Top 25 Classic Anime of 2000-2005


Anime fans with what pass for exceptionally long memories amongst otaku and their ilk supply a very passable ranking of the best anime of the early 2000s – providing a rare glimpse into the brief pre-moe era between the end of the nineties and the advent of Haruhi.

The ranking:

1. Gundam Seed

2. Full Metal Alchemist

3. Scryed

4. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

5. Full Metal Panic

6. Eureka Seven

7. Aria the Animation

8. Kaleidostar

9. Rozen Maiden

10. Ghost in the Shell

11. Air

12. Planetes

13. Genesis of Aquarion

14. Fruits Basket

15. Elfen Lied

16. Shaman King

17. The Twelve Kingdoms

18. Jigoku Shoujo

19. Mushishi

20. Fafner in the Azure

21. Genshiken

22. RahXephon

23. Zatch Bell!!

24. Kamichu!

25. Hare+Guu / Last Exile

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    Avatar of jamesownsall
    Comment by jamesownsall
    00:53 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    2000-2005 is already 'classic'?

    Man do I feel old...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i feel you man... I really do feel you

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    Comment by josefmagno
    08:11 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    shit,,, i'm ... old...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    haven't been acceptably allowed to have sex with children for 11 years now. sigh... could of made one of my own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Look at the bright side - you are closer to becoming a full fledged Wizard now!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 25/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fire ball!!! ........fuck

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know this is a reference to Otaku, but did harry potter ever plow hermione or that asian broad?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope, he did ron's sister instead...

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    07:28 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    05:35 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Funny thing is they didn't mention Naruto(2002) or Bleach(2004), probably it don't include still ongoing series?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Because they are shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    beacause its a list of good series not stupid series with only fillers

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    One Piece would have definately made it if it was a 1990-2005 list :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    uses confusion!

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Good Series"
    "Gundam Seed at first place"


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or they just disclude endless torrents of crap that they are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 17/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Face it, Scryed -was- good. Definitely not QUALITY animation or anything, but it was overall good. So yes, it still has enough quality to be a defining factor.

    We're all going to disagree at any rate, so why bother with these arbitrary lists?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 14/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet Scryed made the Top 3, disqualifying all possibility of quality being a defining factor for what makes the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 15/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because Full Metal Alchemist (FMA:Brotherhood for the anime) is better than them both.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel the same way, how the hell is 2000-2005 "classic" ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because the likes of genshiken and FMA and FMP are instant classics.

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    Comment by Octopi
    11:13 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is a silly comment, withe the life expectancy so high, almost 100 years now, and the earth spinning faster, even if people will deny this, talking about early 100 is more like talking about 5 years ago rather than talking 1O.
    things move so fast that that it would be silly feeing old after such a short period of time.

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    Comment by yaku
    10:53 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just logged in to say exactly the same thing ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:28 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i know that feel

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watched these shows during highschool. On my way to 3rd year in University. Damn I also feel old :( These animes are still fresh in my mind....

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    Comment by Yamato
    01:22 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    to be fair, "late-night" anime (which accounts for most of the ones popular amongst otaku) only really took off in the mid-90s, as I understand it. So yeah, 2000 is relatively early on in its history.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what about us guys who grew up on Speed Racer (the real one) and Star Blazers (Space Cruiser Yamato)?! ie: 1960s & 1975.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I agree.
    My first taste of anime was in the 1970's...
    Speed Racer, Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato, and Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman AKA G-Force)
    Those are my top 3 classic animes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 22/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ha!. I watched all those as a kid. Non-anime shows included Ultra-Man , Johnny Sokko and his flying robot, and Space Giants.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They call you guys 'pedophiles'.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    06:18 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm with you guys. I grew up with 70s/80s anime and am horribly disappointed at how 21st century anime could possibly be considered "classic".

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I grew up in the 90s anime and the classic anime now that is one of the legend is Doreamon. It happens to be my first anime and manga. At that time almost every week watch the dub anime until AXN start showing anime to us in South East Asia.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    04:49 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't feel too bad. People will wonder what the hell I'm talking about, but time is actually speeding up. People can kind of recognize it if they're old enough and feel into what it was like back then. You can probably remember times back in the 80s and 90s where years may have seemed like they dragged on more than now, and when I look back I just thought it was because I was in school, but no. The perception of time on the planet really has shifted to match the speed at which we live in the information age. The perception of 'classic' seems to have sort of compressed to match that shift, so it's not just that we're getting older. Problem is it kinda makes the word feel less meaningful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    2000-2005 "classics"?

