Greatest Anime Story Arcs of All Time

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21 Land of Waves Arc (Naruto)

It was awesome. It really got me in the feels! I just outright loved this arc.

This is where it all started...

So many feels

Overrated - AceDragneel7

22 Aogiri Tree Arc/11th Ward Battle Arc (Tokyo Ghoul)
23 Arrancar Arc (Bleach)

LOVED IT it introduced major important characters like grimmjow ulquoirra and NNortia

Ehhh not as Good as Soul Society but still awesome!

This arc I have to say is better than the soul society arc because the in this arc, it shows the vizards, espadas, and hueco mundo. It brang more character development to the soul reapers and arrancar. This arc is not a downfall to bleach, it is bringing bleach to the next level of greatness.

This arc had some of the best fights in anime history.It inroduced the espada including many awesome characters(Starrk Baraggan Ulquiora grimmjow and of course Aizen)

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24 Hueco Mundo Arc (Bleach)

Best arc in bleach. We got to see great characters like ulquiorra, grimmjow, stark.
Not to mention the chemistry between ichigo and orihime and ulquiorra. - admister300

This deserves a better position on the list.

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25 Tartaros Arc (Fairy Tail)

Easily the best arc to ever grace long running shounen history. All of these developed characters get their own time to shine. And because they've all previously had arcs focusing on them, you now know who they are, care about them, and want to see them succeed. Also had tons of feels and hype moments. Puts the likes of HunterxHunter's crappy Chimera Ant arc to shame.

Well paced, and shows off how much each character's back stories play into the overall story

Yes! Amazing arc. - RebeccaDarking

WHY IS THIS NOT HIGHER?!?!

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26 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai Arc (Dragon Ball)

Seriously guys, we are so many arcs here, just AT LEAST ADD them, for God's sake!

27 The Chimera Ants Arc (Hunter X Hunter)

This seemingly simple plot becomes insanely complex without losing the reader. It introduces characters with cool looks and maddening personalities that ignite a desire to see what happens to them. There is sentimentality involved as well as badass fight scenes from all of the characters. It's a big arc but encompasses very touching moments and action together with really cool characters without boring the reader at all. In fact, I'm probably going to go back and read this arc again.

Horrible vastly overrated arc that doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the top 20, let alone the top 10. Just a bunch of flat, underdeveloped characters and a lot of pointless deaths. All of Fairy Tail's arc are way better than this crap could ever hope to be.

This should be removed from list, it is a duplicate. Already in spot 8.

This was a good arc. One of the best ones

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28 Search for the Eighth Child Arc (Digimon Adventure)

An insanely gripping arc from start to finish and the reason Digimon gets its good rep. intruging plot. High levels of suspense. Rven higher stakes. A show that seemed at first like a Pokémon ripoff establishes itself as a strong vehicle for fantastic storytelling, impressive character developing, and airtight plotting. A kids show no more.

29 Aicrad Arc (Sword Art Online)

Okay a show about virtual reality in an MMORPG yeah every little kids dream. In this world where if you health bar reaches zero you die this anime arc is sweet and you would never guess the amazing twist at the end.

I'm always surprised to see how my list has changed. This is the 10th time I've gotten on here and I find it odd that this one changes the most. However, I still consider it to be my favorite arc out of the list well it or the Naruto Pain Arc.

I only like the three first episode of this arc because it showed combat great loss, but things went bad in this arc. They filled it with romance and ruin the whole thing. This arc would have been better with no romance and not stopping the arc at episode 12. I'm disappointed

Not everyone thinks the same way you do. Has its flaws, but I still love it. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Someone needs to check their spelling. It's spelled "Aincrad Arc". I put this up high on my favorite SAO arcs along with Phantom Bullet and Mother's Rosario. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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30 Arlong Park Arc (One Piece)

The fight between the Straw Hats and the Mermen was awesome. And Luffy managed to save Nami and Coco Village in the process. I loved this arc!

The hat scene and subsequent march toward Arlong Park are my favorite scenes in all of anime/manga

Took me forever to find this here. It's certainly a favorite arc of mine. So much emotion and action.

I was still not able to really appreciate One Piece until I started this arc.

