For those looking for entrancing anime which takes place in mysterious, magical, fantastic and original worlds, fans have provided a helpful list – although the bad news is that almost all of them still take place in schools

The ranking:

1. Mankind Has Declined

2. Bakemonogatari

3. Angel Beats!

4. Inu x Boku SS

5. Durarara!!

6. Mawaru Penguindrum

7. A Certain Magical Index

8. Black Rock Shooter

9. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

10. Neon Genesis Evangelion

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    Comment by kazaza2
    23:38 23/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I guess nobody remembers "Haibane Renmei" anymore.

    The mysterious walled town that no one can leave?

    Where people suddenly are "born" and painfully grow wings and disappear just as mysteriously?

    That was a pretty fantastic anime to me and a real classic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember.
    Scroll down the comments and you will find another Haibane thread.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I can understand why you (and seemingly most people) would like it, but personally that anime bored me to death.

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    Comment by Firetribe
    00:52 24/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Seemed like a christian parable in disguise. All I assumed was that they were in purgatory.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't forget some of the classics:

    Wings of Honnemaise [Movie]

    Legend of the Galactic Heroes [Multiple series]

    El Hazard [Multiple series]

    Photon [OVA]


    Crest of the Stars/Banner of the Stars

    Last Exile

    The Twelve Kingdoms

    Starship Operators

    Kino's Travels


    And of course the recent Mouretsu Pirates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It had influences from a lot of religions and their similar beliefs, but I guess it's tough to notice that if you haven't learned about other religions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 25/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tweeny Witches had an awesome look and feel.

    Soo good I bought two copies.


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ERGO PROXY....

    Sora o Kakeru Shōjo



    Giniro no kami no Agito


    Kemono no Sōja

    BLUE SUB #6

    To name a few cool ones

    Of course there is


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    Comment by Firetribe
    13:44 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    All religions are basically the same.

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    Comment by Firaku
    11:15 27/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 14:04 anon.

    Crest of the Stars/Banner of the Stars was the first manga I ever read, though better than the anime I watched all seasons and really enjoyed watching it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sounds a lot like Angel Beats, if u know what I mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 23/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Sigh. Can we have a list that makes sense? When So many of these anime take place on EARTH with the same godamn continents as Earth, THEN ITS NOT A FANTASTIC SETTING. That is a motherfucking normal setting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A narrative setting isn't limited to just the physical location. It includes every aspect of the environment in which the story takes place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Did Japan forget a certain mangaka wrote a manga with an alternate dimension on freaking Mars?

    Poor Negima,never getting the recognition it deserves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, my god. Another Anon, yes, that is technically true, but since a lot of these anime did not exactly have that much imagination into them it sorta fails the important part.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:39 26/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was literally just thinking that exact same thing when I read your comment.

    Unfortunately, it seems Negima will forever be plagued by the shitty non-canon anime, and the skip-around happy OVA's, as well as the gods-awful filler "Alternate ending" that came out before the manga was even finished.....

    Oh, and what about those anime which skip from one fantasy setting to the next constantly? Like, say, Tsubasa Reservoir chronicles.

    Why does no one remember Battle Angel Alita, also known as Gunnm? Classic Dysotopia....

    and of course:

    Demon King Daimo
    Fairy Tail
    Rave Master
    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    Eureka Seven
    Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari

    I could go on and on. I have offically decided to no longer take these lists seriously at all. Maybe peak in for a lulz, find something I wasn't aware of before, and perhaps troll a little.....


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:28 23/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Waiting for someone who complains that Cowboy Bebop is not in the list

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 23/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Waiting for someone who complains that K-On is not in the list...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Waiting for someone who complains that Madoka is not on the list..

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 24/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    what the fuck! how are cowboy bebop, k-on, and madoka not on the list!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    wtf where is K-on!? list is fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Because there is nothing fantastic about cowboy bebops setting, it was the characters and situation that made that show great, the backdrops were more or less for the development of those two aspects.

    NGN, Index & Mankind has Declined are the only decent settings on that list. Although Index is the only one with actually thought out history, the other two were simply fly by the pants.

    Angel Beats! is like cowboy bebop in the respect of the setting being nothing more then a backdrop to the character development except the situation also pushes that development with the setting.

