MADHOUSE is one of the biggest anime studios with well over 200 titles to their name. They hold almost all of the late Satoshi Kon's works too. They are still working on his final film Dreaming Machine that I actually can't wait to see. You'll find many of his titles in the lists below as I was a huge fan of his stuff. MADHOUSE is currently working with Marvel Entertainment to bring us some wonderful superhero anime that we have grown to love in comic form in the US. Some people might not like these titles as much as I do since I've been enjoying every single one so far. None of them has a rating lower than 8/10 for me. I also can't wait to finally watch Redline. I've heard wonderful things about it so far and it's one of the movies I'm really looking forward to sinking my teeth into.
I can not praise this show enough. It totally blew me out of the water and had me watching non stop whenever an episode would be released. It has a fun kind of CSI feel to it but it takes solving cases to a new level by using a new science that can look at the brain of the dead person to see if there are any clues to who murdered them. THAT IS SO COOL. I love murder mysteries so there's no reason why anyone who enjoys them too won't like this show. It also has a very good sub plot following the main detectives in the show that will keep you guessing.
Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowell are 2 of the most manly men around in anime. Living the life of crime it was only sooner or later that something would come between the 2 men. This anime is about that tale and I was glued to my seat from start to finish. I know a lot of people are pretty confused with the first episode of the series as it is VERY different from the rest of it. But if you are willing to give it a chance past that episode you are in for a real treat. I need to re-watch this badly!
Kick ass women fighting monsters! There really isn't much more I can say honestly. That is probably good enough to get most to watch it anyway. I want a re-make or a season 2 of this show very much. I'll be getting the manga for it at some point when I can afford to do so. These girls seriously kick so much ass!
Chobits was the first manga I read. I collected the volumes as they came out and once it had an anime made of it I watched it happily. I can't say which is better because I honestly love both very much. Ironically my name is NOT a copy of Chii from Chobits as most generally think. I had the nickname chi when I was a kid in elementary school because I had a lot of "energy". Happy coincidence that the adorable Chii shares the same name. This is one of my most favourite romcom's because it's a little out of the ordinary.
Texhnolyze is one of those anime that I can't overly explain why I loved it so much just that I do. It was slow and gritty but kept me interested all the way through. It made me think and wonder about many things not just about the anime but in life. It's not one I would recommend to people unless they are willing to give anything a try and actually sit through it all.
Trigun is one of the first anime I watched and really got into. Everything about it was just so fun. I love western movies and this fit that spot for anime very nicely. It was a great treat to have gotten a movie made from it after all these years last year. It rebooted my love for this series and pushes me to re-watch it whenever I think about it.
Paranoia Agent I probably don't like for the same reasons as everyone else does. I liked it for Misae Ikari, the wife of Detective Keiichi Ikari. She shows up late in the series and if I remember was only in one or two episodes. Like I said in her character post I really DO have a Diary of an Anime Lived post half written that will explain my thoughts on her and the show further. I highly recommend watching!
I love prison movies so it was no surprise to me that I would love an anime about prison life. I liked the dated aspect of this show and how it actually showed life for the inmates after their release. The dark and terrible aspect of the show was grim and just right. It kept you watching just to see how terrible things could get. It also had a remarkable cast that you could love and hate at the same time as appreciating what they brought to the show.
Zombies, boobs, guns, and lots of action. Seriously what more do most need in a good post-apocalyptic story?
I'm a huge fan of X-Men so some blind sightedness is in order for this placement. But I feel that X-Men translated very well into an anime and I would actually like to see more someday. I don't think that will happen but I can hope! This is the way Wolverine should have been in his own anime!
Featuring adaptations inspired by six short stories from Japanese literature this series was a real treat. I love compilation anime and this one is one of the best I've seen. All were honestly very delightful to watch and it was great seeing Run, Melos! remade with pretty graphics.
