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I don't necessarily mean which anime is your favorite one. I just mean which one do you think can be classified as a masterpiece? Which one has that unique structure that is just so well made that you just hold up highly? For me, its Death Note. I admire the way Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata created a world with so many complicated factors and loopholes to it. I definitely give it a high rating but in the end that's just my opinion I would love to hear your opinons, what do you think?
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Code geass
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Karas.


And others I won't mention cause well, they also happen to be my favorites.
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes

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Gintama.
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I know opinions aren't allowed... but I'm gonna have to say Naruto.
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Nagi no Asukara
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Hunter x Hunter
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes

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I'd have to agree with you. Death Note. I also think Angel Beats was extremely well done.
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Shinsekai Yori and the Monogatari series
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Gurren Lagann.
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It's hard to say. There's a lot of aspects of anime that make something seem like a masterpiece for me.

For pure animation, Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words). Because holy shit it looks amazing beyond belief.

For pure feels I'd probably go with Clannad After Story. It made me the anime addict I am today.

For just a pure epic factor Gurren Lagann. I'm a sucker for such over the top action, self sacrifice scenes, and thrilling music all wrapped up into one package. Probably the most fun I've had watching anime.

In the same vein as Gurren Lagann, a story that is just interesting and unique, and intelligent, that kept me in suspense and never having any idea what was going to come next was Steins;Gate.


For the whole package though I'd probably go with the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie. They took a series that I loved but just upped the bar and elevated every aspect of it to monstrous levels. The only thing it doesn't really have is a ton of over the top action, but aside from that it was beautifully animated and directed, great dialogue/writing. Just a really high end, high style production. Comedy, drama, sci fi, romance (sort of). Just a truly great movie.
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My standards for a masterpiece in anime are deceptively simple: the work needs to have become lastingly significant and/or advanced anime in a significant way. That title belongs to several of the standard classics without much controversy, such as:

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion
2. Akira
3. Tokyo Godfathers
4. Mobile Suit Gundam
5. Cardcaptor Sakura
6. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
7. Cowboy Bebop
8. FLCL

Still, there are more titles that are arguably deserving of the title but nevertheless might be a bit harder to sell. For example, I've included FLCL since it has very clearly left a lasting impact on surreal comedy anime, but then there's to consider additional titles that also contributed to the genre in a big way like Excel Saga and Project A-ko from long before that. It might be harder to convince people that Excel Saga is a masterpiece, and I think I'd have the hardest time selling Project A-ko. It seems fair to include Excel Saga since it left a mark that is still remembered, and particularly since it did a lot of the things FLCL did a year earlier.

The key thing to bear in mind is that I don't consider anime to be masterpieces because they're a vision of perfection, where no mistakes exist and where everything synchs absolutely flawlessly. No such anime exists, no such anime has ever existed, and no such anime will ever exist. Rather, it's the impact an anime has on how things are done, or how effectively it manages to capture some aspect of the medium, or how long it remains in popular memory, that decides its masterpiece status. For example, Ping Pong the Animation has more realistic faces, proportions, and so on, and its spectacular use of animation provides a very nice contrast with most of the rest of anime. In a way that makes it a masterpiece, because it's challenging anime in general to do more with itself, to showcase what it's really capable of.
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Cowboy Bebop -- the concept is incredible and the story line is perfectly deep and thrilling!
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