Greatest Anime of All TimeRanking the top 10 greatest anime ever. Based on over 100K votes from anime fans around the world.
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Best anime ever!
Let's put it in first place!
It the most amazing anime I've ever seen.
It has everything. It's definitely not for young children, however. The main character, Light, is the villain and a parent review somewhere brought up that younger children might get confused and assume Light is doing the right thing simply because he is the protagonist.
That aside, it's a wonderful show about a battle of wits between Light, who wants to kill off every criminal on the planet using a book called the Death Note, and his college friend, who is only known to the world as "L" and is charged to figure out the source of the criminal genocide.
I'm not usually one to get into anime. Anime is good, but not many really stand out to me since they have very similar plots, character archetypes, and the exact same art-style. Death Note is different. In fact, just for Death Note, alone I could just call anime better than american cartoons just for it. The plot is unique. Instead of a generic plot about a wimp slowly becoming a badass over time through training and adventure, you have a character who starts as a badass and slowly becomes a villain. The idea is interesting, too. A notebook used to kill people is unique, and it's fun and intriguing to see the main character, Light Yagami, mess around with people using it, both alive(trying to figure out who the owner is) and dead(do crazy things to kill them). It also adds to the plot twists and mystery elements of the series. Speaking of those two things, the story.
The story is perfect. Everything happens at the right time, and there is, I'd say, no filler. They also have no ...more
I like death note because it involves amazind rivalry involving mind games and forethought. A genius criminal (Light Yagami) who has an ability to kill anyone by just wrighting their name in a book(death note) and a genius Detective(Anonymous) whos identity is unknown so he cannot be killed by Light yagami. Light Yagami on the other hand is always ahead and never leves a clue. Scince no one knows who the criminal is and how he kills people light Yagamii can kill anyone while sitting in the public and gathering witnesses that he is innocent.Death Note is a legendary series of episodes, a speechless anime, full of surprises and strategies. No wonder it got popular. Most of the fans are still trying to find anime that are like DeathNote but this is once in a century anime.
You heard it right, Dragon Ball Z haters! No matter how much you hate it, this anime has to be the most popular in our generations. Not only in Japan and the US but in other countries all over the world as well. Just check it's Wikipedia page and see how many languages it has been translated into. Most people who got into the anime fandom started with Dragon Ball Z. Some people bash Dragon Ball Z for it's long fight scenes that span into several episodes, for characters that move too fast that you don't see them anymore, etc. Some even compare it to newer action titles and say that the new title is better because it got better story and action scenes. Sure. When it comes to story and action scenes, I don't put Dragon Ball Z on my number one either but were talking "greatest" here. I try to recall how much I loved it during it's time when this new anime doesn't exist yet. How much excitement did it gave me back then and compare that to the excitement this newer anime with better story ...more
That's true I totally agree it is the greatest and always will be the GREATEST!
Dragon Ball z is the best. Is the father of all manga anime. If Dragon ball z wasn't exist Naruto and the others also wasn't exist. The nine tails fox is a copy by the giant monkey from Dragon Ball z
Dragon Ball Z is the best anime I've seen, in my opinion. It has a lot of action, suspense, staring and comedy involved; everything you need in an anime! It's also a long, enjoyable anime, full of all the action you'll need in life. It's also very impressive, even though it seems like they're always blasting an island or five to show off power. Although, I've only seen a couple other anime's like: Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fairy Tail, and by far, Dragon Ball Z is the most impressive with forms, powers, comedy and story. It's a great anime, and I'm glad I've found it, too!
No show reinvented a genre like DBZ. They showed that fast paced action was awesome. But, its best aspect was its characters which were awesome. They fought from Radditz all the way to Omega Shenron. Best series ever and a memory of my childhood
Naruto is an amazing mix of action, emotion and amazing plot. It is so well- written that viewers can understand the lives of not only the heroes, but the villains. The show is filled with amazing twists that mind-blow the viewers. And the thing I really appreciate about Naruto is that he grows a lot in the anime as in, he is not overly-powered or happy in the start and really learns throughout his life. This makes his ultimate dream more worth waiting for. The anime makes you really love certain characters and when they are killed, viewers feel like crying. That's what they mean to Naruto fans. Naruto also teaches many valuable life lessons to us and teaches us about loss. The music employed in the anime is amazing and unique, bless the composer. Finally, what is to be appreciated is the uniqueness of each character. The various powers, behaviours and magnificence of each character distinguishes them.
Naruto really helped me get through life especially when everyone hated me he was always still there to make my day. To be honest I do think Naruto does deserve number 1 because it's just that amazing. I wish Naruto was real but he's not so I can only admire from afar of how great he is and this anime is if you have not seen it and are reading this comment please watch it, it is the best thing possible and will change your life just like it did for me. I love you Naruto and always will. But please stop cosplaying I don't care if you hate on me for this but Naruto cosplay is just cringy and cosplay in general ok bye now.
It is simply the best anime to have ever existed. This anime truly changes your life like it did mine.
To just express it in one word, it is "incredible".
A good storyline, good fights and, as someone said before, it explains what happened to all the characters, unlike Bleach, where they really forgot about Ashido, Nelliel and Kuukaku.
I saw this with zero expectations but it was so good that I finished whole thing in two days. It is the best ever show I watched, even better then classics like Sherlock, Breaking bad and the protagonist Eren is the best character I've ever seen. I think only Lelouch comes little close to him. He does have lot of flaws but you slowly realize how great his character is. He is ready to go to any extent to save his loved ones. And the story and number of twists are just great. Its done in such a way that though a character you loved suddenly dies you can't help but forget immediately and move on to proceedings, such intense story it is. And Mikasa dedication to Eren is something everyone should look up to.
A must watch for anyone wether your an anime fan or not. One of the most addictive TV shows of all time. A thrilling story filed with amassing visuals, awesome fights that will keep on the ege of your chair and plot twists that will make your head turn around. With some of the most unique, awesome, badass and intresting characters in anime such as Mikasa Ackerman, Levi Ackerman, Eren Jeager and many more, this is truly a "masterpiece" that not only deserves all the hype it gets but even more.
