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Animes that made you watch more animes.. Anime that has been recomended to you many times and has been certified of being legend.... Animes that has been in this community and proven to be a great anime..

pls follow this format...

Legendary Ecchi Anime:
Legendary Romance Anime:
Legendary Drama Anime:
Legendary Action Anime:
Legendary Sci-fi anime:
Legendary Comedy Anime:
Legendary psychological anime:
Legendary mecha anime:
Legendary horror anime:
Legendary Supernatural anime:
Legendary Fantasy Anime:
Legendary Historical Anime:
Legendary Gore/Bloody Anime:
Legendary Adventure Anime:

Legendary Ecchi Anime:
Kanokon>>>you know what i mean if i say this anime...

Legendary Romance Anime:
Clannad>>Love is in the air

Legendary Drama Anime:
Sola>>left me shock for a week
Saikano>>made me cry alot

Legendary Action Anime:
Lupin the III>>> Great anime series! ACTION PACKED!
Murder Princess>>>> Perfect action to the max

Legendary Sci-fi anime:
Vandread>>>i will not say this anime for mecha.... it has good sci-fi story

Legendary Comedy Anime:
OHSHC>>>taking comedy to a different level

Legendary psychological anime:
Deathnote>>>nothing i can say

Legendary mecha anime:
Gundam Series>>its just legendary
Macross Series>> closest to reality makes it good

Legendary horror anime:
Devil may cry>>>>cant get enough of it

Legendary Supernatural anime:
Rosario+vampire>>>great combination of school life and supernatural genre

Legendary Fantasy Anime:
Eremetar Gerad>>>definitely good anime my 1st anime!

Legendary Historical Anime:
Victorian Romance Emma>>>good anime series... worth of legendary title

Legendary Gore/Bloody Anime:
Claymore>>>>bloody packed series!

Legendary Adventure Anime:
Erementar Gerad>>>> VERY GOOD ANIME
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Hn. It's difficult to say, as what people think often conflict with each other. Nevertheless, I'll throw down into this list with a few animes I think are legendary:

Legendary Action anime: Dragon Ball Z (1989)
Reasons: I think a lot of my childhood was based growing up on Dragon Ball Z. It was one of the first few animes licensed and shown on Saturday mornings. What was there not to like? An irrepressible hero, whose big heart and dedication to continually protect those who were dear to him, an ensemble cast of people surrounding him who support him and form the core basis of the show - memorable villains, the like. Dragon Ball Z established, or made popular many concepts that remain true in most of the shonen genre today - I call this the plucky-hero-who-is-good-at-kicking-ass-but-finds-out-world-is-bigger-than-him-when-a-powerful-bad-guy-turns-up-and-goes-on-a-series-of-training-regimens-to-become-more-powerful-to-protect-what-he-holds-dear-syndrome. Indeed, I dare assert that at it's core, Bleach, One Piece, Hunter X Hunter, Shaman King, and Naruto all have the same sort of base plotline to DBZ, just with different characters and different settings. I'm expecting to be flamed for this, but this is my opinion.

Legendary Sci-Fi anime: Akira (1988)
Reasons: I didn't watch Akira until much later in my otaku life, but once I did, I certainly did not regret it. It had themes contained within which amazed me that they were able to be considered at the time of writing. A dark cyberpunk epic, Katsuhiro Otomo is considered as one of the few directors who led the charge changing the character of animation from a distinctly childish theme to a very adult theme. Although the animation looks dated, if you compare it to other shows or movies from the time, you can see that is is at a much higher quality than anything else. A sci-fi epic, if any.

Honourable Mention: Ghost in the Shell (1995)
The very first sci-fi epic of the series that everyone seems to love right now, the movie Ghost in the Shell is an incredible watch, even to the uninitated. It has complex themes regarding the nature of humanity, and what it means to be truly alive, examining the definition of what it means to have a soul. The art is cutting edge for 1995 and the direction of the entire movie is beautiful, especially the part where Major Kusanagi drifts through the neon-lit city on a ferry.

Legendary Mecha anime: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982)
Reasons: I nominate Macross for being legendary, for it truly is. Known as Robotech, Macross was one of the few animes which were first licensed to be distributed in the English speaking world. I spent many a saturday morning cheering on Rick Hunter blowing up Zentradi and groaning as he tried to sort his tragic love life out. Unfortunately, it's licensing was also it's bane: due to complex licensing problems and a reticient licensee, no further Macrosses were brought to the rest of the english speaking world. What was so special about Macross? For one, it was an epic space story regarding a cross-racial war. Yes, it had giant robots, but that was insignificant in comparison to the totality of the story. For once, the robots weren't actually the focus of the anime. They were merely part of it, to facilitate the giant war that was going on. And when everything is looking bleak, the power of love - the power of song, shone brightly in the sea of darkness, providing hope, rallying everyone together, and saving the day.

