Best 10 Sci-Fi TV Anime Of 1997 You Need to Watch

They’re the best Anime that 1997 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Hakugei Densetsu, Shin Tenchi Muyou!, Battle Athletess Daiundoukai (TV), and more!

10: Hakugei Densetsu

English: Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick
Japanese: 白鯨伝説
MAL Score: 6.65
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

A courageous young man tries to find the only person who can save his planet from the most terrifying beast in the universe—the great white whale Moby Dick—in this futuristic anime adventure set in 4699. But locating the outlaw Captain Ahab and his illusory crew of whale hunters and persuading them to put an end to the leviathan’s long reign of terror won’t be easy. Will Ahab take up the challenge one more time?

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9: Shin Tenchi Muyou!

English: Tenchi in Tokyo
Japanese: 新 天地無用!
MAL Score: 6.87
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Tenchi Masaki heads out to tackle the big world, setting off to school in Tokyo! But not everyone is happy to hear he is moving away, as his female friends sulk and complain at the prospect of him being alone. However, Tenchi is not by himself for very long, as he soon meets a kind and compassionate girl named Sakuya Kumashiro who helps him get used to life in Tokyo.

The two become close friends, but Sakuya wants more than just that, so she proclaims her love for Tenchi. This confession comes as a shock not only to Tenchi, but also the girls back home. In response, the girls decide to step up their game, and they immediately flock to Tokyo to take Tenchi for themselves.

With the girls competing for his love, Tenchi must decide once and for all who the most important woman in his life is. However, he is going to have a hard time deciding, as strange events start happening that drive Tenchi further apart from his friends.

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8: Battle Athletess Daiundoukai (TV)

English: Battle Athletes Victory
Japanese: バトルアスリーテス大運動会
MAL Score: 6.87
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Akari Kanzaki has just joined an all-girls academy in hopes of entering the University Satellite, an elite sports training facility. She wants to win the title of Cosmo Beauty – a title held years ago by her mother. It’s not an easy task for her as fear, doubt and peer pressure get in her way, but friends, rivals and fans slowly encourage her to overcome her obstacles and become the best of the Battle Athletes.

(Source: ANN)

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7: Hyper Police

Japanese: はいぱーぽりす
MAL Score: 6.93
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

Sasahara Natsuki is a poor bounty hunter in a world where monsters and humans live together. Most of her cases involve monsters infringing upon the rights of humans, who are protected by law from their generally more powerful neighbors. Being half-human and half cat-beast, Natsuki straddles the two societies and tries to understand and respect both while enforcing the law. She is assisted by a werewolf named Batanen who is afraid to admit he loves her; another werewolf named Tommy; and a Kyubi fox demon named Sakura who has her own plans–which include eating Natsuki to complete her her nine tails and thereby her magical powers.

(Source: ANN)

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6: Dr. Slump

Japanese: ドクタースランプ
MAL Score: 6.99
Type: TV
Episodes: 74

Synopsis

In Penguin Village, humans live alongside talking animals and objects. Senbei Norimaki is one of these humans, and he’s an inventor with the lofty dream of creating the world’s best robot girl.

The product of his efforts is Arale, but depending on your definition of perfect, she’s anything but! Not only is Arale severely nearsighted, but she also has no common sense! At least she has super-strength, though that often proves to be a setback as well.

Although she means well, Arale only causes trouble for her neighbors in the whimsical Penguin Village!

5: YAT Anshin! Uchuu Ryokou

Japanese: YAT 安心!宇宙旅行
MAL Score: 7.00
Type: TV
Episodes: 50

Synopsis

The emergence of the dimensional tunnel sets the background for a new space era in which space travelling can be designated to planets outside the solar system. Hoshiwatari Goro is a space traveller who goes in search for his father whose whereabouts are shrouded with obscurity. His only link to his father is an old photograph. In order to attain his goal, Goro participates in a young space travelling company known as “YAT” which organises tours to different planets. However, in the midst of his journey, he was involved in an accident which resulted in the destruction of the spaceship. As a form of compensation, he had to work for YAT and this sparks off a train of space adventures for him.