My absoloute all time favourite. The characters, from their personalities to their motivations are relatable on a personal level, and honestly thee storyline is linked together throughout. The way Isayama has wrote it is genius. The characters are lovable, the world-building is top notch, and if you haven't watched it, a quick warning: DO NOT get attached to the characters, not even the protagonist Eren.
MANGA SPOILERS. The character development that Hange, Reiner and Armin have had lately is great. I was never a fan of Reiner until his character was picked apart and analysed just before the attack on Liberio. The Yeagerists were an interesting twist to the story and I'm hyped for the epic fight scenes to be animated!
Attack on Titan is the first anime I watched and also one of the best animes I have ever watched. The world is so interesting and mysterious. As soon as it answers our questions, the answers bring up even more questions, such as "who is the real bad guy of this story?" (manga readers know what I'm talking about)
This is definitely one of the first animes I would recommend to someone
One piece is the best anime I'd watch ever because of unique story. I'm amaze on the writer who did this story.. Incredible imagination. How he did this?.. Huh.. Thumbs up.. For this.. It delivered to the audience a funny trek and more than that a true friendship and dreams occur in this story..
Why is this below attack on titan? From the outside it seems stupid but it's a very heartfelt story and you can't help liking Luffy!
I just can't believe one piece doesn't at least have the number two spot! One piece is like the most epic anime I have ever watched (I've seen a lot of animes. ) Oda Sensei is an amazing story teller and has kept me interested in one piece up the current chapters that now number over 600. Yeah, the art may take a little getting used to, but it gets better along the way. Plus, it's more refreshing because it's different from a lot of other shows. I got to admit, the characters are awesome and the fights are just amazing. Anyone who says they don't like one piece obviously hasn't seen up to Sky Island Arc, Water 7 Arc, Impel Down Arc, MarineFord War Arc, Fishmen Island Arc, etc. Seriously, don't let the length of the anime and manga stop you getting into one piece because you won't regret a single moment of watching or reading one piece.
All anime should be gone except this. I have watched diff anime's and still I can't replaced one piece. Naruto gay stuffed, Fairytail overly dramatic and same skill over and over, bleach nah, black clover nah, my hero academia nah, the seven deadly sins nah, one punch man nah but I liked it but not as much as one piece, attack on titan nah and etc nah
The best because of the great story, the many great characters and their background, the epic scenes, the combination of funny and serious and the imagination of Oda. Simply the best
...Literally one of the greatest anime I've ever watched in my long years of existence. I definitely recommend this anime to anyone. However, it feels a bit crammed during the entire journey of 64 episodes, however I believe that it seems to be comfortable for me and my pace. If you want to watch this anime, or go on for another incredible journey with Edward and Alphonse Elric and Winry Rockbell, I highly recommend you watch it in dub. The dub is absolutely flawless and well-delivered. Sub is also rather nice, but dub wins it out for me.
A journey to find the Philosophers stone with the Elric brothers to regain there bodies they lost, set in an amazing world build that feels like real, filed with hartwarming and back chiling memorable scenes in all of anime. A journey filled with such memorable characters, action scenes and a masterpiece of a plot that will carry you to a destination that might just be perfect. See for yourself why this anime is regarded as one of the gratest animes of all time.
I love fullmetal alchemist. It’s the second anime I have ever watched and the characters and story line are amazing. Although it’s not my favorite (it’s pretty darn close though) I still love it and it deserves to be the first. I know people prefer Naruto and dragon ball but fullmetal is way better in my opinion.
One of the Best anime’s I have ever seen. It has good music, good characters, no fillers and a great story. It is flawless and the perfect anime. The first few episodes are kind of slow but it gets really good and it has the best ending.
Fairy Tail is amazing and is my favourite! It should definitely be number one in the list. I wish that this anime would be more recognized. I discovered it by luck and I love it. I love the bonds everyone shares and how Lucy won't leave her friends' sides even if it would cost her life. It's perfect. It's sad, dramatic, serious, funny, adventurous and includes fighting. It's the full package! If you haven't watched this anime yet I suggest you watch it as soon as possible! It may be an ongoing anime and it might take you too long to watch all the episodes up to date, but it's definitely worth it!
Fairy Tail is underrated, but it definitely shouldn't be first place.
Fairy Tail deserves a seat in the front row. Seriously, what is it lacking? A good protagonist, an anticipating plot, and action that doesn't eat away 10 episodes per battle. On top of that it lives up to its comedy genre.
Most anime have very irritating villains who do evil things purely based on the fact that they're evil. Not all the bad guys in Fairy Tail have a silly purpose like that. There's always a little reason why they take such actions. Not all the enemies are complete psychos or just plain evil.
But anyway any top 50 anime list should have fairy tail somewhere in there. Fairy Tail is marvelous. I absolutely adore this show.
Fairy Tail was the second anime I've ever watched, and is easily in my top five. The world is beautifully built and you are really immersed into the show, as if you're on the quests alongside Natsu, Happy and Lucy. The final season was very well done and the fight scenes are amazing, especially the ones against the Spriggan 12. Natsu vs Zeref is probably the best fight in the show. Personally, the best part about Fairy Tail is the characters, (Levy, Gajeel and Lily are my favourite trio) the diversity not only in the Fairy Tail guild, but among the other guilds and in the villainous organizations is well done. My rating is 8/10.
Why is this number 7? Surely it should at least be number 3 or 2! This manga changed my LIFE! It's heartwarming, funny, and introduces some of the best characters in anime history! It inspires me to truly try my best at everything. This may seem silly, but whenever I think that I can't do something, I just think of Natsu and Lucy, and how if they were in my place they would never give up! If you're feeling down or not confident at all, I highly recommend this manga. I promise you, this will literally aspire you. This is my second favorite manga (after my hero academia) but honestly, it's just GOLDEN. For those who haven't watched it please please PLEASE watch it! You won't regret it! The relationships between the Fairy Tail guild are just so touching. This series needs more recognition.
