<![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 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 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

Durarara!!

Deadman Wonderland

Psycho-Pass


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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:42:00 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-thriller-anime/ranker-anime
<![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[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,

Ranma Saotome

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).


Shinji Ikari

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.


Guts

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.


Gene Starwind

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. 


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.


Family Rejection Is at the Edges of Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda’s life was shaped, in part, by his mother Kyoko’s teachings. Though she only appears in flashback, her conversations with Tohru have a profound impact. Kyoko was rejected by her parents at an early age and even disowned outright after she participated in a gang fight at school.

Rin Sohma thought she had an idyllic life with her parents, until she asked them if they were happy. That turned out to be a mistake, as the stress of maintaining the facade eventually took its toll. They became abusive and neglectful to the extent that Rin ended up hospitalized with a panic disorder.


A Buttload of Sailor Moon Characters

First thing’s first: Sailor Moon loves killing its characters' parents two at a time via crashes. Tuxedo Mask’s parents died in a car accident when he was a kid, and Sailor Jupiter’s parents died in a plane crash, again, when she was a child. 

Sailor Moon’s own dad seems like a good dude, in spite of the fact that he’s constantly looking at pictures of Sailor Moon and he isn’t capable of putting two-and-two together. On the cosmic front, it’s Queen Serenity who plays a role as both the savior of the galaxy (the first time around at least) and the person who flings her daughter and the rest of the Soldiers into action.


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.

 



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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[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 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

Steins;Gate

One Punch Man
Manga Only
Hellsing Ultimate

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[American TV Shows That Would Make Amazing Anime Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-tv-shows-that-would-make-great-anime/travis-morgan

Both Hollywood and anime have traded notes for years, spawning The Matrix, Kill Bill, and a Japanese remake of Unforgiven, to name a few. There aren't many TV shows that follow this pattern, but you can see how American movies could be made into anime. In the same vein, TV show anime adaptations could also work. In fact, they're already designed for television, so they'd probably be even better.

American TV and Japanese animation share more than the same broadcast medium. Angry teens with special powers, wacky humor, and over-the-top fight scenes are present in both. Anime also doesn't shy away from mature themes, so incorporating crime or baby mama drama wouldn't seem out of place. Also, some shows would definitely benefit from animation. Everyone's seen cheesy effects in live action that would not only look better if animated, but totally bad ass. There are plenty of American shows that could be great anime series given the right conditions. 


American TV Shows That Would Make Amazing Anime Series,

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You can't go wrong with hot girls and guys kicking (or kissing) vampire ass. People who have seen Blood C may beg to differ, but Buffy knows exactly what it wants to do. It aims to be campy and fun and it delivers. Sure, the older mentor adds some sobering reality, but that gets quickly drowned out by awesome fight scenes and cheesy sound effects.

Said scenes would look way better animated (or at least not as silly) and provide some gravitas to the property. Speaking of fight scenes, if they could blend the best of Hellsing and Vampire Hunter D, it would go down as one of the best action series in anime history.


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: SVU explores dark, psychological themes that have shades of Psycho Pass and a touch of Paranoia Agent. Granted, SVU is devoid of any cyberpunk or supernatural elements. But who's to say the anime version couldn't be transplanted to a dystopian future? Advancements in technology would offer an interesting dynamic, giving both detectives and criminals more power. 


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Power Rangers already has its roots in Japan, and it would be so much less cheesy in animation. The Zord battles would go from Rock'em Sock'em Robots to a mecha fans wet dream. And the rangers' transformation sequences would be more believable. Overall, less Power Point and more magical girl. Lastly, the "monster of the week" story structure is right out of a shōnen battle series. The series is perfectly suited for animation. 


Scrubs

Essentially, Scurbs is a screwball comedy with live-action cartoon characters. Also, they explode with melodrama from time to time. This bipolar shift in tone is a trademark of many anime, and Scrubs only gets more anime-like when you look at the large cast of characters.

It's easy to picture them all in an opening sequence: running aimlessly, high fiving during surgery, more running, a group photo shoot, and a quick pan up to the sky. It pretty much animates itself. 


Smallville

Nothing screams "anime" louder than a super-powered teen. Toss in a love triangle, a rival who's a frenemy, and you've got a classic recipe for success. No, it's not the most original concept, but it leaves a lot of room to experiment.

For one, you could swap small town Kansas for the Japanese countryside, and Clark could be the hafu child of his adoptive parents. It would offer an interesting twist on the classic Superman story. 


Breaking Bad

Walter White is a lot like Death Note's Light Yagami. Both started out with good intentions but were eventually corrupted by their power. They're also insanely smart and are always one step ahead of their pursuers. Also, Walt's foil - Gus Fring - is far more intimidating than the quirky but lovable L. Plus, both men wear corrective eye wear! Just imagine all of the dramatic glasses-flashes we'd be treated to. 


The Walking Dead

With the passing of the manga creator, it's unlikely that the High School of the Dead anime will get a second season. Even so, audiences are pining for a zombie apocalypse anime that's a bit more serious. An adaptation of The Walking Dead would satisfy all parties, as it has both depth and sex appeal. There's no guarantee that this incarnation would summon the power of “Matrix boobs,” but we can always dream. 


American Horror Story

American Horror Story is equal parts grotesque and psychologically horrifying, which are two of anime's fortes. Also, it offers a good blend of adult and teenage characters, something that anime needs more of. Viewers aren't going to feel too young (or too old) to enjoy it.

However, “enjoy" might not be the best choice of words. A latex-clad ninja named “The Rubber Man” isn't necessarily conducive to happy fun times.  


Daredevil

There needs to be an anime that does the Western-style superhero justice. Daredevil's costume looks like a super serious, super sentai, so he's a natural choice. Now, you can't talk about Daredevil without mentioning the action (that corridor scene!). Well, in a world where there are no limits in regards to camera placement or physics, imagine what could be done? If that doesn't get you excited, think of King Pin with a huge sweat drop on his bald head. That's an instant classic waiting to happen. 


Stranger Things

An alternate universe, a super-powered lab escapee, and kids who have the fate of the town resting on their shoulders. Out of all the American shows that could be anime series, Stranger Things might be the most easily adaptable. Heck, the Duffer Brothers (the show's creators) even cited Elfen Lied as one of their inspirations.

That doesn't mean everything would translate well to animation, but anime does have a gift for creepy and gross monsters. Not that they need to go full-on Tetsuo from Akira. You never go full Tetsuo.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:48:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/american-tv-shows-that-would-make-great-anime/travis-morgan
<![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,

Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000%

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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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:41:54 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-music-anime/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,

Willpower Alone is Not Enough
"Willpower alone isn't enough in battle." -- Armin
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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<![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: 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 Movie

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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<![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,

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!


Hestia

Cosbabe's Hestia from Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is wicked stunning! Captured by Annie Fischinger Photography.


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 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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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 03:13:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-naruto-and-naruto-shippuden-quotes/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[Super Perverted Ladies In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-anime-ladies/crystal-brackett

You think guys can be the only perverted characters in anime? Well, you're wrong, weirdly close-minded hypothetical anime fan. There are plenty of hot anime girls who are total pervs too. It's their turn in the saucy spotlight! These anime girls with dirty minds put pervy stalwarts like Dragon Ball's Master Roshi to complete shame. If you're itching to know more, check out why these lovely ladies should be counted amongst the most perverted anime characters.

From super-pervs whose version of saving the day is wearing panties on their face and spreading porno propaganda, to girls who are determined to make harems for the love of their life (oh, and they're so into BDSM they completely wrap their otherwise-innocent teddy bear in bondage ropes, complete with ball gag), let's expose the true colors of anime girls who are lecherous sex freaks and over-the-top sexual deviants! 


Super Perverted Ladies In Anime,

Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi Suzumiya might as well just be a dirty old man in a girl's body. She doesn't even try to hide her perversion. In fact, she's pretty straight forward about her sexual deviance and likes to express it via dirty jokes and grope sessions.

She also likes to frame the male lead of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for being perverted, while she's actually the one getting the thrill from it.


Chizuru Minamoto

Kanokon's star fox demon, Chizuru Minamoto, is obsessed with committing "disgraceful acts" in public. She claims to be out of touch with the human world, and that argument is almost convincing since she's 400 years old. However, it really seems like she's got a fetish for taking the virginity of the main character in public simply because she's a big ol' pervert.


Rias Gremory

Rias Gremory is a total dom in a show that's dedicated to fan service (well, for those who are into the whole master/slave relationship thing). Throughout Highschool DxD, she toys around with another perverted character, Issei Hyodo, and the pleasure she gets from manipulating him is overtly sexual. Oh, also she's a devil who battles against scantily-clad angels (who are also her classmates). Anime is super weird sometimes.


Shino Amakusa Loves Bondage So Much Her Teddy Bear Is Bound In Ropes

The best thing about the BDSM fanatic Shino Amakusa from Seitokai Yakuindomo is probably the giant teddy bear that she keeps wrapped up in rope bondage. Although she might appear as a model student, underneath her refined exterior is a giant perv who loves making lewd jokes, just like many of the other girls in her class.

Her mind often wanders to thoughts about what her class members, uh, members look like, and the different sex positions that the judo club is capable of.


Yamada's High School Goal Is To Hook Up With 100 People

When Yamada first steps foot into high school in B Gata H Kei, she decides that her goal is to have freaky casual sex with 100 people. She soon figures out that this might be a bit difficult, as she knows nothing about sex and is also a bit self-conscious about her body.

However, she finds an easy solution to this problem: a fellow virgin. She aims her sights to said virgin so she can start small and rack up experience for her 99 other sexy escapades. The title of the show, Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei, is a bit of lewd and satirical wordplay, referring to her bust size along with her "H" or "Hentai" attitude.


Rika Is A Nerdy Pervy Scientist Full Of Sexual Innuendos

Miss Rika is a straight-up perv and she's proud of it. She constantly uses any and all opportunities to insert sexual innuendo into a sentence or scenario and is very open about her massive collection of yaoi doujinshi and the fact that "mecha sex" is a turn on for her.

Although Haganai's Rika Shiguma is a woman of science, she believes she'd be completely boring if that was all she did. Guided by this philosophy, she's pretty abrasive and straight-forward with her sassy sexual nature.


Nobara Yukinokouji Is A Complete Sexual Maniac With A Long List Of Fetishes

Nobara Yukinokouji is a perverted maniac who can't get enough of the ladies. She's no stranger to openly jiggling boobs (that don't belong to her) and displaying her seemingly never-ending list of fetishes for all the parts of the female body. 

She's known for confessing her sexual desires to other women in Inu x Boku SS with absolutely no filter, regardless of whether they like it or not.


Yukari Sendo Is Always Groping People

Miss Yukari Sendo never misses out on a chance to cop a feel. Because she longs for big breasts of her own, she's drawn to the big ol' bosoms of the other ladies in the cast of Rosario + Vampire. While her groping is (mostly) portrayed as innocent, the irresistible urge to squeeze the honkers of girls is completely pervy, no matter the gender of the person doing the grabbing.


Kajou Ayame, The Panty-Faced Pervert Terrorist

In a land filled with public morality laws, Kajou Ayame from Shimoneta takes it upon herself to lead a perverted revolution for the sake of saving the last remaining lewdness in the world. 

On her off hours, she covers her face with a pair of panties and acts under the alias "Blue Snow," spreading risque media and shouting dirty jokes. She also recruits other members to her team. Well, as long as they know how to draw naughty pictures or on occasion if their hairstyle resembles something phallic.


Momo Deviluke Is Determined To Build A Harem

Momo Deviluke from To LOVE-Ru is totally a pervert, right down to her boxer-sniffing core. She is utterly determined to establish a thriving harem for the main character of the series, Rito, who she also has a very obvious crush on. She has no shame and valiantly flaunts her love for naughty endeavors. 



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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:36:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-anime-ladies/crystal-brackett
<![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.

Look Around You...
"Look around you, and all you see are people the world would be better without." -- Light Yagami
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[12 Anime To Watch For Unique And Gorgeous Animation]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/must-watch-anime-with-unique-and-beautiful-art-styles/nida-sea

Look, we all love anime. It's over-the-top, high energy, and can serve as a much needed reprieve from the doldrums of everyday life. After a while, though, much of the genre starts to look a little... derivative. If you're not paying attention, you can watch multiple episodes of different high school dramas or action-adventures from different series and they all sort of blend together. There are, however, some glowing exceptions to this rule. Aside from an anime’s fascinating story line or imaginative setting, the distinctive art style is a huge reason viewers become immersed in a show. 

Additionally, not all anime has to be vibrant or cheerful to be enjoyed. In fact, there are some anime titles that share a darker, more complex atmosphere. However, this doesn’t mean that its art style can’t be admired. Awaken your senses with these visually stunning anime titles that will tug at your heart-strings and open your mind. At the very least, it's something new.  


12 Anime To Watch For Unique And Gorgeous Animation,

Spirited Away

This award-winning film from Studio Ghibli is, quite simply, an animated masterpiece. Spirited Away follows a young girl as she learns to overcome her fears and take responsibility for her actions. The character designs and layouts are so gorgeous, they're visually addicting. Adorned with vivid colors and intricate details, these images are impossible to get out of your head.

Take the bathhouse, for example. The walls, ceilings, and floors have so many complex details added to them it’s hard to keep your eyes focused solely on the action in the foreground. The unique hand-drawn art style of the film has an old-school animated feel to it, which is pure magic and exactly what Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki are known for. 


5 Centimeters Per Second

A three-part movie from CoMix Wave Films, 5 Centimeters Per Second follows the story of two childhood friends that become separated by distance, time, and the realities of life. The art style in the film does a wonderful job of providing mesmerizing visual elements to captivate the viewer.

The background scenery effectively uses bold contrasting values of lights against darks, along with a unique combination of imaginative colors. In addition, the strategic configuration of viewpoints and long shot angles helps highlight the animated foreground elements.

Overall, the most impactful views in the film are the breathtaking skyscapes. These often includes a mixture of warm hues, such as red and orange, which are placed within cooler hues of blue and purple. The use of purposefully placed clouds only adds further interest, direction, and beauty to each setting.  


Tekkonkinkreet

This award-winning film from Studio 4°C is a visual feast for the eyes. Tekkonkinkreet follows two orphan children living on the tough streets of the misleadingly named Treasure Town. The spectacular characters and unique architectural design of this film stand out as the most memorable elements.

Quite often the characters and buildings appear distorted and disproportional, or set at an odd angle. It can be disorienting, but ultimately visually fascinating. The colors of the film are an eclectic mix of vibrantly bright and subdued gritty hues. These characteristics help the film archive a sort of eerie wonderland setting, which is a perfect match for the theme: a juxtaposition of darkness and light.  


Mononoke

Not to be confused with Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), Toei Animation's Mononoke series is related to the Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales series and follows the journey of a medicinal merchant who vanquishes dangerous spirits. The series is a visual delight, showcasing amazingly vivid colors, decorative backgrounds, and an overall storybook feel.

Each new setting within the animation’s design is stunning and creative. In fact, the overall appearance closely mimics the details one may find on old Japanese tapestries or scrolls. The backgrounds are always different, as they incorporate an ever-shifting element of moving color. Because of these detailed aspects, the show is entrancing and effectively pulls the viewer's eyes all around the screen. You'll need your pause button at the ready for this one.  


