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 is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Madhouse.
That intro music...O_O - RoseRedFlower
2 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
3 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.
I was blown away by the first episode. From the music to the animation, it was awesome. - RoseRedFlower
4 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
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.
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
Watched the first fifteen minutes and I knew I was in for a wild ride. - RoseRedFlower
So much brutality!
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
8 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, 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.
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 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!
11 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 ...read more.
It was funny, cute and had two very likable characters within the first few minutes. - RoseRedFlower
12 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 ...read more.
I'll only watch ONE episode of Seraph Of The End, I said. I won't get addicted, I said. - TwilightKitsune
13 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.
14 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
15 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.
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