Honourable Mention: Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
Mobile Suit Gundam is another one of my legendary nominations. To be honest, it's on about the same par as Macross. It was one of the first few robot shows that focused on the robot not as a super robot, but as a real robot. Mobile Suit Gundam tackled some very tough themes about war and about humanity in particular, and pulled no punches as a space opera war epic. When I say it pulled no punches - I mean come on, in the beginning of the show, it's revealed that Zeon's Operation British consisted mainly of dropping colonies on major Earth cities. There is _no_ way something like that would be broadcasted these days in the wake of 9/11. It was large, complex, and advanced for it's time. The testament to that is the many Gundam Spin-offs that we have these days. In _fact_, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2002), a favourite of many, is based on this anime, proving that legendary stories will continue to inspire future productions.

Legendary Drama Anime: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Reasons: Deep, profound, and tear-jerking, Grave of the Fireflies is considered to be a dramatic, and historic epic set in the closing days of World War II. This anime is considered to transcend the boundaries of being merely animation and is considered on par with other historical epics like Steven Spielberg's "Shindler's List". It deals with the relationship of two orphaned children, a brother and sister, who are trying to survive the ending days of the war in Japan, dealing with famine, death, and the indifference of their fellow countrymen to their plight. This is a show that grabs your attention right from the start and leaves you with a hollow, yet bittersweet feeling when you are done with it. A truly epic and masterful work of storytelling.

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Legendary Psychological Anime: Monster (2004)
Reasons: I nominate Monster over all others in this category, because this is an anime that truly stands out when it comes to the genres mystery/psychological. This is a show worth watching. It is true that it is slow in certain parts and really gets going after a bit of a windup, but it's completely worth it. Dr Kenzo Tenma is a talented brain surgeon in Germany, who saves a young boy who had been shot in the head; however there is more than meets the eye in the case. The young boy turns out to be a sinister, charismatic, and intelligent psycopath, who creates corpses where he goes. Dr Tenma is riddled by guilt, and pursues him, intending to stop the boy. This show is a thriller that leaves you hanging all the time. It's deeply psychological, and riddled with deep characters and exotic locations throughout Europe. One reason why it's so good is that the air of danger - the little hints and the realisations that surface as the show progresses - is so subtle, and refined, yet leaves you with a tense yet stressed feeling. A must watch.

Legendary Historical Anime: Rurouni Kenshin (1997), and Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal (1999)
Reasons: Admittedly I have not watched many shows of the historical genre. However, I'm willing to forward Rurouni Kenshin as my nomination for Legendary Historical Anime. I first watched Rurouni Kenshin in my teens, as it was one of the few animes that were first being picked up as American Distributors realised that anime was a burgeoning thing. What I saw did not disappoint. Here was a wandering swordsman dedicated to protect what he held dear to him, trying to escape his past using the only way he could. I dare say that this anime revived interest in historical epics of the Edo/Meiji Era. With colourful characters and memorable enemies, as well as a background solidly fixed in a classic era of Japan, Rurouni Kenshin is an excellent watch.

Legendary Adventure Anime: One Piece (1999)
Reasons: I do state that One Piece does apply the tried and true formula of Dragonball Z earlier, but that doesn't mean that it's bad at that. One Piece may not take the place as a Legendary Action Anime, but it is certainly deserving of Legendary Adventure Anime. I consider that a Legendary Adventure Anime as one that has a rich, vivid, and fully fleshed out world, with memorable and colourful characters that travel through exotic locales, journeying towards their ultimate goal. One Piece certainly accomplishes that, with flair and style. The animation may turn off initial watchers, but the story is nothing short of fantastic. Every episode never ceases to amaze me, and what I am struck by most of all is that everyone is constantly smiling. A cheerful, optimistic, yet very, very cool series that anyone interested in shonen should watch.

Honourable Mention: Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles (2005)
I don't actually like Clamp. But I will recognise that Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles is of a Legendary Character. Created by Clamp along with xxxHolic to be a story that unites all elements of Clamp's storytelling, Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles is a cross-dimensional epic romp that does not disappoint even the casual watcher. Unfortunately, many elements that related to other Clamp creations were taken out from the anime, which would have made the experienced watcher swoon in delight. Nevertheless, despite it's flaws (of which I have the opinion are many), it is a delightful watch and worthy of being legendary.