Summer Wars

From Madhouse Studios, Summer Wars is an animation with a mysterious storyline, engaging characters, and diverse scenery. The story follows math prodigy Koiso Kenji, who finds himself in a serious dilemma after he cracks a code to a virtual world known as OZ, unleashing complete chaos worldwide. Although the characters push the story along, it’s the scenery that entrances the viewer.

The scenery in this movie is impressive and uniquely divided between a realistic setting and a spectacular virtual world. The rural and city landscapes are richly designed with cool and warm earthy tones, giving the series a naturalistic feel.

This is completely opposite from the virtual world of OZ. Although the landscape of OZ is generally a solid white, it perfectly contrasts the brightly colored elements placed against it. It really makes them pop. Furthermore, the vibrant and highly stylized characters, shapes, and designs within the virtual setting effectively add visual unity and differentiates the cyber world from the real world. 


Coicent

This 25-minute feature by Sunrise Studio is about a boy who meets a mysterious girl. The artwork in this OVA (Original Video Animation) can be described as a marriage between 3D-animated models and 2D details and backgrounds.

Most of the characters and foreground objects are completed in 3D. This gives them a distinct appeal that helps them stand out against the 2D architecture and backdrop work. The backgrounds themselves are beautify illustrated, painstakingly colored, and maintain a realistic feel. It's the perfect balance between the old and the new. 


Wolf Children

This much-beloved animation follows the story of a young woman who falls in love with a mysterious man. She's forced to raise their two children on her own after he abandons her. From Studio Chizu, this beautiful film is an absolute joy to look at.

The artistic details in Wolf Children are abundant, displaying richly colored scenes and uniquely styled characters. It’s also another film that uses some CGI to help entrance the audience. In addition, there are many beautiful landscape shots and even some intricate cityscapes that help give this film a realistic touch without losing its fairytale-like feel.

It’s also flat-out spectacular to see moments where the characters and frames are still, allowing the viewer a chance to admire the scenery. If the Grand Canyon was an anime, this would be it. 


Flying Witch

Flying Witch follows a 15-year-old witch as she perfects her talents and makes friends in a less-than-normal environment. The fantastic elements of this anime series lie not only in the beautiful array of rich colors and detail, but also in the ability to adapt the characters and settings into an animation based on Chihiro Ishizuka’s original manga without losing its visual appeal.

It’s one of those pieces that both expresses the creativity of the animators at J.C. Staff Animation Studio and honors the original title. In addition, there’s a grounding element of real photography combined into a few shots of the scenery. This is atypical for any anime, and it serves to give the film an authentic feel and realistic charm.


Doukyusei (Classmates)

From A-1 Pictures animation studio, Doukyusei is a touching tale of two male classmates who fall in love. The subtle line work and beautiful backdrops in this 60-minute film hold true to the original manga style employed by creator Asumiko Nakamura.

Nakamura’s unique character design of long exaggerated forms completed with simplistic line work has been wonderfully transitioned over into the animation. In addition, the colors of the film are soft and gentle, evoking sensations similar to a lovely watercolor.

In some instances, the backgrounds are a simple solid color or a soft gradient, allowing the viewer to focus their attention on the character and foreground. This particular anime is really more of a work of art. 


Kimi No Na Aa (Your Name)

A critically-acclaimed film from CoMix Wave Films, Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) is a supernatural drama about a boy and girl who switch lives in a miraculous way. The art style utilizes rich colors and pays super close attention to detail. This is especially prevalent in the background structures and intricate architecture work.

Perhaps the most interesting quality of Your Name is the character’s overall design. They are created with less exaggeration than is typical, but they don’t lose the characteristic features that anime characters are well known for. Their overall design fits in wonderfully with the film’s realistic setting. 



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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:35:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/must-watch-anime-with-unique-and-beautiful-art-styles/nida-sea
<![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,

Kakashi Hatake
Naruto
Sesshomaru

Tōshirō Hitsugaya

InuYasha

Jiraiya

Tobirama Senju
Naruto
Zero Kiryu
Vampire Knight
Undertaker
Black Butler
Tomoe

Franken Stein
Soul Eater

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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 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

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

Naruto AMV - Runnin [Re-upload]

Naruto「AMV」- Infinite Tsukuyomi [HD]

Naruto AMV ● "Get Scared" [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.


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. 


Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate deals with time travel and alternate time lines. The main character, a self-proclaimed mad scientist named Okabe, finds himself in an endless struggle of trying to save the lives of his friends and lovers. Watching Okabe leap through time just to experience the death of Mayuri over and over again, and his failed attempts at preserving her life, will leave viewers with a sinking feeling of dread.  


Toradora!

Taiga (a girl) and Ryuji (a boy) make a deal to set each other up with their crushes, who happen to be their respective best friends. For the most part, Toradora! is a pretty lighthearted anime, until Taiga realizes she has feelings for Ryuji, not his friend. That's when the emotions really start flowing. There's a lot of crying as Taiga fails at attempts to confess her feelings, while still trying to set Ryuji up with her best friend, Minori. There's even more heartbreak as Minori rejects Ryuji - not because she doesn't have feelings for him, but because she knows Taiga has feelings for him, too.


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. 


Plastic Memories

Tsukasa lives in a society that has created androids that look, talk, and have all the same emotions as humans. You can't tell the difference. They also have a significantly shorter lifespan. In Plastic Memories, Tsukasa is inevitably forced to put his girlfriend, an android, to sleep before her lifespan ends and she dangerously loses control of her abilities. Her departing day, and their last moments spent together alone on a Ferris Wheel are gut-wrenchingly depressing.



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Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:27:58 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-that-made-you-cry/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Anime That's Not Based On Manga Is Way, Way Better]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-anime-not-based-on-manga-is-way-better/anna-lindwasser

Most anime is based on manga. Sometimes, this results in long, meandering series with endless filler arcs, like One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach. Sometimes, the series are shorter, lacking filler but still shackled to the pacing and plot lines of the original manga. Are you seeing a problem yet? Not all anime is based on manga, though - some series are totally original to the studio, and others are based on video games, light novels, and literature. 

Most of the time, original anime is way, way better than anime that’s tied down to a manga. Death Note fans, put away your notebooks, Naruto fans, stow your kunai - your favorite anime might be good, but it has a whole host of problems it wouldn’t have had if it weren’t based on a manga. So why is original anime better? Well, for one thing you’ll never have to argue with anybody about which version of Victor Nikiforov is canon, because there’s only one version. For many other things, read on.


Anime That's Not Based On Manga Is Way, Way Better,

There Aren't Two Different Versions Of The Same Show

Let’s say you’ve never seen Fullmetal Alchemist, and you want to fill that gap in your anime knowledge bank. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong, baka! Remember - there are two Fullmetal Alchemists! How do you choose? You could pick Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, because it’s based on the manga and is regarded as the more faithful adaptation, but you could also choose the original series because you kind of remember seeing it on Toonami back in the day.

Or you could watch both, but unless you’re really, really into watching Edward Elric yell, you probably don’t have time for that. You might just decide it’s too confusing and forget about watching FMA all together. 

Brotherhood was created because the first series bore little resemblance to the manga. While both series are good in their own way, the existence of both can sometimes be more trouble than they're worth. With titles created in an anime studio, this kind of thing just doesn’t happen.


There's (Almost) No Filler

You could say that there’s no filler, but that’d be a blatant lie. Yu-Gi-Oh GX exists, and that series wasn’t based on a manga. 

Still, anime with no manga attached tends not to devolve into the endless filler arcs that result from the down time between manga chapters. Naruto was in no way enhanced by the presence of Yota or Yukimaru, and no one needs a recap of a Yu-Gi-Oh duel that took 10 episodes to get through in the first place. Wouldn't you rather just have, you know, good content?  


Sometimes You Get To See Manga Artists Trying New Mediums

Kubo Mitsuro, creator of Yuri!!! on Ice, was originally a manga artist. Her works include Moteki, Again!!, 3.3.7 Byooshi!!, Shiawase 5 Han, and Tokkyuu!! 

While there are rumors that a manga was made for in-house reference, there is no official Yuri!!! on Ice manga. Fans of Kubo got to see how she works in a totally different medium. The results, as many people will agree, were magical.


There Are No Conflicts Between Studios And Manga-ka

Sometimes when adapting a manga into an anime, not everyone is satisfied with the outcome. Takeuchi Naoko, the creator of Sailor Moon, is rumored to dislike the original Sailor Moon series. On the flip side, Hiroyuki Morita, the director of Bokurano, said the following: “…the director of the animated version of Bokurano dislikes the original manga. From here on out, you can't expect the animated version to expand on what you might find appealing in the original. So, fans of the original, please do not watch the animated version from now on.” 

When anime isn’t based on manga, these kinds of conflicts simply don’t exist. It's a single, unified creative vision. 


Great Anime Can Be Based On Literature

While some would argue that manga is literature, anime studios do get their inspiration from actual books. Like, you know, the kind without pictures. Howl’s Moving Castle, one of Studio Ghibli’s many masterpieces, was based on a fantasy novel of the same title by Diana Wynne Jones.

This encouraged a lot of reluctant readers to pick up a book, and it made for an amazing story. Before it was an anime, Welcome to the N.H.K. was a novel by Takimoto Tatsuhiko, and the resulting anime is devastating while still being hilarious. 


It Forces The Studio To Take Risks

When a studio make an anime inspired by a manga with a built-in fanbase, they have guaranteed followers already. Kind of like a Christian rock band. This means that they can get away with cutting corners and relying on tropes. Viewers may complain, but they’ll still be watching. Where else are they going to see their favorite characters come to life? Death Note is the only game in town, b*tch.

While anime studios sometimes do take creative risks, it’s much easier not to, and many simply don't bother. Meanwhile, if a studio is trying to develop a fan following from scratch, they have to produce innovative, high quality material, otherwise they’re dead in the water. This results in some of the best, most creative anime out there. 


Hardcore Fans Don’t Get Tripped Up About Which Canon Counts

Some anime are so different from their manga versions that they’re practically a new series. While this isn’t as common as it used to be, this can be a huge problem for fans of older series.

Take Fruits Basket, for example. The main antagonist, Sohma Akito, is completely different in the "animeverse" and the "mangaverse." First of all, in the anime, he’s a man. In the manga, she’s a woman who was raised male by abusive parents. Second of all, Akito in the anime is controlling and abusive to his family because in order fulfill his role as the family deity and keep everyone alive, he must sacrifice his health. He resents this deeply. In the manga, it’s because she was taught this behavior by her abusive mother as a means of keeping the family from abandoning her.

Both Akitos (Akiti?) are interesting in their own right, but they’re completely different characters. Fruits Basket fans have to individually decide which version they accept, which can make it hard to discuss the series if they're not on the same page.  


You Have No Expectations Going In

Suppose your favorite manga is finally being turned into an anime. You’re super excited, especially when your favorite character finally shows up. How could this go wrong? But that excitement turns sour when you hear your favorite character speak. That’s not the voice you imagined for her! Not only that, but it’s completely out of character!

This may seem nitpicky to some, but for hardcore fans, this can really mar the experience of an anime adaptation. For some, Mamoru Miyano’s portrayal of Light Yagami is just wrong, because that voice just doesn’t match the one they heard in their head when they read the Death Note manga.

Meanwhile, nobody thinks Mamoru Miyano’s portrayal of JJ Leroy is wrong. They can’t, because no one knew who JJ was until they heard Mamoru Miyano shouting "it's JJ STYLE~!"


You Don't Feel Obligated To Experience Both

With so many stellar anime and manga series to enjoy (not to mention things like working, going to school, and having a social life), most people just don’t have time to watch an anime and read the accompanying manga.

If you want to actively participate in the fandom, though, you might find yourself out of your depth if you don’t know the details of both. If there’s no manga, fully understanding a series becomes a much easier task. Come on, who doesn't like taking a break and being a filthy casual every now and then?


Some Of The Best Anime Is Based On Video Games

If anime studios got their ideas exclusively from manga, we’d be missing out on a lot of great series based on video games. The best known example of this is Pokémon, which was based on the Nintendo Gameboy games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue.

Digimon, an equally important anime with a name ending in “mon,” was based on a tamagotchi-like pet game. These are the big names, but there are other great anime based on video games: Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, Steins;Gate, Inazuma Eleven, CLANNAD, Persona 4 Animation, Danganronpa: The Animation, Little Busters, and many, many more. Basically, anime based on the (usually) less complicated mythology of video games has more freedom with its storytelling. 



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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:27:48 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/why-anime-not-based-on-manga-is-way-better/anna-lindwasser
<![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,

Sekirei

Rosario + Vampire

Heaven's Lost Property

Is This a Zombie?

Demon King Daimao

High School DxD

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero

To Love-Ru - Darkness

Prison School

Hatakaru Mao-sama


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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:55:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-comdy-ecchi-anime-series/ranker-anime
<![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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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:27:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-dragon-ball-z-sagas/crystal-brackett
<![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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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:41:54 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fan-service-anime/ranker-anime
<![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,

Misa Amane

Sailor Moon

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

Kilik Rung

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[13 Pretty Good Anime Series You Can Binge On Netflix Tonight]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-adult-anime-on-netflix/jonah-dorrance

Anime for grown-ups can be a little hard to come by for the adult fan, but thankfully Netflix has acquired a pretty good mixture of series and films with more mature themes and complex plotlines. Violence, profanity, and sexuality are all on display in the following series, making them bad anime for kids, but totally worth checking out for adults.

They may not be the best of the best, but they're definitely not the worst of the worst. Some, like Kill la Kill, are successful in many ways but can be too wacky for the average fan to enjoy. Others stick too closely to genre convention, but throw in a few original concepts or characters that make them a pretty good watch. Like these decidedly average ghost films, horror movies, and horror anime series, these shows are perfect for that comfortable Saturday night when you’re trying to find something watch and just want to take it easy.


13 Pretty Good Anime Series You Can Binge On Netflix Tonight,

The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins is a thoroughbred shonen series with ample fan service and energetic fights. If you're in to that sort of thing, it promises non-stop entertainment. What holds this anime back from being more than just "pretty good" is how familiar the plot is.

It explores very common themes and tropes present in the shonen-adventure genre, following a band of misfit companions on their journey to find those who can restore balance to the kingdom. Despite its simple and rather formulaic plot, the series shines when it comes to characters. They are multidimensional, amusing, and charismatic, breathing a lot of life into the series with their backgrounds and goals. The show is colorful and fun, and it doesn't try to be anything more than what it is.


Expelled From Paradise

This film is animated using CGI instead of traditional 2D-animation, which can be a deal-breaker or a welcome change, as the graphics in this film are detailed and vibrant. Expelled from Paradise isn't entirely different from the norm, however, it won't be life-changing or philosophically challenging. But it does promise big action with larger-than-life robotic weapons, and you can't really ask for much more.

The banter between protagonists Angela and Dingo offers good comedy, and watching them grow together despite their clashing attitudes is endearing, if slightly banal. If you're a mecha fan, or just someone in it for the fan service, this film delivers. 


K Project

K Project has an incredibly unique animation style, which makes the colorful fights much more engaging. The large cast of characters and their gang politics are the driving force behind the plot's progression, their clashes made more interesting with the addition of their spectacular powers.

