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The Best Military Anime of All Time  

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A common theme among popular action anime is that some kind of military force or army is often the driving force behind the show's story. If you're a fan of these kind of plot lines, then help us vote on this list of the best military anime of all time. Many of the anime on this list revolves around the ranks of an army or military, including Code Geass, Full Metal Panic! and Strike Witches. However some of the shows listed here have a military in them, but don't strictly revolve around it. Full Metal Alchemist, for example, follows Edward Elrich and his journey to find the Philospher's Stone, all while showing him become a dog of the military and dealing with the higher ups that give him orders. The shows on this list include both older and new military anime, so vote for your favorites and watch them rise to the top! If one of your top anime about a military or army is missing, then please add it to the list so others can vote on it too.
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa. Developed by Bones, the series is directed by Yasuhiro Irie and written by Hiroshi ...more
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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with ...more
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Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do ...more
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Reb... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with ...more
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Gate Jieitai Kanochi Nite Kaku... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the ...more
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Saga of Tanya the Evil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Full Metal Panic! is a series of light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of the covert anti-terrorist private military ...more
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In the future when technological enhancements and robotics are a way of life, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 take care of the jobs that are too difficult for the police. Section 9 employs ...more
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Drifters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Drifters is a fantasy, alternate history Japanese manga written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano and 2016 anime TV series. It centers on various historical figures summoned to an unknown world ...more
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Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Black Lagoon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe. It has been published in Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X since 2002, and ten collected volumes have been released ...more
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Watch the latest episodes of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 on Crunchyroll now. 2307 A.D. - Humanity has obtained a new source of energy to replace fossil fuels: large-scale solar power generation system ...more
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Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Gainax and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was ...more
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Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which ...more
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Legend of Galactic Heroes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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For decades, the Galactic Empire has been locked in an interstellar war with the Free Planets Alliance, a conflict that involves thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides. ...more
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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is an anime series developed by Sunrise and directed by Mitsuo Fukuda. As with other series from the Gundam franchise, Gundam SEED takes place in a future calendar era, ...more
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Set in an alternate timeline of Europe in 1930s, the country of Gallia has come under attack by East European Imperial Alliance who value the country's abundance of ragnite ore—which can be ...more
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Girls und Panzer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Girls und Panzer is a 2012 Japanese anime television series created by Actas. It depicts a competition between girls' high schools practicing tank warfare as a sport. The series was directed by ...more
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Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a companion series to the anime series Full Metal Panic! by Kyoto Animation, and takes place between the first season and The Second Raid. Markedly different in tone ...more
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Darling in the FranXX is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Appleseed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Appleseed is a 2004 Japanese computer animated anime science fiction action film directed by Shinji Aramaki and based on the Appleseed manga created by Masamune Shirow. It features the voice ...more