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Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (Top 10)


When anime fans first saw the press release announcing the Highlander anime, most of them probably started to scratch their heads. But the otaku started to come around when it was announced that Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust director Yoshiaki Kawajiri would be working on the movie. Hardcore Highlander fans, however, were excited from day one. Followers of the clan MacLeod cheered when they found out their favorite franchise would get a new story that would hopefully be better than the last live action movie. Though there was quite a lot of potential for abysmal failure, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance ended up being a good movie. Many fans consider it to be the best Highlander film since the original.

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Witchblade – The Anime Top 9



In post-apocalyptic 22nd-Century Japan, police officer and single mother Masane Amaha discovers that she is the latest in an ancient line of women warriors destined to wield the living weapon known throughout history as The Witchblade.

Some of you may recall the short-lived Witchblade series on TNT or the Witchblade comic book. Well, someone in Japan thought it would make a good anime and it seems they were right. Sales of the Witchblade anime DVDs have been surprisingly strong. FUNimation reported that its September 25th release of the first DVD volume had the best first-week sales of any anime in the United States up to that date, according to Nielsen VideoScan data. Cable network IFC will start airing the show in early 2008, which will no doubt lead to even higher DVD sales.

The series is notable for its rich visuals and scantily clad "well-rounded" lead character. She bares so much skin that the TV broadcast version of the series recolored some areas of the Witchblade costume. The costume in the original comic, however, was just as revealing. Despite obviously pandering to the male audience, the Witchblade anime does still deliver a pretty good storyline.

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Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad Top 8



Though it's important to not confuse this series with the popular American rock artist, this Beck is still about music. The series follows the exploits of Koyuki, a 14-year-old boy who gets involved in a rock band called BECK. His life changes dramatically as the band forms and makes its way towards rock stardom.

This series is a dramatic change of pace from most anime; there are no super powered heroes or giant mecha or gun-toting cyborgs. It's simply a great, dramatic, funny story of teenage life told with a backdrop of surprisingly good rock music.

Beck made its North American television debut on Canadian music channel, MuchMusic. This caused a wee bit of a stir because the series has quite a bit of naughty language (which was toned down a bit for the broadcast version). However, the DVD version is filled with fun profanity including frequent and creative use of the f-bomb.

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Mushi-shi Top 7



Although it's not yet a big-name mainstream title in America, Mushi-shi has been one of the favorite series amongst seasoned anime veterans. That's not too surprising considering the history of the show; the series won many awards in Japan including Best Television Series and Best Art Direction at the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2006.

The story follows a man known as Ginko, the Mushi-shi. He travels the world seeking the strange primitive life forms known as Mushi. He is in search of answers to the many mysteries surrounding the Mushi, and during his research he lends a helping hand to others who may be unwittingly suffering from the Mushi's supernatural effects.

Mushi-shi is another series that doesn't rely upon the usual anime storyline formulae. The story is told in a set of unrelated "one-off" episodes, there isn't much action to speak of, and it's difficult to tell what time period the series is supposed to take place in; but these traits aren't weaknesses in this series, they are strengths. The episodic structure of the series is very similar to that of Cowboy Bebop in that there's a general theme but each episode truly focuses on one particular place and time. The near flawless storytelling of the series is really what makes it compelling, along with some very pretty artwork.

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Air Top 6



The story starts with Yukito Kunisaki, a young traveler seeking the 'girl in the sky' mentioned in an old legend passed down in his family. His strange journey leads to him a quaint little town by the sea where he meets several young women that all seemed to be oddly connected to the Girl in the Sky in some way.

One of the reasons this series is so well liked is the high quality animation and stunning music. The series is, in a word, beautiful. If more anime series looked as good as Air the industry wouldn't have any problems.

There's also an Air movie that retells the story of the 13-episode series. It didn't quite capture the magic of the series, but it's still a nice addition to any Air fan's collection.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Top 5



This series takes advantage of one of the most tried and true anime equations: cute high school girl + superpowers = profit. The series was voted as the fourth most popular anime in Japan in an online poll, and it's an increasingly popular title amongst anime fans in the U.S.