Legendary Fantasy Anime: Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
Reasons: I was under the previous opinion that Legendary Fantasy Anime should go to Last Exile. I've changed my mind since then. I fully believe that the status of Legendary Fantasy Anime should go to Laputa. This award-winning movie was the first movie produced by Studio Ghibli, and is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese Walt Disney. It's legendary not because it's the first of many hits to come from Studio Ghibli, but it's a completely enthralling and eye-opening experience, even for the casual watcher of anime. The story is solid: about a boy who meets a girl who holds the key to the lost airborne city of Laputa, as well as the band of sky pirates and government men who want to unlock the secrets of the city. An excellent, most incredible watch.

Honourable Mention: Last Exile (2003)
Created by GONZO for their 10th anniversary, GONZO pulled out all the stops and created a wonderfully crafted anime. Some people may disagree that this show is not in the fantasy genre - I argue otherwise. The brilliantly crafted world of Prester serves as the backdrop to an aviation epic, set during dark times when two supernations are warring with each other. Enter Claus and Lavi, two airship pilots who hold the key to the mysterious, locked away airship Exile, hidden away in the turbulent air current that separates the two countries of Dislith and Anatoray known as the Grand Stream. The visuals are stunning, the music excellent, the characters memorable, and the show, overall cool. I have some issues with how quickly it ended, but criticism aside, everyone should watch this.

Legendary Gory Anime: Elfen Lied (2004)
Reasons: Graphic, violent, and vicious. Elfen Lied pulls no punches when it comes to graphic violence and bloody scenes. The character Lucy, in the first episode, massacres countless guards with a single mechanical pencil when breaking out. Revelling in its own bloody gory, Elfen Lied quickly makes a turn around soon after, showing us complex themes of alienation, identity, and discrimination, before going back to a bloody revenge filled affair. A good watch for all lovers of the genre.
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==Triple Edit==

This is a pretty good topic, in my opinion, and people should explain their reasons why they consider a particular anime to be a "legendary" anime. I also note that a "legendary" anime may have nothing to do with it being a "favourite" anime, the two of them are distinct from each other - personally, I don't actually like MS Gundam as much as I do SDF Macross, but I recognise that it is actually an important milestone in animation.

Also, take note that a "legendary" anime, in my opinion, is one that sets a distinct example, a milestone or breaking the conventional norm of anything that was ever done up to that point. The reason why it's legendary is that it stands far above the norm and is far better than anything else at the time, and inspires or influences animes in the future. However, that's not to say that a legendary anime cannot be inspired or cannot take influence. A legendary anime is simply something that no matter what, will stand the test of time, and will continue to be good or relevant in the future.

Also, include the date of the anime, if possible. That would be swell!

(My) Explaination of genres
Ecchi Anime:
Anime which is known to be perverted in nature! Has lots of girls, fanservice, panty shots, or revealing boob shots, without it going into outright hentai!

Romance Anime:
Anime which has a deeply moving romantic story at its heart.

Drama Anime:
Anime which is dramatic in nature, containing a deeply emotional story that moves mountains and gives inspiration to us all. Romance is largely considered to be a sub-genre of drama, but large enough to be spun off onto its own genre.

Action Anime:
Anime which has lots of adrenaline, having inspiring fights and awesome fight sequences. Storyline aside, this sort of genre is all about the kicking/slashing/punching/shooting!

Sci-fi anime:
Anime that looks to the future, and speculates on future technologies or is set in a future setting. This sort of genre is typically very large and varied, and may contain a mix of other genres in it.

Comedy Anime:
Anime that makes you laugh your socks off. Comedy is an important element in many productions, and may be mixed with other genres, although in current day and age, a show completely devoted to comedy is rare.

Psychological anime:
Psychological is usually combined with thriller / horror / mystery elements. This genre is hard to pin down, but basically it's anime that keeps you second-guessing and wondering what's going on, while making you pushed to the edge of your seat, trying to figure out the motives and intentions of the characters.

Mecha anime:
A sub-genre of Sci-Fi, Mecha anime is a much loved and established genre within the anime industry. It usually involves giant robots. However mecha is experiencing a revival these days, having typically other genre elements such as romance and psychological elements involved in it.

Horror anime:
A base genre, horror animes are all about scaring the watcher senseless. This is the stuff that you watch late at night and turn off all the lights to, and find yourself unable to sleep without a baseball bat.

