The Journey Beyond Continues: The Rank Ups for the Most Beloved Alien Anime. (Top 10 and More!)

The journey beyond continues as Animei-Chan continue its World UFO Day fever through this list of most loved Alien Anime.

Just a day ago, we present a list of most favored alien characters in the anime. The list includes the feared antagonist, Frieza, of Dragonball; the ever-curios parasite, Migi, of Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu; and the taciturn humanoid interface, Nagato, of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. In the end, the highly eccentric and ultimately energetic Haruko Haruharu of FLCL won the hearts of most of the anime fans.

The universe is so vast and it is inevitable that somewhere out there an unknown lifeform lives, wondering same dilemma as ours. The question of which would make contact first will be dependent on mutual efforts. So prepare your notes, listed in this article are alien anime you can watch and use as your reference once your chance of first contact comes. Have Fun!

10. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

The story of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san centers around Nyaruko, a formless Lovecraftian-deity of chaos, Nyarlathotep, who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl.

Mahiro Yasaka is a normal high school boy who is being chased by a fearsome black alien one night, until Nyaruko saves him. She explains that the creatures from H. P. Lovecraft’s works are actually races of aliens, and that she has been sent to Earth by the Space Defense Agency to protect him from being kidnapped by an alien trafficker. Aliens find Mahiro and the Earth strangely attractive, for entertainment, auction or resources. One by one, the Great Old Ones enter Earth illegally. Eventually, Nyaruko and two other Lovecraft-creatures, Cthugha and Hastur, end up being freeloaders at Mahiro’s place. Mahiro has become accustomed to his protection detail of Nyarlathotep (Nyaruko), Cthugha, and Hastur making his life fascinating.

9. Space Dandy

Space Dandy is a sci-fi comedy series by Shinichirō Watanabe, the creator of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. It follows the misadventures of Dandy, an alien hunter who is “a dandy guy in space”, in search for undiscovered and rare aliens with his robot assistant QT and his feline-like friend named Meow. Though he and his crew act with the best intentions, despite being normally dimwitted and next to useless, Dandy is unaware that he is being pursued by Dr. Gel of the Gogol Empire.

Throughout the series, with the final episode explaining the reason of its loose continuity, some episodes take place in an alternative universe where the main protagonists and antagonists end up dying, getting turned into zombies, or getting trapped in different dimensions or periods of time. There are also Easter eggs, in the form of references to older science fiction, music, anime and Internet culture.

8. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

In the fictional city of Mitakihara, Japan, a middle school student named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki encounter a small, cat-like creature named Kyubey. It offers a contract in which a girl may have any wish granted in exchange for obtaining magical powers and being tasked with fighting against witches. Meanwhile, a transfer student and magical girl named Homura Akemi tries to stop Madoka from making the contract with Kyubey at all costs. Madoka and Sayaka then meet Mami Tomoe, an upperclassman at the same school who is also a magical girl and offers to bring them along on her witch hunts so that they may learn of the responsibilities that come with being a magical girl.

As Madoka contemplates accepting the contract with Kyubey, she witnesses the death of Mami at the hands of a witch and realizes that a magical girl’s life is filled with danger, anguish, and suffering. This is further enforced by the appearance of Kyoko Sakura, a veteran magical girl whose wish indirectly caused the death of her family. Madoka also discovers that not only do magical girls give up their souls to form their Soul Gems, the source of their magic, but when those Soul Gems become too tainted with despair, they transform into the very witches they fight against. This is exemplified when Sayaka, heavily disillusioned with the current state of the world, falls into an irrecoverable despair that turns her into a witch. It is then revealed that Kyubey’s alien race is harvesting the emotions from magical girls to use as energy to counteract the spread of entropy. Madoka also learns that Homura is a magical girl from a different timeline who has repeated the same month countless times in order to try to save Madoka from a grisly fate.