The story follows Haruhi, a young lady that has just arrived at a new school. Through the actions and dialogue of other members of the cast, it becomes apparent to the viewer that Haruhi has superhuman control over every aspect of the universe, but Haruhi herself is completely unaware of it. Whenever Haruhi becomes bored she unconsciously creates a new universe, which leads to the destruction of the current universe. To prevent this, the exotic and extraordinary members of Haruhi's new school club try to keep her entertained and keep her powers in check.

Although it definitely follows some of the old anime school comedy clichés, the show isn't afraid to make fun of itself while telling a pretty funny and entertaining story.

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Tekkon Kinkreet Top 4



Based on the Black and White manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, Tekkon Kinkreet takes the viewer on a wild rollercoaster ride full of visual tricks. It is a movie that somewhat resembles Paprika, although Paprika's execution is a bit better.

The story of Tekkon Kinkreet revolves around two orphans named Black and White (hence the name of the manga). Like their names suggest, the two boys are polar opposites; Black is a typical street punk kid while White is more of an innocent and empathic character. Despite their differences, they work well together and carve out a decent life on the tough streets and alleyways of Treasure Town. It all threatens to come apart when a big corporation tries to tear down Treasure Town and rebuild it for its own goals. The boys take action to save their city while dealing with their own troubled pasts.

Tekkon Kinkreet is an amazing R-rated blend of science fiction, humor, horror, drama, and thought provoking plot elements. It's truly one of the more unique anime experiences out there, and having an HD TV makes the DVD even more enjoyable. At 1080p the movie's animation really shines.

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Afro Samurai Top 3



An odd mix of hip hop, samurai, and one Bad Ass mother******, Afro Samurai hit U.S. airwaves in early 2007 and got attention from people who otherwise wouldn't have bothered with anime. It first aired on Spike TV and the stylized battle scenes and Samuel L. Jackson's unique lead voice talents made it a hit among Spike's 18-24 male demographic. Since its release, the Afro Samurai series has enjoyed much success. Spike TV plans to air a second season of the anime, work has started on a live-action version, and XBOX 360 and PS3 games will be on shelves sometime in the near future.

There's some controversy over whether this series should be considered true anime or if it should fall into the dreaded "American anime" category since it first aired on American TV and used English-speaking voice actors. However, the facts really state the case; the series was adapted from a Japanese manga, directed by a Japanese anime director, and produced by well-known anime studio GONZO. So, although some purists may complain about its inclusion on our list, it's hard to argue against it.

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Death Note Top 2



Riding on the coattails of the insanely popular manga, the Death Note anime brought even more fans to the franchise when it aired on Adult Swim. The superb and suspenseful storytelling of the manga is done justice in the animated version.

In case you've been totally ignoring the anime and manga scene for the past two years, here's a brief summary of the show from the offical website:

"Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of noble goal…or his life?"

To say that the franchise has had an impact on the anime industry would be a severe understatement. The manga has spawned live action movies, tons of merchandise, and of course the anime series we're talking about right now. But there is one asterisk that sits next to the anime; one wonders how well it would stand on its own if the manga hadn't been such an incredible hype machine.

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Paprika Top 1



The most notable anime feature film released this year was definitely Paprika. Fans of the deliciously disturbing Paranoia Agent instantly recognized director Satoshi Kon's style in Paprika and flocked to view the movie as soon as it was available.

Paprika also garnered accolades from major film critics that usually equate anime to Saturday morning cartoons, and it's considered by many to be on par with the creations of Hayao Miyazaki (aka the Japanese Walt Disney).

A quick story synopsis from RottenTomatoes.com:

"The visually striking thriller is set in the not-too-distant future, where doctors are developing a groundbreaking new psychotherapy treatment called PT. This coincides with the invention of a device called the "DC Mini," which enables researchers to enter the dreams of a subject and explore matters of the unconscious mind. But one day, a "DC Mini" prototype goes missing, and the doctors are thrown into a world of confusion. They realize how dangerous a turn of events this could be, and to ensure that things don't spiral out of control, they embark on a mad quest to track down the missing prototype."

This movie was, quite frankly, weird. But weird in a good way, like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Brazil. It's an absolutely dazzling venture into the world of dreams that might make you wonder if someone slipped something into your drink.
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Witchbalde, Beck, Mushishi and Death Note... are going to be made in to games?! Well... have already?!
(I mentioned these because these are my fave anime/manga of the "games" listed above.)

Ah...I wanna buy them!

Also, Highlander!
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suzumiya in psp right
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