Top 10 Anime With the Best Story

Anime has a lot of qualities, most other forms of media don't have! One of those is the unique stories of every anime! These are the ten with the best ones!

The Top Ten

1 One Piece 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 749 episodes to date.

One piece is the best epic anime/manga ever. Odd has just created a wonder. The excitement of each arc is amazing. I would recommend it to people of all categories. The jokes can give you tummy aches. About the story, alabaster arc was great. Sky Island was good too. Enies lobbies was amazing. Thriller bark was average, but contained important information. Whitebeard war arc was amazing even if it had a sad ending. Fishman Island was great. Dressrosa was like supper amazing. When Zoe is complete it will be great too. Wholecake is going on with superamazing twists. There are only few fillers with is not boring. Apart from fillers all other episodes is a must watch because it is a continuous story and each episode contains important information. The only problem I see is the video quality. Therefore I would recommend the Manga. But even when having a bad video quality it stands out in the top. People may say that it is very long but it is worth every second. Overall One piece is the ...more

The overall plot is very unique. The feeling when watching every arc is different from other Anime, because the feeling of excitement never fades and you'll want it more. Unfortunately, the only negative side is when you are waiting for the latest because it's a very annoying feeling.

As an overarching story, it is just unbeatable. More than the individual arc greatness (though Marine Ford was the greatest arc in anime/manga for me), Oda emphasises on telling the story at a macro level, which to many is much more important and involving. Each element in One Piece is fitted in perfectly, and the emotions involved only makes the story even more memorable!

I want to be the best pirate no please

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2 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".

If the quality was consistent throughout the entire show, I'd say it'd be gunning for the #1 slot. Unfortunately, things kind of take a nosedive halfway through the show after a major character is killed off.

I loved the story, I recommend some people to watch it. It's a very good anime with a good story. - SapphireGrim

Near killed it. But this anime is easily 11/10 because Near is in maybe 1/3 (probably less) of it. Even some of those were good. 11/10 anime.

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3 Cowboy Bebop 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.

My absolute favourite; just make sure you watch the movie at the right place in the series, because you absolutely must make sure that the final episode is the final thing that you watch from this amazing anime.

This is a cool list and all, but where the hell is Berserk! It is not even on the list and I think it definitely has the potential to be amongst the top 10.

See you Space Cowboy

I have seen many anime,but according to me this one is best...Only has 25 episodes having best storyline as compared to other top animes.Story line has deep meaning which is not easy to understand...If understood you will understood why this anime is on top charts everywhere

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4 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.

Everything about brother hood is incredible. Story, characters, plot, animation. If you really don't like this anime you may need to go to the hospital cause you have something wrong with you. Sucks you in from beginning to end.

FMAB has a brilliant, flawless storyline that is told through characters that are perfectly imperfect and you can easily relate to. Not a single filler episode to distract from the main plot, and is the only anime that will make you laugh, cry, and throw something at the screen all in one episode.

A true masterpiece. If you want anime which is full of everything its gotta be Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. Strongly recommend.

The story is truly beautiful and remarkable without wasting a lot of time and repeating stuff. Truly on point

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5 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.

Good story overall great characters religion diversity I recommend this anime

Best physiological anime ever.

The definition of cool

I didn't watch Anime for many years. This Anime gave me the feeling again,that you just want to watch it and don't care about anything else. Great Show!

6 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 ...read more.

It has too many fillers, but also has the most detailed stories for each character

Not in the top ten wow that is so stupid it has a great storyline

Great storyline, people hate the filler but the filler is adding different stories for the person whom is watching get anticipated for the further on episodes and so people wont get bored of the main story.

It hase the best storyline I have ever seen.Very detailed and awesome plot twists

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7 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, ...read more.

It may be somewhat cliched, but everything in this anime is executed perfectly, which makes it stunning to watch. - Mcgillacuddy

I really didn't want to watch this show at first but now I spend every day waiting for season 2 to come out.

By far my favourite anime plot yet, animated beautifully as well in every way.

It's just AWESOME

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8 Dragon Ball Z 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.

It definitely has a good story line at some parts, like the whole time travel/Cell/Future Trunks thing, but that isn't why anyone watches DBZ. - Yoshilord

Best story, best actions, best characters,... Everything's perfect. - Goku02

It does not have that much of a good story but the whole anime itself is more than brilliant

You may not know but dragon balls story line is hidden but when you find it it easily trumps and makes things like naruto look like amateur storys it's so clever its based around there lives you see it from there eyes the reason the bad guys seem plain is cus the hero wont ask hey y u do?

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9 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 ...read more.

Shows classic story progression and plot, in a good way. The main characters are very likable and they approach manipulation of the elements in a fresh way. I prefer Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to the first attempt at the series because I think the plot progression is more smooth because it is following the manga. Definitely worth a watch.

I loved the plot - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

Probably should be number 1

I like it

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10 Code Geass 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.

