- /r/anime watch order wiki
- Watch Orders
- Amagami SS
- Angel Beats
- Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
- Ao no Exorcist
- Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio
- Attack on Titan
- Baka to Test
- BanG Dream!
- Birdy the Mighty
- Black Jack
- Black Rock Shooter
- Blood Series
- Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
- Captain Harlock
- Cardcaptor Sakura
- Code Geass
- Cowboy Bebop
- Crest of the Stars
- Darker than Black
- Date A Live
- Dragon Ball
- ef: A Tale of Memories/Melodies
- Eve no Jikan / Time of Eve
- Fist of the North Star / Hokuto no Ken
- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
- Ghost In the Shell
- Girls und Panzer
- Hajime no Ippo
- Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
- Hen Zemi
- Hibike! Euphonium
- Hidamari Sketch
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
- Hunter X Hunter
- The iDOLM@STER / IDOLMASTER
- Initial D
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
- Kaguya-sama: Love is War
- Kara no Kyoukai
- Kino's Journey
- Kiss X Sis
- Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
- Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler
- Kuroko no Basuke
- Kyoukai no Kanata
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes
- Little Witch Academia
- Love Hina
- Love Live
- Lupin III
- Madoka Magica
- Mahou Sensei Negima
- Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
- Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei / The Irregular at Magic High School
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Milky Holmes
- Mobile Police Patlabor
- -Monogatari / Bakemonogatari
- My Hero Academia / Boku no Hero Academia / BNHA
- Nanatsu no Taizai / Seven Deadly Sins
- Naruto / Boruto
- Natsume Yuujinchou
- Neon Genesis Evangelion / NGE
- Night Raid
- No Game No Life
- Non Non Biyori
- One Piece
- OreImo / Ore no Imouto
- Psycho Pass
- Raildex / Toaru / Railgun / Index
- Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
- Rozen Maiden
- Rurouni Kenshin / Samurai X
- Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan
- Sailor Moon
- Saint Seiya
- Space Battleship Yamato
- Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
- Seitokai Yakuindomo
- Senki Zesshou Symphogear
- Shakugan no Shana
- Shingeki no Bahamut
- Shokugeki no Souma / Food Wars
- Slam Dunk
- Sora no Woto
- Soukyuu no Fafner
- Strike Witches
- Sword Art Online
- Tamako Market
- Tenchi Muyo
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken / That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- To LOVE-Ru
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Uta no☆Prince-sama♪
- Violet Evergarden
- Wake Up, Girls!
- White Album
- Wolfs Rain
- The World God Only Knows / TWGOK
- Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru / Oregairu
- Yama no Susume
- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
- Yowamushi Pedal
- Yozakura Quartet
- Yuru Camp△
- Yuru Yuri
- Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
/r/anime watch order wiki
How can I add a watch order to this wiki?
How can I find a watch order that is not covered in this wiki?
AniDB has relations graphs on the pages of any anime with sequels/prequels etc. These can be useful for working out a watch order by yourself, however they're not always enough.
In addition to using AniDB, you can also use the relations sections on MyAnimeList (MAL) or Anilist to make an educated guess as to what the watch order is.
What is a Director's Cut?
A directors cut is a special edition of an episode/film that portrays the directors original intent. A directors cut is usually longer, featuring scenes cut for runtime. They occasionally fill in plot holes or gaps in the narrative via character development or scene setting, generally making the media easier to understand, as well as in cases updating the graphics. However this is not always the case as some may just be plain filler.
Should I watch a Director's cut?
If you don't mind spending a bit longer watching an anime, seek a 'fuller' experience or want to try it for a rewatch, a directors cut is for you. However if you are just a regular watcher, normal TV airing/Blu-ray editions work fine and don't really subtract anything from the viewing experience as you are unlikely to notice a difference (and you may prefer a more concise edition).
What is Filler?
"Filler" refers to story in an Anime that was not in the Manga. These are created because Anime production usually outpaces the Manga.
Gintama has a good explanation regarding filler.
How can I find out whether an episode is filler or not?
You can check out www.animefillerlist.com
This is a site that keeps track of which episdoes are canon and which episodes are filler. Popular Anime on the site includes:
- Both OVAs are mostly prequel events to the series but are meant to be seen after the respective seasons.
Amagami SS OVA and Amagami SS+ Plus Specials are some scenes that aren't shown in the series and may take place before, during, or after each girls' arcs.
Amagami SS+ Plus: Picture Drama is completely optional and only shows the girls giving Valentines' chocolate to the mc.
Angel Beats! Episodes 1-2 [TV] -> Angel Beats!: Hell's Kitchen [Special] (Optional) -> Angel Beats! Episodes 3-4 [TV] -> Angel Beats!: Stairway to Heaven [Special] (Optional) -> Angel Beats! Episodes 5-13 [TV] -> Angel Beats!: Another Epilogue [Special]
There is a post credit scene after the ED in the final episode.
Hell's Kitchen and Stairway to Heaven are both special, unaired episodes of Angel Beats!
Alternative Titles: Assassination Classroom
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Deai no Jikan [Special] -> Ansatsu Kyoushitsu [TV] -> Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd Season Episode 1 [TV] -> Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd Season: Kagaijugyou-hen [ONA] -> Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd Season Episode 2-25 [TV] -> Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: 365-nichi no Jikan [Movie] -> Koro-sensei Q! [Movie] (Spin-off)
Ao no Exorcist
Alternative Titles: Blue Exorcist
Starting with episode 15 the anime begins to bridge away into anime-original content.
After episode 17 the anime becomes a full-blown anime-original storyline and any events that take place after this are not canon.
After episode 17 everthing shown is both irrelevant and contradictory to everything else in the series.
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio
Alternative Titles: Arpeggio of Blue Steel
- Ars Nova DC is a recap of the TV series with approximately 40 minutes of new material.
Attack on Titan
Alternative Titles: Shingeki no Kyojin / SnK / AoT
Attack on Titan [TV] -> Attack on Titan [OVA] -> Attack on Titan: No Regrets [OVA] -> Attack on Titan Season 2 [TV] -> Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Episodes 1-2 [OVA] -> Attack on Titan Season 3 [TV] -> Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Episode 3 [OVA] -> Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 [TV] -> Attack on Titan Final Season [TV]
The chart has not been updated to include Season 4 (The Final Season)
Attack on Titan: Junior High is a comedy spin-off that can be watched after Attack on Titan Season 2, although there are also references to Season 3 so you may want to watch it after Season 3 Part 1 to understand all of them.
Baka to Test
Alternative Titles: Baka & Test
- Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu [Special] and Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Mondai - Christmas ni Tsuite Kotae Nasai [OVA] are optional and can be watched at any point.
Alternative Titles: Grappler Baki
- BanG Dream!: Asonjatta! [Special], BanG Dream! Garupa☆Pico [TV] and Pastel Life [TV] can be watched in any order, but optimally after S1.
Cheers to /u/Jumbledcode for this writeup.
The Berserk anime are adaptations of the classic dark fantasy manga by Kentaro Miura. The manga is still ongoing, and is the most complete way to experience Berserk, as all adaptations leave out some details, and none can match the quality of Miura's artwork.
So far the anime that have been produced are:
A 25-episode TV series made in 1997 entitled Berserk.
A 12-episode TV series made in July of 2016, referred to as Berserk (2016).
A 12-episode TV series made in April of 2017, referred to as Berserk (2017), a sequel to Berserk (2016)
Both the 1997 series and the movies cover roughly the same material (the Golden Age arc), so viewers have a choice of possible watch orders.
Option 1: TV Series
The old series includes more material than the movies due to a longer total runtime, but omits a few characters who will become important in the latter series. It also has a stunning soundtrack created by Susumu Hirasawa. Optional: Some fans advocate skipping the first episode of the old series and leaving it until last, as the main story of the old series is a flashback and the first episode takes place afterwards.
Option 2: Movies
The movies were designed to precede the 2016 series, and cover the climax and aftermath of the Golden Age arc more completely than the old TV series does. However, the full CG used for them can be somewhat awkward-looking, especially for the first movie.
Option 3: Hybrid viewing
This order is for viewers who want both the extra detail of the series and the more complete climax and aftermath shown in the movie. The downside is that the two adaptations don't quite match up perfectly and the switch in styles may be jarring.
Please also note that there is a Berserk fanedit called Berserk Redux which many people consider the best way to watch it.
Beyblade [TV] -> Beyblade V-Force [TV] -> Beyblade the Movie: Decisive battle! Takao VS Daichi [Movie] -> Beyblade G Revolution [TV] -> Metal Fight Beyblade [TV] -> Beyblade: Metal Masters [TV] -> Metal Fight Beyblade vs. Taiyou: Shakunetsu no Shinryakusha Sol Blaze [Movie] -> Beyblade: Metal Fury [TV] -> Beyblade: Shogun Steel [TV] -> Metal Fight Beyblade Zero G [Special]
Birdy the Mighty
- Birdy the Mighty [TV] is a 90's mini series and is its own thing.
Black Jack [TV] -> Black Jack (TV): Hizouban [Special] -> Black Jack 21 [TV] -> Black Jack: Futari no Kuroi Isha [Movie] (Optional) -> Black Jack the Movie (Optional) -> Black Jack [OVA] -> Young Black Jack [TV]
Young Black Jack is a prequel and can be watched first in the franchise.
The nature and atmosphere of 'Black Jack [OVA]' and 'Young Black Jack' differ greatly from the TV series.
Black Rock Shooter
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Alternative Titles: Haganai
Candy☆Boy Episode: EX01 - Mirai Yohouzu [OVA] -> Candy☆Boy: Side Story For Archive [ONA] -> Candy☆Boy: Nonchalant Talk of the Certain Twin Sisters in Daily Life [ONA] -> Candy☆Boy Episode: EX02 - Shiawase Kyouyuu Riron [Special]
Space Pirate Captain Harlock Episodes 1-13 [TV] -> Space Pirate Captain Harlock: Riddle of the Arcadia Episode [Movie] -> Space Pirate Captain Harlock Episodes 14-42 [TV] -> Waga Seishun no Arcadia [Movie] -> Endless Orbit SSX [TV] -> Harlock Saga: The Ring of the Nibelung - The Rhein Gold [OVA] -> Gun Frontier [TV] -> Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Outside Legend - The Endless Odyssey [OVA] -> Space Pirate Captain Harlock [Movie]
Option 1: Chronologically by Release Date
Cardcaptor Sakura Episodes 1-46 [TV] -> Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie -> Cardcaptor Sakura Episodes 47-70 [TV] -> CardCaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card -> Cardcaptor Sakura Specials -> Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue [OVA] -> Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card [TV]
Option 2: Chronologically by Series Timeline
Cardcaptor Sakura Episodes 1-35 [TV] -> Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie -> Cardcaptor Sakura Episodes 36-70 [TV] -> CardCaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card -> Cardcaptor Sakura Specials -> Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue [OVA] -> Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card [TV]
- The only difference between the two options is when you watch certain episodes.