(Source: ANN)

4: Mojakou

Japanese: モジャ公
MAL Score: 7.12
Type: TV
Episodes: 74

Synopsis

Sorao is an ordinary student who lives an ordinary everyday life of a typical kid, accidentally makes friends with two aliens stranded here on Earth. His life changes as he decides to help them find a way to get home. When they do reach the aliens’ homeworld, Sorao along with Miki, discovered a blood feud between two different tribes. Things gone awry as the tribes’ representatives try to out do one another in search of the missing treasure of the past with the help of an uncovered clue.

(Source: ANN)

3: Saber Marionette J

English: Saber Marionette J
Japanese: セイバーマリオネットJ
MAL Score: 7.34
Type: TV
Episodes: 25

Synopsis

In the distant future, since the Earth has become overpopulated, efforts to find and colonize on other planets have begun. However, one of the ships, the “Mesopotamia” malfunctions and all but 6 of its inhabitants are all killed. the remaining 6 manage to escape to a nearby planet named “Terra ll “, which is similar to Earth in many respects. However, all of them are male. Therefore, as to not let their efforts go to waste, they begin to set up 6 countries and to reproduce through cloning and genetic engineering. however, there are still no women, and to make up for it they create lifelike advanced female androids called “Marionettes” which do everyday chores and work. However, they are all emotionless machines. But one day, a ordinary boy named Otaru finds and awakens 3 special battle type Marionettes that have emotions due to a “Maiden Circuit” within them. It’s up to him then to teach them and allow their emotions to grow, and when a nearby country threatens with world domination, it’s up to to Otaru and his “human” Marionettes to protect their country.

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2: Kidou Senkan Nadesico

English: Martian Successor Nadesico
Japanese: 機動戦艦ナデシコ
MAL Score: 7.51
Type: TV
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Akito doesn’t want to fight. Despite a childhood spent on the anime Gekiganger 3, a Mecha show, he’d rather cook than pilot a Mecha. Fate intervenes when his home on Mars is destroyed, and he is transported instantly to the Earth, mysteriously. He has questions no one can answer fully, but follows a girl from a chance meeting in hopes to discover any. The girl, Yurika, is captain of the private battleship Nadesico, and in order to follow her, he enlists as their cook. Possessing the nanite implants that allow to control mechas, he’s a handy backup pilot for the mechas of the Nadesico. He joins a crew bent on avenging Mars that seems to be composed of only misfits, otakus, and ditzes; however, in reality, they are handpicked experts. They take their own private war back to Mars to face the harsh reality that life may not always be like a Giant Mecha series.

(Source: ANN)

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1: Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar

English: King of Braves GaoGaiGar
Japanese: 勇者王ガオガイガー
MAL Score: 7.82
Type: TV
Episodes: 49

Synopsis

In the year 2005, a race of alien monsters called Zonders emerge from underground and launch a series of attacks on the city of Tokyo. The only defense against these creatures is the secret agency known as the Gutsy Geoid Guard (or 3G) and their ultimate weapon, the awesome giant robot GaoGaiGar. GaoGaiGar’s pilot, Guy Shishio, is a former astronaut who was nearly killed two years before when the Zonders first crashed to earth. Guy’s life was spared when a mysterious robot lion called Galeon pulled him from the burning shuttle and brought him to Earth. Guy’s father, Leo, then used Galeon’s technology to rebuild his shattered son as a cyborg, in the hopes that he could stop the aliens when they appear. Now, with Galeon as its core, GaoGaiGar fights to protect Earth. He is aided by a team of transforming robots and by a young boy named Mamoru, who has the power to purify the Zonders’ cores, and seems to be connected to the mysterious Galeon.

(Source: ANN)

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

1. Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar
2. Kidou Senkan Nadesico
3. Saber Marionette J
4. Mojakou
5. YAT Anshin! Uchuu Ryokou
6. Dr. Slump
7. Hyper Police
8. Shin Tenchi Muyou!
9. Battle Athletess Daiundoukai (TV)
10. Hakugei Densetsu

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