After these revelations, Madoka decides to become a magical girl with the wish to stop all witches in the past, present, and future before they are created. The scope of this wish rewrites history and the laws of the universe, and her existence as a human girl is erased from time. Instead, she transcends into a cosmic phenomenon called “The Law of Cycles”, which appears to all magical girls at the moment before they become witches and rescues them by taking them away to a heavenly paradise. In the new reality that is formed, Homura is the only one who remembers Madoka.

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7. Urusei Yatsura

An alien race known as the Oni arrive on Earth to invade the planet. Instead of taking over the planet by force, the Oni give humans a chance to fight for the rights to the planet by taking part in a competition. The competition is a variant of the game of tag (literally “the game of the Oni” in Japanese), in which the human player must touch the horns on the head of the Oni player within one week. The computer-selected human player is Ataru Moroboshi, a lecherous, unlucky and stupid high school student from the Japanese city of Tomobiki, and the Oni player is Princess Lum, daughter of the leader of the Invasion force.

Despite his initial reluctance to take part in the competition, Ataru becomes interested in the game when he meets Lum. When the competition begins, Lum surprises everyone by flying away and Ataru finds himself unable to catch her. Before the last day of the competition, Ataru’s girlfriend Shinobu Miyake encourages Ataru by pledging to marry him if he wins. On the final day of the competition, Ataru wins the game by stealing Lum’s bikini top, which prevents her from protecting her horns in favor of protecting her modesty. In celebrating his victory, Ataru expresses his joy at being able to get married; however, Lum misinterprets this as a proposal from Ataru and accepts on live television. Despite the misunderstanding, Lum falls in love with Ataru and moves into his house.

Follow the misadventures of these two stubborn teenagers which spiced up by a veritable entourage of eccentric characters.

6. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

Kyon is a cynical and incredulous student of North High School in Nishinomiya. He is dragged along by his classmate, the eponymous protagonist Haruhi Suzumiya, an eccentric girl seeking supernatural phenomena and figures such as aliens, time travelers, and espers. With Kyon’s reluctant help, Haruhi establishes a club called the “SOS Brigade” (SOS Dan), short for “Spreading excitement all Over the world with Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade” (Sekai o Ōini Moriageru Tame no Suzumiya Haruhi no Dan) to investigate mysterious events.

Haruhi later recruits three additional members: the laconic bibliophile Yuki Nagato, the shy and timid Mikuru Asahina, and the extremely friendly transfer student Itsuki Koizumi. These members soon reveal themselves (to Kyon) to be the types of extraordinary characters that Haruhi is seeking. They have been sent by their organizations to observe Haruhi — who is unaware that she possesses destructive reality warping powers — and to prevent these powers from being unleashed. This leaves Kyon the task of maintaining the illusion of a normal life for Haruhi.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya ( Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) is the general name for the series of light novels written by Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrated by Noizi Ito, and subsequently adapted into an anime, manga, video games and even a movie.

5. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

Parasyte centers on a 17-year-old high school student named Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One night, worm-like creatures called Parasites appear on Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasite attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but fails as Shinichi is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead. It took over his right arm and was named “Migi” afterwards. Since Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from travelling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality.

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A story of love, friendship and questions of existence, follow the journey of this duo as they battle other Parasites who treat their existence as threat to their species.

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4. Dragon Ball

Bulma is a girl from the city with a wish. In order to fulfill her wish, she set out to collect seven mystical spheres known as the Dragon Balls. It is said that, when the seven Dragon Balls are brought together, one may invoke their lord, Shenron, an almighty dragon god who can and will grant any wish, but only one.

In Bulma’s search, she traveled far and wide, until one day she met a strange but very strong boy with a tail. The boy, Son Gokuu, lived by himself in a small place in the middle of the wilderness. It turns out that Gokuu has a Dragon Ball, but he will not let go of it, no matter what; after all, that Dragon Ball is his only memento of his late grandfather, the man who raised him.

Being unused to dealing with other people and never having seen a female his whole life, Gokuu is highly tactless. However, Bulma sees the value of having his strength to protect her in her journey and realises that he won’t let give away his Dragon Ball easily, so she convinces him to go with her. As she seeks the remaining Dragon Balls in order to make her wish come true, he embarks on a quest to see the world and become stronger; thus begins their journey together, a journey in which they will face many perils and meet many people, friends and foes alike.

