Greatest Anime of All Time

Ranking the top 10 greatest anime ever. Based on over 100K votes from anime fans around the world.

The Top Ten Greatest Anime of All Time

1 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".

Best anime ever!
Let's put it in first place!
It the most amazing anime I've ever seen.

Death note is an epic, intense masterpiece, an unforgettable adventure. The plot is enthralling and the characters realistic and three dimensional.

Death note is the best anime I have ever seen... Perfect story and every episode makes you want to see the next one. Deserve more than the 3rd place.

Clever, crisp, addictive, and unpredictable, Death Note's intelligence and dark appeal remain relatively unrivaled. Every storyline, no matter how minor, is thoroughly thought out and intelligently placed. The characters are striking. Lovable, realistic and relatable, they stand in sharp contrast to a sea of forgettable cliches, sucking you in with their own searing conviction and sincerity. They make you forget the world around you. They make you forget where you are, what you're doing. That's how entwined you will become in these characters.

Death Note manages to capture electrifying tension behind every word, filling the air with implications and assumptions, leaving you ringing with the raw impact of each line, building this tension as it goes, leaving you clamoring to see what happens next. You don't need to be a genius to deduce that it lives up to every bit of the hype. Death Note is definitely worth your time - and in my humble opinion, first place on this list.

2 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.

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 - olrak15

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

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

Dragonball. I mean, nothing needs to be said more than that. It practically created the shonen genre (or at the least, brought it in the mainstream)

There is not a single shonen out today that does not, even if the slightest bit, take from Dragonball. It just captures fantasy, it captures it in a way none other anime or manga can; although, they can try and can even be on par with Dragonball, but the truth of the matter is: Dragonball was there first. It's fan base and notoriety spans across generations. I'm only 18, and my 28 year old brother is a fan, my 30 year old brother is a fan and our 56 year old mother is a fan. She would even stay up late and watch it with us when I was a baby and my brothers were teenagers. Whenever the family all gets together for special occasions (even extended family) we reminisce the awesomeness that is Dragonball.

If you went to the school I just graduated from, you could talk to anyone (jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, you name it) and bring ...more

3 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.

Amazing. Such beautiful and innovative animes are making themselves rare these days. Those who like stunning graphics will be served, I personnaly have not seen anything like this since FMA Brotherhood.

Not to mention the plot, which is really something else. It is so well made that we instantly get into the "apocalyptic-kind" atmosphere, which is as well embodied by all the characters.

I highly recommend this one.

Best anime of 2013! It didn't drown us in introducing too many action paced scenes in the first episode. The animation is epic. There was a mix of amazing suspense in there. The plot seemed predictable but there was a great twist in it. I DID NOT SEE THAT PART COMING. I DIDN'T. It reminds us constantly about the fear, the hopelessness of the situation and the reality. How they handle it again and again and finally something turns up. Then there's a plot twist to that. Can't mention much. I'm just here to tell that this anime is incredible. It's still continuing and the most recent episode gets me thinking and I'm excited to learn the truth about it. So many possibilities.

Shingeki no kyojin (attack on titan) is definitely amazing anime. It has very beautiful graphic and the plot is superb. The anime will give you "cruel yet beautiful" kind of impression.
If you like bloody gory grotesque mature yet enjoyable anime, attack on titan is highly recommended.

This review contains SPOILERS about manga chapters not yet adapted to anime! Be warned!

The world building comes in first, since this anime has a very unique world, where mindless man-eating giants called Titans roam and humanity shuns inside three massive concentric walls (I guess everyone knows that much by this point). At first, it seems that it is the classic black and white morality of humanity versus titans, or in smaller scale, the foolhardy, suicidal Survey Corps versus the corrupt, cowardly Military Police (think of good side vs. The bad side, and the Gryffindors vs. The Slytherins and you'll have the outline). However, the first season alone reveals that in the Survey Corps' ranks, there are people like "humanity's strongest soldier" Levi who is undeniably violent towards his subordinates (he kicks a tooth off the main character's mouth), and the cloud cuckoo lander mad scientist Hange who tortures Titans (and later in the manga, people) as a part of her work, ...more

4 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.

Its awesome never, beatable its is in top 3s
Its perfect for all ages
Eps are more interesting then manga

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.

Naruto is the new standard of a realistic fantasy!
Exaggeration is minimal.
And there's always explanation for everything...

How could this not be number one. Naruto is the best of best, the most exhilarating anime of all time. Naruto has it all, little romance, lots of action, martial arts, suspense, and etc. Why wasn't this number one I don't know, but I do know you guys should reconsider your choice of number one. This is an outrage to every Naruto fan out there. There's not an anime created that's better than Naruto. By the way people say Naruto doesn't have enough episodes but go to Naruto Shippuden which is also breath taking you would see the anime and the manga are still being created. They have new episodes and manga chapters. No disrespect because these 2 animes still deserve to be in the top 5, but they can't compare to Naruto. Also there are no new manga or episodes out for dragon ball Z and OnePiece. This anime has a tremendous plot, storyline, and very organized characters. They also always leave you wanting to see the next episode immediately. No questions about it Naruto is #1 the best anime ...more

Naruto is the most amazing anime. The plot is so good and the characters are so well developed. I hope they make a new Naruto series maybe called Bolt Shippuden. I don't want this amazing anime to end. Naruto is love, Naruto is life!

5 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 851 episodes to date.

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! - pandaluver3009

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.

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

One piece is the only anime till now, and I've watched a lot! , that can and will make you shed tears of joy and sadness. When you watch one piece you get a sense of adventure that no other manga/anime delivers quite as well.
You will always find yourself wanting more.
One piece is at his 547 episode in the anime and 666 chapter in the manga, for the people who have not watched it or have watched only a few episodes you may think that with that many episodes there gotta be a lot of time wasting, well guess what in the whole 547 episodes you will find less then 50 filler episodes and even those will crack you up.
The amazing thing about one piece is that its writer found a way to tell a HUGE story that got twist plots and so much glamor while giving the audience a feeling of adventure that will never make you lose interest in the characters or the story.
For every episode you will watch you will be wondering what kind of adventure will be waiting for them next. You will be ...more

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

Oh my this is the REAL fullmetal alchemist it's based off the manga the story was way more progressed I found myself watching ever episode absolutely flawless an if you say the regular version is better you are truly an anime idiot this version explains the story so much better pure and utter masterpiece by the way not bashing the original just pointing out this is the better version

It is not only based of the manga. It follows every scene that was in the manga. I read the manga and watched the anime and I am so happy that it actually did follow the manga 100% - Jetister

ITS AWESOME WATCH IT BETTER THAN FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST THIS SHOULD BE NUMBER 1

Manga plots and characters are always well developed, this is no exception.

