Best 37 Space OVA Anime You Should Know About

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Roots Search: Shokushin Buttai X, Nora, Hell Target, and more!

37: Roots Search: Shokushin Buttai X

English: Roots Search
Japanese: ルーツ サーチ 食心物体X
MAL Score: 4.18
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

When a research crew in deep space discovers the desolate ship “Green Planet” that warps into their area, they encounter Buzz, the commander and sole surivor of the ship. Being too incapacitated to make them aware of the situation of his ship, the research team will soon discover that they have found something far, far worse…

(Source: BakaBT)

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36: Nora

Japanese: ノーラ
MAL Score: 4.40
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Nora is on vacation in a “Holiday Inn” space station. When the artificial gravity fails, the whole space resort becomes chaotic but she helps solve the problem.

(Source: ANN)

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35: Hell Target

English: Hell Target
Japanese: HELL TARGET [ヘルターゲット]
MAL Score: 4.65
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A spaceship is lost near the forbidden planet of Inferno II. Some years later, a second ship with a crew of nine gets there and encounters a monster that rapidly makes mince meat of most of them. The sole survivor, Makurou Kitazato, must destroy the monster before it can surprise a third ship that is already en route.

(Source: AniDB)

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34: Advancer Tina

English: Advancer Tina
Japanese: アドバンサー ティナ
MAL Score: 5.04
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

There is something very dangerous about planet Omega 13. Whatever it is, it’s been killing Advancers sent out, one by one, to investigate. The Domestic Union of Arms is perplexed, so top DUA officer Mugal decides to give the job to the most dangerous, most independent, and most expendable Advancer they could find.

They find such an Advancer in the renegade Tina Owens. Currently incarcerated with a 2,000 year sentence for blowing up a planet, she is given a tempting offer. Instead of rotting in her cell, if she’ll go to Omega 13, find and destroy any threats on the planet, and determine any exploitable resources for the Allied Earth Government, they’ll let her go.

Knowing how dangerous Omega 13 appears to be (and thinking about what has yet to be discovered), how would you decide? Tina takes the job, and she sets off for the planet.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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33: Twinkle Heart: Gingakei made Todokanai

Japanese: トゥインクルハート 銀河系までとどかない
MAL Score: 5.25
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Love, Heaven’s greatest treasure went missing and to get it back, the Great God decides to send his two daughters Lemon and Cherry, as well as their governess Berry to find it. However, their search doesn’t go so well, mainly because they decide they like it at planet Earth and prefer to work in a hamburger shop (Sic!).

In the one-episode OVA, the girls end up searching for the Love treasure on an exotic planet, however they find magical living plushies instead, having to fight their way through them to recover “Essence of Life,” which an evil organisation wants to use for nefarious purposes.

(Source: BakaBT)

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32: Space Travelers The Animation

English: Space Travelers
Japanese: スペーストラベラーズ The Animation
MAL Score: 5.34
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In the New Cosmic Century 038, humanity is suddenly attacked by an unknown alien civilization known as the Orbital Ring System. Soon, the entire Earth Civilization Sphere has been cut off from the space colonies, and is under the control of the ORS. Only Hayabusha Jetter, along with his band of misfit space pirates and smugglers, can break through ORS lines.

(Source: Wikipedia)

31: Uchuu Kyoudai: Apo’s Dream

English: Space Brothers: Apo’s Dream
Japanese: 宇宙兄弟 Apo’s Dream
MAL Score: 5.41
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Included on a DVD within the limited edition of the manga’s volume 17.

Apo, the pet dog from the manga, will star in the anime.

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30: Al Caral no Isan

English: Legacy of Aru Kararu
Japanese: アル カラルの遺産
MAL Score: 5.43
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In the 26th century, humans discover a humanoid race living on the distant world GO/7498/2, a dark-skinned, golden-eyed people who seem to eke out a primitive, carefree existence. However, a scout team from Earth discovers that there is more to them than meets the eye–they live in symbiosis with vicious reptilian parasites, and the Terran scientists have upset the delicate natural balance.

