Greatest Anime of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Dragon Ball Z
You heard it right, Dragon Ball Z haters! No matter how much you hate it, this anime has to be the most popular in our generations. Not only in Japan and the US but in other countries all over the world as well. Just check it's Wikipedia page and see how many languages it has been translated into. Most people who got into the anime fandom started with Dragon Ball Z. Some people bash Dragon Ball Z for it's long fight scenes that span into several episodes, for characters that move too fast that you don't see them anymore, etc. Some even compare it to newer action titles and say that the new title is better because it got better story and action scenes. Sure. When it comes to story and action scenes, I don't put Dragon Ball Z on my number one either but were talking "greatest" here. I try to recall how much I loved it during it's time when this new anime doesn't exist yet. How much excitement did it gave me back then and compare that to the excitement this newer anime with better story and fight scenes gives me. I can say that nothing beats Dragon Ball Z for that matter. It was the first of it's kind and the others only followed. Only a few considers Muhamad Ali to be the pound-for-pound best boxer of all time, he's been beaten several times while other fighters retire with their records unblemished. But why is it everyone considers him "The Greatest"?

olrak15

All the animes other than Gurren Lagann are WAY too overrated, Gurren Lagann has reached the peak of power in the Anime, when he grows, he can be as big as the universe and he can harness that power as well.

nelsonerico6

Dragon Ball z is the best. Is the father of all manga anime. If Dragon ball z wasn't exist Naruto and the others also wasn't exist. The nine tails fox is a copy by the giant monkey from Dragon Ball z
That's is not true. If you have seen all online manga websites. Dragon ball z is not in the top 5. It's not in number 1 either. One piece is one of the best animes of all time with more then 300 million copies of manga sold.
No show reinvented a genre like DBZ. They showed that fast paced action was awesome. But, its best aspect was its characters which were awesome. They fought from Radditz all the way to Omega Shenron. Best series ever and a memory of my childhood
[Newest]The abridged series is the funniest ever
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2One Piece
One piece is the best anime I'd watch ever because of unique story. I'm amaze on the writer who did this story.. Incredible imagination. How he did this?.. Huh.. Thumbs up.. For this.. It delivered to the audience a funny trek and more than that a true friendship and dreams occur in this story..
I just can't believe one piece doesn't at least have the number two spot! One piece is like the most epic anime I have ever watched (I've seen a lot of animes. ) Oda Sensei is an amazing story teller and has kept me interested in one piece up the current chapters that now number over 600. Yeah, the art may take a little getting used to, but it gets better along the way. Plus, it's more refreshing because it's different from a lot of other shows. I got to admit, the characters are awesome and the fights are just amazing. Anyone who says they don't like one piece obviously hasn't seen up to Sky Island Arc, Water 7 Arc, Impel Down Arc, MarineFord War Arc, Fishmen Island Arc, etc. Seriously, don't let the length of the anime and manga stop you getting into one piece because you won't regret a single moment of watching or reading one piece.
The best because of the great story, the many great characters and their background, the epic scenes, the combination of funny and serious and the imagination of Oda. Simply the best
[Newest]Best anime its number 1
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3Naruto
A good storyline, good fights and, as someone said before, it explains what happened to all the characters, unlike Bleach, where they really forgot about Ashido, Nelliel and Kuukaku.
Naruto is the new standard of a realistic fantasy!
Exaggeration is minimal.
And there's always explanation for everything...
How could this not be number one. Naruto is the best of best, the most exhilarating anime of all time. Naruto has it all, little romance, lots of action, martial arts, suspense, and etc. Why wasn't this number one I don't know, but I do know you guys should reconsider your choice of number one. This is an outrage to every Naruto fan out there. There's not an anime created that's better than Naruto. By the way people say Naruto doesn't have enough episodes but go to Naruto Shippuden which is also breath taking you would see the anime and the manga are still being created. They have new episodes and manga chapters. No disrespect because these 2 animes still deserve to be in the top 5, but they can't compare to Naruto. Also there are no new manga or episodes out for dragon ball Z and OnePiece. This anime has a tremendous plot, storyline, and very organized characters. They also always leave you wanting to see the next episode immediately. No questions about it Naruto is #1 the best anime that's ever been created. I <3 this anime and I'm positive everyone elso does to. If you don't accept that Naruto is #1 you are completely self centered and you are simply retarded. This is not a comment to look down upon all the other animes, but I do want every anime fan in the world to acknowledge Naruto is the #1. Naruto is the best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be. Please any comments about this comment post them as soon as you can. By the way if you don't agree idc but you do need to understand not to mess with the Naruto fans around this planet. So post what you want, but when you do make sure you're fully aware I will post back. Dizaster613 has gave you his opinion.
Naruto is the most amazing anime. The plot is so good and the characters are so well developed. I hope they make a new Naruto series maybe called Bolt Shippuden. I don't want this amazing anime to end. Naruto is love, Naruto is life!
[Newest]I think Naruto is the greatest anime and manga in the world.
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4Death Note
Best anime ever!
Let's put it in first place!
It the most amazing anime I've ever seen.
Death note is an epic, intense masterpiece, an unforgettable adventure. The plot is enthralling and the characters realistic and three dimensional.
Death note is the best anime I have ever seen... Perfect story and every episode makes you want to see the next one. Deserve more than the 3rd place.
[Newest]Probably this anime would have been the best ever if not for the ending! Still it is a master piece and would rate it 10/10 and after watching this anime I couldn't watch other animes because I kept comparing them with death note and it was by far the best
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5Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail is amazing and is my favourite! It should definitely be number one in the list. I wish that this anime would be more recognized. I discovered it by luck and I love it. I love the bonds everyone shares and how Lucy won't leave her friends' sides even if it would cost her life. It's perfect. It's sad, dramatic, serious, funny, adventurous and includes fighting. It's the full package! If you haven't watched this anime yet I suggest you watch it as soon as possible! It may be an ongoing anime and it might take you too long to watch all the episodes up to date, but it's definitely worth it!
Fairy tail deserves a seat in the front row. Seriously, what is it lacking? A good protagonist, an anticipating plot, and action that doesn't eat away 10 episodes per battle. On top of that it lives up to its comedy genre.