Okay, for those of you that don't know, here's the basic premise of the story.

It is set in a world where alchemy evolved rather than modern science, in a country where military power rules the state. The story revolves around two brothers, who are on a quest to get their bodies back after they lost them performing an alchemy "transmutation" to try to bring their mother back to life after she died from a fatal disease. The ritual went wrong, and the oldest brother's left leg was taken while the younger lost his whole body. The elder brother then used his right arm as payment to take his brother's soul and attach it to a suit of armor before it could slip away to the other side. Oh, did I mention that this all happens when they are 10-11 years old? The older brother then gets mechanical "automail" limbs to replace the ones he lost and joins the military, gaining the title "Fullmetal Alchemist", hence the name of the series. The brothers then set out ...more

7 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 ...read more.

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 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 is awesome. It is the best show. Every one are powerful and strong. Anyway natsu is the king.

Fairy Tail, the best anime ever! Unlike every other anime fairy tail consists of many qualities like action, fantasy or magic, story which in my opinion is the best and its comody. It doesn't waste time fighting but it is not too short. The story is makes you want to be a part of the anime itself. The characters have the best personality unlike Goku in dragon ball z which pratically always say fight me. The story arcs get you sucked into the show even more because as soon as something amazing happens bam another amazing thing is loaded on top

I believe this deserves number one not just because it is epic but that as I said is a anime with multiple genres in one which make it look, sound and even feel fantastic. I use my spare time to draw characters from the show and not meaning to brag are awesome. I haven't drawn anything for any other one but this does not mean it is the best it is just my opinion.

I adore its magical abilities like no other anime has ever thought of ...more

8 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.

It is really really awesome
Fma rocks the story is great and the character also I don't know why it is in seventh position it deserves 2 or 3 position because it is the most popular anime ever from 2003 to 2009 it was very popular but because of some anime series

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. Full Metal Alchemist has an amazing plot, with a blend of action and adventure, with emotions. Full Metal 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.

It's a anime for mature people, great mixture of action and feelings. The history is the best that I've ever seen, very dynamic and aprensive. And it makes you reflex about life sense.
Every person should watch before die!

I am so happy that everyone from shonen enthusiasts, to lovers of mature and complex anime can all rally behind this series. It's a show with quite literally something for everyone. There are extremely well choreographed fight scenes, brilliant comedy, an extraordinary cast of memorable characters, phenomenal performances in both sub and dub etc etc but the thing that really makes this series is the absolutely massive story and detailed, rich world created with its own history and rules, yet at the centre is a human story about the love between two brothers. I could go on and on but suffice to say that FMA is one of the biggest and richly detailed anime around yet never loses sight about what the story is really about, the simple and astonishing relationship between the Brothers Elric and the way they change the lives of people around them.

By a long way my favourite anime without a shadow of a doubt and I have seen a lot of anime. Damn near flawless series. - togutas

9 Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. ...read more.

Kenpachi could probably kill Chuck Norris and he hasn't even released his bankai yet.

Also, Gin and Toshiro are on this show.

Reason enough.

Great Characters, Great storylines, intense action. An excellent Anime, highly recommended.

This is the most amazing show ever. It's made me laugh, cry, and kept me at the edge of my seat. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

Ah I love bleach it's the best anime ever how dare they put it under Naruto and come on DEATH NOTE this deserves first place anyone who watches anime knows that just in case you don't know the plot I'll tell you ok ichigo kurosaki is a teenager gifted with the ability to see ghost his life is drastically changed with the sudden appearance of a shinigami (soul reaperdeath god) the one who governs the flow between the human world and the soul society ( were passing souls go to rest) rukia kuchiki a minor shinigami is on the hunt for a hollow a lost soul that has not passed on because of the regrets he or she had when living in a battle between a hollo rukia is severely wounded by protecting ichigo from a hollow that wanted to consume his high spirit energy ichigo desperately wants to protect his family and the only way to do it is for rukia to transfer her shinigami powers to ichigo so he can defeat the hollow but to her suprise he ends up taking all of her powers and has to fill in as ...more

10 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.

It is an amazing anime written by the same author of yuyuhakushow Note: I am including the OVA's in this because they continue along the manga's main plot line.

Fast pace action scenes.. Unique story and characters

How come ds s way out of the list?
Dz movie is so great, lot of lesson can be learn

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). - NeoPolitan

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11 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.

In my onion, 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 s 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

Best anime ever made
Best epic fights of all time
Best story line ever made
Its genius, smart, and exhilarating

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

12 Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

Misty has never kissed Ash.
Anyway, Pokemon is a groundbreakingly good anime. 700 episodes and 13 movies and still standing strong

Ash does not belong to anyone yet. Romance should not be a priority in Pokemon - yungstirjoey666

Why is Pokemon 15th place?! It extremely entertaining to watch, and it is a awesome kids show, and all of their Anime's are so good to watch.

On worst this is #2... SCREW THEM! Pokemon is so awesome! But too many shows copied off it...

Only one word that I will suggest about this anime which is ""awesome""!...watching it since childhood and is still is the best cartoon ...and will be my best forever

13 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 list is depressing, clearly most of the voters are children, I mean Naruto at number 2?! Cowboy Bebop is the best anime ever.

I am 22 and I consider both to be amazing. However, this is a list based on popular votes and Naruto is more popular than Cowboy Bebop. I'm just speaking facts here. - RalphSaad

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

There's one other worthy show on this list, as clearly FMA is an almost perfect coming of age saga, however, nothing else here comes anywhere close to the writing, intelligence and all round brilliance that Cowboy Bebop displays. Sure, it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea; some accuse it of starting slowly and being painfully reluctant to clue the audience in on the central story and you know what? Those are valid criticisms. They bother me not in the slightest, I pretty much love each episode of the show, in its own right, so have no problem with waiting for plot details to accumulate and begin to form patterns. I can sit down an enjoy half an hour with Spike, Jet, Faye, Edward and Ein, simply for their wit, their sarcasm, their inanities, insanities, beautifully fluid animation and gorgeous music.

Then, of course, if you've stuck with the show, you get the added bonus of watching an ending which is perfect. The slyly dropped hints, the pathos, the sense of finality, ...more

How is this not #1? It's a brilliant, mature, creative anime that appeals to all ages and has something for everyone. I mean, my parents love it for crap's sake. Really, it deserves so much more respect than it gets

14 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.

This is definitely the best new anime of 2012, and deserves to be higher.
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, it is fantastic!

This anime has some awesome action fighting, I like it.

I think they should make another sword art online 2 cause I think its ganna be finished soon loke 12 epesode or so

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.

