<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Anime Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/lists//anime http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/lists//anime <![CDATA[15 Dudes Who Turned Crossplay Into High Art]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-sexy-crossplay/machk

You see women cosplaying as male characters all the time, but how often are men cosplaying as female characters? Turns out, it happens all the time. It's called crossplaying, and it's awesome. All the proof you'll need is here in this list of the best crossplay. From the scary to the sexy, these are some seriously talented people. Vote up the crossplays so good they made you do a double-take.


15 Dudes Who Turned Crossplay Into High Art, comics, Cosplay, anime, other,

If You Say You Knew This Was a Dude, You're Lying

YukiSnowCosplay is a master of complete gender-bending transformations. This photo of him as Black Rock Shooter was taken by Novii Photography.


This Might Be Better Than Angelina Jolie

Justin Saint, or GaymerQueen, does some seriously impressive makeup and costume work, including this Maleficent crossplay.


Ruby Has Never Looked So Graceful

Blogger and avid crossplayer adellexe pulled off an amazing Ruby from RWBY. Shot by Kiwira.


A Rare but Perfect Sims Cosplay

DeviantArt user AvaCassandra blew crossplaying out of the water with a Sims Bella Goth cosplay.


This Will Bring Your Coraline Nightmares Back

Instagram user louistato does a lot of cosplay, but this one is really, really scary - in a good way. His Other Mother from Coraline crossplay is almost too accurate.


Do You Remember Anna Looking This Badass?

Instagram user goddessofimaginarylight pulled off an amazing re-imagining of Anna from Frozen.


How Does This Beard Work So Well?!?

Les Levi completely stole the show at Comic Con 2016 with his Storm and Rita Repulsa crossplays.


Definitely a Beauty

Richard Arthur, also known as TheOfficialAriel, is a master at transforming himself into Disney princesses. This shot of Richard as Belle from Beauty and the Beast was taken by Austin Buchanan.


Serenity Done Right

Joshua Hart is known for his incredibly meticulous work with costumes, but he really blows the whole crossplay game out of the water. This amazing photo of J. Hart as Serenity from Sailor Moon was shot by Octography.


Madoka's Hair Is Perfect

Instagram user jazzsyndrome made a very glamorous Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.



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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:47:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-sexy-crossplay/machk
<![CDATA[The 25+ Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-thriller-anime/ranker-anime
The best thriller anime all have one thing in common- they keep you on the edge of your seat at all times. From Death Note to Psycho Pass, this list takes every good psychological thriller anime and ranks them from best to worst. Some of these shows are downright disturbing, including Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent, a series that exposes some of the uglier parts of social behavior between humans. Even the intro and outro to that show are creepy, just look them up on YouTube if you don't believe me!

Anyways, vote up your favorite thriller anime below, and please add any psychological thriller anime to the list if you think it deserves to be here!
The 25+ Best Psychological Thriller Anime of All Time,

Code Geass

Death Note

Fate/Zero

Attack on Titan

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Future Diary

Steins;Gate

Deadman Wonderland

Psycho-Pass

High School of the Dead


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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:42:00 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-thriller-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Cyborg Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cyborg-anime-characters/ranker-anime
For this list we're ranking the best cyborg anime characters of all time, with the help of your votes. Below you'll find a list of the most popular cyborg characters in anime, ranked by how many votes they have received from other anime fans like you. With names like Major Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, and Franky from One Piece, it won't be easy putting one character over another. Fortunately for you, you can vote up all your top cyborg anime characters, so give a thumbs up to as many characters as you want. If you favorite cyborg character is missing from the list, you can add them so that other Ranker users can vote them up too. 
The Best Cyborg Anime Characters,

Android 17

Android 18

Batou

Briareos Hecatonchires

Edward Elric

Motoko Kusanagi

Franky

Android 16

Genos

Bartholomew Kuma


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:12:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cyborg-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Characters With Brown Hair]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-brown-hair/ranker-anime
With so many anime characters with odd hair colors, brown is almost weirder than a bright color like pink or green. Here is Ranker's list of the best brown hair anime characters, as voted on by anime fans like you. In the colorful world of anime, brown is a rather drab color. It may denote being ordinary and straight-laced. But given the chance, the character can explode in a flurry of colorful decisions and moves. After all, heroes are the types to have something hidden underneath, then they'll reveal it later. And since brown in the color of earth, perhaps it means they're well-grounded people. Well, just look at the list, and see what common things you can see in all of them. Is one of your favorite anime characters with brown hair missing from the list? Add it so others can vote on it as well.
The Best Anime Characters With Brown Hair,

Lelouch Lamperouge
code geass
Light Yagami
Death Note
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Haruhi Fujioka

Levi Ackerman

Cana Alberona
fairy tail
Eren Jaeger
Attack on Titan
Kyoraku Shunsui
Bleach
HIkaru and Kaoru Hitachin
Ouran High School Host Club
Sango
Inuyasha

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:12:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-brown-hair/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[List of 10+ Good Anime Similar to Naruto]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-like-naruto/ranker-anime
Almost all of us have watched it, but what are some good anime like Naruto that are similar in nature? The show has been around for over a decade, but after you've consumed everything that it has to offer, why not branch out and find some anime that are similar to Naruto or Naruto Shippuden. This list is only a start- we want anime fans like you to add your favorite anime series that are like Naruto to this list, so that others can vote on them and help grow the list.

If you haven't seen a show on this list, don't downvote it! Try to keep your judgement fair as you vote things up and down.
List of 10+ Good Anime Similar to Naruto,

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Why it is similar: Similar animation, fighting with special powers, "avatar" state power works in similar fashion to Kurama power, small group of powerful friends who travel on a journey and have adventures while battling Fire-benders

Dragon Ball Z

InuYasha

Yu Yu Hakusho

Fairy Tail

One Piece

Bleach
Why it is similar:
 - Samurai theme
 - Special powers similar to ninjas
Hunter x Hunter
Why it is similar:
 - Ninja theme
 - Martial arts with special powers
 - Boy hero rising through ranks
Dragonball
Why it is similar:
 - One source of inspiration for Naruto
 - Martial arts with special powers
Rurouni Kenshin
Why it is similar:
 - Samurai motifs
 - Martial arts actions with special powers

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 03:13:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-like-naruto/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[20 Anime Characters with Big-Time Parent Issues]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-parent-issues/justin-andress

Anime characters with parent issues are dime a dozen, but the mommy and daddy issues these anime characters have are hard to rival. From abandonment issues to tragic deaths of parents, it doesn't get much worse than the situations on this list.

It seems that in the collected world of anime heroes and villains, the governing rule is that functional parents simply can’t exist. Sure, heroes occasionally get mentors, but by and large most anime and manga parents are either no good at the soccer mom game or are gone before they can really make a difference. This is not a landscape of Martha Kents. Main characters are either forced to watch their parents die, leave, or simply never get written in at all.

If you thought Bruce Wayne had some parent issues, the tortured billionaire has nothing on these anime and manga characters who have some serious emotional complexity driving their relationship with their parents.

Spoilers ahead.


20 Anime Characters with Big-Time Parent Issues,

Seto Kaiba’s New Dad Raised Him for Success, Then Resented It

In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Seto Kaiba is raised by an adopted father, a powerful industry tycoon named Gozaburo Kaiba. Gozaburo essentially forced his adopted son to undergo an excruciating academic regimen, training him in an accelerated school program designed to get Seto in prime business condition.

In this, Gozaburo is completely successful, because by the time he’s 16, Seto has seized control of his adopted father’s company, a hostel takeover that results in Gozaburo’s suicide in front of Seto’s very eyes.


Shinki Ikari Has a Dead Mother and Was Abandoned by His Father

Man oh man, Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion had it rough in the parents department. At just the tender age of 3, Shinji witnessed the death of his mother Yui, during the "contact experiment" with Eva-01 that went horribly wrong. As if that wasn't traumatizing enough, he was abandoned by his father Gendo only a year later, and forced to live with his teacher Misato.

Although Misato is caring towards Shinji, his personal struggles plague him all his life, especially after age 11 when his father (now the head of NERV) calls on him to pilot Eva-01 and fight the angels that are attacking earth. If coming face to face and being forced to obey your father who abandoned you as an infant isn't traumatizing, then I don't know what is.


Kakeru Naruse's mother's suicide leads him to attempt suicide himself

In Orange, Naho Takamiya receives several letters from herself 10 years in the future about a boy named Kakeru Naruse who will soon transfer to her high school class. As the specific events in the letter start to come true, she realizes the letters are real and follows their advice to the tee.

In the first episode, Kakeru doesn't come to school for two weeks, which we later learn is because his mother killed herself. As Kakeru opens up to Naho, he explains that much of his life outside of school consisted of taking care of her and appeasing her whims and mental illness. Naho's letters explain later that in her future, Kakeru is overcome with depression and guilt for not protecting his mother, and he commits suicide. 

With the help of her friends, Naho manages to convince Kakeru that life is worth living - but he is severely damaged from the experience nonetheless, and his guilt about his mother never goes away.


There’d Be No Bunny Drop Without Some Weird Parental Stuff

The core relationship in Bunny Drop is between the outcast aunt and nephew of the Kawachi family. You see, the aunt, Rin, is just a small child, the illegitimate daughter of the family’s patriarch. Her nephew, Daikichi, an aimless 30-something, is the only person in the family who’s willing to take her in.

Rin’s relationship with and subsequent rejection from the majority of her biological family helps set the tone for both her shy character and the adventures the tow undertake.


Edward and Alphonse Elric Attempted to Resurrect Their Dead Mother

When you think of anime characters with "mommy issues," the Elric brothers are probably the first to come to mind. After losing their mother as children, the duo dedicates a chunk of their lives to resurrecting her using alchemy. The first episode of the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime series opens with Ed and Al committing the ultimate taboo by trying to bring their mother back from the dead, resulting in Edward losing an arm and leg while Alphonse loses his body entirely.

The rest of the series is spent searching for the Philosopher's Stone- a powerful talisman that supposedly allows the wielder to overcome the rules of equivalent exchange in alchemy. Edward's goal is to bring his brother's body back, so he doesn't have to live in a suit of armor anymore. What's worse is later in the series their mother does actually come back in the form of the homunculus named Sloth, who serves as secretary to King Bradley. The boys unknowingly created her the night they tried to bring their mother back, and Edward is ultimately the one to destroy her by turning her body into ethanol. Someone get this kid some counseling, and fast.

 


Everybody in Shadow Star… Just, Everybody

Don’t let its cutesy exterior fool you, a really large portion of the cast in Shadow Star have some pretty messed up relationships with Mom and Dad. Among her many, many other issues, Akira Sakura is being sexually abused by her father. Main character Shiina Tamai once had an older sister who predicted her own death - at her parent's hands - when she heard them say things would be easier when she was dead.

Shiina’s own relationship with her dad is complicated by the fact the he, you know, constantly keeps getting attacked by dragons. 


Genma Is the Only Reason Ranma’s Life Is So Complicated

Ranma’s 16-year-old life is pretty difficult in Ranma 1/2, especially since he turns into a red-headed girl every time someone splashes him with cold water. The young martial artist wouldn’t even have that issue if it weren’t for his father, Genma, who charged headlong into a sacred Chinese dojo - in spite of the fact that he can’t speak a word of Chinese - and oaf’d his way into having he and his son fall into pools inhabited by drowned spirits. 

You’d think the man who doomed you to live a double life as a girl and a boy would lay off in the aftermath, but Genma also likes to try and marry his “daughter” off in order to nab an extra dowry or two. 

Though Ranma is constantly annoyed by his father’s antics throughout the series, he owes the man his considerable skill (and his overarching sense of pride).


Gene Starwind Is Haunted By His Father’s Death

The protagonist of Outlaw Star, Gene Starwind, witnessed his father’s murder at the tender age of 15 when a band of mercenaries led by Ron MacDougall attacked his home. He escaped at the last minute, but not before his father’s savage murder. This scene would cripple the future hero for five years until he finally took action.

From then on, the memory of his father’s murder would propel Gene Starwind forward, the horrific experience forging him into a noble protector. 


Guts’s Adopted Dad Sold Him as a Child Prostitute For an Evening

It’s hard out here for a mercenary leader, and no one is more evident of that fact than the shout-happy, demon-killing machine, Guts, the star of Berserk. Raised by an adopted father named Gambino, a mercenary leader himself, Guts spent his entire life learning the trade under borderline cruel, absolutely loveless circumstances.

Gambino was such a monster that he even sold his adopted kid out to a friend for an evening of horror. Granted, Guts ended up murdering his rapist a little bit later, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t traumatized.


Crayon Shin-chan Is All About Sweet, Parental Dysfunction

When it all comes down to it, there’s little doubt that the parents lording over a 5-year-old jackanapes named Shin mean well, but that doesn’t change the fact that both of them are totally cracked.

Shin’s dad is a good guy who also behaves like a grown up kid. He may go to work in the city every day, but he also hands over all his money at the end of the week, gets an allowance, and has to do chores.

Shin’s mom is a raving loony, hypocrite, and vicious abuser. She’s so into child abuse that she’s got a patented move (popping her kids on the top of their head). Of course, her son does constantly mock her to the point where it’s not entirely unreasonable that he’s getting a lick.



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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:53:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-parent-issues/justin-andress
<![CDATA[The Biggest Anime Perverts of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pervert-anime-characters/ranker-anime
The pervert character is a staple in anime that goes back many years, which who is the biggest pervert in all of anime? We're leaving the answer up to you, by letting you vote on this list of the the perviest anime characters of all time. They get nosebleeds, slaps in the face, hearts in their eyes, and that's all before noon. These anime perverts will stop at nothing to talk to a beautiful woman, no matter how many times they've been rejected or turned away. Sanji from One Piece even almost died once, simply because he refused to fight a woman (although Nami ended up kicking her ass). We included the most notorious tail-chasers we could think of, but if you think there's an anime pervert that should definitely be on the list, then we strongly encouarge you to add him to the list. It doesn't even have to be a guy; if you can think of a perverted woman than feel free to add her too! 
The Biggest Anime Perverts of All Time,

Brock

Kon

Miroku

Master Roshi

Sanji

Jiraiya

Oolong

Taurus

Issei Hyoudou

Meliodas


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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:58:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/pervert-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[7 Pokemon Episodes Banned Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/banned-pokemon-episodes/nikoberi
Pokemon episodes have been banned in countries all around the world, including America and Japan. After all, the show that has been around for a long time. Episodes have been coming out like clockwork since the '90s with no signs of stopping. Translating from one culture to another is a complex process, one that doesn't always go smoothly. Sometimes, controversial Pokemon episodes aren't translated at all.

Different nations have different cultural standards about what is right to show to children and sometimes what Japan thinks is acceptable may freak American parents out. Because of this, some episodes of Pokemon were edited before being shown to American audiences.

Others proved so offensive to American standards that they never made it to the air in the U.S. Of course, some Pokemon adventures were off-limits in other markets around the world. Still other episodes were unfortunate enough to never be broadcast in Japan, the home of all things Pokemon. From the infamous ''seizure episode" to multiple stories rendered insensitive by natural disasters, these are all banned Pokemon episodes.

7 Pokemon Episodes Banned Around the World,

Dennō Senshi Porygon
This is the big one. Anybody who was paying attention to Pokemon in the '90s will remember the controversy surrounding the so-called "Seizure Episode." This Pokemon adventure features flashing lights that gave Japanese children traumatic seizures. Naturally, this episode was promptly banned from ever airing again in Japan and nixed in every other country on the planet as well.

Holiday Hi-Jynx
"Holiday Hi-Jynx" takes the unfortunate design of Jynx and doubles down. This episode features Ash and the gang meeting Santa Claus and getting to see his toy factory, which happens to be staffed entirely by Jynx. American broadcasters decided to give this episode a pass based on the insensitive and potentially inflammatory visual of a white man presiding over a labor force of servile racial caricatures.
The Ice Cave!
Japan, as a culture, doesn't deal with racism in the same way America does. As a more ethnically homogeneous nation, Japanese culture sometimes includes racial representations that strike entirely the wrong note elsewhere. In America, a Pokemon that looks like a caricature out of the early 1900s raises a few more eyebrows and so "The Ice Cave" was banned for prominently featuring Jynx.
The Legend of Dratini
When you think about Pokemon, one of the last things to pop into your head are firearms, yet, here we are. "The Legend of Dratini" features an excessive amount of gunplay, at least by Pokemon standards. Team Rocket gets shot at and Ash - a mere child - has a gun pointed at his head by a grown man. This episode was banned in the US due to mass shootings that prompted much parental concern and hand-wringing over the songs, television shows, and music their children were consuming.
Shaking Island Battle! Barboach VS Whiscash!!
The 2011 earthquake in Japan set a precedent for Pokemon to really think carefully about including references to tectonic events. This episode features prominent usage of the moves "Magnitude" and '"Earthquake," and the producers made the connection, reasoning that it airing this episode in close proximity to the tragic quake would be insensitive. The episode never saw the light of day in Japan, nor did it reach localizers in other countries.
Beauty and the Beach
If you're wondering why this episode was banned, look at James's chest in that picture. This beach vacation episode was considered fine for Japanese children but a bit too racy for American kids. Apparently TV stations in the US were convinced James's cross-dressing would be too much for impressionable young minds to handle.
Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma
This two-part episode features a dramatic showdown between classic bad guys Team Rocket and the newer, shinier Team Plasma. In their battle, the two teams inflict massive property damage to a city and cause artificial earthquakes. Unfortunately for this episode, its slated release date ended up being very close to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that inflicted massive damage to the Sendai region of Japan. Showrunners felt it would be in bad taste to show similar imagery while the country was still recovering from the disaster.

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Wed, 11 May 2016 03:52:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/banned-pokemon-episodes/nikoberi
<![CDATA[The Best Adult Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-adult-anime/ranker-anime

For those of you looking for anime that is a bit more mature, such as for seinen anime, here's our list of the best adult anime of all time. One of the worst stereotypes about anime is that it's just for children, but the shows below prove that to be completely wrong. What makes an anime mature or "adult?" It isn't just the graphic violence, but the themes and ideals that are presented in the show that would likely go over the head of a younger viewer. In fact, many are great stoner anime, filled with jokes and funny anime characters that children just won't understand. Take Samurai Champloo, for instance, which addresses topics like homosexulaity and prostitution. Would a young viewer understand the heart-wrenching dilemma of Jin falling in love with a sex slave? Ghost in the Shell is another great example, where the subject matter revolves around politics and philosophy, both of which will not likely not be understood by someone under the age of 18. What is the best anime for adults to watch? We want you to vote for you favorites on the adult anime list below, but only if you've actually seen the series. Is one of your top mature anime shows missing? Add it to the poll so that others can vote for it also.


The Best Adult Anime of All Time,

Code Geass

Death Note

Fullmetal Alchemist

Samurai Champloo

Cowboy Bebop

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Hellsing

Berserk

Claymore

Attack on Titan


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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:42:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-adult-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-seinen-anime-and-manga/ranker-anime
Here is Ranker's list of the best seinen anime and manga, with help from voters like you. Just so everyone is clear, seinen isn't as much a genre as it is a demographic. Seinen anime and manga cater to adults ages 18 and older, so the content is often mature and violent. Seinen can be many genres, including sports, action, mecha, and more. The series we've listed here are considered to be the top seinen anime or manga, but we're not always perfect with our choices. If one of your favorite series is missing, please add it to the list so others can vote on it too!

In most cases these titles are both anime and manga, but some like Sun-Ken Rock are exclusively manga. Some of the best classic examples of seinen series include Ghost in the Shell: Stand Along Complex, Berserk, and Elfen Lied. We've included new 2014 seinen anime too, such as Black Bullet and Hamatora.   
The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series,

Death Note

Psycho-Pass

Attack on Titan

Tokyo Ghoul

Psycho-Pass

Darker Then BLACK

Steins;Gate

One Punch Man
Manga Only
Berserk

Black Lagoon


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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:36:10 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-seinen-anime-and-manga/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Hottest Anime Guys of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-anime-guys-and-boys/ranker-anime
Trying to pick the hottest male anime character of all time is really hard, and that's why we want you all to vote up your favorites. Attraction is obviously subjective, but which hot anime guys are so good looking that you just can't stand it? This list includes both hot men and hot anime boy characters, so you don't have to choose between younger and older characters.

From Edward Elric to Gray Fullbuster, vote up the sexiest anime boys that you think deserve to be called the hottest. We know that there are a ton more people to add to the list, so please go ahead and add as many hot anime men as you want as long as you include a good picture. If you had any hot anime boys to the list, please make sure they are appropriate (No Boku no Pico please!)
The Hottest Anime Guys of All Time,

Edward Elric

Kakashi Hatake

Zero Kiryu

Sebastian Michaelis

Rin Okumura

Gray Fullbuster

L Lawliet

Jellal Fernandes

Ken Kaneki

Takumi Usui


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Wed, 04 May 2016 04:47:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-anime-guys-and-boys/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Dragon Ball Z Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-dragon-ball-z-characters/xmattdamon

The Best Dragon Ball Z Characters of All Time,

Android 17

Android 18

Majin Buu

Gohan

Son Goten

Tien Shinhan

Vegeta

Yamcha

Piccolo

Son Goku


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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:21:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-dragon-ball-z-characters/xmattdamon
<![CDATA[One Piece Movies List: Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-one-piece-movies/ranker-anime
For this list you'll be voting on the best One Piece movies of all time, so let's hope you're a fan of the series. Upvote the movies you've seen and loved- if you haven't seen a movie, don't downvote it! There are a total of 12 One Piece movies, spanning from 2000 to 2012. Fans of One Piece usually have varied reactions to the films, but the general consensus is that there are still definitely some really good ones in the mix. When available you can even watch each full movie below by clicking on the video, so use this page as a guide for watching all the One Piece movies. 
One Piece Movies List: Ranked Best to Worst,

One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island

One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure

One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword

One Piece The Movie: Dead End Adventure

One Piece: The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle

One Piece Film: Strong World

One Piece Film: Z

Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom

Straw Hat Chase


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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:36:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-one-piece-movies/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Attack on Titan Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-attack-on-titan-quotes/ranker-anime
List of the best moments and quotes from Attack on Titan, including videos or pictures of each scene or character. The popular anime series that brought you characters like Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Sasha and many others contains so many great moments, with epic monologues and one-liners from all of these characters. Arguably the most popular anime of recent memory, AOT has some seriously amazing dialogue that really helps drive the series forward. With a live-action movie in the works, we decided to take a look at some of the best Attack on Titan lines and have you join in on the fun of this blockbuster anime.

Vote for the best Attack on Titan quotes in your opinion, and downvote any that you think aren't that good. We're leaving this list open to add things, so feel free to include your favorite Attack on Titan moments and quotes if they're not already here.

The Best Attack on Titan Quotes,

Other Ways to Fight
"You should give up on becoming a soldier. Throwing your life away is not the only way to fight." -- Mikasa
Merciless But Beautiful World
"The world is merciless, and it's also very beautiful." -- Mikasa
Can't Win If You Don't Fight
If you win, you live. If you lose, you die. If you don't fight, you can't win." -- Eren
Take Big Risks
"If we focus on making the best moves, we will never get the better of our opponent. When necessary, we must be willing to take the big risks and be prepared to lose everything." -- Erwin

 
Can't Change Without Sacrifice
"Someone who can't sacrifice anything, can't ever change anything." -- Armin

Choose! Believe in Yourself or the Survey Corps.
"The difference between your decision and ours is experience. But you don't have to rely on that. Choose! Believe in yourself or believe in the survey corps and me." -- Captain Levi
Kill Every Last One of Them
"I'll kill them all! I'll wipe every one of them off the face of this Earth!" -- Eren


On That Day...
"On that day, mankind received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of the titans, and were disgraced to live in these cages we called walls." -- Eren, during the first episode when the titans first break into the city.

