Best 10 Drama TV Anime Of 2001 Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

They’re the best Anime that 2001 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Digimon Adventure 02, Brigadoon: Marin to Melan, Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer, and more!

10: Digimon Adventure 02

English: Digimon Adventure 02
Japanese: デジモンアドベンチャー02
MAL Score: 7.23
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

Taichi Yagami and his friends have moved on to junior high, but by that time, they have lost contact with their Digimon partners. Taichi is therefore surprised to suddenly receive a distress call summoning him to the Digital World. Once there, he learns that Digimon are living in fear of the mysterious Digimon Emperor, who is somehow suppressing their ability to Digivolve!

In the real world, Hikari Yagami and Takeru Takaishi reunite in the same fifth grade class. They share three schoolmates: Daisuke Motomiya, who reminds them both of Taichi; Miyako Inoue, a technical wizard; and Iori Hida, Miyako’s neighbor. When these three children receive “D-3” Digivices, they—along with Hikari and Takeru, who still possess their own original Digivices—comprise the new generation of “Chosen Children” who must save the world once again. With the power of the Armored Digi-Eggs, they must thwart the Digimon Emperor’s plans to spread his influence over the entire Digital World.

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9: Brigadoon: Marin to Melan

English: Brigadoon
Japanese: ブリガドーン まりんとメラン
MAL Score: 7.25
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Marin is a typical junior high school girl with a sunny disposition and a loving adoptive family. Her life takes a drastic change when a mysterious mirage is seen in the sky above the entire earth. Killer androids called Monomakia descend to earth from the formation in the sky called Brigadoon and begin to hunt down little Marin. She discovers a blue bottle in a shrine as she seeks escape and from the bottle comes a protector, a sword carrying gun slinging alien called Melan Blue, together they must save the earth and deal with family crisis, school prejudice and the police and come to an understanding of Marins past and Melans unexplained mission, as well as learn to trust each other. Set in 1969 Japan with a colorful cast of friends and enemies.

(Source: ANN)

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8: Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer

English: Battle Doll Angelic Layer
Japanese: 機動天使エンジェリックレイヤー
MAL Score: 7.26
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

12-year-old Misaki Suzuhara has just gotten involved in Angelic Layer, a battling game using electronic dolls called angels. Even as a newbie, Misaki shows advanced skills as she meets new friends and enters Angelic Layer tournaments to fight the greatest Angelic Layer champions of the nation.

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7: Shin Chou Kyou Ryo: Condor Hero

English: The Legend of Condor Hero
Japanese: 神鵰侠侶 コンドルヒーロー
MAL Score: 7.34
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Youka is a young 13-year-old boy. One day, his Uncle, Kakusei, has him follow in his steps of martial arts and has him study the art of Zenshinkyou. After being mistreated, Youka runs away Zenshinkyou. He stumbles on a Forbidden Tomb where he finds a beautiful young woman, by the name of Shouryuujo. After a short time, Youka is eventually accepted by Shouryuujo to study the techniques of the Koboha under her, and thus begins their adventure through martial arts and love.

(Source: ANN)

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6: s.CRY.ed

English: s-CRY-ed
Japanese: スクライド
MAL Score: 7.37
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

A strange environmental phenomenon 22 years ago in the Kanazawa prefecture caused the land to split and protrude upwards reaching unprecedented heights, creating the secluded area known as The Lost Ground. Kazuma is a young mercenary who lives in the Lost Ground, looking for any work he can find to sustain his livelihood within the harsh environment. He is one of the few people that are gifted with the Alter ability, which allows him to plaster his right arm and torso with a metallic alloy. When this mercenary encounters HOLY, an order whose purpose is to suppress and capture what they call Native Alter Users, and one of the elite members of HOLY, Ryuho, an epic rivalry begins.