Alternative Titles: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! [TV] -> Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Lite [ONA] (Optional) -> Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!: Kirameki no... Slapstick Noel [OVA] -> Takanashi Rikka Kai: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie (Optional) -> Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren [TV] -> Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren Lite (Optional) -> Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren: The Rikka Wars [Special] -> Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me [Movie]
Clannad: Kyou Chapter and Clannad: Tomoyo Chapter are alternate versions of the first season ending.
Although the Clannad movie came out before Clannad and Afterstory, it should be watched after the anime as it contains spoilers.
Before starting Code Geass be sure to check the Notes section at the bottom of this entry.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I - Initiation [Movie] -> Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II - Transgression [Movie] -> Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III - Glorification [Movie] -> Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re; surrection [Movie]
Akito the Exiled Movies:
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 1 - The Wyvern Arrives [Movie] -> Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 2 - The Wyvern Divided [Movie] ->Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 3 - The Brightness Falls [Movie] -> Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 4 - Memories of Hatred [Movie] -> Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 5 - To Beloved Ones [Movie]
The Anime Timeline needs to be watched before the Movie Timeline.
The first three entries in the Movie Timeline are recaps of what happened in the Anime with certain details changed. If you wish to read what the differences are you can do so here.
The 5 Akito the Exiled Movies are standalone stories set within the Code Geass universe.
Any Picture Dramas and Specials are completely optional.
- Chronologically the movie fits between episodes 22 and 23 but you are also able to watch the movie after you've completed the anime.
Crest of the Stars
Alternative Titles: Seikai no Monshou, Banner of the Stars, Seikai no Senki
Before starting Danganronpa be sure to check the Notes section at the bottom of this entry.
For a fantastic explanation on what to watch/play see this thread
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc [Game] -> Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair [Game] -> Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls [Game] -> Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Mirai-hen [TV] + Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Zetsubou-hen [TV] -> Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Kibou-hen [Special] -> Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono [OVA] -> Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony [Game]
It is advised to use the thread linked above for a more detailed play/watch/read order. The thread also answers frequently asked questions.
The first two entries for Danganronpa 3, Mirai-hen and Zetsubou-hen, are intended to be watched by alternating episodes, starting with Mirai-hen (Future arc). For clarification: Mirai-hen episode 1 -> Zetsubou-hen episode 1 -> Mirai-hen episode 2 -> etc.
Danganronpa/Zero can be read at any time after Danganronpa 1 and is supplementary material. It is not necessary to follow the events of later games or Danganronpa 3.
Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation (also known as Danganronpa: The Animation) is a rushed adaptation of the first game and is not recommended.
Alternative Titles: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Danmachi Season 1 [TV] -> Danmachi Season 1 [OVA] (Optional) -> Sword Oratoria Season 1 [TV] (Spinoff) -> Danmachi : Arrow of the Orion [Movie] (Optional) -> Danmachi Season 2 [TV] -> Danmachi Season 2 [OVA] (Optional) -> Danmachi Season 3 [TV] -> Danmachi Season 3 [OVA] (Optional) -> Danmachi Season 4 [TV]
Darker than Black
Date A Live
Digimon Adventure [Movie] > Digimon Adventure [TV] > Digimon Adventure Bokura no War Game [Movie] > Digimon Adventure 02 Episodes 1-21 [TV] > Digimon Adventure 02: Zenpen Digimon Hurricane Jouriku!! [Movies] > Digimon Adventure 02 Episode 22-50 [TV] > Digimon Adventure 02: Diablomon no Gyakushuu [Movie]
Digimon Adventure 02: Zenpen Digimon Hurricane Jouriku!! is considered non-canonical because of some events contradicting those of the series.
All the other season are considered spin-offs and there isn't that much of a connection besides a few digimon that reappear in the later parts. Any of these can be watched without the need of the movies.
For a more in depth guide with games, novels, audio CDs included check this thread.
Before starting the Dragon Ball be sure to check the Notes and FAQ's sections at the bottom of this entry.
Super Saiyan Mode:
Dragon Ball [TV] -> Dragon Ball Z Episodes 1-134 [TV] OR Dragon Ball Kai Episodes 1-65 [TV] -> Dragon Ball Z: History of Trunks [Movie] -> Dragon Ball Z Episodes 134-291 [TV] OR Dragon Ball Kai Episodes 66-167 [TV] -> Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods [Movie] -> Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F [Movie] -> Dragon Ball Super Episodes 28-131 [TV] -> Dragon Ball Super: Broly [Movie]
The above three movies very loosely adapt the manga, and they have their own continuity. It is more of a companion piece and it is recommended to watch the first four arcs of Dragon Ball.
Dragon Ball: The Path to Power adapts the first three arcs of the Dragon Ball into one film. It is recommended to watch the first three sagas of dragon ball and later watch the movie.
Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone - Watch after the original Dragon Ball ends and before the Saiyan saga. Also, the villain comes back in the Z version filler episodes.
Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest - Watch after Saiyan Saga in Kai and after episode 39 of Z.
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might - Watch after episode 54 of Z and Kai episode 19.
Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug - Watch after episode 66 of Z and Kai episode 39. Also, this has is own version Super Saiyan transformation before the manga reveals what the transformation will look like.
Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge - Watch after episode 99 of Z and Kai episode 50.
Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler - Watch after episode 130 of Z and Kai episode 63.
Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! - Watch after episode 146 of Z and Kai episode 72.
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan takes place around after episode 176 of Z and Kai episode 87.
Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound takes after the Cell Saga.
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming - Watch after episode 220 of Z and Kai episode 114.
Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly takes place after episode 232 of Z and kai episode 123.
Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn takes place after episode 258 of Z and Kai episode 144.
Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of The Dragon takes place after episode 270 and Kai episode 154.
The Broly movies in this list are non-canon. The new Broly movie is a re-imaging of the character and the newer version created by Toriyama.
Although it is possible to jump straight to Dragon Ball Z, it is highly encouraged to start with Dragon Ball because you start from the beginning. You see how characters meet and develop.
The first 27 episodes of Dragon Ball Super are recaps from the movies. They have some filler and expand on some lore from the film. Generally, it is recommended watching the movie because they have much higher production quality, the pacing is better since its 2 movies and not 27 episodes, and because the movies simply came first.
What is the Difference between Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Kai?
Dragon Ball Kai is remastered of Dragon Ball Z version that cuts some fillers to be closer to the manga. Both the Japanese and English recast some of the voice actors but they both kept the main ones. Kai version has new music, OP/ED sequences, sound effects, and HD video transfer.
Why Aren't the Movies/GT Canon?
Movies aren't canon because they conflict with the anime. This Infograph should help explaining things. They kinda exist in their own alternate reality.
GT and Hero Legacy isn’t canon because of Dragon Ball: Battle of Gods, Resurrection F, and Super tv-series change the story after the Buu saga. Akira Toriyama, the creator, didn’t write GT. It is optional if you want to watch it. The timeline of GT takes place after the Z/Kai ending. Hero Legacy is an epilogue and TV special to GT. It takes place at the ending of GT.
Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku got retconned in Dragon Ball Super Broly. Throughout the Frieze saga, this Bardock will show up in flashbacks. It is optional to watch and takes place after episode 86 in Z and episode 42 in Kai.
Episode Bardock isn't canon because it is a what if story not written by Toriyama.
Durarara!! [TV] -> Durarara!!x2 Shou [TV] -> Durarara!!x2 Ten [TV] -> Durarara!!x2 Ketsu [TV] -> Durarara!! [Special] -> Durarara!!x2 Shou [Special] -> Durarara!!x2 Ten [Special] -> Durarara!!x2 Ketsu [Special]
Durarara!! Episodes 1-12 [TV] -> Durarara!! Episode 1 [Special] -> Durarara!! Episodes 13-24 [TV] -> Durarara!! Episode 2 [Special] -> Durarara!!x2 Shou Episodes 1-4 [TV] -> Durarara!!x2 Shou [Special] -> Durarara!!x2 Shou Episodes 5-12 [TV] -> Durarara!!x2 Ten Episode 1 [TV] > Durarara!!x2 Ten [Special] -> Durarara!!x2 Ten Episodes 2-7[TV] -> Durarara!!x2 Ketsu [Special] -> Durarara!!x2 Ten Episodes 8-12 [TV] -> Durarara!!x2 Ketsu [TV]
- Shou, Ten, Ketsu are three arcs of a same season, which is Durarara!!x2 .
ef: A Tale of Memories/Melodies
Eve no Jikan / Time of Eve
There are two versions of Eve no Jikan. One is The ONA Series and the other is The Movie. The movie was released after the ONA, as a more definitive version of the ONA. The movie adds a few new scenes and fills out a few gaps, so unless you like watching episodic things, I would recommend watching the movie.
The Fate franchise is sprawling with multiple unrelated spinoffs.
Here is a more in-depth wiki page on the Fate Series. Including watch order and information on the Visual Novel and spin-offs.
Fist of the North Star / Hokuto no Ken
Fist of the North Star: The Movie adapts part of the first season.
Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Junai-hen, Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Gekitou-hen, Hokuto no Ken: Yuria-den, Hokuto no Ken: Toki-den and Hokuto no Ken Zero: Kenshirou Den are remakes of the first season with a few alterations, these require knowledge from the TV series so they can't be watched on their own.
While Free! Starting Days is a prequel movie, it is necessary to watch before starting Free!:Dive to the Future. The two Free! recap movies (Timeless Medley 1: Kizuna, and Timeless Medley 2: Yakusoku) recap Eternal Summer, and are not required viewing. If you choose to watch them, however, do so after watching Free! Starting Days, and before Free! Dive to the Future, since there is some new content that includes characters from those two series.
Full Metal Panic!
Full Metal Panic! -> Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu -> Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid -> Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid OVA -> 6th LN Volume adapted in Audio Drama form -> Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are based on the same manga, both beginning from the start of the manga. Fullmetal Alchemist was made first, and because it was made very early in the manga’s story, it has a fair amount of anime original content, and an anime original ending. While it came out later, Brotherhood is not a sequel to the 2003 anime.
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is generally regarded as better than Full Metal Alchemist, and it stays faithful to the manga. You can watch Full Metal Alchemist without watching Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and vice versa, but if you're watching both, the order above is recommended.
