Best 18 OVA Anime Made By Gainax

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of The Chocolate Panic Picture Show, Ojousama Sousamou, Beat Shot!!, and more!

18: The Chocolate Panic Picture Show

English: The Chocolate Picture Panic Show
Japanese: ザ チョコレートパニック ピクチャーショー
MAL Score: 4.41
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Gainax’s first professional production, The Chocolate Panic Picture Show is a wacky musical OVA based on a manga by Fujiwara Kamui, serialised in Monthly Super Action and partly inspired by Jamie Uys’s The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980).

Follow Manbo, Chinbo and Chonbo as they are flung into a strange, psychedelic world of madness they don’t understand. See them cause chaos through their zany, unpredictable antics in this comical take on cultural imperialism.

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17: Ojousama Sousamou

English: Debutante Detective Corps
Japanese: お嬢様捜査網
MAL Score: 4.83
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Debutante Detective Corps begins with introductions to the five main characters, Miyuki, Reika, Youko, Nina, and Kimiko. It seems these five girls are incredibly rich and have been sent a threatening video tape by forces unknown. A police guard is set up at the school where the girls have enrolled. Kimiko, however, doesn’t like the idea of being cooped up at school, and convinces the rest of the girls to trick the police into leaving. No sooner are the police gone, however, then the girls are assaulted by three armed terrorists. What ensues is a rather silly escapade with our heroines attempting to thwart their attackers.

(Source: ANN)

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16: Beat Shot!!

English: Watch Me Sink My Putz
Japanese: ビートショット!!
MAL Score: 5.05
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Expert linksman Akihiko joins the university golf club at the same time as maverick golfer Akikazu. The pair often tee off against each other, though Akikazu is distracted by the charms of his opponent’s beautiful caddy, Misako.

(Source: AniDB)

15: Circuit no Ookami II: Modena no Ken

Japanese: サーキットの狼II モデナの剣
MAL Score: 5.62
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The adventures of Ken Ferrari, a former racer and motor journalist with an appetite for women. Based on the manga by Satoshi Ikezawa.

14: Mahjong Hishouden: Naki no Ryuu

Japanese: 麻雀飛翔伝 哭きの竜
MAL Score: 5.94
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

The protagonist, Ryuu or Crying Dragon, is a mysterious man who often plays games with the gang members. He only wins by “ron,” a move in which one needs to wait for the opponent’s tile to complete the win.

*”Ron” is also called “naki” in mahjong, which has the same pronunciation as “crying” in Japanese.

13: Anime Tenchou

English: Animation Store Manager
Japanese: アニメ店長
MAL Score: 6.04
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

This is the Animation Store Manager!!

Anime Tenchou is a CM character for Animate, one of Japan’s biggest retailer of anime, games, and manga. The character series was created by Shimamoto Kazuhiko for publicity purposes. Later adapted into a manga, a weekly radio drama and this OVA animated by GAINAX and directed by Anno Hideaki.

Anizawa Meito is the blazing store manager. He is a fireball who loves animation merchandise at heart. He takes over the dying wish of the former store manager, though still alive, who was attacked by the rival store and becomes a “store manager” of newly opened animation goods specialty store, Animate. The scarlet, “store manager visor” is his trademark.

(Source: AniDB)

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12: KO Seiki Beast Sanjuushi

English: KO Century Beast Warriors
Japanese: KO世紀 ビースト三獣士
MAL Score: 6.53
Type: OVA
Episodes: 7

Synopsis

The series is set in the distant future in which the Earth is split in two. The southern hemisphere is placed in another dimension while the inhabitants of the northern hemisphere are able to morph into beast-like humanoids. Eventually the humans of the southern hemisphere, led by Uranus, attack the Beasts.