Most anime have very irritating villains who do evil things purely based on the fact that they're evil. Not all the bad guys in Fairy Tail have a silly purpose like that. There's always a little reason why they take such actions. Not all the enemies are complete psychos or just plain evil.

But anyway any top 50 anime list should have fairy tail somewhere in there. Fairy Tail is marvelous. I absolutely adore this show.
Fairy tail is awesome. It is the best show. Every one are powerful and strong. Anyway natsu is the king.
[Newest]Although I enjoy watching different and a big amount of anime, especially shounen, Fairy Tail was, and forever be my favorite anime. It meets my requirements of an ideal anime for myself, and the character development is great. It may contain some filler arcs, yes, but the rest are beyond amazing! The animation and fighting effects are fantastic, the soundtracks are addicting! I love it so much
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6Naruto Shippuden
In my onion, Naruto will be the best anime ever, but Naruto shippuden is what makes it even greater. I think that a lot of good ideas have been used, it's a perfectly executed story line with amazing characters. SNM!
I think Naruto s should be up there. It is part of Naruto just with a different name and the story gets 10 times better. It is action packed, mystery solving and has a great development to the characters it should be at least in the top 15
Best anime ever made
Best epic fights of all time
Best story line ever made
Its genius, smart, and exhilarating
[Newest]This one make Naruto from great to near perfectness
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7Bleach
Kenpachi could probably kill Chuck Norris and he hasn't even released his bankai yet.

Also, Gin and Toshiro are on this show.

Reason enough.
Great Characters, Great storylines, intense action. An excellent Anime, highly recommended.
This is the most amazing show ever. It's made me laugh, cry, and kept me at the edge of my seat. It will always hold a special place in my heart.
[Newest]My second favourite anime! They should continue the anime when the manga ends
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8Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‎
Idiots if you haven't seen this. Oh my this is the REAL fullmetal alchemist it's based off the manga the story was way more progressed I found myself watching ever episode absolutely flawless an if you say the regular version is better you are truly an anime idiot this version explains the story so much better pure and utter masterpiece by the way not bashing the original just pointing out this is the better version
Manga plots and characters are always well developed, this is no exception.
The first Fullmetal Alchemist was great, and will always hold a special place in my heart. But to compare how great the original was as opposed to Brotherhood, is like comparing Tim Burton's Batman to The Dark Knight, in the sense that both are great, but one still far surpassed the other.