Supernatural anime:
Typically a sub-genre of Horror, supernatural and horror typically go hand in hand with each other. However, supernatural anime may branch out itself and not include horror at all. Supernatural animes have naturally, supernatural elements, be it ghosts, vampires, zombies, or out of body experiences.

Fantasy Anime:
A base genre, fantasy is usually characterised by a lush and vivid world, involving many races, knights, and perhaps magic. But fantasy isn't limited to such things. Fantasy can also mean a fully realised world that isn't Earth.

Historical Anime:
More of a setting than a genre, historical anime is animes based in a historical setting. Quite popular are Edo/Meiji eras as well as ancient chinese settings (Three Kingdoms, Seven Kingdoms).

Gore/Bloody Anime:
Typically a sub-genre of Horror, but can also be applied to Action or Adventure. This sort of anime is characterised by way too much blood.

Adventure Anime:
Typically combined with fantasy and action, adventure animes are all about epic quests to do stuff like save the world or become the very best. Typical elements are a party of 3-6 people, travelling most of the time through exotic locations, and getting stronger and better along the way.
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Hn. It's difficult to say, as what people think often conflict with each other. Nevertheless, I'll throw down into this list with a few animes I think are legendary:

Legendary Action anime: Dragon Ball Z
Reasons: I think a lot of my childhood was based growing up on Dragon Ball Z. It was one of the first few animes licensed and shown on Saturday mornings. What was there not to like? An irrepressible hero, whose big heart and dedication to continually protect those who were dear to him, an ensemble cast of people surrounding him who support him and form the core basis of the show - memorable villains, the like. Dragon Ball Z established, or made popular many concepts that remain true in most of the shonen genre today - I call this the plucky-hero-who-is-good-at-kicking-ass-but-finds-out-world-is-bigger-than-him-when-a-powerful-bad-guy-turns-up-and-goes-on-a-series-of-training-regimens-to-become-more-powerful-to-protect-what-he-holds-dear-syndrome. Indeed, I dare assert that at it's core, Bleach, One Piece, Hunter X Hunter, Shaman King, and Naruto all have the same sort of base plotline to DBZ, just with different characters and different settings. I'm expecting to be flamed for this, but this is my opinion.

Legendary Sci-Fi anime: Akira (1988)
Reasons: I didn't watch Akira until much later in my otaku life, but once I did, I certainly did not regret it. It had themes contained within which amazed me that they were able to be considered at the time of writing. A dark cyberpunk epic, Katsuhiro Otomo is considered as one of the few directors who led the charge changing the character of animation from a distinctly childish theme to a very adult theme. Although the animation looks dated, if you compare it to other shows or movies from the time, you can see that is is at a much higher quality than anything else. A sci-fi epic, if any.

Honourable Mention: Ghost in the Shell (1995)
The very first sci-fi epic of the series that everyone seems to love right now, the movie Ghost in the Shell is an incredible watch, even to the uninitated. It has complex themes regarding the nature of humanity, and what it means to be truly alive, examining the definition of what it means to have a soul. The art is cutting edge for 1995 and the direction of the entire movie is beautiful, especially the part where Major Kusanagi drifts through the neon-lit city on a ferry.

Legendary Mecha anime: Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982)
I nominate Macross for being legendary, for it truly is. Known as Robotech, Macross was one of the few animes which were first licensed to be distributed in the English speaking world. I spent many a saturday morning cheering on Rick Hunter blowing up Zentradi and groaning as he tried to sort his tragic love life out. Unfortunately, it's licensing was also it's bane: due to complex licensing problems and a reticient licensee, no further Macrosses were brought to the rest of the english speaking world. What was so special about Macross? For one, it was an epic space story regarding a cross-racial war. Yes, it had giant robots, but that was insignificant in comparison to the totality of the story. For once, the robots weren't actually the focus of the anime. They were merely part of it, to facilitate the giant war that was going on. And when everything is looking bleak, the power of love - the power of song, shone brightly in the sea of darkness, providing hope, rallying everyone together, and saving the day.

Honourable Mention: Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
Mobile Suit Gundam is another one of my legendary nominations. To be honest, it's on about the same par as Macross. It was one of the first few robot shows that focused on the robot not as a super robot, but as a real robot. Mobile Suit Gundam tackled some very tough themes about war and about humanity in particular, and pulled no punches as a space opera war epic. When I say it pulled no punches - I mean come on, in the beginning of the show, it's revealed that Zeon's Operation British consisted mainly of drpping colonies on major Earth cities. There is _no_ way something like that would be broadcasted these days in the wake of 9/11. It was large, complex, and advanced for it's time. The testament to that is the many Gundam Spin-offs that we have these days.