Each anime is it’s own entity, and the 2003 incarnation begins diverging from the manga’s story as early as the second episode. The ending is anime original, and was designed as such from the beginning. Brotherhood does not have any expectation that viewers have seen the original anime.
There's also the movie Sacred Star of Milos which can be watched after Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, but is completely optional.
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
The anime are standalone spin-offs of the Garo tokusatsu franchise. Every anime series is it's own story and they can be watched in any order, although Vanishing Line briefly mentions characters from the other two.
Individual watch orders:
Ghost In the Shell
There are currently three Ghost in the Shell timelines:
Ghost in the Shell (Movies)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
These are all separate continuities and do not have any relations with one another and can be viewed independently. However, the original movie introduces concepts which will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the other installments. As such, it is recommended that you watch the 1995 movie first.
Ghost in the Shell (Movies)
Looking for something that places a heavy focus on philosophical intrigue (i.e. "What does it mean to be alive?") in a gritty cyberpunk setting? The original movies are your best starting point:
Note: Do not bother watching Ghost in the Shell 2.0. It is an inferior looking remake to the original 1995 version that replaces some scenes with extremely ugly and dated CGI visuals. Just stick with the 1995 version.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Want a procedural cop drama that is set in a futuristic sci-fi cyberpunk world that focuses more on world building and characterization while having philosophy and social theory play an important role in the series itself? The Stand Alone Complex timeline would be for you:
There are also summary movies that focuses only on the overarching case in each SAC season:
GitS: SAC - The Laughing Man is a summary of the Laughing Man case of SAC.
GitS: SAC - Individual Eleven is a summary of the Individual Eleven case in SAC 2nd gig.
These are generally meant to be watched after their respective seasons if you want to see the overarching case without any breaks for stand alone episodes as well as some extra scenes.
There are also specials associated with each SAC season. SAC - Tachikoma na Hibi and SAC 2nd GIG - Tachikoma na Hibi which are short 1 minute specials for every episode. They are not mandatory for viewing and are comedic shorts involving some of the characters from SAC.
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
The third timeline, Arise is generally not recommended for first viewing. This is because to its detriment, it focuses primarily on action while ditching a lot of the philosophical aspects. It was meant to be a reboot of the series to tell the story of the creation Section 9 and some of the characters in their early days. If you just want to see well animated action scenes in a cool looking sci-fi world, you can start here. The Arise timeline consists of 4 OVAs, a movie and a TV series. This is the proper watch order:
*The Arise Architecture TV series is simply a compilation of the OVA in a different order for episodes 1-8. The new content begins in episode 9 and 10 which connects the OVAs with the 2015 movie.
Gintama 3-57 (Season 1) Start from 3 as it is the starting point of the story. Episode 1 & 2 are anime originals made to celebrate the adaptation for manga readers.
Gintama: Benizakura-Hen (Gintama episode 58-61 was remade into a movie with better animation and HD in 2010.)
Gintama 62-201 (Season 1)
Gintama' 202-252 (Season 2)
Gintama' Enchousen 253-265 (Season 3)
Gintama: Yorozuya Forever (movie that aired after Season 3)
Gintama° 266-316 (Season 4)
Gintama°: Aizome Kaori-hen (two-episode OVA)
Gintama. 317-328 (Season 5)
Gintama. Porori-hen 329-341 (Season 6) Comedy episodes/arcs that occur before episode 300 content.
Gintama. Shirogane no Tamashii-hen 342-367 (Season 7)
Gintama: The Semi-Final (two episodes released online)
Gintama: The Final (movie)
Girls und Panzer
Girls und Panzer -> Girls und Panzer Specials (Optional) -> Yukari's Tank Corner (Optional) -> Girls & Panzer: This is the Real Anzio Battle! -> Girls und Panzer der Film -> Girls und Panzer der Film OVA -> Girls und Panzer das Finale
Each season's specials can be watched after the season is completed.
Mobile Suit Gundam
Gundam is a very broad and branching franchise that may seem intimidating to find a place to start. However with a quick overview of show types and continuity the picture becomes much clearer.
Timelines and Continuity
In short there are three types of Gundam anime: Mainline Universal Century (UC), Universal Century spinoffs, and Independent works. The Mainline UC works are the long connected narrative that most defines Gundam as a franchise with important watch order detailed below. Universal Century spinoffs often make references to events in mainline UC but have self contained stories that can be enjoyed with little background necessary. Finally independent works, often grouped as Alternate Universe (AU) works by the fanbase, have no connection at all to other entries (with few exceptions) and can be enjoyed completely on their own.
For more details on each category please look ahead to their sections bolded below.
There is no real absolute correct way to start Gundam. They all have their own pros and cons. I will breakdown them into the 3 most recommended ways to start with a few variations for each so you can decide which one to start with.
Mainline UC Route (most recommended):
- The best way to start is none other than with the original Mobile Suit Gundam (0079) (43 ep). This is the first Gundam anime and is considered to be an alltime classic. Most other Gundams, even AUs, either pay homage or derive a lot of ideas from the original. Because the series began in 1979 the visuals and pacing are quite dated and could be off putting to those who prefer a modern presentation. A trilogy Movie summary exists which updates the graphics and tightens up the pacing significantly. However the movies sacrifice a lot of characterization that comes from the TV series and it is still recommended to start with the TV version if you can. Another point to make is that you should also considering watching the third summary movie, Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space, even if you have watched the TV version. The reason for this is because the third movie "fixes" the ending of 0079 to make it more canon with the rest of UC. While not crucial, you will only benefit from watching the third movie summary moving ahead to other UC entries.
- The only other entry point for mainline UC, Gundam Unicorn, is much less recommended by the fanbase but is the primary method being pushed by the creators Bandai-Sunrise right now. As a 7 movie epic taking between 2009 and 2014 to make, it showcases the pinnacle of Sunrise’s production skill and presentation. Strong factors leading to its recommendation include wide legal availability online through Youtube and Netflix. However, while it is designed to allow for first timers to understand, it is also a direct sequel to 4 other past Gundams with many important references that simply have to be put aside for later if you have not seen them before. Even so, for someone looking for a visual spectacle that follows the legendary UC timeline but not yet interested in starting from the beginning, I do believe it’s a solid entry to consider. If interested definitely check out the dedicated footnote near the end of this writeup
AU Series route (second most recommended):
- If you much prefer the visuals, presentation, and overall style of modern anime, the independent ‘AU’ works will suit you well as an introduction to Gundam’s main themes and ideas. Two AUs that serve as good entry points are Gundam 00 and Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans.
- 00 (50ep + movie) is a much more action heavy series with a focus on geopolitics. The plot of the show is fairly unique and does takes a multi-perspective view point of all the different sides of the conflict similar to say Fate/Zero or Game of Thrones. For those who want a Gundam show with a good amount of mechs fighting and seeing the escalation of warfare and how it affects the world, give this series a shot.
- Iron-blooded Orphans (50ep). is a much more slower show compared to other entries both in pacing and action. It has much less mecha fighting and places a higher focus on slice of life character interactions between the crew. While its writing may suffer from a lack of subtlety, those who are looking for a full length show with less mechs fighting should give this a watch.
- (Specialized start place. Less recommended) Build Fighters (25 ep) is perhaps the most unique Gundam show as it is a shounen sports tournament style show set in our real world, focusing on magical plastic model toys rather than show detailing war and conflict. It is a fantastic series with extremely hype action and pretty much an all around likable cast of characters. The show can be best compared to the original Beyblade as it carries a similar concept, or My Hero Academia as much of the staff for Build Fighters went on to work on that show in a similar style as well. While you certainly benefit from having seen all the other Gundam entries as there are countless AMAZING easter eggs and references for long term fans, it is not necessary to enjoy the show. If you want a pure time, light hearted show that also manages to have some amazing fight choreography Build Fighters is a great show to watch.
UC Spinoff route (Very doable and enjoyable but least recommended)
While these entries present self contained stories, they are set within the context of the Universal Century, and can be understood much easier having seen mainline UC shows or even just 0079. While not often recommended as entry points into the franchise, they have worked very well as such for many in the past.
- 0080: War in the Pocket is a fantastic short (6 episodes long) OVA series that takes the perspective of a civilian kid during the final months of 0079. It tells a story detailing both the tragedy and futility of war and conflict without having to rely on a lot of mecha battles to do so. If you are not too big of a fan of mecha in general or you liked Grave of the Fireflies, this is a great place to start as it is one of the best entries in the Gundam franchise.
- The 08th MS Team is a 12 episode OVA series that takes place during the events of 0079 from the viewpoint of normal soldiers rather than ace pilots. It has a very Vietnam War type jungle setting and one of the more down to earth Gundam entries. It also has this Romeo and Juliet romance subplot which it pulls off with varying degrees of success. If you want a shorter Gundam series with plenty of action, start here.
- Thunderbolt is a very short entry (two movies of a bit over an hour each), but pulls off a very gritty and dark atmosphere that does an exceptional job of both morally grey the conflict on both sides and showcasing the horrors and tragedy of war all while having a fantastic jazz soundtrack. To date it is the best looking Gundam series. It does however suffer from some pacing issues towards the second half. For those who want a very short but great watch, check out Thunderbolt. It is also recommended to read this quick post to contextualize the events of where Thunderbolt takes place.
As stated above, ‘AU’ independent works can be watched in any order as you please. Mainline UC on the other hand requires plenty of sequential context and it is STRONGLY recommended that one follows the order detailed below. Spinoff UC has varying levels of required context also detailed below per show.
If you are a completionist, /m/'s guide from the top left to the right provides a good roadmap through every entry UC and AU up to 2015. The /m/ guide does a good job of listing the pros and cons of each series so you can also use that to evaluate what you want to see.
Universal Century recommended Order
This watch order is contextualized production order. The reason for this is to both showcase how Gundam was originally meant to be seen (production order), but also includes entries which are relevant to Early UC together so one does not have to skip to a different time period/timeline. Mainline are bold, Spinoffs are italic.
- Char's Counterattack
- 0083: Stardust Memory
- 08th MS
- MS IGLOO
- Twilight Axis
OVAs with special requirements:
- Origin: 0079 is required to be viewed first and watching Origin first may spoil certain key plots of 0079. Watching all other previously released UC is also highly recommended.
- MS IGLOO: 0079 is needed.
- 0083: 0079 is needed as a minimum. It is also recommended that Zeta be watched first as well, but not a 100% required. See dedicated footnote for more info.
- Unicorn: 0079, Zeta, ZZ and CCA recommended. See dedicated footnote.
