Anime with the Best First Episodes

Which first episodes of anime got your attention? True, the anime might have sucked later on but maybe the first episode caught your attention so well, you just had to keep watching? I'll put it some suggestions, you do the rest.

The Top Ten

1 Death Parade Death Parade Death Parade is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Madhouse.

It's a massive shame that the show got quite stale after the first few episodes, but this first episode was absolutely amazing. - kempokid

That intro music...O_O - RoseRedFlower

2 Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

I was laughing at every second of this anime. You just can't believe what you're watching and get so into it. - RoseRedFlower

Makes you have the plot hard in the face, it makes you go what for half the season until it has some meaning which also makes you laugh because its hilarious

3 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.

I was blown away by the first episode. From the music to the animation, it was awesome. - RoseRedFlower

4 Mirai Nikki Mirai Nikki Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. It depicts a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future.

The first episode is very well executed and played out. Plus you feel everything that Yuki is going through with the survival game. - RoseRedFlower

I was so hyped after I watched the first episode

5 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.

I really liked how they set up Naruto's character and make you relate to him. I really do think that the original Naruto had a great first episode. - RoseRedFlower

It captures Naruto in less than fifteen minutes. Hated in, all alone, desperately trying to grasp attention...

The first episode was so sad yet touching. - HoneyClover

6 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied

Watched the first fifteen minutes and I knew I was in for a wild ride. - RoseRedFlower

So much brutality!

7 Toradora! Toradora! Toradora! is a series of Japanese light novels written by Yuyuko Takemiya, with illustrations by Yasu. It received an anime adaptation directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and produced by J.C.Staff that ran from 2008-2009.

Taiga and Ryuuji made that first episode. Their interactions at the beginning and the plot really set this up together nicely. - RoseRedFlower

Epic plot.

8 Assassination Classroom Assassination Classroom

It was funny, it was clever and had a great premise. That was all in the first episode. - RoseRedFlower

9 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.

I have to hand it to this anime, they really know how to suck you into this world. From the peaceful outer walls to the eventual attack of the titans. - RoseRedFlower

All the blood and gore. Really hooks you in. - TwilightKitsune

10 Kill la Kill Kill la Kill Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. In Kill la Kill, Ryuko Matoi transfers to a new high school in order to find her father's murderer.

The whole first episode was a blast to watch!

Awesome first episode!

The Contenders

11 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
12 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".
13 Boku No Hero Academia Boku No Hero Academia
14 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.

It was funny, cute and had two very likable characters within the first few minutes. - RoseRedFlower

15 Seraph of the End Seraph of the End Seraph of the End (Japanese: 終わりのセラフ Hepburn: Owari no Serafu) (also known as Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto with storyboards by Daisuke Furuya. It is published by Shueisha on Jump SQ more.

I'll only watch ONE episode of Seraph Of The End, I said. I won't get addicted, I said. - TwilightKitsune

16 Soul Eater Soul Eater Soul 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.

That fight with Jack the Ripper sold me.

17 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.
18 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul
19 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.
20 Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden is a Japanese light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase.
21 Darling in the Franxx Darling in the Franxx
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