Beginner’s Guide to Anime: Sci-Fi Edition

Sci-fi is probably one of my favorite genres, and thus this took a little bit longer to write this one. So, let’s check out what made my list.

You can read my other entries in the Beginners Guide here:
1. Beginners Guide to Anime
2. Romance
3. Comedy
4. Slice of Life
5. Sports
6. Supernatural
7. Action / Adventure
8. Harem
9. Psychological
10. Sci-Fi
11. Mecha

NOTE: This list only contains my preference and your preference might defer. If you have a recommendation that did not make the list, please add it in the comments for other to know about. 




The best anime with a time travel story. Really fantastic anime that is adapted from a Visual Novel. Steins;Gate has amazing script with really well written dialogues and an equally brilliant cast of voice actors.


Psycho Pass



Psycho Pass is an original creation by the studio Production I.G. and is probably one of the best modern examples of a sci-fi story which has a mature and a really good plotline. I actually did write a review here a long time ago.




Planetes is a slice of life sci-fi anime centered around the “garbage men of space”. The anime is centered mainly around Ai Tachibana and Hachirota Hoshino of the Debris Section of the company Technora Corporation. A really well thought out storyline and good pacing make this anime an absolute treat.


Eureka Seven


This anime has hoverboards. Mecha flying hoverboards. The 50 episode anime is 10 years old but the animation is so damn good that it still looks beautiful. Bones, the studio behind the series already has a good rapport and this anime only adds another masterpiece to their list. Also did I mention Mecha on hoverboards?


Dennou Coil

Dennou Coil focuses on a bunch of kids who use the augmented reality VR glasses to find out a secret. This anime starts to get interesting as the episodes pass by and is really easy to get into if you want to try out the sci-fi genre but want something closer to the modern world.


Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199


This anime is a remake of the famous 1970’s space opera TV show Uchuu Senkan Yamato. This 26 episode OVA series was created to honor the 21st anniversary of the original and it does so masterfully and respectfully. A gripping storyline paired with amazing voice cast makes this anime an absolute blast.


Terra e…


Terra e… makes this list because of its fantastic character development paired with an equally brilliant storyline. Also, the OP and ED are really good and suit the anime too.



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Zegapain is a very tightly written with an amazing setting and has lot of depth to it if you actually give it a chance to let it tell its story. Sunrise did a good job and is this anime is really different than other anime having Mecha in it.


Ergo Proxy


Ergo Proxy has a complex storyline, beautiful art set in a cyberpunk future. And boy does this utopia feel eerie. A pretty complex anime but once you understand what’s going on you will find yourself coming back to this.


Special: Ghost in the Shell: SAC


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (SAC) gets a really special mention mainly because it’s one of my favorite anime series. The SAC series is part of the larger universe which comprises of Movies and OVA. A really brilliantly written storyline, fantastic characters especially the lead and an equally talented voice actors makes this anime a pleasure to watch.



That concludes my Sci-Fi list, I had more in my list but thanks to some help I managed to get it down to these few. Next, I will be continuing this series with the Mecha genre followed by a special Movie Edition to cover good movies everyone should watch.

Thanks for taking your time and reading this article! Till next time!


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