Top 10 Anime Shows You Need to See Before You Die

Even if you've never seen an anime show now's a better time then ever, the Top Ten Anime Shows that everyone should see at least once.

The Top Ten

1 FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood

So good.

First of all get your facts strait no one is forcing anyone to watch anything this list is solely for anime fans who haven't had the chance to see other anime series or for people who are open to new things not for ignorant jerks who constantly hate on anime. - egnomac

All you Anime haters completely misunderstood the list. This list was for Anime fans to look at so they know which Anime is recommended to them before they die. It wasn't for comments like "you are forcing us to watch them". Egnomac is not forcing you to do anything. He is just recommending the Animes to Anime FANS before they die. - EpicJake

FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood is better than wasting time

2 Hunter x Hunter Hunter x Hunter Hunter × 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 more.

I've saw the 2011 version. Does that count? - MLPFan

1 of the best anime watched

3 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable more.

There is no reason for anyone to skip out on one of the best anime ever. - egnomac

I love this show. One of the best anime shows ever made, without a doubt.

Amazing story lineup, characters and all the other things.

No needs are needed to describe this show!

4 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail Fairy 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 more.

I loved this anime! I surely recommend it!

Cool anime series. I love when the main character gets "fired up"

Best anime of all... I recommend this...

That's anime iv watch ever

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5 Death Note Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

Must Watch!

Best Anime there ever was! I can't describe it...

Death Note is the best anime and manga ever. No one can beat this. But


6 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, written by Gen Urobuchi, music by Yuki Kajiura, opening sang by ClariS, ending by Kalafina (sometimes by the seiyuus) and original characters by Ume Aoki. It also has 3 movies, more.
7 Naruto Naruto Naruto 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 more.

Yea because it was anime and that's all you need. For almost all of you all it needs to be is an anime and then you love it and then it's a perfect masterpiece

Yes you need to see it. Naruto is one anime that can bring you the will to live with all emotions and deep feelings.

Naruto is an anime that shows people to follow their dreams and never give up hope. This anime is perfection.

Everyone must watch this anime its very interesting and you can learn many things you didn't know about your life...

8 Samurai Champloo Samurai Champloo Samurai Champloo is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. Samurai Champloo is set in an alternate version of Edo-era Japan with an anachronistic, predominantly hip hop, setting. It follows Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a more.
9 Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop Cowboy 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.
10 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan Attack 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 its emotional moments, more.

How can this be at 36th position. Man this anime deserves a better shot. I mean come on! It's better than Many of the animes. The atmosphere is excellent, story and characters are amazing. And the concept is just brilliant.

Not the best but should be in top 3

This show is epic

How's this in the 15th place? THIS IS THE BEST ANIME SERIES I'VE EVER WATCHED, yet I watched whatever that comes up to your mind and NON OF WHAT I WATCHED WAS LIKE ATTACK ON TITANS!


The Contenders

11 One Piece One Piece One 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 851 episodes to date.

I love this anime. I have seen every episode and am still watching them one every week. There are about 750 out now.

Its weird and freaky - egnomac

It should be number 1

Best their is, best there ever will be!

12 Spice and Wolf Spice and Wolf Spice and Wolf is a Japanese light novel series written by Isuna Hasekura, with illustrations by Jū Ayakura.
13 Gatchaman Gatchaman

Ken makes me fangirl and faint at the same time!

Better known as Battle of the Planets/G Force in america, should be on everyone's must see list. - egnomac

One of the best anime produced by anime powehouse Tatsunoku. - egnomac

14 Code Geass Code Geass Code 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.

Classic and a legendary anime.

It is the best anime ever

Best anime ever

Best Anime Ever

15 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime television series created by the animation studio White Fox based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's 2009 video game of the same name, and is part of the Science Adventure franchise.
16 Case Closed Case Closed

If you want to see the best mysteries that the manga of Japan has to offer, watch out read this!

Yea, there's a lot of other good animes but this one is a must see

Also popularly known as "Detective Conan" - Kiteretsunu

My favorite!

17 Love Hina Love Hina

It's a really good story of a guy hopelessly trying to get into Tokyo you to fulfill a promise to girl from his childhood all while managing an apartment full of beautiful girls who make life difficult for him filled with humor and heartwarming moments. - egnomac

18 Naruto Shippuden Naruto Shippuden Naruto: 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.

It needs to be above 15 it should be 1

Best anime ever

How come this be at 16th pos. This is one of my favorite anime and had taught me many things in my life. please bring this up...

19 The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
20 Bleach Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. more.

Why is Bleach so far down the list? It should be in top ten. - Goku02

This is one cool anime

21 Ouran High School Host Club Ouran High School Host Club Ouran High School Host Club is a manga series by Bisco Hatori, serialized in Hakusensha's LaLa magazine between the September 2002 and November 2010 issues. The manga has been adapted into a series of audio dramas, an animated television series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, a Japanese more.

