Top 25 Epoch Making Anime

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The anime which fans believe of historic importance and well deserving a place in the annals of anime history have been enthusiastically voted on, leaving an astonishingly well balanced list for once…

The ranking:

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion

2. Card Captor Sakura

3. A Certain Scientific Railgun

4. Mobile Suit Gundam

5. Cowboy Bebop

6. K-ON!

7. Clannad After Story

8. Akira

9. Strike Witches

10. Mushishi

11. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

12. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

13. Sword Art Online

14. Gurren Lagann

15. Ano Hana

16. Air

17. Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo’s Counterattack

18. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A’s

19. Natsume’s Book of Friends

20. Clannad

21. Accel World

22. Scryed

23. Angel Beats!

24. Bakemonogatari

25. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 28/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No Dragon ball, no Sailor Moon? BS!

    It seems that many of the people who voted, thought that personal favourites/memorable anime = historical importance

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 28/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    another FAIL LIST!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 30/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fail list? Crap list! This isn't even fail-worthy. WTF is this list?

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    Comment by Roy
    07:46 30/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the beginning there was Tom Terrific, Fireball XL5 and Super Car.

    After a long while Anime appeared from Mt Fuji.


    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:24 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Also no Tenchi Muyo which defined the harem genera and did an over the top cosmic level final battle years before TTGL made it cool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gunbuster. Getter Robo. Mazinger. Ideon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sailor Moon? Yes, definitely. And Cutie Honey, as its spiritual predscessor.

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    Comment by cats2
    04:37 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Also loves to ignore the "parent series" that inspired most of these series to begin with..

    The hell can you forget about Ideon when even Anno admitted he used a lot of it for Eva..


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hiatus x Hiatus
    the work of Sailor Moon author's husband

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Pokemon either. xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe the first movie made more of an impact over there than the anime?

    Also, I'm just kind of happy that people still remember CCS :3

    Comment by Anonymous

    i agree with sailor moon but for dragon ball, it only influences the manga developmentand we are talking about anime/movies now

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think if the manga was influential, than so was the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    railgun in number 3 is BS, even the 3 big shonens deserve it more than that,they are more historic cansidering that they begin around the 90's.and yeah,this list needs sailor moon, escaflowne,berserk,slam dunk and many others that should replace accel world and SAO

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 28/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sword Art Online and Accel World "Epoch making anime". HA
    This list is far from balanced.
    Look people, you don't have to like the titles to consider them epoch making anime.
    But if you don't put Dragonball, Speed Racer, Ghost in the Shell, Naruto (yes, Naruto), Full Metal Alchemist, Ranma, One Piece, Love Hina, Azumanga Daioh, etc - and instead put titles from last year or so, the list is quite obviously full of crap.
    For the record, I like all titles on the list. This does not make them "epoch making" though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 28/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dude, Railgun is on the list only because the new season was released a few weeks ago, people don't even have enough memory to recognize that Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei did stuff somewhat similar to Bakemonogatari with the same SHAFT style, at least in the parts that made both shows famous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    im a fan of railgun gun, but i gotta say it shouldnt even be on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, Shinbo already used the same style in Soul Taker and Tsukiyomi
    he even used it in the Hentai "Seijun Kango Gakuin"

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    add Initial D
    a lot of street racers all over the world are inspired by that.

    Also, Captain Tsubasa
    Many star football players are inspired by him

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    11:58 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    epoch making~~~
    How about a little show called...


    It started in 1969..


    And still airs Today! It changed children AND adults in small subtle ways that to This day still resonates.
    I know how everyones be all into current and decades past shows, but asks yourselves this: How did it effect you outside of the place you stay in? Outside of online rantings, how does it change your outlook on life? Personally, I've been watching anime since the mid '80s. And have seen "epoch style" changes in Anime, but really they weren't really "epoch" in any way.
    It was just boredom in one style of art work that shifted to another. Boredom and technological changes is as "epoch" as it gets. It also helps when the governmente "adults" aren't looking to allow deeper depths only seen on print to make it unto the boob-tube too~~~~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:54 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Couldn't agree more, these youngsters wanna believe the anime they watch is close to being as inspired and infliuetial as works that were truly original or at least the pinnacle of their archetypes and were more of an artistic endeavor than a commercial one.

    If you ask me these titles have no reason to habitate that list:

    A Certain Scientific Railgun
    Clannad After Story
    Strike Witches
    Sword Art Online
    Puella Magi Madoka Magica
    Gurren Lagann
    Ano Hana
    Natsume’s Book of Friends
    Accel World
    Angel Beats

    That is not to say I dislike then, epoch making is not necessarily good, I think it's more indicative of influence on the industry, uniqueness and popularity.

    So Naruto, Dragon Ball, GITS, Love Hina, Ranma, Azumanga Daioh, Rurouni Kenshin, Ninja Scroll, and probably some oldies like LOGH, Utena, Rose of Versailles should definitely be there...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not having .hack//anything in this before SAO makes absolutely no sense, as the entire plot is basically a rehash.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    As much as I like Railgun, I see it on the list and I'm all "lol no"

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    No Sailor Moon? WTF?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Sailor Moon
    Dragon Ball
    Kino's Journey
    Ninja Scroll
    Ghost In The Shell
    Vampire Hunter D
    Grave of the Fireflies
    Princess Mononoke
    Spirited Away
    Tenchi Muyo
    Azumanga Daioh

    To be frank, I'm not even a fan of all of those that I listed, but most of them have had a much greater impact on the industry or are more worthy of remembering than at least half of what is on the list above.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Those are all good anime.

