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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
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Code Geass: Lelouch of t... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Drifters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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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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Neon Genesis Evangelion ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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Legend of Galactic Heroe... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military Anime of All Time
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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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Darling in the FranXX is listed (or ranked) 22 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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