Best 50 Sci-Fi OVA Anime You Should Watch

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend – The Endless Odyssey, Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki: Omatsuri Zenjitsu no Yoru!, Future GPX Cyber Formula Saga, and more!

50: 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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49: Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki: Omatsuri Zenjitsu no Yoru!

English: Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki: The Night Before The Carnival
Japanese: 天地無用!魎皇鬼 SPECIAL お祭り前日の夜!
MAL Score: 7.35
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After his recent battle in space, Tenchi Masaki believes that his fighting days are over. Unfortunately, his life is far from peaceful since Aeka Jurai Masaki and Ryouko Hakubi—the two women giving him the most grief—cannot seem to get along, continuing to fight over who gets to be Tenchi’s lover.

Since their usual romantic strategies fail, Aeka and Ryouko decide to research how to woo a man. After spending hours going through shoujo manga, the two decide to act like the girls they’ve read about and put Tenchi through various scenarios, with the hope that he will fall in love with one of them.

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48: Future GPX Cyber Formula Saga

Japanese: 新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラSAGA
MAL Score: 7.35
Type: OVA
Episodes: 8

Synopsis

After his disappointing loss in the last round of the 14th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix, which causes him the championship, Hayato Kazami decides that he needs a change and switches over to the Sugo Garland SF-03 for the 15th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix while he waits for the newest Asurada design. However, his hope to make up for the past year’s letdown is made difficult when Aoi ZIP Formula undergoes a major restructuring and brings in Kyoshiro Nagumo as the new president of the team. The new car that he brought to the team, driven by newcomer Phil Fritz, is seemingly unbeatable…

(Source: ANN)

47: Date A Live: Date to Date

Japanese: デート ア ライブ DATE TO DATE
MAL Score: 7.35
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Bundled with the 9th volume of the original novel, it is the unaired 13th episode of the TV series.

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46: Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow

Japanese: ストライクウィッチーズ Operation Victory Arrow
MAL Score: 7.35
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Operation Victory Arrow is set in the period between the end of Operation Mars in the second television series and the 2012 Strike Witches movie. The three 30-minute short stories depict the lives of the members who returned to their respective homes.

(Source: ANN)

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45: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou

Japanese: ヨコハマ買い出し紀行
MAL Score: 7.36
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

After a disaster leaves the world in a state of decline, the remaining human population lives out their lives peacefully and quietly in the twilight of the human age. Alpha Hatsuseno is an android who works at a cafe bordering Yokohama that rarely gets visitors, and is waiting for her owner to return.

One day, another android, the courier Kokone Takatsu, brings Alpha a package from her master. Inside is a camera, given to Alpha so she can take pictures to reminisce about.

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a slow and contemplative anime that follows an android girl as she takes beautiful pictures and experiences touching moments, all amidst a calming sense of peace.

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44: Shin Getter Robo

English: New Getter Robo
Japanese: 新ゲッターロボ
MAL Score: 7.36
Type: OVA
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Humanity is under attack by demonic creatures called Oni. Unable to fight back by any other means, the scientist Dr. Saotome creates a series of giant robots that harness the mysterious power of Getter Rays, giving them the strength necessary to fight the Oni. The strongest of these is Getter Robo, and Saotome must enlist three very different men to pilot it – martial artist Ryoma Nagare, criminal leader Hayato Jin, and monk Benkei Musashibou. Together, the Getter Team fights to end the Oni menace forever.

(Source: ANN)

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43: Suisei no Gargantia: Meguru Kouro, Haruka

English: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: Far Beyond the Voyage
Japanese: 翠星のガルガンティア~めぐる航路、遥か~
MAL Score: 7.36
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

A 2-episode OVA for Suisei no Gargantia revealed during an announcement at AnimeJapan 2014.

(Source: MAL News)

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42: Urusei Yatsura OVA

Japanese: うる星やつら
MAL Score: 7.37
Type: OVA
Episodes: 11

Synopsis

The adventures of Lum, Ataru, Ten, and all the gang from Tomobiki continue in an assortment of new – but no less weird – stories.

