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Anime fans on 2ch have been striving to identify the anime with the most impressive production values and highest animation quality, resulting in a selection of some of the most immaculately animated scenes ever – and not a cabbage in sight.

Some of their picks:

There is of course the alternative interpretation of “amazing” production quality, more fully explored in several previous compilations.

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    Avatar of Black_King_Vegeta
    Comment by Black_King_Vegeta
    17:35 30/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Oh you meant BEST animation, I thought we were talking "Anime Quality" disasters e.t.c

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    Comment by Actar
    20:37 30/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I personally feel that it would be kind of cheating to pick movies as they technically have higher budgets and hence higher production values.

    But whatever the case, the final fight between the YF-21 and X-9 would be one of my top picks.

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    Comment by Blacksun88
    00:58 06/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    finally someone made a fair judegement. not to mention all gundam and nanoha series have their breathtaking fight scene

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    How could they NOT include "Misuzu's Introduction" from AIR, which redefined the benchmark of how "hair in the wind" should be portrayed!!

    Silly Silly Silly!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:49 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg, cant believe someone also have the same wave length as i am. that scene gave me goosebumps everytime i watched it. still is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    7 years on, I STILL listen to the music from that scene, "Natsukage" (Summer Shadows) whenever I need to be put in a "relaxed and heartwarming" mood.

    Good Job Kyo-Ani, Good Job.

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    Comment by fyarl
    18:17 30/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Is dat sum Read or Die? Fuck yeah it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by คภєк๏
    00:58 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    R.O.D. never gets old.

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    Comment by tomoemami
    18:26 30/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Most anime movies have an excellent or decent animation, against a TV series it's a bit unbalanced. Maybe a list of TV series and one of movies would be better?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Indeed, if they're not gonna differentiate between movie/OVA/TV then consequentially there shouldn't even be a single TV anime in this list... also, while the movies and OVAs in this sure have amazing animation, there are quite a few movies and OVAs that deserve a spot here even more (all of which I can't possibly list here)... what about Wings of Honneamise? Gunbuster? Eva Rebuild? Redline? etc...

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    Comment by Octopi
    10:03 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gunbuster 2 was one hell of a trip, i think it's one of the best animes i have ever seen. and redline is simply the definition of a "cool" animation movie.
    not that the rest of the films you mention is any less cool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:51 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    anything aided by computers shouldn't count!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    for fuck's sake. "with the help of computers" doesn't necessarily mean "made with 3D models", you can draw on a computer with a tablet just how you'd draw in real life. you can literally paint in photoshop with the right brushes.

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    Comment by Octopi
    09:58 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree, it should be considered a different type of animation, for once and for all. as is stop motion animation a diffferent media.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would disqualify almost all anime after ca. 2002.
    Not much hand painted cell animation has been done after that year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So only hand drawn pages manually switched to cause movement are the only things that count?

    Because computers play a part in quite a few steps during animation.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    16:28 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "So only hand drawn pages manually switched to cause movement are the only things that count?

    Because computers play a part in quite a few steps during animation."

    Which is why Redline is now officially god-tier status for a topic such as this. 100% hand drawn animation taking roughly 6-7 years to complete.

    Go watch it and then go see a fight scene in almost any anime, you'll be asking yourself "WHY IS NOTHING MOVING!!!" XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's much easier to move a camera around a scene in a 3D modelling program, than it is to draw changes in perspective over several frames.

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    Comment by Octopi
    10:00 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes but it kills that feeling traditional media has. they should start separating both medias in orde to preserve the first. i have seen good shows and movies with cgi, but they lack that speciall feeling old animes have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:51 01/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Octopi

    "They lack that special feeling old animes have."

    Explain? (Just wondering)

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    Comment by Shimazaki
    07:41 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    K-ON?...................seriusly?

    My choise is Akira..........more than 1 hour of best animated scenes.......period.

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    Comment by pkisme
    18:04 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry.. but i fell asleep while watching Akira.. only woke up during the last 45 minutes..

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    Comment by Shimazaki
    00:35 02/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No worries here, i didn't said akira had the most apealing story, but in terms of animation, is an epic winner.

    so, anyone can have diferent tastes though

    Comment by Anonymous

    K-ON is well animated. it's even been praised by Toshiyuki Inoue, one of the best anime animators out there (Youtube search his name for some of his work, the guy clearly knows his shit)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:19 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kara No Kyoukai, Bakemonogatari, EVA(ova), Casshern Sins?

    I mean cmon there is frickin dbz on there. Talk about pic unrelated.

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    Comment by Octopi
    10:07 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    while your list has some of my favorite animes, i have to admit they don't fir in this category that well. Kara no Kyoukai was great but i felt it was somewhat static, same goes for Bakemonogatari. Cassher sisn i don't really recall any special animation scenes.
    evangelio on the other hand does have some very good animation, but it is present on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And those are just "NEW" series. You apes DO have the memories of primates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I completely agree with you. Kara No Kyoukai has some of the most breathtaking animation in existence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Laputa: Castle in the Sky when the flaptors ride to the military compound. I've never seen anything like it. All done by hand without computers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:57 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nice and all... but hey..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uN5Hrt_1mc

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    Comment by Leticia
    17:47 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the film The Adolescence of Utena is not on the list? He surely deserves to be on the list

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell yes, but I'm happy because there's FLCL, FMA, MKR all favorites of mine, and there is my waif Yomiko!