15 Dragon Ball Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.

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! - EliHbk

Better than z cause it's funny and still has that action. This is anime in its purest, most entertaining form. - mikeford

Definitely better than z or gt and the first one at that! I really loved the fact that there were really hilarious scenes (see episode 45) but in z and gt they forgot about some of the funniest characters. Definitely my favorite anime of all time!

Say what you want about dragon ball, but you can't deny that is was a huge game changer for anime - thenextsteplover

16 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.

The ending... THE ENDING...
Code Geass is death note mecha no anime can even challenge it

It was everything Deathnote was except even smarter. It always kept you guessing and you never knew what was going to happen. It was so great I cried at the end, because how could it be over. It was a ride that I never wanted to get off. It is Hands down my favorite anime.

Smart, dark and captivating. Simply could not stop watching. I hate when no one ever dies in a anime. In this one, you're trying to figure out who is going to survive. Unbelievably great.

I love animes and mangas. I loved them as a toddler and I still love them now. But why? Most times you will find a hero, probably a bit simple minded and innocent, though he gives all he can to endure the greatest crisis. This hero will fail in the beginning. Nevertheless, he will always keep on fighting to fulfill his dream, to save his friends or to rescue the world. In this way, we will love this character, we will laugh with him, we will hate his enemies and maybe we will even have to shed a tear with him at his lowest point. That's the way Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail etc. Work and that's what we call epic.

But, please, do not misunderstand me, I was sad when I saw how Ace died in Luffy's arms and, in my opinion, it was pretty overwhelming to see how Kurosaki Ichigo beat the crap out of Aizen before he lost his power.

In the end, that's the epicness we all love and want to see in an anime.

That's the way most animes and mangas ...more

17 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.

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.
Anyway.
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 love how the anime was set up. They focused and a lot of main characters rather than just one. It had a very interesting story-line and the ending could have been better but over all it was Amazing. The fight scense and coreograph is amazing as well. YOU MUST WATCH!

WHY IS THIS 33! It should be 20-10 not in the 30's its really cool. The manga is awesome too. I've watched every single episode. And Crona & Ragnarok are BEASTLY

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.

18 Ouran High School Host Club Ouran High School Host Club is a manga series by Bisco Hatori, serialized in Hakusensha's LaLa magazine between the September 2002 and November 2010 issues. The manga has been adapted into a series of audio dramas, an animated television series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, a Japanese ...read more.

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.

This is such a good anime! I have watched the series around 50 times and still don't get tired of it! I even get my 11 year old sister to recommend it to her friends, trololololo...

;w; OHSHC for the win

It was THE funniest anime that I have ever watched.
The characters were amazingly hilarious with their own complexes.
I loved how the rich characters were so ignorant about instant coffee.
I also loved how they were always making fun of the poor "commoners".
And bananas were a recurring gimmick!
Oh, and the managers high power machine and her laugh.
Ohhohohohohohohohoh~

Making fun of middle class!? Sorry but not everyone is Bill Gates! Seems like a nice anime though, I'll have to watch it.

I loved the comedy elements. The best part is how they let our imaginations run wild on how we want the couples to turn out.

19 Boku No Hero Academia My Hero Academia is a superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 20 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format.

All the characters are realistic and not super op, and relatable to yourself. It shows lots of character development, and it doesn't focus on too much shipping. It has a good art style, good story, and has many explanations for each and every character, to the point that you can relate to each one in some way or another. It doesn't try to have a villain attack that is just repeated over and over, the villains actually develop and make their plans better, and the main characters aren't the only focus of the show. It doesn't just make rip offs of itself when making a new season, they try to make different plot lines and explain why things are happening with good context and different locations, with many good characters. (EXCEPT ENDEAVOR CAUSE HE SUCKS)

I love this anime! It has a good art style and great characters. I also like that it's not all about shipping.
This is definitely the best anime in my opinion. - Sutton

Lot's of characters, heroes, great plot, powers, villains, comedy, action! What more could you want.

Unless you don't actually like this.

This clearly deserves best anime if not, pretty up high in the rankings, definitely NOT at rank 64 (as of 8/1/2019). Even though it only has 3 seasons currently, I believe it has the most potential according to story plot, and character development, and funny moments. I mean, look at Avatar: The Last Airbender, it has only 3 seasons, and it's up there on the leader board. I think this deserves more recognition for it's support because it is just better. It's a really good anime, with good characters to fall in love with. It's kinda like your typical anime of course, because it's centered around becoming the best, and thriving above all, but, the twist is that there are people who mentor others, and even the kids are mentoring other kids. It gives you a sense of wellbeing.

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

This is the best anime ever. The story goes with a young boy who made a contract with a demos Sebastian Michaelis in order to take a revenge on the death of his parents. Combined Comedy, action, and detective stories. And you must try it.

Black Butler is just amazing. Every character is different, and you get to really understand every single one, and why they are good or evil. (or in between! ) The plot itself is very complex, and it will keep you guessing until the very end. Black Butler is truly a masterpiece.

All the characters, every single one of them is developed with such skill, the plot will always keep you going and the perfection of this. One amazing anime/manga!

Love the characters, love the openings and endings, love everything about this anime.

21 Angel Beats! Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.

Angel Beats was really influential and showed me that anyone can change their past for a better future if they tried. The struggles that all the characters go through shows that they really want to change their future even though they don't have one, cause they are dead. It shows the power of good leadership and... It is drawn really well!

This anime series from start to finish blows your mind and every time I reach the end of it I feel as if my life is coming to an end itself. There isn't another series that I feel can compare this this beautiful master piece, the stunning animation, the amazing music and the overall storyline. It makes you question yourself as a person and will capture the hearts of anyone who watches it. The only down side to this series is that, its as short as it is. :( I could go into detail but I don't want to spoil it for anyone planning to watch it.
I truly think this deserves to be top 5 easy I understand that it has a short story but who cares this series is my number 1 and I doubt that will ever change. I have seen many anime series like Bleach, Naruto, High School of the Dead, Hicaru no go, Blood+, Avatar the last airbender, Dragon Ball Z, Elfen Lied, Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood and ghost hunters. I could go on but that not the point this decision of mine comes ...more

Sad ending :'( watch its an amazing anime that should be number 2 death note 1

One of the best endings in anime history. I would watch this 72 times over.

22 Yu Yu Hakusho Yu Yu Hakusho is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. An anime adaptation consisting of 112 television episodes was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot. The television series originally aired on Japan's Fuji TV network from October ...read more.