Watch as Lum, Ataru, and Shinobu encounter a rabbit-clad youth, enter the Room of Destiny, and get a glimpse into their futures in “Inaba the Dreammaker,” or see Ran’s plans to use a sherbet cone-producing bird to open a sherbet shop one hot Tokyo summer go terribly awry in “Raging Sherbet.” Ataru has yet another bad experience with Lum’s cooking in “I Howl at the Moon”.

(Source: ANN)

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41: Karas

English: Karas
Japanese: 鴉 -KARAS-
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

The world of the humans and the world of the demons (youkai) have overlapped one another, leaving humans to walk the streets of life as they normally would, while demons walk, hidden from the naked eye, down the very same streets. A seemingly young woman named Yurine and her servant, the Karas (from the Japanese word for “Crow”), have long maintained order and balance between the overlapped worlds, ultimately keeping the demons from interrupting the lives of humans. However, humans have come to forget and jest at the existence of demons, and no longer understand the privilege it is to live without fear. Disgusted by this arrogance, an old Karas turns his back on the laws he had once upheld, and in his human form, named Eko, he creates an army of Mikura, or mechanized demons, to ready an attack on the human race.

A young man named Otoha inherits the powers of the Karas and takes his place at the side of Yurine, who claims that his soul called out for her while he lived the life of a human. They live in the world of the demons. It is now up to Otoha to prove himself as a Karas, and restore the balance that Eko threatens to upset.

Meanwhile, a superstitious police officer named Sagisaka and his rational new recruit, Kure, follow the trail of the murders dealt by Eko’s Mikura, as well as the trail of a rogue Mikura named Nue. The prophecy unfolds from here into a grave revelation for all in the city.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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40: Future GPX Cyber Formula Zero

Japanese: 新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラZERO
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: OVA
Episodes: 8

Synopsis

A freak accident during the 12th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix causes Hayato Kazami to miss the rest of the season, and critically injures both his body and his will to continue racing. Hayato’s longtime friend, Asuka Sugo, helps nurse him back to health, and in return he proposes to her and promises her that he would never race again. But as time goes on, Hayato begins to doubt whether he really wants to retire, and decides to make a comeback after all. And with the 13th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix now underway, he must struggle to regain his racing form; regain the trust of Asuka, whose promise he broke; and thwart the malicious intents of Henri Clayton. All the while, the reason behind Hayato’s accident begins to unveil itself: the “Zero Zone.”

(Source: ANN)

39: Sora no Otoshimono: Project Pink

English: Heaven’s Lost Property OVA
Japanese: そらのおとしもの プロジェクト桃源郷[ピンク]
MAL Score: 7.40
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The gang goes to an indoor swimming pool for some fun in the sun. As expected, all hell breaks loose when Tomoki goes on one of his perverted missions.

Meanwhile, Nymph is having some issues with the loss of her master and considers asking Tomoki to be her replacement master.

This episode was not aired on TV because it was deemed too dangerous…

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38: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen Future

English: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen Future
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダムSEED DESTINY FINAL PLUS 『選ばれた未来』
MAL Score: 7.41
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In year 74 of the Cosmic Era, the civil war raging between the earthbound Naturals and space-dwelling Coordinators comes to a close. Suffering a major setback, Kira Yamato pilots the Strike Freedom Gundam and leads the Archangel and its crew in a desperate bid to destroy the Requiem, a super-weapon intended to wipe out most human life in the universe.

Alongside Kira fights his best friend and rival Athrun Zala, an ace pilot who must defend himself against the wrath of his former subordinate Shinn Asuka, pilot of the powerful Destiny Gundam. Shinn believes Athrun to be a traitor, an obstacle in the course of the universe’s peaceful future.

As life-or-death mobile suit brawls are waged for the fate of the galaxy, a sprawling war between humans who are incapable of understanding one another draws to its conclusion.

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37: 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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36: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor

English: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor
Japanese: 新機動戦記ガンダムW オペレーション メテオ ODD&EVEN NUMBERS
MAL Score: 7.43
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

Two video releases recapping events from the Gundam Wing TV series. Each Operation Meteor video contains an ‘Odd’ episode and an ‘Even’ episode. The ‘Odd’ episodes feature Heero, Trowa and Wufei, while the ‘Even’ episodes feature Duo and Quatre. The episodes also featured brief new footages of the characters after the final episode of the TV series.