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31 Phantom Bullet Arc (Sword Art Online II)

Who doesn't love Sinon? Sure, she may have had subliminal shots of her butt in some moments, but she is still such a badass sniper girl. It's so tear-jerking that she had a tragic past with guns and is trying to fight it and get stronger by immersing herself in the world of Gun Gale Online. If people didn't like Kirito, Sinon was the character they chose to have as their favorite character of the anime series. Not to mention the ending was so happy and tear-jerking at the same time.

I heavily disagree with this one because I bet plenty of you like this because of Death Note - AnimeAmerica

LOL HOW THE HELL IS THIS HIGHER THEN CHIMERA ANT, ENIES LOBBY, CHAPTER BLACK, DARK TOURNAMENT, SASUKE RETRIEVAL, AND GOURMET FESTIVAL ETC

32 Tenrou Island Arc (Fairy Tail)

This starts off as just a test to see who will become the new S Class wizard of Fairy Tail. With Fairy Tails Strongest characters fighting among one another the start of this arc alone is good. However when One of the strongest wizards of all time shows himself the Island gets invaded by a Dark Guild This story arc is fantastic and there is an ending that begs the question, What happened?

This might be the best Fairy Tale story arc, but this does not deserve to be anywhere near the top ten list. Fairy Tale is a show that has great potential but desperately poor execution.

Definitely one of the greatest arcs in Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail developed it's own unique pattern since Phantom Lord: laugh, hype, cry, laugh, repeat. But it mastered said pattern with this arc. Plus this arc gives some great development to one of the most important but formerly one of the most underdeveloped characters aka Natsu Dragneel.

This Arc should be at the 5th or 8th. This is an epic Arc and I was cry really hard when I watched. Hope Fairy Tail will get better and better. Go Fairy Tail!

I love this arc! The opening song is the best, and also, I like all the fighting that was happening. The characters were all so strong. If the conclusion was not as predictable, then I would vote for the grand magic games arc, but I mean...I love the plot twist in this arc, and the ending is spectacular!

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33 Varia Arc (Hitman Reborn)

This is perhaps the greatest arc in Hitman Reborn where we get to see the future mafia boss really shine. In this arc the son of the current Mafia boss challenges Tsuna for ownership of the family rings the right of the next mafia boss. Tsuna and his friends train and become extremely strong in this arc really letting us get to know them.

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34 Aincrad Arc (Sword Art Online)
35 Chuck and Ray Arc (Eureka 7)
36 Heavens Arena arc (Hunter X Hunter)
37 Century Soup Arc (Toriko)
38 Golden Age Arc (Berserk)

This arc was one of the best arcs in Berserk. It created a cast of characters you couldn't help but feel for. It drops hints about a certain someone's motives, helps you understand them. Then they do what they did and you as a reader never forgive them. To this day I am still reading, hoping that Guts gets his revenge.

Wow, 39? I thought this would be top 3 without a doubt. Shocked. The emotional impact this arc leaves, after all the struggles the Band goes through and then the conclusion. Simply epic, I wonder will anything compare.

Even though this story was written several decades ago, the impact of this arc and legacy of the characters is still alive and strong to this day. This arc shows that Guts isn't just a meathead swinging a sword, but a quiet warrior that is still searching for his dream. Minor charachters are huge, and will have you loving them or hating them. Watch this arc.

It was awesome but conviction arc was still the best

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39 CP-9 Arc (One Piece)

It changes the level of the story completely... The Level of every player and STORY LEVEL

This is one of the turn point of the One Piece. First mention of New World and what does Shanks do!

One of the best arcs of one piece that has everything in motion

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40 Fake Karakura Town (Bleach)

Now I know a lot of people will probably look over this, or ignore it, or straight up disagree with it, but I just have to voice my opinion. The fake karakura town arc is just amazing. This was the arc where pretty much all of the espada died, and there is no better way they could have went out. The battle between coyote stark and Captain shinsui/Jushiro was just beautiful. It's been awhile since I've watched bleach, mainly because the whole fake zanpacto arc threw me off while I was waiting for the fake karakura town arc to continue. All I can really say is that I loved it.

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