(Source: The Anime Encyclopedia)

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29: Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Mehyou no Wana

Japanese: コズミック ファンタジー 銀河女豹の罠
MAL Score: 5.46
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Yuu and Saya are two of the top Cosmic Hunters in the galaxy, and Yuu is enjoying a bit of fame after his most recent adventure. The two are on a date when they are interrupted from a distress signal from their “ally”, the feline pervert Nyan. In the meantime, the space pirate Belga begins attacking space freighters in an attempt to lure out Yuu, so she can take him to bed with her. Of course, when he spurns her, she decides that if she can’t have him, then no one can.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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28: Busou Shoujotai: Blade Briders The Animation

Japanese: 武想少女隊ぶれいど☆ブライダーズ THE ANIMATION
MAL Score: 5.46
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In the late 21st century, humankind came under a fierce attack from aliens who suddenly appeared via wormholes. They were helpless to fight against them and resigned themselves to imminent death. At that time, an ultimate weapon which could create items out of imagination was discovered in a expansive cave under Japan, along with its young master Ryuusei who was in cryostasis. The indiscriminate alien attacks awoke him and he led the humans to a decisive victory.

One year later, while the areas which had been destroyed by the aliens were still being rebuilt, Ryuusei was appointed as the commander of the newly-formed Defence Force of Earth, which was created to fight against space invaders. However, he was the only person who could use the ‘imagination embodiment device’. If something was to happen to him, then calamity would befall the world. So the Defence Force of Earth decided to recruit girls with potential to fight alongside him. Even though they hesitated at first, they each had their own reasons to join Ryuusei. Thus, the special force ‘Blade Briders’ was formed, to protect the Earth against the aliens who have returned.

(Source: Hau~ Omochikaeri!)

27: Guy: Youma Kakusei

English: Guy: Double Target
Japanese: ガイ 妖魔覚醒
MAL Score: 5.50
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Guy is just one of those misunderstood, lovable fellows who just happens to be one of the nastiest soldiers of fortune you’ve ever seen… and his partner is worse! They could be, however, the only thing that can battle Dr. Vail and breathe afterwards!

(Source: AniDB)

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26: Bounty Dog: Getsumen no Ibu

Japanese: バウンティドッグ~月面のイブ~
MAL Score: 5.56
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

In the future, mankind has colonized the bleak expanses of the moon. Cities now stand proudly where there was once only desolation and emptiness. But there are alien forces that do not want mankind to succeed and only one man can stop them. He is a member of the Bounty Dog Investigation Unit, a high-tech cybernetic mercenary team.

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25: Maps

Japanese: マップス
MAL Score: 5.77
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

While looking for the ledgendary Mapman, the last surviving member of the Nomad Star tribe, Lipumira finds him in Tokyo. His name is Gen Tokishima and he is the only one able to get one part of the starmap hidden within the Earth. After retrieving the piece, Gen must make a decision to follow Lipumira in her foolhardy search to find the remaining pieces of the starmap or stay on Earth. He makes his decision, only to find his girlfriend has beaten him to the spaceship as she wants to come as well. Unfortunately, as Gen learns the secret of the starmap, Lipumira’s sisters have plans to stop her and will stop her at any cost.

(Source: ANN)

24: Dai Yamato Zero-gou

English: Great Yamato No. 0
Japanese: 大ヤマト零号
MAL Score: 5.78
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

In the galactic group there are more than 100,000,000,000 galaxies, and the Milky Way galaxy, the one which includes Earth’s solar system, is only one of these… one of many in the immensity of outer space.

This story starts in the year 3199, when a mighty enemy attacks the Milky Way from a neighbouring galaxy. The enemy engages the combined forces of the Milky Way, an Alliance of many stellar nations, and defeats them one after another.

The remaining Milky Way Alliance forces are reduced to just six fleets. After the Alliance headquarters is destroyed, and when the collapse of the central Milky Way Alliance is imminent, the Great Yamato “Zero” surprises everyone and embarks on a mission to assist the Milky Way Alliance in one last great battle.

23: Melty Lancer

Japanese: メルティランサー
MAL Score: 5.90
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Meltylancer is a Galaxy Police Organization unit comprised by six girls, all of which who have their own special skills and talents. A year has passed since the unit’s disbandment, but a new threat leaves the GPO no choice but to recall all the members. With a new commander and a new aide, Meltylancer is deployed once again.

(Source: ANN)

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22: Lily C.A.T.

English: Lily C.A.T.
Japanese: LILY-C.A.T.
MAL Score: 5.90
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The Deep Sleep Capsules, technology that has allowed man to reach out to the stars. These chambers slow the aging process by 95%. A 20-year trip passes, and the traveler has only aged 1 year. It definitely has its advantages, but after you’ve been on a few trips, it sure gets very lonely.