(Source: AniDB)

35: Future GPX Cyber Formula Sin

Japanese: 新世紀GPXサイバーフォーミュラSIN
MAL Score: 7.45
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

After Aoi Zip Formula was banned for one year from Cyber Formula racing due to cheating, Jotaro Kaga, alias Bleed Kaga, returns for the 17th Cyber Formula World Grand Prix. However his old car is no match for the returning champion Hayato Kazami, whose skill has improved tremendously, and his Nu-Asurada AKF-0. An old face, Kyoshiro Nagumo, appears suddenly to him and offers him the Ogre AN-21: a prototype to the Bio-Computer operated Al-Zard series created by the developers of the Asurada, and an ultimate racing machine that only a few can drive. Kaga must now master this car, confront his own inner demons and, most importantly, defeat his longtime rival Hayato in what is possibly Kaga’s last and greatest Cyber Formula season.

(Source: ANN)

34: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Misaka-san wa Ima Chuumoku no Mato Desu kara

Japanese: とある科学の超電磁砲 御坂さんはいま注目の的ですから
MAL Score: 7.46
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Continuing after the Level Upper incident, another phenomenon torments Misaka. A phenomenon called “Someone’s Watching,” its effect feels like the electricity in one’s body flow backwards. With the help of her friends, Misaka fights against the unknown enemy.

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33: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F

Japanese: 這いよれ!ニャル子さんF
MAL Score: 7.48
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A new OVA of the light novel Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, titled Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F, has been green-lit.

(Source: MAL News)

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32: Macross Zero

English: Macross Zero
Japanese: マクロス ゼロ
MAL Score: 7.54
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5

Synopsis

Taking place one year before the Zentraedi arrive on Earth, Macross Zero chronicles the final days of the war between the U.N. Spacy and anti-U.N. factions. After being shot down by the anti-U.N.’s newest fighter plane, ace pilot Shin Kudo finds himself on the remote island of Mayan, where technology is almost non-existent. While Shin stays on the island to heal his wounds, the tranqulity of the island is shattered by a battle that involves the UN’s newest fighter – the VF-0.

(Source: ANN)

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31: To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd OVA

Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス2nd
MAL Score: 7.55
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

A scan of Jump SQ’s September issue, to be released on August 4, revealed that the fifteenth volume of To LOVE-Ru Darkness will bundle a new OVA, which will be released on January 4. Consisting of two episodes, the OVA will run for a total of 25 minutes. One episode, titled Ghost Story Kowai no wa Ikaga (How about something scary?), will adapt a side-story from volume nine. The second episode, titled Clinic Sunao ni Narenakute (Without becoming obedient), will adapt chapter 38.

(Source: MAL News)

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30: Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: New OVA

English: Mobile Police Patlabor: The New Files
Japanese: 機動警察パトレイバー NEW OVA
MAL Score: 7.56
Type: OVA
Episodes: 16

Synopsis

Special Vehicles Division 2 is back on duty, along with their Ingram Patrol Labor (Patlabor) robots. Using their courage as well as the Ingrams, Captain Goto’s motley crew of officers battle crime in Tokyo city. They also deal with their personal lives, as well as the supernatural.

(Source: ANN)

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29: To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA

Japanese: To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス
MAL Score: 7.57
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Bundled with the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 13th limited-edition volume of the manga.

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28: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition

English: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム00 スペシャルエディション
MAL Score: 7.58
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Condensed version of both the first and second seasons of Gundam 00 featuring some new animated sequences and some partially re-recorded dialogue.

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27: Hybrid Child

Japanese: ハイブリッド チャイルド
MAL Score: 7.62
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

The skilled craftsman Kuroda created artificial humans called Hybrid Child—creatures who are neither machines nor dolls, but rather a reflection of the love shown to them. While they can feel human emotions and have their own consciousness, they are not real humans and require love to grow.

Kotarou Izumi is the young heir to the noble Izumi family, so it is frowned upon when he brings an abandoned Hybrid Child he found in the garbage into their household. His family even attempts to throw away Hazuki—Kotarou’s name for the Hybrid Child—multiple times when he is not paying attention. But through overcoming these obstacles, their love and the bond connecting them grow stronger. However, ten years pass before a horrifying realization dawns on them: a Hybrid Child might not have an endless life span.