The dynamic between protagonists Shiro and Kuro is enjoyable, while slightly cliché: the two of them develop into loyal friends despite a rocky start. However, with so many characters, some lack the development they deserve. The few female characters who exist are reduced to a few scenes that highlight their bodies, not their skills.


Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan

Yokai Clan borders on its intended age group, definitely catering to teen audiences, but the interesting and complex politics of the yokai world can easily satisfy older fans who aren't interested in run-of-the-mill shonen.

The reluctant protagonist is not by any means a new character type, but anime leads who don't actually want to be stars in their own story always guarantee substantial personalities. The plot is more slow-paced than most fantasy, but the humor, action sequences, and character interactions are engaging enough to inspire interest in the story.


Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Bladeworks

The Fate series has some of the best action sequences in anime, with creative, innovative fighting choreography illuminated by vivid animation. The battles are definitely one of the strongest aspects of Unlimited Bladeworks, a mixture of magic and might setting it apart from other series.

This installment falls short, however, in the plot department. It sounds really cool (it's a high-fantasy all-out war for the holy grail), but it ends up being rather average and predictable. This isn't to say it lacks entertainment. The cast of characters is large, and varied in their personalities as well, which make for compelling interactions and good comedy. The protagonist Shirou is a largely generic hero, but as a result he's accessible to viewers, and his alliance with Rin makes you root for him. Overall, the series packs a lot of punch, and certainly gets you excited about the franchise as a whole.  


Sword Art Online II

Sword Art Online II is decidedly worse than the first installment of the series, with Kirito being heavily over-powered (and somehow getting every girl he encounters to fall in love with him) despite his rather bland personality. However, you can't deny that SAO's action is exceedingly fun to watch and Kirito's talent in every world he plays in makes for some good entertainment.

Fighting is one thing this franchise delivers well, and this series capitalizes on the cool world-building of the MMORPG virtual realities and offers a pretty intriguing murder mystery. If you're more a fan of speed queen Asuna, this second series also features an arc with her at the center, which gives a refreshing change to the show's pace. No one wanted to see her trapped in a tower again. 


Kill La Kill

Kill la Kill is a wild ride by Studio Trigger (who seem to specialize in wonderfully wacky stories, like Space Patrol Luluco), but its intensity is both its draw and its potential setback. Kill la Kill is unique in premise and animation, and it celebrates female protagonists in a positive way, something sorely needed in anime. The over-the-top antics of the characters, however, can cross into the obnoxious. It's loud and unapologetic (just take a look at their outfit transformation above for a quick glimpse), and it may not be the most coherent series, but it's an experience worth giving a shot.


Knights Of Sidonia

Fans of futuristic space adventures rejoice, Netflix original Knights of Sidonia is a totally serviceable show. This series boasts some incredible animation, as the above clip showcases thoroughly, and some fascinating world-building that includes advanced technology and the realities of different sentient species co-existing together.

What keeps this show in the average range is its cliché treatment of characters. They just don't bring anything remarkably new to the table. They're pretty fun to be around, yes, but we've seen them before. However, the space action is fun, the story is well-paced, and it promises one of the most interesting kiss scenes in recent anime history.


Aldnoah.Zero

Princesses, space warfare, and giant piloted robots. Aldnoah.Zero promises a lot of interesting, out of this world concepts, but its execution is ultimately what makes this show "pretty good," not great. The protagonist Inaho carries a familiar personality (the detached but ingenious male lead), and the politics between those that live on Earth and those that live on Mars strongly apes better shows of the same genre.

However, it's fast paced with a lot of action and drama, and the three main characters undergo some interesting and turbulent development. You'll find yourself sucked into their struggles before you know it. One guarantee of quality you can have going into this show is its incredible soundtrack, which was scored by veteran composer Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan).


Ajin: Demi-Human

While CGI animation isn't always the greatest medium for anime, the gritty adventure of Ajin: Demi Human is worth sticking around for. Protagonist Kei discovers he is an immortal demi-human called an Ajin, a race that is discriminated against and usually captured for experimentation. Fans of this genre might notice similarities with contemporaries like Tokyo Ghoul, as Kei discovers not only the grim life led by Ajins but also the power he's capable of wielding.

These parallels keep this series from being completely unique in terms of themes or character development, but it's definitely original in its designs. Especially with the Black Ghosts, the hulking, nightmarish creature seen above. Lastly, the scene in which series villain Sato faces the SWAT team at Grant Pharmaceuticals is so cool, it easily makes him one of the most badass characters in recent memory.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:32:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-adult-anime-on-netflix/jonah-dorrance
<![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[16 American Movies That Would Make Awesome Anime Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-movies-that-would-make-great-anime-series/jonah-dorrance

Popular anime series have been adapted into big-budget American films a few times before, usually yielding disastrous results and breaking the hearts of die-hard fans (looking at you, Dragon Ball Z). But what if we tried the reverse? Anime adaptations of American films.

Anime is a versatile medium unbound by a specific genre or subject matter and, as many fans will attest, it is not limited to children’s entertainment. As to the artistic integrity of such adaptations, The Animatrix (an anime collection of short stories set in the universe of The Matrix) was infinitely better than the actual sequels to The Matrix.  

This opens up a pretty substantial catalog of movies that would make great anime. The only difficult part, really, is narrowing it down. Let's look, then, at stories with stylish characters, complex plots, and over-the-top adventure - you know, elements that thrive in the world of anime. If you don't want to see these films adapted into anime, sorry, but you're dead inside.


16 American Movies That Would Make Awesome Anime Series,

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a classic sci-fi film that even some scientists regard as the best film of its genre. Visually, the film's futuristic-meets-noir style would be an incredible world to explore in animation, as many other cyber punk series have proven in the past. Plus, it would be the perfect film to revive the old anime style of the '80s and '90s which is rarely used anymore, something older anime fans could get excited about. Morally ambiguous heroes like Deckard guarantee thought-provoking plotlines, which are cornerstones for epic anime series like Death Note and Parasyte: The Maxim.


Jumanji

Easily one of the scariest children's movies of the '90s, Jumanji is essentially the analog version of the "stuck in a game" trope that is popular among anime fans (see Sword Art Online). Animation would allow a lot of freedom in the design of the creatures and disasters that the game conjures, which include anything from random stampeding animals to tentacle monsters (yes, there are tentacles), and the survival aspect of the story would be more suspenseful when viewers would have to wait each week to see what horrifying thing the players will have to face next. 


Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Orphaned children bouncing from relative to relative is one of the most common plights is a common theme in anime, making the Baudelaire children prime subjects for an anime series adaptation. Sibling protagonists helm some of the most interesting anime shows of all time, and since each of these kids wielding a special talent, their means of escaping a seemingly endless stream of near-death experiences would make for a wild animated ride. The steam-punk style and the strange, quirky characters make this film ripe for the animation treatment, which would really allow the film's intricate designs to shine.


Resident Evil

You can't go wrong with zombies and girls kicking ass. The zombie anime genre is relatively small, and in great need of an action-horror series that doesn't follow teenagers battling it out in a high school (or finding themselves in inexplicably sexual situations with each other).

Resident Evil is the perfect remedy, on par with other popular survival series, and jam packed with terrifying monsters, an epic fight in a moving train, and heroine Alice (who has a lot in common with these other badass anime women). All of the ingredients for a great adaptation are there, it just needs to get out of our imaginations and on to our screens.  


Star Wars

The Force. Lightsabers. Darth Vader. Intergalactic warfare. Princess Leia. How awesome would these things be in anime form? Answer: deeply, deeply awesome. With space adventures like Cowboy Bebop serving as a precedent, fans can rest assured that a Star Wars adaptation would be wildly popular as an anime series.

Also, is there anything more shonen than a young man discovering powers he didn't know he had, training with a badass (yet weird-looking) master, and then defeating the ultimate evil? If you're curious to see Star Wars in the classic anime design of the '80s, check out this short film "TIE Fighter" for a pretty amazing example.


The Crow

Revenge and the supernatural make one hell of a combination, if Black Butler tells us anything, and The Crow offers a chance for an anime series that features such a lethal combination. This cult favorite is based off of a comic series by the same name, and as anime is the go-to for adaptations of manga series, it would be a pretty natural option for The Crow as well.

The film's distinctive visual storytelling not only pays respect to its original format, but paves the way for an exceptional anime design. Also, the opening scene make for a pretty shocking pilot episode.


The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most ambitious film series of all time (and would certainly be a monstrous undertaking to animate), but Frodo's journey to Mount Doom is too epic of a journey not to be retold.

Just the settings alone would be cool enough to see animated, and anime illustrators have definitely proved they can handle such grandiose scenery with masterpieces like Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. From Mordor to Rivendell, there are a bevy of mind-blowing visuals to depict. On top of all this world-building, the story beats present in LoTR are ones anime fans readily get behind: a pre-destined hero, undying friendships, guilds of mix-matched members, powerful old wizards, and wayward souls who turn out to be royalty. Seriously, how is this not a thing already?

 

 


Underworld

Vampires are a common element in animeShiki and Vampire Knight are popular series, to name a couple, but Underworld offers an expanded universe of vampire-werewolf politics that would be a rarity in anime. The film also has a stylish, gothic design for both its characters and setting, allowing for a ready-made yet haunting anime style.

Most importantly, anime is in desperate need of more female driven, fantasy-horror stories with a strong heroine (who isn't overly sexualized or fifteen years old). Selene the Death Dealer would be a terrific answer to this gross oversight. 


Harry Potter Franchise

The journey of the boy wizard fits perfectly in the framework of a classic shonen series,  "power of friendship" included. Of course, there is also the exciting potential that lies in animating the world of magic. Think of what animation could do with those epic duels, the mythical creatures, Hogwarts itself, and massive events like the Tri-Wizard tournament.

With a huge, well-developed series to pull from, an anime adaptation would not lack for material. If you're wondering what some of the designs may look like, there has been official art released of various characters in the anime art style. If that doesn't get you hyped, you should probably seek immediate medical attention.  


The Matrix Franchise

While the The Animatrix, a collaboration of animated short films by the Wachowskis and assorted Japanese directors, already exists, the story of Neo has been untouched in the world of anime. Neo's awakening and path to strength follows a very familiar framework in the shonen/seinen category, and who wouldn't want to see the slo-mo bullet dodge in all of its anime glory? Already heavily influenced by anime classic Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix seems rife for an anime adaptation. Seriously, Hollywood, do you just hate making money or something?



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:54:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/american-movies-that-would-make-great-anime-series/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[16 Absurdly Bad '90s Outfits On Sailor Moon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-outfits-sailor-moon/melissa-brinks

However impractical, anime has given us some pretty amazing fashion inspiration. Sailor Moon, the absurd '90s anime featuring a crybaby heroine and her squad of impeccably dressed Sailor Scouts is no exception... most of the time. All anime has flaws, especially when it's from the '90s, and the weirdest Sailor Moon outfits outshine even the craziest anime attire.

Because the show frequently featured a "villain of the week" structure, there's a whole host of crazy Sailor Moon outfits out there. Even some of the heroes dabbled in the occasional fashion disaster, proving that good taste isn't always universal. Like superheroes, sometimes attempts at costuming venture from cool and unique to weird and off-putting, especially when there's a combination of realistic, decades-old outfits and clothes that are literally from space.

When "pretty" is right there in the name Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, we can expect a higher caliber of fashion. The show usually delivers, and even the weirdest clothes in Sailor Moon are inspiring in their singular badness. Even if we wouldn't want to wear any of these bizarre getups ourselves, there's something great about a show so willing to lean into the weird and unusual possibilities of clothing.


16 Absurdly Bad '90s Outfits On Sailor Moon,

What Is There To Say Beyond "Sexy Elephant Vacuum Cosplay?"

This is so weird it almost comes right around the bend and becomes great again. Almost. While Daimons can't help that they're inanimate objects turned into villains, the animators could have at least tried to make them cool. Why the breast tubing? Why the elephant head? Just... why?


U-Estern Invents The Sexy Poncho

U-Estern, a western-themed Daimon, proves that even an over-the-top villain can be too on the nose. Between the cactus hat, deep-cut poncho, horseshoe earrings, gun holster, and the horse (which is actually just a head on a pogo stick), there's no good place to start with this weirdness because it's all just terrible.


Fish Eye's Jumpsuit Is Evocative Of The Michelin Man

Though Fish Eye's color palette is wonderful (as per usual), his bulging jumpsuit is a bizarre choice. The entire Dark Moon Circus has a strange fashion sense, but Fish Eye's in particular feels less like a circus performer and more like the Michelin Man.


Eternal Sailor Moon Needs To Learn That Less Is More

We get it, Eternal Sailor Moon is her most powerful form. But that doesn't mean we need clashing primary colors, gumball shoulders, and wings. Tone it down a bit, Usagi. Try to have some class. 


Iron Mouse's Journalist Getup Looks Out Of Place And Time

There's a way to make the journalist look work, and Iron Mouse's take isn't it. Her dark suit and hat look terribly out of place in the pastel world of Sailor Moon, and what's most disappointing is that this could have been cute. Instead, it looks like a cheap Halloween costume.


Mamoru's Staple Blazer Combo Makes Him Look Like The Creepy Guy In Your Poetry Class

While everybody else had an excellent collection of clothing, Mamoru spent most of his time in a heinous green blazer, black shirt, and lavender pants. It's not flattering, it's not cute, and he looks as though he's about two seconds from telling you all about how he's the second coming of Charles Bukowski.


Mamoru Channels A Pastel Clown

Hey, Mamoru? Heads up: this is not what normal human beings wear to go jogging. Perhaps if you wore one of these ruffly pieces you could get away with it, but having what appears to be three separate bunchy shirts looks straight-up absurd.


Seiya Sends A Sincere Emergency Message In This Atrocious Outfit

SOS indeed. While Seiya's ponytail and structured suit are weird enough, his street clothes are just as unappealing. This giant jersey, red baseball cap, and mint pants suggest he got dressed in the dark and avoided all mirrors before heading out on his not-date with Usagi.


Shoes Can Be A Great Statement Piece, But Maybe Not Like This

Daimons tend to make particularly ridiculous fashion statements, as Hurdler proves with her giant shoe. It's impractical, silly, and unappealing. If you're going to defy all rational sense of fashion, it should at least look neat. In this case, it looks like a bad Halloween costume.


Usagi's Mismatched Power Suit Is A Pepto-Bismol Mess

If Usagi's powerful blazer fit a little bit better (or if she hadn't paired it with ostentatious teal shorts), this outfit might have had a chance. As it is, she looks like a little girl who's stolen her mother's jacket to play dress up. The fact that she's stepping on Artemis only makes it worse.



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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:54:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-outfits-sailor-moon/melissa-brinks
<![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 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

Bambi

Dumbo

Dug

Baby Simba

Agnes

Baymax

Pusheen

The Minions

Bob the Minion


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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 10:00:46 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/the-cutest-and-most-adorable-animated-characters-of-all-time/that1dude
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Characters With Blue Hair]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-blue-hair/ranker-anime
Who is your favorite anime character with blue hair? It might not be the most common hair color, but there are some really great characters who rock a blue do. Characters with hair of any shade of blue are welcome here, including those with dark blue hair like Kamina from Gurren Lagann, and teal-haired characters like the pantsless Franky from One Piece. You might not see people with blue hair that often in real life, but any hair color in anime is considered normal. Who is your favorite blue hair anime character? There are some classic anime characters that fit the criteria, like Rae Ayanami, and newer stars as well, like the goofy Gintoki Sakata from Gintama. Vote for the ones you love below, and please add anyone to the list if they aren't already here. Check out our lists of the best pink hair and orange hair anime characters too!

