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I don't know if any of you read the magazine Anime Insider, but I find it entertaining and informative. This month, in honor of their 50th issue, they published their list of the 50 best anime of all time.

To quote the article on their judges and criteria (besides the requirement that restricted the list to those anime released in the USA):

"Opening the nominations up to specialists ranging from the president of GONZO to veteran American voice actor Crispin Freeman, we asked for lists of the best anime - not the most influential, or the most popular, but the best. The ones that made a lasting impact. The ones that tell a solid story in an entertaining, well-rounded way. The literature of anime, if you will."

The list is below this cut. I was surprised at some of them - I didn't think they were that good! - and there are a lot that I've never even heard of. But many of them are anime that I adore. So without further ado:


50 - Vision of Escaflowne
49 - Saikano
48 - Berserk
47 - Kino's Journey
46 - Card Captor Sakura
45 - Fantastic Children
44 - Irresponsible Captain Tylor
43 - Giant Robo: The Animation
42 - Twelve Kingdoms
41 - Azumanga Daioh
40 - Urusei Yatsura
39 - Astro Boy
38 - Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
37 - Fruits Basket
36 - Night on the Galactic Railroad
35 - Excel Saga
34 - Trigun
33 - Read or Die
32 - Princess Mononoke
31 - Gunbuster: Aim for the Top!
30 - Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal
29 - The Place Promised in Our Early Years
28 - Planetes
27 - Samurai Champloo
26 - Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
25 - Princess Tutu
24 - Serial Experiments Lain
23 - Galaxy Express 999
22 - Patlabor the Movie 2
21 - Tokyo Godfathers
20 - Gankutsuou
19 - My Neighbor Totoro
18 - Boogiepop Phantom
17 - Paranoia Agent
16 - Grave of the Fireflies
15 - Haibane Renmei
14 - Ghost in the Shell/Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
13 - Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
12 - Now and Then, Here and There
11 - Fullmetal Alchemist
10 - Macross Plus
9 - Akira
8 - The Castle of Cagliostro
7 - Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
6 - Neon Genesis Evangelion
5 - Revolutionary Girl Utena
4 - FLCL
3 - Milennium Actress
2 - Porco Rosso
and #1 - Cowboy Bebop

Comments

Escaflowne barely made the list, and Cardcaptor Sakura is rated better???
I call BS on that one.

On another note, Cowboy Bebop. w00t.
I think everyone has his/her protests on this list. But I haven't yet heard anyone say that Cowboy Bebop doesn't deserve the #1 slot. :) :)
Is it bad that I've seen most of these? XD

Too bad they only list the ones released in North America but then again, they only asked folk in the North American industry so it makes sense.
Woot for Ghost in the Shell! And Macross Plus! (Which I have yet to finish watching).
I call crap that Spirited Away isn't on there, I think it deserves a slot.
I'm also intrigued by a few of these animes I've never heard of. Wish more would get released here.
I scanned right down to the bottom, ready to be incensed that Bebop wasn't ranked #1...but YAY! HOOT HOOT HOOT! I guess these guys can be trusted, after all.

Fun reading that list! I got little goosebumps when I saw that Haibane Renmei made #15! Have you seen that yet? I don't know why, but it really sticks with you. I think the music has a big part of that.

I'm sure glad Nausicaa and Astro Boy made it! :)