Legendary Drama Anime: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Deep, profound, and tear-jerking, Grave of the Fireflies is considered to be a dramatic, and historic epic set in the closing days of World War II. This anime is considered to transcend the boundaries of being merely animation and is considered on par with other historical epics like Steven Spielberg's "Shindler's List". It deals with the relationship of two orphaned children, a brother and sister, who are trying to survive the ending days of the war in Japan, dealing with famine, death, and the indifference of their fellow countrymen to their plight. This is a show that grabs your attention right from the start and leaves you with a hollow, yet bittersweet feeling when you are done with it. A truly epic and masterful work of storytelling.


my god you sound just like a legend i would also like to add

Legendary Comedy Anime: kyou kara ore wa
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Legendary psychological anime: Higurashi no naku koro ni(kai)

i gota hand it to this one yo, the sheer mind bendingness of it had me questioning myself for like... weeks, honestly, the entire series was like... the ending of school days spread into its own anime :o
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Legendary GORE/HORROR/DRAMA anime: ELFEN LIED

in a lab on a island was lucy she one day escapes with a lot of blood shed finds the boy she used to hang out with and 13 episodes later well i can't tell you , that would be spoiler lol XD
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Legendary Sci-fi/Mecha/Romance anime: Eureka Seven
freaking amazing
the romance plot developed half way through the show, but it was worth ittt.
then there are robots or LFO's that can ref which is sky surfing O:
the action was really good too 'cause they didn't really use 3-D animation for the mecha stuff which i thought was pretty dandy :x
OH and great soundtracks, really really good soundtracks.
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Ghost Fighter
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Legendary Romance Anime: Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
Reason: Mind you, I will be very bias on this topic! This short anime, really did something in my heart. How that boy would be willing to give anything to that girl for the time she has left in the world. It made me cried several times in that six episodes long series.

May I recommend you adding:

Legendary Comedy Anime
Legendary Mahou Shoujo (Magical Girl) Anime
Legendary Mahou (Magic) Anime
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Legendary Romance Anime: Full Moon Wo Sagashite, Junjou Romantica!
Reason ; For Full Moon, it shows that love in the end always win and for JR, it proves gender doesn't matter. Love is just love.
Legendary Drama Anime: Grave Of Fireflies, Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien!
Reason ; You can relate to those two. The could easily happend in real life.
Legendary Comedy Anime: Ouran High School Host Club!
Reason ; Took humor to a whole new level. XP
Legendary Psychological anime: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni!
Reason ; Never before have an anime made played with your head so much before.
Legendary Horror anime: Elfen Lied!
Reason ; I'm not easy to scare to be honest, but there were some scenes here that just creeped me out.

It's just my personal opinions.

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Legendary Romance Anime : Fushigi Yuugi , ayashi no ceres

for the rest ......
well I'm not that much interested in the other anime types so I wouldn't be able to tell which is a legend & which is not
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Legendary Ecchi Anime:
Bastard! - the closest to hentai
Birdy The Mighty - very good plot


Legendary Romance Anime:
Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien - slice of life...you can relate to at least one character


Legendary Drama Anime:
Air Tv - drama in all sense...family...love...friendship...

Legendary Action Anime:
Lupin the 3rd - almost every aspect of action

Legendary Sci-fi anime:
Ghost in the Shell - also a very good story

Legendary Comedy Anime:
Ranma 1/2 - original plot...good comedy

Legendary psychological anime:
Serial Experiments Lain - very psychological...

Legendary mecha anime:
Gundam - it just became legendary

Legendary horror anime:
Ghost At School - it was a first for me...

Legendary Supernatural anime:
Kanon 2006 - different supernatural...

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Legendary ecchi - kanokon
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lol
too much legend in this thread
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Legendary Ecchi Anime: Sekirei(It's going to be animated anyway )
Legendary Romance Anime: Fushigi Yuugi
Legendary Drama Anime: ~
Legendary Action Anime: Samurai Champloo
Legendary Sci-fi anime: Gundam Wing
Legendary Comedy Anime: Full Metal Panic : Fumoffu
Legendary psychological anime: Deathnote
Legendary mecha anime: Gundam Wing
Legendary horror anime: ~
Legendary Supernatural anime: Yu Yu Hakusho
Legendary Fantasy Anime: ~
Legendary Historical Anime: Samurai X : Trust & Betrayal
Legendary Gore/Bloody Anime: Elfen Lied
Legendary Adventure Anime: Inuyasha
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