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 Cowboy Bebop 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.

Most of the anime on this list actually do have a manga series

2 Angel Beats! Angel Beats! Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.

heck yes

3 Neon Genesis Evangelion 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.
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


5 Code Geass 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 Kill La Kill 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


Best magical girl anime since Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon. And a motherlode of fanservice as well! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

7 Puella Magi Madoka Magica 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, more.

Definitely this show. It deserves to be number one. If you gave me a week I could maybe say everything great about this show, but I don't wanna be here forever. Madoka Magica is a masterpiece, and I will forever love this amazing anime

Words cannot describe how great this show is

8 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate

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 Samurai Champloo 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 more.

Haven't seen it yet. But it's airing on Toonami as of January 2016. I heard the anime influenced The Boondocks. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

10 Psycho-Pass Psycho-Pass 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.

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Darker Than Black 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 more.
12 Space Dandy Space Dandy
13 Serial Experiments Lain 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 more.

A very cool Psychological Anime I started watching recently! Extremly intense and deep storyline! Overall a anime worth watching! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

14 Pokemon Pokemon 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.

No it flippin' didn't! It started out as a game - Manlypants

15 FLCL FLCL FLCL is an anime original video animation series written by Yōji Enokido, directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and produced by the FLCL Production Committee, which consisted of Gainax, Production I.G, and King Records.
16 Superbook
17 Durarara!! Durarara!!
18 Little Witch Academia Little Witch Academia

Wait really!? - Manlypants

19 God Eater 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

20 Guilty Crown 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 more.
21 Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
22 Hyouka Hyouka

This anime places such a warm feeling in your chest

23 Yuri on Ice Yuri on Ice Yuri!!! on Ice is a sports anime television series about figure skating. The anime was produced by MAPPA, directed by Sayo Yamamoto and written by Mitsurō Kubo.
24 Wolfs Rain
25 Digimon Digimon “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 more.
26 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

27 Devil May Cry
28 Blood+ Blood+

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.

29 Death Parade Death Parade Death Parade is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Madhouse.
30 Danganronpa Danganronpa
31 Bleach Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. more.
32 Tsuritama
33 Free! Free! Free! is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroko Utsumi and produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do.
34 Kemono Friends
35 Terror in Resonance
36 Show by Rock!!
37 Uta no Prince-sama
38 Sakura Quest
39 Meganebu!
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1. Cowboy Bebop
2. Kill La Kill
3. Pokemon
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2. Angel Beats!
3. Gurren Laggan
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