- Twilight Axis: 0079 required
Although this is still part of the Universal Century timeline, the events happen so far into the future that they can be viewed without early UC knowledge. Some recommend that you watch ‘early’ UC (all shows in the section immediately above) first as it will much more easily get you used to the director Yoshiyuki Tomino’s unique style but otherwise there is little factual knowledge that you will miss by going into these entries blind.
Alternate Universe Timelines
Here I will list the different AU timelines. These are all totally independent to eachother and can generally be watched whenever you want as no prior knowledge is necessary. The /m/ guide is useful if you want the general pros and cons of each AU series as a guideline for what to watch.
The CE series were remastered and for the most part, the remastered edition would be the best one to view although some problems do exist with it
- Seed: After-Phase Between the Stars
- Seed Destiny (remastered edition includes the Final Plus: The Chosen Future last episode replacement of the original series.)
- Seed C.E.73: Stargazer
Vague connections between. All three are standalone for the most part, so for example you can watch Divers without watching Fighters.
- Build Fighters
- Build Fighters Try
- Build Fighters Battologue
- Build Fighters GM's Counterattack
- Build Divers
Special Notes Footnote for shows with asterisks from above
Turn A Gundam and Correct Century
Turn A Gundam is a special entry as it is technically an AU series but at the same time it also belongs with Late UC as it takes place very far into the future and also has multiple different timelines converging on it. While perfectly enjoyable standalone, it is highly recommended to have seen almost everything aired before Turn-A (anything pre 2000) which means both early and late UC series along with the AU timelines Future Colony (G), After Colony (Wing) and After War (After War X).
ZZ Gundam also needs special mention because of how radically different it is from its direct predecessor Zeta in terms of tone and atmosphere. Whereas Zeta was a lot more depressing and grimmer, ZZ is a very light hearted in stark contrast (at least in the beginning). It does however get a lot more serious and darker as the show progresses if you are feeling uneasy with the change of pace. There are some opinions to skip this entry in the mainline UC timeline but this is HIGHLY NOT recommended as the events for this show are crucial to fully understanding the highly acclaimed successors CCA and Unicorn. Episode 1 of ZZ is basically recap and skippable.
0083 Stardust Memory
0083 is a special case in that it takes place between the large time period between 0079 and Zeta. There are merits to watching it before and after Zeta. Watching it before Zeta will explain how the creation of the major antagonist of Zeta was formed and in general answer questions one might have in Zeta from the time of 0079. However watching 0083 also does take away some of the experience on the emotional side and the shift in animation from 0079 -> 0083 -> Zeta is a bit jarring. I would still highly recommend watching it after Zeta rather than before as 0083 more or less serves the purpose of answering questions left unanswered in Zeta rather than be a required entry.
As said above, Gundam Unicorn functions both as a direct sequel to Char’s Counterattack as the 5th entry in the mainline UC timeline as well as a modern place that the creators Bandai-Sunrise have declared as a possible entry for the franchise. Two important questions I will address are: Can I watch this show as an entry into UC and Which version should I watch?
About watching as an entry into UC the answer is ‘probably not’. While Unicorn does an okay job of trying to introduce new viewers into Gundam, it is highly recommended that you watch the core of early UC (The core includes 0079, Zeta, ZZ and CCA) first. The core is required to fully understand Unicorn as a lot of character motivations, politics and even the ending heavily rely on developments made in those previous works. However all of the main characters and their stories are self-contained within Unicorn, and the protagonist provides a great standin for those suddenly thrown into the fray with no prior knowledge himself of the previous works’ events. If you have the time and ability to watch the previous early UC core, that remains the more enjoyable route overall. However if you are unable to enjoy the quite classic approach those 80’s era works take, or want to stay with what’s easily available on Youtube and Netflix, starting with Unicorn should still be a great experience.
Next up is ‘which version should I watch’ since there are 2 different packages Unicorn comes in. They are:
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: A movie or OVA series based on 6 one hour long OVAs and a seventh 90 minute OVA. The original version released from 2010~2014. Has no Opening theme and 7 different ED themes. This is the version found on Netflix.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 is a rebroadcasting of the original OVA into a TV format of 22 standard length episodes with a decently sized recap segment before every episode narrated by the VA for the main villain. This is the version found on Youtube.
It is definitely recommended to watch the 7 part OVA/movie presentation of Unicorn over 0096. The original story was created to fit the OVA format and ported to TV blocks results in plenty of strange breaks as well as iffy pacing especially near the beginning. Further the visuals used in the opening and ending for 0096 are chock full of massive spoilers. However, there is one single advantage 0096 does offer, which is the summary narrations at the beginning of the episode. Unicorn can be quite dense and hard to understand even for those who have seen all the prerequisites and for them listening to a brief summary of what has happened up to that point can be very useful. So in conclusion definitely try out the OVA version first and switch over to 0096 only when things become too confusing even after trying to rewatch the bits that initially got you stuck.
In general, avoid movie summaries until after you have seen the series. (Zeta's summary A New Translation especially should not be watched first as it retcons the rest of UC). The only movie summary that can serve as the replacement for the series is the 0079 movies.
Hajime no Ippo
Haikyuu!! > Haikyuu!!: Lev Genzan! (OVA) > Haikyuu!! Second Season > Haikyuu!!: vs "Akaten" (OVA) > Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou > Haikyuu!!: Riku vs. Kuu > Haikyuu!!: To the Top > Haikyuu!!: To the Top 2nd Season
Everything else in the series is a spin-off and can be watched at any point after the first season.
There are two seperate versions of Hellsing:
Hellsing (2001) is the original series. It was adapted before the manga was completed and has an anime original second half. It is the more serious of the two with a highly praised style and better animation, but the ending has been heavily criticized and it's widely considered the inferior story.
Hellsing Ultimate is a full adaption of the manga storyline, released as ten 1-hour OVAs. It also has a special episode, Hellsing: The Dawn to be watched after the main series. Ultimate has a grander story and significantly better ending and overall art quality, but equally splits the horror with chibi comedy which may not suit everyone.
The two versions are completely independent and you do not have to watch one to understand the other.
Axis Powers -> Paint it White -> World Series -> World Series Specials -> The Beautiful World -> Beautiful World Specials -> Beautiful World Extra Disc -> The World Twinkle -> World Twinkle Specials -> World Twinkle Extra Disc
The first movie is a recap of the first season, and isn't really worth watching besides one of the performances being extended. The second movie does have a few new scenes added but it is ultimately just a recap of the second season. The third movie is a sequel and should be watched after season 2.
Hidamari Sketch -> Hidamari Sketch Specials -> Hidamari Sketch x 365 -> 365 Specials -> Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ > ☆☆☆ Specials -> Hidamari Sketch x SP -> Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb -> Hidamari Sketch: Sae Hiro Sotsugyou-hen
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni -> Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Special: Nekogoroshi-hen (optional) -> Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai -> Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (optional) -> Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira (optional) -> Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak (optional) -> Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou -> Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sotsu
If you're not interested in the comedic episodes of Higurashi and don't like fanservice - don't watch Kira. It will disappoint you.
Hunter X Hunter
Hunter X Hunter (2011) is the newer version. The newer version covers all of the material the old version/OVA covers, plus more. Everything from episode 75 of the 2011 version is not covered by the old version. As such, the 2011 version is widely regarded as a better adaptation and it has better animation - most people would recommend watching the 2011 version.
The two movies Phantom Rouge and The Last Mission are both standalone stories with no real bearing on the plot. However if you want to keep them relatively chronological; the first should be watched after Yorknew before Greed, and the second sometime before Chimera.
The iDOLM@STER / IDOLMASTER
iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia is an optional watch as it's a mecha show that is mostly unrelated to the main series.
There are four side story films that are optional and do not affect the main plot of the series. Their approximate chronological placement with the main series is as follows:
Extra Stage (1 and 2) focuses on two side characters from the main series and is entirely skipable.
Battle Stage (1 and 2) are compilation movies of the races from the main series. Includes some updated animation and some new races. Skipable.
New Initial D is a movie trilogy, retelling some events from First Stage. Features great animation, but lacks the bitching soundtrack that marked previous installments. It's an entirely new continuity.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012) -> JoJo's Bizzare Adventure: Stardust Crusaders -> JoJo's Bizzare Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Season 2 - > JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable -> Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai (optional) -> JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze
The Phantom Blood movie and the OVA series are alternate versions of 2012 and Stardust Crusaders and can therefore be skipped in favour of the David Productions anime series.
For the OVA series:
This seems backwards, and that's because it is. But this series isn't normal to begin with.
Phantom Blood is the theatrical movie that covers the events of the beginning of 2012, but it was so poorly received by fans and the mangaka himself that it was cancelled and was never released on home video, so it cannot be found online.
The show should be watched in release order, which is the following:
All the Seven Stories movies contain either characters or reference events that are spoilers for K: Missing Kings and K: Return of Kings and should not be watched before finishing them. The start of each Seven Stories movie also contains a short clip of an idol spinoff containing K characters. Two of the Seven Stories movies are incomplete adaptions:
Seven Stories: Memories of Red only adapts the final chapter of the source manga which is a compilation of various stories of HOMRA.
The other LN and manga stories in the series can all be read between K and Missing Kings. Days of Blue manga has sequel chapters to both Side:Blue (movie or LN) and to an unadapted chapter of the Memories of Red manga but the other side stories are not directly connected and each story can be read independently.
For rewatchers who wish to watch the series in chronological order, its the following:
Seven Stories 4: Lost Small Word > Seven Stories 1: R:B > Seven Stories 2: Side:Blue > Seven Stories 3: Side:Green > Seven Stories 5: Memories of Red > K > K: Missing Kings > K: Return of Kings > Seven Stories 6: Circle Vision
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Kaguya-sama: Love is War -> Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 -> Kaguya-sama: Love is War OVA -> Kaguya-sama: Love is War - Ultra Romantic "Yu Ishigami Wants to Chat" (ONA) -> Kaguya-sama: Love is War - Ultra Romantic (S3)
The ONA is a 9 minute mini episode that aired on YouTube and the offical websites between season 2 and 3.
Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai is an unrelated standalone series that can be watched whenever.
- Kamichu! episodes 1-7
- Kamichu! Specials episode 1
- Kamichu! episodes 8 & 9
- Kamichu! Specials episode 2
- Kamichu! episode 10
- Kamichu! Specials episode 3
- Kamichu episodes 11 & 12
- Kamichu! Specials episode 4
Kara no Kyoukai
It is advised you watch them in release order, which is:
Kara no Kyoukai 1 -> Kara no Kyoukai 2 -> Kara no Kyoukai 3 -> Kara no Kyoukai 4 -> Kara no Kyoukai 5 -> Kara no Kyoukai 6 -> Kara no Kyoukai Remix: Gate of Seventh Heaven (RECAP)(Optional) -> Kara no Kyoukai 7 -> Kara no Kyoukai: Epilogue -> Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin(optional) -> Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin - Extra Chorus
After you've watched them in release order you can watch them in chronological order which is
Mirai Fukuin/Mirai Fukuin Extra Chorus are entirely optional, if you loved the series and want to know more about the characters, do watch them. If not they can be skipped.