Lacerating Flesh
"My specialty is lacerating flesh. Anyone interested in experiencing my skill first hand, step right up." -- Mikasa
No Greater Glory
"As a soldier, I swore to devote my heart to the resurrection of mankind! There is no greater glory than dying for that belief!" -- Armin

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 03:13:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-attack-on-titan-quotes/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Naruto Quotes of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-naruto-and-naruto-shippuden-quotes/ranker-anime
Dattebayo! Here's our ranked list of the best Naruto and Naruto Shippuden quotes, including videos or pictures of each scene. The popular anime series that had you craving ramen and tapping into your chakra contains so many great moments, with epic monologues as well as emotional and inspirational dialogue between the characters. Pain, Itachi and Kakashi are often credited with some of the greatest lines from Naruto, but we've featured great moments from other characters as well. Even when villains die in Naruto, it still hits you right in the feels thanks to their emotional dialogue. This list of top Naruto quotes may contain spoilers, so if you aren't caught up you might want to be careful with what you look at here. Think of this as a best of Naruto page, where you can add your favorite moments if they're missing!  

Vote for the epic Naruto moments you like the most, and downvote any that you think aren't as great. We're leaving this list open to add things, so feel free to include your favorite Naruto moments if it's not already here. You can add funny lines from Naruto, or any amazing ones that were said during fights and battles as well.

The Best Naruto Quotes of All Time,

Genius Doesn't Matter
"A genius, huh? What does that mean? Genius? So I was not born with a whole lot of natural talent, not gifted like Neji ... but I work hard and I never give up! That is my gift...that is my ninja way" -- Rock Lee
Lower Than Scum
"Those who break the rules are scum, that's true, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum." 

Kakashi to Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke following the bell training challenge.
You Spikey Aloe Vera Bastard
"Hey, you spiky, ale vera bastard!" exclaims Naruto to Zetsu.
Every Jutsu Has Its Weakness
Kabuto: It's always easier said than done. I just said that this jutsu had no weaknesses or risk."
Itachi: Every jutsu has its weakness. This jutsu's weakness and risk is... the existence of me!"

Itachi to Kabuto during their fight.
The True Measure of a Shinobi
"A Shinobi's life is not measured by how they lived but rather what they managed to accomplish before their death."

Jiraiya philosophizing before tragedy strikes.
The Risk of Love and Hate
"When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred."

Madara Uchiha speaking to Sasuke about wanting to destroy the village.
 
Pain's Epic Speech
"We both want the same thing. We both want the peace Jiraiya spoke of. You and I are no different. We’re both working for our own justice. The justice I have meted out against Konoha, is exactly the same as what you’re trying to mete out against me. Everyone feels the pain of loss the same. We both know that pain. You are working for your justice, and I for mine. We are just ordinary people driven to revenge in the name of justice. But if revenge is called justice, then that justice breeds yet more revenge. And becomes a chain of hatred. Living within it, aware of the past, predicting the future. That is what it means to know history. We cannot help but know that people cannot understand each other. The world of ninjas is ruled by hatred." -- Pain's epic speech
 

Take It Easy
"There's no advantage to hurrying through life."

One of many times Shikamaru has something to this effect.
The Only Thing That Can Heal the Heart
"There's only one thing that can heal the heart... only one... it's love, Gaara."
A Hero Always Arrives Late
"A hero always arrives late." -- Naruto Uzumaki 

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<![CDATA[20 Ridiculously Sexy Anime Cosplayers You Can't Look Away From]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sexy-anime-cosplay/crystal-brackett

What's better than a sexy anime character? A sexy anime character in real life, of course! These spot-on authentic cosplayers bring the hottest characters from anime to glorious, glorious life. Vote up the most stunning and jaw-dropping cosplayers on this list who truly capture the characters that already make you sweat. 

Getting the characters to be spot-on is a tough job, but these cosplayers do it perfectly and really shine above the rest! With both male and female characters from popular classics like Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, and Naruto, along with newer hits like Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Kill la Kill, and Tokyo Ghoul, there's something for everyone on this list. So if you think Hestia is bestia or Portgas D. Ace is the most perfectly captured hottie, make sure to vote them up to the top!


20 Ridiculously Sexy Anime Cosplayers You Can't Look Away From,

Asuka and Rei

Super-hot Rei Ayanami by Mijiko88 and Asuka Langley Soryu by kaguyaxhime from Neon Genesis Evangelion - photographed by beethy.


Bulma

This amazing Bulma from Dragon Ball Z is modeled and photographed by It's Raining Neon!


Honey

Cosplaying the captivating Honey from Space Dandy is Lin Ling, photographed by Kreauxze!


Motoko Kusanagi

Akiomi (Omi Kero Gibson) as Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, captured awesomely by Matsu.


Sailor Moon

This Eternal Sailor Moon cosplay by Aki is just as glamorous as Sailor Moon is in the anime. Photo taken by Taikhun.


Kiryuin Ragyo

LennethXVII is the perfect Kiryuin Ragyo from Kill la Kill, shot by ImMuze.


Matoi Ryuko

JDoll rocks this Matoi Ryuko from Kill la Kill cosplay! Awesomely shot by miyoaldy!


Faye Valentine

Yaya as Cowboy Bebop's super hot Faye Valentine - shot by Paul Tien.


Nami

Nami from One Piece is super hot, and Akatsuki Tsukasa captures that sexiness perfectly!


Yoko Littner

Katyuska Moonfox rocks Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - shot by John Pryke.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:19:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sexy-anime-cosplay/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Best Music Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-music-anime/ranker-anime
Tari Tari, Kids on the Slope, & Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. If you've seen these shows, you know they have one thing in common- they're all about music, singing, playing in a band, or learning to play a musical instrument. With so many popular musical anime that exists today, we've decided to rank the best music anime of all time, with help from fans like you. The show doesn't have to be exclusively about music, since we've included shows like FLCL and Macross Frontier that blend a few different genres. If you're looking for an anime where the main character learns to play guitar, then definitely check out Beck (you won't be disappointed, it's an amazing coming of age story that blends in rock and roll music.) Other anime listed here feature chorus groups, and students learning music in high school. Vote for your favorite series on this list that you've seen, so the best stuff will be at the top of the list! 
The Best Music Anime of All Time,

Nodame Cantabile: Paris

Love Live! School idol project

K-On!

NANA

Uta No Prince Sama
Uta No Prince Sama is a anime about this girl, Nanami Haruka entering a idol and composer academy. She always had wanted to be a composer and write notes for famous idols like HAYATO (she's a fan of this idol) But when combing to make the song, she was wanted to be partners with 6 other boys in the idol track.
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Kids on the Slope

Nodame Cantabile

Your Lie in April

Corda D'Oro - primo passo


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<![CDATA[The Best Death Note Quotes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-death-note-quotes/ranker-anime
Did you know Gods of Death love apples? Here's our list of the best quotes from Death Note, including videos of the greatest moments from the series as well. The epic 2006 anime that brought you fan favorite characters like L, Light, Misa and Ryuk contains so many awesome monologues, hilarious one-liners and fantastic dialogue that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Death Note quotes can be epic to the point where you can get chills from hearing them, which is why we decided to take a look at the top moments from the show. This list contains mostly epic quotes, but we've thrown some funny lines from Ryuk and Misa in there as well. 

Vote for the coolest Death Note quotes you like the most, and downvote any that you think aren't cool or funny. We're leaving this list open to add things, so feel free to include your favorite Death Note moments if they're not already here.

The Best Death Note Quotes,

Potato Chip
"I'll solve equations with my right hand and write names with my left. I'll take a potato chip... and EAT IT!!"

The most dramatic potato chip eating line ever is delivered as Light is mentally defying L.
Eye for an Eye
"An eye for an eye, my friend." L says to Light as he roundhouse kicks him.
I Am Justice!
L and Light (together): I am... JUSTICE!!

The two characters exclaim one of the coolest lines in all of anime as they get ready for the final showdown.
You'll Die Here
"You have lost, Light. Didn't I say in the beginning, when you die, the one who'll write your name down in a notebook will be me? That is the deal between the Shinigami and the first human to get their hands on the note in the human world. Once you enter the prison, I don't know when you'll die. It's annoying to wait... Your life is already over. You'll die here. Well, it was good while it lasted...We killed some boredom, didn’t we? Well Light...it was fun while it lastest"

Ryuk to Light in the final episode, right before Light dies.

Bang!
"Bang! If were Kira, you'd be dead by now, Yagami Souichiro-san," L says when the cops show up thinking he's the serial killer they're after. 

The line is changed in the live-action version to "Bang! Bang! Bang! If I were Kira, you'd all be dead by now."
The Only Bastard Left
"But if you kill all the bad people, you will be the only bastard left."

Ryuk to Light as he thinks long-term with the Death Note.
See You In Hell, My Son
"Light, my son, from one murderer to another, I'll see you in hell."
 
With Misa and Light in the back seat, Chief Yagami, Light's father, does the unthinkable and threatens to kill himself and his son.
I Will Be Taking Your Cake
"You can call me what you like, but I will be taking your cake," says L as he chaperones Misa-Misa and Light's date.

The World Is Rotten
"The world is rotten and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Someone has to do it, so why not me?"

Light justifies to himself why killing so many people is okay.
Yes, It Would Be Dark
Misa- "I Would never dream of living in a world without Light."
L- "Yes, it would be dark."

One of the funnier lines from the series, L says this to Misa as a joke on Light's name.

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<![CDATA[The 50 Best Naruto AMVs on YouTube]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-naruto-amvs/reference
Since it's such a deep anime, the best Naruto AMV videos feature a variety of great characters with amazing emotions. This list ranks the greatest Naruto AMVs of all time, with the help of your votes. Whether it's an AMV about Naruto's past and the pain he felt as a lonely child, or an AMV about Naruto and Sasuke's friendship and the ups and downs it has gone through, a lot of these Naruto AMVs will make you cry if you're not careful. The AMVs on this list include storylines from both the original Naruto, as well as Naruto Shippuden.

We realize we might have missed some good Naruto AMVs on YouTube, so please add them to the list if they're not already here. If you are a creator of Naruto AMVs, this is a great place to post your material so that others can see it.
The 50 Best Naruto AMVs on YouTube,

Naruto AMV - It Has Begun

Naruto「AMV」- Naruto & Sasuke vs. Madara [HD]

Guy 8 Gates Vs Madara [Naruto AMV] Leave It All Behind

Naruto AMV - Runnin [Re-upload]

Naruto「AMV」- Infinite Tsukuyomi [HD]

Naruto AMV: Akatsuki - Phenomenon

Hatake Kakashi - My Demons ᴴᴰ「Naruto AMV」

Naruto「AMV」▪ New Generations (2016) ▪ (HD)

Naruto [AMV] - Stay This Way [Naruto vs Sasuke]

Naruto AMV - Bring Me Back To Life (Special 6000+ Subscribers)


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<![CDATA[17 Anime Series That Will Make You Cry Like a Baby]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-that-made-you-cry/crystal-brackett

While a lot of anime stays pretty lighthearted, most viewers know that it isn't always fun and games. There are many depressing anime series and films deal with strong subjects like death, failed romance, illness, and catastrophic tragedies of all sorts. This list looks at some of the saddest anime out there and the moments that will definitely leave you in tears - that means there's spoilers about major plot points below. 

While becoming immersed in a show or movie, you develop deep attachments to the characters in the story, which makes you all the more empathetic to their dejected feelings and unfortunate life paths. Sometimes the things that happen to them are so relatable that they pluck your heart strings in all the most sensitive places. Anime like Clannad, Your Lie in April, Grave of the Fireflies, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 are all great examples of anime so sad you'll cry. So get your tissues and get ready to cry like a baby.


17 Anime Series That Will Make You Cry Like a Baby,

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese film, animated by the singular Studio Ghibli, and set during the final stretch of World War II. Although Studio Ghibli is well known for animating the whimsical films of Hayao Miyazaki, Grave of the Fireflies does not share that tone. The film focuses on two siblings who struggle to survive through the heavy impact of war, including the harsh realities of starvation and mortality. The young protagonist, Seita, frantically strives to take care of his little sister, Setsuko and works to prevent her from suffering a horrible, war-torn fate... to no avail. 

Roger Ebert has called it one of the "greatest war films ever made."


Elfen Lied

Just in the first episode, viewers see Lucy escape from an experimental medical facility, kill guards, then get shot in the head, so you know things are going to get pretty messed up in Elfen Lied. The anime deals with a variety of emotional topics like death, molestation, bullying, abandonment, and heartbreak. Nobody in this series gets out without a pretty heavy dose of trauma.


Air

Air presents the story of a traveling puppeteer, Yukito Kunisaki, and a young woman, Misuzu Kamio, who befriends him. After their fateful meeting, the two begin to grow closer, and at the same time, Misuzo's childhood illness begins to reappear. As Misuzo's illness grows more severe and her attachment to Yukito becomes stronger, the two realize they share a fate that will prevent them from ever being together. Yukito and Misuzo's love never breaks and the series ends in heartbreak with a scene where Misuzu dies in his arms. In a final, sorrowful promise, he swears he will find her again one day, wherever she may be, and break the curse.


Code Geass

Code Geass: Lelouch of Rebellion features more than a few cry-worthy death scenes, especially as the show reaches its finale. The series tells the story of a former prince of Brittania, Lelouch vi Britannia, who leads the Black Knights in a rebellion against the corrupt and tyrannical rulers who have taken over. And, of course, with rebellion, there's bloodshed. The death of the characters that progress through the story, especially his friends, Shirley and Rolo, will shock most first-time viewers. 


Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is not a happy anime. It tells the story of loss and regret over the death of a young, childhood friend. A group of friends drifts apart after a tragic accident kills their friend Menma, and nobody quite knows how to cope with the sudden loss. She comes back to haunt her best friend, Jinta Yadomi, because she needs to make a wish but can't remember what it is. Jinta gathers the old group of friends to resolve the problem and viewers see the effects of how Jinta's death has altered all of their lives in different ways. Nobody quite knows how to deal with the loss of their friend, and many of them blame themselves for her death. 


Colorful

A soul receives a second chance at life and returns to the body of a 14-year-old boy, Makoto Kobayashi, who committed suicide. As he lives through the boy's dejected family life, the soul experiences first hand the depression that led the teen to suicide. The core of the story shines a light on the boy's poor family life, bullying, and the realization that the girl he admires is actually a sex worker who uses men to get fancy things. If you didn't already feel bad about all of this happening to the protagonist, he discovers within himself that the life he's been inhabiting was his all along - he's been given a second chance to relive the same, sad life. 


Angel Beats!

Angel Beats! is set at a high school that's also a place of limbo for the dead. Here, the students learn how to give up their attachments to the physical world before moving into the afterlife. As the story progresses and begins to tie together the connections that the characters have to each other, moments of heartbreak and sadness unfold and the characters move on into the next realm. The graduation scene is exceptionally sad. As the characters make their peace and say their final goodbyes to each other, their last words before moving into the afterlife will make even the most stoic viewers cry.


Wolf Children

While Wolf Children has a supernatural theme to it, the emotional rollercoaster it puts viewers through is a depressing one. A college student falls in love with a man, who is actually a werewolf, and they start a family together, complete with two cute, half-wolf children. Shortly after, the wolf dies tragically. The mother, Hana, must raise the children on her own, as they face the prejudice of being wolf-kids desperately trying to fit into their society. The overall story of her lonely, but beautiful, life tugs at all the heartstrings. 


Clannad After Story

The entire Clannad series is one long tear fest. The story revolves around Tomoya, a high school student whose mother died and whose father has turned to alcohol and gambling in the wake of that tragedy. In the middle of one of their frequent arguments, his father slams him into a window and injures him, keeping him away from his passion, basketball. Tomoya distances himself from others and begins a life of delinquency. 

This series, especially Clannad After Story (a very sad anime series), deals heavily with the imminence of mortality. As Tomoya continues through school life, he befriends a girl named Nagisa, who suffers from an illness resembling AIDS that's made her weak for her entire life. Nagisa feels incredible guilt over the death of her mother during child birth - and it doesn't get any better from there. Tomoya and Nagisa eventually fall in love and have a child who inherits Nagisa's rare disease and dies. Overall, though, Clannad tells a beautiful story of what it means to live through tragedy. Someone please pass the tissues. 


Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April, also known as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (April is Your Lie), tells the sad story of piano prodigy Kousei Arima. His mother, who is also his abusive piano instructor, dies when Kousei is still very young. Thanks to the emotional trauma his mother put him through, Kousei can no longer hear himself play the piano. While trying to move on with his life, he falls in love with an erratic and talented violinist, Kaori, who inspires him to take the stage again. However, Kaori has a life-threatening illness, and her time left on earth is limited. Her illness breaks down Kousei's spirits once more as he watches his new love inch closer to death.

In the final, climactic episode, there's a short scene of Kousei and Kaori performing in the clouds, which is not only a nice bit of foreshadowing to Kaori's death, but an emotional reflection of the much-needed light that Kaori brought to Kousei's life. 



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<![CDATA[The Best Supernatural Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-supernatural-anime/ranker-anime
Do you have a taste for the supernatural when you watch anime? There's nothing wrong with that. In fact plenty of anime series have incorporated supernatural elements over the years. These shows feature demons, shinigami, ghosts, gods and other unworldly characters, offering a different dynamic compared to more realistic shows. Supernatural anime often features a human working side by side with an unknown force of nature. Take the relationship between Light Yagami and Ryuk in the hit series Death Note, for example. The two act as a team throughout the series, but not without consequence to Light (after all, he's just entertainment for the death god.)  

On this list you can vote for what you consider to be the top supernatural anime. Is one of your favorite shows missing? Simply add it to the list and others will be able to vote for it too. Just make sure if you add an anime to the list, make sure it can fall under the supernatural genre. That means shows with witches, super powers, strange abilities and anything that is mysterious and out of the ordinary.   
The Best Supernatural Anime,

Code Geass

Death Note

Bleach

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Naruto Shippūden

Black Butler

Fairy Tail

Blue Exorcist

One Piece

Noragami


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<![CDATA[The 24+ Best Ecchi Comedy Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-comdy-ecchi-anime-series/ranker-anime
What is the funniest ecchi anime of all time? We're letting the crowd decide with this ranked list of the best ecchi comedy anime. There are some of us out there that enjoy some laughter with our fan service, and although most ecchi anime are funny, we want to rank the the top comedy ecchi anime that makes you laugh the hardest. Examples of anime on this list include Maburaho, Shuffle!, R-15 and more, but don't worry if your favorite funny ecchi anime isn't here! You're allowed to add as many shows to the poll as you want, as long as they fit the criteria of being an ecchi anime with funny characters and moments.
The 24+ Best Ecchi Comedy Anime of All Time,

Princess Lover!

Sekirei

Rosario + Vampire

Heaven's Lost Property

Freezing (JP)

Is This a Zombie?

Demon King Daimao

High School DxD

To Love-Ru - Darkness

Prison School


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<![CDATA[The 6 Absolute Worst Dragon Ball Sagas]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-dragon-ball-z-sagas/crystal-brackett

For being revered as one of the most popular anime of all time, the Dragon Ball series sure has some really bad sagas. Like, really bad. Whether it's Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, or Dragon Ball GT, no matter how much you like the anime, you'd be lying if you said that there aren't some sagas in the series that stand out just because they're boring or stupid (especially in DBZ). Here's a list of the worst sagas in the Dragon Ball anime series, so vote up the dumb sagas you wish you would have just skipped and vote down the ones that you actually enjoyed.

In a franchise known for its insane amount of filler and extremely long-running installments, you can bet that there are going to be some really bad sagas. The Dragon Ball Z animated series was especially known for getting ahead of the manga's storyline. So how did the studio make up for it? They put in a lot of filler, of course! On this list, you'll find sagas that are mostly filler (some even completely filler) and ones that are full of just plain bad writing, lame character design, and dumb plot devices.


The 6 Absolute Worst Dragon Ball Sagas,

Namek Saga

Although this is the Dragon Ball Z saga where we get to meet Frieza, this is a grueling saga. The filler is not only boring but also pretty pointless. We get to watch Goku do everything else other than fight for basically an eternity. He recovers from injuries in the hospital, he works on his fitness, and exactly none of it is compelling. We also get to watch Bulma, Gohan, and Krillin search for dragon balls and get beat up a lot... which is definitely not as cool as watching buff alien super-fighters punch each other.


The Great Saiyaman Saga

Here we have the most slice-of-life point in the Dragon Ball Z anime. It's cool because we get to explore Gohan's high school life, but that's basically all we get to see. Instead of sweet intergalactic fights, we get to watch Gohan focus on school and deal with identity issues by adopting the persona of Saiyaman. If you had faith in Gohan becoming a cool kid despite all of his previous character development, this is where you're proven totally wrong.


Super 17 Saga

Fans of the classic Dragon Ball series already have a dislike for the Dragon Ball GT series. Not only for the fact that it's not canon, but also because it's filled with bad sagas. In the Super 17 Saga, we get to witness the return of Android 17, wished back to life after the Cell Games Saga. This would be fine except that Android 17 is a diva with really bad character design and a backstory that doesn't really make much sense. It's probably the shortest-lived arc in the entire Dragon Ball series for a reason.


Red Ribbon Army Saga

Even though the Red Ribbon Army arc of Dragon Ball was packed with action, it was pretty boring to follow. Tao Pai Pai is one of the only redeeming factors, because if he didn't appear, the whole saga would have been a snooze-fest. Many fans find it hard to explain why this is their least favorite saga because there's really not much to say about it. The majority of the characters are uninteresting and unmemorable, the storyline drags... need we go on?


Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

The video game-like logic and antics carried out by the team in the very first season of Dragon Ball GT didn't get the series off to the right start. The Black Star Dragon Ball Saga is uninspiring and boring, probably because it's predictable and the action is far from spectacular. All of this on top of slowly coming to terms with the fact that you're going to have to listen to Pan's whining throughout the series makes the first saga in GT a tough one to get through. 

Even though Dragon Ball GT does get better, it's clear that the studio was scrambling to figure out what to do without Toriyama.


Garlic Jr. Saga

The Garlic Jr. Saga is an entire filler saga that wiggled its way in between the Frieza Saga and the Trunks Saga. The Garlic Jr. Saga can only be found in the Dragon Ball Z anime since the anime had caught up to the manga by the end of the Frieza Saga. To fill in the gap, they made up for it with Garlic Jr., which is just based on the events that happened in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone. Although not completely pointless, it's one of the weakest sagas in Dragon Ball Z.



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<![CDATA[The Best Fan Service Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fan-service-anime/ranker-anime

If you've landed on this list of the best fan service anime, then we probably don't have to tell you what the definition of that term is (hint it's not a repair man coming over to fix your ceiling fan). We've compiled the top fan service anime of all time for this poll, and with the help of your votes have made a definitive greatest fan service anime list. Plenty of hot anime girls to be found in them! Just don't expect these to be mature anime or ecchi animes. Sure you've heard of shows like HighSchool DxD and Kill la Kill, but what about lesser known but amazing series like LADIES VS BUTLERS? We've included clips from each show for you to preview on this page, so find one you like and dive in! You can find some of this fan service anime on Netflix, including Freezing, Kill la Kill and Heaven's Lost Property.

These are the anime with the most fanservice, so you'll be seeing things like big boobs, up-skirt underwear shots, and enough innuendo to feed a starving army. As already stated, if you landed on this page, you probably found what you were looking for. Did we miss an obvious show for the list, or is there maybe a new fan service anime that hasn't been added yet? Go ahead and add it yourself, just sign in and you can add as many of your favorites shows as you like.


The Best Fan Service Anime of All Time,

Sekirei

Fairy Tail

Heaven's Lost Property

To Love-Ru

Freezing

Shinmai Maou No Testament

High School of the Dead

High School DxD

Sekirei: Pure Engagement

Heaven's Lost Property Forte


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<![CDATA[The Best Animal Characters in Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-animal-anime-characters/ranker-anime
Whether it's shonen or slice of life, every great anime has at least one animal character in it! For this poll we're ranking the greatest anime animals of all time, including anime pets, and regular characters who do not have an owner. There are plenty of great talking animals in anime, including Chopper in One Piece, Gamabunta in Naruto, and DBZ's Puar the cat. Those characters will go head to head against other great animals in anime, such as Ein the data dog in Cowboy Bebop, or Fuu's pet squirrel Momo in Samurai Champloo.

