What You Need to Know:
- Stop, in the name of the law! It's time to give your undivided attention to one of the rarer genres - police anime! We did our own ranking a while back which you can find at the bottom of this article to compare.
- To find out which police-themed anime Japan loves best, though, Goo Ranking held a poll from June 20 to July 4.
- So, do Japanese fan picks do justice to the genre? Or would you rather put some of these in holding and add your own? Let's check out the ranking and find out!
Top 10 - Top 6
10. Samurai Flamenco / 37 votes
9. Himitsu: The Revelation / 40 votes
8. Yuusha Keisatsu J-Decker / 55 votes
7. Wild 7 / 72 votes
6. Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman / 88 votes
Top 5 - Top 1
5. Ghost in the Shell
- Episodes: 1 (Movie)
- Aired: November 1995
In the year 2029, advances in Cybernetics allow people to replace nearly all of their body parts and organs with robotics. Through these prosthetics, the weak are made strong, and the dying are given new life. Public Security Section 9 of Niihama City (a fictional setting inspired by Hong Kong), a diverse team of AI, cyborgs and unmodified humans, must investigate cases of corruption and terrorism. Major Motoko Kusanagi has full-body prosthetics, owing to a childhood accident. She, her second in command Batou and information specialist Ishikawa have been assigned an important task: to investigate a hacker known only as "The Puppetmaster." But as Motoko and her team discover, things are never so simple.
Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic thriller with intense action scenes mixed with slower artistic sequences and many philosophical questions about one's soul, gender and human identity in such an advanced age of technology.
4. Taiho Shichau zo
- Episodes: 4
- Aired: September 1994 - November 1995
Running late on her first day as a patrol woman for the Bokuto Police Department, spunky moped rider Natsumi Tsujimoto decides to take several shortcuts, only to be chased down and cited by mechanical genius and expert police driver Miyuki Kobayakawa. Upon arrival at the precinct, Natsumi finds out that her new partner is the same woman who ticketed her earlier. At first, she doesn't trust Miyuki, but in a short period of time, they develop an unbreakable friendship that overcomes traffic accidents, reckless drivers and even the strongest typhoons to hit Tokyo.
3. Mobile Police Patlabor
- Episodes: 47
- Aired: October 1989 - September 1990
In the future, advanced robotics has created heavy robots ("labors") for use in a variety of functions: construction, fire-fighting, military, and more. However, though the robots are only machines, their operators are also only human—and humans sometimes turn to crime. Since a heavy labor unit can be a dangerous weapon, the police of the future are set to fight fire with fire, using advanced patrol labor units, "patlabors." This is the story of the Second Special Vehicles Division, a motley crew of patlabor policemen and women doing their best to fight crime and live a normal life.
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: October 2012 - March 2013
Justice, and the enforcement of it, has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors' dirty work.
Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System's judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane wrestles with the question of what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.
(Source: MAL Rewrite)
1. Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo
- Episodes: 373
- Aired: June 1996 - December 2004
Ryoutsu, being an underpayed policeman, is always coming up with ways to make some quick money. But in the end, his plans which are ridiculous from the beginning always go wrong and land him in big trouble with the Buchou.
Source: Goo Ranking