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The 25+ Best Abstract Anime  

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It turns out there are some anime best described as abstract, that is stories that don't adhere to traditional narration, character development, or style and choose instead to convey their message through a more singular approach, but which are really worth your time? This list ranks the best anime representative of the abstract, including older titles, as well as new abstract anime that you may not know about.

One example is Mononoke; the title refers to spirits that pull from negative human emotions. The protagonist, known as the "Medicine Seller," takes on the mononoke during his travels and with his intellect, is able to defeat them by figuring them out. This anime falls under the "occult detective" genre. Another good abstract anime is Kaiba, a sci-fi story produced by Madhouse that deals with the heavy topic of memory theft. The main character is Kaiba, who begins the story with no memory, only to find that he is actually the king of memories, Warp.

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Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Mononoke
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Gankutsuou: The Count of... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
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Angel's Egg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Angel's Egg
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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Kat Zuzow added
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Dead Leaves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
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Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
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Kuuchuu Buranko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Kuuchuu Buranko
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Mind Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Mind Game
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Cat Soup is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
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Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Kaiba
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The Diary of Tortov Rodd... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
The Diary of Tortov Roddle
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Hikaru Utada: Passion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Hikaru Utada: Passion
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Hikaru Utada: Fluximatio... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Hikaru Utada: Fluximation
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Eden of the East: Fallin... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Eden of the East: Falling Down
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Flip Flappers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Kat Zuzow added Flip Flappers
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Kanashimi no Belladonna ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Kanashimi no Belladonna
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Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!
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Maroko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Maroko
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Superflat Monogram is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Superflat Monogram
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Kemonozume is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
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Spring and Chaos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Spring and Chaos
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The Diary of Tortov Rodd... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
The Diary of Tortov Roddle Specials
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Franz Kafka's A Country ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
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Catman Series II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Catman Series II
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Noiseman Sound Insect is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Abstract Anime
Noiseman Sound Insect