It doesn't matter if you like them for their cuteness or their crazy abilities- we want you to vote up your favorite animal anime characters, regardless of the reason. Want to inject your opinion into this list even further than just voting? Add your own suggestions to the list, and check back to see how many people agreed (or disagreed) with your choices.
The Best Animal Characters in Anime,

Meowth

Akamaru

Momo

Totoro

Luna

Ein

Kirara

Pakkun

Shenlong

Happy the Cat


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<![CDATA[Female Anime Characters With The Best Outfits]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/female-anime-characters-with-the-best-outfits/ranker-anime
It may not be something that you appreciate every time you watch anime, but some female anime characters have amazing outfits and clothing. For those of you who love both fashion and anime, we're ranking the best dressed female anime characters of all time, and we want you to help by voting up your favorites. We've included all sorts of different characters and outfits, from Erza Scarlet's very fashionable armor in Fairy Tail, to more casual looks like Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop. You don't have to have a good reason to pick your favorite female anime characters with the best outfits, so vote for the costumes that resonate with you the most, no matter what.

Keep in mind that due to all the fanservice found throughout anime that these women characters won't have a ton of clothing visible for some of these outfits (isn't armor supposed to protect your body, not leave it exposed?) but don't judge them for that. Vote up the woman anime characters with the best outfits, and let us know in the comments if one of your favorites is missing.
Female Anime Characters With The Best Outfits,

Bulma

Misa Amane

Faye Valentine

Lucy Heartfilia

Sinon

Ryuko Matoi

Erza Scarlet

Moka Akashiya (monster form)

Yoko Littner

Blair the Cat (Human form)


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:20:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/female-anime-characters-with-the-best-outfits/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Black Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-black-anime-characters/ranker-anime
In a medium that is dominated by light skin characters, we felt it appropriate to rank the best black anime characters of all time. If this list proves anything, it's that we need more black anime characters! Don't get me wrong, there are some really awesome anime characters that are black; we just simply don't see them enough, and especially not in lead roles. Before scrolling down to the list below, can you even name 10 black anime characters off the top of your head? Diehard fans might say yes, but for most of us it's pretty difficult. Obviously there is Afro Samurai and his imaginary sidekick Ninja Ninja, but you'd be hard pressed to name another black lead in an anime series. Sure there are some really significant characters, like Casca in Berserk and Yoruichi in Bleach, but that's just not enough!

Anyways, we want you to vote for your favorite black anime characters below. Don't forget, you can add your own characters to the list too, so throw some black anime characters on here if we left them off.
 
The Best Black Anime Characters of All Time,

Kaname Tōsen

Yoruichi Shihouin

Afro Samurai

Sid Barrett

Killer B

Omoi

A (Fourth Raikage)

Darui

Michiko

Canary


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Tue, 26 May 2015 06:56:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-black-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Top Anime Characters That Use Swords]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-swords/ranker-anime
Here is our list of the best swordsman in anime, including samurai, demons, shinobi, and anyone in general who wields a blade. Who is your favorite anime character that uses a sword? Is it the pirate hunter Roronoa Zoro? What about substitute soul reaper Ichigo Kurosaki, or the medieval swordsman Guts? No matter who you love, we want you to vote for your top anime character that fights using a sword. They don't have to exclusively be a sword fighter- we have characters like Sasuke on this list that don't always fight with a blade. If one of your favorites is missing, then definitely add them to the list! That way other people can vote for your pick, and that character might even make it to the top. We intentionally didn't include every character from Bleach since there are so many, but feel free to add as many of the soul reapers as you want.
The Top Anime Characters That Use Swords,

Himura Kenshin

Ichigo Kurosaki

Kenpachi Zaraki

Roronoa Zoro

Sasuke Uchiha

Zabuza Momochi

Guts

Mugen

Killer B

Erza Scarlet


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:19:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-swords/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Cutest/Most Adorable Animated Characters Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-cutest-and-most-adorable-animated-characters-of-all-time/that1dude
In animation, there's always those irresistibly cute and adorable characters you can't help but love, that don't cross the line from adorable to sickeningly cutesy. In anime terms, they are often known as moe, or kawaii. Even some the manliest of men can't help but have a soft spot for them deep down. Give it up, for the most overpoweringly cute/adorable characters in animation that just make you wanna- HNNNNG!!!! (This is just a start. If you see anyone missing, feel free to add then! characters from video game, manga, graphic novels, or comic books are OK too .)
The Cutest/Most Adorable Animated Characters Of All Time,

Tweety

Dumbo

Dug

Eevee

Baby Simba

Agnes

Baymax

Pusheen

The Minions

Bob the Minion


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<![CDATA[The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rivalries-in-anime/ranker-anime
Who are the best anime rivals that you can't get enough of? If there's one thing that almost every anime has, it's an intense rivalry between two of the main characters. For this poll you'll be voting for the greatest anime rivalry of all time, regardless of genre or anything else. These characters are obsessed with being better than the other, whether it's a battle of wits like that between Light and L from Death Note, or a physical battle of strength and pride such as the rivalry between Goku and Vegeta in DBZ. Heck, the entire storyline of Samurai Champloo is pushed forward by the rivalry between Mugen and Jin. If not for the competitive nature of these two, they would have never agreed to follow Fuu.

Let the world know your favorite anime rivalry by voting for your top picks below. If there's a particular anime character rivalry you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we'll add it to the list!
The Best Anime Rivalries of All Time,

L and Light Yagami
Death Note
Goku and Vegeta
Dragonball Z
Natsu and Gray
Fairy Tail
Naruto and Sasuke
Naruto
Zoro and Sanji
One Piece
Yugi and Seto Kaiba
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Sakura and Ino
Naruto
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru
Inuyasha
Kakashi and Guy

Obito and Kakashi


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:35:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-rivalries-in-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[Insane Fan Theories About The End of Evangelion]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/insane-end-of-evangelion-theories/laura-allan

For anime buffs all around the world, Neon Genesis Evangelion is simply a must-see. But by the time you're done, you might be left with more questions than answers. Not to fear! There's a movie, too, called The End of Evangelion. Surely, that'll answer more questions, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, people have been trying to analyze this movie for decades now, and there are some areas where nobody has ever gotten a straight answer. This has given rise to a ton of strange, unique, and downright terrifying fan theories about The End of Evangelion.

One thing we know for sure is that both the show and the movie are steeped in religious commentary. Many End of Evangelion fan theories are centered around that. But there's even more to delve into. Between the Eva souls theory, deities, references to dating sims, and the inner workings of creator Hideaki Anno, you can be sure things are about to get weird.

So if you're a fan of conspiracy theories, particularly End of Evangelion conspiracy theories, then this list is for you.


Insane Fan Theories About The End of Evangelion,

Instrumentality Is All in Shinji's Head

If there's one thing everyone can agree upon, it's that Shinji is not emotionally or mentally stable. We see him have violent outbursts, we see him commit sexual assault, and we see him go catatonic more than once. Not to mention the constant self-hatred and abuse. Is it any stretch, then, to believe instrumentality is entirely in Shinji's mind

One theory explains everything which takes place during EoE, especially involving third impact, all takes place in his head. This would explain the ending of the TV series as well, where Shinji kind of creates a happy little fantasy world for himself in which everyone is proud of him. In other words, Shinji is so desperate to have control, approval, and clarity, that all the events that we see are not actually real. Instrumentality is all something he made up in order to cope.


Eva Unit 00 Has Naoko Akagi's Soul

Considering it's pretty established that all the Evas have souls, particularly in the movie, there's one question that's never fully been answered: Whose soul is in Unit 00? We see in the movie that Asuka's mother is in Unit 02, and that Shinji's mother is in Unit 01. But the movie never tells us who is in Unit 00, or even suggests it.

One popular theory is that the Eva actually contains the soul of Ritsuko's mother, Naoko Akagi. This makes some amount of sense, considering that she died in the building after strangling Rei 1 to death. It's also supported by the fact that the Eva tries to kill Gendo, who was Naoko's lover, as well as Rei, more than once. A similar theory states that Rei 1's soul is in the Eva, but others claim all the Evas have the souls of mothers, which would mean Naoko is a logical choice. 


Asuka and Shinji Are Adam and Eve

At the very end of the movie, we get a sense from Shinji, Rei, and Yui that if anyone with a soul chooses to return to the world, they can do so. Why, then, do only Shinji and Asuka show up at the very end? There's no straight answer to this, but one theory proposes the idea that Shinji and Asuka are actually Adam and Eve.

There's so much religious commentary and symbolism in this show and movie that this theory could almost be believable. Maybe, in order to bring people back, Asuka and Shinji have to physically repopulate the world. Could this be why Shinji could not bear to kill her, because he knew she would be the only other human he'd know for the rest of his life? The swirling souls in the sky don't exactly support this theory, though the two of them appearing alone together does make you scratch your head a little. 


The Timeline Constantly Repeats Itself

This theory has gained more support as of late, mostly because of the Rebuild/Sequel version of NGE that's come out more recently. This theory holds that the NGE timeline is fractured, looping, and we only see a small part of it at any given time. This is backed up by the fact that Kaworu seems to know who Shinji is, and that Rei has a sense of her life restarting multiple times. It also explains the vast differences in the sequel, the original series, EoE, and even the manga. 

What this means for the EoE movie is that this ending is just one of many, and that Shinji might actually have a sense of that. This is also supported by occasional scenes going back in time, like Shinji and Asuka yelling at each other over coffee. We know these scenes didn't actually happen during the original series, so where else would they have come from except for alternate timelines? Which timeline comes first, however, is still widely debated to this day.


EoE Was Just a Big Middle Finger from the Show's Creator

When the original NGE series concluded, many fans were a little upset about the ending. Between the applause and congratulations, the bubbly, happy Rei, and the disjointed dismissal of all the conflict that was ongoing, the ending was kind of a muddled, confusing letdown. And fans weren't ashamed to say so, in big capital letters. The creator, Hideaki Anno, received actual death threats and a huge amount of hate mail. This lead to many saying that the movie, made well after the show ended, was his revenge against all the complaining fans.

Fan favorite characters all die, there are random shots of abusive language and hate messages, and there's even a shot of the audience itself. Anno may have been pressured to create the movie due to the hatred the final episode garnered, but it's unlikely that the whole movie, which is so drenched in symbolism, is all just a way to tell off his critics.


The TV Ending and Movie Ending Are the Same Events, Just Different Perspectives

This one's got some interesting, and vaguely distressing, background to it. Rather than showing two different endings, some fans theorize that both the end of the TV series and EoE are exactly the same. The only difference is our point of view. This means that, even during the TV version, Misato is still dying, Asuka is still curled up and semi-lucid at the bottom of a lake, Gendo is still being super creepy with Rei and Lilith, and Shinji is still having a mental breakdown. 

The TV version simply takes place as internal dialogues and thoughts in the individual characters' minds. We see glimpses of the grim reality actually going on through brief, sometimes seconds-long shots that show things like Ritsuko's body floating, Misato shot and dead, and Unit 2 in a fetal position under water. The idea that the TV version is all a happy fantasy for our characters is both intriguing and still kind of hard to believe.


The Girl on the Beach at the End Is a Combination of Rei, Misato, and Asuka

This is one of the oldest running fan-theories about the ending movie, and you can sort of see the logic behind it. In the final scene of EoE, a girl who looks like Asuka lies next to Shinji on a beach. He gets up and begins to choke, her, and we get a pretty good look at her features. Some fans claim that the girl has brown eyes and Asuka's red hair, but the same bandages that Rei had in the beginning of the series. This leads to the theory that the girl is, in fact, not Asuka at all. She's instead a combination of the three female protagonists we see the most in the series: Asuka, Misato, and Rei. Given the... awkward relationship Shinji has with women, it would kinda make sense.

However, when you change the contrast in the scene, you can see the girl actually has blue eyes, indicating that, yes, this really is Asuka, and only Asuka. 


The TV Ending Was the 'Good Ending' and the Movie End Was the 'Bad Ending'

One trope you'll see in a lot of dating simulation and digital graphic novel games is there are multiple endings, some good, and some bad. With dating sims, in particular, there's always at least one good end and one bad end, with bad endings often involving death, depression, and violence. Sound familiar? Some fans have said that, as with these dating sims, EoE sought to show the other option, the bad ending, complete with the usual themes of violence and death.

Rather than being something completely complex and trying to correct the mistakes of the ending of the series, this means that the movie is just an expression of what the worst outcome would be. After all, there's a sense in the "bad end" that Shinji is still clueless and miserable, and he hasn't changed at all.


Rei Is the Moon and Asuka Is the Sun

When it comes to art and in-show visuals of Rei Ayanami, you might notice that we often see images of the moon. It's shown behind her in the final moments of the movie, She's often seen staring at it, and it's even the last thing she looks at before she goes off to test for the dummy plug. This also ties in with the female menstrual cycle, which moves in a similar cycle to the moon, and is seen in brief images concerning Rei throughout the series. In other words, Rei is a representation of the cool, quiet moon

On the other hand, Asuka is the polar opposite of Rei in so many ways, indicating that she is the sun. She's fiery, she's always shown in daylight, as she seems to actually go out of her way to oppose Rei at every turn. In EoE, her last moments alive even involve her reaching up into the sky, towards the sun. Beyond just contrasting the two girls, the significance of this supposed symbolism is still up for debate. 


EoE Is What Happens When Shinji Rejects Instrumentality

Instrumentality is a key theme throughout the series, and some say that, in the end of the TV series, Shinji finally accepts instrumentality. He doesn't make a choice, he doesn't fight it, he doesn't even really question it that hard. He just gets a huge dose of self-love and acceptance and acknowledges the new world he's been brought into and realizes he can live there comfortably. 

The movie, on the other hand, is all about Shinji making a choice. He doesn't just blindly accept a new world made for him, full of sunshine and rainbows. Instead, people around him die, he loses many he cares about, and he never really hits a point where he loves himself at all. As Asuka points out, he doesn't even really like himself. Many fans think this indicates that the TV ending is all about acceptance, while the movie is all about rejection.



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:49:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/insane-end-of-evangelion-theories/laura-allan
<![CDATA[The Most Badass Female Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-most-hardcore-anime-female-characters/owilnic
Hello :) this is a list about female characters you better not mess around with. This is my personal list of the most badass girls in anime ever (at least for the animes I have seen). I will add some characters as soon as I saw more animes containing female badass characters.

The Most Badass Female Anime Characters,

Motoko Kusanagi
Ghost in the Shell
Saber
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Riza Hawkeye

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Ryuko Matoi

Kill la Kill


Esdeath

Akame ga Kill!


Akame

Akame Ga Kill


Revy
Black Lagoon
Mikasa Ackerman
Shingeki No Kyojin
Erza Scarlet
Fairy Tail
Clare
Claymore

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:39:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-most-hardcore-anime-female-characters/owilnic
<![CDATA[The Best Vampire Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-vampire-anime/ranker-anime

List of the best vampire anime, ranked from best to worst by other fans of the genre. Vampires got a bad name after the Twilight series took off, but these shows prove that they aren't all glitter and glam. This list includes videos of the first episode from each show, so you can watch vampire anime online right here at Ranker. When it comes to good vampire anime, this list has all the vampire anime shows you'll love, including new and old school anime. Many of these top vampire anime are also great adventure anime and action anime.

Shows like Hellsing, Vampire Knight and Blood+ have shown us that vampires can be not only entertaining, but downright terrifying as well. Fans have very strong opinions about their favorite shows, so if you think the greatest vampire anime is too low on this list, then be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top.

Can't get enough anime? When you're done with this vampire anime list, be sure to vote on these other great anime lists too, like the best mecha anime of all time and the greatest samurai anime.


The Best Vampire Anime of All Time,

Blood+

Vampire Knight

Hellsing

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Blood Lad

Hellsing Ultimate

Diabolik Lovers

Vampire Hunter D

Rosario Vampire

Seraph of the End


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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:45:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-vampire-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[18 Ridiculous Tropes Dragon Ball Z Used More Than Any Other Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ridiculous-dragon-ball-z-tropes/stephanroget

When it comes to cartoon classics that abuse tropes, Dragon Ball Z is one of the worst offenders. The show checks them off one at a time, including classics like escalation, face turns, selfless sacrifice, and, of course, resurrection. Characters spend entire episodes posing as they fall into another trope trap: the build-up. You may remember DBZ fondly from your childhood, but it is not a show that has held up well.

The prevalence of often-embarrassing tropes is definitely part of that. The show looked a bit repetitive when it was brand new, but the analytically-minded modern fan now notices that it’s made up almost entirely of recurring, familiar themes and structures. In many ways, DBZ viewed from a contemporary perspective almost seems like a shrine to all of the least favorite parts of your childhood shows.


18 Ridiculous Tropes Dragon Ball Z Used More Than Any Other Anime,

Face Turns

Dragon Ball Z pulls off face turns more frequently than professional wrestling, which is where the trope gets its name from. Villains in the DBZ universe are either horribly killed or turn into heroes. There seems to be no middle ground. Piccolo, Vegeta, the Androids, and Majin Buu are but a few of the many bad guys who ended up fighting for Goku and his friends. Vegeta committed interstellar genocide and the Androids blew up cities, but all of that was forgiven once they started throwing energy blasts for the other team.


Dropped Plots

Nothing infuriates a dedicated fan base more than dropped plot threads. Fans invest themselves in the storylines of shows so much that anything unresolved gnaws at their gut and leaves them feeling far from satisfied. Dragon Ball Z had a long run with countless dropped plots, including the idea that Saiyans had vulnerable tails, something that was integral to the first arc but dropped entirely by the second. The Frieza arc introduced the tragic back story of Goku and Vegeta’s home planet, but it was never discussed again. Piccolo merged with two different people over the course of the series, and continued to act like plain old Piccolo thereafter.


Telegraphing Attacks

One of the most annoying aspects of any show that involves battling, whether it’s brawling superheroes or warring ninjas, is the tendency for characters to telegraph their attacks. Protagonists and villains alike just love to tell their opponents exactly what they’re about to do to them. Nowhere is this more apparent than Dragon Ball Z, where characters yell the name of their attack before launching into a multi-minute preparation process, which includes a signature pose and plenty of grunting. It’s not hard to defend against an assault when you have a half hour to prepare your rebuttal.


Traditional Female Roles

Cartoons from the '90s were not exactly known for empowering females, and while that’s partly a product of the time period, it’s something that really sticks out in 2016. Dragon Ball, the precursor to Dragon Ball Z, sort of bucked this trend with some strong female characters, but DBZ put all of them right back into traditional roles. Adventurous Chi Chi and Bulma soon become dutiful mothers, and all of their competence and desire to do anything suddenly disappears. This wouldn’t be rectified until Gohan’s girlfriend, Videl, began joining him on his quests, and the less said about that, the better.


Escalation

Any show based around superpowers runs into the problem of escalation. Basically, once the power levels start rising, it’s hard for them to stop as the story progresses. Dragon Ball Z absolutely drowns in this problem. Its characters' abilities skyrocket out of proportion, making their early encounters with villains laughable by comparison. It takes both Goku and Piccolo to defeat Goku’s brother Raditz, but by the next story arc, the bad guys can literally plant and grow henchmen that are each as powerful as Raditz.

Goku going Super Saiyan was the most epic moment of the serious, but it was quickly cheapened by the advent of Super Saiyans 2 and 3. Everything in DBZ got progressively bigger and bigger, and it didn’t always mean better.


Resurrection

Resurrection is a big part of most science fiction, and is a particularly notable trope in the world of superheroes. Some feel resurrection cheapens the effect of a character's death, while others welcome the chance for more time with their favorite protagonists. Dragon Ball Z turns death into a revolving door with the titular Dragon Balls, which grant anyone who finds them a wish. The heroes of DBZ frequently bring their friends back to life with this convenient plot device, and although there are some limitations to the wish-making, they later find loopholes around them to keep characters dying and coming back indefinitely.


Not Dead Yet

Horror movies are famous for this trope, and it's helped spawn dozens of Friday the 13th and Halloween sequels. How many times have you seen this act play out: a protagonist thinks they’ve triumphed over a villain through lethal force and prepares to celebrate their victory, only to have the bad guy dramatically re-enter the scene, usually via a thrusting hand. Dragon Ball Z uses this trope about five times per fight, and Goku ends up having to “kill” his villains dozens of times before they finally stay down. His fight against Frieza was especially pathetic, with Frieza fighting on even after he accidentally cut himself in half.


Build-Up

Excessive build-up is the trope that Dragon Ball Z is most famous for, and it’s not hard to see why. Things truly get ridiculous when DBZ devotes entire episodes to a character charging up an attack. In fact, when it comes to Spirit Bombs, DBZ has been known to devote multiple episodes to one attack. It’s hard to feel like your time is being well spent when a single fight takes up four hours of television - especially when half of that time is just characters glowing and yelling at one another. Worst of all, most of the attacks that require all of this build up fail completely, leading to the next character having a go.


Selfless Sacrifice

A good, selfless sacrifice can be one of the most emotionally devastating moments in a television show’s run. However, it’s something that definitely shouldn’t be overdone. It feels like nobody told that to the Dragon Ball Z show runners. There are so many heroic sacrifices in DBZ that characters practically queue up to throw their life away in dramatic fashion for their friends and family. Of course, this is a universe with magical balls that can restore a person’s life, so the whole sacrifice thing is less a meaningful act of heroism and more like a way to get a quick vacation.


“I Was Just Holding Back!”

Nothing says badass like revealing to your opponent that you were holding back the entire time you fought them. Nothing says poor writing like pulling that move every single time you have your characters battle. Every Dragon Ball Z fight is sure to feature at least one character smugly revealing that they had yet to power up, or remove their weighted clothing, or attained their final form, and that they were merely toying with their foe up until then. Sometimes, this trope gets played for a double when the foe then reveals that they, too, had been holding back, and thus the last hour of combat had been a big waste of everyone’s time.



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Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:32:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/ridiculous-dragon-ball-z-tropes/stephanroget
<![CDATA[The Best Dragon Ball Z Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dragon-ball-z-games/ranker-anime
Dragon Ball Z video games have been around since the '90s, but which ones stand out from the others? These are the best games for the Dragon Ball Z series, ranked by your votes. They cover only Dragon Ball Z and not the other Dragon Ball properties, so no games featuring the original or GT will be included below.

Many American gamers got their first taste of Dragon Ball Z games through imported copies of the Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden fighting game, which was released in Europe as well as Japan. North America didn't get an officially translated Dragon Ball Z game until 2003's Dragon Ball Z: Budokai. While Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout was released in 1997 to North American audiences, it technically is a GT game and not a Z game.
 
There are a staggering amount of games that this franchise has given birth to, but this list only includes the top DBZ games. Is there anything better than controlling Goku or Vegeta and executing their special attacks? One thing that's unique about DBZ fighting games is that they allow you to fight in the sky, something that you won't see in most other games.

There are definitely some fun Dragon Ball Z RPGs as well, and we've included them on this poll. If one of your favorite games is missing, don't worry--you can add whatever DBZ games you want to the list. Just make sure they are the best Dragon Ball Z games and not original, Kai, or GT games.
The Best Dragon Ball Z Games of All Time,

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Dragon Ball Z: Sagas

Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku

Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Dragonball: Raging Blast 2


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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 03:29:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dragon-ball-z-games/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Greatest Tall Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tall-anime-characters/ranker-anime
While tall anime characters are always looking down on others, there are some disadvantages to being so vertically blessed! For example, other people can always see if you have a booger in your nose! For this list we rank the best tall anime characters of all time, excluding gigantic monsters that are so big that they're off the charts. Do you have a favorite anime character who is tall? We've included fan favorites like Edward Newgate from One Piece and Ryuk from Death Note, but we want you to add as many tall anime characters as you can if they aren't already here on the list.

