after a one-week delay.
This actually originated from a PSP game franchise. - SelfDestruct
16 Wolfs Rain
I haven't seen this yet, but I heard its story was FANTASTIC!
That's about it... - CastlevaniaFanboy128
“Digimon” is a term commonly used to sum up several Japanese anime series based on the Bandai virtual pet brand “Digimon” (Dejimon). As of 2017, there are 7 series: “Digimon Adventure” (1999), “Digimon 02” (a.k.a. “Digimon Adventure 02”) (2000), “Digimon Tamers” (2001), “Digimon ...read more.
18 Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
I am sure a lot of people haven't heard of it but it originated from an iOS game with the same name (warning: English-language version of Rage of Bahamut was shut down). - SelfDestruct
19 Devil May Cry
20 Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Production I.G which aired on Fuji TV's noitamina program block from October 2011. The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high school boy who inadvertently obtains an ability called "Power of the King" that enables him to draw out items ...read more.
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