(Source: ANN)

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5: X

English: X
Japanese: X エックス
MAL Score: 7.42
Type: TV
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

His destiny has finally arrived as the young Shirou Kamui returns to Tokyo after 6 years. A powerful psychic, Kamui vows to protect the happiness of his childhood friends Fuuma and Kotori, even if it means avoiding them. But fate is cruel, whether or not Kamui wants to be involved; he holds the future of the world in his hands, given the choice of becoming a Dragon of Heaven or a Dragon of Earth. The Seven Seals gather, and so do the Seven Angels; all individuals who have their destiny carved out as one who would battle for the fate of the world. What future will Kamui choose to become reality?

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4: Salaryman Kintarou

Japanese: サラリーマン金太郎
MAL Score: 7.47
Type: TV
Episodes: 20

Synopsis

The story follows Kintaro, former leader of a widely feared and respected biker gang, who decides that its time to “straighten out” and become a “salaryman” since his wife died and he has to take care of his young son.

(Source: AniDB)

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3: Gensoumaden Saiyuuki

English: Saiyuki
Japanese: 幻想魔伝 最遊記
MAL Score: 7.57
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

Many years ago, humans and demons lived in harmony. But that unity ended when demons started attacking humans and plotted a mission to unleash Gyumao—an evil demon imprisoned for thousands of years. Now, Genjo Sanzo, a rogue priest, must team up with three demons—Sha Gojyo, Son Goku, and Cho Hakkai—and embark on a perilous journey to the west to stop these demons from resurrecting Gyumao and restore the balance between humans and demons on Earth.

(Source: ANN)

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2: Digimon Tamers

English: Digimon Tamers
Japanese: デジモンテイマーズ
MAL Score: 7.62
Type: TV
Episodes: 51

Synopsis

Digimon Tamers takes place in a world where the popular Digimon franchise is all the rage, consisting of a cartoon, video games, and the trading card game. Takato Matsuda is a huge Digimon fan that’s particularly obsessed with the card game, and constantly daydreams about the universe therein. One day, he finds a mysterious blue card, which he slides through a scanner toy to use in the popular battle game. His toy suddenly glows and transforms into a Digivice, and Takato’s fan-made design, Guilmon, materialises in front of him. Thrilled by the prospect of having a real-life Digimon, Takato embraces his new partner, and his adventures as a Digimon Tamer begin.

Takato quickly discovers that being a Digimon Tamer is not all fun and games—in reality, it’s much more dangerous than the card games he’s accustomed to. Wild Digimon have begun to appear all across Japan, causing rampages that result in chaos and mayhem. Armed with his Digivice, which can scan trading cards to strengthen Guilmon, Takato and his new partner set out to combat the rogue Digimon. They are tasked with protecting the world from Digimon attacks, whilst a mysterious organization determined to eliminate all Digimon and their Tamers lurks in the shadows…

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1: Fruits Basket

English: Fruits Basket
Japanese: フルーツバスケット
MAL Score: 7.68
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her friends, Tooru resorts to secretly living on her own in a tent in the woods.

One night on her way back from work, she finds her tent buried underneath a landslide. Yuki Souma, the “prince” of her school, and his cousin Shigure Souma, a famous author, stumble across Tooru’s situation and invite her to stay with them until her grandfather’s home renovations are complete.

Upon arriving at the Souma house, Tooru discovers their secret: if a Souma is hugged by someone of the opposite gender, they temporarily transform into one of the animals of the zodiac! However, this strange phenomenon is no laughing matter; rather, it is a terrible curse that holds a dark history. As she continues her journey, meeting more members of the zodiac family, will Tooru’s kindhearted yet resilient nature be enough to prepare her for what lies behind the Souma household’s doors?

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Fruits Basket
2. Digimon Tamers
3. Gensoumaden Saiyuuki
4. Salaryman Kintarou
5. X
6. s.CRY.ed
7. Shin Chou Kyou Ryo: Condor Hero
8. Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer
9. Brigadoon: Marin to Melan
10. Digimon Adventure 02

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