Vote up the tall anime characters on this list that you love the most, and downvote any that you don't like. 
The Greatest Tall Anime Characters of All Time,

Kenpachi Zaraki

Takashi Morinozuka

Ryuk

Broly

Totoro

Elfman

Olivier Mira Armstrong

Gajeel Redfox

Edward Newgate

Diane


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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:33:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tall-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Movies on Netflix]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-anime-movies-on-netflix/crystal-brackett

If you're looking for anime movies to binge, then you've come to the right place. Having a Netflix account is definitely convenient when it comes to watching contemporary and classic films but, with so much anime on Netflix, it's hard to know what's going to be good without investing hours of your time. The best anime movies that are currently streaming on the digital video platform are all here on this list, so you can check out what your fellow nerdy Netflix subscribers think are hits ahead of time! 

On this list, you'll find everything from contemporary anime with adult themes like Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King, to charming, kid-friendly movies like Little Witch Academia and Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie. If you've seen any of them, be sure to let others know what you think by voting up the best ones and voting down the movies that are just bad.


The Best Anime Movies on Netflix,

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

Naruto Shippuden the Movie

Bleach: Fade to Black

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

Bleach: Hell Verse

Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King

Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Little Witch Academia

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: The Rebellion Story

Expelled from Paradise


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Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:39:56 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-anime-movies-on-netflix/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-josei-anime-and-manga/ranker-anime
List of the best josei anime/manga series of all time, actively changed by your votes. Since there is often confusion about its definition, lets just say that josei is manga and anime targeted towards woman who are in their adult years (if you're looking for shoujo titles for younger girls we have a  list of that too). Some of titles featured here are smut josei, while others are more romantic or slice of life. Either way the josei demographic is basically women 18 and older, but these shows are enjoyable no matter who you are. Vote on this josei anime list for what you believe to be the top shows, and downvote titles you've watched or read that didn't appeal to you as much. 

We've noted below if any of the series are manga only with no anime adaptation. These include Tramps Like Us, Red River, and a few others. This list of josei anime/manga is a great starting point, but please help us build up the list by adding your favorite titles! 
The Best Josei Anime/Manga Series,

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Nodame Cantabile

Kids on the Slope

Honey and Clover

Eden of the East

Bunny Drop

Princess Jellyfish

Nana

Paradise Kiss

Chihayafuru


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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:41:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-josei-anime-and-manga/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[25 Tattoos Inspired by Pokemon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-tattoos/coy-jandreau
If you were a kid in the '90s, you probably loved Pokemon. If you love something enough and want to permanently show that love and fandom, chances are you want a Pokemon tattoo. Plenty of adults who grew up catching them all through the Nintendo games, the TV show, or the popular card game have taken that extra step, tattooing their Pokemon love on their bodies.

This list gathers the best tattoos inspired by Pokemon. Want one of the classics like Pikachu or Mew? Want something a bit more obscure? How about Haunter or Cubone? Think Evee is just the cutest? We've got you covered. If you know that you want one but still need some Pokemon tattoo ideas? Dive on in.

So you want to join in with other tattooed Pokemon fans? Here's your one-stop shop for some Pokemon tattoo Ideas, the ones that have real creativity and flair. These are the best tattoos inspired by Pokemon, so vote up your favorites!


25 Tattoos Inspired by Pokemon,

This Charmander WILL Be a Charizard When It Grows Up

Just Flex, Bro!!

This Tribal Evee Evolution Tattoo Is Perfect

So Much in a Silhouette

She'll Never Wear a Turtleneck Again

Evee Evolution

A Hauntingly Haunted Haunter

2 Fan Favorite 'Cutest' Pokemon Share a Tattoo

A Sea of Evolution Sleeve

Dark Side of the 'Mon


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Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:29:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-tattoos/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[The 25 Most Baffling Anime Hairstyles That Completely Defy Gravity]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/baffling-anime-hairstyles/jacobybancroft

Sure, we all love anime for its fantastic animation and high-quality story capabilities, but let's be honest. As we watch, we can't help but laugh at all that ridiculous anime hair. A story you're completely invested in can come grinding to a halt because a new character shows up with drills on the sides of her head. You get distracted wondering how in the heck they do that every morning. Check out the list below for the worst anime hairstyles ever drawn, and vote up the one you think is the most ridiculous... or perhaps would want yourself. 


The 25 Most Baffling Anime Hairstyles That Completely Defy Gravity,

Kenpachi Zaraki

Where You've Seen It: Bleach

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Start listening to old My Chemical Romance CD's and buying clothes solely from Hot Topic. The hair will form itself. 


Envy

Where You've Seen It: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Find a gigantic camel spider, kill it, then place it on your head.


Yami Yugi

Where You've Seen It: Yu-Gi-Oh!

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Enroll in college and be sure to sign up for "How to Look Like an Emo Christmas Star 101." Make sure you take it pass/fail.


Ragyo Kiryuin

Where You've Seen It: Kill la Kill

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Eat a sh*t ton of the Skittles in order to turn your hair into the wildest rainbow this world has ever seen. Or, chew them up, spit them out, and use them as shampoo. Ooo la la. 


Ritsuko Kunihiro

Where You've Seen It: Shiki

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Find the taffy pulling machine that stretched out Mike TV in Willy Wonka, but instead of using it for taffy or small children, use it on your hair to fool your friends into thinking you have a snake growing from the back of your head. 


Rikuo Nura

Where You've Seen It: Nurarihyon no Mago

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Sneak onto the tarmac of an airport and stand near one of the jet turbines as it takes off to permanently freeze your hair in this style. 


Mozu and Kiwi

Where You've Seen It: One Piece

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Go to your local Staples and ask to use their laminator machine in order to get this look that screams, "I'm a huge square."


Celestia Ludenberg

Where You've Seen It: Danganronpa

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Hunt down a giant and ask to borrow their slinky. Wrap the left side of your hair in the slinky, then slowly remove it. Repeat on the right side for desired results. 


Yasuhiro Hagakure

Where You've Seen It: Danganronpa

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Give yourself dreadlocks, but then use super glue and gorilla tape to permanently stick them straight out. It's a guaranteed way to make sure nobody can come within three feet of you in public. 


Sunny

Where You've Seen It: Toriko

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Go to your local party supply store and buy an abundance of deflated colored balloons. Shave all of your hair and tape the balloons onto your scalp. Congratulations, you're now officially the weirdest person in your city. 



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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:39:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/baffling-anime-hairstyles/jacobybancroft
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Characters With Red Hair]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-red-hair-anime-characters/ranker-anime

It's hard not to love anime characters with red hair. Just like in the real world, they tend to be a little more unique and special looking compared to brown and blonde haired people. Red haired anime characters have become strong fan favorites over the years, maybe because they stand out and are always full of life and energy. They've appeared in a variety of popular genres, including incest anime, ecchi harem animes, scary animes, and more. 

This list includes both male and female red hair anime characters that are powerful, sexy, funny, and everything in between. Who is the greatest red haired anime character of all time? Our poll below is a great starting point to answering that question, but we strongly encourage you to add your favorite red hair anime characters to this list if they're not already here. We've included obvious choices like Gaara, Rias, Shanks, and Renji, but there are bound to be plenty of others that we might not have thought of when making this list. If you add your favorite character with red hair, others can vote for them too!


The Best Anime Characters With Red Hair,

Gaara

Renji Abarai

Sasori

Shanks

Kushina Uzumaki

Grell Sutcliff

Erza Scarlet

Erza Knightwalker

Nagato

Karma Akabane


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:47:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-red-hair-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Weakest Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weak-anime-characters/ranker-anime
For every amazingly mighty anime character, there is someone else standing in their shadow. In honor of all the wimps out there, we put together a list of the weakest anime characters of all time, and we're letting you rank it. These are the characters that need to be rescued from time to time, the ones who we all love but will never be the hero. Which weak anime character do you consider to be the most useless? Vote up your choices below, and downvote anyone who you think actually isn't that weak.

With all that being said, let's cut these characters some slack. Weakness is relative, especially depending on the company you surround yourself with. Take Chiaotzu from DBZ, for example. In his own right he is extremely strong, but put him next to Goku, Gohan, or honestly any of the other Z fighters and Chiaotzu becomes a complete joke (it was kind of cute when he self-destructed and failed to kill Nappa though). Technically, regular humans would be the weakest characters in action anime but there are some strong characters in teams who are noticeably better than average humans but are considered the weakest compared to their comrades to the point that they are made fun of or are considered jokes.)
The Weakest Anime Characters of All Time,

Hanatarō Yamada

Kon

Nunnally Lamperouge

Yamcha

Mr. Satan

Oolong

Emperor Pilaf

Yuki Cross

Udon

Yui Komori


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:43:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weak-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Like Attack on Titan]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-like-attack-on-titan/ranker-anime
You know the series welll and have watched every episode, so now you want to know what the best anime like Attack on Titan is. Luckily for you we've ranked the top 10 shows similar to Attack on Titan below, with the help of your votes. Attack on Titan is not the first anime that features giants as the main protagonists, but it introduced many new touches on the genre, particularly the fear and helplessness that the human race feels when pitted against these monsters. The giants in AOT have interesting character designs, as they sometimes look comical and not very intimidating. However this makes is all the more disturbing when they snatch your loved ones away and break their bodies in half with just a single bite. In other series with giant enemies, humans have mechs or other vehicles they can use to defeat the monsters. However in Attack on Titan, humans must use maneuvering gear that propels them up towards the titans, leaving them extremely vulnerable to an attack. There's no show quite like it out there, but the titles below just might be similar enough to get you hooked.
The Best Anime Like Attack on Titan,

Blood +
Why it is similar:
 - Vampire enemies are sometimes like giants
 - Enemies violently tear apart people
 - Hero is the same species as the enemy

Blood C
Why it is similar:
 - Vampire enemies are giants

 - Enemies violently tear apart people

 - Hero is the same species as the enemy

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Why it is similar: 
 - Enemies are mostly giants
 
 - Heroes "become" giants using Mecha
 - Humanity is close to Extinction

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Why it is similar:
 - Enemies are mostly giants
 - Heroes "become" giants using Mecha
Terra Formars
Why it is similar:
 - Mutated cockroaches are like giants
 - Humans are violently ripped into pieces
Claymore
Why it is similar:
 - Demon enemies are sometimes giants
 - Heroes use same essence that powers the enemies

Super Dimension Fortress Macross
Why it is similar:
 - 
Because it has giants, too. 
 - Heroes also "become" giants through mecha
Black Bullet
Why it is similar:
 - Humanity is near extinction
 - Remnants of humanity are living within small area enclosed by walls
Parasyte
Why it is similar:
 - Monsters tear apart human victims
 - Hero possesses the same essence or power as the enemy
Knights of Sidonia
Why it is similar:
 - Giant monster enemies
 - Humanity is close to Extinction

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 03:13:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-like-attack-on-titan/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[12 Fantastic Anime Set Outside of Japan]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-set-outside-japan/anna-lindwasser

While it may seem like there aren't many anime that take place outside Japan, there are actually more than you think. Several anime feature globetrotting characters and plots that span countries and continents; others, like Emma - A Victorian Romance, just use the medium to tell unconventional stories.Whether you’re a Japanese fan looking to experience another culture through anime, a fan from outside Japan who wants to see your own country onscreen, or just someone looking for a fresh new setting, this list of anime set outside of Japan will make your search a little easier.


12 Fantastic Anime Set Outside of Japan,

Eden of the East

On her graduation trip to Washington, DC, college student Morimi Saki meets Takizawa Akira. Takizawa has no memories and no clothes, but he does have a phone loaded with 8.2 billion yen. The two find themselves embroiled in a high-stakes competition that might reveal who Takizawa truly is and might even save the world.

The series takes place in not one, but two American cities, Washington, DC, and New York—and aside from a few details about the subway system, they get them right.

Why You Should Watch It: Not only is the anime set in outside Japan, its theme song reflects this choice. The theme is Falling Down by Oasis, and while this is a British band, not an American one, it still helps set the mood. But don’t watch for the theme song alone—it’s suspenseful, high-energy, and a ton of fun.


Michiko to Hatchin

In a fictional South American country comparable to Brazil, criminal Michiko Malandro has just escaped from prison. Meanwhile, her apparent daughter, Hatchin, is being abused in a foster home. Michiko rescues her, and the two set out to find Hiroshi, Hatchin’s long lost father.

Why You Should Watch It: The setting is unique - you're rarely going to find an anime that takes place in South America, so it’s worth watching for that reason alone. The beautifully detailed backdrop ranges from jungles to slums, creating an entirely different world than anime viewers are used to. Add subtle character development, great music, and a delicious mix of humor and drama, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a show. 


Hellsing

Hellsing is centered around the Royal Order of Protestant Knights, an organization led by Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, which is dedicated to eliminating ghouls, ghosts, vampires, and other supernatural creatures. Helping this organization is Alucard, a vampire who has sworn allegiance to the Hellsing family. So it’s kind of like Ghostbusters, but with a lot more blood.

The series takes place in England, which means that if you watch the dubbed version, you get slight British accents.  

Why You Should Watch It: Because who doesn’t want to watch a John Lennon-glasses-wearing vampire murder neo-Nazis?


Black Butler

Black Butler follows Sebastian Michaelis, a demon who makes a deal with the 13-year-old head of the Phantomhive family, Ciel. According to the deal, Sebastian must serve and protect Ciel until he finds out who killed his parents and gets his revenge. Sebastian’s reward? Ciel’s soul.

The series is set in 19th-century England, making it a must-see for fans of Pride and Prejudice… or maybe fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Why You Should Watch It: While the concept is a dark one, the show has a ton of humor, too. You get a demon who wants to devour a little boy’s soul, but you also get a subplot where said demon has to teach the servants how to clean properly.

Also, the end theme, "I’m Alive" by BECCA, will be stuck in your head for the next three years. This is a good thing. 


Baccano!

The word "baccano," which is Italian for “turmoil,” describes this chaotic delight of a series perfectly. Set in Chicago and New York during the Prohibition era, the series follows an immortality elixir which, through a series of coincidences and accidents, repeatedly ends up in unexpected hands.

Why You Should Watch It: Like all good anime set outside of Japan, Baccano! makes good use of its setting. Many of the characters are involved in a type of gang warfare that was unique to 1930s America, which creates some exciting action scenes. Besides the setting, Baccano! is great because it weaves together so many seemingly unrelated stories into a tight, well-plotted storyline that makes an unexpected amount of sense. 


Heroman

Joey Jones is a young boy struggling to support himself and his grandmother. One day, Joey finds a broken toy robot called a Heybo. He takes it home intending to fix it, but when it gets struck by a lightning bolt, it transforms into a super-powered mecha that obeys his commands. Joey isn’t sure how to use this new power, but the answer becomes clear when his science teacher accidentally summons an alien race called the Skrugg, who want to destroy Earth. 

The series takes place in Center City, which is a fictional town clearly recognizable as Los Angeles. The setting is detailed and realistic—the creators clearly did their research.

Why You Should Watch It: Heroman was created by Stan Lee, also known for creating Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, and other superheroes you’ve probably heard of if you are alive. Heroman takes a typical superhero storyline and fuses it with an anime aesthetic, resulting in a fresh, fun anime well worth your time. 


Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is the sprawling family saga of the Joestar family. The show is divided into multiple parts, each with a different protagonist. Every protagonist, from Jonathan Joestar to Josuke Joestar, is nicknamed JoJo. The series revolves around a supernatural power called Stands, which can be tremendously strong. Each character has their own version of it - one is even called "Spice Girl."

Each part takes place in a different location, including Japan, England, Italy, Florida, and New York. These exciting settings drive the plot—in Italy, the characters hunt down a Stand-using mafioso, while in the USA a new cast must foil the President’s evil plans.

Why You Should Watch It: It’s a cultural phenomenon. You will find references to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure in plenty of other anime, including Gintama, Lucky Star, and Kill la Kill. You'll also find it in music by Kyari Pamyu Pamyu and Starbomb, video games like Resident Evil and Touhou Project, and much more. No matter what you think of the premise, this series is worth watching if you want to get those references.


Emma - A Victorian Romance

Like many stories set in Victorian England, Emma is about love that transcends class boundaries. Emma, a poor maid, falls in love with William Jones, the son of a wealthy family, who is expected to marry a wealthy woman and take over his father’s business. 

The anime is a historically accurate representation of Victorian England. Rico Murakami, a historian, worked with the production team to make sure of this

Why You Should Watch It: This is one of those series that really transports you out of your regular life and into its world. You won’t see characters walking down a lifeless street, you’ll see Victorian England coming to life around them. From cobblestone streets to children selling flowers, this is a series that is rich with detail.


Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth -The Animation

A young girl named Yune accompanies an ironworker named Oscar Claudel from her home in Japan to his shop in Paris. Oscar’s grandson, Claude, doesn’t love this arrangement, but he slowly grows to accept his young house guest.

The story’s true focus is two people from very different cultures coming to understand each other during the 19th century, when there was little contact between Japan and France. Yune and Claude don't always like each other’s cultures—Yune doesn't like French cheese, and Claude finds Yune’s bowing demeaning—but they learn to get along and respect each other. 

Why You Should Watch It: It’s a sweet slice-of-life series that focuses on interpersonal relationships in a setting that is rarely shown outside of fantasy. Despite its comforting sweetness, it manages to raise an interesting question—in a European setting where Japanese people are seen as curiosities, how do people from different cultures overcome their differences?


Yuri!!! on Ice

When Katsuki Yuri, a figure skater, loses at the Grand Prix, he sinks into a depression and vows to give up skating. His plans are derailed by fellow skater Victor Nikiforov, who is so impressed by his skating that he decides to be his coach.

While Yuri!!! on Ice does include scenes in Hasetsu, Yuri's hometown, it definitely qualifies as an anime set outside of Japan. The first skating competition takes place in Sochi, Russia. Later competitions are set in China and Spain. 

Why You Should Watch It: The non-Japanese characters are real people, not stereotypes. The series acknowledges cultural differences without making a joke out of them. Jean-Jacques Leroy, the Canadian skater, is arrogant and rude, defying Canadian stereotypes of excessive politeness. Leo de la Iglesia is Mexican-American, an unprecedented choice considering that Americans in anime are almost always white.



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Thu, 15 Dec 2016 01:56:43 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-set-outside-japan/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The Most Shockingly Gory Moments in Attack on Titan]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gory-attack-on-titan-moments/crystal-brackett

This list is full of gory Attack on Titan scenes, so it isn't for the faint of heart. Anyone who has seen the anime will probably remember the bloody carnage from one too many Titan attacks on the cities that lie inside of humanity's last walls against the giant, man-eating creatures. And, in case you missed a particularly gnarly death or wanted to block it from your memory, Attack on Titan will certainly be sure to remind everyone about it, because they'll fill you in with plenty of flashbacks from every time a Titan rips someone to shreds.

But what else should be expected from an anime about fighting giant Titans that are destroying mankind? Even the title cover doesn't hesitate to let the audience know that things are about to get pretty messed up. Vote up the times when Attack on Titan gore reached an all-time high.


The Most Shockingly Gory Moments in Attack on Titan,

Every Time the Soldiers Collect the Dead

Wherever the Titans go, there's bloodshed, but on more than one occasion, the soldiers have to backtrack and collect the dead. Every time they do this, there are rows and rows of corpses and ravaged bodies exposing blood, bones, and other bodily... things. Poor Marco.


Watching All the Newly Graduated Soldiers Die Horribly During the Battle for Trost

The newly graduated soldiers die in all sorts of gory ways while defending Trost. It's a pretty gruesome sight watching these guys get snatched out of mid-air to be crushed and eaten or mauled in various ways.


Titan Eren's First Appearance

In Titan Eren's first appearance, he slays other Titans using only his teeth. Once it's all over, Eren pulls himself out of the dissolving muscle and tendons of the Titan.


Pulling the Female Titan Off the Wall

Eren frantically tries to stop the Female Titan from climbing over Wall Sheena. When Eren bites down to try to lock her in place, she stunts his efforts by hitting him in the head over and over and over again.

Getting the Female Titan off the wall is a difficult task, though; Eren and Mikasa taking turns mutilating her, crushing her skull, ripping off her limbs, and slicing off all her fingers seems to do the trick.


Mikasa's Entire Childhood Backstory

When Mikasa is just a child, she watches her entire family get brutally murdered in front of her. Eren bursts in to save her, but the two kids end up in another bloody skirmish as they fight for their lives.


Eren's Escape Through a Titan's Stomach

This begins with a flashback to Eren being eaten by a Titan in a super-gnarly fashion. Flying limbs and all. Eren then wakes up in the Titan's digestive track, surrounded by mutilated and dead soldiers.

Suddenly, a giant Titan hand bursts out of its mouth and rips through its body, leaving the mutilated Titan carcass on the ground. Titan Eren even stomps on it as he runs away, to add a bit of bloody dramatic effect.


The Female Titan's Forest Rampage

When attempting to thwart the Female Titan, the soldiers take turns slicing her up. They carve out her eyeballs and take stabs at her body, cutting her open bit by bit.

When Eldo goes to strike her neck, he is chomped in half in mid-air. She then smashes Petra against a tree, leaving her bloody remains broken and splattered across the foliage. You won't forget this either, because it turns into another one of the show's favorite flashbacks, even flashing back to the dead bodies at different angles multiple times throughout the same episode.


When the Titans Break Through Wall Maria

When the Colossal Titan makes a giant hole in the wall and all the Titans crawl their way into the city, it's a giant massacre. It's basically a never-ending montage of Titans ripping apart, eating, and smashing the cast's friends and loved ones.


Eren's Mom Is Eaten by a Titan

In the very first episode, Eren's mom is crushed beneath the rubble of the wall and, shortly after, is picked up by a Titan and eaten like a corn dog. This shot plays as one of Eren's horrible, Titan-themed flashbacks in almost every episode.


Armin Watches a Titan Eat Eren Alive

Armin has already seen some gruesome things happen to his comrades, and in his current state, he's about to become Titan food. Eren swoops in and saves Armin's skin, but Eren's already mutilated body can't withstand the pressure of the Titan's jaws, and Armin watches helplessly as the Titan eats Eren alive.



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Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:01:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gory-attack-on-titan-moments/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Anime Words - How to Speak Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-words-how-to-speak-anime/myko
Anime words and manga language - this list of manga words and anime slang will help you in better understanding anime, even anime in english. Translate manga phrases for your friends or impress your girlfriend with your anime translations. Because nothing says love like 'kawaii!'

Anime Words - How to Speak Anime,

Nani?
It basically means "what" and is said all the time. What's funny is how it's said, with a high pitch towards the end. There are also various forms of Nani because of the way the Japanese language is structured, but it carries the same meaning.
Ohayou
Good Morning! The start of the day in Japanese anime always starts with "Ohayou," because it shows politeness. Plus it just sounds awesome. There's a kick in that word instead of plain-o boring "good morning." You can now talk to the cartoons you want to be friends of. Should be all you need, because they mostly speak in fighting. Are you ready?
Kawaii
Every school drama in an anime series has this word spoken, usually by a female character. It's meaning is cute and the way it's said is cute as well with a high pitched elongated "iiiii!"
Baka!
There is always a character in anime who acts stupid, or a character who thinks he's the s**t. Therefore, this word always comes up and it's always uttered with strong emphasis because it means idiot. Sometimes, the speaker will shout it many times over with squinted eyes just to express discontent and anger: baka baka (> <) baka bakaaa!
Oishii
"Oishii desu!" = that food was delicious! Though these are fictional characters, they become very lively when they eat, whatever it is, because everything is delicious to them. As they devour their food, plate after plate, they become perky. Take Goku, for example, he eats a mountain of food and when he finishes, he exclaims "Oishii!"
Oi!
This word is kind of slang, it's the anime version of the American word "aye." It's the informal way of saying hello from one male character to another, especially to catch the attention of that person.

