Anime seems to come up with some of the coolest races, I've noticed in the past that Anime has come up with some really unique, inspired and awesome races that are truly races I look at and say 'Jeez that's just so awesome', 'course not every Anime race is really that impressive and I'm not going to list every Anime race, simply my favourite..
Let's begin with our first race, shall we? And by the way this list is in no way actually listed in order of favourite to least favourite, it's simply random.
Yu Yu Hakusho, Yokai:
Going further into the animal inspired Yokai we see birds, apes, fish, wolves, dragons, tigers, snakes and monkeys, oh my! I'd even seen but don't have a photograph of an Elephant Yokai!
Point being is that the Yokai are so varied and diverse in the Yu Yu Hakusho series that I really find them to be a very neat, unique and inspiring race. Some clearly awesome and serious thought and effort went into making them because if you watch the Anime even the spectators during the Dark Tournament and the troves of 'background Yokai' are even originally designed if only slightly. I like that level of detail and I really notice it.
Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z, Namekku-seijin:
How awesome is a race with super-thick skin, a natural affinity for Ki (Energy) manipulation, that is exceptionally strong compared to humans AND can regenerate limbs and in fact otherwise fatal wounds as long as their brains are in tact? Never mind the fact that they can survive on water alone, these guys were epic. Namekku-seijin was definitely one of my favourite races and honestly I just think Toriyama was even more on the mark in designing these guys than he was the Saiyajin who comparatively feel a little unoriginal and cliche.
Outlaw Star, Ctarl Ctarl:
I only wish that they'd elaborated more on the race and races of Outlaw Star, sadly the story was pretty confined and they haven't really done anything further. Here's hoping they will some day!
I'm happy with the way it turned out. Fried-Rice, Chicken, Carrots, Sweet Peas, Mushrooms and of course Chicken all cooked in a nice home-made Soy Sauce mix with a side serving of a Chocolate Chip Anpan (Sweet Roll)