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. - olrak15

Yes, DBZ deserves to be up there; in fact, I made my own list but mine was top 100 and was for all animated television shows. I think I put DBZ at number 3 on my list. With that being said, number 1 on my list was Yu Yu Hakusho. I have never watched a show animated or live-action as compelling and riveting as Yu Yu Hakusho. What an amazing show that's y I think it deserves to be the number 1 anime of all time.

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

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

23 Clannad Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for Windows PCs in 2004, which was later ported to PlayStation consoles and the Xbox 360. The game was the best-selling PC game in 2004 and charted in national top 50 rankings several more times afterwards. Clannad has been adapted ...read more.

Dude, this will make real man cry, good luck resisting not to cry. This should be at the TOP.

Makes men cry and women cry more. And cry. And cry again. Top quality storylines and creative art

Clannad and Clannad After Story. I have never been more emotionally invested than in this anime. It's sad to see this down at 49. I have seen all types of anime. I used to think of myself as an action-packed anime buff... But having seen this beautiful masterpiece... Words cannot describe the happiness and sadness that this anime has imparted into me. If you're looking for an anime to really mess with your emotions... If you're looking for many tears (on many different episodes even! ) then this anime is THE BEST IN EXISTENCE.

Recently finished this anime (and recap episodes) and it is truly a masterpiece. By far the best anime I've ever seen. The characters, the art style and most significantly the story, all add up to the greatest show I've ever watched. I believe that if you did not cry a little through watching every episode of Clannad, and obviously after story, then you did not watch it properly and therefore not witness the full effect it has on the viewer. It's mix of subtle comedy and romance, brings an amazing atmosphere when watching through it. I have a confession to make however. I did binge watch through most of it on one weekend, and I'm still thinking if that was the right thing to do. It let me have the full effect without me forgetting anything, but it was so fantastic that I feel bad for not savouring it. I usually don't re watch, however Clannad's perfection will make it re watchable for me. I almost want to take a break from anime, as I don't think it can really get much better than ...more

24 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 ...read more.

Oh, this should be way up higher. It makes me laugh cry, and I always am wishing I could be kagome. This seriously needs to be higher up because it's my life.

In my opinion this show should probably rank among the top ten anime shows. It was an interesting story.

Loves it! Needs to be all the way at the top because I says so. You can disagree but I don't care. There are amazing characters and a great story line that is extremely gripping and suspenseful.

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.

25 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese ...read more.

I do like to watch a lot of anime and I know that a lot of people dislike Avatar because it's American, or the movie sucked or whatever, but the show is awesome it doesn't drag on for a million seasons like some of the upper contenders do and it still manages to make a great storyline with a lot of great wonderful characters. AVATAR ALL THE WAY!

A truly FLAWLESS ANIME! Great story, Epic action, comedy and a good ending. It deserves a spot in the top 3 at the very least.

Avatar is on its own level. It's not just another pointless, plotless story that has a few giggles and kisses to keep you interested, it has a real, powerful, heart-wrenching, intense yet oh so carefully soft story line. The characters feel so real it's as if they could really breathe... The voice acting is superb, every tear, fight and laugh sounds so realistic it's almost Unreal. The paths the characters follow are so twisted... with so many chances to take a wrong turn. And the best part? They do. They're humans. They make mistakes and feel the grief and self-loathing associated with their decisions. They fight for what they believe in, every single character will.

Avatar is not just another anime. It has a real-world feel to it... Their world faces the same problems that ours does, just with bending involved.

As a kid, it taught me to respect peace, not to look for a fight, or a war. It taught me to fight for what's right, even if I find out later I was wrong. It ...more

This show has great pacing, animation, and story. If and when you get into the show, you will likely fall in love with at least a few of the characters, and you are sure to be mesmerized by how well they animated everything. I can't really think of many times they cut corners in animation to save money, and I can't say I can think of a time when I wasn't amazed by how well they coordinated the characters.

This show is better than almost every anime I've ever seen (and I've seen plenty). The show is very similar to an Anime in terms of style and focus on story. Considering it has the restrictions of being a show in America, and a "kids" show, and yet it still manages to get intense fights, deep stories, and witty humor, I would say that this is the blurred line for Anime vs American cartoons. Honestly, I feel this show will (or should) revolutionize the way American cartoons are made and seen, and should receive some high honors.

The four element premise is ...more

26 Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because ...read more.

I love Yu-Gi-Oh! It annoys me that so many hates it. Most people has only seen the 4Kids version and then thinks: ", this show sucks! It's just a little kiddie show.. " or something like that. Yu-Gi-Oh! Is so much more! Personally I prefer the Japanese version. I just love Shunsuke Kazama! His voice as Yugi/Yami was so awesome! And Shinkichi Mitsumune's Soundtrack! And the original unchanged storyline by Kazuki Takahashi! Many people thinks Yu-Gi-Oh! Is just an anime about a card game. I must say if that's what you think, then you don't even know what Yu-Gi-Oh! Is.. Sure the card game is important, but there are so many more things in Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh has tons of great relationships, great character development, no stupid fillers that makes no sense and so much more! I highly recommend anyone to watch all the episodes of this show! Yu-Gi-Oh! Is my favorite anime of all time!

I think I watched the 4kids version, and I don't exactly find taking souls "kid friendly". It was amazing regardless, and never exactly cared about the voice quality. - Qryzx

I love yu-gi-oh, why is it #17?! I mean, the storyline may be a little long, but it's not boring or anything. The story actually has some depth, unlike animes like Pokemon, Pokemon currently has over 720 episodes and still airing... That series is becoming monotone~ But yu-gi-oh is awesome, I've liked it for 2 years and still going strong

This show is amazing - Pokemon shouldn't even be in the top 10. Although the original series was definitely the best, each new one had something cool to add to both the game and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Universe. As for the original YGO, the character development was amazing, and it showed how truly in-depth a character can become in 5 seasons. The plot was awesome, and even though each new series gets progressively more and more about merchandising, YGO will always be one of my favorite anime.

Many say it's a little kids show, but it is really quite a gripping show with lots of action.

27 Future Diary Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. The plot surrounds a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future. The manga was serialized in the Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace between January 2006 and December 2010.

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 a great anime I think it should be higher up because the storyline is great and the girl is insane

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

No words to express the epicness of this show - its like a survival game, who win will become the new god of time and space, each one receives diaries which can predict the future in different ways... And each players backstory is great, its pretty much like death note - in fact is the anime you are looking for if you are trying to watch something like death note... 1000000000 out of 10

28 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. ...read more.

Come on guys, who could forget those iconic pigtails brought into our culture by this show? Such a great series, in my view this is #1.

For sailor moon to not be in at least the top ten is blasphemous, even if I cannot spell that word. It is as classic as dragonball and is loved worldwithe. Although the English translation is full of cheesy 90s phrases, the original Japanese version is a Jewel!