Let me just start by saying after I finished FMAB I cried, not because the ending was sad, but because I was sad that it was over. This anime has everything that a good anime needs, epic action, beautiful animation, an exceptionally gripping plot, and some of the best voice acting that I have ever seen in an anime (dub especially).

The plot is about two brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who lose their mother to an incurable disease and attempt to bring her back to life using alchemy. They fail at bringing her back, and in the process Ed loses his leg and Al loses his entire body, so Ed uses alchemy and sacrifices his arm to bond Al's soul to a suit of Armor. It's this event that sets the story in motion. After this happens, Ed is given a automail (robotic) arm and leg, he later joins the military to become the youngest state alchemist in history, and he and Al vow to get their bodies back. This is where the story begins.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is, however, not for the faint of heart, and is extremely dark and emotional. There are very sad and shocking scenes, as well at lots of intense and bloody violence. But aside from that the anime can also be very funny, as in laugh-out-loud funny, and heartwarming at times. So overall, FMAB is certainly one of, if not the best anime I have ever seen.
[Newest]It is number one
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9Code Geass
The ending... THE ENDING...
Code Geass is death note mecha no anime can even challenge it
It was everything Deathnote was except even smarter. It always kept you guessing and you never knew what was going to happen. It was so great I cried at the end, because how could it be over. It was a ride that I never wanted to get off. It is Hands down my favorite anime.
Smart, dark and captivating. Simply could not stop watching. I hate when no one ever dies in a anime. In this one, you're trying to figure out who is going to survive. Unbelievably great.
[Newest]Amazing in every way
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10Fullmetal Alchemist
It is really really awesome
Fma rocks the story is great and the character also I don't know why it is in seventh position it deserves 2 or 3 position because it is the most popular anime ever from 2003 to 2009 it was very popular but because of some anime series
By far the best anime. Anime's should not be assessed on how strong the characters are. So far, that's all that has been shown. Full Metal Alchemist has an amazing plot, with a blend of action and adventure, with emotions. Full Metal Alchemist is a fairly short Anime series (compared to the ones above), yet has sensational character development. It also hurts to see people critiquing this series without watching it, because I can guarantee you, that if you see this whole anime, there is no way you can say it is substandard in any way.
It's a anime for mature people, great mixture of action and feelings. The history is the best that I've ever seen, very dynamic and aprensive. And it makes you reflex about life sense.
Every person should watch before die!
[Newest]I love Full Metal Alchemist. Though I haven't watched it yet, my friend recommended it for me

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The Contenders

11Attack on Titan
Amazing. Such beautiful and innovative animes are making themselves rare these days. Those who like stunning graphics will be served, I personnaly have not seen anything like this since FMA Brotherhood.

Not to mention the plot, which is really something else. It is so well made that we instantly get into the "apocalyptic-kind" atmosphere, which is as well embodied by all the characters.