By far the best anime. Anime's should not be assessed on how strong the characters are. So far, that's all that has been shown. Fullmetal Alchemist has an amazing plot, with a blend of action and adventure, with emotions. Fullmetal Alchemist is a fairly short Anime series (compared to the ones above), yet has sensational character development. It also hurts to see people critiquing this series without watching it, because I can guarantee you, that if you see this whole anime, there is no way you can say it is substandard in any way.
A lot darker than Brotherhood, as well as more subtle. I love both adaptations equally. Can they please tie for first place? *doggy eyes*
Like other people have said, this show even though it is short, is amazing. It is for a more mature audience, but the over all plot is brilliant. It had me staying up all night just to want to know what happens next. You get really attached to the characters as well, its almost like you get to be friend with them. This Anime will make you laugh, it will make you sit on the edge of the seat, and it will for sure make you cry. It makes you asses your own life. Someone once told me that you should gage things on what you learn from them, and I can say this show taught me about myself. So if you know whats good for you, watch this.
FMA has so much heart. It sends a great message to all of the viewers. That anything worth having is worth the sacrifice. Its about redemption, life, love, determination and the pathways that connect us all. The plot is amazing with so many interesting characters with different backgrounds, different reasons to be who they are. The philosophical aspects of Fullmetal Alchemist is problem one of the most amazing parts of the series. This anime makes you question your own resolve, your own journey, as you journey with Ed and Al. This anime has great character development and a action-packed story. With the perfect blend of thoughtfulness and action, this amazing masterpiece deserves to be at least in the top five best animes of all time.
Probably the best anime. Hxh is epic. Although it has gone on hiatus since a long time it still remains to be the best. I mean the character development in hxh is legendary, the power levels are epicly defined and the anime makes a lot of sense. Unlike animes like Fairy Tail, hxh characters grow stronger through training and not through powe of friendship. When it comes to friendship Gon and Killua are clearly the best friends an anime can offer. Hxh is a type of anime where each and every character is lovable. Even the anatagonists of the anime are lovable.
When Kite dies, Gon becomes a lot stronger to defeat pitou, and it was not through power of frienship or some other crap, it was through a restriction that Gon put upon himself to avenge Kite and this makes whole load of sense.
It's sad to see that Hunter x Hunter is number 10 on this list. The creator of this series Yoshihiro Togashi, did a absolutely amazing job on creating a universe that hands down has the most balanced power system in all of anime. This anime also doesn't hold the protagonists hand throughout the story. You won't have to watch a Naruto type character get beat up for 2 episodes and then get mad and have a 400% power boost and beat his enemies ass, it just doesn't work out like that in HXH.
Hunter X Hunter is an amazing anime. From a compelling story line, to complex characters and good fight scenes, it has it all. Hunter X Hunter got me engaged in the very first episode. Each specific arc is amazing with a compelling story line. The detail and effort put into this anime is amazing. If you are considering watching Hunter X Hunter I suggest you do so.
Holy crap, I finally found an anime which has fights that don't make me feel like the "good" guys are always going to win (which is especially annoying with sentences like "power of friendship" and "if we work together, we can win! "). They are scenes that actually feel worth watching. And this is a time where I root for the main characters for once. Well usually the main characters of an anime I watch are shallow an uninteresting with the side characters and villains are the characters I like (which makes it more annoying to sew them inevitably lose), but this time I like all characters (and I actually found Killua as my favorite who is literally one of the mainest characters). Plus other characters take up a lot of screen time as well. Also not that this is too important but they use the same opening melody for about 6 openings (not pointing it out as a good or bad, just thought to mention it).
The first anime I have seen knowing that it was an anime. I have watched many animes before it but it was unknowingly. I didn't even know that it dragon ball was an anime. Bleach is the best anime on the planet . I have watched several animes throughout my anime journey but still bleach holds first position in my heart . no one can change it no matter what..
Kenpachi could probably kill Chuck Norris and he hasn't even released his bankai yet.
Also, Gin and Toshiro are on this show.
Oh, Bleach... will you forever be so underrated compared to trash like Death Note? People, please... This anime is what it's all about. Not some arrogant pretty boy with a God-complex like Light from Death Note, who also seems to always top the charts of the best villains as well... This anime is what opened my mind to watching others, like Naruto, Soul Eater, and so many more. Naruto and One Piece may have been around for longer, and may have sold more, but that's hardly a reason for Bleach to be down so low, when it is such a masterpiece. This show has the most humble hero, the most terrifying villain, a great storyline, wonderful amounts of sword fighting action, and some of the most heart-wrenching deaths imaginable. This show literally is one of the only animes with good FILLERS, one's that you can actually get into and not want to instantly skip (don't get me started on Naruto's pre-Shippuden fillers... ) Practically the only thing missing from Bleach is more romance, maybe ...more
Bleach is Naruto's greatest rival today when it comes to popularity. Whenever you find some Naruto download site, most likely, they also have Bleach download stuff. We can't say for sure if it's more popular compared to it's rival or less popular. Based on my observation, I'd say less popular. Then you might be asking why is this one notch ahead of Naruto. Well, I've seen both series and I like Bleach a lot better. My "Anime friend" told me (when I asked him for some recommendations) that he likes strong and prominent main characters, then I came to realize that I feel the same way. And probably that's the reason why I like Bleach better than Naruto. The strong main character in the series is Kurosaki Ichigo. He's got a team behind him but he's the one who takes care of the strongest villian. Unlike Uzumaki Naruto who is at times (or should I say, often) over-taken by Uchiha Sasuke. Also, when it comes to the story, I find Bleach a bit more exciting. Naruto and Bleach are most likely ...more
My most favorite anime. It's not the best but I just can't move on with this. After finishing the whole anime, I feel like watching it again, yes, right after finishing it. The development of the characters, totally good. Some characters doesn't seem to be getting strong, though. So many filler episodes, but focusing on the main plot, it's good.