At least 1 person has been nudged out of suicidal ideation in part by this anime

Yes, it's repetitious, but it has the most memorable visuals, characters, and story developments in all of anime.

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

The most unpredictable and awesome anime I have ever seen. The fighting scene is powerful and the plot is not too fast. This anime take our eye off the good side of us and show us 'it is okay to be hurt than to hurt others'. The most epic anime I had ever seen

This Anime is amazing it shocks me that I can't find it on this list! It could possibly be the greatest anime I have ever watched, the Art style is gorgeous, the plot is amazing and the characters are awesome!

The greatest anime I have ever watched. Never have I been more invested in a show than Tokyo Ghoul, with a superb story and intricate characters. Outstanding and completely amazing.

Honestly, such a beautiful anime and it made me cry so many times, it's unbelievable. And I'm not even that emotional so congratulations to this anime for making me cry over small insignificant things like Juuzou's hair changing in season 2 (yes, I cried over that). Anyways the storyline is amazing in general and I can't even begin to express my love for the characters...most of the characters. Some I hate with a burning passion. *cough* JASON *cough* But all in all, it's an amazing anime and I don't regret watching it one single bit. If I were to rank it on my favourite anime list, it's definitely placed at Number 1. - JuuzouSusuya

30 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime television series created by the animation studio White Fox based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's 2009 video game of the same name, and is part of the Science Adventure franchise.

This should be #1 on the entire list! Anime News Network did a poll and then rated it themselves on the best animes of all time, and this came out as #1! It has an amazing plot that is unexpected at every turn and will keep you until 3 o' clock in the morning, because you can't resist watching the next episode! The characters were all great, the plot was the best that I have ever seen. One of the characters is based off of a true story! It is just plain amazing!

This is a slow but mind blowing anime. This should be in top 30 or so.

The character development is very great and as the anime progresses the true twists and turns can be known and in the end there is a mind blowing twist which lifts the anime and makes it one of the best.

So I highly recommend it.

P. S: Anime is is best for those who are searching for a plot driven story

Brilliant anime loved every bit of it. Loved all of the characters especially okarin and his laugh

I could write a short novel about why I would call Steins;Gate my favorite anime of all time. I think what most got me was the highly unique story line and how the anime is radically different than literally any other anime out there. Steins;Gate is it's own genre. It has drama. It has action. It has comedy. It has suspense. It even has some romance/feels mixed in there. Above all though, the intricacy and complexity of the plot continually drew me in as the topics presented were extremely well researched.

I could go on and on but I will just leave you with this: give it a watch. Don't let the slow start fool you. The second half of the anime is built up to with lots of information from the first half and is executed on a legendary level. I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this one.

31 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.

My name is Yoshikage Kira. I'm 33 years old. My house is in the northeast section of Morioh, where all the villas are, and I am not married. I work as an employee for the Kame Yu department stores, and I get home every day by 8 PM at the latest. I don't smoke, but I occasionally drink. I'm in bed by 11 PM, and make sure I get eight hours of sleep, no matter what. After having a glass of warm milk and doing about twenty minutes of stretches before going to bed, I usually have no problems sleeping until morning. Just like a baby, I wake up without any fatigue or stress in the morning. I was told there were no issues at my last check-up. I'm trying to explain that I'm a person who wishes to live a very quiet life. I take care not to trouble myself with any enemies, like winning and losing, that would cause me to lose sleep at night. That is how I deal with society, and I know that is what brings me happiness. Although, if I were to fight I wouldn't lose to anyone.

I binged through a good amount of it with a friend of mine who isn't into anime and he loves it just as much as I do. Currently on part 4 which is so far my favorite part (Part 2 is a close second mainly because of Joseph). Characters actually have changed over the experiences that they went to and grew as human beings. I like this anime a lot more than Naruto or Fairy Tail and the other ones I've seen because they don't drag things out to the point where 70% of the show fillers. All the stuff is relevant to the characters and the overall story and even the filler I was not aware of helped move the characters and story and fit into what is canon very nicely. If I, the watcher, can't tell whether or not a part is a filler, that's when you know that as a storyteller you did a good job at integrating moments that matter throughout the show. I give this a 9/10. Sometimes the dialogue drags out but in a way, I think they did it in an intriguing way and not just to pad out time.

This show has hooked me onto ever since the first part and I continue to read it today. I love the story, action, drama, humor, and is overall an amazing anime. Still confused on how SAO got higher.

Gyro went to a horse race and that's pretty gay, but its cannon that he sleeps with women, and I guess that's kinda strait, so I'm gonna rank him by

32 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.

This anime was amazing! The animation was very consistent and had very good effects. The storyline, though, needs to be improved on as it rushes in a fast turn by the time it introduces Ragyo.

I was an anime hater. And then someone introduced to me and I decided to give the Japanese media culture one more shot. And I never regretted it. This one brings the genre of Magical Girls to another more matured and twisted level. The outfits might be skimpy, but for some reason the whole show erased the effect. it is amazingly heart warming and adorable.

This was one of the first animes I watched and it was AMAZING! I've seen a lot of animes since then and this one is still in my top 5. It's hilarious and entertaining from the very start and will leave you with that strange feeling that can't be described except that it happens when you finish an amazing book or show. It's plot is fantastic and doesn't feel rushed or drawn out at all. Oh, and there's tons of fan service.

Just finished watching this new anime and to be honest its just the breath of fresh air all anime lovers need after sitting and endlessly waiting for all of the big animes like Naruto and one piece etc to catch up to the manga. It's a short yet jam packed with many many great fight scenes that will make you remember the love of watching rediculous and uncomrehendable fights and in my opinion it should be up there with the likes of death note, code geass and other widely loved animes simply because its just the right mix of great fights, serious plot, humour and just pain wierdness! I recomend watching it! (Sorry for any spelling errors)

33 Clannad After Story Clannad is based off a visual novel. It follows the story of a high school senior named Tomoya Okazaki, a delinquent who floats through life caring about very little. He hates the town he lives in and his alcoholic father. ...read more.

I'm am male, 21yo and I was depressed as hell at that time. Before watching this anime I haven't cried for over 5 years. But during this anime my depression went away and I cried like a little girl. This anime has happy parts and sad parts. I actually became a better person after I watched it. Because this anime made me sit down and think for a while. Okazaki just represented me, he acted like me, used the same humor like me, skipped school a lot like me, hell he even looked like me, he had problems with his dad like me.

Hell I'll never forget this anime...

This deserves to be higher than 40. It's one of the very few animes where anyone can relate to the story.

Honestly yes, I'm one of those people who cried out at some parts.

