Greatest Anime of All Time

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1Dragon 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 ...more - olrak15

That's true I totally agree it is the greatest and always will be the GREATEST!

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

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

I love this anime not just for its action but also for its story and see moments

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2One PieceOne Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 749 episodes to date.

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

One piece deserves 2nd it is unique I love it

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3NarutoNaruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series ...read more.

Its awesome never, beatable its is in top 3s
Its perfect for all ages
Eps are more interesting then manga

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...

Hands down, the characters and their black stories are written way too cleverly.

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4Death NoteDeath Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

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.

This is awesome anime

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5Fairy TailFairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.

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.

Fairy Tail should definitely be above death note and Naruto! Seriously people?

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6Naruto ShippudenNaruto: Shippuden is the ongoing sequel to the original Naruto anime and covers the Naruto manga from volume twenty-eight on. The TV adaptation of Naruto: Shippuden debuted in Japan on February 15, 2007 on TV Tokyo. It is developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date.

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

Great I love it

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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.

Why this anime stop releasing new episode, please we want more

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8Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‎Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.

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.

Okay, for those of you that don't know, here's the basic premise of the story.

It is set in a world where alchemy evolved rather than modern science, in a country where military power rules the state. The story revolves around two brothers, who are on a quest to get their bodies back after they lost them performing an alchemy "transmutation" to try to bring their mother back to life after she died from a fatal disease. The ritual went wrong, and the oldest brother's left leg was taken while the younger lost his whole body. The elder brother then used his right arm as payment to take his brother's soul and attach it to a suit of armor before it could slip away to the other side. Oh, did I mention that this all happens when they are 10-11 years old? The older brother then gets mechanical "automail" limbs to replace the ones he lost and joins the military, gaining the title "Fullmetal Alchemist", hence the name of the series. The brothers then set out ...more

Every episode messes with my emotions. Enough said

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9Attack on TitanAttack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released . It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for it's emotional moments, ...read more.

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.

This should be #1

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10Code GeassCode Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp.

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.

It was simply exciting. The story and characters will make you appreciate this anime. This has one of the best ending too See for yourself and you'll see why some people voted for this.

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The Newcomers

?Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
?Kimi No Na Wa

The greatest anime movie ever... the soundtrack is good... the story is beautiful, it's already hitting the number one place in anime list in Japan!

I was so happy that I cried so when they finally ask their name in the end... by far the Greatest ANiME in the WORLD!

How come no one has added this yet? It's currently ranked as #1 on MAL. This story is a masterpiece! - ToukaKirishima

Just amazing

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The Contenders

11Fullmetal AlchemistFullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood ...read more.

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!

Do I need to watch this before I watch Brotherhood?

No. They are not related to each other. Brotherhood is a remake and follows manga plot.(Unlike 2003 ver.) - Tia-Harribel

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12Sword Art OnlineSword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and directed by Tomohiko Ito. The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance".

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!

This anime has some awesome action fighting, I like it.

I think they should make another sword art online 2 cause I think its ganna be finished soon loke 12 epesode or so

This one is strait up amazing!

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13Cowboy BebopCowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno.

This list is depressing, clearly most of the voters are children, I mean Naruto at number 2?! Cowboy Bebop is the best anime ever.

I am 22 and I consider both to be amazing. However, this is a list based on popular votes and Naruto is more popular than Cowboy Bebop. I'm just speaking facts here. - RalphSaad

The only reason that DBZ and Naruto are as high up as they are lies in the fact that both are aimed at the younger generations. Anime is perfect for teenagers of ANY nation to get into. As people grow up, they lose interest in anime, and they develop interests in more mature shows because society deems we grow up. For those of you who looked back and gave older animes a try, you will quickly discover this one NEEDS to be number one. I grew up watching this, and some moments made you laugh, while others made you cry. Still others made your jaw fall off and roll across the floor. The story was masterfully crafted, the characters could be related to on nearly ALL levels despite being from a completely different time period. Everything was totally believable, while still being fresh. Spike was the quintessential main character. He had his past that you spent most of the series trying to piece together while enjoying the rest of the tale spun for you. Jet was the black dog, the hunter who ...more

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

You can tell what kind of audience makes the bulk of votes when this is lower than naruto and sword art boring online

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14Dragon BallDragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.

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!

Love dragon balls

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15Hunter x HunterHunter × Hunter is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video ...read more.

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

How come ds s way out of the list?
Dz movie is so great, lot of lesson can be learn

Simply the best

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16InuYashaInuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing ...read more.

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.

Don't know this one

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17Yu Yu HakushoYu Yu Hakusho is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. An anime adaptation consisting of 112 television episodes was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot. The television series originally aired on Japan's Fuji TV network from October ...read more.

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 ...more

One of the best anime out there

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18PokemonPokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

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...

No don't catch em all

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19Soul EaterSoul Eater is an anime series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo, which adapts the Soul Eater manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo.

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

Nice anime better than dbz

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20Angel Beats!Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.

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 ...more

Sad ending :'( watch its an amazing anime that should be number 2 death note 1

Such a beautiful anime

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