Hybrid Child is a collection of three short love stories, depicting the relationship between the artificial humans and their owners.

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26: 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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25: R.O.D: Read or Die

English: R.O.D – Read or Die
Japanese: R.O.D リード オア ダイ
MAL Score: 7.65
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Yomiko Readman is a lovable, near-sighted bibliomaniac working as a substitute teacher at a Japanese high school. Her real identity, however, is that of a secret agent for the British Library Special Operations Division. Her codename: “The Paper.” The moniker denotes her supernatural ability to freely manipulate paper into any object she can imagine, including tools and weapons in her fight against the powerful and self-serving IJIN (Great Historical Figure) Army! Along with her partner, the enigmatic “Ms. Deep,” Yomiko travels across the world in attempt to solve the mystery behind the reincarnation of historical figures and their attempt to control the world.

(Source: RightStuf)

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24: Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki 2nd Season

English: Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki
Japanese: 天地無用!魎皇鬼
MAL Score: 7.65
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

While the galaxy remains at peace, Tenchi Masaki continues to live on Earth with Ryouko and Washuu Hakubi, Aeka and Sasami Jurai Masaki, Mihoshi Kuramitsu, and the cat-like creature Ryo-Ohki. Though it sounds great to be surrounded by so many women, they always end up making things difficult for Tenchi by constantly fighting for his attention, and their attempts at household chores always end in disaster.

Although life has become more chaotic since they moved in, Tenchi begins to form a strong bond with his roommates and gains more insight into their respective struggles and history.

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23: 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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22: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi

English: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202
Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2202 愛の戦士たち
MAL Score: 7.67
Type: OVA
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

Three years since the return of the legendary Space Battleship Yamato, Earth has begun rebuilding itself and has made peace with the Gamilans. However, this recovery comes at the cost of utilizing the forbidden Wave Motion technology.

Meanwhile, the notorious former crew members of the Yamato, who have each gone their separate ways, receive a psychic message from the mysterious Goddess Teresa. She urges them to return to their beloved ship and travel to the distant planet Terezart. They are promised a revolutionary power to combat the unprecedented threat of the relentless Gatlantis Empire, who are approaching Earth with all but innocent intentions.

Unable to resist her plea, the crew reassembles and sets sail on another perilous intergalactic voyage, one that will test their sheer courage and versatility in the face of an even greater foe.

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21: Seikai no Senki III

Japanese: 星界の戦旗 III
MAL Score: 7.69
Type: OVA
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Jinto and Lafiel were riding on a light-armed transport ship “Bokbrusue” and navigating at the planar space of the Hyde System. This was for Jinto to govern the Hyde System, which returned to Empirial rule after the Union retreated, officially as an Earl. However, the government of Martin, Jinto`s motherland, resisted obstinately against the Empirial rule. On the other side, “Daiichi Jyuurin Sentai” (the First Devastation Fleet), formed with the new ship type “Attack Vessel”, travelled to the Hyde System for drilling practices, but…

(Source: ANN)

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20: Change!! Getter Robo: Sekai Saigo no Hi

English: Getter Robo: Armageddon
Japanese: 真(チェンジ!!)ゲッターロボ 世界最後の日
MAL Score: 7.70
Type: OVA
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Dr. Saotome returns from the dead after being seemingly murdered by Getter pilot Nagare Ryoma and threatens the world with his ultimate creation: the Shin Dragon. Ryoma reluctantly teams up with his former co-pilots Jin Hayato and Tomoe Mushashi to combat Dr. Saotome. The pilots must also deal with the mysterious Invaders, aliens that have the ability to possess humans and warp their flesh to form hideous creatures.

(Source: Nihon Review)

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19: One Punch Man: Road to Hero

Japanese: ワンパンマン OVA「ロード トゥ ヒーロー」
MAL Score: 7.71
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Before Saitama became the man he is today, he trained and fought endlessly to become a hero. While every scuffle leaves his tracksuit uniform in tatters, he always has it mended for free thanks to his local tailor. One day, however, the tailor informs him that he must close up shop due to pressure from a local gang. Saitama decides to help him out—and gains something irreplaceable in the process.