Monster is a long anime that very slowly builds to a pretty awesome finish. Every character is very well thought up and watching their struggles was very enjoyable. Johan will send chills down your spine and Dr. Tenma will lead you on a fantastic journey to find out the truth behind everything. If mystery and suspense is your thing, why haven't you watched this show yet?!
Shokujinki are monsters that eat human flesh! But they look just like us until they are ready to feed! This story is fun and romantic in a very strange but charming way. The animation is so far out there that even people that like that kind of stuff might think they are taking it a bit too far but I think it's simply wonderful. It's very much worth watching if you can stand the strange awesome animation.
This show is very lovable for some reason. The characters were very interesting and well ninja fighting is awesome. I think I enjoyed it so much because someone actually said I wouldn't like it. HA! Proved them wrong! Season 2 was pretty kick ass as well.
MADHOUSE is to thank for how darn beautiful Casshern Sins is. Casshern Sins it's self is an pretty good story, slow in spots here and there but all is forgiven when you are watching it because of how wonderful it looks. Some might not enjoy how it looks since it's done in a very different style from the norm but that's precisely why I loved it as much as I do.
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MADHOUSE shows that I've watched that are awesome too but missed the list: Kaiji, Akagi, Mouryou no Hako, Tatami Galaxy, and Kurozuka
MADHOUSE shows I still have to watch that will make this list a top 20/25 list eventually: Nana, Paradise Kiss, Master Keaton, Souten Kouro, Allison and Lillia, Record of Lodoss War, Tenjho Tenge, Hajime no Ippo, Uninhabited Planet Survive, Gokusen, Saiunkoku Monogatari, Mokke, Tokyo Tribe 2, Okusama wa Joshikousei, Hidamari no Ki, and Supernatural The Animation
MADHOUSE shows I still have to watch but have NO interest in actually watching them anytime soon: Dragon Drive, Magical Meow Meow Taruto, Chance Pop Session, Pita Ten, Aquarian Age, Magic Users Club, Maple Story, and Kamen no Maid Guy,
MADHOUSE shows I simply can't stand: Beck, Chaos;Head, Ichigo 100%, and Needless
MADHOUSE shows I was really disappointed by: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Boogiepop Phantom (don't hate me digiboy :P), Ultraviolet: Code 044, and Death Note
Top 10 MADHOUSE Movies/ovas
1. Ninja Scroll
2. Nasu: Summer in Andalusia
3. Battle Angel Alita OVA
5. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
6. Millennium Actress
7. Tokyo Godfathers
8. Perfect Blue
10. Chi's Sweet Home (Short series)
11. A Wind Named Amnesia
12. Birdy the Mighty OVA
13. Barefoot Gen
15. Phantom Quest Corp OVA
I know I said that J.C. Staff would be next but for the 24-27 of June 2011, I'm holding a Monthly Marathon over on Anime-Planet and the theme is MADHOUSE anime. So clearly this list is more appropriate to advertise for the marathon than a J.C. Staff one! So I encourage people to sit down this weekend and watch some awesome MADHOUSE anime that they haven't seen or hell re-watch an old favourite!
Favourites are a great thing. What makes these shows mine is that I think about them very often when I'm thinking about anime and wish to watch them more than once. Some of them I've already watched 5+ times. To be a favourite they also must be entertaining as a whole series. So if they have season 2's or more, I should have loved them just as much as their season one. Everything on the list below applies! I've been meaning to make this kind of list for many years now and I've finally sat down and mulled through all my anime titles and picked these 100 to be my absolute favourites.
Like digitalboy I'll be updating this list regularly from now on but not once a month. I will only update when I feel an anime has stood up to my standards to break into this 100 anime list. I will keep a list at the bottom of this page which of which anime has moved in and which it has kicked out. I doubt that it'll happen very often but time will tell. Check out my Does Not Want List for a taste of my dislikes.
1. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
2. Fullmetal Alchemist
3. Full Metal Panic!
4. Hikaru no Go
5. Macross Plus
6. Romance of the Three Kingdoms
7. Jyu Oh Sei
9. Ristorante Paradiso
10. Infinite Ryvius
12. Princess Mononoke
13. Serial Experiments Lain
14. Ninja Scroll
16. Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
17. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
18. Strawberry Marshmallow
19. Hi no Tori
20. Nasu: Summer in Andalusia
22. Neon Genesis Evangelion
23. Koi Kaze
25. Rose of Versailles
26. You're Under Arrest!
28. Kare Kano
29. Kita e ~Diamond Dust Drops~
30. Twelve Kingdoms
31. Kemono no Souja Erin
32. Cowboy Bebop
33. Crest of the Stars / Banner of the Stars
34. Mobile Suit Gundam 00
35. Himitsu: The Revelation
36. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni / Umineko no Naku Koro ni
37. 3 x 3 Eyes
38. Whisper of the Heart
39. Honey and Clover
40. Now and Then, Here and There
45. Hunter X Hunter
46. Yakitate!! Japan
47. Detroit Metal City
48. Battle Angel Alita
49. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
50. Last Exile
51. Turn A Gundam
52. Guin Saga
53. Blue Submarine No. 6
54. Haibane Renmei
55. Astro Fighter Sunred AKA Tentai Senshi Sunred
56. One Piece
57. Detective Conan
58. Kara no Kyoukai - The Garden of Sinners
61. House of Five Leaves AKA Sarai-ya Goyou
62. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
65. Hotori: Tada Saiwai o Koinegau
67. Heroic Age
68. Dirty Pair
69. Millennium Actress
70. Neko Rahmen
73. Puni Puni Poemy
74. Excel Saga
75. Arakawa Under the Bridge
76. Giant Robo
77. Dominion Tank Police
79. Antique Bakery
80. Tokyo Godfathers
81. Iria: Zeiram The Animation
82. Nodame Cantabile
83. Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
84. Grave of the Fireflies
86. Alien Nine
89. Rurouni Kenshin
90. Patlabor: The Mobile Police
91. Junjou Romantica
95. Sora no Otoshimono
96. Video Girl AI
100. X: The Movie
From the anime movies Nasu: Summer in Andalusia and Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori, Pépé is a completive cycler that takes part in many races around the world. Through rain or blistering heat, Pépé will get to that finish line no matter what!
Why I like him: He's super determined. He has lots of things going on in his life outside of cycling that end up effecting his racing but he still gets the job done even if all odds are against him. Some people may call this cliche and boring but the way these movies pulled off Pépé's character was refreshing and really well done.
Why I hate him: I don't have a reason to hate him... He's super awesome. Who can hate that ass of his.
Overall: If you haven't seen these movies yet I highly urge you to. Pépé is an amazing character and made me feel like I could do anything if I just tried hard enough. He's very motivating and charming in a way. His hometowns specialty pickled eggplants are sure to get a smile out of any food lovers out there.
The second installment of my decades list brings us to Movies of 2000-2009. The Movies were a lot easier to do than the OVA's. At first it came out to 19 so it was very easy to pick just one more to make it an even 20. The ordering was pretty easy as well I found.
Lots of other bloggers have already put up their lists and you can find them all listed over on Kitsune's page. Check them out! There's a lot of great lists to be had for all those list crazy people! Also don't forget to check out my OVA's list if you missed it.
Ok, here we go with the movies!
20.) Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie 2: The Sealed Card (2000) - Now don't take this as I'm a CCS fan girl. Far from it. I just thought this movie was the best the entire series had to offer. It actually ended and actually made me care about the characters. Something that the series couldn't do.
19.) Arashi no Yoru Ni (2005) -Sure it's your typical, wolf meets goat story and they become friends. They get shunned by their own kind and then bad things start to happen. There is a nice message within this movie and it should not be missed because of animal protagonists.
18.) Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek (2004) - This short horror flick was actually successful in being pretty creepy. Which I find amazing as most anime in the horror genre aren't all that scary. With the cold dark animation and the chilling sound. This movie is sure to make you rethink what may be around that dark corner in the night.