It's just sad how the characters struggle and then touching when they fix their lives and endings. This anime is not aiming to be sad. It is, but it is still more TOUCHING. That's the key factor on why the characters are so sympathyzable. Their back-stories and how they help each other to end their suffering. Truly one of the best I've seen so far.

The most amazing anime series I watched so far. Made me laugh, love, cry... The love story is so beautiful, so perfect and not perfect the same time. The main characters are like real people, with all the problems people deal all day long. But, well, there's always hope in life And love. Real, true, unconditional love. Happiness. And family. People today forget to easily about family. They are the most important people in your life. We should cherish them as long as we have them with us. Because, yes, lives are always changing. And that brings us to the pain. The hurt life often brings along. To loose the people you love most in life. To let them go. And to move on. But never forget who you left behind. And to know that the important people will always stay at you side. I love Clannad After Story. I will watch it again. I will laugh again. And I will cry again. And I will remember, that you shouldn't take your family for granted.

34 One-Punch Man

It is the best anime I've seen after death note. The name is bit deceiving maybe and makes people think what could be the storyline for this kind of character but give it a try and watch season 1. Season 2 is kind of disappointing. But the manga is great

needs more animators and money to pump out more episodes lol

Come on. This is one of the best satires I've ever watched. It deserves a much higher placing, dare I say in the Top Ten. - WaffleKnight

This anime is incredible. It literally motivates me to become a better person and its truly just beautiful and deserves the number 1 spot on this list!

35 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.

This is not my #1 favorite anime, but I think it's the best one on this list! Deserves its place in any top 10 or top 20 anime series list. It's unusual in that the characters are not really likeable heroes in the classic sense. One of the things that strikes me about it is how much more empathy I had for all of the characters as an adult compared to when I watched it as a teen- when I was younger I didn't feel particularly connected with most of them, and felt very dismissive of certain characters due to their personalities and portrayals (eg Asuka's abusive behavior and attitude was pretty off-putting to me, while Shinji seemed 'whiny', Rei was 'wooden') that, now since getting older seem a lot more human to me. I think sometimes you have to overcome or understand your own issues better before getting to like a series like this and it's characters, growing out of fantasizing about who you'd like to be or who you think you'd be (powerful, competent, cool, in control, super-heroic) ...more

What can I say, my favorite anime used to be deathnote because the psychological struggle, symbolism, and in-depth characters... Then I saw Neon Genesis Evangelion... Blew me away completely. For starters the characters are some of the most developed I've seen especially when you consider the story length isn't all that long. The story shines with complete originality along (angels coming to destroy earth and mankind using all it's resources to defeat them to control their own fates) with it's whole cast of interesting and diverse personalities (my favorite being Asuka, the red headed spitfire who pilots ever Unit 2, she's absolutely hilarious). The music is great... And the placement of each seperate tune is very choice. So much diversity even in the soundtrack... From some of the most happy sounding tunes (such as Misato or Asuka Strikes) to the most heartbreaking (I mean you Thanatos... Or even Kom Susser Tod! ). I don't know what else I can say about this show besides I fell in ...more

The series of evangelion is very complicated. It happens in the future when robots like usually seen in gundam series is being used to destroy their enemies. The pilots are called child Rei Ayanami, Asuka Soryu and Shinji Ikari being the 1st, 2nd and 3rd child. Being popular here is not guarantee that anime is the best but it is more appealing to more readers and viewers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED but beware of controversial scenes that are not suitable for minors - ronluna

I just really loved the openings and endings, also loved shinji

36 Spirited Away

Spirited Away is a captivating masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki. It has great art and the soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi is simply superb. The innocence of Chihiro at the start and how she develops into a more mature person as she fights for the people she loves. Another great aspect to it is that the main antagonist isn't shown to be evil. She does good things as well as bad which I believe is great.

Overall Spirited Away is a must watch movie and is better than crap like Naruto.

Spirited Away is something I watch every few months. It has loads of innocence in it and while the character growth isn't obvious, it has an inner quality that really touches me.

I truly adore spirited away, I have ever since I was a small girl! To saying I've watched it a hundred times is a great under statment! Please whenever you get the chance watch this anime!

man I grew up on studio ghibli before I even knew what anime was, it's such a masterpiece

37 Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.

You have got to be kidding me 139?!? Berserk is easily in my top 3 of ALL time.

You have no idea what you are missing out on folks if you have never heard of or seen Berserk, just YouTube search it, it's unreal! Even better read the Manga, and also 3 movies will be out in 2012!

The anime is by far awful
the manga on the other hand is a master piece. - Silence4101

The Anime Is Pretty Damn good. It has a great story line, its short with no fillers what so ever, The English dubs are done pretty damn well and there are plenty of epic gorey battles. The manga is 10 times better than the anime with epic demon battles, Huge ass sword that's around 7-8 foot, More gore and Darker. This is my number one anime and manga. I suggest you watch it and read it!

Berserk is incredibly well written. Story lines, plot, setting, etc. Severely Underrated, even at 35

38 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.

Arguably one of best animes out there, this anime is second only to my favourite, Neon Genesis Evangelion, in quality. The reason I voted for this is because such a quality anime is at such a low point, when in fact Madoka Magica is far better that a lot of the ones above it. A story that only lasts 12 episodes, Madoka Magica is an emotional rollercoaster that doesn't stop going, and takes as many twists and turns as it can. Nothing is what you'd expect in this world, and those of you who think you know Magica Girl anime, prepare to have your previous conceptions smashed to pieces, by deconstructing the genre spectacularly. Instead of characters defined by one emotion, you have complex people with flaws as well as good points and seem more grounded in reality. It is dark, the animation is beautiful and nightmarish, and the twists are utterly unpredictable. Despite this, it still has a wonderful message. With only 12 episodes, there is no time for filler, everything in Madoka Magica ...more

I really enjoyed how this anime is more about plots and character interactions. The artistic unity in the anime makes it very easy to enjoy and nothing really seems 'out of place'. There isn't a single character that doesn't have some sort of story.

It's a rather short anime, but it does in 12 episodes what Naruto and Bleach try to do in whole seasons. This anime is free of filler episodes and covers loose ends quite nicely. Just a warning though, this pushes the limits of magical girl anime. The story is very good, and it ends very well, despite all the moments of sadness. Make a contract with this anime to put it higher on the list!

Honestly, this anime was top of the charts amazing for me. It not only changes the opinion people have on 'magical girls' but also their opinion on each of the characters, showing great development in the plot along with breathtaking art work. Although it is rather boring at the start, it's safe to say that once you get into it, you're thoroughly hooked.
The anime as said above, puts a different twist to the usual magical girl animes, whereby the good guys prevail by defeating the bad guys and everyone lives happily ever after. Instead, It shows a plot that's much more deeper and is tied closer to reality. Not only that, the anime slowly reveals how each character is much more different than what you may imagine.

