Vote Now To Help Determine Madman's Top 20 Anime Titles Of All Time!

Contributing Writer; Sydney, Australia (@HugoOzman)
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Vote Now To Help Determine Madman's Top 20 Anime Titles Of All Time!

Top 20 Anime.jpgMadman Entertainment, Australia's leading distributor of anime, is running an online voting event to determine the Top 20 Madman Anime Titles of All Time. They have compiled a short list of just over 100 titles (based on pedigree, popularity and profile) from their extensive catalogue, and want anime fans around the world to help narrow it down to just the Top 20. Voting is really easy and there will even be daily prizes for voters' comments.

From today, anime fans across Australia (and the world) will converge on to take part in an unprecedented online voting event - to give the voice to the people and determine, once and for all, the 'Top 20 Anime' titles of all time!

For the next month, Madman will play host to the voting competition - which features 100 anime titles from the Madman catalogue, spanning decades of pedigree, popularity and performance - and includes the likes of AKIRA, EVANGELION, ASTRO BOY, DRAGON BALL Z and many more. There is also a 'wild card' entry for fans who feel strongly about something not included in the initial list of titles.

When polling closes on 5 th April, a countdown will begin, revealing a new anime each day until the coveted number one spot is revealed. Voting is simple and effortlessly integrated with Facebook. Madman will be giving away daily spot prizes for voters' comments, and on day 20 of the countdown, one lucky voter will win all 20 titles from the final list.

This sounds like a really fun event so do take part! The voting competition is now live at Also, please feel free to comment in our own Comments section on what you think is the best anime of all time!

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knam316March 8, 2012 8:06 PM

not sure about best, but my favorites are mind game, perfect blue, and paprika.

DickMarch 8, 2012 8:19 PM

i like the one with the really uninspired plot thats told through constant unnecessary exposition, sexist pandering portrayals of women, insipid character designs, and shitty music

oh wait thats every anime, forever


hiroaki.jMarch 9, 2012 12:00 AM


Niels MatthijsMarch 9, 2012 7:15 AM

01. Innocence
02. Dead Leaves
03. Genius Party Beyond
04. Tenshi no Tamago
05. Tekon Kinkreet
06. Memories
07. Jin-Roh
08. Patlabor 2
09. My Neighbors The Yamadas
10. Hotaru no Haka
11. Ghost in the Shell
12. Tachiguishi Retsuden
13. Ponyo
14. Genius Party
15. 5 Centimeters Per Second
16. Perfect Blue
17. Sky Crawlers

(Taken from my Personal Top 100)

Niels MatthijsMarch 9, 2012 7:17 AM

Oh man, missed Redline:

05. Redline

Ard VijnMarch 9, 2012 7:46 AM

Your #4, Tenshi No Tamago... You put it in there just to spite me, right?

Ard VijnMarch 9, 2012 7:56 AM

Anime in general definitely has much to answer for as there is so much garbage about, but that is true for each genre, animated or not, localized or not.

Looking at Madman's list I see some of the best stories ever told on celluloid, some mature characterizations (male and female) the likes of which I haven't seen yet in anything made in "The West", and some of the best soundtracks ever used in cinema history.

Pearls in the dirt or not, these sure are pearls. Unlike your statement.

Niels MatthijsMarch 9, 2012 8:04 AM

12 also :p

Also missed Totoro in my list, only 1 title short for a full top 20!

Joe YoungMarch 9, 2012 12:50 PM

Well maybe I should suggest Hakuja den (1958).....after all it has a kung fu panda before Dreamworks came up with it....hahahhahha

Hugo OzmanMarch 9, 2012 2:53 PM

Yeah, so what's number 20? By the way, I notice Summer Wars isn't on your list. Not one of your favorites, Niels?

Hugo OzmanMarch 9, 2012 2:54 PM

Great list, Niels!

Hugo OzmanMarch 9, 2012 3:00 PM

Thanks, knam316. I still miss Satoshi Kon. Really hoping Dreaming Machine will one day be completed.

Hugo OzmanMarch 9, 2012 3:03 PM

Thanks, Joe Young. Must admit I haven't seen Hakuja den (have to track it down now)... so is it another example of 're-imagination'?

Joe YoungMarch 9, 2012 3:23 PM

Well....I donĀ“t think so...Hakuja den (1958) is based (I think) on a chinese folktale....Dreamworks animation department have probably never seen it or heard about it.....and also I was merely making a joke....but Hakuja den (1958) has a panda that fights.

Hugo OzmanMarch 9, 2012 3:29 PM

Thanks, Ard. Totally agree with what you've said.

Niels MatthijsMarch 9, 2012 6:09 PM

Close call between Steamboy, Only Yesterday and Trava Fist Planet. Need to see them again, but I'm pretty sure Only Yesterday will come out as the winner.

MauricioMarch 12, 2012 4:00 PM

ok, this will be a fight between nostalgia and my bad memory. My list, in some kind of order:

Usagi Drop
5 centimeters per second
Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo
Dennou Coil
Cross Game
Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu (2nd season was... boring. endless eight... wtf?)
Lucky star
Shingetsutan Tsukihime
Madoka Magica
Tiger & Bunny
One Outs
Lyrical Nanoha A's
Ichigo Mashimaro
Irya no Sora, UFO no Natsu
Hanbun no tsuki ga noboru sora

I'm pretty sure I forgot a lot, but that's how life is.

Hugo OzmanMarch 12, 2012 4:10 PM

Already a great list, Mauricio. Thanks very much for posting. Please feel free to add 'Part 2' if you think of others!

knam316March 12, 2012 10:54 PM

They're counting series as well?! Paranoia Agent, Kaiba, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, GITS:SAC

Ard VijnMarch 13, 2012 5:27 AM

Yes they do. Although Madman keeps to its own releases (granted, about 90% of the market...), which means that Kaiba is not on there. Like many of the other "noitaminA" series it was released by Siren Visual, not Madman.

And yes, I'd include it in a top 20!