Right now, however, that’s not the big issue. The year is 2264. The Syncam Corporation has sent the Saldes and its crew of 13 (and 1 cat) out into deep space to explore the potential of a newfound planet 20 years away. Soon after they awaken from their stasis, however, things are happening one after another. First, the crew learns that two of the crew are not who they claim to be. Then, one by one, crewmembers die suddenly. Then, the ship begins to turn against them. And as if it couldn’t get any worse, they find another mess on their hands and it is ugly.

What was supposed to be a simple exploratory mission has become a struggle for survival in the depths of space. 20 years from home, they’re all alone and no one can hear them scream.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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21: Norageki!

English: Five Numbers!
Japanese: ノラゲキ!
MAL Score: 6.14
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In an isolated prison, there are only four prisoners and a cat. One day, a power outage opens all the locks and all of the prisoners are released. However, all of the guards are nowhere to be seen and there are no exits. An extraordinary event occurs in response to an old man’s strange behavior.

(Source: ANN)

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20: Space Fantasia 2001 Nights

Japanese: スペース ファンタジア 2001夜物語
MAL Score: 6.23
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Based on Yukinobu Hoshino’s 1984 manga in “Action Comics; shot in “Super Perspective Technique”.
It is the 21st century, and two young people were chosen. Adam was sent off into a space ship and was sent off into outer space…

(Source: ANN, AniDB)

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19: Oira Uchuu no Tankoufu

English: Mighty Space Miners
Japanese: おいら宇宙の探鉱夫
MAL Score: 6.29
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

In the mid-21st century, mankind has begun the exploration of space, and one company, Planet Catcher Corporation, has pioneered capturing asteroids and comets to mine the resources within them for use on Earth. On one such asteroid, Tortatis, lives 12-year-old Nanbu Ushiwaka – the only child ever to be born in space and survive.

But survival itself is no longer guaranteed – a military satellite triggers a disaster during a operation to capture Halley’s Comet, and Ushiwaka and his fellow colonists must find a way to survive when both their country and their company abandon them. Can they escape before the nuclear reactor on the asteroid melts down? Or are they doomed to die as they lived, among the stars?

(Source: AniDB)

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18: Terra Formars: Earth-hen

Japanese: テラフォーマーズ アース編
MAL Score: 6.29
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Bundled with the 21st and 22nd volumes, the OVAs adapt the Earth arc of the manga.

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17: Sol Bianca

Japanese: SOL BIANCA (ソル·ビアンカ)
MAL Score: 6.34
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Five female pirates pilot the Sol Bianca, a starship with a higher level of technology than any other known. With it, they seek out riches, such as the Gnosis, an legendary item of power, and pasha, the most valuable mineral in the galaxy. Along the way, they must consider a stowaway’s quest to save the one he loves, and seek revenge against those that have wronged them.

(Source: ANN)

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16: TO

Japanese: トゥー
MAL Score: 6.37
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Elliptical Orbit:
Fifteen years after its last contact with our world, a space freighter known as the Flying Dutchman requests permission to dock at a remote moon base. This mysterious ship carries liquid protons: a power source essential to the survival of Earth’s population. But before the precious cargo can be delivered, the base is ambushed by galactic terrorists who seek to destroy the new form of energy and issue a death sentence to all of humanity.

Symbiotic Planet:
Against a backdrop of intergalactic colonization and bizarre alien life forms, Aon and Elena – star-crossed lovers from rival countries competing for valuable natural resources – struggle to build a life together despite the objections of their superiors. Their budding romance is thwarted by an outbreak of alien fungus and the interference of a cutthroat militaristic madman. To survive, the young couple must maintain their faith in each other and learn to trust the unique creatures which inhabit this strange and wondrous new world.

(Source: Funimation)

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15: Maetel Legend

Japanese: メーテルレジェンド
MAL Score: 6.41
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

The artificial sun that lights the frozen planet La Metalle is dying, threatening to extinguish what little life is left there. Queen La Andromeda Prometheum decides that the only way for her people to survive is for them to submit to Hardgear’s transformation process, which will turn everyone’s body into machines. The Queen’s daughters, Emeraldas and Maetel, refuse to submit to this process, and fight to stay human.