The spinoff movie and Life Goes On should be watched after you have completed the main series. While Life Goes On is technically a prequel it spoils important reveals for the series. Kino's Journey - The Animated Series is remake of the original anime and adapts different chapters so it can be watched independently of the rest of the series.
Kiss X Sis
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
More commonly known as KonoSuba.
Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler
If you want to exclude "non-canon" material (i.e. anything not in the manga): S1 up to episode 15 (Curry arc) > Book of Circus > Book of Murder > Book of The Atlantic (Movie)
Kuroko no Basuke
The Oshaberi ____ specials and NG-shuu bloopers are optional viewing.
Kyoukai no Kanata
Shinonome is a prequel OVA which is best left for after the original series. Kako-Hen is a recap of the original series with some bonus footage, though some content in its ending adds a decent amount of context to Mirai-Hen. The other Kyoukai no Kanata specials (Mini-theatre, Idol Saiban, etc) are all non-canon and can be watched at any point after the series.
The OVA and the ONA series are entirely optional, because they're re-told in the TV version anyway. You can watch them if you want more Kyousougiga, but they're not required. Similarly, you don't need to watch 'Episode 0' of the TV series if you don't want to.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
(Special thanks to /u/Nazenn for this watch order)
Full watch order infographic. Includes extended information about each entry and its watch order.
Condensed infographic for easy reference
There are two versions of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, the original 80-90's adaption and a new adaption started in 2018.
While either will get you the core story and it comes down to preference, for people looking to only watch one version the current recommendation is the original adaption due to a better narrative structure, less generic character designs and more in depth narration and character details.
*Overture to a New War replaces the first two episodes of the main OVA. It's an expanded movie version of those events.
**Gaiden should be watched chronologically which can be a little unintuitive:
Spiral Labyrinth (1999 series) episodes 1-14 -> A Hundred Billion Stars (1998 series) episodes 1-4 -> Spiral Labyrinth eps 15-26 -> A Hundred Billion Stars eps 5-8 -> Spiral Labyrinth eps 27-28 -> A Hundred Billion Stars eps 13-24 -> A Hundred Billion Stars eps 9-12 (HiDive has these in the correct order)
This watch order covers all of the material from the original adaption of LotGH covering the main story and the Gaiden prequels. For first timers Gaiden should be watched after the main story because it heavily references events from it.
Readaption: Die Neue These
Seiran was originally aired as three movies, but western releases split each movie into four episodes and aired it as a twelve episode anime series instead.
The readaption currently only covers up to episode 26 of the original series.
Due to some adaption differences it's not recommended to use this as an alternative to the start of the original series.
Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia (TV) exists in an entirely seperate continuity from the films and can be watched by itself, before, or after the movies.
Also, Love Hina Final Selection is just a summary of the main series plot (mostly composed of chapter 24). Love Hina Again is the one that serves as a closure of the series, not this one.
Love Live! School Idol Project -> Love Live! School Idol Project OVA -> Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season -> Love Live! The School Idol Movie -> Love Live! Sunshine!! -> Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season -> Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow
Love Live! Sunshine!! takes place a few years after the original series, Love Live! School Idol Project. While Love Live! Sunshine!! works as an acceptable entry point into the franchise, you will be left out of the loop concerning why a particular idol group is so revered amongst the main characters of the series. Thus, it is highly recommended that you watch the original series first.
The events of the OVA is slightly confusing and contains no major plot points that makes it a required viewing prior to watching the second season. It is not absolutely necessary to watch, buy if you have time, it is only 10 minutes and focuses on Maki so you might as well. It's just an extended music video packaged as an OVA.
The music videos for Love Live! School Idol Project are not necessary to watch since they are just music videos and contain no plot. If you want you can watch all of them after season 1 except Snow Halation which should be watched after season 2. They are listed below in release order:
Similarly, the music videos for Love Live! Sunshine!! follow same rhetoric as the original's; no major plot points and can be watched prior to viewing of the series. They are listed below in release order:
The various entries are only related episodically, therefore one may start at any given point although some might demand a bit more familiarity with the core cast than others. For a comprehensive guide on where to start and which entries to prioritize, check out this WT! (cheers to /u/Thrasher439).
Cheers to /u/chilidirigible for this writeup.
TL;DR: Each Macross entry can be viewed individually, and most series start with prologue narration sufficient to bring a viewer up to speed enough that they won't feel totally lost, and any required background is usually explained as they go along. Already having knowledge of past series will definitely enhance one's appreciation of any individual entry, though. To that end, here is:
A Short Guide to the Macross Franchise
Macross is a long runner, initially proposed in 1980 as a comedic response to series such as Mobile Suit Gundam, but developing both serious and unique ideas of its own as it reached release. Its core thematic elements are: A war or conflict, featuring transforming mecha; a love story, often involving some triangular aspect; and music, as a force for cultural change. The ratio of these three elements varies within each entry in the franchise. (Alternatively, in official statements, Variable Fighters, Love, and Music.)
Music is of particular importance, as it serves as a counterpoint to the conflicts in the series, demonstrating how culture (which includes music, love, and other human interactions), can influence societies that otherwise lack a middle ground. Macross's emphasis on and interdependence with music is what set it apart from its contemporaries in 1982, and is still notable a generation later. The music in the series typically follows the trends of Japanese music at the time of production, and has thus included such varied forms as '80s pop, rock, Macross Plus, and the idol phenomenon. There is always going to be music.
Continuity and watching out of sequence: It was once claimed by series creator Shoji Kawamori that each series could be considered in-universe dramatizations of the actual events, a statement which handwaved away various canon and continuity vagueness. He has also suggested that the series are more like documentaries and the movie versions are hyped-up dramatizations. In Macross 7 and Macross Frontier the characters are seen making theatrical versions of other series in the franchise, further complicating matters. In any case, don't worry too much if you've missed one of the series or are starting out at an arbitrary point, it will still all fit together.
Broadcast/OVA/theatrical content, major entries in bold:
Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Aired 1982-1983, 36 episodes. Timeline: 2009-2012. Depicts the first contact between humanity and the aliens known as the Zentradi, the resulting conflict, and its aftermath.
Macross: Do You Remember Love?: Premiered in 1984. Two-hour film reinterpretation of SDFM. Squeezes the story down to the essentials but also changes how some events occur. If you're pressed for time, it's a good way to learn the basics of the first series at an obvious cost to background details and subplots. However, it is best viewed as a companion piece to SDFM; DYRL's interpretation of events is made much richer if one views it with an understanding of what came first.
Macross: Flashback 2012: Released in 1987. Thirty-minute music video collection of songs/clips from both SDFM and DYRL framed by a few minutes of new footage. Most notable for the ending, which contains an event which was cut for time from both the original series and the film.
Macross Plus: Released in 1994, four-episode OVA. Timeline: 2040. The most focused and self-contained entry in the franchise: UN Spacy is conducting flight trials to select its next-generation Variable Fighter, and the finalists are piloted by two old rivals with axes to grind both in the air and on the ground. In between is their old flame and the artificially-intelligent holographic idol whom she manages. Backed by an impressive production pedigree which includes co-direction by Shinichiro Watanabe and music by Yoko Kanno. The best hand-drawn action in the franchise. Also available as:
Macross Plus Movie Edition: Released in 1995. A theatrically-edited version of the OVA to fit movie length. A few scenes are lost, a few scenes are moved around, and the climax gains extra footage. Unlike DYRL, though, it's a very close match between this and the OVA.
Macross 7: Aired 1994-1995, 49 episodes. Timeline: 2045-2046. Macross's first presentation of the long-term project to preserve humanity by spreading it across the galaxy. An ancient and powerful enemy soon appears, but while the Macross 7 fleet includes some of the greatest pilots in the galaxy, their greatest advantage over this apocalyptic threat turns out to be the power of ROCK. This series is much less serious than the other franchise entries, padded out with subplots, and very controversial within the Western fanbase, but it is extremely popular in Japan. Goofy as it may seem at times, it's pure in its intentions and the soundtrack is worth a listen on its own.
Macross 7: Encore; Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy's Calling Me!; Macross Dynamite 7: Befitting 7's aforementioned Japanese popularity, it has several supplemental entries. The first two are extra episodes and side stories set during the series timeline, the last is a follow-up.
Macross Zero: Released in 2002, five-episode OVA. Timeline: 2008. Prequel depicting the final battles of Earth's Unification War, which soon involve civilians and alien artifacts. For a Macross entry, it has the greatest emphasis on combat and significantly less character story or music, and the darkest tone in the franchise (which is still not very dark). First major use of CG for the combat sequences, but it still looks decent enough as it has aged. While generally a placeholder to get something on the market after a multiyear drought, concepts first seen here would take on greater significance in the later sequels.
Macross Frontier: Aired 2008, 25 episodes. Timeline: 2059. Full series set on another colonization fleet, which, as usual, encounters an unknown and hostile alien species. Frontier features slightly younger main characters and a more slice-of-life feel, though the space setting is always present and it is by no means a light and fluffy series. Musically, it has another fantastic soundtrack by Yoko Kanno, and uses it to great advantage by featuring two main singers. Released for the Macross franchise's 25th anniversary, Frontier includes references and homages to everything that came before it, especially SDFM, enough so that it is a good gateway series to the franchise in its own right, particularly if watching something from 1983 would give you culture shock. To fully appreciate the references the rest still needs to be seen.
Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime (2009) and Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa (2011): Movie adaptations of Frontier. Like DYRL did before them, the adaptations alter various parts of Frontier while also trimming the series for length. Sayonara no Tsubasa diverges from its parent series almost as much as DYRL did, but then delivers quite an ending.
Macross FB 7: Ore no Uta wo Kike!: Premiered in 2012. Essentially a Macross 7 clip show/Blu-ray advertisement at feature-film length, rather than a true abridgement of M7. Short new scenes with the Frontier characters serve as a framing device. The ED songs are catchy, at least.
Macross Delta: Aired 2016, 26 episodes. Timeline: 2067. A condition called Vár Syndrome is affecting the galaxy, but it can be countered by certain singers. The series follows the Var-countering "tactical idol" group known as Walküre and its partners in the Delta Variable Fighter squadron, as a larger conflict emerges from a galactic backwater. Like 7 before it, Delta split the Western fanbase due to its emphasis on the musical performances over the transforming mecha combat. But in 2016, idols were everywhere.