The Best Anime Characters With Blue Hair,

Hinata Hyuga

Marvell
Fairy Tail
Konan
Naruto Shippuden
Rin Okumura

Gray Fullbuster

Sinon

Sword Art Online


Jellal Fernandes
Fairy Tail 
Juvia Lockser

Levy McGarden
Fairy Tail
Aquarius
Fairy Tail

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:12:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-blue-hair/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[One-Punch Man Cosplay That Will Knock You Out]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-one-punch-man-cosplay/crystal-brackett

Get ready for some rad One-Punch Man cosplay to knock you out! On this list, you'll find Saitama cosplay, Tatsumaki cosplay, and even a soul brave enough to shamelessly bust out their Mumen Rider cosplay. This list of One-Punch Man cosplay packs such a powerful punch it will make you see stars! Vote up the cosplayers who epically capture these anime characters from the super-powered shonen anime series, and vote down the ones that can't keep up.

With the help of some stellar photographers and editors, these cosplayers perfectly embody these tough characters and their personalities. After reading, you may have some new heroes to look up to.


One-Punch Man Cosplay That Will Knock You Out,

Tatsumaki In The City

NoSoM's Tatsumaki cosplay is a fantastic display of creativity! Shot by TEAMYF.


Tatsumaki Fighting Stance

Misachiang's Tatsumaki brings this gorgeous anime character to life!


Genos And Saitama

Wonyo (Saitama) and Knitemaya (Genos) make a duo that you don't want to mess with! Captured and edited beautifully by Deerstalker Pictures.


Genos

Okageo's Genos takes anime into real life with this seriously cool cosplay.


Mosquito Girl

Jas69per slays as the human-hybrid Mosquito Girl, shot by Vaxzone.


Tough Tatsumaki

Tatsumaki is recreated in stunning proportion by cosplayer KiraHokuten.


Saitama's Knock Out

Yellowminion20's Saitama packs a powerful punch, shot by Xeno-Photography.


The Fastest Speed-O'-Sound Sonic

DakunCosplay is fast and dangerous as Speed-o'-Sound Sonic, with awesome shot from Matteo Domizioli.


Genos In Action

HaraNoSakana's breathtaking Genos cosplay was captured by photographer Studio Omoshiroi.


Fubuki

Mimi Mon is the perfect Fubuki for riskbreaker's amazing eye for photography.



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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:53:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-one-punch-man-cosplay/crystal-brackett
<![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.


Superpowered Kids

Nothing takes away from the drama and realism of a series like overpowered child characters. Seeing plucky kids take on their elders is always cartoonish, and Dragon Ball Z again takes things to their utmost extreme. Goku’s son, Gohan, is almost immediately established as potentially the strongest fighter in the show, and he and Vegeta’s later sons, Goten and Trunks, are born with the ability to go Super Saiyan. By the time Goten and Trunks hit the age of 10, they’re more than capable of taking on Frieza, Cell, and all of the other difficult villains from the show's earlier seasons.


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 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[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

Elfman

Olivier Mira Armstrong

Gajeel Redfox

Edward Newgate

Aphelandra

Bertolt Hoover

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[11 Anime That Have Been Banned Around The World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-banned-around-the-world/crystal-brackett

With all of the anime to come out of Japan over the years, it's just simple statistics that there are some that just go over-the-top with rude, lewd, violent, gory, and sometimes just downright offensive behavior and themes. They can be so intense, in fact, that entire anime series get completely banned from any sort of distribution in certain countries. While it's relatively common to censor anime that makes it way overseas, some of these banned anime were just so utterly offensive, morally twisted, and brutally violent, that the government had to put their foot down. Although, to be fair, some of the bannings are actually total misunderstandings. 

While a few of the bans are innocent or even ludicrous-seeming, some of the anime featured on this list can be truly shocking and even a little terrifying. Only go digging in to these titles of anime banned around the world if you're not afraid of graphic sexual and violent images. Well, unless you live in a country effected by the ban, that is. Then you're on your own. 


11 Anime That Have Been Banned Around The World,

Death Note

The Chinese Ministry of Culture banned the series Death Note in Shenyang, Beijing, Shanghai, and other large cities due to it's "severely improper content." The reason? Chinese students were altering their notebooks to resemble that of the titular Death Note and filling them with names (in continuity, writing someone's name in the notebook kills them).

While this is obviously an impractical (and illogical) way to kill someone, the ban was initiated to protect the mental health of students, stating that it "distorts their mind and spirit." Which... honestly, that's pretty fair. 


Puni Puni Poemy

New Zealand won't even touch Puni Puni Poemy. From the team behind Excel Saga, an anime series that got their own season finale banned from airing in Japan, comes an even more outrageous anime that's meant to be over-the-top.

Since it involves blatant sexuality (often including minors), excessive violence, and extreme cruelty, the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) in New Zealand gave it the ban hammer.


Hetalia - Axis Powers

Hetalia -Axis Powers is ridiculous and funny enough to be taken as complete historical satire. Essentially, the series depicts anthropomorphized nations with larger-than-life personalities as they interact with each other in wacky and novel ways. It's also wildly offensive to some South Korean citizens.

Once the popularity of the anime began to grow, so did an online petition to ban the series due to its interpretation of South Korea. As a result, Hetalia was deemed as a "national crime." Wow, South Korea, thought you were supposed to be the chill one. 


Kinnikuman

In Kinnikuman, there's a heroic character that goes by the name of Brocken Jr. There is nothing particularly offensive about this character's actions or attitude, except for the fact that he's a freakin' Nazi that runs around in full uniform.

Being depicted as a "good Nazi" goes completely against France's hate speech laws, and the government only allowed for a few "(heavily censored) episodes of the anime to trickle in. Not only was the anime extensively banned (only 50 out of the 137 episodes have been allowed to air), but the manga was banned entirely.


Attack on Titan

According to the Chinese government, the popular anime Attack on Titan contains strong subversive themes about the opposition of authority. Oh, it's also a total blood-filled gorefest. Now, none of this is exactly untrue. There's the strong vigilante nature of the walled-in city's inhabitants, and the excessive bloodshed that comes with fighting the Titans. Thus, China has completely banned the entire series. 


High School DxD

This anime leaves... little left up to the imagination. Since the series mostly involves underaged girls, the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) in New Zeland banned High School DxD as being "Objectionable."

While "objectionable" is certainly a term that could be applied to anything at any time, the board clarified, stating that it felt like High School DxD reinforced "the notion that young persons are sexually desirable and available." Yup, that'll get you banned in New Zealand alright. 


Kaleid liner Prisma Illya

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 3rei! is an anime that got kicked to the curb by the Russian government for oversexualizing minors, deeming the entire anime series as child pornography. In Russia, anything of the "hentai" genre (anime pornography) is already illegal to distribute. See, anything that will “exploit interest to sex”, often “in perverted form” is considered to be pornography.

With the sexual nature of this anime and Russia's hentai laws combined, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 3rei! got the boot.


Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki Was Completely Destroyed Due To Intense Graphic Imagery

This anime from 1992 was made single-handedly by Hiroshi Harada. After failing to find sponsors, he made this dark, deeply twisted film out of over 5,000 hand-drawn stills.

When Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki released in Japan, it was banned to all outside countries for containing intensely gruesome body horror, adolescent erotic imagery, and more. The film was seized, destroyed, and is still considered to be almost completely lost. In 2006, however, it resurfaced in France as a DVD released by Ciné Malta. So, if you're really desperate, you know where to find it. 


A Kite Was Banned In Norway For Graphic Sexual Violence Involving Minors

A Kite, a cult classic that's otherwise simply known as "Kite", is about an orphan assassin who is ordered to kill men who have committed crimes. The anime itself contains so much gory violence and rape that it has seen a heavy amount of censorship wherever it goes.

The graphic rape scenes of the very young female protagonist got the original version of this anime banned in Norway as child pornography, although a censored version has become available since.


Pokémon Was Banned From Saudi Arabia For Being A Zionist Conspiracy

Even though Pokémon got its fair share of censorship when it came over to the United States, the Grand Mufti (High Priest) of Saudi Arabia didn't even give it a chance. Why?

Well, not only did they deem the card game unfit for their country for having "Zionist themes" and "promoting gambling," they also were totally convinced that the word "Pokémon" meant "I am a Jew." Instead of, you know, being the shortened, compound word for "Pocket Monster." This meant that both the Pokémon games and animated series were a part of a global Jewish conspiracy to corrupt the minds of young Islamic children, and thus received a ban.



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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:39:01 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-banned-around-the-world/crystal-brackett
<![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 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: The Legacy of Goku

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit

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[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 Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-we-hate/ranker-anime

We all have that one anime character that we hate, but which is yours? For this list we're ranking the most hateable anime characters of all time, and we want you to contribute your opinion by voting up the characters you can't stand. From shonen titles like One Piece to classics like Neon Genesis Evangelion, these are the anime characters that we just plain don't like. You'll find these hated and perverted anime characters in assassin anime, pirate anime, witch anime, ninja anime,  and of course gangster anime.

We already have a list for the most annoying anime characters, so try to vote on how much you hate these characters based on their actions, rather than how good of a character they are. For example, Shou Tucker in Fullmetal Alchemist is a great character, but his actions in the show make us hate him so much. Of course we've included some universally hated characters like Sakura and Excalibur, but that's what this list is really about.


The Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time,

Kabuto Yakushi

Kikyo
A bitch girl! XP
Naraku

Danzo Shimura

Nobuyuki Sugō

Shou Tucker

Excalibur

Kuradeel

Titans (All of them)

The Titan Who Killed Erens Mother


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:01:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-we-hate/ranker-anime
<![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,

Skip Beat!

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[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. 


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.


Bulat

Where You've Seen It: Akame ga Kill

How You Could Achieve This Look IRL: Give up your worldly possessions and start living with lobsters. Once you've spent enough time around them, you'll have enough knowledge to shape your hair like a fancy Maine lobster tail. 


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 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

Puar

Emperor Pilaf

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[9 Anime That Will Completely Blow Your Mind]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-anime-with-plot-twists/reda-atoui

If you love movies like Shutter Island or Memento, then you will love these 9 mindf*ck anime series that have major plot twists. Are you tired of watching anime that is too predictable? Give one of these series a try and free yourself from the cookie cutter shows that have obvious endings. From Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent to modern cyberpunk anime like Psycho Pass, these anime have great plot twists that will always have you guessing what's going to happen next.

There is something special about a show that can leave you with your jaw on the floor, wondering what the f*ck you just witnessed. Being able to maintain a coherent story AND surprise you is a cinematic tour de force that few anime are able to pull off, but the 9 series on this list manage to do just that.


9 Anime That Will Completely Blow Your Mind,

Ergo Proxy

What happens when you essentially cram the entirety of René Descartes' work into a cyberpunk anime? You get Ergo Proxy.

Ergo Proxy tells the tale of mankind thousands of years after ecological catastrophe. The last human civilization is now doomed to live in the domed city of Romdo. In order to assist humankind in its recovery, robots called Autoreivs have been built. The problem is, those Autoreivs are starting to get infected by a mysterious disease called the Cogito Virus, which makes them self-aware.

Ergo Proxy is a troubling road trip that questions the borders of identity and consciousness. Some say it's better in small doses, but let's face it- you won't be able to stop watching once you start.


Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent is an anime by the late Satoshi Kon. If you're even somewhat familiar with his work, you'll know a mindf*ck is on the way.

Shounen Bat (or Lil' Slugger) is wreaking havoc in Musashino City. Armed with a golden baseball bat and always on rollerblades, Shounen Bat is attacking people seemingly at random - and violently. Two detectives take on the case, but struggle to catch the attacker. Paranoia is starting to spread in the city, which might just be more dangerous than Shounen Bat's crazy assaults.

Paranoia Agent is a vivid and ambitious show. It also will leave you utterly mind-f*cked by the end, in a good way.


Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain is a show about 14-year-old Lain Iwakura's experience with the Wired, a virtual, bizarre communication network. Lain is granted access to the Wired after she opens an email from Chisa Yomoda, a classmate who committed suicide. Lain's life takes a strange turn from there, as mysterious, cryptic events begin to unfold.

Serial Experiments Lain is the type of show you'll probably need to watch twice - or 2,000 times - to fully experience its impact and keep up with what the f*ck is going on. The anime tackles issues such as consciousness and identity that will surely leave you scratching your head.


Texhnolyze

Texhnolyze is set in the city of Lux, a man-made underground city that has crumbled after years of neglect. Three major organizations are at war to control Lux: Organo, a group of "professionals" who collaborate with the criminal underworld that controls Texhnolyze (prosthetics), the Salvation Union, a populist group that seeks to disrupt Organo's business, and Racan, a collection of young individuals with Texhnolyzes that use their abilities for personal gain.

Ichise, a former orphan, has made a place for himself in Lux as a prize fighter. One day, a fight promoter grows angry with him and an altercation that follows results in Ichise losing an arm and a leg. Before death can take him, Ichise is found by the scientist Eriko Kamata, who uses him as a test subject for her newly designed Texhnolyze. With powerful new limbs at his disposal, Ichise begins to work for Oonishi, the leader of Organo.

Simply put, one cannot pass on Texhnolyze. It is a thrilling show with many plot twists that are sure to blow your mind in one way or another.


Monster

Dr Kenzou Tenma is a brilliant brain surgeon who works in a German hospital. One night, he is faced with a crucial dilemma; Tenma has to choose between saving the life of the city mayor, or that of a small boy who was actually admitted to the hospital before the mayor. Against his boss's wishes, Tenma chooses to save the small boy.

Not long after, a series of murders begin to occur, and evidence points to the boy he saved as the suspect. However, Tenma is also suspected of the murders by a famous detective. Tenma embarks on a journey in order to solve the mysteries surrounding the string of murders, and confront the "monster" that he helped save that night.

A cult classic, Monster is a captivating story with a lot of great plot twists that will keep you at the edge of your seat. If you love thriller anime, do not pass on this one.


Steins;Gate

On the surface, Steins; Gate is about a group of young adults who get together and pass time by inventing "future gadgets" in an improvised lab, notably by putting bananas in a microwave. However, Steins; Gate is far deeper than that. Rintarou Okabe is a self-proclaimed mad scientists who designs those gadgets with the help of his friends. His life takes a grave turn when he manages to send texts to the past with his microwave, unleashing a chain of events that won't leave him unscathed.

Steins; Gate is one of the most critically-acclaimed anime shows ever made, and for good reason. Action, suspense, plot twists, and even romance; this one has it all.


Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass is set in a dystopian future where Japan has enforced a new system to control citizens called Sybil. The aim is to determine the threat level of the citizens by evaluating their mental state before they actually commit a crime. Akane Tsunemori is a rookie inspector who has to team up with Shinya Kougami, a former criminal. Akane is a big believer of the efficiency of the Sybil System, but her beliefs soon get shaken as she starts to unravel the ugly truth behind Japan's totalitarian control system.