    The follow up question to that ranking should have been "do you know the meaning of a setting with regards to storytelling" and most of them would have gone blank faced.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 23/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    you obviously misunderstood his comment... and please... calm your nuts... for your own sake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:02 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    These lists are always good for a laugh. It's obvious that many people simply just pick their favorite show, no matter how the question to the poll is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why isn't "Origins: Spirits of the Past" on this list! That setting was beautiful and awesome at the same time. A post apocalyptic world that's controlled by a sentient forest that destroyed mankind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    waiting for someone who complains that schools aren't "fantastic" as a setting in any way making this list invalid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    More importantly, why isn't Sword Art Online in this list? That game was a fantastic setting.

    Comment by Anonymous

    wtf where's cowboy bebop!!??

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:24 23/09/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Why isn't Cowboy Bebop on the list? This toplist is invalid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Kaiba should be on this list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't you mean Kiba? That show was pretty awesome. The main character is in a polluted Dystopian society and he gets transported to this world where magic exists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 25/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    17:06 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    This list is terrible. Not a single one of the listed shows is even set outside of some slightly altered version of Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You obviously haven't seen Mankind Has Declined...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well, Black Rock Shooter includes some kind of gothic chess-land.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And computer graphics.

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    Comment by Y0k41
    03:02 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Academy City in Index was pretty awesome....

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    Comment by Tsubasa
    16:24 23/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.3)


    Comment by Anonymous

    You haven't seen "Top 25 anime of all times" list yet.

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    Comment by Exia
    16:14 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I say, Code Geass and Star Driver had fantas-Fabulous settings.

    This list is for shame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:49 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Code Geass? As much as i love it you didn't get the point of the list did you? "mysterious, magical, fantastic and original worlds"...
    An American occupied Japan is barely unrealistic...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:03 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, not only did you get the setting of Code Geass completly wrong you managed to believe that the majority of that list was somehow "mysterious, magical, fantastic or original".

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's actually occupied by Brittania (aka. England) and America never existed. In Code Geass, the American Revolution failed, ergo, no America.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Britania is not England.

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    Comment by Smaterasu
    16:10 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Seriously? These lists are just getting way too stupid. Who even votes for these polls?

    Comment by Fate-
    16:19 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Angel Beats...It was such a good idea, it had so much potential, it had it's moments but damn.
    I was so disappointed.

    Same with Durarara!! and Index. (imho)

    Bakemonogatari and Haruhi however are just amazing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bakemonogatari and Haruhi however are just amazing.


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well Durarara and Index never really "finished" Both pretty much were cliff hangers and go read the novels if you want the rest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:54 23/09/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Durarara, AB! and Index?
    Much potential?
    Hehe, you're funny.


    *died of laughter*

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:01 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This guy has no taste if he thinks those 5 anime were bad. Fail....

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I'll need to explain.
    Durarara. Have lots of good characters, most of them have insane superpowers or mind, pretty interesting setting... But instantly focuses on three ordinary (or almost-ordinary) students. Fail.

    Index. Haven't got much potential from the beginning. Eventhough it was maxed out gorgeously, it still isn't good enough.

    AB!. Same as Index.

    Bakemonogatari. Shaft. Anything you need to know. But I liked Staple Stable opening.

    Haruhi. Bad story. Bad realization- ranobe was a lot more interesting. Characters are either plagued, like Yuki, or grotesque, like Haruhi. And where is fantastic setting there? All SOS-dan and Tsuruya are just trolling poor Kyon. Just like I am trolling you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    8 times during Endless Eight :D

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    Comment by Greg Boscole
    17:04 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He is a fegget of /a/.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Haruhi was good?
    I was told to watch it in broadcast order.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They weren't bad. They weren't good enough to be in this list. (except Haruhi, I've died from boredom about ten times when I watched it).

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    Comment by GHS
    17:19 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, anime hipsters...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, moefag...

    Comment by Anonymous

    I understand why you're upset your pokemon is not on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly I would have to agree. Pokemon is quite a dynamic world. Kid show yes but it can still as a setting hold its own or best most new shows.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You will laugh at me, but yes, Pokemon is more fantastic than all this list together.

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