The Three Beasts, Wan Derbard (Wan Dabadadatta) of the Tiger Tribe, Bud Mint (Baado Mint) of the Bird Tribe, and Mei Mer (Mei Mah) of the Mermaid Tribe, are taken prisoner along with Mei Mer’s companion Tuttle Millen (Mekka Mannen, also of the Mermaid tribe), but manage to escape thanks to a little girl named Yuuni Charm Password. Together they seek Gaia, which they believe to be a fabulous treasure, but they are pursued by Uranus’s minions : V-Darn the vicious mage-knight, V-Sion the warrior woman and Akumako, V-Darn’s sadistic imp-like partner.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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11: Appleseed

Japanese: アップル シード
MAL Score: 6.59
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Appleseed takes place in the aftermath of World War III, where the General Management Control Office has constructed the experimental city known as Olympus. Built to be a paradise on Earth, Olympus is inhabited by humans, cyborgs, and bioroids (genetically engineered humans designed for increased physical capabilities and decreased emotional capabilities). Bioroids run and control all of the administrative functions of Olympus, ensuring that the city remains the utopian society it was meant to be for all of its citizens. But for some people living in Utopia, the city has become less of a home and more of a cage.

Police officer Calon Mautholos has grown to despise Olympus following his wife’s suicide, blaming her death on the lack of creative freedom caused by the rules binding the citizens of the city. As his hatred for the city grows, Calon conspires with the terrorist A.J. Sebastian to destroy the Legislature of the Central Management Bureau to send the rules of Olympus that killed his wife tumbling down. But when Calon discovers it is not political malcontent, but rather hatred for bioroids that motives Sebastian, Calon turns renegade and gains the attention of city officials. Deunan Knute and her partner Briareos of the ESWAT counter-terrorism unit are dispatched to hunt down and stop Calon and Sebastian… by any means necessary!

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10: Honoo no Tenkousei

Japanese: 炎の転校生
MAL Score: 6.65
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Transfer student Takisawa Noboru quickly learns that all disputes at his new school are settled in the boxing ring. Now he finds himself in a series of showdowns with the local top dog, Ibuki Saburo, for the love and respect of the beautiful Yukari.

(Source: ANN)

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9: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Ore no Gurren wa Pikka-Pika!!

Japanese: 天元突破 グレンラガン 俺のグレンはピッカピカ!!
MAL Score: 6.77
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A special episode bundled with the Nintendo DS game based on the series. Envious of seeing how Simon keeps his Lagann clean and neat, Kamina asks the mysterious Chitori to clean up his Gurren for him, unaware of her true intentions.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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8: Re: Cutey Honey

Japanese: Re:キューティーハニー
MAL Score: 7.11
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

A mysterious organization known as Panther Claw make their presence known by terrorizing Tokyo and giving the cops a run for their money. Police are further baffled by the appearance of a lone cosplaying vigilante who thwarts all of Panther Claw’s evil schemes before disappearing. That cosplayer is Honey Kisaragi, the result of the late Professor Kisaragi’s prize experiment. A master of disguise, Honey can magically alter her physical appearance and outfits. But with a push of the heart-shaped button on her choker, she transforms herself into Cutie Honey, the scantily-clad, sword-wielding warrior of love and justice.

(Source: ANN)

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7: Otaku no Video

Japanese: おたくのビデオ
MAL Score: 7.14
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Somewhat based on the real story of how Gainax was founded, Otaku no Video addresses all aspects of an otaku lifestyle. Ken Kubo is a young man living an average life until he is dragged into a group of otaku. Slowly, he becomes more like them until he decides to abandon his former life to become king of otaku—the otaking!

Mixed in are live-action interviews with real otaku, addressing every aspect of hardcore otaku life. Not only are anime and manga fans included, but also sci-fi fans, military fans, and other groups of Japanese geeks.

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6: Dantalian no Shoka: Ibarahime

English: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian: Ibarahime
Japanese: ダンタリアンの書架 荊姫
MAL Score: 7.17
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A DVD containing an all new, original anime episode bundled with the fifth volume of Chako Abeno’s Dantalian no Shoka manga adaptation.