Psycho-Pass is visually gorgeous and one of the most ambitious shows of the decade. Expect plot twists, and lots of them.


The Perfect Insider

The Perfect Insider has to be one the most underrated anime shows of the past few years.

Professor Souhei Saikawa and his student Moe Nishinosono wish to meet Shiki Magata, an outright genius who has lived in isolation at a research facility on a remote island since she was a girl. Things don't go as expected for Souhei and Moe, as they get caught up in a mysterious murder case as they arrive on the island.

The Perfect Insider is an addictive thriller full of witty dialogue and atmospheric scenes. It's basically an Agatha Christie novel, with a computer programming twist.


Akira

Ah, Akira. This cult anime movie influenced a whole generation of fans and creative minds alike. In 1988, an explosion caused by a boy with psychic powers led to World War III, which destroyed the city of Tokyo. The year is now 2019. The story is set in Neo Tokyo, a frenetic city rife with terrorism, violence, and all-around chaos. Shoutarou Kaneda is the leader of a group of young delinquents who are in conflict with a motorcycle gang knows as the "Clowns". Kaneda's life flips upside down when his friend, Tetsuo, gets caught up in an accident with a mysterious young boy that led him to develop his own psychic powers.

Akira is a frantic, visceral tale that spirals down into a world of insanity. If this doesn't mindf*ck you, then nothing will.



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Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:17:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/good-anime-with-plot-twists/reda-atoui
<![CDATA[The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fantasy-anime-v1/ranker-anime

From classics like Wolf's Rain to newer series like Sword Art Online, fantasy is one of the most popular genres of anime. That being said, we've decided to rank the best fantasy anime series of time, and we want you to vote for your favorites! How do you know whether or not a show can be considered fantasy? Fantasy anime such as Naruto Shippuden typically involves various forms of magic, supernatural elements and mystical creatures that you wouldn't typically see in other genres.The setting of these shows is more than not a distant or imaginary world, such as the Demon Plane in the great martial arts anime Yu Yu Hakushu. Modern favorites include Fairy Tale, Black Butler, and Akame ga Kill!, but we want to know what your top fantasy anime show is. Vote below for the shows that you love the most, and downvote any that you watched and didn't like (only downvote a show if you've actually seen it please.) You can also add your own shows to this list, as long as they fall under the fantasy genre. 


The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time,

Fullmetal Alchemist

Bleach

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Naruto Shippūden

Fairy Tail

Blue Exorcist

Fate/Zero

Sword Art Online

Naruto

Akame ga KILL!


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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:39:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fantasy-anime-v1/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 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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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:51:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/video-game-characters-with-purple-hair/cyrilmurasakitsuyukusa
<![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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<![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 Best Demon Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-demon-anime/anna-lindwasser

Demons get a bit of an unfair rep, but some anime go out of their ways to introduce viewers to different kinds of demons. From a devilishly handsome butler who wants to eat your soul to the demon working at McDonald's, these fiends possess more roles than people, and show off another side of the demonic. Now when you think of demons, you'll be less inclined to this of goat heads and pentagrams and more about how demons, like ogres, have layers.

Let the world, and the underworld, know which demon anime you think is the greatest by voting it up.


The Best Demon Anime,

Devil May Cry

InuYasha

Yu Yu Hakusho

Black Butler

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Blue Exorcist

High School DxD

Blood Lad

Devil is a Part-Timer!

D.Gray-man


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 02:58:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-demon-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![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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<![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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<![CDATA[14 Tropes That Are In Every High School Anime Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-high-school-tropes/crystal-brackett

Throughout any anime series revolving around high school students, there are boundless tropes you'll run into that seemingly never end. While tropes definitely exist in other anime genres, high school anime is particularly egregious in this regard. A broken-hearted tsundere (a cold character who warms up over time), a not-so-ordinary "ordinary" student, crazy sports tricks that come with their own individual battle cries, it's all there. You know, typical high school stuff, if you live in an anime. Anime high school tropes never end, and it gets to the point where we see the same things in every high school anime, over and over again. 

Sometimes, the tropes are subtle enough to blend well into an anime, and other times they're just plain annoying. You know, like an obnoxious anime kid. These things are basically guaranteed to show up at one point or another in every high school setting of your favorite anime series, whether you want them to or not. Frankly, they will probably last as long as the genre. 


14 Tropes That Are In Every High School Anime Ever,

Parents Basically Don't Exist

Apparently, every adult in Japan that has a high school-aged child is perpetually busy during the day and absent at night. Sometimes, the writer even completely phases them out by killing them off. 

But even when that happens, they're often replaced with yet another absent parental figure. This allows their teenager to spend time hanging out with aliens, getting into fights, and just generally digging into mysteries and adult themes that a normal parent would probably be concerned about.


There's At Least One Scene Showing Off Traditional School Swimwear

Sometime during the rigors of high school academia, the class is going to have a trip to the pool. This is distinct from the trip to the beach, as swim class usually involves less bonding and more ogling over who looks best in their swimwear.

Sometimes, as an added bonus, they'll continue their ogling in the locker room. It's always classy and maturely handled. Oh, no, wait, the opposite of that. 


There's A Club For Everything, And It's Always Super Important

High schoolers in anime series are full-on dedicated to the club they choose to join. Like, often to a worrisome degree. Whether it's their passion, it's a failing club that needs to be rescued, or they want to impress someone, joining a club is just the thing to do in anime high school. Sometimes, like in K-On!, series itself revolves around the club of choice. Regardless, if you watch a high school anime, you're going to see some clubbing. 


A Mean Girl Is A Hopeless Romantic

Not everyone is going to be straightforward with their feelings. There's always that one person in every high school anime who hides their feelings for others behind a cold and harsh persona. Basically, there's infinite Helga Patakis and countless Arnolds.

This wall is typically put up with such intensity because they're actually totally obsessed with the person that they can't seem to stop constantly calling "stupid" and "dumb," just like Toradora!'s Taiga. Baka baka baka. 


The Teachers Are So, So Sexy

The sexy high school teacher trope knows no bounds, and will probably last as long as anime and school systems exist in the same timeline. Even if it's not the protagonist's main teacher, you know they're lurking in the school somewhere, just waiting to make their sexy appearance.

Sometimes, the school is even lucky enough to be blessed with a plethora of eye-poppingly hot teachers, like in Highschool of the Dead, leaving no class without a fox in charge. 


There's Going To Be A Love Triangle (At Least)

High school wouldn't be high school without a bit of teenage drama. You can expect your typical love triangle in almost every anime where the main characters are just the right age to provide a cocktail of raging hormones and insecurities.

Someone's going to love someone who doesn't love them back, and then rolls out enough drama to last you the entire series. Also, there's a good chance there will be more than three parties involved. Harems are an anime trope for a reason, after all. 


Some Girl's Unexplainably Huge Boobs Are Going To Be Obsessed Over

In whatever high school your favorite cast of anime characters is in, there's going to be at least one girl with huge boobs that defy biology and, frankly, physics. And you can bet that people are going to bring them up again, and again, and again.

As you probably already know, your typical teenager in an anime is going to be obsessed with massive honkers. And someone amongst their classmates/teachers/senpais is bound to have breasts big enough to talk about constantly. Seriously, conversations about adolescent breasts can straight-up dominate large parts of some episodes. 


Every Protagonist Starts Off As An "Ordinary High School Student"

No extraordinary anime student starts their crazy journey as anything more than your everyday, average school kid. Or, your "ordinary high school student" like the narrator so often likes to call them.

Of course, after they're done being ordinary like ten minutes into the pilot, they gain magical powers, or are given an extravagant destiny, or find out something that's extraordinary about their so-called normal existence. Without fail, this turns their whole world upside down. 


A Girl Gets Scarily Obsessed With Someone

There's going to be one girl (and often even more) who's just plain obsessed with someone. Maybe they're dangerously infatuated with someone, be it a classmate or some kind of idol, or maybe they're hypersensitive. Who knows?

Whatever it is that sets them off, they're bound to switch from their caring and gentle demeanor to a raging tyrant or creepy stalker at the flip of a switch. Just take Yuno Gasai from Future Diary for example, who turns from sweet to murderous in an instant. No one likes a girl who's too thirsty, anime ladies. Get it together. 


They Go To The Beach Exactly Once

Oh, no! It seems our protagonist forgot that it was the day that their class scheduled a field trip to the beach. Or maybe they just want to get away for some relaxing seaside sun, like the girls from Haruhi Suzumiya.

Whatever the case may be, you can bet that there's going to be at least one full episode dedicated to the main cast getting into sandy misadventures. You can be sure that there will also be plenty of characters in revealing swimwear and memorable beachy bonding.



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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:57:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-high-school-tropes/crystal-brackett
<![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

Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Neon Genesis Evangelion

The Big O

Robotech

Eureka 7 (US)

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[15 Disney Princesses Drawn As Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disney-princesses-as-anime-characters/crystal-brackett

If you're a fanatic for Disney princesses and anime, then this list is totally for you! Just imagine what it would be like if there was a Disney anime that was only about your favorite princesses. Well, that's pretty much what you'll be seeing here! Below you'll find your favorite Disney princesses in anime style, so be sure to vote up the best anime Disney princesses to bring them to the top of the list, and vote down the ones that aren't so great. 

Each Disney princess on this list has been given their own anime style, even with renditions of what they'd look like if they were drawn by different Japanese anime studios (like Princess Tiana drawn in super CLAMP style). Drawn traditionally and digitally from artists around the web, the collection of anime Disney princesses on this list is certainly a treat for anyone into art, magical Disney characters, and Japanese animation.


15 Disney Princesses Drawn As Anime Characters,

Fa Mulan

Ariel

Alice

Pocahontas

Rapunzel

Princess Aurora

Belle

Snow White

Merida

Elsa


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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:28:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/disney-princesses-as-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

Death the Kid

Riza Hawkeye

Elizabeth Thompson

Revy

Sinon

Patty Thompson


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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 Anime Characters With White Hair]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-white-hair/ranker-anime
Who is the top anime character with white hair? Thanks to your votes on this list, we can finally answer that question. White hair, while associated with age in the real world, is a perfectly natural hair color in anime for characters of all age. White is often associated with purity, but there are some anime characters with white hair who are anything but pure (looking at you Whitebeard.) Some of them can be quite aloof, like Urd of Ah My Goddess, or as playful and kind as Mirajane of Fairy Tail. White hair is also associated with the spirit world, so you can find many white-haired supernatural characters in this list, like Inuyasha and Kurama the Fox. White hair anime characters are often intelligent as well, such as Near from Death Note or Captain Hitsugaya from Bleach. No matter who your favorite anime character with white hair is, give them an upvote below so they can move up higher on the list.
The Best Anime Characters With White Hair,

Allen Walker
D. Gray Man
Kakashi Hatake

Killua Zaoldyeck
Hunter x Hunter
Tōshirō Hitsugaya
Bleach
Jiraiya
Naruto
Near
Death Note
Soul Eater Evans
Soul Eater
Mirajane Strauss
Fairy Tail
Ken Kaneki

Juuzou Suzuya
Tokyo Ghoul

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:12:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-white-hair/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,

Nanao Ise

Nemu Kurotsuchi

Orihime Inoue

Rangiku Matsumoto

Rukia Kuchiki

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[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[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[The Most Twisted Anime Characters Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-twisted-anime-characters/jonah-dorrance

Amoral, sadistic, cunning, and cruel, a few words to scrape the surface of some of the most twisted anime characters of all-time. It is no wonder that majority of the characters on this list are antagonists in their respective series, but not all twisted characters are necessarily villains, or at the very least, see themselves as such. Either born bad or driven into corruption, these individuals practice and preach unbelievably skewed principles.

This list presents a mixture of those with a more quiet kind of cruelty like Shogo Makishima, and others who openly flaunt their twisted minds like Illumi Zoldyck. Either way, these characters have no qualms about bringing down those standing in their way, innocent or not. Despite their nature, it is no doubt that these characters are some of the most fascinating anime has to offer, though you'd never want to meet them in-person.

NOTE: As many twisted characters hide their true selves, this list contains spoilers for those particular series.


The Most Twisted Anime Characters Of All Time,

Hisoka

Alucard

Light Yagami

Yuno Gasai

Rize Kamishiro

Shou Tucker

Seryu Ubiquitous

Sugou Noboyuki

Junko Enoshima

Shuu Tsukiyama


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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:01:53 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-twisted-anime-characters/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[Anime Characters Who Always Keep Their Eyes Closed]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-who-always-have-their-eyes-closed/jonah-dorrance

Putting aside the question of how anime characters with perpetually closed eyes actually see, the closed-eye anime trope can always be counted on to bring some level of mystery, charisma, or happy-go-lucky sentiments. According to TV Tropes, the physical trait of "eyes always shut" is commonly used for the "wise guy" character type, in which case they'd be referred to as "kitsune No me," or in English, "fox eyes"/ "shifty eyes." Black Butler's mischievous merchant Lau and Bungou Stray Dogs' number one detective, Ranpo Edogawa, are prime examples of whimsical attitudes with hard-to-read attitudes.

Another typical trait among these characters is kind, "unconditionally happy" dispositions. Yachiyo of Working!! and Jasminko of Little Witch Academia exude warm, bubbly smiles that melt your heart through the screen. It goes without saying that the moment these characters decide to open their eyes, you’re in for some serious s**t. If you’re facing Hunter x Hunter's Komugi, the only blind character on this list, you’re about to get your butt kicked in Gungi. If it’s Tokyo Ghoul's Yoshimura, well, it might be time for you to close your eyes. 


Anime Characters Who Always Keep Their Eyes Closed,

Brock

Lau

Walker Yumasaki

Zange Natsume From Inu X Boku SS

Clavis From Death Parade

Komugi From Hunter x Hunter

Ranpo Edogawa From Bungou Stray Dogs

Leonardo Watch From Blood Blockade Battlefront

Yachiyo Todoroki From Working!!

Ayumu Toujou From Gintama


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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:49:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-who-always-have-their-eyes-closed/jonah-dorrance
<![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

Elizabeth Blanctorche
The King of Fighters


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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,

Himura Kenshin

Kakashi Hatake

Kenpachi Zaraki

Monkey D. Luffy

Roronoa Zoro

Vash the Stampede

Scar

Shanks

Undertaker

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[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,

Kiba Inuzuka
Naruto
Lelouch Lamperouge
code geass
Seto Kaiba
Yu-Gi-Oh
Light Yagami
Death Note
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Haruhi Fujioka

Levi Ackerman

Eren Jaeger
Attack on Titan
Cana Alberona
fairy tail
HIkaru and Kaoru Hitachin
Ouran High School Host Club

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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[23 Of Your Favorite Smash-Hit TV Franchises, Anime Style]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-tv-anime-fan-art/crystal-brackett

Get ready for some cross-cultural mashups, because this list is full of your favorite TV characters reimagined as anime characters, changing the way you see these shows forever. If you've ever wanted to see an anime adaptation of Breaking Bad, Stranger Things, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or Glee, these artists will bring you insanely close to that dream. 

Sci-fi, comedy, action, drama, it's all here, so keep scrolling to see these American TV show characters that you love so much as anime fan art. Let others know which ones are the best by voting up your favorite ones!


