Greatest Anime Story Arcs of All Time

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61 Kyoto Arc - Rurouni kenshin

The first 30 episodes of Rurouni Kenshin are good, but this arc is where the show really stakes its place as one of the best anime's of all time. Every episode is worth watching at least twice because the fights and stories are so good. But the real masterpiece of this arc is in the incredible variety of back-stories that it tells and how the villains came to be villains. There are very few villains in this arc that you can truly say are villains after learning their back-stories. Makoto Shishio is definitely one of them, but it only makes the arc that much better when he clashes with Kenshin in the final battle as the two former man-slayers with polar opposite ideologies meet in an epic finale.

This arc will always hold a spot with me. Since the show is a little older it's one of the first really great anime I watched and I was on the edge of my seat for nearly all the 30 episodes of this season. It's that good from start to finish.

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62 Caesar vs Wamuu (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency)
63 Reanimation Arc (Naruto Shippuden)

This is one of the worst arcs in Naruto because it is idiotic and actually no real main villain. If you count black zetsu as a main villain, that is just stupid.

This Arc was amazing! We get to see all the shinobis fight together against extremely strong characters who came back to life! For me this Arc is similar to Marine ford arc from One Piece, because they both have action and multiple fights happening simultaneously!

Enjoyed it much of my favourite akatsuki were back like deidara itachi kakzu

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64 Chapter Black Saga (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Why so low one of the best anime of all time I guess the new generations haven't seen this masterpiece a must watch!

Very underrated. Best arc and best villain.

A masterpiece shouldn't be this low

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65 Impel Down (One Piece)

We rediscofer old foes and find new friends in a funny and at the same time moving saga.

Funny and just awesome one piece beats any other manga anyday

66 Return of Madara Arc

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This arc is awesome, it's only happening in the manga right now, but it's INSANE. Guy opened the 8 gates, you find out that Naruto and Sasuke are the reincarnation of the sons of the Sage of 6 Paths.

They both meet the Sage, and Naruto now has the power of all the tailed beasts, thanks to Obito who turned good. If this arc isn't awesome, I don't know what is.

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67 Hidan and Kakuzu Arc (Naruto)

Hidan and Kakuzu stole the show!

Really love this Arc and rewatch it more than any other arcs. Shows the genius of Shikamaru and new team members fighting together with Team 10 + Kakashi. Personally I love seeing new formations of the Konoha 11 with different Jonin. The connection between Asuma and Shikamaru brings me to the verge of tears almost like a father to Shikamaru and this arc makes him my favorite character in the entire show.

Hidan is my favorite Akatsuke
And the opening closer is amazing

68 Perfect Suicide Arc (Monster)
69 Save Mayuri Arc (Steins Gate)

One of the greatest all round anime ever. With comedy, romance, tragedy, sci-fi, and even a little action blended perfectly together. It featured an original premise and a satisfying conclusion.

70 Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc (Naruto)
71 Final Arc (Naruto Shippuden)

A really good final arc in manga and anime

Good Arc

72 DIO's World (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders)

This is THE EPIC SHOWDOWN. This is the ultimate fight to end all ultimate fights. Fabulous vampires vs. badass teenagers. It's also LOADED with memes, as if someone dropped them on you like a road roller.

ZAAA WARUDO! Amazing arc, deserves top 5 in my opinion. Although the "True Mans World" arc should be on here also

73 Kazekage Rescue Arc (Naruto)

I love the Akatsuki in general and Deidara in particular. This is the only arc with the classic Akatsuki members all present, and they have dazzling fight scenes, meetings, and music. Plus, there are other good characters, such as Chiyo. I most enjoy being ensconced in this arc.

At the time of the Shippuden coming out, this raised the bar of the anime, to me. Really hated Naruto after the Sasuke retrieval arc, this brought me back into it to be honest. Seeing Sakura's growth in the fight with Sasori was utterly awesome, even though she still receives a weak role sometimes she really shined in this arc. It was evident after this arc that the Konoha 11 is on a different level than they were before, still has funny, heartfelt moments, but these aren't genin anymore these are clear shinobi.

So sick Naruto and kakshi fight deidara and granny chio and sakura fight sassori and defeat his puppet and he dies and kakashi shows his
Mangeky┼Ź sharingan for the first time

74 The Noah's Ark Circus Arc (Kuroshitsuji)

This was a beautiful arc with beautiful animation, story and characters. The plot was dark and gripping and had some dark humour blended in superbly. - Auragirl360

75 Dio Brando Arc (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) Dio Brando Arc (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) Dio Brando is a fictional character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series created by Hirohiko Araki. His name was inspired by musician Ronnie James Dio and movie star Marlon Brando.

Actually, there were multiple arcs with Dio in them. And yes, Stardust Crusaders and also Phantom Blood are the best arcs in the series hands down. - xandermartin98

Do you mean all of Phantom Blood or DIO's World from Stardust Crusaders? - izayaorihara

76 Refrain Arc (Little Busters)

Refrain arc consists of the last seven episodes of the 2nd season of Little Busters. And it is great. Usually in these kinds of shows you see arcs focusing only on the female characters and any male aside from the MC is irrelevant. But not here, Refrain Arc focuses on Masato, Kengo, and Kyousuke and everything they've been going through the course of the series. As well as Riki's development as a leader. All of them are the definition of true bros. Complete with the saddest scene I've ever seen in any anime: Boy's Farewell coupled with an amazing OST and what's not to love?

77 Edolas Arc (Fairy Tail)
78 Piccolo Daimao Arc (Dragon Ball)
79 True Man's World (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 7 Steel Ball Run)

Technically not an anime story arc, as it currently hasn't been animated, but it's so damn awesome! It lasts only 3 chapters, but leaves such a lasting impression on the audience and is one of Steel Ball Run's most defining moments - izayaorihara

This arc was amazing, ringo was only a minor villian yet had an extremely threatening stand, and to top it off the battle between ringo and gyro was SO GOOD. RIP Ringo Roadagain - TwoWorld720p

80 The Bount Arc (Bleach)

Even though this was a filler arc, it is still a good arc. Not like any of Naruto Shippuden filler arcs. Just God boring

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