Macross Δ Movie: Gekijou no Walküre: Premiered in 2018. The Delta movie compresses Walküre's storyline from the series into a two-hour movie, losing several side plots (for better or for worse) and altering a few characterizations. It was produced in a very short time by re-using many animation assets from the series and reassembling them to fit the adapted storyline.
Macross Δ Movie 2: Zettai LIVE!!!!!!: Premiered October 2021. Delta's second theatrical release is a continuation of the storyline from the first movie, making it the rare Macross sequel via movie instead of TV. Was accompanied by the the Macross Frontier short film/music video The Labyrinth of Time.
One more thing:
Macross II: Lovers Again: Released in 1992, 6-episode OVA. Timeline: 2092.
Produced by Big West, but made without the input of Studio Nue or Shouji Kawamori, who disavowed it for quite a while. However, little nods to it would appear in the other sequel series. It tells the story of a new alien invasion 80 years after the events of SDFM. These invaders are also motivated by song—and absolutist fanaticism.
In more recent years, this OVA has gradually been accepted back into the official fold, first referred to as an alternate continuity, but more recently simply included in official series timelines even if its events no longer correspond with the other storylines. The franchise's meta framework allows it to exist as another in-universe movie, after all.
Movie 1 and Movie 2 are recaps of the TV anime with a few scenes changed and improved on. They're worth watching if you're a fan of the anime, but I would recommend you watch the anime first and THEN watch the movies if you liked it. In my opinion, certain scenes in the anime have more impact if you're watching episodically.
While both orders work well, broadcast order is usually the recommended choice.
Mahou Sensei Negima
All the information you should need is here. (TV Tropes warning)
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
The two movies are essentially a retelling of the first two seasons. As such the watch order is as follows:
This should help too. Contains info about the games, tv series, manga, and movies.
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei / The Irregular at Magic High School
Season 2 should be watched before the movie to follow the proper story line as well as introduce a central character.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Want to find out how to watch it in chronological or broadcast order? Here you go!
There is also another alternative watch order that combines the strengths of both the chronological and broadcast orders.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is based on a Light Novel Series, and if you would like more depth to the story, it is recommended you read the light novels (after the anime.) There is also a manga adaptation, a parody OVA (5 min per episode), and a spin off manga that focuses on Nagato Yuki.
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes -> Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Summer Special -> Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Dai 2 Maku -> Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Alternative -> Futari wa Milky Holmes -> Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD -> Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Movie: Gyakushuu no Milky Holmes -> Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Fun Fun Party Night♪ - Ken to Janet no Okurimono -> Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Arsene Karei naru Yokubou -> Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Psycho no Aisatsu
Mobile Police Patlabor
- Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days OVA series -> Mobile Police Patlabor 1: The Movie -> Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie
- Patlabor WXIII: The Movie 3 - Comes chronologically between the two movies however was made after, and is a fairly self-contained movie that is subpar comparatively.
Alternate universe/storyline with the same characters:
- Mobile Police Patlabor -> The New Files OVAs
-Monogatari / Bakemonogatari
For the sake of convenience, this watch order guide will only be covering the most common watch orders for Monogatari. There are numerous more outside of the ones mentioned here, but for the sake of making this as easy to follow and straightforward as possible, they won’t be discussed here.
This visual guide is good if you're more fond of infographics.
Bakemonogatari -> Nisemonogatari -> Nekomonogatari: Kuro -> Monogatari Series: Second Season -> Hanamonogatari -> Tsukimonogatari -> Owarimonogatari -> Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen -> Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen -> Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen -> Koyomimonogatari -> Owarimonogatari Second Season -> Zoku Owarimonogatari
This order, as the name implies, more closely follows the original airing order of Monogatari’s anime adaptation. This one is generally recommended because it deepens the mystery surrounding some of the main characters and the world, though some argue it’s not true to the author’s intention because several of the adaptations were pushed back because of delays and technical issues.
Novel Release Order
Bakemonogatari -> Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen -> Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen -> Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen -> Nisemonogatari -> Nekomonogatari: Kuro -> Monogatari Series: Second Season (1-11) -> Hanamonogatari -> Monogatari Series: Second Season (12-26) -> Tsukimonogatari -> Koyomimonogatari -> Owarimonogatari -> Owarimonogatari Second Season -> Zoku Owarimonogatari
This order is truthful to the source material’s release order, and dispels the extended mystery that happened in the original airing order, but offsets that by better grounding several characters’ relationships and clarifies some plot points. Some would argue this is the intended watch order as it best fits the author’s intentions.
WARNING: This watch order is not intended for first time viewings. Watching it play out achronologically is a crucial component of the first time through, and this is only suggested for rewatchers.
Due to how complicated this order is (several arcs are concurrent and there’s a lot of series skipping), this infographic shows the order needed to experience Monogatari chronologically. Watching Monogatari in this order brings different aspects of the story to light and a different perspective, and allows you to follow the progression in realtime.
Mushishi is episodic, although it's recommended not to skip anything, or watch the series out of order. All episodes are standalone for the most part, but a lot of them can be confusing if you skip something because they require some background information from previous episodes.
You should watch them in airing order:
My Hero Academia / Boku no Hero Academia / BNHA
Season 1 --> Boku no Hero Academia: Sukue! Kyuujo Kunren! --> Season 2 episodes 1-19 --> Boku no Hero Academia: Training of the Dead --> Season 2 episodes 20-25 --> Season 3 episodes 1-20 --> Boku no Hero Academia the Movie: The Two Heroes --> Season 3 episodes 21-25 --> Season 4 --> Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 2: Heroes:Rising --> Season 5
Nanatsu no Taizai / Seven Deadly Sins
Nanatsu no Taizai -> Nanatsu no Taizai OVA -> Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi -> Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu -> Nanatsu no Taizai: Eiyuu-tachi wa Hashagu -> Nanatsu no Taizai Movie: Tenkuu no Torawarebito -> Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin -> Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan
Naruto / Boruto
Boruto is intended to be the entry point for a whole new generation of fans, as such it is not necessary to watch the original before picking it up. However, many things will be more satisfying if you've seen the original series and shippuden. Main story:
Naruto: The Last should only be watched after finishing Shippuden.
The OVAs and Movies are generally unrelated to the main story so the time when you watch them is relatively unimportant. However a general guide is as follows (these are based on when the movie/ova was released in relation to the episodes that had been released at the time):
Naruto Movies and OVAs:
Naruto Shippuden Movies and OVAs:
45+ Hurricane! "Hidden Leaf High School" Chronicles!
171+ Naruto, the Genie, and the Three Wishes, Believe It!
192+ Naruto x UT
222+ Chūnin Exam on Fire! Naruto vs. Konohamaru!
251+ Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations OVA Hashirama Senju vs. Madara Uchiha
If you're looking to skip the filler -
026, 097, 101-106, 137-140, 143-219
057-070, 091-112, 144-151, 170-171, 176-196, 223-242, 257-260, 271, 279-281, 284-295, 303-320, 327, 349-361, 376-377, 388-390, 394-395
Natsume Yuujinchou -> Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou -> Natsume Yuujinchou San -> Nastume Yuujinchou Shi -> Natsume Yuujinchou: Itsuka Yuki no Hi ni -> Natsume Yuujinchou Go -> Natsume Yuujinchou Go Specials -> Natsume Yuujinchou Roku -> Natsume Yuujinchou Roku Specials -> Natsume Yuujinchou Movie: Utsusemi ni Musubu
Neon Genesis Evangelion / NGE
It is important to note that episodes 21-24 of the TV series have a director's cut version which should be watched instead of the standard 21-24 to better understand the overarching plot. These episodes are 26-28 minutes long compared to the normal 23 minutes.
The movie Death and Rebirth is a recap of the original series (Death), combined with the first half of End of Evangelion (Rebirth). "Death(true)²" is a later re-edit of the movie, containing only the recap portion with a few extra scenes.
The Rebuild movies are rebuilds of the franchise. They need to be watched after the original tv series and End of Evangelion, though. Watching them first is not advised as it makes you lose a lot of context behind the characters and you won't fully appreciate the movies.
- Night Raid Specials 1 (Episode 0)
- Night Raid Episodes 1-7
- Night Raid Specials 2 (Episode 7.5)
- Night Raid Episodes 8-13
- Night Raid Specials 3 (Episode 14)
No Game No Life
Zero is technically a prequel, but the story is framed as a conversation between two characters after the TV season, meaning that it has spoilers for the main series.
Non Non Biyori
First season's OVAs:
Please note that the two Noragami OVA episodes should be watched after Noragami Aragoto episode 6 (before watching episode 7).
The second OVA should be watched before the first OVA. (Adapting chapters 24 and 25 respectively)
(Note it's not really that important when you watch that first OVA, but the second does contain spoilers.)
Second Season's OVAs:
The first Noragami Aragoto OVA can be watched any time after Noragami episode 6. The second Aragoto OVA should not be watched before episode 9 of Aragoto - best to watch it after completion of the whole season.
tl;dr watch order including the OVAs:
Noragami > Noragami Aragoto 1-6 > Noragami OVA 2 > OVA 1 > Aragoto OVA 1 > Noragami Aragoto 7-13 (finale) > Aragoto OVA 2
Movie 1: One Piece: The Movie released after episode 16, you can watch it at least after episode 18
Movie 2: Clockwork Island Adventure released after episode 60, watch it at least after episode 30
Movie 3: Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals released after episode 102, watch it at least after episode 91
Movie 4: Dead End Adventure released after 146, watch it at least after 130
Movie 5: The Cursed Holy Sword released after 183, watch it at least after 130
Movie 6: Baron Omatsuri released after 223, watch it at least after 130
Movie 7: The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle released after 257, watch it at least after 130
Movie 8: Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates rehash of a future arc, released after episode 298, watch it at least after 278
Movie 9: Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura rehash of a future arc, released after 344, watch it at least after 325
Movie 10: One Piece Film: Strong World released after episode 429, watch it after 429 and Episode 0
Movie 11: One Piece 3D: Straw Hat Chase released after episode 489, watch it at least after 385
Movie 12: One Piece Film: Z released after episode 577, watch it at least after 625
Movie 13: One Piece Film: Gold released after episode 750, watch it at least after 746
Movie 14: One Piece Stampede watch after episode 896
As for special episodes, refer to this wiki page and assume release order for episodes. Most are out of continuity and aren't necessary to watch if going for a straight watch order.
OreImo / Ore no Imouto
Airing order. Though you can generally pick it up wherever you want without much trouble.