23 Of Your Favorite Smash-Hit TV Franchises, Anime Style,

Scooby-Doo

This totally anime'd out poster rendition of the gang from Scooby-Doo is the beautiful work of Steve OK.


The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls look great as granny Sailor Scouts. Awesomely illustrated by Sparklearmy.


Supergirl

Tempestdh transforms the real-life superhero from Supergirl into a soaring, beautiful anime character.


Breaking Bad

You wouldn't want to mess with the cast of Breaking Bad, be it in real life or in Kirapop's killer anime form.


Game of Thrones

Hydriss28 shows of the beauty of Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones.


The Walking Dead

Amy-art's Carl and Rick from The Walking Dead make a couple of totally awesome anime characters. 


Orange Is the New Black

Qannon-blog shows off what Alex Vause from Orange is the New Black would look like in anime form.


X-Men

The mutants are here! Ryusuke Hamamoto made this awesome anime rendition of the cast of X-Men.


Game Of Thrones

These anime characters are actually from Game of Thrones, beautifully transformed by galleryofthrones.


Stranger Things

Zehb proves that Stranger Things would truly be an awesome anime.



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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:36:57 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/american-tv-anime-fan-art/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[22 Anime Boys That You Definitely Thought Were Girls]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-boys-you-thought-were-anime-girls/tamara-jude

Anime has become such a prevalent art form that its style is instantly recognizable, and not just because of tropes like mech-armor or crazy powerful aliens. Japanimation incorporates unique facial features, over-the-top expressions, and distinctive illustration techniques nonexistent in other forms of animation to create its characters. These specific techniques allow illustrators to depict characters, namely men and boys, with more typically feminine features, which leads to another famous anime trope: anime guys who look like girls.

Bending the rules of an anime character's gender is nothing new. In fact, many shows feature anime boys who look like girls. These men sport delicate features that you could easily confuse them for women, and can appear in various shows ranging from the typical slice-of-life anime to the action-adventure stories of shonen anime.

Check out this list of male anime characters who look like girls and see if you can really tell the difference.  


22 Anime Boys That You Definitely Thought Were Girls,

Haku

Momiji Sohma

Ritsu Sohma

Ryoji Fujioka

Hideyoshi Kinoshita

Kei

Jakotsu From InuYasha

Fish Eye From Sailor Moon

Azuma Yunoki From La Corda d'Oro

Ruka Urushibara From Steins;Gate


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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:11:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-boys-you-thought-were-anime-girls/tamara-jude
<![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 18

Freeza

Majin Buu

Vegeta

Cell

Cooler

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 Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-nerd-characters/ranker-anime
For this poll we're ranking the nerdiest anime characters of all time, but don't be surprised to see some entries that might be controversial. The words nerd or geek are kind of convoluted these days, but traditionally they describe someone who studies a lot, is intelligent, and maybe has some awkward tendencies. Some of the geeky anime characters on this list are nerdy because of their hobbies, like how Cowboy Bebop's Ed is a brilliant hacker that spends a lot of time online. Others like Light Yagami may be handsome or smooth with the ladies, but still get perfect grades in school and appear to be outwardly nerdy.

You can add any anime nerd characters to the list if they're not already here, so please contribute some of your favorites. Don't forget to check out the best anime characters with glasses too, where you'll probably see some of the same characters.
The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time,

Bulma

Edward Elric

Shikamaru Nara

Uryū Ishida

Light Yagami

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Yukio Okumura

Kyoya Ootori

Armin Arlelt

Levy McGarden


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Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:15:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-nerd-characters/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[10 Pretty Good Horror Anime You Can Watch Right Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-horror-anime/nida-sea

When most people think about horror films, they imagine terrifying images of malformed slashers and excessive gore. Some of them are even pretty good. The anime horror genre, however, isn’t limited to the slice and dice characteristics most well-known in horror flicks. In fact, some less frightening Japanese horror anime that's not that bad to watch include titles with supernatural occurrences, creepy mysteries, and monsters and/or demons. These movies and series can produce chilling sensations without being overtly nightmare-inducing. This makes them ideal options for those evenings you feel like viewing something creepy and getting a good night's sleep.

You may be wondering which spine-chilling anime titles are thrilling enough to satisfy your inner-horror junkie, yet gentle enough to ensure you get your full eight hours? Wonder no more! There are plenty of pretty good horror anime titles that aren’t as terrifying as the typical horror title, but still provide a reasonable thrill factor. Here are some great horror anime series and movies that you won't regret watching. 


10 Pretty Good Horror Anime You Can Watch Right Now,

Supernatural: The Animation

A supernatural horror anime with a realistic approach, Supernatural: The Animation is a solid mix of East and West. Based on the live-action CW series, also named Supernatural, this animation follows two brothers who set out to kill demons, spirits, and various other monsters. The series is pretty gritty and violent, providing some great spine-chilling moments and nerve-racking images.

However, it's also reminiscent of detective-style anime with its horrific crime scenes and street fighting violence. This seems to help tone down the terror a bit, making it a good show to watch at night alone. The only downside about this anime horror series depends on your opinion of the live-action Supernatural series, as the anime version shares strong similarities. If you've seen the CW series you might get a bit bored, but otherwise it's a decent watch.  


Mononoke

If you’re looking for a horror anime with a unique animation style and beautiful art, this series is right up your alley. The series follows a medicine merchant as he goes around vanquishing evil spirits, known as Mononoke. The animation in Mononoke is fantastic, sharing a similarities to Kamishibai storytelling techniques and traditional Japanese wood cuts.

Although each episode has an exceptional eeriness to it, the overall atmosphere and bright colors of the scenes will help keep you at ease. This scary series is placed in the feudal Japanese era, so if you’re not interested in Japan’s historical horror legends you may want to pass on this one. If you are looking for a more hardcore Inuyasha, however, give this a watch.  


Kakurenbo

Nothing could be creepier than watching a bunch of masked kids playing hide and seek in a dark, haunted, abandoned building, right? Right! If you’re looking for a quick thrill, Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek will scratch that itch. The story follows a group of children as they play a game known as Otokoyo, which is a Japanese form of hide-and-seek. The main boy in the story, Hikora, plays the game hoping he can unravel the mystery behind his sister’s disappearance. Apparently, she went missing after playing the game.

The spook factor in this animated film lies in its chillingly dark atmosphere. Also, missing children are always creepy. However, there are two key downsides to the film. First, because it’s only 20 minutes long, you’re not given enough character development and are left wanting more story when it ends. Second, the entire show is completed in 3D, so if you’re not into anime with CGI effects then you may find this short horror anime OVA unsatisfactory. Regardless, it's not too freaky and eminently watchable.   


Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess)

Looking for a horror anime with a bit more action? Give Shikabane Hime a try. It's really not bad. The series revolves around a dead girl who comes back to life. She’s seeking revenge for the brutal murder of her entire family, so it's pretty metal. The overall mood and dark animation style of the series are spine-tingling, and some of the scenes in the series are hella creepy.

Although spooky, the fast-paced action scenes and comedic situations keep the show from becoming tipping over into "pants-sh*ttingly-terrifying" territory. The main downside of the series is the slow development of the main characters, as well as a reasonably confusing first act. Still, the series provides a good watch for horror anime fans looking for something with a marginal scare factor.


Ghost Hunt

This series follows a group of paranormal investigators as they examine reports of spiritual activity. Kind of like anime Ghostbusters, they help solve mysterious cases and free trapped spirits from the places they’re haunting. Throughout the series, there’s an abundance of super spooky ghosts as well as some interesting use of psychic abilities. The show is definitely quite suspenseful.

However, because of the mix of comedy and shoujo drama, the mood never gets super scary, which makes this horror anime a safe bet to watch before bed. Still, you may not enjoy the series as much if you’re looking for extreme thrills or don’t enjoy some laughs with your screams.


Shinreigari: Ghost Hound

If you’re looking for a psychological and supernatural twist on a traditional horror anime series, Ghost Hound is for you. The series focuses on three young junior high students who can cross their souls between parallel worlds: the "present world" and the "ghost world." This allows them to interact with ghosts and investigate the strange occurrences happening in their town.

The series' use of creepy visuals and spooky static noises keeps the avid horror fan easily entertained. The presence of real-world situations helps to keep the story from becoming too scary, however. The only downside of the series is the juxtaposition of the mature atmosphere and annoyingly childish main characters. It can get kind of distracting. Still, if you’re prepared to go on a supernatural mystery tour into another world, this chilling supernatural series is a pretty okay watch.


The Devil Is A Part-Timer

Nothing says horror like demons, right? If you’re looking for a horror anime with a dash of fantasy and comedy, you won’t be disappointed with this series. Maybe you won't be over the moon, but definitely not disappointed. The Devil Is a Part-Timer is a fun and fantasy-oriented series that has a bit of romance and magic mixed in with its terror.

The story follows Lord Satan as he is forced to live in the human world in disguise and work at a fast-food restaurant. While the majority of the series is pretty comedic, it does have its serious undertones and moments where demonic beings appear. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more frightening then this series may not appeal to you. It's right on the edge of scary and sleepy-time appropriate. 


Blood Lad

Ghost, werewolves, vampires, and demons are all mixed together in this comedic horror anime series. Although Blood Lad is a comical series, it's certainly has its brutal moments. This series follows a Japanese culture-obsessed vampire who sets out on a mission to bring a ghost girl back to life.

While it does provide some thrilling action scenes and spooky characters, it’s far from too scary, making it a fun watch. The huge downside of this series is that the series ends on a cliffhanger and season two seems to be in limbo. Really, that's probably one of the most frightening parts.  


Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories (Theater of Darkness)

If you love telling ghost stories, you’ll enjoy this anime horror series. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, also known as Theater of Darkness, is told in the tradition of Kamishibai storytelling. Kamishibai is generally a paper play, a form of street theater storytelling that was popular in Japan during the 1930s.

The animation greatly reflects the 2D art style of Kamishibai, and the stories are based on Japanese folklore and urban myths. Because of these features, the series may not appeal to everyone. However, if you're into Japanese culture, each four-minute tale provides just enough eeriness to keep you entertained without crossing any boundaries.

 


Zombie-Loan

Spirits, zombies, and fan service. What's not to like? Zombie-Loan follows a young girl with the ability to see death before it happens. When she stumbles upon two dead boys walking and talking, she finds out they’re kept alive because of a contract they signed. The deal maintains that they have to hunt and destroy zombies and spirits.

Although the series has some dark imagery and intense fight scenes, most of it is leavened with comedic relief. This keeps the scare factor down significantly. The series is fairly inconsistent with its plot, however, and the fan service can get excessive to say the least. Also, the opening song is rather atrocious. Overall, though, it's a totally tolerable watch with an entertaining mixture of comedy, action, and horror.



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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:49:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-horror-anime/nida-sea
<![CDATA[12 Same Sex Anime Couples That Weren't Explicitly Stated (But May As Well Be)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/secret-lgbt-anime-couples/crystal-brackett

Have you ever watched an anime and known that something was going on between two characters, even though they weren't saying anything? Sometimes it's as if the writers like to leave relationship statuses up to the imagination of the viewer more than they like to lay it out in black and white (or rainbow).

There are some super low-key and even downright secret LGBT couples in anime, and it goes beyond just your basic yaoi/yuri undertones. These subtle LGBT anime couples have been under that radar so effectively, you never knew they existed (because nobody else could figure out if they were actually dating either).

From ambiguous hints of romantic entanglement to story re-writes caused by American censorship, this list contains a number of LGBT anime guys, gals, and everything else in between who are involved mysterious relationships. Are they even together? Was it so subtle you missed it? Or was it completely taken out of the anime when it came overseas? Unlike some of the anime these characters are from, this is going to be all-inclusive. 


12 Same Sex Anime Couples That Weren't Explicitly Stated (But May As Well Be),

Haku And Zabuza - Naruto

Anyone who has seen the early Land of the Waves arc of Naruto knows that Haku and Zabuza had way more going on than some cool ninja pact. The ship "ZabuHaku" has even been coined amongst the fandom to describe the relationship shared between the two.

Even though it's never said in the anime that the two are a couple, their relationship is fairly transparent from the beginning. Frankly, it'd be way more surprising if they weren't dating. 


Madoka And Homura - Puella Magi Madoka Magica

These two have a friendship with such incredible intensity that it literally transcends time and space. With the insane amount of passion poured out between Madoka and Homura, the two could easily be mistaken as a couple... or would that be an error?

When Homura met Madoka, she was vulnerable and timid, with very little self-esteem. Madoka gave her purpose in multiple ways, so many will argue that after the bond grew stronger between the two, there was more going on than just subtle yuri undertones.


Mireille And Kirika - Noir

Mireille and Kirika from Noir definitely share some intimate moments throughout the series. The two assassins go on a journey to uncover what happened in their past and why their memories are missing, but they also build an ostensibly more-than-platonic friendship along with it.

The pairing isn't completely "cannon," but as you watch the anime, you'll find more than a few scenes in which you're left wondering when the relationship between the two will finally blossom into something more than friendship. It honestly feels inevitable. 


Shion And Nezumi - No. 6

Shion and Nezumi are from two totally different worlds, but end up by each other's side for pretty much all of No. 6. Throughout the entire sci-fi, post-apocalyptic anime series, you never really know what the exact relationship is between the pampered Shion and the outsider Nezumi. 

You do know, however, that something is going on. The shounen-ai undertones that follow leave you wondering until the very end (and even past it) if these two are ever going to confess any sort of romantic feeling towards each other.


Utena And Anthy - Revolutionary Girl Utena

At Ohtori Academy, students follow a rugged curriculum that circulates around dueling for the hand of Anthy Himemiya AKA the Rose Bride. Utena (a female) decides to go against the grain and fight for Anthy's hand just as a prince would. Although Utena is devoted to rescuing Anthy, it's never confirmed at any point if they're actually a romantic couple or not. But come on, it seems very, very likely.


Shinji And Kaworu - Neon Genesis Evangelion

When Kaworu appears in this anime series, his sexuality is not only ambiguous, he also makes a deep connection with Shinji. Kaworu even goes as far as offering Shinji his undying love, but it's completely unknown if this was done out of romantic intent, innocence, or as a diversion tactic in an attempt to take down Shinji's personal defenses.

Whatever the case may be, whenever the two are around each other the air is filled with a tense and equivocal romance.


Haruka And Michiru - Sailor Moon

Although it's aggressively obvious that Haruka (Sailor Uranus) and Michiru (Sailor Neptune) are a couple in the original Japanese version of Sailor Moon, their realtionship was changed quite a bit when the show made its way overseas.

In the English dub, the characters were changed from lovers into cousins, so the average viewer never had any idea that the two were officially a couple. Also, the whole "cousin" thing added an extra creepy dimension to their interactions. If you didn't know this before and you think about it now, a lot of things begin to make sense.


Ymir And Christa - Attack On Titan

Outside of their flirtatious interactions within the anime itself, Ymir and Christa were officially announced as a canon LGBT couple by the director of Attack on Titan. In this German Panel, he confirms that the two are in a relationship, even though you never really get a solid answer about what's going on inside of the series. Still though, it's more of a confirmation than we usually get!


Ryuko and Mako - Kill La Kill

Mako's huge crush on Ryuko could easily be mistaken as passionate friendship... that is, if you don't pay attention to Mako's obvious obsession with her. While Ryuko turns this passion into dedication later on in the series, their eventual relationship is still left pretty ambiguous. It does, however, seem to be fairly innocent compared to the lewd imagery the rest of the anime series contains. That doesn't mean it's not sexual, though. 


