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 simply the gold standard for how to write a long running anime. Each saga is it's own confined epic and the variety from saga to saga is just brilliant. The characters are simply phenomenal with interactions that make them seem real. The emotional beats are hit every single time and no form of art has ever made me cry as much as One Piece has. While a lot of people who haven't seen/read One Piece like to say that it's just a classic "I wanna be the best" story with Luffy's goal being becoming Pirate King. But the concept of Pirate King and what it takes to become the Pirate King plays beautifully into the lore of the world, global politics, power dynamics, and what it means to truly be free. Above all else One Piece is an adventure and it takes you with it. - spirituallemon

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.

OP is OP - mellogang1337

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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.

I salute on it's ranking, it deserves the number two slot,.. the show was filled of mind blowing ideas and techniques,.. smart show,..

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3 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.

Great story - and I think this Anime is the source of Attack On Titans - Both heroes their father kept an secret - both of them volunteered in the army - Both of them have a special power but they don't know at the beginning - Both of them has traitors in their armies with special power either - both of them has brother or sister with a sad story - both of stories depends on circle maps - Both of them sit in a big giant! what a coincidence!

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.

FMA : Brotherhood’s storyline is FLAWLESS - Goku02

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4 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.

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.

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.

I think it's time we blow this stand... get everybody and their stuff together... OKAY 3 2 1 LET'S JAM

This is such an amazing anime, til this day I won’t get over how it ended.. literally a 10. - ashauriam_

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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.

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

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.

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

Its an emotion!

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6 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 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

The plot is simple but truly gripping and captivating, so I never got bored watching it - Goku02

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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, 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.

Best anime the story is perfect and in the manga when they go to the basement and know the truth about the titans it's so unexpected

Must watch anime

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8 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!

I found a lot of similarities Between Code Geass and Death Note, But the end of Code Geass is amazing. I couldn't predict it

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9 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

I will sum this up with just one simple question...Who the hell do you think I am?

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10 Monster Monster

Anyone who has seen Monster knows it is the number one.

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

Should be number one!

It's the best anime with the best plot 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 as ever has to be the first one in this list

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The Contenders

11 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

The definition of cool

Best physiological anime ever.

Hell YAS - Animeme

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12 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". more.

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.

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.

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.

The action and the way asuna and kitito grlw is pretty good

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13 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.

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

Amazing plot and characters! - ashauriam_

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14 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

15 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


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16 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 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.

The absolute best no doubt!

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17 Baccano! Baccano!

Best ending in an anime ever. Yes, even better than my favorite anime, Cowboy Bebop.

Watch this anime, I mean it, it is one of the best anime ever created! - Skyrim1275

Love this! great plot.

18 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.

Fairy Tail obviously doesn't have best storyline here. Every arc are same. Example for Natsu, every time he fight with strong opponent, he badly defeated. Then later on, when one of his friend been hurt or what so ever, he become angry and stronger. Then he defeat the opponent that have overwhelmingly power with ease. Every damn time. The power love what so ever give him strength. Well, that too irrelevant. I suspect with the power of love he can defeat God either in that anime. Honestly, fairy tail not really have a good story

Fairy Tail has some good elements as far as action and "The Hero's Journey" but it has some really annoying qualities that throw off the viewers. Like thecompletely unnecessary blue talking cat sidekick and the kind of disgusting over-sexualization of women so common in anime. Entertaining? Yes. A classic? Probably not.

This is an all in one anime comedy, action, romance. I really like Fairy Tail it's the best. You will also learn good things here.

It's awesome do watch it

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19 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied

Love it good story



20 Mobile Suit Gundam

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

Love this series

21 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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22 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.

Highly Underrated.

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23 Naruto Shippuden 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.

Best story line ever

You Gonna be kidding man, NS on 22.It should not be on 1but on+1


This is a beautiful anime! I commented on the naruto one and I feel the same way about it as I do here! it’s life changing, inspiring, and lovely. - ashauriam_

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24 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, 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!

So magical + you have to ship Homura with Madoka.

25 Bakuman

Great Storyline! Just expected from the creators of Death Note!
I think the creators made this anime/manga just like what happened in their real life from the start of their relationship to the ending of their work. Tsugumi Ohba as Takashi and Takeshi Obata as Moritaka. Reversi as their masterpiece Death Note.

26 RWBY RWBY RWBY is an American 3D web series created by Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth. The show is set in the fictional world of Remnant, where young people train to become Huntsmen and Huntresses to protect their world from the creatures of Grimm.

To be honest there is a big story to this just saying

Rwby isn't an anime

Amazing roster teeth series!

I wish Monty died sooner, because it's been getting much better since then.

