Top 10 Most Influential Anime Ever

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This ain't a list for best anime ever but of those anime which influenced other anime.

The Top Ten

1 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable ...read more.

The granddaddy of all anime. Without Dragon Ball Z, anime wouldn't be where it is today. Enough said. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Of course. Dragon Ball Z has revolutionized the whole shonen genre. - Goku02

2 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.
3 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.

When this is the anime that everyone uses on Greatest Anime of All Time to bash other anime series like Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Sword Art Online, and Pokemon, you know Cowboy Bebop has cemented itself as one of the most influential anime ever. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

4 Astro Boy Astro Boy

It influenced DBZ enough said. - Goku02

5 Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ...read more.
6 Death Note Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".
7 Ghost in the Shell Ghost in the Shell
8 Akira

This paved the for DBZ, Sailormore and pretty much most of the rest of this on the list. This anime single handedly popularized amine for the rest of the world.

9 Mobile Suit Gundam
10 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 ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Robotech
12 One Piece One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 851 episodes to date.
13 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. ...read more.
14 Macross
15 Speed Racer Speed Racer
16 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. ...read more.
17 Mazinger Z
18 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is an anime television series produced by Production I.G and based on Masamune Shirow's manga Ghost in the Shell.
19 Naruto Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series ...read more.
20 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.
21 Fist of the North Star Fist of the North Star
22 Mushishi Mushishi
23 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.
24 Bubblegum Crisis
25 Fate/Stay Night Fate/Stay Night Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel and anime series by Type-Moon. There are three story lines in the visual novel: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel. A 24-episode anime series based on the Fate route and a film based on the Unlimited Blade Works route were made by Studio Deen. A ...read more.
26 Gurren Lagann 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.
27 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
28 Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
29 Phoenix Wright Phoenix Wright Phoenix Wright, known as Ryūichi Naruhodō in the original Japanese-language versions, is a fictional defense attorney in Capcom's Ace Attorney video game series.
30 Dangan Ronpa Dangan Ronpa Danganronpa: The Animation is a 2013 anime television series based on Spike Chunsoft's murder mystery video game, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
31 Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God
32 Cardcaptor Sakura Cardcaptor Sakura Cardcaptor Sakura, abbreviated as CCS and also known as Cardcaptors, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp.
33 Revolutionary Girl Utena Revolutionary Girl Utena
34 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
35 The King of Braves GaoGaiGar The King of Braves GaoGaiGar
36 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
37 Shakugan no Shana Shakugan no Shana
38 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, ...read more.
39 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Dragon Ball Z
2. Astro Boy
3. Sailor Moon
Goku02
1. Dragon Ball Z
2. Cowboy Bebop
3. Fullmetal Alchemist
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1. Dragon Ball Z
2. Cowboy Bebop
3. Samurai Champloo
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