Top 25 Science Fiction Anime

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Anime fans have supplied a ranking of their favourite science fiction anime – and whilst the kind of “science fiction” they typically rejoice over is likely to leave science fiction buffs with their heads in their hands, considered as anime it forms rather respectable selection…

The ranking:

1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

2. A Certain Magical Index

3. Tiger & Bunny

4. Neon Genesis Evangelion

5. Angel Beats!

6. Infinite Stratos

7. Fullmetal Alchemist

8. Macross Frontier

9. Code Geass

10. Steins;Gate

11. Nadia The Secret of Blue Water

12. Strike Witches

13. Gunbuster

14. Patlabor

15. Guilty Crown

16. Bodacious Space Pirates

17. Full Metal Panic!

18. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

19. Darker than Black

20. Fate series

21. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

22. Akira

23. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

24. Eureka Seven

25. Denno Coil

For those who prefer mincing elves to manly robots, there is an even more fantastic ranking to be getting on with.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    How in the hell are forgettable shit piles like Infinite Stratos and Index higher than Code Geass, Steins;Gate, Ghost in the Shell, and Akira?

    Better yet, where the fuck is Legend of the Galactic Heroes or ANY single Gundam series?

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    Comment by Shuu
    11:28 12/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I sure hope your not including Gunbuster in your + list was simply by mistake. Never has doppler-shift been animated more beautifully! (The whole series is great and could easily fit in amongst classic 70s/80s Hard-SF literature like Ender's Game and Forever War)

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 11/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Gundam would be up there as soon as they replace the entire cast with loli's and big breasted high school girls piloting gundams. Its a sad fucking world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because being properly "science fiction" instantly disqualifies you from being on this list if you aren't incredibly lucky or recent.

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    Comment by Erranty
    16:50 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I dunno, the Code Geass manga didn't even have mecha. And for the most part all the scientific stuff they said was "Here's your backpack, it makes your mech fly." or "Oh, I developed this shield thingie, its hard to calculate for but I know you can do it!" or "Oh look, remote controlled mecha." and the always popular "I made this nuke thing, but instead of exploding it completely destroys matter (pseudo-science fail) to be environmentally friendly..."

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I agree with this man. He will teach us the way.

    Comment by Anonymous

    All Hail Erranty, our Lord and Saviour! Tell us what is and isn't sci-fi!

    Amen Brother 18:56 Anon, amen!

    Our church shall be a glorious thing!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:36 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Code Geass manga

    There's the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 15/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >trying to greentext
    There's the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Destroying matter isn't pseudo-scientific at all. In fact we have already experimentally done it in extremely tiny quantities by creating anti-matter in particle accelerators.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:57 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Erranty
    Lol, "shrink" the particles? Spoken as someone who doesn't know a thing about quantum physics.

    You are talking out of your ass. Annihilation converts all the mass-energy of the matter into pure energy. See the wikipedia article.

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    Comment by Erranty
    14:10 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That only condenses the particles. Realistically, you cannot destroy anything, only change its form.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ahahahahah, this is ridiculous XD
    These otaku's charts always make me laugh.

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    Comment by Benoist
    15:44 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    haruhi 1st, GITS 21st. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm'k.
    Now, we may have a clue about why people voted for Ishihara.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Shouldn't Fullmetal Alchemist be classified as fantasy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:14 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of the anime here aren't classifiable as sci-fi, and at best use something vaguely connected to sci-fi works, like time travel or aliens, as a basic plot device to add some mystery or fanservice.

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    Comment by Erranty

    No, because Alchemy is actually a science. Now a days we call it Chemistry, and there's no mysticism in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 11/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Alchemy in FMA contradicts pretty much all science from the last few centuries. It's magic dressed up as science.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    no. alchemy is to chemistry what astrology is to astronomy. certainly helped to lay the foundations. but not actually a science.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 11/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @20:02
    Nuclear fission doesn't happen by waving your hands around and imagining it happen.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It mentioned nuclear fission. Science.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I think you mean 'pseudo-science'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Science Fiction indicates the movie/anime/game/etc. as a possibility for realistic although scientifically not yet achievable.
    Fantasy is pure fiction and cannot become reality, or at least not with the proper evolution/revolution

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    Comment by Erranty
    14:14 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, if nothing else it's got Steam Powered Cars. That's your classic Steam Punk Sci-fi.

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    Comment by finallyanime
    17:02 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah definitely true. More paranormal/fantasy

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:29 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    >Haruhi
    >FMA
    >Angel Beats
    Who the fuck explained Sci-Fi to these people?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Nobody, that's who. They just saw a top-ten list and voted for their favorite anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:35 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Haruhi has time travel and aliens. It's very much sci-fi

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And both of those stemmed from the fact that Haruhi is a God.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But Time Travel and the alien presence were given mystical explanation. That makes it as much scifi as people shooting lasers from their hands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't waste your breath. People will justify anything by slapping labels on them. By this logic, Madoka qualifies as sci-fi.