(Source: ANN)

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14: Battle Athletess Daiundoukai

English: Battle Athletes
Japanese: バトルアスリーテス大運動会
MAL Score: 6.48
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

It is the year 4999 – mankind has long abandoned war in favor of intergalactic competition through athletic events. One of which is an all-female contest for the coveted “Cosmo Beauty” title. Akari Kanzaki has just entered the University Satellite in hopes of becoming the latest Cosmic Beauty – a title held by her mother long ago. On her first few days in the university, she meets new friends, encounters fierce rivals, and struggles to become the best of all the Battle Athletes.

(Source: ANN)

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13: Spaceship Agga Ruter

English: Spaceship Agga Ruter
Japanese: SpaceOfera アッガ ルター
MAL Score: 6.49
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

Follow Taiyo and Kei on their journey in space, filled with laughter and skinship as they meet new friends and enemies in their search for the missing core of Agga Ruter.

(Source: ANN)

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12: Spirit of Wonder: Shounen Kagaku Club

Japanese: ザスピリットオブワンダー : 少年科學倶楽部
MAL Score: 6.57
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

The now 50 year old Scientific Boys Club decides to built a ship that sails to Mars on the “Ethereal Current” – a thesis of the wife of a club member which claims that the universe is flooded with Ethereal energy. On this stream they travel to Mars in order to prove an old theory about channels on Mars built by Martians, but there is no life. Many years later, when both theories are considered to be nonsense, a Mars expedition discovers a stone with the inscription “Scientific Boys Club 1954”.

(Source: ANN)

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11: Crusher Joe OVA

English: Crusher Joe: The OVAs
Japanese: クラッシャージョウ
MAL Score: 6.60
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

The galaxy is a strange and dangerous place, and there are times when even the United Space Force can`t help. That`s where the Crushers come in – skilled troubleshooters who will deal with any problem, large or small, for a fee (large only!) And there is no better Crusher than Crusher Joe!

(Source: AniDB)

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10: Herlock Saga: Nibelung no Yubiwa

English: Harlock Saga: The Ring of the Nibelung – The Rhein Gold
Japanese: ハーロック サーガ ニーベルングの指環
MAL Score: 6.69
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Captain Herlock is drawn into a saga of intergalactic proportions when the son of a deceased comrade unwittingly forges the Ring of the Niebelung. Evil forces gather to wage war against the last remaining superpowers of the galaxy led by a demented outcast. Herlock must counter the amassed armadas that threaten the last gods and recover the ring before Paradise is lost.

(Source: ANN)

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9: Ginga Tetsudou Monogatari: Wasurerareta Toki no Wakusei

English: The Galaxy Railways: A Letter from the Abandoned Planet
Japanese: 銀河鉄道物語 ~忘れられた時の惑星~
MAL Score: 6.73
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

This is the OVA of The Galaxy Railways.

The Galaxy Express 999 crashes on the off-limits planet of Herise and it’s up to the SDF Sirius Platoon to assist.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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8: Queen Emeraldas

Japanese: クィーン エメラルダス
MAL Score: 6.86
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

The story revolves around a race that seeks to dominate the galaxy. A lone mysterious female warrior, known to others as Emeraldas sails the endless planets of the universe- in her Seas of Star ship- fighting the tyranny of that merciless race. She is tormented by the memory of her lost love.

(Source: ANN)

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7: Cobra The Animation: Time Drive

Japanese: COBRA THE ANIMATION タイム ドライブ
MAL Score: 6.90
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Lady has disappeared so Cobra must dive into her past to save her. This is the story of who Lady used to be and how she got that metal body.

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6: Hi no Tori: Uchuu-hen

English: The Phoenix -Space-
Japanese: 火の鳥 宇宙編
MAL Score: 6.96
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In deep space, four astronauts discover that their colleague Makimura has mysteriously died shortly following a cryptic note about his imminent murder. Though horrified by the news, the inoperable state of their spaceship leaves the crew no time to grieve, and they evacuate via escape pods. Determined to identify the culprit, the survivors begin to suspect fellow crewmate Kizaki, on account of a rivalry between himself and Makimura regarding the only female team member, Nana Ichinomiya. However, to their bewilderment, they notice Makimura’s pod following them, yet failing to respond to attempts at contact.

As the astronauts try to interpret their perplexing circumstances, they learn there are more inconceivable stories about their lost teammate, one involving the Phoenix, a mysterious bird said to have the ability to grant immortality. It is not until they crash into a seemingly deserted planet that the crew will finally uncover the sinister truth behind Makimura and his suspicious pod.