    But serisously I must research this Ginga Bishonen. Looks TTGL grade awesome.

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    Comment by E Gus
    07:18 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Macross Plus/Movie: YF-19 vs. YF-21 and YF-21 vs. Ghost X-9
    Plastic Little

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    Comment by E Gus
    13:19 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LP2AOIvWE4&feature=related [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LP2AOIvWE4&feature=related]

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    Comment by Marc
    17:34 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Evangelion 2.22 hands down.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 30/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    bathroom scene H.O.T.D?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 01/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, half of those videos cannot be watched from where I live... weird, I thought I finished my vacation in China and returned to Germany, but maybe I am mistaken...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 02/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    eva 2.22 hands down?
    +
    Best COMPUTER GENERATED anime I'd state.. but best ANIMATED? The opening of -Pretty Cure Max Heart-, -Noein- and -READ or DIE- stands far~ FAR higher in the scales of ANIMATION than some HEAVILY CG'd sequence HANDS DOWN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's either gotta be Ghost in the Shell or one of the Miyazaki films. Whoever tried to join this contest with K-ON needs to be punched in the nuts.

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    Comment by xey
    11:55 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Judging from the concept art I've seen, the award would have to go to either Howl's Moving Castle or Spirited Away.

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    Comment by Sazuko Toriyama
    13:57 01/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ANYTHING Studio GAINAX MADE! HANDS DOWN!
    coming in 2nd - Studio Gonzo
    3rd - Studio Bones
    (special awards also go to Anything studio Gibli Made, Akira (the LEGEND of Animation), Sword of a Stranger, and Afro Samurai)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 01/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I second this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    just goosebumbps at 2.22...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed... the graphics in 1080p glory are to die for

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 30/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    after day long running from zombies, a glorious harem bath is indeed a WIN!!

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    20:16 30/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I have to disagree - GitS Innocence was much more elaborate and used up lots of CGI to make many tiny details. Much of the secondary scenery had movement that other animu take for granted.

    Why isn't 5 Centimeters per Second included?
    The cinematography that was animated into that feature animu was beautiful and poignant in the very least. The detail of the littlest things was incredible for the time they had to make it.

    - Just saying

    ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Satonaka That fluid ending scene is rare. Now several people are wondering how much it cost to make such very detailed, high-fps clip.

    Yeah you wouldn't know until you (really) see it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 02/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    to Satonaka:
    +
    That OP of Sakura Taisen is not from a tv series, but was a GAME for the SEGA SATURN system and it was called -Sakura Taisen 3- or -Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris- where your character travels to paris to school some more hot crazy bitches again!
    +
    It's only on that Dead system so good luck in finding it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 02/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Satonaka
    +
    That OP of Sakura Taisen is not from a tv series, but was a GAME for the SEGA SATURN system and it was called -Sakura Taisen 3- or -Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris- where your character travels to paris to school some more hot crazy bitches again!
    +
    It's only on that Dead system so good luck in finding it!

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    02:17 02/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Satonaka
    +
    That OP of Sakura Taisen is not from a tv series, but was a GAME for the SEGA SATURN system and it was called -Sakura Taisen 3- or -Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris- where your character travels to paris to school some more hot crazy wenches again!
    +
    It's only on that Dead system so good luck in finding it!

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    Comment by Satonaka
    16:02 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah this is no category for Shinkai's films.

    That being said... on the other end of the spectrum... what in the blue hell is the DxD ending doing there O_o

    Compared to everything else on this 'list' that ending has no place there.

    Back to the good stuff: Dear god that OP to Sakura Wars ( never seen any of it, havn't gotten around yet) looks quite amazing, anyone know which series this is so I can try tracking it down? If there's more than one of course, i know jack about the show >.<

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    17:15 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    5 centimeters made almost everyone cry - it was that good.

    Even the most macho anons prolly won't admit to getting teary eyed when they saw it.

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    20:37 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Uncommon0taku

    Cause 5 centimeter per Second(which made me cry)

    is in a whole nuddah league if ya ask me

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    22:04 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shinkai Makoto's are indeed in a whole different league.
    Having watched the premier of "Hoshi o Ou Kodomo" couple of months back, I'm reminded of how amazing his films are...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i remember spriggan for it's fluid animation and high end production.

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:23 31/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Compare Evangelion movies to episodes 25/26 to see the awesome power of budget...

    Comment by Anonymous

    if its detail then the first 2 picks of nichijou and KON are pretty high, with all the packaging

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 30/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "if its detail then the first 2 picks of nichijou and KON are pretty high, with all the packaging"

    Are people blind???
    Those two first pics use a real photo background run through a photoshop filter. Hardly "great animation"

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:03 01/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you dumb?

    Animation is the MOTION of stuff, not the visuals. Stop trying to sound like you know even something about it.

    For your information: backgrounds are rarely colored with paint nowadays, they're ALL Photoshop.

    And another pro-tip: Kyoto Animation is godly at animating, whether the story-line is your cup of tea is a total different matter.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Very good. But Patlabor 2 intro is even better :)







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