It's just too good, it ruined Anime for me, I can't watch anything else cause it can't compare to Code Geass. However I did watch Death Note right after because people said it had similarities so I might enjoy it as well. Death Note is also a great Anime until half way through but makes up for it in the end. In my opinion you should watch Death Note first so that you can't compare it to Code Geass so you can enjoy it more, than watch Code Geass.

I love this show so much. It was my second anime, my first was Naruto.

Code Geass has an amazing story! This should be much higher!

This should be so much higher...

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The Contenders

11 Sword Art Online 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.

An Anime that could have been the very best if they made 50-100 episodes and developed the world they were in and the characters a lot more. But instead they rushed a lot of what was happening and kept changing things up. I could make more sense of my opinion but I don't want to ruin the show for new viewers. Still worth watching.

Overall, it's very intriguing. The storyline has many details filled with action, mystery, and romance. You get so attracted to the characters, their personalities are amazing, the animation is beautiful, it is relatable to gamers, and anyone really. I loved it, but it does kind of lose it's fire by the second season.

Has its flaws, but it had its ups and downs. Still loved the anime series and I can't wait for Season 3. It might be an improvement from a few of the arcs that had some flaws.

Best of all. Should be higher.

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12 Gurren Lagann 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.

My favorite anime of all time. Crazy over-the-top story and animation with some of the best characters I've ever seen.

This one really beats the HECK out of all anime, the characters on this were GIGANTIC and POWERFUL, Even Goku was puny compared to these.

Watching this changed my life. I'll never find an anime as powerful

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13 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate

How is this not in the top ten? It blew my mind with its many plot twists and amazing character development. It had a great story, and it really drew me into the world it created.

This anime has LOADS of plot twists that you CAN NOT see coming

Great plot with an ending you can't see coming

A lot of plost twists and a true ending

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14 Mobile Suit Gundam

My childhood anime! Still loved it till this day. The character, the original sound track, the plot and everything.

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15 Monster Monster

How is this not number one? I'm not even a big anime fan, but I loved this one.

Should be number one!

Great story.
-Makes you think about what is moral, and what is not.
-Enough episodes to build up tension and to create a background story.
-Great character development. Also, a slight bit of mindscrew where you don't know which character is who. Which actually adds to moral theme.
Must see, when you love psychology or philosophy.

It's the best anime with the best plot ever..it has everyhing that is required to be a perfect anime...mood swings, action shooting stuffs and has the best protagonist and anti protagonists..what a change in the persinality..cool as ever has to be the first one in this list

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16 Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

One of my favorite shows. It follows history perfectly, the sword fights are just perfect, as well as a love story that isn't rushed.

Maybe this too soft but this is an anime with a good purpose, and I remember the honor and friendship kenshin taught me when I was a kid

Heart touching!

Its been 3 months since I completed the show and I still get goosebumps every time I hear anything related. Starts of as an almost comedy like show but the further u go the characters go. Also, maby the best ova's ever.

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17 Hunter x Hunter Hunter x 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.

Hands down, the best anime/show I have ever watched in my life. Nothing else can compare to it. I watched it 2 years ago and I still haven't found a show that is even close to as good as it.

This is my absolute favourite Anime of all time. The character development is insane, the character design is different (never seen before and I watch at least 1 Anime/week), story is really great and keeps you watching, good fights in which the characters think instead of putting their whole feeling into it and let it have a great bom (if you know what I mean) and beautiful pictures which garantees goosebumps.

Should be higher. It almost sickens me that it is down here with Sword Art Online. Actually it is fine where it is, Sword Art Online just needs to go. It would be number 1 for most poorly executed idea in Anime history.

Completely shocked HXH is number 14. The way the characters grow and deal with conflict all the while staying the same with the same morals is amazing

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18 Future Diary Future Diary

The best anime, keeps you guessing until the last moments. Original ending fell short but redial solves everything leaving you fulfilled and wanting to watch it again! Never have I felt so connected to characters on a show before, emotionally intense and great watch!

Mirai Nikki gets you so bad. The story is so good, even after watching it I keep searching for anime's that are anywhere near as good as Mirai Nikki. Absolutely my favorite!

I'm not a big anime fan and I really almost never even watch T.V..
But I realized when watching Mirai Nikki that it was actually very good. I then decided to watch the whole anime and I'm glad I did.
You should too, Yes... You, outside the screen.

Was so crazy yet so great. Had a well thought out story that both made sense, yet was completely and totally not possible. Loved it.

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19 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Yes, yes, yes, YES! Unlike many other shows about card games (read: Pokemon) this has a plot. Every villain, every hero, every anti-hero, fits in so well with the story. Each season the duels just get bigger and better, and you can relate to all the characters (even the villains! ) and some of the events. All in all, the best anime I have watched with a great, thought-out plot. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

"Best Card Game in the World?!?! "

Best story plot everrr

20 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka 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, ...read more.

Puella is very Very VERY sad and has so much anticipation that makes you come back for more. I can't handle how amazing this anime is. I also love the twist in later episodes explaining everything. It's so awesome! I definitely recommend it!

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