Sci-Fi and anime have always been the perfect partners. With the fantastic settings and sometimes unrealistic scenarios that the Sci-Fi genre has, animation is the perfect media to portray them and bring them to life (somewhat).

And it’s without a doubt, that the nation of Japan itself, a country that has been associated with high-tech and scientific development, would come up with some of the more interesting Sci-Fi concepts and settings that should be brought to the silver and big screens.

Without a doubt, Sci-Fi has been a genre that has been thoroughly explored in anime, and with hundreds of anime series, movies and OVAs, you might have a bit of trouble figuring which one to check out. No problem though as here we have compiled top Sci-Fi anime you have to watch (in no particular order). Easy, peasy. So just sit back scroll down and check out just what you should binge watch for your next weekend.

1Crest of the Stars


What is it?

Based on the space opera novels by Hiroyuki Morioka this anime series by Sunrise Studio was first released back in 1999. The story focuses on Jinto Lynn, a young count whose world has been taken over by the Abh, a space dwelling alien race. The story picks up where Lynn meets the young Abh princess, Lafiel and follows both their exploits through military school, and their travels and experience at the beginning of a war between the Abh and Four Nations Alliance of humankind.

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Why Watch it?

What’s interesting to note about Crest of the Stars and it’s follow-up Banner of the Stars is the narrative point of view. You’re watching and experiencing the point of view of the Abh, which in most typical Sci-Fi, would be the villains. Finally something that doesn’t take the human’s or rather, the “protagonist’s” point of view.

The fact is, prior to Crest of the Stars, the Sci-Fi industry/genre in Japan was considered to be in a slump, and when the Morioka’s work came out, it was considered a breath of fresh air, revitalising the genre in Japan. What’s even more remarkable about it is, Morioka also pulled a Tolkien, creating the entire language of the Abh, Baronh and its letters, the Ath. If you were to watch the anime, the entirety of the written texts in them are using Ath lettering. Pretty remarkable.

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The Sci-Fi theories and universe is pretty tight as well, as good as those you’ll see from their western counterparts like Star Trek. Morioka has managed to build a universe that is pretty much complete and transcends the Sci-Fi genre. The anime itself is well done with 35 episodes spanning four series/season. 13 for Seikai no Monsho, 13 for Seikai no Senki (Banner of the Stars), 10 for Sekai no Senki II and 2 for Sekai no Senki III. There’s also two recap movies and one special episode called Sekai no Tanjou (Birth of the Stars) that were produced.

Do take note, the English dub of the series is pretty bad, so if you are able to score a subbed version with original Japanese dialogue, it’ll be an even bigger treat to watch.

  • Gwyn Campbell

    Wait, why NOT include Macross 2?
    Ever since Kawamori re-embraced it a few years back its become as much of the ‘canon’ as any other entry in the series.
    Not to mention it’s seen a small resurgence among the hardcore fans as of late.
    Macross 2 may be the black sheep of the franchise, but leaving it out due to the authors personal bias seems a little disingenuous.

  • Magius

    No love for Gurren Laggan? Sure, it is pretty over the top, particularly more so when compared to the anime mentioned in th article but in between the action there were some very heavy issues dealt with: friendship, family, sacrifice, guilt, and more. The story has the viewer rooting for the characters as they are quite easy to relate to. It’s one of my favorites.

    • KTLim

      I will consider it again when I have an opportunity to write another feature, perhaps top ten greatest anime mecha or something. Thanks for your time.

    • Hello Kalp

      But it was not its real theme, now were they? Or rather, these themes really were not explored and were just combined to make an appealing show. In fact, it is but a dumb fun anime intended to be used by many as stress-reliever/ wasting time entertainment. It had never been intended to be looked at the way you mentioned. Just look at the visuals, the simple characters, etc. Anyway, all in all, it is actually good show, but unfortunately for you, not on how you see it.

  • nipaa

    No Yamato 2199? really?

    • Clement Wong Kin Sung

      i wonder it as well, legend missing.

    • KTLim

      I heard a lot about it but I haven’t watch it yet. I can’t rank it if I have not watch it, it will be cheating if I do so in this feature.

      Maybe one day I will talk about it in future feature once I finished the series. Thank you for your input.

  • Sidonia no Kishi is good to though.

    • KTLim

      I agree with you but I only have 10 slots to talk about it. Might write about it in new feature next time. Thanks for suggestion.

  • Megane Lover

    Aldnoah Zero and Steins;Gate is the one of the best Sci-fi anime series i ever watched.
    These series have a great plot and they tell the story very well.

    • KTLim

      I agree with Steins;Gate but not so sure about Aldnoah.

      First 3 eps of Season One in Aldnoah is great but when the writer changed, the story becomes “mecha-of-the-week” or “hero is totally unbeatable and can’t be killed”. No fun there.

      But I might discuss more about Aldnoah once I have a chance to review it here at THG. Thanks for your input.

      • 14thEnvy

        steins gate should really be here. it tops a lot of anime in this list

  • Reynold Kurniawan Hartanto

    Gargantia on Verdurous Planet is a nice recommendation too

    • Hello Kalp

      Nope, it is not.

  • Margeaux Mirabelle Valeraine

    welp no texhnolyze but i’m glad there’s legend of the galactic heroes here

  • Oh Look a Giraffe!

    PlanetES is hardcore scifi. The best on the list.