I would HIGHLY recommend this anime.

This is what brought me back into anime. I used to only read manga and the only anime I watch was pokemon, but when I experimented years ago, I got emotionally attached to each charter and I think you can tell how that worked out...

39 Dragon Ball Super Dragon Ball Super is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation that began airing on July 5, 2015. It is a sequel show to the Dragon Ball manga and the first Dragon Ball television series featuring a new storyline in 18 years.

Dragon Ball super best animation ever the story life more than 5 hours Un imaginable story and handling incredible it's mostly top 1

This is the best because it is a story of life that give us lessons to control our temper and mostly to think twice on what should be done... GO SUPER!

I believe its very much better than DBZ. Expanded universes, new characters, someone more powerful than Goku :P. Overall, I liked it very much and would recommend to EVERYONE to watch it. At least, the last few episodes, it has ended now...

It will reach the top 10 just give it some time. However I'm still missing the battle damage and a bit blood to make their pain, anger, stress look realistic..

40 Fruits Basket After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her ...read more.

A beautiful story that had me in tears on more than one occasion. As an avid fan of stories featuring or concerning the zodiacs, this is definitely at the top (Fairy Tail a close second with Lucy and her zodiac keys). The characters are engaging, the voice-acting in the anime (Japanese, and surprisingly, English) is enriching and perfectly matched to the characters, and the adventure the manga takes you on is simply riveting. The only reason I can think why Fruits Basket is currently so low on this list is because not many people have been exposed to it. I implore all anime and manga lovers to give Fruits Basket a chance. Friendship, love, heartache, heartbreak, comedy, drama... Fruits Basket has it all. 10/10

Fruits basket was amazing. It had animals, romance and humor. It's also entertaining for all ages. I think they could of made it a bit longer though for me twenty-six episodes wasn't enough.

Fruits Basket has struck a chord within me. You can really relate anything with it. I was so into it, it make me cry for so many reasons. It's emotional, funny, dark, serious and so many more. The manga is so touching.

There are no words to explain how amazing this re adaptation.

41 Trigun Trigun is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow. The manga was serialized in Tokuma Shoten's Shōnen Captain in 1995 with three collected volumes when the magazine was discontinued in 1997.

A future where everyone carries a gun, the universe's most powerful gunman, however, he's an idiot, vash the stampede is a legend

Probably one of the top 15 Anime ever made, although simplistic at times, it is definitely a very emotional anime, especially towards the end of it. Death, Compassion, the will to go on in a barren planet, It shows some of humanity's worst and best side, a 'must watch' if you like anime.

Vash is my favorite character of any anime. The show is worth it just to watch him and wolfwood together.

WHY IS THIS NOT NUMBER 1?! Trigun deserves at LEAST to be in the top 5. It's one of the greatest anime I have ever seen. Great characters, plot, animation, etc. Watch it.

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

Pretty much the best anime I've seen. It has a very deep and partly disturbing storyline. I don't think I'll ever forget this anime's story line.

Its not suitable for children for pretty much every reason and it goes well beyond your average R rating.

Its sweet but by far one of the best in terms of story
This gripping story will literally make you cry in places but makes up for it with its comical parts!
Quite literally one of the most creative anime out there

I really love the story line of this anime. If you look into it there is a deep meaning in the story. It is about trust and friendship. I hope they made it longer and make the ending more satisfying at it is. But overall it is the best.

This anime has a lot of gore and nude scenes but the story is pretty good. - Limeyy

43 Akame Ga Kill Akame ga Kill! (アカメが斬る!, Akame ga Kiru! is a manga published in Gangan Joker authored by Takahiro and Tashiro Tetsuya. It received an anime adaptation that premiered on July 6, 2014 and ended on December 14, 2014.

Amazing if you don't mind blood ahead and sad monments that make you want to cry

I truly hate to see kill la kill above this show in the ranking this show delivers the perfect impact of giving you an attachment to the protagonists and then just as quickly rips it away there is not many anime out there That kill off main characters but this anime does it in the most perfect ways I have seen

Let me say this: This anime is one among the top ten that I would advise watching. It is still strange that it is not even in top 50. One of the heart touching animes - So touching that I cried a lot. I suggest watching it.

This is one of my favorite anime, and also one of my first! This anime reminds me of Kill La Kill (which I also reccomend to try out). It's very tragic but and has deep feelings. But don't forget the comedy! This is also a pretty fair anime, and if you watch it you'll know what I mean. I love how it has cooperation in it and unique characters! They makers surely did a good job keeping the same vibe going through the anime.

44 Tengen Toppa 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.

Gurren Lagann... Gurren Lagann is inspiring. It doesn't have an overly complicated plot, and it doesn't try to leave it's viewers wondering about it's philosophical implications. It's a simple robot anime... Right?

Not even close. You see, one misconception I've found is that people like Gurren Lagann for it's sheer over-the-top action. This is often helped along by the Kamina fans who will shout out in capital letters WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM! And proclaim that he's the manliest thing ever, and that Gurren Lagann is the anime that will pierce the heavens, and talk about how EPIC and BADASS the final fight was.

That's... Well, I can see the appeal. But Gurren Lagann isn't really about mechas. You see, Gurren Lagann's strength isn't the fight scenes (though they are quite exciting), or in the plot. It's about the characters. At it's very heart and soul, Gurren Lagann is the tale of Simon, a boy who becomes a man. It's about an orphan who's good for nothing, and yet ...more

I've been putting off watching this anime for a while... Started it this morning in the background as I did other stuff. After the first few episodes, I had stopped doing everything else. I just finished the entire show in one go... And I have no words. Shed manly tears numerous times (especially on the final episodes). I enjoyed bleach, loved death note (minus the end), and can't wait for the attack on titan to have new episodes... But none of them ever made me feel the way this show made me feel. It may be the greatest thing I've ever watched. The OST has replaced everything else in my workout playlist... Nothing else could make me feel this determined. Hell, I think I'm gonna go for a run now. I only found this list looking for more stuff like Gurren Lagann... And there is nothing that can compare.

Who the hell do you think I am? One of the best animes ever created

I accidentally tripped upon this gem while searching YouTube one day, and finding a review on it. I'm not the hugest anime fan (I'm more of a Video Game fanatic), but this has easily become my favorite show/anime of all-time. This even rivals in comparison to my favorite Video Games (The Metal Gear series and Mother/Earthbound series). The story is touching, the music is amazing, the characters are over-the-top, and the action is simply EPIC. I highly recommend this series. Go watch it if you haven't already ;D

45 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.