Set in a distant future, Hi no Tori: Uchuu-hen illustrates the cruelty of human beings passionately in pursuit of their own desires without any regard to the consequences.

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5: Iria: Zeiram The Animation

English: Iria: Zeiram The Animation
Japanese: イ リ ア ゼイラム The Animation
MAL Score: 7.06
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Iria is the story of a girl and the Alien being she loves to hate. The series begins with her brother, Gren, taking a job. He is a bounty hunter, and one well known for his incredible skill. Iria, being a skilled apprentice bounty hunter herself, tags along. What is the job, one might ask. It is to find out what has happened to the crew and cargo of a Space Station. Needless to say, nothing is as it seems, and the war between Iria and Zeiram begins in earnest.

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4: Terra Formars: Bugs 2-hen

Japanese: テラフォーマーズ バグズ2号編
MAL Score: 7.18
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Adaptation of the Bugs 2 arc of the manga.

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3: Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend – The Endless Odyssey

Japanese: SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HERLOCK OUTSIDE LEGEND ~The Endless Odyssey~
MAL Score: 7.34
Type: OVA
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

On an archaelogical mission to the end of the known universe, Professor Daiba unwitting unleashes an ancient horror from its confines. Five years later the malevolent alien force sets in motion a plan which reunites the various crewmembers of the Arcadia to sail the stars once more as well as bring Tadashi Daiba to meet Harlock for the first time (again).

(Source: ANN)

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2: Freedom

English: Freedom
Japanese: FREEDOM
MAL Score: 7.43
Type: OVA
Episodes: 7

Synopsis

In the year 2041, mankind created their first space colony on the moon. But after a freak cataclysm devastated human civilisation on Earth, the republic of the moon built a domed megalopolis known as Eden. Now in the year 2267, a boy called Takeru spends his time engaging in hover-craft races against rival street gangs, unaware that he is about to embark in the journey of unearthing Eden’s origin.

(Source: ANN)

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1: Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki

English: Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki
Japanese: 天地無用!魎皇鬼
MAL Score: 7.64
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Tenchi Masaki grew up hearing stories about how his ancestor used a sword to seal a demon inside a cave seven hundred years ago. When curiosity gets the better of him, Tenchi goes to the cave and stumbles across the sword from the legend. Thinking that the story is nothing more than a fairy tale, he removes the blade and inadvertently releases the demon, who turns out to be a space pirate named Ryouko Hakubi. Furious about being trapped for so long, she attacks Tenchi, but he is able to repel her with the sword, awakening his inner power. After seeing this, Ryouko takes an interest in her unlikely savior and decides to crash at his place.

As if it were a chain reaction, more alien women—Aeka Jurai Masaki, an uptight princess from the planet Jurai; Sasami, Aeka’s sweet younger sister; Mihoshi Kuramitsu, a ditzy Galactic Police Officer; and Washuu Hakubi, a wisecracking genius—gradually come in contact with Tenchi and begin living with him. Through his encounters with these five women, Tenchi begins to learn more about his ancestry, newfound power, and the looming threat lurking beyond the skies.

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

1. Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki
2. Freedom
3. Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend – The Endless Odyssey
4. Terra Formars: Bugs 2-hen
5. Iria: Zeiram The Animation
6. Hi no Tori: Uchuu-hen
7. Cobra The Animation: Time Drive
8. Queen Emeraldas
9. Ginga Tetsudou Monogatari: Wasurerareta Toki no Wakusei
10. Herlock Saga: Nibelung no Yubiwa
11. Crusher Joe OVA
12. Spirit of Wonder: Shounen Kagaku Club
13. Spaceship Agga Ruter
14. Battle Athletess Daiundoukai
15. Maetel Legend
16. TO
17. Sol Bianca
18. Oira Uchuu no Tankoufu
19. Terra Formars: Earth-hen
20. Space Fantasia 2001 Nights
21. Norageki!
22. Melty Lancer
23. Lily C.A.T.
24. Dai Yamato Zero-gou
25. Maps
26. Bounty Dog: Getsumen no Ibu
27. Guy: Youma Kakusei
28. Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Mehyou no Wana
29. Busou Shoujotai: Blade Briders The Animation
30. Al Caral no Isan
31. Uchuu Kyoudai: Apo’s Dream
32. Space Travelers The Animation
33. Twinkle Heart: Gingakei made Todokanai
34. Advancer Tina
35. Hell Target
36. Nora
37. Roots Search: Shokushin Buttai X

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