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27 Angel Beats

One of the bests


28 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul

It's a unique story that makes you react emotionally with it no other anime did that but darker than black at least that's what I know

This anime is just amazing this should at least be in the top 20 for its story

My second most lovely anime that I have ever watched with a unique story and thrill and strong emotions

One of the most amazing anime I ever watched

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29 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.
30 Noragami Noragami

Amazing anime specially first season, nice story and nice interaction between character, season 1 was incredible, season 2 still great


Norigami is very good including with Hyiori and Yatos personality ITS EVERYTHING

I loved the characters in this anime and the story was fun too and the past of yat
o makes us curious I won't say it has the best story but if we combine everything it is worth to be in top 5

31 Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist is an anime series directed by Tensai Okamura and produced by A-1 Pictures, which adapts the Blue Exorcist manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato.

Great plot, but a little (lot) on the religious side, good start and awesome characters.

I love this show! The plots pretty good, character are amazing, and I love Rin. Must watch! - ashauriam_

32 Hetalia

It's a great show! it's like a reality show with a bunch of hot and quirky guys

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33 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

That club in school you always wish existed

34 Your Lie in April 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.

Beautiful and stunning both visually and music wise, with great story, character dev, and a lot of feels. For as ambitious as it is, I think it succeeded well in both inspiring me and breaking my heart. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and couldn't wait for next episode.

Also known as your lie in April, this is a great anime. It also has great soundtrack which is important. Love it!

35 Inuyasha Inuyasha 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 more.

One of the most entertaining animes I've seen although it's quite an old anime. I liked it so much that I watched it twice and kept re-watching the funny scenes! The characters are likeable and although there are many story arcs and fillers, I enjoyed all of them.

Inuyasha is so amazing! It's has a great storyline. Filled with fantasy, adventure, romance, comedy it is absolutely awesome. The main character's romance is equally frustrating though, but the anime's ending is absolutely the best

One of the best animes I've ever seen. Great storyline.

This should forsure be higher!. Beautiful characters, it follows the story line so amazing, the romance is great, it’s tear jerking still til this day i’m heartbroken it ended! - ashauriam_

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36 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.

I absolutely loved this show. The characters all unique. The bad guys are truly bad. What I like most about it other then the moments of humor are the way the characters evolve throughout the series. Watching Blackstar's magnificence move the braggart in the first episode to the ass kicking bad ass at the end is truly enjoyable. I highly recommend this.

This shown is hilarious, and somewhat inspiring.

I never watched anime before in my life so I decided to go online and check one out I'm glad I did soul eater has a extremely good story line to it not all serious even a lot of funny moments, the characters are amazing and it is amazing love it I truly wished they didn't end the series (for grammer nazi's my typing isn't the b est sorry :) )

37 From the New World From the New World

Unexpectedly underrated anime even though it has one of the best representations of antiutopic world not only in anime but overall. It is mysteririos and has its own unique atmosphere. Characters are nicely written and there is little unnecessary fanservice which is nice. The whole storyline is really good. It should get more appreciation to be honest.

38 Parasyte Parasyte

AMAZING storyline. Intense chases, thrilling plot, topped with beautiful characters that you can admire, love, hate. This is the best out there.

10/10, one of the best storylines, has a lot of action and glues you to the screen. Undoubtedly one of the best anime there is.

Nice action

39 Case Closed Case Closed

One of the best animes. It has a great story. - Maximus_

This definitely is the best anime and should be in top 10

This one is a masterpiece people!

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40 Fate Zero

Really good story, had some seriously emotional moments in it and characters are loveable

41 Clannad Clannad

Why is clannad here it doesn't even have a plot

Literally one of the best animes I've ever watched. The story is emotional and each episode will make your heart move. the characters are really cute too.

Seriously the worst

42 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
43 Log Horizon Log Horizon

Great story plot with a genius main character. This badly needs another season

44 Black Butler Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.


Its good

The Undertaker is so hot, yeah he's creepy but he's HAWT, just like everyone else in the show! 😄😍

45 Beyblade: Metal Masters
46 Ergo-Proxy
47 Kimi Ni Todoke Kimi Ni Todoke

Best romance Anime ever! The story is so light and the two protagonist are so cute

It is a really clean and clear story and it will inspired people that are being bullied and people who are shy to change and befriend others however I love it and in the first season I love the song and I remembered all the lyrics I hope u enjoy it!

48 Nisekoi Nisekoi

Bruh. This is NISEKOI. the plot is fantastic. No joke. I'm surprised it's not on the list. Had to post it what - CHIBI-CHAN

49 Akatsuki no Yona: Yona of the Dawn

Great epic with solid base and developing.


50 Wolfs Rain

Wolf's rain is amazing I would rate it 10/10

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