Sunrise is a really old studio and is a child company of Bandai Namco Holdings. It was founded all the way back in September 1972. They have done so many anime over these 48 years. Their headquarters is in Suginami, Tokyo. They make all sorts of anime. They even have their own light novel publisher called “YatateBunko” where they publish their original works.
Sunrise has done so many popular anime over the 48 years. When you watch their anime, you can tell that these guys love their jobs as Sunrise anime always have really good animations. They make original works too (both anime and novels) under a collective pseudonym of Hajime Yatate.
Well then without wasting any more time let us start the list
Starting off, we have one of the best comedy anime of all time. In terms of popularity and significance, it may not hold a candle to the other anime on the list but it is a really good anime. DanshiKokousei no Nichijou or Daily Lives of High School Boys has nothing much in terms of plot. Just as the title says, it is about high school boys being boys and doing boy stuff.
I mean literally, you don’t even have to think about anything for a second in this anime. Just put your brain aside and have good laugh. Whenever things start getting serious or cliché, the anime will hit you with a much-unexpected punch line funny enough to keep youlaughing for days. Go check it out now just 12 episodes. Thank me later.
Why is Code Geass on 4th? Well, the top 3 are just that good. Code Geass was one of the first anime I ever watched. It is still one of my favorite anime of all time even 300+ anime later. There is everything from action to death note levels of mind games in this anime. Lelouch is easily one of the smartest characters in anime ever.
Unlike Light, Lelouch actually cares for people. He is someone who became cold after countless betrayals. This guy is so smart that he records videos of himself speaking to the opponent predicting their responses. He does this with such finesse that it looks like it is a video call rather than a plain video. Seriously if you haven’t already, go watch Code Geass. It is 50 episodes long but those episodes are worth it.
And we have our dear Spike Spiegel on number 3. Cowboy Bebop is more like a Hollywood blockbuster than an anime. It is one of the anime responsible for making anime famous in western countries. All things space were famous back in the day when Cowboy Bebop came out and it capitalizes on that fact.
The anime tells the story of space bounty hunters and has quite a few western classical themes. The OST of the anime is inspired by cowboy-style music just to add to the feel. Goes without saying a story about bounty hunters gets dark really soon. Everything else aside, Spike as a character is a really good one. I don’t think there exists someone who has not seen this anime but you really should check it out.
The majority of the Gundam series is made by Sunrise. I am not sure if they have done the entirety of the series but most of the Gundam anime are done by Sunrise for sure. This includes my personal favorite Gundam series, Gundam SEED. Granted I have not watched all of Gundam but still, SEED is my favorite.
It goes without saying how iconic the Gundam series. Gundam series is responsible for establishing all the standards that most mecha anime tend to follow. Gundam and NGE are responsible for the creation of the mecha subgenre. I won’t ask you to watch all of the Gundam, it will take a very long time. Do check out Gundam SEED though. It is getting a sequel soon and you can watch it without any prior knowledge of the series.
Alright, you may argue Bebop and Gundam are better and you may be right. But! This is my list so I will put my favorite on the first. Gintama is easily one of the best comedy anime. You can tell that sunrise had a lot of making this anime. They added more 4th wall breaks than there were in the manga.
It is 366 episode anime but it only has like 10 something fillers. What makes it better, you can watch the fillers! Because the fillers are hilarious too. It does get serious near the end but even the serious parts are just as good. The fights are very well animated even though Gintama is a comedy anime. the later seasons were animated by Bandai Namco Pictures but it is a subsidiary of Sunrise. So technically Sunrise did all of Gintama.Gintama is a must-watch despite having 366 episodes. I have rewatched a few episodes quite a few episodes and haven’t gotten bored yet.
Those were my picks for the top 5 anime by Sunrise. Let me know down in the comments what you thought. Put down your picks in the comments too. As always, stay tuned for more content, and do not forget our awesome art section. With that being said, I will take my leave here. seeya!!