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18: Macross Plus

Japanese: マクロスプラス
MAL Score: 7.72
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

The year is 2040 and the galaxy is flourishing with several colonies and advanced technology. AI is near perfection and the current top idol is the near-completed Virturoid Idol Sharon Apple. All that is missing are her actual feelings, which instead are supplied by Myung Fang Lone. Sharon’s debut concert is on planet Eden, where at the same time, fighter pilots Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman battle over air superiority for the “Supernova Project.” Isamu, Guld and Myung were once childhood friends, but after an accident seven years ago, they went their own separate ways. With Myung back in the picture, the old disputes are once again awakened. And when an unstable and illegal AI technique is installed in Sharon, the situation is worsened.

(Source: ANN)

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17: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

English: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
Japanese: 新機動戦記ガンダムW エンドレス ワルツ
MAL Score: 7.75
Type: OVA
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

In the year After Colony 196, one year after the conclusion of the intergalactic civil war, a state of stasis prevails over the Earth and its colonies. Seeing no further use for their Gundam mobile suits, war heroes Duo Maxwell, Heero Yuy, Trowa Barton, and Quatre Raberba Winner decide to destroy these weapons by launching them into the sun’s surface.

Before the Gundam reach their destination, the universal peace is shattered by the emergence of Mariemaia Khushrenada—the only child of the former tyrannical aristocrat Treize. Mariemaia abducts diplomat Relena Peacecraft and announces plans to launch “Operation Meteor,” with the intention of posthumously fulfilling Treize’s world domination plot.

With the help of former enemy Zechs Marquise and his mobile suit Tallgeese, the heroic pilots must reacquire their mobile suits to wage one final battle against the Khushrenada dynasty, including fighting against their former ally Wufei Chang, now aligning himself with Mariemaia’s ambitions.

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16: Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Meikai-hen

English: Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Inferno
Japanese: 聖闘士星矢 冥王ハーデス冥界編
MAL Score: 7.75
Type: OVA
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

Seiya and the rest of the Bronze and Gold Saints who have survived the Sanctuary battle have entered the world of the Dead. They are fighting to get to Hades and defeat him.

(Source: ANN)

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15: Giant Robo the Animation: Chikyuu ga Seishi Suru Hi

English: Giant Robo the Animation: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Japanese: ジャイアントロボ THE ANIMATION 地球が静止する日
MAL Score: 7.82
Type: OVA
Episodes: 7

Synopsis

In a future to come humanity enjoys a new age of prosperity thanks to Dr. Shizuma’s invention of a revolutionary renewable energy source: the Shizuma Drive. But this peace is threatened by Big Fire, a cabal seeking world domination. Against Big Fire the International Police Organisation dispatches a collection of superpowered warriors and martial artists, together with Daisaku Kusama, inheritor and master of Earth’s most powerful robot, Giant Robo.

By capturing an abnormal Shizuma Drive which is essential to Big Fire’s plans the IPO ignites a desperate conflict between the two groups. The coming battle will test Daisaku’s resolve to the utmost, reveal the ghastly truth behind the creation of the Shizuma Drive, and bring human civilization to its knees!

Giant Robo is a character-driven adventure in a retro-futuristic setting, drawing on influences from opera, kung-fu cinema, wuxia stories and classic mecha anime. It incorporates characters from the works of the manga author Mitsuteru Yokoyama but it is designed to be a stand-alone story.

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14: 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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13: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

English: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム 0080 ポケットの中の戦争
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

Alfred Izuruha is a 10-year-old who lives in the neutral colony cluster of Side 6 and, like most boys his age, is obsessed with the war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. Unbeknownst to him, Al’s next-door neighbor, Christina, is the test pilot of a prototype Gundam being developed in secret by the Earth Federation in the colony. A Zeon Special Forces team is assembled and tasked with infiltrating the colony in order to either steal or destroy it.

When a skirmish breaks out between the Federation and infiltrating Zeon forces, the fascinated Alfred stumbles upon a Zaku mobile suit that has been shot down, piloted by Zeon rookie Bernard “Bernie” Wiseman. After this encounter, the two start a mutual friendship, so Alfred can learn more about the war that interests him so much, and Bernie can acquire inside information about the colony to aid his team’s mission.

