Above all I think that the story makes the anime worth watching. Some of these anime inspired me a lot and took me somewhere else. If you're looking for such anime then I hope you find your answer in my list.
1 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".
If you're not interested in anime based on mystery, this will change your mind. The main detective 'L' beats Sherlock Homes hands down. Over all the story is beautifully organized and complicated. - Reosaki
I've got to agree with the list. Thank god DBZ, Naruto or One Piece is not on top. They're just popular. Popularity and excellence are two completely different things. Death deserves to be on top.
Best anime in my opinion. - XxKrayziexX
They way L observes things makes me feel kinda dum not noticing 'em. Amazing Anime! The best Ever!
2 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
Don't get me wrong, Fullmetal Alchemist was good, but this... There are no words t describe what a masterpiece this was. The ending was so well written, I cried for two hours after I finished it. They all finally found their happily ever afters.
Fullmetal Alchemist Br. managed to deliver the story much better then Fulmetal Alchemist. But then again I think Fullmetal Alchemist was a masterpiece. They somehow managed to perfect a masterpiece.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is so flawless is so many ways that it's hard to explain in words. Every character's personality is very unique. This version explains the story much better than Fullmetal Alchemist. - Reosaki
Definitely superior to Death Note. Why is Death Note on top anyway? I can name at least 10 anime better than DN such as Cowboy Bebop,Hunter x Hunter,Code Geass,Darker than Black,Stein Gate,Fate/Zero,Baccano!,Golden Boy,etc.
3 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.
Code Geass is not really a sad anime but when it ended I could not but cry 'cause I didn't want it to end. - Reosaki
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 ...read more.
A long series and yet it's worth it. I got so attached to this anime that when it ended I felt like something very important was gone. But surely watching again is beyond question. - Reosaki
The best it has to be on top 1 for sure
5 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.
Cowboy Bebop one of the best anime I've ever watched. It will surely stand the test of time and I must say this anime is far ahead of it's time. - Reosaki
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. ...read more.
The story is more beautiful and unpredictable than any other anime I've ever seen... Except for Death Note. - Reosaki
7 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.
Whoever watches this will admire the writer's imagination. The series is unpleasantly long. But if you start once you won't be able to stop. I suppose One Piece is as good as Naruto. - Reosaki
Is the best anime of all times
I'm 11 yrs old and I'm in the latest episode of one piece I just finished it in 2 months because once I started it I cannot stop watching it
Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue, but was moved to one of their sister magazines as the content was deemed too adult for Shōnen Jump’s target demographic.
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 ...read more.
When it comes to sad anime Clannad is number one. The characters lead such an innocent life in a small town that it would bring some changes to anyone personality. The weird part is every single person there has a unnecessarily sad story. - Reosaki
Clannad is a great anime. But it's not just the story that makes it one of the best, the way it captured the emotion of the characters is ultimately the reason that brings tears to your eyes.
10 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.
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.
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 ...read more.
Monster is almost as good as death note. It should at least be on top 10
13 Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
14 Clannad: After Story
Come on! Clannad After Story is better than Clannad, isn't it. SO IT SHOULD AT LEAST ON TOP TEN.
15 Angel Beats!
Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.
16 Your Lie In April
Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or just simply Kimiuso, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa.
The story of a passionate violinist and a pianist, who lost his will to continue to play, will touch every single one of their viewers' hearts. What does it feel like when a natural pianist suddenly stops hearing notes? What does the world look like in his perspective? Where did a violinist get their sudden motivation to be a musician? How colorful will the symphonies they make be? Enter their world and prepare your heart for a roller coaster of emotions!
This anime shares a story about a14 year old boy named Kousei Arima who had a traumatic past with his mother's death and ever since he wouldn't play the piano until he meets a girl named Kaori Miyazono. Kaori opens up his eyes and he starts playing again but little did he know that girl who lead him back to play the piano again, won't be there much longer.
17 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 ...read more.
Baccano! (バッカーノ!), which Narita translates as 'stupid commotion', is Italian for 'ruckus'. An ongoing light novel series with over twenty volumes published, it takes place across three eras – the early 1700s, 1930s, and 2000s – and presents its story arcs in anachronistic fashion. Though ...read more.
More people need to watch this anime. It has one of the best plots in anime history, and every character is likable. Anyone who likes things like Death Note or SAO needs to watch this.
19 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". ...read more.
Mother's Rosario touched me the most out of all the arcs so far. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
20 Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is the best comedy anime you can find anywhere. Every list gives action and sad anime more priority than comedy. But the story of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is wonderful enough to be on top 10. - Reosaki
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 ...read more.
22 Fate/Stay Night
Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel and anime series by Type-Moon. There are three story lines in the visual novel: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel. A 24-episode anime series based on the Fate route and a film based on the Unlimited Blade Works route were made by Studio Deen. A ...read more.
You people have no idea what you're missing out on. Awesome characters, awesome story, godly animation and etc... Never seen a better anime or read a better novel than Fate/stay night. Also to mention Fate/Zero, which is also pretty awesome.
23 Hunter × 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 ...read more.
24 My Hero Academia
Story is hands down the most inspirational I have come across. It has wonderfully imput soundtracks, and it will hook you faster than your favorite book.
25 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 ...read more.
I cannot forget how much I loved DBZ when I was a kid. I used to wait a whole day just for another episode. - Reosaki
I was a strange little girl back then, I used to watch this show all the time. - Pegasister12
“Digimon” is a term commonly used to describe a variety of Japanese anime series based on the Bandai virtual pet brand “Digimon” (Dejimon). As of 2017, there are 7 series: “Digimon Adventure” (1999), “Digimon 02” (a.k.a. “Digimon Adventure 02”) (2000), “Digimon Tamers” (2001), ...read more.
27 Wolf's Rain
Wolf's Rain is an anime series created by writer and story editor Keiko Nobumoto and produced by Bones Studio.
It was hard to choose between this and Fairy Tail but I chose this
28 Akagami no Shirayuki-hime Second Season
29 Ouran High School Host Club
30 Black Lagoon
Did not notice that this list was for the most beautiful stories. Black Lagoon is in no way beautiful but it is one heck of a great show.
31 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 ...read more.
32 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 ...read more.
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.
34 Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is an anime series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.
Gurren Lagann is the best anime ever to exist as a matter of fact, What is wrong with you people? Do you want to know what Gurren Lagann is? It's a show that takes place in the future, where Earth is ruled by the Spiral King, It is about two teenagers who live in a village and use a giant mecha robot who is normally the size of one of the largest galaxies, but when he grows, he's bigger than the ENTIRE KNOWN UNIVERSE! And he can tear the heavens with more power than the universe with his giant drill, and can also fight with more power than anything you can ever imagine, There is literally no other anime that will ever come close to being as awesome as Gurren Lagann, As a matter of fact, Gurren Lagann should be #1! Watch it on YouTube and you'll love it to h***. - nelsonerica
35 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 ...read more.
Darker Than Black is one of the best anime I've ever seen. And I don't wan't to see it at No.24!
36 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, ...read more.
37 Natsume Yuujinchou
38 Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
39 One Punch Man
One-Punch Man is an ongoing, online, web comic, which was later adapted into a Manga and Anime series . Created by ONE in 2009, It gained popularity, and soon after, went viral in 2012, surpassing 7 . 9 million views . One-Punch Man (OPM for short) focuses on the protagonist Saitama (Who is named after ...read more.