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Sun, 01 Nov 2009 14:54:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-words-how-to-speak-anime/myko
<![CDATA[The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-powerful-anime-character/ranker-anime

Want to end the debate of who the strongest anime character to ever exist is? You only have to do one thing...vote on the poll below! For this list we want to hear your opinion on who the most powerful anime character of all time. These guys probably beat up the smartest anime characters all the time in high school--if they ever went to one. Both heroes and villains are included below, so you can vote for everyone from Madara Uchiha to Ichigo Kurosaki. The discussion of the strongest anime character is always shrouded in controversey, so consider the following: just because a character is physically more powerful doesn't mean they are stronger than another overall. Take Light Yagami vs Monkey D. Luffy, for example. Obviously Luffy could gum-gum pistol him into oblivion, but what if Light wrote his name down in the death note? That's an instant death with just the stroke of a pen. When you see names like Vegeta below, assume that they would be fighting at their very highest potential. 


The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time,

Ichigo Kurosaki

Monkey D. Luffy

Naruto Uzumaki

Gohan

Vegeta

Itachi Uchiha

Goku

Saitama

Whis

Bills


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:47:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-powerful-anime-character/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Video Game Characters with Purple Hair]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/video-game-characters-with-purple-hair/cyrilmurasakitsuyukusa

The Best Video Game Characters with Purple Hair,

Athena Asamiya
The King of Fighters

Ayane
Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden

Psylocke
Marvel VS Capcom 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

Ivy
Soul Calibur

Cocona Vatel
Ar Tonelico Qoga

Sophie
Tales of Graces F

Rider
Fate/Unlimited Codes

Caius Ballad
Final Fantasy XIII-2

Eva
Agarest: Generations of War 2

Aina
Agarest: Generations of War 2


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<![CDATA[The Best Anime Series of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-anime-series-all-time

You love anime but what tops this list of the best anime series ever made? Top anime series include shows like Death Note, Attack on Titan, and so much more. The blanket term "anime" in the US can refer to any animation originating in Japan, and specifically differentiates a few aspects of Japanese animation from more Western styles. For example, the top comedy animes can be be much more explicit in their humor. This includes the Japanese propensity to feature adult themes and stories in animation, as opposed to Western "cartoons" aimed primarily at children, as well as the exaggerated, fantasy-oriented and colorful style of Japanese animated visuals.

Anime can refer either to animated films or TV series, furthering the confusion. (Anime is often incorrectly used to refer to Japanese comic books as well. These are actually known as "manga," though many anime series are based on or inspired by popular manga.) Check out the best anime of 2014 for newer recommendations!

Anime TV series first found popularity outside of Japan in the 1980s and have continued to find larger and larger audiences in the West. A number of anime shows originating in Japan - such as Cowboy Bebop or Dragon Ball Z - have found enthusiastic audiences for dubbed versions in English speaking countries. (Pokemon, a series inspired by Nintendo's blockbuster series of video games, has been an ongoing hit franchise in both Japan and the US.) The anime style has grown so popular in the US, it has stared to significantly influence the style and aesthetics of American animation. Shows such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Afro Samurai and Samurai Jack have borrowed heavily from anime in terms of pacing, subject matter, and design.

This list collects the best Japanese anime TV series of all time. American series that have been influenced by anime, such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, are not included. Forget a top 10 anime list- ours has over 200 entries!


The Best Anime Series of All Time,

Code Geass

Death Note

Dragon Ball Z

Bleach

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Naruto Shippūden

Fairy Tail

Sword Art Online

Naruto

Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?, lit. "Advancing Giants") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated byHajime Isayama. The series began serialization in Kodansha'sBessatsu Shōnen Magazine magazine from September 2009

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Sun, 17 Jun 2012 14:32:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-anime-series-all-time
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Characters That Love Drinking]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-that-love-drinking/ranker-anime
We all have our vices (or two), but for this list we're taking a look at anime characters that love to get drunk. Who is the all time greatest anime character that drinks alcohol? It's not something you would normally think about, but there are a surprising amount of characters in anime that love to drink. Whether they're drowning their sorrows or simply just enjoying themselves, these men and women really know how to put it down. We wouldn't say that anime characters are alcoholics, but some of them could probably benefit from an AA meeting or two.

Examples below include Samurai Champloo's Mugen, Naruto's Lady Tsunade, and classic characters like Lupin and Daisuke from Lupin III. From sake to beer to liquor, these characters will drink anything that makes them dizzy. Vote up for your favorite alcoholic anime characters, and feel free to add some to the poll if they're not already here.
The Best Anime Characters That Love Drinking,

Rangiku Matsumoto

Roronoa Zoro

Shunsui Kyōraku

Jiraiya

Tsunade

Shanks

Mugen

Cana Alberona

Bacchus Groh

Shikaku Nara


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:48:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-that-love-drinking/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Weirdest Anime Shows of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-anime/ranker-anime
You might be asking why we created a list of weird anime, since most anime series are already weird. Well to put it simply, some are weirder than others. Here's our ranked list of the weirdest anime of all time, including both older and new anime series that you can find on Netflix. Just because these shows are weird as hell doesn't mean they aren't watchable. Shows on this list include very good anime like Soul Eater, Kill la Kill, and Gurren Lagann. Some shows on this list are strange because of the odd character designs or humor, while others are more psychologically strange, like Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent. Others are just legitimately WTF anime, such as Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (even the name of the show is weird.) Vote for the shows below that you've seen based on how weird they are, not how good they are. You're voting for what you believe to be the strangest, most WTF anime on this list, not the one that you like the most.
The Weirdest Anime Shows of All Time,

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo

Excel Saga

Gurren Lagann

Paranoia Agent

Gin Tama

Soul Eater

Arakawa under the Bridge

Kill la Kill

FLCL

Dead Leaves


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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:53:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Hottest Bleach Babes]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/hottest-bleach-babes
These are the sexiest girls from the anime Bleach, ranked by anime fans like you. The show has a fairly heavy fan service element to it, as a lot of the women characters have very big boobs. Vote for the hottest Bleach babes that you love the most, and downvote the ones that aren't as hot. Take a look at these sexy Bleach girls and vote for your favorite! The girls of Bleach are famous for their Bleach big boobs.

Vote for your favorite Bleach female characters.
The Hottest Bleach Babes,

Nemu Kurotsuchi

Orihime Inoue

Rangiku Matsumoto

Rukia Kuchiki

Tatsuki Arisawa

Yoruichi Shihouin

Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck

Tier Harribel

Suì-Fēng

Kukaku Shiba


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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 06:09:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/hottest-bleach-babes
<![CDATA[The Very Best Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/my-top-10-favorite-anime-characters
Who are the best anime characters ever? This list includes the top favorites in manga, possibly of all time. These are the classics, the most beloved characters, including anime and manga protagonists like Son Goku, the fictional protagonist of the Dragon Ball manga series, and "L," the fictional detective in the manga series Death Note. Be sure to vote for your own personal favorites, add any characters that might be missing and, of course, rerank this list of greatest anime characters in any order you want.

Not surprisingly, many of the best and most memorable anime characters, like L and Son Goku, are the stars of some of the best anime series of all time. Be sure to head over to that list and cast your votes, if you haven't already. And not all of the great anime characters listed here are among the so-called "good guys" - some are among the worst and most notorious anime villains as well.

If you're a huge anime fan, once you're done voting for these famous anime characters, you might also want to check out this list of the best anime fan communities on the web. A fan community can be a great way to connect with other people who share a common passion for anime, manga, and otaku style!
The Very Best Anime Characters,

Edward Elric

Kakashi Hatake

Monkey D. Luffy

Naruto Uzumaki

Vegeta

Son Goku

Light Yagami

L

Itachi Uchiha

Natsu


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Thu, 19 Apr 2012 06:28:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/my-top-10-favorite-anime-characters
<![CDATA[The 20 Most Pointlessly Overpowered Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/overpowered-anime-characters/crystal-brackett

We all know those anime series that have characters that are just way too overpowered. Characters that can take people out with one single punch. Characters that can fly and even become Gods themselves (if they aren't one already) seemingly out of nowhere. They're just way too powerful for their own good. This list is a collection of anime characters who have so much strength, mentally and/or physically, that it's just ridiculous. Vote up the anime guys and gals who have a silly amount of power.

When a character in a video game has too much power, they usually get nerfed. When a character in an anime has too much power, they nerf everyone (and everything) else. Brain power and physical power can make a character so OP that you start wondering if they have any sort of real weakness or anything that can actually kill them at all. It can get downright frustrating when an anime character is too overpowered, especially when you're rooting against them.


The 20 Most Pointlessly Overpowered Anime Characters of All Time,

Sōsuke Aizen

Sosuke Aizen from Bleach can take control of all five senses of any multiple people, completely hypnotizing them. Nobody can resist the hypnosis, so in battle he can create illusions to distract opponents. For example, he can create a decoy, hide his movements, then strike. But since Aizen's illusions are so seamless, his enemies fall for it every time, making it super OP.


Alucard

Even if vampires never age, something else should be able to kill them... right? This certainly isn't the case with Alucard from Hellsing. Even decapitations and being stabbed in the heart won't kill Alucard, because he can conveniently recover from his fatal injuries almost instantaneously. This nifty power comes from all the people he fed off of and turned into familiars throughout the ages, which literally numbers in the millions. He can also command these millions of familiars as an army, which is totally OP. 


Guts

Guts from Berserk has been training with a sword that's too big for him ever since he was six, and apparently this now allows him to cut fully armored men in half. Although he's not the only person in the Berserk universe to have super-human strength, there's no way that training every day should make you that strong. Along with his armor, he can even go toe to toe with Gods themselves.


Kirito

Sword Art Online's Kirito is overpowered by his pure knowledge of the game. He's known in SAO as a renowned beta player, and apparently knows every little thing about the game, putting him so ahead of the rest of the players that he even decides to have a lone-wolf attitude about making it to the final level. He used his knowledge of the game to his advantage and power-leveled like crazy, making him way more powerful than other players at an early part of the series.


Goku

Of course the protagonist of the anime series known for its collection of ridiculously overpowered characters is going to be on this list. Goku, our charming star of the Dragon Ball series, has actually died multiple times only to come back to life with the help of the Dragon Balls. Even if his next overly-powered Sayian form doesn't do the trick, don't worry, he'll just be training and waiting to come back to kick butt when his friends wish him back. Oh, and let's not forget that he can actually defeat Gods now.


Saitama

The main character and star superhero of One Punch Man, Saitama, trained for only 3 years to become the world's strongest man. Well, now he is and can defeat any enemy with just- you guessed it-  one single punch. Gigantic, terrifying monsters will litereally explode just from him punching them. He's constantly on the hunt to find someone or something that can prove to be a challenge for him, but with his OP punch, a challenge is hard to find. Good luck dude.


Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh from the Fate/Zero series can pull off as many overpowered attacks as he wants without even flinching. He owns the Noble Phantasms of every Hero Spirit, which are great and powerful treasures, as well as the sword that would become Excalibur. Wielding these strengths not only makes him completely indestructible, but a total jerky pain.


Ken Kaneki

When Kaneki goes full ghoul, he's a power that can't be contained. In Tokyo Ghoul, while Kaneki may not be so intimidating while he's still got his senses of humanity, when he transforms he becomes a completely destructive, bloody force to be reckoned with. His tentacle-like kagune rips people to shreds like a hot knife through butter, with anyone standing in his way meeting their violent end.


Shiba Tatsuya

Shiba Tatsuya is a totally overpowered high school student from the anime The Irregular at Magic High School. His God-tier powers represent something like a living weapon of mass destruction. As just a human who wields magic, there's no way he should be as indestructible as he is throughout the entire series.


Beerus

Beerus is a large, man-shaped, purple hairless cat in the Dragon Ball series who is also the very feared God of Destruction. As you can probably guess from his title, he can destroy anything... even Saiyans, It takes a whole movie and a literal act from a Super Sayian God to take this guy down. Since there are so few who can beat him in combat, he is a fearless warrior in the series, but it also makes you wonder what his purpose is, other than to be a super overpowered rival for Goku and the gang.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:36:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/overpowered-anime-characters/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Characters That Use Guns]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-guns/ranker-anime
Who needs a Kamehameha when you've got six in the chamber? These are the best anime characters who use guns, as voted on by anime fans like you. It doesn't matter if it's a pistol, sniper rifle or anything else- if a character uses a firearm as their primary weapon, then they're eligible to be on this list. Some like Spike Spiegal from Cowboy Bebop use nothing but an ordinary pistol to take care of business, while others like Alucard use a special gun when fighting, like his gun known as "The Jackal." We're not asking you to vote for the strongest or most skilled gunslinger on this list, but simply the one you like the most. Who is your favorite gunslinger in the anime world? Vote for the ones you love the most on this list, and don't be afraid to add a few of your own so other people can vote for them too.
The Best Anime Characters That Use Guns,

Dante

Spike Spiegel

Vash the Stampede

Alucard

Yoko Ritona

Death the Kid

Riza Hawkeye

Revy

Sinon

Bisca Mulan


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:19:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-guns/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Mecha Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mecha-anime/ranker-anime

Here is our list of the greatest mecha anime of all time, spanning every decade since the genre has been around. It is one of the staple genres of science fiction anime, mecha shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Mobile Suit Gundam are some of the finest giant robot shows that have ever been created. Mecha anime almost always consists of a human piloting a larger than life machine, or mecha, to fight giant monsters or other evil mecha pilots. We've included video of each show's first episode when available, so you can watch the best anime shows right here on this page and see if you like them. If you think the top mecha show is missing from this list, then go to the bottom and add it. But if giant robots don't interest you because they're too fantastical, then perhaps you'd more like anime about sports.


The Best Mecha Anime of All Time,

Code Geass

Full Metal Panic!

Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Neon Genesis Evangelion

The Big O

Robotech

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Gundam 08th MS Team

Tengen Toppen Gurren Lagann


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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:51:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-mecha-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[Naruto Movies List: Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-naruto-movies/ranker-anime

Believe it! These are the best Naruto and Naruto Shippuden movies, ranked by the best ninja anime fans like you. So far there have been 9 Naruto movies made, with the first 3 being the original Naruto and the rest being Naruto Shippuden movies. Which movie is your favorite? Are you a fan of The Will of Fire? What about Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow? No matter which films on this Naruto movies list you think are the greatest, vote them up so your opinion is reflected on this ranked list of Naruto movies. *Updated 1/27/15 to include the brand new The Last! Naruto the Movie. Vote it up so it can rise to the top!


Naruto Movies List: Ranked Best to Worst,

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

Naruto Shippuden the Movie

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Blood Prison

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

The Last: Naruto the Movie

Boruto: Naruto the Movie


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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:36:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-naruto-movies/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[50+ Anime Characters Who Deserve Their Own Show]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-that-deserve-their-own-show/ranker-anime
Which anime characters deserve their own show where they're the sole protagonist? Since there are so many worthy characters, we've decided to list them all and let you vote on the ones you'd want to see the most. Can you imagine an Initial D season that is all about Bunta's backstory as the fastest racer on the Akina Pass? What about Shikamaru from Naruto, using his logic to solve puzzles and defeat villains? There are so many great anime spinoffs that seriously need to happen, but we want to know what you'd like to see the most. Vote up the anime characters you feel deserve their own show, and add any characters to the list if they're not already here.

The characters we've included for this poll are mostly good, but if there are any villains you'd want to see in their own show then please add them to the list. Who knows? Maybe a show about Orochimaru and his backstory would actually be pretty cool.


50+ Anime Characters Who Deserve Their Own Show,

Kakashi Hatake

Roronoa Zoro

Roy Mustang

Vegeta

L

Itachi Uchiha

Portgas D. Ace

Levi Ackerman

Erza Scarlet

Shanks


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:42:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-that-deserve-their-own-show/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[16 Reasons Dragon Ball Z Doesn't Hold Up No Matter How Much You Love It]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-dragon-ball-z-sucks/stephanroget

If you grew up in the 1990s in North America and your first encounter with Japanese culture didn’t come from Pokemon, it almost certainly came from Dragon Ball Z. One of the most-watched animes of all time, Dragon Ball Z pulled off the rare feat of being a sequel that was more popular than its predecessor. DBZ, as the cool kids called it, combined extreme violence with flashy visuals and the kind of outrageously over-the-top dramatics that have since become an anime cliché. Its main character, Goku, was at one point a hero whose popularity was on par with the Batmen and Spider-Men of the world.

However, like many childhood staples from the 1990s, Dragon Ball Z doesn't hold up when revisited today. It’s a viewing experience that mixes cringe-inducing regret with a genuine astonishment that you invested so much of your life in watching this compilation of brightly-garbed men shouting at each other. Watching Dragon Ball Z today is the kind of thing that makes you realize that your parents were definitely right to think that you were a weirdo. Read through these arguments about why Dragon Ball Z sucks and vote up the ones you agree with.


16 Reasons Dragon Ball Z Doesn't Hold Up No Matter How Much You Love It,

Fusion Caused So Many Plot Holes

The whole concept of fusion, in general, was poorly handled. The fusion dance was overused and had to be nerfed, and its replacement was the more powerful but apparently permanent application of magical earrings. These earrings were supposed to merge their users permanently, leading to some difficult decisions, but every time a pair decided to fuse, they managed to get out of it with some convoluted plot twist. For example, Majin Buu’s stomach acid miraculously reversed the permanent fusion process.

Perhaps it was for the best that few fusions lasted long. When they did, things just got confusing. For instance, by the end of the series, Piccolo was technically three different people. He fused with his ancient counterpart, Kami, early in the series, and later fused with fellow Namekian Nail in order to take on Frieza. Try to watch Piccolo's scenes knowing that there are two other guys sitting around inside his head all the time. It’s just weird.


The Great Saiyaman

The story arc of Goku’s son, Gohan, was originally one of the best things about Dragon Ball Z. Gohan was the Carl Grimes of his day, transforming from annoying whiner to hardcore badass with his literally one-handed destruction of Cell. Gohan followed up all of this character development by quickly turning into one of the show’s lamest characters. When he wasn’t nerding it up in school, Gohan could be found patrolling the streets as the Great Saiyaman, a vigilante with a practiced dance routine and one of the worst costumes in superhero history. 


The Bad Dubs

This one is only a problem in English-speaking countries, but it is definitely something that hurts playback value of Dragon Ball Z. While later efforts were made to improve the dubbing, early North American ports of the anime were plagued with notoriously awful translations and voice acting. At best, these mistranslations were used to remove some questionable content from the original. For the most part, they simply resulted in awkward dialogue. However, at their worst, the bad dubs resulted in some characters having their natures completely altered from their original Japanese counterparts.


The Useless Side Characters

Dragon Ball Z made an admirable attempt to carry over the majority of the characters that were established in its precursor series, Dragon Ball. However, it didn’t really make an effort to find anything meaningful for all those characters to do. DBZ involves fighters with the power to destroy worlds, yet tries to shoehorn in plots involving talking turtles, shapeshifting pigs, and Krillin. Totally-normal human Bulma even accompanies the team to alien planet Namek, where she provides the essential service of annoying Vegeta and getting into mortal danger. Most of these side characters’ screentime revolves around them watching the more important characters do stuff on television.


There's So Much Filler

For all of its faults, Dragon Ball Z definitely provided fans with several moments of dynamic plot and tense drama. Unfortunately, one of those major faults was the fact that great moments were surrounded by insane amounts of filler material. Every event seemed stretched far beyond its natural limits by endless build-up and countless diversions to the main plot. Even worse were the episodes that were completely meaningless filler, like the time Goku got a driver’s license or the time everybody just went fishing. Not exactly what you tune in for when watching a battle-orientated anime.


Only a Few of the Characters Actually Matter

Even among the characters that can fight - unimaginatively dubbed "Z Fighters" - only a few characters truly matter. Goku and the other Saiyans quickly outclass all of their former allies and rivals, with the possible exception of the Namekian Piccolo. A show set on Earth soon had essentially zero useful Earthling characters. The Z Fighters were the equivalent of an unbalanced football team, where only a few key players matter and everyone else just tries not to get in the way. In the case of Krillin, they couldn’t even do that.


It Became a Self-Parody

In the end, Dragon Ball Z became a show on which ridiculousness grew as exponentially as its characters’ power levels. The things it was criticized for early on its history soon became over-exaggerated and impossible to ignore. Did you think too much time and focus was put into powering up? Entire arcs were soon built around it. Thought that the ability to bring someone back to life was a copout? Let’s make that even easier. Was the sheer amount of training and preparation too much for you? The show invented and introduced a Hyperbolic Time Chamber so that the characters could train for years while only days passed in the real world. In short, Dragon Ball Z became a self-parody.


Dying Permanently Doesn't Even Matter Because the Afterlife Is Pretty Sweet

Despite all the loopholes, some characters still managed to die and stay dead for awhile. Even that wasn’t much of a consequence, however, thanks to the establishment of one of fiction’s most diverse afterlives. Some of the potential afterlives in the DBZ universe include life as a happy cloud, adventuring on a giant snake road, or training on King Kai’s planet with a monkey and a talking cricket. Even their version of Hell is relatively tame. Best of all, the afterlife is full of fighting tournaments, which just so happen to be the favorite thing of most of the show’s characters. Dying might actually be better than living in this world.


Villains Quickly Become Powerless

Dragon Ball Z opens with the arrival of Raditz, Goku’s long-lost and incredibly powerful Saiyan brother. Despite it taking both Goku and Piccolo defeat Raditz (a feat they just barely managed), the next major antagonists to attack Earth carry with them plantable Saibamen that are each as powerful as one Raditz and the Z Fighters take them down with ease. The villainous Frieza has an awe-inspiring power level of one million, but by the next story arc, he is easily dismantled by a brand-new character from the future. Eventually, young children are able to beat once all-powerful foes like Cell and Frieza with one arm tied behind their backs. Each new phase of the story renders the threats of the past laughable, which makes it hard for the show to gain any sense of history.


Dying Doesn't Matter

Characters do frequently die in Dragon Ball Z. The series’ first story arc concludes with the death of Goku, countless characters sacrifice themselves, and Krillin explodes, like, a dozen times. The show doesn’t even bother with funeral scenes, however, because of the existence of the titular dragon balls. These wish-granting orbs summon the dragon Shenron, who can bring the dead back to life.

There are two limitations to this loophole: the dragon cannot grant the same wish twice and the dragon or the dragon balls themselves can be destroyed. The show completely avoided these limitations with the introduction of a second dragon, who could grant the same wish twice, thus rendering everyone effectively immortal. Even Krillin.



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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:22:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-dragon-ball-z-sucks/stephanroget
<![CDATA[The Best Female Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-anime-characters/ranker-characters

List of the best female anime characters. These are some of the most powerful anime characters who are attractive, intelligent, or simply formidable. From ferocious females to lovely vampire anime ladies, they’re all here in this list of the best female anime characters found on TV and in film. Along with all of the anime girl names, you'll see which TV show or film they appeared in, their powers and abilities and the illustrator who created them. You'll find plenty of anime girls with red hair, blonde anime girls, raven-haired, and even blue-haired anime girls.

Did you know that anime is a relatively old medium? It has, cool anime characters have been around since the early 1900s, although anime as viewers enjoy it today didn’t begin to hit the mainstream until around the 1980s. Some of the original anime programs, including “Dragon Ball” (which began airing in 1986), had more male leads than female, but they paved the way for the best anime women that you know and love today. One of the most popular anime programs, “Sailor Moon,” began airing in 1995, and it featured female anime leads almost exclusively.

Today’s great female anime characters are known as such for a variety of reasons. Some, including C.C. from “Code Geass,” are mysterious and humorous. Others, such as Motoko Kusanagi from “Ghost in the Shell,” are powerful yet sexual. In fact, many of the sexiest anime characters are so hot because they are powerful. Whatever characteristics these best female anime characters have, however, they’re always one thing -- memorable.

This list includes the best female anime characters in history. From the strong to the cool and the sweet, these anime female characters have earned their places on the list thanks to their long-lasting popularity. Which one of these popular anime characters are your favorite? 


