Appearing in 1998, this anime is hailed as one of the greatest of all time, and deserves to be at the top of our list. It had a lot of developers, led by the director Shinichiro Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, and character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto. This 26 episode series is set in the year 2071, (not too far off) and follows the adventures of a bounty hunter crew travelling on the Bebop, a cool looking spaceship. People still reference cosplay, and watch it today giving it an A+ in the test of time.
Dragon Ball Z
Considering that Dragon Ball Z movies are still in production, we’ve giving this anime a spot on our list. It first aired in 1989 in Japan before being dubbed and distributed to the United States later on. Due to the success of the anime in America, the anime has continued to make spin offs and reboots and movies. It has 14 movies and 148 video games so far.
Neon Genesis Evagelion
The classic mecha anime taking place in an apocalyptic Tokyo, this anime is one of the greatest out there, with an ending that will blow your mind. The anime centres around Shinji, a teenage boy with a whole lot of issues. He is recruited by NERV t pilot a giant robot and fight against “Angels.” The anime includes themes and imagery from Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Shinto, and Kabbalah.
Lupin the Third
The master thief himself, Lupin the Third has earned his place on this list. Part 007, part film noir, and part goofy, Lupin the Third is quite the series. First released in 1971, it was originally directed by Masaaki Osumi, who was then replaced by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
The obvious choice, Pokemon is an anime that follows the adventures of Ash, a Pokemon trainer who wants to be the very best, like no one ever was. Ash has travelled with a number of friends over the generations, and remains one of the most iconic anime characters to date.