Twwk’s Top 30 Anime Series

Professional otaku ProZD tweeted out his top 30 anime, anime movies, and manga this week, and I enjoyed his recommendations greatly—they cover series old and new, and lift up a number of those that I would say are underrated, forgotten, or just relatively unknown to the new generation of anime fans. The tweet also made me want to share my own list! So here they are, my top 30 anime!

As I noted when tweeting this list out yesterday, it does not include movies, though OVAs are included. Also, I considered the entire breadth of anime series, meaning I couldn’t put my favorite single season (Oregairu S2) in isolation, as I do on my anime lists, and some series would be significantly higher based on a single season or OVA (ex. Genshiken, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Tenchi Muyo!). Finally, this list is accurate right now, meaning I’ve probably already changed my mind since posting it (and in fact, did change it after I originally tweeted it out).

  1. Cowboy Bebop
  2. Oregairu
  3. Toradora
  4. Silver Spoon
  5. Honey and Clover
  6. Cross Game
  7. Chihayafuru
  8. Kimi ni Todoke
  9. Neon Genesis Evangelion
  10. Shirobako
  11. Steins;gate
  12. Haibane Renmei
  13. Hourou Musuko
  14. Trigun
  15. March Comes in Like a Lion
  16. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  17. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  18. Genshiken
  19. Maison Ikkoku
  20. The Ancient Magus Bride
  21. Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki
  22. Clannad
  23. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  24. Serial Experiments Lain
  25. Made in Abyss
  26. Kanon
  27. The Perfect Insider
  28. Kids on the Slope
  29. Mawaru Penguindrum
  30. Usagi Drop

So, how did I do? Any surprises? Any series that you can’t believe I left out, or likewise, that you are shocked I would include? I’d love to hear your feedback on my list, and see your own top 30 (or top 20 or top 10)!

11 thoughts on “Twwk’s Top 30 Anime Series

  1. Pretty nice list. I was happy to see some of my favorites on this list like Evangelion, Madoka Magica, and Steins; Gate. Also with other shows I plan to watch like Clannad, FMA and The Ancient Magus Bride. Thanks for sharing! 🤩

    1. Thank you for the kind feedback! I’m glad you enjoy Madoka…I feel like it’s not nearly as loved as it once was.

      1. I might actually re-watch Madoka Magica sometime hehe! Been 2 years since I last watched it and would be nice just to relive everything.

        Not loved as much as it once was? I find that hard to believe 😮 There’s still a good chunk of discussions regarding it, an apparent surge of interest since the 2nd season arrived and lot of people still cosplay as those characters at conventions. I still see bits of the show’s popularity well-represented there!

  2. What an interesting list! Thank you. Mine is currently this:

    1. The Promised Neverland
    2. Now and then, here and there
    3. Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids from the Slope)
    4. Nichijou
    5. Haibane Renmei
    6. Serial Experiments Lain
    7. Erased
    8. Toradora!
    9. Chihayafuru
    10. Kino’s Journey (2003)
    11. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
    12. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
    13. Princess Tutu
    14. My Hero Academia
    15. Clannad & After Story
    16. The Melancholy & The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
    17. Teasing Master Takagi-San
    18. Ore Monogatari
    19. March comes in like a Lion
    20. OreGairu (My Teen Romantic Comedy is Wrong, as I Expected!)
    21. Honey and Clover
    22. The Idolm@ster & The Idolm@ster: Beyond the Brilliant Future
    23. Shirobako
    24. Silver Spoon
    25. Barakamon
    26. Fruits Basket (2001)
    27. Nagi no Asukara (From The Calm Tomorrow)
    28. Mawaru Penguindrum (discretion advised)
    39. Mugen no Ryvius
    30. Your lie in April

  3. Oh man, 30 anime?!? I haven’t really thought about organizing a top list in ages…

    So I guess for now, all I can say is your 30th ranked title would definitely be higher on my list, andddd I think 2011 Hunter x Hunter would be somewhere on my list too xD A good portion of the titles on your is great though (Silver Spoon, Penguindrum, Chihayafuru!)

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