The Best Female Anime Characters,

Nami

Saber

Lucy Heartfilia

Asuna

Akame

Touka Kirishima

Mirajane Strauss

Sinon

Rias Gremory

Erza Knightwalker


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Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:26:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-anime-characters/ranker-characters
<![CDATA[The Best Video Game Characters with Blue Hair]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-video-game-characters-with-blue-hair/cyrilmurasakitsuyukusa

The Best Video Game Characters with Blue Hair,

Felicia
Darkstalkers, Cross Edge, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3

Killer Frost
Injustice: Gods Among Us

KOS-MOS
Xenosaga
Talim
Soul Calibur

Konan
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm

Naoto Shirogane
Persona 4, Persona 4 Arena

Aqua
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Labrys
Persona 4 Arena

Selvaria Bles
Valkyria Chronicles

Meracle
Star Ocean: The Last Hope


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Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:29:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-video-game-characters-with-blue-hair/cyrilmurasakitsuyukusa
<![CDATA[The Greatest Anime Characters With Scars]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-scars/ranker-anime
Here's our list of the coolest anime characters that have scars, as voted on by anime fans like you. You might have never realized it, but some of the thoughest anime characters have scars. They are worn proudly by these warriors, who got them in sword fights, gun battles, explosions, and other crazy incidents. Which one of these characters has the most badass scar? Sometimes scars are small and subtle, but some of these characters have some pretty major ones. Take Zoro from One Piece for example, who has one not only on his eye, but a giant one on his stomach as well. Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist has one in the shape of big X on his face, as a result of Kimbley using his explosive aclhemy on his face. Anyways, we want you to vote for you favorite scarred anime character on this list. Don't just vote for the character, vote for how badass you think the scar is. For example, Yamcha from Dragon Ball Z isn't a very strong character, but his scar is pretty damn cool.
The Greatest Anime Characters With Scars,

Kakashi Hatake

Kenpachi Zaraki

Monkey D. Luffy

Roronoa Zoro

Vash the Stampede

Scar

Guts

Bardock

Shanks

Franken STEIN


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:47:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-scars/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[Every Dragon Ball Z Villain, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dragon-ball-z-villains/ranker-anime
With lots of great enemies in the show, who are the all time greatest Dragon Ball Z villains? Some people prefer the classic Frieza Saga, where Goku turns Super Saiyan for the first time. Others love the Majin Buu Saga, where we saw the fighters struggle against a force of evil they had never seen before. No matter which villains you love the most, vote for them so your opinion will be reflected in this list of the best dragon ball z villains. Only villains from the show are included, so don't add any movie villains if you see that one is missing. 
Every Dragon Ball Z Villain, Ranked,

Android 17

Android 18

Freeza

Majin Buu

Vegeta

Cell

Beerus

Broly

Goku Black

Janemba


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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:10:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dragon-ball-z-villains/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[7 Gruesome, Bloody, and Disturbing Scenes from Akira the Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gory-brutal-violent-akira-movie-scenes/peter-berry

For many, Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 film Akira (which he adapted from his own manga series) was their first glimpse into the wildly imaginative world of anime, and boy was it a harrowing one. Set against the backdrop of a dystopian Tokyo, the cyberpunk film's visceral, stunning visuals magnify the horrors of a nuclear holocaust while offering plenty of scenes that will definitely make your skin crawl. Surreal imagery makes Akira more of an experience than a movie, and much of the time that "experience" is pretty damn unpleasant - there are a lot of violent parts in Akira.

This list examines some of the moments that make Akira a monstrous but beautiful work of art. Below, you'll find the most disturbing scenes from Akira. There's everything from extreme violence to the birth of a new universe, with every moment rendered flawlessly through crisp animation and sharp artwork. But be warned: This list isn't for the faint of heart.  


7 Gruesome, Bloody, and Disturbing Scenes from Akira the Movie,

Tetsuo Experiences Akira's Memories

At the very end of Akira, Kaneda is seemingly transported through the titular character's consciousness, and it's there that we get to see what the espers were before they were subjected to government testing. Not only is it heart-wrenching to see, it also raises an uncomfortable question: How is Kaneda experiencing Akira's memories? Is he floating through his brain matter? If so, it's hard to imagine anything more invasive, and also, that's pretty gross. 


Tetsuo's First Nightmare

Poor Tetsuo is on the brink of insanity, and this haunting nightmare is really the beginning of his downward spiral. The espers are tampering with his dreams to bring out more of his psychic powers, and the result is the sort of scene you eventually have nightmares about. In it, we see a younger version of Tetsuo at play just before he and the city around him begin to crumble. The imagery of this scene continues Akira's surrealist feel, as does the fact that Tetsuo is apparently looking at Akira. Why, exactly, is Akira in Tetsuo's dream? Even though the dream appears to be a revisiting of Neo-Tokyo's explosion in 1988, we simply don't know for sure. All we're left with is the metaphysical idea that Tetsuo's developing powers link him both to the future and to events that took place long before he was born. 


Tetsuo Creates a Big Bang

Tetsuo ends the saga of Akira with a bang. Literally. Akira and the espers use their powers to send the evolving Tetsuo into another universe, where he gains control of his powers and creates a Big Bang, possibly creating another universe. In different parts of Akira, it's suggested that all humans have the capability to develop psychic powers, and when Tetsuo - and to a much lesser extent, Kei - become psychics, we learn that's true. 


Tetsuo Tries to Absorb Colonel Shikishima

What do you do when someone is standing between you and something you want? If you're Tetsuo, you try to literally absorb them with your mutated arm, which is growing bigger, fleshier, and deadlier as the seconds tick by.

Just as Colonel Shikishima is almost entirely bound by flesh, Kaneda distracts Tetsuo and the spindly tentacles of his arm slither away, freeing Shikishima.


Tetsuo Murders Two Hospital Employees

Tetsuo is recovering from his motorcycle crash when he begins to scratch the surface of the psychic powers that will ultimately destroy him. One of the espers manipulates his dreams so that he believes malleable toy monsters are attacking him. There's just something eerie about walking and talking toys in a dark room, and this scene will have you reeling. If that doesn't, Tetsuo's vicious attack a few moments later will.

When the hospital security guards arrive to check on Tetsuo, all they're met with is a damaged room and a disoriented patient in the hallway. It's Tetsuo, and when they try to escort him back to his room, they meet a terrible end. Tetsuo uses his psychic abilities to rip his would-be caretakers in half. Their bones seemingly dissolve as their remains ooze from the ceiling and Tetsuo begins his march of destruction. 


Takashi's Would-Be Rescuer Gets Gunned Down

Akira's grim beginning perfectly sets the tone for the carnage that follows. In this scene, we meet Takashi - a conspicuously withered boy with psychic powers - and his unnamed, would-be rescuer, who is part of an anti-government organization. Neo-Tokyo's government wants their prized research specimen back, and this guy wants to use the boy's powers for his anti-government gang. 

At the beginning of the scene, "heroic" is probably the best way to describe the anonymous young man. Unfortunately for him, "bullet-riddled" is a more apt description by the end of it. A barrage of bullets flies into his body, only to exit through his flesh and ricochet off the gravel before the process repeats itself. It's spine-tingling and brilliant in its intricacy. This is the look of dystopian brutality, and it's utterly horrific. 


Tetsuo Transforms

One of the final scenes in Akira is also one of the most disturbing. In this moment, Tetsuo is quite literally being consumed by his own power, transforming into an expansive glob of flesh as his consciousness seemingly erodes. The fleshy mass grows as large as the Olympic Stadium and engulfs Kaori and Kaneda. Even a hail of bullets can't stop this thing. In other words, it's pretty gross. 



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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:22:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/gory-brutal-violent-akira-movie-scenes/peter-berry
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Characters With Gray Hair]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-gray-hair/ranker-anime
Gray hair is often associated with the elderly, but don't tell that to the characters on this list. For this poll we're ranking the best gray hair anime characters, with the help of your votes. Funnily enough, many popular gray hair anime characters come from Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. Kakashi, Kabuto, Hidan, and Tobirama Senju (the second Hokage) all hail from Naruto, and all have gray hair. Gray hair often represents wisdom and maturity, or sometimes a sullen and brooding personality. Other famous gray haired anime characters include Spike Spiegals arch-nemesis Vicious from Cowboy Bebop, and Undertaker from Black Butler. Vote for your favorite anime character who has gray hair, and add a character you love if they're not already included.
The Best Anime Characters With Gray Hair,

Sesshomaru

Tōshirō Hitsugaya

InuYasha

Jiraiya

Zero Kiryu
Vampire Knight
Franken Stein
Soul Eater
Kakashi Hatake
Naruto
Undertaker
Black Butler
Hidan
Naruto Shippuden
Tobirama Senju
Naruto

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:12:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-gray-hair/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Characters With Orange Hair]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-orange-hair-anime-characters/ranker-anime
When you think of an anime character with orange hair, Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach or Misty from Pokemon are probably the first names that spring into your head. While they may be the most well known, there are so many other great orange haired anime characters to take into consideration! For that reason, we're ranking the best anime characters with orange hair, with the help of your votes. We've included both male and female characters with orange hair below, so don't be afraid to vote for either. There are some very popular characters from huge shows on this list, including Nami from One Piece, the beautiful Asuna from Sword Art Online, and Pein from Naruto Shippuden. Whether they're good or evil, we want you to vote for your favorites below. If you think the best anime character with orange hair is missing from the list, please add it so others can vote for that person too! They don't have to have bright orange hair, there can be hints of brown or other colors blended in as well.
The Best Anime Characters With Orange Hair,

Ichigo Kurosaki

Nami

Orihime Inoue

Misty

Kaoru Hitachiin

Asuna

Hikaru Hitachiin

Loke

Gildarts Clive

Pein


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:07:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-orange-hair-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Bleach Memes of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bleach-memes/ranker-anime
Collection of the funniest Bleach memes on the internet, voted on by anime fans like you. Bleach, the popular shonen manga and anime, chronicles the adventures of Ichigo and his friends as they battle spirits in the earthly and unearthly plane. The series is known for its amazing sword fighting action, but also for the fascinating characters and inherent humor, even found in the title itself (seriously, the show is called Bleach?) Characters like Kon and Orihimie often deliver the laughs, but anime fans have made funny Bleach memes that revolve around certain plot points and personality traits from other favorite characters as well. Check out the hilarious jokes and gags devoted fans have created with this gallery of the greatest Bleach memes.

The Best Bleach Memes of All Time,

Not a dirty joke

C'mon, say it!

A crush on you

Violence solves everything

How quickly they grow up

He comes and goes...

Rule of Glowing

That's your cue

Ichigo on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Power Rangers in Bleach?


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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:28:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bleach-memes/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The 25+ Best Ecchi Action Anime Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ecchi-action-anime/ranker-anime
Since ecchi has so many sub genres, we present you with the best ecchi action anime of all time, ranked by fans like you. What are some good action ecchi anime that you would recommend to new fans? If you enjoy ecchi themes in anime but need something that isn't slow paced, these shows have you covered. From hilarious series like Rosario + Vampire to the popular Freezing, these shows provide you will all the fan service you need, all while serving up enough action to keep your lust for violence satisfied.

What is your favorite ecchi anime with fighting in it? If we missed your most beloved show, don't worry! You can add the series to the list yourself, so that other anime fans can vote on it too.
The 25+ Best Ecchi Action Anime Ever Made,

Sekirei

Rosario + Vampire

Freezing (JP)

Demon King Daimao

High School DxD

Infinite Stratos

Date A Live

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero

High School of the Dead

Maken-Ki!


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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:55:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ecchi-action-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Pokemon Movies of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-pokemon-movies/ranker-anime
Since the beginning of the Pokemon anime series, over 20 Pokemon movies have been produced, 17 of which saw a theatrical release. That being said, what is the best Pokemon movie of all time? We want Pokemon fans like you to vote for your favorites below, by clicking the thumbs up next to the movies you love the most. These movies span from the original generation 1 Pokemon, all the way through the current XY generation. Do you remember when the very first Pokemon movie was released? It's hard to believe that Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back, came out all the way back in 1998. There is a new movie slated to come out July 2015, called Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, which will be added to this list upon its release. Vote for your top Pokemon movie, no matter if it's old, new, critically acclaimed or hated by everyone but you.
The Best Pokemon Movies of All Time,

Pokémon The Movie 2000

Pokémon: Spell Of The Unknown

Pokémon: The First Movie

Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys

Pokémon 4Ever

Pokémon Heroes

Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea

Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life

The Rise of Darkrai


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Fri, 01 May 2015 09:07:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-pokemon-movies/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best One Piece Anime Memes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-one-piece-memes-on-the-internet/ranker-anime
Easily one of the longest running and popular anime of the modern era, One Piece has given birth to countless funny memes on the internet. For that reason we decided to put together a gallery of the best One Piece memes, and we're letting you vote for the funniest ones. One Piece already has a reputation for being one of the funniest anime series of all time, so it's not very hard to make great memes based on the show's content. Characters like Luffy, Chopper, Sanji, and Usop are constantly delivering laughs, and even the villains in One Piece usually have hilarious character designs and funny voices. Vote for your favorite One Piece memes on this list, and downvote any you didn't find to be as funny.
The Best One Piece Anime Memes,

Is this a Pokemon?

Badass. Because he dies standing up.

Death by Nosebleed

Well, who's complaining? At least it's not aliens. Or is it?

Smooth Censorship indeed

You meet a pretty girl and ask this... whallop time!

Smokin'! (And he didn't get censored here)

Burning a ship is so emotional

Yes, cuddly animals just got deadly

The Most Interesting Pirate in the World


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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:28:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-one-piece-memes-on-the-internet/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Teacher Characters in Anime History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-teacher-characters/ranker-anime
What do Edward Elric and Naruto Uzumaki have in common? They both had an amazing sensei, that what. In honor of teachers everywhere, we're ranking the best anime teachers of all time, with the help of your votes. Who is your favorite sensei character in anime? For this list we are including anime teachers that might teach a class at a high school, and also sensei characters that teach outside of the classroom. From Junichiro Kagami to Aikuro Mikisugi, these are our favorite teachers in anime.

Is your top anime teacher missing from our poll? Not to worry! You can add any character you want to this list, as long as they are known for being a sensei in the anime they're in. Vote up your favorite teacher characters in anime, and downvote any characters you do not like.
The Best Teacher Characters in Anime History,

Asuma Sarutobi

Izumi Curtis

Kakashi Hatake

Kisuke Urahara

Master Roshi

Jiraiya

Tsunade

Minato Namikaze

Franken Stein

Koro-sensei


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:36:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-teacher-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Trippiest Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-trippy-anime/ranker-anime

If you ended up on this page, you're one of two people. If you're a nerd like me, then you're looking for some good trippy anime because you love unique art styles and want to watch some different. Then there are those of you who are about to eat some mushrooms, and want to know what anime they should watch while tripping. Either way, we've thrown together a great selection that includes trippy anime movies, as well as god anime. These shows are all very visually stimulating, playing off a wide selection of colors and shapes that are guaranteed to blow your mind at least a little bit. We've included classics like FLCL and Akira, but if you've been out of the game for a while then you'll be delighted to discover some newer trippy anime titles, especially Space Dandy.

There are a few titles on here that are more psychologically trippy, so if you want lots of colors and don't want to think too much you should definitely stay away from Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent. Vote up your favorite anime that is visually or mentally trippy, or simply use this as a guide for anime to enjoy during your next trip (or not, shout out to us sober people!)


The Trippiest Anime of All Time,

Elfen Lied

Death Note

Kill la Kill

Space Dandy

Paprika

Howl's Moving Castle

My Neighbor Totoro

FLCL

Spirited Away

Akira


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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:03:43 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-trippy-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Greatest Anime Characters With Tattoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-tattoos/ranker-anime
Since anime characters with tattoos are somewhat of a rarity, we've decided to let you vote for the very best ones. Can you name more than a handful of characters that have them? Don't worry if you can't; it's why we created this list of the coolest tatted anime characters. Some characters have tattoos that symbolize their bond with a certain group, such as Ace's Whitebeard tattoo in One Piece. Other characters sport a tribal tattoo that seems to only be for looks, like Renji from Bleach and Kamina from Gurren Lagan. Tattoos can serve as a reminder of the past, whether it's good or bad. Take Nami's tattoo that she recived from Arlong for example. Although he is a dark part of her past, the tatoo on her arm serves as a reminder of her years before joining the strawhat crew.  

Lots of people have adopted these anime tattoos into real ones. Remember when you thought you were the only one who had the idea to get the Ouroboros tattoo when you saw how cool they looked on the Homonculi? Tattoos from Fullmetal Alchemist are actually quite common, with people opting either for the Ouroboros symbol or a replica of Scar's arm.

Anyways, check out the list below and vote for your favorite anime characters that have tattoos! If one is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for that character too. Any character is fair game for this list, as long as they have a tattoo.  

The Greatest Anime Characters With Tattoos,

Gaara

Kakashi Hatake

Renji Abarai

Scar

Kamina

Revy

Natsu Dragneel

Jellal Fernandes

The Seven Homunculus

Portgas D. Ace


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:47:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-tattoos/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Action Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-action-anime/ranker-anime

Action anime is hard to define, but if a show has car chases, epic battles and lots of explosions, then it probably fits the genre's description. For example, fantasy anime and mecha anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion typically fall under that umbrella. Here are the best action anime series of all time, ranked by the votes of anime fans like you. We want to hear your opinion about the shows on this poll, so please give any show you've seen and upvote or downvote depending on whether or not you would recommend it to another anime fan. What exactly makes a series an action anime? Shows with emphasis on sword fighting and heroes dueling like Berserk and Fate/Zero are classified as action, but so are shows that are more gun and crime focused, like Psycho Pass and Cowboy Bebop. Perhaps you could say that if the action is the primary vehicle for the show's plot to move forward, than that series could be classified as action anime. We've included the top action anime we could think of, but we're not perfect! Add your favorite show to this list if it's missing, so that other people can vote on it too.


The Best Action Anime of All Time,

Bleach

Dragon Ball Z

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Naruto Shippūden

One Piece (JP)

Sword Art Online

Naruto

One Punch Man

Tokyo Ghoul

Attack on Titan


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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:41:54 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-action-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/elderly-anime-characters/ranker-anime
You should always respect your elders, and in the world of anime that saying is no exception. The usual portrayal of old people in anime is that of the sagely, still powerful fighter who the antagonist learns all his skills from, especially in Shonen anime. Elderly anime characters like Master Roshi (DBZ), Jiraiya (Naruto), and Genkai (Yu-Yu-Hakusho) all exemplify this. Then there are the old anime characters that are still more powerful in their old age than most other characters in the show. This is best demonstrated by the great Whitebeard in One Piece, who at 72 years of age showed the world why he was the strongest man in the world.

Who is your favorite anime geezer? Let us know by voting up your favorites on the poll below. Anime grandpas and grandmas are fair game, as long as they are elderly looking.
The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time,

Master Roshi

Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai

Jiraiya

Tsunade

Hiruzen Sarutobi

Madara Uchiha

Kami

Makarov Dreyar

Edward Newgate

Netero


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:41:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/elderly-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[15 Dysfunctional Anime Families That Seriously Need Group Therapy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-dysfunctional-anime-families/crystal-brackett

A lot of families in anime are seriously messed up. Like the kind of messed up that goes way past your typical arguments or family distance. From psychotic households with backward family values to families with members that have obsessions with bringing loved ones back from the dead, this list is a collection of dysfunctional anime families that would be terrible to be a part of. Be sure to let others know which family is truly the worst by voting up the most awful families and voting down the ones that aren't so bad.

The families of these anime characters go beyond plot devices and character development; they really shape the entire stories of these shows, mostly leaving major characters with some sort of complex or fearsome path to vengeance. So, next time you think your family is bad, just take a look at what these anime characters have to live with.


15 Dysfunctional Anime Families That Seriously Need Group Therapy,

The Ikari Family from Neon Genesis Evangelion

The Ikari family used to be a so happy. After Yui and Gendo met, they had their son, Shinji. But then Yui died. After that, Gendo feverishly tried to salvage her soul from EVA-01 while simultaneously neglecting his son and being extremely overprotective, even assigning him a variety of parental substitutes. This leads to Shinji resenting his father and the resentment continues to grow throughout the entire series.


The Zoldyck Family from Hunter x Hunter

The Zoldyck family from Hunter x Hunter is the most skilled family of assassins in the world. They have been taught to repress all their emotions and become hardened, skilled killers... traits that are definitely not found in your typical family. The siblings torture and manipulate each other for control, and family members have been known to kill each other, hold each other captive, and everything in between.


The Elric Family from Fullmetal Alchemist

The Elric family from Fullmetal Alchemist is a whole mess of tragedy and dysfunction. Just take the entire backstory of the two main characters, brothers Edward and Alphonse, for example. With their father's absence, the two boys only really had their mother. When she died, they attempted to bring her back to life, which only ended up maiming Edward and caused Alphonse to lose his body completely.


The Uzumaki Family from Naruto

Naruto's relationship with his father was completely nonexistent. As Naruto gets older and starts a family, we quickly learn that he's not a great family man, either. We see this in full force in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, where he even uses his Shadow Clone Technique to send a clone of himself to Himawari's birthday instead of actually showing up. Naruto's own son begins to grow resentful towards him for his constant absence.


The Britannian Imperial Family from Code Geass

Charles zi Britannia, the head of the Britannian Imperial Family, encourages class conflict in the world and even among his own family, especially his children. This probably comes from the fact that his family was busy murdering each other and trying to claim the throne while he was growing up and not doing... you know, normal family things. Although Lelouch's climb to the top of the throne isn't as bloody as his father's, his Geass brings his siblings' lives down in their own ways.


The Sohma Family from Fruits Basket

Talk about family drama. Akito Sohma is the head of the Sohma clan that takes in the so-called monster children of the Zodiac. All the children suffer from a variety of emotional and physical abuse, and throughout the entire series, Akito manipulates them so that they will stay obedient to him.


The Arima Family from Your Lie in April

Kōsei Arima, the main character of Your Lie in April, has a very complicated and tragic family story. Kōsei's father is constantly absent and his mother is terribly ill. Prior to her illness, she was a very talented musician. Since she is no longer able to play and Kōsei shares his mother's extraordinary musical talent, she becomes obsessive about his musical career. She convinces him that if he plays well enough, she will get better. Unfortunately, she dies, and the emotional conflict that brews in him is what the entire series revolves around.


The Nohara Family from Crayon Shin-chan

Crayon Shin-Chan is centered around sassy, bratty five-year-old Shinnosuke "Shin" Nohara and his family, which is completely out of control. Although his dad is dedicated, he's a sad, rampant alcoholic, his mother is... eccentric, and Shin-chan himself is a vulgar and disgusting kid with an obsession with butts and genitals. Oh, and they have a baby daughter.


The Saotome Family from Ranma 1/2

Genma and Ranma Saotome fell into the cursed Jusenkyo springs. Now, whenever the two are splashed with cold water, they take another form. For the father, Genma, it's a panda, and for his son, Ranma, it's a pretty girl. Genma is irresponsible and a thief, and his wife, Nodoka, carries a katana everywhere in case she must order Ranma to commit seppuku for lacking manliness.


The Doma Family from Himouto! Umaru-chan

The Doma family is completely ridiculous. Umaru lives with her working-class brother while she goes to school and appears as a refined and charming young woman to her classmates, but she's actually a huge otaku slob who constantly pesters her brother and drains his cash. She expects her brother to keep her secret while she makes up family members so she can continue her lazy lifestyle behind her friends' backs. 



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Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:12:54 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-dysfunctional-anime-families/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Best Father Characters In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fathers-in-anime/ranker-anime
Fathers in anime...they're wacky, overbearing, and sometimes downright evil. But hey, that's why we love them. For this list we're ranking the greatest anime fathers of all time, with the help of your votes. We're pitting funny anime dads like Ichigo's father Isshin Kurosaki against just plain badass dads like Bunta from Initial D (have you ever met someone so cool that they never even open their eyes?!). Upvote your favorite anime dad, regardless of good of a father they are. 

One common trope in anime is the villain dad, but we want you to vote for your favorite characters, regardless of whether or not they are evil anime fathers. Bad anime dads like Gendo Ikari and Yujiro Hanma are listed below, but just because someone is evil doesn't make them a bad character. If you really hate those characters, feel free to use that downvote button and send them to the bottom of the list.