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12: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

English: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊
MAL Score: 8.02
Type: OVA
Episodes: 12

Synopsis

In year 0079 of the Universal Century, the Earth Federation initiates Operation Odessa—a full-scale assault to retake a major Ukrainian city from the Principality of Zeon. It is a success, and the remaining Zeon forces scatter across the globe. The Earth Federation gains the upper hand in the One Year War and deploys its ground troops around the planet to hunt down the stragglers.

As part of the deployments, Ensign Shiro Amada is transferred to Southeast Asia to take command of the 08th MS Team—a special squadron of RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type pilots. In their first guerilla operation, Shiro’s team is tasked with distracting the Zeon forces while Federation ground troops locate a mysterious new Zeon weapon. Everything goes according to plan until Shiro runs into Aina Sahalin, an ace Zeon pilot he met in an earlier battle, during a skirmish. Their reunion weakens his resolve to continue fighting, and now the young commander Shiro must prove his loyalty to the Federation—or be branded a traitor.

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11: Wolf’s Rain OVA

English: Wolf’s Rain OVA
Japanese: ウルフズ レイン
MAL Score: 8.02
Type: OVA
Episodes: 4

Synopsis

As the world accelerates toward its own destruction, Kiba and Cheza—with the help of Tsume, Hige, Toboe, and Blue—race to reach true paradise before the entire world is rendered uninhabitable. Now reunited, Cher and Hubb decide to accompany the wolves in hopes of seeing the journey through to its end, while a distraught and confused Quent wanders aimlessly into the wasteland with his mind fixated on revenge.

Meanwhile, Lord Darcia the Third has finally put his plot into motion and pursues Cheza, pitting him against the pack. As everything falls apart yet simultaneously falls into place, the wolves struggle to survive in an increasingly dangerous environment. Though the end draws near, paradise seems further away than ever before.

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10: Aria the OVA: Arietta

English: Aria the OVA: Arietta
Japanese: ARIA The OVA ~ARIETTA~ (アリア ジ オーブイエー ~アリエッタ~)
MAL Score: 8.02
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Akari Mizunashi dreams of life after attaining her goal of becoming a Prima Undine, but upon waking realizes that she might not actually have the confidence to run Aria Company on her own. Wary of the future, she seeks advice from her mentor Alicia Florence—one of the three great “Water Fairies” of Neo-Venezia.

Much to Akari’s surprise, Alicia reveals her own struggles of the past, but also shares the steps she took in overcoming her self-doubt of running the company and taking on an apprentice. Finding solace in her teacher’s words, Akari prepares to embrace whatever trials she must overcome on her path toward achieving her dreams.

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9: 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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8: Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Juuni Kyuu-hen

English: Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Sanctuary
Japanese: 聖闘士星矢 冥王ハーデス十二宮編
MAL Score: 8.05
Type: OVA
Episodes: 13

Synopsis

Hades is planning to take over the world, to achieve that goal, he sends out deceased Gold Saints to take Athena’s head. Seiya and the other Bronze Saints come to help but their help isn’t appreciated by the remaining Gold Saints that are still alive.

(Source: ANN)

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7: Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar Final

English: GaoGaiGar Final
Japanese: 勇者王ガオガイガーFINAL
MAL Score: 8.08
Type: OVA
Episodes: 8

Synopsis

Following Gutsy Galaxy Guard`s victory over the Zonder Empire and the 31 Primevals, a new threat makes their appearance on Earth. GGG – with Guy Shishio and the newly-constructed GaoFighGar – team up with their French counterpart Chasseur to battle the evil organization BioNet. Among Chasseur`s ranks is Renais Cardiff Shishioh – a former BioNet cyborg with the relentless pursuit of destroying those who took away her humanity. But as GGG and Chasseur fight the BioNet, GGG`s bases around the world are suddenly attacked, and the recently-discovered “Q-Parts” and the original Gao Machines are stolen by Mamoru Amami, who has been abducted and cloned by an even greater threat known as the “Eleven Kings of Sol.” Evicted from Earth by the United Nations, GGG must now travel to the far reaches of the galaxy to battle the Eleven Kings of Sol and save Mamoru before it`s too late.

(Source: ANN)

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6: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden (1999)

Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝 螺旋迷宮
MAL Score: 8.08
Type: OVA
Episodes: 28

Synopsis

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden (1999) is the second of two OVA adaptations of side stories from the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu novel series. This second adaptation follows the achievements of Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance before the fateful Battle of Astarte, and continues the tales of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis of the Galactic Empire.