I highly recommend this one.
Best anime of 2013! It didn't drown us in introducing too many action paced scenes in the first episode. The animation is epic. There was a mix of amazing suspense in there. The plot seemed predictable but there was a great twist in it. I DID NOT SEE THAT PART COMING. I DIDN'T. It reminds us constantly about the fear, the hopelessness of the situation and the reality. How they handle it again and again and finally something turns up. Then there's a plot twist to that. Can't mention much. I'm just here to tell that this anime is incredible. It's still continuing and the most recent episode gets me thinking and I'm excited to learn the truth about it. So many possibilities.
Shingeki no kyojin (attack on titan) is definitely amazing anime. It has very beautiful graphic and the plot is superb. The anime will give you "cruel yet beautiful" kind of impression.
If you like bloody gory grotesque mature yet enjoyable anime, attack on titan is highly recommended.
[Newest]Gosh. Not much to say. This should be at least at 7 or higher. It is action and drama packed. With a great story. Can't wait for the next season.
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12Sword Art Online
This is definitely the best new anime of 2012, and deserves to be higher.
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, it is fantastic!
I think they should make another sword art online 2 cause I think its ganna be finished soon loke 12 epesode or so
This anime has some awesome action fighting, I like it.
[Newest]Best anime I have ever seen so far
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13Cowboy Bebop
This list is depressing, clearly most of the voters are children, I mean Naruto at number 2?! Cowboy Bebop is the best anime ever.
How is this not #1? It's a brilliant, mature, creative anime that appeals to all ages and has something for everyone. I mean, my parents love it for crap's sake. Really, it deserves so much more respect than it gets
Should be no. 1... Or at least in top 5... Come on! Awesome characters... Story-line... And MUSIC! Shinichirō Watanabe just rocks!
[Newest]Eh. Naruto is good. What's wrong with it? Still, this anime has one of the best opening themes. So catchy.
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14InuYasha
Oh, this should be way up higher. It makes me laugh cry, and I always am wishing I could be kagome. This seriously needs to be higher up because it's my life.
In my opinion this show should probably rank among the top ten anime shows. It was an interesting story.
Loves it! Needs to be all the way at the top because I says so. You can disagree but I don't care. There are amazing characters and a great story line that is extremely gripping and suspenseful.
[Newest]It It is awesome
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15Yu Yu Hakusho
When people were starting to get tired of the Dragon Ball Z phenomena, they had to look for something else, something new, but will still provide the action and excitement Dragon Ball Z has given them. Then comes Yu Yu Hakusho. In our area, as far as I can remember, Yu Yu Hakusho became a household name. Everyone was watching it. Even some unexpected people came out of nowhere acting like they were Toguro and Yusuke. Even my classmate in high-school used to put Yusuke's name as alias in his test papers. And I thought that was just too much. The story is different from Dragon Ball Z and you might also notice the attempt to give it more twist. But I could say that the action and fighting scenes were somewhat patterned from DBZ. Really a great and entertaining show. According to my brother, this is his favorite series of all time. And for the balanced amount of popularity and "how much I liked it", I put it at number 8.

olrak15

Yes, DBZ deserves to be up there; in fact, I made my own list but mine was top 100 and was for all animated television shows. I think I put DBZ at number 3 on my list. With that being said, number 1 on my list was Yu Yu Hakusho. I have never watched a show animated or live-action as compelling and riveting as Yu Yu Hakusho. What an amazing show that's y I think it deserves to be the number 1 anime of all time.
Dragon Ball Z is, sure, a good anime. However, the battle scenes go on for more than just five episodes at the least.

When I first started watching Yu Yu Hakusho, I thought for sure the same thing was going to happen -- and I was very pleasantly surprised. Because even when they're fighting in a tournament, their matches sometimes only even last half an episodes, whereas Dragon Ball Z it would probably take... three episodes. (Not bashing on DBZ, but it's true. )

Yu Yu Hakusho does a brilliant job at packing the most punch in fight scenes, while still keeping them short and bearable.

Not to mention that none of the characters really look like their on steroids when they start fighting. Well, maybe Toguro...

Anyway, I like Yu Yu Hakusho because the characters are still powerful, yet they're limited which makes it that much more believable. Not to mention that each character has his own amount of kick-as time!

And speaking of the characters, they're beautifully done. Each have a thorough back history, each have believable and RELATABLE personalities, and watching it, you'll want to cheer each one of them on.

That's why I like Yu Yu Hakusho opposed to Dragon Ball Z -- If, say, Trunks gets into a predicament and gets beaten up, I mean, sure it's sad but you don't really feel devastated. However, if Kurama gets tossed around and beaten up and kicked and punched, you immediately feel horrible and start screaming at the screen, "NOO! DON'T HURT HIM! NO! "

And this anime is FUNNY! Some of the jokes are laugh-out-loud funny, and besides the fighting, it's another reason to keep watching.