If your favorite father character in anime is missing from the list, you can add it and see if anyone else votes for your pick.
The Best Father Characters In Anime,

Isshin Kurosaki

Vegeta

Minato Namikaze

Tatsuo Kusakabe

Headmaster Kaien Cross

Maes Hughes

Shiro Fujimoto

Akio Furukawa

Shikaku Nara

Spirit Albarn (Death Scythe)


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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 03:28:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fathers-in-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Anime of 2016]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-2016/stewart-chyou

Over the years, anime seemed to have become an unchanging genre of rinsing, washing, and repeating plots involving crazy-haired dudes, way-too-young girls in maid costumes, cute talking animal gimmicks, overly long adventures of neverending fights and trump cards, and redundant tropes that have worn all too thin. In decades past, anime was revered as a genre that set itself apart from other animated works for its capacity to explore the depths of imagination and human emotion. That all seemed lost, until 2016. 

In 2016 anime, we've witnessed a much-needed revitalization with new innovative series and films, many even hearkening back to the old-school style and reminding us all why we got sucked in the first place. 2016 is the year anime was reborn. The best anime of 2016 can easily rival the best anime series of all time, and this new renaissance brings even more hope for the future. Vote up the best anime of the year, including the best anime series of 2016 and the best anime movies of 2016.


The Best Anime of 2016,

Dimension W

In the year 2036, the fourth-dimensional axis is proven to exist. This is Dimension W. By 2072, devices known as Coils have been crafted by New Tesla Energy to draw upon extradimensional power and provide a limitless energy source to keep the world's tech running and evolving. However, some coils have been utilized for illegal purposes.

Enter Kyouma, a Collector tasked with confiscating illegal Coils. After a series of events, he finds his fate locked in with Mira Yurizaki, the daughter of New Tesla Energy's missing founder, and the duo finds themselves finding a great many skeletons in New Tesla's closets.


Bungo Stray Dogs

Down-on-his-luck orphan Nakajima Atsushi finds himself drawn into a world of the strange and paranormal after he rescues a suicidal member of the Armed Detective Agency - an illustrious group of gifted individuals that specialize in tackling mysteries of equal measure.


Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-

Seventeen-year-old reclusive gamer Subaru Natsuki one day finds himself pulled into a fantasy world where he meets a silver-haired elf named Emilia and her pet fairy cat. Not knowing who summoned him, why he was called, or how he obtained the ability to rewind himself back to life every time he dies, Subaru nevertheless finds himself caught up in the trials and tribulations of a new world that suddenly demands so much from him.


Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

At the advent of the Industrial Revolution, a virus spreads that turns the infected into the undead kabane. As the last remaining vistas of human civilization struggle and ready themselves for the imminent global blowout, one lone engineer, Ikoma, crafts the perfect weapon to wipe out the zombie hordes.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is unapologetically gruesome and set in a steampunk world - a surely winning combination.


My Hero Academia

In a world where developing superpowers is the norm, Izuku Midoriya is amongst the disadvantaged, born without powers. However, after courageously saving his childhood bully from a supervillain, the world's greatest hero, All Might, bestows upon him the powers that he dreamed of developing.

Izuku goes on to join the Hero Academy and the ranks of the world's mightiest.


Berserk

After 20 years, the wait is finally over. Berserk is a new adaptation of the manga series of the same name first published in 1989. Taking place after Guts and Casca's escape from God Hand, Guts now travels a lonely road obsessed with avenging his fallen comrades. He seeks to confront the demon lords and their newly appointed member, and Guts' former best friend, Griffith.

Although the cel-shaded 3D animation is awkward to behold, Hardcore Berserk fans nevertheless are hyped to see Guts rending his enemies apart again with his giant sword and hidden gadgets, action sequences that were only available to view in the manga. Although this season is over, Season 2 is due to arrive in Spring 2017.


ERASED

Satoru Fujinuma has the ability to travel back in time moments before a life-threatening event. After the murder of his mother, Satoru travels back to his elementary school days to prevent an unresolved incident involving the deaths of five children.


Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

From the studio that brought you Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online. Haruhiro awakens with several strangers in the fantasy realm of Grimgar. With no memory of what happened before, the ragtag crew pushes on to the many adventures that await them after they build their character stats.


Your Name

An emotionally-charged film about city boy Taki and country bumpkin Mitsuha, who one day switch bodies and must acclimate to their new lives. Despite being walled off from one another by distance, amongst other things, the two form an unshakeable bond, one that may dictate the outcome of the rest of their lives.


Mob Psycho 100

Although Shigeo Kageyama was a wallflower his entire life, he is also an Esper. And as he gets older, his power grow. However, the trigger to his powers involves emotions, so Shigeo prefers to live a drama-free life. But of course, these sorts of things never go according to plan.



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Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:54:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-2016/stewart-chyou
<![CDATA[Anime You Wish Was Streaming on Netflix]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-you-wish-was-streaming-on-netflix/ranker-anime
Although there are a lot of anime titles currently streaming on Netflix, there are so many titles that fans wish the service would pick up. Anime with a lot of episodes like Naruto and Dragonball Z are perfect for Netflix, as they're easy to binge watch and provide us with endless hours of entertainment. Which anime do you want Netflix to start streaming? Vote on the titles below so your opinion will be heard. If your favorite isn't on the list, then add it to the bottom and see how many other people will vote on it!

Anime You Wish Was Streaming on Netflix,

Code Geass

Dragon Ball Z

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Dragon Ball

One Piece (US)

Yu Yu Hakusho

Cowboy Bebop

Naruto

The Thundermans


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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:04:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-you-wish-was-streaming-on-netflix/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Female Villainess in Manga, Anime, and Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-villainess-in-manga-anime-and-games/haikal-a
Villainess in this medium is actually enjoying more equality thanin real live action medium, they're not limited to "seductress" role and enjoy the same complicated character and physical ability to their male counterpart. here are the list (you're free to add character!) of female villains ever appearing in manga/ anime form; whether its a true villain, an anti hero, or a hot underling
The Best Female Villainess in Manga, Anime, and Games,

Android 18
She's a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. She and her brother, Android 17, were forcibly turned into cyborgs by Dr. Gero to serve his vendetta against Son Goku. The present-timeline version of the character has very little to no interest in fulfilling Gero's orders and becomes a supporting character in the series. In the alternate-timeline, Android 18 is a ruthless killer that has a reign of terror along with Android 17 over Earth that last for twenty years until they are destroyed by Trunks
Cammy
Also known by full name Cammy White (キャミィ ホワイト Kyamyi Howaito) and codenamed Killer Bee (キラービー Kirā Bī) in Street Fighter Alpha 3, is a video game character in the Street Fighter fighting game series and the second female fighter to appear in the series, after Chun-Li. She debuted in 1993 as one of the four new characters in Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers. She has also been featured in the Street Fighter Alpha games, first as a secret character and then as a playable character. The games explore her backstory as one of the evil M. Bison's deadliest assassins or "dolls" turned anamnesiac MI6 operative for the British government
Four Murasame
Ensign Four Murasame is the fourth artificially-enhanced cyber-Newtype trained by Murasame Research Lab and pilot of Psyco Gundam. The scientist in charge of the project erased all her memories from her previous life and just gave her number 'Four' as the name. Namikar Cornell, the nurse in charge of her, convinced her that working with the Titans and fighting the AEUG was the only way that she could recover her memories. Four first appears when the Karaba transport ship Audhumla is docked in New Hong Kong for supplies. Here, she meets AEUG pilot Kamille Bidan, and not knowing that he is an enemy, she feels bonded to him, since he is the first person who ever regarded Four as a person in her own right and not as a girl without memories who is bound to become a living weapon
Haman Karn
Haman Karn is the daughter of Admiral Maharaja Khan and the leader of Axis, the remnants of the Principality of Zeon, serving as regent to Mineva Lao Zabi, the last surviving member of the Zabi family. She also has a rather personal history with Char Aznable, who is now living under the alias Quattro Bajeena. She pilots her own personal mobile suit the Qubeley, which is equipped with a miniaturised psycommu system and 12 remote weapons known as "funnels" (a simplified version of psycommu controlled weapon system "bits" equipped in the Mobile Armor Lalah Sune piloted back in Gundam). Her aptitude with the psycommu was extremely high
Poison
She is a fictional character in the Final Fight and Street Fighter series of video games. Created by Akira Yasuda for Capcom, Poison first appeared in the original Final Fight alongside a similar character, Roxy, later appearing in Capcom-produced games, media and merchandise related to the Street Fighter franchise. She is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka since the Street Fighter III series,[1] and Masae Yumi in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos
Beatrice
From umineko no naku kuru ni. Beatrice, also known as Sayo-Beatrice , is the Golden and Endless Witch, and the primary antagonist of the series for the first four games. She is affectionately referred to as "Beato" (ベアト?) starting in Banquet of the Golden Witch. She first appears in the "Tea Party" of Legend of the Golden Witch, where she confronts Battler over his refusal to accept that his friends and family were killed by magic, and challenges him to a game in which he must prove otherwise from Turn of the Golden Witch onward. A witch who has lived for over a thousand years, she is said to appear as a cloud of golden butterflies, and has the power to summon higher demons among the 72 pillars to serve her
Queen Beryl
Named after the mineral beryl, is the first main antagonist in the Sailor Moon series. Beryl has immense magical power, but she uses most of it to channel the life energy harvested by her servants to the entity calledQueen Metaria. In most versions of the story, she has the ability to corrupt others into serving the powers of darkness. Her generals, for instance, were once the bodyguards and best friends of Prince Endymion, and in most versions of the story she is able to use her powers to sway Tuxedo Mask into her service.
Juri
Juri Han is a fictional character in the Street Fighter series. She made her first appearance in 2010's Super Street Fighter IV. In the series, she is a South Korean taekwondo fighter employed by S.I.N. and an underling to the main antagonist of Street Fighter IVSeth
Roxy (Final fight)
Roxy is an enemy in the brawler Final Fight that began as a palette swap of Poison. Due to concerns about the depiction of violence against women, versions of the game released in North America featured censored graphics. Depending on the version, Roxy and Poison were depicted in less revealing clothing or were removed entirely and replacing with male characters named Billy and Sid
Queen Emeraude

She is the pillar (and princess) of Cephiro. Little else is revealed concerning her nature until the climax of the first series, although she is highly loved by her subjects.

In the anime it is revealed that she was once a noblewoman of Cephiro, and had later used her power as the Pillar to prevent her younger brother Ferio from being punished for stealing something from her. He had forgotten she was his sister because, at his own request, she had used her magic to help him forget about her so he would not miss her or feel sorrow, and asked that she in turn forget him, so that she could focus her thoughts and prayers only on Cephiro. In the manga series, she is Ferio's older sister as well, but there is no mention of Ferio stealing something from her, and he does remember that she is his sister; in fact, he left the palace on his own will



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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:25:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-villainess-in-manga-anime-and-games/haikal-a
<![CDATA[20 Anime Series That Went Off the Deep End Partway Through]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-series-that-jumped-the-shark/laura-allan
There's a ton of anime out there that suffers from sudden tone switches,or unexpected decisions about halfway through. We've all been there. You're watching some awesome anime, enjoying yourself when bam! Suddenly those things you thought were giant robots are actually protohumans, that love interest you thought was nice is trying to kill you, and that cute little girl has just been killed by her daddy for science. Some anime shows recover from it, some even get better. But most end up irreparably damaged, scarring viewers everywhere. 

Now, before you start rattling off the long list you probably have of anime that suffered halfway through and pissed you off, know that you're not alone. Some of the anime shows that really stick with you are either the series that went bad or ones that threw a wicked curveball. In fact, these unexpected left turns are often what make an anime famous!

So, why don't you help decide which is the most guilty of this? Check out the shows on this list and vote up the ones you think are anime series that jumped the shark or otherwise went off the rails. And if you're still angry after reading, remember to take a deep breath.

Also, be aware, there are serious spoilers ahead.
20 Anime Series That Went Off the Deep End Partway Through,

Death Note
This anime spends a whole lot of time carefully creating tension between L and Light. L hunts for Light, Light tries to find a way to get at L. The game of cat and mouse is incredibly tense, if not a little overly dramatic sometimes. And then, halfway through, Light kills L. Done deal. Sure, the plot continues to a resolution and Light does get his comeuppance, but who made the call to break that delicious tension so abruptly? 
Fullmetal Alchemist
This one goes weird more than once, and it all starts with an episode that makes fans everywhere cringe just from the name: "Night of the Chimera's Cry." Until this point, many fans probably have the feeling that everything will turn out okay. This is a world where magical stuff can happen and our heroes can save the day. Then the cutest little girl ever is suddenly destroyed in one of the more shocking ways imaginable, partially at the hands of her own father. Let's just say that everyone's favorite scientist, Tucker, suddenly isn't so favorite anymore. 
Neon Genesis Evangelion
There's no way anyone could see this plot twist coming. What starts as a fairly run of the mill mech anime starts to get religious and weird in a hurry. One of the characters is mind-raped, there's death, and what you think are robots aren't actually robots. Of course, things get really gory too. And the ending completes the special delivery of strangeness, with everyone clapping and inexplicably saying, "Congratulations Shinji!" And if you think the subsequent movies will shed some extra light on the plot of all this, you might be surprised and confused. Mostly confused. 
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
In this dark anime, morality is generally ambiguous, while brainwashing keeps both the  characters and the viewer guessing, and Zwei, the protagonist, seeks to restore his lost memories. The strange thing here is that they are restored about halfway through the series. Generally you expect this to be drawn out a lot longer, but not this time! You might also expect the main character to leave the organization that brainwashed him. In a weird and completely unexpected twist, however, he stays. At this point, the character goes through a truly bizarre personality swing, moving from a cold but ultimately hopeful person to one bent on becoming the best assassin ever. Not exactly what you're expecting a few episodes into this anime.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni kai
This anime may share a few similarities with School Days, but it goes darker in a much more drastic way. What starts as a nice little slice of life show quickly descends into a world of paranoia, murder, secret plots, and sadistic torture. At the heart of it all is a malevolent city in which events play out over and over again with slightly different results each time. If you need any proof that this thing goes way off the rails,  just ask yourself: is a girl stabbing herself in the neck over and over something you should expect from a normal slice of life anime?
Trigun
Trigun starts out genuinely lighthearted. The main character is a talented but comical misanthrope, the sidekicks are wise-cracking leches, and the action scenes are both fast-paced and visually pleasing. Things are going great until you find out that the amnesiac main character really did kill all those people. And what's worse is his brother, who kind of made him do it, is planning on destroying the human race. From there, it's all death, depression, loneliness, and guilt. The tone never really goes back to lighthearted, leaving some viewers reeling from the tonal shift.
School Days
Did you think you were watching a nice little slice of life anime involving school drama, a love triangle, and an earnest coming of age? Think again, sucker. The series might start that way, but halfway through, the deplorable main character starts sleeping with just about every girl in the school even though he has a girlfriend. Then there's rape, unexpected pregnancy, and, eventually, a grisly murder. If you don't hate at least one character by the end of this, you're doing something wrong.
Deadman Wonderland
If you're a fan of Superjail, you might also be a fan of Deadman Wonderland. Prisoners in a rather wacky prison are forced to face off against each other in strange trials and fights that result in death and dismemberment. Sounds fascinating, right? Well, when it's revealed that a resistance movement is brewing, the focus stops being on the fights, the prison, and the mystery. Instead, the story is all about the resistance. Everyone teams up to destroy the powers that be, creating a perfect plan and then... they all die. Pretty much everyone perishes in the attempt. And that's it. Fans are left with a cliffhanger for which a resolution is very, very unlikely.
Guilty Crown
This is a love it or hate it kind of anime to begin with, but even fans of the show recognize that it takes a pretty sharp left turn about midway through. The politics get all wonky, there's a bit of a time jump that is pretty jarring, and a lot of people start dying pretty senselessly. Characters you might have liked change personality out of nowhere  and characters you might not have liked start to get a whole lot of screen time. Speaking of which, a whole lot of people really, really hate Shu. Considering how much amazing art and music is in this, it lets a lot of fans down in the second half.
Sword Art Online
Okay, so let's talk about Sword Art Online. This story has an amazing beginning, a premise that pulls you in right away, and a quest that you're absolutely ready to embark on. You fall in love with characters, you get totally invested. And then that second half happens. Asuna, one of the greatest fighters anywhere, is suddenly locked in a cage, and there's a random love triangle. This may be the most complained about second half of a show in anime history. 

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Fri, 06 May 2016 02:26:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-series-that-jumped-the-shark/laura-allan
<![CDATA[Tokyo Ghoul:re Characters: Ranked from Best to Worst (Manga)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tokyo-ghoul-re-characters-_manga_-ranked-from-best-to-worst/jontronbonjon
Tokyo Ghoul:re is the sequel to the series "Tokyo Ghoul," by Sui Ishida. I shouldn't describe too much about this series, as much of the info could spoil Tokyo Ghoul (the series prior to Tokyo Ghoul:re - for those who haven't read it). Both series are amazing, and equally as important as the other! This list is based on the manga's characters, as the anime is not yet released. (I also strongly encourage reading the manga for either series, as I think the manga is immensely better than the anime.) Enjoy!! (More below)
 
CAUTION: If you haven't read (or watched) Tokyo Ghoul:re, and/or even Tokyo Ghoul (the initial series), I strongly discourage reviewing this list! (There are possible spoilers in this list.) This list only has Tokyo Ghoul:re characters, and so characters from the initial Tokyo Ghoul series are not included in this list, if they haven't appeared or made any impact on Tokyo Ghoul:re. Lastly, though I know there are other characters in this series that people support (such as Iwao Kuroiwa, or Yoshitoki Washuu), I haven't included other characters if they haven't made any significant impact on Tokyo Ghoul:re (but I may have forgotten 1 or 2 impactful characters).
Tokyo Ghoul:re Characters: Ranked from Best to Worst (Manga),

Yomo
Tokyo Ghoul:re, Tokyo Ghoul
Matsumae
Tokyo Ghoul:re
Ginshi Shirazu
Tokyo Ghoul:re
Tooru Mutsuki
Tokyo Ghoul:re
Uta
Tokyo Ghoul:re, Tokyo Ghoul
Shuu Tsukiyama
Tokyo Ghoul:re, Tokyo Ghoul
Haise Sasaki
Tokyo Ghoul:re
Hinami
Tokyo Ghoul:re, Tokyo Ghoul
Juuzou Suzuya
Tokyo Ghoul:re, Tokyo Ghoul

Touka
Tokyo Ghoul:re, Tokyo Ghoul

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 04:07:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/tokyo-ghoul-re-characters-_manga_-ranked-from-best-to-worst/jontronbonjon
<![CDATA[10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-like-death-note/ranker-anime
This list ranks 10+ great anime like Death Note, all similar to the series in one way or another. Death Note is perhaps one of the most unique anime ever made. It's not easy to replicate, but these anime are similar to Death Note in different ways. While it also uses the element of the shinigami monster partner, Death Note is also dark themed, with an amazing anti-hero. Light Yagami demonstrates the moral ambiguity of a classic anti-hero, with you not knowing whether he is the good guy or the bad guy. And good and bad are even confused or mixed up in this series. For sure, the series will also get you thinking about morality and society. But if this is your cup of tea and you're looking for more, perhaps these other anime in the list will suit your fancy.

Do you know of any good anime like Death Note that you would recommend to other fans? Add them to the list, and explain why you think the show is close to Death Note.
10+ Good Anime Similar to Death Note,

Durarara!!

Why it's similar: slow burn mystery, psychological thriller, mind games, violence in society


Psycho Pass
Why it is similar:
 - Moral ambiguity
 - Dark tones
Steins;Gate
Why it is similar:
 - Communications object (similar to notebook) with mysterious powers
 - Anti-hero protagonist
 - Mind games
Eden of the East
Why it is similar:
 - Mind games
 - Mysteries
Ergo Proxy
Why it is similar:
 - Urban dystopia
 - Detective series
Soul Eater
Why it is similar:
 - Semi-dark theme
 - Shinigamis

Shiki
Why it is similar:
 - Dark theme and mysteries
 - Dark supernatural occurences
Future Diary
Why it is similar:
 - Use of a magical notebook or diary
 - Supernatural elements
Code Geass
Why it is similar:
 - Morally ambiguous protagonist
 - Cat and mouse games

Monster
Why it is similar:
 - Mystery element
 - Moral ambiguity

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 03:13:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-like-death-note/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Demon Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-demon-character-in-anime/ranker-anime
When you think of demons, an image of satan will most likely appear in your head. However, anime demon characters usually have the appearance of a human, and often times anime characters will be half demon and half human. Take Inuyasha for example, or Naruto, who had the spirit of the Nine Tails Demon Fox sealed inside of him. By the way, if you're a fan of Yu Yu Hakusho, you know that Kurama had a demon fox fused with his human body before it was cool. Anyways, the best anime demon characters aren't as scary as you would think they are! Vote your your favorite demon characters in anime, including good guys like Rin Okumara, and villains like Naraku.
The Best Demon Anime Characters,

Gaara

Kurama

Naruto Uzumaki

Sesshomaru

InuYasha

Sebastian Michaelis

Rin Okumura

Natsu Dragneel

Kuro

Mephisto Pheles


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:00:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-demon-character-in-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Military Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-military-anime/ranker-anime
A common theme among popular action anime is that some kind of military force or army is often the driving force behind the show's story. If you're a fan of these kind of plot lines, then help us vote on this list of the best military anime of all time. Many of the anime on this list revolves around the ranks of an army or military, including Code Geass, Full Metal Panic! and Strike Witches. However some of the shows listed here have a military in them, but don't strictly revolve around it. Full Metal Alchemist, for example, follows Edward Elrich and his journey to find the Philospher's Stone, all while showing him become a dog of the military and dealing with the higher ups that give him orders. The shows on this list include both older and new military anime, so vote for your favorites and watch them rise to the top! If one of your top anime about a military or army is missing, then please add it to the list so others can vote on it too.
The Best Military Anime of All Time,

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Attack on Titan

Full Metal Panic!

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG

Fullmetal Alchemist

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Gate Jieitai Kanochi Nite Kaku Tatakaeri

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:41:57 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-military-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Fairy Tail Villains of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-fairy-tail-villains/ranker-anime
It's one of the longest running modern anime, but who is the best Fairy Tail villain that you wish you could see more of? There are a ton of awesome enemies in Fairy Tail, ranging from favorites like Jellal Fernandes to Hades and Flare Corona. What makes a great villain in anime? They of course have to be powerful and act as a roadblock to the protagonists, but they must also have interesting backstories that tell us why they're fighting or why they've chosen the path that they have.

Ultear Milkovich is a great example of a Fairy Tail villain who has a sympathetic backstory. How can you not feel bad for someone who was experimented on as a child? Vote up your favorite Fairy Tail villain below, and add any that we've missed.

The Best Fairy Tail Villains of All Time,

Zeref

Ultear Milkovich

Acnologia

Silver Fullbuster

Jellal Fernandes

Future Rogue Cheney

Minerva Orlando

Gajeel Redfox

Cobra

Hades


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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:42:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-fairy-tail-villains/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The 36+ Best Dressed Male Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dressed-male-anime-characters/ranker-anime
When you're watching anime, the best dressed male anime characters always make you wonder, "why the hell don't I look that stylish?" From men in suits like Spike Spiegal to trendy dressers like Ichigo Kurosaki, this list ranks male anime characters with the best outfits. Vote up the male anime characters on this list that you feel are the best dressed, whether it's because you like their primary outfit, or they have a variety of looks that you feel is the best all around. We're leaving this list open to submissions, but please include a great image with your character if you add them to the poll.