Oh come on, isn't this everyones favorite anime

22 Kuroko's Basketball
23 Ai Yori Aoshi Ai Yori Aoshi Ai Yori Aoshi is a Japanese seinen manga written and illustrated by Kou Fumizuki and serialized from 1998 to 2005 in Hakusensha's Young Animal.

I love this series it's such a beautifully done love story of two individuals reuniting years later but because of circumstances their forced to keep it a secret which isn't easy when other girls move into the mansion. - Darkusmaximus

A love story with plenty of humor and heartwarming moments. - egnomac

24 InuYasha InuYasha InuYasha 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 more.

Inuyasha is a good fantasy romantic action anime.

25 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Sword 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 is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". more.

I can't believe that this anime got such a low position, I mean seriously, this was an awesome anime.

I know! I had so many feels in Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online II!

26 Higurashi: When They Cry Higurashi: When They Cry
27 The Slayers The Slayers
28 11Eyes
29 Spirited Away


I love this movie but isn't it top ten anime shows?

30 Fate/ Zero
31 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.

Heavy,philosophical themes along with brilliantly-written characters. - Tia-Harribel


32 Darker Than Black Darker Than Black Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. In 2007, the 26 episode anime named Darker Than Black: The Black Contractor aired with a huge commercial success. It was more.
33 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, 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.

The yellow bunny with lightning tail is SO CUTE!

Everyone should watch this

This is the worst and most overrated show ever. Like every anime nothing about it is good

34 Michiko & Hatchin Michiko & Hatchin

Very underrated anime deserves more attention. - egnomac

35 Cardcaptor Sakura Cardcaptor Sakura Cardcaptor Sakura, abbreviated as CCS and also known as Cardcaptors, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp.

A classic, groundbreaking magical girl series by CLAMP that deals with real-world problems? How isn't this a must-watch? - PerfectImpulseX

36 Clannad Clannad Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for Windows PCs in 2004, which was later ported to PlayStation consoles and the Xbox 360. The game was the best-selling PC game in 2004 and charted in national top 50 rankings several more times afterwards. Clannad has been adapted more.

So sad but very good

This anime has many outcomes, alternate worlds but is touching at the same time

37 Akame ga Kill Akame ga Kill Akame ga Kill! (アカメが斬る!, Akame ga Kiru! is a manga published in Gangan Joker authored by Takahiro and Tashiro Tetsuya. It received an anime adaptation that premiered on July 6, 2014 and ended on December 14, 2014.

Story is worthy to watch

Really good anime, must see

38 Angel Beats

Very Touching. I cried in the end

SO SAD! But it's very good!

You need to see this one because it will help you with your afterlife. No, jk, but it is awesome

ITS AWESOME NICE STORY best feeling one of the sadest animes ever

39 Overlord Overlord
40 FLCL FLCL FLCL is an anime original video animation series written by Yōji Enokido, directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and produced by the FLCL Production Committee, which consisted of Gainax, Production I.G, and King Records.

The reason people should see FLCL is because its one of the most bizarre and over the top anime you will see. - egnomac

41 Monster Monster Monster (Japanese: モンスター Hepburn: Monsutā, sometimes referred to as "Naoki Urasawa's Monster") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. Monster has been critically acclaimed, with the manga having won several awards and its anime adaptation being called one of more.

A classic anime and one of the best you will ever see. Every episode deserves a standing ovation. If you haven't watched this yet, then you're missing a lot.

42 Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin Wiki is a collaborative website about the series 'Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story' (るろうに剣心 明治剣客浪漫譚, Rurōni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Rōmantan), also known as 'Rurouni Kenshin' and 'Samurai X'. more.

This one deserves to be in top 10. A complete package. Watch the OVAs to fully appreciate the anime. If you don't cry as you watch it, then you're not human.

43 HeartCatch PreCure! HeartCatch PreCure! Heartcatch Precure is a Japanese anime series and the seventh series of the Pretty Cure anime franchise by Izumi Todo that premiered on February 7, 2010, replacing Fresh Pretty Cure! on its initial timeslot. The series theme is flowers, which leads to their true definitions of Hanakotoba as of the season's more.

This anime changed the Precure franchise forever and for good reason. Every Precure series since has tried the same feel that HeartCatch had. For those looking to start your anime/Precure journey, please watch this anime first because it's the greatest magical girl anime ever made. - PerfectImpulseX

44 Gintama Gintama Gin Tama, also styled as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump.
45 Berserk Berserk  Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.
46 Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal 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 more.
47 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.
48 Parasyte: The Maxim
49 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Don't let the haters fool you because this and SEED Destiny are both a must-watch for any anime fan in my opinion. You'll be blown away by a deep tragic story about war, prejudice, politics, and giant robots. - PerfectImpulseX

50 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is a Japanese anime television series directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, with screenplay written by Masaki Tsuzuki, and produced by Seven Arcs.

At least the first 3 seasons (the original, A's, and StrikerS), the movies, and ViVid Strike!
The series jumped the shark with ViVid. - PerfectImpulseX

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