In my opinion, Naruto will be the best anime ever, but Naruto Shippuden is what makes it even greater. I think that a lot of good ideas have been used, it's a perfectly executed story line with amazing characters. SNM!
I think Naruto should be up there. It is part of Naruto just with a different name and the story gets 10 times better. It is action packed, mystery solving and has a great development to the characters it should be at least in the top 15.
This is gonna be the best anime I've watched so far. It's a unique and touching story which manifests sorrows, love, bliss and everything we humans experience in our lives. Naruto may seem immature, stupid or whatsoever to those who don't really watch it, but deep down he is a tough young man who has experienced many hardships and failures in life, yet he stood and stayed strong, persevered, and yes, the life he led with some people belittling and hating him, and some caring for him from the back, and even one who really loves him deep down, it has always brought precious lessons in our lives. He never backed down, never gave in, in attempt to achieve the goals he pursued, that is to be the Hokage, to fulfil the hopes and destinies entrusted to him by his former teachers, and to keep to his promise, to bring back his brother-like bonded friend, Sasuke, which he has swore to Sakura. Though the stories sometimes have boring flashbacks to the past, it always brought memories and tears to ...more
this is one of the best anime I have ever watched and is my second favorite. I really love the plots and how detailed they are, as well as how kirito and his companions put it to action. The first season is my favorite.
You know what I hate? I hate the amount of people that criticized this anime to the point of irritation and wrote it off as "overhyped." This anime is AMAZING. I really had never gotten so attached to an anime before... But the plot, the settings, the backgrounds, the outfits, the dialogue, the MUSIC, OH MY GOSH. It captivated me through all of the arcs. Kirito-kun is such a sweet character! (Sweet as in nice and sweet as in badass.) and asuna is a beautiful, meaningful female lead who actually DOES stuff. This was a real masterpiece, because of its retake on reality and its epic love story. Showed people that just because there are swords doesn't mean everyone has to slice each other open... Why not create memories and fall in love instead?
I agree. I cried the whole way through. It was so sad to see characters you slowly developed a love for leave the virtual, and real world... The characters are what intrigued me the most. There personalities and clothes... and everything about it just amazes me. I'm so happy I found this touching anime.
This is frickin' amazing I especially loved season 2, I don't get why people say it's overrated but it's definitely one of the best anime's out there. I really love the story line as well, it's so amazing!
After finishing The Irregular at Magic High School (it is merely decent at best), I can finally conclude that Sword Art Online is much better than The Irregular at Magic High School. I know the two anime are usually compared together often, but I feel that Sword Art Online was the more enjoyable of the two. Now I wouldn't really say it's on the level of well-written like, say, Fate/Zero, but for me, I think Sword Art Online is supposed to be an anime where you enjoy watching it, rather than setting high standards for it. If you just watch it for the enjoyment of the anime, you'll like the anime more than when you just watch it for expectations.
Oml, this is my whole childhood. I'm sorry but, whoever hasn't heard of Pokemon. You are living under a rock. But though even if the series and games itself having high rating, some people thinks it's stupid or 'overhyped' but if you look at the franchise it has grown A LOT, it's one of the longest running anime series ever (Though the Alola region season was a bit cartoonish looking) I'm honestly surprised what rank Pokemon is in right now, But it's definitely a great anime show, it's entertaining, it's fun to watch, and also you can even play to be a trainer yourself in Pokemon games.
The number of Pokemon Anime lovers IS TOO DAMN HIGH! Seriously has anyone watched any of the anime before this entry. Compare them to Pokemon. At least the entries above had a story. Pokemon lacks that so bad. The goals in the anime are to either catch all the Pokemon or become the Pokemon champion. This NEVER happens in the anime. Most of the time its about a bratty kid who never ages and his Pikachu who gets constantly stalked down by the most idiotic crime group: Team Rocket. This anime made me convert from Pokemon to Digimon (The anime is better for Digimon) for a few years. I would not recommend watching this "anime" anytime soon. The only things I think are worth watching in the Anime are: Pokemon Origins, Pokemon Generations, Pokemon Chronicles, pretty much any spin-off of this anime. They are the only things I can stand.
The only thing origins did better, in my opinion, was the Protagonist winning the league.
The heck?! Why's Pokemon so low on this list? Get it up there people! Pokemon's been running longer than Dragon Ball Z and it's still going! With over 900 episodes already and countless more Pokemon sure to be coming, it's no wonder how this universe has survived for this long!
Pokemon is one of - if not the - most diverse franchise out there. Not only does it have an anime, but a card game, video game, movie, and numerous spin off franchises.
The anime itself is great (except for the stupid filler episodes) and the story is great as well. Although I'm still waiting for Ash to WIN THE POKEMON LEAGUE, I'm not going lose interest in this ever.
Pokemon is an amazing anime. Some think it's not anime, but anime is just short for anamation. Pokemon is still streaming today and is on Netflix and hulu. If you haven't heard of it you have been living under an onix ( ;) no need to thank me fellow pokemon fans.) so go check it out.
My Hero Academia is extremely underrated. Deku, the main character of sorts, doesn't always win easily. It has extremely good plot devolopment and explains things very clearly and easily. The main character isn't some OP god, more like a timid schoolboy who was bullied. He cares about others, and puts his friends' needs before his own. The struggle in the first few episodes is very intense and glues your eyes to the screen. He learns as you learn, and instead of rushing off stupidly into a battle, he thinks things through. This is honestly the GREATEST anime I have ever watched.
It's sad that this is overruled by the Pokemon anime.
Season 1-2 are kind of cringy and childish, but season 3 and 4 delve into deeper themes and introduce the central villains of the show. The first half of season 2 is boring and long, but it is necessary for the development. Think of 1-2 as a setup for the rest of the series.
Plus, it has plenty of risque humor! It has a perverted schoolboy character and a perverted teacher, like every good school anime does! It's nothing too bad, just teenagers talking about... what teenagers talk about, and a couple nosebleed scenes, and Season 3 has a nude scene in the second episode that isn't too mature but still unsuitable to an 8 or 9 year old.
