The top ten anime titles of all time are animated series and movies that have voyaged to the USA from Japanese shores. If you enjoy anime, you may want to become familiar with these intriguing plots and complex characters.

  1. “FLCL.” In this anime title, an eccentric woman from outer space brings excitement to a dull town. Gainax is the studio behind this fast-paced science fiction comedy.

  2. “Cowboy Bebop.” Bumbling bounty hunters bag the baddies in this anime title. “Cowboy Bebop” is a well-known series, coated with a distinct jazz flavor.

  3. “Princess Mononoke.” This anime title features the clash between forest spirits and human colonists. Hayao Miyazaki wrote and directed this fantasy movie, which won an award for Best Film at the Awards of the Japanese Academy in 1998.

  4. “Spirited Away.” Miyazaki was also the man behind “Spirited Away,” a fantasy film revolving around a girl’s adventures in a magical bathhouse. This anime title is one of the highest-grossing films in Japanese history.

  5. “Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal.” This anime title tells the story of Kenshin, a skilled assassin who attempts to change his ways; however, his sins haunt him throughout the movie. “Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal” stands as a prelude to “Rurouni Kenshin.”

  6. “Samurai Champloo.” Cultures clash in this anime title, which borrows elements from Western hip-hop and Eastern samurai duels. The series follows the adventures of the reckless Mugen, tranquil Jin and ambitious Fuu.

  7. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.” The second installment of the “Evangelion” remakes compresses the events of the original series into a movie-length format. The plot revolves around Japan’s attempts to defend against demonic creatures who wish to bring about the end of humanity. Interestingly enough, these antagonistic monsters are Angels.

  8. “Death Note.” When a young man finds a book that grants him the power of a Death God, he goes on a crusade to rid the world of evil. His good intentions ultimately lead to him becoming the villain of the series.

  9. “Yu Yu Hakusho.” This action anime follows the adventures of Yusuke Urameshi, a detective for the Spirit World. His sacred duties involve protecting the human world from demonic threats-which seem to come about far too often.

  10. “Oura High School Host Club.” In this anime title, a tomboy joins a club at an upper-class school to pay off a debt. Her down-to-earth ways mystify and charm the other students.