    Not sure I agree that "Kino's Journey" was influential though. It seems more like a one-off.

    Ghibli movies are interesting. They are incredibly good and popular, and make lots of money, but they don't seem to influence the industry very much beyond a couple other filmmakers like Mamoru Hosoda.

    But mostly this list seems reasonable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They seem to act as markers for what ideas are popular at the time.
    They cause small shifts in what people seem to look for but not much in game changers.

    Things like Evangelion that popularized a weak hero and heavy story lines and themes seem to be game changers.

    Things like Gundam that define a genera or Sailor Moon that left a clear mark on their respective genres deserve to be on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    slam dunk, captain tsubasa maybe

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You did miss
    A K I R A

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't list Akira because it was already listed in the original list.

    I was just mentioning some of the more painfully obvious absentees.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Chupale Pls...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Influential and good are different things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i'll put sailor moon #1 just for chibiusa

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    Comment by Busy
    03:59 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Without Sailor Moon we wouldn't have magical girls these days.

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    Comment by Yamato
    05:18 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Actually, there were shows like Minky Momo and Mahoutsukai Sally long, long before Sailor Moon. Even if we just considered the more action-oriented mahou shoujo series, as Anon 4:05 already stated, that was preceded by Cutey Honey.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    If we didn't have Cutey Honey we wouldnt have Sailor Moon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Without Sailor Moon we wouldn't have sentai style magical girls like Precure series. Before Sailor Moon a magical girl series usually consisted of only one girl and many of them didn't fight physically (Cutie Honey being the exception of course) but with magic. Sailor Moon established the formula of sentai mixed with mahou shoujo which forever changed the genre.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And without Sally the Witch we wouldn't have Cutey Honey, lol.

    Comment by Anonymous

    if we didn't have fanboys we wouldn't have problems

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sailor Moon is only popular in the US and some European countries. I think it's one of the few japanese shows that got so many episodes only because it did so well outside Japan. No one in Japan even remembers it, lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And Majokko Meg-chan

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Magical girls were around before Sailor Moon. A more accurate way to describe it would be "Without Sailor Moon we wouldn't have magical warrior girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Without Sailor Moon, we'd have been stuck with some shitty yaoi (swimming) animes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:29 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Where is Sailor Moon?

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    Comment by Felchenerow
    11:51 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Fuck yeah Neon Genesis Evangelion 1#
    Best-MotherFuck-day ever!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I love K-ON!. A lot. But epic is not a word I would use about anything "slice of life" story. I would replace it with Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:44 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I absolutely agree with you bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 and add GITS = Ghost in the Shell movie and tv series SAC

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:40 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Railgun? K-ON? No, just NO!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    K-On!'s ok with me, but Railgun is just an Index-Spin-off consisting of nothing but filler.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because series 1's manga ran out of manga material at episode 14, and then the rest were filler episodes and original stories.

    The Railgun S that's airing now is what should had been season 2. Just pretend the original season 2 (episode 15-26) never happened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    As much as I don't like K-ON you'll have to admit this anime kind of marked the "rise to power" of "Moe-Blob" type of anime...

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    Comment by Chen-04
    04:43 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.3)

    No, it didn't. It just was the pinnacle of moeblob (until now). Others paved the path for K-On.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 28/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Agreed. It was "Air" in Jan 2005 that paved the way for Kyoto's run of high-cost, high-production-value bishoujo anime. It should be higher, and "K-on" lower.

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    Comment by Yamato
    05:00 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who the hell down-voted you? I thought you were making a great point. While it's true that K-ON! did spark a huge following, it hardly started the rise in moe marketing. Did everyone just forget shows like Haruhi and Nanoha existing a good few years prior to K-ON!'s existence? Though, if any one show could be credited for it all, that would probably be AIR.

    Comment by Anonymous

    after bishoujo, now is bishounen era

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:25 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Azumanga did moe blob before K-ON.

    Comment by Anonymous

    K-On is really an epoch making anime, it started the era of moe.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Personally, I didn't mind railgun because it was entertaining. That said, I thought K-ON was the worst piece of crap that the anime industry could handle. No actual story or plot development. As a character driven story, they were all flat characters and even the humor wasn't that great. For me it only lasted 4 episodes before I couldn't take it anymore.

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    Comment by Yamato
    05:08 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, I would agree that Railgun doesn't belong on there. It's still fairly recent and, at least so far as I know, doesn't seem to have sparked some massive, industry-shifting standards in the time it has been around.

    Mind you, I liked Railgun.... though, I didn't think it matched up to Index (the first season, anyway). And in case anyone asks, my opinion on K-ON! is rather mixed: don't hate it, have a guilty pleasure for cuteness, but do think it's been over-hyped a tad much (especially in that it was flaunting the KyoAni name).

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    Comment by mancram

    You must be God tier because I turned that shit off about a minute into the first episode and never looked back!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 28/04/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    wheres Aku no Hana on the list ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It hasn't even gotten halfway through the series yet, there is no way it can be called a masterpiece when it's 4 episodes in. Just because you like something doesn't mean that it's worthy of something before everything else so please keep your head out of you're ass.

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    Comment by Gitami
    13:36 28/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A) Sarcasm doesn't come through.
    B) It is as stupid as you think it is.

    Pick one.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Or maybe you can't read sarcasm? There's a thought.

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