    Even if "I" am old, that does not excuse the young for thinking that stuff from only roughly 7 years ago is a "classic".

    If I told someone that the "matrix is a classic!" they'd slap my shit and hand me a copy of casablanca.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    08:19 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Which one: 1983, 1961, 1955 or 1942?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only because animation is still fairly new and niche as a medium. It would be interesting to know if in the future anybody considers any of it to be of any artistic or historical importance at all. If only we could get them to stop trying to censor everything completely into a world without expression.

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    Comment by Sid Vicious
    00:51 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Genshiken FTW.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the truth.

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    Comment by nekotototoro
    01:51 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Elfen Lied is good!! =)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Good? I losed my legs and arms because of it. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    And your grammar too, from the looks of it. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "And your grammar too, BY the looks of it. ^^"

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're a GrammarNazy because of it. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous

    You wacky nazi! Get off Sankaku!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:11 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    No Mai-hime!
    That series was fantastic! D:

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    06:17 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Also rewatched it a couple of months ago, and the lack of Mai-HiME in this top is disturbing.

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    Comment by RakkaKaze
    02:44 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Just finished rewatching it a week ago, still a top favorite.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    00:43 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    S-cry-ed 100% belongs up there if not no.1. A true gem of a show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Couldn't agree more, lad. Scryed totally rocks. Glad there's someone understand =3

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Scryed made me realise that i lacked speed in my life ...

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:45 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It was different and pretty good.

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    Comment by Dia
    03:06 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Explain scryed to me. I tried to watch it early in my anime career when I still had quite a tolerance for bad anime, but I stopped because I didn't like it. What makes it so great?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Straight Cougar

    Comment by คภєк๏
    05:04 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Thank you, now I know I can skip it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    dat dub

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It really is a shitty show. I'm surprised as many people liked it. The best thing I can say about it is that as far as cliche shonen anime with no particular strengths go, it's one of the better ones.

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    Comment by Garrax
    16:34 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't skip it if you like action, drama, and some good comedy. However stay the Fuck away from Dubs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    same with VA

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now now Aneko ... don't judge the whole series just by that crazy character alone.

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    Comment by WEL
    11:55 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I liked it when I was a kid because the main characters where very shonen like. You know, that kind of rivalry that is everywhere like Ryu vs Ken, Goku vs Vegeta, Red vs Blue but the anime itself was shit. And when I say shit I mean really shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 15/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didnt like the second half lol. It should have just stayed on his death and let him win.
    There was a really good fan made ending on Youtube BTW. Its where Kira gets old and asks Ryuk to kill him, and they go to the shinigami realm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A much better more modern example and in my opinion one of the best out there is Death Note. I suggest people watch the second OVA instead of the second half of the anime, but that's me. At least the second half didn't drag out as long in the anime as it did in the manga.

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    Comment by Uryuu?
    01:56 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Better yet Why did S-cry-ed Lose to Gundam Seed!?!?!? When did this happen!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:13 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    probably because Gundam Seed is teh show that replaced S-cry-ed after it ended...

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    Comment by Gradius
    09:11 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Scryed is coming out in blu-ray very soon!

    drastic my soul!

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    Comment by Gradius
    09:13 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Is already out:

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, a list that doesn't fail for once. Not sure about Hare+Guu being up there, Mononoke was way better. I'll give the list a B+ though, overall. On that note, I think I'll watch some Fullmetal Panic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where's Samurai Champloo? Honey CLover? and Death Note? FFFFFFF

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno, I felt like I had wasted my time at the end. Nothing really changed.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    04:23 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess I need to rewatch Scryed, because I honestly did not remember anything particularly monumental in it back in the day. I enjoyed it for what it was, but perhaps I was saturated with the transformation power stuff when I actually did watch it and wanted it to go somewhere else. I saw it on Cartoon Network, and it struck me as lacking a bit of depth. So I'm curious what people found in it that put it this high in their list.

    I personally would put Eureka Seven and possibly Full Metal Panic above it simply because of the feeling they elicited in making me care about what happened next, while I have distinct memories with Scryed being left expecting something more to come that never did. I think GITS may even be number one for me, but FMA is definitely deserved. Guess I'll have to finally watch Gundam Seed.

    But I do thank Scryed for giving us the line "My balls aren't there!!"

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