17.) Nasu: Suitcase no Wataridori (2007) -An amazing follow up to Summer in Andalusia. Throws in more jokes and continues to shine right where the 1st one left off with a whole new setting yet the very same goal.
16.) Interstella 5555 - The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) - Daft punk animated in space. Hell yes. Awesome music, entertaining visuals. Nothing more needs to be said.
15.) Kino's Journey: Life Goes On (2005) - After sitting through all of Kino's Journey it left me asking a lot of questions and wanting to know more about Kino in general. This movie gave me exactly what I was looking for. A great background story about Kino when she first started out with her adventurous ways.
14.) Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - This is one of my all time favourite Ghibli movies. Such wondrous adventures await these spectacular characters. With magical encounters at every turn this movie does not disappoint.
13.) Metropolis (2001) -This movie was my very first anime DVD I bought (all other stuff before it was on VHS :P) Sci-fi with robots it's best. Engaging characters and a killer plot, it'll keep you on the edge right till the very end.
12.) Steamboy (2005) - Steam punk never fails to entertain. Big huge machines and the stories of the people that deal with them everyday. They take you on one wild ride and won't let up till they have served you well. I've always loved the dark and gritty feel that the animation gives off.
11.) Mind Game (2004) -Perfect title for a oh so messed up flick. It kept me wondering what on earth was going on all the way through, while visually stimulating my brain. Studio 4C never disappoints!
10.) Tokyo Godfathers (2003) - A baby, homeless people, Christmas, and trannies. What more could I ask for in a movie?! lol ok well it might not be for everyone but it makes for a great Christmas movie to watch with the family... No seriously... LOL
9.) Millennium Actress (2001) - Following the story of an old retired actress she give one last interview diving into her memories which are mixed with real and fake memories from her movies that she stared in. This movie was a wonderful surprise in how enjoyable it was considering the constant jumping around it did. A tad confusing at times but it delivers in telling this womans fantastic story in a creative way.
8.) Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) - I'm a HUGE RE fan and when this came out I was never happier. Seeing the wonderful work the animators did was simply amazing. Had some cute jokes thrown in here and there for the fans as well. Who can say no to delicious zombies?
7.) Kara no Kyoukai (2007 - 2009) -The Garden of Sinners is an amazing story with drool inducing graphics. Just watch!
6.) Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (2006) - Sci-Fi, romance, and time travel! I think I have a thing for time travel as almost anything that has that element in it I end up liking. At first I thought it was just going to be a boring slice of life show but I was pleasantly surprised with how things turned out. The characters are all lovable and keep you wanting to watch to see what happens.
5.) Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (2000) - Dark and deep this movie will keep you on your toes to guess what happens next. Shocking consequences occur for main characters that you soon won't forget.
4.) Nasu: Summer in Andalusia (2003) - Who would have thought a movie about cycling could hold such a fantastic story and keep me interested. Sure it's about Pepe riding a bike pretty much the entire movie but that is exactly what made it so special. If anyone can make something as boring as that entertaining I'm all for it.
3.) Oseam (2003) -A touching South Korean film filled with tragedy and adventure. I can not simply express how amazing this movie is. It touched me in a way that not many anime has been able to. It moved me to tears and I hope others get the exact enjoyment out of it that I did.
2.) Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005) - The adventure continues and ends with this amazing movie from the FMA series. Sure some people didn't like how it ended or how it was done. But it certainly pleased me and I was glued to the screen the entire time I watched this movie as I didn't want to miss a single moment. I can re-watch this movie at anytime.
1.) Cowboy Bebop The Movie (2001) - Everyone's back and as entertaining as ever in this wonderful movie. I just sat back and enjoyed the ride in what this movie had to offer me. Lots of action, awesome characters, and a driving plot. It never fails to entertain no matter how many times I've seen it.
Look forward to the next in line for the decades list! My Top 60 Series of 2000-2009.