Spiral Labyrinth
Yang is propelled to the spotlight after his famous evacuation of civilians from El Facil. Following an unofficial double promotion and a flurry of media attention, he chronicles his research of the Year 730 Mafia—a close-knit group of Alliance military officers centered around the famed tactician Bruce Ashbey. He investigates a startling claim by Ashbey’s deceased widow that may have enormous political ramifications: that the great war hero was not killed in action but murdered.

The Mutineer
Reinhard and Kircheis are posted on the destroyer Hameln II, docked at Iserlohn Fortress. After gaining the respect of the crew, Reinhard’s leadership is tested when the captain is severely wounded and passes command authority to Reinhard, the next-highest ranking officer on deck.

The Duelist
While Reinhard and Kircheis are working in the Imperial capital Odin, Reinhard learns of a mining rights dispute involving Dorothea von Schaffhausen, a friend of his sister Annerose von Grünewald. Upon hearing that Count Herxheimer intends to settle the matter with a duel, Reinhard volunteers to represent the Schaffhausen family.

The Retriever
After falling out of favor with the nobility, Count Herxheimer is trying to escape to the Free Planets Alliance with a stolen Seffle particle generator prototype. Reinhard is tasked with retrieving both the prototype and the defector, but is only assigned the cruiser H?ssliche Entlein due to the confidential nature of the mission.

The Third Battle of Tiamat
To commemorate the 30th year of the reign of Kaiser Friedrich IV, the Empire announces a large-scale military campaign against the Free Planets Alliance. In the ensuing clash between the Imperial expeditionary force and three Alliance fleets, Reinhard’s timely intervention shapes the tides of war.

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5: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

English: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダムUC(ユニコーン)
MAL Score: 8.13
Type: OVA
Episodes: 7

Synopsis

In the year Universal Century 0096, three years after Char Aznable’s failed attempt to force human migration into space, life continues in the colonies orbiting Earth. One such colony, at Side 4, is home to Banagher Links, a 16-year-old who lives a quiet life among his classmates.

Audrey Burne, the last descendant of a great tyrannical family, takes it upon herself to steal the key to a mysterious device known as “Laplace’s Box.” It is said that the Box has the power to shape the course of the universe, and Audrey travels to Side 4 in an attempt to take it from its current holder and keep it from the Sleeves, the surviving remnant of Char Aznable’s Neo-Zeon. In her search, she stumbles across Banagher and changes his life forever.

When Side 4 comes under the attack of the Sleeves and its prolific fighters Marida Cruz and Full Frontal, Banagher takes control of the newly built Gundam Unicorn to defend his friends and protect the fate of humankind.

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4: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden

Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝/千億の星、千億の光
MAL Score: 8.15
Type: OVA
Episodes: 24

Synopsis

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden is the first of two OVA adaptations of side stories from the Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu novel series. This first adaptation follows the achievements of Reinhard von Müsel and Siegfried Kircheis of the Galactic Empire before the fateful Battle of Astarte.

The Silver-White Valley
Reinhard and Kircheis graduate from their military academy and are immediately sent to the frozen frontier planet Kapche-Lanka. Unbeknownst to them, their new superior schemes to kill Reinhard on behalf of a rival of Reinhard’s sister Annerose von Grünewald.

Dreams of the Morning, Songs of the Night
Reinhard and Kircheis are assigned to the Imperial Military Police, where they uncover the corrupt and oppressive practices of the Empire’s law enforcement. They are soon ordered to investigate the murder of a student at their alma mater.

Dishonor
As Reinhard awaits the bestowal of his new title of Count von Lohengramm, he sends Kircheis to the artificial resort satellite Kreuznach III for a vacation. Restless from the lack of work, Kircheis assists the local police with a drug trafficking case related to an attack on a disgraced former Vice Admiral.

A Hundred Billion Stars, a Hundred Billion Lights
While Reinhard is still a commodore in charge of only a single squadron, he laments the incompetence of his superiors during a battle against the Free Planets Alliance. Amassing military successes under the direct command of Vice Admiral Richard von Grimmelshausen, Reinhard repeatedly clashes with Hermann von Lüneburg, a commodore and former regimental commander of the Alliance’s infamous Rosen Ritter.

