I know this has been attempted several times, but I want to attempt to create a voter driven listing of anime by genre.
The categories will be: Action (any non- fantasy, supernatural or sci-fi), Comedy, Drama/Slice of Life, Fantasy (magic/fantasy world), Romance, Sci-Fi (space/mecha), Sports, Supernatural. If you think there is a missing genre that cannot be incorporated into one of the above please let me know and I will add it if I think there is enough interest/anime material. Try to put the anime into the genre that best fits it. I know that many anime have multiple genre's but there still should be a main genre. Instead of giving a reason why you picked a particular anime this will be a pure popular vote list. I will keep a tally on this first post and will adjust the list based on the votes. We will start with a top-5 listing and if there are enough votes in a genre we will expand to a top-10. I am putting this list together quickly so my starting top-5 is going to reflect more recent shows. Adding a Horror/Mystery/Thriller Section based on suggestions. If we get enough suggestions I will break into multiple categories. I only plan to list Anime Series and not Anime Movies. If there is interest I am also willing to try a Movies list but there are fewer of those so it might be difficult.
Flame of Recca
Phantom: Requiem of Phantom
Cowboy Beebop (here or sci-fi?) - 4 votes
FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
Dragon Ball Kai [series including gt/kai] (does this belong here or in a different genre) - 2 votes
Naruto (does this belong here or a different genre)
Bleach (does this belong here or a different genre)
One Piece (comedy?) - 2 votes
Hunter X Hunter
Fate Stay Night/Fate Zero - 3 votes
Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star)
Detective Conan - 2 votes
Hayate no Gotoku
KenIchi: The Mightiest Disciple
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Gintama - 3 votes
Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?
No Game No Life (fantasy?)
Drama/Slice of Life:
Kimi to Boku
Natsume Yuujinchou - 2 votes
Shion No Ou
Welcome to the NHK
Soul Eater Not! (is this season 2 of soul eater or a different series?)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Full Metal Alchemist (series) - 3 votes
Last Exile (series)
Magi - 2 votes
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Attack on Titan
Fairy Tail - 2 votes
Another - 3 votes
Higurashi - 2 votes
Death Note (here or supernatural?)
Neuro: Supernatural Detective
Durarara!! - 2 votes
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi
Kimi ni Todoke
Toradora - 2 votes
Pet Girl of Sakurasou
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
Maoyū Maō Yūsha
Ano Natsu de Matteru
Darker than Black (series)
The Big O
Ghost in the Shell - 2 votes
Stein's Gate - 2 votes
Code Geass - 2 votes
Gundam Unicorn/Char's Counterattack
Prince of Tennis - 2 votes
Hajime no Ippo
Kuroko's Basketball - 3 votes
Ao no Exorcist
Mushishi - 2 votes
Psychic Detective Yakumo
Kara no Kyoukai
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure [series] - 2 votes
At the beginning I will list all of the proposed anime in each category. Once we start to accumulate some votes I will cut the list to 5 and if we get enough votes in a particular genre 10. One request, this is purely a vote driven list for the anime fans by the anime fans. We all have different preferences, some are more sophisticated viewers, while some watch purely for entertainment. We are putting together a list so someone new to anime might get a good representation to start their journey. Please do not criticize or comment on someone else's favorites. Thanks in advance.
Gintama wins in all genres.
I got my revenge.
I do not want to assume since I am asking for your votes. I am thinking either action or comedy for Gintama, but I want the voter to list which they think is the "main" genre it falls under. Thanks
Another should be in Supernatural genre (I don't think it belongs on this list though)
Ano Natsu should be in Romance genre (also doesn't belong on this list)
Ghost in the Shell needs to be in Science Fiction
Kara no Kyoukai needs to be in Supernatural?
Cowboy Bebop in Action?
Baccano needs to be in Action (Or everywhere? it has fantasy and supernatural elements in it...but I'd say its action first)
Welcome to the NHK should be in Drama
Mushi-shi should be in Slice of Life (although I guess it could stay where it is...)
Stein's;gate should be in Sci-Fi
FLCL should be in action
Pet Girl should be in Romance
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei should be in comedy
Nichijou should be in comedy
...I may keep going later
where is mystery and horror?
I am Like a Star, a Dying Star- twitch.tv/yandighandi
Those are two genre I do not have much experience watching. I will add the categories so please suggest 5 anime from each genre. Thanks
So wait, what?
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Mecha should have its own genre
Macross is the best!
I got my revenge.
Macross is the best!
I am by no means steadfast on these categories. This is a democratic process so if enough people want mecha to be separate from sci-fi I will do it. The reason I picked fantasy as a category is for magic, elves and the like. Supernatural was for demons, vampires, ghosts and the like and sci-fi was sort of the rest that did not fit those categories. That being said the goal is to create a meaningful list for both new and frequent anime watchers to be able to understand the genre. That was is someone if a sports fan they can fairly reliably get a list of anime to watch and if they like magic girls and elves they could peruse the fantasy list. Thank for all of the feedback so far and I respectfully ask that you also provide me with your favorites as you are providing me feedback.
I just put down 5 anime in each genre that I watched and enjoyed I did not intend this to be my list and fully expect some to most of mine to be replaced by votes.
The problem by going into stuff like this is that many series fall under multiple categories, making it hard to break down series in such a way. I guess if we go with the main focus, but even then, many series are multiple things. I wouldn't even know where to start for the break down. XD