The saddest anime I've ever seen. DO NOT WATCH IF YOU don't WANT tO CRY. Have tissues on hand while watching

I agree, this is one of the best animes I have ever watched! I can't believe it's so low however I can understand that many anime fans haven't watched this due to the anime not having any "action" or magic. It's definitely a little different from some of the other animes I've seen but it's filled with so much emotion and beauty. Definitely deserves top 30 I mean it's ranked behind a cartoon!

This was a masterpiece, enough said. I cried enough to use up 10 tissue boxes. Everything was simply beautiful, I'm usually a fan of action and adventure anime, but this is an exception. The characters were well thought out and developed, and the soundtrack was amazing. I rate it a 10/10 please watch this!

Your Lie in April is such a beautiful story, but it's so emotional and heartbreaking at the end scene (not spoiling it) when he says goodbye. I loved this anime and its amazing story

46 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.

A really great anime, worth watching.

Oh This is one of the best animes that I ever watch the soundtracks are EPIC and the story is interesting really must watch

It's been 4/5 years since I have watched it, but it still holds a special place in my weeb heart.

It should be top 10 becuse the story is really great it deserves better
Its about twin brothers one of them a humen and the other is son of saiten
And you should see it and desied

47 Monster Monster (Japanese: モンスター Hepburn: Monsutā, sometimes referred to as "Naoki Urasawa's Monster") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. Monster has been critically acclaimed, with the manga having won several awards and its anime adaptation being called one of ...read more.

You can find courage, redemption, intellectual struggle, the meaning of existence, and more in this anime. This is a masterpiece about human nature.

Best Anime Ever experienced... Perfect psychology in which it changes our opinion about it the more we watch it. It is a true masterpiece... No offense to all fans but this Anime should be on the top.. At least the top 3. It was written by one of the most influential artists of manga, Naoki Urasawa... We should at least appreciate the effort of the creativity and the psychological thrill!.

Very underrated, but has GREAT character develoupment and is 100% realistic.

It is an incredibly complex storyline woven in to a maze! Monster is more than anime... It is a classic.

48 Fate/Zero Fate/Zero is a series of light novels written by Gen Urobuchi, illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi, and is a prequel to Type-Moon's visual novel, Fate/stay night. An anime adaptation of Fate/Zero was jointly produced by Aniplex, nitroplus, Type-Moon, Seikaisha, and Ufotable that ran from 2011-2012.

Near Perfection, close to being my favorite anime but I like FMA: Brotherhood though, but if you want to get into Fate, start with this. - Terminal

The Fate/anime series in total is an amazing concept! Blood, magic, death, realistic, funny, serious, history! The only thing there is to hate is that one character you can’t stand!

Pretty exciting at first, and even though it slows down, it's still good, because of all the constant and fascinating character development.

I seriously hope that the low ranking for this series is because of its relative newness. While from the outside it doesn't seem incredibly demanding, the show gets closer to perfection than most other series that I've seen.

The animation is beautiful, the characters real, the story engrossing, and the emotions are powerful. There are so many moments that this series has engraved into my brain, and even now as I'm trying to move on to other series, I just want to go back and watch it all over again.

49 Astro Boy Astro Boy, known in Japan by its original name Mighty Atom, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1952 to 1968. The original 112 chapters were collected into 23 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha.

If you only saw the remake that was done in 2003, you're probably surprised why I put it in number 2. Just in case you don't know it, Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) became a household name for many generations too just like Dragon Ball Z probably it's reign was even longer. It's a work of the late great Osamu Tezuka, The Father of Manga. I really don't remember the details of the story anymore because I watched this maybe 20 years ago, but I know I loved it back then. And my brothers and I grew up knowing who Astro Boy is. - olrak15

One of the best anime stories ever written Truly great should have been higher on the list. Much better than Bleach and Naruto and even has one of the most Iconic anime heroes of All- Time.

Astro Boy seemed cheesy to me (no offense to Astro Boy fans). I mean, the character seems cool, but when you read the manga it just seems to drag on. Especially when you finish the Trigun series. Like I said, no offense to anyone who likes Astro Boy.

You know what, the people who are voting on this list didn't watch diffrent kind of cartoon shows. I got a say that the ten animation shows are terrible. I don' know this is the best animation show from Japan, but there is no animation show that was more influential than this one. I don't care people voting on shows, but make SURE TO WATCH CARTOON SHOWS FROM THE OLDEST TO THE NEWEST BEFORE YOU VOTE. The shows higher on the list are for real kids. I'm not saying this show is the best, but made a revolution to the T.V. in Japan.

Did you know that it would take a million years to watch every video on YouTube?

That's not important though, but do you realize how long it would talks for us to read and watch EVERY SINGLE ONE? Some will give you nightmares. Some will make you wanna punch the T.V. screen. Others? Nyeh.

Point is, people like different stuff. The reason the person put this on here to see and state his opinion.

Question is, have YOU even done that?

50 Toradora! Toradora! is a series of Japanese light novels written by Yuyuko Takemiya, with illustrations by Yasu. It received an anime adaptation directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and produced by J.C.Staff that ran from 2008-2009.

53 huh? Well there's a lot of anime out there, but I must just insist that this anime deserves better. There are those that are action-packed, those that focus on tradegies, and then there's the romance ones. This anime is easily the best one to ever execute romance in my opinion. It's about realization, that you don't have to be in a fairy tale to find love, there's no need for that. There are times that love can be right next to you and you don't ever notice it, unless you truly deserve it. That's the true meaning of the words at the beginning and the end of Toradora!. If I ever had to describe this anime is one word, it would be "complete". It had everything, great balance between comedy, romance and sad moments, some of the most memorable characters I have ever seen (that don't really do anything "big" like save a planet, etc.), music that was completely perfect for the moment, and something that most animes don't really have: reality to it. This anime, no this masterpiece, has ...more

One of the best anime ever.. This one made me cry and laugh at the same time.. A lot! I wonder why its at 134, this should be at top 40's or higher. I like how Taiga evolves throughout the story and how she accepts her feelings for the one she love. From being the badass school girl to a lady who share the same feelings with any other girl who wishes to be loved

One of the best comedy/romance anime ever. Has a lot of emotion and feelings. I almost cried several times especially in the end of the series but I also got good laughs from this anime. Taiga (one of the main characters) is a very good tsundere character and she's my favorite in this anime. Toradora! For the win!

One of the best anime ever it could make you have different kinds emotions in every episode with all those romantic moments with Taiga and Ryuji most importantly episode 25 which was the first kiss but unfortunately they didn't get married but at least they turned out fine or even better and had someone who understands them

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