Victor And Yuri - Yuri On Ice

Although it's never explicitly stated that the ice skating coach and trainer combo (Victor and Yuri) are a couple, the audience is given more than a few subtle hints that there's something going on between the two.

From exchanging a kiss in front of an entire audience on the way to the Grand Prix Final, to getting matching promise rings that are almost identical to one another, the two skaters share moments that involve a bit more than what you'd expect from your average figure skating duo. And you probably expect a lot from that profession already. 



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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:42:03 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/secret-lgbt-anime-couples/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Anime To Look Forward To In 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-to-look-forward-to-in-2017/crystal-brackett

A new year definitely means new anime seasons will be coming your way, and 2017 is primed to roll out some huge releases for otakus. This list is filled with new anime premieres for the coming year, including sequels, new seasons, and additional movies of all your favorites.

2017 is going to be a big year for returning smash-hit anime. With titles such as the popular Attack on Titan and One Punch Man getting their second seasons, and Sword Art Online and Naruto getting feature-length movies, anime fanatics will be swimming in awesome content from their favorite Japanese animation studios. Keep scrolling to see what's in store for anime in 2017!


Anime To Look Forward To In 2017,

Berserk

Fairy Tail

Fate/stay night

Sword Art Online

Attack on Titan

The Irregular at Magic High School

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

My Hero Academia 2nd Season

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

One Punch Man 2


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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:42:20 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-to-look-forward-to-in-2017/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[16 Annoying Anime Kids That You Hated With A Passion]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-annoying-anime-kids/nida-sea

It can happen at any moment. You’re enjoying an anime series - perhaps sipping a fine brandy - when suddenly, the annoying anime kids appear! These little brats can get so deep under your skin, it's enough to almost make you quit watching anime altogether.

It seems that the sole mission of annoying kids in anime is to irritate the hell out of the protagonist (and, by extension, the viewer). Whether it’s an annoying younger sibling, a nuisance kid neighbor, or even a bratty lead character, anime kids have inspired more than their fair share of audible groans and muttered obscenities.

Even though (too many) shows have that one annoying brat, there's some merit to be found in their existence. The exasperating attitude of a youthful character often helps create a sense of balance against the protagonist and provides a few begrudging laughs. Still, it's nice to get a heads up on which of these terrible tykes you should brace yourself for. 


16 Annoying Anime Kids That You Hated With A Passion,

Maria Ushiromiya On Umineko When They Cry

If there was ever an award given out to a character with the most annoying voice, Maria Ushiromiya would definitely win. And then we'd all get to hit her in the face with it. Her shrill voice is enough to drive anyone crazy, and her personality does not redeem her. 

She's selfish, petulant, and has an overly defensive attitude toward people rejecting magic. She's infuriating, if you didn't put it all together. In addition, although she is nine-years-old, she acts more like she’s three, making her a huge nuisance to care for. 


Pop Harukaze On Ojamajo Doremi

Pop is a cute, pink-haired munchkin who is very smart and acts (relatively) mature, despite her young age. She’s jealous of her older sister Doremi, who’s allowed more freedom and attention than her. Doremi’s lazy and immature nature infuriates Pop, making her a stern and grouchy kid. She’s constantly scolding, criticizing, and squabbling with Doremi, which gets annoying super fast. No one wants to deal with a nagging child. 


Tomoka Lana Jude On Girls Bravo

Tomoka is a 10-year-old half-pint who is talented when it comes to transformation magic. Despite her innocent face, she is super annoying. For Tomoka, being recognized as a mature person is a mark of pride. Because of this, whenever people treat her like a child she is quick to anger and often responds with a snide comment or a challenge. As the American President knows, that's how you prove that you're the real grown-up in the room. In addition, she refers to herself in the third person, which is something that only the worst people in the world do.


Meiling Li On Cardcaptor Sakura

Eleven-year-old Meiling is another obnoxious kid with a superior attitude. Although she does eventually mature as her series progresses, she is initially portrayed as a huge brat and a loudmouth. She consistently brags about her abilities and whines when various situations don’t go her way. In addition, her rivalry against Sakura Kinomoto for Sayoran Li’s affection further exposes her rash and irritating behavior. It's the world's worst love triangle.


Sarah McDougal On Love Hina

Sarah is one of those bratty annoying kids that live to cause trouble for the protagonist. She is a nine-year-old tomboy who’s considered an obnoxious two-faced brat by the other characters in her series. She may act innocent at times, but she quickly switches to a devilish attitude. Her hobbies include pestering Keitaro Urashima and spending her time lying and pulling childish pranks. You know, like a future psychopath. 


Pan On Dragon Ball GT

Pan is the young tomboy granddaughter of Son Goku, being part human and part Saiyan. For the most part, she’s supposed to be a confident, fearless child. However, she displays various annoying behaviors that make it pretty maddening to actually have her on-screen.

Like, she literally throws tantrums. That's archetypally the most irksome thing a child can do. She also happened to feature prominently in the worst version of the Dragon Ball series. While that's not her fault, it just makes it even less likely that you'll want to watch her.      


Iris On Pokémon Black and White

When Ash Ketchum mistakes Iris for a Pokémon, he didn’t realize he was in for an earful of nagging. Neither, unfortunately, did we. Iris is a dark-skinned, purple-haired girl with an adventurous side. That "adventurous" aspect mostly manifests itself by constantly arguing with Ash and generally being a bossy shrew. Furthermore, she often refers to him as being “such a kid.” This is doubly obnoxious, because she’s obviously the same age as Ash. Nothing worse than a child who condescends to other children. 


Chibiusa On Sailor Moon

Chibiusa is a five-year-old child who falls from the heavens. Therefore, she must be an angel, right? WRONG! This pink-haired little brat is as rude and obnoxious as they come. Throughout the series, her bratty, childish antics never seem to let up, which make her ultra-irritating. She is constantly after Mamoru’s affection and loves to tease and bicker with Usagi (her mother) about how much Mamoru (her father) cares for her. Trust, it never gets charming. 


Child Emperor On One Punch Man

He may have an odd name for a kid, but 10-year-old Child Emperor is a child prodigy, ranking as the youngest hero of the Hero Association. However, he becomes easily aggravated when others refer to him as a child (you know, that thing he objectively is). He displays his superiority by acting as if he’s better than everyone else, including adults. He's the quintessential annoying know-it-all character.


Hiro Sohma On Fruits Basket

Hiro is no ordinary 12-year-old middle schooler. He possesses the ability to change into one of the animals from the Chinese Zodiac. Also, he's kind of a d*ck. Most of the time he’s mischievous, sarcastic, and hardly ever smiles. He spends a lot of time being overprotective of his crush, Kisa, and throwing shade on Tohru Hona’s abilities and personality, making him a nettlesome presence. In fact, even after he starts to take a liking to Tohru, he continues to act like a brat with her. Kids are the worst. 



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:21:48 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-annoying-anime-kids/nida-sea
<![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 Hottest One Piece Babes]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-hottest-one-piece-babes

Although One Piece doesn't really come to mind when you think of overt fan service anime, there are still a ton of babes in the series that are totally hot. This list ranks the hottest women in One Piece, from members of the Straw Hat crew like Nami and Robin, to side characters like Shirahoshi and Shirley. What's up with all the female characters on One Piece having gigantic boobs? No one is complaining about it, but it is quite astonishing how disproportionate their chests are when compared to their waists.

Vote up your favorite sexy One Piece characters, and don't forget that this list is for female characters only.


The Hottest One Piece Babes,

Nami

Nefertari Vivi

Nico Robin

Rebecca

Makino

Monet

Tashigi

Shirahoshi

Nojiko

Boa Hancock


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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:36:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-hottest-one-piece-babes
<![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: Arceus and the Jewel of Life

Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions

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[15 Very Disturbing Crimes Committed By Cute High School Girls In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-depraved-anime-school-girls/anna-lindwasser

Anime schoolgirls often look sweet and innocent. They have bright, shiny eyes, cute sailor-themed uniforms, high-pitched voices, and unrealistically wonderful bento making skills. But don't get distracted by how adorable they are chasing after their senpai, though, because beneath that bubbly exterior might lie the heart of a killer. 

These crazy anime schoolgirls electrocute, stab, and shove anyone who gets near the boy they're obsessed with. Some lock their parents in cages and starve them to death. Some psychologically manipulate their neighbors. But whatever dark, horrible act they choose to carry out, they look cute as hell the whole time.

Seriously, don't underestimate anime schoolgirls. There are some nightmarishly terrible anime characters, and schoolgirls are among them. For real, you don't want to mess around with these obsessed anime schoolgirls. They've done some... questionable things.  


15 Very Disturbing Crimes Committed By Cute High School Girls In Anime,

Sekai Saionji

School Days is probably the first series most people think of when they hear the phrase “twisted school girl.” The most extreme violence comes from Sekai Saionji. Sekai’s boyfriend Makoto cheats on her with another girl named Kotonoha, breaks up with her in favor of Kotonoha, and then demands that she get an abortion when he finds out she’s pregnant with his kid. He even makes out with Kotonoha in front of her. Yeah... it's pretty dark.

This is too much for Sekai to take, and she responds by stabbing Makoto repeatedly in the chest, and then cutting off his head. An honorable mention goes to Kotonoha, who kills Sekai upon finding Makoto’s severed head in a bag, and then cuddles said head like a teddy bear.


Saya Kisaragi

Blood-C’s Saya Kisaragi is leading a double life. By day, she’s a friendly, cheerful high school girl, but by night she defends her community from terrifying monsters. By murdering them. Oh, and that is something she’s really, really good at.

Or so she thinks. Most of the conflict is actually manufactured. As it turns out, Saya herself is a monster, and she’s in the middle of a social experiment to determine whether or not her nature can be changed. The result: she totally loves murdering.


Shōko Kirishima

Shōko Kirishima of Baka to Test declared herself the wife of childhood friend Yuuji Nakamoto. While he hasn’t reciprocated her feelings, she’s already picked out names for their kids. If anybody gets near Yuuji, she will stab them in the eyes or electrocute them. Yes, you read that right. She has a taser and she's not afraid to use it. 


Yuno Gasai

When we first meet Yuno Gasai, she has a magical diary that tracks the movements of her childhood crush Yukiteru. Since this is Mirai Nikki, this diary actually pretty useful, but it’s also a tool for stalking. Yuno wants to murder anyone who tries to get too close to Yukiteru, and she's not shy about threatening them.

Oh, also she locked her parents in a cage and starved them to death. To be fair, they were abusing her, so it wasn’t unprompted, but that doesn’t make the part where she talks to their corpses about how her day went any less creepy. 


Hibana Daida

This little girl from Deadman Wonderland might look sweet, but with a nickname like "The Punisher," you can bet she’s anything but. Hibana has a strong sense of justice, so when someone does something she thinks is wrong, she brings the pain.

When she was in kindergarten, some boys flipped her skirt, and she reacted by torturing and killing them. At age seven, she became part of a group of criminals called The Undertakers.


Kaede Fuyou Assaults The Women Her Childhood Friend Talks To

After the death of her parents, Kaede from Shuffle lives with her childhood friend, Rin. She’s desperately in love with him, and she expresses that love in some pretty... bizarre ways. She insists on doing all of the cooking and cleaning (despite Rin’s attempts to help), because caring for him is her whole world. 

This guilt-inducing kindness might not be so bad if she could handle the fact that Rin, who is not her boyfriend, wants to talk to other women. When that happens, she shoves them, demands that they leave, and insists that Rin is “hers.” Yikes.


Anna Nishikinomiya Is A Rapist Who Forced Her Crush To Drink Her "Love Nectar"

Sometimes, a character comes along who makes you think, "huh, maybe anime was a mistake." Anna Nishikinomiya from Shimoneta is one such character. 

Anna appears to be a strictly moral student council president who opposes all things sexual. Beneath her chaste exterior, however, beats the heart of a literal rapist. No, seriously, she repeatedly sexually assaults her crush, Tanukichi Okuma. Even more horrifying, she makes him drink a full bottle of "love nectar" which is... well, use your imagination. She bakes it into bread and makes him eat it, too. 


Misaki Nakahara Manipulated A Mentally Ill Man For Her Own Gain

Misaki, the heroine of Welcome to the NHK initially presents herself as a sweet and helpful high school girl. She offers to “cure” the main character, Satou, of his hikkikomori status, gives amateur counseling sessions, makes him meals, and encourages him to leave the house.

As it turns out, Misaki isn’t doing this for selfless reasons. Actually, she wants Satou to rely on her to stave off her own depression, and she spends the whole series manipulating him. When he rejects her request for a relationship with her, she attempts suicide. 


Junko Enoshima Killed A Bunch Of People, Died, Then Came Back To Life As A Computer Virus

Junko is the main antagonist of Danganronpa: Hope's Peak Academy Saga. You’d expect an antagonist to do some pretty jacked up things, and Junko doesn’t disappoint. She kills her childhood friend, her older sister, and herself. In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, she comes back to life as an AI/computer virus (it's a whole thing). 


Shion Sonozaki Went On A Killing Spree

Shion is far from the only murderous character in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, but she’s certainly one of the most memorable. When Satoshi, who Shion is in love with, disappears and dies, she goes on a killing spree, targeting all the people she thought were involved in his death. 

Victims of the spree include her twin sister, her grandmother, the village chief, two of her friends, and Satoshi’s younger sister. It’s hard to get more twisted than straight-up mass murder.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:43:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-depraved-anime-school-girls/anna-lindwasser
<![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,

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

Well, it does for many anime protagonists


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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[30 "Food Wars!" Meals, Ranked By How Orgasmic They Were]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-food-in-shokugeki-no-soma/jonah-dorrance

Fans everywhere have been salivating over the gourmet cooking in the explosive anime series Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, which follows aspiring chef Soma Yukihira and his adventures at the cut-throat Totsuki Culinary Academy. This collection of the best food from Food Wars! is mostly creations from the students' shokugekis, or cooking duels, which are used to settle any and every disagreement. Many dishes are inspired by different parts of the world, from Hawaii to Italy, celebrating a variety of spices, styles, and flavors. This series expands the incredibly mouth-watering list of the delicious food featured in anime, guaranteed to give you a food orgasm through the screen.

Care to try your hand at one of these tasty meals? You're in luck! Fellow anime and cooking enthusiasts have compiled most of these recipes for reference, and many have even given them a shot. But be forewarned: these meals are hot enough to get you going in more ways than one.


30 "Food Wars!" Meals, Ranked By How Orgasmic They Were,

Rainbow Terrine

This multi-colored fare is a dual effort by Soma and Megumi in their shokugeki against professional chef Kojiro Shinomiya. Their terrine, which is a layered dish of vegetables, meat, eggs and seasoning, features seven vegetables to create different levels of flavor. 


Quail Stuffed With Risotto And Eggs

Soma conjured this rich dish during his stagiaire stage with chef Kojiro Shinomiya. The quail is roasted, stuffed with creamy risotto, cabbage, and poached eggs.