I honestly hated this show, which was immature of me because I haven't watched the anime and already called it junk. But I do really love this anime so very much! I'm surprise how low ranked this is but the top 10s now deserve their position honestly. This show has been a roller coaster of lots of emotion, this show has so many character development and the characters become greater characters at a realistic time of rate.
Deku is so wholesome! He focuses mainly on his friends as they don't just rely on him. He tries his best to save anyone he can. Of course I don't just focus on him. His classmates are very ongoing, and it's hard to not get addicted. They constantly run into trouble, and it's not like a regular Hero vs Villain thing. Of course, the heros still win, but that doesn't mean it isn't hard! I love this show, and I bet I'm the first one to watch each episode. Their teamwork makes it hard not to fall into the show. Now I wouldn't reccomend it to teeny tiny tatertots as it does have a few redacteds. Other than that, I'd say it's pretty amazing! Can't wait for the new episode!
No matter how much people criticize Dragon Ball for it's old graphics, confusing story lines and overall craziness, you can't beat it, there's just something about it that lets people ignore those details. For one, behind maybe Dragon ball Z, it's one the most nostalgic anime that has ever existed, if not the very most. As well characters were pit into proportion, and you could see the characters' power increase overtime, unlike Z where they can just blow up planets with their fingers. It's probably how most kids born from the 80's-90's remember anime from when they were children, and on a side note, that is how I remember anime, and I was born in 2000. And am I the only one who misses Launch and Kami after they left the series, besides cameos? Dragon ball is the rock on which Dragon ball Z was built, the anvil on which the Z sword was hammered, the runway on which DBZ airlines landed their plane. It's the king because nobody can, or wants to let go of it.
I didn't like Dragon Ball Z as much because the heroes never really lost. Also, when Goku set the bar, becoming a Super Saiyajin, I thought it was cool and all, but after Gohan became SSJ2, and the series progressed, there really was no limit to any of the character's strength, and that annoyed me. In Dragon Ball, the characters were very much balanced, and even when nearing the end of the series where Goku had improved greatly under Kami's guidance, the characters were still fairly balanced.
Are you stupid? Krillin dies multiple times, the main character (Goku) dies several times! You must be feeling bad. What is up with you. DBZ is just as good!
This was my favourite anime of all time! It was funny, had a fair amount of action, dramatic and was one of those shows that you could really sink into. I liked it better than Z & GT in many ways honestly. This one had more humor, was more focused all the characters and not just the most powerful ones. As well, this one was way more in proportion. in dragon ball, you can see the power of the characters changing based off of not what they can do to their opponents, but to their environment and themselves as well. For example, in dragon ball, flying, the strength of ki attacks, the speed of the characters and etc. , whereas in dragon ball, after the super saiyan level is introduced you can only easily see the difference of their power from the amount of and variation in damage they inflict on other characters, because by then whatever their new power is ends up usually being just a surge in strength and maybe a new formation of a specific kind of ability, and they are already powerful ...more
Characters balanced? Goku was the one OP, only one saving everybody, and only in the WMAT was he defeated (till piccolo Jr. that is) DBZ he at least died. DBZ at least in the beginning there was more help from piccolo, krillen, and his son. Even in the beginning of DB, goku was the one solving most the fighting problems and saving his friends.
Humor there is some in DBZ, just wasn't mostly innoproprate like DB.
We go goku' past in DB? We get more of it in DBZ, plus more about his planet & his family. And we learn more about kami/piccolo too!
Both are about equal. DB was more adventure sure, but other then that they are both good.
The only reason that DBZ and Naruto are as high up as they are lies in the fact that both are aimed at the younger generations. Anime is perfect for teenagers of ANY nation to get into. As people grow up, they lose interest in anime, and they develop interests in more mature shows because society deems we grow up. For those of you who looked back and gave older animes a try, you will quickly discover this one NEEDS to be number one. I grew up watching this, and some moments made you laugh, while others made you cry. Still others made your jaw fall off and roll across the floor. The story was masterfully crafted, the characters could be related to on nearly ALL levels despite being from a completely different time period. Everything was totally believable, while still being fresh. Spike was the quintessential main character. He had his past that you spent most of the series trying to piece together while enjoying the rest of the tale spun for you. Jet was the black dog, the hunter who ...more
Cowboy Bebop is not only a likely candidate for the best anime of all time, but I can go as far as putting this in at least top 100 best television programs ever made. The story is gripping and leaves you eager for more at the end of every episode. The characters are fun and memorable. The best part about the show is that the character's back story aren't explained through simple exposition, but are gradually revealed throughout the series leaving room for many interesting reveals and plot twists. It also consists of the highest quality animation of any anime I have yet to see. This is a show that every animator, including myself, should look up to for techniques and creativity. A personal favorite of mine, Cowboy Bebop could quite possibly be one of the best shows of all time.
Let me just first say that this list is ridiculous. The best anime doesn't hit you over the head with loud characters, fan service, and hundreds of episodes. It doesn't need to. Cowboy Bebop takes a while to warm up to for most people. It's characters are deep with most of their development occurring beneath the surface. Just because they don't always voice their emotions doesn't mean that they aren't feeling them. The plot seems simple when you look at the big picture, but it has a beauty in its delivery. I will admit that I didn't care for the show when I first watched it. I'm only a teenager and I was completely new to anime at the time. I got through about three episodes before turning to different shows like the overrated DeathNote to obsess over. A month layer, I was back to Bebop. Thinking back on the episodes I had watched, I remembered a spark. Something about it was special. It spoke to me. Back to it, I quickly devoured the entire series. The ending was bittersweet and ...more
In every comment, you'll notice music. That's because this anime truly goes above and beyond the call with hard hitting blues and jazz! Undoubtedly best music for an anime series, a wacky western show used to put out hits that the crew would chase down to fill their constantly strapped pockets, and an air of mystery that keeps you intrigued until the end. The characters are each zany, deep, and flawed in their own ways. They have great back stories that gradually reveal more about the characters rather than beating you over the head with cutesy personalities like a lot of other animes. For how old this series is, it's worth a watch.