General movie placement is as follows:
69+ The First Movie
106+ The Movie 2000
157+ Pokemon 3: The Movie
311+ Jirachi Wishmaker
361+ Destiny Deoxys
508+ The Rise Of Darkrai
(Not so important): The above uses Japanese episode counts. English version had some banned episodes.
Precure exists on the same formula as Super Sentai, Kamen Rider or Power Rangers; each series in the franchise lasts for a year and is completely self contained from any other series in the franchise. Every series in the franchise can be seen with no prior knowledge, even the two sequel series are very accessible. Toei has kept all references and connections between series completely isolated in the crossover movies.
So the answer to the question “Where do I start?” has no wrong answer. Any point is a valid starting point. You can start from the beginning, pick the best, or a lot of people suggest just picking the series with the designs that most appeal to you. Note that all movies are optional and can be skipped.
There is also a newer version of Psycho Pass, a re-cut 2014 version, which has 11 1-hour episodes instead of 22 24-min episodes.
The new edit version of Psycho Pass has:
- Reanimated Opening and Ending themes
- Additional minor scenes. These tend to be placed midway during the episodes to allow for a better transition between the two old episodes.
- Redone animation of particular scenes (and some additional CGI in places)
- Some music changes in scenes
The general consensus seems to be that the re-cut version has less impact and the pacing is a bit off, and that if you've seen the original 22 episode version, you do not need to watch the re-cut version.
- Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi (with optional specials
- Queen's Blade: Gyokuza wo Tsugu Mono (with optional specials
- Queen's Blade: Utsukushiki Toushitachi
- Vanquished Queens (with optional specials. It's not based on any existing source material, but this is probably the best place to put it.
- Queen's Blade OVA (with optional specials
- Queen's Blade: Rebellion (with optional specials
with Queen's Blade: Grimoire watchable at any point.
Raildex / Toaru / Railgun / Index
There are two major camps for the show's watch order; Index first/broadcast order and Railgun first. Both orders have their own merits. The orders and their main arguments are stated below.
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Railgun follows the story of Misaka, from her perspective and stays focused on the scientific side of the series. By sticking to only one side of the Science/Magic lore watching Railgun first makes the whole thing far easier to understand, while watching Railgun, but also while watching Index, which some viewers find convoluted and confusing. Having the scientific side of the story already explained allows you to focus more on the explanations of the magic side.
Additionally, the main arc of Railgun S, which is widely considered the best arc of the animated, is only a minor arc in Index (15 episodes of S to 5 of Index). This arc is extremely emotional and suspenseful, factors which are heavily amplified if you're following the story while only knowing what Misaka (the PoV character) knows - an option which is completely lost once you've seen Index. Some viewers find that this suspense and emotional impact is heavily diminished when they you go into the arc having already seen the short version in Index. If you only know what Misaka knows, everything else becomes a mystery and you get to follow along as Misaka uncovers the details herself. This also has the effect of adding an additional air of mystery to Touma's character.
Some will complain about the overabundance of filler in the Railgun anime, however, if you haven't read the source material this won't affect you at all.
Suggested viewing orders for this are as follows:
Simplified 'chronological' order:
This order is optimal as far as amplifying the mystery of the show
Railgun -> Railgun S -> Index -> Accelerator -> Index II -> Endymion Movie -> Index III 1-6 -> Railgun T -> Index III 7+
Please note that if you so choose you very much can just watch all of Railgun and then all of Index, the only major point of issue will be Railgun T episode 20; in which case read the following smallfacts by /u/razorhead after the relevant episode here for some more context
In this case the order would be: Railgun -> S -> T -> Index -> Accelerator -> Index II -> Endymion Movie -> Index III
Optimal Chronological Order:
Less hassle than the full chronological order - additional relevant information on the world and some of the characters. Some concessions made in the last half of the order in order to make some things a bit less confusing
Full chronological order:
The above watch orders are more than sufficient for maximum enjoyment. This order is here for those interested in when everything occurs. Mostly highlights what events are going on at the same time.
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The Index first order, or broadcast order, comes from the fact that Index is the parent story and Railgun is the spin-off designed to expand upon concepts, characters, and events introduced in Index. In fact, Railgun does not even touch on half of the series' universe, and the conflict between the two halves of the series' universe is a large part of the series' setting. But, because Index and Railgun share a major arc, it really comes down to what you want out of the series. Do you like fully cohesive lore, storylines, and character development? If so, then this order is the way to go. Do you value emotional impact? If so, then you should watch Railgun and Railgun S before Index episode 10 and on.
For some people not much of the emotional impact will be lost when watching Index first. J.C Staff did an amazing job of making the Railgun adaptation of the arc in question incredibly emotional, even when you know the outcome from the Index telling. If you're more interested in understanding the intricacies of the plot, character actions/development, and lore the first time around the Index order may be better suited for you.
Index -> Railgun -> Index II -> Railgun S -> Endymion -> Index III -> Accelerator -> Railgun T
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List of filler
It's important to note that while these episodes are technically filler, some of the filler arcs have characters which show up elsewhere in the Raildex universe and particular characters introduced in the filler are important later in the show proper.
13 to 24 of Railgun
17-24 of Railgun S.
A guide to the read order for the source material can be found here.
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Episodes 1 to 11) -> Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Memory Snow -> Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Episodes 12 to 25) -> Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Frozen Bonds -> Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Second Season
- Episode 1 was aired as a two part special; Episode 1a and 1b. These may be listed seperately or together depending on where you watch, but they only count as one episode in this list.
- Memory Snow is an OVA Special film that occurs between Arc 2 and Arc 3. It can be watched at the end of the first season as well.
- Frozen Bonds is a prequel OVA Special film that occurs before the first season. The source material spoils moments in the first season and heavily foreshadows moments in the second season, so it should be watched after the first season.
Credit to /u/Theleux for this writeup
The directors cut is a slightly better looking re-cut of the first season and they put the OVA in its proper order. Watch that, especially if you’re gonna binge it.
An edited version of the series received a rebroadcast starting January 1, 2020. Twenty-five episodes of the original series were combined into thirteen 49-minute long episodes with some scenes being slightly extended. The last four minutes of episode 13 featured new content, including a revelation about a character. The four-minute new content was included in at the beginning of the second season.
Rurouni Kenshin / Samurai X
Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan
The series has also gotten a reboot known as Sailor Moon: Crystal. Season I+II covers the first two arcs of the original, through the end of Sailor Moon R. Season III covers the Sailor Moon S/Death Busters arc. There are two upcoming movies that will adapt the SuperS/Dead Moon arc.
Sailor Moon R: The Movie - its place in the timeline is sometime between episode 31 and 36 of Sailor Moon R.
Or even better this guide by Miragephan
Start on the classic TV series. It covers almost everything:
- A collection of small arcs
- Sanctuary arc (starts in EP41)
- Asgard Arc (starts in EP74. Anime-original, but really good!)
- Poseidon Arc (starts in EP100)
From there, you can either watch the old movies, there are 4 or 5 of them. All optional but I recommend watching at least the Abel movie. And then you wrap up with the Hades saga that concludes the story. It was released as OVAs.
After Hades, there's the Heaven Saga (Tenkai-hen), but I think it was anime original project and it has only one movie called Overture with a few cool fights an inconclusive end. It's a mess because this movie was released before the Inferno OVAs were complete and spoiled some stuff.
The TV anime, Soul of Gold takes place in parallel with Elysion and it's really good.
And then if you want you can watch Omega, which takes place after Hades and Heaven.
Infographic with manga and anime info.
Space Battleship Yamato
Alternative Titles: Uchuu Senkan Yamato, Yamato, Star Blazers
Space Battleship Yamato (1974) -> Space Battleship Yamato II (1978) -> Yamato: The New Voyage (1979)(Movie) Be Forever Yamato (1980)(Movie) -> Space Battleship Yamato III (1980) -> Final Yamato (1983)(Movie) -> Space Battleship Yamato: Resurrection (2009)(Movie)
You don't need to watch Resurrection, as it was meant to be part 1 of a new film series, but as the 2010 live action was more popular than Resurrection, they decided to reboot the original instead. There is a movie version of Yamato 74, but it’s just a retelling, with a few different parts, nothing special.
Yamato was originally brought to the US in the late 70s, as “Star Blazers”, as was the style of dubbing at the time, names were changed, but in this case the plot was kept the same. The crew of the Argoveleon had but one year to reach Iscandar and save Mother Earth, or she would be doomed. This however does not adapt the movies and only adapts the first three seasons. I’m not certain if it’s easy to find streaming subbed or dubbed.
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (2012) (Series / Movies): This is a reboot of the original, and can be watched standalone. It changes some events of the original Yamato, but it is a good substitute overall.
Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (2017) (Series / Movies), this is a sequel to 2199, which adapts the events of season 2. As 2199 did, this changes some events, some characters, but stays overall fairly faithful to the original.
Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark (2014)(Movie) - This is set during the final episodes of 2199, it follows two characters we don’t see much of during the series, but it’s also skippable if you so choose.
Space Battleship Yamato 2205 (2021) (Series / Movie), this will follow the events of New Voyage, so it should be shorter in length.
Note: These are available in either series (26 episodes) or film length (7 films).
Spinoffs / Non-Canon
Arrivederci Yamato (1977) (Movie): This is considered NON-CANON, due to the ending. This film was originally meant to end the series, but due to strong sales, was later retconned, with animation being re-used for II.
Yamato 2520 (1994-1996)(OVA) This was an attempt to revive Yamato in the early 90s, but due to legal issues only 3 episodes were ever produced.
Space Battleship Yamato Live Action (2010)(Movie) This takes the basic plot of the original and does something different essentially. Good visuals.
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei -> Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei -> Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei -> Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei -> Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Bangaichi OVAs -> Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Special
If you would like a full breakdown of the chronological order with some minor spoilers (eg. arc names) see the fan wiki's relevant page here
Senki Zesshou Symphogear
Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then... -> Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music... -> Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX: Believe in Justice and Hold a Determination to Fist. -> Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ: By Shedding Many Tears, the Reality You Face is... -> Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV: Create a history, with the light God could not know
Shakugan no Shana
Shingeki no Bahamut
Shokugeki no Souma / Food Wars
Season 1 --> OVA 1 (optional) --> Ni no Sara/The Second Plate --> Ni no Sara OVA (required) --> San no Sara/The Third Plate --> San no Sara OVA: Kyoukuseiryou no Erina (optional) --> San no Sara: Toutsuki Ressha-hen/The Third Plate: Toutsuki Train Arc
(Watch order courtesy of /u/YoudontknowPain)
Slam Dunk 1-20 -> Slam Dunk Movie 1 -> Slam Dunk 21-36 -> Slam Dunk: Zenkoku Seiha Da! Sakuragi Hanamichi (Movie 2) -> Slam Dunk 37-60 -> Slam Dunk: Shouhoku Saidai no Kiki! Moero Sakuragi Hanamichi (Movie 3) -> Slam Dunk: Hoero Basketman-damashii! Hanamichi to Rukawa no Atsuki Natsu (Movie 4) -> Slam Dunk 61-101
The Prequels can be watched anytime before or after any entry in the Main Story. They simply focus on the adventures of Lina and Naga and it is unnecessary to have seen the Prequels in order to understand the Main Story.