Gotcha! Pork Roast

The king of creation Soma presented this take on a pork roast, using potatoes, onions, and mushrooms to imitate meat after the meat products in his kitchen are sabotaged. He wrapped his mixture with bacon and herbs, then poured a red wine sauce over it to finish it off.


Mini Souffle Omelet

Soma's breakfast buffet challenger in the Friendship and Rapport Training Camp was this soft, fluffy omelette with a sweet tomato sauce to go with it.


Eggs Benedict

With her "God's Tongue," Erina made this eggs benedict for the Breakfast Buffet Challenge. In addition to her perfectly poached egg, golden sauce, and crispy bacon, Erina added karasumi (salted mullet roe) powder to make this dish extra special.


Chaliapin Steak Bowl

Soma delivered this winning dish in his first shokugeki, defeating Meat Queen, Ikumi Mito. It's a juicy sirloin steak served over rice and topped with minced onions.


Autumn Election Special Beef Stew

Soma used various beef parts in this stew, awarding him victory in his Shokugeki against Subaru during the Autumn Election semi-finals. As a stew, the juices from the vegetables and the meat simmer together, making for some explosive flavor.


French Curry Lobster Rice With Cognac

This simmering was made by "Mad Dog" Ryo Kurokiba during the preliminary round of the Autumn Election Tournament. Ryo used one of the highest grades of cognac in his combination of rice, curry, and lobster.


Loco Moco Bowl

Ikumi Mito's Hawaiian inspired breakfast bowl consists of hamburger steak, white rice, a sunny side up egg, and drizzled with a vinaigrette. She whipped this up for the breakfast buffet challenge in the Friendship and Rapport Training camp. 


Special Smoked Curry

"Prince of Smoke" Shun Ibasaki brought his talent to his dish for the Autumn Election's preliminary round. He laid his smoked bacon, eggs, potatoes and more in a smoked curry, revealing this masterpiece of a meal. 



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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:14:44 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-food-in-shokugeki-no-soma/jonah-dorrance
<![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

Gray Fullbuster

Revy

Natsu Dragneel

Jellal Fernandes

Portgas D. Ace

Trafalgar Law


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:47:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-tattoos/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

Samurai Champloo
Check out episodes #9 (Beatbox Bandits) and #22 (Cosmic Collisions)
Kill la Kill

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 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

Iruka Umino

Izumi Curtis

Kakashi Hatake

Kisuke Urahara

Might Guy

Jiraiya

Tsunade

Minato Namikaze

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[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

Trunks

Vegeta

Yoruichi Shihouin

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[The 40+ Hottest Anime Girls of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sexy-anime-girls-that-are-too-hot/ranker-anime
Since there are tons of debates over who the hottest anime girl of all time, we decided to put together a definitive list for fans like you to vote on. From Nami and Nico Robin to Ezra Scarlet and Rias Gremory, this list ranks sexy anime girls against each other to truly determine who deserves the title of the #1 hot anime girl. We understand that there are so many more hot anime chicks to add to this list, but please don't include any characters from hentai or anything similar.

Who is your favorite sexy anime girl? You can vote up as many of these ladies as you want, and even add your own characters to the list if they're not already here. Just be sure to include a good picture along with whatever sexy anime girls you add to the list.
The 40+ Hottest Anime Girls of All Time,

Nami

Rangiku Matsumoto

Yoko Ritona

Mizore Shirayuki

Lucy Heartfilia

Akeno Himejima

Rias Gremory

Erza Scarlet

Mirajane Strauss

Leone


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Wed, 04 May 2016 04:47:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/sexy-anime-girls-that-are-too-hot/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[16 Anime Weapons That Are Impossibly Big]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-weapons-that-are-impossibly-big/nikoberi

One of the greatest things about anime it that it doesn't have to follow the rules of reality. Whether it's four-foot tall girls wielding swords the size of a 747, or shy nerds somehow getting a harem of girls obsessed with them, anime doesn't play by the rules, man. Of course, this means that there are a lot of weapons in anime that are so huge, they would actually be a massive liability for anybody to wield in real life.

A minor quibble: giant robots don't count as weapons. What does count are the weapons wielded by giant robots which are, some f*cking way, still way too big.

Here are the most absurdly, improbably, and ridiculously big weapons in all of anime. This is going to be sweet. 


16 Anime Weapons That Are Impossibly Big,

Zangetsu Shikai From Bleach

Before Bleach got all sorts of insane (what the hell is a "Quincy," anyway), the series started off with a man, a sword, and a dream. Presumably the "dream" was to wield a massive butcher knife that looks like it should be in a horror movie, because that’s the one that came true.


Zanbato From Ruroni Kenshin

Zanbato is massive, and also the single most generic weapon on the list. It's just a big ass piece of sharp metal on a stick. How generic is it, you ask? Generic enough that Sanosuke, its wielder, stopped using it after only a few episodes. Presumably for an even bigger sword that also shot fire, or whatever. 


Harkonen From Hellsing

Harkonen is a massive anti-tank rifle that Seras Victory wields like a regular rifle. As if that rwasn’t rad enough, she dual wields them later in the series. Best of all, this crazy bullsh*t happens in a setting where she is one of the weaker vampires in the setting. Guess size doesn't matter in the Hellsing universe. 

 


Bustermarm From Fairy Tail

See how Bustermarm’s wielder has to fly in the air to even point this thing menacingly? This sword is so large it crosses the line from being intimidating to just plain goofy.


Punisher Cross From Trigun

Nicholas D. Wolfwood’s Punisher Cross is the Swiss Army knife of guns. You know, if instead of being portable, Swiss Army knives were the size of an adult person. In addition to being massive enough to use as a shield, the Punisher also contains a machine gun, a grenade launcher, and small armory of hand-held pistols. 


Dragonslayer From Berserk

Guts is the great-granddaddy of big dudes wielding bigger swords, and his chosen weapon looks the part. Huge, simple, and dangerous this thing looks like it is ready to mess up somebody's day. BIG time. Get it? 


Gideon From 7 Deadly Sins

Embedded in a mountain and ostensibly too large for any man to wield, "Gideon" is the name of a huge hammer. Even the giantess who wields this weapon, Diane, is dwarfed in comparison to the thing. Massive doesn’t even begin to cover it.


Tessaiga From Inuyasha

Tessaiga is a classic big ol’ katana. You know, totally awesome. The sword has a mind of its own and has the ability to absorb the powers of defeated enemies. Appearing as a normal-sized (and rather battered) katana normally, it transforms into it's gargantuan form when wielded by a demon who cares about a human.


Mami's "Derringer" From Madoka Magica

Mami’s Derringer is counterintuitive to everything you know about small guns. While it's nominally a derringer, it's completely massive. Forget about having a strong trigger finger, you need to give this thing a bear hug just to fire it!


Kubikiribōchō From Naruto

This big ass machete’s name roughly translates to the “Decapitating Carving Knife.” Apparently. this is what passes for a "knife" in the Naruto universe. Their steaks must be epic. 



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:09:11 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-weapons-that-are-impossibly-big/nikoberi
<![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

Alex Louis Armstrong
Fullmetal Alchemist
Edward Newgate


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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 Kiryuin Family from Kill la Kill

The Kiryuins are the secret dysfunctional family of Kill la Kill. Ryuko's vengeful journey to find the killer of her father fuels her rivalry with Satsuki Kiryuin, who ends up being her very own sister. On top of this, their mother, Ragyo Kiryuin, turns out to be the true antagonist of the entire series.


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 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 Gasai Family from Future Diary

Yuno Gasai was adopted at a young age and has a truly scary family history. Her home life was happy until money troubles started to brew. Her father stayed later and later at work and her mother began to severely abuse her, locking her in a cage and grooming her to become the "perfect citizen." Yuno eventually got her revenge by doing to her parents exactly what they did to her: she locked them in a cage and eventually starved them to death.



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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

Ryoji Fujioka

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,

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.


Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku

A popular social game known as the Magical Girl Raising Project has the ability to grant players a 1-in-10,000 chance of becoming a real-life magical girl. Each of the magical girls possess unique abilities and earn Magical Candies by protecting people and performing good deeds. However, at some point, the administration has decided that sixteen magical girls in a certain city is too many, announcing they will cut the number in half by having the magical girl with the fewest Magical Candies each week lose their powers. As the rules of the game become more twisted, the girls eventually find themselves dragged into a life-or-death battle against each other.


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[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. 
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.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
If you don't read a good plot synopsis of this show before watching, you'd never guess what's awaiting you. On the surface it seems like a happy, magical girl anime. The visuals are stunning at times, but generally the plot is pretty straightforward. And then someone dies. Horrifically. Things get out of hand. Suddenly all of this isn't so cute anymore, and a character you think of as a friend gets more and more sinister by the episode. If you're expecting sunshine and rainbows, you're going to be severely disappointed. 
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[16 Mouthwatering Japanese Foods Your Favorite Anime Characters Are Eating]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/delicious-anime-food/nida-sea

Just about every anime series has that one mouthwatering moment wherein your favorite character sits down to devour a delicious meal. The food portrayed in most anime titles is so well-rendered that it often leaves you feeling hungry yourself. If you've ever asked yourself, “Could I possibly ever eat anything as delicious in real life?” the answer is a resounding "YES!" 

The depiction of Japanese food in anime isn’t just about how well it’s designed, but the overall presentation and how the characters prepare and serve each dish. When it comes to the presentation of anime food vs real life food, many Japanese animations depict meals and snacks in their traditional form.

This provides an authentic and appealing look that represents the art of Japanese cuisine. If you’re ready to satisfy your hunger for Japanese food, these real-life versions of anime meals will have your mouth watering.

WARNING: It probably won't look as good when you try to make it at home. 


16 Mouthwatering Japanese Foods Your Favorite Anime Characters Are Eating,

Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Bowl)

Thanks to Yuri On Ice!!, just about everyone has heard about this next dish: katsudon (or pork cutlet bowl) which first featured in episode two of the series. Donburi dishes (or bowl dishes) are casual rice dishes in Japanese culture. Katsudon is one of the heartiest bowls out of the many donburi dishes.

It consists of rice, eggs, and a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet called tonkatsu, making it a high-calorie - and quite fattening - meal. In fact, the lead protagonist of the series, Yuuri Katsuki, learns firsthand just how much damage pork cutlets can do the waistline. Still though, it looks too good not to try at least once.  


Tamagoyaki

In the second episode of Gourmet Girl Graffiti, Ryou Machiko makes a mouthwatering helping of tamagoyaki for her second cousin, Kirin, who is thoroughly delighted with the dish’s sweet taste after just one bite.

Tamagoyaki is basically a pan-fried egg that is rolled into a log and sliced into small bite-sized rolls. Because of how it’s prepared, it easily maintains its shape after slicing, making it a perfect addition to bento box meals. In addition, most tamagoyaki dishes are made with a sweet rice wine and soy sauce, giving the dish its signature sweet and savory flavor.


Takoyaki

In most parts of Japan, takoyaki is considered a casual fast food snack. Typically, it's sold by street vendors during festivals. However, in western Japan takoyaki is considered a meal unto itself. Takoyaki is prepared as a pancake-like batter that is molded into round balls using a pan specifically made for that purpose. The batter usually consists of seafood and vegetable bits, and the end result is drizzled with a thick savory sauce. Yum! A scene from episode eight of Wolf Girl and Black Prince shows a cute moment between the two main characters when Erika feeds the reluctant Kyouya a delicious bite of Takoyaki. 


Taiyaki

Believed to have originated from the Meiji period of feudal Japan, taiyaki is (adorable) fish-shaped bread. The batter is usually a pancake-like concoction poured into a fish-shaped mold and baked until golden brown. These tasty cakes are generally filled with sweetened adzuki bean paste.

However, since taiyaki continues to grow in popularity, there are numerous other fillings that are used in today’s Japanese fish bread. Although taiyaki has been seen in numerous anime during street festivals, Ayu Tsukimiya from Kanon loves taiyaki so much that it’s mentioned constantly throughout the series. 


Omurice

This dish has been featured on many anime series as a bright yellow mound, often topped with a ketchup message or zigzag pattern. So what exactly is omurice? It’s basically a crepe-thin egg omelet that is filled with meat, sautéed ketchup rice, and usually topped with more ketchup.

Although it doesn’t sound like it would be a Japanese food, it was actually created in the early 1900s as a Western-style Japanese dish that remains popular to this day. In Hanasaku Iroha, episode 20, Minko Tsurugi prepares omurice for her classmates who become inspired to make a different version of the dish to use at an upcoming festival.


Japanese Ramen

If you’re an avid anime fan, you’re most likely familiar with ramen noodles. Ramen is an extremely popular noodle dish in Japan (and in anime). There are even specialty shops that serve multiple versions of ramen noodle soups. Originally, Chinese noodles were used to make the dish, but years later Japanese chefs developed and perfected their own type of noodle.

Although using freshly made noodles is best, ramen conveniently comes in an instant form familiar to most college students. In Ponyo On the Cliff by The Sea, we get a good glimpse of how to prepare Japanese-style ramen using instant noodles. The dish commonly includes sliced pork, various vegetables, an egg, nori, and Naruto (a cured fish product). 


Yaki Dango

Yaki dango is a grilled Japanese food that’s usually sold at Japanese street cafes, outdoor vendors, and during festivals. Skewered for easier eating, these tiny mochi (Japanese rice cake) dumplings come in various flavors, though they usually always have a signature chewy texture and sweet taste.

The mochi balls themselves are not particularly sweet. Rather, the toppings used to coat the balls is sweetened with a flavorful sauce. The sauces can range from brown sugar syrup, to sweetened soy sauce, and even red bean paste. On the first episode of The Rolling Girls, Nozomi Moritomo and her mother Hinayo (who runs a small family restaurant) are seen selling various dishes, including some tasty-looking grilled and skewered dango.  


Onigiri (Rice Ball)

If you’re a lifelong anime fan, chances are you know all about onigiri. You may have even eaten some, too! Onigiri are firmly pressed rice balls (often triangular) that are traditionally filled with Japanese staples such as pickled plums or salted salmon.

Onigiri are wrapped with nori (roasted seaweed) sheets to help hold the sticky rice ball and keep your fingers clean. A hilarious example of practicing the art of making Onigiri can be seen on episode three of S·A: Special A as Hikari Hanazono tries diligently to master the technique of making the perfect onigiri.


Gyoza

Who can forget the adorable scene from episode six of Amaama to Inazuma (Sweetness and Lightening), where Tsumugi and her father learn how to cook gyoza? Gyoza is a tasty ground meat and vegetable-filled dumpling, sometimes called pot stickers in Western culture.

Popular ingredients for the filling typically include minced pork, cabbage, green onions, and chives. All of this deliciousness is wrapped in a thin dough and either fried or boiled. Although gyoza originated in China (known as jiaozi), it’s become a popular staple in Japan’s culinary world.


Ebi Fry

If you love seafood, then you will no doubt enjoy the crunchy goodness of ebi fry (deep-fried shrimp). Ebi fry is a very popular food in Japan, served everywhere from top restaurants to roadside stands. Ebi fry is made with large prawn, coated with a thick batter of eggs and flour then rolled in crunchy Panko bread crumbs.

The dish is commonly served with vegetable, rice, and a light soup. In episode seven of the anime series Tari Tari, there is a brief but perfect example of how ebi fry is typically served, with a small bowl of miso soup and a nice helping of white rice.



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