Lelouch vi Britannia begins as an average high school student. An exiled prince of Britannia, he has always sought to change the world for his sister Nunnally. One day fate arrives and gives him the power to due so. He gains the power of Geass, the ability to compel one to submit to his every command. Lelouch finally has the ability to destroy Britannia, the homeland that abandoned him. He adopts the identity of Zero and through his brilliance as a tactician puts his plans in motion. But who is the real Lelouch? Zero? Lelouch Lamperouge, his cover identity? Lelouch vi Britannia, exiled prince of a great empire? This character study makes Code Geass the best anime series ever.
THIS ANIME MUST BE IN THE TOP 10. The animation is so beautiful in the time it was made in. It even puts some new anime to shame, due to how great the art is. The story is deeply moving, and you get attached to the main character, Lelouch, along with many others. The character development for some of them is outstanding. I just have to mention Jeremiah. He is loyal, courageous, and has major character development. The ending of this series is genius. Lelouch's and Suzaku's friendship is one of the things that moved me the most. Also, Lelouch's and Rolo's "being brothers" thing was so endearing, it was apparent that Rolo truly loved Lelouch as a real brother. The music in the background never killed the mood in the story and was usually great. Lelouch is my favorite anime character, and I found the art style so unique and loveable. This is my favorite anime of all time, and I don't see why it isn't in the top ten.
Code Geass is a very interesting show with an intense plot that makes you want to keep watching and not miss any of it. The way the show works with all of the characters especially the relationship between lelouch and suzaku throughout the story.
This is one of the most classiest animes ever. Is one of those animes whose second season for even better than the first. Let's not forget the ending too.
Soul eater has a unique art style I have never seen before, It is simply stunning. With the complex themes and rich characters with personalities of all types, it is a stunning show. The action is perfectly complemented and balanced with the light humour of the show along with Death the Kids occasional neurotic Breakdowns. The mystery and magic system of the show is also a key aspect of the appeal to the audience. And finally, the shows rich history and world-building is an envy for any show, in my opinion, this show has the quality to be on par with shows like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
This is the most amazing anime/manga ever created! The Animation/Drawing style is so unique and lovely. The characters are developed very well. The set that its in (death city) is wonderful and dark. The fighting scenes are amazing and beautifully animated. The plot though, is the best bit. It's obviously been thought out hard.
There's sad meaningful episodes and then there's the lighthearted fun episodes.
If you haven't seen Soul Eater you must watch it. NOW. Though the first few episodes aren't as good as the rest it won't take long for you to get hooked...
I looove Soul Eater! The characters are all really unique and each of them have a amazing personality. I love Death the Kid, and Black Star. This show is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a funny awesome anime!
Agreed. Best anime/manga ever created. I ALSO agree that you have to watch the first three episodes before you judge! They're just introductions people! I just finished this anime some time ago. The ending made me cry. ALL the characters change and become better then they were before... To watch them grow is amazing. There are amazing fight scenes and amazing friendship scenes (episode 33). This anime has friendships, life lessons, self sacrifice, loyalty, secrets, tragedy, magic, technology, and SYMMETRY... But not Uncle Bob's Rumba (soul eater joke) Coffee. I'm talking for Death the Kid when I say, "You better vote for this yourAsymmetrical bastard! " (also soul eater joke).
I have almost watched the series straight through twice now since February 2014 and it's only April. I watched select episodes over 5 times each I'm guessing and I really enjoy watching this series. I will probably continue to watch it as the months go by despite the shortness of the series. I wish there had been more episodes because I completed it in about 2 or 3 days when I first got into it, but I can't control what BONES does (Or whoever controls that) and am grateful to have been able to witness the beauty and comedy this series has to offer. My favourite characters are Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin, those handsome and very close twin brothers, but I loved everyone in the Host Club. I can't believe that I denied watching this series about 7 years ago now, and I am so glad I changed my mind and decided to check it out.
Funniest anime that I have ever watched in my life.
Personally I would recommend this anime to anyone. The graphics, plot and episodes were perfect. The intro wasn't bad either. One issue that I have with this is that, I would prefer if this anime went for a longer period of time. It only has 26 episodes. I would prefer for it to have around 50-70 episodes, anymore than that it would get boring. But anyway all in all, an amazing anime.
Amazing anime... Each episode gives you the stitches. The characters are hilarious and the plot is amazing... This anime took gender bender genere to a whole new level without failing to make us laugh out aloud. Each character is unique and amazing... Welcome to the host club... If you need a prince to sweep you off your feet then our doors are always open... Or is it you need devilish twins to show theie forbidden love or a super cute senpai? Or do you wish to see a girl dressed as a boy to pay off her debt? What ever you need please come to the music room and meet our host club... It will never bore you
I had a ton of fun watching this one! It's an interesting ride for sure. The comedy is great but the end of it felt almost incomplete.
Black Butler is my favorite anime. Every character has a different personality and back story which makes it more interesting. The ending of season one was very good too, although we knew what was going to happen it went down in a more interesting way that had me in tears. The character's backstories are quite interesting as well, they all have different backstories and not something like "his parents died in a wreck." Even though Ciel's parents died it happened in a way that kept you more interested. (MANGA SPOILERS) And not only that but apparently Ciel has a twin who was brought back to life which makes me want to keep reading the manga. I haven't reached this part yet so I don't know if it is true but him having a twin has been confirmed. And lastly, I guess you can say it has multiple endings like the ending of season one never happened in the manga, and Book Of Circus is what actually happened, or at least that is what I have heard.
Black Butler was a popular anime released in 2007 and is still beloved by its dedicated fanbase even to this day. While the first anime adaption garnered fanfare, it left dedicated readers wanting more. Luckily from 2014 to 2017, there was another anime adaption and even a movie that animated two well-loved arcs. that's why I like it so much.