Since these anime men have such different styles, it isn't going to be easy to compare them. One way to look at it is to vote for the characters that wear outfits you would wear in real life.
The 36+ Best Dressed Male Anime Characters,

Ichigo Kurosaki

Lelouch Lamperouge

Tuxedo Mask

Roronoa Zoro

Seto Kaiba

Spike Spiegel

Alucard

Ciel Phantomhive

Izaya Orihara

Kaname Kuran


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:20:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dressed-male-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[Overwatch Characters Drawn As Pokemon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/overwatch-characters-drawn-as-pokemon/crystal-brackett

If you're a fan of both Overwatch and Pokémon, then this list is for you. Although the two games are extremely popular, that's probably the only thing they have in common. Despite these differences, these artists did everyone a favor and fused fan-favorite, memorable characters together, ending in a glorious Overwatch/Pokémon mash-up. This list is a collection of amazing digitally and traditionally drawn Overwatch fan art that reimagines these beloved characters in the form of your favorite Pokémon.

Since everyone knows that Blizzard and Nintendo probably won't be getting together anytime soon to put out some Pokémon/Overwatch monster-capturing game, at least you can dream... or in the case of these artists, draw!


Overwatch Characters Drawn As Pokemon,

Junkrat As Rattata And Roadhog As Embroar

Artist Namchu cleverly fused together Pokémon and Overwatch characters with their creation of Junkratatta and Roadroar, a fusion of Junkrat and Ratatta and Roadhog and Emboar.


D.Va Furret

Artist takoto turned the beastly tank D.Va into a squiggly, pink Furret!


Mei As Sandshrew

Delijah60's combined version of the two rounded, bubbly characters Mei and Sandshrew is super cute.


McCree As Tauros

This McCree drawing by Seok-bum Han is beautiful and totally fitting for the two wild-west themed characters.


Roadhog As Snorlax

This Snorlax as Roadhog by itsmagichere makes the two characters seem like the perfect match for each other.


Tracer As Gardevoir

This digital Gardevoir-Tracer hybrid by Karnak44 feels like a steampunk character.


Pikachu Plays Tracer

Super adorable Pikachu as Tracer by ckibe! The resemblance is almost uncanny.


Zenyatta As Mewtwo

People love fusing psychic Pokémon and Zenyatta, and alanprince's Mewtwo as Zenyatta makes for a mindful treat. 


Genji (Greninja Skin)

This awesome digital drawing of Genji as Greninja is by st-alpha, and this Pokémon skin for this hero fits him almost better than the one's Blizzard gave him


Reaper As Cubone

Goinggohinggone's Reaper as Cubone is a perfect fit for the two skull-faced characters.



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:04:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/overwatch-characters-drawn-as-pokemon/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[9 Reasons Why Yuri!!! on Ice Is This Season's Must-Watch Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-things-about-yuri-on-ice/estefania-ossa

It's kind of hard to believe, but Yuri!!! on Ice, an anime about a professional figure skater, is easily one of the best series to debut in 2016. While most sports anime tend to rely on jam-packed sports action with fan service sprinkled here and there, one of the best things about Yuri!!! on Ice is that while it maintains its action, it creates new possibilities for anime sports universes.

Yuri!!! on Ice portrays just how diverse people in a sports setting actually are with fully realized characters, competitive skaters from all nationalities and ethnicities, and a romance between two of the characters. It creates a genuine understanding of what the world of competitive figure skating is like and allows the viewers to not only root for the skaters from the stands, but to intimately partake in their lives.  It's a character-driven series masquerading as a sports anime and it'll hook you from the very first episode.


9 Reasons Why Yuri!!! on Ice Is This Season's Must-Watch Anime,

It Has a Truly Diverse Set of Characters

In anime, it’s uncommon for the majority of the characters to be anything but Japanese. Even less common is the inclusion and normalization of non-heterosexual relationships. But what Yuri!!! On Ice does is truly revolutionary in an anime setting. 

Due to the show focusing on a worldwide sport, there are characters from Thailand, Russia, Japan, Canada, the United States, China, and Kazakhstan, to name just a few countries. Leaning towards inclusivity rather than adding a "token" character of color or relying on stereotypes, YOI treats each character as an individual. For example, the Canadian character is an overly confident, arrogant competitor, undercutting the stereotype that Canadians are always friendly. Within all of the ethnicities and nationalities, there are also skaters of all ages, ranging from sixteen to twenty-five, and skaters of different sexual orientations, each one represented in a manner that demonstrates their capabilities, regardless of who they are or where they are from.


The Protagonist Is a Relatable, Struggling Adult

While a lot of anime tend to deal with teenagers in a high school setting, series like Tokyo Ghoul have finally started focusing on older characters. Yuri!!! on Ice follows suit with its 23-year-old protagonist, Yuri Katsuki. For adults, Yuri is familiar: someone who is struggling to make a name for themselves, tripping along the way, yet making progress little by little. His resilience is an inspiring story for viewers of any age, but those in their early 20s can definitely relate to his story.


It Normalizes Gay Relationships

In pretty much all sports anime - think Haikyuu!!, Free!, or Kuroko no Basuke - there always seems to be some underlying homoerotic tension that leads to either subtle or overt fan service. But the characters involved are always straight. The relationships that are hinted at are never realized, merely fetishized, and this theme is seen over and over again.

Yuri!!! On Ice completely subverts that typical sports anime narrative, and instead of presenting the viewer with mere fan service between Victor and Yuri (okay, maybe a smidge of fan service), their relationship becomes a normalized, developing romance. It is made explicitly clear that these two have feelings for each other, with Yuri making his skating theme “Love” and essentially confessing his feelings on live television. The other skaters are either supportive of or indifferent to their blooming romance, viewing their relationship as normally as they would a heterosexual one. Even through the romantic themes, skating remains the central focus, which further normalizes the idea that a gay relationship is no different than any other one. 


It Features Real Ice Skating Choreography

Since the anime is based on a real sport inspired by real people, it would only make sense for the ice skating to be as authentic as possible. In order to do this, the writer of YOI, Mitsuro Kubo, teamed up with retired figure skater Kenji Miyamoto. Having been a competitive skater himself, he was able to flawlessly choreograph all of the ice skating routines to make them as realistic as possible, even taking into consideration certain changes skaters would have to incorporate last minute in order to increase their points. Watching YOI is very much like watching a live figure-skating competition, which makes it all the more exciting. By the end of it, you'll start noticing the difference between triple axels, double toe loops, and quadruple flips!


It Removes the Stigma of Male Figure Skating

Yuri!!! on Ice shows just how much work and sheer athleticism it takes to be a professional skater. Between ruthless training hours, ballet, physical strength, and stamina, YOI demonstrates that figure skaters are incredible athletes who deserve the same amount of respect as athletes in any other sport. The characters' personalities are also really diverse. Some are ruthless, high-strung, shy, insecure - and not one of them fits in any stereotypical box. Regardless of femininity or masculinity, gender or sex, every figure skater on the show is simply badass. 


The Music Is Amazing

From the opening to the ending, the music for Yuri!!! on Ice is absolutely incredible. The opening song, Dean Fujioka's “History Maker,” is not only addictive, but it tells the story of Victor and Yuri’s romantic and skating journey. They were “born to make history” and they certainly do - both in the setting of the skating world and in anime history.

The ending song is an uplifting piece called “You Only Live Once,” which relates to Yuri’s journey. Additionally, for each skater, there are two songs chosen for them to skate to. What’s fantastic about this is that each song is specifically catered to each character's personality.  


Yuri's Character Growth and Development Is Realistic

In the first episode of Yuri!!! on Ice, Yuri loses a major skating competition, goes into a bathroom stall, and cries over his frustration at losing to Yuri Plistetsky, a skater eight years his junior. Yuri is a sensitive character full of self-doubt, anxiety, and barely any self-worth. As the story goes on and the famous Russian skater Victor Nikiforov travels all the way from Russia in order to become his coach, Yuri doesn’t change overnight. Throughout it all, even as he progresses in his skating, Yuri continues to hang on to his anxieties, slowly working to overcome them with Victor at his side. 


Yuri and Victor Have a Healthy, Supportive Relationship

Yuri and Victor's personal and professional relationships are built on mutual love and respect. Yuri idolized Victor ever since he saw him skate when he was younger, so his admiration for Victor has been ever-present. When they finally meet, Victor realizes that although Yuri is a great skater, he lacks the confidence in himself to reach his true potential. Victor, as a caring and loving coach, makes it his mission to build Yuri up instead of breaking him down. He is there for Yuri every step of the way, motivating him in any way he can. Even with Yuri's mental frailties, Victor accepts him for who he is, choosing to help him through it all.

 


The Storytelling Is Brilliant

Mitsurou Kubo, the co-creator/writer of YOI, is a storytelling genius. Until episode ten, the story that Yuri tells the viewer is one in which he is not good enough, hardly as good as the other skaters, and what’s more, he makes it seem as if he has been smitten with Victor without there being a reason for reciprocation. At the end of episode ten, the viewer quickly finds out that not only has Yuri been an incredibly unreliable narrator, but it was Victor who became so smitten by him that he decided to become Yuri’s coach. Talk about a serious plot twist!

As it’s recounted in a flashback using photos and video, Yuri actually got so incredibly drunk at the previous skating gala that he held a dance-off, pole danced half-naked with another skater, and then proceeded to dry-hump Victor while asking him to be his coach. In that moment, Victor blushes and seems to be completely enamored with the unabashed younger skater. After this episode, all of the previous episodes make so much more sense. It’s not a simple task to create such a twist in a story, especially in the middle of the season, but Kubo did it and YOI fans everywhere still cannot get over it.



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Thu, 15 Dec 2016 02:16:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-things-about-yuri-on-ice/estefania-ossa
<![CDATA[The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-villains/ranker-anime
At long last, here's our list of the greatest anime villains of all time, including villains from every genre and demographic of anime out there. What would anime be without a great enemy for the heroes to fight with? Villains in anime can really make or break a series, as they are essentially the sole source of tension and conflict in any show. The protagonists of Dragon Ball Z are all amazing and loveable, but is Freeza not equally as crucial to the show's sucess and popularity? What would Fullmetal Alchemist be like without the Homonculi, or Inuyasha without Naraku? Yes, a great anime villain is equally as important as a show's hero, and the enemies below are a testament to that. Vote for the bad guy that you think deserves the title of the best anime villain of all time, no matter how powerful or strong they are. Sometimes a great villain can be a normal human being, like Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis or Johan Liebert from Monster.
The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time,

Freeza

Majin Buu

Sōsuke Aizen

Ulquiorra

Cell

Orochimaru

Light Yagami

Pain

Madara Uchiha

Itachi Uchiha


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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:41:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-villains/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Top 10+ Naruto Villains of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-naruto-villains/ranker-anime
If you had to rank them, who would you say is the best Naruto villain in the history of the series? This list includes Naruto Shippuden villains as well as the original Naruto villains like Orochimaru and Zabuza. The list is made up of the villains that have darkness in their hearts, and the damage they caused to the good characters in Naruto. Vote for your favorite Naruto villains below, and add more characters to the list if they're not already here.

Do you consider Pain to be the greatest Naruto villain of all time? His story arc was fairly long and definitely gave us some of the most emotional moments in the entire series. However many consider Orochimaru to be the best Naruto bad guy, or even Itachi or Madara Uchiha. Vote for your favorites and help us decide once and for all.
The Top 10+ Naruto Villains of All Time,

Sasori

Zabuza Momochi

Orochimaru

Kisame Hoshigaki

Deidara

Hidan

Pain

Madara Uchiha

Itachi Uchiha

Tobi


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Thu, 14 Jun 2012 05:30:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-naruto-villains/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[All One Piece Opening Songs, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-one-piece-intros/ranker-anime
With almost twenty different intros now, we figured it's about time we rank the best One Piece opening since the start of the series. What is your very favorite One Piece intro song? Let us know by clicking the thumbs up next to the opening you love the most. It's hard to believe that the Luffy and the gang started their journey over 15 years ago, especially since the show is still going strong. A great aspect of the series has always been its intro videos, which are fun, colorful, and EXTREMELY catchy. People have very different opinions about which One Piece opening song is the best, which is why we've created this ranked list of all of them for you to vote on. The very first intro of the show, We Are!, has been remade a few different times, but we've included all three versions of the song for you to vote on. All the videos are included with each introduction, so you can watch all the One Piece openings here on this page. If you're all caught up with the show, the earlier intros can be extremely nostalgic, so don't say we didn't warn you when this list makes you want to start the series from the beginning again!
All One Piece Opening Songs, Ranked Best to Worst,

Share the World! (Intro 11)

We Are! Anniversary Special (Intro 10)

Hard Knock Days! (Intro 18)

Brand New World (Intro 6)

Kokoro No Chizu (Intro 5)

We Go! (Intro 15)

We Are! (Intro 1)

Hikari e (Intro 3)

Fight Together (Intro 14)

One Day (Intro 13)


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Fri, 01 May 2015 06:02:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-one-piece-intros/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Athlete Characters in Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/athletic-anime-characters/ranker-anime
When taking every sport into account, who do you think is the pound for pound greatest anime athlete of all time? That is to say, which anime sports character is the best at their sport more so than everyone else? Talent between multiple sports is extremely subjective and hard to measure, so use your gut based on your knowledge of these shows and vote up the most athletic anime characters on the poll below. For example, is Tetsuya Koroko better as basketball than Baki Hanma is at fighting? We have no idea, so we're leaving it up to you. You can add any anime athletes to the list if you feel theys hould be represented here, and you can also downvote any characters that you feel are outclassed by the top contenders of this list.

Check out other sports anime lists on Ranker too, like the best baseball anime and the best basketball anime.
The Best Athlete Characters in Anime,

Taiga Kagami

Tetsuya Kuroko

Haruka Nanase

Rin Matsuoka

Ryouta Kise

Aomine Daiki

Seijuro Akashi

Shintarou Midorima

Tobio Kageyama

Shoyo Hinata


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:38:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/athletic-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[Reasons the Pokemon Universe Is Actually Really Disturbing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-about-pokemon/nikoberi

A lot of the Pokeverse only really works because it's set in a world that runs on more positivity than our own. Sure it's been said before, but Ash, Misty, and Brock are basically vagrant children wandering around, squatting at hospitals — but, hey, that's alright in the Pokeworld! Assuming the Kanto region ran off of real world logic, things would get really bad really fast.

Whether it's the obvious stuff like massive bees or the more nerdy, specific stuff like nightmarish road layouts of the different regions, the Pokemon world is a death labyrinth unfit for human life. Maybe don't read these creepy Pokemon facts before setting off on a Pokemon GO walk, but if you do, just pray you don't run into an XL Beedrill.


Reasons the Pokemon Universe Is Actually Really Disturbing,

The Mad Scientists

Pokemon is full of enough awful experiments to give any ethical scientist a heart attack. Whether it’s cloning sentient, hyper-intelligent Pokemon like Mewtwo or creating life in computers like Porygon, the Pokeverse is full of scientists who are too busy asking if they can, without even considering whether or not they should.


The Homeless Kids with Superpowered Pets

Imagine you are a kid, just out in the world. You have no father and your mother has abandoned you. You also have a pet that can kill things with its mind. Would you use these powers responsibly? Or would the world would only be made worse by letting people have pets of mass destruction?


The Arsonist Animals

There are lots of Pokemon that either breathe fire or are literally on fire. A bunch of them, like Fletchinder, actually live in places that seem to be full of flammable things, like residential homes. This raises the question: How busy are the fire departments in the different regions? If a fire can be started by a lizard with a flame tail just walking through town, how can firefighters even begin to keep up with the blaze?


The Living Pollution

Pokemon like Grimer, Muk, and Trubbish are living creatures formed from humanity’s refuse. Really let that wash over you: every time you throw away a piece of trash, there's a chance it could get up and walk right off to live a life of its own as a pocket monster. Here's hoping you didn’t throw out anything incriminating.


The Feudal System

Who’s in charge of the different towns? Anyone who's played through each of the Pokemon games can tell you, when things get tough, people turn to their Gym Leader. It seems the Pokeverse operates on of some sort of neo-feudal system where the people with the mightiest Pokemon make the rules.


The Sea Monsters

A lot of the creepiness of the Pokeverse comes from the fact that the setting is full of carnivorous hellbeasts the size of school buses, lurking around every corner and below the surface of every body of water. The ocean in our own world is already dangerous, but if surfing is to be believed in the Pokemon games, it’s impossible to make it a few meters in the water before being attacked by a giant jellyfish.


The 40 Pound Rats

Fun fact: rats are terrifyingly intelligent omnivores. In New York City, which has a bit of a rat problem, swarms of rats are attacking cats and small dogs when they get the chance. But that's nothing compared to the 40 lb rats the Pokeverse has to deal with. Pokemon like Raticate represent a truly nightmarish reality — a vicious, angry rat the size of a small child.


The Cosmic Horrors

"Cosmic horror" is a general term to describe the kind of fright you get when you realize that the universe doesn’t care about you even one bit.

There are Pokemon out there with truly terrifying implications. Whether it’s the ghost types that raise questions about what becomes of us after death, or something like Yveltal with a Pokedex entry that suggests he’s the load-bearing beam of all life, in the Pokeverse, you are just a small, insignificant piece in a cosmic game.


The Huge Murder Bees

You know how bees and wasps are terrible, despite their small size? Meet Beedrill, a 60 lb hornet! According to the Pokedex they travel in swarms. Imagine, if you will, a cloud of dog-sized bees. What a world to live in!


The Ghosts

Ghosts are real in the Pokeverse and they are out to get you! Whether its Misdreavous (that wants to eat your emotions) or Gourgeist (that wants to eat your flesh), keep an eye on the shadows in the wild world of Pokemon because the moment you don’t, that’s when they get you.



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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:02:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-things-about-pokemon/nikoberi
<![CDATA[The 50+ Best Anime Streaming On Hulu]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-on-hulu/ranker-anime

Here is the list of the best anime streaming on Hulu, as determined by anime fans like you. Hulu has quite an expansive collection of top anime, but since the site isn't always the easy to navigate, we've decided to rank this list for you. From classics like Cowboy Bebop and Dragon Ball Z to modern hits like Naruto Shippuden and One Punch Man, they really do have it all. And if you can't find it on Hulu, you can find plenty of good anime to watch on Crunchyroll. Some of these top Hulu animes feature great black anime characters as well as some of the most hated anime characters.

Featuring popular anime series like Death Note and Attack on Titan, this list of the best anime currently streaming on Hulu includes a variety of genres. If you're into romance, horror, action, or even ecchi (you can admit it), Hulu has them all of your anime favorites, including Maken-ki! and Fairy Tail

Some of the shows on this list of Hulu anime may require a Hulu+ subscription to view all the episodes, but most are available for free. Both subbed and dubbed anime options are available, so don't sweat if your prefer one or the other.

This list is updated as Hulu adds new anime, so you check back to see how the new Hulu anime is ranking compared to the existing.


The 50+ Best Anime Streaming On Hulu,

Death Note

Bleach

Naruto Shippūden

Fairy Tail

Soul Eater

Fate/stay night

Blue Exorcist

Sword Art Online

Attack on Titan

Tokyo Ghoul


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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 03:39:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-on-hulu/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[24 Awesome One Piece Tattoos You'll Be Jealous Of]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-one-piece-tattoos/ranker-anime
It's one of the most popular manga and anime series of all time, so is it at all surprising that fans have inked themselves with awesome One Piece tattoos over the years? The One Piece tattoos on this list include Luffy tattoos, Zoro tattoos, and even Chopper, Ace, and more beloved characters. The Luffy fist tattoo is one that went semi-viral on the internet, and with its unique design it's not hard to see why. The artist used the person's actual fist as Luffy's fist, creating an effect that Luffy is using his gear 3 giant fist.

Vote up the One Piece tattoos you like the most by clicking the thumbs up button next to the photos. The list is currently open, so if you have One Piece tats of your own you can add them to the list.
24 Awesome One Piece Tattoos You'll Be Jealous Of,

Luffy and the Straw Hat Flag

Brotherly Love - Ace and Luffy

Straw Hat Worn by the World?

Tony Tony and Luffy Luffy Chibis

Brooke and Roses

Franker and Jimbei double-team

Whitebeard Pirates symbol, Badass version

Awesome One Piece sleeve

When Luffy goes gear 3 on your arm

Tony Tony Chopper as Zoro


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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:16:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-one-piece-tattoos/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Best Adventure Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-adventure-anime/ranker-anime
Ready to go on an adventure? Here's our list of the best adventure anime of all time, ranked by anime fans like you. What classifies an anime as an adventure series? The characters in the show are typically on some kind of journey, traveling unfamiliar territory and working towards some kind of goal. In Samurai Champloo, the main characters are traveling through Japan in search of the samurai who smells of sunflowers, for example. Adventure anime often features a group of heroes, rather than just one or two protagonists. The shows below are both old new, featuring established shows like Cowboy Bebop and newer ones like Sword Art Online and Log Horizon. Give an upvote to the series below that you would highly reccommend to other fans, and downvote any that you've seen and didn't really enjoy. If a series is missing, please add it to the list so that others can vote for that show too!
The Best Adventure Anime of All Time,

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fairy Tail

Soul Eater

One Piece (JP)

Sword Art Online

Hunter × Hunter

Noragami

No Game No Life

The Seven Deadly Sins


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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:19:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-adventure-anime/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Greatest Shy Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/shyest-anime-characters/ranker-anime
For all the blushers out there who act all weird in front of their crush, we're ranking the shyest anime characters of all time. Shyness in anime characters is usually demonstrated through girls, who blush uncontrollably when their love interest is around. Take Hinata from the Naruto series for example, who can hardly speak when Naruto is interacting with her. There are times when the roles are reversed though, like Renton Thurston's relationship with Eureka in Eureka Seven. Other anime characters are shy because they have confidence issues, like Neon Genesis Evangelion's protagonist Shinji Ikari (if Gendo was your dad you'd have confidence issues too).

Who is your most loved shy anime character? Vote up your favorite anime characters that blush a lot, and even add characters to the list if you feel they should be represented on thise poll.
The Greatest Shy Anime Characters of All Time,

Hinata Hyuga

Orihime Inoue

Mizore Shirayuki

Crona

Sawako Kuronuma

Mashiro Shiina

Juvia Lockser

Aries

Misaki Mei

Tomoko Kuroki


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:53:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/shyest-anime-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[The Top Most Badass Male Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-top-most-badass-male-anime-characters/owilnic
Hello :) This is my first list about male characters. These are for me one of the most badass characters in animes. The list is also limited on animes I have seen. So this is why some new characters will appear on this list too from time to time. So enjoy and have fun by voting on it.

The Top Most Badass Male Anime Characters,

Natsu Dragneel
Fairy Tail

Ken Kaneki
Tokyo Ghoul
Itachi Uchiha
Naruto: Shippuuden
Roronoa Zoro
One Piece

Kenpachi Zaraki
Bleach
Ichigo Kurosaki
Bleach
Levi Ackerman
Shingeki no Kyojin
Hei
Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
Roy Mustang
Fullemetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Alucard
Hellsing

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:47:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-top-most-badass-male-anime-characters/owilnic
<![CDATA[The Best Shoujo Anime And Manga]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-shoujo-anime-and-manga/ranker-anime
For this poll we're ranking the best shoujo anime and manga, with the help of your votes. The shoujo demographic is aimed towards girls between the ages of 10 and 17, but that doesn't mean you have to be in that age range to enjoy it. We've included all the top shoujo anime and manga that's currently out, including staples like Ouran High School Host Club, Fruits Basket, and Vampire Knight. If one of your favorites shoujo series is missing from the list, please add it so that others can vote it on it as well.

We've included both old and new shoujo, so we've got everything from Sailor Moon to Nana on this shoujo anime list. Most of these manga have anime adaptations as well, so we've included first episodes and trailers for you to watch on this page. To avoid confusion we've noted if the series is manga only. 
The Best Shoujo Anime And Manga,

Say "I Love You"

Blue Spring Ride

Lovely Complex

Skip Beat

Fruits Basket

Kamisama Hajimemashita

Ouran High School Host Club

Kimi Ni Todoke

Special a

Kaichou Wa Maid Sama


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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:41:56 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-shoujo-anime-and-manga/ranker-anime