The 10 Best Anime by Actas to Watch

The Actas animation studio was created in 1986 by former employees of the famous Tatsunoko studio. It was originally founded as a new unit of the already existing studio, Production Reed, but became its own studio in 1998. This article will provide you with my picks for the 10 best anime by Actas that you should take a look at.

10) Tactical Roar

In the near future, a hypercane has appeared in the Pacific Ocean, causing a series of worldwide climate changes. This storm, dubbed the "Grand Roar" by people, has been stable for over 50 years. These climate shifts have made air travel and transport less reliable, and thus the world has begun reverting to a second naval age, particularly in the Asian region. However, the world's condition has also heralded the return of piracy and the growth of maritime terrorism, causing many large international companies to arm themselves and set up their own private naval security forces. Tactical Roar follows the all-female crew of the commercial warship, the Pascal Magi.

Source: Tactical Roar, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

9) Transformers: Armada

As the first series co-produced between the American toy company, Hasbro, and their Japanese counterpart, Takara, Armada begins a new continuity/universe for Transformers, with no ties to any of the previous series, including the immediately prior Transformers: Robots in Disguise in 2001. The anime tells the story of the Autobots' race against the Decepticons to find the Mini-Cons. It is the the first part of the Unicron Trilogy.

Sources: Transformers: Armada and List of Transformers: Armada episodes, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

8) Cyborg 009 VS Devilman

Cyborg 009 VS Devilman is a three-part anime OVA that serves as a crossover between the Cyborg 009 and Devilman series. It chronicles a conflict between the two titular characters. Cyborg 009 VS Devilman was first screened on 17 October 2015 and was released on 11 November 2015. The series inspired a manga adaptation and a prequel novel. Netflix acquired the international streaming rights for the series.

Source: Cyborg 009 VS Devilman, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

7) éX-Driver

In the distant future, people no longer drive cars themselves. Instead, they rely on AI (artificial intelligence) computers to drive their cars for them. But when these AI systems start losing control and running wild somebody has to stop them. éX-Drivers are the people who are able to operate the older, mechanical, non-AI dependent cars and chase down rogue AI cars.

Source: éX-Driver, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

6) Tales of Phantasia: The Animation

Tales of Phantasia: The Animation is an adapted OVA of the game of the same name. The anime is composed of four 30-minute episodes. It was released in Japan from November 2004 to February 2006 and distributed by Geneon in America in January 2007.

The plot of the OVA is generally based on the game's plot, although there are some details in the anime that are not in the game. Additionally, the show focuses primarily on the main characters' encounters with the powerful sorcerer king named Dhaos and omits some other plot elements that are present in the game.

Source: Tales of Phantasia, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

5) Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

Lucia Nanami, the mermaid princess of the North Pacific Ocean, sets out to land to find the boy she saved from a tsunami wave seven years before the beginning of the story. She had fallen in love with the boy and had entrusted him with her pink pearl. She eventually finds him: a surfer named Kaito Dōmoto. However, Kaito does not recognize Lucia in her human form. She cannot directly tell Kaito who she really is; otherwise, according to mermaid legend, she would turn into bubbles. Lucia tries to convince Kaito into figuring out who she really is (since the legend doesn't say anything about the other person discovering a mermaid's true identity by himself).

Source: Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

4) Koutetsushin Jeeg

Koutetsushin Jeeg is a Japanese animated television series and retcon to the 1975 Super Robot series Steel Jeeg, created by Go Nagai. The story of Koutetsushin Jeeg takes place fifty years after the original and features a new cast of characters. The new main character is Kenji Kusanagi, a high school student and motorcycle racer who becomes Koutetsushin Jeeg to fight the sudden reappearance of "Haniwa Genjin" ("Haniwa Phantom Gods", or clay robots) from the Great Jama Kingdom ruled by Queen Himika. Other characters include Tsubaki Tamashiro and Kyo Misumi, Kenji's partners. Other main characters from the original series also appear.

Source: Kotetsushin Jeeg, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

3) Switch

Two new investigators at the Narcotics Control Department in Japan, Kurabayashi Hal and Eto Kai, struggle against drug dealers, gangs, murderers, psychopaths, and mysterious organizations, in particular the notorious drug ring known as Ryuugen. But the gentle and caring one of the group, Kai, has problems of his own: he can become a cold-blooded, killing machine under certain scenarios. As the NCD works toward bringing down Ryuugen, however, answers began to arise, threatening to reveal the truth behind Kai's alter ego and exactly who the young criminal investigator is.

Source: Switch (manga), used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

2) Mazinkaizer SKL

Prior to the events of the anime, the three factions - the Garan Army, the Kiba Army, and the Hachiryoukaku (Aira Army), battle for total dominance of Machine Island, which they occupy. The island is basically a prison, isolated from the rest of the world. To assure total quarantine, a "Gravity Curtain" was formed within the island. Only machines created by the worldwide government WSO are capable of entry to the island. The island also contains vast amount of resources, allowing the three factions to create a near-limitless supply of giant robots for their respective armies.

Source: Mazinkaizer SKL, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

1) Girls und Panzer

Girls und Panzer is a 2012 Japanese anime television series created by Actas. It depicts a competition between girls' high schools practicing tank warfare as a sport. The series was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, written by Reiko Yoshida and produced by Kiyoshi Sugiyama. Takaaki Suzuki, who has earlier acted as a military history advisor for Strike Witches and Upotte!!, was involved in the production of the anime.

Source: Girls und Panzer, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

What did you think of my picks for Actas' top anime?


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