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5: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie Zenyasai: Viral no Amai Yume

Japanese: 天元突破グレンラガン 劇場版前夜祭 「ヴィラルの甘い夢」
MAL Score: 7.28
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Viral tries to get some sleep, but keeps on having terrifying nightmares. Can’t anyone save him from his plight?

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4: Ranma : Yomigaeru Kioku

Japanese: らんま1/2 SPECIAL よみがえる記憶
MAL Score: 7.62
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

“Reawakening Memories” deals with Akane suddenly remembering a trip to Ryugenzawa when she was a small child. While there she was saved from a giant platypus by Shinnosuke. Akane travels back to Ryogenzawa and once again meets Shinnosuke, who falls in love with her. Akane blames herself for Shinnosuke`s life-threatening injuries, and decides to stay and help out. This irritates Ranma, who thinks that Akane has fallen in love with Shinnosuke, and will do what it takes to get her back.

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3: Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster

English: Gunbuster 2
Japanese: トップをねらえ2!DIEBUSTER
MAL Score: 7.65
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Generations have passed since the war with the Space Monsters started, and none remain who know how it began, with even records of those times being scarce. It is a lost cause, but humanity still fights against them, relying on the “Topless”: a group of elite space pilots with special powers that allow them to use the Buster Machines—the last hope against the Space Monsters.

Nono, a girl from a remote Martian town, has heard tales all her life of the legendary pilot “Nono-Riri,” and wants nothing more than to leave her humble life behind and follow in the footsteps of her idol. Though she has no idea of the dangers that lie ahead, nothing will stop her from achieving her dream. While Nono is down on her luck, she chances upon the lonesome Topless pilot Lal’C Melk Mark, and decides to stake her entire future on following Lal’C, no matter the cost.

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2: Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster

English: Gunbuster
Japanese: トップをねらえ! GunBuster
MAL Score: 7.88
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

In the near future, humanity has taken its first steps towards journeying into the far reaches of the galaxy. Upon doing so they discover a huge race of insectoid aliens known as “Space Monsters.” These aliens seem dedicated to the eradication of mankind as they near closer and closer to discovering Earth. In response, humanity develops giant fighting robots piloted by hand-picked youth from around the world.

Shortly after the discovery of the aliens, Noriko Takaya, the daughter of a famous deceased space captain, enters a training school despite her questionable talents as a pilot. There, she meets her polar opposite, the beautiful and talented Kazumi Amano, and is unexpectedly made to work together with her as they attempt to overcome the trauma of war as well as their own emotions.

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1: FLCL

English: FLCL
Japanese: フリクリ
MAL Score: 8.03
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Naota Nandaba is an ordinary sixth grader living in a city where nothing amazing ever seems to happen. After his brother Tasuku leaves town to play baseball in America, Naota takes it upon himself to look after everything Tasuku left behind—from his top bunk bed to his ex-girlfriend Mamimi Samejima, who hasn’t stopped clinging to Naota since Tasuku left.

Little does Naota know, however, that his mundane existence is on the verge of being changed forever: enter Haruko Haruhara, a Vespa-riding, bass guitar-wielding, pink-haired psychopath whose first encounter with Naota leaves him with tire tracks on his back and a giant horn on his head. Though all he wants is some peace and quiet, when Haruko takes up residence at his parents’ home, Naota finds himself dragged into the heart of the greatest battle for supremacy that Earth—and quite possibly the entire universe—has ever seen.

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

1. FLCL
2. Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
3. Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster
4. Ranma : Yomigaeru Kioku
5. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie Zenyasai: Viral no Amai Yume
6. Dantalian no Shoka: Ibarahime
7. Otaku no Video
8. Re: Cutey Honey
9. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Ore no Gurren wa Pikka-Pika!!
10. Honoo no Tenkousei
11. Appleseed
12. KO Seiki Beast Sanjuushi
13. Anime Tenchou
14. Mahjong Hishouden: Naki no Ryuu
15. Circuit no Ookami II: Modena no Ken
16. Beat Shot!!
17. Ojousama Sousamou
18. The Chocolate Panic Picture Show

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