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

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

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

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.

The desert scene was SO hilarious! - TheDarkOne_221b

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 Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes.

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.

Epic plot.

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

8 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.

This first episode (and the rest of the first season alone) is just a pure masterpiece of anime. - OnyxDash

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

9 Assassination Classroom Assassination Classroom

This anime just gets right into the action and I know I could say that about any old anime but this one for me they just seemed to get straight into the humor and plot.

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

10 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".

The Contenders

11 Boku No Hero Academia Boku No Hero Academia My Hero Academia is a superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 20 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format.
12 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
13 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

14 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
15 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

16 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!

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 Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014.
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 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.

21 Darling in the Franxx Darling in the Franxx

Gripping first episode instantly hooks you!

22 Akatsuki no Yona: Yona of the Dawn Akatsuki no Yona: Yona of the Dawn
23 Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden is a Japanese light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase.
24 Durarara!! Durarara!!
25 Puella Magi Cream Bagel Magica Puella Magi Cream Bagel 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.

Just the first scene alone proves this is gonna be a huge emotional ride from beginning to end. - OnyxDash

26 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
27 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.

AGK definitely has the best first episode

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Top Remixes

1. Death Parade
2. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
3. Fullmetal Alchemist
1. Death Parade
2. Elfen Lied
3. Mirai Nikki
1. Death Note
2. Boku No Hero Academia
3. Naruto


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