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    Comment by Myballz
    15:15 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    For a second there I thought the Japanese were going to put K-on! of the list.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    15:35 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I'm sure it received votes.

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    Comment by Myballz
    16:02 11/07/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    I am sure it did considering its not science fiction I am sure some K-on! fans might have voted for it as a joke.Some of the Anime on the list I kind of agree the others I am not really sure about then again you have Space Pirate Captain Herlock that is Scifi,Tenchi Muyo was Scifi and others that are not on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well~ 10 out of 25 being actual Science Fiction wasn't too bad. I was rather surprised there was more than 3!

    4. Neon Genesis Evangelion (Gainax digs deep but)
    8. Macross Frontier
    10. Steins;Gate (Messy time traveling!)
    13. Gunbuster (Hard Core Science Fiction here)
    16. Bodacious Space Pirates (Classic S/F)
    21. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    22. Akira (nothing like anime 'Scanners' right?)
    25. Denno Coil (Future tech!)
    +
    and wrapping it up with fantasy heavy draped in pseudo science fiction:
    2. A Certain Magical Index
    9. Code Geass
    +
    Special mentions would be:
    1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
    11. Nadia The Secret of Blue Water
    14. Patlabor
    17. Full Metal Panic!

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    Comment by Myballz
    21:45 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well it always been on almost on every list.K-on! might just make it to the next top Best Hentai list of all!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably I'll never understand how these results are considered top 10.
    Several classic real scifi anime are outside, macross series, not only frontier, Aquarion, Appleseed, argento soma, blazzreiter, RahXephon, capitain harlok, chobits (why not), chrome shelled regios ,cobra, ergo proxy etc.
    how people forget easily...

    Hooo Myballz really have (the balls) to make fun of holy K-on, some time ago you would be crucified for saying this here tsk. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for explaining the joke, Captain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    While this list seems to be closer to my personal preferences than most of the Sanka's "top x" lists, am I the only one who facepalmed himself seeing that this particular list doesn't have Ergo Proxy, Texhnolyze and Cowboy Bebop in it ? And GITS:SAC is at the far place no. 21 ? O.o

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    20:00 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi is my queen, but Stein's Gate needs some more love.
    Best story I seen in a awhile...and that's TRUTH!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah! they are my two favorite anime in my life...seriously >.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No 'Space Battleship Yamato'?

    This list is FAIL!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    so true^

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    INITIALLLLLLL DDDDD!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:13 11/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Wait, wait... Index classifies as sci-fi and Railgun as fantasy?

    I smell trolling.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Guilty Crown higher than Eureka7 that sir is pure bullshit!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No Gundam is more pure bullshit

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 11/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    What do you mean Gundam is pure bullshit? 16 year old children piloting top-end multi billion dollar military hardware is perfectly legit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hold up. There are a lot of fantastical elements to FMA, but alchemy itself and science are closely related. Alchemists approach their work like scientists, Automail is pretty comparable to, if not more advanced than modern prosthetic tech, and the world of fma is basically an alterenate universe where mankind's attempts at alchemy were successful, so it would it still counts as sci-fi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    21:19, FMA is fantasy not sci-fi so it shouldn't be on the list full stop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i didnt said Gundam is pure bullshit, i said no Gundam (on the list) is more pure bullshit.

    huh i guess some people dont understand, its ok, i dont mind

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Truth, and this list is so out of order how is Angel Beats ahead of FMA, GITS, and Steins Gate? And how the heck did Bodacious Space Pirates even make it on here, and be ranked higher the Darker than Black wtf?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 11/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm not sure if trolling..

    or just plain dumb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just plain dumb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    was wondering...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Science, it's like magic.

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    Comment by Indekkusu
    15:36 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was Index listed on the Japanese version of top 10 fantasy anime but was translated to Railgun.

    Whole point of Index is battle between magic(fantasy) and science(sci-fi).

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:01 11/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    When i saw haruhi at the number 1 spot i knew this whole list was bullshit.

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    Comment by Erranty
    16:22 11/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Agreed.

    "20. Fate series" is also a dead giveaway that this list is crap, because that whole show was based around a MAGIC tournament.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:13 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    well haruhi have alien, time traveller and all tht teoru crap ,it is can be considered sc fi

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    Comment by Chen-04

    Haruhi kind of parodies clubs that are about sci-fi. Haruhi is as much sci-fi as scary movie is a horrorflick.

    Comment by Tenno Seremel
    20:55 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whole point of Index is battle between magic(fantasy) and science (fantasy).

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, it's espers vs magicians. The "science" parts are just to conveniently make it sound like there's more to it (ie, science vs religion). It might as well be Red vs Blue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:31 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no science at all in To Aru. The so-called science is merely magic in lab coats instead of wizard dresses.








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