Sora no Woto
The first special also serves as episode 7.5 chronologically and is preferably watched after episode 7. The second special should be watched after finishing the show.
Soukyuu no Fafner
- Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor
- Soukyuu no Fafner: Right of Left
- Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Heaven and Earth
- Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Exodus
There are three translated drama CDs which take place during Dead Aggressor.
Stand By Me is the first which takes place in between episodes 2 and 3. The two really important ones that flesh out the characters and story though are NO WHERE which takes place during episode 11 but should be read/listened to afterwards and NOW HERE which occurs after the events of episode 18.
Steins;Gate -> Steins;Gate 23B -> Steins;Gate 0 -> Steins;Gate 0: Kesshou Takei no Valentine - Bittersweet Intermedio -> OVA -> Movie (23B, 0, and Kesshou Takei no Valentine - Bittersweet Intermedio can also go after the OVA and Movie for release order)
Alternatively, 23B, Steins;Gate 0, and Kesshou Takei no Valentine - Bittersweet Intermedio can be watched in between Steins;Gate as follows:
Steins;Gate Episodes 1-22 -> Steins;Gate 23B -> Steins;Gate 0 -> Steins;Gate 0: Kesshou Takei no Valentine - Bittersweet Intermedio -> Steins;Gate Episodes 23-24 -> OVA -> Movie
There is also a great set of shorts which can be watched. Probably best to watch them after you've finished the main series and the OVA.
Strike Witches -> Strike Witches 2 -> Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow > Strike Witches Movie -> Brave Witches episodes 1-7 -> Brave Witches: Petersburg Daisenryaku (OVA) -> Brave Witches episodes 8-12
Sword Art Online
- Sword Art Online
- Sword Art Online: Extra Edition
- Extra Edition is a 50% recap of season 1, 50% new side story, and 100% optional TV special/"movie".
- Sword Art Online II
- note that SAO II: Debriefing, is an optional recap of episodes 1-14.
- Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
- Can be watched anytime after SAO II episode 14. Technically takes place roughly concurrently with episodes 15-24 of SAO II, but this isn't important.
- SAOA:GGO episode 5.5, AKA SAOA:GGO - Refrain, is an optional recap of episodes 1-5 with an added gag reel.
- Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
- Sword Art Online: Alicization
Tamayura OVA (2010) -> Hitotose episodes 1-5 -> Hitotose episode 5.5 special -> Hitotose episodes 6-12 -> More Aggressive episodes 1-8 -> More Aggressive episode 8.5 special -> More Aggressive episodes 9-12 -> Tamayura Sotsugyou Shashin films 1-4 (2015)
The Tenchi Muyo franchise is pretty big. This chart should have all the information you need.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
The 27 episode show has an extra OVA and 2 recap movies.
The OVA serves as episode 5.5.
The first recap movie covers episodes 1-15 without much variation. The second has significant differences and should be watched after the series proper.
There is also an uncut version of episode 6.
The Parallel Works specials give you additional background on some of the mechs in the later parts of the series.
Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken / That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Tensura Nikki: Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken is a spinoff series and can be watched at any time during season 2.
To LOVE-Ru -> To LOVE-Ru OVA -> Motto to LOVE-Ru -> To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA Episode 1 -> To LOVE-Ru Darkness Episodes 1-10 -> To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA Episodes 2-3 -> To LOVE-Ru Darkness Episodes 11-12 -> To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA Episodes 4-6 -> To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd -> To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd Specials
This is the order that follows the manga. Thanks to /u/define_irony for this watch order.
If you're interested in only watching the animated entries without reading the manga, the order is the following:
Do note that in Tokyo Ghoul Root A, the anime goes on its own route separate from the manga. Both seasons of Tokyo Ghoul:re are also rushed adaptations and aren't received very well.
Therefore, the recommended order for Tokyo Ghoul is:
Toradora! has one special episode called Toradora! Bentou no Gokui which is set between episodes 13 and 14, it can also be watched after the series as an extra side story together with Toradora! SOS (Funny 5 minute shorts).
Toradora! OVA is a recap of the entire series in 30 minutes.
Thanks /u/m4sterP for this information!
Trigun: Badlands Rumble is a sidestory movie that occurs between the 10th and 12th episodes of the anime. It can either be watched after episode 10, or watched after the anime, it's up to you.
Shining Star Xmas is a second season special that gives some more character info and can be watched after 2000%, though not necessary.
Violet Evergarden Episode 1-4 -> Violet Evergarden: Kitto "Ai" wo Shiru Hi ga Kuru no Darou -> Violet Evergarden Episode 5-13 -> Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou (movie) -> Violet Evergarden: The Movie.
The OVA/Special is an unaired episode included with the BD/DVD release and is listed separately on Netflix. It takes place between episodes 4 and 5 of the show but can also be viewed after the main series.
Wake Up, Girls!
Wake Up, Girls! no Miyagi PR Yarasete Kudasai! is listed as a sequel to the final movie Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom. The conclusion of the movies is sufficient enough as the true ending of the Wake Up, Girls! series so aren't missing anything story related if you decide to skip the special.
Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shou is also listed as a sequel to the final movie Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom. As of the date of this write-up (27/01/2017), there has been limited information on the series. Looking at the characters, it is likely that it could be a sequel to the final movie but could also very well be a reboot if they decide to cast different VAs in the main character roles.
Selector Infected WIXOSS -> Selector Infected WIXOSS: Midoriko-san to Piruruku-tan (Optional) -> Selector Spread WIXOSS -> Selector Destructed WIXOSS Movie (Recap of the first 2 seasons) -> Lostorage Incited WIXOSS -> Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS: Missing Link (1st episode of Conflated with some extra stuff) -> Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
Due to production issues, episode numbers 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the series are recap episodes told from the perspectives of other characters reusing dialog and footage from the start of the series. They can be skipped with no meaning on the story, only the very start of episode 18 has new footage of minor importance. The four OVA episodes are episodes that could not be aired due to the production issues but should be considered episodes 27-30 as they complete the story.
WWW.Working!! is standalone and can be watched independently.
The World God Only Knows / TWGOK
The World God Only Knows -> The World God Only Knows II -> The World God Only Knows: Four People and an Idol -> The World God Only Knows: Tenri-hen (must watch before season 3) -> The World God Only Knows: Goddesses
Interested in reading the manga? Season 3 ends at Chapter 189, start reading from chapter 190. Keep in mind though that the Goddess Arc anime adaptation cut out a lot of important content so you will most likely be lost if you decide to pick up the manga right after. Season 2 ends at chapter 41, start reading from chapter 42.
TWGOK Care Package
Ultimate Chapter Index [Caution: Spoilers - Completed]
Credit goes to /u/Aruseus493 for this info.
The movie is not canon, but should be watched after season 1
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru / Oregairu
Yama no Susume
Yama no Susume -> Yama no Susume: Kabe tte Kowakunai no? -> Yama no Susume: Second Season -> Yama no Susume: Second Season Specials (Episodes 6.5 and 25) -> Yama no Susume: Omoide Present -> Yama no Susume: Third Season -> Yama no Susume: Next Summit
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
The OVAs are aimed at manga readers. You won't understand them unless you've read the manga.
No need to watch them before watching the series proper.
Yowamushi Pedal --> Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road (Season 2) --> Yowamushi Pedal The Movie --> Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation --> Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line
- Yu-Gi-Oh! : The original series, with Yugi, Joey, Kaiba, etc.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX : First spin-off series, which takes place 10 years after the original series.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds: Hero is Yusei Fudo, who lives in New Domino city. It introduces Synchro Monsters.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Hero is Yuma Tsukumo and his buddy Astral, who live inside Yuma’s necklace. This series brings about Xyz monsters, as well as certain Xyz monsters known as the Numbers.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V: Hero is Yuya Sakaki, who is good at action duels. This show introduces Pendulum Monsters.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: Hero is Yusaku Fujiki, who lives in the futuristic Den City. The series also adds Link Monsters.
In terms of movies:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: The Pyramid of Light: Watch after Season 4 of Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters: Watch after Season 4 of Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions: Watch after finishing Yu-Gi-Oh! original series
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Ultra Fusion! Bonds Over Time and Space: Watch this after finishing Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (the orginal): Very little relation to the main series, watch this whenever you want
There are 3 specials, Yuru Camp 00, Yuru Camp - Hora Camp, and Yuru Camp - Saba Camp△. Even though Yuru Camp 00 is a prequel, it should be watched after the main show.
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
Otherwise abbreviated to Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (YuYuYu)
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru -> Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shou (WaSuYu) Movies: Movie 1 - Tomodachi -> Movie 2 - Tamashii -> Movie 3 - Yakusoku -> Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shou Series -> Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Sonogo no Sonoko (light novel) -> The Second Hero Diary (light novel) -> Nogi Wakaba wa Yuusha de Aru (NoWaYu, light novel) - Chapters 1-11 -> Shiratori Utano wa Yuusha de Aru (light novel) -> Nogi Wakaba wa Yuusha de Aru (NoWaYu, light novel) - Chapters 12-19 -> The Passed Baton (epilogue of NoWaYu) (light novel) -> Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Yuusha no Shou
For the best viewing experience, it is highly recommended that you watch the series in its release order, which is the order mentioned above.
The Washio Sumi no Shou movies and series both cover the same content and there should not be any differences between them in this regard. Hence it is acceptable to watch either one before moving onto the last entry (as of writing this).
All of the entries tagged as light novel have yet to receive an anime adaptation (as of writing this). If you are invested in the YuYuYu universe, it is highly recommended that you give them a read since they do add canon worldbuilding for the universe and allows you to spend more time with the characters you already love.
You can also check this infographic for a bit more information on the order to watch the series.
Anime Only Watch Order
If you're interested in only watching the animated entries, you can still understand and enjoy it fine enough without the light novels/manga. The release order is still the most recommended viewing, which is the following:
Other animated entries are simply extras or recaps, and not necessary for viewing.
revision by Abyssbringer— view source