3. To Love Ru

The story of To Love-Ru revolves around Rito Yūki, a shy and clumsy high-school student who cannot confess his love to the girl of his dreams, Haruna Sairenji. One day when sulking in the bathtub, a mysterious, naked devil-tailed girl appears out of nowhere. Her name is Lala, the runaway crown princess of the planet Deviluke. Her father wants her to return home to marry one of her marriage candidates. When Devilukean commander Zastin arrives to bring her home, she swiftly declares she will marry Rito in order to stay on Earth, leading Zastin to attack Rito. But when Rito angrily declares that marriage is only possible with the person you love, the two dull-witted aliens misunderstand him, believing he truly understands Lala’s feelings. Lala quickly falls in love with him, and Zastin also approves of their engagement, much to Rito’s dismay.

To LOVE-Ru follows Rito’s daily struggles with the bizarre chaos that begins upon the arrival of Lala. With an evergrowing legion of swooning beauties that continuously foil his attempted confessions to Haruna, To LOVE-Ru is a romantic comedy full of slapstick humor, sexy girls, and outlandishly lewd moments that defy the laws of physics.

2. Gintama

The story is set in an alternate late-Edo period, where humanity is attacked by aliens called “Amanto”, “Sky People”, and the samurai of Japan join the battle against the aliens, but when the Shogun realizes the power of aliens, he betrays the samurai and surrenders to the aliens. The Shogun writes an unequal contract with aliens which allows the aliens to enter the country and places a ban on carrying swords in public. The swords of samurai are taken away so they can no longer resist the aliens. After that, the Shogunate becomes a puppet government.

The plot is focused on an eccentric samurai, Gintoki Sakata, who helps a teenager named Shinpachi Shimura save his sister Tae from a group of aliens who want to make her part of a brothel. Impressed with Gintoki, Shinpachi becomes his apprentice and works with him as a freelance odd-jobs man in order to pay the monthly rent on Gintoki’s combination home and office, as well as to know more about him. The two of them rescue a teenage alien girl named Kagura from a group of Yakuza who wanted to use her superhuman strength to kill people. Kagura joins Shinpachi and Gintoki to work as freelancers and the three become known as “Yorozuya”, a jack of all trade line of work.

These odd jobs are never simple. They frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

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1. FLCL

Main Title: Furi Kuri
Directed by: Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Animation Work: Gainax, Production I.G.
Ending Song Theme: Ride on Shooting Star by The Pillows

FLCL is a coming-of-age story and revolves around Naota Nandaba, a 12-year-old, working-class boy living with his widowed father and grandfather. His life in the city of Mabase is interrupted by the arrival of Haruko Haruhara, who ran over Naota with her yellow Vespa 180 SS scooter, gave him CPR, then hitted him on the head with a blue vintage Rickenbacker 4001 left-handed electric bass guitar. Naota discovers that the blow to his head created an “N.O.” portal, from which giant robots produced by a company known as Medical Mechanica emerge periodically.

Naota later finds Haruko working in his house as a live-in maid. It is later discovered that Haruko is an investigator for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood. Haruko uses Naota for her search for the Pirate King, Atomsk. She is at odds with Medical Mechanica, a monolithic industrial corporation. Naota is being watched by Commander Amarao, a special agent of the Bureau of Interstellar Immigration, who believes that Medical Mechanica is out to conquer the galaxy. Naota is ultimately drawn into a three-way battle between Haruko, Amarao and Medical Mechanica.

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A sequel to the series is soon to unfold by 2018.

Many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together. Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across the galaxy. Enter Hidomi, a young teenaged girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day when a new teacher named Haruko arrives at her school. Soon enough, Medical Mechanica is attacking her town and Hidomi discovers a secret within her that could save everyone, a secret that only Haruko can unlock.

But why did Haruko return to Earth? What happened to her Rickenbacker 4001 she left with Naota? And where did the human-type robot Canti go?

Honorable Mentions

Keroro Gunso

Onegai Teacher

Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki

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