Even though these anime's aren't ancient, they aren't recent, either. But dang, they are good!
1 Fullmetal Alchemist 2003
I love the 2003 version it was very well done. - egnomac
It was so original and well plotted. - NerdyPweeps
I've not yet seen Cowboy Bebop. So I can't comment on it. But so far, whatever anime I've seen up till now, this takes the cake. - Kiteretsunu
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.
A masterpiece, hands down - NerdyPweeps
Cowboy Bebop is so good! Even though it's the only anime I've ever watched, I can see why it's so popular. I think I might become one of those otaku's now because of it!
3 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
InuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing ...read more.
Not too shounen, and not too romantic - NerdyPweeps
5 Speed Racer
My personal favorite!
One of the best animes ever!
This show has action, fun characters, and a catchy theme song. Why do people dislike it?
This show deserves better then those horrible remakes [well, Speed Racer X was good] and the horrible, disgraceful, no good, live action movie! Speed himself is very cute but Trixie might kick my butt if she finds out I like Speed.
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6 Elfen Lied
Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes.
One of my favorite anime's wish it had a second season! - alyssa800900
7 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.
8 Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.
9 Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for Windows PCs in 2004, which was later ported to PlayStation consoles and the Xbox 360. The game was the best-selling PC game in 2004 and charted in national top 50 rankings several more times afterwards. Clannad has been adapted ...read more.
11 Astro Boy
Astro Boy, known in Japan by its original name Mighty Atom, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1952 to 1968. The original 112 chapters were collected into 23 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha.
12 Ghost Hound
One of the most unique anime's ever created! - NerdyPweeps
13 Hikaru no Go
14 Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex
15 Soul Eater
Soul Eater is an anime series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo, which adapts the Soul Eater manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo.
One of my favorite animes from back in the day. - aarond09
16 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.
18 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.
19 Revolutionary Girl Utena
20 Princess Sarah
A really old anime, made in 1980s, and a masterpiece in its own right. It's totally different from the standard anime you get nowadays, and the story is based on 1850s London. But you can only find it subbed (it was never dubbed in English). - Kiteretsunu
Monster (Japanese: モンスター Hepburn: Monsutā, sometimes referred to as "Naoki Urasawa's Monster") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. Monster has been critically acclaimed, with the manga having won several awards and its anime adaptation being called one of ...read more.