Not to compare this all to Dragon Ball Z, though, it's a great anime by itself and definitely deserves to be at LEAST in the top ten. If you're a fan of fighting animes, WATCH THIS! You will NOT be sorry!
[Newest]Oh come on. The storyline of Dragon Ball Z is so lame.
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16Dragon Ball
I didn't like Dragon Ball Z as much because the heroes never really lost. Also, when Goku set the bar, becoming a Super Saiyajin, I thought it was cool and all, but after Gohan became SSJ2, and the series progressed, there really was no limit to any of the character's strength, and that annoyed me. In Dragon Ball, the characters were very much balanced, and even when nearing the end of the series where Goku had improved greatly under Kami's guidance, the characters were still fairly balanced.
Better than z cause it's funny and still has that action. This is anime in its purest, most entertaining form.

mikeford

Definitely better than z or gt and the first one at that! I really loved the fact that there were really hilarious scenes (see episode 45) but in z and gt they forgot about some of the funniest characters. Definitely my favorite anime of all time!
[Newest]I grew up on this show. It is great and full of action!
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17Pokemon
Misty has never kissed Ash.
Anyway, Pokemon is a groundbreakingly good anime. 700 episodes and 13 movies and still standing strong
Why is Pokemon 15th place?! It extremely entertaining to watch, and it is a awesome kids show, and all of their Anime's are so good to watch.
On worst this is #2... SCREW THEM! Pokemon is so awesome! But too many shows copied off it...
[Newest]Pokemon is my childhood people who know the meaning of friendship will sure love it I am 18 and I still watch Pokemon
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18Hunter x Hunter
It is an amazing anime written by the same author of yuyuhakushow Note: I am including the OVA's in this because they continue along the manga's main plot line.
Fast pace action scenes.. Unique story and characters
Hunter x Hunter is a spectacular anime and manga, it has spiritual powers, an amazing story line and incident after incident is basically just meant to happen, the start of the story features an exam based way of getting what you want, and it presents an inspiring and interesting goal which follows on, it is adventurous, the main character is honest and the fighting scenes are amazing. It is by far my favourite anime. Inspiring and motivational, with a hint of horror and overpowering atmosphere that got me sucked in from the very start.
[Newest]This little sucks so hard. Seriously what ignorant fanboy votes for DBZ? Brainwashed single-minded idiots that's who. Grow up and watch a deep show with meaning. Watch Hunter x Hunter.
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19Soul Eater
This is the most amazing anime/manga ever created! The Animation/Drawing style is so unique and lovely. The characters are developed very well. The set that its in (death city) is wonderful and dark. The fighting scenes are amazing and beautifully animated. The plot though, is the best bit. It's obviously been thought out hard.
There's sad meaningful episodes and then there's the lighthearted fun episodes.
Anyway.
If you haven't seen Soul Eater you must watch it. NOW. Though the first few episodes aren't as good as the rest it won't take long for you to get hooked...
I love how the anime was set up. They focused and a lot of main characters rather than just one. It had a very interesting story-line and the ending could have been better but over all it was Amazing. The fight scense and coreograph is amazing as well. YOU MUST WATCH!
WHY IS THIS 33! It should be 20-10 not in the 30's its really cool. The manga is awesome too. I've watched every single episode. And Crona & Ragnarok are BEASTLY
[Newest]I Love Soul Eater. Please Put on Top Ten Please!
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20Angel Beats!
Angel Beats was really influential and showed me that anyone can change their past for a better future if they tried. The struggles that all the characters go through shows that they really want to change their future even though they don't have one, cause they are dead. It shows the power of good leadership and... It is drawn really well!
This anime series from start to finish blows your mind and every time I reach the end of it I feel as if my life is coming to an end itself. There isn't another series that I feel can compare this this beautiful master piece, the stunning animation, the amazing music and the overall storyline. It makes you question yourself as a person and will capture the hearts of anyone who watches it. The only down side to this series is that, its as short as it is. :( I could go into detail but I don't want to spoil it for anyone planning to watch it.
I truly think this deserves to be top 5 easy I understand that it has a short story but who cares this series is my number 1 and I doubt that will ever change. I have seen many anime series like Bleach, Naruto, High School of the Dead, Hicaru no go, Blood+, Avatar the last airbender, Dragon Ball Z, Elfen Lied, Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood and ghost hunters. I could go on but that not the point this decision of mine comes from watching many series and when it comes down to it Angel Beats! Is my favorite. :D A must watch for everyone!
Sad ending :'( watch its an amazing anime that should be number 2 death note 1
[Newest]This literally the best anime ever. No I haven't finished it but I love it. Its awesome and there past stories or whatever are so sad. I wish they would make for episodes. THE THEME SONG IS STUCK IN MY HEAD!
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