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The Most Visually Striking Anime

Updated on October 2, 2014

The Top Most Visually Striking Anime

Anime has come to have a style independent of it's roots copying Disney films. Over the years Anime has departed from this it's conventional style and has started to became even more visually striking.

This page is dedicated to the some of the most visually striking and interesting looking anime. Be it through colors, character design or weird texture, visuals is the main criteria.

In no particular order, List is always in flux, let me if you think there is a title that should be on the list.

Gankutsuou; The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

When I think of beautiful and artist anime Gankutsuou is the first one I think of. It's beautiful. The use of the digital textures makes this anime a stand out. It was one of the first to anime in this style of making the textures prominent.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a very new series, it just came out early in 2011 but it's considered to be on of the best anime of 2011. It puts a new spin of the Magic Girl genre. But in addition to the darker take on the genre the animation is crazy and trippy. In the anime the main character has to go in to barriers created by witches, these barrier are the trippy surreal places. The style is said to reminiscent of Polish artist Jan Lenica.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei
Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei

Unlike Gankutsuou and Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a little subtle in its style. It uses the digital texture and has a very washed out color palette but watching this anime in action and you can see what makes the visuals great, plus it's hilarious.

Soul Eater

Soul Eater
Soul Eater

Soul eater may not employ digital textures or super crazy surreal animation but it's very stylish and fits in well with it Halloween-like theme.

The Wallflower (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge/ Perfect Girl Evolution)

The Wallflower/Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge/ Perfect Girl Evolution)
The Wallflower/Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge/ Perfect Girl Evolution)

The Wallflower may seem like most conventional anime on the list (visually speaking) but Wallflower has the habit making it's main character look visually different most of the time. The main character Sunako spends most of time in a chibi form (Chibi means small). When she reverts to looking most people tend to be shock that she is in fact beautiful. Another thing this anime does is tend to white out character to simplify them. It almost looks like a stick figure and they'll do this to main characters and extras

Panty & Stocking with Gater Belt

Panty & Stocking with Gater Belt
Panty & Stocking with Gater Belt

Panty & Stocking with Gater Belt has been liken to the Power Puff Girls in style. And yeah it does look like a mash of American styles but trust me it's more crude then most children cartoons in both content and style. However it's a very fun anime to watch.

Mononoke/ Samurai Horror Tales

Mononoke/Samurai Tales
Mononoke/Samurai Tales

Mononoke is a Spin-off show based on Ayakashi; Samurai Tale in the Bakeneko arc. The medicine seller, Kusuriuri plus the art style was just so awesome that they made a show off it. The whole series looks like it was animation of Rice Paper. The effect is beautiful and kind of trippy.

Hell Girl

Hell Girl
Hell Girl

Hell Girl is lot like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the surreal cool animation takes place in specific parts in an episode. In Hell Girl when the main characters are doing their job there is a ton of surreal imagery and when the titular character Ai Enma ( Hell Girl) is taking a soul to hell the landscape is very cool and not what you would except of the out lands of hell.

Summer Wars

Summer Wars
Summer Wars

Summer War has some gorgeous/ surreal animation which looks similar to Takashi Murakami's work. But again it's like Hell Girl and Puella Magi Madoka Magica in that they surreal animation is during specific parts. with Summer Wars these parts are when the movie enter the virtual world of OZ.

Katanagatari

Katanagatari
Katanagatari

Katanagatari has a very interesting style. It's almost look like older comic books mixed with old fashion Disney style (a la Steamboat Willie.) However the animation still feels cool and modern.

Genius Party

Genius Party Gala
Genius Party Gala

Genius Party is a series of short animations. There are a few Genius Party DVDs. This picture is from Gala. They all have a distinct feel and premise and they all have weird and crazy animation.

1001 Nights

1001 Nights
1001 Nights

If you have seen Yoshitaka Amano then you know how beautiful it is. Just imagine that artwork moving and that's 1001 nights.

Millennium Actress

Millenium Actress
Millenium Actress

Millennium Actress, by the Late Great Satoshi Kon, is a wonderful piece of cinema. It's a kind play with a play with a documentary of the main character. The storytelling in this movie moves seamless back and forth between past, present and future and it's masterfully interwoven with the animation.

Paprika

Paprika
Paprika

What can you say about a movie that prominently features a lively parade of inanimate objects, instrument-playing animals, and various cultural icons? Paprika's (another film by the Late Great Satoshi Kon). The plot features characters going in and out of dreams and sometimes not even knowing their still in a dream. With this kind of plot the animation has to match the surreal-ness of a dream and it does.

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Mononoke/Samurai Tales
Mononoke/Samurai Tales

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      I haven't seen too many of these. I'll have to catch up, and come back. Great list!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the elongated style in xxxholic also

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      They all look very colorful... Nice lens!

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      I *love* Gankutsuou, Madoka, and of course, Satoshi Kon's work. I'll have to check the rest of these out!