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3: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

English: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダムTHE ORIGIN
MAL Score: 8.34
Type: OVA
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

In the year 0068 of the Universal Century, Casval Rem Deikun’s life is thrown into chaotic disarray after the assassination of his father, a prolific figure in the crusade towards civil rights for people who live away from the Earth’s surface. Casval and his sister Artesia receive aid from soldiers who were loyal to their father, and the siblings are whisked away from their home, separated, and thrown into a twisted fate that sees them come into their own as soldiers and adults.

Years before stealing the name Char Aznable or his “Red Comet” moniker, Casval must contend with the rise of a militarized version of his father’s ideology and his own vengeful nature as intergalactic war molds him into a legendary mobile suit pilot.

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2: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199

English: Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199
MAL Score: 8.35
Type: OVA
Episodes: 26

Synopsis

In the year 2199, Earth faces its greatest crisis. Due to unrelenting bombings by the alien race known as “Gamilas,” the planet can no longer sustain its inhabitants. In exactly one year, humanity is set to become extinct.

In desperation, the people of Earth establish the Earth Defense Force, their last defense against the power-hungry Gamilas Empire. However, humanity finds a glimmer of hope after receiving a message from the mysterious planet Iscandar, which offers them a device that would restore Earth to its former glory. With salvation in sight, the Earth Defense Force calls on the prolific Space Battleship Yamato and swiftly assembles a crew to make the 168,000 light-year trek to Iscandar and receive their aid.

Among the crew are young officers Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima, along with several other newly promoted leaders, all under the command of the distinguished Captain Juuzou Okita. Forced to learn how to handle the ship’s innovative technology while dealing with the onslaught of Gamilas fleets, the inexperienced cast of Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 must summon every inch of their resolve to survive the many hardships aboard the Yamato and complete their mission: to save humanity before it’s too late.

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1: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

English: Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説
MAL Score: 9.05
Type: OVA
Episodes: 110

Synopsis

The 150-year-long stalemate between the two interstellar superpowers, the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, comes to an end when a new generation of leaders arises: the idealistic military genius Reinhard von Lohengramm, and the FPA’s reserved historian, Yang Wenli.

While Reinhard climbs the ranks of the Empire with the aid of his childhood friend, Siegfried Kircheis, he must fight not only the war, but also the remnants of the crumbling Goldenbaum Dynasty in order to free his sister from the Kaiser and unify humanity under one genuine ruler. Meanwhile, on the other side of the galaxy, Yang—a strong supporter of democratic ideals—has to stand firm in his beliefs, despite the struggles of the FPA, and show his pupil, Julian Mintz, that autocracy is not the solution.

As ideologies clash amidst the war’s many casualties, the two strategic masterminds must ask themselves what the real reason behind their battle is.

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

1. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
2. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
3. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
4. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden
5. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
6. Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar Final
7. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden (1999)
8. Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Juuni Kyuu-hen
9. FLCL
10. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
11. Wolf’s Rain OVA
12. Aria the OVA: Arietta
13. Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
14. Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster
15. Giant Robo the Animation: Chikyuu ga Seishi Suru Hi
16. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
17. Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Meikai-hen
18. Macross Plus
19. One Punch Man: Road to Hero
20. Change!! Getter Robo: Sekai Saigo no Hi
21. Seikai no Senki III
22. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi
23. R.O.D: Read or Die
24. Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki 2nd Season
25. Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster
26. Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki
27. Hybrid Child
28. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition
29. To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA
30. Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor: New OVA
31. To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd OVA
32. Macross Zero
33. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F
34. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Misaka-san wa Ima Chuumoku no Mato Desu kara
35. Future GPX Cyber Formula Sin
36. Freedom
37. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor
38. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen Future
39. Karas
40. Future GPX Cyber Formula Zero
41. Sora no Otoshimono: Project Pink
42. Urusei Yatsura OVA
43. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
44. Shin Getter Robo
45. Suisei no Gargantia: Meguru Kouro, Haruka
46. Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki: Omatsuri Zenjitsu no Yoru!
47. Future GPX Cyber Formula Saga
48. Date A Live: Date to Date
49. Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow
50. Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend – The Endless Odyssey

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