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Top 10 Over The Top Anime Series

VO: Dan Paradis
Written by Mark Sammut There is no such thing as too much. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Over the top Anime Series. For this list, we’re looking at anime which blow past the realms of normality to fly high in the stratosphere. We are ignoring shows like Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, who are too engrained in pop culture to hold any more surprises. Special thanks to our users Ashjbow and jruler93 for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Over The Top Anime Series


There is no such thing as too much. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Over the top Anime Series.

For this list, we’re looking at anime which blow past the realms of normality to fly high in the stratosphere. We are ignoring shows like Dragon Ball Z and Naruto, who are too engrained in pop culture to hold any more surprises.

#10: “Prison School” (2015)


The infamous all girl high-school, Hachimitsu Academy, is finally accepting male students, with five boys being admitted. Surrounded by 1000 girls; at first, the guys cannot believe their luck, before learning about the school’s laws and the punishment for breaking them. It doesn’t take long for this group break these strict rules and end up spending an entire month in the academy’s grueling prison. Tortured by the student council, this sexually charged anime is so over-the-top in its fan service, it nearly becomes uncomfortable. This entire segment could have been dedicated to the vice president, but instead, we’ll let this scene do the talking.

#9: “FLCL” (2000-)


Some might say that less is more, but they probably have never watched Fooly Cooly. Naota Nandaba is an elementary schoolboy who is unwilling to grow up. Instead of living his own life, he prefers to hide in his brother’s shadow. Determined to wake him the hell up, the psychotic Haruko hits Naota in the head with her guitar and accidentally creates an interdimensional portal for giant robots to pass through. The seemingly non-nonsensical plot moves at a blistering pace, throwing everything and the kitchen sink at the audience.

#8: “High School DxD” Series (2012-15)


Okay – there might be angels, devils, and an overwhelming amount of energetic battles, but those moments are not why this anime placed on our list. No – it's the ecchi scenes. Frankly, High School DxD turned fan service into an art form. Catering to an adult audience; this long running anime follows the happenings of the perverted Issei, who depending on who you ask goes on either the best or the worst first date ever. After getting killed and resurrected as a devil, his time is spent either fighting the forces of evil or trying to get laid. Usually, it’s the latter.

#7: “Gintama” (2006-)


The definitive parody anime, there is nothing Gintama can and has not done. Centered around the antics of the odd jobs crew, who will do anything for a quick buck, a particularly hectic day might see them face off against an army of maid bots or demons. Where the series really shines is during scenes dealing with everyday life, as the cast turns a mundane situation, like eating dinner or going to the toilet, into a grueling and glorious battle of wits. It's insane, over-the-top, and the funniest shit ever. Also – magic happens every single time the Shogun makes an appearance.

#6: “Kill La Kill” (2013-14)


It's all in the clothes a person wears. Honnouji Academy is feared across Japan, mostly due to its student council and its reigning president, Satsuki. Using special material known as life fibers, the school attire is transformed into the not so subtly named Goku Uniform, which gives the wearer overwhelming power. The only person who can bring them down is Ryuko, who has a scissors-shaped sword capable of tearing these clothes to shreds. The story might seem by the numbers, at-least for a shounen anime, but the chaotic animation and exhilarating soundtrack makes every moment feel larger than life.

#5: “One-Punch Man” (2015-)


While Mob Psycho 100 is certainly over the top, we had to go with the original instead. In a world crawling with villains and monsters, the Hero Association exists to bring in brave men and women ready to put their lives on the line for the sake of justice. Each with their own special abilities, ranging from Tasumaki’s psychokinesis to Darkshine’s brute strength, over-the-top action scenes and drawn out monologues are a stable of the series. As a parody of superhero and shounen anime, Saitama’s disinterested reactions to his bombastic counterparts further enhances the absurdity of the situation.

#4: “Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt” (2010)


Angels gone wild. Known as the Anarchy sisters, Panty and Stocking find themselves locked out of heaven and stuck in Daten City, a place which might resemble Earth but is closer to hell. An episode follows theantics of the fallen duo, who are tasked with ridding the world of evil spirits called Ghosts. Sounds simple enough on paper, right? Well, Panty and Stocking do not do simple. Under the watchful gaze of Reverend Garterbelt, an afro wearing priest who loves teenage boys; the sisters fight against toilet monsters, a ghost who launches a nose-picking fad, and zombies.

#3: “Nichijou” (2011)


It might pale in comparison to the visual insanity seen in some action anime; but Nichijou takes our expectations, flips them 180 degrees before delivering a crushing German Suplex. Literally. This slice of life comedy follows three high school students as they go to school, think about their future, and interact with a robot shaped girl. There might be a talking cat and a genius kindergarten professor, but these are treated as being perfectly normal. It’s the way characters react to typical situations, like practicing how to do a high jump or trying to break a water melon, that goes well beyond ordinary.

#2: “Gurren Lagann” (2007)


A series all about breaking through your own limit to reach the heavens, Gurren-Lagann starts off as a straight forward action anime before becoming as big as the universe itself. With Earth under the oppressive thumb of the Spiral King, who forces humans to work in underground villages, Kamina and Simon dream of one day reaching the surface. After finding a small mecha, they use it to break out and launch a rebellion against the Spiral King. With reason kicked to the curb, this glorious and extravagant anime features massive robots and enough inspirational speeches to put Braveheart to shame.

#1: “JoJo's Bizarre Adventure” Series (2012-)


Honestly, were you expecting anything else? Jojo is all about taking things to the extreme, at least in terms of animation and the way characters act. Even eating a piece of fruit is over-the-top. The story follows different generations of the Joestar family, who are destined to face off against supernatural beings who want to take over the world. These mainly and muscular heroes love nothing more than to strike a pose while declaring their plans to smash the villain into pieces. The comic book art style, especially during the action scenes, guarantee that every blow is delivered with full force.

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