15. Air Master
Simply put, Air Master is the greatest fighting anime of all time. Nothing else comes remotely close. The action scenes are brilliantly choreographed. Sure, you might not be able to physically re-enact what’s going on, but you can actually follow what’s happening in the fights. It’s as if someone actually planned the fights blow by blow, rather than depending on animation tricks to mimic action. And on top of all of that, the side characters are an awesome cast of misfits, psychos, and freaks that make for one of the best anime casts ever. If only every Shounen Jump adaptation was half as good as Air Master. Sakiyama! Sakiyama!
14. Neon Genesis Evangelion
I am a full-fledged Eva apologist. I love the original ending, where we essentially interrogate each character and accost them for failing in life. I love End of Evangelion, where the world goes to shit and all of the nasty things prophesied in the anime series are shown to us in gory, apocalyptic glory. Seeing the world drenched in blood/primordial ooze and watching Shinji and Asuka sit on the “shore” is a beautiful sight. It’s even more beautiful that Shinji turns around and tries to kill Asuka immediately after. Maybe I’m messed up in the head for finding Eva’s nihilism and cynicism fun.
If I called Baccano! the best pulp anime series of all time I’d be lying, but that’s only because it’s up against the (second) best anime series of all time for those bragging rights. Baccano! is a series that manages to bring the full package. It has humor, action, drama, everything that makes for an entertaining and awesome storyline. It does everything and does it right. The breakneck pace and disjointed narrative makes it all the better.
12. Popee the Performer
Take the sadistic humor of Looney Tunes. Turn it into a low budget CG cartoon. Throw that monstrosity into the depths of Hell. Let it cook for thousands of years. Exhume that charred, putrid, twisted heap of animation. Name it Popee the Perform. Do all that and you get some of the most joyfully twisted and hilarious shorts I’ve ever seen. This shit is spiritual. It’s mind-altering. It’ll shatter world views, topple outdated dogma, and make you laugh until bombs spew out of your mouth. I want the Popee theme to play at my funeral.
11. Ranma 1/2
While Projet A-Ko was my first anime, and it made me want to seek out more shit, Ranma 1/2 was the series that made me a fan. First love and all that jazz. That love may have waned ever so slightly. It’s like how a married couple cease being madly in love with one another but are still best friends and can’t imagine being away from one another. That explains my feelings towards Ranma perfectly. And like I said earlier, between Ranma and Lum, Rumiko Takahashi’s one of the greatest comedy writers of all time.