Good story and plot, but the thing that made me love this series to death were the characters. Especially the main characters, Ciel is an adult in an adorable child's body (WHich I can often relate to) and Sebastian is just too handsome and cunning for his own good. Their rather cold personalities are (as far as I know) quite refreshing in the more
Mainstream anime. The combination of detective stories, comedy and action was near perfect, though Grell takes the cake for the comedy for me personally.
I found the second season not nearly as good and the end was AGGRAVATING. No seriously. Stupid wish.
MY. FAVORITE. ANIME. I will not say this enough. If you asked me which anime is my favorite, it's gotta be this one. Everything about this is great. I love the plot as well as the character designs/development. Set this series up on you list please..you will not be disappointed!
I love this so much and am grateful that it is on netflix, it a great show that everybody should watch. The story itself is great and I love all the trials they go through and character development from the start to the end. This show has everything to love about it. Aang's character was done greatly and I love how they ended it. it should definitely deserve a higher spot on this list. I also want to point out that sokka is not just a comic relief and his character is so much more than that. All the characters good and bad have much more than you just see them. I grew up watching this show and it is the best.
This was my very first anime, dating all the way back to my early childhood. I absolutely loved the story and me and my siblings would each pretend to be a bender. I would always call being the earth bender to be like my hero, Toph, like except for the blind part. She was carefree, a rule breaker, and always picking fights to stand up for what she believed. Plus she won at literally any game. I always thought of her as one of my role models, being both brave and sarcastic, yet still making a little bit of time to be a girl. I thought that Sokka was the second best, being comedic relief and all. I also looked up to Katara a lot, in fact so much I always chose that for my name in games. She was so beautiful and elegant, yet ready to fight at all times. I couldn’t believe she and Sokka were related. When the legend of Korea came out I watched the entire thing hoping to see my favorite characters again. I was so glad to see all of the connections to the old show.
Not exactly an anime, but I know some people start with avatar and legend of korra before getting into anime so I decided to include it. Avatar is amazing and I love it so much. I am katara and toph completely.
Seriously Death note and all the top 20 anime in this list are too overrated to believe. Avatar has everything you want a good story line that you will never forget lovabale characters in short it's a total package. I don't think there are many which can offer this. At the start people often make the mistake of it being predictable butbelieve me aside from avatr defeating the firelord nothing is really that predictable even the way last fight turned out
I adore this show, the themes spoke to me on a deeper level than any other show ever has. That paired with comedy that was way funnier than I expected make this one hell of an emotional roller coaster. But despite myself, I can't seem to find the words to describe those themes, so think I'm gonna let Yuri Nakamura from the show take it from here.
"This is my life. I can't entrust it to someone, I can't steal a new one, I can't force it on others, I can't forget it or erase it, I can't stomp over it, laugh at it, or beautify it! I can't anything! I'd have to accept my one shot at life no matter how cruel, merciless, or unfair I though it was! Sir, don't you understand? That is why I must fight. I must keep on fighting! Because... Because I can never accept that kind of life! "
Wow absolutely wow. This anime has too be the best anime I have ever seen. I love the characters and I could really relate to them. The storey that I could relate to the most was Yuri's storey. I could relate because like her I have two little sisters and a brother. She really is a great example of a fantastic leader despite what had happened to her. She proved that no matter what hardships you go through that you can find peace. Then there is Yuzuru, He thought me that you always have something to live for. Even when you think that your purpose for living is lost there will always be one. Then Kanade. She taught me to never judge a book by its cover. Kanade was always so lonely only because she wanted people to have a normal youth. And yet everyone fought against her and wanted to hurt her. The thing I noticed about Kanade is that she only used her powers for defense. She was so delicate and never wanted to hurt anyone. Out of all the characters I see a lot of myself in Kanade.
This anime is capable of making any person go through an entire spectrum of emotions all in a single episode, let alone the entire series! Furthermore, the episodes are short, and so is the series, but the storyline has a great deal of depth to it, so you never lose interest but still get deeply obsessed with the plot and characters, plus there's no filler episodes! I finished the entire series in two days, and the only thing I regret about that is not spacing it out a little so I could enjoy it more. Make sure you watch it if you haven't, and if you did watch it but didn't like it you clearly lack a soul!
I have watched many animes, and Angel Beats! Was the best by far, the ending was so sad, in the 13 episodes, Angel Beats! Has created a bond between me and the characters most shows don't get in many, many seasons. You get to learn all their quirks, one sentence says enough, "This is so stupid.". This made the ending way, WAY sadder than I ever imagined, it was like saying farewell to dear friends. If you think you're man enough to not cry over an anime (I thought so too), I guarantee you this anime will invade your heart and tears will cascade down in a waterfall before you realize it. 11/10, should be number one for sure.
After having Steins; Gate and Code Geass tied as my top-favorite series of all time, I never expected to ever watch an anime again that managed to outrank either of the two. Imagine my surprise when by a random fluke some anime that I had never heard of that looked like some cringey cash-in on the initial mobile-phone craze entered into my radar and managed to gradually become my favorite series of all time, managing to safely beat out both Steins; Gate and Code Geass, two series which were both so very good that I couldn't decide between them for years.
This anime is great in so very many ways. From the very second episode, at the very least, you just KNOW that something big is up in the story and continuously reform your speculation of just what that something could be with every subsequent episode, the plot managing to keep releasing little insights every episode. In addition, the sheer number of times I expected the show to go one direction and it pulled a 180 and went in ...more
I feel sick how low this show is on this list! From the sick fake love dynamic going both ways as Yuki and Yuno mutually use one another (that eventually becomes real love, or does it? ), to the various powers of the diaries and how their (mostly insane) users exploit them in their bids for Godhood (or just desperate survival, not everyone wants to win! ), to the alliances that form and break up, to that sick twist towards the end! This anime blew me away and everyone needs to at least give this anime a chance. The main character (Yukitero) is a massive wimp at the start, which can be infurirating. However, this is half the point of his broken relationship with Yuno and he eventually grows a spine.
