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This is a list that I just cannot label in a 1-10 fashion, because they’re all just too good to label.
When it comes to sci-fi, some of the most badass of shows have been born from them, not including the movies as well – making it one of the genres that really helped to shape the western views on anime entirely.
Most fan favorites come from this genre as well showing just how incredible an impact it has on anime itself!
1. Cowboy Bebop
It’s 2071 A.D. and humanity has been driven away from Earth and into the stars!
Spike Spiegel is a bounty hunter in this new age of space travel and a completely new type of criminal activity. He travels through space, drifting with his good buddy Jet and getting into all different types of trouble.
This is one of the absolute best anime I have ever had the pleasure of watching, with an ending that did nothing but depress me because it was just that – the end.
The character stories and the action completely immerse you inside this new world, definitely worth a re-watch or several.
Akane Tsunemori is a brand new detective in this new world where crime is kept at bay by machines reading a person’s crime coefficient – that is to say, someone’s capability to commit a crime.
The only thing standing between the would-be criminals that manage to avoid detection and the unsuspecting public would be the detectives and their dominators.
If you’ve not yet gone aboard the hype train for Psycho-Pass, all I can say is you’re missing out!
This is an incredible show that completely sets itself apart from other sci-fi anime by taking what you think you know and twisting it completely.
3. Ergo Proxy
In the distant future where the world has been transformed by our own wars, Proxy are made to create and establish new societies under domes.
Many years later this knowledge is mainly forgotten, and these societies are no longer in contact. Re-l is a detective in one of these domes who becomes center to a whole new set of problems – not to mention the start of a whole new world.
This is one of the best shows I’ve seen that show the different sides of the human psyche and really delve into what those are; all without giving it away (it makes you really think about it). If you’re looking for an anime that you can multitask to and still have some idea of what’s going on, this is not it.
It really forces you to pay attention to it; however, at the same time it doesn’t disappoint!
4. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
One year after Colony 195 the war between the Space Colonies and the Earth has started.
In order to give the Space Colonies an edge against the Earth forces they’ve been sent five different, albeit young, soldiers who pilot new mobile suits named Gundam.
I can’t delve too far into this series without completely ruining every plot point it has to offer. This is the show that got me into anime in the first place and set my expectations for mecha anime unreasonably high.
This is one of the best shows to start you off on a sci-fi adventure in anime, and many fans would have this high up on their recommendations list.
5. Ghost in the Shell
In the year 2029 cybernetics and the web have completely redefined the world as we know it today.
With a new era of technology comes a new era of criminals – and what better way to fight a new wave of criminology than with a new wave of cybernetically enhanced police? The Puppetmaster has staked his claim as one of the times newest criminals and Project 2501 is sent to stop him.
Ghost in the Shell is one of the shows from the 1990’s that managed to shape how we in the western world look at anime in general.
The characters are so intriguing and well defined; the action is beautiful and is definitely something everyone needs to see at least once.
6. Eureka Seven
Renton Thurston is a boy looking to ride the perfect wave, but not in the sense of how we know it today.
To Renton, the perfect wave isn’t one you can always see, the perfect waves are made of Trapar Particles.He’s always dreamed of piloting an LFO for the Gekkostate group, often daydreaming about just that. One day an LFO crashes into his grandfather’s garage, the pilot being a beautiful young girl named Eureka and starting him on his new adventure in life and love!
Eureka Seven is a fantastic anime to watch if you have kids around; a great way to introduce them to the world of anime or even the sci-fi genre.
While I stated earlier I have high expectations for mecha anime, this one did not disappoint in the slightest and you won’t be put off by starting this series!
7. Neon Genesis Evangelion
It’s 2015 and the Earth is being attacked for the second time by the Angels, giant alien war machines sent to eradicate us.
Our only hope of survival lies in the Evangelion mechanoid fighting machines developed by the special United Nations agency NERV. The only drawback to the Evangelions is that they can only be piloted by babies conceived on the day of the initial invasion, making the pilots of today only fourteen years old.
Many mecha fans also attribute this show as being one of their top favorites and not without reason! With so many thrilling scenes compacted into this series it’s no wonder why fans love this series.
If you’re looking outside of the classic Gundam franchise for a good older mecha to watch, this is your best option!
It’s 2019 and the 31st year after the start of World War III when a child with amazing psychic abilities breaks free from custody and gets involved in a motorcycle gang.
Tetsuo, another member of the gang soon starts to show psychic abilities of his own and becomes the next target for experimentation by the army. Because of this he sets out to take vengeance on the society that once made fun of him for being weaker than they.
Akira is a classic anime film that came out in 1988 and has done much to enrapture fans worldwide.
The story is refreshing from the mass amounts of magic filled anime that fill our must see lists and giving us a realistically new look at what the human race would be capable of with psychic abilities.
Ichise is an orphan turned prize fighter who loses an arm and a leg in an attempt to satisfy the rage of a fight promoter. In order to save his life a young woman doctor used him as her own private guinea pig and implanted the next generation of Texhnolyze to replace his missing limbs.
In order to gain control of Lux, a crumbling city; wars must be had.
This is an absolute stunning show that really makes you think about where we as a society are heading.
Will we be heading to the stars or underground – or will we work on the surface of the Earth without destroying it?
Humans have relocated to Mars through the use of a hypergate discovered on the surface of the moon; and their utter technological superiority has left the humans on Earth at a disadvantage.
Through the use of Kataphrakts the Martians begin a takeover of their once home planet for its resources, ending the fight in a stalemate as most of the moon gets destroyed when the hypergate explodes.
Years later the Martian princess wishes to make peace with the world, but can that be accomplished?
This show had an amazing hype train following it and it certainly lived up to its expectations. Hitting the ground running in a very strong pilot episode and keeping the equilibrium between action and excitement while filling in the backstory is no easy task, but Aldnoah.Zero manages it without a hitch.
It also tells the tale of what humanity is capable of when someone has something the other wants, giving the entire show a chilling sense of dread.
That wraps up the list of Top Ten Sci-Fi Anime! If you feel th