I have seen a wide variety of animes, and this was my favorite (although it wasn't far ahead of some other anime). Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) deserves to be higher up on the list. You can never predict what will happen, and it consists of all sorts of elements inlcuding violence, action, romance, comedy, and mystery. No matter how hard you try to think of what will happen in the end, you will probably never guess what happens. This is the only anime I've ever cried in! That's pretty big for me since I come off as a generally stoic person. 10/10!
This is my favourite anime... Ever...
By episode 3 you'll have your eyes glued to the screen whilst slipping off the edge of your seat. Great suspense! Like, I couldn't even guess what was to happen next. You've got to love Yuno. The BEST yandere ever. Not to mention, the other characters are brilliant too, with characters I didn't think much of to begin with became really interesting after their own personal backstories or motives were discovered. Adds a whole lot of depth to the series. By the way, the climax skyrockets! No joke, there is no point in even trying to guess the ending because it is unpredictable! Overall, I can't think of any downsides to future diary altho my friend says there's quite a bit of plot holes (it's his gave anime too though! ) but to be honest I can't really think of any big ones and the tiny ones don't bother me. If you are interested in the theme of 'time' and mystery, this will be a must watch. In my opinion, Future Diary a rollercoaster that is ...more
A masterpiece. Made by the same person who wrote Hunter x Hunter, has a likeable cast of characters, and has A LOT of action, and great villains. I would never be ashamed for liking this amazing shounen. Also, KURAMA is the best fictional character ever. No one is as good as him!
When people were starting to get tired of the Dragon Ball Z phenomena, they had to look for something else, something new, but will still provide the action and excitement Dragon Ball Z has given them. Then comes Yu Yu Hakusho. In our area, as far as I can remember, Yu Yu Hakusho became a household name. Everyone was watching it. Even some unexpected people came out of nowhere acting like they were Toguro and Yusuke. Even my classmate in high-school used to put Yusuke's name as alias in his test papers. And I thought that was just too much. The story is different from Dragon Ball Z and you might also notice the attempt to give it more twist. But I could say that the action and fighting scenes were somewhat patterned from DBZ. Really a great and entertaining show. According to my brother, this is his favorite series of all time. And for the balanced amount of popularity and "how much I liked it", I put it at number 8.
THANK YOU! Yu Yu Hakusho is by far my favorite anime. This list has severely disappointed me. Dragon Ball Z is number 1? Clearly most of the voters are small children. As much as all of you would like to believe it Dragon Ball Z is the not the father of all anime, and it is extremely generic, standard, and un-creative, and it lost a severe amount of luster to me when it got to the point where every character could just blow up the world whenever they wanted. Dragon Ball Z holds nostalgia for me, but nostalgia isn't everything, without any plot, the bare minimum of character development, and tons of plotholes, it comes out as far worse than the fan boys believe. Then comes Yu Yu Hakusho. Delivered great action, had very compelling, interesting, and well developed characters, and a very well made and flowing plot, that keeps me hooked no matter how many times I re-watch it. I except how popular Dragon Ball Z is, but I simply can't acknowledge it as the best anime ever, when all it ...more
Dragon Ball Z is, sure, a good anime. However, the battle scenes go on for more than just five episodes at the least.
When I first started watching Yu Yu Hakusho, I thought for sure the same thing was going to happen -- and I was very pleasantly surprised. Because even when they're fighting in a tournament, their matches sometimes only even last half an episodes, whereas Dragon Ball Z it would probably take... three episodes. (Not bashing on DBZ, but it's true. )
Yu Yu Hakusho does a brilliant job at packing the most punch in fight scenes, while still keeping them short and bearable.
Not to mention that none of the characters really look like their on steroids when they start fighting. Well, maybe Toguro...
Anyway, I like Yu Yu Hakusho because the characters are still powerful, yet they're limited which makes it that much more believable. Not to mention that each character has his own amount of kick-as time!
And speaking of the characters, they're ...more
Mhmmmmmm. Drama, adventure, romance, death, cute boys. What else could you want. This is wholesome and brutal. Sometimes I want to murder Kikyo, other times she is kind and I don't want to kill her. Koga ks adorable and Inuyahsa get's a taste of his own medicine from him. Yes sir, this is a master piece.
Inuyasha is one of the popular "first anime" that people typically watch, which eventually motivates them to become a full blown anime fan. In this case, I'm not surprised. Inuyasha is a story full of emotion, and is ranked high on my list of favourite anime. It isn't a typical "shounen" anime and it isn't obsessed with having fight scenes that last 5 episodes long.
The characters are human (well, even though some of them are demons) and they aren't heartless moving pictures with voices. Speaking of which, I recommend the dub (I'm typically a sub person though).
All in all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable anime. While some people may not like the somewhat slow pace akin to that of a shounen anime, I recommend Inuyasha wholeheartedly.
Man. Inuyasha is what got me started with anime. Of course there was Pokemon, and digimon, and dbz. But they weren't what sucked me into the anime world. Now, I may love Naruto, bleach, and one piece but my vote would have to go to this anime. This is the anime of all animes. It makes you laugh, it makes you smile, it makes you cry and it makes you frustrated with characters. But you LOVE it! It's that type of show that makes you wish you were in it, and apart of that little group. I remember crushing on Inuyasha and Koga, and wishing I was Kagome when I was a little girl. This is an anime that warms the heart.
As are most commenters I am also female and this was the first anime I ever discovered. I cried and laughed and agonized with the characters and plot. My heart ached and yearned to be in this world. Although, I was never envious of Kagome, I felt very sad for her. I am not approaching 30. A poor move has deprived me from internet and have dug up the anime series from an ancient hard drive. I am very surprised to find that the effect of the anime is the same- still strong, large variety of emotions and thrills. Although I consider death note as 'the best', I would give this anime the number one spot any day. Read the manga people too! Long, but well worth it!